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Term limits top issues facing Miami-Dade voters

ih 7 7 County Commissioner." ary but it does keep ___ Current members
Some voters believe eight years is long enough Earlier this year, voters in the provision to cap oftheod, however,
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By Jos6 Perez

For voters in Miami-Dade
County, next month's ballot
will have many choices and,
as with any election, the. more
informed voters are before
they arrive at their respective
B polling places, the better they

can feel about their individual
choices. Among those many
choices, Miami-Dade voters
will have six proposed amend-
ments to the County charter
to review and on which to vote.
Perhaps the most widely
talked about proposed amend-
ment to the County charter is
the return of the'term limit for

county commission-
ers question which is
important because,
as Yolanda V. Pas-
chal, associate attor-
ney at Carlton Fields
says, "currently,
there are no restric-
tions on the number
of times' one may serk'e

rejected a term limit
proposal that also
included a pay raise
provision for mem-
bers of the commis-
sion. However, the
remixed November
JOHNSON version of the term
limit question makes
as a no mention of a -thange in sal-

"If you vote 'yes' to
the proposed amend-
ment, then you are
in favor of imposing P
term limits spe- PAS
cifically, commission-
ers would be allowed to serve
no more than two consecutive
tfour-year-terms," she added.

as the proposed
S charter amendment
Sis not retroactive so
commissioners like
South Dade's Dennis
HAL Moss, who has been
on the commission
since 1993 and who also voted
against the measure in March
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Experts point to rise in truancy,fewer mentors as
reasons for rise in crime
Part II turn to those involved in combatting
crime including the Miami-Dade State
By D. Kevin McNeir Attorney and spokespersons for both
k1nicieir@miainiiinesontine.coir City and County police.

It's an obvious fact here in Miami-
Dade County' that young Blacks are find-
ing themselves at the crossroads of life
with far too manyr taking the path filled
with heartache, frustration, the juve-
nile justice system and even death. But
the seminal question that continues to
plague parents, politicians and preach-
ers alike is whatht can we do to stem the
In the first part of this two-part series
[Oct. 10-16, 2012,1. we invited communi-
ty leaders to discuss potential solutions
to reducing what has become a disturb-
ing rise in violence among Black youth.
Here we continue that discussion, then

Marc Henderson, 63. vice president of
operations for 100 Black Men of South
Florida has long been involved in men-
toring Black youth, given his 22 years
with the organization. He says there are
many reasons why young Black youth
are becoming drawn to lives of crime.
But he believes the lack of positive males
in their lives, especially for boys, is a
major problem.
"There comes a time in a child's life
where they need a man's influence," he
said. "That applies to both both boys
and girls. Women have been raising
Please turn to BLACK YOUTH I IA

Bent loses his

bid for new trial

By Rafael Olmeda
A Broward judge shot down
Matthew Bent's request for a new
trial Monday, ruling that there
wasn't enough proof ofjuror mis-
conduct to set aside
the jury's verdict in
the burning of Mi-
chael Brewer.
But four months
after Bent was con-
victed of aggravated
battery in the no-
torious 2009 case,
a sentencing date
is still nowhere in
One juror later B|
claimed that she
wanted to acquit Bent
of all charges but felt pressured
by the others to reach a compro-
mise verdict. She also accused
fellow jurors of discussing as-
pects .of the case before the trial


was over and of injecting race
into the deliberations.
The accusations were reviewed
in two hearings, the most recent
taking place Oct. 12, the third
anniversary of the attack. Jury
forewoman Karen
Bates-McCord listed
the most serious al-
legations, saying
that she had to re-
peatedly ask her fel-
low jurors to change
the subject because
their conversations
came too close to
deliberations even
While testimony was
still being taken in
NT court.
But Bates-McCord
also said that her admonitions
were successful--jurors stopped
having suspicious conversations
in her presence and the five
Please turn to BENT 8A

Cuba eases travel limits South Africa to spend $iooB for jobs

Havana steps forward for human

rights, nofearfor
By DeWayne Wickham
Back in May, during my last
reporting trip to Havana, a
Cuban friend asked me for a
written invitation to attend a
journalism convention in the
USA next year. With a letter,
she thought, the government
would give her a visa.
Cubans have long needed

their government's
permission to travel
abroad. Even with a
written invite, getting a
visa to come to the U.S.
wasn't easy.
The paranoia of gov-
ernment officials and WICKI
a haunting fear of de-
sertion of "The Revolution"
that swept Cuba's commu-

nist government into power
-- made it difficult for many
Cubans to obtain permission
to leave the island.
S That lack of freedom
has been a major point
of criticism from a suc-
cession of American
presidents, even as this
country has imposed its
own travel ban on U.S.
HAM citizens who want to vis-
it Cuba. For years, each
country has cited each
Please turn to CUBA 6A

By Lydia Polgreen
mounting criticism that he
has failed to stem the tide of
labor unrest roiling South Af-
rica, President Jacob Zuma
announced Friday nearly
$100 billion in infrastructure
spending to create jobs, hop-
ing to quell broad frustrations
over rising inequality, persis-
tent poverty and low wages.
Zuma, who is likely to face
an internal challenge to his

leadership of the gov- have led to a wave
earning African Nation- of wildcat strikes in.
al Congress at its con- which 75,000 work-
ference in December, ers have walked off
has begun to act more the job. Speaking to
forcefully in what ap- journalists after the
pears to be an attempt meeting, Zuma called
to bolster the country's upon business lead-
flagging growth and to ers to make personal
instill confidence in Af- sacrifices by volun-
rica's biggest economy. ZUMA tarily foregoing raises
On Wednesday, and bonuses for a
Zuma spent five hours meeting year "as a strong signal of a
with union and business lead- commitment to build an equi
ers to try to ease tensions that Please turn to JOBS 1IlA



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We must stand up and

be counted at the polls
arly voting begins on Saturday, Oct. 27th, with
a particularly long ballot, filled with complicated
questions and a host of choices for candidates.
That's why we urge all voters to do their homework. Study
the constitutional amendments, the school board bond ref-
erendum, the County questions [amendments] as well as
those judges up for retention, local run-off elections and of
course, who's best suited to serve as president of the U.S.
There is a lot at stake and Blacks can ill-afford to pass
up their opportunity to cast their ballot. Already in Florida,
some 700,000 absentee ballots have been submitted and
processed by the respective Boards of Elections. However,
it remains to be seen how many of those ballots were filled
out by Blacks.
Sure, Republican legislators along with their "anything
goes" Tea Party cronies, have employed every conceivable
strategy in order to discourage, delay and disenfranchise
those voters who tend to march to a different beat, hoping
to deny them their fundamental right to vote.
That's why we urge you to join a group of hearty voter
advocates on Sunday, Oct. 28 for a march, worship ser-
vice and early voting rally. The group will be led by folks
like Lovette McGill from the A. Philip Randolph Institute,
the Rev. Carl Johnson, a large contingency of other Black
pastors and their congregations and M-DC public school
teachers. It promises to be one of Liberty City's most pro-
found statements on the importance of voting as the march
moves from the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center to the
Caleb Center. Some are saying it will be like the "souls to
the polls" events that were once popular among many Black
churches, until the GOP forced us to accept a shortened
early voting period. Others say this Sunday march will be
reminiscent of peaceful civil rights demonstrations of old.
We hear there'll be seats for our seniors and the handi-
capped just in case the lines are long and we sure hope
they are. There will also be church choirs singing songs of
inspiration and even a few able-bodied ushers on hand,
white gloves and all, just in case the temperatures become
too hot for those waiting to cast their vote.
That's what this is all about brothers and sisters voting
- and to show others that we refuse to allow our rights, for
which our ancestors bled and died, to be taken away with-
out a fight. Now is not the time to snooze.

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Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Street.
Miami, Florida 33127-1818
Post Office Box 270200
Buena Vista Station. Miami, Florida 33127
Phone 305-694-6210
H.E. SIGISMUND REEVES, Founder, 1923-1968
GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

The "horses and bayonets"
moment is probably the head-
line. But the larger story of
the third and final presidential
debate, ostensibly about for-
eign policy, is that Mitt Rom-
ney didn't really lay a glove on
President Obama. For most of
the evening, he didn't even try.
Obama came ready to punch,
Romney to counterpunch or,
since we're torturing the boxing
metaphor, to clinch. He agreed
with Obama's policy on Af-
ghanistan, on Libya, on Syria,
on the use of pilotless drones
in the fight against al-Qaeda,
pretty much on everything ex-
cept how to improve the U.S.
The president spent much of
the evening recounting Rom-
ney's earlier, contradictory for-
eign-policy positions his prior
view, for example, that the U.S.
shouldn't have pressed to oust
Libyan dictator Moammar Gad-
dafi because that amounted to
"mission creep." On that issue,
as on many others, Romney
simply did not acknowledge his

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
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economy returns toflTem-
ployment, but we have no real
idea how all the tax-cutting he
proposes is supposed to get us
there. We know he promises 12
million new jobs but we also
know that many economists
believe the U.S. economy could
add that many jobs in the next
four years with no policy chang-
es, assuming the recovery gains
a little steam.
We know what Obama has
done in office averting a de-
pression, saving the auto in-
dustry, passing health care
reform, ending the war in Iraq
and killing Osama bin Laden.
But we still don't have a vivid
picture of how Obama sees the
next four years. He spells out
his policies, but he doesn't tell
us where they lead.
Obama won Monday night. As
I see it, he still has a slight edge
overall. Nothing is guaranteed.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
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flip-flops. Obama had the best
line of the evening, when Rom-
hey brought up his oft-repeated
complaint that defense spend-
ing needs to be dramatically
increased. The Navy is smaller
now, Romney said, than it was
in 1917. He went on to explain

compared to 23 percent who
gave the nod to Romney and
if anyone gets a post-debate
boost in the polls, it is likely to
be the president.
But going into the last two
weeks of the campaign, we
still have no idea how Romney

It was Romney's weakest performance of the three presidential
debates an instant poll of undecided voters by CBS found
53 percent of those surveyed believed Obama won, compared
to 23 percent who gave the nod to Romney and if anyone gets a
post-debate boost in the polls, it is likely to be the president.

that perhaps we do not need
as many conventional ships
as nearly a century ago, since
now we have aircraft carriers,
nuclear-powered submarines
and other modern weapons.
Throughout, Obama was confi-
dent and sure-footed. Romney
was much less so.
It was Romney's weakest per-
formance of the three presiden-
tial debates an instant poll
of undecided voters by CBS
found 53 percent of those sur-
veyed believed Obama won,

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would manage to cut income
tax rates by 20 percent without
increasing the deficit. We don't
know which tax deductions he
would target for possible elimi-
nation, although he did say at
the town-hall debate that his
plan might be to establish an
overall deductions cap and let
taxpayers decide which ones
to take. He still has not made
the slightest attempt to demon-
strate that the arithmetic adds
up. We know Romney envi-
sions a future in which the U.S.


Power grabs last stop: FL Supreme Court

Hospital working

well with small, nimble


The following editorial appeared in The Miami Herald yes-
terday and the The Miami Times wants to fully endorse its
comments. Jackson Health System has become a sore spot in
this community for far too many years and it is high time that
we fix it.

A s Jackson Health System ends the fiscal year in the
black hurray! and expects a surplus, to boot,
.the Miami-Dade Commission will consider whether to
make Jackson's Financial Recovery Board a permanent over-
sight body instead of returning to the cumbersome 17-mem-
ber Public Health Trust.
What's to consider? The recovery board made up of com-
munity leaders with expertise in healthcare, accounting, fi-
nancing and other key attributes needed to move nimbly in
difficult terrain has done a yeoman's job under intense
public scrutiny.
Credit should go to Chairman Joe Martinez, who pushed for
the recovery board almost two years ago when it became clear
that the Health Trust couldn't move quickly enough to make
the needed changes at Miami-Dade County's public hospital
system to stop the financial bleeding.
Now some commissioners want to change this board to in-
clude two or more new members and union leadership. Oth-
ers want to make sure members of the board are committed
to keeping Jackson's public mission.
Let's be clear. The board has worked precisely because it's
small enough that it can call a quorum quickly when needed
to address changing issues. Earmarking a spot for organized
labor is just commissioners playing political payback, when
they should be looking at what's best for the entire commu-
nity, not any one specific special interest.
And let's not forget: It was commissioners' meddling through
the years that helped create much of the mess Jackson has
faced, as commissioners rejected Public Health Trust deci-
sions on compensation for Jackson workers in an effort to
please the unions that help get out the vote for those commis-
sioners during elections. That's no way to run any institution,
public or private.
. Unions have a right to make their case to management and
negotiate contracts, but setting policy prescriptions for what
ails Jackson should remain the purview of a specialized board
of community representatives with no direct financial interest
in the outcome, period.
At Tuesday's county commission meeting, the future of the
recovery board was unanimously approved by all members,
excluding Commissioners Souto and Monestime who were
both absent. The Health Trust has been reduced from 17 vot-
ing trustees to seven, each being allowed to serve a maximum
of two, three-year terms and required to lave the professional
expertise needed to assist in Jackson's future.

Many of my friends complain
that the Democrats are con-
stantly out maneuvered by the
Republicans because they're
so organized. They're so stra-
tegic. That's true often times.
But let's be frank. The Repub-
licans are just ruthless.
This election cycle the R's
are very nervous because their
numbers have dwindled badly
and get-out-the-vote alone will
not help them stay in power.
Of course a Black man oc-
cupies the White House and
that is particularly annoying
to them. So, they have a three
point plan of attack and here's
The Census tells us that
people of color make up over
36 percent of the population:
13.1 Black, 5.0 percent Asian,
16.7 percent Hispanic and 1.2
percent American Indian and
Alaska Native Persons. Guess
what? The vast majority of
those people are Democrats.
That was confirmed by the

RNC convention.
What do the Republicans
do? Simple. First, suppress
Democratic voters. They are
shameless. These laws nega-
tively impact all minorities,
the elderly and college stu-
dents limiting early voting and
placing new ID restrictions on
these voters. It's so bad a new
Wisconsin law prohibits Native
Americans from using their
tribal IDs to vote.
Second, pass constitutional
amendments on the Florida
ballot that take control of the
high court. Why? Because the
vast majority of laws passed
by Republicans and signed
by Governor Rick Scott have
been challenged and struck
down by the Florida Supreme
Court. Outraged, the Republi-
can Speaker pushed extreme
legislation that failed. So they
put Amendment 5 on the bal-
lot allowing the state Senate
to confirm justices and repeal
court decisions with a simple

majority. This shocked non-
partisan judicial experts. They
rightfully point out that this
amendment would allow the
governor to control judicial
outcomes, instead of voters
like you deciding whether judg-
es should continue to serve,
which is our current system of
merit retention. I don't have to
tell you that this is a horrible
idea and to vote no.
Third, get rid of three Florida
Supreme Court Justices. This
election year, you will decide
if three Supreme Court Jus-
tices R. Fred Lewis, Bar-
bara J. Pariente and Peggy
A. Quince, our first Black
justice should continue to
serve. Scott and the Republi-
can Party of Florida have tar-
geted these justices and they
are campaigning against them
with a national conservative
PAC. The removal of these jus-
tices would mean Scott would
pick their replacements. This
would result in Supreme

Court decisions bei-gnnded
down as political favors. It is
a frightening thought. It does
complete the Republican pow-
er grab. It does immerse the
court in a corrupting sea of
political influence. It would
punish the current justices for
doing their job as fair and im-
partial jurists. We all have the
advantage of good sense and
should vote "Yes" for Lewis,
Pariente and Quince. And re-
gardless of color or party af-
filiation, 60 percent of Florid-
ians do not approve of Scott
or much of anything that
he does. So allowing him to
control the Florida Supreme
Court as though it was a state
agency won't work well in the
world of equal justice. But it
does work very well in the plan
to complete the conservative
political agenda that has no
place in any courtroom. Is the
political attack on the justices
unconscionable? Of course it
is. It's also just plain ruthless.

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Your vote will matter more than ever

We're getting down to the wire
in this year's race for the White
House. In our digital world of
sometimes dizzying 24/7 infor-
mation overload, both political
camps are relying heavily on
media in its plethora of forms
to reach you and influence your
vote. As we draw closer to No-
vember 6, you are correct if you
think the intensity of the politi-
cal ads has increased.
According to Nielsen data, this
is especially true if you live in any
of this election's nine key swing
or battleground states Colo-
rado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New
Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Virginia or Wisconsin. Nielsen's
summarized Designated Market
Areas (DMAs) within each state
show that year-to-date through
the beginning of September.
President Obama's reelection
campaign has saturated those
states with almost 230,000 ads,
more than twice the ads from

the campaign of his opponent,
former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney (87,000). The lone ex-
ception here is Wisconsin, where
Gov. Romney's campaign leads
by 561 ads.
How much influence do these
ads actually have? Data shows
that an effective advertising
campaign in a swing state can
mean the difference between vic-
tory and defeat on Election Day.
Thus far in Ohio, the margin of
the number of ads is the great-
est, with the Romney campaign
running just more than 17,000
ad units; and the Obama camp
running nearly three times that
amount 51,000 ads.
Then there are the presidential
debates. At this writing, Nielsen
ratings show that an estimated
67.2 million people watched the
first debate between President
Obama and Gov. Romney. That
was up 28 percent over the first
presidential debate in 2008 be-

tween Senators Barack Obama
and John McCain.
To put our viewership of this
year's first presidential debate
in a different perspective, 111.3
million people watched the New
York Giants beat the New Eng-
land Patriots in the Super Bowl
this year, still the highest rated
TV broadcast in U.S. history.
As for the 2012 political con-
ventions, according to Nielsen's
analysis of both the Republi-
can and Democratic gather-
ings, nearly as many people (57
percent of all U.S. households
or 65.4 million homes) tuned
into at least one of those politi-
cal events and watched the first
presidential debate. Taking a
look at the viewership of each
of the speeches by each candi-
date (given on the final night of
each convention), Obama had a
slight edge, with 13.7 percent
of viewers to Romney's 12.5
percent. Each party, of course,

selected high-profile"1Sp!r
to address their respective con-
ventions, with the Republicans
choosing veteran actor Clint
Eastwood and the Democrats
engaging former President Bill
Clinton. Are you seeing again
how much your choice of what
you watch matters? The political
"games" will continue with one
more presidential debate and,
yes, intensified ads from both
sides. You matter more now
than ever, and it does not matter
whether you are blue or red. Ac-
cording to the recent African-
American Consumers: Still Vital,
Still Growing report, approxi-
mately 71 percent or 28 mil-
lion of us are of voting age. So,
whatever the color of your state,
you've got the power. Make sure
you use it on November 6.
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is se-
nior vice president of Public Af-
fairs and Government Relations
for Nielsen.

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Will school board bond be

good for Black businesses?

I was recently made a member
of the Board of Directors of the
Miami-Dade Chamber of Com-
merce [M-DCC], which held its
annual retreat this last weekend.
I was impressed by the organiza-
tion of the retreat .which devel-
oped short-term and long-term.
goals for the Chamber, including
a major push to expand the cham-
ber to be organization that serves
the entire South Florida commu-
nity by opening an office in Bro-
ward County. I was impressed by
more fellow board members, who
are leaders in education, sports,
construction, health care, inter-
national travel and tourism. The
most outstanding characteristic
of the Board is its' concern for the
Black community in particular
the Black business community.
M-DCC has become one of the
few advocates for Black business-
es in the County. To strengthen':
this role, it has developed a new
committee focusing on advocacy.
The advocacy committee will be
encouraging, cajoling and flat out
pushing private and public sector
entities to do more business with
Black-owned businesses.
One of the major concerns of
the Chamber is the lack of con-
tracts received by Black-owned
businesses 'from the public sec-
tor. It is a goal of the Chamber to'
increase the number of contracts
received by Black-owned busi-
nesses from the State, counties,
school boards arid municipali-
ties. With the death of affirmative
action programs, the number of
Black-owned businesses receiv-
ing government contracts has
dwindled to almost non-existent.
In orderto strengthen the Black
community, develop a strong
Black middle class and lower :un-
employment in the Black-com-,

munity, Black-owned businesses
must get some of the funds spent
by government organizations.
Black taxpayers constitute 16
percent of the tax base but Black
businesses get less than 1 percent
of the County's expenditures. To
her credit, Commissioner Barbara
Jordan has sponsored legislation
to have a study done to show that
there is discriminatory, disparate
impact against Black businesses,
so that a nriew set aside program
can be created for the County. A
similar study should be done by
our largest municipalities and the
School Board.
While the Chamber is support-
ive of the school board bond.refer-
endum, Chamber board members
have reservations, because there
is no guarantee that the Black
community will benefit from the
$1.2 billion bond referendum,
which will be paid in part by the
Black community in the form of
, increased property taxes.
How does one'ensure that Black
contractors, architects, engineers,
plumbers, electricians, accoun-
tant, attorneys and suppliers will
receive a fair portion of the con-
tracts? If 16 percent of the prop-
erty taxes are from Black home-
owners, will 16 percent of the
expenditures go to Black-owned
businesses and will 16 percent
of the people employed be Black?
Can the Black community count
on the superintendent and school
,board to institutionalize in writ--
ing a commitment to ensure that
the Black community is not by-
This is an opportunity for our
two elected Black school board
members to step forward and
shout to the mountain tops that
they are advocates for their con-
stituenfts and that they will en-

Millions 'of Americans voted
for the first time during the 2008
presidential election. The out-
come made history when then-
Senator Barack Obama was
voted in as the 44th president
of the U.S. This win was a true
testament of democracy arid'the
power of voting. Blacks and oth-
er minorities were not the only
ones realizing the power of their
votes, but the GOP witnessed it
as well. Allegedly on inaugura-
tion day in 2009, Republicans
met and agreed to obstruct ev-
erything the president planned
to do. Since then GOP governors
and other GOP operatives have
been strategizing to squash the
votes of millions of Americans
so. there will not be a repeat in
2012 of what happened in 2008.
Republicans have put a great
deal of effort into suppressing
the Democratic vote in the 2012
presidential election. Reducing
the number of working hours
of the polls arid purging eligible

voters from the voter-registra- It was voter rights activists
tion lists are just some of the and other leaders who success-
tactics used to intimidate and fully challenged Florida restric-
rob targeted Americans of their tive voter laws .some of which
vote. were subsequently overturned
But if that doesn't stop you by the courts. Now .the'rest is

he critics of President Obama's first four years in office
are equivalent to a drowning victim criticizing a rescue
.worker'after being saved from a sinking ship. When
Obama took office in 2008 the country was on a downward spiral.

from voting, Republicans are
using anonymous groups to
post intimidating billboards in
Black and Latino communities
Threatening jail time to anyone
who commits voter fraud., The
GOP and their right wing ex-
tremists have been working fe-
verishly to suppress the Demo-
cratic voters. However, their
schemes to disenfranchise mil-
lions have not gone unnoticed or
unchallenged this year.

up to us voters to stop them in
their tracks. We musftbe willing
to do our part and go vote. Be-
fore Election Day Nov. 6th, we
must make sure we take a valid
and current picture ID. We must
also be aware of any changes to
our poll site. Remember that
early voting begins for Miami-
Dade County on Oct. 27th, last-.
ing through Nov. 3rd from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m.
The critics of President

Obamra's first four years in of-
fice are equivalent to a drown-
ing victim criticizing a rescue
worker after being saved from a
sinking ship. When Obama took
office in 2008 the country was
on a downward spiral. The au-
tomobile, financial and banking
industries were all collapsing
until the Obama administration
intervened. It was the GOP who
left this country and the econo-
my in a mess and now they want
to blame Obama for their fail-
ures and misdeeds.
Remember that during this
election "we got the power" and
we mast continue to support the
president in his quest to lead
and govern. Let's do it again
and get out the vote in 2012.
"Gonna do it again, do it again,
do it again" (Staple Singers) and
vote like we did in 2008.
Queen Brown is ac freelance
writer, a motivational speaker
and a trained crime victim's ad-

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FL's higher ed leaders wasting dollars
There are major financial and this spring, leading the col- now Governor Scott is asking Valencia College w-as terminat-
mismanagement problems lege to owe the U.S.'-Department the chief inspector to review the ed, he would receive $113,000
throughout the Florida college of Education $4.2M. This has contracts of 28 presidents who as a settlement, so Florida tax-
system. This is not a new prob- turned into a mess, especially control and manage the state payers must begin to ask if this
lem, but after it was publicly re- after a review of Wallace's ex- college system.. is fair? Most of the 28 presi-
ported that trustees at Florida penses prompted the Board of Scott has been in office for al- dents have a good severance
State College at Jacksonville Trustees to apply restrictions most two years and appointed a package and the Florida tax-
agreed to a $1.2 million sever- on his spending and travel. And higher education panel to ana- payer is responsible for paying
ance package with the outgoing that severance.
president, our governor decided There is no quick fix to solv-
to take some action. here is no quick fix to solving the higher education op- ing the. higher'education oper-
It appears that someone was rating and financial system in Florida. Florida's higher ating and financial system in
asleep at the switch, because education leaders must operate with a vision and de- Florida. Florida's higher educa-
the trustees agreed to this sev- tion leaders must operate with
erance package allowing the velop a path to future job placement. a vision and develop a path to
president to work at home, future job placement.'In order
while receiving the money. Dr. when that happened, he de- lyze and improve the account- for the higher education system
Steven R. Wallace resigned last cided to resign following in the ability in the system./ But the to be successful, the, graduate
week after disclosure about his footsteps of the former* presi- panel missed holding the lead- must be able to get' a job and
financial and payment manage- dent of Edison State College in ers in the system accoLintable earn a good income. When our
ment, as well as spending hab- Fort Meyers, Florida. to the operating and financial leaders waste our taxpayer's
its and operational problems at This president resigned ear- procedures. Instead of cor- money, they hurt our children.
Florida's fourth-largest commu- lier in the year and. received a recting a blatant disregard for Visionary leaders in education
nity college. $540,000 settlement from his proper operating systems, the will move our state forward with
Operational problems at FSCJ trustees. This settlement was panel is recommending raising accountability benchmarks and
have been mounting since it was reached. after numerous al- tuitions. a measurement of how many
revealed that there were mil- legations of. failed leadership Again it appears that' the graduating students are finding
lions in financial aid mistakes, and inappropriate spending. Governor's blue ribbon, higher jobs equivalent to their degrees.
Almost 1,700 appeals for fed- Together these two presidents education panel was asleep at Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
eral loans and Pell Grants were will walk away from their jobs the switch. Because if Sandy On Point Media Group in Orlan-
wrongly approved between 2010 and make close to $2 million Shugart, president of Orlando's, do.

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Did the Million Man March [Oct. 17,

1995] make a difference for Blacks?

Musician/vendor, Liberty City

S "Our broth- '
ers are still -
tive things in
our neighbor-
hood, abusing
drugs, disre-.
specting our
women,' bas-
tardizing their
offspring and waiting for hand
outs. If there is a difference t
make, we must do it ourselves
- the government won't do it.'

Human resources, Miami Gardens

"I'm not sure
it did. It just
doesn't corre-
late with the
Black commu-
nity. After so
many years, I
just don't feel
it made much
of a change in
politics or society."

Manager, Allapattah

no. The youth
didn't get
much from it.
It was sup-
posed to be
about equal "

rights but we're in the same
place as we were before."

Nutritionist, Miami Gardens

"Yes'I do, a
little change
happened with
the camara-
derie between
fathers and
their sons. Not
I- much but a0
o little bit."

Retired, Homestead

"It made a'
real differ-
ence, put us
on the map
and showed
that we do ex-

Retired, Liberty City

"Yeah. It
helped young
people get up
and*" become
activists for
change. They
focused more
on education
and change,
rather than a life of crime."

: ".. 7 ;'' :':. 7 = : .-

What if Romney wins and becomes President?

With the presidential election
right around the corner and
most of the pundits saying the
race is Obama's to lose, I have
begun to ponder the possibil-
ity that Romney might win and
the impact that would have on
the Black community.
Romney has been polling
around zero percent of the
Black vote. We all know that
the usual Black liberal groups
have sold out to Obama years
ago Congressional Black Cau-
cus, NAACP, Urban 'League,
Romney, like Bush in 2000,
will owe absolutely nothing to
Blacks should he win the elec-
tion. But, unlike Bush, I have
no allusions that Romney will
surround himself with the
number of Blacks that Bush
did. Romney will feel compelled,
to make some token hires, but
not much beyond that.
This will lead to the above-
named liberals to 'complain
that Romney is ignoring Blacks
and not being inclusive. But
these same groups have yet
to raise their voices to criti-
cize Obama on the same issue.
Bush had more Blacks in his
administration than Obama or
Bill Clinton. How's that for a
white supposed racist Republi-
So, how can they, credibly,
hold Romney to a standard that
they refused to hold Obama to?
Let's assume that Romney
agrees to meet with these liber-
als and they make their typi-


l.left-wing demands: higher groups that claim to represent
nimum wage, amnesty for all Blacks is they all claim to
gals, homosexual rights, be non-partisan. If you believe
put on hiring decisions, etc. that, I have a bridge to sell you.
the current incarnation of On election night, should

Romney has been polling around zero percent of the Black

vote. We all know that the usual Black liberal groups
have sold out to Obama years ago ...

Romney shows up, he will not
agree to their demands.
So, how will they respond if
Romney says to them, "Why
should I do these things when
Obama didn't do them for you?
Congressman Cleaver, will you
promise not to march on the
White House during my ad-
ministration like you did for
Obama? Mr. Jealous, if I don't
address your annual confer-
ence, like Obama, will you give
me a pass because my sched-
ule is supposedly full? Mem-
bers of the CBC, if I tell you to
stop complaining like Obama
did, will you label me a rac-
ist, even though you didn't call
Obama a racist?"
If the first Black president
ignores the Black community,
how can we then make de-
mands on the next white presi-
.dent, regardless of party? This
is why having Blacks put all
their votes in one party is so
dangerous. We have absolutely
no leverage if Romney wins the
White House.
What's amazing about the

Romney win, he will say all the
right things about wanting to
be president for all of America,
even for those who did not vote
for him.
But, in raw political terms,
why should Romney engage
with these liberals? They
don't' represent the Black
mainstream. They have been

bought and paki(
Democratic Par
likes of George S(
To the Black
you must becon

A for by the
ty and the
ae more po-

litically sophisticated and not
continue to allow you and the
community to be'ignored and
taken for granted. To Repub-
licans, get rid of your silly no-
tion of a color-blind society.
If you .can't see the changing
demographics of this country,
then you are truly color blind
- blind to people of color.
Raynard Jackson is presi-
dent & CEO of Raynard Jack-
son & Associates, LLC., a
Washington, D.C.-based pub-
lic relations/government af-
fairs firm. He can be reached
through his Web site, www.

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By Greg Toppo

the two presidential candidates'
education plans and you may
not immediately see much of a
difference. Both want greater
scrutiny of teacher effective-
ness. Both champion privately
run, but publicly funded K-12
charter schools as well as higher
academic standards. Both want
more high school and college
graduates and a more competi-
tive workforce.
But scratch beneath the sur-
face and a few key differences
emerge. President Obama has
given states freedom from the
sanctions of the No Child Left
Behind (NCLB) education law,
while his challenger, former
Massachusetts governor Mitt
Romney says he supports the
Bush-era law and wants to rein-
vigorate it.
Obama effectively killed a fed-
eral program that offered D.C.
students tuition money for area
private schools; Romney would
double down on the idea, tak-
ing the program nationwide and
expanding it to give even more
funding for kids with disabilities.
Here are a few key ways in


which the two candidates dif-
fer on education, based on their
policy papers and public appear-
ances, as well as statements
from campaign advisers:
Early childhood education.
Obama has increased funding
for Head Start, the 46-year-old
federal early childhood edu-
cation program, but has also
pushed to reform it. Last spring,
he announced that underper-
forming local programs must to
compete with other providers for
federal funding.
Romney 'considers Head Start
one of several federal programs
that states should take over. On
Monday, former Florida State
*Board of Education chairman
Phil Handy, a Romney adviser,
said. Head Start "has been al-
lowed to go on for decades not
as an academic experience, un-
foitunately, but much more as a
social experience, not preparing
children for school."
No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Obama has effectively gutted
enforcement of the 2002 law,
which liberals hate because they
say it narrows school curricula
and over-emphasizes standard-
ized testing; conservatives, see it
as an overreach of federal power

have different views on education

-AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during
the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Hempstead,N.Y.

by President George W. Bush.
Obama has offered states waiv-
ers from its toughest sanctions
if they agree to redesign how

they assess and retain teachers,
among other tasks.
While Romney's former Repub-
lican opponents ran away from

the law in this year's primaries,
he has said he likes NCLB his
education platform -is titled "A
Chance for Every Child" and a

Dozen of his top education ad-
visers worked for Bush. Romney
says he'd push Congress to re-
authorize the law. One adviser,
Harvard University scholar Mar-
tin West, said if Romney is elect-
ed, his administration would
review Obama's waivers, which
West called "a poor substitute
for a comprehensive reauthori-
zation" of NCLB.
Common Core. Obama has
pushed states to voluntarily
adopt new academic standards
known as the Common Core -
and he has largely succeeded:
46 states and the District of Co-
lumbia are now on track to test
kids on the standards within two
years, and Obama has handed
about $360 million to two groups
rushing to create tests.
Romney said he thinks states
should pay for the tests,- arid
that they should be voluntary.
,"I don't subscribe to the idea of
the federal government trying to
push a Common Core on various
states," he said at an education
event in New York last month.
Conservatives have called Com-
mon Core a federal takeover of
curriculum, a charge Obama
strongly denies, pointing out
that states have developed it.

Defense Secretary Panetta warns of dire threat of cyber attack

By Elisabeth Bumiller
and Thorn Shanker

Defense Secretary Leon E.
Panetta warned last Thurs-
day that the United States was
facing the possibility of a "cy-
ber-Pearl Harbor" and was in-
creasingly vulnerable to foreign
computer hackers who could
dismantle the nation's power
grid, transportation system,
financial networks and govern-
In a speech at the Intrepid
.Sea, Air and Space Museum in
New York, Mr. Panetta painted
Sa dire picture of how such an

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

attack on the United States
might unfold. He said he was
reacting to increasing aggres-
siveness and technological ad-
vances by the nation's adver-
saries, which officials identified
as China, Russia, Iran and mil-
itant groups.
"An aggressor nation or ex-
tremist group could use these
kinds of cyber tools to gain
control of critical switches," Pa-
,netta said. "They could derail
passenger trains, or even more
dangerous, derail passenger
trains loaded with lethal chemi-
cals. They could contaminate
the water supply in major cit-

ies, or shut down the power grid
across large parts of the coun-
Defense officials insisted that
Mr. Panetta's words were not
hyperbole, and that he was re-
sponding to a recent wave of
cyberattacks on large American
financial institutions.
He also cited an attack in Au-
gust on the state oil company
Saudi Aramco, which infected'
and made useless more than
30,000 computers.
But Pentagon officials ac-
knowledged that Panetta was
also pushing for legislation
on Capitol Hill. It would re-

quire new standards at critical
private-sector infrastructure
facilities like power plants,
water treatment facilities and
gas pipelines where a com-
puter breach could cause sig-
nificant casualties or economic
In August, a cybersecurity
bill that had been one of the
administration's national se-
curity priorities was blocked by
a group of Republicans, led by
Senator John McCain of Ari-
zona, who took the side of the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
and said it, would be too bur-
densome for corporations.



FAMU band member: Probation in deadly hazing

By Stephen Hudak
and Denise-Marie Ordway

An Orange County judge
recently ordered two years of
probation and 200 hours of
community service for Brian
Jones, the first of a dozen for-
mer members of FAMU's fa-
mous marching band to be
sentenced in the fatal hazing
of drum major Robert Cham-
Jones, 23, a per-
cussionist who had |
pleaded no contest
to a felony-hazing
charge, will have
to complete six
months of commu-
nity control, a type
of probation that
might require him
. to wear an ankle
Circuit Judge

Marc Lubet could
have sentenced' ROBERT I
Jones to five years
in prison. But' Lu-
bet told Jones that his life was
worth saving, and that a felo-
ny record would destroy him.
Lubet earlier had labeled
Jones' involvement in the haz-
ing as "rather minimal." As
he announced the sentence,
the judge quoted Abraham
Lincoln, saying, "Mercy bears
richer fruit than strict justice."


Before the sentencing,
the victim's mother, Pame-
la Champion, who carried a
framed photograph of her son
to the podium, told the court
that Jones' role was not mini-
mal. She called the hazing an
act of murder.
"You will always know your
part in what you've done,"
she said, speaking directly to
Jones. "It will haunt you."
Champion's parents, who
traveled from
Georgia for the
proceeding, re-
acted to the sen-
tencing later in a
news conference.
Pamela Cham-
pion- said she was
disappointed, but
gave Jones credit
for having the
courage to say he
was wrong. Oth-
Sers who were on
HAMPION the bus where her
son was hazed,
she said, should
also accept responsibility.
"They know exactly who they
are and every one of them were
wrong," she said.
They had expressed disap-
pointment in the spring when
prosecutors decided to seek
third-degree felony hazing
charges instead of murder or
manslaughter for the band

The judge forbade him to have
contact with the others.
Jones had told investiga-
tors that he. was not on the
bus when Champion boarded
it. But in a statement to de-
tectives, fellow band mem-
ber, Benjamin McNamee, who
also is charged in Champion's
death, claimed he saw Jones
on the bus holding Champion
in a bear hug.
Trials for the other 11 band
members charged in Cham-
pion's death are set for next

Two other former *band
members face 'a misdemeanor
charge for hazing Lissette San-
chez of Orlando and Keon Hol-
lis, a drum major. Those al-
leged hazings, which resulted
in lesser injuries, occurred on
the same bus before Champi-
on was beaten.
Prosecutors argued against
probation, but admitted they
V. had no evidence that Jones
Me punched, kicked or stomped
.IM Champion. "The reason why
this case is so sad," said as-
-Associated Press sistant State Attorney Nicole
Pam, left,uand Robert Champion Sr. look at defendant Brian Jones, Monday, October 22, as Jones Pegues, "is because everybody
apologizes to them before being sentenced in a Orlando, courtroom in Florida A&M University is talking about everybody's
hazing incident that lead to the death of Florida A&M drum major character. The true test of
character is whether you do
members who played a role in Jones had hoped to avoid jail and get it behind him," Adam- the. right thing when it's ex-
their son's death. time and a conviction with son said.. tremely hard to do it. Nobody
After the sentencing, Jones' his no-contest plea. "We just He may have to testify who was on that bus with
attorney, Alisia Adamson, said wanted to resolve the situation against his fellow bandmates. Robert Champion did that."

Two Blacks throw in hats for U.S. presidency

Third party candidates want radical views heard

By Jose Perez .

Four years ago; the election
of Barack Obama as the first
Black president of the U.S.,
was hailed as a groundbreak-
ing moment in history. But
many people may have been
unaware that Obama was hot
the only Black running for the
highest office in the land in
2008.--Former Congressperson
Cynthia McKinney ran against
Obama and the Republican
nominee John McCain as the
Green Party candidate that
This year, there are three
Black candidates for President

of the U.S. that voters in Mi-
ami-Dade County will see on
their ballots in a few weeks.
President Obama, of course,
is one but who are the others
' and what are their campaigns
all about?
Peta Lindsay is the .Party
for Socialism and Liberation's
nominee; Stewart Alexander\
is the Socialist Party USA's
candidate. Each has their own
.unique~story. -'- : : '.. ," .. -.
B..,Both were born back east
but eventually settled in Cali-
fornia. Alexander is in his ear-
ly 60's while Lindsay is barely
20-years-old. However, when
it comes to political party affil-
iation, both are Socialists who

see little difference be-
tween the choices of-
fered by the Democrats
and Republicans.
"I don't see any fun- LINI
damental difference
between the two parties," Al-
exander said. "We stand very
left of the Democratic party -
they don't truly represent the
working class people."
"We live in a democracy for
--the rich,.", said ,Lindsay, -whose
platform has a different take
on the oft-repeated issue of
job creation. "Our campaign's
number ohe point is to make
..having a job a constitutional
Her campaign also calls from

immediate cancella-
tion of student debts;
For both candidates,
race is an issue that
cannot be ignored.
"You are living in
a fantasyland if you
SAY don't think that rac-
ism exists," Lindsay
An 'understanding of this
deeply-entrenched institu-
tionalized racism affects what
Stewart calls "proportional
representation," who wants to, .
if elected, "make-certain that.
economically-depressed com-
munities will be represented
This speaks to an important
plank in Lindsay's campaign.
"Change comes from the
people," she said. "There still

has not been a bailout
for the people."
Both agree "that "the
poor are being left be-.,
hind." ..
With billions of d01o-,
lars being spent by
both the Republican ALE)Xi
and Democratic par- -
ties for just the presidential
campaigns, and .both Lindsay
and Stewart having very lim-
ited financial support (Stewart
said that his campaign has
raised a total of approximately
$10,000), does either, nominee
see themselves -as a serious
"I am serious in the respect
that if I were in the Oval Office
I could do the job," Stewart
said. "I am seriously address-
ing the issues."

* For Lindsay, who
draws motivation from
the fact that "African-
Americans have histor-
ically been at the fore-
front of the struggle"
for democracy in this
NDER country, the question
takes on an added di-
mension. The U.S. Constitu-
tion currently requires that
a person must be at least 35
years old to be president but
she has not yet reached 30.
"Less than one hundred
years ago, it. was illegal for
women to even vote and before
that no Black person could
vote," said Lindsay who, like
Stewart, is committed to fo-
cusing more on the issues
than the odds against them
winning in November.

Is U.S. Supreme Court set to end

use of race in college admissions?

By Terry Baynes .

(Reuters)- The U..S. Supreme
Court'was set to hear arguments
last Wednesday :on whether col-
leges' and universities can con-
tinue to favor minority candi-
dates in admissions policies.
Given that the court in 2003
approved such policies, its deci-
sion to take up the issue again
suggests it may be looking to cut
back on affirmative action;
The case before the court:was.,
brought by Abigail Fisher, a white
woman who says the University
of Texas denied her admission
because of her race, in viola-
tion, of the U.S. Constitution's
equal protection guarantee. The
university says it must consider
race as a factor in admissions,
or minorities will be underrepre-.
Ssented on its campuses.
Several factors are tipping the
scales against affirmative action
this time around: For. starters,
the makeup of the court has be-
come more conservative in the
past nine years. Seven states
have banned affirmative action,.
while polls show the U.S. public
has grown increasingly opposed
to racial preferences.
The court often takes up cases
to resolve conflicts between two
or more federal appeals courts
but no such conflict exists here,
which could mean the court is
looking to reexamine its own
precedent. In agreeing to hear
the case, the justices brushed off
an argument by the University
of Texas that the court need not
take up the matter, since Fisher
has already graduated from an-
other school.

One likely supporter of affirma-
tive action, Justice Elena Kagan,

has recused herself. She gave no
reason, but it is likely she de-
cided to step aside because she
worked on the case in her previ-
ous job as U.S. Solicitor General.
That leaves eight justices to
hear the case. Four conserva-
tives, Chief Justice John Rob-
erts and Justices Antonin Scalia,
Clarence Thomas and Samuel
Alito, are expected to reject the
University of Texas program. The
fifth conservative, Anthony Ken-
nedy, is often thought of as a
swing vote. He has voted with the
conservative wing on this issue
'in the past but has also acknowl-
edged a need for racial diversity
on campuses. A 4-4 tie would
affirm the lower court; which re-
jected Fisher's challenge.
A broad ruling by the court
could wipe out affirmative action
programs in the 43 state school

The U.S. Supreme Court
systems that still allow racial
preferences, as well as those at
thousands of private colleges and
universities. The court could also
rule narrowly and disallow only
the Texas program, or it could
approve the Texas approach.

In 2003, the Supreme Court
handed down its Michigan deci-
sion, which allowed the Univer-
sity of Michigan Law School to
continue to consider race as one
of many qualities that make an
applicant more desirable.
Then, two years later, based
on the Supreme Court ruling in
the Michigan case, Texas col-
leges started using race as a
factor to admit students who
weren't chosen because they fell
in the top 10 percent of their

classes. For this group, the uni-
versity considers race alongside
a host of other factors such as
extracurricular activities, family
background and work experi-
*If the Supreme Court decides
to take race out of the equation
entirely, the number of Black,
Hispanic and Native American
students at state universities
would "drop precipitously," said
Lee Bollinger, who was president
of the University of Michigan at
the time of the 2003 case and is
now president of Columbia Uni-
versity in New York City.
When Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor wrote the University
of Michigan decision in 2003,
she predicted that as universi-
ties grew more diverse, the need
to consider race in admissions
would expire in 25 years.

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Without hope we have nothing to live for

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

There's a tiny hole in my
heart slowly, I am ap-
proaching my death in the
wake of a promise that has yet
to be fulfilled. Ironically, that
promise was not made directly
to me; it was supposedly made
to my mother. She said that
God, had promise to give me
back to her by allowing us to
reunite in the free world some-
day. And so, as I live each day
of my life not knowing exactly
how much time is still left on
the clock, I am desperately
hoping .that this one particu-
lar promise was not made to
be broken.
Hope is the symbol of. ev-
erything that we want and/
or don't want to materialize
in our lives. It is the fuel in
the tank of our hearts that

gives us the strength
to press on, to believe
in the possibilities of
arriving at some point
of achievement. When
all hope has been ex-
hausted whether the
things that we have
hoped for has been Hi
delivered to us or not- only
then are we willing to detach
ourselves from what it once
meant to us, and then we be-
gin to hope for something new.
People hope on different lev-
els: we have small hopes just
as well as the kinds of hope
that largely define who we are.
To not hope for anything at all
would mean that man would
have to exist in this world as a
blank spot, with no particular
interest in life, which is why
hope is considered the. very
essence of the human spirit.

SSometimes hope is all
that we can do when
situations are beyond
our control, Its the lit-
tle fight still left in us
even when we are ren-
dered powerless to act
on our own in an effort
ALL to bring about change.
In the face of a losing battle,
hope is empowering with it
comes the will to win. It is the
very substance that fantastic
comebacks are made of.
As with most things in life,
though, hope has an enemy:
its called pessimism. Usu-
ally, pessimism is manifest-
ed through our own negative
thinking but i oftentimes con-
veyed through the mouths of
those who take pleasure in
pouring scorn over our abil-
ity to keep hope alive, as if we
would become feebleminded

enough to believe that it is
foolish for us to have it during
our time of trouble. I person-
ally hear it all the time from
some inmates who are expect-
ing to be released from prison
soon whenever the officers act
offensively towards inmates:
"Ohl if I had a life sentence
- man, I would snap on the
police in a heartbeat." I would
always say to them: if you had
a million years to do in pris-
on and just glimmer of hope
that your sentence would one
day change, you would prob-
ably avoid doing anything that
would make your situation
worse than what it already is.
Instead of looking at yourself
as a sacrificial lamb to rise
up against the officers for the
sake of other prisoners, you
would wake up each day hop-
ing for a better tomorrow.

Gunmen shoot, stab worshipers

leaving mosque
By Associated Press lands. The majority of those
killed appeared to be leaving
LAGOS, Nigeria Gunmen. the village's main mosque after
armed with assault rifles at- the early call to prayers, the of-
tacked a rural village last Sun- ficial said.
day in northern Nigeria, killing The official, who spoke on
at least 24 people, including condition of anonymity out of
worshippers leaving a mosque fear of being targeted by those
after prayers before dawn, offi- who carried out the attack,
cials said. said a man he talked to who
The attack happened in Do- counted the dead in the village
gon Dawa, a village deep in found 24 corpses. The official
the pasturelands of Kaduna said the man in the village also
state where police and security found spent shell casings from

forces maintain only a light
presence. Police and soldiers f
also cut off access to the re-
gion Sunday, limiting the re-
Ssponse of aid agencies.
A rescue official, in the
state who lives near the vil-
lage told The Associated Press
the attacks began in the'early
morning under the cover of
darkness, with as many as 50
gunmen surrounding the vil-
lage and its surrounding farm-


assault rifles after the attack,
suggesting the killers had ac-
cess to heavy weaponry.
Kaduna state police commis-
sioner Olufemi Adenaike earlier
said 12 people were killed in the

in rural
attack, though police in Nigeria
routinely downplay casualties.
"We cannot ascertain the (to-
tal) number of people killed for
now, and more over we cannot
say what or who was respon-
sible for the attack," Adenaike
said. "We couldn't get immedi-
ate information from the area
because the (mobile phone) net-
work there is very poor."

While police routinely have
many officers stationed
Throughout major cities in
Nigeria, police presence in
villages can sometimes be a
single officer working out of
someone's home.
The reasons for the attack
remained unclear Sunday.
The emergency official said
residents already had blamed
a gang of robbers who recently
arrived from neighboring Zam-
fara state and had begun at-

Zimmerman's trial is June o10
By Kyle Hightower O --
Associated Press

SANFORD A judge set a
tentative trial date next year for
a neighborhood watch volunteer
charged with fatally shooting
Trayvon Martin.
In her first hearing since tak-
ing over the case, Judge Debra
S. Nelson said June 10 would
be the start of George Zimmer-
man's trial, though the date
could change as both sides get
prepared for what is expected to
be a three-week trial.
Zimmerman is charged with
second-degree murder in the
February shooting of the un-
armed 17-year-old Martin. Zim-
merman claims he was attacked
and the shooting was self-de-
Zimmerman's defense team
tweeted after the hearing that
they will likely ask for a "stand
your ground" hearing in April
or May. Under Florida law, Zim-
merman can request the hear-
ing and argue his self-defense
case before the trial. If the judge
were to side with Zimmerman,
the murder charge would be dis-
missed and there would be no
Nelson took over the case in
August after an appeals' court

said Judge Kenneth Lester should
be removed for making disparag-
ing remarks about Zimmerman's
character. Lester also advocated
for additional charges against
Zimmerman during a bond hear-
'ing, saying he lied to the judge
about how much money he had.
Zimmerman, who is free on
bail,. was not at the hearing
Wednesday. His attorneys will be
back in court Friday to argue sev-
- eral motions. '
They have said in court docu-
ments that prosecutors aren't
turning information over in a
timely manner and they are not
getting all of the evidence they
have asked for.
"I'm hoping Friday's hearing

will give us a good idea of how
quickly we're gonna get discov-
ery," O'Mara said after hearing.
He said Friday's hearing could
be central to the timetable for ev-
erything going forward.
Attorneys for more than a doz-
en media organizations, includ-
ing The Associated Press, will
also be there to fight efforts by
the prosecutor to seal defense
subpoenas and other case re-
Also, a hearing for Zimmer-
man's wife was delayed until De-
.cember. Shellie Zimmerman was
charged with perjury after prose-
cutors said she misled the court
about how much her husband
and she had for his bail.

Travel made easier for Cubans

continued from 1A

other's restrictions on travel as
'proof of the imperfection of the
other system of government. But
since entering the Oval Office,
President Obama has eased the
rules that regulate the travel of
Americans to Cuba.
Last week, the Cuban govern-
ment did him one better. Under
a rule that takes effect Jan. 14,
most Cubans no longer will need
the permission of their govern-
ment to travel abroad. All that will
be required is a passport and an
entry visa issued by the country
they want to visit.
While the Obama administra-

tion has given Cuban Americans
boundless freedom to visit their
ancestral homeland and to send
money to their relatives there an
unlimited amount of times; the
U.S. limits other Americans to giv-
ing no more than $2,000 a year
to people or religious organiza-
tions in Cuba. The small"number
of Americans who are allowed to
travel legally to Cuba must still get
a license from the federal govern-
Given its ongoing ideological
standoff with this country, Cu-
ba's new travel rule is an act of
political courage. The communist
government in Havana has long
feared open travel would make it
easier for American-led efforts to

destabilize it to succeed. It was
especially worried about the brain
drain that would occur if Cuban
professionals -- the biggest benefi-
ciaries of the country's free educa-
tion system could travel freely.
In announcing its new travel
rules, the Cuban, government
made clear that there will be some
So, it's unclear to what extent
Cuban professionals will benefit
from the easing of travel rules.
But, having opened this door,
the country's leaders cannot long
deny the "best and brightest" of
their people the freedom to go
abroad without turning them into
a particularly troubling class of
internal dissidents.

tacking villages and robbing
people along the road. Dogon
Dawa had formed a local vigi-
lante committee to patrol their
area and that .group and the
robbers had been killing each
other over the course of the
last weeks, the official said.
"This time around they de-
cided to launch a reprisal at-
tack," the official said.
However, activist Shehu
Sani, who-leads the Kaduna-
based Civil Rights Congress,
said it appeared the attack
was between Muslim farmers
and Muslim nomadic cattle-
men who graze in the area.
Tensions and violence spring
up between the two groups
over land rights, though not
often with such an intensity.
"The spasm of violence and

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-AP PIilii/GregWrnu-Sla.phens
In a Tuesday, Oct., 16 photo, Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines
some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents creat-
ed by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within
the organization.

Files detail coverups

of Boy Scout abuse

By Nigel Duara
Associated Press

Again and again, decade after
decade, an array of authorities
- police chiefs, prosecutors,
pastors and local Boy Scout
leaders among them quietly
shielded scoutmasters and
others accused of molesting
children, a newly opened trove
of confidential papers shows.
At the time, those authori-
ties justified their actions
as necessary' to protect the'
good name and good works of
Scouting, a pillar of 20th cen-
tury America. But as detailed
in 14,500 pages of secret "per-
version files" released Thurs-
day by order of the Oregon Su-
preme Court, their maneuvers
allowed sexual predators to go
free while victims suffered in
The files are a window on
a much larger collection of
documents the Boy Scouts
of America began collecting
soon after their founding in
1910. The files, kept at Boy
Scout headquarters in Texas,
consist of memos from local
and national Scout execu-"
tives, handwritten letters-from
victims and their parents and

newspaper clippings about
legal cases. The files contain
details about proven molest-
ers, but also unsubstantiated
The allegations stretch
across the country and to
military bases overseas, from a
small town in the Adirondacks
to downtown Los Angeles.
At the news conference
Thursday, Portland attorney
Kelly Clark blasted the Boy
Scouts for their continuing
legal battles to try to keep the
full trove of files secret.
"You do not keep secrets
hidden about dangers to
children," said Clark, who in
2010 won a landmark law-
suit against the Boy Scouts
on behalf of a plaintiff who.
was molested by an assistant
scoutmaster in the 1980s.
The Associated Press ob-
tained copies of the files weeks
ahead of Thursday's release
and conducted an extensive
review of them, but agreed not
to publish the stories until the
files were released. Clark was
releasing the documents to the
public online at www.kelUyc-
larkattorney,com ; he said the
website was operating slowly.
Thursday because so many
people were trying to access it.

Have Your Say Before

Election Day.

Why wait? Vote early!

You can go to any Early Voting location close

to your home or office. Early Voting is available from

October 27 through November 3.

1. North Dade
Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd Street
2. Model City Library
(Caleb Center)
2211 NW 54th Street
3. Miami Lakes
Public Library
6699 Windmill Gate Road
4. John F Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street
5. Elections Department
2700 NW 87th Avenue
6. West Flagler
Branch Library
5050 West Flagler Street
7..West Kendall
Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Blvd.

8. Kendall Branch Library
9101 SW 97th Avenue
9. West Dade
Regional Library
9445 SW 24th Street
10. Florida City, City Hall
Commission Chambers
404 West Palm Drive
11. Aventura
Government Center
2nd Fl Commission Area
19200 West Country
Club Drive
12. North Miami
Public Library
835 NE 132nd Street
13. Lemon City Library
430 NE 61st Street

14. North Shore
Branch Library
7501 Collins Avenue
15. Coral Reef Library
9211 SW 152nd Street
16. Elections Department
(Stephen P. Clark Center)
111 NW 1st Street (Lobby)
17. Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive
18. Coral Gables Library
3443 Segovia Street
19. Miami Beach City Hall
1700 Convention Center Drive
20. South Dade
Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street

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Gov. Jerry Brown, left, with.Mervyn M. Dymally, then lieutenant governor, in 1978. Mr. Dymally
also served 12 years in Congress.

Trailblazer Mervyn

Dymally, dies at 86

-Associated Press/Lennox McLendon

born congressman
served six terms
By William Yardley

Mervyn M. Dymally, wh(
broke barriers as a Black law
maker in California and ir
Congress after moving to the
United States from his native
Trinidad at age 19, died or
Sunday in Los Angeles. He was
He had been in hospice care
his daughter, Lynn V. Dymally
Dymally became Califor
nia's first foreign-born Black
state assemblyman when he
was elected in 1962,
its first Black state
senator four years
later and, in 1974,
its first Black lieu-
tenant governor. In
1980 he became one of the firs
foreign-born Blacks elected tc
the House of Representatives
where he served six terms rep
resenting Compton and othier
heavily Black, low-income ar
eas. He also led the Congres
sional Black Caucus for a time
His success in winning office
was rooted in his work organiz-
ing a new Black Democratic
base in areas around Los An
geles beginning in the 1950s
and 1960s.
"This was a transformation
period," said Raphael J. So
nenshein, an expert in racia
and ethnic politics in Los An
geles and the executive direc
tor of the Pat Brown Institute
of Public Affairs at California
State University, Los Angeles
"Between 1958 and 1962, th(
Democratic Party really came
of age in the African-Americar

community in California," he
The area's minority popula-
tion had long been marginal-
ized, but as the political climate
changed, it created opportu-
nities for new leaders like Mr.
Dymally, Mr. Sonenshein said.
"If you came in from the
D outside and-were able to put
- things together, it was fertile
n territory," he said. "He was a
e very effective organizational
e leader."
n Dymally's rise partly paral-
s leled that of Tom Bradley, who
became the first Black mayor
of Los Angeles. But Mr. Brad-
ley built a.coalition from a ris-
ing Black economic class and
- liberal whites; Mr. pymally, by
k contrast, galvanized poor and
e working-class residents and

t labor unions. He worked to im-
p prove health care for the poor
, and sponsored legislation to
- lower the state voting age to 18
r and to expand civil rights pro-
tections for women. As lieuten-
- ant governor under Gov. Jerry
Brown, Mr. Dymally joined Ce-
e sar Chavez in trying to protect
farm workers from automation,
c which was taking away jobs.
Dymally was often trailed by
s accusations of corruption, in-
cluding that he took bribes, but
1 he never faced criminal charg-
- es. In 1978, he was defeated
1 while seeking re-election as
- lieutenant governor after a tele-
vision news report that he was,
-e going to be indicted. The indict-
a ment never happened, and two
years later Dymally was elect-
e ed to Congress after two other
e candidates had split the white
n vote in a Democratic primary.

.In 2002, a decade after he
retired from Congress, he was
elected to fill the same Assem-
bly seat he had won in 1962.
He served three terms and lost
a 2008 bid for State Senate.
Mervyn Malcolm Dymally was
born May 12, 1926, in Bonasse
Village in Cedros, Trinidad. His
father was a Muslim of Indian
descent. His mother was a Ro-
man Catholic of mixed racial
heritage. He eventually made it
to Southern California, where
he graduated from California
State University, Los Ange-
'les, and later earned master's
and doctoral degrees at other
schools. He taught special edu-
cation in Los Angeles schools
before entering politics.
Besides his daughter, Lynn,
he is survived by his wife of 44
years, the former Alice
Gueno; his son, Mark;
three sisters, Marjorie,
Courtney and Hazel
Dymally; two broth-
ers, Bing and Mal-
colm; and three grandchildren.
A marriage to Amentha Isaacs
ended in divorce.
Lynn Dymally noted that
even as her father, embraced
the struggles of American
Blacks, his own racial identity
was complicated. She said that
his marriage certificate to his
first wife lists him as Indian,
but that his race is described
as "Negro" on her United States
birth certificate.
Late in his life, as California
became more diverse, he told
his daughter, "You know, it's
strange, people are now refer-
ring to me as of Asian descent."
Ms. Dymally added, "He al-
ways considered himself Black
or African-American even
though there were distinctive
qualities about him that would
have made some people think
he was. Indian."

When slavery was

a big business

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. In Steve McQueen's "Twelve
Years A Slave," actress Alfre Woodard plays Mistress Shaw, a
former slave who has elevated herself in the Southern planta-
tion caste systern.
The film is based on Solomon N01-thUp*S 1853 autobiography
of the sarne name. N01-thUp, a Black man born free in New York
state who was later kidnapped and sold into slavery. spent 12
years working on a Louisiana plantation prior to the Civil War.
"This is not a mythical version of slavery that Steve is tell-
ing, but a historical moment without a contemporary take. He's
taking You back to that time when slavery was a way of life. a
business and part of society," Woodard said.
Woodard spent three weeks on set working with Brad Pitt.
Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Northup.
"The reality is that way of life lasted for 300 years," Woodard
As the mistress of a plantation, Woodard's Shaw "has certain
privileges," explained the actress, one of which was inviting
other slaves for tea on her patio.
Woodard shot the scenes in July in Louisiana and found her-
self "fascinated" by the world McQueen had brought to life.
"I hope this film will help Americans think about and accept
slavery as part of our history, not just dismiss it as this terrible
time," Woodard said.
Woodard can currently be seen in the Lifetime remake of
"Steel Magnolias."
"Twelve Years A Slave" is due out next year. _j

Daphne voters elect

city's first Black mayor

DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) A Daphne
man has become the first Black per-
son to win election as mayor of the
Alabama city. reports that Bailey Yeld-
ing Jr. had previously taken office as .
mayor by way of appointment. ,
In an election last Tuesday night, a
complete but unofficial results showed .
that Yelding won by a 121-vote margin 9 -M-
over one-term City Councilman Derek
Yelding, a former teacher and coach,
served for 11 years on the City Coun-
cil before his colleagues tapped him
last year for the city's top post after
Fred Small's sudden resignation. He
ran on a platform of experience and

Peru's slave descendants celebrate

heritage with religious festival

venerating Black saint
In this Sept. 23, 2012 photo, Patricia Lopez, left, prepares the
statue of Santa Efigenia for a procession in La Quebrada, Peru.
Every year, Peruvians descended from African slaves come to La
Quebrada to celebrate the adored Black saint, the only African saint
venerated in Peru. A chapel was built in La Quebrada in the 18th
century dedicated to Santa Efigenia, who was popular among the
then Spanish colony's African slaves. Cat races', a fireworks dance
and a night of eating and drinking closed out the celebration.




Regalado meets with Edison Towers

residents to discuss rising crime

Promises to assign ... "

beat cop to patrol ..

the area
By Jos6 Perez .:: V.
joseperez.riiamnitimes@gniail.comn .U

In a political landscape
where well-heeled super-in-
terests seem to have all of our
elected officials' attention, the
thought of a regular citizen, an
average Joe, persuading the
mayor of a major city come to
speak to a group of senior citi-
zens seems to be the stuff of
which blockbuster movies are
made. But then Liberty City
resident James Stubbs, given .
his commitment to his com-
munity, is no average Joe.
Stubbs, president of the
Edison Towers Tenant Associa-
tion in Liberty City, spent most
of the past summer lobbying
to get the mayor and the police
chief to come speak to the
residents and hear their con-
cerns about escalating crime.
Specifically, the residents
wanted to press directly for the
assignment of a permanent,
full-time beat cop to patrol the
stretch of NW 7th Avenue that
runs between 54th and 62nd
"We've had quite a few rob-
beries," Stubbs said. A retired
Miami police officer, jStubbs
ran through a list of recent
crimes that have affected the
area: a bank heist, a stabbing
at a bus stop, a smash-and-
grab theft at a gas station and
even the shooting of an off-du-
ty police officer during a rob-
bery outside of his church.
Stubbs' efforts were success-
ful, in part, as Miami Mayor
Tomas Regalado came to last
week's resident meeting at
Edison Towers but not Po-
lice Chief Manuel Orosa (who
had to cancel shortly before)
to address those concerns.
Regalado brought with him a
few members of his staff and.
two police commanders in
lieu of the chief (Commander
Dana Carr from the Model City
NET Office spoke with resi-
dents, too). The importance of
the chiefs participation was
simple: "Only the chief of
police can authorize a beat cop
assignment," said Stubbs.
Regalado wasted little time in
answering the biggest question
of the evening.
"Yesl I will talk to the chief
about the beat cop," declared

-MiamiTimes Photos/Jose Pdrez
Miami Mayor Regalado meets with Edison Towers Residents Association.
ment Corporation, the mayor's
guarantee was good to hear
but, as she told Regalado, "it
takes commitment."
Kelly echoed what Stubbs
had alluded to at the beginning
of the meeting about alloca-
tion of resources. For example,
the area formerly known as
Wynwood and now dubbed
the Midtown Design District
has two beat cops around the
"I don't understand how
other communities have beat
cops and we don't," Kelly
said. Regalado's'message and
promise seemed to be what
residents wanted to hear.
But does Regalado have con-
fidence that Orosa will back up
his pledge?
"I trust him," Regalado said.
"So do I," Stubbs echoed.

Commander Dana Carr, City of Miami Police, and James Stubbs,
Edison Towers Tenants Association, discuss strategies.

Regalado. "People are com-
plaining about it and the police
department is doing something
about it. I guarantee to have
more officers reassigned from
desk jobs and more new hires

will be deployed. In the next
weeks, there will be more po-
lice visibility here."
For people in attendance like
Angela Kelly, Vice President of
the Tacolcy Economic Develop-

Fears of voter suppression at polls

By Curt Anderson

Kimberly Kelley of Tampa, has
provided Florida elections offi-
cials with thousands of names
of people she thinks may be in-
eligible to vote and should be re-
Smoved from the rolls. On Elec-
tion Day, she'll join thousands
more people of all political
stripes to monitor balloting.
"I believe there is fraud both
ways I don't think it's a spe-
cific group," said Kelley, a reg-
istered Republican whose group
is called Tampa Vote Fair. "We're
just there to observe. We're not
going to intimidate'anyone."
Poll watchers from unions,
immigration groups and other
organizations favoring great-
er voter access will also be
on hand. However, with polls
showing a close race between
Obama and Romney, a relative
handful of votes either way in
a battleground state like Flori-
da or Ohio coula make all the
difference. The potential for
disruptive crowds of observers
at some precincts has sparked
fears'that voters may be intimi-
dated, harassed or have their
eligibility to vote challenged.
The concern is particularly in-
tense among .Black and His-
panic voters, who historically
have suffered discrimination
and were targeted in more re-
cent elections.
"People have suffered and
bled for our right to vote," said
the Rev. Victor T. Curry, pastor
of New Birth Baptist Church in
Opa-locka. "We will have moni-
tors who will monitor the moni-

Pastor of New Birth Baptist Church

Curry adds that when Repub-
licans shortened early voting
days in Florida, Black leaders
said it was like handing voters
a lemon.
"So we're going to make lem-
onade," Curry said to a group
of about 150 ministers on Mon-

Recent studies show that
voter intimidation and chal-
lenges are not relics from the
past. True the Vote poll watch-
ers used inaccurate voter lists
to challenge a number of college
students during the 2012 recall
election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker, resulting in a disruptive
atmosphere in which an unde-
termined number of students
opted not to vote rather than
wait in long lines. The impact
on the recall's outcome is un-

certain, but Walker prevailed in
the overall vote.
States have specific rules re-
garding who is allowed inside
polling places and how close
outside observers can get. In
Florida, those on the outside
must stay at least 100 feet
away. Most states also allow
private citizens to directly chal-
lenge the eligibility of voters -
for example, claiming they don't
have proper identification al-
though not all of those chal-
lenges can be made on Election
Federal and state agencies
also play a role in poll monitor-
inig. The Justice Department,
for example, will appoint ob-
servers under the 1965 Vot-
ing Rights Act, who are geared
mainly toward guaranteeing
that minority voters are not in-
terfered with at the ballot box.
This third group of monitors
will be sent to precincts that of-
ficials deem most at risk of vot-
ing access violations.
"The effort in more recent
years is to have teams in place
and procedures in place so
problems can be dealt with,"
said Paul Hancock, a former
Justice Department voting
rights attorney now in a private
If any violations happen this
year, teams of lawyers from
both sides and many of the in-'
terest groups are prepared to
head to the courts.
"Everybody is just so con-
cerned that something could go
wrong, that they're [all] geared
up to deal with it," Hancock

Bent faces prison term

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other jurors testified that no
improper conversations actu-
ally took place either in Bates-
McCord's presence or when
she wasn't around.
Broward Circuit Judge Mat-
thew Destry determined that
there was no indication any-
one discussed facts or tes-
timony before deliberations.
He also found that the jurors'
discussion about race was le-
gally appropriate
- the jurors said
they were implor-
ing each other not
to decide the case
based on racial
Bent, now 18,
faces 15 years in .
prison on the ag-
gravated battery
conviction. Bent
was accused of MICHAEl
being the ring-
leader of the at-
tack on the then-15-year-old
Brewer and ordering Denver
Jarvis to pour a container of
isopropyl alcohol on Brewer.
Another teen, Jesus Mendez,
flicked a lighter and turned
the incident from a some-
what typical teenage fight to
a case of attempted murder
that' sparked international
Destry's decision -Monday
shed little light on when sen-
tencing would take place.
Bent is due back in court
Nov. 2 for a status confer-
ence, and Destry still has an-
other defense motion to con-
sider. Defense attorneys Perry
Thurston and Johnny McCray
want Destry to set the jury's
verdict aside because, they
argue, the evidence presented
in the case does not justify
the conviction.
The defense motion is a
typical legal gambit common
to most criminal trials, and it


rarely pays off. But in Bent's
case, it will again delay sen-
tencing because the judge
being asked to make the de-
cision is not the same judge
who oversaw the trial.
The trial was held in June
before Broward Circuit Judge
Michael Robinson, who re-
cused himself after the con-
viction but before sentencing.
To rule on the final defenrise
motion, Destry will have to
read the transcript before
making a decision. There
is no timetable
for him to read
the transcript or
reach a decision,
although 'it's like-
ly the timeline will
Sbe discussed at
the Nov. 2 hear-
Ss ing.
1 Only after he
reaches a deci-
sion on whether
BREWER to set aside the
verdict will Des-
try be able to set
a sentencing date.
Outside the courtroom Mon-
day, McCray sounded pessi-
mistic about his prospects for
success. But he vowed to ap-
peal Destry's decision to reject
the request for a new trial.
Brewer, now 18, survived
the attack by jumping into the
swimming pool at Lime Tree
Village. He has since moved to
West Palm Beach. His grand-
mother, Reenie Brewer; said
Monday that the family has
grown weary waiting for sen-
tencing now that four months
has passed since the convic-.
Jarvis and Mendez, who
pleaded no contest to attempt-
ed murder charges in Febru-
ary, are now serving sentences
in state prison. Jarvis was or-
dered to spend eight years in
prison. Mendez was sentenced
to 11 years. Both were given
lengthy probation terms fol-
lowing their prison sentences.



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Blacks show up in force at debate

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rehashing the tete-a-tete be-
tween Barack Obama and Mitt
Romney. Three Black mothers
taking their children to school
on the bus, were clearly critical
of Romney's plan to cut taxes
for the rich while taking more
money out of their pockets. Con-
versely, they were full of praise
for Obama and his efforts thus
far in helping middle- and lower-
income Americans survive the
recent recession.'
Even those who prefer to
spend their time in the world
of social media were buzzing -
with Facebook and Twitter chat-
ting non-stop about Obama's
response when criticized about
the decline in the number of
U.S. Naval ships.
"Well, governor, we have fewer
horses and bayonets," Obama
The debate, moderated by
CBS Face the Nation host Bob
Schieffer, focusing on the issue
of foreign policy,' was the third
and final face-off between the
candidates. Each sought to por-
tray the other as incapable of
serving as the commander-in-
chief of the U.S. But Obama was
clearly on the offensive from


-Miami Times photos/D. Kevin McNeir
MOTIVATED: Watching the third and final presidential de-
bate in a Liberty City store and inspired by President Obama's
words are: Cuthbert Harewood (I-r, rear), Ray Parris, David
Grace, Jr.,William Beaty (I-r, front) and Patrick Owens.

the beginning and remained
so throughout the 90-minute
exchange. Experts say that
Obama won the night but add
that Romney was the victor in
the three-debate season. On the
eve of the debate, according to a
national NBC/WSJ poll, Obama
apd Romney were in a virtual
tie 47 percent among like-
3ly voters. Obama was struggling
among white men but leading
big among Latinos while Rom-

ney was gaining ground on the
We talked to two groups of Mi-
ami residents whose eyes were
tuned to their televisions and
asked them their views.
A group of Black men con-
verged at a local grocery store
and eatery, Miracle on Broad-
way on NW 18th Avenue, at the
invitation of the businesses pro-
prietor, Cuthbert Harewood, to
watch and discuss the debate.

"It's exciting to see a
Black president in a na-
tional debate and hold-
ing his own," said Rudy
Lacosse, a 28-year-old
Haitian-American and
public school teacher.
"He brings hope to all
Blacks and shows our
youth that it's possible
to follow and achieve
your dreams.. It just
takes one person to
step forward and go after the
supposedly impossible dream."
Darrell Carter, 55 and a Liber-
ty City resident, said he missed
the first debate but wasn't go-
ing to miss any more because "I
want to hear whether Romney
finally tells the truth."'
"How was Obama expected
to clean up 12 years of mess
caused by the Bush family?"
Carter asked. "Here in Florida
we had the added challenge of
another Bush in charge. Four
more years of Obama is what
we need. And believe me, as
one who was once incarcerated
back in 1975, I've had to fight
hard and long to regain my vot-
ing rights. But I got them. And
yes, I'm going to vote."
David Grace, 54, also from
Liberty City and an ex-felon,
agreed with Carter saying, "I



just don't understand
why anyone should
be denied the right to
Patrick Owens, 48,
says that Rick Scott's
voter purging is a
blessing in disguise for
Blacks in Miami-Dade
"First we're going to
hold on to the White

House but then Blacks
need to start working with the
Black Latinos here and show
them that we are all in the -same
boat," he said. As for Rudy Par-
ris, 39, a public school teacher
who volunteers in Liberty City
each Saturday with budding
young entrepreneurs, he says
that Obama clearly showed that
he had solutions to many of the
problems plaguing Black Amer-
"Obama talked about foreign
policy tonight and was obvious-
ly the man with the answers,"
Parris said. "But he's also been
at the forefront of investing in
public education. If we invest
more in our children they can
make their own way in life and
achieve their goals. He wants to
cut back on military spending,
unlike Romney, so more dollars
can go to education. That's es-

sential to our children's future
"No question Obama wa
the expert tonight," said loci
businessman Leroy Jones, 50.


Amaris Jones, the owner of a
new soul food spot, Southstreet,
located in the Design District,
declined commenting on the de-
bate but said she was pleased
that so many people showed up
to participate.
"There was great energy here
and of course I'm happy that
they enjoyed the food," she said,
adding that about 150 people
attended the community-spon-
sored debate watch.
"Obama hit a home run to-
night," said Dr. Dorothy Ben-
But will it be enough to moti-
vate Blacks to go to the polls?
"I'm not worried about what
the pollsters say because I be-
lieve Barack Obama has shown
his true mettle," said Vivian Wal-
ters, 46. "Things look good for
the President and this debate
showed that he's a decisive lead-
er. His agenda includes protect-
ing children, making life better
for senior citizens and bringing
our troops back home. There is
no other choice for president."

Will Miami-Dade

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(as did Commissioners Barbara
Jordan, Sally Heyman, Chair
Joe Martinez, and Vice-Chair
Audrey Edmonson), can poten-
tially serve another two terms.
Ten years ago, another slate
of proposed charter amend-
ments on the ballot resulted in
an expansion of the collective
power of county commissioners
over those of the mayor, a provi-
sion to oust a county mayor. by
recall and-the "creation" of the
Children's Trust to name but a
few of the 13 different proposed
amendments in 2002.

The next proposed ame
ment on the ballot focuses
the 'issue of the commission
ability to expand the Urban
velopment Boundary IUD
This provision is of partici
importance to both develop
and environmentalists as
as farmers, especially in So
"The Amendment that se
to require a two-thirds majo
of the commission in 'order to
ter the county's UDB is alre
a standard voting practice t
has been in place," said Noe

voters say
Johnson, president of the Wilkie
D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Associa-
tion. "However, the amendment
nd- will actually include this prac-
on tice in the charter and legitimize
on's the practice.
De- As the moratorium on the
)B]. creation of new municipalities
ular within the County, established
)ers in 2005, expires this year, the
well questions of procedure and soV-
uth ereignty regarding the incor-
poration of certain areas gains
eks greater significance thus its
rity place among the amendments.
Sal- Another proposed amendment
ady for voters concerns expanding
hat powers for the County's Com-
1 F. mission on Ethics & Public Trust


to establish term limits?

and the Citizens' Bill of Rights. pursue violation complaints is
"The Bill of Rights does many' by filing a lawsuit in civil court
things," Paschal said. "For ex- and the penalty is removing vio-
ample, it promises County resi- lators from office."
dents convenient times and Paschal, who is also president-
places for registration and vot- elect of the Ferguson Bar Associ-
ing, requires County officials to ation, adds that removal occurs
be honest regarding public mat- when "a public official or em-
ters and mandates and annual ployee purposefully violates the
audit of the County and each Bill of Rights. Therefore, a vote
municipality." in favor of this proposed amend-
"The Commission would be ment means that "a public of-
authorized to enforce a range of ficial or employee who violates
various forms of discipline on the Citizens' Bill of Rights will
those who violate the Citizens' not forfeit his or her public po-
Bill of Rights without the need sition. "Instead, the Commission
to file a lawsuit," Johnson not- on Ethics and Public Trust will
ed. "Currently the only way the determine what penalties should
County or the Commission can be assessed against the violator

of the Citizens' Bill of Rights."
Other amendments focus on
topics that include: extending
the time to hold a special elec-
tion to fill a mayoral or commis-
sion vacancy; giving the com-
mission chair authority over
procurement decisions if the
mayor has a conflict of interest;
and making it easier for new cit-
ies to incorporate.
Two non-binding questions
include: increasing the property-
tax rate to keep 20,000 dogs and
cats from being euthanized each
year; and prohibiting the County
from hiring companies that do
business with state sponsors of

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Youth need more structure during formative years

continued from 1A

children alone for centuries but
they can't be both mom and dad.
Without role models and without
wholesome activities, our kids' fer-
tile minds are ripe for the wrong
kinds of things. Then there are eco-
nomic factors. Unemployment for
Black youth 16- to 19-years-old is
36.7 percent double the national
average for Black men over 20 [14.2
percent and six-times greater than
the rate for white men over
20 [6.6 percent]. Our kids
need the church to become
more involved and they
need more discipline. Most
of all they need role models.
NBA great Charles Barkiey
once argued that he should
not be considered a role
model for our youth but I
disagree. These are young HEND
minds we're talking about.
The 100 Black Men believe that if
we give kids positive enforcement
and let them see us doing positive
things, they will follow our lead.
But leaders need to be humble. Like
that picture of Barack Obama bend-


ing down so a little boy could touch
his hair to see if theirs was the same
- that's the image we need to per-
petuate on a daily basis."

In an article written by James
D. Rowell for Police Magazine, the
author interviews hard-core gang
members that have been in and out
of prison. He detects a pattern that
confirms what law enforcement of-
ficials have been saying for many
years: gangs grow because
the gangs provide kids
with basic human needs
S including security, love,
friendship, acceptance,
food, shelter, discipline,
belonging, status, respect,
identification, power and
Here in Miami-Dade
RSON County, three Black teens,
Willie Barney, 19, Dedrick
Brown, 20 and Tavares Santiago,
also 20, while not officially identi-
fied as gang members, recently
joined forces on a violent and dead-
ly crime spree that eventually led to
the shooting death of one of their

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Al Dodson, Jr., president of 100 Black Men (center) with boys from Miami-Dade County.

victims, 50-year-old Barrington
Kurr killed in front of his wife for
his jewelry [the wife was also shot
but survived]. According to State
Attorney Katherine Fernandez Run-
die, the trio is now in police custody
facing a number of charges, includ-
ing one count of first-degree mur-
der, two counts of attempted mur-
der and six counts of armed robbery
with a firearm. The investigation is
"When you look at the youngest of
the trio, Brown, 19, he was the one
carrying the gun and had just been
released from prison," she said. "To
our knowledge he's been commit-
ting crimes since at least 16 when

he was first arrested. But nothing
seemed to help him not juvenile
for youth programs, boot camp or
state prison. Our information tells
us he had only been out of prison
for eight days before he began com-
mitting more crimes. What we des-
perately are trying to understand is
why and how some children become
killing machines."
Rundle says she has been in-
volved with at least three grand jury
studies, reviewing school records
and family histories as potential in-
dicators of those who may eventu-
ally commit crimes.
"Based on my experiences and
the studies I've seen, close to 85

percent of kids that get into legal
trouble had been truant with little
or nothing ever being done about
it," she said. "Our office once had
a great deterrent to crime the
Truancy Intervention Program [TIP]
- we operated for 10 years until
2004. Then the State cut the fund-
ing. There are plenty of prison beds
for these kids but programs that in-
tervene early in their lives. Why are
more willing to wait until they get
into trouble than helping them and
their families when they are much
younger with issues that can be re-
Lieutenant Bernard Johnson,
deputy commander community re-

lations, City of Miami Police Depart-
ment agrees.
"We attribute a lot of juvenile
crimes to truancy and note that
more and more youth are neither
attending school regularly nor are
they involved in any kind of after
school programs," he said. "When
you play sports or are in an arts-
related program, there tends to be a
grade point minimum requirement,
there are assigned supervisors
and parents get updates on what's
happening. But for those who skip
classes regularly, there are ample
opportunities for them to get bed
led into vandalism, loitering and
drugs. Fights often occur because
truant youth go to rival schools or
to lower grade schools."
Is Johnson optimistic? He an-
swers no.
"We had a grant that helped up
do truancy sweeps and educate
youth so they understood the po-
tential risks they faced," he said.
"The grant also helped us better
monitor truant youth. But that
money has been reduced the past
two years. And we expect further
cuts. It's tough to keep an eye on
every child."

South Africa to invest billions for jobs

continued from 1A
table economy."

Then on Friday, speaking at a
conference focusing on infrastruc-
ture, he laid out plans to spend
about $100 billion on roads,
bridges and ports in the next three
years, part of a $475 billion plan
to upgrade the country's creaky
infrastructure over the next de-
cade and a half.
He also took the opportunity to
plead with politicians and ana-
lysts to stop telling journalists
how bad South Africa's current
situation is.
"We urge those who have access
to the media from all sectors, in-

eluding opposition politicians, to
stop talking our country and econ-
omy down," Zuma said. "We wish
to encourage public opinion mak-
ers to also reflect the strides that
have been made in all 18 years."
Two credit rating agencies have
slashed South Africa's debt rating
in the past month, and the value of
the country's currency, the rand,
has slid sharply. Already hit by
the slowdown in Europe, South Af-
rica's biggest trading partner, the
country's growth prospects have
dimmed further, even as some oth-
er African countries are booming.
The labor unrest has brought
to the surface problems that have
been bubbling for many years in
South Africa, whose peaceful tran-
sition from white rule to nonracial
democracy in 1994 made it a pow-
erful symbol of nonviolent conflict

But inequality and joblessness
have increased since the end of
apartheid while politicians and
businessmen have grown wealth-
ier, leaving many South Africans
feeling betrayed.
Zuma has faced sharp criti-
cism for his handling of the labor
crisis from the moment the police
opened fire on striking miners in
Marikana on Aug. 16, killing 34.
Zuma was at a regional conference
in Mozambique and did not return
until the next day to visit the site
of the shootings, which were the
worst police violence since the end
of apartheid.
Zuma is seeking a second term
as president of the A.N.C. and the
country, but his deputy, Kgalema
Motlanthe, has hinted that he
might challenge Zuma.

Your Vote Is Your Voice

Don't Let Anyone Take It Away!

Su 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,
registering to vote, or getting to the polls,
please call the NAACP's toll-free hotline.







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older, changes and
losses may challenge
the most optimistic
Edeline B. Mondestin
Director of Elderly, Disability and Veterans
Services Bureau of Miami-Dade County.

V /

By Malika A. Wright Several local senior citizens agree
mwright@mniamitimnesonline.comn with that sentiment and their feel-
ings towards their future security is
Are senior citizens excited about often pessimistic, so because of this

According to a survey by the Na-
tional Council on Aging, seniors are
. excited about getting older, but they
have some uncertainty with re-
gards to their finances and health.

Seniors are photographed at the New
Horizons community center.

uncertainty and other underlying
issues, some seniors are not enthu-
siastic about aging.
One of them being, Ella Kitchen,
a 74-year-old resident of New Ho-
rizons Senior Community who said
that she's not too enthusiastic
about aging given that
g she is unsure of what

the future will bring.
According to kitchen, there are
several issues that seniors deal
with and the community is not pro-
viding her and her neighbors the
help that they need to be indepen-
Some of those issues are trans-
portation, problems seniors face
with their insurance companies
and even living conditions.
A group of seniors from New Hori-
zons and Edison Triplex expressed
that several community leaders

Oprah is Christian but

subscribes to both

Islam and Buddhism

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from Lhe Oprah Show -and
moved on to her own cable
channel, OWN, she has been
a lot more open about being a
Christian. The queen of media
recently told Harper's Baazar
magazine about how she starts
her day. Winfrey shared that
she starts her day by eating a
breakfast that consists of fruit
and almond milk, then she
works out and gets some inspi-
ration from Sufism, or Islamic
SWinfrey shared that she usually
wakes up at 5:45 and then reads from and also reads '..hat
she describes as "like the SuLfi dlailv
Even though she is a sell pr.:fessed
Christian, Winfrey has spoken
a lot about Sufism, of late.
The former host of the Oprah
Show interviewed Sufi teacher,
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on
q OWN's "Super Soul Sunday"
this past summer.
Sufism is described by
classical Sufi scholars as "a
science whose objective is the
Separation of the heart and
turning it away from all else
VINFREY but God".
In April, Winfrey noted that now that
Please turn to OPRAH 9B

Seven effective prayer

tactics to keep the faith

By Cindy Trimm

When you pray, ensure that you
don't waver in your faith. Hold fast to
your relationship with Christ. God can
resurrect a dead life, a dead dream-
anything that is dead-if you have
faith: "God ... gives life to the dead and
calls those things which do not exist
as though they did" (Rom. 4:17). But
this takes more than a quick "Help me,
God!" It takes dedicated, faithful, faith-
Sfilled prayer in which you fully present
yourself to God.

You can't be wishy-washy when you
pray-one day you trust God, the next
day you don't. One day you pray this,
the next day you want the opposite. You

say one thing to God in faith, and then
you go have coffee with your friends
and talk about how it can never hap-
pen. As the Bible says: "Let us hold
fast the confession of our hope without
wavering, for He who promised is faith-
ful" (Heb. 10:23). Make a deliberate and
conscious decision to agree with the
Word of God, and then set your heart to
believe it and your mouth to speak it no
matter what.

Don't be a wimp! Matthew 11:12 tells
us that, "The kingdom of heaven suf-
fers violence, and the violent take it by
force." You aren't begging, you aren't
crying and you aren't persuading; you
are coming to take what is legally yours,
according to the Word of God. You must
Please turn to FAITH 11B

Minister compares worship

to 1st-century church

Singing is a command given to everyone, minister says

By Malika A. Wright

Minister Aldanzo Pratt, 58, of
Magnolia Park Church of Christ
in Opa-Locka is our pastor of the
week who would rather not be
referred to as pastor. He is a man
of God who does not answer to the
name reverend.
His church members mostly call
him brother because they believe
that we are all brethren. Pratt,
and other ministers of churches of
christ, live by Matt. 23: 8, where

Jesus says "But you are not to be
called 'Rabbi' for you have only one
Master and you are all brothers."
Pratt says he and other church
members believe in staying true to
the New Testament of the Bible and
keeping their church as similar to
the 1st century church as much
as they can. Sarah Lewis, 47, said
Pratt is a great leader and he only
takes his orders from God.
"Many religions change over the
years because of cultural changes,"
Pratt said. "But if we don't see it in
Please turn to PRATT 9B

Minister preachers to his
congregation on a Sunday



Evangelicals mobilize for Romney/Ryan campaign

By Jackie Kucinich

The Romney-Ryan ticket is
the first Republican "presiden-
tial campaign in history with-
out a Protestant candidate, but
this hasn't deterred evangeli-
cals from launching massive
get-out-the-vote and registra-
tion efforts to help Mitt Romney
and Paul Ryan win the White
Faith and Freedom Coali-
tion founder Ralph Reed, who
has been involved in pushing
evangelicals to the polls since
1988, has launched what he
described as the "largest voter
registration, voter mobilization
and get-out-the-vote effort ever
targeted at evangelical voters,"
specifically those who would be
new additions to the voter rolls.
Reed's effort targets not only
presidential swing states but
also those with critical Senate
and House races to help elect
conservatives down-ballot as
Working with third-party con-
tractors, Reed and his group
were able to identify and mail
voter registration packets to

slightly less than 2 million un-
registered evangelicals based
on everything from Census
data to television preferences to
what books they may have pur-
chased online.
"There are millions of Bibles
purchased in the United States
every month. Most people aren't
interested in finding out who is
buying those Bibles I am,"
Reed said.
Reed said he has a voter file
of 17 million evangelicals in
battleground states, and each
household will be contacted
seven to 12 times before the
election through mail, e-mail,
phone calls and text messages.
"If they live in an early voting
state, they got a text message
the day early voting began, we
broadcasted out at 7 a.m. on
their cellphones," Reed said.
The text message includes links
to the Faith and Freedom Coali-
tion voter guide and to a web-
site that will instruct people
where they can cast their ballot
Mark DeMoss, an adviser
to the Romney campaign who
has served as the liaison to the

evangelical community, said the
evangelicals have largely taken
it upon themselves to organize
for the upcoming election.
"Every day I'm hearing about
some outreach effort that's ac-
tually taking place independent
of the campaign," he said.
Chris Long, president of the
Ohio Christian Alliance, a con-
servative, non-partisan, non-
profit group, said more than a

million voter guides will be dis-
tributed to churches and com-
munity groups across the state
for guidance on issues as well
as federal and state races.
A recent Pew Research poll
showed that 74 percent of white
evangelicals support Romney,
a percentage point higher than
Sen. John McCain when he was
the Republican nominee.
The allegiance of evangeli-

cal voters hasn't come easy for
Throughout the Republican
primaries they tended to back
more conservative candidates
such as former senator Rick
Santorum, in part because of
their discomfort with some of
Romney's past positions as well
as his Mormon faith. Since win-
ning the nomination, Romney
has continued to reach out to
them, with steps such as speak-
ing at Liberty University's com-
mencement ceremony in May.
Several conservative Christian
leaders have pointed to the se-
lection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his
running mate a Catholic with
sterling conservative creden-
tials as another sign Romney
was willing to stand up for their
"Romney had to work harder
because of his Mormon faith,"
Southern Baptist leader Rich-
ard Land said. "Ryan, they love
the guy," particularly for his
anti-abortion record.
Romney staff also made sure
that the former Massachusetts
governor's meeting last week
with the Rev. Billy Graham and

his son, Franklin, was well-cir-
Land said President George
W. Bush had an unusually
"real, strong and deep" con-
nection with-evangelical voters,
that Romney does not share,
but these voters are still high-
ly motivated to vote this year.
"People like Romney," he. said,
but it is their perception of the
importance of this election that
is driving them to organize in
large numbers.
Long said that although there
was some initial hesitation
from evangelicals because of
Romney's faith, that time has
"I have not heard that in the
last three or four months. No
one brings that up as any kind
of issue at all," he said. "They
are looking at the candidates
as who would be the executive
of this republic and would be
suited to do that."
Nancy French, co-founder of
Evangelicals for Mitt a group
formed in 2006 that is not of-
ficially connected to the cam-
paign said for years members
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McClurkin: Debate wasn't to entertain
The presidential debate was about each candidate get- got to admit. Mitt Romnney is:
hyped up like a prize fight with fing an edge over the other, a brave man! I have to ap-
commentators treating it like instead of focusing on the is- plaud his chutzpah! [He's] at
a. sporting 'vent, 'One might sues that really concern this the NAACP and telling them
'.think .President Obama and ;country. he's going to abolish OBAM-
Gayov. -Romney's "showdown" Just last month, the latest ACARE," nptirng that it took
was set to air on HBO Sports / U.S. Bureau of Labor Statis- real gumption to address the
with Michael Buffer saying, tics report showed that unemrn- democratic, overwhelmingly
'Let's Get Ready to Rumble!" ployment still temairins highest proObama group.
,B"t gospel artist Donnie Mc- amipong blacks and Latinos:' Though McClurkin has not
.Glurkin is not amused. Clearly; there are real eco- campaigned for, .Obama this
: .'The; pastor and radio host nomic challenges we are fac- year, he did give out some po-
,who just wrapped "The King's ing.- Perhaps McClurkin is Itical advice this summer.'
Men" tour with Kirk Frank- right that the least of our con- "Po not judge people's
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debate : the debate' wasn't 2 DONNIE MCCLURKIN for Obama leading up 'ta the t'.tbully people. .because o..'
entertainn' as a PRIZE:FIGHT..' of'the purpose of the political:" 200.8 election to speak out on .th 'c.iees Let your choce..eL .h.o!rm_ 4the sake 'of ..debates? ': .:: .* politics. Back in July, when blo'urslother.and others' le
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Preacher Tony Evans critical

of both Obama and Romney

The Lead Pastor at mega-
church, Oak Cliff Bible Fel-
lowship in Dallas, Texas, Tony
Evans, is not shying away
from politics at the pulpit. He
is telling his church members
that they should critique the
candidates for themselves and
then go out and vote, saying,
"The Bible is pregnant with
politics. You cannot read the
Bible from Genesis through
Revelation and go through too
many chapters that are not in-
volving politics. So it is not a
minor issue or a marginal is-
sue. It is a central issue."
When Evans first started
his church in Oak Cliff, it
was just him and a few people
meeting in his home and now
the church is fast approach-
ing 10, 000 members. The

Lead pastor at megachurch,
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
mega-church also drew some
very positive media attention,
nationwide, because of their
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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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The Million Man March took place on

Washington's National Mall 17 years ago

The Million Man March, one
of the most moving and emo-
tional moments ever in African-
American history, took place
on the grounds of the National
Mall on Oct. 16 in 1995. The
symbolic importance and cul-
tural impact of the huge gath-
ering signified a shift in the at-
tention on issues that plagued
urban environs and minorities.
The National African Ameri-
can Leadership Summit and
the Nation of Islam worked in
tandem alongside local chap-
ters of the NAACP to make the
March a reality.
At the time, Black leaders

were moved to act, when in
1994, the Republican Party
gained control of Congress
during President Bill Clinton's
first term in office. Feeling in
some way that policy matters
focused on the concerns of
Blacks were lacking, the lead-
ers of the time sought to be
heard and become part of the
national agenda. Much like to-
day, unemployment and pover-
ty disproportionately affected
Blacks in comparison to poor
Whites, sparking Rev. Jesse
Jackson to address several is-
sues in front of the House of

The rate of arrests of Black
men, drug use among African
Americans, environmental
hazards, and other societal ills
were all on the table and the
organizers of the March boldly
declared war against the nega-
tive downturn. In addition,
racial tensions, in the coun-
try were high, with the highly
publicized O.J. Simpson not-
.guilty verdict coming just two
weeks before.,
Consequently, Dr. Ben-
*jamin Chavis Muhammad,
the national director of the
March, used his background
as a champion for African-

American rights to connect
groups with one another for
the March. The Million Man
March was a call for men of
their respective communities
to gather together and shift
the tide for African Americans
of either gender.
Men and leaders of all faiths
and political ideologies saw
the importance of banding to-
gether for the March. Further,
Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan called October 16
"a day of atonement."
The March began at 6 a.m.,
with busloads of attendees
(pictured above) coming,from

all over the country and even
around the world. Commu-
nity leaders, pastors, elected
officials, and other public fig-
ures made up a long list of
speakers who spoke powerful
words to the reported 1.5-mil-
lion persons who were there.
Maya Angelou, Rev. Jeremiah
Wright, Rev. Jesse Jackson,
Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther
King III were among the more
notable speakers of the day.
Min. Farrakhan delivered the
blistering closing speech, chal-
lenging the men in the crowd to
embrace and honor one anoth-
er. In one particularly, moving

moment, men from all. walks
of life who didn't know one an-
other were tearfully, hugging,
vowing to support the other.
Seventeen years later, the
aims of the March are still rel-
evant, especially since the job-
less rate and health disparities
for Black people are still hot
issues. No matter which side
of the aisle a person stood on,
and regardless of one's spiri-
tual calling, the Million Man
March left a necessary mark in
the minds of many, and hope-
fully, another showing of soli-
darity of that sort will occur in
the near future.

Sisters in Faith Holy Bible inspires Black women
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their Sunday morning experi-
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will be released by Thomas
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Obamacare rejected by

Southern states as political

By Emily Wagster Pettus

Mississippi has long been
one of the sickest and poorest.
'states in America, with some
of the highest rates of obesi-
ty, diabetes and heart disease
and more than 1 in 7 residents
without insurance. And so you
might .think Mississippi would
jump at the prospect of billions
of federal dollars to expand
Medicaid. You'd be wrong.
Leaders of the deeply con-
servative state say that even
if Mississippi receives boat-
loads of cash under President
Barack Obama's health care
law, it can't afford the corre-
sponding share of state money
it will have to put up to add
hundreds of thousands of peo-
ple to the government health
insurance program for the
"While some people say
Obamacare will come as an
economic boost with Tree'
money, the reality is simple:
No money is free," said Repub-
lican Gov. Phil Bryant. "Since

"' when .did
the '.federal
ever give
free money
Asking for
in return?"
Rick Scott
of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal
of Louisiana, Gov. Nathan Deal
of Georgia, Gov. Nikki Haley of
. South Carolina and Gov. Rick
Perry of Texas have said they,
too, will reject a Medicaid ex-
pansion, calling it too expen-
While many states are wres-
tling with the issue, perhaps
nowhere but Mississippi are
the health issues and the poli-
tics so stark.
Some advocates suspect the
governors' stand is not about
the money at all, but about
politics, saying the Republi-
cans are using the Medicaid
issue to. attack the Obama ad-

They point out that the share
the states must contribute is
relatively small for the amount
of federal funding they would
receive, and that politicians
from those states have eagerly
taken big money from Wash-
ington for highways, disaster
recovery and other projects
that. required a contribution of
state dollars.
"I think some of this might
be posturing before the presi-
dential election," said Michael
Doonan, a Brandeis University
expert on health care policy
and a former aide to Sen. John
Kerry, D-Mass.
The governor and GOP lead-
ers in the Republican-con-
trolled Legislature have argued
that the expansion will foster a
culture of dependency on gov-
ernment, that it's impossible
to predict how much revenue
Mississippi might collect sev-
eral years from now, and that
there is no guarantee future
administrations in Washington
will follow through on funding

Tyler Perry to release movie

There is a lot of talk about
Tyler Perry's first leap into ac-
tion- movie-hero territory. Re-
views are mixed, but Perry is
not sitting arotind waiting to
see what happens. Instead, he
has moved full stream ahead
into more ventures.
The 43-year-old multi-talent-
ed actor, director, screen writer
and playwright is working on
his next project a "dramedy"-
called "Single Morni's Club". Per-
ry is expected to partner with
Lionsgate for the distribution of
the movie.
The movie is about a group of
single mothers who come from

different walks of
life and cross paths
because of an inci- .
dent that took place
at the school their
children were attend-
ing. Once the women
meet each other, they
form a support group
which is helpful to all PER
of them as they navi-
gate life's ups and downs. As we
have come to expect, Perry will
be writing, directing, producing
and starring in the movie.
More information about the
project is expected to be re-
vealed since it is expected to

begin in Atlanta next
S The movie is pre-
sumed to' have a 2013
release date, along with
., two other movie proj-
Sects that Perry is work-
ing on: "The Marriage
Counselor"and "We The
RY Perry will also be
working on his joint venture
with Oprah Winfrey, writing
scripts for the new series that
will be on Winfrey's cable net-
work, OWN. Perry also has a
number of comedy series on

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"African-American women.
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"But very few Christian prod-
ucts reveal the African-Ameri-
can woman's voice to the body
of Christ and almost none have
been created to speak directly
to her in a way that relates to
her life arid her struggle."








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While rare, breast cancer can also
strike men. And again, there are mys-
terious spikes in 'male breast cancers .
Among some military populations.
The American Cancer Society esti-
Smates that this.year breast' cancer will
be diagnosed in about 2,190 men in'
the U.S. and will kill about 1,0.
Qfficials say they're not sure why
dozens of menn who lived and worked
dat Camp Lejeune,'N.C., have devel-
-aped the disease. -
; Researcher' with the CDC are pre-
-paring'a:study that will try to deter-
MMne'whethei contaminated drinking
wafer at the Marine Corps' largest
base-onh the-East Coast. caused dozens,

S"Military women are also more likely
to be engaged in'industrial jobs than fe-
males in the genera! population... "
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of rhale Marines, sailors ..andfamily
memberss to get breast'cancer. ,
Mike Partarin is one of them. The son
and. grandson of Marine officers who
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Partain first noticed. a small lump -
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ago.. ': *'' '
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.rare'arid usually isn't -seen in pa-
tients younger than 70. Partain was
39 when he got a mastectomy and
started chemotherapy treatments, He
was the first to wonder if his- sickness
was connected to reports that were
just surfacing about contaminated
wells at Camp Lejeune that weren't ,
sealed off until the mid-1980s. Soon
he was connecting with other men. .
who had served at the base and-gotten;
a similar diagnosis. .
"We are now at 80 men with breast
cancer from Camp Lejeune," he re-
ported during a recent CDC gathering
on the issue.
"So we've got, over the past five
years "1/8 80 individual men with
the single commonality of male breast
cancet-'and exposure to the con-'
taminated water at Camp Lejeune.
It seems this number just keeps on
Going up," said Pa-tain, now a corm-
munity representative for the CDC's
Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry.
While Marine Corps officials dispute
whether the base should be consid-
ered a "breast cancer cluster," Boston
University researcher Clapp says "if it
Looks like a duck, walks like a duck
and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
This has all the characteristics of a
male breast cancer cluster."
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probably more bases out there with
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By Alice Park
Bras can do miraculous
things these days. But can they
detect cancer?
That's the claim for First
Warning Systems' new bra,
equipped with a series of sen-
sors embedded in the cups that
pick up temperature changes
in breast tissue and, says. the
Reno, Nevada-based company,
provide a thermal fingerprint
that can alert doctors to the
presence of malignant cells.
According to the company's
website, the data generated by
the sports bra can predict the
presence of breast cancer with
90 percent specificity and sen-
sitivity. Women wear it for 12
hours to accumulate a stable
enough reading of temperature,
and the measurements are fed
into the company's algorithm
that then spits out a result:
normal, benign, suspected for
breast tissue abnormalities, or
probable for breast tissue ab-
However, the concept of us-
ing temperature to detect dis-
ease may not be ready for prime
time just yet. "Hypothetically,
.it's conceivable that malignant
processes would have a tem-
perature gradient compared to
non-malignant tissues," says
Dr. Therese Bevers, medical di-
rector of the cancer prevention
center at the Univ. of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center. "But
that gradient may not be very
The idea of using thermo-
grams to ferret out abnormally
growing cells is already being
used with an imaging device
that takes a temperature read-
ing of breast tissue. Tumors
need nutrients to grow, and
they start to siphon these off
from their own blood supply,
which they start to build as
they amass more and more ab-

Oral health:

CVS raises


Project Health
connects children
families to free
dental exams

By Teresa Lyies Holmes
In an effort to raise aware-
ness about the importance of
oral health care, CVS/phar-
macy; the nation's leading re'-
tail pharmacy, is offering free
dental exams to 5,000 school
children who are over the age of
seven and their families in the
Miami area during the month
of October. More than 20 CVS/
pharmacy stores in the Miami-
Fort Lauderdale area are par-
ticipating. The Project Health
free dental events will be held at
select CVS/pharmacy locations
on Thursday, Fridays and Sat-
urdays, from 2-6 pm, with no
appointment necessary.
"cVS/pharmacy and Minute-
Clinic are committed to being
the community's choice for
preventive care," said Papatya
Tankut, Vice President, Phar-
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Lawmakers: Kids hungry amid'calorie rationing'

By Richard Simon

ers and government officials
are again engaged in a food
fight, this time with Republican
lawmakers hungry to lift new
federal limits on the calories
of school lunches served to 32
million students.
The lawmakers have intro-
duced legislation targeting the
"nutrition nannies" at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture,
contending that their "calorie
rationing" is leaving students
The anti-obesity rules cham-
pioned by First Lady Michelle
Obama require schools in the
federally subsidized lunch pro-
gram to serve more fruits, veg-
etables, whole grains-.and fat-
free and low-fat milk. They also
limit calories 850 for lunches
served to high school students.
The latest fight comes a
year 'after lawmakers debated
whether pizza should be con-
sidered a vegetable. Congress
declared that two tablespoons
of tomato paste slathered on
pizza could continue to be clas-
sified as a full vegetable serv-
ing in the federal school lunch
Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa)
and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.),

sponsors of the "No Hungry
Kids Act," portray the stan-
dards which grew out of leg-
islation passed in 2010 in the
closing days of the Democratic-
controlled Congress as an-
other symbol of Washington's
regulatory excess.
Huelskamp has called atten-
tion to videos produced by .high
school students in his state -
one called "We Are Hungry,"
showing volleyball players col-
lapsing on the court from hun-
ger, and another called "The
HUNGER Games A Parody
of the 2012 School Lunch Pro-
gram," featuring one student
complaining: "Really? One pig
in a blanket'."
"The goal of the school lunch
program is supposed to be
feeding children, not filling the
trash cans with uneaten food,"
said Huelskamp.
The critics contend that the
calorie limits are driving hun-
gry kids to fill up on junk food.
The two congressional offices
set up a Facebook page Nutri-
tion Nannies that has gener-
ated debate on the rules.
Margo Wootan, director of nu-
trition policy for the Center for
Science in the Public Interest,
defended the rules. She point-
ed out that King is locked in a
tough race against Democrat

Federal anti-obesity guidelines cap subsidized high school lunches at 850 calories. Some
Republicans lawmakers complain that's too few and say students are going hungry.

Christie Vilsack, wife of Agricul-
ture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
"If, we're going to spend $13
billion on school lunch and
breakfast, we should make sure
that it provides good nutrition
for kids," she said.
"Maybe part of the problem
for some kids is they've become
so used to the gigantic portion
sizes at restaurants that nor-
mal portion sizes don't seem

like enough," Wootan said.
The rules limit lunch calories
to 650 for kindergarten through
fifth grades and to 700 for sixth
grade through eighth grades.
Federal officials say that
physically active students who
may need more calories, such
as athletes, can bring a snack
from home or buy an additional
serving at lunch.
Agriculture Department

spokeswoman Alyn G. Kiel said
the new standards are based
on recommendations from an
independent panel of doctors,
nutritionists and other experts
"to ensure that meals paid for
with hard-earned tax dollars
are healthy and balanced."
."The calorie range actually
exceeds what most schools
were serving students previ-
ously, and the standards place

no limit on food that students
can purchase in addition to or
instead of the taxpayer-subsi-
dized meals," she said, adding:
"But the fact is that you can't
feed an entire school like they're
linebackers because not every-
one needs that many calories."
Diane Pratt-Heavner of the
School Nutrition Assn. said
that it may be taking time
for students to adjust to the
changes, but "there are a lot of
schools out there that are not
having major problems with
implementation of the new
If students are going hungry,
it may be because they're not
finishing their meals, she said.
"What kids are reacting to
is that the standards do limit
the portion size for the pro-
tein and grain elements," she
said. "So they may be seeing
slightly smaller center of the
plate items. But to compensate,
the fruit and vegetable serv-
ings have gotten bigger. If kids
are not eating their fruits and
vegetables, it's those. fiber-rich
foods that can help kids stay
satiated through the day. But
if. they're not eating all of the
items available with the school
lunch, then perhaps they will
be hungry before the end of the
school day."

If you're elderly, go easy on the carbohydrates

Study: Carbs links

to mild cognitive

By Janice Lloyd

Older people who load up
their plates with carbohydrates
have nearly four times the risk
of developing mild cognitive im-
pairment, a study out Tuesday
Sugars also played a role in
the development of MCI, often
a precursor to Alzheimer's dis-
ease, according to the report in
the Journal of Alzheimer's Dis-
ease. Eating more. proteins and
fats offer some protection from
Mayo Clinic researchers
tracked 1,230 people .ages 70
to 89 and asked them to pro-
vide information on what they
ate the previous year. Among
that group only the 940 people
who showed no signs of cogni-
tive impairment were asked to
return for 15-month follow-
ups. By the study's fourth year,
200 of the 940 were beginning
to show mild cognitive impair-
ment, problems with memory,
language, thinking and judg-
Not everyone with MCI goes
on to develop Alzheimer's dis-
ease, but many do, says lead
author Rosebud Roberts, a
professor in the department of
epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic
in Rochester, Minn. Alzheimer's
affects 5.2 million adults in the
nation, numbers that are ex-
pected to triple by 2050 as the
Baby Boomers age.

yloid is a leading cause.
Also among the study's find-
Those whose diets were high-
est in fat (nuts, healthy oils)
were 42 percent less likely to
get cognitive impairment, while
those who had the highest in-
take of protein (chicken, meat,
fish) had a reduced risk of 21
Several popular diets, includ-
ing the Mediterranean (fish,
poultry-based protein, and
plenty of plant-based foods and
healthy fats) and Atkins (low-

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Vegetables are your go to cards. Beware complex carbs such
as pinata and bread

"The research field is trying to
find things that can help reduce
risk factors for pre- dementia.
problems," says Roberts. "If we
can stop people from develop-
ing MCI, w-e hope we can stop
people from developing, demen-
tia. Once you hit the dementia
stage, it's irreversible."
Among the foods regarded as'
complex carbohydrates: rice,
pasta, bread and cereals. The
digestive system turns them
into sugars. Fruits, vegetables
and milk products are simple
"A high-carbohydrate intake
could be bad for you because
carbohydrates impact your glu-

cose and insulin metabolism,"
says Roberts. "Sugar fuels the
brain, so moderate intake is
good. However, high levels of
sugar may actually prevent the
brain from using the sugar -
similar to what we see with type'
2 diabetes."
Roberts says high glucose
levels might affect the brain's
blood vessels and also play a
role in the development of beta
amyloid plaques. Those pro-
teins are toxic to brain health.
and are found in the brains of
people with Alzheimer's. Re-
searchers don't know what
causes the disease, but they
suspect the buildup of beta am-

Military service increases risks

continued from 4B
similar problems.
Take Otis Air National Guard
Base, Mass., for example. A for-
mer Army installation and Air
Force base, the installation has
a similar history of polluted wa-
ter, Clapp says. I
"They used to dump aviation
fuel during training exercises,
as if you were going to. land on
an aircraft carrier and you had
to jettison your fuel before you
landed they did that on the
That was in people's drinking
water. It seeped into the ground-
water and got into wells," Clapp
"Studies in adjacent com-
munities found, among other
things, excess breast cancer in
women who lived near the base.
But they've never done any
studies on the soldiers and fli-
ers who've lived there."

Officials aren't sure exactly

why. military' women face a
greater risk of breast cancer
than their civilian counter-
parts, but it's no secret that
military service brings with it
a number of risk factors as-
sociated with the deadly dis-
ease. Among them:
e Radio emissions. A slew
of studies have linked breast
cancer with men and-women
working as radio operators,
electricians, telephone repair
people and other jobs involv-
ing exposure to electromag-
netic radiation.
Chemicals. Army enlisted
women younger than under
35 who worked regularly with
at least one volatile organic
compound such as sol-
vents, paints and exhaust -
were 48 percent more likely
to develop breast cancer than
those who didn't, according
to a 2005 military study.
Aircrew work. Repeated
and prolonged exposure .to
harmful solar radiation may
be why female civilian aircrew
members have higher rates of

breast cancer. While no stud-
ies have been done on female
military fliers, research on
male Air Force Crew members
has found similar spikes in
other cancer rates.
SToxic bases. Many of
the worst Superfund toxic
cleanup sites, often linked
to all kinds of cancer clus-
ters, are located on current or
former military bases. Camp
Lejeune, N.C., for example,
has witnessed an alarming
number of male breast can-
cer cases.
Shift work. A 2012 study
of Danish military women
is just the latest connect-
ing night-shift workers with
breast cancer for both
those in uniform aend their
families. Researchers found
those working the swing shift
were 40 percent more likely
to face diagnoses. They sus-
pect the suppression of mela-
tonin that comes with sleep-
less nights may also inhibit
the body's ability to fight off
cancer-causing cells.

carb, meat lovers diet), make
pitches for the multiple health
benefits derived from lowering
carbohydrate intake, including
reduced risk for heart disease,
diabetes and improved brain
"This (study) is consistent with
what we've seen in past pub-
lished research on how a lower
carbohydrate diet can help to
reduce the risk of Alzheimer's,"
says Colette Heimowitz, vice
president of Nutrition and Edu-
cation for Atkins Nutritionals
Inc. -

The authors write that unsat-
urated fats and proteins might
be important to the brain by
maintaining insulin sensitiv-
ity, the integrity of the neuron
structure and the successful
firing of neurotransmitters.
There is ho treatment for Al-
zheimer's disease, only drugs to
treat symptoms. Roberts says
the study offers hope because
"it shows a modifiable way we
can reduce risk for the disease.
It is important to eat a balance
of protein, carbohydrates and

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By Ron Winslow

Daily use of a common mul-
tivitamin modestly reduced the
risk for cancer in a long-term
study of nearly 15,000 men,
researchers said last Wednes-
day, marking the first time a
large, rigorously conducted
trial found that vitamin sup-
plements provided protection
against the disease.
Researchers said men ran-
domly assigned to take Pfizer
Inc.'s multivitamin Centrum
Silver had an 8 percent. reduc-
tion in risk of developing cancer
compared with those taking a
placebo. Participants were fol-
lowed for an average of 11.2
years. Pfizer provided the mul-
tivitamin and placebo for the
The findings are good news
for the men, at least, who are
among the one-third of U.S.
adults who take multivitamins
regularly and they contrast
with several recent randomized
studies of vitamin supplements,
which didn't find any benefit.

Indeed, U.S. dietary guidelines
advise that there isn't any evi-
dence supporting use of vitamin
supplements to prevent chronic

Researchers cautioned the
reduction in risk in the new
study was small and that the
mainstay prevention strategies


The reduction in risk
of developing caner
for men who took a
daily multivitamin
vs. placebo

against the disease remained
quitting smoking, avoiding obe-
sity, eating a healthy diet and
keeping physically active.
"If you take a multivitamin

and continue to'smoke, you've
misplaced your priorities," said
J. Michael Gaziano, a cardiolo-
gist at Brigham and Women's
Hospital, Boston, and the VA
Boston Healthcare System, and
co-principal investigator of the
Researchers said it is pos-
sible the findings could apply to
women for cancers common to
both sexes, but they can't say
for certain. Studies looking at

vitamins as a cancer-preven-
tion tool for women are mixed,
with little evidence of benefit
from rigorously designed trials.
The findings from the study,
funded by the National Insti-
tutes of Health, were presented
Wednesday at a meeting of the
American Association for Can-
cer Research in Anaheim, Ca-
lif., and published online by the
Journal of the American Medi-
cal Association.

Prior randomized vitamin tri-
als that didn't show a benefit
have generally tested a single
vitamin,, such as a folate or
beta carotene, and used doses
significantly above current rec-
ommended daily allowances.
Centrum Silver, by contrast,
includes a ,wide variety of vi-
tamins and minerals at doses
consistent with recommended
levels. Researchers said the
difference may be an important
reason for the positive finds.
"It's focusing less on the indi-
vidual group components and
more on the idea that it is all
these vitamins' and minerals in
combination that might yield
these benefits," said Howard
Sesso, an epidemiologist at
Brigham and co-principal in-
vestigator of the study.
June Chan, an epidemiolo-
gist at University of California,
San Francisco who wasn't in-
volved with the study, agreed
that the multivitamin ap-
proach may help explain the
benefit. "They're supposed to.

mimic what you want to take
in a [nutrient-sufficient] diet,"
she said.
The study indicated the mul-
tivitamin didn't affect the men's
risk of prostate cancer, which
was the most commonly diag-
nosed malignancy among the
participants. It wasn't possible
to determine whether multivi-
tamins provided an advantage
against other specific cancers,
such as lung, colon and blad-
der, because the numbers of
individual cases diagnosed
were too small to yield reliable
All told, 2,669 cases of can-
cer were diagnosed among the
participants, including 1,290
of'the 7,317 men who took
the multivitamin and 1,379 of
7,324 assigned to placebo.
Total cancer deaths were also
lower among vitamin-takers -
403 vs. 456 reflecting a 12
percent risk reduction which
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cal significance, meaning it
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of chance.

Food Day offers a taste of nutrition

With a heaping helping of festivals

and other events across the USA

By Ellie Krieger

Have you thought about food
lately? I am not talking about
what -you are planning for
lunch. I am talking about food
in general what's healthiest,
where it's grown, how it's pro-
duced, how to cook it, and how
so many lack affordable access
to it. :
Chances are the answer is
yes, thanks to a remarkable
convergence of momentum and
awareness in food and nutrition
today. That momentum is com-.
ing from the top down, with'first
lady Michelle Obama's Let's
Move program, a call to action

to combat obesity, and from the
grass roots up, as folks more
than ever are concerned about
what they are eating and how it
is produced.
That's why the time is ripe for
the second annual Food Day on
Oct. 24, a national celebration
to "eat real," led by the Center
for Science in the Public Inter-
It is a movement that brings
together a diverse coalition of
people and organizations that
care. about food and, strive for
more healthy, affordable and
sustainable food'systems. Thou-
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its advisory board and will be
heading up two cooking dem-
onstrations in public schools in
my area. If you think about -
and care about food, whether
it's lunch or beyond, there are
so many ways to celebrate and

* Make a simple dinner from
scratch, including fresh fruits
and vegetables.
* Host a potluck meal to cel-
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your community (www.foodday.
Each of these may seem like
a small action, but when we do
them in unison, on or around
Food Day, they become a big
statement'of the importance we
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By Karen Yi

Kids can be finicky when it
comes to filling up on fruits and
veggies'- "they don't taste right,
they taste funny," said 13-year-
old Kiondre Andino but some-
times the best way to get picky
eaters to eat is to have them
pick and grow the food them-
And schools in Broward and
Palm Beach counties are doing
just that.
Students at Parkway Middle
School of the Arts ih Lauder-
hill spent Tuesday building a
vertical hydroponic garden or
a garden that doesn't use soil
- that will eventually yield veg-
etables like broccoli, Bok Choy,
Swiss chard and bell peppers.
Though he may not be the
biggest fan of greens, Andino,
a seventh grade .student at
Parkway, said he'd give the veg-



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tables a shot since he helped
grow them. "We're gonna eat
'em and see how good they are,"
he said.,
"If you grow it yourself, all the
more you want to try it. And if
you try it, you might like it,"
said Chef Dee Lennox, presi-

dent emeritus 'of the Fort Lau-
derdale chapter of the Ameri-
can Culinary Federation, who
sponsored the garden.
This year, the federal govern-
ment implemented new healthy
eating initiatives, requiring dis-
trict schools to provide more

variety of fruits and vegetables
and lower fat milks.
But while some districts may
be grappling to get kids to eat
the new pickings, officials in
Broward and Palm say they've
really stayed ahead of the curve
in promoting health and well-
"It hasn't been a drastic
change for us because for many
years, Palm has been proac-
tive," said Paula Triana, assist-,
tant director of nutrition and
wellness promotion in Palm
Though Triana said the dis-.
trict doesn't collect statistics on
food waste, she said she hadn't
noticed a significant increase in
waste this year over last.
* In Broward, Darlene Moppert,
program manager for nutrition
education and training in the
district, said she was surprised
the kids had taken to the added
offerings of fruits and veggies.
"We were surprised most of
'the kids ate at least half of the
fruit or vegetable," Moppert
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Notable Black cancer survivors

By Evette Dionne

Breast cancer is a voracious
disease, but for all of the, lives
claimed, there are 2.6 million
survivors that have
faced the beast and
won. Take a look at five
of these warrior women
who have used their
plights to help their fel-'
low troopers.
Karen Eubanks
Johnson is a survi-
vor and the founder .of j
Sisters Ntwework Inc.;,
an organization that I
assists Black women CA
diagnosed with breast
cancer. SNI is considered the
sole Black breast cancer 'orga-
nization that specifically ad-
dresses our needs, with medi-
cal care and moral support.
Jackson has also developed
beneficial initiatives including
The Gift for Life Block Walk
and the Pink Ribbon Aware-
ness Project.


Reona Berry and nine oth-
er fighters banded together
in 1990 to create the MAfrican
American Breast Cancer Al-
liance, Inc. AABCA has used
its influence to
promote early de-
tection and treat-
ment among Black
women while .also
counseling cur-
rerft patients.
'" Two of the found-
Sers are deceased,
but Berry and her
cohorts still pro-
mote the mission
IPBELL of the organization
through ambassa-
dorship and grassroots efforts.
Debra Brown decided to fill
a void that often plagues Black
women cancer survivors. With
assistance from friends and
volunteers in her Indiana com-
munity, she collected more
than 200 wigs for the Cancer
Services by Northeast Indiana.
Brown is continuing her mis-

sion, telling her local
newspaper that she
never thought the
response would be
"I thought may-
be I'd get about 50
[wigs]," Brown told
the Journal Gazette.
Denise Roberts A f
was diagnosed with :-
breast cancer at 35, I 3
after spending three BE
years convincing her
doctor to perform a mammo-
grarii. Rather than adhering to
her request, the physicians told
her that she wasn't old enough.
After becoming cancer-free,
Roberts has chosen to spot-
light young, Black women often
forgotten in the breast cancer
struggle. The Denise Roberts
Breast Cancer Foundation ad-
vocates for mammograms on
younger women by dispelling
the myth that the illness only
impacts older women.
/ Edna Campbell is a retired

Preventive measures to

protect your newborn

By Stephanie Lewis

Welcoming a hew baby into
the family is a life changing ex-
perience. Although this is a time
of joy and happiness, it can
also bring unwanted nerves to
any first-time parent. With the
arrival of a new baby, it's im-
portant that the parents-to-be
seek continuous prenatal care
and follow-up care once a baby
"is born.
Below are three steps par-
ents can follow to avoid trou-
blesome, behaviors that may
impact their infant's 1-ealth:
When .handling a newborn,
it is important to remember to
always wash your hands. New-
borns are more susceptible
to infections because they
have vulnerable immune sys-

tens. Invest in hand sanitizer.
There's a time and place for
everything. Once parents bring
their bundle of joy(s) home,
it's important they. discuss the
appropriate time to have" their
family and friends visit. Avoid-
ing large crowds and ensuring
guests are cold-free is key to
preventing the spread of germs.
Don't let anyone smoke in
your home, or near your'baby.
Second-hand smoke is ex-
tremely dangerous for babies,
because among other things, it
weakens their lungs and makes
them more prone to infections.
These tips can help parents
prevent their infants from con-
tracting illnesses that are com-
'mon among young 'children
during the winter months,
such as the cold, flu, and re-

spiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
RSV is a common, seasonal
respiratory disease that is con-
tracted by nearly all babies by
the age two, but can be espe-
cially serious in premature in-
fants (born 37 weeks or less),
due to their underdeveloped
lungs and immature immune
SDespite its prevalence, many
parents and caregivers have
never heard of RSV. In fact,
data show that one-third of
mothers have never heard -of
RSV. RSV often leads to a mild
respiratory infection, but in
some babies it can develop ,into
something much more serious.
It's important for parents to be
aware of the virus and know
how they can protect their
newborn from the virus.

Are minority communities a.

target for more abortions?

- Recently, Planned Parent-
hood marked its 96th anni-
versary and new research has
revealed that their abortion
clinics are specifically and de-
liberately located in Black and
Hispanic neighborhoods. A full
79 percent of Planned Parent-
hood's clinics are in minority
According to Protecting Black
Life Institute, Planned Parent-
hood -targets areas that are
within a walking distance from
Black and Hispanic communi-
ties and builds their abortion
clinics in those areas.
The group showed a new map
as a visual, on their website,
which allows users to use it to
see where their neighborhood
is in relation to a Planned Par-

enthood site.
While it has already been
said that Planned Parenthood
targets Black and other mi-
nority neighborhoods, the new
research has used much more
accurate and verifiable data
from statistics from 2010 Cen-
sus Data tracts. The new re-
search is also different because
it was not broadly looking at
larger geographical areas, such
as zip codes, but instead fo-
cused on Planned Parenthood
and the neighborhoods in walk-
ing distance from their abortion
Rev. Arnold Culbreath, Direc-
tor of Protecting Black Life and
a founding member of the Na-
tional Black Pro-Life Coalition

"Minority communities are
the #1 targets of Planned Par-
enthood. It's no .wonder abor-
tion remains the leading cause
of death among Blacks, higher
than all other causes com-
bined, Getting this information
to as many people as possible
is not only critical, it's a matter
of life and death for countless
babies and often times even
their mothers."
The Executive Director of
Life Issues Institute, Bradley
Mattes, also agreed saying,
"This solid evidence is over-
whelmingly convincing that
Planned Parenthood's business
model is to generate income
from an increased number of
abortions in.minority neighbor-

WNBA superstar
,who was diag-
nosed with breast
cancer while play-
ing in her second
season with the
Sacramento Mon-
archs. The WNBA-
, appointed 'her
%* as the national
r spokesman for
t Susan G. Komen
RRY Breast Cancer
Foundation. Since
retiring 'from the WNBA in
2006, Campbell has continued
her advocacy for breast cancer
with The Breast Cancer Recov-
ery Manual, a memoir that also
gives tips for making a full re-

Tomatoes may help

reduce stroke risk

By Leslie Wade

Eating tomatoes in your daily
salad or regularly enjoying a
healthy red sauce on your spa-
ghetti could help reduce your
risk of stroke, according to re-
search published in the journal


icals that.if left unchecked can
damage cells. ''
Researchers tested the' level
of lycopene in the blood of more
than 1,000 Finnish men aged
46 to 65, starting in 1991. Sci-
entists then followed the men on
average for more than a decade
to record the number who had
strokes. The scientists found
that those with the highest lev-

Tomatoes contain a power- els of lyco:
ful antioxidant that is good for less likely
brain health, the' researchers those with
say, and cooked tomatoes seem in their bh
to offer more protection than
"This study, adds to the evi-. Though
derice that a diet high in fruits, isirig, exp
and vegetables is associated necessarily
with a lower risk of stroke," to lycopen
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Finland in Kuopio. "A diet con- have about
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a week would be good for our ltion," expl
health. However, daily intake of vitz, direct
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lycopene which gives tomra- toes you're
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Men take a stand against domestic violence

All people are affected by abusive

relationships not just women, kids

By Malika A. Wright

"Domestic violence is not a
women's issue," according to
Jonathan Spikes, the president
of the Jonathan Spikes Foun-
dation. "It is a people's issue."
About 150 people, including
numerous men, came together
at the Evolution to Freedom:
Men Taking A Stand Against
Domestic Violence at the Ca-
feina Wynwood Lounge, host-
ed by the Jonathan Spikes
Foundation. Attendees donat-
ed about $3000 for the benefit
of domestic violence survivors
who are a part of Safespace
Foundation, Inc.
Spikes said that during
October there are many bad
things said about men, but
all men aren't abusers and it
is important to show. women
and children that "domestic
violence is just as important
to men as it is to them."
"I felt that there was a need
to get more men involved
in the proactive strategies,"
Spikes said. "We cannot tackle
an issue with just half of the

team showing up. It takes all
of us."
At the event, men and wom-
en danced as they proudly

brought awareness of domes-
tic violence. The attendees ad-
mired the paintings by Michael
Hill that captured women who
were affected by domestic vio-
lence and also breast cancer.
"The most beautiful form
of life is a woman," Hill said.

Ruiz said, sadly, to the audi-
ence. "It's about the children."
In 80 percent of all domestic
violence cases, children wit-
ness abuse.
Jeannette Garofalo, presi-
dent of Safespace Foundation,
Inc., said that it was great to

S.,-Miami Times photo/Malika Wright
Jonathan Spikes (right), president of the Jonathan Spikes Foundation, poses with domes-
tic violence survivor and author, Sherri Patterson,Tandeleya Wilders, supporter and Jeanette
Garofalo, Safespace Foundation, president.

"When a woman can't defend
herself, there should be a man
there to defend her."
Some attendees shared
stories amongst themselves
about abusive relationships
that they witnessed or heard
of and a couple of domestic
violence survivors shared their
testimonies with the crowd.
Author of Mad Lyfe of an
NBA Wife, Sherri Patterson,
shared that she also was a do-
.mestic violence survivor. he
goes into detail of her relation-
ship in her book.
Maria Lourdes Ruiz said she
was in an abusive relationship
for 20 years that continues to
cause pain. The relationship
deeply troubled one of her
Hans 'Bloon, James Duke and Andre Barcus are taking a daughters, and her daughter
~ended up committing suicide.
stand against domestic violence. e u
--- ..- ..... -- .. ,. .It's not about me or man,"

have men get involved..
"Men aren't always the abus-
ers," Garofalo said. "Some-men
are abused and are ashamed
to say it."
Spikes was the victim in an
abusive relationship for about
a year. He said after the rela-
tionship, he realized that there
are a lot of silent victims out
there, which encouraged lim
to become more involved in
bringing awareness.
According to Garofalo, the
event has been successful
both years and the money that.
they collect isn't the most im-
portant thing.
"What is most important
is raising awareness and let-
ting domestic violence victims
know that there are people
who care and can help them,"
she said.

Religious groups side with Republicans

continued from 3B
felt like- their message wasn't
getting through to fellow evan-
gelicals. That changed after
Romney won the nomination,
' she said. "Evangelicals rallied
around Gov. Romney with a.
unity that shocked most peo-
ple, including us. Our mission
wvAs accomplished by Barack
Obama's leftist policies. Then,-

with Gov. Romney's amazing
performance in the first de-
bate, evangelical enthusiasm
Though churches have long
been a staple of Republican or-
ganizing, the Obama campaign
is also vigorously courting peo-,
ple of faith. Obama released a
"faith platform" this year that is
heavy on. social and economic
justice: issues, and the cam-

faith outreach named Michael
Wear. In .a column on a Chris-
tian blog called "Faithful Dem-
ocrats,'" Wear, wrote Monday,
"While we each have a respon-
sibility to engage in the political
process, a vote for a candidate
doesn't have to be a declaration
that their views fully represent
, our own. For people of faith, we
hold to a set of beliefs that tran-
scend and supersede any politi-

paign has hired a director of cal platform."

The Obama campaign also
launched an affinity group
called People of Faith for
Obama, and Wear told a group
of religion writers in early Oc-
tober, "I spend each and every
day making sure that we are
engaging and equipping people
of faith on the ground to reach
out to fellow believers and fam-
ily and friends and talk about
wvhy their values motivate them
to support the president."

Church worships without instruments

continued from 1B

the New Testament, we don't do
When attending a Church
of Christ worship service,
you may notice that there are
some differences from many
other churches'. Along with
the minister being treated the
same as everyone else, the
churches also have worship
service without instruments.
There are no choirs and all
church members sing a cap-
pella. According to Pratt, in
the New Testament, all com-

mands that were music-re-
lated lead to using the voice;
there are no examples that in-
clude instruments, according
to Pratt.
"Even if you can't sing, you
still sing because you're sing-
ing to God and he loves it,"
said Nathaniel Brazil; 65.
"Singing, the command, is
given to everyone; not a few"
Pratt said. "It is not given to
any one person. It is given to
the entire church,"
Pratt, a former horn player
and music group manager,
has wholeheartedly embraced
a cappella music.

He is the founder of the Na-
tional Academy of Christian A
cappella Music a non-profit
organization that assists in
the development of Christian
A cappella music interests
- and also The Christian A
cappella Music Awards, a cer-
emony founded by Pratt and
his wife Ruby Pratt in 1992.
At the ceremony one of the
goals is to bring about aware-
ness of A cappella music, per-
formers are recognized and
encouraged to continue to

Pratt has been a part of the
music industry for numerous
years in the 1970s he was a
back up musician for sev-
eral R&B bands and it was
very hard for him to adhere
to God's call at the time. Now
music is more of a hobby, and
he puts his ministering first.
"I think music is a cata-
lyst for saving souls because
people do identify with mu-
sic and are able to actually
be ,ministered to by spiritual
songs," Pratt said. "If I was
not involved in music, I would
still minister and help people
in being saved."

Seniors share negative views on aging

continued from 1B

leave his room.
"As you get older, changes and
losses may challenge the most
optimistic individuals," accord-
ing to Edeline B. Mondestin,
Director of Elderly, Disability
and Veterans Services Bureau
of Miami-Dade County.
According to Mondestin, the
county presently serves older
adults by facilitating services
such as transportation, meals
and adult care.
However, "senior communi-
ties and retirement homes are
required to pay for the servic-
es," Mondestin added.
"It is the goal of Miami-Dade

County to partner with other
organizations in the aging net-
work to better serve the commu-
nity," ,Mondestin said. "Older
adults should feel confident
that the community will find so-
lutions to their needs to main-
tain health and independence."

"The attitude of older adults
really depends on how secure
their circumstances are," Do-
retha Nichson, member of the
Senior's Concern Group, 79.
"A lot of seniors now live alone,
and their family is no longer in-
tact for various reasons, so they
don't feel that secure."
Nichson added that although

she lives alone, her family is
very supportive. She is grateful
for her health, independence
and ability to drive. Nichson
currently lives with a house-
Smate, another elderly lady that
the Senior's Concern Group
helped her connect with. She
said in addition to helping se-
niors find a place to live, the
Senior's Concern Group also
helps with other issues that se-
niors face. Some seniors aren't
as independent as Nichson and
turn to their children and other
family members for support.
Aaron Mashack, 68, and his
wife, lives with his son's fam-
ily.- Mashack said that he and
his wife cannot afford to live in
an assisted living facility.

The couple both deal with
health issues and have to move
around on scooters. Mashack
said he wished he would have
prepared better for his situation
when he was younger, but he
didn't know that he was going
to hurt himself while at work
about 30 years ago and would
have to receive an operation
nor was he aware that his wife
would suffer 'from multiple scle-
Mashack said his faith and
family are the reason for his
positive outlook on life, even
though every day is a struggle
for him and his wife.
"I believe if we live right, we
will be rewarded and go to
heaven," he said.

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

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

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Wom-
en's Department provides
community feeding. Call 786-

Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church will be
celebrating the 26th anniver-
sary of its church's new edifice
at its 7 a.m. and 11a'.m. ser-

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church will host a

bereavement sharing group at
3p.m. every 2nd Sunday.

N Tabernacle Missionary
Baiptist Church will hold a re-
vival on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at
7:30p.m. Call 786-985-1433.

' Universal Truth Center,
will host a Gospel Brunch on
Oct. 28. Call 305-624-4991.

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-

New Way Praise and
Worship Center will cele-
brate its 36th anniversary Nov.
4-11. Call 305-625-7246.

Study: Lower levels of

cholesterol in adults

By Huffington Post

Our cholesterol levels are col-
lectively going down, according
to a new study in the Journal
of the American Medical Asso-
The new study shows that
levels 'of total cholesterol and
levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol
have decreased in adults be-
tween 1988 and 2010. .
Overall, total cholesterol went
from 206 milligrams of choles-
terol per deciliter of blood in
1988-1994 to 196 milligrams

Earlier, this year, a study in
JAMA also showed that
cholesterol levels in kids'
and teens were getting

per deciliter in 2007-2010.
Researchers also found that
levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol
went down from 129 milli-
grams of cholesterol per deci-
liter of blood in 1988-1994 to
116 milligrams per deciliter in
2007-2010. -
Researchers also noted that
more adults received lipid-low-
ering drugs during this time

period, going up ,from 3.4 per-
cent in 1988-1994 to 15.5 per-
cent in 2007 to 2010.
"The favorable trends in TC,
non-HDL-C, and LDL-C may
be due in part to a decrease
in consumption of trans-fatty
acids or other healthy life-
style changes, in addition to
an increase in the percentage
of adults taking lipid-lowering
medications," the 'research-
ers wrote in the study. "They
are unlikely to be the result of
changes in physical activity,
obesity, or intake of saturated
The study was based on the
cholesterol levels of partici-
pants in the National Health
and Examination Surveys ad-
ministered between 1988 and
2010. Researchers used infor-
mation from 16,573 people in
the 1988-1994 survey; 9,471
people in the 1999-2002 sur-
vey;.and 11,766 people in the
2007-2010 survey.
Earlier this year, a study in
JAMA also showed that choles-
terol levels in kids and teens
were getting better. However,
one in 10 youths still had high
cholesterol between 2007 and
2010, Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention research-
ers found.

Local Fire Dept. works

with Energizer for charity

Miami Fire-Rescue 'have just
been named one of 25 adopted
fire departments from more
than 6,400 across the country
to receive a donation of safety
products from Energizer. Fire-
fighters to celebrate by shar-
ing life-saving information with
community members on Octo-
ber 24, 2012 and distributing
free batteries, provided by En-
ergizer, to remind residents to
adopt the life-saving habit of
the Change Your Clock Change
Your Battery program.
This year Energizer is hon-
oring the 25th anniversary
of one of the nation's top fire
safety campaigns by donating
250,000 batteries to fire de-
partments across the country
to distribute to local families
in their areas. They are also
adopting 25 fire departments in
25 cities and working with local
firefighters throughout Nation-
al Fire Prevention Month (Octo-
ber) to host family safety events
and neighborhood canvasses
to distribute Energizer batter-
ies and share the life-saving
reminder to change the batter-
ies in your smoke and carbon

monoxide detectors when you
change your clocks for daylight
saving time (DST ends Sunday,
Nov. 4, 2012, at 2 a.m.).
Firefighters will be demon-
strating fire safety tips and pre-
vention at Auburndale Elemen-
tary School, located at 3255
SW Sixth St. They will also be
canvassing a local neighbor-
hood located at West Little Ha-
vana, and meeting before at the
Coral Way Nook Parl located at
3100 SW 5th Street.
The Change our Clock
Change Your Battery program
was founded 25 years ago by
Energizer and the International
Association of Fire Chiefs to re-
mind people of the simple, life-
saving habit of changing and
testing the batteries in smoke
alarms and carbon monox-
ide detectors when setting the
clocks back from daylight-sav-
ing time.
The Change our Clock
Change Your Battery program
is just one of the ways Ener-
gizer brings to life the compa-
ny's commitment to making a
.positive impact in communities
across the country.

Oprah talks spirituality

continued from 1B

she is no longer on network
television, she can not only say
the word "God", but she could
also proclaim that she is a
Christian. She then went on to
tell her audience on, "Oprah's
Lifeclass", that she is a Chris-
tian, saying,
"I am a Christian, that is my
faith. I'm not asking you to be a
Christian. If you want to be one
I can show you how. But it is
not required. I have respect for
all faiths. All faiths. But what

I'm talking about is not faith or
religion. I'm talking about spiri-
Winfrey has also shared her
definition of spirituality which
she describes as,
"... living your life with an
open heart, through love... al-
lowing yourself to align with the
values of tolerance, acceptance,
of harmony, of cooperation and
reverence for life. There is a
force energy consciousness di-
vine thread, I believe, that con-
nects spiritually to all of us, to
something greater than our-


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Ways you can assist cancer patients

CANCER patients with blood cancers Women without cancer can certificate for housecleaning
continued from 4B such as leukemia and lym- serve in control groups, services or taxi services. Even

virus out of circulation, pro-
viding "herd immunity" for'the
most vulnerable members of
the community.
Donate directly. Many
pink products donate only a
few cents for each purchase.
instead of buying something
you don't need, write a check to
a cancer organization that you
respect, says Deanna Attai, a
breast surgeon in Burbank,
Give blood. Donating
blood provides a chance to save
a life, says breast cancer sur-
vivor Jody Schoger, from The
. Woodlands, Texas, who needed
a transfusion during her can-
cer surgery.
Register to be a bone-
marrow donor.Thousands of

phoma, sickle-cell disease and
other life-threatening condi-
tions depend on these dona-
tions, according to the Be The
Match Registry. Bone-marrow
transplants aren't a standard
treatment for breast cancer.
But these transplants can help
breast cancer survivors .who
develop life-threatening disor-
ders, such as a myelodysplastic
syndrome, once known as "pre-
leukemia," as a result of their
cancer treatments.

N Join a research study.You
don't need to have cancer to
help cancer research. The Dr.
Susan Love Research Founda-
tion's Army of Women enlists
women, both with and without
cancer, for its studies, many
of which focus on prevention.

The American Cancer Society's
"Cancer Prevention Study 3"
hopes to enroll at least 300,000
people ages 30 to 65 who have
never had cancer.
Lend a hand. People with
cancer may be reluctant to ask
for help. So offer to do some-
thing concrete, such as baby-
,sit their kids, mow their lawn,
clean their house, cook dinner
or drive them to treatment, At-
tai says. Instead of showing up
with a casserole, call ahead to
see if patients need or want a
meal, or if they have special di-
etary needs, Schoger says.
Groups such as Lotsa Helping
Hands can help people organize
friends and neighbors to, share
these tasks. If you can't cook,
buy a gift card for a restau-
rant that delivers, or even a gift

small gifts, such as a parking
pass at a patient's local hos-
pital, can mean a lot, Scho-
ger says. Local charities,
churches and hospitals are al-
ways in.need of volunteers, At-
tai says.
Don't forget people.Can-
cer patients often receive lots
of cards, flowers and support
when they're first diagnosed.
This support can trail off, how-
ever, as the weeks and months
pass, even though some pa-
tients remain in therapy for
years, or even the rest of their
lives, says Lichtenfeld.
Make your voice heard.
Funding for cancer research al-
ways seems to be in jeopardy.
Call or write to elected officials
to tell them that you value re-
search, Lichtenfeld says.

Schools findings healthier menus for kids

continued from 8B

Student Colby Essue, at least,
said she. loved school lunch. "I
Like it because it's a lot health-
ier," the 12-year-old Parkway
student said.
Andino, though, shuddered
at the added greens. "I just go to
the vending machines," he said.
"I think its 50/50 right now
since it's new," said third grade
Parkway teacher Viola Hanson.
She said projects like the gar-
den would help kids eventually
understand what they're eating.
Though the district has no
official numbers on 'the lunch
program this year, Moppert said
a study conducted last spring
showed almost 70 percent of
students who picked a fruit or a

veggie ate more than half.*
But getting kids to chow down
more veggies this year is forcing
districts to get creative.
Jamie McCarthy, a nutrition
specialist in Palm/ Beach, said
cafeteria managers promote
the OrganWise Guys program
to show kids how to love their
bodies while they're in the caf-
eteria line. She said more than
30 schools in the district also
have some type of community
"One of the biggest things
that I think kids are missing
the mark on these days is ...
there's a local connection to
the food that you're ,eating,"
McCarthy said.
Every month, the Broward
school district selects a fruit or
vegetable of the month to pro-

mote in the elementary class-
rooms and that's been helping
with the new lunch program.
"We try to attractively mar-
ket it,"' Darlene Moppert, a
program manager for nutrition
education and training in the
district, said. "It demystifies it
.. when the kids go into the
grocery store, sometimes they
want to buy what they had at
the schools."
Hanson said healthy eating
is not only important for the
students but for the communi-
ty, too. "Kids are sponges and
they act it out later on ... and
they can convince their par-
ents and spread the news even
So while not all kids may
like their veggies, for Parkway
student Deon Cross, there's at

least one perk about growing
your own food "it's mine and
I get to eat it all," the 12-year-
old said.

Oct. 24: S.D. Spady Elemen-
tary School in Delray Beach is
hosting Pero Family Farms to
show off locally grown prod-
Oct. 27: Parkway Middle
School will host chefs to show
kids how to cook healthy and
how to pair the foods. There
will be live cooking demos,
tasting and nutrition work-
shops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 7: Palm Beach will
host a health fair at Hammock
Pointe Elementary School in
Boca Raton where kids will be
able to sample fresh produce.

Breast cancer variations

continued from 4B
with the patient."

Lobular carcinoma in situ is
another type of non-invasive
breast cancer that is similar
to DCIS because it is confined
to its point of origin. However,
LCIS begins in the breast lob-
ules, which are located at the
end of the milk ducts. LCIS
is usually. found in premeno-
pausal women and discovered
as a result of doing a biopsy.
Most experts do not actually
consider LCIS cancer, but rath-
er an abnormal tissue growth,
and LCIS is also treated with a
breast-conserving surgery.

Invasive ductal carcinoma (or
infiltrating ductal carcinoma)
is a more invasive and there-
fore potentially life-threaten-
ing cancer diagnosis. This is
the most frequently diagnosed
form of invasive breast can-
cer, accounting for 80 percent
of all cases. IDC begins in the
milk ducts and invades the
surrounding tissue. Like all
breast cancers, early diagno-
sis is critical since it can move
through the bloodstream and
lymphatic system very rapidly.
IDC is commonly treated by
surgery, chemotherapy, hor-
monal therapy, radiation ther-
apy, or a combination of these
treatments. Treatment for this
sometimes involves mastecto-
my and chemotherapy.

Invasive lobular carcinloma
begins in a lobule of the breast
and spreads to surrounding
tissue.. If not detected early,
ILC has the potential to spread
throughout the body, specifi-


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David S. Ware, adventurous saxophonist, dies

By Ben Ratliff

David S. Ware, a powerful and
contemplative jazz saxophonist
whose career began in the early
1970s but who did not make
a significant name for him-
self until 20 years later when
he helped lead a resurgence of
free jazz in New York, died on
Thursday in New Brunswick,
N.J. He was 62.
The cause was complications
of a kidney transplant in 2009,
said Steven Joerg, Ware's man-
ager and record producer. The
musical world in. which Ware
traveled has few breakout stars,
but he was one. In 1995 a re-
view of his album "Cryptology"
received the lead slot in Roll-
ing Stone, which rarely reviews
jazz albums. In 2001, after the
release of his album "Corridors
& Parallels," Gary Giddins of
The Village Voice called Ware's

* Influenced by Rollins
and Coltrane but go-
ing his own way.
quartet "the best small band in
jazz today."
Ware was a large man with
a big sound. Among his influ-
ences were the breadth of tone
Sonny Rollins could. invest in
a single n6te and the ferocity
John Coltrane could put into a
hundred of them. He wrote his
own music, perforiried some
jazz and pop standards ("Yes-
terdays," "Angel Eyes," even
"The Way We Were') and some-
times improvised within stan-
dard harmony. But fdr the most
part he played less convention-
ally, planning his strategies and
diving in deeply.
David Spencer Ware was born

David S.Ware in NewYork in 2009 after a kidney transplant.

in Plainfield, N.J., on Nov. 7,
1949, and grew up in nearby
Scotch Plains. He started play-
ing alto saxophone at the age
of 10, and .music soon became
his primary focus. By 14 he
was making trips with friends
into Manhattan to hear jazz in
After he introduced himself to
Rollins at a,gig, the two practiced
together in Rollins's. Brooklyn
apartment. The two developed
a bond. Rollins taught Ware
circular breathing techniques,
and later talked with him about
Eastern religion.
"We were close," Rollins said
in a telephone interview on
Friday. "He was a very con-
scientious young fellow."After
graduating, Ware switched to
tenor saxophone, his main in-
strument thereafter. He studied
at the Berklee College of Music
in Boston in' the. late 1960s,

and during that period met the
pianist Cooper-Moore and the
drummer Marc Edwards, with
whom he performed through
much of the 1970s in the free-.
jazz group Apogee.
In 1973 Rollins invited Apo-
gee to open for him at the Vil-
lage Vanguard. "I got a lot of
mean looks from my fans in the
club," Rollins said in on Friday.
By 1973 Ware had moved to
New York, where he became
part of the SoHo loft-jazz scene.
He performed and recorded
with the pianist and composer
Cecil Taylor and 'also collabo-
rated with some of the new
jazz's better drummers, includ-
ing Andrew Cyrille, Beaver Har-
ris and Milford Graves.
By the late 1980s Ware was
recording as a leader, but he
was still not well known outside
certain small circles. Through
that period and into the 1990s,

while living in Scotch Plains
with his wife, Setsuko S. Ware,
who survives him, he drove a
cab in New York to make ends
' Ware is also survived by his
sister, Corliss Olivia Farrar.
In 1991 Ware began record-
ing for the Japanese label DIW.
Through a temporary licensing
arrangement in the 1990s, his
DIW album "Flight of i" was re-
leased in the United States by
Columbia Records. In 1997 he
was signed outright to Colum-
bia by the saxophonist Bran-
ford Marsalis, then working for
the label, for two more records,
."Go See the World" and "Sur-
rendered." .,
All that, as well as the start
of the annual Vision Festival. in
1996, brought new attention
to the culture around the free
jazz scene in New York and to
Ware's music. His headlining
gigs in New York became more
frequent, and the documenta-
tion of his changing bands kept
pace. From 2001 onward he re-
corded 10 records for Aum Fi-
delity, the label owned by Joerg,
including an album-length ver-
sion of Rollins's 1958 "Freedom
Ware developedkidney failure
in the late 1990s and under-
went self-administered dialysis
fdt almost a decade; by 2009
a transplant was required to
save his life. Joerg made a plea
to Ware's fans and friends, and
one, Laura Mehr, offered -hers.
The operation was that May,
and Ware performed again in
October, unaccompanied, at the
Abrons Arts Center on the Low-
er East Side, That concert was
recorded and quickly released
by Aum Fidelity as "Saturnian
(Solo Saxophones, Vol. 1)."

Gabby Douglas flies above the bullies

By Audrey Griffin

Bullying exists in many
shapes and forms. Just ask
Olympic Gold winner Gabri-
elle Douglas. While the new
American sweetheart was
competing to win at the Olym-
pics, people giving their opin-
ions about her hair via social.
networks; others- still were
weighing inon her family's fi-
nances and questioning who
was really responsible for her
success. Sadly, it is an unfor-
tunate reality in today's soci-
ety that people can just hide
behind their keyboards and
smart phones to say things
that are so inconsequential
and so insensitive. Luckily,

Gabrielle was able to deal with
her detractors in a graceful
way. Not only did she win big
in this Summer's Olympics,
she also gave hope to millions
of little girls that if she did it,
they can do it toot ..
The 'Flying Squirrel' and
mom Natalie Hawkins were
recently the guests of honor at
the iGlow Mentoring Mother/
:Daughter Brunch in Chica-
go. There was such anticipa-
tion by the young ladies at
this event as they waited to
see the mother and daughter
dynamic duo. They went on to
deliver a message of inspira-
tion and hope, as well as some
practical advice on what to do
to overcome the hard days

and discover how your sac-
rifices can pay off when you
don't quit.
Gabby had this to offer for
young people and parents who

are dealing with the night-
mare of bullying:
"My advice would be that
if you feel like you are get-'
ting bullied, or you feel some
type of way, you should go to
-a parent that you trust and
love and 'know that they 'have'
the best interest for you and
just to speak up. I would say.
for the parent, just support
them and just trust and be-
lieve them. Handle it and to
do what's best fot your kid or
your daughter. I would say
that's the best advice I re-
ceived [from my mom.]" '
How have you : confronted
bullying in your life, as a child
or during adulthood? Speak
on it!

Powerful praying strategies to utilize

continued from 1B

come boldly as a child would to
a fafither, as a prince or princess
would to a king, as a wronged
plaintiff would to a court of law.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "Without
faith it is impossible to please
Him, for he'who comes to God
must believe that He. is, and
that He is a rewarder of those
who diligently seek Him.'

We aren't called to take ven-
geance on anyone. If. vengeance
is to be taken, it will be God
taking it, not us. We are not
called to be judges over the
.perpetrators of any crimes,
disasters or diseases. We are
called to be deliverers, rescu-
ers and healers. We're called
to putt ourselves between the
people and the harm, lifting up
Jesus so that those who will

look up from this world to Him
might also be saved (see'John
3:14-15). We must pray to see
the people we are praying for or
those who hurt us through the
eyes of God. We must pray that
God stops them in their tracks
as He did Paul and turns them
around. We can't have faith if
we aren't walking in love, for
the only thing that avails. is
"faith workingg through love"
(Gal. 5:6).

There are times when we are
in denial about the truth of a
situation, or we could just be
mistaken about the facts or in
how we are interpreting things.
We don't necessarily need to
be praying "the facts;" we need
to be praying the truth. The
facts might be that the doctor
said you will die in six months,
but the truth is "by His stripes
we are healed" (Is; 53:5).. God

doesn't need us to tell Him the
facts; He knows them better
than we do. But He does need
us to agree with His promises
so that we can receive the pro-
vision He desires to provide.
After all, the Bible says, "You
shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free"
(John 8:32).

Life throws us curveballs,
and though we have different
backgrounds and personal his-
tories, we all have emotions,.
dreams and passions. When
We're emotionally involved in a
struggle, we tend to pray less
rather than pray more. If we
are to have overcoming prayer
lives, we need to turn those
emotions and passions into
prayer rather than let them be-
come a hindrance to it. We are
told: "Elijah was a man with a
nature like ours, and he prayed

earnestly that it would not rain;
and it did not rain on the land
for three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the
heaven gave rain, and the earth
produced its fruit" (James

Praying in Jesus' name is not
just a closing we're supposed to
use before we say, "Amen." It is
actually coming to the throne
of God just as an ambassador
would come to the throne of a
foreign king "in the name of"
his own king. Using the name
of Jesus is another "in Christ"
privilege and signet of our au-
thority as a representative of
John 14:13-14 says: "And
whatever you ask in My name,
that I will do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. If
you ask anything in My name,
I will do it."

In loving memory of,

10/26/1955 04/15/2012

You were loving and kind in
all you ways, jovial and friend-
ly to the end of your days.
You 'were sincere and true
iri heart and mind. ,
We cherish the memories
you have left behind.
Sadly missed,
The Family

93rd Street CBC, 2330 NW
93rd Street, Miami, will cel-
ebrate their 51st Church Anni-
versary 11 a.m., Sunday, Octo-
ber 28. :'
Join Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson,
Senior Pastor and the 93rd
Street Family for a major word
that's going to bless the people
of God. Following- the service at
1:15 join us for a "Souls to the
Polls" march beginning at NW
62nd Street and 22nd Avenue,
ending at the Joseph Caleb
Center at NW 54th Street and.
22nd Avenue.
Come out and enjoy the food,
fellowship and, exercise your
right to vote! ,

In loving memory of,


We love and miss you from
your loving wife, Mary G.
Th6mas and son, Charles E
Thomas, Jr.

For more information call the
church at 305-836-0942.

Church considers GOp,.

EVANS .:. ..
continued from '2B

National Church Adopt-a-
School initiative. The initiative
encourages churches to adopt
public schools in their areas
and then serve' the schools
through mentoring, tutoring,
and family support. So far, Oak
Cliff has adopted 65 inner city
public schools.
The 63 year old pastor is a
chaplain for football and bas-
ketball, serving the NFL's Dallas
Cowboys and the NBA's Dallas
Mavericks. Evans also served in

the Bush administration (Presi-
dent George W. Bush), helping
td launch the administration's
office of faith-based initiatives.
'While Ev-ns has typically
stayed away from politics and
remained' focused on basic the-
ology, marriage, 'and racial rec-
onciliation, he recently wrote a
book that delves into politics.
According to Evans, the book "
How Should Christians Vote?",
is not meant to endorse any
party but the preacher does
criticize Obama for supporting
abortion and same-gender mar-

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Hadley Davis MLK
retired bus driv-
er, died October
15 at Aventura
Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

,maker, died
October 15 at
home. Services
were held.

homemaker, ;ik
died October 16
at North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

CARLOS HALL, 45, laborer,
died October
17 at Jackson
Nursing Facil- x
ity. Survived by
father, Charlie
Hall; sisters,
Smith, Phyllis
and Lisa Hall.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at New
General Baptist Church.

October- 15 at
Kindred Hos-
pital. Service 2
p.m. Saturday
in the chapel.

operator, died.
October ,17..
-Service 12 p.m.,,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary MB

died October
19 at Miami
Jewish Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Hist6rc St.
Agnes Episco-
pal Church.


29, clerk, died
- October :12.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Refuge Church
of God Lord,
4450 NW 17
Ave., Miami, FL

Florida Cremations ,
BOBBY BELLAMY, 68, police
for the city of
bus .driver, died
October 16 at
home. Viewing .
5-9 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 12 p.m..
Saturday in the
chapel, 12830 NW 42nd Avenue,
Opa-locka, FL.

Hall Ferguson H
retired daycare
died October
17 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Church of God
Tabernacle, 1351 NW
Final service handled by
Funeral Home on Novem
Valdosta, GA.


S67 St.
nber 3rd in

CEASAR STEWART, 77, retired
died October
21 at home.
Service 11
a.m., Thursday
at True Light
Church of Jesus
Christ Apostolic

October 19 at ..
Pembroke Me-
modal Hospital,
Hollywood, -FL.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Mount Zion Mis-
sionary Baptist

GARY SMALL, 53, patient care
manager, died
October 22 at
home. Service
1 p.m., Satur-
day at Mt. Tabor
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.


retired principal,
died October
17 at Memorial
.R e g i o n a I
Hospital in
Hollywood, FL.
Mrs. Hollinger
is a native of
Florida. She later moved to West
Park, FL, where she would make a
loving home with her late husband,
Evans Holtinger, She is survived by
her devoted sister, Mrs. Frances
Cheesebrough; brothers-in-laws,
Watkins Hollinger (Eunice) and
Marzel Hollinger (Gwendolyn);
devoted nieces, Mrs. Donna Banks
(David), Mrs. Vaseal Montgomery,
Ms. Marsha Montgomery, Mrs.
Gwendolyn Fortt (Theral); devoted
nephews, Lester Hollinger (Alma),
W:D. Montgomery (Bridgett),
Mario Montgomery and a host of
sisters-in-laws, grands, 'nieces,
nephews, cousins, god-children
and friends. Viewing 5 p.m.-8 p.m.,
Friday, October 26 at Greater Ward
Chapel A.M.E. Church, Hallandale,
FL. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at the

disabled, died-
October 22.
include his
father, Leslie 4
brothers, Eric h
Thomas, Elston
Thomas, and '
Darrell Roach; aUnt, Sandra
Eberhardt; and a host of cousins,
other relatives and friends. Service
11 a.m., Friday in the chapel.

76, died
October 17 at
Shand Hospital
in Gainville, FL.
Viewing 2-4
p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the L7
chapel. No repast.

BTW Funeral Service
44, MSW-
social work.
died October
14 in Phoenix,
AZ. Survivors:
d a u g h teMr,
Samantha R.
Gerald; parents.
Wilder-McCoy and stepfather,
Kenneth C. McCoy; sisters:
Kateenya V. Youngblood, Leah
McCoy; stepbrother, Jeremy
McCoy and host of other relatives
and. friends. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at St. Lewis Missionary
Baptist Church, Lakeland, GA.

CALL 305-694-6210

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
53, housewife,
died, OctoPer,
15 at Jackson

Eddie Cobb;
-Shanika Hepburn and Brittany
,Williams; sons, Lavance Palmer,,
Barry Williams, Bruno, Williams;
seven sisters, one brother and host
of other relatives. Service Saturday
in Nassau, Bahamas.

secretary, died
October 19
at Memorial
H o s p it a I
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist

LONNIE FLUKER, 84, domestic
worker, died October 15 atAventura
Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Friendship Missionary Baptist

October 18 at home. Services were

Wright & Young
died October 21
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Liberty
City Church
of Christ. In
celebration of her life, ladies please
wear a hat.


LIZZIE TIPPINS, 60, manag-
er, died Octo-
be 21 at South
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Mt.Olive Baptist

78, died October 20 at Jackson
North Hospital. Service 7 p.m., Fri-
day at Universal Truth Center.

53, electrician. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at First Church of
the Nazarene.

died October 16 at home. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday at at Martin
Memorial A.M.E. Church

102, retired teacher, died October
19 at home. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day at Glendale Baptist Church.

IDA MAE ALBURY, 86, died Oc-
tober 20 at home. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the Church of Ascen-

In Memoriam

I- '-:d..,


With pride we speak your
name. A year has passed
without you. Life will never be
the same. We love you, Mama.
The Family

Card of Thanks

The .family of the late,


would like to thank all of our
family, friends, neighbors,
and co-workers for their love.
and support in our time of
The Family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

aka "Billy"

Thank you sincerely

sharing our sorrow.
Your kindness is de
appreciated and will alv
be remembered.
The Hanshaw Family



Happy Birthday

.In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

10/29/1974 03111/2005 October 25,2011

You are in our thoughts, and
will always have a place in our
hearts. Your name will remain
a part of everyone's daily con-
versation. God shows us in
his marvelous works that he
is in charge, and he has not
forgotten.,We see God working
and in due season He will link
the chain.
We love you and miss your
presence; however your joy-
ous memories are with us.
Please continue to call in in-
formation about the murder
of,'0.J.' to Detective Romagni
at 305-471-2400 and Crime
Stoppers at 305-471-8477. A
reward is offered. You will re-
main anonymous.
In God We Trust.
The Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

"Big Mike"

Sadly missed along life way.
Quietly remembered every
No longer in our life to
But in our hearts you are
always there.
Your parents, John and
Tina; brothers, John, Tony
and Jonta; special friend, Ka-

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

10/22/1941 04/0712010

Gone but never forgotten.
Love you always.
The Swan Family

10122/1918 08/22/2011

A Birthday Tribute
You Are Thought Of
All The Time,
In My Heart, and
In My Mind.
But Today Is A Very
Special Date,
SThe Date That God
Someone Great.
Now You May Wonder,
You May Say Who?
But Always Remember,
That Someone Is You!
Happy Birthday, Mom
Jimmie Cheever

Card of Thanks


graciously acknowledges the
love, support and generosity
from family and friends dur-
ing our time of bereavement.
A special thanks is extend-
ed to New Providence Masonic
Lodge #365, Miami North-
western C/0 82, Miami Po-
lice Traffic Enforcement Unit,
Charles R. Drew Elem., Mt.
Tabor Baptist Church, and
Hall Ferguson Hewitt.
May God continue to bestow
blessings upon each of you.
The Cason and Franklin

October 25,2011

Maybe it was for the best
that both of you could not re-
main here with us to endure
life's turmoil, but just maybe
we'll be united in the next life;
Your mother, Monica and
family. /

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/27/1974 10(16/2002

It has been ten years since
your departing. ..
Your family and friends
miss you and in "our" day of
reckoning, we 'will be joined
with you: .-.
"On late evenings when qui-
et inhabits our garden, when
grass sleeps and streets are
only paths for silent mist..
We remember you smiling."
Our hearts are still bleeding
for you .
Your Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/12/1933-- 10/25/2009

It's been three years since
God called you home.
You are greatly missed.
From your loving wife.


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First Black woman

to take Sundance

Best Director Prize

Feature film, Middle of Nowhere, opens
in Miami with rave reviews

By D. Kevin McNeir
In today's film industry, there
are so many bad movies being
produced that most people-tend
to wait until they debut on cable.,
But once in a great while, a real
gem emerges. Last Friday, an
independent Black film, written
and directed by a Black woman, ,
Ava DuVernay, opened in'Miami.
And from our vantage point,
Middle of Nowhere is a bona fide
But don't take our word for it.
DuVernay, 40, beat out a list of
prominent candidates to take
the Directing Award, U.S. Dra-
matic 2012 at the Sundance Film
Festival for her work on Nowhere,
her second feature film. No other
Black female director can say the
"It's an amazing feeling and of
course it boosts my confidence,"

she said. "But there have been
other women worthy of this
award, who have done amazing
work. I suppose this is just my
time and I'm honored."
The film opens with a'young
woman haunted by memories
and solitary in her thoughts
while riding on a crowded city
bus. Ruby, played superbly by,
Emayatzy Corinealdi [a stunning
Panamanian-American], is on
her way to visit her husband Der-
ek [Omari Hardwick], a convicted
* felon deep in the throes of an
eight-year sentence. Ruby, fight-
Sing to support her husband, has
abandoned her dream of medical
school, lost her identity and is
Constantly troubled by feelings of
shame, isolation, guilt and grief.
After a chance meeting with a
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From the White House,

beer we can believe in

By Eric Asimov
It may well have been the most
famous home-brewing experi-
Sment in history. The White House
chefs, using a kit bought last year
by President Obama, produced

SOliver of Brooklyn Brewery made
a batch of White House Honey
Ale, recreated from a recipe
released by the White House.
their own beer with honey har-
vested at the White House.
The president was photo-
graphed over the summer enjoy-

ing the White House Honey Ale,
which prompted a relentless
demand that the administration
hand over samples or at least
'discuss its methods. On Sept.
1, the White House yielded and
published a recipe.
The president said the beer was
good. Was it? The Dining section
truth squad leaped intoaction,
enlisting Garrett Oliver, the brew-
master at Brooklyn Brewery, to
make a batch to assess.
After steeping, boiling, cool-
ing, fermenting and settling,
Oliver stowed away 38 750-mil-
liliter corked bottles to mature
in a conditioning room kept at
77 degrees. One month later, the
beer was ready to be tasted. On
Monday', Oliver and I uncorked
one chilled bottle.
Oliver had expressed concern
that the beer might not be ready,
but our patience had reached
its limit. The potential problem?
Brewers carbonate most mass-
market beers by injecting them
with carbon dioxide, but home
brewers generally rely on the
ancient technique of initiating
Sa small second fermentation in
the bottle before capping it. With
nowhere to escape, the carbon
dioxide produced by this fermen-.
tation turns into the bubbles that
animate the beer.
If the second fermentation had
Please turn to BEER 2C




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SCongratulations go out to
those refined senior citizens
from St. Paul AME Church
that took the time to frequent
Michael's Diner. They) are
deaconesses, but they came
looking like executives,
attending an important
board meeting with the
conversations focused on the
presidential election. They
spoke of following President
Obama to the polls and
voting for him in his quest for
four more years, according
to leaders Anne Rogne and

Julia Gray. Others I
in attendance
included: Rosa Benbou,
Willie Mae Pinkney, Annie
Johnson, Teresa Berry, Irene
Hart, Evelyn Clarley, Emma
Mellerson, Minnie Mickens-
Jones, Henry Jones, Rudy
Pierre, Lillia Covington and
Aubrey Brunson, DGM.
Anne made sure Sadie
served everyone properly.
Most of them ordered boiled
fish and grits, while others
preferred bacon, eggs,
buttered grits and coffee.

After breakfast, they all
sat around conversing
with each other, while
planning their next
visit with Rev. Robert
Jackson, II in mind.
Just before Aubrey
Brunson, DGM left he
was asked to speak
with me about the COAXUM
visitation of Anthony
T. Stafford, state of Florida N"Men 0
leader to Miami, St. Paul AME '88. Bru
and Hewitt Funeral Home, to Leader j
pay respect to the family of who
Randy T. Cason. a deceased speech
Masonic brother. From my family r
vantage point, I observed 102 continue
Masons lining up in twos Kudos
preparing to march in singing that wo
"Nearer My God to Thee." shirts, I
While passing the casket, the shoes

men lined up from the
foot of it to the head,
while three elderly
brothers spoke with
reverence, followed by
Pierre Rutledge who
named his classmates
Dewey Knight.
Desaline Ford and
the deceased Cason,
that represented the
f Tomorrow" class of
nson introduced State
Anthony T. Stafford,
gave a memoriamrn
to the brothers and
members. The tribute
ed at the church.
go out to the Masons
re black suits, white
black bow ties, black
white aprons and

gloves. Cason's death
was celebrated further
as the brothers spoke
of him as a brother,
a family man and
a handyman of all
trades from bicycle to
Torian Cox, baseilus
of Sigma .lpha OBA
Chapter of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. used his
skills to notify the membership
of the meeting, last Saturday.
The Omega Activity Center
was filled for the 5 p.m.
business meeting, while the
-brother-in-charge" used the
phrase, 'peace, brothers' twice
and controlled the brothers
for the two hour meeting. Dr.
Thomas Snowden gave the

S first report relative
to the 38th Annual
State Workshop held
in Tampa Fl., at the
Marriott Westshore
Hotel with brothers
Adderjey, Anderson,
Cico, Arenas, Ariside,
Banes, Belcher, Blair,
MA Britt, Cox, Daniels,
Gamble, Hudson,
Jones, Love, Mahmood,
McLeod, Richardson, Roane
and Wright. He also reported
Sigma Alpha being recognized
for years of service since its
founding on Oct. 9, 1939. The
7th DR is Leslie Gamble for
2013, Sigma Alpha won third
place for raising $9,000 and
Dr. Walter T. Richardson was
named "Citizen of the Year."

Pe l

Happy birthday to a
grand lady, Mrs. Willie
Pearl Porter, who turned
101-years-old on Oct. 5th
with her family at her home.
Join Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church as we have our
annual Calendar Tea on
Nov. 11th at 4 p.m. Help
us celebrate and honor our
beloved priest, Fr. Richard
L. Marquess Barry, in one
of many tributes to him.
Get-well wishes and our
sincere prayers go out to
all of you": Clarance Clear,
Sr., Gloria Bannister,
Lottie Brown, Shirley
Bailey, Inez M. Johnson,
Naomi Adams, Jacqueline
Livingston, Veronica B.
O'Berry, Geneva Bethel-
Sands, Princess Lamb,
Edith J. Coverson,
Ernestine Ross-Collins,
Thomas Nottage, Prince
Gordon, Sr. and Donzaleigh
"Lay McKinney.

The retirees
of the w,'
Church of the Incarnation
sponsored an historical bus
tour to Lake Worth, Florida
and its historic Black areas
on Oct. 4th. Among those
making the trip were: Gwen
Thomas, Florence Moncur,
Bethany Addison; Betty
Blue, Dorothy Joseph,
Alma Brown, Josephine
Hall, Katherine Hinson,
Mary Seay, Shirley
Gibson, Marilyn Randall,
Margaret Roberts,
Josephine Davis Rolle,
Ethel Ingraham, Jean
Robinson, Rochelle Allen,
Erna Beckles, Delores
Lockett, Vicky Barry,
Sharon Johnson, Joyce
Barry, Patsy Lung, Muriel
Hall, Tyeasa Robinson,
Ora Moss, Sandra Stubbs,
Elizabeth and Jackson
Sturr and Cynthia Panton.
All enjoyed a very good time.

Very happy to see
Deacon Doris Ingraham,
Evangeline Gibson and
Harry Dawkins up and out
again. So glad all of you are
feeling better.
The Lamp Lighters'
Aglow, Inc., North Dade
Chapter, honored Mrs. Cleo
Seymour at their annual
Prayer Brunch on Florida
Memorial University's
campus in the Albert and
Sadie Smith Banquet Hall,
Oct. 20th. The speaker was
Rev. Patricia Wallace of
Pahokee, Fl.
Rodney Harris -" father
of University of Miami
Quarterback Jacory Harris
is in the run for Miami
Gardens City Council Seat
#3 on Nov. 6th. Rodney is
the defensive coordinator
for Miami Northwestern
, Booker T. Washington
students and alumni wish
our Tornadoes well as they
prepare to go to Orlando in
December for the 4-A State
Championship and return
with the championship.

"Middle of Nowhere' is superb

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handsome bus driver named
Brian; IDavidOvyelowvo]and the
realization that :herhusbitnd
hasb.tieep' far .nfdTi. squeaky-
cdea, ,vhile-behind'-ars, .she
" 'i' forced to reconsider her life.'
As the movie unfolds, Ruby
undergoes a powerful trans-
fdrmation. In the process, we
witness the rebirth of a bro-
ken woman, finally on the way
to becoming whole again.
Tlhe cinematography, music
d". at .'" .which -includes
veter-an actress', Lorraine
Tobssaint as Ruby's mother
Ruth.-_- are woven together
-ig masterful fashion. But the
real', beauty of, this -film may the'words themselves.
DuVernay is more often iden-
tified .as a director and mar-
ketingrexecutive, than as a
writer. But she pulls out all.
the stops, akin to the kind. of
metaphoric beauty that movie
buffs may recall from Black
film classics like Poetic Jus-
tice or Jason's Lyric.
She says it makes a dif-
ference when a woman is
the writer and behind the

-Photo courtesyy AAFFRM
and Emayatzy Corinealdi star in Ava DuVernay's moving film,
Middle of Nowhere, as a married couple whose. love faces its
greatest challenge after the husbands sent to prison.
camera too.' ami will be equallVy''mpressed
."1 think we would all ben- with the film. .
efit if there were more films "Pthink this is the kind.of .women because -e story where there is some-
bring a different perspective," thing with which, everyone'
she said.."My interpretation of can identitfy," she said. "Look
the story and my reflections for Emayvtzy' who is in ev-
about each characters are col- ery scene she is a true
ored by my own experiences lead and is incredible in her
as a Black,woman in America, performance, despite it be-
lt's not that mine are better ing her first time as the star.
- they are just different." The ensemble of actors made
Middle of Nowhere opened a my work easy. Their perfor-
week ago in LA, NY, Atlanta, mances were exquisite. I just
Philly and DC with an impres- hope that audiences around
sive $13,000 per'screen aver- the country will give this film
age. She hopes viewers in Mi- a chance."

White House loves its "libations"

continued from IC
gone wrong, or simply wasn't
finished, we'd know. The un-
corking would be accompa-
nied by a wimpy sigh, or worse,
silence. We hoped for the best
as Oliver removed the wire
cage imprisoning the cork. He
pulled it out, and with it came
a stately, resounding pop.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we
have beer," he said.
Methodically, he filled a cou-
ple of goblets. The beer poured
out a lovely auburn brown
with touches of red glinting
in the midday sunlight. It was
hazy, indicating that dead
yeast cells had not complet-
ed their journey downward
to the bottom of the bottle. A
rocky head of foam was tex-
tured and held its form nicely.
We drank, tentatively at first,
then deeply.

The aromas were floral with
a touch of orange and a me-
tallic note that I sometimes
find in honey. On the palate,
it was breezy, fresh, tangy and
lightly bitter, not bone dry but
not at all sweet. I could sense
the honey in the round, rich
texture of the beer: thickness
without weight, like a chenin
blanc wine. The soft carbon-
ation enhanced the texture. It
didn't have the insistent rush
of bubbles that you would find
in a mass-produced beer, or
the snappy twang of a pilsner,
but rather the soft fizz of a Brit-
ish hand-cranked cask ale.
The White House brewers
chose classic British hops,
Kent Goldings and Fuggles,
which yield a gentle, more gen-
eralized sort of bitterness than
the sharper grapefruit and
pine of American hops famil-

iar in American craft beers.
They had taken another Brit-
ish-style step, adding mineral
salts to the water, a process
intended to mimic the famous
waters of Burton-on-Trent, a
British town renowned for its
brewing heritage. Burtonizing
is a long American tradition as
well. Oliver has found adver-
tisements in century-old brew-
ing magazines for the Ameri-
can Burtonizing Company in
New York..
As the beer was exposed to
air in the glass, it seemed to
become brighter and juicier.
Professional brewers have
many sophisticated tech-
niques for shaping complex-
ity, but home brewers have it
all over them when it comes to
freshness. Drinking a proper
home-brewed beer that is alive
and leaps from the glass is
enough to bear out President
Obama's assessment.

Tyler plays it straight in 'Alex Cross'

Tired cop drama

handcuffs Perry
By Claudia Puig

Comedy actor/writer/direc-
tor Tyler Perry should not give
up his day job. At least not un-
til he chooses better dramatic
vehicles for branching out.
Alex Cross (" out of four) is
a lackluster police procedural
thriller in which Perry plays
the titular lead a
shrewd homicide de-
tective who also is a
forensic psychologist.
Known for his com- .,,
edies, Perry must have
felt it was high time for
him to try his hand at
playing a darker role.
But starring in this p
badly directed, sus-
pense-free film with its unin-
tentionally laughable dialogue
does Perry no favors.
Already known for his plays,
Perry burst onto the Hollywood
scene in 2005 with his singu-
larly popular brand of sassy,
slapstick comedy. He has since
become a huge, phenomenon in
the upbeat films he writes, di-
rects, produces and often stars
in. They usually .have a posi-
tive message relating to family
and often star Perry as Madea,
Sa 'bossy elderly lady, who never

hesitates to speak her mind.
No doubt Madea would dis-
miss this movie as a load of
hooey whose plot has been
done much better on a bevy of
TV cop dramas.
Nearly everyone around
him seems to be simply going
through the motions from
the director and screenwriters
down to most of the ensemble
cast. Perry is earnest and lik-
able in the part, particular
in warm scenes featuring his
wife (Carmen Ejo-
go) and his mother
S (Cicely Tyson).
Director Rob Co-
S hen films some
Fight sequences
so murkily, with
the camera mov-
ing so shakily, that
ERRY it can be hard to
tell who's hurt-
ing whom. A climactic fight
between Perry and his serial
killer nemesis (Matthew Fox)
is shot in such dark colors
that it blurs any sense of mo-
mentous action.
Writers Marc Moss and Ker-
ry Williamson seem to have
ripped a page from the psycho-
killer playbook, though they
did have more literary source
material ,to draw from., Based
on the best-selling books by
James Patterson, this appears
to be Cross' origin story about

his roots as a cop in Detroit
before he goes to wvork for the
FBI in Washington.
Brainy and intuitive, Cross
matches wits with a diaboli-
cal serial killer nicknamed Pi-
casso. Cross' partners, Thom-
as Kane (Edward Burns) and
Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols),
offer assists in the killer hunt,
but it comes down to a match-
ing of wits between Cross and
the killer, who likes to make
abstract drawings in 'Picasso's
Cubist style. He's a sadist with
the heart of. an artist. Or an
artist with the soul of a sadist.
Whatever, it all feels ridicu-
The killer's artistry is ob-
scured by his penchant for
torture, administered when
the victim is conscious and
aware, but paralyzed. He also
likes to call up Cross and vi-
ciously taunt him. It's a cat-
and-mouse game. And. the
nefarious dealings go right up
to the top echelon of the city's
wealthiest powerbrokers. The
cinematic cliches just keep, on
coming. .Crime-related televi-
sion dramas have all covered
this ground repeatedly.'
While the action is slack
and uninvolving and. the look
of the. film is grubby, it's the.-
rote tale of Alex Cross vs. the
artistic serial killer that most




Whoopi Goldberg fires back at Romney

By Joy-Ann Reid

Oscar-winning actress and
The View co-host Whoopi Gold-
berg took to Twitter to fire back
at Republican presidential can-
didate Mitt Romney, who was
caught on tape during a May
fundraiser saying four of the
five morning show hosts are
"sharp-tongued and not con-
servative, especially" Whoopi.
Romney made the comment
to donors at a $50,000 a plate
Boca Raton fundraiser that
was surreptitiously record-
ed. His campaign has been
rocked by the revelation of his
comments that 47 percent of
Americans will vote for Presi-
dent Obama no matter what,,
because they are dependent
on government, feel "entitled,"
and pay no taxes. But he. also
talked a little pop culture, say-
ing in answer to a donor who

State Rep. Cynthia
Stafford presents a
Domestic Violence ToWn Hall
Meeting, Oct. 25th at 6 p.m.
at the Carrie P. Meek Senior
& Cultural Center. Call( 305-

BTW 1958 Aluimni
, Class will sponsor a 'Pre-
Halloween Swing 'on Oct.
26th, at 8 p.m. at the Athalie
Range Social Hall. Contact
Leotha at 305-836-4417. i

Education for a Better
America is having 'its
Higher Education Awareness
& Dropout Prevention
Initiative, Oct 27th at 11 a.m.
on: the -campus of Florida,
Memorial University.

Miami Carol City class
of 1982 is conducting their
reunion meeting Oct. 27th,'
at '4 -p.m. at Broward S

wanted to see him do ,.,
more television be-
cause "a lot of women .
especially don't watch
debates..." Romney
lamented that "Regis
[Philbin] is gone, spec-
ulated that late night
host David Letterman
"hates" him for going GOL
on Jay Leno's Tonight
Show more often, said appear-
ing on Saturday Night Live can
appear "slapstick" and "un-
presidential," and offered this
critique of The View:
"... The View is fine. Although
The View is high risk because
of the five women on it, only
one is conservative. Four, are
sharp-tongued 'and not con-
servatiye, Whoopi Goldberg in
particular. Although last time
I was on the show, she said to
me, "You know what? I think I
could vote for you." And I said,

Reginal Library, 7300 Pines
Blvd. Contact Francine 786-

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

Miami Carol City class
Of 1982 will have their
30th reunion, bct..27th at 4
p.m. at Broward S Regional
Library. Contact Francine at

The Alhambra
Orchestra and Greater
Miami Youth Symphony
will put on! "A 'Spooky
Symphony", Oct. 28th at 4
p.m. at the Olympia Theater,
174 E Flager St. Call 305-

BTW class of 1965

S 'I must have done
Something. really
Goldberg fired
back last Wednes-
day, in a Twitter
S rant in which she
said she did. pre-
viously respected
DBERG Romney for his sup-
port for health care
in Massachusetts, but no more:
"I once had a great deal
of respect for you and many
of [your] stances," Goldberg
tweeted. "You believed like Ted-
dy Kennedy in healthcare and a
woman's right to choose and u
seemed to actually care about
[your] people. That was the
man I said was someone worth
voting for [and] I said it public-
ly ... Today I understand that
while talking to like minded
folks you took a respectful ob-
servation and wondered what

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

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

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

Mt. Tabor MBC's Walk
for Peace/Candlelight
Vigil will be held Nov. 8th
at 6 p.m., starting at 17th
Ave. and ending at Miami
Northwestern's track field.
Contact Steve at 786-489-

The BTW Alumni

you had done wrong to garner
that kind of interest from me.
Well Mr. Romney, the man I
was talking about turned into
a man who flushed his ideals
down the drain, only to emerge
as a confused candidate..."
And the actress went on to ac-
cuse Romney if standing with
"a group who stands on the
steps of congress and spits on
- lawmakers," an apparent refer-
ence to the Tea Party, members
of which were accused of spit-
ting on Black members of Con-
gress during the debate over
healthcare reform in 2009.
Whoopi wasn't the only The
View cast member taking shots
at Romney over his comments.
On the show Wednesday, come-
dienne Sherri Shepherd said of
Romney: "If you can't handle
four sharp-tongued women,
how are you going to handle
the country?"

at the Doubletree Hotel. Call

A Landmark Learning
Center Staff will host a
reunion Nov. 12th at the
Golden Corral, 9045 Pines
Blvd. Contact John at 954-

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

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

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 has resumed
clas6 meetings. Call 305-

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

Oscar buzz grows for Denzel

Denzel Washington
long been one of the
bankable and beloved
stars in Hollywood, b
hasn't scored an Os- I
car nomination since I


his best actor victory
for 20010s Training
If early reviews for
his upcoming drama
Flight are any indica- DEN
tion, he6 might want
to get his tux ready for a trip
to the Academy Awards.
The Robert Zemeckis film
debuted at the New York Film
Festival this weekend and
while reaction to the film itself
was mixed, the veteran actor's
performance was cited across
the board as a highlight.
"Washington has found one
of the best parts of his career
in Whip Whitaker," wrote the
Hollywood Reporter's film

Greater Miami Chapter 1
accepting applications for s
Just Us Girls Mentoring 4
Program. Call 800-658-1292.

Range Park offers free 5
self-defense/karate classes F
for children and adults. Call r
305-757-7961 or 786-306-

Alumni of Raines and A
New Stanton Sr. High of \
Jacksonville will cruise in (
May 2013 for a joint 45th
class reunion. Call 305-474-
0030. 1

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

ResourcesforVeterans i
Sacred Trust offers I
affordable and, supportive
housing assistance"for low-
income veteran 'families
facing homelessness. Call I
855-778-3411 ,

Athlete Club will. have a
banquet/induction Hall of 1 The National Coalition 0 Solid Rock Enterprise,
Fame ceremony Nov. 10th of 100- Black Women Inc. Restorative Justice

critic Todd McCarthy.
The role of Whitaker is a
darker : one than usual for
Washington. The character is
an airline pilot who suc-
cessfully lands a plum-
meting aircraft, but
whose heroism is called
into question when it
is revealed that he had
alcohol and cocaine in
his system at the time
ZEL of the crisis.
"Denzel Washington may
very well be Oscar nominated
for his showy performance as
an heroic pilot haunted by de-
mons," wrote New York Post
critic Lou Lumenick.' Acad-
emy Award nominations will
be announced early next year,
on January 10th, so Washing-
ton will soon know whether or
not he'll have a chance to take
home an unprecedented third

Academy offers counseling
services for youth. Call 786-

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

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

* Empowerment
tutoring in Miami Gardens
offers free tutoring with
rained teachers. Call 305-
654-7251. ,

SOpa-Locka Community
Development Corporation
s having Free Homebuyer
Education Workshops bi-
monthly. Call 305-687-3545.

* Zion Ministries will
be holding auditions for a
communityy drama group at
13146 W. Dixie Hwy at PAN
Studios in North Miami. Call
305-652-9555. -







Students offered

career and

college options

By Malika A. Wright

William H. Turner Tech-
nical Arts High's Adult Ed
hosted a unique combination
of a college and career fair on
Oct. 16th. With representa-
tives from 4-year universities,
2-year colleges, trade schools
and companies, students had
a vast variety to choose from.

Dr. James C. Jackson speaks to Phillip Mortimer, stu-
dent, about Nova Southeastern University.

Students visit different tables at the college and career

LaMarc G. Anderson, career
and college advisor at Turner
Adult Ed Tech, en636ed being a
part of the planning commit-
tee. He said that their main
focus was to provide a large
number of college and career:
choices for the students.

"We're on to something.
great," Anderson said. "At
similar events, it's either going
to be a college fair or career
day but this is a combo."
Sophia J. Hall. vice principal
Sof Turner Tech Adult Ed, said
students responded Very well.
.She was proud that many stu-

dents collected information for
the future.
Phillip Mortimer, 19, an
adult education student who
is interested in studying
journalism at Florida State
University, said the event was
"very resourceful".
Although there was not a
representative from FSU at the
event, Mortimer visited several
of the other schools displayed
at the event. He was glad he
attended the fair, because
while visiting tables of other
-colleges, he learned more
about effectively pursuing a
career in journalism.
Dr. James C. Jackson,
assistant director of enroll-
ment and recruitment at Nova
Southeastern University, said
that being a part of the event
was very important.
"We [were able to] reach out
to the community to offer our
programs and let them know
that there are opportunities
for them to advance in their
academics and make them-

selves more marketable in the
Vanise Fancois, 18, student
of adult education, wants
to become an obstetrician,
therefore a representative for
Florida Memorial University
encouraged her to get all A's
on her report card so that she
could has a better chance at
achieving her goals.
Many students also visited
career tables like barber-
ing, massage therapy, air
conditioning and refrigera-
tion tables. There were career
options that ranged from the
military to .banking.
Terry Mathis, a licensed
esthetician at Living Waters
European Spa and Salon, who
gave massages, said that there
were a few students who were
interested in getting into the
cosmetology field. She spoke
with students about becoming
certified and career oppor-
tunities in the field. Mathis
said that the field is good for
those who are truly passion-
ate about it.
Veronica S. Wesley, adult
education teacher, said stu-
dents had a great advantage
over people who may try to
reach the representatives over
the phone or via e-mail.
"They had a human being
right there, that they could
speak with in person to get
their-questions answered," she
Students at the fair were
exposed to countless options,
just as Anderson had envi-
"All we can do is expose
them and [then] it's up to
them to take it and run," he

America behind foreign peers in education

U.S. students aren't pro-
gressing to catch up to their
peers in other industrialized
A report found that students
in Latvia, Chile and. Brazil are
making gains in academics
three times faster than Ameri-
can students, while those in
Portugal, Hong Kong, Ger-
many, Poland, Liechtenstein,
Slovenia, Colombia and Lithu-
ania are improving at twice
the rate. Researchers estimate
that gains made by students
in those 11 countries equate

to about two years of
What gains U.S..
students posted in
recent years are
"hardly remarkable
by world standards,
according to the
report. Although the
U.S. is not one of the
nine countries that
lost academic ground
for the 14-year period
between 1995 and 2009, more
countries were improving
at a rate significantly faster

than that of the
U.S. Researchers
M looked at data for
S49 countries.
The study's
A findings echo
years of rank-
ings that show
foreign students
outpacing their
American peers
RHEE academically.
Students in Shang-
hai who recently took interna-
tional exams for the first time
outscored every other school

system in the world. In the
same test, American students
ranked 25th in math, 17th in
science and 14th in reading.
A 2009 study found that
U.S. students ranked 25th
among 34 countries in math
and science, behind nations
like China, Singapore, South
Korea, Hong Kong and Fin-
land. Figures like these have
groups like StudentsFirst,
headed by former D.C. schools
chancellor Michelle Rhee, con-
cerned and calling for reforms
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-Associated Press
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the new head of Chicago Public

New chief named for

Chicago Public Schools

By Stephanie Banchero
and Jack Nicas

CHICAGO-Chicago Mayor
Rahm Emanuel named a veter-
an education official to replace
the head of the nation's third-
largest school district as it
wrestles with a $1 billion bud-
get crisis, the prospect of clos-
ing scores of under-enrolled
schools, and the aftermath of a
bruising teachers strike.
Emanuel on Friday appoint-
ed Barbara Byrd-Bennett, 62
years old, as the fourth chief
executive of Chicago Public
Schools in three years. She
replaced Jean-Claude Brizard,
whom the mayor had tapped to
run the district just 17 months
ago. Brizard resigned Thurs-
day night in what he and the
mayor described as a mutual
Byrd-Bennett has served for
the past few ,months as Chi-
cago's chief-education-officer
under Brizard: At a news con-
fere ice, themayor praised her
long experience as a teacher,
school principal, and manager
*in districts including New York
City, Cleveland and Detroit.
"Besides [her] experience,
she also brings a passion to
this profession of educational
excellence for our children,"
Emanuel said. "And most im-
portantly ... She understands
the essential quality of ac- .
countability in a system, that
as CEO she also needs to build
a team that is held accountable
for getting results for our chil-
dren, and our taxpayers, and '
our parents and our teachers."
The appointment of Byrd-
Bennett means the nation's
three largest schools dis-
tricts-New York City, Los An-
geles and Chicago-have lead-
ers who have been on.the job
less than two years. It comes
during a period of upheaval
in public education across the

country, as self-described re-
' former battle teachers unions
for control of schools and
teacher-evaluation systems.
Rumors have swirled for
months that Brizard would be
replaced. He had little involve-
ment in the negotiations dur-
ing the teacher contract talks
before and during last monthly's
strike, which kept students
out of the classroom for seven
days. Byrd-Bennett was part
of the negotiating team and
appeared at most press con-
ferences to detail the ongoing
Emanuel said Friday that
Brizard told him recently that
questions about his man-
agement of the district were
"distracting from the mission,"
and they both agreed he would
resign. .. '
Byrd-Bennett said that
After learning of her new job,
she immediately called Karen
SLewis, the head-of the Chicago
.Teachers Un'ion who has been
locked in a battle with Mayor
Emanuel since he came into
"Our district faces tremen-
dous fiscal and academic chal-
lenges," Byrd-Bennett said. "I
plan to build the necessary
coalitions needed to support
our teachers, principals and
school communities."
The Chicago Teachers Union
didn't return calls seeking
Byrd-Bennett takes over as
Chicago implements major
changes including a longer
school day and a new teacher-
evaluation plan hashed out in
the contract talks that ended
last month's strike. She also
must deal with a looming
deadline to announce school
closures, a move certain to an-
ger teachers, parents and com-
munity activists, who complain
the closures hurt children and
destabilize communities.

College grads leave school with degree and growing debt

Students with loans owed average

$26,600 upon 2011 graduation

It's the latest snapshot of
the growing burden of stu-
dent debt, and it's another
discouraging one: Two-
thirds of the national college
class of 2011 finished school
with loan debt, and those
who borrowed walked off the
graduation stage owing on
average $26,600 up about
5% from the class before.
The latest figures are cal-
culated in a report out today
by the California-based In-
stitute for College Access and
Success (TICAS) and likely
underestimate the problem
in some ways because they
don't include most gradu-
ates of for-profit colleges,
who typically borrow more
than their counterparts else-
Still, while 2011 college
graduates faced an unem-
ployment rate of 8.8 percent
in 2011, even those with debt
remained generally better off
than those without a degree.
The report noted the unem-

ployment rate for those with
only a high school credential
last year was 19.1 percent.
"In these tough times, a
college degree is still your
best bet for getting a job and
decent pay," TICAS President
Lauren Asher said. "But, as
debt levels rise, fear of loans
can prevent students from
getting the education they
need to succeed. Students
and parents need to know
that, even at similar-lookifng
schools, debt levels can be
wildly different. And, if they
do need to borrow to get
through school, federal stu-
dent loans, with options like
income-based repayment,
are the safest way to go."
The latest figures come
amid increasing alarm about
the sheer scope of student
debt nationally, which by
some measures has sur-
passed $1 trillion. Recent
government figures show
nearly 10 percent of borrow-
ers of federal student loans

AP Pholo/JacQuelyn Martin
Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the 'Master of Degree,' holds a ball and chain
representing his college loan debt, during a protest in Washington. A new report shows
two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those
who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600. That's up
about 5 percent from the class before.

in the most recently mea-
sured group had already de-
faulted within two years of
starting repayment.
The issue has come up on
the presidential campaign
trail, though the candidates'
specific, plans haven't be-
come a major issue. Presi-
dent Barack Obamna has
touted his record of ending
$60 billion in subsidies to
private lenders, directing the
savings to student aid and
implementing an income-
based repayment plan that
caps federal student loan
payments at .15 percent of in-
come and forgives repayment
after 25 years.
Former Massachusetts
Gov. Mitt Romney, his Re-
publican challenger, argues
the flood of federal student
aid spending unleashed in
recent years has led col-
leges to raise tuition prices.
He wants to return to a sys-
tem in which the government
supports private lenders, ar-
guing it's more cost-effective,
and his campaign has called
the income-based repayment
program flawed.


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Oct. 19 in a fun-filled celebration at
the Opa-locka Executive Airport, cul-
minating a week of events aimed at
sharing the good news about a $20M
grant recently awarded to the City of
Opa-locka. The Opa-locka CDC will ad-
minister the grant that will bring new
businesses, employment opportunities,
affordable housing and much-needed
social services to the community.

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"Catching up with

Online series: A

new independent

By Ju'lia Samuels
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The emergence of online
sensations such as "Aw k-
ward Black Girl," and -The
Couple," are serving as
proof that series relating
to minorities should not be
treated as seasonal trends,
and they are also making it
known that minority view-
ers,' like all other viewers.
need diversity. That need is
being met with online series
such as "Awkward Black
Girl" and "Situation Series."

Miami residents, Gigi St.
Juste and Tori-Ann Hamp-
ton are now among the
daring intellectually cre-
ativ'e individuals who have
decided to take matters into
their own hands.
"We realized that there
were not that many parts
for JBlack female actors,
so we decided to start our
own project," Juste said


The duo's new online series
is called "Catching Up With
Gigi." The show follows the
central character, Gigi's en-
counters at her new job at a
production company, which
she found on Craigslist.

The pair have already
started reaching out to the
community to drum up
awareness about their online
show. Last Friday, at Love
Hate Lounge on Washington
Ave in South Beach. the in-
dependent producers hosted
a launch party.
The evening served as a
melting pot of friends, fam-
ily and supporters of the

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Free days offashion and networking

V Ju'lia Samuels
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is always refreshing to see the
evolution of an initiative that's
created % ith humble yet gener-
ous intentions. For Karine Me-
lissa, the chief executive officer
of Fashion Designer Expo,
Sthe three-day-long expo was
intended to give talented de-
Ssigners a platform to prop-
erly display their work.
Melissa remembered
S the beginning stages of
her charitable event,
stating that the expo
started in her home.
Fast forward from
S2007 to the pres-
ent, the Fashion
Designers Expo
now has numer-
ous sponsors
and countless
designers from
all over the
world, who are
taking advan-
T *- tage of the
Sto show their
"There is
tljust so much
talent out there,

and they just need the right platform,"
Melissa said.

The three-day Expo consisted of a
blogger event facilitated by Makers
shoes, a boutique opening, at "Style
Citzn" and a fashion show featuring a
slew of designers. Jama Clothing being
one of the stand-out collections dur-
ing the Expo, had an excellent use of
vibrantly colorful form-fitting pieces,
which made the collection hard to ignore
and easy to love.
It was clear that all styles were pres-
ent at the Expo. Christian Segui de-
signed pieces that were inspired by old
Hollywood while embracing the diverse
nationalities that make up the Miami

Although the Expo served as the
stomping ground for all things stylish
and glamourous, it also made it a prior-
ity to maintain a noble objective. Melissa
paired the Expo with two organizations
dedicated to serving the community.
"Let the Runway Meet the Cause," being
one of them, was created to bridge the
fashion industry and non-profit initia-
The other organization "B.i.o.n.i.c.
Girls Inc," is an organization dedicated
to empowering young breast cancer
survivors who have undergone cancer




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Miami Times staff report
SLocated at 4301 NW 29th
Avenue in Miami, the'redevel-
opment of Hampton Village
will create 100 newly-redevel-
oped affordable housing units,
providing permanent homes
for residents at or below 60
percent of the area's median
income (AMI). Construction
of the four-story project is
expected to create about 100
jobs, with completion set for
late 2013. The community is
being fully rehabilitated as
part of a $17 million invest-
ment of federal stimulus mon-
ies that will provide approxi-
mately 340 jobs and housing
for more than 1,000 people.
Partners for the $20 million
makeover include real estate
development project manager
Please turn to 'HOUSING 10D

-Photo courtesy Carrfour Supportive Housing
M-DC District 3 Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson (I)
with Carrfour Supportive Housing President/CEO Steph-
anie Berman-Eisenberg at Hampton Village Apartments
ground-breaking in Miami.


-Taimy Alvarez
A long line of job seekers who hadn't pre-registered for the job fair at the Signature
Grand raps around the Davie building Wednesday morning. In the first 40 minutes of the
job fair, 2,000 job seekers walked through the doors.

Job seekers flock to fair

Sin Davie, 7,500 strong
Florida leads United States::

in highest foreclosures rate

By Paul Owers

Even as the housing outlook
is brightening, Florida leads
the nationin foreclosures -
and Broward County tops the
The rankings tend to fluctu-
ate from month to month, but
it'sclear why South Florida
counties continue tofeel the
effects of the, mortgage crisis
following the end of the hous-
ing boom in 2005, said'Jack
McCabe, a housing analyst
based in Deerfield Beach.
"Southeast Florida was the
epicenter of the speculative A bank owned property sits along SW 3rd street west of
Please turn to FLORIDA 10D Boca Raton.

For some, the job

fair is a deja vu

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

A job fair at the Signature
Grand in Davie last Wednes-
day drew more than 7,500
people, a stark reminder that
even with a declining unem-
ployment rate many in South
Florida are still searching for
The line of those hoping
to land a job or at least an
interview with one of the 60
featured employers went out
the door while others sat in
their cars, waiting for an avail-
able parking spot.

It's the largest crowd the job
fair has ever had, said Tif-
fany Price, manager of the
Job News USA hiring event.
Similar events are held several
times a year.
Florida's unemployment rate
has declined to 8.8 percent,
unchanged in August, from
10.5 percent a year ago. Sep-
tember's rate is released on
They ranged from some who
couldn't find jobs in other
states to those who were back
in the job market for the sec-
ond time.
For Sandy Dudley, 54, of
Sunrise, who used to do title
work, this was deja vu: "I was
with the same company for. 20
years and was laid off in De-
cember. I found a job in April

"Ifeel like I'm at

Disney World. This

is crazy."

Sunrise, who was one of
the 7,500 people to come to
ajob fair Wednesday

and got laid off in August."
The first employer sold the
division she worked for; the
second outsourced the jobs to
Maritza Knox, 46, moved to
Fort Lauderdale from Cali-
fornia after job hunting there
without successor more than
S Please turn to JOB 10D .

Postal Service hits borrowing cap

By Eric Morath

The U.S. Postal Service in
September hit its $15 billion
borrowing limit from the
U.S. Treasury for the first
time in its history, leaving
the agency with only the rev-
enue it takes in from selling
stamps, shipping and other
services to cover its operat-

ing costs.
The Postal Service has
added $2.4 billion to its debt
since June 30, pushing the
agency to its borrowing cap,
said Postal Service spokes-
man David Partenheimer.
"Being at the limit is a
serious situation because
our limited liquidity does not
give us operating flexibility,"

he said. "Without passage of
comprehensive legislation as
part of the Postal Service's
business plan to return to
financial stability, we con-
tinue to project low levels of
The agency hit the limit
late last month, though it
had sufficient cash reserves
to make a $1.4 billion work-

ers-compensation payment
next Monday, Partenheimer
The Postal Service taps
lines of credit from the Trea-
sury to cover costs when
revenue falls short. But
declining first-class mail
volume, growing retiree obli-
gations and other expenses
Please turn to POSTAL IOD

GM plans to hire 3,000 HP workers

By Associated Press

DETROIT General Motors
will hire 3,000 workers from
Hewlett-Packard, part of a
push to bring most of its com-
puter technology in-house.
The HP employees, who
already work on GM proj-
ects, will help the automaker
toward a larger goal: improv-
ing the software technology it

puts in cars and uses to run
its business.

Thursday's announce-
ment is the latest in series of
technology moves at GM. The
company plans to hire 10,000
programmers and software
experts over the next three
to five years. It also wants' to
shift technology work from
outside firms into GM and to

open four new IT centers.
The former HP workers
will help GM consolidate 23
global data centers into two.
And they'll try to cut GM's
software applications by 40
percent so the company uses
more common programs and
becomes more efficient, said
`GM Chief Information Officer
Randy Mott.,
They'll also find ways to au-

tomate a number of corporate
functions, saving GM money
that will be spent on elec-
tronic innovation, Mott said.
Once the automation is done,
workers will shift to develop-
ing software and dreaming up
new dashboard devices.
Mott said,the employee
switch is about GM's needs
and has nothing to do with
, Please turn to GM 10D

Housing surge

shows recovery


gain may buoy

U.S. economy
By Julie Schmit

SA recovery in home construc-
tion is finally building strength
to help the economy for the
first time in years. The home
construction market registered
"blowout" numbers in Septem-
ber, IHS Global Insight says.
Housing starts were up 15
percent from August, the Com-
merce Department reported,
with increases in every region
of the U.S. except the North-
Housing permits, which are
less volatile than starts and
indicate future building, rose
11.6 percent and posted solid
gains in all four U.S. regions.

The strong numbers, while
they may not be repeated in
coming months, are "good solid
evidence" that the housing re-
covery is underway, says David
Crowe, chief economist at the
National Association of Home
Builders (NAHB).
Housing typically leads the
U.S. economy out of reces-
sion. It hasn't this time, given
the depth of the crash that
knocked down home prices by
30 percent and left behind a
string of dismal years for new
But in recent quarters, hous-
ing has shown improving vital
signs, with rising prices and
year-over-year increases in
existing and new home sales.
Since World War II, housing
has contributed an average 4.7
percent annually to the growth
in U.S. gross domestic product,
Please turn to HOUSING 10D

Social Secutiry saves 3 percent of retired Blacks from poverty

Socil Scudry sae 30percent of retired Blacks, from' pvrty

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

Although many Americans
are living longer, a new pub-
lic policy analysis reveals that
a disproportionate number of
older people, are also living in
poverty particularly if they
are a person of color. According
to the AARP Public Policy In-
stitute, Social Security keeps
about 30 percent of Black and
Hispanic retirees from poverty.
Yet another 20 percent of these

two groups at ages 65 or older,
live in poverty at a rate that is
double that of whites.
The reasons for these dispar-
ities are tied to multiple fac-
tors. Years of working for lower
wages do not allow for aggres-
sive savings or investment
portfolios. Additionally, many
people of color have held jobs
that did not provide for pen-
sions or retirement accounts.
For other workers whose em-
ployers provided some kind of
retirement plan, often the ben-

efits are smaller. i-' -- rity for 90 percent of
Among all people their family income,
of color, AARP found says AARP. Accord-
that higher-income ing to the report,
Asian-Americans "The median annual
were the most likely Social Security fami-
to receive diversified lv income of older mi-
incomes in retirement f^^. norit ies is roughly 26
years that included percent lower than
interest, dividends that of older whites."
and rental income The worst dispari-
from assets. CROWELL ties in Social Se-
For Black' and Latino re- curity benefits were found in
tirees, more than a quarter comparing women by race and
eventually rely on Social Secu- marital status. Never-married

Black women usually receive
benefits at much lower rates
than married women of color.
By contrast, older white wom-
en regardless of marital status
received benefits at much sim-
ilar rates to white men.
Fortunately, the Social Se-
curity Administration provides
options to increase the amount
of monthly benefits by deter-
mining the best time to retire.
For example, most consum-
ers can receive Social Security
benefits as early as age 62. The

trade-off is that the monthly
payments will be lower- than
those choosing to wait for full
Full retirement age changes
started taking effect in 2000,
and will change gradually from
age 65 to age 66 or 67, depend-
ing on date of birth. For those
born between 1945 and 1954,
full retirement age is 66. Social
Security adds two months for
every birth year subsequent
to 1954, up to a birth year of
Please turn to POVERTY 9D

The Miami Times



Affordable housing for seniors in Opa-locka

At a vulnerable point in life,
many seniors must find an afford-
able place to live. But searching for
a nice place that's affordable is a
daunting process. Retirement com-
munities, often requiring big entry
fees plus monthly fees, can cost
more than what many fixed-income
seniors can handle. In Opa-locka,
a low-income senior rental housing
project is underway: Town Center
"There's a real need for low-
income elderly housing in Opa-
locka," said Alberto-Milo, affordable
housing developer at Related Urban
Development Group. "We believe
that Town Center Apartments will
serve as redevelopment catalyst for
the City of Opa-locka's Downtown
District," Milo wrote in a letter to
the city.

Elected officials approved the
development project in September.
Changes to Opa-locka's compre-
hensive plan are under review with
Florida's Department of Economic
Opportunity. Opa-locka officials
will vote on adopting the changes
in October.
The 192-unit complex serves the

vacant lot and city-owned parcel at
the corner of Fisherman Street and
Sharazad Boulevard.
The proposed development
consists of two phases. A "shovel
ready" phase one, according to the
developer, consists of 122 one-
bedroom units, renting at $537
monthly, and.five two-bedroom

S"The city's making progress on
Bringing needed development to the
Opa-locka City Manager

city's vision of a transit oriented
development corridor. Within walk-
ing distance to the city's tri-rail
station, metro bus and city transit
services, the complex is slated on a

apartments, costing $639 a month.
Phase two of the project, which
still needs funding, includes 4.890
sq. ft. of retail space on the lower
levels and 65 apartment units on

upper floors. Both complexes will
have energy efficient appliances
and fixtures, insulated hurricane
impact windows, and state-of-the
art amenities such as a multi-pur-
pose room, laundry facility, com-
puter and library rooms.
Funding for the $19 million dol-
lar phase-one project.includes:
$7.739 million already awarded
from Miami-Dade County Neigh-
borhood Stabilization Program, a
state tax credit and bond financ-
ing. Once ,ground breaks, the
development is expected to bring-in
over $617,975 revenue to the City of
Opa-locka in 2013.
"The city's making progress on
bringing needed development to
the community," said City. Manager
Kelvin L. Baker. "We're looking at
all our options."

Walmart workers threaten Black Friday action

By Abby Ellin

The latest news in the Walmart
labor protests which have in-
cluded walkouts and marches in
Dallas, San Diego, Chicago and
Los Angeles is the threat of a
strike on Black Friday. That's the
day after Thanksgiving, widely
considered the busiest, and most
lucrative, retail day of the year.
Some 200 angry protesters
showed up at a meeting of inves-
tors and analysts 'earlier Wednes-
day at Walmart's headquarters in
Bentonville, Ark. Under discussion
at the meeting was Walmart's in-
tent to go head-to-head with Ama-
zon and offer same-day delivery.
Walmart is the world's largest
private employer and has long been
a target of workers' rights groups,
who advocate higher wages, more
flexibility- in hours and an end to
the punishments (reduced shifts,
for instance) they claim are meted
out to workers seeking to union-
Evelin Cruz, a department man-
ager at Walmart in Pico Rivera,
Calif., says that for many years
she kept quiet about what she
views as the company's unjust la-

Walmart workers threaten a Black Friday walkout.- .
Walmart workers threaten a Black Friday walkout.

bor practices because she feared
she would'be fired if she spoke up.
"People were really tired that any
time they would. speak out against
the pay, hours, how much they
would work, that management
would cut their hours or not give
them a schedule," said Cruz, who
is one of thousands of members of
Our Walmart, a labor organization
backed by the United Food and
Commercial Workers that defends
Walmart workers' rights.
Leaders of Our :Walmart, the
National Consumers League and

other labor groups said recently
they will join Walmart workers
outside stores on Black Friday if
their demands are not met.
* NOW president Terry O'Neill said
her organization would join in the
action on Black Friday, it was re-
ported in the Guardian.
"We are standing in solidarity
with the workers who are walking
off the job," said the National Orga-
nization of Women's president.
Walmart and its practices have
made the news a lot lately. In mid-
September, warehouse workers in

Southern California were on a 15-
day strike that included a six-day,
50-mile pilgrimage for safe jobs.
Around the same time, hundreds
of people marched in Dallas and
San Diego, demanding better work
conditions. Last week, Chicago po-
lice dressed in riot gear arrested
17 peaceful protesters blocking the
entrance to a warehouse operated
by an outside contractor that sup-
plies Walmart stores, in Elwood, 111.
The protesters were there to show
support for workers who had been
on strike since Sept. 15, the Chi-
cago Sun Times reported. What's
more, the company faces yet an-
other sex discrimination lawsuit,
filed on behalf of 100,000 women
in California and Tennessee.
According to Dan Schlade-
man, director of Making Change
at Walmart, Walmart employees
across the U.S. have recently filed
more than 20 charges of unfair la-
bor practices with the National La-
bor Relations Board.
"Workers find how Walmart has
tried to retaliate by cutting their
hours and not scheduling them for
certain shifts when they tried to
speak out, and they're tired of it,"
he said.

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This weekly roundup takes a
look at the practical and some-
times quirky aspects oftech

You probably already use a
surge protector at home to pro-
tect your smartphone, table-
tand other electronic gadgets.

Stash gadgets in your jacket, track activity

But who
to haul
in @. around
a bulky
i ?fi': tor when
you are
.W traveling?
W i th the help
of a compact surge
protector, you don't have
to. The Compact USB Surge
Protector from Satechi has one
grounded outlet and one amp
USB port. Designed to pro-
tect your gear from electrical
spikes, its LED indicator lets
you know when it is providing
enough protection to your con-
nected devices. Small enough
to fit in a bag or pocket, it costs
about $10.

This jacket is equipped with
23 discreet pockets.Here's the

dilemma: You want to carry
your phone and other personal
items securely in a light fleece
jacket and not look like a nerd
while doing so. That's where
the SCOTTEVEST Fleece 7.0
comes in. Equipped with 23
discreet pockets, the styl-
ish jacket includes an inner.
see-through pocket that lets
you operate your smartphone
without removing it.
Better yet, the pocket con-
tains an audio jack that
connects to earbuds that can
easily be accessed from an
inner pouch in the collar.
The thoughtfully designed
pockets also include a
water bottle and key
compartment with an
elastic strap to keep
the bottle in place.
There is a holder for
your keys, a zippered
inner pocket for
important documents,
a roomy pocket for a
tablet, a pocket for a

camera, a slim pocket for a pen
and a pocket with an attached
cleansing cloth for glasses.
The only downside to having
so many choices is that you're
apt to forget what you stored
The jacket is available in
black or red, and its sleeves
can be removed and stashed in
a back pocket, effectively

This jacket is equipped
with 23 discreet pockets.

turning the jacket into a vest.
Priced at $160, the comfy
jacket is set to start shipping
by Oct. 31.
How many times have you
wanted to get'a picture with
a friend but didn't want to
impose upon a stranger or go
through the hassle of position-
ing your camera on a ledge,
setting the timer and scram-
bling back into range? A line
of hand-held "monopods" from
Quik Pod allows you to snap
photos with ease. The newest
version, the Quik Pod DSLR/
POV, is designed to hold sports
cameras and point-of-view
"helmet" cameras. The water-
proof monopod functions as
an outstretched arm with a
built-in mirror, allowing you
to take a self-portrait while
standing still, kayaking down a
stream or snorkeling underwa-

ter. Available in late
October, the 18-inch
device can be extended up to
53 inches. It costs $70. www.

The MOVBand monitor uses
an accelerometer to track side
to side, front to back, and up
and down movements.(Photo:
Pedometers have been
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ers to count their every step.
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To cut expenses, some are Americans

giving up their wireless service or

switching to budget plans
By Anton Troianovski

Waiting in the bowels of New York City's Port Authority Bus
Terminal recently, Nancy Kadlick was losing faith. She was sup-
posed to meet her friend Cynthia Santoro, but as the minutes
ticked by, she wondered if she was in the wrong spot.
It turned out she was. "I was upstairs, and you weren't there!"
Ms. Santoro exclaimed when they finally found each other.
The cellphone was supposed to put an end to moments like
that. But the 54-year-old Kadlick, of Salem, Mass., is among
the roughly 30 million American adults who don't own one. She
used to pay $65 a month, but she ended her cellphone service a
few years ago, trying to cut costs.
An article published by The Wall Street Journal about consum-
ers spending less on dining out, clothes and entertainment but
more on their phone bills drew an unexpected response from
Some readers: Who needs a cellphone, anyway?
For the nation's big phone companies, people like Kadlick are
extreme examples of a growing challenge: How do you keep cus-
tomers on high-cost contract plans as the weak economy puts
pressure on household budgets?
"I got tired of paying the phone bill," said 24-year-old Melissa
Hildebrand, of Hayward, Calif. "It's pretty liberating."
Hildebrand works as a home health aide. The 85-year-old
woman she cares for does have a cellphone. "She yells at me,
'Why don't you have a cellphone?'" Hildebrand said.
Getting rid of her phone has meant getting reacquainted with
punctuality. When she meets friends, she names a precise meet-
ing place and time, often in nearby San Francisco. She gives
them 15 to 30 minutes to show up. If they don't, Hildebrand
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The new machines for a new

To take full advantage of
Microsoft's new Windows 8
operating system, which inte-
grates touch-screen function-
ality, a variety of PC manu-
facturers are offering new
touch-enabled devices that
are designed to run it.
I broke the machines down
into four categories: tradi-
tional laptops with touch
screens; laptops that convert
into tablets by repositioning
their screens; laptops that
convert into tablets by de-
taching their screens; and
slate-like 'tablets, including
Microsoft's much-anticipated.
Surface, which will challenge
Apple's iPad.
Microsoft has unveiled its
new Windows 8 operating
system, which will work with
a range of laptops, tablets
and hybrids. WSJ's Katherine
Boehret breaks down which
devices might work best for
the new system.
You'll still be able to use
Windows 8 without a touch-
enabled device. Touch-pad
gestures and the traditional
cursor will work, though not
as easily across the entire
operating system. The new
environment of Windows 8's

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Start-screen tiles are espe-
cially designed for touch. Peo-
ple can do things like swipe
left from the right edge of a

screen to display function
icons, or swipe up from the
bottom of a screen to display
navigation icons.
If you aren't quite ready to
make a dramatic change in
your PC hardware, buying a
laptop or desktop that has a
touch screen is a more con-
servative solution than a con-
vertible laptop-tablet device
or a slate. Though reaching
across the keyboard to tap
on a screen may feel unnatu-
ral after a lifetime of using a
mouse and keyboard, people
who use touch-screen smart-
phones and tablets may al-
ready be touching their com-
puter screens out of habit.
Acer will sell three cat-
egories of touch-capable lap-
tops: the S7 starts at $1,200
and weighs as little as 2.29
pounds; the M5 series is ex-
clusive to Best Buy and starts
at $800; and the V5 series
laptops start at $750 ($700
in Microsoft stores). Samsung
will offer the Notebook Se-
ries 5 Ultra Touch line, which
starts at $810.
Asus's VivoBook S400 line
will cost $700 for a 14.1-
inch screen, and
TouchSmart Ultra-
book; series will in-
clude the Spectre
XT, a $1,400

device with a 15.6-inch screen.
Pricing for Dell's Inspiron 15z
Ultrabook is still to be deter-
mined, while Toshiba's

will start at $796 with
a 14-inch screen. Sony 6758.
will extend touch displays to
its T and E Series Vaio mod-
els, which will start at $670
and $450, respectively.

Can't decide between the
familiarity of a laptop and the
flashy new feel of a Windows
tablet? Instead of buying two
devices or just settling for one,
several manufacturers offer
in-between options by way of
hybrids, or convertibles. Each
computer has its own way of
transforming from laptop to
tablet without disconnecting
though they all usually be-
come relatively thick tablets
compared with Apple's iPad.
The screen of Toshiba's
$1,150 Satellite U925t Ultra-
book Convertible opens in a
clamshell position and flips
all the way back, so the key-
board and screen are both
parallel. Then the screen
I slides over the top of the
Lenovo's Yoga 13 and Yoga
11 models, $1,100 and $800,
respectively, might scare
people the first time they see
them because their screens

open, bend all the way back
and keep going until the lap-
t.op lid is touching the bottom
of the keyboard. ,
Asus avoids flipping and
sliding by offering two 11.6-
inch touch screens on its Ta-
ichi 21 (starting at $1,300):
One screen where you expect
to see a screen and the other
on the laptop lid, activated
when the laptop closes.

People who don't like the
thick tablets that come from
transformed convertible lap-
tops may want to pull their
laptop screens off altogether.
Many models offer touch
screens that completely de-
tach for ultimate tablet por-
Stabilitv. Samsung's $1,200
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T has
optional mobile broadband.
The tablet half of H-P's Envy
x2 (pricing not yet available)
offers an 11.6-inch display
while the 10.1-inch Iconia
W510 sells as a stand-alone
tablet for $500 or with a key-
board dock and extra battery
for $750.

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Jobs surge for two-year degrees

Casualties of

recession return
By Paul Davidson

These days, there may be
something more valuable to
job seekers than a four-year
college degree: a two-year
college degree.
Employment for Ameri-
cans with an associate's de-
. gree or some college has in-
creased by 578,000 the past
six months to 35.2 million,
while payrolls for those with
at least a bachelor's are up
by just 314,000 to 46.5 mil-
lion, Labor Department fig-
ures show.
The trend underlines that
some of the midskill jobs
that disappeared in the re-
cession are coming back
and it may signal more last-
ing growth in such occupa-
tions. They include opera-
tors of computerized factory
machines, heating and air
conditioning repair people;
X-ray technicians, medical

records specialists and low-
to midlevel managers.
In recent years, "The
share of these jobs has not
grown (sharply) relative to
(those requiring a bach-
elor's)," says Anthony Car-
nevale, head of the George-
town University Center on
Education and the Work-
force. "But they may have
begun to do that.
By contrast, employ-
ment for people with a high
school diploma or less has
been stagnant since 2010,
after plummeting in the
After the recession be-
gan almost five years ago,
many factory, construc-
tion and other midskill jobs
were eliminated even as
employment for those with
bachelor's degrees or higher
dipped only slightly. In the
recovery in 2010 and 2011,
payrolls for four-year col-
lege graduates increased at
more than twice the rate of
those who attended com-
munity college.

That follows a typical pat-
tern. In recessions, employ-
ers lay off lower-skill work-
ers first and in recoveries,
they initially hire higher-
skill workers, Carnevale
says. Eventually, those
higher-level managers bring
on low- to midlevel manag-
ers. That's happening now,
and so community college
graduates are recouping
jobs lost in the downturn -
a sign of an advancing re-
The trend also points to
growing demand for skilled
workers who can be trained
relatively quickly, Car-
nevale says. Many laid-off
workers have turned to
community colleges and
vocational schools in re-
cent years to rapidly retool
for new careers. That has
helped boost enrollment by
14.6 percent since 2007, vs.
1.3 percent the previous five
years, according to the Na-
tional Center for Education
By contrast, many recent

four-year college, gradu-
ates have struggled to find
work. "'I think the two-year
schools are offering more
of an applicable, practical
value.' says Thomas Ruhe,
vice president of the Kauff-
man Foundation, which
studies entrepreneurship.
Many community colleges,
he says, have better ties to
local employers.
It's unlikely an associate
degree will become more
coveted than a bachelor's.
Carnevale says, but the
disparity between the two
could narrow.
Krystal Manke, an elec-
trical engineering major at
Gateway Technical College
in Kenosha. Wis., consid-
ered more-expensive four-
year schools. But, "1 felt
that even if I didn't learn
the same amount of materi-
al (at Gateway), the quality
of education would still be
very high and it would give
me the opportunity to enter
the workforce very quickly,"
she says.

U.S. students falling behind foreign peers

continued from 4C

to "our education system
[that] can't compete with the
rest of the world." .
Stateside, districts, states
and the U.S. Department
of Education are fighting to
close large achievement gaps.
The federal government has
made hefty financial commit-
ments to education in recent
years, including the imple-
mentation of No Child Left
Behind and the subsequent

waivers from the standards-
based law as well as the in-
flux of about $89 billion in
stimulus dollars to. prevent
teacher layoffs, keep class
sizes down and avoid pro-
gram cuts..
Still, the Harvard study
found ,little correlation be-
" tween increased per-pupil
spending and gains in test
scores. A similar analysis by
24/7 Wall St. last July yield-
ed similar results. Schools in
Maryland, Florida, Delaware
and Massachusetts showed

the most progress, but most
states posted gains at half the
rate of those in the top ech-
elon. Researchers write that
challenges faced by states
in making improvements
can in part be attributed to
"unrealistic" goals with no
clear method of achievement
- such as a declaration that
the U.S. should work to top
the world in math and sci-
ence by 2000 leading to
a call for "a more realistic
sets of objectives for educa-
tion policymakers, one that

is based on experiences from
within the United States it-
"Had all students through-
out the country made the
same average gains as those
in the four leading states,
the United States would have
been making progress rough-
ly comparable to the rate of
improvement in Germany
and the United Kingdom,
bringing the United States
reasonably close to the top-
performing countries in the
world," the report reads.

Social Security saves many from poverty

continued from 6D

1960. Full retirement age is
67 for those born in 1960 or
later ..
Regardless of when people
choose .to retire, Social Se-
curity recipients are eligible
for cost-of-living adjust-
ments (COLAs). After no CO-
LAs were offered in 2010 or

2011, this year retirees will
receive a 3.6 percent adjust-
ment. Last week, the Labor
Department indicated an
'estimated 2013 increase will
be in the range of 1.5-1.7
The Social Security Ad-
ministration advises that a
worker with average earn-
ings can expect a retirement
benefit equivalent to '40 per-

cent of his/her lifetime earn-
ings, Each worker's average
index includes the 35 years
in which the most earnings
Anyone planning to retire
is advised to contact Social
Security three months before
the date desired for benefits
to begin. When applying for
benefits, documents such as
birth and/or marriage 'cer-
\ ,

tificates and the most recent
W-2 form must be submitted
,to determine eligibility.
.According to AARP, "Social
Security is and will continue
to be the main source of in-
come for low-and moderate-
wage retirees; but improve-
ments in other programs
would alleviate poverty and
income insecurity among
older Americans."

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American adults is
around 88 percent,
according to Pew Re-
search Center surveys.
In the past two years,
there were some. in-
creases in cellphone
ownership among the
poor and the elderly.
Subscribers don't
appear to be dump-
ing their plans in large
numbers, and wireless
carriers are betting
that cellphone users
will spend, more and
more for mobile Inter-
net service in the years.
ahead. But, as devices
like the iPhone: and
the pricey data plans
that typically come
with them continue
to spread, some. con-
sumers are looking for
ways to cut back.
In the second quar-
ter, the number of cell-
phone subscribers on
contract plans rose
just 0.5 percent from
the year before, to 217
million, according to
UBS. The number of
prepaid customers
grew about 11 percent
to 74 million.
Part of the reason is
people like Jim Foster,
of Arlington, Mass.,
who owns a small
company. His busi- -
ness suffered amid the
crunch in commer-
cial real estate. To cut
back, Foster got rid of
his family's AT&T plan

and signed up with
a prepaid provider
Called Page Plus Cellu-
lar, bringing his fam-
ily's phone bills down
to $83 a month from,
about $150.
Foster, 45, says he
uses a smartphone,
but the plan offers
only 100 megabytes
of wireless data a
month-a pittance
compared with most
of the plans offered by
national carriers. Mr.
Foster says he gets by
relying on Wi-Fi- hot
spots around Boston

he needs to check his
email. It takes more,
work, but He says he
isn't likely to go back
to a costly contract
O n the low end of the
income ,scale, people
give up their phones
at least temporar-
ily when they are
under financial stress.
New Yorker Junior
SMiranda, 46, lives on
an $800 monthly So-
cial Security check
and sporadic income
from odd jobs cleaning
stores in his Brooklyn

and only turning on neighborhood. Last
his cellular data when year, he got a smart-

phone on a plan that
cost $50 a month and
enjoyed watching You-
Tube video clips and
sending photos to his
But after his cable
bill rose earlier this
year, Miranda had
to prioritize, so he
stopped paying the
phone bill.
One recent morn-
ing he was sitting on
a bench in Brooklyn
waiting for a cellphone
store to open, hoping
to sign up for a gov-
ernment program that
subsidizes cellphones
for low-income people.

Not everyone can
give up their cellphone
easily. Down the street,
a 45-year-old woman-
named Carlene, who
didn't want her last
name to be used, said
she was on a contract
.plan with T-Mobile
USA. She said she
would love to get on a
cheaper pay-as-you-go
plan ,with MetroPCS
Communications Inc.
The problem: She
can't afford the early
termination fee, and
she said she would
likely have to wait
more than a year to
make the switch.

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Social Security benefits

to go up by 1.7 percent

Annual adjustment
kept low by small rise
in consumer prices
The Associated Press

More than 56 million Social
Security recipients will see their
monthly payments go up by 1.7
percent next year.
The increase, which starts in
January, is tied to a measure
of inflation released Tuesday. It
shows that inflation has been
relatively low over the past year,
despite the recent surge in gas
prices, resulting in one of the
smallest increases in Social Se-
curity payments since automatic
adjustments were adopted in 1975.
Social Security payments for
retired workers average $1,237 a
month, or about $14,800 a year. A
1.7 percent increase will amount
to about $21 a month, or $252 a
year, on average.
Social Security recipients re-
ceived a 3.6 percent increase in
benefits this year after getting
none the previous two years.
About 8 million people who
receive Supplemental Security

Income will also receive the cost-
.of-living adjustment, or COLA,.
meaning the announcement will
affect about 1 in 5 U.S. residents.

Social Security also provides
benefits to millions of disabled
workers, spouses, widows, widow- .
ers and children.
"The annual COLA is critically
important to the financial secu-
rity of the (56) million Americans
receiving Social Security benefits :
today," said Nancy LeaMond,
AARP's executive vice president.
"Amid rising costs for food, utili-
ties and health care and continued
economic uncertainty, the COLA
helps millions of older Americans
maintain their standard of living,
keeping many out of poverty.".
The amount of wages subjected
to Social Security taxes is going
up, too. Social Security is support-
ed by a 12.4 percent tax on wages
up to $110,100. That threshold will
increase to $113,700 next year,
resulting in higher taxes for nearly
10 million workers and their em-
ployers, according to the Social
Please turn to BENEFITS 10D


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency is sched-
uled to take place on Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm, or thereafter, at
Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

(#19278) Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
Omni and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City
of Miami, Purchasing Department, website at
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Wednesday. October 31. 2012 at 5:00 P.M.


Johnny Martinez, P. E. I R
City Manager
AD NO. 007052


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is
scheduled to take place on Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 5:00 pm, at Williams
Park, 1717 NW 5th Street, Miami, FL 33136...

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

(#19279) Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency




HP prepares for layoffs

continued from 6D

HP's plans to cut
29,000 jobs by Octo-
ber of 2014.
Most of the new
HP hires are in
the U.S., but some

are overseas.
HP, based in Palo
Alto, Calif., is the
world's largest maker
of personal comput-
It has been hurt as
consumers shift away
from PCs to smart-

Recovery helps ec

continue from 6D

the NAHB says. That's
rebounded to more
than 10 percent this
year, Crowe says.
Home construction
is closely watched be-
cause it's labor inten-.
sive. The industry lost
more than 2 million
jobs since the housing
bubble burst. Few have
come back, Crowe
says. When people buy
new homes, they also
unleash spending for

goods such as appli-
ances and furniture
- and that generates
jobs in other indus-,
"Housing is now con-
tributing to the econo-
my," says Michael Lea,
director of. San Di-
ego State University's
Corky McMillin Center
for Real Estate.
Last year, home
builders began con-
struction on 434,000
single-family homes,
the worst year on re-
cord. This year, single-

phones and tablets.
HP is preparing to
release a new line of
tablets and has been
trying to diversify into
more profitable lines
of technology, such
as business software
and consulting.

family starts will be
up 21% from last year,
the NAHB forecasts,
and then increase 26
percent and 30 per-
cent in the next two
Despite the upbeat
trend of recent hous-
ing data, some hous-
ing experts warn of
headwinds.. Falling
interest rates this year
have probably pulled
some demand forward,
says Steven Ricchiuto,
chief', economist for
Mizuho Securities.

Job fair lines way too long

continued from 6D

a year. She received
on-the-spot guidance
Wednesday from Ken
Fitzpatrick. a branch
manager for Select
Staffing in West Palm
Fitzpatrick, who was
reviewing job seekers'
resumes at the event,
told her to focus 6n her
background in bank-
ing and as a loss in-
vestigator. "There were
more opportunities
and better pay," Knox.
was told.,
. Employers at the job
fair were from a wide
range of industries
that included health-
care, retail, cruise
line, restaurant and
pharmaceutical sales.
Delaware North Cos.,

which staffs the Fort
International Airport,
was looking for. about
20 workers to fill jobs
at new airport restau-,
rants including Food
Network Kitchen, a
new concept by the TV
network and Delaware,
according to. Bonnie
Hughes, director of hu-
man resources.
Interstate Batteries
franchise owner Rich-
ard Sullivan said he
,has jobs in sales, as
a warehouse manager
and an administrative
assistant. To find the
right employee, "you
go through a lot of peo-
ple," he said.: .
Two hours into the
job fair, former New
Yorker Kathleen Kiefer,
was still trying to work
her way inside.

S"This is humbling,"
said Kiefer, 50, living
with her sister in Pom-
pano Beach while she
job hunts. "I came here
from New York where
I was laid off from a
position at a hospital.
This seems worse."
Joining the end of
the line, at noon was
Karen Mendola, 48, of
"I feel like I'm at Dis-
ney World. This is cra-
zy," said Mendola, who
has been looking for
an administrative as-
sistant job for a year.
She said employers
have gotten choosier'
about who they hire.
."You really have to
give your best impres-
sion. You have to sell
yourself. There's a lot
of competition," she

Medicare premiums to rise

continued from 8D
Security Administra-
Half the tax is paid
by workers and the
other half is paid by
employers. Congress
and President Barack
Olama reduced the
share paid by work-
ers from 6.2 percent
to-4.2"percent for 2011
and 2012. The tempo-
rary cut, however, is
due to expire at the
end of the year.

Some of next year's
COLA could be wiped
out by higher Medi-
care premiums, which
are deducted from
Social Security pay-
ments. The Medicare
Part B premium,
which covers doctor
visits, is expected to
rise by about $7 per
month for 2013, ac-

cording to government
The premium is cur-
rently $99.90 a month
for most seniors.
Medicare is expected
to announce the pre-
mium for 2013 in the
coming weeks.
"If seniors are get-
ting a low COLA,
much of their increase
will go to pay off their
Medicare Part B pre-

mium," said Mary
Johnson, a policy
analyst at The Senior
Citizens League.
By law, the increase
in benefits is based on
the Consumer Price'
,Index for Urban Wage
Earners and Clerical
Workers, or CPI-W,
a broad measure 'of
consumer prices gen-
erated by the Bureau
of Labor Statistics. It
measures price chang-
es for food, housing,
clothing, transporta-
tion, energy, medical
care, recreation and
Over the past year,
housing costs have
gone up 1.4 percent
but home energy costs
have dropped by 3.8
percent, according
to the CPI-W. Medi-
cal costs, which tend
to hit seniors harder
than younger adults,
have increased by 4.4

USPS reduces its debt limit

continued from 6D

have led it to rely often
on government loans
to pay for its opera-
tions. The agency had
a $5.2 billion loss in
the .quarter ended
June 30, the most re-
cent data available.
Postal .revenue
should be on the rise
in the coming months
because the holiday
season is typically the
most profitable time
of the year, postal of-
ficials said earlier this
year. A high volume of
election related mail
this month will also
aid postal finances.

The additional rev-
enue should give the
service breathing
room for the next sev-
eral months. In the
past, officials said they
could manage the lim-
it by timing expenses
and skipping mandat-
ed payments for future
retirees' health care.
Employee paychecks
and benefits for cur-
rent retirees won't be
The $15 billion bor-
rowed from the Trea-
sury doesn't include
$11.1 billion in retiree
health-care payments
the service defaulted
on in August and Sep-
tember. Those pay-

ments were tied to a
separate account at
the Treasury.
Postmaster General
Patrick R. Donahoe
has urged Congress to
pass legislation to fix
" the agency's finances.
He says the agency
needs more power to
cut costs, including
the flexibility to end
Saturday delivery.
The Senate this
year passed legisla-
tion-though Do-
nahoe said it didn't go
far enough-but the
House didn't take up
a proposed bill before
going on recess un-
til after the November

M-DC District 3 makeover welcomed

continued from 6D

Landmark Companies;
nonprofit affordable housing
developer Carrfotur Support-
ive Housing and real estate
asset management company
Special Asset Support Ser-
vices, Inc. [SASSI]. Ground
was broken last week with
the majority of the dollars
coming from federal stimu-
' lus monies allocated at the
local level through the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development's [HUD]
Neighborhood Stabilization
Program [NSP]. The NSP
initiative aims to revitalize
neighborhoods by renovating
and reactivating properties
that were foreclosed upon or
abandoned during the reces-
"Landmark is proud to be
in partnership with Carrfour
Supportive Housing and
SASSI," said Francisco Rojo,

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An apartment building first constructed in Miami-Dade County in the 1950s has
been slotted for major improvements at an estimated cost of $20M.

Florida leads U.S. in foreclosures



$1.2 TRILLION __

Advertisers urged

to use more Black media
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others ,%itl join Wvith niedia-buying agencies to larly strong ratings run in recent yea-rs, often
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b y 2015, a 3-9 percent increase m- 2008, dience," Mr. Coleman said.

--Ne.w York Times June 25, 2012


vice president of Landmark
Companies. "tThey] pre-
,sented us with the project
concept and we saw how'it
would enhance the County's
investment in the adjacent
Historic Hampton House' Mu-
seum and Jazz Center."
HUD's NSP2 initiative -
part of the American Recov-
ery and Reinvestment Act of
2009 has granted nearly
$2 billion to states, local
governments, nonprofits and
public and or private non-

profit entities on a competi-
tive basis, with the purpose
of rehabilitating distressed
properties. Carrfour Sup-
portive Housing was part of
a consortium of Miamin-Dade
County development firms
that were granted $89 mil-
lion in funding through the
"Hampton Village is a text
book example of how the
federal government's NSP
program is breathing new
life into communities," said

Stephanie Berman, presi-
dent of Carrfour Supportive
Housing. "We are tearing
down the walls of this build-
ing to usher in a new begin-
ning for these Miami fami-
lies. Once redevelopment
of the property is complete,
Carrfour will provide on-
site services at Hampton
Village aimed at putting
unemployed residents back
to work. We are not only re-
building apartments, we are
rebuilding lives."

continued from 6D
flipping and ad-
justable-rate, toxic -
mortgages that were
destined for failure,
and foreclosure," Mc-
Cabe said. "While our
recovery may be under
way,'we still have a
ways to go."
One in 318 homes
in the Sunshine
State was in some
stage of foreclosure
in September, accord-
ing to figures being -
released Thursday by
RealtyTrac Inc.'That's
more than twice the
national average and
the first time Florida
has had the nation's
highest rate since

April 2005.
Meanwhile, one in
192 homes in Broward
was in the foreclosure
process. The county
last month saw a 136
percent increase in
the number -of new
cases, when lend-
ers notify delinquent
homeowners that they
plan to take back the
properties. "
Palm Beach Coun-
ty's foreclosure rate
ranked 18th state-
wide and the number
of new cases rose 16
An increase in fil-
ings across Broward
and the state could
slow the housing
recovery because
foreclosures hurt

the values of nearby
homes. But buyers are
complaining about a
lack of properties for
/sale, so the foreclo-
sures would bolster
the market as demand
limits price declines,
analysts and real es-
tate agents say.
"Right now, we're
seeing very, very few
, foreclosures coming
onto the market," said
Scott Agran, head of
Lang Realty in Bro-
ward and Palm Beach
'counties. "We're starv-
ing for inventory. We
could take as much
as the banks want to
give us."
Florida filings in-
creased 17 percent in
September from a year

ago even as foreclo-
sures declined across
the country. Realty-
Trac monitors public
records for new cases,
scheduled auctions
and bank reposses-
Leading the drop
nationally were
California, Arizona,
'Nevada and Michi-
gan so-called
non-judicial states in
which lenders don't
need judge's ap-
proval to foreclose. In
Florida and 25 other
states, lenders must,
go through the court
Because of the
lengthy .court process,
it takes an average of
858 days more than

two years.- to com-
plete a foreclosure in
Florida, according to
RealtyTrac. That's the
second-longest time-
line, after New York
and New Jersey.
Foreclosures slowed
dramatically in late
2010 and for most of
2011 while lenders
reviewed cases for
possible paperwork er-
rors. Bank employees,,
called "robo-signers'
admitted under oath
that they signed off
on thousands of cases
without knowing the
But banks have ad-
dressed those prob-
lems and are intent on-
clearing the backlog of

i0D THE MIAMI TIMES, OCTOBER 24-30, 2012 1

Are you getting your share?

t~ jiamittme

900 NW 54th Street Phone: 305-694-6211



Section 8. One and two bed-
rooms. $199 security. 786-
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$800 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $725, if you
qualify Appliances, laundry.
OUIET, Parking, central air
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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 56 Terrace
First month moves you in.
One bedroom one bath
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCDTV Call Joel 786-

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

14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650 '
monthly. 305-213-5013
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

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $450, one bdrm
$525. two bdrms $650,
three bdrms $750 free
water. Call

1541 NW 1 Place
One bedroom $475, Studio
$425. Very Quiet
Call 786-506-3067

1612 NW 51 Terrace
Utilities included. $500 moves
you in. 786-389-1686
1709 NW 55 Street
Charming one bedroom,
quite unit, central air, free
water, fenced gate, off street
parking. $625 monthly. $1250
to move in. 786-270-1707
1720 NW 1 Place
Brand new remodeled.
$500 monthly. Gated build-

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm. one bath. $450
Appliances 305-642-7080

1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, $500. Very
quiet, gated building Call

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.

2581 E Superior Street
One bdrm, one bath, $600
mthly, call 305-652-9393.
3090 NW 134 St #1,2
One bedroom, one bath,
$600-$650 monthly, $1000 to
move in. Section 8 Welcome.

786-512-7643 or 305-502-

3301 NW 51 Street
$675 move in, utilities in-
cluded. 786-389-1686
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
5554 NE Miami Place
One bedroom. $600 monthly,
first and last. 786-277-0302
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
8295 NE Miami Court # 2
Large one bdrm, one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $650
monthly. 305-793-0002
Overtown, Liberty City.
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval Call for specials.
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
Senior Citizen Special. Two
bedrooms and one bath
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
One bdrm.-two bdrms. Sec-
tion 8. Call 305-254-6610.
One bdrm, one bath Special
$450 305-717-6084
Two bedrooms, one bath:
central air. $900 monthly.
20600 NW 7 Ave
One bedroom, one bath con-
do. Central air, dishwasher,
microwave: 770-598-8974
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
*''- "; DuJplexes ;*

10257 NW 10 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $950
mthly, Section 8 Welcome
1079 NW 100 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, fenced, $875 mtnly, first,
last, security. Call
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,:ope 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
13315 Alexandria Drive
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$925 monthly, washer. and
dryer provided. Section 8 OKI
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.

1732 NW 41 Street
One bedroom, one bath, .ap-
pliances includes, air, fenced,
private parking. $575 mthly.
Call 754-581-6302
1747-1749 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
Appliances. $725. 305-642-
2283 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, air, tile, water,

$750, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker

265 N.E. 58th Terrace
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths, all new! Central air,
Walk-in closets. $1250
monthly, 305-793-0002
2906 NW 94 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
laundry, tile throughout.
Large fenced backyard.
$1300 monthly $3600 to
move in. Call 305-693-8338
3151 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated $780 mthly.
First, last and security.
3503 NW 8-Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tile, air, Section 8 preferred.
407 NE 139 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1,275 monthly. Call Madline
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

480 NE 140 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
newly remodeled, Section 8
only. Call Madline
490 NW 97 Street,
One bedroom, one bath.
$750 monthly
5509 NW Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath.. Newly
renovated $630 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-360-2440
5947 N. Miami Avenue
One bedroom one bath
$450 mthly. 305-642-7080
6101 NE Miami Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. Section 8 Welcome.
64 Street
Two bedrooms. $750 monthly
191 Street, Two bedrooms,
two baths $1150 monthly
57 Street, Three bedrooms,
two baths $1150 monthly
199 Street, Three bedrooms,
Two baths $1175 monthly
Design Reality
6,740 NW6 Court
Two bedrooms. central
air, tile, appliances, $775,
$1.550 down. 954-522-4645
836 NW 98 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Tile, air, security bars. Wash-
er hookup. $810 monthly .
First, last, security.
97 NE 59 Terrace
Brand new apt., three bdrms,
two baths with marble kitch-
en, $1225. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-318-8861
786-237-1499 or
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$900 monthly. Security re-
quired. 305-493-9635
Remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, Section 8 Ok, $925
mthly, Call 305-216-2724

1756 NW 85 Street
$375 moves you in, $290 bi-
S. weekly. Call 786-389-1686
1865 NW 45 Street Rear
; Small efficiency, $140 wkly,
utilities include. :
411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. All ap-
pliances included. Call Joel
47 NE 80 Terrace #3
One person, $400 monthly,
$1000 to move in.
Call 305-621-4383
Furnished Rooms
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
15341 NW 31 Avenue
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
1722 NW 77 Street
$115 weekly, air,
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400.
Call 786-506-3067
211 NW 12 Street

3633 NW 194 Terrace
$140 weekly. Free utilities.
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
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believe the reverse will
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quarters, (77 percent)
of small businesses
believe their taxes will
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them don't plan on hir-
ing next year, accord-
ing to a study released
today by The Hartford.
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percent of are optimis-
tic about the economy
down sharply from.
the 61 percent that were
upbeat six months ago.
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the percentage of small-
business owners who
are' optimistic as com-
pared to six months ago,
is remarkable," says
Liam McGee, CEO of
The Hartford.
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- which surveyed more
than 2,000 small-busi-

ness owners, shows
they are hanging on
to .every word the can-
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business policy. About
83 percent of them
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about it when they cast
their votes.
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Vikings defeat gutsy Generals 22-3


Norland strug-

gles for victory

over Jackson
By Akilah Laster

The Norland Vikings are in a
position to take the District 16-
5A title for the third consecutive
season, after an underwhelming
22-3 victory over the Jackson
Generals last Friday night at Traz
"Those were the ugliest 22
points I put on the board," Viking
Head Coach, Daryle Heidelburg
said. "But it was enough."
ULgly is an understatement.
Both Jackson (5-3, 1-1), who was
celebrating its homecoming; and
Norland (6-2, 1-0), remained
scoreless in the first quarter and
had earned only one first down a
piece by the start of the second.
That paled in comparison to the
fact that both teams combined for
more than 200 penalty yards in
the game Norland 110, Jack-
son 120 with Jackson's pen-
alty yards exceeding the team's
total offensive yards.
Meanwhile, coveted Jackson
quarterback, Quinton "Winkie"
Flowers, struggled tremendously

from the jump, throwing an
interception on his first pass.
Flowers, who left the game during
the fourth quarter after a bru-
tal tackle by Norland defensive
end, Paul James, finished the
, game with another interception,
29 passing yards and 7 rushing
On the other side of the ball,
Norland junior quarterback,
STaron James, similarly struggled
and threw two interceptions and
had only one 8-yard completion
by halftime.
"Growing pains are what we're
going through," Heidelburg said.

"We need games like this."
It looked as if the halftime score
would be nil until Jacks'on senior
receiver, Vincent Hall, was able to
earn 29 yards on a broken play
that put them in field goal range.
Jackson went into the second
half ahead 3-0 on a 30-yard field
goal by junior receiver, Kevin
The third quarter commenced
with much of the same penalty.
field play with much of the mo-
mentum in Jackson's favor, until
Norland trudged back from a slow
28 rushing yard and earned the
first touchdown of the game with

1:19 left in the third quarter on
a 2-yard push into the end zone
by junior running back, LaKeith
Stafford, who finished with 14
rushing yards and an addi-
tional touchdown.
Norland took over in the final
quarter after earning three sacks
that disconcerted the Jackson
offense and led to two Norland
touchdowns, including a 2-yard
scampet by junior running
back, Xavier Francis, his only
rush of the game.
"I'm proud of my guys," Hei-
delburg said. "We have a chance
to be in the same position that
we were in last year at this time,
despite everything people have
The win put Jackson in a pre-
carious position dependent on
Norland's success against district
rival Key West (5-3) on Nov. 2nd,
who Jackson defeated 32-12. If
Norland wins they take district,
if Norland loses which histori-
cally is unlikely after they beat
the Conchs 44-20 last season -
then the Generals and Vikings
will be even and will have to play
a tiebreaker.
Norland enters a bi-week before
their next district battle, as the
Generals face Killian (6-1) in a
non-district battle on Thursday,
October 25th, at 4 p.m. at South-
ridge Field.

Title run shows Heat need no labels

Not assigning positions

gives team flexibility
By Jeff Zillgitt.

Through struggle and disappointment, Miami
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has discovered a
conventional offense with conventional labels
doesn't work for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade,
Chris Bosh and the rest of his defending NBA
With so many versatile-players, Spoelstra re-
alized he needed them on the court regardless
of position. He calls it position-less basketball,
with no player defined by one position.
You will hear about it often this season as
Miami expands the concept.
"Not only was it something we felt we had the
ability to do," Spoelstra said of putting five on
the court .without regard to positions, "but we
eventually found out that this team requires
that we play that way. It's not just simply an
"For us to fully unlock the strength and
versatility of this team ... took some time and
forced all of us to get Out of our comfort level."
Especially after the Heat lost the 2011 NBA
, Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. "I needed to
look at this team in a different lens," Spoelstra
It works for the Heat because they have the
players to execute it James can play all five
positions, Wade can play three, Bosh two -
and because they don't have a true center.
Spoelstra is not afraid to experiment with it.
"I'm not thinking of restricting guys and
putting them in specific positions or boxes,"
Spoelstra said. "We found out our first year
that really restricts us,"
So many interchangeable, talented pieces
make it difficult for opponents to defend;
teams do not know precisely where the play is
headed. For example, when Mavericks coach
Rick Carlisle calls "Three up, three down," op-
ponents know, through scouting, that the play
is for. forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Obviously, James, Wade and Bosh will take
a majority of the shots, but opponents don't
know where those shots will be taken. That's
huge in the playoffs, when scouting reports
and knowledge of plays can give a defense an
Bosh plays a pivotal role, too, with his ability
to play on the perimeter and make the right
read: pass, shoot or drive. Often, the Heat run

LeBron James might be best suited to
play small forward, but the Heat can put
more talent on the court when he's at power
the offense through Bosh early in the game
because he sees where advantages can be
exploited and has the skill set to make it hap-
"With all the lineups we had last year, who
knows going on (this season)?" said
forward Shane Battier, who can play 'three
positions. "The flexibility of our lineups is an
amazing strength that very few teams can
match. That's the fun part. You're probably go-
ing to see some funky lineups. You'll be think-
ing, 'What the heck is Spoelstra doing ?' But
it's all part of the process."
Spoelstra credits Battier with helping the
Heat maximize the team's versatility. In his
first.season with Miami (2011-12), Battier not
only provided offensive versatility, he also
provided defensive versatility, which is just as
important but not as noticeable.
Battier is not a gifted offensive player, but
he does enough from a variety of spots on the
floor, especially at the three-point line, to give
James, Wade and Bosh options.
But if you ask Battier what makes it work,
there's no hesitation.
"The one guy who makes it all happen is
LeBron," Battier said. "You can throw any
lineup out there with him, and it'll work. ...
LeBron is-the linchpin to open up so many
lineup combinations."
Few, if any, players in NBA history have
had James' combination of size, strength and
grace. The New York Knicks; Indiana Pacers, .
Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder
were unable to stop him last season as he de-
livered the most impressive postseason perfor-

mance of his career. He averaged 30.3 points,
9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists, including 28.6
points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists against
the Thunder in the Finals.
In his heart, James is a small forward. But
in his mind, he knows playing power forward
makes the Heat a better team because it al-
lows more talented players on the floor at the
same time.
Asked if playing more at power forward was
something he accepted, James chuckled and
said, "I mean, I guess. Spoelstra has so many
different lineup changes and so many mind-
sets of how our team should be and why we'll
be successful. If it's for the good of our-team, I
didn't have a problem with that."
SWith the addition of guard Ray Allen and
forward Rashard Lewis, players wlo thrive on
the perimeter, James is sure to see more time
at power forward.
This position-less style worked for the Heat,
but Spoelstra and Battier said it was too early
to determine if other teams would try it.

Central defeats

Carol City 49-32

Chiefs put up fight before

losing to Central

By Akilah Laster

A year ago, no one would have thought that
a meeting between the Carol City Chiefs and
the Class 6A state runner-up Central Rockets
would be much ofa battle.
But last Thursday night, under the bright
lights of Traz Powell stadium, the Chiefs (6-
2, 2-1), who finished in the bottom of District
16-6Alast season, put up a valiant fight before -
being defeated by Central 49-32. /
"Make no mistake about it, Carol City is a
great football team, and I knew coach [Harold]
Barnwell would get this thing going eventually,"
Central head coach Telly Lockette said. "It's all
about making adjustments in games, and they
did that before the half so we had to do the
same, and fight back."
Central (4-2, 2-0) led by its coveted twosome,
Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby who saw
play on both sides of the'ball-- started out
with a 21-0 early in the second quarter and
it looked like the Chiefs had laid down early
under Central's offensive prowess. But the
Chiefs, who were first in the district going into
the game, spurred by the leadership of senior
quarterback, Akeem Jones, scored their first
touchdown on a 14-yard run by senior receiver,
William French. Jones connected on a pass
to senior receiver, Devonte McKinnie for two.
Carol City's defense stepped up on Central's
next drive and threw off the Rockets a bit, who
gave away two points on a safety after a missed
snap into end zone was kicked out by senior
kicker, Emilio Nadelman to prevent a touch-.
down. The Chiefs came right back to score on
an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jones to McK-
innie, right before the first half ended, cutting
Central's lead to three. After halftime, a ping
pong matched ensued. Central came out scor-
ing on a 3-yard scamper by Yearby, hits second
of the night and then Carol City answered with
a 8-yard touchdown pass from Jones, who fin-
- ished with 346 passing yards and four touch-
down passes.
Cook, who finished with 172 rushing yards
on 12 carries, struck on a 29-yard touchdown
run. Carol City, who dominated the pass game,
scored on a 5-yard pass to senior receiver,
Gregory Conde from Jones, who sealed another
2-point conversion to French, who finished with
150 receiving yards.
Central was able to finally pull away after a
27-yard interception return for a touchdown
by junior receiver, Tavius Brown, Jr. and then
again on a 44-yard touchdown run by Cook.
Lockette who called Jones "special" compared
their win to a game of checkers.
"Have to go through games like this to know
what you have," Lockette said.

Gridiron showdown hosted by Comm. Jordan

SMiami-Dade County Commissioner
Barbara J. Jordan hosted the 2012 Jordan
Bowl,.which was a showdown between the
Lake Stevens Cardinals and the Opa-locka
Panthers. The annual gridiron match, now
in its sixth year, was held on Saturday,
October 6, at Ingram Park between the
Pee-Wee Division. The Panthers reigned
victorious, with a 14-0 win over the Cardi-
"Optimist clubs provide a safe haven
for kids interested in sporting activities,"
Jordan said. "It is important to preserve
programs such as these that promote team-
work and sportsmanship."
For their efforts, each team received

$500 to help underwrite costs for their
football programs.
"With collegiate and professional foot-
ball dominating the television airwaves, I
am thankful that fans took a moment to
attend this gridiron battle that featured
future hall-of-famers," she added. "While
most of these boys will go on to play in high
school, college and possibly professionally,
the support from their communities, while
they are young, is extremely important. We
need to demonstrate that we care about
them on and off of the football field."
The 2012 Jordan Bowl was sponsored by
Sun Life Stadium and the Office of Com-
missioner Barbara Jordan.


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