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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 21 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JANUARY 16-22, 2013 50 cents

Violent youth continue to wreak havoc

Sweeping arrests, gun buy backs aimed at reducing crime in Miami ML ,

By Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline. corn
Young people and guns are prov-
ing to be a lethal combination both
here in Miami and across the na-
tion. As recent as last Monday
night, a 26-year-old Black male
and recent college graduate, Kori
Clark, was shot and killed in broad
daylight outside of his El Por-

tal home. The scene of the crime,
NE 90th Street between 2nd and
3rd Avenues was riddled with so
many bullet casings that Miami-
Dade police had to use cups to
mark the evidence. Just days ear-
lier, a young woman was caught
in a crossfire and killed in Liber-
ty City near NW 53rd Street and
12th Avenue. Neighbors say they
heard at least 10 shots go off. Mi-

ami police attribute much of the
criminal activity to unscrupulous
young adults, many of whom are
members of gangs that make their
money on drug sales and will do
whatever is necessary to maintain
control. Even with a recent crack
down on gun violence that derailed
three drug-dealing organizations
and resulted in the arrests of over
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STILL ELUDING THE POLICE: Dwayne Louissaint, 23,
and Keare Ferguson, 21 are both wanted for the sale and
possession of heroin. Eddie Foster, 19, has an outstanding
federal warrant for trafficking cocaine.

Missing child's

family had long

DCF history

Dontrell's parents, kin
investigated at least four times
By Ihosuani Rodriguez
Months before the remains of a child were
discovered and dug up from a. backyard, a
Hallandale Beach Police official called a child
abuse hotline to report that little Dontrell Mel-
vin hadn't been seen for months.
A full-scale investigation, however. didn't get
rolling until months later, when the same hot-
line got an anonymous call alleging the child's
mother was routinely smoking drug-laced mar-
ijuana in front of her other children and that
the parents often cursed and threatened the
kids with physical violence.
The anonymous call came in early January,
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BE KEPT: Haitians
from Miami and
their allies marched
on Saturday seeking
immediate finan-
cial support for the
continued rebuilding -
of Haiti.

Calvin Melvin (left) and Brittney Sierra.
-Photos courtesy of the Broward Sheriff's Office

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L after quake


By Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonlinre. corn
A silent march and mass were among the activ-
ities held last weekend in commemoration of the
third anniversary of the earthquake that shat-
tered the lives of the people of Haiti on Jan. 12,
2010. But there were other events of note as well

including a panel dis-
cussion that included
the Honorable Fran-
cois Guillaume, Con-
sul General of Haiti
in Miami and one of
Haiti's most celebrated
engineers, Jocelin Da-
vid. In North Miami, a


city whose mayor [Andre Pierre] is Haitian-born,
political leaders gathered to talk about what still
needs to be done in Haiti's rebuilding process.
And young adults, many of whom are Haitian,
participated in the third annual Save Haiti Bike
Ride from Miami to West Palm Beach.
It has been three years since a 7.0 earthquake
destroyed most of Haiti's capitol, Port-au-Prince,
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Judge Clarence

Thomas breaks his

seven-year silence

Makes fun of Yale University
By David Wagner
The Supreme Court's strong silent type has
broken character. Justice Clarence Thomas went
nearly seven years without making a peep dur-
ing oral arguments, but today
he just had to get in a jab at
Yalies. This morning, the Twit-
ter account of SCOTUS Blog-
a site that follows the daily
docket of our nation's high-
est court-broke news about
Thomas ending his silent
THOMAS Thomas, J. (Yale, JD),
speaks: funny at ar-
gument Yale degree could mean law-
yer is incompetent, not competent, capital
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Obama weighing

exec action on guns

2A Has sanitizing King silenced the
real drum major?
Obama connects the past with
the present
7A MLK's Bible used for oath during
9A Miami prepares to get on the bus
1B Miami pastors honor King
From MLK to Obama
1C Drum still beats in a musical
tribute to MLK

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Dr.IMartin Luther King, Jr.
delivered the "I Have a Dream"
speech on Aug. 28,1963, for a
call to end racism in the U.S.
The speech, delivered to over
200,000 civil rights supporters
from the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial, was a defining
moment of the American
civil rights movement.

By Erica Werner
Facing powerful opposition
to sweeping gun regulations,
President Barack Obama is
weighing 19 steps that could be
taken through executive
action alone, con-
gressional offi-
cials said.
Those steps
could include
stricter action
against people
who lie on gun
sale background
checks, stinking
S limits on federal
research into gun

use, ordering tougher penalties
against gun trafficking, and
giving schools flexibility to use
grant money to improve safety.
Obama is expected to unveil
his proposals barely over a
month since the massacre of
20 children and six adults at
Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newtown, Conn., thrust the
gun issue into the national
spotlight after years of inaction
by Obama and lawmakers.
At the same time Obama is
vowing not to back off his sup-
port for sweeping gun legisla-
tion that would require con-
gressional backing including
banning assault weapons,
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Has sanitizing King

silenced his true voice?
On Monday, our nation will once again pause to reflect
upon the life of one of our heroes, the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. There will be parades and concerts.
Many radio and television stations will broadcast special pro-
grams with songs, sermons and news footage that will retell the
story of how a young Baptist preacher followed God's calling and
assumed leadership in America's civil rights movement. And
there will be commentary from esteemed scholars who will ex-
plain why King's contribution was important to Blacks in Amer-
ica, to our entire nation and even to the world.
But while some of us hold hands and sing We Shall Overcome,
there will be young Black men and women from Liberty City to
Homestead who will honestly wonder why there's so much hype
about King. For them and perhaps even to some of us, if we
were honest, honoring Dr. King has become little more than a
perfunctory the thrill is gone. But let's consider the King who
emerged after his victorious March on Washington, after he was
applauded for his I Have a Dream speech. That is the King that
pointed to the "triplets of social misery" racism, economic in-
equality and militarism.
We have been overcome by cultural amnesia and forgotten that
King admitted that if he were to be known as a drum major he
hoped it would be as one for justice, righteousness and peace
- not for his awards, his degrees or his bling-bling. This is the
King that our troubled youth need to understand and hear from
As Blacks continue to suffer from record unemployment, es-
calating Black-on-Black violence, increasing HIV infections and
AIDS-related deaths and many more of the world's ills, King's
willingness to sacrifice his life becomes more relevant.
As an average private citizen, he challenged our nation's moral
memory. He asked the U.S. to make good on its promises of free-
dom and justice and urged our nation to reclaim long abandoned
notions of democracy that had been lost under aged documents
or twisted by selfish men of power.
The radical King provoked Southern whites, Capitol Hill war-
mongers, and the Black bourgeoisie. He enraged conservatives
and alienated liberals all of whom cared more about their own
good fortune and holding on to it rather than making a way for
"the least of these." But not King.
He was a true drum major but only if we take him in his total-
ity as a flawed human being who on behalf of all humankind
made the ultimate sacrifice his life. How many of us would
chose to lead the parade, as King did, knowing that we were
marching to death's doors?
King's mission remains unfilled. We still have much work to do.

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At CBS, business trumps

journalistic integrity

By Rem Rieder

It's just so wrong.
CBS' decision to block a tech-
nology website it owns from
presenting a prestigious award
to the recipient of its choice be-
cause of the network's business
interests violates the most basic
of journalistic principles.
It vividly illustrates the prob-
lems that arise with conglom-
erate ownership of news orga-
nizations, when the financial
concerns of the parent company
can trump the journalistic in-
tegrity of a subsidiary.
It's particularly disgraceful
in this case, given that CBS, as
you may have heard, happens
to possess its very own network
news operation.
The decision had immediate
ramifications as Greg Sandoval,
the website's digital media re-
porter, resigned in disgust over
the contretemps. Sandoval, a
former Los Angeles Times and
Washington Post reporter, was a
seven-year CNET veteran.
The controversy erupted last
week when CBS ordered CNET
not to consider the Dish Net-
work's Hopper with Sling, a re-
cording device with ad-skipping
technology, for the "Best in
Show" award the site presented
last week at International CES,
the big electronics show in Las
Vegas. CBS and other networks
have sued the Dish Network
over the Hopper, which allows
viewers to skip over prime-time
Last week CNET tweeted the
news that the Hopper was a fi-
nalist. But the recording device
was soon kicked to the curb.
This is pretty outrageous stuff.
How much credibility can a news
outlet have if its editorial judg-
ment is overridden by the com-
mercial consideration of its cor-
porate overlords? How seriously
can consumers take its recom-
mendations under such circum-

But it turns out the situation
was worse, much worse.
The technology website The
Verve reported Monday that the
Hopper was not merely a finalist;
it actually had been chosen as
the winner of the "Best in Show"
award by CNET's editorial staff.
It was after CBS brass learned of
that decision before it was an-
nounced that it decided that
the Hopper had to be banished.
Lindsey Turrentine, editor-
in-chief of CNET Reviews, soon
confirmed that account. She
and her staff had been placed in
a terrible situation by the CBS
honchos. Not only was their
judgment rejected for reasons
having nothing to do with the
merits of their journalism. They
weren't even allowed to give an
honest account of what had tak-
en place.
Compounding the damage,
CBS felt compelled to issue this
self-serving statement Monday:
"CBS has nothing but the highest
regard for the editors and writers
at CNET, and has managed that
business with respect as part of
its CBS Interactive division since
it was acquired in 2008. This has
been an isolated and unique inci-
dent in which a product that has
been challenged as illegal, was
removed from consideration for
an award. The product in ques-
tion is not only the subject of a
lawsuit between Dish and CBS,
but between Dish and nearly ev-
ery other major media company
as well. CBS has been consistent
on this situation from the begin-
ning, and, in terms of covering
actual news, CNET maintains
100% editorial independence,
and always will. We look forward
to the site building on its repu-
tation of good journalism in the
years to come."
That's reassuring, guys. In
other words, we have the highest
regard for journalistic indepen-
dence, except when it's bad for
business. Or, give us a break. We
only misbehaved once.

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Obama's letter gives me a renewed
Like many Americans during my resume, something I am ing t' 'Os- h-i'..p '
2012, I suffered through our sure many other "discouraged" Then, lasr. April, E Ikttrr ar-
lackluster economy as well as Americans have done. I also rived from President Obama
survived some personal chal- told a White House staffer that asking me to hang on, even
lenges. Still, I remain optimistic I hoped the president would though times were hard. At
that -- with the diligent efforts read my column about the the time, he wrote that he was
of President Obama -- this year unsuccessful job hunt in this working "diligently every day" to
will bring better tidings, hope- paper. In the November 2011 address the hardships of many
fully starting with this Friday's column, I admitted to readers Americans. He ended his letter
latest federal employment fig- that the president, in all likeli- by writing that it took years for

One year ago, my life was on
a downward spiral as the result
of the death of one parent and
the diagnosis of Alzheimer's for
the other. Because I was un-
able to find full-time work, I left
my home in Dallas to search in
nearby states for a job. Along
the way, I lost a lot of material
possessions, but I also learned
from painful experience that
I am not what I wear, what I
drive or where I live.
These were sentiments I ex-
pressed in a letter I sent to
President Obama last year ask-
ing for a job and sending him

One year ago, my life was on a downward spiral as the
result of the death of one parent and the diagnosis of
Alzheimer's for the other. Because I was unable to find
full-time work, I left my home in Dallas to search in nearby states
for a job.

hood, would never see my letter
explaining that I wouldn't quit
looking for work.
Months went by, and my all-
too-common roller-coaster ride
continued. While I had a couple
of "close calls" on jobs, they did
not come through. I was start-

the country to find itself in this
economic situation and that it
would take time to "bring about
the changes our families need."
I took pride in the president's
acknowledgment of my letter,
his personal outreach, his un-
derstanding and compassion

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homes or jobs.
Four years ago when Obama
took office, unemployment was
7.8 percent. During his tenure,
we saw unemployment peak at
10 percent, leaving 15 million
Americans out of work. Today,
12 million Americans are wait-
ing for decent jobs with 40 per-
cent battling unemployment
that has lasted six months or
Good news has a way of
helping dejected folks stay the
course. That's why I'm eager to
hear what economists will say
about the December jobs report
out this Friday -- and about the
president's plan to improve the
economy in his second term.
I have moved back to my
home in Dallas, where I will
hang a framed letter from the
president, which has filled me
with hope for a far better year
in 2013.


Obama connects the past with the present

One hundred and fifty years
ago, President Abraham Lin-
coln signed the Emancipation
Proclamation. It was a flawed
document that freed enslaved
people in Confederate areas
that he did not control. At the
same time, it was a progres-
sive document because it ini-
tiated discussion about the
"freedom" Thirteenth, Four-
teenth and Fifteen Amend-
One hundred years later, in
1963, Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. riveted the nation with
his "I Have A Dream" speech
during the Aug. 28 March on
Washington. Many will re-
member that he said, "I have a
dream that one day people will
be judged not by the color of
their skin but by the content
of their character." Somehow
people forget that in the same
speech he said, "We have come
to the nation's capital to cash
a check that has been marked
insufficient funds." If people
said "cash the check" as often
as they said "I have a dream,"
we'd move more quickly for-

ward in closing the economic
gaps that Black people experi-
We've been doing this 50-
year thing for the past couple
years, and we'll be doing it for
another few. The "Greensboro

Many of these folks remnem-
ber the civil rights moment
through twice and thrice told
tales. Those who are under the
median age see the civil rights
movement as something like
a fable, something they heard

There has been a rich history and legacy of struggle and
protest that has been swallowed by the notion. of post-
racialism in the first decades of this century.

Four" North Carolina A&T
State University Students
(with the help of Bennett Col-
lege students, who are often
ignored) sat in at Woolworth
counter on Feb. 1, 1960. The
March on Washington hap-
pened 50 years ago. The Civ-
il Rights Act was passed in
1964, and beyond that the
60s will resonate for the next
few years with commemora-
tions and anniversaries.
These celebrations are im-
portant historical moments,
but who remembers? The me-
dian age of the population in
the U.S. is about 37 years old.

about, but doesn't really mat-
ter to them. Many of these
young people see themselves
as "post-racial." They hang
out with their peers, race not-
withstanding. They have nev-
er experienced discrimination.
Even when they experience it,
they are slow to embrace it.
They are post-racial, whatever
that means.
There has been a rich histo-
ry and legacy of struggle and
protest that has been swal-
lowed by the notion of post-
racialism in the first decades
of this century. It is laudable
that President Obama will use

both the Bible ofr 6 r'Nlrtin
Luther King Jr. and that of
President Abraham Lincoln,
connecting the 150-year-
old dots. President Obama's
choice in using both Bibles in
this anniversary year is a tes-
tament to his sensitivity and
ability to juggle the tightrope
he must manage as both pres-
ident of the U.S. and the first
Black president of our nation.
We do our nation a disser-
vice when we duck and dodge
our racially tinged history. We
have to grace and embrace the
past in order to move forward
with our future.
Somehow this is a message
that needs to be transmitted
to young people, especially in
this 150th year after eman-
cipation, this 50th year after
the March on Washington,
this season of embracing and
celebrating our history.
Julianne Malveaux is a
Washington, D.C.-based econ-
omist and writer. She is Presi-
dent Emerita of Bennett Col-
lege for Women in Greensboro,
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National Urban League's $7oM initiative

The December jobs report has
confirmed what urban America
has known for a very long time:
The fierce urgency of now is
overtaking the slow pace of the
economic recovery and continu-
ing partisan gridlock in Wash-
ington. The recent jobs report
reveals that 155,000 jobs were
created last month and overall
unemployment remained at a
steady and still too high rate of
7.8 percent. But the unemploy-
ment picture in urban America
tells a decidedly different story.
Black unemployment, which
has hovered at twice the nation-
al average for decades, has now
climbed to 14 percent and the
Hispanic jobless rate of 9.6 per-
cent also continues to exceed
the national average. Despite
the efforts of the Congressional
Black Caucus and other pro-
gressive voices in Congress, the
jobs crisis in urban America has
reached emergency proportions
and is tearing at the economic

and social fabric of many com-
munities. That is why the Na-
tional Urban League announced
last week a new $70 million
"Jobs Rebuild America" initia-
tive designed to employ, educate
and empower communities that

is a public engagement cam-
paign to increase pressure on
Washington to invest in the ed-
ucation and skills enhancement
of at-risk youth and disadvan-
taged young adults. We also call
for passage of targeted jobs leg-

Black unemployment, which has hovered at twice the
national average for decades, has now climbed to 14

have been hardest hit by the
Great Recession.
Our campaign is a two-
pronged effort. First, through
a $70 million public-private
expansion of existing Urban
League job training, educa-
tion and business development
programs, we intend to directly
assist thousands of jobseekers
and entrepreneurs in dozens of
cities over the next five years.
The second component of the
Jobs Rebuild America initiative

isolation and a responsible fiscal
plan and deficit reduction ini-
tiatives that do not exacerbate
the unemployment crisis.
This effort is an outgrowth
of the National Urban League's
historic mission of economic
empowerment for Blacks and
other hard-pressed urban citi-
zens. It also builds upon the
work that our network of nearly
100 affiliates has been engaged
in since the start of the Great
Recession. Our affiliates have

served as e..-nrnic first re-
sponders for communities dev-
astated by job loss. They have
also been successful in creating
economic opportunity and pre-
paring thousands of people to
avail themselves of those oppor-
tunities. We've worked closely
with our partners in the private
sector and the federal govern-
ment to maximize resources
and mobilize the strength of our
collaborative efforts.
Our collective message is this:
While we believe it is important
to tackle deficit reduction, job
creation remains the nation's
number one priority. We urge
the President and the Congress
to adopt a balanced approach
that marries compassion for the
most vulnerable Americans with
protections for the nation's jobs
and sacrifice from all.
Marc H. Moral, former mayor
of New Orleans, is president
and CEO of the National Urban

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NRA maintains vice grip on Congress
In the wake of the killing said on CNN, "I think he's in 2004, largely as a result fearful of bi
of 20 schoolchildren in New- wrong." Murphy explained, of pressure exerted by the ful gun lob'
town, Conn. last month and -Newtvown fundamentally NRA. The organization has doesn't eve
just before Vice President changed things. The NRA risen from being founded in guns banne
Biden presented a list of pro- doesn't get this." 1871 to help improve marks- But there
posals to President Obama Rep. Elijah Cummings (D- manship to a powerful four cations that
this week that includes ban- Md.) acknowledged that it will million-member lobbying or- cal clout mi
ning assault weapons and not be easy to get Congress to ganization that takes in more rated.

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en want machine
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limiting sales of high-capac-
ity ammunition clips, the
president of the National Rifle
Association expressed con-
fidence that new gun legisla-
tion will stall in Congress.
In an interview on CNN's
"State Of The Union," NRA
President David Keene said,
"I would say that the likeli-
hood is that they are not go-
ing to be able to get assault
weapons ban through this
When asked about placing
limits on high-capacity am-
munition clips, Keene replied,.
"I don't think ultimately they
are going to get that, either."
Senator Chris Murphy (D-
Conn.), referring' to Keene,

A10-year ban on the sale of assault weapons expired in
2004, largely as a result of pressure exerted by the NRA.
The organization has risen from being founded in 1871
to help improve marksmanship to a powerful four million-member

lobbying organization that takes
nual revenue.

ban assault weapons.
He told CNN, "I think we
have the possibility, but it's
going to be difficult." Cum-
mings said the prospects are
brighter for Congress to place
restrictions on high-capacity
magazines and require ex-,
panded background checks.
A 10-year ban on the sale
of assault weapons expired

in more than $200 million in an-

than $200 million in annual
According to Opensecrets.
org, NRA spent $20 million
in, the last election cycle, all'
on. friendly lawmakers who
score well on the NRA's politi-
cal scorecard. The combina-
tion of big bucks and politi-
cal pressure have made too
many members of Congress

"The gun lobby had an abys-
mal 2012 election cycle. They
spent more than $11 million
to defeat President Obama,
warning that on Election Day,
"Americans will vote either to
defend or surrender freedom
in the mos t consequential
national decision in U.S. his-
And the NRA got a poor re-
turn on its. political invest-
George E. Curry, former ed-
itor-in-chief of Emerge maga-
zine, is editor-in-chief of. the
National Newspaper Publish-'
ers Association News Ser-
vice (NNPA.) He is a keynote
,speaker, moderator, and me-
dia coach.


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Why hasn't Haiti seen greater
improvements from the
millions in donations?

The massive moral cost of gun violence
The heartwrenching mas- dren and citizens from enemies and inflicting them with post- moving remark
sacre of 20, six- and seven- without, while ignoring the re- traumatic stress disorders Hook interfaith
year-old children and six edu- ality that the greatest threats often chronic. It has caused Newtown High
cators in Newtown, Conn. has to child safety and wellbeing them recurring nightmares 16 got it right
galvanized public attention come from enemies within, and made them afraid to go "Caring for ou0
once again after a mass shoot- Gun violence satutrates our outdoors or to the movies, our first job.
ing. But the killing of children children's lives and relentless- It has made them want to or that right, we
by gun violence is not new. It 1% threatens them ever day. feel they have to get a gun or thing right. 1
has been an unreported and Gun violence has taught, join a gang to protect them- a society, we
under-reported plague that entertained, and tantalized selves, because adults can't And we will not
has snuffed out the lives of them incessantly across tele- or won't protect them. It has the God of thep
119,079 children and teenag- vision, movie, and video game made them plan their own Testament or a

ers since 1979.
That's an average of 3,721
child and teen deaths ev-
ery year for 32 years. That's
4,763 classrooms of 25 chil-
dren each. The number of chil-
Sdren and teens killed by guns
since 1979 is two. and a half
times greater than the num-
ber of U.S. mihtary personnel
killed in action in the Vietnam
(47,434) or Korean (33,739)
S wars, and more than 22 times
greater than American military
personnel killed in the wars
in Afghanistan (1,712) and in
Iraq (3,518).
. The'U.S. has spent a trillion
and a half dollars on the Iraq
and Afghanistan wars so far.,
purportedly to protect our chil-

That's an average of 3,721 child and teen deaths every
year for 32 years. That's 4,763 classrooms of 25 children
each. The number of children and teens killed by guns
since 1979 is two and a half times greater than the number of U.S.
military personnel killed in action in the Vietnam ...

screens and the Internet. It
has snatched away their par-
ents. aunts, uncles, cousins,
brothers, sisters, friends, and
teachers; sapped their energy
and will to learn; and made
them forget about tomorrow. It
has nagged and picked at their
-youthful minds and spirits and
darkened their dreams, day in
and day out, snuffing out the
promise and joy of childhood.

funerals because they don't
think they'll ive to adulthood.
It has killed them %with guns
every three hours and fifteen
minutes and injured them
every 34 minutes. It terrifies
them and makes them cry in-
side and wonder if and when
enough adults are ever going
to stand up and make it. stop
and make children safe.
President Obama, in his

ks at 7TRhe"Sai
h prayer vigil at
School on Dec.
when he said:
tr children. It's
If we don't get
don't get any-
'hat's how, as
will be judged."
:,pass the test of
prophets or New
all great faiths if

we do not protect all of our sa-
cred children against repeated
and preventable gun deaths
and injuries. Every child has a
right to live and to dream and
to strive for a future that is not.
destroyed in a second because
we cowered before a special
interest lobby and refused to
protect them.
Marian Wright Edelman is
president of the Children's De-
fense Fund whose Leave No
Child Behindf,' mission is to
ensure every child a Healthy
Start, a Head Start, a Fair
Start, a Safe Start and a Mor-
al Start in life and successful
passage to adulthood with
the help of caring families and

Liberty City, Retired

"i haven't
seen anything
in the news of
what's been
done. Nothing
is' being ac-
counted for,
there's obvi-
ously been a
lack of hones-
ty with the charities."

Liberty City, Nurse

"I don't
know, but ,
I hope they
haven't been
stealing from
those in Hai-
ti. They need
homes and 1
fresh water,
it's been too

Miami, Driver

from the news
I haven't seen
anything; no
no homes -
nothing. They
haven't even
rebuilt the city yet. It's bad."

Aiami,. Cosmetologist

"The gov-
ernment must
be taking the
money needed
to help those
people and us-
ing it for their
own agenda,
like the mili-

Liberty City, Transportation

"Those char-
ities. aren't
being honest -
and are taking
the money for
It's not looking
good on our
part as Ameri-
cans. I just hope that they get
the support they've been prom-

Liberty City, Business Owner

know but I'm
upset, those
people are
still in tents.
Obama needs
to look into
that, it's a

SLook out for a heated dis-
cussion when District 2 citi-
zens and the Dade County
O.C.E.D. West Little River
Citizens Advisory Commit-
tee confronts Miami Dade
County Commissioner Jean
Monestime during a 10
a.m. meeting [1301 NW 83rd
Street] on Thursday, Jan. 17.
. We hear that folks want to
know why Arcola Lakes Park
will get a much smaller se-
nior citizens center than that
proposed by the residents
while the Commissioner is
supporting a much larger
and expensive project at Oak

Grove Park that will allegedly
service a predominantly Hai-
tian community. Stay tuned."

Xavier Suarez was the sole
dissenting vote at a recent
county commissioners meet-
ing that gave the go-ahead to
Florida Power & Light [FPL]
to build key components that
will probably pave the way
for two new nuclear reactors
at FPL's Turkey Point facil-
ity. Critics have continued
to voice their concerns about
sea-level rise and worsen-
ing saltwater intrusion into
underground drinking-water

Weaixpn oichoice as the Second Amendment is ratified in 17)l...

Weapon 'f choice as we uphold the Second Amendment...

supplies. The commissioners
gave their support to FPL's
request for a series of '"un-
usual use" zoning changes.
FPL says the new reactors
will serve a growing popula-
tion and keep electric bills
low. But critics say we may
one day experience the kind
of tragedy that hit Japan.
Stay tuned.

West Grove residents don't
want a trolley garage in their
community, saying that it
violates the Miamni 21 zoning
code. According to the Uni-
versity of Miami's Center for

Ethics and Public Services,
the garage should be consid-
ered industrial, not commer-
cial as suggested by the City,
and therefore not allowed.
Residents say they'll keep
fighting to keep the 12-bay
garage from being built in the
3300 block of Douglas Road.
City Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff recently met with
West Grove ministers but the
dispute remains unresolved.
The ministers, residents and
even football coaches from
the mostly-Black community
remain vigilant in their fight.
Stay tuned.

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Congresswoman Wilson

sworn in for second term

Congresswoman Frederica people," Wilson said. she will serve on the Educa-
Wilson was joined by members During her first term she fo- tion and the Workforce Corn-

of her family recently during
her swearing in ceremony in
Washington, D.C. She con-
tinues to serve Florida's 24th
Congressional District and is
now in her second term.
"I am honored and humbled
to serve and will continue to
fight for good jobs, quality
education, and justice for all

caused on several items of note
including: bringing economic
opportunities to the District;
providing greater safety and
academic support for foster
children; promoting the rights
and Haitian and Haitian-Amer-
ican communities; and ending
violence and racial profiling.
During the 113th Congress,

"As a former. teacher, princi-
pal, school board member, and
state legislator with expertise
in education policy, I look for-
ward to advocating for educa-
tion and economic policies that,
give all children and adults the
opportunity to reach their full
potential," she added.

Sheriff suspends Scott

Rothstein friend at BSO

Deputy a prominent figure in fraudster saga

By Brittany Wallman

Just two days into his job as
Broward County sheriff, Scott
Israel suspended a deputy who
was a prominent figure in the
Scott. Rothstein saga.
Lt. David Benjamin was a
longtime friend of Rothstein,
the attorney who mastermind-
ed the largest financial fraud
in South Florida history. When
Rothstein's Ponzi scheme blew
apart in 2009, Benjamin gave
him a personal escort to a wait-
ing plane to flee to Morocco,
Broward Sheriff's Office officials
have said.
Israel said Benjamin and an-
other deputy, Detective Jeff
Poole, are under criminal in-
vestigation by an outside agen-
cy, and both were suspended
Thursday with pay.
Israel said he thought sus-
pending the two was warrant-
ed, though he couldn't com-
ment on why they're under
"I felt it was appropriate based
on the information," Israel said.
Then-Sheriff Al Lamberti had
said Benjamin was under feder-
al investigation in a Rothstein-
related case, and he had trans-
ferred Benjamin from his post
running Internal Affairs to a job
overseeing the Juvenile Assess-

ment Center.
As leader of a large law firm,
Rothstein made a point of co-
zying up to law enforcement,
including hiring Fort Lauder-
dale police officers to guard his
home 24 hours a day.
He took another top BSO offi-
cial, the undersheriff, on two jet
trips. That deputy, Undersheriff
Tom Wheeler, retired after Is-
rael was elected. He said he re-
spected a sheriffs right to name
his own top staff.
Rothstein, a felon who or-
chestrated a $1.4 billion Ponzi
scheme, is serving a 50-year
prison sentence in an undis-
closed location.
Fallout from Rothstein's ar-
rest hasn't ceased. The case led
to multimillion-dollar lawsuits
and other arrests, the latest
charges leveled against his wife,
Those who were at the receiv-
ing end of Rothstein's largesse
were visited by lawyers de-
manding they return the booty.
Benjamin himself agreed to
give up a high-end Swiss watch
and pay $30,000 in a settle-
ment with Rothstein bankrupt-
cy attorneys in 2011.
Mike Dutko, Benjamin's at-
torney, said the longtime BSO
employee was "disappointed"
with the formal, urgent way his


suspension was handled. BSO
officials showed up in his of-.
fice, in front of his employees,
gave him papers, told him he
was suspended and drove him
But Benjamin, who Dutko
said has "languished under the
threat of prosecution" for three
years, said he understood why
Israel did it.
"It doesn't come as a surprise
to him at all that a new sheriff
coming in and sitting down, or
his administrator sitting down
and getting briefed by .the FBI
and told that two of your people
are under investigation, 'that
the prudent and cautious thing
to do for a new sheriff" is sus-
pend them with pay.

Separated Haitian families to push U.S. for help

continued from 1A

and surrounding cities, killing
an estimated 300,000 people
while leaving another million-
plus homeless. Today, after
withstanding an outbreak of
cholera and two recent storms,
some 400,000 Haitians remain
in makeshift tents, clinging to

Haitians. Haitians could then
wait for a green card safely here
rather than in devastated Haiti.
Three years ago, the president
pledged his support to speed
up the recovery in Haiti. Today,
Haiti- remains in need and her
people still suffer."
Guillaume points to the need
for funds donated towards Hai-
ti's recovery to be placed in the
hands of the government not in

ture. But we encourage people
to visit Haiti and see what it's
like for themselves. Much has
been done even though of-
ten times what you will read
is what has not been accom-
David led an insightful dis-
cussion on the role that tech-
tonic plates have had on the
island and the importance of
following more strict building

-MiamiTimes photo/D. Kevin McNeir
DEMANDING THAT PROMISES BE KEPT: Haitians from Miami and their allies marched on
Saturday seeking immediate financial support for the continued rebuilding of Haiti.

Marleine Bastien, executive
director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan
Miyami, Inc./Haitian Women
of Miami, was the coordina-
tor of the march. She says her
emphasis now rests on secur-
ing President Barack Obama's
signature on legislation that
would approve a Haitian Family
Reunification Program.
"The Obama administration
renewed the Cuban Family Re-
unification Program in 2010 un-
der which over 30,000 Cuban
beneficiaries have been paroled
since 2009," she said. "Haitian-
American advocates for nearly
three years have urged Obama
to create a similar program for

the accounts of over 560 NGOs
[non-governmental organiza-
"Over the years the interna-
tional community had lost con-
fidence in Haiti's government
due to the problems we had
over the past 15 to 20 years,"
he said. "But this is a differ-
ent Haiti and a much different
leadership. Only one percent of
all pledged dollars have gone
directly to our government and
only 56 percent of the pledged
dollars have been distributed.
President Michel Martelly and
Prime Laurent Lamothe have
shown that they are more than
capable of directing Haiti's fu-

codes. He added that because
Haiti rests on a series of faults,
that the likelihood is great for
future earthquakes as severe
as that in 2010.

Congresswoman Frederi-
ca Wilson noted during last
week's press conference of lo-
cal politicians, that the majori-
ty of the rubble has finally been
removed from the most devas-
tated areas of Haiti. She too
pointed to the need for money
to continue to be distributed
wisely and expediently.
"The U.S. has to remain

Thirty-five seconds becomes a lifetime

By Lutze B. Segu

Three years after the earth-
quake in Haiti loved ones are
still trying to heal. Many Hai-
tians paused to reflect upon
the 35-second earthquake that
decimated their country and
claimed hundreds of thousands
of lives.
Evelmna, 48, is one of those
people who still grieves on a na-
tional and personal level. She
lost her husband of 12 years in
the quake. He was buried alive
and died on Thursday, three
days after tragedy struck. Eve-
lina recounts before the earth-
quake she went to Haiti often
and it was easy to make a life in
Haiti then.
"I never wanted to stay in Mi-
ami for too long," she said. -"
had every intention to go back

to Haiti."
But she remained in
Miami while her hus-
band opted to stay in
Haiu and work.
-Whenever I and the
boys needed anything,
I just called and my
husband would send
money right away," she
said. 'Life was great

Now, Evelina, is a single
mother who is raising her two
sons alone her dreams of
migrating back to Haiti have
been crushed. Evelina's reality
currently consists of chronic
unemployment and poverty.
When asked how she feels
emotionally, tears began to
well up in her eyes. She looked
away to gather her thoughts.
She says that she and her sons

are sull traumatized
by the ordeal. As we
sat together in her liv-
ing room, she said her
oldest child doesn't
like it when she talks
about the earthquake.
She knows he deeply
misses his father. To-
gether she and her

sons have gone to
counseling and they're
dealing with their loss one day
at a time. For some the earth-
quake is something they recall
once a year. But for Evelina
and her boys, they live with it
every- day.
Lutze B Segu is a Haitian-
American blogger for the Femi-
nistGriote.com and is a gradu-
ate of Barnm University with a
Masters in Social Work. She
lives in Miami.

steadfast in its commitment to
our Haitian family," she said.
"The lives of too many innocent
children are depending on it.
Step by step, progress is .be-
ing made but when you hear
the stories -of people who lost
their loved ones, homes and
life as they knew it, you know

we must remain committed to
helping Haiti rebuild."'
State Representative Daphne
Campbell said she is commit-
ted to making sure legislation
is passed this year that will
benefit Haitians.
"It's time that the U.S. kept
its promises," she said. "We.

deserve to be treated like oth-
ers have in the past [Cubans].
We are responsible, in part, for
Obama's being reelected be-
cause we voted'for him. I think
he'll do the right thing. We're
going to make sure he and his
administration follow through
in 2013."

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Census rethinks Hispanic on

By Haya El Nasser

Hispanics may become a race
of their own in the U.S. Census
- a major change that some
Latino advocacy groups are op-
Currently, the Census con-
siders Hispanic not a race but
an ethnic background. Hispan-
ics can be of any race, and His-
panic origin is asked on Census
forms in a question separate
from the one about race.,
Now, the Census is consid-
ering eliminating the Hispanic
origin question and combining
it with the race question in a
"race or origin" category.
The change would be the
biggest adjustment to Census
questions about race since the
2000 Census, when people for
the first time were allowed to
check more than one race -
a nod to the nation's growing
multiracial population.

The federal government peri-
odically alters race and ethnic-
ity questions to keep up with
shifts in the social fabric of the
nation. For example, "mulatto"
was a Census category in 1920.
"Negro" may finally be dropped
in 2020.
Immigration in the past 30
years has fueled an explosion in
the Hispanic population. Now
at 52 million, or 16.7 percent
of the total population, Latinos
surpass Blacks as the largest
minority group in the USA.
The potential Census chang-
es don't please some Hispanics
even though many feel boxed in
by the current race categories:
white, Black, Asian, Ameri-
can Indian. When the Census
added a fifth in 1980 "some
other race" so many Hispan-
ics chose it that it is now the
third-largest race group behind
white and Black; 95 percent of

-Photo: Tina Fineberg, AP
Nathalie Torres,'5, of the Brooklyn borough of New York,
second from right, and others react as they watch the Do-
minican Parade Sunday Aug. 14, 2011 along Sixth Avenue in
New York.


those who selected "some other of the population in a way," she
race" are Hispanic. says. "It does make me feel ex-
Hispanics historically have cluded to a certain extent."
had difficulty identifying with Latino civil rights groups
existing race categories, don't embrace the change be-
"I do see the difficulty with cause they like the separate
the government classifying ethnicity question, which offers
Latinos in one category or in check-off boxes for national or-
many categories," says Eliza- igins such as Mexican, Cuban
beth Zamora, 23, a Dallas na- and Puerto Rican.
tive and daughter of Mexican "There is no unanimity on
immigrants. "We're not just what any of this stuff means,"
white or Black or Asian. Our says Angelo Falcon, director of
parents may be coming from the National Institute for Latino
Jamaica, Mexico, Argentina, Policy and co-chair of a coali-
Europe. ... You can't put us in tion of Latino advocacy groups
one category." that recently met with Census
Zamora, a recent communi- officials. "Right now, we're Very
cations and Spanish graduate comfortable with having the
of Southern Methodist Univer- Hispanic (origin) question.
sity who works for a public re- Hispanic as a race category? I
nations firm, filled out her first don't think there's any consen-
Census questionnaire in 2010. sus on that."
She checked Hispanic, Mexi- The Census is a high-stakes
can-American and white. numbers game that helps ce-
The current form "really does ment the political and financial
separate Latinos from the rest clout of various interest groups.

Clothing bin donations don't always reach needy

A collection bins benefiting clothing recyclers
has eaten into donations to Goodwill, so be
careful before dropping off donations in bins,.

By Meghan Hoyer
and Jayne O'Donnell

Castoff clothing dropped off
in parking lot donation bins
doesn't always end up with
charities devoted to helping the
More and more, clothing col-
lection' bins are being operated
by for-profit recycling firms
or non-profits that give only a
small portion of their proceeds
to charity.
Goodwill officials said they
can't measure the exact impact
of the proliferation of bins, many
of which "aren't labeled properly
or mislead donors," spokeswom-
an Lauren Lawson-Zilai said.
But she said they have eaten
into donations, which in turn
hurts Goodwill's ability to fund
its work. Goodwill provides job
training and job-placement pro-
grams paid for largely through

the retail sales at its network of
thrift stores a business that
brought in $2.59 billion in 2011.
Lawson-Zilai said 82 ,percent
of the revenue from sales of do-
nated items went toward ser-
vices that helped more than 4.2
million people last year.
"The charitable sector relies
heavily upon the kindness of
donors to'help achieve their re-
spective missions," she said.
In contrast, the most recent
federal tax return from non-
profit Planet Aid, which operates
donation bins across the coun-
try, shows that just 28 percent
of its $36.5 million in spending
went to its international aid pro-
grams in 2011. The bulk of its
spending went to collect and
process clothes for recycling.
For-profit companies such as
USAgain and non-profits such
as Planet Aid make,their money
by bundling clothes and selling

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-Photo by Kate Patterson
Natasha Wiggins donates clothes in a bin Friday outside a Good-
will near Falls Church, Va. Unlike some bin collectors, Goodwill
,has a great record of using its donations to help the needy.

them in bulk to recycling com-
panies that ship them overseas,
where they are re-used as ap-
parel, made into rags or repro-
cessed as furniture padding or
insulation materials.
On its tax returns, Planet Aid
,said its largest mission was the

"protection of natural habitat by
collecting and recycling 50,000
tons of used textiles."
Spokesman Jonathan Franks
touted the group's' recycling
"We view donation as an 'in-
dividual choice and believe that

a variety of organizations with a
variety of mission statements is
a good thing," he said.
But the low percentage of
money going to international
aid programs earned Planet Aid
an "F" from,ratings organization
CharityWatch, which examines
'how non-profits spend their
"It's more like Walmart claim-
ing to be a charity because they
help people stretch their bud-
get because they have lower
prices," CharityWatch founder
Daniel Borochoff said.
CharityWatch gave an A to
Goodwill Industries Interna-
tional, the organization that
represents the country's 165
independently run Goodwill
agencies- and its 14 affiliates
Collections and wholesaling
has skyrocketed for Planet Aid
in recent years. In 2007, it sold
roughly $7.5 million of donated
clothing and household goods.
In 2011, that figure was up to
$31.4 million, according, to its
most recent tax return filed
with the IRS.

USAgain, an Illinois com-
pany that also collects cloth-
ing through drop-off boxes, is
a for-profit recycler, and states
as much on the 10,000 bins it
maintains in 17 states, spokes-
man Scott Burnham said. The
company collected 60 million
pounds of clothing donations
in 2011, he added.
Clothing recyclers say they
save clothing from ending up
in landfills. The Council for
Textile Recycling, a non-profit
advocacy arm of the Secondary
Materials and Recycled Textiles
trade association, estimates
that 85% of textiles are simply
thrown away each year rather
than re-used.
The trade association, which
represents the $1 billion cloth-
ing-recycling industry, has
urged organizations that use
collection bins to clearly state
where donated items will go.
"Without transparency, it is
likely that donations will even-
tually diminish," its website
states, adding that its goal is. to
increase clothing recycling over
the next two decades.

More states try to bypass

federal gun purchasers
By Ron Barnett | *

A growing number of states
are aiming to keep Uncle Sam's
hands off their weapons if Con-
gress decides to stiffen gun-
control laws in response to last
month's deadly shooting at San-
dy Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Conn.
Eight states Alaska, Arizo-
na, Idaho, Montana, South Da-
kota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyo-
ming have adopted laws in
recent years that would exempt
guns made in the state from fed-
eral regulation as long as they
remain inithe state, according to
Jon Griffin of the National Con-
ference of State Legislatures.
Twenty-one other states have
introduced similar legislation,
said Gary Marbut, president of
the Montana Shooting Sports
Association. Marbut was the
force behind the Montana Fire-
arms Freedom Act of 2009, upon
which many other states have
patterned their bills. 'Implemen-
tation of Montana's and other
laws are on hold pending a 9th
Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals de-
cision, Marbut and his attorney,
Quentin Rhoades said.
Although the state laws are
on the books, Marbut, who
runs a website called firearms-
freedomact.com and monitors
action in other states said, "I
have strongly suggested that
people not act according to the
Montana law until the legal case
is cleared." Other states also are
holding back during the court
fight, he said.
Marbut bases his argument on
the 10th Amendment's dictate
that, "The powers not delegat-
ed to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by
it to the States, are reserved to
the States respectively, or to the
Jessica Leinwand, an attorney
for the federal government, argued
in a 2010 hearing on the Montana
case that Congress' authority


-AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
General manager Steve Alcairo holds a Winchester 1200 shotgun while
being interviewed at High Bridge Arms Inc. in San Francisco, Wednesday,

Dec. 19.
to regulate interstate commerce
gives it the, power to regulate guns
across the nation, saying, "it's un-
realistic to think that these guns
won't leave the state of Montana."
Allowing such laws to stand
"would leave a gaping hole in
federal firearms regulation," she
said, according to the court tran-
For Marbut, the federal govern-
ment's use of the Constitution's
much-debated commerce clause
- which gives Congress the right
to regulate commerce "among the
several states" is the larger is-
"In general, people don't like the
overbearing federal government
sticking its nose in everybody's
business," he said.
Jonathan Lowry, director of the
Legal Action Project of the Brady
Center to Prevent Gun Violence,
said the courts have been clear
that states can't exempt them-
selves from federal regulation of
guns because it would have rami-
fications across state lines.
"It's a disturbing distraction
to have legislators interested in
ways to thumb their nose at the
few gun laws that we have in this
country," he said.
South Carolina Republican
state Sen. Lee Bright last month

introduced for the third year in a
row a Firearms Freedom bill that
he said is patterned after Mon-
tana's. He said he believes it has
a better chance of being adopted
this year because of fears that
Washington will pass more re-
strictive gun laws.

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Without hope we ha'

By Arthur Lee Hall Jr.

There's a tiny hole in my heart
- slowly, I am approaching my
death in the wake of a promise
that has yet to be fulfilled. Ironi-
cally, that promise was not made
directly to me; it was supposedly
made to my mother. She said
that God had promised 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 particular promise
was not made to be broken.
Hope is the symbol of every-
thing 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 the

strength to press on, to
believe in the possibili-
ties of arriving at some
point of achievement.
When all hope has been
exhausted -whether
the things that we have
hoped for has been de-
livered to us or not HA
only then are we willing to de-
tach ourselves from what it once
meant to us, and then we begin
to hope for something new.
People hope on different levels:
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 blank spot, with no
particular interest in life, which
is why hope is considered the
very essence of the human spirit.

ve nothing
&- Sometimes hope is all
that we can do when sit-
uations are beyond our
control. It is the little
fight still left in us, even
when we are rendered
powerless to act on our
own in an effect to bring
ALL about change.
As with most things in life,
though, hope has an enemy: its
called pessimism. Usually, pes-
simism is manifested through
our own negative thinking,
but is often times conveyed
through the mouths of those
who take pleasure in pouring
scorn over our ability to keep
hope alive. I personally hear it
all the time from some inmates
who are expecting to be re-
leased from prison soon when-
ever the officers act offensively

to live for
towards inmates: "Oh! If I had
a life sentence man, I would
snap on the police in a heart-
beat." I always say to them: if
you had a million years to do
in prison and just a glimmer of
hope that your sentence would
one dat change, you would
probably avoid doing anything
that would make your situa-
tion worse than what it already
is. Instead of looking to rise
up against the officers each
day, you would wake up every
morning hoping for a better to-
And, if you were like me, you
would be tremendously grate-
ful to have a mother who is not
yet ready to pull the plug on a
promise that even I am begin-
ning to believe the good Lord
has made to her.

Defense readies its challenge in Wilson case

Miami Times staff report

The defense will begin its
work today [Wednesday] in the
Rilya Wilson case and is ex-
pected to call witnesses who.
will deny testimony previously
presented by the prosecution.
The State rested last week in its
case against Geralyn Graham,
66, accused of abusing, kidnap-
ping and killing four-year-old
Rilya Wilson sometime during
December 2000. The Florida
Department of Children &

Families [FDCF] had placed Ri-
lya in the home of Graham and
her live-in lover Pamela Graham
[not related]. However, the child
subsequently disappeared for
an estimated 18 months before
being noticed by Department
officials, leading to sweep-
ing changes in the FDCF. To
date Rilya's body has not been
found. Grahami was indicted by
a grand jury in 2005 after alleg-
edly confessing to fellow inmate
Robin Lunceford that she had
smothered the young child and

buried her near a body of water.
As the defense proceeds, it
is anticipated that they will
challenge the testimony of the
State's star witness, Lunceford,
who made a deal with authori-
ties for her cooperation. Her
former prison roommate, Cindy
McCloud, has already taken the
stand in efforts by the defense
to call into question Lunc-
eford's credibility. McCloud was
released from jail in June after
serving four years.
Another inmate, Maggie Carr,

recently testified that Graham
implied that she had gotten rid
of Rilya's body. She has no deal
on the table with the prosecu-
tion and is serving 25 years to
life for murder. And another
inmate, Ramona Tavia, during
proceedings last week, said that
Graham confessed to killing
Rilya. The defense will continue
to attack Graham's former jail-
house friends suggesting that
all of them are lying and that
each has something they hope
to gain by testifying.

Highway patrolwoman sues police department

By Lisa J. Huriash

The Florida Highway Patrol trooper
at the center of firestorm after she
pulled over a speeding cop at gun-
point saidfellow law enforcement offi-
cers have created a "life-threatening"
situation that caused her to be in
such fear for her safety she has be-
come a "hermit."
Trooper, Donna "Jane", Watts' 69-

page lawsuit, filed in federal court,
seeks more than one million dollars
in damages. She is suing more than
100 police officers and agencies, and
the Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles. The suit alleges
88 law enforcement officers from 25
jurisdictions illegally accessed her
personal information more than 200
times, violating her privacy.
Watts made national news in Oc-

. tober 2011 when she pulled over off-
duty Miami Police Officer Fausto Lo-
pez for speeding in his marked patrol
car on Florida's Turnpike in Broward
County. ,
She followed him for seven minutes
and later wrote in a report that he was
darting in and out of lanes at speeds
exceeding 120 mph. She approached
his cruiser with her gun drawn, yell-
ing, and then handcuffed him.

Lopez, who regularly averaged
more than 100 mph on his drive be-
tween Miami and his home in Coco-
nut Creek, was fired in September.
But in the months after the inci-
dent, officers looked up information
such as her home address, picture,
Social Security number, date of birth,
and detailed vehicle description in a
database available to police officers,
according to her lawsuit.

continued from 1A

tnma counsel. SCOTUSblog
It s unclear why Jusuce Thom-
as delivered this quip, or the ex-
act context of it. though we do
know that the Supreme Court
was heanng arguments on Al-
leyne United States a case
regarding criminal sentencing-
when he uttered it. To under-
strand why justice nerds are going
nuts abouL Thomas statement.
you have to understand that this
man holds the record for stav-
ing mum on the Supreme Court
bench 'There is no record of any,
justice completing a single term
without asking a question."
NPR's Nina Totenberg once noted.
"Indeed, scholars have calculated
that the other eight justices ask

on average 133 questions per
hourlong session But Thomas
remains silent'
And to fully get Thomas joke.
you have to know that his scorn
for Yale runs deep. He got his J.D
there in 1974, but has no fond
memones of the school. In his
autobiography My Grandfather's
Son. Thomas writes that the
school "tricked" him into attend-
ing, and he's kept his distance
from alumni ever since gradua-
tion He felt that white classmates
treated him as a token affirmauve
action student. and he beheves
that his degree carries "the taint
of racial preference Describing
his Yale days, he writes:
At least southerners were up
front about their bigotry: You
knew exactly where they were
coming from.

Obama gun proposal

continued from IA

limiting the capacity of ammu-
Snition magazines and insti-
tuting universal background
checks despite opposition
from the influential gun lobby.
"Will all of them get through
this Congress? I don't know.'
Obama said at a news confer-
ence last Monday.
"My starting point is not to
worry about the politics," he
said. "Mv starring point is to
focus on what makes sense.
what works "
The president said he would
unveil a comprehensive road-
map for curbing gun violence
within days. His plan will be
based on recommendations
from Vice President Joe Biden's
gun task force and is expected
to include both legislative pro-
posals and steps Obarna can
implement by himself, using
his presidential powers.
. White House officials believe
moving sNiftly on gun propos-
als at a national level, before
the shock over the Newtovwn
shooting fades, gives Obama
the best chance to get his pro-

posals through Congress.
Officials said Obama and
Biden net to discuss the vice
president s recommendations.
Ahead of that meeting, .Biden
huddled with a dozen House
Democrats who have formed
their own gun violencee task
force and whose political mus-
cle will be needed to push leg-
islation through Congress
Biden told those lawmakers
that he and his staff had iden-
tified 19 steps Obama could
take without help from Con-
gress, according to Jenny Wer-
wa, communications "director
to Rep. Jackie Speier. D-Calif.,
one of those present. Biden
didn't indicate which of those
Obama would adopt.
Among other steps, advo-
cacy groups have been push-
ing Obama to order the Justice
Department to crack down on
those who lie on background
checks; only a tiny number are
now prosecuted. Such a step
has support from the National
Rifle Association (NRA). which
has consistently argued that
existing laws must be enforced
before new ones are consid-

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MLK's Bible used for oath during inauguration

Obama also uses Lincoln's book to be sworn in

By Nedra Pickler

President Barack Obama is
putting a symbolic twist on a
time-honored tradition, taking
the oath of office for his second
term with his hand placed not
on a single Bible but on two -
one owned. by Martin Luther
King Jr. and one by Abraham
The inclusion of King's Bible
is particularly significant since
the inauguration comes on
Jan. 21, the federal holiday in
honor of the civil nghts lead-
er, who delivered his 'I Have a
Dream" speech 50 years ago at
the Lincoln Memorial. Obama
will be facing the memorial as
he takes the oath. King s Bible,
which his children say he used
early in his career as a preach-
er. has never been part of a
presidential inauguration.
The selection of the pair of
Bibles is nchly symbolic of the
struggle for equality in Arner-
ica, beginning with Lincoln s
emancipation of slaves 150
years ago this month, through
Kings leadership of the ci-il
nghts movement, and ulti-
mately to Obama becoming the
nation's first Black president.
Inaugural planners say
Obama plans to place his left
hand on the stacked Bibles
held bN first lady Michelle
Obama as he raises his right
hand to repeat the oath ad-
ministered by Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts. It
hasn't been determined which
will be on top, vith Obama's
hand actually resting on it, but
King's is larger, so it may need
to be on the bottom.
Obama used the Lincoln Bi-
ble while taking the oath four
years ago the first time it had
been used since the 16th pres-
idents inauguration in 1861.
Obama's inaugural committee
says that rhe president plans
to use the first lady s family s
Bible for a private swearing-in
at the White House. Jan. 20
Public presidential inaugura-
tions traditionally aren t held
on Sunday. even though the
Constitution states that a
president's new term begins
automatically at noon on the
King's -children describe
their father s King James ver-
sion as his "!traveling Bible
that.he took as part of a col-
lection, of books he cared
with him while constantly on
the road and used for inspira-
tion and preparing sermons
and speeches. His daughter
Bernice King says her father
marked the pages wvith sev-
eral dates from May 1954, the


for parade

Local football team to
be honored
Adumni. friends and family are
invited to wear their-orange and
black on Thursday, Jan. 17 to
celebrate the recent victory of
the Booker T. Washington Senior
High's football team in the Class
4A state championship.
In the December matchup. the
BTW Tornadoes got the best of
the Jacksonville Bolles in a rout,
35-7. Their victory avenged a
loss suffered at the hands of the
Bolles in last year's title game. It
was BTW's second state title -
their first coming in 2007.
Parade Grand Marshall Mi-
ami-Dade County Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson will lead BTW
Principal Wiiham Aristide, BTW
Head Football Coach Tim Ice"
Harris, the Horace Mann and Al-
lapattah Middle Schools March-
ing Bands, the BTW Royal Court
and of course the nictonous
members of the football team as
they march down the streets of
Liberty City.
The parade will begin at 1 1
a.m. and proceed from the school
onto NW llth Terrace before
snaking its way with its exuber -
ant participants along NW 3rd
Avenue, down 14th Street to 1st
Place, then north to 17th Street.
NW 3rd Avenue and finally along
14th Street before ending up at
the front entrance of the school's

parking lot.
It's BTW's victory day! Help
them celebrate!

same month he delivered his
first sermon at Dexter Avenue
Baptist Church in Montgom-
ery, Ala.
"We know our father would
be deeply moved to see Presi-
dent Obama take the oath of
office using his Bible," King's
children said in a statement

provided by the inaugural
committee. "His traveling Bible
inspired him as he fought for
freedom, justice and equality,
and we hope it can be a source
of strength for the president as
he begins his second term."
Obama also plans to honor
King throughout his inaugural

weekend, beginning by ask-
ing Americans to volunteer in
their communities on Jan. 19,
to honor the civil right leader's
legacy of service. The King fam-
ily plans to participate. Inau-
gural planners also say there
will be a float honoring King in
the parade to the White House
after the swearing-in ceremo-



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Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre
24 National President
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

2011-2013 DADE




By Miami Tines Staff Report

Delta Sigma Theta 'Sorority
was founded on January 13,
1913 by twienrt-t wo collegiate
women at Howard University.
These students wanted to use
their collective strength to pro-
mote academic excellence and
to provide assistance to persons
in need. The first public act per-
formed by the Delta Founders
involved their participation in
the Women's Suffrage March in
Washington D.C., March 1913.
Delta Sigma Theta was incorpo-
rated in 1930.

The grand chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta SororitN, Incorpo-
rated will celebrate its 100th
Anniversary since its fouriding.
Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate
students on the campus of
Howard University. who, during
that same year. were among the
first Black Women who joined
the Women's Suffrage March
down Pennsylvania Avenue in
Washington, D.C. And. . the
rest is history as hundreds .of
thousands of Delta Women who
hail from all parts of the-world
will convene in D.C. on July 11-
17, to embrace their rich his-
tory and legacy for the Centen-
nial Celebration of the greatest
sorority in the land.
As for the Dade County
Alumnae Chapter, under the
dynamic leadership of Presi-
dent Janice Powell-Hopton, the
celebration has already begun,.
beginning with the chapter's
32nd anniversary, since its
chartering January 10, 1981
in Miami, FL with 18 vision-
ary Charter Members who ex-
emplified high ideals and com-
mitment toward public service:

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Nlaud P New'bold (organizer).
Nlargaret.P. Baulkman. Cleomie
W. Bloomfield,'Bobbie D. Bow-
en, Pernella C. Burke, Thelma
B. Davis, Martha C. Day, San-
dra Darlene Gay, Ruth Jones,
Elmer H. Kilpatrick, Juanita A.
Lane, Sheba M. Martin, Bev-
erly E. rNixon, Zandra Rucker-
Albury,. Dorothy .H. Saunders,
Marcia J. Saunders, Dorothy S;
Saw, er and Evelyn H..Wynn.
The chapter has planned sev-
eral community events which,
will take place throughout the
year in honor of the national
sorority's 100th anniversary:
"The Centennial Travel Ug His-
torical Exhibit" which begins
in February at the Stephen
P. Clark Government Center
in' collaboration with Kinad,
Inc. and traveling to the Afri-
can-American Cultural Arts
Center and other designated
sites; "Women's Community
March" to heighten awareness
on women's issues and iden-
tify solutions to violence and

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crime. "Unveling of the cover
of the Centennial Historical
Sou en i r Journal", created and
designed by the chapter's "Art-
ist-in-Residence" Chervl Adger
Fields; and the highlight of the
celebration is the "Public Fo-
rum and Reception" featuring
a renown speaker,, along with
a festive afternoon of "music,
drama and art". These events
are open to the public.
Through the projects and
programs of the sorority, the
chapter has worked to assist
in eradicating economic, edu-
cational, international, physi-
cal and social inequities via
its Five-Point Programmatic
Thrust. Each year, scholar-,
ships are awarded to Black
high school seniors to further
their college education. The
chapter has been honored
and saluted for the following
outstanding projects in the
Miami-Dade community: The
countywide Adolescent Pri-
mary Pregnancy Prevention

Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Learning Enrichment Program
IAPPLE-Pi. the Christmas Fi-
esta for college students to net-
w.ork with public officials and
professionals;' Delta Haitian
Project; Delta Academy and
Delta GEMS for at-risk girls;
Adoption of Z-Mart, a Black-
owned department store; Proj-
ect 2000: SOS (Scholarship
+ Opportunity, = Success), a
six-year program designed for
gifted and talented students;
voter's registration drives and
Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns;
restoring rights of convicted
felons; EMBODI, empower-
ing the Black male; DeltaCare,
Inc. a 501 organization to sup-
port the. chapter's commitment
to HIV/AIDS with emphasis
on minority women; Walk-a-
Thons to support the American
Cancer Society,. Susan G. Ko-
men Race for the Cure, autism,
lupus, sickle cell disease; heart
disease; Women In Transition;
Healthy Life Styles for Families
and Habitat for Humanity.
The sorority's tradition of
"Sisterhood, Scholarship and
Service" continues to be the
core principles of the organi-
zation. And, notably so,' the
force behind such principles is
the outstanding 24th National
President Cynthia M. A. But-
ler-McIntyre, who has worked
diligently toward encouraging
Delta sorors to come to D.C.
and be a part of the official his-
tory of Delta Sigma Theta So-
rority. ."A Sisterhood Called
to Serve: Transforming Lives,
Impacting Communities". *

On Saturday, March 22,
1980 at 12:30 p.m., six dedi-
cated and dynamic members of
Miami Alumnae Chapter, Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. met
at the home of Soror Evelyn
Wynn to develop a plan of ac-

tion for establishing a second
chapter in Dade County. The
"council" was called together
by Soror Maud P. Newbold,
who applied for an application
for a new chapter based on the
interests and concerns of many
sorors who expressed the need
to extend public sen ice proj-
ects throughout the rapidly
growing diverse community,
without restrictions. The coun-
cil members were Sorors- Maud
P. Newbold (chairperson), Mar-
garet P. Baulkman, Beverly E.
Nixon, Dorothy H. Saunders,
Dorothy Sawyer and Evely, n H.
During the course of the
meeting, the council members
carefully selected sorors who
exemplified high ideals and
commitment to the sorority, as
well as their sterling records of
public service, talents and their
outstanding leadership experi-
ences. Joining the council to ful-
fill all preliminary requirements
to establish a new chapter were
Sorors: Zandra R. Albury, Cleo-
mie Bloomfield, Bobbie Bowen,
Pernella Burke, Thelma Davis,
Martha Day, Juanita Lane,
Sheba Martin, Darlene Gay,
Ruth Jones, Elmer Kilpatrick
and Marcia Saunders.
Following a sequence of
events, the seed was finally
planted on January 10, 1981
at nopn, when the Dade County
Alumnae Chapter was char-
tered at Belafonte-Talcolcy
Center. Soror Kathleen Wright,
southern regional director, pre-
sided over .the impressive "Es-
tablishment of New Alumnae
Chapter Ceremony assisted by
Soror Nettie Dove (president of
the Miami Alumnae Chapter).
Soror Maud P. Newbold was
unanimously elected to serve
as the first president of the new
chapter, with all of the charter
members 'serving as "first" of-



Miami prepares to get on the bus

Will Blacks show up in force for Obama's inauguration? Now that Ford and Nowell
have collaborated together they

By Malika A. Wright

In January 2009, it seemed
like scores of Blacks from
across the country -were plan-
ning to converge on our nation's
Capitol to witness the making
of history the swearing-in of
our first Black president at the
Presidential Inauguration. De-
spite the 28-degree weather and .
the difficulty getting around
Washington D.C., an estimated
1.8 million people, the largest
crowd ever recorded on the Na-
tional Mall, showed up to be a
part of that historic moment.
But this time around may be
quite different with estimates
that the crowd will'be about one
million fewer people. Inaugura-
tion planners say, "the auster-
ity in the festivities is a reflec-
tion of tough economic times
and an effort to minimize the
burden "
In celebration of Obama's first
swearing-in, there were ten in-
augural balls, but this year
there will only be two official
inaugural balls. Other activi-
ties have also been downsized
from the first inauguration. But
some South Florida residents
sa\ they're going to make it to
D.C. no matter what.

One group of excited travelers
will be on two buses that a-re
both being chartered by Ke\in
Mitchell He will be traveling
\ith 102 passengers an in-
crease from the 55 passengers
who rode with him to the 2009
Inauguration. The passengers
include families, groups of
friends and former classmates
from local high schools and col-
leges. And while the inaugura-
tion planners have projected
that there will be fewer viewers
at the Inauguration. Mitchell

said he thinks that there will
be more attendees than they
"A lot of people are going
back this yea! because history

have filled a bus and say they
are most excited.
"It felt so great witnessing
that history in 2009," Nowell
said. "So this year, I went to

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is repeating itself, and man,,-
attendees feel that the\ won't
experience this moment where
an African American is being
sworn in as president again in
their lifetime."
For Wilhelmena Ford and Ve-
ronica Nowell, it will be their
second time attending Obama's
presidential inauguration. They
attempted to individually plan
bus trips to the inauguration
this year, but both had trouble
getting enough passengers for
their chartered buses. Nowell
said a lot of people she spoke
with wanted to go but weren't
able to make the commitment
because of the expense.

great lengths to make this trip
possible, and God fixed it. Ev-
erybody was nice and friendly.
And there were people from all
races and all nationalities and
they were all cheering the pres-
ident on. That was something
that we liked the most."
Even though Nowell attended
the first inauguration, she said
viewing the second swearing-in
is just as important if not more
important than the first.
"The re-election was more
challenging than the election
itself, so I really want to go and
give my support because we did
it," she said. "We got him in one
more time."

Meharry Medical alums to

honor Miami trailblazers

Drs. George and Dazelle
Simpson consummate
By D. Kevin McNeir

Two of Miami's most respected
physicians, Drs. George and Da-
zelle Simpson, are slated to be
honored by their fellow Meharry
Medical College [MMCi alums
in an event that will pay t rib-
ute to their combined 113years
of service to the South Florida
community. Each of them can
be called pioneers and trailblaz-
ers due td the many.firsts they
have achieved including the
first Blacks to becQme board
certify ed to practice surgery
and pediatrics respectivelyl in
the State of Florida. But there's
much more. Their service cov-
ers the gamut: private practices
in medicine; founding members
of numerous community proj-
ects; board members of a host
of health care institutions; lead-
ership roles in local, state and
. national organizations; and
training future physicians.
On Friday, April 19 the MMC
Alumni Association will hold a
tribute dinner and fundraiser
in the two doctors' honor at the
Hyatt Regency Miami. The pro-
ceeds will go the Meharry's Med-

ical College Scholarship Fund
for current and future deserving
students. Ninety percent of Me-
harry's students require finan-
cial aid and upon graduation.
their medical school debt, based
on national averages, range
from $158K to $170K.
Our future Black doctors need
our support. Meharry is one of
the nation's oldest and larg-
est historically-Black academic
health science centers dedi-
cated to educating physicians,
doctors, researchers and health
policy experts and is ranked
among the top five producers 4
of primary care physicians. And
it is the place where the Simp-
sons perfected their craft
We salute Dr. George A.

Simpson, a New York City na-
tive whose love for public ser-
vice became apparent early in
his career and has continued
since he moved to Miami in
1958 to join his wife. And we
salute Miami native Dr. Dazelle
Dean Simpson, granddaughter
of Miami pioneer E. W. F. Stir-
rup, who graduated valedicto-
rian from Carver High in Coco-
nut Grove and knew during her
childhood that she wanted to
become "a doctor so she could
help others."
For information about how you
can contribute and/or attend the
gala, call Sabrina Madison 240-
205-1746, who represents the
Meharry National Alumni Asso-
ciation, Miami Chapter.

GOP govs seek to reshape taxes

Republican governors are in-
troducing bold proposals that
would abolish income taxes,
business taxes and other un--
popular levies and often offset
those cuts by boosting sales
Many of the proposals
wouldn't cut taxes overall. The
governors say their plans aim to
reshape tax systems to promote
economic growth.
By contrast, Democratic gov-
ernors are mostly standing pat,
having sometimes raised taxes
in the past few years during the
economic downturn when rev-
enue fell.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
has the nation's most dramatic
GOP plan: eliminate the state's
income tax top rate 6 percent
over $100,000 and raise the
sales tax up to 3 percentage
points. That would give Louisi-

aLna the nation's highest sales
tax rate about 12 percent
when state and local taxes are
combined and result in about
a $3 billion annual tax shift.
The idea wins praise from free
market economists but criticism
from liberal economists who say
sales taxes hit poor people hard-
est because they spend a greater
share of income on consumer
"This is a very good step," says
economist Scott Drenkard of
the Tax Foundation's Center for
State Tax Policy. He says income
taxes, especially on corporate
income, hinder economic growth
and get passed on to consumers
Economist Dean Baker of the
liberal Center for Economic Pol-
icy Research says it's "a great
idea if the point is to make ev-
eryone else pay more so that the

wealthy pay less." He says peo-
ple will shop online and in other
states to avoid the sales tax.
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Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell
wants to abolish the gas tax and
increase the sales tax from 5
percent to 5.8 percent, spending
the extra money on transporta-
tion. Virginia would be the first
state to drop a fuel tax.
Florida. Gov. Rick Scott wants
to exempt businesses from pay-
ing sales taxes when buying
manufacturing equipment and
to make the corporate income
tax start at $75,000 rather than
New Mexico. Gov. Susana
Martinez wants to cut the cor-
porate income tax rate from 7.6
percent to 4.9 percent.
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to eliminate a $141 million prop-
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Jobs for Blacks or another Marlins-like deal?

By Kevin McNeir

Dolphins owner Stephen
Ross wants to upgrade Sun
Life Stadium to the tune of
$400 million so that he can at-
tract more world-class events,
including Super Bowl 50, and
presented his plan to the pub-
lic last Monday. But unlike the
boggled Marlins Stadium that
left taxpayers holding the bag,
Ross says he's prepared to
fund the majority of costs for
the proposed improvements.
His plan for modernizing Sun
Life Stadium and his commit-
ment to the citizens of Miami-
Dade County include: no tax
increase for county residents;
the creation of 4,000 jobs for
local contractors, subcontrac-
tors and vendors; the creation
of a world-class facility with
improved sight lines and seats
closer to the field; an electric
environment for the Dolphins,
Hurricanes, bowl games and
international soccer; and the
securing of the franchise by
committing the Dolphins to
play at a modernized Sun Life
Stadium through at least 2034.
Ross added that he is willing
to make the initial and most
substantial investment [at
least 51 percent in the project.
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee spoke

Dolphins CEO
with The Miami Times about
what happens next.
-The jobs we're talking about
would not be for subcontrac-
tors coming from other states
- they would be for local
workers," he said. "And we are
committed to working with
the Miami-Dade Chamber
of Commerce and Bill Diggs
[president/CEO] to make
sure that Blacks get their fair
share. In terms of the Dol-
phins, we have a good hiring
record as it relates to people of
color and we are keenly aware
of the need for balance in
terms of minority employees."
When asked about wheth-
er those with prison records

would be eligible for jobs,
Dee said he thought it was
a bit premature to answer
the question, adding that the
guidelines of contractors and
subcontractors would help to
shape the qualifications.

Dee explains that the pro-
posal is based on a private/
public partnership and em-
phasized that it would not fol-
low the process that was tak-
en by "another team in South
The public funding that
the Dolphins hope to receive
would come from a one percent
increase in the hotel bed tax
for mainland Miami-
Dade and is estimated
to generate in excess
of $10 milhon a year.
They also hope to get
a $3 million annual
state sales tax rebate
for 30 years [pending
approval by the Flori-
da Legislature.
"The 50th anniver-
sary of the Super Bowl
will take place during the 2015-
2016 season and we are one of
two finalists for that game," he
said. "That will also mark the
50th anniversary of the Dol-
phins. Unlike other teams our

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A rendering of the proposed changes to Sun Life Stadium

owner is committed to remain-
ing in our current location
and making sure that we can
compete with other venues.
When the Super Bowl Com-
mittee meets on May
: .. 22 we want to have

happened recently during the
BCS Bowl."
Dee and Ross will have their
hands full in the next eight
weeks. They'll need the sup-
port of the State Legislature
and the Miami-Dade County

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everything in place so
that we have the best chance
of being selected. Understand
that there is a real ripple effect
in terms of jobs when you get
an event the magnitude of the
Super Bowl. Just look at what

Commission. In addition, they
will need to continue to work
on their master plan and fine
tune the bid for the Super Bowl
Committee. Dee says it's going
to be an around-the-clock ini-
tiative but that he feels good

Family of missing child had long list of DCF encounters

continued from 1A

setting off a frenzied string of
events that led to last week's ar-
rest of Dontrell's parents, Brittney
Sierra, 21, and Calvin Melvin'Jr..
27, now considered the prime
suspects in a homicide investiga-

Dontrell, the older of two of Si-
erra's children fathered by Melvin.
was last seen in July 2011, when
Melvin took the five-month-old
from the house the couple used
to share at 106 NW First Ave., ac-
cording to police.
In the months that followed,
Melvin and Sierra reportedly lied
to fend off questions from rela-
tives wondering where the boy
was. police said.
Police last week uncovered hu-
man remains belonging to a child
at the couple's former home and
are awaiting positive identifica-
DCF officials acknowledged
Monday in a statement that they
received a missing child report
from the Hallandale Beach. Police
Department on Oct. 16. However,

Dontrell Melvin was last seen in July 2011, when Melvin took the

5-month-old from the house the
First Ave.
the agency "does not have the le-
gal authority to investigate." ac-
cording to the statement.

The first two cases of child ne-
glect allegauons listed Dontrell as
a child in the house, where the
couple lived with Sierra's mother
and her four children, but there
were no specific mentions or
sightings of him in either of the
cases, according to the reports.
The first reported case was
opened March 25, 2011, when.a

couple used to share at 106 NW

'school counselor complained that
some of the children from the
house were seen running across
a busy street while chasing a bus
The unidentified counselor re-
ported that the children came to
school alone or, public transit ev-
ery day and had to walk a block to
get to class.
A DCF investigator closed the
case months later, saNing one of
the mother's friends agreed to take
the children to school each morn-
ing. Arrangements were made for
the mother to accompany the chil-

dren on the bus ride home.
Another investigation was
opened on Sept. 9, 201'2, when a
school counselor called to com-
plain that the children always
came to school dirty and smell-
ing bad, often wearing the same
clothes for days. One of the chil-
dren brought, a pornographic
magazine to school and drew a
picture of a penis during class.
Prompted by the complaint, an
investigator made a surprise visit
to the house, noted a bad odor
and got the mother to agree to
mop up the home. The investiga-
tor noted that the mother would
continue to seek support from
other social agencies.
The investigator indicated that
the older children did not appear
to be abused or neglected, but she
also noted that she did not see
Dontrell '
Questions on Dontrell's where-
abouts were first officially docu-
mented when Hallandale Beach
Police officials called the DCF ho-
:line Oct 16.
'I mean, I don't know how per-
sistent |Sierra[ is with seeing her
other child She still talks on
and off with the child's father,
but every time she asks about

Police target youth violence and drug sales

continued from 1A

100 gang members, the shoot-
ings continue.
"We have had some cases on
our radar for several years and
know that violence in some
neighborhoods is directly re-
lated to narcotics," said Major
Jorge Martin, Miami police.
"We are working hard to get
bad guys off the streets and
those that were part of the ar-
rests we just announced will
most certainly be going to jail
for a substantial amount of
According to Martin while
City of Miami homicide rates
don't come close to places like
Chicago, which topped 500
last year, youth homicides are
still a major concern. Homicide
rates from 2009 thru ,2012
climbed each year at 59, 68,
68 and 72, respectively. Miami
Chief of Police Manuel Orosa
says that we must get guns off
the streets if we are to make
our streets safer.
"We revised our strategy over
the past several years to go af-
ter drug organizations those
doing the selling as opposed to
the consumer," he said. "The
result has been the confisca-
tion of a lot of illegal weapons,
cash and obviously narcotics.
The arrests that were recently
announced were part' of three
long-term police investiga-

tions. But our work is far from
over because as soori as we put
one group away there are oth-
ers waiting in the wings. We
are hoping to get more funding
so we can increase our preven-
tion programs in our elemen-
tary schools. That's the only
way we can break this cycle
and point youth in a different

The 'City has planned gun
buybacks at three local
churches during the
next three weekends.
'Sites include: Jordan
Grove, Liberty City,
Jan. 19; St. John,
Overtown, Jan. 26;
and San Juan Bosco,
Little Havana; Feb. 2;
all from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. The question re-
mains what impact, if
any, these events will
have given the record PER
number of gun permit
requests that were recorded in
2012 in Florida?
According to the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement,
almost 800,000 background
checks were requested last
year nearly 200,000 more
than were.requested in 2010
and double those requested in
2004. Some attribute the dra-
matic rise to speculation that
stricter gun-control laws will


soon be passed because of the
Newtown shooting.
"We are facing a paradox
when it comes to gun owner-
ship," Martin added. "You have
the private side and the whole
relaxation piece. Then you have
those who purchase guns at
private showings. From a law
enforcement perspective, we
deal with the bad guys, some of
whom have legally ,purchased
guns and many who have sto-
len weapons. In this tri-county
area we are seeing more guns
being stolen from homes, cars
and even from police
i vehicles. Our focus
i., isn't on legal sales
but rather the black
market that allows
guns to end up in
the hands of those
who are protecting
drug holds and are
shooting it out in
the streets with their
Miami Gardens City Coun-
cilman Erhabor Ighodaro, 40,
says that we cannot afford
to wait for a mass tragedy to
strike here in Miami. He hopes
to initiate conversation that
will employ strategies targeting
young adults, identifying some
of their frustrations and then
offering some solutions.
"You can't come up with an-

swers over night but we all can
agree that economics is driving
,the rise in crime among young
adults," he said. "If they can't
find employment through le-
gal means, many are moved to
get money illegally and by any
means necessary."
For people like Tanaka
Charles, 43, violence struck
too close to home. Two years
ago her son, Rashad Akeem
Charles, was killed just five
days before his 21st birthday.
She has since founded an or-
ganization, A Mother's Hurting
Heart, to support parents and
siblings who are facing similar
tragedy. She says police need
to be more sensitive, even if the
young adult killed was on the
wrong side of the law.
Vivilora D. Perkins Smith,
program coordinator, Urban
Partnership Drug Free Com-
munity Coalition, points to an
increase 'in alcohol and mari-
juana use among youth as one
of the factors contributing to
the rise in violence.
"We know there are certain
watering holes -where under-
aged youth are drinking and
using marijuana," she said.
"We need parents and guard-
ians to pay more attention
and we need more after-school
programs. As for the gangs in
Miami, they are much more so-
phisticated we need strate-
gies to stop them that are just
as sophisticated."

the baby he just makes excuses
and doesn't bring the baby by,"
the unidentified official says. "So
she doesn't even know, I mean,
whether the baby is alive or not."
Child welfare officials said it
wasn't until a final .Jan. 8 com-
plaint to the hotline that an inves-
tigator notified law enforcement
about the missing child.
The anonymous caller told of-
ficials of drug use in front of ne-
glected children, including a tod-
dler who was once seen running
around the streets naked.
"The other day they had a new-

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prereqjisite to any potential
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.^ iae person requested ano-
.'ity. -euse of the sensi-
t_3ty tiWinfrey interview details
f'a',C..siopp"oed to remain confi-
dential until it airs Thursday
nit. Armstrong had intended
make a general confession
*.tg.-Winfrey but avoid getting
into great detail during the in-
terview, which was held Mon-
..day in Armstrong's hometown
* of Austin.
Winfrey went on Twitter to
say the interview lasted more
than 2V2 hours and Armstrong

born outside in the front yard
while they smoked drugs and I
was like, "Boy, that poor baby,"'
the tipster says. "I started to call,
but then I said, 'No, I should leave
that stuff alone.' And then when
you leave something alone, then
something else bad happens."
Sierra, charged with cruelty to-
ward a child causing great bodily
harm", is being held on $100,000
bond. Melvin faces that charge
as well as a second charge of
obstructing an investigation by
providing false information. His
bond was set at $150,000.

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more than 1,000 pages of-ev.J
dence ,against:. him. Armstro.g.,,
had said.over the weekend h
he looked: forward' toa a
conversation with Winfrey.
SArmstrong's ..' sd
that he started doping; .i< In
mid-1990s is consistent. wIt7
,USADA's evidence.. In :-o'
statement, former Arstr
teammate George Rincapie.saicl
he and Armstrong started .usq
the blood booster EPOarbm '
1995 or '96 because they i t,
they otherwise could not.cotn-'
pete. Another cyclist, Steph.i-j
Swart, said in his .stateriilt
that he knew his teammate,
on the 1995 Tour de. Fraince
team were using EPO, includ-
ing Armstrong. ,
The source told USA tOD
Sports that the Armstrong camp.i
also has had discussions'With.bI
federal authorities about nam-
ing others who were invoked"'
in doping, a step that could'
qualify as the substantial .as-
sistance that cycling's govemnx
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fore considering a reduction' of.
Armstrong's penalties..


about the outcome.
As for the Legislature, State
Senator Oscar Braynon II,
whose District 36 encompass-
es Miami Gardens, the home of
Sun Life Stadium, says he be-
lieves the Dolphins have pro-
posed a winning proposition.
"It's our turn now to reap the
benefits," he said. "The irony is
that when bed taxes were used
for other communities, no one
seemed to oppose the construc-
tion. The American Airlines
Arena is a perfect example.
Our local taxpayers would not
be impacted at all the dol-
lars would come from tourists
who come to South Florida and
stay in hotels. The Dolphins
also pay more taxes than any
other business in Miami Gar-
dens and they're the number
one employer. What we have
here is an economic engine and
it makes good sense. I think
anyone that opposes the plan
is bordering on economic rac-
ism. There are a few things I
want to ensure in terms of the
proposal and the legislation
but I see this as a real win-win
for our- community and the
When we contacted Diggs,
whom Dee said would be in-
strumental in directing job
opportunities to Blacks in
South Florida, his 'assistant
informed us that he had no



How would you spend $6o billion?

Congress debates on Sandy's relief bill

Disaster relief bills usaill
fly through Congress like legis-
lative comets. But not the $60
billion package for Superstorm
Sandy, most of which is still
crawling along more than two
months after the storm hit.
This sluggishness has trig-
gered howls of outrage and
charges of backstabbing from
the New York and New Jer-
sey delegations. Truth be told,
though, the bill is generous to
fault, rushing spending that in
many cases needs much closer
Even in Washington, $60 bil-
lion is a lot of money. In fact,
it's almost exactly how much
the government will collect this
year by raising taxes on the
wealthy as part of the much
ballyhooed "fiscal cliff' deal. So,
before the House votes Tues-
day, the Sandy package needs
to be put on a diet.

This doesn't mean withhold-
ing desperately needed aid for
the businesses and families
whose lives were upended when
the storm devastated the North-
east in late October. They're en-
titled to have claims on their
federal flood insurance policies
paid promptly, something Con-
gress ensured when it passed a
$9.7 billion piece of the larger
bill last week. And many of the
storm victims are deserving of
federal grants, which the relief
measure would provide.
These insurance payments
and grants account for roughly
half of the $60 billion. It's the
other half that needs a trim.
Start with items that have
nothing to do with Sandy, such
as spending for a fisheries
emergency in Alaska or Colora-
do wildfire damage. These items
are a small piece of the bill, and
at least they respond to official-

ly designated emergencies. But
lawmakers are simply getting
relief for their states by hitching
their projects to the only emer-
gency measure likely to clear
Congress anytime soon.
And that gets at the real rea-
son why the Sandy bill needs to
be slimmed down. Designating
spending as an "emergency" ex-
empts it from the budget caps
Congress enacted in 2011 to
control spending.
The Sandy measure contains
substantial spending to replace
government assets damaged
or destroyed by the storm. Es-
pecially in an entity as large as
the federal government, it's hard
to believe that officials couldn't
find vehicles from elsewhere to
replace those destroyed, or re-
program existing money to fix
damaged buildings.
The spending least worthy of
an emergency loophole is the


billions the bill demands for ties behind sand barriers weath-
projects to protect against dam- ered the storm much better than
age from future storms. Most those that elected not to build
or all of this spending makes them.
sense. Protecting subway tun- The question is who should
nels from flooding could save pay, and how. The Sandy bill
millions in the next storm, for unwisely changes the tradi-
example, and coastal communi- tional cost-sharing formula that

requires state and local govern-
ments to put up 35 percent of
the funding for such projects,
dropping that to just 10 percent.
Working-class towns might
not be able to afford the tens of
millions it costs to build sand
barriers, but New York and New
Jersey, for all their own bud-
get woes, are relatively well-off
states. It's a matter of priori-
And, as we've argued previ-
ously, it's time to reform the
chronically underfinanced fed-
eral flood insurance program
so taxpayers in Nebraska don't
end up repeatedly subsidizing
beach homes. It encourages
repeated rebuilding in flood-
prone areas.
Rushing Sandy relief through
Congress might be politically
convenient, and scrubbing the
numbers might seem heart-
less. But when Washington is
spending $1 trillion more than
it's taking in each year, even di-
saster relief merits scrutiny.

Biden vows swift

action on gun plan

Vice president meets with pro-gun groups

By Matthew Daly
Associated Press

swift action to curb gun vio-
lence, Vice President Joe Biden
says he will deliver new propos-
als to President Barack Obama
by Tuesday.
Biden said recently that while
he had not finalized his recom-
mendations, a consensus was
emerging over banning assault
weapons and high-capacity am-
munition magazines as well as
tightening background checks.
Some of those measures are
likely to face opposition from
some pro-gun groups; most
r.r-,bl, the National Rifle As-
sociation. A representative
from the NRA met with Biden

last Thursday afternoon and,
in a statement, suggested the
group was unlikely to be a will-
ing partner.
"We will not allow law-abiding
gun owners to be blamed for
the acts of criminals and mad-
men," the group said in a state-
ment at the end of a 95-minute
Obama, after the horrific
shooting of school children in
Newtown, Conn., appointed
Biden to lead a task force on
preventing gun violence. He
set a late January deadline for
recommendations, which he
pledged to act on swiftly.
The vice president said that
while no .recommendations
would eliniinate all future mass
shootings, 'rhe-re has got to be

some common ground, to not
solve every problem but dimin-
ish the probability."
The NRA, the nation's largest
gun-rights group, has worked
to block gun-control efforts in
the past and is opposing any
new ones. In the wake of the
Newtown shootings, NRA ex-
ecutive vice president Wayne
LaPierre rejected efforts to
tighten gun laws and instead
recommended putting armed
guards in all schools.
LaPierre was not scheduled
to attend the White Hoase
meeting. Instead, the NRA dis-
patched its top lobbyist, James
Baker, who has worked with
Biden previously on gun issues.
White House officials recog-
nize it is unlikely the NRA will

-AP Photo/Susan Walsh
President Joe Biden, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, gestures as he speaks during
a meeting with Sportsmen and Women and Wildlife Interest Groups and member of his cabinet,
Thursday, Jan. 10 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in

fully support measures Obama
is pushing. But the adminis-
tration may need to soften the
NRA's opposition if it hopes to
rally support from pro-gun law-

makers on Capitol Hill.
The NRA, too, seemed eager
to rally its allies in Congress.
"We were disappointed with
how little this meeting had to

do with keeping our children
safe and how much it had to
do with an agenda to attack
the Second Amendment," the
group said in its statement.

Stand Your Ground needs to be buried very quickly

By Rhonda Swan

Steel courage.
It's what George Zimmerman,
Michael David Dunn and Michael
Jock have in common. That and
the belief that Florida's Stand
Your Ground law allows them to
use guns to solve problems their
egos created.
Each has been arrested for
shooting and killing in the case
of Zimmerman and Dunn some-
one they confronted.
Had Zimmerman, Dunn and
Jock simply minded their busi-
ness, Trayvon Martin and Jordan
Russell Davis, both 17, would be
alive. Randall White would not
have suffered bullet wounds. And
the three shooters wouldn't be
facing criminal charges.
Stand Your Ground, a 2005 law
authored by the National Rifle
Association, gives Floridians the
right to use deadly force without
the duty to retreat when they feel
threatened. It also gives them im-
munity from criminal and civil
As President Barack Obama
and members of Congress be-
gin to deliberate new federal gun
regulations in the wake of Adam
Lanza killing 20 children in New-
town, Conn., it's time for Florida
lawmakers to have'a serious de-
bate about the senseless laws that
make this the Gunshine State.
A task force appointed by Gov.
Rick Scott found that the law is
basically fine as is. The evidence
suggests otherwise.
Defenders of Stand Your
Ground say it wasn't intended to
apply to individuals like Zimmer-
man, Dunn and Jock, who initi-
ate confrontations. They didn't get
the memo.
Neither did dozens of others
who have used the law to get away
with killing and attacking their
The Tampa Bay Times analyzed
nearly 200 Stand Your Ground
cases earlier this year and found
that in nearly a third of them, "de-
fendants initiated the fight, shot

an unirrmed periso.r or pursued
their i.ktim and ir.ill went free."
Ne.iarly 0 per:nrt : those who
pleaded "':rarid u .:, ground" went
free. Since the enactment of Stand
Your Ground, the number of Flo-
ridians with concealed weapons
permits has tripled to one million.
Studies show the mere presence
of an aggressive stimulus like a
gun can increase the probability

of aggression.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood
watchman, might have left Mar-
tin alone as a Sanford police dis-
patcher advised him to do, had he
not been armed.
He told police the unarmed
Skittles-toting teenager walk-
ing through his gated commu-
nity looked like "a real suspicious
guy." Who in their right mind con-

fronts a stranger they consider
suspicious? And at night, no less?
A man with a gun.
Yet Zimmerman says Trayvon
was the aggressor and he killed
him in fear of his life.
Dunn got into an argument with
Jordan Davis in the parking lot of
a Jacksonville gas station over the
loud music coming from the SUV
where Jordan was sitting.

He fired eight or nine shots into
the vehicle, two of which hit and
killed Jordan. Dunn says he saw
a gun and felt threatened. Police
found no gun.
Loud music shouldn't warrant
the loss of a life. But a man with
a gun is more likely to turn a nui-
sance into a life-and-death situa-
tion. Especially, if he thinks he's
got Stand Your Ground on his

That was the case with Jock,
who got into a shouting match
with Randall White at a pizza
place in St. Petersburg. White
was complaining about service
when Jock chastised him for
his impatience. White allegedly
raised his fist and Jock respond-
ed with two shots to White's tor-

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In a fitting finale to its 25th Anniversary Season, Sun Life Stadium celebrated the New Year with more than 100,000 visitors
and yet another exciting championship game. Now, it's time to set our sights on the future of world-class events in

Miami-Dade County is officially "on the clock" for the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl, future college championship games, and
the 2019 Pan-Am Games. In order to keep our community competitive, I stand ready to invest in Miami-Dade and modernize
Sun Life Stadium, doing so with respect for my fellow citizens and adherence to the following principles:

1. We Promise To Approach This Partnership Differently. We are willing to invest more, pledge more, and return more to
the community and to our fans.

2. Private Funding Pays For The Majority Of Stadium Construction Costs. We guarantee that private investment will
cover the majority of the costs, including possible overruns, associated with improving Sun Life Stadium.

3. No Tax Increase For Miami-Dade Residents. Any request for public investment will NOT include a request for taxes on
residents of Miami-Dade.

4. Local Jobs. We will create thousands of local jobs by hiring contractors, subcontractors, and vendors from Miami-Dade.

5. World-Class Facility. Miami-Dade deserves a first-class facility and a strong home-field advantage. We will improve sight
lines, move seats closer to the field, install HD lighting, and make Sun Life Stadium an electric environment for the
Dolphins, Hurricanes, Orange Bowl, and international soccer.

6. Securing The Future Of The Franchise. For 47 seasons, the Dolphins have been a Miami tradition. We will commit to play
at a modernized Sun Life Stadium through at least 2034.

Our world-class community deserves world-class facilities, and we're prepared to invest in the stadium and give this
community what it deserves and what it needs to compete. Sun Life Stadium will not only be a more exciting, comfortable,
and entertaining facility for the hundreds of thousands of fans who enjoy Dolphins, Hurricanes and Orange Bowl games, it
will also offer Miami-Dade a valuable asset that can compete for elite events, create jobs, generate revenue for local
businesses, and ensure that the world keeps its eyes on us.

Together, we can inspire a better future for Miami-Dade...the right way.


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Owner, Miami Dolphins 0"



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Miami pastors honor King


By Malika A. Wright
mwrighta@miamitime. fnline.cWII

"Let the prophet who has a dream recount
the dream, but let the one who has my word
speak it faithfully," says Jeremiah 23:28. And
with great faith on Aug. 28, 1963, Rev Martin
Luther King Jr. shared his dream on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial. amongst 250,000
Americans. He had envisioned that our coun-
try; which was led by hatred, racism, mnjusuce
and oppression, would one day "transform
into an oasis of freedom and justice." He
stood with his head held high prophesying the
future saying "i have a dream that one day
this nation will rise up and live out the true
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The pastors all offered ways to keep the dream alive and to sustain justice, such as keeping God first
in everything you do, praying for the community, educating young people and helping them understand
themselves ..

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic continues to inspire

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir to sing new rendition at Inauguration

By D. Kevin McNeir
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On the evening of April 3, 1968, the
day before he was assassinated, the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave
an eerily prophetic speech, "I've Been
to the Mountaintop," that foretold his
death. As he came to the climax, he
repeated the words from one of our
nation's most well-known and beloved
patriotic songs, The Battle Hymn of

the Republic.
King said. "I may not get there with
you [the Promised Land] but we as
a people will get there . .Mine eyes
have seen the glory of the coming of the
Those inspiring % ords penned by
Julia Ward Howe in 1861. linking the
judgment of the wicked at the end of
time as described in Revelation from the
New Testament with the Civil War, will
be sung again on Monday, Jan. 21 but

in a much different context. Its singing
will be significant for two reasons: it is
the day we honor King's legacy during
our national observance of his birth.
and it is the day that Barack Obama
will be inaugurated for his second term
as president of the United States.
Singing a new rendition of The Battle
Hymn at the 57th Inauguration will
be The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir a
300-strong choir of mostly untrained
Please turn to MLK 2B

Church strives to Donations give al.i

mirror Jesus

Members develop through prayer and study
By Malika A. Wright
mwright@miamitimesonline.com A .. i

Jesus is known by many as
the very definition of love. Many
would describe him as consid-
erate, humble, approachable,
welcoming and understand-
ing. He is also known to be the
ultimate example of perfec-
tion. Someone that those who

are Christian, can't help but to
At Grace Church of the First
Born of Miami, Inc., their mis-
sion is to be like Jesus. The
church is described as "a place
where the beauty of Jesus is
seen, where Jesus is glorified,
and all are welcomed."
"We're a very warm and
welcoming congregation,"
Rev. Gary Hoffenden, the pas-
tor of the church and overseer
of the three branches of the
church, said. "There's a strong
family atmosphere present and
we pride ourselves in that."

By Malika A. Wright

'After surviving domestic violence, the
victims who have overcome those hard-
ships should 'havf a place to escape a
safe, secure home that allows'them to
self-determine their violence-free future.
This is the belief of Women In Dis-
Stress- of Broward County, a full-service.
domestic violence center that has a 24-
hour crisis line, an emergency shelter,
"individual counseling, support groups
and.domestic violence awareness train-
In support of'those efforts, Women In
Distress collaborated with Polio Tropi-
cal for a one-day campaign called "A
Handheld for a Handheld" on Jan. .9,
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The church is also known for
its very pronounced Jamaican
culture because service is con-
ducted with a Jamaican dialect
and a majority of the members.
are Jamaican.
But one of the church's top
priorities is expanding and be-
coming more multicultural.
"It's important to hold on
to our culture and a sense of
where we're from, but without
allowing that to deter anyone
who wants to come in," Hoffen-
den said.
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Black churches

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nity leaders are pictured pray-
ing for Ervin "Magic" Johnson
-. at Second Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church. Johnson. a
representative of Clear Health
Alliance, met with pastors and
other leaders to encourage
; ministers to get more involved
v' in HIV/AIDS awareness The
pastors signed the Black
-. .Churches United Against
-:,: HIV/AIDS pastoral covenant,
: which states that they will
educate their congregations
about HIVAIDS testing and
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After a lifetime of funerals, Bernard Banter gets his own

By Kia Gregory

George Bernard Benta, who
died at 91 on Jan. 3, was
the owner of Benta's Funeral
Home, a Harlem institution.
As a funeral director in Har-
lem for more than six decades,
George Bernard Benta delivered
his personal brand of service
for luminaries like Langston
Hughes, James Baldwin, Paul
Robeson, Etta Jones, Coleman
Hawkins, Gil Noble and Alvin
He also tended to other well-
known people after they died,
including Wesley A. Williams,
the first 'black lieutenant in
the New York Fire Department;
Richard Parrish. a leader in the.
freedom school movement; and,
Kenneth B. Clark, the psychol-
ogist whose research helped
overturn racial segregation in
the nation's public schools.
But Benta made sure to treat
everyone celebrities, politi-
cians and blue-collar workers
alike with dignity and re-
. spect. And he did it with his

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meaning of its creed. . that all
men are created equal
He had faith that "the glorn
of the Lord would be revealed"
and all Americans would be
able to -work together, to pray
together, to struggle together,
to go to jail together. to stand,
up for freedom together know-.
ing- that, [Blacks] will be free
one day."

Rev. Harrell Henton of the
Brownsville Church of Christ
said King helped him under-
stand that "through persever-
ance, change can come."
"I am influenced by the \wa\-
he was able to empower many
with his words and dream."
he said. "As a result, I speak
stronger and better, knowing
that I can empower many with
my words w\\hen I preach and
Rev. Joretha Capers of Eb-
enezer United Methodist
Church describes King as the

distinctive reverence and pol-
"He liked to do things that
were flashy, that no one else
was doing," said his former
daughter-in-law, Dorrence
Benta, a member of the.family
Beyond the standard hues,
he offered families a choice of

An undertaker who
wore elegant mourning,
suits with pinstripes.

colorful hearses to transport
their loved ones. They could
pick gold, green or red. And
they could have a coffin to
During viewings and services,
Benta and his staff wore ele-
gant suits, with pinstripes, long
coats and gray gloves as they
wentiabout memorializing the
dead and consoling families.
Benta, who died on Jan. 3
at the age of 91, was a stick-
ler .when it came to conduct,

epitome of Micah 6:8 because
he behaved justly, loved merci-
fully and walked humbl with
"It is fascinating to know
that one man with the power
of conviction can make a tre-
mendous difference in the
course of the world."
according to Rev. Al-
vin Daniels of Pem-
broke Park Church
of CGhrist. "While men
may know the differ-
ence between right
and- wrong, justice
and injustice, few
have the courage to
stand up for it."
Rev. Willie Sims, REV. /
Jr., a minister of T
Peaceful Zion Mis-
sionary Baptist Church said,
King may have influenced his
life more than an\ single indi-
vidual because of his courage
and tenacity.
"The world knew him as not
just a dreamer, but a person
with enough courage to pursue
his dream." he said.
Just as King had inspired
church leaders and Christian

George Bernard Benta, who
died at 91 on Jan. 3, was the
owner of ,Benta's Funeral
Home, a Harlem institution.
his family said. Something he
would always say was printed
on the back of his funeral pro-
gram: "God gave us two ends:
one to sit on; one to think with.
Success depends on which one
you use. Heads you win, tails

people, he also inspired the

According to Rev. Hen-
ton the dream has somewhat
been fulfilled because Black
people have been
given more .equal-
.- ity and can now
sit at' tables and
hold positions that
"' they; once weren't
able to. "But there
are many that al-:
though free, they
are enslaved men-
,THONY tally."
But Sims be-
UTE lives that Blacks

have not received
racial equality, saying "Our
young Black men are targeted
for failure Our girls are pro-
jected, as prostitutes.and re-
cipients of welfare Many of us
have gotten caught up in the
celebration and no longer have
the desire to challenge the sys-
tem to level the playing field
for our people. The dream has
partially been fulfilled, accord-

you lose."
If someone left the light on
he would let the staff know:
"My name is George Benta, not
Thomas Edison." If he spotted a
paper clip on the floor, he would
wonder how it was that he was
the first to see it and pick it up.
His other philosophy: Cater
to the deceased, but do not for-
get the living.
Benta incorporated tech-
niques from the hospitality in-
dustry. Benta's Funeral Home,
which opened in 1928 and is
among the oldest in Harlem,
offers families a private room
to gather themselves. Benta
ran the business 24 hours a.
day, seven days a week, and on
holidays. If no one answered
the phone at the front desk,
the call was automatically for-
warded to Benta's home and
then to the homes of his three
He was a fastidious dresser,
known to wear ascots and tams,
and to always, have a handker-
chief tucked in his suit's breast
pocket. "He was the only one I

ing to Capers, who believes
is evident because of integra-
tion and Barack Obama be-
ing elected as president. But
"areas where there is a lack of,
equality is economic empower-
ment." Both Tate and Johnson
believe that we are still fighting
discrimination and also. insti-
tutional racism.
The pastors all offered ways
to keep the dream alive and to
sustain justice, such as keep-
ing God first in everything you
do, praying for the commu-
nity, educating young people
and helping them understand
themselves, fighting for equal-
ity, voting and electing sin-
cere lead&rs.helping stop the
violence, and "waking up from
the dream and living out a bold
While discussing keeping the
dream alive. Capers quoted
King sayine- Change does not
roll on the w heels of mei\tta-
bility, but comes through the
continuous struggle. And so
%we must straighten our backs
and \work for our freedom. A
man can't ride you unless your
back is bent.

New take on The Battle Hymn of the Republic

continued from 1B

voices that is a blend of ethnic
and economic backgrounds.
The Choir's members include
doctors, lawyers, ex-addicts,
former homeless people and
everything in between. The
highly-anticipated new version
was arranged by the choir's
founder, Carol Cymbala, who
started the choir in the mid
1970s with just nine voices,
and its assistant music direc-
tor, Jason, Michael Webb.
"Thechoir is very excited and
so are both Carol and I because

this is a huge platform the
world will be watching us and
to sing 'Glory Hallelujah' from
that stage will be very special
and a true honor," Webb said.
"The'. Battle Hymn of the Re-
public is a patriotic song but
it's also a national anthem for
Christians. I think that's why it
was chosen for the inaugura-
tion. In the arrangement we've
created there are many scenes
- kind of.like watching a movie.
The colors change as we move
around the world before ending
in our nation's Capitol."
Most of the choir's 300 mem-
bers will be part of a bus cara-

van. According to Webb, the
trip will be a rarity as the3,
don't often travel with their full
"Our choir is reflective of the
Kingdom of God because it's so
eclectic, there are many races.
different ages and a variety of
economic' backgrounds," he
said. "If you love God, then
you're part of His family and
our music reflects that. Our
music has a thread from all
of the cultures represented in
our group. Our music heals
and speaks to people because
we are sharing the love of Je-
sus. The world can be so ugly

and dark because people don't
realize that there is love in
the world the love of Jesus
Christ. That's why we see this
opportunity to sing as such an
awesome responsibility. We are
representing .Jesus on a global
stage and sharing the love of
The Battle Hymn of the Re-
public, led by mezzo soprano
Alicia Olatuja, will be bundled
with another new anthem, "Let
Your Kingdom Come," and re-
leased on iTunes on Jan. 15th.
Both songs will be part of the
Choir's 28th recording that will
be released in the spring.

Rev. Gary Hoffenden leads a welcoming church

continued from 1B

It's important that people feel
welcomed because it reflects
who Jesus was, he said.
"Children came to him, those
who were in needcame to him,
those who felt that they were
outcasts came to him," Hof-
fenden said. "And he embraced
them." *

Everyone in the church .is
treated with the same genuine
love. -
"People will come in and' not
know that I am the pastor un-
less I'm introduced because I'm
usually with everybody," he said..

Although Hoffenden would like
to see the church grow, he un-
derstands that if only five mem-

bers joining the congregation
is enough if that is "what God
The church has also been fo-
cusing on developing individu-
"We're really encouraging our
brethren to come out, pray and
study," Hoffenden said. "There's
a strong emphasis this year be-
cause the church is God's work
and the only time you can ef-

fectively minister God's work is
through prayer and studying."
Hoffenden believes that as a
pastor it is challenging not to
bring earthy standards into the
church and get caught up in
programs and methods.
"God doesn't anoint programs
or methods, he anoints people,"
he said "And people' get devel-
oped in God's ministry by pray-
ing and studying of the word."

knew who could pull off some
plaid pants, and make it look
stylish," Ms. Benta said. And
his charisma could fill a room,



Range first


Pastor Carl Johnson and the
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church cordially invites you to
the first sermons of Gary John-
son and Gary Range. The ser-
vice will be held 7 p.m., Tues-
day, January 22 at 93rd Street
Community Baptist Church,
2330 NW 93rd Street, Miami,
Everyone is invited to come
out and witness this noteworthy
occasionI For more information-

New Corinth

New Corinth 55th Church
celebration 'Family and Friends
Week," guest speaker will be
Rev. Freddie L. Wilson of Mt. Ta-
bor Missionary Baptist Church
starting January 21 and 22;
7:30 p.m. nightly. Celebration
ends .Jan 25.
E'.-er one is invited to worship ,
at New Corinth M.B. Church,
1435 NW 54 Street, Rev. M.L.
Paschal is the pastor.

News Anchor and wife speak-
ers for MLK 25th.ahnual service
commemorating the life and'
work of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. will take place 9 a.m., Sun-
day, January 20 at the Church
of the Incarnation. 1835 NW
54th Street. Miami, FL. -.
Calvin Hughes, award-win-
ning newscaster for WPLG-TV
will share the podium with his
wife, Bacardi Jackson, Esq.
Hughes and Jackson re-lo-
cated to South Florida in 2006
when he was hired as the chan-
nel 10 morning anchor. He
quickly embraced the diverse
communities here and became
active in the place he now calls
In 2011, the Miami New
Times voted Hughes the best
TV news anchor. follov.-ing his
outstanding reporting on the
continuing crises in Haiti, in-
cluding the devastating earth-
quake in 2010. Currently, he
anchors the afternoon and eve-
ning broadcasts.
Bacardi Jackson is a civil
rights attorney with the Tuck-
er Law Group, LLC founded in
Philadelphia. She opened the
second office of the African-
American firm in Miramar. A
native of Memphis. She is the
daughter of two civil rights ac-

she said. When he could not re-
call a name, he would address
men "Hey, guy," and women as


contact the church at 305-836-


tivists. Her father was a col-
league of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and her. mother dedi-
cated her life to fighting equal
access and justice in their home
She is active in a number of
civic organizations, including
the North Broward chapter of
the Links, Inc. Jackson and
Hughes have three children.
The yearly King commemo-
ration service is a community
event that is co-sponsored by
the Links, Inc., Greater Miami
Chapter 'and the Beta Beta
Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity. The South
Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill
will be special guests for the oc-
Dr. King's birthday became a
federal holiday in 1986, three
years after President Ronald
Reagan signed legislation for
the national day of recognition
for the slain civil rights leader.
Beyond the keynote speakers,
The "I Have a Dream" speech
will be recited by members of
Alpha Phi Alpha. Dr. Martin
Luther King was a member of
the Fraternity.
Attendees are invited to a re-
ception in the J. Kenneth Major
Hall immediately following the





mi.Dado County Health Department

Keeping Rev. King's dream of equality alive

News Anchor and Wife

Speakers for MLK Service

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By Liz Szabo

A new report documents a
disturbing rise in the number
of cases of cancer related to
HPV, a family of sexually trans-
mitted viruses linked to tumors
of the cervix, head and neck,
and several organs. The spike
in HPV-related cancers defies
the generally positive trends in
cancer, whose incidence and
mortality rates continue to fall
slightly each year, according
to the report, published online
Monday in the Journal, of the
National Cancer Institute.
. HPV, or human papillomavi-
rus, is best known for causing
cancer of the cervix and genital
warts, both of which can now
be prevented by vaccines. But
HPV also causes cancers of the
vagina, vulva, penis and anus,
as well as oral cancers involv-
ing the back of the throat, ton-
sils and base of the tongue.
And while cervical cancer
rates have fallen dramatically
because of screening tests,

rates of other HPV-related can-
cers are increasing, likely re-
sulting from changes in sexual
practices over the past 30 to 40
"This is one of the epidemics
of the 21st century," says Otis
Brawley, chief medical officer
at the American Cancer Soci-
ety, a co-sponsor of the report.
"This is a huge problem."
Trends in HPV-related can-
cers vary by race and sex.
Among the biggest changes
from 2000 to 2009:
Oral cancer rates rose 4.9
percent in Native American
men, 3.9 percent in white men,
1.7 percent in white women,
one percent among Asian men,
with smaller increases among
Hispanic men and women.
Anal cancer rates increased
in every group. The largest in-
creases were in Black men, at
5.6 percent; white women, 3.7
percent; white men, at 2.6 per-
cent; and Asian men, at 2.1
percent. Overall rates of anal
cancers, which are more com-

Trends in HPV-related cancers
vary by race and sex. Among
he biggest changes from 2000
to 2009:
ORAL CANCER rates rose.
*Native American men... 4.9%
*White men .. .... 3.9%
*White women. ............. 1.7%0
*Asian men ........ ....... 1.0%
There were smaller increases
among Hispanic men and women
rates increased in every group.
the largest increases were in:
*Black men .............. 5.6%
*White women .......... ..... 3.7%
*White men. ................. 2.6%
*Asian men. ........... .2.1%
Overall rates of anal cancers,
which are more common among
those with HIV and AIDS doubled
from 1975-2009.
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mon among those with HIV
and AIDS, doubled between
1975 and 2009.
Vulvar cancers increased 1.4
percent among white women
and 0.9 percent among Black
Penile cancers increased 0.5
percent among Asian men.
HPV is the most common
sexually transmitted infection
in the world, according to the
National Cancer Institute, an-
other co-sponsor of the report.
Most sexually active people be-
come infected at some point,
although most clear the infec-
tion with no lingering effects.
More than 10 percent of men
and 3.6 percent of women have
a current oral HPV infection,
according to a study published
last year in the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
The report should. not be
"cause for panic," says Ranit
Mishori, associate professor of
family medicine at Georgetown
University School of Medicine,
"because these cancers are still
not very common."
About 12,200 women a year
are diagnosed with cervical
cancer, while 7,100 people
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NSMC opens new cardiac catheterization lab

In an effort to

better serve the

community, _

,services expanded

North Shore Medical Center
recently unveiled the new car-
diac catheterization lab. IWr f-
fort to better serve the commu-
nity and combat heart disease,
North Shore Medical Center
now has the capabilities to per- '
form minimally invasive proce-
dures to diagnose and treat a
variety of heart diseases includ- ..
ing coronary artery disease. The '
technological advancements
seen in the new cardiac cath lab
may allow physicians to provide
faster and more efficient cardiac
care to the community and the
patients the hospital serves .

Surging flu no reason for vaccine mandate

Concentration on

voluntary efforts

is paying off well
By Marc Siegel

When you decide not to get a
flu shot, the risk is that you or
someone near you will get sick.
But for health care workers,
the price is increasingly a pink
slip., Hundreds have already
been fired.
In October, Rhode Island
became the first state to man-
date the immunizations for all
health care workers with di-
rect patient contact. Earlier
in 2012, Colorado's Board of
Health voted that all hospitals,
nursing homes and health fa-
cilities across the state achieve
at least a 90 percent vaccina-
tion rate for workers by 2015.
In Ohio, TriHealth offered its
employees flu shots and has
now fired more than 150 for

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More than 85 percent of physicians are receiving the year-
ly vaccine, and that the number is on the rise.

non-compliance. Last week, in
Indiana, eight health workers
from another company were
fired. Even accountants have
lost their jobs as the mandates
have spread from a couple of
hospitals in 2005 to more than
400 today.
Such goals seem admirable
at a time when the flu season
is off to its earliest start since

2003-04, but these mandates
might have done more to boot
doctors and nurses from their
jobs than to protect people's

For one thing, encouraging
people to act in the right way
on their own is a more power-
ful and lasting solution than

coercion. And education efforts
are working. A recent survey by
the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention found that
about two-thirds of health care
workers and more than 85 per-
cent of physicians are receiving
the yearly vaccine, and that the
number is on the rise.
This isn't to say that man-
datory vaccines don't have
their place, just that mandates
should be reserved for situa-
tions where a vaccine can play
a major role in fighting back a
clear public health risk. In the
case of seasonal flu, neither the
risk of the disease nor the ben-
efit of the vaccine is big enough
to warrant forcing health care
workers to receive it.

Measles, another highly con-
tagious and deadly virus, is an-
other point of reference: Vacci-'
nation of health care workers
is recommended by the CDC
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North Shore Medical Center
is proud to announce its 2013
New Year's Baby. Parents Amy
and Mario Moya-Aburto rang
in the New Year with the arrival
of their baby girl Kaylee Karina
at 1:12 am and weighing in at
seven lbs. three oz.
"Every baby that is born at
North Shore Medical Center is
special; however, the arrival of
our New Year's Baby id an espe-
cially unique event that we can
only celebrate once a year," said
Manny Linares, CEO. "We con-
gratulate Amy and Mario Moya-
Aburto for the birth of their
beautiful baby girl and wish her
family continued health and
happiness in the new year."
North Shore Medical Cen-
ter recognizes that welcoming

a baby into the world is one
of the most joyous, meaning-
ful times of life. That's why the
hospital does everything pos-
sible to make the experience
special. The hospital offers ad-
vanced medical care delivered
by skilled professionals who
have the experience to handle
routine deliveries as well as
those more complicated and
high-risk. North Shore Medi-
cal Center also offers the only
level III Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit in Northern Miami-
Dade county.
For more information about
maternity services at North
Shore Medical Center, or to
take a tour, please call 1-800-
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Older patients suffer -

post-hospital syndrome

Experts: Lack of
exercise and sleep
is a likely cause

By Linda Carroll

The stress and chaos pa-
tients experience in the hos-
pital may make them prone to
a new illness and landing
back in the hospital.
Nearly one in five seniors
discharged from the hospital
will be re-admitted within 30
days with a completely dif-
ferent ailment from the one
that originally landed them in
a hospital bed, according to
a report published Wednes-
day in the New England Jour-
nal of Medicine.
The phenomenon has even
been given a name: post-hos-
pital syndrome.
The point of the new report
"is not to trash hospitals."
says the author Dr. Harlan
Krumholz, a cardiologist and
a professor of medicine at the
Yale School of Medicine. "But.
it's to say maybe we haven't
adequately recognized the
potential toxicities that can
occur during the course of a

hospital stay."
After a hospital stay, pa-
tients are often weak from
lack of exercise, sleep depri-
vation or malnutrition. The
first 30 days after discharge
-are a transient period when
the patient is at great risk
and is susceptible to many
things," according to Krum-
holz, but patients are rarely
informed how to take care of
"- kept watching people
come back to the hospital
with a variety of different
problems," Krumholz says. "1
started thinking about what
we might be doing in the hos-
pital that weakened people,
making them at greater risk
when they went home.'
After scrutinizing Medi-
care data. Krumholz found
that the majority of patients
being readmitted to the hos-
pital had a different illness
from their original diagno-
sis. Someone who had been
treated for pneumonia might
be back in the hospital with
an infection, hart failure or
wounds from a car accident
or fall, for example.
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Legalizing of marijuana raises health concerns

Study: Long-

lasting harm to

teenage brains
By Roni Caryn Rabin

In the '60s, marijuana was a
hallmark of the counterculture,
along with free love, bell bot-
toms, long hair and bandan-
nas. But marijuana has had the
most staying power.
This month, in a remark-
able first, the recreational use
of marijuana became legal (de-
pending on your definition) in
Colorado and Washington. Over
a dozen other states have de-
criminalized possession of small
amounts, arid Massachusetts
recently became the 18th state
to allow its use for medicinal
Though federal law still bans
both the sale and possession

For starters, this is not your parents' pot. Today's marijuana
is much more potent.

of marijuana, President Obama
has said the federal government
has "bigger fish to fry" and won't
aggressively prosecute tokers in
states where its use is legal.

. The rise of marijuana as an
adult pastime is a victory for
those who've always felt that its
hazards were overblown. Propo-
nents of legalization argue that

marijuana is much safer to use
than alcohol, pointing out that
it is virtually impossible to over-
dose on marijuana.
While marijuana can be ad-
dictive, scientists generally
agree that fewer than 10 per-
cent of marijuana smokers be-
come dependent on the drug,
compared with .15 percent for
alcohol, 23 percent for heroin
and 32 percent for tobacco.
Marijuana does contain carcin-
ogens, including tar and other
toxins similar to those found in
tobacco, but people generally
do not smoke marijuana in the
same amounts as cigarettes.
Still, legalization takes health
consumers into murky terri-
tory. Even though marijuana is
the most commonly used illegal
drug in the United States, ques-
tions.about its health effects re-
For starters, this is not your
parents' pot.

Oral cancers to surpass cervical disease cases

continued from 3B
develop HPV-related oral can-
cers, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Pre-
vention, another sponsor of the
report. If trends continue, oral
cancers will overtake cervical
cancers as the leading cause of
HPV-related tumors by 2020.
Overall, oral cancers have
been declining, as fewer Ameri-
cans smoke or drink heavily,
says Richard Schlegel, chair-
man of pathology at the George-
town Lombardi Comprehensive
Cancer Center.
The proportion of HPV-relat-
ed oral tumors has increased,
however, growing from 16 per-
cent of all oral cancers in 1984
to 1989, to 72 percent of these
tumors from 2000 to 2004, the
report says.
The new HPV vaccines rec-
ommended for both boys and

girls at age 11 or 12 have
been shown to protect against
cervical, vaginal and vulvar
cancers, Mishori notes.
'While doctors can find and
remove cervical cancers and
precancers through screen-
ing, there are no early detec-
tion methods for cancers of the
throat, tonsils and base of the
tongue, Brawley says. For many
oral cancer patients who tend
to be in their 50s, or early 60s -
their first symptom is a swollen
lymph node. Treatment typical-
ly involves radiation, sometimes
preceded by chemotherapy.
Researchers haven't tested
HPV vaccines on oral cancers,
and aren't likely to, Brawley
says. Researchers would have
to follow study participants for
30 or 40 years to detect any
difference in oral cancer rates.
Scientists were able to detect
a reduction in cervical precan-
cers, however, after only six or

seven years, he says.
Still, animal tests suggest
that an HPV vaccine would
work in oral cancer, Schlegel
says. That's because both ap-
proved vaccines block HPV
16, a subtype of the virus that
causes most of of these cancers.
"If we let it," Brawley says,
"the HPV vaccine may prove to
be a godsend for head and neck
cancers in the United States."
Yet HPV vaccines so far have
failed to reach their full poten-
tial, the report says. Fewer than
half of American teen girls have
gotten one or more dose, and
only 32 percent have received
all three recommended shots.
In comparison, more than 70
percent of girls in Australia and
the United Kingdom have com-
pleted all three shots.
According to the report, called
the Annual Report to the Nation
on the Status of Cancer, the
girls most likely to die of cervi-

cal cancer are also among the
least likely to get an HPV shot:
those who are poor, uninsured
or living in economically de-
pressed areas of the South.
About half of the 4,000 Amer-
ican women who die of cervical
cancer each year have never
had a Pap test, which detects
cancerous or precancerous cells
on the cervix, Brawley says.
Doctors can easily remove early
cancers or precancers. Most of
the other women who died from
the disease hadn't had a cervi-
cal cancer screening for at least
a decade.
The vaccines, which cost
about $390 for three shots,
have been marketed "to patients
. who can afford it, not those who
need it," says Sheila Rothman,
a professor at Columbia Univer-
sity's Mailman School of Public
Health in New York. "The vac-
cine isn't really getting to. the
groups who need it."

Today's marijuana is much
more potent: The mean concen-
tration of THC, the psychoactive
ingredient, in confiscated can-
nabis more than doubled be-
tween 1993 and 2008.
Increased potency may be
having unforeseen consequenc-
es. The human brain's canna-
binoid receptors are typically
activated by naturally occurring
chemicals in the body called en-
docannabinoids, which are sim-
ilar to THC. There is a high den-

sity of cannabinoid receptors
in parts of the brain that affect
pleasure, memory and concen-
tration. Some research suggests
that these areas continue to be
affected by marijuana use even
after the "high" dissipates.
"It's much more potent mari-
juana, which may explain why
we've seen a pretty dramatic
increase in admission to emer-
gency rooms and treatment
programs for marijuana," said
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Mandatory flu vaccines

continued from 3B
but not mandatory. The chanc-
es of a health care worker car-
rying measles isn't high enough
to warrant mandatory vaccine.
Instead, mandates are targeted
on the most vulnerable popu-
lation: children. According to
the World Health Organization,
increased measles vaccina-
tion resulted in a three-fourths
drop in measles deaths between
2000 and 2010, when 85 per-
cent of the world's children re-
ceived one dose of the vaccine
by age one, up from 72 percent
in 2000.
For the flu, the evidence is
not nearly so powerful. Studies
of Japan, where flu vaccination
of schoolchildren was largely

mandatory from 1962 to 1987,
did show that more than 37,000
deaths were likely prevented.
But here in the U.S., a 2005
National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases study found
no correlation between an in-
crease in vaccine use over 20
years and a decrease in deaths.
We are not in the midst of a
deadly pandemic where a vac-
cine could be the only line of
defense against instant death.
Because the yearly flu vaccine
is generally only 60 percent ef-
fective against the prevailing
strains, taking it should be ad-
vised, not mandated, even in a
bad season.
There just isn't enough medi-
cal justification for firing a
health care worker for refusing
a flu shot.

Hospitals weakens patients

continued from 3B

mode fighting the acute cause
of admission," Krumholz says.
"And everything else is pushed
to the side while we focus on
that issue to the potential det-
riment of, the patient's overall
well-being. Sleep, doesn't mat-
ter when we're dealing with
your pneumonia."
At a minimum, patients need

counseling, Krumholz says.
They might be warned, for ex-
ample, that they'll be a little
foggy for the next few weeks,
"so don't drive a.car and don't
make any important decisions,"
he explains.
Along with that, hospitals
need to make a greater effort to
respect patients' sleep sched-
ules and to get them moving as
soon as possible so they don't
lose so much muscle tone.

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FDA approves first new IUD in 12 years

Skyla aims at younger women to

prevent any unplanned pregnancies

By Reuters

U.S. regulators last Wednes-
day approved a new low-dose
hormone intrauterine device
designed to prevent pregnancy,
the first new device of its type
in 12 years, according to Bayer
The T-shaped polyethylene
device is designed to prevent
pregnancy for three years, dur-
ing which time it releases a di-
minishing dosage of progestin,
according to Bayer documents.
The proportion of women us-
ing long-acting reversible con-
traceptive methods such as
an intrauterine device (IUD)
climbed to 7.7 percent in 2009
up from 2.0 percent in 2002,
according a 2012 study by the
Guttmacher Institute, a repro-

ductive health and rights orga-
nization based in New York.
The highest level of use was.
among women aged 25-39 and
those who already had at least
one child.
The IUD, called Skyla, is
aimed at younger women who
have not had children. During
a trial of 1,432 women aged 18
to 35 years, the rate of preg-
nancy over a three-year period
was 0.9 per 100 women, and
77 percent of women wishing to
become pregnant did so within
12 months of its removal, Bay-
er documents said.
"Over half of all pregnancies
in the U.S. are unintended and
there's just a need out there to
have effective birth control,"
said Pamela Cyrus, Bayer's
head of medical affairs said in

The IUD, called Skyla, is aimed at younger women who

have not had children.
an interview.
Bayer makes one of the two
other IUDs available on the
U.S. market, Mirena. It is de-
signed for use for women who
have already had children.
Bayer will launch Skyla in
the United States starting next

month. It is still seeking other
regulatory approvals outside
the United States. Its side ef-
fects include bleeding pattern
alterations, vulvovaginitis, ab-
dominal/pelvic pain, acne/
seborrhea, ovarian cyst and

Stomach-pumping machine makes calories disappear

New AspireAssist

device to replace

bariatic surgery
By Liz Neporent

A group of-inventors, who
include the creator of the
Segway, has come up with
a gadget that- Jlets people eat-
pretty much what they want
and forget about the calories.
Sound too good to be true?
Called the AspireAssist-de-
vice, it works by sucking the
food right out of the stomach
so that only about a third of
the calories are absorbed by
the body.
Patients ,wait 20 minutes
after eating, then empty 30
percent of their stomach con-
tents into the toilet through
a 'tube a small, handheld

device connects to a skin-
port discretely embedded on
the outside of the abdomen.
Calories not. digested are
calories not absorbed, which,
say the inventors, leads to
weight loss.'
In a one-year -trial of 24
obese patients, patients on
average lost 49 percent of
excess weight, the equivalent
of about 45 pounds.
Mikael Cederhag, 55, of
Sweden was one of them.
When he had the AspireAs-
sisi device implanted last
year he tipped the scales at
264 pounds. Now he's at 200
pounds and still losing.
"This is .it for me. I've been
jumping up and down in
weight for 30 years," Ceder-
hag said. "Finally, this is a
solution that allows me to
get my weight down and stay
that way."

Katherine D. Crothall,
president and CEO of Aspire
Bariatrics, the maker of the
AspireAssist, said she un-
derstood why people might
find the idea of the pump
"gross" but insisted it of-
fered a viable way for mor-
bidly obese people to drop
pounds."Some people man-
age .to lose weight on a diet,
but the kinds of changes you
need to make to keep it off
are probably not sustainable
for many." she said. "There's
a lot to be said for people be-
ing in the driver's seat with
their own body, with their
own health. This allows a pa-
tient to do that while under
the care of a physician."
Available in select regions
of Europe, including Swe-
den, since 2011, the Aspire-
Assist is still undergoing tri-
als in the United States, and

the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration has yet to approve it
for use here.

Bariatric surgery, another
option for obese people who
can find no other way to lose
weight, entails permanently
closing off a portion of the
stomach. This was one of the
reasons Cederhag resisted
the surgery and opted for
the pump. He said he wasn't
prepared to have his body
forever altered. He'd also
known people who'd under-
gone gastric bypass surgery
and threw up after, every
meal or experienced serious
complications for years af-
"That's not the kind of life I
wanted," he said, noting the
pump could be removed in
15 minutes by a doctor.


Women and girls metabolize, or process, alcohol different-
ly than men and boys.

Binge drinking is serious

risk for girls and women

By Cathy Payne

Binge drinking among women
and girls is a health problem
that is serious but under-rec-
ognized, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention says in
a report today.
About one in eight women
and one in five high school girls
binge drink, according to the
CDC's Vital Signs report. Binge
drinking for women is defined
as consuming four or more al-
cohol drinks, such as beer, li-
quor or wine, on an occasion.
The study found that binge
drinking was most common
among women ages 18-34 and
high school girls. It also was
most prevalent among women
living in households with an-
nual incomes of $75,000 or
The report notes special con-
cerns about binge drinking
among women. Women and
girls metabolize, or process, al-
cohol differently than men and
The CDC warns binge drink-
ing puts women at a higher
risk for breast cancer, sexually
transmitted diseases,' heart
disease and unintended preg-
nancy. Binge drinking during
pregnancy can lead to fetal al-
cohol spectrum disorders and

sudden infant death syndrome.
David Jernigan, director of
the Center on Alcohol Market-
ing and Youth at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health in Baltimore,
says it is crucial that the prob-
lem is highlighted.
"We've watched a shift from
girls drinking beer to distilled
spirits," he says. "They are ex-
perimenting with the strongest
form of the drug available."
The Distilled Spirits Coun-
cil says the industry works to
reduce binige drinking through
programs such as The Cen-
tury Council's "Girl Talk."
"For women of legal drinking
age, we continue to encour-
age them to follow the advice
of the federal government's di-
etary guidelines," according to a
The Dietary Guidelines for
Americans define moderate al-
cohol consumption as up to one
drink a day for women and up
to two drinks a day for men.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden
says there are ways to prevent
excessive drinking. 'Effective
community measures can sup-
port women and girls in making
wise choices about whether to
drink or how much to drink if
they do," he says. "Each of us
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2012 Deaths in Entertainment

By Miami Times staff report

ETTA JAMES Jan. 25, 1938-Jan.
20, 2012 Etta James, whose as-
sertive, earthy voice lit up such hits
as "The Wallflower," "Something's
Got a Hold on Me"
and the wedding
favorite "At Last,"
has died, accord-
ing to her longtime
friend and manag-
er, Lupe De Leon.
She was 73. She
died from compli-
cations from leu-
kemia with her husband, Artis Mills,
and her sons by her side, De Leon
said. She was diagnosed with leuke-
mia in 2010, and also suffered from
dementia and hepatitis C. James
died at a hospital in Riverside, Cali-
fornia. She would have turned 74

DON CORNELIUS Sept. 27, 1936
- Feb. 1, 2012 Don Cornelius, the
smooth-voiced television host who
brought- black music and culture
into America's living rooms when
he created the
dance show "Soul
Train," was found
dead at his home
in Los Angeles
early Wednesday
in what appeared
to be a suicide, the
authorities said.
He was 75.
Police officers responding to a re-
port of a shooting found Mr. Corne-
lius's body at 4 a.m. on the floor of
his house on Mulholland Drive with
a gunshot wound to the head. It ap-
peared to have been self-inflicted,
said Ed Winter, the Los Angeles
County assistant chief coroner.

1963 Feb. 11, 2012 Whitney
Houston was found dead Saturday
at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel,
officials said. She was 48.
The entertainer,
whose incredible
talent was discov-
ered at an early
age, was pro-
nounced dead at
3:55 p.m. at the
Beverly Hilton ho-
tel despite resus-
citation efforts, a
police spokesman said.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen
said there were "no obvious signs of
criminal intent" and that' the cause
of her death is being investigated.
Houston's bodyguard found her
body, said Courtney Barnes, pub-
licist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who
was dating the pop diva.

JIMMY ELLIS 1938 March 8,
2012 Jimmy Ellis, frontman of the
Trammps, died at the age of 74.
He passed away
yesterday in Rock
Hill, South Caroli-
na from complica-
tions of Alzheim-
er's disease.
Ellis was best
known as the sing-
er of the band's
1976 song "Disco
Inferno," which became a smash hit
in the United .States in 1978 after it
was included on the soundtrack for
Saturday Night Fever. The Trammps
also scored hits on the R&B charts
with their cover of Judy Garland's
signature tune "Zing! Went, the
Strings of My Heart," "Hold Back
the Night" and "The Night the Lights
Went Out," which was inspired by
the New York City blackout of 1977.

CHUCK BROWN Aug. 22, 1936
May 16, 2012 Chuck Brown, the
gravelly voiced bandleader who cap-.
italized on funk's percussive pulse
to create go-go, the genre of music
that has soundtracked life in black
Washington for
more than three
decades, died May
16 at Johns Hop-
kins Hospital in
Baltimore. He was
The death, from
complications from
sepsis, was con-
firmed by his manager, Tom Goldfo-
gle. Mr, Brown had been hospitalized
for pneumonia.
Known as "the. Godfather of Go-
Go," the performer, singer, guitarist
'and songwriter developed his com-
manding brand of funk in the mid-
1970s to compete with the domi-
nance of disco.

DONNA SUMMER Dec. 31, 1948
May 17, 2012 Donna Summer, the
"Queen of Disco" whose hits includ-
ed "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," "Love
to Love You Baby" and "She Works
Hard for the Money," has died, a rep-
resentative said Thursday. She was
Her publicist,
Brian Edwards,
said Summer was
suffering from
cancer. She died
surrounded by her
family in Florida,
he said.
Summer first
rose to fame the
mid-'70s, thanks to "Love to Love
You Baby." The song, with Sum-
mer's whispered vocals and orgas-
mic groans helped define the mid-

* '70s disco trend and hit No. 2 in
1976. Summer followed the song
with such hits' as "I Feel Love," "Last
Dance" and a disco-fled version of
the Richard Harris hit "MacArthur
Park," which outdid Harris' version
by hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Hot
100-singles chart. It was Summer's
first of four chart-toppers.

HAL JACKSON Nov. 3, 1915 -
May 23, 2012 Radio pioneer Har-
old "Hal" Jackson, a staple of New
York radio, has died. He was in his
late 90s.
Jackson died in a hospital, said
Deon Levingston, vice president and
general manager
at WBLS, a station
owned by Inner
City Broadcastihg,
which Jackson co-
Jackson moved
to New York in the
1950s where he
hosted three dif-
ferent radio shows, broadcasting a
mix of music and conversation, in-
cluding jazz and celebrities.
Jackson later co-founded the In-
ner City Broadcasting Corporation,
one of the first broadcasting com-
panies wholly owned by Blacks. The'
company acquired WBLS, which
pioneered the urban contemporary
format. Jackson continued to host a
program each week on WBLS.

CHRIS LIGHT May 8, 1968 -
Aug. 30, 2012 Chris Lighty, who
managed several of hip hop's big-
gest artists, apparently shot him-
self to death in his Bronx, New York,
apartment Thurs-.
day morning, a
New York police
spokesman said.
Lighty, 44, was
found with a gun-
shot wound to his
R a head and a semi-
automatic firearm
next to his body
at 11:30 a.m., the police spokesman
While the death appears to be a
suicide, police investigators will wait
until the medical examiner's report
before closing their investigation,
the spokesman said.
Lighty founded Violator Records &
Management, which counts Mariah
Carey, Soulja Boy, 50 Cent, Busta
Rhymes, and Diddy among their art-

10, 1957 Sept. 3, 2012 Michael
Clarke Duncan, nominated for an
Academy Award for his role in the
1999 film "The Green Mile," died
Monday morning at age 54, accord-

ing to a representative for his fam-
Duncan"suffered a mydiocardial
infarction on July
13 and never ful-
ly recovered," a
written statement
from -Joy Fehily
Clarke died at a
Los Angeles hos-
pital where he had
been since having
the heart attack more than seven
weeks ago.

RODNEY KING April 2, 1965 -
June 17, 2012 Rodney King whose
1991. videotaped beating by the Los
Angeles police became a symbol of
the nation's continuing racial ten-
sions and subsequently led to a week
of deadly race riots after the officers
were acquitted, was found dead
Sunday in a swimming pool at the
home he shared
with his fiancee
in Rialto, Calif. He
was 47. There was
no evidence of foul
play, the Rialto po-
lice said. m
Mr. King, whose '
life was a roller
coaster of drug and
alcohol abuse, multiple arrests and
unwanted celebrity, pleaded for calm
during the 1992 riots. More than 55
people were killed and 600 buildings
destroyed in the violence.

- July 24, 2012 Sherman Hemsley,
the hot-tempered, upwardly mobile,
L janitor-turned-
J dry-cleaner-owner
-j.,N George Jefferson
in TV's iconic The
Jeffersons, has
ALL died at 74. Hems-
ley died at his
home in El Paso,
Texas, police say.
A cause of death
was not immediately known.

MS MELODIE 1969 July 17,
2012 Ms. Melodie, the ex-wife of
rap icon KRS-One and former mem-
ber of the legendary Boogie Down
Productions family, died yesterday
at the age of 43.
The cause of
death is still un-
known, but The
Urban Daily has
reported that the
Brooklyn emcee
passed away in
her sleep.
Ms. Melodie,.
born Ramona Scott, first stepped
onto the hip hop scene with her

1988 single "Hype According to Ms.
Melodie." One year later, she re-
leased her lone studio album, Diva,
which featured the track "Live on

AL FREEMAN, JR. March 21,
1934 Aug. 9, 2012 Actor Al Free-
man Jr., perhaps best known for his
portrayal of Nation of Islam leader
Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's
1992 film "Malcolm X," has died,
Howard University said on Friday.
"It is with tremendous sadness
that the passing of our beloved Pro-
fessor Al Freeman, Jr. is confirmed,"
Kim James Bey,
chair of the uni-
versity's theater
department said in
a statement. Free-
man was a faculty
member at the
She gave no
details about the
death of Freeman, who was 78 and
taught acting at the Washington-
based university, but said a state-
ment would be issued later.

NATINA REED Oct. 28, 1979 -
Oct. 26, 2012.- Natina Reed of the
late 1990s girl band Blaque has
passed away, multiple publications
are reporting.
The "Bring It On" star, 32, died on
Oct. 26 after she was struck by a car
while crossing the street in Georgia.
According to the Gwinnett Police De-
partment, the driver of the vehicle
was 'was deter-
mined to be not at
fault and there are
no charges pend-
ing." The driver
also phoned ,911
after the accident,
at 10:30 p.m. Reed
was pronounced
dead at 10:59 p.m.
at Gwinnett Medical Center. She
would have been 33 Sunday.

FONTELLA BASS July 3, 1940
- Dec. 26, 2012 St. Louis-based
R&B singer Fontella Bass best
known for her 1965 hit "Rescue Me"
- died after a heart attack. She was
Born in St. Louis in June 1940,
Bass first reached ears earlier in
1965 with the
successful single
"Don't Mess With
A Good Thing,"
with Bobby Mc-
Clure. "Rescue
Me" topped the
R&B charts for a
month and held
steady in the top
five of the pop charts as well.

Health professionals are concerned with youth's early exposure

continued from 4B
Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of
the National Institute on Drug
Abuse. "When we hear, 'Well, I
smoked and nothing happened
to me,' we need to think about
the context of when these peo-
ple started to take it, how fre-
quently they used and how ac-
tive the marijuana was."
Those in favor of legalizing
marijuana say the increase in
potency has been exaggerat-
ed, and that when users have
more powerful pot, they adjust
their consumption and actually
smoke less.
Teenagers may be more vul-
nerable to addiction, however,
and those who start smok-

Less stigma and
easier access to
pot could lead to
more use among

ing pot at a younger age are at
higher risk. Approximately one
in six will become addicted, Dr.
Volkow said. Young adults who
start smoking marijuana at
earlier ages also tend to smoke
much more, and more often,
than those who start in their
later teens, researchers say.
In users who develop a de-
pendence or addiction, quitting
can cause intense withdrawal
symptoms, like anxiety, trouble
sleeping, lack of appetite, mood
swings, irritability and depres-
sion, experts say.
Both Colorado and Washing-

ing pot regularly before they
were 16 performed significant-
ly worse on cognitive tests of
brain function than those who
had started smoking later in
adolescence. They performed
particularly poorly on tests
assessing executive function,
,which is responsible for plan-
ning and abstract thinking, as
well as understanding rules
and inhibiting inappropriate
Imaging scans also found

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director
of the National Institute on
Drug Abuse.
ton restricted marijuana use
to adults age 21 and over when
they legalized recreational use
in November. But experts wor-
ry that the perception of mari-
juana is changing because its
stigma as an outlawed drug has
"When people can go to a
'clinic' or 'cafe' and buy pot, that
creates the perception that it's
safe," said Dr. A. Eden Evins,
director of the Center for Addic-
tion Medicine at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston. "Be-
fore we unleash the powers of
the marketplace to woo people
to use this addictive substance,
we need to better understand
who is at risk."
"Once moneyed interests are
involved, this trend will be dif-
ficult to reverse," she added.
The most disturbing new
studies about early teenage
use of marijuana showed that
young adults who started smok-

detectable differences in how
their brains worked, said Sta-
ci Gruber, the lead author of
these studies and director of
the cognitive and clinical neu-
roimaging core at 'the imaging
center at McLean Hospital in
Boston. Imaging scans found
alterations in the frontal cortex
white matter tracts of the brain
in the early-starters, she said,
that are associated with impul-'
"The frontal cortex is the last

part of the brain to come on-
line, and the most important,"
Dr. Gruber said. "Early expo-
sure perhaps changes the tra-
jectory of brain development,
such that ability to perform
complex executive function
tasks is compromised."
A recent study showing a drop
in IQ scores among teenagers
who are regular pot smokers is
especially troubling, Dr. Evins
said. A more recent study found
that people who started smok-

ing marijuana as teenagers and
used it heavily for decades lost
IQ points over time, while those
who started smoking as adults
did not, though some critics
have said these differences may
not be meaningful. Older survey
studies had indicated that reg-
ular pot smokers were less like-
ly to graduate from high school
or pursue higher education, but
it was never clear which came
first, difficulty in school or the
drug use.


"Godfather of world music" dead

Sitar player Ravi

Shankar dies at 92

By Val Haller

Ravi Shankar died on Dec. 11
at age 92, hliled as one of the
era's pre-eminent sitar players
and a major figure in spreading
Indian classical music through
the western world. One of his
biggest followers, George Har-
rison of the Beatles, called him
"The Godfather of world music."
The youngest of seven boys,
Shankar joined a brother's
dance troupe at age 10 and
toured widely. But soon trad-
ed his dance shoes for a star
(a plucked string instrument
mainly used in classical Indian
music that includes a gourd

resonating chamber), eventu-
ally studying with the master
Baba Allauddin Khan. He went
on to become a composer, mu-
sic director for All India Radio,
New Delhi, and wrote concert
for sitar and orchestra world-
If you know the Beatles' "Nor-
wegian Wood" and "Within You
Without You," you know the
trance-like sound of the sitar.
Harrison heard Shankar play
in London in 1966 and was so
captivated that he went to In-
dia for six weeks to study with
him. Other bands, including
The Byrds, The Rolling Stones
and The Animals, also incorpo-
rated Shankar's sound. Shan-
kar performed widely at some
of the biggest concerts of the
era, including the Monterey
Pop Fest, (1967); Woodstock

(1969) and the Concert for'Ban-
gladesh, organized by Mr. Har-
rison in 1971. While his music
has a very '60s vibe, Shankar
rejected the wild behavior and

drug use of the era and dis-
tanced himself from the hippie
His musicality lives on in the
next generation. A relationship
with a New York concert pro-
ducer, Sue Jones, produced the
Grammy Award winning sing-
er/songwriter Norah Jones.
Another daughter, Anoushka,
from a later marriage to Sukan-
ya Rajan, also plays sitar and
toured with her father. During
his career he won ,Grammys,
was awarded honorary degrees
and received India's highest ci-
vilian honor, the Bharat Ratna."
He served in the Rajya Sabha,
the upper chamber of the Par-
liament of India, from 1986 to
1992. Ken Hunt of the Web site
Allmusic called him "the most
famous Indian musician on the

Jayne Cortez, jazz poet and activist dies at 78

By Howard Mandel

Jayne Cortez, a no-nonsense
poet who often declaimed her
incisive lines of vivid imagery
tying fierce social criticism to
imperatives of personal respon-
sibility with backing by her
band the Firespitters, died Dec.
28 at age 76. Her deep appre-
ciation of American blues and
jazz was another of her con-
stant themes; her son Denardo
Coleman played drums in the
Firespitters, with whom she re-
corded six albums.
An activist in the Civil Rights
movement, organizer of Watts
writing gnd drama workshops,
founder of the Watts Repertory
Theater, Bola Press and, co-
founder of the Organoization of
Women Writers of Africa, Cor-
tez was also taught at Rutgers,
Howard, Wesleyan and Eastern
Michigan universities, Dart-

mouth and Queens colleges and
was a muse to the avant garde.
Her husband sculptor Melvin
Edwards is well known for his
series "Lynch Fragments" and
"Rockers." When Cortez was a
teenager in California, musi-
cians including Don Cherry

hung out at her family's home
because she had (as Cherry
said) "the best record collec-
tion," and through them she
met Ornette Coleman, to whom
she was married from 1954 to
'64 and with whom she kept in
contact. Members of the Fire-
spitters such as guitarist Bern
Nix and bassist Jamaaldeen
Tacuma, besides Denardo,
played in Ornette's electrically
amplified band Prime Time.
Born in Arizon, raised in Los
Angeles, Cortez was drawn to
the arts at an early age. She
painted and played cello be-
sides keeping journals, gradu-
ated from an arts high school
but was unable to go to college
due to financial problems. She
is sometimes said to have in-
spired Coleman's composition
"Lonely Woman," originally
titled "Angry Woman" but
the adjectives that seem (in

my limited experience) to best
describe Jayne Cortez are in-
dependent, inquisitive, pre-
cise and determined. Rhythm,
repetition and pointed rheto-
ric characterize her poetry, as
when she asked, "If the drum
is a woman/Why do you beat
your woman?"
If the drum is a woman
then understand your drum
. your drum is not
your drum is not inferior
to you
your drum is a woman
so don't reject your drum
don't try to dominate
your drum
. don't be forced into
the position
as an oppressor of drums
and make a drum tragedy
of drums
if your drum is a woman
don't abuse your drum.

Oldest living U.S.

citizen dies at 114

Mamie Rearden

is survived by

two daughters
By Emery P. Dalesio

A 114-year-old South Carolina
wur n-Ari who was the oldest living
U.S citizen has died, two of her
daughters said last Saturday.
Mamie Rearden of Edgefield,
who held the title as the coun-
try's oldest person for about two
weeks, died at a hospital in Au-
gusta, Ga., said Sara Rearden
of Burtonsville, Md., and Janie
Ruth Osborne of Edgefield. They
said their mother broke her hip
after a fall about three weeks
Gerontology Research Group,
which verifies age information
for Guinness World Records,
listed Mamie Rearden as the
oldest living American after last
month's passing of 115-year-
old Dina Manfredini of. Iowa.
Rearden's Sept. 7, 1898, birth
was recorded in the 1900 U.S.
Census, the group's Robert
Young said.
Rearden was more than a year
younger than the world's oldest
person, i15-year-old Jiroemon
Kimura of Japan.
"My mom was not president of
the bank or anything, but she
was very instrumental in raising
a family andg being a communi-
ty person," said Sara Rearden,
her youngest child. "Everybody
can't go be president of a bank
or president of a college, but we
feel just as proud of her in her
role as housewife and particu-
larly as mother and homemak-
Mamie Rearden, who was mar-
ried to her husband Oacy foi 59

years until his death in 1979,
raised 11 children, 10 of whom
survive, Sara Rearden said. She
lived in the family homestead
with a son and a daughter on
land that had been in the family
since' her father's accumulation
of acreage made him one of the
area's largest Black landowners.
Her father sent her off to earn
a teaching certificate at Bet-
tis Academy on the far side of
the county, spending an entire
day on a loaded wagon to reach
the school along dirt roads, her
daughter said. She taught for
several years until becoming
pregnant with her third child.
In the mid-1960s at age 65,
when some settled into retire-
ment, she learned to drive a car
for the first time and started vol-
unteering for an Edgefield Coun-
ty program that had her driving
to the end of remote rural roads
to find children whose parents
were keeping them home from
school, Sara Rearden said.
Mamie Rearden always coun-
seled that her children should
treat others' as they wanted to
be treated and that included
never gossiping or speaking ill
of others. When asked about a
preacher's uninspiring sermon,
her daughter recalled her moth-
er saying: "Well, it came from
the Bible.' She never would bad-
mouth them."

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PITTS, SR., 70
inspector code
enforcement, -
died January 12
at University of A
Miami Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church.

DEANDRE BINNS, 6, Student,
died January 9.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at .
Parkway Baptist

retired bus
driver, died
January 12.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at The
Church of God
Tabernacle True
Holiness, Inc.

Gregg L.
retired postal
worker, U.S.
Postal Service,
died January 7.
She is survived
by her children:


Moore, Verman 71
Moore, Sr., and
Anthony Moore, Sr.; brothers and
sisters; and a host of other relatives
and friends. Services were held.

65, retired
carpenter, died
January 9. He
is survived
by his wife,
Carrie; son,
Cedric Powell
and daughters,
Nicole McMillan
(Dwight), Jeanine and Shatona
Houston; sister, Renee. Ward
of Atlanta; and a host of other
relatives and friends. Viewing
4-9 p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Spirit of Christ, 18801
West Dixie Highway. Entombment:
Dade Memorial Park.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
tech, died
January 9 at
home. Services
were held.

laborer, died
January 3.
Service 1 p.m.,
Wednesday in
the chapel.

laborer, died
January 11
at Jackson
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

January 4. Services were held.

JOHN JOHNSON, 85, died
January 5. Services were held.

CROISSY, died January 10 at
Memorial West Hospital. Service
12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

landscaper, died Jan
Service 1 p.m., Saturday
Jackson Senior High Sch

attendant, died January 1,
11 a.m., Saturday in the c

Wright and Young

retired railroad
died January
9 at Memorial
Hospital West.
Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at 93rd St..
Community Baptist Church.

retired thrift
owner, died
January 11
at Berkshire
Manor Skilled k
Nursing and
Rehab. Center.
Viewing 5 p.m.-8 pm., Friday.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of
Faith International, 2300 NW 135
Street, Miami, FL 33167.

60, retired
died January
5 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Peace M.B.C.

project -
manager, died
January 10
at Broward
Medical Center.
Service 11
a.m., Tuesday,
January 22 at
Magnolia Park Church of Christ.

Hadley Davis MLK
dietitian, died
January 9 at
Jackson Health
System. Service
10 a.m., Satur- _
day in the cha-

etitian, died
January 10 at
Jackson Health
System. Ar-
rangements in-
complete; .

cook, died Jan-
uary 8 at North-
shore Nursing
Home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
at A.M. Cohen
Temple Church
of God in Christ.

JOE ATKINS, 67, reel tender,
died, January
10 at University
of Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Gospel Arena
of Faith Interna-
tional Ministries.

January 4. Services were held.

January 1. Services were held.

died December 26. Services were


Alex Grocery
Store, died
January 11.
Survivors -
include: her

sons, Alexander
Graham Jr., and
Keith Mandel
Graham; daughters, Vanessa
N, 33, Robertson (Michael), Karen Michell
iuary 5. Taylor (Wallace); sisters, Dorothy
at Miami Manuel, Lillie Mae Odom, Elouise
ool. Grady, Erma Givens; brothers,
Frank Manning and Arthur Wright
funeral Jr. and other relatives. Service 10
2. Service a.m., Saturday at New Shiloh M.B.
hapel. Church.

IDA R. JOHNSON, 88, died,
January 10 at
Baptist Hos-
pital. Service
10:30 a.m., Sat-
urday at The
House of God .
Church of Flori-
da City.

64, died January 9 at North Shore
Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Christ Episcopal Church of
Coconut Grove.

died January 10 at Baptist Hospital.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at New
Mt Zion Baptist Church of Florida

home. Vie
5 p.m.-9
Friday, Jan
18 in the ch
Service 12
Saturday a
Church of (

January 1

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to express our sincere

(thanks to relatives, friends
and The United States Postal
ain Range Service for extending their
Y ANTHONY HURLEY, many acts of kindness during
44, our time of bereavement.
ion Special thanks to Apostle
died Sylvester Sampson, Jr. and
9 at the Razor Sharp Ministries,
ewing Reverend Joseph Kelly ,and
p.m., the Holy Temple Missionary
nuary Baptist Church, Reverend
lapel. King and the First Baptist
p.m., Church of Bunche Park,
t Greater St. Paul AME Pastor Joaquin Willis and the
Coconut Grove. Church of The Open Door,
Reverend Pollock, Superb
Events, Raines Ford and the
Mitchell entire staff at Wright and
Young Funeral Home, Inc.
KING, 76, retired, died Our prayers is that God
0 at | continues to bless and keep

North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
St. Maftthews
Freewill Baptist

53, supervisor,
died January
14 at ,home,
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at
First Baptist of

Tangela Byrd, his devoted
wife and children.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


Death Notice

01/15/1979 06/1712010

To some you are forgotten,
to some you are the past.
But to us, the ones who
loved and lost you, your
memories will always last.
Love always, your family

Happy Birthday

HUFF, 80, assistant pas-
tor of Pray and Information
Center of the Bbdy of Christ.
She is survived by her daugh-
ters, Lillie Huff and Kenyatta;
. sons, Willie Jr. and Kenneth
Huff; three sisters, two broth-
ers, eight grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at
United Christian Fellowship.
Arrangements entrusted to
Hall Ferguson Hewitt Funeral

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/28/1940 01/19/2012

A year ago you went home
to be with the Lord and your
legacy and memories live on.
The Nettles family.

Rev. Dr. Washington of

St. James M.B. Church dies

In loving memory of, -

MARY ALICE DAVIS 06/12/1937 01/20/1988
01/16/1941 12/13/2002

Today you would have been
Ten years are gone by,
mother I am still missing you.
Love your daughter, Robin
and family.




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We love and miss you.
Your wife and family.

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es submitted by area funeral
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Tuesday, 5 p.m.

On Monday, January 14, the
Angels of Heaven welcomed
home one of "God's Good
Shepard's of Love," the Dr. Rev.
William H. Washington, Sr. was
called home to be with his Fa-
ther in Heaven.
Dr. Rev. William H. Wash-
ington, Sr., B.A., M. Div., was
a man of many virtues. A hu-
manitarian, visionary, peaceful
warrior, innovator, husband,
father, pastor, educator, orator,
vocalist, poet, and most impor-
tantly a Drum Major for God.
Winning souls in Jesus' name
was his life's calling until his
Rev. Washington, Sr. gradu-
ated from Booker T. Washing-
ton High School class of 1952.
Upon graduation he attended
Dillard University, New Or-
leans, LA as a voice major, after
one year transferred to Florida
Agricultural. and Mechanical
University continuing to study
music (voice) until called to
preach in 1955. He graduated
with his degree in Religious Ed-
ucation and Philosophy, Bach-
elor of Arts in 1957.
. Rev. Washington felt to guide
and lead God's people, one
should be well versed in God's
word. He attended Gammon
Theological Seminary, Atlanta,
Georgia 1957-59, Interdenomi-
national Theological Center, At-
lanta, Georgia graduating 1960,
Master of Divinity, received
Honorary Doctorate Degree,
Smith Bible College of Jackson-
ville, Florida.
His first pastoral ministry in
Miami, FL was the New Phila-
delphia Baptist Church which
he founded and started.
In 1971 Rev. Washington
became pastor of Greater St.
James Missionary Baptist
Church. Under his dedicated
guidance anid ministry of love,
the church united in Christian
love and'became known as the
"People's Church, with the Per-
sonal Touch." There he served
until his health began to fell
him, yet he continued to serve
as pastor of his beloved church
Rev. Washington's communi-
ty involvement was always most
important to him. He served as
chairman of the Clergy Support
Committee, Executive Director
of the Opportunity Industrial
Center (O.I.C.), co-chairman
of the Baptist Mid-Winter Reli-
gious Conference, Baptist Min-
ister's Council, Project Whole
Liberty. City; Chairman Annual
Churches Drive, Negro Col-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

JR., .19, student, died Janu-
ary 14. Survivors include:
his aunt, Patricia Patterson;
sister, Karlita K. Wright and
cousin, Ericka Patterson.
Service 12:30 p.m., Saturday
at Friendship M.B. Church.
Arrangements entrusted to
Range Funeral Home..



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lege Fund; Dade County Pub-
lic Schools Teacher (10 years),
Florida Memorial College,
Adjunct Professor, Financial
Secretary, Baptist Minister's
Council and Cultural Special-
ist Recreation Leader, Dade
Coutny Parks and Recreations,
Alternative Program Inc. Vice-
President of the Board 14 years.
All titles and positions held are
to numerous to list at this time.
As noted Rev. Washington's
list of accomplishments were
achieved by always putting God
first. Nothing in his life was
done without praying and con-
sulting with God first.
One of his most rewarding
experiences was having the dis-
tinguished pleasure to sit down
and eat with Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., as strategic plans
were made to bring together the
Tallahassee Improvement As-
sociation. Later Dr. Rev. Wash-
ington'was the one to introduce
Rev. Andrew Young to Dr. King
who went on to be an able and
efficient point man in the Civil
Rights Movement.
Rev. Washington's joy in life
was being married to his wife of
54 years Eloise (Smitherman)
'Washington whom he met on
Historic Virginia Key Beach one
summer day on July 4, 1957.
To this union two children, Wil-
liam H. Washington,'Jr. (grand-
son, Brian) and Fedoria A.
Celebration. of Rev. William
H. Washington, Sr. homegoing
events as follows: Memorial
service January 22 at his be-
loved church Greater St. James
International Baptist Church,
4875 NW 2 Ave.
Funeral will be held' Janu-
ary 23 at Jordan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 5956
NW 12 Ave, his dear friend and
colleague, Rev. Douglas Cook;

Death Notice


Drum still beats

in a musical

tribute to MLK

Eartha Kitt featured on classic recording

Miami Times start report

Back in 1987, vinyl LPs were on the way out and CDs were still a novelty. At
that technological crossroad, The Black Academy of Arts & Letters [TBAAL],
the nation's largest multi-discipline Black cultural arts institution, released a
live recording of the legendary entertainer Eartha Kitt performing with The
Black Academy Choir in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther
King, Jr.
The album, My Way: Musical Tribute To Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped
raise funds for the non-profit organization's various arts and youth programs.
The roots of the project were born at Clara's Kitchen, a once legendary soul
food establishment in Dallas. TBAAL founder Curtis King had met Kitt when
she was in concert at the city's Venetian Room.
"I told her that I admired her and she gave me her private contact infor-
mation and we stayed in touch," he recalls. "At some'point I invited
her to headline our annual King Day concert and she stayed
over a couple of days to just relax. We were sitting in Clara's
Kitchen and she talked about her career and being black-
listed. She gave me a lot of business advice and both
she and her daughter were very encouraging to me
over the years."
Other vocalists featured include: contralto John
Archie Sanders. Sharon Ephran, Rev. Armond
W. Brown, Pat Kessee, Sterlena Taylor, Barbara
Sims and organist Jimmy Wyatt. Kitt purred and
sang her way through four of the songs including,
"America The Beautiful" and Dion's '60s classic
"Abraham, Martin and John." She delivered a smoky
rendition of Billie Holliday's "God Bless the Child" and
created a spirited, nearly seven-minute rendition of
"The drums still beat," Kitt said in her spoken dialogue.
"They beat for Martin. They beat for Mahatma. They must
beat for you." The legacy lives on.

Miami singer

to be featured

on cruise ship

Whitney Drake, 26, a New World
School of the Arts graduate [2005], will
be performing in a production of the
popular musical Hairspray on Royal Ca-
ribbean Cruise Line's Oasis of the Seas.
The eight-month contract will take her
to ports that include: Jamaica, Mexico
and Haiti. She is a member of New Way
Fellowship Church and the daughter of
Michael Drake and Natalie Kerr. Break

a leg!

-Photo courtesy Whitney Drake

Omoyemi Akerele brings

fashion to Lagos, Nigeria

Essence Fest 2013 lineup announced

include Jill Scott,
Maxwell, New
Edition and more
By Huffington Po-st
Jill Scott. Maxwell, New
Edition, and Keyshia Cole
are among the star-studded
list of performers sched-
uled to perform at this
year's annual ESSENCE
Fest, upping the ante from

last year's festival while
continuing the magazine's
tradition of excellence.
In addition to offering
entertainment and empow-
erment the 19th annual
event, set to take place in
New Orleans July 4-7, will
take a new branding ap-
proach by offering cultural
and community programs
through healthy living, job
assistance, and free family
"The decision to rebrand
The Essence Festival was

a natural progression for
this one-of-a-kind event.
which has become a July
4th weekend tradition over
the past 19 sears," says
Essence Communications
President Michelle Ebanks.
"The Essence Festival
combines music, entertain-
ment, culture, community,
empowerment and inspira-
tion to create a completely
transformative experience
across four full days that
you won't find anywhere
Please turn to FEST 3C

West African
local shares rise
to style heaven

By Zandile Blay
I'd never met hler in person,
though I'd written about her
several times. My mission
was to meet Omoyemi Aker-
ele and I wasn't giving up.
I'd traveled to Echo Hotel and
Suites in Nigeria's former capi-
tal to chronicle, Lagos Fashion
and Design Week the buzzed-
about fashion show created by
Akerele. Halfway through my
search, I realized that should
she walk past me I'd never

know. But then I remembered
this is Lagos.
The average fashionista in
the bustling city is runway-
ready on any given day. So
because of this I thought that
Akerele would look like every
other woman I'd passed in
.the lobby, pool and confer-
ence hall: pretty, polished and
preening in Louboutin heels, a
Chanel 2.5 quilted bag and a
custom creation from leading
Nigerian designers like Lisa
Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa. So,
it was all the more reason why
when I finally found Akerele, I
gasped. The beauty before me
was the polar opposite of what
I imagined: long braids took
the place of the wavy Euro-
pean extensions I'd expected,

sensible leather flats instead
of six-inch platform pumps
adorned her feet and her outfit
of choice sleek denim and a
silk blouse was plenty styl-
ish but not glitzy.
It was also the first clue
that the show, like the woman
behind it, would eschew the
over-the-top stylings native
to most fashion shows on the
continent. The four-day show,
which presented the work of
roughly 40 designers, was
smaller in scope than the
famed ARISE Magazine show,
which featured nearly 100
designers last February, or the
fashion show extravaganzas
organized annually by Africa
Fashion International in South
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A homecoming celebration
honoring the legacy of Gloria
Louise Bannister took place
last weekend at the Church
of the Incarnation, where the
litany and funeral services
were held and carried out with
leaders Keshawn Ferguson,
Leroy Walker, Ethel Ingram,
John Jarrett, Kenneth
Major, Fred Fleischer and
officiant Rev. Errol Harvey.
Kudos go out to participants
of the service: Rev. Jarrett,
Kemisha Williams and
Reginald Hughes.
She survived by her
husband, Herman;
daughters: Arias, Lazo and

Octavia (Darron) M
Taylor; two
brothers, Herbert Brooks
and George Farrington;
three sisters: Shirley
Cottle, Barbara
Scott and Mary Wells
and other family
members: Gwendolyn
Farrington, Delvin,
Michael, Darrenisha,
Robert, Desiree,
Sherrel, Terrell,
Darria, Deja, Mya and KINC
The mass from the
project included: Joyce M.
Hepburn, Rudolph Jones,
Syble R. Lee, Norma Mims,

Nellie Perry, Nellie
Wilder, Gladys Flunora,
Baljean Smith, Pat
Thomas, Lona B.
Mathis, Lovoner F.
Robinson, Lucille
Robinson, Hoopie Hall,
Gloria Green, John
Shaw, Jesselyn Brown,
Gerald Bullard, Annie BAh
G. Sweetings,
Gwen Bullard, Susan
Allen, Cheldita B.
Wright, Jethrina B.
Suarez. Tim Rolle,
Alvin Thomas,
Betty Jenkins,
Josephine Davis-
Heastie, Shelden
G, JR. Saunders, Bridgett
Clark, Shanundella
Gates, Cammula
While, Cynthia Jones,
Derrick Nicholson, Robert
Hickson, Carl Wells, Jr.,


Abin Bannister,
Michael Lazo, Delvin
Wilson, Robert
Hickson, Laurastine
Portor, Dr. Kathy
W. Latimore, Arnold
Davis, Gloria Smith,
Sam Murphy and
Ivan Stuart.
ISSTER Dr. Inid Pinkney
attended the
Landmark Demolition
Ceremony for Hampton House
Village, along with Charlayne
Thompkins and Isabella
Rosete. A heavy discussion
was led by Dorothy "Dottie"
Johnson, vice mayor, City of
Opa-Locka, regarding bids
for the project including the
facility of Dr. Martin L. King,
Jr. Other facilities will include
a "Jazz Listening Room," "A
Jazz Library" and "A Meeting
Room" for mini-affairs.

Omoyemi Akelere: From law to fashion week

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Africa. Yet what LFDW lacked
in sizzle it made up for in sub-
stance. LFDW boasted partner-
ship with the British Fashion
Council to award up-and-com-
ing designers with cash prizes
and London internships; title
sponsorship by MTN, the lead-
ing telecom in West Africa; and
the distinction of being the first
African show to launch British
designer Matthew Williamson on
its catwalk. These high points
were eagerly documented by a
group of distinguished .interna-
tional journalists and buyers
Akerele courted including Suzy
Menkes of the International Her-
ald Tribune in London, Cristina
Manfredi of Italian Vanity Fair
and ,buyers from Selfridges and

The runaway success of LFDW
was the latest coup for a woman
who has been rightly. described
as a "pioneer"' of Nigeria's fash-
ion industry. But her trailblaz-
ing path in fashion started in
an unlikely place: law. Akerele
earned her bachelor's in law
from the University of Lagos,
'which she followed up with a
master's degree in international!
economic law from the Univer-
sity of Warwick in the UK. The
rising professional then worked
at the prestigious Lagos firm
Olaniwun Ajayi & Co, rising to
the rank of associate. But her
love for fashion was not far be-
hind, and it lead to a dramatic
career change when the lawyer
traded trying cases for traffick-
ing samples as a stylist.
Akerele, who. is certified as an

image consultant at the Lon-
don-based Aston-Hayes school,
partnered with celebrity stylist
Bola Balogun to create Exclu-
sive Styling and Image Con-
sultancy in 2005, making the
pair one of the most sought-af-
ter stylist teams in Lagos. She
parlayed that experience into
an editorial gig at True Love
West Africa magazine where
she worked as senior style edi-
tor. It wasn't long before she
launched her own outlet, Style
House Files, which has been a
leader in the space since 2010.
Under Akerele, the site has
given itself the mandate to el-
evate Nigeria's fashion industry.
It's this passion that led to the
launch of Lagos Fashion and
Design Week.
LFDW is one of several initia-
tives championed by Omoyemi,
who has spent recent months

traveling tirelessly between La-
gos and Milan, first to introduce
a select group of Nigerian de-
signers at the L'uomo Pitti trade
show, then to speak at the In-
ternational Herald Tribune's re-'
cent luxury conference on "The
Promise of Africa." In light of
this record, the success of her
show should have surprised no
one. This is clearly a woman who
doesn't need the familiar accou-
terments of heels, hair and high-
end bags to prove her place in
fashion. By the end of the event,
I looked for her again after all,
congratulations were in order.
As I took my place behind the'
growing queue of well-wishers,
my eyes rested once again on
her trademark flats, denim and
blouse. It reminded me of my
earlier search for this rising
star except this time, I was
not the only one looking for her.

Fantasia to perform

in Super Bowl concert

By Stacey Plaisance

Add Grammy-winning R&B
singer Fantasia to the growing
list of musical acts heading to,
New Orleans Super Bowl week-
Sherri Shepherd, host of
ABC's "The View," and Gram-
my-winning gospel
musician Kirk Frank-
lin,. are hosting the
Super Bowl Gospel
Celebration with per-
formances by Fanta-
sia, Donnie McClur-
kin, Marvin Winans
and Bishop Paul S.
Morton of New Or-
The NFL-sanc- FAI
tioned event is in its
14th year and will be held at
the UNO Lakefront Arena in
New Orleans on Friday, Feb.
1. The game will be played at
the Superdome on Feb. 3 with
Beyonce as the halftime per-
Dozens of local acts will per-
form on stages spread along the
city's Mississippi River and in
its downtown Jackson Square
all weekend.

The gospel celebration will
include a performance by this
year's NFL "Players' Choice"
hip-hop Christian artist Lec-
rae, as well as the NFL Players
Choir, composed of about 40
current and former players.
The show, sponsored by
American Family Insurance,
will be taped in
front of a live au-
dience and will be
syndicated for tele-
vision broadcast.
Since the event's
launch in 1999, the
gospel celebration
has donated a por-
tion of its proceeds
and more than
NTASIA 4,000 tickets to lo-
.cal and national
Ticket prices start at $40,
and this year's benefactors
include the -Malcolm Jenkins
Foundation, founded by New
Orleans Saints player Malcolm
Jenkins, and The Sharper Kids
Foundation, founded by Dar-
ren Sharper a former Saints
player and brother to former
Seattle.Seahawks player Jamie

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else on the planet. We feature
the world's top performers
each night across eight live
music stages and we bring the
'page to the stage' by bringing
Essence magazine to life at
the Convention Center during

the day."
Other performers and speak-
ers include Charlie Wilson, LL
Cool J, Brandy, Mint Condi-
tion, Big Daddy Kane, Black-
street, Donnie McClurkin,
Jody Watley, Dr. Steve Perry,
and Rev. Al Sharpton with
more acts to be announced

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Tribal lessons: 'The World Until Yesterday'

By David Brooks

The custom among the Piraha
Indians of Brazil is that women
give birth alone. The linguist
Steve Sheldon once saw a Pi-
raha woman giving birth on a
beach, while members of her
tribe waited nearby. It was a
breech birth, however, and the
woman started crying in ago-
ny. "Help me, please! The baby
will not come." Sheldon went to
help her, but the other Pirahda
stopped him, saying that she
didn't want his help. The wom-
an-kept up her screams. The
next morning both mother and
baby were found dead.
The Pirah& believe that peo-
ple have to endure hardships
on their own.
The anthropologist Allan
Holmberg was with a group of

BTW Alumni
Association Inc will meet
Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., in the BTW
High School Cafeteria.

Miami-Dade National
Pan Hellenic Council invites
you to their Step Show, Jan..
20th at 6 p.m., at 15800 NW
42nd'Ave. Call 305-788-2736.

Miami Children
Initiative is joining together
with leaders and residents for
their Building a Future, Block
by Block event, Jan. 21,_at 8
a.m. Contact Cedric 786-281-

United Homecare
presents their Elder Care
Estate Planning Workshop,
Jan. 23rd, at 2 p.m., at 8400
NW 33rd St. Suite 400. Call'

City of Opa-Locka
invites you to the State of the
City Address, Jan. 25th, at 7

Siriono Indians of Bolivia when
a middle-aged woman grew
gravely ill. She lay in her ham-
mock, too unwell to walk or
speak. Her husband told Holm-
berg that the tribe had to move
on and would leave her there
to die. They left her a fire and
some water and walked away
without saying goodbye. Even
her husband had no parting
words for her.
Holmberg was also sick and
went away to get treatment.
When he returned three weeks
later, he saw no trace of the
woman. At the next camp, he
found her remains picked clean
by scavenging animals.
"She had tried her utmost to
follow the fortunes of the band,"
Holmberg wrote, "but had failed
and had experienced the same
fate that is accorded all Siriono

p.m., 215 N. Perviz Ave. Call

The Annual Zora Neale
Hurston Festival of the
Arts. and Humanities will
run from Jan. 26th to Feb. 3rd
this year in Eatonvil.le, Fla.
More info at zorafestival.org

United Homecare
presents their Community
Care Services for Your Elderly
Loved One, Jan. 30th, starting
at 10 a.m., at 8400 NW 33rd
St. Suite 400. Call 305-716-

United Homecare
presents their Alzheimer's
Caregiver Support Group,
Feb. 6th, at 1 p.m., at
8400 NW 33rd St. Suite
400. Call 305-716-0710 for

United Homecare
presents Safe Homes for Fall
Prevention, Feb. 13th, starting

whose days of utility are over."
Tribes at this subsistence level
just don't have the resources to
care for people who can't keep
Jared Diamond tells these
and other stories in "The World
Until Yesterday: What Can We
Learn From Traditional Societ-
ies?" Diamond is a geographer

at 10:30 a.m.,,at 8400 NW
33rd St. Suite 400. Call 305-
716-0710 for registration

Class of

1979 make a
Call 786-399-

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

Urban Greenworks
hosts a Farmers' Market every
Saturday until April 8th, from
noon to 3 p.m. at Arcola Lakes
Library, 8240 NW 7th Avenue.

Merry Poppins Daycare/
Kindergarten now accepting
enrollment for VPK, Voucher
(school readiness), Infants
and grades K-3. Contact Ruby
White 30.5-693-1008.

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

of 100

National Coalition
Black Women -
Miami Chapter

-Amy Toensing/National Geographic Stock
at U.C.L.A. whose earlier books
"Guns, Germs, and Steel" and
"Collapse" became best sell-
ers, offering sweeping and
brilliant descriptions of how
geography and environment
shape the destiny of nations.
In this book, he holds up trib-
al societies as a mirror for our
own lives.

accepting applications for Just
Us Girls Mentoring Program.
Call 800-658-1292.

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

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

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

Councilman Erhabor
Ighodaro is hosting a All
Night Prayer/Candle Light
Vigil, Jan. 20, from 11 p.m. 7
a.m., at the Betty T. Ferguson
Recreation Complex, 3000
N.W. 199th St.

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

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Katt Williams' rap sheet is getting longer by the day. The
S. trouble-prone comedian has been arrested in Los Angeles for
failure to appear in court.
Williams faced a bench warrant against an incident in Nov.,
when he led police on a wild chase through the streets of Sac-
ramento after a show. Cops ceased the chase at the time, claim-
ing it would have endangered citizens on the street, but vowed
to press charges against Williams. Law enforcement reports
that cops knew W'Iii.jiri.T had a warrant against him when they
spotted him in Los Angeles today, and promptly took him into custody. They also point
out that Williams was cooperative during the arrest. He is currently being held on
$100,500 bail.

After much back and forth, Kyle Massey has finally made nice
with Bristol Palin. Massey has reached a financial settlement
with the producer who stole a Palin reality show idea from-him.
Kyle and his brother Chris filed a lawsuit that it was their idea
to feature Bristol in a reality show dii ,,-mei mg her life as.a
single mom in Los Angeles. But the Massey brothers claim a TV
producer sold the show to Lifetime and completely edged them .
out of the deal. The Masseys demanded more than $500K in
damages. But a representative for the brothers' say a deal has
been inked. Details oi the eittiei-it.t n,,t been disclosed but it is said that the
brothers are more than happy with the outcome.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has just
been- fired fr,:m the team for.:iiegedir ak a l ring his girl-
friend last Friday. Under the circumstances and due to this
conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh
S:eeler-, sjid ithi. Steelers' general rrianrag r. hr-i- 3alleyedly
flew off -he rhiandie this morning in Gainesville when his girl-
friend swiped his phrine i.,id Jslapped her in the face. Chris
har.s eent.r, ch:red with battery stemming from the incident.
He's currentiv still in custody. He's not some no-name bench
warmer erier -ey .-:,redi t.'.,o touchdowns this season for the Steelers.

L.aurnnce Fi.hburirie appears to be the victim olf ijr uri.Iiig crime. Fishburne
rad ti:i ti-e 3 .-' i tri,,in9 :r'jr .,.1ir;t[ a man who demanded the actor rove out of
i.: ..",) r hu-e
On New Year's Day, a perorn -ii /d Antrio,-; Francis :h-jowed uJ at the star's
home claiming that he o. .ried it -dii ifatinq the Fishburnes
were living there iiiejiivg
In legali ,do,.:umri ~ n i, .pol i l hFihbiurnri th [ Franic .a ,
just rele3pa ecd IroTi prior n Cri C ritmr as D ', artte-r r:.rvinry lime
for : lber it. llrig 3nl m3al.ri ri mni.l tire-ia. Fr i-n .: ,aiiled .1_Na .A 1.
the L,:. :Aring lesi PIlu:e D)e-f ri enr i a pri,,i, eiTi eti i r; '..-e
a. a i, l.-im ing he ,.'.'ned tried Fihl:ure re'ileni':. A,:icoriri]ng [
:i:cuim' ritt, [ir letter Fra3rii: lie [ a Fishburni e h,,rrc. ireniLiij L
tihe i.: le-meri; "You are to l-ave trs rh.use iTirriedoiael. This mean 3all ten30rii are
I'- e,'.acuate ASAP." But it seems at IFast n i'., Fishiturrn anr his Ih family cari enl::v
iSomI peiae With trie restraining order i pla:e, Franci. it ri nt allowed to ciorme.
wthiri 100 vards c, Fisriturre, his; wie or daughter He is also not allowed anywhere
near there 3ior's hr iTie.


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Bullying: A quality of life issue

By Merlin R. Langley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Social Work
Florida A&M University

Concerns about bullying and
its role in school violence, depres-
sion, and health have grown in
the past decade. Bullying is dif-
ferent from the routine conflicts
of childhood. It is intentional
behavior meant to hurt and
dominate another person. Inter-
nationally, the prevalence of bul-
lying in elementary schools range
from approximately 11 percent in
Finland to 50 percent in Ireland.
In the U.S., 19 percent of chil-
dren are bullied. Though bully-
ing behaviors decline as a stu-
dent progresses through school,
the numerous physical, mental,
and social detriments can last
well into adulthood. Bullying also
impacts academic achievement,
school bonding and absenteeism.
National media headlines during
the last year indicate a need for
a proactive approach to combat
an issue that affects everyone's
quality of life.

Bullying is characterized by an
imbalance of power between the
child who bullies and the target
(another child). It can be physi-
cal, verbal, emotional or sexual.
Bullying also includes harass-
ment via email and instant
messaging. Research shows that
bullying generally begins in el-
ementary school, peaks in grades
six through eight, and persists
into high school.
Here are some startling statis-

tics: one out of four
kids are bullied;
one out of five kids
admit to being a "
bully of doing some
bullying; one out of
three children and
youth in grades six
through 10 have "
been bullied; one
out of four teach-
ers see nothing
wrong with bulling
or putdowns; the LANG
prevalence of hav-
ing been bullied on school prop-
erty was higher among females
than males; and among students
homicide perpetrators were more
than twice as likely as homicide
victims to have been bullied.

Several studies report that
children who bully are more
likely than their peers to get
into frequent fights, vandalize/
steal property; drink alcohol
and/or smoke; be truant and/
or drop out from school; and
carry a weapon. Research also
shows that for kids who identify
as being gay, lesbian, bisexual,
or transgender the presence of a
youth-led gay-straight alliance;
inclusive curriculum materials;
and the presence of supportive
adults makes a significant and
positive difference in the life of
these kids.
Cyber bullying inflicts emo-
tional harm in a stealth manner
via websites, chat rooms, email,
cell phones and instant messag-
ing. A National Institute of Health
study that analyzed 6th through

eighth graders indi-
cated cyber bullying
has more of a psycho-
logical impact on chil-
S dren and adolescents
because they may not
know who is harass-
ing them online. The
cloak of anonymity
_ V causes victims to feel
, < 1 dehumanized or help-
Lt less at the time of the
attack. Specifically,
LEY some adolescents who
are regular victims
of cyber bulling may experience
emotional distress and suicidal
thoughts. Furthermore, cyber
bullies are more likely to be older
adolescents rather than their
younger counterparts.

The most effective methods to
reduce bullying involve a whole
school approach. This includes
assessing the problem, planning
school conference days, provid-
ing better supervision at recess,
forming a bullying prevention
coordinating group, encouraging
parent-teacher meetings, estab-
lishing classroom rules against
bullying, holding classroom
meetings about bullying, requir-
ing talks with the bullies and
victims, and scheduling talks
with the parents of involved

The 2010 health care reform
legislation presents a new op-
portunity to prevent bullying
through the creation of school

based health centers (SBHC)
designed to increase student
access to health and mental
healthcare services. SCBC's
have made health and mental
services affordable, convenient
and integrate clinical care with
new public health interventions

SPEAK UP! Immediately tell
an adult if you witness or are a
victim of bullying.
REACH OUT! Ask friends to
join them in being a kid against
BE A FRIEND! Invite a kid
who is being bullied to play with

TALK! Talk to your child to
find out if she or he is bulling
OBSERVE! Monitor your
child's behavior and consult a
mental health professional to
rule out disability.
Teach your child how to respond
effectively to a bully.
Work with teachers and admin-
istrators to create a safe envi-
SUPPORT the development of
school based health centers in
your neighborhood.
Merlin R. Langley, Ph.D is an
associate professor and former
chair of the Department of Social
Work at Florida A&M University.
Follow FAMU Living Well 101 on
Twitter via @FAMU_LivingWell.

Celebrating 10 years of helping out families

. Miami Times staff report

The Children's Trust marks its
10th anniversary by looking back
on the impact it has made on
the lives of children and families
across Miami-Dade County..,
"Thanks. to the tenacity of my
predecessor and founding Board
Chair, David Lawrence Jr., voters
in our community voted in 2002
to tax themselves for children and
then reaffirmed that commitment
in 2008 with an astonishing mar-
gin of victory never seen before or
since," said Maria Alonso, chair of
The Children's Trust Board of Di-
rectors. "It shows what a generous
community we really are and
that's something I often hear as I
travel around the state."
The Children's Trust has sought
to earn the public trust as wor-
thy stewards of their hard-earned
money and has done so by seeking
data-driven results and by follow-
ing the highest standards of eth-
ics and transparency. Its diverse
33-member board is intentionally
representative of the many players
and organizations that serve chil-
dren and families in M-DC and
work to achieve systemic change.
Before its first grant award in
the summer of 2004, the land-

- ^

The Children's Trust "Health Connect" program supports a
healthier community.

scape was quite different. Quality
summer.camps were unaffordable
for most working-class families;
the summer option was essen-
tially remedial instruction offered
by public schools for students at
risk of failing. After-school care
was a way to pass the time until
mom or dad finished work; and
there was little or no assessment
of children's progress in these pro-
grains. Teens uninvolved in school
sports or clubs had precious few

other opportunities for healthy en-
gagement and artistic expression.
Teen pregnancy was on the rise,
and young men prone to risky be-
havior frequently suffered run-ins
with the law.
School administrative staff
were too often charged with de-
ciding whether a student feeling
ill should be sent home or return
to class. One in five, or 110,000,
M-DC children under 18 were
uninsured. Organized efforts to

infuse early child care with edu-
cational standards were few; more
than six in 10 youngsters were not
ready to enter kindergarten. Par-
enting classes for the most part
meant an intervention for when a
parent, child or youth had gotten
into trouble.
"While our commitment has al-
ways been to serve all children,
we also have been committed to
investing most heavily in those
neighborhoods and communities
where our most vulnerable chil-
dren live and where there are con-
centrations of violence and crime,
school failure, and poor health
outcomes," said Modesto E. Abety-
Gutierrez, president and CEO of
The Children's Trust.
Things have truly changed, and,
while The Children's Trust cannot
take full credit, its role as an agent
of change has been significant. Its
focus on more universal program-
ming has made after-school and
summer programs available to
far more families than ever before
and these programs are more en-
gaging, educational, and results-
driven. It has greatly expanded
opportunities for children with
special needs by insisting upon
inclusion as a condition of Trust

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The freshman ponders a

future in bio-medicine

U..ll1 ,.m un' ,i lt fr'e'rl

Tony D Hansberry is not \our average college
freshman Percei ed at as a child prodigy after
developing an innovative suture method that
decreases hospital stay and increases efficiency
during operations for hysterectornmies, the then
14-year-old said he .lust wanted to brine a prize
back hornet from ti-, st-lsci,-nc- fair
"People think I'm a genius." Hansberry said.
"It's not that at all, i just like medicine."
Hansberry, a freshman bio-medical engineer-
ing student at Florida A&M University IFAMU),
said after not winning in the science fair in the
eighth grade, he teamed up with an administra-
tor at Shands Hospital to create the innovative
surgical procedure. Ha.nsberr, has continued
his education in the field that caught his interest
early, on as a child.
Unlike most students, the 18-year-old Hans-
berry %as no stranger to the hills of FAMU. Born
in Tallahassee and raised in Jacksonville, Fla .
Hansberry considers FAMU to be home.
"The joy that my dad has when he sees his
friends, I wanted that." said Hansberry, the off-
spring of FAMU alumnus Elder Tony Hansberry.
Like his father, a former Marching "100"
member and King of Orange and Green, Tony D.
Hansberri has the Rattler leadership venom in
his veins Hansberry presides as the freshman
class senator and will continue to serve until his
term is over
Hansberry, like other first-time students, said
he continues to learn how to balance school and
extracurricular acti\ ities while he maintains his
good grades.
"Make sure you know the priorities of school.
before you join any organization," Hansberry
Being a full time student and freshman class
senator requires a lot of time and.networking,
but Hansberry said he knows it is something he
can master. Hansberry said he was torn about
changing his major from bio-medical engineer-
ing to chemistry, but now finds comfort in
knowing that he has a clear definition of what he
wants to pursue for the longevity of his career.
"I want to become a trauma surgeon," Hans-
berry said.
Hansberry acknowledges that the career he
has chosen requires dedication, plenty of study-
ing and long nights, but he has the drive and
will to get there.
"I don't know how I'm going to get there, I just
know I will," Hansberry said.

Role Models get visit from

Heat legend Alonzo Mourning

5000 Role Models of Excellence Project students from Alonzo and Tracy Mourn-
ing Senior High School are pictured with Mourning and his wife Tracy along with
Role Model mentors Mark Beckford (1-r), Robert Parker, Curt Bridges, and James
Brown. The former Miami Heat player, now vice president of Player Programs and
Development, visited the school recently to speak to Role Model students about
being responsible and planning for their future. This year, the 5000 Role Models of
Excellence Project, founded in 1993 by Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, will
"Celebrate 20 Years of Mentoring, Guidance, and Educational Assistance."





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Mortgage rule to protect buyers


IRS continues

poor j ob ..on

identity theft

Takes aim at

lending practices

before bust
By Julie Schmit

A new federal rule on
home loan lending will, give
consumers more protection
against risky mortgages,
the government says, but it
isn't immediately expected
to make mortgages easier
to get.
The Consumer Finan-
cial Protection Bureau
adopted the rule, which it
says spells out what lend-
ers must do to ensure that
borrowers can afford their
The rule is meant to
guard against lending
practices that preceded the
housing bust, when many

S" .. A new federal rule is meant B|
'to guard against lending '.
practices that preceded the
1 .housing bust.

B, S ..... .

borrowers took on risky
loans they didn't under-
stand and could not af-
ford. A wave of foreclosures
followed, helping to drive
down home prices more
than 30 percent since 2006.
"Washington is saying

that we're going to protect
borrowers and regulate
what mortgages are going to
look like," says Brian Gard-
ner, policy analyst with
financial services firm Keefe
Bruyette & Woods.
CFPB Director Richard

Cordray called the rule
a "common sense" one
that "ensures responsible
borrowers get responsible
But some consumer
groups say it gives lenders
too much protection and
doesn't include adequate
provisions to protect low-
income borrowers.
The rule "invites abusive
lending," says Alys Cohen of
the National Consumer Law
The rule, as required by
the 2010 Dodd-Frank finan-
cial overhaul legislation,
defines what constitutes a
"qualified mortgage."
If lenders meet those
standards, borrowers who
later default will have little
recourse to fight foreclosure
by claiming the lender sold
'them a risky loan.
Please turn to BUYERS 12D

Americans still

falling prey to tax.

refund scanmmners
By Kevin McCoy

The IRS has failed to provide
swift and effective assistance to
victims of identity theft even as
the number of crimes continues
to soar. according to a federal
report issued last Wednesday.
Although former IRS commis-
sioner Douglas Shulman in 2008
vowed to create a 'seamless' pro-
cess to aid identity theft victims,
the agency's actual response falls
short, according to the National
Taxpayer Advocate's annual re-
port to Congress.
The issue focuses on IRS re-
sponse to taxpayers whose identi-
ties and tax refunds are
stolen by thieves who ha\e gained

Deadline for returns

stays the same
By John Waggoner

You might get your tax refund
later than usual this year. and
you can thank the congressional
debate over the fiscal cliff for that.
The IRS says that it will begin
processing individual tax returns
on Jan. 30 this year, eight days -
later than usual. The reason:
Programming IRS computers and
printing forms and instructions
were delayed by congressional
wrangling over the fiscal cliff -
a combination of tax hikes and
spending cuts that briefly became
law on Jan. 1.
About 120 million individual
taxpayers will be able to file Jan.

access to the victim's Social Secu-
rity numbers and other identify-
ing information
-Victims who come to the IRS
for assistance toda \ ill rou-
tinely need to speak with multiple
employees and wait more than
six months to have their issues
resol ed," said the report by Nina
Olson. whose agency aids taxpay-
ers with IRS-related problems and
Potential problems raised by the
report and challenged by the
IRS include.
Instead of a centralized ap-
proach using its four-year-old
Identity Protection Specialized
Unit. the IRS handles identity
theft complaints in 21 different
units. 'many with their o. n rules
and procedures."
Although the tax agency has
created a special Identity Protec-
tion Personal Identification
Please turn to IRS 12D

30, the IRS says. and most people
will get their refunds on time.
"We have worked hard to open
tax season as soon as possible,"
IRS acting Commissioner Steven
T. Miller said in a news release.
'This date ensures we have the
time we need to update and test
our processing systems."
The issue was not higher tax
rates for wealthy individuals, be-
cause those go into effect for the
2013 tax year. But tax rules that
Congress had to extend for 2012
stalled the IRS. because it has to
program its computers for those
changes. Congress didn't reach
an agreement until Jan. 1.
"There was not a lot of acri-
mony on large pieces of the tax
packages," says Gary Schatsky, a
New York financial planner.
Please turn to CLIFF 8D

BofA settles with Fannie Mae for $10B

Bank also to buy back some

Countrywide Financial's loans

By Kim Hjelmgaard

Bank of America said
Monday it will pay $10 bil-
lion to federal mortgage
issuer Fannie Mae to settle
allegations that mortgages
'were improperly handled
during the financial crisis.
The Charlotte-based bank
will pay $3.6 billion in cash
related to how it sold and
distributed certain residen-
tial mortgage loans.
Bank of America (BAC)
will also repurchase $6.75
billion worth of residential
mortgage loans it and its
Countrywide Financial unit
sold to Fannie Mae, about
30,000 loans, from January

2000 through December
The repurchased loans
had a total original prin-
cipal of about $1.4 trillion.

worth about $306 billion.
Plus, the bank will pay
$1.3 billion to Fannie Mae
to compensate the federal
mortgage issuer for loan
servicing fees.
The bank's shares closed
at $12.09 last Monday,
down two cents. The stock

"Fannie Mae has diligently
pursued repurchases on loans
that did not meet our standards
at the time of origination."
-Bradley Lerman
Fannie Mae's general counsel

The outstanding principal
balance is about $300 bil-
The bank-also, said
it agreed to sell servic- -
ing rights on two million
residential mortgage loans

price had jumped two per-
cent in pre-market trading
when the deal was first an-
Bank of America bought
Countrywide Financial in
July 2008, just before the

financial meltdown trig-
gered by the bursting of
a residential real estate
bubble. Countrywide was a
giant in mortgage lending
but was also known for ap-
proving risky loans.
Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac, which packaged loans
into securities that were
sold to investors, were in
effect nationalized in 2008
when they nearly collapsed
under the weight of their
mortgage losses.
Federal lawmakers initial-
ly lauded Bank of America's
purchase of Countrywide
because the bank was
viewed as eliminating a bad
actor from the mortgage
-market. But the purchase
has resulted in a host of
regulatory fines, lawsuits
Please turn BofA 12D

Billions at stake in wake of BP oil spill

By Erika Bolstad

coming years, unprecedent-
ed billions will be spent on
restoration in the Gulf of
Mexico, a vital American
ecosystem damaged by the
most catastrophic oil spill in
U.S. history.
Gulf states, especially
Louisiana, will see billions
of dollars devoted to restor-
ing habitat and coastline,
hurt not just by the 2010 BP
oil spill, but also by decades
of oil and gas exploration,
U.S. agricultural practices
and the management of the
Mississippi and the rivers
that drain into it on its way
to the Gulf of Mexico.
There's five billion dollars
for restoration and research
so far, with at least five bil-
lion more and the possi-
bility of $20 billion from
money BP might have to
pay in civil fines, depending
on the out come of a trial

set for early next year. It's
a vast amount of money so
large and with so much
potential one environ-
mentalist called it "funny
With that money comes
much hope. But those who
live and work on the Gulf of
Mexico also are wary, as are
the environmental groups
keeping watch on the post-
oil spill environment.
"The trick is now, with all
of these processes directed
toward ecosystem restora-
tion in some form or anoth-
er ... is how are we going
to make all of these things
talk to each other and in-
form each other and learn
from each other's mistakes
and utilize the same sci-
ence?" said Bethany Kraft,
director of the nonprofit
Gulf Restoration Program .of
the Ocean Conservancy.
Some projects already are
started, as part of the dam-
age assessment BP faces

for the impact of the spill
on the environment. BP has
pledged one billion for those
projects, careful account-
ing of exactly how much
damage the spill did so BP
makes up for it.
Bigger projects ahead
So far, the projects are
small, such as replacing
artificial lights on Alabama

A Shoreline Cleanup As-
sessment Team worker
looks for tar balls from
the Deepwater Horizon
I oil spill on the beach at
Henderson Point near
Pass Christian.

and Florida beaches so it's
easier for sea turtles to
nest, and rebuilding oys-
ter beds in Mississippi and
But millions of that
billion-dollar fund will go to
create barrier islands along
the Louisiana, Mississippi
and Alabama coasts, and
Please turn to BP 12D

Hist.................................ry of Black-owned banks and their vitality to the middle class

History of Black-owned banks and their vitality to the middle class

By William Reed
NNPA Columnist

Starting during the 1930s,
the Mitchells of Washington
were close friends with Edward
Kennedy Ellington's family. So,
in 2009 when the Duke El-
lington Commemorative Quar-
ter was .to be distributed, the
Ellington family selected the
Mitchell's Industrial Bank on
the historic U Street corridor to
begin distributing the quarter.'
The Ellingtons and Mitchells
are evidence of the evolution of

the nation's Black middle class.
The families grew up in Le Droit
Park, an area of urban, narrow
row houses anchored by How-
ard University. The bank of Le
Droit Park residents, Industri-
al Batik of Washington, grew
to be one of America's oldest
Black-owned banks. The bank
and Mitchell family are testa-
ments to the Washington Black
business movement.
When it opened, Industrial
Bank was Washington's only
Black-owned bank. Jesse
Mitchell, a 1907 Howard Uni-

versity Law School
grad, started Indus-
trial Bank of Wash-
ington in 1934. A
range of Black in-
vestors includ-
ing individuals,
churches, and ser-
vice-oriented orga-
nizations rallied
around the effort. w''
The bank has had REE
a national impact
through three generations:
Mitchell's son, B. Doyle Mitch-
ell Sr., succeeded him as presi-

dent in 1953. He was
succeeded in 1993 by
his grandson, B. Doyle
Mitchell Jr., as presi-
dent and CEO and his
granddaughter, Patricia
A. Mitchell, as executive
vice president. Under
their guidance, Indus-
trial Bank remains a
family-owned business
that has 150 employ-
ees and $350 million

in assets.
The story of Industrial Bank
of Washington is of importance

to Blacks because as Black
wealth has evolved, Industrial
Bank has, over generations,
delivered banking and finan-
cial services toward the growth
. and development of the nation's
largest and longest enduring
Black middle class. Both the
bank and Edward Kennedy
"Duke" Ellington are Wash-
ington legends. The "Duke"
and other Black music legends
helped establish the U Street
entertainment corridor. On
February 26, 2009, Industrial
Bank led the way when the

jazz musician became the first
Black American to be promi-
nently featured on a U.S. coin
in circulation with the release
of a quarter honoring the Dis-
trict of Columbia.
In Images of America: Indus-
trial Bank, B. Doyle Jr. and
Patricia A. Mitchell have pro-
duced a good look and insight
into Black Washington over the
past seven decades. The book
is a worthwhile look into the
Black banking world, people
and events.
Please turn to BANKS 12D

Fiscal cliff causes

2012 tax refunds

to be postponed


Jobless claims rise slightly in latest week

Hiring is too

weak to reduce


By Christopher S. Rugaber

Applications for unemploy-
ment benefits ticked up slight-
ly recently.
The Labor Department says
applications rose 4,000 to a
seasonally adjusted 371,000,
the most in five weeks.

The four-week average, a
less volatile measure, in-
creased 6,750 to 365,750, af-
ter, falling to a four-year low
the previous week.
Last week's claims were re-
vised down, from an initial es-
timate of 372,000, to 367,000.
A department spokesman
says all states reported and
none .were estimated this
week. In the previous two
weeks, many states were es-
timated because they weren't
able to report over the holi-

Weekly applications are a
proxy for layoffs. They have
fluctuated for most of the past
12 months between 360,000
and 390,000. At the same
time, employers added an av-
erage of 153,000 jobs a month
in 2012, the same as in 2011.
Employers added 155,000
jobs in December, the depart-
ment said recently, while the
unemployment rate remained
7.8 percent. The gain in hir-
ing nearly matched the aver!
age of 153,000 jobs per month
in 2011 and 2012. That's just

been enough to slowly push
down the unemployment
rate, which fell 0.7 percentage
points in 2012.
December's steady job gain
suggests employers didn't cut
back on hiring in the midst of
the debate over the tax and
spending changes known as
the fiscal cliff. Many econo-
mists feared that the prospect
of higher taxes and steep cuts
in federal spending would
cause a slowdown in job
That's a good sign, since

more budget showdowns are
expected. Congress must
vote to raise the government's
$16.4 trillion borrowing limit
by around late February. If
not, the government risks de-
faulting on its debt, Republi-
cans will likely demand deep
spending cuts as the price of
raising the debt limit.
Still, hiring is too weak to
rapidly reduce the number of
unemployed, which stands at
12.2 million. That's far higher
than the 7.6 million who were
out of work when the Great

Recession began in December
There are signs the U.S.
economy is improving. The
once-battered housing market
is recovering, which should
lead to more, construction
jobs in the coming months.
A gauge of U.S. service firms'
business activity expanded
in December by the most in
nearly a year. Auto sales for
2012 were the best in five
years. And Americans spent
more at the end of the crucial
holiday shopping season.

Tate retires after 36

years in U.S. Customs

Miami Times staff report

Jennifer Sands Tate retired on
December 31, 2012 from the Unit-
ed States Customs Service after 36
years federal service. Jen- '
nifer is the daughter of the
late Arlington and Lenora
Sands, pioneer Miami citi-
zens and Leotha Sands Her-
Jennifer began her federal
career in 1977 as a coop-
erative education student at
U.S. Customs Service; she
wOs assigned to both the
Office of Investigations and
U.S. Customs Patrol Office in Mi-
ami. Upon graduation from Florida
International University in 1978,
she was hired as a U.S. Customs
Patrol Officer. In 1985, she was as-
signed to National Narcotics Border
Interdiction System (NNBIS) until
1988, when she was selected for the
positions of Customs Special Agent
and Intelligence and in 1988 be-
came an Intelligence Research Spe-

Jennifer chose to further her ca-
reer in the field of Intelligence and
in 1988 became an Intelligence Re-
search Specialist. In 1991, Jennifer
was into the Women's Leadership
Program where she par-
ticipated in developmen-
tal assignments within
the offices of Congress-
woman Ilena Ros-Lehtin-
en and Congressmen
Charles Rangel, Select
Committee on Narcotics
Abuse and Control.
On November 30, 2012;
85 members of Jenni-
fer's family, friends and
co-workers gathered at Las Vegas
Restaurant, Doral. to celebrate her
retirement and to wish her the best
in all of her future endeavors and to
let her know she would always have
friends at Homeland Security In-
vestigations. Friends in attendance
that traveled from afar included:
Shirley Jackson, Tampa; Pedro Ber-
decia, Washington D.C. and retired
IRS special agent in charge of the
Atlanta office, Rodney E. Clarke.

MIA-Hotel Lobby / Public Space Renovations
Project MCC-R-044-A

MCM is soliciting bids for this project under the MCC-8-10 Program at Miami-
Dade Aviation Department:

Scope: Renovations to the Lobby and surrounding public areas of the MIA
Hotel at Conc. "E".

Packages Bidding: CSBE Trade Set-Aside "A" Misc. Work, "B" Misc. Metals,
"D" Fireproofing, "E" Doors/Hardware, "F" Windows, "G" Drywall, "H" Ceil-
ings/Floorings, "I" Painting, "K" Fire Protection, "L" Plumbing, "M" HVAC,
"N" Electrical. Packages without contract measures: "C" Millwork, "J" Col-
umn Cladding

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory) Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
Location: MCM 4301 NW 22nd Street, Building 3030, 2nd Floor
Sealed Bids Due: Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Bonding required for bids of $200,000 or higher

For information, please contact MCM's MIA offices (305)869-4563

A public hearing is scheduled for the Health and Social Services Committee (HSSC) on
February 11,2013, at 1:30 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers located on the
second level of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, Miami, Florida (previously set for
January 16, 2013). The public is invited to attend and comment. The public comment period shall
be from January 20, 2013 to February 18, 2013. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the
jrne-nijon of Gregg Fortner, Executive Director, Public -i,:.u:inj and Community Development (PHCD),
701 NW 1st Court, 16th Floor, Miami, Florida 33136.
The Proposed FY 2013 Action Plan consists of the following sections:
Federal and liner iriinniri resources
Description of all activities that will be undertaken in FY 2013 to address priority needs
Geographic l.lrrilul,,..n of areas receiving assistance
Homeless and other special needs activities
0'nei housing initiatives -r,. ill be undertaken in FY 2013 to foster and maintain affordable
housing, public housing improvements and resident activities, remove barriers to affordable
housing, reduce the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, develop
institutional structures, address obstacles to meeting underserved needs and enhance
:.,,-in,,,riiii-i between public and private housing and social service grants.
The Action Plan includes the following funding sources:
CDBG: $13,800,553 allocated to Public Facilities/Capital Improvements, Economic
Development, Public Services, Administration and Historic Preservation.
HOME: $6,555,427 allocated to rental housing, home ownership rehabilitation, homeless
housing, and tenant-based rental assistance.
ESG: $1,410,000 allocated to emergency shelter, homeless prevention, short and
medium-term rental assistance and services, rapid re-housing of homeless people
and administration.
The Proposed FY 2013 Action Plan :illig the activities funded to address high priority needs as
,tier T ,1 tr,, FT 2013-2017 C,,'- ,,i ,':i i .jr i' 3.,ii..Lie .l i p in r T H nig u cc i ,'i T, "riTy
-r' .i:, rni .iale,. i http://www.miamidade.gov/housing/,orbycontacting Ms. SuelynnAngulo
at sanqulo@miamidade.gov or 786-469-2219.
PHCD does not discriminate based on race. sex, color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, ancestry, sexual
orientation, age, pregnancy or familial status in the access to, admissions to, or employment in housing programs or
activities. If you need a sign language interpreter or materials in accessible format for this event, call 786-469-2203 at
least five days in advance. TOD/TY users may contact the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771.
For .aa. Is onine ot t /IeaI 1.m*iamiade Io


Pursuant to F.S. 98.075(7), notice is hereby given to the voters listed below. Please be advised that your .i,)Irnilrv i vote is in question based on information provided by
the State of Florida. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Eie.:iiir: in Miami-Dade County, Florida, no later than thirty days after the date of this Notice in order to
receive information regarding the basis for the potential ,.-a'i,' iy'd Irie proceijiire to resolve the matter. Failure to respond will result in a determination of ineligibility by
the Supervisor of Elections and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If you have any questions pertaining to this matter, please contact the
Supervisor of Eie, i.'on at 2700 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida or call 305 499-8363.
Conforme a F.S. 98.075(7), por el present se -irtiii, ) a los electores enumerados a continuaci6n que segun informaci6n provista por el Estado de la Floirnd, '.e cuestiona su
elegibilidad para votar. Usted debe comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado de Miami-Dade, Florida, dentro de los treinta dias, a mas tardar, desde la fecha
de este Aviso, con el fin de que se le informed sobre el fundamento de la possible falta de idoneidad y sobre el procedimiento para resolver el asunto. Si usted no cumple con
su :,riija,,n de responder, se emitirA una declaraci6n de falta de idoneidad, por parte del Supervisor de Elecciones, y su nombre se eliminar6 del sistema de inscripci6n de
electores de todo el estado. Si tiene alguna duda acerca de este tema, por favor, comuniquese con el Supervisor de Elecciones, en 2700 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida, o
por tel6fono, al 305-499-8363.
Dapre Lwa Florid F.S.98.075(7), yap avize vote yo ki sou lis pi ba la-a. Nap avize w ke baze sou enfbmasyon nou resevwa nan men Eta Florid, nou doute si w elijib pou vote.
Yap made nou kontakte Sipevize Eleksyon Konte Miami-Dade, Florid, pa pita ke trant jou apre resepsyon Avi sa-a pou nou kapab resevwa enf6masyon sou kisa yo baze
kestyon ke w pa elijib la epi pou nou we kouman pou nou *e:', pwvti- irn la. Si w pa reyaji epi w pa reponn a let sa-a, sa gen dwa mennen Sipbvize Eleksyon an deside ke
w pa elijib epi yo va retire non w nan sist6m enskripsyon vote Eta-a, Si w genyen ankenn kestyon sou koze sa-a, tanpri kontakte Sipevize Eleksyon yo nan 2700 NW 87th
Avenue. Miami. Florid oswa rele 305-499-8363.

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Adams, Carlos 400 NW 7Th St 12 Brown, Cecil 2125 NW 36Th St 33
Aguiar, Frank 225 SW 120Th Ave Brown, Damian L 1551 NE 167Th St Apt'318
Alard. Enrique E 8750 SW 120Th St Brown, Darra L 13055 NE 6Th Ave Apt 311
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Allen, Tyrone 1350 NE 13Th St Brown, Nadine C 810 NW 5Th Ave
Allison, Christopher 19632 NW 29Th PI Brown, Ronnie 2038 NW 3Rd Ave
Almeida, Leonardo 19655 E Country Club Dr #203 Brown, ,:iii.j k 200 NW 13Th St Apt 9
Alonso, Agner 2401 Cuin.. ., .pi 1407 Bruce, Wanda R 6529 NW 13Th Ct
Alvarez, Aldo B 1332 W 62Nd St Buckner, Montery 1585 NW 103Rd St # 270
Alvarez, Higinio N 670 NW 6Th St #811 Buenaventura, Maritza 3576 NW 97Th St
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Andrews, Terry L 28205 SW 124Th Ct Bullard JR, Jeffrey A 1035 NW 57Th St
Andujar, Luis 1 17950 SW 134Th Ct Bullard, Tausha L 417 NW 13Th St
Armstrong, Christopher G 19766-' NW 34Th Ave Burns, Timmaine R 6001 SW 66Th St
Asia, Glady M 16521 NW 19Th Ave Burton, Marvin R 7927 Fisher Island Dr Apt 1927
Baker, Adl ie' D 6220 NW 14Th Ave Butler, Lawanda J 1040 Spring Garden Rd 213
Baker, Mira 17875 SW 103Rd Ave Buttari, Carlos A 7845 Camino Real 311
Ballard, Bogacki 27822 SW 129Th Ct Butts, Bracesia V 390 NE 125Th St 408
Ballesteros, Frank J 5205 SW 160Th Ave Byrd, Orpheus S 530 NW 8Th St
Banks, Tiimorry P 8001 NW 11Th Ct Apt 1 Cabell, Barbara 2025 SW 84Th Ct
Barker, Andre L 9120 NW 35Th Ct Cabrera JR, Luis M 1759 NW 30Th St
F..F, i, I.:. Craig E 455 NW 5Th St Cadet, Ji,,,airn K 1211 NE 141St St
Barr, Joel I 615 SW 8Th Ave Caldwell, Shiwanda S 516 NW 116Th St
Barr, Shelly A 878 NW 3Rd St Calloway, Sammy 140 NW 59Th St
Batichon, Shawn 220 NW 59Th St Camel, Frank 1333 SW 139Th PI
Battle, Bayata J 1040 NW 155Th Ln Apt 105 Camps, Altagracia 13446 SW 62Nd St #E i1
Beauchamp, Benny 726 NW 1St Ave Cancio, Steven 11101 SW 37Th St
Belcher, Jamell L 6240 NW 21St Ave E Cannady, Cornelius 8455 NE Miami Ct #9
Bell, Vincent T 481 NE 2Nd-Ter Caraballo, Juan C 18400 NE 11Th Ave
Bellamy, Chrisman 12620 NW T I: e Carlson, John W 1085 NW 85Th St
Bellamy, Darrell C 7130 NW 21St Ct Carr, Gregory S 2146 NW 51St St
Bellamy, Mary L 20312 NW 39Th Ct Carrera, Jose E 933 SW 119Th Ct
Beneby, Andraw 0 18947 NW 45Th Ave Carter JR, Thomas E 2301 NW 119Th St Apt 216
Benjamin, Deva C 4723 NW 33Rd Ave Carter, Michael 21820 SW 112Th Ct
Berry, Curtis WC 12036 SW 220Th St Cason, Robin T 1603 NW 7Th St
Betancourt, William 183 E 44Th St Cawston, Catherine E 7627 SW 102Nd PI
Bethel, Keith L 1742 Ali Baba Ave Chambers, Lawarren J 5200 NW 26Th Ave Apt 30
Birch, Calvin R 675 'wi 17Th St 302 Chandler, Todd F 791 NW 46Th St
Blackmon JR, Melvin 3172 Plaza St (rntajin. Richard N 29030 SW 146Th Ave
Blasco, Maria A' 1001 SW 88Th Ct Childers, Patricia 2160 NW 83Rd St
Blinski, Perrin J 13355 SW 119Th St Childs JR, William J 28900 SW 147Th Ave
Bohannon, Alphonso 2900 NW 54Th St 7 Chinn, Octavia 0 14355 NW 22Nd Ave #6
Bohler, Jerome 13730 Harrison St Cholmondeley, Earl D 1550 NW 85Th St
Booker, Curtis 1181 NW 8Th Street Rd 19 Clark, Darryl 2407 NW 135Th St #312
Booker, Errick C 19283 NW 33Rd Ave Clarke III, Joseph P 1590 NW 1i4 iTn St
Bowleg, Lameko 3841 NW 196Th St Cochran, Danny C 1520 NW 53Rd St
Brewster, Doc L 15011 SW 113Th PI Coleman, Charles E 10475 SW 182Nd St
Bridges, Herman 1666 SE ,TI, D.. Conley, Gary 17719 SW 103Rd Ave
Briscoe, Maria 342 NW 11Th St Apt 4 Cooper, Jeff A 16510 NW 23Rd Ct
Brissette, Urvin 12845 NW 1St Ct Copeland, Quinton K 321 'i'.^ 31St St
Broadnax, Anthony 7900 SW.'? r Tr St Unit 202 (,un .IR, Lazaro E _'_,__. 'NW 4Th Ave #E19
Bronson, Alton 532 NW 81St St E Cotton, Anthony E 6301 NW 2Nd PI
Brooks, John E 350 NW 4Th St Apt 710 Council, Tavaris 11231 Douglas Dr
Brown, Alphonso 6311 NW 12Th Ave Apt 8 Counts JR, Paul 1020 NW 45Th St
Brown, Andrew J 2935 NW 212Th St Cox, Sharon b 520 NW 202Nd Ter
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
Sipevize Eleksyon, Konte Miami-Dade
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Inauguration fundraising

President Barack Obama reverses stance

on donations, seeking cash from big

business for celebratory event

By Matea Gold and
Christi Parsons

Even before Barack
Obama was sworn in
as president the first
time, he touted 'his ef-
forts to "change busi-
ness as usual in Wash-
ington" by setting strict
rules for his inaugura-
tion: No corporate do-

Advisors say the
White House does not
plan to take up cam-
paign finance reform
any time soon, even
following an election
that saw more than one
billion dollars spent by
outside groups, much
of it financed with
seven-figure donations
from billionaires.
The gusher of mon-

produce it without
corporate money, but
ultimately used five
million dollars from
a committee financed
by companies such as
Bank of America and
Duke Energy to rent
an arena in Charlotte,
"It's all headed in the
wrong direction," said
Fred Wertheimer, pres-

-Jewel Samad/Getty Images
A vendor arranges his roadside souvenir stall with postcards fea-
turing pictures of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle
Obama in Washington. Preparations are underway for Obama's second
inauguration, which will take place with a public ceremonial oath of
office on Jan. 21.

nations were allowed;
individuals could .give
only $50,000.
This time, Obama's
inaugural commit-
tee is seeking million-
dollar contributions
from corporations and
offering perks in, re-
turn, such as tickets
to the official ball. The
six companies that
have given so far in-
clude AT&T, ,Microsoft
and Financial Inno-
vations, a marketing
company that received
$15.7 million to pro-
duce merchandise
for Obama's reelec-
tion campaign and is
the official vendor for
the inauguration. The
committee has put no
limit on how much in-
dividuals can give.
The relaxed rules re-
flect how Obama has
largely dropped his ef-
forts to curb the role
of money in politics, a
cause he once vowed
to make central to his

ey was triggered in
part by the Supreme
Court's 2010 Citizens
United ruling, which
allowed corporations
to spend freely on po-
litical activity, a deci-
sion the, president de-
nounced in his State of
the Union address that
But campaign fi-
nance reform advo-
cates say Obama has
at times even em-
braced the system he
After railing against
the political influ-
ence of outside groups
'funded by unlimited
contributions, Obama
gave his blessing to
just such a group
working on his behalf
during his reelection.
Priorities USA Action,
a "super PAC" set up
by two former White
House aides, spent
nearly $75 million. Or-
ganizers of last year's
Democratic National
Convention vowed to

ident of the finance re-
form advocacy group
Democracy 21. "In fail-,
ing to treat campaign
finance issues as seri-
ous issues, President
Obama has done what
every other president
has done during the
past 40 years and
that is to do very little."
Obama advisors re-
ject the charge, noting
that he voluntarily re-
leased a list of his top
fundraisers during
last year's campaign, a
step Republican chal-
lenger Mitt Romney
declined to take.
"President Obama
repeatedly and, in
the case of the State
of the Union, memo-
rably advocated cam-
paign finance reform
to prevent large quan-
tities of undisclosed
money from drowning
out the voices of aver-
age Americans," said
White House spokes-
man Josh Earnest.
"We're hopeful that

IRS stalled by Congress'

continued from 6D

"If Congress could
have come to grips
with them early, peo-
ple would not have
had uncertainty about
what large portions
of the tax code looks
like, nor would people
have had to put off fil-
ing as soon as they
Those with the most
common "extend-
ers" the Alterna-
tive Minimum Tax

patch, and deductions
for higher education,
state and local sales
tax, and out-of-pocket
expenses for educa-
tors will be able to
file by Jan. 30. Tur-
'boTax says it's accept-
ing e-file returns and
holding them until the
Jan. 30 filing date.
But some people
won't be able to start
filing until late Febru-
ary or March because
of the need for more
extensive form and
processing systems

changes. This group
includes people claim-
ing residential energy
credits, depreciation
of property or general
business credits, the,
IRS says.
Because filing sea-
son starts eight days
later, will the April
15 filing deadline be
pushed back eight
days? Not a chance.
You'll still have to
have your return
postmarked by April
15 to avoid late-filing



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advertisement, which can be obtained by visiting the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD)
Website at http://www.miami-airport.com/business advertisements.asp and then, selecting
the respective solicitation.
Copies of the RFP solicitation package can only be obtained "hir,.iuih the MOAD, Contracts
Administration Division, in person or via courier at 4200 NW 36th Street, ,uihdirng 5A, 4th Floor,
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in his second term,
congressional Repub-
licans will drop their
opposition and work
with the president on
an issue that has tra-
ditionally earned bi-
partisan support."
Reform advocates
say Obama needs to
do more. The admin-
istration has yet to
replace five members
of the Federal Election
Commission who are
serving expired terms.
The six-member panel
is deeply polarized

and deadlocks on
most major regulatory
A draft executive
order requiring com-
panies with federal
contracts to disclose
political spending was
shelved after push
back from the U.S.
Chamber of Com-
merce. And Obama
has put little capital
into building support
for stalled legislation
that would require
more disclosure by po-
litically active groups.

The third anniversa-
ry of the decision falls
on Jan. 20, the same
day Obama is officially
sworn in for a second
term. "The Big Money
influence in politics is
far, far worse than it
was, making the ab-
sence of leadership all
the more noteworthy
and troubling," said
Robert Weissman,
president of Public
Administration offi-
cials argue that more
pressing challenges


topped Obama's to-do
list when he took of-
fice: The economy was
in free fall, the auto in-
dustry was failing and
the moment seemed
ripe for healthcare re-
form. After Citizens
United, the president
decided that a major
legislative overhaul
of the campaign fi-
nance system could
not get through Con-
gress, and the White
House dropped the
idea of trying to tinker
around the edges.

"I cut the president
some slack because
there have been so
many other issues on
his plate," said Rep.
Chris Van Hollen (D-
Md.), House sponsor
of the Disclose Act, a
measure that, among
other things, would
require groups to list
their top donors in po-
litical ads. "But I will
push to make sure this
is part of the agenda in
the next year. It does
require presidential

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Crocker, Marissa V 193 N Shore Dr Apt 604 Gonzalez, Orlando E 8912 SW 36Th St
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Gordon, Cih:,;l 0-

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Daniels, Sylvester 1360 NW 84Th Ter Granados, Frank 546 NW 7th Ave
[Darneil, Jnt G 28900 SW 147Th Ave Grant JR, Fred 2147 NW 9')Tn Ter
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Davis, Calvin 28200 SW 125Th Ave Apt A-2 Green, Bernard 1875 NW 41St St
Davis, Cynthia D 4210 NW 11Th Ave Green, Sherika L 7004 NW 3Rd Ave
Davis, Felton L 1204 NW 63Rd St Green, Trenika M 800 NW 77Th St
Davis, Jason 786 NW 13Th St Griffin, Eddie J 19666 SW 130Th Avenue Rd
Davis, Mack D 19301 NW 19Th Ct Grimes, Teresa 4470 NW 203Rd Ter
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Dye, Pauline 641 NW 8Th St Herron, Ebony N 16001 NW 42nd Ave
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Escalona, Eulises. 15450 SW 59Th St Hill, Tony 13640 Jefferson St
Evans, Pasha 28205 SW 124Th Ct Hilton, Demetrius A 217 NW 48Th St #3
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Ferguson, Artavius E 11637 Louis St Hollinshead, Samuel L 4030 NW 1St Ave
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French, Vinson 2020 NW 65Th St Hyman, Jutta R 877 NE 195Th St #116
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Gandara, Mirtha C 3625 NW 4Th Ter Jean Joseph, Vladimir A 11250 SW 190Th St
Garcia, Marlen 9373 Fontainebleau Blvd Apt K-204 Jean, Gerard 13008 Alexandria Dr #W217
Gardetz, Ronald F 2932 SE 2Nd Dr # 2 Jefferson, Bernard C 1269 NW 41St St
Garzon, Brian 10903 SW 5Th St Jefferson, Brandon A 2821 NW 151St Ter
Geib, Donna L 16401 SW 293Rd St Jenkins, Donaric L 736 NW 3Rd St
Gibbs, Taj A 10621 SW 173Rd St Jesus, Samantha L 6905 NW 20Th Ave
Gilbert, Dennard R 1780 NW 91St St Johnson, Annie E 17735 NW 27Th Ct
Gilbert, Devin 1780 NW 91St St Johnson, Terry 5220 NW 21St Ave Apt E
Godbee, Edith 19740 NW 6Th PI Johnson, Xavier A 1256 NW 58Th Ter 14
Golden, Albert 3041 NW 70Th Ter Jones, Albert A 2431 NW 58Th St
Gomez, Jorge A 4344 SW 5Th Ter Jones, Mack M 505 NW 19Th St
Gonzalez, Evelio 711 81St St Apt 4 Jones, Maticia 28029 SW 143Rd Ct
Gonzalez, Fernando L 3075 SE 4Th Ct Jones, Terrance 2455 NW 55Th Ter
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
Sipevizb Eleksyon, Konte Miami-Dade

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Foreclosure abuse case settled for $8.5 billion

Borrowers to get cash or aid

from mortgage services

By Julie Schmit

Jan. 8, 2013 More
than 3.8 million bor-
rowers will split $3.3
billion in cash and
$5.2 billion in mort-
gage assistance un-
der a revised settle-
ment over foreclosure
abuses, federal bank-
ing regulators an-
The new deal -

agreed to in principle
by federal regulators
and .10 mortgage ser-
vicers provides the
largest cash payments
so far to borrowers in
compensation for fore-
closure abuses.
Borrowers involved
in a foreclosure case
in 2009 or 2010 han-
dled by one of the ser-
vicers will be notified
of their eligibility by
the end of March, says

Bryan Hubbard, a
spokesman for the Of-
fice of the Comptroller
of the Currency.
The settlement re-
places one reached in
2011 in which 14 ser-
vicers agreed to check
foreclosure cases for
mistakes and com-
pensate victims. That
process was too slow,
resulting in large pay-
ments to consultants
to check case files but
nothing yet to con-
sumers, regulators
say. Only 495,000
people out of almost

Foreclosure settlement and

what it means for borrowers

By Julie Schmit

Many details of the
$8.5 billion mortgage
foreclosure settlement
that federal banking
regulators announced
Monday have not been
finalized yet. Here are
some answers for bor-

, Q: How much mon-
ey is in it?
A: Ten banks and
mortgage companies
will pay $3.3 billion
in cash to borrowers
and $5.2 billion in
mortgage relief to set-
tle federal regulators'
investigations into
alleged foreclosure
abuses. This settle-
ment largely replaces
a 2011 settlement be-
tween the same reg-
ulators and leading
home loan services.

Q: Who's eligible
for compensation?
A: That hasn't
changed. You're eli-
gible if your primary
home was in some
stage of foreclosure in
2009 or 2010 and your
loan was handled by
one of the participat-
ing services.

Q: If I think I'm el-
igible, what should I
do now?
A:' Nothing..If you're
eligible, regulators say
you'll be contacted by
the end of March by
a company that will
function like a claims

Q: Must I prove
that I was harmed?
A: Probably not.
Your service will
place your case in
one of 11 categories
representing different
kinds of harm. Regu-
lators will spot check

those placements.

Q: What's the pur-
pose of that?
A: The categories
will be used to de-
cide how much you
get. Servicers are
supposed to place
you in the category
that would net you
the highest payment,
based on your case.
Everybody in the
same category will get
the same compensa-
tion. For bigger pay-
outs, expected to be
up to $125,000, "some
verification" may be
required, says OCC
spokesman Bryan
Hubbard. Few are like-
ly to get that much.

Q: I asked for a re-
view of my case un-
der the 2011 settle-
ment. What happens
A: About 495,000
people did that. If you
did, you'll likely get an
extra, undetermined
payment, regulators

Q: What if I didn't
suffer a foreclosure
A: You'll still be paid.
But it may be a smaller

Q: What if I think I
should get more than
what I do?
A: No appeals al-
lowed. You could still
sue the service.

Q: How do I get a
piece of the $5.2 bil-
lion in 'mortgage re-
A: Servicers will de-
cide that. The kind of
help they provide will
earn them different
levels of credit toward
meeting their obliga-
tions under the settle-

ment. For instance, if
they reduce your home
loan balance, they'll
get $1 in credit for ev-
ery dollar in debt for-
given, regulators say.
Other types of relief
-will not be dollar for
dollar. Those formulas
are still being worked

Q: How is this set-
tlement different
from the $25 billion
national mortgage
settlement reached
last year?
A: Under that settle-
ment, just five services
are participating. They
are Bank of America,
Chase, Citibank, Ally/
GMAC and Wells Far-
go. They're paying out
$1.5 billion to borrow-
ers who actually lost
-a home to foreclosure
from 2008 through
2011 and meet other
requirements. They're
also extending more
money in mortgage
relief. The settlements
are more similar now
in that actual errors
won't have to be dis-
covered for borrowers
to be compensated.

Q: Can services
get credit for both
programs by helping
the same homeown-
A: No, the OCC says.

Q: What if my ser-
vicer was part of the
first settlement but
not the new one?
A: Talks are con-
tinuing with them,
the OCC says. If they
never sign on, their
old foreclosure reviews
will continue. Those
services are HSBC,
Ally (formerly GMAC),
EverBank and Indy-
Mac, part of OneWest

Detroit looks, forward

to auto show's opening

By'Brent Snavely

DETROIT This city
on the brink of a poten-
tial bankruptcy says
it's ready to host this
year's North Ameri-
can International Auto
Show, which kicks off
this weekend.
In addition to the un-
veiling of several dozen
new cars, the Detroit
show will feature a
new Nissan display
with a 150-foot halo,
the largest Toyota dis-
play ever and a new
Official press confer-
ences begin Monday,
and NAIAS among
the largest auto shows
in the world opens to
-the public on Jan. 19.
* Mayor Dave Bing
says his struggling city
should draw inspira-
tion from the automo-
tive industry and the
auto show, which have
both bounced back

from stark times dur-,
ing the recession.
"This has been an
unbelievable trans-
formation," Bing said
of the auto show and
renovations at Detroit's
Cobo Center, where the
exhibition will be held.
"Cobo is ready for the
world, and pretty soon,
Detroit is going to be,
again, ready for the
David Tillapaugh,
Ford Motor's auto show
manager, said the au-
tomaker is displaying
a historic F1 pickup
truck and will be em-
phasizing its truck
lineup at the show.
"We continue to in-
troduce new features,
new technologies, and
we have plans for the
future that are really
exciting," Tillapaugh
said. "There are going
to be some surprises at
the show."
Borrowing a trick
used by high-end lux-

ury retailers and ho-
tels, Nissan plans to
pipe its own distinctive
scent, called The Vert
Oriental, into its dis-
play area, says Erich
Marx, Nissan's direc-
tor, Social Media and
Interactive Marketing
for Nissan North Amer-
A new auto show
stand with a 150-foot-
long halo that appears
to float over a stadium
seating-style stage will
make its debut.
The new display, de-
signed and construct-
ed by George John-
son, will be featured
at 10 other global auto
shows this year.
A redesigned hatch-
back version of its Nis-
san Versa, called the
Note, is expected to be
unveiled here, as is a
new midsize crossover
concept vehicle that's
likely to foreshadow
the redesign of the Mu-

4.4 million even re-
quested reviews, the
OCC says. It was
overseeing the re-
views along with the
Federal Reserve.
With the new pro-
cess, 3.8 million eli-
gible home loan bor-
rowers will get some
.compensation, wheth-
er or not they suffered
a foreclosure error,
regulators say.
The payouts will
range from hundreds
of dollars for minor is-
sues, such as a small

improper fee, up to
$125,000 if an active
duty service member
was improperly fore-
closed upon, the OCC
In addition, the ser-
vicers will provide
$5.2 billion in mort-
gage relief, which is
expected to include
loan modifications,
principal reductions
and short sales.
That relief can go to
any distressed bor-
rower, the OCC says,
meaning that more

than 3.8 million pre-
vious and current
home loan borrowers
could benefit from the
The 10 services
are Bank of America,
JPMorgan Chase, Ci-
tibank, Wells Fargo,
Aurora, MetLife Bank,
PNC, Sovereign, Sun-
Trust and U.S. Bank.
Discussions are con-
tinuing with other
services, the OCC
. The revised deal is
better than the old one

but it's still "woefully
inadequate," says Alys
Cohen, attorney for
the National Consum-
er Law Center.
"If the reviews had
been done right the
first time, banks
would have been on
the hook to pay far
more to homeowners,"
Cohen says.
She also says an
independent monitor
should be appointed
to oversee the pro-
The original settle-

ment stemmed from
a federal investigation
that found significant
weaknesses in ser-
vicer foreclosure pro-
Of the reviews done
so far, only 6.5 per-
cent were found to
have contained er-
rors, the OCC says.
Servicers have
spent more than $1.5
billion paying consul-
tants for reviews but
no consumer has yet
been compensated,
the OCC says.

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Blanche Ely's Jamesha Paul playing with heavy heart

Tigers sophomore scores 43 points in first

game since cousin' Lyne Theodore's death

By Christy
Cabrera Chirinos

- For Jamesha Paul,
the past. week has
been a blur of tears,
heartache and pain.
Since her 15-year-
old cousin, Lyne Theo-
dore, was killed in a
car accident last week,

a lake south of Hill-
sboro Boulevard off
Interstate 95, Paul
returned to practice.
A fourth passenger,
20-year-old Sandalie
Jean-Baptiste, died
days after the crash.
In the gym, Paul
cried and made
the decision to dedi-
cate the rest of her

bounds per game) has
played again since but
won't be there Friday
when Ely faces Fort
Instead, Paul will be
at her cousin's wake,
saying her last good-
byes to one of her fa-
vorite shopping bud-
dies and the girl who
stood beside her in a


-Photo: Robert Duyos

Ely basketball player Jamesha Paul.

Paul has struggled to
eat. Sleep escapes her.
But the Blanche Ely
sophomore has always
found refuge on the
basketball court.
That's why -Paul's
mother made. an ur-
gent phone call to the
one person she be-
lieved could help her
daughter begin to find
a sense of normalcy
again: Ely girls bas-
ketball coach Clarence
Together, mother
and coach coaxed Paul
back into the gym.
Just days after The-
odore; her mother,
Nadege Theodore; and
16-year-old Guivens
Daverman were killed
when their SUV was
involved in a three-
car collision that sent
the family's car into

season to the cousin
with whom she shared
a lunch period and
countless childhood
memories. .
"The past couple of
days have been re-
ally hard and it was
just something I came
up with," Paul said.
"I felt like I wanted to
do something and this
is something I can do
to show how much I
loved Lyne."'
Already, Paul's new
focus has brought her
some comfort.
On Monday, her first
game since the ac-
cident, Paul scored a
game-high 43 points
and had 10 rebounds
to lead Ely in a 71-45
win over Coral Glades.
The Tigers' lead-
ing scorer (averaging
17.5 points and 10 re-



matching white dress
when the pair celebrat-
ed a shared First Com-
munion ceremony.
It's been an an-
guishing week for Paul
and her family, who
were initially unsure
whether Lyne Theo-
dore was even in the
car .when they first
learned of the acci-
"We were looking for
her all over the place,
calling hospitals,"
Paul said. "When we
thought she was at
Broward General, we
drove over there and
I was kind of happy a
little bit. I thought, 'At
least she's still alive.'
But when we got there
and they told us she
wasn't there, my heart
sank to my stomach."
But Monday, for a




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Patriots pushing forward

Miami Times staff report

Hard work, practice and dedica-
tion are words that describe the
American Patriots Boys Varsity
Basketball Team as they push
toward Miami Dade District 8-A
Semi and Final District games.
South Florida High School Sports
highlighted the Patriots' big three:
Dan Andrews, senior point guard;
Prince Foster, senior guard and
Johnathan Spicer, junior shoot-
ing guard. The three players were
interviewed for their loyalty and
playing performance on the court.
"They are all captains," said Kel-
vin Farrington, American Boys
Varsity basketball coach, "and
they exemplify leadership, charac-
ter and student achievement."
The Patriots participated in
the Fort Myers Holiday Mad-

ness Tournament, winning three
competitive games against teams
from Puerto Rico, Kentucky,
Georgia and other South Florida
high schools. This placed them
fourth out of seventeen teams
throughout the United States and
Puerto Rico. Luis Diaz, principal
of American said that they made
a good showing and he's proud of
the team.
American has defeated the
Florida 8-A State Champions
(Hialeah Gardens) and will meet
them again on the Patriots home
court at the end of the month. The
Patriots' captain know it takes
commitment in academics off
the court to play on a university
Basketball team. American play-
ers are being reviewed by colleges
in Georgia', Pennsylvania, South
Carolina and throughout Florida.

brief moment,
Paul's pain
was put on
After a
tough warm-
up, she found
herself in
a rhythm. LYIh
Shots started
to fall and ultimately,
Paul put together a ca-
reer performance that
sent the guard run-
ning for the phone.
Eager to share some
positive news, Paul
called her mother,

_ Julie Papin, who
missed the game
while helping the
family make fu-
neral arrange-
ments for Lyne,
who will be laid to
rest Saturday.
lE "When she
called and told
me, I was so happy
for her that tears
came out of my eyes,"
Papin said. "I think it
showed how much she
really missed Lyne,
that she dedicated
that moment to Lyne

and played like that."
Adds Ely teammate
Danielle Lovett: "It was
awesome to see her
play that way. She's
played well before, but
Monday was special."
Paul and her team-
mates understand
some of the toughest
days lie ahead.
"Going back to
school has been very
hard for me," Paul
said. "I've been think-
ing that when lunch-
time comes, I won't see
her again. I won't play

around with her. She
won't be in that spot
she used to be in ev-
ery day. When I walk
around school, I won't
see her going to class."
Saturday, Paul will
attend Lyne Theo-
dore's funeral. She
plans to end the day
the only way she can
imagine: by playing
when Ely (9-4) hosts
Deerfield Beach (12-
Teammates and
coaches say they plan
to be there for Paul, no

matter how emotional
the evening is.
"The fact that she's
even considering play-
ing says a lot about
her and her charac-
ter," Fleming said. "I
know she's dedicated
the season to Lyne
and she's attempting
to fulfill that."
Paul will also have
support from one more
person her mother,
who plans on walking
into the gym beside
her daughter on Sat-

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Small, Sandra M 3732 NW 20Th Ct Williams, Gregory E 520 NW 73Rd St
Smalls, Erica L 1515 NE 125Th Ter 102 Williams, Jerome 10875 SW 216Th St Apt 602,
Smith, Benjamin 21301 NW 37Th Ave #3 Williams, Mack A 16200 E Bunche Park Dr
Smith, Clifford C 1750 NW 152Nd St Williams, Palmer 10720 SW 220Th St
Smith, David L 800 NW 28Th St Williams, Samuel 3049 NW 64Th St
Smith, Eunice C 1406 NW 17Th Ave Williams, Tyri. n A 6804 NW 15Th Ave
Smith, Lucaury 37 NW 60Th Ter Williams, Tyrone T 528 NW 8Th St #207
Smith, Reneise N 10260 SW 181St St Apt 2 Williams, Zj J 400 NW 199Th St
Smith, Timothy T 911 NW 96Th St Williamson, Jerry L 17720 SW 102Nd Ave
St.Previl, Arianne 555 NE 127Th St Willis, Mitchell J 729 NW 47Th Ter
Sterling, Barry 1610 NW 128Th St Willis, Solomon D 9423 NW 25Th Ave
Streeter, Antron T 1817 NW 111Th St Wilson, Marco L 520 SW 1St St 812
Streeter, Elizabeth 284 NW 82Nd St B Wilson, Mark L 301 NW 22Nd St Apt 304
Stuckey, Cassandra C 6005 NW 14Th Ave Wilson, Mary C 781 NE 199Th St # 107
Summerville, Carl 1175 NW 155Th Ln Apt 202 Wilson, Quinnette D 1212 NW 1St PI # 203
Swain III, Neal W 6100 Caballero Blvd Apt 102 Wilson, Roosevelt 13502 SW 282Nd Ter
Sykes, Jay 830 r.'j 'i rn St Apt #-2 Woods, Sandra D 1550 N Miami Ave
Tara, Darren J 815 Turner Cir Woodson, Virgle 5200 NW 26Th Ave Apt 13
Taylor, Ebony L 217 NW 15Th St Wright, Joan Y 2230 NW 93Rd St
Taylor, Nortorrius 1997 NW 155Th St Young, Tracy DW 17711 NW 14Th PI

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Section 8. Ohe and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.

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

1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $750 mthly, $1000 to
move in if qualify.
1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm one bath. $500
mthly. Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Joel, 786-355-7578
1241 Sharazad Blvd
Two bdrms, one bath. $750
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. 305-642-7080

1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$375. 305-642-7080.

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

135 NW 18 Street
First Month Moves You In
Two bedrooms, one bath.,
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$475, four bedrooms, two
baths, $875. 305-642-7080
or 305-236-1144

14255 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$495. 305-717-6084
1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$425 Ms. Pearl #13 or

1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $475,
free water. 305-642-7080

1525 NW 1 Place
First month moves you in.
One bedroom, one bath,
$400 monthly. Three bdrms,
two baths, $600 monthly.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

1801.NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $600
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1801 NW 2 Avenue
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call: Joel

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

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

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

225 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$375. 305-642-7080

2418 NW 22 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$625. 305-642-7080

251 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances. $650 monthly
plus security. 786-216-7533
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

5101 NW 24 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 monthly. 305-717-6084
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrrfis, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. Appliances and free
water. 305-642-7080

6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 305-642-7080

6832 NW 5 Place

Studio $110 weekly,

165 NE 65 Street
Two bedrms, one bath
and air. Section 8 and City
Voucher! 786-303-2596

7521 NE 2nd Court
One bdrms, one bath, starting
$550 mthly, 305-717-6084
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two idrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
.approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry: gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One bdrm, one bath, 825 NW
70th Street, $500 monthly,
Section 8 Welcome. 786-287-
One or two bedroom, qualify
the same day. 305-603-
9592 or visit our office at:
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280

Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
1126 Sesame Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650 monthly. 786-325-8000
1907 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, $360
One bedroom, $410
Two Bedrooms, $470
305-665-4938, 305-498-8811
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water, window shades,
$470 monthly, plus $200
deposit. 305-665-4938, 305-
St. George Apts
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Renovated one, two and
three bedroom apts for rent.
New kitchens, tile through
out, close to all transits and
secure gated community.
Call for our New Years
Special. 786-718-6105 or

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


One bedroom, one bath,
fully upgraded, $850
monthly. 800 square feet
with den.
Section 8 welcome.
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 Office

Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
18709 NW 46 Avenue
18182 NW41 Place


1226 1/2 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1266 NW 111 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$850 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635
137 NW 118 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$875. Appliances.

1396 NW 102 Street
Large four bedrooms, two
baths, 786-286-2540
1492 N.W 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled, central air,
located on quiet street.
Section 8 preferred. $1000
156 NE 58 Terr.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.

NE 84 Street
El Portal area. $550 monthly.
Sweet new. 305-525-1286

1828 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
bars, 305-877-0588.
2118 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $795,
appliances, 305-642-7080

2480 NW 61 Street .
Three bdrms., one bath
Section 8 Welcome
2550 York Street
One bedroom, refrigerator,
stove, air. 954-736-9005
3030 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom,
Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-754-7776

3190 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
Remodeled. Section 8
ok. $675 monthly. Water
included. 305-975-0711 or
3658 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove
One bedroom, one bath
duplex apartment, central air,
ceiling fans, security windows
and doors, private entrance
and parking, private front
porch and yard, nice kitchen.
Section 8 Welcome.
Call 305-696-2825
38 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
414 NW 53 Street
BEST VALUE, gorgeous
remodeled two bdrms,
spacious, large totally fenced
yard, available now, $875.
4520 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floor, central air, washer
and dryer. Call 786-237-1292
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. 954-430-0849

,5313 NW 3 Avenue
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tile.
Section 8 OK. $800 monthly.
5619 NW 5 Avenue .
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$650 monthly. Free water,
all appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, call Joel

6250 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$650. Free water/electric.

643 NW 75 Street
Two bdrms., one bath,.
security bars, tile, carpet,
fenced and appliances.
Section 8 welcome. $875

6740 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, central
air, tile, appliances, $750,
$1,550 down. 954-522-4645

6747 NW 5 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8. 305-681-3736
6832 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, newly
renovated, $1000 monthly.
Section 8 Only, call Ms.
Harris at 954-445-7402.
7015 NW 4 Court
Remodeled two' bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tiled,
water included. $850 monthly.
Security deposit $1050.
Call 786-556-9644
7815 NW 10 Avenue
Two bedroom, two bath, $950
monthly. Call 305-336-0740
Section 8 OK.
One bdrm., $650 mthly, water
included, 786-295-4848.
505 NW 96 St, #505E
Two bedrooms, one bath, all
new, central air, fenced yard,
$900, call 305-947-4502.

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security cameras, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1075 NW 76 Street Rear
Large area, appliances and
air, one person 55 plus. $550
monthly. 305-490-9284
411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

783 NW 80 Street
Utilities included call
9290 NW 22 Avenue
Upstairs, efficiency, and
room, air and utilities
included. Call Mr. Walter
786-356-3673. Commercial
parking, etc.! I have other
places to.

monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

Furnished Rooms

1430 NW 68 Street
Mature adults only.
Handicapped accessible.
Free cable. $400 monthly.
786-366-5930 Dee or
786-419-2000 Jerry.
15341 NW 31 Avenue
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2957 NW 44 Street
Furnished, 305-693-1017,
2973 NW 61 Street
Air, cable, $500 mthly, $300
to move in. 786-286-7455
3185 NW 75 Strept
Access to living room and
kitchen, close to metro rail.
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen and bath one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
6257 NW 18 Avenue
$100 down, $100 weekly, air.
Prestige Investment
786-252-0245, 305-305-0597
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $360 monthly
83 Street NW18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Rooms for rent, call 9 a.m. to
10 p.m. 305-896-6799.
Furnished room in private
home, nice area.
Call 305-763-3239
$10/day, three meals, air,
hot showers, job prep,
counseling. Please call us
or come to: 1281 NW 61 St,
Private entrance, private
bath, cable and use of pool.
Large bedroom. Weekly or
monthly. 954-292-5058
211 NW 12 Street
$300 for one month moves
you in. 786-454-5213
Nice quiet room, near bus
terminal. Call 305-766-2055


10360 SW 173 Terrace
Four bedrooms, one bath
$1495. Appliances, central
air. 305-642-7080

12220 NW 13 Avenue
Three bedrooms, Section 8
only. Beautiful. Dee
133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
1430 NW 71 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$795. Appliances.

15941 NW 18 Court
Newly remodeled four
bedrooms, two baths, central
air, washer/dryer connection.
$1600 monthly. Section 8
.welcome. 954-818-9112
17201 NW 32 Avenue
Four bedrooms, one. bath.
1747 NW 77 Street
New two big bedrooms.
Section 8 only. 786-547-9116
1790 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. No Section 8.
Call: 305-267-9449
1850 NW 55 Street
Three bdrms, two baths and
den. 786-344-4407
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$995. Stove, refrigerator, air

1865 NW 45 Street Front
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1025 mthly. 305-525-0619
1869 NW 83 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
1926 NW 51 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
fenced yard and drive way.
Central air conditioner,
washer/dryer connection,
$1325 plus utilities, 305-742-
2025 NW 69 TERRACE
Three bdrms., one and half
bath. Call 786-768-4718.
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, den. $1,250. No Section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker
262 NW 51 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$850 mthly. 786-328-5878
310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens. $1100


3879 NW 207 Street Rd.
Four bdrms, two baths,
central air and heat. Section
8 OK. Terry 305-753-3483.
5426 NW 3 Avenue
Two bdrms., one bath, big
yard, bars, 786-326-6869
660 NW 47 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, florida
room, kitchen, living room
and dining room. $975
monthly. Call AD
54 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach townhomes,
new four bedrooms, two
baths. $1550. Section 8 okay.
Five bedrooms and half,
three bathrooms, family,
dining, living, and laundry
room. Section 8 okay! $1950
monthly. Call 305-992-6496.
Four bedrooms, one. bath.
$1250 monthly. Section 8
welcome. Call 305-926-9273
Four bedrooms, three
bathrooms, brand 'new
construction, Section 8
home, tiled floors, custom
kitchen, central air, huge and
spacious. Ready to move in,
$999 moves you in,
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591


1830 NW 55 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, large
yard, extra room, $59,900.
556 NW 46 Street
Owner Financing
Low down payment
More to choose from
Molly 305-541-2855

6810 SW 10 Court
Pembroke Pines, three
bedrooms, two baths,
remodeled. Try only $4900
down and $698 monthly P&l-
FHA mtg.
NDI Realtors
290 NW 183 Street
305-655-1700, 305-300-4322
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NDI Realtors
290 NW 183 Street

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9.3 convertible with 118,000
miles in good condition.
Selling price is $2,650.
Please call Mia 305-804-

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or as System Engineer
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by at least five years of
progressive, experience
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acceptable. Please send
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deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 3 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
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The Miami Times
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We are seeking a driver to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 4 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
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United spokeswoman
Christen David con-
firmed last Monday
afternoon that the air-
line had rescinded the
system-wide increase
but kept a $10 one-way
increase on flights to
Alaska and Hawaii.
United and its partner
Air Canada increased
fares system-wide by
two to five dollars each
way system-wide de-
pending oni the length
of the flight.
Delta Air Lines
matched the increase.
But other airlines, most
notably Southwest Air-
lines, did not. Typically,
Southwest, which has
the most number of
domestic flights in the
USA, has to match in
order for a fare increase
to stick.
"We would identify
Southwest's inaction
as the catalyst behind
the industry's failure to
raise fares," Jamie Bak-
er, an airline analyst
with JP Morgan, said in
an e-mail early Monday
Delta spokesman An-
thony Black confirmed
last Monday morning
that the carrier had
backed off its increase.
Peter Fitzpatrick, a
spokesman for Air Can-
ada, said he could not
comment on the car-
rier's fare increase but
noted that "fares are
dynamic and move up
and down all the time
in order that we remain
Baker said that "it of-
ten requires several at-
tempts to reach indus-
try consensus" on fare
"Given continued in-
dustry supply disci-
pline, particularly in
the first half of 2013,
we expect a contin-
ued inching up of do-
mestic fares in coming
months, accompanied
by an overall reduction
in promotional sale ac-
tivity," Baker said.
Airfares will likely go
up in the new year, and
United Airlines became
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The Chicago-based
airline raised all of its
domestic fares by two
to five dollars each way,
United spokeswoman
Christen David said.
Jamie Baker, an air-
line analyst at JPMor-
gan, says that the car-
rier raised short-haul
fares for flights below
500 miles by two dollar,
fares for flights between
500 and 1,000 miles by
three dollars, and fares
for long-haul domestic
routes by five dollars.
Seaney says more
than one million United
fares increased. He also
said that United part-
ner Air Canada also
raised fares.
As of Thursday eve-
ning, only Delta Air
Lines had matched the
"American is still
evaluating," Matt Mill-
er, a spokesman for
American Airlines, said
early Thursday.
Typically, Southwest
Airlines and other low-
cost carriers have to
match the increase in
order for it to stick.
"Participation by
Southwest is required
to ensure widespread
industry success, in
our view," Baker wrote
in an e-mail. "We are
cautiously optimistic."
Southwest last made
a broad-based effort to
raise fares on Oct. 12.
On Nov. 30,. the airline
raised fares just in the
Florida market.
Last year, airlines
made 15 attempts to
raise fares, according
to FareCompare.com.
Only seven were suc-
Baker said that "it
often requires several
attempts to reach in-
dustry consensus, and
no individual failure
should be viewed as a
'lack of pricing power.'"
"We ascribe a reason-
ably high likelihood
of industry success to
United's latest effort,
though we would antic-
ipate rollbacks over the
weekend should South-
west remain silent,"
Baker said.


Spending on business travel predicted to rise

By Charisse Jones

U.S. companies are ex-
pected to spend more on
business trips this year, a
sign that they may be feel-
ing more optimistic about
the economy, a new busi-
ness travel forecast being
released today finds.
A pent-up need to sit
face to face with clients,
coupled with increased
spending on international
trips and off-site meetings,

is projected to boost overall
business ti-ravel spending
in the U.S. by 4.6 percent
this year, to $266.7 billion,
according to a report from
the Global Business Travel
Association, a group of
business-travel and meet-
ings managers.
"At the end of the day,
companies need to find
ways to grow. . revenues
and see their performance
increase year over year,
and quarter over quarter,

" says Mike McCormick,
executive director of the.
GBTA. "So there'll be this
pressure to make invest-
ments and spend on busi-
ness travel."
The GBTA estimates that
for every one dollar spent
on corporate travel, compa-
nies on average have seen
$20 in additional profits.
But he says the growth,
expected to make its great-
est surge in the last half
of the year, largely hinges

on the outcome of ongoing
debates about the federal
deficit, corporate tax rates
and other economic issues.
"If we don't see those res-
olutions happen, we don't
continue to build corporate
confidence," McCormick
says, and "we may revert
back to the. . anemic
growth rate."
While spending is pre-
dicted to be up, the num-
ber of business trips is '
projected to be down 1.1

percent from last year, re-
, fleeting the desire by many
companies to make the
most of their staffers' time
on the road.
"Companies, and gener-
ally the travelers them-
selves, are trying to find
ways to be more efficient
about use of time so that
means adding more into a
trip," he says. It's "maybe
doing multiple stops, to
multiple cities in the same

British Petroleum to finance restoration of Gulf

continued from 6D

buy conservation
lands. The larger proj-
ects are expected to
give the region more
resiliency in natural or
man-made disasters.
Many groups in-
terested in the resto-
ration process were
keeping a close eye on
the first meeting of the
Gulf Coast Ecosystem
Restoration Council,
which was established
under the federal RE-
STORE Act this year.
The law outlines how
civil fines assessed on
BP will be spent and
directs the council to
develop and oversee a
comprehensive plan to

help restore the eco-
system and economy
of the Gulf region.

A separate board of
trustees is overseeing
the one billion dol-
lars to be devoted to
projects deemed wor-
thy under the Natural
Resources Damage
Assessment process,
overseen by the gov-
ernment. It determines
what specific damage
BP did and what the
company must do to
remedy it.
And $2.4 billion
of the four billion in
criminal fines will be
overseen by the non-
profit National Fish

and Wildlife Founda-
tion, in a plea agree-
ment brokered by the
Justice Department
with BP.
Some, environmental
groups are skeptical in
the face of what many
say is excessive federal
and state bureaucracy
that puts decisions
largely in the hands
of multi-agency task
'Our concern from
the get-go as a grass-
roots-based organiza-
tion has been: Where
are the communities
when it comes to this
recovery process? Par-
ticularly as it relates to
how the dollars are go-
ing to be allocated and
how the dollars are go-

ing to be spent," said
Sierra Club's Jill Mas-
trototaro. "As it sits
now, the public has no
seat at any decision-
making table."

The Gulf Coast
Council that met last
Tuesday still doesn't
know how much mon-
ey it will have to work
with. BP, which recent-
ly pleaded guilty in the
criminal case, faces a
civil trial in February.
BP CEO Bob Dudley
said the company will
contest allegations
of gross negligence,
which come with
higher fines under the
Clean Water Act.
The civil case will

determine how much
money gets carved up
for restoration and re-
search under the RE-
STORE Act. And that's
completely new terri-
tory, said Mark Davis,
director of the Institute
on Water Resources
Law and Policy at the
Tulane University Law

Davis and others
warn that everyone
needs to work to-
gether to make sure
the money and the
once-in-a-lifetime op-
portunity to set right
a damaged ecosystem
- doesn't go to waste.
They also worry the
projects could work at

It's not as though the
nation is rebuilding a
national park, Davis
said. It's more like fix-
ing an entire circula-
tory system, he said.
"You hate to think
to think of catastro-
phe as your financing
plan," he said. "But,
when it does coinci-
dentally line up, you'd
be nuts not to take ad-
vantage of it. And this
is a big enough poten-
tial source of money
to do some amazing
things that will give
at least coastal Louisi-
ana, and a good chunk
of the Gulf, at least a
fighting chance that it
didn't otherwise really

New federal laws to protect low-income borrowers

continued from 6D

The rule, effective
next year, says a quali-
fied mortgage cannot:
Contain "risky" fea-
tures, such as terms
that exceed 30 years,
interest-only payments
or negative-amortiza-
tion payments where
the principal amount
Carry fees and
points in excess
of three percent of

the loan.
Be issued to bor-
rowers who, once get-
ting the mortgage, will
spend more than 43
percent of their income
on debt payments. ,
The three percent
and 43 percent stan-
dards are "reasonable,"
says Doug Lebda, CEO
of LendingTree, an on-
line lender exchange.
Only about eight
percent of loans that
LendingTree facilitat-
ed in the last quarter

had points and fees'
above three percent, it
Fewer than 14 per-
cent of recent home
loans sold to mortgage
giants Freddie Mac
and Fannie Mae had
debt-to-income ratios
above 43 percent, says
mortgage tracker In-
side Mortgage Finance.
But Cohen says that
43 percent is too high
for some low-income
people, who'll get these
loans, and then have

no recourse.
Lenders can make
loans that do not meet
the qualified mortgage
standards. If so, they
won't have the' same
protections against
consumer challenges.
To give the market
time to adjust, loans
that bust the 43 per-
cent limit will be con-
sidered "qualified" if
they meet Freddie and
Fannie's standards,
the CFPB says.
The rule's standards

largely track with cur-
rent lending practices
- which many com-
plain are too restrictive
- and "doesn't do'any-
thing to loosen credit,"
says Guy Cecala, CEO
of Inside Mortgage Fi-
The CFPB, how-
ever, says the clar-
ity of the rule, which
lenders have sought
since 2010, will enable
banks to ease stan-
dards over time.
The rule will make

it harder for some bor-
rowers to get certain
loans, such as interest-
only loans more popu-
lar with wealthier bor-
rowers, Cecala says.
It will also' continue
to make it hard for
subprime borrowers
with weak' credit to
get loans, Lebda says.
That's because they'll
have, more recourse
against lenders,
should loans go bad,
than prime borrowers
will, he says.

NTA report IRS's inability to handle identity theft

continued from 6D

Number to guard
against the problem, it
does not cover all vic-
The IRS Taxpayer
Protection Unit, cre-
ated to handle calls
from filers whose tax
returns were flagged
for possible fraud,
may not be sufficient-
ly staffed to handle a
high volume of calls
from victimized tax-

The conclusions
come amid an increas-
ing surge of tax-related
identity theft.
In federal fiscal year
2012, the report shows
the IRS Identity Protec-
tion Specialized Unit
received 449,809 cas-
es, up' nearly 80 per-
cent from the 253,051
received the previous
- Similarly, the Tax-
payer Advocate Ser-
vice headed by Olson
reported a 60 per-
cent jump during the

Osoc PSEnWAf Ar.~ ~eosiry


The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) will host a series of Public Reviews to provide the public an
opportunity to obtain information and comment on the implementation of Open Road Tolling.and future toll
rates and locations for SR 836/Dolphin Expressway and SR 112/Airport Expressway. The Public Reviews
are informal to encourage attendance at any time during the workshops, at the scheduled dates, times and
locations indicated below. Parking is free at all locations.

// Tuesday, January 22, 2013 / 6-9 pm
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street / Miami, FL 33199
FlU Stadium Club/Gates 1-4
//IWednesday, January 23, 2013 / 6-9 pm
Wilde Community Center
5405 West 18th Avenue / Hialeah, FL 33012

// Wednesday, January 30, 2013 / 6-9 pm
Town of Cutler Bay Town Hall
10720 Caribbean Boulevard, Suite 115
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
4I Wednesday, February 6, 2013 /
7:30 9:30 pm
Salvation Army
1907 NW 38 Street / Miami, FL 33142

If you cannot attend a meeting, please visit www.mdxway.com or www.mdxort.com from Tuesday,
January 22, 2013 to Wednesday, February 6, 2013 to obtain information and submit questions and

MDX projects conversion to Open Road Tolling (ORT) in 2014, after which cash payments for tolls will no
longer be accepted on SR 836/ Dolphin Expressway and SR 112/ Airport Expressway. Toll plazas will be
removed and overhead structures will be erected to electronically collect tolls from the users as they pass
under the overhead structure.

MDX representatives will be available at each Public Review to provide information and respond to
questions. The information to be provided includes general information on Open Road Tolling, toll rates
and locations, projects to be funded, SunPass, and TOLL-BY-PLATE billing for vehicles not equipped
with SunPass. ~

Please join us to stay informed. For further information or assistance, contact: tgarcia(dmdxway.com,
786-277-9292, or write to MDX, 3790 N.W. 21st Street, Miami, Florida 33142.

same two-year period
in cases from taxpay-
ers seeking help with
identity-theft cases.
"This is an incred-
ibly large issue that is
hitting the small and
the large," .said Mar-
tin Press, a Fort Lau-
derdale tax attorney
scheduled to head an
American Bar Associa-
tion tax section panel
discussion on identity
theft later this month.
Olson's report rec-
ommended that the
IRS use -the Identity

Protection Specialized
Unit as a centralized
"traffic cop" that coor-
dinates handling of all
identity theft cases the
tax agency receives.
The unit should be giv-
en adequate staffing,
the report'said.
Additionally, the IRS
should issue identity
protection personal
identification numbers
year round, as soon as
the identities and ad-
dresses of the' rightful
Social Security num-
ber owner are deter-

mined, the report rec-
Responding to the
report, the IRS said
it has made identity
theft and victim as-
sistance top priorities.
The often-complex
cases are routed to the
office best-equipped to

handle individual spe-
cifics, the agency said.
"Although we cannot
stop all identity theft,
our efforts in filing
season 2012 provide a
solid foundation upon
which we will continue
to buijd and improve,"
the IRS said.

BofA settles suit

conitnued from 6D

and losses for the
bank's mortgage busi-
The acting director
of the Federal Housing
Finance Agency, which
regulates Fannie and
Freddie and approved
the settlement terms,
said he was pleased.
This settlement "is
in the best interest of
taxpayers and reduces
uncertainty in the na-
tion's mortgage finance
market,"' said Edward
DeMarco, FHFA acting
Bradley Lerman,
Fannie Mae's general
counsel, also praised
the terms of the settle-

ment. "Fannie'Mae has
diligently pursued re-
purchases on loans
that did not meet our
standards at .the time
of origination," he said
in a statement Monday.
Bank of America
CEO Brian Moynihan
said in a statement
that the settlement is
"a significant step in
resolving our remain-
ing legacy mortgage is-
sues, further stream-
lining and simplifying
the company and re-
ducing expenses over
The bank said the
settlement will reduce
the firm's pretax in-
come by about $2.7
billion in the fourth
quarter of 2012.

Black bank history

continued from 6D

Since slavery, Afri-
cans in America have
realized the neces-
sity of accumulating
wealth and the subse-
quent benefits of col-
lective financial secu-
rity. The Free African
Society, the Free La-
bor Bank, and the
Freedman's Savings
and Trust Company
laid the groundwork
for Black capitalism
in America. Black
banks gave Blacks
a venue in which to
learn about and par-

ticipate in the busi-
ness of banking. They
helped Blacks learn
valuable economic
lessons about be-
ing industrious and
saving money. Black
churches and fra-
ternal organizations
served as pooling
places for capital
needed to open banks
sensitive to the needs
of Blacks.
William Reed is
head of the Busi-
ness Exchange Net-
work and available
for speaking/seminar
projects through the
Bailey Group.org.

Public Housing and Community Development
Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan

Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development
(PHCD) hereby advertises its proposed PHA Plan for Fiscal
Year 2013-2014, which will be available for review during
a 45-day comment period from January 14, 2013 through
February 28, 2013 at PHCD's.site manager and administrative
offices and website www.miamidade.gov/housing.
Please send written comments during the comment period to:
PHCD, 701 N.W. 1st Ct, 16th Floor, Miami, Florida 33136, Attn:
Executive Director, PHA Plan Comment; or email comments to:
The public hearing will be held at the Health and Social
Services Committee meeting on April 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the
Commissioner's Chamber, 111 N.W. 1 St. Miami, Florida 33128.
PHCD does not disciminate based on race, sex, color, religion, marital
status, nabnal orgin, disabity ancestry sexualorientation, age. pregnancy
or familtal status in the access to, admissions to, or employment in housing
programs or activities. Ifyou need a sign language inteqrpreter or materials
in accessible formal for this event, call 786-469-4229 at least five days
in advance. TDD/TTY users may contact the Fodda Relay Service at

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Important changes are
happening and we need
your input.

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 7

Grant Money Available!
Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 23, 2013 through February 6, 2013

Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez District Office
South Miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive
Frankie Rolle Community Center, 3750 South Dixie Highway
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online January 23, 2013 at www.miamidade.aov/district07

There will be an information/workshop meeting explaining the application and requirements
held on February 6, 2013, 6:00p.m. at the Frankie Rolle Community Center 3750 South Dixie
Highway Room 115.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Feb. 7 Feb: 13, 2013 by 5:00 pm
Hand deliver application to either District Office or NANA
No late applications will be accepted!

For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)

Submit I original completed application with required attachments

We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records