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GOP convention buzzing about Bush and Crist

By William E. Gibson

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tional conventiolh in T'lnniima, there was

loud der-iion of former Republicar mall', anoint former Massachusetts Gcv.
Crist whho endorsed Democrat Barack Mitt Romne' as their 2012 presidential
Obamrna's bid fora second term and agreed nominee.
to speak at the Democrats' convention Crist's endorsement of Romne,'s op-
- and speculation about whether Bush ponent led to immediate speculation that
wa-s telegraphing his desire to mount a he plans to run again for governor, this
bid for the White House someday time as a Democrat. against unpopular
It gave the consmnlion delegates much Republican incumbent Rick Scott
to talk about while they' waited for a trop- "The partx,'s had some furi toda v.with
ical storm to pass by' so their, could get Charlie. reminding~ 'er, body about his
down t business in earnest Tuesday aJ- past comment, that he w'.as a
tcrnoon. Toda',. the\ are expected to for- Please turn to CONVENTION 8A

Police association's

ex-prez sent to jail

-Photo courtesy FMU/Kareem J. Coney
COLLEGE BOUND: High school students from FMU's Black Male College Explorers program celebrate
the end of another successful summer of fun, learning and enrichment.

College: An impossible

dream for Black males?

Few mentors, rising costs, key reasons for crisis

Vernell Reynolds found guilty
$20oKfrom colleagues
Miami Times staff report
The Miami Community Police Benevolent
Association founded in 1946 by one of the
department's first Black officers to represent
others denied membership in the police union
- is still reeling from theft by one of its own
in excess of $200K.
Vernell Reynolds, 46, pleaded guilty in April
to fraud and tax charges and was sentenced
by a federal judge last Wednesday to six
months in jail and another six on house
Please turn to GUILTY 8A

By D. Kevin McNeir

The news about Black men in
higher education is all too famil-
iar and it's a sad litany Just
walk the campus of almost
/ any college and you'll notice
S a cluster of Black women
eating lunch, engaged with
instructors in their class-

rooms or huddled among the stacks
in the library. What you won't see
are an equal number of Black males.
Statistics from a recent report,
the National Black Male College
Achievement Study, show that in
1976. Black males were less than
4 percent of all undergraduate stu-
dents in the L.S. In 2012. that num-
ber is still the samei The report also
Please turn to COLLEGE 8A

NEW CHIEF GETS BUSY: Dr. Edison 0. Jackson, interim
president at Bethune-Cookman University, brings over 25 years
of experience as a college president to his new position.

New Orleans leery of another Katrina

By Rick Jervis
NEW fJ'l.i'.Hi -- Levees
are 'ia: -,: t-ir I walls higher
and residents and cities better
But how much safer is the
t(;iil 'Ci.:;i. from a catastrophic
storm like Hurricane Katrina,
which slammed the Ieoiron in
it-,. Jkllinil, more than 1,800

people and draining 80 per-
cent of New Or-l,-iis?2
That question is being asked
repeatedly across Alabama,
MiinMi:,ippi and Louisiana as
Tropical Storm Isaac gath-
ers strength and continues
its slow, plodding northwest
march toward the coast.
Forecasters predict the
storm will make landfall some-

where between southern Loui-
siana and eastern Mississippi
as early as this evening al-
most seven years to the day
of Katrina as a Category 1
storm, with winds of up to 95
mph. Isaac forced organizers
to postpone the Republican
National Convention in Tam-
pa for a day, and Louisiana
Gov. Bobby Jindal canceled

his speaking engagement at
the event, instead taking to
the airwaves to coordinate thei
state's response.
Katrina became the costliest
disaster in U.S. history, caus-
ing $135 billion worth of de-
struction, and drew promises
from federal and state officials
to never again allow such a
Please turn to NEW ORLEANS 8A

Romney's opportunity to clarify his brand

By DaWayne Wickham
T,-I'.I = Hours before
ti, ..n..,rl of delegates showed
up ':-iLIA in for the Republican
National Convention's welcome
r.-.riil,, at Tropicana Field,
it l domed stadium across the
bay in the twin city of St. Pe-
ir-i.limli., a vendor worked a
iriilt corner,

His biggest
selling item,
the man said,
is a Mitt Rom-
ney boxing pup- .
pet. Dressed in
a Black busi-
ness suit and
red tie, the doll WICKHAM
has hands cov-
ered with red boxing gloves.

With a telling smile, the vendor
showed me how the puppet
can be made to jab an oppo-
nent. Think Barack Obama.
A few miles away at the Poyn-
ter Institute for Media Studies,
Michael Kranish, co-author of
The Real Romney, a biography
of the man who has inhabited
a broad expanse of the political
spectrum over the past two de-

cades, tried to offer unbiased
answers to people looking for
hints of the real identity of this
More than anything else, this
political convention is about
the branding of Willard Mitt
For many Republicans, Rom-

ney is the Great White Hope.
He's the guy they're betting
will put the White House back
in Republican hands, the man
who will give them back their
Vonda Wiedmer, a delegate
from Kansas, was one of them.
"You know what I love about
Romney, he's an American
citizen. And this time I want

an American citizen. He's a
Christian. And this time I want
a Christian," she told the Tam-
pa Bay Times as she entered
Tropicana Field.
Never mind that Obama is a
practicing Christian. Or that
Hawaii officials, including a
former Republican governor,
have certified that Obama was
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Community's voices

key to better schools
M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has offi-
cially taken his dog and pony show on the road
with one goal: to secure voter support for a $1.2
billion bond referendum that will be on the ballot in Novem-
ber. It's the first time since school officials have gone to the
public for help since 1988 and most agree it's long overdue.
Experts say that given lower construction costs, record-low
interest rates and with the upcoming presidential election
sure to drive more voters to the polls, this is the best time to
seek the public's opinion in accessing much-need revenue.
As community forums are convened to inform the public on
how dollars from the bond would be spent, it's essential that
Blacks, particularly parents, attend and ask questions. Few
would argue that schools in Miami-Dade County need build-
ing upgrades with many being 40- or even 50-years-old. And
if our students are to be able to compete with their peers in
other counties, states or countries, the current technology in
their schools must be updated.
However, with over a billion dollars at stake, we cannot
count on the benevolence of others to ensure that Black
schools get their fair share. We must make our way to the
negotiation table, take our place at school district-sponsored
information meetings and hold our board members account-
able as they nominate members for a soon-to-be announced
advisory committee.
The bottom line is that we all must be willing to sacrifice our
time in order to be active participants. We are good at lament-
ing after the fact about how other ethnic groups get better
services, better treatment and better accommodations. Now
is the time to make sure our voices are heard and our needs
are put on the record.
The price that individual homeowners would pay for this
bond referendum is minimal. But allowing others to decide
who gets what and how much could negatively impact Black
youth for decades to come. We can't afford to let that happen.

When caught in the storm,

color is irrelevant
No matter how much we try to predict storms in our
tropical home, meteorologists admit that their fore-
casts can only be so accurate. That's because when
it comes to Mother Nature, it only takes a slight change in
wind direction or a bump in water temperature for a tropical
storm to suddenly become a monstrous hurricane.
Many Floridians already know how dangerous it can be to
take these storms too lightly or to fail to prepare for their ar-
rival. In recent years we have survived an angry Wilma and
the relentless battering of Andrew. This time, however, it ap-
pears that we will come through this latest storm, Isaac, with
minimal damage. Hurricane safety officials and media crews
did their job in South Florida, informing us every minute on
changes to the storm and telling us how to avoid being hurt
or killed. Their team effort is one that deserves our thanks.
But because these storms have minds of their own others
were not so fortunate. Cubans were hit with floods and se-
rious damage to property. Things were even in Haiti where
once again they suffered the destructive force of water and
wind that wiped out make-shift tent villages, facilitated the
inevitable spread of cholera and caused death. People in both
countries will need our prayers and our help.
As Wednesday morning approached, it appeared that trag-
edy would strike once more along the Gulf Coast with New
Orleans standing front and center in the potential path of
destruction. Ironically, Isaac's path has followed the same
road that Hurricane Katrina traveled seven years ago. We will
never forget what happened then.
As South Florida celebrates its relative good fortune, we will
need to once again be our brothers' and sisters' keepers and
offer our assistance to Haitians, Cubans, citizens of Louisi-
ana and others along Isaac's route as they continue to assess
the damage and seek to pick up the pieces of their lives.

A lot is at stake in

District 3 run-off election
Don't be swayed by the constant chatter associated
with the upcoming run-off election between the in-
cumbent, Audrey Edmonson and her challenger,
Keon Hardemon. And for goodness sakes, don't be distracted
by those who say they know what's best for our community.
In this race, we must do our own assessment of the two peo-
ple -viing for the County Commission District 3 seat.
Truth be told, county commissioners wield a great deal of
power, approving millions of dollars in contracts, determining
the future of thousands of small businesses and securing the
future or guaranteeing the demise of untold numbers of non-
profit and community-based organizations and many more
nameless men, women and children.
No longer do we have the omnipresent Norman Braman
with whom we must concern ourselves. For now, his mis-
sion of "giving the voters a choice" has been soundly rejected
by the voters of Miami-Dade County. The task at hand is to
decide who we believe possesses the greater skills for the job
and the better vision for Liberty City and its neighboring com-
munities Edmonson or Hardemon.
As both candidates agree, the unknown factor may well be
the thousands of voters who are now part of the District after
changes were made earlier this year due to redrawn maps.
But make no mistake, Black voters can impact the outcome
of this race in a significant and resounding manner if we
take the time to ask the right questions, reflect on the records
and platforms of both candidates and then, mark our "X' on
the November ballot.

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SB' EUGENE ROBINSON. eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

The Republicans' great Medicare switcheroo

Who knew? In the hall-of-
mirrors parallel universe where
the Republican National Con-
vention is taking place, the
GOP stands tall and proud as
the party of Medicare. I'm still
a little confused about the his-
torical timeline in this alternate
reality. Was it President Goldwa-
ter who signed into law the na-
tion's health care guarantee for
seniors? Was it President Dole
who made sure the program re-
mained solvent? Did John Mc-
Cain win in 2008?
It must be that in RNC world,
the past simply doesn't exist.
There is no other explanation
for all the Great Society rheto-
ric coming from Republicans
who once claimed to favor small
government, limited entitle-
ments and a balanced budget.
Romney's campaign brain trust
claims to welcome a fight with
President Obama over the fu-
ture of Medicare but the truth
is putting Paul Ryan on the
ticket means they want to trans-
form Medicare into a voucher
program. This radical change
would, as Democrats claim, "end
Medicare as we know it." Instead
of the current guarantee that the
program pays for medical costs,

Ryan's plan would give seniors a
set amount of money each year
to buy private health insurance.
If that sum isn't enough to pay
for the necessary coverage or
to pay for traditional Medicare -
seniors would have to make up
the difference.
The GOP's argument centers
on $716 billion that Obama,

is a parallel universe. We're sup-
posed to forget that Obamacare
preserves Medicare as a guaran-
tee a promise that all Ameri-
cans will have health care in
their golden years while the
Romney-Ryan plan would sub-
ject seniors to the vagaries of the
private insurance market and
potentially cost them an extra

acts and history also went unacknowledged at Newt Uni-
versity, a series of policy lectures and workshops that
Newt Gingrich is staging this week for conventioneers.
The very first class at Newt U happened to be about Medicare.

through the Affordable Care Act,
has shifted away from Medicare
providers, such as doctors and
hospitals, over the next decade.
Most of these cost savings were
negotiated with the providers,
and there would be no, repeat
no, reduction in benefits to se-
niors. Nevertheless, as soon
as Ryan's selection was an-
nounced, Republicans went on
the attack with ads charging
Obama with "gutting" Medicare
and promising that not a penny
would be cut under a Romney
administration. Remember, this

$6,400 a year.
Facts and history also went
unacknowledged at Newt Uni-
versity, a series of policy lec-
tures and workshops that Newt
Gingrich is staging this week for
conventioneers. The very first
class at Newt U happened to be
about Medicare. Gingrich gave
way to guest lecturer Betsy Mc-
Caughey, the former New York
lieutenant governor for whom
opposition to the Affordable
Care Act has become a crusade
and a career. She made Gingrich
sound measured and moderate,

which ain't easy. Obama, he
charged, has already "destroyed
Medicare as we know it." Ex-
tracting the $716 billion in cost
savings from Medicare provid-
ers, while simultaneously pro-
viding coverage for 31 million
uninsured Americans, was the
equivalent of "robbing Grandma
to spread the wealth." Let's re-
turn to the real world. As Mc-
Caughey said in a moment of
lucidity, Medicare has funda-
mentally transformed the ex-
perience of aging in this coun-
try by providing a guarantee of
health care.
What she didn't acknowledge
is that it was Democrats who
conceived of Medicare, passed
it into law and kept it viable all
these years. It was Republicans
who denounced the program
as "socialized medicine" and
who now want to replace Medi-
care's guarantee with a system
of vouchers. Republicans may
tell themselves that the GOP
is the party of Medicare. But I
doubt seniors will be convinced.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post.


Are we marching for the sake of marching? k
Every time I see a march or is specious and ineffective to call ton were exceptional because of Paul Ryan to be second on
rally, I think of the rally of all ral- for the collapse of capitalism, of their focus and also because the Republican ticket is a cause
lies the 1963 March on Wash- as desirable as they feel such a of their utter audacity. Nearly for concern to anyone who has
ington. Forty-nine years later, goal might be. Instead, the Oc- 100 years after Emancipation, the slightest progressive ten-
there is nothing that equals that cupy folks might agitate for tax people of African descent were dency. Ryan would trim the size
march in results, reform that is redistributive, fa- standing up for their rights and of government, eliminating key
These days folks march to voring the poor and middle class given the long period of relative agencies. He opposes contracep-
make a point, but back in the instead of the wealthy. Such leg- acquiescence, it was wholly un- tive rights and a woman's right
day, we marched to get legis- isolation will not end capitalism, expected that oppressed people to choose. He has not taken a
lative action. Shortly after the position on any civil rights is-
March on Washington, both the sues, but there is no evidence
Civil Rights Act and the Voting am thinking, in some ways, of the Occupy Movement, a self- that suggests he is an ardent
Rights Act were passed. I chal- admittedly leaderless group that has brought attention to cor- supporter of equality. Whether
lenge anyone to tell me what people take it to the streets or
other marches or rallies have prate greed and growing wealth gap in our nation. In many to the voting booth, it is clear
yielded. They've made a point, ways Occupy has been extremely effective in making a point.., that those who care about free-
and galvanized people, yet they dom have much to oppose on
had no direct or immediate re- this Republican ticket. We can
suits. I am. thinking, in some but it will give people something would offer resistance to the take a page from the March on
ways, of the Occupy Move- to rally around, status quo. It was wholly unex- Washington to organize a high-
ment, a self-admittedly leader- Many people believe that the pected that Black people would ly disciplined opposition to the
less group that has brought at- March on Washington was a have the audacity to stand up. odious positions that the official
tention to corporate greed and spontaneous movement, but And, it was totally unexpected representatives of the Repub-
growing wealth gap in our na- the march took months of plan- that a movement of Black people lican Party have taken. Or, we
tion. In many ways Occupy has ning. Today, marches seem to be would inspire so many others to can be silent, absent ourselves
been extremely effective in mak- a grab bag, with everyone with a also stand up. Unfortunately, from the polls, and suffer the
ing a point, but the point has cause carrying signs offering up the right wing has appropriated consequences.
been lost with their many skir- their issues. Again, people are some civil rights tactics with Julianne Malveaux is an econ-
mishes with law enforcement of- marching almost for the sake of their own marches and move- omist, writer, and columnist. She
ficers, with the condition of the marching. ment. Can activists coexist with is the 15th president of Bennett
camps they set up, and with the The Montgomery bus boycott government moderation? Prob- College for Women in Greens-
vagueness of their demands. It and the March on Washing- ably not. Still, the nomination boro, N.C.


Why I am boycotting LeBron's sneakers
Nike, being the marketing lars buying a product that will greed and maximizing the wealth reading this
geniuses that they happen to be practically worthless a few of the company's sharehold- to buy the sh
be, are always testing the lim- months from now. We wonder ers. If you can squeeze another buying them
its of our collective ignorance. why Blacks stay broke, while we nickel out of the consumer and that doesn't n
The just-released LeBron X remain silent about corporations convince him to spend the last communicate
sneaker will take the company that pimp us all the way to the few cents of his welfare check in social media
to the mountain top by charg- poorhouse. There will surely be order to buy your product, then is highly unet
ing a whopping $315 for a pair plenty of newscasts about Black that makes him the sucker, not are disappoint
of plastic sneakers that probably teens who've shot each other over you. for exploiting
cost just a few dollars to make a pair of shoes or some 17-year- Nike should be ashamed and such a vicious
in some third-world sweatshop. old single mother who left her so should James. LeBron, a team I don't care i
Forgive me for sounding like a baby in a hot car all day so she player with humble beginnings, charity baske
hater, for I respect LeBron im- could spend money on sneakers should be the first to head into hood, give aw
mensely. But the fact is that this that she would never spend on the next board meeting and say, Christmas or
is simply pathetic. an educational program. "Enough is enough. You can't at homeless
Of course, the routine will be And you know what? Nike won't charge that much for my shoes est corporate
the same: Kids will be convinced give a damn. In fact, they're not (other athletes have done this in is to take a bil
that they have to have these supposed to care, since capital- the past)." a million, since
shoes by any means necessary ism doesn't have any room in the All of us should be vocal about enough for fall
and will line for blocks in or- bottom line for human compas- boycotting Nike's new sneaker. Nike sneakers
der to spend their last few dol- sion. It only focuses on corporate Of course, most of the people cause Blacks v

article aren't g:irng
hoes and won't be
for their kids. But
nean that we can't
to one another via
that Nike's move
hical, and that we
:ed in the company
urban America in
s and myopic way.
if they hold some
tball event in the
way a few toys at
pass out turkeys
shelters. The old-
trick in the book
.lion and give back
e we are all dumb
I for the gimmicks.
are only cool be-
validate them.




Miami Times columnist, rjc@clynelegal.com

Political recap reveals

interesting changes

There are some really great things
that happened in the recent pri-
mary elections. We now have two
Black women on the bench out of
120 judges: the Honorable Tanya
Brinkley and the Honorable Teretha
Lundy-Thomas. Lundy-Thomas beat
a less qualified Hispanic candidate,
Johnny Rodriguez, who was running
simply on his surname in a county
where most voters vote based solely
on ethnic name recognition. Rodri-
guez targeted her because he felt
that she would make an easy target.
Thomas showed him and everyone
else that Black judges are not easy
targets when the voters are educat-
ed and compare qualifications.
Most exciting is the possibility
that Greer Wallace will win her run-
off and we add a third Black wom-
an to the bench. That would make
history. Still it is sad that in 2012,
out of 120 judges we are fighting to
get just three Black women on the
Another major achievement is
that Norman Braman's quest to own
Miami-Dade County Government
failed. Commissioner Audrey Ed-
monson had a commanding lead in
her election. My prediction is that in
November she will defeat Keon Har-
demon who distinguished himself by
getting into a run-off. It appears that
after the November election, Braman
will be 0-4 and would have wasted
over a million dollars. I hope he and
every other rich person realizes that
while Blacks were once bought and
sold we are not going to ever let
anyone buy and sell us again. Com-
missioner Jordan trounced Shirley
Gibson, who had originally support-
ed Jordan until she was lured into
running against her by the Braman
money temptation. This seems like a
triumph of good over evil. Commis-
sioner Moss stomped his opponents.
Bruno Barreiro is headed to a run-
I'm pleased to see that Cynthia
Stafford will be returning to State
House of Reps.; she has done a su-
perb job fighting the craziness of
Gov. Scott and his Republican Leg-

islature. She will be joined by three
strong women: Daphne Campbell,
Barbara Watson and Sharon Pritch-
ett. Pritchett distinguished herself
by not being afraid to buck the ma-
jority at the City of Miami Gardens if
she strongly believed in a position.
We need people like her with guts
and integrity. Dwight Bullard will
be returning to the Senate beating
back several fearsome contenders.
A young man that I expect will go
on to greatness is Kionne McGhee,
who won his State Representative
Congresswomen Fredericka Wil-
son will return to Washington for
her second term; she beat Dr. Rudy
Moise who as a contender has the
knack for raising a lot of money. In
a closely watched election, Kather-
ine Fernandez Rundle won her elec-
tion and will return to office. Politi-
cal newcomer, Rod Vereen captured
40,000 votes in a county-wide elec-
tion. More votes were cast for Rod
Vereen than all the votes cast for
any candidate in any congressio-
nal, state senate, state house race
or school board race. In fact, if you
combine all the congressional races,
except District 24, and they would
not equal the votes cast for him. It's
amazing that 227,000 people voted
in the Miami-Dade County Mayoral
election and only 100,000 voted in
State Attorney Election. Why so few?
Black voter turn out was disap-
pointing in most areas, except Mi-
ami Gardens. I am hoping people
get out of their lethargy and help
put President Obama back in office
along with Senator Nelson, Con-
gresswomen Wasserman Shultz and
the rest of the Democratic field. It
would be wonderful if Obama not
only wins, but the Democrats regain
a majority in the House and Senate,
so we can get out of this political
gridlock and government could start
working again. I encourage everyone
to get absentee ballots, so no matter
what your vote will be counted.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner at
Clyne and Associates, P.A. of Miami/
Fort Lauderdale.

Some colleges are banni

students from wearing d

and braids. Is this fair?

Unemployed, Liberty City

"No. That
doesn't make
you. They try
to make you
wear your hair
like them."

Self-employed, West Little River

"Yeah. It's
not business
like and that
look scares
some people."

Nurse, Liberty City

"No. They
judge people
by that look
but there's a
lot more to
dreads than
being a hood-
lum, That's
what they
tend to asso-
ciate it with whenever they see
guys with dreads and that's ab-
solutely wrong."

File technician,

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BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth.net

Violence can be curtailed if we all show unity
Homicides and murders are have become a way of life. In child. No one is safe .as long as anytime. Nothing is to be taken
happening everywhere in the recent months, several drive-by these and other ruthless killers for granted. Domestic violence,
U.S. Even the rural and subur- shootings claimed the lives of continue to roam our streets, child-abuse, pedophilia, bully-
ban towns are dealing with vio- some very promising residents Our community is not at fault ing, assaults and homicides all
lent killings just as much as the in Miami-Dade County. Eigh- for these recent acts of violence, exist in households and neigh-
people in ghettos and big cities teen-year-old Paul "PJ" Royal, The people that live in these borhoods event in you would
across America. These days, a least likely suspect. However,
gunman respects no one and no- we must refrain from categoriz-
where is off limits; not even our t is unfortunate that some people feel as though they need ing the senseless acts of violence
churches, synagogues and tem-to arm themselves and commit such heinous crimes. Sadly, and reckless lifestyles with resi-
ples are without violence. In a dents that live in these neighbor-
recent mass shooting in Wiscon- drive-by shootings in urban America as well as mass shoot- hoods. We must continue to pray
sin, a U.S. Army veteran, Wade ings in the suburbs appear to have become a way of life. for peace, educate our children,
Page, opened fire on a Sikh Tem- teach gun safety, learn conflict
ple and took the lives of six inno- resolutions skills, teach toler-
cent people. Places of worships ance, value life, stop abuse in
are among the most sacred. But a recent Carol City High School neighborhoods where gun fire our own households, report de-
even they aren't safe from the at- graduate, lost his life in a drive- erupts on any given day are viant behavior we know should
tacks of deranged gunmen. by. He was headed to college on victims as well. These drive-by not be tolerated and most impor-
It is unfortunate that some a full paid scholarship when he shootings do not reflect the ma- tantly trust God. These are just
people feel as though they need was murdered by a cold-blooded jority of hard-working law-abid- some of the things we can d6 to
to arm themselves and com- killer. Another senseless kill- ing residents who live in these bring peace to our city.
mit such heinous crimes. Sad- ing that made us gasp was the neighborhoods. Unfortunately, Queen Brown is a freelance
ly, drive-by shootings in urban merciless killing of a 26-year for all of us, violence is wide- writer, a motivational speaker
America as well as mass shoot- old pregnant mother, Angelese spread and out of control and and a trained crime victim's ad-
ings in the suburbs appear to Ladson, along with her unborn can happen anywhere and at vacate.


Scott and FL help push the Republican
The Republican National Con- the Republican Party. The Dem- tions, police have arrested hun-
vention opened this week, a few ocrats are still labeling Scott as dreds of people as the gatherings
days later than scheduled due the most unpopular governor in have drawn thousands of pro-
to dangerous storms, at the the country and they want to tie testers objecting to the party's
Convention Center in Tampa. Scott and Romney together in positions. In an effort to control
Governor Romney has picked the minds of Florida voters, demonstrations and prevent

House Budget Chairman Paul
Ryan to be his running mate. FL
Governor Scott, Senator Marco
Rubio and former Governor Jeb
Bush are applauding Romney's
selection because the base of
the party and the Tea Party be-
lieve in Ryan's philosophy and
ideology."Mitt Romney knows
that it is the hard working people
of America who build businesses
and create jobs not the govern-
ment," Scott said. "We share that
same belief in Florida."
Florida is a must-win state for

This is a great opportunity for the city and state to shine
and will bring millions of dollars to the state and the city.
With the selection of Ryan the Republicans have taken
an extreme right turn. Now the stage is set for a major battle for
control of the U.S.

"If you don't like what Gover-
nor Rick Scott is doing in Talla-
hassee, you are not going to like
Mitt Romney," say Democratic
leaders. During the last three
Republican National Conven-

disturbances, officials in Tampa
are taking unusual steps to help
ensure public safety: a tempo-
rary ordinance that will clamp
down on protests near the con-
vention center and requires a

permit for groups or 50 or more;
outlawing hatchets, gas masks,
chains, water pistols and water
cannons, but allowing actual
pistols for those with permits to
carry concealed weapons. The
Tampa mayor asked Scott to
ban firearms during.the conven-
tion, but the governor refused.
This is a great opportunity for
the city and state to shine and
will bring millions of dollars to
the state and the city. With the
selection of Ryan the Repub-
licans have taken an extreme
right turn. Now the stage is set
for a major battle for control of
the U.S.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-

What our readers are saying online

The Miami Times enco s

discussion and dialogue. Here
are some of the things people
Shave recently said about our
stories. Voice your opinion by
leaving comments on our web-
ng males site, Facebook or Twitter.
g Comment to our Face-
Ireads book question: "Should the
price of the new LeBron shoe
Fred Barney: "The price
should reflect the economic sit-
LiKE, 37 uation of society, we place false
Liberty City importance on objects that end
a up having a person take some-
-a one's life and it didn't take any

pr on sree
dom. I don't
think you
should have
,to change a '
person so that
they can be

Housewife, Liberty City

"No. You
should be able
to wear your
hair the way
you want to
wear it. If it's
then it's ok,
but if it's not,
they need to cut it."

Stocker, lil Haiti

"Yes. If you want to be a busi-
ness man, you
have to dress
like a busi-
ness man."

more than 10 percent of the
market value to create it, like
Air Jordans."
Comment on: "Why is the
church silent about domestic
Jeanette W. Hill: "Thank you
for addressing the issue of do-
mestic violence and the Afri-
can-American church. It is tru-
ly 'the elephant under the rug'
when it comes to Christianity.
We need to address this issue
in the same way we'd address
any form of social injustice.
The Silent City cannot afford to
remain silent any longer."

Gov. Rick Scott is at it again, this time
pressuring elections supervisors in Florida
to limit early voting to eight days for the Nov.
election. Democrats want 12 days in all 67
state counties so far five counties including
Monroe must allow for up to 14 days under a
previous law. But why is Scott so adamant
after a federal court recently ruled that eight
days could discourage Blacks from voting -
a violation of the Voting Rights Act. Similar
fights are being waged in Pennsylvania and
Ohio where 52 percent of early votes in 2008
were cast by Blacks. Could Scott and his
cronies be speaking once again with forked

As the RNC gears up, look for anti-Nelson
ads to proliferate television. Super PACs are

Comment on: "Does do-
mestic violence discrimi-

Tyrone Thompkins: "I do
believe domestic violence dis-
criminates against men based
on stereotypes. For the most
part I hear many people say:
'no man should ever hit a
woman," blah, blah, blah. But,
the key is no one should hit or
harm another person, male or
female. I know that there are
men who are animals and treat
women like punching bags,
but their are also men who

injecting millions of dollars in efforts to turn
back two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Bill
Nelson and elect Republican candidate Con-
nie Mack. One PAC supported by ultra-con-
servative strategist Karl Rove, says it will
pump $6.2M in air time to connect Nelson to
Obama's agenda. Republicans already con-
trol the House but if they win four net seats
in the fall, they'll also control the Senate.
With more talk about incorporation gain-
ing steam, some residents are pushing for
just the opposite secession. In North Mi-
ami, Mayor Andre Pierre is under fire and
has allegedly so polarized the community
that some residents say they'd rather split
from the city than live under the leadership
of the two-term mayor. Pierre has had his
problems including being criticized for us-

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have walked away while the
women have picked up things
hit the man and the norm is
ok "she's a woman." "It doesn't
hurt; man-up." And then they
have called the police when the
man tried to protect himself.
It's sad because some women
know that the man will auto-
matically go to jail, while her
lies can mess up careers, rep-
utation, etc.

Compiled by Julia Samuels
Twitter: @TheMiamiTimes

ing taxpayer money to provide security for
Haiti's President Martelly and for his con-
nection to a nephew, Ricardo Brutus, who
is awaiting trial on bribery charges. But with
Pierre term-limited and ineligible to seek re-
election, plus the lengthy and cumbersome
process involved in secession, chances are
this will all blow over after a new mayor is
elected next year.
City of Miami commissioners have their
hands full as they must approve a balanced
budget by the end of September, especially
after three fiscal leaders for the City recently
resigned from their jobs. It may be coinci-
dence as Mayor Regalado insists or it could
be that some folks have chosen to jump ship
before the financial meltdown occurs.

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Left to right: MSNBC correspondent, Jeff Johnson, CNN correspondent Lenny McAllister
and Jeb Bush Jr. speaking at the "Voice Your Vote," campaign.

Nat'l Black journalists

engage FMU students

Discussion centers on pushing youth to vote

By Ju'lia Samuels

On Friday afternoon the
"Voice Your Vote" campaign
made its third stop this
time in South Florida -
at the historical Florida
Memorial University. The
big-named journalists who
leant their voice to'the cam-
paign all agreed that they
were delivering a message
that young voters needed to
hear. The campaign brought
out Kristal High, editor-in-
chief of Politic365, MSNBC
correspondent, Jeff John-
son and CNN correspondent
Lenny McAllister.
High was the key organiz-
er of the 12-college/univer-
sity campaign which in-
cludes Florida International
University [FIU], University
of Florida [UF] and Florida
Memorial [FMU], just to
name a few.

Given recent attempts
to control voter turnout at
the polls, the journalists
seemed to agree that there

is a hostile disposition to-
wards young voters.
"If you think about what's
going on in states across
the country with the whole
voter ID issue, I think that
it is directly hostile towards
young voters," High said.
The "Voice Your Vote"
campaign is intended to
do more than simply rally
young voters to get out to
the polls on Election Day.
"Voice your vote," McAl-
lister said. "That's the
hashtag. We are not here to
tell them what to think. We
are here to tell them to take
the next step. Voice your
vote. Use social media to
voice your stance, use orga-
nizations, use the connec-
tivity that you have in your
communities right now be
change now. You don't have
to wait until you are 30- or
40-years-old to impact elec-
The campaign is about
more than just making
young voters aware of the
hostile voter climate.
"Voice Your Vote' is about
more than [just] capturing
the spirit of the moment,"

High said. "It's about em-
powering the engines of
America's future to be so-
cially conscious, politically
active and civically engaged.
Considering changing de-
mographics and the decisive
role young people played in
the 2008 elections, millenni-
als can determine America's
future. Yet in political dia-
logue and news reporting,
their voices are often unac-
knowledged or undervalued.
Politic365 will change that."

There is nothing more im-
portant than understanding
your position and standing
by it, according to John-
son. And he and his fellow
journalists say they've seen
more young adults who not
only have specific views but
are not afraid to express
"They have been able to
articulate their concerns in
a very pragmatic and direct
way," Johnson said. "The
people we have been engag-
ing so far are not afraid to
tell us exactly how they feel
about [the] issues."

Two women comforted each other at a memorial service near where police shot dead 34 striking miners last
week in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Probe set for mine clashes

44 people died during a violent strike

By Devon Maylie

workers' families honored their
dead last Thursday, South
African President Jacob Zuma
attempted to direct investigators'
focus primarily .toward platinum
miner Lonmin as they delve into
how 44 people died during a vio-
lent wildcat strike this month.
President Zuma named the
judicial-committee members
who will investigate the police
shootings of mine workers and
the preceding events. During an
illegal strike at Lonmin's Mari-
kana mine last week, police shot
and killed 34 workers in a crowd
where many were armed with
machetes and spears. Earlier
that week, fighting among work-
ers left 10 people dead, including
two police officers.
Angry protests over mine work-
ers' pay and living conditions in
South Africa pose a significant
risk to the country's platinum
industry, but they threaten more
than just production of the pre-
cious metal. They are also upset-

ting the balance of power among
unions, forcing companies to
rethink how they deal with work-
ers and even stoking rage at the
political establishment.
In a televised speech, the pres-
ident said much of the focus of
the investigation, which should
submit findings within five
months, will be on how Lonmin
responded to the labor problems
and the company's policies in
general. It will also look at police
procedures that led to officers
firing into a crowd of protesters
and the role unions played in
sparking the violence.
The government and compa-
nies are scrambling to under-
stand how a rivalry between two
unions and an illegal strike over
wage demands spun wildly out
of control.
London-based Lonmin said
it will "cooperate fully" with
the investigation. Yet the labor
protests haven't been resolved,
and they are poised to increase
as workers, at two more platinum
companies this week called for
improved pay and conditions.

Zuma lashed out at the mining
firms and called for improve-
mentsto workers' conditions
and communities, threatening to
cancel mining rights.
"They remain amongst the
poorest in our communities,"
the president said in a speech
late Wednesday about the mine
workers, adding that mining
issues will be one of the top
priorities at an African National
Congress conference in Decem-
Zuma's comments come as the
ANC is debating whether gov-
ernment should more forcefully
intervene in the mining sector,
reviving companies' fears that
mine ownership could be under
Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd.
Chief Executive Terence Good-
lace pushed back Thursday at
Zuma's comments. Goodlace said
mining companies pay signifi-
cant royalties to the government,
which he said needs to start
reinvesting in local communities.
Impala suspended operations
at its mine in Rustenburg last
Thursday for the day of mourn-
ing announced by the govern-

La. debate over Black justice

recalls racially divisive time

Bernette Johnson would be the first

Black to head high court

By Rick Jervis

accounts, Justice Bernette
Johnson is on course to become
the first Black chief justice of
the Louisiana Supreme Court in
February, marking a pivotal mo-
ment in the state's pockmarked
racial history.
But a swell of opposition from
within the bench has touched off
a controversy that recalls Louisi-
ana's darkest racial clashes.
The issue began simply
e-riugh. Two fellow Supreme
Court justices, who are white,
contested Johnson's tenure,
saying she did not have as much
experience on the bench as they
possess. No racial comments
were made the justices said
their opposition was based sole-
ly on experience.
Many Louisianians see it as a
Blat k-and-white issue, however,
Johnson is the second Black
justice ever to serve on the
200-year-old court, giving her
a claim to history. She says the
top post is constitutionally hers,
and she has filed suit in federal
court. The NAACP and other civil
rights groups have backed her,
denouncing the court's refusal
to recognize Johnson, 69, as the
next chief justice. The Depart-
ment of Justice also recently
chimed in, siding with Johnson.
Last Thursday, a crowd
jammed a courtroom in U.S.
District Court in New Orleans as
a federal judge heard arguments
from both sides.
"This is one of the most bla-
tant and obvious racially mo-
tivated fights we've seen since

David Duke made the runoff for
governor," said state Sen. J.P.
Morrell, a Johnson supporter,
referencing the former Ku Klux
Klan grand wizard who narromwly
lost a bid for Louisiana governor
in 1991.
Across the USA, Blacks don't
often get the experience needed
to head state supreme courts,
said John Page, president of
the National Bar Association,
a Washington-based advocacy
group for Black attorneys and
judges. Black lawyers regularly
work as corporate attorneys or
for non-profit groups, bypass-
ing the trial experience needed
to ascend to a Supreme Court
position, he says.
Some states, such as Texas
and Maryland, have Blacks at
the head of their high courts.
But the number of Black chief
justices across the USA is dis-
proportionate to the total num-
ber of Black attorneys and judg-
es, Page said.
That's why the Johnson case
is important, he said. "She's
done everything she's supposed

to," Page said. "It sends a clear
message, not just in Louisiana
but all across America: Even
those at the highest level can be
Valerie Willard, a spokeswom-
an with the Louisiana Supreme
Court, referred specific ques-
tions about the case to New Or-
leans attorney Kevin Tully, who
is representing the state high
court in federal court.
Tully did not return phone
call requests for comment.
Johnson was elected to the
Louisiana Supreme Court in
1994 on the heels of a U.S.
Supreme Court decision that
forced the state court to redraw
a district to allow Black justices
to be elected, said Bill Quigley, a
Loyola University law professor
who has advocated on John-
son's behalf. Blacks make up
one-third of Louisiana's popu-
lation, but the state didn't have
a Black Supreme Court justice
until after the 1991 high court
ruling, he says.
Under an agreement stem-
ming from that ruling, John-
son was elected to the 4th Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals, so as
not to oust the sitting justice
she would ultimately replace,
but she took part in state Su-
preme Court duties, from pen-
ning opinions to earning an
equal salary as other associate
justices, Quigley said. She was
re-elected directly to the court
in 2000.
When current Chief Justice
Catherine Kimball announced
her retirement this summer,
Johnson assumed she would
be the next chief, having served
the longest on the court. The
state constitution recognizes
the judge "oldest in point of ser-
vice" as the next chief justice.




Miami included in Fashion's Night Out

By Lindsay Schallon
Earlier this month, Fashion's
Night Out officially released its
line-up for this year's shop-
ping-night extravaganza, and,
well, it certainly doesn't dis-
appoint. A whopping 500-plus
cities will participate in the
festivities on September 6th,
with plenty of celeb appear-
ances and designer giveaways
to boot. Whether you're looking
to travel near or far for the cel-
ebration, we've rounded up five
hot-spots across the U.S. worth
checking out.
Hosted by fashion notable Ali
Larter, the Chicago shopping
mall is celebrating with a fall
fashion show, exclusive pho-
to ops, in-store celebrations,
and plenty of jams. Group-on
is serving up plenty to nosh,
and if you forget your makeup
(though doubtful) a Beauty
Bazaar and stylists will be on
hand to get you glammed up for
the occasion.
Festivities at
the 500,000
square-foot re-
tail and dining
behemoth in-
clude a second-
annual Charity
Crawl, perfor-
mances by the
Nevada Ballet
Theatre, and JACKSON
photo ops with
legendary stylist Patricia Field
you know, the genius responsi-
ble for transforming Sarah Jes-
sica Parker into Carrie Brad-
Every year the Beverly Cen-
ter is known for bringing in
top celebs (like Nicole Richie
and Randy Jackson and host-
ing an incredible, over-the-top
fashion show. This year is no
different. Baby sis to the Kar-

Andre Leon
Talley Curates
'Little Black
Dress' Show
By Razalia Jovanovic
Audrey Hepburn wore one
while munching on a croissant
in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Grace
Kelly wore one
with a hot pearl
necklace in To
Catch a Thief.
And Jackie Ken-

nedy posed in
one by Arnold
Scaasi in ruby
satin when her
husband was
still a senator of


We're talking about the little black
dress. And the sartorial sensation
is finally getting the recognition it
has long deserved, an exhibition
in its honor curated by none oth-
er than Vogue contributing editor
Andre Leon Talley.
Little Black Dress, which opens
at the Savannah College of Art
and Design on September 28 and
runs through January 27, 2013,
will chart the social history and
evolution of this classic number
across the 20th and 21st century.
From Tom Ford's number worn
by Lady Gaga to Prabal Gurung's
dress donned by the likes of Sar-
ah Jessica Parker, many iconic
numbers will be on view includ-
ing those by Chanel, Givenchy,
LWren Scott, Yves Saint Laurent
and Isabel Toledo.
"This exhibition celebrates the
little black dress in its myriad
forms," said Talley. "These forms
include: the pleated Fortuny dress
of the late C.Z. Guest, a style icon
and great friend; to the impos-
sibly elegant Madame Gres silk
crepe de chine dress form 1977;
to Carolina Herrera's black faille
dress, a personal favorite she de-
signed for herself this year."
As always, Talley, who is a
SCAD trustee, will apply his sig-
nature fabulous touch by plan-
ning a number of other events,
tours and panels in conjunction
with the show, which is being
sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics.

dashian Klan and the mall's
FNO campaign model, Kendall.
Jenner, will strut on the red
carpet beforehand, as well as
Vogue West Coast Editor Lisa
Love and actress Lucy Hale.
Just outside Miami city lim-
its, this suburban mall will host
a star-studded fashion show at

Macy's featuring The Count-
ess Luann de Lesseps rom "The
Real Housewives of New York."
(Who knows why she won't ac-
tually be in, uh, NYC?) "Em-
pire Girl" cast member Julissa
Bermudez is hosting a shop-
ping party and "Fashion Star"
participant Luciana Scarabello
will serve up hilariously-named
bevs like the Laggertini and


Wintourlicious at the Bubbly
Where FNO all started, nearly
every store in NYC opens its
doors at 6pm to let the good
times roll. The most notable
picks and your best chance for
celeb sightings? Department
stores. Edward Bess, Faraone

Menella, Halston Heritage, Lela
Rose, Michael Bastian, Naeem
Khan, Rachel Zoe, Thakoon,
and Robert Verdi will all make
appearances at Bergdorf Good-
man (754 Fifth Avenue).
And maybe SoHo won't be
such a riot this year, after all-
instead of working the doors
at Dash, Kim Kardashian will
(surprisingly) make face at Lord


& Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue)
along with Max Azria, Jill Za-
rin, and Kristi Yamaguchi.
Downtown a ways at the Her-
ald Square Macy's, Kimmy's
(might as well be) brother-in-
law Scott Disick will school
men on the ways of his dap-
per dressing, plus Clinton Kelly
and Bethenney Frankel are set
to make a showing.




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Gambia's leader plans for mass executions
Gambia's leader plans for mass executions I'MiE-..

47 on death row; some government officials

DAKAR, Senegal The ec-
centric president of Gambia
has warned that he will carry
out a mass execution of prison-
ers by mid-September, a threat
local journalists and opposition
officials said must be taken se-
riously given his unpredictabil-
ity and long record of human
rights abuses.
President Yahya Jammeh, a
former wrestler and army col-
onel who seized power in the
tiny nation 18 years ago, said
in a widely reported speech this
week that "by the middle of next
month, all the death sentences
would have been carried out
to the letter." Amnesty Inter-
national says 47 people are on
death row, including a number
of former government officials

convicted of "treason" for sup-
posedly plotting to overthrow
Mr. Jammeh's government. The
death sentence in Gambia is
usually carried out by hanging.
Amnesty said nine prisoners
had already been taken from
their cells and executed, ac-
cording to "credible reports" it
said it had received. The orga-
nization said that the nine were
executed Thursday night, and
that three of them had previ-
ously been convicted of treason.
The editor of the leading op-
position newspaper, Foroyaa
- himself a regular target of
government persecution said
he could not yet confirm the ex-
ecutions late on Friday. "What
is clear is that nine people were
removed from where they were"

President Yahya Jammeh has a re-
cord of human rights abuses.
on death row, said the editor,
Sam Sarr. "We do not yet know
what happened to them."
Amnesty regularly denounc-
es Mr. Jammeh's government
for systematic use of torture at
the country's notorious Mile 2
Central Prison, enforced disap-

pearances, the frequent arrests
of journalists and opposition
politicians, and the regular
shutting down of critical news
media. Gambia, an English-
speaking enclave smaller than
Maryland in the middle of Fran-
cophone West Africa, is consid-
ered one of the most repressive
countries on the continent. Its
long white-sand beaches are
nonetheless a favorite of North-
ern European vacationers, and
the country depends heavily on
For the country's embattled
longtime opposition leader,
Halifa Sallah, Mr. Jammeh's
motivation, in announcing the
executions was clear. "It fright-
ens people," Mr. Sallah said. "It
makes people be careful. People
live in a state of uncertainty.
Everybody gets worried."

Child left in-casino; parents arrested

By Ihosvani Rodriguez

The parents of a 20-month-
old were arrested after allegedly
leaving the boy alone inside a
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino hotel room while the two
went out for dinner and drinks.
Natalie Fouche, 30, of Miami,
and Albert Thomas Owens, 36,
of Miramar, each were charged
with one count of cruelty toward
a child and were ordered to re-
main in jail on $1,000 bond.
Investigators with the Semi-
nole Police said the child was
left inside the room for at least
45 minutes. Records show was
the father's birthday.
According to officials, the
couple put the child to sleep on
a bed and unplugged the tele-
phone so he wouldn't be dis-
A casino security supervisor

received an alert shortly be-
fore 7:30 p.m. indicating that a
telephone was unplugged from
a wall socket.
"That calls for an automatic
security check as standard
procedure," said police spokes-

man Gary Bitner.
The supervisor found the
child sleeping on the bed and
waited 20 minutes before call-
ing police, said Bitner.
The parents returned to the
room at 8:05 p.m. and told of-

Judge voids gun conviction of
By Brad Heath '. than 60 inmates who were
. imprisoned for something
A federal judge today threw that a federal appeals court
out the conviction of Terrell determined was not a crime.
McCullum, a North Carolina The investigation found
man who federal prosecutors that U.S. Justice Depart-
had agreed was "legally inno- .. ment had done little to iden-
cent" but argued should re- -. tify the men, and that its
main locked up nonetheless. : lawyers had urged courts to
McCullum, was featured in keep them in prison. Justice
a USA TODAY investigation said this week that it had or-
in June that identified more TERRELL MCCULLUM dered its lawyers to abandon

ficials they had had gone to
the casino to eat and drink.
They admitted to police that
the child was left alone at least
for 45 minutes, Bitner said.
The two were taken to Broward
County Jail.
The child's mother, a Bro-
ward College nursing student,
said she only had about $500
for bond. The father, who indi-
cated he is unemployed, said
he had no money.
The child was released to the
custody of a relative, said Paige
Patterson-Hughes, spokes-
woman with the Florida De-
partment of Children and Fam-
Broward Judge John "Jay"
Hurley ordered that the par-
ents have no contact with the
child until a hearing to decide
custody issues. That hearing
has not been scheduled.

N.C. man
that position.
Government lawyers Tues-
day urged U.S. District Judge
James Fox to throw out his
gun-possession conviction
"in the interests of justice."
Fox ordered that today, more
than a month after McCul-
lum was released because he
had already served his en-
tire prison sentence of nearly
three years.

New scams threaten investors this year

John Waggoner

Technology isn't the only in-
dustry that's constantly chang-
ing: State securities adminis-
trators listed four new types of
fraud among their annual list
of investor threats.
The North American Securi-
ties Administrators Associa-
tion's top 10 investor threats,
released Tuesday, includes
boiler-room staples, such as
gold scams. But the list has
several new scams:
1. Crowdfunding and Internet
offers: The 2012 Jobs Act loos-
ens some of the rules for small
businesses to raise money via
stock offerings. Already, NA-
SAA has noted 1,600 to 1,700
new Internet domain names re-
lating to crowdfunding, and the
regulations permitting crowd
funding have yet to be written.
2. Bad advice from invest-
ment advisers: Thousands of
midsize investment advisory
firms have shifted from fed-
eral oversight to state supervi-
sion. Many firms that haven't
been examined in a long time
are being found wanting. State
actions against investment ad-
viser firms nearly doubled in
2011, NASAA says.

3.; Self-directed IRAs: You
don't have to invest your IRA in
stocks or bonds-you can use
your IRA money to invest in real
estate or even a small business.
But you can also open yourself
up to fraud. A scam artist can
create a phony business for a

self-directed IRA and bleed the
account dry.
4. Investment-for-visa scams:
Foreign investors who put at
least $500,000 into a new busi-
ness can get a U.S. visa under
the 20-year-old Immigrant In-
vestor Program. Scamsters will
tout the potential of big foreign
investors to lure U.S. investors
into a fraud, NASAA says.
Many longtime scams are

flourishing, NASAA says. Gold
scams remain popular be-
cause gold prices have soared
in the past decade. In its sim-
plest form, you get a pitch to
buy gold, which the scam art-
ist says will be held safely in a
vault for you. In reality, there's

no gold and no vault.
State securities administra-
tors have oil and gas investi-
gations in every region of the
U.S., NASAA says. And if you're
interested in flipping houses,
scam artists are interested in
flipping you.
Low interest rates and er-
ratic Wall Street performance
have driven many investors
into the hands of fraudsters.

FAMU to try to settle suit over band hazing death

The Associated Press

A&M University wants to try to
settle a family's lawsuit against
the school over the hazing
death of a band member.
I;,'AMIJ trustees last Thursday
voted to enter a voluntary me-
diation session with attorneys
for the parents of Robert Cham-

pion, who authorities said died
last November after Marching
100 members beat him during
a hazing ritual.
Eleven FAMU band mem-
bers face felony hazing charg-
es, while two others face mis-
demeanor counts. They have
pleaded not guilty.
The Champions, who live in
the Atlanta suburb of Decatur,

Ga., claim university officials
did not take action to stop haz-
ing even though a school dean
proposed suspending the band
because of hazing three days
before their son died.
School officials also fell short
in enforcing anti-hazing policies
and did not keep a close eye on
band members to prevent haz-
ing, the lawsuit said.

"Those with worst intentions
love to take advantage of head-
lines and popular ideas that
stocks and Wall Street are not
to be trusted," says Matt Kitzy,
head of NASAA's enforcement
section. "No investment is risk-

Life sentence for Liberty City murder
A jury last Wednesday convicted 23-year-old Benito Santiago of two counts
of first-degree murder. He faces life in prison when he's sentenced in Octo-
ber. Sources say that he's not eligible for the death penalty, because he was
17 at the time of the shooting. He got into a fight with 28-year-old Adrian
Johnson outside a Liberty City market in January 2006. Santiago left and re-
trieved an AK-47. Witnesses identified Santiago by distinctive cross tattoos
on his face and said he opened fire hitting Johnson and Grace Armstrong, 27.

Man leads gang rape aboard cruise ship
Casey Dickerson, 31, was arrested on federal sex charges for being the
alleged ringleader in the gang rape of a 15-year old girl. The girl claims Dick-
erson raped her on a Carnival Sensation cruise ship traveling from Florida to
the Bahamas, and then encouraged four teenage boys to force themselves
on her as well. The teen suspects have not been charged. Dickerson admits
to having sex with other women on the cruise that weren't his wife.

Mom beats coach over alleged molestation
A Tennessee mother faces criminal charges after she nearly beat a kids'
football coach to death with a baseball bat over claims he molested her sons.
Lakeshia Richmond, 27, of Memphis, admitted she took the law into her own
hands when her boys, ages 8 and 9, told her they had been groped by their
coach, Tony Massey. Richmond saw coach walking alone, pulled a bat out
of her trunk, chased Massey down and beat him repeatedly. Richmond was
released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

Burglary suspects charged in death of two cyclists
A grand jury has returned first-degree murder indictments against two
men in the deaths of two bicyclists in southern Broward County. Authorities
say Obrian Ricardo Oakley, 26 and Sadik Rashad Baxter, 25 were trying to
break into cars in Cooper City on Aug. 5 when residents spotted them and
called 911. Oakley fled in his car and struck Christopher McConnell, 61 and
Dean Amelkin, 60 as they Fode bicycles nearby.

Man exonerated for murder after 22 years
The arrest of Jerry Frank Townsend on Sept. 5, 1979 ended the hunt for
a brutal serial killer and rapist who had terrorized a predominantly Black
neighborhood in northwest Fort Lauderdale. But it began an enduring mis-
carriage of justice. Townsend spent 22 years of his life in prison until he was
exonerated by DNA tests that did not exist when he was arrested. Eddie Lee
Mosley remained free to continue to rape and kill until his 1987 arrest and
confinement in a state hospital for the criminally insane. The death of 10
women and children who were murdered after Townsend's wrongful arrest
have been linked to Mosley by DNA testing or other evidence.

Sudanese officials killed in crash

The Associated Press

A Sudanese helicopter car-
rying a government delega-
tion crashed in a mountainous
southerri region last Sunday,
killing all 32 people on board
including a Cabinet minister, a
former presidential adviser, two
generals and a TV crew.
The delegation was travelling
aboard a chartered helicopter
to the volatile South Kordofan
state to attend prayers on the
first day of the Muslim holiday
of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the
end of the fasting month of Ra-
The helicopter went down
"due to harsh weather con-
-ditions" near Talodi, a small
town about 650 kilometers (406
miles) southwest of the capi-
tal, Khartoum, state-run news
agency SUNA said.
A Sudanese official said the
.aircraft slammed into a moun-
tain just before it was to land

in Talodi, as seasonal heavy
rains in the region left the pilots
with "zero visibility". The official
spoke on condition of anonymity
because he wasn't authorized to
speak to the media.
He said a search team that
reached the site of the crash
was having trouble identifying
the victims as many bodies had
been charred and torn to pieces.
The office of Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir released a list of
all 26 passengers and six crew
members who perished in the
Minister of Endowment Ghadi
al-Sadeq and a former adviser to
al-Bashir, Makki Balayela, were
on the list, as were the two gen-
erals and other officials. A four-
member TV crew from Sudan's
state television also died in the
Sudan has a poor aviation
safety record, with a large num-
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MIRAMAR- August 27, 2012 -
NBC 6 South Florida announced
that Jawan Strader has been
named Weekend Evening Anchor
and General Assignment Report-
er, starting today. Strader joins
the station from WFOR, the CBS
affiliate in the market, where he
held Anchor positions, most re-
cently weekday mornings.
For almost 10 years, Strader
has covered some of the biggest
stories in South Florida from the
field and the anchor desk. He
has covered intense hurricanes
rlHnt affected South Florida, in-
cluding Hurricanes Wilma and
Katrina; connected with the
Snilih! FlintJa Cuban American

community in celebration of the
transition of power of Fidel Cas-
tro; and walked viewers through
the terrible shooting deaths of
two Miami-Dade police officers in
2011 minutes after it happened.
"Jawan's solid reporting skills
make him a valued addition to the
NBC 6 News team," said Migdalia
Figueroa, Vice President of News
at NBC 6. "But we also know that
he will make a strong connection
with our viewers from the anchor
desk and from the field."
Prior to arriving in South Flor-
ida, Strader served as Anchor/
Reporter at WOIO and Morning
Anchor and Consumer Report-
er at WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio.

He began his journalism career
as a Photographer/ Reporter for
the Southwest Michigan bureau
of WSBT in South Bend, Indi-
ana, and has held Reporter/An-
chor positions at KJRH in Tulsa,
Oklahoma and KXAN in Austin,
Strader is a firm believer in
serving the community and has
received numerous awards for
his public service, including the
Award of Distinction for Media
Coverage of Public Education by
the Education Fund of Miami-
Dade. He is a graduate of Indiana
University where he earned a de-
gree in Journalism and Speech

CLASS OF 2016: Dr. Edison 0. Jackson, interim president at Bethune-Cookman University, addresses the freshman class during
one of several convocations targeting academic success.

Black males face crisis in U.S

continued from 1A

indicates that among those
Black males that do make it to
college, the majority of them are
less prepared than their peers
for the rigors of advanced aca-
demic work. Their graduation
rates, as one might expect, are
the lowest of all major racial
and ethnic groups in the coun-
Even when one considers his-
torically Black colleges and uni-
versities [HBCUs], Black male
students are noticeably scarce.
Based on the latest data from
the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion, the national college gradu-
ation rate for Black men is 33.1
percent compared with 44.8
percent for Black women. The
total graduation rate is 57.3

percent. What's more, Black
men, while representing 7.9
percent of 18-to-24-year-olds
in the U.S., only account for
2.8 percent of undergraduates
at public universities. It is this
"gap" that virtually guarantees
that Black males will continue
to have less earning power even
as they confront an unemploy-
ment rate of 17.3 percent -
nearly double the national rate
of 9.5 percent.

Since his arrival at Bethune-
Cookman University in mid-
May, Interim President Dr. Edi-
son 0. Jackson, 69, says he has
worked to change the mindset
and culture of his students. And
while he admits there are differ-
ences between the tasks he once

performed as president of Med-
gar Evers College CUNY and
his current position, what hasn't
changed is the precarious situa-
tion facing young, Black males.
"I remember looking out into a
sea of students one day and re-
alizing that there weren't many
Black males," he said. "Like
everyone else, I complained
for awhile. Soon it occurred to
me that I was the University's
president surely I could do
something about it. I created
the first male initiative and we
were able to increase both male
enrollment and retention. Well
be starting a similar program
here at B-CU in the spring. Our
public schools are failing out
children. We need to create new
recruitment and retention strat-
egies and once students get here
we must ensure that there are

. colleges

appropriate support structures
including mentoring so that
they have a sense of connection
to the academic enterprise. It
doesn't do any good if you bring
kids to college and then they be-
come so disillusioned from their
experiences that. they are back
on the streets less than a year
"On Wednesdays we now have
dress up day so that we can
change the culture and begin to
model different forms of behav-
ior," he added. "Success should
not be strange to our students.
It's all about raising the stan-
dards both in and out of the
classroom, shifting the atmo-
sphere and providing our stu-
dents with new kinds of experi-
ences. Like The Pointer Sisters
said, 'we've got a new attitude."
Part 2 next week

Reynolds sentenced for $20ok theft

continued from 1A

arrest. Reynolds, who had
earned more than $140K in
2007 and 2008, was the former
president of the Association
that serves as an advocate for
Black police officers.
Stanley Jean-Poix, now presi-
dent of ihe historic UL.'ck of-
fir.rs' orgfaizialion, says the
theft has ruined the Associa-
tion's financial health and led

the Internal Revenue Service to
revoke its tax-exempt status.
Reynolds was in charge of the
group when members discov-
ered thousands of unauthor-
ized debit-card withdrawals.
She was eventually indicted on
16 counts of wire fraud for an
embezzlement scheme whose
duration extended from Sep-
tember 2008 to June 2010. The
Department has since severed
her employment. And she still
faces state criminal charges.

Reynolds said last week that
she was "deeply ashamed of
her actions," but her deci-
sion to steal from colleagues
in order to feed a self-admitted
gambling problem continues to
negatively impact the organiza-
tion's membership. Documents
prove that Reynolds accessed
the Association's credit union
accounts to make illegal cash
withdrawals, personal pur-
chase and transfers of funds to
her own credit union account.

Thirteen of the withdrawals
were made in Hollywood at the
Seminole casino.
Her attorney stated prior
to sentencing that Reynolds
turned to gambling in order
to cope with several personal
problems including a sexual
harassment lawsuit and a di-
vorce. Meanwhile, she used her
power to access scholarship
dollars intended for low-income
students in order to send her
son to a private school.

Will New Orleans see another Katrina?

continued from 1A

fractured response to a na-
tional catastrophe.
This time around, the re-
i'n and New Orleans in
particular is much better
pri parted, thanks to resi-
dents taking storm warn-
ings more seriously, cities
equipped with better evacu-
ation and rescue plans and
the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers' $14 billion facelift
to the 350 miles of levees
and floodwalls protecting
the greater New Orleans
"We've had plenty of op-
portunity to learn from the
mistakes we made," said
Timolynn Sams, a New Or-
leans community activist,
as she shopped for extra
water and other supplies
Monday. She was riding out
the storm in her home in
Gentilly, a neighborhood in

the northern part of the city
near Lake Pontchartrain.
"We're more prepared now
as residents and govern-
ment as we've ever been."
Though Isaac is taking a
similar paith as Katrina, the
storms are very different,
meteorologists say. Today's
storm is not as intense
and has much lower wind
speeds, said John Cangialo-
si, a meteorologist with the
National Hurricane Center.
But even a smaller storm
like Isaac can bring more
than 10 feet of storm surge,
creating problems for low-
lying areas, he said.
FEMA one of the many
agencies pilloried for its re-
sponse during Katrina -
has overhauled its approach
to major storms, even em-
bracing social media to
reach residents. The agen-
cy has been tweeting tips
- something unheard of
seven years ago to those
preparing for the storm, en-

couraging them to update
contact lists and check that
their emergency kits have

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Ronald Reagan Republi-
can, pro-life and all things
conservative but prob-
ably never was to get
elected," Sid Dinerstein,
Republican chairman in
Palm Beach County, said
by phone from Tampa.

While governor, Crist be-
came infamous in Repub-
lican circles for hugging
Obama at a Florida event
on home foreclosures.
Next week, from the po-
dium of the Democratic
National Convention in
Charlotte, N.C., Crist
will blast Romney's vi-
sion, "which caters to the
most extreme elements of
the Republican Party and
undermines the middle
class," a Democratic Party
source said.

continued from 1A

born in Honolulu. A signifi-
cant number of Republi-
cans still think otherwise.
Romney, Who wants vot-
ers to see him as a healer.
not a divider, has tried to
have it both ways. While he
has said that he believes
the president was born in
this country, he thiew some
red meat to GOP "birthers"
on Friday when he quipped
that "no one has ever asked
to see my birth certificate"
to the obvious delight of an
anti-Obama audience in

And though many Demo-
crats agree with Texas Gov.
Rick Perry's description of
Romney as a "vulture capi-
talist" for the way he treat-
ed American workers while
he headed Bain Capital,
the Massachusetts-based
investment firm, Romney
will have a major opportu-
nity to change that image of
himself at this convention
and in the coming months.
The question is will Rom-
ney move away from the
right-wing views he hewed
to during the GOP's hotly
contested primaries and
espouse more moderate po-
litical views as the general
election heats up? And will

Since leaving the gov-
ernor's mansion in Tal-
lahassee, Bush, 59, has
pushed for education re-
form while mostly steering
clear of partisan politics
and the public spotlight.
But he will be playing a
major role at the Republi-
can National Convention,
capped by a prime-time
address set for 8 p.m.
His high visibility in
Tampa, plus advice he
gave over the weekend,
prompted Republicans
and political observers to
speculate that he hopes to
become the third member
of the Bush family to win
the White House. His cau-
tionary remarks warning
Republicans to stick to the
economy and quit sound-
ing so harsh about immi-
gration set off thoughts of
a Bush campaign in four
or eight years.

anyone believe his conver-
sion? Will his prime-time,
nationally televised ad-
dress to the GOP conven-
tion be an Etch-A-Sketch
moment for Romney, who
supported gay rights be-
fore he opposed them, and
who believed "abortions
should be safe and legal"
before he said most of
them should be outlawed?
Or will he shake up his
positions on some of this
nation's most contentious
issues "and restart all over
again," as Romney's senior
adviser Eric Fehrnstrom
said the candidate might
do back in March as Rom-
ney emerged as the front-
runner for the GOP nomi-
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Republican and Democratic
parties signal the start of the
general election campaign.
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didates often start steering
their campaigns toward the
middle, where most unde-
cided voters reside. As the
incumbent, Obama had no
serious challenger for his
party's nomination and
so didn't have to pander to
fringe Democrats as Rom-
ney did to right-wing Re-
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By Andrew Pollack

The Food and Drug Adminis-
tration approved a new once-a-
day H.I.V. treatment from Gil-
ead Sciences that contains four
different drugs in one pill.
But the price Gilead plans
to charge for the new drug -
about $28,500 a year was
criticized as excessive by one
AIDS activist, who said it would
put additional pressure on the
already strained public health
programs that pay for the ma-
jority of H.I.V. medications.
"That's shockingly irrespon-
sible," said the activist, Mi-
chael Weinstein, the president
of the AIDS Healthcare Foun-
dation, which treats more than
100,000 infected individuals
around the world. "It's just un-
sustainable at these levels."
Gilead said the price was in
line with that of some other
regimens for treating H.I.V.
The new drug, which will be
called Stribild, is the third once-
a-day pill for H.I.V. brought to
market by Gilead, after Atripla
in 2006 and Complera in 2011.
In the late 1990s, when cock-
tails of drugs began to be used
to successfully treat the infec-
tion, patients sometimes had
to take two dozen pills, at vari-
ous times of the day and night.

Michael Weinstein, the president of the AIDS

Stribild, which was previ-
ously known as the Quad, does
not appear to represent a huge
leap medically.
In the clinical trials that led
to its approval, Stribild was
roughly equivalent to Atripla
and to another combination,
though it avoids some psy-
chiatric side effects of Atrip-
la. About 88 to 90 percent of
those who took Stribild had
undetectable amounts of H.I.V.
in their blood after 48 weeks,
compared to 84 percent treat-
ed with Atripla and 87 percent
treated with the combination
of Gilead's Truvada, Bristol-
Myers Squibb's Reyataz and


Abbott's Norvir.
But Stribild could be imp
tant commercially for Gil
because the company ow
all the ingredients. By c
trast, Atripla contains a d
from Bristol-Myers Squibb a
Complera contains a drug fr
Johnson & Johnsbn, so Gil
must split profits.
Geoffrey Meacham, an a
lyst for J.P. Morgan Cha
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sales could reach $2.5 bill
annually by 2015. "Given si
lar efficacy with an impro
safety profile, we expect
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la," he wrote in a note Mond

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tenofovir are also in Atripla
and Complera and are sold as
a dual combination known as
The other two drugs in
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-l is a type of drug known as an
integrase inhibitor, and cobici-
stat, which enhances the effect
of elvitegravir. Neither of those
drugs has been approved yet
for use independently.
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are more than that of Atripla,
which costs about $21,000
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cess, I don't know what is, for
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on- Gilead, said in an e-mail that
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reasonable return on our prod-
uct development investment."
She said the company would
provide discounts to state AIDS
Drug Assistance Programs,
and would also offer various
programs to help privately in-
sured patients obtain the drug.
Gilead said it had also granted
rights to certain companies in
India to make generic versions
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poor countries.


Fitness means better

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By Kim Painter

Midlife fitness: People who
are fit at age 50 may not live
much longer than everyone
else but do live better after
age 65, a new study suggests.
The study examined a decade
of Medicare records for people
who had taken a battery of fit-
ness tests at midlife. It found
that the fittest folks enjoyed
more years free of the mul-
tiple chronic illnesses from
heart disease to Alzheimer's
- that plagued the least fit.
Some of the fittest adults still
died, of course, but they were
less likely to suffer multiple
chronic illnesses in their last
five years, the Los Angeles
Times reports.
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people have died of Le-
gionnaires' disease after
staying at a Marriott hotel
in Chicago. They were
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bacterial infection between
mid-July and mid-August,
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There's no ongoing risk,
health officials say.
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who are overweight or obese
are more likely to see their
cancer recur and to die, new
research shows. Unclear:
whether losing the excess
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Study shows more parents discipline their kids

By Clark Gall Baines

In the study, researchers from
Michigan State University anon-
ymously observed the interac-
tions of more than 100 caregivers
with children between the ages of
three and five outside of a labora-
tory and in a natural setting, and
jotted down their findings. They
were surprised to find that more
than 23 percent of the caregivers
they watched punished the chil-
dren through "negative touch-
ing" aka, old-school discipline,
through spanking, arm pulling,
pinching and even slapping in
public. This happened more than
many caregivers have claimed or
showed when asked to do lab sur-
veys and experiments on disci-
plining children. A trip to the mall
on the weekend probably could
have proved that many folks are

"If your child is upset and not
minding you and you wart to
discipline them, I would use a
positive, gentle touch. Our data
found that negative touch didn't

fans of public punishment. Also
in the study, they found that
while mothers did a majority of
the tugging, spanking, pinching
and slapping in public, fathers
did do some form of touching,
but it was more on the positive
side. The study found that more
fathers were trying to calm chil-
dren and talk to them after-the-
fact. In Kate Stanbury's, (who
led the study) eyes, fathers who
are involved are trying to have
more of a say in the disciplining
of their kids. So while mothers
are usually known as the nur-
turing type, roles are starting to
be flipped as fathers are getting
their nurturer on from time to
time with more moms becoming
disciplinarians. As crazy as that
sounds, I could agree somewhat
that this is happening more and
more these days. My brother

and his wife have squabbles of-
ten over disciplining my nephew.
She's ready to spank and send
him to his room while my broth-
er thinks she needs to cut him
slack. Safe to say, he's spoiled.
My own mother did more of the
disciplining when it came to us
via her red leather belt, while my
father did more talking...or bet-
ter yet, watching TV during those
In the end, Stansbury seems
to be anti-public discipline and
thinks "positive touching" can go
further than straight up embar-
rassing your child in public. She
says that all that quick slapping
and spanking doesn't get the
child to comply as easily as par-
ents think. Instead, they spend a
good minute sulking and pouting
instead of doing what you want
or ask.

Dorothy Blount receives proclamation from Commissioner
Barbara Jordan.

Foster mom honored

By Malika A. Wright

A home can mean more than
a place of residence to some
people. To many foster children
a home means hope. By open-
ing her home for about 100
children for 44 years, foster
mom Dorothy Blount, 62, has
helped children become more
hopeful. Blount won three
awards this year in recognition
of her consistency and success
as a foster parent." I don't call
them foster kids," Blount said.
"I call them my kids," while ac-
cepting the proclamation from
Commissioner Barbara Jordan,
which recognized June 19 as
Dorothy Blount day.
Blount said she attends Bible
study with her foster kids,
takes them out to eat occasion-
ally, tries to understand them
and shows tough love.
"I'm not going to say I'm
peaches and cream with the
kids," she said. "When you
come to this house, you must
go to school,"
Blount says that is her main
She shows tough love with
her foster kids, and one of
them is now on the pre-med-
Ical track at the University of
Blount says it overwhelms
her with joy to know that the

child made it, even though
there were a lot of odds against
Along with being awarded
a day, Blount also won the
Miami Garden's "Mother of the
Year" award and the State of
Florida award of Foster.
"She deserves it," Sharon
Frazier-Stephens, community
outreach liaison of the Center
for Family and Child Enrich-
ment, said. "In the state of
Florida, they haven't recog-
nized anyone who fostered as
long as she has."
Blount says she puts her
all into her kids to try to
guide them on the right track.
"Someone gave me a chance
out of life so I decided to help
someone else who wasn't as
lucky as I am," she said.
Being raised by her grand-
parents inspired her to become
a foster parent, she said. She
grew up in Ocala in a home
with 25 people so she is used
to having a large family. She
has raised foster children
while raising her five biologi-
cal children and four adopted
children, and has kept up to
six foster children at a time.
Blount said she learns from
her kids because she has fos-
tered children of all ages and
nationalities. Anna Williams,
19, a teen mom that Blount
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NBA Star launches new

children's book series

By Bimiloluwa Ojurongbe

NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire
is set to release a new book
series for middle-school-aged
childrenThe books are to
be published by Scholastic in
a series called STAT: Standing
Tall and Talented. Co-writ-
ten by Stoudemire with the
Scholastic team, the New York
Knicks captain's first book
of the series, Home Court, is
about his life as a 6'11, middle,
school student who plays bas-
ketball, baseball and football
with his friends in Lake Wales,
the small Florida city where he
grew up, According to a Scho-
lastic spokesperson, the series
is likely to be ongoing, al-
though just three books have
been commissioned to date.
"Kids need to enjoy read-
ing and not see it as a chore,"
said Stoudemire, a "proud
father of three" who says he
didn't read enough as a child
and is now "always" reading
to his kids (ages 7, 5 and 4).

He said he wrote STAT to give
kids more opportunities to
read books for fun. The books
are just part of Stoudemire's
efforts to promote child lit-
eracy. The Amar'e Stoudemire
Foundation works to "cre-
atively inspire young people
to avoid poverty through
education." "It gives a lot of
messages about the respon-
sibility of working and doing
homework and learning to be
leaders with my friends and
be a positive influence," said

Mistakes that make sons, bad men

Boys will be boys and single
moms may need to be a bit
more aggressive. If all this ag-
gressive talk makes up even
half of the interactions with
your child, you're sending him
down a slippery slope.
Little boys adore their moms
and the relationship you build
with him is a template for fu-
ture relationships with women.
Do you really want him to
feel like the only way he can
communicate with a woman is
through screaming and shout-
Does it hurt to tell your child
no? Get over it. Fast. "No," is a
natural part of life that builds
character, perspective and
negotiation skills. Being a "yes"
mom is a great way to raise a
self-absorbed, egotistical and
emotionally selfish man. Find
a balance between succumb-
ing to your kid's every childish
whim and building his confi-
dence and ambition.

By all means, take care of
your babies! Just don't forget
the goal is to raise a man who
will be expected to take care of
himself, and possibly a family
of his own.
Granted, the age of the child
determines how much he's
ready to do, but he's learning
either way. How do you not
be a servant mom in such a
,situation? Make it a lesson.
"'This is a napkin, and this is
how you wipe. Now take care
of that!"

child will have a tough time re-
specting your commands and
promises if you can't keep your
word. The toughest part of dis-
ciplining children is sticking to
your guns, Flaky moms breed
men with a shaky sense of
integrity. Small or large, when
you renege on your word, you
break a commitment and teach
your son that it's completely
acceptable to say one thing
and then do another.

It's no secret, kids need a
mom present, active and en-
gaged in their life. As soon as
a child is old enough to con-
ceptualize who his real mother
is and why she isn't around,
he's on track to a lifetime of
resentment and other emo-
tional hangups that carry right
on into adulthood. Of course,
this also rings true to absent
fathers too.

Promiscuous Mom
This one's a no brainer. Your
son is sure to love you, despite
using your love as a merry-
go-round for an assortrienit of
men. But hell likely identify or
pick up habits of those male

Great love stories,

romance in Bible

By David Carr .

Not many in the curr!tt.
debate realize that the Bible
contains a book that cel-
ebrates non-reproductive
sex and features substances
used by ancient women for
birth control. The book,
Song of Songs is a dialogue
of love and sexual pas-
sion associated with King
Solomon. It depicts a woman
and a man who desire each
other and see each other
in secret. Yet, it is not clear
that they are marned,
children are not mentioned
as a goal of their love, and
their dialogue is laced with
mentions of materials that
we know were used to pre-
vent pregnancy. A biblically
based morality linked with
the Song of Songs need not
oppose, but could promote
use of birth control as part
of caring, monogamous sex-
ual relationships, whether
within marriage or not.
To be sure, many have
associated the biblical Song

of Songs.. marriage, and
there arefiications that
the lover 'it depicts wish
that they were married. The
man calls his love "my bride"
(e.g. 4:8, 9), and she sings
that "I am my love's and he
desires me" (7:11) Never-
theless, toward the end of
the book the female lover
still cannot openly express
her affecton for him 18:1).
Overall, the book positively
depicts a couple pursuing
a love that is not approved
by society. It begins with
the woman wishing that the
man would "kiss me with
the kisses of his mouth."
and soon she is inviting him
to her bed of spices. The lov-
ers do not live together, but
instead must meet outdoors
(e.g. 1:17) or in a parent's
bedroom (3:4; 8:2), and
there is no clear view yet
or starting a family In the
process, the lovers mention
a number of spices ) that
Athalya Brenner points out
in her book "The Intercourse
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"role models," which is fe
from ideal.
As a single mom, you v
your son to honor what
say, but no matter how
bass you put in your voiy

Few things are worse for a
kid's psyche than the moms
who wish they weren't moms
or just the mom of a better
son. Get over it, fast. First,
Syoull have to face the emo-
tions you're having and deal
Switch them accordingly rather
than pretend to be happy be-
cause children pick up on the
real thing easily. Get your act
art together and learn to love your
child for who he is, despite the
circumstances of how he got
want there and your current situ-'
you ation, and work to find ways
much you can build on the man he
ce, a will become.

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Marvin Sapp to star in reality show
Marvin Sapp is in the Open Rivers Pictures has been
process of joining the reality vocal about the importance of
television world. The 45-year- viewers seeing a Black family
old pastor and gospel singer with a Black man as the head
is said to be doing the behind of the household, saying:
the scenes work for a reality "I count it a privilege and an
show. U 0 our honor that Marvin entrusted
The reality show will give my company to document the
viewers a peep into the the O !l0 second chapter of his and his
widower and his three chil-r- kids, ML, MiKalia and Madis-
dren's lives. Two years ago, '7 son's life. I think it is timely
Sapp lost his wife to cancer that the country sees a man,
and he has since been a single especially a Black man, who
father. The series, "Marvin .. is serious about family values
Sapp: Single Dad." will show-' 'f ~ and raising his children."
case the gospel singer going In an interview with EEW
about his daily routine as a Magazine, Sapp spoke about
single father. the show saying:
According to Eurweb.com, This is about a family man
the pastor says he misses his and I smile...There are days until her death in 2010. In who really believes in family
wife, Malinda Sapp, who lost when I'm angry. Days that I'm spite of the sad circumstance teaching his children core val-
her battle with colon cancer in not... we miss her." of his life, Sapp will share his ues along with trying to man-
2010. Says the gospel singer: Marvin Sapp and Malinda life story, with the world in age a successful business and
"There are days when I get Sapp headed the Lighthouse the reality show, which has a career as well...God's good,
up and I cry, thinking of her. Full Life Center Church in already started filming. so I am just going to keep it
There are days thinking of her Grand Rapids, Michigan right Tammy Williams, CEO of moving."

Pastor, father murdered in carjacking

The community is in shock
after a young pastor was car-
jacked and killed outside his
apartment complex in Hous-
ton this week. Desmond
Jones, a 21-year-old pastor,
was coming home from a fast
food restaurant at 1:30 a.m.
when two men came up, shot
him and stole his 2012 Chrys-
ler 300.
Jones, a father of two baby
girls, later died at the Life
Flight to Memorial Herman
He was described as a hard-
working family man who died
entirely too young. The com-
munity is searching for an-
swers in this horrible tragedy.
"Desmond Jones was not in
trouble and was not a trouble
maker," said Bishop James
Dixon, during a news confer-
Dixon and others are call-
ing for safer streets and an
end to the gun violence that

Houston musician Desmond Jones and daughters age two Pastor Desmond Jones and
years old and nine months old. wife.

affects so many Black commu-
nities across America. Jones'
daughters are two years old
and nine months.
"He was just a humble dude,"
said Nicolas Johnson, a friend
of Jones. "He lived everyday for
his wife and his children."

There are no suspects in
custody at the current time,
but the impact of this tragedy
has police out looking for the
killer. Jones and his family are
not alone. Black communities
everywhere are harmed by gun
violence, and in spite of all the

death, there is little effort on
the part of legislators to change
existing gun laws. Even with
the recent shooting in Colora-
do, politicians are slow to act
on the matter.
Jones' family is stricken by
grief to speak on his death.

Spike Lee deals with religion in latest film

By Veronica Wells

I happen to know that Spike
Lee reads, or is at least familiar
with Madame Noire. After one of
our writers, said that Red Hook
Summer was a sequel to Do the
Right Thing he was quick to
correct us with a sharply word-
ed e-mail.
"Red Hook Summer is not
a sequel to do the right thing.
Incorrect, misinformed and
wrong. Thanks,Spike."
As a fan of Spike Lee's, I knew
that e-mail came from him.
The string of adjectives and the
shouting caps is so Spike. If I
had no intention of seeing Red
Hook Summer before, this e-
mail made sure that I was defi-
nitely going to check it out now.
For Red Hook Summer, Spike
Lee brought it back to Brook-
lyn, chronicling the lives of
the residents in the Red Hook
projects. The project, which is
both community-centered, a
place for childhood exploration
and spiritual salvation is also
a place of violence and dashed
hopes. We see all of these forces
at work as the film's protago-
nist "Flik Royale," a boy from
Atlanta, played by burgeoning
actor Jules Brown, visits his
grandfather,"Da Good Bishop

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See a
Spike Lee celebrated the premiere of his latest film Red Hook Summer at the DGA Theater

Enoch Rouse," (Clarke Peters
of The Wire and Treme). As
you can gather fiom his name
Bishop Enoch, who is very re-
ligious serves as the leader for
the Lil' Peace of Heaven Bap-
tist Church of Red Hook. Ini-
tially, Flik and Bishop Enoch
struggle to relate to one an-
other. Flik doesn't want to be
there and the Bishop can't
seem to reach his grandson
with his new high tech gadgets.
Flik carries around an iPad,
which almost gets he and his
grandfather into trouble with
the local gang, lead by "Box"
(Nate Parker). Though Flik ini-
tially loathes everything about

Brooklyn, he meets a girl his
age, Chazz, (Toni Lysaith), who
shows him the ropes and the
two become friends...and even-
tually a bit more.
Without giving too much
away, there's a shocking sur-
prise towards the end of the
film that causes the audience
to question everything about
Bishop Enoch and his spiritu-
ality. With the plot twist, like
the setting, the characters and
even religion itself, we see that
there truly is, as Spike Lee has
said: "beauty in ugliness."
We see that motif in Deacon
Zee (Thomas Jefferson Byrd),
the alcoholic clergyman who

helps Flik adjust to Brooklyn
by allowing him to sneak chips
from the church pantry. And we
see it again with Bishop Enoch
who is so religiously-minded
that he's unable or unwilling to
relate to the challenges of the
world around him.
Red Hook is not perfect and
won't go down as one of Spike's
best movies. There is the swift
plot shift, unanswered ques-
tions in character development
between Enoch and his daugh-
ter "Colleen," and even sub-par
acting from the younger actors;
but the themes present and the
questions the film raises, defi-
nitely make it one worth seeing.

Spiritual weapons are more powerful today

continued from 9B

about what Jesus would do to-
"Jesus would not have carried
a gun or any weapon of that
magnitude because the Bible
says that he was the Prince of
Peace," said Bishop Victor Cur-
ry, pastor of New Birth Baptist
Church Cathedral of Faith In-
ternational in Opa-locka. "It
was not in his nature to be
provocative in a sense of com-
mitting a criie or anything like
The Rev. C.P. Preston, Jr. pas-
tor of Peaceful Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, located in Lib-
erty City, was in agreement but
for a slightly different reason.
"Because of the power that
Jesus had he would not have
needed to carry a gun, so I
can't see him carrying one."

Preston said.
Curry referenced the Gos-
pels, specifically the book of
Matthew. Readers may recall
[Matthew 26:47-56] that Je-
sus was about to be arrested
after being betrayed by Judas.
Peter, one of the disciples and
an ardent follower of Jesus,
stepped forward to stop the ar-
rest. He cuts off the ear of one
of the soldiers. But Jesus re-
bukes him, replaces the man's
ear and says those who live by
the sword will die by the sword.
Then Jesus surrenders to the
"When they came to arrest
him with swords, which is
the equivalent of guns today,
Jesus didn't pull out a gun,"
Curry said. "He didn't stand
his ground," referring to Flor-
ida's highly-controversial self-
defense law.
Nathaniel Wilcox, executive

director of People United to
Lead the Struggle for Equality
[P.U.L.S.E.] and a minister at
Apostolic Revival Center, says
Jesus doesn't want us to resort
to violence or bloodshed.
"I have never carried or
owned a gun and believe that
God protects me and my fam-
ily," he said.
However, for Cheryl Cason,
chief of Opa-locka Police De-
partment, carrying a gun is
part of her job, despite her
"I have to carry a gun be-
cause of my position," she said.
"However, I realize that being
a Christian helps me make
good and conscious decisions,
whether I am in my uniform
and armed or not."
Cason, a member of New Shi-
loh Missionary Baptist Church,
said see must be on guard at
all times while on duty because

everybody doesn't have faith.
"Our [a police officer's] job
on Earth is to keep the peace
and tranquility of mankind,"
she added. "A gun in the wrong
hands can be dangerous."
Wilcox says he is convinced
that people will soon find them-
selves returning to God given
these troubling times.
"Our lives would change if the
people of God would use spiri-
tual weapons," he said. "Our
weapons are more powerful
than AK 47s, [other] guns and
knives. Our weapons are to
bring life and not cause death."
We attempted to leave mes-
sages for both the Rev. Gaston
Smith, pastor of Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church and
the Rev. Carl Johnson, pastor
of 93rd Street Community Bap-
tist Church. Neither was avail-
able prior to the completion of
this story.

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Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church to
host a Unity Prayer Break-
fast. Call 305-696-6545.

New Corinth Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
will celebrate its anniver-
sary. Call 786-350-6221.

Second Chance Min-
istries to host a Bible
study meeting. Call 305-

A Mission With A
New Beginning Church
Women's Department pro-
vides community feeding.
Call 786-371-3779.

Now Faith Ministries
will hold a revival on Aug.
28-Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. at
9275 NW 32nd Ave.

The National Church
of God Men's Fellowship
will sponsor a Men's Re-
vival 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-

New Christ Taber-
nacle Missionary Bap-
tist Church will host Duel
Day Service on Sept. 9 at
11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call

C Lord C's celebrate 63 years

The C Lord C's will be cele-
brating 63 years of gospel sing-
ing on September 2. Come and
help us enjoy this reunion at
St. John AME Church, 6451
SW 59 Place, South Miami, FL
at 5 p.m. '':
This celebration is sponsored
by A.J. Manuel Funeral Home,
Mr. Anthony Manuel, Owner/
Manager, 2328 N. Dixie Hwy,
Hollywood, FL. The office num-

ber is 954-920-1313; fax 954-
Appearing is some of Flori-
da's finest groups: The original
C Lord C's, Pastor Avery and
Spirit of Life Ensemble, The
Wimberly Family, The Smil-
ing Jubilaires of Ft. Lauder-
dale, FL, The New C Lord's C's,
The Shining Stars, The Golden
Bells, and many more. Free ad-

Hip Christian music

continued from 9B

a relevant place for young
"The word of God doesn't
change," Creative Pastor Ter-
rance Wilson, 31, said. "We
preach Jesus. We preach the
Bible, but to make it more rele-
vant we really push creativity."
Stephanie da Silva, 22, and
her husband Danny, 22, both
members of the worship team,
said they enjoy the worship,
the word and the flow of the
"The reason why I started
coming here is because I saw

the passion that people had for
God here," Stephanie said, af-
ter last week's service.
She said what she loves most
about Rendezvous is serving,
the people and the environ-
Leger said his favorite part is
worship because that is when
he is able to focus on God com-
"Jesus said it best, If I be lift-
ed up, I'll draw all men to me,'
Rev. Wilkerson Jr. said. "I think
it's less about what we do and
more about what he's doing."
Chris Leger, 25, stands on the
Rendezvous stage after service
last Tuesday.

Pastor: A life of love

continued from 9B

members watched him grow up.
"My mother carried me in her
womb at this church," he said.
He became pastor after his fa-
ther, Rev. C.P. Preston Sr., who
presided over the church for 34
years, passed away in 1986.
He said he had a very church-
focused childhood and never
strayed from the church.
"Christian life, that's just me,"
he said. "That's just a part of
my make up."
Preston said he decided to
serve during the month of Au-
gust this year even though it
was his vacation month. "I felt

the Lord wanted us to reach a
higher level in Him," he said. "
He had special things that he
wanted our members to know
and he wanted me to share with
them." Last Sunday the youth
choir presented the Preston
and his wife, Robyn Preston,
with cards as belated birthday
gifts. Preston's birthday was
on the Aug. 19 and hers was
on Aug. 15. Countless church
members packed Red Lobster
in celebration of their birthdays
last week. Although Peaceful
Zion has a big congregation,
the members are still united. "I
teach love and unity," Preston
said. "That's what we strive for:
whatever the Lord wants."


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By Shelly Banjo want our customers to begin to
see us as a destination not just
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. percent for nutrition but for preventa-
will start offering vaccinations tive health care."
for infectious diseases beyond Wal-Mart hasn't found suc-
influenza and pneumonia at cess in all areas of health and
2,700 U.S. stores on Monday wellness. A pledge by former
as the retailer continues edging chief executive Lee Scott to
into health-care services. open as many as 2,000 re-
The Bentonville, Ark., chain tail health clinics by 2012 fell
will offer 10 immunizations short. With around 150 clin-
recommended by the Centers ics across the U.S., Wal-Mart Kids exposed to smoking in the womb, but not after birth,
for Disease Control and Pre- said its clinics remain a pilot were two-thirds more likely to have asthma by age 6.
vention, including shots for program.
shingles, meningitis, hepatitis The retailer sent health-care
and the human papillomavi- providers a 14-page request for o smoi n a
rus or HPV, which can lead to information last year, proclaim-
cervical cancers. ing the company's goal of being id s astha l
The vaccinations will be John Agwunobi, Wal-Mart's president of health and well- "the largest provider of primy
available via pop-up kiosks at health-care services in the na-
the front of Wal-Mart stores, ness. tion." It later backtracked on
under a contract with Mollen new avenues for growth. The over-the-counter drugs and its ambitions after the docu- By Amy Norton worsen kids' asthma symp-
Immunization Clinics, which retailer successfully launched which accounted for 11 percent ment leaked to the press. toms, or possibly raise their
manages a registered-nurse a Medicare prescription drug of the company's $264.2 billion With its push into an ex- NEW YORK Children risk of developing the lung dis-
network out of Scottsdale, plan with hospital operator Hu- in U.S. sales last fiscal year. panded suite of immuniza- whose mothers smoked during ease in the first place.
Ariz., and has been administer- mana Inc. HUM +0.10 percent "The goal is to take advan- .tions beyond flu shots and pregnancy may have an in- But it's been less clear if
ing flu shots for Wal-Mart over in 2010, and scored a big hit tage of the fact these individu- pneumonia, Wal-Mart joins creased risk of asthma even smoking during pregnancy is
the past few years. in 2006 with a $4 generic-drug als are in our stores shopping companies like Walgreen Co. if they were not exposed to linked to asthma. Most stud-
The expansion comes as program. for groceries every day," said and CVS Caremark Inc., CVS secondhand smoke after birth, ies have not been able to tease
Wal-Mart is trying to broaden The moves have boosted Dr. John Agwunobi, Wal-Mart's which have been ramping up a large study of European out the possible effects from
its market share in the mul- Wal-Mart's health-and-wellness president of health and well- the number of injections they children suggests. those of secondhand smoke
tibillion-dollar health-care business segment that in- ness, and a former U.S. assis- provide. Many studies have found after birth.
business as it searches for eludes pharmacy services and tant secretary for health. "We Please turn to HEALTH 14B that secondhand smoke may Please turn to ASTHMA 15B

Researchers push

benefits of infant


U.S. rates dropping;
concerns increasing
By Kim Painter
Evidence that male circumcision
has health benefits is growing, even
as the quick but often-controversial
surgery becomes less common in
the United States, say medical ex-
perts making new efforts to publi-
cize the benefits.
In a study out Monday, research-
ers say falling infant circumcision
rates could end up costing billions
of U.S. health care dollars when
men and their female partners
develop AIDS and other sexually
transmitted infections and cancers
that could have been prevented.
Separately, the American Academy
of Pediatrics is about to issue a new
policy statement that says infant
circumcision has "significant" health
benefits, replacing a statement that
takes a more neutral stance.
"We have a tremendous amount of
information coming out about the
benefits of male circumcision," says
Aaron Tobian, a researcher at the
Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine who is among the authors
of the cost study.
But rates among U.S. infants
have dropped since the 1970s and
are likely to keep dropping if more
insurers follow 18 state Medicaid
programs that have stopped cover-
ing the procedure, says the report
from Tobian and his colleagues,
published in the Archives of Pediat-
rics & Adolescent Medicine.
The researchers say that if U.S.
rates dropped to 10 percent the
level seen in European countries
where insurers don't cover circumci-
sion the results would include:


by the numbers

The rate at which circumcision
in the USA peaked in the
1970s and 1980s

The rate at which newborns
were circumcised in 2008, down
from 64% in 1995

Infant circumcision
rate in Europe

The rate in benmark
Source: Johns Hopkins Hospital

211 percent more urinary tract
infections in baby boys.
*12 percent more HIV cases in
29 percent more human papillo-
mavirus (HPV) cases in men.
18 percent more high-risk HPV
infections in women.
The fallout also would include
more cases of cervical and penile
Please turn to INFANT 14B

Jordan Gardner,and his mom, Dawne Gardner-Davis. Jordan had to quit six
sports after a heart-defect was found.

Protecting young athletes' hearts

26 area teens' livesforever

changed thanks
By Carrie Whitaker

Gardner-Davis almost
skipped the free health
screening for her son. The
weather was rotten, an ear-
lier appointment ran long
- and 15-year-old Jordan
was the picture of health.
Today, the Cincinnati
mother of two is thankful
she didn't. Doctors diag-
nosed Jordan with aortic
root dilation, a potentially
life-threatening heart de-
fect. They advised the teen
- who played six sports,
his favorite being baseball
- to quit competitive ath-
letics for good.
For decades pediatricians
and family physicians have
sought a more effective way
to identify young athletes
at risk of dying while play-
ing the sports they love.
Now, the Heart Institute
at Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center is

to new study
testing a new method. In
the most complete test of
its kind, the institute is us-
ing both an electrocardio-
gram and limited echocar-
diogram to see the rhythm
and structure of the heart.
If proved effective, it
could become the norm for
identifying heart conditions
that put one in 10,000
people at risk when doing
top-level physical activities,
researchers say.
Since the study began
about a year ago, 500 local
teens have been screened
and 26 diagnosed with
heart abnormalities. Twen-
ty-two can continue in
athletics, though they'll re-
quire lifelong monitoring.
Four young athletes, two
girls and two boys, have
been advised to quit sports
altogether. Researchers
hope to screen a total of
640 before they're done.
So far, their work is turn-
ing up a higher rate of

heart abnormalities than
Jordan was one of the
more serious cases.
That day at his appoint-
ment, he, his mother and
little sister Jaelynne sat
astonished as doctors de-
scribed a dangerously large
root in Jordan's heart. Be-
cause of its size, it could
rupture if stressed by too
much physical activity. The
effects could kill him.
Jordan took his doctor's
advice and quit the sports
he loved.
"The saddest day for me
had to be the day of (base-
ball) try-outs," Jordan says.
"I woke up, and I couldn't
go to try-outs. After that I
just started to cope."
Cases of high school ath-
letes collapsing and dying
on sports fields most often
result from undiagnosed
heart defects, says Dr. Jef-
frey Towbin, co-director
and head of clinical care at
Please turn to HEARTS 15B

Tips for a Safe and
Healthy Life
Eat healthy.
Eat a variety of fruits,
vegetables, and whole grains
every day.
SLimit foods and drinks high
in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and
Eat a balanced diet to help
keep a healthy weight.
Balance work, home, and
Get support from family and
Stay positive.
Take time to relax.
Get 7-9 hours of sleep each
night. Make sure kids get more,
based on their age.
Get help or counseling if
Be active for at least 212
hours a week. Include activities
that raise your breathing and
heart rates and that strengthen
your muscles.
Help kids and teens be
active for at least 1 hour a day.
Include activities that raise their
breathing and heart rates and
that strengthen their muscles
and bones.
Physical activity helps to:
Maintain weight
Reduce high blood pressure
Reduce risk for type 2 dia-
betes, heart attack, stroke, and
several forms of cancer
Reduce arthritis pain and
associated disability
Reduce risk for osteoporosis
and falls
Reduce symptoms of de-
pression and anxiety

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What type of person dates an atheist?

By Victoria Uwumarogie

The scope of religion has
changed very much over the
years, and if you're going to
switch up your beliefs and own
it with pride, a good place to do
that-for the most part-is in this
country, where religious experi-
mentation is tolerated (Muslims
still get a lot of crap, though if

you live under a rock). People
that were once Christians are
becoming Muslims, Catholics
can become Buddhists, and
many people simply describe
themselves as spiritual beings
these days. And Black people
are some of the most religious
people out. But no matter what
you claim to believe in, religion
does seem to matter big time in

the dating world. Think about
it. If you met someone at work
and simply became friends, you
probably wouldn't trip if they
told you they didn't believe in
God. But if you met that same
person and were attracted to
their physical attributes as well
as their personality, then them
telling you that when you die,
that's it, may have a huge ef-

fect on the length of your cor-
respondence with one another.
There are however, different lev-
els of atheism, with the mildest
form being a denouncement of
religion, so keep an open mind
to that. But I pose the question
to you: Could you get over if a
man you really like, or are al-
ready dating, told you they were
an atheist?

There is much controversy in this opinion

continued from 13B

cancer linked to HPV, but the
highest costs would be associ-
ated with HIV, the virus that
causes AIDS, the researchers
say. Each skipped male. cir-
cumcision would end up cost-
ing $313 in direct medical bills,
and the total cost over a decade
could exceed $4 billion, they
The estimates are based large-
ly on a recent study in Uganda
in which men underwent cir-
cumcision a surgery that re-
moves the foreskin on the penis

- or remained uncircumcised
and then were followed, along
with their female partners.
Three such "gold-standard"
randomized trials in Africa now
back up observational studies
around the world, including in
the United States, Tobian says.
The same evidence is behind
the new statement by the pe-
diatrics group, says Michael
Brady, an expert in infectious
disease at Nationwide Chil-
dren's Hospital in Columbus,
Ohio. He is on the committee
writing the new statement and
says the revision is likely to be
published online in September.

"We are going to say there
is now reasonable evidence of
benefit. And there are certainly
some risks," including bleeding,
infection and pain, which the
group will make clear should
be well controlled, Brady says.
"We are going to try to make
sure people are educated on the
risks and benefits and say that
the decision should be based on
what the family feels is the best
interest of the child." Insurers
should cover the surgeries, he
says. Religious and cultural dif-
ferences must also be respect-
ed, he adds.
But some activist groups op-

pose infant circumcision, even
for children from families who
practice it as a religious rite,
because they say it is an un-
needed surgery that violates
babies' rights. "We believe in
protecting all babies," says Ge-
organne Chapin, executive di-
rector of one such group, Intact
Chapin questions the stud-
ies finding health benefits and
cites other studies that do not,
but she says parents should
let boys grow up and make
their own choices. "We don't let
parents chop off other healthy
body parts."

Expanding vaccines

continued from 13B

Wal-Mart said that by using a
network of nurses, instead of
pharmacists, it will be able to
administer a larger variety of
shots to more people.
The U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
called for an expanded over-
all use of vaccines last year,
particularly for adolescents
and adults, to thwart easily
preventable diseases.
Recent outbreaks of whoop-
ing cough and other diseases
have prompted states such
as Illinois and Florida to
ease restrictions on the what
kinds of shots pharmacists
and nurses can administer
in retail settings.
Health officials said they
sought out retailers to pro-
vide greater access to a wider
array of immunizations and
provide more exposure to
shots like the HPV vaccine,
which is still not widely ad-
ministered. In 2010, 20.7
percent of women aged 19
to 26 years received the HPV

vaccination, according to the
CDC, compared with 40.5
percent of adults over age
18 who received flu vaccina-
"Making vaccines more
convenient is likely to im-
prove their uptake," said
Bruce Gellin, national vac-
cine program office director
at the U.S. health depart-
Gellin cautioned companies
like Wal-Mart should share
records with customers' pri-
mary-care doctors so they
don't end up getting multiple
shots of the same vaccine or
unnecessary immunizations.
"It's great they're provid-
ing these services, but what's
equally important is that in-
formation about these servic-
es is known by the patients'
health-care providers," he
Wal-Mart said it would rely
on patients to provide their
own medical histories. The
company also will send pa-
tients' vaccination records
to their primary care doctors
electronically upon request.

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Willa Ward, singer in golden era of

By Dennis Hevesi

Willa Ward, who lent her
pure, note-bending voice to the
Ward Singers, one of the most
famous and influential groups
of what is considered the
golden age of gospel singing,
died in Philadelphia on Aug.
12. She was 91.
"He's your joy in sorrow/He's
your hope for tomorrow," Ms.
Ward intoned as the high back-
up voice in the Ward Singers'
1950 hit "Surely God Is Able."
It was one of nearly 90 songs
that the group recorded in its
heyday, from the mid-1940s to
the late '50s.
Among their other hits were
"I'm Climbing Higher and
Higher," "0 My Lord What a
Time" and "How I Got Over,"
all of which were soon covered

by two leading white gospel
groups, the Blackwood Broth-
ers and the Statesmen Quartet.
"I think they were the best
gospel group in the golden
era," Anthony Heilbut, a gospel
historian, record producer and
author of "The Gospel Sound"
(1971), said in an interview.
"And if it's understood that
gospel music provides the
origins of modern rhythm and
blues and rock 'n' roll, the
Ward Singers would have to be
counted as the most influential
gospel group."
In his 2012 book, "The Fan
Who Knew Too Much," Heilbut
wrote that "Aretha Franklin's
style is steeped in the Ward
Singers' hard gospel, from its
shouting tempo to its lilting
hoop notes." Little Richard, he
said, patterned his "preacher's

Willa Ward sang backup
for stars like Screamin' Jay
Hawkins, Chubby Checker
and Patti LaBelle.

growl" on the style of Marion
Williams, one of the most
famous gospel singers, who
joined the Ward Singers for
about a decade.
Willa Ward was the last of
the original Ward Singers, the
most renowned of whom was
her younger sister, Clara. The
group was formed by their
mother, Gertrude, who was
singing at a church in Phila-
delphia when she brought her
daughters to the pulpit in
1934. Both girls had melliflu-
ous voices and piano training.
First known as the Consecrat-
ed Gospel Singers, the group
was soon singing in churches
all along the East Coast.
In 1943 they performed at
the National Baptist Conven-
tion in Nashville with Willa
leading the song "If We Never

Needed the Lord Before" (the
next words were "we sure do
need him now"). The song's
wartime message brought the
group to national attention.
With their dynamic surges
and sudden octave-high leaps,
the Wards and their evolving
cast of singers, wearing rhine-
stone-studded choir gowns,
would pack sports arenas and
convention halls around the
Willa left the Ward Sing-
ers in 1958 and formed a pop
group, the Gay Charmers
Trio, and later a duo with Toni
Rose, both of which performed
in nightclubs. She also sang
backup for stars like Screamin'
Jay Hawkins, Chubby Checker
and Patti LaBelle.
Willarene Ward was born in
Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 1920,


soon after her parents moved
there from South Carolina.
Gertrude Ward died in 1981.
Besides her daughter Rita,
Ward is survived by another
daughter, Charlotte Sims,
and two grandchildren. Her
first husband, John Moultrie,
died in 1966, and her second
husband, Harry Royster, died
in 1993.
Of the sisters, Clara went
on to greater fame, forming
the Clara Ward Singers. Even
after Clara died in 1973, the
group continued to perform. In
1999, it appeared at the Roots
of American Music Festival at
Lincoln Center. "Willa Ward,
Clara's sister, was on piano,"
Jon Pareles wrote in The New
York Times, "splashing florid
barrelhouse filigrees and glis-

Talking about death to your kids

By Toya Sharee

It can be an extremely dif-
ficult thing for a parent to ex-
plain life's limits while looking
into the bright eyes of some-
one whose life has barely be-
gun, but as a parent there will
come a time where you'll be
forced to do so if you haven't
yet volunteered. I still remem-
ber my father struggling to
explain to me why my rabbit
urinated on him before taking
its last breath in his hands.
There were tears and feelings
of loss that a seven-year-old
just couldn't understand.
If you're having trouble ini-
tiating the dreaded "all things
die" talk, you have to try to see
things from your child's point
of view. This talk can sound
completely different depending
on whether you're addressing
a five-year-old or 15-year-old.
Until children are about five
or six their view of the world
is very concrete. This probably
explains why my co-workers
mini moonwalker couldn't as-.
sociate the turtle's balloonjed
legs with sickness at the very

least, let alone death. Since
children at this age are so
literal, it's important to avoid
cute sayings that only make
the parent more comfortable
like "Grandma is sleeping for a
long-time," which could result
in your child developing anxi-
ct;, isse.-S with sl-e.;p. Children-
alpo.,have troil'bl gras.plng .r
the finality t:,i die.th and the

fact that it occurs to all living
things. To make the process
easier, talk about death in a
very physical way such as,
"Grandma's heart stopped
working" or "Grandma is at
the cemetery" instead of trying
to break down intangible.con,,
cepts of an afterlife.
You also may want to take a
look at your own feelings and

beliefs about death. It's im-
portant that children learn the
proper way to grieve through
example. They shouldn't be
discouraged from crying or
talking even if you still have
issues with death yourself.
As much as loved ones may
have good intentions advis-
ing, "You have to be strong for
your children," it's important
for your children to see that
it's okay to be sad, resentful,
angry, or mournful, but those
feelings should be brought to
the surface and dealt with in
a healthy way instead of being
hidden. You want to be a solid
source of support for your chil-
dren; find a balance between
crumbling into pieces and be-
ing an emotionless brick wall.
You're a parent, but you're
only human and it's healthy
for your kids to see that.
Around the ages six-10,
children may develop natural
fears about death associated
with myths and stories they
hear. It's important to not feed
into fears .nr,] give them hon-
est, clear : '1o0 iiiA. bp it
death. ..'

Behaviorial counseling helps women to quit

continued from 13B

The new study, however, had
a large enough group of kids
who were exposed to smoking
in the womb, but not after birth,
according to the researchers.
And it found that those chil-
dren were two-thirds more like-
ly to have asthma by age six,
versus kids whose moms did
not smoke during pregnancy.
Even smoking during the first
trimester alone was linked to
higher asthma risk.
The findings cannot prove
that prenatal smoking was the
But there are already plenty
of reasons for women who are
planning to have a baby to quit
smoking, said Anna Bergstrom,

a researcher at the Karolinska
Institute in Stockholm who
worked on the study.
Smoking during pregnancy
is linked to increased risks of
miscarriage, low birth weight,
certain birth defects and other
pregnancy complications.
"I think that our study pro-
vides yet another good reason
to quit smoking," Bergstrom
said in an email.
The findings, published on-
line in the American Journal of
Respiratory and Critical Care
Medicine, come from data on
21,600 European children.
There were 735 children
whose mothers said they'd
smoked during pregnancy but
not after giving birth.
Just under seven percent of
all children in the study had

been diagnosed with asthma by
the time they were four to six
years old. And the risk, Berg-
strom's team found, was higher
when mothers had smoked dur-
ing pregnancy.
Those children were 65 per-
cent more likely to develop
asthma, when factors like birth-
weight and both parents' own
history of asthma were taken
into account.
These types of studies point
to correlations, and cannot
prove cause-and-effect.
But Bergstrom said it is "bio-
logically plausible" that prena-
tal smoking raises a child's fu-
ture asthma risk. Exactly how
is not clear, but chemicals in
tobacco smoke may affect early
lung development.
And if there are direct ef-

fects, they may happen early in
pregnancy, the current findings
Of the mothers who smoked
only during pregnancy, most
quit during the second or third
trimester. But first-trimester
smoking alone was linked to
a doubling in a child's risk of
"For many reasons not only
thinking about asthma in the
offspring it is a good idea to
quit smoking when planning a
pregnancy, or as early as possi-
ble in a pregnancy," Bergstrom
Some pregnant women may
be able to quit smoking with
behavioral counseling. In some
cases, a doctor may prescribe
nicotine replacement therapy or
other medication.

Ora B. Bendross dies at 98

"Nana", was born December
18, 1913. She died quietly at
home in her sleep, August 25.
Mrs. Ora grew up and was
educated in Crenshaw Coun-
ty, (Alabama) Public Schools.
Years later, she moved to Mi-
ami with her husband, Willie
J. Bendross and at the time,
four children. The family soon
settled in the Railroad Shop
community. Due to gentrifi-
cation, the family was evicted
and moved to Liberty Square
Housing Projects.
Bendross is preceded in
death by her husbarid of 63
years Willie J. Bendross, and
three of her seven children;
Donald Bendross, Dallas Ben-
dross and Joyce Bendross
Forchion. "Nana's" passing
will leave a tremendous void in
the lives of her children; Pin-
nie (Patricia) Bendross, James
Bendross, Dr. Dorothy Ben-
dross Mindingall, and Bennie
(Yvonne) Bendross. Nana was


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a joy to her grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-
great-grandchildren. She will
be missed sorely by many.
Wake, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday,
August 31; homegoing cel-
ebration 10 a.m., Saturday,
both at Bible Baptist Church,
9801 NW 24th Ave., Miami, FL.

Mom of the year
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continued from 11B

fostered, said that livin
Blount was a good experie
Blount taught her to n
up and to make sure th
children have a better lif
she had, she said.

S .. Alr 2i'.g Wii'i" arjs is now an
adult and no longer in foster
care, she still has a good rela-
g with tionship with Blount.
ence. "I aged out, but she's still my
ot give mama," Williams said. Commis-
iat her sioner Barbara Jordan awards
e than Blount with Proclamation for
Dorothy Blount Day on June 19.

continued from 11B

of Knowledge: On Gendering
Desire and 'Sexuality' in the
Hebrew Bible" were used by
ancient women to prevent preg-
Perhaps most importantly,
the book does not suggest any-
where that their sexual rela-
tionship is wrong. Their love
leads to suffering at points,
especially for the woman (5:2-
6). Nevertheless, Song of Songs
celebrates their unsanctioned

sexual passion. At the same
time the book repeatedly urges
caution in engaging in such
love, especially through a re-
peated urging not to "awaken or
arouse love until love is ready"
(2:7; 3:5; 8:4). Later, the wom-
an sings of how "Love is strong
as death, jealousy as harsh
as Sheol" (8:6). Thus love is a
powerful, sometimes danger-
ous thing. Such power should
not be played with. It is not to
be taken lightly. Nevertheless,
as one of my students at Union
Theological Seminary, Eliza-

Most athletes given approval without thorough examinations

continued from 13B

the Heart Institute. Victims of-
ten show no earlier symptoms,
looking the picture of health.
Towbin asked two pediatric
cardiologists Dr. Jeff Ander-
son and Dr. Michelle Grenier -
to take on the study that he'd
wanted to do since joining the
Heart Institute 3 and one-half
years ago.
"One of our goals is to ad-
vance the field ... in areas either
untouched or unappreciated as
being important," Towbin says.
"These cases are obviously each
a tragic event that occur in ev-
ery city a few times a year."
As high school sports begin
this year, the caution takes on
increased urgency.
Locally, swimmer Jose Cerda
Navarro became unconscious
during practice with his private
swim club in October 2010. He
died within the hour at the hos-
pital, on this 18th birthday.
Cameron Batson, 18, died
a few weeks before that, while
playing a game of pick-up soc-
cer. He had graduated that

spring from high school in Cov-
In the United States, a doctor
must approve participation in
a school or competitive sports
league. Approval is generally
granted to teens with little to no
family history of heart problems
and a physical exam devoid of
medical red flags.
Some years ago, Italy institut-
ed a countrywide rule requiring
competitive athletes to undergo
an electrocardiogram, a test
that records the electrical activ-
ity of the heart.
Fewer Italian athletes died af-
ter the testing began, but the
tests also had a relatively high
rate of falsely reporting medical
problems. That led to unneces-
sary physical restrictions of ath-
"There's got to be a better
way," Anderson said. "That's
what we set out to answer."
Anderson and Grenier now
say that adding a limited echo-
cardiogram a two-dimension-
al image of the heart can offer
a more precise diagnosis.
National estimates are that
roughly 1% of people are born

, .

Jordan Gardner, 16, of Cincinnati, works on Aug. 14 at a Cin-
cinnati Reds game. Doctors advised him to quit competitive

with potentially life-threatening
heart defects. But the Children's
Hospital study is showing more
than twice that rate and a higher
rate for more minor abnormali-
ties as well, perhaps because of
better technology, Grenier says.
"I do think they're real num-
bers," she says of the study's

findings so far. "Are they normal
variations? What (abnormal-
ity) is going to contribute to the
overall health versus something
that just looks funny? That's
not entirely known."
Grenier and her colleagues at
the Heart Institute hope to con-
tinue this study turn it into

an ongoing program so they
may one day be able to answer
those questions. In the mean-
time, screenings continue.

A key challenge now is mak-
ing these tests affordable; most
medical insurance plans won't
cover them. Currently, an EKG
and echocardiogram would cost
parents a minimum of $2,500,
Anderson says.
Simon's Fund, a non-profit
organization, donated $5,000
to honor Cerda Navarro for
screenings. Children's Hospital
paid the rest, around $42,000,
according to Children's spokes-
man Jim Feuer.
If an ongoing program of
testing happens, the hospital
would try to tap into third-party
funding, donations and grants,
Towbin says. "The hope would
be that with data, we could get
the entire system interested in
participating ... get funding to
run a clinical trial, locally and
maybe nationally."
After Jordan's diagnosis, his
family packed the room to sup-

port him for every subsequent
He now takes daily blood
pressure medication and is al-
lowed to jog and do other light
physical activities.
"He grew up around athlet-
ics, so I'm sure it was a culture
shock for him," says his grand-
father, Lacey Calloway. "What-
ever he does, he knows we've
got his back, even if it's tiddly-
Sports teaches discipline,
Gardner-Davis says, but her
son is finding that in other in-
terests. Jordan plays the drums
in a high school concert band,
is getting into photography and
cars now that he's 16. And
he got a summer job at Great
American Ballpark.
Gardner-Davis calls the de-
cision to take him for that
screening the "best decision of
my life" and suggests other par-
ents take advantage of the free
"We're so thankful," she says.
"Otherwise, we'd have no idea,
and Jordan could be stand-
ing here one day and gone the

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Pilgrim Rest Manker

roofer, died.
August 17.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Christian

22 at Memorial
West Medical
Center. Direct '

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
54, retired me-
chanic, died Au-
gust22at home.
Survived by:
mother, Phyllis
Black; sisters,

Fye, Gwendolyn
Black; five chil-
dren and six grandchildren. Service
1 p.m., Thursday at Antioch M.B.
Church of Brownsville.

55, a retired Mi-
ami-Dade Cor-
rectional Officer,
died August 24
at Jackson Hos-
pital North. He is
survived by his
devoted wife,
Gail; son, Arris
O'neal, and daughter, Sherell. Ser-
vice 11a.m., Saturday at New Birth
Baptist Church East.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
died August
23 at Memorial
Service 11 a.m.
Saturday at
Words of Life.

died August 9 at .4-
Claridge House.
Arrangements *
are incomplete.

Hadley Davis MLK
truck driver, .
died August 18.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the
,h. .el

August 19. Ser- i
vices were held.


LEROY SIMS, 68, maintenance
worker, died --
August 17 at
North Shore
Medical Center. .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at ;i ,
St. Luke M.B.

AURELIA MUNIZ, 70, house
wife, died August 19 at Mount Sinai
Medical Center. Remains where
shipped to Houston,Tx. for final

beautician, died August 23 at
Jackson North Medical Center.
Arrangements incomplete.

Wright and Young
ESSIE B. MCCRAY, a veteran

for Miami-Dade
County Public
Schools, went
home to be
with the Lord
on August
24. Survivors
include: mother,

Minnie Robinson; daughter Kim
McCray; son, James McCray
Jr.,; siblings, William Robinson,
James A. Bostic and Patricia
Canada (Barry). Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.
Entombment at Dade Memorial

RONNIE MCNAIR, 53, laborer,
died August --. ..
27 at Jackson
Me m o r i a l
H o sp ita l. -
Viewing 12 5
p.m., Saturday '
in the chapel. '

sales rep.,
died August
26 at Jackson
North. Service
Saturday, at the
Historic Mt. Zion
Baptist Church.i

58, retired C.N.A., died August
24 at home. Arrangements are

registered nurse, died August
22 at Sunny Hill Nursing Home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Gregg L. Mason
50, died August
23, Son of the
late Willie, Sr.
and Gwendolyn
Sapp. Family n
will be receiving
friends at 321
NW 184th
Terrace, Miami
Gardens, FL. Viewing, 2-9 p.m.,
Friday. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel. Interment: Dade
Memorial Park.

Alfonso Richardson

died August
24 at Jackson
In North Medical

l|t. *r7(i,- C.1 1 1 i -
.*l 1 August 27 .
In Miami, FL, P

are incomplete,

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S e n t e r.
Survived by:


son, Herbert
Pinkney; two
sisters, Barbara .
Chestin and Bessie Cash. Viewing
3 8 p.m., Friday in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Mount
Carmel -apist1 Church, 1745 NW
79 street,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

08/30/1955 10/15/2008

"Blessed are they that do
his commandments, that they
may have right to the tree of
life and may enter in through
the gates into the city." -Rev-
elation 22:14.
We have not forgotten the
pleasures of the past spent
with you. We are grateful to
God for his blessings in the
present and we are pausing
just to say that your family
will always love and remem-
ber you.
Your loving mother, father,
sisters, brothers, nephews
and a host of grandnieces.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

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One year has passed since
you left us to rest in peace
with our Lord. It seems as if
it happened today; it hurts so
We miss your love, radiant
smile and your outgoing spir-
We will forever hold lov-
ing memories of you in our
The Neal family
Daniel, W. Doris, Garry B.,
Theresa and Sharonte.

Card of Thanks

~- d

died August 18. Service was
held on Wednesday August
21 at First Baptist Church
of Bunche Park. The burial
was in South Florida National
Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL.
We would like to thank First
Baptist Church of Bunche
Park and the members, Roy-
al Funeral Home and staff,
the Veterans Association and
staff, Vitas hospice and staff,
and all of the family, friends,
and neighbors for your devot-
ed love and friendship.
The members of the Wilson

SILVIA G. THOMAS, 61, died August
15 at home. Services were held.

died August 20 at home. Service 4 p.m.,
Thursday at Grace of God Church.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to express our sincere
thanks to relatives and friends
who extended their many acts
of kindness during our time of
Special thanks to Father
Barry, Father Rolle and the
entire St. Agnes church fam-
ily, Delta Sigma Theta Soror-
ity, Inc Dade County Alumnae
Chapter, Dade County Chap-
ter of the Links, Inc, Booker
T. Washington class of 1940,
Miami Central class of 1975,
Transport Workers Union lo-
cal #291 and the Richardson
Funeral Home and staff.
Farrington, Sanders and
Bain families.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
I --.- -V

08/28/1983 08/28/2010

You have been gone for two
years and it still feel like yes-
terday in my heart.
We love and miss you.
Love your mother, Cynthia,
Kia, Duddy, Poppy, and fam-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/10/1955 08/31/2009

From your loving family,
brothers, Levi Jr. and Fred

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/18/1932 08/04/2008

We miss you.
Love always, the family.

Life Celebration services
for Cecil George Woodside
"Woody', Sr. of Seffner who
died Sunday, August 19, was
held 11 a.m., Saturday, Au-
gust 25th at Aikens Funeral
Home Chapel. Rev. Jeffrey A.
Johnson, officiating and Rev.
Dr. Thomas Scott delivered
the Eulogy. Interment will be
in Florida National Cemetery,
Bushnell, Florida.
Cecil was born in Miami,
Florida to the union of Fletcher
and Martha Woodside, both
natives of Nassau, Bahamas.
Cecil was raised in the church
of God in Christ and during
his childhood he was an active
member of a gospel quartet en-
titled, "The Woodside Jubilee
Four", consisting of Cecil, his
sister and two brothers. Ce-
cil and his siblings were con-
sidered to be talented singers
and dancers.
Cecil resided with son, Cecil
Jr. and daughter-in-law Max-
ine in Seffner, FL for the past
two years.
Cecil enjoyed jazz, billiards,
pinochle, traveling, greyhound
racing, and was an avid sports
fan, frequently watching and
attending boxing matches. Ce-
cil was a member of the 398th
Quartermaster Truck Com-
pany in the European Theater
of Operation from July 1944
to July 1945. He drove a 2
ton cargo truck in a convoy,
transporting 16 military per-
sonnel from rest camp to the
front lines daily under enemy
fire over all types of terrain, at
all hours of the day and night
according to his military re-
cords. Prior to the military,
Cecil was employed by the
Springer Mattress Company
of Miami. After his honorable
discharge from the military
he and a good friend became
business owners of a billiard
parlor. Later he was employed
by the county and city of Mi-
ami as a maintenance repair-
man in the metro-library until
his retirement in May of 1991.

Cecil was preceded in death
by his parents, brothers, Pres-
ton Alexander Woodside and
Eugene Richard Woodside;
sister, Eloise Mae Woodside
Devoe and daughter, Felecia
Ceceil Woodside. He leaves
to cherish his memory: chil-
dren, Cecil George Woodside,
Jr. (Maxine), Anthony Deval
Woodside (Rosalind), Cece-
lia Nichols Woodside, Cedric
Woodside (Sonja) and Valen-
cia Woodside Hill (Donnie);
grandchildren, Cecil George,
III, Christopher, Anthony, Jr.,
Rashad, Octavia, Melissa,
Shantrell, Keion, Cedric, Jr.,
Jerome, Siera and Latesha
Woodside, Dena Williams, Re-
naldo Flander, Jenika, Ray-
mond and Joseph Nichols and
Phoenicia Jantez Hill; a host
of great grandchildren and
several great great grandchil-
dren; nieces, Leartis Devoe
Jewel, Angeletha Devoe Saw-
yer, Claratha Paythane Devoe,
Lorraine Allen, Crystal Wood-
side Larry and Sherita Wood-
side Hubert; nephews, Eugene
Woodside, Jr., Nathan Wood-
side and Edward Woodside;
and a host of other relatives
and sorrowing friends.
The viewing was held at Ai-
kens Funeral Home from 5-8
p.m. Friday evening. The fam-
ily received friends from 6-7
p.m. Family and friends were
asked to meet at the chapel for
the service on Saturday.

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Longtime Miami resident
Cecil Woodside, Sr. dies

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/26/1926 08/30/2008

We miss you dearly.
Your husband, Thomas
Frederick, Jr.; son, Sam Fred-
erick, Sr.; and grandson, Sam-
uel Frederick, Jr.


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'Red Hook Summer' never takes shape

Spike Lee's new
movie opens
By Claudia Puig

Red Hook Summer (* stars
out of four, R, opens Friday in
select cities) has the pace of
a long, languid August day -
until about 90 minutes in.
Then, this formless drama,
fri hrcd by the powerful
performance of Clarke Peters,
goes from vague and meander-
ing to incendiary.
Set in Brooklyn, director
Spike Lee's latest film feels
like several intriguing ideas
in search of an over-arching
story, It's more of a rambling
lecture on poverty, family and
Bitihop Enoch Rouse
(Tt rrie's Peters) is a preacher
at Li'l Piece of Heaven Bap-
tist Church. His estranged
daughter makes the trip from
Atlarntm to leave her 13-year-
old son Flik (Jules Brown) to
stay with him for the summer
for reasons that are.unclear.
A key revelation about the
reverend's character surfaces
near the end and raises the
question of whether his daugh-

Toni Lysaith, left, Clarke Peters and Jules Brown star in
the latest Spike Lee joint, 'Red Hook Summer.'

ter knew the truth about her
father. And if so, why would
she leave her son with him?
Questions like these and the
film's murky thematic ele-
ments undercut the potency
of the story. Lee can't seem to
decide whether he's telling a
coming of age saga, a charac-
ter study or a larger denun-
ciation of the hypocrisy and
manipulation of the seemingly
Lee makes a brief appear-
ance as Mookie, the pizza de-
liveryman whom he played in
1989's brilliant Do the Right
Thing. That exhorting phrase

also comes up several times
in this film, so Lee is clearly
making a link. But nobody
seems to do the right thing in
this drama.
While Peters is spellbind-
ing in the complicated role
of Enoch, Brown's Flik is
mostly sullen, which seems
apropos for a middle-class
teen transplanted against his
will and made to clean his
grandfather's church. But he's
supposed to be impassioned
about making documenta-
ries on his iPad, and that
doesn't come across in his
monotone performance. While

Flik underplays his role, his
bossy new friend Chazz (Toni
Lysaith) overplays hers, and
their bond doesn't ring true,
hampered by stilted perfor-
mances. The rest of the cast
comes off even less dimen-
Flippant, non-religious
and vegan, Flik, with his
privileged Atlanta existence,
is worlds away from Enoch's
working-class Brooklyn life.
His grandfather regards Flik
as an example of what's wrong
with contemporary youth. The
adolescent sees his grandfa-
ther as a relic.
"Gentrification has reared
its ugly head," Enoch intones
from the pulpit about his
Brooklyn neighborhood. While
his grandfather gives his bom-
bastic sermons, Flik looks like
he'd rather be anywhere else.
Red Hook Summer would
have been a better movie if
it focused more squarely on
Enoch and perhaps incorpo-
rated more about his troubled
relationship with his daughter
and added personal historical
context. Centering the film on
Flik was a tactical error from
which Red Hook Summer
never quite recovers.

Erica Uixon and LII scrappy

Erica Dixon speaks on

engagement rumors

By Brande Victorian

Erica Dixon may have
ended the last episode of
"Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta"
gushing about her hot white
realtor with a body that is
"so serious," but rumor has it
Lil Scappy already snatched
that back and put a ring on
it during the show's reunion.
Because there have been so
many different stories about
the show, from there would be
no reunion, to Memphitz will
confront K. Michelle, and this

one here about Scrappy pro-
posing and Shay running off
the set, we've kind of stayed
out of it. But during a radio
interview with the Rickey Smi-
ley Morning Show, Erica ad-
dressed the rumor sort of.
When the host mentioned
that everyone and their blog-
ging mama has been talking
about her getting engaged, she
remarked: "A lot of people are
saying that! Nothing's been
confirmed though. No com-
ment! It's just funny to mel"
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Congratulations go out
to Veronica Rahming
and Marian Smith for
spearheading Ebenezer United
Methodist Church's 114th
Annual Celebration including
a month of events beginning
with the month of August
and culminating, August 26.
The special program featured
the mass choir and explosive
speaker, Dr. Rev. Harold D.
Lewis. The church moved from
Third Street and 10th Ave.

to 2001 NW 45th
Street under the
leadership of Rev. Dr. Aaron
D. Hall, and subsequently
Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,
the first Black female pastor.
because of urban renewal.
After five years of pastoring,
Dr. Capers organized 25
ministers in-training with
accommodation for speakers
of Creole. Spanish and
English. The church is
articulating tri-languages

for the comprehension of the
members. Other events will
include Minister Roberta S.
White. a graduate of Wesley
Seminary in D.C. and a
well-known speaker, Tanya
James, who will be lifting up
the spirits of pioneers over 70
years of age.
Grounding breaking
for the new Arcola Lakes
Park Center took place
Wednesday. August 10.
before a huge crowd of senior
citizens headed by Trinece
Henderson. park manager
and Gloria Pacely, along with
County Commissioner Jean
Monestime and assistant
Melodie Burke. The famous

Singing Angels added to the
service: Lonnie McCartney,
Mamie Williams, Gloria
Pacely, soloists and Mary
Simmons, director. Other
participants were Harry
Jeffry, Jack Kardys, Kevin
Kirwin, Renae Nottage,
Brenda Hadley, Caroline
King and Willie Jackson,
Tibbie Stibbins, Norma
J. Coes, Barbara White,
Clematine Brinson, Gladys
B. Smith, Virginia Wright,
Inez Rozier, Constance Ekal,
Stan Lawson, Gloria Orr, Mr.
& Mrs. Joe McCoy, Jerome
Brinson, Priscilla Ruthledge,
and Mamie Williams.
New amenities include: a

library; more parking; and a
swimming pool for acrobatic
training. Hours will be
extended for night events.
Some of the guests
included: Brenda Hadley,
Simmons, Henderson,
Caroline King, Tibbie
Stibbins, Willie Jackson,
Nettle Murphy, Henry
Williams, Deacon Henry
Small, Syble Johnson and
Samuel "Chase" Williams.
The Worship That Matters
Conference was the key
phrase to involve the people in
redefining Christian worship
as a lifestyle that reflects a
person's relationship with
God. The Conference began

with 18 congregations
across Florida's Southeast
District. Given their values,
planners say it is imperative
to investigate contributing
causes to the attrition rate
and development of the United
Methodist Church.
Dr. Pamela Green, director.
collaborated with Minister T.
Eileen M. Robinson and Dr.
Joeretha Capers to address
the theme. Others included:
Rev. H. Lewis, J. Jordan, J.
Brookins. Pastor S. Osulana;
and discussion leaders: Pastor
A. Byers, G. Robinson,
C. Mullens Constant, S.
Jackson, E. Mercado and R.

Congratulations and our
best wishes go out to our
beloved priest and his lovely
wife who had a fabulous
50th wedding anniversary
celebration in our parish
hall last Sunday after
church service. Everyone
present had a fabulous
afternoon. Our rector pro
ter. Father Denrick E.
Rolle, asked Fr. and Mrs.
Barry to come up and they
renewed their wedding
vows. Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to some
other wonderful people:
Freddie and Sharon
Dean Johnson, August
20th: their 45th; Dr. and
Mrs. Gershwin (Donna)
Blyden, August 23rd: their
45th; Barry and Bryley N.
Wilson, August 25th: their
38th; Rory and Janet T.
Sherman, August 25th:
their 26th.
Miamians were saddened

to hear of fl m|
the demise of
Charles Mobley. Sympathy
to his sister Loraine King
and their family.
Did you know that our city
Miami is a major television
production center and the
most important city in the
U.S. for the Telemundo
Television Studios? It
produces much of the
original programming for
Congratulations to Mr.
Willie Neal who served
Saint Agnes as an usher
for 51 years and president
for five years. Also
congratulations to Geneva
Barnes who faithfully
served as chairperson of
our Saint Agnes Hospitality
Guild. Replacing Mrs.
Barnes are Robin Moncur
and Fredericka J. Fisher;
replacing Willie Neal is

Join the "winter" months
of Saint Agnes as we travel
to Key West Bahamian
Goombay, October 20th,
2012. Contact Carolyn
Mond, Elizabeth "Betty"
Blue, or Florence Moncur.
Get well wishes and
our prayers go out to the
following: Prince Gordon,
Norma Culmer-Mims,
Thomas Nottage, Geneva
Bethel-Sands, Vera
Wyche, Princess Lamb,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Naomi Allen Adams, Lottie
Major-Brown, Veronica
B. O'Berry, Betty Blue
(glad to see you up and
out again), Donzaleigh
McKinney, Wilhelmina
Welsh, Louise H. Cleare,
Jacqueline Livingston,
Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor,
Gloria Bannister and
Grace Heastie Patterson.
By the way, Mrs. Blue's
family was in the city to
visit their mother and
dad. Sandra Blue-Harris.
their daughter: Calvin
Harris, their son-in-law:
Makeda Harris, their

granddaughter; all from
Kernerville, North Carolina.
Another daughter. Rosalyn
Blue-Parkinson, came from
Raleigh, North Carolina
and Leonard Peebles, Sr.,
grandson and Leonard
Peebles, great-grandson
from Tampa. Welcome
home all of you!
As of 2005 in Miami,
speakers of Spanish as their
first language account for
66.75 percent of residents;
English 25.45 percent;
Haitian Creole 5.20 percent:
and French 0.76 percent
of the population. Other
languages spoken include:
German 0.18 percent;
Italian 0.16: Arabic 0.15
percent; Chinese O.11
percent: and Greek 0.08
percent. Miami also has one
of the largest percentage
population in the U.S. that
have residents who speak
first languages other than
English at home (74.55
percent). The percentage
of residents who speak
only English is expected to
continue to decline.

Kanye cleans out Kardashian's closet

By Ann Oldenburg

Has your boyfriend ever
given you a style makeover?
That's what Kanye West did
for sweetie Kim Kardashian on
last night's episode of Keeping
Up With the Kardashians. "I'm
so nervous!" said Kim.
"Kanye has definitely in-
spired me to wanna, like, be
a little bit more of an indi-
vidual," explained Kim. Life
is about "evolving and chang-
ing." after all.
She did not "it's so ironic
that I'm the one that's always
giving my friends their closet
makeovers so for the roles to
be reversed it's like ohmygod."
Kanye. who brought his
stylist, Renelou Pardora.
picked a purse off the shelf,
"What about this joint right
They all started a big dona-
tion pile.

He spent some time smooch-
ing her as she tried on clothes
and told her to emphasize
'from here to here." he said,
touching her hips.

Kim's sister, Khloe, came
over and began "freaking out."
as she looked at everything
she was getting rid of. "He
thinks those are so ghetto,"

says Kim.
"You gotta have a little ghet-
to in your life." says Khloe. '"
The highlight of the episode:
Oprah's visit to interview the
clan for an OWN show (which
aired in Junel. Hair and
makeup stylists, along with
Oprah's camera crews and
producers invade the house.
"People always say you look
better on TV. I think you look
just as good." Oprah told them
Momager Kris Jenner sheds
a tear during her chat. Kim
tells Oprah her relationship
with Kanye is "real."
Rob, meanwhile, pouts
throughout the entire Keep-
ing Up episode, feeling left out
of everything and angry that
his mom won't let him open a
men's clothing store. But he
tells Oprah, he "couldn't be
happier" for his sisters' suc-

Beyonce honors humanitarians with video

Earlier this month Beyonce
appeared at the United Na-
tions in New York, where she
filmed a video for her ballad
"I Was Here", and the clip de-
buted on Sunday in honor of
World Humanitarian. Looking
glamorous in white, floor-
length gown and her hair
pulled back in a sleek po-
nytail. B sings the poignant
song with the U.N. audience
seated in front of her, and
images from recent disasters
screening in panoramic view
behind her. As the song pro-
gresses, scenes of globes and
constellations turn up; laser
lights and a small blue arrow,
imprinted with the song's
title, trace a path along the
globe. On August 10, Beyonce
appeared at the U.N..along

with CNN's Anderson Coo-
per, and filmed the video
that night. She belted out the
tune in front of an audience
in an effort to shed light on
the various regions that hnve
been affected by natural di-
sasters as well as the hunian-
itarian workers who selflessly
come to their aid. "I'd like to
ask everyone to make sure
they're a part of August 19,"
B said of commemorating the
2003 terror attack on Iraq's
Canal Hotel, which left 100
wounded and killed at least
22, including the U.N. Special
Representative in Iraq. "It's
such a beautiful, beautiful
day, and I d like to honor the
22 people who lost their lives
God bless you all, thank
you so much for having me."

Beyonce performs "I Was
Here" in New York.
Queen B and the U.N. joined
forces with humanitarian

aid organizations to launch
the initiative. 'a global day
to celebrate humanity and
the spirit of people helping
people. "The World Humani-
tarian Day website recently
launched and allows users
to post the "individual acts
of good" they have done in
their communities. By today's
end, organizers are hoping to
reach 1 billion people with a
single message. "We all see
the headlines, and we think,
'What can I really do to help?'
" Beyonce said in a statement.
"World Humanitarian Day is
an opportunity for all of us
to work together to make a
difference. This is our time to
leave our mark on the world
and show that we were here
and we care.

Mogul buys biggest house in South Florida

By Jose Lambiet

Every real estate agent in-
volved was ordered to sign a
14-page confidentiality agree-
ment. Most involved in the
deal, except a couple lawyers,
weren't allowed to sit at the
table during the signature
of the final paperwork. And
the seller, Mattress Giant co-
founder Richard Nilsen, was

made to wait in the hallway be-
cause the buyer didn't want to
be seen. Officially, a company

called S Vision LLC bought the
30,300-square-foot. 9-bed-
room, 12-bathroom behemoth
in Weston's triple gated com-
munity of Windmill Ranch.
But several real estate sourc-
es tell me rap/hip-hop mogul
Ronald "Slim" Williams, the
co-founder with his brother
Bryan "Birdman" Williams of
theCash Money Records, is
behind the mysterious cor-

portion. Cash Money, by the
way, is home to some of to-
day's hottest hip-hop acts, in-
cluding Minaj, Lil Wayne and
Drake, among others. So, it's
understandable that Slim,
who's nicknamed The Godfa-
ther, has plenty cash money.
Broward County records show
he didn't even have to get a
mortgage for the $7.15 million-
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Is Nicki Minaj a new

'American Idol' judge?

By Ann Oldenburg

She would certainly liven up
the show.
The hot buzz is that Nicki
hlinaj will be taking a seat next
to Mariah Carey for the new
season of American Idol.
AP cites "a person close" to
the colorful Starships singer as
saying a "deal is in the works."
Us Weekly cites two sources.
One says it's a done deal; the
other says it's very close to be-
ing a done deal.
If Minaj signs on, she would
join Carey as a judge on Idol,
which returns in January. Ste-
%en Tyler and Jennifer Lopez
announced their exits from the
show last month

Nicki Minaj performs on the
'Today' show on Aug. 14.

Setting record straight

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Funny haha? or funny that
people already know? "Noth-
ing's been confirmed" sounds
like Scrappy could have pos-
sibly proposed and Erica de-
layed her answer, but she has
been seen around town rock-
irig: what'appears to-be a-di;V -
"mn dcLon he--ring finger.
If the. story is true, I'm
thinking Momma Dee prob-
ably reacted about the same
way Mama Jones did when
Chrissy proposed to Jimmy
on the NY version of "Love &
Hip Hop"- a plum fool. A lot

people keep questioning why
Momma Dee has such a big
problem with Erica. and she
told Rickey Smiley this is the
"Momma Dee is older and
she's single and Scrappy is
her everything, right now, and
she knows I have his heart
and she knows I can take
'Scrappy and that's what
she's afraid of. She's afraid of
.rie.taking him away from her,
which is not my intention."
I think she nailed that one
right on the head. Too bad she
wasn't as open in her answer
about the proposal talk Mona
has trained her well.

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professions, women in comedy
aren't looked at as equal to
men. But that hasn't stopped
her from pursuing her goals -
or making her audiences beg
for more.
"Even with our success on
the Queens of Comedy tour,
when we women are introduced
to an audience, it's almost as
if men are surprised that we
can make people laugh. There
are some men who don't think
women are funny at all. I'm an
adult comedienne and I deal
with adult topics. I picked the
lane that I am and wanted it to
be about grown folks' conver-

station. Basically. I deal with
topics that most adults think
about but are afraid to say. I
do have a few segments of in
my shows that are PG but not
Sommore says she's excited
about her show which will be
her second solo project. Af-
ter being taped and televised
it will go on DVD. And she'll
be negotiating the purchasing
'I am producing this myself
so I make all of the decisions,"
she said. "I guess you can't get
the businesswoman out of me
Sommore will take to the
stage 8 p.m., September 14 at
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By Benge Nsenduluka

Karrueche Tran was report-
edly left stunned after watch-
ing Rihanna's interview on
"Oprah's Next Chapter" on
Sunday night in which the
singer revealed that she and
Chris Brown have maintained
a very close bond.
Tran, 24, has been dating
Brown, 23, for almost two
years but she was allegedly
reduced to tears when she
witnessed Rihanna admit-
ting that she and Brown still
love each other and still spend
quality time together.
"If Karreuche ever thought
she stood a chance being
Chris' main b----, she can
forget that now. She watched
Ri on Oprah and the girl was
crying. She saw how much
Chris and Ri love each other,
on TV no less, and it made her
shed some tears," a source
close to the situation told Hol-
"Chris always told her Ri-
hanna was his true love and
now Rihanna told the whole
world that too. Man, you
would think K.T. would be in
a bad place right now. I mean,
she is because she's crying.
Make no mistake, KT know
what time it is and she know
where she stands in my [boy's]

life. Even though she ballin'
her eyes out, she knew this
from jump street," the source
Tran took to Twitter within
hours of Rihanna's interview
airing and posted a cryptic
message which read "Lol," an
acronym for the term "laugh-
ing out loud." It is unclear who
or what exactly she was laugh-
ing at, but critics suspect that
it may have been a swipe di-
rected at Rihanna, who cried
throughout the emotional in-
The Bajan singer spoke can-
didly about her 2-year rela-
tionship with Brown as well as
its abrupt end after he physi-
cally assaulted her. Rihanna
also revealed that Brown is
"absolutely" the love of her life.
"I still love him. We're very,
very close friends. We built a
trust again and that's it. We
love each other and we proba-
bly alvay's will," Rihanna told
"I think he was the love of
my life. He was the first love
and I see that he loved me the
same way. We were very young
and very spontaneous. We ran
free. We ran wild. We were
falling in love going in at a re-
ally rapid pace and we forgot
about ourselves as individu-
als," she explained.


Chris Brown and girlfriend Karrueche Tran
While some critics have ac- ings for Rihanna since day
caused Brown of insensitively one and that she is well aware
juggling two women at once, that they share a close bond.
the source insists that he has "You gotta give it to Chris
been honest about his feel- though because he ain't try-

Rihanna and Oprah Winfrey
ing to hurt nobody. She damn know Chris ain't no pimp like
well knew how he felt at that that. He ain't trying to hurt Ri
time about Ri and I think now or K.T. or anybody. He just be-
more than anytime she knows ing real and keeping the game
it's real. But I want you to 100," the source said.

Single Ladies gets renewed for third season This is a "BIG" house

By Alissa Henry

Get ready for another sea-
son of attractive men, bad sto-
ry lines and even worse act-
ing because the surprisingly
popular VH1 show "Single
Ladies" was just renewed for
a third season. Vhl blog an-
nounced today that show av-
eraged 3.2 million viewers per
night so "there's no way" they
weren't bringing it back for
more. According to the press

release, the show starring
LisaRaye McCoy (Keishal, De-
nise Vasi (Raquel) and Char-
ity Shea (April) as three best
friends navigating the dating
world in Atlanta continues to
be basic cable's #1 ad-sup-
ported regularly scheduled
scripted show among women
18-49 over the course of the
summer. Of course that could
easily be explained by the fact
that besides the Olympics,
there is literally nothing else

on television. However. Single
Ladies has real fans. Includ-
ing, the top people at VHI. Jeff
Olde, Executive Vice President
of Original Programming and
Production praised the show
saying: "Our viewers' love af-
fair with 'Single Ladies' got
even bigger this year, grow-
ing significantly from its suc-
cessful first season and domi-
nating its time slot on basic
cable. We're extremely happy
that we'll be able to give the

audience another great season
of the series and its honest,
current take on love, dating
and female friendship. "Single
Ladies strategically comes
on directly after the inexpli-
cably popular reality show
"Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta".
For VHI, Monday nights are
all about shoddy relation-
ships and overall fantastical
lives that are presented as the
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purchase, at the edge of the
Everglades just west of Fort
Lauderdale. According to real-
tors' description of the joint,
next door to Miami Dolphins
legend Dan Marino's old house,
the property boasts nearly four
acres of land. It's got an indoor
pool, and an outdoor grotto-
style swimming hole with a
beach. There's an indoor ten-
nis court, a wine room, a full-

ltedged movie theater, and
much more. Someone who was
at the house earlier this -ear
when Slim made one of several
visits told me the music mogul
was particularly enthused with
the 6.000-square-foot multi-
purpose room. Needless to say.
no one's talking. Previous own-
er Nilsen signed an agreement
in which he swore to keep his
mouth shut or get sued for
millions! Slim's publicist didn't
respond to a request for com-

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and mission as enrollment declines

By Lorraine Ash

As far back as 1908, when its
students didn't have the right
to vote, Geogilan Court Univer-
sity in Lakewood, N.J., granted
degrees to women.
More than a century later,
the school's second look at the
demand for all-women colleges
prompted a decision in March
to go coed as of fall 2013.
"Less than two percent of the
women going to college nation-
wide want a single-sex insti-

tution," said Sister Rosen
Jeffries, president of Geor
The decision highlights
women's colleges are char
- to meet the needs of a
generation of women, an
some cases, to make ends
The number of women's col
in the U.S. dropped from
than 200 in 1960 to 83 in
according to a U.S. Depart
of Education report. Today
Women's College Coalition
47 member colleges.


ity According to the National
Center for Education Statis-
tics, collective national enroll-
ment at women's colleges fell
mary from about 113,000 in 1998 to
rgian 86,000 in 2010.
"Women's colleges had to
how shift, but they haven't shifted
iging entirely. The mission is still to
new educate women and develop
d, in them for leadership, service
neet. and excellence," said Jacque-
leges lyn Litt, dean at Douglass Col-
more lege, which in 2007 went from
1993, being its own women's college
ment to a college that enrolls female
r, the undergraduates from any of the
lists academic schools at Rutgers -
University-New Brunswick in
S New Jersey. f
i':" Started in the mid-19th cen- AT TH
tury, women's colleges in the
U.S. opened to level the educa- stache, I
tional playing field for women program
who couldn't otherwise get a
college education. Recent Cen- though
.-- sus figures show that more majority
women have undergraduate for more
and advanced degrees than they're
men. So, is the mission accom- coed cai
: polished? ership p:
Not so, says Susan Lennon dent Go
S,: of the Connecticut-based Wom- preferrin
en's College Coalition. Women's things."
Colleges still serve a purpose, Still, v
Sshe says. bers coi
"Women continue to re- closings
main underrepresented in key shifts to
Leadership positions and the The ti
STEM fields: Science, Technol- Rebecca
Sogy, Engineering and Math- tor of th
Semantics Lennon said. "Even CoEduca

have changed

left, meets with Dawn O'Leary-Singerline, leadership

women have been the
on college campuses
e than two decades,
underrepresented on
npuses in such lead-
positions as the Stu-
vernment Association,
.g to do other kinds of

women's colleges' num-
ntinue to drop, after
and controversial
rend doesn't surprise
Bigler, executive direc-
e American Council for
national Schooling. Big-

ler criticized same-sex schools
for discriminating on the basis
of gender "the very practice
that such schools would like to
minimize and prevent."
She suggests women's col-
leges move toward the model
of historically Black colleges
and universities, which accept
applicants of all races while
celebrating their history and
Officials at some of the wom-
en's colleges that remain say
they aren't yet ready to make
the switch.
At Mount Holyoke in South

Hadley, Mass., committees
studied proposals to go coed
but decided against the move,
spokeswoman Patricia Vanden-
Berg said.
"While women do have many
more opportunities than when
the college was founded, in the
U.S., women still earn 77 cents
on the dollar, and globally,
higher education is an impos-
sibility for the vast majority of
females," VandenBerg said. "We
still have important work to do."
The College of Saint Eliza-
beth in Morristown, N.J., which
remains all-female, introduced
a minor in leadership in fall
2011, under the direction of
Dawn O'Leary-Singerline, di-
rector of community and lead-
ership development. The col-
lege also retains its 22-year-old
leadership program.
"Our mission involves pro-
moting women as leaders in
today's society. Even today, we
don't see parity," said Deborah
McCreery, Saint Elizabeth's
vice president of institutional
advancement. "Certainly there
have been huge advances, but
we're not there yet."
That leadership curriculum
attracted Natacha Eustache,
20, of Maplewood. The rising
junior, who is -majoring in al-
lied health studies, is a student
ambassador and a member of
the Students Take Action Com-
mittee, College Activities Board
and Judicial Board.

Study: College becoming too

expensive for middle class

Students are being

priced out of their

future education
By Donna Gehrke-White

Many Florida families have
been paying up to 25 percent
of median income for public
in-state college costs out of
reach for some middle-class par-
ents who have taken recent pay
cuts or lost jobs, according to a
new study.
Some South Florida families
are paying even more plunk-
ing down what amounts to about
a third of the median income for
Floridians for students to at tend
Florida International University
or Florida Atlantic University,
according to the study co-writ-
ten by the Research Institute on
Social and Economic Policy at
With 15 percent tuition hikes
starting this fall, FAU students
will pay more than $17,000 a

year, including room and board.
FIU students face similar costs.
Meanwhile, the Great Re-
cession has shrunk median
household income to $48,772 in
Broward and $49,660 in Palm
Beach County by 2009, the U.S.
Census Bureau reported. In fact,
the American middle class fin-
ished the last decade poorer and
in fewer numbers than when the
21st Century began, according
to a Pew Research Center report
released Wednesday.

As a result, college i becom-
ing unaffordable to a growing
number of South Florida fami-
lies and students, unless they
go deeply into debt, concluded
Bruce Nissen, a co-author of
the report and chairman of the
advisory committee of Research
Institute on Social and Econom-
ic Policy.
"Students are being priced out
of an education," said Nissen,
who also worked with research-
ers at the New York-based

Demos, a national public policy
Kids are bearing the brunt of
the state's recent budget tight-
ening, he added. Florida has cut
higher education spending 40
percent in three years with
in-state public universities re-
sponding by raising tuition, fees
and dorm costs. "Until I did the
study, I didn't realize it was that
bad," Nissen said.
The rising college costs will
keep some kids from becoming
educated to fill future jobs that
will require a sheepskin, ac-
cording to the study, "Florida's
Great Cost Shift: How Higher
Education Cuts Undermine Its
Future Middle Class."

Parents are feeling "panic
and fear" once they start look-
ing into college costs, said J.
Jay Greene, president of Boca
Raton-based College Planning
Greene is trying to get young-

er moms and dads to attend his
free college-planning work-
shops. Most don't
start looking
into col-
lege costs
until their
are juniors
or seniors
in high school.
"Parents need
to start saving
sooner," he said.
They also can't
count on Bright
Futures paying for
most of their chil-
dren's tuition not
when the state has
been chipping a\\ay at
the scholarships. Greene
And moms and dads need to
consider other cost-cutting op-
tions, such as having their kids
stay at home and go to Broward
College or Palm Beach State
University for at least a couple
of years, Greene added.

Ulysses Britt looks forward

to upcoming new school year

Ulysses Britt successfully
completed the 5th grade at
Phyllis R. Miller Elementary
and is looking forward to a
brand new school year at Hor-
ace Mann Middle. Britt is on a
positive track for success and
as a result he is being honored
as the 5000 Role Model Stu-
dent of the Month. Ulysses has
assumed ownership of his aca-
demic future by implementing
progressive changes, including
the establishment of personal
goals. He has a kind and giv-
ing spirit and readily assists
others in need of support in
academic and social matters.
Ulysses' elementary school
teachers and administrators
are extremely proud of his


progress and join the 5000
Role Models of Excellence
Project in saluting and encour-
aging him to be the very best
that he can be.

What makes college freshmen click?

Group shares new

views and new

traditions, values
By Mary Beth Marklein

For this year's crop of col-
lege freshmen, Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis and Kurt
Cobain have always been
dead, women have always
piloted warplanes and space
shuttles, and M&Ms have
never been tan.
These cultural touchstones
are part of a 100-item "Mind-
set List," released today by Be-
loit College in Wisconsin, that
describes what "normal" looks
like for students born in 1994.
Produced annually since
1998 as a cheat sheet to help
faculty avoid making outdated
references, the Mindset Lists
have evolved into a catalog of
generational change.
In a companion guide pub-

Class of 2016's

unique outlook

* Exposed bra straps have al-
ways been a fashion statement,
not a wardrobe malfunction.
* Gene therapy has always
been an available treatment.
* Bill Clinton is a senior states
man of whose presidency they
have little knowledge.
* They have lived in an era
of instant stardom and self-
proclaimed celebrities, famous
for being famous.
* They watch television every-
where but on a televi-
* Their folks have never
gazed with pride on a
new set of bound encyclo-
pedias on the shelf.
Source, Mindset

lished for the first time this
year, list creators Ron Nief
and Tom McBride say mem-
bers of the fall 2012 enter-
ing class are addicted to all
things electronic and "think
nothing of testing a friend
whom they know is only a
block away.'
Nief and McBride stress that
they're drawing a portrait
of the incoming class, not
judging it. Still, many of their
observations parallel those
in a book. to be published
in September. that takes a
starker view.
in Generation on a Tight-
rope: A Portrait of Today's
College Student, authors
Arthur Levine
S-- and Diane

conclude that today's under-
graduates are electronically
far more sophisticated than
their parents or teachers,
yet woefully unprepared for
the real world. The authors
characterize them as coddled,
entitled and dependent.
"This is a generation with
an average of 241 social
media friends, but they have
trouble communicating in
person," says Levine, presi-
dent of the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Founda-
tion and author of two other
books about college students.
The book and this year's
Mindset List note the im-
pact of the worldwide reces-
sion. Today's freshmen have
"entered college with ques-
tions about jobs, whether the
college degree has value," Nief
"Their attitude toward life in
America and the future is dif-
ferent from those of just a few
years before," he says.

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Debit cards get flight discount


S. By Arlene Satchell Allegiant carried 18,333
-. passengers to and from Fort
-. It's not uncommon for gas -i Lauderdale-Hollywood Inter-
stations to give customers a national Airport about 1
lower price at the pump if they percent of passenger traffic,
Shaat percent of passenger traffic,
Cr o ll v o w s pay with cash or a debit card, according to the latest airport
Brbut now at least one U.S. car- data available.
r r ro l l o w ier is offering similar incecn- In an era when airlines are
tives to fliers. charging fees for services and
Low-cost carrier Allegiant amenities once offered for free,
Air has started to offer cus- I Allegiant's move "isn't surpris-
to n ew ittomers who use debit cards ing," said George Hobica, of
to purchase airline tickets on Airfarewatchdog.com, which
allegiantair.com a discount of tracks airfare deals.
P r$4 per person per segment, Although the airline isn't
according to its website. technically charging a fee to
P ort grow th hote pucagesigliv$an6 cle the use oplyasint
Those purchasing air and Customers at the airport purchasing flight tickets. credit card users online, it's
hotel packages will receive $6 clear the use of plastic isn't
By Doreen Hemlock been hosting local forums. off per person, and the dis- "Prices are higher when pur- to those paying by credit card being encouraged.
The task force wants officials count is reflected in the price chased with a credit card, as in the event of a dispute," a "It's the next new fee," said
With her background in to recognize Broward's sea- displayed online. travelers paying by debit card notice on the carrier's website Hobica, noting that many
the U.S. Navy and business, port is "just as important as Customers using credit don't have all of the consumer says. low-cost carriers in Europe
Caribbean-born Lt. Gov. Miami, Canaveral or Jackson- cards will pay more. protections legally available In June, Las Vegas-based Please turn to FLIGHT 8D
Jennifer Carroll champions ville," said real estate devel-
seaports and trade as a way oper Terry Stiles, who heads
to rev economic engines and the group.
create jobs. High on Port Everglades'BO SeeSane-setback
So, when Carroll visited Port agenda: more funds to bring
Everglades to meet Broward a railroad near the docks so By Lori Montgomery by the end half of 2013, with negative benefits, which are now also
County leaders Thursday, that cargo can be quickly of 2013 and economic growth of 1.3 per- set to expire in January. In
she went straight to the point loaded onto trains and The nation would be produce cent. Now the agency foresees addition. CBO analysts have
and requested a list of recom- whisked north. That would plunged into a significant economic a stronger contraction of 2.9 concluded that the underly-
mendations on what the state help South Florida compete recession during the first half conditions percent in gross domestic ing economy is weaker than
can do to back port expansion with Georgia or South Caroli- of next year if Congress fails "that will product,"similar in magni- previously predicted.
projects and advocate for more na, since goods sent by trains to avert nearly $500 billion in probably be tude to the recession of the The agency still expects the
federal help for them. could reach many U.S. areas tax hikes and spending cuts considered early 1990s." economy to rebound quickly
"When can I get that list?" in less time than it would take set to hit in January, con- a recession," OBAMA but now says growth would
she asked more than two them to be shipped farther gressional budget analysts the nonpar- WILL CONGRESS ACT be weaker than previously
dozen local executives gath- north and sent by train from said Wednesday. tisan Congressional Budget SOON TO AVOID forecast, with the economy
ered at the port. there, the task force members The massive round of Office said. CATASTROPHE expanding by an annualized
Broward leaders have or- said. New Year's belt-tightening The outlook is considerably The gloomier forecast is rate of just 1.9 percent in the
ganized to raise awareness The bustling seaport also known as the fiscal cliff darker than the forecast the due in part to a decision by second half of 2013.
about Port Everglades, its wants approvals and money to or Taxmageddon would agency released in January, Congress to steepen the fiscal The CBO's latest fiscal
economic impact and growth deepen and widen its channel disrupt recent economic prog- when the CBO predicted that cliff by extending a tempo- outlook is likely to fuel the
potential, forming a business- to handle the larger ships that ress, push the unemployment the fiscal cliff would trigger rary payroll tax break and raging debate over budget
led task force that visited will cross the Panama Canal rate back up to 9.1 percent a mild recession in the first emergency unemployment Please turn to CBO 8D
Tallahassee this year and has Please turn to GROWTH SD rate back up to 9.1 percent emergency unemployment

Lauderdale unsure how far to cut retirement contributions

By Larry Barszewski

Commissioners are still trying
to figure out what to do about
a policy that could soon have
some employees receiving re-
tirement contributions equal to
almost a third of their annual
Commissioners want the
policy changed and the city's
contribution rate reduced,
but they couldn't agree on a
solution Tuesday. They plan

to discuss the matter with the
city's Budget Advisiory Board
on Monday.
They're not sure how sig-
nificantly they should cut the
contribution rate and they
said they might increase sala-
ries for some of the positions to
make them more competitive.
The 25 non-classified em-
ployees this year received
a 27.71 percent retirement
contribution rate, which will
rise to 32.37 percent in Oc-
tober unless the commission

acts. The employees include
City Manager Lee Feldman
and others in the offices of the

city manager, city auditor, city
clerk, city attorney and city

Feldman's recommendation
to reduce the rate to between
20 percent and 22 percent was

a non-starter for commission-
"The 30 percent was too

high. The 20 percent was too
high," Mayor Jack Seller said.
Seller suggested three dif-
ferent rates: 18 percent for
Feldman and two assistant city
managers, 14 percent for pro-
fessionals such as attorneys
and auditors, and 10 percent
for clerks and those with ad-
ministrative duties.
Under Seller's suggestion,
non-classified employees hired
in the future would get the
same nine percent rate given
to general city employees.

But commissioners were un-
willing to set new parameters
without talking to the advisory
board first.
Feldman and City Attorney
Harry Stewart were concerned
a drastic reduction would
harm the city's ability to at-
tract top employees and be
unfair to current ones.
Stewart said Seller's propos-
al would cut in half a benefit
that many of his assistants
took into consideration when
Please turn to CUT 8D

Employers try new ways to

cut health costs, study says

By Christine Dugas

As health care costs contin-
ue to increase, employers are
looking for ways to cut costs,
such as reducing spouse and
dependent coverage in 2013,
says a study out today.
While the total cost of health
care is predicted to rise 5.3
percent, to $11,507 per em-
ployee in 2013, the increase is
slowing, says the new Towers

Watson survey of 440 midsize
and large companies. This
year, in comparison, the cost
is expected to increase 5.9
"Recently employers have
been increasing employee
premiums, although they can
only push the envelope so far,"
says Paul Fronstin, director
of the Health Research Pro-
gram at the Employee Benefit
Research Institute. If healthy

workers drop out of the plan,
self-insured employers might
lose money, he says.
That is why most companies
keep employee premium in-
creases in line with their cost
increase. For example, 13 per-
cent of companies say they will
increase workers' premiums by
five percent in 2013, the Tow-
ers Watson study found. And
42 percent will only increase
Please turn to COSTS 8D

New scams threaten investor

Crowd funding, IRAs
offer opening to fraud
By John Waggoner

Technology isn't the only
industry that's constantly
changing: State securities'.
administrators listed four
new types of fraud among
their annual list of investor
The North American Secu-
rities Administrators Associa-
tion's top 10 investor threats,
released Tuesday, includes
boiler-room staples, such as
gold scams. But the list has

several new scams:
1. Crowdfunding and
Internet offers: The 2012
Jobs Act loosens some of the
rules for small businesses to
raise money via stock offer-
ings. Already, NASAA has
noted 1,600 to 1,700 new
Internet domain names relat-
ing to crowdfunding, and the
regulations permitting crowd
funding have yet to be writ-
2. Bad advice from in-
vestment advisers: Thou-
sands of midsize investment
advisory firms have shifted
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Paying extra charges and overcharges for more and more nothing

By Harry C. Alford
NNPA Columnist

As a voice for small busi-
nesses and their customers,
the National Black Chamber
of Commerce is pleased to see
that after so many years, the
very public battle over who
should pay for the cost of pay-
ments acceptance is finally
over. On July 13, the U.S. Dis-
trict Court for the Eastern Dis-
trict of New York announced
that a settlement was reached

in the long-running legal dis-
pute between retailers, pay-
ment networks and nine ma-
jor credit card issuers over
interchange fees and rules.
The parties came together and
agreed on a settlement, using
a reasoned, measured judicial
approach to resolving a com-
plex dispute. Congress des-
ignated the courts to resolve
complex principles of law and
questions of fact in resolving
antitrust matters. It was de-
signed to insulate the process

from raw political power and
to reach conclusions that ulti-
mately benefit consumers.
Giant retailers now have
more control than ever in what
they pay to accept electronic
payments, including the ability
to impose a retailer surcharge,
or "checkout fee," on their cus-
tomers. They required that
provision as part of the settle-
ment. This is an anti-consum-
er practice and people should
watch for large retailers over-
charging them and just say

no. It's outrageous and Texas. Unlike the
that customers -' deliberate approach of
should have to pay the courts, Congress
the retailer extra : rushed through a
for the "privilege" ; draconian price con-
of paying them. In ; trol regime that gave
fact, this practice is giant retailers an $8
currently illegal in billion windfall, with
10 states and will no benefit to consum-
remain in effect in -- ers. Ever since this
those states. They ALFORD unwarranted and mis-
are: California, guided intervention
Colorado, Connecticut, Flor- into the debit interchange, the
ida, Kansas, Maine, Massa- negative effects, intended and
chusetts, New York, Oklahoma unintended, are being felt by

millions of Americans and con-
sumers are seeing prices con-
tinue to rise. In many cases,
consumers are paying more for
traditional bank products and
losing services that were free
since many banks have been
put in the position of making
up lost revenue because of the
Durbin amendment to Dodd-
Frank. Under the amendment.
when you use your debit, credit
or prepaid card at a store, the
merchant has to pay an inter-
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The national debt today at highest level in more than 60 years

continued from 6D

policy as the nation barrels to-
ward the Nov. 6 elections. Re-
publicans, including presiden-
tial candidate Mitt Romney,
want to postpone the biggest

chunk of the cliff $331 bil-
lion in tax hikes to give
Congress time to overhaul the
tax code. Democrats, includ-
ing President Obama, say they
will not delay tax hikes set
to hit the richest Americans,
those earning over $250,000

a year.
Unless the election helps to
resolve the standoff, the same
political gridlock that has pre-
vented a deficit-reduction deal
for much of the past two years
would this time produce one
of the biggest rounds of deficit

Settlement brings closure to case

continued from 6D

change, or "swipe," fee. Prior
to government intervention, all
retailers paid an average of
approximately 1 percent per
debit transaction. But today,
"mom and pop" shops selliiig
everyday items, such as a cup
of coffee or a turkey sandwich,
are paying the much higher
price-controlled amount vir-
tually the same rate as nmcgo

And just recently, a couple of
giant retailcrn have now pub-
licallv objected to the settle-
ment, inc.lidiiig Wal-Mlrt,
and feel dirferentlyh than the
millions of merchants who
were intimately involved in
the extensive negotiations as
part of this litigation. But we
all know that what Wal-Mart
wants isn't always what is in
the best interest of the mil-
lions of other U.S. merchants,
e~.pec-illy smaller retailers.
As I see it, this settlement re-

solves all interchange disputes
- both those in the past and
on a go-forward basis. This
settlement is a final and bind-
ing agreement on all parties.
Those who signed the final
agreement are now compelled,
through their signatures, to
ask for the judge to approve
it. Now that both industries
have willingly endorsed this
agreement, it shows that no
further government interven-
tion is necessary the case is
in fact closed.

reduction in modern history.
Instead of exceeding $1 tril-
lion for a fifth straight year,
the 2013 deficit would instead
plummet to $641 billion, the
CBO predicts.
For the current fiscal year,
which ends Sept. 30, the CBO
predicts the deficit will be

just over $1.1 trillion, down
slightly from previous projec-
tions, thanks to better-than-
expected tax collections and
lower spending as the war in
Iraq ends and the effects of
the 2009 economic stimulus
The national debt is none-

theless growing apace, with
debt owed to outside investors
set to hit 73 percent of the
overall economy by the end of
September. That's the highest
level in more than 60 years,
and nearly double the level in
2007, before the onset of the
Great Recession.

Savings passed to customers

continued from 6D

already charge a fee for tickets
purchased with credit cards. It's
just a matter of time before more
U.S. carriers follow suit, he said.
Reaction to the new policy has
been mixed on Allegiant's Face-
book page, with some followers
calling it fair while others say
it hurts those without a debit

Allegiant insists it is not pe-
nalizing credit card users.
"We are not charging custom-
ers to use credit cards, we are
giving a discount to custom-
ers who use debit," Allegiant
spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler
said in an email.
Wheeler said the Durbin
Amendment, passed in 2010
as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall
Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act, allowed the fed-

eral government to put a cap on
fees charged on debit transac-
"This has resulted in a sig-
nificant savings to our company
when customers purchase with
debit cards as opposed to cred-
it cards," Wheeler said. "Like
many aspects of our business,
when we are able to lower cost
based on a customer choice, we
pass the savings on to our cus-

Pension plans given close scrutiny


continued from 6D

deciding to take jobs with the
"You make the changes for
new hires. I wouldn't expect
the city to make those changes
retroactive," Stewart said.
Seiler and some commission-
ers said they are willing to look
at giving some of the employ-
ees raises rather than keeping
a high retirement contribution

Since 2007, when the city
closed its pension plan for gen-
eral employees, new hires have
received a city contribution
equal to 9 percent of their pay
into their 401a retirement plans,
a municipal version of the 401k
plans in the private sector.
The non-classifed employees,
who already had a 401a op-
tion, continued receiving a rate
that was based on the city's
continuing contributions into
the general employees pension
fund. Their percentage rose

substantially over the years
as the city pumped increas-
ing amounts of money into the
pension fund to offset falter-
ing investments and increasing
unfunded liabilities.
The increases were set au-
tomatically without ever going
before the commission for ap-
"I want to be realistic. I want
to be fair," Commissioner Rom-
ney Rogers said.,"We've got to
figure out a new normal in or-
der to sustain ourselves."

NASAA says nothing is risk free

continued from 6D

from federal oversight to state
supervision. Many firms that
haven't been examined in
a long time are being found
wanting. State actions against
investment adviser firms near-
ly doubled in 2011, NASAA
3. Self-directed IRAs: You
don't have to invest your IRA
in stocks or bonds-you can
use your IRA money to invest
in real estate or even a small
business. But you can also
open yourself up to fraud. A
scam artist can create a pho-
ny business for a self-directed

IRA and bleed the account dry.
4. Investment-for-visa
scams: Foreign investors who
put at least $500,000 into a
new business can get a U.S.
visa under the 20-year-old
Immigrant Investor Program.
Scamsters will tout the po-
tential of big foreign investors
to lure U.S.. investors into a
fraud, NASAA says.
Many longtime scams are
flourishing, NASAA says. Gold
scams remain popular be-
cause gold prices have soared
in the past decade. In its sim-
plest form, you get a pitch to
buy gold, which the scam art-
ist says will be held safely in a
vault for you. In reality, there's

no gold and no vault.
State securities administra-
tors have oil and gas inves-
tigations in every region of
the U.S., NASAA says. And if
you're interested in flipping
houses, scam artists are inter-
ested in flipping you.
Low interest rates and er-
ratic Wall Street performance
have driven many investors
into the hands of fraudsters.
"Those with worst intentions
love to take advantage of head-
lines and popular ideas that
stocks and Wall Street are not
to be trusted," says Matt Kitzy,
head of NASAA's enforcement
section. "No investment is risk-

Lt. Gov. sees more expansion

continued from 6D

when the canal expansion fin-
ishes in 2014.
Carroll said she's sees op-
portunity for more federal mon-
ey from harbor maintenance
taxes that ports pay. Florida
has more seaports than other
states, and it pays lots more
into that tax fund than it gets
out, Carroll said, She urged a
concerted push in Congress to
get back "dollar for dollar" what
ports pay in.
"The key is: You cannot be si-
lent," Carroll told local officials
and other executives at the
Port Everglades is undertak-
ing a $2 billion expansion to
prepare for an expected rise
in cargo, fuel and cruise pas-
senger traffic over the next two
Major projects include adding

docks, dredging to handle big-
ger cargo ships and expanding
cruise terminals, adding tens
of thousands of jobs.
But hurdles abound. The
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
for example, has yet to finalize
a feasibility report on dredg-
ing Port Everglades, after more
than a decade studying the is-
sue, port officials said.
Port Everglades also has lir-
ited name recognition. Some
state officials don't know the
seaport is in the Fort Lauder-
dale area or recognize its busi-
ness prowess.
The port handle- petroleum
imports for 12 Florida coun-
ties. It's No. 2 for cruise pas-
sengers worldwide after Miami.
And it exports more than any
other seaport in the state -
more than $13 billion in goods
last year alone, state statistics
In all, Port Everglades pro-

duces an economic impact es-
timated at $18 billion a year,
supporting 10,000 direct jobs
and contributing to 185,000
indirect jobs at businesses
ranging from stores that sell
imported goods to factories
that ship overseas, according
to a 2008 study by Martin As-
"It's like a big hidden secret.
I've lived here all my life and
I didn't know that Port Ever-
glades was the only port that
supplies to all three interna-
tional airports," said Stiles.
"We have to elevate aware-
ness of the big economic en-
gine that the port is for South
Carroll encouraged South
Florida executives to look
south to Latin America and the
Caribbean to boost their sales
and add local jobs.
"That's where the world is go-
ing," said Carroll, "borderless."

Firms planning to offer telemedicine

Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the projects listed
herein, until 2:00 P.M. local time. Tuesday, the 11th day of September 2012. at1450 N.E. Second Ave.
Room 351. Miami. Florida, following which time and place, or as soon there after as the Board can attend
to the same, the said bids will be publicly opened, read and tabulated in the Board Auditorium, Miami-
Dade County School Board Administration Building, by an authorized representative of the Board. Award
of the contract will be made to the lowest, pre-qualified responsible and responsive bidder for the actual
amount bid considering base bid and accepted alternates (if any) as listed in the bidding documents. The
Board will award the contract based upon the results of the tabulations as covered by applicable laws and

Project No. G-ENVITB-2012-GR/N
Project No. G-ENVITB-2012-GRIC
Project No. G-ENVITB-2012-GRIS
Term Contract
Miami-Dade County, Florida

In an effort to ensure the timely remediation of asbestos and mold containing materials, as well as oth-
er environmental contaminants, at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) facilities, the School
Board has divided the work into three contracts, in accordance with the standard regional distribution
schools established by M-DCPS/School Operations (North, Central and South). Awards will be made to
three (3) prime contractors, on the basis of one contractor for each contract. The three contracts will be
assigned for the North, Central, and South Regions respectively. Eligible contractors will be permitted to
bid on more than one contract. However, no contractor will be awarded more than one contract. Assign-
ment of contracts will be made relative to the bid ranking, with the first choice going to the lowest bidder
for each contract.. Bidders must be pre-qualified by the Board for the actual amount bid and may not ex-
ceed pre-qualified amounts for a single project and/or aggregate prior to submitting their bid in response
to this solicitation. Bids which exceed the pre-qualified amounts shall be declared non-responsive to the


Pre-qualified bidders may obtain one CD with the bid and contract documents from the office of the De-
partment of Asbestos Management. 12525 N.W. 28th Avenue. Miami, Florida 33167, on or after August
27, 2009. from 9:00 AM 3:00 PM. (contact person Mr. Dan Marple at (305) 995-4591). Three printed
copies of the Project Manual for General Environmental Remediations/Term Contract 2012, will be pro-
vided to the successful bidders upon award of Bid.

The Pre-Bid Conference has been scheduled for Tuesday. September 4th 2012 at 10:00 A.M.. at the De-
partment of Asbestos Management. 12525 N.W. 28th Avenue. Suite 509. Miami. FL 33167

A Cone of Silence, pursuant to Board Policy 6325, shall commence with the issuance of this Legal
BOARi4,Ornt and shall terminate at the time the item is presented by the Superintendent to the
Appropriate Board committee immediately prior to the Board meeting at which the Board will award
or approve a contract, reject all bids or responses, or take any other action that ends the solicitation
and review process. Any violation of this rule shall be investigated by the Board's Inspector Gen-
eral and shall result in the disqualification of the potential applicant from the competitive solicitation
process, rejection of any recommendation for award, or the revocation of an award to the vendor
as being void, rendering void any previous or prior awards. The potential vendor or vendor's rep-
resentative determined to have violated this rule, shall be subject to debarment. All written com-
munications must be sent to the Department of Asbestos Management, 12525 N.W. 28th Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33167, contact person Mr. Dan Marple at (305) 995-4591 (Dmarple(.dadeschools.
net) and a copy filed with the Clerk of the School Board at 1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 268, Miami,
Florida 33132 (305) 995-1440 (martinezOdadeschools.net), who shall make copies available to
the public upon request.

Lobbyists, pursuant to Board Policy 8150, shall be applicable to this solicitation and all proposers
and lobbyists shall strictly conform to, and be governed by, the requirements set forth therein.

Local-Vendor Preference, pursuant to Board Policy 6320.05, shall apply to this solicitation. Based
on Board Policy, "Local business means the vendor has a valid business license, issued in Miami-
Dade County, with its headquarters, manufacturing facility, or locally-owned franchise located
within the legal boundaries of Miami-Dade County for at least 12 months (or having a street ad-
dress for at least 24 months), prior to the bid or proposal opening date..." Proposers claiming
local-vendor preference for this RFQ must submit a Local- Vendor Affidavit of Eligibility with their
RFQ proposal. Proposers who fail to comply with this requirement will not be considered for local
vendor preference.

The successful proposer(s) shall fully comply with the State of Florida's House Bill 1877 "Jessica
Lunsford Act" (JLA); FS 1012.465, 1012.32, 1012.467 & 1012.468 and Board Policies:

continued from 6D

worker premiums from one
percent to five percent.
Among other changes that
employers are planning for
The adoption of account-
based health plans, which in-
clude health savings accounts
and health reimbursement ac-
counts, is continuing to grow,
says Julie Stone, a senior con-
sultant at Towers Watson
Some companies, 38 per-
cent, will reduce spouse and
dependent coverage, while 29
percent will use spousal waiv-

ers or surcharges, the study
says. As employees have to pay
more to cover family members,
it may be more economical for
the husband to be under one
plan and the wife under anoth-
er, Stone says.
Nine percent of firms are
planning to offer telemedicine
consultations next year. And
27 percent are considering it
for 2014 or 2015. It is cheaper
to contact a doctor by phone,
e-mail or video rather than go
to an office. And an employee
doesn't have to leave the work-
place. It's most often used for
ailments such as flu and aller-
gies. And it is not considered as

a substitute to a doctor's visit.
Most employers, 88 per-
cent, are committed to offering
health care benefits, Towers
Watson says. They know it's
needed to attract and retain
the best employees, consul-
tants say.
But the fact that even 12 per-
cent say that they are not com-
mitted is also significant. "If
just one Fortune 500 company
says it is no longer going to of-
fer health benefits, then that
will trigger other employers
to do the same thing even
though most are saying that
they are committed to offering
it," Fronstin says.

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Get a grip on your

By Matt Brian

With smartphone and
tablet sales booming, acces-
sory makers are constantly
dreaming up new ways to
make it easier to hold and
better operate our gadgets,
often in ways we have never
dreamed of.
One such accessory is
the Flygrip, a small hinged
plastic grip that's main
function is it to make it eas-
ier for you to hold and use
your smartphone, tablet or
e-reader with one hand.
The inventor of.Flygrip
suggests the gadget can
help you "read emails while
holding your briefcase, jog
on treadmill while reading
the news and eat a sand-
wich while tweeting about
eating." After testing it out
over the last couple of days,
I can honestly say it allows
you to do exactly that.
It's a sticky clip, right?

Yes. but don't let that put
you off.
The Flygrip is compatible
with most handheld elec-
tronic products. utilizing
an adhesive 3M surface to
fix itself to the back of your
handset or Amazon Kindle.
You might be apprehensive
about fixing it directly to
your $500 smartphone,
but it is easy to remove
although it can't be re-ap-
plied) and can of course be
placed on the back of your
The bundled instruc-
tions suggest that you place
the Flygrip at the bottom
of your device \where you
would normally hold it. This
actually means it won t
work on some smartphones
that have smaller battery
covers (namely some older
handsets from HTC) as the
grip will bridge the join be-
tween the chassis and the
cover itself.

Again, this %won't be a
problem if ,ou use a case.
Once fixed, the Flygrip
will automatically spring
from the back of our de-
vice, ready for you to slide
your middle and ring finger
through and grip If you
like your phones to retain
its thin profile. this could
be a deal breaker. However,
if you are someone that is
happy to sacrifice some
of its form over increased
functionality, then the Fly-
grip has you covered.

Testing the Flygrip on the
Samsung Galaxy S Ill. the
accessory tightly grips your
fingers. freeing up your
thumb to reach all parts of
its 4 7-inch display without
having to shift it around in
your hand. The grip isn't
too tight, meaning you can
re-position your fingers to
find the perfect position.


Should you buy it?

At $29.95, the Flygrip isn't cheap.
However, it does ship in a variety of 8 different colors (hopefully match-
ing the color of your device or case) and comes with replacement adhe-
sive strips, meaning you can always swap it between devices should you
change your smartphone over time.
If the Flygrip was just a grip, the price-tag might put you off, but its abil-
ity to serve as a robust kickstand gives you another reason to consider
Staking the plunge.
a It adds a few extra centimeters of thickness to your device, this is the
reality you must accept before you decide to buy the Flygrip. If you grab
yourself a case (or use one of the free protectors provided) and get used
... to how it works, you will soon recognize that its pros outweigh its cons.
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Flygrip is a small hinged

plastic grip makes it easier

for you to hold and use your

mobile device.

Apple wins. Do consumers?


SBy Scott Martin will have to scramble harder. .
"" -Nine jurors late'Friday
-,rApple's swiftvictory in. found that Samsung violated
defense of its iPad and iPhone six out of sevenof Apple's
designs with a jury ver- patents at issiue:.Three key
dict of.patent infringement patents cover familiar touch
against'Samsing is likely to. functions that allow Apple'
.have wide-ranging effects on device ui-serto'easily scroll.
other device makers that run pages, zoom out on images or
Google's popular Android op- tap to enlarge text, all with
rating system and on their fingers.
customers. Apple stock jumped Mon-
It could mean higher prices day, first day of trading after
for the coolest features, differ-: .the verdict.
ent choices' in mobile devices; If Samsung does not win
and devices that work in .an appeal of the-verdict,
lesisfamiliar ways. It-means .it.will have to remove or
Apple's rival smartphone and work around those short-
tablet makers, and Google, cuts, which Apple says took


U.S. District Court


years to develop and three
months for Samsung to copy.
If the $1.05 billion dam-
age award survives, it will
be one of the largest ver-
dicts in patent history. Two
larger verdicts were reversed,
according to Stanford Uni-
versity law professor Mark
Lemley. "It's a huge win for
Apple," says Lemley. "But this
is one lawsuit among 50 in
the smartphone market, and
Apple's real target may be the
Android ecosystem."
U.S. District Court Judge
Lucy Koh has the power to
triple the damages to more
than $3 billion, because .


SSamsting's infringement was
found to be wllful.
"We applaud the court for
finding Samsung's behavior
willful and for sending a loud
and clear message that steal-
ing isn't right," Apple spokes-
woman Kristin Huguet said in
a statement. The quick verdict
after deliberations began
...Wednesday was a surprise.
Jurors had to answer hun -
dreds of questions and had
more than a hundred pages of
instructions from the judge. It
appears likely the group was
able to easily grasp the hero-
and-villain narrative told by
Apple's lawyers and also that


the Silicon Valley-based ju-
rors were more well-versed in
tech than others might be.
The judge will now consider
Apple's request for injunctions
that would force Samsung to
pull patent-infringing prod-
ucts from stores, as well as
whether to treble the dam-
ages. A hearing is set for Sept.
20, and Koh's rulings are
expected within six to eight
weeks after that.

Many Samsung devices
could disappear. Last month,
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Apps now key to



By Edward C. Baig

Small businesses are using
technology to help them oper-
ate more efficiently and cost-
effectively in an increasinylyl
competitive environment.
Each rMonday. USA TODAY
looks at new ways compa-
nies are gaining an innova-
tive edge in a tough economy.

NEW YORK Theater
dtr-.i-ri consultant Joshua
Allen doesn't routinely travel
the country with a laptop
for work anymore. The Apple
iPad has become Allen's
gi, I tru\cling companion.
"At first I was hesitant," he
says. But then, "My bag got
so much lighter... and my
chiropractor bill went down."
\Vh1ai made lightening the
load possible for Allen and
his colleagues at Raleigh,
N.C.-based Theatre Consul-
tants Collaborative are the
numerous apps designed for

the iPad to help folks operat-
ing smaller enterprises con-
duct business. Allen relies
on at least a half-dozen apps
that help him take notes,
consult architectural draw-
ings and even see behind
Indeed, for all the attention
that the iPad gets as a play
device that lets you browse
the Web, read books, watch
movies and knock down a
few pigs with Angry Birds,
more and more people at
the wheel of small compa-
nies are turning to Apple's
popular tablet for productive
purposes, while potentially
saving the business time
and money. Yankee Group
analyst Carl Howe says 72
percent of businesses that
have tablets are using the
iPad. And the iPad boasts
by far the largest number of
productivity apps for tablets,
leaving Android, Microsoft
and Research In Motion's

LeapFrog upgrades its

kid tablet with LeapPad2

I-' L.

Real estate brokerage owner: Krisstina Wise likes the
app DocuSign, which enables digital signatures: "It's
rare that we need an ink signature anymore."

BlackBerry to play catch-up.
Apple has been pushing
the iPad's business virtues
and along the way trying
to woo the small-business
crowd with some of its own
apps. Most notably, there's
the optional iWork suite con-
sisting of iPad versions of the
Numbers spreadsheet, Pages
word processor and Keynote
presentation program, each
But small businesses are
increasingly summoning

apps from outside developers
that turn the iPad into an
all-purpose hub for tele-
phony, communications and
e-commerce, and a gateway
to the PC at the office or
to all the files stored in the
cloud, through such services
as Box, Dropbox and Sug-
The scope of business apps
for the iPad is as broad as
the companies and entrepre-
neurs that take advantage
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By Jinny Gudmundsen

LeapPad2, LeapFrog's new-
est version of its award-winning
kid's learning tablet, is strut-
ting improvements to last year's
model. There's an extra camera,
faster processor, more memory
and better battery life.
Encased in a protective green
or pink plastic case, the Le-
apPad2 costs $99. This 7- by
5-inch device features a 5-inch
touchable screen and can play
motion-based games In addi-
tion to a built-in four-directional
control pad, the tablet has an
attached stylus. There's
also a microphone, a
port to connect head-
phones, front and back
cameras and video re-
corder. You connect
it to your computer,
using a USB port to
download content.
The LeapPad2
sports 4 GB of
memory, twice that
of last year's model;
and its processor is
speedier. Battery life is
about 9 hours, surpassing last

year's LeapPad by about one
hour. The LeapPad2 runs on
four AA batteries; but families
can now purchase a new inter-
nal battery system and recharg-
er pack ($39.99), so that the
tablet can be charged by simply
plugging it into the wall.
While the LeapPad2 can be a
gaming system that plays the
Leapster Explorer cartridge
games ($24.99), it is also a cre-
ativity center and book reader.
With purchase you get the
following five apps: Art Studio,
Pet Pad, Music Player, Cartoon
Please turn to LEAPFROG2 10D

A U G S T 9 SE P TE M BE R 4 2 0 2 9cll BI-H1- 1 tl


Hard work goes with scripture

By Valerie Daniels-Carter

My parents instilled
a strong work ethic in
my siblings and me.
In first grade, I
walked four kinder-
gartners to and from
school and made
$1.25 a week. I was
only a year older than
them, but I was tall
and looked older than
I was. Their parents
thought I offered some
measure of protection.
A couple of years ago,
I became reacquaint-
ed with one of those
As a preteen, I
started arranging my
two younger brothers'
work assignments.
They cut lawns and
shoveled snow. I'd
price the jobs and
distribute a schedule
to their clients. In my
teens, I worked for
the parks system and
managed a restaurant
for a food vendor at
Summerfest, a music
festival. Later, I served
on and was president
of the board of the
parent organization,
the Milwaukee World
My father died in
my senior year in high
school. While attend-
ing Lincoln University
in Jefferson City, Mo.,
I worked several jobs
to help my mother pay
my way. I was a disc
jockey, a supermarket
cashier and an assis-
tant to a professor in
a chemistry lab.
After graduat-
ing with a business
degree in 1978, I got a

job offer from what is
now U.S. Bank in Mil-
waukee. I had played
basketball from
middle school through
college, and along
with the bank's offer,
I received one from
the Milwaukee Does
to play professional
basketball. After the
first few practices, I
didn't think it would
be a career that would
sustain me, so I took
the bank job. In those
years, women's bas-
ketball did not have
the stature it does
I started at the bank
as a management
trainee in its retail
commercial lending
department. In 1982,
I moved to the MGIC
Investment Corpo-
ration, a mortgage
insurance company
in Milwaukee, where I
was an auditor in the
underwriting division
while also pursuing
a master's in man-
agement at Cardinal
Stritch University.
I always planned to
own a business, so
I began researching
franchises. I needed
more capital, however,
so I asked my brother
John, a lawyer and
now our chairman, to
be my partner.
At the same time I
started at MGIC, I ini-
tiated the application
process to be a Burger
King franchisee.
We opened our first
Burger King site as
V & J Foods in 1984.
As we started adding
locations and brands,

A learning leap

continued from 9D
Director and a down-
load of your choice
from four other apps.
With the Art Stu-
dio, kids have a vir-
tual place to create
art, filled with art
supplies. The Pet Pad
lets you design your
own pet and then play
with it. These two apps
were found on last
year's LeapPad. The
Music Player is new,
and it lets kids listen
to songs.
The Cartoon Direc-
tor is the most excit-
ing new app for the
LeapPad2. It lets kids
ages 5 to 8 direct their
own cartoon The app
invites you to choose
from six premade set-
tings, including outer
space, mad scientist,
robot world, birthday
party, wacky world or
an amusement park.
But you can also de-
cide to use the camera
to film a setting you
have created.
Then it is on to add-
ing in characters and
props. You can super-
impose your own pho-

to onto the face of any
of the premade char-
acters. You move the
characters around to
animate them or use
premade emotions.
Last, you record your
voice telling your sto-
ry, or select from pre-
recorded phrases. The
app puts all the parts
together to create a
finished product that
is exciting to watch.
As for the free down-
loaded app, my fa-
vorite is the new Roly
Poly 2 game, where
you help the Roly Poly
family find lost trea-
sures by answering
math problems. These
characters roll up into
balls, and you tilt the
tablet to roll them over
numbers and other
items in response to
specific requests. An-
other good choice is
the Music Studio app,
where kids create their
own music, using vir-
tual instruments or
sirni ng into the micro-
A' with the LeapPad,
the LeapPad2 plays
LeapFrog's unique Ul-
tra eBooks which sell
for $20.

Applications? Yes

continued from 9D

of them. A company
might bill a customer
through the iPad us-
ing an app such as
Invoice2go ($14.99),
scan business cards
and receipts through
Pixoft's TurboScan
($1.99) and keep tabs
on customers through
FileMaker's recently
redesigned Bento 4
database ($9.99).
Most people don't
think of the iPad as
a phone. But several
apps can let it function
as one. Donnie Clapp,
communications man-
ager at MercuryCSC,
an outdoors-oriented

communications and
public relations firm
in Bozeman, Mont.,
says the company got
rid of its traditional
- and pricey land-
line PBX phone sys-
tem and is now using
the Line2 app from
Toktumi on iPads, the
iPhone and on desk-
top PCs. It lets iPad
owners place calls
over Wi-Fi or cellular
networks. There are
free and pay-as-you-
go plans, and busi-
nesses can hold con-
ference calls for up to
20 people. "A lot of us
carry iPads around to
meetings, and it's nice
to have our phones
with us," Clapp says.

t 1L_ '.I I

Co-founder, president
and C.E.O. of V&J
Holding Companies,

Reads the Bible
Directs the choir

we changed our name
to V & J Holding Com-
panies. We now have
36 Burger Kings and
68 Pizza Huts, along
with 5 H&agen-Dazs
and 4 Coffee Beanery
stores. And we have
a joint venture with
Shaquille O'Neal. We
share ownership of
11 of our 21 Auntie
Anne's pretzel stores.
I was not the typi-
cal franchisee when I
started, and I had to
challenge the status
quo in the franchise
industry. I met sev-
eral unnecessary
delays; it was a test of
endurance. I wanted
to help other African-
American women have
a chance. When I give
motivational talks to-
day, I tell people not to
let anyone keep them
from their dream.
My husband, Jef-
frey Alan Carter Sr.,
used to walk into my
assistant's office and
tell her to block out a
certain week on the

calendar because he
was taking me on
vacation. He died 13
years ago in an acci-
dent at his job. When
you lose a life partner
who loves you and
supports what you're
doing, it leaves a void.
His death gave me a
greater appreciation of
my strength.
I want to see young
people here in Mil-
waukee make good
choices in life. In the
late 1990s, I part-
nered with my church,
Holy Redeemer, to
help. We've built a
Boys & Girls Club,
two schools, a medical
facility, a loan center
and the Mother Kath-
ryn Daniels Confer-
ence Center, named
for my mother.
I'm an avid sports
fan. In 2011, I became
the first African-
American woman
elected to the board of
the Green Bay Pack-
ers. It was a high

Samsung found in violation

continued from 9D
the judge awarded Ap-
ple a preliminary in-
junction pending out-
come of the trial that
could force Samsung
to remove its Galaxy
Tab 10.1 tablet from
"I think she's going
to grant an injunction
and a fairly broad one,"
says Lemley.
Apple's software and
design infringement
claims also extend to
a wide range of Sam-
sung smartphones, in-
cluding its Nexus S 4G
and S II. Apple could
request injunctions
and possibly get a rul-
ing banning their sale.
According to the ver-
dict, Samsung violated
the design patent for
the front of the iPhone
on all but one of its
phones. On the home
screen patent, Sam-
sung was in violation
with all of its phones,
the jury found. How-

ever, Samsung did not
violate a particular Ap-
ple iPad design patent,
the jury found.
Jurors, meanwhile,
rejected Samsung's
claims that Apple in-
fringed on some of its
Samsung's troubles
will turn into costs for
consumers, says Vivek
Wadhwa, a fellow at
Stanford Law School.
"You've taken a major
competitor out of the
Samsung said that
the "verdict should not
be viewed as a win for
Apple, but as a loss for
the American consum-
It also could lead to
higher costs and di-
minished user expe-
riences on Android-
based phones from all
makers, says Jefferson
Wang of IBB Consult-
ing Group. "Consum-
ers may pay more for
these devices. Con-
sumers may have a
device that solves the

same issues in a less
elegant feature set."
The next step for
Samsung is to appeal
to the federal court of
appeals in Washing-
ton, D.C., which could
take a year or more.
"The smart money is
going to say this is the
end of Act One, we've
teed it up for the feder-
al circuit, and we'll see
what's on for Act Two,"
says Robert Merges of
Boalt Law School at
the University of Cali-
Still, this victory
with major implica-
tions on future designs
is a huge win for Apple
and likely will put the
brakes on copycat-
minded mobile compa-
The verdict means
consumers likely
will have to adapt to
changed workings in
their future tablet or
smartphone or even,
via updates, in their
current devices from
Samsung or others.




Advertisers urged

to use more Black media i
Su se according to the Selig Center for Economic

Note to marketers: Television advertising is Growth at the Universityg Ceneroregia.on
not postracial. In part that is because marketers
Thats the message that a newly formed con- In part s or
Thats the message that ads running dring sporTs progm ne
sortium of the country's largest African-Aer- that ads running during sports progra s or a
ican media outlets wants to send to market- prime-time drama on a mainstream channel
iers, who have large shunned black media in will reach some black consumers, too, said
favor of placing ads on general outlets. Debra L. Lee, chief executive at BET Net-
On Mof placing ads onet general oulack etser works. "Any well-developed media plan should
favor oflai BET Notilorks, Black Enter-deorks.i"Black medis
On Mprise onda, Publishin (the publisher of include both," Ms. Lee said. Black media has
Ebony and Jet magazines), the National As a special connection to black audiences.
Ebon. and Jet magazines), the publsh BET, a unit of Viacom, "aMshe ad.arck med
sociation of Black Owned Broadcasters and BET, a unit of Viacom, has had a particu-
others will join with media-buying agencies to larly strong ratings run in recent years, often
introduce campaign intended to educate ad- beating cable channels like CNN and Bravo.
vertisers about the importance of black media "The Game," an original series that started
Sbout the imrtn ce ofbcon the CW network and moved to BET, broke
and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience. on te CW network and moved to BET broke
Called #lnTheBlack (using the Twitter hash cable sitcom records with 7.7 million viewers
Called #1n heeack of its fourth season in Janu-
tag), the campaign will begin with print ad- for the premiere
vertisements in major newspapers (including ary 2011. .
The Ne w York Times) and trade magazines At the same time, that audience is getting
like Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek. It will richer. Black household earnings grew 63.9

expand to a long-term joint effort that includes percent, to $75,ies000, from2000 to 2009, ac-
social media and direct outreach to marketers. cording to a ie rst industryide effort
Smedia and direct outreach t s n a is overdue, said Donald

ers have poured money into Spanish-language of its kind and is long overdue, said Donal
TV and radio in an effort to reach the grow- A. Coleman, chief executive of GlobaliHue, a
ingispanicPopulation. Black audiencesmulticultural advertising agency. "It's getting
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked, to the point of ridiculousness in terms of the
despite projected buying power of $1.2 trillion budget allocated to the African-American au-
despite projected buying power"o 2008 dience," Mr e s
by 2015, a 35 percent increase from 2008,

--New York Times June 25, 2012

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Walking distance from
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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.
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878
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.
Ovenown. Liberty City,
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Apartments. Duplexes
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bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
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
NE 84 Street
El Portal area, one bdrm, one
bath, $600 monthly
North Miami
Large studio, central air, new
appliances, quiet area. $700
monthly. 786-356-1722
NW Miami Shores Area
Remodeled efficiency in well
maintained complex, water,
electric included $575 mthly


20916 NW 39 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two
baths,with appliances,central
air and heat. Section 8 OK.
$1500 down $950 monthly.
3948 NW 207 Street Rd
Four bedrooms, two baths,
corner lot fenced. Section 8
welcomed, $1200 monthly.
Three bedrooms, two baths,


1132 NW 65 Street
Two bedrooms, washer/dryer
and other appliances includ-
ed. Very nice. No deposit for
Section 8 tenant.
Call 305-871-3280
1332 NE 117 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air, appliances, $1200
monthly, $2400 move in,
Section 8 okayl Call James
or Debra at 305-944-9041 or
156 NE 58 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$675. Free Water.

1874 NW 74 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Bars, fenced, stove, refriger-
ator, air and includes washer
and dryer. $875 monthly.
$2625 to move in. Section 8
welcome. 305-232-3700
1894 NW 74 Terrace

Two bedrooms, one bath.
Bars, fenced, stove, refrigera-
tor, air. $750 monthly. $2250
to move in. 305-232-3700

2357 NW 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $795 monthly.
2404 NE 188 Street
Quiet large one bedroom,
one bath, central air. $800
monthly. Call 954-431-1404.
247 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances, water; parking.
$650 monthly. 786-216-7533
3130 NW 135 Street
New construction, tiled, cen-
tral air, three bedrooms, two
baths, $1200 monthly; two
bedrooms,,two baths, $1,000
monthly, 305-662-5505.
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.
7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. 305-389-4011
One bedroom, one bath, fully
renovated. Section 8 wel-
come. 954-600-2314 or
Nice, dean one bdrm, 305-
298-0388 or 954-394-0794.
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.
2253 NW 94 Street Rear
Small quiet efficiency for
one person. Fully furnished,
utilities, gas stove, air condi-
tion included. $750 move in,
$500 monthly! PayT monmly
Request references. Just
bring your tooth brush!
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

5629 SW Fillmore Street
Hollywood. $650 mthly. Utili-
ties included. 786-370-0832
Air, utilities, cable, $550/
$1100, 305-751-7536.

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
143 and 7 Avenue
Private entrance, extras.
$110 wkly. Call 305-687-6930
786-306 0308
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
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
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400.
Call 786-506-3067

4744 NW 15 Court
Clean room, $350 monthly.

5500 NW 5 Avenue
$365 monthly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.

6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $350 monthly
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594.
Private entrance. Call 305-
384-8421 or 954-854-8154.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
Outreach Program
Move in Special $250. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306


1167 NW 50 Street
Two Bedrooms, house and
townhouses, $850 monthly.
Call 786-488-0599
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
Remodeled bathroom and
kitchen. $1,295 mthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646.
15941 NW 17 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 305-652-9393.
1635 NW 111 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, appliances. $1500
monthly. First, last and secu-
rity. 305-962-2666
17231 NW 33 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Welcomed. Call
Greg 786-537-4179.
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
1816 N.W. 62nd Terrace
Small, four bdrms., one bath,
$950 mthly, 786-426-6263.
1925 NW 183 Street
Updated four bedrooms, two
baths, office, all tiled; central
air. $1,550 monthly.
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
2010 NW 153 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

235 N.W. 53rd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, newly renovated, Section
8 okay, 305-975-1987.
2725 NW 53 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 Stove, refrigerator,
air, washer and dryer hook
up. garage

2756 NW 59 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. 305-
634-1197 or 305-638-0640
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

3045 N.W. 68 Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1350 monthly. Call: 954-
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

3331 NW 51 Terrace
Completely renovated, two
bdrms, one bath, central air,
tile with appliances and large
back yard. $1200 mthly, first
and last plus security,total $
3,900 to move in. Call John
786- 402-7969.
3809 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely three bedrooms, two
baths, fenced yard, tile floor-

4000 NW 193rd Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
5024 NW 23 Avenue
Very large two bedrooms,
one bath. Call Gigi or Lorenzo
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.

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.
6240 N Miami Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
$950 mommy All appli-
ances included free 19 inch
LCD TV Call Joel 786-355-
6595 NW 17 Avenue
Four bdrms, two baths,
central air, security bars,
tile floors,gated yard. $900
monthly. Call Sam 305-300-
7139 NW 16 Avenue
Updated three bedrooms, two
baths, family room, tile, cen-
tral air, security bars, $1,225
monthly. 305-662-5505.
735 NW 49 Street
Two bedrooms one bath in
nice neighborhood. Section 8
Call 305-696-2825
930 NW 176 Terrace
Three bdrms, two baths, bars,
air, den, tile, $1,350 monthly.
No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
Renovated three bedrooms,
one bath. Section 8 only. No
deposit required.
Dade Move in Special
Three bedrooms two baths,
everything newly renovated
with wood floors, custom
kitchens, central air and
more. Move in condition.
$695 moves you in. Section
8. Please call 754-444-6651.
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
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Two bedrooms, bath, large
family' room. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 954-450-6200 af-
ter 5 p.m.
Three bdrms, two baths,
fenced, carport and near
schools. Section 8 OK. $1350
monthly first and last plus
$1000 security. 305-965-
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, fenced. 1955 NW 153
Street. $1,400 mthly.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.

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$550 monthly. $1100 move
in. Call 305-989-8824
Newly remodeled rooms.
Call after 4 p.m., 786-443-


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By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

If there was any question that
Booker T. Washington's. foot-
ball season from last year was
a fluke or their ranking 9th
nationally by maxpreps is un-
deserved, their merciless 32-6
slaughter of the Northwestern
Bulls should silence some of
the naysay. For the-second con-
secutive year, the Tornados,
from the smaller 4A class, have
defeated the historically domi-
nant Bulls.
From the first whistle on Sat-
urday, it was the all Tornados
show, beginning with a mon-
strous 80-yard kick return
touchdown by senior running
back D'Von Ballard.
Northwestern, struggled to
push the ball up the field dur-
ing their initial runs, and the
ball was back in Booker T.'s
possession within a couple of
The Tornados, showing no
signs of easing up, capitalized

on every possession scoring
two more touchdowns at the
passing of junior quarterback
Treon Harris to senior receiver
Nicholas Norris and junior Del-
tron Hopkins, before the initial
quarter ended.
Signs of fatigue and dismay
haunted the Bulls' players ear-
ly as players laid on the field
head in hands after the third
Booker T. touchdown.
However, Bulls' first year
head coach, Stephen Field,
who worked with Booker T
head coach Tim "Ice" Harris,
Sr. in the University of Miami
football office during the years
of Randy Shannon boosted
the team's momentum and
the Bulls managed to get on
the board early in the second
quarter at the hands of
.But Booker T. unfazed by
the Bulls upstart came back
minutes later with another
touchdown exchange from
Harris and Hopkins that ex-
tended their lead 25-6. Booker
T. would go on to score once
more with a 40-yard intercep-

tion by senior defensive back
Darren Parker.
Booker T. relied heavily on
their run game, but their de-
fense with 4-sacks helped to
dismantle any progress the
Bulls attempted.
Harris, who said his team
was ready to do something spe-
cial, wanted to maintain con-
trol during this game.
"We should've scored every
drive," Harris said. "We had a
chance to snatch their heart
out and we didn't. That's what
we have to get to, to establish
With last season's upsetting
state championship loss linger-
ing, Harris told his team they
are in the driver's seat.
"Maximum effort will put our
team in position [for success],"
Harris said. "[We] control that
Booker T. opens the season
against Carol City on August
31st at Traz Powell at 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern will host North
Miami Beach at Traz Powell on
August 30th at 7 p.m.

Vikings given first loss since 2010 Broward storms off with

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

It would seem that the pre-
season football gods played
a nasty trick on the Carol
City Chiefs who, after a tu-
multuous 4-5 season last
year, were fated to play the
undefeated reigning Class
5A state champions, the Nor-
land Vikings. However, the
Chiefs turned the tide deliv-
ering the Vikings their first
loss since the 2010 season,
with a 21-7 win Thursday
night at Traz Powell Sta-
dium. The Chiefs eased into
their first touchdown with
a 12-yard pass from senior
quarterback Akeem Jones
to senior receiver William
French in the first quarter.
The Vikings, accustomed
to domination over the past
season, answered back with
a touchdown from junior
running back LaKeith Staf-
ford to end the quarter.
The Vikings' spark, how-
ever, was short-lived as
Jones completed two touch-
down passes in the second
and third quarters, to put
the Chiefs back ahead 21-7.

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Norland could not pull them-
selves out of the trenches
with more than ten incom-
plete throws from senior
quarterback Greg Brown.
And while Norland rebuilds
itself this season after losing
more than 20 seniors, Carol
City plans on using this win
to jump start the regular
"We've been struggling
thee pass couple of games,"
Carol City Head Coach, Har-
old Barnwell, said. "We're a
block ahead instead of be-

hind this time. Hopefully we
can build on this."Barnwell
said he is looking to his se-
nior players, like Jones for
their leadership.
"I don't have to be the lead-
er anymore," Barnwell said.
"The seniors have taken that
over and I'm proud of that."
Norland Head Coach, Daryle
Heidelburg, who was on the
losing side of the field for the
first time in a year, said that
the loss did not dishevel his
"It doesn't hurt our mo-

rale," Heidelburg said. "It's a
measuring stick to see where
we are and what identity we
will form this year." Heidel-
burg, who is confident that
his young team will improve
as the season goes on, com-
mended the Chiefs on their
"Carol City has always had
tradition and pride," Heidel-
burg said. "The just played
harder than we did." Norland
will play American at North
Miami Stadium on August
30th at 7 p.m.

The Broward Storm basketball
team of high school freshmen
recently won the Ninth Grade
Division of the Amateur Ath-
letic Union's South Florida Elite
Super Regional Tournament in
Coral Springs.
The Storm
cruised past teams
with double digit
margins of victory
against teams from
all across the state,
including Tampa
and Orlando:
In the champi-
onship game at
the Coral Springs
Gymnasium, the
Storm made its biggest state-
ment by blowing out the Orlando
Light Em Up, 69-47, behind the
sharpshooting of Brandon Born-
elus and Zachary Knecht.
This dynamic duo sank a
combined 12 3-pointers. while

defensive stalwarts Chris Collins
and Irvin Pierre made stops to
put the Storm's transition game
into motion.
In earlier pool play, the Storm
overcame an opening 63-57
loss to the Florida
Rams before
knocking off Light
Em Lip. '70-52,
and the Tampa
Flight, 66-53:
"I'm proud of
them because
we had a couple
of tough losses
at the National
Disney AAU
tournament in
Orlando that had 144 teams,
said Coach Francis Bornelus.
"I think the kids have improved
all across the board as far as
fundamentals. dribbling, pass-
ing and also their basketball IQ
is concerned."

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LeBron honored in hometown, endures awkward moment

AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron
James squeezed his mom's
hands, the way he did as a kid.
Moments before being hon-
ored again in his hometown,
where they still love him and al-
ways will, James stood among
family members and friends.
With the days in this summer
of summers dwindling quickly,
this was another moment to sa-
vor. So as he waited to be intro-
duced, James hugged his mom,
Gloria, around the neck, took
out his phone and snapped
their picture.
He was home.
"I know this place," he said,
"and it knows me."
Fresh off leading the U.S.
men's team to a gold medal at
the London Olympics, James
was praised Sunday during a

minor league game for his re-
cent basketball accomplish-
ments an MVP award, NBA
title and the gold and for giv-
ing back to Akron, where his
"Wheels For Education" initia-
tive has provided inner-city
kids with supplies, programs,
mentors, and above all, hope.
"I was one of these kids,"
James said. "It means every-
thing to me to be able to give
back. I have a passion for it. I
love seeing kids smile, and for
them to have someone who can
lead them. For me to be in this
position and being able to help
and give back, means a lot."
James received a warm ova-
tion from the crowd of 3,843 -
more than double the average
attendance when he walked
onto the infield at Canal Park,

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Tannehill really has his work loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the
cut out for him in this his first Dolphins look completely lost
season as the Fins signal call- on offense. They now sit at 0-3
er. After a third consecutive and are the only NFL team not

NBA star LeBron James greets third and fourth graders
from the Akron Public Schools during an appearance at a

minor league baseball game
home of the Double-A Akron
Aeros, during the middle of the
eighth inning escorted by Ak-
ron Mayor Don Plusquellic.
As James reached the area

to have a lead at any point this
pre season. The truth is pre-
season games don't mean a
lot. When the games do count
everybody will be 0-0 and we'll
start all over but this time
it will be for real. But the goal
in the preseason is to find the
diamond in the rough some
unexpected contribution or big
play potential from somebody,
anybody. You're looking to see
if the team can find some sort
of rhythm on offense, defense or
special teams. It's best never to

Sunday in his native Akron,

in front of the pitcher's mound,
infielders for the Reading Phil-
lies lined up on the grass be-
tween first and second base
and gawked at the superstar.

base your expectations on what
you have seen in the preseason,
hopefully for the dolphins that
notion will hold true. They have
been flat out, awful. As for the
Dolphins' receiving situation, it
is a complete mess.
Legedu Naanee who is ex-
pected to begin the season as
a starter stunk up the joint
against the Falcons. On the
other side, Moore was even
worse. I see a disturbing trend
developing with this football
team and it's something that

It was also all going accord-
ing to plan before a malfunc-
tioning microphone caused
several anxious and awkward
Plusquellic's comments kept
cutting out over the ballpark's
speaker system, allowing two
anti-James fans, one of them
wearing a Cleveland Browns
jersey, sitting a few rows behind
Akron's dugout to shout "trai-
tor" and other insults at James,
who seemed unsure of what to
do as the delay dragged on and
stadium personnel scrambled
to find a new microphone.
When it became apparent
James would not be able to
address the crowd, he posed
for pictures and then left the
field, slapping hands with a few
Reading players who leaned

has plagued them for years -
no playmakers. No playmakers
on offense, no playmakers on
defense. When that happens
you generally stink as a football
team. We keep hoping for one
of these young wide receivers
like Moore, Roberto Wallace or
Clyde Gates to show some sort
of growth and game breaking
ability. It hasn't happened yet
and questions linger all over
this roster. Maybe when the
lights go on, so will the energiz-
er bunny in one of these guys.

over their dugout railing to
greet the All-Star, who was
mobbed by fans as he made his
way up the aisle.
It was somewhat poetic,
James going in one week from
stepping onto a gold-medal po-
dium with his teammates on
the world's largest stage to a
mix-up inside a minor league
ballpark where he grew up and
where Thursday's postgame en-
tertainment will include midget
Before taking the field, James
retreated to a dusty stairwell
corner with large rakes leaning
on one cinder-block wall and
reflected on his spectacular
summer, a three-month whirl-
wind of awards that began with
his third MVP trophy and was
capped by a second gold medal.

Maybe somebody on defense
will become a ball hawking
tyrant. Don't count on Vontae
Davis who shipped to the Colts
this past Sunday and was an-
other failed experiment. Maybe
someone on offense can spark
that group and actually give op-
posing teams something to fear.
I mean when your best receiver
is Davonne Bess ... well, never
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