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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
General Note: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Scott and GOP attack Justice

Ifjudges become subject to political
whims, justice for all will no longer exist

By Jose Perez
jperez @mniamiitimlesonline.comi
This November, three of the
seven justices on Florida's Su-
preme Court R. Fred Lewis,
Barbara Pariente and Peggy
Quince are up for merit-
based retention (not "reelec-

tion"). But another related
decision must be made by
voters on Amendment 5. The
amendment is a ballot initia-
tive that seeks to change state
law by allowing unprecedented
legislative access to confiden-
tial court records, giving the
State Senate the power to ap-



prove would-be Supreme Court
Justices and enabling a simple
majority to void court rules (in-
stead of the current two-third
majority set out by law).
Both initiatives all point in
the direction of people that
want to take advantage of the
supermajority Republicans
enjoy in the State Legislature.
Right-wing groups like Restore
Justice 2012 and Americans
for Prosperity have been busy

trying to get Amend-
ment 5 passed and
Justices Lewis, Pa-
riente and Quince '
So how does a WI
judge or justice, the
very embodiment of .
the apolitical scales
of justice, work
against thinly-veiled
partisan threats to
his or her place on the bench

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the bench itself? Af-
ter all, campaigning
--' Under normal cir-
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pery slope towards
subjectivity on the
campaign trail.
Quince says it isn't
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CDC leads efforts to revitalize city
with new housing, social services

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Does 'stand your ground' support vigilantism?

Push for repeal of shoot-first laws
gains national momentum

By D. Kevin McNeir
On February 26, 2012,

self-appointed neighborhood
watchman, George Zimmer-
man, as he walked to a family
member's home from a conve-

name has become synonymous
with "stand your ground" laws
that allow admitted killers like
Zimmerman to claim "self-de-
fense." What lawmakers fail to
make plain is that with these
kinds of laws in place, families
that must deal with the pain of

cial compensation that could
be charged against the shooter.
With that in mind, while Gov-
ernor Rick Scott's Task Force
on Citizen Safety and Protec-
tion met on Tuesday, Oct.
16 in Jacksonville, the par-
ents of Trayvon Martin, along

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tin was shot and killed by a bought some candy. Today his SILNRNL OILgal options in the way of finan- Please turn to TASK FORCE 10A

Obama, Clinton banking on each other

Former president continues to boost

his public image
By DeWayne Wickham
Bill Clinton's bullish cam-
paign for Barack Obama's re-
election is a legacy moment for
the 42nd president. Clinton
was once admiringly hailed as

the nation's first Black presi-
dent before he fell out of favor
with many supporters of the
Black man who actually holds
that honor.
Four years ago, Clinton's
standing among Blacks was

hurt badly by compet-
ing charges of racism,
The animosity was a re-
sult of an ugly sparring
match between Obama
and Clinton, who sup-
ported his wife in that
contest for the Demo-
cratic Party's presiden-
tial nomination.
Some of the wounds

campaign were healed
when President Obama
made Hillary Clinton
his secretary of State.
But the rift between
Obama and his Demo-
cratic predecessor con-
tinued to smolder over
the years. Maybe the
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President speaks to Miami voters
President Barack Obama came to South Florida on last Thursday, speaking to students at the
University of Miami and other supporters. He talked about his economic plan and emphasized the
contrasts that exist between he and his opponent, Mitt Romney. Obama also promised to seize the
momentum from Romney in their next debate.

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Is it fear or apathy that

must be overcome to

save Black boys?
As the Black community comes to terms with the troubling
rise in gun violence between our young men, we must
also take a good look in the mirror. In many respects,
this younger generation our boys and girls that are growing
into men and women have been shaped by our involvement in
their lives or lack thereof.
It would be easy to blame the increase in gangs in Miami, the
outbursts of anger that turn into bloodshed and other societal
ills on videos, R-rated films and the Internet. And while these
new age wonders have had a profound impact on shaping the
minds of our children, they do not have the last word. What really
matters is the adults who surround a child, the examples that
they set and the way they negotiate their own lives. As the co-
median Flip Wilson used to say, "What you see is what you get."
In generations past, neighborhoods and communities worked
in unison to raise, enlighten and protect children. Every grand-
mother was "your grandmother" and every "dad" was your "dad."
However, today that just isn't the case. But is this because we
have grown afraid of our own kids or is it because we've allowed
them to raise themselves? You can't be a parent and be a pal at
the same time. But many new mothers and fathers try to play
both roles, often to a tragic end.
If it isn't fear that is paralyzing us while our young boys engage
in reckless gunfire on our streets, what is keeping adults from
springing into action? Perhaps it's plain old apathy. You see, in
order to really impact a youth's life, one has to take risks. You
have to reveal yourself, be honest about your own shortcomings
and be willing to fail. Not every young adult wants to be reached,
wants to be saved or wants a chance to move beyond the streets.
But most do. Kids have always needed surrogate mothers and fa-
thers not to replace their own but to supplement their actions.
They have been part of the foundation of the Black community
that has kept negative forces at bay generation after genera-
tion. The examples of violence that we see happening today con-
firm how essential the village is to the welfare and future of our
children. Now it's time to ask, will the real "villagers" please step

Misleading advice for

student borrowers
Federal student loan default rates are rising ever
higher, with the worst rates among those who at-
tended for-profit colleges. For-profit schools ac-
count for about 13 percent of higher education enrollment
but nearly half of all defaults. New data from the Depart-
ment of Education shows that 22.7 percent of students from
for-profit schools who began repayment in 2009 defaulted
within three years. That's twice the three-year default rate
of public colleges and three times the rate at private, non-
profit institutions.
In 2014, the federal government will have the power to
cut off federal student aid to colleges whose graduates have
default rates of 30 percent or higher for three consecutive
years or 40 percent in a single year. The aim is to root out
colleges that saddle students with crippling debt while giv-
ing valueless degrees or often no degrees at all.
Now prompted by the threat of sanctions, some schools
are urging students to enter "default management" pro-
grams that allow them to stop making payments temporar-
ily. The problem is that, for many students, these plans can
be costly and inappropriate. They can leave a student with
even higher debt because interest continues to accumulate
during the forbearance period and is added to the princi-
pal. According to a Senate committee report on for-profit
schools, a former student with a debt of more than $18,000
who chose forbearance for a three-year period would end up
paying about $5,000 more.
Far better are income-based repayment plans, under
which struggling borrowers are allowed to pay an afford-
able amount based on earnings and family size. But the
for-profit colleges appear to steer borrowers to the forbear-
ance program because it requires less paperwork and only a
signature on a form or a verbal commitment over the phone.
Federal officials should look closely at schools that enroll
large percentages of students in forbearance programs and
require them to provide borrowers with all the options, in-
cluding the income-based relief program. The government
could also automatically enroll qualified borrowers in in-
come-based repayment before they miss nine months of
payments and default. -New York Times

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Biden wins debate by a country i

If the question is who did more
to help his ticket, Joe Biden won
the vice presidential debate by a
mile. Republican Paul Ryan per-
formed pretty well. He made no
major mistakes and a CNN instant
poll of viewers actually had him
winning narrowly, 48 percent to
44 percent. But my assessment
of the debate agreed with that of
a CBS instant poll of uncommit-
ted voters, who saw Biden as the
landslide winner by 50 percent to
31 percent.
Don't just consider the two sur-
veys and call it a draw. If you ask
whose prospects of winning the
election were boosted Thursday
night, President Obama's or Mitt
Romney's, the answer is really not
debatable. This was a moment the
Obama campaign needed badly.
The only reason for such urgen-
cy, of course, was the sudden dis-
appearance of Obama's lead in the
polls following his awful perfor-
mance against Romney last week.
If the real Obama had shown up in
Denver and not an ill-prepared im-
poster, the focus here would have

been on Ryan: Could he pass the
heartbeat-away test that has given
some vice presidential candidates,
notably Sarah Palin, such trouble?
Instead, this debate was mostly
about Biden: Could he stem the
Romney-Ryan momentum and
dispel the gloom that had settled

and when the jobless rate could
be reduced to less than 6 percent.
Both men ignored the question.
Ryan gave a general answer about
economic policy.
Biden went on the attack, re-
minding viewers that Ryan had
sent him two letters requesting

B iden succeeded, as evidenced by the fact that the lion's
share of post-debate commentary was all about Joe. He
was clearly the protagonist of the evening.

over the Democratic Party?
Biden succeeded, as evidenced
by the fact that the lion's share of
post-debate commentary was all
about Joe. He was clearly the pro-
tagonist of the evening.
Ryan's best moment came at
the end, when he gave his closing
remarks; they were cogent, pol-
ished and well-delivered. It was
the only time Biden allowed him
to get up a head of steam and he
took advantage. The worst mo-
ment for Ryan came when they
were talking about unemployment

funds from the 2009 stimulus
package for businesses in his
home state of Wisconsin and
said the money was needed to
create jobs. According to Repub-
lican dogma, the stimulus was a
gargantuan waste of money that
utterly failed to create jobs. That's
what Ryan preached but not
what he practiced.
Mostly, Biden did the obvious
things Obama failed to do. The de-
bate started at 9 p.m.; at 9:24, he
made the first of several references
to Romney's "47 percent" speech

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Biden pressed Ryan on his plan
to turn Medicare into a voucher
program. He pressed on Romney's
failure to specify what tax deduc-
tions and loopholes he plans to
eliminate to replace the revenue
that would be lost if he succeeds
in cutting income tax rates by 20
percent. Would the deduction for
mortgage interest have to go, or
perhaps the deduction for health
care expenses? Ryan resolutely -
and embarrassingly refused to
answer. Biden didn't do anything
fancy. But I think his performance
will be enough to snap Democrats
out of their funk for now, at
least. The real Biden showed up.
The real Obama had better do the
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper colum-
nist and the former assistant man-
aging editor of The Washington


Is Mitt Romney's rise due to the media?

If you look at the latest polls,
you might get the impression
that Mitt Romney is red hot,
on fire and maybe even headed
for the White House. But is this
Romney surge the real deal, or
merely a media creation turned
self-fulfilling prophecy?
The latest Gallup poll of like-
ly voters has the former Mas-
sachusetts governor with a
2-point lead over the president,
while a Pew poll gives Romney
a 4-point lead. Rasmussen and
Reuters/Ipsos have the two
candidates tied at 48 percent
and 45 percent, respectively,
while the RealClearPolitics av-
erage of the major tracking
polls gives Romney a 48 to 47.3
percent advantage.
Conventional wisdom attri-
butes the Republican candi-
date's momentum and his
apparent erasure of the presi-
dent's lead to a bounce from
the first presidential debate in
Denver. To be sure, the first
debate was not Obama's fin-
est hour and a half. But while

the president's debate perfor-
mance was underwhelming, it
did not translate into the his-
toric debate win for Romney as
Gallup suggested.
Early post-debate polling was
not nearly as harsh on Obama
as the subsequent offerings
by media reports and politi-

in order to win.
Although Romney's favor-
ability rating has reached a
new high of 47 percent, this
is only slightly higher than his
pre-debate rating and well be-
low the president's record 55
percent positive rating. Rom-
ney remains the least popu-

The latest Gallup poll of likely voters has the former Mas-
sachusetts governor with a 2-point lead over the presi-
dent, while a Pew poll gives Romney a 4-point lead.

cal punditry. And in any case,
nearly half of respondents in a
CNN poll said the debate did
not make them more likely to
vote for either candidate.
Romney scored points on de-
livery but lacked substance,
and presented a more moder-
ate stance that contradicted
the "severely" conservative per-
sona he assumed throughout
this election season. Most of
all, Romney lied liberally, doing
a better job of making stuff up

lar presidential nominee since
1984, which, in combination
with the other evidence, is not
exactly the makings of a win-
So what's going on
here? Well, this is like the hype
of the press conference before
the boxing match. Some in the
media declared Romney the
winner before the debate even
started. Others went over the
top with their assessment of
Obama's debate performance.

This seeped into the public,
consciousness and particularly
made an impression on "low-
information" undecided voters.
That's politics, that's news, but
that's also entertainment.
In this reality show era, there
is a need for drama and in-
trigue. A close race provides
just that. A wide margin of vic-
tory is not so much of a story,
but the narrative of Romney as
the underdog on the rise or
Obama as the "comeback kid"
- is far more appealing to me-
dia spin doctors.
Meanwhile, a lot can happen
between now and Election Day.
There are two presidential de-
bates left and an opportunity
for the president to give his
opponent a proper education.
Plus, Romney's "47 percent"
comment isn't going anywhere
and could continue to cause
him trouble. In other words,
it is way too premature for the
Romneys to plan to redecorate
the Oval Office. Obama is still
the favorite to win.

CHER'LY'N HARLE'I LEBON Prolect 21 columnist

EPA regulations take peoples' breath away i
Primatene Mist is an over-the- such inhaler available for the two thing Primatene Mist users now prescription drugs a~aIable7w
counter (OTC) inhaler that has to three million people who regu- have in common is an inability to prefer OTC options because they
been used safely for over 50 years larly used Primatene Mist before buy the OTC emergency inhaler are cheaper, available at whole-
by millions of people coping with the ban. because of the federal govern- sale clubs and most impor-
asthma. It was the only non- There are typically two kinds ment's lack of foresight. tantly don't require a pedia-
prescription inhaler available to of Primatene Mist users. The As the mother of two asthmatic trician appointment or follow-up
the public before it was banned first category consists of people children, I fault the EPA for in- trip to the drugstore. In other
for sale by the Environmental lacking access to prescription in- truding on my life and hurting words, the EPA eliminated the
Protection Agency on January 1, halers because they lack health my ability to make the best de- options provided by Primatene
2012. The EPA banned the inhal- insurance or cannot afford a doc- cisions for my children. Without Mist.
er to comply with an internation- tor's visit to get a prescription, an OTC option, asthma sufferers Environmentalists can contin-
al treaty the Montreal Protocol ue their debate about the ozone
on Substances that Deplete the layer, but I am more concerned
Ozone Layer. This treaty deter- FCs help propel the Primatene Mist into the user's lungs about access to affordable and
mined that chlorofluorocarbons and this is where it gets interesting. When the EPA sti- readily available inhalers. I don't
(CFCs) damage the ozone layer where it gets interesting. When the EPA insti want decisions vital to my fam-
and must be outlawed. tuted the ban in November 2008 ... ily's immediate health made by
CFCs help propel the Pri- some bureaucrat in a window-
matene Mist into the user's lungs less office. The real losers are
and this is where it gets interest- The second category consists of must now go to a physician and asthma sufferers who want the
ing. When the EPA instituted the people who have health insur- get a prescription inhaler. Given freedom to choose for themselves
ban in November 2008, it was as- ance but prefer an OTC inhaler, the proposed changes to our and their family the best course
sumed that a replacement OTC People in the latter category be- health care system, do we really to treat their suffering.
inhaler would be available for lieve that Primatene Mist is the need another reason to deal with Cherlyn Harley LeBon, a former
purchase at drug stores, grocery most effective way to treat their our health care bureaucracy? senior counsel on the U.S. Senate
stores and convenience stores by symptoms or simply prefer it to Members of my family suffers Judiciary Committee, is a member
the beginning of 2012. They were prescription inhalers. While their from seasonal allergies. While of the Project 21 Black Leadership
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Obama: A day late and dollar short in Black Florida

Most of us know that our
Sunshine State is so impor-
tant in presidential politics be-
cause: Florida has 29 electoral
votes of the 270 necessary to
elect a president and; we are a
"swing state" that can vote ei-
ther Democrat or Republican.
But if you listen to most po-
litical pundits, this election is
done and Bro. Prez will win
easily. The president, who is
a cautious politician, has al-
ready gone into a "prevent"
defense/"four corners" offense
that takes little risk. He will
attempt to run out the cam-
paign clock on Mitt Romney.
But not so fast. The latest
Real Clear Politics poll that
averages various Florida polls
show Obama up by 3.2 per-
cent as of this writing. That
average is within the collective
margins of error of the polls,
which means that Romney can
still win Florida a must-win
state for him. If Romney loses
Florida, he's done. But Obama
can win without Florida if he
holds many of the states he

won in 2008. That's another
reason our state is so impor-
tant; if Obama wins here, he
puts Romney out of his mis-
ery. Thus, every vote counts
But Black Floridians' en-
thusiasm for Obama began to
slowly wane as a consequence
of the 2008 multi-billion dol-
lar bank bailoutt that left us

blocs who put him in office -
Blacks, Hispanics, and youth,
especially college, students.
Voter suppression and early
voting restrictions were put in
place by the GOP-dominated
Florida Legislature in 2009
while Obama and the Dept. of
Justice watched; they didn't
get into the fight until early

Obama has not used the bully pulpit of the presidency
nor the levers of power effectively to protect key voting
blocs who put him in office Blacks, Hispanics, and
youth, especially college students.

all behind; the 2009 stimulus
package that had little impact
in our neighborhoods; and
the disproportionate number
of bank foreclosures among
Blacks as early as 2007.'
Obama has not used the
bully pulpit of the presidency
nor the levers of power ef-
fectively to protect key voting

Politicians and political par-
ties put their money and time
where their mouths are. The
Washington Post reports that
so far Obama has spent $174
million in TV ads alone. But
the campaign hasn't spent
one dime on Black newspa-
per political ads anywhere
in the country to date even

though Nielsen Company re-
search indicates that 28 per-
cent of Black "baby boomers"
- Obama's base of support -
still consume print media and
67 percent of Blacks surveyed
want to see ads targeting
them. He's spent a pittance
on Black radio, and everything
else on "mainstream" TV and
on the Internet.
And there's another pot of
.Black voters that won't get to
the polls Florida's ex-felons,
who turned out in droves in
2008. In August, it was re-
ported that the Florida Parole
Commission is sitting on more
than 17,000 Restoration of
Civil Rights certificates that
would notify former felons
that they can now register to
vote. The American Civil Liber-
ties Union cross-checked the
names on those certificates
with voter registration lists
and found that 13,571 of them
are not registered voters -
presumably because many of
them don't know they've been
cleared to register.

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


Like Big Bird Romney will fire workers
Mitt Romney aka "The Termi- time he says he supports creating American public we know he is business prac
nator" has proclaimed with much a knowledge-based workforce. To in fantasy land. However, when fully, Americ
enthusiasm that he will fire Big cut funding to public television he is in the private quarters of fuse to buy ir
Bird if he becomes the next pres- is an insult to all Americans and his wealthy supporters the real of profit over
ident. This means Big Bird and to fire Big Bird is a disgrace to Mitt stands up. His record with Forward" in tl
Company will join the 23 mil- our children. The awful truth is Bain Capital reveals that he vote for our ne
lion Americans already in the United States
unemployment lines. America is itt Romney aka "The Terminator" has proclaimed with Undeniably
revered all around the world as ful Mitt Romn
the land of opportunity because much enthusiasm that he will fire Big Bird if he be- has made hi
of the chance to work and earn comes the next president. This means Big Bird and businessman.
a living. But Romney's economic Company will join the 23 million Americans already in the unem- style of lead
plans would allow big businesses the Oval Off:
to fail and subsequently add to ployment lines. rimental not
the number of unemployed. workers, but
By no means are Romney's a whole. Gov.
comments to to be taken lightly, when Romney threatened to fire strategically forced businesses are not create
His comment to stop government Big Bird he was threatening to into bankruptcy and disrupted businessmen
fundingto PBS and fire the Bird lay off another American worker. the lives of thousands of employ- provide public
supports his inability to con- Behind the costume there is an ees as though they were nothing women and cl
nect to the working class. On one employed citizen. more than bad debt. However, Queen Broz
hand his intent is to remove pro- Romney refuses to separate he refuses to accept responsi- writer, a mo
grams that provide early educa- fantasy from reality. When he ability for the human causalities and a trained
tion for our children. At the same is addressing or debating the brought on by his unscrupulous vocate.

:tices there. Hope-
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people and "Move
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ext President of the
of America.
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Crime victim's ad-

With the elections less than one

month away, what issues is of most

concern to you?
Project Coordinator, Midtown Miami Retired, Carol City

"What most
concerns me
is that every-
one goes out
and vote for
Obama. But
regardless of
who wins my
real concern
is for the 99%,
and that they'll have their fair
share of this political game."

Homemaker. Miami

and Unrim ,
ployment i
effects v. heth,
er or n:or mrri
kids will 'e
to c:oileg
and ha. e ]
job once their,

Retired, Liberty City

"Health -eatP
care... be-
cause it helps -
the poor, the
Blacks, the
rich and the
whites. It's for

"The great-
est issue that I "
concerns me
is definitely -.
welfare and
housing. A I
lot of people ,. "
wouldn't have
a place to-stay
and may end up on the streets.'

Retired, Liberty City


is so

tion going on. I "
haven't turned
mine's in yet, .j
I'm afraid that
it won't be counted. I will turn it
in soon but I'm personally tak-
ing it in and praying about it."

Producer. Allapattah

"My main is-
sue is the eth-
ical treatment
of those who
are arrested.
You should
have a choice
between being
in a patty wagon and a squad
car especially if you're claustro-
phobic. Humans are humans

I Letters to the Editor

Oppose the bond until we
Your article, "Will Blacks get tion. The school system spends
their fair share of the $1.2B only 4 cents with each Black
bond?, was very well writ- family to every $1.29 for other
ten but missed the most im- families. The superintendent
portant point concerning the is aware that to help distribu-
Black community. tion to the Black population,
If the schools are built with a Black business program
gold and the teachers all came must be enforced meaning a
from Harvard, the point still disparity study must be per-
remains that Black parents formed. They haveknown this
cannot afford to send their for more than four years and
children on to higher educa- it will take two years to per-

get guarantee
form and enforce the program.
Now the superintendent wants
to spend $1.2 billion with only
one percent going to the Black
community. As long as we do
not demand our fair share the
conditions in our community
will never change. We need
to oppose the bond for two
years and get the proper pro-
gram back in place to ensure
our parents can support their

Which of the two Romneys is the real one?

Which version of Romney
will serve as president? Will
it be the compassionate, em-
pathic one or the one who dis-
missed outright 47 percent of
the population? Is it the one
who will repeal the Affordable
Health Care Act and send an
ambulance to deliver the sick.

to emergency rooms, or the
one who at times suggests that
he will embrace some parts of
Obamacare? Is it the one who
believes that Russia is a prime
enemy or is it Iran? The "severe-
ly conservative" or the newly-
hatched moderate? Is it the one
who, when faced with a difficult

Edmonson cares for seniors
/ v\ _

I am a 75-year-old stroke
victim who requires a walker.
When the sheriff and land-
lord were about to put me
out on the street, Commis-
sioner Edmonson's office in-
tervened and got me enough
time to secure an apartment
and storage space. When FPL
wanted a very high deposit

and would not spread the
cost over three months, the
Commissioner and her staff
were there. She has always
had the back of the commu-
nity. We need to keep her in

Shellon H. Allwood

question, comments about the
beauty of the clouds. The-pro-
ponent of a 20 percent across
the board tax cut or the model
that denies a multi-trillion dol-
lar tax cut. Do we get the lover
of teachers or the one who says
we have enough teachers (and
police and firemen)? Can we



children in college programs.
A college graduate on average
earns more than one million
dollars during their career. As
long as we allow the dollars to
be spent with other families,
it is not the superintendent's
fault. The blame belongs to the
Black community.

Samuel Lee Gilmore, Jr.

be sure that what he says to-
day isn't retracted or refined by
his handlers the next day? Are
we stuck with the model Jon
Huntsman described as a "per-
fectly lubricated weathervane"?

Jaime Reyes

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South Florida public school standards reducedfor se tomorr board me

Blacks, Latinos under new benchmarks ber Donna Korn said expecta-
tions should be equal across the

By Karen Yi tegi
Florida's public school stu- for
dents will be judged in part by her
race and ethnicity, under new C
education benchmarks ap- for
proved this week. Edt
And that has created a fire- nur
storm in South Florida. exp
Opponents say setting higher alis
goals for whites and Asians and "(
lower goals for Latino and Black stud
groups is insulting and feeds ra- terms
cial stereotypes, takS
"All children should be held to poil
high standards and for them to Ac
say that for African-Americans 201
the goal is below other students of A
is unacceptable," said Patrick
Franklin, president and CEO of
the Urban League of Palm Beach i:
The State Board of Education
on Tuesday approved its stra-


ic plan that in part sets dif- white,
ent reading and math targets and 74
students according to their at or at
itages. The s
heryl Etters, spokesperson cent of
the Florida Department of cent of
ucation, said the disparate Hispan:
nbers are not meant to lower Blacks
ectations but rather set "re- math gi
tic and attainable" goals. But B
Of course we want every tendent
dent to be successful," Et- ting loft
Said. "But we do have to student
e into account their starting dysfunc
nt." "Why
according to the plan, by ate wh4
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Asian students, 88 percent of is not tl

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81 percent of Hispanics
percent of Blacks to be
)ove reading grade level.
state also wants 86 per-
white students, 92 per-
Asians, 80 percent of
ics and 74 percent of
to be at or above their
trade level.
toward Schools Superin-
SRobert Runcie said set-
ier benchmarks for some
:s perpetuates an already
:tional system.
do we want to perpetu-
at's going on today?" he
'he reality we have today
he reality that we want to

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"All of our students have to
face the same careers and if we
allow them to have different lev-
Sels of success, then they will fal-
She was also concerned the
strategic plan could affect the
state's issuance of school grades.
"Well start looking at race when
we're scoring our schools. That's
not appropriate."
But state officials said the
race-based goals would not fac-
tor into school grades; schools
will only be evaluated for the
performance of students as a
Winnie Tang, president of the

udent grading
Asian American Federation of The goals call for a 19 percent
Florida, said the benchmarks boost in reading levels for whites
are also hurtful to Asians. by 2018 but a 36 percent spike
"We still have a lot of students for Blacks.
who are average and below aver- "There is an achievement gap
age. Being [perceived as] a high- and we're working really hard to
er achiever really hurts a lot of close that," Etters said.
students," she said. Jorge Avellana, executive di-
The last strategic plan ap- rector of the Hispanic Human
proved by the state in July did Resources Council, Inc. in Palm
not differentiate between racial Beach County, said setting a
or ethnic groups. lower bar would not solve the
Though now the goals for some problem of poor performance.
groups are lower, state officials In 2011, 86.8 percent of white
said those students still have students graduated in Broward
expectations to meet and often County compared to 65.5 per-
an even bigger jump to make. cent of Black students and 79.3
While 69 percent of white stu- percent of Latinos.
dents are currently at reading In Palm Beach, 89.8 percent of
level, only 38 percent of Black white students graduated while
students and 53 percent of His- 66.5 percent Black students and
panic students meet the same 75.2 percent of Latino students
standard. graduated.

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A five-year academic "road
map" for Florida public school
students is angering some educa-
tors and civil rights groups, who
note that it sets different profi-
ciency goals for Black, Latino and
white students, among others.
The strategic plan is actually
the first half of an envisioned
10-year, non-binding guide that
pushes schools to eliminate Flor-
ida's historic achievement gap
by the 2022-23 school year. Ap-
proved this week by the Florida
State Board of Education, the in-
terim plan sets out 2017-18 goals
in reading and math that differ
by ethnic and socio-economic
groups: For instance, it requires
that 88 percent of white students,
but only 74 percent of Black stu-
dents, be proficient in reading.
That difference has ignited
what one local newspaper called
a "firestorm" in Florida.
"All children should be held
to high standards and for them
to say that for Blacks the goal
is below other students is unac-
ceptable," Urbari League of Palm
Beach County President Patrick
Franklin told the (Fort Lauder-
dale, Fla.) Sun Sentinel.
In a hastily arranged press call
on last Thursday, Florida Com-
missioner of Education Pam
Stewart said critics get it wrong:
Florida has "very aggressive"
achievement targets for poor and
minority kids more aggressive
than for white, middle-class stu-
dents, in fact, since they need to
make up more ground.
"This plan does not set lower
standards for any student or any
subgroup," she said, noting that
by the 2022-23 school year, the
plan expects all students to work
at or above grade level.
"Florida believes that every
child can learn," Stewart said.
Amy Wilkins of The Education
Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based
advocacy group for low-income
and minority students, said Flor-
ida officials could have described
the interim plan in a "less inflam-
matory way." But she said it's
wrong to criticize the plan, which
her group designed.
"It is realistic, but it is also a
stretch for most schools," she
For many Florida schools that
serve large numbers of poor and
minority students, the road map
means that "they're going to have
to up their game and they're
going to have to up their game
She called it "a sensible, ambi-
tious goal" that doesn't sugarcoat
the neediest students' low profi-
ciency levels. For instance, while
it seeks only 74 percent reading
proficiency for Black students, it
notes that only 38 percent were
proficient last year, far fewer than
white students, at 69 percent It
pushes for 36 percent more Black
students to become proficient in
five years, vs. only 19 percent
more white students.

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Macv's maintains a steadfast Myra J. Biblowit, President of continues to be a strong ally

Business Wire

NEW YORK This October,
Macy's has once again part-
nered with The Breast Cancer
Research Foundations (BCRF)
to draw attention, heighten
awareness and raise funds in
the fight against breast can-
cer. Throughout the month of
October, women, survivors and
others also affected by breast
cancer will have a chance to
acknowledge Breast Cancer
Awareness month, and look
good while doing good with
commemorative pink products,
including fashion, cosmetics
and home merchandise.
"Macy's has a long-standing
commitment to giving back and
supporting causes that are im-
portant to the communities we
live in," said Martine Reardon,
chief marketing officer for Ma-
cy's. "Our more than 10 year
partnership with BCRF dem-
onstrates our ability to make
magic by working effectively
with our vendors, employees
and customers to get involved
and fight for a cure. We know
that the small part we play in
such a monumental cause will
make a difference and help to
save lives by funding research
to end breast cancer forever."
When looking for ways
to support the cause, shop
America's department store
for pink product from be-
loved designers and brands.
Throughout October, Macy's
will host a dedicated space in
350 stores across the country
and online at macys.com/pink,
aptly named the "Pink Shop,"
featuring a variety of items that
give back to causes devoted
to awareness, education and
research in the fight against
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dedication to finding a cure.
This year's program is targeted
to reaching customers in every
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"The Breast Cancer Re-
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The Breast Cancer Research
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Hollywood Actress
ding continues on two of Viola
Davis' dresses being auctioned
off to help raise money for
schools in the struggling city of
Central Falls where she grew
The Providence Journal re-
ports the auction of dresses pre-
viously worn by Davis continues
this week on eBay. The auction
is to benefit the drama club
at Central Falls High School,
her alma mater, and the Segue
Institute for Learning, whose
founder Davis grew up with.
The Oscar-nominated actress
from the film "The Help" at-
tended a screening of her latest
movie, "Won't Back Down,"
at Veterans Memorial Audito-
rium in Providence on Sunday
evening. The paper reports the
event raised about $15,000 in
ticket sales.
Davis spoke at Central Falls
High School in May and has
continued to support the city.


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Police: Robber bought escort ad FAMUband member

By Juan Ortega I .L .

One of two young women
accused of robbing people out-
side Coral Square Mall alleged-
ly used a stolen credit card to
advertise herself as an escort,
according to an arrest report.
Arshantayvia Chinn, 19, ad-
mitted to officers she used the
card that was stolen during a
mall robbery Sunday to pur-
chase her "female escort ad" on
classified website Backpage.
corn, the report said.
Chinn and her alleged
accomplice, Shantwanice
Chisem, also 19, were arrested
in the mall robberies last Tues-
day when an officer posing as
an escort customer found the
women at a Tamarac hotel, ac-
cording to an arrest report.
Chinn and Chisem, who
both listed the hotel as their
address, were held on charges
of grand theft and fraudulent
use of a credit card, police
said. Chinn also was charged
with petty theft, while Chisem
was additionally charged with
armed robbery and violation
of probation in an auto theft,
police said.
Coral Springs police had
been investigating two heists
that happened outside the

Shantwanice Chisem, left, and Arshantayvia Chinn

mall. The latest one happened
last Sunday, when Chisem
allegedly robbed a 77-year-old
woman of her purse.
The victim was walking from
Coral Square Mall toward her
vehicle, when Chisem twice
hit the woman across the
head with what the woman
thought was a firearm, a po-
lice report said.
Chisem then pulled the
victim's purse from her
arm. Once Chisem had the
woman's purse, Chisem got
into a beige vehicle driven by
her accomplice, police said.

Chisem later said the weapon
she used was a toy gun, police
Last month, Chinn and
Chisem also allegedly car-
jacked a 57-year-old woman
in the parking lot of Coral
Square Mall, police said.
The woman was in her car
waiting to pick up her son
from his job, when the rob-
bers approached her car. One
robber pointed a gun at her
face, police said. The victim
asked the robbers if she could
take her purse, but the rob-
bers told her no and drove

away in the car, police said.
As police investigated, they
learned that a credit card sto-
len Sunday was used to pay
for two cellphone bills and for
several online transactions,
including the payment to
BackPage.com, police said.
When police subpoenaed
BackPage.com for information
about the transaction, they
learned the payment was for
an escort service that had a
local telephone number for
customers to call.
"Further investigation led to
the suspicion that [Chinn] was
the individual whose photos
were posted to the Backpage
ad," police said.
The officer who posed as the
escort customer was told by
Chinn she was staying at a
Tamarac La Quinta Inn, police
said. When police arrested
Chinn and Chisem, the pair
confessed to the holdups, po-
lice said. Chisem also admit-
ted she was involved in other
armed robberies and carjack-
ings in Coral Springs and
Sunrise, police said.
Authorities ask anyone with
additional information about
the robberies to call Coral
Springs police Detective Brian
Koening at 954-346-1229.

Local crime updates

Miami Times staff report

It's unknown where former
state lawmaker Mandy Daw-
son, 56, was last Friday, but
prison officials said she didn't
surrender as scheduled at the
Federal Correctional Institu-
tion in Tallahassee to begin
serving a six-month term for
income tax evasion. Prison of-
ficials said she wasn't there by
close of business Friday, but
she was listed in custody by
early last Saturday. Dawson
was to have turned herself in
that Friday.morning. Dawson,
a Democrat who represented
parts of Broward and Palm
Beach counties in the state
Senate and House for 16 years,
was found guilty of income tax
evasion linked to an influence-
peddling case in Tallahassee
politics. Dawson had asked
to delay her surrender date
by two months on medical
grounds but U.S. District

Judge Robert Scola, Jr. turned
her down.

Earl Brown, 73, was shot
on Sept. 27 by three police
from Lauderhill who were
responding to a report of
an intruder at International
Global Metals [1700 block of
NW 31st Avenue]. According
to reports confirmed by Capt.
C. Stanley, public informa-
tion office for the Lauderhill
Police Department, Brown was
working as a security guard
and was armed. Police say
they thought Brown, who was
Black and not wearing a uni-
form, posed a threat to their
safety. He was taken to a local
hospital where he underwent
surgery. However, he then
suffered two heart attacks and
-died. The officers are now in
paid administrative leave and
the case remains under inves-

Miami rapper Bizzle killed at car wash

Miami Times staff report

Robert Labranche, 37, a
popular Miami rapper also
known as Bizzle or Chowtime,
was shot and killed outside of
a Liberty City car wash at 770
NW 54th Street late Tuesday
evening. According to police
reports, gunshots were heard
sometime around 8 p.m. and
officers on patrol seeking the
source found Labranche's body

on the ground in the corner of
the car wash. His two chil-
dren, both under the age of 10,
were still in his SUV. Neither
child was hurt and according
to police spokesperson, Willie
Moreno, they did not witness
the shooting. A crowd soon
gathered and expressed great
emotion over the senseless
shooting. Moreno noted that
Labranche was "definitely loved
in the community."

Ruthless drug lord takes control of deadly cartel

By Randy Kreider

The new head of the Zetas drug
cartel is a former Dallas resident
who is scorned as a traitor by
many of his own cartel soldiers
and mocked as an ex-"car wash-
er" by his enemies, but has risen
to power thanks to a fearsome
reputation for violence.
"[Miguel Angel Trevino Mo-
rales] is extremely brutal, to the
point of sadism," said George
Grayson, an expert on the Zetas.
"He is prepared to advance his
interest through unspeakable
Trevino Morales, also known
as El 40 or the Monkey, became
the uncontested head of the
Mexico's most feared drug cartel
when former kingpin Heriberto
Lazcano was killed in a shootout
with Mexican Marines last Sun-
day. Lazcano had been linked to
hundreds of murders, includ-
ing the massacre of 72 civilians,
but Trevino Morales is allegedly
even more bloodthirsty. One of
his preferred methods of dealing
with enemies, say authorities, is
burning them alive.
Trevino Morales, 41, was born
in Mexico but spent some of his

formative years in Dallas, Texas,
where authorities say he had a
criminal record as a teenager. He
has a dozen siblings and report-
edly still has family in the Dallas
area. He joined the Zetas soon
after their formation. And while
he did not have a military back-
ground, got the designation 40,
with his brother taking number
42. In 2005, Morales became
the boss of the Nuevo Laredo
"plaza," or drug territory. As a
newly-minted underboss, he had
traditional gangster tastes for
fast cars, women and fancy guns
and reportedly liked to hunt

game imported from Africa. He
also, however, developed a devel-
oped a particular reputation for
brutality in a group already re-
nowned for violence. His favored
methods for dispatching enemies
were dismembering them while
still alive, or making them into a
"guiso," or stew stuffing them
in 55-gallon oil drums, adding
gasoline and burning them alive.
By 2009, Trevino Morales had
been named in multiple federal
indictments in Texas, D.C. and
New York for alleged crimes
ranging from drug trafficking,
kidnapping, and money laun-
dering to ordering a half dozen
murders in Laredo, Texas. The
DEA offered a $5 million re-
ward for information leading to
his arrest or conviction, and ac-
cused him of controlling more
than 200 operatives and smug-
gling hundreds of kilograms of
cocaine into the U.S. weekly.
Early the next year, the Ze-
tas finally split from the Gulf
cartel after the Gulf Cartel
crossed Trevino Morales. In
January 2010, the Gulf Cartel
tortured and killed one of his
close friends. Trevino Morales
responded with an ultimatum

demanding that the cartel give
up the killer. The order was ig-
nored, and Trevino Morales al-
legedly began killing members
of the Gulf Cartel en masse.
The Zetas, now an independent
cartel with Trevino Morales
second in command, were soon
battling the Gulf Cartel for con-
trol of Northern Mexico, and

pleads no contest in

Robert Champion

hazing deal

By Stephen Hudak

Former Florida A&M Univer-
sity band member Brian Jones
pleaded no contest last Tuesday
to felony hazing in the death of
drum major Robert Champion
Jones, ho la ,li turn 24 later
this month. is the first il the
12 band members charged in
Champion's beating death to
withdraww a nortt-guilti- plea
Th; others are set or trial next
Championn. 2. died No'. 19
alter a hazing aboard a charter
bus packed outside the Rosen
Plaza hotil '.r here the school's
lamed lMarching 100 \..as stay-
ino The h.a.-nd was in Orl:ando
otr ., "battle of the bands" aJ-nd
ca h-ilftiime prrlformrani.~e .at the
Florida Clissic, the annual r1-
'..-dr, came at the irrLius Bo'. I
her'.io:.n FA\MIU a-nd Bethune-
Cuokmar Liinrl',ersl [
Circuit Judge Marc Lubet ac-
cepted ..iones' plea last Tuesday
but did, not pronounce Jones
gu.iltN Lubet set sentencing for
Oct. 22 to' allow Champion's
parents to attend.
-,oull ner'er make it right
airh them," th," judge told
Jones. "bLit do everything in
your power to tr,."
,Jones faces up to tire ears
in prison and a possible $5,000
tine. A p':rcussior,:st and crimi-
nal-iusticc miajlor from Parrish,
near Tarnpa. Jones .as accom-
panied by his mother .Jacque-
ILLn Juines.
according to documents re-
leased by prosecutors earlier
luis .ear. fellow band member
Benjamin McNamree. who also
is charged '.'. th felony hazing in
Charnpion's death, told inves-
tigators that he recalled Jones
-basicall' holding Charrpionr
in a bear hug McNamee also
told detectives that he tried
to free the drum major from
Jones' ,rasp
The chance -,i plea occurred
after a 28-minute private hud-

die in the c'uritr'-om r ,'itt t he
jlidgc. .St-sislAti r -i..bate 'ttr;rney
Nicole P.p Li.e. and defe l'r: l.-
vcr Ahlii. Ma:r-, Adamson-.'' The
I m'.'.,rs oV.'.uild nrt c': rimment
;ib,.'ut. trr, disci' -.i; '.*. l',i.-h
V as,. at Lrines, anilitl.ated
Alm.er .a rre.:'s--. LubC:t .llIed
tihe deadLlu i: Ch.arnppion "a trag-
ic set iof:~ ,C:nt rThe- Ildie ;so
labelcud .J:ine's' partlclpat--1.l in
there hzingi as- "rather mminirral,"
a descsripUtin allirmrned in court
bI the pi cLitr.(-
The jude Jds-:. praised I. orn.s,
n'j.v enrcjled r. the Silae Col-
Icq'- ..,f Flo rida.. ''for stepping up
to the plate' ld: a -,tpu. 11-1, le-
sponsibiliot, for his Iute ill tie
deadly ha;ine
An Orlando la.'-'.-.r, Adam.-u .n
descrinbed Ji,:s djci-s:r.in as a
-besr. interest plea in Ahicr h
is rnot adrrmittumg iili rtn-r deny-
ing it. but acceptrlan the ai: ts
an- d th,e la'. as pr, -.e,-.red bi the.
prosecutors. Sh' 5.4A.I the pIra
does no l require nor bar ,ions
iron teSIf.,'lng in M tlci :.n-i ':fl
his badrn1m'-ats.
Champion's p.-.rrn s l've
sued the- uiii'.ersir,; the has
crrmp-ir, F ti.ulus Co'ch
Lines, aijid the I,~lu dri'.r. Wtn-
di- Mr -Urtte Thev aiilre n l-c i-
ienle i the 'u.rr'.nfA'uI-dcih of
ith,'ir sori, Thi i.iui' r. i-r t, h ;i
asked a juder: tL disrnss the
laW SuLit

Man gets life for killing son

(AP) A South Carolina man
has been sentenced to life in
prison for killing his 2-year-old
son and encasing his body in
A jury deliberated 33 minutes
last Thursday before finding
31-year-old Roger Anthony Wil-
liams guilty of homicide by child
abuse. Williams' lawyer asked
for a mistrial before he was
sentenced because of the short
length of deliberations, but a
judge refused.
Williams admitted putting
his son into a barrel, filling it
with concrete and taking it from
Summerville to Orangeburg
County. But he denied killing

the boy, blaming his former
girlfriend Grace Trotman for the
child's death. She pleaded guilty
and testified for prosecutors.
She'll be sentenced later.
In closing statements, pros-
ecutors reminded jurors of tes-
timony that said Williams often
hit his son because he would
stand like a girl.

CORRECTION: A photograph
on page 8A of last week's Miami
Times misidentified Broward
County Commissioner Dale V. C.
Holness as State Representative
Perry E. Thurston. We apologize for
the error.

Prosecutors want to talk to reporter about Carroll

By Gary Fineout
Associated Press

ecutors want to question a
newspaper reporter about a
criminal case involving a for-
mer aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer
They asked a judge last
Thursday to force Florida
Times-Union reporter Matt
Dixon testify about defendant
Carletha Cole allegedly giving
him a secret recording of her

talking to Carroll's
chief of staff. Pros-
ecutors say that
would violate state
law, making Dixon
an eyewitness.
The paper's attor-
neys asked Circuit
Judge Frank Shef-
field to block the
subpoena, saying JENN
prosecutors can t.
get the information
elsewhere. Under
Florida law, journalists have

Gov of

limited protection
from testifying in
cases they are in-
volved with profes-
Sheffield said he
needs more time
before ruling.
Sheffield is also
scheduled Thursday
CARROLL to consider Carroll's
f Florida request that she not
be forced to answer
questions from
Cole's attorneys.

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ton to launch.
"Psychologically, I was ready
for it," said Mack, 81, a Sun-
rise resident and former Army
officer who commanded a Nike
Hercules base. "I did not think
about killing people. But I
hoped I would not be the first to
fire. I absolutely knew it would
be a holocaust."
In South Florida and in Cuba,
the missile crisis put millions
of people on what seemed like
the front lines. At bases in the
Everglades, Carol City and
west of Kendall, missiles were
raised to the go position and
tilted in the direction of Fidel
Castro's island. There, the
Kennedy Administration had
learned from spy plane recon-
naissance, the Soviet Union
was building what looked like
an offensive missile base near
San Cristobal.
In south Miami-Dade Coun-
ty, thousands of Army troops
moved to and from encamp-
ments that sprang up in to-
mato fields and cow pastures.
Portable Hawk anti-aircraft
missiles were set up along
beaches from Miami Beach to
Key West.
In schools, students became
accustomed to air raid sirens
and were drilled on "duck and
cover" techniques.
"We would see soliders hold-
ing morning reveille at shop-
ping centers as we went to
school on the bus," said Wes-
ley Dallas, who at 14 was so
impressed he would later en-
list, serve in Vietnam and be-
come a Miami-Dade police of-
"At school we would do these
drills where we get under the
desk, which we now know was
a waste of time. But you be-
lieved you were a part of it.
And yes, it was frightening."
Among the soldiers who
arrived in South Florida was
Nate Conner, a 19-year-old
from Becket, Mass., assigned
to the 2nd Missile Battalion of
the 52nd Air Defense Artillery
at Carol City.
"We knew the missiles.
were live," said Conner, now
69, a Plantation resident re-
tired from his metal fabricat-
ing business. "Somewhere in
the back of my mind was the
thought that something could
happen. In the motor pool they
told us to get under a large
truck. But I wasn't scared."
In Trinidad, Cuba, Maria
Teresa Rodriguez was then a
21-year-old elementary school

flight, meet Conner, and fall in
love. The missile crisis became a
joke that runs through their 43-
year marriage.
"I tell him, "You were trying
to kill me and my family,'" said
Maria Rodriguez Con-
ner. "But I married
him anyway."
Ultimately, the "eye-
ball-to-eyeball" con-
frontation between
President John F. Ken-
nedy and Soviet pre-
mier Nikita Khrush-
chev was resolved
with mutual conces- COI
sions. After the U.S.
announced a naval blockade
on shipments of arms to Cuba,
Khrushchev agreed to a U.S.
pledge not to invade the island
in exchange for a removal of the
But for Mack, the 13 days that
preceded the agreement stands




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Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy over missiles in

Cuba put South Florida in a tenuous situation

By Mike Clary

For 13 days, beginning Oct.
16, 1962, the U.S. came as
close as it ever has to nuclear
Cold War tensions between
the U.S. and the Soviet Union
had turned red hot. Missiles
armed with nuclear warheads
were pointed skyward. And
50 years ago this week, Henry
Mack had his finger on the but-

teacher. She was scared.
"We would hear noises in the
middle of the night, and relatives
told me they saw big trucks car-
rying strange things they never
saw before," she said. "When spy
planes went over, parents pan-
icked and came in to our one-
room school and took their kids
home. We were waiting for some-
thing to happen."
Five years later, Rodriguez
would leave Cuba on a freedom

as "the loneliest experience
"At DefCon 2, you are one
minute away. You can't imag-
ine the stress of commanding
a base with all that destruc-
tive power, knowing that a mis-
take could wipe out a state or a

Mack's journey to the com-
mand of Battery B of the 2nd
Missile Battalion, 517th Artil-
lery in Carleton, Mich., is as im-
probable as the nuclear stand-
off itself.
The grandson of a slave, he
enlisted in the Army at 16. Fol-
lowing his 1949 assignment
to the 10th U.S. Cavalry, the
famed Buffalo Soldiers in the
still-segregated Army, he served
in the Korean War and Vietnam.
He rose to the rank of major
before retiring in 1968 while as-
signed to the Pentagon.
In South Florida, Mack is
known for his civil rights work,
as a management consultant on
Miami's Metrorail project and
for serving as chair of the Bro-
ward schools audit committee.
But he said the missile crisis
command was "the most taxing
time of my life."
Mack was to launch a nuclear
missile if an incoming aircraft
failed to respond properly to a
challenge. "We were oriented on
retaliation forces from
the Soviets," he said.
"My mission was to de-
stroy that plane before
it could drop a bomb."

Mack said he 'felt
proud of defending his
I- hometown, and his
INOR family. His wife, Hel-
lane, and daughter,
Lisa, took part in air raid drills,
and practiced racing to the base
with other families to get into
underground shelters in case of
Yet he was ready to push the
button on a 30-kiloton atomic

BELOW: Soviet truck convoy deploying missiles near San
Cristobal, Cuba, on Oct. 14, 1962. Taken by Maj. Steve Hey-
ser's U-2, it was the first picture proving Soviet missiles were
being placed in Cuba.

Former Soviet President

Former U.S. President


Oct. 14,1962: The pilot of an American U-2 spy plane snapped a
series of photographs showing Soviet medium-range ballistic missiles
being assembled in Cuba.

Oct. 16: U.S. President John F. Kennedy is briefed, and calls to-
yether "ExComm," the Executive Committee ofthe National Security

Oct. 16-21: ExCoimrn learns the SS-4 missiles could be filly
operational within 14 days. GroLp members debate response to the
crisis, while keeping the public uninformed of the danger. Kennedy
determines a blockade of Soviet ships is the appropriate action while
diplomatic approaches are taken to avert the crisis.

Oct.22: U.S. military placed oil DEFCON 3 alert. Congressional
leaders bl iefed; Soviet ambassador approached: Kennedy alerts tlhe
American public in a 15-minute speech.

Oct. 23: Soviet pi emier Nikita Khlrushchev responds, saying the
missiles are only defensive and that the proposed blockade would be
a threat to world peace. CIA begins tracking Soviet subniarine ap-
proaching Cuba

Oct. 24: Quarantine qoes into effect. All but one Soviet ship
reverse course. Vililitary goes to DEFCON 2 alert.

Oct. 25: Diplomatic discussions remain tense aiid unfruitful. Some
of the missiles are determined to be operational.

Oct. 26: lKenneldy believes Cuba invasion is required. Civil defense
measures started for tile U.S. southeastern coast. Late in the evening,
lKhrushchev proposes the U.S. declare it would not invade Cuba in
exchange for the Soviet dismantling of the missiles.

Oct.27: Klruschev raises stakes, demanding removal of U.S.
missiles in Turkey. American U2 plan shot down over Cuba. killing
the pilot. Kennedy decides against retaliation, and pushes original
demland, ignore ing Cuba-for-Turkey missile trade.

Oct. 28: Early in the morning, CIA indicates all missile sites in
Cuba operational. Shortly after 9 a.m., Radio Moscow broadcasts
l mantled and crated.



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Many states have passed new laws since the 2008

elections making it more difficult to vote this

Election Day (November 6).

If you need assistance navigating the new laws,

-Chester Higgins Jr
At a poetry festival in Newark on Saturday, the poet Amiri
Baraka will discuss the impact that the riots in the city had on
his work.

Poet Baraka looks

back on a bloody

week in 1967

-AP Photo/Charie Neibergall
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin spar during the vice presidential
debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct. 11, in Danville, Ky.

The VP debate: What's true, what's not

By Tim Mullaney, Susan Davis,
Jackie Kucinich, Paul Davidson
and Aamer Madhani

Vice President Biden and Rep.
Paul Ryan disputed a range of
facts during their debate last
Thursday in Danville, Ky. Here
are a few worth examining:

Claim: Ryan said President
Obama took two weeks to ac-
knowledge the Sept. 11 attack
on the Benghazi consulate was
conducted by terrorists rather
than protesters.
The facts: This is mostly
false. White House spokesman
Jay Carney said at the Sept. 20
White House press briefing that
the incident was a terrorist at-
tack. The president himself,
speaking on the David Letter-
man show on Sept. 18, a week
after the attack, said "terrorists
and extremists" had attacked
U.S. diplomatic installations
in Libya and elsewhere, using
a controversial video that por-
trayed the prophet Mohammed
as a pedophile as a pretext.
In fact, Obama called the as-
sault "an act of terror" in re-
marks on Sept. 12. But Carney
and other top administration of-
ficials, including Obama's envoy
to the United Nations, continued
to describe the incident as part
of a protest outside the Ameri-
can diplomatic mission for sev-
eral days after the incident.

Claim: Biden said' Ryan's bud-
get called for a $300 million cut
to diplomatic security at U.S.
The facts: Ryan's budget plan
would have cut non-defense dis-

cretionary spending by 19 per-
cent in 2014, according to The
Hill newspaper. The blueprint
doesn't specify cuts to embassy
security, but the Obama cam-
paign says the figure if ap-
plied across the board -would
result in a $300 million decrease
in funding for protection, con-
struction and maintenance of
all U.S. embassies. The Mitt
Romney campaign disputed the
claim, saying no specific cuts
were recommended.
Claim: Biden said Romney
said he wouldn't move heaven
and earth to get Osama bin Lad-
The facts. Romney said in
an AP interview, "It's not worth
moving heaven and earth and
spending billions of dollars just
trying to catch one person," ac-
cording to Politifact.com.
But the quote was taken out of
He said the country would be
safer by only "a small percent-
age" and would see "a very in-
significant increase in safety"
because another terrorist would
take his place. Romney also said
the country should not focus on
one person, but should have a
"broader strategy to defeat the
Islamic jihad movement," ac-
cording to FactCheck.org.
In a subsequent interview with
CNBC, he clarified that he would
aggressively pursue bin Laden
but that another- leader would
rise to power.

Claim: Biden says that.Rom-
ney wanted to leave 30,000
troops in Iraq beyond the end
of the U.S.-Iraq status of forces
agreement that expired at the

end of 2011.
The facts: The Obama admin-
istration officials and Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki's gov-
ernment negotiated for months
on a new plan that would have
allowed a small residual force to
remain in Iraq beyond 2011 un-
der a new status of forces agree-
ment. The negotiations, howev-
er, fell apart because al-Maliki
believed he would be unable to
get the Iraqi parliament to agree
to immunity for U.S. forces in
American troops in Iraq.
After Obama announced his
plan to withdraw the remain-
ing troops from Iraq in October
2011, Romney told Fox News in
December: "If I were president,
I would have carried out the
status of forces agreement that
was long anticipated that actu-
ally Secretary (Leon) Panetta,
President Obama's secretary of
Defense indicated he wanted to
have as well, which would have
allowed to us have somewhere
between 10 and 30,000 troops
in Iraq."

Claim: Biden said sanctions
are damaging Iran's economy as
oil exports drop 50% and its cur-
rency is falling.
The facts: This is mostly true.
Iraq's exports fell from 2 mil-
lion barrels of oil a day in early
2012 to 1 million barrels a day
by July, though they recovered
to 1.2 million by September, the
Financial Times says.

Claim: Biden said Ryan's
Medicare plan would force se-
niors to pay an extra $6,400 per
The facts: This figure actu-

ally applies to the first of three
Medicare proposals Ryan has
made, as he tweaks his core
idea of shifting Medicare toward
a voucher-based approach for
people now younger than 55,
starting in 2022. It was calcu-
lated by the Center for Budget
and Policy Priorities, based on
a 2011 analysis by the Con-
gressional Budget Office, and
confirmed by the Kaiser Fam-
ily Foundation. That plan called
for raising the eligibility age
for Medicare from 65 to 67, in-
creasing out-of-pocket costs for
people 65 and 66 in 2022 who
would have to buy their health
insurance from private compa-
nies. However, the most recent
version of Ryan's plan may re-
quire seniors to pay as little as
$800 a year more than under
current law, the Journal of the
American Medical Association
reported in August.

Claim: Biden said Romney
and Ryan are pushing the con-
tinuation of a tax cut that will
give an additional $500. billion in
tax cuts to 120,000 families.
The facts: Biden made this
claim referring to the Bush tax
cuts of 2001 and 2003 during a
speech in Green Bay, Wis., last
month. Romney would make
these cuts permanent. Obama
wants to end the cuts for taxpay-
ers with incomes of $250,000
and above.
At the time, a Politifact analy-
sis said permanently extend-
ing the tax cuts would benefit
those in the upper tax brackets:
"Overall, the top fifth of earners
got 65% of the savings from the
Bush cuts as a whole, according
to a Tax Policy Center study."

Hispanic heritage runs deep in the U.S.

Jean-Benoit Nadeau
and Julie Barlow

"Hispanics," "immigration"
and "immigrants," whether "il-
legal" or not, have been hot top-
ics during the presidential cam-
paign. But these discussions
have all missed the point: The
United States isn't becoming a
Hispanic nation; it always has
Whether Hispanics account
for 15 percent or 16 percent of
the population today is immate-
rial. Hispanic culture has been
part of "America" longer than
the United States has existed.

Understanding Hispanic
heritage is key to understand-
ing the roots of American cul-
ture, whether it is the dollar
sign, cowboy icon, barbecue
and mustangs or Texas chili --
which is as old as the Constitu-
Five states have Spanish
names (Florida, California, Ne-
vada, Colorado, Montana) and
four more (Texas, New Mexico,
Utah and Arizona) have His-
panicized native names. And
it's no wonder: Until the mid-
19th century, they were all part
of New Spain, and then part of
Mexico after independence, be-
fore the U.S. took them over.
Technically, Spanish lan-
guage and culture became part
of the national fabric of the
United States when the U.S. ex-
panded West of the Mississippi

and South of the Carolinas.
Over a period of 82 years, the
U.S. penetrated deeply into the
Hispanic sphere, annexing or
occupying Florida (1821), Texas
(1845), Northern Mexico (1848
and 1854), Puerto Rico (1898)
and the Panama Canal zone
In so doing, the U.S. acquired
a Hispanic personality that has
lasted to this day. But that per-
sonality started developing long
before the annexation of Florida
and Texas. The oldest records
of European explorers and set-

tiers on the territory of United
States were written in Spanish.
The oldest European town, St.
Augustine, Fla., was founded
by Spain in 1565 42 years
before the founding of James-
Americans owe the words tor-
nado, canyon and ramada -to
early 16th century quests for
gold carried out by Spanish ex-
plorers Francisco Vasquez de
Coronado, Hernando de Soto
and Alvar Nunez Cabeza de
Vaca. The Comanche, Apache
and Sioux warriors got their

trademark horsemanship from
the Spanish, who re-introduced
the horse to the continent. The
word "mustang" is a deforma-
tion of the Spanish term meste-
ngo (for stray cattle). Ranching
was originally Spanish. Con-
quistadors brought it with them
to the New World. Lasso, chaps
and shack are all anglicized
Spanish ranching vocabulary.
U.S. law has been influenced
by the Spanish legal tradition,
as symbolized by the carving of
Castillian monarch Alfonso X in
the House of Representatives.

Your Vote Is Your Voice

,e Don't Let Anyone Take It Away!


~I J registering to vote, or getting to the polls,

I5 M Y please call the NAACP's toll-free hotline.

VOTE 1-866-MY-VOTE-1

By James Barron

NEHA ARK The man in the
ran shirt led the "'ai, to a squal-
ish roourn in his house .:d t..it
dui,.n at a round table iJQueiJ,'.
matter-ol-fact'l, he talked about
. hat happened in the si.imme:r
of 1967
Rebellion, i call it said the
mai. the poet Amin Baraka. as
he recalled the nrits in Newark.
wheLh lasted nearly a ir.eerl arnd
left 26 people dead and more
than 1.000 injured, among them
Mr Bajraka himself
Four and a half decades ha'.e
passed, enough time for histo-
rians and urban pol(e:, experts
to wnt: millions of words about
Newrark's industrial dechlne sister
World War li and the riots that
bezcaime a s\ mbol of urban lun-
rest arid that IcontinurL to cast a
shadow'' o.e r the citv.
Ba-rka, 'Aho becarrie a celeb-
rny in tihe dei-des aiter the riots.
is ornL o'f the featured r amnes at a

He s.id people vI at.:hing'r from an
a-ipartment building t:ook aiim at
the officers and threw things -
includrin; he said, a refrigerator.
-Thc polh-,c took m-.: to Domi-
ri..:k Spit r officee" lie said,
referring to tlihe Neark poi-,ce
director at the tim, "i ill ani the
floor Spirin sas. s'We go:t ;0u.'
like some grade-B mo.ie. I sa',,.
Yes, but I m rinot dead That's
the level things w'..'ere .at.
He w as .rrisrIed on ,charges ol
carr, ing an !ll.:ga.l wcapoun and
re.sistng arr-st and even before
the trial beg.-tn, he casntigated the
judge wv.ho wa's presiding ard the
all-.'. hire p.iiel n-f p ltential Ii-
rors as "m', ioppressors." He 'A.a
co:rnriited and sentenced to t three
earss in prison, but ii 1969 a
iudge reversed the conviction for
lack of evidence
Mr. Baja.ka Ias been a regular
at d-Le poetr, fesu'.'l. which h.is
been held ever, -othr ',eal siiwe
l.br an-d is lorma.lv called the
Gera-dinc R. Dodge Poetr, Fes-


National Guardsmen tried to
during the 1967 riots.

Iour-da-i poetry I-f tn a] in New
ark startmg on Thursday that or-
ganizers cla:m is the largest such
festi al in North America The
discussion in his house the other
day offered a previe.'.. aid an
almost moment-b',-mrment look
back at the bloody upheaval In
the end. 889 stores had been
damaged or looted, officials said
By LdIe ime the violence broke
out in '.jNewark, there had been
race nots in Jersey CIti, Harlem
and the Watts neighborhood of
Los Angeles. And Mr Baraka.
a wnrter once knoIn as LeRui
Jones wvho had been a play-
wneht in Greenw'ich villagee and
a black nationalist m Harlem,
had returned to his native New-
ark -The idea that the city would
blo,' up 'aas obvious." he said.
It began after the police
stopped a Black cabdnier for a
traffic violaton and took him to a
policestation, where the arrest-
ing officers beat him. Mr. Baraka
said he had joined a : rowd
outside the police station during
the da\, but had walked home as
night fell. Rumors were rampant
that the taxi driver had died in
police custody; in fact, he had
been taken to a hospital.
Before long, Mr. Baraka said,
word spread that bricks and
bottles were being thrown at the
police station and that crowds
were breaking windows in the
neighborhood. "I had this brand-
new Volkswagen bus," he said,
and he and several friends piled
in. "We drove up Springfield
Avenue. By the time we got to
Belmont, it was raging."
."Pretty soon, pop, pop, pop,
pop," he said. "Shots."
He said that the police stopped
the van. One of the officers was
"a cop I had gone to high school
with Italian."
"He hit me on the top of my
head with his gun," he said,
"and then they started beating."

..clear te stres of Nwark.
clear the streets of Newark

Lival. Mr Baraka is scheduled
to read poems at rth,: festival;
he is also scheduled to appear
on Saturday .rLth Clement A
Price. a history, professor at
Rurgers Lini'ersit, iti a discus-
sion of the effect of the riots and
other 1960s turbulence on Mr.
Baraka's work.
It .a a.sat appearance at the
Dodge festji'al in 2002 that cost
Mr. Baraka his position as New
Jersey's poet laureate. He read
from his post-Sept. 11 poem
"Someone Blew Up America," in
which he suggested that Israel
had known about the Sept. 11
attacks in advance and'that
it had warned 4,000 Israeli
citizens not to go to work at
the World Trade Center that
day. Within days, Gov. James
E. McGreevey demanded that
he resign as poet laureate. He
refused, but the State Legisla-
ture eventually abolished the
"Poetry is underrated," he
said, "so when they got rid -of
the poet laureate thing, I wrote
a letter saying, This is progress.
In the old days, they could lock
me up. Now they just take away
my title.'"
But the conversation soon
returned to Newark, then and
"Newark, pre-1967, is a differ-
ent place," he said. "That 1967
thing was like a reckoning. I
used to get held by the police for
going to a poetry reading. The
police would take the script out
of my hand. That's like living
under some kind of fascism."
"This is another era," he said.
"My son is a councilman in the
South Ward. In a sense that's
what we always wanted, that
he'd go away to school and not
disappear into the suburbs with
some degree. His brother is his
chief of staff. His other brother
is his chief of security."





Justice Scalia says

abortion, gay rights

are easy cases


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By Celia Mcgee

The wedding invitation
was for 6:30 p.m.; the attire,
black-tie. Still, the Broadway
producer Margo Lion was not
about to alter her light-blue
nail polish.
Four days earlier, during Mi-
chelle Obama's speech at the
Democratic National Conven-
tion, the first lady's bluish-
gray nail polish (soon iden-
tified as Vogue, part of the
Artistic Colour Gloss line by
Artistic Nail Design of Beverly.
Hills) had set off a frenzy in
the mediasphere and, among
style seekers, a stock-deplet-
ing run on the lacquer.
"Colour Gloss is a smaller
company and is adapting to
the huge demand for the color
Vogue after the first lady wore
it at the DMC," read a mes-
sage at enailsupply.com, urg-
ing patience and assuring that
orders would be fulfilled in the
order received.
(Red being a more conven-
tional manicure choice, it's
not surprising that no such
stampede was reported on the
shade worn by Ann Romney at
the G.O.P. convention.)
Ms. Lion, a major Obama
supporter and a member of
the President's Committee on
the Arts and the Humanities,
had had a pragmatic parti-
san response. The idea came
to her, she said, the day after
Ms. Obama's speech, "to show
solidarity with the first lady

and the president by wearing
some shade of blue or silver
polish from now until Election
Day." She sent off an e-mail
to several dozen friends and
acquaintances urging them
to follow suit. The responses
were near-instantaneous, and
the e-mail network started to
It did not go unnoticed that
Ms. Lion was proudly flashing
her blue nails at the wed-
ding of Jordan Roth, the
president of Jujamcyn
Theaters, and the talent
manager Richie Jackson
- a marriage made pos-
sible in New York State
by the Marriage Equal-
ity Act and supported
by the Democratic
platform of Obama's
Light blue was al-
ready the summer's
color of choice for
many women in the
under-40 range (one
blogger described
it as "equal parts The Artis
Katy Perry and high
school goth"), but Gloss s
Ms. Obama is 48, she
and many of her new
nail followers are around the
same age. The San Francisco-
based writer Ayelet Waldman,
47, who is married to the nov-
elist Michael Chabon, said: "I
just ordered the color online,
so it's not yet on my nails.
But I'll be rocking it, as will
at least a few of my kids. And


we're going to make their fa-
ther wear it."
The lyricist Susan Birken-
head, 68, who lives on the
Upper West Side and has
worked with Ms. Lion in ,the
theater, gets her Obama-blue
nails done at either Pinky on
Columbus Avenue or Dash-
ing Diva on West 72nd Street,
which stocks its own brand's
Pier 39 a light turquoise
and the gray Concrete
Playground, as well as
colors by others. (The de-
signer Bobbi Brown has
just made her nail-var-
nish debut with a Desert
Twilight Turquoise, and
Revlon makes the sug-
gestively named Blue
Not that high-end
salons are being
snubbed as elitist by
the Democrats: a New
York arts administra-
tor, who declined to
give her name be-
cause she works for
C Colour a publicly financed
institution, described
de that striding into Eliza-
ore. beth Arden the morn-
ing after the conven-
tion to declare her solidarity,
and saying, "I want a blue as
close to Michelle Obama's, as
And it didn't take long for
the official Obama camp to
pick up on the trend. On
Sept. 19 the campaign's Web
site unveiled the so-called For


Contract fraud endangers troops

By Tom Vanden Brook

Afghan contractors respon-
sible for preventing culverts
from being used to hide road-
side bombs on a major highway
have falsely reported complet-
ing the work, putting American
troops at risk, U.S. investiga-
tors revealed Thursday.
It's unclear whether any
U.S. troops have been killed or
wounded because of the po-
tential fraud, and a criminal
investigation is underway. The
announcement comes as U.S.
troops have increasingly been
targeted for attack by Afghan
security forces.
"We've heard this tune again
and again for the last 10 years,"
said Peter Singer, director of the
21st Century Defense Initiative
at the Brookings Institution.
"Another sad illustration of
how corruption in the realm of
contracting not only led to lost
taxpayer money but also poten-
tial lost lives."
A Navy contract officer first
reported potential fraud involv-
ing work on the culverts, the
U.S. command in Kabul said in
a statement. The contractors
were paid $361,680 to place

125 metal grates over culverts
to prevent insurgents from
packing them with improvised
explosive devices (IEDs), the top
cause of American casualties in
"Given the increased risk of
IED attack against U.S. forces
resulting from the missing or
defective culvert denial systems,
we are providing this informa-
tion to you for immediate action
and dissemination to all rel-
evant personnel," John Sopko,
the special inspector general
for Afghanistan reconstruction,
wrote in a letter to Marine Gen.
James Mattis, the head of U.S.

Central Command, which over-
sees U.S. troops in the country.
The problem was first report-
ed in August in one region of
the country. That location was
redacted in the letter released
"However, we are concerned
that this problem may be more
widely spread throughout Af-
ghanistan," Sopko told Mattis
in the letter.
Makeshift bombs account
for 60 percent of deaths and
injuries in Afghanistan, accord-
ing to the Pentagon's Joint IED
Defeat Organization. From July
through September, insurgents
in Afghanistan planted 4,346
bombs, a decline of 12 percent
for the same period last year, it
The bombs killed or wounded
669 U.S. troops during that
period, down from 1,356 a year
ago. One reason for the decline
is the rate at which troops find
bombs before they explode. Last
year, troops riding in vehicles
detected slightly more than half
the bombs before they blew up.
Now they are finding two-thirds.
Troops on foot do even bet-
ter, finding nearly four in five
bombs before they detonate.

All initiative to engage young
people between ages 18 and
29. It featured celebrities
photographed demonstrat-
ing instructions for writing a
personally meaningful 'word
about progress on their right
hands, then tweeting or Insta-
gramming the hashtag #forall.
As soon as the campaign
heard about Ms. Lion's blue-
nailed'cohort, an invitation
went out to send photos to
the For All brigade's baracko-
"The power of an image is
enormous," Ms. Lion said. "We
can't just sit around with clear
nail polish on our hands."

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By Mark Sherman

Justice Antonin Scalia says his
method of interpreting the Con-
stitution makes some of the most
hotly disputed issues that has
come before the Supreme Court
among the easiest to resolve.
Scalia calls himself a "textual-
ist" and'that means he
applies the words in the
Constitution as they
were understood by the
people who wrote and
adopted them. So Sca-
lia parts company with
former colleagues who
have come to believe
capital punishment is
unconstitutional. The SCA
.framers of the Consti-
tution didn't think so and neither
does he.
"The death penalty? he says.
"Give me a break. It's easy. Abor-
tion? Absolutely easy. Nobody
ever thought the Constitution pre-
vented restrictions on abortion.
Homosexual sodomy? Come on.
For 200 years, it was criminal in
every state."
As he has said many times be-
fore, the justice said the people
should turn to their elected law-
makers, not judges, to advocate
for abortion rights or an end to
the death penalty. Or they should
try to change the Constitution, al-
though Scalia said the Constitu-
tion makes changing it too hard
by requiring 38 states to ratify an
amendment for it to take effect.
"It is very difficult to adopt a
constitutional amendrpent," he
He once calculated that less
than 2 percent of the U.S. popula-
tion, residing in the 13 least popu-
lous states, could stop an amend-
In a lengthy question-and-an-
swer session, Scalia once again
emphatically denied there's a
rift among the court's conserva-
tive justices following Chief Jus-
tice John Roberts' vote to uphold

President Barack Obama's health
care law. Scalia dissented from
Roberts' opinion.
"Look, do not believe anything
you read about the internal work-
ings of the Supreme Court," he
said. "It is either a lie because the
press knows we won't respond -
they can say whatever they like
and we won't respond
or else it's based on
information from some-
one who has violated
his oath of confidenti-
ality, that is to say, a
non-reliable source. So
one way or another it
is not worthy of belief."
"We can disagree
LIA with one another on
the law without taking
it personally," he said.
The'issue of gay rights, or more
specifically same-sex marriage,
is expected to be a big one in
the term that began this week.
While the justices initially were
scheduled to discuss the topic at
their private conference in late
September, it now appears likely
that they will not make a deci-
sion about whether to take up
a gay marriage case until after
the presidential election, which
would mean arguments would
not take place until the spring.
The justices have a variety
of pending appeals they could
choose to hear that deal in one
way or another with gay mar-
One set of cases looks at wheth-
er same-sex couples who are le-
gally married can be deprived of a
range of federal benefits that are
available to heterosexual couples.
Another case deals with Califor-
nia's constitutional amendment
banning gay marriage and fed-
eral court rulings striking down
the amendment. An Arizona case
deals with a state law that re-
voked domestic partner benefits,
making them available only to
married couples. Arizona's con-
stitution bans gay marriage.





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Neighborhood Stabilization Pro-
gram [NSP], leaders from pub-
lic and private organizations, in
concert with elected officials, are
well on their way to improving
Opa-locka's image and making
life better for its citizens.
The CDC, a private, indepen-
dent corporation is not part of
the City of Opa-locka. However,
as Logan points out, they do
have a strong partnership, pri-
marily because the City's CRA
is yet unstaffed. But what are
the specifics of the grant and
who gets the money? Logan ex-

"There was one competitive
round that allowed community
based organizations [CBOs] to
compete with local and state
governments for funding," he
said. "We were the only one in
South Florida to be funded.
Opa-locka CDC is one of six
members that formed a consor-
tium including: St. Johns CDC
in Overtown, Little Haiti CDC,

the Urban League of Greater Mi-
ami, Neighborhood Housing of
South Florida [NHSF] and Car-
rfour. My organization was the
writer of the grant and at the
start all six organizations came
together and said how much
money they would need, given
their goals for the three-year
period of the grant. In total our
consortium was awarded $89M
- $20M of that went to Opa-
locka CDC. Our total grant was
the third largest in the U.S.
- only the State of Califor-
nia and the State of Michigan
were awarded more, at $100M
and $90M, respectively. NHSF
serves as the leading organiza-
tion and will also serve as the
fiscal agent for the consortium.
That means they're in charge of
the money."

"Obviously outside of Opa-
locka, we have a bad reputa-
tion but whether that's earned
or deserved is up to each in-
dividual," said Dr. Willie F.
Logan, president/CEO, Opa-
locka Community Development

Corporation [CDC]. "Crime
is relatively high in this low-
income area in comparison to
others but then what inner city
area with a similar poverty level
and low educational achieve-
ment doesn't have the same
level of crime? It all goes with
Being low-in-
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lizing the funds from the grant
we hope to first, reconnect with
the residents to provide the type
of housing that will attract ad-
ditional and new residents and
better housing for those who
currently live here so that they
have a better outlook on life."
Logan, who has served as the
founder, president and CEO of
the Opa-locka CDC for all of its
32 years, says his group has
been leading the planning pro-

cess to bring change to the City.
Those changes include: new
housing, job training, assistance
with substance abuse and the
purging of criminal records and
other social services aimed at
assisting parents with children.
For the past week, Opa-locka's
citizens have been invited to a
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board and involving them in the
"new Opa-locka."
The week of celebration, which
began last Saturday with a pic-
nic, ends on Friday, Oct. 19 with
a gala event at the Opa-locka
Executive Airport on the Tar-
mac featuring the R&B group En
"This is the first time that
our organization has gotten a
financial infusion of such of a
significant amount and it's all

due to the current administra-
tion [President Barack Obama]
realizing that communities like
ours needed help to rebuild af-
ter the foreclosure crisis hit,"
Logan said. "We can revitalize
communities that are struggling
if the resources are there. And
we believe that Opa-locka's Tri-
angle is small enough so that
we can put our arms around it.
This is a partnership that we've
established and while the CDC
won't direct all of the new ser-
vices that are coming here we
will serve as the facilitator. The
key is that our emphasis has
changed to being people-orient-
ed because until you deal with
the issues facing our commu-
nity every day, residents won't
fully be able to take advantage
of new opportunities."
Logan points to construction
projects that are already under-
way as a sign of progress. His
organization has purchased a
number of dilapidated homes
and have hired members of the
community to work on them -
tearing them down or rebuilding
County Commissioner Bar-

bara Jordan believes that the
future is bright for Opa-locka.
"Once people see new homes
completed they will begin to
have new hope for this com-
munity and for their lives,"
she said. "When I was elected
to represent District One, one
of my first goals was hous-
ing revitalization," she said.
"This $20M infusion gives us
a tremendous opportunity to
improve life for the citizens of
Opa-locka. The events from this
week will give new attention to
the project. This City was hit
hard in the economic downturn
but we've really started to turn
things around since 2004. The
problem in terms of our image
is that you rarely hear the good
news about Opa-locka or that
there are reasons to celebrate.
The media has tended to paint
everything with a broad stroke
rather than acknowledge the
good that is occurring. Still, I
am going to take a wait and see
attitude on this .."
Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor
was contacted on several occa-
sions but did not respond to our
request for an interview.

Will any real change come from Governor's task force?

continued from 1A

Urban League and the Central
Florida Urban League were
hard at work, lobbying for a
repeal or at least a revision
- of stand your ground laws
in Florida and throughout the
Martin's parents have also
launched a website and politi-
cal committee that they hope
will "give [their] family a voice in
the political process." Accord-
ing to Benjamin Crump, attor-
ney for Martin's family, the site
"will be used to educate voters,
candidates and elected officials
on the impact these laws have
on victims and their families."
"The biggest thing the fam-
ily is saying is that this is not
about Trayvon because he's
now dead murdered in fact,"
Crump said. "We cannot sit
idly by and not act while more
and more states consider put-
ting stand your ground laws
on their books. Sabryna and
Tracy don't believe their efforts
will help them secure justice
for their son, but they hope
that if other children are killed
their families won't have to go
through the same legal obsta-

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cles that they have just to make
sure that justice prevails. If you
look at other cases in Florida
and across the U.S., it seems
that everyone is claiming stand
your ground as their defense.
Even the Kijuan Byrd family
in Miami, for whom I serve as
the attorney, are dealing with a
shooter who said he was stand-
ing his ground and then shot
their son in the back. There's
something terribly wrong with
that picture and with the law
as it now stands."

Is task force's goal to recom-
mend change or to maintain

status quo?
The task force has held public
meetings in Longwood, DeSoto
County, West Palm Beach and
Cutler Bay prior to Tuesday's
session in Jacksonville. How-
ever, it has not met in Miami
Gardens, the home of Martin,
much to the dismay of Tray-
von's parents and others who
say Scott's group has not made
it easy for many Blacks to tes-
tify due to the chosen locations.
Critics of the task force, in-
cluding the Second Chance
Campaign, a coalition of nation-
al and local civil rights groups'
and members, including the
NAACP and the National Ur-
ban League, say that Tuesday's
meeting was an opportunity for
an all gun lobby-affiliated panel
to provide expert testimony -
an action that they say sends
the "wrong signal."
"The task force has wrapped
up its series of public hearings
but for its final act, it won't
hear anything from victims or
about the mounting evidence
that these laws are more than
ill-conceived they're danger-
ous," said Marc Morial, presi-
dent/CEO, National Urban
League. "Some 15 or 20 states
are looking at changing their
laws to mirror Florida's stand


your ground law. If they pass,
there will surely be more George
Zimmerman's who will justify
aggressive profiling that will
lead to another person's death,
like Trayvon. The law as it now
stands encourages vigilantism
and violence."
Allie Braswell, CEO for the
Central Florida Urban League,
is one of the key members of
the Second Chance Campaign.
He says that he has little faith
in change coming as a result of
the task force's series of public
"I testified at the last meet-
ing in Cutler Bay and have been

watching the process through-
out its entire course," he said. "I
have been taken aback by their
rigid stance that the law should
remain in place. They're hear-
ing public testimony and have
afforded plenty of opportunities
for folks to speak but it's as if
most of them have already made
up their mind. I think they're
just going through the motions.
One has to question why Scott
refused to bring the task force
to urban areas of Florida like
Miami or Miami Gardens so
that he could hear a different
set of views views from a large
number of Blacks."

Braswell says he provided a
list of seven points to the task
force when he testified and will
be forwarding those suggestions
to Scott. He hopes the task force
will at least consider them.
"The law as it now stands is
ambiguous and we need to make
sure that there is equity across
the board," he said. "I doubt
that the task force will recom-
mend that the law be repealed
but at least they can move for it
to be reformed."
Other vocal critics of the task
force and Scott's selection of its
members include State Repre-
sentative Dwight Bullard and
State Representative Barbara
Watson. Meanwhile, Task Force
members State Attorney Kath-
erine Fernandez Rundle and
State Senator Gary Siplin, at
the task force's initial meeting
in Tallahassee and in subse-
quent meetings, made a motion
that the group meet in Miami
Gardens. According to the re-
cords, their motion was ignored
by the members of the task
Despite numerous calls and
e-mails to Scott and the task
force chairwoman, Lt. Gov.
Jennifer Carroll, requesting an
interview and updates, our re-
quests were ignored.

Justice Quince says judges need not always agree Excitement builds for "Our
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continued from 1A

challenge," she said. Because
as justices, we are not politi-

For about 40 years, Florida's
judicial system has been built
on a strenuous vetting process
known as merit selection and
retention. The merit process
requires in-depth inquiries
and investigations before a
nominating commission sends
a list of possible unique fash-
ion. In December 1998, Gov-
ernor Elect Jeb Bush and out-
going Governor Lawton Chiles
made Quince a justice via "a
joint appointment after be-
ing interviewed by both," she

explained. The irony of two of
Florida's iconic figures in their
respective political parties
both agreeing on the appoint-
ment of Quince to the state's
highest court, for Quince, "in-
dicates that, to a certain ex-
tent, the process works."
"They were both looking for
the same things: experience,
character and temperament,
she said.
So what does Quince think
about Amendment 5 and its
inherent threat to the impar-
tial nature of the state judicial
system? She would not offer a
personal opinion but did offer
a professional observation.
"As I understand Amend-
ment 5, it is about rule-mak-
ing, how the Supreme Court
makes rules for how the en-
tire court system operates,"

she said. "For example, a rule
could outline a certain num-
ber of days to do something,
establish deadlines, how to
present a case."
That "rule-changing" provi-
sion of Amendment 5 is curi'-
ous as it pertains specifically
to what Quince .calls "a rare
occurrence." How rare of an
occurrence is the Legislature
being so averse to a specific
rule of court that it found it-
self as a body compelled to at-
tempt to repeal it?
"I have been a justice since
1998 and I only remember it
happening once," she said.
Thus, the question that re-
mains to be answered is: why
go through so much trouble
to change something that is
rarely invoked by the Legis-
lature? Ultimately, the cur-

rent politicized circumstance
is challenging for Quince and
her peers.
"Our judicial system and
the selection and retention of
judges and justices is non-
partisan," said Quince, who
explains that "the legislature
and governor decided [in 1974]
that we didn't want our judges
subjected to political whims."
Why is it that insulation
from partisan politics is so
important to a judicial system
as a pillar of an effective de-
mocracy? Quince offered some
"Judges make hard deci-
sions and they can't always
be based on agreement,"
she said. "The courts can-
not be lockstep with the other
branches that is the beauty
of our system."

Obama and Clinton team up in hopes of a win

continued from 1A

by the staffs of the nation's two
most powerful Democrats. Maybe
not. But, until recently, the em-
bers of this divide had a discern-
ible glow.
That changed last month when
Clinton took to the stage of the
Democratic convention and enthu-
siastically endorsed Obama, who
has struggled to distance himself
from Republican Mitt Romney, es-
pecially after the first presidential
"I want Barack Obama to be the
next president of the United States
and I proudly nominate him to be

the standard-bearer of the Demo-
cratic Party," Clinton proclaimed
to rousing applause at the conven-
Since then, Clinton has been
Obama's biggest champion. He
has made a string of public ap-
pearances in battleground states,
and attended private fundrais-
ers with the president. And in the
wake of Obama's weak perfor-
mance in the first debate, Clinton
helped apply the brakes to his de-
clining poll numbers by using a lot
of folksy talk and common-sense
explanations of complex issues to
argue for Obama's re-election. A
grateful Obama jokingly said he
should name Clinton his "secre-

tary of explaining stuff."
But as much as what he's do-
ing helps Obama, it gives an even
bigger boost to Clinton's political
legacy a record he desperately
wants to cleanse of any sugges-
tion of racist behavior. Of course,
the back and forth between Clin-
ton and Obama during the 2008
campaign is hard to erase. But
history's judgment of those who
have inhabited the Oval Office is
often based on what is viewed as a
defining moment in their life.
And so it is that Abraham Lin-
coln is remembered as "the great
emancipator," and not the presi-
dent who told Horace Greeley: "If I
could save the Union without free-

ing any slave, I would do it." Theo-
dore Roosevelt is best remembered
as a trust buster, and not for his
1906 decision to dishonorably
discharge 167 members of a Black
infantry unit because he wrongly
believed that some of them were
involved in a deadly shootout in
Brownsville, Texas.
If Clinton, whose favorable rat-
ing was 21 percentage points
higher than Obama's in a CBS/
New York Times Poll last month,
plays a key role in delivering
the winning margin of voters to
Obama, an overwhelming number
of Blacks -- and many historians
- will see him as one of Black
America's greatest friends.

V ote Our VIUctory eventI

A. Philip Randolph Institute leads efforts

for early voting rally

By D. Kevin McNeir

The Joseph Caleb Center [5200
NW 22nd Avenue] will be the
venue for a "souls to the polls"
early voting event that planners
hope will bring out a full house of
registered voters. The "Our Vote
Our Victory" event kicks off on
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. It
is a collaborative venture, spear-
headed by the A. Philip Randolph
Institute, Miami Dade Chap-
ter, with 93rd Street Commu-
nity Baptist Church, Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church, St.
James AME Church, The Church
of the Open Door and Greater
Bethel AME Church all as active
planners and participants.
"Our vision for this event is to
engage as many people in the
community as possible feed-
ing the soul with the program,
feeding the body with refresh-
ments and making sure that
our people move forward and
vote," said Lovette McGill, Insti-
tute president. "God requires our
people to be organized, unified,
strong and vigilant. We all believe
that the Church's relation to the
political struggle of the time is to
serve as a moral conscience of
this nation."
McGill, 58, says that ministers
and members from the various
partnering churches will all play
a role in the service. The service
should last about 90 minutes.
Those in attendance will have
the opportunity to vote both be-
fore and after the service.
"We have been promised by the

/ and worship
Miami-Dade County Supervisor
of Elections, Penelope Townsend,
that there will be additional vot-
ing booths and seating areas for
the elderly and handicapped,"
McGill. "No one will be turned
away and we are confident that
the lines will not be so long that
people will grow too tired to make
their vote count. This is now our
only Sunday during early voting
that we have to get people out
and we plan to take full advan-
tage of it."
According to the Rev. Carl
Johnson, 52, senior pastor,
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church, there are more church-
es getting on board for this note-
worthy endeavor.
"We don't think voter suppres-
sion is right," he said. "So we
need to highlight endeavors that
counter such oppressive actions.
We are going to march like Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. did dur-
ing the civil rights movement and
then have a marvelous liberation
service. This is our consecrated
corrective action towards those
who have attempted to sup-
press our vote. The march land
the meeting place are a manifes-
tation of our efforts to get all of
our people to vote. We will start
marching from the African Amer-
ican Cultural Arts Center on
62nd Street and march south to
the Caleb Center. We will have a
noteworthy service that tells the
world our vote is our victory. We
are going to highlight our victory
and shout it from the rooftops."
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-Photo courtesy Commissioner Jordan
City and County leaders officially cut the ribbon signifying that the NW 7th Avenue Beautification Project is complete. Pictured are
Councilman David Williams Jr. (1-r), Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom, Councilwoman Lisa Davis, City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver
Gilbert, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Miami-Dade Public Works and Waste Management Director Kathleen
Woods-Richardson and Councilman Erhabor Ighodara.

M-DC and City of Miami Gardens

team up for NW 7th Avenue makeover

Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Barbara J. Jordan and
officials from the City of Miami
Gardens recently celebrated the
completion of road improvements
along NW 7th Avenue in Miami
Gardens. The County and City

Commissioner Jean Mones-
time, District 2, held a work-
shop for high school students
in his district to inform them
about the process of getting
into college. The "You Can Go
to College Series" kicked-off
with a "Getting To College"
workshop on Saturday, Sep-
tember 29, 2012 at Vision
to Victory Human Services
Corporation, 13230 NW 7th
Numerous parents and
students turned out to the
event to learn about the college
application process and meet

hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremo-
ny to commemorate the event.
Improvements were made to
NW 7th Avenue from NW 183rd
Street to NW 199th Street. In
addition to reconstructing and
repaving the roadway, enhance-

with college representatives
and college student men-
tors. Representatives from the
University of Miami, Florida
International University, Barry
University and Miami Dade
College were on hand to speak
about college admissions and
the best time to apply for col-
Attendees also heard motiva-
tional presentations from NFL
player and UM alum Khalil
Jones and New Birth Mission-
ary Baptist Church Pastor of
Evangelism Lorenzo Johnson.
This is the first in a series

ments included new medians,
sidewalks, landscaping, lighting,
left turn lanes, bike lanes and
storm water drainage.
The County and City entered
into a Joint Participation Agree-
ment to complete the project.

of workshops for high school
students. Future workshops
include "Paying for College," on
January 19th and "Succeeding
in College," on April 20th.
"In today's workforce, those
who have a college degree are
in a better position to compete
for jobs," Monestime said. "I
want students to know that
college is accessible to them."
The "You Can Go to Col-
lege Series" is a partnership

The project was funded by Coun-
ty Road Impact Fees. The City
managed the design and con-
struction of the project. The proj-
ect was substantially completed
by August 20, 2012 costing ap-
proximately $3.4 million.

between Commissioner Mon-
estime, the University of Miami
School of Education and Hu-
man Development, the Univer-
sity of Miami Centers for Latin
American Studies and Vision
to Victory Human Services
Corporation. The program is
sponsored by a grant from the
Deutsche Bank of Americas
For additional information,
call 305-694-2779.

-Photo by/Akeem Brutus

Edmonson participates

in Habitat for Humanity

dedication ceremony

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson congratulated some
of the District 3 families who will move into their new Habitat
for Humanity homes in the Liberty City area at the dedication
ceremony held September 22nd at 1854 NW 65th St. Fifteen
new homes were dedicated under the private-public partner-
ship between Miami-Dade County which conveys the lots and
Habitat for Humanity which builds the homes with sweat eq-
uity from the new owners and volunteers.

Online voter registration

helps bulk up voter rolls

By Byron Acohido

SEATTLE Online registra-
tion systems have dramati-
cally boosted voter sign-ups
in the dozen states that allow
citizens to register to vote over
the Internet.
Colorado has logged more
than 79,000 voter registra-
tions since Sept. 1 and
more than 300,000 since
introducing online sign-ups in
2010. In the two years prior to
going online, the state logged
roughly 90,000 registrations.
This year Colorado intro-
duced a service that delivers
versions of voter registration
forms optimized for tablet PCs
and smartphones. "We've in-
creased our voter registration
to a new level," says Colo-
rado Secretary of State Scott
New York, which ranks 47th
in percentage of eligible voters
registered to cast a ballot, in
August began letting citizens
sign up to vote via a Depart-
ment of Motor Vehicles Web
page. Some 29,200 New York-
ers have since used the online
system 11,185 of whom will
be first-time voters.
"This new initiative has
knocked down barriers to
democracy attracting not
only thousands of New York-
ers who need to update their
voter information, but also
a large number of first-time
voters," says Rich Azzopardi,
spokesman for Gov. Andrew
Online sign-ups have
proved to be convenient for
citizens and cost-effective
for state elections bureaus.
Arizona, the first state to of-
fer online voter registration,
in 2002, has reported that a
single paper registration costs
83 cents' worth of staff time
to process vs. 3 cents for an
online registration.
Online registration is also
very secure. Details on forms
are automatically cross-
referenced with motor vehicle
or tax records, minimizing
the risk of fraud, says Jennie
Bowser, senior fellow at the
non-profit National Confer-
ence of State Legislatures.
In fact, voting experts say,
online voter sign-ups are, in
general, much more reliable

than manually processed
forms. Automation reduces
the opportunity for mishan-
dling or mistyping by state
election workers, or potential
manipulation by partisan
voter registration volunteers.
"Online helps to avoid all
those potential human pit-
falls," Bowser says.
Other states that offer on-
line voter registration include
California, Indiana, Kansas,
Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada,
Oregon, Utah and Washing-
ton. Connecticut and South
Carolina have passed laws to
do so but have not yet imple-
mented the service.
The success of online voter
sign-tips might be an early
precursor to actually voting
over the Internet on PCs and
mobile devices, say voting
and security experts. On-
line voting could potentially
boost voting by young people,
ethnic groups and others who
are not likely to visit a polling
booth or bother with a mail-in
ballot. However, actually vot-
ing over the Internet requires
overcoming "a completely
different set of challenges,"
says Richard Hasen, law and
political science professor at
the University of California-
Without a national ID, akin
to a state driver's license,
authenticating votes in a
presidential election would
be problematic, says Bruce
Snell, director of technical
marketing and security firm
McAfee. And buying votes
from otherwise apathetic
citizens would be much easier
with digital ballots than with
paper ones.
"We already have a bad
enough time with voting in
the physical world," Snell
says. "It would be much
easier to perpetrate fraud
with digital voting."
Perhaps the biggest obstacle
to actually voting online is
hackers. Last March, the DC
Board of Elections thought
it had developed an online
voting system ready for prime
time. So the board issued an
open challenge to hackers to
test it. A team of researchers
from the University of Michi-
gan cracked the DC system in
48 hours.

Cuba culture trips back on as licenses are renewed

By Christine Armario
Associated Press

Travel companies say they are getting
permits once again to take Americans
on cultural trips to Cuba after the U.S.
government tightened requirements fol-
lowing complaints that the tours were
skirting a ban on outright tourism to the
Communist island.
A month after travel companies com-
plained of delays in processing their so-
called people-to-people licenses under
new restrictions for organized group

travel to Cuba, at least 20 have now
been granted.
U.S. travel operators say they have
kept most of their itineraries intact, but
some have added additional program-
ming and eliminated others after Cu-
ban-American Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
criticized the programs as essentially
being cover-ups for tourism.
"We're just grateful that we received
the license and we can begin operating
our programs again," said Tom Pop-
per, director of Insight Cuba, one of the
groups chastised by Rubio in a Senate

floor speech last December.
The Obama administration reinstitut-
ed the cultural exchange licenses over a
year ago, allowing organizations to take
U.S. citizens to the long-forbidden island
for educational activities that promote
contact with ordinary Cubans. The idea
behind the program is that such inter-
actions can help foster understanding
between two groups divided by Wash-
ington's 50-v.ea economic embargo and
promote ci i s _ie,. a:-d independence
from Cuban auth.:-ites.
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allowing thousands of Americans to
travel to the communist country, the
U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of
Foreign Assets Control issued new re-
quirements in May, forcing many travel
operators to resubmit their applications
and provide piles of detailed documenta-
tion justifying every aspect of their trip.
The stiffer requirements for came
after Rubio delivered a speech derid-
ing groups that had been granted the
licenses for included activities like salsa
dancing and a trip to the Cuban Min-
istrn of Culture in their itineraries. For

months he also held up the Senate con-
firmation of a key diplomat, Assistant
Secretary of State Roberta Jacobsen,
until reaching a quid pro quo with the
White House leading to the tougher
guidelines, Rubio's spokesman has ac-
"As the summer went on and some
of these companies were not being re-
newed we got to a point where we as-
sumed it was not going to happen, at
least not before the election," said Adam
Vaught, the Cuba program director at
Geographic Expeditions.

Monestime sponsors

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The 'Avon Ladies' of Aica

By Tina Rosenberg

What if every time people came
up with a new product, they also
had to devise a completely new
way to sell it? Imagine that we
had no Amazons, eBays, Targets
or Walmarts no distribution
chain at all, and no stores near
potential buyers. Nor is there
a way for potential customers
to learn about the product. Oh,
and they can't afford it anyway
- they can't afford much of any-
Many of the world's poor oc-
cupy this alternate universe.
Every week someone comes up
with an ingenious new water fil-
ter, vitamin packet, solar lamp,
efficient cookstove, fortified food,
new medicine. But these great
ideas often fail, or simply don't
reach many people for want of
a business model.
While we like new technolo-
gies at Fixes, what we love are
new ways to get these technolo-
gies to people who need them.
Living Goods, which operates in
Uganda, has a very promising
model. It brings goods the poor
need to their doorsteps, at below-
market prices. Most important,
Living Goods is building a busi-
ness with the potential to sustain
itself it has already hit some
important milestones. That's the
key to a long life and wide growth
- to helping vast numbers of
Though Living Goods began
selling only four years ago, its
business model is a familiar one:
it's the Avon Lady.
Avon is famous for its door-to-
door representatives. But these
women succeed because they are
Franchises support one in
eight jobs in America, and they
are very successful. Most new
businesses fail, but franchis-
es do well. It's not hard to see
why. A franchise is a business
that has been tested over and
over. It has an assured supply
chain, low-cost inputs (because
the franchiser can buy in bulk),

Living Goods managers explained business opportunities to
new recruits in Masaka, Uganda.

Gertrude Nambaliwa, a Living Goods agent, provides doorstep delivery of essential health
products to over 400 families in Kampala, Uganda.

training for managers and a
trusted brand.
Micro-franchisees get the same
things on a smaller scale and
they need them even more. Mi-
crocredit in its classic form con-
siders lack of credit to be the only
obstacle to business creation. It
isn't. Most people aren't entre-
preneurs. "It's much more real-
istic and simple to train someone
to be a manager than an entre-
preneur." said Jason Fairbourne,
a Provo, Utah-based microfran-
chising consultant who has writ-
ten books and articles about the
subject. "Microfranchising is the
provision of the full business
package. The franchisee just has
to follow the steps."
Avon now has more than six
million sales representatives in
100 countries. A recent study
of black female Avon representa-
tives in South Africa found that
their earnings are on a par with
black men; three-quarters of the
representatives surveyed said
that Avon gave them financial
Avon was founded in 1886 by

David McConnell, a traveling
book salesman in rural America.
The women who opened their
doors to him tended to be iso-
lated, limited to domestic and
farm chores, with little education
or opportunity to earn money.
McConnell carried free perfume
samples to give out, and women
loved them they wanted high-
quality goods but had no way
to learn about or buy them. He
also noticed that many women
seemed to have a way with peo-
ple and the management skills to
do well at sales.
This is also a description of ru-
ral Africa today.
Living Goods uses the Avon
model to sell not cosmetics but
items like sanitary pads, soap,
de-worming pills, iodized salt,
condoms, nutritionally fortified
foods, kits for clean delivery of
babies, malaria treatments, bed
nets, high-efficiency cookstoves,
solar lamps and cellphone char-
It's not the only organization
using microfranchising for a so-
cial end. Grameenphone fran-

chises village cellphone posts.
VisionSpring has sold a million
pairs of eyeglasses. Solar Sis-
ter gives women a business in
a bag selling solar lamps, the
HealthStore Foundation fran-
chises pharmacies and clinics in
Kenyan villages, and HoneyCare
Africa trains and buys from bee-
keepers. Living Goods is one of
the smaller and newer groups.
But it's worth an in-depth look
because of its scope it sells
products that help with most
health problems of the poor -
and its potential for sustainabil-
Living Goods was founded by
Chuck Slaughter, who made his
money by starting TravelSmith,
a clothing and gear company;
he is still Living Goods' presi-
dent. Slaughter was in Kenya
visiting the HealthStore Founda-
tion's clinics. They were busy
in spurts but idle much of the
time, so nurses started traveling
out into the community. This
was so successful that Slaughter
wondered whether the clinic was
necessary at all.

Mary Kay donates 2oK for local

domestic violence programs

State Rep. Stafford
honored for her
individual contributions
Miami Rescue Mission
[NRMNI. serving Miami-Dade
and Broward Counties, re-
ceived a $20,000 grant from
The Mary Kay FoundationS
M. The check was presented
by Jessica Bier, the great
granddaughter of Mary Kay
Ash (founder of Mary Kay).
In observation of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month in
October, Foundation awards
$20,000 grants to more than
150 domestic violence shel-
ters across the country for
a total of $3 million. As part
of the special ceremony held

at FIU (Betty B. Chapman
Plaza) Florida House Repre-
sentative, District 109, Cyn-
thia Stafford, received honor
for her work with women
and the issues of domestic
MRM will use the grant to
provide critical support for
its Center for Women and
"We're seeing so many
more women with children
in need," said Rev. Ronald
Brimmed, president, MRM.
"We're very grateful to every-
one at the Mary Kay Founda-
tion. Our vision is 'No One
is Homeless' and this award
will help us to continue serv-
ing so many in need."




I promised to be a President who would build a better

future; who would move this nation forward; who would

ensure that this generation-your generation-had the

same chances and the same opportunities that our

parents gave us. That's what I'm here to do. That's why

I ran for President of the United States of America.







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Students and City Year corps member are photographed with sign
that displays breast cancer statistics.

Allapattah Middle students
organize breast cancer walk
By Malika A. Wright

Out of the mouth of babes comes knowledge.
This statement is true in regards to Allapattah
Middle School students. Many are now more knowl-
edgeable about breast cancer.
The school had a student-organized breast cancer
walk at the end of the school day on Oct. 11.
At the walk, students split up in groups and
walked around with their pink-accented uniforms
as they learned statistics and shared stories about
breast cancer.
"Many people in the U.S. have breast cancer, so
we're supporting them," said Janiyah Byrd, a sixth
She wore her pink ribbon breast cancer earrings,
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Middle schoolers and faculty walk to different stations and
learn about breast cancer.

Miami family

salutes their


Sergeant First Class (SFC) Alan West Jr.

and his wife Tameka pose for a picture at the

recently held 3rd Brigade Combat team, 1st
Armored Division's military ball at Fort Bliss,
Texas. SFC West will be stationed at Fort

Drum, New York this winter. Alan is the son
of Ms.Anna Marie Brown of Miami and the

grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette

(Johnnie Mae) Brown, formerly of Miami.
-Photo courtesy of Anna Marie Brown

Reaching out to the community
Representatives of Joel Osteen Minis- young adult pastor of Lakeland Church;
tries and Mayor Tomos Regaldo visited Jackelyn Viera Iloff, senior director of
Curley's House of Style and discussed Generation HOPE Project; LaVerne P. Hol-
poverty, hunger and other issues that liday, assistant director of Curley's House;
the community face. As-part of their Tomos Regalado, Mayor of Miami; Tye
Generation HOPE Project, Joel Osteen Jones, board member of Curley's House of
Ministries plans on connecting Curley's Style; Lavern Elie-Scott; executive director
House of Style with volunteers and help- of Curley's House; Raquel Regalado, city
ing out in the future. Pictured are: Faye commissioner; Romeo Bowles, director of
W. Cochran, Secretary and Treasurer of marketing at Curley's House; and Retha
the Board for Curley's House; Nick Nilson, Boone, board member of Curley's House.

guest performf Northsa
said at last Sunday's morning .. -: .. .
worship service. 'Somebody
w.ho's been praying and fasting
for you the last five years."
Last week. Rev. Mark Gard-
ner. pastor of Northside Church
of God, 41. was honored for
his five years as pastor of the
church. It was a four-day celebration,
which took place on Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Sunday.
"It seems surreal," Gardner said. "I'm
wondering where did the time go."
Northside is the first church that Gardner
has pastored and the experience is much
different than he expected it to be.
He served as associate pastor of The First
Church of God in New York for over rv.elve
years, but now that he is a senior pastor he
has greater and newer responsibilities.
He said it is different leading a congrega-
tion, managing multiple personalities and
adapting to a new culture.
"The experience has been empowering,
transformative and enlightening," he said.
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Chaka Khan to release Gospel music a

Next year, marks the 40th an-
niversary of ten-time Grammy
award Winner Chaka Khan's
career in music and entertain-
ment. In honor of that mile-
stone will be a year-long cel-
ebration which will include the
release of new music including
a gospel and jazz project, an in-
ternational and U.S. tour and
several other key events.
Between concert dates and
work with her foundation,
Chaka has been in the studio
actively working on new music.
"Being in the studio makes me
very happy," says Chaka. "I am
so excited about the new music
and the direction on this proj-
That fact that the iconic sing-
er is set to share gospel songs
with her fans around the world
is not surprise. The songwriter,
actor, author, philanthropist,
entrepreneur and activist, has
influenced generations of re-

cording artists.
She effortlessly sings in sev-
en music genres, including
R&B, pop, rock, gospel, coun-
try, world music and classical.
In addition to recording music

By Joseph Materra

Yoiing leaders tend to
lbfocus more on their gifts,
abilities and accomplish-
menits because they are
still trying to find their
vwa\. They have great
Svii'ion, passion and
ambition to accomplish
great things for God.
While in this stage they
have a lot of energy, are
ier; mission minded,
and want to take the
world for Christ!
While all of the above
are cry good, it can
also be harmful
if young lead-
ers are not be-
ing mentored
by older, wiser,
more expe-

and touring the world, Khan
has always made time to sup-
port and uplift her community.
She has a deep commitment to
women and children at risk,
which led her to establish the

rienced leaders. One of the
sins of young leaders is pre-
sumption: They run ahead
of God because they have
zeal without knowledge (Ro-
mans 10:2). They can tend to
build the foundation of their
lives more on their gifting and
anointing instead of character
development. This can give
them short-term success but
failure in the long run when
they can't handle the pres-
sure that a lot of responsibil-
ity and constant crisis man-
agement brings. Thus, their
great temptation is to move
forward with grandiose minis-
terial plans without the prop-
er counsel or hearing from the
Another temptation is for
young leaders to build their
ministries upon their gifts

Chaka Khan Foundation in
Initially, the foundation fo-
cused primarily on public
awareness campaigns around
the diagnosis, intervention,
available family resources and
the search for a cure for au-
tism. Her efforts were particu-
larly aimed at communities
of color and other minorities
where awareness about this
disorder is low.
Her work in this area was
inspired by her nephew who
has autism and who Chaka de-
scribes as "gifted and beautiful
and so full of life."
She later expanded the mis-
sion of the foundation to focus
more broadly on women and
children at risk. In July 2012,
Chaka received the McDonald
Corporation's 365Black Award,
honoring her for her leadership
of the Chaka Khan Founda-

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rather than on godly charac-
ter, as well as focusing only on
their immediate accomplish-
ments without understanding
long-term ramifications.
Other young leaders, es-
pecially many of the ones
emerging today that are more
left-brain driven (the creative
class that is driving the entre-
preneurial economy), also face
a great temptation of jumping
from church to church and/
or not even being committed
to the local church because,
as "free spirits" they have an
individualistic mindset and
have no concept of expressing
their vision, purpose and gifts
through a corporate body.
I have known many talented
young leaders over the past
several decades who never
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Whitney honored with star-studded tribute

Four-time Grammy Award
winner Yolanda Adams and
10-time Grammy Award win-
ner CeCe Winans are gearing
up to participate in "We Will
Always Love You: A Grammy
Salute to Whitney Houston,"
a one-hour special featuring
performers like Usher, Celine
Dion, Jennifer Hudson and
Just two months away
from the one-year anniver-
sary of Whitney Houston's
tragic death, the CBS tribute
will celebrate her life and ca-
reer with'exclusive interviews,
never-before-seen footage, in-
cluding highlights of many of
Houston's Grammy telecast
performances, her beloved
classic performance of the na-
tional anthem at Super Bowl
XXV in 1991, and her first tele-
vision appearance on The Merv
Griffin Show in the early '80s.
The star-studded tribute
show will tape on Oct. 11 at
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. The
special will be broadcast Fri-
day, Nov. 16 on the CBS Tele-
vision Network.
It is fitting for Winans, the
close friend of Houston who
sang a beautiful rendition of
"Don't Cry for Me" at her emo-
tional Home-Going service, to
perform. The two met in the
mid-eighties at the NAACP

Yolanda Adams (L) and CeCe Winans perform at a taping of We Will Always Love You: A
GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston on October 11,2012 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in
Los Angeles, California.The show airs November 16,2012.

Image awards where the pop
singer professed her love of the
gospel group, BeBe and CeCe
Winans was devastated by
news that the iconic singer's
death, the evening before the
2012 Grammy Awards at the
Beverly Hilton.
She recounted her last con-
versation with Houston in a
Detroit News interview.

"I called to check on her, say-
ing, 'Hey sis, how you doing,'
and she said she was great,"
Winans recalls. "She told me
about 'Sparkle,' and thanked
me for the new Bible I had just
sent her, because the other one
she had was worn out. I said,
'Are you doing what it says or
is it just worn out, which is
it?' And she would laugh. She
thanked me, and I told her I

was praying for her and told
her to take care of herself, and
unfortunately that was my last
conversation with her."
Houston was one of the big-
gest pop stars, male or female,
of all time, selling a combined
170 million albums, songs
and videos, and garnering
six Grammy and two Emmy
Awards, among countless oth-
er awards and accolades.

N Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church to host a Uni-
ty Prayer Breakfast. Call 305-

s Second Chance Min-
istries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Women's
Department provides com-
munity feeding. Call 786-371-

H Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church will be cele-
brating the 26th anniversary of
its church's new edifice at its 7
a.m. and 11a.m. services.

N First Born Church Com-
munity Outreach will hold
a homecoming on Oct. 21 at
2p.m. Call 305-258-8207.

Valley Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church will hold
its 49th church anniversary
celebration on Oct. 21 at
3p.m. Call 305-835-8316.

U New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church will cel-
ebrate their 41st choir anni-.
versary on Oct. 21 at 3p.m.
Call 305-978-5079.

] The Leading Ladies of
Elegance Inc. and New Be-
ginning Missionary Baptist
Church will hold its Second
Annual Health Fair on Nov. 3
from noon-6p.m. Call 305-

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Worship Center will cel-
ebrate its 36th anniversary
Nov. 4-11. Call 305-625-

Motivation to make a difference

You may think you don't have
what it takes to make a differ-
ence in the world, but you do.
The truth is there's something
inside of you to contribute and
it will make a difference in some
unique way. Don't take for
granted those assignments that
may seem irrelevant or insig-
nificant. You will never know
the difference you make in this

Once upon a time I looked
at what was in other people's
hands, instead of what was in
my own. Often I compared my-
self to others and felt I didn't
have what it took to make a
difference. In the book of Exo-
dus, Moses was complaining
about his short comings when
God asked him the very same

question. Moses was holding
a rod. Then God tells Moses
to throw down the rod. Under
God's power the rod was trans-
formed in unique ways to do
supernatural things! We can
use this as a metaphor for us
today. When you yield what
you have in your hand to God,
He will uniquely transform it
in ways you would never have

Looking at yourself as ordi-
nary'in comparison to someone
else is like saying God made a
mistake when He created you. I
don't believe God created some
people more talented or gifted
than others. He just gave us dif-
ferent abilities to serve specific
purposes. The Bible says He is
not a respecter of persons. You
Please turn to MOTIVATION 10B

Celebrating five years

continued from 1B

"It has been full of movements
and transitions."
After hearing God's call,
Gardner moved to Miami in
2007 with his wife, Sheree
Mashack, and his two chil-
dren, Tehela and Levi.
"Knowing that God sent me
has given me the strength,
perseverance and endurance,"
he said. "It has helped me
weather the storms when they
come and go."
He also connected with oth-
er pastors for guidance. Over
the five year period that he
has been pastor, the church
has become more community-
based, hosting many com-
munity events, such as their
spaghetti dinners and back-
to-school bash, where they
distributed book bags to chil-

Over the years, the church
building has been renovat-
ed and the congregation has
grown from about 25 to about
65 members.
The church is a an inter-
generational and intercultural
church, according to Gardner.
He said one of his top priori-
ties is working in partnership
with the city to create a pro-
gram for seniors that will help
them with housing and com-
munity relationship building.
Gardner said what he en-
joyed most about the the pas-
toral anniversary was that
church members and oth-
er South Florida churches
worked together successfully
and executed everything.
"Only God could have paint-
ed this pastoral anniversary
masterpiece," he said. "The
people were the paintbrushes
in God's hands and he used
them to create it."

Students have breast cancer walk at middle school

continued from 1B

while her friend William Jen-
kins, another sixth grader, wore
his breast cancer socks.
Some of the statistics the
students learned were that
1-in-8 women in America will
get breast cancer in their life-
time. Another was that 450
men die from breast cancer ev-
ery year.
Administrators, teachers and
other faculty members wore
pink shirts as they proudly
walked around with students
to the different stations.
Bridget McKinney, principal
of Allapattah Middle School,
said she appreciated the fact
that students wanted to do
something to bring awareness
of breast cancer.

She said it was incredible
that they made it a teachable
moment and used their root
word of the week "cred" by us-
ing "credible sources" to find
breast cancer statistics.
Regina Sturrup-Davis a
member of the PTSA, grand-
parent and loved one of many
of the students was also in
attendance at the event.
She shared that many of the
girls didn't know about ex-
amining their breasts and the
boys didn't know that men
could get breast cancer. She
believes students will repeat
the information that they've
learned at home and inform
"Breast cancer continues to
rise in our neighborhoods and
the preventative care that's
available to our families is not

being utilized," said Sturrup-
Davis. "If we can't reach the
parents, let's reach the chil-
dren. Let's start somewhere."
Maurice Modest, a mentor
and tutor of City Year, a na-
tional service organization,
said he heard students spread-
ing their knowledge of breast
cancer at the walk.
One student shared a story of
how his uncle died from breast
cancer, according to Modest.
"It's very empowering to
know that even though they're
young, they still care and
they're very involved," he said.
"It's not only us, but they are
also knowledgeable themselves
and will inform each other."
The group of students who
organized the event held a sign
that said Breast cancer can't
hold us back. They said they

enjoyed the interactive learning
approach of the walk and they
were happy that it was some-
thing different than 'learning it
from just a book.'
"I'm going to take [what I
have learned] and tell all the
men and women that I know to
go get tested," said Tamarlese
Houston, an eighth grader.
She and other students plan
on informing family members
to get mammograms and to ex-
amine themselves.
McKinney is certain that stu-
dents will share what they've
learned with others.
"I think they are going to run
home today straight to their
loved ones and the first thing
that's going to come out of the
mouths is 'mommy [or dad]
guess what we did today?'" she

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usual social network a 22%
discount at participating restau-
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The promotion follows Gov. Phil
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as Racial Reconciliation Celebra-
tion Month.
President Neddie Winters of
10-year-old Mission Mississippi,
an interdenominational and mul-
tiracial religious group, acknowl-
edged his state has long way to
go regarding race relations. But
he said the mission's motto is
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and Deborah White, who is
white, shared a meal Tuesday
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U White asked Griffin this ques-
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white people to use the descrip-
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Griffin said "black" was fine.
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building relationships with peo-
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"It's the chance to get out of
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owner of three of the eateries
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Sharing a meal is an easy way
to get to know someone, he said.
"The act of sharing nutrition is
intimate," Good said. "Biblically
speaking, in all main religions
DIE eating together is a sacrament."
Winters wants to use this
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More choose to live alone

Single households

rise, especially

among seniors
By Haya El Nasser
Paul Overberg

The poor economy has driven
more people to live together but
hasn't stemmed one of the most
profound and long-lasting life-
style shifts of this generation:
living alone.
About 32 million Americans
live by themselves, a number
that has increased for more
than six decades. The largest
jump is happening now among
seniors another sign that the
influence of Baby Boomers (the
oldest turned 66 this year) is far
from fading.
Almost 28% of the nation's
115 million households were
living solo in 2011 compared
with 26% in 2000, according
to Census data. About 10% of
all households were people 65
and over living alone, a segment
that grew 7% since 2005.
"Over time, a greater number
of singletons will be elderly,"
says Eric Klinenberg, sociology
professor at New York Univer-

Elder care advo-
cates more support
is needed for senior
living on their own.

sity and author of Going Solo:
The Extraordinary Rise and
Surprising Appeal of Living
The 7.9 million older women
who live alone now make up
almost half of all women living
solo. The share of men 65 and
over who live alone is smaller
(3.3 million) but grew faster
than women since 2005.
The trend has been overshad-
owed by "boomerang kids" who
return home when they can't
find work and by homeown-
ers in foreclosure who move in
with relatives. That and immi-
grant families' cultural embrace
of living with extended families


pushed the average number of
people in a household up for
the first time in decades 2.64
in 2011, up from 2.59 in 2000.
More seniors living alone isn't
necessarily cause for concern
but a sign that "old age" is being
redefined as people live longer,
healthier lives, Klinenberg says.
"A lot of the men who are ag-
ing alone today are divorced and
they've learned how to go solo,"
he says. "They still don't do it as
well as women because women
do a better job maintaining re-
lationships with friends and
family members."
Elder care advocates say
more support is needed for se-

Single parent survival tips
By Mary Jacobson care of myself. Since I started for a single mom who's really
going to a gym to work out, I've tired from working all day, and
Being a single parent is found my stress has leveled off. can't figure out what to feed the
stressful, intense, and frustrat- This also has helped my self-es- troops, it's fun for us.
ing, yet is also one of the most teem as I look better and there- I also have regular "date"
rewarding things I've ever done. fore feel better about myself. I times with my kids. I have
Over the past five years of par- try to stay healthy in other ways Tuesdays off from work, so I
enting my four kids alone, I've too, by eating right and seeing take one of my four kids out af-
discovered a few strategies for my doctor regularly, ter school to do something spe-
survival, which I hope others Another way my kids and I cial with just the two of us. This
will find useful too. have found to survive this gi- has become really important to
First, I have to maintain my ant called "single parenting" my kids, even though we don't
relationship with Jesus, who's is sharing fun times together. usually do anything particu-
the true source of my strength. One of my kids' favorite things larly special. It isn't the activity
This means I'm in church on is when I say, "I think it's a (or food) that's important, it's
Sunday and at a women's Bible popcorn and milkshake kind that one-on-one time with my
study during the week. I also of night." Cheers erupt! If any children. This really has helped
try to have my own personal de- neighbor kids are over, they keep the lines of communica-
votion time daily, and we have think it's pretty cool too. And tion open between my teenager
family devotions at the dinner hey, one night of eating less and me, because sitting across
table most evenings, than the best nutritionally isn't the table from each other with
I've also learned that to take going to harm us. This may not no one else around to distract
care of my family, I have to take seem like much fun to you, but us makes us talk together.

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Number ofprotestant Americans is in steep decline

By Laurie Goodstein This is a significant jump -the population. Their numbers shift merely reflects a broad-
from only five years ago, when have held steady, mostly be- er trend away from social and
For the first time since re- adults who claimed "no reli- cause an influx of immigrants community involvement, the
searchers began tracking the gion" made up about 15 percent has replaced the many Catho- phenomenon dubbed "bowling
religious identity of Americans, of the population It is a seismic lics who were raised in the alone" by Robert D. Putnam, a
fewer than half said they were shift from 40 years ago, when "' church and left in the last five public policy professor at Har-
Protestants, a steep decline about 7 percent of American i; years, Smith said. ward University.
from 40 years ago when Protes- adults said they had no reli- "The rise in people who claim Another explanation is that
tant churches claimed the y gious affiliation. no religion is likely to have po- the United States is simply fol-
alty of more than two-thirds of Now, more than one-third ;. litical consequences, said Phil lowing the trend toward secu-
the population, of those ages 18 to 22 are re- ..'i Zuckerman, a professor of so- larization already seen in many
A newstudy released on Tues- ligiously unaffiliated. These ciology and secular studies at economically developed coun-
day by the Pew Forum on Reli- "younger millennials" are re- Pitzer College in Southern Ca tries, like Australia and Canada
gion and Public Life found that placing older generations who fornia. and some in Europe.
it was not just liberal mainline remained far more involved .. "The significant majority of The United States has always
Protestants, like Methodists or with religion throughout their i the religiously unaffiliated tend been the great exception to this
Episcopalians, who abandoned lives. to be left-leaning, tend to sup- secularizing trend, and it is not
their faith, but also more con "We really haven't seen any- '-- .. port the Democratic Party, sup- clear that Americans are neces-
servative evangelical and "born thing like this before," said port gay marriage and environ- sarily moving toward the Euro-
,..., Protestants. The losses Gregory A. Smith, a senior re- mentalcauses,"he said. pean model.
were among white Protestants, searcher with the Pew Forum. ; The Pew report offers sev- The Pew report found that
but not among black or minori "Even when the baby boomers eral theories to explain the rise even among Americans who
but not among black or minori- "Even when the baby boomers : g
ty Protestants, the study found, came of age in the early '70s,. of the religiously unaffiliated. claimed no religion, few quali-
based on surveys conducted they were half as likely to be '.One theory is that the young fied as purely secular. Two
during the summer. unaffiliated as compared with adults grew disillusioned with thirds say they still believe in
.e..-. and one-fifth say the
When they leave, instead of young people today." ., organized religion when evan- God, and one-fifth say they
switching churches, they join The "Nones," as they are gelical Protestant andCatholic pray every day. Only 12 percent
the growing ranks who do not called, now make up the na- churches became so active in of the religiously unaffiliated
identify with any religion. Near- tion's second-largest religious cr -shaped window inside South Calvary Baptist Church conservative political causes, group said they were atheists
ly one in five Americans say grouping. The largest single like opposition to homosexual and 17 percent agnostic.
they are atheist, agnostic or faithgroup is Cath s, i Indianapolics, ws, Ind. A Pew study has found that fewer than ity and abortion. The Rev. Eileen W. Lindner,
"nothing in particular." make up about 22 percent of half of Americans now identify themselves as Protestants. Another theory is that the who has chronicled religious

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Shekinah Glory releases album Internet churches

By Charisma Staff

A dozen years in, the Chica-
go-based ensemble known as
Shekinah Glory Ministry (SGM)
continues to be a forerunner for
urban praise and worship mu-
sic. They've made chants such
as "Praise Is What I Do" and
"Jesus" well-known tunes sung
by choirs around the country
every Sunday morning.
With five RIAA gold and plati-
num records and video cer-
tifications behind them, this
coterie of psalmists, minstrels
and banner-wavers is poised
to strike gold again with the
group's fourth original CD, Sur-
render, which released late last
Recorded in April at the min-
istry's home church, Valley
Kingdom Ministry International
near Chicago, SGM delivered
another set of soul-stirring orig-
inal songs that kept the capac-
ity audience on its feet most of
the night with hands lifted to-
ward heaven. The closing tune,


Shekinah Flory Ministry

"Surrender," summed up the
night's and the album's theme.
SGM's leader, Phil Tarver,
with a heartfelt plea, prayed
openly for God to break his
spirit and give him a contrite
heart right before he launched
into a majestic declaration.
"Lord, break me again until
the tears pour out," he crooned
softly. Challenging listeners

"not to throw in the white towel,
but wave the white flag" and to
"tell [God] I surrender to your
purpose, to your plan, to your
All 13 tracks center on con-
ceding to God's will. Whether
it's by turning one's trials and
tribulations over to God, a con-
cept exclaimed in the Afro-Cu-
ban up-tempo song "By Faith,"

or by yield-
ing to a call
to worship,
sized in the
vored track
"Come On,"
SGM en-
believers to
trust God in

all circumstances.
Aside from Tarver, who leads
three songs, there are several
new SGM voices such as Bran-
don Alsberry, Joan Olander
and Danielle Nightingale Cargo,
who leads the new radio single
"Champion." There is a guest
appearance by veteran vocal-
ist Kim Stratton on the rivet-
ing "Broken," and the late Pepe
Epting's tenor soars on "Peace
for My World."
SGM is not only a choir, but
rather a dynamic ensemble of
psalmists, minstrels and ban-
ner-bearers, and this latest al-
bum is sure not to disappoint.

Why do men hate going to church?

By Drew Dyck He's walking through a wheat
field, and says, "Look, the
David Murrow's book, Why fields are white for harvest."
Men Hate Going to Church, Or, "Go ahead, Peter. Step out
struck a chord when it was of the boat. Feel the water on
published in 2005. Seven your feet. Feel the wind on your
years later, male church at- face." He was such a concrete
tendance is still low. So David teacher. So that's what I'm
went searching for the answer. saying: steal from Jesus. He's
What he found is in Why Men more than willing to share.
Hate Going to Church: Com- You write that megachurches
pletely Revised and 2. -- have done a better
Updated (Thomas /job reaching men.
Nelson). Drew Dyck What can small
talked with Mur- churches do?
row about reaching .' i My heart is for
men and creating a small churches. I
church atmosphere '9 A..* grew up in small
in which they can churches. Ninety
thrive. percent of church-
How can church- es are under 150
es attract men? on Sunday morn-
Make very simple ing. Many of them
changes, mainly in have tremendous
the area of decor, growth potential.
language, and cul- MURROW Their buildings are
ture. These can be paid off and they

very subtle. Here's a piece of
low-hanging fruit: If you want
a church full of men, simply
bring an object into the pulpit
every single week. Take your 25
minutes and build it around an
object lesson, and I guarantee
you in two years you will have
a church full of men because
men will pay attention. They'll
be thinking, When is the object
coming out, and what's it going
to be?
Of course, I'm just ripping
off Jesus. His teaching was
very concrete. He says, "Show
me a coin. Whose face? Whose
description?" He was so visual.

sit in a strong financial posi-
tion. But many are graying and
failing to reach young people.
The problem is that they're try-
ing to reach young people by
reaching young women. They
do things like improving the
nursery or starting a ladies' Bi-
ble study. Those things aren't
wrong, but you're never going
to get guys that way. You might
get a few people right away, but
what you don't realize is that
you're hobbling your church
for the long term.
Do you have to be a macho
kind of pastor to attract men to
your church?

Men have an instinctive
BS detector. They walk into a
room and within one minute
they have a judgment about
the man who's talking to them.
So if you're not a manly man,
if you don't have "man cred,"
if you're not a risk-taker, men
are going to pick up on that.
But no, you don't have to be
macho. I mean, Rick Warren is
certainly not macho. He regu-
larly tears up in the pulpit. But
he is a big vision man. And that
gives him credibility with men.
You have to be able to inspire
men, whether that's through
swagger or vision or courage.
Tim Keller is not a macho
guy. But he's a big idea guy,
and he lives in the capital of
ideas, New York City. That's
his man cred. Manhattan men
are thinkers. They don't make

their money by breaking their
backs; they make their money
with their minds. So they're
looking for a pastor who is sim-
ilarly brilliant. And Keller fits
That bill. He has an emphasis
on mission and getting things
done that men admire. Men
don't want to sit in church for
30 years just to listen to ser-
mons and. sing songs. At some
point men say, "Okay, I've lis-
tened. What is there to do?"
How have women responded
to what you're saying?
I get more pushback from
men who are well-established
in the church than I do from
women. Women sense the
need. Women see their hus-
bands bored. They see their
sons dropping out. They see
their brothers irreligious. They
sit on the pew with nine other
women. They know the situa-
tion on the ground.
The men who are already in
the church and comfortable
with the church and, quite
frankly, for many of them
church is their power area,
they are the ones who push
back. They are the ones who
say things like, "Well, men
should just learn to sing those
songs," or "Men need to be
comfortable holding hands or
hugging." They have all these
pious-sounding phrases.
But it reveals that they really
don't have a missionary mind-
set. They are comfortable, and
more concerned with protect-
ing their own power in the cur-
rent structure.

Leaders of all ages face temptation

continued from 2B

maximized their purpose be-
cause they never stayed plant-
ed in a local church. Thus they
wasted their great gifts and
spent years being frustrated
trying to fulfill their vision with
much wasted energy, even as a
dog exerts a lot of energy chas-
ing its tail.
Corporately, young churches
can also go through the same
initial phase in their develop-
ment by focusing more on do-
ing for God rather than hearing
from- God and then doing for
God. This can lead them into
all sorts of trouble because of
the sin of presumption, which
is often driven by ungodly am-
bition and competition with

other churches in the region.
The key for all of us is to nev-
er be lacking in the zeal and
passion we had in our youth
while at the same time going
through the process of much
prayer, fasting and hearing
from God before we attempt
huge, time-consuming, debt-
producing projects.

Middle-aged leaders who
have had some success in their
youth have the advantage of
hindsight and the experience
that comes from age. They can
have a very balanced approach
to life and ministry.
On the other hand, I have

observed middle-aged leaders
who have had some semblance
of success in life and ministry
and, as a result, the financial
affluence they have accumu-
lated and/or progressed to
often leads to the sins of com-
placency and narcissism with
their primary focus going from
accomplishments to resting on
their laurels.
They say to themselves that
they have already paid the
price and worked hard for
many years in the ministry.
Thus, it is now "their time" to
take for themselves; they have
given out their whole Christian
lives to others; now it is time
for them to enjoy life, take a lot
of time off for themselves, and
put their ministry on cruise
control. Let other people work

hard in the ministry, they
think, because they have al-
ready paid the price. Because
of their seniority they believe
they deserve a high place in
the church because they were
faithful, sort of like having a
union mentality.
Thus, their sins are narcis-
sism and indifference as they
emotionally detach themselves
from the Great Commission of
Christ and enjoy the fruits of
their labor because they have
enough money coming in" for
them to coast.
Corporately, churches can
also go from being outreach
and mission focused in their
beginning stages to becoming
more and more self-focused as
their priorities change with an
aging leadership base.

rise in popularity

By Shawna Brown

In a day and age where sta-
tistics show churches across
the nation are experiencing
attendance declines, of the
more than 1.5 billion people
in the world that have per-
sorial computers, millions are
logging onto the Internet and
getting their word from their
favorite preachers and Bible
Whether on Twitter, Face-
book, or through Internet
churches, Christians across
the nation are choosing e-pas-
tors like Bishop T.D. Jakes to
follow online to receive posi-
tive and uplifting messages
like this: "God has a divine
plan for your life. However,
Jesus needs you to step out
of the boat so that you may
progress toward your greater
purpose." That short mes-
sage and other ones like it are
the sort of encouragements
Jakes' 600,000+ followers
(and the masses that don't
follow on Twitter) are flocking
to e-church, at tdjakes.org, to
Every week, anyone with an
Internet connection can "sit
in" on his live service at The
Potter's House in Dallas and
experience the mega preach-
er's real-time full-length ser-
mons, Sundays at 9:00 am
But Jakes isn't the only
one attractive Christians and
r-on-Christianrs t>o e-church
and Twitter. Joyce Meyer's
million plus Twitter fo'llnv.ers
are daily empowered through
the inspirational quotes shec
tweets out.. Am:.nr her most
[ic',l supporters is 'good
girl gone bad" pop star Ri-
hanna, who shares Mleer's
twveets f.aithfull,, as %well as
ins.iaTa.m pIhotos o the BibIle
tr-acher's devo-[rit rnals


Meyer's "Enjoying Everyday
Life" broadcasts are viewed
by millions daily and droves
of people head out to her
nationwide women's confer-
ences. Last month, at Mey-
er's "Love Life" conference in
St. Louis, nearly 5,000 souls
were saved in one night.
Gone are the days when
geographical location con-
stituted confinement to a
specific ministry, demanded
exclusive membership at a
particular local assembly,
or mandated affiliation with
a certain group. In a 2007
study, Lifeway Research de-
termiried that 70 percent of
young Protestant adults be-
tween the ages of 18-22 had
stopped attending church
regularly. But many of them
today can be found online,
clicking their a'.,a through to
virtual church. Thro.i.h criti-
cized for its lack of ph:.ysical
human connection, thr in-
ter net church trend shows
no signs of stopping. It ap-
peals to those that vi.Lih tr-i
reach -'l oid the borders of
their hometown and :onrnect
with leaders abroad who in-
spire, empower, and minister
to their needs more effec-

Pastors asked to help

in public education

By Twania Griffin

Our children are our future
and education helps mold their
future. That's why pastors,
though busy with numerous
roles to fill, are being urged
to become a part of a national
movement-to help transform
public education.
Recently, faith leaders from
across the country attended
"The Stand Up Education Policy
Summit" in Atlanta, Georgia, to
discuss the dire need for educa-
tion reform.
CNN reports the daylong con-
ference was hosted by educa-
tion organizations Students-
First, founded by Michelle Rhee
and Stand Up, led by her hus-
band, Sacramento Mayor Kevin
Though Black churches come
in all sizes and varying degrees
of organization, and cannot
impact education at the same
level, Rev. DeForest Soaries,
Jr., a senior pastor at First Bap-
tist Church of Lincoln Gardens
in Somerset, New Jersey told
CNN every church needs to "do
Soaries believes churches
should be involved on three lev-
els: creating programs focusing
on things like literacy; being ac-
tive in local politics focused on
impacting schools, as well as
the school board voting process;
and advocating for policies that
will enhance the likelihood of
success in schools.

Bishop Charles Blake, Presid-
ing Bishop and pastor of West
Angeles Church of God in Christ
in Los Angeles stresses the im-
portance of the local church's
knowledge of the educational
landscape in its community. "I
think churches should become
acquainted [with] the schools
that are in their community,"
said Blake.
He also recommends that
churches recruit members of
its congregation to volunteer at
educational facilities in order to
evaluate the overall health and
well-being of schools.
"I think that if churches work
holistically into the lives of the
people in the community, then
the community will produce
better children more capable
and able to excel educational-
ly," said Blake.

Caring for yourself allows you to take better care of others

By Audrey Griffin

Why is it that parents rou-
tinely neglect their own needs
and put themselves on the
back burner, knowing that if
you don't take care of yourself
first, you cannot not take care
of others? Like many par-
ents, I once believed that if I
focused on taking care of my
family, I'd get to myself even-
tually. You can continue like
this, but you will inevitably

find yourself depleted with
nothing left to give. Yet I know
plenty of parents who have
also tried this approach, until
finally realizing no one actu-
ally benefits from this behav-
ior. We all have to do things of
the superhero nature at times
or we'd get nothing done, but
we also need to take care of
ourselves. When we are taken
care of, we have a sense of
balance, purpose and we feel
fulfilled. Thus, we have plenty

to give to our children and/or
Steps to begin taking care of
1. You want to set the tone
for your day and you can do
this by starting of your day
with a positive reading, inspi-
rational word and/or prayer
and meditation. If you have
to wake up 15 to 30 minutes
earlier to incorporate this, do
it! It will make a world of a dif-

2. Find the time in your
schedule to walk, run and/
or take an exercise class at
least 3 times a week for 30-45
minutes. When we exercise
we create endorphins and en-
dorphins naturally make us
happy and give us energy.
3. Treat yourself. Whether
it is a manicure, hair appoint-
ment, massage, a movie, din-
ner at a favorite restaurant.
Just find time to do some-
thing that makes you feel

special. We all deserve to be
rewarded, refreshed and refu-
4. Last, get rid of dysfunc-
tional people. Just think-
ing about this can be free-
ing, but actually doing it will
be soul liberating. There is
nothing greater than tak-
ing care of yourself by taking
care of your soul. When you
can protect your spirit from
nonsense you can begin to fill
it with substance, which will

be rewarding.
These steps may require
some small shifts to occur in
your life (step 4 may require
a big shift.) However, the out-
come will definitely be out-
weighed with more pros than
cons, because taking these
steps is allowing you to be-
come a better you.
When you become a better
you, your relationships, your
family and your business will
benefit and thrive.



Good night, fat cells: Getting enough sleep matters

By Nanci Hellmich

Here's another reason to get
a good night's sleep: Too little
shut-eye plays havoc with your
fat cells, which could lead to
weight gain and type 2 diabetes,
researchers reported.
Scientists have known for
years that sleep deprivation
makes you tired and cranky and
less able to think clearly. It also
can make you fat because it in-
creases levels of a hunger hor-
mone and decreases levels of a
fullness hormone, which could
lead to overeating and weight
The latest study indicates
that not getting enough sleep
reduces your fat cells' ability
to respond properly to the hor-
mone insulin, which is crucial
for regulating energy storage
and use. Over time the disrup-
tion could lead to weight gain,
type 2 diabetes and other health
problems, the researchers say.
"Our fat cells need sleep to
function properly," says Mat-
thew Brady, one of the study's
authors 'and vice chair of the
committee on Molecular Me-
tabolism and Nutrition at the
University of Chicago. "If you're

sleep deprived, your brain may
feel groggy, and it turns out that
your fat cells also need sleep or
they are :r-=r i, ..-.i i!! groggy."
The study is the first to exam-
ine the effects of sleep depriva-
tion on fat cells in humans, he
Brady and colleagues had sev-
en healthy, lean young adults
live in a sleep laboratory for four
days on two separate occasions,
spaced four weeks apart. Partic-
ipants were fed identical meals
for the eight days, and they had
no access to snacks.
For one part of the study, the
participants spent 81/2 hours in
bed on four consecutive nights.
They slept an average of 7.87
hours a night. For the other
part, they spent 4'/2 hours in
bed for four consecutive nights,
sleeping an average of 4.35
hours. At the end of the four
days, they were sleep-deprived
by an average of 14 hours.
After the fourth night un-
der each experimental condi-
tion, researchers measured
participants' overall response
to insulin, and they collected
abdominal fat tissue from the
participants to measure how
the fat cells 'reacted to insu-




Sleep needs vary among
individuals, but here are
some nightly guidelines..

(0-2 months):

(3-11 months):

(1-3 years):

(3-5 years):


School-age kids
(5-10 years):

(10-17 years):


Source: National Sleep Foundation

lin after sleep deprivation. "We
looked at insulin on the cellular
level," Brady says.
The findings reported in Tues-
day's issue of the Annals of In-
ternal Medicine showed that
after four nights of sleep depri-
vation, the body's overall ability
to respond to insulin properly
decreased by an average of 16
percent, which is the first step
toward developing type 2 diabe-
tes, Brady says.
Also, after too little sleep, the
fat cells' ability to use insulin
properly, called insulin sensi-
tivity, dropped by 30 percent.
When fat cells don't respond to
insulin properly, lipids (fats) cir-
culate in the blood, which can
lead to other health problems,
including type 2 diabetes, Brady
People think of fat as a bad
guy, but some fat "is your
friend," Brady says. "When fat
cells are functioning properly,
they safely store fat away for
future use such as when you
are sleeping or exercising. Fat
cells remove fatty acids and lip-
ids from circulating in the body
and damaging other tissues.
But when your fat cells stop
responding to insulin properly,

then lipids leave the fat cells
and leach out into your blood."
That allows lipids to accumu-
late in other tissues, such as
the liver, he says.
Insulin also plays an impor-
tant role in the release of the
hormone leptin, which is in-
volved in making people feel full.
"Insulin promotes release of
leptin, so if your fat cells are
less insulin-sensitive, you will
make less leptin, which is asso-
ciated with an increase in food
consumption and weight gain,"
Brady says.
Leptin is released by the fat
cells and tells the brain about
the energy balance of the body,
says Eve Van Cauter, another
author of the study and co-di-
rector of the Sleep, Metabolism
and Health Center at the Uni-
versity of Chicago. Low leptin
levels tell your body it's starving
and increase your appetite, she
Van Cauter says these new
findings "are fascinating be-
cause they tell us that sleep
is important not only for brain
cells as we have known for a
long time but for all cells of the
body, including fat cells and
probably muscle cells, liver cells

and others."
David Neubauer, associate
director of the Johns Hopkins
Sleep Disorders Center, who
wasn't involved in this study,
says the research "is an impor-
tant step in our understand-
ing of the relationship of sleep
and physiological functioning,
particularly regarding the in-
creased risk for type 2 diabetes
and obesity in people who have
inadequate sleep whether
due to chronic sleep deprivation
or perhaps from sleep disorders,
such as sleep apnea.
"This study reinforces the im-
portance of good sleep generally
in promoting health," he says.
The kind of sleep depriva-
tion experienced by the partici-
pants in the study happens in
the "real wbrld" when people
are cramming for finals, have a
newborn in the house or have
a lot of extra work for their job,
Brady says. "A lot of people have
had stretches where they have
only been able to get three or
four hours of sleep a night."
"Even for these healthy stu-
dents, going just four nights
without enough sleep impacted
their fat cells' response to insu-
lin," he says.

FDA widens meningitis drug warnings in the nation





Other products

could be fueling

rise in infections
By Dan Vergano

The same company whose
back-pain steroid drugs have
been tied to a deadly meningi-
tis outbreak nationwide is now
the focus of federal warnings
about two other drugs it makes
that may have links to new in-

The three new cases appear
linked to drugs prepared by the
now-shuttered New England
Compounding Center (NECC)
in Framingham, Mass., already
in the spotlight for meningitis
cases suffered by people who re-
ceived the company's back-pain
steroid injections. The Food
and Drug Administration "has
not confirmed that these three
infections were, in fact, caused
by an NECC product," says the
agency in a statement, but "in
an abundance of caution" is
advising doctors to contact all

eye-surgery or heart-surgery pa-
tients who received injections of
the pharmacy's drugs.
The drugs involved in the new
warning are used in eye surgery
and also to stop the heart during
open-heart surgery. Two of the
new fungal infections involved
drugs used for open-heart sur-
gery and the third case, a pos-
sible bout of meningitis, was
tied to another version of a
steroid the company makes for
pain treatment. The pharmacy
recalled hundreds of drugs pre-
pared at its facility in an Oct. 6

So far, the fungal meningi-
tis outbreak tied to contami-
nated back pain injections has
now sickened 214 people in 15
states, according to figures re-
ported Monday, an additional
eight cases added to weekend
Fifteen people nationwide
have died from meningitis ac-
quired from three lots of steroid
shots used to treat back pain,
reports the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) in
Atlanta. Pennsylvania became

the newest state to report a case
Monday, with Tennessee the
hardest hit at 53 cases.
Nearly 17,700 vials of the ste-
roids that appear contaminated
with an illness-causing fungus
were shipped, custom-made by
the New England Compounding
Center. Suspect injections were
sent from the pharmacy to 75
clinics in 23 states. On Thurs-
day, the CDC's J. Todd Weber
said that doctors have contacted
90% of the nearly 14,000 people
who have received the tainted
shots. NECC shut down Oct. 10.

Meningitis, which afflicts
the brain and spinal cord, is
marked by fever, a new or wors-
ening headache, nausea and
problems similar to those seen
in a stroke. The people with
meningitis triggered by a fungus
contaminating the shots are not
"Given the severity of the fun-
gal meningitis, time is of the es-
sence," Weber said Thursday.
"We know we can save lives by
identifying patients early and
getting them on appropriate an-
ti-fungal therapy."

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No new IDs to identity-theft victims

By Kelly Kennedy

More than a quarter-million
Medicare beneficiaries are poten-
tial victims of identity theft and
hampered in getting health care
benefits because the government
won't issue new IDs, according to
an investigation report released to-
Medicare officials say it's too ex-
pensive and too many agencies are
involved to reissue those numbers
to patients victimized by identity
theft about 284,000 beneficia-
ries, according to a report by the
Department of Health and Human
Service's inspector general.
Beneficiary numbers are directly
connected to a patient's Social Se-
curity number, and the government
is unable to create a new Social Se-
curity number for a patient whose
Medicare identity has been stolen,
according to the report, which was
obtained by USA TODAY.
And beneficiaries can do little
more than report abuse of their
beneficiary numbers because the
government does not provide them
with updates about investigations
or amend their records with cor-





By Emma Thomasson

Nestle SA and General Mills Inc w
sugar and salt in the children's break
cereals they jointly market outside
America, the latest attempt by majo
companies to respond to health con<
The two have been in a joint ve
since 1990 to sell Nestle-brand
als such as Cheerios in more thai
countries outside the United State
Canada, markets which account for
half total global cereal sales of som
billion. They'say they will reformula
cereal brands popular with children
teenagers by 2015, boosting whole
and calcium and aiming for averal
ductions of 24 percent in sugar an
percent in sodium.
The reformulation will affect about
billion portions of cereals sold each y
The 50/50 joint venture called (
Partners Worldwide (CPW) is the se
biggest breakfast cereal producer
Kellogg Co but is Europe's leading r
facturer of children's cereal. It had
of 1.9. billion Swiss francs ($2 billion
CPW Chief Executive Jeffrey Harm
said the plan builds on efforts star'
2003 to improve the nutritional I
of cereals. The group has cut almost
tons of salt and more than 9,000 t(
sugar from its recipes since then.

rect billing information. That, in-
vestigators say, slows down access
to care.
The Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) "should
mitigate the damage of medical
identity theft by ensuring that
beneficiaries retain their access to

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services if their Medicare numbers
have been misused by others," the
report states.
Investigators suggested that the
CMS, which administers Medicare,
place an indicator in breached re-
cords or records known to have
been used fraudulently so claims
processors know when a legitimate
claim should go through. The agen-
cy agreed to consider that sugges-
tion, the report said.
The report also said the govern-

IN i

ment should find a way to issue
new numbers, even if it means
moving away from using Social Se-
curity numbers.
Investigators also found that
though the government has cre-
ated a database that includes the
284,000 breached or stolen ben-

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eficiary numbers, contractors have
not received guidance about what
to do with that list. In some cases,
contractors continue to send out
government checks even after the
numbers have been compromised.
The government said the system
is being fixed now.
Medicare should also correct
beneficiaries' billing records when
fraudulent activity has occurred,
investigators recommended, but
the CMS disagreed.

Medicare identities
level Beneficiaries Provid-
High 56,164 1,388
Medium 213,792 3,547
Low 13,616 32
Source: Department of Health and Human Services

"Our major concern is that
CMS's adjustment of beneficiary
billing records could have a nega-
tive impact on criminal and civil
prosecutions and on the underly-
ing integrity of the Medicare claims
processing system," wrote Marilyn
Tavenner, acting administrator for
In 2011, the government recov-
ered a record-breaking $4.1 billion
in health care fraud money. Be-
tween 2009 and 2011, it collected
$7.20 for every dollar spent on
fighting fraud a jump of $5.10
for every dollar spent between 1997
and 2008, according to inspector
general reports.

Healthy kids: Yoga, Zumba

now aimed at children

Kids around the country
might be trading their video
,games in for a session of yoga
soon. Instead of reciting rap
lyrics and watching music
videos on YouTube they'll be
standing in line, mat to mat,
chanting "OM" like it's going,
out of style. Between home-
work, juggling a full schedule
of activities and not to mention
this entire bully epidemic going
on in our schools, sometimes
even children need a good yoga
pose or two to wind down from
a stressful day. And that's ex-
actly what they're getting.

According to the Mayo Clinic
yoga might help with a variety
of health conditions, such as
cancer, depression, pain, anxi-
ety and insomnia, helping with
sleep problems, fatigue and
mood as well as reduce heart
rate and blood pressure. Hos-
pitals, gyms, physical trainers
and community-based organi-
zations are beginning to open
their doors to a new crowd of
yoga-goers in an effort to com-
bat childhood obesity, help
kids focus and increase physi-
cal, emotional, mental and
energetic wellness in kids and

The Beth Israel Medical Cen-
ter in New York City started a
yoga program for kids age four
to 13-years-old diagnosed with
attention deficit disorder and
autism but is also open for all
children. Bobbi Hamilton, a
celebrity fitness trainer who's
worked with have Michelle
Obama's Let's Move! LA Orga-
nization recently launched the
Phresh Mat, an eco-friendly ex-
ercise mat in school gyms, stu-
dios and private gyms available
in the Los Angeles area. With
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Study: HPV vaccine doesn't raise sexual activity

By Lara Salahi

Adolescent girls who get the hu-
man papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
are no more likely to engage in sex-
ual activity than girls who do not
get the vaccine, according to a new
study that challenges a widely held
HPV is the most common sexu-
ally transmitted virus, and some
strains of the virus can lead to
oral and genital cancers. The U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention as well as the American
Academy of Pediatrics recommend
the HPV vaccine for girls and boys

as young as age 11.
Previous surveys have found that
some parents are concerned their
daughter may be more likely to en-
gage in sexual activity if they re-
ceive the vaccine.
"Some parents are concerned
that saying 'yes' to the HPV vac-
cine is also encouraging teenagers
to say 'yes' to sex," said Dr. Carol
Ford, chief of the Craig Dalsimer
division of adolescent medicine at
the Children's Hospital of Philadel-
The new findings, published in
the journal Pediatrics, are the first
clinical data to study the concern,

and found that HPV vaccine does
not lead to increased sexual activ-
ity among adolescent girls.

The study followed the girls to
the age range where sexual activity
' would have been initiated, accord-
ing to the researchers. The nearly
500 girls who received at least one
dose of the vaccine were no more
likely to be diagnosed with a sexu-
ally transmitted disease, discuss
contraception or become preg-
nant than the-nearly 900 girls who
did not get the vaccine, the study

"We couldn't directly look at sex-
ual activity, so we looked at exter-
nal outcomes that would suggest
sexual activity," said Dr. Robert
Bednarczyk, lead author of the
The study is based on the as-
sumption that girls who engage in
sexual activity would seek care for
a sexually transmitted disease, ask
for contraception or become preg-
According to some experts, the
effectiveness and safety of the vac-
cine are more concerning to many
Please turn to HPV 10B

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In 1969. ', Nil Arm-stronit walked on the
moon. and bell-bottorn jeans and ue-d,ve
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to breast n'imagirng were developed Seven
'.'ears later, manimmogrTraph:, be.:'are st.an-
dard pra,:tice as a screening device
There is a current debate in the
United States over the besi time to be-
rin screening mrammino gramris for breast
canr-i-r. The i-l S. Pre.entire Semi'es
IU'SPTFI has recommended that the
biennial screening mammrnographi, for
\iomen should be done betv.een the ages
of 5')0 to 74 .-ears. The recommrn'nda-
tion arriong :.'iher health experts has no'
changed. including the Americar, Can-
cer Society and the American College of
Surgeons. They continue to recommend
that -'iromen should began having annual
n'iammograrms at age- 40 or earlier if they
are at higher risk. The decision when to
start regular. biennial screening ma.m-
mography should be a result of your in-
dividual discussion ,vith ,:'.ouri phy, sicCian.
N mairinocram is considered to be
positive" 'hen the radiologist reading
it sees an abnormal area in the breast
that maiy be indicative of cancer. Dr
AtLara Kane, North Shore MIdi.:al Cen-
ter's Breast Radiologist and Chief Malm-
rnomrapher, also reconirniends breasL
self-examns as a precautionary measure.
"Womer should conduct these breast
self-ex.ms on a monthly basis and
spe-ak \ntlth their doctor for the proper
techniques to perform these exams."
Just because a mammogram result is
positive does not always mean there is
cancer. A false-positive result can occur
when the radiologist determines that the
mammogram is abnormal, but there is
actually no cancer present. This type of
result is more common for vomen w'. ho
have undergone previous breast biop-
sies, and those who are younger, have
a family history of breast cancer, or are
taking estrogen.

The difference between conventional
and digital mammography involves how
the breast image is recorded and stored.
While X-rays are used to produce both
kinds of mammograms, breast images
are stored on film in conventional mam-
mography, while an electronic image of
the breast is stored as a computer file
in digital mammography. Information
that is stored digitally can be more easily
magnified or manipulated for additional
evaluation than images stored on film.
In cases of positive screening mammo-
gram results, the doctor may order a di-
agnostic mammogram for more detailed,
clearer images of the suspicious area.
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Men suffer from breast cancer too

By Chantell Black

For men, the lifetime chance
of getting breast cancer is 1 in
1,000. For Justin Langley of
Hampton, Virginia, he was that
unlucky one.
"There's a manly cancer and
a girly cancer," says Langley's
initial thought when he was
told the news, just a short six
weeks ago.
"I couldn't believe I had
breast cancer."
In society, the words breast
cancer and men sound almost
like an oxymoron. The disease
isn't as common as it is for

women, but it does affect a siz-
able population. According to
the American Cancer Society,
about 2,190 new cases of inva-
sive breast cancer will be diag-
nosed in 2012 among men and
about 410 men will die from it.
In the Black community,
those diagnosed face a lower
chance of survival than white
men. According to research
released in March 2007 in
the Journal of Clinical Oncol-
ogy, it concludes that Black
men were more likely to have
later-stage disease and larger
tumors than white men, and
five-year survival was about 90

percent among white patients
but 66 percent among Black
For Langley, a random con-
versation sparked his curiosity
about the disease and saved
his life. "I jokingly asked my
doctor for a mammogram,"
Langley says. "As he checked
my breasts he felt lumps, and
being the man that I am, I
thought he was just feeling my
muscles. He put me in for a bi-
opsy and told me both breasts
had tumors in them."
When asked if he wanted to
undergo a combination of che-
motherapy and radiation treat-

ments or surgery, he opted for
the surgery. "I had no plans
of breastfeeding so I was like
'let's do the surgery,'" he said,
Langley had a double mas-
tectomy on October 4, the same
procedure performed on his
mother 12 years ago.
"It hurt a lot. They cut a
six-inch incision under both
breasts and took off four inches
of my chest," he explained.
Mark Robson, medical on-
cologist at Memorial Sloan Ket-
tering Cancer Center says that
ego may keep men away from
Please turn to CANCER 11B

NYC soda ban sued by businesses

By Jennifer Peltz

Soda makers, restaurateurs
and other businesses sued to
try to block the city's unprec-
edented move to restrict sales
of super-sized, sugary drinks.
"For the first time, they're
telling New Yorkers how much
of certain safe and lawful bev-
erages they can drink," said
Caroline Starke, a spokeswom-
an for the business groups. The
groups include the American
Beverage Association, the Na-
tional Restaurant Association,
a soft drink workers union and
groups representing interests
ranging from movie theater

owners to Korean-American
A spokesman for Mayor Mi-
chael Bloomberg, the regula-
tion's chief champion, called
the lawsuit a groundless effort
to stop a groundbreaking pol-
"This predictable, yet base-
less, lawsuit fortunately will
help put an even greater spot-
light on the obesity epidemic,"
said the spokesman, Marc
LaVorgna, who noted that the
city also won fights over out-
lawing smoking in bars and of-
fices and forcing fast-food res-
taurants to list calorie counts
on their menus.

The beverage industry hint-
ed it was considering a suit
as soon as the city Board of
Health approved the regula-
tion last month. The rule would
stop restaurants, cafeterias
and concession stands from
selling soda and other high-cal-
orie drinks in containers larger
than 16 ounces. It's set to take
effect in March.
Bloomberg has called it a rea-
sonable way to fight an obesity
problem that takes a toll on
many New Yorkers' health and
city hospitals' budgets.
"The measure keeps people
from drinking extra calories
without thinking," he says. For

someone who drinks a soda ev-
ery day, for example, downing
a 16-ounce Coke instead of a
20-ounce one trims 14,600 cal-
ories a year, or the equivalent
of 70 Hershey bars.
"Nobody is banning any-
thing," the mayor said when
the plan passed, noting that
someone who wanted a second
soda could get one.
The soda makers and sellers
say the city is being a nanny-
like nag to consumers and
imposing an unfair, uneven
burden on businesses. Manu-
facturers will have to get new
bottles, and eateries will lose
S Please turn to SODA 11B

FDA approves breast cancer drug to treat lung cancer

By Deena Beasley
and Caroline Humer

U.S. health regulators wid-
ened the approved use of
Celgene Corp's breast can-
cer drug Abraxane to include
treatment for non-small cell
lung cancer, the most com-
mon form of lung cancer.
Abraxane is currently ap-
proved to treat patients with
metastatic breast cancer who
have failed to respond to oth-


er treatments. Celgene hopes
to win approval to market it
for several other types of can-
cer, including pancreatic can-
cer and melanoma.
Celgene acquired Abrax-
ane when it bought Abraxis
BioScience in 2010 for $2.9
billion, which some investors
considered an excessively
high price. The drug com-
bines the cancer clemother-
apy paclitaxel with a protein
called albumin which Celgene

believes helps deliver a great-
er amount of chemotherapy
to cancer cells with fewer side
A late-stage trial of Ab-
raxane showed that tumors
shrank in 33 percent of pa-
tients taking the drug along
with standard chemotherapy
treatment carboplatin com-
pared with 25 percent of pa-
tients who took paclitaxel
plus carboplatin.
Abraxane's peak annual

lung cancer sales could even-
tually reach $110 million,
according to a research note
from Barclays on Thursday.
The company also said that
it had filed for regulatory ap-
proval in Japan, Australia
and New Zealand and expect-
ed decisions in 2013.
Celgene shares were up
$1.88 at $79.60 in morn-
ing Nasdaq trading while the
Nasdaq Biotech Index was
little changed.

Take your medicines

with the right beverage

Before you wash down
medication with just any bev-
erage, watch out; common
drinks, from fruit juice to cof-
fee, can lessen the effective-
ness of certain drugs as well
as pose serious health threats
when combined with some
prescriptions. Medical toxi-
cologist Lesile Dye, MD, FAC-
MT outlined the top alarming

Grapefruit juice negative-
ly interacts with more than
50 medications, including
stations. Because the effects of
the citrus juice last more than
24 hours, simply taking your
meds at a different time won't
solve the problem.

An enzyme found in pome-
granate juice can break down
several blood pressure pre-
scriptions. An enzyme found
in pomegranate juice can
break down several blood
pressure prescriptions.

Calcium can interfere with
the effectiveness of thyroid

medication. Wait at least 4
hours after dosage to drink
any calcium-rich beverages.

Caffeine can pose a serious
health threat when taken with
stimulants. Avoid a cup of joe
when taking ephedrine (ap-
petite suppressants), asthma
prescriptions, and amphet-

The potassium in these
drinks can be dangerous
when coupled with some heart
failure or hypertension drugs.
Bananas are also very rich in

Skip the dinnertime glass of
wine when taking antidepres-
sents; the combo can cause
hypertension, headaches, fast
heart rate, and stroke. The
same goes for energy drinks.

Vitamin K, also found in
broccoli and kale, can de-
crease the effect of blood thin-
ners such as coumarin or

Veteran sues hospital in

Hepatitis case and wins

By Associated Press

A Miami federal judge ruled
in favor of a veteran who says
shoddy hygiene practices at a
Veterans Administration hos-
pital caused his hepatitis infec-
Air Force veteran Robert Met-
zler and his wife in a lawsuit are
seeking $30 million in damages.
The ruling says damages will be
settled later. Many similar cas-
es have been filed around the

country. The plaintiffs' attorney
Ervin Gonzalez contends Met-
zler contracted hepatitis C after
undergoing a colonoscopy with
unclean equipment at the Mi-
ami VA hospital in 2007. Met-
zler was one of thousands of
veterans in five states to receive
letters from the VA in 2009 urg-
ing them to get blood tests after
being treated. The VA contend-
ed in court it did not cause Met-
zler's infection and should not
pay damages.

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raise questions

about steroids

By Liz Szabo

The growing outbreak of fungal men-
ingitis has led some people to question
the widespread use of epidural steroid
injections for pain. Steroids contami-
nated with a fungus are suspected of
transmitting the infection.
Patients who have developed this
rare form of meningitis, an inflamma-
tion of the lining of the brain, have re-
ceived steroid injections from a Fram-
ingham, Mass., specialty pharmacy,
according to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention.
By Tuesday, the outbreak had grown
to 119 patients in 10 states, with 11
deaths. CDC officials say many more
could be infected.
That's because 13,000 patients were
treated with three recalled lots of ste-
roids, CDC spokesman Curtis Allen
says. While most of those patients
received epidural injections for lower
back pain, some patients may have
been injected in the knee or other ar-
eas. Knee injections typically don't
lead to meningitis, but could cause

a more limited infection in the joint
itself. Contaminated epidural injec-
tions, however, which are given near
the spine, can lead to meningitis, be-
cause the spinal fluid provides an ex-
press route to the brain.
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said
Tuesday that he will introduce legisla-
tion to strengthen the Food and Drug
Administration's oversight of com-

The CDC has linked
the meningitis out-
break to recalled ste-
roid injections

pounding pharmacies because of the
meningitis outbreak.
CDC officials say that anyone who
had an epidural injection since May 21
should contact their doctor if they have
symptoms such as a new or worsening
headache, fever, stiff neck, sensitivity

to light, slurred speech or newly de-
veloped weakness in any part of the
body. Not all patients who received
the injections will become sick. As a
precaution, doctors can give exposed
patients anti-fungal medications, CDC
officials said.
Among patients who have become
ill, symptoms have developed between
one to four weeks after receiving the
Sue Manor, 66, of Hendersonville,
Tenn,, at first cracked jokes after dis-
covering she had received one of the
recalled steroid injections. But a cou-
ple of nights later, anxiety set in, and
she packed a bag for a trip to the hos-
pital even though she never went.
"I had a couple of days where I had
a headache and my neck was stiff,"
Manor said. "Intellectually, I knew it
was stress bringing it on. But there
is the slightest possibility or even a
good possibility that it could be the
early onset of meningitis on my sys-

Where's your medicine being made?

Patients often have

few ways to learn the

source of medications
By Liz Szabo

The nationwide meningitis outbreak
has raised questions about the safety
of "compounded" medications, or ones
specially made by pharmacists, rather
than large-scale factories.
Yet patients often have no way to
know if they're receiving compounded
medications from a hospital or clinic,
doctors say.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention has linked the meningitis
outbreak which has sickened 185
people in 12 states, causing 14 deaths
- to injectable steroids that were re-
called by the New England Compound-
ing Center, a Massachusetts pharma-
cy. As many as 14,000 patients were
treated with the steroids, largely used
to treat lower back pain but also in-
jected for joint pain in the knee.
The outbreak has called attention to
gaps in the nation's system for inspect-
ing and regulating drugs, says Michael


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Although the

ministration inspects large factories, it
gitis toll leaves state pharmacy boards to moni-
tor pharmacists who mix their own
aes Death medications.
Cases Deats It's very difficult for the average pa-
'0 2 tient to figure out where their medica-
1 0 tions come from, unless patients fill
1 0 the prescription themselves, Carome
-8 2 says. Doctors who prescribe a special-
28 2 ly mixed cream, for example, will often
15 1 tell patients the ingredients while giv-
41 3 ing out instructions on how to use it.
4 0 Learning the source of an injectable
-- drug given in a hospital or clinic may
4 ____ be far harder. "The patient likely has
8 0 no idea where the drug came from,"
2 0 Carome says. "Many patients probably
3 0 don't even know what a compounded
556 drug or compounding pharmacy is."
55 _6 William Schaffner, an infectious-
1 0 disease expert and professor at the
34 1 Vanderbilt University School of Medi-
205" 15 cine in Nashville, says he can't recall a
single time that a patient has ever even
Sj 1ni. i,,-.:t,,'.,-, r,.:.t n ..r,.a,,: asked where a medication came from.
S,;,:,.,r,:, rdn. r.4.,,rCr, "I don't think that any patients re-
ceiving medicine for any reason has
r and deputy director ever asked, 'Where did you get that
earch group at Public medication?' Schaffner says. "They
cacy group, expect the medication will be safe.
Food and Drug Ad- That is a reasonable expectation."

Even hospital doctors and nurses
don't necessarily know where their
medications come from, Carome says.
Often, "drugs are purchased in large
quantities by a central pharmacy de-
partment, and then distributed upon a
prescription or physician order to the
treating provider."
Richard Boortz-Marx, associate pro-
fessor of anesthesiology and chief of
the pain division at the University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of
Medicine, says doctors may not be able
to answer patients' questions.
"Probably most physicians have little
if any idea as to where their supply of
medications are coming from or manu-
factured by, unless it is on the particu-
lar vial, in which case they may be able
to answer," Boortz-Marx says.
Instead, patients might have to in-
quire at the hospital's procurement of-
fice or pharmacy, which are generally
in charge of ordering drugs, Boortz-
Marx says.
Patients have a right to know where
their medications come from, how-
ever, and to refuse any compounded
medications, says William Blau, also
a professor of anesthesiology at the
Please turn to MEDICINE 10B

Act fast at

first sign of

a migraine

First 20 minutes are
crucial to prevent pain
By Janice Lloyd

Being alert to early signs of a
migraine is the key to preventing
it from becoming debilitating and
long-lasting, a researcher said
Tuesday at the American Neuro-
logical Association annual confer-
ence here.
A migraine evolves in most pa-
tients and becomes a "moving tar-
get," says Rami Burstein of Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center
in Boston.
The process begins when neu-
rons begin to respond to pain in
the brain. If left unchecked, it
moves to neurons in the spine
and the central nervous system.
The process spirals out of control
within 20 minutes to four hours of
the onset of symptoms.
Best hope? Begin treatment
within the first 20 minutes, he
"Patients tell us there is not
room inside the skull for their
brains," he says. In 65 percent,
the pain is unrelenting. "The mi-
graine can get worse. The entire
body can get hypersensitive."
Nearly 36 million Americans en-
dure migraines, and three times
as many women are affected as
men, says the Migraine Research
Foundation. While there is no
cure, Burstein says, treating early
can usually prevent the pain from
moving to other parts of the body
and stop head pain.
A family of prescription drugs
called triptans are the most com-
monly prescribed medications for
migraines, he says, and they work
only on receptors in the brain,
where the pain begins.
So why do people wait? "People
are told to bite their lip and not
take medication until they abso-
lutely need it," Burstein says. "By
then, it's too late."

Scientists fight to halt outbreak

Fifteen people

have died from

By Kate Brumback

More than 200 people in 14
states have been sickened with
meningitis, including 15 who
have died. There is a sense
of urgency people are dy-
ing and lives could be saved
if those who are sickened get
treated in time. But it's not a
race against a fast-spreading
illness like avian flu or SARS
- or even the fictional virus
the CDC fails to unravel in the
popular TV series "The Walk-
ing Dead." Unlike those out-
breaks, this strain of meningi-
tis isn't contagious and doesn't
spread between people. It is
likely isolated to the contami-
nated steroid, produced by the
New England Compounding
Center in Framingham, Mass.
"This is a very unusual infec-
tion," said Dr. John Jernigan,
a CDC medical epidemiologist
who is leading the clinical in-
vestigation team for the out-
break response.
"So, treatment recommenda-
tions, diagnostic recommenda-
tions are all going to be new,

and we're learning as we go on
this one."

Meningitis, an inflammation
of the membranes surround-
ing the brain and spinal cord,
is not uncommon. But it is
usually caused by bacteria,
and it is very unusual to see
it in patients with normal im-
mune systems, Jernigan said.
This strain is caused by a fun-
gus that is common in dirt and
grasses people routinely
come into contact with it with-
out getting sick but it has
never before been identified as
the cause of meningitis.
Recently officials believed
they had reached about 90
percent of those who were po-
tentially affected, Jernigan
said. They planned to continue
trying to reach every person
to see if they've had problems
and to warn them to be on the
lookout for symptoms, which
can include severe headache,
nausea, dizziness and fever.
The CDC says many of the cas-
es. have been mild, but some
people had strokes.
A meeting is held each morn-
ing to review overnight devel-
opments and plot a course of
action for the day, and another

at the end of the pay summa-
rizes the day's developments
and looks ahead to the next
day. Maps on big screens in
the front of the emergency op-
erations center track the states
where the tainted medications
were sent and the tally of cases
reported in affected states.
Because the lab scientists
had never worked with this
particular fungus in cerebro-
spinal fluid before, they had
to quickly develop new tests
to detect it before they could
start analyzing the hundreds of
samples cerebrospinal fluid
samples, cultures and bits of
tissue sent in from around
the country, research lab team
leader Ana Litvintseva said.
Normally, the reference lab
works on difficult samples sent
in from state health depart-
ments, while the research lab
works on research projects.
But the scale of this outbreak
means those projects are most-
ly being shelved at the moment.
"The scale is much, much
bigger than we would normally
work with," said research lab
team leader Ana Litvintseva
said. "We are working every
weekend and people are here
12 to 13 hours at a time and
we're testing samples non-

FDA approves at-home HIV test

By Brian Secemsky, M.D.

On July 3, the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration approved
the first over-the-counter HIV
test. This monumental decision
suggests that soon anyone will
be able to pick up a kit from
their local drugstore and dis-
cover their HIV status in the
privacy of their own home.
A study released by the CDC
estimated that in 2006, over
200,00 people in the U.S. were
living with HIV without knowing
it. Whether this is due to lack
of health care access or simply
the lack of HIV education, the
intention of introducing this
new home HIV kit is to provide
a novel way in getting these in-
dividuals into treatment earlier

as well as preventing them from
inadvertently spreading the vi-
rus to others.
Another unique characteristic
of this test is its ability to deter-
mine individuals' HIV status in
the privacy and comfort of their
own home. It is not uncommon
for people to avoid clinics and
hospitals due to the discomfort
of seeing a physician. Therefore,
this home test offers a wonder-
ful solution by getting this part
of the population tested without
forcing them to unnecessar-
ily deal directly with the health
care system.
Although the OraQuick
home HIV kit has a similar sen-
sitivity to EIA in detecting the
virus, it is recommended that
individuals receiving positive

results at home should also get
a confirmatory western blot test
due to the very real possibility
of a false positive.
Consider how stressful it
would be sitting with a false
positive result for days while
waiting for this additional test
to be reported. In comparison,
it is customary in hospitals to
reflexively examine the initial
EIA-positive samples with west-
ern blot in the laboratory prior
to contacting the patient with
Being the high-octane hypo-
chondriac that I am, it is obvi-
ous which scenario I'd prefer.
And what if the test is truly
positive? The HIV home kit does
not come with a home physician
Please turn to HIV 10B




Educators debate how ruling will impact education

Supreme Court

questions race in

college admissions
By Mary Beth Marklein

representing higher education
groups and universities wor-
ried last Wednesday that the
Supreme Court may be headed
toward a reversal on affirma-
tive action.
Charles Sims, who filed a
brief supporting the University
of Texas' use of racial prefer-
ences on behalf of 36 small
liberal arts colleges, said Chief
Justice John Roberts and Jus-
tice Samuel Alito the two Re-
publican nominees not on the
court when the last affirma-
tive action case was decided -
seemed to reject using race in
admissions decisions.
"The hostility they exhibited
toward the efforts of Texas to
deal with a very complex prob-
lem is disheartening," Sims
Others were less despondent
but concerned nonetheless

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Sw. r
Susan Walsh AP
Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court on
Wednesday.The court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers
race in some college admissions.

with the upheaval that could
follow a decision in the spring
to toss out racial preferences.
Ada Meloy, general counsel

for the American Council on
Education, said college and
university officials hope they
won't have to revisit their ad-

missions policies so soon after
the court's 2003 ruling involv-
ing the University of Michigan.
That decision allows race to be

considered as one of many fac-
tors in admission.
Some educators argued
against racial preferences to
protect the rights of those who
they say are victims of dis-
crimination when universities
ignore their superior qualifica-
"Nowhere in the Constitu-
tion or the Declaration of In-
dependence does the word
'diversity' appear," a group of
Texas faculty members state
in a brief supporting the plain-
tiff, 22-year-old Abigail Fisher.
"There is no constitutional ba-
sis for the courts, let alone a
state university, to engage in
such a radical restructuring of
America, allocating education,
jobs and contracts based on
When she wrote the decision,
retired justice Sandra Day
O'Connor expressed the hope
that racial preferences would
be unnecessary in 25 years.
"We had thought and hoped
that the prediction by Justice
O'Connor would have meant
we wouldn't have to be con-
stantly moving the goal post,"
Meloy said. "It would help if we

knew that was the case and it
wasn't constantly being chal-
lenged or changed."
Depo Adegbile, acting presi-
dent of the NAACP Legal De-
fense Fund, urged college ad-
missions officials to continue
business as usual, at least for
"Once the ruling comes
down, there may be a need to
do nothing, to modify their ap-
proach slightly, or the court
could reach more deeply," Ad-
egbile said.
A broad ruling on whether
affirmative action is constitu-
tional could affect colleges and
universities nationwide. But
Adegbile noted that lawyers for
the plaintiff focused their case
more narrowly on whether the
University of Texas was com-
plying with the 2003 ruling.
Several liberal justices im-
plied that a new standard
would create havoc not only for
admissions offices but for dis-
trict courts across the country
charged with interpreting the
"Why overrule a case into
which so much thought and
Please turn to DEBATE 11B

State seeks to double enrollment in charter schools

By Leslie Postal

Florida education leaders
want to double the number of
children enrolled in charter
schools in the next six years,
while also expanding other
school-choice options for stu-
The State Board adopted a
new strategic plan Tuesday
that envisions about 17 per-
cent of one-time public school
students attending either
charters public schools run
by private groups or using
taxpayer-funded vouchers to
attend private schools by the
2017-18 school year.
This year, about 9 percent of
students are in charter schools
or using Tax Credit or McKay
-scholarships- .

The board's plan touts Flor-
ida as a place where parents
"have the freedom to choose the
educational path that is right
for their child" and hopes more
than 300 new charter schools
will open in the next six years.

Charter schools have grown
significantly in Florida, with
more than 61,000 students
on charter school waiting lists
last year, according to numbers
reported to the Florida Depart-
ment of Education.
But like voucher programs,
they remain controversial, with
some critics saying they oper-
ate with too little oversight,
sometimes benefit private, for-
profit managers and siphon
.r money ..away. from traditional

About 150 Florida charter
schools have closed over the
years, some after running into
serious academic or financial
"Instead of setting arbitrary
goals that have nothing to do
with need or proven results,"
the state board "should make it
their mission to improve public
education for the 90 percent of
all students who attend tradi-
tional Florida public schools,"
said Kathleen Oropeza, an
Orlando mother and founder
of the group Fund Education
Now, which has sued the state
over what it calls inadequate
school funding..

The board's focus, Oropeza

wrote in an email, should be on
"investing in classroom tech-
nology, high-quality profes-
sional development for teachers
and alternatives to high stakes
The board has no direct
control over whether charter
schools open, but it does hear
appeals from charter operators
who are denied approval by a
local school board. In May, the
board overruled the decisions
of five local school boards that
had turned down charters they
thought fell short of standards,
irritating local educators.
Parents clearly want char-
ters, which sometimes have
a particular academic focus
or educational philosophy, or
there wouldn't be so many stu-
dents on their waiting lists, said

board member John Padget.
"This board favors more
school choice for individual
kids," he added..
More and more Florida. fami-
lies, even those whose children
remain in more traditional
schools, are seeking education-
al choices, picking magnet and
academy programs for their
kids, for example, said Jon
East, policy director for Step
Up for Students, the scholar-
ship funding organization that
runs the tax credit program.
"What we are observing is a
sea change in public educa-
tion, as more and more parents
tailor education to their own
children's needs," he wrote in
an email. "Both the Board of
Education and the state's top
school districts are doing their

best to keep pace with what
parents want."
The Tax Credit program,
which aims to provide private
school scholarships to stu-
dents from low-income fami-
lies, now serves about 49,000
students, with a waiting list of
about 9,000, East said.
The board hopes that within
six years the program is serv-
ing more than 100,000 young-
sters while the McKay voucher
program for students with dis-
abilities is serving more than
31,000, up from'about 24,000
this year.
It hopes charter school en-
rollment grows from nearly
180,000 this year to nearly
360,000 in six years, as the
number of charter schools
grows from 518 to 829.




I promised to be a President who would build a better

future; who would move this nation forward; who would

ensure that this generation-your generation-had the

same chances and the same opportunities that our

parents gave us. That's what I'm here to do. That's why

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Patients need to read labels carefully

continued from 8B

University of North Carolina's
School of Medicine.
While the vast majority of
hospital drugs are made by
large pharmaceutical compa-
nies, Blau says others are only
available from compounders.
Blau says his pain clinic gets
its steroid injections from a
local compounder in North
But that company tests ev-
ery medication and sends
Blau monthly inspection re-
ports, so that he can feel con-
fident about safety. Blau say

compounders have important
and legitimate functions. For
example, these pharmacists
might be able to get a medi-
cation in its basic form and
mix it up in a way that's not
commercially available. For
example, a compounder might
take the powdered form of a
pain reliever and mix it into a
cream, he says.
Compounders have become
more important in recent
year because of massive drug
shortages. Compounders also
sometimes can make drugs
more cheaply, Blau says.
While patients who need
emergency care are unlikely

to ask where their drugs come
from, those undergoing elec-
tive procedures often have
the time to ask, and even de-
lay a procedure if necessary,
Boortz-Marx says.
For patients with chronic
pain, "epidural steroid injec-
tions are elective procedures,
and until the patient has the
necessary information they
require to make an informed
decision, I would recommend
they place the procedure
on hold," Boortz-Marx says.
"Their physician should be
understanding and supportive
of such a choice."
Carome says patients can

ask to see a medication's FDA-
approved drug label.
"Compounded drugs do not
have to comply with the label-
ing requirements for a stan-
dard FDA-approved drug,"
Carome says. "Thus, the risks
of the drug are frequently not
disclosed and instructions for
safe use are not provided.
A sterile drug "intended for
injection approved by the FDA
must have a label stating that
it is a sterile product." Carome
Doctors should never inject
a drug that isn't specifically
labeled as sterile, Carome

New HPV study

continued from 6B

parents than whether their
child will see it as a gateway to
sexual activity. Still, the find-
ings are reassuring to a smaller
group of parents who may see
this it as a reason to be appre-
"Those of us who work with
adolescents are happy to use
this information in discussing
the vaccine with parents," said
Dr. Eve Shapiro, a pediatrician
in Tuscon, Ariz.
In previous surveys, adoles-
cent girls reported that they
would not be more likely en-

gage in sexual activity if they
got the vaccine.
"We did a clinical validation
of the self reported data," said
Bednarczyk. "This is reassur-
ing to physicians and the par-
ents that the concern doesn't
need to be there."
The HPV vaccine does not
protect against all strains of the
virus or other types of sexual
transmitted infections.
Still, adolescent girls should
be counseled about the risks
of having sex, regardless of
whether they have received the
vaccine, according to Dr. Linda
Reid Chassiakos, director of the
Klotz Student Health Center.

Healthy kids: Keeping them on the move Motivate yourself

continued from 6B

plans to expand nationwide the
Phresh Mat features the Flow &
Phreeze Game cleverly combin-

ing flow yoga poses and break-
dance freezes that gets kids ex-
cited about the ancient practice
while incorporating a little bit of
Zumba, the popular high-

energy dance-incorporated
cardio classes that swept the
nation for adults, is also now
being customized for children.
Zumba creators created Zum-
batomic for kids packed with

There are different mammogram

continued from 6B

This type of mammogram
could involve more views than
a screening mammogram and
use special techniques. Diag-
nostic mammograms typically
provide additional information
about unusual changes, in-
cluding breast lumps, nipple
discharge, pain, thickening, or
change in size or shape of the
breast. Other imaging tests also
may be necessary, including an
ultrasound, which uses sound
waves to create a picture of the
breast, or magnetic resonance
imaging, which uses power-

ful magnets to create detailed
images of breast tissue. "The
benefits of a breast MRI can be
instrumental during treatment;
therefore, it is important to go
over these benefits with your
doctor if you have been diag-
nosed with breast cancer," adds
Dr. Kane.
A biopsy may be necessary
in addition to imaging tests to
confirm the diagnosis of cancer
detected in a positive mammo-
gram. A biopsy involves remov-
ing a sample of breast tissue
to check for cancer cells. It is
the only way to tell for sure if
there is cancer in the breast. If
these test results are also posi-

tive, a treatment plan will then
be developed based on the pa-
tient's overall health and stage
of cancer. Treatment options
include surgery, as well as dif-
ferent types of therapy such as
chemo, radiation, hormone and
Early detection of breast can-
cer using screening mammog-
raphy allows for earlier treat-
ment, maybe even before the
disease has spread. "Current
technology is more effective
than ever at detecting breast
cancer in its early stages," says
Dr. Kane. "Take advantage of
this and visit your doctor reg-
ularly." The relative five-year

kid-friendly routines and all the
music kids love like hip-hop,
reggaeton, cumbia and more.
Classes increase focus and self-
confidence, boost metabolism
and improve coordination.


survival rate for cancer found
in the early stages is approxi-
mately 90 percent. Research
has shown that the number
of deaths due to breast cancer
for women between the ages of
40 and 74 can be reduced with
the help of screening mammo-
grams. For more information
about mammograms, talk with
your doctor or visit the Ameri-
can Center Society website at
www.cancer.org. To schedule
a mammogram, breast ultra-
sound, breast biopsy, or to
learn more about breast health,
please call the Scheduling De-
partment at North Shore Medi-
cal Center, 305-835-6105.

continued from 2B

don't have to change the world
in a day. But you do have to
begin to change how you see
yourself in the world.

Do what matters, not what's
convenient. Challenge yourself
to be effective in whatever is
on your heart to do. It doesn't
matter if you don't do every-

thing with perfection. It doesn't
matter if you aren't as good at
some things as someone else.
Focus on the areas God has
given you the ability to thrive
in. You will see that you are
amazing at something. And
that something is what matters
and will make all the difference
in the world. Bring an end to-
day to critical thinking and in-
stead, think about bringing to
the world what God has given

Another.weapon in HIV war

continued from 8B

to take care of emotional needs,
burning questions, and com-
plex management decisions.
An HIV diagnosis deserves this
respect, and I can only imag-
ine the kind of burden a newly
diagnosed individual will un-
necessarily carry without the

immediate support of their
In the larger scale, the newly
FDA-approved home HIV test
will prove to be a worthy foot
soldier in the battle against
AIDS. But as in any war using
a novel weapon, there will be
individual tragedies along the
way that will question its ethi-
cal utility.

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740 N.W. 58th Street

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Dr. Andrew Brimmer, was first Black on federal reserve

By Stephanie Strom

Andrew F. Brimmer, a Loui-
siana sharecropper's son who
was the first Black member of
the Federal Reserve Board and
who led efforts to to reverse the
country's balance-of-payments
deficit, died on Sunday in
Washington. He was 86.
His death, after a long illness,
was confirmed by his daughter,
Esther Brimmer.
Dr. Brimmer, an economist,
held a number of high-rank-
ing posts in Washington and
taught at Harvard, but the
economic conditions of poor,
powerless, uneducated Blacks
was an abiding concern. He
spoke about what he called the
"schism" between Blacks who
were educated and had market-
able skills and those who did
not. In later years he spoke fre-
quently about how government
policies no longer supported
programs to help -Blacks enter
the economic mainstream.
Dr. Brimmer was the assis-
tant secretary of commerce for
economic affairs when Presi-
dent Lyndon B. Johnson named
him to the Fed board in 1966.
At the time, the Federal Re-

serve was bitterly divided over
monetary policy. The chair-
man, William McChesney Mar-
tin Jr., threatened to resign if
Mr. Johnson appointed a liberal
who would vote in favor of lower
interest rates.

At Dr. Brimmer's swearing-in
ceremony, the president said
he did not expect Dr. Brimmer
to be "an easy money man or a
tight money man." Rather, Mr.
Johnson said, "I expect him to
be a right money man."
The Wall Street Journal ex-
pressed skepticism, with a
front-page article headlined
"Desire to Aid Negroes Could
Make New 'Fed' Member More
Liberal." It quoted an anony-
mous source saying that the
appointment was yet another
example of Mr. Johnson's politi-
cal foxiness. "The president has
Martin in a box," the source
told The Journal. "If Martin re-
signed now, it would look like it
was because he didn't want a
Negro on the board."
Early in his tenure, Dr. Brim-
mer followed the lead of Mr.
Martin and other "tight money"
board members by support-

ing a gradual increase in inter-
est rates to fight inflation. But
when Congress raised taxes in
1968 and cut spending to cut
inflation, he was one of the first
Fed governors to call for lower-
ing rates.
At the Commerce Depart-
ment, Dr. Brimmer's primary
responsibility was to reverse the
country's balance-of-payments
deficit. He spent a good deal
of time persuading American
businesses to voluntarily slow
their use of dollars in foreign in-
vestments. He also encouraged

foreign companies to use their
own currency to make invest-
ments in the United States.

In a speech in December
1965, he reported that his ef-
forts had resulted in a drop in
direct American investments
overseas, to $515 million in the
third quarter of that year from
$1.12 billion in the first quar-
That work built on his interest

An economist lauded

for his international
monetary policy skill

in foreign affairs, which started
when he went to India with the
Fulbright Program and wrote
papers on the Indian economy.
As a staff economist at the
Federal Reserve Bank of New
York in the late 1950s, he was
part of a team that visited Su-
dan to explore the feasibility of
a central bank there. He later
wrote an article on banking and
finance in Sudan for The South
African Journal of Economics.
He became known as the inter-

national monetary policy expert
on the Federal Reserve Board.
Dr. Brimmer served a little
more than eight years of his 14-
year term, leaving the board in
1974 to join the faculty of the
Harvard Business School and
start a consulting firm, Brim-
mer & Company. His academ-
ic career also included study
in India at the Delhi School of
Economics and the University
of Bombay.
In 1995, he was chosen to
head a five-member financial
control board to help the Dis-
trict of Columbia deal with a fi-
nancial crisis. He stepped down
after a contentious three years
in the job.

Andrew Felton Brimmer Jr.
was born on Sept. 13, 1926, in
Newellton, La. After graduat-
ing from high school he went
to Washington State, where one
of his sisters lived. He joined
the Army near the end of World
War II and attained the rank of
staff sergeant, remaining in the
United States.
Besides his daughter, who is
the assistant secretary for in-
ternational organization affairs

at the State Department, he is
survived by his wife, Doris Scott
Dr. Brimmer attended the
University of Washington in Se-
attle on the G.I. Bill of Rights,
earning an undergraduate de-
gree in economics in 1950 and
a master's degree the next year.
He then went to India before
attending the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and
Harvard, where he earned a
doctorate. In 1965, Dr. Brim-
mer was part of a federal dele-
gation sent to Los Angeles after
rioting in the Watts neighbor-
hood left 34 people dead and
tens of millions of dollars in
property damage. He commis-
sioned a Census Bureau study
that found that the purchasing
power of the average family in
Watts had declined by $400 in
the five years before the riots
while incomes had risen in the
rest of America.
"I do feel that the economic
plight of Blacks is a serious
matter," he told The New York
Times in 1973. "So I bring the
same economist's tool kit to
that subject as other econo-
mists bring to examine other
national economic problems."

Christian leaders call for greater

advocacy as U.S. poverty rises

The plight of Americans
living in poverty has not im-
proved during the last year,
according to newly released
Census data, and Christian
leaders said recently that
poverty must become a prior-
ity for Christians if it is not a
priority for Washington.
"Across the political and
theological spectrum, the
faith community is putting
aside differences and tak-
ing up the biblical vocation
of protecting the poor and
bringing their stories and
struggles to light," said Jim
Wallis, president and CEO
of Sojourners, a progressive
Christian group based in
According to U.S. Census
data released last Wednes-
day, in 2011 median house-
hold income declined and the
poverty rate remained mostly
unchanged from 2010, at 15

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

10/18/1984 09/15/2011

It's been a year since you
have been gone, but it feels
like yesterday. Me and the
family just wanna say we
love and miss you.
The Family

selves which candidate has
the best plan," said Barbara
Williams-Skinner, co-facili-
tator of the National African
American Clergy Network.
Obama, in his video, talk-
ed about creating jobs and
raising wages, health care,
retirement, housing and ed-
ucation. "We can pay down
our debt in a balanced and
responsible way, but we can-
not balance the budget on
the backs of the most vulner-
able," he said.
In his video, Romney said
the nation "must restore our
economy and reduce our
debt. When our economy
is healthy 'and growing, we
have the resources to take
care of those who still find
themselves in need."
Some conservatives, how-
ever, said government activ-
ism is not the answer to com-
bating poverty.


percent. The federal govern-
ment defines poverty as an-
nual income of $23,021 for a
family of four. Wallis said the
new data indicate that the
"Circle of Protection" around
the poor that he and other
Christian leaders launched
last year remains necessary.




Advocates asked both Presi-
dent Obama and GOP presi-
dential nominee Mitt Romney
to state on camera how they.
plan to tackle poverty.
"No Christian, we offer this
morning, should vote in this
election until they see these
videos and decide for them-

A Cookout

in the Park

A cookout in the park for you
and it's FREE!
Greet and meet the honor-
able Audrey M. Edmonson,
Miami-Dade County Commis-
sion Vice-Chair from noon to
4 p.m., Saturday, October 20
at Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Park,
3090 NW 50 Street, Miami, FL
For more information call

Breast cancer is everyone

continued from 7B

getting a checkup, but they
need to think about their health
"Especially for a disease that
is perceived to be a woman's
disease, what does this mean
about me being a man? If you're

worrying about being macho,
you'll end up dead," he said.
"There's been an ongoing dis-
cussion about why there is an
outcome of racial disparity,"
Robson said. "But regardless of
race, male breast cancer is an
issue because men don't like to
think about it."


Op. p

The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University
of Texas program

Debate causes quite a stir

continued from 9B

effort went and so many people
across the country have de-
pended on?" asked Justice Ste-
phen Breyer.
University of Texas Presi-
dent Bill Powers said a ruling
against Texas "would be a set-
back for the university and so-
Outside court, civil rights
leaders Al Sharpton, Jesse
Jackson and Ben Jealous,
head of the NAACP, addressed
a crowd of'about 250 people
that included students, labor

leaders and activists for wom-
en and minorities. They ex-
tolled the virtues of programs
that promote diversity among
"We have more women doc-
tors, judges, lawyers because
of Title IX," Jackson said. "It's
illegal to lock out women. It
should be illegal to lock out
blacks or browns or minori-
Later, Jackson told USA TO-
DAY that he, too, fears the
court could strike down af-
firmative action. "There are
no narrowly applied Supreme
Court cases," he said.

Businesses dislike soda ban

continued from 7B

sales to competitors that aren't
covered by the rule, they say.
A customer who couldn't buy
a 20-ounce soda at a pizzeria
would be able to get a Big Gulp
at a 7-Eleven, for instance, as
convenience stores are under
different regulations.
"(The rule) unfairly harms
small businesses at a time

when we can ill afford it," the
suit says.
It also says the Bloom-
berg-appointed health board
shouldn't dictate the size of soft
drinks. The city says the board,
made up of physicians and oth-
er health experts, is exactly the
panel to make such decisions.
It has held sway over matters
ranging from milk inspection in
the 1870s to banning lead paint
in 1960, the city notes.



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M,]m.-ajdo Courdnt Healin ODcpElrrn

JIM WALLIS, President and CEO of Sojourners
JIM WALLIS, President and CEO of Sojourners




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Hadley Davis MLK
WILLIAM AKRA 65, construc-
tion worker, died
October 13 at
Hialeah Hospi-
tal. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

dietary aide, ,
died October 8 .
at University of
Miami. Service
11 a.m., Satur- .
day at Adonai
Miracle Faith
Ministries Inc.

died October 10
at home. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Faith Evange-
listic Praise and
Worship Center.


died October 11
at University of
Miami. Service
12 p.m., Thurs-
day in the cha-

died October 15
at home. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday at Faith
Temple Church
of Christ.




Pilgrim Rest
BERTRON HOBES, 27, assis-
tant manager,
died October
15 at Ryder
Trauma Center. z4
Viewing 12-5 "
p.m., Friday at .
Pilgrim Rest, 7 .,
p.m.-8 a.m. at
the residence,
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Peace-
ful Zion M.B. Church.

LOVE JORDAN, 74, retired.
Service 12 p.m., --
Saturday in the ..
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tober 14 at West Palm Be
pital. Direct Cremation.


49, bus driver,
died October 13
at Ryder Trau- ..
ma Center. Sur-
vivors include:
mother, Esther
M. Smart; chil-
dren, Latoya
M. Smart and
LaDaris Myers; sister, Elaine M.
Wright. Service 11 a.m., Friday at
New Birth Baptist Church Cathe-

abled vet, died rI
October 13 at :i
Miami Shore .
Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Fri-
day at Peaceful '
Zion Church. '

65, chef, died October 15. Service
3 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

October 11 at Baptist Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Macdonia
Baptist Church of Coconut Grove.



died October
14 at Baptist
Ho s p i t a .
Vie w i n g
5-8 p.m.,
at Mt. Olive
Baptist Church.

Final rites and burial entrused to
Euij.. .ile Community Funeral

October 4. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

GONZALEZ, 10 days old died
October 1 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Services were held.

MARIO VELIZ, 69, died October
4. Services were held.

Gregg L. Mason
CLARA MAE O'NEAL, 65, died
October 10.
Viewing 2-9pm.,
Friday. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.
Interment: Dade
Memorial Park. b -l t

Hall Ferguson
employed, 7
died at home.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Greater New
Baptist Church.

52, self

Wright & Young
LESLIE BYRON, JR., 64, re-
tired, died Octo- :
ber 9 at Jackson
North. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Friendship
M.B. Church.

64, nurse,
of Miami
Class of 1966,
died October 14
at home. She
leaves to mourn

S her beloved
husband: Solomon Miller, Jr.,; her
three children, Jonathan Braddy,
S.: Stacey Braddy, and Tavares Miller;
five grandchildren; two brothers,
James McPherson and Charlie
died Oc- Haynes; three sisters, Gwendolyn
each Hos- Haynes-Evans, Denise Haynes,
and Angela Haynes-Smith.
p Viewing 6-8p.m., Friday at St. Mark
Missionary Baptist Church, 1470
n NW 87 Street Miami, FL 33147.
SMART, Service 10 a.m., Saturday at the


Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
LORAN HOLTON, 68, press
operator, died
October 14
at John B.
Ho s p i t a I .
are incomplete. f

laborer, died October 5 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

homemaker, died October 1.
Services were held.

student. Service in New York.

ELENA BOZA, 64, homemaker,
died October 6. Arrangements are

handyman, died October 12.
Service Saturday in the chapel.


Eason and Beni
retired domestic
worker, died
October 13
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at St Matthews .
Missionary --_
Baptist Church.

specialist, died October 4
Services were held.

mestic worker, died Octob
Villa Maria Nursing Home.
3 p.m., Saturday at Grea
Macedonia Baptist Church

Card of Tha

The family of the late

"Toe Ball"

gratefully acknowledges your
kindness and expressions of
Your visits, prayers, cards,
telephone calls, monetary do-
nations and covered dishes
were appreciated.
Special thanks to Haldey
Davis Funeral Home staff for
an excellent service.
God bless you all.
The Family

ARE 4:30 P.M.
CALL 305-694-6210

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

I 1


Although it has been two
years since you left us, it
seems just like yesterday.
And that's because our love
for you has never ceased, not
for one day.
We will love you forever.
Mother and father, Madge
and Dwayne; family and

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,



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Der 12 at "Vee"
Service 10/15/1966-04/17/2012
iter New
It doesn't take a birthday
to remember how many ways
you've been a true gift from
nks God to me.
All it takes is thinking about
you. Your kind nature, your
big heart, your generous spir-
There are so many things
S".. I loved about you. Ill always
love and miss you.Your hus-
S band, Dwayne.
, Extended love on your
birthday from your mother,
S Bernice; loving family and

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

10/20/1908 10/20/2001

We love and miss you.
From the Cutler family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

10/20/1902 08/15/1988

04/28/1986 10/17/2009

We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten,
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
With love from your father,
Wayne; mother, Gloria; sister,
Alicia and brother, Shelton.

Death Notice

75, retired bank teller, died
October 14. Viewing Friday 4
p.m.-9 p.m. at Holy Redeem-
er Catholic Church. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Holy
Redeemer Catholic Church.
Arrangements entrusted to
Range Funeral Home.


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Riveting tale of Black

life in the South

Secrets, heartbreak and betrayal as

told in story of two
By D. Kevin McNeir
4,. iI.' fit'l', Ilih11n1 111fl t \ ti:'nlii.Lo n ,1

Black author Tavart Jones,
41, begins her third novel, Sil-
ver Sparrow. with these power-
ful words: "NI lather. James
Witherspoon. is a bigamist. He
was already married ten years
when he first clamped eyes
on my mother . The point
is that James's marriage was
never hidden from us. James
is what I call him. His other
daughter, Chaurisse, the one
who grew up in the house with
him, she calls him Daddy,

teenaged girls
even now.
It is with this dramatic
re elation that Jones places
us squarely in the midst of
the Black experience one in
which relationships are often
based on things other than ro-
mance and where one's hunger
for the truth can both free and
enslave an individual in the
same instance.
The novel centers on James,
a man with two families one
public and one hidden. He has
daughters. Dana and Chau-
risse. born less than one year
Please turn to JONES 2C

Actor is ready

to make movie


Oyelowo will be


by year's end

By Andrea Mandell

David Oyelowo is, in the
middle of a moment.
Last year, the British actor
broke out in two roles, as a
preacher in The Help and a
biotech boss in Rise.of the
Planet of the Apes.
This month, he's premiering
two films: romance Middle of
Nowhere (in select theaters
this weekend) and erotic noir
The Paperboy, now in the-
His resume continues to ex-
pand. Oyelowo's voice intones
the Gettysburg Address in
the Lincoln trailer; he plays
a Union cavalryman in the
film, out Nov. 9. And in De-
cember, Jack Reacher, with

e 'it s l-. y

David Oyelowo
who's in four films
this year, feels
that this is his


Tom Cruise, will round our
his year.
This moment feels
"cumulative," h.
says as he settles
into a booth at e "
Olde Kings Head
Pub, not far from
the home he
shares with 4%.
his wife,
actress "'
Jessica Oy-
elowo, and
their four
children, ages i
months to 10 ye i rs
Born in the
United Kingdom
and raised part I
in Nigeria, Oy-
elowo trained at the .
London Academn, ,ri' -
Music and Dram -,tic
Arts. Five years age,' i
he moved-to L.A
and he has since
found friends in the

David Oyelowo



play journalists

embroiled in a

murder investiga-

tion in the Gothic

noir The


right places. After meeting Lee Dan-
iels (Precious), Oyelowo first signed to
play Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma,
an unproduced Daniels project .
When the director moved on to The
Paperboy, he rewrote the character of
Yardley, an aristocratic Miami Times
journalist submerged in a racially
charged investigation in 1960s-set
Florida, as black for Oyelowo.
"He didn't want to play it at first,"
says Daniels. "He didn't understand
it. I said, 'Look it, I told you I was
working with you. My word is my
"I literally remember saying to him,
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Whitney's daughter

confirms engagement

Bobbi Kristina

Brown to marry

Nick Gordon
By Suzy Bryne

It turns out that the blinding bling
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been
wearing on her finger is an engage-
ment ring. The 19-year-old is plan-
ning to marry her controversial
boyfriend Nick Gordon.
In a promo for "The Houstons:.
On Our Own" the reality show
about how Whitney Houston's fam-
ily has been coping after her death
- Brown giggles as she breaks the
news that she is engaged to 22-year-
old Gordon. Let's just say the reac-
tion isn't celebratory it's more of
a stunned silence. Brown's aunt Pat
Houston, who was Whitney's man-
ager and best friend, says, "Engage-
ment? This is unacceptable."

Brown's relationship with Gor-
don which began after Whitney's
death has raised eyebrows for
multiple reasons. First, there's the
age factor. Brown is still a teenager.
Plus, she's mourning the loss of
her mother, who died suddenly in
February. But a bigger issue is that
Houston took Gordon in as a teen-
ager and raised him as her own,
alongside Brown. So the family is
uncomfortable that the relationship
has turned romantic.
"No one knew that from a godson
you would turn into a boyfriend,"
Whitney's brother, Gary Houston,
says while confronting Gordon in the
clip. Gordon shoots back, "Nobody
has to be in my business." Brown's
beau goes on to say that the family
has wrongly made him out to be "a

bad person."
Gordon himself isn't doing much to
help his reputation. Late last month
he took to his Twitter account to post
a photo of himself behind the wheel
of a car while pointing a handgun in
the air. The photo was later removed
from the social media site. In the
new issue of People he addressed
the controversy, admitting it was a

Bobbi Kristina Brown and boy-
friend Nick Gordon.

mistake in judgment.
Meanwhile, late last month the
Houston family spearheaded by
Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston -
filed legal papers asking a Georgia
judge to modify the existing terms
of the late singing superstar's will.
Brown is the sole beneficiary of
Houston's estate, so the family wants
to restructure the inheritance pay-
outs in an attempt to prevent anyone
from trying.to take advantage of her.
The legal papers stated that Brown
is a "highly visible target for those
who would exert undue influence
over her inheritance and/or to seek
to benefit from [her] resources and
celebrity." No hearing date has been
scheduled on the matter.
"The Houstons: On Our Own" Life-
time series will premiere on Wednes-
day, Oct. 24th.

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By Larry Blumenfeld

Alto sacaophonist Tia Fuller tirst
performed the balad B:od'. and
Soul at a jazz club in Den,.er.
near her iarnill, i home in Lrurora.
Colo., while o--n summer break ifrorm
Spelman Colleae. Her father arnd
mother both no:. retired. ..ere
teachers. But on weekends the-
formed Fuller Sound. '.', th her
morn singing and her dad o:n rba.
B', the time 'Ta Iorined in, her older
sister. Sharnie. 3 pianist. .,.as als,:-
in the band
Fuller, now .h,. pla:, s Bod- and
Soul on her ne.'. CD rc-ell:
Warrior. Slhamie. a mremrber ofi
her v.orking band. is at the plan.:
But through i.ls Fuller s arran.re-
mnent--\v.th Dianne Ree-e? .inhe-
ine the melod', as if floated across
-hord changes, and set to a decid-
edli, funk, bear--the .,sonr2 ':c'ii-url
little like it did -.ith her parenr=

MY, dad likes this '.ersion. but Ihe
still says he does t quite iunder-
stand the bass line. Fuller :aid
recenrl: c'.'.er lunch in Mainhittanr
She re-Ialled pla, in- Chero:ke.
another lazz standard lfeati-red :'nr
her ne.. rec':ording, f:Or her s:nri:..r
recital at Spei-iman. i -'a just
tr','ini to g et throu.iilh the harm.n'-
nies. back then, she iaid N['j:'.'..
she re'.el ernoIugh in .the s:.nt :
:thall-nr'e t,: up the ante .lia a
fai -pa.:ed ric an r h, thm and the
densely layered beat .:f drummer,
Terrn Lne Ca.rrinitor.in .and Rud!,
R.i, t,:,n
Orn these track.: -and elcse.'..here..
Ms Fuller hai one fl'.:'t firmrl
grounded in .azz pedag,,y. and
the other freely st.eppirngi f,.r.'ard.
.ls Carrirngto.n, '..ho enlted IM.i
Fuller to tour '.iith her Grammy,-
rr.innin g Molai.: band, said Ti.a
hat a .eriu i undersftndn, ,:t the -
m :ost important a pe'ct t :. t' I-zz trr -

d ti,_.n-- he fit i .i 1 I cya,, ,:n h,-.r
in.triumerint--bi.t :h-e nti- er Ltp-s
Here. fhe i'eels ran im rperati'.e to bee
rriide- ri, too .nrid tor plore '.' l-ha.-
r- : r le fit the r enrri: t
F, llr n',:. ed t- ,e .Jerse'. in
-'i:.l uI.St rt,,',, d a. '- tetore the
\.;:rld Trade C_-enter attack-.. lterr
On her new album, Tia Fuller is
grounded in jazz pedagogy while
freely pushing forward

;ia rrinment :f doubt!. she began sit-
tr, in i rat i rm e i':r throughout
r i a ri .ttanr an d B rookl, ri Iv.a
tr.r. r.i t.: be L s- -,shle as poisiuble.
he aid. I had pla n1 1 I knev.. that
I '...rited t[.: ha' e nr', r'.'ii band. I
'.antedI to' be ..a s.ide-.'.':' an,. be-
:. si': I 1'..anted r.: lekirn. Anr I
i'..nt.ed t: t r.r' el
She iit hed these .rnih.itrin-_ inL
lii.rle ni ire than -i .:-.:.ade Her ne'.r .
C D di zrl-I: -- b,nd ,c:i rn:ept trhl t

has deep-ned idulring the co r.se of
f!'our recordings Ir)i this. Lites.t one.
aumrrnted b:,. Carritnitn. Reeves
and bad -. Jhi.:n Pairruccll Begin-
ning short l after her mn'.e Fhe
been \'..rking in bit bands and
small enremnbles, for leaders in-
C:ldinig trumpeter Jon Faddis .and
ssac.xphoniL-t .Imrnm:. Heath rOne
s,:ne Ion her ne'.. release, P.alphles
Gr:oo' i-ias ins.pired b'. drum-
mer Ralph Peter:'on. in '..:hose
po.'.erhciu-e s.eptet she played from
-'0j(i4 to 2006, and \n.ho. she said
taught me hr:iO., to surf on top of
v.a'',es of rh'. thm iShe orn Peter-
sn'ji terrific recent re.:.rding. The
Dualit' Perspectr e
Fu ller dreams of t rr'. el were
best fulfilled rhro:,u h fr.e ',eiar. in
*inr er Be',:'arne Krn., Ie.s band, a
ljob that _li:so Eubs tar ntlnll broad-
ened her audience r She made .so':rm
uner-:.;pe:ted c :, rib,ijri rri t:o That
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,in- ya a as

Ninety-seven golden years her head as her -i

found matriarch Mary
Cogwell Farrington sitting in
her wheel chair surrounded
by her children, grand
children, and great grands,
while her granddaughter
Regina placed a tiara on

family gathered
for the surprise festivity
led by daughters: Mary
Jean Glover, Ruth Lewis,
Charlene Fox (Donald),
Carolyn Lockhart (Joseph),
Jacqueline Plummer

(Dexter), Joi and Candice,
Michael and Travis, Dexter
Jr., Dionne, Fabian, Ashley,
Ryan and Jasmine, Taimyr,
Richelle and Erin, Mark
Lockwood, Charles Cooper,
and Kenya Capehart,
Ramiah Strachan, Richard,
Reginal and Lori Strachan.
Other relatives included:
Dexter, Ethan, and Erin,
Yekerria, Linda and Maya,
Fabian and Jadyann, Camile
Normil, Lotoya, Dereck,

Carlton Williams, Mrs.
Yvonne, and Rodan
The blessing of the food was
done by Dexter Sr. Afterwards
everyone presented the
honoree with a birthday
card. Other guests included
Jean Brown, Brenda Tynes,
Richelle and friends from
Daytona Beach.
For graduating students
seeking assistance, please
contact your CAP advisor for
applications at Miami Carol

City, Miami Central, Miami
Edison, Miami Jackson, North
Miami, Northwestern, Booker
T. Washington, Southridge,
Miami Norland, North Miami,
and N: Miami Beach. If you
need help in filling out the
application, please call, 305-
625-5599, Mr. Paschal, III.
It was my honor to run into
Cathy Thomas, the daughter
of Lord Flea, legendary
Calypso singer who educated
South Florida with his band.

Cathy would like for his fans
to know she has children
carrying on his legacy,
such as Banband Thomas,
Norman Thomas, Henry T.
and Devin Seymour. Lord
Flea will be remembered
for packing The Patio Club,
Harlem Square, and Elks
Club over the years and
participating in parades in
Overtown. His other musician
friends hang out at 63rd and
17th Ave. like Bar-B-Lu.

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Hearty congratulations
go out to Soror Priscilla
Thompson, who recently
retired after 32 years of
dedicated service to the City
of Miami. Priscilla had a
blast along with her many
sorors and friends at her
retirement affair.
Patricia Chestang
Duncan received a
Doctorate of Education (Ed.
D) in August from Nova
Southeastern University,
with a concentration
in Organizational
Leadership. Also, Argatonia
Weatherington, daughter
of Carol Weatherington
recently passed the Florida
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to all of
you in the Miami-Dade
County area, also our dear
Saint Agnes members:
Lottie Major-Browne, Ted
Moss, Clarance Cleare,
Gwendolyn Green-Dickson,
Shirley Bailey, Princess
Lamb, Inez M. Johnson,

Evangeline _
Donzaleigh "Lisa"
McKinney, Thomas,
Nottage, Wilhelmina S.
Welsh, Veronica O'Berry,
Pauline McKinney, Edythe
Covington, Grace Heastie-
Patterson and Prince
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to our "love
birds" of the week:
Frank and Shirley D.
Cooney, Jr., Oct. 12th; their
H. Malcolm and Diane N.
Davis, Oct. 12th; their 12th.
As, all of you know by
now, BCU spanked North
Carolina A&T; BCU-28 and
A&T-12. Among the Wildcats
from Miami attending, were
Elestine M. Allen, Jr.,
LaDarius Nottage, John
Culmer, LaDarius is a
grandson of Elestine, and
along with Kenneth her
son, all are Wildcats.
2012 General election
information early voting

dates, Oct. 27th-Nov. 3rd;
election date, Nov. 6th.
Hearty congratulations
go out to Mount Olivette
Baptist Church, who
celebrated their centennial
birthday with a luncheon
last weekend at the Marriott
Hotel. Maude Newbold
served as their mistress
of ceremony. Vennda-Rei
Harris Gibson sang, and
their own Cecilia Hunter
was the chairman for the
auspicious event. The affair
was packed and the church
received many honors. Rev
S.A. Sampson was their
first minister,followed by
Rev. I.C. Mickens. Rev.
Franklin Clark is presently
the minister
Be the voice of change and
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Breast Cancer and Domestic
Violence Awareness Month.
Black women experience
higher death rates from
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is partially due to Black
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Slls tradition of storytellers
Jones follows tradition of storytellers

continued from 1C

apart from the mothers of
the t'.' '. rrn n r f his lit,-. But
that's where his story deviates
from the conventional. James
marries out of obligation and
remains in the relationship for
the same reason. But when he
meets Gwen, ironically while
shopping for his wife, he meets
the woman of his dreams. This
is far from a chick-on-the-side
As time goes on and his
daughters reach adulthood, it
is inevitable that the two will
somehow meet. And yet, as the
two secret sisters learn that
their father is not the man
they thought, they both lose
and gain as long-silent tales
are told and unanswered
questions become common
Jones, born and raised in
Atlanta, a Spelman graduate
and the child of Haitian-born
parents, as in her previous
two books, sets her story in
her hometown this time
in the 1980s. Those famil-
iar with "Hotlanta" will rec-
ognize many of the venues:
Greenbriar Mall, the King
Center, West End and Lenox
Mall. She says her imagina-
tion lives in Atlanta.
"When the story came
to me, the characters were
hanging out in all my old
stomping grounds," she said.
"The 'new' and urban South
is ever changing but we wear
our history on our sleeves.
That is what makes South-
ern literature so rich, so ul-
tra-specific and universal at
the same time."

The novel is divided into
two sections: the first is
the story of Dana, his first
daughter and the child of
his girlfriend; the second
gives insight into the life of
Chaurisse, the only surviv-
ing child of his wife born
four months after Dana.
"I began the book from
Dana's point of view but her
view is limited," Jones said.
"I needed a voice from the
other side of the wall. I was
able to tap into my own inner
girl and think of life before
I understood my parents as
people with layers and com-

plications. I.lived in the space
where many girls find them-
selves loved, but not celebrat-
ed in the same way as a broth-
er [Jo.nes has t-. .:. brothers]. So
I could .understand Dana in
her insider/outsider role."
What does Jones hope read-
ers will take away after com-
pleting her book?
"I hope readers gain a sort of
tolerance for people who find
themselves in complicated and.
messy situations," she said.
"When I first started writing
this novel, I didn't really have
empathy for Gwen [the unwed
mother] and I had nothing
but sympathy for Laverne [the
wife]. But by the time I was
finished, I understood the way
people get trapped and try to

make the best out of bad situ-
ations. Both women love their
daughters with a bottomless
'.. Asf Tc.r "'il,'er sparrr :'" -
children born out of wed-
lock that are kept as secrets
- Jones says that after her
book was published, she was
"stunned at how many people
from all over the country con-
tacted her with "silver spar-
row" stories to tell."
Her story ends, just as it
began, in prophetic fashion:
"People say, that which doesn't
kill you makes you stronger.
But they are wrong. What
doesn't kill you, doesn't kill
you. That's all you get. Some-
times, you just have to hope
that's enough."

Sisters make their jazz mark

continued from 1C

group drawn from her jazz
background. For an-arrange-
ment of "Deja vu," she suggest-
ed that Knowles listen to Ella
Fitzgerald's recording of "How
High the Moon," on which
Fitzgerald scats the theme of
Charlie Parker's "Ornithol-
ogy" (which Parker based on
"How High the Moon"). Sure
enough, on the DVD "I Am .
. .Yours: An Intimate Perfor-
mance at Wynn Las Vegas,"
there's Knowles, channeling
Ella (if a bit earnestly) and
scatting Parker's theme.
Fuller has been on the road
much of the past year, again
raising her profile, as as-
sistant musical director for
bassist and singer Esperan-

za Spalding. "She keeps the
horns tight and right in that
band," Spalding said, "but
that's the least of it." An ex-
tended improvisation in duet
with Fuller during Stevie
Wonder's "I Can't Help It" has
grown into one of the tour's
signature moments. "Tia has
such a diverse vocabulary
that it feels like we can go
anywhere with that," Spald-
ing said. "It's thrilling to be
on that tightrope with her."
So many women play jazz at
such a high level, and on ev-
ery instrument, that it would
be foolish to focus too sharp-
ly on Ms. Fuller's gender. Yet
it's worth noting that she has
thrived in the presence of fel-
low female players. The band
she played in with Knowles
was all women, as was her'

own group for its first several
years. Carrington's Mosaic
project has showcased some
of jazz's most distinguished
female' players. For Fuller,
this was no agenda, but also
no accident. "Just like a lot of
the men on the scene have a
brotherhood," she said, "we
have a sisterhood that is un-
breakable. Arid I think that
comes through in the music.
People hear that chemistry,
and it is unique to us.
Carrington was a powerful
influence on "Angelic War-
rior." Hers was the idea for
the radical resetting of "Cher-
okee," and in trio with her
and Patitucci on one track,
Fuller plays with disarm-
ing fire. Elsewhere, Patitucci
plays electric piccolo bass,
often sounding like a guitar.

Actor becoming very familiar

continued from 1C

'What are we doing?'" says
Oyelowo, who led a prayer
circle with Daniels, Nicole Kid-
man, Matthew Conaughey and
John Cusack before one of Pa-
perboy's sex scenes. "What we
had been talking about for two
years was Martin Luther King
Jr. This is from heaven to hell
right.here. I had to really pray
about it before I signed on to

The risk paid off USA TODAY
critic Claudia Puig lauded the
ensemble cast, and Oyelowo
has since wrapped Daniels'
next film, The Butler.
On Friday, Oyelowo shows
off a softer side in Middle of
Nowhere, in which he plays a
romantic lead.
The best day of his career?
That was being pulled from
the set of Lincoln to film a
last-minute car crash scene on
Jack Reacher. "I had 24 hours
where I was with Daniel Day-

Lewis and Spielberg by day,
(then) Tom sent a jet for me. He
was like, 'We've got this stunt,
and we need you.'
"For me, that day kind of
crystallized the epitome of
what you could hope for as a
young actor in Hollywood, be-
cause I got to be with, for me,
the actor's actor in the shape
of Daniel Day-Lewis (playing
Lincoln) and the movie star's
movie star in the shape of Tom
Cruise. It was a moment, shall
we say."

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presents its Help for
Homeowners, Oct. 17th from
4-8 p.m. at 1515 NW 162nd
St. Contact Katia at 305-654-

BTW Alumni Association
Inc. will meet Oct. 18th at 6
p.m. in the BTW High School
Cafeteria. Contact Lebbie at

N VVHSC is having their
Foreclosure Crisis event for
Wells Fargo and GMAC patrons
Oct 18th from 11-7 p.m. at
13230 NW 7th Ave. Contact
Chrissy at 305-691-3464.

Urban Partnership Drug
Free Community Coalition
will host its monthly meeting
Oct. 18th at 10 a.m.

0 The Central Leadership
Committee 'will host their
Voter's Education Forum Oct.
18th at 7p.m. at Brownsville
Middle School. Contact Eufola
at 305-691-5971.

The Know Thyself
Enrichment Center and
Diamond Minds TLA
invites you to their Lights On
Afterschool Community Luau,
Oct 18th at 3:30 p.m. at 1160
N.W. 159th Dr.

B The Miami MBDA Center
will have its MEDWeek 2012 -
Business Matchmaker & MBE
Growth Conference Oct. 18-
19th from 7:30 a.m to 8.p.m.
at 3000 N.E. 151st. Call 305-

B The OLCDC invites you
to The Art of Transformation
starring En Vogue, Oct 19th
at 7 p.m. at the Opa-locka
Executive Airport, .15001 NW
42 Ave. Call 305-576-3790.

0 Miami Alumnae Chapter
of DST Sorority, Inc.

presents their Deltapalooza
Tropical Getaway, Oct. 19th
at 8 p.m., in the Hialeah Park
and Race Course at 2200 E.
4th Ave.

N Miami Northwestern
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Bank of America and Chase
patrons Oct 20th from 9-2
p.m. at 13230 NW 7th Ave.
Contact Chrissy at 305-691-

B.T.W class of 1961
will meet Oct. 20th at 3 p.m.
at the African Cultural Arts
Heritage Center. Call 305-

N B.T.W class of 1965
will have their meeting Oct.
20th at 4:30 p.m. at AHCAC.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-

0 Acupuncture and
Massage College (AMC)
will hold an open house for
prospective students Oct.
20th at noon at 10506 N.
Kendall Dr. Call 305-595-

N Miami Jackson Alumni
Class of 1969 will be
celebrating their 3rd Annual
69 ers Birthday Bash on Oct.
20th at 8 p.m. at 15600 N. W.
42nd Ave. Contact Sharon at

0 State Rep. Cynthia
Stafford presents a
Domestic Violence Town Hall

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Meeting, Oct. 25th at 6 p.m.
at the Carrie P. Meek Senior &
Cultural Center. Call 305-571-

i BTW 1958 Alumni Class
will sponsor a Pre-Halloween
Swing on Oct. 26th, at 8 p.m.
at the Athalie Range Social
Hall. Contact Leotha at 305-

I BTW class of 1965 will
host their 2013 Spooktacular
Dance Oct. 27th at 6001 NW
8th Ave. Contact Lebbie at

a Miami Carol City class
of 1982 will have their 30th
reunion, Oct. 27th at 4 p.m. at
Broward S Regional Library.
Contact Francine at 786-712-

S Alhambra Orchestra
and Greater Miami Youth
Symphony will put on "A
Spook Symphony", Oct. 28th
at 4 p.m. at the Olympia
Theater, 174 E Flager St. Call

BTW class of 1965
will take their Seminole
Immokalee Trip Nov. 3rd.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-

0 Miami Jackson Class of
1971 will meet Nov. 3rd from
4-6 p.m. at Delores Lakeview
Educational Childcare Center,
1540 NW 111th St. Contact
Joann at 305-623-7991.

N Miami Art Museum will
house the Rashid Johnson:
Message to Our Folks exhibit
until Nov. 7th at 101 West
Flagler Street. Call 305-375-

E The BTW Alumni
Athlete Club will have a
banquet/induction Hall of
Fame ceremony Nov. 10th
at the Doubletree'Hotel. Call

I A Landmark Learning
Center Staff will host a
reunion Nov. 12th at the

Golden Corral, 9045 Pines
Blvd. Contact John at 954-

0 Miami Jackson Class of
1982 celebrates 30 years on
Nov. 23-25th, 2012. Contact
Stephanie van Vark at 305-

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

E Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 will resume
class meetings in Sept. Call

E Seed of Hope
Community Outreach, Inc.
offers free weekly counseling
session. Call 305-761-8878.

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

I Range Park offers free
self-defense/karate classes
for children and adults. Call
305-757-7961 or 786-306-

8 Alumni of Raines and
New Stanton Sr. High of
Jacksonville will cruise in
May 2013 for a joint 45th
class reunion. Call 305-474-

I Dads for Justice assists
non-custodial parents with
child support matters. Call

Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers
affordable and supportive
housing assistance for low-
income veteran families
facing homelessness. Call

N Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers counseling
services for youth. Call 786-

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Evans County High
School Alumni is creating a
South Florida Alumni contact
roster. Call 305-829-1345 or

M S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) to meet
with young people weekly.
Call 954-548-4323.

M Empowerment Tutoring
in Miami Gardens offers
free tutoring with trailed
teachers. Call 305-654-7251.

0 Opa-Locka Community
Development Corporation
is having Free Homebuyer
Education Workshops bi -
monthly. Call 305-687-3545.

9 Zion Ministries will
be holding auditions for a
community drama group at
13146 W. Dixie Hwy at PAN
Studios in North Miami. Call


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Morris Brown avoids

auction of assets for now

President Stanley Pritchett says "we

will overcome ourfinancial challenges"

By D. Kevin McNeir

An auction was set for Mor-
ris Brown College in Atlanta
in early September, but after
some last minute negotiat-
ing by the College's president,
Stanley Pritchett, 61, armed
with a team of financial advi-

from any kinds of foreclosure
actions. We felt this was the
most opportune time to reor-
ganize our debt."
Morris Brown's debt, accord-
ing to Pritchett, is well over
"We have been able to man-
age our operating expendi-
tures and to bring in revenue

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Bishop Preston Williams II and Dr. Stanley Pritchett
have an uphill battle at Morris Brown College.

sors, the historically-Black
university will keep its doors
open and its assets in tact
- for now.
"We've been facing finan-
cial challenges for the past 10
years and one of our credi-
tors was attempting to fore-
close on a major part of our
campus even though we have
been in continuous discus-
sions in terms of reorganiz-
ing our debt," Pritchett said.
"We filed for Chapter 11 so
that we would have protection

as we work towards a redevel-
opment plan that, of course,
must be approved by the
court," he added.
In July, Dr. Preston Williams
II, Bishop of the 6th Episcopal
District which includes Atlan-
ta, took over as the chairman
of the board at Morris Brown
College. He will focus on three.
tasks: debt restructuring;
identifying financial resourc-
es; and strategic planning.
"The tasks will be facilitated
by three committees, all of

whom will serve as an exten-
sion of the board of trustees
and will include several na-
tionally-acclaimed strategists
and financial experts to help
us develop a plan to success-
fully emerge from Chapter 11,"
Pritchett said.

In its heyday, Morris Brown,
founded by Blacks over 130
years ago, boasted a student
body of 3,000 students. How-
ever, after losing its accredi-
tation in 2003, its numbers,
already small, continued to
dwindle. At last count the Col-
lege had 35 students enrolled.
Still, they had a graduation
service last spring.
"We still send students on to
graduate school and continue
to provide a quality academic
program," Pritchett said. "And
we are in the process of reap-
plying for accreditation. We
have fulfilled the majority of
the requirements but must
show that we are financially
stable and that we have ad-
equate library resources."
Still, Pritchett says he has
faith in his College, his staff
and the AME Church that
supports them.
"We were founded by Blacks
in the basement of Bethel AME
Church here in Atlanta," he
said. "Students with average
or just above average grades
need a quality university to
attend that's the niche that
we provide. What we have
been able to produce from
students with average grades
is nothing less than amazing.
They are the reason for our
existence. This stretch of the
valley is to be expected but
we know we're going to over-
come it. Other colleges with
financial challenges have been
given second chances. That's
what we need in order to rein-
vent ourselves."

Steering more girls to

science and engineering

Mentors from the

field inspire more

tech-savvy youth
By Mary Beth Marklein

The pizza has been cleared
away and the sixth-, seventh-
and eighth-grade girls in
Mawiayah Fields' classroom at
South Shore School are ready
to learn how to write com-
puter code.

But first, a dozen or so vol-
unteers, who have taken time
off work to help on this Sep-
tember afternoon, introduce
themselves with stories of how
they found their professional
"I come from a dysfunctional
family, so I like to fix things,"
Vazjier Rosario, 27, a Micro-
soft engineer and mother of
three, told them.
Sekela Rabb, 33, says that
as a kid she "loved to press

buttons to see what was go-
ing to happen." That curios-
ity has led her to pursue an
associate's degree in network
engineering at a community
And pink-haired Martine
Stillman, 31, a mechanical
engineer at Synapse, a local
firm that develops cool stuff
for Nike, Samsung and other
companies, says a college pro
fessor inspired her.
He said, "You're never going
to be an engineer." To which

s i
she said, "You wanna bet?"
Amid 'concern that the na-
tion isn't preparing enough
students for the high-tech
workforce of the future, ac-
complished tech-savvy women
are emerging as a force aimed
at unleashing the untapped
potential of girls. The first
step: disproving a stereotype
that computing is a guy thing.
"If you look at the media,
and who we worship in this
tech space, it's Bill Gates,

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg,"
says Ruthe Farmer, director
of Strategic Initiatives for The
National Center for Women &
IT, based in Boulder, Colo. "We
want girls to see women, to
see a possible glimpse of their
future," Farmer says.
Women graduate from col-
lege in larger numbers than
men, but they fall behind
when it comes to degrees in
some of the fastest-growing -
and most lucrative fields.
Not only did just 18 percent of
bachelor's degrees in com-
puter science go to women in
2010, their numbers are down
from 38 percent in 1985, Edu-
-cation Department data show.
The center, a coalition of
300 corporations, colleges,
government agencies and non-
profits, was created in 2006 to
promote efforts to reverse that
decline. It has been helped
along by member organiza-
tions such as the Girl Scouts,
the Computer Science Teach-
ers Association and this pro-
gram, called Inspiring Girls
Now in Technology Evolution,
or IGNITE, offered through
Seattle Public Schools since
A growing number of women
who have advanced into high-
profile, high-tech positions are
encouraging women to follow
in their footsteps. Facebook
Chief Operating'Officer Sheryl
Sandberg has been particu-
larly vocal, as has Yahoo Pres-
ident Marissa Mayer. Even
foes of Title IX, the federal law
that prohibits sex discrimina-
tion in education programs,
say private support of such
programs is commendable.

-Photos courtesy Mark Hill
Barrington Irving (I-r), an FMU alumnus and Guinness World Record holder, poses with
current FMU Aviation and Safety students.

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FMU Aviation and Safety students greet President Henry Lewis III as he deplanes FMU'S
Cessna 172SP aircraft.

FMU aviation program soars

with new plane purchase

The Florida Memorial University [FMU] Avia-
tion and Safety Department ushered in a new
era of excellence with the purchase of a Cessna
172 SP airplane. The University invited institu-
tional stakeholders and community members to
help dedicate the newest addition to the South
Florida slies at Miami Executive Aviation in the
Opa-locka Airport. The U.S. Air Force and the
Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust provided grants to
underwrite the aircraft.
"We are here to serve notice that FMU is a
place where dreams also take flight," said FMU

President Henry Lewis, III. "This new airplane
allows our students to gain experience on state-
of-the-art equipment and provides the greater
community with stellar aviation professionals."
The plane will be used to train students and
customers interested in flight lessons. Notable
Aviation graduates include: Norma Ely, Air Traffic
Control Manager at Andrews Air Force, home of
Air Force One; and Barrington Irving, the young-
est pilot to successfully embark on a solo flight
around the world. Irving was on hand to com-
memorate the occasion.

Christian group protests an

anti-bullying schoolprogram

Say it has a gay agenda

By Kim Severson

On Mix'It Up at Lunch Day,
schoolchildren around the
country are encouraged to
hang out with someone they
normally might not speak to.
The program, started 11
years ago by the Southern
Poverty Law Center and now
in more than 2,500 schools,
was intended as a way to
break up cliques and prevent
But this year, the American
Family Association, a conser-
vative evangelical group, has
called the project "a nation-
wide push to promote the
homosexual lifestyle in public
schools" and is urging parents
to keep their children home
from school on Oct. 30, the
day most of the schools plan
to participate this year.
The charges, raised in an e-
mail to supporters earlier this
month, have caused a handful
of schools to cancel this year's
event and has caught organiz-
ers off guard.
"I was surprised that they
completely lied about what

Mix It Up Day is," said Mau-
reen Costello, the director of
the center's Teaching Toler-
ance project, which organizes
the program. "It was a cyni-
cal, fear-mongering tactic."
The swirl around Mix It Up
at Lunch Day reflects a deeper
battle between the Southern
Poverty Law Center, a civil-
rights group founded 41 years
ago in Montgomery, Ala., and
the American Family Associa-
tion, a Bible-based cultural
watchdog organization in
Tupelo, Miss. The association
says its mission is to fight
what it calls the "increasing
ungodliness" in America.
The law center recently
added the group to its nation-
al list of active hate groups,
which also includes neo-
Nazis, black separatists and
Holocaust deniers.
Association leaders, in
return, have gone on the of-
fensive, calling the law center
a hate group for oppressing
Christian students and claim-
ing its aim is to shut down
groups that oppose homo-

"The reality is we are not
a hate group. We are a truth
group," said Bryan Fischer,
director of issue analysis for
the association. "We tell the
truth about homosexual be-
Although the suggested ac-
tivities for Mix It Up at Lunch
Day do not expressly address
gay and lesbian students,
the law center itself promotes
equal treatment for gays and
lesbians and that philosophy
then informs the school pro-
gram, he said.
"Anti-'.,.11 ;', legislation is
exactly the same," Mr. Fischer
said. "It's just another thinly
veiled attempt to promote the
homosexual agenda. No one is
in favor of anyone getting bul-
lied for any reason, but these
anti-bullying policies become
a mechanism for punish-
ing Christian students who
believe that homosexual be-
havior is not something that
should be normalized."
The program is not about
sexual orientation but rather
about breaking up social
cliques, which are especially
evident in a school cafeteria,
Costello said.

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Non-profit organization encourages

young girls to serve with confidence

By Ju'lia Samuels

In a make-up lounge in
Miami, the young members of
Alwayz Lady.Like Inc. slowly
fall into "Hot Looks Make-Up
Lounge," at 19327 NW 2nd
Ave. in Miami Gardens. The
young girls immediately notice
the nail technicians tucked

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CEO of Alwayz Lady Like Inc

away in the corner waiting to
do their nails and the make-
up artists standing in front of
empty chairs that will soon

seat them. The entire lounge
appears to be filled with gift
bags intended for the girls
from numerous sponsors.
Every person in the room has
a vested interest in the young
girls who are members of Al-
wayz Lady Like Inc.
Prominent celebrity hair-
stylist Schacle Powell waits
at her station for one of the
girls to be seated. As everyone
anxiously snaps pictures of
the posh atmosphere, Powell
discusses how much initia-
tive the young members of the
organization possess.
"It was actually one of the
girls who reached out to me
to come here," Powell said. "I
think they follow me on Insta-
gram," the hairstylist said and
The young girls enjoyed a
day of pampering while snack-
ing finger foods and fruit.
"The event was intended to
reward the girls for their com-
munity service and to encour-
age them as well," Founder
and CEO of Alwayz Lady Like
Inc Eboney Johnson said. "I
really wanted to do something
special for them and pamper
them to keep them encouraged
about doing what they are do-

I CEO of Ka'oir Comestics, Keyshia Ka'oir speaks candidly
to young -members of Alwayz Lady Like, Inc.

Owner of "Hot Looks Make-up and Lounge", puts make-
up on Alwayz Like a Lady line member.

Although the day was in-
tended to pamper the young
girls, there was room to
educate the young girls, as
well. Miami native and self-
made millionaire Keyshia
Ka'oir came out to speak to
the young girls about entre-
preneurship and self worth.
The actress, model and stylist
spoke to the young girls with
an authoritative and honest
voice. She spoke from personal
experience of being a video
model who crossed over into
the corporate world with her
cosmetic line Ka'oir Cosmet-
ics. The line is known for its
signature blue lipstick and
has quickly blossomed into

an extensive line of signature
one-of-kind colors and has
grossed more than one million
dollars in sales. Ka'oir said
that the main message that
she wanted the young girls to
take away from her conversa-
tion was to develop self-con-
fidence. The businesswoman
said that she wanted the girls
to be confident and push their
own dreams no matter what.
"No one helps you," Ka'oir
said. "Don't get discouraged
when they don't help you. They
don't owe you anything," she
Ka'oir encouraged all the
girls to chase their dreams on
their own and to not wait for
anyone's help. She shared how

Alwayz Lady Like Inc. member enjoys getting her nails
people doubted her dreams was to empower her young
and even her ability to cross members, according to John-
over into the corporate world. son.
"But now I am signing the "I try to expose them to
checks for some of the biggest people and examples of the
celebrities," Ka'oir said. lifestyles that hard work and
The goal for the entire day success brings," Johnson said.

Alfre Woodard

courts Miami's

Black vote

By Ju'lia Samuels

In 2008, America saw count-
less celebrities who stepped for-
ward to vocalize their support for
the future president of the United
States. Four years later, despite the
wounded economy, celebrities are
still speaking up for the president.
However, the strategy has changed.
Celebrities are beginning to court
the votes of those who may feel as
if their votes do not matter.

"Florida is a purple state," award-
winning actress Alfre Woodard said
in the lobby of the Circle of One
Marketing office. "It could go either
way but there is no scenario where
Romney could win this election
without Florida. We have a chance
to solidify change, if we get this
second term."
The actress made her way down
to Miami to rally the votes of
potential voters who might think
that their vote does not matter. The
actress encouraged the members of
the audience to reach out to those
people who they may not normally
talk to and encourage them to vote.

The actress spoke of go-
ing the extra mile to get
voters to the polls. Whether
it was through a text mes-
sage, Facebook message .:.r
even a ride to the voting

Woodard made it a point
to close in on the impor-
tance of women in the up-
coming election and briefly
discussed President Obama's
efforts to uplift women. The
actress referenced Obama'
fight for equal pay for women 1-
"In the last election, 68
percent of women voted," thl
actress said. "Whenever
you pay the women, you
uplift the family- with
every policy, women are
the recipients."
The audience was very receptive
to Woodard's message.
Marlon Hill who is co-chair of
the finance committee for Miami,
echoed the actress' sentiments and
added his own thoughts about the
significance of this upcoming elec-
tion for minorities,
"People of color have the most
to gain and the most to lose, if we
miss this moment," Hill said.


actress Alfre
rallies South

Poshmark iPhone app makes

shopping a friend's closet easy

By Ju'lia Samuels

A new mobile shopping app
proves to be the best of both
worlds for iPhone users and
fashion lovers. Poshmark can
be considered a mobile in-
spired version of Etsy mashed-
up with the visual dynamics
that put Instagram on the
map. Users only need to post
items from their closet to sell
and name their price. There is
no fee associated with post-
ing sells on the app. After a
customer purchases an item,
Poshmark takes care of the
cost of shipping.
"We send them the label
with the cost of shipping taken
care," Founder and CEO of
Poshmark, Manish Chandra,
said. "They only have to worry
about packaging the item."
The sellers are encouraged to
take photos "styling" the items
that they post to engage their
potential buyers' imagination.
Some ppsts include members
modeling the items that they
are selling. Other images
include items being paired
with other articles of clothing
and accessories that are not
actually being modeled by the
"When you look at the pic-
tures they look like pictures
from magazines," Chandra,

said. "We try to make sure
we offer some nice features to
make the pictures come out as
nice as possible."
The apps creator said that
he drew inspiration for the app
from his wife's closet, which
was filled with never-worn

The scenario is far
too common for those
who love to shop. Sifting
through the closet, daunt-
ed by the task of finding
the perfect ensemble,
despite self-imposed feel-
ings of not having anything
to wear. All women and even
teenagers alike can empathize
with such sentiments. What
makes the scenario -'. e
more infuriating is s rtu ri i i r L
upon never-worn itemr,'- hil-
searching for the pe.-n-
"Women's closets
are filled with count-
less never-worn
items, which is
where Poshmark
comes in," Chandra -1
said. "Why not -
make money off
of those items in
your closet?"
Chandra ex-
plained the logis-
tics of the iPhone

app. Sellers set their price and
Poshmark takes care of the
cost of shipping.
"We try to make it as easy as
possible," Chandra said.
The app currently has over
100,000 mem-
Sbers and the
numbers are
every day.
. are very
*-. i with the
that we
have gotten
so far."



Do you qualify for affordable housing?

M-DC contributes $169.5 million for

low-income housing units

By Marcus Parramore

There's nothing worse than
being unable to provide for
one's family and put a roof
over their heads. But that's
exactly what has been happen-
ing in the past several years in
the midst of a recession that
has hit Blacks and other eth-
nic groups with damaging and
life-threatening results. Still,
it's not all doom and gloom for
those who live in Miami-Dade
County [M-DC] as collective
efforts from public and private
sources have resulted in a
sizable increase in affordable
According to Annette Molina,
public information and inter-
governmental relations officer
for M-DC Public Housing and
Community Development, their
recent quarterly report shows

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Author says companies,
politicians share blame

By Steve Weinberg

If Hedrick Smith were a
prosecutor seeking grand
jury indictments against all
the men and women who
have assaulted the American
Dream, he would have lots of
courtroom trials to conduct
His book includes thou-
sands of examples from the
corporate world and the gov-
ernment realm of profiteers
and policymakers who care
about themselves and their
wealthy cronies, not about
the citizenry at large.
Smith is no newcomer to
writing sweeping indict-
ments. His two books about
Russia (he served as a New
York Times correspondent
there) explained a foreign
land in mesmerizing detail to
English-language readers.
His book The Power Game:
Please turn to GREED 9D

that since 2005, $169.5 million
in county, state and federal
funding has contributed to 60
ongoing housing projects. The
result has been the addition
of 5,342 affordable housing
units to the local market. The
County's website adds that af-
fordable housing is for house-
holds with low to moderate
income and families on govern-
ment assistance programs like
Section 8 vouchers.
"Housing is a fundamental
need for everyone," Craig Clay,
deputy director and CFO for
Miami-Dade Housing, said in
a telephone interview. "Provid-
ing decent, safe and affordable
housing is our mission."
What makes housing afford-
able is the decrease in rent.
It allows an income-eligible
family to pay less for housing
than it would at the regular
rate. This is achieved through


programs such as the Low-
Income Tax Credit Program
and the State Housing Initia-
tive Program. Both programs
provide subsidized financing
to pick up the remainder of the
monthly tab. The Department
of Housing and Urban Devel-
opment [DHUDI determines
the high and low income of a
specific area by analyzing a
metropolitan area's average
median income [AMI], which
for M-DC is $52,600. Gener-
ally, the monthly rent for low-
income housing is derived by
multiplying 30 percent by an
annual income a calculation
formulated by DHUD. It is as-
sumed by DHUD that another
30 percent of a household's
annual income should cover
necessary living expenses such
as insurance, groceries and

Three new structures, among
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Labor unrest weighs on South Africa

By Patrick Mcgroarty
Devon Maylie

JOHANNESBURG The South African
government, amid continuing labor tur-
moil, has preferred to let companies and
unions hash out their differences. But as
the strife drags on, the government's image
and the country's currency are taking a
The rand plummeted to three-year lows
this week, capping a slide that has sapped
more than six percent of its value against
the dollar in the past two weeks. The cur-
rency, which was trading at around 8.75 to
the dollar on last Tuesday, remains vulner-
able to signs of intensifying labor turmoil.
Tensions could escalate after another
global mining company dismissed renegade
strikers on last Tuesday. More than 2,000
workers were fired' last Tuesday from a plat-
inum mine run jointly by Atlatsa Resources
Corp. and Anglo American Platinum Ltd.
That followed Anglo American's firing on
Friday of 12,000 employees at a mine
Please turn to LABOR 9D

Say what? For a workday off,

some employees say anything

By Laura Petrecca

A botched hair-dye
job. A bad breakup.
And yes, actually
being sick.
Those are some of
the reasons employ-
ees call in sick, ac-
cording to a survey
by CareerBuilder.
Some explanations
are truthful. Some
are exaggerations.
Then there are the
outright lies.
Nearly a third of
workers reported
false ailments in
order to play hooky
during the past
year, according to
the survey of 3,976

Nearly one in
six ditched work
"to catch up on
also surveyed
2,494 hiring
managers and
human resource
Among the most
memorable ex-
*"Employee was
upset after watch-
ing The Hunger
dead grand-
mother was being
exhumed for a
police investiga-

*"Employee's hair turned
orange from dying her hair
at home."
Some outrageous tales
stem from a worker's desire
to convince a tough boss
that the need for time off is
crucial, "so they come up
with something very imagi-
native," says CareerBuilder's
Rosemary Haefner.
Other times, workers
stretch the truth, like claim-
ing a funeral is during work
hours to get extra time off.
They may think of sick
days as a fleeting benefit,
Haefner says: "They think,
'I've got to use it or lose it.'"
Bruce Elliott, manager of
compensation and benefits
at the Society for Human
Resource Management, has
Please turn to WORKDAY 7D

By Julie Schmit

Foreclosure activity hit a
five-year-low in September,
further lessening fears that
lenders might flood markets
with foreclosed homes and
curtail price gains.
Market researcher Real-
tyTrac reports today that
180,427 properties received
foreclosure filings in Septem-
ber, down 16 percent from a
year ago.
Foreclosure activity has
been dropping for nine
consecutive quarters. There
were expectations it would
pick up this year following
a mortgage servicing settle-
ment earlier this year be-
tween big lenders and federal
and state officials.
That hasn't happened.
Instead, home prices have

Paying Up

Several companies in
South Africa have agreed
to big pay increases to end

* Sept. 20 Lonmin increases
worker wages between 11%
and 22%, ending a six-week
strike punctuated by police
shooting and killing 34 protest-

* Sept. 27 Impala Platinum
Holdings agrees to 4.8% wage
increase for miners at its larg-
est mine.

* Oct. 4 Toyota Motor raises
hourly wages at Durban plant
by 5.7%, after a three-day

been rising, up 4.6 percent
in August from a year ago,
CoreLogic says.
"We've been waiting for
the other foreclosure shoe to
drop," says Daren Blomquist,
RealtyTrac vice president.
Instead, it's "being carefully
lowered to the floor."
Foreclosure activity has
been dropping for numerous
reasons, including:
An improving economy.
Nationwide, almost seven
percent of U.S. home loans in
August were 30 or more days
delinquent but were not in
foreclosure. That's down al-
most 11 percent from a year
ago, says mortgage tracker
Lender Processing Services.
More short sales. Short
sales occur when lenders
agree to a home sale for less
Please turn to HOMES 9D

Time is now for all Blacks to address their misguided priorities

Time is now for all Blacks to address their misguided priorities

By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist

Centuries ago, Black people
in America came to realize they
had to fend for themselves in
order to survive in this foreign
land. As enslaved Africars,
with talents and skills neces-
sary for building the wealth of
this country, they never had
to be concerned about their
employment rate it was al-
ways 100 percent. What they
did have to worry about was

how they could someday free
themselves from the yoke of
Our ancestors figured out
very quickly that if they had
money, they could buy their
way off the plantations and
become free men and women.
They understood the value of
their skills and knowledge,
and began to "negotiate" with
their enslavers for the right to
have a little piece of land on
which they could grow crops
for themselves and sell a por-

tion to others.
As our ancestors
accumulated money
from their entrepre-
neurial initiatives,
they were able to
purchase their free-
dom and that of their
family members and
friends. I often won-
der what our fore-
bears would say to


us today about our failure to
place that same priority on our
economic empowerment. Un-

der the worst of cir-
cumstances, they
worked hard to gain.
the economic foot-
ing needed to care
for their families and
send their children
to school. They did
what they had to do,
that is, use entrepre-
neurship to elevate
themselves to levels

that would eventually lead to
flourishing Black-owned and
operated enclaves across this

Today our priorities have
changed almost to the point
of ignoring the very basis of
existence in this capitalistic
society. The rules have not
changed since our ancestors
learned them and passed them
on to us through their dem-
onstration of individual and
collective pursuit of economic
empowerment. In general, it
seems we have become a com-
placent bunch of mentally en-
slaved people, driven by emo-

tional speeches, paralyzed by
the passion of what could be
rather than what really is, and
captivated by the success of
others while ignoring our own
lack of success.
What have we become and
what will become of us? It's
simply a matter of priorities,
folks. It's a matter of keep-
ing the main thing the main
thing, as our relatives did way
back when. The main thing in
this nation is economics; in
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Foreclosures drop to a 5-year low

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Toyota recall is largest

ever and a new black eye

Faulty power window

master switch at issue

By Chris Woodyard
and Fred Meier

The new recall cov-
ers more than 7.4 mil-
lion cars and trucks
worldwide, including
2.5 million in the U.S.,
spanning the 2007
to 2009 model years.
The problem is a faulty
power window master
switch. It can become
sticky and if the wrong
kind of lubricant is
used on the switch it
can be a fire risk. Sev-
eral fires have been re-
The lock problem
does not appear to
be a manufacturing
defect, says Toyota
spokesman Brian Ly-
ons, but is blamed on
"commercially avail-
able lubricants" used
on switches after the
vehicles left show-

rooms. Under the re-
call, technicians will
apply an approved flu-
orine grease.
Safety advocate
Sean Kane says he
doubts that the prob-
lems occurred after
manufacture. "There
is a lot of smoke
around this one," he
says. And, he notes,
the switch issue has
been swirling for a
The recall comes
as Toyota seemed to
have largely put be-
hind it the self-inflict-
ed wounds from the
2009 and 2010 recalls
of millions of vehicles
over sticky gas ped-
als and floor mats that
could trap the gas
In fact, many of the
vehicles and model
years in the latest re-

call also were involved
in those earlier recalls.
Toyota executives said
at that time that the
company's concentra-
tion on quality wa-
vered in those years
as it rushed to become
the world's largest
auto seller.
"The recall is anoth-
er blemish on Toyota's
reputation for quality,"
says Clarence Ditlow.
"Toyota cut back on
quality control from
2000 to 2010 in order
to be the world's larg-
est auto seller."
Even though the re-
call involves one part,
the total number of ve-
hicles is huge. But big
number are increas-
ingly the norm in re-
calls today because of:
Sheer sales.. Huge
global cars companies
dominate the land-
scape more than ever.
Car companies have
Please turn to RECALL 10D

Smartphone app allows

Spark link in for just $50

By Chris Woodyard

Automakers are
starting to find ways
to bring budget navi-
gation to their cheaper
cars with integrated
systems much cheap-
er than fancy in-dash
models costing up-
wards of $1,500.
The latest is General
Motors' partnership
for a smartphone app
called BringGo for the
Chevrolet Spark, GM's
smallest and cheapest
car, July starting at
$12,995 with shipping.
The $50 app lets a
buyer can integrate
BringGo's digital maps
and turn-by-turn di-

reactions into the in-
dash screen. "It gives
our Spark customers
the safety and func-
tionality of a more
expensive navigation
system," said Sara
LeBlanc, General Mo-
tors' global infotain-
ment manager.
Others seeking novel
Turn-by-turn. Ford
introduced a smart-
phone app last month
that offers audible
turn-by-turn direc-
tions. TeleNav's Scout
app works with Ford's
Sync AppLink system.
It also warns about
traffic jams and gives
estimated travel times.

It's in addition to Sync
Services that comes
with Ford's Sync sys-
tem and also gives
turn-by-turn direc-
tions. Neither, howev-
er, displays a map on
the car's screen.
Buy later. On its
new CX-5 crossover,
Mazda doesn't require
buyers to take navi-
gation at the time of
purchase. At any time
they can buy a $499
TomTom accessory
module that installs
behind a panel in the
console and uses the
dash screen. "You
pop it in and it looks
like you have an in-
tegrated navigation
system in your dash,"
says spokesman Eric
Please turn to CAR 10D

Our priorities have changed

continued from 6D

second place is politics
and everything falls in
line after those two.
As we move closer
to the election, I see
excitement, commit-
ment, and bound-
less energy, especially
among Black people, to
get out the vote, which
is commendable. How-
ever, that same en-
ergy is missing when
it comes to economic
initiatives. If Black
people would muster
the same enthusias-
tic activism when it

comes to empowering
ourselves economi-
cally, we could carve
out a niche in the mar-
ketplace and take a
permanent seat at the
table of commerce.
We have grown more
dependent than inde-
pendent; we have al-
lowed our emotions
to control us, thereby,
allowing others to con-
trol our thinking, our
actions, and our pri-
orities. We have failed
to heed the following
words of Booker T.
Washington: "There
are reports that in
some sections the

Black man has dif-
ficulty in voting and
having counted the lit-
tle white ballot he has
the privilege of depos-
iting twice a year. But
there is a little green
ballot he can vote
through the teller's
window 313 days each
year and no one will
throw it out or refuse
to count it." Enough
Jim Clingman, found-
er ofthe Greater Cincin-
nati African-American
Chamber of Commerce
and is an adjunct pro-
fessor at the University
of Cincinnati.

Some excuses are too phony

continued from 6D

heard a slew of ex-
cuses made more
dubious because of
their timing, such
as during the March
Madness NCAA bas-
ketball tournament.
Fakers who raise
a red flag by re-

turning from a sick
day with a tan or
who are tagged in a
Facebook photo of
a weekday golf out-
ing should have
concerns. Sick-
day abuse not only
alienates managers
and co-workers who
are left to handle
the workload, it can

also lead to unem-
Nearly 30 percent
of employers have
checked up on a
worker, usually by
requiring a doctor's
note or phoning the
worker at home.
And 17 percent have
fired an employee
for a phony excuse.


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M-DC sees increase

in affordable housing

continued from 7D

others, have been com-
pleted within the last
year in the Liberty City
and Brownsville areas
as a result of the lo-
cal affordable housing
initiatives: Browns-
ville Transit Village
[NW 29th Avenue and
NW 53rd Street]; Dr.
Barbara Carey-Shuler
Manor [1400 NW 54th
Street]; and M&M
Maison II Apartments
[1621 NW 60th Street].
Each was built with
the goal of providing
reasonable and decent
housing to low-income
families which might
otherwise be unavail-
able to them. However,
like other multi-fami-
ly units, they have in-
come restrictions and
different objectives.
Carey-Shuler Man-

Monday, 10/22/12
8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
Through Tuesday, 11/6/12

or has a two goals, "
. . 50 percent of the
units are for formerly
homeless individu-
als and the other 50
percent are for low-
income households,"
said Julia Bennett,
media spokesperson.
"For formerly home-
less individuals, the
requirement is that
they must have been
homeless prior to
moving into the apart-
M-DC Commission-
er Audrey Edmonson
has been at the fore-
front in'bringing more
affordable housing to
District 3.
"One of the most im-
portant aspects of the
American Dream is to
own a home," she said.
"However, in this eco-
nomic downturn and
[given] the cost of ho-
meownership, it is im-

portant to provide the
elderly, working and
middle class residents
with opportunities
to live in places that
they can afford and
which are safe. When
I came into office,
there was an outcry
for affordable housing
in District 3. [Today]
there is more afford-
able housing that has
been built in District
3 than anywhere else
in the County over
the last six years.
The units are filled
and most have a wait-
ing list. When there
are opportunities for
government to play
a role in the creation
of housing, it is im-
perative that they are
in areas of the great-
est need and desired
by the community in
which they will be de-

1. Logic and accuracy test of the touch screen
and optical scan voting systems to be used for early voting,
precincts and paper ballots
2. Public inspection of absentee ballots
3. Pre-count logic and accuracy test of the optical scan system
used for absentee and provisional ballots
4. Absentee ballots opening and processing (as needed)
5. Duplication of ballots (as needed)

Thursday, 10/25/12 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee ballots
Friday, 10/26/12 (as needed)
Wednesday, 10/31/12
Thursday, 11/1/12
Friday, 11/2/12
Monday, 11/5/12

10:00 a.m. to completion.
(as needed)
Tuesday, 11/6/12 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee ballots
Canvassing: (as needed)
3:00 p.m. through 2. -atuli lion of results
Friday, 11/9/12 to completion 3. Preliminary Election returns urir:,fi,:iai to State, except
Provisional ballots
Thursday, 11/8/12 1. Provisional ballots processing
Canvassing: 2. Tabulation of results
2:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/9/12 1. Provisional ballots processing continues (as needed)
Canvassing: 2. Tabulation of results (as needed)
11:00 a.m. to completion 3. Certification of Unofficial Results, including Provisional
4. Post-count logic and accuracy test of the optical scan system
used for absentee and provisional ballots
Friday, 1 1 11 1. Pre-count logic and accuracy test of the optical scan system
Canvassing: for overseas absentee ballots
2:00 p.m. to completion 2. Canvassing of overseas absentee ballots to be counted for
federal offices only
3. Certification of Official Results, including overseas absentee
4. Post-count logic and accuracy test of the optical scan system
for overseas absentee ballots
5. Race/question and precincts selection for manual post
election State audit
Monday, 11/19/12 1. Audit process starts until completion
10:00 a.m. through
Sunday, 11/25/12
to completion
All proceedings will be open to the public. For a sign language interpreter or other accommodations,
please call 305-499-8405 at least five days in advance. In accordance with Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, a person who appeals any decision by the canvassing board with respect to any
matter considered at a meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and therefore will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Labor turmoil continues

continued from 6D

northwest of Johan-
nesburg for failing to
appear at a disciplin-
ary hearing stemming
from a strike they had
Also last Tues-
day, South Africa's
three top gold-mining
companies met with
unions to try to resolve
strikes that have crip-
pled their operations.
Negotiating for Gold
Fields Ltd., AngloGold
Ashanti Ltd., and Har-
mony Gold Mining Co.,
South Africa's Cham-
ber of Mines offered
a package of raises to
miners represented
by Cosatu, the coun-
try's largest union
group and a political
ally of President Ja-
cob Zuma's ruling Af-
rican National Con-
gress. The union said
it would take until
Thursday to consider
the offer.
Labor Minister Mil-
dred Oliphant said
last week that there
is only so much the
government can do to
quell the unrest. The
government's stance
has frustrated par-
ties on both sides of
the divide. Unions ac-
cuse officials of taking
the side of employers
over employees, while
industry executives
worry the government
is allowing the invest-
ment climate to dete-

"The government
isn't doing enough to
stop these strikes,"
Solly Phetoe, a provin-
cial leader for Cosatu,
said this week.
Grant Stuart, head
of investor relations
at Gold One Inter-
national Ltd., which
fired more than 1,400
workers on Tuesday a
week after they went
on strike, called for
a more active role
from the government.
"We've got to get gov-
ernment to the table
to help resolve these
issues," he said.
Last week, Moody's
Investors Service said
official foot-drag-
ging as labor turmoil
spread was an im-
portant factor in its
decision to cut South
Africa's debt rating to
Baal from A3.
Zuma has counted
on union allies to back
his bid to retain power
at a ruling-party con-
ference this year. As
a result, many of the
president's top offi-
cials have been avoid-
ing bold moves that
may risk a labor back-
lash, according to Wil-
liam Gumede, author
of "Restless Nation," a
book about the chal-
lenges facing South
Africa's young democ-
racy. Even if Zuma
manages to hold on
to the ANC's top post
and win re-election,
says Gumede, power-

ful competing inter-
ests will remain at the
heart of his admin-
istration, paralyzing
policy-making and
testing the unity of the
The strikes have
come despite union
appeals to abide by
existing wage accords.
The wage increases al-
ready won are threat-
ening to push up in-
flation, as workers in
other industries walk
off the job and demand
pay raises of their own.
Talks between em-
ployers and unions
representing more
than 40,000 truck
drivers broke down
on Tuesday, extending
a strike that has cut
manufacturers' supply
chains and left some
grocery stores and gas
stations in Johannes-
burg without supplies.
Employers had offered
the drivers an 18%
raise over two years,
but unions raised their
demands to a 19% in-
crease, prompting an
The government it-
self is beginning to
feel the impact of a
more militant labor
movement. More than
190,000 police offi-
cers, garbage collec-
tors and other munici-
pal workers said they
would walk off the job
as soon as Thursday
if local governments
don't meet their pay

Foreclosures have dropped

continued from 6D

than what's owed on
the property. In the
first five months of this
year, short sales were
up 18% from last year,
RealtyTrac data show.
In some states, they
were up much more.
California saw a 39
jump in short sales
that occurred before
the first foreclosure fil-
ing went out.
More restrictions.
Nevada, Oregon and
California have passed
legislation in the past
year that require lend-
ers to take more steps
to foreclose, Realty-
Trac notes. Georgia,
too, is requiring lend-
ers to put more infor-
mation on foreclosure
notices. Such mea-
sures may be slowing
the foreclosure pro-

cess in those states,
Blomquist says.
Foreclosure filings
include default notices
sent to homeowners,
scheduled auctions
and bank reposses-
sions of homes.
Despite the national
slowdown in foreclo-
sure activity, not all
states are clearing
markets of distressed
properties at the same
In about two dozen
states where foreclo-
sures go through the
courts, including New
Jersey and New York,
there are still far more
distressed homes, LPS
data shows.
In August, 6.5 per-
cent of homes in judi-
cial foreclosure states
were in the foreclosure
process, vs. 2.3 per-
cent of homes in states
where courts are not
involved in foreclo-

sures, LPS says. Cali-
fornia and Arizona are
non-judicial foreclo-
sure states.
The longer dis-
tressed homes make
up a substantial part
of a market, the longer
they'll weigh on home
prices, says Trulia
economist Jed Kolko.
Judicial states such
as Florida, New York,
New Jersey and Illi-
nois "still have a lot
of foreclosures ahead
of them," Kolko says.
Meanwhile, Califor-
nia, Arizona and Ne-
vada "have much of
their foreclosure pain
behind them."
Some judicial states
are moving faster on
foreclosure activity.
In the third quarter,
RealtyTrac noted sub-
stantial increases for
New Jersey, New York
and Indiana. Florida
also posted increases.

Who stole American Dream?

continued from 6D

How Washington
Works exposed machi-
nations in the nation's
capital to a large audi-
Who Stole the Amer-
ican Dream? includes
damaging informa-
tion from his earlier
books, plus lots of new
case studies and an-
It is sweeping in
scope, broad but not
particularly fresh to
readers attuned to
identifying the flaws
in American society.
For readers not so at-
tuned, the book will
almost certainly offer
huge chunks of red
meat as an incentive
to improve American
Perhaps the most
painful factor in the
dismantling of a na-
tion that used to value
fairness is the shrink-
ing of the middle class
in tandem with creat-
ing a larger than ever
gulf between the ex-

tremely wealthy and
the extremely poor.
Smith makes the
case that this did not
occur by accident, or
due to objective mar-
ket forces. Instead,
Smith shows how
corporate chieftains
in cahoots with their
stockholders rather
than their employees
sold out those em-
ployees sold them
out with the blessing
of U.S. senators, U.S.
representatives, U.S.
presidents, presiden-
tial appointees at exec-
utive branch agencies
and a bare majority of
U.S. Supreme Court
justices validating the
decisions of mostly
lower court judges.
"Americans, more
than people in other
countries, accept some
inequality as part of
our way of life, as in-
evitable and even de-
sirable a reward for
talent and hard work,
an incentive to pro-
duce and excel," Smith
writes. "But wealth

begets wealth, espe-
cially when reinforced
through the influence
of money in politics.
Then the hyper-con-
centration of wealth
aggravates the politi-
cal cleavages in our
Smith's book com-
pares favorably with
The Betrayal of the
American Dream, the
latest in the opus of
Donald L. Barlett and
James B. Steele. Bar-
lett and Steele, who
began as reporting
partners at the Phila-
delphia Inquirer and
are now on retainer at
Vanity Fair magazine,
have published eight
books, six of which
constitute what might
fairly be termed the
"violation of the Amer-
ican Dream series."
Like Smith, Barlett
and Steele are su-
perb researchers and
clear writers. It seems
strange that in the ad-
vance copy of Smith's
book, none of the Bar-
lett-Steele books re-
ceives mention.

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Full-time CEOs don't equal part-time mommies

Mothers are changing the

corporate world views

By Diane Paddison

It's 2019, seven years
from now. Yahoo CEO
Marissa Mayer, who
prompted headlines
when she took the
job while pregnant, is
leading a high-stakes
meeting. The suits in
the boardroom are
mostly men (just sev-
en years, remember).
As Mayer is about to
speak, her cellphone
goes off. She looks
over; it's her son. And
the question is: Does
she take the call? The
answer is yes.
Why? Because May-
er's son knows to call
only in an emergency.
And Yahoo knows that
Mayer's family comes

first because 71 per-
cent of mothers with
children under 18 are
working women. And
in a moment like this,
the goal of family-work
balance shines out.
Marissa,. if you're
reading this, your
list of mom-in-the-
C-suites models is
short, but it exists.
Facebook COO Sheryl
Sandberg is home for
dinner most nights by
6. In fact, if you have
a pen, jot down a few
other executive moms
for advice: Ka Cot-
ter, former vice chair-
man at Staubach; Meg
Whitman, Hewlett-
Packard CEO; Denise
Morrison, Campbell
Soup president and

CEO; Ann Sper-
ling, COO of the
Americas for
Jones Lang La-

All these ex-
ecutive mothers have
grown deliberate about
business travel and
firm about flextime.
As little eyes closed at
bedtime, their laptops
opened. These senior
execs looked for fam-
ily friendly corpora-
tions and left, as I did
once, if the friendli-
ness waned. My career
bumped over a divorce
and my son's tough
period (for months I
left early to work from
home) as I hewed to
6 p.m. family dinner
and travel only one
night a week.

Full-time em-
ployee does not
- l mean part-time
-j mother. "Non-
hours are the
new work day
of the growing
legions of wom-
en feeling called both
to family and to the
marketplace or to
medicine, law, science,
policy, manufacturing
and politics to work
outside the home.

Some women must
work; some choose to.
All of us can organize
our days, push for pol-
icies, teach our fami-
lies, partner with our
partners, guide our
.employers, and seize
Princeton professor
Ann-Marie Slaugh-

ter wrote in the
Atlantic"Why Women
Still Can't Have It All,"
but many of us can
draw near that diffi-
cult but doable thing
called balance.
Mayer's choice rep-
resents the still-ear-
ly stages of compa-
nies that see what
sharp women bring to
any table, including
boardrooms, and take
smart steps to also
keep mommies happy.
Pay, flextime, travel,
programs, insurance
- these all shape the
cultures of respect for
families that build
stronger companies
all around.
Mayer's new baby
revives questions
about how far wom-
en can go. Slaughter
says kids are a detour;
Sandberg says they're

Four reasons stocks have slid lately

By Adam Shell

Small cracks in the stock
market's bullish thesis are
starting to emerge as inves-
tors weigh whether to keep
buying or lock in profits af-
ter a big 2012 rally shows
signs of fatigue.
While a three-day losing
streak totaling a mere 1.4
percent drop is not setting
off warning sirens on Wall
Street, there are five pretty
good reasons why stocks
have suddenly lost upward
momentum and given inves-
tors pause. The Standard &
Poor's 500 fell 14.41 points
Tuesday to 1441.48.
1. Market leader turns
laggard. This has been the
year of Apple, the USA's
most valuable company. As
the iPad and iPhone maker

goes, so goes the market.
The tech innovator ac-
counts for five percent of
the S&P 500 the largest
weighting. That's key, be-
cause the index is weight-
ed by market value, which
means its price swings are
driven largely by its biggest
Since peaking on Sept.
19, Apple, considered the
bellwether stock on Wall
Street, has fallen roughly
nine percent. Its recent drop
hurts investor sentiment,
says Quincy Krosby, mar-
ket strategist at Prudential
"Apple is the market," says
Krosby. "When your market
leaders sell off, it is wor-
risome." What to watch: If
buyers buy the dip, it would
be bullish for the market,

she adds.
2. Uncertainty clouds
outlook. The presidential
election is now a tight race
between President Obama
and GOP challenger Mitt
Romney, which means in-
vestors don't know what
kind of tax-and-spending
policies will be in place for
the next four years. The fis-
cal cliff, a year-end growth
killer consisting of tax hikes
and government spending
cuts if Congress doesn't act,
is also hanging over mar-
"There are a lot of ques-
tions and not a lot of an-
swers," says Hugh Johnson,
chief investment officer at
Hugh Johnson Advisors.
More clarity, however, will
give investors confidence,
he adds.

3. Global growth gets
downgraded. The Interna-
tional Monetary Fund on
Tuesday slashed its eco-
nomic growth outlook for
the world for 2012 and 2013,
reminding investors just
how much risk remains.
4. Profit outlook turns
negative. Analysts are pre-
dicting that profit growth
for S&P 500 companies
will come in negative in the
just-ended third quarter
for the first time in three
years, says S&P Capital IQ.
Alcoa, however, gave inves-
tors some hope that profit
expectations might be too
depressed when, after the
closing bell, it reported re-
sults that topped analysts'
expectations by 3 cents and
also beat on the revenue

Wells Fargo accused ofmortage fraud

U.S. government

sues bank over

By Alex P. Kellogg

Federal prosecutors are
accusing Wells Fargo of
fraudulently approving tens
of thousands of home loans
backed by the U.S. govern-
ment just to turn a quick
profit, costing taxpayers
"hundreds of millions of
Prosecutors filed a lawsuit
Tuesday in federal court in
Manhattan. In a statement
issued after the lawsuit was
filed, Preet Bharara, the
U.S. Attorney for the South-

ern District of New York, de-
scribed the bank's lending
practices as "reckless."
The lawsuit claims top
brass at one of the nation's
largest issuers of mortgages
encouraged employees to
push through more than
100,000 home loans that
employees were aware did
not meet federal guidelines.
Wells Fargo released a
statement Tuesday saying
it "acted in good faith and
in compliance" with Feder-
al Housing Administration
and Department of Housing
and Urban Development
guidelines. The company is
the fourth-largest bank in
the U.S., according to the
federal government, based
on consolidated assets.

The U.S. Attorney filed
the lawsuit on behalf of
the FHA. FHA insures bil-
lions of home loans that are
issued by banks through
federal lending programs.
When a homeowner de-
faults, the lender's losses
are guaranteed by federal
The lawsuit is the latest
by prosecutors and regula-
tors at both the state and
federal levels alleging big
banks repeatedly cut cor-
ners and broke the law dur-
ing the housing boom. of the
early 2000s and the sub-
sequent recession.
The San Francisco-based
bank added that it is the
leading FHA lender in the
U.S. and has an FHA delin-

quency rate that's less than
half the industry standard.
Wells Fargo has turned
a huge profit this year,
thanks in part to its mas-
sive portfolio of mortgages
and the booming refinance
business. Consumers with
top credit scores are taking
advantage of historically
low interest rates, making a
profit for banks with strong
portfolios such as Wells Far-
But the government al-
leges the bank cut corners
and broke rules beginning
in 2001.
In a case settled in July,
Wells Fargo agreed to pay
$175 million to settle federal
claims that it discriminated
against minority borrowers.

Automakers bringing budget navigation

continued from 7D

GM's decision to integrate
the BringGo app not only
solves the problem of how
to bring navi to economy
cars, but also offers buyers

a system that won't get out
of date. An app is easier to
update than hardware.
BringGo has some ad-
vantages over other smart-
phone-based navi systems.
It can remember, or cache,
maps so that it does not

draw heavily from users'
data plans, which would
make it costly to use, LeB-
lanc says.
"All of the maps we have
are right on the smartphone
so you can navigate to ad-
dresses and look up points

of interest without eating up
your data plan," she says.
"They figured out a really
great way to cache the data."
GM also has a backup in
its Spark: The OnStar sat-
ellite service offers audible
turn-by-turn directions.

Toyota recall tarnishes company's reputation

continued from 7D

maximized profits and effi-
ciency by trying to sell each
model in the same basic
form around the world.
They increasingly use the
same basic platform un-
der multiple models. And
they use as many parts in
common as possible across
Outsourced parts. Au-
tomakers do the final as-
sembly of their cars; but
many of the subassem-
blies, such as even whole
door assemblies, now come
from outside suppliers,
making quality control
Experts are divided

about how much the cur-
rent recall will damage
Toyota's reputation anew.
Much has changed since
Toyota's earlier string of
recalls in 2010, says Karl
Brauer, founder of Total-
CarScore.com, an automo-
tive ratings site.. "It would
appear the stigma of a re-
call has been cast aside.
It's clear automakers have
learned from past mis-
takes, particularly Toyota,
that a proactive recall is
better than a reactive one."
But Van Conway, a cor-
porate turnaround consul-
tant in Birmingham, Mich.,
says the recall "is not posi-
tive and I think it will be
viewed negatively by buyers
in the next year."





Ford introduced a smartphone app last month that
offers audible turn-by-turn directions. TeleNav's Scout
app works with Ford's Sync AppLink system.

right on the way. Han-
na Rosin, the author
of The End of Men,
says we're already
there and men didn't

make it with us. I'm
saying the decision is
case by case.
Seven years from
now, Mayer takes her

son's call at no risk to
her work because both
sides are learning that
what's good for women
is good for business.

.' .


Pursuant to School Board Resolution 12-133, adopted on August 15, 2012, by the School Board
of Miami-Dade County, Florida; pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolution R-254-12, adopted
on March 8, 2012; Resolution R-647-12, adopted on July 17. 2012, and Resolutions R-653-12,
R-654-12, R-655-12, R-656-12, R-657-12, R-658-12, R-659-12 and R-660-12, adopted on
August 23, 2012, by the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, notice
is hereby given of a special election on November 6, 2012, for the purpose of .utmilling to the
Qu iii,'- J electors in Miami Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the following proposals:
Funding Modernization and Construction of Public School Facilities Through Issuance of
General Obligation Bonds
Shall the School -,ii,.,:t of Miami-Dade County fund a plan for modernization and construction
of public school facilities throughout the district, including educational technology upgrades, by
issuing general obligation bonds in an aggregate amount not exceeding $1,200,000,000, in one or
more series, bearing interest at market rates, maturing within thirty years, and secured by the full
faith and credit and ad-valorem taxing power of the district?
Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Term Limits of County Commissioners
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that County Commissioners shall serve no more than two
consecutive four-year terms in office excluding terms of service prior to 2012?
YES 224
NO 225
Technical Amendments to Home Rule Charter
Shall the Charter be amended to clarify the titles of subsections, correct and update
cross-references between provisions, and delete references to offices and agencies which have
been ab3t:,":n it' '
YES 226
NO 227
Charter Amendment Requiring Extraordinary Vote to Include Additional Land within the
Urban Development Boundary
Shall the Charter be amended to require a two-thirds vote of County Commissioners then in office
to include additional land .;lirhi the Urban Development Boundary established by the County's
Comprehensive Development Master Plan?
YES 228
NO 229
Charter Amendment Pertaining to Changes in Municipal Boundaries and Creation of New
Shall the Charter be amended to:
* Require the County Commission to consider the benefits of any proposed annexation of
commercial areas, when appr-r'.;in- or jiiir,~ring an annexation
* Establish alternative procedure for creation of new -nunii'i.:pj!ities in unincorporated areas of
the County by petition which provides conditions for creation of new municipalities and a single
election to approve the creation of a new municipality and approve its Charter, instead of two
elections for these purposes?
YES 230
NO 231
Charter Amendment Regarding Penalties and Enforcement of Citizens' Bill of Rights
Shall the Charter be amended to eliminate the provision providing for forfeiture f office if a public
official or employee willfully violates the Citizens' Bill of Rights and allow, in addition to suit in
circuit court, the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust to enforce the Citizens' Bill of Rights with
penalties authorized by the Code?
YES 232
NO 233
Charter Amendment Related to Option for Filling Mayoral or County Commissioner Vacancy
Shall the Charter be amended to:
* Extend the time to conduct an election to fill a mayoral or commissioner vacancy from 45 to 90
days from the decision to call such election and provide a timeframe for qualification and any
necessary runoff;
* Temporarily transfer, during a mayoral vacancy or n.,j.:i' i certain mayoral powers to the
Commission Chairperson, Vice Chairperson or Commissioner chosen by the Board?
YES 234
NO 235
Charter Amendment Regarding Mayoral Conflicts in County Procurement
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that when the County Mayor declares a conflict of
interest in a particular procurement of a County contract, the chairperson of the Board of County
Commissioners shall exercise all authority provided by the Charter or the County Commission to
the Mayor with regard to such procurement including the authority to recommend a bid waiver?
YES 236
NO 237
Referendum Regarding Structures and Modification of Existing Agreements for the Tennis
Center at Crandon Park
In accordance with Article 7 of the Home Rule Charter, do you approve as set forth in Resolution
* Erection of permanent structures and expansion of existing structures at Crandon Park Tennis
Center for public park and tennis tournament use, which shall be funded solely by tennis center
and tournament revenues and private funds; and
* '.'1:..i:31.: n and extension of agreements with operator of Sony Open Tennis Tournament or its
YES 238
NO 239
Non-Binding Straw Ballot on Funding Improved Animal Services Programs
Would you be in favor of the County Commission increasing the countywide general fund millage
by 0.1079 mills and applying the ,.lli l.Nl ad valorem tax revenues generated thereby to fund
improved animal services, including:
* De- :e ;r,) the killing of adoptable dogs and cats (historically approximately 20,000 annually);
* P- jui:;iri stray cat ;,:.p,'Jllrl,:,,-,5 (currently approximately 400,000 cats): and
* Funding free and low-cost spay/neuter programs low-cost veterinary care programs, and
responsible pet ownership educational programs?
YES 240
NO 241
Non-Binding Straw Ballot on Contracting with Companies Doing Business with State
Sponsors of Terrorism
Would you support, to the extent permitted by law, prohibiting further the use of taxpayers' dollars
to procure services or capital improvement projects from companies actively doing business in
counties that are on the U.S. Department of State's list of state sponsors of terrorism?
YES 242
NO 243
All qualified electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be e ;h.'- to vote
YES or NO for these proposals.
The polls shall be open from 7 a.m until 7 p.m on the day of the special election. This special
election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law relating to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Section 8. One and two bed-
rooms. $199 security. 786-
1130 N.W. 80 St
One bdrm. one bath, $375,
Mr. Stanley, 305-343-6490 or
,1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. Appliances.

1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

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

1275 NE 136 Terrace
One bedroom, two baths, air,
tile floor, $900 mthly. Section
8 Welcome. 954-403-3368,
13150 Aswan Road #4
$675 monthly! Opa Locka.
Renovated one bedroom,
one bath, appliances includ-
ed, gated. Move in special
$99! Section 8 Welcome.
Call or text 786-229-6567
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$375. 305-642-7080.

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

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

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

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

1525 NW 1 Place
First month moves you in.
One bdrm, one bath, $400
Monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

156 NE 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No deposit.
Section 8 Welcome.
186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

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

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

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.

2162 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, free water,
very quiet building, gated
building, laundry machine on-
site, $575 a month, $250 se-
curity deposit, 786-506-3067.
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street.
Call 305-638-3699
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. Appliances and free
water. 305-642-7080
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call:

7839 N Bayshore Drive
One bedroom, clean and
quiet. One half block to bay.
$750 monthly. 305-542-2006
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084


18235 NW 41 Place
Beautiful renovated three
bedrooms, two baths, cen-
tral air, tile floors. Section 8
ok. $1100 monthly. 305-454-
20600 NW 7 Ave
One bedroom, one bath con-
do in gated area. Central air,
dishwasher, microwave.
Three,bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.


1152 NW 76 Street
Adorable, quiet area and
clean two bedrooms, one
bath. Appliances with
washer and dryer, central
air, huge closets, tiled, and
freshly painted. 786-357-
1228 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$900 monthly, first, last and
security. Section 8 welcome.
1255 NW 100 Terrace
Two bedrooms, air, bars, tile,
$950. No Section 8
Terry Dellerson Broker
1492 N.W 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, re-
modeled, central air, located
on quiet street. Section 8 pre-.
ferred. $1069 monthly.
156 NE 58 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$675. Free Water.

15724 NW 39 Court
Two bedrms, one bath. $1050
monthly. 305-751-3381
167 NE 65 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
$750 mthly. Section 8 and
City Voucher! 786-303-2596
170 NW 58th Street
Large three bdrms, two baths,
central air and tiled. $1150
monthly! Section 8 Welcome!
Rick 305-409-8113
1747-1749 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
Appliances. $725. 305-642-
1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air. Section 8 welcome.
Call 786-356-1457
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
2209-2211 NW 58 St
Two bdrms, one bath, first
and security. $900 monthly.
Call 305-761-6558
2228 NW 82 ST
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1050 mthly
305-685-9909. 305-776-3857
2283 NW 101 Street.
One bedroom, air, tile, water,
$750, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, S665
monthly. 786-877-5358
2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air. 786-
587-4050 or 305-763-5574.
2585 NW 165 STREET
Near N. Dade Health Clinic.
Two bedrooms, one bath,

central air and heat. $1100.
monthly. Section 8 welcome.

2906 NW 94th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
laundry, tile throughout.
Large fenced backyard.
$1300 monthly $3600 to
move in. Call 305-693-8338
3189 NW 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled water included S850
monthly. Section 8 OK.
305-975-0711 or
40 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
412 NW 59 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air.
Section 8 OK! 786-269-5643
4130 NW 22 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1195. Includes water.

4427 NW 24 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$900 monthly. Appliances.
490 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, one bath, $750
monthly. 954-430-0849
5947 N. Miami Avenue
One bedroom. one bath.
$450 mthly. 305-642-7080'
6801 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
stove and refrigerator.
7912 NW 12 Court
Two and one bdrms avail-
able, tile, carpet, appliances,
fenced, water included. $900.
Section 8 OK. 305-389-4011
836 NW 98 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Tile, air, security bars. Wash-
er hookup. $810 monthly
First, last, security.
9355 NW 31 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tiled, bars,laundry room with
washer and dryer hook up.
No Section 8. $800 monthly.
First and last. 305-625-4515
Nice, clean one bdrm, 305-
298-0388 or 954-394-0794
Two bdrms. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-343-9215
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$900 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635

1865 NW 45 Street Rear
Small efficiency, $140 wkly,
utilities include.
2994 NW 54th Street
One bdrm, full kitchen, bath..
Cable included. $400 mthly.
411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. All ap-
pliances included. Call Joel
47 NE 80 Terrace #3
One person, $400 monthly,
$1200 to move in.
Call 305-621-4383
6741 N.W. 6th Court
Water and lights included.

Furnished Rooms

1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1950 NW 60 Street
Mature adults only. Handi-
capped accessible. Free ca-
ble. $100 wkly. 786-366-5930
Dee or 786-419-2000 Jerry.
2371 NW 61 Street
Room in rear. 305-693-1017,
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
2831 NW 159 Street
In quiet, clean house, call
Phyllis 754-214-9590.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean, cable and air. $375
monthly. 305-479-3632
512 NW 99 Street
$80 weekly, $240 to move in,
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$90 a week. 786-515-3020 or
call 305-691-2703
98th Street NW 30 Ave
Extremely large. Features
include, separate entrance
,security, walk in closet, bath,
utilities and cable included.
Newly remodeled. Utilities in-
cluded. 786-290-1864
Clean, nice, and air. S100 a
week. 786-426-6263.
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from 5110 to
$125 weekly 305-696-2451.
211 NW 12 Street
$300 for one month moves


1071 NW 106 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Huge back yard, under reno-
vation, Section 8 only. $1500
monthly. 786-547-9116
1490 NE 152 Street
Three bedrooms, tile, air,
den, $1,100. No Section 8
Terry Dellerson Broker
15930 NW 17 Place
Newly remodeled, three
bdrms, one bath, central air,
washer/dryer connection.
$1200 mthly. 954-818-9112
169 NE 46 Street
Five bedrooms, two and
a half baths, appliances,
fireplace and private drive.
$1595 mthly. 305-642-7080
17231 NW.37 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, $1,400. No Section
8, Terry Dellerson Broker.
17415 NW 17 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1700 monthly. Section 8
welcomed. 786-942-2248
1800 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled three
bdrms, one bath, central air,
Section 8 welcome. 786-356-
1816 NW 62 Terrace
Nice and clean four bed-
rooms. 786-426-6263
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1100. Stove, refrigerator,
air 305-642-7080
2010 NW 153 Street
Three bdrms, den, tile, bars,
air, $1,100. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
21324 NW 40 Circle Ct
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
2246 Rutland Street
Small two bedrooms, one
bath, tile, air, fenced. $995
monthly. Section 8 OK! Call
Kenny, 540-729-6634.
2266 NW 63 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths
$1000. 305-642-7080
2539 NW 46 Street
Huge three bdrms, two baths,
central air, wood floors/tile,
cedar closet, huge fenced
yard, near metrorail. Section
8 ok $1450 mthly.
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$850 monthly. All Applianc-
es included. Free 19" LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

295 NW 55 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1,150 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3030 NW 163 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
fully tiled, central air. $1150,
first, last and security. Section
8, HOPWA, New Horizon.
Ms. Johnson 786-506-1245
3512 NW 176 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, den, $1,200. No Section
8, Terry Dellerson Broker.
400 Opa Locka Boulevard
(NW 136 Street)
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air. $1,200. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker. 305-
4319 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly. 786-486-1795.
4621 NW 15 Ave (Rear)
Cottage, one person, one
bedroom, one bath, $575
mthly. 305-759-2280
4910 NW 8 Avenue
New construction, three
bdrms, two baths, central air.
$1300 monthly.
52 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
6240 N Miami Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. All appli-
ances included free 19 indh
LCD TV. Call Joel:

719 NE 86 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8. $199 security.
Two, three, four bdrms avail-
able. 786-468-0198
$1200 First and Last. Call
No credit ok. Three bdrms.,
Section 8 ok. 786-763-0961
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1175 monthly
Call 407-497-8017
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916

Three bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, big fenced yard and
tool shed. $1350 monthly. No
Section 8. 754-204-1742


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MBA plus six months exp.,
in lieu of Master's will ac-
cept Bach in Bus. Admin.
plus five years prog. exp.
in the field of Management
Analysis. Please send
resume to: MAGIK Beauty
Intl., Inc., 6734 NW 107
Place, Doral, FL33178.

Can You Sell?
Sales Positions
The right individual must
be aggressive, comfort-
able making cold calls and
know how to close a sale.
Telemarketing experience
is strongly recommended.
Excellent earning oppor-
The Miami Times
Email Resume to:

Key Boardist needed.

City Drivers
to deliver newspapers
to schools city-wide on
Wednesday only. Come
in and apply at 900 NW
54 Street on Wednesday,
Thursday or Friday.

Valid FL Driver's License
required. Handyman,
office cleaning, property
maintenance. Dependable,
responsible, and hon-
est. References. Apply in
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

Paradise Christian School
Head Start, Preschool
Teacher and Assistants
Apply in person
6184 West 21 Court
Hialeah, 33016
Salary: $8.55-$12.50 hourly

needed for food produc-
tion company. Master in
Finance plus 6 months
experience as Finance Di-
rector. Please send resume
to Wrapido Corp. at 2614
Ponce de Leon Blvd, PH,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 3 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
.Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

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

9:15 am-5:15 pm
Care for bedridden Al-
zheimer's patient. Prepare
and feed her meals. Must
be responsible, patient
and understanding of
the elderly. Call between
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. only,

Now hiring cashiers. Call

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

the undersigned, desiring
to engaged in business
under the entity of:
Agape Senior Care, Inc.
will operate under the
Home Helpers of South
Florida and
Direct Link of South
4055 NW 17 Avenue
Miami, FL 33142
in the city of Miami, FL
SOwner: Ty Jones
intends to register the
said name with the
Division of Corporation
of State, Tallahassee FL
Dated this 17th day of
October, 2012.

Group Miami
Hollywood, FL

Job Description: Work
with clients to achieve
their marketing goals.
Create innovative ad-
vertising campaigns. As-
sist in achieving its de-
sired revenue growth by
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January is W-2 sea-
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a significant refund
this year if Congress
doesn't act quickly to
curb the impending
fiscal cliff. The Belt-
way is bracing itself
for "taxmageddofi," an
overhaul in tax code
that will affect every
American most for
the worse.
Annual tax planning
will see significant
changes if Congress
doesn't take action,
according to a report
by the Tax Policy Cen-
ter. The report claims
that taxes will rise by
more than $500 bil-
lion by year's end, (an
average of $3,500 per
household) when the
11-year-old tax cuts
expire. More than 90
percent of Americans
would see a rise in tax-
es if the country top-
ples over what Federal
Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke has called
'fiscal cliff.' Americans
would have 6.2 per-
cent less income .after
taxes because of the 5
percent increase in the
federal tax rate.
The burden won't dis-
criminate, either. While
the poorest Americans
- those making less
than $20,113 annu-
ally would see taxes
climb to $412 a year,
the wealthiest will take
the biggest hit with
their tax rate climbing
to 7 percent.
Not only would the
tax rate increase, but
important provisions
for people with fami-
lies would be affected,
slashing the child tax
credit in half.

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Let's hope we haven't seen

the last of great Ray Lewis
Former University of Miami tricep last Sunday. This past
great, super bowl champion Monday he was declared out for
and future NFL Hall of famer the remainder of the season.
Ray Lewis suffered an injured Longtime considered one of the

greatest linebackers in NFL
history there is much specu-
lation about what the future
holds for the Baltimore Ravens
all time great. Could this be the
end of the line for the 17 year
NFL vet ? There are not many
athletes who work harder or
plays with the type of passion
that Ray Lewis does, therefore
one should not rule out a re-
turn for an 18th season. We al-
ways like to see our sports he-
roes retire on their own terms
like Jim Brown, Barry Sand-
ers or we wish some of them
had not hung around so long.

(Like Jerry Rice in Seahawks
gear, Michael Jordan trotting
around in Wizards uni's or
Emmitt Smith a Cardinal?)
Even though Lewis has been
excellent for so long, he has
not embarrassed himself. He
still played with that fire. Sure
he lost a step or two but 75
percent of what he used to be
is not bad at all. He has heard
the critics who call him too old
at 37 too slow or too light. He
has heard them all and used
it as motivation to continue
to torment offenses around
the NFL still. According to

The Baltimore Sun Lewis will
make $4.95 million this year,
and $7.3 million, $5.4 million
and $6.5 million in non gau-
ranteed base salaries over the
next three years. My guess is
Lewis will not walk away from
the game like this derailed by
injury, that's not the Ray Lewis
we all know and love. Football
teams annually have to make
tough decisions regarding
loyal veterans who have given
their hearts and souls to an
organization Sport divorces
can be painful, for the fans as
well as the superstar athletes.

If any one deserves a chance
to walk away on his own terms
it's Ray Lewis. Hopefully the
Ravens will look beyond the
almighty dollar if Lewis is not
ready to hang up his cleats just
yet. Hopefully they give him
more chances to come out dur-
ing player intro's and do that
dance like only he can. Let us
all hope that we have not seen
the last of Ray Lewis. We may
never see one like him again.
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Booker T. defeats Jackson 39-0

By Akilah Laster

The Booker T. Washington Tor-
nados blew by neighborhood rival
Jackson Generals 39-0, delivering
the Generals their first shutout of
the season.
Prompted by its defense, Booker T.
(5-1) stifled the play of former district
rival Jackson (5-2) and its premiere
quarterback, Quinton "Winkie"
Flowers, and held him to 3 of 17
passing for 37 yards, including an
Flowers was also sacked three
times by Booker T.'s Chad Thomas,
Laqwan Scott, and Moses Dany.
"Coach [Sheldon] Hanks did a good
job giving different showings and

looks that delayed the game [of Flow-
ers]," said Tim "Ice" Harris, Booker T.
head coach. "[Flowers] took off [run-
ning] more than he wanted to."
Hanks, the Tornado's defensive
coordinator, said that he encouraged
players, who limited the Generals to
36 rushing yards in the first-half, to
get better.
"It was more of let's work on our
mistakes," Hanks said. "We're trying
to get ready for the playoffs."
The Generals, who fumbled on
three separate occasions, earned
almost as many penalty yards as
rushing yards. Though Booker T. got
the "W" Harris said that the win was
"I like the 39 and I like the zero,"
Harris said, "But we gave up too

many yards and our execution was
not where it should be." Despite
Harris's critique, Booker T finished
with 310 total yards, including 180
passing yards by junior quarterback
Treon Harris who connected for
two touchdown passes -11 yards to
senior receiver Nicholas Norris and
20 yards to junior running back
Krondis Larry. Krondis finished with
72 rushing yards on 7 carries. Har-
ris added his own 5-yard touchdown
run as well.
Tornados' senior running back
D'Von Ballard, added two touch-
downs to the score, but it was junior
receiver, Lamar Parker, with a 90-
yard punt return to the end zone
that jolted Booker T. forward.
"We are the big dogs," Coach Har-

ris said. "It's going to take a long
time to beat us."
Harris commended the Jackson
coaching staff for their success so
far this season.
"Coach [Antonio] Brown and his
staff are on the right track," Harris
said. "I really like what he's doing
over there and he's bringing the right
guys in."
While the game may have given
Booker T. bragging rights, it has
no impact on either teams district
standing, something that both Har-
ris and Jackson head coach, Antonio
"DeLa" Brown were aware.
"It was a good opportunity for
Dade County to see two top quar-
terbacks who challenge each other,"
Brown said. "But we have bigger fish

UM athletic director heads to Nebraska

By Tim Reynolds

Shawn Eichorst left his job as
athletic director at the University
of Miami recently and accepted a
five-year contract to succeed Tom
Osborne at Nebraska.
Eichorst's departure comes at
a particularly curious time as
UM braces to receive potentially
crippling NCAA sanctions in the
coming months for compliance
Former Maine athletic director
Blake James will become the act-
ing AD at Miami, filling the role
that Eichorst held for just under
18 months.
"I am deeply disappointed in
Shawn's departure to the Univer-

sity of Nebraska as I
thoroughly enjoyed
working with him,"
Miami president
Donna Shalala said
in a statement.
"We wish Shawn
and his wonderful
family the very best
at their new post."
Eichorst's starting
salary at Nebraska
will be $973,000
annually, believed
to be a significant
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deal. Eichorst will start at Nebras-
ka on Oct. 9th, first as a special
assistant to Chancellor Harvey
Perlman, then assume the role on

Jan. 1.
Perlman interviewed
Eichorst and one other
unidentified candidate.-
He said Eichorst, who
previously worked at
Wisconsin and grew up
in that state, is a natu-
ral fit for Nebraska.
"I have no reason
to believe Shawn was
unhappy at Miami,"
Perlman said. "He saw
this as an attractive op-
portunity to get back to
the Midwest and to get

back to the Big Ten."
Perlman said the problems at
Miami were a prominent aspect of
his discussions with Eichorst.

Eichorst will receive a $750,000
retention bonus if he stays at
Nebraska for five years. He'll pay
a $2 million penalty if he leaves
within a year. That penalty de-
creases $500,000 for each year
he stays through the fifth year
overseeing a 23-sport depart-
ment with an $85 million annual
"I asked him, *If you were here
five years from now, how would I
be able to measure his success?'
Perlman said. "His response was,
'If the coaches and the student-
athletes have been successful and
nobody knows my name, it will
be a success. The athletic depart-
ment is all about the success of
coaches and student-athletes.' "




By Akilah Laster

The Northwestern Bulls regained
control in the final minutes against the
Columbus Explorers to get a 10-7 vic-
tory last Saturday night at Traz Powell
in a game that had more possession
changes and fewer highlights than a
ping-pong match.
The first highlight occurred on the
first play of the game when North-
western junior quarterback, Jabari
Dowling, threw a pass that was picked
off by Columbus' senior corner, Nick
Fernandez, and run in for a 20-yard
The Explorers (4-3) remained score-
less for the remainder of the night,
but lead up until the 1:48 mark in the
fourth quarter. In that time Northwest-
ern scored on a 24-yard field goal by
kicker junior kicker, Ruben Piraquve
to go into the half down by four.
Both teams run game and passing
struggled during the first. The Explor-
ers earned 40 total offensive yards
in the first half, including 6 passing
yards. Columbus sophomore quarter-
back, Beirne Tucker, got off to a slow
start completing only two passes in
the entire half and threw two intercep-
tions. The Bulls (5-1) fared a little bet-
ter on passing finishing with 39 yards,
but had only amassed 64 offensive
yards going into the half.
During the second half, Columbus
had an opportunity to score after a
76-yard run by running back Daryl
Chestnut put them within 5 yards of
the end zone, but the Bulls' defense
stepped up and the Explorers could
not convert.
And, though the Bulls defense man-
aged to keep the Explorers out of the
end zone, their offense struggled to
score. Both teams had amassed more
penalty yards than running yards by
the end of the third.
With less than two minutes left in
the game, it looked as if the Explor-
ers had outlasted the Bulls, until Tice
emerged on a 51-yard run into the end
zone to give the Bulls the lead for the
first time in the game.
The Bulls defense stepped up once
again during Columbus's final drive
and forced a fumble by Tucker that
was recovered by senior Bulls receiver
Darius Humes to solidify the win.
"Darius is the homerun hitter that
we need," said Stephen Field, North-
western head coach. "There were lots
of times we could've laid down, but we
kept fighting."
"Sometimes it's even better when
you've faced adversity and won," Field
Northwestern faces district opponent
Belen Jesuit (2-4) on Saturday at Traz
Powell at 7p.m.

Florida Marlins' manager Ozzie Guilen could be fired already

By Jon Heyman

Marlins manager Ozzie Guil-
len.is in real jeopardy of los-
ing his job after a disastrous
first season in Miami, people
familiar with the situation say
- though club owner Jeffrey
Loria always carries the poten-
tial to change his course.
The Marlins have been re-
ported in a couple places to be
considering potential replace-
ments while Guillen awaits
word, so it's still possible he'll
stay Marlins manager if no

better candidate is deemed
available. Ex-Marlins Mike
Lowell and Mike Redmond are
among folks viewed as poten-
tial candidates for the job.
The Marlins' usual course of
action is to have a replacement
in place before dismissing a
manager. A Marlins person
suggested recently that there
was no expectation that the
situation would be resolved
soon. It's possible there will
be no announcement, anyway,
if the team retains Guillen.
The Marlins are not a predict-

able organization, office intact. Loria
and that may be declined to return
Guillen's only real multiple inquiries
hope to stay. Loria over weeks, and
could always drop other Marlins peo-
his search and de- ple also declined
cide to keep Guil- to speak about the
len. Such as when, R.." situation or didn't
Larry Beinfest, return calls.
president of base- Loria's hope
ball operations, when he hired
appeared likely to Guillen was that
lose his job several he would bring
weeks ago, before GUILLEN positive attention
Loria apparently to the Marlins in
decided to keep the entire front their inaugural season in the

new stadium in Miami, but
Guillen got off to a bad start by
saying in an interview that he
"loved" and "respected" Cuban
dictator Fidel Castro, who is
universally reviled in Miami
and most everywhere else. The
Marlins' attendance in beau-
tiful new Marlins Park was
somewhat below expectations,
though that likely has more to
do with the team's poor sea-
Some team higher-ups be-
lieve Guillen didn't do enough
to try to energize an under-

achieving team. The Marlins
aren't going to let the $7.5 mil-
lion and three years remaining
on Guillen's $10 million, four-
year contract influence their
call on Guillen, people with
the team say. However, the
great likelihood is that they
won't seek a proven big-name
manager as a replacement,
meaning the new man could
only expect a salary a fraction
of Guillen's. Marlins legend
Jeff Conine, a logical choice,
isn't believed to have interest
in managing the team.

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