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Clergy support Obama despite stance'

Local clergy weigh-in on the controversy

and his re-election bid
By D. Kevin McNeir
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A group of leading Black clergy
have launched a nationwide cam-
paign and are saying that President
Barack Obama's decision to support
same-sex marriage threatens the
stability of the family the Black

tIamil- in particular. Led by the Rev.
William Owens, the Coalition of
Africarn-American Pastors [CAAP]. a
1,300-member, grassroots movement
of Black Christians who believe in
traditional family values, has gained
growing support of ministers across
the U.S., but has not been endorsed
b1 any one denomination despite

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always been the
conscience of America," he said. "We
were once proud of President Obama

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who Im li(d with CAPERS
Dr. King dricIamIed
of having a song like President
(Oblama bhill his refusal to listen to

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the Black com uInit is 11lo1 101 ,:
that the Presideni is taking lit";!
granted while pandering lo Il -,,

Several members of the cleil, hci
Please turn iT GAYS 8A

Broward County

schools sued by

athlete's family

By D. Kevin McNeir
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The family of Isaiah Laurencin, I b, a
Miramar High School football player that
fell ill and died from a heat-related illness -
last August, has filed a lawsuit against
the Broward County School District. Lau- v.. ..
rencin was raised by a single parent, Ange- "
la Cooper and his grandmother. Charlene -
Cooper. They have employed the scrvi es ia..
of Attorney Benjamin Crump and say they
simply want answers answers to (ques-
tions that still remain one year after the
young man's death.
"Isaiah had been hospitalized once be- LAURENCIN
fore in 2010 for heat exhaustion and we
were told that the coaches and staff would pay closer atten-
tion to him," said Charlene Cooper. "We almost lost him then.
Please turn to Suit 8A
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Overtown gets state-of-the-art sports complex

City of Miami Mayor Tomrnas Regalado and District 5 Commnissioner Michelle Spence-Jones were joined by Theilie it
son, former NFL player Duane Starks,, the Overtown Optinist Club and many others during a ribbon cutting ceretlioy
and grand opening celebration of Theodore Gibson Park on Tuesday, Aug. 7th, at 401 NW 12th Street. The $10.9 tiiiki.
dollar project includes a sports field, upgraded sports lighting, 1,000-seat bleachers and press box, an aquatic center CAIIu
a recreation building.

Early voting underway in Miami-Dade, Broward

Miami Tinm ..' rcportl

Coiunlty lh,it will be open:

Sisters ace Olympic gold
-AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Venus left and Serena Williams pose together after receiv-
ing their gold medals in women's doubles at the All England
Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer
Olympics, Aug. 5.

Early voting began last Saturday in Miami-Dade
and Broward counties and there are still a few
more days to go. The early voting period, which
was shortened after Florida Governor Rick Scott
took office, will end on Saturday, Aug. 11. Polls
will be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. in Miami-Dade
and from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. in Broward. Voters
should make sure they have a current and valid
identification that contains their name, photo-
graph and signature, such as a driver's license or
U.S. passport.
Here arc the polling stations in Miami-Dade

AX\ t1u i a Government Center, 19200 W County
Club 1ImX c ,(211nd floor commission area)
CIly of Mimii -- City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia Street
Coral Reef Library. 9211 SW 152nd St.
Elections Department (SOE Main Office), 2700
NW 87th Ave.
Florida City City Hall, 404 West Palm Drive
(commission chambers)
John F. Kennedy Library, 190 West 49th St.
Please turn to EARLY VOTING 8A

........... ... c........ou e............................................................... ................. suspect possibly shoot himself?

How could 'cuffed' suspect possibly shoot himself?

By DeWayne Wickham

What happened to Cha-
vis Carter in the back seat of
a Jonesboro, Ark., police car
should never have risen to the
level of a national story. That
it has suggests that the truth
about how he died is not yet
Carter, a Black man, was in
a parked truck with two white
men on the night of July 29,
when it was approached by a

police offi-
cer after a
911 caller
Said the ve
hicle had
been travel-
ing along a
street with
WICKHAM its lights off.
The officer
called for backup, and another
policeman soon arrived at the
Carter, who at first gave

a false name, was searched
and police said he was carry-
ing $10 worth of marijuana.
He was then put in the back
of a patrol car without being
handcuffed. When a computer
check revealed a warrant had
been issued for Carter's ar-
rest for violating his probation
in a 2010 drug case, he was
removed from the patrol car,
searched a second time, hand-
cuffed and pul into the back-
seat of the x vehicle.

What happened next is cause
for great suspicion and a
federal investigation.

According to police, Carter
somehow managed to gel a gun
and fired a single shot into his
head. Just how the police of
ficer who searched Carteli as
able to find what amounted lo
a dime bag of pot but missed
a small caliber handgull is aI
mystery Lo a lot of people.

And so, too, is how Carter
could have shot himself in the
head, even though "his hands
were still cuffed behind his
back," according to the po-
lice report. His mother, Teresa
Carter, told a Memphis, Tenn.,
television station that police
said her son was shot in the
right temple. But, she said,
Carter was left handed.
It is, of course, i,,.i. ....i
possible that the 21-year-
old wvas an ambidextrous guy

whose fingers werci nimble
enough to pull off a nearly im
possible bit of markli ims11151
with a gun that L (io) op2ci
looked while searching thi,
Or, failing that kind of *lipic :\
Believe It or Not" sc1nariot. II
possibility of poli c ) foul pli\
has to be seriously\ ', ji sidcti r,.

During an Inml I I ,.
national telex'ision .1i5,
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Representative in Congress, District 24


Congresswoman Wilson has served South Flor-
ida in a variety of positions during her storied career
and has continued to lead by example since being
elected to Congress after beating out eight other can-
didates two years ago. Her passion for young men
is without question given her continued leadership .
with the 5000 Role Models. But she is equally
committed to improving the lives of every man,
woman and child in her District. Her recent work on behalf of Trayvon
Martin and the rally she organized at Bayfront Park was exemplary.
We believe she is the best candidate. Her opponent, Dr. Rudy Moise,
while certainly a man of great pedigree, has not shown himself to
be particularly interested in the issues of all Blacks in Miami-Dade
County. Instead, his focus appears to be on his own Haitian communi-
ty. Such exclusivity does not bode well for a member of Congress with
a diverse constituency. Wilson has the experience we need.

State Representative, District 102
Both candidates, Sharon Pritchett and Melvin
Lewis Bratton are former members of the
Miami Gardens city council and that's important
since the District includes that City as well as
North Miami-Dade County, Pembroke Pines
and Miramar. And while their platforms are
solid, what's most impressive about Pritchett is
her understanding of what's needed most ac-
cording to her constituents and her ability to both talk about the issues
and present solutions. Pritchett is by far the best candidate.

State Representative, District 109

This race is a no-brainer Stafford hit the .
ground running when she was first elected in
2010 and is still pushing for her District, despite
being handcuffed by a Republican-dominated
legislature Her passion may stem from having
grown up in the area that she now represents or i
from having sat at the feet of Carrie Meek None-
theless she is a skilled attorney who deserves
another chance in the House We can't say much about her opponent,
Bernadine Bush. because she has never responded to our calls

County Commissioner District 1


Almost every time the incumbent, Barbara '(
Jordan, and the challenger and former mayor
of Miami Gardens. Shirley Gibson, sit in the
same room, there's a chance for fireworks
But that's what politics is all about Gibson
has done a credible job as the first mayor of
Miami Gardens But given her long years of
service with the police, we cant understand why she remains so
reluctant to talk about what's being done to handle escalating crime
in her city. Then there is her affiliation with Norman Braman that has
some people uncomfortable, wondering if she will somehow owe the
tycoon should she win. Jordan has been plugging away in her District
and has been an advocate for senior citizens has promoted legisla-
tion aimed at supporting Mom and Pop programs, has championed
initiatives to reduce crime and brought more affordable housing to the
District. Jordan should remain.

City of Miami Gardens Mayor jl
Once again seven is the magic number I
that's the number of candidates that hope to .
take over the seat that Shirley Gibson must j l
vacate this fall because she is termed out. ,il
Katrina Wilson has wonderful ideas and a
zeal for service. But we don't think she's quite
ready to lead Florida third-largest city. She, like
candidate Darin Woods, will inevitably garner a
respectable number of votes. Both would do well to run for city council
and gain more experience and knowledge. Gilbert, a Ft. Lauderdale-
based attorney and current vice-mayor of Miami Gardens, once
barked when we said there was a problem with crime in the Gardens
- now at least he seems ready to confront it. And he knows the city.
budget well. Gilbert is the best choice among the candidates.

For 89 years

Black families

have welcomed us

into their homes so

we can share their

good news with

others i

S State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit

This race has been hot and heavy from the very
start more like a boxing match than a politi-
cal race. Several issues have emerged. First, 9
can Rundle be blamed for the time it has taken
to close out the high number of police-involved
shootings? Given the complexity of each case, we are not convinced
that she should be the fall guy. However, it is the responsibility of
the state attorney to make sure that citizens, with or without felony
records, be treated with fairness and justice. We believe that she is
working to that end. In the recent absentee ballot scandal, Rundle
rightly recused herself because she is a candidate on the August bal-
lot. She could no nothing else. In addition, we are satisfied with the
work her office has done to rid our area of child exploitation rackets
that forced young girls into prostitution. Her opponent, Rod Vereen,
has had the Midas Touch almost everywhere he has worked. It goes
without saying that we would be proud to see a Black man of his cali-
ber be elected as this District's first State Attorney. However, Vereen
has not always stayed on the issues during this race. While we clearly
understand why he does not support the work of his opponent, his re-
sponses as to what he would do have tended to be vague. His anger
that has seeped out in several public venues has tended to detract
from his brilliance. We will go with the incumbent on this one.

State Representative, District 117 M G E
Harold Ford, an educator, Carmen Morris,
a public relations and political consultant and
Kionne McGhee, an attorney, all have similar ^ r
views and are all supporters of the policies of
the Democratic Party. Some may remember
McGhee from 2010 when he lost a close race
against Dwight Bullard for his House seat. This
time he returns with the same high energy
and new ideas that we think are needed in Tallahassee. We go with

State Representative. District 107
Both candidates served on city councils
before being elected to the House in 2010
Since then, we have seen Rep. John Patrick -,
Julien align himself on several occasions with
Republican-backed legislation something he
has said was for the good of his District and not
about partisanship. We are not convinced. In
contrast, Watson has been making the rounds
and seems to be more in tune with the needs of her constituents
economic development being at the top of the list We believe she
can best get the job done

County Commissioner District 3
Edmonson has brought affordable housing I
and a boatload of new construction projects to
her District. For that she is to be commended.
However, we'd like to see her do more for
Black-owned businesses and become a bit
more proactive in sponsoring legislation that
supports entrepreneurial efforts. Of the candi-
dates in the race, only Alison Austin, the Norman Braman-sponsored
candidate, and Keon Hardemon has the supporter base to challenge
Edmonson. Austin has run for office before but been unable to get
enough votes to win. Eddie Lewis and Michael Jackson Joseph, are
perennial candidates that probably won't impact the race. Nor will
Nadia Pierre. We give Edmonson the nod.

Group 15- Maria Elena Verde
Group 47 Maria de Jesus Santovenia
Group 49 Teresa Mary Pooler

Group 1 Patricia Marino-Pedraza
Group 10 Diana Gonzalez
Group 20 Michelle Alvarez Barakat
Group 24 Greer Elaine Wallace
Group 27 Jacci Suzan Seskin
Group 28 Tanya Brinkley
Group 33 Teretha Lundy Thomas

9 llliami Ximes
(ISSN 0739-0319)
Published Weekly at 900 NW 541n Street.
Miami. Florida 33127-1818
Post Office Box 270200
Buena Vista Station. Miami, Florida 33127
Phone 305-694-6210
H.E. SIGISMUND REEVES, Founder, 1923-1968
GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Ednor 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHELJ. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

State Senator, District 39
State Representative Dwight Bullard has set
his sights on taking over the senate seat cur-
rently held by his mother, Larcenia Bullard. Public
service is clearly in his blood and he has worked .
on behalf of his community, first in the classroom '. / *
and now on the legislative floor. During The Miami '" ;.
Times recent political forum, Bullard was de- "? A '
scribed by one of his opponents, Ron Saunders, as being the candi-
date best able to address and improve our public schools in Florida.
We heartily agree and the legislation that he has sponsored since
being elected two years ago confirms his commitment to reducing the
achievement gap. Saunders, a House Democrat leader and licensed
attorney, has shown that he could bring much to the office particularly
given his expertise in budgeting issues. James Bush III, a two-time
former member of the Florida House office holder and well-known
throughout Miami-Dade County, brings his own unique skills that are
indeed admirable. But in the end, we give the nod to Bullard.

State Representative, District 108 hi
The incumbent, Daphne Campbell, beat
one of her opponents, Alix Desulme, in 2010.
But this time, given the possible fraud, legal .
distractions and potential federal charges she
faces, we cannot recommend Campbell. We
believe that as a second-time candidate who
has worked to sharpen his political teeth, that
Desulme may be up for the challenge of Tal-
lahassee. The District is mostly Haitian- and African-Americans and
their needs are great Does Desulme's experience as city clerk of
North Miami give him the edge9 Or does Santangelo s service as a
state trooper and aide to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado make
him the better candidate9' We give the vole to Desulme.

Miami-Dade County Mayor
There are seven candidates on the ballot '
each having enough support t6 probably push
this into a runoff election in the fall But the
lion s share of votes in the primary will prob-
ably go to the incumbent, Carlos Gimenez, and
City Commissioner Joe Martinez. Gimenez I
has been taking a lot of heat lately because of
his alleged connection with an absentee-ballot
collector. But union members aren't too fond of him either since he .
slashed their pay and benefits to balance the county budget. He was
successful last year after Carlos Alvarez was recalled and he has ba-
sically done what he promised to do. But Martinez has shown that he
can work well with all kinds of people and given his role as chairman .
of the county commission he knows what's going on in Miami-Dade
County. We think Martinez is willing to listen to Blacks and to give us
our fair share he is our candidate of choice.

County Commissioner District 9
There isn't much we need to say here.
Alice Pena has Braman's support but it really I
shouldn't matter. Dennis Moss faces three
candidates but no one them can seriously
challenge the fine work he has done for South
Dade. Moss has been there before, since and
after Hurricane Andrew and it's because of his
efforts that the area has been able to rebound
and rebuild. The former chair of the county commission has also
brought the arts to South Dade. He has been in office for a long time
and he is still getting the job done. He is our choice, hands down.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera

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Are Florida
On Florida's upcoming No-
vember ballot, "Amendment
8" will be placed on the bal-
lot for 2012, and challenge a
longstanding ban on taxpayer
funding religious institutions.
This amendment is named
"Florida Religious Freedom"
and the wording of the mea-
sure is extremely ambiguous.
Some political pundits and ex-
pert believe the wording of the
amendment is to fool voters.
There is a movement in the
country, and specifically in
Florida where advocates of
parental choice support faith
-based schools, and cultural-
based charter schools. Many
supporters of school choice
believe that future educational
systems must be customized
to meet each student's needs.
The public education system is
broken and many of our state's
leaders starting with Governor
Scott are vocal proponents of
parental choice and charter
schools. This is nothing new,
because there have always
been Catholic schools and pri-
vate schools that parents could
send their children, but there
was always a separation of gov-

public schools in danger?
ernment from religious faith aid of any church, sect, or reli- funding,
and practice. Our founding fa- gious denomination, or in aid of thousand
others made it clear to write into any sectarian institution." tion in t
organic law the total separation After reading this statement on excell
of church and state, numerous times, I was very con- profit.
Last year, Amendment 8 was fused with what our governor Amend
thrown out by County Circuit and his administration is trying to take r
Judge Terry Lewis for being to accomplish with this amend- school s
ambiguous and misleading, ment. It is extremely vague commune
but the amendment was quick- and misleading, and it appears close. M(
ly rewritten by Attorney Gener- that any religious organization out of s
al Pam Bondi, and slipped onto or religious individual can get be more
the ballot for 2012. The new funding from state taxnavers public sc

Amendment 8 will continue to take money from the pub-
lic school system and force more community public
schools to close. More students will drop out of schools
and there will be more failing schools in the public school system.

language of the proposal reads:
"Proposing an amendment to
the State Constitution providing
that no individual or entity may
be denied, on the basis of reli-
gious identity or belief, govern-
ment benefits, funding, or other
support, except as required by
the First Amendment of the
United States Constitution, and
deleting the prohibition against
using revenues from the public
treasury directly or indirectly in

to start a religious school. With
this confusion of interpretation,
and if this amendment passes,
Governor Scott can begin to ad-
vance his ideological agenda.
Governor Scott believes that
the large private for-profit edu-
cational businesses can deliver
a better educational experi-
ence than the traditional public
school system. These for-profit
educational businesses receive
a smaller amount from state

when ou
laws as
and in i
system t
ment 8 ,
a vouch(
take mc
public sc
Vote "I
ligion hi
great coi
has the
lic educe
read anc
of the gi

and they save the state
ids of dollars. Educa-
he state will not focus
ence, but will focus on

Iment 8 will continue
noney from the public
system and force more
lity public schools to
ore students will drop
schools and there will
failing schools in the
school system. -
is something wrong
.r legislatures disguise
"Religious Freedom"
reality they advance a
hat rewards large cor-
s and stockholders.
believe that Amend-
will open the door for
er system, which will
money away from the
school system.
No" on Amendment 8.
on of the state and re-
as made America the
untry where everyone
right to a great pub-
ation. The reason the
of Americans can
id do math is because
great public education


Waging war over Romney's tax returns
Mitt Romney's defiant secre- forms Romney is so reluctant worth has been estimated at been paying in t
cy about his personal finances to reveal. It's understandable $250 million, earned most of on its face, sc
looks like a cross Republicans that the GOP candidate and his money from investments likely. But Reid
will have to bear all the way to his surrogates would accuse and thus pays the lower rate for president. F
Election Day. To put it mildly, Reid of an unfair attack. If Reid for capital gains. Asked last dramatically bo
the burden seems to chafe, is being as cynical and menda- week whether there had been ibility by openinE
Senate Majority Leader Harry cious as Republicans charge, years when he paid less than books to the noi
Reid claimed to have a "source" Romney could demolish the 13.9 percent, Romney said he public scrutiny.
someone who had business majority leader's credibility would be "happy to go back he won't even
with Bain Capital, the private- and put the whole issue to and look" at his records, ued secrecy clee
equity firm Romney ran who rest with a single phone call What strikes you as more campaign, if onl
' told him Romney paid no fed- instructing his accountant to improbable: That Harry Reid attention from
eral income taxes for 10 years, release the returns, actually has a mysterious Romney would r
, Who is this alleged source? In 2010, Romney paid a tax source with intimate knowl- ing about c
SReid won't say. It's reasonable rate of 13.9 percent on income edge of Romney's finances? Or there's somethir
to question whether the source of $21.6 million. The most af- that a man who made a quar- ing, inappropriate
even exists, much less whether fluent wage-earners pay in- ter of a billion dollars from his ugly in there. Yoi
he or she would be in a position come tax at a rate of 35 per- skill at reading balance sheets secret source to
to know what's in those tax cent, but Romney, whose net has no clue of how much he's Common sense v

runds terribly
isn't running
Romney could
ost his cred-
g his personal
rmal degree of
The fact that
a when contin-
arly hurts the
1y by diverting
other issues
rather be talk-
learly means
ng embarrass-
te or just plain
u don't need a
tell you that.
will do.

Will Obama's support of same-sex

marriage cost him the Black vote?

Ft. Lauderdale, retired

It's 50-50. The Black church

about it but
then there
are a lot of
Blacks that
either don't go
to church or
who in favor
of same-sex
marriage. The
U.S. is sup-
posed to be a place where we
are all treated equally. But we
know that isn't really so.

Miami, retired

I support President Obama

wthin ha t rel ^^
and don't
think that
the objections
from the Black
church will
keep him from
being re-elect-

Miami, retired

No, we are all humans and it
should not
matter. It
should not
cost him our
vote. Presi- -
dent Obama I
entered office
with a real
mess on his
hands. The
Black church should help him
get re-elected not cause contro-
versy now with the election so

Miami, student

No, it will not cost him our
vote. President
Obama has
done a good
job for this
country and
for Blacks.
Blacks should
support him
and let him
continue what he has started.

Miami, procurement specialist

No. I don't think it really mat-
ters to Blacks
about sexual
What matters
to us is about
getting the
economy back
in shape --
getting more
jobs for Blacks. Same-sex mar-
riage just isn't at the top of our
list. The president is blamed
for things that aren't his fault.
He needs four more years to
straighten the economy out and
he deserves another term.

Miami, retired

President Obama did the right
think support-
ing same-sex
marriage. He
has done an
excellent job.
I don't think
the church
should get in-
volved in civil
issues. It needs to stick with

We are making a difference at Arcola Lakes Park
On Wednesday, August 8, to have this center located Better Communities General community and will make
2012, the community will at Arcola Lakes Park. A let- Obligation Bonds funding. I good on the County's prom-
come together to mark the ter to the editor published in immediately went to work to ise to provide a quality facil-
commencement of construc- The Miami Times on August fast track funding and plan- ity for our seniors. In regards
tion on the Arcola Lakes Se- 1, 2012, contains accusations ning on the center follow- to meeting with residents, I
nior Center at Arcola Lakes that mischaracterize my comn- ing numerous public forums have an open door policy and
Park. This facility, which will mitment to working with the held by the County's parks District 2 residents have nev-
provide recreational services community on such projects, department. The final plans er missed an opportunity to
to residents age 55 and older, Those accusations are base- reflect input from the corn- meet with me and share ideas
will be the largest and only fa- less and totally inaccurate, munity while adhering to the for the betterment of the com-
cility of its kind in the entire When I was elected in 2010, budget constraints of a public munity.
Miami-Dade County parks I found the Senior Center facility. Building this center
system. I join those in our project had been stalled as it will bring hundreds of con- Commissioner Jean Monestime
community who are proud awaited its share of Building struction-related jobs to our Miami

There is a lot of good work at Arcola Lakes

The Parks, Recreation and
Open Spaces Department has
worked with the West Little
River Community Advisory
Board and the Arcola Lakes
Park Task Force for more than
a decade to identify projects
where County collaboration
could support the develop-
ment of healthy, active com-
munities. Over the last few
months, several meetings have
been held with the Chairper-
son of the Task Force and
others to tour the grounds of

the new Arcola Lakes Senior
Center and to discuss the con-
struction schedule. More than
250 public meetings were held
throughout the County to lis-
ten to the wants and needs
of residents and communities
and to help bring the public's
voice into the decision-mak-
ing process. From the input
received, County administra-
tors developed a list of $2.9
billion worth of capital im-
provements to be paid for by
the sale of bonds. There were

many projects which were not
funded, and many more that
were funded at a lower level
than the community request-
ed. The Arcola Lakes Park was
allocated $6 million by voters
in the 2004 bond referendum
and was later allocated an
additional $300,000 from in-
terest earned from the bond
funds. And, although it is not
mentioned in the August 1,
2012 letter to the editor, the
Arcola Lakes Senior Center is
the only one of its kind in all

of Miami-Dade County. On
August 8, 2012, the County
will break ground on this new
state-of-the-art senior recre-
ation center at Arcola Lakes
Park at 10:00 a.m. This facil-
ity, once completed will be a
warm and friendly home away
from home for seniors where
they will enjoy a variety of ac-
tivities, meet new people and
stay physically fit.

Jack Kardys

Norman Braman and the coming elections

In this. upcoming election
season the name Norman Bra-
man will be uttered frequently
to dissuade voters from sup-
porting certain candidates.
This stems from Mr. Braman's
past statements of support-
ing candidates that believes in
the reformation of Miami Dade
County Government. However
since some of the change that
Mr. Braman wants to have
come into fruition involves
Black incumbents losing their
seats, it has now morphed

into a racial issue. In other
words, the "White Man" is try-
ing to run the Black commu-
nity. I was caught off guard a
little with this type of think-
ing because when I went and
researched the campaign con-
tributions of some of the in-
cumbents it appeared to me
that many receive money from
the "White Man". Braman is
being used as a distraction
from the real tragedy that has
gone on for decades in Miami.
For decades predominately

Black districts in Miami Dade
and the City of Miami have
been lead by Black elected of-
ficials.What has been the fruit
of their labor? The defunct Mi-
ami Dade Empowerment trust
that supposedly was aimed at
addressing poverty in Miami's
poorest areas was found to be
fraudulent. The embarrass-
ing closing of JESCA a com-
munity organization that pro-
vided much need resources to
the poor. And the $250 mil-
lion bio-pharmaceutical park

project headed by a con artist
but supported by some of our
Black elected officials. Now the
community is being told that
Mr. Braman is the problem?I
leave you with this quote from
Men at some time are mas-
ters of their fate.The fault, dear
Brutus, is not in our stars, but
in ourselves, that we are un-

Dr. Robert Malone Jr.

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Female entrepreneurs talk voting over lunch

By Ju'lia Samuels

Local female entrepreneurs
gathered together on last Sat-
urday at The Anglers Boutique
Resort on Washington Avenue
to discuss the importance of
early voting, while enjoying
lunch. The event which was ap-
propriately titled "Women who
lunch," allowed female busi-
ness leaders to explore how
they could use their role in the
community to bring Blacks out
to the polls early.
"I liked that the event
brought women together for a
good cause," said bakery own-
er Lykeisha Jenrette, 30.
Ladies talk
The business women were
provided information on the
candidates who were vying for
their vote and were encour-
aged to reach out to candi-
dates while doing their own
research to be prepared when
they make their way to the
polls on August 15th.
The organizer of the event,
radio personality, Jill Tracey
said that she felt that events
like hers that are geared to-
wards women, are necessary.
"I believe that when you ed-
ucate the woman the whole
household will learn," Tracey
said. "Voting is everything for
women, especially women of
color. When women work to-
gether we can change any-
The event included a power-
point presentations, gift bags,
skin and make-up care tips in
the midst of the political talk.
Tracey said that all candi-
dates were invited to the event.
However, only Miami Gardens
mayor and county commis-
sioner candidate, Shirley Gib-
son and county court judge
candidates Tanya Brinkley
and Michelle Alvarez Barakat
attended the event and spoke
with the female entrepreneurs.
"I was very impressed with

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the content and I thought this
event was very empowering
from an educational stand-
point as well," Mayor Gibson
said. "It informed voters on
where to go in order to see
what their candidates have
done for them and that is very
County commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan said that she had
a scheduling conflict with the
event and had to place her
constituents first.
"I was invited to a forum in
my district with UP-PHC and I
had another engagement after
that," Commissioner Jordan
said. "Had I not had the forum
and the other engagement, I
would've attended."
Non-profit founder, Eboney
Johnson, 38, of Alwayz Lady
Like Inc. openly discussed her
excitement about her organi-
zation's inclusion in the event.
"I thought this was a great
way to let girls see that they
can reach out and meet the
people who represent them,"
Johnson said.

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Romney puts possible picks to work

By Sara Murray

Mitt Romney is using specu-
lation about his vice-presiden-
tial pick to build a fundrais-
ing advantage-which in turn
is whipping up the guessing
The campaign has dispatched
several possible short-listers to
events around the country that
are designed to raise money
and perhaps serve as a final
audition for potential partners
on the ticket.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Chris-
tie will round out the summer
headlining a dozen fundraisers
for Mr. Romney, while former
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
will host seven this month. Ohio
Sen. Rob Portman is squeezing
in three in August, according to
campaign schedules.
One addition to the fundrais-
ing circuit who is sure to draw
attention is former Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, a fa-
vorite among some donors.
"In this age of needing to
raise tens of millions of dollars,
I think you might be looking for
more in a vice president than
just comfort," said Frank Do-
natelli, a political consultant
who helped coordinate Repub-
lican fundraising efforts in the
2008 campaign. "Sending them
out there and seeing what they
can do is not a bad idea."



Chris Christie
The plflin-spoken New Jersey
governor has put in time on
Romney's fund-raising circuit
and fit campaign events
but is thought to be a long

The Romney campaign has
been mostly silent about the
vice-presidential selection
and on Sunday Mr. Romney
brushed aside questions on the
subject. "I have nothing for you
on the vice-presidential front,"
he told CNN. "I can assure you
that by the third day of the Re-
publican convention we will
nominate a Republican V.P."

Tim Pawlenty
The former Mimic-tsla
governor wn Ii e:,Ited Ihe 2012
GOP race early, is fl Slife PICK
with ar easy relatiuri-.hip
with Romney, has .irged hi
donors to use their mIuscle [o
support Roniney.

No matter who gets the nod,
the running mate is expected
to play an important role in
fundraising, as Mr. Romney's
schedule will increasingly be
dominated by campaign events,
giving him less time to raise
Christie, who is considered
a dark-horse pick for the vice-
presidential slot, has been

Rob Portman
The Ohio senator viewed
as a front-runner for the V.P.
slot, has often hilt the hustings
on Romnev's behalf and
mnan.aged to squeeze in
tund rai.-ers. too.

among the most active fundrais-
ers. He has a California fund-
raising swing scheduled for this
month and will have headlined
at least a dozen finance events
from June through August. In
addition, he has appeared at
public campaign events.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the
sole candidate Mr. Romney has
confirmed is being vetted for

Condoleezza Rice
The former secretary of state's
name keeps surfacming as
an out-of-the-hox pick wlic'
could provide foreignpolicy
heft and help raise money.

the job, is expected to appear
at a trio of fundraisers in Texas
and Oklahoma this month.
Romney raised $106.1 mil-
lion in June, the second full
month in which the candidates
raised money in coordination
with their political parties.
Republicans have been par-
ticularly active this year as they
try to avoid a repeat of 2008, in

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NASA chief: U.S. won't go it alone on manned Mars mission

By Dan Vergano

U.S. astronauts won't land
on Mars by themselves but
with international partners in
the 2030s, NASA's chief said
The NASA Curiosity rover's
risky landing on the Red Planet
occurred on August 6 at 1:31
a.m. ET Monday morning. NASA
chief Charles Bolden focused on
Mars as the "ultimate destina-

tion for now" for hu- operation" in space
man space explora- exploration.
tion, in a meeting Obama administra-
with the USA TODAY _- tion plans are for the
Editorial Board. .$17.7 billion space
"I have no desire agency to land an as-
to do a Mars landing tronaut on an aster
on our own," Bolden .. oid in 2025, then go
said. "The U.S. can- ? / to Mars by the mid-
not always be the dle of the 2030s.
leader, but we can BOLDEN The mission inevi-
be the inspirational tably will be interna-
leader through international co- tional, as will any future human

landings on the moon, Bolden
said. "We already have gone
there first," he said.
The Obama administration's
space plans have attracted criti-
cism this year from some space-
state senators such as Richard
Shelby, R.-Ala., who disagreed
with its emphasis on private

space rockets to resupply the
International Space Station,
rather than a heavy rocket that
would send a spacecraft to cir-
cle the moon in 2017.
NASA science chief John
Grunsfeld put the odds as "very
high" of the Curiosity mission's
finding chemical signs of a hab-

itable environment on the Red
Planet perhaps 2.5 billion years
A human mission to Mars
would send six astronauts, who
would take six months to get
there and stay a month before
returning on an eight- month
trip back to Earth.

Freeman gives $iM to Obama Super PAC

By Nicholas Confessore

In the new blockbuster "The
Dark Knight Rises," the ac-
tor Morgan Freeman plays an
aide-de-camp to Batman as
the caped crusader battles the
arch-villain Bane.
But in the battle for the
White House, Freeman is
backing President Obama.
Last month, Mr. Freeman do-
nated $1 million to Priorities
USA Action, officials there said
Thursday. The group, a su-
per PAC backing Mr. Obama,
has lately been broadcasting
advertisements attacking the
Republican candidate Mitt
Romney for his tenure at Bain
Capital, the private equity
"President Obama has done
a remarkable job in terrible
circumstances," reeman said
in a statement, adding that


Mr. Obama was "being tar-
geted by hundreds of millions
of dollars in special interest
"Priorities USA Action is do-
ing a great job of protecting
the values I believe in," Mr.
Freeman said. "I am happy to
help them and I hope others
will do so as well."
Freeman joins a growing
roster of Hollywood support-
ers bankrolling the group,

which has shown an uptick
in recent fund-raising but re-
mains far behind its Republi-
can counterparts.
Other Priorities USA donors
have included the producer
Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has
given $2 million to the group,
as well as the directors J.J.
Abrams and Steven Spielberg
and the comedians Chelsea
Handler and Bill Maher.
Recently, Rush Limbaugh,
the radio show host, suggest-
ed that the character Bane
had been inspired by the com-
pany Bain in a bid by Holly-
wood liberals to tar Romney
by association.
"Do you think that it is ac-
cidental that the name of the
really vicious fire breathing
four-eyed whatever it is villain
in this movie is named Bane,"
Limbaugh said, according to a
transcript of the show.

Monestime unveils

$lM renovation at Gwen Cherry Park

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YET Center at Gwen Cherry Park last Tuesday, July
24. Also pictured are State Representative Cynthia
Stafford, Attorney H.T. Smith of the Gwen Cherry

Park Foundation, Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee
and former Miami Dolphins player Nat Moore. They
and about 100 others were on hand to celebrate the
opening of the renovated NFL Youth Education Town
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which President Barack Obama
easily outraised his Republican
opponent, Arizona Sen. John
In both public and private
comments, some possible run-
ning mates have noted the gru-
eling schedule.
Over the weekend, when re-
porters asked Sen. Portman
about his V.P. responsibilities
if he were picked, he said, "I
would work very hard for Mitt
Romney, but that's what I'm
doing anyway." Mr. Portman is
scheduled to host a fundraiser
in Columbus Monday and a
Romney campaign event the
following day.
Potential running mates such
as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
and South Dakota Sen. John
Thune also have tried to prove
they can pull their weight. Mr.
Jindal has pitched in at a dozen
Romney campaign events since
June and about a half-dozen
fundraisers, including an event
in Virginia this month.
Rice joined East Coast donors
on a recent conference call and
is scheduled to attend a Texas
fundraiser this week. Though
she has repeatedly said she
isn't interested in being vice
president, and isn't well-liked
among the party's conservative
base, her profile has risen since
her speech at a Romney fund-
raising retreat in June.


Give the little that you got to get a lot,
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Give the little that you got to get a lot

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Always on the alert for an in-
spiring moment, it once came
to me during a loose conversa-
tion that I was having with a
fellow convict who slept right
across from me named Tony. In
his mid 50s, Tony is a friendly
white guy who touts himself
as being a modern day phi-
losopher. Of course, because
I am living in a community
where finding a great philoso-
pher can sometimes be simi-
lar to recovering a needle in a
haystack, I am truly grateful
for the fact that I have the op-
portunity to be in the presence
of one who takes pleasure in
sharing his thoughts with me
regarding truisms and the na-
ture of the universe. Think
ing back, though. I honestly
cannot recall exactly what it
was that led to that inspir-
ing moment, but something

about our conversation
moved my friend to re-
lay a wonderful story to
me about giving to oth-

The story began with IL
him describing how a '
certain prisoner de-
veloped a fondness for HA
reading a Jewish newspaper
that had not been in circu-
lation for very long and des-
perately needed donations
from the public to help keep it
afloat. Unwilling to just watch
the newspaper sink into non-
existence, the prisoner didn't
hesitate to mail the paper a
five-dollar contribution with a
note enclosed explaining how
he only receives $5 a month
but would rather for them to
have the money in order that
they may continue their good
work. After accepting the pris-
oner's small endowment, the
newspaper took it upon itself


to print his letter, which
eventually caught the
attention of a wealthy
individual who was so
impressed by this par-
ticular act of micro-
philanthropy that they
decided to start send-
ing the prisoner $200 a

As most philosophers are
usually excellent orators, Tony
went on to further expound on
the topic of giving. Speaking
in the quiet voice of a sage, he
said "blessings are increased
more when you give out of pov-
erty as opposed to giving out
of abundance. For when you
give out of abundance, the gift
is indeed considered a blessing
but is also counted as a mere
castoff because the giver can
afford to giveaway a portion of
his wealth without losing any
sweat off his brow." To support
thus truism, he pointed to a

story in the Bible which sta
in Mark 12: 42-44: "And th
came a certain poor wid
and she threw in two mil
which make a farthing. A
he called unto him his d
ciples, and saith unto th(
Verily I say unto you, That t
poor widow hath cast more
than all they which have c
into the treasury: For all tI
did cast in all that she h
even all her living."
Giving when there's har
anything to give is a diffic
thing for most underpr
leged people to do. But wt
we release the little that
have in order to help other
we only make room for gre
er blessings to come into
lives. And then, when the:
nothing at all in our pock
to give, we should be qu
to lend a helping hand, giv
kind word, and above all, g

Voters should stick with the County's big thre4
By Brian Dennis Say what you want that change has been Recreation Complex is that
to about addressing A y steady and worth- citizens are now beating t
"If it ain't broke don't fix it" violent crime but no ,. ll while. When you look fic camera citations in cc
was my Bahamian grandmoth- one can control an t *" at District 3 you can handily.
er's favorite savings. It's no se- individual who has clearly see the new In Opa-locka we have a
cret that this election season made up his or her development that has swimming center and Comr
has been nerve wrecking for mind to commit an been happening along sioner Jordan was response
some and for others a chance act of terrorism in with affordable hous- for the funding. That build
to step their game up. I cannot the community. Why ing When you look at stands tall in my city. Wh
say that one these candidates blame the commis- DENNIS District I it has expe- there is no vision, the i
won't hit a big shot like Norris sioners when the people who rienced some growth also but pie perish: My people are
Cole or Shane Battier but when really deserve the blame are I can't see it in Carol City be- stroyed for lack of knowlec
this community needs that big the parents. High crime comes cause it looks the same as it because thou hast rejec
three-pointer or blocked shot from high unemployment and did before the name changed knowledge: Integrity is just
to break the game open we high unemployment comes to Miami Gardens. When you the word of "GOD" it's o
have to turn to our own big from a lack of education, look at the City of Miami Gar- valuable if you practice, ap
three: 'Moss, Edmondson and When you look around Dis- dens the only improvement and believe it. Let us keep
Jordan. trict 9 you can clearly see outside of the Betty Ferguson big three.

Contractors charged in plot to underbi

Eight allegedly

funneled $7oM

By Donna Gehrke-White

Eight contractors have been
charged in a $70 million "cheat
to compete" scheme involving
workers' compensation fraud
and money laundering, Bro-
ward County Sheriff Al Lamber-
ti and Florida Chief Financial
Officer Jeff Atwater announced
in a joint press conference last-
Friday afternoon.
The complicated plot allegedly
involved shell companies, check
cashing stores and millions of
dollars, including $1 million in
cash seized Friday, Lamberti
said. But ultimately, the goal
was simple: underbid law-abid-
ing contractors in a struggling
economy, the sheriff said.
The ringleader was allegedly
Hugo Rodriguez, 36, of Coral
Springs, who ran the Oto Group
and funneled $70 million in un-
declared payroll through check
cashing outlets that ultimately
provided cash to give workers in
lieu of paychecks, according to
investigators. Bond was set at
$500,000 for Rodriguez.
His attorney Joseph Bosco
disputed the charges, saying,
"We've just begun our investi-
gation." Bosco said Rodriguez's
"dire" financial condition con-
tradicted the government's al-
legations. "His house is in fore-


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Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti speaks to the media during a multi-ag
operation including the Workers' Compensation Fraud Task Force. In
of him is nearly a million dollars seized in the operation. They made
eral arrests in "Operation Dirty Money" a workers' comp fraud check ca:

closure," Bosco said.
However, one of the accused
check-cashing outlets that
Rodriguez used, K & N Food
Corp. in Palm Beach County,
has owners who are cooperat-
ing with the joint investigation,
investigators said. Nilbala and
Kanti Patelhave agreed to the
immediate forfeiture of more
than $490,000 in illicit pro-
ceeds, authorities said.
So far, the joint state-BSO in-
vestigation, called "Operation
Dirty Money," has netted more
than $140 million in fraudulent
transactions linked to 12 shell
companies. The corruption has

extended into cash payment
workers to avoid paying So
Security and other taxes, L
berti said.
"It was becoming a big inc
try," added the sheriff, who
the investigation continues.
"This kind of fraud is div
ing nearly $1 billion from F
ida's economy annually,
is putting honest small b
nesses and employees at ri
Atwater said.
Some construction con
nies were willing to "chea
compete," which allowed tI
to underbid honest contr
tors, said Matthew Capece

"'1 the United Brotherhood of C
penters and Joiners of Amer
It also endangered workers w
were sent to construction cc
panies untrained and vulr
S- able to injuries.
'.- Construction leaders accu
of conspiring with alleged ri
leader Rodriguez include I
Figueroa Cruz, of LMF C
struction Corp.; Villalvir Ac
les, of NAV Construction In
S and Carlos Pagan Rios, of
gan Construction Inc. They
are charged with workers' co
pensation fraud, conspiracy
-" commit workers' compensate
fraud and money launderi
ocker but as of Friday afternoon 1
'tocker ^ i
ency not been found and arrest
front investigators said.
sev- Arrested on the same char
shing were Luis Santiago, LAS C
struction Inc.; Henry Gir
Licold Construction Inc.; A
ts to Giron, Everalx Construct
social Inc.; and Eduan Santiago Ri
,am- ra, E. South Construction In



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'Toxic tush' practitioner

charged with manslaughter
By Wayne K. Roustan tion, according to court records, ant, cement and super glue into
Nuby's sister, Shira Thomp- at least two other customers.
Self-styled unlicensed cos- son, believed the injections, One was a Miami Gardens
metic surgeon Oneal Ron Morris which she said Morris admin- woman who sought a fuller fig-
was charged with manslaughter istered in 2007 and 2008, poi- ure but ended up with pneumo-
Thursday in the death of a for- soned Nuby's blood and caused nia-like symptoms, infections
mer client, according to the Bro- her chronic lung disease. Her and large welts on her buttocks.
ward State Attorney's Office. family awaits autopsy results. The customer paid for six injec-
Broward County Judge John "I knew [Morris] injected her tions that were administered
"Jay" Hurley ordered he be held with that stuff," said Joseph through a tube hooked to a
on $150,000 bail during his Alan Nuby, Shatarka's father, cooler, investigators said.
first appearance court hearing "We were just wondering when She accused Morris of pump-
Friday. he was going to get convicted of ing the questionable chemical
Shatarka Nuby, 31, died anything." cocktail into her posterior and
March 17 in federal prison in Morris, 31, a transgender Morris was arrested in Novem-
Tallahassee, where she was woman also known as "Duch- ber. Morris pleaded not guilty to
serving time for identity theft, ess," was already facing charg- charges of practicing health care
Nuby was convicted of steal- es, accused of posing as a doctor without a license and causing
ing about $20,000 to spend on while injecting a toxic mixture of serious bodily injury. She was
breast implants and liposuc- mineral oil, Fix-a-Flat tire seal- released on a $15,000 bond.

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No bond for men charged in
hit and run deaths of Broward cyclists
Two men charged in connection with the hit and run deaths of two bicy-
[tes clists in Cooper City were denied bond Monday morning. Obrian Oakley,
ow, 26, is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the case. BSO
tes, deputies say he ran a red light while trying to flee police after he alleg-
.nd edly got caught breaking into cars. His accomplice, Sadik Baxter, 25, was
em, not in the car at the time of the crash and is charged with burglary among
his other things.
in, According to BSO, Chris McConnell, 61, and Dean Amelkin, 60, were
hey riding near the intersection of Palm, Ave. and Sheridan St. when they were
ad, hit by Oakley. Oakley then fled the scene, prompting a manhunt that in-
cluded I,' 9s and (hopper s rcim other jur:-,i'-tih rr.-
:ult According to authorities, Oakley and Baxter broke into five cars in the
ivi- Rock Creel' neigltorhood .-Ater a night of gambr) ing t]. the hard Pock-' Ho-
hen tel and Casino.
eat- Shooting leaves husband, wife in hospital
our Mianmi-Ddde Police are looting fra a mian they, ;av opened fire on a
res couple inside a car alter hie :ut them ijll. The '.'victim' ..jei e dri'.ring j red
ick lovota Corolla northbound on r-iW 23 Averue rear 52nd Streer .ut, en a
e a man driving .oulhbound in a3 red picl up truclc- ut them noil, according
give to detectives. Words were erchanrged and hors were fired, 1\.ami-Dalde
Police Det .Alvaro Zabaljieta said Saturda,' right. Oscar Padill], 62, and
hi.- wile Martza Colidres, 51, were shot multiple limes. They .'.,ere tranr-
Spoited to Jadl:soni Memorial Hos:pital and admitted for .urgerv. Their con-
ditions are not01 knownn at this time.
the I is believed that the 'hooter goer by the nicld.iame "Fla,:o" he ri
raf- ci.rideried armed and dangerous. It you have arny irifornriariorn about the
guriniari or the shooting, contact Miami-Dade Crimesiopperr at 305-171-
iew TIPS ,S-,77). ',',ou a rea ain eirianonyrmous.
ible Last suspect in police-involved shooting arrested
iere The last suspect in a polce-involved shooting anrid armed robbery at j
peo- Ouality Inn ,on Friday morning has been arrested. Odanhue [vlair, 2L, of
de- Mianii, was arrested on Saturday at his home on .IV/ 2, Place. Accord-
cted ing ti) a r'ew/s release from Mi3ami-Dade Police, 'vrher, police attempted
like to arrest rim, he used a small child a a human shield. Police convinced
only him to release the child tlIen arrested hin. ,'lair:-,' accr.ornplices, Philbnine
ply Bell and ',Avier Johnson, were arre.jted last Friday. The three rrmern, each
in his 20s, allegedly robbed a Quality inn clerk at gunpoint early Friday
morning. Armed with high-powered assault weapons, the suspects took
d ofl but ''ere stopped a short time later by police at SW 19tli Street ard
113th Avenue. Investigators said ahen one ol ttiheir robbery detectives in
plain clothes approached the suspects van, the suspect jumped out and
iar- opened tire with a high-powered gun.
ore- Police shootout leads to 2 arrests, 1 suspect on the run
ier- An armed robbery turned into a police involved shooting in South Mi-

sed ami-Dade last Friday morning as crooks armed With high powered '.v'eap-
ng- ons fired at police officers. It was the second time in three days that
buis Miami-Dade Police were involved in a dangerous police-involved shooting
w- hen bullets were fired at them. Two people are in custody but police are
qui -
nc.; still searching for another.
all Burglar blowtorches his way into home
Sto To bust into a building, some burglars use crowbars. Robert Sisson
tion uses a blowtorch.
ing, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel recently reported that Sisson, 35, used
ted, a blowtorch to try breaking into a Lauderdale Lakes apartment late Tues-
day afternoon. He caused a small fire which burned through the screen
ges and metal security gate, BSO said. After using the blowtorch, Sisson then
on, tried to enter the apartment. When he spotted someone watching him,
_ida BSO said he fled down the stairwell. Sisson has been, charged with armed
tion burglary of a dwelling, arson and criminal mischief. He was ordered held
on $25,000 bail during his first appearance court hearing last Friday.

BlACKS MUST CONi ROI liii JR O\\ \ Di si ~ 7A THE MIAMI TIMES, AUGUST 8-14, 2012

Campaign tactics draw fire

Using religion to gain votes attacked

by many leaders

By Anthony Man

Political and religious leach
ers are condemning move
by two South Florida cand
dates to attract Jewish vo
ers by reminding them tha
they're Jewish and the
opponents aren't.
The candidates themselves
say they don't think they di
anything wrong.
In a Democratic state
House primary in Sout
Broward, candidate Sheldo
Lisbon sent an email tellin
supporters that a vote ft
him "is a vote for the Jewis
community." Lisbon is Jew
ish; his primary foe, state
Rep. Joe Gibbons of Hallar
dale Beach, is Black.
In a Democratic
County Commission
primary in southwest
Palm Beach County,
a campaign mailing
from Steven Meyer
points out that he's
Jewish and describes
another candidate,
Mary Lou Berger, as WA-j
Christian. S5
Each district is
home to a large num-
ber of Jewish Democrats wh
will be decisive in determir
ing the winners of the Aug
14 primary.
State Democratic Part
Chairman Rod Smith, in a
unusual letter last month t
candidates and party leach
ers, condemned what h
called the "disturbing trench
shown by the Lisbon an
Meyer campaigns.
Smith said he normal
wouldn't criticize Demc
cratic candidates' campaign
tactics, but that these case
were different because "ar
peals for votes based up o:
religious affiliation are unac

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wass
i- man Schultz of Weston, vw
:s is Jewish and the chairwc
i- an of the Democratic Nati(
t- al Committee, said Lisbo
it email was inappropriate
ir So did the Anti-Defamat
League, an organization
;s voted to combating an
d Semitism.
"Appealing to voters
:e along religious lines
h is divisive," the ADL's
n Boca Raton-based
ig regional director, An-
r drew Rosenkranz,
h wrote in a letter to
V- Lisbon. "A candi-
:e date's religious be-
I- liefs or lack there-
of should never be
used as a test
for public office or
!a shorthand su
mary of a candidal



Lisbon was elected
to the Surfside Town
Commission, his
first public office, in
March, but resigned
to challenge Gibbons
in the newly crafted

100th state House
district primary. The district
takes in territory south of
Fort Lauderdale including
all or parts of Dania Beach,
Hallandale Beach and Holly-
wood and northeast Miami-
Dade County.
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-
Boca Raton, who is Jewish,
said Meyer's mailer was inap-
propriate. So did Mark Alan
Siegel, chairman of the Palm
Beach County Democratic
Party, and Andre Fladell, a
Delray Beach Democratic ac-
tivist. Deutch and Fladell are
Berger supporters.
"When you say my church
is better than your church it


'ou He said such the rationale
th- of such appeals is easy to un-
derstand. "You want
S S to vote for someone
who you think under-
stands you," he said.
"You can go over-
. board."
Former state Sen.
m Dan Gelber is a Jew-
ish Miami Beach
Democrat who repre-
GELBER sented part of South
Broward. He sup-


offends the voters. When 3
list your religion and the o
er person's religion,
what purpose could
that have? Fladell
The Anti-Defama-
tion League, an or-
ganization devoted
to combating anti- l
Semitism, in a let-
ter to Lisbon, said
"appealing to voters
along religious lines
is divisive."
The ADL's pc
tion on religion
political campai
states: "A candidal
S religious beliefs -
lack thereof- shoi
never be used by v
ers, nor suggested
political candidate
as a test for public
JTCH fice or as a shortha
summary of a can
date's qualifications."
In the Palm Beach Coui
contest, voters are choosing
replacement for term-limi
County Commissioner B
Aaronson to represent co
munities west of Boca Rat,
Delray Beach and Boyni
Beach. The district
is so overwhelmingly
Democratic that the
primary winner is
likely to win the No-
vember election.
Besides Meyer and
Berger, the primary
field includes Rick
Appeals to voters
based on ethnic or
religious affiliation are as
as politics in America, s,
Charles Zelden, a professor
history and legal studies -A
specializes in politics a
voting at Nova Southea
ern University. "It's the re
ity of politics," said Zeld,
who grew up in Chicago a
where, he said, "if you had
Irish name, there were pa
of the city you won."

ports Gibbons.
si- "Racial and ethnic and re-
in ligious politics has been
ns around forever, and it's nev-
e's er going to go away," Gelber
or said. "Generally a candidate
.ld to appeal to the Jewish com-
Dt- unity will show a picture of
by them in front of an Israeli flag
es, or at temple or in a yarmulke.
of- But the idea that you can di-
id rectly tell somebody you need
ii- to vote for me because of my
religion or my race is not
.ty something that is permissible
Sa anymore. Right-thinking peo-
ed pie have to frown upon that
irt and reject it outright because
n- it's not even a close call."
n, Lisbon said he didn't think
on there was anything wrong
with his email, which
included the line,
"This district is pri-
marily a Jewish dis-
trict composed of res-
idents like us."
He said when he
needed to raise mon-
ey, he went to people
he knows, and they
SMITH happen to be Jewish.
"That doesn't mean
ld the people I'm going to rep-
id resent after Aug. 14 are only
of the Jews. Of course not," he
ho said.
nd Lisbon said race isn't an is-
st- sue for him. Before moving to
al- South Florida in 2006, Lisbon
n, said he taught in a Washing-
nd ton, D.C., public school and
an received a master's degree
-ts from Howard University, an
historically Black institution.

ly" said Damnl Moschella. sher-
iff's spokeswoman. "There's a
family with a lot of questions
they want answered, and we're
going to make sure that we
find those answers for them."
Past problems found by
count, day care inspectors
at 3C's Day Academ%. 2152
NW 72nd Terrace. include the
business taking in too many
children. Its operator. Cecily
Roberts, 42, was cited for leav'-
mig the children in the care of
her daughter. Canulle Gordon,
20 even though Gordon is
younger than the miramumrn
age of 21 required to act as
a substitute for her mother,
county records show.
Jordan lived with his family
in a Sunrise apartment less
than 2 miles east of the day
care Reached at home, Jor-
dan's relatives said they were
in mourning and declined to
comment further.
Friday. neighbors ques-
tioned whether the boy died
from being left in the SLIV or
if something happened to him

Byrd got F.B.I. documents

on Civil Rights movement

By The Associated Press

- Senator Robert C. Byrd ob-
tained secret F.B.I. documents
about the civil rights movement
that were leaked by the C.I.A.
and set off an angry confronta-
tion between the two agencies
in the 1960s, according to new-
ly released F.B.I. records.
Byrd, a Democrat from West
Virginia who died in June 2010
at age 92, sought the intelli-
gence because he suspected
that Communists and sub-
versives were guiding the civil
rights cause, the records show.
Decades before he became the
longest-serving member of Con-
gress in history, he stalled and
voted against major civil rights
legislation in the mid-1960s.
He also belonged to the Ku Klux
Klan as a young man in the
1940s, and the F.B.I. cited that
membership while weighing his
requests for the classified infor-
mation, the records show.
"He eventually had a change

of heart about a lot of that
stuff," said Ray Smock, a for-
mer historian for Congress
who now oversees Mr. Byrd's
archives. Mr. Smock said Mr.
Byrd's hard-line belief in law
and order played a role in his
view of the civil rights move-
ment. Mr. Byrd also repeatedly
called his time with the Klan
a serious mistake, Mr. Smock
The F.B.I. released more than

750 pages from its files, many
with words, sentences or en-
tire paragraphs redacted, in
response to a Freedom of In-
formation Act request by The
Associated Press. The records
date to the mid-1950s, when
Mr. Byrd served in the House.
He was elected to the first of his
record nine terms in the Senate
in 1958.
The documents that revealed
the leak, which happened in
September 1966, caused out-
rage among top F.B.I. officials
and prompted an internal C.I.A.
investigation that singled out
two agency employees as the
The episode damaged Mr.
Byrd's standing with the bu-
reau, though only briefly, the
records show. Numerous docu-
ments depict him as an outspo-
ken supporter of the F.B.I. and
particularly of J. Edgar Hoover,
its longtime director, even to-
ward the end of Mr. Hoover's
tenure, as criticism of him

Look out, all-thumbs drivers

Police steer citizen cops on how to keep

safe from texting scofflaws on road

By Larry Copeland

We've all driven up behind peo-
ple doing it: They're meandering
down the highway, driving well
under the speed limit, perhaps
weaving a bit. You pull alongside
and, sure enough, they have one
hand on the wheel, head bowed,
texting away.
Some motorists shout at the
offender about hanging up and
driving. Others just want to get
away from the potentially dan-
gerous driver.
What do the experts the
police officers who patrol the na-
tion's highways recommend?
How do cops spot texting drivers,

and what do they suggest safety-
conscious motorists do to avoid
Texting while driving is illegal
for all drivers in 39 states and
Washington, D.C. In all but four
of those states Iowa, Nebras-
ka, Ohio and Virginia it is a
primary enforcement violation,
meaning an officer can stop a
motorist solely for texting while
driving, according to the Gover-
nors Highway Safety Association.
The proliferation of texting-
while-driving bans is having an
unintended consequence. "What
the drivers will do is, instead of
holding the phone up by their
face, they're putting it down

in their laps, so officers, cops,
troopers aren't supposed to be
able to see," says Dennis Hallion,
executive director of the National
Troopers Coalition, which has
more than 45,000 members in
the USA.
That subterfuge makes matters
worse because it takes a driver's
eyes even farther from the road-
way. And it doesn't really make
texters any harder to spot.
"Police look for the same
telltale signs they would employ
if they were looking for a drunk
driver," says Chief Randy Cox
of the Somerset Borough, Pa.,
Police Department. Among other
things, his 20 officers look for
drivers going faster or much
slower than the speed limit,
weaving or generally not paying


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By Juan Ortega
and Paula McMahon

TAMARAC A day care
center with a history of prob-
lems has been shut down over
safety concerns after the death
of a 4-year-old boy left unat-
tended in an SUV, officials said
Sunrise-based 3C's Day
Academy was ordered by
multiple agencies Thursday to
remain closed after the boy,
Jordan Coleman, was report-
edly left in a 2002 Toyota Se-
quoia belonging to the day care
at Versailles apartment com-
plex in Tamarac, the Broward
Sheriff's Office said.
Even though an autopsy has
been performed, the cause of
Jordan's death hasn't been de-
termined. Friday, the Sheriffs
Office still was investigating.
including why the boy was left
unattended in the sweltering
SULV on Wednesday afternoon.
"We have here the death of a
4-year-old boy he had just
turned 4 and our homicide
unit is taking this very serious-



-Phlo 6t JuJdn Orleg3
The 3C's Day Academy at 2152 Northwest 72nd Terrace in
Sunrise was licensed as a family child care home with a ca-
pacity to care for 10 children depending on their ages and the
number of staff present.

Sunrise day care

closes after child's

death in Tamarac

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Answers sought in cause of football player's death

continued from 1A

We did what we were told and
made sure he had plenty of liq-
uids. But we just don't believe
that we are getting the complete
story as to what happened. And
we don't want anyone else to have
to go through what we have expe-
rienced over the past year."
According to Crump, who is
also the attorney for the family
of Trayvon Martin, a recently-re-
leased toxicology report indicates
that a lot more went on during
the hours prior to Isaiah's death
than his mother knew.


"I am representing another
family in Georgia after the death
of their son, D.J. Searcy, and
there are troubling similarities in
both cases," Crump said. "Searcy
was found unconscious one night
and then sent back on the field
to practice the next day. In that
case, it was the players who text-
ed the family and said they were
worried about their friend. He died.
In this case, the players haven't
said much of anything. It's almost
as if they've been told to keep quiet.
These cases are becoming just like
Penn State protect the program
at all costs. But no win-loss record
is worth the death of one child."
Isaiah's mother, Angela, still has
a 14-year-old daughter to raise

and she says it's tough without her
firstborn son.
"My daughter and son had a
great relationship and she still has
moments when she cries," Angela

Cooper said. "This is hard on all of
us but the worst thing is we were
cheated out of all the things he had
yet to do. He never graduated, he
never went to the prom, he never
packed his bags and got ready to
got off to college. Safety must be
the first priority for our children.
But it wasn't for my son. And it's
too late to fix things now. But for
other parents, we have to know
what happened and see some im-
mediate changes made in high
school athletics."
Crump added that while there
have been changes in policy and
procedure at both the college and
professional levels, there is no leg-
islation to which high school offi-
cials must yield. He hopes to see

that change soon.
"We believe that Isaiah Lau-
rencin's death, like those of many
other youth, was preventable,"
Crump said. "It has been one year
and the whys have remained unan-
swered. But we're going to get some
answers soon."
Broward School officials were
unavailable for comment. But
Cheryl Golden, who is the instruc-
tional supervisor in the Division of
Athletics and Activities for Miami-
Dade County Public Schools, says
that with fall athletics already un-
derway, it's vital that every school
have certified trainers and coaches
keeping their eyes open for any
"The first three days of the pre-

season, boys and girls go through
an acclamation process so that
they can become accustomed to the
heat and the regular workouts," she
said. "As a former athlete I know
how important it is to have liquids
on hand at all times. And dehydra-
tion is something quite common
among high school athletes."
She added that one challenge
that schools often face is parents'
unwillingness to fully disclose
the medical history of their chil-
"No one wants to punish a
child who may have asthma or
sickle cell anemia but we need to
know if these are part of a child's
medical history so we can take
extra precautions," she said.

Williams sisters celebrate success White supremacist gunman

Associated Press

- Serena Williams teamed
with big sister Venus to win
the women's doubles title at
the Olympics on Sunday,
adding to the singles gold she
won on Centre Court at Wim-
bledon a day earlier.
The American sisters beat
Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie
Hradecka of the Czech Re-
public 6-4, 6-4 under the roof
on a rainy afternoon at the
All England Club. Venus -
with her red, white and blue
braids pulled back into a
bun closed out the match
with a backhand volley win-
ner after the Czechs saved a
pair of match points.
On Saturday, Serena beat
Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1
for the singles gold. She
joined Steffi Graf as the
only women to complete the
Golden Slam winning the
Olympics and the four ma-
When the Americans in
the crowd at Centre Court
broke into a chant of "U-
S-A! U-S-A!" as the players
left the court, the sisters
each pumped their fists,
turned around to wave,
then slapped a high-five.
The medal ceremony had to

Serena and Venus Williams
Serena and Venus Williams

wait for the outdoor bronze-
medal match, which was de-
layed by rain.
Serena became tennis'
first double gold medalist
at an Olympics since Venus
won singles and doubles at
the 2000 Sydne': Games.
The sisters also won the
doubles gold at the 2008
Beijing Olympics.
Now, they each have a re-

cord four Olympic tennis
gold medals, and the sisters
didn't drop a set through
their five matches at the
London Games.
The Williames also became
the first tennis players to
win Olympic gold indoors
since the 1912 Stockholm
Games, a match played in
a pavilion on wood courts
painted black.

Something smells in Jonesboro

continued from 1A

HLN, Jonesboro police chief Mi-
chael Yates tried to have it both
ways. He said what happened to
Carter was "definitely bizarre and
it defies logic at first glance, so
we're actively trying to determine
how that happened."
But then, when he was asked
why cops listed Carter's death
as a suicide, Yates said: "It ap-
pears that's what it is. ... We've
reviewed the dash-cam video and
as late as today ... had some wit-
nesses come forward who ob-
served the incident from start to
finish, and their statements tend
to support" the cops' contention
that they had nothing to do with
Carter's death.
So why hasn't the police de-
partment released the videotapes
from the two police cars?
Yates says that won't happen
until after the investigation has
been completed. You can take
that to mean there's nothing on

them that clearly shows Carter
shooting himself, or which exon-
erates police of having any hand
in his death. If there were, the
Jonesboro Police Department
would be holding hourly screen-
ings of that footage. Instead, the
police cling to the old dodge that
the video can't be released be-
cause it is evidence in an ongoing

But in the absence of some visu-
al evidence that Carter managed
to put a bullet through his tem-
ple while his hands were cuffed
behind his back, the Jonesboro
police contention that he did just
that will indeed defy logic.
And it will cause me to wonder
just how big a miscarriage of jus-
tice has taken place in that Ar-
kansas town.

kills six at Sikh temple

By Erica Goode
and Serge F. Kovaleski

His music, Wade M. Page
once said, was about "how the
value of human life has been
degraded by tyranny.
But on Sunday, Mr. Page, an
Army veteran and a rock singer
whose bands specialized in the
lyrics of hate, coldly took the
lives of six people and wounded
three others when he opened
fire with a 9-millimeter semi-
automatic handgun in a Sikh
temple in Oak Creek, Wis., the
police said. Officers then shot
him to death.
To some who track the move-
ments of white supremacist
groups, the violence was not
a total surprise. Mr. Page, 40,
had long been among the hun-
dreds of names on the radar of
organizations monitored by the
Southern Poverty Law Center

because of his ties to the white
supremacist movement and his
role as the leader of a white-
power band called End Apathy.
The authorities have said they
are treating the shooting as an
act of domestic terrorism.
In Oak Creek and in nearby
Cudahy, Wis., south of Mil-

waukee, where Mr. Page lived
in the days before the attack,
the magnitude and the nature
of what had happened were
only beginning to sink in, grief
competing with outrage. A
company flew its flag at half-
staff. A Christian minister of-
fered his parishioners' help to a
Sikh gathering at the Salvation
At a news conference on Mon-
day, Teresa Carlson, a special
agent for the F.B.I., which is
leading the investigation, said,
"We don't have any reason to
believe that there was anyone
else" involved in the crime. Law
enforcement officials said ear-
lier on Monday they wanted to
speak with a "person of inter-
est" who was at the temple on
Sunday, but by late afternoon
they had ruled out any con-
nection between him and the

We should be able to voice concerns

continued from 1A

in Miami-Dade County
their views on CAAP's
to either change the
dent's mind or to per
Black voters to withhold
support and their vote.
Rev. Eddie Lake,
Greater Bethel AME Ch
"There are many people
disagree with the Presid
some of the issues, inc
me, but that's doesn't
I am not supporting
said Rev. Eddie Lake,
Greater Bethel AME Cl
"There are so many oth
portant issues that we I
tackle. Obama is the be.
son to address those i
We may disagree wit]
in this case but we mu
support him. And we
never be afraid to voice
Rev. Douglas Cook, S
tor, Jordan Grove MB(
need more parents fc
ter kids but I'm not in
support of gay couples
taking kids into their
homes. I don't support
same-sex marriage but
I am fully behind Presi-
dent Obama. I am tell-
ing my people to vote

for the President and to make
-. sure that-they don't 'let things
like this distract them. We
y gave don't have to agree with all
efforts of his policies. We do need to
Presi- make sure that he is re-elect-
-suade ed."
d their Dr. Joreatha Capers, pas-
tor, Ebenezer UMC: "While I
pastor, fully support the position of
church: the United Methodist Church
le who [The 2008 Book of Discipline
ent on states that 'ceremonies that
eluding celebrate homosexual unions
mean shall not be conducted by
him," our ministers and shall not
pastor, be conducted in our church-
hurch. es'], I cannot help but wonder
ler im- about the timing and inten-
iave to tionality in targeting the one
st per- area where there is disagree-
ssues. ment to promote and gather
h him momentum. How many of us
st still can say we have agreed 100
should percent with any politician
ce our for whom we have ultimate-
ly voted? . Can we claim
r, pas- similar disappointment and
C: "We disgust at seeing the blatant
,r fos- racism and disrespect shown

this President and at seeing
personal-and special intei-ests
being placed above the com-
mon good?"
Rev. Joaquin Willis, pas-
tor, Church of the Open Door:
"The whole same-sex discus-
sion is an issue of mass dis-
traction. We know that the
President's position is con-
troversial but he is dealing
with ceremonial versus civil
rights. The two should be kept
separate. I think the clergy
needs to be clear about our
own jurisdiction. As for gay
rights, Obama is doing what
he should be doing making
sure all citizens have the same
rights. This is not a matter of
morality but one of legality.
You can't legislate morality. A
lot of my brothers in the min-
istry might disagree with me
and our denomination is more
liberal perhaps. But while
many of my brothers are up in
arms some of them are doing
far worse. This is a hot button
right now."


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A woman, Terrilyn Gray, 42, and
her dog were both stabbed to death
in Miami Gardens Monday night ac-
cording to Miami Gardens police. Of-
ficers have taken into custody Gray's
ex-boyfriend, Alphonso Gerard Lucas,
39, who turned himself into police at
the couples' formerly shared home in
the 4500 block of NW 180th Street.
Gray's daughter, also allegedly

stabbed by Lucas, is now hospitalized
but expected to survive her injuries.
She was taken to Jackson Memorial
Neighbors say that the couple
broke up recently and that Lucas
hasn't lived in the home for the past
several weeks. According to court
documents, Lucas has a previous
criminal record including charges
of aggravated assault with a firearm
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The prosecutor in the Tray-
von Martin case is doing a
bang-up job if her goal is
to convict George Zimmerman
in the court of public opinion.
Last month's release by the
state attorney's office of an in-
terview with "Witness 9" pro-
vides more accusations that
Zimmerman is a bad, bad man:
not only a racist'and a murder-
er, but a child molester, too.
Except the court of public
opinion is not where this case
needs to be tried.
The job of State Attorney
Angela Corey, who is special
prosecutor in the case, will be
to convince jurors that Zim-
merman was guilty of second-
degree murder. It is a stretch
to imagine that accusations of
sexual abuse by Zimmerman
at age 8 to a girl two years his
junior has any relevance to a
murder trial decades later.
For Martin to get speedy jus-
tice, Zimmerman must get it as
well. A conviction of Zimmer-
man that will stand up both
before the legal system and be-
fore the public the goal of all
those outraged by the needless
death of a teenager is predi-
cated upon finding jurors who
haven't already made up their
minds. That task is made more
difficult when the prosecutor
goes out of her way to sensa-

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George Zimmerman, left, and attorney Don
West appear in court June 29 in Sanford.

tionalize the case.
Before the trial can begin,
defense attorneys will have the
opportunity to ask for a change
of venue, which is granted
when impartial jurors can't be
found, an outcome that could
delay the trial still further.
Corey should know better.
Our system of justice re-
quires that she resist the temp-
tation to divulge information
- particularly extraneous in-
formation such as this that
comes her way in the course
of a murder investigation, be-

cause it might
imperil the defendant's right to
a fair trial.
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to ignore it. If investigators and
prosecutors believe Zimmer-
man has perpetrated sexual
assault, they can charge him.
If Zimmerman is convicted
of second-degree murder, it
should be because the jury
found, beyond a reasonable
doubt, that he was guilty as
charged. Not because the pros-
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Cuban President Raul Castro
says his government is ready to
hold diplomatic talks with the
United States without precondi-
tions on any issue, to discuss
any issue between the Cold War
foes, as long as they sit down as

Castro, Fidel's brother, said
today that no topic is off-limits,
including questions of democ-
racy, freedom of the press or
human rights, the Associated
Press reports.
"Any day they want, the table
is set. This has already been
said through diplomatic chan-
nels," Castro said. "If they want

to talk, we will talk.
"We are nobody's colony, no-
body's puppet," Castro added.
His remarks came as he
grabbed the microphone at the
end of a Revolution Day cere-
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Jamaica at 50: The fastest nation on Earth

By Marion Hill

By the time you finish read-
ing this column, Jamaicans
will be done breaking the speed
of light on the Olympic track
- with Usain Bolt winning the
100m men's final and shatter-
ing the previous world record.
For almost 50 years, this little
dot in the Caribbean Sea has
made an indelible mark on the
world stage in the fields of mu-
sic, athletics, academia, and

international diplo- .- the context of global
macy, among others. maturity. For de-
Jamaica has made cades, Jamaicans
these contributions --"j have traveled the
in part through the world for various mi-
export of its people to ', -- gratory reasons, in-
the farthest corners of .. '--- cluding involuntary
the Earth, in particu- servitude, provision
lar to the UK, Canada I of labor, pursuit of
and the U.S. higher education, or
This year, Jamaica HILL family unity. What-
grows up to claim 50 ever the reason, our
years of independence. This is footprints leave cultural fossils
far from being middle aged in in every nook and cranny of

communities worldwide. Our
personalities are undeniably
present and full of impact.

As a diaspora, Jamaica is
at the forefront in forging an
experiment to marshal the
talents and resources of Ja-
maican nationals and per-
sons of Jamaican descent for
the greater good of Jamaica,
but also for the betterment of

the local communities where
Jamaicans have resided for
decades. Every facet of our
society, at home and abroad,
is impacted in some manner
through the diaspora experi-
ence health, education, na-
tional security, environment,
tourism, arts and culture, di-
saster preparedness
and investment. The diaspora
experience is one that embod-
ies an emotional tug of war be-
tween the land of birth or heri-

tage and the land of adoption.
In the context of the U.S.,
Jamaicans have inserted their
cultural influences primar-
ily in communities and neigh-
borhoods in the states of New
York, Florida, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas,
Georgia, California, Maryland,
Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Today, we are conservatively
well over 1.5 million strong
in the U.S. and growing. This
Please turn to JAMAICA 14B




returns to Miami

By D. Kevin McNeir

In 2001, Albert Moss, affectionately
known as DJ Uncle Al, was murdered by
unknown gunmen. Soon after his death,
his close friend and business associate,
Demetrius Allen, founded the Albert Leroy
Moss Foundation and then the Urban,
Garden both efforts to promote peace
in Miami's Black community. But their

signature event has become an annual
festival with entertainers who once worked
beside Moss, including Luther Campbell,
David Banner, Trick Daddy and many
This year's Peace in Da Hood Festival
kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 12
noon to 8:45 p.m. at MLK Blvd/62nd
Street between 7th and 10th Avenue.
As in year's past, Trina will serve as the
host of the program and will be joined by

Stitches and Larry Dogg. Artists and ven-
dors will also be on hand along with some
of the industry's top hip-hop artists, many
of whom make Miami their home.
The event marks the end of summer for
students who will soon return to school
and continues to grow in attendance -
it's anticipated that over 50,000 will come
out the estimate of those who attended
last year. Promoters of the festival, which
Please turn to FESTIVAL 14B

*South African author brings tale

of mining industry to Miami

By Janiah Adams
Miami Times intern
Stories of the hardships of South Africa are
making their way to the City of Miami in the
coming days. Author, producer, actor and direc-
tor, Eric Miyeni, who was born in Johannesburg,
South Africa, arrives next week to talk about his
latest venture a documentary entitled Mining
for Change A Story of South African Mining.
The 72-minute documentary is about South
Africa's apartheid past and chronicles the coun-
try's lucrative diamond mining industry. Apart-
heid was a period of racial segregation that was
enforced through legislation in South Africa. It
relegated Blacks to a situation that was socially,
politically and economically inferior from 1948 to
1994. To say that it was oppressive for Blacks
would be an understatement.
Conditions associated with diamond min-


ing are not much better. African towns near the
mines are often rough places to live and people
that agree to work in the mines have to settle for
long hours and low wages. What's more, work in
the mines is extremely dangerous.
Miyeni is not just here for a movie showing but
also to share his stories and experiences of grow-
ing up Black in South Africa. He has acted in
the motion picture industry including a lead role
in a dramatic television series called Molo Fish
and the film Cry, the Beloved Country [based on
the classic, award-winning novel by South Afri-
can author Alan Paton]. Miyeni has often been an
object of controversy and was fired from his posi-
tion with the South African radio station SAfm
because of some of his views. Miyeni has much
to share and to offer. Look for him at the South
Florida Film Festival. Hell be featured as one of
the speakers on Aug. 18th, marking the conclu-
sion of the three-day South Florida Film Festival.

Hilton: Ministry

is a labor of love

Seasoned pastor says he "al-
ways puts God first"

By Ju'lia Samuels

Pastor Pinkney Hilton, 73, puts God first, his family
and church members, second and takes care of him-
self last. As one of the founders of Ephesians Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, Hilton's goal for his church's
ministry is to reach out to people.
"The focus is to save souls and to encourage young
folks to grow spiritually," Hilton said.

Hilton recalls when he first recognized that he
was being called to the ministry and describes it as
"undeniable." He said that God's voice was loud and
"When the Lord spoke to me while I was driving
on the road, I had to stop what I was doing to listen
to him," Hilton said. "He told me that I had to carry
his word. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be preaching
That was 1988 he's been working in ministry
ever since.
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Farrakhan calls for Black men to take to the streets

Fruit of Islam continues to bravely

answer calls
By Janiah Adams

Too many people have been
dying because of the unneces-
sary use of guns. And guess
who's often pulling the trigger?
Your brother someone that
looks a lot like you. Black-on-
Black crimes are escalating in
our communities once again
and we see it unfold on the

news almost everyday. But
there are some men who have
committed themselves to stop-
ping crime and bringing peace
back to our communities. They
are known as the Fruit of Islam
In early July, the Honorable
Minister Louis Farrakhan of
the Nation of Islam made an
announcement that the mighty
FOI would begin to patrol and

classes but now they have a
more urgent task. Immediately
after Farrakhan, the leader of
the Nation, made his request,
men from coast to coast began
their Monday night vigils.
But don't think that Farra-
khan has just ordered his men
to go into the streets without
following his own advice. He has
joined them in Chicago's South
Shore neighborhood, walking
the streets that have our blood
on them and the people seem
to be pleased that Please turn
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Group's stance revives debate on atheism as religion

By Bob Smietana

growing number of Americans
couldn't care less about God.
About 19 percent of Ameri-
cans are part of the "Nones," or
people with no religious affilia-
tion, according to the Pew Re-
search Center for the People &
the Press. That's up from 16%
in 2008 and from 6 percent in
the 1990s.
The growth of the Nones is
one reason the Secular Coali-
tion for America is organizing
local chapters to lobby states.
The coalition wants to raise
the public profile of nonbeliev-
ers and push to keep religion
out of public policy. But their
critics say that atheists and
other nonbelievers are part of
a new secular religion that's
pushing for special privileges.
Nick Curry, 24, of Nash-
ville, Tenn., who calls himself
a secular humanist, hopes to
join the local Secular Coalition
chapter. He grew up Lutheran
but dropped out as a teenager
because he stopped believing
what his church taught about

Curry said he's not hostile
to people who believe in God.
But he's concerned about poli-
ticians who want to bring their
religious beliefs into politics
and about religious groups
that get money from the state.
"Secular humanists don't
care what you believe," he
said. "That's on you. But don't
bring that into public policy."

Curry said he doesn't think
atheism is a religion because a
religion implies belief in God.
David Fowler, head of the
Family Action Council of Ten-
nessee, disagrees.
Fowler argues that atheism
or secular humanism, like oth-
er religions, is a set of beliefs
that shape people's morals.
"The atheists don't want be-
liefs about God to influence
public policy," he said. "But
they do want their own beliefs
about God's nonexistence to
influence public policy."
Thaddeus Schwartz, the
leader of Secular Life, a so-
cial group for Tennessee-area
nonbelievers with about 800
members, said atheists have

A man holds a cross with a clown mask aloft during the Na-
tional Atheist Organization's "Reason Rally" in March on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C.A survey finds 19 percent of
Americans say they have no religious affiliation.

moral and ethical principles,
but those principles are differ-
ent from a religion.
Calling atheism a religion is
"like calling bald a hair color,"
he said.
Schwartz does worry that
society thinks nonbelievers

are bad people because they
don't believe in God. He said
he doesn't need God to tell
him what is right and what is
"I teach my kids the same
things that you do about how
to treat other people," he said.

"I simply believe in one less
god than you do."

The debate over the role of
religion in American politics
dates to before the United
States was founded.
Today both sides appeal to
Thomas Jefferson, who first
used the phrase "a wall of
separation between Church &
State" in a letter to Baptists in
Connecticut in 1802.
Then, a few days later, he
went to a church service held
in the U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives, said Thomas Kidd,
associate professor of history
at Baylor University in Waco,
Texas, and author of "God of
Liberty: A Religious History of
the American Revolution."
"Jefferson has a very prag-
matic position," Kidd said.
"He doesn't want any more
established churches, but he
doesn't think that separation
of church and state means re-
ligion will cease to have a role
in public life."

Getting a more public voice

for nonbelievers won't be easy.
The Nones are a diverse
group. Only about 5 percent
identify as agnostic or atheist,
while 13 percent identify as
"nothing in particular," accord-
ing to the Pew data, which was
collected in 2011.
Robert B. Talisse, profes-
sor of philosophy at Vanderbilt
University and author of "Rea-
sonable Atheism: A Moral Case
for Respectful Disbelief," said
nonbelievers need a better pub-
lic profile.
Talisse said nonbeliev-
ers tend to split into at least
two camps. One, highlighted
by best-selling authors such
as Christopher Hitchens and
Richard Dawkins, is hostile to
religion and sees religious peo-
ple as stupid.
Talisse is a part of a second
group of nonbelievers, who
simply want religion to stay out
of public policy.
"When the government forces
us to do something, it's got to
be able to explain to us why we
have to do those things," he
said. "The government can't
say 'The Bible says this' or 'Je-
sus says do this.'"

The spirit of Ramadan continues on in daily living

By Janiah Adams
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Ramadan is going to end it's
course soon, but it's not go-
ing to hit the finish line until
August 18th...or at least that's
what Google says Ramadan is
the name of the sacred month
in which the Hol'. Quran was
revealed to Prophet Muham-
mad Those w.-ho participate.
who are not only Muslims.
abstain from tbod. beverages,
and sexual relations during
the daylight hours, but nega-
tive arnd rude behavior is not
allowed whether it is day or

night Even if this is so. this
hol, month is not meant to
just be observed for thirty da s
by Muslims and sa,, "That was
a GOOD Ramnadan," then re-
turn back to the lives they lead
before this month. It is meant
to transform the participant
into something better than
they were before they' entered
the sacred month. But, if the
participant looks at Ramadan
as "OMG. I can't eat or drink
anything during the day time.
arid I have to clean up and pray
five times a day. and I have
to read the Holy Quran every'
day," then they're in pretty
bad shape because they're not

focusing on the bigger picture.
That doesn't allo,% them to reap
the benefits of Ramadan. One
benefit of the sacred month is
to develop peace within your-
sell and a better relationship
with God through prayer.
Another benefit is to gain
discipline through fasting
This practice does not only
help you to control your appe-
tite for food, but it also helps
itli- controlling the sexual ap-
petite, and breaking bad hab-
its. Keeping yourself away from
negative thoughts and words
that may, bring you or another
down is an act that should be
avoided during this month It

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A Jordanian woman fixes a traditional Ramadan decoration.

brings peace in the physical
home. mental home. and our

relationships as well.
Ramadan allows observers to

peel off the old skin arid bag-
gage. and enter a ne%% clean
skin for greater prosperir,.
What's amniazing is that you
don't have to call God Allah in
order to latch onto Ramadan
Whether you pray to Jehovah,
Jab, Dios, Bondye. Allah. you
can still hang with the faster.
This month is not biased!
Ramadan is for anyone who
wants some peace. It may be
difficult to observe but that's
A 0 K As long as you trr,.
you're fine. So, next time ,ou
see a calendar marked for Ra-
madan, think about joinImg
the diverse community who's
taking it up

Televangelist Robert J. Freeman going to jail for fraud

By Similoluwa Ojurongbe

Maryland pastor and long-
time televangelist, Robert J.
Freeman, a.k.a Dr. Shine, is
going to jail for 27 months and
was ordered to pay $630,000
to four church members. The
Washington Post reports that
the 'Gods Top Gun of deliver-
ance' pastor lied to bankrupt-
cy courts and hid the church's

assets in order to avoid paying
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars in debts.
Freeman, 56, also convinced
church members to take out
loans for his multiple cars and
$1.75 million waterfront home
with five fireplaces, a jet-ski
lift and two four-car garages.
When the church could not
cover the bills, church mem-
bers were on the hook for the

debt, and in some
cases lost their
homes and jobs.
Freeman served as
pastor and leader of
Save the Seed Min-
istry, Inc., Save the
Seed International
Church, and Seed
Faith International
Church, with his
then-wife, Dee Dee.

The church was in-
corporated in 1991,
2001 and 2003, re-
spectively. Shortly
after February 2001,
Freeman used funds
from church mem-
: bers to accumulate
substantial assets,
including 11 luxury
cars valued at over
FREEMAN $1,073,000 and a

$1.75 million residence in In-
dian Head, Maryland, which
he concealed from the bank-
ruptcy court when he sought a
discharge of his debts from the
court in 2005.
According to his guilty
plea, Freeman said that he was
a consultant for a maintenance
company, and did not report
any income from his minis-
try. Freeman and his then-

spouse owed over $1.3 million
in debts, including $846,000 in
back rent; more than $87,000
in lease payments on a jet
airplane; over $160,000 for
payments on musical instru-
ments; and $220,000 in loan
payments on a bus. March 8,
2006 the bankruptcy court
discharged hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in debts owed
by Freeman.

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Evangelical leaders echo Obama

By Mitchell Landsberg

In a statement issued Tues-
day, the National Assn. of
Evangelicals said that when
it surveyed selected evangeli-
cal leaders about whether the
United States was a Christian
nation, 68 percent said no.
"Much of the world refers to
America as a Christian nation,
but most of our Christian lead-
ers don't think so," said Leith
Anderson, the association's
president. "The Bible only uses
the word 'Christian' to describe
people and not countries. Even
those who say America is a
Christian nation admit that
there are lots of non-Chris-
tians and even anti-Christian
beliefs and behaviors."
The association said that
some respondents to its June
survey said, in essence, that
.perhaps the United States
was a Christian nation, but it
is no longer." Others rejected
the idea of that a nation can be
"Christian" altogether.
In his 2006 speech to a lib-
eral Christian group, then-Sen.
Barack Obama said: "Whatever
we once were, we are no longer
a Christian nation at least,


not just. We are also a Jew-
ish nation, a Muslim nation, a
Buddhist nation, and a Hindu
nation, and a nation of nonbe-
Variations of those remarks
have circulated endlessly on
the Internet, and were injected
into the presidential campaign
in February, when Mitt Rom-
ney was interviewed by Fox
News host Sean Hannity. Han-
nity played a shortened clip of
Obama's remarks during a dis-
cussion that also featured the
president's relationship with
his former pastor, the contro-
versial Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"I'm not sure which is
worse," Romney said at the
time, "him listening to Rev.
Wright or him saying that we
must be a less Christian na-
The National Assn. of Evan-
gelicals did say that, while a
majority of evangelical lead-
ers did not view the U.S. as
a Christian country, many
expressed a hope that mis-
sionaries could make it more
Christian. "America is one
of the world's great mission
fields that the Church has
been called to reach in this
generation," said George Wood,

general superintendent of the
Assemblies of God denomina-
NAE spokeswoman Sarah
Kropp said the survey was
conducted among the organi-
zation's 101-member board
of directors, which includes
prominent pastors, denomi-
national leaders, Christian
university presidents and edi-
tors of Christian publications.
"You have to keep in mind that
it's just 100 people," she said,
when asked about the validity
of the survey. Still, she said, it
was enough to "give you a look
into evangelical thought."

Holy Ghost Assembly
of the Apostolic Faith to
host Family and Friends Day

Ebenezer Communi-
ty Church to host Back to
School Jamboree. Call 786-

First Baptist Church
Piney Grove to host a con-
cert. Call 954-735-6289.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church to host a
unity prayer breakfast. Call

New Corinth Mission-
ary Baptist Church will cel-
ebrate its anniversary. Call

Second Chance Minis-
tries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

A Mission With A
New Beginning Church
to host their annual Youth
Convention and their Wom-
en's Department's provides
community feeding. Call


Peace Missionary Bap-
tist Church's summer camp.
Call 305-778-4638.

New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
holds a summer baton twirl-
ing camp. Call 786-357-4939.

Speaking Hands Min-
istry's holds a sign language
camp for youth. Call 954-

New Mission Worship
holds Real Conference 2012,
Aug. 9 thru 12. Call 786-985-

Running For Jesus
Youth Ministries invites
the community to a Back to
School Summer Praise Cele-
bration, Aug. 26 at 4 pm. Call

Redemption MB Church
invites the community to
come computer classes on
Tues. and Thurs., 11 a.m.- 12
p.m. and 4-5 p.m. Call 305-

Presidential race brings new attention to Black Mormons

It's a bright Sunday morn-
ing inside the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints
near downtown Baltimore. and
Brittany Stevens is standing
in the pulpit, tesnf-ing about
the goodness of her "Heavenly
Stevens, a Black woman in
her early 20's. is telling this
diverse congregation how faith
and prayer helped her cope
during an East Coast storm
that claimed Lbyes, destroyed
property and left millions
without electricity. Her fanm-
ily lost power in their home,
but was otherwise fine. "I'm so
thankful." she said.
Stevens grew up Baptist,
but was recently baptized
as a Latter-day, Saint. She
joined a church with some six
million followers in the U S.,
and %there Black members
comprise about 3 percent of
its body, according to a 2007
sure\ by the Pew Forum on
Religion & Public Life.
With the presidential elec-
tion close at hand, Mormons.

and par-ucularlv Black Latter-
day Saints, hate been increas-
ingly thrust into the spotlight
The expected contest be-
tween Barack Obabna and Mitt
Romney has raised inevitable
questions about the intersec-
uon of faith, race and politics
Obama, of course, broke
barriers and made history by
becoming America's first Black
president Romne',, a fourth-
generation Mormon. is the
first Latter-da\ Saint in his-
tory to garner the presidential
nomination of a major political
Church officials stress that
none of this matters when it
comes to its official stance on
the campaign.
"We are politically neutral,"
explains Lvrrinian Kirklanrd. d
Latter-day Saints spokesmarn-i
based at its headquarters in
Salt Lake City. Litah 'Can-
didates a-re not allowed to
campaign in church "
Still. the topic of politics
isn't taboo among Mormons
when they're not worshiping.


I voted for President Obama
in the last election and I'm
about 95 percent certain I
I1 .ingdin. s.'s Jrnm i lar-
v.ell. a Utah college professor
and member of The Genesis
Group. a church-sanctioned
fellowship group Ibfounded by
Black Mormons in 1971."I
haven't completely closed my
mind to Mitt Romne but I do
have many questions about

what type of leader he would
Harnell, a longtime Mormon
anu v.,letime ,hurch lnts~io, ri-
ar%, says she's baffled b,,- Rom-
ne' s reiectuon' of president
Obama's health ca-re legisla-
tion, when in her words, it was
"modeled on his o\ n health
care plan in Massachusetts."
She's also concerned b% recent
media reports that Romney

I j ,
"j ':." ",

has Swiss bank accounts and
other off-shore assets.
To her. both issues raise
larger ,que-stions
"'Martin Luther King said '.e
should be judged not b' skin
color, but the content of our
character," says Harwvell. "For
someone wxho wants to run the
country, I'm not seeing strong
character traits in Romney."
Nationwide, thousands of

Mormon congregations Icalled
'A.ardsl have Black members
in large cities such as Newv
York, Chicago, D C and be-
While there are famous
Black Mormons (among
them Gladvs Knight and the
late Black Panther Eldridge
Cleaverl, the church has long
battled perceptions that it is
racist-traceable to conitro-
%ersial scriptures about Black
skin being cursed, and a pe-
riod up until 1978 Mien Black
males couldn't serve as pnests
or bishops.
When asked to clanfy the
posiuon of Latter-day, Saints
regarding race relations,
church spokesman Kirkland
said Mormons believe that
t'he h 'espel ol .su s Christ is
for e'.erone." He also directed
a reporter to the church web-
site arid a fact sheet which
noted the Church's official
teaching. The Book of Mormon
states. "Black and white, bond
and free. male arid female: ...
all are alike unto God."

Survey shows Religious views in U.S.

A major survey by the Pew
Research Center's Forum on
Religion & Public Life finds
that most Americans have a
non-dogmatic approach to
faith. A majority of those who
are affiliated with a religion,
for instance, do not believe
their religion is the only way
to salvation. And almost the
same number believes that
there is more than one true
way to interpret the teachings

of their religion. This openness
to a range of religious view-
points is in line with the great
diversity of religious affiliation,
belief and practice that exists
in the United States, as docu-
mented in a survey of more
than 35,000 Americans that
comprehensively examines the
country's religious landscape.
This is not to suggest that
Americans do not take religion
seriously. The U.S. Reli-

gious Landscape Survey also
shows that more than half of
Americans say religion is very
important in their lives, attend
religious services regularly
and pray daily. Furthermore,
a plurality of adults who are
affiliated with a religion want
their religion to preserve its
traditional beliefs and practices
rather than either adjust to
new circumstances or adopt
modern beliefs and practices.

Moreover, significant minorities
across nearly all religious tra-
ditions see a conflict between
being a devout person and liv-
ing in a modern society.
The Landscape Survey con-
firms the close link between
Americans' religious affilia-
tion, beliefs and practices, on
the one hand, and their social
and political attitudes, on
the other. Indeed, the survey
Please turn to VIEWS 15B

Building relationships across generations

continued from 12B

bodes well for the next genera-
tion of Jamaican-Americans
who can boast of holding hom-
age to the heritage of two of
the world's most recognizable
and powerful country brands:
America and Jamaica.
After 50 years of indepen-
dence and migration, the time
has come for the self-realiza-
tion that America is here to stay
and Jamaica is only a plane
ride away. For many, the secu-
rity of one, two, or three jobs
to sustain the family has tran-
scended into sending the kids
to a higher level of education
and moving the Jamaican com-

munity to trans-generational
success. This individual suc-
cess, however, does not trans-
late into community success.
Unlike immigrant communi-
ties from Cuba or Israel, the
Jamaican entrepreneurial suc-
cess story has not fully mani-
fested itself into civic activism
and political benefit. Given one
more generation, this is likely
to change in the next episode
of 50 years.
For every family that mi-
grates overseas, we must en-
sure that we nurture an en-
vironment and infrastructure
that ensures their successful
and productive acclimation. If
there are more viable and sus-
tainable families, businesses

and organizations, it will bode
well for Jamaica and Jamai-
can-American communities at
many levels. Diaspora develop-
ment is more than maintaining
remittance flows, it is about
building relationships across
Besides being the fastest na-
tion on Earth, Jamaica has a
bounty of talents to offer Amer-
ica and the rest of the world.
This conversation of diaspora
development is bigger than
any political party, private sec-
tor agenda or self interest. It is
about the future of a nation for
the next 50 years. If we move
closer to perfecting this diaspo-
ra experiment, we will bestow
a host of lessons to the world.

We are one family and nation
estimated at over five million
strong worldwide. If you wink,
you may miss our success in
9.58 seconds or less and before
you know it, you will be trans-
ported to the year 2062, 100
years later.
On this day of August 6th, we
celebrate 50 years of the black,
green and gold with a birthday
greeting from 1600 Pennsylva-
nia Avenue and look forward to
the next 50 years of lightning
success on and off the track.
Marlon A. Hill is a Miami at-
torney with the law firm of
Delancy Hill, P.A. and the im-
mediate past Jamaican Diaspo-
ra Advisory Board member for
the Southern United States.

Men encouraged to maintain high spirits

continue ed from 12B

he has.
Robbie Jones, 49, was in
tears after meeting the Min-
ister, reports The Final Call
"It was something great be-
cause we don't really get people

in our neighborhood that re-
ally care about people around
here," she said. "It's just a
Here in Miami, the FOI are
following Chicago's example
and going into the streets of
Liberty City and Overtown -
the areas where crime contin-
ues to derail the hopes and

dreams of its people. Residents
are receiving the brothers with
joy and awe, not having ever
seen 20 or more men in crisp,
tailored suits traversing their
streets in unity before.
The men who represent the
Fruit of Islam, no matter what
city in which they live, main-
tain high spirits and are always

ready to serve
Don't be surprised if you see
them marching by your door
and remember that they are
here for all of our good.
Janiah Adams is a high
school summer intern with The
Miami Times and hopes to pur-
sue a career in journalism in the
future. She is well on her way.

Make a pledge for peace

continued from 12B

also include Miami River of Life,
Poe Boy and Strong Arm En-
tertainment, along with Urban
Garden, say that the message
they hope everyone will take
home is to be greater advocates
for peace in the Black commu-
"We hope that people will
come out, especially our youth,
to make a pledge for peace,"
said Demetrius Allen, found-
er and organizer of the Miami
Peace in Da Hood Festival. "It's
important that pastors, grass-

roots organizations, local en-
tertainers and other leaders
of the community, come out
to this event to talk about the
escalating violence and what
we can do to end it. This peace
festival is more important now
than ever but it's not so
much a festival as it is an effort
to make a formal call for peace.
We have lost too many of our
children to violence. The Ur-
ban Garden is the organization
that is producing the festival
and provides a curriculum to
schools that help young people
embrace peace rather than vio-

Pastor: Please God daily

continued from 12B

"I just enjoy teaching the word
and working with people to [col-
laboratively] do God's will," Hil-
ton said.

Hilton makes it very clear that
love is the driving force behind
his commitment to his church.
His wife of 38 years shares a
role in the church as well. Mat-
tie Hilton, 70, serves as the
president of the Missions De-
partment for the church.
As a church committed to

reaching out to people, Hilton
says that he is most proud of
the church's programs that
benefit the community.
"It's about serving others," he
added. "I am most proud when
we can reach out and help those
in around us."
Hilton explains that while his
roots have always been in the
Baptist church, what matters
the most in a relationship with
God is faith.
"My faith means everything to
me," he said. "The Bible teaches
us that without faith it is im-
possible to please God. I try to
please God on a daily basis."


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Thelma Glass, 96, helped organize Alabama bus boycott

By Denise Grady

Thelma Glass, the last
surviving member of a Black
women's group that in 1955
organized a yearlong bus boy-
cott in Montgomery, Ala., after
the arrest of Rosa Parks for
refusing to give up her seat on
a bus to a white man, died on
Tuesday. She was 96.
Glass, a professor of geogra-
phy at Alabama State Univer-
sity, was the secretary of the
Women's Political Council,
which leapt to action within
hours of Parks's arrest on
Dec. 1, 1955. The women's
group, realizing that three-
quarters of the bus riders
in Montgomery were black,
called on blacks to boycott
the buses to put pressure
on the city, the state and the
bus company to stop forcing
them to ride in the back and
surrender their seats to white

The group urged people to
walk or car-pool instead of
taking the bus, and MGlass
was among those who drove
others to work and helped
pass out fliers to alert the
community to the boycott.
By Monday, Dec. 5, the
buses were empty.
"When the first bus came by
with nobody on it, I couldn't

One of those who took
up the cause after Rosa
Park's defiance.

believe it," Glass told The
Montgomery Advertiser in
2005. As bus after bus rum-
bled past without a soul on
board, she grew more and
more delighted. "It's a feeling
of such happiness and accom-
plishment that you just can't
quite explain," she said.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. helped lead


Blacks used a Montgomery, Ala., parking lot to organize a car pool during a bus boycott in 1955
and 1956. At right, Thelma Glass in 2003, when she was honored at Alabama State University.

the boycott, and thousands
participated. For the transit
system, it was a swift kick in
the pocketbook. Whites retali-
ated, sometimes with violence,
sometimes with arrests and

fines for offenses like conspir-
ing to interfere with a busi-
ness. Dr. King was jailed. The
civil rights movement was
"We didn't have time to sit

still and be scared," Glass
In November 1956 the
Supreme Court ruled that
Alabama's laws allowing seg-
regation on the buses were

unconstitutional. In December,
the boycott ended.
Thelma McWilliams was born
in Mobile, Ala., on May 16,
1916. Her father was a hotel
cook and her mother a home-
maker who sometimes helped
her husband. Education was a
high priority, and McWilliams
graduated as valedictorian
from Dunbar High School in
Mobile at age 15. She earned a
bachelor's degree from Ala-
bama State University and a
master's from Columbia, both
in geography. She taught geog-
raphy at Alabama State for 40
years, and an auditorium there
is named for her.
In 1942 she married Arthur
Glass, who also taught at
Alabama State. Glass died in
On July 20, just a few days
before her death, Professor
Glass attended a black tie gala
at the university, clad in an
elegant gown.

Pioneer Miamian Jocelyn Newbold Smith

Jocelyn Newbold Smith, pi-
oneer Miamian and veteran
educator, succumbed to Par-
kinson's and Alzheimer's on
Saturday evening, August 4th.
Born June 25, 1915 to Wil-
liam and Sarah Barnett New-
bold in Nassau, Bahamas, she
was brought to Miami in her
infancy. She was baptized in
St. Agnes Episcopal, where she
remained a member until ill-
ness forced her to join her son
in New York City 12 years ago.
She had been a choir
member, day school teacher,
superintendent of the Sunday
School, a member of the
Vestry and longtime president
of St. Agnes Chapter of The

Episcopal Churchwomen.
She represented St. Agnes at
many national and diocesan
She graduated from Booker
T. Washington High School
in 1934. She attended St.
Augustines College in Raleigh,
NC and received her diploma
from Bethune Cookman
College. She earned a B.A.
degree from Florida A&M
College and an M.A. from New
York University.
A lifelong educator, she
taught at Phyllis Wheatley
Elementary for 31 years.
A member of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, she was deeply
involved in community, civic


and social organization.
Jocelyn is survived by her
son, Dr. Roland C. Burroughs
and daughter-in-law, Barbara;
grandchildren, Stacy Monique,
Jeffrey Newbold and Nicole
N'gai and Neville Barnett
Burroughs; great-grandsons,
Bailey Constantine, Carter
Elliott, Sean Constantine and
Christopher James Burroughs;
and a loyal and beloved
stepdaughter, Jestina Brown.
She is also survived by her
cousin, Cameron Culmer and
extended family members.
A litany service will be held
7 p.m., Thursday at St. Agnes
Episcopal Church. Funeral 11
a.m., Friday at the church.

John Atta Mills, President of Ghana, dies at 68

By Adam Nossiter

BAMAKO, Mali John Atta
Mills, the president of Ghana,
died on Tuesday at a military
hospital in the capital, Accra,
five months short of finishing
his first term in office. He was
There was an outpouring
of emotion on Twitter for the
death of John Atta Mills, as
Ghana's vice president, John
Mahama, was quickly inaugu-
News of his death came
on state-run television. The
government gave no cause
of death, but Atta Mills had
recently returned from eight
days of medical treatment in
the United States.
Atta Mills presided over
Ghana's continuing and, for
the region, unusual experi-
ment in stable democracy. He
was elected with a margin of
less than 1 percent at the end
of 2008.
That the narrowness of the
victory did not set off an ex-
plosion of violence, as had oc-
curred after elections in Ivory
Coast and Kenya, was widely
viewed as evidence of the ma-
turity of democracy in Ghana,
which in 1957 became the

John Atta

first African nation to declare
independence. Atta Mills was
planning to seek re-election in
"His historical significance
is in the consolidation of
democracy in Ghana," said
Rod Alence, a Ghana expert at
the University of the Witwa-
tersrand in Johannesburg.
"To have someone like Mills,
who was never known as be-
ing charismatic, was crucial
in setting up Ghana in a two-
party system."
In Atta Mills's time in office,
Ghana became a significant

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oil exporter. But it was the
nation's political stability that
helped win a prize making
Ghana the envy of its neigh-
bors: being the site of the first
visit by President Obama to
sub-Saharan Africa, in 2009.
Mills was succeeded by the
country's vice president, John
Dramani Mahama, who was
immediately sworn in, a fur-
ther indication of the solidity
of the nation's institutions.
"There's a constitutional
system in place," Alence said.
"Fifteen or 20 years ago, if the
president died, you wouldn't

know who was coming."
Atta Mills was born on July
21, 1944, in Tarkwa in west-
ern Ghana. He earned a law
degree from the University of
Ghana in 1967 and a doctor-
ate from the School of Ori-
ental and African Studies at
the University of London. He
was also a Fulbright scholar
at Stanford University in Palo
Alto, Calif.
Atta Mills wrote exten-
sively on taxation, and later
was Ghana's commissioner
of internal revenue. A laid-
back former law professor, he
became the proteg6 of Jerry
Rawlings, a fiery political fig-
ure who was his opposite.
Rawlings, a populist mili-
tary officer who seized power
in coups in 1979 and 1981
and won election in 1992,
chose Mr. Atta Mills as his
vice president in 1997. "The
Prof," as Mr. Atta Mills was
known, taught law for 25
years. He lost elections in
2000 and 2004 before win-
ning in 2008.
"He's been a calming and
stabilizing influence," Alence
Atta Mills is survived by his
wife, Ernestina Naadu Mills,
and their son, Sam.

Diversity reflects a variety beliefs and practices

continued from 14B

demonstrates that the social
and political fault hnes in
American society run through,
as well as alongside, religious
traditions. The relationship
between religion and politics
is particularly strong with re-
spect to political ideology and
views on social issues such as
abortion and homosexuality,
with the more religiously com-
mitted adherents across sever-
al religious traditions express-
ing minore conservative political
views. Most Americans agree
with the statement that many
religions not just their own -
can lead to eternal life. Among
those who are affiliated with
a religious tradition, seven-
in-ten say many religions can
lead to eternal life. This view is
shared by a majority of adher-
ents in nearly all religious tra-
ditions, including more than
half of members of evangelical

Protestant churches (57 per-
cent). Only among Mormons
(57 percent) and Jehovah's
Witnesses (80 percent) do ma-
jorities say that their own reli-
gion is the one true faith lead-
ing to eternal life.
Most Americans also have a
non-dogmatic approach when
it comes to interpreting the
tenets of their own religion.
For instance, more than two-
thirds of adults affiliated -with
a religious tradition agree that
there is more than one true
way to interpret the teachings
of their faith, a pattern that
occurs in nearly all traditions.
The exceptions are Mormons
and Jehovah's Witnesses,
54 percent and 77 percent of
whom, respectively, say there
is only one true way to inter-
pret the teachings of their re-
ligion. The lack of dogmatism
in American religion may well
reflect the great diversity of re-
ligious affiliation, beliefs and
practices in the U.S. For ex-

ample, while more than nine-
in-ten Americans (92 percent)
believe in the existence of God
or a universal spirit, there is
considerable variation in the
nature and certainty of this
belief. Six-in-ten adults be-
lieve that God is a person with
whom people can have a rela-
tionship; but one-in-four in-
cluding about half of Jews and
Hindus see God as an imper-
sonal force. And while roughly
seven-in-ten Americans say
they are absolutely certain of
God's existence, more than
one-in-five (22 percent) are
less certain in their belief.
A similar pattern is evident
in views of the Bible. Nearly
two-thirds of the public (63
percent) takes the view that
their faith's sacred texts are
the word of God. But those who
believe Scripture represents
the word of God are roughly
evenly divided between those
who say it should be interpret-
ed literally, word for word (33

percent), and those who say it
should not be taken literally
(27 percent). And more than
a quarter of adults includ-
ing two-thirds of Buddhists
(67 percent) and about half of
Jews (53 percent) say their
faith's sacred texts are written
by men and are not the word
of God.
The diversity in religious be-
liefs and practices in the U.S.
in part reflects the great va-
riety of religious groups that
populate the American reli-
gious landscape. The survey
finds, for example, that some
religious groups including
Mormons, Jehovah's Witness-
es and members of historically
Black and evangelical Prot-
estant churches tend to be
more likely to report high lev-
els of religious engagement on
questions such as the impor-
tance of religion in their lives,
certainty of belief in God and
frequency of attendance at re-
ligious services.


Detroit's Gentleman
day. He was 76.

Detroit blues guitarist

Johnnie Bassett dies at 76

By Brian McCollum

DETROIT Blues guitarist
Johnnie Bassett, a much-loved
statesman of the Detroit scene,
died Saturday night. He was
Bassett had been in declining
health recently diagnosed
with cancer and was moved
last month to hospice care at
St. John Hospital in Detroit.
In a long and storied career,
the musically versatile Bas-
sett had been a go-to player
on Detroit's bustling club
scene of the '50s and '60s, and
was a member of the Fortune
Records house band the Blue
He accompanied a litany of
brand-name artists, includ-
ing fellow Detroiters John Lee
Hooker, Little Willie John,
Smokey Robinson and Nolan
Strong, and was friendly with a
young Jimi Hendrix during the
latter's early, blues-oriented
Seattle years.
"This is one of those artists
where everything just came
together jazz, soul, blues,
R&B," said publicist Matt Lee.
"We'll never see his like again."
The past two decades saw
the laconic Bassett emerge as
a singer and front man at the
encouragement of musicians
Bill Held and R.J. Spangier,
who spotted the guitarist play-
ing on a low-key side stage
at the Montreux Detroit Jazz
Festival in 1991. Together they
formed the Blues Insurgents,
and Bassett enjoyed a late-
life second wind as his name
became acclaimed in interna-
tional blues circles.
He became known as De-
troit's Gentleman of the Blues,

with a playing style that fit the
"He told me many times that
unlike these guys who play
really loud, he liked to turn his
amp down and draw the lis-
tener in," Lee said. "That's how
you'd know somebody is really
Bassett was a living link to a
vintage blues era. Lee recount-
ed a 1991 show at Ann Arbor's
Michigan Theater, where Bas-
sett opened for Chicago great
Buddy Guy.
"Buddy stood on the side
watching," Lee recalled. "He
turned and said, 'That's how
they really played the blues.' "
In a Free Press interview in
June tied to his new fifth
album, I Can Make That Hap-
pen- Bassett remembered
that he had aspired to comedy
as a child. He embraced the
guitar at 18 when his brother
bought a guitar and amplifier
at a pawn shop, turning to the
blues he'd grown up listening
to on the radio.
"I didn't emulate anybody,
but I listened to everybody.
Originally I had no aspirations
of being a musician," he said.
"Being a musician it got
me. I didn't get it."
Bassett told the Free Press
in 2009 that even in the blues
idiom, "I like to keep my music
fun and upbeat."
"I like jump-type stuff
because it gives you energy.
There's enough draggy blues to
be found, if you're so inclined.
But when you put a little jump
into it, people come alive. They
need upbeat music to help
take them to a better place. I
know I do; that's why I play
upbeat blues."

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Bad bosses can be bad for your health MZM,

By Sharon Jayson

ORLANDO Mondays can
start off poorly, especially if
you've got a bad boss. Or a
mean boss. Or an incompe-
tent boss.
Psychologist Robert Hogan,
an expert on personality as-
sessments, has seen them all.
"Every employed adult
reports some significant time
working for an 'intolerable
boss' and those (employees)
that try to defend themselves
are gone," Hogan, of Amelia
Island, Fla., told a session
this weekend at the American
Psychological Association an-
nual conference. The meeting,
which drew more than 10,900
psychology professionals,
wrapped up Sunday.
"Seventy-five percent of
working adults say the worst
aspect of their job the most
stressful aspect of their job
- is their immediate boss,"
Hogan says. "Bad managers
create enormous health costs
and are a major source of
misery for many people."
Hogan says a "major cause
of stress in modern life is bad
management," because stress
negatively affects the immune

system and health.
His firm, based in Tulsa
helps large companies de-
termine which individuals to
hire for top-level management
positions or to coach existing
Other leadership consul-
tants across the country
agree that the impact of
immediate supervisors is
more far-reaching than many
would believe.
"'Employee engagement'
has become a buzzword in
corporate America," says
Gordy Curphy, a leadership
consultant in St. Paul, Minn.,
who did not attend the con-
ference. "Twenty years ago,
employee satisfaction was big
deal. That has morphed into
employee engagement. Re-
search shows that the higher
percentage of people engaged
in the workforce, the better
business results companies
get. There is a clear link be-
tween employee engagement
and financial results.
"There's also a clear link
between your immediate boss
and the level of employee
engagement. We know mean
bosses and incompetent
bosses are some of the big-

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cause stress negatively affects the immune system and health.

gest reasons why employees
become disengaged," Curphy
Hogan's presentation
included a mix of research,
including a 2010 survey
conducted by the Economist
Intelligence Unit, part of the
international company the
Economist Group. It found
that 84% of respondents be-
lieve alienated employees are
one of the biggest threats to
their business. He also cited
a 1999 job-stress report from
the National Institute for Oc-
cupational Safety and Health,

that included data showing
that one-quarter of employees
view their jobs as the major
stressor in their lives and
that problems at work are
more strongly associated with
health complaints than any
other life stressor, including
financial or family problems.
Business psychology profes-
sor Tomas Chamorro-Pre-
muzic of University College in
London, a visiting professor at
New York University, agrees
that those who reach the top
tier of management don't al-
ways mesh with employees.

"The factors that help these
people get promoted contrib-
ute to ruthless top managers,
who are ambitious, selfish,
very tough and harm staff
morale," he says.
But Chamorro-Premuzic,
who is also a consultant,
adds that it's not always the
manager's fault. He says three
potential sources of trouble
are the manager, the em-
ployee and the fit between the
employee and the job.
"People choose jobs that are
not ideal for them," he says.
"The realities of the job mar-
ket today is to have a job or
take an offer without thinking
whether it's the right job for
them. That leads to dissatis-
faction and complaints. They
might blame their bosses or
The consultants agree that
in this economic climate, try-
ing to find another job isn't
the best solution.
Rob Kaiser, a partner with
a leadership firm in Greens-
boro, N.C., says it's best to
"hunker down and hope the
bad boss gets in trouble and
removed or kicked upstairs
and you get somebody else or
you get that transfer."

Senior Olympics help older athletes stay motivated, fit

By Janice Lloyd

Feeling a little extra incen-
tive to get off the sofa and get
moving during the London
You're in good company,
says Mike Sophia, CEO of the
National Senior Games Asso-
"One of the things I love the
most about watching the Olym-
pics is everyone gets inspired
to start working out," Sophia
No one is ever too old to start
a fitness plan and reap the
benefits, he adds. Being ac-
tive improves sleeping, weight
control, concentration and
mood. Regular physical activity
can help control blood pres-
sure and cholesterol and may
reduce the risk of conditions
such as heart disease, stroke,
diabetes, osteoporosis, depres-
sion, Alzheimer's disease and
erectile dysfunction, according
to the Mayo Clinic.
Exercising is probably the
single most effective way to
decrease heart disease risk, the
USA's leading cause of death.
The good news: 80 percent of it
is preventable.
If you're not active, ease
into your workouts to prevent

Get the most out of
your workouts at
any age:

Break up sessions: Three
10-minute workouts of-
fer similar benefits to one
30-minute session.
Try intervals: Alternating
short periods of high-inten-
sity activity with periods
of lower intensity improves
endurance and increases
the uLmber of calories you
Build muscle: Resis-
tance trainiingj twice a week
increases bone and muscle
strength and cuts risk of
injury. Rest a clay between
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daily routine, getting a mix of
aerobic, resistance and flex-
ibility training. The government
recommends adults get 150
minutes a week of moderate
to intense exercise, but new
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One of the tips in the Mayo
Clinic's book Healthy Heart
for Life is to turn 10 minutes
of sedentary time into active
time each day: walk-and-talk
meetings, short breaks to lift
hand weights, and stationary
bike rides while catching up on
the TV news. Chances are once

you get started, you'll want to
increase your commitment, the
authors write, because you'll
feel better.
Still, the fired-up feeling you
get from watching Jamaica's
Usain Bolt sprint down the
track probably will cool off
unless you have a long-range
goal. Sophia has a way to help

you make it stick.
He is lining up people 50
and older to compete at the
2013 Summer National Senior
Games in Cleveland. Qualifying
continues through the end of
the year. He expects a record
number of participants; about
10,000 competed in 2011.
Track events are by far the

most popular. And maybe for
good reason: Regular jogging
increases men's life expectancy
by 6.2 years and women's by
5.6 years, the Copenhagen City
Heart Study found. Research-
ers say one to 2/2 hours a
week, in two to three sessions,
gave the best results, especially
when performed at slow or
average speed.
Graham Johnston, 81, of
Houston says competition
keeps him going. He swam in
the 1952 Helsinki Olympics
and has been competing in
U.S. Masters Swimming since
1973, a year after it was found-
ed. "I've been going ever since,"
he says. "I stopped swim-
ming after college for 17 years
because the masters program
didn't exist. "
He has broken nearly 90
masters world records in seven
age groups. "My main purpose
in life is to stay healthy until
the day I die," he says.
All ages participate: "People
who are 100 have already
qualified," Sophia says. Quali-
fying is taking place this year
at games in 49 states, with
age-group competitions in a
dozen sports. "These Games
are motivation for people to
stay healthy."

Age-appropriate TV, movies helps sleep

By Michelle Healy

Changing the type of DVDs,
videos and TV shows that pre-
schoolers watch during the
day may help them sleep bet-
ter at night.
A program that encouraged
parents of kids ages 3 to 5 to
replace age-inappropriate me-
dia content with more suitable
programming found "long-last-
ing, significant reductions in
sleep problems," says Michelle
Garrison of Seattle Children's
Research Institute, lead au-
thor of the study in Monday's
Researchers made no at-
tempt to change the amount
of TV viewed or the time of day
it was watched. "We know that
media is already playing a large
role in the lives of many fami-
lies," says Garrison. "We felt
that just by changing the con-
tent, we could have an impact
on the health and development
of these kids," she says. "That
was borne out in results."
Preschoolers with sleep prob-
lems improved in both sleep
and daytime tiredness over the
course of the 12-month study,
she says, and children who
didn't initially have sleep prob-
lems were less likely to develop
Insufficient and disrupted
sleep has been associated with
obesity, behavior problems
and poor school performance,
researchers say.
"There are so many immedi-
ate and long-term effects from

sleep loss at this age that it's
really worth taking those extra
steps to try and get sleep on
a good track," says Garrison,
who is also an acting assistant
professor at the University of
Washington in the department
of health services.
Nearly 600 families of pre-
school-age children in the Se-

sleep habits of all of the chil-
dren, including how long it
took them to fall asleep, night
wakings, nightmares, difficulty
waking and daytime tiredness.
Families receiving the media
intervention were encouraged
not only to replace TV and vid-
eo programming, but also to
view TV with their children as

An intervention program that encouraged families with chil-
dren ages three to five to replace age-inappropriate, violent
media content with enriching, age-appropriate media finds
significant reductions in sleep problems.

attle area participated in the
study. They kept sleep dia-
ries and received home visits,
follow-up telephone calls, and
monthly mailings from case
managers. Half of the fami-
lies received an intervention
focused on healthy media
use. The other half served as
a comparison group and re-
ceived an intervention focused
on healthy eating.
Researchers assessed the

much as possible and discuss
the content with their kids
to help them "process what
they're seeing and learn more
from what they're seeing," says
Monthly mailings included a
program guide tailored to the
families' available channels
with recommended TV shows
and schedules and a news-
letter with tips and reinforce-

For preschoolers, inappro-
priate content has less to do
with violent or R-rated mov-
ies and more to do with car-
toons "aimed at slightly older
children," such as SpongeBob
SquarePants and Scooby-Doo,
says Garrison. "These are fun
shows I would totally sit down
and watch with an eight- or
nine-year-old, but for a three-
or four-year-old, it's too much
and too overwhelming."
"The fact that Bugs Bunny
can be too violent for a three-
year-old is not something
that always clicks with some
families," she adds. "Yes, they
may know that (a preschool-
er) shouldn't watch the latest
Transformers movie, but they
may not necessarily make that
same association with car-
toons that have the more fun-
ny violence or the superhero
violence, because some of the
content is marketed toward
preschool-age children."
Age-appropriate fare cited
includes Sesame Street, Dora
the Explorer and Curious
Previous studies have found
an association between in-
creased media use and sleep
disturbances in young kids.
Findings "reinforce the no-
tion that we need to be vigilant
with the content we're expos-
ing our children to," says Den-
nis Rosen, associate medical
director of the Center for Pedi-
atric Sleep Disorders at Boston
Children's Hospital. "At this
age, they are affected by what

Study: Avoiding lies can

improve your health

ORLANDO Honesty may
boost your health, suggests a
study that found telling fewer
lies benefits people physically
and mentally.
Each week for 10 weeks,
110 individuals, ages 18-71,
took a lie detector test and
completed health and rela-
tionship measures assessing
the number of major and mi-
nor lies they told that week,
says lead author Anita Kelly,
a psychology professor at the
University of Notre Dame in
Indiana. She presented find-
ings at the annual meeting
of the American Psychologi-
cal Association, which ended
"When they went up in
their lies, their health went
down," says Kelly. "When
their lies went down, their
health improved."
Researchers instructed half
the participants to "refrain
from telling any lies for any

reason to anyone. You may
omit truths, refuse to answer
questions, and keep secrets,
but you cannot say anything
that you know to be false."
The other half received no
such instructions.
Over the study period, the
link between less lying and
improved health was signifi-
cantly stronger for partici-

A new study shows that
honest interactions can be
beneficial to one's health,
both physical and mental.

pants in the no-lie group, the
study found. When partici-
pants in the no-lie group told
three fewer minor lies than
they did in other weeks,
for example, they experi-
enced, on average, four fewer
mental-health complaints
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Parents can

And not realize
effect it has on
children, pediatric
group says
By Kim Painter

Parents and other caregivers who
demean, bully, humiliate or other-
wise emotionally abuse children
may not know the harm they can
cause and often do not get the help

nflict deep,,

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Emotional abuse can include:
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they and their children need, a re-
port from the American Academy
of Pediatrics says.
"Psychological maltreatment is
just as harmful as other types of
maltreatment," says today's report
in Pediatrics. Yet it is not recog-
nized, understood or studied as
much as physical or sexual abuse,
says a team of authors that in-
cludes members of the American
Association of Child and Adoles-
cent Psychiatry.
Even experts can "struggle to
tease out" when words or actions

cross the line from less-than-ideal
parenting to emotional abuse, says .
co-author Roberta Hibbard, direc-
tor of child protection programs at
Indiana University and Riley Hos-
pital for Children in Indianapolis.
It is abuse when "an interaction
between a parent and child inflicts
harm and causes difficulty with the
child's emotional well-being and
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By Janice Lloyd. A lzheimer's
When Karen Frost got a call
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want to keep you in the loop,"
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Her father got lost trying to
find his wife in the hospital af- of Alzheimer's disease.
ter a routine appointment and People can experience one
was missing for several hours or more of these symptoms
before she found him. in different degrees:
When Alita Aldridge got a 1. Memory loss thatdis-
call from her mother accusing. .
her grandson of taking money rupts daily living.
and stealing her food, she, too, 2. Challenges in planning
knew something was wrong, or problem solving.
Her mother had always been 3. Difficulty completing
loving and rarely raised her usual tasks at home or work.
voice. Suddenly, expletives pep- 4. Confusion with time,
pered her outbursts.
Though their symptoms were seasons or place.
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Alzheimer's disease, a brain- shapes) and spatial relation-
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destroying memory, thinking 6. New problems using
and personality. It also ,takes words in speaking and writ-
a heavy toll on caregivers. The ing.
Frosts got a quick diagnosis 7. Misplacing things and
and started mapping out their losing the ability to retrace
future. But Aldridge says her
mother's condition went unde- steps.
tected for several years, and the 8. Decreased or poor judg-
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From brain to mouth:

The psychology of obesity

By Sharon Jayson

Everyone knows that peo-
ple put on weight because
they consume more calories
than they burn. But as the
medical community struggles
to get a handle on obesity in
the LISA. a growing body of
research is delving deeper to
find out more about the psy-
chology behind the numbers.
.Although people might be
inclined to think of nutn-
tionists or dietitians, obesity

is "one of the big common
public health issues that
falls right in the heart of psy-
cholog ,' says psychologist
Paul Rozin of the University
of Pennsylvania in Phdadel-
Among a host of ques-
tions aimed directly at the
psyvcholomy of eating are why
Arnericans are eating more
than they used to: whether
some foods can really be
addictive: and whether more
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Whooping cough swoops back

By Elizabeth Weise

Whooping cough could
reach its highest level in more
than 50 years.
As of July, nearly 18,000
cases have been reported,
more than twice as many as
at this time last year, the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention reports. At this
pace, the number of whooping
cough cases will surpass every
year since 1959.
Public health officials are
concerned that the surge
might be due in part to a
switch in vaccines 15 years
ago. The change was based in
part on now-discredited con-
cerns about the dangers of the
older vaccine.
"We may need to go back to
1959 to find as many cases
reported" halfway through the

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Cases of pertussis numbered 17,920 through July 20 and
are on pace to be at the highest level since 1959.

year, said Anne Schuchat,
director of the National Center
for Immunization and Respi-
ratory Diseases.
Whooping cough, called per-
tussis by doctors, is a highly

contagious bacterial disease
and very dangerous to infants
and young children. Half of
babies who get it are hospital-
ized, Schuchat said.
The disease leads to severe

coughing that causes children
to make a distinctive whoop-
ing sound as they gasp for
breath. In rare cases, it can be
fatal. Nine children have died
this year.
Before the introduction of a
vaccine in the 1940s, whoop-
ing cough sickened as many
as 200,000 people a year in
the USA, killing up to 10,000.
Cases, which tend to come in
waves and peak every three to
five years, declined to a his-
toric low of 1,010 in 1976.
Though 95 percent of tod-
dlers are vaccinated, only 8.2
percent of adults are, and they
are the ones most likely to
infect babies, Schuchat said.
The highest rates of infec-
tion are in babies younger
than 12 months old, and
half of the cases are in those
younger than three months.

Doughnut hole drug savings hit $687M

Health care law saved
seniors an average
of $629 each
By Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON In the first six
months of this year, more than 1 million
seniors and people with disabilities saved
$687 million on prescription drugs in
the doughnut hole or the gap between
traditional and catastrophic coverage in
the Part D drug benefit as part of the
health care law, Health and Human Ser-
vices plans to announce Wednesday.
That's an average of $629 per patient.
As part of the 2010 health care law,
drugmakers participating in the program
had to give the government a 50 percent
break on premium drugs and 14 percent
on generic drugs, which the government
then passed on to seniors. In 2012, the
coverage gap is $2,930. The health care
law eliminates the doughnut hole by
"More people are benefiting from the
discounts than at this point last year,"
said Jonathan Blum, director of the Cen-
ter for Medicare. "As seniors across the
country go to their pharmacies to fill pre-
scriptions, they will automatically receive
these discounts and see lower prices at
the cash register."
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Some groups have raised concerns
about the program. The American Action
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reducing prices for Medicare beneficiaries
would raise drug costs for everyone else.
No research has yet shown a correlation,
though industry experts say it may be too
soon to tell as the discounts just began in
The group also predicted that premi-
ums would go up for Medicare beneficia-
"All the evidence suggests the opposite,"
Blum said. "As out-of-pocket costs have
gone down, average premiums for a Medi-
care prescription drug plan have fallen."
S There was also a concern that seniors
would avoid generic medications and
head for the premium medications, which
could potentially lead them to the gap
sooner, as well as cost the government
more money. Blum said as the discounts
grow for generic medications they were
seven percent in 2011 and are 14 per-
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people than in the past are ge-
netically predisposed to pack
on pounds.
Rozin, who has studied hu-
mans and food for 30 years, is
one of dozens of psychologists
who share their latest findings
and theories this weekend at
the American Psychological As-
sociation's annual meeting in
Orlando. Obesity is one of the
"Obesity has been much more
resistant to treatment than any
reasonable person would have
thought 50 years ago," he says.
There's no question that
Americans are heavier than
ever before. More than one-
third of adults are considered
obese and almost 17 percent of
teens and kids fit the category,
according to the most recent
federal data, released earlier
this year.
In fact, food is everywhere at
any time, and advertising is an
additional lure, says psycholo-
gist Kelly Brownell, director of
the Rudd Center for Food Policy

& Obesity at Yale University in
New Haven, Conn. "We've been
completely retrained to think
that large portions are accept-
able, that eating throughout the
day is acceptable, that eating
late at night is acceptable, that
eating in the car is acceptable,"
he says. "All the boundaries
that would put limits around
eating have been exploded."
Among the most-blamed cul-
prits are intense food market-
ing toward consumers and less
physical activity.
But research scientist David
Allison has some other ideas.
A psychologist who directs the
Nutrition Obesity Research
Center at the University of Al-
abama-Birmingham, Allison
points to other contributors,
such as too little sleep and ad-
vanced maternal age, which
some research has shown can
increase the chances of over-
weight kids.
Allison's new research, on-
line in Frontiers in Genetics,
finds that people with higher
body mass index tend to part-
ner with those of similar BMI
and may predispose their off-

spring to obesity. Using Danish
height and weight data collect-
ed for hundreds of thousands of
children at age 13, researchers
were able to find 37,792 spou-
sal pairs who married between
1945 and 2010. They then
calculated couples' BMIs. The
study he co-wrote confirms that
those with higher BMIs tended
to pair up and suggests the im-
plications for heavier offspring.
"It starts concentrating the
genes for BMI within families,"
he says.
He and others also are look-
ing at cognitive demand. Early
findings suggest we may be
draining our brains because
"we have more cognitively de-
manding lifestyles."
Significant increases in the
prevalence of obesity occurred
over the past 30 years, when
computers and technology use
exploded, Allison says. Being
constantly available to others
means we are so often occupied
with mentally involved tasks
that we're on cognitive overload.
And that, he says, may be wear-
ing out our self-control to resist
food temptations.

Abuse should be national issue

continued from 17B

and say that the one time you
called the child 'stupid' is the
reason they are having these
problems," she says.
The report, which updates
one by the academy in 2000,
says emotional abuse:
Is linked with mental ill-
ness, delinquency, aggression,
school troubles and lifelong
relationship problems among
those who were abused.
Can be especially harmful
in the first three years of life.
May be the most common
form of child maltreatment;
severe psychological abuse
was recalled by eight percent

to nine percent of women and
four percent of men in stud-
ies in the USA and the United
But there's little research on
preventing emotional abuse or
helping mistreated children,
the report says. Broad educa-
tion programs that spread posi-
tive parenting techniques may
help, as may more targeted
programs for families at high
risk. The report asks pediatri-
cians to educate all parents and
reach out to families in trouble.
In many cases, it's a matter
of "breaking a cycle of abuse,"
says Alec Miller, chief of child
and adolescent psychology at
Montefiore Medical Center in
New York. Miller, who did not

contribute to the report, says:
"I often ask parents if in their
own childhoods, they experi-
enced things like this. And a
lot of them say, 'Of course, and
I just pulled myself up by my
bootstraps.'" One thing he tells
these parents: What slides off
one child may be devastating to
James Hmurovich, president
of Prevent Child Abuse America
in Chicago, says that "we need
to make this a national issue"
and a personal responsibility.
Anyone who sees a child being
berated should, at least, step in
to "break the moment."
When you see clear abuse,
you should call a child abuse
hotline, Hibbard says.

People: Check and treat symptoms

continued from 17B

affected, but I didn't think per-
sonality was. My mother's per-
sonality had changed. We even
went to a doctor who said my
mother was fine. What were we
supposed to do at that point?"
Researchers at the Alzheim-
er's Association International
Conference 2012 in Vancouver,
Canada, discussed new find-
ings on early warning signs
to evaluate cognitive function
sooner and on new therapies
that might slow the disease's
progression. The conference
drew 5,000 from around the
world, followed the U.S. gov-
ernment's announcement in
May of an ambitious plan to
increase awareness and find a
way to prevent the disease by
2025. Nearly half of those 85
and older have it, and the num-
ber is expected to be 16 million
by 2050.
Alzheimer's is the second-
most-feared disease behind
only cancer, says Beth Kallmy-
er, vice president of constituent
services for the Alzheimer's As-
sociation. Even though there is
no cure, early diagnosis is the
ticket, she says: People can
treat symptoms and plan for
their future while they're still
able. "People can also check
that bucket list," she says, and
"maybe reprioritize."
Karen Frost, 44, says she and
her siblings noticed their father,
Bill, had been losing bits of vo-
cabulary for several years. Part

of normal aging, they thought.
But when he got lost in the hos-
pital five years ago, the family
headed to experts for an an-
He was hospitalized for three
days; doctors ruled out a stroke,
then ran other tests, which
showed he had mild cogni-
tive impairment (MCI), defined
as early-stage Alzheimer's. It
is often treated with Aricept,
which improves certain mental
functions. It doesn't slow dis-
ease progression forever, but
it helps some patients for a
while. He went on Aricept im-
"When they told me I had
Alzheimer's, my mood went
down," says Bill Frost, 74. "But
that night I said a prayer. Ever
since then, I've said I'll never,
ever give up."
He took part in one drug trial
and is participating in another.
"I'm going to be the first person
cured of this disease," he says.

Though current trials and
several others about to begin
probably will be too late to ben-
efit Frost, research is showing
the importance of early diag-
nosis. Once the process that
destroys brain cells has begun;
the disease is irreversible. But
if researchers can find a way to
catch it early and slow it down,
they think they can prevent
much of the worst damage.
William Thies, chief medical
and scientific officer at the Al-
zheimer's Association, says he

expects antibodies already in
trials to someday help prevent
Alzheimer's by stopping the for-
mation of harmful protein de-
posits called amyloid plaques,
a hallmark of the disease.
"There are a number of ideas
out there for prevention," Thies
says. "The most prominent has
been if you moderate the amy-
loid plaque, you moderate the
course of the disease."
Thies has watched the evo-
lution of preventive therapies
before; he worked for 10 years
at the American Heart Associa-
tion and remembers when cho-
lesterol-lowering station drugs
were given to people only after
they had heart attacks. Now,
they are used for prevention
and are among the most widely
prescribed drugs in the USA.
When the government
launched a plan in May to
step up its attack on Alzheim-
er's, the National Institutes of
Health chipped in $17 million
for a $100 million trial. It is
being discussed at the confer-
The initiative is hailed by re-
searcher Eric Reiman as "a new
era of Alzheimer's research."
Reiman is with Banner Al-
zheimer's Institute in Phoenix,
which is partnering with the
NIH, drugmaker Genentech
and the University of Antioquia
in Medellin, Colombia, home
of a large family with a genetic
predisposition to develop the
disease at a young age, and
who, Reiman says, regard it "as
a curse."

Food could be the fuel we
need, the reward we want or
maybe both, he says. But "if
those mental activities lead
to increased food intake, that
could be a major driver of why
we're taking in more food," he
"That's not to say any of us
want to give up our computers
or stop engaging in mentally de-
manding activities. But we may
want to say, 'Are there ways to
alter our lifestyle that might
protect us?'"

Another area of research fo-
cuses on food itself. Studies
by Barbara Rolls, director of

the Laboratory for the Study of
Human Ingestive Behavior at
Penn State University in Univer-
sity Park, Pa., have found that
something as seemingly innocu-
ous as more variety actually en-
courages overeating. She says
pleasure from eating a food de-
clines while eating. But if other
foods at the meal have different
tastes, aromas, shapes and tex-
tures, instead of stopping eat-
ing, people shift to another food
that remains appealing.
"It's the buffet effect," she
says. "If you go to a place with
50 different kinds of foods,
you're going to eat more than if
there was just a few."
She co-wrote a study in the

August Journal of the Acad-
emy of Nutrition and Dietet-
ics in which researchers found
that participants ate more veg-
etables when served three types
(broccoli florets, baby carrots or
snap peas) at a meal than when
served the same amount of just
one, even if it was a preferred
vegetable. The 66 adults got
pasta and cooked vegetables
once a week for four weeks;
amounts were carefully mea-
Among the more controver-
sial topics to be discussed is
food addiction. Some research
suggests certain foods "hijack"
the brain in ways that resemble
addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Being truthful gives good benefits

continued from 16B

complaints. Mental health com-
plaints included feeling tense
or melancholy; physical com-
plaints included sore throats
and headaches.
Linda Stroh, a professor
emeritus of organizational
behavior at Loyola University
in Chicago, says findings are
consistent with her own re-
search on trust. "When you

find that you don't lie, you
have less stress," she says.
"Being very conflicted adds an
inordinate amount of stress to
your life."
Evidence from past research
suggests that Americans aver-
age about 11 lies a week. Kelly
says the no-lie group partici-
pants were down to one lie, on
average, per week. For both
groups, when participants
lied less in a given week, they
reported their physical health

and mental health to be sig-
nificantly better that week.
"It's certainly a worthy goal
to have people be more honest
and more genuine and interact
with others in a more honest
way," says psychologist Rob-
ert Feldman of the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst.
"That would be ultimately
beneficial. I'm a little skeptical
that it makes us all healthier,
but it may make us healthier
in a psychological way."

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family cordially invites you to their annual revival 7:30 pm nightly,
August 8-9 at 14135 NW 7th Avenue, North Miami.
The guest evangelist will be Reverend Dr. Joseph D. Turner, pas-
tor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Perrine, FL.

Women's Day at
Greater St. James
Greater St. James M.B. In-
ternational Church will host
their 55th Annual Women's
Day. Mariea Broomfield will be
our speaker at 11 a.m. Worship
The church is located at 4875
N.W. 2nd Avenue. Chairperson,
Marva Gordon, Co-Chairper-
son, Susie Cooper.
Dr. William H. Washington,
Sr., is the pastor


Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
W 723elN.Wo3rd Avenue

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1723 N.W 3rd Avenue
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Mt. Calvary Missionary
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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Order of Services
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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
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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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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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5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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2799 N.W. 46th Street
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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

Order of Services
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Sunday School 9.30 a.m.
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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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39, music ex-
ecutive, died l
July 31 at Jack- .
son Health Sys-
tems. Service
12 p.m., Friday -
at Antioch of
Miami Gardens
Missionary Bap-

RENNIE CARTY, 68, construc-
tion worker, died
July 31 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. i l

MURPHY WRIGHT, 58,:.died Au-
gust 1 at Vitas.
Service 2:30 -,
p.m., Saturday ;(,.
in the chapel.

DEVELMA WOODS, 76, retired,
died August 2
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at An-
tioch of Browns-
ville Missionary
Baptist Church.

TER",61, as-
phalt pavement
worker, died Au-
gust 2. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day at Mt. Cal-
vary Missionary
Baptist Church.

WILLIE RYALS, 98, chauffeur,
died August 4 A
at Jackson Me- N
monal Hospital
North. Services
12 p.m., Satur-
day at Jordan .
Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church. ie"-

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
ANNIE JOHNSON, 68i dietician,
died Augustp --g
4 at home.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Greater Harvest
Baptist Church.

retired, died
July 30 at home. .
are incomplete.

Bain Range
ALLAN SMITH, 89, :a native
of Exuma
of Nassau,
Bahamas and
a longtime
resident of

Heights, FL
died July 30.
He is survived
by his wife, Beulah Smith and ten
children. The family visitation 5
p.m.-8 p.m., Friday, August 10 at
the St. Peters Missionary Baptist
Church in Perrine, FL. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at the Glendale
Missionary Baptist Church in
Richmond Heights, FL.

housekeeper, died July 30 at
Memorial West Hospital. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Sinai
Baptist Church.

died August 5 at Health South. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Second
Baptist Church.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired school
teacher, died
August 2 at
Jackson South
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

76, retired LPN,
died August
6 at Regents
Park. Viewing
4-8 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 10:30
a.m., at New _
Providence Church.

WILLIE LASTER, 69, retired
bus driver, died -.
August 3 at
Jackson North.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
M.B. Church.

Wright and Young
ORA LEE BURKE, 81, died
August 5 at
North Shore
Hospital l.
Victoria (Burke)
and son:
Vincent Burke.
Service 1:30
p.m., Sunday at Greater New
Macedonia Baptist Church.

72, electrician,
died July 24 at
North Shore
Medical Center
Services were

IRMA CLARKE, 80, retired
nurse, died
August 1
at Kindred
Viewing 5- 8
p.m., Friday at
Miracle Valley
Praise and
Worship Center,
1930 N W 70 Street. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at the church.

EH Zion
employed, died w
August 4 at JMH
South. Service
2 p.m, Friday
at Peaceful
Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.

BETH MCCULLOM, 57, optician,
died July 16 at Broward General
Hospital. Services were held.

engineer, died July 25 at Memorial
Regional Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church.

salesman, died July 20 in Pompano.
Service 11 a.m., Thursday in the

RODRIGUEZ, died July 30 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Service 4 p.m., Sunday in the

81, seamstress, died July 30 at
Margate Health Care Center.
Service 1:30 p.m., Saturday at First
Baptist of Plantation.

CORREA, 31, house wife, died
August 3 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

56, truck driver, died August 5 at
Aventura Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

55, president of
the American
Postal Workers
Union, died
August 4 in
Miami. Survivors

mother, Rozella
two sisters and two brothers.
Memorial service 5-8p.m., Friday
at Second Canaan M.B. Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make
donations to Miami Jackson Alumni
Association Carol Whitehead-
Sutton Scholarship Foundation.
Mail checks to: 18121 NW 6 Court,
Miami, FL 33169 or American
Cancer Society in memory of Carol
Whitehead-Sutton, mail checks
to: 8095 NW 12 Street, Suite 200,
Doral, FL 33126 or call 305-594-
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of
Faith International.


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technician, ^
died August .
3 at home.
Service 11 t -,: '-.
a.m., Monday, '-
August1 3 ni^

at New Way
Fellowship Church.

nurse aide, died
July 31 at home.
Service 10a.m.,

in the chapel.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

08111/1938- 08/04/2011

We loved you, but God loved
you best!
It's been one year since the
lord called you home. You
live forever in our hearts and
memories. Your wife, Rober-
ta, daughters Joanne (Levi),
Regina, and son David.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

08/0711922 02/22

Carey Royal Ram'n
homemaker, died July 29 at North
Beach Rehab. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Ridgeway Church of
God Prophecy.

David Eason
51, dry cleaning presser, died
July 30 at North Shore Medical
Center. Service 12 p.m., Saturday
at Good News Little River Baptist

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

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




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Drum, dance spectacular

is back for its 1ith year

Sounds of the African diaspora
return in Delou Africa festival

By D. Kevin McNeir
There is a bridge, if only
spiritual, that connects Blacks
in the U.S. with other Blacks
in the Caribbean and Africa.
And last weekend at the Little
Haiti Cultural Arts Center,
the always anticipated dance
and drum festival of Florida
made its annual pilgrimage
to Miami. Drummers, danc-
ers and the omnipresent griot
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all made their appearance in
Delou Africa featuring work-
shops, a concert extravaganza,
a children's village and other
symbols of our connection to
West Africa the home of our
The big event was the Sat-
urday evening performance,
featuring local, national and
international artists. The lan-
guage of the dancers echoed
that used on the Western
shores of the Motherland. The

drummers' constant and inces-
sant rat-a-tat-tat has been the
"conversation" of choice and
necessity for over 1,000 years.
And the dance,, while some-
what innovative, conforms to
styles that made their way
from kingdoms of Africa to
slave quarters in the U.S.
"The griot tells the story
and our history every dance
means something every
rhythm has a special mes-
sage," said Babacar Ndiaye, a
veteran dancer from Senegal.
Blacks in the U.S. need to
know that what we bring is
just a continuance of our rich
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-Miami Times photo/D Kevin McNeir
CONTINUING OUR LEGACY: Drummers and dancers from the U.S. and broad teamed up for an
exciting Saturday night concert part of Delou Africa's annual program.



Ebony Gilbert's

play about Black


"Dreams" examines racism
and its impact on our lives
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@niacu ritijzesonline.coin
Ebony Gilbert, 23, a graduate of Miami
Central Senior High School and the Uni-
versity of Florida, says she has always
been a dreamer. But she wondered
sometimes if dreaming was a waste
of time. After all, her life was forged
on the tough streets of Little Haiti
"far away from the ocean and
palm trees" often associated
with Miami. But Gilbert contin-
ued to dream, to write, to use
her imagination and to hone her
skills in journalism. After garner-
ing awards at Central and serv-
ing as a Miami Herald intern,
Gilbert was convinced that
somehow writing was to be her
K destiny.
; Now she is preparing for the debut
of her first play appropriately titled
; "Dreams," opening on Sunday, Aug. 12th at
the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Curtain call
is 7:30 p.m.
"The main idea behind this show is to exam-
ine if it is possible to fulfill Blacks' dreams in
the midst of racial oppression," she said. "With
the phenomenon of Tyler Perry, many may antici-
pate a church theme and plenty of soulful melo-
A I want to present another aspect of the Black
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A "sea of politicians," along
with community members and
supporters filled The Historical
St. Agnes' Episcopal Church to
participate in The Miami Times
first political forum. When D.
Kevin McNeir, editor, opened
the forum he got the attention
of everyone with his resonating
voice. McNeir took the time
to outline the agenda for each
evening. Political candidates
participating included:
Congresswoman Frederica
S. Wilson; Miami-Dade State
Attorney incumbent Katherine
Fernandez Rundle, opponent
Roderick Vereen; County

Commissioner '-".iI
Barbara J. Jordan,
incumbent and opponent
Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley
Gibson; County Commissioner
Audrey M. Edmonson,
incumbent, and opponents
Alison D. Austin and Keon
Hardemon; Miami Gardens
mayoral candidates Oliver G.
Gilbert, John Pace, Jr. and
Katrina Wilson. Joy-Ann
Reid, managing editor, theGrio
and MSNBC correspondent,
served as moderator for the last
evening. Some in attendance
included: Billy Hardemon,
Edward Guilon, John Smith,

Marcanire Crue,
Lorraine Cammock,
Terrence Pinder, June ..
Miller, Helen Williams,
who is back in the run for ,'
mayor, Bev. Bucknell, .-
Maria Jerkins, Reyma f
Lobo Boaron'do, Abygail
and Kellsy Garido,
Trung and Natasha LO(
Thomas, with children
Jordan, Marcul, and Jazmine,
Loretta R. Pollock, Betty
J. Crawford, Helen Randle,
Maud Newbold, Jacki Bell and
Danny Maree.
The senior ministry of St.
Paul AME Church, Rev. Robert
Jackson, III pastor, lunched on
Wednesday at Michael's Diner.
Ministry director sister Anne
Rogne organized the group at
the request of Rev. Michael
Boule in 2005. Since its

inception, the group
has traveled to lunch
in West Palm Beach,
S had birthday parties,
gone to movies, joined
," l' the Red Hat Society
and played bingo
and bid whist. They
continue to have fun
(HART and enjoy each other.
Willie M.Pinkney,
Rosa Benbow, Irene Hart,
Emma Mellerson, Katherine
Ross, Lamyliah Miller, Teresa
Berry, Annie Johnson, Venda
Milton, Joan Roberts, Minnie
Mickins-Jones and her
husband, Henry were some of
those in attendance joined by
Jake Caldwell, his wife Arselia
and daughter, Arkentia C.
Shuttleworth. Also Audrey C.
Barnes, Jr. and Sidney and

The Church of the Open
Door United Church of Christ,
Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis,
pastor, officers and members,
collaborated and accepted the
ordination and installation
of Harvey C. Lockhart as
a minister in the church.
Lockhart was born the sixth
child of Vernon and Olga
Lockhart in the Bahamas and
his educational achievements
include Saint John's College
High School, Tennessee State,
Brown Technical Institute,
Miami Dade CC and Trinity
International University. Some
of those participating in the
service were: Deacon William
E. Clarke, III, Rev. William N.
Koch and Andrea Burt. Those
witnessing the event included:
Elsaida Anders, Erslyn Anders,
Lisa Anderson, Shirley

Archie, Dr. Brad and Mabel
Brown, Dr. Cynthia Clarke,
Lila Cobb, Lavert and Colette
Combs, Dr. Herman Dorsett,
Faye Fernander, Barbara
Gardner, Bonnie Hariston,
Nelson and Fifia Jenkins,
Stanley and Denise Johnson,
Paul and Florence Joseph,
Juanita Johnson, Marteen
Levarity, James and Ruth
Long, Dr. Astrid Mack, James
Martin, James and Alva Maull,
Lois Oliver, Frank and Dr.
Enid Pinkney, Mary Reeves,
Dr. Gwendolyn Robinson,
Florence Strachan, Charlayne
Thompkins, Lorraine
Vaught, Alzeta Wilson Mabel
Williams. Megan Smith, Rev.
Dr. Steven Hudder, Moses
Hogan, Caroline and Joshua
Lockhart, Lani Smith and Rev.
Dr. Guillermo Sterling.

M, ;5.

Wedd irig ar n ir er s.a-
greetings g:. :.-it ': Samuel
and Helen S. Bennett,
August 1st their 32nd. Rev.
Canon and Mrs. Richard
L.M. Barry will celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary on
August 19th. Get-well wishes
and our prayers go out to all
of you! May good health soon
return to each of you: Rev.
Samuel J. Browne, Joycelyn
Burroughs Smith, Grace
Heastie-Patterson, Thomas
Nottage, Naomi Allen-Adams,
Jacqueline F. Livingston,
Selma T. Ward, Marvin Ellis,
Wilhelmina Welch, Princess
Lamb, Inez M. Johnson,
Betty Blue, Gloria Bannister,
Vera Wyche, Maureen Bethel
and Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor.
Francina Lewis-Robinson,
Maude Newbold, Shirley
Funchess and Gloria Newbold
are among the "clan" of the
Tynes-Heastie and Hannah
family who are enjoying their

fiamiI', reuLini,.nr- in l[i
["I .Ss u aL rd [he
outer islands. Elva Heastie-
Gamble of Detroit returned
home for the family reunion
in the Bahamas. With school
opening soon I thought our
children needed to know a few
more facts about our beautiful
city of Miami. The City of Miami
was first inhabited for more than
1,000 years by the Tequestas
but was later claimed for Spain
in 1566 by Pedro Menendez
de Aviles. A Spanish mission
was constructed one year
later in 1567. Congratulations
go out to Elijah Johnson,
son of Fitzhugh N. Johnson
and grandson of the late
Doris McKinney-Pittman.
Elijah graduated from Middle
Tennessee State in Nashville
on Aug. llth. Our prayers
are with Emily Jones and
her family as they mourn the
passing of her son Desmond
Harris who expired on July

26, 2012. Desmond was the
grandson of one of our former
sports writers, the late Leo
B. Armbrister. Feast of Title
festive eucharist was held at
the Episcopal Church of the
Transfiguration on August
5th and Rev. Canon Nelson
W. Pinder, retired rector
of the Episcopal Church of
Saint John the Baptist in
Orlando was the celebrant
and preacher. Miami holds the
distinction of being the only
major city in the U.S. conceived
by a woman, Julia Tuttle -
a local citrus grower and a
wealthy Cleveland native. The
Miami area was better known
as Biscayne Bay Country in
the early years of its growth.
Tuttle convinced Henry
Flagler, a railroad tycoon, to
expand his Florida East Coast
Railway to the region a feat for
which she became known as
"the mother of Miami." Miami
was officially incorporated as
a city on July 28, 1896. with
a population of just over 300.
It was named for the Mayaimi
Indians who previously lived by
Lake Okeechobee.

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tradition it belongs to and is
part of every Black man, wom-
an and child no matter where

Watching what your kids watch on TV

By Freddie Allen

When 6-year-old Simaya
Hammonds ditched Dora the
Explorer for tween-fare found
on the Disney Channel and
Nickelodeon, her mom, Tahn-
eezia Hammonds wasn't sur-
The precocious first grader
enjoys "Shake It Up" on the
Disney Channel and "Victori-
ous," a show about students at
a performing arts high school
on Nickelodeon, is one of her
favorites. "A.N.T. Farm," a
show about a group of gifted
middle schoolers (A.N.T. is an
acronym for "Advanced Natu-


ral Talents) attending a local
high school made it into her
Disney rotation.
Hammonds said she watch-
es the shows with her daugh-
ter and offers running com-
mentary such as when one of
the "ANT's" gets bullied by one
of the high school kids.
"We'll be watching a show
and I'll say, 'That girls not very
nice,' and she'll say, 'Yeah, I
know,'" Hammonds recount-
ed. Simaya watches one to two
hours of television a day and
her mother wonders if it's too
Simaya tunes in far less
than her peers, according to
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Is dreaming a waste of time for Blacks?

continued from 1C

The play focuses on Lonny
Heart, a Black born in the
South who has aspirations of
becoming a writer. Despite be-
ing educated and talented he
finds that racism continues
to serve as an obstacle to his
goals. The cast includes Rev.
Yvonne Strachan, O'Neil Dela-
penha, Electa Edwards, Sean

Sanders, Jasmine Knowles,
Silky Bell, Chiko Mendez,
Othell Watson and Jamie Syl-
vester most of whom are
from South Florida.
Gilbert says her inner art-
ist was first awakened while
reading the screenplay to Al-
ice Walker's "The Color Pur-
"Celie's pain resonated with
me so much more than a prin-
cess in a pumpkin carriage,"
she said. "I knew then that

it was that creative medium
that could make my words
feel and taste like life. I could
also enrage, elate and enlight-
en none but being a story-
teller could yield such power."
Gilbert leaves Miami in a
few weeks for LA-LA land -
she'll matriculate at Loyola
Marymount University as a
candidate in the MFA screen-
writing program. We expect
big things from her.
Break a leg Ebony!

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-Miami Times photo/D Kevin McNeir
DANCE TELLS STORY: Local dancersalong with their Sen-
egalese instructor (c) during rehearsal prior to showtime.

-Miami Times photo/D Kevin McNeir
DRUM TIME: Drumming is
this brother's passion.
they live."
Mamadouba Camara is a
master drummer from the Re-

public of Guinea back home
he is referred to as "papa" of
"The drum has its own lan-
guage -' it announces good
times and bad," he said. "This
is something that I was born to
do. And I've been learning all
of my life."
Derron Linyear serves as the
coordinator of Denou Africa,
Inc. and is also a musician
that participated in the dance

ensemble. He helped us chat
with the group's griot, Ibra-
hima Dioubate, a 53-year-old
a native of Guinea, whose role
is ensure that the performance
is authentic in its content and
structure. Dioubate says what
he has noticed since coming to
the U.S., is how little Blacks
value education. He added
that it is the griot that keeps
the history alive and educates
the people in Africa.

Brothers seek solutions with benefits

continued from 1C

areas of concern in the Black
community: health, wealth
and knowledge. And instead of
complaining about the vicissi-
tudes of life, brothers engaged
in a no-holds-barred series of
presentations, question-and-
answer sessions and testimo-
nials geared towards improv-
ing the lives of Black men and
those whom they love.
Guest speakers included ac-
tor Charles Dutton, NBA great
Isiah Thomas and a bevy of
other Black men from Miami-
Dade County who have raised
the bar in terms of personal
achievement while taking on
the role of community elders.
The "man-talk" became so
intense that brothers stayed
around hours past their sched-
uled departure, sharing their
stories, expressing their pain
and encouraging others who
have lost their way.
Here are some of the com-
ments that were shared:

Judge Daryle E. Trawick:
"Youth need to be careful who
they listen to elders need
to make sure they talk to our
youth. Too few Black men are
really talking to our youth."
D.C. Clarke: "It's time to
make it plain and admit to
ourselves and our young men
that the world doesn't care
about us Black men. We are
no longer a valuable commod-
ity. Slavery is still alive and
well it's just been reformed
into the prison system."
Isiah Thomas: "I got great
advice during my formative
years. The difference between
me and so many others is that
I actually listened. Our com-
munity suffers from the lack
of knowledge and instead of
pursuing education we go for
the 'fake out.' Sports and en-
tertainment are the 'fake out'
because so few make it despite
their being so many more in
line, hoping. Most fail to make
it to the top then they are
left without a foundation or
hope. Believe the hype. Society

wants to keep Black men at
the back of the line. Knowledge
is our first way to improve our-
selves and our community."
Charles Dutton: "If all we
have today is a feel-good ses-
sion, it will have been a waste
of time. If you are down for the
cause you have to love strug-
gling for Black folk because we
struggle from the cradle to the
grave. Education is good but it
means nothing without activ-
ism. After I got out of jail, went
to college and began to suc-
ceed as an actor in my home-
town of Baltimore, I became
comfortable being a star in the
ghetto. We have to be willing
to move out of our cocoons. We
have to commit to something
and we must always bring
positive energy to situations.
It's time for us to develop
strategies that will benefit the
Black community and will
empower Black men so they
can resume their place as the
head of their families. We are
a great people many of just
don't know it."

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DIVA Dolls: Positive

Show the beauty

in our children

By Chida R. Warren-Darby

Dr. Lisa Williams is a petite,
beautiful brown skinned
woman, with a broad endear-
ing smile. She's genuine,
compassionate, soulful, and
is the creator of Positively
Perfect Dolls. No this isn't a
story about a woman who all
her life desired to make dolls
and sell them to little girls,
and this isn't a story about a
woman seeking fortune and
fame. This is a story about a
woman who had the greater
desire to fill a need. "I don't
create dolls. I show the beauty
in our children. I see myself
as healing generations," says
A visionary leader, award
winning speaker and author,
Dr. Lisa (as she is affection-
ately known) is the CEO of the
World Of Entertainment, Pub-
lishing and Inspiration (World
of EPI), LLC. The World of EPI
was formed with the mission
to be an expression of joy.
Williams is also known for her
ability to motivate executives,
future leaders and audiences
of all sizes. In addition to
winning numerous teaching
awards from major universi-
ties such as Penn State, Ohio
State and the University of
Arkansas, Williams is the first
female to hold a multimillion
dollar endowed chair in her
field, the first Black female to
graduate from the Ohio State
University's Marketing and
Logistics Department, and the
second woman in her disci-
pline to become a full profes-
Williams has dedicated her
life to educating and develop-
ing future and current lead-
ers. Major corporations and
President Clinton's Commis-
sion on Critical Infrastructure

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Protection have sought her
advice. Williams' research
has practical and global
implications and as such she
has spoken to audiences in
the United States, Belgium,
Austria, Canada, London and
With numerous accolades
under her wings, Williams


has triumphantly created a something that was respect-
flight path to success. But ful to our community and our
while on her journey of en- race. [Walmart] was saying
lightening people through 'We think you understand the
education, she realized that community, and we want you
God yet required more of her. to do a line of multicultural
After publishing her book dolls'." Williams believes that
"Leading Beyond Excellence," this venture was an avenue to
Williams developed a partner- promote a ministry of positive
ship with Walmart, in which self esteem.



.ly perfect

her books sold extremely
well. It was something in her
- -- book that showed Walmart,
she could offer something
to their customers that they
had been longing to do, which
was to sell children's books
that reflected multicultural-
ism. Williams believed she
could tackle the job and was
successful at helping to pro-
duce "Brandon's Really Bad,
Really Good Day," and "Ame-
lia Asks Why?," both books
depicting Black children in a
manner that young children
of color could relate to. In a
.2 review of "Amelia Asks Why?,"
.- one parent wrote "This book
-'. is perfect for my African-
American daughter named
., Amelia. However not only does
it work for her because of her
S name, she enjoys the story.
She is learning about her sur-
roundings and this book has
encouraged her curiosity. In
addition it gets her to clean
her room." Another parent
wrote "The topic is appreci-
ated and timely. My 2 year old
daughter loves this book. We
have read it often over the last
year and at this point, we are
using tape to keep it intact.
I personally love the illustra-
tions." After great sales, and
tremendous feedback at this
level, Walmart decided to
throw Williams another chal-
lenge, and that was to create
dolls! "Walmart understands
and is sensitive to the needs
in our community," she said.
When beginning the process
to create the dolls, Williams
said that she wanted to find
value in the project for our
community. "I wanted to do

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In "Doc McStuffins," a new Disney cartoon for preschoolers,
the focus is a Black girl who wants to be a doctor like her moth-
er. Her first patients are dolls and stuffed animals.

Black TV character

wants to be a doctor,

just like her mom

By Brooks Barnes

decades many Blacks have
voiced conflicted feelings
about Disney.
Many fault this entertain-
ment colossus for being slow
to introduce a black princess
as a peer to Cinderella and
Snow White. (There is one
now: Tiana, from "The Prin-
cess and the Frog.") The racial
stereotyping in early animat-
ed movies like "Dumbo" lives
on through DVD rereleases.
African-Americans can also
bring up "Song of the South,"
a 1946 film that Disney has
labored to keep hidden be-
cause of its idyllic depiction of

Disney has worked overtime
in recent years to leave that
past behind, and a surpris-
ing groundswell of support
from Black viewers for a new
TV cartoon called "Doc Mc-
Stuffins" is the latest indica-
tion that its efforts may be
paying off.
Aimed at preschoolers, "Doc
McStuffins" centers on its
title character, a 6-year-old
African-American girl. Her
mother is a doctor (Dad stays
home and tends the garden),
and the girl emulates her by
opening a clinic for dolls and
stuffed animals. "I haven't lost
a toy yet," she says sweetly to
a sick dinosaur in one epi-
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Booker T. Washington
Class of 1964 will be
holding a meeting. The class
is also sponsoring its annual
"One Day Fun Trip For Grown
Folks" trip. Call 305-632-

BTW Alumni Night
is Aug. 17 at the Shantel
Lounge, 5422 N.W. 7th Ave.
7pm- until. Call 305-751-

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
on Aug. 18. The class is also
sponsoring a "Scholarship
Fund Raising Trip" trip. Call

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 is planning
their 45th reunion. Call
786-227-7397 or www.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets
monthly. Call 305-333-7128.

The Miami Jackson
High School Class of 1967
is holding its 45 year reunion

banquet and dance. Call 786-

The Miami Chapter,
Tennessee State Alumni
is planning a bus trip to
Nashville, Aug. 30- Sept. 2
for the TSU vs FAMU football
game. Call 305-624-3663.

Seed of Hope
Community Outreach,
Inc. offers free weekly
counseling session. Call 305-

Youth Education and
Athletic Program (YEAP)
hosts a summer camp. Call

N Merry Poppins
hosts a summer camp. Call

0 The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women -
Greater Miami Chapter
accepting applications for
Just Us Girls Mentoring
Program. Call 800-658-1292.

0 Range Park offers free

self-defense/karate classes
for children and adults. Call
305-757-7961 or 786-306-

Chai Community
Services free food program
is taking applications from
low-income families and
veterans. It's also sponsoring
a school supply giveaway.
Call 305-830-1869.

Alumni of Raines and
New Stanton Sr. High of
Jacksonville, Fla. will cruise
in May 2013 for a joint 45th
class reunion. Call 305-474-
0030 or email hicks6756@

E Dads for Justice
assists non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications and
visitation rights. Call 305-

0 Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers
affordable and supportive
housing assistance for low-
income veteran families
facing homelessness.
Call 855-778-3411 or visit

Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice

A positive image on diversity

continued from 3C

The series, which made its
debut in March on the Disney
Channel and a new cable net-
work called Disney Junior, is a
ratings hit, attracting an aver-
age of 918,000 children age 2
to 5, according to Nielsen data.
But "Doc McStuffins" Please
turn to also seems to have
struck a cultural nerve, gener-
ating loud applause on parent
blogs, Facebook and even in
academia for its positive voca-
tional message for Black girls.
"It truly warmed my heart
and almost brought tears to
my eyes when my 8-year-old,
Mikaela, saw 'Doc McStuffins'
for the first time and said,
'Wow, mommy she's brown,'
" Kia Morgan Smith, an At-
lanta mother of five, wrote on
her blog Myie-
sha Taylor, a Dallas doctor who
blogs at,
took her praise a step further,
writing, "This program featur-
ing a little African-American
girl and her family is crucial
to changing the future of this
Dr. Taylor, who noticed "Doc
McStuffins" while watching TV
with her 4-year-old daughter,
Hana, was moved enough to
collect pictures of 131 doctors
- all Black, all women and
publish a collage online un-

der the heading, "We Are Doc
McStuffins." She also started
a related Facebook group that
now has 2,250 members.
"For Disney to make a car-
toon that stars a little brown
girl as an aspiring intellectual
professional, that's coming a
long way," Dr. Taylor said in an
Mark Anthony Neal, a profes-
sor who teaches Black popular
culture at Duke University,
noted that Disney has sharply
increased its emphasis on mul-
ticultural characters in recent
years, pointing to a cartoon
series called "The Proud Fam-
ily" and "The Princess and the
Frog," released in 2009. But
even he is impressed with "Doc
"My youngest daughter, who
is 9 and still has an affinity
for stuffed animals, loves the
show," Neal said. "Part of the
appeal for her is seeing herself
represented in this space of
Despite a surge in multicul-
tural cartoons, like Nickel-
odeon's "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan," de-
signed to introduce Mandarin
vocabulary words to preschool-
ers, and 40 years after Bill Cos-
by's "Fat Albert," Black cartoon
characters in leading roles are
still rare. It's considered an on-
screen risk to make your main
character a member of a minor-
ity, even in this post-"Dora the

Explorer" age. Networks want
to attract the broadest possible
audience, but the real peril is
in the toy aisle. From a busi-
ness perspective, Disney and
its rivals ultimately make most
of these shows in the hope that
they spawn mass-appeal toy
lines. White dolls are the prov-
en formula.
Encouraged by the reaction
to multicultural casting in
its live-action shows ("A.N.T.
Farm"), Disney figured it was
a risk worth taking. The com-
pany also spotted a hole in the
market. The last major pre-
school cartoon to have a Black
focus was Cosby's "Little Bill,"
which ended five years ago on
Nickelodeon. Race may have
factored into Disney's think-
ing in other ways. "Doc Mc-
Stuffins" is mostly designed to
entertain, a minus for parents
of preschoolers, who typically
want educational components
(like the way Dora teaches
Spanish and problem solv-
ing). A positive message about
racial diversity helps fix that
problem, as do messages about
health and hygiene.
Chris Nee, who created "Doc
McStuffins," said, "Disney, to
its complete credit, looked at
my pitch and suggested that
we make the characters Afri-
can-American." Her original
Doc McStuffins was a little
white girl.

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continued from 2C

a study by the Kaiser Fam-
ily Foundation. Black children
spend nearly six hours a day in
front of the television, almost
50 percent more than White
children (3.5 hours). The foun-
dation study disclosed that 84
percent of Black youth ages
8-18 had televisions in their
bedrooms and 78 percent
said that the TV stays on dur-
ing meals. Only 64 percent of
white children reported hav-
ing televisions in their bed-
rooms and only 58 percent
watch while they eat.
"We can't deny the fact that
media has an influence when
[Black children] are spend-
ing most of their time when
they're not in school with the
television," said Nicole Mar-
tins, a telecommunications
professor at Indiana Univer-
Martins and Kristen Harri-
son, a professor of communi-
cation studies at the Univer-
sity of Michigan, authored a
study that looked at children's
television viewing habits and
The study, published in
Communication Research,
found that when children
spend more time watching
TV, their self-esteem plum-

mets. That was true for boys
and girls of all races. The only
group that seemed to ben-
efit from more TV was young,
white males.
When it comes to characters
on TV, regardless of the show,
if you're a white male, things
in life are pretty good for you,
Martins said in a statement.
"You tend to be in positions
of power, you have prestigious
occupations, high education,
glamorous houses, a beautiful
wife, with very little portrayals
of how hard you worked to get
there," she added.
Bishetta Merritt associate
professor and interim chair of
the Radio, TV, and Film De-
partment at Howard Univer-
sity, agrees.
"[White males] really have
strong images," she explained.
The Howard University pro-
fessor lamented the scarcity of
healthy role models for young
women on a televised land-
scape overgrown with teen-
age moms, and trash-talking,
bottle-throwing, celebrity ex-
While roles for women are
often one-dimensional and
focused on their looks, Black
males are often criminalized
or seen as buffoons. According
to Martins, this tells young
Black boys that there's not a
lot of good things to aspire to.

"If we think about those
kinds of messages, that's
what's responsible for the im-
pact," Martins said.
The negative portrayal of
Black men on television often
has far-reaching consequenc-
Research by Clifford Nass
and Byron Reeves at Stan-
ford University suggests that
people often respond to oth-
ers based on past cues they
received from media because
our interactions with comput-
ers, television, and new media
have become more social and
Thomas Ford, a former psy-
chology professor, at Western
Michigan University, found
that whites are more likely
to make negative judgments
about Blacks they encounter
in real life when they are ex-
posed to negative stereotypes
on television. Earlier research
found that 50 percent of white
children said that television is
their primary source of infor-
mation about Blacks.
So where are the positive
Black role models on televi-
sion? Surprisingly, commer-
Black youth are exposed to
more advertising than whites
even when the amount of tele-
vision they watch is factored

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Studs and


Hot trend

By Emily Popp

No more miss nice girl .
Channel your inner punk
with our fashion picks for
the coolest studs and spikes
Up until recently I was
slightly scared of the stud-
ded clothing trend. I veered
away from anything that
had studs and spikes, be-
cause I was afraid I would
accidentally injure myself.

ed tips, so I can't really hurt
myself too badly).
Metal hardware is all over
the runways, typically in
the form of studs, spikes,
and grommets. Celebs with
an edgy fashion sense like
Kristen Stewart and Demi
Lovato have been embracing
the trend for a while now,
but even girls with a softer
style, like Diane Kruger,
are getting on board. And
the coolest part about this
trend: you don't have to be a
tough girl covered in pierc-
ings and tattoos to wear
studs and spikes. Studs can
be uber-edgy, slightly sweet,
casual, or dressy, depending
on how you play them. To
get started, here are some
quick tips on wearing studs
and spikes without looking
like a Hell's Angel:
1. Go for denim. Leather
is the classic tough-girl ma-
terial, but if you are vegan
or don't like the leather
look, denim is just as fabu-
lous when studded.
2. Mix your metallics.
There's a myth out there
that you can't mix metal-
lics, but it's untrue. Mix sil-
ver and gold studs for a cool
3. Toughen up a girly
outfit. Studs add an edgy
appeal to girly pieces like
hair bows, pink pumps, or a
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By Perry Bacon Jr.
Can President Obama really
stop kids from dropping out of
high school?
In his State of the Union ad-
dress on last Tuesday, Obama
called for requiring anyone who
has not already graduated from
high school or turned 18 to re-
main in school.
Eight percent of Americans
between ages 16 and 24 don't
have a high school diploma or
a GED, according to the De-
partment of Education, and
the number is higher for Blacks

than whites (9 percent versus
5). In an economy in which
there is heavy competition for
nearly every job opening, lack-
ing a high school diploma can
be a serious barrier to work.
Obama urged the states to
impose this requirement, and
the White House has no plans
to give states additional fund-
ing or take it away if they don't
comply with the president's re-
quest. The idea was more of a
call to action by Obama than a
specific initiative.
"As a nation, we have a
shared responsibility to ensure

American workers have the
skills to succeed. The president
highlighted a variety of ways we
can all do our part," said Kevin
Lewis, a White House spokes-
man. "The president called for
partnerships between busi-
nesses and community colleg-
es, stressed the importance of
a great teacher in every class-
room, and asked states to step
up as many already have -
by requiring students to stay in
high school until they graduate
or turn 18."
Twenty states already require
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-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
Children from Liberty City's TACOLCY Center presented their summer finale showcase,
"Celebrating 50 Years of Motown," on Thursday, Aug. 2nd. The show featured Freedom
School scholars and staff. Pictured are children and staff celebrating the end of the sum-:
,hmer and a successful performance.

FL education czar resigns to return to family

By Leslie Postal
Education Commissioner
Gerard Robinson knows it's a
political cliche to cite family as
a reason for leaving a high-
powered job. But in his case,
he said, it's true.
"It actually is that factor,"
Robinson said in a telephone
interview last week with the
Orlando Sentinel, one day after
he announced his resignation
*as Florida's school chief.
When Robinson, who was
earning just under $275,000,
was hired a year ago, he and
his wife figured she would be
able to find a suitable position
here and their initial separa-
tion "would come to an end
But'Kimberly Robinson, a
University of Richmond law
professor, was not able to land
a comparable job in Florida,
so she and their two young
daughters remained in Virgin-
ia. After a year, that separation
- and Robinson's back and
forth trips proved too much
of a challenge, he said.
The recent controversies over
Florida's test-based school

system, including
lower than expected
scores on the writ-
ing section of the
Florida Compre-
hensive Assessment
Test [FCAT] and
some miscalcu-
lated school grades,
played no.role in his
announced depar-

Hture, Robinson said.
"In each situation, I
S addressed it, did the
Internal work, moved
Sa forward," he added.
Robinson, who was
Virginia's secretary
of education when
he was hired here,
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Tax increase
would also made
room for art and
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By Mike Clary
In a Broward school system
plagued by budget cutbacks,
teacher layoffs and scandal,
even $2 billion won't fix ev-.

erything. But it's a start, said
superintendent Robert Runcie.
In presenting his first budget
since being named in October
to lead the nation's sixth-larg-
est school system, Runcie said
last Wednesday that a slight
increase in property taxes
would allow the district to hire
650 more teachers and address
class-size mandates.
That increase would cost
homeowners $3.80 for a
$125,000 home that claims a

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lion would be saved through a
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Anita Baker is still giving the

best she's got on new album

By Elysa Gardner

NEW YORK For more
than 25 years, Anita Baker's
voice has been one of the
most distinctive and beloved
in R&B. She does not take it
for granted.
"I have as many pictures
of my vocal cords as I do of
my children," Baker says,
laughing. "I have a great ear,
nose and throat doctor, and
we look at them if there's
some redness, maybe I'll take
a little time off."
Luckily, Baker and her
throat are in good form
at the moment, and the
54-year-old singer is poised
to release her first studio
album in seven years on
Sept. 25. The single Lately
arrives Tuesday. Like other
tunes on the collection, Only
Forever, it exudes the elegant
but earthy warmth that has
made her singing, for mil-
lions of fans, synonymous
with romance.
"I'd love to be the political
voice of my generation, but
that's not my gift," says Bak-
er, taking a breather in the
downtown studio where she's
laying down final tracks for
the album. "Typically, the
theme of my albums, if there


A new song to sing: Anita Baker says that after 'Only For-
ever,' due Sept. 25, she may record a gospel or jazz album.

is a theme, is, 'How does it
feel?' And that always leads
to love songs. It just does."
The love songs on Only For-
ever do cover slightly broader
territory. "Lately, I've been
writing odes to my family,"
Baker says. Her younger son,
Ed, 18, starts college next
month; like brother Walter,
19, he's studying music.
"So I'm an empty-nester
now," Baker says. "There's
a song, Free, that just came
through me, watching them
go out into the world. I want
them to hear my voice and to

have advice readily available
to them."
Her sons' decision to enter
into their mom's famously
risky profession hasn't been
a source of anxiety. "I've
always encouraged them to
follow their bliss. My father
worked on assembly lines
in Detroit while I was grow-
ing up. Every day, I watched
him do what he needed to do
to support the family. But
he told me, 'Life is short. Do
what you want to do.' "
Baker continues to apply
her father's counsel in her

own career. For Only For-
ever, she "initially recorded
everything live to analog, to
be true to my soul. To me,
(digital audio software) Pro
Tools should be an editing
device, not something used to
create music. But I also want
to be an artist of this time, to
embrace 21st-century record-
ing techniques. And with
amazing producers, I was
able to balance those goals."
Essence entertainment
director Cori Murray expects
that the classic sound sug-
gested by Lately will resonate
with fans "who have been
waiting for Anita to come
back. Her popular songs were
true love songs, not drama-
filled or begging her man.
Even if she sang about heart-
ache and pain, there was a
beautiful sweetness."
Fans may want to soak up
that sweetness while they
can, as Baker says that Only
Forever "is probably my last
commercial record. But I
have a gospel album in me, a
jazz album."
There are simply "other
things I want to say. They're
right in here," she says,
touching a spot somewhere
between her vocal cords and
her heart. "And I'll say them."

Jamie Foxx, Gladys Knight cheer on Apollo Live'

By Gary Levin

A new version of the proto-
typical talent show is coming
back: Apollo Live, from Har-
lem's famed Apollo Theater,
returns on Centric, BET's
sibling cable network, Dec. 1
(following a Nov. 25 preview
on both channels).
This time, Jamie Foxx is an
executive producer, and soul
superstar Gladys Knight joins
hip hop's Doug E. Fresh and
R&B producer Michael Bivins
on a panel who give guidance.
Knight was a guest judge
in an early American Idol
season, and says that show's
contestants got plenty of
help from vocal coaches and
stylists. "When you step on
the stage at the Apollo, you
probably just came from your
apartment. It's raw, it's live,
and you've got enough heart
to step out on stage and do it

Foxx has been "booed at
the Apollo; I'm going to come
on and let them know how
tough it is," he says. "When
you go out on that stage and
you feel the history of every
one that's been on that stage,
from James Brown to the
Jacksons, there's something
special (about) keeping that


like that, win or lose."
The show, hosted by co-
median Tony Rock (Chris'
brother), is a new spin on the
theater's long-running Ama-
teur Night competitions and

feature music, comedy and
other talent showcases. And
the audience isn't shy about
reacting: "They tell you what
they didn't like about your
act," Fresh says.

Family separation was challenging

continued from 5C
"sweeping changes" to Florida's
school accountability system,
including the implementation
of tougher FCAT scoring and a
revised, and toughened, school
grading formula.
"Through the process of hu-
man work, there are bound to
be errors," he said. The ques-

tion is, 'how do you rebound
and redirect or redesign?, "
Under his direction, he said,
he thought the Florida Depart-
ment of Education had done
that well, ordering an internal
review of FCAT writing, for ex-
ample, that determined the de-
partment had erred and had
moved too quickly to implement
stricter grading for that essay

Editor's note: In an emergen-
cy meeting last Thursday, the
Florida State Board of Educa-
tion selected Division of Pub-
lic Schools Chancellor Pam
Stewart to serve as the inter-
im education commissioner to
replace Robinson. The Board
has chosen to hire an outside
search firm to help them find
a permanent replacement for

District needs more strategic focus

continued ifro 5C
strong strategic focus on how to
improve student outcomes, and
then align the staff, the orga-
nization and the budget to fo-
cus on those priorities," Runcie

A change that most Broward

residents will like is the hir-
ing of 650 teachers, which is
a start toward replacing the
1,000 who lost their jobs last
year. Most of those jobs will
go toward restoring music, art
and physical education classes
cut last year from elementary
The public hearing attend-
ed by no more than a half-dozen
members of the public came
to a halt a few minutes after

it began when board member
Nora Rupert questioned a dis-
crepancy in a line item expense
for administrative salaries that
seemed to stump the district's
budget staff. Over Rupert's dis-
sent, the tentative budget was
The next budget hearing is
set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at
the K.C. Wright Administration
Building, 600 SE Third Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale.

President's aim is a very good thing

continued from 5C

kids to stay in school until age
18, including California. In
some states, parents can be
fined not pushing their chil-
dren to attend school; in others,
kids ages 16 and 17 may not be
able to get a driver's license if
it is found they do not attend
school, according to a 2009
report by the Massachusetts-
based Rennie Center for Educa-

tion Research and Policy.
The center found little cor-
relation between the laws and
high school graduation rates.
In fact, some of the states that
allow kids to leave school after
age 16 had lower dropout rates
than states with these laws,
which have been proven very
difficult to enforce.
Other research has arrived at
more optimistic conclusions. A
1991 paper co-written by Alan
Krueger, now chairman of the

White House Council of Eco-
nomic Advisers, estimated "25
percent of potential dropouts
remain in school because of
compulsory schooling laws."
The president's aim of course
is not wrong. Research shows
people who graduate from high
school have much higher earn-
ings over the course of their
lifetimes than those that do
not. But it's unclear if even the
president can effectively take
on this issue.

Stevie Wonder laughs with his wife Kai Millard Morris at the
Obama Home States Ball, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.

Stevie Wonder files for divorce

'Superstition' singer

wants joint custody

of couple's sons

By Ann Oldenburg

Music legend Stevie Wonder,
62, wants to end his 11-year
He has filed for divorce from
his second wife, fashion de-
signer Kai Millard Morris, re-

ports TMZ. According to court
documents, the two have been
separated since October 2009.
Wonder cites irreconcilable dif-
ferences for the split.
He is asking for joint custody
of the couple's two sons Kai-
land, 10, and Mandla, 7. And
he has agreed to pay Morris
spousal and child support.
Wonder filed the divorce pa-
pers using his legal name, Ste-
vland Morris, and signed with
two fingerprints, says TMZ.

Gabby Douglas on her hair:

'Nothing is going to change'

By Ann Oldenburg

When Gabby Douglas googled
herself after winning her sec-
ond gold medal, what did she
find? Chatter about her hair.
"I don't know where this is
coming from. What's wrong
with my hair?" Douglas, 16,
told AP on Sunday. "I'm like, 'I
just made history and people
are focused on my hair?' It can
be bald or short, it doesn't mat-
ter about (my) hair."
Douglas says the gel, clips
and ponytail holder are tools
she has used to keep her hair in
place for years and the debate
about it doesn't matter.
"Nothing is going to change,"
she said. "I'm going to wear my
hair like this during beam and
bar finals. You might as well


Gabrielle Douglas
just stop talking about it."
She added, "I don't think
people should be worried about
that. We're all champions and
we're all winners. I just say that
it's kind of a stupid and crazy
thought to think about my





Edmonson helps

2,000 kids get

ready for school

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Vice Chairwoman Edmonson (right) hands a book bag to a
young student. Photo courtesy Marta Martinez-Aleman.
Students in Miami-Dade's District 3 got prepared for the up-
coming school year at Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson's
6th Annual Back-to-School Fun Day on Saturday, August 4 at
Jefferson Reaves Park. Edmonson's office distributed 2,000 book
bags to students, each bag filled with essential school supplies
for a successful year ahead. In addition, families were able to
enjoy free food, music, games, and prizes.
The annual event included other services including free vac-
cinations for students while Curley's House of Style made sure
students looked great for the first day of school by giving out
haircuts. Families were also able to exchange their old light
bulbs and showerheads for more efficient ones thanks to the
Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department.
"The key to a great school year is to be fully prepared," Edmon-
son said. "This annual event has helped thousands of students
get the supplies they need when they enter the classroom.



Commissioner Jordan proclaims Marcus Garvey Day

Noting the great influence that Caribbeans have made on South Florida's culture, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J.
Jordan took time to honor one of Jamaica's native sons and highlight his contributions to his homeland and throughout the world.
On Thursday, August 2nd, Jordan presented Don Rico, founder of The Marcus Garvey Celebrations Committee, with a proclamation
proclaiming August 17, 2012 as Marcus Garvey Day. Pictured are: Pharaoh Shabaka, CEO, African Hollywood (1-r); Professor Donald
Jones, University of Miami School of Law and MGCC-SFL Advisor, Marcus Garvey Trial Project; Vernon Martin, Director of Student
Activities, Florida Memorial University and Co-Host of "LionSplash" at the Annual Marcus Garvey Birthday Celebrations (AMGBC);
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, District 1, Miami-Dade County; Ras Don Rico Ricketts, Founder/Chairman, The Marcus Garvey
Celebrations Committee; Geoffrey Philp, The Marcus Garvey Celebrations Committee Marcus Garvey Exoneration Petition Project;
Benjamin Essien, UPPAC Member, Nigerian-American Community Supporter/Sponsor of the AMGBC; and, Emekan Afamefuna, Di-
rector/Photographer, PictureTek.

Banning milk from school lunches harmful

Of all the battlegrounds in
the school lunchroom, I never
thought I'd see the day when a
bunch of doctors were actually
telling parents that milk was
the bad guy. Milk? As in the
white stuff our parents made
us suck down by the gallon?
Could it really be as evil as
soda? Apparently which is why
the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine [PCRM]
is demanding the USDA kick
milk out of the National School
Lunch Program [NSLP]. The
non-profit says the calcium in
milk is not helping our kids'
bones at all and the fat content
is turning them into a bunch
of fatties. But as a vegetarian
who still pushes milk on my

Are Black home-schooled

students making the grade?

By Tricia McCarter

A new research effort aims
to find out how Black home-
schoolers stack up academi-
cally against students in tra-
ditional schools. The National
Black Home Educators and Dr.
Brian Ray of the National Home
Education Research Institute
are soliciting volunteers for this
study in the hopes that it will
provide more data on the nature
of Black homeschooling.
"We want to get some kind of
pulse on the academic achieve-
ment of the children who are.
home-schooled [in] comparison
to public school norms," Ray
said. "[We want to] find out a
little bit more about the reasons
and motivations of black fami-
lies who choose either home-
schooling, public schooling, or
private schooling.
Researchers and education
specialists agree that there is
very little data on Black home-
schooling. They contend that
more research is needed to get
a better understanding of its in-
ner workings. Additionally, edu-
cation experts want evidence
for the claim that homeschool-
ing is better than traditional
But that's just about all that
they agree on.

Ray says that he is conduct-
ing standardized academic
achievement testing on solicited
Black home-school students us-
ing tests similar in nature to the
Stanford Achievement Test, the
Iowa Test of basic skills or the
California Achievement Test.
Parents will also answer sur-
veys about their demograph-
ics, their choices and how they
made their decisions on public,
private or homeschooling their

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"If parents aren't obligated to allow their kids to be tested
then Dr. Ray's method is the only method we have to study
home-schools." Dr. Rob Reich

He adds that ever since the
Supreme Court decision Brown
vs. Board of the Education that
dismantled legal segregation in
schools, many people within the
Black community and many
people told the Black communi-
ty that public schools would be
a grand, wonderful thing that
would just make everything bet-
ter. But, he added, many Blacks
have decided that for some rea-
son traditional schooling is not
working very well.
Dr. Robert Kunzman of In-
diana University, Bloomington
and Dr. Rob Reich of Stanford
University, both agree that
Black parents or any parent
for that matter have the right
to home-school their children if
they so choose. They also un-
derstand the many factors that
prompt Black parents to aban-
don the public school system.
However, this is where the
commonalities end. Both ex-
perts are of the view that a ma-
jor drawback with home-school-
ing research is data sampling.



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kid and makes her take a cal-
cium supplement because I'm
all-too-aware that about nine
million women in the U.S. suf-
fer from osteoporosis, here are
a few facts you need to know.
1. It's true, milk can be
fattening. And this is why the
NSLP tells schools to provide
one cup of fat-free or low-fat
milk at breakfast and lunch.
Fat issue down, let's move on.
2. Now how about calcium,
the stuff we've always been

told is supposed to help kids
build strong bones? Well, for
starters, the lower the fat con-
tent of the milk, the better shot
your kid's body has at absorb-
ing the calcium.
3. Then there's vitamin
D. We keep hearing that the
increased use of sunscreen
means our kids are not get-
ting nearly enough of this
important vitamin, to the point
where millions of kids are vi-
tamin D deficient. Any guesses

where our kids get their dose
of this stuff? Hint: it's white,
most of us drink it cold ...
If kids are already not get-
ting enough calcium (and the
studies show school-aged girls
are especially at risk with
this), shouldn't we want more,
not less? How about we leave
milk alone and start talking
about what is really wrong
with the school lunch program
- allowing pizza to count as a

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By Ju'lia Samuels

The atmosphere in "The
Original Brooklyn Water Bagel
Company," restaurant, located
at 2877 Stirling Rd. [Hollywood]
is lively even at 1 p.m. Multiple
orders are bellowed over old
episodes of "I Love Lucy" and
steamy hazelnut coffee. One
group of customers have se-
cured a corner booth to play a
game of chess. A new customer
will enter the restaurant almost
every five minutes and immedi-

ately take notice of the famous
Brooklynite names that adorn
the walls.
"There is Tupac, Notorious
B.I.G. and Jay-Z," says Freder-
ick Allen, co-owner of the res-
taurant, while standing in the
dining section. "This is a whole
new section that we just added.
Originally this location was sup-
poses to be a grab-and-go type
of place, but our customers kept
telling us how they wanted to be
inside of the restaurant instead
of outside."
The new 800-square-feet ad-
dition is only three months old
and it is filled with customers.
Up at the front of the restau-
rant, a handful of customers
stop to watch their bagels being
prepared through a wide-length

Every customer appears to be
in their own little world. One
might think that this is just a
typical summer day in Brooklyn
but all the customers and the
restaurant owners included are
residents of South Florida.
President and co-owner Deir-
dre Bowdish jokes about the iro-
ny of it all.
"I am a Jersey girl who is sell-
ing Brooklyn bagels in Florida,"
Bowdish says. "But really the re-
sponse has been great."

Although their current loca-
tion is only eight months old,
Allen and Bowdish have already
secured their plans to expand.
Their new location in the Coral
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Bishop Eddie Long, left, a pastor in suburban Atlanta, was sued by IRA investors
recruited at his church.

How to avoid IRA scams

Church board targeted by security investigators

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Franchisees of The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company:
Frederick Allen and Deirdre Bowdish.

By Kelly Greene

Government regulators
are stepping up scrutiny
of do-it-yourself individual
retirement accounts.
Sixteen states recently
reported investigations
of possible fraud through
self-directed IRAs in 2011.
Securities regulators have
issued 38 enforcement or-
ders involving the products
in those states, says Matt
Kitzi, Missouri's securities
commissioner and chair-
man of the enforcement
committee for the North
American Securities Admin

istrators Association.
The problem is so recent
that the group didn't ask
about self-directed IRA
issues in previous annual
surveys of enforcement ac-
tions taken by state-level
securities regulators, Kitzi
says. This year's survey is
still being completed; 30
percent of the responding
states so far said they were
dealing with more self-
directed IRA issues in 2011
than in 2010, while the rest
said they were dealing with
the same number.
Self-directed IRAs allow
investors to pursue a variety

of alternative investments,
including land and hedge
funds, which typically aren't
publicly traded and are of-
ten held long term, making
them susceptible to fraud.
In one high-profile case
in which an investment
promoter has been accused
of using self-directed IRAs
allegedly to take investors'
money, the Securities and
Exchange Commission has
reached a partial settlement
with the defendant.
The SEC in April filed civil
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Obama, insurers join to cut health fraud

WPB anchor

heads to CNN
By Johnny Diaz

WPBF-Ch. 25 anchor Victor
Blackwell is leaving the West Palm
Beach station and joining CNNas
an anchor and correspondent in
Blackwell will co-helm "CNN
Newsroom" Saturday mornings
with Randi Kaye.
"Victor is a passionate and com-
mitted journalist," says Ken Jautz,
executive vice president of CNN,
in a release. "He will be a strong
addition to our weekend morning
team and in the field."

AT WPBF, Blackwell anchored
the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
newscasts with Tiffany Kenney.
Please turn to CNN 10D

By Robert Pear

dent Obama and health
insurance executives plan
to announce a new joint
effort on Thursday to crack
down on health care fraud
by sharing and comparing
claims data, administration
officials say.
The collaboration rep-
resents something of a
turnabout for Obama, who
in the last three years has
often denounced "abuses
by the insurance industry."
The White House is now
enlisting some of the same
companies to help ferret out

Kathleen Sebelius, the
health and human services
secretary, and Attorney
General Eric H. Holder Jr.
are scheduled to join insur-
ers to unveil the initiative at
the White House.
"This partnership brings
together the resources and
best practices of govern-
ment and private sectors,
giving us an unprecedented
ability to detect and stamp
out health care fraud," Se-
belius said.
The charter for the
venture says that federal
investigators and insurers
will pool claims data and
look for suspicious billing
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cans, including almost a third of Re-
publicans, say GOP presidential con-
tender Mitt Romney should release more
tax returns than the two years he has
promised to disclose.
The issue is one Democrats have been
hammering, including an open letter
to Romney signed by almost two dozen
mayors released Thursday that noted
controversial disclosures in the 2010

released anu demanu- J f'
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The national survey of 539 adults,
taken Wednesday, has a margin of error
of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Romney has resisted calls to release
more years of returns, noting that four
years ago Republican nominee Sen.
John McCain also released just two
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By James Clingman
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Amazingly, Black folks
in this country still don't
get it. After all we have
been through and after ev-
erything we have accom-
plished, prior to and after
integration, our relative col-
lective economic position in
America has changed very
little. In some cases we have
regressed in terms of own-
ership of land, from some 20
million acres of land (31,000

square miles) radar screen.
in 1910; and in In light of the
our ownership of latest news re-
banks, of which X ports that predict
128 were found- yet another reces-
ed between 1888 sion just around
and 1934 and the corner, and
64 Black-owned the financial "cliff"
banks existed in from which we will
1912. As for other soon fall, as re-
necessities such ported on CNN's,
as supermar- CLINGMAN "Your Money," one
kets, manufac- would think Black
turning concerns, and dis- folks are busy getting our
tribution networks, we are economic act together, our
not even on the economic history of business owner-

ship and mutual support
Sad to say, we are still
floundering, enamored by
the trappings of the "good
life" and living vicarious-
ly through reality televi-
sion shows and the shal-
low personalities thereon.
Instead of working on our
own economy we seem to
be more interested in the
economies of others, like
the Kardashians who make
about $30 million per year,
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Democrats' dismay

By Rachelle Younglai_

U.S. housing regulator rebuffed
a plan by the Obama adminis-
tration to cut mortgages held
by struggling homeowners, a
blow to a White House eager to
show voters it can help fix the
housing market.
The regulator for government-
run housing finance giants
Fannie Mae andFreddie Mac
said that using taxpayerfunded
bank bailout money could en-
courage defaults and not make
a big improvement in reducing
foreclosures in a cost-effective
way for taxpayers.

nioL ou itW LlgIn Lne Ickl.OLs an11u
risks," said Federal Housing
Finance Agency head Edward
The regulator's decision drew
a rebuke from Democrats, and
Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner disputed the agency's
"I do not believe it is the best
decision for the country," Geith-
ner told DeMarco in a letter re-
leased to the media.
Although the housing market
has shown signs of recovery,
about 11 million homeowners
owe more than their proper-
ties are worth, and the Obama
administration has struggled
with various taxpayerfunded
programs to keep people in
their homes.
Geithner said DeMarco's own
data showed that the program


"It is incomprehensible that DeMarco would rejuct the
chance to save up to a billion dollars in taxpayer funds while
helping nearly half a million homeowners stay in their homes."
-Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

would help nearly half a million
homeowners and save taxpay-
ers as much as $1 billion.

The housing regulator re-
sponded, saying that figure
only applied to a group of ho-

"The anticipated benefits (of
using bailout money) do not
outweigh the costs and risks."
-Edward DeMarco
Federal Housing Finance Agency
meowners that had not made
a mortgage payment in a year
and would assume all those
borrowers would win a mort-
gage write-down a scenario
deemed unlikely.
Rather, DeMarco's analysis
showed that the projected net

scenario and said experience
has shown that the likelihood
of successfully modifying mort-
gages was small.
Although the regulator found
that using taxpayer bailout
funds could result in about
74,000 to 248,000 borrowers
being eligible for mortgage re-
ductions, it said "nearly all of
this benefit is simply a trans-
fer from taxpayers" and would
rack up the tab for the public.
Democratic lawmakers blast-
ed the agency's decision.
"It is incomprehensible that
DeMarco would reject the
chance to save up to a bil-
lion dollars in taxpayer funds
while helping nearly half a mil-
lion homeowners stay in their
homes," said Rep. Elijah Cum-
mings, D-Md.

Support more Black businesses

continued from 8D

not counting Lamar Odom's
contribution. We just love to
check in on those "wives" of
wherever and listen to their
vulgarity and watch their ex-
travagance. We can't seem to
get enough of the gossip shows
and things that will take us
nowhere while making others
quite wealthy.
Bob Law once said, "Black
folks are just happy because
Oprah is rich," as he pointed
out how ridiculous we have got-
ten when it comes to our own
collective economic empower-
ment. He also chided us for just
wanting to see a Black man in
the White House that's all,
just to know he is there.
Most of the people we follow
and nearly worship are multi-
millionaires and couldn't care
less about us. They wouldn't
give most of us the time of day if
we saw them on the street. Yet
we idolize and follow them in all
that they do, as we slip further
and further behind in building
(or should I say rebuilding) our

collective economic base.
Recent reports cite how im-
portant the Hispanic consumer
market is and that it comprises
more than $1 trillion in buy-
ing power. They also point out
that Hispanics are the second
largest population group in the
U.S. and by 2015 they will be 18
percent of the total population
at nearly 58 million persons.
Those of us who were paying
attention to Claud Anderson
15 years ago heard him predict
just that. He also warned that
if we didn't get anything from
this society when we were in
second place, what do we think
we will get when we fall to third
place? He begged us to get
prepared but we were too busy
helping everyone else build up
their wealth and take care of
their children. As the saying
goes, "It's time to pay the piper."
What can we do now? For
starters we can look into a mir-
ror and admit how we have
played a role in our own eco-
nomic demise; and then ask,
"What can I do to contribute to
our collective economic uplift?"
Establish or get involved in a

local effort to empower Black
people, whether through educa-
tion, politics, economics, or all
three. You have to take action.
There was, and could be again,
the Blackonomics Million Dol-
lar Club that sent money to 20
Black institutions; we tried to
get just 200,000 people to send
$5 each to a designated chari-
table entity, but at its height
there were no more than 1,000
participants involved. We have
the Collective Empowerment
Group (formerly Collective
Banking Group) that should
have a chapter in every major
city across this country. We
had the 10-10-50 Movement,
the Nationalist Black Leader-
ship Coalition, the Bring Back
Black Movement, and even a
Black-owned and operated dis-
tribution network, The MATAH.
Now we have the Unity Move-
ment (,
which is calling for two million
people to simply sign up on its
website in an effort to capture
a critical mass of folks to begin
a collective effort to inform and
educate, and to start, support,
and grow Black businesses.

Partnership unites resources

continued from 8D

patterns and aberrations. If
agents detect possible fraud
and begin an investigation,
they can provide insurers with
the names of doctors, hospi-
tals and suppliers suspected of
The claims data will come
from Medicare, Medicaid and
private insurance.
"The more claims data we
have, the more effective we can
be in analyzing and using it,"
said an administration official
working on the project.
For example, the official said,
the new venture could identify
a doctor who bills Medicare
and two private insurers for a
total of more than 24 hours of
work in a single day.
"Seen separately," the official
said, "these billings could ap-

pear normal. Sharing informa-
tion among payers brings this
potentially fraudulent activity
to light so it can be stopped."
Among the organizations ex-
pected to join the new National
Fraud Prevention Partnership
are two lobbies for the indus-
try, America's Health Insur-
ance Plans and the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association, as
well as big insurers like Ameri-
group, Humana, UnitedHealth
and WellPoint.
Top officials from the Feder-
al Bureau of Investigation will
Lewis Morris, former chief
counsel to the inspector gen-
eral at the Department of
Health and Human Services,
said such collaboration made
"Most of the criminals who
prey on the nation's health care
system are equal opportunity

thieves," Morris said. "They de-
fraud private health insurance
as well as federal programs like
Medicare and Medicaid."
However, Morris said, "there
could be significant challenges
in building the level of trust
needed to make this partner-
ship truly effective."
In the last decade, insurers
have paid hundreds of millions
of dollars to settle federal and
state charges that they bilked
public programs in various
Under the agreement, the fed-
eral government and insurers
will share information about
trends in health care fraud and
the tools they use to detect it in
mountains of claims data.
The federal government will
hire a "trusted third party" to
analyze the data collected from
Medicare, Medicaid and doz-
ens of private health plans.

Stepping up scrutiny on IRA's

continued from 8D

charges against Ephren Taylor
II, his former company and an
employee for allegedly running
a Ponzi scheme that targeted
investors in church congrega-
The SEC's claim says Tay-
lor raised about $11 million
by persuading people to roll
over retirement assets to self-
directed IRAs to be invested
in promissory notes funding
small businesses or interests
in so-called sweepstakes ma-
chines, which are computers
loaded with games resembling
those in casinos.
Instead, the claim says, the
money was used to pay other
investors and finance Taylor's
personal and company expens-
On July 18, the SEC filed a
motion in U.S. District Court in
Atlanta to enter a partial judg-
ment in which Taylor consents

to be barred as a company of-
ficer or director but doesn't ad-
mit or deny guilt. The proposed
agreement doesn't include set-
tlement of financial penalties.
"By settling with the SEC,
Taylor has taken a large step
toward a global resolution of
the allegations against him,"
Christopher Bruno, Taylor's
lawyer, wrote in an email.

Taylor also has been sued by
investors in two civil claims al-
leging fraud. A claim filed in
Georgia in October named Eq-
uity Trust, a self-directed IRA
custodian in Elyria, Ohio, as a
defendant, along with Bishop
Eddie L. Long, senior pastor of
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church in suburban Atlanta,
from which Taylor recruited in-
Long and the church, also a
defendant, said in a January
court filing that they had no
"confidential or fiduciary rela-

tionship" with the churchgo-
ers who invested with Taylor
after hearing him speak at the
church, and that they aren't
liable for investors' losses. A
spokesman for Long didn't re-
spond to a request for further
In May, a DeKalb County, Ga.,
State Court judge denied Eq-
uity Trust's motion to dismiss
the case on the grounds that
it should have been brought in
Ohio. An Equity Trust spokes-
man says the company doesn't
comment on pending litigation.
Separately, Equity Trust and
another self-directed IRA ad-
ministrator, Entrust Group of
Oakland, Calif., were sued in
U.S. District Court in Los An-
geles in April by three inves-
tors who alleged the companies
knew the investors' money had
been stolen in fraudulent in-
vestment schemes, including
Taylor's, yet sent them reports
showing their nest eggs to be

From local to national news

continued from 8D

During his three years at the
ABC affiliate, he covered some
of the biggest stories in South
and Central Florida, includ-
ing last year's Casey Antho-
ny trial and verdict and the
Space Shuttle's final launch
from Cape Canaveral. He also
reported an investigation of

synthetic marijuana and how
local residents profited from
the drug.
Before WPBF, Blackwell
worked for Jacksonville's
NBC affiliate, WLTV, and ABC
affiliate, WJXX. Blackwell
now joins a group of former
South Florida TV anchors
who have landed at CNN. For-
mer WPLG-Ch. 10 reporter
Susan Candiotti is a CNN na-

Show those 1040's

continued from 8D

years of returns.
"We've given all peo-
ple need to know and
understand about our
financial situation and
about how we live our
life," Ann Romney said
in an interview Thurs-
day on ABC's Good
Morning America. Mitt
Romney told National
Review Online that
Democrats 'are sim-
ply trying to get more
details about his fi-
nances that opposition
researchers can "pick
through, distort and
lie about."
Still, even some lead-
ing Republicans, in-

cluding former Missis-
sippi governor Haley
Barbour, have advised
Romney to defuse the
issue by releasing
more years of returns.
Romney has released
his 2010 returns and
promised to release his
2011 returns.
"Public release of
your tax returns is the
only way the Ameri-
can people can know
if they can trust your
judgment, perspec-
tive and motivations,"
said the mayors' letter,
signed by mayors from
Los Angeles, Philadel-
phia, Milwaukee, San
Antonio, Charlotte,
Minneapolis and else-

tional correspondent. Former
WSFL-Ch. 39 morning host
Amber Lyon is a CNN corre-
WPBF hasn't announced
who will replace Blackwell at
the Hearst Television station.
News director Kyle Grimes is
also leaving to become the
president and general manag-
er of another Hearst station,
WPTZ in Burlington, Vt.

Baking in the money

continued from 8D

Landing II Shopping
Center will offer some
unique features which
are not at the cur-
rent location such as
a larger array of coffee
"I am really excited
about it," Allen said.
"We have gotten such a
great response at this
location. I can hardly
wait to see what the
response will be to the
new location."
The families that
packed into the res-
taurant described
themselves as loyal
customers to the Hol-
lywood location.

"Everything is good
here," Gracy Kushner,
11, said. Kushner and
her mother have been
coming to "Brook-
lyn Bagels" since it
Their biggest hit ac-
cording to Allen is the
Cubsta iced coffee,
which uses decaf cof-
fee ice cubes which
prevents the ice cof-
fee from getting wa-
tered down and their
corned beef Reuben
sandwich with corned
beef, cheese and sau-
"In all honesty, we
have had people come
in and order every-
thing off the menu all
at once," Allen added.

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Request for Proposals

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. is requesting proposals for complete construction of Eight
(8) Single Family Residences. Site specific drawings for each unit are provided on the ftp: website below.
Proposals shall be received by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. electronically as per below email
addresses. The proposals shall be clearly marked as per each separate unit. Cost Breakdowns shall be
preferred. Participating bidders may or may not receive all units. Project locations are determined as per
RFP. Late submittals shall not be accepted or considered. All proposals are due 8-15-2012, 12:00 noon

These Projects are federally assisted and are funded, in part by a Self-help Homeownership Opportunity
Program. Bidders must comply with Presidential Executive Order 11246 clause, as amended; the Copeland
(Anti-Kickback) Act; the contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all other applicable federal and
state laws, and local ordinance.

This is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training, employment and contracting
opportunities be directed to low and very-low income persons or business owners who live in the project's

Full General Liability and Workman's Compensation insurance is required for all trades. Worker's Compen-
sation exemptions will not be accepted. No bonding is required. Activities are Davis Bacon rules exempt.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer) and invites proposals from
small businesses, Section 3 businesses, minority business enterprises or woman-owned businesses.

Selection of contractors will be made based on price, contractor's qualifications, experience, references,
the ability to meet schedules, budgeting, licensing, and insurance requirements. HFHGM reserves the right
to waive any informalities or minor irregulations; reject any and all bids/proposals which are incomplete,
conditional, obscure, or which contain additions not allowed for; accept or reject any proposal in whole or in
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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

No deposit required. One
or two bedroom, water
included, qualify the same
day. 305-603-9592, 305-
600-7280, 305-458-1791 or
visit our office at 1250 NW
62 Street.

Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. Fully remod-
eled, stainless steel applianc-
es, tile floors, vertical blinds,
security bars, air, water and
gas included. Section 8 wel-
comed. Call 786-285-4056.
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
North Miami
One bedroom. Central air,
new appliances, quiet area.
$750 monthly. 786-356-1722
North Miami Beach Area
One bedroom, one bath.
Only $350 to move in! No
deposit. Water included.
Gated building complex.
Call 305-603-9592, 305-
600-7280 and

South Miami area, near Metro
Rail. Two and three bedroom
apartments for rent.
CALL 786-543-3872

Business Rentals

1425 NW 54 Street
Office for lease. $1500.

3948 NW 207 Street Rd
Four bedrooms, two baths,
corner lot fenced. Section 8
welcomed. $1200 monthly
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
4512 NW 191 Terrace


1079 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths
$1,250 and two bedrooms
and one bath $995. Very
large, new construction, cen-
tral air, security bars, private
yard, includes water, section
8 ok. 305-454-7767
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1235 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 a month, more units,
call 305-758-7022
1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 ok. 786-277-4395
156 NE 58 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$675. Free Water.

1986 NW 56 STREET
One bedroom, one bath, ap-
pliances. Section 8 Ok. 305-
335-5544 or 305-624-6953

230 NW. 56th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $875 monthly.
2353 NW 102 STREET
One bedroom, $675 monthly.
305-525-0619 _____
2365 NW 97 Street #C
One bedroom, $600 monthly,
first, last and security.
2401 NW 95 ST #B
Two bdrms, one bath,
washer, dryer, central air.
Section 8 OK. $1,175 mthly.
Matthew 954-818-9112
2530 NW 97 Street

3189 NW 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled water included $850
monthly. Section 8 ok.
305-975-0711 or
3190 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath. Re-
modeled. Section 8 ok. $675
monthly. Water included. 305-
975-0711 or 786-853-6292.
401 NE 139 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
S800 monthly. Section 8 only.
Call Madeline
407 NE 139 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1,300 monthly. Call Madline
480 NE 140 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
newly remodeled, Section 8
only. Call Madline
305-606-7284 .
482 NE 140 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, newly remodeled,
section 8 only, $1,500 month-
ly. Madline 305-606-7284.
5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly
renovated $650 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-360-2440
5526 NW 4 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. FREE water! Sec-
tion 8 OK!.
6109 SW 63 Terrace
Two bedroom, one bath,
$675. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080
643 NW 75 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, tile,carpet, fenced
and appliances. Section 8
welcomed. $950 monthly.
6740 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, central
air, tile, appliances, $775,
$1,550 down. 954-522-4645
6937 N.W. 6th Court
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, Section 8 ok! $800
mthly. 305-474-9234 Meka.
7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced! yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. 305-389-4011
97 Street NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $700 monthly.
One bedroom, one bath, fully
renovated. Section 8 wel-
come. 954-600-2314 or
One bedroom, air, bars, $600
mthly. 786-267-2538


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.
305-642-7080 or

Air, utilities, cable, $550/
$1100, 305-751-7536.
$495 monthly, utilities
included. Call 386-205-

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1120 NW 58 Street
One room in a private home.
$150 weekly or $300 bi week-
ly. Deposit $450.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1877 NW 59 Street
Clean room, air, bath, tile,
$395 monthly. 786-953-8935
194 NW 37 Avenue
$135 weekly, $675 move in.
754-423-2748 _____
1973 NW 49 Street
Air, cable, $500 mthly, $300
to move in. 786-286-7455
2365 NW 97 Street
$390 monthly, first and last to
move in. 305-691-2703 or
2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $t15 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
83 Street NW 18 Avenue

9119 NW 25 Avenue
$400 weekly. $800 to move
in. Call 786-515-3020.
Clean Rooms, air included.
786-318-6233 or
Clean, nice, and air. $300-
$400 mthly, 786-426-6263.
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $110 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.

1167 NW 50 Street
Two Bedrooms, house and
townhouses, $850 monthly.
Call 786-488-0599
1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,200 mthly. 786-328-5878.
1285 N.W. 129th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1250. Section 8 welcome.
786-367-4004 or
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
Remodeled bathroom and
kitchen. $1,290 mthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646.
15941 NW 17 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1300 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 305-652-9393.
1736 N W 56 Street
Four bdrms, two baths,
$1400 mthly, central air, all
appliances included, free
19" LCD TV. Joel 786-355-
17531 NW 32 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one and half
bath, family room. $1250
monthly. Call 954-445-0539.
2010 NW 153rd Street
Three bdrms., air, tile, den,
and bars. $1,200. No section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1000 monthly. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
LCD TV. Call Joel 786-355-

2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$999 monthly. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens. $1150
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3261 NW 132 Terr
Three bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 ok. $1100 monthly. 954-
3530 NW 85 Terrace
Like-new three bedroom, two
bath, $1400 monthly.
3809 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely three bedrooms, two
baths, fenced yard, tile floor-
ing, central air, close to shop-
ping, churches, at Broward/
Dade border.
Call 954-243-6606
5320 NW 24 Court
Three bdrms, one bath,
newly remodeled. $1095.

62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
7139 NW 16 Avenue
Updated three bedrooms, two
baths, family room, tile, cen-
tral air, security bars, $1,225
monthly. 305-662-5505.
8150 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, near bus route,
fenced yard. $1,200 monthly.
Section 8 welcome. Call Troy
840 NW 142 Street
Four bedrooms, one and a
half bath, $1, 400 monthly.
Section 8 welcome .
Call 954-914-6166
930 NW 176 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
bars, air, den, tile, $1,350
monthly. No Section 8
Terry Dellerson, Broker
941 Opa Locka Blvd
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 monthly. No Sec. 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8. 305-815-6870
Two, three, four bdrms avail-
able. 786-468-0198
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1550 monthly,
$3100 to move in. Call

Two bedrooms, bath, large
family room. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 954-450-6200 af-
ter 5 p.m.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.

1865 NW 45 Street Rear
$135 wkly, utilities include.
Newly remodeled rooms. Call
after 4 p.m., 786-443-4502.

Two bdrms., one bath, $800
mthly. Call 786-985-1624.

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It's hot, the daylight
hours are longer, and
the vacations begin
to rev up. Summer is
the perfect season for
leisure and play af-
ter toiling through the
colder winter and fall
But it's also a great
time for job seeking,
providing an avenue to
grind while others are
winding down. Compa-
nies are gearing up for
their next quarter and
will be looking for new
candidates to work af-
ter the summer is over.
Writer Sarah Stack-
house gives five rea-
sons summer isn't just
best for beach vaca-
tions and leisure time,
but for ultimate job-
seeking success:
Longer daylight
hours means less
time crunch: Remem-
ber in December when
you left work and it
was pitch black out-
side? Talk about sleep-
Longer daylight
hours trick our bio-
logical clocks into
thinking we have
more time. In an ar-
ticle explaining the
added benefits of
"Springing Forward,"
Mary Schmich of the
Chicago Tribune writes,
"There's nothing we
want more in life than
time, and light feels
like time."
So use all that extra
time to rework your re-
sume and go for a run
all before dark. No
more choosing between
the two!
Summer screams
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weather gets nice, ev-
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Growing non-profit orga-
nization seeking to fill the
following position. Please
send all resumes to: re-
sumes@ miamichildrensini-

Retired English teacher or
a person that has the expe-
rience and skills necessary
for correcting spelling and
grammar. Email kmcneir@ or
call 305-694-6216.

We are seeking a driver to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 4 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
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900 N.W. 54th Street

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By ChicagoTribune

LONDON American teenager Missy
Franklin captured her fourth gold medal at
the London Olympics on Saturday when the
United States broke the world record to win
the women's medley relay final.
Franklin, swimming the backstroke
leg, teamed up with breaststroker Re-
becca Soni, butterflyer Dana Vollmer and
freestyler Allison Schmitt to win the gold
in a combined time of three minutes, 52.05
The Americans led at every handover and
shaved 0.14 seconds off the previous world
record of 3:52.19 set by China at the 2009
world championships in Rome when the
now-banned polyurethane bodysuits were
still allowed.
Australia finished second to grab the sil-
ver medal while Japan.came third to collect
the bronze but neither were able to keep
up with the Americans after Franklin gave
them the lead after the lead-off leg.
Franklin, 17, also won gold in the 4x200
freestyle relay and the 100 and 200 back-
stroke and became the first swimmer in
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By Sam R. Quinn

Jamaica's Usain Bolt was able to win his
second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the
100-meter dash by beating out a star-studded
field on Sunday in London with an Olympic-
record time of 9.63 seconds.
Yohan Blake coasted in behind Bolt to win
the silver, while American Justin Gatlin won
the bronze for the U.S.
One of the most iconic track and field events
in Olympic competition boasted a formidable
field made up of Bolt, his fellow countrymen
Asafa Powell and Blake, Americans Gatlin, Ty-
son Gay and Ryan Bailey, the Netherlands'
Churandy Martina, and Trinidad and Tobago's
Richard Thompson.
Gatlin, who posted the fastest semifinal
time of 9.82 seconds, beat out Churandy and
Powell in the final qualifying heat to put him-
self in perfect position to steal the gold from
the reigning 100-meter champion, but it was
not his day.
Bolt crossed the line first in his semifinal
run, breezing by Bailey and third-place finisher
Thompson to establish some momentum head-
ing into the final dash.
Earlier in the day, the 2008 gold medalist
said, "I am feeling good, my legs are feeling
good so I am happy. I am training well so I
feel like I'm back," as quoted by the official
London Olympics website.
Thompson finished a distant second to
Bolt in Beijing and was able to take the silver
medal home four years ago with a then-
personal best of 9.89 seconds, but he couldn't
produce a similar result in London.
Martina and Powell also both ran in the final
sprint in 2008, but met disappointing fourth-
and fifth-place finishes behind Bolt, Thompson
and American Walter Dix.
Bolt was about even with the pack a bit
more than 50 meters through the dash, but
was able to pull ahead thanks to his ridicu-
lously long strides.
He came to a stop with a smile on his face
and gave us that signature pose that we have
all come to know and love.


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