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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 41 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JUNE 6-12, 2012 50 cents

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"What concerns me about
Braman is the Willie Lynch
'Making of a Slave Mentality.'"
--Brian Dennis


By D. Kevin McNeir
AttitiCe, r al iwr wnii i e ne i C

Longtime Miami businessman and recent
activist Norman Braman, 79, has once again
put his money where his mouth is identify-
ing and backing a slate of candidates that \\il
challenge incumbents from the Miami-Dade
county commission in this summer's primary
election [August 14thl. But this isn't his first
Please turn to BRAMAN 6A

The slate of contenders that Braman is backing
include: State Representative Luis Garcia [District
5]; Alison Austin [District 3]; Shirley Gibson [District
1]; and Alice Pena [District 9].

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M-D Dems step up efforts

to reelect Barack Obama

shows up in force
for big strategy
By D. Kevin McNeir
Do the everyday people of Mi-
ami-Dade County care about
the future of their communi-
ties, state and the nation? Ap-
parently they do, based on the
turnout Monday night at the
monthly Miami-Dade Demo-
cratic Executive Committee
[DEC] Meeting held at the
American Legion Post #29 on
NE 7th Avenue. The meetings
usually draw about a dozen or
so dedicated party members,
including DEC Chair Richard
Lydecker and M-D Democratic
Party Executive Director Ced-
ric McMinn. But at this week's

M;i D.emocrat -.

Miami Democrat and District 117 candidate Kionne McGhee
said,"Democracy belongs to all of the people."

session, there was "no room
in the inn" as voters, precinct
captains, delegates and a laun-
dry list of candidates packed
the hall by the hundreds.

"Florida's Republican-con-
trolled legislation, which in-
cludes the governor, has
had one goal for the past few
Please turn to DEMS 6A




Jerod Givens with his
oldest-child, six-year-old Jerod, Jr.

SMiami sees

I dangerous rise

in gang activity

Murder ofJerod Givens
: illustrates need for greater
: community activism
By D. Kevin McNeir
: Gang violence is once again on the rise in the City
of Miami. In fact, during the month of May, there
Swas one or more gang-related murders at least ev-
ery other day. According to d
Sergeant Ervens Ford, 46,
who heads the homicide divi-
sion for the City's police de-
partment, the current trend 6
and death rates may mean
that we are in for one of the
bloodiest summers on re-
cord. A string of documented FORD
murders have occurred throughout the City but
the majority have taken place in the 753-unit
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Ex-felons face uphill battle

Regaining civil rights in FL easier said than done

By Latoya Burgess

Election season is here and while some ex-
felons across the nation have been granted the
right to vote, many here in Florida find their path
to the polls blocked due to recently-enacted laws
that prohibit former inmates from voting. In last
week's edition of The Miami Times, we reported
that some 7,000 felons have been eliminated
from the state's voting rolls during the first four


months of 2012. But it's more than just numbers
that should be considered. These statistics reflect
real men and women all who have served their
time and now want to gain their rightful place in
One such example is former inmate Lamar
Johnson, 42, convicted of cocaine possession
nearly seven years ago.
"I want to be able to vote and make sure my
voice is heard," he said. "I want to do things the
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By Bruce Harovitz
It might seem to be just an- -
other annual shareholders -
meeting today at McDonald's,
but this one will be closely
watched as a precursor to the
fast-food world's most impor-
tant changing of the guards in
This will be the last meet- DON THO


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SSkinner, 67, who steps down
June 30 after guiding McDon-
ald's through one of its most
successful, yet change-em-
bracing, periods.
Under his tenure, McDon-
ald's became less a food com-
pany and more a beverage
company. It became less a fast-
IPSON food company and more a fast-

to hand over the

change company that tweaked
everything from its Happy
Meals to salads to restaurant
design. When Don Thompson,
49, steps in as CEO, becoming
one of the nation's most pow-
erful African-American execu-
tives, the pressure will mount
for him to change McDonald's
at an even faster clip.
At issue: Can Thompson

build on Skinner's accomplish-
Skinner's accomplishment:
Sold unrelated stuff. He divest-
ed non-core businesses, in-
cluding Chipotle, Boston Mar-
ket, Donatos Pizza and Pret a
Manger, notes analyst Steve
West at Investment Technology
Thompson's challenge:

Dinner growth. It's the tough-
est fast-food meal to grow.
Skinner's accomplishment:
Beverage expansion. McDon-
ald's is not just a burger joint
anymore, but also a beverage
destination much like Star-
bucks, West says. "And the
drinks are affordable."
Thompson's challenge:
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Goal of vote suppression: To

silence "the other" forever

As children we learn that there are two ways to win a
game you learn the rules and perfect your skills or
you cheat. Republican leaders in Florida continue to lead
the nation in cheating citizens out of one this country's basic and
most essential rights: the ability to vote. And while the rhetoric
used to justify the recent two-year-push to change voting laws
has taken as many shades as a chameleon, don't be fooled.
What we are seeing is a systematic effort to eliminate the voice of
"the other" from the political scene. With the election of President
Barack Obama, our venerable white fathers saw their worst night-
mare come true a Black man took over the White House. Since
then, and by any means necessary, they have pulled no punches
in finding legal ways to silence those who look like or may possibly
support Obama. Along the way, they've done their best to block
any progress he attempted to secure for this country.
Ex-felons were their easiest target as they are already fearful
of the law and have reputations that can be exploited. Senior
citizens and college-aged students were next. Both are easy prey
as often have limited financial resources. Seniors want to live in
peace with some level of security. Students want to survive the
rigors of the Academy and graduate. Thus voting is important but
not essential. In their case, voting was made more difficult so that
hopefully, many would just give up.
Now we see efforts to suppress the vote of women and U.S. non-
citizens from voting. Of course, Blacks overlap many of these cat-
egories as do Hispanics. What's left? Good old, right wing, God-
fearing white men.
Let's be clear. This is not about voter protection; it's about voter
elimination. Voices of entire communities are being silenced one-
by-one. Reestablishing the greed and hatred of those who are dif-
ferent is what these tactics are all about.
Once upon a time it was called by another name white su-

Will Black candidates

take the election high road?
In conversations with several current elected officials,
one thing has emerged as a constant: politics is not for
the faint-at-heart. One might say that such a conclusion
is nothing new. Just taking a look at the recent mudslinging
that occurred as Republicans vied for the right to challenge
Barack Obama illustrates how mean-spirited office seekers
can be.
Sometimes it's not the candidates themselves that spread
rumors, make subtle suggestions or even lie in order to better
the chances of victory it's the team that surrounds them.
However, the impact is just as severe. Is this the best way to
elect a man or woman that is sworn to serve as a public ser-
vant? We are not convinced.
This is the last week that candidates can submit their
names and register for the August 14th primary election. We
have already seen a large number of Blacks enter the race
- more than we have witnessed in many years. That could
suggest that our choices have expanded and that would be
a good thing. It remains to be seen, however, whether these
candidates will follow the more respectable examples of stal-
wart elected officials of the past or if they will follow the lead
of unscrupulous folks that have done anything to win.
For some, being elected to public office is a privilege and
the best way they can imagine to make a difference in the
lives of their brothers and sisters. For others, it is a way to
feed the ego and to gain immediate access to unlimited forms
of power. We can only trust that as the primary draws near,
the spirits of Gwen Cherry, Rev. Theodore Gibson and other
like-minded leaders will be what guide our Black candidates.
It's easy to point fingers at one's opponent, to stir up the
waters or as the ancestors used to say, "to scandalize my
name." But if the candidates take the high road, what we
will see during this exciting political season will be ethically-
minded men and women that focus on one thing: sharing
their plan of how they intend to make this a better city and
county for all of us.

Haitian fight for

equality continues
Marliene Bastien, Mayor Andre Pierre and leading
members of the National Haitian-American Elected
Officials Network [NHAEON] have stepped up their
efforts to secure the same kinds of rights and opportunities
given decades earlier to Cuban that landed here in South
Florida. It remains unclear whether they will one day see the
kind of cultural advancement that was provided for Cubans
that sought better lives in the U.S.
While their histories and struggles differ, their thirst for
freedom is essentially the same. Yet they still find themselves
at the bottom of the rung and the most preyed upon in the
human-made food chain. Is the color of their skin the only
thing that separates these two cultures? Are Haitians being
denied what came much easier for Cubans because of their
African roots? It would appear so.
When it is politically expedient, our nation is quick to send
food supplies, medical experts and long lines of elected of-
ficials with cameras and reporters in tow to show how will-
ing they are to lend a hand. We see this at Haitians continue
to suffer from their recent catastrophes of earthquakes and
cholera. We see such acts repeated in Africa where famine,
wars and AIDS continue to devastate the land and its people.
The real question remains whether we will ever find it in our
hearts to treat our fellow humankind as people rather than as
colors, castes and cultures. There is no valid reason why our
country has denied Haitian citizens or residents with family-
based immigrant visa petitions the same kinds of opportuni-
ties granted to Cubans.
One can only surmise that despite our best efforts prejudice
and racism, we are still held captive by prejudice.

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GARTH C. REEVES, SR. Publisher Emeritus
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I really wish that I could take
it on faith that the U.S. govern-
ment was sincere when it com-
plained about human rights
abuses in other countries. The
U.S. launched a war against
Iraq, allegedly over weapons of
mass destruction and the hor-
rendous human rights record
of the Saddam Hussein re-
gime (even though there were
no weapons of mass destruc-
tion and the U.S. had known
about, and in some cases sup-
ported Hussein's repression of
his population). More recently,
the U.S. intervened in a civil war
in Libya, supposedly because of
the human rights by the Qaddafi
regime, even though the NATO
countries had known about-and
accepted-for years repression in
Libya. And now, there is grow-
ing pressure and rhetoric con-
cerning the alleged need for the
U.S. to intervene in Syria. But

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

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The NAACP finally takes a relevant step

With its support for gay mar-
riage, the NAACP has done more
than strike a blow for fairness
and equality. The nation's most
venerable civil rights organization
has made itself relevant again.
Its 64-member board approved a
resolution supporting "marriage
equality" not as a matter of empa-
thy or compassion but as a right
guaranteed by the 14th Amend-
ment. In citing this rationale, the
103-year-old organization founded
by W.E.B. Du Bois firmly linked
the campaign for gay rights to the
epic Black struggle for freedom
and justice. The resolution com-
mits the organization to "oppose
any national, state, local policy
or legislative initiative that seeks
to codify discrimination or hatred
into the law or to remove the con-
stitutional rights of LGBT [lesbian,
gay, bisexual or transgender] citi-
This goes well beyond President
Obama's recent announcement
that while he now supports mar-

ri"c .g'e s for- ays and lesbians,
he believes the granting or with-
holding of those rights should be
left up to the states. Perhaps the
evolution of the president's view
will continue. I can't think of any-
one more likely to be disheartened
by the NAACP's bold move than
the Republican strategists who
thought they had found an issue

the same it looked as if Obama
might be out of step with what is
perhaps his most loyal constitu-
ency. But the NAACP board, which
has struggled with the issue over
the years, approved the resolution
supporting marriage equality by
what was reported to be a nearly
unanimous vote. Gay marriage is
also supported by such lions of

oils have shown that Black Democrats are less support-
ive than white Democrats of gay marriage. With some
Black clergy taking an active role in the fight against
marriage equality...

that could weaken Obama's solid
and enthusiastic Black political
Polls have shown that Black
Democrats are less supportive than
white Democrats of gay marriage.
With some Black clergy taking an
active role in the fight against mar-
riage equality and, from the pul-
pit, urging their parishioners to do

the civil rights movement as the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. John
Lewis, D-Ga., and former NAACP
chairman Julian Bond all of
whom draw a direct line between
the battle waged by Blacks in the
1960s and the battle being waged
by gay Americans today. It is pos-
sible to make this linkage while at
the same time acknowledging that

no two liberation struggles~are ex-
actly the same. Important distinc-
tions for example, the fact that
only Black people were enslaved -
should not obscure the principle
that equal protection under the
law means just that.
The biggest immediate impact
of the NAACP's move is to return
a once-indispensable organiza-
tion to center stage. The NAACP
was the flagship of the civil rights
movement, but in recent years it
seemed to lose its way. Now, un-
der current President Jealous,
the NAACP has waded into the
civil rights battle of today and,
in the process, reclaimed some of
the organization's old prominence.
I can't remember the last time an
NAACP resolution garnered so
much attention around the nation
and the world. I can't wait for the
next one.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper columnist
and the former assistant managing
editor of The Washington Post.

what about Bahrain? That small
country on the Persian/Arabian
Gulf that got swept up in the
Arab democratic uprising, only
to have its population viciously
repressed by the government of
Bahrain and its U.S.-back Sau-
di Arabian allies. There was, in
fact, a pro-democracy movement
unfolding against a tyranny and
the U.S. barely mouthed a word
of concern. It certainly took no
steps to intervene.
What about Gaza? The largest
'open-air prison' on this planet
that was, in effect, surrounded
by the Israelis and blockaded
from receiving outside support.
Very little concern has been ex-
pressed by the administration
regarding the blatant human
rights abuses suffered by the
Palestinian residents of Gaza
at the hands of the Israelis. Yet,
now we hear about Syria. Don't
get me wrong. The Assad regime

that rules Syria is a repressive
tyranny and my hope is that a
democratic movement will re-
place it. But why the selective
concern on the part of the U.S.?
Civil wars are very dangerous
affairs and interventions are
extremely risky. When external
forces intervene in a civil conflict
beneficiaries of the intervention
may find themselves victors with
little base. In other words, they
may "win" militarily but have in-
sufficient popular support suffi-
cient to sustain the victory. This
is one of the very big problems
that may be playing out in Libya
in light of the U.S.-back NATO
intervention. It could just as
easily take place in Syria.
A second dangerous factor is
that Syria is a major player in
the Middle East. For that rea-
son there are various external
forces, including but not limited
to the U.S., that have an interest

in the outcome.
External intervention could very
well throw Syria into the sort of
ethnic/religious/political fac-
tional conflict that we have seen
unfold in Iraq in the aftermath
of the U.S. aggression of 2003.
As difficult as it is to watch,
governments should quit in-
volving themselves in civil wars.
Think of our own. In 1862, both
France and Britain were con-
templating intervening on the
side of the Confederacy. Consid-
er how things might have turned
out had that happened. The U.S.
needs to stay out of Syria and be
a bit more consistent about its
international approach on hu-
man rights.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a senior
scholar with the Institute for Pol-
icy Studies, the immediate past
president of TransAfrica Forum
and the co-author of "Solidarity


Jobs numbers could cost Obama his job

The unemployment rate was
8.1 percent in April. In May, it
rose, just a tiny bit, to 8.2 per-
cent. A tenth of a percentage
point does not seem like a big
deal. Indeed, the Department
of Labor descries the unem-
ployment rate as "essentially
unchanged." And compared to
this time last year, when the
rate was 9 percent, people are
mostly better off. But the magic
number for many observers is
a number below 8 percent. Ac-
cording to many, should the
unemployment rate drop to 7.5
or even 7.8 percent, President
Obama will have something to
point to in terms of labor mar-
ket progress. Should it rise
above 8.5 percent, Republican
candidate Romney can continue
to pound on him about econom-
ic failure (that is, when his team
is not misspelling "Amercia").
What happens if the unemploy-
ment rate lingers between 7.8
percent and 8.5 percent is any-
body's guess.
No help is likely to come from
Congress. The Republican ma-
jority in the House of Represen-

tatives is hardly interested in
economic stimulus that could
help a Democratic president
that they have consistently op-
posed. So Obama and the busi-
ness sector that supports him
are pretty much left to their own
devices when it comes to job
creation. And it isn't that the
unemployed will flock to Rom-

tioned against straying into triv-
ial issues when economic issues
are central. At the same time,
the president is to be congratu-
lated for taking a strong posi-
tion on marriage equality. Some
may say that it was a long time
coming and that it might be a
calculated move to influence
some votes in the election. But

Romney, in hanging around Donald Trump and the "birther"
crowd. is counting on hysteria and trivia to drive him to
victory. Romney says Obama doesn't know how to create
jobs but this is the same man who says he "enjoys" firing people
and who slashed employment when he was a corporate raider...

ney they may simply stay
Romney, in hanging around
Donald Trump and the "birther"
crowd. is counting on hysteria
and trivia to drive him to victo-
ry. Romney says Obama doesn't
know how to create jobs but this
is the same man who says he
"enjoys" firing people and who
slashed employment when he
was a corporate raider at Bain.
Obama, too, must be cau-

those who are watching care-
fully understand that whether
it helps the election or hurts
it (and some Black pastors are
railing against this one), this
was a matter of conscience for
Obama. Unfortunately, Rom-
ney has no such conscience. He
knows the birther rap is non-
The diversions will be dust
in the wind come election day.
People are mostly going to vote

their pocketbooks T"e 'nes
that unemployment rates are
stagnant and possibly rising, is
bad news for President Obama,
no matter how his team spins it.
While the Obama Administra-
tion has few tools to combat the
current employment situation,
his team now needs to go on
the offensive to talk about ways
more jobs can be created and
by pointing out the ways that
legislative gridlock hurts those
who are looking for work. With-
out aggressive attention to the
plight of the unemployed, the
Romney crew can use stagnant
numbers to take the offensive.
If the employment situation is
stagnant now, imagine it un-
der "cut government spending"
Romney. Obama and his team
need to contrast the Romney
record with his own and make
it clear that failure to stimulate
the economy will lead to disas-
Julianne Malveaux is an econ-
omist, writer, and columnist. She
is the 15th president of Bennett
College for Women in Greens-
boro, N.C.


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Are Florida's voter restriction

laws racially motivated?

Miami, unemployed

Yes, they are most definitely
racially moti-
vated. Look,
just because
you did some-
thing in your
that broke
the law that
shouldn't de-
termine if you
should vote as an adult. That
doesn't make any sense.

Miami, non-profit coordinator

Without a doubt, they are
racially moti-
vated. Since at
least one out
of ten Black "
men have a
record down
here in South
Florida, it is a
major part of
them stopping those men from
voting and securing the elec-
tions for the Republicans.

Miami, housekeeper

I don't
they're fair.
I think that
deserves a
chance to

Brownsville, caregiver

Overall, I do think the laws
are racially
motivated. It's
always been
that way for
Blacks, but
it's amazing
that it's still
today. But a
change is going to come soon,
hopefully. They can't hold us
down forever.

Miami, entrepreneur

Yes, they are. [Gov.] Rick Scott
needs to be
recalled from
office because
he is violating
federal law.

Miami, retired bus driver

Yes. Right now, they're even
asking if __
Obama was
born in the
United States. .
That automat-
ically proves
that those
laws are ra-
cially moti-


surprise: A dirty judicial race awaits
'atricia Marino Pe- lot of voters having no knowl- potentially, serious campaign The lawsuit app(
individual who ran edge of the judges vote purely violations of her own to con- undisguised atte
Black judge, Shirlyon on surname. This tactic worked sider as it was believed that she her opposition ou
, has now drawn op- well against McWhorter. It will had accepted loans from family Pedraza has bee
-om Frank Hernan- be interesting to see how voters members that she put down as close to six years
s ironic because Mc- will weigh in when the ballot has loans from herself, time, she has had
'as one of only two Marino Pedraza vs. Hernandez. McWhorter took the high road jury trials.- that
iale judges on the How will the ethnic names play and did not report the violation, low, even for a
ity bench, be Tradi- out in that situation? nor did she file suit. But now, judge. A judge sh
icumbent judges do Marino Pedraza is now pull- history is repeating itself. Ma- fled, honest and

not draw opposition.
Black incumbent judges tend
to the exception. Hernandez
was a prosecutor who frequent-
ly appeared in McWhorter's
courtroom and holds her in
high regard. Now Hernandez,
a Cuban-American lawyer, has
challenged the incumbent, Pe-
draza. Pedraza drew criticism
when she ran for office, because
she had used her professional
name while practicing, Patricia
Marino, but then went to two
last names when she ran for
office, Patricia Marino Pedraza.
This tactic has been employed
by some candidates to garner
the Hispanic vote because a

Judge should be qualified, honest and hardworking.
However, our laws only require a lawyer to be practicing
or five years to be eligible to run for office and there is
no real world experience requirement.

ing an old play out of her bag. rino Pedraza is now suing her
In her campaign against Mc- new opponent, Frank Hernan-
Whorter, she sued her competi- dez. Her campaign treasurer,
tor for some alleged technical Michael Catalano, sent a letter
violations relating to the filing to Hernandez that can only be
of campaign documents. The described as an extortion tactic.
point of this type of lawsuit is Catalano threatened to sue Her-
used to distract the other can- nandez if he did not withdraw
didate and divide their time. his candidacy. The plaintiff in
McWhorter beat the frivolous the suit will be Rodolfo Pedraza,
charges. Ironically, Pedraza had the husband of the candidate.

ears tobean
mpt to drive
it of the race.
n a judge for
s. During that
heard only 24
t's an all-time
county court
would be quali-

However, our laws only require
a lawyer to be practicing for five
years to be eligible to run for of-
fice and there is no real world
experience requirement. Thus,
someone with little or no jury
trial experience can become a
judge when unknowing voters
vote simply by surname. Her-
nandez may be young; he is a
prosecutor and has tried a doz-
en or more jury trials and over
50 bench trials. This race has
already gotten dirty, which is
not a testament to the charac-
ter of a judge.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of
Miami/Fort Lauderdale.

.:..... ..^ '^ -..... struggle

Choosing the right path is the struggle
I happened to overhear a selves towards the promotion lective development not by suaveness like the Mack, an
conversation from a group of a collective commitment to choice but by demand. understanding of politics like
of old timers talking to some a common cause. What is this Oh wait a minute; it gets Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and
young cats the other day on cause one may ask? It is the, better on this block. An old Shirley Chisholm and a cou-
the street of What Happened process of a continued growth timer broke it down like this: rageous defiance during an
to Us and the corner of Hard directly related to one's edu- "You young-ins are too hungry era one might call Jim Crow
Times. The conversation went Esquire. In this day of so-
something like this: "Yo what's cial integration we are forg-
good? I can't call it baby; it's here are innumerable stories of how people of color pick ing new alliances, regrouping
hard out here. I know, tell themselves up nothing new here. This is a continued our thinking and developing
me about it, what's the plan? as we create a strategic plan
Keep your head up -keep story of fact in our communities, that will produce courageous,
pushing." bridge-building and prolific
So goes the conversation in leaders who are defiant yet
countless neighborhoods in cation and income, charac- for status to be angry, too ea- tactical. As I entered the in-
Black America. There are in- terized by the utilization of ger for acceptance by the es- tersection connecting the
numerable stories of how peo- resources, combined with tablishment to be bold and too streets called What Happened
pie of color pick themselves up the reality of the condition of self-invested in advancement to Us and the Corner of Hard
- nothing new here. This is a the community and family in to be defiant." But the youn- Times, I discovered that I was
continued story of fact in our which one lives. And let us gin' shot back. "We in transi- in a four-way junction with
communities. But now dur- not forget the cultural level of tion pops ah, you know a two other streets before me:
ing this era of economic strife, historical understanding as a changing of the guard of sorts. Where Do We Go from Here
people are organizing them- people that is part of our col- It's all good. We represent that and The Struggle Continues.

I IP;~cd GUM*. -

Former Deerfield Beach Com-
missioner Sylvia Poitier has
landed in hot water once again
- this time for dumping chemi-
cals from her dry cleaning busi-
ness in the ground, then failing
to pay fines or file a report con-
nected with her actions. Shell
be back before a judge on June
22nd where shell face a con-
tempt of court charge. Fines
and possible jail time could
await. It's been one bad decision
after another although she still
contends that through it all, she

didn't do. anyth

Artur Davis, t
gressman from
seconded Barack
nation for presi
ago, has defecte
the Democratic
State of Alaban
and the Republi
haps the real d
vis is simply a
was once though

ring wrong. Go would select him as an attor- for mayor, currel
ney general in his administra- los Gimenez and
tion but that never materialized. County Commiss
"*** He then landed on the side that Joe Martinez, ar
he former Con- both opposed Obama's health ing and counterir
Alabama that care legislation and became er than two elen
k Obama's nom- part of the anti-Charles Rangel kids at recess. It'.
dent four years team. Finally, he lost in his bid rough fight to th
*d. He's leaving to become the first Black gover- men have very si
Party and the nor of Alabama. He may not be a terms of how to r
na for Virginia woman scorned but he's clearly The winner may
can Party. Per- an angry Black man and they the one who can
eal is that Da- can be pretty dangerous too. opponent at the
Ssore loser. It ***** this high stakes
ht that Obama In Miami-Dade County's battle cal chess.

nt Mayor Car-
i his top,rival,
ion Chairman
re finger-point-
ng claims fast-
lentary school
s going to be a
e end as both
similar ideas in
un the county.
wind up being
checkmate his
last minute in
game of politi-

What our readers are saying online

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are some of the things people
have recently said about our
stories. Voice your opinion by
leaving comments on our web-
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Comment on "Overtown gets
50 million for redevelopment"
They need to tear down the
old buildings that are harboring
drug dealers and crack heads
and turn them into a profitable
buildings. The money should
also be put towards programs
for these young boys . Then
and only then will you see a
change in Overtown. Most of the
crimes committed in Overtown
are from teenage boys or people
that don't even reside in Over-
town. I used to live in Miramar,
but I live in Overtown now be-
cause it is close to my job. I just
need to see better landscaping,
less homeless people, less young
boys out there selling drugs. I
think if you give the residents
of Overtown a chance, the same
way they invested in Miami Gar-
dens, we can make a difference
and attract more investors and
less discrimination. Isis Prince

May 22nd

Comment on "Miami brac-
es for another Urban Beach
Just read a good book that had
a chapter on the world's largest
race riot: Black Beach Week.
Hmm . wonder why all those
Miami beach businesses are
closed? Tim Phills May 26th

Comment on "Blacks better
wake up and support Obama"
Obama is a politician and
thinks Blacks are stupid. He
must not know who we are. We
want some of the American Pie
like the gays, the illegals and all
the rest. We no longer want a
brother man that throw us some
scraps while he holds out the
other hand for our vote. We want
and deserve respect. The way I
see it, Obama gets a D- for all
of these things. Don't let others
make up your minds . think
for yourself and do what is best
for you and your family. Linda
Simmons May 26th

Linda, I will vote President
Obama in November with no
regrets. Tell me dear what have

you done for your communi-
ty lately to help the President
carry out our dream? Have you
called your local, county, state,
and federal officials about our
economic problems? Have you
called and asked those same
elected officials about jobs and
how many jobs they brought
into our community? It is their
job first. Politics is local. I am
thinking you are young and
not aware of our struggle. My
brother-in-law remembers lift-

ing my niece and his niece up
to a water fountain that had a
sign colored only white only in
Opa-locka. When you criticize
the President look in the mirror
and ask, have I done all I could
for my community? I know I
haven't. Paullette Sims Wim-
berly May 29th
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Turner Construction Company was re-
cently honored by school board mem-
ber Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall for
work performed at Miami Northwestern
Senior High School under the support of
various sub-contractors and Florida In-
ternational University. The work, which
included painting and pressure cleaning

the building, saved the school system over
$40,000. Pictured above are: Brian Pow-
ell, Sagoma Construction (1-r);Terry Byrd,
Sagoma Construction; Dr. Irma Becerra-
Fernandez, in-coming vice president of en-
gagement, FIU; Dr. Divina Grossman, vice
president of engagement, FIU; Dr. Maria
Lovett, The Education Effect Partnership

director, FIU; Eddie Arrazcaeta, Turner
Construction; Wallace Aristide, principal,
Miami Northwestern Senior High School;
Rhonda Wimberly, Turner Construction;
John Diaz, Turner Construction; Blake
Juste, office of school board member Dr.
Bendross-Mindingall; and Pete Vinas, Sky-
line Construction.

Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional

By Denise Lavoie
Associated Press

A federal appeals court
declared last week that the
Defense of Marriage Act un-
constitutionally denies federal
benefits to married gay couples
- a ruling all but certain to
wind up before the U.S. Su-
preme Court.
In its unanimous ruling, the
three-judge panel of the 1st
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in Boston said the 1996 law
that defines marriage as a
union between a man and a
woman discriminates against
gay couples because it doesn't
give them the same rights
and privileges as heterosexual
The court didn't rule on the
law's other politically com-
bustible provision, which said
states without same-sex mar-
riage cannot be forced to rec-
ognize gay unions performed
in states where it's legal. It

also wasn't asked to address
whether gay couples have a
constitutional right to marry.
The law was passed at a
time when it appeared Hawaii
would legalize gay marriage.
Since then, many states have
instituted their own bans
on gay marriage, while eight
states have approved it, led by
Massachusetts in 2004.
The appeals court agreed
with a lower court judge who
ruled in 2010 that the law is
unconstitutional because it
interferes with the right of a
state to define marriage and
denies married gay couples
federal benefits given to het-
erosexual married couples, in-
cluding the ability to file joint
tax returns.
The 1st Circuit said its
ruling wouldn't be enforced
until the U.S. Supreme Court
decides the case, meaning that
same-sex married couples will
not be eligible to receive the
economic benefits denied by

DOMA until the high court
That's because the ruling
only applies to states within
the circuit, including Massa-
chusetts, Rhode Island, Maine,
New Hampshire and Puerto
Rico. Only the Supreme Court
has the final say in deciding
whether a law passed by Con-
gress is unconstitutional.
During arguments before the
court last month, a lawyer for
gay married couples said the
law amounts to "across-the-
board disrespect." The couples
argued that the power to
define and regulate marriage
had been left to the states for
more than 200 years before
Congress passed DOMA.
An attorney defending the
law argued that Congress had
a rational basis for passing
it in 1996, when opponents
worried that states would be
forced to recognize gay mar-
riages performed elsewhere.
The group said Congress

wanted to preserve a tradi-
tional and uniform definition
of marriage and has the power
to define terms used to federal
statutes to distribute federal
Since DOMA was passed in
1996, many states have insti-
tuted their own bans on gay
marriage, while eight states
have approved it, including
Massachusetts, Connecticut,
New York, Iowa, New Hamp-
shire, Vermont, Maryland,
Washington state and the
District of Columbia. Maryland
and Washington's laws are not
yet in effect and may be sub-
lect to referendums

FPL warns customers

of bill scammers

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Florida Power & Light Co. is warning customers to ignore
a bill payment scam that's offering to pay utility bills but is
really soliciting personal financial information.
About 4,500 customers have tried to use false bank infor-
mation provided by the scammers to pay their utility bill,
FPL said.
FPL said it reported the scam to
Florida's Consumer Affairs office, the
State Attorney General's Office and the
U.S. Secret Service Miami Electronic
Crimes Task Force.
Targets of the scam were given a bo-
gus bank routing number to pay their l-*M
utility bills in exchange for personal
information, FPL said. Customers were
contacted by the scammers by phone, text message, social
media and through friends, the utility said.
"The common thread is that customers are being told that
the federal government will pay their bill," said Heather K rk-
endall, an FPL spokeswoman.
FPL began receiving calls from customers about the seam
on Wednesday. The state's largest utility said customers who
might have been scammed will receive a letter alerting them
that their payment was invalid. The utility also has repro-
grammed its online payment system to give an error message
if someone tries to use the false banking information.
Florida's Department of Consumer Services said it received
a complaint about the scam Thursday morning from a Fort
Lauderdale resident who fell for it.
In her complaint, the resident said: "A friend called to say
that [ President] Obama was paying electric bills. Experienc-
ing the financial impact of a bad economy, I went online and
completed the process."
The customer said she was told to set up an online ac-
count and use a certain number as a bank routing num-
ber, along with her Social Security'ntiUber to.,pay her $29.0 .
electric bill. ; 5.
After following up with FPL, the customer learned it was a.
scam to get information, the complaint says.
The 'Obama" scam is multi-state, according to the Better
Business Bureau, which posted an item warning consumers
on its website.
"The scam has con artists posing as utility company
representatives. The catch? They want your Social Security
number along with your credit card and bank routing infor-
mation," the Better Business Bureau says.
Florida's Attorney General saidfhas received three calls
from consumers complaining abAti the scam, one m Fort
Lauderdale and another from Mii Beach.
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Edmonson joins Sant La Haitian

N'hood Center fundraiser

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M.
Edmonson (center) joined, from
left to right, North Miami Coun-
cilwoman Marie E. Steril, State
Senator Oscar Braynon II, State
Representative Ron Saunders and
Village of El Portal Vice Mayor
Harold E. Mathis, Jr. at the Sant
La Haitian Neighborhood Center
annual fundraiser held May 24,
2012, at Moca Caf6 in North
Miami. The non-profit center
serves the South Florida Haitian
-Photo by Akeem Brutus/Miami-Dade County

Ex-felons fight for the right to vote

continued from 1A

right way and become a produc-
tive citizen."

The Sunshine State is the only
state in the U.S where convicted
felons must undergo a lengthy
clemency or pardoning process in
order to have their voting rights
restored. In a majority of states,
voting rights for ex-felons who
have completed their sentence
are restored automatically. Last
spring, Tallahassee passed a
mandate denying the automatic
restoration of the right to vote for
any offenses.
But what are the rules for clem-
ency? Ex-felons must submit an
application to the Office of Execu-
tive Clemency. They in turn verify
the absence of pending charges,
determine the level of the offense
and then approve the application.
The board then divides the offens-

es between two categories: cat-
egory 1 deals with crimes that are
considered less serious (i.e grand
theft, driving under the influence)
where the individual is placed on
a 5-year waiting list and must re-
main crime free; category 2 deals
with crimes that are considered
more serious (i.e murder or child
abuse) where the individual is
placed on a 7-year waiting list
and must be recommended to the
Board of Executive Clemency by
the Parole Commission. Once an
individual is cleared by the execu-
tive board, the Restoration of Civil
Rights (RCR), will either deny or
approve a certificate restoring the
applicant's rights.
Andrew Bush, who was con-
victed of robbery and false im-
prisonment in 1973, says he is
aware of the restoration process
but is unable to apply for clem-
ency because he is currently on
parole for probation violations.
He now runs a mentoring club for
at-risk youth and has made sig-
nificant changes in his life. But

he still must wait for his evalua-
tion in November the first step
towards the restoration of his
"I was trying to be something
I had no idea about and had to
learn the hard way," he said. "It
was a learning experience that
helped me today."
The 57-year-old is currently
penning a book about his per-
spective on life from outside the
jail cell.
I am very articulate and I was
an honor student in school," he
said. "Had I not gotten into trou-
ble the sky would have been the
limit for me. Once I can overcome
these many obstacles, there will
be no holds barred."
Nationwide, between 2009
and 2010, the RCR restored civil
rights to 29,957 applicants with
less serious charges and 207 ap-
plicants with more serious charg-
To find out more about rights
restoration go to www.restore-

Turner Construction honored

for work at Northwestern High



.... T O O THER OW I

South Africa

By Donna Bryson
Associated Press
gling but deserving designers got
a chance to show work inspired
by the creativity and history of
South Africa's most famous town-
ship as Soweto's first fashion
week opened last Thursday.
The township on Johannes-
burg's southwestern edge was the
natural place for a show for new
designers, said 23-year-old en-
trepreneur and Soweto Fashion
Week organizer Stephen Manzini.
"You walk around Soweto, you
see creativity everywhere," Man-
zini said.
Manzini didn't ask designers
to show extensive collections or
charge them to take part, unlike
the country's more established
fashion weeks. Fashion blogger
Mahlatse James says this gives
designers who have not yet made
a name a chance to show their
work to boutique owners and po-
tential investors.
"Creatives from Soweto do need
their own platform," James said.
'If the other fashion platforms
cannot afford them that, they
have to create their own."
Manzini acknowledges Soweto
Fashion Week is an ambitious
title for his three-day showcase
of 16 designers. Rehearsals were
held in the parking lot and garden
of a modest apartment borrowed
from a tailor friend, in a north-
ern Johannesburg neighborhood

family was a political celebrity in
Soweto, and dressed the part.
"The style that Nelson Mande-
la rocked in his day," and other
looks from the 1940s and 1950s
are popular among Soweto design-
ers, said fashion writer James,
who himself sports a shaved part
in his hair, like Mandela had as a
young man.
James, dressed on the day he

's Soweto

was interviewed in a purple tar-
tan bow tie and eye-popping blue
shoes, also favors the bright col-
ors and nerdy yet cool skinny sil-
houettes popularized by the Sm-
arteez, a design collective from
Soweto that has drawn interna-
tional attention.
The designers in Manzini's
shows aren't as recognizable as
Smarteez. But the strikingly mod-

gets it(
ern Soweto Hotel, one of Manzi-
ni's sponsors, gave them a classy
stage with an evocative history.
The hotel where the shows will be
staged sits on the square where,
in 1955, South Africans of all rac-
es gathered to adopt the Freedom
Charter, which proclaims: "South
Africa belongs to all who live in it,
black and white." Freedom Square
is now a national monument.

; fashion week

For 29-year-old designer Tebo-
go Lehlabi, Soweto is "liberation.
It's freedom."
Lehlabi has never before par-
ticipated in a fashion week. She
said she had not been confident
enough in the past to seek such
a showcase, but now hopes that
boutique owners will see her de-
signs in Soweto and seek her out.
"It's a great opportunity. It's a

long time coming. There's a lot of
talent that's going on in the town-
ships," said Lehlabi, who comes
from another Johannesburg
township, Alexandra.
"Soweto is coming along, it's
coming into its own" along with
the rest of South Africa, Lehlabi
said. "We're an emerging identity.
So, anything goes. It's a young
and fresh identity."

-AP Photo
A model sports clothes of
South African designer Tebogo
Lehlabi during the first day of
the Soweto Fashion Week in
Soweto, South Africa Thurs-
day May 24.

some designers found difficult to
reach by taxi van, the main form
of cheap mass transportation in
South Africa.
"We refused to be stopped be-
cause we don't have funding," said
Manzini, who raised 60,000 rand
(about $7,500) from churches,
business people and other spon-
sors for the event. His mother, a
nurse, tapped her contacts and
acted as chairwoman of the event,
and is someone off whom he could
bounce ideas, Manzini said.
Manzini is confident that in
coming years, the event will grow
to a full week and give many more
designers an opportunity. He
hopes to start his own business
distributing designs from Soweto
Fashion Week.
Valencia Mache, a 31-year-old
legal adviser from Soweto who
came to the first night Thursday,
had this advice for the young de-
signers: "Even if there's no oppor-
tunity, make an opportunity."
Her friend, 30-year-old busi-
nesswoman Jabu Mlangeni, said
she last went to a fashion show
years ago, far from Soweto in the
upscale Johannesburg neighbor-
hood of Sandton. Then, she said,
she was cheering on David Tlale,
one of South Africa's best-known
black designers. Thursday, she
was just around the corner from
her home, and said she was hop-
ing to see the next Tlale.
Soweto has long been known
for its quirky sense of style, with
designers splashing bright colors
and urban sensibilities on every-
thing from the latest silhouettes
on European runways to rework-
ings of the dapper suits Nelson
Mandela wore when he lived in the
township in the 1940s. The older
Mandela is best known for his re-
laxed but colorful shirts. But as a
younger man, the son of a royal



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EAGER LISTENERS: Democrats were all ears at recent meeting.

County Dems rally for Obama

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years to reduce the num-
ber of Democratic votes by in-
creasing the hurdles for voters,"
Lydecker said. "That's what vot-
er suppression is all about and
it includes targeted segments of
the community: women, minori-
ties, the disabled and college
students. If they can reduce the
likelihood that people will even
attempt to vote, they can remain
in control. It started with reduc-
ing the length of days for early
voting. Black voters, particu-
larly senior citizens, have been
impacted the most by the dis-
continuing of Sunday voting -
souls to the polls efforts that
once brought a huge number
of voters out the Sunday right
before Election Day. They've en-
couraged college students and
women who have married and
changed their names to simply
use provisional ballots. What
they don't tell you is those bal-
lots aren't being counted. It's all
about wanting to win so desper-
ately that they will do anything."

Miami attorney Rod Vereen
was one of several guest speak-
ers at the meeting. He faces an
uphill battle in his efforts to be-
come Florida's first Black state
attorney. However, his com-
ments were not so much about

the local race as much as they
were about the November gen-
eral election.
"So' many people came out
today because Democrats just
met in Tampa last weekend and
voters wanted updates on how
the Party is going to proceed
between now and November,"
he said. "We are raising aware-
ness about the Republican mis-
sion to suppress the vote- but
we're also showing folks how to
battle it. The Obama reelection
workers, the Young Democrats,
community associations are all
getting on the same page -it's
about making sure we keep
President Barack Obama in the
White House"
Candidates from across Mi-
ami-Dade County were invited
to the podium for brief words of
greetings and the typical cam-
paign promises. And while there
are several newcomers who
have yet to adjust to the ngors
of campaigning, one candidate
in particular. Attorney Kionne L.
McGhee, brought the packed au-
dience to Its feet. MlcGhee barely
lost in 2010 and is once again a
candidate for District 118. State
Representative Dwight Bullard-
has vacated the seat, choosing
instead to run for State Senate.
McGhee says this is one of the
most important, moments in Mi-
ami's and the country's histor-y.
"[ was close before but this
time I plan to make it to Talla-
hassee," he said. "And when I

get there Ill be one of the voic-
es that tell the Republicans we

have had enough -we're taking
back the rights of Florida's citi-

In other related news, Judge
Robert L. Hinkle of Federal Dis-
trict Court ordered Florida to
stop its enforcement of several
"onerous" requirements on voter
registration groups last Thurs-
day. The requirements were part
of a law passed last year in ef-
forts to tighten election rules.
However, Hinkle left the major-
ity of the 2011 election law in-
tact a decision that inevitably
pleased Florida Governor Rick
Scott who led the charge for the
changes and his cronies.
Hinkle did ban a rule that
forced third-party voter registra-
tion groups to turn in completed
forms within 48 hours or risk
fines. He called the measure too
"If the goal is to discourage
voter registration drives and
thus also to make it harder for
new voters to register, this may
work," Hinkle wrote. "Otherwise,
there is little reason for such a
A separate federal lawsuit that
challenges Florida's election
law under' the National' Vdting'
Rights Act is being brought by
the Department of Justice.

Gang activity continues to increase

continued from 1A

public housing apartment com-
plex located in Liberty City called
Liberty Square the Pork &
Beans to longtime city residents.
Contrary to what some might
assume, the shootings do not
appear to be drug related.
"We are witnessing shootings
that appear to be prompted
by feuds between young men
who associate themselves with
gangs," Ford said. "There have
been attempts in the past to
shape Miami-based gangs into
two primary gangs like those
in Los Angeles or Chicago but
they never materialized. Now
what we're seeing is an all-out
campaign to recruit members
and to force young people to
join one side or the other. The
potential for significant and con-
stant bloodshed is sure to rise if
we get to a point where there's
just an 'us' against 'them' kind
of fight."
Ford was unable to give spe-
cifics in terms of the numbers
of gang members or how cer-
tain gangs are joining forces to
beef up their membership but
he says that without immediate
forms of intervention from law
enforcement and community ac-
tivists, he fears the worst.
"Many of the gang members
are still young boys but they
want to be respected and will do
anything to gain and maintain
respect on the streets," he said.

T. Willard Fair, CEO, Urban
League of Greater Miami, Inc.
says the recent development
comes as no surprise to him.
"Our young Black boys think
we don't care about them and
in many ways that's the way it
looks," he said. "With more and
more deaths occurring, more
Black-on-Black crime, one has
to consider if we just don't know
what to do or if we're waiting for
someone else to do it for us. It's
an embarrassment that our kids

are killing each other and not
one organization has stepped
forward. We've faced these kinds
of problems before in Miami
and it required everyone being
on the same page that's city
and county law officials, lead-
ers from the community even
folks from federal offices. There
are so many components to this
problem but if we could get rid
of over 200 24-hour drug cor-
ners years ago, we can handle
this challenge as well. But it'll
require a carefully-crafted plan
and it'll take men who are not

Ford is the lead investigator in
one particular shooting that he
says troubles him every day. It
is the murder of 28-year old Je-
rod Givens shot multiple times
during the early hours of Thurs-
day, May 31st. Givens, based on
the evidence, was not involved
in any gang activities. In fact,
he was a young father who had
turned his life around, was work-

ing at the Marlins Stadium and
would return to his aunt's home
in Liberty Square after his shift
and before sunrise so he could
walk two of his boys to school.
"Jerod loved his children and
used every chance he got to ex-
pose them to a different environ-
ment and a better way of life,"
said his aunt, Phlesia Givens,
43. "He had his problems with
the law but after the birth of his
first child [he would father four,
the fifth will be born later this
year], he began to really change.
He coached sports teams for
children and took his kids and
others from the projects to the
playground almost every day.
He walked his two oldest boys to
and from school each day. Then
he went home or to work."
Givens says the children still
don't understand what has hap-
"We have no idea why someone
would kill him but we know that
he would not want revenge," she
said. "He was the kind of man
that hoped to bring peace in the
hood. That's what we want too."


During those years, the civ-
il rights era reached its peak
while anti-war demonstrations
took place on college campuses
in almost every major U.S. city.
Millions of miles away, injuries
were catastrophic and fatalities
were massive close to 60,000

U.S soldiers died in the conflict.
Although Blacks made up less
than 10 percent of American
men-in-arms and 13 percent
of the U.S. population, they ac-
counted for almost 20 percent
of all combat-related deaths in

McDonald's to get new chief

continued from 1A

Taking on fast-casual. Compet-
itors with better-for-you menus
such as Panera Bread and Chi-
potle continue to steal busi-
ness. "This is clearly a long-
term challenge," West says.
Skinner's accomplishment:
Nutritionals improved. Skin-
ner was not hesitant to add
more healthy foods and over-
haul Happy Meals, says Scott

Hume, editor at BurgerBusi-
Thompson's challenge: Nu-
tritionals must improve more.
Shareholders will again vote on
a resolution that would require
that McDonald's assess how-
the links between fast food and
diet-related disease can affect
McDonald's bottom line.
Skinner's accomplishment:
Steadied the boat. Following
the deaths of CEOs Jim Canta-
lupo in 2004 and Charlie Bell in

2005, Skinner brought stability
that calmed fears internally,
among franchisees and on Wall
Street, Hume says.
Thompson's challenge: Chart-
ing a new course. Thompson's
biggest challenge is follow-
ing Skinner, says Todd Hoop-
er, partner at Kurt Salmon.
"Whether you are the replace-
ment for Joe Montana, Steve
Jobs or Charlie Sheen, compar-
isons are inevitable, and often

Braman pushes for voter 'choice'

continued from 1A

foray into the political arena.
The wealthy auto executive led
and financed the March 2011
recall of former Miami-Dade
Mayor Carlos Alvarez and tag-
teamed a recall drive against
former County Commissioner
Natacha Seijas.
This time, his sights are set
on four incumbents: Bruno
Barreiro [District 5]; Audrey
Edmonson [District 3]; Barbara
Jordan [District 1]; and Dennis
Moss [District 9]. Braman says
he neither hand-picked nor
forced individuals to run in the
August 14 election. Rather he
"encouraged" those with views
similar to his own. The slate
of contenders that Braman is
backing include: State Repre-
sentative Luis Garcia [District
5]; Alison Austin [District 3];
Shirley Gibson [District 1]; and
Alice Pena [District 9].

"The way the system works,
voters have not had a choice
- those [incumbents] who get
tons of money from lobbyists
and businesses from companies
that do work with the county
make it impossible for qualified
candidates to mount a respect-
able campaign," he said. "I am
just trying to give the people of
Miami-Dade County an oppor-
tunity to make an honest deci-
sion. Whatever the outcome, I

will respect the will of the peo-
Braman adds that he did
not seek out candidates to
run against those incumbents
whose ideas differ from his own
in terms of how county govern-
ment should run.
"I encouraged people to run
because I believe in each of
them," he said. "But they are
running their own campaigns.
They, like me, were opposed
to the give away of the Marlins
Stadium. It's important to note
that the jobs that were prom-
ised from the Marlins wound up
going to people who could also
speak Spanish. That eliminated
most Blacks. Also, the folks I've
encouraged are opposed to rais-
ing property taxes and are all in
favor of term limits. In terms of
financing, I have contributed to
two PACS. It will be their deci-
sion on how to best assist each
of the candidates."

Shirley Gibson will soon step
down as mayor of Miami Gar-
dens due to 'term limits. She
says he was not recruited by
"The people of the district
urged me to run for county com-
mission; the more I thought
about it the more I began to see
that I could make a positive dif-
ference," she said. "I have al-
ways supported better county
government and accountability,
since first entenng public of-

fice. As for the money that PACS
provide, it's important to under-
stand that I have to raise my
own money for this race. What-
ever they give will be for com-
mercials or educational efforts
that get the word out about me
and my message. That's impor-
tant for the voters. Braman and
I both care about good govern-
ment and good leadership and
that's a positive thing."
Austin, who also insists she
was not recruited, says it's un-
fortunate that so many people
have made the race about Nor-
man Braman.
"We can do a much better job of
protecting the needs of the peo-
ple," she said. "If we are honest,
choosing the needs of special
interest [groups] over the peo-
ple's needs is a far worse form of
being a puppet on a string. Bra-
man recognizes the challenge of
taking on an incumbent as an
unfair playing field and he has
chosen to level it by giving really
good people a fighting chance."
But Brian Dennis, executive
director of Brothers of the Same
Mind, sees things quite differ-
"Word is already out on the
streets that these campaigns
are going to get dirty," he said.
"I wish my community wouldn't
let outsiders control it or them-
selves. But we already know
when you have individuals who
are desperate to help finish de-
stroying our community just be-
cause they see dollar signs, we
are all in big trouble."

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Fla.'s first Black

AOG pastor is

ready to retire


celebrates 21 st anniversary

By Kaila Heard

In October 2012, Florida's
first Black Assembly of God
pastor, Reverend Selwyn
Scott will retire for the sec-
ond time.
Scott's first attempt came
in 2008. He and his wife had
moved to Port St. Lucie to en-
joy their retirement. But his
successor soon revealed that
he planned to retire himself,
forcing Scott to step back into
the pulpit of Revival Tab-
ernacle Assembly of God f-
P '

in Miami.
"This is not an easy church
to pastor because its only
had one pastor for the last
40 years," he explained. "It's
hard to make that transition
to a new minister."
For his final retirement at-
tempt, Scott made sure the
church's parishioners were
prepared. His upcoming suc-
cessor, Rev. Leonard Shaw,
has been serving an assistant
pastor at the church for the
last two years.
"He's been fitting in and I
Please turn to SELWYN SB

New Birth Baptist Church honors pastor

By Kaila Heard I I' '' 11

Bishop Victor T. Curry, the founding
senior pastor of the New Birth Bap-
tist Church, is use to having his days
packed with various activities. His
tasks include juggling pastoral respon-
sibilities for two churches, two schools,
an employment agency, a renowned
civil rights organization, and a broad-
casting company, among other duties.
Yet recently, Curry's schedule al-
lowed him to be able to reflect upon
his tenure as the senior pastor of the
Miami Gardens' mega church. Last
week, the minister celebrated his 21st
pastoral anniversary of the 13,000-
plus member congregation of New Birth

Baptist Church.
"I feel a combination of excitement
and gratitude to God and to the won-
derful members of New Birth," Curry
said. "I'm really appreciative and
indebted to a lot of people especially
to my staff at New Birth and all of the
[New Birth] entities because they make
it possible for me to do what I think
God has called me to do."
Celebration services were held on
May 21st 23rd and May 26th 27th
and featured special guest speakers in-
cluding Pastors Alphonso Jackson. Sr.,
D.L. Powell. Victor Couzens and Calvin
Founded by Curry and a handful
of founding members in 1991 in
Currv's living room, New Birth
Baptist Church has since ex-
panded and the church and its
Please turn to CURRY 8B

Is the BMI racist?




By Kaila Heard

Exactly how much weight a person can carry around
before they are at a "high risk" for developing obesity-related
illnesses such as diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease
was assumed to be an easy answer that could be applied to
everyone by using the BMI (a way to measure body fat based
upon an individual's health and weight).
According to conventional wisdom, a BMI of 30 or higher
indicates a person is obese and is thus at higher risk.
However, studies in recent years have shown that the BMI
standard is incorrect for Black women.
A 2010 study found that the high risk threshold for Black
women was a BMI of 33. The study measured the BMI and
waist circumference of approximately 2100 white women
and 1800 Black women. It also found that Black women's
"high risk" waistline was approximately 38 inches. The
standard waist measurement for women was considered to
be 35 inches.
In a previous interview the study's author, Peter Katzmar-
zyk stated, "The study clearly shows we have these racial
differences in body fat, not just in the type of body fat but
where the fat is stored, and these are important differences."
The BMI has been criticized for years as being an inaccu-
rate measurement for obesity and the risks for being over-
So, the fact that the BMI is not accurately portraying the
health risk of minorities and white women, did not surprise
Mary Hartley, a registered dietician and online nutrition

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For many children, the end of school
for the summer break means endless
hours spent in front of the television
or the computer, killing time. However,
Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade
(HSCMDI and Early Learning Coali-
tion of Miami-Dade/Monroe (ELCMDM)
are hoping to get children to start their
break off nght. The two organizations
have partnered together to host the
Family Summer Kick-Off a fun-filled
day promoting childhood health, educa-
tion and safer for pregnant women and
farrjmes with children up to age eight.
Encouraging w. hole families to enjoy
quality time together in an all-ages en-
vironment, the event is completely free
and features early pregnancy. childbirth,
home safety, earl% literacy, bike safety,
car seat inspection and first aid classes,
plus a giant slide. rock wall. obstacle
course, inflatable pla-, town. bounce
houses, arts and crafts, raffles and give-
awa, s for the entire family' "
"We are thnlled to be part of the first
Please turn to SUMMER 8B

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eFai~th: 6 6-a..n- m

First Baptist Church of
Brownsville invites everyone
to their annual Youth Revival,
June 6 8, 7:30 p.m. night-
ly. The church also welcomes
the community to their Bible
study class every Thursday at
7 p.m. For more information,
call 305-635-8053.

Centurion Apostolic
International Ministries
is hosting a relationship em-
powerment workshop on June
23rd at 4 p.m. RSVP by June
15th. For more information,
call 305-638-9700.

Valley Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church will be
celebrating their pastor's
fourth anniversary, June 6 7
at 7:30 p.m. and on June 10th
at 3 p.m. For more Informa-
tion, call 305-970-0703 or

D.C.L.A.R.E. is holding
their annual benefit concert,
"Pure Gold: Thied by Fire," on
June 9th at 6:30 p.m. the Ju-
lius Uttman Performing Arts
Center. For information, call

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministry invites
the entire community to at-
tend their Job and Health Fair
on June 17 at 4 p.m. For in-
formation, call 954-213-4332.

Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
everyone to their Family and
Friends Worship Experience
every Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. For information,
call 305-696-6545.

Rock of Ages Mission-
ary Baptist Church is host-
ing a fundraiser on behalf of
their pastor's 21st anniversary

on June 9th, 8 a.m. 1 p.m.
New Providence Mis-
sionary Baptist Church's
Women's Ministry Confer-
ence will be held June 8 9.
For information, call 305-758-

Mt. Pleasant Mission-
ary Baptist Church will be
hosting a Father's Day Gospel
Concert on June 17th begin-
ning at 6 p.m. For information,
call 305-253-2905.

SA Mission With A New
Beginning Women's De-
partment will be celebrating
their Annual Women's Confer-
ence starting June 7-8, 7:30
p.m. nightly and climaxing
on Sunday, June 10 with an
11:15 morning service.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of
the Apostolic Faith Church,
Inc. offers personal, bereave-
ment support to all bereaved
families, significant others,
and friends. The death can be
recent or in the past. For more
information, please call 786-

The Appointed Gospel
Singers of Miami are cele-
brating their 12th anniversary
on June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at
Miami Gardens' El Palacio Ho-
tel. For more information, call
305-525-8145 or 786-256-

Leglise Church invites
the community to their pas-
tor's ordination and installa-
tion service on June 10 at 3
p.m. For information, call 786-

New Mount Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church is
hosting a summer baton twirl-

ing camp and tuition is free
for the first 25 registrants. For
more information, call 786-

Greater Holy Cross
Baptist Church is hosting a
Gospel Extravaganza on June
10th. For information, call
305-332-2402 or 954-441-

Bright Morning Star
Freewill Baptist Church in-
vites everyone to their Sunday
worship services at 11 a.m.
and to their Bible study class
every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please
call 305-751-8167.

Grace and Truth Out-
reach Ministries invites the
community to their first Lib-
erty Fest on August 18th. For
more information, call 305-
297-7041 or 786-278-9382.

Speaking Hands Minis-
try is now accepting applica-
tions for their "Camp Hands:
Sign Language Camp" for 8 to
15 year olds. For more infor-
mation, call 954-792-7273.

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 informa-
tion, call 954-674-2492 or vis-

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.matti-

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida Gospel
Festival at Amelia Earhart Park
on Saturday, June 30 from 11

Expo offers alternative for mom, kids

continued from 7B
Family Summer Kick-Offl"
said Evelio Torres, president and
CEO of the Early Learning Coali-
tion. "These events offering free
services, resources and prod-
ucts to families in need allow ac-
cess to proper care and healthy,
constructive enjoyment for all
Miami-Dade County residents.
Our work and the efforts of our
partners have helped build a
community where our children
are the priority."
The event will feature an 11

a.m. program including remarks
from South Florida's elected of-
ficials, community partners and
social service organizational
leaders. All attendees will be
presenting proclamations and
official recognition of HSCMD's
work in the county.
"With state and federal fund-
ing cuts to early education and
childhood health programs, citi-
zens across the county are look-
ing to us for help," said Manuel
Fermin, CEO of Healthy Start.
"We and our partners are being
called to step up to the plate,
and I'm so glad South Florida's

noted leaders support our efforts
for happier and healthier Miami-
Dade families."
The Family Summer Kick Off
will be held at the Miami-Dade
County Fair and Expo Center,
10901 SW 24th Street in Miami,
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thousands of mothers and
caretakers are expected to par-
ticipate in the free event. For
more information on the event,
or to pre-register (recommended
if planning to attend classes), call
Miami-Dade Area Health Educa-
tion Center (AHEC) at 305-597-
3666, or visit

Scott contemplates future retirement

continued from 7B

think it's going to work this
time," Scott said.
Of course, the thought of a
successful, permanent transi-
tion is bitter sweet to the min-
ister. The 77-year-old reverend
already knows that he will miss
the weekly routine of pastoring
the estimated 200 members who
gather in the sanctuary.
"On Sundays, it's like the
whole family is getting together
for service," he said.
He further explained, "I'm sort
of ambivalent in what lies ahead
but I realize you can't continue
in doing your best forever and I
don't think it's fair to the con-
gregation not to be able to give
100 percent."

Nearly half a century ago, the
neighborhood surrounding the
church was undergoing transi-
tion as more Blacks began to
move into the area.That transi-

tion had decimated the member-
ship levels of Revival Tabernacle
which had been a predominately
white church. When Scott was
given the senior pastor post in
1972, the church was in danger
of being shut down permanent-
In the beginning, the pews
were occupied by Scott's wife
and their then brood of six chil-
So, "I had a good start," the
minister said with a smile.
Slowly, the church, which is
now predominately Black, grew
and today has approximately
200 members.
"It's been an ongoing process
because Assembly of God was
really foreign to Black people
and they had no idea what we
were all about," he recalled.
The Assembly of God is a Pen-
tecostal church that is closely
related to the Church of God in
Christ and was founded in 1914.
The Miami-based church now
includes several departments in-
cluding Men's, Women's, Youth
and a Foreign ministries. Scott

also oversaw the expansion
of the church which included
building additional buildings
and adding a parking lot.
"I feel very honored to be the
pastor of this church because
this is a great church," he said.
Meanwhile, Scott worked hard
to achieve a single goal for his
personal life to be a good fa-
Married to his second wife for
more than 30 years, the pair
have raised seven children and
several grand- and great grand-
children -- all of whom continue
to attend the Revival Taberna-
"That's my greatest accom-
plishment keeping the mem-
bers of my family together," he
said. "We have a great relation-
ship as a family."
Rev. Selwyn Scott's 40th pas-
toral anniversary celebration
activities will include a banquet
on Friday, Oct. 26th and special
services on Sunday, Oct. 28th at
3 p.m. The Revival Tabernacle
Assembly of God is located at
2085 NW 97th Street in Miami.

New Birth continues to serve community

continued from 7B

entities now include the E.V. Hill
Bibe College, the John A. McK-
inney Christian Academy, the
New Birth rMr:,dr :.l':ing Corpo-
r;ni,'n/WMR! M, Vision to Victory
Human Services -rnploymcnt
agency, and Ciri;tinrie Curry
Child Drclopir~n-ii Center. There
is a new enrichment center that
will encase a ymrnnasium, cafe
and book store that the church
has tentatively scheduled to be-

gin building by 2013.
Even Curry did not foresee this
exponential growth when the
ministry was initially founded.
"I really didn't know the full
extent of what God was going to
do but I did share with people
that I knew it was going to be
an usual church," he recalled.
"[The founding members and I]
all had that common belief that
God was going to do something
special through New Birth."
The busy minister has no set
plans for retirement and is still

striving to help the community
in whatever ways it seems to
need the most assistance.
Now Curry has set his sights
on reaching out to more boys
and men. First by founding an
all boys Bible-based academy
specializing in math and science.
"The other area that well be
focusing on is ratcheting up our
men's ministry to provide holis-
tic care and provide a second
chance for men who have been
incarcerated and for men have
been [homeless]," he said.

a.m.- 6 p.m. For information
contact Constance Koon-John-
son at 786-290-3258.

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.

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

Greater Harvest Inter-
national 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,

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

New Mount Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
host the Habitat for Humanity
of Greater Miami's Homeown-
ership Application Meeting on
the second Saturday of every
month at 9:30 a.m. No RSVP
necessary. 305-634-3628.

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

Christ's Kingdom Life

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

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance invites every-
one to their free weight loss
classes Saturdays at 10 a.m.,
but enrollment is necessary.

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

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes
everyone to their 'Introduc-
tion to the Computer' classes
on Tuesday, 11 a.m. 12:30
p.m. and Thursdays, 4 5:30
p.m. 305-770-7064, 786-312-

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

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sun-
day Praise and Worship Ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m.

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

Set Free Ministries

through Jesus Christ of
the Apostolic Faith Church,
Inc. will be starting a New
Bereavement Support Group
beginning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7-9 p.m. 786-488-2108.

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

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

The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With
A New Beginning Church
sponsors a Community Feed-
ing every second Saturday of
the month, from 10 a.m. un-
til all the food has been given
out. For location and addition-
al details, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes the community to their
Sunday Bible School classes at
9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wor-
ship Service. 305-635-4100,

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

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

Are Black women suppose to weigh more?

continued from 7B

Hartley noted that individuals
should not think they should be
unconcerned about their weight.

"When the BMI charts were "[These findings] still don't
made they used really good mean that obesity is not a prob-
math but most of the standards lem in the Black community,"
used were for white men," she she said.
explained. "They really did not According to the U.S. Depart-
research enough into different ment of Health, four out of five
races and women too." Black women are overweight and
Despite the inaccuracy of BMI, obese. The agency also found

that one in four Black women
over the age of 55 has diabetes
and are more likely than any
woman to develop high blood
pressure and heart disease.
To get a better understanding
of your overall health Hartley
suggested being tested for high
blood pressure, cholesterol and
diabetes directly or consulting a

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Trying to cut salt intake? You can, and keep the taste

By Ellie Kriager

The evidence in favor of eat-
ing less salt keeps rolling in.
Most recently, a study pub-
lished in the journal Stroke
made headlines confirming
a direct link between sodium
intake and increased stroke
risk. The Institute of Medicine
estimates that 100,000 deaths
a year could be prevented
with population-wide sodium
reductions. And while the U.S.
Dietary Guideline's sodium
cap is 2,300 milligrams, the
American Heart Association
has lowered its recommenda-
tion to no more than 1,500
milligrams a day. That's less

than one teaspoon of salt. But
most of us are getting at least
double that a whopping av-
erage of over 3,400 mg. daily.
These startling numbers
are certainly a call to action,
but before you toss your salt
shaker it is critical to consider
how reducing salt affects fla-
vor, or your efforts will likely
backfire with one bland bite.
Salt has a more profound ef-
fect on flavor than you may
realize. It doesn't just make
food taste salty it enhances
sweetness and other flavors
by tempering bitterness.
That's one reason bread is a
top source of sodium salt
is added to neutralize the

bitter undertones inherent in
flours and leavening agents.
Salt also combats blandness
by enlivening the flavors in
a dish. Since taste is the No.
1 reason we choose to eat a
food, to make your salt slash-
ing stick, consider these four
strategies to help you keep
the flavor too:
1. Focus on fresh
Up to 75 percent of the so-
dium we eat comes from pre-
pared and processed foods, so
simply cooking at home from
fresh, minimally processed
ingredients will give you a
big head start. For example,
pre-cooked seasoned chicken
breast can have more than

500 mg. sodium in 3 ounces.
If you buy it fresh and season
and cook it yourself, even
if you use some salt, it will
likely have half the sodium.
2. Boost flavor healthfully
Instead of leaning on salt
for flavor, amp up healthy
seasonings such as citrus and
citrus zest, fresh and dried
herbs, ground spices, chile
peppers, vinegars, onion, gar-
lic, and ginger.
3. Buy low-sodium
When you do use prod-
ucts in cans or jars, buy the
low-sodium or no-salt-added
versions. You can always add
other seasoning and even add
a touch of salt if necessary,

but this way you are in
control of how much.
4. Add salt spar-
ingly and reduce
Don't think "all
or nothing." A
little salt can go a
long way in terms
of boosting flavor
and there's no need
to eliminate it com-
pletely. Cut back a
step at a time so your
taste buds can adapt,
starting with three-
fourths of the salt you
might typically use,
then reduce to half over

Beyond drowsy,

too little sleep

ups diabetes risk

By Lauran Neergaard
Associated Press

people pull the night shift.
Teens text past midnight
and stumble to class at
dawn. Travelers pack red-eye
Nodding off behind the
wheel isn't the only threat
from a lack of shut-eye.
There's growing evidence that
people who regularly sleep

.ine suffer long-lasting con-
sequences that a nap won t
qure: An increased risk of
diabetes, heart disease and
other health problems.
"We have a societal con-

spiracy for sleep depriva-
tion," says Russell Sanna
of Harvard Medical School's
sleep medicine division, who
attended a TEDMED confer-
ence last week where scien-
tists called sleep loss one of
health care's big challenges.
Just how unhealthy is it?
Consider how sleep may play
a role in the nation's diabetes
Studies have long shown
that people who sleep fewer
-tha. f ve.hours a.nigh. .have_.
an increased risk of develop-
ing Type 2 diabetes, the kind
that tends to strike later in
Rotating shift work three
or more night shifts a month

interspersed with day or
evening hours raises the
risk, too, says a recent report
from researchers who ana-
lyzed years of medical records
from the huge Nurses' Health
Diet and physical activity
are big factors in Type 2 dia-
betes. Certainly it's harder to
work out or choose an apple

During the study,
levels increased
after meals, some-
times to pre-di-
abetic levels, be-
cause the pancreas
stopped secreting
enough insulin.

over a doughnut when you're
tired, especially at 3 a.m.
. \ben 1our body's internal
clock knows you should be
But a study published last
week shows sleep plays a
more complex role than that.
As sleep drops and normal

biological rhythms are dis-
rupted, your body physically
changes in ways that can
help set the stage for diabe-
tes, reports neuroscientist
Orfeu Buxton of Boston's
Brigham and Women's Hos-
Buxton's team had 21

Studies have long shown that
people who sleep fewer than.
five hours a night have an
increased risk of developing
Type 2 diabetes ...

healthy volunteers spend
almost six weeks living in a
laboratory where their diet,
physical activity, sleep and
even the light was strictly
The volunteers started out
well-rested. But for three of
Please turn to DIABETES 10B

Parents debate hazards for football players

By Gary Mihoces

The chorus of concussion
concerns is growing with big ,
names in the lead. Former
NFL quarterback Kurt War-
ner has labeled the notion of
his two school-age sons play-
ing football a "scary thing"
and says he'd prefer they
didn't. Now, the father of
three-time Super Bowl win-
ner Tom Brady is expressing
reservations about how he'd
handle it if his son were just
starting out.
Meanwhile, registration
is underway for the com-
ing season of youth football
across the USA. Parents face
the question: Do you let your
kids play?
More than 2,000 former
players are suing the NFL
alleging they weren't warned

about long-term risks of
concussions. The NFL has
cracked down on bounties -
Scash for knocking.out foes.
And Junior Seau's death
has raised questions about
whether he suffered from
years of head hits.
Tom Brady Sr., who held
his son out of football until
he was 14, told Yahoo Sports
he'd be "very hesitant" these
days in deciding if his son
would play.
"This head thing is fright-
ening for little kids," Brady
Sr. said. "I think Kurt Warner
is 100 percent correct. He's
there to protect his children,
and these other people who
are weighing in are not ad-
dressing the issue of whether
it's safe or not for kids."
Contacted Tuesday by USA
TODAY Sports, the father

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Isha Mackall, 24, is shown with her son, Riyan Snowden, 5,
after registering him to play youth football in Annapolis, Md.,
on May 18.

said, "I subscribe to kids
playing football, but I don't
really subscribe to them
playing until they are devel-
"When (Tom Jr.) made the
decision he wanted to play
football, he was 14 and his
mother and I were on board
with it. We still would be on
board with it. I don't know
that we would have been on
board with it when he was 7."

Many youth football
leagues have online registra-
tion. For parents who want
to know more about concus-
sions, information also is
available with a few clicks of
a mouse. Some samples: h'as a kid
Please turn to HAZARDS 10B


While you're nursing, eating a
healthy diet is particularly important
for'both you and baby.
The Academy of Nutrition and Di-
etetics offers thesepietary guidelines
for nursing mothers
Drink plenty of fluids; aim for 12
to 15 cups per day.
Limit yourself to no more than
300 milligrams per day of caffeine.
Avoid alcohol. If you do drink,
do so along with plenty of food and
water, and allow several hours before
you nurse your baby.
Avoid fish that are high in mer-
cury (i.e. shark, swordfish, mackerel,
tilefish), but do eat up to 12 ounces
per week of fish that are lower in
Avoid foods that seem to make
baby fussy.

Walking is a great form of exercise
and amusement. But the American
Council on Exercise warns new walk-
ers to start slowly and not to overdo
Here are the council's recommenda-
Start out with a short walk of
about five minutes. Then gradually
increase your time and distance.
Don't walk too quickly; stick to a
comfortable pace.
Practice proper posture, with
your head up and shoulders relaxed.
Allow your arms to swing natu-
Breathe deeply, and slow down if
you can't catch your breath.
Don't move so vigorously that you
can't talk while you're walking.

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.'needs. spired to become a nurse be- North Shore Medical Center medic
8 Registered Nurse George cause of the nobility of the makes the patient experience as pc
.Uwadia has worked at North profession. He attended the so wonderful. willing
-..Shore Medical Center for the University of Nigeria and Mi- Teamwork is at the core of comfc
I-last 11 years. Each day, he ami-Dade College where he the Emergency Room staff at are in

SShore Medical Center.
ing an online and mo-
Emergency Room sched-
system, InQuickER, the
ital staff works hard to
nize patients' wait times
get them personalized
cal attention as quick
issible. Uwadia's always
g to jump in to help
ort patients when they

"Nursing will'-cheg, you,; :
Uwadia says. "It will make
you stronger and more com-
passionate than you thought
possible." He always takes
the time to help his patients
emotionally as well as physi-
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his reward. When he is not
by the bedside, you can find
him reading or spending time
with his family.

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Parents can build in 'special time' with kids this summer

By Nanci Hellmich

The unofficial start of summer
may have arrived already, but
for many families, what once
were the lazy days of summer
have become the crazy days.
Parents and kids often find
themselves racing to work,
camps, swim meets and ball-
games, plus answering cell-
phones, text messages and e-
mails 24/7. So how can parents
get more out of their time with
their family?
They should consider setting
aside an hour a week for "spe-
cial time" with each child, says
psychologist David Palmiter,
author of Working Parents,
Thriving Families and a public
education coordinator for the
American Psychological Asso-
For that hour, each parent
should focus totally on the child
while doing something enjoy-
able, such as shooting baskets,
playing a video game or draw-
ing, he says.
Parents should keep in mind
that the child should choose his
activity, and many things he

would choose will work, except
for watching TV, Palmiter says.
He often spends special time
with his own children, ages 11,
15 and 16, when they are going
out for breakfast, taking a walk
or shooting baskets.

Parents should really listen to
what the child has to say and
enjoy the child's company by
living in the now, he says.
During special time, parents
should avoid correcting behav-
ior or ideas or directing the con-
versation, he says. That should
be done at another time.
"Just focus on being with
your child and enjoying him all
that you can," Palmiter says.
And don't jump up to answer
your cellphone or check your
text messages, he says, "be-
cause that suggests to the kids
that your iPhone is a higher
priority than they are."
Special time with children is
different from quality time in
which parents divide their at-
tention across fun family activi-
ties such as going to sporting
events, fishing or riding roller

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For many families, what once were the lazy days of summer
have become the crazy days of summer.

coasters. Those serve a differ-
ent purpose for enriching fam-
ily life and building memories,
he says.
Psychologist Mary Alvord,
who has a private practice in
Rockville, Md., and is the au-
thor of Resilience Builder Pro-
gram for Children and Adoles-
cents, says parents and kids
can do simple things such as
playing board games, bowling,

playing miniature golf or cook-
This hour can even be time in
the car. "With teens, it's a nice
time to talk with them because
they're captive. Just make sure
they're not texting."
So often parents and children
do parallel activities such as
sitting together to watch TV or
going to the movies, and they're
not conversing with each other,

Alvord says.
'When you look at the re-
search, kids' resilience is often
based on time they spend with
their parents, knowing they are
appreciated by the family," she
says. "Parents have to really lis-
ten to them. If you are always
multitasking, it's not the same
kind of listening."
Palmiter says that special
hour each week can be used
for all ages, including adult
children, and it's important to
have special time each week
with your spouse or significant
other. Even a dinner or a picnic
can provide the opportunity to
focus on your spouse, he says.

For many families, the best
way to have richer time togeth-
er is to build on activities family
members love, says psycholo-
gist Susan Linn, author of The
Case for Make Believe. Parents
can share the hobbies and ac-
tivities they especially love with
their children. That might be
music, art, dance, woodwork-
ing, crafts, sewing, knitting,
gardening or outdoor activities

such as sports, fishing or hik-
If parents are truly interest-
ed in what they're doing, they
can pass that enthusiasm on to
their children.
What's most important is
that children enjoy the expe-
rience. So if you're making
something with a child, per-
fectionism needs to go out the
window. The process of doing it
should be more important than
the product, she says.
"One of my husband's most
vivid childhood memories was
hammering nails into a bench
for fun at his father's picture-
frame shop. He grew up to be
an art restorer, and it all began
with sitting hammering nails
into the bench until the entire
end of the bench was metal."
Parents also can share with
their kids the games they
played as a child. "I taught my
grandchildren Mother May I,
and they ask me to play it with
them. We make up ridiculous
"Parents have to keep in mind
the importance of play for chil-
dren and for adults."

Pomegranate juice claims deceptive, US rules

Pomegranate juice has not been
proven to be an effective treat-
ment for cancer, heart disease or
erectile dysfunction, US regulators
said Monday, calling a company's
ad claims deceptive.
The US Federal Trade Commis-
sion's chief administrative law
judge D. Michael Chappell ruled
that the company, POM Wonderful
LLC, violated federal law by mak-
ing deceptive claims.

The judge ordered the company
to stop making claims of health ef-
fects in the absence of "competent
and reliable scientific evidence."
The judge said in a 345-page de-
cision that there was "inadequate"
evidence to back up the company's
superfood claims.
But the judge said the company
would not have to submit to pre-
approved marketing, which the
FTC lawsuit had requested.

The company, a unit of the Roll
International group that includes
Teleflora and Fiji Water which has
claimed the the FTC was interfer-
ing with speech, said this was a
The company said the judge
upheld the firm's "right to share
valuable, scientifically validated
information about the health ben-
efits of its safe food with consum-

The company said the FTC law-
suit "tried to create a new, stricter
industry standard, similar to that
required for pharmaceuticals,
for marketing the health benefits
inherent in safe food and natural
food-based products."
"While we are still analyzing
the ruling, it is clear that we will
be able to continue to promote
the health benefits of our safe,
food products without having our

advertisements, marketing or
public relations efforts preap-
proved," said Craig Cooper,
the company's chief legal
POM has been in a long
battle with authorities over
the so-called superfood
which has also been pur-
ported to help fight Alzheim-
er's disease and arthritis
and improve sperm quality.

New rules to reduce contact hours in practice

continued from 9B

friendly section on concus-
sions: "When a cartoon char-
acter gets bonked on the head,
stars appear and float in a silly
circle. It may be funny to see in
a cartoon, but it's not so fun-
ny when it happens for real."
There's also a page for parents.
The website of USA Football
has a five-part video series on
concussions. "When in doubt,
sit them out," cautions for-
mer NFL running back Merrill
Hoge, who retired in 1994 after
two concussions in five weeks.
There's also a video series on
safe tackling. USA Football is
endowed by the NFL and the
players union.
The Centers for Disease
Control has a "Concussion in
Sports" section loaded with in-
formation on how to recognize
concussions, respond and pre-
vent them. "Most concussions
occur without loss of con-
sciousness," it notes.
Many are addressing the is-

sue, from current and former
NFL players to youth and high
school coaches to parents who
sign or don't sign permis-
sion for their kids to put on
"He's been playing flag foot-
ball. I won't put him in regular
football," said Libby Cassat of
Annapolis, Md., of son Kit, 9.
"You pull the flag. You get the
same stuff."
Tierra Long's son, Ke'Shaun,
10, plays football in Annapo-
lis and will continue to do so.
"He plays defensive line, so he's
hitting," Long says. "But I re-
ally leave it up to him. We take
all the necessary precautions."
And what does Ke'Shaun like
about football? "You get to hit

In a recent study, research-
ers at the Center for Injury
Biomechanics, a joint effort of
Virginia Tech and Wake Forest,
estimated the number of foot-
ball players in the USA: 2,000
in the NFL, 100,000 in college,

1.3 million in high school and
3.5 million in youth leagues.
The study found that while
youth league players have few-
er and lower-magnitude head
impacts than high school and
college 'players, high-magni-
tude hits do occur, and most
happen in practice.
The researchers acknowledge
their study involved just seven
players, ages 7-8, wearing hel-
met sensors. But they suggest
limiting hits in practice, a rule
change the NFL adopted last
Pop Warner football, with
285,000 players ages 5-15 last
season, will address a similar
step at next month's meeting of
its medical advisory board.
"We are going to look at re-
ducing the number of contact
hours in practice and reduc-
ing the risk of head contact
in practice. ... Pop Warner is
going to make rule changes
to reduce the number of head
contacts," said Chicago neuro-
surgeon Julian Bailes, chair-
man of the board.

At Boston's Sports Legacy
Institute, CEO Chris Nowin-
ski also is campaigning for a
"hit count" for youths in foot-
ball and other contact sports.
Like a pitch count in baseball,
it would limit how many hits a
child can take per season and
Bailes has studied brains
of deceased former NFL play-
ers who suffered from condi-
tions such as depression and
dementia. In players such as
Mike Webster, Justin Strzelc-
zyk, Terry Long and Andre Wa-
ters, he has found a condition
known as Chronic Traumatic
Encephalopathy (CTE). Re-
searchers at Boston University
have made similar findings in
Dave Duerson, who committed
suicide last year, and others.
Bailes played high school
football in Louisiana and a
year in college. He was a team
physician with the Pittsburgh
Steelers and West Virginia Uni-
versity. One of his three sons
plays football, but he says the
others can play, too.

"Sistas" aim for prevention HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Sistas Organizing to Survive
(SOS) is a grassroots mobiliza-
tion of Black women in the fight
against HIV/AIDS. The Sistas
Organizing to Survive movement
aims to educate Black women
about the impact of HIV/AIDS
and to develop an action plan
that prevents the further spread
of HIV/AIDS and other diseases
in Florida's Black communities.
This grassroots mobilization
has reached thousands of Black
women through local SOS con-
ferences, testing initiatives, on-
line pledges, and community
activities. What makes the SOS
so successful? It has mobilized
Black women in the communi-

ty to schedule activities and to
talk about HIV/AIDS where they
live, work, play, and worship.
The SOS initiative educates
Black women about HIV/AIDS,
STDs, hepatitis and substance
abuse and empowers them to
take control of their sexual
health by encouraging them to
take the pledge to get tested for
HIV. The initiative also offers
tools enabling Black women to
educate others.
For more information con-
tact Christina Morrow at 305-
470-6957 or you can visit the
Miami-Dade County Health de-
partment website at www.dade-

Friday. June 8, 2012 is Na-
tional Caribbean HRV/AIDS
Awareness Day, a day for the
Caribbean-American com-
munity to unite and get edu-
cated, get tested, get treated
and get involved and gain
knowledge, create aware-
ness and start a dialogue to
stop the disease from affect-
ing the lives of future genera-
tions. On this day, Caribbe-
an-American individuals are
also asked to take control of
their health decisions that
relate to HIV/AIDS, diabetes,
cancer, high blood pressure,
and cardiovascular diseases
that continue to take a toll

in the Caribbean communi-
ties. The Miami-Dade County
Health Department Office of
HIV/AIDS is hosting the Take
Control event from 10
3 p.m. at 1501 N.E. 163rd St.
HIV and STD testing, infor-
mation on women's health/
breast exams, affordable tele-
phone service, blood pres-
sure and glucose screenings
as well as other free services
will be provided. For more in-
formation contact Christina
Morrow at 305-470-6957 or
you can visit the Miami-Dade
County Health department
website at www.dadehealth.

Enough sleep is essential

continued from 9B

those weeks, they were allowed
only about 5V2 hours of sleep
every 24 hours at varying
times of the day or night, to
mimic a bad shift rotation or
prolonged jet lag. That knocked
out of whack the body's "circa-
dian rhythm," a master biologi-
cal clock that regulates such
patterns as when we become
sleepy and how body tempera-
ture rises and falls.
What happened was star-
tling: Blood sugar levels in-
creased after meals, some-
times to pre-diabetic levels,
because the pancreas stopped
secreting enough insulin, Bux-
ton reported in the journal Sci-
ence Translational Medicine.
At the same time, the volun-
teers' metabolic rate slowed by
8 percent. The researchers had
them on a diet so they didn't
gain weight but Buxton says
typically, a metabolism drop of
that size could mean gaining
10 to 12 pounds over a year.
The results make sense, says
Dr. Michael Thorpy, sleep cen-
ter director at New York's Mon-
tefiore Medical Center and a
neurology professor at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine.
"If we're going to spend a
third of our day sleeping,
there's got to be a good reason
for it," says Thorpy, who notes
that diabetes is far from the
only worry.
Up to 70 million Americans
are estimated to suffer from
chronic problems with sleep,
from insomnia to sleep ap-
nea. Impaired sleep has been
linked to high blood pressure,
heart disease, obesity, depres-
sion, memory impairment and
a weakened immune system.
Still another concern: The
World Health Organization has

classified night shift work as a
probable carcinogen, because
too much light at night may
hamper a hormone involved
both with sleep and suppress-
ing tumor cells.
Don't people adjust to the
night shift if they're on it long
enough? Buxton says rotat-
ing shifts probably are most
worrisome. In his study, the
volunteers' bodies went back
to normal after nine nights
of sufficient sleep at the right
time. No one knows how long
it takes before sleep depriva-
tion and an off-kilter biological
clock may cause permanent
Montefiore's Thorpy says
natural night owls seem to
adapt better to night shifts, but
that people never fully adapt
if they swing back to daytime
schedules on their days off.
Also, about 30 percent of regu-
lar night workers have trouble
sleeping during their off hours
or are particularly fatigued, he
says, something termed "shift
work disorder."
The consumer message:
The National Institutes of
Health says adults need be-
tween seven and nine hours of
sleep daily for good health.
If you work nights, go
straight to bed when you get
home, Buxton advises. Avoid
too much light along the way.
Thorpy says wearing yellow-
or orange-tinted sunglasses
on the drive home can block
short-wavelength "blue light"
that triggers wakefulness.
Let natural light help keep
your biological sleep clock on
schedule, advises Harvard's
sleep-education Web site. For
most people, sunlight in the
morning is key. For the night
shift, more bright light in the
evening shifts people's internal
clock, Buxton explains.


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By Bruce Weber

Carrie Smith, a jazz and blues
singer who brought a warm stage
presence and lustrous voice to
Broadway in the musical revue
"Black and Blue," died on May
20th at the Lillian Booth Actors
Home of the Actors Fund in En-
glewood, N.J. She was 86.
The cause was cancer, said
a friend, the singer Antoinette
Smith began as a gospel singer,
performing at the 1957 Newport
Jazz Festival and on other stages
with the Back Home Choir of the
Greater Harvest Baptist Church
in Newark. In 1961 she gave a
solo concert at Town Hall in Man-
"Miss Smith has a full-bodied,
robust contralto voice," Robert
Shelton wrote in his review in The
New York Times. "While many
gospel singers, repeating vibrant
phrases to stir their congregants,
become emotion-driven shout-
ers, Miss Smith never lost sense
of her role as a musician. She
had her pitch and tone securely
in hand, even in the most unin-
hibited climaxes of her musical

Beginning in the late 1960s
Smith sang with the pianist Big
Tiny Little's band, and later with
a sextet led by the trombon-
ist Tyree Glenn. She also began
to develop a solo jazz career. In
1974 she was part of a salute
to Louis Armstrong at Carnegie
Hall, singing "St. Louis Blues," a
tune recorded by both Armstrong
and Bessie Smith.
The program, organized by
the pianist Dick Hyman and the
New York Jazz Repertory Com-
pany, was repeated in Europe
and the Soviet Union. From then
on Smith performed the songs of
Bessie Smith (they were not relat-
ed) often, earning a reputation as
a singer as a blues belter, though
her repertory was wider than
that; her voice, darkly mellifluous
and gentle with a melody, was
equally suited to jazz and pop.
"She had a beautiful voice
on the lower side and a perfect
knowledge of blues and gospel
singing," Hyman said in an in-
terview on Thursday. "She had
perfect time."
Smith's career gathered mo-
mentum through the 1980s and
'90s, gaining more popularity in
Europe than in the United States.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to express our sin-
cerethanks-a'end -appreciation
for the many cards of love and
kindness shown to our family
during the loss of our beloved
father and uncle.
May God richly bless youl
The Woods and Mickens

She found her wid-
est American audi-
ence on Broadway
in "Black and Blue,"
a gaudy song-and-
dance tribute to
black blues and jazz
artists that ran for
829 performances
from 1989 to 1991.
In that show she
sang the standards "Big Butter
and Egg Man" and "I Gotta Right
to Sing the Blues."
Carrie Louise Smith was born
in Fort Gaines, Ga., on a date
most often reported as Aug. 25,
1941, apparently because, once
her singing career began, she
wanted it that way. She was coy
about her age, but a spokesman
for the Actors Home gave her
birth date as Aug. 25, 1925.

Her friend Montague
said Smith's mother
had moved to Newark
with Carrie to escape an
abusive husband. Once
there, she said, the
mother joined the cult-
like church of Father
Divine and left Smith
to be brought up by
older cousins. Smith
left school after the eighth grade.
She sang in church and taught
herself piano while working in a
number of jobs, including train
announcer at the Newark train
Smith has no immediate survi-
vors. Montague said Smith had
been married once, briefly, to a
mason and small-time h-stler
who was known around Newark
as Swindler Joe.

Rev. Thompson

installed at

St. Mark MBC
The St. Mark M.B. Church
family invites you to share in
the celebration of the Instal-
lation Service of their Pastor
Elect, Rev. G. Wayne Thompson
on June 10 at 1470 NW 87 St.,
Services are 7:30 a.m., Min.
Timothy Griffin, 93rd St. Bap-
tist Church, 11 a.m., Pastor
Othell Adkins, Gulfport, MS
and 4 p.m., Moderator John-
ny L. Barber, Mt. Sinai M.B.
Church. REV. G. WAYNE
All are invited. THOMPSON

One Hundred Men In Black

Men, put on your black,
come out and join 100 Men In
Black while entering the "Uglh-
est Tie Contest." Ladies, boys
and girls are all welcome tool
The speaker will be Rev. Dr.
Kyle Gibson at 7 p.m., Satur-
day, June 9 at Greater Mount
Pleasant A.M.E. Church,

2341 Forrest St., Hollywood,
FL 33020.
Rev. Stanley S. Dawson,
Sr., Senior Pastor. "A church
where God's love abides in
abundance" For more infor-
mation, please contact Dr.
S.Thompson at 305-877-

Dedication Day at Greater

New Macedonia MBC
Greater New Macedonia Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 3167
NW 56 St., invites you to our
Dedication Day 10 a.m., Satur-
day, June 9, the messenger will
be Seaboard Baptist Associa-
tion Moderator, Alphonso Jack-
son of Second Baptist Mission-
ary Baptist Church. .
The Church Pre-Anniversa-
ry starting 7 p.m., Thursday,
June 7 with speaker, Rever-
end Albert Jones of New Mount
Calvary Missionary Baptist
Church. At 4 p.m. on Sunday,
June 10 will be the climax of
our 50th Church Anniversary
with speaker, Reverend Ranzer
Thomas of New Generation Mis- REVEREND SHERMAN
sionary Baptist Church. MUNGIN

Rev. Dr. Walter T.

Psalmist Trekeice

Adams Tabernacle Education Day
Dr. Walter T. Richardson minister, civic leader, chaplain, musi-
cian will be the guest speaker for an "Education Day" celebration at
9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 10 at Adams Tabernacle of Faith A.M.E.C.
The psalmist is Trekeice Douglas from Freeport, Bahamas.
The event is the congregation's way of honoring students who
excel academically in all levels, and to pay tribute to various pro-
fessionals within their work industry. The theme for this glorious
occasion is "Empowered by the Holy Spirit."
The church will be providing book scholarships to incoming

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Order of Services
Man. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study, Thurs 7 p.m.
Sunday Worship 7-11 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue
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Order of Services
Earty Sunda Worsh.p 130 aO rr.
Sundnr lthwal 9 30 m0
SundaylirIomng WorJip II am
Sunday re Iing Senme 6 pm
u esdof Pryr Meerng 1 30 pm
ednesdayBble Siudy i pm

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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Sunday hOl 930 a m

,ining wolhip al t pm
Praovr Meeiing & Bible Siudy
Tuesday lpm

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

S l Order of Services
H i Lord Day Sunday School 945om

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 n.m.

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 30585-0705

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

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a m.
Evening Worship 6 p m
Wednesday General Bible Study 7.30 p m
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcost 3 Saturday 7 30 a.m.
Sww* oembrokearkchurchofthrisi com pembrokeparkaoM@belsouih net

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

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

Order of Services
SundaySdchool 945a.rrm
Wor p oI rrm
I ble Stud, Thursda i 30 pm
S ulh M.owy rm
Mon Wj hrpm

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Order of Services
Hour of Prayer 630 a.m Early Morning Worship 7.30 a.m.
Sunday School 10 am Morning Worship 11 o.m
Youth Ministry Sludy, Wed 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p m
Noonday Altar Prayer...(M-F)
Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday ..11 .m p.m.
www.fnend:hipmbcnmo org f*nendshipperyer@bellsouth nel

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

Order of Services
I30 am .Ji londWoip

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l^ p 1* i hbeeng Wonhip
lTa&dY lnda 6pm

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Hadley Davis
yard foreman,
died May 31
at Kindred
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

ch i ldcare
worker, died
May 31 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.

ESTELL BUTLER, 83, domestic
worker, died r -e
June 1. Service
10 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Shiloh
Baptist Church.

worker, died
May 23.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Brownsville
Church of

died June 3 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
are incomplete.

64, teacher, died
May 31 at South
Miami Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.
at Second
Baptist Church.

22, died May 26. Service
Saturday at Solid Rock C

died June 4 at Jackson
Hospital. Arrangem

WILLIS. Arrangemer

;e 11 a.m.,

SM, 89,
I Memorial
ents are


nis are

Wright and Young
28, died June --
2 at Jackson
Hospital .
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at 93rd
Baptist Church.

31, GFS
died June 2
at Jackson
Trauma Center.
include: mother,
Carmel Blue
( Jeffery Arnold ); father, Tyrone
Scott; fiancee, Trisha Taylor;
brothers, Tyrone,Tacaro, Araon,
and Billy; sisters, Marion and
Jessica; children, Markus, Destiny,
and TreVoughn; aunts, Neveda
Washington Janie Blue, Cherly
Robinson and Renee Scott;
uncle, Roderick Scott; mother-
In-law, Novline Tavylor; proceed
him in death grandmother and
grandfather, Marion and Lester
Viewing 10 a.m-8 p.m., Friday,
June 8 at Wright & Young. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at Prince Of
Peace Moravian Church, 1880 NW
183 Street.

tech, died May
31 at home.
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary.

worker, died
May 30 at
Nursing Home.
Service 11
a.m., Friday
at Historic
St. Agnes
Episcopal Church.

48, home
maker died May
31, at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the

44, cashier,
died May 31
at Jackson
Mone m o r i a l
Ho s p i t a I .
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
tired domestic
worker, died
May 30 at Jack-
son Memorial

Center. Service
1 p.m., Satur-
day at St. John
A.M.E Church,
South Miami.

JOHN WALKER, 85, died May
22 at North
Shore Medical
Center. He is
survived by
his wife, Vera;
daug hter,
Phyllis; son,

(Darlene); four
one grandson, one great
granddaughter and a host of
relatives and friends. Services
were held.


Guyton Brothers
reactor and
died June 1.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, at the

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


sends a special thanks to all
of the friends, and neighbors
for your tokens of love and all
your words of kindness.
God bless, from the family.

Death Notice



who died April 27 in Key West.
Please accept our thanks
to the commitment and pro-
fessionalism of the county of
Monroe, the family of a fallen
conrad and my brother who
was able to transition into a
new dawn.
He left us with many mem-
ories which can never be tak-
en away, for life and death are
one even as the sea and river
are one Khalil Gibran.
On behalf of my brother, I
would like to extend an ap-
preciation to the Church
of the Open Door, Monroe
County Sheriffs Department,
The Sundari Foundation,
Sgt. Lonnie Owens, NYPD, Lt.
John Crane, Monroe Coun-
ty Sheriffs Office, Monroe

Dean-Lopez Funeral Home,
Key West and many cousins.
May God bless each of you.
Your son, Gregory
Blanchard; aunt, Darlene
Goldsby, Sacramento; and
one sister, Rai Taylor Johnson
of Miami.

In Memoriam

affectionately known as "Tee"
died May 27 in Dania Beach.
Survivors are three sisters,
Bettie Ann Ellis, Ruth White
and Lottye Crooms.
Service 10 a.m., Wednesday,
June 6 at A. J. Manuel Funeral
Home, 2328 N. Dixie Highway
;, Hollywood. Interment
in Soutn Florida National
Cemetery, Lake Worth.

In Memoriam

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


acknowledges with great ap-
preciation, the sincere ex-
pressions of sympathy and
acts of kindness expressed by
their friends, loved ones and
acquaintances during their
period of bereavement.
Special thanks to Reverend
Canon Richard L. Marquess-
Barry, D.D. and the members
of the Historic St. Agnes Epis-
copal Church family. Also,
thanks to the director and
members of Charles Hadley
Park Senior family for their
support. Finally, thanks to
Richardson Mortuary for the
efficient, professional and
caring services provided.
"Rest Eternal Grant Unto
Him, O Lord: And Let Light
Perpetual Shine Upon Him".
The Pinder Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

WALTER ROZIER, 55, mechanic,

died May 29
at Oceanside
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. :1] :

died on Ma
Service 1 p.
at Range C
N.W. 17th

tired, died M

12/11/1911 06/07/1992

Twenty years ago today God
called you home to be with
RangeHim. Since that time we've
Range shed a lot of tears, because
REYNOLDS BAKER, we've missed your presence
ay 30 at the hospital. and all the good times we
include: a loving shared with you.
two daughters, four Although it's been 20 years,
n, three great-grands. we still remember your voice,
.m., Saturday, June 12 your laugh and your smile.
hapel located at 5727 To the family members that
Avenue, Miami, FL came after your parting, we
share your loving memory
with them, so they can know
the blood that runs through
: L. Wilson them is from a great man; a
loving man...our "Pop"!
E. GILMORE, 48, re- We love you Pop and we
lay 28 at Jackson Me- miss you more than you'll

morial Hospital Miami, FL. Service
12 p.m., Saturday at Believers Life

JOE C. MANGER, 92, retired
inspector, died June 3 at Palmetto
Hospital. Services 11 a.m., Satur-
day in the chapel.

NORMA P. SILVA, 79, flight
kitchen, died May 25 at Memorial
West Hospital. Service 10 a.m.,
Wednesday at Our Lady Queen of

ever know.
The Washington Family







04/18/1943 06/03/2011

Not a day goes by that you
are not in our thoughts. We
wish you peace and happi-
ness in the realm of God.
You are missed more than
you would have imagined.
Nothing is the same, but we
are better for having loved
Love always, your family
and friends.

Death Notice

Seven years ago, you de-
parted this earth but it seems
like only yesterday.
We love and miss you,
Juanita, Betty and Ivory.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

aka "MADEAR"
10/25/1930 06/15/2001

Your loving children and
Love you, Ma-dear.

Death Notice

65, died June 4, a retired
teacher of Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Public Schools for over 35
years. She leaves to cher-
ish her loved memories, her
spouse of 45 years Dr. Clyde
Pettaway; son, Christopher
L. Pettaway (Lynelle); daugh-
ter, Cristal Pettaway-Har-
rington (Bobby); sister, Gail
Smith; grandsons, Christo-
pher-Clyde and Caelan Cody
Pettaway; granddaughters,
Kristal Rose and Kalia Har-
rington. She also leaves a
host of nieces, nephews, and
devoted family and friends.
Viewing, 5-8 p.m., Friday
at McArthur Chapel, 602 NE
96th Street, Miami Shores,
FL. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at New Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church. Interment:
Dade Memorial Park
Arrangements entrusted
to Gregg L. Mason Funeral


died May 31 at home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Holy
Cross Missionary Baptist
Church. Arrangements en-
trusted to Carey Royal Ram'n


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SLifestyle Enterta inment


"Leonard Pitts has a passion for history and a gift for storytelling.
Both shine in this story of love and redemption, which challenges
everything we thought we knew about how our nation dealt with
,its most stubborn stain."

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnistfaces
death threats but refuses to be silenced

By D. Kevin McNeir

One of America's best known col-
umnists, Leonard Pitts, Jr., 54, is on
his way to South Florida the city
in which he first found his voice as a
commentator tackling topics that in-
cluded race, politics and culture. Now
a nationally-syndicated writer with a
ton of awards under his belt, includ-
ing the Pulitzer Prize [2004], Pitts
once wrote for Casey Kasem's radio
show "American Top 40" before being
hired by the Miami Herald in 1991
as a pop music critic. His powerful
columns, ranging in topics from the
9/11 attacks on the U.S. to racism
in Mississippi and the struggles of
young Black men, have earned him
both international acclaim and death
threats from neo-Nazis. But this
Black man is one writer who refuses.
to be silenced.



"I don't think of myself as a politi-
cal writer politics is just part of
the mix," he said. "No matter what
the topic, I generally aim to persuade
my readers and compile my argument
while refusing to accept constraints
on what or how I must write. If I've
done my job well, the reader will
catch on and I have a shot at impact-
ing if not changing their mind."

Pitts will read from and answer
questions about his latest novel,
"Freeman," when he comes to Miami
on Saturday, June 9th at Books &
Books [265 Aragon Ave., Coral Ga-
bles]. His book tour began in late May
with him embarking upon the same
path that the book's main character,
Sam Freeman, takes in the book.
Please turn to PITT8 2C

Talent takes

center-stage in



By D. Kevin McNeir

Genji Jacques, 38, says he always
wanted to use theater as a means of
encouraging spirituality and com-
municating the importance of faith.
In his latest play, "Hoztage," he
blends suspense with comedy and
Biblical truths to tell the story of a
devout minister who is kidnapped
along with three others. They face
the wrath of an evil drug lord, Dia-
blo [capably played by Jacques], who
wants to know the pastor's "master
plan" which he says he will employ
to rid the neighborhood of drugs
and prostitution. Along the way, the
disciples of Diablo, including the
ironically-named Judas and those
kidnapped, each learn something
about themselves and how their past

has kept them "kidnapped."
The production took place last
Saturday at the Aventura Arts &
Cultural Center. It debuted at Nova
Southeastern University earlier this
year and was staged at the Kravis
Center in West Palm.
"There are many things that hold
us Hostage but there's only way to
get out," Jacques said.
Before the play, Christian comedi-
enne Felicia Fefe More set the tone
with positive humor. As she says,
"don't settle for happiness which
is temporary seek joy which is
permanent." Also opening the show
was an eight-year-old wonderkid and
vocalist, Jaden, who amazed the
audience with his singing.
Sometimes local theater can faci
polish with a cast of untalented,
wanna-be actors. But such was not

the case in "Hoztage." Daniel Das-
ent, 44, who plays Rev. Paul Siras,
is a seasoned actor who captured
our attention from start to finish.
Oswald Russell, 32, a Miami native,
says he caught the acting bug 10
years ago and has been hooked ever
since. He brought a sense of passion
and believability to his role. Finally,
Vicky Joseph, 25, a Pompano Beach
native and recent graduate from
Barry University master's program,
performed like a veteran despite this
being her first on stage appearance.
"As a young Christian woman, this
play spoke to me," she said. "I had
never acted before but I had done
spoken word and helped with other
productions. This time I was able to
say through my character, that no
matter what our circumstances, we
can all change for the better."

The Northwest African Ameri-
can Museum in Seattle opened
its exhibition of The Test, The
Tuskegee Project with a gala that
paid tribute to local Tuskegee
Airmen and members of the Sam
Bruce Chapter Of The Tuskegee
Airmen, Inc. The Seattle showing
is the fourth installation since
January of this very popular
exhibition that premiered in De-
cember 2009 and has traveled to
a number of major cities around
the country including Kansas
City, Detroit, Dallas, Pensacola,

Indianapolis, Denver and Tulsa.
The Test, which has been called
exciting and powerful, has been
enthusiastically received by the
the media and public. The ap-
peal of THE TEST is its unique
presentation of history. Using
carefully researched and metic-
ulously crafted imagery, easily
understood text and models, the
exhibit tells the story of the first
Black aviators in the U.S. mili-
tary. Many of the depictions are
based upon first-hand accounts
by participants in the action.





i s

Chaka Khan to pay tribute to Whitney Houston

By Elysa Gardner

For Chaka Khan, the deci-
sion to salute "little sister"
Whitney Houston at New York's
storied Apollo Theater was a
"I got asked to do it, and I
said yes," the R&B survivor
says of her scheduled appear-
ance Monday night at the an-
nual Apollo Spring Gala. "It's
no secret that I loved Whitney
to death. I love her in death, as
in life."
Lionel Richie and Etta James
will be inducted into the Apol-
lo Legends Hall of Fame, and
other late legends will be hon-
ored -Soul Train creator Don
Cornelius by Eddie Levert, and
Nick Ashford by his songwrit-
ing partner and widow, Valerie
To remember Houston, Khan
will "probably sing I'm Every
Woman," a hit for Khan in
1978 and for Houston in 1993.
"It's the song we share," says
Khan, 59, who hasn't yet heard
Celebrate, 'Houston's first
posthumous single. A duet
with Jordin Sparks, the sin-
gle appears on the upcoming
soundtrack to the remake of
Sparkle and goes on sale Tues-
day. Another track, Houston's


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R&B star Chaka Khan lost 60 pounds recently.

rendition of His Eye Is on the
Sparrow, is out June 12.
After Houston's death in Feb-
ruary, Khan spoke of her own
past addiction struggle, and
said Houston should have been
monitored during her hectic fi-
nal days.
She also criticized the de-
cision not to cancel the pre-
Grammys party held just
hours after the diva's death.

"I still feel all that," Khan ad-
mits. "But I've moved on as
has Whitney. At this point, we
just make sure that her daugh-
ter (Bobbi Kristina) is OK, and
that all of our children don't
fall into that horrible place this
business can take you."
Music journalist Alan Light,
co-author of the Gregg All-
man memoir My Cross to Bear,
notes that Khan "is another

artist who has had to balance
having this incredible vocal
instrument with battling de-
For now, Khan appears to
have her demons under con-
trol. She's in the studio ("I
want to get a couple of songs
out before the summer's over")
and hopes to release a new al-
bum next year.
Khan also lost 60 pounds re-
cently and showed off her fig-
ure in a catsuit on the recent
American Idol finale. Khan
wasn't pleased, however, that
Jessica Sanchez, who per-
formed the Houston smash I
Will Always Love You, lost to
Phillip Phillips.
"It's an atrocity that that lit-
tle girl didn't win," Khan says.
"It smacked of something -
something that I don't want to
get into."
She's more direct in discuss-
ing another recent project: In
March, Khan led a group re-
cording of Super Life as a trib-
ute to slain teen Trayvon Mar-
"I'm just sick of kids killing
each other and getting killed,"
says Khan. "Teenage boys have
become an endangered spe-
cies. Maybe it's up to us women
to step up and do something."


Black museum brings

Tuskegee Project to life


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After spending Mother's
Day in Afghanistan with
the female troops and
Secretary of State Hilary
Clinton, Congresswoman
Frederica 8. Wilson was
back in form greeting the site
directors, mentors,
2013 prospective
recipients, 2012
recipients, and
parents, last
Wednesday, at
New Hope Baptist
Church for the 19th
Annual Scholarship
Awards with Ted JOHNS(
Lucas, a successful
independent record label
executives, as the keynote
The program also included
toastmasters Dr. Rick
Holton, G. Eric
Knowles (Miami
Dolphins), Chief
Robert Parker, and
Lt. Joseph Schillaci
City of Miami Police
Dept. Also, Kevin
Rutledge, singing
The national anthem,
Commissioner DEMERI
Barbara Jordan,
Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway,
Josue Senatus, Judge Rodney
Smith, 11th Judicial Circuit,

Jefferson Noel, ia
and Bishop
Joseph Watson, Baljean
Smith, Bishop Randall E. and
Prophetess Sharlene Holts,
and a host of sponsors from
the Unity Breakfast. A special
salute goesout to the2012
recipients: Jamar Jones,
Coral Gables; Max-Oliver
Andre, Varels, Terrance
Fletcher, Bradley
Georges, Neptune
Joseph, Claude Mersier,
and Joey Milhomme,
Braddock; Dionte
Grant, Homestead;
ON Christian Archer,
Donovan Eugene, Imani
Lee, Yomar Lopez, Duran
Martinez, and Harry Zaes,
Mast Academy; Jeangorky,
Roberto Alvarez, Bryan
Arevalo, Christian Blanco,
Tad Cato, Andrew
Gray, Jose Diaz, Jorge
Hernandez, Valecillo
Jubert, Emmanuel
Moreira, Nseya Parfait,
and Villalon Yordan,
Miami High; Anthony
Lezama, Clive McClean,
ITTE Carol City; Leandro
De-Camargo, Oswaldo
DiBenedetto, Sebastian
Garcia, Jesus Lopez, Adrian
Obregon, Cristian Santos,

Carby Sneed, and for the event, because
Robert Zeila, Coral of the necessity to help
Park; Sa'Quan Jones, students.
Sean McKenzie, On the other side of the
Christopher Nowell, coin is the St. John CDC
and Zenas Perdomo, Overtown is Cooking
Miami Lakes; scheduled for some
Jacquese Wilson, time in August featuring
Northwestern; Louis chefs Dr. Nelson
Azen, Palmetto; LUCAS Adams, Dr. Edwin T.
Donovan Blot, Jean Demeritte, Deacons
Edmond, Andy EUlzaire, Dave Homer Humphries, Franklin
Francols, Joyce Kitubu, Clark, Clifton Williams, and
Gabriel Marseille, Junior John Demeritte with many
Mompoint, and Daniel bahamian dishes, especially
Virgile, North Miami; Evensky pigeon peas and rice (one on
Louis-Charles, Jefferson one), conch fritters, boiled fish
Noel, Josue Senatus, and and grits and chicken souse.
Junior Smith, North Miami Eboni D'Nae Finley grew
Beach; Devon Harris, Michael from immaturity to maturity
Morley, Calvin Stewart after graduating from Carol
Luckson Abraham, Sanyo City, 2010. Her diploma
Jean, South Dade. included being enrolled in
Under the leadership of the Law Magnet Program,
Shirlyon McWhorter- serving as Student
Jones, Delta Sigma Representative to the
Theta Miami Alumnae Dade County School
Chapter had their Board, and honorable
"Cooking Gents" mention for Silver
affair last weekend Knight in speech, and
to show off men from the top five percent of
firefighters to lawyers class. She was selected
with their unique to be the keynoter for
cooking expertise. It HOLLOWAY Youth Day, recently.
was an advantage OWA And, of course, she
for the men to share was eloquent, articular,
their secret family receipt, and comprehensive from the
such as Wynton and Clarence topic, "Get Our Off The Boat".
White, Gladstone Hunter, the Matthew 14:22-33 as a video
Bahamian man with the pork clip demonstrated her concept
souse; and also raise monies to a standing ovation.
for scholarships for selected Presently, she's a junior at
debutantes. Further, Ollie Bethune-Cookman U. majoring
Daniels spent days preparing in nursing, as well as the

Quality Enhancement
Program (Peer Mentor)
and a member of
the Gospel Choir.
She was supported
by her grandfather
Horatio Major, Eric
and Tangela Major-
Finley, Ministers T.
Eilene & Gregory FIN
Robinson. She is the
great granddaughter of Bertha
Martin and niece of Tia
Major & Bruce Martin. Her
philosophy is to, "Trust in the
Lord with all thine heart and
he shall direct thy path".
Lemuel Allison Moncur
and Lenora Mary Paschal
Johnson, two pillars in the
community were laid to
rest, Thursday, May 17th
and Saturday, May 26th
respectfully, at Church of
the Incarnation with
Range Funeral Home
Moncur was born
in 1931 as the ninth
of ten children and
devoted most of his life
to St. Agnes Episcopal
Church. He was also
a product of Bookei T. MO
Washington and sang
under Leila R. Williams. After
graduating from high school,
he matriculated at New York
School of music studying voice
and piano. He met and married
Florence E. Scavella and was
blessed with Margaret and
Robin Glenese. He celebrated
57-years of marriage, recently,

Wadley has been
nominated as Student of
the Month at Santa Clara
Elementary. Zamiah was
recognized at her school
assembly on April 26th.
Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church Chapter of The
Daughters of the King
visited the city of New
Orleans, Louisiana. Some
people who made the
four day trip were Father
Richard and Mrs. Virla
Barry, Jestina Brown,
Ellen Bethel, Fred Brown,
Betty Davis, Dorothy
Davis, Beatrice Davis,
Joyce Hepburn, Sylvia
Sands, Raynal Sands,
Janelle Hall, Gwen
Bouie-Thomas, Paula
Archer, Audrey Strachan,
Stephen Carroll, Stephen
and Lucy C. Newbold,
Juanita Kelly, the Harold
S. Clarkes, Robin Moncur,
Elestine McKinney Allen,
Catherine Newbold,
Barbara Patterson,
Cynthia T. Brown,
Cheryl Troutman, Allen
Nicholson, Rochelle
Allen, Sharon Johnson,
Anna Pratt, Shirley
Cravett and grand-
daughter, Terry Kelly,
Kendra Clarke, Gail
Jackson, Janet Brown,
Mother Mary Bivins, John

and Teddy = =
Abraham. (Our coordinates
were Betty Blue, Florence
Moncur, Margaret
Moncur, Malvern Mathis,
Louise Cromartie, and
Ardie Bell Edwards).
Hearty Congratulations
goes out to Pamela Layton
who lives in Tampa, FL and
received her Masters Degree
from Webster University
in Saint Petersburg and
Metropolitan Campus.
Pamela is the daughter
of Tangela and Charles
Floyd. Pamela's grand-
parents are Thomas and
Agnator Nottage. Her
aunt Pamela Pitts also
attended her name sake's
graduation. They all
enjoyed a glorious time.
You are cordially invited
to enjoy brunch and a show
case of summer fashions
at St. Scholastica's Annual
Fashion Show. It will be
held on Saturday, June 9
at 11:00 a.m. in Blackett
Hall at St. Agnes.
Wedding Anniversary
Greetings go out to the
following love birds of the
Rev'. and Mrs. Woodrow
(Da 'Nita J.) Jenkins, Jr.
May 20; their 6th, Thomas
0, (Dyshon R.I White, May
23rd, their 20th; Alfred
(Shree B.Wheeler) May

23rd, their 20th; Phillip
R. (Netta) Wallace, May
24, their 38th; Enos W.C.
(Sandra M.) Darling II,
May 24th, their 9th; Leon
N. (Tumai K.) Mainor May
25th,their 10th; Alonzo
(Joan P.) Ballard, May
25th, their 9th.
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to all of you:
Princess Lamb, Thomas
Nottage, Marvin Ellis,
Wilhelmina Stirrup-
Welch, Frankie Rolle,
Peggy Gabriel-Greene,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Shane Hepburn, Elouise
Bain-Farrington, Louise
H. Cleare, Jacqueline
F. Livingston, Edith
Jenkins -Coverson,
Grace Heastie-Patterson,
Roxcie James.
You and your family are
cordially invited to join
Saint Agnes in our Parish
Hall on Friday, August
10th. Join us as we get
down in Blackett Hall.
See one of these ladies
for your ticket: Angelita
Browne, Flora Brown. Dr.
Gay Outler, Sylvia Rolle,
Sharon Anderson, Donna
Turner, Robin Moncur,
Elestine Allen, and
Fredricka Fisher.
Oops. I forgot one of our
graduates names in listing
our high school graduates
last week. Laura Marie
Eve- Smith, daughter of
Michael D. and Davrye
Gibson- Smith, Sr. and
grand-daughter of Vennda
Rei Harris- Gibson.

Leonard Pitts is a writer and a warrior

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Freeman, at the end of the
Civil War, leaves his home
and freedom in Philadelphia
to walk thousands of miles
to the Mississippi plantation
from which he once escaped.
As Pitts explains, the pro-
tagonist of his novel has one
goal: to search for his wife
who was unwilling to risk the
dangers that came with at-
tempts to escape and to seek
her forgiveness.
"The story is a romance

about a man who goes on
a suicide mission because
he could not live in freedom
without the love of his life -
his wife," Pitts said. "That's
an incredible testament. But
evidence shows that many
former slaves, even 20 years
after emancipation, returned
to the South in efforts to
reconstruct their families.
Theirs are the stories that
must be told."
Pitts is also known for his
book "Becoming Dad: Black
Men and the Journey to Fa-
therhood," which examines

the inability of many Black
men to forge positive rela-
tionships with their children.
"My father was rarely
around and when he was
he was abusive, so I didn't
have a model to follow when
I became a father," he said.
"I was constantly unsettled,
wondering if I was doing it
right. The problem has got-
ten worse in recent years
with young people but we
still ignore it. Children need
t\io parents each brings
something unique to the ta-

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and will be missed
by Florence, Robin,
Lemuel Moncur,
Diona, Kai, Winifred,
Lester, Alice Moncur
and a host of other
relatives and friends.
Lenora Paschal
Johnson was native of
ILEY Miami, while attending
Parkway Middle and
Norland and furthering
her education at FSU and
Cambridge College, Boston,
Mass., where she became
leader of the cheer team,
grant writer, and CEO of the
family Community Health
Trust. Beneath her legacy
of sincerity, her unfailing
lady-like character and sweet
disposition, was a fighting
spirit as strong as steel and
faith as big as the heavens.
Johnson was a
vital light in the lives
of all she touched
and her passing will
be mourned by her
husband, Larry,'
parents Dr. Rosalyn
and Fletcher Paschal,
Agenoria Paschal,
INCUR grandmother, Elvis
Paschel, and friends
Dr. Barbara Montfort,
physician, who left her crowded.
office to pay respects to her
patient, Annette Williams,
Nettle Bookings Cogdell,
Gloria Green, Franklin Clark,
Fr. Kenneth Major, Dana
Moss, and Dr. Wellington



F ood always seems to taste better when enjoyed outdoors. No matter the
occasion or location, these packable, snackable recipes are foods fit for
a fabulous picnic.
Bean Salad Stuffed Shells are a simple, flavorful, portable appetizer. Jumbo
shells filled with a can of 3 or 4 bean salad, herbs and cheese make great
finger food.
Baby Beet and Farro Salad is an easy pack-and-go side. Whole pickled baby
beets -just right for one bite are the star of this whole grain salad, tossed
with Dijon mustard dressing.
Picnic Sandwiches with Pickled Beet-Mango Slaw, piled high with deli
meats, goat cheese and a tangy-sweet slaw can be made ahead. Wrapped tightly
and refrigerated for several hours, the flavors meld deliciously.
Warm weather classic lemonade gets a ruby-red makeover. Simply add
antioxidant rich beets to frozen lemonade concentrate, and Pink Lemonade is
ready to enjoy.
A Tex-Mex inspired picnic of Southwestern Marinated Chicken with Bean
Salad is a meal all its own. The grilled chicken marinated in liquid from
a can of southwestern bean salad pairs perfectly with the bean salad for a
fast fiesta that can be served warm or chilled --just add tortillas and perhaps
a margarita.
For additional recipes, visit and

Picnic Sandwiches with Beet-Mango Slaw
Preparation Time: 20 minutes 2. In large bowl, toss together slaw mix.
Makes 6 servings mango and onion. Add vinaigrette; toss
I jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's to coat well.
Sliced 3. Cut baguette lengthwise in half.
Pickled Beets Remove insides leaving 1/2-inch shell
1-1/2 cups cabbage slaw mix on top and bottom. Spread bottom half
3/4 cup cubed mango (about 1/4- with goat cheese. r % -
inch cubes) 4. Toss beets with slaw mixture; spoon
1/4 cup sliced green onion half over goat cheese. Arrange beef
2 to 3 tablespoons prepared over slaw: spoon remaining slaw
vinaigrette o\er beef. Close sandwich and press
Baguette or other loaf, plain or firmly. Wrap tightly with aluminum
multigrain foil; refrigerate up to 4 hours before
(about 21 inches x 3 inches) serving.
I package (4 ounces) creamy goat 5. To serve, cut baguette into 6 pieces.
cheese o nt01 1,
or other spreadable cheese Pink Lemonade (Makes about 2 qts)
1/2 pound thinly sliced deli roast Place l,2 cup reserved chopped beets
beef in food processor or blender container;
or turkey. process to puree. Add one 12-ounce
1. Drain beets %%ell; discard liquid or save can of lemonade concentrate tthaNed):
for another use. CoarselN chop beets: process to combine. Pour into pitcher.
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The Miami Jackson
Class of 1972 is holding
their 40th reunion, June 7 -
10. For information, call class
president Nathan Adderley at
786-344-8436 or executive
treasurer, Senella James
Clinch at 305-336-2944.

Florene Utthcut's
Inner City Chlldren"s
Dance Touring Company,
Inc. cordially invites the
community to Growing up in
the Arts: Embracing the Past
Leaping Into the Future;
an afternoon of elegance as
it presents students in recital
on Saturday, June 9th at 2
p.m. at the Arthur F. Teele, Jr.
Black Box Theatre, 1350 N.W.
50 St. For ticket info, contact

The Opa-Locka
Panthers spring cheerleader
camp at Ingraham Park,
at 2100 Burlington Street,
begins May 22nd June 7th, 6
8 p.m. For more information,
contact coach Keisha at 305-
318-3876 or Mashanda at

Miami Central High
School Class of 1992 is
celebrating their 20-year
reunion June 22nd June
24th. For information, contact
786-258-3450 or email

Miami Alumni Chapter
Tennessee State University
will hold its monthly meeting
at 6:30 p. m. on Friday, June
29th at the Omega Activity
Center 15600 N.W.42nd
Ave. A free fish fry will be a
part of the meeting and all
TSU graduates and friends
are invited. For information,
contact Charles C. Stafford at
Northwestern Alumni

Scholarship Fund-Raiser
presents live entertainment
at Happy Hour, 6 9 p.m. at
Legends Cafe 2029 Harrison
in Hollywood every first Friday
of the month beginning June
1st. For information, contact
John "Rick" Ziegler at 305-

Healthy Start Coalition
of Miami Dade (HSCMD)
announces their summer kick-
off event Saturday, June 9th,
9 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Miami-
Dade County Fair Expo Center,
10901 SW 24th Street. For
information call 305-3666 or

Miami Northwestern
Alumni Classes are hosting
their annual Blue and Gold
Dance on July 7, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
For additional information
please call John L. Cheever at

Youth Education and
Athletic Program (YEAP)
Summer camp June 11th -
August 10th, Monday-Friday,
7 a.m. 6 p.m. For more
information, call 305-454-

Merry Poppins
Daycare/Kindergarten will
have open enrollment for VPK
class now and summer camp
June 11th- August 17th. For
information call Ruby White
or Lakeysha Anderson at 305-

Miami Rescue Mission
is hosting their fourth annual
Alumni Picnic at Crandon Park
Beach, 6747 Crandon Blvd in
Key Biscayne, on June 16th, 8
a.m. 4 p.m.

Miami Northwestern
Class of "72" presents an
"Old School Dance" on June
22nd, 8 p.m. -1 a.m. at the

Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale
Airport Hotel-1825 Griffin Rd,
Dania. For more information,
contact Don Williams at 954-
376-0656 or Rosylen Sutton-
Cox at 786-390-7478.

I BookerT. Washington's
1962 Alumni Class is
planning their 50th reunion
June 24th- July 1st. All are
invited to upcoming meetings
held every month at the
African Heritage Cultural
Center, 6161 NW 22 Ave .
For more information, contact
Helen Tharpes Bonaparte 305-
691-1333 or Lonzie Nichols

American Senior High
Alumni Association is
hosting a masquerade ball, "An
Evening of Fun and Fantasy"
on July 27th at the Hillcrest
Country Club. For information,
call 305-458-4436.

I Miami Northwestern Sr
High Class of 1973 will meet
the 3rd Sunday of each month.
We are planning our 40th
reunion in 2013. For more
information, contact Gloria
305-635-3015 or Louise 305-

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 planning our
45th reunion. Call Elaine
at 786 227-7397 or www.

B 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 305-621-8431.

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


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.

M 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-

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 low
income families and veterans.
All services are free. For
applications, call 786-273-

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

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, for
more information.

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

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

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

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

Empowerment Tutoring

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

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

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to
get reacquainted. Meetings
are held on the last Saturday
of each month at 9 a.m. For
information contact Loletta
Forbes at 786-593-9687 or
Elijah Lewis at 305-469-7735.

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

Miami Jackson Senior
High class of 92 is currently
planning a 20th year reunion.
Call committee president
Herbert Roach at hollywud3@

The 5000 Role Models
of Excellence Project will
be celebrating 20 years of
mentorship at their 2013 5000
Role Models Reunion. All role
models members, mentors
and students are urged to
contact the Role Models's office
by e-mail: 5000RoleModels@
dadeschools.netor or call 305-
995-2451, ext. 2.

The Expert Resource
Community Center (HUD
approved Counseling Agency)
located at 610 NW 183 Street,
Suite 202, Miami Gardens,
every Wednesday at 9:30
a.m.- 11:30 a.m. For more
information, call Lou Green at

Celebrate Love this June

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Commissioner Barbara Jordan hosts


Elementary school wins competition

Students from North Dade Center for Modern Languages show off their winning trophies for the 4th Annual

Barbara Jordan Brain Blast.

By Latoya Burgess

Commissioner Barbara Jordan presents students from Golden Glades Elementary
School with their awards for placing second in the Barbara Jordan Brain Blast.

Fifth graders at two Miami Gardens elementary
schools recently duked it out to become the cham-
pion in Commissioner Barbara Jordan's 4th Annual
Brain Blast on May 18th.
Golden Glades Elementary school was no match
for North Dade Center for Modern Languages that
dominated the competition. Questions challenged
students' knowledge on topics that ranged from the
American Revolution and Black history to chemical
symbols and mathematical equations.
"This is the second year North Dade Center for
Modern Languages has walked away victoriously,"

Jordan said. "They are fierce competitors and I
look forward to next year's academic showdown."
Both schools walked away with a cash prize of
$500 each for participating.
The first place winners from Golden Glades in-
clude: Miranda Del Soto; Robert Desrosiers; Regi-
nae Donatien; Krystal Leyva; Suzanne Melbourne;
and Angela Munoz.
Jordan said the annual Brain Blast is her chance
to showcase the talents of local kids outside of
sports or other non-academic competitions.
"While I hold athletic competitions for students,"
Jordan said, "it is equally as important to highlight
their skills off of the gridiron and away from the
basketball court."

GRADUATION BTW student gets Kiwanis scholarship

The time is finally here that high school students have ...h, .
spent four years oreoarina for graduation dayv. Starting last to her Haitian .im ,

Friday, June 1st, thousands of local seniors from the class of
2012 began "strutting their stuff" in their caps and gowns as
they walked across the stage and received their high school
diplomas. Congratulations! Here are the times and dates of
ceremonies that are scheduled over the next several days:

Booker T. Washington Senior High
Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Miami Norland Senior High
U.S. Century Bank Arena at FlU

Miami Edison Senior High
Miami-Dade County Auditorium

William Turner Tech Senior High
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Previously held cer-
emonies: Coral Gables
Senior High; Miami
Central Senior High;
Homestead Senior High;
and Miami Northwestern
Senior High.

10a.m. June 7

8 p.m. June 7

10 a.m. June 8

3p.m. June


By Latoya Burgess

Fustine Saint-Aude, a Hai-
tian-American senior at Booker
T. Washington Senior High,
recently made history as the
first student to ever receive the
Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club
Scholarship. Saint-Aude, who
now has a fully-paid schol-
arship to attend a four-year
university in the fall, was given
the award at an awards cer-
emony at the high school on
May 23rd.
"It feels great; I'm happy,"
said Saint-Aude, who was
born in Haiti, but moved to
Miami when she was six-
years-old. "I feel like I'm repre-
senting the Haitian people and
ridding us of stereotypes."
Please turn to BTW 8D

-Photo courtesy Rick Freedman
(L-R) Wendie Williams (K-Kids Advisor at Santa Clara Elementary); Vyonda Moss (Key Club
Advisor at Booker T. Washington High School); Fustine Saint-Aude; Rick Freedman (Attorney at
Rick Freedman & Associates and Kiwanis Club Scholarship Chair); William Reich (Vice-President
of the Kiwanis Club).

Elementary school youth learn about Black history

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By Latoya Burgess

Dozens of kids in Miami-
Dade County public elemen-
tary schools garnered the
rewards of reading with a free
trip to a historical Black city
and all-day fun at a Florida
theme park thanks to a local
The Read to Lead schol-
arship program, led by Dr.
Erhabor Ighodaro, executive
director of the Dr. Robert B.
Ingram Foundation, challenged
third, fourth and fifth graders to
read 10 books during a nine-

week period. Thirty of those
students were then selected to
attend an all-inclusive two-day,
one-night trip to St. Augustine
and Islands of Adventure in Or-
lando on May 18th.

"We went to Lincolnville in
St. Augustine and the kids
had the opportunity to proudly
display our unity," he said.
"It added a rich Black history
component to the tour." Lin-
colnville, established in 1866,
was the first major Black sub-
division in St. Augustine where

former slaves once fought to
protect the city from British
invasion in 1738. Thanks to
strong political action by the
prominent residents, segrega-
tion laws were eliminated. In
recent years, Lincolnville has
become a major tourist attrac-
The students on the trip
hailed from Dr. Robert B.
Ingram, Shadowlawn, Brent-
wood, Bunche Park and
Parkview elementary schools.
The first day of the tour
focused on academics and
students kept journals of their
learning experiences. Two


years ago, students learned
first-hand about the Rosewood
massacre while visiting Levy
County, Florida. That was
followed by a trip to Busch
Gardens in Tampa.
"The second half of the tour
is all about having fun," Igho-
daro said.
The Robert B. Ingram
Foundation, founded by the
late Robert B. Ingram of the
Miami-Dade County Public
School Board was founded
in 2001. To date the Read to
Lead scholarship program has
awarded more than scholar-
ships to deserving students.


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The Associated Press

number of Americans seeking
unemployment benefits rose
last week to a five-week high,
evidence that the job market
remains sluggish.
The Labor Department said
Thursday that weekly applica-
tions for unemployment aid
rose 10,000 to a seasonally
adjusted 383,000. The four-
week average, a less volatile
measure, increased for the first
time in a month to 374,500.
Economists were disappoint-
ed by the data, particularly
when coupled with a separate
report Thursday that showed
only modest hiring by private
businesses in May. On Friday,
the government will report on
May hiring by private and pub-
lic employers.
Analysts expect it will show
that employers added 158,000
jobs, while the unemployment
rate remains at 8.1 percent.

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:".T-' -MIAMI, FLORIDA, JUNE 6-12, 2012

That would be an improvement
from April, when employers
added only 115,000 jobs. But
it would be slower than the
blistering pace set this winter,
when the economy generated
an average of 252,000 jobs a m i
month from December-Febru-
"The jobs data were not reas-
suring ahead of tomorrow's
... report," said Jennifer Lee,
an economist at BMO Capital. f
Meanwhile, the government
said Thursday that the U.S.
economy grew at an annual
rate of 1.9 percent in the first
three months of the year,
slower than first estimated.
The Commerce Depart-
ment on Thursday lowered its
estimate for January-March
growth from an initial estimate
of 2.2 percent. The downward Hundreds line up seeking to ap Lac
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slowly, and the U.S. trade defi-
cit grew sharply.
S Analysts believe the econ-
omy is growing at a slightly
faster rate this spring. They
estimate growth at an annual
S rate of between two percent
and 2.5 percent in the April-
June quarter. Many expect the
economy will maintain that
pace for all of 2012, an im-
provement from last year's 1.7
percent growth.
The government offers three
estimates for gross domestic
product. GDP is the output of
all goods and services, which
includes everything from hair-
cuts and coffee to airplanes
Sand appliances.
Meanwhile, applications for
jobless benefits had declined
to roughly 370,000 for four
weeks. That drop suggested
om right that hiring could pick up in
May. When applications drop
ent at an below 375,000, it typically
oyed and suggests that hiring is strong
Please turn to CLAIMS 10D

Unemployment rate ticks up to 8.2%

69,000 new jobs

in May

By Paul Davidson

ployers added just 69,000
jobs in May the fewest in a
year-- as payrolls gains were
disappointingly tepid for a
third month, the Labor De-
partment said.
The nation's unemployment
rate rose to 8.2% from 8.1%
as 642,000 Americans surged
into the labor force, many of
whom could not find jobs.
Dow Jones industrial aver-
age futures, which were al-
ready down 100 points before
the report, fell an additional
100 points within minutes of
its release.
The yield on the benchmark
on the 10-year Treasury note
plunged to 1.46 percent, the
lowest on record, suggest-
ing investors are flocking to
the safety of U.S. government
The price of gold, which was

Job seeker Aaron Moore, 25, completes a job application at Los
Angeles Mission's 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair on May 31,
2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.

trading at about $1,550 an
ounce before the report, shot
up $30. For much of the past
three years, investors have
seen gold as a safe place to put
their money during turbulent
economic times.
Businesses added 82,000
jobs, while governments cut
13,000. Job gains in health
care, transportation and

wholesale were were more
than offset by losses in con-
struction and leisure and hos-
pitality and weak showings by
previously strong sectors such
as professional and business
A consensus of economists
had estimated that employ-
ers added 150,000 jobs last
month, including 160,000 in

the private sector.
The government revised
down total job gains for the
previous two months by a
total 49,000. March's gains
were revised to 143,000 from
154,000, and April's to 77,000
from 115,000.
"The jobs recovery has taken
a step backward," says Patrick
O'Keefe, director of economics
at J.H. Cohn accounting and
consulting and former deputy
assistant secretary for the
Labor Department.
Many economists say the
May employment report could
be key in helping determine
President Obama's reelection
chances because voters' per-
ception of the economy tend to
solidify in the summer.
Steven Ricchiuto, chief
economist of Mizuho Securi-
ties, says the disappointing re-
port likely will fuel speculation
that the Federal Reserve might
soon purchase more Treasury
bonds to lower long-term inter-
est rates and stimulate the
economy. The Fed's current
initiative to shift its portfolio
Please turn to RATE 10D

Consumer spending

rises 0.3 percent

By Martin Crutsinger
Associated Press

sumer spending edged up
modestly in April, but per-
sonal income growth was
the slowest in five months,
raising concerns about the'
ability of Americans to keep
spending in the future.
Consumer spending
increased 0.3 percent in
April following a revised 0.2
percent gain in March, the
Commerce Department said
Americans' income grew
0:2 percent in April, the
poorest showing since
incomes fell 0.1 percent in
Consumer spending ac-
counts for 70 percent of
economic activity. Econo-
mists hope consumers will
keep spending to support
further economic growth.
But the concern is that

incomes have been lagging
in this sub-par recovery,
meaning households have
less to spend.
For the January-March
quarter, consumer spend-
ing rose annual rate
of 2.7 percent, the stron-
gest performance since the
last quarter of 2010. But
there was concern because
Americans are receiving
little or no pay raises.
Real income income
adjusted for inflation has
been growing too slowly to
sustain healthy increases in
consumer spending. After-
tax income adjusted for in-
flation rose just 0.4 percent
in the first three months of
this year, and that followed
an even smaller 0.2 percent
increase in the final three
months of 2011.
Many people have been
increasing their spending
by saving less. The savings
Please turn to RISE 10D

Student loans soar over past decade M-DCPS students shine at

Is a crisis in the makingfor students entrepreneurial competition

who need financial aid? Three Miami-Dade County place winner Jhasir Ber-

By Tami Luhby

Student loans have more
than tripled over the past
decade, according to new data
from the Federal Reserve.
Student loan debt hit $904
billion in the first quarter of
2012, up from $241 billion a
decade ago, according to the
Federal Reserve Bank of New
York quarterly household debt
report. That's up 275 percent
since the same period in 2003.
Students continued heaping on
debt throughout the economic
downturn, even as Americans
cut back on other forms of
credit, such as mortgages and

credit cards.
"It remains the only form of
consumer debt to substantially
increase since the peak of
household debt in late 2008,"
said Donghoon Lee, senior
economist at the NY Fed.
Since that peak, student
loan debt has shot up $293
billion, while other debts fell a
combined $1.53 trillion. Stu-
dent loans have been the sec-
ond highest form of consumer
debt since the second quarter
of 2010, behind mortgages.
Americans are also increas-
ingly falling behind on their
student loans. Long-term
Please turn to LOANS 10D

President Barack Obama looks to up student loans.
costs for college students soar.

As tuition
As tuition

Public Schools (M-DCPS)
students are finalists in
the Network for Teaching
Entrepreneurship (NFTE),
South Florida's rigorous
business plan competition.
More than 3,000 students
from 21 schools across
South Florida participated
in the competition. A team
of business profession-
als representing reputable
companies such as Ernst
and Young, MasterCard
and the Knight Foundation
judged the student's busi-
ness plans.
The finalists include first

mudez of Miami Southridge
Senior High School who was
recognized for his business
Prasinos Princess. The sec-
ond place winner Mariem
Marquetti of John A. Fergu-
son Senior High School was
recognized for her business
Unlimited. The third place
finalist Isis Clark of Miami
Central Senior High School
was recognized for her busi-
ness CookieCakes.
The finalists will represent
South Florida at the NFTE's
national business plan com-
petition this October in New
York City.

Confronting the practice of using Black businesses as fronts for whites

By Chinta Strausberg
Special to the NNPA

In business since 2003,
Harold J. Davis, Jr., president
of Amer-I-Can Enterprises II,
had a $12 million contract
with Aramark Correctional
Services, Inc. and he is still
fighting to get his money. Da-
vis is running into brick walls
after he blew the whistle on
the owner he alleges tried to
make him into a front compa-
ny. Aramark is one of the na-

tion's largest food service pro-
viders for jails and prisons.
Davis recently appeared be-
fore the WE CAN, INC. Com-
mittee, chaired by Florence
Cox, seeking help in getting
justice. Cox said, "Accord-
ing to municipal regulations,
front companies are illegal.
Some companies have been
barred from doing business
with the city when found to
be operating in that manner.
Front companies rob legiti-
mate business owners of ac-

cess and growth." WE CAN,
INC. is a committee com-
prised of some of Chicago's
most successful Black busi-
nessmen and women who are
fighting to improve the quality
of life in the Black community
and to help nurture and gain
equal access to contractual
Davis is taking his case to
anyone who will listen and it's
a story of a Black man seeking
an equal opportunity. He says
his opportunity was seized by

a greedy white-owned corpo-
ration (Aramark) that ended
up getting the entire contrac-
tual pie including the slices
earmarked for minority firms.
Though he's been allegedly
threatened, Davis isn't back-
ing down on either his goal of
blowing the whistle on Ara-
mark, nor his vow not to be-
come a Black front company
as he was allegedly asked to
do by Aramark.
In August 2007, Davis and
his lawyer, Lewis Myers, Jr.,

filed a complaint in the Cir-
cuit Court of Cook County
against Aramark Correctional
Services, Inc, et al that refer-
enced a number of companies
that had been indicted by the
U.S. Attorneys Office. Own-
ers of those companies had
been indicted "for illegally us-
ing minority firms to receive
minority set-aside funds in
violation of federal and state
laws. "Unfortunately, most of
the minority companies have
been Black," said Myers in

his complaint.
Besides refusing requests
allegedly by Aramark to break
the law by becoming a front
company, Davis feels majority
white firms that pay minori-
ties to be front companies rob
legitimate Black contractors of
their fair share of the contrac-
tual pie. Davis vows to keep
fighting until he has received
justice and hopefully serve as
a warning to white firms to
stop siphoning off monies ear-
marked for minorities.


The Miami Times has won five national awards,

including the coveted Russwurm Award and General Excellence from the

National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)

Best Black Newspaper in the Country

First Place

First Place
D. Kevin McNeir

First Place
Kaila Heard and Stangetz Caines

Second Place
D. Kevin McNeir and Mitzi Williams


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Summer jobs m cent to 13.5 percent. Unemployment rates
h p Visalia, Calif., had are still higher than
help some the third-largest de- 10 percent in 41 metro

By Christopher
8. Rugaber

Unemployment rates
fell in nearly all large
U.S. cities in April
from March, aided
by summer hiring on
farms and in tourist
The Labor Depart-
ment said Wednesday
that rates fell in 356
of the 372 largest U.S.
metro areas. That tops
last April, when 339
areas reported de-
The economy has
generated 1 million
jobs in the past five
months. That's one
reason the national
unemployment rate
has fallen from 9.1
percent in August to
8.1 percent last month.
But the rate has

also dropped because
many of the unem-
ployed have given
up looking for work.
The government only
counts people as un-
employed if they are
actively seeking jobs.
The metro employ-
ment data aren't sea-

clJne. ITe rate Icfe
from 18.2 percent in
March to 16.2 percent
in April. The farming
community likely add-
ed workers to help with
the upcoming harvest.
Unemployment rates
are nearing pre-reces-
sion levels in a growing
number of areas. Rates
dropped below seven
percent in 163 cities
in April, or roughly 44
percent of rates mea-
sured by the federal
agency. That's up from
100 areas a year ago.

sonally adjusted for
such trends. As a re-
sult, they can be vol-
atile from month to
Some cities that de-
pend heavily on sum-
mer tourism experi-
enced steep drops last

Salinas, Calif.,
which is near tourist
destinations Monterey
and Carmel, reported
the sharpest fall: from
14.7 percent in March
to 11.6 percent in April.
Ocean City, N.J.,
had the second-largest
drop, from 15.8 per-

Recipient represents one of the best

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Saint-Aude, who
boasts a 4.9 grade
point average, said she
believes others have
applied negative ste-
reotypes to her fellow
over the years and
beating out other stu-
dents who were also
vying for the award
helps eliminate nay-
"Where I'm from
people don't have this
opportunity," she said.
"They don't get to be
where I am and where
I have been."
The 17-year-old has
already earned her li-
censes through dual-
enrollment classes as
a certified nursing as-
sistant and' EKG tech-
nician or electrocar-
diogram technician
a technician re-
sponsible for perform-
ing diagnostic tests to
access the heart rate of
Saint-Aude, who
plans to study medi-
cine at the Univer-
sity of Florida, says
that even as a young
child she knew she
wanted to go into the
medical field.
"It's been something
that I've always want-
ed to do," said Saint-
Aude, who has three
younger brothers. "I

love kids and when I
was little if some-
one would get hurt I
would put a bandaid
on them."

Rick Freedman,
chair of the scholar-
ship committee with
the Kiwanis Club, said
choosing Saint-Aude
as the winner was an
unanimous decision.
"Five members of the
club took home the
students' applications
and didn't speak to
each other about who
we would choose," he
said. "When we had
our meeting where we
would make a decision
[Fustine] was at the
top for all of us."

Freedman described
the application pro-
cess as a tough, rigor-
ous task that required
a stellar GPA, support
letters, community
service requirements
and palatable SAT
scores among other
He created the schol-
arship award in 2007
with funds provided
to the club by political
commentator and au-
thor Rush Limbaugh
who has donated
$400,000 in the past
four years.
Other donors have
also helped make the
scholarship award
possible allowing the
club to give college
funds to students at
Miami Springs Senior

High and iPrep acad-
emy, a relatively new
academy program for
advanced high school
Saint-Aude beat
out 12 other qualified
students who applied
for the scholarship at
Booker T. Washing-
ton. Members of the
Biscayne Bay Kiwanis
Club have chosen to
sponsor scholarships
at the high school for
the next few years.
"We wanted to make
.sure our money was
well spent," said Freed-
man," and that some-
one deserving in Over-
town who had earned
it and worked hard
would be able to go to
college and earn a de-



The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida (Board), intends to select one (1) or more firm(s) to pro-
vide professional services to the Board for:


The firm(s) will be contracted for a period of four (4) years, with extensions at the Board's option. Work will
be assigned on the basis of the firm's workload, qualifications for the task, and performance on previous
assignments. The Board does not guarantee any minimum number of projects or any specific dollar value.

MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. local time, at
the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union located at 1498 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida.

RESPONSES DUE: RFQ responses must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. local time,
Thursday, June 21, 2012 at:

Department of A/E Selection, Negotiations & Contractor Prequalification
Ms. Nazira Abdo-Decoster, Executive Director
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 305
Miami, Florida 33132

REQUIREMENTS: This is an abbreviated ad; the complete legal ad with instructions for response to
this solicitation including revised selection procedures and required U.S. General Services Administration
SF330 form will be available at the above address or at httpo:/

In accordance with Board policies, a Cone of Silence, Lobbyist requirements, Local Vendor Preference and
protest procedures are hereby activated. These, and all Board policies, can be accessed and downloaded
at: httD://

Failure to comply with requirements of this legal ad and Board policies shall be grounds for disqualification.

areas. BuL Uhat s down
from 79 cities a year
Bismarck, N.D.,
reported the lowest
rate, at 2.8 percent.
Its economy is ben-
efiting from a boom
in natural gas drill-
ing. Fargo, N.D., and
Lincoln, Neb., had the
next lowest rates, at
3.3 percent each.
Among the nation's
49 largest cities, Okla-
homa City, Okla., had
the lowest rate, at four

Advanced GYN Clinic
A Hialeah Women Center Family Planning
Advanced GYN Clinic
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Don Bailey's Carpet
Florida Lottery
Georgia Witch Doctor
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hadley Davis Funeral Home
Miami Dade Aviation Department
Miami Dade Expressway Authority
Miami Dade Health Department
MDCPS Division of Procurement
North Shore Medical Center
Sayblee Darsae Salon
Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS)
U.S. Virgin Islands



The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, intends to award four (4) Construction firms the follow-
ing projects:
PROJECT NO. 00390000 PROJECT NO. 01204900
Maximum Initial Value $200,000 Maximum Initial Value $1,500,000
Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the project listed
herein, until 2:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, the 19th day of June, 2012, at 1450 N.E. Second Ave, Room
351, Miami, Florida, following which time and place, or as soon there after as the Board can attend to
the same, the said bids will be publicly opened, read and tabulated in the Board Auditorium, Miami-Dade
County School Board Administration Building, by an authorized representative of the Board. Award of the
contract will be made to the lowest, pre-qualified responsible and responsive bidder for the actual amount
bid considering base bid and accepted alternates (if any) as listed in the bidding documents. Bidders must
be pre-qualified by the Board for the actual amount bid and may not exceed pre-qualified amounts for a
single project and/or aggregate prior to submitting their bid in response to this solicitation. Bids which ex-
ceed the pre-qualified amounts shall be declared non-responsive to the solicitation. The Board will award
the contract based upon the results of the tabulations as covered by applicable laws and regulations.


This Project may be funded in whole or in part under the provisions of the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 and/or other Federal funding program. Therefore, the Bidder shall comply with all
applicable provisions of 40 U.S.C. 276a-276a-7, the Davis-Bacon Act, as supplemented by the Depart-
ment of Labor regulations (29 C.F.R Part 5 "Labor Standards Provisions Applicable to Contracts Govern-
ing Federally Financed and Assisted Construction" and Subpart 5.5 (2) "Contract Provisions and Related
Matters"), as may be further supplemented or amended from time to time by the Department of Labor, and,
any other regulations applicable to the source of Federal funds. Accordingly, the Base Bid and Alternate
Bids for this Project shall be in full compliance with the aforementioned provisions as further described in
the Contract Documents and all bids shall be calculated in compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act wage de-
termination applicable to this Project. Under the Davis-Bacon Act, contractors are required to pay laborers
and mechanics not less than the minimum wages specified in a wage determination made by the Secretary
of Labor, which wage determination will be attached to and incorporated into the Contract Documents.


A Cone of Silence, Pursuant to Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-1.212, shall be applicable to this solicitation. The
Cone of Silence shall commence with the issuance of this Legal Advertisement and shall terminate at the
time the School Board acts on a written recommendation from the Superintendent to award or approve a
contract, to reject all bids or responses, or to take any other action which ends the solicitation and review
process. Any violation of this rule shall be investigated by the School Board's Inspector General and shall
result in the disqualification of the potential vendor from the competitive solicitation process, rejection of
any recommendation for award to the vendor, or the revocation of an award to the vendor as being void,
rendering void any previous or prior awards. The potential vendor or vendor's representative determined to
have violated this rule, shall be subject to debarment. All written communications must be sent to Project
Architect/Engineer Landera Associates, PA 8800 SW 85 Terrace, Miami, Florida 33173 and
a copy filed with the Clerk of The School Board at 1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 268, Miami, Florida 33132
(or via e-mail at Martinez( who shall make copies available to the public upon request.

Board Rule 6Gx13-8C-1.21, Lobbyists, shall be applicable to this solicitation and all bidders and lobbyists
shall strictly conform to and be governed by the requirements set forth therein.


Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed and in the manner specified in Board Rule 6Gx13- 3C-
1.10, and in accordance with 120.57(3), Fla. Stat. (2002), shall constitute a waiver of proceedings under
Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. Any person who is adversely affected by the agency decision or intended
decision shall file with the agency a notice of protest in writing within 72 hours after the posting of the notice
of decision or intended decision. Failure to file a notice of protest or failure to file a formal written protest
within the time permitted shall constitute a waiver of proceedings. With respect to a protest of the terms,
conditions, and specifications contained in a solicitation, including any provisions governing the methods
of ranking bids, bids, or replies, awarding contracts, reserving rights of further negotiation, or modifying
or amending any contract, the notice of protest shall be filed in writing within 72 hours after the posting of
the solicitation. In either event, the protest must include a bond in accordance with the provisions of F.S.
255.0516 and Board Rule 6Gx13- 3C-1.10. The formal written protest shall be filed within 10 days after the
date the notice of protest is filed. The formal written protest shall state with particularity the facts and law
upon which the protest is based. Saturday, Sundays, and state holidays shall be excluded in the computa-
tion of the 72-hour time periods established herein.


The successful Bidder shall fully comply with 1012.465 (the "Jessica Lunsford Act",) and 1012.32 and
1012.467 and 1012.468 Florida Statutes (2007), School Board Rules 6Gx13- 3F-1.024 and 6Gx13- 4C-
1.021, all as amended from time to time and all related Board Rules and procedures as applicable.


The Pre-Bid Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th, 2012 at 10:00 AM at MDCPS Div.
of Roofing, 12525 NW 28th Avenue, Opa-Locka, Florida



Pre-qualified bidders may obtain one or more sets of bid and contract documents from the office of MD-
CPS DIVISION OF ROOFING. 12525 NW 28 Avenue. Miami. FL 33167 (305) 995-7955 on or after May
30th, 2012, contact no. (305) 995-4076 Ivan J Gonzalez with deposit of $100.00 Non Refundable
per set, (Cashier's Check or Money Order, payable to The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida).

School Board Rules can be accessed on the M-DCPS website at

The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

By: Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools


Sealed responses will be received at the City of Miami, City Clerk office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, and Fl., 33133 for the following:



Detailed for the Request of Qualifications (RFQ) are at the City of Miami, Pur-
chasing Department, website at Telephone
No. 305-416-1906.


Johnny Martinez
City Manager

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Not even the bathroom is free from tech-
nology these days. Now it's becoming the
As bathrooms overtake kitchens as the
nation's top remodeling priority, more con-
sumers are going high-tech: steam show-
ers with built-in speakers, medicine cabi-
nets with integrated TVs, and toilets with
MP3/phone docking stations.
Pricey new gadgets are making it even
easier for people to stay connected. Al-
ready, three-quarters of Americans say
they use their smartphones in the bath-
room, according to a survey this year by
marketing firm 11Mark.
"They're for the guy taking his iPod into
the bathroom anyway," says Home Depot

bath merchant Jennifer Hartman. What's
on tap?
Programmable steam showers with
built-in speakers for music from person-
alized playlists, offered by Kohler and
Tubs that vibrate with the rhythm of mu-
sic from invisible speakers. "It's like you're
at an underwater concert," says Kohler's
Travis Rotelli of the $3,000-plus VibrAc-
oustic Bath, launched last month. MTI Bath
also makes one.
Mirrors that double as flat TV screens,
offered by Seura and Electric Mirror, speak-
ers that attach to existing medicine cabi-
nets or cabinets with an integrated TV. "It's
really slick," Tony Sweeney says of the
$2,200-plus Robern TViD in his remodeled
Chicago bath. :

Toilets, dubbed iPoos by critics, with au-
tomatic bidet-like cleansing, heated seats,
built-in speakers and smartphone docking
stations. "It's completely unnecessary but
just fun," Sweeney says of his $6,000-plus
Kohler Numi. Inax's Regio Smart Toilet has
similar features.
Not all are buying. Jerry Levine, a Wash-
ington, D.C.-area remodeler, says many
clients want to upgrade their bathrooms -
the most common remodeling projects in a
survey this month by the National Associa-
tion of Home Builders but still struggle
with cost.
"We're still seeing more interest on the
practical side," says Home Depot's Hart-
man. She says $20 to $40 non-slipping toi-
let seats sell well, adding: "You never have
to worry about the seat shifting again."

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Some worry that job losses will continue to be a drag along

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to more long-term bonds is ex-
piring this month.
Monthly job growth aver-
aged 252,000 from Decem-
ber through February, raising
hopes that a halting job mar-
ket was finally kicking into a
higher gear. But job gains have

slowed to a monthly pace of
96,000 the past three months.
Some economists have at-
tributed the slowdown to warm
winter weather that gave an
early jump-start to construc-
tion and manufacturing activ-
ity in January and February,
but, in turn, depressed nor-
mally robust spring hiring.
lan Shepherdson of High

Frequency Economics blames
a surge in gasoline prices that
vths still damping consumer
spending in May. "The good
news," he says in a research
note, "is that gas prices are
now dropping rapidly," which
could lift job growth in com-
ing months.
Others, however, worry that
the economy and job market

are beset by more formidable
obstacles, such as a worsen-
ing of the European financial
crisis and the anemic hous-
ing market. Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke has
suggested that job growth
surged early this year because
employers were making up for
excessive layoffs driven by un-
certainty early in the reces-

sion. But he warned that pay-
roll gains would slow without
stronger economic growth.
The disappointing jobs re-
port "really underscores that
the giveback we've seen (in
job growth) is more than just
a weather-related event," says
Diane Swonk, chief economist
of Mesirow Financial. Swonk
particularly worries that gov-

ernment job losses "will con-
tinue to be a drag" the rest of
the year. She expects average
monthly job gains to pick up
but only to a pace of 150,000
to 170,000 the rest of the year.
Yet Joel Naroff, of Naroff
Economic Advisors, noted
that the job market fell into
a similar midyear slump into

Debt has increased substantially since 2008 Release the creative you!

continued from 6D

delinquency rates now stand
at 8.69 percent, up from 6.13
percent a decade ago.
That's higher than the de-
linquency rates of mortgages,
auto loans and home equity
lines of credit, but still down
from a peak of 9.17 percent in
the third quarter of 2010.

The explosion in debt has
led many to warn of a looming
student loan crisis, though
other experts say that educa-
tion debt is manageable.
The median student loan
balance is $12,800, accord-

ing to a separate Fed report.
About one-quarter of borrow-
ers owe more than $28,000
and about 10 percent owe
more than $54,000. Only
3.1 percent owe more than
Some experts point to an
increase in the number of
students attending college as
one reason why loans are on
the rise. It's common for en-
rollments to rise during eco-
nomic downturns.
Borrowing is also up as the-
cost of college rises. Some 90
percent of new student lend-
ing comes from the federal
government and the amount
undergraduates can bor-
row is generally capped at

Students are also rushing
to take out debt for the com-
ing year. If Congress does not
act, interest rates on federal
student loans, which were
temporarily held at a low 3.4
percent, will revert back to
6J pecentTlor'the 2012-2013
school year starting July 1.

Overall, total consumer
debt fell slightly in the first
quarter to $11.4 trillion, a re-
duction of $100 billion. Aside
from student loans, debt lev-
els remained steady or rose
Mortgage originations in-
creased $412 billion in the
first quarter of 2012, but are

still 17.4 percent lower than a
year ago. Mortgage balances
fell $81 billion, or 1 percent
and home equity lines of
credit fell $15 billion, or 2.4
The number of open credit
card accounts held steady at
386 million with a total bal-
ance of $679 billion, both
about 22 percent below the
2008 peak.
Auto loan originations rose
2.1 percent to $72 billion,
43.6 percent above its first
quarter 2009 trough.
Total delinquencies contin-
ued their downward slope,
with some 9.3 percent of out-
standing debt in delinquen-
cy, down from 9.8 percent a
quarter ago.

Paper plus computer tablet? It's real sticky

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about the meeting next Fri-
day." You can use your finger-
tip to adjust the size, style and
color of the font, as well as
drag the sticky note around
the board and adjust the pa-
per color and size, if desired
(such as larger notes take
higher priority).
Alternately, if you own the
new iPad, you can touch the
microphone icon to the left
of the spacebar on the on-
screen keyboard and speak
your note aloud; your spo-

ken words will show up as
text a moment later as if
you typed it with your fin-
gertips. Speaking of the new
iPad, the app was recently
updated to support the new
Retina Display screen with
higher resolution than its
The Sticky Notes for iPad
app is drop-dead simple to
use. Parents and kids alike
can open the app on the
house iPad and pin a note
for other to see as if it were
on the refrigerator door.
But it's not a perfect prod-
uct, either. For one, because

it's digital, it's too bad you
can't set an alarm on a note,
so that it can ring and show
up on the iPad screen when
you want it to. Otherwise,
you might not get the re-
minder unless you manu-
ally open up the app and
look at your virtual cork-
board. How cool would that
be to see a yellow sticky note
appear with a note about
something you need to
know, when playing a game,
browsing the web or typing
an e-mail?
Second, there is no iCloud
support for this app; imag-

ine if everyone in the family
could post notes in the app
and they'd automatically
show up on everyone's de-
vice, wirelessly.
Finally, it would also be
great if the app supported
handwriting and/or hand-
drawn sketches and such,
as many other apps do.
Even with these shortcom-
ings, Sticky Notes for iPad
is a free, simple and useful
app to help keep you orga-
nized. It successfully fuses
"old school" paper reminders
with the power and custom-
izability of a digital platform.

continued from 9D

pop up! The easy-to-understand
interface puts it near the top of
our list.

Price: $799
Inspire Pro is fairly bare-bones
for an art app, but it handles basic
painting, drawing, and sketching
extremely well. It boasts a robust
color selection and focuses on giv-
ing you the most realistic experi-
ence possible. The realistic paint
feature loads up the brush of your
choice with color, which slowly
runs out with each brushstroke,
just like real paint.

Price: $4.99
Artist's Touch can work as a
blank canvas, but it also allows
you to paint over photos, creat-
ing a unique version of a beloved
image. Artist's Touch is fantastic
for absolute beginners and aspir-
ing artists who want to practice on
something with a bit more struc-
ture, since painting over photos

gives novices the opportunity to
outline preexisting images in-
stead of starting completely from

Price: $8.99
Indeeo's iDraw is the most ex-
pensive app on our list, but it boats
the most extensive vector-based
illustration capabilities out there.
Even though some of its vaunted
features such as its bezier pen tool
might be a bit unnecessary for a
beginning artist, graphic design-
ers and professionals swear by it.
Anyone aspiring to take their digi-
tal artwork to the next level may
want to consider adding this app
to their repertoire.

Price: 99 cents
This digital handwriting app,
just purchased by Evernote, is
the fourth best-selling iPad app
of all time, and with good reason.
The app lets you write or doodle
with fingers or a stylus, changing
the pen and paper types to create
unique, fully digital handwritten
notes and drawings.

Modest rise reflects slow growth

continued from 6D

rate dipped to 3.6 percent of af-
ter-tax income in the January-
March quarter, the lowest level for
any quarter since the final three
months of 2007. The overall econ-
omy expanded at an annual rate of

1.9 percent in the January-March
quarter, helped considerably by the
solid gain in consumer spending.
Economists believe the economy
is growing at an annual rate of two
percent to 2.5 percent in the cur-
rent April-June quarter, and they
believe growth for the entire year
will come in around 2.5 percent.

Battery life definitely woeful and miserable

continued from 9D

time on a desk or coffee ta-
ble, so what? That's probably
the case with the laptop in
question, a 2009-vintage Dell
that, at roughly 7 pounds
and with a 17-inch screen,
was never too portable any-
On a smaller, lighter model
that sees sustained use on
the road, I'd ante up the mon-
ey for a replacement battery.
It can be tempting to hold off
on that purchase, thinking it
foolish to sink more money

into a depreciating asset -
but if you're like me, you'll
then put off replacing the
computer, ensuring months
more of misery.
On a laptop of any size,
the enemy of its lithium-ion
battery is not time alone but
the number of charge-to-dis-
charge cycles it endures.
Dell doesn't cite a number
but predicts a "notable reduc-
tion" after 18 to 24 months of
average use. Apple is more
specific, saying it's designed
the non-accessible batteries
on its MacBook Air and Mac-
Book Pro laptops to keep 80

percent of their capacity af-
ter 1,000 charge-discharge
cycles. (On older laptops with
smaller removable batteries,
Apple put that 80 percent
threshold at just 300 cycles.l
The entire longevity prob-
lem gets dramatically worse
on phones. First, their small-
er batteries can't take as
much repeated use; Apple
predicts the iPhone's sealed
battery will drop to 80 per-
cent of its capacity after 400
charge-discharge cycles. Sec-
ond, their constant use re-
quires more frequent charg-
ing. Plugging in once a day is

quite possible in routine use,
but at social-networking-in-
tensive tech events I've found
myself looking for a spare
outlet by noon.
But did I respond to the
increasingly woeful battery
life of my own aging phone
by replacing its battery with
a new, preferably higher-ca-
pacity model? No, I was too
tempted to hold off on that
purchase, thinking it fool-
ish to sink more money into
a depreciating asset and
have since put off replacing
the phone, ensuring months
more of misery.

Simple to use for those with a camera bug

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experience without really
changing the traditional feel
that photographers love. It's a
reward for loyal Sony shoot-
ers, and temptation for oth-
ers to enter the system.
Sony's Alpha-series cam-
eras used to have a repu-
tation for clunky interfac-
es, but the SLT series has
turned that around. The
A77 is a charm to handle
and just fun to use, though
absolute novices should
expect a bit of a learning
curve. The button layout is
comlf and the menus make

sense-something we can't the camera's performance

say about every camera we
The one major difference
you'll notice off the bat with
the A77 is the electronic
viewfinder. While usually
inferior to the optical find-
ers you'll see on traditional
DSLRs, the one in the A77 is
such a high resolution that
you rarely notice the differ-
ence. Our favorite part is
using manual focus, as the
electronic viewfinder can
highlight in-focus areas in
a bright red, so you know
you're getting the shot you

once light begins to fade. For
a camera that costs just un-
der $2000 with its kit lens,
details are pretty sloppy
once you start shooting in
low light. If you're willing to
take the time, you can get
better results by processing
images yourself in' a photo
editing program, but details
look muddled tight out'of the
- Of all the cameras we've
tested, the SLT-A77 ranks
among the very best, holding
its own even against the pro-
level Canon 5D Mark III. The
-Mark III and cameras of its

If there's a weakness, it's ilk do much better in chal-

lenging low light conditions,
but if light is plentiful, you'd
have a hard time seeing the
difference. For a pro or a vid-
eographer, the Mark III has
the benefits to justify the
price difference, but there's
little the A77 can't do for
your everyday photographer.
It's exciting to see Sony
carve a path for their tra-
ditional DSLR brand, rath-
er than just follow in the
stream created by Canon
and Nikon. There's still room
for improvement, but the A77
is certainly good enough to
buy right now, with enough
quality lens options that you
won't regret the choice.

Black, Latina women still face employment woes

continued from 6D

enough to reduce the unem-
ployment rate.
The number of people re-
ceiving benefits fell, partly
because extended benefits
programs are ending in many
states. About 6.1 million
people received benefits in
the week that ended May 12.
That's down 30,750 from the
previous week.
Separately, a private sur-
vey showed that businesses
boosted hiring only slight-

ly in May. Payroll provider
ADP says businesses added
133,000 jobs. That's slightly
better than the revised total
of 113,000 jobs it reported for
April, which was the weakest
in seven months. The report
covers only hiring in the pri-
vate sector; it excludes gov-
ernment jobs.
The unemployment rate
has fallen from 9.1 percent
in August to 8.1 percent last
month. Part of the reason for
the drop is that employers
added 1.5 million jobs dur-
ing that time. But it has also

declined because some people
gave up looking for work. The
government counts people as
unemployed only if they're ac-
tively looking for a job.
Economists have cautioned
that a warm winter led com-
panies to move up some hir-
ing and accelerate other ac-
tivity that normally wouldn't
occur until spring. That gave
the appearance that the
economy had strengthened in
January and February and
weakened in early spring.
Recent economic indica-
tors, meanwhile, have been

Consumer confidence fell
sharply in May to its lowest
level since January, the Con-
ference Board said Tuesday.
Americans were more worried
about jobs, housing and the
stock market. Lower confi-
dence could lead consumers
to cut back on their spending.
But that survey contrasted
with a report, released Fri-
day, by Thomson Reuters/
University of Michigan that
found consumer sentiment
rose to its highest level in four
and a half years.



ITB NO. RM-6-12/15
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AD NO. 15545







1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.

1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $350.
Appliances. 305-642-7080,

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400, Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath.$500 monthly Free 19
inch LCD T.V. Call Joel

1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1245 N.W. 60 St. #2
One bedroom, one bath, Ital-
ian tiles, bars. 786-210-5644
1245 NW 58th Street
First month moves you in.
One bedroom and one bath.
$550 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. 305-642-7080
12675 NE 13 Avenue
One bedroom in quiet one
story building, central air, new
appliances. $700 monthly.
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. 305-642-7080.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm one bath $375

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one barh
'$475. 786-236-1144 or

14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646
1612 NW 51 Terrace
Utilities included, $550 moves
you in. 786-389-1686.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm one bath, $395.

1801 NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $600
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1801 NW 2 Court
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450.

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 $395.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
2365 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, $600 monthly,
$1200 moves you in. Call
305-691-2703 or
2401 NW 52 Street # 1
One bedroom, central air,
tiled, appliances, $550
monthly, 954-522-4645.

2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$500 monthly All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578

411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
One bdrm one bath. $495

All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

415 NW9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
5o 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.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
8261 NE 3 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 monthly. All applianc-
es included. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Joel 786-355-7578
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
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
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$900 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635

1950 NW 17 Avenue
Funeral Home. 305-633-

13725 NE 6 Avenue
One bedroom available. $600
monthly. 786-797-0225
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
19336 NW 53 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 ok. Move in ready.
20600 NW 7 Avenue #202
One bdrm, one bath; central
air, gated. Call 770-598-8974.
211 Briarwood Circle
Hollywood, FL.
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 305-978-1324.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1050 monthly.

-.- -Duplexes

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
13875 NW 26 Avenue
One bedroom one bath. Re-
modeled large. Section 8 wel-
comed. 786-853-6292 or
1412 NW 55 Street
One bedroom, air, bars, $600
mthly. 305-335-4522
1749 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
Appliances. $725.
1814 NW 93 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 monthly.
1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air. Call 786-356-1457.
2001 NW 89 Street
Two bdms, one bath. Section
8 only. 305-796-5252
2013 NW 100 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 786-298-7376.
2031 NW 98 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly tiled, central air, verti-
cals, Section 8 Welcome. Call
2120 NW 42 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$795. Appliances.

2552 NW 68 Street
Large two bdrm, $900 mthly.
Ask for Mr. Johnson.
40 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
7013 NW 21 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, air, large back-
yard, security bars, free wa-
ter. 786-953-3390 or 786-
726-728 NW 70 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
786-506-5364, 786-301-2171
745 NW 107 Street
Two bedrooms, very clean.
$995 monthly. 786-306-4839.
8180 NW 23 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths. All
with central air.
Call 786-306-2946

9956 NW 25 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1500 per month, Section 8
okay, call 305-652-9393.

Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1168 NW 51 Street
Large, partly furnished, quiet
area, utilities included. $675
monthly, $1000 to move in.
Call 305-633-1157.
1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, one bath Ap-
pliances, free water and
electric. $395 monthly.

2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, $1000
to move in, $750 monthly.
2166 NW 91 STREET
Central air. Section 8 Wel-
305-710-2921, 305-710-2964
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$500 monthly plus $100 se-
curity deposit, first and last.
$1100 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989, 305-638-8376
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395
Appliances, free water.

Efficiency and room
NE 84 Street
Lel Portel area. $500 monthly.
Call 305-525-1286

Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable. $300 to move in,
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
No Deposit Requirea $140
moves you in. Aircable,
utilities included. 786-487-
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private entrance.
Call 954-678-8996.
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $350 monthly
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 786-488-3045
Close to 163 St. Mall
Clean furnished room. Own
entrance. 305-749-6418
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $110 to
$125 weekly. Male preferred.
In walking distance of
137 St. and N.W. 27
Private entrance. Call 786-


10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
11235 SW 189 Lane
Four bedrooms, two bath,
Section 8 OK. 786-512-4343
1172 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1200 monthly. Deposit
$120. 786-262-9114.
1285 N.W. 129th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1250. Section 8 welcome.
786-367-4004 or
1341 Sesame Street
Opa Locka
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1150 mthly, 786-367-4004
or 305-681-2886.
1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 welcome. Three
bdrm. One bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.
1541 NW 174 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1300. 786-853-1834.
15941 NW 17 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1400 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 305-652-9393.
16015 N.W. 22nd Court

Three bedrooms, one bath,
den, central air, Section 8
OK! $1200, 305-409-8113.

1742 NW 81 Street
Spacious three bedrooms,
one bath, with central air.
$1200. Move in ready. Call
1800 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled three bdrm,
one bath, central air, Section
8 welcome. 786-356-1457
18201 NW 2 Court
Five bedrooms, three bath,
near buses. 305-621-7036
19400 NW 23 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 Welcome.
Call Dennis 954-434-1130
2422 NW 57 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, air,
$1100, Section 8 okay,
2791 NW 197 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, washer and dryer. $1100
monthly, $900 security.
2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100 monthly. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens. $1200
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3770 NW 213 Terr
Lovely four bedrooms, two
baths, end unit, fenced yard,
tile flooring, central air, close
to shopping, churches, at
Broward/Dade border. Avail-
able now! CALL 954-243-
4644 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$650 and $750 monthly.
5320 NW 24 Court
Three bdrms. one bath,
newly remodeled $1200

5551 NW 15 Avenue
Section 8 Welcomed
Three bedrooms, to
barhs.$1200 per month, all
appliances included Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

5740 NW 5 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, air, fenced, bars.
Call 786-953-3390 or
62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
6720 NW 4 Avenue
Two bedrooms one bath.
Section 8 only.
6800 NW 6 Court
Three Dedrooms, one bath.
$1150 Free waier/electric.

7504 NW 21 PLACE
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gee 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
8125 NW 6 Avenue
Three bdrms., two baths,
completely remodeled,
central air, stainless steel,
private parking, $1300 a
month, Section 8 ok, water
included, call

833 NW 77 Street
Four bedrooms, one bath,
bars, air, appliances, Section
8 ok, $1400, 305-490-9284.
Miami Gardens
Three bedroom house, $1200
monthly. Section 8 welcomed.
Call 786-271-0791
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and din-
ing room,Near Calder
Casino,Turnpike, and Sun-
light Stadium. First and se-
curity. $1400 mthly. Section
8 OK 305-623-0493 or 954-
374-8561 .Appointment only.
Refurbished, two brdms.,
one bath, FL room, central
air, fenced, tiled, bars, $1050
mthy. Call 305-895-8651.
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three and a half bedrooms,
two baths, central air and
alarm. $1300 monthly
Two and three bedrooms,
ready to move in. Call:
One Four Bdms., No Sect 8.
Broker: 786-556-9266.
Three bedrooms, one bath.

Section 8 ok. 786-586-3946
or 305-491-7522.

62 Street NW First Avenue
$600 monthly $1200 move
in. Call 305-989-8824

7011 NW 17 Avenue
Mix use zone building for sale
27.5k. Aaron
741 NE 137 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
everything new. Try only
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So far this Major League lead in the National League
Baseball season the new-look East. One of the many reasons
Miami Marlins have been as for the team's early success
good as advertised. At press has been the red hot bat of OF
time the Marlins were in a Giancarlo Stanton. The artist
three-way tie for the division formerly known as Mike Stan-


ton has been nothing short of
sensational thus far. Stanton
matched a franchise record by
slugging 12 home runs during
a sizzling month of May. Not
only was he peeling the skin off
the baseball, Stanton was fiat
out in the zone at the plate as
he batted .343 (37-for-108) with
a .432 on-base percentage and
.769 slugging percentage. He
banged in 30 runs and deliv-
ered at a pretty good clip with
runners in scoring position
knocking in 30 runs hitting
.300 (9 for 30) under those cir-

cumstances. This is no small
achievement folks, according
to Elias, Stanton joined the
legendary Joe DiMaggio as the
only players since 1920 to total
at least 12 homers an 30 RBI
while hitting .343 or better in
a month before his 23rd birth-
day. DiMaggio as a 22 year
old in 1937 hit .430-15-43 in
July of that year. We all knew
Stanton had an opportunity
to be special hen we first saw
him pop up in the bigs. He is
special the rare power hit-
ter who can also hit for aver-

age. Miami Marlins fans need
to take note; we are witnessing
the coming out party of a su-
perstar. Already people in the
know are spreading the word
around MLB about that awe-
some "young fella" in Miami. So
much so that Stanton was re-
cently named National League
Player Of the Month. Stanton
is only the third Marlin to ever
win the award. The others were
Jeff Conine (June 1995), Han-
ley Ramirez (June 2008) and
Emilio Bonafacio (July 2011).
Sure it's still early and we don't

want to get ahead of ourselves
and start comparing Stanton to
hall of famers on a regular ba-
sis, we get that. However, with
overall team success .comes
personal recognition and Stan-
ton has staked his claim as a
budding superstar in the ma-
jors. Let us all enjoy the ride
and hope this young man con-
tinues to make strides on what
appears to be a great future in
the making.
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and Ed Freeman, can be heard
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NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony
knows the U.S. Olympic men's basket-
ball team headed to London may not
be the powerhouse that was expected.
Not without the likes of Dwight How-
ard and Derrick Rose, the best of the
Americans who have been knocked
"Injuries, man. Injuries is doing it
all," Anthony said Monday.
Anthony is still healthy, along with
what he feels is more than enough tal-
ent to overcome the losses that would
cripple most other teams.
"For me, I'm just happy that I can
be a part of it again," the New York
Knicks forward said. "The guys that
I've talked to that will participate are
definitely excited about this opportu-
nity, another opportunity to go over
there and get a gold medal."
Anthony was among the 2008 Olym-
pic champions who quickly committed
to return for a shot at a repeat. That
seemed almost a given when the U.S.
named a loaded roster in January that
included a mixture of the 2008 and

2010 teams. That latter won the world
championship behind Kevin Durant,
who broke U.S. scoring records An-
thony had set four years earlier in the
'06 worlds.
However. Howard needed back sur-
gery and Rose tore knee ligaments in
the opener of the playoffs. Chauncey
Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge had
already gone down, and the U.S. could
still have further losses if Dwyane
Wade and Chris Bosh, who has missed
nine straight games with a lower
abdominal strain, decide they need
rest after the Miami Heat's season
The Americans still should
have the likes of LeBron James,
Kobe Bryant. Anthony, Chris
Paul and Deron Williams from
the '08 team, with players
such as Durant, Russell
Westbrook, Tyson Chandler
and Kevin Love joining
them from the world
champions. A
"Right now we still

have most of the core guys that was
on that (Olympic) team," Anthony said.
"Of course we will miss Dwight, Der-
rick Rose. We don't know about Chris
Bosh at this point in time right now, '.
but we've got a lot of young talent
that can come along and that
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in winning form

T s N'c aus's dres Romero.
Tis ICKlaUSComing off a two-putt birdie on
record with 73 PGA the 15th, Woods hit 8-iron over the
green at the par-3 16th and into an
Tour victories impossible lie. It was buried in.deep
rough, the pin 50 feet away along
By Doug Ferguson a ridge. Woods hit a full flop shot,
Associated Press hopeful to give himself a reasonable
putt for par. Far more likely was the
Tiger Woods was at his best Sunday ball going short and down a slope
at the Memorial. He hit nearly every away from the pin, or coming out
shot just the way he wanted, worked too strong and rolling into the wa-
the gallery into a frenzy with one ter.
last charge over the final hour and No one was thinking birdie, not
left everyone buzzing especially even Woods, until he took two steps
Jack Nicklaus with a shot they and delivered an uppercut when the
will talk about for years. Better yet ball fell in the right side of the cup.
was the timing of his 73rd win. Nicklaus was gushing from the
Woods tied Nicklaus for career broadcast booth. "The most unbe-
PGA Tour victories at the tourna- lievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen,"
ment that Jack built. And the 14- he said.
time major champion suddenly "Under the circumstances the
looks equipped to resume his chase circumstances being Tiger has been
of another Nicklaus mark that is struggling it was either fish or
more significant 18 major cham- cut bait," Nicklaus said later. "He
pionships. had one place to land the ball. He's
The U.S. Open starts in 11 days. playing a shot that if he leaves it
With a chip-in that even Woods short, he's going to leave himself
called one of the toughest shots he again a very difficult shot. If he hits
ever made, he birdied three of his it long, he's going to probably lose
last four holes the tournament. He lands the ball
to close with a exactly where it has to land. Going
5-under 67 in the hole was a bonus. But what
and turn a shot
a two-shot "I don't think under the circum-
deficit into stances I've ever seen a better shot."
a two-shot Woods, who finished at 9-un-
victory over der 279, won the Memorial for the
Ron' Sabba- fifth time. At age 36, he is 10 years
tini and fast- younger than Nicklaus when the
Closing An- Golden Bear won his 73rd tour-
nament at the 1986 Masters. Sam
Snead holds the PGA Tour record
with 82 wins. Asked about the
endless chatter about whether his
game is back, Woods eventually
sighed and said, "I'11 let you guys
figure that out."
Woods won for the second time
this year and moved to No. 4 in the
world. Now, the U.S. Open at Olym-
pic Club looms, starting on June
14th and Woods would be quite
happy to take the game he had
Sunday to San Francisco.
"That was some good stuff out
there," Woods said. "I never really
missed a shot today."

Terrell Owensfir-es

agent Drew Rosenhaus

By Matt Eppers

Terrell Owens just keeps finding
ways to make news.
Owens has severed ties with
longtime agent Drew Rosenhaus
and hired Jason Woy, a Dallas-
based agent who represents current
Cowboys Anthony Spencer. Jason
Hatcher, Kenyon Coleman and Dan
"I am making changes in my life
so I can continue my career as a
professional football player," Owens
said in a statement on his website.
"I have hired Jordan Woy as my
new agent. It was important for me
to hire someone who believes in my
ability to help an NFL team and
believes in me as a person."
The 38-year-old wide receiver, re-

cently released by the Allen (Texas)
Wranglers of the Indoor Football
League, still harbors visions of a
return to the NFL, where he last
played for the Cincinnati Bengals
Sin 2010.
"I love the game of football
and I know I can help a team,"
Owens' statement said. "I
have had to go through some
S ..humbling
-. times, but
I am more
S than ever to
show a team
that I can be
Sa huge asset
to them as a
player and a
team leader
in the locker
After his
very public release from the Wran-
glers, it was reported that the team
offered Owens a $50 severance
package that also included TO
being evicted from the home the
Wranglers provided him and forced
to hand over the keys to a loaner
Jeep Cherokee.
Shortly after, Owens demanded a
public apology from the Wranglers
and $160,000, an amount Owens

believes he is owed for four game
checks. According to his attorney,
Owens was most upset that the
team said a missed charity appear-
ance at a local hospital played a
role in his release.
Owens claimed the Wranglers
privately acknowledged that a team
publicist gave him an incorrect date
for the visit.
"Our fans are amongst the best
in the league and it is impossible
to maintain a player when even
our fans notice and comment on a
player's lack of effort both on and
off the field," Wranglers owner John
Frankel said in a statement at the
time of Owens' release. "We need to
do what is best for this team, our
fans and this community."
Owens appears ready to put the
episode with the Wranglers behind
him and focus on a return to the
NFL, where he has played 15 sea-
sons for five teams. For his career,
Owens is sixth on the all-time list
in receptions (1,078), second in
receiving yards (15,934) and tied for
second in receiving TDs (153).
"I am in the best shape of my life
and preparing daily," Owens said
on his website. "I am looking for a
team who will give me that chance
and I know I will pay big dividends
to them as a player and teammate."

Lakers exercise $16.1M option on Andrew Bynum

By Matt Eppers

The Los Angeles Lakers
could be in for an offseason
of roster upheaval and turn-
over. One piece of the puzzle,
though, is now in place. An-
drew Bynum is staying in Los
The Lakers announced they
have exercised their team op-
tion on Bynum for the 2012-
13 season, which will pay the
7-foot center $16.1 million.
The team had until June 30
to pick up the option or By-
num would have become a
free agent.
It will be the final year of

the multi-year con-
tract extension By-
num signed in Octo-
ber 2008. According
to an ESPN report,
the Lakers and By-
num have not yet
begun discussing a
long-term contract
extension, but the player's
camp believes those talks will
take place at some point this
Bynum averaged career
highs of 18.7 points and 11.8
rebounds in 60 games this
season. Bynum was a first-
time All-Star and All-NBA
Second Team selection, fin-

fishing third in the
league in rebounding,
fourth in field goal
percentage (55.8 per-
cent) and fifth in dou-
ble-doubles (37).
The move by Los An-
geles was expected as
Bynum became more
of a focal point of the team's
offense this season and was
a vital part of their success.
Dogged by questions about
his maturity during his sev-
en years in the league, the
24-year-old Bynum appears
to have realized the potential
that led the Lakers to select
him with the 10th overall

pick in the 2005 draft. Just
17 at the time, Bynum be-
came the youngest player
ever drafted, and later that
year, he became the youngest
player to ever play in an NBA
Lakers vice president of
player personnel Jim Buss
voiced his support for the
young center last week on
the "Mason & Ireland Show"
on ESPN Radio.
"I think it's pretty obvious
how I feel about Andrew By-
num," said Buss. "He's an
incredible All-Star center,
and you can build the future
around him."

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