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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 52 MIAMI, FLORIDA, AUGUST 22-28, 2012 50 cents


Voters to decide fate of $1.2B bond

But will Black schools get their fair share?

By D. Kevin McNeir

Monday was the first day of classes for close to
325,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public
Schools [M-DCPS]. And as always, young chil-
dren suffered from periodic bouts of separation
anxiety while older students at the middle and

high school levels talked about their summer
vacations, complained about less-than-stylish
uniforms and searched the grounds looking for
their classrooms.
And while M-DCPS Superintendent Alber-
to Carvalho made his annual visit to schools
throughout the County, including North Dade
Middle School and Miami Edison, there was


something very different
about this year. Carvalho
officially kicked off the cam-
paign for a $1.2 billion bond
After getting the go ahead
from the Florida Department
of Education [FLDOE] and
following the Board's ap-
proval at its meeting on Aug.
!5th, voters can expect to see

a General Obligation [GO] bond referendum on
the November 6th ballot. Carvalho first present-
ed the proposal and the rationale behind it to
returning administrators, board members and
parents during his recent State of the School
Voters will determine if the Board can borrow
up to $1.2 billion in bonds in order to upgrade
deteriorating schools some that haven't been
upgraded or improved since they were built
Please turn to VOTERS 6A



to square off

Voters prepare for county

commission run-off election

-Photo courtesy Miami Children's Initiative

Finally! Augusta

-Photo courtesy Dr. Gemma Carrillo/M-DCPS.
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Children at North Dade Middle School assemble before
the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 20, joining an esti-
mated 600,000 children in South Florida on the first day
of school.

Nat'l get
By Christine Brennan

Purely as a symbol in this sum-
mer that has already given us the
"Women's Olympics," Au-
gusta National Golf Club's
decision Monday to admit
two women into its previ-
ously all-male membership
is both stunning and his-
The last, best-known bas-
tion of male supremacy in
the nation is no more. For- RI(
mer Secretary of State Con-
doleezza Rice and South Carolina
financier Darla Moore have cracked
the grass ceiling. They will be wear-
ing green jackets next spring at the
Masters, and girls watching from
around the nation will know per-

s it right
haps only subliminally, but they'll
see it nonetheless that someday
there might be a place for them in
the nation's great corridors of pow-
y For that's what this news
is all about: allowing wom-
en into the place where the
old boys' network works its
i million-dollar magic. It's not
really about allowing wom-
en to belong and play golf
at an exclusive, beautiful,
E private club. It's about let-
ting them participate in the
process that continues to build our
Ask any golf-playing businessman
where he has crafted a deal or two
or 10, and hell undoubtedly say:
Please turn to AUGUSTA 6A

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@ miamitimesonline .com

Voters in last week's primary
elections "t'.ariked" alto magn.ate
--Norman BTamntn by rejecting all
four of his hand-picked candi-
dates in their bids for Miami-
Dade County commission seats.
And while he still contends that
he gave his support in order to
"give the voters a choice," the
voters opted to retain three of the
four incumbents: Barbara Jordan
[District 1]; Dennis Moss [District
9]; and Bruno Barreiro [District


But similar to the outcome of ,.
the 2010 election, when longtime
incumbent Dorrin Rolle was upset HARDEMON
by Jean Monestime for the Dis-
trict 2 county commission slot,
incumbent and Vice-chairwoman Audrey Edmon-
son, 59, finds herself in a rare runoff against
Please turn to DISTRICT 3 6A

What's Mitt hiding in his tax returns?

By DeWayne Wickham

Mitt Romney is hiding some-
I suspected as much when
it took pressure from his ri-
vals for the Republican Party's
presidential nomination to
get the former Massachusetts
governor to give voters a small
glimpse of his tax records. Fol-
lowing that hailstorm, Romney
released his 2010 income tax
return and an estimate of his
income and taxes for 2011.

But after ques
tions were raised
about what those
records showed
- assets hav- i
ing been socked
away in Switzer-
land, Bermuda WICKHAM
and the Cayman
Islands Romney slammed
the door on calls for a wider
release of his tax records. He
wasn't always this reluctant.
Four years earlier, when he
sought to become the GOP's

vice presidential nomi-
nee, Romney secretly
revealed 23 years of tax
records to John Mc-
Cain, the party's 2008
standard-bearer. But
now, for the chance
to be president, Rom- ROl
ney says hell show the
American people just two years
of his tax records.
The man has got to be hiding


5 Romney's refusal
to release more of his
tax returns beyond
claiming he has paid
more than 13% for the
past 10 years fuels
talk among Democrats
ANEY that he's an arrogant
rich guy and a grow-
ing unease among some lead-
ing Republicans. Recently,
GOP stalwarts Haley Barbour,
the former governor of Mis-
sissippi, Ed Rollins, who man
Please turn to ROMNEY 6A

Micell viit

-H adedl

Engaging in some
preemptive counter-
programming in advance
of next week's Republican
National Convention,
first lady Michelle Obama
will visit Fort Lauderdale
The Obama campaign
says she'll tell support-
ers at the War Memorial
Auditorium what's at
stake in the 2012 election

and try to fire them .up to
volunteer for her hus-
band's re-election effort.
Obama and Republican
Mitt Romney are running
neck and neck in Florida,
the biggest swing state in
the country.
The 5:30 p.m. event is
free. Find out where to
pick up tickets at



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It's time to replenish the

pool of young Black leaders
he voters have had their say and a new team of lead-
ers have been chosen to fight our battles at the city,
county and state levels. Some of these men and
women have been on the political battlefield before. They
have witnessed the madness that sometimes occurs at City
Hall, the County Commission board room and Tallahassee.
Others will experience the challenges of political office and
take their respective seats for the very first time including
Kionne McGhee, Sharon Pritchett and Oliver Gilbert.
Then there are those who have become fixtures in office that
have convinced the voters that they deserve another chance
to serve: Frederica Wilson, Dennis Moss, Barbara Jordan
and Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Hopefully they will all re-
member the communities that they represent the people
from their districts whose lives, needs and futures now rest
in their hands. And then there are a few races that have yet
to be decided the county commission showdown between
incumbent Audrey Edmonson and the young, upstart from
Miami Northwestern, Keon Hardemon. We can't wait for the
debates and forums that will feature these two candidates
as they slug it out for right to represent Liberty City.
But as much as these elected officials and candidates de-
serve our congratulations, one has to wonder what young
men and women are waiting in the wings. Who's being
trained, advised and groomed to take over when our current
officials step down, move on or are no longer desired by the
voters? This is the challenge that we face in the Black com-
munity. We rarely mentor others so that there is a compe-
tent, capable "ram in the bush" to take over when the time is
right. But we must start this process if we don't want to lose
ground in Florida's political sweepstakes.
White politicians have been doing it for generations. The
Latino community, especially Florida's Cubans, has caught
on quickly and is laying the path for its own leaders of to-
morrow preparing them at every step.
But for some reason, we just aren't following suit. Are we
running out of talented Black leaders or are we simply un-
willing to give young hopefuls a helping hand?

There are still some good

Black men among us
lack men are used to being blamed or all that is
wrong and troubling in our community. We are held
up by mainstream media and the world as lazy,
stupid and dangerous more interested in making babies,
causing trouble, breaking laws and getting drunk than doing
anything positive that might enhance our lives or the lives
of those we love. But as one old school rap group once said,
"Don't believe the hype." The truth is that while there are
some Black men who seem to be determined to bring down
and destroy our families and neighborhoods, there are far
more inspired groups of young dudes and old school broth-
ers that are looking for ways to restore hope, locate economic
opportunities and promote healthier ways of living into our
community. We recently saw evidence of that at the Caleb
Center where Desmond Meade and the Florida Coalition on
Black Civic Participation brought fathers, brothers and sons
together to talk about their futures during an all-day round-
table discussion.
We see the sensationalized stories about young men drop-
ping out of high school and "enrolling" in the prison industri-
al complex. We hear the sad litanies of brothers who abandon
their women and children leaving them to survive on their
own. But during the roundtable event, which also featured
the likes of Isiah Thomas, Charles Dutton and a host of Mi-
ami's male leaders, real progress was made. You had to be
there to experience the power that comes when Black men of
all ages assemble with a singular purpose in mind. It was a
gathering of the "warriors" and it continues to happen quietly
all over the U.S.
There are a lot of good Black men in this world doing all
they can each day to make a difference one step at a time.
Let's start sharing their stories.

Whitney's star shines

one more time in Sparkle
There are stories that have become part of the very fabric
of the Black community often because they serve as a
means of inspiration to a people who are so often faced with
prejudice, hardship, disappointment and disaster. The movie
"Sparkle," which has gained cult-like status among Blacks,
was the inspiration for "Dreamgirls" and is now back in a new
version, is one such story. Its beauty and the reason it has
become such a classic rests in the fact that it is so raw and
honest in its portrayal.
There are many young Black boys and girls with amazing
talent and potential some see their star eventually rise to
astonishing heights as their dreams come true while others
fall prey to the temptations of the world. Some stumble but
are somehow able to get back up and try again. Others re-
main in the dust prisoners in their own living hells.
Watching Whitney Houston in her final onscreen perfor-
mance and listening for our final opportunity to the woman
that Oprah Winfrey once dubbed as "The Voice," reminded
us of how difficult it is to achieve our dreams as well as
how quickly our hopes can be dashed when those walls come
tumbling down.
Whitney was in her element in the penultimate scene she
was back home in the church the place where she first
found her voice and honed her talents as a gospel vocalist. We
are well aware of the many problems that our sister faced in
her walk. Yet, watching her one last time was a treat because
as always she did it so well.

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Romney, Ryan not telling the truth
Republicans and Democrats an extra $6,500 a year. dorsed and now cannot credibly the fact
are being equally nasty in their It doesn't take a genius to disown effectively would "end pledges t
campaign rhetoric but they're recognize the political problem Medicare as we know it" the Obama ha
not being equally truthful. To this causes for Romney, espe- phrase voters will hear a bazil- is what c
cite one example, much of what cially in states where older vot- lion times between now and to be? Th
the GOP is saying about Medi- ers are a key voting bloc. The Election Day, especially those Medicare
care simply isn't supported Romney campaign decided who live in Florida. This is one as a social
by the facts. For example, the to deal with the anticipated piece of campaign rhetoric that Other inc
statement that Obama "gutted Democratic onslaught by strik- happens to be true. Medicare as provide ur
Medicare by taking $717 billion ing first with the claim that it we know it is a form of social in- age for th
out of it" simply is not true. for a fract
The claim is part of an at- in the U
tempt to shore up a vulnerabil- T eave aside, for the moment, the fact that Romney now pledges countries
ity Romney created by choosing t0 undo the progress Obama has made, The question is what ter health
Paul Ryan as his running mate. L do we want Medicare to be? There is no reason why Medicare can contir
Tebudget that Ryan authored, of retirem
aTheb cud edtaHousered cannot be reformed as a social insurance program, wantto
and convinced House Republiwant to.
cans to pass, would eventually Romney i1
change Medicare into a voucher is Obama, not Romney, who surance, a guarantee that citi- in social
program. Seniors would be giv- wants to take away your Medi- zens over 65 will have adequate er his ot
en a certain amount of money care. Like many lies, this one medical care regardless of how Obama h
each year to buy health in- uses a grain of truth as raw healthy they are or how much Medicare
surance. If that amount isn't material. The Affordable Care money they have. Medicare, cal, Ask h
enough to pay for the kind of Act, otherwise known as Obam- as the GOP wants it to be, is a they agree
coverage you want or need, acare, slows the rate of growth voucher program that will be ficient bu
under Ryan's latest plan, you of payments to Medicare ser- adequate for some seniors and ate. Ask I
could buy a policy from a pri- vice providers by more than inadequate for others. Ryan the free n
vate insurer or buy Medicare $700 billion over a decade, prefers the term "premium sup- or our ma
from the government and pay But no impact is felt by seniors port" to describe his plan. But Eugene
the difference out of pocket, themselves, whose benefits and as Gertrude Stein surely would Prize-winr
According to the Congressio- costs remain the same. have noted, a voucher is a umnist an
nal Budget Office, the average The fact is that Ryan's plan voucher is a voucher, managing
Medicare recipient would pay which Romney has semi-en- Leave aside, for the moment, ington Pos


Just who are "We the

A brief look at politics will
show anyone with an ounce of
sense that "we the people" have
not, do not, and will not run
the U.S. government as Lincoln
proclaimed in his Gettysburg
Address. The silly name-calling
among politicians, the bought-
and-paid-for members of Con-
gress, the lack of progress on
anything related to our econ-
omy, the absolute lack of con-
cern for the poor, the elderly and
veterans, the kowtowing to Wall
Street puppet masters and the
total aloofness of those whom
"we the people" sent to Washing-
ton are blatant examples of how
screwed up our political system
has become. Just who was Lin-
coln referring to when he spoke
his famous line about "the peo-
ple"? One thing we know for sure
is that he was not talking about
Black folks, and I would ven-
ture to guess he was not talking
about poor white folks, either.
And that whole thing about the
government being of, for, and by

"the people" is in no way appli-
cable to us, which leads to the
logical conclusion that "we the
people" must mean those who
have the most money.
So where does that put Black
people when it comes to the cur-
rent economic state of this coun-
try and its future? What does
it say about our political clout?

people in hi
next four years? How about the
billions of dollars in bailouts for
banks and investment firms that
are deemed "too big to fail"?
At the end of the day, all of the
vitriol, sarcasm and lying back
and forth will result in more mil-
lionaire politicians holding on to
their money and making every
effort to cut into yours. There

t the end of the day, all of the vitriol, sarcasm and lying
back and forth will result in more millionaire politicians
holding on to their money and making every effort to
cut into yours. There will be no solution to unemployment.

Do "we, the Black people" and
"we, the poor people" have a dog
in the hunt as regards econom-
ic security, political influence,
and/or power? Can you wrap
your mind around $2 billion be-
ing spent by the two presiden-
tial candidates for the right to
occupy the White House for the

will be no solution to unemploy-
ment, the housing market, tight
lending policies, Medicare, the
national debt and deficit, and
all the other fiscal ailments that
have beset us, simply because
the folks we sent to Congress are
more interested in keeping their
jobs and all the accoutrements

I don't
but one th
that politi(
stripe, are
thing aboi
the Blackp
it was Mar
"All the sh
and all t
picked." H
that Black
needed by
if we did
when it ca
opment we
No matt
you cannot
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who are "w(
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sure ain't i
Jim Clin
Greater Cii
ican Charr
the nation
on econorr
Black peop

that Rornnev nor,.v
o undo the progress
as made. The question
do we want Medicare
aere is no reason why
cannot be reformed
al insurance program.
lustrialized countries
universal health cover-
eir entire populations
tion of what we spend
.S. and those other
achieve equal or bet-
outcomes. Surely we
nue to do so for those
lent age if we still
The question to ask
s whether he believes
insurance wheth-
bjections to the way
has begun to reform
are fiscal or ideologi-
im and Ryan whether
e that markets are ef-
t seldom compassion-
him whether he sees
market as our servant
Robinson is a Pulitzer
ling newspaper col-
d the former assistant
editor of The Wash-


claim to know much,
ling I am certain of is
cians, no matter what
not going to do any-
it the conditions we,
people, face. I believe
rcus Garvey who said,
oes have been shined
he cotton has been
e went on to suggest
people were no longer
white folks, therefore,
not change our ways
me to business devel-
would indeed become

er how you look at it
t deny that our system
nent is broken. Just
we the people"? Anoth-
now for sure is that, it
gman, founder of the
incinnati African-Amer-
iber of Commerce, is
's most prolific writer
nic empowerment for


Allen West feeling the campaign heat
While most Americans are en's health care programs, right," the narrator says. "But "Every member
focused on the tough-and- "Allen West fancies himself a it's time for us to fight back gressional Black
gritty race between President fighter. Maybe so," a female and knock him out of Con- was there was
Barack Obama and Mitt Rom- narrator says while laughing, gress once and for all." Mean- Hastings said. It
ney, U.S. Rep. Allen West, a "West has socked it to seniors, while, West criticized the ad, is always runnir
Black Republican from Flori- voting to end Medicare as we calling it "reprehensible." mouth. He dead
da, says he's also a victim of know it. He's whacked women West is no stranger to con- week that since h
mean-spirited campaigning in with his votes for huge cuts in troversy. He has not returned a speaking role a

his contest for re-election.
A new campaign ad called
"Fighter" shows a cartoon
version of West wearing box-
ing gloves and repeatedly
punching women in the face.
The ad, sponsored by Ameri-
can Sunrise PAC, shows
West punching out an elderly
woman in a boxing ring as a
narrator says West "socked it
to seniors" by pushing to get
rid of Medicare. The cartoon
also shows West punching a
younger woman as the narra-
tor criticizes West's support
for slashing funding for wom-

he ad, sponsored by American Sunrise PAC, shows
West punching out an elderly woman in a boxing ring
as a narrator says West "socked it to seniors" by push-
ing to get rid of Medicare.

women's health care funding.
And he's mauled middle-class
families by supporting a bud-
get plan that would have cut
taxes on the rich while elimi-
nating our tax breaks for col-
lege tuition and mortgages."
"Allen West is a fighter, al-

to a meeting of the Congres-
sional Black Caucus since he
bought chicken and biscuits
from Chick-fil-A for the en-
tire Black caucus earlier this
year. Rep. Alcee Hastings said
the caucus was offended by
West's chicken delivery.

- of the Con-
Caucus that
s offended,"
seems West
ig off at the
Panned last
he won't have
t the Repub-

lican National Convention in
Tampa, he'll be serving hot
dogs instead. And once again,
West's spokeswoman had to
set the record straight be-
cause West was only joking.
West isn't very funny and
it's getting harder to take him
seriously on Capitol Hill.
Michael Cottman is senior
correspondent at Reach Media
with responsibility as the chief
political reporter. Cottman also
lectures in the department of
journalism, Howard Univer-
sity, Washington, D.C.

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NO yRYE RELL NWhy Blacks should worry about Europe
MAKES YOU As I was SUrmg radio stations thna national barriers don't stop European recession because of The U.S. une
SIRRESISTIBLE.- one day, I landed in thc middle trade. Thus, our expansionary the weakening euro. Troubles in at 8.3 percent
y -. ..- of a talk show that was dis- economy during the 1990s was Europe translate into troubles in cent for Blac

cussing the cotioiiic troubles
in Europe. As I settled into the
discussion, one icaller asked in
a rather aggrieved totine, why the
U.S. Ip' so much attention to
other countries alnd not on our
own problems here?
The caller went on to list the
problems that especially face
Blacks, from high unemploy-
ment, to crime, to substandard
public schools, to a range of
other issues. The well-meaning
caller seemed not to know, or
care, that she could no more ig-
nore money matters in Europe
than she could ignore issues of
unemployment in the U.S.
New York Times columnist
Thomas Friedman explained
in his book "The World Is Flat"

at least partly a function of the
exports we sent to other coun-
tries. While China has increased
its investment in education, our
investment is level, or falling. It
is cheaper to get an MRI over-

the U.S., with so many American
corporations with heavy invest-
ments there. As U.S. compa-
nies tighten their belts, we can
expect them to hire less, lay off
employees, cut back on corpo-

f a weakening euro inspires another recession, Blacks will
be harder hit than others, just as we were during the Great
Recession. These predictions might be dire, but more Blacks
must recognize that the U.S. has interests around the globe.

seas or to hire foreigners to han-
dle our airline reservations given
that labor costs are lower. In a
global economy, when one coun-
try falters, especially big ones,
other countries falter, too.
Already, many are projecting a

rate contributions to non-profit
organizations and cut back on
services. Though these changes
affect all Americans, blacks are
especially hard hit.
Historically, Blacks have been
victims of last-hired, first-fired.

employment rate is
t, but it's 14.1 per-
ks. When corpora-

tions are headquartered in cities,
support staff in these locations,
disproportionately minorities,
get hit. Many Black charitable
organizations are funded by cor-
porations. When corporations
cut back, these charities feel it.
If a weakening euro inspires
another recession, Blacks will
be harder hit than others, just
as we were during the Great Re-
cession. These predictions might
be dire, but more Blacks must
recognize that the U.S. has in-
terests around the globe. Thus,
world economics are a neces-
sary part of an African-American
Julianne Malveaux is an econo-
mist and writer based in Wash-
ington, D.C.


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How do you feel about the NAACP

having a white president?
Retired bus driver, Miami Licensed practical nurse, Miami

He got voted in. If the broth-
ers voted him
in, he must be
alright. God
created all
men. All men
are created
equal. ,

Avon representative, Miami

"As long as they represent
for good, I'm
good. If not,
he got to keep

Retired, Miami

Maybe they need to change
their name
from the Na- ,'"'
tional Ad-
Association of '
the Colored
People to the p.Wi
Association '.
of All People, I-
then they
would cover all bases. If he is
for the right reason, which is
equality for all people, as well
as Black then, I guess it'll be

"Regardless of the race and
religion, I'm
for it. I re- .I
ally don't care
about him be-
ing white, I'm
just surprised '--
that he is. I'm I.;.,
glad some-
one else other -
than Blacks are willing to help

Uneminployed, Miami

If they are
going to stand ,. r,
there, do the "[.
job and rep- ),.

folks. That's
good. Then '' '
color doesn't
make a difference, as long as
they're doing the right job.

Conununity advocate, Perrine area

"NAACP has been doing a lot
for us for a -- ---
lot of years.
That presi-
dent may vote
out anything
they have for
us. I'm not . '
against white
folks, but
sometimes they will do for us,
sometimes they won't."

After studying the records of harm lower-income A
vice presidential candidates for with big tax cuts that d:
more than a century, Nate Silver tionately help those at t
wrote in last Saturday's New York the income scale, the R
Times that Paul Ryan, the person get would significantly
Mitt Romney selected to be his inequality and increase
vice presidential running mate, and hardship (and redu(
is "the most conservative Repub- tunity as well, through d
lican member of Congress to be
picked for the vice-presidential
slot since at least 1900. He is
also more conservative than any |n an effort to s[
Democratic nominee was liberal, I ney has selected
meaning that he is the furthest ,American public.
from the center."
As chairman of the House Bud-
get Committee, the Wisconsin Re-
publican has served as the chief in programs such as Pe
architect of the GOP's budget pri- to help low-income stu
orities. Detailed analysis of Ry- ford college)."
an's budget plan show him to be Even William Gale, wl
what Jesse Jackson often called as a senior staff economic
on the presidential campaign trail Council of Economic Adx
in 1984: a "Reverse Robin Hood" der President George H.
- one who likes to take from the agrees.
poor to give to the rich. "By com- "At a time when our
bining large budget cuts (and tax faces a daunting fiscal c
increases) that disproportionately Ryan asks nothing of th(


Black press
Last week I penned an article
titled "Show Me the Money."
The article questioned whether
or not the Black vote was be-
ing taken for granted by the
Obama campaign due to the
small amount of resources al-
located to the Black press and
other Black entities. I also
stated that the Romney cam-
paign allocated zero dollars
to the Black press and other
Black entities that I was aware
of. Recently, I have had sev-
eral conversations with various
staff members from the OFA
campaign. Each voiced their
displeasure with the tone of
my article and questioned my
position on the issue.
Conversely, I have still not
received one reply from the
Romney Campaign at all. That
leads me to believe that the
Romney Campaign is not tak-
ing the Black vote for granted
- they just don't care about
the Black vote period! Let's
make sure we are putting my
position in the proper perspec-

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Reports from the Miami-Dade Board of
Elections indicates that absentee ballots
played a major role in the outcome of many
of last week's primary elections. In fact,
the race between Lopez-Cantera vs. Gar-
cia for property appraiser and the commis-
sioner race pitting Barreiro against Garcia
were decided because of early and absen-
tee votes. Still, it's strange that Gov. Rick
Scott has been so quiet, this time choosing
to stay in his lane after having raised such
a ruckus about the need to purge voter
rolls and require additional ID in order for
folks to vote.

Congressman Allen West is crying foul

he top of
yan bud-
* worsen
e poverty
ce oppor-
deep cuts

est Americans. His budget pro-
posal would simultaneously cut
tax rates for the rich and corpo-
rations while slashing programs
for the poor and elderly: he would
shift many federal low-income as-
sistance programs to state gov-
ernments and would transform

iore up his conservative base, Mitt Rom-
a running mate clearly out of step with the

e11 Grants
dents af-

ho served
ist for the
Tisers un-
W. Bush,

r country
e wealthi-

Medicare into a premium support
system that will shift health care
costs to seniors if health care in-
flation cannot be controlled," said
Gale, now co-director of the Tax
Policy Center.
In addition, Ryan would cut at
least $463 billion from "mandato-
ry programs serving low-income
Americans (other than Medicaid
and SNAP)" and "at least $291

billion in cuts in low-income dis-
cretionary programs."
Like his running mate, Ryan fa-
vors repealing President Obama's
signature Affordable Care Act.
And what he proposes as a cure
for America's ailing health care
system is worse than the illness.
"The Ryan budget would divide
our health system into a distinct
two tiers: those who could afford
the care they need would get it;
many others would not," said Ed-
win Park, vice president of the
Center on Budget and Policy Pri-
In an effort to shore up his con-
servative base, Mitt Romney has
selected a running mate clearly
out of step with the American
George E. Curry, former edi-
tor-in-chief of Emerge magazine,
is editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Asso-
ciation News Service (NNPA) and
editorial director of Heart & Soul

still ignored by Republicans
tive. At no time did I say that repeal "Obamacare," it is obvi- believe that our newspapers
Black folks are not supporting ous that his campaign does not touch all areas and also offered
our President. At no time did care about the Black vote. That those platforms in our propos-
I say that the Black Press did position has been crystal clear al. Let's keep it real. The Black
not support our President. At for months, press has been and continues
no time did I say that we will With over $3 billion dollars to be the most trusted source
not support our President. being spent, I questioned why for news for Black Folks for
What I did say and ask was, our newspapers were not being over 100 years. Our member

ith over $3 billion dollars being spent, I questioned
why our newspapers were not being used for ad-
vertising. What I was told was that the audience our
newspapers reach was not the demographic of the campaign.
They believed their resources would be better utilized by targeting
younger Blacks that are more inclined to use digital, social media
and other electronic means of communication.

as we are less than 100 days
out "Show Me the Money." We
know how the Romney Cam-
paign feels about the Black
vote, actions speak very loudly.
When Romney can go to the
NAACP conference and bold-
ly state that the first act he
would make as President of the
United States of America is to

used for advertising. What I was
told was that the audience our
newspapers reach was not the
demographic of the campaign.
They believed their resources
would be better utilized by tar-
geting younger Blacks that are
more inclined to use digital, so-
cial media and other electronic
means of communication. I

after a series of advertisements allude to
him beating up on women, among others.
But we don't feel any sympathy for the
brother, especially since he's so adamant
that Romney and Ryan "is just the reci-
pe to get America back on the right path."
That's scary considering the fact that
Ryan is directly linked to Republican Todd
Akin from Missouri whose absurd views
on "personhood" and "legitimate rape" are
the kinds of notions that could jeopardize
women's health.

Thirteen was the magic number for Bar-
bara Watson who edged out John Patrick
Julien in the District 107 state rep race.

publications reach 19.5 million
Black readers each week. No
other information outlet can
make that statement.
Let's put this to an end right
now. Black folks, young and
seasoned, read Black newspa-
pers every week. We the Black
Press will continue to support
the President, his campaign
and his administration. But
don't get it twisted, we will
ask the questions when they
need to be asked. Need I say it
Representative Cloves Camp-
bell, Jr. is currently the board
chairman and co-publisher of
the Arizona Informant Newspa-
per a paper that has served
the Black community of Arizona
for 40 years.

Now Julien is claiming voter fraud and
wants the State Attorney's office to inves-
tigate even though both candidates ben-
efited from absentee ballots. Maybe Julien
should consider how closely he aligned
himself to Republican views as the reason
he lost. We're just saying.

Whether Audrey Edmonson defeats
newcomer Keon Hardemon in a Novem-
ber runoff or not, billionaire Norman Bra-
man has to feel pretty disappointed after
his slate was shutout none of his voters'
choice options fared well in last week's elec-
tions. Some were actually trounced. Seems
the voters have spoken.



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immigrants sign up to avoid deportation

By Alan Gomez

Nataly Montano, who graduat-
ed in June from Washington-Lee
High School in Arlington, Va.,
with a 4.3 grade-point average,
has her mind set on becoming a
Montano is in the country il-
legally. Her family brought her
from Bolivia when she was 6,
and the prospect of finding a col-
lege, medical school, residency
program and hospital that would

allow her to study and work
was overwhelming. The family
even considered moving back to
On last Wednesday, those
plans were thrown out when
Montano joined thousands of
people around the country who
applied for a new federal pro-
gram that could grant up to
1.7 million illegal immigrants
brought to the U.S. as children a
reprieve from deportation.
"It doesn't feel like it's real,"

-Ap photo/Martinez Monsivais
Mayra Rivera, center, with her children, Aixa Martinez, 18,
left, and Aryam Rivera, right, from Philadelphia, wait inside the
Embassy of Honduras Consulate Section in Washington, Tuesday,
Aug. 14.

Montano, now 17, said as she
filled out her application at a
clinic hosted by the National
Immigration Forum in Washing-
ton, D.C. "My biggest worry was
working after school, finding a
residency program that would
take an undocumented person.
Now I see there's something out
Democrats in Congress have
tried and failed to pass the
DREAM Act, which would grant
legal residency and the chance
to become a U.S. citizen to
young illegal immigrants with no
criminal records and who have
completed some college or served
in the military.
President Obama decided in
June to take matters into his
own hands, announcing a pro-
gram that will let that group of
immigrants, known as DREAM-
ers, receive a two-year deferment
of deportation proceedings. They
would not get any legal status,
but if approved by Citizenship
and Immigration Services, those
DREAMers can apply for a work
permit and later reapply for an-
other deportation deferment.
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-
Texas, chairman of the House
Judiciary Committee, said the
program opens the door for
fraud and unleashes a torrent of
unemployed workers at a time
when the country's 8.3% unem-
ployment rate is already making
life difficult for U.S. citizens and
legal residents.
"President Obama and his
administration routinely put
partisan politics and illegal im-
migrants ahead of the rule of
law and the American people,"

-Ap photo/Nick De LaTorre
Hundreds of illegal immigrants counting on the DREAM Act passing wait in line to get a passport
or any other kind of assistance outside the Mexican Consulate,Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Houston.

Smith said in a statement.
DREAMers applying last
Wednesday at immigration offic-
es from Los Angeles to Chicago
to New York were unrestrained
in their excitement.
"This morning when I was
getting ready, I was running
around the house like a crazy
person because I was so ex-
cited," said Evelyn Rivera, 23,
a Colombia native who was
brought to the country by her
parents when she was 3 and
now lives in Orlando.
"I'm very blessed," she said.
Despite the enthusiasm, many
applicants realized how tenuous
their position really is. Since
Obama created the program
without Congress, it could be
eliminated by a future president
or possibly by Congress.
Obama's Republican rival,
Mitt Romney, criticized Obama's
new program, which was an-
nounced in June, because it
hurt the possibility of passing a
long-term solution in Congress.
He was then asked specifically
on CBS News' Face the Nation
shortly after the program was
announced whether he would
repeal it.

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-Ap photo/ Jose Luis Magana
Immigrants Daniel Nino, left, with his mother Patricia Cara
from Colombia, get help with documents and filling with the De-
ferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications atCasa de Mary-
land in Langley Park, Md., on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is seen at Beau-
voir House, Jefferson Davis' historic home, in Biloxi, Miss.

Robert M. Walker, a historian who became Vicksburg's first Black .
mayor in the late 1980s, stands before the first monument within the i&
national park system and the only one in the Vicksburg National Mili-
tary Park, that honors all Black people (free and slave) who partici-
pated in military action in Vicksburg during the Civil War.

For Miss., an angst-filled

Civil War anniversary

Mississippi treads carefully as it commemorates 150th anniversary events of the Civil War

By Emily Wagster Pettus
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Com-
memorating the 150th anniver-
sary of the Civil War can be an
angst-filled task in Mississippi,
with its long history of racial
strife and a state flag that still
bears the Confederate battle
Well-intentioned Mississippians
who work for racial reconciliation
say slavery was morally indefen-
sible. Still, some speak in hushed
tones as they confess a certain
admiration for the valor of Con-
federate troops who fought for
what was, to them, the hallowed
ground of home and country.
"Mississippi has such a trou-
bled past that a lot of people are
very sensitive about commemo-
rating or recognizing or remem-
bering the Civil War because it
has such an unpleasant refer-
ence for African-Americans," said
David Sansing, who is white and
a professor emeritus of history at
the University of Mississippi.
"Many Mississippians are re-
luctant to go back there because
they don't want to remind them-
selves or the African-American
people about our sordid past,"
said Sansing. 'But it is our
Black Mississippians express
pride that some ancestors were
Union soldiers who fought to end
slavery, though it took more than
a century for the U.S. to disman-
tle state-sanctioned segregation
and guarantee voting rights.
Sansing is among dignitaries
traveling to Antietam National
Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md.,
this weekend to dedicate a
blue-gray granite marker com-
memorating the 11lth Mississippi
Infantry, which saw 119 mem-
bers killed, wounded or missing
in battle there on Sept. 16-17,
1862. The infantry had almost
1,000 soldiers, including a unit of
University of Mississippi students
known as the University Greys.
Among the speakers set to ded-
icate the monument Sunday is

Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great
grandson of Confederate presi-
dent Jefferson Davis. He was re-
cently hired as executive director
of Beauvoir, the white-columned
Biloxi, Miss., mansion that was
the final home of his ancestor,
who was born in Kentucky and
his family moved to Mississippi
when he was an infant.
The state is taking a decidedly
low-key and scholarly approach
to commemorating the sesquicen-
tennial of the Civil War.
Re-enactments have taken
place at battlefields near Tu-
pelo and are planned soon near
luka. Lectures, concerts and
other gatherings are scheduled
over the next several months.
Several events are expected in
2013 to mark the 1863 siege of
Vicksburg, which gave the Union
control of the Mississippi River.
Mississippi is the last state
with a flag that includes the
Confederate battle emblem, a red
field topped by a blue X with 13
white stars. The symbol has been
on the state flag since 1894. In
a 2001 statewide election, voters
decided nearly 2-to-1 to keep it,
despite arguments it was racially
divisive and tarnishing the state's
With a population that's 38
percent Black, Mississippi has
elected hundreds of Black public
officials in the past four decades
_ a change directly linked to the
Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Many people, across racial
lines, say it's important that Civil
War history commemorations not
turn into celebrations of a lost
Derrick Johnson, state presi-
dent of the National Association
for the Advancement of Col-
ored People, said generations
have been taught a "revisionist
history" of the Civil War that
ignores or downplays the impact
of slavery. He said he wants a
full discussion of the war.
"In mixed racial company,
people don't want to address
race and there is truly an avoid-
ance of conversation when it

-AP Phioto/Rogelio V. Soils
This nine-foot tall sculpture photographed at the Vicksburg National
Military Park in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16, honors Black sol-
diers and civilians that fought for their freedom and in support of the
Union.The statue depicts three figures two Union soldiers represent-
ing the 1st and 3d Mississippi Infantry, African Descent, and participat-
ed in the Vicksburg campaign; and the third figure is a civilian laborer.

relates to history and race,"
Johnson said. "Civil War, pre-
Civil War, Reconstruction, Re-
demption, segregation nobody
wants to have candid conversa-
tions about how the past affects
the public policy of this state
and how people of different races
interact with one another in this

On Dec. 20, 1860, South Caro-
lina became the first state to
secede. Mississippi moved next
on Jan. 9, 1861, with a seces-
sion declaration stating, in part:
"Our position is thoroughly
identified with the institution of
slavery the greatest material

interest of the world."

Rick Martin is chief of opera-
tions for the Vicksburg National
Military Park, a 1,800-acre bat-
tlefield that sprawls through the
city's hills and bluffs. The park
attracts about 800,000 people a
year from around the world, and
Martin said their most common
questions are "Why did the war
start?" and "How could this
"Depending on what part
of the country you're from ...
people have been brought up dif-
ferent ways to understand why
the Civil War was fought," Mar-
tin said. "When it comes down
to it, you can boil it all down to
slavery. That is the root cause of
the Civil War."
Robert M. Walker, a historian
who became Vicksburg's first
Black mayor in the late 1980s,
was instrumental in pushing the
park to install a monument that
honors all Black people free
and slave who participated in
military action in Vicksburg dur-
ing the Civil War. The monument
was added in 2003.
Black soldiers fought for the
Union in the Battle of Milliken's
Bend, La., on June 7, 1863, just
up the Mississippi River from
Vicksburg. The site was a supply
and communication post for the
Union as it worked to conquer
Vicksburg during a siege that
lasted from May 22, 1863, until
the Confederates surrendered on
July 4.
"One thing I'm particularly
proud of is that Black men who
were poorly or sometimes not
trained at all took up arms to
fight for their own freedom and
the freedom of their loved ones,"
Walker said. "The conventional
belief was that they were not
battle worthy, that they wouldn't
After the Battle of Milliken's
Bend, the Black soldiers won
praise from military officers.
"These folks were genuine,
were real freedom fighters,"
Walker said.

U.S. Slavery Museum bankruptcy case dismissed

U.S. National Slavery Museum's
Chapter 11 bankruptcy case has
been dismissed and a donor has
agreed to pay about $250,000
in back taxes owed to the city of
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Doug-
las 0. Tice Jr. granted the muse-
um's motion for dismissal motion
last Friday, The Free Lance-Star
The motion filed Friday morn-
ing by Sandra R. Robinson, an
attorney representing the mu-
seum's board, followed a ruling
earlier this week by Tice that al-
lowed Celebrate Virginia to be a
party to the case.

Celebrate Virginia donated
land in Fredericksburg where the
museum is to be built. The devel-
opment company had asked Tice
to convert the case to Chapter 7
or dismiss it.
Robinson's motion said the
cost of converting the case to
Chapter 7 would substantially
reduce the museum estate's
value before any creditor is paid.
It cited fees for attorneys, ap-
praisers and auctioneers, along
with fees that a new bankruptcy
trustee would charge to liquidate
the museum's assets.
The motion also noted that Cel-
ebrate Virginia is not a creditor.
"Through dismissal, the Debt-

or has a real chance to reorga-
nize for the best interest of its
creditors and its estate: the only
entities this Court is statutorily
authorized to consider in mak-
ing its determination," Robinson
Donors have pledged $100,000
to the museum but the money
will not be released while the
bankruptcy case is pending,
Robinson wrote.
One donor, who was not identi-
fied, has agreed to pay the mu-
seum's delinquent property taxes
but only if the bankruptcy case
is dismissed. Coupled with the
other pledges, there would be
enough money to pay the back

taxes plus taxes that have ac-
crued since the bankruptcy filing
last September.
"Therefore, the full payment
of the City of Fredericksburg
debt can be achieved within days
of the dismissal versus after
months (or a year) in a converted
Chapter 7 case and at no cost
or diminution of the Debtor's es-
tate," Robinson wrote.
The museum's largest credi-
tor, Pei Partnership Architects, is
owed approximately $5.2 million.
An attorney for the company has
said Pei is willing to consider a
reorganization plan rather than a
Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder

began publicly advocating for the
museum a decade ago and began
* lining up backers and donations.
By 2007, however, giving to the
proposed museum began to dry
up, and construction never be-
Wilder, the grandson of slaves
and the nation's first elected
Black governor, has said he was
inspired to create a museum to
tell of the nation's lucrative com-
merce in human enslavement af-
ter he visited Africa 20 years ago.
He assembled a board that in-
cluded distinguished Blacks and
enlisted the financial support of
entertainer Bill Cosby, but could
not sustain fundraising.


Blacks seek equity in school renovation plan

continued from 1A

40-plus years ago and to
bring the County's schools up-
to-date with the latest technol-
School officials estimate that
almost half of the District build-
ings are over 40-years-
old and over one-third W
are more than 50-years-
old. Carvalho calls the r w
"21st Century School h
Facilities" proposal
a "win-win solution"
pointing out that the
bond issue would have
minimal impact on the F
typical homeowner -
a projected $10 in the
first year. He also stressed to
board members and the pub-
lic that now is the time to act,
as construction costs are sig-
nificantly lower than their peak
while interest rates are at his-
torical lows.
We asked Carvalho to address
some concerns that are specific
to the Black community, includ-
ing what steps are being taken
to ensure that our schools will
not be left out should this new
building and improvement proj-

ect be approved by the voters.

A project list submitted to and
approved by the FLDOE includes
every school in the District as a
candidate for improvements un-
der the BO Bond program. But
how were they chosen
and by what criteria will
schools be selected?
"Projects at existing
campuses are catego
rized as renovations,
full and partial building
replacements and tech
nology upgrades," Car-
,-- valho said. "Over 280
schools are listed as
renovation candidates
based on the age and condition
of their buildings . incorpo-
rating input from principals and
regional superintendents. Needs
are revisited annually as part
of the District's annual capital
budget discussions which in-
volve a number of stakeholders,
ranging from advisory commit-
tees to representatives of the
various local jurisdictions."
Carvalho added that in order
to adequately inform the pub-
lic, a series of informal meet-

ings will be conducted in the "Members will be determined
coming weeks in all areas of the by the school board and the
community each will be ad- superintendent initial dis-
vertised to encourage cussions regarding this
stakeholder participa- matter have called for
tion and input. the appointment of two
However, with the .- representatives by each
disproportionate num- board member and two
ber of "D" and "F" ...- .. by the superintendent
schools being majority- one with technical
Black, some parents .'. expertise and one repre-
and voters have asked 'r y*.- senting the community
whether underperform- HOLLOWAY stakeholders."

ing schools will benefit
from the bond program.
"All schools will benefit from
capital improvements under
the bond program," Carvalho
said. He also pointed to a re-
cent special report, Rebuilding
America's Schools, that draws a
link between infrastructure and
student performance.
"The article notes that com-
munities that have provided a
local solution by issuing bonds
experience higher attendance
and lower vandalism since the
modernization of their school
facilities," he said.
Carvalho also addressed con-
cerns about the composition of
the yet-to-be-announced advi-
sory and oversight committee
for the GO referendum.

School Board Member Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall
whose District includes Liberty
City called for "sustained ac-
countability" as discussions
move forward regarding the
bond referendum.
"I appreciate the informa-
tion from the pollsters but in
some districts and zip codes we
must be diligent overseers and
we must deliver," she said. "My
hope is that the advisory board
will mirror the diversity of our
communities. I trust the Su-
perintendent but must see it
happen. We all have to play our
parts to make sure no child or
school is left out."

School Board Member Willard
"Tee" Holloway said, "While we
face great challenges, what we
do now and how we approach
the problems facing our schools
and our students will illustrate
the level of our courage. If not
now, when? This is about do-
ing what's needed to improve
student achievement across the

board and to reduce the
disparity that exists be-
tween certain schools.
It's a start it's a need-
ed start. But it's not a
cure all."
T. Willard Fair, presi-
dent and CEO, Urban
League of Greater Mi-
ami, shared his views
following the board


"I have no evidence
from the past not to believe that
Blacks will be treated equally
and get our fair share of build-
ing renovations and technologi-
cal upgrades at our neighbor-
hood schools," he said. "What
we need to communicate to all
the voters is how important
this bond referendum is to the
community. I've been in every
school in Liberty City and a lot
of those schools need to be con-

demned and closed. What does
that tell our children about how
much we care about them and
their future? This should not be
looked at as a color issue. We
have to show them that there
can be something better than
what currently exists. The prob-
lems facing our schools have
become clearly apparent during
our watch and we must
4 be responsible and con-
S cerned enough to act -
and to act now."
A summary of what
the bonds will facilitate
Sas outlined in the Facili-
S ties proposal includes:
,' help to enhance the safe-
toss- ty and security of school
iGALL buildings; renovate or
upgrade every school;
guarantee technology
equity across all schools; seek
stakeholder input while mini-
mizing the burden to taxpayers;
promote greater public/private
partnerships; provide economic
development and employment
opportunities to our community;
and provide transparency and
confidence with citizen advisory
and oversight committees to en-
sure timely and equitable distri-
bution of projects.

Neither candidate "surprised" by outcome in District 3 runoff

continued from 1A

Liberty City native Keon Harde-

Edmonson garnered 43 percent
of the vote and led the pack of six
candidates, including: Braman-
sponsored Alison Austin (16 per-
cent); Michael Jackson Joseph (8
percent); Eddie Lewis (4 percent);
and Nadia Pierre (9 percent). But
it was Hardemon, 28, a Miami
Northwestern grad who went on
to earn his MBA and law degree
from the University of Miami,
that was able to force the incum-
bent into a November runoff by
pulling in 20 percent of the vote.

In terms of actual numbers,
the top two candidates pulled in
6,848 and 3,193 votes, respec-
"I wasn't surprised that this
went to a runoff given the num-
ber of candidates in the primary
race," Edmonson said. "Still I
was pleased that I secured the
largest percentage of votes. I be-
lieve that was because I was able
to explain my platform to the
people. Moving forward to No-
vember, I'm going to have to keep
pounding the pavement and
knocking on doors. I'm going to
have to continue to tell my story
and point out the things I have
Hardemon says it was always
his goal to secure second place
in the primary.

FCAT to be retired,

By Leslie Postal

The FCAT, long Florida's most
important and sometimes most
reviled exam, is headed for a re-
tirement of sorts.
But when the state shuts the
door on the math, reading and
writing sections of Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test, it
will usher in a new set of tough-
er standardized exams in those
same subjects.
So Florida's public school
students still will be taking
tests. In fact, they'll be taking
more exams and asked to
do more on them, with writing
and "show your work" math
problems part of the mix in all
grades 3 to 11.
Florida plans to begin pi-
lot testing the new exams this
school year, even as it weathers
continued criticism that it tests
students too much. The new
tests are to replace correspond-
ing FCAT exams in the spring

of 2015.
They are meant to be bet-
ter, more-comprehensive as-
sessments. In both language
arts and math, students are to
take a series of exams with the
scores combined into one final
mark for each subject.
In language arts, for example,
sixth graders will have three
writing tasks literary analy-
sis, narrative writing and re-
search simulation exercises -
as well as an end-of-the-year
reading comprehension exam.
The tests are to encourage a
"close reading" of texts rather
than "racing through the pas-
sages," and a focus on "words
that matter most" rather than
"obscure vocabulary," accord-
ing to examples released on
They are also to provide stu-
dents good-quality texts to
read. One middle school ex-
ample used the award-winning
novel Julie of the Wolves.

"I knew it would be tough to un-
seat an incumbent so our strat-
egy was to take the next highest
number of votes," he said. "All of
the candidates had to run their
best campaign and that's just
what my camp did. Now that it's
a two-person race, I think people
will see that I have what it takes
- I think I can win this."

It was approximately five
months ago that new boundar-
ies were approved, changing the
size, neighborhoods and the vot-
ing constituency throughout the
State of Florida, including Dis-
trict 3. Both candidates say they
know they have work to do if they
are to secure these new voters.


The math tests aim to have a
strong focus on important top-
ics "instead of randomly sam-
pling a mile-wide array of top-
Both exams will include some
paper and pencil work but lots
of compulter-based items, with
students clicking, "dragging
and dropping" and shading
text, among other options.
"They are designed to be work
worth doing rather than a dis-
traction from good work," said
Laura Slover, senior vice presi-
dent of Achieve, the manage-
ment partner for the new ex-
ams, in a statement.
The introduction of the new
tests will come at a time when
the state is facing increasing
criticism about what some call
its "testing mania." Some com-
plain the state relies too heavily
on scores from one-day FCAT
exams to make key education
decisions, from student promo-
tion to teacher evaluations.

What's Mitt Romney afraid of?

continued from 1A

aged President Reagan's 1984
landslide victory, and William
Kristol, editor of TheWeekly
Standard, have all urged Rom-
ney to be more forthcoming
with his tax records.
But instead of doing that,
Romney hunkered down. In
an appearance on the NBC
news show Rock Center, his
wife said smartly that no more
tax records will be released.
"We have been very transpar-
ent to what's legally required
of us," Ann Romney said. "But
the more we release, the more
we get attacked, the more we
get questioned, the more we
get pushed. And so we have
done what's legally required
and there's going to be no
In other words, she doesn't
think an American presiden-
tial candidate who squirreled

away assets in places that
are well known for sheltering
the ill-gotten gain of dictators
and the shell corporations of
American tax evaders should
be questioned about this.

As it is, Romney has no le-
gal requirement to show voters
any of his tax returns. But he
does have a moral responsibil-
ity to be more revealing than
he has been.
I'm not sure how many years
of tax returns will satisfy this
moral duty whether it's the
23 years he gave McCain; the
12 years his father, George
Romney, made public dur-
ing his 1968 run for the GOP
presidential nomination, or
the five years the Obama cam-
paign is calling on Romney to
release but two years is not
I don't know what Romney is
hiding, but I'm sure it is some-

thing. And so are a couple of
respected Republican pundits.
"There's obviously something
there, because if there was
nothing there, he would say
'Have at it,' Matthew Dowd,
the chief strategist for Presi-
dent George W. Bush's 2004
reelection campaign, said dur-
ing a July 15 broadcast of the
ABC news show This Week
With George Stephanopoulos.
Republican columnist George
Will's criticism of Romney's re-
calcitrance was even more bit-
ing. "The costs of not releasing
the returns are clear," he said
on the same show. "Therefore,
(Romney) must have calculat-
ed that there are higher costs
in releasing them." Higher
costs, indeed.
Mitt Romney is hiding some-
thing something voters re-
ally need to know before they
go to the polls in November.
DeWayne Wickham writes on
Tuesday forUSA TODAY.

Hardemon estimates that there
are an additional 4,000 voters in
the redrawn district.
"My alma mater, Miami North-
western, is now included in Dis-
trict 3 that gives me hope," he
said. "What amazed me was as I
went door-to-door, I discovered
that a lot of voters didn't even
know they were now in District
3. I had to explain that; then I
went on to secure their votes."
Edmonson agrees that getting
the word out to voters regard-
ing changes to the District was
a challenge.
"District 3 is a diverse com-
munity inner city, Haitian-
Americans, Blacks and His-
panics," she said. "I held three
meet-and-greets aimed at intro-
ducing myself to residents that

had been added to my District. I
will have to do even more of that
to spread the word and to share
my accomplishments. But I won
every precinct except one which
went to Austin. That's the plan
the next time around."

With about 80 days remain-
ing until the election in Novem-
ber, both candidates say they'll
have to push their individual
platforms and persuade the vot-
ers that they're the best person
for the job. Edmonson says she
welcomes the challenge.
"I've brought affordable hous-
ing to the District and put roofs
over people's heads," she said.
"And while I've been criticized

for not doing enough for small
and minority-owned business-
es, I have made sure that a
significant amount of new con-
struction and related jobs were
brought to District 3. Part of my
goal has also been to monitor
how County contracts and work
done on County-owned land
lined up with our objectives to
make sure minorities have equal
As for Hardemon, he says he
relishes the role of the under-
"The Commissioner has had
six years to make good on her
name and accomplishments,"
he said. "That just means I have
to work ten-times harder to per-
suade voters that I'm the best
person for the job."

Augusta admits first female members

continued from 1A

'the golf course.' It's long
since past time that women
be allowed into that world as
well. When Augusta, with a
sky-high profile in the world
of sports, finally, unequivo-
cally, is welcoming them, it's
a strong message to the old
stick-in-the-muds all over the
nation that the times are most
definitely changing.
"It's a good step for women
in the business world," said
women's rights advocate Mar-
tha Burk. "I wish I could say
that corporate America will

open up for women
and allow them into
the real corridors of
power, but we know
that in many cases,
that isn't happening."
Yes, it's only two:
two high-profile, well-
off women who were :
doing just fine in life
without an Augusta
bership. But this isn't



about them as people. It's
about what they represent.
It's about role models, and
pioneers, and sending mes-
That, plus it's two more
women than the club had

yesterday, and nearly
80 years of yesterdays
before that.
Tiger Woods, who
repeatedly has said
he believed Augusta
National should have
female members, wel-
comed the announce-

"I think the decision by the
Augusta National member-
ship is important to golf," said
Woods, a four-time Masters
champ who is not a member
of the club. "The Club contin-
ues to demonstrate its com-
mitment to impacting the
game in positive ways."

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Barbershop in Charlotte, NC

Actor Don Cheadle hosts canvass kickoff event
as part of National Day of Action in NC

Getting geared for Obama's re-election

Actress Nia Long visits MissTootsie's restaurant to fire up sup-
porters for National Day of Action in Philadelphia, PA.

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Last weekend, to mark 100
days until the election, the
Obama re-election campaign
conducted more than 4,600
grassroots events in states
across the country. These
events took place in all 50
states and Washington, D.C.
- in neighborhoods, at bar-
ber shops, restaurants and
churches and in local field
offices where efforts were
launched to rally volunteers
and speak with supporters.
Activities included events
focused on voter registration,
recruitment of new volun-
teers and gaining commit-
ments from undecided voters
to vote for President Obama,

Actress Alfre Woodard firing up supporters in Richmond, VA.

Virginia volunteers at Weekend of Action Phone

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) A group
of Black journalists says it
is disappointed in the lack of
ethnic diversity among the
people chosen to moderate
U.S. presidential debates.
The National Association of
Black Journalists said Friday
that the Commission on Pres-
idential Debates needed to
stop treating black reporters
and other minority journalists
as if they were unqualified,
invisible or both. The group
said diversity was important
in a year in which as much as

Actors Donald Faison and Zach Braff
ready to register voters and fire up support-
ers in Las Vegas, NV.

a quarter of the electorate is
expected to be non-white.
Candy Crowley of CNN, Jim
Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schief-
fer of CBS News were selected
to moderate the three debates
between President Barack
Obama and Republican chal-
lenger Mitt Romney ahead of
the November election. Mar-
tha Raddatz of ABC News will
moderate the debate between
Vice President Joe Biden and
Republican candidate Paul
A commission representa-
tive did not immediately re-
turn a call seeking comment.

Earlier this week, the presi-
dent of the Spanish-speaking
television network Univision
criticized the lack of Latino
representation among the
moderators and suggested a
separate forum hosted by two
Univision personalities.
In response, the commis-
sion noted that a number
of groups and individuals
wanted to be included, but it
was impossible to accommo-
date everyone. The commis-
sion said that the journalists
selected see their assignment
as representing all Ameri-

among others. All these
rallies, visits and conversa-
tions will help engage every
supporter and ensure they
commit to helping grow our
organization at the grass-
roots level. A special web site
is helped supporters find
events near them by entering
their zip code: www.baracko-
bama.corn/ day-of- action.
The weekend's efforts were
part of First Lady Michelle
Obama's new grassroots
organizing initiative called
"It Takes One," (http://www.
which asks everyone to com-
mit to taking at least one ac-
tion to help reelect President
Obama from registering
one more voter to recruiting
one more volunteer to bring-
ing one more friend to a cam-
paign event to anything else
-that helps the larger effort to
move America forward.


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By Aamer Madhani

A judge in the battleground
state of Pennsylvania ruled
Wednesday that a GOP-backed
voter-ID law could be implement-
ed in November despite fierce
objections from opponents who
say it could disenfranchise thou-
sands of low-income and minority
Judge Robert Simpson, in is-
suing his 70-page opinion, was
unmoved by arguments that
the law, which requires voters
to show certain types of govern-
ment-issued identification at the
polls, would pose an unreason-
able burden on voters.
Simpson commended the plain-
tiffs' lawyers for "putting a face"
to some who would be affected -
lead plaintiff Viviette Applewhite,
93, who marched with Martin Lu-
ther King in the civil rights move-
ment but ultimately upheld
the law. "At the end of the day,
however, I do not have the luxury
of deciding this issue based on
my sympathy for the witnesses
or my esteem for counsel," wrote
Simpson, a Republican.
The plaintiffs said they would
move to appeal the decision with
Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The "ruling is an affront to a
core American value and takes
us back to a dark time in our
nation's history," said Judith
Browne-Dianis, co-director of the
Advancement Project, one of the
groups that sued.
"This requires hundreds
and hundreds of thousands of
Pennsylvania voters who lack the
specific government-issued photo
ID to jump through burdensome
hoops to exercise their most basic
legal right," Browne-Dianis said.
An appeal could face hurdles
with the state Supreme Court.

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader
The court has six members: three
Democrats and three Republi-
cans. A tie vote would uphold
Simpson's ruling.
Opponents of the law, one of 11
voter-ID laws put on the books
nationally since 2010, say that
it was driven by GOP efforts to
diminish minority turnout. Penn-
sylvania's House Majority Leader,
Mike Turzai, a Republican, had
listed the law in a meeting with
Republican activists last month
as an accomplishment that would
allow Mitt Romney to win the
state in November. Opponents of
the law point to Turzai's comment
as evidence that the law was mo-
tivated by partisan politics.
Simpson said that Turzai's
statements were "disturbing,
tendentious," but he said he "de-
clined to infer'that other members
of the General Assembly shared
the boastful views" of the law-
Before the ruling, the Obama
campaign had launched an effort
to ensure supporters knew about
the law, said Jennifer Austin of
Obama for America Pennsylvania.

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/ 't i Overcoming obstacles

By Malika A. Wright

Two young women gave their
lives to Christ last Sunday at
the Church of God of North
Dade in Miami Gardens. Al-
though the entire church re-
joiced and the young women
cried tears of joy, that doesn't
mean that their lives will be
problem-free now."Being a
Christian isn't easy," Rev. Mi-
chael Hill, 51, said. "The ene;
my of our souls is against us."
Hill, who has presided over the
church for 17 years, focuses

enduring pain and affliction,
and being faithful until the
end. Church members weren't
only taught spiritual lessons,
they also did exercises, such
as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups
and played sports. "We ran it
as a boot camp so that they
could go through obstacles,"
he said. "Although it may be
difficult, they can overcome
it." Even though Pastor Hill,
who was born and raised in
Youngstown, Ohio, grew up
in a church and his grand-
mother, Grace Irby was a pas-
tor; it wasn't until after his

Slave trade history

remembered in Key West

A recently-established but
highly significant Key West
tradition will continue on Sun-
day, Aug. 26th at 5 p.m. with
the official Annual Observance
of the International Day for
the Remembrance of the Slave
Trade and Its Abolition (offi-
cially Aug. 23), at the 1860 Key
West African Cemetery monu-
ment on Atlantic Boulevard.
The Cemetery is the burial
site of 295 Africans, mostly
children and youth, who were
among a group of 1,432 per-
sons rescued from three Amer-
ican-owned slave ships bound
for Cuba which were captured
by the U.S. Navy steamships as
the nation edged ever closer to
Civil War. The deceased suc-
cumbed to the illnesses and
unspeakable conditions they
had suffered during the ocean
crossing as the survivors were
detained in Key West for 12
weeks, awaiting their return to
The captives' detention in
Key West garnered generous
support from the local com-
munity as well as national
attention, adding much to the
political drama of the time.
The August 23 date was

THE HORRORS OF SLAVERY: Images like this daguer-
rotype appeared in magazines like Harper's Weeldy, bringing
national attention to plight of enslaved Africans in Key West
and other places throughout the U.S.

chosen by the United Na-
tions for the International Day
of Remembrance as a com-
memoration of the beginning
of the Haitian Revolution, the
most successful revolt against
slavery, which led to the
establishment of the second
independent republic in the

hemisphere (after the U.S.),
and not only became a beacon
of hope for other enslaved pop-
ulations, but also offered vital
assistance to Simon Bolivar
and his struggle for indepen-
dence in South America.
The August 26 date of the
Remembrance has special
significance for the Key West
African Cemetery, as this was
the date when the first of the

surviving rescued Africans
arrived in the West African na-
tion of Liberia.
The Remembrance also
includes a special recognition
of several ongoing projects and
achievements, including July's
expedition by the National As-
sociation of Black Scuba Div-
ers (NABS) to locate the 1827
wreck of the Spanish slave
Please turn to SLAVE 12B

on saving souls and helping
members endure hardships to
become victorious. Hill pre-
pares his congregation of about
80 members for life's obstacles
each year through Vocational
Bible Boot Camp, a weeklong
summer class where each day
members are prepared for dif-
ferent hardships that occur in
life. The class occurred right
in time to prepare the youth
for going back to school, but
Boot Camp wasn't only for the
youth, there were also parent-
ing and young adult classes.
The youth classes were divid-
ed by kindergarten, primary
school, and middle school
through 10th grade. On the
first day, the congregation fo-
cused on resisting temptation.
Other topics they focused on
were dealing with troubles,

last year in the army that he
became saved. "I was living a
different lifestyle when I was in
the military," he said. "I was
far from God." After getting
in trouble while in the mili-
tary, he realized the only one
that could turn it around or
make that difference in his life
was Christ, he said. In 1995,
he started preaching at the
Church of God of North Dade.
Hill's church members also
overcome hardships through
testimonies. Each Sunday
several church members stand
and give their testimonies. Hill
said the testimonies give oth-
er church members hope. It
makes the members who are
going through hardships feel
that if God has bought the
testifier through obstacles, he
can bring others through, too.

Churchgoers divided over tithing

The Black family: What

makes yours "unique?"

The Black family has proven itself to be resilient even in the face of
slavery, lynchings, wars, depressions, and numerous battles for civil
rights. One of the ways we often renew our strength and pass on our
stories to the next generation is through holding family reunions. We
invite our readers to send in one paragraph describing what makes
your family unique. Please also send us a high resolution photograph
from one of your family reunions. We hope to include several photos
and testimonies in subsequent issues of The Miami Times.
Send your photos and paragraph to kmcneir@miamitimesonline.
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By Rachel Phan

Wes Prang is a devout Christian who has
given everything to his faith. Despite living
on only $339 a month, Prang often used
to give money to his church. He did this
because he was told that it would make
him a "good Christian."
It nearly ruined his life. Tithing which
literally means "one-tenth"- is a practice
in which parishioners give 10 per cent of
their net income to their churches, regard-
less of financial status. An Old Testa-
ment concept, the tithe served as a tax in
ancient Israel.
Today, Christians give an average of
2.43 percent of their income. Evangelicals
are among the most generous, donating
an average of four per cent. Conservative
Christians, like Baptists, are also more
likely to tithe than Catholics. Statistics
from the United States and Canada sug-
gest that only a small minority of Chris-
tians tithe the full 10 per cent. For those
who do, the pressure to give, combined
with the inability to pay the full amount,
has led to a crisis of faith and feelings of
guilt and shame for some. Others say they
feel like "bad Christians" for not tithing.
While some tout the importance of the
tithe in Christian life, others are unsure.
Both the economic impact of the tithe and
the exploitation of churchgoers for person-
al and financial gain by leaders of "mega-
churches" have fueled anti-tithing senti-
ments, according to people interviewed for
this story.
Prang, an American from Olympia,
Wash., had been a member of his conser-
vative Baptist church since he was five
years old. He began tithing in his early 20s
because his pastor stressed that tithing
every Sunday was essential to salvation.

Today, Christians give an average of 2.43 percent of their income. Evangelicals
are among the most generous, donating an average of four per cent. Conservative
Christians, like Baptists, are also more likely to tithe than Catholics.

"We were taught that we should not
burden the church with financial troubles,
but somehow it was okay for the church to
go into debt and insist that we give more
to bail them out," he said. "I've heard 'Give
'til it hurts!' more than once."
He said parishioners at his church were
explicitly instructed to tithe even though
they couldn't afford it. For some devout
Christians, donating to the church should
be a no-brainer since the Bible instructs
followers to "obey God" and bring "the
tithe to the storehouse." Only about four

per cent of Americans actually tithe, down
from seven per cent the previous year. In
Canada, The Canadian Revenue Agency
found that, from 2009 to 2010, religious
donations dropped to $4 billion from $6.04
Russell Kelly, a 67-year-old retired theo-
logian, runs a popular anti-tithing website.
He is a conservative evangelical dispen-
sational Baptist, but became opposed to
tithing after his father was fired from his
Sunday school teaching job for not paying
the full 10 percent.

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'Hug Me' sculpture to

replace destroyed'

Touchdown Jesus'

By Sheila McLaughlin

CLAYTON, Ohio Right now Jesus is in
pieces seven of them in a small fac-
tory about 70 miles north of Cincinnati.
But sometime in late September, he'll
rise again, looming about 63 feet above
Interstate 75 at Solid Rock Church in
This statue is replacing the iconic sculp-
ture nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus" a
waist-up, butter-cream-colored replica
with arms raised high that burned to
the ground after a lightning strike in June
The new piece will represent a full-
length Jesus with arms outstretched as if
beckoning people to him.
It already has a nickname, too, accord-
ing to sculptor Tom Tsuchiya, although
its official title is LuxMundi, which is
Latin for "Light of the World."
"It's 'Hug Me Jesus,' Tsuchiya said
Thursday. "Some blogger called it that,
and I loved it. That's what it's all about
- a let's-all-be-friends message. Love one
Replacing the first statue has seen its
share of delays. Tsuchiya started sculpt-
ing the replacement two years ago. The
statue was supposed to be up in summer
Then a fabricating company that was
first hired to construct the pieces went
out of business.
The church hired Display Dynamics
in February. By then, the steel frame for
the new statue had been up outside the
church for five months.

Everyone involved was get-
ting antsv, said Veit Von
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Part of the challenge was
re-engineering all the pieces
to fit the existing steel frame
and 11 -foot concrete base, he
said. The statue itself will be
about 52 feet tall.
"One of the things we had to
do was settle everyone down.
The biggest challenge was get-
ting everyone to respect the
process," said Von Parker, whose
18-year-old company designs
and builds custom exhibits and
interactive displays for muse-
urns, zoos and entertainment
venues across the country.
And they had to agree on a
color. No more creamy butter
hues. This one will be the color of
On Thursday, large foam
pieces of Jesus took up a third
of the floor of Display Dynamics'
65,000-square-foot fabricating
Tsuchiya was busy filling in parts
of the foam sculptures to refine then
Display Dynamics workers were spray -
coating one of Jesus' arms with gray
polymer that contains tiny terra-cotta
specs to play off the color of the church's
roof. A section with the bottom of Jesus'
robe and left foot was the only finished
The foam pieces were milled using com-
puterized machinery after Tsuchiya's life-
size sculpture was scanned
into a computer.
Von Parker said Display
Dynamics hopes to de- ,
liver the pieces, weighing u
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The 62-foot King of Kings

is pictured Tuesday, April 6, '

2010 in front of Solid Rock

Church in Monroe. It had

been scheduled to undergo

a makeover with 60 gallons

of paint prior to the fire.

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Less religious states give less to charity

By Jay Lindsay
Associated Press

BOSTON A new study on the
generosity of Americans suggests
that states with the least religious
residents are also the stingiest
about giving money to charity.
The study released Monday by
the Chronicle of Philanthropy
found that residents in states
where religious participation is
higher than the rest of the nation,
particularly in the South, gave
the greatest percentage of their
discretionary income to charity.
The Northeast, with lower reli-
gious participation, was the least
generous to charities, with the six
New England states filling the last
six slots among the 50 states.
The study also found that pat-
terns of charitable giving are col-
ored in political reds and blues.
Of the 10 least generous states,
nine voted for Democrat Barack
Obama for president in the last
election. By contrast, of the 10
most generous states, eight voted
for Republican John McCain.
But Peter Panepento, the
Chronicle's assistant managing
editor, said that political break-

down likely speaks to a state's
religious makeup, not its prevail-
ing political views. He noted the
lowest-ranked Democrat states
were also among the least reli-
gious, while the top-ranked Re-
publican states were among the
more religious.
"I don't know if I could go out
and say it's a complete Repub-
lican-Democrat difference as
much as it is different religious
attitudes and culture in these
states," he said.
The study was based on Inter-
nal Revenue Service records of
people who itemized deductions

in 2008, the most recent year
statistics were available.
By focusing on the percentage
given to charity from discretion-
ary income the money left
over after necessities are paid
for the study aimed to remove
variables such as the differing
costs of living around the country,
Panepento said. The data allowed
researchers to detail charitable
giving down to the ZIP code, he
The most generous state was
Utah, where residents gave 10.6
percent of their discretionary
income to charity. Next were Mis-

sissippi, Alabama, Tennessee and
South Carolina. The least gener-
ous was New Hampshire, at 2.5
percent, followed by Maine, Ver-
mont, Massachusetts and Rhode
In Boston, semi-retired car-
penter Stephen Cremins said the
traditional New England ideal of
self-sufficiency might explain the
lower giving, particularly during
tight times when people have less
to spare.
"Charity begins at home. I'm
a big believer of that, you know,
you have to take care of yourself
before you can help others," Cr-
emins said.
The study found that in the
Northeast region, including New
England, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and New York, people gave
4.1 percent of their discretionary
income to charity. The percentage
was 5.2 percent in the Southern
states, a region from Texas east to
Delaware and Florida, and includ-
ing most of the so-called Bible
The Bible mandates a 10 per-
cent annual donation, or tithe, to
the church, and the donation is
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Transegender woman not allowed

in fitting room because of religion

By Brande Victorian

Religion and safety, were
at the root of Natalie John-
son's decision not to aLiov.
a transgender woman into
a female fitting room at the
Macy's where she worked,
says the 27-year-old who
was fired for discrimination.
She explained the situa-
tion saying, offended by Johnson's
actions and the Macy's at
the River Center in San
Antonio decided to let her
go. Now Johnson, who is
being represented by Liberty
Counsel, a religious advo-
cacy group, has has filed a
complaint with the Federal
Employment Commission,
saying that her religious
beliefs prevent her from rec-

If you're a man going into the women's fitting room,

I will kindly escort you to the men's fitting room."

"There was a young man
who was going into the
women's fitting room 3o my
female customers were at
stake too.
"They wanted me to be-
lieve that the young man I
was looking at was a wom-
an. He wasn't. He was just
a man with makeup on and
women's clothing."
She added, "Any man who
is in the process of becom-
ing a woman, well guess
what? You are still a man."
The transgender customer

ognizing transgender people.
"There are no transgen-
ders in the world. A guy can
dress up as a woman all he
wants. That's still not go-
ing to make you a woman.
If you're a man going into
the women's fitting room, I
will kindly escort you to the
men's fitting room."
What do you think about
Natalie Johnson's actions?
Should she have been fired?
Should company policy
come before her religious

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Michelle Obama t

visit Sikh shooting

victims' families
By Jack Dempsey

WASHINGTON (AP) Michelle Obama plans to
go to Milwaukee to meet with family members of
those killed and injured in a Sikh temple shoot-
ing this month.
The White House says the first lady's visit
Thursday is part of the administration's outreach
to the Sikh community after the Aug. 5 shooting.
A gunman killed six people attending Sunday
services before killing himself. The gunman was
associated with white supremacists and neo-Nazi
groups. Investigators say they may never know
for certain what prompted his attack.
The first lady also plans to attend a campaign
While the president himself hasn't traveled to
Milwaukee after the shooting, Attorney General
Eric Holder attended a memorial service.

Parents discuss punishments

By Charing Ball

As a society, we have become enam-
ored with public displays of disgrace.
Sort of like the public floggings of our
past, we like to see the remorseful
politician begging for forgiveness in
front of a sea of snapping cameras on
the evening news or watching unsus-
pecting alleged pedophiles confront-
ed, shamed and then tackled to the
ground by awaiting police officers on
"Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator."
The point is, as more frustrated
parents take to the digital world to
air-out their grievances with their
offspring, we might be on the verge
of setting the stage for less scrupu-
lous parents to seize the opportunity
to mix their disciplinary tactics with
stardom. Like the stepfather, who
produced a step-by-step video guide
to disciplining a child, using his own
stepson as the prop. In video, this
"father of the year" shows himself
shaving his son's head and eyebrows,
beating him with a belt and has him
run boot camp style drills outside of
their apartment complex. Thankful-
ly, he was arrested but others aren't
so lucky.
Like in the instance of the uncle of
the wannabe thug, who was caught
posting status updates highlighting
the gangster lifestyle via his Facebook
wall. On the video, the perturbed un-
cle makes his teenage nephew issue
a full confession to the camera then

he proceeded to beat his nephew on
camera for the world to see. That
video went viral. The uncle was de-
clared by many as a hero, doing what
he had to do to ensure his nephew
stayed on the straight and narrow.
Yet six months later, the teenage boy
was murdered by real gangsters and
his uncle is mourning his loss.
Perhaps sitting his nephew down
privately and explaining to him the
consequences of his wannabe gang-
ster lifestyle would have been enough
to deter him. Perhaps being exposed
as a liar for the world to see encour-
aged him to rebel more. It's a pos-
sibility considering that no one likes
their vulnerability exposed for the
world to see. I am a firm believer that
parenting is not easy job and there is
not a one singular method to doing it
How a parent chooses to instruct,
motivate and instill lessons of life -
whether it is through spanking, time
out or some other alternative meth-
ods within their children is an in-
ternal question best left up to the
parent. I'm not here to judge that.
With that said, donning your child
with a scarlet letter on the internet
doesn't seem like a good way to get
a point across to a child in need of
guidance. Nor does having us view
it, considering many of us, who may
judge, mock or leave spiteful com-
ments, have little to no investment
in your child's future.

Digital Bible

pops up in more

pews, pulpits

By Cassandra Spratling

DETROIT- Not too long ago, the sight of some-
one using an electronic device during a worship
service might lead an observer to assume that
person was not fully engaged. But not anymore.
Reading the Bible used to mean reading a book,
but increasingly, people are getting the Word on
smartphones, iPads and other electronic devices.
So then, what will happen to the printed Bible?
The last word has not been written on that, but
experts speculate that its unchallenged reign is
"The Bible is sort of the flagship of the printed
book culture," said Timothy Beal, author of
"The Rise and Fall of the Bible" (Mariner, 2011,
$15.95). "The printed word is losing its place as
the dominant medium for reading."
He pointed to the traditional family Bible -
once commonplace in many homes as evi-
dence of the decline in printed Bibles. "Most
families don't have them anymore," he said. "The
family Bible as we know it is already a thing of
the past in most families. What was once a per-
fect product during its time has become kind of
an artifact."
Hardcover Bibles are no longer al-
ways found in hotel rooms world-
wide, either. Last month, a
hotel in Newcastle, England,
replaced the hardcover
Bibles in all 148 guest
rooms with Amazon
Kindles, preloaded
S with Bibles. It's
exploring doing the
same in all 44 ho-
Sd tels the InterConti-
mental Hotels Group
owns worldwide.
Another hotel the Dam-
son Dene, in England's Lake District replaced
nightstand Bibles with the popular novel "Fifty
Shades of Grey."

The Rev. Michael Nabors, pastor of New Cal-
vary Baptist Church in Detroit, has at least 20
hardcover Bibles in the office of his church. He
recently began using an iPad during Bible study,
but sticks to a hardcover version in the pulpit.
He doesn't think many of his older members
would appreciate him using his iPad.
"What if he's up there preaching and the bat-
tery dies or something like that? I hope he has a
real Bible next to him, so he can look up what he
needs to look up," said Isabella Howard, 62, of
Detroit, a longtime member.
She wouldn't trade her hardbound Bible for
any e-version.
"I feel closer to God with this," she said refer-
ring to her Bible. "I don't have to plug up any-
thing. All I have to do is open it up and read it."
For others, there are more liturgical reasons to
shun e-Bibles during worship.
A representative of the Catholic Archdiocese of
Detroit said it would be impractical for a priest
to use an e-reader during mass because the
Holy Book is held high, carried down the aisle
and placed for display on the altar as part of the
opening of the service.
"It would be really strange to process an iPad
down the aisle and place it on the altar," said
Dan McAfee, director of Christian Worship for the
"E-Bibles are great for personal study, but they
can't be used for liturgical books," he said. "The
Bible is a sacred book a one of a kind not
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Purity Balls: Another avenue for patriarchy? i

By Toya Sharee

The last image a young
woman wants to have when
losing her virginity is a vi-
sion of her father. But for the
hundreds of young girls who
participate in purity balls each
year, decisions about sexual-
ity are heavily influenced by
the protective presence of their
Recently, the popular Na-
tional Geographic Channel
show Taboo featured a seg-
ment on the episode "Teen
Sex" about the practice of
purity balls. A purity ball is
a formal dance or ceremony
attended by fathers and their
daughters where the young
women pledge their virginity to
the protection of their fathers
until they are married. The fa-
thers then pledge to safe keep
what they see as their young
daughters' "purity of mind,
body and soul." The prac-
tice is closely associated with
evangelical Christian churches
and originated by Randy
Wilson in Colorado Springs
in 1998. The purity balls on
this episode featured fathers

taking a very active involve-
ment in their daughter's honor
and well-being. As one of the
fathers on the episode stated,
"The man sets the moral
compass for the entire fam-
ily." Wilson goes even further
emphasizing that purity balls
are more about the fathers
than they are the daughters.
"The idea was to model what
the relationship can be as a
daughter grows from a child to

an adult. You come in closer,
become available to answer
whatever questions she has,"
Wilson offers to fathers strug-
gling to find a place in the lives
of their maturing daughters.
But even with the best
intentions in the world, the
whole purity ball ceremony is
honestly kind of creepy when
played out. The girls march
to an altar in a procession of
mini child brides alongside

their fathers dressed in somber
suits. The dads then descend
on bended knee placing purity
rings on their daughter's left
hands. The compliant girls
adoringly gaze down in white
dresses promising to remain
abstinent until marriage.
What was also slightly un-
nerving for me is how young
the girls appeared to be. The
youngest girls appeared to be
all of 9 or 10 years old and I'm
Still not convinced that they are
100 percent sure of what they
are actually signing up for. As
they slow-dragged their feet in
tune with their fathers, their
I expressions were vacant and
apathetic, not passionate and
empowered like young women
convinced of their moral path.
Some guidelines state that girls
can be as young as four years
old and as old as college age,
but the majority of young girls
who participate do so once
they've entered puberty. At an
age where young girls are de-
bating the decision of tampon
or pad, making a semi-per-
manent pledge about virginity
could be seen as an unneces-
sary amount of pressure.

Could you marry someone of a different faith?

By Stephanie Guerilus

Religion is one of those sub-
jects that is often avoided in
conversation in order to keep
the peace. However, when it
comes to relationships and
families, sometimes a firewall
of tolerance just isn't strong
enough to stand.
For most people, the God
they serve and their faith, is at
the core of their essence. I'm
not any different. My mom is
Baptist and my Dad is a Je-
hovah's Witness. I was raised
as a believer of Jesus Christ. I
respect my father's way of life
and have even tolerated some
of his attempts to convert me,
but my heart has never been
swayed. Although, my aunt be-
lieves that I don't go to church

as much as I should. She tells
me all the time that church is
the perfect place for me to meet
a husband. More and more
are marrying individuals of re-
ligious backgrounds that differ
from their own.
Love has a way of overcom-
ing obstacles. It can cover the
many challenges that religion
creates. Since marriage is
about two people becoming
one, compromise is already
ingrained in the dynamics.
When there is love, you find a
way to make it all work. Each
person gives and takes a little
bit. Taye Diggs, who identifies
as a Christian, married Idina
Menzel who is Jewish. He has
stated that he hopes to allow
his son to see both of what
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0 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-

0 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
celebrate its anniversary.
Call 786-350-6221.

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

0 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
Baptist Church's summer
camp. Call 305-778-4638.

l New Mount Mori-
ah Missionary Baptist
Church holds a summer ba-
ton twirling camp. Call 786-

N Speaking Hands Min-

istry's holds a sign lan-
guage camp for youth. Call

E Golden Bells invite you
to their 34th singing anni-
versary. Call 786-251-2878.

Running For Jesus
Youth Ministries invites the
community to a Back to
School Summer Praise Cel-
ebration, Aug. 26 at 4 pm.
Call 305-696-6545.

The National Church
of God Men's Dept. and
Centurion Apostolic will host
an outdoor outreach event
on Aug. 25th at 4 p.m. @
1821 N. W. 2nd Ct. Call

The National Church
of God Men's Fellowship
will sponsor a Men's Reviv-
al Sept. 5 9 at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and
4 p.m. at 1821 N. W. 2nd Ct.
Call 305-456-2601.

Second Canaan MB
Church will end its cele-
bration of the Pastor's Aide
Board 24th Anniversary on
Sunday, August 26 at 7:30
a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (305)

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center will hold a Pas-
tor Appreciation Celebration
September 19-21 at 7:30

Let's Talk Women
Ministry Bible Study every
Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

August 26: Significant date

Taye Diggs, who identifies as a Christian, married Idina

Don't marry a man unless...your values agree

By Herina Ayot

I've met man\ men from dif-
ferent walks of life. but i've
been slow to label my relation-
ships I'm interested much
more in who a man is when the
date is omer and he returns to
his corner of the world, than
I am in his resume. Who is
he in those moments when n>'
one is watching-' We have the
option to choose, and consid-
ering the staggering divorce
rate. the percentage of single
mothers, incarcerated fathers.
and number of cases in child
support litigation nationwide.
it's sad that so many, don't

choose wisely.
No, I'm not saying that we.
as women, should be seek-
ing absolute perfecti'n, but
[ an-L saying that we need
to renmemrnber to place prior-
itv on the things that mat-
ter to us. because ultimn-ately
those things cannot be ig-
nored. Mmany women I have
talked to want to get married.
When it doesn't happen fast
enough, they fear they may
end up alone and unhapp:..
The truth is, we can be mar-
ried and more alone than we
were as single \%omen. In all
of that planning we focus on
a new last name instead .f a

life. It is important to ask the
right questions. In the unfor-
tunate chance that a marriage
is broken, will he uphold his
responsibility as a role model
for his children, or is his will-
ingness to be a father con-
tingent on the success of the
marriage? I want my son to
grow up loving and respecting
w.omern. I ',.-ant him to value
hard work, and be persistent
in those things he desires. I
'.'-art him to love God. These
traits are learned over time
and so if I h-ave all the pow-
er to decide who will be the
one to teach him, I want to
choose carefully. I've heard it

said that children learn more
by a parent's actions than by
their words. Just imagine the
little boy on the step-stool
pretending to shave like his
father. Or drawing a picture
for his grade school crush.
What better way for a father to
teach his son than to be the
man that he wants him to be.
So if we settle for the husband
who is not ever thing wc cher-
ish but vill do just fine. we're
potentially setting ourselves
up for disappointment in our
children and, needless to say,
a miserable life for ourselves,
alwa, s ''.,onderinr if we should
have done better.

Most believe in the blessing of giving tithes

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ship Guerrero and the recent
discovery of the 1860 slaver Pe-
ter Mowell in the Bahamas
The Cemetery's importance is
also about to be heightened by
the addition of further structur-
al components to the memorial
monument and by a forthcom-
ing redevelopment of the Higgs
Memorial Beach area, which
includes a rerouting of Atlantic
Boulevard around the boundar-
ies of the burial site, thus re-

storing much of the site's origi-
nal integrity.
The Observance of the In-
ternational Day embodies a
number of national and global
connections, including similar
ceremonies in such other cit-
ies as Baltimore, and similar
cemeteries, like the recently
uncovered burial site of a num-
ber of Africans liberated from
captured slave ships on remote
St. Helena Island in the South
For further information, call

Jesus come to "be hugged"

continued from 11B

seven tons, to the Solid Rock
Church on six flatbed trucks
around Sept. 10 and begin on-
site construction.
The pieces, which are sup-
ported inside by round and
square steel tubing, will be
bolted and welded to the exist-
ing frame in front of the church.
That will take two to three
weeks, using cranes, booms

and 80-foot lifts for workers,
Von Parker said.
Chances are "Hug Me Jesus"
won't meet the same fate as
"Touchdown Jesus."
The structure is designed to
withstand wind shears of 110
mph. A lightning-suppression
system will send any electric
arc into the statue's base to be
distributed into the soil.
"We've got a Class 1 fire rat-
ing on it," Von Parker said. "So
it will not burn."

continued from 11B

commonly preached as a way to
thank God, care for others and
show faith in God's provision.
But it has a greater emphasis
in some faiths.
In Mormon teachings, for in-
stance, Latter Day Saints are
required to pay a 10 percent
tithe to remain church mem-
bers in good standing, which
helps explain the high giving
rate in heavily-Mormon Utah.
"Any LDS member who is
faithful does that," said Val-

erie Mason, 70, of Mesa, Ariz.,
during an interview in Salt
Lake City. "Some struggle with
it. Some leave the church be-
cause of it. But we believe in
the blessing. ... Tithing does
bring the blessing of God's
Alan Wolfe, a political sci-
ence professor at Boston Col-
lege, said it's wrong to link a
state's religious makeup with
its generosity. People in less
religious states are giving in
a different way by being more
willing to pay higher taxes so
the government can equitably

distribute superior benefits,
Wolfe said. And the distribu-
tion is based purely on need,
rather than religious affilia-
tion or other variables, said
Wolfe, also head of the col-
lege's Boisi Center for Religion
and Public Life.
Wolfe said people in less
religious states "view the tax
money they're paying not as
something that's forced upon
them, but as a recognition
that they belong with everyone
else, that they're citizens in
the common good. ... I think
people here believe that when

they pay their taxes, they're
being altruistic."
Among other notable find-
ings of the study:
People who earn $200,000
per year give a greater per-
centage to charity when they
live in ZIP codes with fewer
people who are as wealthy as
they are.
People who earn between
$50,000 and $75,000 annu-
ally give a higher percentage
of their income to charity (7.6
percent) than those who make
$100,000 or more (4.2 per-

The message is the same however it's delivered

continued from 11B

just a file among many files in
an iPad."

Bible publishers guard sales
figures closely, but America's
largest Bible publisher, Grand
Rapids, Mich.-based Zonder-
van, said sales have been good
and growing. The company pro-
duces electronic Bible versions,
"Today, every time we re-
lease a print volume, we release
a digital version," said Chip

Brown, a senior vice president
and publisher.
Zondervan currently offers
about 800 different Bibles for
adults and children. Additional-
ly, it offers approximately 80 e-
Bibles, said Zondervan spokes-
woman Tara Powers.
During the last 12 months,
sales of digital Bible products
increased four times over the
previous 12 months, Powers
Brown said e-Bibles are not a
threat to the printed volumes.
"Just as TV came along and
didn't kill film or radio, I don't
see digital versions killing the

bound volumes. This is just a
different way people are engag-
ing (with) the Bible."

Some e-versions of the Bible
offer opportunities to explore
the book in ways printed ver-
sions cannot. For example,
many e-versions have maps
that pop up to show the area
written about; some allow read-
ers to compare translations
side-by-side, and some offer
audio and video renderings of
The Rev. Steve Warman, pas-
tor for 18 years at Apostolic

Church in Auburn Hills, Mich.,
said he began using an iPad
in the pulpit about two years
ago for practical reasons. His
sermons and lessons are writ-
ten on his iPad. He contends e-
devices do not distract from the
"My wife and I have been mar-
ried 20 years. She might enjoy
a card that says, 'I love you.'
She would also enjoy a text, an
email or a phone call. The mes-
sage is the same no matter how
it is delivered.
"The Bible is really God say-
ing, 'I love you.' However it
comes, we get the message."


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Obama and Romney share their Christian views

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

What does a candidate's faith
tell you about that person?
And why does it matter?
President Obama and GOP
presidential hopeful Mitt
Romney answer those e-mailed
questions for Rev. Francis
Wade, interim dean of the
Washington National Cathe-
dral, that great church on a
city hill where the nation has
mourned for and prayed with
national leaders for nearly a
In the newest issue of the
quarterly magazine, Cathe-
dral Age, both candidates say
their faith in God sustains and
guides them, that faith has a
role to play in the American
public square, and that service
to others motivated by faith
- is one of the great contribu-
tions of religious groups to the
life of the nation.
Despite numerous times that
Obama has spoken of his com-
mitted Christian faith, some
Americans still doubt his reli-
gion or, incorrectly, view him
as a Muslim. Obama's answer
to that is frank:
I have a job to do as presi-
dent, and that does not involve

convincing folks that my faith
in Jesus is legitimate and
real. Faith can express itself
in people in many ways, and
I think it is important that we
not make faith alone a barom-
eter of a person's worth, value,
or character.
And Romney, a former
bishop in his Mormon church,
used the questions to reiter-
ate his Christian faith in Jesus
-- just in case any conservative
evangelicals are still thrown
off by the very different un-
derstanding of the Trinity that
Mormons hold.
Romney says that more im-
portant than a religious label
is whether someone seeking
... shares these American
values: the equality of human
kind, the obligation to serve
one another, and a steadfast
commitment to liberty. They
are not unique to any one de-
Neither men take faith as a
trivial personal matter, "like
collecting stamps or riding
bikes," says Wade.
For our nation to pretend
that the beliefs of our president
are a matter of indifference is
an absurdity that ill serves us.

Attending the inaugural prayer service at the Washington
National Cathedral on Jan. 21, 2009. are, from left: first lady
Michelle Obama, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Jill
Biden, former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State
nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Neither do they confine their
understanding of religious
orthodoxy to those who "agree
with me," he says.
Wade writes in an introduc-

tory essay:
Long-standing issues of con-
traception, abortion, sexual-
ity, re-distribution of wealth,
stewardship of the environ-

ment, and health care, as well
as public and private debt,
combine to produce a nearly
perfect storm of fear, judgment,
and negativity-.
And we appear all to willing,
Wade writes, to set ourselves
up as "the jury on judgment
The candidates' answers are
variations on the same themes.
Favorite Scriptures? Isa-
iah 40:31 and Psalm 46 for
Obama; Matthew 25:35-36 for
Romney, who has yet to cite
the Book of Mormon directly in
this campaign.
And both agree, the commit-
ment to love and to serve tran-
scends denominations and that
is faith's gift to public life.
Faith motivates people to do
incredibly compassionate and
good work that helps our na-
tion thrive.
Words and symbols of faith
"should be welcome in public
However, each does veer a
tad to potentially controversial
Romney says "Our greatness
would not long endure without
judges who respect the founda-

tion of faith upon which our
Constitution rests." (Take that
to Americans United for Sepa-
ration of Church and State.)
Romnev also says:
Clearly, the boundaries be-
tween church and state must
be respected, but there is a
large space in which faith-
based organizations can do
good for the community in
which they serve. In recent
years, the notion of the separa-
tion of church and state has
been taken by some well be-
yond its original meaning.
And Obama, after touting the
accomplishments of his Office
of Faith-based and Neighbor-
hood Partnership, and linkups
with non-profits and private
sector groups to see best
practices for service, mentions
working with faith communi-
ties to fight human trafficking
and care for survivors.
Hmmm. The Catholic Church
is still riled because the Obama
administration, backed by the
courts, cut off funding to a
Catholic group with a long his-
tory of working with trafficking
survivors because the Church
would not provide access or
information on abortion or con-
traception to victims.

Schools make room for religion (r A

By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn. At the
beginning of every school year,
Hedy Bernstein of Nashville
sends her kids to school with a
backpack full of school sup-
She also sends a list of Jew-
ish holidays so that teachers
know when her children will be
For an Orthodox family like
Bernstein's, that list includes
about a dozen days off for reli-
gious reasons.
"We don't pick and choose
which holidays to observe," she
said. "I have to say the schools
have been great to work with."
Fifty years after the U.S.
Supreme Court banned official
prayers in public schools, reli-
gion remains alive and well on
school campuses. That's be-
cause the same First Amend-
ment that bars government-

"We pray, and then we
go to lunch."
Salim Sbenaty

sponsored religion also gives
students like the Bernsteins
the right to freely practice their
"We have a diverse student
population that represents
more than 120 countries and
make accommodations for
religious holidays and prac-
tice," Olivia Brown, director
of communications for Metro
Nashville Public Schools, said
in an email.
Those accommodations are
allowed by federal law and by
the Tennessee Student Reli-
gious Liberty Act, passed in
Students can pray, talk
about their faith, pass out
literature and miss school on
religious holidays. But they
can't disrupt the school day or
infringe on the rights of other

Still, one Middle Tennessee
school board ignited contro-
versy recently when Muslim
students were granted reli-
gious accommodations.
Angry residents in Murfrees-
boro showed up at a Ruth-
erford County school board
meeting to complain that
Muslim students were getting
special treatment from the
School officials say their poli-
cies require them to treat all
faiths equally.

Hedy Weinberg, executive
director of the American Civil
Liberties Union of Tennessee,
said schools can limit the time
and place of religious expres-
sion, but they cannot ban it.
"Public schools cannot pre-
vent students from expressing
religious faith while on school
property," she said.
School leaders are not al-
lowed to lead prayers or en-
dorse any religious viewpoint,
Weinberg said. The ACLU-TN
has sued several local school
boards over this issue in the
But students do not face the
same restrictions.
In Middle Tennessee, thou-
sands of public school stu-
dents attend Christian clubs

at schools or annual prayer
events, such as See You at the
Pole, where students gather
outside around the school's
flag pole to pray and sing.
Jehovah's Witnesses skip
pledging allegiance to the flag
or singing patriotic songs.

Muslim students gather for
prayer in an empty classroom
or go to the library instead of
lunch during Ramadan.
Jewish students and stu-
dents of other faiths take off
their holy days as excused

Most of the accommodations
are worked out between par-
ents and teachers, and some
compromises are made.
For example, sometimes

teachers ask Bernstein's kids
to turn in work early or to
come in after school to make
up tests they missed during
Jewish holidays.
Nikki Hatcher of Nashville,
who is a Jehovah's Witness,
said teachers were generally
supportive of her daughter's
religious needs. Jehovah's
Witnesses don't take part in
patriotic events or in holidays
or birthday celebrations.
When someone in her daugh-
ter's class was celebrating a
birthday last year, Hatcher's
daughter was excused.
"Most of the time, I would
pick her up early from school,
but in the case that it was not
possible, they arranged for her
to do things like be an office
or library helper," Hatcher
said in an email. "This was
fine with her. She mainly felt it
was a privilege to help in those

When Salim Sbenaty and
several Muslim friends needed
a place to pray at Central Mag-
net School in Murfreesboro
last year, they talked to the
principal. They needed a quiet
place to pray for about five
minutes before lunch during
the winter months. Muslims
pray based on the position of
the sun.
School officials let the stu-
dents use an empty classroom
that's used at other times by
Christian groups.

Mormon women seeking middle ground

By Peggy Fletcher Stack

some Mormon feminists, there
can be only one goal on the
road to gender equality: ordi-
nation to the all-male priest-
After all, every worthy male
in the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints- starting
at age 12 is ordained in this
priesthood. It is seen as a holy
power, described as the au-
thority to act in God's name,
yet given exclusively to men.
At the same time, lots of
Mormon women are perfectly
comfortable with the roles
they believe God assigned to
them, including motherhood
and nurturing. They would not
want, they say, to "hold the
Now comes a third and,

some suggest, growing group
of Mormon women somewhere
between these two poles.
They are not pushing for
ordination, but they crave
a more engaged and visible

This April 27, 2006 file
photo shows the sun setting
behind the Mormon Temple,
the centerpiece of Temple
Square, in Salt Lake City.

role for women in the Mor-
mon church. It is a role, they
believe, that their Mormon
foremothers played and one
that could fit easily into the
institutional structure with-
out distorting or dismantling
These women some of
whom consider themselves
feminists, while others avoid

that label point to little
changes that would pay big
dividends: treating a president
of the local Relief Society (the
church's main women's group)
like her male counterpart and
assigning her to be a regular
speaker at conferences and
in worship services; quoting
more women in sermons and
Sunday school lessons; select-
ing more women to speak and
pray at churchwide General
Many of them agree that no
meeting should take place in
which decisions about women
are made without a woman
being present.
Talk about such changes is
buzzing around the Mormon
blogosphere and was dis-
cussed at a recent gathering
of FAIR (the Foundation for
Apologetic Information and

Research). It has spawned
websites such as Mormon
Women Project and a blog
called Young Mormon Femi-
nists by a Brigham Young
University student.
"There is a tremendous
amount of pain among our
women regarding how they
can or cannot contribute to
the governance of our ecclesi-
astical organization," Neylan
McBaine, founder of the Mor-
mon Women Project, said at
the FAIR conference. "We need
to pay attention to that pain.
... The pain is real."
These LDS women, McBaine
said, are not trying to "eradi-
cate the divine differences
between men and women," but
want to be "used, engaged,
recognized and appreciated ...
in the broadest context of the
Lord's kingdom."

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their beliefs offer so that he can
choose for himself.
But, there comes a point when
the fundamental differences be-
tween two people create a wall.
It becomes a war and one side
has to lose because there's no
more room left for compro-
mise, and that usually hap-
pens when it comes to what the
religious beliefs of the children
will be, or when one side wants
their spouse to convert. While
Diggs for now seems to think
having both religious beliefs
of being of Jewish faith and
Christian faith will benefit his
child ), other people don't fare
so well. Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes reportedly broke up

because she didn't want their
6-year-old daughter, Suri, fur-
ther subjected to the tenets of
Scientology. Katie was raised
a Catholic and converted for a
few years, but as time went on,
she affirmed her prior faith.
She recently claimed mem-
bership at a Catholic church
and enrolled her daughter in a
school that practices the faith.
If two people are commit-
ted to reconciling their strong
opinions about God and how
their respective faiths should
work in their lives, more power
to them. But as an absolute
authority on myself, I'd pre-
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In other nations, war against AIDS far from over

Disease's end not

just about science

By Liz Szabo

of the thousands of other doc-
tors attending this week's inter-
national AIDS conference here,
physician Ngindu Zola is a man
of science.
Yet Zola knows that science is
not enough to save his patients.
Zola treats people with HIV
and AIDS in the Democratic Re-
public of the Congo, where civil
war has raged for more than a
decade. Some 260,000 people
have fled their homes because
of new rebel attacks this year.
So Zola finds it difficult to
share the general excitement
resonating from the speakers'
podiums here, as top scien-
tists and diplomats pronounce
the beginning of the end of the
AIDS epidemic.
"How are we going to elimi-
nate the disease, when in the
last 10 years we've been dealing
with wars that the rest of the
world has completely forgotten
about?" asks Zola, who works
for Cordaid, the Catholic Orga-
nization for Relief and Develop-
ment Aid.
"We have the opposite of

hope," Zola says. "In the United
States, you'll reach the end of
the disease, but not in Congo,
for reasons that have nothing to
do with science or medicine."
In the Global Village, a base-
ment-level exhibit hall at the
Walter E. Washington Conven-
tion Center, many community
organizers seem only vaguely
aware of the optimistic buzz in
the halls above.
Kenya's Daniel Mukundi
says he's glad that people in
his country are getting effective
anti-AIDS drugs. Referring to
American financial aid, he says,
"We are very, very happy about
what you guys are doing here."
But when talking about his
work at a charity for women af-
fected by HIV, Mukundi quick-
ly turns to practical matters:
transportation, jobs, schools,
Women in the countryside
must make long trips to get
medical care, sometimes travel-
ing hundreds of miles by bus,
Mukundi says. Children with
HIV are often shunned by oth-
er children, and their families
are ostracized. "Removing the
stigma of AIDS is a challenge,"
Mukundi says.
For many ground-level troops
in the fight against AIDS, sur-
viving is a day-to-day struggle.

Mumderanji Mwamlima of
Malawi, an AIDS caregiver, says
her work never ends: fetching
firewood, carrying water, clean-
ing the house.
In the eyes of her govern-
ment, Mwamlima says, she isn't
officially a worker at all. She's
just a compassionate person
who has cared for orphans and
others affected by AIDS. "People
see you taking care of some-

one and think you are a doc-
tor, and they bring a patient to
you," says Mwamlima, explain-
ing how families sometimes
abandon their own kin on oth-
ers' doorsteps, both because of
an inability to care for the sick
and an inability to overcome the
stigma and shame of having an
AIDS-infected relative.
Mwamlima, unwilling to turn
the sick away, found herself

running a sort of unofficial hos-
pice. "A family will bring a sick
person to you because they are
afraid they will infect them,"
she says. "We have to bathe
them, feed them, take them to
the hospital."
Mwamlima and other AIDS
caregivers in Malawi have been
campaigning for official govern-
ment recognition of their work,
hoping to receive financial sup-

port, such as transportation
vouchers to defray the costs of
taking patients to the doctor.
"That is why we are crying,"
Mwamlima says.
Others, however, say they owe
their lives to the AIDS thera-
pies developed over the past 16
years as well as to the gen-
erous relief programs, run by
the USA and other nations, that
have delivered those drugs to
people in need.
Sam Mugisha of Uganda
weighed just 88 pounds when
he was diagnosed with AIDS in
"I was like a heavy goat," jokes
Mugisha, now 147 pounds,
whose disease has been brought
into remission with antiretrovi-
ral drugs.
Those drugs have given Mugi-
sha a second chance at life.
They may also have helped to
protect his wife and two chil-
dren, none of whom has the vi-
A landmark study last year
showed that HIV patients
whose disease is very well con-
trolled, with virus levels at the
undetectable level, are rendered
virtually non-contagious. The
finding has led to nearly uni-
versal enthusiasm at the AIDS
conference for "treatment as

Lawmakers weigh boosting vaccines 7th Ave Rehab,
I By Liz Szabo it out of committee. In Washing- On the other side, eight states are saying to parents, 'We can't take an unexpected twist,
ton state, a law requiring that this year considered but failed trust you to make these deci- call first for all your therapy needs.
As children return to their parents meet with health care to pass proposals to make it sions for your children,'" Smith
classrooms, California lawmak- providers before getting vaccine easier to opt out of shots. Those says. 'We are going to require Auto Accidents
ers are debating a bill that aims waivers took effect in July 2011. states were South Dakota, New you to meet with a doctor and SIp and FaZl
to boost the number of kids who The number of kids getting York, New Jersey, West Virgin- a doctor will tell you the risks l n F
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The move comes as health of-
ficials across the USA grapple
with the resurgence of once-
forgotten infectious diseases,
including what could be the
biggest epidemic of whooping
cough in 50 years.
Although all states require
children be vaccinated before at-
tending school, each has differ-
ent policies about exemptions,
with some granting waivers only
for medical reasons, while oth-
ers allow kids to opt out based
on religious or personal beliefs.
A bill proposed by Sacramento
pediatrician Richard Pan, a
member of the California State
Assembly, would require that
parents meet with a health care
provider before getting a waiver
based on personal beliefs. The
state senate is expected to take
up the bill this week.
"You don't have to agree with
your doctor, and we're not tak-
ing away a parent's right to an
exemption," Pan says. "But we
do want parents to be informed."
A similar bill in the Arizona
Legislature this year never made

already rising. The percentage
of kindergartners with vaccine
exemptions dropped from six
percent in the 2010-11 school
year to 4.5 percent in 2011-12,

The California Senate
is expected this week to
consider a bill by pedia-
trician Richard Pan that
would make vaccine
waivers contingent on
a meeting with a health
care professional.

according to Every Child By
Two: an immunization advocacy
Debate over vaccines has
been heated in state legislatures
across the USA.
Earlier this year, Vermont law-
makers considered, but voted
against, a measure to eliminate
the state's philosophical exemp-
tion. Instead, lawmakers voted
to require parents to receive ed-
ucational materials about vac-
cines before getting waivers.

chusettes and Mississippi.
South Dakota state Sen. Tim
Begalka, who sponsored one of
the bills in his state, says he's
disappointed his state failed to
pass a measure allowing par-
ents to refuse vaccines based
on personal beliefs. "I don't
think the government should
be able to force people to take
any immunization," says Begal-
ka, a Republican, from Clear
Lake, S.D., who says he has
concerns about vaccine safety.
Like many states, South
Dakota allows parents to opt
out of vaccines because of re-
ligious beliefs or for medicalI
reasons. But Begalka says the
religious exemption is very nar-
row. "There are a lot of people
who don't want their kids im-
munized, but they don't belong
to a church that believes that,"
Begalka says. "What are they
supposed to do lie?"
Michael Smith, president
of the Virginia-based Home
School Legal Defense Associa-
tion, follows vaccine waiver leg-
islation across the USA. He op-
poses the California bill. "They

Safety agency recalls popular

4M Bumbo infant floor seat

By Jayne O'Donnell

About 4 million Bumbo Baby
Seats were recalled Wednes-
day after at least 84 incidents
in which babies fell, including
more than 20 skull-fracture
The recall comes five years
after 1 million seats were re-
called to add a warning label
about using the seats on raised
surfaces, which was how most
of the new incidents occurred.
Bumbo International, the
South African maker of the
seats, said it would provide
owners with a repair kit to add
a strap to secure babies in the
seats something consumer
groups had been urging for
months. The seats are used to
prop up babies before they can
sit up on their own.
Because it's neither an in-
fant carrier nor a walker, the
Bumbo seat isn't covered by
any federal or even industry
standards, but the Consumer
Product Safety Commission
does have the authority to
recall a product if it isn't cov-
ered by a safety standard and
"presents a substantial product
hazard," agency spokesman
Scott Wolfson said in March.
Nancy Cowles, executive
director of the advocacy group
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they are only recommended
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can hold their heads up until
they can sit unassisted. Says
Cowles: "It might be better even
with the fix to pass on this
Cowles and the Consumer
Federation of America's Rachel
Weintraub recommend parents

instead opt for infant carriers
or bouncy seats, as both are
covered by voluntary safety
standards that require them to
restrain children.
Weintraub says adding
restraints to the Bumbo seats
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More teens have oral sex earlier than

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By Karen Weintraub

Two-thirds of teens and
young adults have had oral
sex about as many as have
had vaginal intercourse, sug-
gests research by the Centers
for Disease Control and Pre-
The data speak to changing
social mores and the need to
educate teens about the risk of
contracting a sexually trans-
mitted disease from oral sex,
experts say.
The study is part of the
government's effort to moni-
tor those at risk for sexually
transmitted diseases even
though they aren't yet at risk
for pregnancy if they're only

having oral sex, says Casey
Copen, a demographer with
the CDC's National Center for
Health Statistics.
The research shows that one
in four teens is now having
oral sex before vaginal sex -
marking the "hierarchical reor-
dering of oral sex in American
culture," says Justin Garcia,
an evolutionary biologist with
the Kinsey Institute at Indiana
Many sex researchers had
believed that oral sex was be-
ing used to defer vaginal sex,
but that doesn't seem to be
the case for most teens today,
says Terri Fisher, a professor
of psychology at Ohio State
The only demographic group
that postponed vaginal sex
until substantially after oral
sex were young white girls of
educated mothers perhaps
those whose mothers im-

pressed upon them the need
to avoid teenage pregnancy,
researchers say.

Fisher says she also was
struck by the fact that girls
and boys gave and received
oral sex equally and that sexu-
al activity began at roughly the
same age, with 44 percent of
15- to 17-year-old boys and 39
percent of girls of that age en-
gaging in some kind of sexual
activity with an opposite-sex
"It certainly would suggest
that the gender differences
found previously no longer ex-
ist," Fisher says.
The CDC study is based on
6,346 interviews from 2007 to
2010, conducted anonymous-
ly via computer. Those inter-
viewed ranged in age from 15
to 24.

vaginal ir
The study also found some
racial differences: Non-His-
panic blacks generally began
vaginal sex earlier than whites,
and whites were more likely to
engage in oral sex before vagi-
nal intercourse.
Other research suggests that
more young people are defer-
ring all types of sexual activ-
ity later than their parents and
grandparents did.

The new figures suggest that
sex education programs need
to directly address oral sex as
well as vaginal intercourse,
says Craig Roberts, an epide-
miologist at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison's Universi-
ty Health Services department
and a member of the American
College Health Association.
There's no such thing as to-
tally "safe sex," Roberts says,

though oral sex reduces preg-
nancy risk to zero and HIV
risk to almost nothing. But he
notes that people who perform
or receive oral sex are still at
risk for other sexually trans-
mitted diseases such as her-
pes, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Condom use is unlikely dur-
ing oral sex, he and others
The growing frequency of
oral sex means parents also
need to address it with their
children, says Heather East-
man-Mueller, a sexuality edu-
cator at the University of Mis-
Instead of worrying about
"the" talk, though, she advises
parents to consistently talk in
age-appropriate ways about
sexuality, morality and physi-
cal self-esteem.
"It should be a conversation
you have all the time," East-
man-Mueller says.

Americans still eating too much salt

By Natasja Sheriff

NEW YORK Most U.S. adults
are eating far more sodium than
dietary guidelines recommend,
despite decades of health advice
urging them to cut back, says a
new study.
"People are trying to follow
the guidelines, but it's difficult
because there's so much sodium
in the processed and restau-
rant food we eat," said Dr. Mary
Cogswell who led the study at the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta.
The American Heart Association
(AHA) and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture recommend that most
healthy people limit the sodium
they eat to 2300 milligrams a
Less than 10 percent of people
in the study met this recommen-
dation. Cogswell's team found
that most U.S. adults are eating
far more sodium than recom-

mended 3371 milligrams per
day, on average.
Regardless of education, age,
race, and sex, people are con-
suming too much sodium, said
Cogswell, whose team published
their findings in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Research suggests that a high
salt diet can raise blood pres-
sure. On the other hand, it's
been shown that potassium may
reduce that effect by helping the
kidneys get rid of sodium the
body doesn't need.
So researchers asked more
.than 12,000 adults what they .te
during the previous 24 hours to
get an idea of how much sodiiu n-
and potassium they were eating 2
They excluded table salt as it's
difficult to judge its contribu-
Dietary guidelines rec-
ommend people eat 4700
milligrams of potassium a
day-that's about the same

amount of potassium as you'd get
from 10 bananas or eight sweet
potatoes, two of the best sources
of the mineral.
But according to the new study,
less than two percent of people
are meeting the guidelines. Those
surveyed ate 2632 milligrams of
potassium a day, on average.

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Colorado has

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By Nanci Hellmich

Mississippi has the
highest obesity rate with
34.9 percent of state
residents who are roughly
30 or more pounds over a
health, weight, and Colo-
rado has the lowest rate at
20.7 percent, new govern-
ment data show.
The South has the high-
est percentage of people
129.5 percent who are too
heavy followed b; the Mid-
west 129 percent. North-
east 125.3 percent and
West 124.3 percent No
state has an obesity rate of
less than 20 percent, the
findings show.
This report is based on
2011 state-by-state obesity
data from the Centers for
Disease Control and Pre-
vention in which people

self-report their height and
weight. Because people
tend to underreport their
weight, the percentage of
people who are obese is
probably higher than the
statistics indicate. The sta-
tistics are from Behavioral
Risk Factor Surveillance
System data.
CDC data from another.
more rigorous study in
which people are weighed
and measured indicate
that about 36 percent of
U.S. adults are obese. Ex-
tra weight raises the risk
of diabetes, heart disease,
cancer and other prob-
The new study does not
offer an overall obesity rate
for the coLuntry, but breaks
dookn rates by state.
The four heaviest states
after Mississippi: LOLusi-
ana (33.4 percent); West
Virginia (32.4 percent);
Alabama (32 percent) and
Michigan (31.3 percent).

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are connected to a variety of medical
monitoring equipment. Patients admit-
ted into a telemetry unit will benefit
from intensive monitoring and are often
recommended admittance after a heart
attack or when a patient is seriously ill
or at risk of developing complications.
Nursing allows Firmin to gain per-
spective and realize how precious life
is. She takes these lessons outside of
the hospital by participating in yearly
missions to Haiti. Firmin donates clothes


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North Shore Medical Center's Telemetry Unit
and works at a clinic in Haiti as part of
her service, she also enjoy singing in a
choir in her spare time. Firmin received
a Bachelor's degree and BSN from Long
Island University in New York.

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: may not have lasting

Negative effects
" .By Nanci Hellmich

\ ",L Contrary to popular belief, a history
Sof yo-yo dieting doesn't affect a per-
j ,, son's ability to lose weight in the fu-
ture, a new study indicates.
Even if you've had problems with losing
and regaining weight several times before,
it's never too late to try again, says Anne
McTiernan, the study's senior author and
a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Can-
cer Research Center in Seattle.
"You hear people say, 'Diets don't work
for me,' but they do work if you use a
structure and stick with it," she says.
"The message is: Don't give up."
For the latest study, McTiernan and
colleagues followed 439 overweight or
obese, sedentary women, ages 50 to 75,
who did one of four programs: a reduced-
calorie diet; a reduced-calorie diet plus an
exercise program of at least 225 minutes
a week of moderate to vigorous aerobic
activity (mostly brisk walking); just an ex-

A new study shows that so-called
yo-yo dieting may not have a negative
impact on a person's ability to lose
weight in the future.

ercise program or no intervention.
Those who followed the reduced-calo-
rie plan lost about nine percent of their
starting weight, an average of 16 pounds.
Those on the reduced-calorie diet plus ex-
ercise program lost about 11 percent of
their weight or roughly 20 pounds.
About 42 percent of the participants
had a history of weight cycling, that is los-
ing and regaining 10 or more pounds on
three or more occasions.
Yo-yo dieters lost the same amount of
weight as non-cyclers, according to the
findings, being published online in the
journal Metabolism and previously re-
ported at a professional meeting.
Other studies on yo-yo dieting have
shown mixed results, including some
that suggested weight cycling might have
adverse health and psychological conse-
quences and others that didn't show a
negative impact.
This latest study is "good news" for peo-
ple who have repeatedly struggled with
their weight, says Gary Foster, director
of the Center for Obesity Research and
Education at Temple University in Phila-

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Time and sex
Percentage of U.S. teens ages
15-17 who say they have had
* Males Females

Vaginal 4.7%
but no 6.8%
oral sex

Oral sex12.5%
but no
intercourse S 1%


1 with an opposite-sex partner
Source: Centers fro Disease Control and
Prevention, 2007-10

North Shore Medical

Center nurse spotlight


E-cigarettes: No smoke, but fiery debate

By Wendy Koch

People who smoke electronic
cigarettes often don't think of
it as smoking at all the pre-
ferred term is "vaping," a refer-
ence to the small, battery-oper-
ated devices that heat nicotine
into a vapor that's inhaled.
The gadgets, which have been
on the market for four years,
mimic the look of cigarettes, but
because they contain no tobac-
co and far fewer chemicals are
widely seen as safer. Yet as pric-
es drop and more people are us-
ing them to quit smoking or cir-
cumvent smoke-free laws, new
studies are questioning their
use. Researchers say they may
addict kids to nicotine or irritate
bystanders with their vapor, but
the industry says they do far
more good than harm.
Young adults view the new
nicotine-containing products
positively and half say they'd try
them if offered by a friend, par-
ticularly because they come in
flavors, according to a Universi-
ty of Minnesota study published
last month online in the Ameri-
can Journal of Public Health.
Researchers interviewed 66
Americans, ages 18 to 26, about
snus (a Swedish type of smoke-
less tobacco), dissolvable tobac-
co products and e-cigarettes,
which come in bubble gum,

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cherry and chocolate flavors.
"There's a danger e-cigarettes
could lure in kids who might not
otherwise smoke," says anti-
smoking activist John Banzhaf,
a professor at the George Wash-
ington University Law School in
Washington, D.C. He pushed for
the Food and Drug Administra-
tion to regulate them.
The FDA, after finding trace
amounts of toxic and carci-
nogenic ingredients in several
samples, sought to regulate e-
cigarettes as drug delivery de-
vices. A federal judge ruled in
2010 that it lacked such au-
thority, so the FDA is moving to
regulate them as tobacco prod-
"Many people use them as a
bridge product" to avoid smoke-
free laws and as a result, they
delay or avoid quitting, says Da-
vid Abrams, executive director
of the Shroeder Institute, oper-
ated by the anti-tobacco group
Legacy. He co-authored a study
in the same issue of the public
health journal that found 70
percent of Americans believe e-
cigarettes are less harmful than
regular cigarettes.
A third peer-reviewed study
found that e-cigarettes may
emit aerosols, VOCs (volatile or-
ganic compounds) and nicotine,
posing a "passive vaping" risk to
bystanders. The study, by Ger-

man researchers, appeared in
July in Indoor Air.
Nonsense, an industry group
says. "There's no smoke. It's
water vapor. You don't smell
anything," says Thomas Kiklas,
director of the Tobacco Vapor
Electronic Cigarette Associa-
tion. "There's no there there" to
the argument of harmful vapor,
he says.
Kiklas says e-cigarettes con-
tain only five ingredients: nico-
tine, water, glycerol, propylene
glycol (used in inhalers) and
flavorings. He says the samples
FDA tested a few years ago had
minuscule amounts of other
ingredients, but the products
have improved.
He says U.S. retailers try not
to sell to kids, and he rebuffs
the argument that sweet flavor-
ings are meant to lure them,
adding nicotine gum also comes
in cherry. "Our demographic is
40 and above," he says.
"The amount of good we're do-
ing is phenomenal," he adds,
because the devices help thou-
sands of people quit cigarettes.
"The technology works. Smok-
ers have embraced it."
Celebrities, so often trendset-
ters, have been seen vaping on
screen. In The Tourist,Johnny
Depp took puffs from a slim
stick, saying, "It's not a real cig-
arette it's electronic."

Rock of Ages

Fall Revival
Pastor Johnny White, Jr. and
the Rock of Ages Missionary Bap-
tist church family, 2722 NW 55
St., cordially invites you to their
Annual Fall Revival 7:30 p.m.
nightly, August 29th through
August 31. The guest evangelist
will be Moderator, Reverend Dr.
Alphonso Jackson, Sr., pastor of
Second Baptist Church of Rich-
mond Heights.

Pre-installation service for
Reverend Vincent Brown begins
on Tuesday, August 21 with
Reverend Brennen of St. Mary's
WM Church; Wednesday, Au-
gust 22 with Reverend Glenroy
Deveaux of Temple MB Church
and Thursday, August 23, Rev-
erend Anthony Brown of New
Bethel MB Church.
Installation service for Rever-
end Vincent Brown as pastor of
St. Matthews M.B. Church will
commence August 26, Sunday
at 10:30 a.m.
The Reverend Dr. Emory C.
Virgil, Sr. pastor of Providence
M.B. Church, Thomasville, GA,
will be the speaker.
The male chorus of Peaceful
Zion will render the music along
with the St. Matthews Choir.
Reverend Matthew Mitchell,
Jr. and the Christ Missionary



M.B. Church of Delray Beach,
Florida will be in charge of the 4
p.m. service.
Reception will follow both ser-
vices in the Nathaniel Francis
Clark fellowship hall. The public
is invited.

Too many children were injured

continued from 14B

Erika Bowles, who is moving
to Richmond, Va., just had a
yard sale and sold the Bumbo
seat she used for her daugh-
ter, who is now 3. Bowles says
she never felt comfortable with
the seat after learning of safe-
ty issues and seeing how her
daughter could tip backwards

in it. "It wasn't worth the space
of saving for potential baby No.
2 ," Bowles says.
The Bumbo seats, priced be-
tween $30 and $50 each, were
sold online and at stores in-
cluding at Walmart and Toys R
Us from August 2003 through
August 2012.
As of last Wednesday, all new
Bumbo seats will include the
restraint belt. Some seats still

in stores may include the re-
straint repair kit, but most will
have it already attached, Bum-
bo says.
In February, the company
said that "it is important to dis-
tinguish between seats with and
without the additional warning
added in 2007 to evaluate the
efficacy of the additional warn-
ing." But the 84 reports of falls
happened after the 2007 recall.

Dietary guidelines recommend less salt

continued from 15B

people eat more fresh fruits
and vegetables or choose frozen
options without sauces, ask
that salt is not added to food
in restaurants, and read nutri-
tion labels.
"There's a wide variation in
the amount of salt in processed
and restaurant food. You can
look at a jar of tomato sauce
and see about 400 milligrams
difference between brands,"
explained Cogswell.
Still, it's not always easy for
people to make healthy choic-

"People in poorer communi-
ties don't always have many
alternatives to choose from; it
can be harder for them to find
fresh fruits and vegetables,"
said Bibbins-Domingo, who
was not involved in the study.
With close to 80 percent of
sodium in the average diet
coming from processed food,
Cogswell suggests that the food
manufacturing industry also
has a role to play in reducing
dietary sodium.
The National Salt Reduction
Initiative a group of local and
national health authorities led
by New York State has set vol-
untary targets for salt in pack-

aged and restaurant foods.
To date, 28 food manufactur-
ers, supermarkets and restau-
rants including companies
like Heinz, Kraft foods and
Subway have signed up to
the targets.
About one in three U.S.
adults has high blood pressure,
putting them at increased for
heart disease and stroke.
According to Cogswell, "even
small decreases in the amount
of sodium we consume each
day (400 milligrams on aver-
age) could potentially reduce
our risk of (high blood pres-
sure) and the amount we spend
on health care."

Marcel's Scurry Tranquility

WILLIAM SMITH, 59, cook, died
July 31. Arrangements are incom-

WILLIAM SMITH, 59, cook, died
July 31. Arrangements are incom-

secretary, died August 13. Services
were held.

NANCY ORAMAS, 66, nanny,
died August 12. Services were

EMILIO MANSO, 50, died Au-
gust 16. Private service was held.

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

ADAMS, 79,
died August
17 at home.
Family will
receive friends
and loved ones -.
from 6 9 p.m.,
August 24 at
Central Missionary Baptist Church
5001 S. W. 20th Street, West Park,
FL. Services 10 a.m., Saturday at
New Birth Baptist Church, 2300
NW 135 Street, Miami

retired laborer, died August 4 in
Macon, GA. Services were held.

ANGELA FLORES, 34, waitress,
died on August 6 at Fort Lauderdale
Health and Rehabilitation. Service
11a.m., Friday in the chapel.

GARY LEE PEDULLO, 59, painter,
died on August 14 at North Broward
Medical Center. Service 2 p.m., Sat-
urday at Boca Raton Church of Christ.

CHARLES FLORES, 78, chef, died
on August 15 at North Shore Medical
Center. Private service August 22.

LAZARO DIAZ, 26, mechanic, died
August 15 at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital. Services 6 p.m., Monday in the

PATRICIA GRAHAM, 69, retired
school teacher, died August 11 at
home. Arrangements are incomplete.

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Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to extend a sincere
thank you to the Reverend
Caldwell and the New Provi-
dence Baptist Church family
and Hall Ferguson Hewitt Mor-
Special thanks to the Booker
T. Washington class of 1955.
The Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

"June Bug"

Love always, the family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

lt 04 '19t2 08/14/2010

Gone but never forgotten.
From your loving family.

In Memoriam

Card of Thanks


10/22/1918 08/22/2011

A Poem for my mother

A wonderful mother,
matched by no other.
The absolute best,
now you can rest.
Safe from all harm,
in God's loving arms.
A job well done.
From your loving son,
Jimmie Cheever

who passed away on July 28,
2012 wishes to express our
sincere thanks to relatives
and friends who extended
their kindness during our be-
The Family

4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/02/1933 -08/19/1997

Even though 15 years have
passed since your homegoing,
it seems like yesterday since
we saw your loving smile.
We miss and love you al-
ways. Humphrey, Marcus and

died August 15 ,
at Baptist Hos-
pital. Services
11a.m., Satur-
day at Mt.. Sinai
Baptist Church.

LIAMS, SR. 60, meter man, died
August 14 at Baptist Hospital. Ser-
vices 1 pm., Saturday, at Second
Baptist Church.

82, died August 15 at Coral
Reef Nursing Home. Services 11
a.m.,Saturday at the Church of the

Pilgrim Rest
20, roofer, died August 17.
Arrangements are Incomplete.

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

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
li I -I .

Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
SIill t I iltii

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

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

Order of Services
I SUNDAY: Worship Srvluce
Morning 10 u.m.
I | Churh School 8:30 o.m.
SFading Ministry 12 noon
| O BlbleStudy7 p.m.

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
Order of Services
Sunday Sc oi 930aam
Morning PraliyWorilp II a]m
FNis and Third Sunday
iennilngo .lhip al 6p m
Prayer MWing l Bible Slndy
STullay 7 p m

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

L Order of Ser
Lord DaySundayScho
Sunday MomlWg Worh
.Sunday Evening Wordt ulk. likl. C...,

UpM II .nm
up 7 pm
i.. TIir

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday 130 and I I a m
Worship Ser'vite
930am Sundarycrool
Tuesday Ip nm Bible Srudy

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

St. John Bai
1328 N.W.

ptist Church
3rd Avenue

Order of Services
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Prayer and Bible Study
eiing ... (Tues) 7pm.

New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street
I Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a m 1 (800) 254-NBBC

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

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10a.m.
| Evening Worship 6p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
1= 1Ii Ill I

Black in America and Islands.,
our the Royal Family of Christ Heb. 7:14

Il uaiswi5 I

In Memoriam m

In loving memory of,

11/10/1950 08/07/2009

It has been three years since
you left us and we miss you
dearly, but we hold on to the
memories which keep you alive
in our hearts always.
Gone but will never be for-
gotten. Love always, your hus-
band, daughter, family and

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

08/25/1951 12/20/2011

Dad you live forever in our
hearts and memories. Our
love for you will never change.
Your wife Gladys, son, Der-
rick, family and friends.

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Hall Ferguson Hewitt EH Zion
laundress, died -parking atten-, i
August 17 at dant of Ft. Lau-b
University of derdale Airport,
Miami Hospital. died August 11 "
Service 11 at Jackson Me-
a.m., Saturday moral Hospital.
at Greater Service 11 a.m., -
Saint James Saturday at
Missionary Now Faith De-
Baptist Church. liverance Tabernacle.

SON, 92, beau-
tician, died
August 18 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Macedonia
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.


carpenter, died
August 17 at
North Shore
Hospital North.
Survived by:
wife, Alice Jen-
kins. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Saint City
Church of God in Brownsville.

retired, died
August 15 at
North Shore
Hospital. The
Lord called S
Annie home. _: _.-,.
She leaves Z.
behind three .. .
loving sons,
Robert, Cleve, and Doni; as well
as a loving daughter, Michelle. She
also leaves a loving sister and a host
of family, friends, and neighbors
to mourn her lost. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Dayspring Missionary
Baptist Church.


I. .,, ^..^ I I UU I, ult
August 19 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

79, retired
Dade County
Public School
Music Teacher
went home
to be with the
Lord Wednes-
day, August 15
at Northshore I
Medical Center. Memorial services
5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday. August
24 at Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt Mortu-
ary. Celebration of life service 11
a.m., Saturday at the Historic Mt.
Zion Baptist Church 301 N.W. 9th
Street In lieu of flowers the fam-
ily request donation be made to the
Educational (Scholarship) fund at
Mt. Zion.

Gregg L. Mason
48, graduate
of Miami
Sr. High, class
of 1982, died -j L
August 13.
S u r v i v o r s -- -
include: husband, Minister Leo
Marshall; son, Michael Anthony
Wright, Jr.; daughter, Va'Lari
S. Jean; mother, Sybel W. Lee;
sisters, brothers and a host of
other relatives and friends. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at Mt. Tabor
Missionary Baptist Church, 1701
NW 66 Street.

teacher, died
August 15 at
home. She is
survived by: her
loving husband,
Lamond; three
children, Lamari,
Lamond, Jr., -
and her mother Betty Askew.
Service 1 p.m., Friday at Second
Baptist Church.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
JAMES SPANN, 80, retired
bus driver, -a&
died August ''I
15 at home.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Friendship
Missionary J.1 .. i
Baptist Church. 00

homemaker, '. -,...
died August .

JOHN D. REAVES, 83, waiter,
died August
18 at Memorial
West Hospital.

Service 6 p.m-
8 p.m., Friday
at Liberty City
Church of God.
Service 8 a.m.,
Saturday at the church, 1781 NW
66 Street Miami, Fl. 33147.

administrator, died August 9 at the
Claridge House. Arrangements are

Hadley Davis MLK
tired postal "
worker, died Au-
gust 14 at Old
Orchard Rehab ." i
Center. Service ''- '
11 a.m., Tues- .. -.
day in the cha- ^ j

child care work-
er, died August. .a
17 at Memo- HB
rial Hospital
in Pembroke.
Viewing will be
held Wednes-
day in the cha- 7"

MARCUS BROWN, 22, student,
died August 14.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

truck driver, died
August 18. Ar-
rangements are

August 19. Ar- |
rangements are

GLENN DUNCAN, 59, laborer,
died August 3.
are incomplete


Wright and Young
retired United
States Navy and
retired Miami o
police officer,
died August 15 -
at North Shore.
Hospital. His e
wife Rebecca
Sawyer Brown
of 64 years, died suddenly on July
17. Viewing 10 a.m. 7 p.m., Friday
in the chapel. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

SR., 24 music .... ,, -
promo~ter, DJ
and electronics

died in Miami
on August 15.
Service 11 a.
m., Saturday
at Liberty *' '
Fellowship Church of God, 1781
NW 66 Street, Miami, FL 33147.

70, ILA r1]

died August
14 in Albany,
GA. Viewing
10 a.m.-8
p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m.,

Saturday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami Gardens,
FL. Repast at Betty T. Ferguson
Complex, 3000 NW 199th Street.


20 at

home. i

Survived by:
loving brothers, -
Hamilton, Sr., Julius Hamilton;
sister Hattie Riley and a host of
grandchildren, great grandchildren,
nieces and nephews. Service 11
a.m., Monday at Historic Mount
Zion Missionary Baptist Church,
301 NW 9th Street, Miami, FL

52, laborer,
died August
18 at Jackson .k. .
H os p ita l. i.t-a'I
Service 1 p.m., .
Saturday in the ."*
chapel. .' .

died August 12.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary M.B.C.

seamstress, died August
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
James Catholic Church.


SCOTTIE MACK, 57, disc jock-
ey/funeral asso-
ciate co-owner.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at i.
Peaceful Zion '-
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

07/22/1940- 08/19/2007

Remembering our brother
and uncle, we will always lov-
ingly think of you as living
in the hearts of those whom
you have touched in so many
meaningful ways, for nothing
loved is ever lost and you were
loved so much
We will always love you.
Brother Charles, sisters Ka-
tie, Bessie, Hattie and nieces
and nephews.

Let me tell you

something you

don't know

Your community pays MORE
for Funerals than

/ White Folks

/ Hispanics

/ Haitians

"You could do

better at National


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Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

08/24/1959 06/16/2012 'HAINEY'
08/21/1951 07/24/2004

To the greatest mom ever, I
miss you so much and there
will always be a part of me
Happy birthday mom, I am
not a momma's boy, I am my
mother's son. Love, Bruvan.

In Memoriam

01/13/1959- 08/20/2011

Gone, but not forgotten.
From the staff at Liberty
Financial Services.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

03/20/1967 08/22/2011

Gone too soon. You are truly
Forever in our hearts. Love
your family.

Gone, but not forgotten.
Memory and love will always
be in my heart.
Sandra Sands

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

08/24/1928- 04/27/1992

From family, church family
and friends.

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St. John CDC to honor

unsung heroes Friday


gala slated for

August 24th
By D. Kevin McNeir

It's time once again for
Overtown to honor several
of its unsung heroes who
have worked tirelessly to
help rebuild and resurrect
once of the City's oldest
Black communities. The
always anticipated event,
"Things Are Cooking in
Overtown" is a fundraising
gala, now in its 13th year.
Sponsored by the St. John
Community Development
Corporation [CDC], it takes

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The 2012 honorees in-
clude: Rodney Baltimore, ra-
dio personality for HOT 105;
Hurlette Brown, housing
coordinator, St. John CDC;
and Gregory Gay, commu-
nity leader and planner.
Each individual represents
outstanding achievement in
community service as well
as significant contributions
to St. John CDC.
Dr. Nelson L. Adams, III,
59, chairman of the CDC
and an associate minister
at St. John, says it's his
honor to introduce the three

the community in a positive
way and served as a cata-
lyst for change. Whether
it's making improvement to
church facilities or to rehab
buildings so that we have
more affordable and quality
housing, our ultimate goal
is to revitalize the com-
munity and stimulate the
economic base."

Haitian hip hop artist's mission -
Empowering today's youth

By D. Kevin McNeir

Like Don Cornelius's Soul
Train a generation ago, BET's
106 and Park has become one
of the most popular entertain-
ment shows on television for
Black youth. And one Haitian-
American, Stichiz "Renee," from
nearby Broward County, has
been chosen as a finalist in a
nationwide search to replace
the hosts of the iconic BET

video show.
"I honestly think I should be
[their] next host; for me this is
not just something cool to do,"
she said. "Having the opportu-
nity to encourage, inform and
simply being able to put a smile
on someone's face everyday is
what I want to do. I love hosting
and communicating with people
and using humor comes natu-
rally for me. It just comes out
of me like I'm talking to my
best friend."

"I honestly think I should be
[their] next host; for me this
is not just something cool to
do Stichiz

Stichiz, who grew up in
Ottawa, Canada before mov-
ing with her family to South
Florida, is a true product of the
hip-hop generation. When she
was just nine-years-old, she
picked up a microphone and
began her incredible journey
as a female rapper. But Stichiz,
true to her Haitian roots, mixes
her lyrics in English, French,
Creole along with the patois of
Please turn to STICHIZ 2C

place at the Jungle Island
Treetop Ballroom beginning
at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug.

honorees to the Miami-Dade
County community on be-
half of his organization.
"Some of them have been
an employee, a board mem-
ber or part of our planning
department but each has
served in stellar fashion to
support the mission and
works of the St. John CDC,"
he said. "This is our 13th
fundraiser but for 27 years,
we have worked to impact

Radio personality for
HOT 105

Baltimore is a radio in-
dustry veteran who plays a
key role in informing South
Florida about upcoming
events and opportunities
to serve and help others.
Brown is currently respon-
sible for the oversight of
all leasing related to St.
John CDC's rental proper-
ties. Gay, a native Miam-
ian, uses his education and
background in architecture
and real estate development
to help bridge the gap for
Please turnt o HEROES 2C

A 'fly' affair: Fashion show redefines Black style

By Ju'lia Samuels

On Friday August 3rd, wind
and rain could not stop the
group behind "Fly Affair Na-
tion Inc." a multi-faceted
music, video production and
fashion house that moved their
invite-only fashion show off
the rooftop of the Viceroy Hotel
into the hotel.
"We just had to roll with the
punches," said Jabian Suther-
land CEO and co-founder of
Fly Affair Nation. "This was
a great opportunity for the
designers and the models and
it was great exposure for them
and our chance to do some-
thing for the community."

Given the current state of the
economy, it seems like the new
catch phrase in every sector
of culture is: 'buy local.' The
show brought out local and
creative entrepreneurs who
were provided with a coveted

First lady

hosts 'Kids'

State Dinner'

By Maria Puente

First lady Michelle Obama
is out to demonstrate that
not only the rich, famous
and politically connected get
to enjoy a fancy meal at the
White House.
Today, dressed in pearls
and one of her trademark
sleeveless frocks with a bright
Please turn to LUNCH 2C

opportunity to showcase their
"I was really happy with the
turn-out," said Jessica Suther-
land [no relation to Jabian
Sutherland], owner of Hush
Cosmetics and a make-up art-
The show featured stylists
and designers Michael Dur-
ham whose line is called "Mike
Jacks Styled by: Mike D" and
Gorgeous Bridges whose line is
called "Illectrick." Sutherland
did the make-up for Durham's
"I think that local shows like
this serve as a great plat-
form for local entrepreneurs,"
Bridges said.
And while he agrees, Suther-
land adds that the days of
being able to categorize style
in the Black community as
'urban' have finally been put
to rest.
"We are not following the
trends anymore and that is a
good thing," the group's CEO
Please turn to DURHAM 2C

First lady Michelle Obama talks with Iliana Gonzalez-
Evans, from Washington, during the Kids' 'State Dinner'-
style lunch Monday in White House East Room.

Designer Michael Durham poses with the models of his custom jacket line "Mike Jacks by: Mike D."

St. Martin may seek money from

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back from Chad Johnson and VH1 .: .- :.
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for publicity to be part of 'Ev & Ocho," according to the Please turn to BREACH 2C '.


The wedding celebration of
Keisha William and Jason A.
Mills, Jr., took place, Saturday,
July 28 at high noon on a sunny
and mild afternoon. The bride
arrived in a white limousine,
while the wedding party arrived
in a 22-passenger Hummer
attired in formal tuxedos and
gowns. The processional was
led by Mr. Curtis, parent of
the bride, Ms. Jill Ford-Bethel
(in memorial), followed by
Mrs. Fairy Mills and James

Robinson; Jade f.
A. Mills, daughter
of the bride; Ms. Marva Hill,
grandmother of the bride; and
Lona Smalls and Karen Ford,
daughters of the bride.
Other members included:
Makeda Loper and Latrice
Ivy, bridal honor attendants;
James Robinson, best man,;
bridesmaids and groomsmen
Chakela Whiters and Brandon
Flagg, Tiffiny Bethel-
Young and Anwar Playmen,

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Candance Brown and
Alindo Rahming and
Therecia Davis, Daniel
Acosta and Richard .
Issac; Labhaya Tillman, . -
Jr., bridesmaid, and '" "
Andre Fletcher, ring ': -. ..
bearer. .
Others in attendance --
were: Valarie Bradley, BROOMFIELD
Gracelyn Thomas,
Charite R. Cox, Charles as the
Dunbar, Anthony Golden, Excellen
Ashley Milller, Ana Daly, Pamela
Landra Smith and Officiant Brown,
Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers. Wilbert
Congresswoman Frederica Delancy
S. Wilson continues to work and D:
hard and attended many president
campaign rallies sponsored Universi

by her constituents,
including the 100 Top
Ladies organization
and Michaels and
Associates held last
week with a host of her
supporters. Some flew
in from Washington,
D.C. and joined the
staff from the District
of Florida, as well
5,000 Role Models of
ce staff including:
Jones, James
School Board Member
T. Holloway, Melodie
y, Edward Ellenwood
r. Larry Handfield,
it, Bethune-Cookman
ty trustee board.

Host Michaels and
Associates educated the guests
on the fundamentals of fine
rum and its procedure of
distillery. It was also interesting
to Dr. Clyde Pettaway,
Patrenia D. Washington,
Rochelle Lightfoot, Teresa
Brown, Dennis Stackhouse,
Karn Culingle, Falsto Gomer
and Brenda Wilson, who was
a candidate for the mayor
of Miami Gardens. The host
should be commended for
allowing the guests to mingle,
chat, greet each one and listen
to Wilson speak on taking
advantage of early voting and
being prepared to vote on
Election Day for President

H earth, ':r-i-Q-,ra [u I a rin io
go outL to our belo\ed priest
and his lovely wife, Father
and Mrs. Richard L. (Virla)
Marquess Barry, who
celebrated their Golden (50th)
Wedding Anniversary with
his congregation family and
friends last Sunday, August
19th. Happy Anniversary
Love Birds! Wedding
anniversary greetings go out
to the following: James B.
and Saundra Nairn, August
13th: their 36th; Winston
D. and Gloria P. Scavella,
August 16th: their 32th;
George W and Coboril
Davis August 18th: their
50th; Phillip and Jocelyn
Crumiel, August 18th: their
Miamians are once again
saddened by the death of
Miami pioneer Elouise Bain-
Farrington wife of the late
James (Tracy) Farrington.

SvZmpathY to 7 'MA-I
and Morris Farrington and
their family. A very happy
belated birthday goes out to
our Rector Pro Tern, the Rev.
Father Denrick E Rolle who
celebrated another natal
day on Aug. 18th. Get well
wishes and our prayers go
out to the following shut-ins:
Elizabeth "Betty" Blue,
Inez McKinney Johnson,
Donzaleigh McKinney,
Thomas Nottage, Gloria
F. Bannister, Selma Ward,
Mavin Ellis, Princess Lamb,
Wilhelmina S. Welch,
Julia Dean, Veronica B.
O'Berry, Mildred "PI"
Ashley Sarah Kelly and
Naomi Allen Adams. Hearty
congratulations go out to
Janelle Gilbert-Hall and
her mother and father Rev.
and and Mrs. Shedrick
E. (Wilma) Gilbert,

whose daughters and
granddaughters begin their
studies towards a master's
degree at Clark Atlanta
(Roselica Hall) and Taea
Hall, B.S.N, R.N. begins the
residency program at North
Shore Hospital. Also doing
very well is Elijah Bradley-
Darren Johnson, son of
Fitzhugh Johnson and
Eugene Johnson, brother
of Dortresia Johnson-
Jones, grandson of the late
Doris McKinney-Pittman,
nephew of Bryley and
Barry Wilson and cousin
to the McKinney clan that
graduated from Middle
Tennessee State University.
He will continue his football
career at Weslyn Kentucky
University. Matthew and
Sandra Williams have
returned from their "mini-
vacation" where they visited
relatives in Clearwater,
Florida and portions of other
parts of the state and onto
North Carolina and Suffolk,
Virginia. The Williams visited
their sons Heerey and

Matthew III in Virginia. Key
West Bahamian Goombay
is Oct. 20th. During the
winter months members of
Saint Agnes will travel to Key
West, Florida. If interested
contact: Elizabeth Betty
Blue, Florence Moncur or
Carolyn Spicer Mond.
Charlie Mae Culpepper,
Norma Perkins and Peggy
Gabriel-Green are the nieces
of Elsie Herout Douglas -
a Miami pioneer who died
in Atlantic City, New Jersey
and was buried last week.
She was the third of seven
finishing BTW in 1938 and
was the daughter of the
Rev. Phillip and Mrs. Jane
Herout. Congratulations
goes out to Ebenezer United
Methodist Church. Ebenezer
turns 114-years-old this
month. Rev. Dr. Joreatha M.
Capers is their pastor and is
the first woman to lead the
We were sorry to hear of
the death of Charles Mobley
last Wednesday. Sympathy
to his family.

Playlist: Michael Kiwanuka, 10 intriguing tracks

By Elysa Gardner

Pick of the week Always Wait-
ing, from Michael Kiwanuka's
debut album, Home Again, feels
like a long-lost classic with its
sweetly grainy folk-soul ar-
rangement chiming guitars,
caressing background vocals,
sumptuous violin. But for all
his retro charms, the smoky-
voiced singer/songwriter is an
undeniably fresh talent.

10 tracks found during the
week's listening:
I'm Not the One, Bettye La-
LaVette puts a sassy, soulful
spin on the Black Keys tune on
this first single from Thankful
N' Thoughtful, set for Sept. 25.
Spirit Indestructible, Nelly

The title track and teaser
from Furtado's upcoming al-
bum,'due Sept. 14, is a frothy,
percolating summer treat.
Lays Around Lazy, White Vi-
This glowing guitar-pop nug-
get, from the debut Hiding,
Mingling, is one of the year's
most instantly winning singles.
Not Another Lifetime, Stuart
The versatile, sonically in-
ventive singer/songwriter is at
his most wickedly playful on
this track from Music for Mor-
Age, Lianne La Havas
This spare, playful ode to
May-December romance, from
Is Your Love Big Enough?,
shows off the young singer's
nuanced soulfulness.
Eu Vim da Bahia, Luciana

At 24, British soul singer
Michael IKiwanuka sounds
mature beyond his years on
debut album 'Home Again.'

The Brazilian jazz singer
and guitarist Marco Pereira
bring a gorgeously light touch
to Jobim on Duos III, one of
two Souza albums due next

Summer Skin, Amy Cook
The title track of Cook's up-
coming album, also out next
Tuesday, is at once pensive
and vibrant, the vocal soaked
Sin raspy yearning.
When the Circus Comes, Los
The rumbling, richly atmo-
spheric lament still sounds
fresh on the 20th anniversary
edition of Kiko.
Tchutchinha, Titina
The Cape Verdean legend's
tremulous, plangent voice cuts
as deeply as ever on this 1963
recording, now on the compi-
lation Portrait.
For Emily, Whenever I May
Find Her, Art Garfunkel
The soaring live track, from
1972's Greatest Hits, is fea-
tured on Garfunkel's similar-
ly indispensable The Singer,
available next Tuesday

Reggae turned into "creggae" sounds, rhythms

continued from 1C

Reggae in a style that she terms
"creggae." To hear her spit with
tongue-twisting tenacity is to
be amazed.
"I take different sounds
from funk to hip-hop to opera
to rock and fuse it all togeth-
er calling it stichzophrenic
music," she said. "And I am
getting great response from
the two tracks I've released,
"Want" and "Dangerous."
Music has always been in my

Stichiz, under the watchful
eye of her older sister, started
with poetry and short stories,
when she was a little girl, be-
fore turning to writing music.
Her parents dreamed of her
becoming a lawyer and she
envisions herself of one day
becoming a congresswoman.
But that's after a successful
music career.
"Education, church and
Haitian food were empha-
sized when I was a child
and we spoke French in the
house," she added. "Haitian
values have stayed with me

and kept me grounded."

Stichiz has become quite
popular in South Florida,
hosting shows, working with
young adults in schools and
community groups, and
working to promote a positive
message and image to today's
youth. She's busy planning
the 4th Annual Teen Sum-
mit as part of Miami's King
Holiday. And the Crunk City
Stay in School Tour that was
conceived and is hosted by
Stichiz and a few of her col-

leagues has gained great no-
toriety, both in Broward and
now in Miami-Dade's public
"I do the opening, do a few
pieces and try to motivate
the kids," she said. "Health,
education and following
your dreams is what we talk
about. We let the kids rap and
we have dance contests too.
The emphasis is to persuade
them to stay in school."
Look out for an EP and her
mix CD this fall, check her
video out on You Tube or go
to for more.

Guest had healthy, tasty and affordable menu

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green pattern, Obama hosted
more than 50 kids at what
she described as the first-ev-
er "Kids' State Dinner" in the
East Room of the White House.
Except, of course, it was
lunch; little kids, ages 8-12,
can't be up all night dancing
the way grownups do at the
regular State Dinners.
Instead, the 54 kids and
their parents ate "healthy,
tasty and affordable" reci-
pes that they designed them-
selves, as part of Mrs. 0's

healthy-eating, anti-obesity
campaign. After lunch, the
group got to visit the White
House Kitchen Garden and
to hear Nickelodeon's popular
Big Time Rush play music.
The lunch received some of
the same high-design atten-
tion to detail that the White
House typically lavishes on
adult State Dinners, the first
lady told the kids.
"This house has been abuzz
with this event," she said, ac-
cording to the White House
transcript. "I want to start
by thanking all of the staff,
everyone who helped put to-

gether this gorgeous room, the
tablecloths, the chairs. This
stuff isn't normally here. They
brought this in for you. Did
you notice the centerpieces
on the table? Everything was
thought out to the nth of de-
tail; down to the little drink
glasses and your programs."
Even President Obama
showed up to support the
cause and greet the children --
and warn them against drop-
ping food on the floor. "Be-
cause (first dog) Bo -- Bo is on
a diet right now and he will eat
anything that he sees, espe-
cially some of the tasty meals

that you guys have prepared,"
the president said to laughter.
The children represented
all 50 states plus the District
of Columbia and three ter-
ritories. They were chosen
as the winners of a contest,
co-sponsored by Epicurious,
the Department of Education
and the Department of Agri-
culture, to devise lunch reci-
pes based on new nutritional
guidelines. The White House
planned to make a free down-
loadable cookbook available
later this month, but a pre-
view of some recipes is already

Urban style put to rest

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Sutherland said. "Fashion
has always been an indepen-
dent movement."
The designers who showed
their creations that evening
made it a point to emphasize
that their designs were one-
of-a-kind pieces.

"I make custom pieces that
ensure no one else will have
the same thing as you," Dur-
ham said. "I customize my de-
signs especially for my client."
The event was one of many
to come, according to Suther-
"We have a lot that we plan
to do with music, fashion and
video," he added.

Oh, Oh: It's troubling

continued from 1C

Johnson was arrested and
charged with domestic
abuse, reportedly sending
Lozada to the hospital after
head-butting her.
As a result, Johnson not
only lost a contract with
the Miami Dolphins, was
dropped from an endorse-
ment deal for coconut water,

and saw his wife file for di-
vorce, but "Ev & Ocho" was
also taken off VHI's sched-
A source told the News
Network that many in the
nation's parliament did not
agree with the payment to
the couple to begin with, but
the Council of Ministers felt
it was a good investment in
"'strategic advertising' for the

Overtown sings honorees

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Blacks and promote future
economic growth.

Adams says that many of
the people who live in Over-
town have felt "squeezed by
the housing stock."
"So we have to .increase
the stock," he said. "Helping
our people to find affordable
housing is the key to main-
taining the cultural flair of
this community. We want

people of Afrocentric descent
to benefit from the projects we
sponsor. As the event's title
suggests, Overtown is cook-
ing and there isn't just one
cook. Positive changes are
being made by a lot of people.
And as we know it takes all of
us to bring about real change
- positive change to our
St. John CDC is a faith-
based organization, founded
in 1985 by Dr. Henry Nevin to
respond to the physical dete-
rioration and social distress
of Overtown, one of the City
of Miami's poorest communi-


Barack Obama.
Kudos goes out to Dr.
William Washington and First
Lady Eloise Washington who
tapped Jenester Fleming,
Boncile Hudson and Susie
Cooper as chairpersons for
the 58th Women's Day fund
raising celebration. At the end
over $4,000 was raised with
Margarett Rolle coming in first
with over $2,000 worth of ads
for the state-of-the-art journal.
On a special note: Cynthia
S. Saunders will be featured on
Sat, Sept. 29 for the Historical
Hampton House Trust fund
raising at the Church Of The
Open Door. Call 305-638-5800
for more information.



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-Photo courtesy Horace Roberts
EXCITED SCHOLARS: Youth from Liberty City are all smiles as they surround Bill Diggs (center), president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce; Alison Austin,
CEO of the TACOLCY Center; Kathy Jump, GTECH Florida account development manager; Cynthia Stafford, State Representative for District 109; and Tom Dolan,
Florida Lottery District Manager, during the ribbon cutting for the new GTECH After School Advantage Lab.

Liberty City youth get new computer lab

TACOLCY partners

with GTECH in after

school program

About 60 people gathered last week
at Liberty City's TACOLCY Center for
the unveiling of the center's brand
new, state-of-the-art computer lab.
Donated by GTECH Corporation, in
partnership with the Florida Lot-
tery, the lab is the 22nd After School

Advantage [ASA] learning lab built in
Florida. It features 11 state-of-the-art
Dell desktop wireless computers, new
computer workstations, chairs, one
Dell wireless printer, artwork, and
educational software. The lab was
also redecorated by GTECH. The new
technology will provide local youth
and teens with essential computer
literacy skills and assistance during
the critical after school hours.
Several members of the community
leaders, residents and friends attend-

ed the unveiling.
"You could not have chosen a better
organization or a better community
leader to give this lab to. TACOLCY
has been at the forefront of orches-
trating change in this community
since I was a child," said State Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford, District
TACOLCY CEO Alison Austin said
she had been trying to get a lab fur-
nished for over two years and had at
least three different proposals out in

hopes that it would happen.
"When Albert [Pellon] from GTECH
came to visit the center, he told me
'This is where the lab needs to be.
This is my region and I'm going to
help you.' He came through in a big
way and for that we are very grate-
ful," Austin said. "This lab is going
to help bridge the digital divide and
create greater opportunities for our
youth and families to be more com-
petitive in school and on the work-

MOCA helps youth prepare for the future

By Ju'lia Samuels

The Museum of Contempo-
rary Art [MOCA] has complet-
ed another promising summer
internship program that is
aimed at exposing high school
and college students to the
world of museum operations.
And while the internship is
unpaid, the experience alone
has proven to yield a host of
"There is even a possibility
these students can be hired,
which is what we did
with a couple of our other in-
terns who worked with MOCA
last summer," said Lisa Fer-
nandez, education administra-
tor for MOCA. "We hired them
for this year."
The internship experience
allows students to determine

INTERNS: Sarah Noel and
if the museum profession is for
"After being around the cu-
rator, it all makes me feel like
this is something I want to do,"
Sarah Noel, 17, said.
Noel, who is going into her

Alexis Prisca review outreach

senior year, said that she
agreed to the MOCA internship
because it aligned with her in-
tended major for college. She
says she intends on majoring
in international relations with
a concentration in anthropol-

The program maintained a
formal schedule and hosted a
number of guest speakers.
"My favorite guest speaker
was Judge Prescott," Alexis
Prisca, 16, said. "He talked
about the importance of one
small decision and how it can
change everything."
In the program, the students
were required to come out of
their shells and go out into the
community to inform local res-
idents about the free opportu-
nities the museum offers.
"I was pretty scared at first,"
Noel said. "The hardest part
was going up to people that
didn't want to hear you. But
eventually I got comfortable
with it."
Both students earned a total
of 200 hours for their intern-
ship. While one student from

the program walked away cer-
tain about her dream profes-
sion, another became certain
about her outlook on intern-
"This experience makes me
want to do more internships
because they help you figure
out what you want to do with
your life, Prisca said.
The museum offers a year-
long career training program
that introduces high school
and college students to various
jobs in the creative industry.
At the conclusion of the in-
ternship all interns are expect-
ed to complete a final project
called Model MOCA, where in-
terns produce an art exhibi-
tion which includes developing
a theme and budget, market-
ing plan, creating events and
programming around the ex-

FMU welcomes the class of 2016

Florida Memorial Universi-
ty [FMU] recently opened its
doors for the new academic
year during its annual Stu-
dent Orientation activities.
More than 530 new students
accompanied by family and
friends converged on the
campus to register for school,
move into dormitories and
enroll in classes. During the
opening session, FMU Presi-
dent Henry Lewis III encour-
aged the new class to "dis-
cover themselves" through a
high quality education.
"All of you know your name,
but, do you know who you
are?" Lewis inquired. "Dur-
ing your time here, you will
experience with success and
failure. It's important that

Students hold new student orientation packets at Florida Memorial University.

you begin to learn how to re-
cover from your failures."
The activities gave attend-
ees the chance become ac-
quainted with the university,
its services and meet sev-
eral employees. These com-
ponents comprise what the
president deemed a "family-
oriented academic environ-

"I was attracted to the ac-
ademic programs, the music
program in particular," said
Alexandra Ducksworth, an
incoming freshman looking

to double major in music and
business. "I also like the fact
that the school is connect-
ed with the Florida General
Baptist Convention [FGBC]. I
can't wait to try out for the
Anthony Ducksworth, pas-
tor of the First Antioch Mis-
sionary Baptist Church in
Apopka, Florida, an FGBC-
affiliated church, agreed
with his daughter's assess-
"I brought several of our
members to school down
here," the proud father not-
ed. Many of my ministerial
colleagues graduated from

FMU. So, I am trusting this
school with my baby."
Alexandra's choice to at-
tend South Florida's only
historically Black college is a
part of a family tradition.
"I attended an histori-
cally Black university,"
added Stephanie, Alexan-
dra's mother. "So I'm glad
my daughter chose Florida
Memorial so that she could
get that black college experi-
The admissions and enroll-
ment opportunities don't end
there for undecided or unde-
clared college aspirants.
"You don't have to put your
dreams on hold and we are
still accepting applications
for the fall semester," said
Peggy Martin, FMU's admis-
sions director. "Prospective
students need official high-
school transcripts, a recom-
mendation letter and a per-
sonal statement. If they meet
our standards, they can ap-
ply and be admitted on the
The president's message of
personal responsibility and
academic excellence reso-
"I feel it's a comfortable
home away from home," Al-
exandra said. "I am looking
forward to getting a lot of
work done."
Enrollment is open until
Saturday, August 25.

Anthony Ducksworth (1-r), Alexandra Ducksworth,
Stephanie Ducksworth and Dr. Jeffrey Swain, director of
the FMU Centers for Academic Support and Retention
during student orientation at Florida Memorial University.



A predictor

of long life

By Philip Moeller

If you want to know how long
you will live, you might stop
fretting over genetics and fam-
ily history and instead look at
your educational achievements.
Education is certainly not the
only variable associated with
longer lives, but it may be the
most powerful.
Recent study findings pub-
lished in the journal Health Af-
fairs present a remarkable up-
date to the already considerable
research showing education to
be a powerful predictor of lon-
ger life spans.
"The lifelong relationships
of education and its correlates
with health and longevity are
striking," the article said. "Ed-
ucation exerts its direct benefi-
cial cflfects on health through
the adoption of healthier life-
styles, better ability to cope
with stress, and more effective
management of chronic diseas-
es. However, the indirect effects
of education through access to
more privileged social position,
better-paying jobs, and higher
income are also profound."
While the findings are good
news for educated Americans,
they also indicate that medi-
cal and lifestyle breakthroughs
that have triggered the much-
publicized lonigevity revolution
are not being enjoyed by less-
educated Americans whose
lifespans have fallen further
behind over time. This trend
has implications for the debate
about raising the Social Securi-
ty retirement age. It also adds a
compelling mortality tale to the
economic costs of the nation's
falling educational-achieve-
ment levels compared with oth-
er nations.
Within U.S. racial groups, ed-
ucational achievement is asso-
ciated with significant longevity
benefits. But compared across
racial groups, the longevity gap
is even greater, which indicates
continued race-based differ-
ences in how long Americans
live. The Health Affairs article
was co-authored by 15 leading
academic experts in aging and
longevity. The research was
conducted by the MacArthur
Foundation Research Network
on an Aging Society. "We found
that in 2008 U.S. adult men and
women with fewer than twelve
years of education had life ex-
pectancies not much better
than those of all adults in the
1950s and 1960s," the article
said. "When race and education
are combined, the disparity is
even more striking." Within ra-
cial and ethnic groups, there
was a pronounced longev-
ity benefit when comparing
people with 16 or more years
of school with those with less
than 12 years. Among women,
the differences in life expec-
tancy at birth were 10.4 years
among whites, 6.5 years among
Blacks, and 2.9 years for His-
panics. Among men, the gaps
were 12.9 years among whites,
9.7 years among Blacks, and
5.5 years for Hispanics.
But the differences were
more striking across all racial
groups. "White U.S. men and
women with 16 years or more of
schooling had life expectancies
far greater than Black Ameri-
cans with fewer than 12 years
of education 14.2 years more
for white men than Black men,
and 10.3 years more for white
women than Black women," the
article said.
"These gaps have widened
over time and have led to at
least two 'Americas,' if not mul-
tiple others, in terms of life ex-
pectancy, demarcated by level
of education and racial-group
membership." Compared with
similar 1990 measures, by
2008, the gap among men had
widened by nearly a year, and
among women, by more than
two-and-a-half years.

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Home-based business bakes edible delights

Jenrette: The chef

behind the goods
By Ju'lia Samuels

Anything is possible and is
sure to be quite edible when
Lykeisha Jenrette, 30, does her
thing in the kitchen. And since
first starting her home-based
bakery two years ago, she says
that there's barely been time to
sit back and relax. The orders
just keep coming and she
hasn't looked back.
"I am ecstatic and humbled
all at the same time and very
thankful for the success," she
Jenrette has built a loyal
following on her signature des-

sert banana
pudding cake.
"It's the most
sought after .. 1
thing," Jen- ':-
rette said. "It's
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all, Jenrette
makes it a point to have it
noted that she can bake any-
thing. Most of her recipes are
handed-down family recipes
that she has tweaked to make
her own.
"If it can go in the oven,
I can make it," she said. "I
make cookies, cupcakes, pies,
cheesecake, puddings, brown-
ies anything. I don't just do
cakes. I do anything that can

be baked."

For Jenrette, her vocal fam-
ily members were the driving
force behind her starting the
baking company.
"They really pushed me into
starting the business," she
said. "I was mostly baking for
them and they really encour-
aged me to go out and start my
own company."
Before Jenrette turned her
baking into an oven-hot suc-
cess, she ran a bail bonds
company with her fiance, Tau-
rus Boyd, 40. And while she
says that she's still involved
with the company, her baking
business has skyrocketed to
the point that her fiance has
Please turn to JENRETTE 10D



Consumers not happy with FPL deal


advocate says it's

a bad agreement

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Florida's large power users said
Wednesday they have reached an
agreement with Florida Power &
Light Co. to propose a smaller rise
in basic electric rates next year.
But the state's top consumer ad-
vocate said the settlement is actu-

ally a hidden rate hike.
The proposal comes just as the
electric utility is set to begin regu-
latory hearings on the increase on
Monday. FPL and the other parties
are asking regulators to suspend
hearings and approve the settle-
On the typical 1,000-kilowatt res-
idential bill, the increase under the
settlement would be about a buck
less: $5.93 a month on a base rate
of $49.19. FPL had requested an
increase of $7.09 a month, which
would have resulted in a base rate
to $50.35.

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"We are pleased to propose a solu-
tion that would limit the increase
for the typical residential customer,"
said FPL President Eric Silagy, in a
press release.

Today, the typical residential cus-
tomer's total bill is $94.62, which
includes current fuel costs. With
this settlement, it would increase to
$95.83, according to FPL.
But J.R. Kelly, the state public
counsel, said the agreement actu-
ally means more ratepayers' money
going to FPL because it includes

payment for converting Port Ever-
glades and Riviera Beach to more
energy-efficient plants. Those
plants were not part of FPL's origi-
nal request only Cape Canaveral
was included.
"This is a bad deal for ratepayers
and we will oppose it," Kelly said.
"It gives FPL more than they asked
for," he said.
Kelly said the agreement includes
money to pay for natural gas plants
at Port Everglades and Riviera
He said the proposal also shifts
Please turn to FPL 10D

Florida sees drop in

unemployment workers

Florida has posted the second-
highest reduction in unemployed
workers over the past year, ac-
cording to a new On Numbers
analysis of U.S Bureau of Labor
Statistics data.
The number of unemployed in
the Sunshine State dropped to
795,432 in June 2012, compared
to 983,797 unemployed work-
ers in June 2011 a reduction
of 188.365. Florida also ranked
fifth for employment gains, add-
ing 70,900 non-farm jobs over
the same time period.
Nonetheless, the unemploy-
ment rate in Florida remained
unchanged ar a seasonally ad-

justed 8.6 percent in June. South
Florida's not-seasonally adjusted
rate rose slightly to 9.2 percent.
California's unemployed-worker
decline of 212,733 surpassed
Florida for the highest reduction.
Rounding out the top five were
Texas (number of unemployed
workers down 127,561), Ohio
(down 95,8921 and Michigan
(down 92,8861.
The decline in
unemployment .0\ r/,
is the result of T-. f.
an upswing in
job creation D
since mid- r
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Black banks essential to our economic growth

By Monique W. Morris grew from 4,000 in 1867 to approx- Blacks. The structural exclusion in the number_, .
imately 50,000 by 1917. of Blacks from the mainstream of Black-ownedr -
Since the 19th While the 1960s produced a economic sphere led Black entre- banks has led j
century, Black- growing number of Black banks, preneurs to build their own finan many to ques- -
owned banks have by the 1980s, many of them had cial infrastructure to support the tion the role of
played a vital role failed. Today, there are very few economic development of our com- Black-owned -'
in the economic U.S. banks that are owned by munities, but the dramatic decline banks in revital-ng U_
development of-- -.- izing our neigh-
our communities. borhoods today.
Between 1888 and According to Dr.
1934, there were Brooks Robin-
more than 130 MORRIS son, economist ANDERSON
U.S.banks owned and director
by Blacks. Some believe they were, Black banks
the driving force behind the explo- are critical to creating loans for
sion of Black businesses which Please turn to BANK 8D

Elderly suffer

as financial

abuse grows
Family, caregivers,

scams cause the

greatest damage

By Christine Dugas

Financial abuse of the elderly is getting
worse, and most seniors don't know how
to seek reliable financial help.
"There is no silver bullet that will end
the financial abuse of America's seniors,"
says Don Blandin, president and CEO
of the non-profit Investor Protection
Trust (IPT), which released a survey last
Wednesday about elder exploitation. IPT
conducted the survey after the Consum-
er Financial Protection Bureau requested
more information about the problem.
The experts IPT surveyed said the
most common type of abuse is when
family members steal or divert funds or
property. The next biggest problems are
caregiver theft and financial scams per-
petrated by strangers.
"Some of those financial scams by
strangers can be ones that actually
deplete the entire life savings of a senior
at the worst possible time in their life,"
Blandin says.
It's a serious issue. Last year, MetLife
said elderly victims of financial scams
lost at least $2.9 billion in 2010, up from
$2.6 billion in 2008. And 20 percent of
Americans over the age of 65 have been
victims of financial swindles, a 2010 IPT
report said. "This is a major problem,
and we know there is significant under-
reporting," says Mark Lachs, director
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College students should be leery of free debit cards, interest fees

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA columnist

As millions of college stu-
dents return to campus, a
recent settlement by the Fed-
eral Deposit Insurance Cor-
poration (FDIC) may become
a financial blessing to stu-
dents and their parents. An
estimated 60,000 students
are expected to share $11
million in restitution from

One Holdings, Inc.
and Bancorp Bank.
According to
FDIC, beginning
in July 2008, the
firms charged mul-
tiple non-sufficient
fund (NSF) fees
from a single mer-
chant transaction.
By allowing stu-
dent accounts to
remain overdrawn

were able to collect
more NSF fees while
Also charging more
.. , f : ees for subsequent
deposits to student
Most importantly,
these practices ex-
posed an often hid-
den role that finan-
CROWELL cial institutions have
on college campuses.
for long As student monies were eaten

two financial firms Higher periods of time, the firms up by these fees, the remain-

ing available funds dimin-
ished the availability of mon-
ies intended for tuition and
other student expenses.
According to the U.S. Pub-
lic Interest Research Group
(PIRG), Higher One has card
agreements with 520 cam-
puses that enroll 4.3 million
students. Commenting on
the settlement announce-
ment, Rich Williams, higher
education advocate for U.S.
PIRG said, "We commend

the FDIC for holding Higher
One accountable. Student aid
should not be a piggy bank
for banks to dip into espe-
cially when their practices
are unfair or deceptive."
In May, U.S. PIRG released
The Campus Debit Card Trap,
a report that found banks
and financial firms now con-
trol or influence federal finan-
cial aid disbursement to over
9 million students by linking
checking accounts and pre-

paid debit cards to student
IDs and providing financial
aid disbursement services.
According to the report, stu-
dents can pay significant fees
that are charged against their
student aid, including per-
swipe fees of $0.50, inactivity
fees of $10 or more after six
months and overdraft fees of
up to $38. Financial institu-
tions use aggressive market-
ing to maximize these fees,
the report found.


Youth 'Dress for Success'

By Melissa Montoya

While most high school stu-
dents may be trying to figure
out how to survive the some-
times excruciating four years,
the senior at Boyd Anderson
High School already knows he
wants to attend the University
of Florida and has even chosen
his dream law school: Stanford.
His dreams might be a little
closer now following the deliv-
ery of about 40 boxes from a red
fire rescue truck at the Lauder-
dale Lakes school Thursday.
The boxes contained 1,000
pounds of professional cloth-
ing, donated by Broward Sher-
iff's Office, to be spread out to
250 students participating in
the school's inaugural "Dress
for Success" program as part of
"Mentoring Tomorrow's Lead-
It became evident to Principal
Angel Almanzar that students
were interested in dressing pro-

"We gave ties to football play-
ers to wear and other students
indicated they wanted to wear
ties and shirts, too," Almanzar
The donations came through
after Almanzar sent out a note
to community leaders, includ-
ing BSO.
"Many teenagers are
realizing that the way you
dress will help you get a
Berlange Valmens
17, of Lauderdale Lakes
For Oliver, dressing in busi-
ness attire was a no-brainer.
"It puts you in a serious mind-
set as opposed to a more laid-
back mindset," the 17-year-old
Instead of dressing in jeans
and Converse sneakers, Oliver
has been experimenting with

dressing differently, he said.
"This year I started to be
more preppy, I came to school
with button-down shirts," said
the Coral Springs resident. "It
was different how I carried my-
Students are planning to
dress professionally on Tues-
days and Thursdays for the
coming school year, according
to Almanzar.
Berlange Valmeus, of Lauder-
dale Lakes, was wearing a red
shirt, black skinny jeans and
black flats, but tried on a gray
suit with a pink ruffled shirt.
"I feel more successful," the
17-year-old said. "Many teen-
agers are realizing that the way
you dress will help you get a
"We want to get behind the
youth of our community," Bro-
ward Sheriff Al Lamberti said
about the employee-donated
clothes. "You only have one
chance to make one impression

and that's what it's all about."
Lamberti also said that
dressing in business attire can
give kids more self-confidence.
"This is crime prevention at
its best," Lamberti said. "Quite
often kids that end up in gangs
have low self-esteem. This pro-
motes a positive image."
Laurel E. Thompson, the di-
rector for the Student Services
Department at the Broward
County School District, over-
sees the mentoring program at
Boyd Anderson and Plantation
high schools.
"We are training students
to be tomorrow's leaders and
so having them dress as fu-
ture leaders contributes sig-
nificantly to the realization of

Boyd Anderson senior Eddie Ol-
iver Jr., of Coral Springs, who
wants to pursue law at the Uni-
versity of Florida, sports ca-
sual attire and business attire.

Some federal pensions pay handsome rewards

More than one percent of retirees

collect yearly benefit of $1ooK-plus

By Dennis Cauchon
and Paul DAmbrosio

More than 21,000 retired
federal workers receive life-
time government pensions of
$100,000 or more per year.
Of these, nearly 2,000 have
federal pensions that pay
$125,000 or more annually,
and 151 take home $150,000
or more. Six federal retirees get
more than $200,000 a year.
Some 1.2 percent of federal
retirees collect six-figure pen-
sions. By comparison, 0.1%
of military retirees collect as
much. The New York State and
Local Retirement System pays
0.2 percent of its retirees pen-
sions of $100,000 or more. The
New Jersey retirement system

pays 0.4 percent of retirees
that much. Comparable pri-
vate figures aren't available.
The six-figure pensions
spread across a broad swath of
the federal workforce: doctors,
budget analysts, accountants,
public relations specialists and
human resource managers.
Most do not get Social Security
Retired law enforcement is
the most common profession
receiving $100,000-plus pen-
sions, including 326 Drug
Enforcement Administration
agents, 237 IRS investigators
and 186 FBI agents. The Postal
Service has 714 retired work-
ers getting six-figure retire-
ments. The Social Security Ad-
ministration has 444. A retired

Top pension

Most common jobs he
eral retirees receiving
of $100,000 or more

Criminal investigator
Program manager
Program administrate
Air traffic controller
General engineer
Management analyst
Electronics engineer
Physical scientist
Note: No occupation listed for 5,02
retirees receiving pensions of $100
Source: USA TODAY analysis, Civils
ment System database

Smithsonian zoologist has a
$162,000 annual lifetime pen-
The six $200,000-plus pen-
sions include a doctor, a den-
eld by fed- tist and a credit union regula-
Spensions tor, plus three retirees whose
annually, occupations weren't listed.
Pensions are a growing feder-
Number al budget burden, rising twice
1,635 as fast as inflation over the
1,423 last decade. Pension payments
o 19 cost $70 billion last year, plus
r 1,391 $13 billion for retiree health
1,163 care. Taxpayers face a $2 tril-
966 lion unfunded liability the
949 amount needed to cover future
846 benefits for these programs,
464 according to the government's
Audited financial statement.
3 "These people are highly
348 trained, highly skilled and of-
3 of the 21,089 ten put their lives on the line
),o00 or more. in law enforcement," says Ju-
Service Retire- lie Tagen, legislative director of
the National Association of Re-

tired Federal Employees. "It's a
very, very small portion of re-
tirees at that ($100,000) level."
"Government pensions are
vastly more generous than
those in the private sector,"
says economist Veronique de
Rugy of the market-oriented
Mercatus Center. "It's no coin-
cidence that if there is a good
plan, it's available to federal
employees rather than in the
private sector."
USA TODAY and the Asbury
Park (N.J.) Press- both owned
by Gannett analyzed the
Civil Service Retirement Sys-
tem database, obtained under
a Freedom of Information Act
request. The Office of Person-
nel Management withheld
some information, including
names, ages and length of ser-
The records cover 1.9 mil-
lion federal civilian pensions.

Congress members were not
included, nor were military re-
The average federal pension
pays $32,824 annually. The
average state and local govern-
ment pension pays $24,373,
Census data show. The average
military pension is $22,492-.
ExxonMobil, which has one
of the best remaining private
pensions, pays an average of
$18,250 per retiree, Labor De-
partment filings show.
The federal government has
two retirement systems: one
for those hired before 1984
and another for those hired
after. Under the older system,
employees did not participate
in Social Security. The older
system covers 78 percent of
current retirees and accounts
for 96 percent of six-figure
pensions. All federal retirees
receive health benefits.


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Retail sales jump, wholesale prices rise modestly

retail sales rose in July by the
largest amount in five months,
buoyed by more spending on
autos, furniture and clothing.
The Commerce Department
said Tuesday that retail sales
rose 0.8 percent in July from
June. The increase followed
three months of declines, in-
cluding a 0.7 percent drop in
sales in June.
The retail sales report is the
government's first look each
month at consumer spending,
which drives roughly 70 per-
cent of economic activity.
All major categories showed
increases, a sign that consum-
ers may be gaining confidence
after the longest stretch of de-
clines since the fall of 2008.
In a separate report out Tues-
day, the government said U.S.
wholesale prices increased in
July from June, pulled up by
higher costs for cars and light
trucks and a 34.5 percent in-
crease in corn prices biggest
one-month jump since October
The Labor Department said
the producer price index, which
measures price changes before
they reach the consumer, in-
creased a seasonally adjusted
0.3 percent last month. That
followed a 0.1 percent gain

in June.
In July, car prices at the
wholesale level rose 1.1 per-
cent. Light truck prices in-
creased 1.6 percent the larg-
est gain since November 2009.
Wholesale food prices rose
0.5 percent last month, a sign
that the severe drought in the
Midwest is driving costs higher.
The dry weather has harmed a
range of crops, most notably
corn and soybeans.
The increase in corn prices
could affect food prices in the
coming months. Corn is used to
make everything from cosmet-
ics to cereal, soda, cake mixes
and candy bars. It is also used
as a feed for cattle and hogs.
Pork, beef and veal prices also
increased sharply in July.
The U.S. Agriculture Depart-
ment said last Friday that the
U.S. corn harvest will fall to its
lowest level in five years this
year because of the drought.
Wholesale energy prices fell
0.4 percent in July, the first
straight monthly decline. Oil
and gas costs have increased
recently and will probably af-
fect August's data.
Gas prices are also starting
to move back up. The nation-
wide price for a gallon of gas av-
eraged $3.67 on last Friday, up
11 cents in just the past week

and almost 30 cents higher
than a month ago.
Excluding recent spikes in
gas prices, tame inflation is
helping consumers feel a bit
wealthier. Retail sales, exclud-
ing gasoline station sales, were
up 0.8 percent, same as the
overall increase. On a season-
ally adjusted basis, retail sales
totaled $403.9 billion in July,
up 21.4 percent from the reces-
sion low hit in March 2009.
Gains in consumer spending
add to a picture of a modestly
improving economy in July.
Employers added 163,000 jobs,
the best month for job growth
since February. And consum-
er confidence rose for the first
time in five months.
However, a number of forces
continue to hold back economic
gains. Job growth hasn't been
enough to push down the un-
employment rate. It ticked up
to 8.3 percent last month, the
same level it was at the begin-
ning of the year. And income
has barely increased in the
past 12 months, keeping bud-
gets tight for those Americans
who have jobs.
Overall, consumer spending
on goods and services grew just
1.5 percent in the April-June
quarter, the slowest pace in a
year. And the uneven perfor-

mance of the economy appears
to be increasing anxiety in the
workplace and at home. One
sign of that is that Americans
are saving more. The savings
rate the percentage of after-
tax income that consumers
don't spend rose to 4.4 per-
cent in June, highest in a year.
Still, at least one economic
indicator should continue to
trend in consumers' favor: low
inflation. Wholesale prices in-
creased only 0.5 percent in the
12 months that ended in July.
That's the lowest since October
Excluding food and energy
costs, prices increased 2.5
percent in the 12 months that
ended in July, the smallest
year-over-year gain since June
2011. In July, wholesale prices,
excluding food and gas costs,
which tend to jump around
month to month, rose 0.4 per-
Low inflation means the
money that consumers have to
spend buys more, which can
help the economy. It also gives
the Federal Reserve more lee-
way to keep interest rates low,
which usually spurs economic
growth. If prices began to rise
rapidly, the Fed likely would
be forced to raise rates in re-

Rebuilding economic effort should focus on Black banks

continued from 6D

Black businesses.
"Black-owned banks
in Black communi-
ties can even draw
the traditionally un-
banked poor into
the formal economy,"
Robinson said. "And
[they can] push egre-
giously exploitative
pay-day and check-
cashing operations
out of business."

Indeed, Black-
owned banks and
other opportunity fi-
nancial institutions,
including Community
Development Finan-
cial Institutions, tend
to serve low-income
communities and
communities of color.
Their strength and
appeal is that they
have the power to al-

ter Blacks' relation-
ship with the finan-
cial industry, offering
a promise of trust and
accountability when
others are content
to exploit or neglect.
Their reach is into
the neighborhoods -
and blocks where
the alternative is of-
ten the abusive "pay-
day" structure that
locks too many of our
households into the
cycles of economic
harm from mount-
ing, uncontrollable
debt. The disposable
income that quickly
floats through many
of our communities
has long been cri-
tiqued as an obstacle
to the creation of jobs
or of an infrastruc-
ture to sustain eco-
nomic development.
However, Black banks
can leverage deposits
to lend in our com-
munities and facili-

tate a recycling of fi-
nancial resources in a
way that can produce
jobs and improve the
quality of our com-
munities through
emerging infrastruc-
ture development
(e.g., construction and
the "greening" of our
neighborhoods). Ac-
tor and entrepreneur
Duane Martin sees
Black-owned banks
as an important life-
line to support the
targeted financial
needs of communities
that are often denied
loans from some of
the more mainstream
"I call it going
straight to the vein,"
Martin said. "[In Black
banks], our invest-
ment can support that
guy trying to get that
barber shop, or that
cleaners, or that fam-
ily trying to buy their
first home. My wife

-' /

and I put our money
in a Black bank so
that we can be in the
'hood everyday."
"To be sure, there
is a role for [Black
banks] to play, but
they should not be
expected to play the
leading role in wealth
accumulation and
economic develop-
ment in the Black
community," said Dr.
Bernard Anderson,
Whitney M. Young, Jr.
Professor Emeritus at
the Wharton School of

The larger, main-
stream banks must
still be held account-
able for fair and re-
sponsible lending in
order to bridge the ra-
cial wealth divide; and
the protection of hu-
man and civil rights
in the workplace and
the education pipe-
line must remain core
to the fight for equity
and advancement.
The role for Black-
owned financial in-
stitutions is the same
as it has always been
- to support the fi-
nancial needs of the
communities in which
they are located. They
leverage deposits and
support the formation
and development of
emerging enterprises
that will produce jobs
and improve the eco-
nomic landscape of

STEM fields opening to more girls

continued from 6D

My high school math teach-
er noticed my computer tal-
ents and encouraged me to
look into colleges with strong
computer science programs. I
did and was accepted in my
senior year at Texas A & M."
She continues, "I found my-
self one of only a handful of
females. Texas A & M at that
time was exclusively male
and populated by mostly
white males, many of whom
had been exposed to high-
level math and computer
programs at their school. So,
I had to show some initia-
tive to my professors and ask
them for help, letting them
know that I was going to stick
to it and go all the way." Gary
graduated and stuck it out.
Then she moved on to Howard
University where she earned
a Master degree in Computer
Science. The year was 1987.
Today, 25 year later the tech-
nology field (at large) is des-
perately looking for architects
of change. Females who put
an end to the long living myth
that girls and women can-
not perform as well as men
in science, technology, engi-
neering, and math (STEM).
Environments and after-
school programs promoting
"girl power" are popping up
all over America, supporting

leadership development and
career exploration for girls,
transferring knowledge of
technology, while introducing
concepts such as logical rela-
tionships, graphing, and alge-
bra. According to the U.S. Bu-
reau of Labor Statistics, and
National Science Foundation
the STEM fields are expected
to add 2.7 million new jobs by

ing a technology program
for girls has been a dream
for the founder, President
& CEO of Tech Divas, Cyn-
thia Renee Frazier. Its title is
"Girls Got Geek". Girls who
enter this program will learn
about creation, innovation,
problem solving, teamwork
and career development. Re-
cently in June, Frazier held

Participants learn basic html with Black Girls Code's
Summer of Code in San Francisco.

2018, yet women and minori-
ties are vastly underrepre-
sented in those fields. Women
make up 46 percent of the
total workforce but hold only
24 percent of jobs in techni-
cal or STEM fields. Blacks
and Latinos each comprise 13
percent of the total workforce
and only three percent of the
technical workforce.
In the Inland Empire, start-

an open house at the Hen-
derson Auditorium located at
Community Hospital of San
Bernardino. Girls were in-
troduced to many of the lat-
est e-devices that they could
explore. The Greek sorority
sisters from Sigma Gamma
Rho volunteered to assist
with the event. The turnout
was exceptional and Frazier
was very happy. She says,

"Girls like solving problems
as much as boys. Girls can
develop games and mobile
apps even better than boys.
So, we have got to get girls
more excited about today's
technology." She has been ac-
tive in technology for years.
The application creation is
growing into a $55 billion dol-
lar industry. Frazier states,
"More girls in this career
field can really change their
lives." Latasha Gary would
agree. Gary said, "My career
field has provided more op-
portunity beyond anything
that I could imagine. I would
definitely encourage women
to consider a career in tech-
nology." This fall, "Girls Got
Geek" is having a Hackathon.
They are looking for girls
ages 13-25 who would like to
put together a "webisode" as
a challenge. A webisode is a
short episode, which can be
downloaded or streamed on
YouTube or Cable television.
It could be a commercial or
collection of short stories.
The girls who participate will
be grouped into teams. Each
team will come up with a
theme for their webisode. As
a challenge, the webisodes
will be played and judged for
fun and prizes. The dates are
November 16, 17, and 18. The
technology used for creating,
making and editing the webi-
sodes will be provided.

our communities. But
Black banks need our
investment in order
to thrive. In this eco-
nomic climate, when
so much is at stake
in terms of our abil-
ity to salvage econom-
ic security from the

greatest loss of home
ownership and wealth
in three decades, it
has perhaps never
been more appar-
ent that our struggle
to build wealth is for
most, a process, and
not an event. As was

true in 1888, when
Capital Savings Bank
emerged as the first
Black-owned bank in
Washington, D.C., the
greatest investment
we can make in this
rebuilding effort is in


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Time, CNN reinstate journalist after review

By Christine Haughney

Time magazine and CNN
are reinstating the commen-
tator Fareed Zakaria after a
review of his work in light of
his admission that he plagia-
rized parts of a New Yorker
article in a recent column for
"We have completed a thor-
ough review of each of Fareed
Zakaria's columns for Time,
and we are entirely satisfied
that the language in question
in his recent column was an
unintentional error and an
isolated incident for which
he has apologized," a Time
spokeswoman said in a state-
ment on Thursday. "We look
forward to having Fareed's
thoughtful and important
voice back in the magazine
with his next column in the
issue that comes out on Sept.
The magazine suspended
Zakaria, 48, on Friday after

he apologized for copying sec-
tions of his column on gun
control in the Aug. 20 is-
sue from an article written
by the historian Jill Lepore of
Harvard in The New Yorker.
After the news, CNN also
suspended him as host of
the weekly program "Fareed
Zakaria GPS" and said that
a shorter blog post that he
had written for CNN's Web
site had similarly unattrib-
uted excerpts. CNN and Time
magazine are both part of
Time Warner.
The network said in a state-
ment on Thursday that it, too,
had completed an internal
review of Zakaria's work. "We
found nothing that merited
continuing the suspension,"
the statement reads, adding,
"Zakaria has apologized for a
journalistic lapse. CNN and
Zakaria will work together to
strengthen further the proce-
dures for his show and blog."
His program will return on

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Fareed Zakaria employers
said they had no reason to
extend his suspensions.
Aug. 26.
The Washington Post later
announced that it would con-
duct a review of his columns.
But a Post spokeswoman said
she expected him to continue
his column in September.
The similarities in the texts
were spotted by the conser-
vative Web site NewsBusters,
and quickly spread across
the Internet after appear-

ing on the media blog Jim-
After the similarities were
found, Zakaria issued a
statement saying: "Media
reporters have pointed out
that paragraphs in my Time
column this week bear close
similarities to paragraphs in
Jill Lepore's essay in the April
23 issue of The New Yorker.
They are right. I made a ter-
rible mistake. It is a serious
lapse and one that is entirely
my fault. I apologize unre-
servedly to her, to my editors
at Time, and to my readers."
Earlier this year, Zakaria
was criticized for giving a
commencement speech at
Harvard that was very simi-
lar to one he had given earlier
at Duke. Zakaria is known
for managing a demanding
schedule: he works for CNN,
writes columns for Time and
The Post, and also writes

More power equals we pay more money

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$50 million from high-
end power users to
residential customers
and small businesses.

The Office of Public
Counsel has requested
FPL's base rate request
be reduced by $253
million. "I think we
have a very good case,"
he said.
But Kelly said he
might not get to plead
his case because Flor-
ida's Public Service
Commission could
move ahead and ap-
prove the agreement.
"This is the first time
a settlement has been

placed in front of the
PSC without our office
being a party," he said.
The agreement also
doesn't include anoth-
er representative of big
power users, the Flor-
ida Retail Federation.
Florida's Public Ser-
vice Commission,
which has heard in re-
cent weeks from Flor-
ida's elderly, unem-
ployed and others who
say they can't afford a
higher electric bill, still
has to approve the set-
FPL had requested
a $690 million base-
rate increase, which
includes the $170 mil-
lion cost of Cape Ca-
As part of the pro-
posed settlement,

FPL would reduce its
base-rate revenue re-
quest from $517 mil-
lion, excluding Cape
Canaveral, to $378
million. That would be
accomplished primar-
ily through a lower re-
quested return on eq-
uity from 11.5 percent
to 10.7 percent.
But Kelly said the
utility's rate of return
isn't low enough it
should be closer to
nine percent. "10.7 is
absolutely ridiculous,"
he said.
Large electricity us-
ers represented by
Florida Industrial Pow-
er Users Group had
objected to FPL's pro-
posed increase, par-
ticularly its requested
return on equity. FPL

EIFFE will intervene

continued from 6D

of geriatrics at New
Healthcare System.
Some older Ameri-
cans are too embar-
rassed to disclose fi-
nancial abuse. Some
lack the tools to find a
good financial adviser
and may not have the
knowledge to under-
stand investment ad-
vice. Others may be
susceptible to fraud
because of diminished
mental capacity.
Combating the
growing abuse of the
elderly will require



new, collaborative ef-
forts with many ex-
perts and organiza-
tions, Blandin says.
Caregivers and local
health care profession-
als are the ones who
can best help address
the problem, the IPT
said. So it has created
the Elder Investment
Fraud and Financial
Exploitation (EIFFE)
prevention program,
which has trained
more than 3,000 U.S.
medical profession-
als to help spot older
Americans who are
vulnerable because of
impaired mental ca-

"We are on the right
track in tackling fi-
nancial swindles that
go after older Ameri-
cans," says Irving
Faught, administra-
tor of the Oklahoma
Department of Secu-
rities, which is a par-
ticipant in the EIFFE
It is critical to train
primary care physi-
cians to pre-emptively
identify older adults
who are at risk for fi-
nancial exploitation,
Lachs says. "I am an
epidemiologist, and
what we are looking
at here qualifies as an

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came to an agreement
with the group as well
as the South Florida
Hospital and Health-
care Association and
the Federal Executive
Agencies on Wednes-
If approved by regu-
lators, the agreement
will provide base-rate
increases to cover the
capital and operat-
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eral, Riviera Beach

and Port Everglades,
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Note to narke-ters. Television advertising is
,-Iot postracial. ornied C-
That's the message that a newy red CO-
.orti~ml of the countSf,'s largest ,\frican-Aier-
ican media outlets wants to send to market-

lavor of placid_ ads (1 general outlets.
Onr Mnda'... BET Networks. Black Fnter-

prise,, Jhh on .publishing Ithe puhlisher o1
Ebopr, and J,.et omag-azinel5, the NationiA l As-
Ebon* LICI--le --(,ad ,1, rS and
sociation Of Black ,,i-d B. adcasters and
Others will loin Vith iiedia-btI,,ing agencies toK
itrodsce a campaign intended to educate ad-
,,,todtjc a cjlipaiziIfIblack media
%ertisers al:,otit the Im portance o:1b ac k edia
and its 1ncreasing-I deep-pocketed audience
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taj9. the campaign ,ll .e with print ad-
..ert jiemr-nt. in ,ialor newspapers inclUding.
The New York TimeQl and trade magazines
like Broad ,at g c'- Cable and Adweek. It will
expand to a lonrp-ternm joint effort that includAr
.ocial n -di.i ,and direct outreach to marketers
The Initiati\e conles at :i timle when advertis-
etr. ha'.,e pOured moane", nto Spanish-languagE
TV and radio m an effort to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic pop uilationi Black audience s.
mjn'A hile, have larglv'. been overlooked.
despite projected b I,'n g p ,-_,v.rr of $1 .2 trilhol
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been forced to take
According to Jen-
rette, her at-home bak-

ders for cakes a week
- quite a lot for a one-
woman show to ac-
complish. But she has
no complaints.
"I am just happy to

love," she said.
To satisfy your sweet
tooth, call 954-226-
1000 or send her at
note on Facebook at
"Lykeisha The Baker."

according to tile Selie Center for Econormic
CGrowth at thile University( of Georgia.
In part that is l because rketers reaso-l
that ads runnigR during sports programs or a
prime-tilive drama on a mainstream channel
vill reach sone black con>sLiers. t(o. sad
Debra L. Lee, chief execti at BET Net- d
works. An', wrll-d eloped media plan should
include both. Ms. Lee said. "Black niedia. has
a special cotnnecti,.1n to black audiencAes.
BET. a unit of 'iacom. has had a particu-
larly strong ratins r- n n recent years. otten
beating cable channels like CNN and Bravo
-The Game." an original series that started
on the C\. network and moved to BET. broke
cable sitcom records. with 7.7 milIon \*ev,,ers
for the premiere of its fourth season in ,Janu-
arn 2011.
At the same time, that audience is getng
richer. Black household eamCnI jI7l S rec' 6.3.9
Percent to $75,0.rom 201.) r-, 20.j. ac-
cord(Il11 to a Niclser1 study
#inTheBlack is the first industr> -ide eliot
e of its kind and is long .erdlue, said Donald
A. coleman, chief eecut.e of GlobalKue. a
multicultural advertisig agency. "'It's gttin
to the point of ridIctUIc, sIles in terms of the
, budget allocated to the \frican-Almercari a31t1-
dience." Mr. Coleman said.

-New York Times June 25, 2012

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The City of Miami is seeking to fill regular and youth member vacancies and
prospective vacancies on the OAB/Overtown Community Oversight Board.
Specific qualifications and eligibility requirements are set forth in Ordinance
12858 amending Article XI of Chapter 2 of the City Code. Applicants shall be
persons of knowledge, experience, mature judgment and background, having
ability and desire to act in the public interest in order to make informed and
equitable decisions concerning the Overtown Area.

Members must be 18 years of age or older, and be a resident of the Over-
town Area; or own property or operate a business in the Overtown Area; or be
an employee or board member of a community development corporation or a
community based organization located in and providing services to the Over-
town Area; or operate or be an employee of a business in the Overtown Area.
Youth members shall be more than 14 and less than 19 years of age, reside in
the Overtown Area and attend an accredited educational institution in the Over-
town Area. Additionally, as of January 14, 2010 board members are required
to have completed an ethics course within ninety (90) days of taking office or
within at least one (1) year prior to taking office.

The City Commission will consider filling existing regular and youth member
vacancies at its meeting of September 27, 2012. The list of interested individu-
als will be available for public review at the Office of the City Clerk on Monday,
September 17, 2012, following the scheduled deadline for receipt of said ap-
plications on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 4 PM. Application forms will be
available from the Office of the City Clerk and the City Clerk's website (http://

(#15503) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk




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Two bedrooms starting at
$800-$900 monthly.One
bedroom starting at $725,
if you qualify. Appliances,
laundry, FREE WATER
ing, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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

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

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you in.
One bedroom one bath.
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel: 786-

1245 NW 58th Street
One bedroom and one bath.
$550 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel

13150 Aswan Road #4
$700 monthly! Opa Locka.
Renovated one bedroom,
one bath, appliances includ-
ed, gated. Move in special
$699! Section 8 Welcome.
Call or text 786-229-6567
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$375. 305-642-7080.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $375

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

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$425 Ms.Pearl #13 or

1500 NW 65th Street
First month moves you in
$450 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel:

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425, one bdrm
$525, two bdrms $650, free
water. Call 786-506-3067.

1541 NW 1 Place
One bedroom $475, Studio
$395. Very Quiet.
Call 786-506-3067

1835 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Free water. $900 move in.
$450 deposit. $450 monthly.
186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450.

1943 NW 2 Court
One bdrm., $500, two
bdrms., $650. Very quiet,
gated building. Call 786-

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

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

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $375.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
2162 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, free water,
very quiet building, gated
building, laundry machine on-
site, $575 a month, $250 se-
curity deposit, 786-506-3067.
2565 NW 92 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, water and
lights included. Nice neigh-
borhood. $800 monthly,
$2400 move in or $400 bi-

weekly, $1200 move in.

2945 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. One bedroom, one
bath $600. Call Mr. Perez,
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. All ap-
pliances included. Call Joel

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $425.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
48 NW 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600,Call after 6 p.m.
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
6229 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 55 and older pre-
ferred. 305-310-7463.
6300 NW 15 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
Water included.
Johnny, 786-232-1391
6950 NW 8 Avenue
Nice studio. $450-$500, Sec-
tion 8 Ok! Call 305-675-1740.
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878
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
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two. baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
No 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.

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
NW 14 Ave near 59 St
Nice large one bdrm in small
quiet bldg. Air. Water free.
References. 305-754-5728
NW Miami Shores Area
Remodeled efficiency in well
maintained complex, water,
electric included $575 mthly
Only $350 to move in! No
deposit. Water included.
Gated building complex.
Call 305-603-9592, 305-
600-7280 and


2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
4127 NW 181 Terrace

I Duplexes
97 Street NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $700 monthly.

1332 NE 117 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air, appliances, $1200
monthly, $2400 move in,
Section 8 okay! Call James
or Debra at 305-944-9041 or
156 N.E. 58 Terr.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$675. Free Water.

16352 NW 39 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, free water, $850
2357 NW 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $795 monthly.
2401 NW 95 ST #B
Two bdrms, one bath,
washer, dryer, central air.
Section 8 OK. $1,175 mthly.
Matthew 954-818-9112
2742 NW 49 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, lawn service.
338 NW 59 Street
Huge one bedroom, one
bath, central air. $700 mthly.
Section 8 OK! 305-490-7033
3497 NW 11 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air condition and appliances.
$950 monthly. Section 8 wel-
Call 786-287-9966.
5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly
renovated $650 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-360-2440
6250 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$650. Appliances. Free wa-
ter/electric. 305-642-7080
643 NW 75 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, tile,carpet, fenced
and appliances. Section 8
welcomed. $950 monthly.
7929 NW 12 Court
Three bdrms, one bath, $900
monthly. Section 8 welcomed.
Call 305-757-2632
7932 NW 12! Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. 305-389-4011
97 NE 59 Terrace
Brand new apt., three bdrms,
two baths with marble kitch-
en, $1225. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-318-8861,786-
237-1499 or 305-696-2872
One bedroom, one bath, fully
renovated. Section 8 wel-
come. 954-600-2314 or
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 monthly, Section 8
Okay. Call 786-251-8515.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security cameras, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1709 NW 55 Street
Remodeled one bedroom,
central air, fenced parking,
bright, clean, quiet and off
street parking. $675 monthly
and $675 deposit.
3153 NW 53 Street
Starting at $450 monthly.
First, last and security.
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.

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1231 Kassim Street
Furnished room for rent plus
cable. Call 305-688-3983.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2106 NW 70 Street
Room for one person. $135

Weekly. Private Bath.

2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400.
Call 786-506-3067

6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $350 monthly
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$90 a week.
Call 786-515-3020.
Clean Rooms, air included.
305-834-1186 or
Private entrance. Call 305-
384-8421 or 954-854-8154.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.


1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,150 mthly. 786-328-5878.
12950 NW 25th Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Central heat and air. $1250
mthly, $900 Security.
1344 NW 68 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
305-693-1017, 305-298-0388
1450 NW 194 Street
Four bdrms, two baths, $1450
mthly. A, Berger Realty Inc.
1473 NW 68 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, $800
mthly, 305-336-9977.
15941 NW 17 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 305-652-9393.
1736 N W 56 Street
Four bdrms, two baths,
$1350 mthly, central air, all
appliances included, free
19" LCD TV. Joel 786-355-
1790 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $950
mthly. No Section 8.
Call: 305-267-9449
1891 NW 74 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 welcome.
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
2010 NW 153rd Street
Three bdrms., air, tile, den,
and bars. $1,200. No section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker
2122 NW 64 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Four bedrooms, two bath
home, and garage $1450
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel: 786-355-7578

2725 NW 53 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300. Stove, refrigerator,
air, washer and dryer hook
up, garage.

2771 NW 192 Terrace
Two bedrooms, two baths,
great location $1,225 month-
ly. 954-638-1379.
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$950 monthly. All Applianc-
es included. Free 19" LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

295 NW 55 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1,300 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens. $1100
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. $995 monthly. 954-
3501 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$995, stove, refrigerator,
free water. 305-642-7080
4000 NW 193rd Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
4319 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. 786-486-1795.
5158 NW 23 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly remodeled, appliances
included, central air, 786-269-
7241 or 786-759-8984.
5320 NW 24 Court
Three bdrms, one bath,
newly remodeled. $995.

5511 SW 32 Court #N
$1100 monthly! Pembroke
Park, three bedrooms, one
bath, no credit check, newly
renovated. Section 8 Wel-
come. Move in $799.
5610 NW 13 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Huge fenced lot, everything
new, central air. Section 8
only. 305-301-2112.
5947 N. Miami Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$475 monthly. Stove, refrig-
erator, free water.

62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
736 NW 140 Street
Three bedrooms,two baths.
Screen patio, washer and
dryer. $1,500 monthly. De-
posit $800. 786-205-6729.
930 NW 176 TERRACE
Three bdrms, two baths, bars,
air, den, tile, $1,350 monthly.
No Section 8
Terry Dellerson, Broker
941 Opa Locka Blvd
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950 monthly. No Sec. 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
Two, three, four bdrms avail-
able. 786-468-0198
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and din-
ing room,Near Calder
Casino,Turnpike, and Sun-
light Stadium. First and se-
curity. $1400 mthly. Section
8 OK 305-623-0493. Appoint-
ment only. Refrences.
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 monthly.
Call 407-497-8017
Three bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, appliances, $1300
mthly. Section 8 OK. Call
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.

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Newly remodeled rooms. Call
after 4 p.m., 786-443-4502.


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Owner financing
Low down payment
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Air Conditioning,TV, refrig-
erator, and all appliances.
Call 786-346-8225

To care for elderly person
$8 per hour. Call:

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:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

Friday and Saturday
9 a.m. 6 p.m.
7616 NW 30 Avenue.




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Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565

Ella's Closet, Intends to register
that the undersigned, desiring to
engaged in business under the
fictitious name of:
1609 NW 183 Street
Miami Gardens, FL
Owner: Jemena Taylor will reg-
ister the said name with the Di-
vision of Corporation of State,
Tallahassee, FL. Dated this 22nd
day of August, 2012

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Solicitations are subject to School Board Policy 6325-Cone of Silence.
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9/4/2012 pairs (Rebid)


Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is hosting Budget Town Hall Meetings,
where residents will be able to ask Mayor Gimenez and staff about the proposed Fiscal Year
2012-2013 County budget, www.miamidade.govlbudget/home.asp.

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West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33196

South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street
Miami, Florida 33189

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the
Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters,
assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call (305) 375-1545 at
least five days in advance.

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-5071

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Are you tired of working day after day and
never having money to show for it? Has your husband,
wife, or sweetheart left you for another or no reason
T that can be explained?
Do you have a sickness or ailing in your
body that no doctor can cure or find?
1700 NE 62 Street
SFt. Lauderdale, FL 33334
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INDADE 305, Intends to regis-
ter that the undersigned, desir-
ing to engaged in business un-
der the fictitious name of:
Indade 305 1861 NW 51 Street
Miami, FL
Owners: Indade 305 Mobile Car
Wash, Owner Jeffrey Paschal
will register the said name with
the Division of Corporation of
State, Tallahassee, FL. Dated
this 22nd day of August, 2012

I HEREBY GIVEN that the un-
dersigned, desiring to engage
in business under the fictitious
name of:
185 S.E. 14th Terrace
Miami, FI33131
in the City oF Miami, FL
Owner: Raul Villa
Name with the Division of
Corporation of State,
Tallahassee, FL. Dated this
22nd day of August, 2012


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