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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 34 MIAMI, FLORIDA, APRIL 18-24, 2012 50 cents

Was FIU's firing

of Thomas really

about winning?

By D. Kevin McNeir

A little over a month ago,
Florida International Univer-
sity [FIU] men's basketball
team Coach Isiah Thomas, 51,
was optimistic about a young
squad of mostly freshmen and
sophomores that, while being
eliminated from this year's
playoffs in the first round, had
made "great progress." He was
also proud of his team-lead-
ing seniors who were going to
graduate on time in the spring
and seemed genuinely excited
about his newest batch of re-
But it clearly wasn't enough
for officials at the University
who announced on Friday,
April 6, that Thomas had been
relieved of his duties and that

Former FIU coach
a national search for the FIU
Panthers' next head basket-
ball coach had begun. Mark
Garcia, executive director of
sports and entertainment,
Please turn to COACH 6A

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S. Baptist leader critical

of support for Trayvon

By Travis Loller
Associated Press

NASHVILLE The head of
the Southern Baptist Con-
vention's [SBC] public policy
arm condemns the response
of many Black leaders to
the Trayvon Martin case as
"shameful." Some Black pas-
tors within the nation's largest
Protestant denomination say
Richard Land's comments are
setting back an effort to broad-

en the faith's appeal beyond
its traditional white, Southern
Land says he stands by
his assertion that President
Barack Obama "poured gaso-
line on the racialist fires" when
he addressed Martin's slay-
ing and that Obama, the Rev.
Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al
Sharpton have used the case
"to try to gin up the Black vote
for an African-American presi-
dent who is in deep, deep, deep

trouble for re-election."
Land, who is white, said
he has no regrets about his
remarks. He said he under-
stands why the case has
touched a nerve among Black
leaders, but he also defended
the idea that people are justi-
fied in seeing young Black men
as threatening: A Black man is
"statistically more likely to do
you harm than a white man."
"Is it tragic that people
Please turn to SBC 6A

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Haitian-born Laroche

perished while on Titanic
By Shawn Hendrix .
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April 15th marked the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic's
sinking in the Atlantic. And the anniversary holds special
meaning for Christine LeBrun. whose ancestor is believed to be
the only Black man on the ship's maiden %oyage. However, ac-
cording to LeBrun, 35, this detail is still generally disregarded,
despite the numerous duplicated narratives.
LeBrun, an alumni relations director for a Catholic high
school, was sitting with her uncle Robert s wife in a hair salon
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-Miami Times photo/Eric Ikpe
WONDER WOMEN: Dr.Yelena Revere-Steward (second, left) is joined by Caribbean Cruise
volunteers, parents and staff members of Booker T. Washington High during their massive
clean up drive last Saturday.

Booker T. Washington gets

makeover with 1,400 volunteers

By Eric Ikpe
Miami Times writer

Booker T. Washington Senior High has
had a great year moving from being an "F"
school to a now more respectable "B" grade.
The schools' sports teams, while unable to
boast as being league champions, have rep-
resented their school well. And with their new
principal, William Aristide at the helm, stu-
dents are finding more reasons to be proud
of their accomplishments; their self-esteem

has reached new heights. But there's nothing
better than a makeover to help you feel good
about your surroundings.
With that in mind, students came out in
force last Saturday, along with close to 1,400
volunteers from Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. in a joint effort to transform the entire
school, located in the Overtown community.
The work efforts began early in the morning
and included hand painting and landscap-
ing the grounds of the school that has been
Please turn to MAKEOVER 6A

Marlins manager and Cubans exercise free speech

By DeWayne Wickham

HAVANA Shortly before
Major League Baseball manag-
er Ozzie Guillen was banished
for five games for professing
to admire Fidel Castro's sur-
vival skills, I chanced upon a
meeting in the capital of this
communist country where free
speech exacted no such pen-
It was a gathering of Cuban
intellectuals writers, histo-
rians, social activists, journal-
ists, educators and Communist

Party function-
aries who met
at the National
Union of Writ-
ers and Artists
to discuss racial
issues. The top-
ics ranged from
the role of hip-

hop music in today's Cuba to
a commemoration of the 1912
massacre of thousands of
blacks by Cuban government
troops. And while there was a
lot of agreement among those
who crowded into the small

meeting room, there was a
surprising amount of disagree-
ment the kind of dissent
that critics say doesn't go un-
punished in Cuba.
Guillen, the newly minted
manager of the Miami Marlins,
a team that just moved into a
$515 million stadium that is
largely financed by South Flor-
ida taxpayers, was punished
for telling Time magazine: "I
love Fidel Castro.... I respect
Fidel Castro. You know why?
A lot of people have wanted to
kill Fidel Castro for the last 60

years, but that mother------ is
still here."

Though that seems hardly
the kind of praise that would
get the Venezuelan-born Guil-
len a dinner invitation from the
85-year-old Castro, it set off
calls for his head in Miami. De-
spite the chastened manager's
public apology, protesters de-
manded he be fired and threat-
ened to boycott the team, if he
wasn't dismissed.

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Miami Marlins Manager
Sure, protesters have a
First Amendment right to de-

mand that Guillen be pun-
ished for exercising his right
to free speech. Our constitu-
tional guarantee sometimes
extends to the outer limits of
good sense. But for those who
clamor for Cuba's return to de-
mocracy, attacking one of our
government system's basic un-
derpinnings is not just ironic,
it's instructive.

South Floridians who in-
sist on maintaining Cold War
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Young, Black, male,

and stalked by bias
The door to the subway train slides open, revealing
three tall, young Black men, crowding the entrance,
with hooded sweatshirts pulled up over downward-
turned faces; boxer shorts billowing out of over-large, low-
slung jeans; and sneakers with the laces untied.

Your response to the look and to this trio on the sub-
way depends in part on the context, like the time of day,
but especially on how you feel about young, male Black-

If it unsettles you as it does many people you never
get beyond the first impression. But those of us who are
not reflexively uncomfortable with Blackness can discern
the clues that tell who these kids are. They may be tall, but
their hormonally pockmarked faces, narrow hips and the
cartoon-patterned underwear show that they are probably
15 years old, at most. The grimy Black book bags, barely
visible against the Black hoodies, make them students on
the way to school.

Young Black men know that in far too many settings they
will be seen not as individuals, but as the "other," and
given no benefit of the doubt. By the time they have grown
into adult bodies even though they are still children
they are well versed in the experience of being treated
as criminals until proved otherwise by cops who stop and
search them and eyed warily by nighttime pedestrians who
cower on the sidewalks.

Society's message to Black boys "we fear you and view
you as dangerous" is constantly reinforced. Boys who
are seduced by this version of themselves end up on a fast
track to prison and to the graveyard. But even those who
keep their distance from this deadly idea are at risk of los-
ing their lives to it. The death of Trayvon Martin vividly
underscores that danger.

Very few Americans make a conscious decision to sub-
scribe to racist views. But the toxic connotations that the
culture has associated with Blackness have been embed-
ded in thought, language and social convention for hun-
dreds of years. This makes it easy for people to see the
world through a profoundly bigoted lens without being
aware that they are doing so.

Over the last three decades, a growing body of research
has shown that racial stereotypes play a powerful role in
judgments made by ostensibly fair-minded people. Killers
of whites, for example, are more likely to receive the death
penalty than killers of Blacks and, according to the psy-
chologist Jennifer Eberhardt, juries tend to see darker de-
fendants as more "deathworthy" in capital cases involving
white victims.

As Vesla Weaver, a political science professor at the Uni-
versity of Virginia, has written, '. -1.u.Lilly every aspect of
life and material well-being is influenced by skin color, in
addition to race." Studies have shown, for example, that
darker-skinned Blacks are punished more severely than
others for the same types of crimes; deemed less worthy of
help during disasters like Hurricane Katrina; disfavored in
some hiring decisions; and more likely to be unemployed.

These preconceptions are at work even in the early grades
at school, where voluminous data show that children of
color are far more likely than their white peers to be sus-
pended, expelled or declared "disabled" and shunted into
special education.

The power of stereotypes has always been easily illustrat-
ed in studies. But media accounts of the 911 calls made
over the last several years by George Zimmerman, now
charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Tray-
von Martin, offer a glimpse of a man who seemed gripped
by fears that he began to associate almost exclusively with
Black children and teenagers.

The 911 calls began at least eight years ago, with Mr.
Zimmerman reporting on a range of non-emergencies, in-
cluding the existence of potholes or someone driving slow-
ly through the neighborhood. By late 2011, his calls were
often about Black youths and men, with complaints about
suspicious activity or just loitering.

By the time he went on neighborhood watch patrol with
his 9-millimeter pistol and spied Trayvon Martin, Mr. Zim-
merman saw not a teenager with candy, but a collection
of preconceptions: the Black as burglar, the Black as drug
addict, the Black "up to no good." And he was determined
not to let this one get away.

As recently as a few years ago, this case probably would
not have been noticed outside Florida, which has a long
and bloody history of sacrificing Black lives without con-
sequence. The country is right to focus on this case and to
look for ways to prevent it from happening again.

People who are seeking to affix blame for this tragic death
do need to bear one thing in mind. Gun laws that allowed
a community watch volunteer to run around armed are, of
course, partly responsible. But Trayvon Martin was killed
by a very old idea that will likely take generations and an
enormous cultural transformation to dislodge.



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Trayvon Martin: The start of a new mov

Trayvon Benjamin Martin,
1995-2012, was a child of ours.
I-e was born, raised, educated,
and killed in Florida. He wasn't
the first Black child to die as
a consequence of gun violence
in Florida. Unfortunately, he
wasn't the last to die even
during the month of February
So after the rallies, the
marches, the radio and TV
shows, after the social network-
ing tweets, texts and postings,
where do we Black Floridians
go from here? A few thoughts,
not meant to be a complete list:
Let's stop the commercial
symbolism. Quit buying Skit-
tles, Arizona Iced Teas, and
hoodies. Such symbolism is
just making rich White folks
richer and some of them have
interests that may not align
with ours.
If you insist on spending
money symbolically, make a
donation in that amount to
financially support Trayvon
Martin's family. Trayvon's
parents, Sybrina Fulton and
Tracy Martin, are spending
thousands of dollars in travel

middle-class Black Floridians
that we go to church with, live
next to, and work with. They
have made "justice for Tray-
von" their full-time jobs, and
that "justice" may be a long
time coming if it comes at all.
(More on that later.)
It's also time for Black Flo-

defend myself (and other Black
males), as necessary, against
the dysfunctional young broth-
ers who are the products of
broken homes, bad schools,
prison culture, societal neglect,
poor decision-making and fear.
Time for our Black military
veterans to get in the game.

If I'm going to get strapped to defend myself against the George
Zimmermans of the state, I also need to be ready to defend myself
(and other Black males), as necessary, against the dysfunctional
young brothers who are the products of broken homes, bad schools,
prison culture, societal neglect, poor decision-making and fear.

ridians, especially Black men,
to "stand our ground" in our
own communities. Let's talk
straight. Trayvon's death was
an aberration: a White His-
panic (there is such a thing
google "race vs. ethnicity"
shoots an unarmed Black
teen dead. We see Black youth
killing unarmed Black youth
dead so often that it's no longer
If I'm going to get strapped
to defend ri,. ,l F against the
George Zimmermans of the
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During segregation, Black
communities had secret self-
defense groups, usually World
War II and Korean veterans,
who protected the commu-
nity from violent racists. Such
groups existed in Florida and
had occasional running gun
battles with Ku Kluxers. Can't
our "Desert Storm/Iraqi Free-
dom/New Dawn" (Iraq), and
"Enduring Freedom" (Afghani-
stan) veterans do the same in
the bad streets of our Florida
cities? There's no need for
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around in Florida .* ith a gun
on your hip. And you can train
us how to use weapons wisely
and defend ourselves.
We should build coali-
tions with Florida's Hispanic
and Latino communities. With
the exception of Miami-Dade
County, non-White Hispan-
ics and Latinos are minorities
that could be considered just
as "threatening" as are Blacks.
Our "Trayvon" could be their
"Alberto," if you get my drift.
Poverty is linked to a lack
of public safety in Black com-
munities. But poverty is not
on anyone's radar screen any-
more. That's got to change, and
the "you're on your own" neo-
conservative mindset that has
seeped into our communities
must die.
We must take more aggres-
sive action, including civil dis-
obedience and economic sanc-
Continue the pressure un-
til specific goals are accom-
plished. The initial and imme-
diate goal: Zimmerman should
be charged and arrested. Folks
should continue to descend on
Sanford till that happens.


Will Trayvon go down as another Emmett Till?

The tragic murder of Trayvon
Martin immediately brought the
horrific murder of Emmett Till
to mind. Trayvon was 17 while
Emmett Till was 14. Both were
murdered because of stereo-
types of young Black men be-
ing threats to the security of
white Americans. Trayvon, a
well-liked high school student
from Miami with no criminal
record, was walking back to his
father's girlfriend's home when
he was pursued and .:.in uIll
shot. Emmett Till, a well-liked
middle-school student from
Chicago, was minding his own
business in front of a store in
Money, Mississippi. At worst he
was engaged in innocent boy-
hood banter before later being

dragged from his great-uncle's
home and brutally murdered.
In the case of Trayvon Martin,
28-year-old George Zimmer-
man, the man who shot and
killed Trayvon, has yet to be ar-

pute Zimmerman's claim of
One fact is clear: George Zim-
merman pursued Trayvon Mar-
tin; Zimmerman initiated the
contact. Zimmerman, armed

Trayvon, a well-liked high school student from Miami with
no criminal record, was walking back to his father's girl-
friend's home when he was pursued and eventually shot.

rested. Based upon the "Stand
Your Ground" law in Fl-,:r.lda
that allows an individual to use
deadly force when threatened
instead of having to retreat if
possible, the police said they
have found no evidence to dis-

with a 9mm handgun, threat-
ened Trayvon Martin, who was
only armed with a bag of Skit-
tles and a can of Arizona Tea.
Till was dragged from bed in
the middle of the night, brutal-
ized and eventually lynched.

His murderers wanted to teach
Emmett and others like him a
lesson. Zimmerman, Trayvon's
killer, is heard telling the police
in the 911 call, using an exple-
tive and speaking of Trayvon,
said they "always get away." He
obviously wanted to teach Tray-
von and those like him a lesson.
Roy Bryant and his half-
brother J. W. Milam were ac-
quitted of Till's kidnapping and
murder. George Zimmerman
cannot be so lucky.
Dr. Wilmer Leon is a political
scientist at Howard University
and host of the nationally broad-
cast call-in talk radio program
"Inside the Issues with Wilmer
Leon" on Sirius/XM channel


America's public schools: Still unequal

Millions of children in Amer-
ica are denied the opportunity
to receive a fair and high qual-
ity education. In March, the
U.S. Department of Educa-
tion released new information
showing that children of color
face harsher discipline, have
less access to rigorous course
offerings, and are more often
taught by lower paid and less
experienced teachers.
Inequities in funding and
educational resources place
poor children in low-perform-
ing schools with inadequate
facilities and often ineffec-
tive teachers. Practices such
as tracking, grade retention,
out-of-school suspensions,
expulsions, and one-size-
fits-all zero tolerance policies
continue to contribute to the
discouragement, disengage-
ment, and eventual dropout of
countless children in America
to their detriment and to all
of us who need a competitive
future workforce. Instead of
serving as "the great equal-
izer," American public edtuca-
tion is serving as a portal to

the cradle-to-prison pipeline
for millions of poor children
of color, stunting their lives by
school dropouts, arrests and
The results from the schools
surveyed show public school
systems where Black stu-
dents represented 18 percent

Hispanic enrollment, 15 per-
cent of teachers were in their
first or second year in the
profession compared with 8
percent of teachers in schools
with the lowest minority en-
rollments. And teachers in
high-minority elementary
schools were paid on average

Practices such as tracking, grade retention, out-of-school sus-
pensions, expulsions, and one-size-fits-all zero tolerance poli-
cies continue to contribute to the discouragement, disengage-
ment, and eventual dropout of countless children in America to their
detriment and to all of us who need a competitive future workforce.

of students but 46 percent of
those suspended more than
once and 39 percent of those
expelled. One in five Black
boys and more than one in 10
Black girls received an out-of-
school suspension compared
to 9 percent of Hispanic boys
and 4 percent of Hispanic girls
and 7 percent of White boys
and 3 percent of White girls.
Teacher experience and sal-
aries varied widely. In schools
with the highest Black and

$2,251 less a year than their
colleagues in low-minority
schools in the same district.
We all must support strong,
consistent and fair discipline
policies in our schools and
classrooms where learning
can occur for all children. At
the same time, we must raise
important questions about
how to make those policies
work for children of color
and all children, rather than
against them.

Why are so riainy children
being suspended for offenses
that used to result in a trip
to the principal's office? Do
principals and teachers have
too much discretion in decid-
ing who should be suspended
or expelled? Is there a need
for rethinking and greater
clarity about the range of
nonviolent offenses that can
result in suspensions or ex-
As Education Secretary
Arne Duncan correctly said
about his department's find-
ings, "The power of the data
is not only in the numbers
themselves, but in the im-
pact it can have when mar-
ried with the courage and the
will to change. The undeni-
able truth is that the every-
day educational experience
for many students of color vi-
olates the principle of equity
at the heart of the American
promise. It is our collective
duty to change that."
Marian Wright Edelman is
president of the Children's De-
fense Fund.







Stupid remarks and their consequences

It seems like this is
a month for stupid re-
marks. First, the president of
the Marlins, Samson, publicly
criticizes the politicians in this
town. Then Marlins' manager
Guillen praises Castro in a
backhanded way that infuri-
ates every Cuban in Miami.
Now Captain Beckman rants
against every Black parent,
including Trayvon Martin's
parents. I wonder if something
is in the water that makes
people in this county come out
and say stupid things.
I believe that in this age of
instant news any stray remark
that is not carefully thought
out can be disastrous. How
does a country that espouses
free speech come to grips with
. manager Guillen being sus-
pended in order to attempt to
quell the outrage of the Cu-
ban community. In any other
town in this country and in
most of Latin America, a state-
ment that praises Castro for

surviving multiple assassina-
tion attempts would not be
newsworthy. In fact, in most
of Latin America, the embargo
and isolation of Cuba is seen
as anachronistic. President
Obama and the United States
are being criticized in the
Summit of Americas for ex-

getting a stadium built on the
taxpayer dime, should have
been more politically correct.
To me, he had a moment of
temporary lunacy. What I find
most interesting is that he was
not suspended for his lunacy,
while manager Guillen suf-
fered a suspension. Perhaps

How does a country that espouses free speech come to grips
with manager Guillen being suspended in order to attempt to
quell the outrage of the Cuban community.

eluding Cuba.
On the other hand, only an
idiot would praise a dictator
who caused 50 percent of this
community to be uprooted
from their homeland.
Likewise, Samson's criticism
of politicians is the corner-
stone of free speech. We are
entitled by our constitution to
speak out against the govern-
ment. However, Samson, after

the Marlin owners feel that
they already got their taxpayer
paid stadium and the politi-
cians cannot hurt them at this
point. But an enraged Cuban
community that boycotts the
Marlins would have a disas-
trous impact on the bottom
Now, Captain Beckman's
rant on Facebook, even his pri-
vate Facebook page, was un-


wise, to say the least. Captain
Beckman works in a multicul-
tural community. If he views all
Blacks as welfare recipients,
how can he supervise Black
employees or serve the Black
community? I agree that he
has a right to post anything he
wants on Facebook, but smart
people would understand that
once you put something on the
Internet it can be disseminat-
ed to the world. I guess what
bothers me the most about
Captain Beckman is that nei-
ther of Trayvon Martin's par-
ents are on welfare. Captain
Beckman is using stereotypes
to denigrate a family that just
lost their son. He shows both
insensitivity and racism. I am
interested in what happens to
him next. Does he suffer the
consequences of Guillen or
Samson? The Black commu-
nity has not shown the out-
rage of the Cuban community
so maybe his insensitivity gets
swept under the rug.


Has Obama done enough for Blacks?

Miami, baker

I feel he's doing enough for
all people,
not just Black
people. Tax
breaks and N
creating more .
jobs are just a. j
couple of the '
many things
that he's done.

Liberty City, self employed

I think he's done as much as
he's can. But
I think that p
Congress, re-
ally just white
men period, .
are keeping
his hands tied.
They resent
the fact that
he's a Black
president and I don't think they
want to work with him on any
issues. And that's sad because
it's hurting everyone.

Miami, house keeping

I feel that despite political
pressure, President Obama
should come
out and actu-
ally institute -
more pro-
grams like
for education, .
v location on
al training, .
and housing
- that's geared toward Black
people. And I personally feel
that Obama should do more
to ensure that veteran service
connected disability claims are
honored by the VA Hospital. I
was shot in the head in 1987
and they still won't release the
records for my case. Don't get
me wrong, he's a good presi-
dent and a good man, however,
I think that he has to step out-
side of the box and show that
he can be bold and courageous.

He should at least verbally ad-
dress the plight of Black people
in this country.

Miami, retired

So far, I say he's done pretty
good. Before
he got in, the
country was
really messed '
up, so every- -,
body can't put
the blame on
him and ex- '
pect him to fix
everything. But since he's got
in the White House, he's done a
really good job.

Miami, retired educator

I think President Obama has
done one of, I

the best jobs
in the history
of U.S. presi-
dents so far.
People have
forgotten al-
ready that he
said that he
would cap-
ture [Osama]



bin Laden and

he actually did what he said he
would do. They don't give him
enough credit.

Miami, disabled worker

Yes, he's done good, but
he could do
more. Mainly,
he could do ,
more for the -,
economy and 1 --\
for job cre- .
ation, espe- '."' .
cially for vet-
erans. I went to Vietnam, but
when soldiers come home, it's
hard to find a job. It's still the
same way nowadays. But peo-
ple who serve in the military,
they're the best workers be-
cause they know how to handle

- BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, jet38@bellsouth.net

Has Scott really balanced Florida's budget? i
"Now I am happy to report about children and families in Counties voted last week to sue businesses are finding it hard
that unemployment is at a three the state. But there is a discon- the state over a law that requires to get access to capital and wor-
year low. These job trends are nect with Florida voters and they them to pay $323.5 million in tried about health care, taxes and
a result of our reducing regula- are still very angry with the gov- disputed Medicaid bills. "From creating jobs. It appears that the
tion, easing the tax burden on ernor's policies, the outset, we've said that local large corporations are the only
small businesses and delivering Our governor has one of the taxpayers shouldn't be forced to businesses in the state which
two consecutive balanced state worst job approval records, ex- pay for Tallahassee's accounting are benefiting from the gover-
budgets without tax increases, nor's tax cuts and breaks.
To ensure our job growth con- ur governor has one of the worst job approval records, Governor Scott and his admin-
tinues, I signed my 2012 Job U istration are being threatened by
Creation and Economic Growth except for the two governors who are faced with re- FEMA and the federal govern-
Agenda into law," says Governor call campaigns. Our governor has used creative budget ment if he signs House Bill 503
Scott. making and made deep cuts in health care, and the state flood insurance
From the governor's per- will be suspended. Finally, I am
spective, his plans and poli- still trying to figure out how a
cies are working and improving cept for the two governors who errors. And to ensure that they governor can start with a $4 bil-
the state's economy. Since the are faced with recall campaigns. are not, we will be pursuing le- lion deficit and end with a $1.2
governor was elected to office, Our governor has used creative gal action," said Chris Holley, billion surplus.
there have been 11 consecutive budget making and made deep executive director of the Florida The state of Florida has a re-
months of job growth. It would cuts in health care, higher edu- Association of Counties. quirement that the legislators
appear that our governor has the cation, eliminating state govern- The state is telling everyone must pass a balanced budget;
magic touch and everything he ment jobs, making counties pay that they have balanced their therefore the state can have a
touches turns to gold. disputed Medicaid bills, and budget, but the counties will shortfall at the end of the year,
In Governor Scott's new bud- cuts in many other areas. The be forced to raise their taxes to and a surplus in a different state
get, he has included an addi- governor is being sued and has pay back the disputed bills. The account. This is creative gov-
tional $1 billion for K-12 edu- a number of cases in court chal- governor is also bragging about ernment accounting and even
cation, and this would seem to lenging his authority, how he is helping small busi- though the state could not pay
show that the governor cares The Florida Association of nesses, yet the majority of small all its bills, it didn't touch its


If Braman wins will Black folks lose?

This will go down in Miami-
Dade history books as a classic
money, politics and power play.
Enter car mogul billionaire
and government reformer Nor-
man Braman, who is pushing
to limit Miami-Dade County
Commissioners to two four-
year terms. He also wants to re-
duce the size of the commission
and change the County charter
to allow for more referendums.
But, instead of Braman fund-
ing another petition drive to
accomplish his various goals
and give the people an oppor-
tunity to vote on his specific
concerns, he has elected to re-
cruit candidates and target sit-
ting commissioners most of
whom represent Miami's Black
Perhaps it is true that our
government is often inefficient
and is due for an overhaul. But
what do Braman's reforms have
to do with the primary issues

facing Miami's Black communi-
ty, like the high unemployment
rate, inadequate public educa-
tion and equitable economic
development. Well this depends
on who you ask.
In addition, Braman's efforts
will be trickier because "all

moval of the incumbent county
commissioner? If not, that's a
problem for Braman and who-
ever accepts his support and
elects to carry out his policy
initiatives. And it certainly
does not bode well for Blacks in
those districts.

Perhaps it is true that our government is often inefficient
and is due for an overhaul. But what do Braman's reforms
have to do with the primary issues facing Miami's Black
community, like the high unemployment rate, inadequate public
education and equitable economic development. Well this depends
on who you ask.

politics is local" and each com-
mission district has its own nu-
ances based on race, ethnicity
and socio-economic status. So
then, do the reforms that Bra-
man is purporting address the
concerns that face each district
in which he is targeting the re-

a do6c; al o(op;otE) h
It seems that Miami-Dade's cuses for parents. Seems he
fire captain, Brian Beckmann, has no remorse claiming that
has chosen to exercise his he as a private citizen he has
Constitutional rights, via Face- the right to express his opin-
book, to criticize Angela Corey ion. The Department is review-
for "blowing herself and staff ing his post which has since
. before pre-passing judgment been deleted.
on George Zimmerman." He ********
also wrote that he could "re- The winds of conspiracy are
write the book on whether ur- howling at FIU after the sudden
ban youth are victims of racial firing of former Coach Isiah
profiling or products of their Thomas. Seems that President
failed, sh*tbag, ignorant, pa- Rosenberg and Pete Garcia,
thetic, "welfare dependent" ex- executive director of sports

If we look at what Braman is
attempting to do from a socio-
economic, historical and politi-
cal context for the Black com-
munity, this issue becomes
even more more complex. Be-
cause the idea of community
empowerment for Black folk

and entertainment, weren't too
happy with Thomas's involve-
ment in the Black community
- or rather his joining Alonzo
Mourning and others in a re-
cent rally supporting the family
of Trayvon Martin. It couldn't
have been about winning -
FlU hasn't had a winning sea-
son since 1999.

Is State Representative Al-
len West serious about his
claims that at least 75 mem-

historically has rested on the
right for political representa-
tion, access to the vote and the
perpetual struggle for equal-
ity and justice. In this context
Braman and his candidate
will be bought to task by the
conversation in every home,
barbershop, community and
social gathering in the Black
community. And it will go
something like this: Braman,
is that the guy that built that
youth center? No. Is he the one
that established that home for
battered women? No. Did he
give Northwestern Senior High
School that million dollars? No.
Oh yeah, he's the one who paid
for that recall election of the
County Mayor. And oh, he also
sold Grandpa that 1985 Cadil-
lac that's sitting in the garage.
Henry Crespo, Sr., is vice
chairman of outreach for the
Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

bers of Congress are actually
card-carrying members of the
Communist Party, now op-
erating under the banner of
the Congressional Progressive
Caucus? Perhaps he actu-
ally meant they are just "al-
lies." Co-chair Keith Ellison,
a Black Democrat from Minne-
sota, refutes West's claims. Are
we ready for another era of Joe
McCarthy-like charges? Hey
Allen, where's the proof or is
this unsubstantiated rhetoric?


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OMI R 2 2-C-N N

Citizens of C
Opa-Locka "I am Travyon," echoed voices across the
country and in the City of Opa-locka recently it was the
one-month anniversary of the shooting of 17-year-old Tray-
von Martin, who was shot to death by volunteer neighbor-
hood watch captain George Zimmerman, as Martin walked
in the rain with a bag of Skittles, a can of Arizona brand
iced tea and the hood of his jacket over his head, Sunday,
February 26, in Sanford, where the youth had been visiting
his father.
On Monday, March 26, while thousands marched in
Sanford, Opa-locka Mayor Myra L. Taylor held a morning
press conference in front of the Municipal Complex building
to announce that the City would unite with the chorus of in-
stitutions and individuals nationwide to stand in support of
Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
"Trayvon is our son, our grandson, our brother he never
had a chance at life," Taylor said.
Like Tavlnr .:.t', r lit,...J fic.ire? are fnllr"'ing the Martin
. .. _-.,: _.. .l, t _r ,,'id rn in _:,:, tl irt, ith T :,, !.:,r i li [h r"
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)pa-locka take a stand for Travyon
sioner Rev. Richard P. Dunn, II; president of the African-
American Council of Christian Clergy, Rev. Dr. Gregory .'.
Thompson; former Opa-locka Mayors John Riley and Rev.
Joseph L. Kelley; Florida International Academy Principal a -"
Sonia Mitchell; and other other residents of the City who ".'7' "
expressed outrage over the "useless, tragic slaying" of the
unarmed youth. .
Mitchell emphasized that it will take "people in power to
change this situation." :. .
"We don't want to see any more of our children slaugh- V
tered in the street," she said.
Miller said, "Mr. Zimmerman is gonna get his time -"
Trayvon may not be here to see it, but we will be here to see
"This is a sad ,rd -somber momn rt; it's lhistour, r pe tirn '
itself," said Dunn, i ... ig f,,r :1 l i t, t,: inaI,.1-r of Em- .
mett Till. "There is no doubt in my mind that this [Martin's....
murder] was racial profiling at .t. worst"

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Sharlene Cox takes the gold

Sharlene Cox, an integral part
of Miami Lakes Educational
Center and Vice-Principal Ana
Maria Lopez-Ochoa's secretary,
was selected to represent the
school and the entire region
- as the Office Employee of the
Year Award.
Cox has been in the Miami-
Dade County Public School Sys-
tem (M-DCPS) for over 22 years;
she began her career in 1986
at Miami Edison Senior High
before transferring to Miami
Northwestern Senior High where
she was the Region 3 winner for
Office Employee of the Year in
1995. Nine years later, she relo-
cated to Miami Carol City Senior
High school before going to Mi-

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' ,

ami Lakes Educational Center.
"I feel good; I hope whatever
I do, I can show a positive atti-

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tude, not only at MLEC but ev-
erywhere," Cox said.
And there is a reason why she

has been recognized so many
"She's the best of the best,"
Lopez-Ochoa said. "Through all
the tasks she has, she still man-
ages to take care of the whole
school as well."
Cox is also this year's office
employee of the year for the the
North Region of Miami-Dade
County Public Schools, repre-
senting over 60 schools. In ad-
dition, she is a senior at Barry
University, majoring in Psychol-
ogy and Social Work. She says
she was inspired to return to
school when her son, now a se-
nior on the Dean's List at the
University of Florida, graduated
from high school.

FAMU campus police Chief Calvin Ross retires

A&M University (FAMU) Chief
of Police Calvin Ross will be
retiring, effective May 1st, af-
ter 40 years in law enforce-
ment 11 of those years
were spent at FAMU.
"It has been a pleasure
serving here over the past
11 years," Ross said. "Please
know that over the past 11
years we have seen many
positive developments with-
in the Department of Public
Safety and the overall impact
of safety on the university

Ross has asked to be placed
on leave until his retirement.
John Earst, assistant chief
of police, has been appointed
as acting chief until a perma-
nent chief is selected.
Ross said he had planned
initially to retire in January
2012 to assist his family with
a new business venture. He
said he remained as a result
of the tragic death of Robert
"This caused me to offset
my plans for leaving until


such time that the investiga-
tion into this case reached a
conclusion," he added. "As of
this date, I believe we have
reached that conclusion."
Recently, Orange County
Sheriff's Office turned the
case over to the State Attor-
ney's Office.
"Chief Ross has made sig-
nificant contributions to stu-
dents, faculty and staff safety
during his administration,"
said William E. Hudson Jr.
"We wish him well during his

One Black was among Titanic passengers

continued from 1A

in 2000 when her ancestry began to un-
fold. Her aunt, flipping through a maga-
zine, spotted a photo, integrated in an
article about an exhibit on the Titanic
that had opened at Chicago's Museum
of Science and Industry. The image his
pregnant wife, Juliette, 22 and their two
LeBrun's aunt and showed the photo-
graph to her husband, Robert Richard,
who quickly recognized the last name.
Richard's daughter, Marjorie Alberts, be-
gan conducting research.
In search for a job, Laroche decided
to move his family of four from France
to Haiti. His mother had sent the family
first-class tickets to travel on the French
liner France, but upon discovering that
they wouldn't be allowed to dine with
their children, they traded their tickets
for second-class tickets on the Titanic.
The image struck her because it remind-
ed her of her husband.

On the evening of April 10, 1912,
geared with the prospects the future had
to offer, the family stepped on board the
Titanic at Cherbourg, France.
Four nights later, Laroche was in the
smoking parlor when he felt the ship hit
the iceberg. He ran to his family, placing
them safely into a lifeboat and parting
with a promise to meet them in New York.

Laroche was unable to keep his prom-
ise, however, as he did not survive and
his body was never found. After uncov-
ering the mystery of their pasts, both
cousins are in agreement: while James
Cameron's fictionalized account of the
shipwreck is romantic, it's just not com-
plete without the tale of their beloved an-

Brownsville mom seeks missing son
Pastor Mary Rhyant is looking for her son, Clay
Perez Norris, Jr.
The 36-year-old has been missing since March 9th
and has bi-polar disorder and suffers from schizo-
phrenia, according to Rhyant. He was last seen in the
Brownsville area wearing a multi-colored shirt and
orange. Norris also has two discolored front teeth.
His mother issued this statement to the public: .
"I haven't slept since [he went missing]," she said.
"Please, please, please help me find my son." '
If anyone has any information regarding Clay Perez "..
Norris, Jr., please contact the Missing Persons/Spe- '.:
cial Victims Unit of the Miami-Dade Police Depart- l. .
ment at 305-418-7200.

Supreme Court cases

on race bear watching

By Yolanda Young

The Supreme Court term is shaping up to be a signifi-
cant one on issues involving race. The justices are poised
to decide a handful of high-profile cases that could have a
long-term impact on African and Hispanic Americans. And
the fact that the Roberts court is more conservative than its
recent predecessors does not bode well for minorities.
The influence of conservative justices has already been
witnessed in the top court's January decision on Texas'


redistricting maps. Based on the 2010 Cen-
sus, Texas gained four congressional seats
because of 4.3 million new residents, 65%
of whom are Hispanic. But the Republican-
controlled Texas Legislature drew up new
maps that favored the GOP in three of the
four new districts. Minority rights groups
sued in federal court, which led a three-

judge panel to propose redrawn maps more fair to Hispanics.
Then the top court entered the fray and rejected the judges'
new maps, ruling that they lacked deference to the ones
drawn by the legislature. Ultimately, Texas was forced to
delay its primary until May 29. A federal three-judge panel
approved interim maps that create at least two new districts
more favorable to Hispanics, though rights groups claim the
plan still does not go far enough.
Another hot-button issue is anti-immigration laws. The
top court will hear oral arguments April 25 on the Obama
administration's challenge to Arizona's controversial law. The
administration says such laws are irreconcilable with federal
laws. Should the court uphold Arizona's law, Latinos would
feel the effects nationwide: Other states have passed similar
laws, and court approval could encourage more to do the
Finally, the court's ideological shift could impact affirma-
tive action in an upcoming case that could undo the compro-
mise reached in Grutter v. Bollinger. That 2003 ruling barred
public colleges from using a point system to boost minority
enrollment, but allowed race to be taken into account to
achieve academic diversity. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a
key swing vote, wrote the majority opinion. But her replace-
ment, Justice Samuel Alito, reflects the court's rightward
A 2010 analysis of rulings made during the first five years
of Chief Justice John Robert's tenure found the court more
conservative than recent ones. "The way to stop discrimina-
tion on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the ba-
sis of race," Roberts wrote in a 2007 decision striking down
school desegregation programs in Seattle and Kentucky. That
he would make such a simplistic statement about such a
complex issue doesn't inspire confidence.





FAMU prof: $25oK grant to study mental illness

everyone wants to know why
Huijun Li left Harvard Univer-
sity for Florida A&M Univer-
sity [FAMU] to continue her
research on mental illness.
When asked why she chose to
leave the Ivy League institu-
tion after four years to work
at an historically Black college
and university, she chuckles,
"I get asked that question a
lot." Then, immediately her
voice steadies and in a more
serious tone she explains the
decision as a choice between
"The research focus of
the faculty members in the
FAMU psychology department
matched my interests," Li
said. "So, it is relatively easier
for me to build research col-
laborations here compared to
In fact, she enthusiastical-
ly expresses how supportive

Gwendolyn Singleton, chair of FAMU's Department of Psychology, (left) meets with Huijun Li to discuss
Li's research regarding mental illness in adolescents and young adults.

Rep. Allen West leading Republican fundraisers

By Brody Mullins & Danny Yadron now includes West Palm Beach, That is an unusually high sum phy, raised $1.8 million for the "Communist Party." Afterward
Boca Raton and parts of Fort for just one quarter, particularly cycle and has about $1 million West used the backlash to ask foi
Republicans running for the Lauderdale, continued to use for a freshman lawmaker. Over- in the bank, according to the re- more funds from his supporters.
U.S. House have built a financial his controversial comments to all, West has raised $7.7 million ports. The Rothenberg Political Re-
advantage over their Democratic raise campaign donations. West, and had $3.3 million in the bank West recently raised eyebrows port, a leading campaign handi-
opponents in many of the races a tea-party favorite, raised $1.8 as of March 31, according to his when he suggested at a town hall capper, rates West's re-electior
that will determine which party million in the first three months report to the FEC. West's chal- meeting that some liberal House race as "Toss Up/Tilt Republi
holds a maioritv after the elec- of 2012, according to his reports. longer, Democrat Patrick Mur- Democrats were members of the can."

A review of first-quarter fund-
raising reports showed that Re-
publican candidates in many of
the closest races have raised more
money and have more funds in
the bank than their Democratic
In many instances, the advan-
tage is due to the fact that the
GOP candidate is the incumbent
and has been raising money for
more than a year, while many of
their Democratic challengers an-
nounced their candidacies just in
the last few months.
The latest FEC reports, most of

GOP lawmaker says 75-plus Dems are communists

State Representative

which were due last Sunday, are
the first clear snapshots of the
candidates' financial health.
Freshman Republican Rep. Al-
len West of Florida, whose district

By Donna Cassata

Republican Rep. Allen West
said he believes 75-plus House
Democrats are members of the
Communist Party, a claim that
echoed Joe McCarthy's unsub-
stantiated 1950s charges that
communists had infiltrated the
top ranks of the U.S. govern-
Addressing a town-hall meet-
ing recently in Florida, the
freshman lawmaker was asked

how many members of the
American legislature are "card-
carrying Marxists." West said
"there's about 78 to 81 mem-
bers of the Democratic Party
that are members of the Com-
munist Party." He did not pro-
vide names.
West's office said Wednesday
that the congressman stood by
the comments and was refer-
ring to the 76 members of the
Congressional Progressive Cau-
cus, the largest group within

the House Democratic caucus.
"The Communist Party has
publicly referred to the Progres-
sive Caucus as its allies," said
Angela Melvin, a spokeswom-
an for West. "The Progressive
Caucus speaks for itself. These
individuals certainly aren't
proponents of free markets or
individual economic freedom."
West's office cited a May 2010
article on health care that ap-
peared in the Communist Party
USA pre-convention publication

that described the Progressive
Caucus and Rep. John Cony-
ers, D-Mich., as allies of the
party but not members. The ar-
ticle, however, carried the dis-
claimer that Communist Party
USA "takes no responsibility for
the opinions expressed in this
article or other articles in the
pre-convention discussion."
Reps. Raul M. Grijalva, D-
Ariz., and Keith Ellison, D-
Minn., the co-chairs of the cau-
cus, rejected West's claim.


faculty have been since she
arrived in Tallahassee three
months ago.
"From the teaching, research
and the resources ... I think it
was a very good choice for me
to come to FAMU."
Last year, Li was a full-time
researcher at the Harvard
University Beth Israel Deacon-
ess Medical Center conduct-
ing multicultural competence
training seminars and clinical
studies that promote diversity
in health-related research.
She was also a psychiatry in-
structor in the Harvard Medi-
cal School. Today, her time
is split between teaching two
classes as an assistant pro-
fessor of psychology and con-
ducting new research at FAMU
under a $250,000 grant fund-
ed by the National Institute of
Mental Health.
The study, "Broadening the
Investigation of Prodromal

Psychosis to Different Cultur-
al Groups" examines mental
health disparity issues among
adolescents and youth on an
international domain. During
the next two years, FAMU will
collaborate with the Shanghai
Mental Health Center in Main-
land China and Harvard Medi-
cal School to build research
capacity in a low-middle in-
come country.
"We chose China as the study
population because 30 percent
of its 3.1 billion inhabitants
are between the ages of 15
and 35," said Li. "Adolescents
and young adults are the most
vulnerable to mental health is-
sues, especially psychotic dis-
orders. Mental health is very
critical to the country and the
world. It is my professional
goal to infuse my passion and
dedication to this field within
the communities that I serve
and to those in need."



Attorneys believe Trayvon was victim of racial profiling

continued from 1A

charged. But what can we ex-
pect now that special prosecutor
Angela Corey has filed charges?
Two of Miami's leading Black at-
torneys, H.T. Smith and Larry
Handfield, spoke with The Miami
Times and shared their expert
"Across America Blacks and
whites, conservatives and pro-
gressives, were all outraged
as well they should, with the
amount of time it took before
Zimmerman was arrested and
charged," Smith said. "Even
when the police shoot someone,
the first thing officials do is take
away their gun. Zimmerman was
not only not arrested but he was
allowed to go home with his gun.
Whether he shot in self-defense
or based on the Stand Your
Ground law, this should have
long been litigated in a court of
"But for successful grassroots
motivation bringing pressure

and awareness to an injustice,
you can rest assured there nev-
er would have been an arrest,"
Handfield remarked. "It is an
embarrassment and an indict-
ment of the criminal justice sys-
tem that took so long before an
arrest was made. The system did
the right thing because it was
forced to."

Both attorneys say Zimmer-
man's remarks on the 911 tape
indicate that he went after Mar-
tin and believe that it was a case
of racial profiling. Handfield
adds that the case was bungled
from the beginning.
"Unfortunately, people re-
spond based on their percep-
tions and when these are based
on color or other biases and
prejudices, it causes them to
act in certain ways," Handfield
said. "A homicide squad should
have been called the night of the
shooting. But since that was not
the case, a lot of forensic evi-

dence and opportunities to in-
terview witnesses right after the
incident were lost. The Sanford
police clearly decided to believe
the shooter's version of what
happened. It's doubtful they
ever considered whether Tray-
von could have been an innocent
Are all Black youth that wear
hoodies criminals in uniform?
Smith says many seem to think
just that.
"Zimmerman could not articu-
late one fact that led him to be-
lieve that Trayvon Martin looked
suspicious," Smith said. "He
didn't say someone was peep-
ing into windows or was carrying
tools commonly associated with
a criminal unless an iced tea
and a bag of Skittles qualify. The
only thing he saw was a young
Black man in a hoodie. He ig-
nored the dispatcher's request
for him not to follow Trayvon.
When you pursue someone and
have a loaded gun in your pos-
session, chances are you intend
to use it. He sure did."

Smith, Miami-Dade County's
first Black assistant public de-
fender, first president of the
Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar
Association and an attorney
for over 34 years, says justice
should be blind and it should
be solemn. Therefore, "we have
absolutely no reason to cel-
"Even if Zimmerman is con-
victed, Trayvon will still be
dead and his family will still
have holes in their hearts. The
best thing we can do is keep the
media spotlight on this case so
that nothing is swept under the
rug. There are still some San-
ford police who believe Zim-
merman was within his rights
and should have never been ar-
rested. Some of them are wit-
nesses. They must be encour-
aged, if not forced, to tell the
whole truth."
Handfield, a former federal
prosecutor and nationally-rec-
ognized trial attorney, says he

is encouraged by the number
of young adults who have par-
ticipated in protests across
the country.
"As sad as it was for this
young man to lose his life, I
think youth are seeing that
they can bring about change
for good," he said. "In all of
our history and throughout
the civil rights movement, the
actions and sacrifices of youth
have been pivotal to success.
The wheel that makes the
most noise always gets the
most attention."
Smith adds that he hopes
this tragedy will lead to sub-
stantive conversations be-
tween Blacks and whites.
"We have a Black president
today and we have made great
strides in America but we still
cannot claim to be a perfect
union," Smith said. "Blacks
and whites experience life very
differently and for the most
part we only know about the
other through stereotype -
not experience."

Smith notes that the law that
Zimmerman hopes to use for his
defense is "one of the best laws
ever passed for criminals."
"We already have laws that
allow us to defend ourselves in
our homes or in our cars, but
when you walk out into the
streets and are armed, is that
because you are afraid for your
life or because you plan to use
that gun?" he asked. "Drug deal-
ers, pimps, robbers and wanna-
be cops like Zimmerman carry
guns in the streets. They like to
pretend that they're characters
in a movie. So, the law as it now
stands is a good law but for bad
Handfield takes a different
"No matter what your color,
any law, if you misapply it, can
have unjust results," he said.
My problem is not so much with
the law but how it was used and
misapplied based on biases and

Players stand behind their former coach Guillen had right to speak his mind

continued from 1A

issued a brief statement: "We
want to thank Isiah Thomas for
his three years here at FIU," he
said. "However, we have decided
to take the program in a different
Nine days later, it became ap-
parent that FIU had already
found its "new direction" hir-
ing Richard Pitino, 29, the son
of Louisville's head coach Rick
Pitino, to take over. But there's
still a lot more that isn't so clear.
And we were unable to get anyone
from FIU to answer our questions.
Thomas offered his perspective as
did several other Blacks connect-
ed with the school.
Thomas: "I was shocked"
"We were looking forward to a
breakout year next season and
were confident that with the re-
cruits we had in place and given
the fact that we played more close
games last season than anyone
else in the conference, we were
on the right path," said Thomas,
who went 26-65 in three sea-
sons at FIU. "When you take over
a program without a tradition
[as opposed to a Duke or Notre
Dame] you must first establish a
solid academic record. Then the
winning comes. Seventeen of my
19 kids graduated with their de-
grees. When I arrived we were at
ground zero. I was under the im-
pression that FIU wanted to follow
the same path improve gradu-
ation rates and then improve our
winning record. I thought we had

five years to make that happen."
Thomas has always chosen to
become active in the cities where
he played basketball or coached
the game. He was part of the No
Crime Day initiative that was
led by Mayor Coleman A. Young
while he was a Detroit Piston. He
has spearheaded literacy drives
and educational support pro-
grams in his hometown of Chi-
cago. He most recently adopted
Miami Northwestern Senior High
School and many say he has been
a mentor to the young men who
made up his mostly-Black bas-
ketball team. Still, when the de-
cision was made to remove him,
campus police escorted him and
his staff off the campus in the di-
rect view of his players. And ac-
cording to Thomas it came with-
out any warning.
"He has been a real partner to
the citizens of Miami-Dade Coun-
ty a fine partner," said City
Commissioner Michelle Spence-
Jones. "He helped us with relief
efforts in Haiti and had a lot to do
with the new Hadley Gym Learn-
ing Center and helping us turn
things around at Northwestern.
He was more than a basketball
coach that I can say without

Senior co-captain DeJuan
Wright sent a letter to Rosenberg
on behalf of the team which can
be viewed on the ESPN website.
In the two-page letter, Wright em-
phasizes that he and his team-

mates came to FIU, not to make it
to the NBA, but to receive Thom-
as's mentorship and guidance in
their efforts to become positive
"It [Thomas's being escorted off
the campus by the police] was
quite embarrassing for us to wit-
ness and hurtful they deserved
a better way to leave," he wrote.
Wright added that while the
players appreciated their time
at FIU, without Thomas there
as their coach and mentor, they
wanted the "freedom of choice to
move in another direction."
In other words, in an unprec-
edented move, the FIU players
have asked for athletic releases
in order to "find a coach and pro-
gram which will fit in our growth."
The University has not made a
statement as to whether the play-
ers' request will be honored.
Hashim Ali, 45, and Marcus
Bright, 28, a member of Thomas's
staff and an academic advisor for
the team, respectively, both said
they were dismayed by the "char-
acter assassination and demoni-
zation of Thomas by the media."
"Thomas was working in sup-
port of the Black community, he
was involved in the demands for
justice for Trayvon Martin and
he was a mentor to the team and
other young Blacks in Miami," Ali
said. "Garcia is not making this
a positive environment for young
Black males at FIU. They need
someone that can mentor Black
males and can relate to some of
the special issues we must face
every day."

Church group split over Trayvon case

continued from 1A

react that way? Yes. Is it unfair?
Yes? But it is understandable,"
he said.
The comments come as the
Southern Baptist Convention is
trying hard to diversify its mem-
bership and distance itself from
a past that includes support of
slavery and segregation. Last
year, the denomination for the
first time elected a Black pas-
tor to its No. 2 position of first

vice president and the Rev. Fred
Luter is expected to become the
first Black president of the SBC
at this year's annual meeting in
When asked about the con-
cern that Land's comments hurt
the effort to attract non-white
members, Luter said, "It doesn't
help. That's for sure."
While SBC presidents are
elected for one-year terms, as
the head of the SBC's Ethics
and Religious Liberty Commis-
sion for 23 years, the outspoken

Land is arguably the most pow-
erful person in the denomina-
tion and certainly its most vis-
ible spokesman.
While he recognizes that his
comments may hurt Black
membership within the SBC, he
said he was not setting back the
quest for racial reconciliation.
"Part of racial reconciliation is
being able to speak the truth in
love without being called a racist
and without having to bow down
to the god of political correct-
ness," he said.

BTW gets needed transformation

continued from 1A

a fixture in the Overtown com-
munity since 1926 when it first
opened its doors to the Black
residents of then Dade County.
It is part of an initiative that
Aristide hopes will positively im-
pact the lives of his students for
years to come.
"To see over 1,500 volunteers,
counselors, administrators and
even parents out here working
to make a difference in the lives
of children is truly amazing,"
Aristide said. "When students
see a new building and beauti-
ful plants it makes a difference
in terms of how they see them-
selves; when we look like an "A"
school, then we will begin to car-
ry ourselves like an "A" school."

The woman behind the Satur-
day cleanup drive was Dr. Yelena
Revere-Stewart, Smaller Learn-
ing Community coordinator at

Booker T. who was determined
to make the event happen.
"We have had a partnership
with Big Brothers, Big Sisters
and Royal Caribbean for the
past three years that turned
into a friendship where they col-
laborate on event like this one,
called GIVE every year," she
said. "This makeover is going to
help us and the kids; it's now
going to look like a college cam-
pus just like your schools down
south and all of your schools
that have a lot of money. We
may not have a lot of money but
we're rich in history."
Now in its 15th year, GIVE [Get
Involved Volunteer Everywhere]
Day, brings Caribbean's employ-
ees together alongside families,
friends, vendors and business
partners to assist non-profit
organizations and improve the
quality of life in the local com-
"Giving back is the most favor-
ite part of my job, it's a great feel-
ing to connect with the members
of the community," said Helen L.

O'Connell, community relations
manager. "The makeover with
the paint will reduce the electric
bill and with the light colors we
are using it will reduce the re-
tention to heat. And we are using
less grass to help with mainte-
Even parents were excited and
proud to be part of the change
and the transformations that oc-
curred last Saturday.
"This is such a great cause; I
took the day off from work just
to come here and volunteer," said
Sandra Ally. "My son attends
[Booker T.] and I want him to be
proud of his school; it was just
right that I render my services."
"I am overwhelmed with joy,
said Roberta Daniels, presi-
dent of the Alumni Association
who covered the school grounds
thanking everyone. "Booker T.
has a great history -. it's the sec-
ond-oldest school in Dade and
the oldest high school for people
of color; this is a great transfor-
mation for a place of learning."

continued from 1A

tensions with Cuba toler-
ate democratic freedoms
only when they don't run
counter to their obsessive
hatred for Castro, who
led the Caribbean Island
nation for 49 years until
poor health forced him to
retire in 2008. They decry
anyone who suggests the
U.S. should afford Cuba's
communist regime the
same diplomatic recog-
nition and economic en-
gagement it has given the
communist governments
of Vietnam and China.
Of course, any visitor
to Cuba will quickly see
that it has its own para-

noia a tendency to see
a plot to topple the revolu-
tion that brought Castro
to power in 1959 behind
every call for political and
economic reform. But in-
creasingly, Cuba is show-
ing greater tolerance for
openness and a willing-
ness to change, albeit
slowly. That was appar-
ent in both the frankness
of the discussion among
participants of the meet-
ing on race -and by the
presence of professor Es-
teban Morales.
Morales was expelled
from Cuba's Communist
Party in 2010, a defrock-
ing that is tantamount
to internal exile, after he
wrote two articles arguing

that corruption is "much
more dangerous" than dis-
sidents within the coun-
try. He was reinstated last
year without backing away
from his criticism.
During a recent inter-
view, Morales told me
that Cuba continues to
struggle with racism, de-
spite laws against it. He
blames this on the ac-
tions of individuals, not
the government. Even this
kind of nuanced acknowl-
edgment of bigotry hasn't
always been tolerated in
Cuba. But the trend here
is toward more freedom of
speech and a movement
away from the kind of in-
tolerance that got Guillen

It's the Miami-Dade County
Public Works and Waste Management Department's
Recycling Village for

Earth Day 2012!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Join us to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. at our Recycling Village, located at our two Home Chemical Collection

West Dade: 8831 NW 58 Street
South Dade: 23707 SW 97 Avenue, Gate A (for this event only)

Our Home Chemical Collection Centers are partnering with Goodwill
Industries of South Florida and Shred-it-US-Southeast at our Recycling Village
on Earth Day. Miami-Dade County residents' can bring home chemicals,
paint, electronics and batteries to the Recycling Village so they can be recycled
or properly disposed of. You can also bring gently used clothing, toys and books
to donate, as well as up to two (2) "banker's" boxes (file storage boxes) per car of
old documents for free, confidential shredding!

For more information, visit
or call 3-1-1.


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-Photo courtesy of Basil Binns
Joining Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the St.John
Apartments in Overtown were State Representative Cynthia Stafford, Bishop James Adams of
St.John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, SJCDC Chairman of the Board, Dr. Nelson L.
Adams III, SJCDC president, CEO Ola Aluko and other SJCDC board members.

St. John CDC rehabilitates

Overtown apartments
By Kaila Heard Miami-Dade County Vice Chairwoman Audrey
kheard@miamitimesonline.comn Edmonson. "I am especially happy that thir-

On Thursday, April 5th, local civil leaders,
community residents and members of the
St. John Community Development Corps.
(SJCDC) gathered together to view the ribbon
cutting ceremony for the 13 newly rehabili-
tated units at the St. John Apartments in
"We need more projects like this to restore
decent affordable housing, and to help to
revitalize the Overtown community," said

teen families will be calling these apartments
The 13 apartments were rehabilitated to
include some of the latest environmentally
safe technological advances, according to Ola
Aluko, a representative from SJCDC.
"In these units, we have introduced green
sustainable features such as energy star ap-
pliances, tankless water heaters and tinted-
impact resistant windows," he said.
Please turn to SJCDC 8B

Historic Black Church

program premiers

G.W. Carver film

By Kaila Heard
The histories of many of
South Florida's Black com-
munities and institutions are
often told as stories passed
down from one individual to
the next. The tradition allows
for colorful, rich tales to be
told but it is a method that is
always in danger of being lost
to the eroding effects of time
on memory.
To create lasting records of
local Black historical events,
the University of Miami (UM)
School of Law's Center for
Ethics and Public Service
(CEPS) launched the Histor-
ic Black Church Oral Histo-
ry Project to educate future
generations about the lead-
ership role of churches in
the Black/ Caribbean-Amer-
ican communities of South

"It's important to have his-
tory be archived and record-
ed," explained Cindy McK-
enzie, the CEPS' program-
manager. "And we focused
on the West Grove because
it's got such a rich history."
Each year, students re-
search and prepare a docu-
mentary that will be screened
On Thursday, April 5th,
the Historic Black Church
program premiered a view-
ing of their original docu-
mentary, "G.W. Carver: A
Community School."
Led by three UM law school
students Quinshawana
Landon, Erica Gooden, and
Erika Kane information
and interviews were gath-
ered by partnering with local
institutions and organiza-
oions such as Ransom Ever-
glades School, the Coconut
Grove Ministerial Alliance

and the George Washington
Carver Alumni Association.
The screening was held at
what is today known as the
George Washington Carver
Middle School. However,
several years ago, the junior
high school was once the
George Washington Carver
High School.
It was one of the few
schools in southwest Miami-
Dade County that was open
to Blacks in the Jim Crow
era. In spite of the times and
the racial prejudices, many
former students fondly re-
call their days at the school.
"We took pride in our
school," said James Bethel,
a Carver alumnus. "It wasn't
a large school. It wasn't a
large student body, but we
took pride in it. It was our
school. Integration took that
pride away from. us, diAs-
persed us." .- :: -



Afaith that

knows no (S,0 REV. MARY
limits ANN

By Kaila Heard
When Reverend Mary .Ann D
Tumpkin founded the Univer-
sal Truth Center for Better
Living in 1982, she wanted
to provide a new worship ex-
perience for other like minded
Christians. -, be happ. anr:l tht G:d i.
The Miami Gardens-based ',! thin r-'..I", ind>, dual. .Ii..1
church, which is a member of She' further .[:plid.-, '\\:
the Universal Foundation for de.r-e to help pr:prk I:-..rn t,
Better Living, [UFBL] Inc., is do ianI thni- thati I .. it.. . I h
part of the growing denomi- dol tl-t ] inii k-p1 th prl th. t.c
nation of worshippers simply c-m rInr: (:: "- ni Gon 'nii
known as 'New Thought Chris- li.h,-i- -lh i.:'d l:..
tian s.' :.:,1.:-,:i ,-I':1 -AI.-I-..l ,:,t't l !,n i.h
Among some of their central an, i-_l -i bee- pr,-.-.-i i_ i
beliefs according to Tumpkin hrli.rh.. -in.. h-.'
are the "belief that Heaven and '. 1' Ih. il,, r.n-
Hell are states of being and not ti:..n I,: N, r,
a destination that one goes to 'h ....'t. .it n..- nin.- i .
when one dies; God does not -rn ,..- rni..t ullhitlr I..
will the suffering of anybody; i' ril-.. .ir
God wills for [people] to be L.iL ,. ti, prnp .. rr ,.
prosperous, to be healthy and PI.:i -. ti.riin t: POW 8B --

George Washington Carver High School alumni
remember attending school before and after the Jim Crow-

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority


The Dade County Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. awarded schol-
arships totaling more than
$19,000 to 18 college-bound
high school seniors. The
scholarships were presented
during the chapter's scholar-

ship awards event on Satur-
day, March 25, at New Birth
Enterprise in northwest Miami
"Every year our chapter pro-
vides scholarships to young
ladies to continue their educa-
tion at a College or University,"

said Chapter President Janice
P. Hopton. "We are very proud
of this ongoing commitment
to provide financial resourc-
es that enable aspiring high
school women of our African-
American community to obtain
a college degree."

44 04



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New Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church's Health Min-
istry is hosting their Health
Fair 2012 on April 21st, 10
a.m. 2 p.m.

* Prophetic Crusade
Ministries is hosting a revival
April 18 20. For information,
call 786-985-1433.

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church is host-
ing their annual Prayer Break-
fast at Legion Park on April
21st at 9 a.m. For informa-
tion, 305-978-6028 or 305-

* United Christian Fel-
lowship Community Min-
istries, Inc. is hosting a re-
vival April 18 20, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. For information, call

* Day Spring Mission-
ary Baptist Church is cel-
ebrating their pastor's Pre-
Anniversary Program on April
29th at 4 p.m.

Speaking Hands Minis-
try is now accepting applica-
tions for their "Camp Hands:
Sign Language Camp," for
8 to 15 year olds. For more
information, call 954-792-

New Shiloh Baptist
Church is hosting a Fam-
ily and Friends Day service
with the Miami Northwestern
Class of 1965, 1946, 1966
and 1967. For further infor-
mation, Marguerite 305-635-

The Women In The
Ministry Network invites
all women in ministry to their
Fellowship meeting on April
28th at 7:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call 954-292-4891.

Abundant Life Minis-
tries of South Florida in-
vites everyone in the com-

munity to Women Of Worship
Conference 2012 "There Is
An Overflow In The House"
April 26th and 27th, 7:30
p.m. nightly. The church is
also hosting a Youth Worship
Service on April 29th at 10
a.m. For information, call 305-
910-0095 or visit www. abun-

Immanuel Temple wel-
comes everyone to their wor-
ship services held every Sun-
day at 10 a.m. at the Miami
Carol City Senior High School
auditorium. For more infor-
mation, call 954-674-2492 or
visit www.immanueltemple.

New Birth Baptist
Church is hosting a job and
resource fair expo on April
19th, 10 a.m. 2 p.m., at the
Fountain of New Life Church.
For more information, call

The Mattie Nottage
School of Ministry now of-
fers free sessions every Sat-
urday at 10 a.m., at Broward
College's Central Campus
Building 15, Room 102. For
more Information, call 954
237-8196 or visit www.mat-

New Birth Baptist
Church is hosting a job fair
at the Fountain of New Life
Church on April 19th, 9 a.m.
- 2 p.m.

The 93rd Street Com-
munity Baptist Church is
hosting a special program,
"From Mobilization to Motiva-
tion: The Black Church Votes,"
on April 29th at 4 p.m.

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida Gospel
Festival at Amelia Earhart Park
on Saturday, June 30th from
11 a.m.- 6 p.m. For informa-
tion contact Constance Koon-
Johnson at 786-290-3258.

The Bethune-Cookman
University Concert Chorale
will be presented in concert,
Sunday, April 22, at First Bap-
tist Church Piney Grove at
4:30 p.m. For information call
Hattie Harden at 954-735-
6289 or Gwen Adams at 954-

Mt. Pleasant Mission-
ary Baptist Church is host-
ing Family and Friends Day
services at 8 a.m., 11 a.m.
and 4 p.m. on April 29th. For
information, call 305-253-

Starlight Holy Temple
welcomes everyone to their
Single and Marriage Ministry

Anastasia Temple is
hosting a Feed the Homeless
community service activity on
April 29th, 9:15 a.m. 1 p.m.
For more information, please
call 954-580-3240 or visit

New Corinth welcomes
everyone to their pastor's
40th anniversary celebration
event on April 22nd which will
be held all day long! For more
information, please call 786-

God Word God Way
Church of God in Christ in-
vites you to revival. Power-
ful evangelist, real humble,
Evangelist Tony. 786-326-

E The Family Christian
Association of America in-
vites golfers to their 12th an-
nual Faith Keepers Golf Tour-
nament on April 28th. For
more information, please call

M Greater Harvest Bap-
tist Church family invites the
community at large to come
worship with them. Sunday
School begins at 9 a.m. and
worship service is held from
10 a.m. to noon.

The West Perrine
Alumni Association of Mi-

ami Palmetto Sr. High
School is hosting its second
annual Gospel Explosion on
April 21st at 7 p.m. at the
Community Church of Christ
Written in Heaven. Tickets
are necessary. For more infor-
mation, please call 786-368-

Black pastors and min-
isters with earned doctoral
degrees, please contact 786-
231-9820 for a conference
this summer.

Greater Harvest In-
ternational Ministries is
please to announce that it's
GHIM-Hall is now available
to the public and can be used
for any organizations such as
Boys/Girls Scout, Women/
Men's Group or events like
birthdays or weddings. 786-
238-3838, 954-607-0833.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes
everyone to their regular
Family and Friends Sunday
services at 7:30 a.m. and 11
a.m. 305-696-6545.

Running for Jesus
Youth Outreach Ministries
is seeking talented youth for
solos, praise dances, rapping,
spoken word poetry for their
Summer Jam Fest Crusade
Tent Service. 954-213-4332,

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center hosts Bible
study every Wednesday at 7

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 every-
one to their Sunday Worship
Services at 12 p.m. and to
Praise and Worship Services
on Thursday at 8 p.m. 305-

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

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International wel-
comes the community to
their Sunday worship ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m. and
their Bible study and Prayer
sessions on Tuesdays at 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International in-
vites the community to their

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

* Glendale Baptist
Church of Brownsville in-
vites everyone to morning
worship every Sunday at 11
a.m. and Bible Study every
Wednesday at 7 p.m. 305-

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ
of the Apostolic Faith
Church, Inc. will be starting
a New Bereavement Support
Group beginning on the 2nd
and 4th Wednesdays of each
month from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Lifeline Outreach Min-
istries invites everyone to
their roundtable to discuss
the Bible every Saturday, 6
p.m. 305-345-8146.

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

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

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

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

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

Miami Rescue Mission hosts event

continued from 7B
Those in attendance at the
three Centers were treated to a
fantastic meal that consisted of
turkey, mashed potatoes, green
beans, stuffing, and other tasty
treats. In addition to the meal,
those homeless and needy
men, women and children in
attendance were able to have
their feet washed and cared for
by volunteers as well as Barry
University's Podiatry Students
and received free haircuts/
showers in hopes that those
homeless individuals would
make a life-changing decision
and enter one of the full scale
rehabilitation programs of-
fered at the intake tables on

each campus.
"I haven't had someone touch
me in months, much less care
for me like this," said Mary
Thompson as she was receiv-
ing foot care from a volunteer.
"I didn't think something this
simple could make me cry but
it is just such a beautiful thing
they've done here.
In addition to the Thanksgiv-
ing Style meal, there was en-
tertainment at each location
for both children and adults
that included live music, Eas-
ter themed plays, a kid's corner
that had a moon bounce, cotton
candy, games, a reading corner
as well as other fun activities.
Easter baskets were passed out
to each and every child in at-
tendance at the three Centers,

over 700 in total.
"Today is special because
we are able to feel important
again," said Thomas Mann of
Hollywood. "The fact that I woke
up with my stomach growling
and now I am full and happy,
having a wonderful day, that is
something to be thankful for."
One of the Honorary Chairs at
the Miami Campus and former
Miami Dolphins player, Jimmy
Cefalo, said of the event, "It is
great being here today, see-
ing so many people happy and
smiling that aren't able to do
that each and everyday. What
the Miami Rescue Mission is
providing here is something
special, a hope for something
better if you are living on the

Helping others achieve their best

continued from 7B

that I had been raised to be-
lieve in were being espoused
by the [UFBL] and also I liked
the way our founder was em-
powering women to lead to be
pastors, to be the CEO of the
church," she explained.
The New Thought Christian
denomination has attracted
a diverse following including
such celebrities such as mo-
tivational speaker, Les Brown.
However, Tumpkin believes
that some people misunder-
stand what exactly the de-
nomination's beliefs are.
"Sometimes we're referred
to as a cult because we have
these metaphysical beliefs,"

she said. "And that's okay be-
cause we're here for people to
find out that we are not a cult,
but we are just here helping
people become all that they
can be."
Meanwhile, Tumpkin point-
ed out that all of the church's
teachings and principles are
biblically based.
"We preach a practical
Christianity and we use the
stories and things that are in
the Bible and interpret them
so it gives us an understand-
ing of what is going on in our-
selves," she explained.
Currently, the Universal
Truth Center has approxi-
mately 1,000 members who
are largely of Caribbean-
American and Black-Ameri-

can descent. The church now
has an active Outreach Min-
istry, Liturgical Dance Min-
istry, Stewardship Ministry,
and a group for senior citizens
called the Golden Eagles. The
sanctuary even has its own
Currently celebrating their
church's 30th anniversary,
guest speakers will be fea-
tured at every week until ear-
ly November. On Saturday,
April 21st, the church will be
hosting a four hour workshop
teaching participants how to
pray with purpose.
"I'm so surprised that 30
years have gone by," said Uni-
versal Truth Center's pastor.
"God has been extremely good
and we are thankful for that."



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The SJCDC was able to re-
habilitate the building due to
their 2010 award from the
U.S. Department of Hous-
ing and Urban Development's
neighborhood Stabilization
The community development
corporation has been working

to renovate the building for
the past couple of years. The
first phase involved repairing
the roof for all 35 apartment
The second rehabilitation
phase of the St. John Apart-
ments took approximately
nine months to complete. So
far, some families have already
signed on for their apartments
and the SJCDC has created a

waiting list to accommodate
other interested apartment
seekers, according to Aluko.
"We have a waiting list of
over 30 residents," Aluko said.
With additional grants from
various programs such as the
Miami-Dade County Surtax
and HOME, the third phase
will completely rehabilitate the
remaining 12 apartments by
the summer of 2013.


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actually do

By Sharon Jayson

People in their 20s are getting the
wrong message from our culture,
says psychologist Meg Jay, author
of The Defining Decade: Why Your
Twenties Matter and How to Make
the Most of Them Now. Jay, an assis-
tant clinical professor at the Univer-
sity of Virginia in Charlottesville, tells
USA TODAY's Sharon Jayson why
the 20s are the most transformative
period of our adult lives.

Q: Why do people think the 20s
don't matter?
A: We hear messages that the
slower path to adulthood is definitely
better. It has led to this idea that if
you wait and get started at 30, you
make better decisions, have better
marriages, have better careers. It's
left the 20s in a bit of a Las Vegas
in the life cycle," where what you do
isn't real and choices don't count,
because what really counts are our
30s. I very much disagree.

Q: Some call the 20s extended
adolescence" or emerging adult-
hood." Has our culture done a dis-
service to young people today?
A: You don't empower twentysome-

things by telling them they're not
grown-ups. You don't demote them
just when they need to start taking
themselves seriously. They interpret
it as I shouldn't worry about a real
relationship. I don't have to engage
with having a real job. Everybody
tells me I'm not a grown-up." They
need to learn how to be more future-
oriented. If you ever want to change
something about yourself, your 20s
are your best shot.

Q: Why do you say weak ties"
may change our lives?
A: The twentysomethings do tend
to be in constant communication
with the same few people. I recom-
mend they get out there and work
some weak ties. Go out with people
you don't usually go out with. Accept
invitations you normally turn down.
Make some new friends. Some favor
that somebody did for you probably
did more for your career than your
best friend ever did.

Q: You say we pick our families,
not just our friends. What do you
A: I work with clients who a lot of
times are feeling sad or bad or mad
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Advance directives:

Living wills and

The uncertainty about liv-
ing wills- what they do and
do not mean- is often what
makes them a sensitive topic
to talk about and understand.
However, at any age, it is im-
portant to have the living will
basics covered. Being knowl-
edgeable and prepared are
key in situations that may
arise where living wills come
into play, for you or a loved
A living will, or advanced di-
rective, is a written document
that gives clear instructions
about medical treatment to be
delivered if a person becomes
terminally ill or permanently
unconscious. This legal docu-
ment communicates a per-
son's treatment preferences if
he or she is unable to do so.
Another important docu-
ment is the designation of
someone else to make impor-
tant determinations about
medical treatment, the des-
ignation of health care surro-
gate. This allows a person (the
Principal) to designate some-
one else to make health care
decisions when he or she is no
longer able to communicate
his or her wishes to a health
care team. A durable power of
attorney (DPA) may also name
a health care surrogate, but it
must be specific in the power
to make health care decisions
when the Principal is no lon-

ger able to do so. A DPA must
be prepared by an attorney
and should only be done only
after a thorough discussion of
its implications.
*Often, a person may have
a living will, but no heath
care surrogate designation.
It is important to have both,
as the living will takes effect
only if there is a terminal con-
dition, which includes termi-
nal illness, end-stage condi-
tion, and persistent vegetative
state. The Florida living will
form allows for the designa-
tion of a healthcare surrogate.
Every adult, regardless of
age, should have both a health
care surrogate designation
and a living will. The named
Health Care Surrogate(s) as
well as the primary care phy-
sician should be given a copy
of these documents only af-
ter the Principal has had a
thorough discussion with
the Surrogate and physician
about his/her desires regard-
ing medical procedures he or
she may or may not want and
under what conditions, espe-
cially in the event of terminal
At any age, one can take the
steps to complete their living
will and health care surrogate
designation. Many people
can complete their forms in-
dependently, but if you have
any questions, you may con-

Take steps to find out

cause of memory lapses

tact an attorney to help you
through the process. These
documents must be complet-
ed with a witness present to
be legally binding.
If you're planning for other
important aspects of your life
and haven't planned for your
personal health care wishes,
consider doing so today. Talk
about it with your friends and
family; it's important to have
these wishes shared and most
importantly, in writing with
a living will and designated
health care surrogate.
North Shore Medical Center
is sponsoring a lecture on this
topic on Saturday, April 21st
at 9am, which will be provid-
ed by Lin Tuthill, risk manag-
er. "Advance Directives: Living
Wills and Healthcare Surro-
gates" will answer your ques-
tions and help you prepare for
your future health care plan-
ning. The event will be held
in the North Shore Medical
Center auditorium located at
1100 NW 95 Street in Miami.
To RSVP for this event, please
call 1-800-984-3434.

By Darla Carter

If you've ever forgotten where
you left the remote, your keys
or your cellphone, then you
know how frustrating memory
lapses can be.
Some memory problems are
par for the course, especially
with aging.
"Our ability to take in new
information and to remember

it over time does decline a little
bit as we get older, and we call
that age-associated memory
impairment," said Brad Folley,
a clinical neuropsychologist
with the Norton Neuroscience
Institute in Louisville, Ky.
But how can you tell whether
your memory lapses or a
relative's are normal "senior
moments" or something more
"I see so many individuals in
the community who are wor-
ried about their memory func-

tion," said Folley, the institute's
director of medical psychology
and neuropsychology.
Many conditions from
Parkinson's disease to vitamin
B 12 deficiency can lead to
memory problems, Folley said.
Other culprits can include al-
coholism, Parkinson's disease
and, of course, dementia and
Alzheimer's disease.
"You want to rule in or out
these different causes because
it's so important to know if
it really is dementia or if it's

I *

something else, Folley said.
'Sometimes, its someithmg
very treatable'
A good first step is to see
your family physician, who can
check you out and possibly
recommend testing, such as a
neuropsychological evaluation.
During that evaluation, a
psychologist "can examine
things like memory, attention,
language, planning, thinking,
behavior all those things -
and compare your results to
people who do not have any
suspected neurologic dysfunc-
tion," Folley said. "We can see if
your memory if your ability
to learn new information and
to recall it over time is es-
sentially where it should be or
if it's worse than you think it
might be."
Other testing options include
getting a brain imaging study
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A routine that includes a variety of
exercises is important to help seniors
stay strong. But balance exercises
can help reduce the risk of falling and
dangerous fractures.
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention lists these ex-
ercises that can help improve balance
in seniors:
Practice Tai Chi, a Chinese martial
Walk backward, stepping to the
side or walking heel to toe.
Practice standing on one foot and
holding the position.
Take group exercise classes that
focus on balance.


Corns are thick calluses that form
on the feet, and they can be quite
The American Academy of Ortho-
paedic Surgeons lists these possible
Wearing shoes that are too tight
and squeeze the feet.
Wearing shoes that are too loose
and allow the foot to slide around.
Having a stitch or seam inside a
shoe that rubs against the toes.
Wearing socks that don't fit your
feet well.
Having a deformity of the toes,
including a hammer toe or claw toe.


10B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 18-24, 2012

Doctors can chart their patients

verbally with new iPad software


app helps compile

health records

By Roger Yu

If your doctor is talking to an
iPad the next time you see her,
she may actually be flipping
through your file.
Voice-recognition technol-
ogy developers are introduc-
ing a slew of products aimed
at getting doctors to document
patient information more im-
mediately and thoroughly. The
technology has advanced far
enough, its proponents say,
that it can now do more than
just passively receive doctors'
Nuance, the maker of Drag-
on voice-recognition software,
is marketing a new product
that is embedded into a hospi-
tal's electronic medical record
system. As doctors input a pa-
tient's information via voice,
it can highlight and validate
medical facts, spot incon-
sistencies and ask follow-up
questions, says Nick Van Ter-
heyden of Nuance. They can
edit to ensure accuracy.
M-Modal, a Nuance competi-
tor, is also working on a simi-
lar product that allows physi-
cians to record information in
real time on mobile devices
as they consult with patients.
"Physicians prefer to narrate
and dictate. They don't want
to point and click," says Juer-
gen Fritsch, co-founder of M-
"More of them are going to
switch because cost is (getting)
lower," says industry consul-
tant Reda Chouffani. "And

they can now do things they
couldn't before, like prescrib-
ing (medication). Jaws were
dropping at a (recent industry)
The companies' push into
health care, where accuracy
is of utmost importance, is
enabled by constant improve-
ment in voice technology.
Apple's introduction of Siri
on iPhone has also raised the
public's awareness of its po-

into a recording device and
pay transcribers to type it. In
recent years, they've moved
on to other software that can
transcribe directly as they dic-
But Nuance's technology-
in testing at the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center and
a few other hospitals takes
the process a step further,
employing a mixture of data
mining and more "intelligence"

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An iPad displaying Allscripts Sunrise Mobile MD, an iPad
app for physicians in a hospital setting.

tential. That the federal gov-
ernment is also calling for
hospitals to install electronic
medical record systems has
also stirred the industry's cu-
riosity for the technology, says
Mary Griskewicz of the Health-
care Information and Manage-
ment Systems Society.
Doctors have used dictation
for years as they compile pa-
tient care history and post-
care summaries, orders and
prescriptions. Many speak

software behind the content.
For example, a doctor who is
writing a note about a heart
failure, but fails to register
the level of acuity, would be
prompted to give more details
on whether it was diastolic or
systolic, says Rasu Shrestha
of UPMC. "A physician may
know what to say but not al-
ways how to say it," he says.
"The idea is to get actionable
data while you're interacting
with the patient."

Obesity: Bigger threat than Obamacare

By Roy A. Barnes

HealthDay News reported
Friday on a Mayo Clinic em-
ployees/retirees study showing
obese people are more respon-
sible for health care costs an-
nually per person than normal
weight people by $1,850, and
$5,500 more if they're mor-
bidly obese. Furthermore, 20.6
percent of health care costs are
due to obesity, or $190.2 billion
annually, according to Cornell
University research also re-
ported by HealthDay News.
TV and other media pundits
can rant and rave about the
costs of Obamacare, but while
they do that, I've never heard
them specifically factor in the

above costs that are due to
obesity, nor the indirect costs.
The anti-Obamacare people
need to realize obesity is a big-
ger threat to the health care
system than the president's
health care plan.
Furthermore, the World
Health Organization has this
to say about the medical crisis,
"Obesity is preventable." Obe-
sity has become such an issue
in this country that the McKin-
sey Quarterly reported in 2011
via its Chart Focus Newsletter
that it is responsible for annual
indirect costs of $450 billion-
plus to the economy.
Sadly, there are obese citi-
zens who would rather con-
sume unhealthy foods and stay

sedentary en route to an early
grave while making the rest of
us, who are doing our best to
be healthy pay for their bad
habits. Thanks to America's
obesity crisis, even if the fed-
eral government administered
health care waste-free in the
Veterans Administration, Medi-
care and Obamacare, health
care costs would continue to
Those who want Obamacare
struck down by the Supreme
Court would rather demagogue
against the president over his
alleged trying to impose an
unconstitutional law on them
instead of use that energy to
challenge the "couch potato"
attitude in America.

Life decisions matter in your 20S

continued from 9B

about the families they grew up
with. This is a real paradigm shift
for a lot of twentysomethings, to
shift from this idea that family
is something you're stuck with.
It's absolutely something you're
going to create. For the next 40
years, it is going to be about
your spouse and your kids and
not about your mom and your

Q: You talk about the
concept of dating down."
Can you explain what you
mean and why it's harmful?
A: That's a twentysomething
sort of expression dating
below where you ought to be. I

think of it as having low-criteria
or no-criteria relationships. I
think twentysomethings think
their relationships don't matter
- that if they just want to have
a good time with someone really
good-looking or convenient,
why not?

Q: Another concern you
express is about fertility. Why
do you bring this up?
A: The 20s is when you really
start to think, What is the
life I want for myself in 10 or
15 or 20 years, and what do I
need to start doing now so I get
that?" You'll hear thirty- and
fortysomethings say, I left
myself eight years to date and
have fun and party, but I only
left four or five years to pull off

having a family."

Q: Times change. Isn't a lot
of what's happening out of the
twentysomething's control?
A: I am not in any way telling
clients I think you should get
married sooner or have your
kids at 24. Your life will not
come to fruition in your 20s the
way it did 40 years ago, where
by the end of your 20s, you
knew where you were going to
live and who your spouse was
and maybe you had all your
kids. That's over for a reason.
It's not as easy to put the pieces
together as it used to be, so this
idea that you can pull a rabbit
out of the hat in your 30s is
crazy. It's not going to just
happen because you turn 30.

Beware of memory lapses

continued from 9B

such as an MRI, which stands
for magnetic resonance imag-
ing, to pick up on problems
like an undetected stroke, that
could be affecting memory, said
Dr. Brendan Kelley, director
of the University of Cincinnati
Memory Disorders Center.
"We will often want to kind of
take a picture of the structure
of the brain and make sure that
everything looks as it should,"
Kelley said.
Earlier this month, the federal
Food and Drug Administration
approved a radioactive agent
called Amyvid for Alzheimer's
disease testing. The drug, which
is used in brain imaging, is for
the detection of plaques that
build up in the brains of cogni-
tively impaired patients and that
may be an indication of Alzheim-
er's disease.
However, it is not a definitive
test and is intended to be used
in combination with other diag-
nostic tools.
Any time memory problems
begin to affect your daily activi-
ties, it's a good idea to talk to
a health-care provider, Kelley
Possible indicators of a signifi-
cant memory problem include
difficulty remembering the de-

tails of conversations, repeating
questions and forgetting recent-
ly learned information, Kelley
For example, Folley said, if you
have dementia, you may have
trouble remembering "what you
did this past weekend, particu-
larly major events."
"What's most concerning is
if the patient can't recall those
things when you cue them . .
That's what you get with things
like Alzheimer's disease," he
said. Eventually, an Alzheimer's
patient develops more severe
problems, such as losing the
ability to recognize people and
wandering off.
Memory problems from de-
mentia can occur so slowly that
you might not notice them at
"We call it insidious," Folley
said. "Sometimes other people
might notice it before you do,
particularly people you don't live
with every day."
Beyond dementia, psychologi-
cal problems can affect memory,
Kelley said.
For example, "depression in
older adults can sometimes
cause some difficulties with
thinking and concentration, and
it's a potentially treatable condi-
tion that, as physicians, it's im-
portant for us to try to pick up
on," he said.

Medications also can lead to
memory problems.
Dr. Malaz Boustani, an associ-
ate professor of medicine at the
Indiana University Center for Ag-
ing Research, suggests watching
out for anticholinergic drugs, be-
cause they can lead to memory
and concentration problems as
well as sudden delirium under
certain circumstances, he said.
Examples of these drugs range
from prescription medications,
such as the antidepressant Paxil
(paroxetine) and the bladder-
control drug Detrol (tolterodine)
to over-the-counter drugs such
as Benadryl (diphenhydramine).
If you have to take an anti-
cholinergic drug, try to take the
minimum dose and get off it as
soon as you can, unless you
need to be on it long-term for
a condition, such as hyperten-
sion, Boustani said.
If you have a condition that
doesn't need to be treated, such
as a cold, consider toughing it
out or asking for an alternative
drug, Boustani said.
"When you go and see a doc-
tor and the doctor prescribes a
medicine . say, 'Doctor, what
are the (potentially) negative
effects of this medicine on my
brain?' and take it from there,"
said Boustani, director of the
Wishard Healthy Aging Brain
Center in Indianapolis.

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Conflicts: When spirituality and religion collide


By Diana Butler Bass

Rowan Williams, archbish-
op of Canterbury, leader of
the Church of England and
the worldwide Anglican Com-
munion, recently announced
that he would step down by
year's end. A few days later,
the Church of England reject-
ed a Williams-backed unity
plan for global Anglicanism,
a church fractured by issues
of gender and sexual identity.
The timing of the resignation
and the defeat are probably
not coincidental. These events
signal Anglican's institutional
But why should anyone,
other than Anglicans and their
American Episcopal cousins,
care? The Anglican fight over
gay clergy is usually framed as
a left and right conflict, part of
the larger saga of political di-
vision. But this narrative ob-
scures a more significant ten-
sion in Western societies: the
increasing gap between spiri-
tuality and religion, and the
failure of traditional religious
institutions to learn from the
Until recently, the archbish-
op of Canterbury was chief
pastor for a global church
bound by a common liturgy

and Anglican religious iden-
tity. Expectations for religious
leaders were clear: Run the
church with courage and vi-
sion. Bishops directed the la-
ity, inspiring obedience, sacri-
fice and heroism; they ordered
faith from the top.

But today's world is differ-
ent. All institutions are being
torn apart by tension between
two groups: those who want
to reassert familiar and tested
leadership patterns includ-
ing top-down control, unifor-
mity and bureaucracy; and
those who want to welcome un-
tested but promising patterns
of the emerging era grass-
roots empowerment, diversity
and relational networks. It is
not a divide between conserva-
tives and liberals; rather, it is a
divide between institution and
Top-down structures are de-
clining. In the Anglicans' case,
spiritual and institutional
leadership have been severed.
The emerging vision maintains
that spiritual leadership must
be learned, earned and experi-
enced distinct from, and often
in tension with, the ascribed
role of bishop.
Williams' career is a pub-

The archbishop of York, John Sentamu (right), described
the archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams (left), as a

remarkable and gifted leader.
lic illustration of the conflict.
Early on, Williams was recog-
nized as teacher and pastor of
deep spirituality, a person who
practiced what he preached.
He had the sort of charac-
ter and imagination that the
Anglican Communion most
needed to move toward a new
And that is where the trouble
started and the story turns
tragic. Williams was caught in
an impossible situation. As An-
glicans around the globe quar-
reled over the role of gay and
lesbian persons in the church,
the archbishop's authority was
called into question. Williams
struggled to be both a spiri-
tual leader who embraces the

emerging vision and the leader
of an institution committed to
guarding the old order.
The archbishop might be
called "spiritual head" of An-
glicanism, but he also acts as
CEO of the Anglican religious
corporation who must manage
company policy, ensure prof-
itability, maintain properties,
open new markets and negoti-
ate politics. It is a bureaucra-
cy, often more a religion busi-
ness than a vibrant spiritual

For centuries, faith was top-
down: Spiritual power flowed
from pope to the faithful, arch-
bishop to Anglicans, priest to

the pious, pastor to congre-
gation. This has changed as
regular people confidently
assert that spirituality is a
grassroots adventure of seek-
ing God, a journey of insight
and inspiration involving au-
thenticity and purpose that
might or might not happen in a
church, synagogue or mosque.
Spirituality is an expression of
bottom-up faith and does not
always fit into accepted pat-
terns of theology or practice.
Fearing this change, however,
many religious bodies, such as
the Anglican Communion, in-
creasingly fixate on order and
control, leading them to reas-
sert hierarchical authority and
be less responsive to the long-
ings of those they supposedly
serve. And that will push re-
ligion further into its spiral of
irrelevance and decline.
Williams demonstrated how
wide the breach has become
between spirituality and reli-
gion. His tenure proved that
religious institutions as
they currently exist fail
when they refuse to engage the
new pattern of faith. The gap
between spirit and institution
is not only problematic for re-
ligious organizations. The gap
exists in business, where work
and craft have been replaced

by venture capital and profit-
ability; in politics, where the
common good and democracy
are crushed by partisanship
and corporate money; in edu-
cation, where critical thought
and the humanities are sacri-
ficed to test scores.
The Anglican crisis is not
about Williams or even reli-
gion. It is about the drive for
meaningful connection and
community and a better, more
just, and more peaceful world
as institutions of church, state
and economy seem increas-
ingly unresponsive to these
desires. It is about the gap be-
tween a new spirit and institu-
tions that have lost their way.
Only leaders who can bridge
this gap and transform their
institutions will succeed in this
emerging cultural economy.
The archbishop will return
to teaching a good choice.
In our times, spiritual renewal
is taking place among friends,
in conversation, with trust and
through mutual learning. A
new thing is happening on the
streets, in coffee houses, in lo-
cal faith communities, and in
movements of justice and so-
cial change. Far from demands
of institutional religion, Rowan
Williams will find a new kind of
faith is being born.

The Voice': New Bible translation focuses on dialogue

By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE The name Je-
sus Christ doesn't appear in The
Voice, a new translation of the
The Voice translation is aimed
at people who haven't read the
Bible much before and aren't fa-
miliar with church jargon.
Nor do words such as angel
or apostle. Instead, angel is ren-
dered as messenger and apostle

as emissary. Jesus Christ is Je-
sus the Anointed One or the lib-
erating king.
That's a more accurate trans-
lation for modern American
readers, says David Capes, lead
scholar for The Voice, a complete
edition released this month by
publishing company Thomas
Nelson. Capes says that many
people, even those who've gone
to church for years, don't realize
that the word "Christ" is a title.

"They think that Jesus is his
first name and Christ is his last
name," says Capes, who teaches
the New Testament at Houston
Baptist University in Texas.
Seven years in the making,
The Voice is the latest entry into
the crowded field of English Bi-
ble translations.
Unlike the updated New Inter-
national Version and the Com-
mon English Bible both re-
leased last year much of The

Voice is formatted like a screen-
play or novel. Translators cut
out the "he said" and "they said"
and focused on dialogue.
So in Matthew 15, when Je-
sus walks on the water, scaring
his followers, their reaction is
Disciple: "It's a ghost!"
Another Disciple: "A ghost?
What will we do?"
Jesus: "Be still. It is I; you
have nothing to fear."

"I hope we get people to see
the Bible not as an ancient
text that's worn out but as
a story that they participate in
and find their lives in," Capes
The title for The Voice came
from the New Testament book of
John and from the Greek word
logos. It's usually translated as
"word" in verses such as John
1:1, which reads: "In the be-
ginning was the Word, and the

Word was with God, and the
Word was God," in the New In-
ternational Version, one of the
most popular English transla-
In The Voice, that passage
reads: "Before time itself was
measured, the Voice was speak-
ing. The Voice was and is God."
Frank Couch, the executive edi-
tor and publisher of The Voice,
says that translation better cap-
tures what logos means.



Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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.W. 3rd Avenue

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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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1470 N.W. 87th Street
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of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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

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

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4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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3701 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023 Baptist Church of Brownsville of Yahweh Male & Female
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 330234
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue (Hebrew Israellites) Dan. 2:44
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2171 N.W. 56th Street
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740 N.W. 581h Street
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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12B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 18-24, 2012

72, retired.
Survivors .

husband, Elijah;;;
dau g h ters,
Valerie (Victory) /
and Lisa.
service 6-8
p.m., Friday, April 20 at St. Mark
M.B. Church, 1470 NW 87 Street,
Miami, FL 33147. Service 10
a.m., Saturday, April 21 at New
Jerusalem Baptist Church, 777 NW
85 Street, Miami, FL 33150.


retired laborer,
died April 9 at
Claridge House.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.

laborer, died
April 15 at
Jackson North
Hospital .
Service 11
a.m., Friday at
Peaceful Zion.

19, cashier/
student, died
April 10 in Miami
Dade County.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
93rd St. Baptist


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RUTH S. BOSTON, 88, retired
school teacher,
died April 11
at Aventura
H o s p ital .
Service 1 p.m., .
Friday at St.
Freewill Baptist .
Church. 1


98, retired,
died March 7 at
home. Service 2
p.m., Saturday
at Peacefulzion
M.B. Church.


PAUL B. RUSSELL, 59, died
March 12,
following a long
illn e s s
Memorial a a ..
service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Holy Redeemer

Church, 1301

NW 71 St,

Miami, FL 33147, 305-


RUFF, 73,
retired, died
April 13 at
home. She is
survived by her
husband, Leon
Ruff, Sr.;
Sharon Sutton,
Reesa Chimara

and Avia Hightower, sisters, Betty
Fishburne and Kathleen Mosley;
brother, Sampson Oliver, Jr.
Viewing 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday
at Range Funeral Home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Christian
Felhii,:_nip MB Church.

teacher, died April 13 at home.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at
Outreach of Excitement Ministries.

Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210

medical doctor,
died April 12 in
Ft. Washington ..F
Maryland. He -. .-
was surrounded .
by family .
members s
and it was a
very peaceful
transition. Born and raised in
Miami, Florida, Albert attended
Booker T. Washington High School
and after graduation continued his
higher education at Florida A&M
University, where he was a member
of the Marching 100 Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity. Pursuit of his dream,
Albert attended University of
Pittsburg School of Medicine where
upon graduation he was a surgeon
in the Washington DC area.
He leaves behind to mourn
his beloved wife; Josephine
Rolle; children, Allyson (Karl)
Harrison and Jonathon (Tammi);
grandchildren, Indya, Mason,
Jackson and Danielle. He is also
survived by siblings; Agnes Morton,
Naomi, Patricia, Rose, Leona and
Leon and a host of relatives and
Service 11 a.m., Friday April 20
at Fort Foote Baptist Church, 8310
Fort Foote Rd, Fort Washington,

Hall Ferguson H
died April ?
10 in Miami.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. :

died April 6.
Service 10 a.m., 1
Saturday at New .. '
Hope Missionary I-. .. : -
Baptist Church.

MEL HARRIS, 55, janitor,

at Jackson
died April 15

Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. .


retired nouse
.A keeper, died
ewitt April 11 in
A v e n t u r a 4W
, electric H o s pit a I
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
E benez er
Un ite d
y Methodist Church.

died April 17 at
UM Hospital.
Leaves to
mourn their
loss his mother,
Thessalonia H.
Tinsley; sisters,
Min. Girlean :
"Gigi" Tinsley,
Pastor Betty T. Gabriel (Charles)
Patricia Tinsley, and Lorraine M.
King; aunt, Moselle H. Rackford;
uncles, Leroy and Herschel L.
Haynes; nieces, cousins, and
a host of other relatives and
sorrowing friends.
Viewing 5-8 p.m., Friday in the
chapel. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Second Canaan M.B. Church.

23, credit card
died April 12 at
Florida Medical
Center Hospital.
Surviv orss
include; mother,
Angela Harvey-
Gibbons; father,
Daniel Gibbons Sr., (deceased);
grandmother, Pastor J. Harvey;
grandfather, William Gibbons Sr.;
brothers, Gareth C. Whitehead, Jr.
Daniel Gibbons, Jr; David Gibbons;
sister, Alisa Gibbons; step brother,
Aaron Wright. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at United Christian
Fellowship Community Ministries.

died April 14
at Jackson

include; mother,

James; father,
Waymond Stewart; grandparents,
Bettie Anderson and Claretha
Stewart; aunts, Valerie and Felicia
James; uncles, Richard James
(Gwen), Willie Fenderson, Stacey
Stewart (Toni) and Clarence
Stewart. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Antioch MB Church of Miami

DELOISE Y. TAYLOR, 74, retired
cdieiici.ar, died April 16 at Jackson
North. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Miracle Deliverance C.O.G.O.P.

Nakia Ingral


GEORGE SMITH, 65, retired,
died April 15 at home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at First Baptist
Church of Fort Lauderdale.

specialist, died
April 11 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the

died Ap riI i aii i
Jackson North
Hospital, Vitas
Hospice Unit.
This crossing
over marked the
closing of a
chapter in the .. .
life of a servant
favored by God.
With family members constantly
lovingly caring for her at her
bedside, Thelma with God's grace
went home to her eternal rest. She
is preceded in death by husband;
Victor Curry; son, Raymond D.
Aranha; sister, Pauline H. Johnson;
and brothers, Rudy, Kenneth and
Earl Higgs. She leaves to cherish
her memory, daughters; Sharon
(James Jr.), Washington and Sylvia
(Willie) Vanover; sons, Ronald and
Kelsey Devoe; daughter-in-law,
Jean Aranha; grandchildren, Teri
(Danieli, Kevin, Kamala (Mike),
Marc (Judy), Jamares (Erica),
Shatrela (Joshua), Michael, Kalah,
Klarn, Kelsey Jr., Delaine; sister;
Helen (Barnette) Holston; sister-in-
laws, Ophelia and Rosetta Higgs;
step daughters, Vicky and Rosa
Curry and Frederica Delaney; step
son, Michael Curry; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and
other caring relatives and friends.
Thelma will be available to the
public on Friday, 3 p.m. until.
Service 11:30 a.m., Saturday at
Kelly's Chapel United Methodist
Church, 7105 NW 15 Court Miami,

Mizell & Kurtz
57, of West
Park, FL, died
April 10 atAven- -
tura Hospital.emo

rial service cel-"
ebrating his life
was held Satur-

Carey Royal Ram'n
BEVERLY A. FELIX, 51, public
deli worker,
died April 13
at Jackson
M em orialI

Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Aprili
21 in the chapel.

Wright and Young Marshall March Hadley Davis

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

Marvin C. Zanders
55, custodian,
died April 12 in #7
0 r I a n d o .
Survived by

Wil helmenia
Eve; brother,
Cyril; sisters,
Juanita Curtis
and Christina Harris; and host of
other relatives and friends. Call
Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home
407-886-3388. Service 5 p.m.,
Saturday at Church on the Living

WILLIE J. WILLIS, 54, dietician,
died April 14 at
Jackson Vitas
Health Care
Center. Service i
2 p.m., Saturday
at World Deliv- .
erance Church.


died April 15 in
Miami. Service '
2 p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Olivett

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

is thankful to each of you for
all acts of sympathy, love and
kindness shown to us during
our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Rev. C.
Graham and the Saint Mark
Church family, Dr. C. P.
Preston, Jr. and the Peaceful
Zion Church family, Dr. W.
L. Strange, Sr. and the Holy
Cross Church family, Dr. W.
L. Strange, Jr. and the Mount
Calvary Church family.
Thanks for your prayers,
calls, cards, monetary gifts,
visits, flowers and food.
God bless you all.
The Harris Family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
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04/22/23 02/12/79

06/15/1923 07/08/2010

The loves of our life, gone
but not forgotten.
Early greetings, happy
Your tribe, God bless you

Death Notice


03/31/79 04/18/06

To some you are forgotten,
to some you are of the past.
But to us, the ones who loved
and lost you, your memories
will always last!
From your loving family.

Death Notice

West Park, FL died April 16.
Viewing 5-8 p.m., April 20th
at Eric S. George Funeral
Home (Calvary Chapel) in
Hallandale, FL.
Service 12 p.m., April 21 at
Friendship Missionary Bap-
tist Church in Hallandale, FL.


Sybrina D. Fulton and
Tracy Martin, loving parents
of Trayvon B. Martin, wish
to express their heartfelt
appreciation for all of your
thoughtful deeds, your words
of encouragement, your
peaceful rally support, the
millions who signed petitions,
poems, paintings, music and
video tributes, monetary gifts
to our defense fund (Wepay.
com) and all other acts of
kindness shown to them
during this difficult time.
Words will never express
how your love, support and
prayers lifted our spirits
and continue to give us the
strength to march on. We
pray in return that you will be
blessed by the loving hands
of God and that his grace and
mercy will be with you in the
days and months ahead.
May God continue to bless
The Fulton and Martin

ALEXANDER, 73, nurse, died
April 16. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.
Service entrusted to Grace
Funeral Home.

Death Notice


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community, The Miami Times
prints weekly obituary notic-
es submitted by area funeral
homes at no charge.
These notices include: name
of the deceased, age, place of
death, employment, and date,
location, and time of service.
Additional information and
photo may be included for a
nominal charge.The deadline is
Monday, 2:30 p.m. For families
the deadline is Tuesday, 5 p.m.

87, homemaker, died April
15 at Jackson North Hos-
pice. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Antioch M.B. Church of
Arrangements entrusted to
Grace Funeral Home.



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY



Lifesty e






New programs
includes teens and
toddlers a'a:I i
By D. Kevin McNeir full bloom?
kmcneir@miamitimnesonline.com Both artists' works are currently on
display Young's work can be viewed
The Museum of Contemporary Art in the museum lobby along with a
[MOCA], located in North Miami, is video taken during the last years of
quietly making a name for itself as his life. Ackerman's work features 48
one of the best places for families, paintings, drawings and collages from
couples and children to see some of 1993 to the present. Several have
the world's finest contemporary art. never been shown in public.
And a lot of the credit goes to the More about Ackerman
museum's executive director and Two things should be noted about
curator, Bonnie Clearwater. Where the work of Ackerman. First, her
else can you see paintings by Over- earlier pieces for which she garnered
town's own Purvis Young whose critical acclaim, depict the libera-
paintings convey stories of slave ships tion of the female form. Second, one
during the Middle Passage and the can see the influence of literature,
abolitionist period and at the same film and philosophy as well as her
time see a provocative exhibition by fascination with American culture in
the Hungarian-born Rita Ackerman, her diverse body of work that ranges
whose works are a blend of European from expressionism to abstraction.
modernism aind Arrieriri.:n culture in Sometimes you will see Black nurses

and other matronly figures then
you will see nymphets, outlaws and
sports cars.
There were several pieces that
caught this writer's eye including
"World War III Around My Skull," a
piece that is done in ballpoint pen,
"African Nurse" and "The Do's and
Don'ts," which uses images from
Glamour Magazine in a collage that
speaks to the pressure placed on
women to follow the rules of fashion.
Both exhibits will run through early
Recently, MOCA has developed
some exciting educational programs
that target both toddlers and teens.
Please turn to MOCA 2C

Cory George pens

"Living Successfully

Beyond Your Shadows"

Author turns tragedy into triumph with self-help book

C., :-'i ge, 38, remembers a painful childhood during which time he
.it,. ,..l., suffered from low self-esteem and was sexually abused. In
f lct I e situations he faced were so traumatic that he says he remained
l--. .-il:,.ut them until he was almost 30-years-old.
'i I1.Linied myself instead of the appropriate parties and had to finally
i.r-i'-.'. dge that things just happen to people in life and that we must
I:i i ii -.-. deal with them," he said. "I began to set myself on a course to
IL.1i It kssons from my past and to pass on the knowledge that I had
Gi...re, who is a technology engineer and a life coach, started to
-h r.. iile his journey and began to realize that most of the problems
I-,: .- .. facing as an adult were related to unresolved childhood is-
,u-. In his book, "Sit or Stand: Living Successfully Beyond Your
I.. ..:l..ws," he guides readers through journaling activities that he
hp :.- will lead them towards areas of thought that we tend to for-
S,-i. ignore or bury deep inside.
F. .r many years I just tried to make do, but I had to come to
p..-. e with a lot of things so that I could face the world and be part
_f lie living again," he said. "For most of my life I had been in my
oi',1 n world and no one knew what I was going through because I
wx ,uldn't talk about it. The stuttering made it that much worse -
I felt like my voice was being critiqued as well that just made
rne speak even less."
George hopes that his book and the series of exercises
within, will help others explore those things from which they
have been hiding while giving them the courage to ask tough
"I think I understand why my life proceeded the way it did
and some of the things that I had to endure," he said. "The
book is particularly aimed towards Black men because we
rarely talk about painful, embarrassing issues because of
the shame. I feel like I am helping other Black men to be
more human and to understand that they are not alone in
their challenges. You have to be free with yourself before
you can be free with others."
Please turn to GEORGE 2C

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Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae's
President Janice Hopton
provided a statement with a
big welcome to the arrival of
spring time which included
a successful "Jabor Work"
recently at Miami Jackson
Senior High. She stated the
sororal year is quickly coming to
an end, however, a Delta's work
is never done. Furthermore,
the month of March certainly
embodied the essence of
"Sisterhood, Scholarship,
and Service." An all-day
rededication and tea affair was
a great way to celebrate. Pearls
to chair/co-chairs sorors Gayle
Class-Aldrich, Rubye Howard,
Nyree Washington and Erma

Soror Spotlight goes out
to Thelma Davis, a retired
principal and 55-year
member of the sorority. She
matriculated at age 16 at St.
Augustine University. Even
with her educational training,
Soror Davis had difficulty
being hired as a teacher, so
she eventually went to New
York for a Masters degree and
returned to Miami as a full-
fledge teacher at Miami Central
High. She would go on to
become an assistant principal
at Miami Edison and principal
of Madison. She equaled those
moments as a Delta by being
the recipient of the 2012 Carrie
P. Meek Servant Leadership
Social Action Award.

Hearty congratulations go Mass, Naomi
out to Sharon E. Williams Allen Adams, Earl
who will be ordained to the Carroll, Princess Lamb,
Sacred Order Patricia Chew, Louise
of Deacon in Christ, One Cromartie, Iris Paramore,
Holy Catholic and Apostolic William and Jessie Pinder,
Church on Saturday, April Jr., Shane Hepburn,
14th at 2 p.m. at Trinity Jacqueline Finley-
Episcopal Cathedral. Sharon Livingston, Patricia Allen-
is the daughter of Carolyn Ebron, Ruh Clarke, Thomas
Williams. Nottage, (glad to see you up
Robert Coney of the U.S. and out again) and Vennda-
Navy is visiting his mother Rei Gibson).
Evangelist Shirley Bailey Delta Sigma Theta
and their family of Opa-locka. Sorority, Miami Alumnae
Robert has been in the Navy Chapter, presents our
for 30 years. Welcome home 61st Cotillion at the Hyatt
Robert! Regency/James L. Knight
Get well wishes and prayers Center, on Sunday, April 22.
go out to all of you! Theodore Congratulations to Soror

Other dignitaries at the
workshop were Annettee
Williams, Sonya Ingraham
whose son, John, is graduating
from FAMU, and brother Jai,
who is an exemplary assistant
principle at Allapattah Middle.
Other attendants included
Maude Newbold, Martha Day,
Kathie Thurston and Robin
Kudos also go out to the
Executive Board for keeping
the organization pro-active
in all areas. Members of the
board include President Janice
Hopton, Corresponding
Secretary Darnetia Parrott,
Custodian Jacqueline Lewis,
immediate past President,
Rubye Howard, First Vice
Karen Wiggins, Financial
Secretary Jennifer A. Grand,
Parliamentarian Flora
Jackson-Holmes, Chair-
PPD Gigi Gilbert, Second
Vice Cheryl A. Fields,

Rose Moorman who will
honored by "Not the Largest,
But the Best" Alumni
Association, Inc. Soror
Moorman will receive the
"Living Legend" award in the
field of community service for
outstanding contributions in
areas of need or improving
conditions in our community
and our society.
Shirley Johnson has been
named to the State Task
Force on school grades by the
Department of Education.
Join the crowd who will
visit New Orleans, Louisiana
the weekend of May 24-
28th. The bus will leave St.
Agnes Church's grounds on
Thursday, May 24 and return
on the 28th. If interested call
305-638-1885; 305-638-
2588 or 305-696-7683.

A flood of streaming options

could be overwhelming

Consumers get

lots of choices as

players vie for


By Mike Snider and Roger Yu

Streaming video is about to
hit its tipping point.
Competing online video
services have become so suc-
cessful that about one-third
of Americans have streamed
a movie or TV show on Netflix,
Hulu, Vudu, Crackle or anoth-
er Net-based video service, ac-
cording to Nielsen.
Americans will watch 3.4
billion movies online this year,
more than doubling 2011's to-
tal and exceeding DVD and
Blu-ray consumption for the
first time, estimates research-
er IHS Screen Digest.

"We are looking at the be-
ginning of the end of the age
of movies" on discs, says IHS
senior principal analyst Dan
Another sign of streaming's
success is that entrenched
pay-TV providers, such as
Comcast, are creating their
own similar services in an ef-
fort to keep subscribers.
That has resulted in a battle
royal as traditional and upstart
video services alike attempt to
trump each other in hopes of
swiping and keeping custom-
ers. With hardware makers
and even large retailers such
as Walmart also drooling for a
piece of the programming pie,
"It is confusing the hell out of
people," says Phil Swann, edi-
tor of TVPredictions.com.
Like it or not, TV lovers such
as Larry R. Haynes are caught
in a tug of war over the future
of television. Haynes and his

Church musician to

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sophomore CD release, "In-
troducing Keith Williams."
Williams is a classically
trained pianist and vocalist.
He's spent the last two de-
cades as a worship leader at
prestigious churches across
the United States such as
Ebenezer AME Church in
Ft. Washington, MD and the

historic Ebenezer Baptist
Church in Atlanta. His style
is a cross between the legend-
ary Douglas Miller's nearly
operatic baritone and John
Stoddard's polished notes.
Over the years, Williams
has written songs for Jenni-
fer Holliday, Dottie Peoples,
Vanessa Armstrong and Ear-
nest Pugh. His debut CD, ". .
And Again I Say Rejoice," ap-
peared in 2008.

wife, Jennifer, subscribe to
Comcast for Internet and TV,
but they have trimmed their
bill by canceling Showtime,
while keeping HBO. And like
many others, they have turned
to Netflix for additional view-
ing options.
Streaming services "just do
not have the selection like the
cable companies do yet," says
the 32-year-old Grand Rapids,
Mich., engineer. "So I am not
about to cancel my cable ser-
vice ... like I hear a lot of peo-
ple are doing."
He has also experimented
with Comcast's smartphone
app, which lets him watch
streamed TV shows and mov-
ies. "It's about time they start-
ed trying to retain their cur-
rent customers," he says.
That is music to the ears of
cable companies as well as
satellite services DirecTV and
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George says he has gotten a lot
of positive feedback from readers
and is now compiling those tes-
timonies of brothers who faced
adversity and have been able to
overcome their challenges.
"Sometimes we can find in-
spiration and courage when we
hear how others have faced sig-
nificant obstacles and found a
way to break through them," he
Go to www.corygeorgemedia.
corn for more about his book and
his philosophy of life.

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The StART Together pro-
gram is for children three
to five-years-old. Children
learn how to paint and ex-
press themselves and even
illustrate their own book.
And for teens that want to
learn more about journal-
ism, photo/journalism or
have dreams of becoming an
artist themselves, there are
several three- or six-week

intensive programs that take
place each summer. They
are great opportunities for
motivated students to see
what it takes to become an
artist, a photographer or
a journalist. Lark Keeler,
MOCA's curator of educa-
tion, supervises the pro-
gram. Interested youth must
complete an application no
later than June 6th.
Next Saturday, April 21,
from 1 to 5 p.m., there will
be a youth media activism

workshop that will feature
the actor Bee Vang from the
film "Gran Torino" and allow
youth to have their say on
the complex issues of race,
violence and representation
that have become part of the
national dialogue since the
murder of Trayvon Martin.
Clearwater is uiiliiig
MOCA to new heights of ex-
cellence and innovation.
Spend an afternoon there
checking out the exhibitions
- and have a great time.

Treasurer Linda Bryant,
Chaplain Eulusandra Coats,
Recording Secretary Brenda
Williams, Journalist Phyllis
D. Way, Sgt. Of Arms Lonina
McRae-Pasley, and Co/PPD
Gwendolyn Bryant.
Meanwhile, Rev. Andrew
Floyd was appointed pastor
of the First Baptist Church of
Brownsville, last Saturday. The
church later hosted a surprise
birthday party for the new
pastor who was born in March.
Musician Lewis Howard
provided entertainment for the
party, while Rev. Derrick Kelly
had the honor of being the
emcee. He brought on Verma
Kelly to give the invocation,
followed by Chenell Daniel
who provided the welcome
remarks; a liturgical dance
routine was performed by First
Baptist Dancers; the roast
was given by the Floyd family
and Taylor Dansby brought

the house down by singing,
"I Won't Complain." Others
in attendance were Brandon
Brown, Stephanie Cooper,
Annie H. Ross, Brenda Smith,
Ricky Mitchell, Lolita Angry,
Francis Sullivan, Irene
Baker, Martha Steward and
Leo Howard.
Richard Smith, a retired
coach from Mays High, took
over the discussion when he
educated the audience about
the principals at Mays from
1932 68. He mentioned
Camary Robinson, David
Dobbs, Ruby George, who
graduated the first class of
39; Hubert Thompson, band
director; James Simmons, Earl
Wells, and Nelson Bethel. Also
Frances S. Tucker, who was
the first female principal, was
mentioned. Comments about
winning the championship
each year to avoid violence in
Liberty City came from Johnny

Davis, McArthur Mack,
Cleve Baker, Robert Walker,
William Evans, William Snell,
Arnold Davis, Jake Caldwell
and Jerome Simpkins.
The retired brothers of Sigma
Alpha of Omega Psi Phi were
in good humor, yet cautious
during the monthly meeting
last Thursday. Baljean Smith,
president, announced for
the brothers to pick up the
agenda. The agenda was
approved while Bernard Kelly
asked to be on the agenda
which was accepted. The
highlight of the meeting was
when the Seventh District
Plenary with Dr. Astrid Mack,
delegate, was allowed to speak.
Mack was outstanding in his
delivery and articulated the
problems that existed at the
conference that were resolved
with brothers, such as Former
Grand Basileus George Grace
from Pi Nu Chapter.

Will and Jada Smith: 'Why us?'
By Maria Puente A l ..

Actors Will Smith and Jada
Pinkett Smith, dogged by
tabloid speculation that their
marriage is in trouble, say
they can't understand why
they've been targeted.
People magazine reports
today that Jada told a French
celebrity magazine, Gala, that
these stories are "completely
untrue." Asked why they per-
sist, she is mystified.
"I have no idea!" she said.
"Every year, one celebrity
couple is under the micro-
scope. This year, unluckily,
it's us!"
But she has faith in her
13-year marriage: "Will and I
know the truth. We're wait-
ing peacefully for the storm to
blow over."
Jada, 40, acknowledged
that she and Will, 43, spend
time apart because of their
careers, but they always
have. Asked if it's true they're
no longer living in the same
house, she replied, "That's
ridiculous. We've always lived
Last August, when a tabloid

Actors Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in

reported that the two were
separating, Will's son Trey
from an earlier marriage
took to Twitter to denounce
the story as untrue. When

other rumors circulated that
Jada had hooked up with her
HawthoRNe co-star, Marc
Anthony, all parties angrily
denied that as untrue.






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* Miami Dade College
will host HANA's First
Annual Historic Leadership
Convention Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony on Thursday, April
19, 1:00 p.m. at Freedom
Tower, MDC 600 Biscayne
Blvd. For information call

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will
meet on Saturday, April
21, at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center at
4:30 p.m. For information
contact Lebbie Lee at 305-

The Bethune-
Cookman University
Concert Chorale will
be presented in concert,
Sunday, April 22, at First
Baptist Church Piney Grove,
4699 West Oakland Park
Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes at
4:30 p.m. For information
call Hattie "Dee" Harden
at 954-735-6289 or Gwen
Adams at 954-735-1500.
The event is free.

The Gospel Choir
Explosion, featuring The
Woods, Unspeakable Joy
and various local choirs
takes place on Sunday, April
28, at 7 p.m. at the Joseph
Caleb Auditorium.

The Booker T.
Washington Alumni
Association, Inc. will
present its 2012 Living
Legends Orange and Black
Gala Ball on Saturday, April
28 at the Biscayne Bay
Marriott Hotel, 1633 North
Bayshore Drive. Reception 7
8 p.m., awards ceremony
8 p.m. For tickets and info
call Kathryn Hepburn, 786-

0 The Gospel Choir Ex-
plosion will feature The
Woods, Unspeakable Joy
and various local choirs on
Sunday, April 28 at 7:00
p.m. at the Joseph Caleb

Brundibar, a holocaust
memorial children's opera
with guest performances
takes place Sunday, April
29, at 5:00 p.m at Temple
Emanu-EI, Frost Sanctuary,
1701 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach. For
information call 305-662-

[ 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. Call Elaine
at 786 227-7397 or www.

[ 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. 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 at
the Carrie Meek Center at
Hadley Park. Call 800-658-
1292 for information.

0 SAMHSA is offering a
free capacity building meet-
ing to faith-based organiza-
tions May 1 3, 8:30 a.m.
to 12 noon to teach orga-
nizations how to offer sus-
tainable health and commu-
nity services. Registration
deadline is April 20th. For
information, call 305-503-

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. 107.

New Beginning
Baptist Church of
Deliverance of All
Nations invites you to
weight loss classes the 1st
and 3rd Saturday of every
month. Call Sister McDonald
at 786-499-2896.

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 786-273-0294.

Dads for Justice,
a program under Chai
Community Services assists

non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications
and visitation rights. For
information call 786-273-

M The Florida Memorial
University Campus Min-
istry is inviting everyone to
worship with them during
their Lecture & Arts Series
for Enrichment in Religion
(LASER), a weekly commu-
nity worship experience on
April 27th at 11 a.m.

N The McIntyre Insti-
tute presents the Called
to Dance: Forgive and Live
Today campaign, a liturgical
dance concert on May 12th
at 7 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 954-345-3949.

0 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 www.

N 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.

N 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-

N 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 info call Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323
or www.savingfamilies.

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

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

at 305-693-1008.

* A local softball team
for healthy ladies who
are 50+ years old is ready
to start and only needs 15
more players. Many different
experience levels are
welcome. For information,
call Coach Rozier at 305-
389-0288 or Gloria at 305-

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-

0 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.

N Miami Jackson
Senior High class of 92
is currently planning a 20th
year reunion. Call 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 786-290-3258.

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.

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Does Hollywood have a new
power couple on its hands?
Kimye? K-squared? Kanye
West, 34, proclaimed his love
for Kim Kardashian, 30, in a
song released last week. And
shortly thereafter, Khloe Kar-
dashian told Ellen DeGeneres:
"They're cute together." So does
their compatibility quotient
rank in the "two peas in a pod"
realm? USA TODAY's People
Team takes a look at the duo's
many similarities.
Kardashian and West both

live and breathe fashion. In
February, West's second wom-
en's wear collection made its
debut at Paris Fashion Week.
Who sat front-row? A fur-clad
Kardashian. West also co-
designed a line of shoes with
Guiseppe Zanotti and Austra-
lian designer Dion Lee. And, of
course, rarely does a West rap
not include plenty of high-end
designer name-dropping.
As for the Kardashians, they
own DASH clothing stores in
California, New York and Flor-
ida. And for budget-conscious
fashionistas, the sisters have
the Kardashian Kollection at
Sears and K-Dash by Kar-
dashian at QVC. Plus there's
ShoeDazzle.com, Kim's online
shoe company.

West has made headlines for
high-profile feuds more than
once. Among those he has
taken on: 50 Cent in a war of
words over who could sell the
most albums when they had
the same release date; Taylor
Swift as she fired back at his
diss of her win at the 2009
Video Music Awards; and Matt

Lauer after the Today host
asked some questions on air
related to the incident with
Swift, as well as a query re-
lated to an outburst aimed at
President Bush during a tele-
thon after Hurricane Katrina.
Kardashian isn't one to back
away from a celebrity feud.
Among her sparring partners:
Mad Men star Jon Hamm, for-
mer BFF Paris Hilton, crooner
Michael Buble and People for
the Ethical Treatment of Ani-

Though Kardashian and
West are no strangers to be-
ing at the center of a scandal,
each has managed to bounce
back with almost zero reper-
cussions. Remember the infa-
mous sex tape with singer Ray
J that propelled Kardashian
into the public eye?
As for West, who can forget
the microphone-snatching in-
cident involving Taylor Swift,
who had just won the award
for best female video for You
Belong with Me at the 2009
MTV Music Video Awards?
As Swift accepted her award,
West hijacked the stage to pro-
claim that Beyonc6's video for
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on
It), nominated for the same
award, was "one of the best
videos of all time." Lambasted
by almost everyone even
President Obama called him
a "jackass" West apologized
and then stepped away from
the spotlight to work on his

Kardashian can barely go

a day without being photo-
graphed in a bikini or tweeting
a picture of herself in a pro-
vocative pose. West is a mas-
ter of being in the right place
at the right time revealing
his fashion collection in Paris,
touring with Jay-Z, popping up
to give a surprise performance
last month at the SXSW fes-
tival. Both know how to work
the media to keep themselves
in the pop culture headlines
so fans are left wanting more.
So when Kardashian and
West get together, the question
shouldn't be "When is the wed-
ding?" The question is: "What
are they selling?" Could this
sudden romance be for public-
ity? The timing is interesting.
West was spotted stepping out
with Kardashian just as he re-
leased his new single, Thera-
flu, in which he mentions that
he "fell" for her. And now buzz
is he might have a cameo on
the new season of Keeping Up
With the Kardashians, which
premieres May 20. Conve-
nient, huh?

After two trips down the
aisle, Kim Kardashian has
tried it all in the love depart-
ment. In 2000, Kardashian,
then just 20, said "I do" to mu-
sic producer Damon Thomas,
only to see the marriage crum-
ble four years later. But it was I
her well-timed romance with
the NBA's Kris Humphries last
year that really got the tab-
loids churning. After just six
months of dating, the two were
engaged and headed for one
of the most infamously short
(not to mention televised) mar-
riages of all time. After just 72
days, Kardashian filed for di-
West has dated model Melody
Thornton, Miss Universe 2010
Angela Martini and model
Brook Crittendon. In 2006 he
proposed to model Alexis Phi-
fer. They broke it off two years
later. In 2009 he began a two-
year relationship with model
Amber Rose, whose curvaceous
frame (which, some say, rivals
Kardashian's) became major
headline chatter until their
breakup in 2011.

Cable networks exploring new genres

Diverse portfolios

could lift ratings
By Gary Levin

Cable networks are spread-
ing their wings in search of
new viewers.
In an increasingly crowded
climate for original program-
ming, several channels are
moving beyond the genres on
which they've built their suc-
USA is expected next month
to announce its first half-hour
comedy series, a companion to
the Modern Family reruns it
will begin airing in fall 2013.
Drama-heavy TNT this
summer airs its first reality
competition, The Great Escape,
from the producers of Amazing
Similarly, A&E is developing
a potential family competition
series with Transformers pro-
ducer Michael Bay.
History is plotting Vikings,
its first scripted drama series,
from Michael Hirst (The Tu-
Hallmark Channel is using
two upcoming movies as pilots
for its first foray into original
weekly drama series.
And reality-show havens E!
and Bravo are planning forays
into scripted programming.
E! president Lisa Berger says
that "there's a cachet" with
scripted programs that will

TNT's 'The Great Escape,'
be hosted by Rich Eisen.
help the channel broaden its
audience to non-Kardashian
fans. The network will choose
one or two among 10 pitches for
hourlong light dramas to deter-
mine "what is the distinctive E!
take on these genres."
Bravo is expanding into soapy
series that complement the net-
work's reality success. "To real-
ly get us to be a player and be in
the top 10, we need to diversify
our programming lineup," says
Bravo chief Frances Berwick.
Bravo's pipeline includes po-
tential series 22 Birthdays,
about private-school parents,
set at their lavish kids' par-
ties. "You can sort of imagine
how some of the parents on
Real Housewives of Beverly
Hills would fit in that world,"
she says. "Not that we're

which premieres in June, will

planning that."
TNT is plotting an escape
from its steady drama diet with
Escape, pitting pairs of ama-
teur Houdinis against each
other, due June 24 (10 ET/PT).
It's the first in an overdue "dra-
matic expansion" of original
series led by several reality for-
mats, says programming chief
Michael Wright. "Unscripted is
as relevant a form of storytell-
ing as scripted is."
USA comedy prospects in-
clude Local Talent, starring
Nathan Lane as an aspiring
Broadway actor who returns
home to his ailing dad in Tex-
as; Paging Dr. Freed, about two
brothers who take over their fa-
ther's medical practice; and Si-
rens, Denis Leary's take on an
ER team.

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Intruder snacks and sleeps

at Diddy's Hamptons home

By Arienne Thompson

A Queens, N.Y., man with
a long history of mental ill-
ness, according to his family,
trespassed at the Hamptons
home of rap mogul Sean "Did-
dy" Combs earlier this month.
But, he didn't just drop in to
admire the decor, police say.
Instead, Quamine Taylor,
30, filled up on food and li-
quor, tried on some of Diddy's
clothes and took a nice long
nap, according to a police re-
On March 31, Taylor took a
train from Jamaica, Queens,
to East Hampton, where he
directed a cab driver to take
him straight to Diddy's pad.
He circumvented a security
gate, let himself in through an
unlocked basement door and

then went to town with Did-
dy's food, drink, threads and
living quarters. Even after he
set an interior alarm off, he
kept cool, telling the security
rep that he was part of Diddy's
entourage, which amazingly
worked. It wasn't until a mem-
ber of household staff found
him the next afternoon that
police were called.
Even more amazing is that
fact that Taylor admits to in-
truding at Diddy's place in the
"I've actually been going to
the house from time to time
since 2001," he told The New
York Post from jail. "I really
didn't go to Diddy's house be-
cause I'm a big fan of his. I just
wanted to get out of the city for
a while. I was actually hoping
to stay like 15 to 17 days."

A Queens man made himself
at home at the Hamptons
mansion belonging to Sean
"Diddy" Combs.

Lee Daniels confirms Oprah

will act again in 'The Butler'

By Andrea Mandell

Director Lee Daniels (Pre-
cious) confirms to USA TO-
DAY that Oprah will be play-
ing a big role in his film The
Butler, which starts shooting
in New Orleans in July.
"It's a true story of a man
(Eugene Allen) who served
several decades in the White
House," says Daniels. "Forest
(Whitaker) plays the butler
who serves many presidents
and Oprah plays his wife."
Oprah, he adds, "was look-
ing for something and we're
friendly and we were just
trying to figure out the right
thing." It will be the first time
Oprah takes on an acting
role since 1998's Beloved,
which she produced and
starred in.
How does one prepare to
direct Oprah? "I don't know.

Oprah Winfrey poses with
her honorary Oscar at the
84th Academy Awards on
Feb. 26, 2012.
Quietly," laughs the director,
who is currently finishing up
murder mystery The Paper-
boy with Matthew McCo-
naughey, Nicole Kidman and
Zac Efron, due this Novem-

ber. TheWrap.com previously
confirmed that Jane Fonda
will play Nancy Reagan in
The Butler. Daniels says he
wrote the role of the wife
specifically for Oprah, who
produced his Oscar-winning
Precious. But, "she's not pro-
ducing this, she's an actor on
this one," he says.
This must mean she'll get
a trailer full of her favor-
ite things ..."No!" Daniels
laughs. "It means she gets
a Honeywagon (trailer) like
everybody else on and exact
dibs like we all do on a Lee
Daniels film. There's no
money (for that)!"
Daniels says he'll try to
squeeze in fun with Oprah in
the Big Easy, but "it's a very
serious subject. It's such an
important story. It's a black
version of Forrest Gump. I'm
very proud of it."

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Obama makes

way for trade

with Colombia

Business leaders praise decision by

Obama that disappoints labor allies

By Associated Press

CARTAGENA, Colombia The
Obama administration said Sun-
day that a key free trade deal with
Colombia will be fully enforced next
month, an expected but impor-
tant victory for the U.S. business
community, which contends the
pact will be an economic boon for
America. Obama officials insisted
they moved ahead only after the
Colombia took steps to halt deadly
violence against labor unionists.
President Barack Obama and
Colombia President Juan Manuel
Santos were expected to hail the
agreement at an afternoon news

conference. For Obama, it amounted
to a chance to shift some focus
back to his original mission in
Latin America creating jobs back
home amid the distraction of a
Secret Service scandal involving
prostitutes that all unfolded before
Obama arrived.
The news of the trade-deal imple-
mentation came as Obama huddled
with about three dozen regional
leaders in hot and steamy Carta-
gena as the Summit of the Americas
drew to a close. Throughout his trip,
Obama has touted Latin America as
a growth region for U.S. businesses
in an election-year economic appeal
aimed at voters back home.

Chile President Sebastian Pinera, left, and President Barack Obama
gather with leaders of other countries Sunday at the Summit of the

U.S. unions have opposed the
trade deal, saying Colombia still
has an abysmal record of violence
against labor leaders. Union work-
ers are a core Obama constituency,
but have opposed some of his efforts
to expand free trade deals, which

they believe take jobs away from
U.S. companies.
Under the terms of the trade pact,
more than 80 percent of industrial
and manufactured products export-
ed from the U.S. and Colombia
Please turn to TRADE 8D

Jobless rate improves for Blacks

The seasonally adjusted jobless
rate in March improved for Blacks
as the nation's businesses created
120,000 jobs, cutting overall un-
employment to 8.2 percent from 8.3
percent in February.
The unemployment rate for Black
men 20 years old and older was
13.8 percent in March, compared
with 16.8 percent in March 2011.
For Black women in the same age
group, the jobless rate in March
was 12.3 percent in March, com-
pared with 12.5 percent during the
same 31-day period a year earlier.
The overall jobless rate for Blacks
reported dramatic improvement at
14 percent, down from 15.6 percent
in March 2011.
The University of California at
Berkeley Center for Labor Research
and Education noted, however, that
the March rate for Blacks was vir-
tually unchanged from February's

Economy adds 227K jobs in February, Black jobless rate falls.
Economy adds 227K jobs in February, Black jobless rate falls.

14.1 percent jobless rate.
The seasonally adjusted unem-
ployment rate for Blacks is still
nearly double that for whites, 7.3
percent in March. The Black job-
less rate also is higher than that for
Hispanics at 10.3 percent. The U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
that Asians have the lowest overall
jobless rate, 6.2 percent, but it is
not seasonally adjusted.
The number.- of private-sector
jobs created in March fell well be-
low number of jobs created over the
prior three months, which averaged
246,000 per month.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics re-
ported in March that manufactur-
ing employment rose by 37,000, fi-
nancial services increased 15,000,
health care was up 26,000, and
leisure and hospitality increased
Please turn to RATE 8D

provides cash to

file bankruptcy

Households will spend

money on lawyers, fees

By Christine Dugas

Some Americans spend their tax refunds
on high-tech gadgets and long-awaited
vacations. Others use the cash to file for
More than 200,000 money-strapped
households will use their tax refunds this
year to pay for bankruptcy filing and legal
fees, says a new study by the National Bu-
reau of Economic Research.
The NBER research confirms what bank-
ruptcy lawyers have long known: At the
first part of the year, when Americans re-
ceive their tax refunds, there almost always
is a spike in personal bankruptcy filings.
But that has been especially true since
the cost of bankruptcy soared after U.S.
bankruptcy laws changed in 2005. And
many more families have been forced to
delay filing until they can afford to pay the
fees, the NBER study says.
"If people are expecting a big refund, they
go as fast as they can to a tax preparer,"
says Henry Sommer, a bankruptcy lawyer
in Philadelphia. "They need the money so
they can afford to file for bankruptcy."
The average cost of legal and administra-
tive fees jumped from $921 in 2005, before
the reform in the law, to $1,477 just two
years later, the U.S. Government Account-
ability Office says.
The largest slice of the overall cost is
attorney fees, because lawyers now must
verify much more information in a case
than they did before 2005, says Robert
Lawless, law professor at the University of
Illinois. "Like any other professional ser-
vices, the longer something takes, the more
it costs," he says.
The law was changed to prevent bank-
ruptcy abuse. It was thought that too many
people who could afford to pay their debts
were taking advantage of the system.
"But if you want to curtail abuse, raising
the cost is not a good way to do it," says Jia-
lan Wang, assistant professor of finance at
Washington University in St. Louis and an
author of the NBER study. "The people who
really need bankruptcy are the ones who
will be unable to pay for the fees."
Those who have trouble saving money will
Please turn to CASH SD

Healthy future: Dollar stores More American workers sue

competing with drug stores employers for overtime pay

By Justine Griffin

While many retailers have
struggled to stay afloat in a
tough economy, South Florida's
dollar stores chains have been
steadily growing to compete with
drug store chains.
In South Florida, dollar store
chains have big plans for ex-
pansion and remodeling stores.
The discount companies are re-
vamping stores to include larger
food sections, health and beauty
items, and even pharmacies.
"The rapid evaporation of
wealth has profoundly changed
the way Americans shop and how
they define value," said to Ann

Natunewicz, national manager of
U.S. Retail Research for Colliers
Last year, the number of stores
nationwide owned by Dollar Gen-
eral, Family Dollar and Dollar
Tree combined to outnumber
Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid
locations by more than 1,300
stores, according to a study by
Colliers International, a commer-
cial real estate services company.
Walgreens has about 80 stores
in Broward and Palm Beach
counties, and plans to open two
more stores in South Florida this
year. CVS has about 50 stores in
both counties.
"Dollar stores are big business

now," Natunewicz said. "Their
product selection and price
points compete favorably with
the big box stores. The conve-
nience they provide bringing
better products at lower prices
closer to the consumer helps
dollar stores to better serve ex-
isting customers and attract new
Florida is Dollar Tree's second
largest market behind only Cali-
fornia, said Tim Reid, spokes-
man for the company. Dollar Tree
opened 30 new stores in Florida
last year.
Deals, a discount variety store
under the Dollar Tree brand,
Please turn to COMPETE 8D

By Paul Davidson

Americans were pushed
to their limit in the reces-
sion and its aftermath as
they worked longer hours,
often for the same or less
pay, after businesses laid
off almost nine million
Now, many are striking
back in court. Since the
height of the recession in
2008, more workers across
the nation have been suing
employers under federal
and state wage-and-hour
laws. The number of law-
suits filed last year was up

32 percent vs. 2008, an
increase that some experts
partly attribute to a post-
downturn austerity that
pervaded the American
workplace and artificially
inflated U.S. productivity.
Workers' main grievance
is that they had to put
in more than 40 hours a
week without overtime pay
through various practices:
They were forced to
work off the clock.
Their jobs were mis-
classified as exempt from
overtime requirements.
Because of smart-
phones and other technol-

ogy, work bled into their
personal time.
"The recession (put) more
pressure on businesses
to squeeze workers and
cut costs," says Catherine
Ruckelshaus, legal co-
director of the National
Employment Law Project. If
employers had to bear the
actual expense of overtime,
she says, they likely would
have hired more workers in
the economic recovery.
In response, employ-
ers are playing defense.
They're drawing clearer
lines between workers and
Please turn to PAY 8D

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Racist business practices hurt Black companies and consumers

By Ron Busby
NNPA columnist

The positive demonstra-
tions of support for the fam-
ily of Trayvon Martin follow-
ing his tragic death, and the
nationwide evidence of uni-
fied response (hoodies every-
where!) in the call for justice
are inspiring signs of a re-
newed spirit among Blacks
and others committed to cor-
recting the obvious inequities
exposed in the wake of this
travesty. We are clear that
there is no way the shock,
hurt and grief Trayvon's fam-
ily endures because of the ab-
solutely inhuman conduct of

one misguided individual can
be compared to the struggles
of businessmen and women.
We can't help, however, but
draw parallels to the ineq-
uity Black business -owners
must contend with each and
every day. For example, when
the deck is stacked against
you; when the courts rule
against you; when financial
institutions refuse to extend
credit to you; and when even
the governments you sup-
port through your tax dol-
lars can't bring themselves
to provide equitable access to
opportunity. Well, you get the
As a class, the business-

es we work hard space before.
to represent face According to the
odds no other Census Bureau,
group faces in this ,. there are 1.9 million
country. And just privately held Black-
as there are in- owned businesses
credibly voices across every industry
that somehow de- sector in the U.S. We
fend the series of employ over 921,000
bad decisions that persons and gener-
resulted in the ate $137.5 billion in
senseless snuffing annual revenue. Per
out of a young life, BUSBY the Nielsen Comn-
there are those who believe pany, Blacks spend over a
there is nothing wrong with trillion hard-earned dollars
a marketplace that delivers in the U.S. economy. Tragi-
fractional percentage points cally, even this record spend-
of opportunity to Black- ing does not translate to
owned businesses. You've reciprocity in the form of con-
seen the numbers in this tracting/vendor relationships

from the corporations that
benefit from our spending.
Tragically, the giant loop-
holes in regulations guiding
federal, state and local utili-
zation of ethnic minority sup-
pliers allow for interpretations
that boggle the mind and
devastate our businesses and
their hope for a brighter fu-
ture. It is beyond unfortunate
that it takes the senseless
-lr, ini,_ of a future business-
man, a future lawyer, a fu-
ture elected official, a future
husband and father to cause
us to take stock of all the in-
equity around us, but it is the
re-awakened sense of outrage
that will fuel our commitment

to correct the wrongs we see
around us. And though our
commitment to improving op-
portunities for Black-owned
businesses across this coun-
try is solid and sincere, the
outpouring of support for jus-
tice in Florida fortifies us and
strengthens our resolve to
"stay on the battlefield."
There is no doubt that the
same energy that awakened
so many of us to Trayvon's
murder is the same energy
that will drive our achieving
economic parity in America's
Ron Busby is the president
qof the U.S. Black Chomber,;

7D THE '.1lt4,i TIMES, APRIL 18-24, 2012

Prom and (financial) circumstance






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By Hadley Malcolm

Prom is the new wedding, and
spending on the springtime high
school dance is climbing within reach
of celebrations of holy matrimony.
Mary Stirsman says she couldn't
imagine buying her 17-year-old daugh-
ter Madison the $500 dress she found
at an Indianapolis boutique on one re-
cent shopping trip, because Stirsman
only spent $800 on her own wedding
dress. But a higher price tag is the
new norm for an increasingly lavish
event for which teens and their fami-
lies are dropping loads of cash on one-
of-a-kind dresses and tuxes, limos or
party buses, hair, makeup, jewelry,
flowers, dinner and dance tickets.
This year, families with teens are ex-
pected to spend an average of $1,078
on prom, up from $807 last year, ac-
cording to data from a survey released
today by Visa that includes results
based on a thousand telephone in-
terviews conducted at the end of last
"This is social-arms-race spending.
It's extreme," says Jason Alderman,
director of Visa's financial education



Spending has been driven t:
never-before-seen levels as :C':ns
are influenced by everything fr.-,m
celebrities and reality TV to th-
prevalence of social media, 4
experts say.
Linda Korman, advertis- ,"
ing director for Seventeen
Prom and Teen Prom, says j
teen girls view prom as
their "red-carpet moment"
and are "heavily influ-
enced" by celebrities who
walk actual red carpets in
designer gowns.
"It's a rite of passage,
and there's a legacy of how
you look at your prom," she
says. "Girls want to dress to
Maria Sanchez-Ferry of
Las Vegas spent $400 on a
sequined teal dress from a
bridal store for her 17-year-
old daughter, Reyna San-
chez, and another $120
on alterations. The prom
is at the end of the
month, and while she



says the event is turning
into the most costly of all
the high school dances
Reyna, a senior, has at-
tended, she doesn't mind
spending more.
"This is her senior
prom, and I wanted it to
be special," Sanchez-
Ferry says.

With more adults
i\ carrying later, in
any ways, prom
has replaced wed-
dings, debutante
balls and coming-
out parties as the
formal occasion
of a young adult's
life, says Kit Yarrow,
a marketing and psy-
chology professor who
co-authored Gen BuY,
a book on Gen Y buy-
ing behavior.
This is e :p,:ci.-11. ev-
ident in the Northeast


Prom gets pricey

Prom expenses don't end with the dress
or tuxedo. When you add in limo rides,
professional hair and makeup services,
visits to athe nail salon, new shoes and
jewelry, the hefty bill for this tennage
rite of passage keeps climbing, accord-
ing to a survey of readers of Seventeen
Prom and TeenPROM magazines last
year and a survey from Visa. Average
costs include:

Transportation (8-10 hours)
Party Bus: $171 per hour
Holds 15-30 people

Super Stretch limo: $125 per hour
Holds 15-24 people

Stretch SUV: $142 per hour
Holds 15-24 people

Estimated 2012 spending

up $271 from
2011 average of $807


and South, which have a tradition of
formal coming-of-age parties. Aver-
age spending by families with teens
attending prom is considerably high-
er than in other parts of the country,
with families in the South expected to
spend about $1,047, while Northeast-
ern families will spend an average of
almost $2,000, according to the Visa
survey. In the West and Midwest, fam-
ilies will spend an average of $744 and
$696, respectively, the survey found.
The disparity in spending across
the country, as well as the increase
in overall spending, might be due, in
part, to the degree to which parents
are involved in their kids' social lives,
Yarrow says.
"Especially in really affluent house-
holds, the parents, in a way, use their
kids to proclaim their stature to other
parents," she says. "They use their
kids to communicate to the commu-
nity who they are."

But kids themselves are also con-
cerned with the impression they're
communicating, and for teens who
Please turn to PROM 8D

Not ready for Tax Day? Tips

to file for an extension

By Sandra Block

If you show up late for work,
you'll probably need to provide
a reason for your tardiness.
Late for your wedding? Un-
less you're wearing a bandage
on your head, you'll have some
"splainin' to do. But as the
clock ticks toward midnight
on Tax Day, it's nice to know
that the IRS will give you a six-
month reprieve, no questions
To get this stay of execution,
file Form 4868. You can fill it
out and file it electronically
through the IRS Free File pro-
gram, freefile.irs.gov, a part-
nership between the IRS and
private tax-preparation com-
panies. Several participants
provide free e-filing of exten-
sion requests, regardless of in-
Alternatively, you can print
out a copy of Form 4868 and
mail it to the IRS. Just make
sure it's postmarked April 17
to avoid late filing penalties.

Once you've e-filed or
mailed your extension request,
you have until Oct. 15 to file
your return.
Procrastination isn't the only
reason millions of taxpayers
file for an extension every year.
Some ask for more time to file
because they haven't received
all of the documents they need
to prepare their taxes. Bet-
sey Buckingham, an enrolled
agent in Dayton, Ohio, says
she's filing an extension for a
client who hasn't" received a
K-l, a document that reports
income from a partnership. In
such cases, she says, filing for
an extension is less expensive
and time-consuming than fil-
ing an amended return.
Republican presidential can-
didate Mitt Romney announced
on Friday that he, too, has filed
for an extension on his 2011 tax
return. In a statement, spokes-
woman Andrea Saul said Rom-
ney requested the extension
because he doesn't have all the
information he needs to file by


Except in limited circum-
stances, filing for an extension
doesn't give you more time to
pay your taxes.
If you owe money to the IRS,
you should estimate your tax
bill and include payment when
you file your extension, the IRS
says. The IRS accepts credit
"cards, although you'll have to
pay a "convenience fee" of 1.89
percent to 3.93 percent of your
Taxpayers who have no cash
or credit with which to pay the
IRS should still file Form 4868
by midnight, Buckingham
says. You'll owe interest and
penalties on the unpaid bal-
ance, but you'll avoid the more
punitive failure-to-file penalty
of five percent per month of
your unpaid balance, up to 25
percent of the amount you owe,
she says.

Programs encourage new

grads to try entrepreneurship

By Mary Beth Marklein

Graduating from college soon
and no job in sight? Maybe you
can create your own. Oppor-
tunities are springing up na-
tionwide for budding entrepre-
About 45 newly minted col-
lege graduates begin training
in June to work for two years
with small start-ups in strug-
gling communities through a
just-launched non-profit called
Venture for America. Com-
panies in Colorado and Mas-
sachusetts are offering paid
summer internships to college
students and new graduates
through Startup America, a
national initiative. A competi-
tion at Harvard, which opened
an innovation lab in November,
is providing funds and work-
space to teams of students who
have proposed ideas such as a
car-sharing business in India
and a restaurant offering inter-
active menus.
The flurry of opportunities
reflects the mixed job picture
for young adults. Corporations
plan to hire 10 percent more
new graduates this year com-
pared with 2011, says a survey
last month by the National As-
sociation of Colleges and Em-
ployers, which tracks job hir-
ing trends for recent graduates.
Even so, employers scaled
back on hiring in March, ac-
cording to the latest Labor De-
partment data, and younger
workers were hardest hit. 'By
the end of 2011, just 54 percent
of 18- to-24-year-olds were em-

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College graduates may find more opportunities this year
with start-up companies nationwide.

played, the lowest rate since
the Labor Department began
collecting the data in 1948,
says a Pew Research Center re-
port released in February.
"The majority of students
are ... taking what they can
get," says Clint Borchard, 30,
a junior at the University of
Nevada-Reno, who, with class-
mates, plans to launch a com-
pany this summer that man-
ufactures affordable homes
powered mostly by renewable
energy. The business plan,
which anticipates creating 40
jobs within five years, is a fi-
nalist in an inaugural campus
competition aimed at spurring
regional growth. The winning
team will get $50,000.
On average, entrepreneurs
are about 43 when they launch
their companies, says the

Kauffman Foundation, a re-
search group that studies en-
trepreneurship. It says lack of
access to capital and concerns
about paying off student loans
are among barriers for younger
Efforts are underway to bring
that average down. The White
House hosted a forum Monday
aimed at encouraging entre-
preneurship among students
at historically black colleges.
A campaign called #FixYoun-
gAmerica this week is pushing
for student loan forgiveness,
better education programs and
other incentives for younger
entrepreneurs. And a number
of colleges, including the Uni-
versity of Miami, Stanford and
Yale, have begun offering pro-
grams for enterprising students
with big ideas.


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More workers suing for overtime pay

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managers, and in many cas-
es, reining in modern office
privileges, such as compa-
ny-issued smartphones and
telecommuting. The upshot,
in many instances, could be
a very different American
Courts, meanwhile, must
reconcile decades-old la-
bor laws with ever-evolving
technology. The spread of
BlackBerrys and iPhones
has many workers tethered
to employers, for better or
worse, even during off hours
and vacations.
The controversy has
reached the Supreme Court,
but in a case involving an
age-old profession: sales.
Monday, the justices will
hear oral arguments in a
class-action lawsuit against
drugmaker GlaxoSmith-
Kline. Pharmaceutical sales

representatives tradition-
ally classified as exempt
from overtime pay say
they've been misclassified, a
stance backed by the Labor
Department in another case.
Glaxo says the sales force
clearly is exempt under cur-
rent law.

Employers say the explo-
sion of lawsuits shows how
the 1938 Fair Labor Stan-
dards Act (FLSA) at the
center of the Glaxo case -
has become outmoded in an
age when most employees
want the flexibility to work at
home or answer office e-mail
while running about on their
free time.
"The law has not kept pace
with the contemporary work-
place," says Randy MacDon-
ald, IBM's head of human
Many companies have re-

classified salaried execu-
tives as hourly employees -
often to the consternation of
the workers themselves, says
Dan Yager, general counsel
of the HR Policy Association,
which represents human re-
source professionals. Such a
strategy lets employers head
off lawsuits by paying a lower
basic wage that accounts for
expected overtime.
Under the FLSA, employees
are entitled to overtime un-
less they're executives who
manage and hire and fire
employees; administrators
who make key decisions; or
professionals such as law-
yers and engineers with
advanced degrees, among
other criteria. Also exempt
are certain information tech-
nology workers and sales
representatives whose hours
can't easily be tracked.
Employees must earn at
least $455 a week to be ex-
empt. While all hourly em-

Prom costs surge to record

continued from 7D

have grown up sharing their
lives on Facebook and oth-
er social-media platforms,
appearances have become
even more important, say
Yarrow and Alison Jatlow
Levy, a retail strategist at
consulting firm Kurt Salm-
Girls' sources of style and
inspiration have evolved
with greater access to in-
formation through fashion
blogs and other websites
that put an emphasis on
individuality, Levy says.
"There's a general sense of
people wanting to be dif-
ferentiated," she says. "Go-

ing to a national chain and
getting the same dress that
18 other girls have is not a
chance for me to differen-
tiate myself or express my
individuality, which is such
an important part of my so-

"Appearance is

everything, and the

prom, appearance

really matters."

Alison Jatlow Levy, a retail
strategist at consulting
firm Kurt Salmon

cial experience today."
Splurging on an expen-
sive dress or getting your
hair and nails done isn't
just about personal expres-
sion; it's about getting at-
tention, Yarrow says.
"The bar is higher for
what it takes to get atten-
tion, and therefore, (teens)
really need to have some-
thing exclusive, original,
unique to them in order to
get attention to from other
people," Yarrow says, and
that often comes with a
higher price tag.
The "peer pressure to
one up each other over and
over," as Alderman says,
seems to be affecting less
affluent families the most.

ployees are entitled to over-
time, salaried workers may
also qualify if they don't fall
under any of the exemptions.
Last year, 7,006 wage-and-
hour suits, many of them
class actions, were filed in
federal court, nearly quadru-
ple the 2000 total, according
to defense law firm Seyfarth
Shaw. Meanwhile, in fiscal
2011, the Labor Department
recovered $225 million in
back wages for employees, up
28 percent from fiscal 2010.
Labor has added 300
wage-and-hour investigators
the past two years, increas-
ing its staff by 40 percent to
1,050. The department "has
stepped up its efforts to pro-
tect workers," particularly
"in high-risk industries that
employ low-wage and vulner-
able workers," such as hotels
and restaurants, says Nancy
Leppink, deputy administra-
tor of the wage-and-hour di-


Parents in one of the lowest
income brackets from the
Visa survey reported plan-
ning to spend the most on
prom. Those who make be-
tween $20,000 and $29,999
a year will spend more than
$2,600, twice the national
average, while families in
high income brackets plan
to spend between $700 and
"Appearance is every-
thing, and for prom, ap-
pearance really matters,"
Levy says. "You'll probably
see people spending a lit-
tle beyond their means to
make the right impression.
It's like your Cinderella
night, so you pull out all
the stops."

Colombia trade deal approved by Obama

continued from 6D

will immediately be-
come duty free, mak-
ing it cheaper for
American businesses
to sell their goods to
the South American
country. More than
half of U.S. agricul-
ture exports to Colom-
bia will also become
duty free.
In a conference call
with reporters, U.S.
Trade Representative
Ron Kirk said Colom-
bia has taken a num-
ber of important steps
to implement the "la-
bor action plan" that
was a prerequisite
for putting the trade
deal into place. The
plan included enforc-
ing laws recognizing
the rights of workers
to organize and pros-
ecuting past cases of
violence against labor
"We believe this is

an historic step in the
development of our
relationship with Co-
lombia," Kirk said
Colombian labor ac-
tivists complain the
Labor Action Plan has
been a fig leaf that has
not done enough to
protect trade union-
ists in the world's most
dangerous country for
labor organizing. At
least 30 trade union-
ists were killed in Co-
lombia last year and
four so far this year,
according to Viviana
Colorado of Colom-
bia's National Union
School, which tracks
the figures.
That is down from
51 killed in 2010.
In October, on the
eve of U.S. congres-
sional approval of the
trade pact, Human
Rights Watch released
a study refuting
claims by the Obama
administration that
Colombia is making

More Blacks being hired

continued from 6D

On the flipside, em-
ployment in the retail
sector fell by 34,000
in the same month.
Mining, construc-
tion, wholesale trade,
transportation and
warehousing employ-
ment changed little in
Despite the lower-
than-expected num-
ber of jobs created,
the unemployment
rate fell because the
labor force shrank
by 164,000, reducing
the number of jobless
adults who are ac-
tive job seekers, wrote
Gary Burtless in an
article, "A Check on
Job Market Eupho-
ria," for the Brookings

Institution. Burtless
is a senior fellow of
economic studies at\
Brookings, a nonprofit
public policy organiza-
tion based in Wash-
ington D.C.
The Economic Policy
Institute, a nonpar-
tisan national think
tank also based in
Washington, D.C., re-
ported that public-
sector job losses have
provided an unprec-
edented drag on the
The Economic Pol-
icy Institute reported
that since the recovery
from the Great Reces-
sion began in June
2009, the private sec-
tor has created 2.8
million jobs, but the
public-sector jobs, or
combined employment
in federal, state and
local governments, are
down by 584,000.

important strides in
bringing to justice
killers of labor activ-
ists. The study found
"virtually no progress"
in getting convictions
for killings that have
occurred in the past 4
1/2 years.
At the news confer-
ence, Obama could
also face his first ques-
tions Sunday about
embarrassing allega-
tions of Secret Service
personnel cavorting
with prostitutes in
Cartagena ahead of
the president's arrival.
The scandal has cast
a cloud over the U.S.
delegation at the sum-

mit, forcing the White
House to assert that
Obama still has con-
fidence in the agency
that protects his life
and the Secret Service
to offer its regrets for
distracting from the
Meanwhile, some of
Obama's peers from
Central and South
America pushed talks
on drug legaliza-
tion, which they be-
lieve could help tamp
down rampant cartel
violence in the region.
would be politically
unpalatable in the
U.S., and Obama has

made his opposition
Also competing for
attention Sunday were
widespread demands
for the summit's final
declaration to specify-
ing that Cuba be in-
cluded in future hemi-
spheric meetings. The
U.S., along with Can-
ada, was staunchly
opposed, with officials
insisting that commu-
nist-run Cuba does
meet the summit's
democratic standards.
By now, Obama may
be used to his foreign
trips getting overshad-
owed by unexpected

Streamers: More TV options

continued from 2C

Dish Network and fi-
ber-based networks
Verizon FiOS and
AT&T U-verse.
During the height of
the economic down-
turn (2008-2011),
more than 2.65 million
subscribers mostly
cable subscribers -
dropped their pay-TV
service entirely in fa-
vor of streaming video
options, according to
The Convergence Con-
sulting Group.
But satellite and
broadband companies
actually saw increases
in subscribers.
And now that cable
companies are fight-
ing back with their
own free and paid
on-demand options,
the rate at which sub-
scribers are dropping
cable may be starting
to slow.

Consumers increas-

ingly will find them-
selves wading through
multiple device options
and payment plans
for streaming servic-
es. "It's going to be a
bit complicated for a
while," says Maryann
Baldwin of Magid Me-
dia Futures.
Netflix has been the
key catalyst in the
surge of streaming.
The movie-rental su-
perpower has grown
its streaming service
into a programming
channel used by near-
ly 22 million of its 24.4
million subscribers.
Along with Hulu,
Vudu and Crackle, Am-
azon's Prime which
began as a two-day
shipping service has
also become a formida-
ble Netflix competitor.
Prime costs $79 a year
to join and allows free
streaming of about
17,000 video titles,
says Bill Carr, Ama-
zon's vice president of
videos and music.
The all-you-can-
stream subscription

model helped win
skeptical customers.
The number of people
who subscribe to an
online streaming ser-
vice grew 74 percent in
2011, IHS says.
"If you buy a movie,
you sit through it even
if it's rubbish," Cryan
says. "With stream-
ing, people just start a
new" movie.
Even some content
providers, such as
HBO and a consor-
tium of movie studios
- via the cloud-based
UltraViolet locker sys-
tem are develop-
ing their own delivery
Competition has
been a boon for cus-
tomers looking for the
cheapest way to watch
new films, such as
Moneyball, or more
obscure and high-def-
inition choices.
"Now anybody with
good content can
reach an audience,"
says Colin Dixon, ana-
lyst at The Diffusion

Dollar stores take on drug stores

continued from 6D

opened its first store
with a pharmacy in
February at U.S. 441
and Pembroke Road, in
West Park. Deals part-
nered with PharmaGo,
an independent phar-
macy with corporate
offices in Boca Raton,
to run the prescrip-
tion services inside the
"It's a win-win on
both sides of the equa-
tion," said chief oper-
ating office of Pharma-
Go, Bradley Schnur.
"It's convenient for
the customer to shop
while they wait to fill
The PharmaGo

pharmacy offers com-
petitive prices to stores
like Walgreens, CVS
and Walmart, and
makes home deliver-
ies, Schnur said.
Michael Furey
of Pembroke Pines
switched his pharma-
cy to PharmaGo short-
ly after the Deals store
opened near his home.
"I spend less money
here than if I went to a
big chain store," Furey
said. "Plus it's a big
store. Deals is an up-
per-class dollar store."
Family Dollar stores
had 459 stores in Flor-
ida at the end of 2011.
The company plans to
open more than a doz-
en more in Broward,

Palm Beach and Mi-
ami-Dade counties by
the end of this yeart.
On top of the ex-
pansion, Family Dol-
lar renovated 1,000
stores nationwide last
year, and will reno-
vate about the same
number this year,
said Josh Braverman,
spokesman for Family
"We plan on add-
ing roughly 1,000 new
items to our food and
health and beauty as-
sortments," Braver-
man said. "We want
to offer our custom-
ers more choice, but
through the same
name brands you'd
find at any grocery or
drug store."

Refunds used to file bankruptcy

continued from 6D

delay filing for bank-
ruptcy until they have
a one-time cash infu-
sion, such as tax re-
bates or tax refunds.
Last year the average

tax refund was $2,913,
NBER says. That's
enough for many
Americans to file for
Since the law
changed, fewer people
have filed for bank-
ruptcy. But that

doesn't necessarily
mean that the change
has curtailed abuse
of the system. "It just
means that financially
distressed people are
not necessarily getting
the help they need,"
Lawless says.


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By Matthew Panzarino

In a set of recent updates to Mac OS X,
Apple patched a vulnerability in Java that
had allowed a malware infection known
as Flashback to spread to some 700,000
of its computers. Now, a new backdoor
Java threat called SabPub has reared
its head, validating Apple's aggressive
measures to block issues due
to the plugin.
Internet security firm .,
Kasperksy details a new
malware variant called Back-
door.OSX.SabPub.a that is being spread
using another exploit in Java.
Just last week, Apple released updates
to remove the older Flashback malware
from affected computers, but it also took

MacBook Ar

MacBook Air features a full-sized keyboard for typing comfort and productivity, as well
as the highly acclaimed glass Multi-Touch trackpad found on Apple's MacBook Pro, so
you can scroll through websites, flip through photos and resize or rotate images all from
the trackpad. The built-in FaceTime camera, mic and stereo speakers are perfect for
video calls with iPhone 4, iPod touch** and other Macs.

an additional, aggressive step. For any computers
that had not accessed the Java plugin in the last 35
days, it completely disabled the plugin.
As a third-party addition, which is used less and
less as the web moved away from Java as a platform
for complex interactions, it was actually not neces-
sary for a lot of people. Since vulnerabilities crop up
a lot in the plugin, Apple decided to just slam the
door shut entirely. It disabled both the plugin and
the Java Web Start applet, making it nearly impos-
sible for Java vulnerabilities to be exploited.
This has proven to be a good move, as the Sub-
Pub backdoor accesses a remote site once it infects a
machine and it can continue to execute commands
and make screenshots, transmitting those to the
The malware appears to use the Exploit.Java.
CVE-2012-0507.bf vulnerability and was created a
month ago and seems to have originated in China.
The vector of infection, how a computer can contract
the malware, is unknown as of yet. Kaspersky's Cos-
tin Raiu says that the company will continue to in-
The Flashback malware had spread to some
700,000 infected systems as of last week, by tak-
ing advantage of a security flaw in Java
which had been discovered in Feb-
The addition of this new SubPub
threat validates Apple's decision to
disable Java entirely for those users that have
not used it in some time. Doubtless more instances
of malware like this will continue to crop up and, at
least as of now, the popular tactic seems to be using
Java as an entry point.

By Brett Molina

Microsoft says it will launch
three versions of its upcoming
operating software Windows 8,
including one option optimized
for tablets and ultrabooks.
The company breaks down
each version on the official
Windows blog.
Microsoft's longstanding
OS is undergoing a major
overhaul with Windows 8,
morphing into an user experi-
ence akin to a smartphone or
tablet. Software is presented
a series of app-style tiles,
similar to the interface on
Windows mobile devices.
Windows 8 the primary
version most users will likely
scoop up features basic
applications such as Internet

Explorer 10, Mail, Calendar,
Photos and cloud service Sky-
Drive. Windows 8 Pro features
all those options as well as
Microsoft Office and advanced
options tailored to businesses
and tech lovers, such as en-
cryption and PC management.
Windows RT is a third
version only available pre-
installed on devices "powered
by ARM processors and will
help enable new jhin and
lightweight form factors with
impressive battery life," says
Microsoft communications
manager Michael LeBlanc in
the post.
So, prepare to see plenty of
tablets and ultrabooks boast-
ing Windows RT. If you need a
refresher, ultrabooks features
light, thin bodies, faster start-

up times and bigger screens.
What makes it so special? It
includes most of the bells and
whistles of Windows 8, but
adds features such as touch-
optimized versions of Micro-
soft Office software.
For eager PC lovers who
want an early taste of Win-
dows 8, Microsoft is offering
a consumer preview. Here are
the basic requirements:
1 GHz or faster processor
1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB
RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk
space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-
DirectX 9 graphics device
with WDDM 1.0 or higher
1024 x 768 minimum
screen resolution

New energy-efficient light

bulb goes on sale Sunday

By Peter Svensson
Associated Press

NEW YORK How much
would you pay for an amazing,
state-of-the-art light bulb?
Shoppers will be asking them-
selves that very question at
Home Depot and other outlets
starting Sunday Earth Day
- when the bulb that won a
$10 million government con-
test goes on sale.
The bulb is the most energy-
efficient yet, lasts about 20
years and is supposed to give
off a pleasing, natural-look-
ing light. But what separates
it from the pack most is the
price tag: $60.
That's the price that reflects
the cost of the components,
especially the top-notch
chips, or diodes, that give off
the light, and that's the price
commercial customers will
pay. But the manufacturer,
the Netherlands-based Phil-
ips, is discounting it right
away to $50 for consumers,
and working on deals with
electric utilities to discount it
even further, by as much as
$20 to $30.
This means the bulb will
cost anywhere from $20 to
$60, depending on where it's
found. Online, consumers will
be paying $50 for each bulb,
because utilities don't sub-

sidize online
launched the -
L Prize con-
test in 2007,
with the goal of
creating a bulb l,
to replace the -.
standard, energ,,- i
wasting "incai- '
descent" 60-watt ,
bulb. The require- .
ments were rigcr-
ous, and Philips,
was the only en-
trant. Its bulb w-as
declared the winner ,< .
last year, after a year V--
and a half of testing.
The contest stipulated -
that the winning bulb be
sold for $22 in its first year on
the market.
In that context, the $60
price tag has raised some eye-
brows. Ed Crawford, the head
of Philips' U.S. lighting divi-
sion, said it was always part
of the plan to have utility re-
bates bring the price down to
that range.
Utilities already offer re-
bates on energy-saving prod-
ucts like compact-fluorescent
bulbs, or CFLs. In return for
efforts to curb energy use, reg-
ulators allow utilities to raise
their rates. The discounts are
invisible to consumers the

utilities pay the
W&. stores directly.
VA For $25, or
/ even $35, the
bulb looks like a
good investment
'. compared to an in-
candescent bulb. It
uses only 10 watts of
power, meaning saves
about $8 per year in
electricity if it's used
four hours a day. It's
expected to last at least
30,000 hours, or thirty
times longer than an
incandescent. At four
- hours per day, that's 20
But the Philips bulb
is not only up against $1
incandescent bulbs. Com-
pact fluorescents, or CFLs,
are nearly as energy efficient.
They use about 15 watts for 60
watts worth of light. They're
much cheaper too, typically
costing around $5. The Phil-
ips bulb looks odd too the
light-emitting surfaces are
yellow when the bulb isn't lit,
yet shine white when it is.
The Philips bulb has some
advantages over a CFL: it lasts
three times longer and gives
off a more natural-looking
light. It doesn't contain the
toxic mercury vapor inside
CFLs, which creates a minor
hazard when they break.

By Brett Molina

Samsung plans on host-
ing an event in London next
month where it's expected
they will unveil the Galaxy S
III smartphone. An image of
the invite has been posted on
Samsung's official blog.
The invite features drops of
blue and white liquid with the
phrase, "Come and meet the
next Galaxy."
Although Samsung doesn't
offer specifics, all signs seem
to point to the unveiling of
the latest smartphone in their
Galaxy line.
Recent rumors of the Gal-
axy S III have been swirling
in the past few weeks. Ac-
cording to Cnet, which cites a
Korean news site, the smart-

An invite from
for an event ii
next May.
phone will have a
Super Amoled Plu
and 1280 x 720 re

It will also reportedly run on
the latest version of Google's
Android operating system,
nicknamed "Ice Cream Sand-
Samsung has built a pretty
coI, N,oNMi. strong selection of mobile
Hi'i M-AT CM'AXV devices carrying the Galaxy
name, between its Galaxy
Tab series and the recently-
launched Galaxy Note -
:'. which is either the smallest
tablet or largest smartphone
S on the market.
The company has con-
sistently ranked as the top
Samsung smartphone maker in the
Samsung U.S., according to data from
n London ComScore. During a three-
month period ending in
4.65-inch February, about 25 percent
s display of U.S. mobile subscribers
solution, owned a Samsung device.

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Microsoft's Windows 8

Samsung may unveil new

Galaxy smartphone next month



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$550 monthly. $850 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

1801 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

186 NW 13 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $550.
Stove, refrigerator.

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$425 Appliances.

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438
2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome!
20520 NW 15 Avenue
One bedroom, one and
half bathroom, $650 $750
monthly. Section 8 welcomed.
First month rent and security
deposit. 786-554-5335.
20520 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$950 monthly. First month
and security. Section 8 wel-
comed. 786-554-5335.
210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.

Two bedrooms, one
bath $725, free water.
3119 NW 133 STREET
Large, one bedroom, newly
remodeled. Section 8 wel-
come! 786-374-6658
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
4345 NW 200 Street
Miami Gardens, two units
available. One bdrm., one
bath, $950. Two bdrms., one
bath, $1,250. 954-394-2869.
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750.
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.



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

5551 NW 32 Avenue
One bdrm, $750 monthly,
$1000 to move in, water and
light included. First and Last.
5927 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, new applianc-
es, tiled floors. $575 monthly,
$1150 moves you in.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400.
6001 NW 14 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$500 monthly. 954-914-9166
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One. bdrm, one bath. $450.
three bdrms. two baths
$725. 305-642-7080
6300 NW 15 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
central air. Water included.
6950 NW 8 Avenue
Nice studio. $450-$500, Sec-
tion 8 Ok!
Call 305-675-1740.
6950 NW 8 Avenue
Nice studio. $450-$500, Sec-
tion 8 Ok!
Call 305-675-1740.
784 N.W. 52 STREET
Two bdrms, one bath. $1000
mthly. 954-704-0094
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
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Plus water! Spacious, one,
two bdrms. Special for se-
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Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
No security deposit re-
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included, qualify the same
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One bedroom, $400 and
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Water included. No security
deposit required. 55 and
older get additional dis-
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Business Rentals

Income Tax/Multipurpose Of-
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sq. ft. $1200 monthly. Call:

13480 NE 6th Avenue
One bedroom available.
$600 monthly.
Call 786-797-0225
435 NE 121 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$700 monthly. 954-914-9166


1076 NW 38 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-796-7963
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1283 NW 53 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$600 monthly. 786-328-5878.
140NW71 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air
condition, fence, bars, ap-
pliances included. Section
8 welcomed $750 monthly.

15850 NW 38 Place
Two bedrooms and den, air.
$1050 monthly. 305-751-
172 NW 58th Street
Large three bdrms, two baths,
central air and tiled. $1150
monthly! Section 8 Welcome!
Rick 305-409-8113
1860 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 954-914-9166
1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air. Call 786-356-1457.
1879 NW 73 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, $750 monthly,
$2200 to move in, call Mike
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, large, air,
bars, $795.
3067 NW 92 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly. Section 8
welcomed. Call
7700 NW 11 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.$925
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled with updated appliances.
Ready in May. Call:
Mid town, two bedrooms,
one bath, air condition, no
appliances, quiet, Section 8
ok. $850 monthly. 305-754-


431 NW 75 Street
Clean, spacious. $600 mthly,
includes light, cable and wa-
ter. $1200 move in. 786-523-
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

5422 NW 7 Court
$600 mthly includes electric
and water. No Section 8. Call

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
. 305-835-2728
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, kitchen, bath and
free utilities, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
Reintegration Program/Job
and meals. Call us or stop by
1281 NW 61 St, Miami.
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
16431 NW 17 Court
$120 weekly, $240 to move
in. Air and cable included.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
19130 NW 10 Place
No Deposit Required. $165
weekly moves you in. Air,
cable, utilities included.

2106 NW 70 Street
$95 weekly. 305-836-8262
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
3185 NW 75 Street
Access to living room and
kitchen, close to metro rail.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $375 monthly.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Shared rooms $300 a month,
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Free cable
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
Room in Christian Home
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed.

10201 NW8 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Appliances. $1195.
12100 NW 21 PLACE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
203-363-0432, 786-213-7848
or 786-443-0908
14100 NW 23rd Place
Large two bedrooms, one
bath, Section 8 only, Denise,


1545 NW 43 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly, Section 8
welcomed. 786-486-1795.
1611 NW 52 Street
Three bdrms., one bath, $900
monthly. No Section 8. Call
17311 NW 32 Court
Spacious four bedrooms, two
baths. No Section 8. $1250
monthly. 786-367-4004.
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
3045 N.W. 68 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1350 monthly. Section 8 OK.
310 NE 58 Terr
Three bedrooms, two
baths, with two dens. $1400
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3182 NW 59 Street
Updated, two bedrooms, one
bath, tiled, central air, $1000
monthly, 305-662-5505.
3330 NW 214 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den. $975. $2925 move in.
3420 NW 96 Street
Totally updated, four bed-
room, two bath. Tile, cen-
tral air, security bars, $1495
monthly. 305-662-5505
3520 NW 194 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
renovated, $1,395 monthly,
central air, security bars, Sec-
tion 8 okay, 305-454-7767.
363 NW 59 street
Four bedrooms, two baths
with two bedrooms and one
bath cottage. $1500 month-
ly. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.
52 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
55 NW 83 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
fenced yard, and central
air. Section 8 Only! Call Mr.
Coats at 305-345-7833.
565 NE 131 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
and Florida room. Great loca-
tion, schools, public transpor-
tation, $1475 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 welcomed.
653 NW 46 Street
Two bdrm one bath. $1100
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
Contact Tamika
6550 NW 24 Court
Renovated two bedrooms,
one bath, new tile and bath-
room. Section 8 only. $1100
obo, 305-409-7015.
6800 NW 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1150. Free water/electric.

7504 NW 21 PLACE
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gee 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
Five bdrms, three baths, Sec-
tion 8 okay, 786-390-8425.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. Near Calder Casino,
Turnpike, and Sunlight Stadi-
um. First and security. $1500
mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
0493. Appointment only.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bdrms, two baths,
Section 8 welcomed! 786-
287-0864 or 786-306-4519.
NW Section
One bedroom, $650 month-
ly. Three bedrooms, $1300
monthly. 305-757-7067.
Design Realty
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
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States hanging up on land lines

Phone companies allowed to stop service

By Adam Sylvain

First it was street-
corner phone booths
and home delivery of
telephone books. Now,
land lines are on their
way to becoming part
of American telecom-
munications history.
As consumers con-
tinue to move to wire-
less, states are pass-
ing or considering
laws to end the re-
quirement that phone
companies provide ev-
eryone land-line ser-
Indiana and Wis-
consin are the two
most recent states to
end the requirement,
and many others -
including Alabama,
Kentucky and Ohio -
are considering it.
Bill sponsors and
phone companies in-
cluding AT&T say de-
regulating land-line
phone service will
increase competition
and allow carriers to
invest in better tech-
nology rather than
expand a dying ser-
vice. Some consumer
organizations fear the
change will hurt af-
fordable service, espe-
cially in rural areas.
"Wireline service is
really a lifeline," said
Coralette Hannon, se-
nior legislative repre-
sentative with AARP.
"The rush to pass de-
regulation (legislation)
is concerning." Han-
non said legislation
has been proposed
recently in at least 15
Indiana Gov. Mitch
Daniels, a Republi-
can, signed a bill Feb.
22, set to take effect
July 1, that removes a
carrier's obligation to
provide service where
at least two other com-
panies provide voice
service, whether it's
wired phone, Internet
services such as Sky-
pe, or mobile access.
Last year in Wiscon-
sin, Republican Gov.
Scott Walker signed
a law removing phone
companies' obligation
to provide land-line
service anywhere in
the state after April
On April 3, the Ala-
bama Legislature sent
a similar bill to Re-
publican Gov. Robert
Bentley, which awaits
his signature. Legisla-
tion in Ohio and Ken-
tucky is stalled in the
Statehouse and Sen-
ate, respectively.
"This bill levels the
playing field for tradi-
tional land-line pro-
viders in a competitive
environment," Billy
Linville, spokesman
for AT&T, said of the
Kentucky bill. "Relief
of these regulations
encourages additional
investment in the new
technologies that cus-
tomers are demand-
Andrew Mel-
nvkovych, public in-
formation officer for
the Kent ucky Public
Service Commission,
said the bill stalled
because of concerns
about the effect on ru-

ral telephone custom- U.S. households were
ers. He said there's wireless only, accord-
no chance the bill will ing to CTIA-The Wire-
pass this year. less Association, up
As of last June, from 10.5 percent in
nearly 32 percent of 2006.

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Time running out for Heat
The moment of truth is rap- last year's NBA fil
idly approaching for the Miami Dallas Mavericks, t
Heat as the 2012 NBA playoffs now embark on a m
are just days away. After the deem themselves. T
sting and the pain of losing in is on like never before

are some legitimate questions
about this team as they go after
| .9 |that elusive championship. The
main concern for Heat fans is
who other than the big three of
'" Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and
LeBron James will step up?
Who will be that guy that will
squad rise to the occasion and help
propel the big three to great-
nals to the ness? Every championship
he Heat will team always has its fair share
mission to re- of unsung heroes; remember
he pressure the Heat's only championship
re and there win? It was an MVP perfor-

mance from Wade but it also
took key contributions from
guys like Alonzo Mourning,
James Posey, Gary Payton and
Antoine Walker to get the job
done. Those great Bulls cham-
pionship teams did not rely
exclusively on Scottie Pippen
or Michael Jordan, nor did the
dynastic Shaq and Kobe Laker
teams. If this were a game of
three-on-three basketball then
a Heat championship would be
a shoo in. However that is not
the case. We found out a year

ago that it takes more than
three to get the job done. That
will be the key to this whole
thing, if there is to indeed be a
parade down Biscayne Boule-
vard. Guys like Udonis Haslem,
Mike Miller, Shane Battier and
James Jones are going to have
to play big. They will have to
go all out on defense and have
signature moments on offense
as it is a long road to those 16
wins. The architect behind all
of this, Coach Erik Spoelstra,
must be able to assemble the

right five players keep his team
focused and make quick-fash-
ion adjustments. There is a ton
of pressure on this basketball
team and everyone outside of
South Florida, it seems, want
to see them fail again. Will they
rally together and take an "us
against the world" approach to
these playoffs?
I'm still betting these guys
get it done, but it is definitely
not going to be easy. Heat fans
will be holding their collective
breaths -let the drama begin.

Reggie Miller leads Hall

of Fame class of 2012

NEW ORLEANS Reggie Miller
rode his sister's coat-tails all the
way to the Hall of Fame.
The five-time All-Starjoined long-
time NBA coach Don Nelson and
college standout Ralph Sampson
on Monday as part of a 12-member
class that will be inducted into the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall
of Fame in September. Miller's sis-
ter, Cheryl, was enshrined in 1995.
Miller was at home when he re-
ceived the call a couple days ago
that he had gained entrance to the
exclusive club. He quickly called
his sister, one of the pioneers of the
women's game.

"I can still hear her screaming in
my ear," Miller said with a smile.
Miller often recalls the story
about how his sister would beat
him in games of one-on-one grow-
ing up. It wasn't until he'd grown
to 6-foot-7 and could block Cheryl's
shot that they finally quit playing
those driveway pick-up games.
"She was a role model. She is a
role model. She set the bar high
for the family," Miller said, "and
I'm just glad I'm on her coat-tails,
dragging me along to the Hall of
Miller certainly earned the trip in
his own right.


Honored: Reggie Miller with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fae
President John Doleva.

Tyson on Zimmerman: 'It's a disgrace he hasn't been shot yet'

By Dylan Stableford

Mike Tyson thinks that George
Zimmerman deserves violent retri-
bution for the shooting of Trayvon
Martin. In a recent interview about
his upcoming one-man show in
Las Vegas, the former heavyweight
champion sounded off on the polar-
izing case:
"My personal feeling is that, as
a young kid that was beat on by a

bully, that was pretty much singled
out the guy [Zimmerman] stalked
him, didn't follow instructions from
a superior officer, when they said,
'Stop following the kid.' That tells
you everything right there. But my
all-around perspective, I wasn't
there, I don't know what happened.
But it's just so widespread and overt
what happened. Even though this
is the best country in the world,
certain laws in this country are a

disgrace to a nation of savages. It's
a majority versus a minority. That's
the way God planned it. He didn't
want to do something about it, He
wanted us to do something about it.
And if we don't, it's gonna stay this
way. We have to continue tweeting,
we have to continue marching, we
have to continue fighting for Tray-
von Martin. If that's not the case,
he was killed in vain, and we're
just waiting for it to happen to our

children. He'll have gotten away
with impunity. It's a disgrace that
man hasn't been dragged out of his
house and tied to a car and taken
away. That's the only kind of ret-
ribution that people like that un-
derstand. It's a disgrace that man
hasn't been shot yet. Forget about
him being arrested the fact that
he hasn't been shot yet is a dis-
grace. That's how I feel personally
about it."

NFL coaches can't

wait to see players
By Jim Corbett

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey
padlocked footballs and then installed a prac-
tice field security camera to ensure compliance
with new NFL offseason rules shrinking play-
ers' on-field work and frustrating coaches.
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix gave
an emphatic response to players who called
about hitting the practice field before today.
"I told them, 'Hell no! We can't risk it,'" Nix
Teams risked a $250,000 fine and coaches
a $100,000 penalty if players even tossed or
kicked a football on site until voluntary team
workouts began today.
Little wonder Denver Broncos coach John
Fox had 2011 lockout flashbacks despite land-
ing prized free agent Peyton Manning, who has
spent the last three weeks throwing at a high
school to new teammates.
"Last year you knew you couldn't see (play-
ers)," Fox said. "We have labor peace for 10
years, and you still can't see them."
That changes today when organized team
workouts begin for 26 teams.
The New Orleans Saints start life without
coach Sean Payton, whose season-long suspen-
sion for his role in the three-year bounty scan-
dal starts today. And quarterback Drew Brees
can't be there unless he signs his $14.4 million
franchise tag, which seems unlikely.
"We're continuing to work on a long-term
deal," he said.

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