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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 28 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 7-13, 2012 50 cents

Jackson's employees lead rally for jobs

Layoffs imminentfor 920 hospital workers

By D. Kevin McNeir

Early Tuesday morning while
the Miami-Dade County com-
missioners were in session, a

boisterous group of Jackson
Memorial Health System [JMHS]
employees and supporters
voiced their concerns outside
in the shadow of the Stephen
P. Clark Government Center. At

stake are an estimated 920 em-
ployees who will get their pink
slips as early as April. Cuts in-
clude: 600 nurses, 14 doctors
and 31 medical professionals -
195 vacant positions would also

be eliminated.
"The cuts we are planning
to make will still allow us to
maintain patients at the stan-
dard for which Jackson Memo-
rial Health System is known,"
said Ed O'Dell, spokesper-
son for the JMHS. "The qual-
ity of care for our patients will

not suffer."
Protesting employees were
armed with T-shirts, posters
that said 'we are the 99 per-
cent' and even whistles to gain
the attention of passersby and
county officials. One nurse was
heard saying, "We won't go qui-
etly because of our patients and

our families."
Her statement seems to sup-
port the criticisms that have
been lodged at Jackson. While
O'Dell says the cuts will make
the hospital more efficient, crit-
ics say patient care will inevita-
bly suffer.
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pushes for

term limits

Says cutting red
tape is essential to
greater job creation

By D. Kevin McNeir

In his first state of the county ad-
dress, Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Gimenez said that the county
was in good shape financially with a
balanced budget. But as most readers
know, it has not been an easy process.
County workers, particularly those
who are members of unions, have
had to make significant sacrifices as
it relates to pay
and health insur- W
ance. Gimenez J 5'
says that he's s.
already working ~
on next year's a
budget and will ... T
probably need to ,
go back to labor
unions for ad-
ditional conces-
sions. GIMENEZ
"We have to get
health care costs redesigned so that
the County can save money while
workers contribute a greater portion
of their salary to health insurance,"
he said. "But the mandate when I took
office was to cut taxes and balance the
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By D. Kevin McNeir
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Black families continue to bear the brunt of the economic
downturn as more find themselves unable to secure stable
housing or to make ends meet. In a report just released by the
Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness [ICPHI, in
2010, one out of every 141 Black families stayed in a homeless
shelter a rate seven times higher than members of while
"The unfortunate fact is that Black families in the U.S. are
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helps others

By D. Kevin McNeir

Each week during the month of
March, also recognized as Women's
History Month, The Miami Times will
focus on one woman who has made
significant contributions and proven
their commitment to the Black com-
munity. Some of these women focus
on health and wellness while others
spend their hours devoted to justice
in the political realm or improv-
ing public education. But they all
have one thing in common: They are
women who lead, serve and make a
difference in Miami and in the U.S.
each and every day.
Rhonda Smith, 51, says she was
content with her life, after earning
a degree in civil engineering and an
MBA, being a loving godmother to
Please turn to SURVIVOR 10A

Netanyahu injects himself into presidential race

By DeWayne Wickham

After publicly backing Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanya-
hu's criticism of U.S. efforts to
prevent Iran from developing a
nuclear weapon, Sen. Lindsey
Graham, R-S.C., offered up
this bit of doublespeak.
"It's not just about the Jew-
ish vote and (the) 2012 (presi-
dential election)," The New
York Times reported Graham
as saying in defense of his

actions. "It's
about reassur-
ing people who
want to avoid
war that the
United States
will do what's
No, I think it WICKHAM
really is about election year
politics. Republicans have
been trying desperately to find
a foreign policy issue on which
to attack President Obama,

whose success in killing Osa-
ma bin Laden and a long list
of other terrorist leaders has
made him no easy target on
this front. More than Israel's
special relationship with the
U.S., it is the influence of Jew-
ish voters in presidential elec-
tions that has turned Graham
and Sen. John McCain, R-
Ariz., also in the meeting, into
sedan chair carriers for Netan-
yahu's concerns.
By using Graham and Mc-

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Cain, who lost the 2008 presi-
dential election to Obama, as
his key U.S. mouthpiece, Ne-
tanyahu has inserted himself
squarely in the middle of the
presidential race. By associat-
ing himself with their attacks
on Obama's foreign policy,
Netanyahu becomes an inter-
loper in U.S. election politics.
On Monday, Netanyahu
met at the White House with
Obama. While those talks
were private, it seems what

the Israeli leader wants is not
simply Obama's support in the
showdown with Iran, but also
his compliance. Netanyahu
wants the U.S. president to
do what he demands and
that's not going to happen.
Obama has repeatedly said
that he will not allow Iran
to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Last week, using the lan-
guage of the tough streets he
once worked as a community
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Blacks will become "aliens",

if district maps are approved
We are a curious people, often drawn to protest
things that matter very little while reluctant to
get involved in actions that could impact our
lives for decades. The current battle between Democrats
and Republicans over the recently-proposed redistricting
maps in Florida serves as a prime example.
State Republicans point to the inclusion of town hall
meetings and so-called transparency that were used before
they began the process of "slicing and dicing" communi-
ties across the state with new political districts. It sounded
good inviting voters to have their say before elected of-
ficials went behind closed doors to prepare the maps. But
with cases pending in two different courts as the qualify-
ing period for candidates for the fall elections draws near,
Blacks who have so far been silent would be wise to let
their voices be heard now.
Black elected officials in Miami-Dade, Broward and even
Palm Beach Counties have all stated their objections. They
fear that many historic Black districts may become a thing
of the past as Hispanics become the new majority. Will His-
panic elected officials in these districts consider the needs
and desires of Blacks over their own people? It's doubtful.
It's not too late to let those who represent your district,
no matter what their political affiliation, know how you
feel. Judges face elections as well and so they should not
be exempt from our public debate or criticisms. We can ill
afford to sit by and hope for the benevolence of the courts.
If we do not demand fair and equitable representation in
the districts in which we live, we may find ourselves in
the unenviable position of living in communities but being
treated like illegal aliens.

Even the poor deserve

the right to live in safety
urf wars between rival gangs have been cited as the
main reason for the unprecedented rise in violence
in Liberty Square. But factor in senseless Black-on-
Black crime, drive-by shootings and the ease with which
young adults can purchase guns and our community is fac-
ing what could be called a "perfect storm."
Police, residents and community activists alike, all point
to the need for collaborative efforts to stem this violent tide.
Now it's time to put words into action. Far too many irino-
cent, law-abiding Liberty Square residents say they feel like
like prisoners trapped in their own homes. But this situa-
tion will not go away by itself. It will take serious thought,
creative solutions and committed adults working in concert.
Still, if we are serious about seeing a real change for the be-
leaguered housing project and its tenants, there's one piece
of the "solution puzzle" that must be included those young
people who feel compelled to commit violent acts.
Living in such a crowded area where so many people
struggle each day just to provide for the basic necessities
of life one might be able to understand why young folks are
shooting and killing with such reckless abandon. Some also
are tempted by the bling-bling that has become the symbolic
of Miami's "beautiful people," and are willing to do whatever
it takes to acquire such luxury items. But when and if gang
members and others lay down their weapons and give the
playgrounds and corners back to our children, where will
they go and what will they do? There are no jobs for them,
especially ex-offenders or those without education. There
are few viable sports or social programs where they can un-
wind and have fun. And for the record, locking "them" all up
or hoping they disappear haven't worked at least not yet.

Let's focus charitable

needs on our own people
We once believed that if you worked hard every day,
paid your taxes and obeyed the law, that upon re-
tirement you would be able to live out your life in
relative comfort. But that was many years ago. That was be-
fore pension and retirement funds were wiped out by shady
businessmen on Wall Street and Main Street U.S.A. That was
before record unemployment hit every state while those still
working were forced to accept concessions impacting both
their health care and take home pay.
Now we hear about double-digit cuts in federal funds that
will severely impact cities like North Miami, the City of Miami
and even Miami-Dade County. Mayors of these towns say they
will find a way to maintain services for their citizens we just
don't see how.
A basic concept about following a budget is you can't include
things for which you cannot pay. The federal government may
have the luxury of going into debt but not local governments.
The dollars must be in the coffers so that the bills can be paid.
We are facing difficult economic times but we have weath-
S ered such storms before. The tragedy is that those who can
least afford it are the ones who are bound to suffer: senior
citizens and children. Seniors have paid their dues and sup-
ported their communities with their taxes. Many are now help-
ing to raise grandchildren. As services are being canceled, we
hear more testimonies of seniors and young children going
without food or needed medicine. Agencies like Curley's House
that feed thousands of Liberty City residents each month won-
der how they will survive.
Maybe now is the time to focus on our own shores for a
change, our own communities and our own people. It's admi-
rable to fund charitable efforts in far away places. But right
now, charity needs to begin at home.

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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost corn

The danger
Political consultants tell
candidates to be authentic -
to "be yourself." In Mitt Rom-
ney's case, that might not be
such good advice. Once again,
for what seems like the ump-
teenth time, Romney is being
crowned as the presumptive
Republican nominee. His vic-
tories in Michigan and Arizo-
na took much of the wind out
of Rick Santorum's sails; Newt
Gingrich is lost at sea; and
Ron Paul is, well, Ron Paul.
As long as Romney keeps win-
ning, talk of some kind of plot
twist at the convention where
someone just like Jeb Bush
surfaces, but with a differ-
ent last name -remains pure
Given the Romney cam-
paign's huge advantages in
money and organization and
given the has-been nature of
his opposition, the only rea-
son he hasn't wrapped this
thing up is the "authenticity"

of Mitt Romney being himself

issue: Not just "is he a real
conservative" but "is he even
a real person," in the sense of
having some idea of how most
Americans live. The explana-
tion of why Ann Romney can't
get by with one Cadillac did

rie Antoinette rhetoric, but
you get the point. It's not
just what he says that tends
to distance him from voters,
but the whole way he carries
himself. Advisers tried put-
ting him in jeans. At the end

R omney has been running for president for the better part
of a decade, yet still hasn't made a personal connection
with the Republican base, let alone the wider electorate.

not advance the candidate's
quest for regular-guy authen-
ticity: The cars are garaged at
different residences. And who
can forget the way Romney,
whose wealth is estimated at
$250 million, described one of
his sources of income. "I get
speakers' fees from time to
time, but not very much," he
I could go on and on with
examples of Romney's Ma-

of a long day, they still have a
Romney has been running
for president for the bet-
ter part of a decade, yet still
hasn't made a personal con-
nection with the Republican
base, let alone the wider elec-
torate. The conventional ad-
vice, at this point, would be:
Quit pretending. Don't try
to convince voters you're a
red-meat social conservative

when your record on social
issues screams "moderate."
And please, don't pretend to
be Average Joe if your proof
of identity is that you keep
American-made luxury cars
at two of your mansions.
Romney's "gaffes" look un-
mistakably like glimpses
of the real Romney not a
bad person, but a man with
no ability to see beyond the
small, closeted world of pri-
vate equity and great wealth
that he inhabits. From the
Romney campaign's point
of view, it may be that while
fake authenticity is bad, real
authenticity is much worse. If
I were an adviser, I'd send out
a memo to all hands: What-
ever you do, don't let Mitt be
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post.

BY CHARLES D ELLISON, Special to the NNPA for the Philadelphia Tribune :

Where idu ai tne Black Rep ablicans go? ,
It's 'a, question that comes bending over backwards and was theirs from its Abraham' attacking niajor' BI =s:k. polieI
up every time you hit the breaking the bank, to connect Lincoln beginnings, priorities, or serving as the face
home page of the Republican with Latinos looking for every Much of it has to do with pure of institutionalized political
National Committee's (RNC) conceivable angle to attract numbers only 10 percent of racism. But there is also the
website: Where are all the Black skeptical brown voters turned Black voters, on average, vote problem of Blacks refusing to
Republicans? Only a year after off by a wave of anti-immigration Republican during any given force the two major political
celebrating the last days of its sentiments, presidential or congressional parties to compete for their
first Black chair, the RNC is Black Republicans were mid-term cycle. Insiders point voters. Most are fiercely loyal to
fairly light on Black faces these already feeling left out in the cold to the math in recent primaries, the Democratic Party to the point
days. What was once, especially where such affiliations are based
during the '90s, a fairly more on personal considerations
aggressive photo-op promotional m he problem is two-fold. The Republican Party's southern than political interests. In
strategy strung together by a Strategy in the 1960s alienated Black voters in the race contrast, Latino voters only
small network of die-hard Black for southern white and segregationist voteS. lean 60 percent Democrat on
political consultants, former average. In key primary states
elected officials and partisans, is like Florida and Arizona, they
all but dead. While it did little in following the abrupt downfall For example, only 2 percent of represent 12 percent of the
the way of yielding any results and forced removal of Steele in Black voters in South Carolina Republican primary electorate
comparable to Democratic 2011. Many continue to express are registered Republicans; a significant presence that
counterparts, there was a sense disgust at the GOP love fest for 1 percent of South Carolina warrants the attention of
- leading up to the election of Latinos. Most prominent Black primary voters in January were campaign strategists battling
Michael Steele as party chair Republicans and there are Black; Florida was the same: for every vote they can get. But
that some progress had been only a few compared to Black only 1 percent. one survey found 19 percent
made in mending the often bitter Democrats are not as vocal The problem is two-fold, identified as "Independent."
relationship between Blacks and about their displeasure with The Republican Party's It's that 19 percent that gives,
the Republican Party. the GOP's intense focus on southern strategy in the 1960s Republicans reason to believe
Now, as a bloody Republican the Latino vote. But many are alienated Black voters in the they can compete for Latino
primary carries on, the GOP seething over what they view as race for southern white and votes in the general election
appears smitten with the Latino a combination of betrayal and segregationist votes. This has against Barack Obama, despite
vote. Candidates like Mitt intrusion, a knife in the back led to the prevailing image of a recent anti-immigration rhetoric
Romney and Newt Gingrich are from a Republican Party that political party either constantly and legislation.


Will Whitney's death make us wake up?

The outpouring of emotion
in connection with the tragic
death of Whitney Houston
has led to numerous com-
mentaries. Let me add these
few thoughts. Almost every
day I read or hear about -
a story of a Black woman who
has been killed or abused by
a spouse or lover, and/or has
entered into oblivion as a re-
sult of drug abuse. Rarely do
such stories get a great deal
of attention and even less
often is there anything ap-
proaching an emotional out-
In Whitney Houston there
was a star who appeared
before us all with so much
beauty and potential; pho-
togenic with apparent inno-
cence; and seemed trapped
in nothing short of a toxic
relationship with both Bobby
Brown and drugs.
Yet stories like this are

happening around the coun-
try. So, the question that
we should ask ourselves is
whether we can shift gears
away from the matter of
Whitney's stardom and focus
more on the very real prob-
lems of spousal abuse and
drug abuse? Can we start to

the Bible to justify staying in
her horrible relationship with
Bobby Brown. I do not know
what Oprah said in reply but
I cannot but wonder how
the religious community re-
sponded. I do not mean that
sarcastically or provocatively,
or in an accusatory manner.

n Whitney Houston there was a star who appeared before us
all with so much beauty and potential; photogenic with ap-
parent innocence; and seemed trapped in nothing short of a
toxic relationship with both Bobby Brown and drugs.

ask ourselves what sorts of
support mechanisms do we
need to create in order to as-
sist those who are trapped in
the hell of either or both of
these abuses?
A friend of mine was tell-
ing me of an Oprah Winfrey
interview she saw in which
Whitney Houston was using

I mean it as an honest ques-
tion: to what extent did her
misuse of the Bible in order
to justify remaining in an
abusive relationship get chal-
lenged by our religious lead-
ers as a misinterpretation of
Christian theology?
I know many women -
unfortunately involved in

abusive relatiri-s hips In al-
most every case they find rea-
sons to blame themselves for
the state of the relationship or
to excuse away the abuse by
their partner or spouse. While
there is nothing that any of
us can do to force someone
to change, it is the case that
we can choose to refuse to sit
back and enable the situa-
I keep wondering whether
enough people tried break-
ing from enabling in order
to save Whirrne,.'s life? I keep
wondering whether her death
can inspire us to be good and
essential allies for our sisters
who try, often desperately, to
separate themselves from po-
tentially deadly relationships
with spouses/partners and/
or drugs?
Maybe this can be a major
discussion in March: Interna-
tional Women's Month.

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Is your city doing enough to help

seniors live a decent quality life?

Miami Gardens, correctional officer

There are a
good number
of programs
that my city
provides to
help seniors, I
but I know I
that a lot of
them are run-
ning short dn funds. I think
more funds should be given to
the programs that we already

North Miami, student

I think
there should I
be more pro-
grams to help
seniors. There
are citizens
out there that
really need
the extra help.

Aventura, student

I'm pretty
sure there
could always
be room for
in every situa- '
tion. The more D-"
we grow as p
a people and
continue to
develop a better standard of liv-

ing, city's will be able to better
provide for their residents.

North Miami, retail salesperson

I actually
do think that
the city does
a good job at
helping the
elderly. My
that is dis- -
abled, was
able to get
help so I think they are doing
a good job.

North Miami, student

In my opin-
ion the city '
does a fine job .
at helping our

North Miami, student

I don't ,
think seniors
are getting
enough help
from the city
- a lot of the
time they are
cutting off
programs for older people.

In Broward County, a place
Zj where incumbent judges were
TIMf never challenged, all of the sit-
1- ting Hispanic judges up for
election were challenged by
ft white attorneys. It was be-
lieved that Anglo-Saxon and
Jewish surnames would give a
challenger a strong chance of
winning. Many of the challeng-
ers were not nearly as quali-
fied as the incumbent judges.
In the first attack, several
Hispanic judges were un-
*,'-" seated. This emboldened the
challengers and they attacked
Hispanic and Black judges. A
group of bar associations came
) together and put on panel dis-
cussions so the public could
compare the highly-qualified
minority candidate against the
white challenger. The result
was that the minority judges
kept their seats.
In Miami-Dade County, the
politics are different because
a majority of the population is
Hispanic. The political wisdom
is that a Hispanic surname
will be selected over a Jewish

or Anglo-Saxon surname, be-
cause most voters do not have
any knowledge about judicial
candidates and simply pick a
surname that is comfortable
to them. Jewish voters pick
Jewish surnames, white and
Black voters pick Anglo-Saxon
surnames and Hispanic vot-

other evil g
as. She was specifically chal-
lenged because she is a Black
female and, they are deemed
easier targets than Black male
judges. This is after a relative-
ly unknown candidate unseat-
ed a the highly-qualified Black
female judge named Shirlyon
McWhorter. Thomas has been

In Miami-Dade County, the politics are different because a major-
ity of the population is Hispanic. The political wisdom is that a
Hispanic surname will be selected over a Jewish or Anglo-Saxon
surname, because most voters do not have any knowledge about judi-
cial candidates and simply pick a surname that is comfortable to them.

ers go for Hispanic surnames.
In a famous travesty, a well-
respected judge was unseat-
ed by a darker complexioned
challenger because in part the
challenger used his grand-
mother's name to win Hispan-
ic voters.
In Miami-Dade County there
has been a disgraceful prac-
tice of targeting Black judges.
The most recent attack is on
Judge Teretha Lundy-Thom-

on the bench for decades and
has risen to rank. of adminis-
trative judge, which means her
peers hold her in high regard.
But there's more Miami-
Dade's political consultant
game. Political consultants
are ones who allegedly help a
judicial candidate run a cam-
paign. The consultants ap-
proach judges who are up for
election and ask for a fee, usu-
ally around $15,000 to "help"

the judge run his campaign,
even though the judge may'not
at that time have any opposi-
tion. If the judge pays the con-
sultants, then the consultants
are conflicted out of support-
ing a candidate against the
judge. However, if the judge
does not pay the consultants,
then a consultant may advise
a candidate to run against
that judge. Thomas appar-
ently did not pay enough of
the political consultants the
extortion money they demand,
so they chose a candidate to
run against her. The candi-
date has the backing of some
powerful Cuban politicians,
and so now another highly-
qualified Black judge faces a
tough challenge. If you would
like to meet her, shell be at an
event on Wednesday, March 7
from 6 to 8 p.m., 814 Ponce de
Leon Blvd., Suite 210, in Coral
Reginald J. Clyne is a part-
ner at Clyne and Associates,
P.A. of Miami/Fort Lauder-


Santorum appeals to anti-intellectuals

Rick Santorum says that
President Barack Obama is
a "snob," who is encouraging
young people to go to college
in order to remake them "in
his image."
The comment has even
caused consternation among
some Republicans, who were
scratching their heads this
past weekend, wondering
when the American dream of
getting a college education,
and the improved employ-
ment and income prospects
that come with it, became
a bad thing (short answer
for some in the GOP: when
Barack Obama started talk-
ing about it) let alone a lib-
eral thing.
Meanwhile, Santorum's
depiction of Obama and
Democrats as representing
the elite turns out to hot
quite be based in reality. Ac-
cording to exit polls dating
back to 1976, it is the GOP

and not the Democrats, who, ness, has a method to its
by varying margins, have madness. Polls on the eve
won college-educated voters of Michigan's primary show
in every election from 1988 that Santorum is competi-
to 2008, though Democrats tive with Mitt Romney. And

This brand of politics is nothing new. It has been used over
and over again; by Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon
and Ronald Reagan and later Sarah Palin and John Mc-
Cain in 2008. But Santorum has clearly decided he will have bet-
ter luck with that strategy than Palin and McCain did.

have been the victors when
it comes to those with post-
graduate degrees. Republi-
can presidential candidates
have also consistently out-
performed Democrats with
voters who earn more than
$100,000 a year.
In other words, Republi-
cans are the party of older,
higher-income Americans.
And yet, Santorum's cam-
paign, for all its strange-

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Gasoline prices biggest
In the last few months the president's energy plans and
economy appeared to be im- explaining to the American
proving as have President people why their alternative
Obama's job approval num- energy plans will work.
bers. There is a comeback Former Speaker Newt Gin-
in independent voters and grich is discussing with the
many political experts were media that he has a plan to
impressed with the improve- help push back gasoline pric-
ment of the unemployment es to $2.50 a gallon. Senator
numbers. But many of the Rick Santorum has warned
economic strategists are con- the citizens of $5-a-gallon gas

Economists see the $4.25 a-gallon mark as a breaking
point for the economy when it begins to suffer real pain.
Many of the economists claim that every 1 cent increase
in gas is roughly a $1.4 billion drain on the economy.

cerned with the unrest and
turmoil in the Middle East,
and they feel gas prices will
Mark Zandi, chief economist
at Moody's Analytics said,
"Gasoline prices are likely to
keep rising as the summer
driving season approaches.
increasing, it's becoming the
biggest threat to the economy
and there is little presidents
can do to influence gasoline
prices in the near term."
I am not an economist
but this is an election year
and higher gas prices will
be blamed on the president.
The Republican candidates
are lining up to criticize the

and blames the high prices
on the president not doing his
job. The Republican challeng-
ers are full of promises -they
all agree that Obama made a
big mistake when he rejected
a pipeline from Canada to
refineries on the U.S. Gulf
Coast. But Obama's message
is clear there is no quick
fix to rising gas prices. Gas
prices are a daily reminder
that there is a problem with
the economy. When Ameri-
cans find they cannot afford
to put gas in their cars they
will become very angry. Tur-
moil abroad could force crude
oil prices, to spike to $200 a
barrel and gas prices will

he holds polling leads over
Romney in Ohio and Tennes-
see ahead of "super Tuesday"
next week.
The "elite snobs" of Santo-
rum's imagination don't like
or respect the "real" Ameri-
ca. They look down on those
who have strong Christian
beliefs, turn up their noses
at people who work hard for
what they have rather than
seeking government "hand-

outs" and think -_hat they -
and the government know
better than regular Joes
what they should feed their
kids, how many guns they
should own and what they
should teach their children
about everything from sex
to what causes the climate
to change to the formation of
the universe.
Santorum is appealing not
to who Republicans are, but
to who they perceive them-
selves be.
This brand of politics is
nothing new. It has been
used over and over again; by
Barry Goldwater and Rich-
ard Nixon and Ronald Rea-
gan and later Sarah Palin
and John McCain in 2008.
But Santorum has clearly
decided he will have better
luck with that strategy than
Palin and McCain did, and
he's playing the grievance
card for all it's worth.

threat to economy
continue to rise. The U.S. is is still early and things could
caught in the middle. Mean- reverse and go in the wrong
while, soaring gasoline prices direction.
threaten to hurt and under- Americans are looking for
cut Obama's reelection pros- leadership in terms of the gas
pects. crisis. Gasoline prices impact
Economists see the $4.25 all Americans in their bank
a-gallon mark as a breaking accounts -citizens want the
point for the economy when gas problem fixed. If the pres-
it begins to suffer real pain. ident cannot find a solution
Many of the economists claim and prices hit $5.50 a gallon,
that every 1 cent increase in it will be hard for the him to
gas is roughly a $1.4 billion win the upcoming election.
drain on the economy. The Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
economy is vulnerable at this On Point Media Group in Jack-
point, because the recovery sonville.

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Saturdays" the Opa-locka Municipal Complex,.



On Saturday, February 25,
City of Opa-locka Commis-
sioner Rose Tydus hosted a
special Black History Month
edition of "Lunch & Learn:
Cinema Saturdays" at the
Opa-locka Municipal Com-
plex, where the theme, "Liv-
ing the American Dream . .
A Reality or an 'Inside Job,'"
was addressed by guest
speakers. Those who attend-
ed also watched the contro-
versial documentary, "Inside
The monthly program is
free to City residents and
was initiated by City Com-
missioner Rose Tydus.

"The goal is to enlighten
and increase awareness of
the conscience minded," Ty-
dus said, "by utilizing a va-
riety of movie themes to pro-
mote strong family values.
unity, non-violence, health,
hope, self-worth and histori-
cal awareness."
Issues with messages of
personal and neighborhood
improvement for the en-
tire community are also ad-
dressed. The film garnered
the Oscar for Best Documen-
tary in 2011 and is described
as one of the most insightful
analyses of America's eco-
nomic problem stemming

from greed and power at the
highest levels of government
and banking, which led to
the recession.
February's program also
included Black history
games, facts, door prizes,
entertainment by rap group
N.O.G. (Nothing Over God),
motivational speakers Nick
Zizi and real estate broker
and former Citibank execu-
tive Don Parker. A traditional
soul food meal was prepared
Tasty's Soul Food and The
Sweet Boutique. Corporate
sponsors included AT&T.
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-Photo by Stephen Elliot for Madame Tussauds


Valery Ross Manokey, great-great niece and oldest living descendant of historic icon and aboli-
tionist, Harriet Tubman, wipes away tears of joy as she and 10 other descendants see the wax figure
of their extraordinary relative for the first time at the Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds in
Washington D.C. Additional family members who attended the event included: Bernice Ross Car-
ney, Betty Ross and Peggy Ross (great-great niece's and also Valery's sisters); Judy Ross, Patricia
Ross Hawkins, Elizabeth Ross Stanley and Ernest D. Ross (great-great-great nieces and nephew);
and Jackie Ross Henry (great-great-great-great niece). Children from D.C.'s Harriet Tubman El-
ementary School were also on-hand to witness the unveiling of the figure of the historic woman for
whom their school is named.

Maher gives $iM to pro-Obama Super PAC

By Colleen McCain Nelson

When Bill Maher announced
during a stand-up performance
that he was contributing $1 mil-
lion to the Super PAC supporting
President Barack Obama's re-
election bid, many in the audi-
ence were waiting for the punch
line. But the comedian wasn't
kidding he's contributing seri-
ous money to the political com-
mittee's cause.
Maher segued from mocking
Republicans to funding Demo-
cratic re-election efforts Thurs-
day night during his "CrazyStu-
pidPolitics" show, which was

broadcast on Yahoo's new com-
edy Web Channel.
The liberal host of HBO's "Real
Time with Bill Maher" later
tweeted that the million-dollar
announcement was a surprise
to Yahoo not to mention those
watching online and in the audi-
ence at the San Jose Center for
the Performing Arts.
The cash infusion represents
a significant boost for Priorities
USA Action, which had raised
a little less than $4.5 million
before Maher's contribution.
Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Kat-
zenberg donated $2 million to
the PAC.

Maher, who holds little back
in his withering critiques of poli-
tics in general and the GOP in
particular, has denounced the
Supreme Court decision that
cleared the way for unlimited
donations to Super PACs. But
his publicist told Deadline Hol-
lywood that this was "the wisest
investment" he could make.
Maher made his million-dollar
offering official with the presen-
tation of an oversized check. Af-
ter the show, he tweeted, "Most
important advice I ever got in
show business, as true today as
then: always bring ur wallet on-

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-Photos by Marta Martinez-Aleman
Vice Chairwoman Edmonson meets with northwest Miami- Miami Service Corps personnel help clean up District 3 neigh-
Dade residents in her district. borhoods during Vice Chairwoman Edmonson's walking tour.

Edmonson conducts district

walking tour in outreach efforts

On February 28th, Vice
Chairwoman Audrey M. Ed-
monson led a community
outreach team through the
Liberty City corridor of NW
18th Avenue from 62nd to
71st Street in Miami. Ed-

. monson spoke with residents
and business owners in or-
der to get to know this new
part of her District 3. Along
the way, overgrown lots were
cleaned, homeless persons
assisted, trouble spots were

identified and residents were
introduced to police, Code
Enforcement, Solid Waste
and Public Works personnel.
Edmonson says she plans
to conduct these community
walking tours on a monthly

basis and again will be joined
by the Miami-Dade County
Police, Solid Waste and Pub-
lic Works departments; the
Miami Service Corps and the
City of Miami Homeless Out-
reach Team.

Jean Monestime honors first Black

assistant county attorney, H.T. Smith

During the last week of Febru-
ary, County Commissioner Jean
Monestime honored H.T. Smith,
Miami-Dade's first Black as-
sistant county attorney during
the regularly scheduled County
Commission meeting in obser-
vance of Black History Month.
During a proclamation ceremo-
ny, Monestime declared Febru-
ary 21st "H.T. Smith Day."
Smith was born in Miami and
educated in Miami's then-seg-
regated public school system.
He graduated from Florida A&M
University, where he earned a
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Mathematics. Upon graduation,
he received his commission
as an officer in the U.S. Army,
serving a tour of duty in the
Vietnam War.
Smith's passion for a cause
and effective advocacy skills
were evidenced early on when
he persuaded the University
of Miami School of Law to ad-
mit him before even taking the
LSAT. He argued that it was un-
fair to punish him for not being
able to take a test that was not
administered in the jungles of
Vietnam while he fought for his
His legal career blazed hew
trails from the start as Miami-
Dade County's first Black as-
sistant public defender, and

Federal judge

admits to sending


racist e-mail
By John S. Adams

HELENA, Mont. Montana's U.S. District Chief Judge
Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially
charged e-mail about President Obamna from his courthouse
Cebull, of Billings, was nominated by former president
George W Bush and received his commission in 2001 and
has served as chief judge for the District of Montana since
The subject line of the e-mail, which Cebull sent from his
official courthouse e-mail address on Feb. 20 at 3:42 p.m..
reads: "A MOM'S MEMORY."
The forwarded text reads as follow:
"Normally [Idon't send or forward a
lot of these, but even by my standards,
it was a bit touching. I want all of my
friends to feel what I felt when I read .
this. Hope it touches your heart like it "
did mine.
"A little boy said to his mother;
'Mommy, how come I'm Black and
you're white?'" the e-mail joke reads.
"His mother replied, 'Don't even go there
BarackI From what I can remember
about that party, you're lucky you don't CEBULL
Cebull admitted Wednesday to sending the e-mail to seven
recipients, including his personal e-mail address. The judge
acknowledged that the content of the e-mail was racist, but
said he does not consider himself racist. He said the e-mail
was intended to be a pnvate communication.
"It was not intended by me in any way to become public."
Cebull said, "I apologize to anybody who is offended by it
and I can obviously understand why people would be of-
Cebull said his brother initially sent him the e-mail, which
he forwarded to six of his "old buddies" and acquaintances.
"The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of
our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan." Cebull
said. 'I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is. I
sent it out because it's anti-Obama."
Travis McAdam, executive director for the Montana Hu-
man Rights Network, said the e-mail is highly racist rhetoric
unbecoming of a federal judge.
"It's one thing if the judge is not a fan of President Barack
Obama, but you would think someone in his position would
articulate that in a way that criticizes his policy decisions or
his position on issues." McAdam said. "We have a hard time
believing that a legitimate criticism of the president involves
distributing a joke that basically compares African Amen-
cans with animals."
Cebull said he does not consider himself prejudiced
against people of other races or ethnic backgrounds, and
that his actions in his courtroom have demonstrated that.
"This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very
poor judgment on my part," Cebull said. "I did not forward
it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist. I'm
not that way, never have been."

-Photo by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Jean Monestime (left) presents a proclamation to H.T. Smith for work in the com-
munity as Miami-Dade's first Black assistant county attorney.

then as the County's first Black
assistant county attorney. For
the past 38 years, he has prac-
ticed law in Miami, specializing
in civil rights, personal injury
and criminal defense. He is

listed in The Best Lawyers in
America, Florida Super Law-
yers, Law and Leading Ameri-
can Attorneys and the National
Law Journal recognized him as
one of the top ten trial lawyers

of the year.
"Miami-Dade County is a bet-
ter place as a result of individu-
als such as H.T. Smith and it
is an honor for me to recognize
him today," Monestime said.

-AFP photo/Stephane de Sakutin
Julius Malema (L) attends a press conference at the ANC head-
quarters in Johannesburg.

South Africa's Malema to appeal

expulsion from ruling ANC


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge look at food hampers at
the Fortnum and Mason store in London.

By Joshua Howat Berger

brand youth leader Julius
Malema will appeal his expul-
sion from South Africa's ANC,
the ruling party's Youth League
said Monday, vowing to defy the
mother body and keep him as its
Malema, 31, was expelled last
week by the African National
Congress' disciplinary commit-
tee, which found him guilty last
year of bringing the party into
disrepute and sowing divisions
with negative comments on
President Jacob Zuma.
"The leadership of the ANC
Youth League will within 14 days
appeal the sentence of the na-
tional disciplinary committee,"
said the league's deputy presi-
dent, Ronald Lamola.
Reading from a statement by
the Youth League's national ex-
ecutive, which met at the week-
end to discuss the sanctions
against Malema and two other
top officials, Lamola said Male-
ma's expulsion was politically
motivated and that the league
would not accept it.
"The charges brought against
the leadership of the ANC Youth
League are based on political de-
velopments and realities, and it

is only a political discussion and
solution that can bring the dif-
ferences to rest," he told a press
"The leadership of the ANC
Youth League... will never be re-
moved by any process that does
not include the structures and
membership of the ANC Youth
Co-founded by former presi-
dent Nelson Mandela, the Youth
League has a history of pushing
for radical policies within the
But Malema and his co-lead-
ers have brought tensions with
the mother body to new heights
with their vocal criticism of the
party's failure to reverse the pov-
erty still facing most blacks 18
years after apartheid.
Malema was a key ally in
Zuma's rise to power, but later
turned on the president and was
seen as a threat to his re-elec-
tion as ANC leader in December
at a conference that, given the
party's strength, will effectively
choose South Africa's next presi-
Malema has until March 14
to appeal his expulsion. He may
also bring the dispute to the
ANC's national executive or the
party conference at the end of
the year.

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Ready or not, the shake down squad is coming accused of 3 murders

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

"Shake down squad! The
shake down squad coming, an
inmate yelled frantically from
the dark bed areas in the wee
hours of the morning. The
warning came just before lights
were turned on, awakening
all 68 inmates at an unusual
time of the morning. Ten offi-
cers and a captain appeared at
the front entrance of the build-
ing, moving quickly towards
the bed area. All of the officers
were wearing rubber gloves
and ordering every inmate to
hurry out of their bunks and
immediately report to the day
room. The shake down squad

was about to turn the
place upside down. No
one had time to con-
ceal nor dispose of any-
thing they may not have
wanted to be discovered
during the surprise dor-
mitory searching proce-
dure that was about to H
take place. After being herded
into one area, each inmate was
thoroughly strip-searched be-
fore being ordered to have a
Just as we were beginning
to get comfortable, the K-9
unit strolled into the building
- two dog handlers with two
Labrador retrievers. Trained
to alert officers to the pres-

ence of narcotics and
cell phone devices, the
two four-legged animals
were unleashed -set
free to roam the place
in hopes of sniffing out
hidden treasures. False
electronic signals could
ALL be heard coming from
a hand metal detector being
waved across mattresses and
pillows as the officer hold-
ing the device went from one
bunk to another in search of
hidden metal objects, ranging
from homemade knives to' cell
phones. The rest of the shake
down squad was at work fin-
gering through each inmate's
personal property, confiscat-

ing relatively small items con-
sidered contraband while re-
maining in constant search of
more serious tangibles such as
weapons, drugs, buck (prison-
brewed alcohol) or anything
else in the building that could
be deemed a threat to security.
In the end nothing was found.
Surprise searches like this
can occur any given time and
sometimes authorities make
major discoveries. But for in-
mates it's extremely frus-
trating, especially after their
property and immediate area
ransacked and then forced to
clean up the mess. Officers say.
they're just doing their jobs -
.inmates have other opinions.

South Florida once again tops in

nation for reports of identity theft

By Donna Gehrke-White

Once again, South Florida
leads the nation's metro ar-
eas in reports of identity theft,
according to a new report re-
leased Tuesday by the Federal
Trade Commission.
Miami-Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach counties had
17,546 reports of identity theft
in 2011 or 324 complaints
per 100,000 population, the
FTC's Consumer Sentinel Net-

work .Data Book reported.
In contrast, Montgomery,
Ala., the metro area with the
second highest incidence of
identity theft, had only 169 re-
ports per 100,000 population,
the Data Book found.
Indeed, the much larger Los
Angeles metro area had not
only fewer reports than South
.Florida 15,380 but resi-
dents there had only had a
third of a chance of getting
their identity stolen, the FTC

In 2010, South Florida also
led the nation in identity
Florida was top state for per
capital reported identity thefts
in both 2010 and 2011, ac-
cording to the FTC's annual
report that collects data from
law enforcement groups as
well as state and federal agen-
cies and the Better Business
In the report released Tues-

day, many other Florida metro
areas were among the worst
hit in the nation with identity
theft: Five others joined South
Florida in being among the top
15 metro areas with the high-
est incidence of identity theft.
The Port St. Lucie area was
ranked sixth, the Tampa-St.
Petersburg-Clearwater was
seventh, the Orlando-Kissim-
mee area was 12th, Gaines-
ville 13th, Lakeland, 14th and
Punta Gorda 15th.

Police: Victoria's Secret bra bandits captured

By Peter Franceschina

Her last name is Pink, and po-
lice say she has a penchant for
brazenly boosting sexy bras and
panties fromVictoria's Secret.
Boca Raton and Boynton
Beach police say they have
cracked the case of the disap-
pearing high-end undergar-
ments thefts that have been
plaguing Victoria's Secret shops
in the Boynton Beach Mall and
Town Center in Boca Raton -
with two arrests of the alleged
bra bandits.
And, police say, it was an
elaborate lingerie fraud across
South Florida going back to
October, involving repeated,
stealthy strikes at the stores,
in which hundreds of bras
and panties worth more than
$34,000 were stolen.
Police and Victoria's Secret
security personnel had been
playing a cat-and-mouse game
with the thieves for more than
a month, when one of them was
first identified returning stolen
merchandise to a Victoria's Se-
cret store on Lincoln Road in
Miami Beach.
The thieves targeted bras from
Victoria's Secret's "Very Sexy"
and "Miraculous" lines, as well

Tysheka Pink and Katina Summerset's mugshots.

as "The Gorgeous Collection."
The Boynton Beach store was
hit 11 times, police said; the
Town Center store was hit at
least twice.
Now in custody is Tysheka
Pink, 29, of .Miami, charged
with multiple counts of orga-
nized fraud, grand theft and re-
tail theft. She's being held in the
Palm Beach County Jail. Her al-
leged partner, Katina Summer-
set, 39, of Florida City, faces
similar charges and has been
released from the jail on $4,500

The two women followed a
well-oiled routine in grabbing
the goods, according to arrest
reports. They entered a store,
pulled a large plasticMacy's
shopping bag from a purse and
begin stuffing it with lingerie
from a display table. Then they
strolled out and disappeared.
But their every move was
caught on camera, which would
prove to be their undoing.
They were caught red-handed
about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at
Town Center mall, following a
heist there, according to arrest

reports. An alert Victoria's Se-
cret security., officer spotted Pink
in a parking lot and recognized
her as one of the alleged bras-
siere boosters from earlier sur-
veillance video. He called police.
The two women had just tak-
en nearly 100 bras, the report
states. Pink alerted Summerset
by phone that she was being
questioned by police, and Sum-
merset ditched the bag of linge-
rie outside the mall, reports say.
Boynton Beach police already
had a warrant for Pink's ar-
rest, and Boca Raton police filed
charges against both women. A
Boynton Beach police spokes-
woman said Summerset would
be charged in the thefts at the
Victoria's Secret there.
Summerset confessed she
had been shoplifting lingerie
with Pink for several months,
according to arrest reports. The
women returned the stolen lin-
gerie to Victoria's Secret stores
in Broward and Miami-Dade
counties to get store credit or
gift cards, the reports say.
Pink returned items to Vic-
toria' Secret two dozen times
since October, receiving $4,000
in store credit. Summerset -
using fake identification re-
ceived $2,200 in store credits.

By Rafael A. Olmeda

Fort Lauderdale A Broiard County judge on Friday ordered
the release of a man accused of gunning down two \omen and
a six-month-old boy in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment in Janu-
The Broward grand jury on Thursday declined to indict Line-
ten Belizaire in connection with the Jan. 15 shooting deaths
of Octavia Barnett. 21. Natasha Plummer, 25, and Plummer's
infant son, Carlton Stringer Jr.
At a brief hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Carlos Re-
bollo, Assistant State Attorney Peter Holden said the grand jury
recommended further investigation of the case.
Surveillance Video- Check out these videos of crimes caught
on camera
The only survivor of the
shooting at the 2750 Somerset "
Drive apartment was Barnett's
11-month-old son, who was '
found unharmed in his mother's '
arms. Belizaire. 20. is report-
edly the boy's father, though his
attorney suggested, that may not
be so ..
Belizaire was arrested Jan.
22. His attorney Alexander Mi-
chaels said he had expected the
grand jury to be eager to indict
in a case that involved the most
innocent of victims, an infant.
"I've never seen this before,"
Michaels said. "I'm sure it's LINETEN BELIZAIRE
happened, but I haven't seen it.
Very rare. Very unusual.
"The presumption of innocence doesn't count for much when
three people are killed and one of them is a baby," Michaels
said. "There's an old saying that a grand jury would indict a
ham sandwich. It says something about how little evidence
they had against my client that this grand jury would not in-
Under Florida law, a suspect who has been arrested must
be released if he is not formally charged within 40 days. That
deadline was Friday for Belizaire.
Prosecutors declined to comment on the case. The State At-
torney's Office could still bring additional evidence to the grand
jury, which could still indict Belizaire.
Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti expressed "disappointment"
shortly after the judge's decision to release Belizaire.
"Our detectives worked tirelessly to compile the evidence and
establish probable cause," Lamberti wrote in a prepared state-
ment. "It was sufficient to obtain an arrest warrant for murder
in the first degree, but apparently not enough to satisfy the
Grand Jurors."
Lamberti acknowledged that juries have a lot to digest.
"O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony remind us that people
today expect flawless, airtight cases, but with all our efforts
and our resources, we can't always build one," he wrote. "T7o
women and a baby were murdered in cold blood, and the Bro-
ward Sheriffs Office will not close this case until the killer is
brought to justice."
Veteran defense lawyer Dave Bogenschutz, who is not involved
in the case, said the fact that prosecutors did not take other
measures to try to keep Belizaire locked Iup could be a sign that
the investigative team has concerns or problems with the case
Prosecutors could have chosen to charge Belizaire with the
lesser crime of second-degree murder, which would not have
required a grand jury vote, if they had sufficient evidence, Bo-
genschutz said.
"For a state attorney to agree to [Belizaire's released, they
must have their own concerns about the case," Bogenschutz
Bogenschutz and another veteran trial and appellate lawyer,
Pat Rastatter, who have more than 30 'years' experience each,
said grand juries "very seldom" refuse to indict in such cases.
'That old saying that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to
indict a lamppost or a ham sandwich, that isn't just a cute
saying, it's a true statement," said Rastatter, who also is not
involved in the case but has handled many first-degree murder
Rastatter said prosecutors may have just run into a "cranky"
grand jury that perhaps focused on some details or questions
that were not answered to their satisfaction.

Swindler gets 10 years in prison

Associated Press

Florida man has been sen-
tenced to 10 years in prison for
swindling two New York wom-
en, each of whom he prom-
ised to marry, out of roughly
Paul Francois was convicted
in February on grand theft and
fraud charges. He had faced up
to 90 years in prison.
At his sentencing Thursday in
Broward County Circuit Court,
Francois said he planned to
pay the women back.
"I'm sorry, I apologize about
everything," said Francois, 57.
Francois convinced one wom-
an to sell her Astoria, N.Y.,
home, move to Florida and
open a joint bank account that
he secretly cleaned out, au-
thorities said.
Rose Marie Anglade said the
scheme cost her more than
"Ten years behind bars, I be-
lieve he should have got more
than that," Anglade said after
the hearing. "I work all my life
for 27 years, I worked hard to
get that money."
While he was wooing Anglade,
Francois was opening another
joint bank account with anoth-
er woman, authorities said.

Paul Francois had faced up to 90 years in prison

Sheila Brissault said Fran-
cois promised to marry her,
too, and convinced her take out
an equity loan on her Elmont,
N.Y., home and open a joint ac-
count to save for a new home
in Florida. Authorities said he
emptied that account instead.
Francois' attorney said there
was no theft and each woman
had access to her joint account.
Anglade said she doesn't be-
lieve shell get her money back.
"Right now, I don't know what
I'm going to do," she said. "I've

still got nothing."
After Francois' arrest in
2009, Anglade told The Associ-
ated Press that she met Fran-
cois, whom she knew in her
youth in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
during a 2007 visit to Miami's
Little Haiti neighborhood.
Brissault, also a Haitian im-
migrant, said she met Fran-
cois through his brother, a New
York City cab driver, in 2007.
At the time, both women were
single mothers whose children
were just finishing school.


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Georgia Cole, who taught fourth grade at Lexington from 1968-92, tells her former student, Kevin
Creekmore, about her triumphs and tribulations at the rural Lauderdale County school.

"I never feared (for myself) go-
ing there, but I admit I was a little
concerned for my two little girls,
Patshenia and Katernia, who'd be
going to school with me," she said.
"'I kept a close check on them. I
told myself and them, 'If you treat
people right, they'll do the same.'
"When Cole arrived at Lexington,
she was 31 and had 10 years of
experience teaching in Florence.
Edna McGee, who is white, re-
members the day she carried her
daughter to Cole's classroom on
the first day of school. The prin-

cipal walked along the sidewalk
with the two and asked McGee
if she had a problem with her
daughter being taught by "a col-
ored woman."
"I looked at him and said, 'none
whatsoever,' she recalled. "My
daughter will tell you to this day
that (Cole) taught her things she
still uses in her daily life. She gave
her all to those kids and they were
her No. 1 priority.
"My younger daughter was in
her class three years later and
had the same experience. Today,
they still keep in touch with (Cole).
She's that teacher who really made
a difference in the lives of chil-
dren. And we grew to be the best
of friends, and when our health
allows, we go looking at antiques.

She's the truest, most genuinely
honest friend I've ever had."
Cole attended college at Ala-
bama State in Montgomery during
the height of the civil rights move-
ment. She said she kept a low
profile and didn't get involved as
an activist, although she watched
She'd made a promise to her
mother not to get into trouble.
She knew involvement in "the
movement" could ultimately lead
to her arrest or even worse.
"I desperately wanted an educa-
tion, and I recognized what a gift
it was," she said. "If I'd messed
up, my mama would have yanked
me out of there and brought me
home. I couldn't risk it."
She grew up on a farm with

her five siblings. Her father and
grandfather were bricklayers and
her mother encouraged all her
children to get a college educa-
tion, which they did.
Her grandfather was particu-
larly skilled at his trade. Cole said
a white man helped her grandfa-
ther learn to lay brick at the age
of 14, enabling him to help his
family financially. But as master-
ful as he was at laying brick, he
knew if he could only read he'd be
much better, she said.
Cole said her grandfather
struck a deal with a white woman
who lived nearby, who just hap-
pened to need rails for her fence.
He'd cut the rails and provide the
labor if she would teach him to
read. She did, and a friendship

"We knew there were race
problems, but we had white peo-
ple coming to our house all the
time, so we co-existed just fine,"
Cole said.
She said her family fared well
as her father and brother worked
on a former plantation, cotton
"One year we made 100 bales
of cotton, each one weighing 500
pounds," she said.
While Blacks working on the
cotton farm might have been
all the young white students in
Lexington knew about them,
Cole wanted to change that and
steered clear of politics.
There was virtually no teach-
ing of Black history in 1968, but
. Cole said she knew those children
needed an understanding of race.
"I knew some of them had par-
ents who didn't like the idea of
them having a Black teacher, but
I figured if I could show them I
was a good teacher and a good
person, they'd learn more than
anything I could tell them about
Blacks," Cole said. "They were
my babies, and I loved them.
"I told them I was their mother
while I was at school and that I
wanted them to do right and live
right. I taught. them everything I
knew how to read the Bible and
be blessed. I told them to buy
good clothes so they were always
prepared for any situation and
that a penny saved is a penny
Those words weren't lost on
Kevin Creekmore, who now
coaches and teaches govern-
ment/economics at Brooks High
School in Killen. He was a fourth-
grader at Lexington School under
Cole's tutelage.

|Debt-ridden Va.

Siaivery Museum

.t present plan

By Steve Szkotak raising to pay back its
Associated Press and get the museum

RICHMOND, Va. An attor-
ney for the U.S. National Slav-
ery .Museum is headed back
to bankruptcy court to outline
a reorganization plan for the
debt-ridden dream of former
Virginia Gov. L. Douglas.Wilder.
The court will consider a plan
Wednesday filed earlier this
month by Sandra R. Robin-
son, the attorney representing
Wilder. The proposal calls for
the museum to resume fund-

By David Brack
Associated Press

DANVILLE, Ky. Many of the
students from Bate Middle School
in Danville will admit they don't
know much about how their
school got its name.
"I think my dad might have
talked about it before,." said sixth-
grader Samantha Valko, one of
the few brave enough to respond
to a reporter's question about
That day was a chance for stu-
: dents of all ages to learn about
two of Danville's most significant
'black educators, including Bate,
Against the backdrop of what
served as a school house for for-
mer slaves more than 200 years
Several classes from Bate and
qone from Danville Montessori con-

verged on the Willis Russell House
on East Walnut Street to learn
about Russell and John Bate,
both former slaves who went on
to be teachers in Danville
"We have decided that the best
thing to do now is open the home
up to school children so they can
learn about Willis Russell," said
Barbara Hulette, president of the
Boyle Landmark Trust and a for-
mer teacher herself. "'It is won-
derful that they can learn about
John Bate today too. He was a
hero, really."
The Landmark Trust has been
working to restore Willis Rus-
sell's house since the early 1980s.
The more information unearthed
about its namesake and his for-
mer slave owner, the more the
group is enthralled by the small
foothold they still maintain among
the block of modern houses.

back on

The museum is saddled with
debt totaling about $7 million.
Its creditors include the city
of Fredericksburg, Va where
the museum was to rise before
it began its tumble into. bank-
The museum was the vision
of Wilder, the nation's first
elected black governor and the
former mayor of Richmond.
The museum was intended to
tell the story of slavery.

Buck O'Neil was inducted Monday afternoon into the Hall of Famous Missourians, the display of
bronze busts in the Capitol's third-floor rotunda.

First Black MLB coach

honored at Missouri Capitol

- Major League Baseball's
first black coach has been in-
ducted into the Hall of Famous
The late Buck O'Neil, who
played first base for the Kan-
sas City Monarchs and went
on to become a leading am-
bassador for Negro Leagues
Baseball, was praised by for-
mer Kansas City Royals player
Frank White and others dur-
ing a ceremony Monday.

A bronze bust of O'Neil will
now be included in a display at
the Capitol.
O'Neil died in 2006 at the
age of 94. He played 11 sea-
sons with the Monarchs and
was later hired as a scout by
the Chicago Cubs, who made
him the first black major
league coach in 1962.
He became a scout for the
Royals in the late 1980s and
raised money for the Negro
Leagues Baseball Museum.

Danville house offers

history lessons


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-The Birmingham News, Tamika Moore

Remembering the fight

for civil rights in America

Above, President Obama
senior advisor Valerie Jarrett,
Rev. Al Sharpton, Congress-
man John Lewis, Ethel Ken-
nedy, Jesse Jackson, Con-
gresswoman Terri Sewell,
and other marchers cross the
Edmund Pettus Bridge during
the annual Bridge Crossing
Jubilee in Selma, Ala., Sunday,
March 4. The event celebrated
the 47th anniversary of the
Bloody Sunday and the Selma
to Montgomery March.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, crosses
Bridge on Sunday.

-Ap photo/Kevin Glackmeyer

the Edmund Pettus

Several major casinos

saddled with heavy debt

By Bill O'Driscoll

Several major casino com-
panies in the USA are grap-
pling with heavy debt taken
on in better economic times,
and industry observers expect
more as the list of states vying
for gamblers' dollars grows.
The biggest operator, Cae-.
sars Entertainment with 52
properties worldwide includ-
ing the Harrah's chain, is
working with its lenders to
manage $22 billion in debt
tied to when the company
was taken private in 2006, ac-
cording to gaming analysts in
MGM Resorts International,
whose properties include the
Circus Circus name, Bellagio
and New York-New York, has
$13.6 billion of its own debt,
its fourth-quarter 2011 earn-
ings report shows.
Tribal-owned Foxwoods in
Connecticut, the USA's big-
gest casino, defaulted in :2009
and. is restructuring a debt es-
timated at $2 billion. *

In Las Vegas, Station Casi-
nos emerged last summer af-
ter two years in bankruptcy
court, and the bankrupt Hoot-
ers Hotel was bought at. auc-
tion earlier this month by its
main lender, an affiliate Can-
yon Capital Realty Advisors,
court documents show.
In Reno, the 2,000-room
Grand Sierra Resort was tak-
en over by its chief lender in
2009 and the Siena Hotel Spa
& Casino went bankrupt in
2010, reopening last year un-
der new owners.
Now Reno's 35-story Sil-
ver Legacy Resort Casino is
scrambling to refinance a
$142.8 million mortgage note
due Thursday.
"It's not so much bad man-
agement on their part. It's bad
times," Reno gaming analyst
Ken Adams said of the strug-
gling properties.
Nationwide, gaming reve-
nues are only now showing life
in a 2.3% uptick in the first
11 months of 2011, American
Gaming Association figures

show. Even so, the number of
vulnerable casinos, particu-
larly in shrinking markets like
Atlantic City and Reno-Tahoe,
will grow, said I. Nelson Rose,
professor at Whittier Law
School in Costa Mesa, Calif.,
and expert on gaming law.
"Places in Nevada and Atlan-
tic City and Foxwoods had the
horrible misfortune of expand-
ing right when recession hit,"
Rose said. The only states left
now without any kind of gam-
bling are Hawaii and Utah. I
expect we will continue to see
more bankruptcies."
Adams cited hotspots for
possible future financial woes,
Atlantic City, which con-
tinues to battle casinos in
nearby Pennsylvania and
Delaware for the coveted Phil-
adelphia-to-New York market,
and will add the new $2.4 bil-
lion, 47-story Revel resort in
April on the Boardwalk.
"That will put huge pressure
on the old properties," Adams

Hospital's O'Dell says layoffs are inevitable

continued from 1A

As the rally went on, em-
ployees were informed that
they had been granted a slight
reprieve. County Commis-
sion Chairman Joe Martinez
has agreed to convene a pub-
lic hearing where both sides
can weigh-in on the Jackson
plan as proposed by Jackson's
president and CEO, Carlos A.
Migoya. (A date for the meeting
had not been set at the time
this story went to press).

O'Dell says layoffs will in-
clude both clinical and non-
clinical positions.
"These decisions are based
upon thorough department-by-
department reviews designed
to properly align our workforce
with decreasing patient vol-
umes and our business plan -
it will mean a total reduction
of 1,115 positions. By the time
these reductions are complet-
ed at the end of April, Jack-

son will have approximately
10 percent fewer employees
than it did last summer. These
actions will save Jackson ap-
proximately $69 million per
year with the cost of salaries
and benefits. Combined with
other staffing initiatives, it will
save Jackson approximately
$91 rhillion per year. This does
not include substantial addi-
tional savings created by the
approval of new three-year
contracts with SEIU, which
eliminate automatic raises and
require employees, for the first
time, to begin contributing to-
ward their retirement. We are
hopeful that a similar agree-
ment with AFSCME can be
reached soon."
In the meantime, Jackson
plans to create 350 new part-
time positions to pick up the
Employees who are repre-
sented by a collective-bargain-
ing unit will be notified by April
6th if they are going to be im-
pacted, followed by a 21-day
notice as required in union

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
believes that Jackson can stay
afloat with sound decisions.
"No one wants to see layoffs
but that can only happen if
employees are willing to make
more concessions," he said.
"Jackson has been operating
in the red for years now they
can't continue on that course
any longer. We need Jackson in
this community."
O'Dell agrees that Jackson's
officials have to make tough
choices if they want to remain
in business.
"Our taxpayer-owners right-
fully demand that we operate
as efficiently and effectively as
possible," he said. "We are posi-
tioning Jackson to be the mod-
el health care provider for the
generations to come. In terms
of our financial health, we are
trending in a positive direction
as both our December 2011
and January 2012 reports in-
Randy Grice contributed to
this report.

Miami Gardens will host

Women's Impact Conference

Hill Harper, Tracy Mourning and

MC Lyte among the panelists
In honor of Women's ebrating the many
History Month and in accomplishments
conjunction with the of the women of our
7th Annual Jazz in the past, while empower-
Gardens music festi- ing women -of today,"
val, the City of Miami said Mayor Shirley
Gardens will host the Gibson, City of Miami
2012 Women's Impact Gardens. "Our hope
Conference & Lun- is to encourage wom-
cheon. The event will en to live their best
take place from 8:30 HARPER lives daily so they can
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on continue to make a
Friday, March 16, at Shula's positive impact and difference
Hotel & Golf Club, 6842 Main in our communities and their
Street, in Miami Lakes. personal lives, while maintain-
The Conference & Luncheon ing a successful and balanced
seeks to empower women to existence."
take essen- Proceeds from the 2012
O tial time for Women's Impact Conference

while pursu-
ing a joyful life
full of endless
Sf possibilities.
Attendees will
SJ be entertained
MC LYTE and engaged
as celebrities
and experts deliver power-
ful tips and tools for becom-
ing successful both personally
and professionally. World-re-
nowned panelists include: Jazz
in the Gardens. host and hip
hop icon MC Lyte; celebrated
actor Hill Harper of CSI: New
York; former Miami Mayor
Manny Diaz; Tracy Wilson-
Mourning, founder of the Hon-
ey Shine Mentoring Program
for girls; and CBS-4 News An-
chor Jawan Strader. Breakout
sessions will run the gambit
and include: Woman Power
- Giving Back; Uplifting the
Female Spirit; Secrets of How
to Achieve Wealth in America;
Is This Really a Man's World?;
and Beautiful You Relation-
ships & Finances.
"We are excited to be host-
ing the Women's Impact Lun-
cheon for a second year, cel-

& Luncheon will benefit the
programs and, mission of the
City of Miami Gardens. Tick-
ets can be purchased at www.
j azzinthegardens.com.

Willie Stewart won $25,000
to celebrate African rhythms
through children's percussion
classes and performances.

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Education in Haiti is

one man's mission

By Randy Grice

Haitian military

comes back on trail

By Joseph Guyler

For two weeks, an armed
band of former Haitian sol-
diers has occupied an old mili-
tary camp m the capital where
they carry out military training
in defiance of the government.
"We took control of some-
thing that is ours."said David
Dorme, the leader of the group
and a former army sergeant,
even though Haiti's army was
disbanded in disgrace almost
two decades ago. "No one can
force us to leave this place."
The irregular camp and oth-
ers that have sprung up in dif-
ferent parts of the country are
the latest manifestations of a
push to revive Haiti's army,.
which was long considered
one of the most reprehensible
in the Western hemisphere,
responsible for decades of hu-
man rights abuses and cor-
ruption. as well as a bloody
military coup in 1991. The
former soldiers have ignored
"appeals by President Michel
Martelly to put down their
weapons and leave the La-
mentin camp, where men
brandishing assault rifles
and handguns proudly pro-
claim they are defending the
nation's constitutional right.
That may be in large part be-
cause Martelly has himself
declared the reconstitution of
the army a central goal of his
government, much to the cha-
grin of Western governments
who believe Haiti has far
greater priorities in the wake
of a devastating earthquake
two years ago. Martelly is un-

der mounting international
pressure to take tougher ac-
tion to e\ict and disarm the
would-be soldiers before they
grow any bolder and pose a
threat to political stability.
"We expect concrete actions
to put an end to this ad hoc
process of regrouping, which
is an unnecessary provoca-
tion," said Mariano Fernan-
dez, head of the U.N. mission
in Haiti in an official state-
The United Nations and ma-
jor financial donors to Haiti's
earthquake recovery ques-
tion the country s need for an
army, arguing that Haiti fac-
es no external threats. Then
there's the question of money,
and how Haiti could possibly
afford to assume the cost of
arming' and training even a
small army.
"Haiti doesn't have the mon-
ey, and the international com-
munity has no appetite for
funding something like this,"
said Mark Schneider, \-ice
president of the Internation-
al Crisis Group think-tank,
which monitors Haiti closely.
The emergence of the irreg-
ular military training camps
comes in the midst of a new
political crisis. Prime Minis-
ter Garry Conille resigned last
week after falling out with Mar-
telly, plunging Haiti back into
political paralysis and uncer-
tainty. U.N. officials also worry
that talk of reviving the army
could undermine international
efforts to train and equip a ne\\
civilian police force, a key goal
of the U.N. mission in Haiti.

In Haiti, the literacy rate is
about 53 percent 55 percent
for males and 51 percent for fe-
males well below the 90 per-
cent rate for Latin American and
Caribbean countries. Haiti has
about 15,200 primary schools
- 90 percent being non-public.
Given these staggering statis-
tics, one group has stepped in to
to provide more educational op-
portunities for children in Haiti.
"I was concerned for the edu-
cation of kids in Haiti," said
Claude Reginald Jean, founder
and CEO of GROup DYnamic for
the Survival of Haiti (GRODYSH).
"I want to create new leaders
in society. People tend to think
that because we are the poor-
est country, we are the dumbest
people this is just not true."
GRODYSH is responsible for
providing education to Haitian
orphans and other children
from below-poverty-level areas
of the county from kiridergarden
through high school. The group
is currently based in the Clear-
water-Tampa Bay area but they
hope to expand to South Florida.
GRODYSH was formed in Haiti
in 2000 but was not recognized
as a non-profit in the U.S. un-
til 2011. GRODYSH supported

hundreds of families and or-
phanages before the 2010 earth-
quake devastated the country.
However, due to flooding risks,
Jean decided to move his fam-
ily to the U.S. while converting
his residence into an orphanage
which he named the Future OF
Haiti Orphanage (FOHO). The
orphanage started with 100 chil-
dren and continues to grow.
"My mother brought me to this
country to escape the education-
al system of Haiti," said Jones
Pierre, 25, who arrived in the
U.S. when he was 11-years-old.
"My brother and I were extremely
poor but far from dumb. A lot of
kids in Haiti were not given the
same chance that we were given.
I just remember thinking about
how grateful I was to be learning
in this country."
Jeffery Patterson. 26, also
knows the differences between
education in Haiti and the U.S.
- he moved here to continue his
studies when he was 12.
"It is rough," he said. "In Amer-
ica kids have it easy. If you sim-
ply come to school in America
that will cut it but in Haiti that
is not the case. If you are lucky
enough to get a little bit of edu-
cation in Haiti you must work
extremely hard to get it because
honestly there isn't enough to go

-Photo Courtesy of GRODYSH
Claude Reginald Jean, founder of GRODYSH, hangs out with
children from Haiti whose lives are enriched because of his pro-

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Haiti brings light to business-starved projects
By Brandon Jefferson will give jobs to 100 people after touches just about every aspect "If we properly tackle the en-
it formally opens next rhonth. of Haitian life. Students read ergy problem, we will infuse a
Sometimes it seems as if Hair Boucan Carre is among dozens by candlelight. Haiti's wealthy dynamic into the whole devel-
tians have only the sun and of projects across Haiti where power their homes with rum- opment process of Haiti," said
moon: the blinding sun that the government and develop- bling generators, a costly ordeal Rene Jean-Jumeau, who over-
bakes their mud homes and the ment agencies are using some because fuel fetches $5 a gallon sees the government's energy
moon that, along with flickering of the $4.5 billion in earth- in a country where 80 percent department. "(The absence of
gas lamps, fights against the quake aid to solve one of the of the population makes less electricity is) the biggest thing
dark of night. bottlenecks that kept Haiti in than $2 a day. President Michel that's impeding development."
Electricity arrived just three poverty long before the shat- Martelly's administration hopes Power for the Boucan Carre
months ago in this mountain tering earthquake of January to double the number of rural project "has to be reliable be-
village, and it's gone as often as 2010: a critical lack of electric- homes with access to power by cause you need electricity 24
it's on. With no power, there is ity of any sort, whether from helping villagers acquire solar- hours a day," said Valentin Abe
no industry, just tiny farms and hydro plants, solar cells or oil- power systems, reforming the of the Caribbean Harvest Foun-
grinding hunger. Now that will fired generators. Only a quar- state power company and re- dation, the Haitian nonprofit
be changing. with the help of ter of Haiti's 10 million people furbishing the country's largest that is donating the fish. Wash-
that sun. A Haitian aid agency have regular access to electric- energy generator. In all, about ington-based Solar Electric
has just installed 63 solar pan- ity, and spotty supply hampers $260 million has been ear- Light Fund received a $500,000
els that will power the pumps businesses and scares away marked for energy projects so grant from the Clinton Bush
of a fish hatchery that it hopes foreign investors. The scarcity far. Haiti Fund for the hatchery.

Dennis Moss honored, "Cosby

kid" reveres Langston Hughes

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
(SMDCAC) and delancyhill law firm welcomed
over 500 patrons to celebrate Black History
Month with a presentation of the Langston
Hughes Project, "Ask Your Mama, Twelve
Moods for Jazz" on Thursday, February 23rd.
The evening featured a VIP reception honoring
Miami-Dade County (M-DC) Commissioner
Dennis C. Moss and the Dr. Ron McCurdy
Quartet with celebrity spoken word artist Mal-
colm Jamal-Warner. Proceeds of the celebra-
tion benefitted the SMDCAC's education and
outreach programs.
The evening also welcomed a number of
M-DC elected officials and administrators, in-
cluding M-DC Commissioner Barbara Jordan.
Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace. Palmetto Bay
Mayor Shelley Stancyzk, Palmetto Bay Coun-
cilman Howard Teindnch, Cutler Bay Coun-
cilwoman Sue Ellen Loyzelle, Miami-Dade
Deputy Mayor Russell Beneby, and Greater
Miami Convention &. Visitors Bureau (GM-
CVB) executive Ginny Gutierrez.
Dr. Ron McCurdy and Malcolm-Jamal War-
ner revived the life's work of Harlem Renais-
sance poet Langston Hughes with a dazzling
multimedia presentation of jazz and spoken
%word poetry on the main stage.
"We were proud to present this historic op-
portunity for the residents to celebrate the
work of Commissioner Moss and to revel in
the cultural treasures of Langston Hughes at
the brand new South Miami-Dade Cultural
Arts Center it was special," said Marlon
Hill, founding partner, delancyhill, P.A.


Russell Beneby (1-r), Deputy M-DC Mayor, M-DC Commissioner Barbara Jordan,
Michelle Delancy, M-DC Commissioner Dennis Moss and Marion Hill.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner takes a break from re-
hearsal to greet a performance patron.

Jeffrey Codallo (1-r), Community Bank of Florida, Michelle Delancy, M-DC Commissioner
Dennis Moss, Irvine Headley, Bilmor Advertising and Marion Hill.




County workers will have to

made additional concessions

Is homelessness a racial issue? HOW HOMELESSNESS IMPACTS BLACKS (2010)

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much more likely to experience
poverty than their white coun-
terparts and are overwhelm-
ingly represented in homeless
shelters throughout the coun-
try," said Ralph da Costa Nunez,
ICPH president and CEO. "This
report raises the question of how
family homelessness has moved
beyond simply a poverty issue
and become a racial one."
Prejudice and access barriers
that Blacks continue to face lead
to "higher rates of poverty and
unemployment, lower educa-
tional attainment and ultimately
homelessness," said Matthew
Adams, principal policy analyst,
But Ronald L. Book, chair-
man, Miami-Dade Homeless
Trust, says the numbers in Mi-
ami are not as dramatic as the
report indicates.
"Given the jobless rate and the
overall socioeconomic conditions

in Florida and across the U.S.,
it's no surprise that Blacks are
disproportionately represented,"
he said. "Miami-Dade has not
seen the kind of spike in num-
bers that other areas have expe-
rienced because we have taken
our outreach program to por-
tions of the County where the
homeless tend to congregate -
downtown, the urban core and
the inner city.

Book notes that the empha-
sis of outreach workers is to
persuade people to participate
in the various programs offered
by the Homeless Trust. He says
there are a number of reasons
why people find themselves
"There's a difference between
'situational' and 'chronic' home-
lessness but the majority of
families and individuals are in
need because of the economy
- they've lost their jobs or have

Black families living in poverty
White families living in poverty



Number of homeless families in Florida 21,813

Homeless by race in M-DC:
Black 55%
White 27%
Hispanic 14%

been downgraded in their work
status," Book said. "We have in-
creased our efforts at reaching
the chronically homeless that
is, a person that has been home-
less for 365 days or more in a
calendar year. They often face
other problems including mental
health and substance or alcohol
*abuse. Some people turn their'

(Data from U.S. Dept. of
Housing and Urban
Development; ICPH)

noses up at the homeless but
we say it could happen to any of
us we must find ways to solve
the problem. It's certainly less
expensive to help someone find
housing and pay their utilities
than to foot the bill for someone
who goes to Jackson Memorial
Hospital's emergency room over
a dozen times in a year."

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"returnable kids" and living
in relative comfort. Then four
years ago this May, she was di-
agnosed with breast cancer. She
underwent surgery and faced
a lumpectomy, chemo-therapy
and radiation treatments. She's
now cancer free and has re-
gained control of her life and her
health. And she's on a mission
to help others like her.
"My life changed a lot after
breast cancer," she said. "After
the treatment was done I began
to focus even more than I had
before on nutrition and my life-
style. I needed to build up the

strength to exercise again and so
that I would have the kind of en-
ergy I needed to get on with my
life I was determined to take
But Smith says that while
there was an inordinate num-
ber of resources and infrastruc-
tures in place for those like her
in treatment, she found services
to assist with her recovery to be
limited. That led her to found
an organization called Breast
Cancer Partner. Her mission is
to spread the word, beyond the
month of October, about breast
cancer prevention and to pro-
mote the importance of early
detection and mammogram

"Black women have a lower
incidence rate of breast cancer
- the diagnosis for Blacks is
lower," she said. "But we have a
higher mortality rate than other
women. Part of the reason is be-
cause Black women tend to be
diagnosed in later stages of the
disease when it has progressed
too far to overcome. Many Black
women don't get mammograms
because they can't afford them.
Many must chose between insur-
ance or food for their children.
Early detection betters one's
chance of survival. Beyond that,
it's important to focus on things
like sexual health and wellness,
exercise like yoga and changing
one's diet. I used breast cancer

to reinvent myself. What amazed
me was that I discovered I wasn't
living my life the healthiest way
possible now I am."
Smith has partnered with The
Women's Breast Initiative, a non-
profit founded by breast cancer
survivor Andrea Ivory and based
in Miami Lakes, that focuses on
access for screening to women
who are uninsured or under-
served by the health care sys-
tem. They, along with Blue Cross
Blue Shield of South Florida, will
sponsor "Songs in the Key of C."
a music event and fundraiser on
Wednesday, March 21 at the Sky
Lounge at the Hard Rock Casi-
no. For more information, go to

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budget that took some tough
decisions. The commission sup-
ported the concessions needed
to balance the budget, instead
of laying off hundreds of public
safety officers and employees.
And we're still shaking up the
county bureaucracy reducing
county departments from 42 to
He adds that the budget pro-
cess will begin in earnest in
June when the county gets the
word on the tax rolls.
"We are hopeful that we won't
see more reductions in. our
property values because they
are part of the equation that
determine the revenue we get in
Miami-Dade County," he said.
"Once those numbers come out
we'll begin to hammer out the
next budget. It should be less
challenging than what we faced
the last time around."
Gimenez has joined other
members of the commission,
including Rebecca Sosa, who
are pushing for term limits, in
one form or another, and be-
lieves it is a move that is long
"We need to establish eight-
year term limits the mayor
and the president have it it's
time that county commission-
ers follow the same rules," he
said. "Incumbents seem to stay
and stay and while we have had
some turnover on the commis-
sion, that's more of the excep-
tion than the rule. I think a
commissioner should be able to
get the job done in eight years."'
Gimenez adds that if neces-
sary, he will participate in a pe-
tition process to get term limits

on the next ballot. He supports
term limits with one term ret-

One of the criticisms many
citizens lodged against the
county last year was the deplor-
able number of summer jobs
for youth, whose unemploy-
ment numbers among Blacks
hover at close to 50 percent.
The Mayor says it will take
partnerships and collaborative
approaches to bring more jobs
to Miami-Dade County.
"When you look at jobs in the
private sector, there are a lot of
regulations and red tape that
make it tough for small busi-
nesses to get started," he said.
"We will maintain an adequate
work force in the county so that
we maintain services, but we
have to find more ways to cut
our costs. We do have some
things to celebrate: 18,000
non-agricultural jobs were add-
ed last year; we saw the second-
largest monthly job increase in
the Florida this past December;
and unemployment numbers
are now below their peak of over
14 percent. We are also work-
ing in conjunction with South
Florida Workforce and making
$1.5 million dollars available to
college students from disadvan-
taged communities throughout
the county. That's so they can
participate in paid internships
with local businesses this sum-
mer. Job creation is still our top
Gimenez says there is much
more to be done.
"Sometimes there simply
aren't enough hours in a day,"
he added.

Marchers honor historic

Alabama protest trail

By Alvin Benn

sands of activists walked across
one of America's most famous
bridges Sunday, saluting the
1965 Voting Rights Act and call-
ing for the rejection of Alabama's
tough new immigration law.
* The anniversary of the historic
march from Selma to Montgom-
ery, Ala., in 1965 attracted many
organizations, from labor unions
to civil rights groups.

Al Sharpton mentioned the new
immigration law on the Edmund
Pettus Bridge, citing past gains
and the need for demonstrations.
"We're not being beaten on the
bridge, but we're being blocked
at the ballot box," he said, urging
protests of the immigration law.
The annual event commem-
orates the anniversary of the
1965 demonstration that became
known as "Bloody Sunday" after
police attacked peaceful protest-

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Robinson believes the changes,
while severe to some, are neces-
"The proposed changes to our
school grading system are not
only necessary to continue on
the path of intelligent reform,
but they will help ensure that
Florida is prepared to compete
on a global level," he said. "Un-
der our current school grad-
ing system, it is possible for a
school to receive an 'A' grade
when one out of four students
cannot meet Florida's grade-
level standards for reading.
This is unacceptable."
Estimates of the increase in
"F" schools that would result if
the proposed policy had been
approved were alarming. In
Miami-Dade, the number of
"F" schools would jump to 50
up from five; in Broward, to 27
from the current five.
"I am against any measure
that is by rule or appearance
unfair to the students of Mi-

ami-Dade County," said Doro-
thy Bendross-Mindingall, 69,
District 2 Miami-Dade County
Public School (M-DCPS) Board
member. "I think these pro-
posed changes build an unset-
tling foundation for the future
of Miami-Dade County stu-
dents. I am concerned with how
long this cloud of uncertainty
will hover above our students."
Is education in Liberty City
' Despite the current perfor-
mance of schools in Liberty
City, some still say that stu-
dents are not receiving qual-
ity education. In 2011, Miami
Northwestern Sr. High School
earned a "B" for the first time in
the school's history up from
a "D" in 2010. Nonetheless,
T. Willard Fair, 73, president
and CEO of the Urban League
of Greater Miami and former
chairperson of the Florida State
Board of Education, is worried
about the future.
"It is an "F" with five pluses,"
Fair said of Liberty City schools.
"The biggest problem is that the

adults to whom the children
belong don't believe that educa-
tion achievement is important.
The system was embarrassed
by the inability on their behalf to
prepare the children to pass the
FCAT so they lobbied to change
the formula and all schools were
improved. The issue is not what
grade a school got but whether
the children are performing on
grade level. The bottom 'line
is proficiency. When you talk
about a school that goes from
making a "F" for eight years then
all of a sudden in nine months
they become smart? You don't
question that?"
Nikolai Vitti, director of the
education transformation office
for M-DCPS acknowledges that
more works needs to be done.
"Our students in Liberty City
can do better," he said. "We are
working on plans to ensure
more children enter kindergar-
ten with stronger literacy skills.
We will also continue to review
student achievement data and
make teacher changes when

Israel interested in U.S. presidential race

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organizer, Obama told The
Atlantic magazine that he's
not bluffing when he says he
won't allow Iran to get a nu-
clear weapon. Then, in an ad-
dress Sunday to the American
Israel Public Affairs Commit-
tee (AIPAC), Obama offered an
even stronger guarantee: There
shouldn't be any doubt that
"when the chips are down, I
have Israel's back," he said.
Netanyahu isn't convinced
of that. So he threatens to go
it alone in launching a pre-
emptive strike against Iran.
But that would be a war Israel

probably couldn't win without
massive American military and
financial aid.
Understandably, Netanyahu
is jittery over the prospect of
Iran getting a nuclear bomb.
After all, he bears a great re-
sponsibility for safeguarding
his country. But Netanyahu
should neither doubt the public
assurances Obama has given
Israel, nor try to use the presi-
dent's political adversaries to
pressure him into letting Israel
dictate when the U.S. sends its
servicemembers to war.
"If during this political sea-
son you hear some questions
regarding my administration's
support for Israel, remember

that it's not backed up by the
facts. And remember that the
U.S.-Israel relationship is sim-
ply too important to be distort-
ed by partisan politics," Obama
said in his AIPAC speech.
That's a message that should
not be lost on Netanyahu.
C bamna has given the Israeli
leader a strong, unequivocal
public commitment to stop
Iran from becoming a nuclear
power an action that will
be taken on the president's
terms. Netanyahu makes a big
mistake when he tries to get
Obama to do otherwise, or uses
those who are trying to unseat
the president to champion his

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Pastor Felicia Hamilton-Parramore with husband, Dwike

By Kaila Heard
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Pastor Felicia Hamilton-Parramore believes women should
behave like women. She just believes that women can behave
like women while they stand behind the pulpit as a pastor of
a church.
"I like stilettos, I like weaves, I like the color pink and I love
my husband," she explained. "but when God calls you then
there's nothing that man can say to stop you."
The 50-year-old pastor of the non-denominational King-
dom Agenda Ministries believes that the oft-referred to text
in First Corinthians that says women should be silent in
the church is a verse that is often taken out of context and
"If they knew the history [of that versel than they wouldn't
even use that for today," she said
In ministry for the past 26 years, Hamilton-Parramore
finally founded her own church in 2002
She says she is just "thankful for the opportunity to share
the gospel of Jesus Christ, His death, His burial and His
According to Hamilton-Parramore, that message can some-
times offend people, but pastors should not worry.
"People compromise the messagel because they fear rejec-
tion from family and friends and co-workers." she explained
"They just want to be liked and to be popular, but instead
they need to be womed if God accepts them because if God is
for us then who can be against us?"
This message of finding yourself through faith is very inm-
portant in particular for teenagers, according to the minister.
"We really need to seek out the young people and let them
know that their destiny is not in Bevonce. in Jay-Z, not in
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Footprints Foundation to

train women in midwifery


By Kaila Heard

Common wisdom says that
television, also known as the
boob tube or the idiot box,
provides nothing but trashy
non-redeeming information.
However, for 58-year-old Lor-
na Owens, television inspired
her calling after she witnessed
a news program reporting the
continuing conflict in the Con-
go, where an estimated two mil-
lion women have been raped.
That report led Owens to
research the Congo further
and what she found revealed
a country with numerous is-
sues from continuing violence
to widespread rape and pov-
erty. But it was the high infant
mortality rate that particularly
struck her.
"The magnitude of it was
just phenomenal to me and I

thought, 'why isn't anyone do-
ing anything' and then a voice
told me, 'it's up to you,'" Owens
Eventually Owens decided to
create the non-profit organiza-
tion, Footprints Foundation,
Inc., last year.
According to Maricia Narine,
a board member of the organi-
zation, "The mission is to help
reduce the rate of maternal
death and infant mortality in
locations around the world and
we do this by training midwives
and raising funds to buy sup-
plies for midwives for the hos-
pitals that we're working with."
The foundation's goals were
a natural fit for Owens, a re-
tired from criminal and enter-
tainment law, who is herself a
certified midwife and registered
nurse. Still concerned about the
women living in the Democratic
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The local organization, Footprints Foundation, Inc., visited
the Congo last year to learn how to reduce the high infant
mortality rate.

Praise for holding up half the sky

By Kaila Heard
Several studies have proven that of-
ten women are less likely than their
male counterparts to have their ac-
complishments praised or even recog-
"Women need to hear the stories
of other women who have succeeded
against adversity," said Linda Basch,

the president of the National' Coun-
cil for Research on Women (NCRW).
"Women need role models, mentors
and sponsors to inspire them and
guide them to become the best they
can be. That is why we celebrate wom-
en leaders each year and use their ex-
amples to pave the way for others."
On Tuesday, March 6th, NCRW, an
organization dedicated to promoting
research on women and applying that

research into policy, presented their
13th annual Making a Difference for
Women awards to women across vari-
ous age groups, ethnicities and busi-
This year's honorees include Beth
A. Brooke, global vice chair and mem-
ber of Ernst and Young, LLP; Abigail
E. Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini
Reticker, the co-creators of "Women,
War and Peace,"; Anita Hill, law pro-

fessor of law, public policy and wom-
en's studies at Brandeis University;
and Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor.
Because NCRW is celebrating its
30th anniversary this year, 30 female
leaders were also recognized at the
awards ceremony, according to Vivi-
enne Heston-Demirel, the director of
communications for NCRW.
"We work closely with our Board of
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-Photo courtesy of Joyce Tenneson



Christian Jewish coalition honors Albert Dotson, Jr.

MCCJ hosts annual awards gala

By Kaila Heard

On Saturday, March 3rd,
local attorney Albert Dotson,
Jr. was among a handful of
individuals to receive the
Miami Coalition of Christians
and Jews (MCCJ)'s 2012
Silver Medallion Award for
his humanitarian work in the
community during the orga-
nization's annual Humanitar-
ian Awards Gala at the Four
Seasons Hotel Miami.
"There are a lot of people

who do a lot of great things
in the community and to be
recognized as one of them is
humbling," Dotson, 51, told
The Miami Times in a tele-
phone interview.
Leading a thriving career at
the law firm, Bilzin Sumberg,
the busy professional has
been lauded as "most effec-
tive lawyer" and one of the
"best lawyers in America."
Yet Dotson has also balanced
his work by volunteering
countless hours with various
community service efforts.

He serves as a board mem-
ber for the Alonzo Mourning
Charities, is a member of the
Orange Bowl Committee and
has previously served as the
chairman at the Overtown
Youth Center Board of Direc-
To Dotson, community ser-
vice is almost mandatory.
"I just feel that there is ab-
solutely no choice at all when
one hag been blessed that
you have to give back," said
Dotson, who is also a member
of Sweet Home Missionary
Baptist Church in Perrine.
"I'm one of those people who

believes I have an obligation
to do what I can to help our
community move forward and
Dotson's father, Albert
Dotson, Sr. also shares his
son's charitable spirit and was
awarded a Silver Medallion in
Other Silver Medallion
Award recipients were Trish
and Dan Bell, Juan A. del
Busto, and Patricia Papper.
Other awardees included: M-
DCPS Superintendent Alberto
Carvalho, the Public Service
Medallion; and Rabbi Herbert
Baumgard, Bishop Agustin

Roman and the Rev. Priscilla
Felisky Whitehead, who each
received a special Medallion
for Clergy.
The MCCJ, which was
founded in 1935, has been
hosting the annual Humani-
tarian Awards dinner since
Honorees are chosen be-
cause "they model the kind
of leadership that we all want
and are a model for what [the
MCCJ] mission," said Roberta.
Shevin, the executive director
of MCCJ. "We want to promote
understanding and respect
among all faiths and groups."


How to bridge gap between white, Black churches

By Bryan Calvin

On Sunday, I drive my
Black wife and daughter to
our local United Methodist
church. Reflecting the north
Texas suburb we live in,
this church is more than 90
percent white. We attend this
church despite having both
grown up in Southern Black
churches-her AME, myself
Baptist-and being Black our-
selves. Yet after many late-
night discussions, we made
the conscious decision to be
part of a small segment of"
Blacks who have decided that
Sunday morning ought not be
the most segregated time in
America (the Pew Forum on
Religion and Public Life notes
that only 4 percent of Blacks
attend a mainline protestant
My wife and I didn't look
seriously at finding a church
home until we were expect-
ing our first child. We were
looking for a well-organized,
mainline denominational
church with a strong focus
on small group biblical study,
community outreach and a
passionn for building God-cen-
.tered relationships. We were.
also looking for a church that
had an energetic, organized
youth ministry that would

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The style of worship and preaching are different.The Black
church dress code is more formal, while members of many
white churches have become more relaxed.

help us guide our daughter.
We decided that the ability of
a church to provide all of this
far outweighed the race of its
The church we found is all
of this and so much more. We
love how welcoming everyone
has been as well as their deep
commitment to the community
and God-but that does not
mean it has been a seamless
I've had to accept the fact
that the views I hold are fre-
quently different than those
in my small group. After some
tense class discussions, I
seldom offer my opinion on
most things political. Many of
the social outings they suggest

are of little interest to me; I
don't know if it is because they
are activities that most Black
people don't enjoy or haven't
experienced, or if it is because
I am a profoundly dull person
(I suspect it is the latter). And
despite my religious upbring-
ing telling me otherwise, I've
also become accustomed to
stained glass and other artistic
depictions of Jesus and bibli-
cal figures as pale, white men.
We can speak openly about
the obvious and superficial
reasons why churches are
still segregated: The style of
worship and preaching are
different. The Black church
dress code is more formal,
while members of many white

churches have become more
relaxed. The hour-long service
that I attend now is half as
long as the Black churches of
my youth.
But more than the surface
differences, we have to look at
the legacy of church in Amer-
ica. It is only recently that
Blacks have been welcome at
white churches. The Black
church has served as a refuge
during times of hardship and
oppression from society at
large. Mostly, though, I miss
the connection the Black
church offers to other Black
people in the community.
That's what I worry about the
most: my family's connection
to a larger Black identity. By
staying in this white church,
I am denying my daughter an
experience that my parents
pushed so hard for me to
I still don't believe churches
should integrate for the sole
sake of integration, and I
don't think a church needs
to change who it is to try to
achieve some clearly stated
diversity objectives. But I do
think we, as Christians, need
to be willing to have an.open,
honest discussion about why
churches remain divided when
so much of society is chang-

Black faith leaders call for apology for Obama

Rev. Graham's remarks angers NAACP

Religious Roundtable members

Faith leaders including the
presidents of the National
Baptist Convention USA, the
National Baptist Convention
of America, and the Progres-
sive National Baptist Conven-
tion published an open letter
condemning recent comments
by Rev. Franklin Graham that
call into question the Chris-
tian faith of President Barack
"These kinds of comments,"
the letter says, "could have
enormous negative effects for
America and are especially

harmful to the Christian wit-
The faith leaders, all mem-
bers of the NAACP's religious
roundtable, call on Rev.
Graham to "refrain from using
Christianity as a weapon of
political division."
Graham, the son of evan-
gelist Billy Graham and the
current CEO of Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association,
publicly questioned Presi-
dent Obama's Christianity on
the MSNBC program "Morn-
ing Joe," last Tuesday. When

asked whether he believes that
President Obama is a Chris-
tian, Rev. Graham responded
"I cannot answer that question
for anybody," before saying
that "Islam sees him as a son
of Islam because his father
was a Muslim, his grandfather
was a Muslim, great grand-
father was a Muslim and so
under Islamic law, the Muslim
world sees Barack Obama as a
He followed up saying that
"Under President Obama,
the Muslims of the world, he
seems more concerned about
them than the Christians be-
ing murdered in the Muslim

Fla. minister wants to plant 1ooo churches

Can new facilities reach the region's

6.6 million unchurched?
By Barbara Denman

Perhaps church planting was
in his spiritual DNA, because
Jimmy Scroggins, now 40, has
set his sights on starting new
churches in South Florida,
where an estimated 6.6 mil-
lion unreached people live. As
the pastor of the First Baptist
Church in West Palm Beach,
he has set a goal of leading
his church to start 100 new
churches in the three-county
In the past year the church
has launched two new congre-
gations-La Iglesia Familiar and
Family Church in Abacoa. He
also has two potential church
plants on the drawing board,
one targeting the city's Haitians
and another on the western end
of the county where the popula-
tion has grown exponentially.
It's an ambitious task, but
one Scroggins believes is
grounded in the Great Commis-
sion and fed by the Holy Spirit
which calls the New Testament

church to "preach the Gospel to
all kinds of people in ways they
understand," he said.
"South Florida is a unique
place, located below the Bible
Belt," Scroggins explained "It is
different-it's more cosmopoli-
tan, it's more diverse, it's more
unchurched and it's more un-

He set for himself the chal-
lenge to see "if a historic church
can reach people where they are
while simultaneously launching
as many churches as we can."
With an estimated one million
people in Palm Beach County
who do not profess a faith in
Jesus Christ, Scroggins con-
cluded that it would require a
thousand new churches with
1,000 members each to reach
the spiritually lost in that coun-
"We can plant as many
churches as we can for the rest
of our lives and still not reach
the lost here."
"Family Church at Abacoa"
was birthed on Florida Atlantic
University's Jupiter campus a
year ago and now garners 200-
250 in attendance each Sun-
day. The church was created
after Central Baptist Church in
Jupiter disbanded and merged
with First Baptist Church of
West Palm Beach in an effort
"to leverage resources, talents,
creativity, people, and steward-
ship," Scroggins said.
The Jupiter congregation had
dwindled to only a handful, said

former Central church leader
Bill Vorlicky. "The church was
declining; we had lost our youth
and our young families. We
were so intentionally focused
on just trying to keep the doors
open, our energy was devoted
internally instead of externally
to spread the Gospel."
By disbanding and then merg-
ing with the West Palm Beach
church to start the new church,
members have "reached more
people for Jesus Christ," said
First Baptist sent a campus
pastor, worship leader and
trained workers to cultivate the
community, located about 15
minutes north of West Palm,
and put into place activities to
attract young families. Scrog-
gins preaches each Sunday
morning, leaving downtown af-
ter his second service and al-
lowing a teaching pastor to lead
the third service
"God has blessed us beyond
our anticipation. It is exciting
to see the work grow here" add-
ed Vorlicky as the new church
reaches families, youth and
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Seminar: Teens hungry

for the full gospel truth

Challenge us,

don't water

down gospel
By Jeff Schapiro

Pastor Rick Warren made a
brief appearance during the
Groundswell online confer-
ence last Thursday, but he
wasn't the keynote speaker
In fact, many of the speakers
who were featured aren't even
out of high school yet.
Teenagers from across
America poured out their
hearts in front of an inter-
national Internet audience
during the event, titled
"Groundswell: The Church
of Tomorrow Speaks Today."
The three-hour long confer-
ence was made up primarily
of video clips in which teen-
age Christians shared their
thoughts on the future of the
church and on how churches
can better reach their genera-
tion for Christ.
Hope Rangle. a teenager
from Alabama, said churches
aren't capturing the attention
of most teens, and she be-
lieves they. should encourage
more young people to serve
others in the church.
'Teenagers are often
pushed aside as if they're not
there, but I think the teenag-
ers should be taken advan-
tage of," said Rangle. "[Serv-

ingl takes you from going to
a church to actually being a
part of a church."
David Kinnaman, president
of The Barna Group. also of-
fered his insights during the
event. He shared with %view-
ers some of the research that
appeared in his book, "You
Lost Me: Why Young Chris-
tians Are Leaving Church...
and Rethinking Faith," which
focuses on the overwhelming
number of young people who
stop attending church after
their teen years.
According to Barna Group
research, 59 percent of teen-
agers who are active in their
youth groups today will stop
attending church at some
point between the ages of
18 and 29. Kinnaman said
Christian teens want more
opportunities to contribute
and express their views in
the church, but adults aren't
pushing them to reach their
"This generation is more
interested in being challenged
than we are in challenging
them,' he stated.
Many of the student speak-
ers also discussed the issue
of the cultural relevance of
churches during the event.
One speaker. Nick Ertel, said
entering some churches is
like walking into a "time-
warp," because the church's
methodology hasn't changed
Please turn to TRUTH 14B

Simmons officiates first wedding
On Sunday, Feb. 19th, Selma Simmons, 64, of North Miami,
performed her first wedding ceremony as a notary public. She
says it was a wonderful experience. The elegant wedding and
reception was held at the Grove Isle Hotel and Spa in Coconut
The bride and groom, Janey Flores and Matthew Kaden, repeat-
ed their vows in an outdoor setting near the water. The reception
held on the veranda of the hotel, where guests were treated to
an elaborate dinner. The young couple spent their honeymoon in
Puerto Rico.

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Abundant Life Minis-
tries is hosting their 2012
Spring Revival, March 8 9,
7: 30 p.m. nightly. www.abun-

St. Andrew Missionary
Baptist Church celebrates
the pastor's 16th anniver-
sary, March 6 9 and March
11. 305-688- 3510.

Power Temple of God is
hosting a Revival, March 7 9,
7:30 p.m. nightly. 786-985-

TACOLCY Center is host-
ing a Liberty City Health Fair
with free pap smears, breast
exams, children's evaluations
and diabetes among other
screenings on March 10, 10
a.m. 3 p.m. 305-751-1295.

Join the "Wholeness
Movement" at the G.L. Gas-
kin Center to take healthy
cooking classes, personal
trainer consultations and BMI
Testings, Monday Saturday,
7 a.m. 2 p.m. 305-607-

Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church is host-
ing "An Evening with the Pas-
tor" on March 24 at 6 p.m.

Church of God of Proph-
ecy is hosting a Revival March
11 13, 7:30 p.m. nightly

Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry invites all youth and
praise dancers to a Spoken
Word Tent Crusade on March
18 at 4 p.m. 954-213-4332 or

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 Apostolic
International Ministries,
Inc.'s Divine Poetry In Motion
Presents welcomes everyone
to see "Invading the Camp of
the Enemy with the Warfare of
Prophetic Movement" on March
9 at 6:30 p.m. 305-638-9700.

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

New Mount Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
host the Habitat for Humanity

of Greater Miami's Homeown-
ership Application Meeting on
the second Saturday of every
month at 9:30 a.m. No RSVP
necessary. 305-634-3628.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church welcomes everyone to
their Sunday Worship Services
at 12 p.m. and to Praise and
Worship Services on Thurs-
days at 8 p.m. 305-633-2683.

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

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

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 every-

one to their free weight loss
classes Saturdays at 10 a.m.,
but enrollment is necessary.

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

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes
everyone to their 'Introduc-
tion to the Computer' classes
on Tuesday, 11 a.m. 12:30
p.m. and Thursdays, 4 p.m.
- 5:30 p.m. 305-770-7064,

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

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

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

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sunday

Bible study group robbed at gunpoint

By Cindy Swirko

At first, the victims of a home-
invasion robbery 16 col-
lege students gathered for last
Wednesday evening of Bible
study thought it was a prank
when two men with bandannas
over their faces burst in with
But they soon realized the
home-invasion robbery at the
apartment of two brothers, a
University of Florida medical
student and a UF fine arts stu-
dent, was real.
The incident ended hours lat-
er when.three men and a wom-
an were arrested after a stand-
off with police.
As the robbery unfolded just
before 9 p.m. last Wednesday
in an apartment on Southwest
34th Street, the victims said
they were frightened but that
everyone stayed calm.
"We were just having the Bi-
ble study and all of a sudden
we see them come in. Initially
we thought it was a joke, some
sort of a prank. But when they
threw one of our members to
the ground, we knew it wasn't,"
said the older brother, who did
not want his name published
out of safety concerns.
The front door was open for
more visitors when two men
with guns walked in and stole


laptop computers, purses,
wallets, a camera and other
items, Gainesville police detec-
tive Martin Honeycutt said last
"They were looking for some-
body to rob and heard the
laughter coming from one of
the apartments and looked in
through the sliding glass door
to see if they were easy targets,"
Honeycutt said.
A short time later, a resident
of the nearby Gateway at Glades
apartment complex at 3415 SW
39th Blvd. saw several people in
a white Ford Mustang pull into
the parking lot, one still wear-
ing a bandana on his face, and
run to a third-floor apartment,
Cpl. Angelina Valuri said.
They were carrying comput-

ers and other items, she said.
The witness reported the in-
cident to police. Specialty units
including the SWAT team were
called, Valuri said.
People inside the apartment
did not come out when po-
lice commanded them to. They
eventually came out without
incident at about 2:53 a.m.
Thursday, Honeycutt said.
Marcus Brantley, 21, of
Gainesville; Martin Luc Ca-
det, 23, of Winter Garden; and
Larance Scott, 21, of Winter
Garden were arrested on charg-
es of home-invasion robbery
and false imprisonment. One
of the three men remained in a
waiting car during the robbery,
police said.
Several of the students were

about to travel to Belize on a
mission trip and are concerned
about getting their identifica-
tion and money back.
The two brothers said no one
was hurt in the robbery. Their
minister from Center Point
Christian Fellowship came over
and the group had a discussion
about the incident, one of the
brothers said.
"We were all safe bodily and
that was the most important.
Nothing that could be taken
away from us spiritually was
taken," the older brother said.
"It is important to forgive, but at
the same time you have to find
the balance between justice and
forgiveness. It will be very im-
portant for our hearts to heal
and to be able to forgive."

Parramore: God can use women in ministry

continued from 12B

the Illuminati, it's not in the Ma-
sons, it's not in the Eastern
Stars, it's in Jesus Christ,"
she said.
However, as much as she is
concerned with preaching be-
hind the pulpit and evange-

lizing, Hamilton-Parramore ties and responsibilities take
is also passionate about the up a great deal of time, but
practical applications of min- she does not mind. Fortu-
istry. The church's outreach nately, her husband under-
ministry provides food and stands her devotion. Married
clothing to the needy and for a year-and-a-half, the
she is also a counselor at the pair met when Dwike Parra-
Spectrum Drug Rehabilita- more, 37, sought to pay his
tion Facility and the Miami tithes and offerings to the
Bridge Organization. Her du- church. Their dating largely

consisted of church activi-
Hamilton-Parramore de-
scribes him as her "co-pas-
tor" and her "helpmate."
"He completes me in the
ministry," she explained. "I
love him because my biggest
support is my husband and
that's how it should be."

Midwives used to lower infant mortality rate

continued from 12B

Republic of Congo, Owens de-
cided that the foundation's
first education mission would'
start there. Even with all of
her research and consulting
experts and other non-profits
in the Congo, Owens and oth-
er members of the Foundation
were unprepared for the real-

ity of life in the Central Afri-
can nation when they visited
for the first time in Septem-
ber 2011. They visited Project
Congo Alliance in Goma, Con-
go and St. Vincent Hospital in
Bukavu, Congo.
"I can't explain to you how
poor and how chaotic and how
much infrastructure [lacking]
that there is in the Congo,"
she said. "So whatever we

think that we are going to go
into the Congo and do, we're
already 10 steps behind."
For example, they learned
that among the obstacles to
training were a potential stu-
dent population that was il-
literate, spoke a variety of
African dialects, and a lack
of electricity and sterile work
environments, according to

How exactly Footprints
Foundation, Inc. will overcome
these obstacles is at the top of
organization's list.
"We don't have a specific
date certain, but the goal is
to be doing the [training] later
this year," Narine said.
According to Owens, when
they do begin training, a
"class" will consist of about 30
local women.

Youth seeking gospel truth, not trends at church

cotninued from 13B

in 30 years.
Still, while many of the teens
agreed that churches need to
change to become more rel-
evant to their generation, they
also said the basic message
should stay the same.
"Don't water down the Gos-
pel. Be real ... You're not show-

ing that the Gospel can be
relevant by watering it down,"
Ertel said.
There were several other is-
sues that were mentioned
by multiple teens during the
conference. Several of them
said churches need to make
better use of modern tech-
nology. They also stated that
church leaders need to talk
more about sexuality issues,

and many of them said a ma-
jor turn-off to their generation
is the lack of Christian unity
displayed by different pastors,
churches and denominations.
At the end of the webcast,
Kinnaman also spoke on the
importance of getting church-
es to teach teens about the Bi-
ble and how it applies to their
"The use of Scriptures in

our lives and in our ministries
is to get us to think correctly
about ourselves," said Kinna-
man. "It's to get ... this next
generation to think correctly
about themselves. And so of-
ten we need to do a better job
of getting our perceptions in
line with what Scripture says
about us. That to me is a hard
challenge, but it's the work
that's worth doing."

Praise and Worship Service at
10:30 a.m.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites every-
one to morning worship every
Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of
the Apostolic Faith Church,
Inc. will be starting a New
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
their roundtable to discuss the
Bible every Saturday, 6 p.m.

Join Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries
Int'l every Friday at 7:30 p.m.
for Prophetic Breakthrough

Services. 561-929-1518, 954-

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. Wor-
ship Service. 305-635-4100,

The Heart of the City
Ministries invites everyone to
morning worship every Sun-
day at 9 a.m. 305-754-1462.

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center welcomes every-
one to their Wednesday Bible
Study at 7 p.m. 305-623-0054.

Church ministers to all nations

continued from 13B

The Hispanic congregation,
La Iglesia Familiar, meets at
First Baptist's downtown loca-
tion and has drawn between
100 and 130 in preview ser-
vices, in preparation for the
launch in October. The new
congregation is led by Bernie

Cueto, who serves as campus
pastor at Palm Beach Atlantic
University and a teaching pas-
tor at First Baptist.
This church starting strategy
has been so successful, that
Scroggins plans to replicate it
when starting the new Haitian
church in 2012 and new con-
gregation in west Palm Beach
County in 2013.

Women still face inequalities

continued from 12B

Directors, our Corporate Circle
of major companies, and our
Presidents Circle of lead-
ers from higher education
to find suitable candidates,"
she said. "The Awards Din-
ner Committee of the Board
of Directors selects finalists."
While the NCRW is pleased
with the gains women have
made, the organization rec-
ognizes that gender equality

is still a long ways off.
"Women still earn 77 cents
to a man's dollar; for [Black]
women it is 63 cents and La-
tina women 55 cents," Basch
added. "The gender gaps in
pay, opportunity and lead-
ership are unacceptable.
We believe that investing in
women, their families and
communities will pay huge
dividends in terms of in-
creased autonomy and abil-
ity to contribute to their full

CUC unites churches, fights AIDS

continued from 12B

founded nearly eight years ago,
according to the Reverend Dar-
ryl K. Baxter, the conference
chair of CUC.
Among the South Florida
churches participating this
year in the NWPHA are Beth-
el Faith Apostolic, Hosanna
Community Baptist Church,
Sweet Home Missionary Bap-
tist Church, Tree of Life Holi-
ness and Friendship Holiness
Church, according to Crys-
tal Lee, the co-chair of the
Churches United Conference.
According to Baxter, more
and more churches are choos-

ing to address the rising rates
of HIV/AIDS infections in their
community but the message
of prevention and education is
spreading too slowly.
"We must become more com-
fortable discussing it, yet there
is still a stigma associated with
the disease," said Baxter. "But
almost all of our families have
been touched by HIV/AIDS."
Many people feel that
churches have special re-
sources to help combat the
"The church is the strongest
institution in the Black com-
munity," Lee said. "So, we're
dealing with an entity that God
has placed in the community."



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FDOE launches online site for teachers

Florida's teachers have a new
way to communicate and col-
laborate with other teachers
across the state through a private
social network called the "Florida
Teacher Community." The Flor-
ida Department of Education, in
partnership with Novachi, today
launched a new, easy-to-use tool
developed specifically for Florida's
teachers. Kelly Seay, Teacher
Liaison at the Florida Department
of Education, will manage the
communication and collaboration
interface. Novachi will provide
hosting and technical support.

"Communication with teachers
is incredibly important in Florida
and I am delighted that our edu-
cators will have additional tools
and resources available to them,"
said Florida Education Commis-
sioner Gerard Robinson. "This
will provide our teachers with
another medium to collaborate
and share ideas to boost student
achievement, and ultimately,
Florida's education system."
The Florida Teacher Communi-
ty integrates Novachi's industry-
leading Integrated Education Sys-
tem with the Ning social platform,

the world's leading platform for
custom private social websites,
to provide Florida teachers with
the means to collaborate and host
* discussions on various aspects
of their profession. Teachers
will be able to work together to
establish best practices, com-
municate about what works in
the classroom, share solutions
or suggestions for changes to
support Florida's students, and
help shape education policies and
practice. The private online com-
munity features blogging, forum
and group discussion, as well as

photo and video sharing capabil-
In addition to the social com-
munity, teachers will have access
to a variety of educational re-
sources to support daily teaching
responsibilities. As other tools
and resources prove to be useful
for teachers, they will be added to
the Novachi Apps launchpad. The
Florida Teacher Community is
private for teachers; however, the
resource applications on the plat-
form can be shared with parents
and students to enhance collabo-
ration beyond the classroom.

"This will provide
our teachers with
another medium
to collaborate and
share ideas to boost
student achieve-
ment, and ultimate-
ly, Florida's educa-
tion system."

- Gerard Robinson
Florida Education

Courtesy of Paul Spalding

Scouts survive 48th Historic Barefoot Mailman Hike

Scouts survive 48th Historic

Barefoot Mailman Hike
SBoy scouts Deandre Chery and Robert Spalding, joined by scout leaders Richard Gray, back row,
Sahdra Hamilton, Jaiet Spalding arid Paul Spalding, scoutmaster, survived the challenge of the 48th
Historic Barefoot Mailman Hike from the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier to Lumnus Park, South Beach,
February 4th through the 5th. The hikers had to carry their own backpacks including food, sleeping
bag and tents.The hikers stepped off from Pompano Beach and hiked to Pier 66, Ft. Lauderdale. The
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary assisted in transporting, all 452 hikers from to the
Port Everglades USCG Station where they hiked to and slept overnight at Haulover Park. Additional
scouts, 258, joined in to hike the final 13 miles, called The Big Toe, to Lumnus Park.

K-8 center recognized by United Way
Frank C. Martin K-8 Center was recognized as United Way National Champion from the South
Regional Center of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools 2011-2012 Student Campaign. The stu-
dents raised 493 percent of their goal. The school was also recently recognized nationally as a Magnet
School of America School of Distinction.

Social media offer classes a new feed

By Mary Beth Marklein

As social media become nearly
inescapable on college campus-
es, a pair of recently published
studies supports what many
professors already have con-
cluded: Students using Face-
book or text messaging during
a lecture tend to do worse when
quizzed later.
But wait: Faculty who build
Twitter into classwork may be
helping students learn better,
a 2010 study suggests. And a
survey of nearly 2,000 faculty
last spring by education pub-
lisher Pearson found that many
consider YouTube a "very valu-
able" classroom aid.
"The more research we do, the

more we understand that it's
about nuances in how the tech-
nologies are used, not whether
or not they're used, that mat-
ters in the classroom," says
Lock Haven (Pa.) University
professor Reynol Junco, one
of a handful of researchers to
study the tbpic.
"You'd be shocked at how
many people don't get that,"
Junco says.
Faculty among them. Nearly
two-thirds reported using at
least one social media site in
their class, but 53% said Face-
book and 46% said Twitter add
"negative" value, the Pearson
study says.
A survey last fall by Faculty
Focus, a website about teach-

ing, found that about 83% of
professors allowed laptops in
their classrooms; 58% said they
found students using Facebook
when they weren't supposed to.
Lesson learned?
"Social media is here and we
as educators have to acknowl-
edge that," Harrisburg Univer-
sity Provost Eric Darr says.
University of Missouri jour-
nalism professor Jen Lee
Reeves urges students to tweet
about the topic of discussion
during her classes -- then
checks her phone occasionally
to make sure entries are appro-
"It turns into kind of a live,
flowing notebook of what we've
discussed in class," she says.

Are class lectures passe?

Just ask the guy below

By Craig Wilson

All I can say is this: It's a
little late.
I read the other day that col-
leges and universities are look-
ing into the idea that lectures,
as a style of teaching, should
either be abandoned or at least
Could they not have thought
about this, say, about 40 years
Most of us can remember
sitting through lectures we
thought would never end. We
also can recall the professor
who not only didn't communi-
cate very well but didn't articu-
late very well, either. What is
he saying?
One professor quoted in this
lectures-are-passe article even
confessed that just because
teachers say something at the
front of the classroom doesn't
JI ..

mean students learn. Bless her
little academic soul.
She then went on to say that
learning happens "in the stu-
dent's mind."

I'm not sure how much I
learned in college, if anything
at all. I certainly never con-
fessed this to my parents, who
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loss drugs.
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sants are typically more prone
to cause weight gain than the
newer SSRIs [selective sero-
tonin reuptake inhibitors],"
Cheskin said.
Mood-disorder drugs that
can add weight include the
antipsychotics Clozaril (clo-
zapine), Zyprexa (olanzapine),
Risperdal (risperidone) and
Seroquel (quetiapine). Lithium,
valproic acid (Depakote) and

Tenormin (atenolol), Inderal
propranololl), Norvasc (amlo-
dipine) and clonidine (Cata-
Cheskin said dietary changes
can help counterbalance the
effects of these medications.
"I recommend increasing fiber
content and water, and lower-
ing calorie density. Spread out
calories over several meals, five
or six a day, instead of saving
it all for dinner."
Corticosteroids such as
prednisone and methylpred-



UWhy do kids hate getting shots? -c FOUNDA --
W~hydo kids hate getting shots? I FOUDO

Because many

docs ignore their

pain, study finds

By Rita Rubin

Pediatrician Ralph Berber-
ich, who practices in Berkeley,
Calif., has heard too many hor-
ror stories where pediatricians
choose to ignore the pain of
their infant clients. Frustrated,
Berberich and Dr. Neil Schech-
ter, a pain doctor at Children's
Hospital Boston, wrote an
article entitled "Pediatric Office
Pain: Crying for Attention,"
that will be published next
month in Pediatrics.
Many doctors, and their of-
fice staffs, don't take kids' pain
seriously, Berberich told ms-
nbc.com. They view shots as a
rite of childhood that prepares
them for a lifetime of doctor-
inflicted pain.
"They don't know that the
literature shows there are
indeed lasting consequences,"
Berberich says. One in 10
adults is phobic about needles,
he notes, and you can bet that
fear stems from a heavy-hand-
ed doctor in childhood.
Even less attention is paid
to pain from sore throats and

ear infections, Berberich says.
"Doctors are very afraid to put
medications in the hands of
parents and trust that they will
know how to use them."
In 2009, Berberich reported
in Pediatrics about a method
to distract kids from shot pain.
It involves a cooling spray on
the site of the injection and a
vibrating massager that mean-
ders down the other arm.
When the massager reaches
their elbow, children are told to
say "elbow," which makes them

forget to say "ouch," Berberich
While the method "is very
successful," it requires an ex-
tra nurse and perhaps a couple
more minutes of time, he says.
Ultimately, though, it saves
time and money, because he
doesn't have to cajole fright-
ened patients into letting him
administer shots.
Parents can help, too. Recent
research supports Fellner's
belief that breast milk might be
the perfect pain reliever for in-

fants. And, Berberich says, "If
the parent says, would rather
have my child in my lap, most
pediatricians would agree."
With toddlers own up; be
honest. Don't say the shot
won't hurt, but also don't say
it will hurt only a little. Best to
say "I don't know how it's going
to feel for you," and change the
subject to what treat you have
planned for afterward.
In his practice, Berberich
tops off children's shots with a

Is your medicine making you fat?


meds can put on

unwanted pounds
By Lisa Esposito

Medications taken by mil-
lions of Americans for mood
disorders, high blood pres-
sure, diabetes and other
chronic conditions can have
an unhealthy side effect:
weight gain.
While other choices exist for
some types of drugs, adjusting
medications is not simply a
matter of switching, said Ryan
Roux, chief pharmacy officer
with the Harris County Hospi-
tal District, in Houston.
In the late 1990s, Dr. Law-
rence Cheskin conducted early
research on prescription medi-
cines and obesity.
"Some medicines make an
early, noticeable difference,
causing patients to become
ravenously hungry, while
changes are subtle for others.
A few months taking them and
you've gained 10 pounds," said
Cheskin, now director of the
Johns Hopkins Weight Man-

agement Center, in Baltimore.
To help increase aware-
ness, Roux and his pharma-
cist group have compiled a
list of "weight-promoting" and
"weight-neutral or weight-loss"
Antidepressants that pro-
mote weight gain include Paxil
(paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline),
amitriptyline (Elavil) and Rem-
eron (mirtazapine).
Wellbutrin (bupropion) and
Prozac (fluoxetine) are consid-

carbamazepine (Tegretol) can
also put on the pounds.
Drugs with hormonal effects,
such as antipsychotics and
steroids, are among the biggest
culprits in weight gain, Che-
skin said. "They work on the
brain, and appetite control is
largely a brain function. They
make you more hungry," he
Blood pressure medicines
that can cause weight gain
include Lopressor (metoprolol),

nisolone, are important for
treating conditions like rheu-
matoid arthritis, asthma and
some types of cancer, but
they're notorious for adding
Rather than giving up on the
drug, Cheskin said, "Please
talk to your doctor to see if
there's an alternative. With
steroids, you might be able
take them every other day or
in smaller doses. But.there's
no real substitute for steroids
if you need steroids."
Diabetes drugs, including
oral medications like Actos
(pioglitazone) and Amaryl
(glimepiride), promote weight
gain, as does insulin.
Weight-loss or weight-neutral
alternatives exist for oral dia-
betes meds: Byetta (exenatide),
Januvia (sitagliptin), Symlin
(pramlintide), Precose (acar-
bose) and metformin (Bigu-
Epilepsy drugs prevent
seizures. Some, like carbam-
azepine and Neurontin (ga-
bapentin), can cause weight
gain. Possible alternatives are
Lamictal (lamotrigine), To-
pamax (topiramate) and Zone-
gran (zonisamide).

Sickle Cell Anemia breakthrough?


Researchers report they
have developed a blood test
that can predict which sickle
cell patients are most likely
to experience the most severe
symptoms of the disease.
When the blood illness is at
its worst, patients can suffer
intense pain, internal organ
damage and shortened lives.
While about 13 million
people worldwide are thought
to have the disease, and 1 in
500 Blacks have the disease,
which is caused by a genetic
mutation, it's not well under-
"We still don't have effec-
tive enough therapies, and we
don't have a good feel for how
the disease manifests itself
differently in different people,"

Sangeeta Bhatia, a professor
of health sciences and tech-
nology and electrical engineer-
ing and computer science at
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in Boston, said in
a news release from the insti-
tute. "When a patient has high
cholesterol, you can monitor
their risk for heart disease and
response to therapy with a
blood test. With sickle cell dis-
ease, despite patients having
the same underlying genetic
change, some suffer tremen-
dously while others don't, and
we still don't have a test that
can guide physicians in mak-
ing therapeutic decisions."
Bhatia and colleagues devel-
oped a test that measures the
flow of samples of blood to de-

termine the possible progno-
sis of sickle cell patients. The
idea is to measure how badly
blood flow has been disrupted
by sickle-shaped blood cells.
Normal blood cells are round
in shape.
The findings are especially

D.C. Currently existing tests
provide a "constrained view,"
Oneal said.
The research "will be crucial
for future drug development in
sickle cell disease," Oneal said,
and gives patients informa-
tion about whether they may

13 million people worldwide are thought to have the dis-
ease, and 1 in 500 Blacks have the disease

important because they can
provide insight into how
patients are responding to
treatments such as blood
transfusions or no treatment
at all, said Dr. Patricia Oneal,
co-director of the Center of
Sickle Cell Disease at How-
ard University in Washington,

need to take action to prevent
vessel-clogging problems.
The researchers have ap-
plied for a patent for technol-
ogy used in the test.
The study appears in the
March 1 issue of the journal
Science Translational Medi-

A healthy reason to get a college degree

Degrees linked

to better health,

study finds
A college degree may do
more than help you earn
more at your job a new
study suggests it could also
be linked with better health.
The study, published in the
American Journal of Public
Health, shows that earning a
bachelor's degree after reach-

ing the age of 25 is linked
with having fewer symptoms
of depression and having a
higher self-rating of health.
The effect also held true for
people who attained an asso-
ciate's degree'after reaching
age 25 and who later went on
to receive a bachelor's degree.
according to the study.
The finding "provides
preliminary evidence that
the timing of education is
associated with health and
advances current research

on the importance of at-
taining at least a bachelor's
degree after the mid-20s,"
study researcher Dr. Katrina
Walsemann, of the University
of South Carolina. said in a
The study was based on
data from 7,179 people who
participated in the National
Longitudinal Survey of Youth
in 1979. The people in the
study were between ages 14
and 21.
According to the College

Board's Education Pays
report, college graduates also
have lower smoking rates
than people without a college
degree. People with college
degrees are also more likely
to report'regularly exercis-
ing 63 percent of college
grads report participating
in "vigorous exercise" once
a week or more, compared
with 37 percent of people in
the same age group who had
high school degrees but no
college degrees.


Nick's disease: TV host

talks about his health

By Amanda Chan

Nick Cannon is opening up
about the series of health prob-
lems he's faced over the last
couple of months.
The 31-year-old has revealed
that the kidney disease he was
hospitalized for earlier this
year was a result of an autoim-
mune disease, People magazine
The kidney disease was
caused by "autoimmune dis-
ease that [doctors] found in my
system," Cannon told People,
and went on to say that the
doctors told him his "auto-
immune [disease] is -- like a
lupus type of thing, but no one
else in my family has it."
While Cannon didn't explain
further what his disease was,
we know that autoimmune
diseases occur when the body's
immune system attacks its
own healthy cells. There are
more than 100 autoimmune
diseases, according to the
American Autoimmune Related
Diseases Association.
Lupus in particular is when
the immune system attacks the
body's tissues and organs, ac-
cording to the Mayo Clinic, and
is most known for the butter-
fly-wing-like rash that appears
on the face. Symptoms of
lupus are different from case to
case, but common symptoms
include fever, fatigue, joint

Children who

consider takin
Children involved in bully-
ing are more likely than their
peers to consider suicide by
the time they are 11, a new
study indicates.
These thoughts of self-harm
are not limited to victims of
bullying, however. The study
also revealed that bullies
themselves are much more
prone to suicidal thoughts or
some other form of self-harm.
For the study, investigators
analyzed bullying among more
than 6,000 children ranging in
age from 4 to 10, and the prev-
alence of suicidal thoughts
when the same children were
11 and 12
The study, conducted by
researchers from the Univer-
sity of Warwick in England and
published in the March issue
of the Journal of the American
Academy of Child and Adoles-
cent Psychiatry, found that
children who were bullied over
a long period of time were six
times more likely to have sui-
cidal thoughts than children
who weren't bullied.
Bullies also were at increased
risk for self-harm and suicidal
thoughts even those who

pain, the facial rash, chest
pain, headaches, dry eyes and
skin lesions, the Mayo Clinic
Cannon was hospitalized in
January with what his wife
Mariah Carey described as a
"mild kidney failure." Doctors
say she probably meant that
Cannon had something called
acute kidney injury, or acute
kidney failure, which is when
the kidneys stop function-
ing properly and allow fluids,
waste and electrolytes to store
up in the body, according to
the Mayo Clinic.
And just last month, the
"America's Got Talent" host
was hospitalized again for
blood clots in his.lung and an
enlarged heart ventricle, the
New York Daily News reported.
Cannon told People that the
blood clots were linked with his
kidney disease.
Shortly after being hospital-
ized for the blood clots, Can-
non stepped down from his
"Rollin" radio show on 92.3
He said in a statement on the
92.3 NOW website:
Under doctor's orders, I have
been asked to put my health
first and cut back on some of
my professional commitments
in order to allow my body to get
the rest that it needs to keep
up with the demands -of my
multi-tasking schedule.

are bullied

g their lives
were never victimized them-
selves, the researchers found.
The findings were not as con-
sistent among this group, how-
ever, the study authors noted
in a university news release.
Even after taking into ac-
count other factors, such as
family circumstances or pre-
existing emotional problems,
the researchers were unable
to find other reasons for the
increased instance of suicidal
thoughts among children in-
volved in bullying. Although
the study found an associa-
tion between bullying and sui-
cidal thoughts or self-harming
behavior, however, it did not
prove a cause-and-effect rela-
"Our study findings suggest
that suicide-related behavior
is a serious problem for pre-
adolescent youth: 4.8 percent
of this community population
reported suicidal thoughts and
4.6 percent reported suicidal
or self-injurious behavior,"
study co-author Dieter Wolke,
a professor of psychology at
Warwick Medical School at the
University of Warwick, said in
the news release.

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Patients often don't realize that the pills that are heal-
ing them may also cause them to increase their weight,
study finds.



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"Once You Know, It's Where To Go"


Exercise is a great way to man-
age the aches and pains of preg-
nancy, and help prepare your body
for the birth of your child.
The Nemours Foundation, noting
you should first get your doctor's
approval, says the potential ben-
efits of exercising during preg-
nancy include:
Feeling better and alleviating
common complaints, such as back-
ache, stress and constipation.
Improvements to your physical
Strengthening your muscles and
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Less weight gain and a faster
return to your pre-pregnancy

Arthritis is a painful joint condi-
tion, and the feet are common
The American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions
these potential symptoms of foot
Tenderness and pain.
SStiffness and reduced ability
to move the feet.
Having trouble walking.

get most added



By Nanci Hellmich

Kids are gobbling far more added
sugars than they should, and pro-
cessed and packaged foods, not bever-
ages, are the leading source in their
diets, new government data show.
They are downing an average of 322
calories a day from added sugars, or
about 16 percent of their daily calo-
ries. Boys consume 362 calories a day
from them; girls, 282 calories.
The data from the National Center
for Health Statistics, released Wednes-
day, show 59 percent of added-sugar
calories come from foods and 41 per-
cent from beverages. But soft drinks
are still the biggest single source of

added sugars in children's diets.
Added sugars include table sugar,
brown sugar, high-fructose corn syr-
up, maple syrup, honey, molasses and
other caloric sweeteners in prepared

An earlier government analysis by
Ogden showed that teens who
drink soda, energy drinks and
other sugary beverages are guzzling
about 327 calories a day from
them, which is equal to about 2
fracl2/> cans of cola.


added sugars are consumed at home,
the report says. There was no differ-
ence in percent of calories from added
sugars based on income level.
"Soda consumption is high, but we

Sixty-five percent of calories from added sugars are consumed at home.

and processed foods and beverages,
such as cakes, candy, cookies, muf-
fins, soft drinks, jams, chocolates and
ice cream. Not included in this analy-
sis are sugars in fruit and 100 percent
fruit juice.
Sixty-five percent of calories from

shouldn't lose sight of the added sug-
ars in foods such as muffins, cookies,
sugar-sweetened cereals and-pasta
sauces," says Cynthia Ogden, senior
author on the report and an epidemi-
ologist with the National Center for
Health Statistics, part of the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Many processed foods have added
sugars. Those foods contribute more
than the beverages."
An earlier government analysis by
Ogden showed that teens who drink
soda, energy drinks and other sugary
beverages are guzzling about 327 calo-
ries a day from them, which is equal
to about 2 V2 cans of cola.
A diet high in added sugars is linked
to many poor health conditions, in-
cluding obesity, high blood pressure
and other risk factors for heart disease
and stroke. The findings come at a
time when a third of children in this
country are overweight or obese.
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COO Patricia Sechi. Dr. Daniel Frank,
Radiologist and Director of Radiology
Robert Martinez.

Director of Radiology, Robert Marti- >
nez demonstrates how the new ma-
chines will work for the North Shore
Medical Center administrative team.

North Shore Medical Center
celebrated its newly remod-
eled Radiology Department
with a ribbon cutting ceremony
among colleagues and guests.
The department was eager to
showcase their new radiog-
raphy and fluoroscopic (R&F)
rooms, numbers five and six,
which feature newly improved,
technologically advanced
"North Shore Medical Cen-
ter understands the value of
investing in some of the latest

and most advanced imaging
technology," said CEO Manny
Linares. "The radiology rooms
will support our medical staff
in their ability to help diagnose
and treat patients to the best
of their abilities, which is a
tremendous benefit to the com-
munity and patients we serve."
This new equipment that pro-
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crease anatomical clarity and
can lead to a more precise
diagnosis. Expanding from
only one operating R&F room
to now two fully function-
ing rooms, the hospital has
doubled the capacity of proce-
dures. This investment demon-
strates the hospital's constant
growth while continuing to put
patients' comfort, safety and
well-being first.


Health care behind bars

Mentally ill
inmates often
left untreated
By Elizabeth Chuck

A man who was declared
suicidal by a New Mexico jail
and alleges he was then left
to rot in solitary confinement
for nearly two years is just

one of many former inmates
who say they were denied es-
sential mental health services
while incarcerated at that
detention center, which like
others across the country has
struggled with how to treat
the mentally ill.
According to criminal justice
experts, many other jails and
prisons have struggled to
adequately handle mentally
ill inmates. Few areas of the
country, they say, have the
money and resources and

staff to handle such a chal-
lenging population.
Thomas Hafemeister, an
associate professor at the
University of Virginia School
of Law, said "[The Supreme
Court has] recognized that
there tends to be limited .
resources in this setting. As
long as a qualified profes-
sional has examined the in-
mate and exercised his or her
judgment as to what needs

to be done, that's all that is
'Cruel and unusual'
But Hafemeister, who has
written about alternatives to
the traditional criminal justice
system for the mentally ill,
explained that the definition
of a "qualified professional" is
a loose one.
"Some would argue for
inmates, all that is required is
medication," he said, meaning
anyone with a medical degree,

from a physician to a psy-
chiatrist, could be considered
"Often it's very expensive.
They're only willing to come in
for an hour a week, and they
zoom through very quickly. It
can be a very cursory exami-
nation," Hafemeister said.
Care doesn't have to cost
And it doesn't always have
to be expensive to divert those

with mental issues, added
Fred Osher, director of health
systems and services policy at
the Council of State Govern-
ments Justice Center.
"What many systems are
coming to realize is if you
provide alternatives, then you
can reduce length of stay.
You can actually have this be
a resource-neutral event. It
doesn't necessarily require an
infusion of dollars," he said.
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Safety of new obesity drug

requires more FDA study

By Marc Siegel

With one-third of Ameri-
cans suffering from obesity
and another one-third being
overweight, a Food and Drug
Administration panel's recom-
mendation that Qnexa be the
first new obesity drug to be ap-
proved in 13 years would seem
to be a no-brainer.
Not so fast. Though studies
have shown Qnexa can lead to
a dramatic loss of 10 percent of
body weight in a year, concern
about potential side effects kept
a similar FDA panel from ap-
proving the drug as recently as
Qnexa combines two drugs
associated with weight loss: the
appetite-suppressant phenter-
mine and the anti-seizure drug
topiramate, which appears to al-
ter hunger hormones, decrease
appetite and adjust glucose and
insulin concentrations.
Though you might be familiar
with phentermine from its pres-
ence in the infamous weight-
loss drug "fen-phen," phenter-
mine is not the main problem in
Qnexa. Fen-Phen was removed
from the market in 1997 amid
lawsuits for heart valve prob-
lems and high pressures in the
lungs. But these side effects

were caused by the fen (fenflu-
ramine), riot the phen.
Phentermine is an effective
weight-loss drug that sup-
presses appetite. Though it can
increase heart rate and blood
pressure and cause palpita-
tions, for many.patients, it is
well tolerated. The concerns
with Qnexa center on its other
main ingredient -- topiramate.
Those concerns caused the FDA
to reject Qnexa less than two
years ago.

So what has changed the mo-
mentum from FDA rejection
to possible approval? It surely

wasn't a study, completed late
last year, which showed topi-
ramate doubles the risk of cleft
lip and palate in newborns of
mothers who were taking the
drug. The new FDA panel virtu-
ally ignored the results of this
study, accepting the reassur-
ances of Qnexa's manufacturer,
Vivus, that it will restrict the
drug for pregnant women and
perform studies after approval
to assess heart safety.
Vivus also argued effectively
to the panel that the growing
obesity epidemic is causing
massive medical problems and
increasing the need for effective
treatments. Although I agree
the growing weight problem

New technologies let students learn anytime

continued from 15B

worked hard to send me there.
The last thing they needed
to hear at the end of the year
was that I didn't think I picked
up much that semester,, other
than a beer mug or two. I also
wanted to return and see what
I might "learn" next year. No
fool, me.
The debate about the wor-

thiness of college never ends.
Some claim it's a waste of time.
Some say it's a must. But for
$50,000 a year, you'd like to
think you're getting something
in return.
As for this lecture thing, it
appears students today want
to be involved. They want to be
active, not passive. In short,
they don't want to be lectured
to. Next thing you know, they'll
want their own phones.

What's happening is that
many lectures today can just
as easily be delivered over You-
Tube or iTunes. Lucky stu-
dents. I remember sitting there
pretending I was not only lis-
tening but writing down what
was being said. I also smiled a
Using new technologies, stu-
dents can now make a sand-
wich while T. S. Eliot's Lovesong
of J. Alfred Prufrock is being

dissected, so it's not a complete
waste of time.
In the room the women come
and go
Talking of Michaelangelo.
But what do I know? T. S. El-
iot is dead, right along with the
old college lecture and probably
most of my college professors.
I grow old ... I grow old
I shall wear the bottoms of my
trousers rolled.
I'm sorry. Am I lecturing?

Jails seek new ways to

address inmates' health

continued from 17B

"We're spending tons of mon-
ey warehousing, having people
in a revolving door without pro-
ducing good outcomes."
He cited Montgomery Coun-
ty, Md. as a successful exam-
"They do a really nice job in
screening and identifying folks
with mental illness and divert-
ing them when possible," he
said. The county also tries get to
them in psychiatric programs
and help them with re-entry
into the community, which re-
duces chances of them return-
ing to jail, and helps them with
their medication management
as they transition out.
Similar programs are also
happening at Alleghany County
Jail in Pittsburgh and Miami-
Dade, he said. Riker's Island in
New York is undergoing a ma-
jor transformation with their

mental health care as well.
"Good things are happening
at Riker's because of a settle-
ment. The folks at Rikers with
mental illness were ... with-
out any resources to fend for
themselves," he said. Baltimore
and Memphis jails have also re-
formed their mental health care
after being subject to lawsuits.
Training police officers to rec-
ognize mental illness is another
key, Osher said, so those who
need medical help can hope-
fully get diverted to emergency
rooms or psychiatric centers
before they are sent to jails in
the first place but only if that's
not where they should be.
"We're not giving people a
pass because they have mental
illness," Osher said. "We're not
being soft on crime. For those
individuals that don't pose a
public safety risk, there are
these alternatives. There are
treatments that can be pro-

in the U.S. leads to millions of
cases of high-blood pressure,
diabetes, strokes and prema-
ture deaths each year, the FDA
shouldn't be pressured into
prematurely approving Qnexa
without first being absolutely
certain about its safety.

In addition to fighting sei-
zures, topiramate is commonly
used to prevent debilitating
migraines. As someone who
prescribes it regularly, I know
it can cause cognitive slowing,
problems with memory and
decision-making and fatigue in
addition to the risk of birth de-
Some of the risks might be
worth taking for a patient with
intractable migraines or sei-
zures, but what about obesity?
Certainly, we need new drugs
to treat obesity in patients who
are unable to modify their diet
or lifestyle enough to lose sig-
nificant amounts of weight. Per-
haps Qnexa might one day be
that drug. I would like to see
more studies done on Qnexa,
however, because its two com-
ponents haven't been used in
combination before, and we
need to assess their combined
side effects.

continued from 17B

The American Heart Associa-
tion advises that most women
consume no more than 100
calories a day from added sug-
ars, or about six teaspoons of
sugar. For men, it's 150 calo-
ries per day, or about nine tea-
The limit of 100 to 150 calo-
ries a day from added sugars
could apply to children, too,
says Rachel Johnson, a spokes-
woman for the heart associa-
tion and a nutrition professor
at the University of Vermont.
"I continue to be amazed at
the added sugars that Ameri-
cans are consuming," she says.
'Added sugars do one of two
things they either displace
nutritious foods in the diet or
add empty calories. Most of us

don't have room in our diets for
this many calories from added
Barry Popkin, a nutrition pro-
fessor at the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill, agrees.
"A major problem is that sugar
contains nothing nutritional,
and it is edging out the food
kids should be eating, especially
real fruits and vegetables."
The new findings are from
the National Health and Nu-
trition Examination Survey,
which is considered the gold
standard for evaluating food
and beverage habits because
the data come from in-person
interviews about dietary habits.
The results are from more than
7,100 interviews conducted
from 2005 to 2008. Parents an-
swered questions for children
under age 9; those older than
nine participated in the survey.

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Former Dolphin, Freddie Solomon dies

Tampa receiver

won two Super

By Douglas Martin

Freddie Solomon, who gave
up his dream of being a profes-
sional quarterback to become
an outstanding receiver for
the Miami Dolphins and a San
Francisco 49ers team that won
two Super Bowls, died Monday
in Tampa, Fla. He was 59.
The 49ers announced his
death. He had been treated for
colon and liver cancer.
Solomon lives in legend for a
pass not thrown to him. It came
with less than a minute to play
in the National Football Con-
ference championship game
between the 49ers and the Dal-
las Cowboys on Jan. 10, 1982.
On a third-down passing play
from the Dallas 6, Solomon was
quarterback Joe Montana's first
option. But in tight coverage,
Solomon slipped, and instead
Montana found Dwight Clark
in the end zone for the winning
score on a reception that came
to be called the Catch.
But Solomon had contributed
mightily to the drive that led to
the touchdown by gaining 14
yards on a reverse and 12 yards
on a pass. With the ball on the
13, he got open in the end zone,
but Montana threw wide. Then
came a running play, then the

In an 11-year National Foot-
ball League career, Solomon
had 371 receptions for 5,846
yards and 48 touchdowns in
151 games. He ran for 519
yards and 4 touchdowns.
On Dec. 5, 1976, in a game
between the Dolphins and the

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Freddie Solomon, a standout college quarterback,
a receiver in the N.F.L. and caught 371 passes in an

Buffalo Bills, he scored touch-
downs three ways: he ran 59
yards on a reverse to score,
caught a 53-yard pass for an-
other touchdown, and returned
a punt 79 yards to score again.
His total yardage was 252.
Freddie Solomon, the son of
a cobbler, was born on Jan.
11, 1953, in Sumter, S.C., and
grew up idolizing Joe Namath,
the University of Alabama
quarterback who went on to
play for the Jets. Solomon was
an offensive end and guard for
all-black Lincoln High School,
and when Sumter schools were
integrated in 1970, he did so
well as a replacement quarter-
back at Sumter High School
that his coach made him the

From there, he went to the
University of Tampa, where he
played quarterback in a run-
first offense at a time when
blacks in that position were a
rarity. He accumulated 5,803
yards of total offense, rushing
for 3,299.
After the University of Miami
beat Tampa, 28-26, in 1974,

Pete Elliott, Miami's coach,
called Solomon "the finest foot-
ball player in the country."
That same year, Solomon
ran a quarterback draw for an
81-yard score against San Di-
ego State, breaking as many
as a dozen tackles. "He's the
most exciting collegiate run-
ner since O. J. Simpson,"
Jack Murphy of The San Diego
Union wrote, "and he moves
faster than anything that
doesn't burn fuel."
Solomon was voted the of-
fensive player of the game in
the 1975 East-West Shrine
college all-star game. Miami
chose him that year in the sec-
ond round of the N.F.L. draft
as the 36th overall pick.
Despite his hopes of play-
ing quarterback, the Dolphins
saw him in other roles, and he
soon established himself as an
impressive receiver and punt
and kickoff returned.

After his retirement from
football in 1985, Solomon
worked with the Hillsbor-
ough County sheriffs office in
Tampa to help disadvantaged

South. Called Coach, he was
Known for insisting that young
men tuck in their shirts.
He is survived by his wife
S of 34 years, Dee; his mother,
S Bessie Ruth Solomon; and his
brothers, Richard, ONeal and
Solomon had one moment of
quarterback glory in the N.F.L.
In late December 1978, with
the 49ers losing to the Detroit
Lions and all the San Francis-
co quarterbacks injured, Fred
O'Connor, the interim coach,
scoured the sideline for a
became quarterback. Everyone point-
11-year ed at Solomon. He went on to
run 11 yards for a touchdown
and completed five of nine

passes for 85 yards, with one

In Memoriam


Mother you co-founded
with dad, Bishop Wardell
Avant, Sr. at True Fellowship
Holiness Church where cel-
ebrations of your faith in God
and love was sustained.
Your son, DeLouie Avant,
Sr. and family.


St. Matthew celebrates

pastor anniversary

Bishop Willie J. Leonard
celebrates 29th pastoral an-
niversary with St. Matthew's
Community Missionary Baptist
Church, 3616 Day Avenue, Co-
conut Grove, FL. The theme for
the week is, Ephesians 2:10,
Gods workmanship.
Services will be held nightly
from 7:30 p.m., Monday March
12 through March 16. Monday;
Freedom Temple, Rev. Ricardo
Symonette; Tuesday, Greater
Love Full Gospel Baptist, Rev.
Dwayne Richardson; Wednes-
day, Mt. Olive Baptist Church,
South Miami, Rev. Rodney
James; Thursday, Mt. Moriah,
Rev. Joe Turner; Friday, New
Life Christian Worship Center,
Rev. Jeffery Hamilton.
Services culminating 4 p.m.
on Sunday, March 18 with Mt.

Nebo South Miami, Rev. Martev

St. Andrew celebrates pastor anniversary

Rev. Dr. Larry T. Walthour
celebrates 16 years of dedicated
service with St. Andrew Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. Let the
Elders that rule well be count-
ed worthy of double honor, es-
pecially they who labor in the
word and doctrine. I Timothy
Services to commemorate this
momentous occasion will begin
March 6. It will include distin-
guished Ministers of the Gos-
pel as Pastor Thompson (New
Harvest), Pastor Johnny Barbar
(Mt. Sinai), Pastor Symonett
(Restoring Grace) and Pastor
Ramsey (Greater New Provi-
Sunday at 7: 30 a.m. Pastor
Kelly (Holy Temple) and 4 p.m.
with Pastor Brown (New Bethel).
Services Tuesday Friday will
be held at New Harvest,12145
Northwest 27th Avenue and

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th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Hadley Davis
BETTYE COFFEE, 71, teach-
er aide, died
February 28 at
Pinecrest Con-
valescent Cen-
ter. Services '
were held. .

RUTH WHYMS, 87, housewife,
died February
24 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Ebenezer- .
United Method-
ist Church.


student, died
February 26.
Services 11
a.m., Saturday
at New 79th
Street Word

died February
17 at St. Lucie
Medical Center.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the


cashier, died
February 29 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are


WILLIAM HEATH, 72, entrepre-
neur, died Feb-[
ruary 29. Ser-
vice 1 p.m. at
New Providence
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

ROMAN BRADLEY, 20, laborer,
died March 1 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Carmel Mis-..
sionary Baptist

teacher, died
February 6 at
University of .'
Miami Hospital.
are incomplete.

died March 2 at p-
University of Mi-
ami. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

54, mechanic,

JOEL PRATT, 82, laborer, died
February 29 at home. Service 11
a.m., Friday at Hurst Chapel.

PEARLIE CLARK, 70, laborer,
died March 5 at Jackson North
Hospital. Arrangements are incom-

nurse, died
March 4 at
B re on wera d

Hospital A a
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at New
Birth Cathedral
of Faith International.


died March 4. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Moriah Baptist Church.

Wright and Young
86, retired
died March 4.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New
Hope Missionary
Baptist Church.

JAMES E. HADLEY, 81, retired
baker, died
March 2nd at
Unity Health and
Rehab Center.
Survivors -
include one
daughter, three
sons, one sister,
one sister-in-law, _
two brothers, seven grandchildren,
four great grandchildren, and a
host of nieces, nephews, family
and friends.
Viewing 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday,
March 9th at Wright and Young
Funeral Home. Wake, 4-9 p.m.,
Friday, March 9th and repast 1:30
p.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, March
10th both at 191 NE 214 St, Miami
Gardens, FL 333179.
Service 12 noon, March 10th at
Wright and Young Funeral Home/
Chapel, 15332 NW 7th Ave, Miami,
FL 33169.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
pediatric nurse,
died March 1
at Aventura
H o s p i t a .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Holy Faith MBC,
17001 NW 20
Avenue, Miami
Gardens, FL 33056.

County School
security, died at
home. Survivors
i n c l u d e:
Curry; two
sons, Ronald
and Shawn
Williams; two sisters, Bennette
Meeks and Lamarr Evans. Viewing
10 a.m. 8 p.m. Friday, March
9 at Hall Ferguson and Hewitt.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Trinity
CME Church of Miami 511 NW 4
Street ,Miami, FL. Burial at Dade

"POOH", 19,
stock engineer,
died March
1. Survivors

include: mother,
TONY HOWARD, JR., 24, Jacklyn Hall;
carpenter, I-er father, Ernest '
ied February Myles; daughter,
6. Service 1 Ja'Dore; special
m., Saturday friend, Sally; grandmother, Daisy
t Good News Hall and Charlie Mae Myles;
little Baptist sisters, Marshell, Maureen, Dionza
;hurch, 495 NW a and Jac'Quana. Viewing 4 8 p.m.,
7 Street. Friday, March 9 at Hall Ferguson
and Hewitt. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at New Shiloh Missionary

PRATT, 60,
died March 1
in McDonough,
GA. Survived
by: one brother,
Otis Walker,
Jr. and many
devoted nieces
and nephews.
Viewing 10 a.m.


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retired school
bus driver,
died March
' 1 at Jackson
Si DH o s p i t a I I
S u r v i v ors
include son,
.m., Friday Do n t r a i I

March 9 at Wright and Young.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Logos
Baptist Church in Miami Gardens,

Gregg L. Mason
died February
29. Survivors
include mother,
Betty Nesbitt;
father, Edison
Nesbitt, Sr.; son,
Odilious Nesbitt; .,
brothers and
sisters, Edison
Nesbitt, Jr. (Dianne), Bernard
Nesbitt (Roslyn), Antionette
Nesbitt, Sherrae Dixon, Michael
and Charkes Nesbitt, Keo And
Konduko Buford, India Demings
(Antonio), Simone Peterson
(Terelle), Chaz, Trea, Edison,
Shadeaw and Terri Buford; special
friend, Vicky Brown; and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Visitation, Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Service 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Mt.
Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment: Southern Memorial

77, retired
educator and .
registered -
nurse, died
March 2.
Survivors r .
include e'
Tomacena Smith; son, Roger
Maddox; brother, Dr. George
Saunders; sister, Amanda Morgan;
nine grandchildren; and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Visitation, Friday from 5-8 p.m.
at McArthur Chapel, 605 NE 96th
Street. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at St. Kevin's Episcopal Church,
3280 NW 135th Street. Interment:
Dade Memorial Park.

Levitt Weinstein
URSULA K. BROWN, 82, died
February 29 at
North Shore
Ho s p i t a I.
Service 3 p.m., .
Saturday at The "'
Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's '
9100 NE 2
Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138.

Carswell; father,
Anderson Akins; mot
Akins; brother, Frederick
a host of uncles, aunts
family members. Viewin
Friday. Service 1 p.m.,
the chapel.

Roberts Poi
died February
28 at Jackson
Memorial Hos- ;
pital. Service
12 noon, Satur-
day at New Je- "
rusalem Primi-
tive Baptist

February 26 at
Claridge House
Nursing Home.
Services were
held. :

Straghn and Sons
retired, died d
February 29 in
Delray Beach, I,
FL. Survivors

Fedes Lazier,
Robby Lazier
and Dutche
Johnson. Viewing 5-8 p.m.,
Thursday, Daughters of Zion
Seventh-Day Adventist Church,
201 NW 3rd Ave (off Atlantic Ave.),
Delray Beach. Funeral 12 noon,
Friday, March 9 at the church.
Arrangements handled by Straghn
and Sons Tri City Funeral Home,
26 S.W. 5 Ave., Delray Beach, FL
33447, phone 561-272-8396, email



WILLIAM CLARK, 76, counsel-
or, died March 5
at North shore
Hospital. Coach
Clark, as he
was affection-
ately called,
was a teacher at
Poinciana Park,
Rainbow Prep
and a counselor at both Carol City
Middle and Senior High Schools.
He also worked as a recreational
specialist within the Miami Dade
County Parks and Recreation sys-
Survivors include: wife, Matilda;
sons, William ("DC") and Gregory;
daughters, Beverly and Brandi;
brothers, Lenny and Arthur; sisters,
Teresa and Juanita and host of
family, friends and loved ones.
Service 11 a.m., Friday at New
Birth Baptist Church.

retired teacher
assistant for
Miami Dade

dffft i

I ,^,,u ,y ir U i i
her, Linda Schools System
Akins and died March 1st
Sand other at North Shore
[g 2-8 p.m., Hospital. Survivors include her
Saturday in daughters, Jacqueline Bailey
(Godfrey), Barbara Killen (Sam),
Leietta Sands (Vance) and Paulette
SKendrick; sons, Christopher
tier (Delores), Edward (Georgette),
and Darrel (Patricia); daughter-in-
55, nurse law, Rita Sargent; sister, Lenora
Braynon-Smith; sister-in-law, Pearl
Sargent; 18 grandchildren, 24
great-grandchildren; two great
great- grandchildren and a host of
other relatives and friends.
Litany 7 p.m., Thursday at The
Historic St. Agnes Episcopal
Church. Service 10 a.m., Friday. In
memory of Mrs. Sargent, donations
are requested to St. Agnes
Episcopal Church Scholarship
)D, 83, died Fund.


Alfonso M. Richardson
driver, died .
February 29 at
Jackson North
Medical Center. .
Survivors o.
husband, David .,
Jones; mother,
Frances Carter;
daughter, Cynthia Jones; sister,
Sherueline Carter; brothers,
Clyde Neasman, Lewis and
Jeremiah Carter. Viewing 4-8
p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Jesus People
Ministries, 4055 NW 183 Street.


p.m., at Wright .
Funeral Home.
Service 12
p.m., Tuesday
at First Baptist
Church of Br,..nn..ile, 4600 NW
23 Avenue.


Home maker,
died February
28 at Jackson
North Medical
Center. View-
ing 1 4 p.m.,
March 10 at
Wade Funeral
Home 315 W.
Hallandale, FL

peacefully at
home on
February 29,
2012 after a
brief illness. Mr.
Tolbert was
section leader
for the flue and
sousaphone at
Stanton High School, Jax., FL and
Florida A&M University.
He served as the band director of
Miami Central High School (1971-
1985), Miami Norland (1986-1998),
Florida Memorial University, Dillard
High School and John F. Kennedy
Middle School in Riviera Beach,
On November 13, 2011, Mr.
Tolbert was inducted into the
Florida Bandmasters Association
Hall of Fame at Stetson University
in Deland, FL.
Mr. Tobert is survived by his
devoted wife, Donna; children,
Dawn and Jonah (Audrey); three
sisters, one brother and a host of
relatives and friends.
Memorial service 11 a.m., Friday
at St. Edwards Catholic Church,
19000 Pines Blvd., Pembroke
Pines, FL 33029.
Royal Funeral Service will be
directing services.

63, died March
1 at home. She .'-,:
was a former
class member of .- t,..
G.W. Carver in
1966. Survivors
include: long -
time companion, "
M e I vi n
Anderson; children, Renee
Coleman (Ike), James Richardson,
Nicole Dixon (Gerald), Shawna
Freeman (Henry); brothers,
Gustavous Dames and Ahmad
Dames; sister, Lonnie Dames
Bryant; dear cousin; Earlene Henry
Bharath; cousins, Loretta, Phillip,
Arrington, Juanita and Bonnie
Fultz. Eight teen beloved
grandchildren and great
- ,-- f ; n :.' e; q r
nephews and a host of friends and
relatives. She is preceded in death
by her parents, Dora and Rev.
Harold Dames. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday March 10 at Davis
Funeral Home in Ocilla, GA.

Nakia Ingraham
MARIE BROWN, 78, died
February 27
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove.

BABY NICHOLAI, died February
29 at Jackson North. Service 1
p.m., Thursday in the chapel.

Wade March 2 at Memorial
Service 1 p.m., Saturday
TE ELLABELL Jerusalem Missionary
90, .' | Church.

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Pembroke Road,
33009. Interment

March 12 at Washington Memorial
Cemetery, Jenson Beach, FL.

GRADY CARSON, 78, driver,
died March 3 at
Aventur a |
Ho s p i t a I i-

Eric L. Wilso
28 at Plantation General
Services were held.

February 28 at Memorial
Hospital. Services were he






Card of Thanks


wishes to acknowledge all
acts of kindness during his
illness and our sorrows.
Thank you, the family.

Death Notice

JR., 81, entertainer, died
March 3. Survivors include:
wife, Carroll; children,
Gwen Leno (Charles), Linda
Robinson, William III, (Debra)
and Reginald Leno, Brenda
Wilson and Rhonda Jackson;
four step-children, Jimmy,
Michael, Mark and Michelle;
host of grandchildren and
great grandchildren.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Aikens Funeral Home, 2708
E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33610.
Arrangements entrusted to
Gregg L Mason Funeral Home.

Death Notice

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72, died
at New SR., 86, retired truck
Baptist driver, Waste Management,
died March 5. Survivors
include: wife, Ethel; sons,
Isaac Jr. (Betty), Donald,
n Kenneth and Darrell Reed
February (Lorraine); daughters,
Hospital. Bertha Boze(Morris),
Barbara Newton(Charles),
Deborah Reed, Sharon Reed,
EL, died Cassandra Brown, Kathy
Regional Reed, KatrinaDuPree(Charles)
eld. and Carol Poole(Horace); and
a host of grandchildren, great
grandchildren and other
relatives and friends.
UR Viewing from 4-6 p.m.,
Sunday. Service 12 noon,
VITH Monday in the chapel.
Interment: Dade Memorial
Park. Arrangements entrusted
ZIAM to Gregg L Mason Funeral

Obituaries are due by

ES 4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210

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Black history of or&dir

Historian adds new

faces to the tradition of

Blacks battle for justice
By D. Kevin McNeir

With Black History Month over, most of us
probably found ways to celebrate and honor the
rich tradition of the Black experience in the
U.S. and throughout the Diaspora. From Black
dance troupes to theatrical or spoken word
presentations, our minds have been challenged
and our souls have been inspired. But if you're
the kind of person that enjoys curling up with a
good book and want to know more about Black
history, you should add Thomas C. Holt's book,
"Children of Fire: A History of African Ameri-
cans," to your library.
Holt, a professor of history at the University of
Chicago, past president of the American His-
torical Association and author of several other
books on Black history, has dedicated his life
contributing to our understanding of race and
the significance of Blacks in the history of the
U.S. His book follows in the impressive intellec-
tual tradition of Lerone Bennett, Jr. and John
Hope Franklin. As Yale University historian
David W. Blight says of the book, "In each case
and time period we see Black people transplant-
ed, transformed and sometimes triumphant in
a history that is always unfinished and con-
Like most historical texts written by Black
Americans, Holt starts with the Middle Passage
and the slave trade, then weaves his way to
rarely shared stories of some of the first Blacks
born in the U.S. He then turns to the two-class
system of Blacks that existed in the mid to late
18th century. As many remember, the irony of

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the American Revolution was that 't.hile Blacks
joined whites and risked their i\es for inde-
pendence from Eritain; as the :olonres became
a country, they denied Blacks equal status as
In the second half of the book. Hiltr includes
provocative accounts of men and '.'.omen v. ho
fought for the end of slavery ard asserted t hem-
selves in the short-lived Age ci Re~: n st ruc t on.
An exploration of those who used ,narn:ius for
of the arts to communicate their rimessa.i of
pain and hope, follows. The la-ter porrio~f )X the
Please rLirn t.- HrILT 2C



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Kudos go out to Wayne
Davis, president, Miami-Dade
alumni; Sumner Hutchinson
III, vice-president, John
Williams, past national
president and officers and
members for their unique
planning of the extravaganza
gala on Friday, May 4th, at
the newly-renovated Rusty
Pelican Ballroom. Davis,
along with Audley Coakley,
Hutchinson, William "Bill"
Clarke and Richard J.
Strachan were among the
first to offer sponsorships.
John brought scholarships to
the table and indicated four
will be presented this year to
assist in buying books for the
freshmen entering Bethune-
Cookman University. Davis
was commended with a letter
from the South Miami Dr.
Martin L. King, Jr, Annual
Parade. The Marching Wild
Cats led the parade to cheers

from alums
including Pat
Garret, Barbara
C l e veland
Roberts, John
Shaw and Dr. Larry Handfield
who was honored for his
service to the alumni. Others
in attendance were Mae
Brooks, Jesselyn Brown,
Atty. Robin Cox Lovett, Earl
Daniels, Charlie, Dorothy,
Evelyn and Wayne Davis,
Shelia Geathers, Gloria
Green, Israel Milton, Sandra
Powell, Dr. Gwen Robinson,
Argatonia Weatherington,
Carol Weatherington,
Wanda Wright, and Gladez
Williams McCoy. History
was replete last Friday when
alumni of Carver High School
spearheaded a reunion and
invited all graduates to
attend. Some of the historians
included Walter Frieson ('49),

emcee, who brought on Dr.
C. Johnson, "Little Carver"
and Principal L. Gonzalez
a.k.a. "Big Carver," along
With Richard Smith, Edward
Leonard, Isabelle St. Jean
and Tatiana Taylor who
assisted in the presentation of
special certificates and
Shirley Richardson ('64) who
reminisced on the old Carver
mixed in with the new Carver
Middle. Theodore Johnson,
president, Class of '64,
saluted the audience. Evelyn
Brady ('58) recited a poem to
the delight of the 300 alumni
and students, followed by
Dorothy P. Lee memorializing
those alumni not there with
William Lee and audience
singing "To God Be The
Glory." Sean Stack, president
of the Student Council and
Dr. Flora McKenzie ('65) also
attended. Their task was to
induct Dr. Mona B. Jackson
into the Hall Of Fame. Elston
Davis was certificated as an
outstanding teacher along
with Richard Smith. Dr.
Jackson joined other Hall Of
Famers, such as Dr. Dazelle

Simpson, ('41),
Winston Scott. ('08)
astronaut, Oswald
Walker, Jr. and
Thelma A. Gibson,
('44), while everyone
closed out by singing
the school's alma
Rev. Glory Pacely HAND
, president, Senior
Citizens of Arcola Lakes Park,
is commended for providing
the community with a
Valentine's Day Luncheon
with food catered by Joe
and Shelia Mack. Lonnie
McCartney belted out a
stirring rendition of "I Love
You Truly" and "Let Me Call
You Sweetheart." Then
the party really began with
the DJ playing the Electric
Slide and the dance floor
filling up moves never seen
before. Among those who
strutted their stuff on the
dance floor were Jean A.
Perry, Johnnie M. Stevens,
Corene Blackman, Anton
Bell, Ruby Allen, Brenda
Hadley, Mae Brown, Daisy
Emmers, Mamie Horne, Mae


Lowery, Ronda Lamb,
Chelly Ross, Esmie
Taylor, Geraldine
Bennett, Dorothy
Holmes, Oden Fields,
Barbara Haynes,
Mamie Williams, June
Miller, Bobbi Cox, and
Tim Strachan. Also
IELD present at the
luncheon were Letitia
Bowden, Teddy Abraham,
Leotha Harrell, Lorraine
Reynolds, Elizabeth
James, Henry Small, Della
M. Jackson, Carol King,
Syble Johnson, Constance
Pinkney, C. Wilfork, Tillie
Stibbins, Nettie Murphy,
Virginia Smiley, Inez
Bojiea, L. Rozier, Henry
Williams, Alee C. Wlice,
Dorothy Joseph, Samuel
"Chase" Williams, and
Mary Simmons. Speaking of
June Miller, kudos go out
to her ingenious gesture of
presenting her 10th Annual
Black Histor ./Fashion Show'
last Sunday at Salem Baptist
Church. The program began
with the praise team of Ruby
Allen and Tillie Stibbins

stirring up the early arrivals,
followed by Rev. Lorry
Mozell giving the invocation;
Lila Gaston of Bible Baptist
Church introduced the
mistress of ceremonies,
Bobbie Barnwell, who
came in at high speed and
engrossed the full house with
her philosophical experience
and rhetoric. She brought
on Ke' Mauria Dupont who
did the welcome; "I'm Black"
performed by Asyia Green;
and six models with a look-a-
like Don Cornelius: the dance
ministry was represented
well by Amiraclee Lewis and
Isabella Rivers; Lila Gaston
did the offering. This was
followed by Deiondre Smith
emulating Langston Hughes
and Larieka Mozell in
natural with sLx more models
thrilling the audience and
dancing by Aquira Johnson
followed by Tre Vonner who
performed "There is a Whistle
up in Heaven." The program
closed out with the same
energy used at the beginning
by a skit written by Miller on
Black history.

By Anna S i

Last Sunday evening at
an event for the "Not The
Largest: But the Best" -
in case you didn't know
our motto Booker
T. Washington Alumni
Association. Inc., held its
annual Orange, Black and
White Tea. The following
"Unsung Heros" were
honored by the Alumni
Association. It was a first
for us but a nice gesture
to remember our schools
and our alumni before
integration. Those honored
included: Charles F.
Adderly, Velma Bouie
Arnold. BTW; GeorgiaJones

Ayers, Dorsey; Mary Alice
Beasley, Northwestern:
Roosevelt Colebrook,
Leome Scavella Culmer,
Dr. Cathia Darling, Leome
Scavella Culmer, Shirley
Hanks Eppinger, Richard
"Toby" Gatson, Shedrick
E. Gilbert, Angelean Clark
Glass, Gerda, Graham
posthumouslyy. Vernon
Gray, Peggy Gabriel Green,
Beatrice Hudnell, all BTW;
Dr.. Mona Betherl, Carver;
Moses Jones, Jr., Herman
McBurows and Anna-Grace
Sweeting, all BTW.
Congratulations goes
out to Gloria Lynch, who

was honored by the City of
North Miami Beautification
Committee Program as a
property owner who takes
"pride" in maintaining her
yard and home thereby
enhancing the city's visual
image and quality of life. An
award sign has been placed
in her yard and Gloria was
recognized by the mayor
and council at a televised
council meeting on Feb.
Our sympathy goes out
to Father Richard L. M.
Barry and his family in the
loss of his "Mother" Althena
Barry Kelly and his Aunt
Hermo Jean Barry-Larkin
and all family members. I
have known "Althena" most
of my life she was a "dear
friend" of my Beloved Mother.
"Bertha" May "Tina." May

they rest in peace.
The following people were
also honorees at BTW's
Orange, Black and White
Tea: Bernard Carlton
Poitier (Dorsey): Miltoria
Rivers (B.T.W.): Elry Taylor
Sands (B.T.W.); Mary M.
Simmons (B.T.W.); William
Simmons (Northwestern):
Rev. Dr.Willie E. Sims,
Jr. (Northwestern); Albena
Summer (B.T.W.); Herbert
Thomson (B.T.W.); and
Willie Ferguson Williams
(B.T.W.). And a B-I-G
salute to: chairperson
of the Orange, Blackand
White Tea Cecilia Hunter;
Co-chairperson Paulette
M. Martin; President
Roberta C. Daniels and
all committee member for
a job well done! Thank you!
Thank you! Thank you!

Wedding anniversary
greetings (8th) go out
to George (Caprece)
Fleurentin on February
26th. Get well wishes and
our best prayers go out
to the following shut-ins:
Elouise Bain Farrington,
Patricia Allen-Ebron, Helen
Gay, Winston D. Scavella,
Naomi Allen-Adams,
Phillip Wallace, Jacqueline
Finley-Livingston, Edyth
Jenkins Coverson and
Veronica B. O'Berry.
Attention "All Tornadoes,"
join our Alumni Association
so you can keep up with our
alumni and your friends. Call
any of the following officers
to assist you: Roberta C.
Daniels, Willie Warren,
Madeline Atwell, Kathryn
Hepburn, Mary Simmons,
Laura Jones or Franklin

March 24th is Jabberwock
Time. Our theme is "Let
the Good Times Roll!" This
affair will be held at the
Jackson High School in their
auditorium. The acts must
support the theme.
"Delta Dears," who are
retired sorors of both
chapters, held our Black
History Month Brunch
at Wactor Temple African
Methodist Episcopal Zion
Church on Feb. 22nd. Nancy
Dawkins was chairman.
An enjoyable time was had
by all in attendance. The
speaker was
Robert Battle, a native
Miamian, who grew up in
Wactor Temple and is the
new artistic director of the
Alvin Alley Dance Theater
company. Congratulauons!

Mariah Carey returns to stage in style
Mariah Carey made her re- didn't realize this was a big Wayne and Cee Lo performed
turn to the stage since giv- deal.' in Los Angeles, Maroon 5 and
ing birth to twtns in diva- The Grammy winner sang Sara Bareilles in Chicago,
like form: She changed her a number of her hits during and Mary J. Blige and Gavin
shoes after singing two songs the short performance, from DeGraw in New Orleans. The
and touched up her hair and "Hero' to "We Belong Together' concerts were part of Caesars
makeup in a sleek, sleeveless to the Jackson 5 cover "I'll Be Entertainment's rewards pro-
black dress, all in front of an There.' gram.
eager audience. The concert was one of four The shows happened simul-
Carey, who gave birth to fra- shows Thursday dubbed "Plot taneously and were streamed
ternal twins via C-section in Your Escape: Four Concerts. online.
April, performed for a few hun- Countless Celebrities. 1 Epic "We can't do anything with-
dred fans Thursday night at Night," by Caesars Entertain- out it being documented: Car-
New York's Gotham Hall. ment. Diddy was Carey s open- ey told the audience. 'Doesn't
Of her return she said: 'I ing act in New York, while Lil it freak you out at all?"

Ramsey Lewis: A definitive jazz voice

conitnued from 1C

change in the 1960s." he said.
"The Vietnam War and the
rise of rock and roll and a new
youth culture took over the
spotlight. That, coupled with
music education being re-
moved from the public schools,
resulted in many years where
our children have become un-
aware of some of the most im-
portant things in life includ-
ing jazz. Jazz \was born in this
country. I only hope that par-
ents and the community will
rise up and demand that the
arts are placed back into our
schools. Kids need music in-
cluding jazz; they need ballet
and other forms of dance."

Lewis has recently assem-
bled a new band and says he's

excited about their versatility
and skill.
"The quintet has a bass
player in his 20s and a drum-
mer in his 30s and they are
very rhythmic and energetic."
he said. "They're the kind of
young musicians that will get
you out of your seat. I get to
teach them and learn at the
same time."
As for his favorite kind of
music, Lewis says it's difficult
for him to say.
"I have 15,000 songs on
my Ipod and have all kinds
of categories: classical, jazz,
pop, rock, gospel," he said. "I
have some customized catego-
ries where I've mixed classi-
cal and jazz together and then
vocalists who are among my
favorites like Sarah Vaughn
and Dinah Washington. But
there's no one artist that I lis-
ten to all the time. I like it all."
Lewis still tours with his

band, doing close to 40 con-
certs a year. But he makes
sure he has time for his fam-
"I spread the tour out so
that I only have a few each
week because I don': like to be
on the road for too long any-
more," he said. "My wife and
I are enjoying our lives and
having great fun with our 13
grandchildren and one great-
grandson. I still live in Chi-
cago and while Oprah and
Michael [Jordan] may have left
us, it's still a world class city
with all kinds of culture. It's a
wonderful place to come home
Often referred to as a leg-
end, Lewis says he doesn't see
himself that way.
"What keeps me enthusi-
astic and energizes me is the
realization that the more I
learn, the more I find there is
to know," he said.

A must-read for Blacks who seek truth

continued from IC

text takes us back to what Holt
calls "a second emancipation,"
where Blacks fled the oppres-
sive regime of the South hop-
ing for a true taste of freedom
and justice during the Great
Migration of the early 20th
century. His stories of ordinary
men and women who contrib-
ute in meaningful ways to the
generations-old fight for Black
equality make up the chapter
referred to as "A Second Re-
construction: The Freedom

Finally, he looks at Blacks
in the U.S. and beyond as they
take ownership as citizens of
this nation and the world in
the 21st century.
Holt includes those names
and faces that have we have
grown to love and cherish:
Frederick Douglass, W.E.B.
DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., and President Barack
Obama. But he also includes
some who are often overlooked
if recognized at all. There is
Anthony Jackson, a 17th cen-
tury slave who bought his free-

dom in Virginia and built an
impressive farm, only to have
it stolen from his heirs by a
racist court system. And there
is Frank Moore, a World War I
veteran and sharecropper who
dared to sue his landlord for
unfair practices, only to find
himself charged with murder
after defending his family from
a belligerent white posse.
It's these stories and more,
taken from four centuries of
Black history, that make up
this groundbreaking novel -
stories that once read them
you will be unable to forget.




Sat 3/17


"Superharp" Band

Saturday, March 17, 8p $351/$25/$15
Pre-show Blues and BBQ, 5:30-7:30p
on the Plaza $15

($5 tickets CultureShockmiami.com) $5 off orchestra level seats for
students seniors and active military service members

Grammy Award-winner James Cotton with a
blast-furnace sound, a larger-than-life personality,
and massive fame, "Mr. Superharp" is a blues
giant in every aspect. The New York Times adds,
"Cotton helped define modern blues harmonica
with his moaning, wrenching phrases and
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Great appetizers are full of flavor to stimulate the appetite, but not so rich that
they spoil it. To get that balance, look to fresh, flavorful ingredients like
Florida tomatoes.
Ripe tomatoes add beautiful color, great taste, and a host of healthy nutrients like
vitamin C to any appetizer. Chef Justin Timineri, known as the Florida Chef, and
Florida Tomatoes have created some mouthwatering appetizer recipes using the versa-
tile, ',ntaliziiing tomato.
Tomato Cobb Salad Wrap Turn a favorite salad into a tasty finger food by wrap-
ping up Cobb salad ingredients in a flour tortilla.
Tomato and Avocado Salsa Whether you make it mild or spice it up, this salsa
will make a lot of mouths happy. Try serving it in individual, wide mouthed
glasses so guests can dip and re-dip as much as they like.'
Hot Artichoke Dip Stuffed Tomatoes A savory party favorite, this dip gets extra
flavor by being paired up with juicy baked tomatoes.
Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Blue Cheese. and Pecans Sweet, savory, crunchy,
salty this appetizer has it all.
To get more appetizer and party-ready recipes, as well as sign up for a free news-
letter, visit www.floridatomatoes.org.

Tomato and Avocado Salsa
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
2 large Florida tomatoes, diced
1 large avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon powdered cumin
Your favorite hot sauce (for heat)
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
to taste
In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
Stir to combine.
Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and
hot sauce.
Serve at room temperature for best flavor.
For hotter version, substitute 1 seeded fresh
jalapefio pepper for green pepper. Also, if you prefer,
use toasted cumin seed instead of ground cumin.

For the best tomato
flavor, never refrigerate
them. A chilled tomato
will not finish ripening
because cold halts the
ripening process. Cold
also kills the flavor of
tomatoes, so even when
the tomatoes are fully
ripe, keep them out of
the refrigerator.

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Tomato Cobb Salad Wrap
Yield: 4 servings
4 large (10-inch) flour tortillas
6 tablespoons prepared blue
cheese dressing
8 ounces sliced cooked turkey
3 medium, fully ripened fresh
Florida tomatoes
(about 1 pound), cut into
thin slices
4 leaves Boston, iceberg or
leaf lettuce
1 ripe Hass avocado, peeled
and cut into thin slices
4 strips cooked bacon
Spread each tortilla with 1 1/2 tablespoons
of dressing.
Top with layers of turkey, tomato, let-
tuce, avocado and bacon, dividing evenly.
Roll up tortillas. If desired, tie each
wrap with chives, or secure with long
toothpicks, and cut each sandwich in half.
To serve, stand both halves of each sand-
wich on cut ends. Garnish with tomato
wedges, green onions and avocado.

Bruschetta with Tomatoes,
Blue Cheese and Pecans
Yield: 4 servings
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped
4 slices crusty, firm-textured
cut about 3/4 inch thick
2 cloves garlic peeled and halved
2 large Florida tomatoes, sliced
about 1/8 inch thick
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Chopped fresh basil or dried
for garnish
In small bowl, mash cheeses together with
fork, leaving mixture somewhat chunky.
Mix in pecans.
Preheat broiler. Arrange bread on small
baking sheet and broil slices for about 1
minute on each side, just until golden.
Watch carefully so bread doesn't burn.
Rub one side of each piece of bread
with garlic.
Spread some of the cheese mixture over
each slice and arrange 2 or 3 overlapping
tomato slices on top. Pepper tomatoes
lightly, then garnish with basil and serve.





* 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.con or ca11786-231-

Booker T. Washington
1962 Alumni Class is
planning their 50h 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 osboed@

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 24th 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 e-mail Dr.
Vernon Smith at slv626@

SUrban Partnership Drug-
Free Community Coalition
will hold their monthly
meeting on Thursday, March
15th at the City of Miami North
District Police Sub-Station,
1000 NW 62nd St Miami, Fl.
33142. 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. Contact Vivilora
D. Perkins Smith at 305-
218-0783 or vperkinssmith@

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.

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

1The 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 305-333-7128.

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 and 3rd
Saturday of every month. Lose
sins while you lose weight.
Contact Sister McDonald at

Range Park is offering
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 786-

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

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

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

Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers free
consultation if your child is
experiencing problems with
bullies, fighting, disruptive

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

Miami-Dade County
Community Action &
Human Services Head
Start/Early Head Start
Open Enrollment Campaign
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.

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

Merry Poppins
in Miami has free open
enrollment for VPK, all day
program. For information
contact Lakeysha Anderson at

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

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.

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

Chai Community
Services will host a job fair
on March 24th from 10 a.m.
to2 p.m. for administrative,
professional medical,
educational, social service,
culinary and housekeeping
positions. For more info call

The Miami
Northwestern class of
1959 is sponsoring a six
day -- five night trip to the
Biltmore Estate, Asheville,
N.C., May 27-- June 1st. For
information call Barbara, 305-
688-209; Joyce, 305-836-
0057 or Pat, 305-758-7968.

Miami Union Academy is
hosting a fundraising concert
at the Joseph Caleb Center,
5400 NW 22nd Ave. Miami,
Fl. on Sunday, March 18th at
6 p.m. to benefit the Miami
Union Academy. Committed,
the winner of NBC's the sing-
off, will be featured in the

This is truly your week. Take a
break from any disappointments
that you may have been remember-
ing and move toward the Now with
a wise heart. Your attention may
focus on personal health, and ways
to make yours better. Soul Affirma-
tion: I exercise to lower tension this
week. Lucky Numbers: 9, 17, 24

Family matters will be pleasant
this week, but save your evenings
for your romantic partner. The vibes
support a mutually wonderful expe-
rience that will deepen your appre-
ciation for one another! Soul Affir-
mation: I obey the rules this week
and avoid hassles. Lucky Numbers:
1, 2,46

You lucky ducklings! Everything
goes your way this week, so relax
and enjoy the abundant and won-
derful soul vibrations. Make calls
early in the week so that you can
cruise through the afternoon. Soul
Affirmation: I find peace in spending
time out of doors this week. Lucky
Numbers: 18, 29, 36

A project at work may sudden-
ly demand your attention. If you
pounce on it rather than waiting for
it to go away (it won't), you'll be fin-
ished by lunchtime. Your speed and
agility enable you to work smart;
use your advantage. Soul Affirma-
tion: By going slowly I get there
faster this week. Lucky Numbers:
14, 40, 55

Talk it up this week. You've got a
gift with words this week that will
facilitate all endeavors. If you've
been meaning to ask for a raise, this
week might be the day to broach the
subject with the boss. Trust your in-
stincts! Soul Affirmation: By reward-
ing others I reward myself. Lucky
Numbers: 51, 53, 54

Energy in the mornings will be
more productive than the energy you
feel in the afternoons. Work hard
early each day, then take the after-
noons off to play. Better yet, get your
honey to join you in playing hooky
from work! Soul Affirmation: I give
thanks for the chance to give. Lucky
Numbers: 31, 42, 52

Finding a way to do it better
than others is not going to be hard
this week. Share your wisdom with
other seekers. All who receive your
word will benefit this week. Happi-
ness rules! Don't waste a moment
of this perfect week on any negative
thoughts. Soul Affirmation: I create
a positive world for myself by think-
ing positive. Lucky Numbers: 11, 13,

Strong vibrations bring a series
of dramatic interactions with others
this week. Practice your charm. Let it
come from the heart, and let your en-
ergy carry you upwards to your best,
highest self. Keep emotions calm.
Soul Affirmation: In the storms of the
week I find comfort inside myself.

Lucky Numbers: 25, 28, 30

People often forget about the roam-
ing side to your personality. This week
is a week when you'll love thinking
about "far away places with strange
sounding names," as the song says.
What you do about your urges is yet
another matter. Home calls too. What
a week! Soul Affirmation: I smile as
I think about far away paces. Lucky
Numbers: 42, 47, 49

Move slowly concerning relation-
ships this week. People are a little
edgy and they don't know exactly
where you are coming from. Make
full explanations. Don't assume that
they know what's on your mind.
Most of all, stay positive no matter
what. Soul Affirmation: Clinging to
the old will inhibit my growth this
week. Lucky Numbers: 6, 8, 20

Exercise will work off some of
your excess energy this week. Take
a walk and remember that your
world is made up of many beauti-
ful parts. The part you are focusing
on so intently this week is not your
entire world. Proceed accordingly!
Soul Affirmation: I celebrate with
those around me. Lucky Numbers:
13, 29, 34

This week is a good week to
dump any extra baggage that has
been pulling you down. You have
too much potential to throw away
and waste your time on issues
that will amount to nothing. Stay
focused on your goals. Meet and
spend time with people who will be
able to help you reach them. Soul
Affirmation: The word is in me. I
bring it forth. Lucky Numbers: 7,
29, 44

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Jamal Joseph

talks about his

life in the Black

Panther Party

Activist now runs theater

company that allows youth

to share their message

By D. Kevin McNeir


Eddie Joseph was a 15-year-
old lanky foster child and hon-
or student living in the Bronx
when he was first introduced
to the Black Panther Party
in the late 1960s. Like most
young men his age, his focus
was on becoming a man. He
says that's why he was drawn
to the Black Panthers and their
"The ghetto had a ranking
system when it came to man-

hood," he said. "You could be a
punk, hard, bad or crazy. This
manhood ranking system was
connected to the idea of pro-
tecting your property --what
you claimed and how far you
would go to protect 'mine' or
'yours' determined your man-
hood ranking. In 1968 nobody
was badder than the Panthers."
Joseph, now 59, has since
changed his name to Jamal,
done several stints in prison
- his first time being when he
was just 16 for allegedly being
part of the infamous Panther
21, earned two degrees while
behind bars and has trans-
formed himself into a youth
mentor and college profes-
sor. In some respects he has

risen from the ashes like the
fabled phoenix. He will be in
Miami this week, on Thurs-
day, March 8, to talk about his
memoirs, "Panther Baby: A Life
of Rebellion & Reinvention."
"I speak to young people all
over the country and in many
of my speeches, I reference my
youth when I first joined the
Black Panther Party," he said.
"Many of the kids ask me to
tell more stories. I think they
find them interesting not from
an historical viewpoint but
from an emotional one. They
want to know what it was like
to be a Black teenager in the
1960s. I wrote the book in my
voice back then -a skinny or-
phan trying to figure out how
to become a man. It's my com-
ing of age story. My life journey
helped me discover who I am
and because of my experiences
with the Black Panthers, I have
evolved. I have become a men-
tor, teacher, artist and father.
While I was in jail, I discovered
that I had a poet's voice too
and formed a theater company
while I was in prison. Today my
wife and I have made Impact
Repertory Theater in the spirit
of the Black Panthers."

Joseph says that when he
and his wife, Joyce, along
with their friend Boza Riv-

ers, started the youth pro-
gram, they did it in the midst
of budget cuts in New York
City and a rise in youth vio-
"After a young boy was mur-
dered in Harlem, we knew we
had to get things going right
away we started with nine
children," he said. "It's grown
to over 1,000 children. We
use arts and education and
stress the importance of
leadership and involvement
in our community. The kids
tell their own stories and use
poetry, dance and song to
talk about their lives and how
they see the world."
Joseph likes to talk about
the Black Panthers and says
that many of the notions
formed 'about them were
"We [the Panthers] never
hated whites Fred Hamp-
ton even created the term
Rainbow Coalition," he said.
"Power to the people meant
power to all people. We were
not about violence but about
strengthening self-defense
and working to exhaustion
in community outreach pro-
As for the Panther Party,
if you ask any former mem-
ber, they'll tell you that our
top mandate was 'to love and
serve the people mind,
body and soul.'"

Families make 'The Lorax' No. 1

By Scott.Bowles

The Lorax took advantage of
a rare dearth of cartoons this
weekend, scampering away
with an easy triumph at the-
But a glut of action and low-
budget "found-footage" movies
have overshadowed family fare

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the only major cartoon has
been the re-release of Beauty
and the Beast.
"The Lorax is benefiting from
an underserved audience," says
Tim Briody of Boxofficeproph-
ets.com. He says it didn't hurt
that the movie was "marketed
out the wazoo."
Fans were sold: The movie
earned a thumbs-up from 78
percent of audiences, according
to Rottentomatoes.com. Critics
were less kind, as just 57 per-
cent recommended. it, the site

Comedy Project X, which fea-
tured mock-video footage of a
wild party, was a distant sec-
ond but scored a solid $20.8
million, well above its $16 mil-
lion projections.
The action film Act of Val-
or, starring real Navy SEALs,
dropped two spots to third,
taking $13.7 million.

Denzel Washington's Safe
House was No. 4 with $7.2 mil-
lion, followed by Tyler Perry's
Good Deeds with $7 million.
The strong debuts keep Hol-
lywood ticket sales brisk. Rev-
enues are up 19 percent over
the same period last year, while
attendance is up 22 percent,
according to Hollywood.com.

Blacks had mix of 'Help"

emotions on Oscar night
By Jesse Washington Oscar, for a supporting role as "Y'all should be happy the
a maid called Mammy in the maid flick didn't win," he
AP Despite torrents of de- Dixie-glorifying "Gone With tweeted. It was nominated for
bate among Blacks over the the Wind." Since then, a high best picture, but lost to "The
merits of the segregation-era percentage of Black Oscar Artist."
movie "The Help," most still nominees and winners have "The fear was Viola winning
hoped that Viola Davis, who played characters such as or 'The Help' winning would've
plays a maid, would become slaves, African despots, wel- validated keeping alive an im-
just the second Black winner fare recipients, dysfunctional age that many black folks
of the best actress Oscar. mothers, drug-addicted musi- found stereotypical, inaccu-

And so there was widespread
disappointment when Davis
lost the Academy Award to
Meryl Streep on Sunday night.
Still, ambivalence tinged the
reaction: Besides regret that
the ranks of Black Oscar win-
ners remained small, many felt
relief that a role viewed as ste-
reotypical was not honored.
0 o h h h h h
nooooooooooooooo," wailed
Robinne Lee on Twitter.
Lee, a Black actress who
has appeared in films such as
"Seven Pounds" and "Hotel for
Dogs," said in an interview that
Streep embodies excellence and
deserved to win. "But Viola had
so much hype this year, and
there was so much excitement,
and it conjured up so much
controversy in the Black com-
munity about this role so (the
loss) was disappointing."
Yet Lee felt a mix of emotions,
since she is eager to see more
diverse movie casts in a wider
variety of roles. Adding to the
conundrum was the best sup-
porting actress victory of Oc-
tavia Spencer, who played an-
other maid in "The Help."
Prior to Sunday, only 13
Black actors had won Hol-
lywood's highest honor in the
Oscars' 84-year history. Only
Halle Berry had been cho-
sen best actress, for playing a
wounded soul who finds solace
in the arms of a white man in
"Monster's Ball."
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel be-
came the first Black to win an

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of how devalued the domestic worker is?

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With Spencer's award, maid he said in an interview. "A win
roles are responsible for two of was seen as a setback."
the six Oscars won by Black Not for Barbara Young, who
actresses. Streep, meanwhile, has worked for 17 years as a
earned the third Oscar of her domestic worker and is an
transcendent career for play- organizer for the National
ing former British Prime Min- Domestic Workers Alliance.
ister Margaret Thatcher. Watching the film, Young cried
Which made Lee wonder: when Davis' character was
"How inspiring would it be if separated from a white child -
we could be nominated in roles she had endured several such
where we are playing kings, partings in real life.
queens, politicians, writers, Young traveled from New
artists, dancers we could York to Los Angeles for an Os-
soar." car viewing party organized by
The Oakland activist and the National Domestic Workers
journalist Davey D said it Alliance. When Streep's name
seemed like a contradiction was called instead of Davis', the
for critics to slam the film but room of 50 people let out a huge
support Davis and Spencer. groan.

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Practice provides is the kind of business that "When I tell someone that
offers clients more than just I am a dentist the response

Botox, facials

and waxing
By Randy Grice

In today's world of the
Internet and iPhone apps, ev-
eryone is looking for wa s to
save time and get more bang
for their buck. Having the
convenience of getting sev-
eral things done at one place
and fast is quickly becoming
a hallmark in the business
community. Dr. Patty's Den-
tal Boutique (Ft. Lauderdale

standard dental procedures.
"I was enamored with den-
tistry after seeing my older
cousins get braces," said Dr.
April Patterson, or as she
likes to be called, Dr. Patty.
"One of my cousin's teeth
were super-jacked -- she had
one big tooth and one little
tooth in the front. When I
saw the change in her smile
I was hooked. From then on
I knew that I wanted to be
a dentist and help people to
perfect their smiles.'
What do people say about
her being a Black female

is usually one of surprise,"
she said. "They assume I am
a hygienist or dental as-
sistant. Even now, people
that know I am a dentist are
shocked when they come to
my office. They can't believe
that I really opened an of-
fice. I went into business for
myself because I wanted to
treat people with the highest
Patterson's boutique unoffi-
cially opened two weeks ago.
On March 7th, she is holding
an official launch party for
her dental boutique that will
include complimentary spa

treatments and digital smile
make-overs. Patterson's prac
tice offers her clients a one-

ktist experience
stop shopping experience. da, attended medical school
Patients can get Botox treat- at the University of Michi-
ments, eyelash extensions. gan and follows a legacy of
facials, full-body waxing and Black-women dentists: Bessie
permanent make-up. Delaney, Jeanne C. Sinkford
"Getting up in the morn- and Ida Gray Rollins, another
ing is so much easier now," Michigan grad
Patterson said about being Patterson looked to others
a business owner. "Before I to supplement her business
used to think that I wasn't knowledge.
a morning person: now I real- "I know that I don't have
Lze that I really am -I just a business background so I
wasn't excited about getting have brought on board people
up and going to work. When who have the kinds of skills
my alarm clock rings these that I lack," she said. "I am
days at I get up and am anx- learning and being taught as
ious to get started." I move along. I know what I
Patterson, who is from have to produce everyday to
Georgia, but spent her high make sure that I am able to
school years in South Flori- pay my bills."




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\'ice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson recently joined County Mayor Carlos Gimernez in pre-
senting a proclamauon at the groundbreaking of the ne,w AL,amii MusAqeu q.Science, to Patricia..
and Philip Frost for whom the new facility \%ill be named The groundbreaking took place on Feb.
24th at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami which also will be the new home of the Miami Art

ICABA honors Caribbean leaders

Over 100oo businesses, leaders attend

Recently Identify, Connect,
Activate, the Black Accom-
plished (ICABA) Media Hold-
ings, LLC. held a conference in
salute to South Florida's i00
Most Accomplished Caribbean
Americans. Over 100 business
and civic leaders attended a
kick-off press conference and
reception to announce ICABA's

plans. The salute is comprised
of an ICABA signature full-col-
or, coffee-table quality publica-
tion profiling selected honorees
along with several events in-
cluding a recognition reception
at the Broward Center for the,
Arts on June 29, 2012.
BankAtlantic Senior Vice
President and Steermg Com-

mittee member Marcia Barry-
Smith hosted the reception
and stated: "ICABA has a
sterling reputation for deliver-
ing quality and excellence and
I am delighted ICABA will pro-
duce this overdue recognition
for South Florida's Caribbean
Americans." Additional event
sponsors included MetLife, and
Victor Harvey, CEO, Qualified
Spirits, Inc.




Distressed homes account

for a quarter ofall Broward

County sales

By Paul Owers

One in four South Florida home sales last
year involved a property in some stage of fore-
closure, according to a report released Thurs-
Homes in the foreclosure process accounted
for 25 percent of sales in Broward County,
down from 46 percent a year ago, said Realty-
Trac Inc., a foreclosure listing firm.
In Palm Beach County, foreclosure homes
represented 26 percent of all sales, down from
32 percent a year earlier.
The downward trend is a result of lenders
filing fewer foreclosures last year, RealtyTrac
"We expect to see foreclosure-related sales
increase in 2012, particularly pre-foreclosure

sales, as lenders start to more aggressively
dispose of distressed assets held up by the
mortgage-servicing gridlock over the past 18
months," Brandon Moore, chief executive of
Realt'Trac, said in a statement.
Increasingly, lenders are unloading homes
through short sales rather than taking back
the properties by foreclosure, Moore said.
These pre-foreclosure sales outnumbered sales
of bank-owned homes in Palm Beach, Broward
and Miami-Dade counties during the fourth
quarter, RealtyTrac said.
Some lenders, including Chase and Wells Far-
go, are offering struggling homeowners thou-
sands of dollars to complete short sales. Banks
realize that short sales are a more appealing
option than "the long and messy foreclosure
process," said Daren Blomquist, a RealtyTrac
Homes in the foreclosure process are those
that are in default, scheduled for auction or
Please turn to MORTGAGE 8D

Mortgage refinancing takes off

HARP kicks in
By Julie Schmit

Demand is surging for mort-
gage refinancing under a re-
\amped government program
for homeowners w ith little or no
home equity.
The Home Affordable Refi-
nance Program, dubbed HARP
2.0, is expected to help more
than one million borrowers to
refinance at today's low interest
rates even if falling home val-
ues have left them owing more
on their loans than the homes
are worth.
Changes to extend HARP's
reach were announced in Octo-
ber, and lenders launched their
revamped programs in recent
months. To be eligible, HARP
applicants must have loans
owned or guaranteed by Fred-
die Mac or Fannie Mae, have
less than 20 percent equity and
be current on payments.
Bank of America, JPMorgan
Chase and Wells Fargo all say
they have seen such strong
HARP demand that they're
adding staff. Some BofA cus-

Moody Analytics Chief Economist
tomers have been put on wait
lists, bank spokesman Terry
Francisco says.
One in three refi applications
now at Wells Fargo are through
HARP, says Executive Vice
President Franklin Codel. De-
mand is expected to stay strong
through the year, says Chase
home lending executive Kevin
Nationwide, more than 20
percent of home loan refi appli-
cations for the week ended Feb.
24 were for HARP loans, the
Mortgage Bankers Association
says. That's up from about 10

percent the month before.
Moody s Analytics expects 1.6
million HARP refis by the end of
2013, saving borrowers an av-
erage $250 a month Demand
could be greater. Even with
mortgage rates dipping below
four percent. CoreLogic says 57
percent of first lien home loans
had rates above five percent in
For now, the services are re-
financing current customers.
More competition enabling
rate shopping may surface in
coming months as more pieces
of the program roll out, says
Robert Walters, Quicken Loans
Even if consumers refinance
with their present service,
they should expect competitive
rates, says Mark Zandi, Moody
Analytics' chief economist. If
HARP borrowers aren't getting
at least 4.5 percent, "I would
want to know why," Zandi says.
In some cases, HARP borrow-
ers may get better rates than
lower-credit-score borrowers
with home equity, says Cam-
eron Findlay, LendingTree chief

Why is Obama closing minority business development offices?

. By William Reed
NNPA Columnist

Black Americans continue
to stand by President Barack
Obama, despite how he and his
minions treat us. Nine of every
10 Black voters have "got the
president's back" but there is
still discussion as to whether
Obama has got the backs of
Blacks in return. At this stage
of the Obama presidency it is
quite obvious how the people
running things at the White
House view Blacks' economic
Representatives of the Obama

administration recently told
members of Congress that they
plan to close all five of the Mi-
nority Business Development
Agency's (MBDA) regional offic-
es. Unless something happens,
MBDA offices in Atlanta, Chi-
cago, Dallas, and New York will
close by September 30 and the
San Francisco office in March
of 2013.
Blacks would be wise to pay
attention to these matters and
how they are resolved. Rep.
Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said the
Obama administration's ac-
tions "sends the wrong message
to entrepreneurs and business-

es in our communi-
ty at this time when
we need to have an
Rush is right. !
Blacks should find
it unbelievable that
the Obama admin-
istration would al-
low programs that
are vital to the cre-
ation of jobs and
infrastructures for REED
minorities to fall or fail. Pro-
ponents of minority business
development need to step to the
fore and demand that instead of
downsizing the MBDA, Obama

and his people need to
be increasing its reign
and clout. The political
climate among Blacks
should be to not let
the only federal agency
created specifically to
foster the establish-
ment and growth of
minority-owned busi-
nesses to be put on the
path toward death and
Blacks need for Obama do
more on this current presiden-
tial watch to ensure that all
U.S. businesses have a pro-
portionate share of the jobs

and opportunities created by
. federal government. Obama
heads the world's largest pur-
chaser of goods and services.
The federal government spend
more than $500 billion a year
in contracts and has facilities
in all 50 states that include
2,500 offices that have "au-
thority to buy." But, Black-
owned businesses have his-
torically been marginalized in
federal contracting. Under the
nation's first Black president,
Black-owned businesses have
done no better than they did

tracts funded between Febru-
ary 2009 and November 2010
compared to the 81.3 percent
white-owned business enjoyed
during that period. Millions of
federal government contracts
are awarded each year, but mi-
nority entrepreneurs continue
to be stymied in getting public
sector contracting opportuni-
ties. To remedy this situation,
Obama administration officials
need to put more impetus on
the MBDA to focus on federal
procurement and procedures
that will offer Minority Busi-

before, having received a pal- ness Enterprises fair and pro-
try 3.5 percent of federal con- portional opportunities.


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Jordan spearheads legislation

to assist smaller businesses

Miami-Dade County com-
missioners recently passed
an ordinance sponsored
by Commissioner Barbara
J. Jordan requiring con-
struction companies build-
ing on County-owned land
to adhere to the County's
Community Small Business
Enterprise and Community
Business Enterprise Pro-
gram. The program offers
technical assistance to
small businesses, which can
provide them with an op-
portunity to gain experience,
knowledge and resources
needed to strengthen and
enhance their ability to com-
pete both in the government
construction contracting
arena, as well as in the pri-
vate construction contract-
ing arena. The item was co-
sponsored by Commissioners
Audrey M. Edmonson, Jean
Monestime and Dennis C.

Any private sector devel-
oper doing construction on
County-owned land will be
required to meet a specific
goal for the amount of work

that will be made available
for businesses in the Coun-
ty's Small Business Pro-
grams. The County's Small
Business Development Divi-
sion will certify firms based
on program requirements
and monitor the projects for
compliance with the ap-
proved measures.
"As we move towards more
public/private partnerships,
it only makes sense that
developers that build on our
land be required to adhere to
our programs, Jordan said.
"There is a wealth of quali-
fied firms available to do the
job in this program and this
legislation provides another
opportunity for them to con-
tinue to build capacity."
The only exemption is for
any privately-funded project
under $200,000 on County-
owned land in order to ex-
pedite some of these smaller

Foreclosure rate sees decline

continued from 6D
In 2005, the peak
of the housing boom,
foreclosure homes
accounted for only
about one percent of
all home sales na-
Last year, Broward
had 14,466 sales of
homes in the foreclo-
sure process, down
21 percent from 2010,
RealtyTrac said. The
average sales price
was $115,902 and
the homes sold for
23 percent less than
properties not in some
stage of foreclosure.
Palm Beach County
had 11,377 foreclo-
sure-related sales last
year, up 20 percent
from 2010. The overall
increase was driven
by a surge in sales of
bank-owned homes.
The average sales
price was $116,674

and the average dis-
count was 28 per-
Investors paying
cash are dominating

the market for foreclo-
sure homes. Because
many lenders pre-
fer to accept cash,
prospective buyers

who need a mortgage
struggle to buy these
distressed homes,
South Florida real
estate agents say.


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two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Mr. Willie #6

1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $400.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
12400 NE 11 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000, appliances, free
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1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bathn
$550 305-642-7080

1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm one bath $375
Two odrms. one batn $495

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
1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$570 mthly. Includes refriger-
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$725 move in. 786-290-5498
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm. one bath $425
Ms Jackson 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
Efficiency. one banth $395.
one bdrm one bath $425

1490 NW 69 STREET
Three bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air. $750 mthly. Mr. Wash-
ington. 305-632-8750
1525 NW 1 Place
One barm. one bath. $350
monthly $575 move in
Three bdrms two Dath
$550 monthly $850 move
in All appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call

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

1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms. one baln. $575
Appliances. 305-642-7080
1625 NW 132 Street
Large apt, elderly person,
water and electric included.
$850 monthly 786-517-4248
167 NE 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600; three bedrooms, one
bath, $1200. Section 8 wel-
come. 954-914-9166
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr Gaiter in #1

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

1801 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bathn.
$550 monthly $850 to
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included Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
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1818 NW 2nd Court
One bedroom. $425. Free
gas, refrigerator, stove, air.
Capital Rental Agency
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013

2416 NW 22 Court
Two bedroom one bath
$725, free water. 305-642-

2945 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Call Mr. Perez,
3119 NW 133 STREET
Large, one bedroom, newly
remodeled. Section 8 OK!.
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath
$900 per month, all appli-
ances included Call Joel

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

5511 NW 6th Place
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$550 a month, $1350 to move
in, first, last and security. Call
after 2 p.m.,
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.
7520 N.E. Miami Court
One bedroom. $625 monthly,
free water. $1250 to move
815 NW 58 Street
Studio $550 monthly All ap-
pliances included Call Joel
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overlown, Liberty Ciry
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No security deposit re-
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600-7280, 305-458-1791 or
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One and two bedrooms.
Qualify the same day. Lim-
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One bedroom, $400 and
two bedrooms $550 only!
Water included. No security
deposit required. 55 and
older get additional dis-
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19613 NW 29 Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
beautiful townhouse. Section
8 accepted.
Call 954-614-0280
8323 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances and
water included. Section 8 or
similar program preferred.
Two bedrooms, one bath
$675 monthly plus first and
last. Section 8 WELCOME!
1347 NW 44 Street
Two bdrm one bath, alc, heat,
stove and refrigerator, wash-
er and dryer. $935 monthly.
1391 NW 43 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section

8 welcome, $700 monthly.

142 NW 71 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, yard,
tiled, washer/dryer hookup,
bars, air, $950 mthly. Section
8 ok!. 305-389-4011 or
1461 NW 59 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 OK. $1325 mthly. 954-
1875 NW 94 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly, central air.
Stanley 305-510-5894
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331-
2431 or 786-419-0438.
211 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
conveniently located, new
renovation. Section 8
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, large new
paint $895 monthly.
2221-23 NW 66 Street
One bedroom, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 welcome, $700 month-
ly, call 954-914-9166.
2464 NW 44th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $885 per month.
414 NW 53 Street
BEST VALUE, gorgeous
remodeled two.bdrms, spa-
cious, large totally fenced
yard, available now, $875.
5140 NW 12 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath
$1000 monthly. First, last and
security. 954-668-3997
6800 NW 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100 Free water/electric

6935 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, Section 8 Ok! $750
mthly. 305-474-9234
7619 NE 3 COURT
And other locations in
North Miami Beach avail-
One large bedroom one bath
941 NW 99 Street
Large one bdrm, one bath,
water included, $600 monthly.
9697 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $800 monthly.
18102 NW 8 Avenue
Nice unit for rent.
786-955-6213, 305-407-9220
2168 N.W. 91 STREET
Quiet, air. Section 8 Wel-
come. 305-710-2921
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$500 monthly plus $100 se-
curity deposit, first and last.
$1100 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989, 305-638-8376
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency one bath. $425.
Appliances tree water

5422 NW 7 Court
$600 monthly includes elec-
tric and water. No Section
8. Call
5903 NW 30 Ave
newly remodeled, water
included. $600 monthly. 786-
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Unfurnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486.
Air, utilities, cable. $550,
$1100 move in, 305-751-
NE 84 Street
Lel Portel area. $500 monthly.
Call 305-525-1286
Large, nice area, utilities
included. 786-227-4394

Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1823 NW 68 Terrace
Clean room, $450 monthly.
2957 NW 44 Street
Furnished, 305-693-1017,
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6816 NW 15 Avenue
Cable, refrigerator, air, $100
wkly, 305-627-3457.
6829 NW 15 Ave

$100 weekly, $200 to move
in, air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693

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Cable TV, utilities included,
$550 monthly. 305-687-1110
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Large furnished room with ca-
ble, air, light cooking and use
of pool. 305-621-1669
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594.
Private entrance, all utilities
included. Call Robert 305-
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
10201 NW 8 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1195. Stove, refrigerator,
1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 welcome Three
bdrm One Dath $1000
monthly All appliances
included Free 19 inch LCD
TV Call Joel 786-355-7578.
1505 NW 68 Street
Three bdrms., one bath, $800
monthly, 305-627-3457.
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
$1,240 mthly. $500 security.
Call 786-218-4646
1611 NW 52 Street
Three bdrms., one bath, $950
mthly, no Section 8 call:
1782 NW 63 Street
Newly remodeled, wood
floors, two bedrms, one
bath $895. 305-642-7080.
1859 NW 68 Street
Three bdrm, one bath, large
fenced in yard, central air and
tile. Section 8 okay. Call:
2049 NW 68 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
and hall bath, $1025,
stove refngeraior, air,
2246 Rutland Street "
Two bdrms, one bath, tile/car-
pet, air, fence. $1055 month-
ly. Section 8 OK! Call Kenny
2330 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, $760 monthly.
3431 NW 171 Terr
Four bdrm two bath, $1500
monthly. Section 8 welcomed.
4521 NW 194 Street
Updated three bedrooms,
one bath, tiled, central air,
$1095 mthly, 305-662-5505.
52 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
653 NW 46 Street
Two bdrm one bath. $1100
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
Contact Tamika
725 NW 42 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome. Contact
Junior 305-710-3398 or Mary
7604 NW 17 Place
Three bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 welcome. And also
available two bedrooms and
one bath. 305-926-0205
8231 NW 14 Court
Four bedrooms, 2 baths, cen-
tral air, newly renovated, near
Arcola Park. 305-975-1987
845 NW 84 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 monthly. No Section
8. Call
955 NW 53 Street
March Special $1800 moves
you in. A spacious two bdrm
one bath. $1200 monthly.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, large yard, newly
renovated, $1,590 monthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-788-4123
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
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Sales of homes that
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sure accounted for
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2011 home sales in
South Florida, accord-
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going through the
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Even more signifi-
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said Blomquist, is that
the prices for short
sales are now averag-
ing 10 percent higher
than sales of homes
owned by the mort-
"They're seeing that
the average price of a
short sale is actually
higher than the aver-
age price of a bank-
owned sale, so they
can possibly get more
back out of the prop-
erty than they would
if they foreclosed
and sold it that way,"
Blomquist said.

This is good news for
anxious buyers' with
flexible pocketbooks.
"I know a lot of buy-
ers have gotten frus-
trated with short sales
in the past because
they can take a long
time to get all of the
approvals, but there
does seem to be a
trend where banks are
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Woods has networks are salivating

By Michael McCarthy

Welcome back, Tiger Woods,
the TV sports world missed
you badly.
That sound you hear is TV
executives celebrating after
Woods fired an electrifying 62
Sunday, including an eagle
on the 18th hole, to put heat
on Rory Mcllroy in the Honda
Mcllroy won by two shots
over Woods. But Woods' finish
should generate a nice ratings
pop for NBC Sports and the
Golf Channel.
NBC's Johnny Miller practi-
cally drooled over the pros-

pect of Woods going at it with
McIlroy and Phil Mickelson
at this week's World Golf
Championship, telecast on
NBC. Miller also praised the
way McIlroy (who ascended
to world No. 1 with the win),
stared down a charging Tiger.
"Woods is used to ha% ing
people wilt when he puts pres-
sure on them. This guy's not
wilting," he said as McIlroy
scrambled his way to one par
after another.
There's no doubt that hav-
ing Woods in contention at-
tracts TV viewers. With Woods
moving up the leaderboard

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Tiger Woods smiles after an eagle on the third hole during
the final round of the Honda Classic.

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Saturday, NBC's overnight a visit. witn Mcllroy leading
TV ratings jumped 27 per- Woods by two shots entering
cent. Woods finished his third the difficult "Bear Trap" holes
round 10 minutes before NBC of 15 through 17, Nicklaus
took the coverage handoff said he would rather be in
from sister Comcast network Woods' position than McIl-
the Golf Channel at 3 p.m. ET. roy's.
"We expect a strong perfor- "If he can't do this (hold
mance from today's coverage, on and win), he shouldn't be
that's for sure," NBC's Greg No. 1," Nicklaus said. "Tiger's
Hughes said Sunday. making him earn it."
CBS must be licking its The Golf Channel premieres
chops over Woods round- a new documentary series
ing into form in time for its Monday called Down the
telecast of the Masters start- Stretch (11 p.m. ET) that will
ing April 5. Miller and on-air look at the final 24 hours of
partner Dan Hicks did a nice the Honda Classic through
job tracking the action. But the eyes of Mcllroy, Keegan
Jack Nicklaus showed why he Bradley (tied for 12th) and
never became a TV analyst af- Harris English (finished tied
ter popping into the booth for for 18th).

Miami Norland

wins third state

title, 64-36
By B.J. Pitzen

LAKELAND Miami Norland won its third
FHSAA title on Saturday in the Class 6A boNys
basketball finals at The Lakeland Center with a
44-point second half against Leesburg to win,
64-36. Cleon Roberts scored the first six points
of the game and the Vikings (29-3) posted nine
points almost five minutes into the game before
Leesburg (23-10) chalked up a free-throw.
"I knew if I came out hard like that, that
would get the rest of my team hyped up and get.
ready to play," said Roberts, who led the Viking
attack with 27 points.
His sisters Cleandra (who has two rings from
Norland's girls back-to-back state title team in
2009 and 2010 and currently plays for Long Is-
land University) and Nia (who currently plays
for Norland and was a freshman on the 2010
team) provided the senior standout plenty of
motivation this week in Lakeland.

"It means a lot (to win the state final) espe-
cially since the coach (Lawton Williams III)
nags me about my sisters' rings," Roberts said.
Leesburg pulled to within five after the first
period but the Yellow\ Jackets shot 2-for-ll from
the field and began a poor field-goal shooting
trend (below 25-percent) they'd carry through-
out the rest of the game.
"We ran up against a good team that hap-
pened to have a significant size advantage on
us," Marcel Thomas, who coached the Yellow
Jackets to a Class 4A state title last season,
said. "(It's a) tough feeling when you feel like
your hands are tied behind your back because
you're not making shots that you normally
In a low scoring first half, the Vikings' went
8-for-21 from the field compared with the Yel-
low Jackets' 5-for-21 as Norland led 20-13. But
Norland's 15-point margin in the third quar-
ter and 20-point final period was too much
for Leesburg as the Vikings wrapped up the
28-point win and their third state title.
"I think the length of our kids took a toll on
them," said Williams, whose Vikings out re-
bounded Leesburg by 20 boards and made 11
steals in the game. "Even our guards are long.
We got a lot of deflections and loose balls."
Williams' also coached Norland to titles in
2006 and 2008.

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NFL players paid to play dirty

NFL players paid to play dirty

So now we find out the New Or-
leans Saints have been running
a high reward defensive system
the last few years. This is not one
of those legendary NFL defenses
like The Steel Curtain, Purple
People Eaters or Doomsday but it
was plenty good enough to lead
the Saints to a Super Bowl cham-
pionship in 2010.
This defense convinced Kurt
Warner it was time to hang it
up after a savage beating in the
playoffs two years ago. Legend-
ary tough guy Brett Favre suf-
fered a similar fate that he will
never forget. Lawsuits are ram-
pant against the NFL and its
teams, and many former players
are only now finding out what
this brutally violent game has

done to their bodies.
So when the NFL was alerted
to the bounty system used by
the Saints, the league immedi-
ately responded and did an in-
ternal investigation. They looked
at thousands of documents and
concluded that the story indeed
was true. Now the NFL and Com-
missioner Goodell have to lay
down the law, hard. No sport to-
day rivals the NFL in popularity
and a scandal like this strikes at
its integrity and cannot be toler-
Former Saints defensive coor-
dinator Gregg Williams and oth-
ers named in this scheme put
the very foundation of the league
into question. And:if NFL Com-
missioner Roger Goodell is to

have any kind of ground to stand
on when it comes to his care
for injured players in the NFL,
the guilty parties must face the
harshest of penalties.
"It is our responsibility to pro-
tect player safety and the integ-
rity of our game, and this type
of conduct will not be tolerated,"
Goodell said.
Worse than the Black Sox
scandal in baseball or all the
cheating surrounding steroids,
this is malicious and borderline
criminal. You may remember the
Pittsburgh Steelers once consid-
ered taking legal action against
the Oakland Raiders back in the
70's for brutal hits. Sure Wil-
liams has done the right thing
and apologized but I suspect his
days in the NFL may be num-
bered. More heads will roll and
expect the commish to show no
mercy in handing out the im-
pending punishment, much like
the players showed no mercy to
the opponents they intentionally
tried to injure during the scheme.
An eye for an eye, seems rather
appropriate don't you think?

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