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ABOVE: Vice President Joe Biden, left,
and President Barack Obama wait for
their ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S.
Capitol during the 57th Presidential
Inauguration in Washington, Monday,
Jan. 21.

Obama receives the oath of office from
Chief Justice John Roberts at the cer-
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By Michael D. Shear
Associated Press

WASHINGTON Barack Hussein Obama
renewed his oath of office at midday Monday,
ceremonially marking the beginning of another
four years in the White House and firmly em-
bracing a progressive agenda centered on equal-
ity and opportunity. Obama went out of his
way to mention both gay rights and the need to
address climate change in a speech that seemed
intended to assert his authority over his politi-
cal rivals and to define his version of modern
liberalism after voters returned him to office for
a second term.
"For now decisions are upon us, and we can-
not afford delay," he said. "We cannot mistake
absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle
for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned
debate. We must act, knowing that our work
will be imperfect."
Following an election d,'!,rnal-d iya d'a8h
of economic philosophies, Obaimna used his sec-
ond Inaugural Address to renew his demands
for a new national focus on the widening gulf
between rich and poor. He called it "our gen-
eration's task" to make the values of '"ife and
liberty" real for every Ame.nr.: r~nt- He declared
that the country was "made for this moment,"
but he acknowledged that the often divisive
and combative politics of today have sometimes
fallen short of the size of the, .: ounmr,'-. prob-
lems. He also put the nation '_ ,:,t-c n- -:Ind the
political establishment on notice that he intends
to use his remaining time in office to push for
the America he envisions.
Speaking on the day the nation sets aside
to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
Obama took his oath with his hand on two
Bibles: one once owned by Dr. King and another
once owned by Abraham Lincoln.

The President honored King,. re:calinr the
time he proclaimed that "o uir ind1. dual freedom
is inextricably bound to the freedom of every
soul on earth."
It was also the first time that a president
has said the word "gay" in an Inaugural Ad-
dress comparing their struggle for equality
to the fights that Blacks have waged. Having
offered his support last year for same-sex mar-
riage after years of opposition, Obama used his
inaugural speech to embrace the idea that there
should be marriage equality.
"If we are truly created equal, then surely the
love we commit to one another must be equal
as well," he said. "Our journey is not complete
until our gay brothers and sisters are treated
like anyone else under the law."
The president also hinted at the two major
legislative battles that he will wage: reform of
the immigration system and new laws intended
to reduce gun violence.
In a reference to the gun control debate that
he has begun in the wake of the school shooting
in Newtown, Conn., he said, "Our journey is not
complete until all our children, from the streets
of Detroit to the hills of Appalac-hi..i ',_ Ihe quiet
lanes of 'ie-.'t., n know that the, are- caredfor,
and cherished, and always safe from harm."
After his address, Republicans offered him
their congratulations, while expressing hopes
for working together in the difficult neg.oti,.tihns
that loom in the weeks ahead.
"The president's second term represents a
fresh start when it comes to dealing with the
great challenges of our day; particularly, the
transcendent challenge of unsustainable federal
spending and debt," said Senator Mitch McCon-
nell. "Republicans are eager to work with the
president on achieving this common goal and
we firmly believe that divided government pro-
vides the perfect opportunity to do so."

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Four years later ...

j Hope evolves into resolve

Smaller, crowd
than '09 but no
less emboldened
By Gregory Korte

WASHINGTON- The crowds
were smaller, the weather
warmer, the mood wearier. The
focus was on the work ahead,
not the history achieved.
President Obama's second
inaugural lacked the historical
weight of his first. Four years
of bruising legislative battles
had clearly taken a toll on the
nation's first Black president
and the crowd that had come
for the 57th iteration of the
republic's most majestic cer-
"The first speech four years
ago, he talked more about hope
and was more philosophical,"
said Alicia Reece, a Democrat-
ic state representative from
Cincinnati. "A lot of people
Please turn to HOPE 5A

-AP Photo/Doug Mills
President Barack Obama (1-r) places his hand on two Bibles one used by President Abraham
Lincoln during his swearing-in ceremony and the other used for study by Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. as he is sworn-in on Sunday. Jan. 20. Others looking on include: First lady Michelle Obama;
Malia Obama; Chief Justice John Roberts; and Sasha Obama.

S 'Roe v. Wade': More than just abortion

-MiamiTimes photo/Craig Uptgrow

A Liberty City dad is all smiles with his two delight-
ful daughters as they attended Miami's Annual Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday, Jan. 21st.

MLK Memorial: For

many a fitting place

to start the day

By Melanie Eversley

WASHINGTON A stream of visitors paraded through the
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on Monday, many of
them treating the stop as a necessary pilgrimage.
Wearing hats and buttons imprinted with
Obama's name or picture, carrying American
flags, some said they had not made it to the
first inauguration of the country's first black
president and that it made sense for them
to add a stop to the King site this Inaugura-
tion Day. They said Obama's election would
not have been possible without the work of
the late civil rights leader, who would have
turned 84 on Jan. 15. The King holiday was KING
also observed Monday.
"I just had to be here if I could," said Eva
Ellis Lynch, 65, of Peoria, Ill.
Ellis Lynch and her best friend, Fern Pollard, took a bus
from the Midwestern city, donned their fur coats Monday
morning and snapped pictures at the 30-foot statue of King
before making their way toward the U.S. Capitol. They said
Please turn to MEMORIAL 5A

SBy Kate Michelman "-'
and Carol Tracy

Tuesday marks the 40th an-
niversary of the landmark Su-
preme Court decision Roe v.
Wade, a milestone for women
in America because this right
to control our capacity to re-
produce enhances our ability
to participate fully in society. It
helps ensure our privacy, our
dignity and our health.
On this 40th anniversary, it
is appropriate to ask whether
the promise of Roe v. Wade has
been fulfilled. Have women's
liberty and equality progressed
as far as we hoped it would
since Jan. 22, 1973?
Clearly, there have been
some great strides forward.
During the 2012 elections,

-Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images
Pro-choice activists with the National Organization For Women
hold a vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court on January 23, 2012
in Washington, DC.

women made their voices
heard. In almost every instance
where women's reproductive
rights were on the ballot, free-
dom prevailed. This month, a
record number of women were
sworn into the 113th Con-
gress. Indeed, some might view
the successes of 2012 as a sign
of continually emerging equal-
ity, and solid and lasting pro-
tection against discrimination
and political harassment. They
would be wrong.
Last year, 19 states enacted
43 measures to limit abortion
access. This was in addition
to the 92 abortion restrictions
enacted in 24 states in 2011.
Please turn to ABORTION 5A

Are Black parents in denial about ADHD?

By D. Kevin McNeir

It's difficult to accurately de-
termine how many school-aged
children suffer from attention-
deficit/hyperactivity disorder
[ADHD] but according to a re-
cent report from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
[CDC], the U.S. has experienced
a 21.8 percent rise in a four-
year period. That translates to
5.4 million children aged 4 to
'17 diagnosed with the neuro-
logical disorder. And while it
typically begins in childhood, it
is estimated that half of those
children will continue to be im-
pacted by ADHD as adults.

States like Florida with large
multicultural student bodies
face even more challenges be-
cause based on CDC statistics,
the "magnitude of increase [of
parent-reported ADHD] was
largest among older teens, mul-
tiracial and Hispanic children
and children with a primary
language other than English."
According to the National
Institute of Mental Health
[NIMH], symptoms often ap-
pear between the ages of 3 and
6 but can be hard to recognize
and easily overlooked.
"For example, silly or erratic
behavior can be dismissed as
adorable toddler antics," says
a recent NIMH report. "Once

LOST IN THOUGHT: This young Black boy is having trouble
concentrating and staying on task, characteristics often linked
to ADHD.
a child begins school, teach- include: trouble following
ers may detect symptoms that Please turn to ADHD 10A

Obama needs to appoint more Blacks to Cabinet

Surely, there are more qualified candidates of color

By DeWayne Wickham

There can be little doubt
that President Obama has
done more for Blacks his
core constituency than any
White House occupant since
Lyndon Johnson.
His Affordable Care Act, the
one his Republican critics la-
beled "ObamaCare," will dra-
matically increase the number

of Black families with health education.
insurance. Obama's And in what is prob-
"Race to the Top" educa- ably his most far-reach-
tion initiative gives bil- ing action for Blacks,
lions of dollars to states Obama signed into law
that come up with inno- the Fair Sentencing Act,
vative education ideas which sharply reduced
for their flagging public from 100-1 to 18-1 the
schools funding that disparity between the
will enhance the pros- WICKHAM minimum sentences
pects of Black school- doled out to people con-
children getting a high-quality victed of possessing crack and

powder cocaine. Because crack
is more widely used by Blacks
and powder cocaine is dispro-
portionately favored by whites,
the old sentencing guideline
had a disparate racial impact
- one that Obama has come
close to eliminating.

But as much as Obama has
done for Blacks mostly with
laws that also make life in this
country better for the rest of

Americans there is more of
substance that he should do. I
say this out of respect and ad-
miration for this nation's first
Black president.
I know he's not the president
of Black America. I've heard it
said so many times, the words
have become a ring tone that
sounds whenever I begin talk-
ing to someone about what
else he needs to do for Blacks.
Still, he has one failing that I
urge him to correct.

The Cabinet that Obama as-
sembled during his first presi-
dential term is a throwback
to those constructed by every
president (with the exception
of Richard Nixon) from John-
son to George H.W. Bush. Like
them, he could find just one
Black person to fill a position
in his Cabinet. When pressed
as to why they had a near lily-
white Cabinet, many of the
post-civil rights era presidents
Please turn to CABINET 10A






What Obama can do to

avoid the second-term jinx

The views expressed by USA Today's

column of Jan. 18th editorial are sound

and essential during these most crucial

years in the history of our country.

Being a second-term president can be a drag. No soon-
er are you sworn in than your friends turn their atten-
tion to the next election. Your rivals settle into a game
of waiting you out. If history is any guide, you are more
likely to be bogged down in a scandal than accomplish
something really big. The theme song at your second in-
augural might as well be B.B. King's The Thrill is Gone.
But second terms also can be liberating. A president
who doesn't face another campaign can boldly pursue
the national interest. Perhaps more than other recent
presidents, this is critical for Barack Obama.
Obama rode to re-election on a productive first four
years: He brought to justice the world's most wanted
terrorist. He rescued the American auto industry and
helped keep a financial crisis from turning into a depres-
sion. He extracted the United States from a misguided
war in Iraq. And he passed a groundbreaking, if highly
controversial, health care law.
But with unemployment stuck at 7.8 percent and an-
nual deficits at $1 trillion, the legacy of the nation's first
Black president is still very much in the air as he begins
his second term on Sunday. Consider best-case and
worst-case scenarios:
In the former, Obama finally gets the "grand bargain"
with Republicans that trims government's chronic bor-
rowing. Markets respond positively, and the economy
takes off. Fueled by an explosion in domestic energy
production and "inshoring" of manufacturing jobs -
both trends that are well underway growth surges
and unemployment drops. ObamaCare is implemented
competently and becomes so popular that people won-
der what the fuss was all about. Overseas, al-Qaeda is
further degraded with the killing of Osama bin Laden's
successor, Ayman al-Zawahri, and by other means; Iran
gives up its nuclear ambitions in response to sanctions
and the threat of military action; democracy starts to
take hold in the Arab Spring nations; and Afghanistan
remains stable after the pullout of U.S. troops. Make
room on Mount Rushmore.
In the worst-case scenario, the administration and
congressional Republicans remain gridlocked on deficit
reduction. World markets lose faith in the United States.
Interest rates soar and economic growth grinds to a halt,
or worse. As ObamaCare takes full effect, it turns into an
unaffordable mess. Abroad, confrontation with Iran em-
broils the U.S. in a war far more dangerous, han those
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those countries unravel, and
Islamic radicals gain control of Pakistan's nuclear ai--
senal. Obama fails to persuade China and India and
Congress to scale back greenhouse gas emissions. As
his second term ends, Obama bequeaths his successor
a nation drowning in debt, a Middle East in turmoil, and
a rapidly warming globe.
The more likely scenarios, of course, fall somewhere
in between, a mix of successes and failures in which
fortune plays as big a role as ability. Presidents have far
less ability to affect the economy, much less the course
of world events, than is widely believed. And the polar-
ization that has paralyzed much of Congress can't be
undone simply by a president's power of persuasion.
But Obama can do much to determine his fate, par-
ticularly at home. Like all presidents, he will ultimately
be judged on. the big issues of peace and prosperity. To
succeed, he surely will have to wean the nation off its
ruinous borrowing practices, with much bigger cuts in
spending than he or his party would like.
Abroad, if he can solve the Iran riddle, then firmly im-
plant a policy of relying on diplomacy first and wars only
as a last resort, particularly in the Middle East, he will
have achieved a great deal.
That will require luck as well as skill, but re-election
gave Obama leverage and a freer hand. It won't take long
to see how well he uses them.

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- BY REGINALD J. CLYNE, ESQ., Miami Times columnist, rlc@clynelegal.com

Mass murders on the rise since ban lifted

The tragic murder of inno-
cents at the hands of crazies
keeps mounting Columbine,
Virginia Tech, Gifford shoot-
ing, Aurora, Colorado and now
Newton, Connecticut. I name
only the big killings where
large number of people were
killed and made national news.
But we rarely hear about the
smaller shootings where only
three or four people died which
occur on such a regular basis
that those murders often don't
make the national news\
The National Rifle Associa-
tion's objective is to arm more

The National Rifle Association's objective is to arm more
people. In two years, there will be more guns than people
in this country at the present rate of purchases.

people. In two years, there will
be more guns than people in
this country at the present rate
of purchases. In the month of
November and December, with
the possible threat of a ban on
assault weapons and high ca-
pacir, clips. ,:ver 2.7 million
FBI background checks"- were
conducted for rne. purchasers
of iruns. This does not include

people with concealed weapon
permits who bought guns at
gun show and did not have to
undergo a background check.
Putting more guns in the
street, especially assault rifles,
does not lead to a decrease in
guin violencee In fact, the low-
est period of gun violence was
when the assault ban went
into effect in 1993 What the

NRA does not tell you is that
in the 60 or so mass murders
in the last 20 years, there was
not one instance in which an
armed civilian stopped the vio-
lence. This despite the fact that
there are more than 250 mil-
lion guns in circulation in this
country. So why would arming
school teachers make a differ-
ence? It is time to stop being
afraid of the NRA and to start
taking steps to end the mad-
Reginald Clyrte is a partner
at Clhine and Associates, P.A. of
Ahaii Fort Lauderdale.

BY EUGENE.ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.corp

Congress in a dysfunctional quagmire
President Obama is set to eial system in which the dollar ment, or, more fancifully. mint- Mine is. We're not ta ngg a boi
begin his second term at a rmo- is the benchmark currency. ing a nillion-dollar platinum how our leaders can best deal
ment when the question is not Congress has a long history of coin. But he did appear to leave with some external threat. We're
what great things our nation playing politics with the debt one door slightly ajar. Raising not talking about how they can
can achieve but whether our ceiling even Obama once the debt ceiling has nothing move the nation toward some
government, in Obama's words, voted against an increase when to do with future spending; it goal. We're talking about how
can "stop lurching from crisis to he was a senator but there merely provides the funds for they might, just might, be able
crisis to crisis." was always the understanding expenditures Congress has al- to avoid choking the economic
The jury is out, but continued life out of the country. This has
dysfunction seems the most s your head about to explode? Mine is. We're not talking been the pattern since Republi-
likely scenario. Obama's news about how our leaders can best deal with some external cans won control of the House.
conference last Monday was a ,threat. We're not talking about how they can move the na- Our elected representatives
tutorial in low expectations. He manufacture a crisis, then craft
devoted his opening remarks tion toward some goal. a "solution" that is nothing but
to the latest unnecessary cri- a recipe for the next crisis. The
sis: the threat by Republicans that in the end, the needed in- ready approved. Obama noted most positive development in
in Congress to refuse to raise crease would be approved. It that if Congress fails to act, it recent weeks is that the finan-
the federal debt ceiling. Such was unthinkable that the coun- will have given him two con- cial markets seem to have be-
action, or inaction, would be try would actually default on its flicting orders: Spend a specific come increasingly blase about
"a self-inflicted wound on the obligations. But nothing is un- amount of money on specific the 'government's dysfunction.
economy," Obama said. thinkable anymore. programs, but do not obtain the The consensus seems to be that
That's an understatement. Obama flatly ruled out two funds to make this spending well find some way to muddle
Failing to raise the debt ceiling scenarios that have been pro- possible. Some scholars have through without committing an
would in fact be a catastrophe, posed as ways for him to raise suggested Obama just declare act of national self-asphyxia-
putting the faith and credit of the debt limit without approval that the instruction to spend tion.
the U.S. government in doubt by Congress invoking an ob- outweighs the instruction not Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
and destabilizing a global finan- scure clause in the 14th Amend- to borrow, and then let the Su- Prize-winning newspaper col-
preme Court eventually sort umnist and the former assistant
things out. managing editor of The Wash-
< Is your head about to explode?, ington Post.
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Do you think the Dolphin's stadium

upgrade will benefit Black jobseekers?

Miami Gardens, Retired

"I doubt it.
seems to be
going to the
Hispanic pop-
ulation, and
they.,are hiring
their own."

Miami Gardens, Student

"Yeah, there are a lot of Blacks
and teens ir..
the Miami
Gardens area.
and they coulc
give those jobs
to people like
them in-
cluding my-

Miami, Manager

"No, I don't think so. It hasn't
been that
way so far-
I mean they -
have some -
Blacks work-
ing but there
are so many
more seeking
So just be-

cause they're redoing the stadi-
um doesn't mean their employ-
ment will change."

Liberty 'City, Housekeeper

"Yes it will if
they actually
decide hire
more Blacks
this time -

Miami, Barber

"Yes, where
an opportu-
nity presents
itself, there's
an opportu-
nity for those
who have po-

Liberty City, Housekeeper

"It should.
There is at ,
lack of jobs,
in that com-
munity and
they should "
help, that is,
if they're not


New gun legislation is

not the best solution

I really had not planned on
writing anything about the
shooting in Newtown, Conn.
because I didn't have anything
fresh or thought provoking to
write. As I have indicated before,
I can't muster any extra sympa-
thy for the tragic events in Con-
necticut when young kids are
dying every day in Chicago and
they barely get a mention in the
news, and definitely not by this
White House.
The worst thing any politi-
cian can ever do is to legislate
while caught up in a cloud of
emotion. Every time Ameri-
cans have a tragedy, politicians
and the public demand that
"something" be done to pre-
vent the same event from hap-
pening again. Here is a truth
that most of us do not want to
admit: There is no current law
or future law that can prevent
another mass shooting from oc-
curring. Guns are not the prob-
lem, it's the people.
If we could magically ban all
guns immediately, it will have
absolutely no impact on violent
crime. There are an estimated
300 million guns in the hands
of Americans. So, if guns are
banned, what are you going to
do about the guns already in
the hands of Americans?
These liberals who want to

take the 300 million guns away
from law abiding citizens are
the same ones who say it is im-
possible to find and remove 12
million illegals from this coun-
try. Is it really easier to find
guns than humans?
I am not taking a position
either way on the issue of gun
control, but I do think there
should be some sanity brought
into the discussion. The Nation-
al Rifle Association (NRA) really
needs to shut its mouth. They
are coming across as so un-
reasonable and they continue
to embarrass themselves with
every ridiculous statement they
Well, you can pass all the gun
control laws you want, but until
you deal with the heart of a man
and the culture of a society,
there can be no peace. Everyone
knows that killing is wrong, but
yet we subject people to literally
thousands of hours of the most
violent images from cradle to
grave; and then we wonder why
someone goes into a movie the-
ater and shoots total strangers.
So, to the politicians, legis-
late if you must. But until you
deal with the issue of values,
you have become as the sound-
ing brass or the tingling cymbal,
full of sound and fury, signify-
ing nothing.


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Echo of Obama faithful: Be bold, get business done

continued from 3A

came just for history."
Obama's first inaugural made
Martin Luther King's dream real,
she said.
"Now, we've got to fight to pro-
tect the dream. That's the differ-
ence in the mood of the people
here today."
In many ways the president's
inaugural speech in which
he invoked gay rights, climate
change and immigration hint-
ed at an ambitious and progres-
sive agenda that would feed the
hunger of the largely partisan
crowd gathered on the National
Mall to celebrate the day.
This was not 2009, to be sure.
Nearly 2 million people had be-
come roughly half that in 2013.
An emotional catharsis then
could be described as energized
satisfaction now. Hope and
change gave way to finishing the
job governing. But for those
witnessing their first inaugural,
nothing would diminish the -mo-

"An inauguration is an inau-
guration," said Rachael Bard-.
nell, 20, one of 80 students from
Otterbein University in Ohio to
pay $80 each for the two-day
trip. "It's a big, monumental
event. It's a celebration."
She said the second inaugural
gives Obama a second chance.
"Four years isn't enough time to
change anything. You need eight

"It's different
this time."
Ishine Moore, a vendor from Alabama

Some later-arriving spectators
climbed up on portable toilets
for a better view, even as long.
lines formed below them. Others
built mounds of mulch to gain
an extra inch.
Dressed more for a tailgate
party than a coronation, some
huddled under blankets. School
groups wore matching knit caps.
And the big crowd still made big

noise. Boos came as members
of Congress were introduced
on the 657-square-foot video
screens. As Obama was intro-
duced with the ruffles and flour-
ishes that precede "Hail to the
Chief," the crowd fluttered flags
and cheered, "O-bam-a! O-bam-
Opponents 'of the president
largely stayed away, though one
anti-abortion protester did shout
from a tree throughout Obama's
speech. Firefighters propped
ladders against the tree and po-
lice climbed up to persuade the
man to come down. He stayed
up there until he was arrested
20 minutes after the ceremony.

The president's supporters,
though, expressed a renewed
hope that Obama could pursue
a more aggressive agenda this
time around especially on.
civil rights.
"This is the president's chance
to do something. He's in his sec-
ond term. He doesn't need to get

re-elected. It's going to be his
moment now," said Mark Mey-
er, a nonprofit manager from
the Bronx who drove down to
witness his fifth inauguration.
Asked what Obama should ac-
complish with that moment, he
paused. "Immigration would be
a big deal."
Li Ochs, of Dusty, Wash., said
guns should be the focus. "He
can just do it," she said. "He
doesn't have to please anyone."
Four years later, under so-.'
ber gray skies, Obama read
from the Declaration of Inde-
pendence and said that while
its truths may be self-evident,
"they have never been self-exe-

As Obama spoke, Joel Lim-
erick stood at the edge of the
crowd and grunted .his approv-
al. "I liked when he said, 'Abso-
lutism isn't principle,"' Limer-
ick said. "I just hope it doesn't
go over our heads too much."
Lawton Wilkerson, 86, a

member of the Tuskegee Air-
men the first black military
aviators in U.S. history was
attending his first inaugura-

"It's a very historic
event on a very
historic day,"

Lawton Wilkerson, 86, a
member of the Tuskegee Airmen

"It's a very historic event on
a very historic day," Wilkerson
said, noting the King holiday.
He said he was hopeful Obama's
second term would be produc-
tive, now that he no longer faces
re-election. "This time he doesn't
have to ... play politics anymore."
Obama's first inaugural was a
boon to the cottage industry of
Washington merchandise ven-
dors, but the second time was a
harder sell.
Ishine Moore and his son
came up from Alabama, hawk-
ing commemorative programs to

fund the trip. Marked at $20, he
was selling them for $10 outside
a subway station. (Half a block
away, another vendor was sell-
ing the same program for $5.)
"It's real slow, real slow," he
said. "It's different this time."
Leigh Kane was among the 1.8
million revelers who attended
four years ago, but she skipped
-the second inaugural. Her kids
are older, and her relative,who
works on Capitol Hill didn't offer
up tickets this time.
"The mood is different," said
Kane, a 54-year-old college pho-
tography instructor from her
home in Kutztown, Pa. "People
might not be as giddy any more,
but perhaps they're more deter-
She said she still supports the
president and is shocked that
the hope of Obama's first inau-
guration has given way to divi-
siveness and vitriol. "I feel like
we're still fighting the Civil War."
But for some, Obama's sec-
ond inaugural is vindication

New King Memorial joins sites for the

continued from 3A

they had been involved in Peo-
ria's civil rights struggles -- sit-
ting in ,to integrate the lunch
counter at Kresge's department
store, pressing the water. de-
partment and other utilities to
integrate their work force -- and
they wanted to come.
"I was here for the March on
Washington and now its the
50th anniversary year and it co-
incides with inauguration," Ellis
Lynch said. ,
Pollard, 53, said she and Ellis
Lynch chuckled to themselves at
much younger people on the bus
they rode to Washington. Some
of the young people were com-
plaining about walking a couple
of miles to see the swearing-in.
They'd walked much more than
that during protests, and even
had walked quite a bit Monday,
they said.
. The friends were among thou-
sands who passed through the
first monument on the National
Mall to a person of color and
the first to a non-president. The
crowd had been shoulder-to-
shoulder on Sunday during a
wreath-laying ceremony attend-
ed by Martin Luther King III,
National Park Service Director

'-AP Photo/Da'
Bernice King, center right, and Christine King Farris, center left, the daughter and sister of Dr
Luther King Jr., applaud while watching a broadcast as President Barack Obama is inaugurated folo'
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

Jon Jarvis, King disciple Jesse
Jackson and activist Al Sharp-
ton, who called events over the
weekend and Monday an "inter-
section of history."
Febbie Pearsol and Kimberly
Jones were among those who
visited on Inauguration Day.
"I'm so proud," said Pear-
sol, 44. "My mother was at the
March on Washington, and
I was able to come to the first
inauguration of-the first Black
president, who is here because

of this man," she said, gesturing
to the Stone of Hope, the King
site's centerpiece.
Jones said she wanted to be
at the inauguration because she
had to work during the last one
in 2009.
"I' just wanted to be here to-
day," said Jones, 43, of Dum-
fries, Va. "This is really impor-
King's memory has been wo-
ven through the inaugural
events, which took place on

Landmark court case reaches 4oth year

continued from 3A

Twenty states restricted abor-
tion coverage through the state
health insurance exchanges
mandated by the Affordable
Care Act.'
Funding for reproductive
health services in non-state-op-
erated clinics, such as Planned
Parenthood, came under attack
at the state and federal level.
Currently, contraception can be
barred from employer-based' in-
surance coverage in eight states,
and abstinence-only education
remains the norm in most of our
This fight against contracep-
tion reveals the hypocrisy of
the anti-abortion groups: Their

concern isn't protecting the un-
born fetus; it's about controlling
women's choices.
Consider rape. The sheer vol-
ume of rape and sexual assault
is indicative of the negative at-
titudes toward women that per-
meate society. A rape case in
Steubenville, Ohio, sparked a
wave of repudiation. But the
blaming, shaming and judgment
directed toward the victims of
these horrific crimes remains a
key component of the dialogue.

Technically, the core protec-
tions guaranteed by Roe v. Wade
remain intact. However, those
protections are eroding because
of the constant onslaught by
conservatives bent on under-

mining the rights of women. The
goal of Roe v. Wade was to en-
sure a woman's right to control
the most intimate aspect of her
life. Without this right, women
are unable to participate equally
with men in the nation's social,
political and economic life.
'The road ahead remains dif-
ficult. Our health, financial se-
curity and personal safety are
constantly challenged, compro-
mised and limited. As we re-
flect on these past 40 years, let
us celebrate the extraordinary
steps we have taken to move our
country toward equality. But let
us also understand that hard
work and vigilance are needed
now, more than ever, in the fight
for women's equality and jus-

FAMU hires new anti-hazing boss

Florida A&M University
[FAMU] has announced that
Bryan F. Smith will serve as
the new special assistant to
the president for anti-hazing.
Recently, Smith, who is a
FAMU graduate, was the ex-
ecutive director/co-founder of
Destined for Success Educa-
tional Services, Inc. in Deca-
tur, Ga.
"We welcome Mr. Smith
back to FAMU," said Interim
President Larry Robinson.
"We are confident that' with
his expertise, he will ensure
that all'of the initiatives that
have been put in place will be
"I know this position will re-
quire a high level of commu-
nication with various entities
around campus, with the lo-
cal community and with in-

vestigative agencies," Smith
said. "It will be a demanding
position but I am very confi-
dent in my abilities and I vow
to be organized, timely, fair,
proactive, open and honest,
ethical and hard-working. It
will be my goal to change any

culture of hazing through a
variety of strategies, to main-
tain an efficient reporting
process for any allegations
of hazing, to facilitate tan-
gible informational sessions
regarding hazing, to ensure
that the Student Code of Con-
duct is being adhered to and
to help maintain the integrity
of the University."
Smith received his juris
doctorate from John Marshall
Law School, a master's degree
in public management from
FAMU and a bachelor's degree
in political science from North
Carolina A&T State Universi-
ty. He is registered as a certi-
fied mediator for the State of
Georgia. He has been offered
a salary of $90,000 and is
scheduled to report to work
on Feb. 1st.

Drum Major'
the annual King holiday, ob-
served on the third Monday of
the month. Obama was sworn
in holding a Bible once used by
On Friday, the White House re-
leased a proclamation from the
president in which' he seemed
to cofinect a key idea from his
first campaign, "change," with
the late civil rights leader. The
proclamation quoted King as
saying, "Change does not roll
Sin on the wheels of inevitability
but comes through continuous
Saturday was the annual
MLK Day of Service, also known
vid Goldmanas the National Day of Service,
idGoldman when Americans were urged
Martin to perform volunteer work. In
wing the Washington, volunteers crowd-
Jan. 21. ed into the D.C. Armory to put

s pilgrims
together care kits for 100,000
service members, including
wounded service members, and
veterans and first responders,
At the King Memorial on Mon-
day, mother and son Patty and
Mackenzie Blair, she from Clear
Spring, Md., and he a student
at the Philadelphia College of
Pharmacy, strolled over after
Obama took the oath of office.
"It's an interesting alignment
or fate that his second inaugu-
ration would fall on the King.
holiday," said Patty Blair, 57.
Brian Smith, 50, of Lanham,
Md., said the King Memorial
was the best place for him to be
on Inauguration Day; reflect-
ing on King's words inscribed
around the site.
"This is holy ground," he

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Taking it to the corner is a bad move

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

When a problem arises be-
tween two convicts that, for
whatever reasons, can not be
resolved peacefully, one will
eventually give the other a call
out to a head-up fade, which
in others words is an invitation
to a one-on-one fist fight. If
they are in a housing unit that
only has two-man cells, most
likely the brawl will go down in
a cell away from the security.
But if they housed in an open
bay dormitory where there no
built-in cells to use as a blind
spot, to avoid being seen by the
dormitory officer, both parties
will scramble towards an area
inside the dormitory where it is
safe for them to throw hands,
which usually is located far off'
in a corner.
Aside from settling disputes,
because of its somewhat hid-
den location, the corner is an
area where a number of un-
derground events take place
in a prison environment: from
shooting dice to smoking mari-
juana from drinking buck

(homemade wine) to
sharpening homemade
knives its is the ideal
locale for a wide range of
illicit activity. To ensure
that prisoners are able
to get away with violat-
ing any of the rules of
prohibited conduct oc- HA
curring in the corner, although
it is the responsibility of every
true convict to volunteer sup-
port, a lookout man is enlisted
with the duty of announcing
when the "police" is coming.
As soon as an approaching of-
ficer is spotted, the lookout,
man would promptly holler
"one time" "Bo Brown" or make
quick siren sounds as to not
only warn inmates in the cor-
ner, but also to everyone in the
whole entire dormitory to cease
all illegal activity at least un-
til after Bo Brown had departed
the area.
Before coming to prison, and
before hearing rapper Non-
chalant rap "five o'clock in the
morning where you gon' be?
Outside on the corner," I can
recall my grandmother- giving

me strict instructions
to "stay off the cor-
ner!" every time I exited
her house. Of course,
she was referring to
that little curved white
wall right up the block
where drugs were being
LL sold, where people have
a tendency of succumbing to
gun violence. Even if one was
not participating in wrongdo-
ing, something tragic could be-
fall them for merely standing
on that corner.
If you really think about it,
not too many good things can
be said about the disposition of
any corner. In boxing, a fighter
is trained to avoid being ma-
neuvered into that particular
area of the ring; a cat is terri-
fied with idea of being trapped
in such a position; the conven-
tional strategy in chess is to
monopolize the center of the
chessboard as opposed to vy-
ing for corner superiority.
Ironically, although the cor-
ner is a far cry from being the
favorite hang-out spot for mod-
el prisoners, it so happens to


be the location where a small
group of inmates in my dormi-
tory have taken it upon them-
selves to come together every
night for prayer call. While I
personally have never attend-
ed any of those prayer meet-
ings, I certainly admire the
positive energy that these men
have created for themselves in
forming a circle, joining hands
and bowing their heads for a
few moments of devotion at
the conclusion of each day,
ending each prayer with the
whole group joyfully shouting
three times in unison: "As the
prayers go up the blessings
come down!"
As I am no different from
other prisoners who engage in
folly from dusk to dawn, from
a distance, I have found that
closing each day on a positive.
note via prayer meeting can be
highly infectious. If it is effec-
tive at offsetting the corner of
a prison dormitory, a corner
saturated with full days worth
of wickedness, then surely it
can add a positive balance to
the tainted corners of our lives.

Violence plays role in shorter U.S. lives

By Kevin Freking

fers far more violent deaths than any
other wealthy nation, due in part to the
widespread possession of firearms and
the practice of storing them at home in
a place that is often unlocked, accord-
ing to a report released last Wednesday
by two of the nation's leading health re-
search institutions.
Gun violence is just one of many fac-
tors contributing to lower U.S. life ex-
pectancy, but the finding took on ur-
gency because the report comes less
than a month after the shooting deaths
of 26 people at an elementary school in
Newtown, Conn.
The U.S. has about six violent deaths
per 100,000 residents. None of the
16 other countries included in the re-
view came anywhere close to that ra-
tio. Finland was closest to the U.S.
ranking with slightly more than two
violent deaths per 100,000 residents.
For many years, Americans have been
dying at younger ages than people in
almost all other wealthy countries. In
addition to the impact of gun violence,

Americans consume the most calories
among peer countries and get involved
in more accidents that involve alcohol.
The U.S. also suffers higher rates of
drug-related deaths, infant mortality
and AIDS.
The result is that the life expectancy
for men in the U.S. ranked the lowest
among the 17 countries reviewed, at
75.6 years, while the life expectancy
for U.S. women ranked second lowest
at 80.7 years. The countries reviewed
included Canada, Japan, Australia and
much of Western Europe.

The U.S. has long lagged in life ex-
pectancy compared with other econom-
ically developed nations. In this study,
researchers culled existing studies to
examine why. Most statistics in the re-
port are from the late 1990s through
2008. The report found that U.S. health
disadvantages aren't limited to the poor
and uninsured. Even white, college-ed-
ucated, and wealthier Americans tend
to be in worse health than their peers
in other developed countries.

The nation's health disadvantages
have economic consequences. They
lead to higher costs for consumers and
taxpayers as well as a workforce that
remains less healthy than that of other
high-income countries.
"With lives and dollars at stake, the
United States cannot afford to ignore
this problem," said the report from the
National Research Council and the In-
stitute of Medicine.
In attempting to explain why Ameri-
cans are so unhealthy, the researchers
looked at three categories: the nation's
health care system, harmful behaviors
and social and economic conditions.
"We have a culture in our country
that, among many Americans, cher-
ishes personal autonomy and wants
to limit intrusion of government and
other entities on our personal lives and
also wants to encourage free enterprise
and the success of business and indus-
try but some of those forces may act
against the ability to achieve optimal
health outcomes," said Dr. Steven H.
Woolf of Virginia Commonwealth Uni-
versity, who served as chairman for the
study panel.

Highway patrolwoman sues police dept.

By Lisa J. Huriash

The Florida Highway Patrol
trooper at the center of fire-
storm after she pulled over a
speeding cop at gunpoint said
fellow law enforcement officers
have created a "life-threatening"
situation that caused her to be
in such fear for her safety she
has become a "hermit."
Trooper Donna "Jane" Watts'
69-page lawsuit, filed in federal
court, seeks more than one mil-
lion dollars in damages. She is
suing more than 100 police of-
ficers and agencies, and the De-
partment of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles. The suit alleges
88 law enforcement officers

from 25 jurisdictions il- "7.
legally accessed her per-
sonal information more
than 200 times, violating N
her privacy.
Watts made national
news in October 2011
when she pulled over off- WA
duty Miami Police Officer
Fausto Lopez 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 re-
port that he was darting in and
out of lanes at speeds exceed-
ing 120 mph. She approached
his cruiser with her gun drawn,
yelling, and then handcuffed

S..... Lopez, who regular-
ly averaged more than
100 mph on his drive
between Miami and his
home in Coconut Creek,
was fired in September.
f.' But in the months af-
ATTS ter the incident, officers
looked up information
such as her home address, pic-
ture, Social Security number,
date of birth, and detailed ve-
hicle description in a database
available to police officers, ac-
cording to her lawsuit.
The suit alleges the police
agencies including the Bro-
ward Sheriffs Office, Lauder-
hill and Hollywood Police did
not properly train their officers,

What is an assault weapon?

By Marc Lallanilla

For years, a debate has raged
over the role of assault weapons
in a nation where the "right to
keep and bear arms" is enshrined
in the Constitution. But what ex-
actly is an assault weapon?
The weapons have come to the
'forefront with President Barack
Obama's gun proposals, includ-
ing a push for a renewed assault
weapons ban and for a ban on
high-capacity magazines that
hold more than 10 rounds of am-
Though politicians and gun
enthusiasts each have their own
definition of what is and isn't an
assault weapon, a useful frame-
work for the debate was written
into law in 1994, when the As-
sault Weapons Ban (AWB) was
enacted during the Clinton ad-
That law, according to Mike
Cooper, defined an assault weap-
on as "any semiautomatic rifle
with a detachable magazine and
at least two of the following five
items: a folding or telescopic

stock; a pistol grip that protrudes
conspicuously beneath the action
of the weapon;, a bayonet mount;
a flash suppressor or threaded
barrel or a grenade launcher."
One significant problem with
the particulars of legal defini-
tions, said John Sweeney is that
gun manufacturers easily slipped
through the loopholes in the AWB
by removing any features that de-
fined a rifle as an assault weapon.
"The definition of the assault
weapon in that [AWB] legislation
had so many extras bayonet
mount, for example that sim-
ply by making a few superficial
changes, the basic AR-15 [semi-
automatic rifle] was no longer an
assault weapon," Sweeney wrote.
As flawed as the AWB definition
of assault weapons may be, the
wording has found its way into
many state codes, including that
of Connecticut, site of the Decem-
ber Newtown school shootings.
"The AR-15 that [shooter] Adam
Lanza used was a legal weapon
under Connecticut law," wrote
Another point of contention

in the gun control debate is the
use of magazine clips that hold
ammunition. The Connecticut
definition of "assault weapon"
includes semiautomatic pistols
with "an ammunition magazine
that attaches to the pistol outside
of the pistol grip." While many
states have no such restrictions
on magazine clips, other states
place a limit on the number of
rounds a weapon's magazine can
hold. (States can create their own
definitions of what makes an as-
sault weapon, but that definition
can't be weaker than the federal
Despite the vagaries of state
and federal laws, there is some
common ground among gun
rights' activists and gun control
advocates. Fully automatic weap-
ons like machine guns, which
continue to fire bullets as long as
the trigger is pulled, are legal to
own but are tightly regulated by
the federal government, accord-
ing to Slate.comMany states have
regulations that are stricter, or
have outright bans on automatic

who used the information, they
received to intimidate Watts.
None of the agencies were able
to comment.
Other agencies have already
settled with her and so are not
named in the lawsuit, according
to Watts' attorney Mirta Desir.
Margate, for example, settled
for $10,000 after two of its po-
lice officers accessed her private
information, said Margate city
attorney Gene Steinfeld.

Margate priest pleads no
contest to drugging, raping underage boy
A former Margate priest may spend the rest of his life in prison after
pleading no contest to repeatedly drugging and molesting an underaged
South Florida boy. An attorney for Neil Doherty,,69, accepted a plea deal
for a reduced sentence on charges the clergyman fondled a Broward boy
wholived across-the street from the St. Vincent Catholic Church in Mar-
gate. Doherty faces up to 15 years in prison on several criminal charges
when convicted, including two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation
on a minor.

Human remains found in missing boy's yard
Investigators found human remains Friday in the former backyard of a
South Florida couple whose baby hasn't been seen in more than a year.
Calvin Melvin and Britney Sierra were arrested Friday on neglect charges
after a child-welfare worker acting on a tip from an abuse hotline went to
their new home and found only two of their three known children. Police
said Dontrelle Melvin was five months old when he was last seen more
than a year ago and his father has given detectives conflicting statements
on where he is.

Guard of armor truck robbed
It happened around 10 a.m. in the front parking lot of the Space Coast
Credit Union at Atrium West, located at 7771 W Oakland Park Boulevard.
When one of the guards, carrying a bag of money, left the truck to enter the
credit union, he was jumped by the two armed men. The guard was force
to the ground and the money bags were ripped from his grasp. The two
men then took off. The guards fired on the car and may have hit the driver.
Because of bloodstains found in the stolen white Honda that the two as-
sailants escaped in from the Credit Union, they believe that the driver may
have been hit by the bullets fired from the gun the Brinks worker used. Af-
ter ditching the Honda, the gunmen lumped into a waiting car on the other
side of the parking lot.

Man shot during purse snatching
A stop at a Miami hot dog stand ended with a man rushed to Jackson
Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. The man and his wife
had stopped at the stand in the 1900 block of NW 21st Street to catch a
quick bite to eat. While they were ordering they were approached by to
males who tried to steal the woman's purse. The man came to his wife's
defense and struggled with the purse snatchers. One of the males pulled
out a gun and shot the man in the leg. They then ripped the purse from the
woman's grasp and took off in what was described only as a beige colored
vehicle.The man was taken to JMH where he was listed in good condition.

Biden tells mayors: 'We

have to act' on gun control

By David Jackson

Vice President Biden said
Thursday that public revulsion
at last month's school shoot-
ing should push lawmakers to
address the "epidemic" of gun
violence, and he asked the na-
tion's mayors to help.
"We have to do something,"
Biden told a meeting of the U.S.
Conference of Mayors in Wash-
ington. "We have to act."
The Dec. 14 shooting deaths
of 20 children and six adults at
an elementary school in New-
town, Conn., has "affected the
public psyche in a way I've nev-
er seen before," the vice presi-
dent said.
While saying it will be tough
to get meaningful measures
through Congress -- including a
Republican-run House -- Biden
told the mayors "this time will
not be like the times that have
come before it" because of New-
town. The shooting of children
is "a call to action," the vice

president said.
Biden spoke a day after Presi-
dent Obama unveiled, the most
sweeping gun control plan in
decades, including proposals for
a renewed assault weapons ban,
universal background checks on
all gun buyers and restrictions
on the capacities of ammunition
Obama also signed 23 ex-
ecutive orders on Wednesday,
including directives for more
sharing of federal data for back-
ground checks, improving data
bases, and government research
into.the causes of gun violence.
His plan also addresses im-
proved school safety and mental
health services.
Biden developed most of the
plan after a series of meetings
with more than 200 organiza-
tions involved in the gun vio-
lence issue, from gun control
advocates to mental health
experts to violent video game
makers to gun rights support-





Gay-marriage supporters

take aim at the new South

Couples go into offices, asking to wed

By Yamiche Alcindor

Same-sex couples across the
South have taken the fight for
marriage equality directly to the
people enforcing the laws.
At clerk's offices and registrar's
desks, couples working with the
Campaign for Southern Equality
are asking for marriage licenses,
knowing they will be denied. The
efforts staged in seven South-
ern states this month have
touched some and angered oth-
"The message you get in the
South is that it's not safe to be
completely out as a gay person,"
said the Rev. Jasmine Beach-
Ferrara, executive director of the
Campaign for Southern Equality.
"The action is intended to shine
a light on what happens when
a discriminatory law is enforced
and how that impacts real people
in their hometowns."
The WE DO Campaign tour,
which began Jan. 2, takes partic-
ipants to Mississippi, Alabama,
Georgia, Tennessee, South and
North Carolina and Virginia.
During most encounters, a
same-sex couple asks for a mar-
riage license at a government of-
fice. A worker explains that the
pair cannot be married based on
state law. In response, the cou-
ple gives a, description of the re-
lationship, such as how long the
two have been together and how
they met. The two then walk out
of the office, followed by support-
Some actions have escalated to
sit-ins, in which the participants
refuse to leave and are arrested
for trespassing. Critics say the
tactics are over the top.
Owen Strachan is the executive
director of the Council on Bibli-
cal Manhood and Womanhood,
a Christian group based in Lou-
isville. For him, the issue comes
down to biblical teachings, and
he says it is unfair to put court-
house workers under the spot-
"These advocates are putting
these government workers in a
difficult position," Strachan said.

"The workers involved do not
need to feel any shame about de-
nying these initiatives."
Officials are "following the just
laws of society" and "acting in
accord with biblical wisdom," he
Beach-Ferrara and her team,
which includes clergy and liberal
religious groups, work with- local
offices to prepare staff members
for visits from couples and often
dozens of supporters.
The first couple with the group
to request a marriage license did
so in October 2011 in Asheville,
N.C. Many of the couples' say
they want to get married where
they have grown up and are rais-
ing their families.
This year's campaign -
dubbed Stage Four will end
with supporters and a couple
from North Carolina marching
4.5 miles from Arlington, Va.,
where couples were denied, to
Washington, where it is legal for
same-sex couples to be married.
Martha Biondi, director of
graduate studies for Northwest-
ern University's department of
African-American studies, said

the WE DO campaign mirrors
civil disobedience tactics used by
black Southerners trying to reg-
ister to vote and college students
attempting to eat at white-only
lunch counters.
"There is a very powerful paral-
lel in going to the registrar and
claiming that badge of citizen-
ship," she said. "In the 1960s,
it was the right to vote. Now, it's
the right to marry."
In at least one office, the WE
DO campaign was welcomed.
Drew Reisinger, register of deeds
for Buncombe County, N.C.,
supports gay marriage and en-
couraged his staff, many of
whom don't .share his views, to
be empathetic as they denied the
couples, he said.
"I think to bring that real-life
story to people who don't usu-
ally have to deal with it is a good
thing," he said, adding that some
staff members preferred not to
interact with WE DO partici-
Other groups, such as Gay &
Lesbian Advocates & Defenders,
have taken the issue to court.
Janson Wu, attorney for the
group, says the WE DO campaign
is just "another, tool" in the fight.

-AP photo/Bob Leverone
Carrying the "We Do" sign, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, front cen-
ter, executive director of Campaign of Southern Equality and her
life partner, Meghann Burke, front right, lead a march down Col-
lege Street in Asheville, N.C., Oct. 14, 2011 calling for marriage
rights for gay and lesbians.

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United Airlines grounds its

Dreamliners after FAA order

By Joshua Freed
and Joan Lowy
Associated Press

The federal government
grounded Boeing's newest and
most technologically advanced
jetliner Wednesday, declaring
that U.S. airlines cannot fly the
787 again until the risk of bat-
tery fires is addressed.
The Federal Aviation Admin-
istration's emergency order
affects only United Airlines,
the lone U.S. carrier to operate
787s. United said it would put
passengers on other aircraft
and work closely with the FAA
and Boeing to review its fleet of
six Dreamliners.
The FAA action came on the
same day that Japan's two
biggest airlines which fly
almost half of the world's 50
787s voluntarily grounded
them pending full safety
Boeing said it was working
around the clock with investi-
"We are confident the 787 is
safe, and we stand behind its
overall integrity," Jim Mc-
Nerney, company chairman,
president and CEO said late
Wednesday in a statement.
The FAA decision was an-
other setback for a plane that
was supposed.to establish a
new standard for jet travel but
has instead been beset by one
mishap after another.
The latest trouble arose when
pilots for Japan's All Nippon
Airways smelled something

burning and received a cockpit
warning of battery problems on
a flight from Yamaguchi Ube
airport in western Japan to
Tokyo. They made an emer-
gency landing Wednesday at
Takamatsu airport in western
Japan, and passengers evacu-
ated using inflatable slides.
An inspection found that a
flammable liquid had leaked
from the main lithium-ion bat-
tery below and slightly behind
the cockpit. Investigators found
burn marks around the dam-
age. Japan's Kyodo News agen-
cy quoted a transport ministry
investigator as saying that the
liquid leaked through the elec-
trical room floor to the outside,
of the aircraft. The transport
ministry said the leak could
have led to an accident.
That followed a Jan. 7 bat-
tery fire on a parked Japan
Airlines plane at Boston Logan
that took firefighters 40 min-
utes to extinguish. Both inci-
dents involved the same type
of battery, raising worries that
they may be connected and.
that the jet's electrical prob-
lems are more dangerous than
previously thought.
"Anytime you have a fire
on board whether it's the
battery that has caused it or
a passenger that caused it or
another electrical component
- that's a very a serious situa-
tion on an aircraft and some-'
thing not to be taken lightly,"
said Kevin Hiatt, president of
the Flight Safety Foundation.
So far, no one has suggested

that the plane's fundamental
design can't be fixed. But it's
unclear how much will need to
be changed.
The remedy could range from
relatively quick-and-easy im-
provements to more extensive
changes that could delay deliv-
eries just as Boeing is trying to
speed production up from five
planes per month to 10.
The 787 is the first plane to
make extensive use of lithium-
ion batteries, which have been
the focus of concerns in the
past for their potential to catch
fire. The FAA issued a special
rule for their use in the 787.
The plane has two batteries
the main one near the front
and a second one in'the rear.
Boeing and the airlines will
need to move quickly to deter-
mine whether the problem is
a flaw in the batteries them-
selves, in the plane's wiring
or in some other area that's
fundamental to the plane's
electrical system.
Boeing has booked orders for
more than 800 of the planes
from airlines around the world
attracted by its increased fuel
The jet's lightweight design
makes it more of a fuel-sipper,
and it's so lightweight in part
because it uses electricity to
do things that other airplanes
do with hot air vented through
internal ducts. So a 787 with
electrical problems is like a
minivan that won't haul kids.
It goes to the heart of what the
thing was built to do.

Lawmakers, families, seek to repeal

NRA criticized for ad about

Obama's young daughters

By Martha T. Moore

Before the policy fight could
begin over the Obama adminis-
tration's new proposals on gun
regulation, the NRA had drawn
intense criticism Wednesday
for an ad critical of Obama that
mentions his two children.
The ad calls Obama an "elitist
hypocrite" because his daugh-
ters have Secret Service pro-
tection at their school, but the
president has not embraced the
NRA's proposal for armed secu-
rity at all schools.
"Most Americans agree that a
president's children should not
be used as pawns in a political
fight," White House spokesman
Jay Carney said Wednesday.
"But to go so far as to make the
safety of the president's chil-
dren the subject of an attack
ad is repugnant and cowardly."
The White House has dis-
couraged coverage of Obama's
daughters, Malta and Sasha,
though they are regularly pho-
tographed accompanying their
Donna Brazile, a former
Democratic strategist, called

the ad "tasteless, mean-spirit-
ed and totally out of bounds."
"It's wrong to target in adver-
tising the family of the president
of the United States, regard-
less of the issue," says John
Weaver, a Republican consul-
tant who worked for presiden-
tial candidates John McCain
and Jon Huntsman. He called
the ad "tone-deaf" and said the
NRA is not in tune with public
opinion after the Sandy Hook
shootings. "If they're trying to
appeal to the broad cross sec-
tion of America, or they're try-
ing to appeal to swing votes
in the Congress, this was not
their best first step they could
have taken. It comes across as
Political talk show host and
former congressman Joe Scar-
borough, a Republican, said
the ad, coupled with a new NRA
shooting game mobile app, in-
dicates the NRA is "now a fringe
organization. ... What the NRA
once was, it no longer is. This
extremism is so frightening and
so over the line."
Like many issue ads, the vid-
eo is barely appearing on televi-

sion but was widely reported by
news media after being posted
online late Tuesday. It appears
on the Sportsman Channel
during an NRA-produced talk,
In the ad, which doesn't show
pictures of the Obama girls, a
narrator says, "Are the presi-
dent's kids more important
than yours? Then why is he
skeptical about putting armed
security in our schools, when
his kids are protected by armed
guards at their school? Mr.
Obama demands the wealthy
pay their fair share of taxes,
but he's just another elitist
hypocrite when it comes to a
fair share of security. Protec-
tion for their kids and gun-free
zones for ours."
In 1999, eight months after
the Columbine shootings, NRA
Executive Vice President Wayne
LaPierre told members at the
group's annual convention
that armed guards or police in
schools should be a "rare ex-
ception." After the Sandy Hook
shootings, LaPierre announced
an NRA proposal to put an
armed guard in every school.

'stand your
By Arek Sarkissian

Sybrina Fulton said the
Stand Your Ground Law needs
to be banished from Florida
law books before more people
like her teen son are killed.
Fulton, mother of 17-year-
old Trayvon Martin. was joined
on Wednesday by state Rep.
Alan Williams and state Sen.
Dwight Bullard to show sup-
port for a repeal to Stand Your
"How many chl-dren have to
be killed?" Fulton said "How

ground' legislation
many times are we going to does not vote to repeal the law.
bury our loved ones? it could inspire other states to
"It is important wve do also examine their
something about this law." own policies.
Williams, a Democrat Bullard, a Demo-
from Tallahassee, filed a crat from Miami,
bill last week that would also said a task force
fully repeal Stand Your formed in the wake
Ground. Williams said he of Martin's February
and Bullard have gathered death offered no reso-
support for the bill fromI lution and was made
fellow lawmakers. MARTIN up of those who sup-
"If we don't do anything, port the law.
our opportunity would have "If they won't do anything
been zero," Williams said. add- about it. we will,' he said.
ing that even if the Legislature "That's why we're here."

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Was "Unchained"film based on this man?

Miami Times staff report

Everyone is buzzing about the
movie "Django Unchained" which
has managed to stir up quite
a controversy. It is very rare to
see a Hollywood depiction of a
Black man as the hero in a movie
which manages to add humor to
America's painful history which
includes slavery.
While many enjoyed the movie
and some have strong opinions
about LtW..w "S

that we have today. Benevolent
whites were certainly important
in our quest for freedom, but we
must never discount courageous
Blacks in this struggle as well.
No every Black person at that

Dangerfield Newby was the
oldest of John Brown's raiders,
one of five Black raiders, and
the first of his men to die at
Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

time had a slave mentality. made in the town and stored in
the 22 building armory complex
THE STORY OF near the train tracks. There was
DANGERFIELD NEWBY little ammunition for the guns,
Dangerfield Newby (1815 however, and townspeople would
18591 was the oldest of John fire anything they could find
Brown's raiders, one of five for their guns. One man was
es;-anrd ,he.fifst.f his &shooting 6,lnch spikes from his ..:
'e at UarperF vqry'Vi"r- powderr loaded'gun. . .. ..
nL slave in iHe.aiquj;er When John Brbotn' raided the .
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insop ensla ypd..-Pan-. ( one of those spike. that hit the ,
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grreiiton, Vihdtirgi is frustrated nnedby John
S 's~terhad told hrttmal. Brown and'i' raiders, took
f6 isim of $1,500 he.coAd the body'o Dangerfield Newby
buy his wife and his youngest and stabbed it repeatedly with S
. baby, who had just started to their rusty kiaivep. They left the
crawl;. D gerfleld earned that mutilated body in the alley to be
amount of money and went back eaten by the hungry hogs.
tWar.ehnton to purchase his Some mnght, if you are walking- :
wife and baby, only to have his down Hog Alley and see a man, |
xife's.,master raise the-price. The dressed in baggy trousers arid .
free Black man then joined John an old slouched hat with a ter- '
Brown in the hope of freeing not rible scar across his throat you
only his wife and youngest baby, will know you have met Danger-
'but his entire family. field Newby. He is still roaming'
There were a lot of guns in. our streets, trying to tree his
Harpers Ferry, since the# were family. L e .

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T.W. Shannon elected first

Black Oklahoma House speaker

By Sean Murphy
Associated Press

homa House elected T.W. Shannon
Tuesday as the state's first Black
speaker, and the Lawton Republi-
can vowed to reach across the party
aisle and focus on making the state
more prosperous and business
A member of the Chickasaw Na-
tion and at age 34 the youngest-ev-
er Oklahoma speaker of the-House,
Shannon downplayed the signifi-
cance of his race after the House
voted 69-28 along party lines to .
select him over Del City Democratic
Rep. Scott Inman.
"This caucus chose me because
they think I've got a skill set that
can help lead the House and also
lead the state, and I'm excited to do

that," Shannon said after his histor-
ic election. "Hopefully I can bring
a perspective that represents all
people, because that's what I think
people are looking for."
Shannon already had been elected
by his Republicari colleagues as the
speaker-'elect, and Tuesday's vote
was more of a formality before the
start of the legislative session on
Feb. 4.

Shannon set a bipartisan tone in
his .speech to the House when he
described Inman, who will lead the
29-member Demnocratic caucus, as
"one of the most gifted.and talented
members in this building."
"While I know we will disagree on
policy ... there's not going to be one
time where I doubt that you and I
share one goal and one goal only,

and that's the mutual desire to see
our kids live in a more prosperous
Oklahoma," Shannon said. I count
you as a competitor and a fiend.
not as an enemy."
Inman described Shannon as a
friend and said in a statement that
he was "looking forward to our cau-
cuses productively with one another
as we cast off the fringe elements
that have held our Legislature
hostage in recent years."
'Although Republicans
outnumber Democrats
72-29 in the House,'
Shannon will be forced
to wrangle with a GOP
caucus that has often
been fractured in recent
years as its right wing '
has grown with an infu-
sion of tea party-aligned

NY Museum plans

exhibit of Gordon

Parks photos.

State Museum is mark-
ing the 100th birthday
of photographer Gordon
Parks with an exhibit of his
The show opening on Jan.
26 showcases six decades of
Parks' photographs. It will
include his most famous
photo, "American Gothic,
Washington, D.C.," which
shows a black cleaning
woman standing in front
of an American flag with a
broom and a mop.
State Education Com-
missioner John King says
Parks' work helped drive
the Civil Rights movement
by exposing the stark re-
alities of life faced by many
African Americans.
The State Museum dis-

Eugene Patterson was

conscience of the South


play is organized by the
Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture.
The exhibit includes images
from the Farm Security
Administration and Office of
War Information collections
at the Library of Congress.

By Mitch Stacy
Associated Press

- Eugene Patterson, a Pulitzer
Prize-winning editor and colum-
nist whose impassioned words
helped draw national attention
to the civil rights movement as it
unfolded across the South, has
died at 89.
Patterson, who helped fellow
whites to understand the prob-
lems of racial discrimination,

died Saturday evening in Florida
after complications from prostate
cancer, according to B.J. Phillips,
a family spokeswoman.
Patterson was editor of the
Atlanta Constitution from 1960
to 1968, winning a Pulitzer Prize
in 1967 for editorial writing. His
famous column of Sept, 16, 1963,
about the Birmingham, Ala.,
church bombing that killed four
girls "A Flower for the Graves"
_ was considered so moving that
he was asked by Walter Cronkite

to read it nationally on the "CBS
Evening News."
"A Negro mother wept in the
street Sunday morning in front of
a Baptist Church in Birmingham,"
Patterson began his column. "In
her hand she held a shoe, one
shoe, from the foot of her dead
child. We hold that shoe with her.
"Every one of us in the white
South holds that small shoe in his
hand. ... We who go on electing
politicians who heat the kettles of
hate. ... (The bomber) feels right
now that he has been a hero. He
is only guilty of murder. He thinks
he has pleased us. We of the white
South who know better are the
ones who must take a harsher
"It was the high point of my
life," Patterson later said in a
June 2006 interview from his
home in St. Petersburg. "It was
the only time I was absolutely
sure I was right. They were not
telling the truth to people and we
tried to change that."
. Patterson also spoke of what he
called his good fortune to work
for the Atlanta newspaper and
an enlightened" leadership that
encouraged his work.
"We were rather rare editors in
the South at that time," Patterson
said of himself and Constitution
Publisher Ralph McGill. Patterson
worked under McGill, himself a
Pulitzer winner in 1959, and then
succeeded him at the helm of the
Constitution four years later.




Billionaire auto magnate Norman Braman has resorted to flooding
the airwaves with misinformation. If we are going to have an open
and honest debate about the economic engine of world-class events
in Miami, it would be helpful for everyone to know the FACTS.

FICTION: When asked by Jimmy Cefalo whether he had ever taken any money from state
or local governments, Braman said: "Never for the Philadelphia Eagles."
- South Florida's First News with Jimmy Cefalo (aired Wednesday, January 16, 2013)

FACT: Braman as Eagles owner was the beneficiary of a major public investment when
the City of Philadelphia paid millions to build and renovate luxury skyboxes, which opened
in 1987, two years after Braman acquired the franchise. And he tried to get more when he
travelled to the state capitol ih 1993 on lobbying expeditions. Braman told lawmakers
"that if the city provided him the land and similar financial aid, he would provide the
rest of the financing for a new home for the Eagles."

-fie Pfiabelpfiia4Inquirtr,' February 11, 2003; February 24, 1994

FICTION: When discussing the one-cent tourist tax referenced in the Dolphins plan,
Braman said: "the tourist dollars have other purposes. One of the things that we've
desperately needed forever has been an extension of our convention facilities here.
That's where those taxes should be spent."
- Issues with Helen'Ferre (aired Friday, January 18, 2013)

FACT: Under Florida law, the authorized one-cent tourist tax that would fund a minority
share of the modernization project is exclusively reserved for professional sports facilities
and to promote and advertise tourism. Unlike other tourist taxes, this tourist tax cannot
be used for convention facilities.
- Florida House Bill 165 and Florida Senate Bill 306 (2013)

FICTION: Braman claims that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said "this stadium
needs a roof because it rained during the 2009 game and that's important that we
have this roof here."
- Issues with Helen Ferre (aired Friday, January 18, 2013)

FACT: What Goodell said was that Miami is "a great community" and that "the key
thing is making sure this stadium is state of the art and that it can compete with the
stadiums in some of these other communities...We'II be here once every several
years, if the community is successful."

- SunSentinel, December 7 2009.

You are entitled to your own opinion, Mr. Braman, but not your own facts.

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Fashion world digests Michelle's choices

By Christina Binkley

In a decision that surprised
the fashion world, Michelle
Obama on Monday night wore
an. inaugural ball gown by Ja-
son Wu, the same designer who
made her evening gown for the
2009 inauguration.
It was a big moment for the
New York designer, who was un-
heard of when Mrs. Obama ap-
peared in his one-shouldered
white gown four years ago.
It had been widely speculated
that Mrs. Obama would support
a little-known emerging design-
er with her choice of ball gown
because she has done so many
times in the past.
The choice of the ruby-colored
chiffon-and-velvet .gown also
was a surprise to Wu, who said
he was working on his fall col-
lection at his Manhattan studio,
watching the inauguration on-
line, when he learned his dress
was chosen. He submitted it "a
couple" of months ago, and knew
it was a potential. He chose the
color, he said, "because red is
such a confident color . it's
powerful, commanding.",
Wu already has shown he.
can make the most of such mo-
ments. Since making her first
gown, Wu has developed a sec-
ondary fashion line and inti-o-
duced shoes and handbags. He
has also created a collection for
Mrs. Obama on Monday night
also wore a handmade, dia-
mond-embellished ring by jew-

elry designer Kimberly McDon-
ald. Her shoes were by Jimmy
Choo-a favorite shoemaker of
Earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama
wore a tailored coat and metal-
lic accessories, continuing her
trend of pairing high-fashion
items with mainstream retail
Rather than the playful floral
prints and bows that she has
frequently donned in the past
four 'years, Mrs. Obama chose
a tightly tailored coat designed
by Thom Browne-an influential
designer known primarily for his
The subtle navy-and-gray-
metallic fabric is a silk typically
used to make men's ties. The
somber look contrasted sharply
with the cheery yellow Isabel
Toledo ensemble she wore four
years ago..
First lady Michelle Obama
makes her entrance at the 2013
Commander-In-Chiefs Ball.
Fashion editor Kate Betts
speculated that the outfit sig-
naled Mrs. Obama-a former
executive-was ready to take
a stronger, broader role at the
White House. Already she has
established herself as the na-
tion's first hostess, in addition
to leading initiatives such as
a national campaign against
childhood obesity.
"We haven't seen her in some-
thing- that strict before," said
Betts, author of "Everyday Icon:
Michelle Obama and the Power
of Style." She suggested that

ALWAYS FASHIONABLE: The women in Barack Obama's life strike a pose.

Mrs. Obama's message indicat-
ed, "Now it's time to get down to
There was savvy symbol-
ism, too, in the 'high-low mix in
which Mrs. Obama added a J.
Crew belt with the high-fashion
Thom Browne coat and match-
ing dress. J. Crew clothes are'

familiar and its prices are acces-
sible to many Americans, a nod
to her every-woman persona.
But the Thom Browne label is
known primarily to serious lov-
ers of daring fashion. Browne,
with his shrunken suits, is the
designer mainly responsible for
a look, particularly popular with

young stylish men, that includes
wearing pants slightly above the
ankle and sleeves ending above
the wrist bone.
J. Crew has benefited from
Mrs. Obama's patronage over the
past four years, routinely selling
out of items she wears. But for
Browne, who said Monday that

he hoped her choice would raise
awareness for his women's wear,
it offers a rare chance. A savvy
businessman as well as design-
er, Browne is in a good position
to use the moment to gain mo-
Obama softened the severely
tailored look for the inaugu-
ral luncheon by appearing with
a blue Reed Krakoff cardigan
over the Thom Browne dress.
After a morning prayer session,
she changed into a pair of cus-
tom, one-of-a-kind Reed Krakoff
boots in blue suede.
The first lady's clothing wasn't
the only fashion to gain atten-
tion, during the inauguration. Jill
Biden wore a Lela Rose coat and
dress, also in shades of gray.
Malia Obama wore J. Crew,
while Sasha wore a Kate Spade
Within hours of the swearing-
in, fashion brands began issuing
news releases to announce their
brush with the inauguration.
Publicists even announced that
celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan
had done the orange nail polish
for Beyonce, who performed at
the ceremony.
Beyonce's black gown, by Ital-
ian Emilio Pucci, caused some
observers to express disappoint-
ment that the singer hadn't cho-
sen an American designer. "Her
revenues derive primarily from
the U.S. Some support would
be nice," Gary Wassner, a New
York fashion financier and co-
CEO of Hilldun Corp., said via

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class rules; sitting still; waiting
turns; following instructions; or
frequently 'spacing out' in the
classroom or on the playground.
Parents sometimes are the first
to notice that their child is not
succeeding in school or is hav-
ing difficulty interacting socially
with others.
"It's hard to give exact num-
bers because- some children
don't carry the name or diagno-
sis of ADHD while others with
ADHD may be in a program
that doesn't sort them out from
other children," said Dr. Terry
Vaccaro, Miami-Dade County
Public Schools [M-DCPS] ex-
ecutive director for exceptional
student education. "I would say
that those students with ac-
commodation plans [specialized
methods of helping students
with ADHD learn better and
handle their illness] is about 4
or 5 percent of our total student
population [350K]."
However, Vaccaro points out
that because ADHD is a dimen-
sional disorder, meaning it can

range from very mild to highly
severe, some students continue
along with school without ever
being properly diagnosed-.
"If a child has other strengths
and without the proper evalua-
tion, one could eas- .
ily overlook them." -.
she added. "But the '
income of a stu- "
dent's family does
sway heavily in
terms of what hap-
pens after a student ..
is diagnosed. We i-
are seeing kids from
more affluent back-
-grounds often be-
ing over-diagnosed BRY'
while children of color or those
from lower-income families are
being under-diagnosed."

Aya Goldman, M-DCPS ad-
ministrative.director for excep-
tional student education and
student support, attributes
the differences in over- and
under-diagnosing children to
"cultural differences."
"Across the board when there
is any labeling of students we
have seen that there is signifi-
cant difference in terms of the

level of acceptance by parents
or guardians based on their
cultural background," she
said. "This phenomenon has
been documented in the re-
search and we are aware that
',. it comes with the
4-'-l territory. It can be
something much
more severe than
S just a little boy
with the wiggles.
J That's why it's vi-
tal that parents
and teachers com-
municate with one
another, be aware
of each child's be-
YANT havior and seek
an accurate diagnosis. Some
children may need a specific
accommodation plan oth-
ers .may need a behavior plan
as well. 'But parents are key
in the process to helping their
Patricia Bryant, 52, is a 30-
year veteran with M-DCPS
where she is a counselor. She
is also the mother of a recent
high school graduate that was
challenged with a learning dis-
ability [not ADHD].
"I have' worked primarily
among Black and Caribbean
children and have found it dif-

ficult to get parents on board,"
she said. "They are very en-
gaged in the myth that chil-
dren who take medication
become like zombies. They
are concerned that others will
think their child is mentally
ill. For some, the solution is
to spank the child espe-
cially boys in order to 'fix'
the problem. Of course, that
doesn't do it. In workshops I've
attended, it seems that in cul-
turally mixed settings, more
white children are medicated.
People of African descent tend
to believe that the educa-
tion. system is not friendly to-
wards Blacks and so they tend
to blame the school and the
teachers for their child's learn-
ing problems."
Does treatment help? Bryant
gives a resounding yes.
"I have seen kids go from Cs
to As when medicated and un-
dergoing therapy," she said.
"But the school cannot man-
date medication. Too often
parents know there is a prob-
lem but they refuse to act or
get help until the FCAT scores
come in for their third graders.
There's so much we can do to
help children including giving
them more time to take tests

or even putting them in a dif-
ferent environment to reduce
distractions. But parents must
realize that therapy is ,part of
the solution that means
someone will have to devote
time to taking their child to a
psychologist and helping their
child follow a strict routine.
Sadly, many Black parents tell
me they are working two jobs
or raising the child alone and
can't find the time. But some-
how, they have to.",

While ADHD wasn't always
recognized, diagnosed or
treated as much as it is now,
doctors have known about it
for some time. It is believed
that some famous historical
figures, including Mozart, Da
Vinci and Ben Franklin suf-
fered some form of it. In 1902,
Sir George Frederick Still first
described children with ADHD
symptoms as having "a de-
fect of moral control." In the
mid-1960s, the NIMH began
awarding grants to research-
ers to study the effectiveness
of stimulants for children with
ADHD symptoms. Ritalin be-
came the drug of choice for
"emotionally disturbed chil-

dren" in 1963 but faced an
anti-Ritalin movement in the
the mid-1970s. Most notably,
Section 504 of the Rehabilita-
tion Act of 1973 allowed for
students with ADHD to get ad-
ditional help and services at
school to help them succeed.

According to The Ameri-
can Psychiatric Association,
ADHD in untreated adults can
cause numerous mental and
physical health problems, dif-
ficulties with work and financ-
es and put strain on relation-
"Untreated it leaves millions
of children and adults misun-
derstood and unnecessarily
floundering, even incapacitat-
ed," writes Dr. Edward M. Hal-
lowell, author of the seminal
text on ADHD, Driven to Dis-
traction. "Many people [adults]
with ADHD medicate them-
selves with alcohol, marijuana
or cocaine in different ways
each of these drugs calms the
person down. But only in the
short run. That's why psycho-
therapy and medication are
key to adults' understanding
themselves and restructuring
their lives."

America watches first kids blossom President Obama needs
_-- kid* blo r aa n1 .

By Marisol Bello

My, how they've grown.
Has it really been four years
since Malia and Sasha Obama
bounded into the White House?
Who could forget 7-year-old
Sasha's high-pitched squeal
when her father appeared on a
giant video screen at the 2008
Democratic convention and she
asked him,"Daddy, what city
are you in?"
Or when Malia, 10, called out,
"I love you, Daddy."
When President Obama takes
the oath Monday for his second
term, those adorable little girls
in their adorable little frocks
will be gone.
In their place are two stylish
young ladies. Malia, 14, now in
high school, stands nearly as
tall as her mother's 5 feet, 11
inches. And like her mother,
she's making an impression in
trendy outfits.
Sasha, 11, doesn't seem to
have lost any of her spunk.
"They seem very graceful,"
says Doug Wead, an adviser to
former presidents George H.W.
Bush and his son, George W.
Bush, and author of All the
Presidents' Children, which
looked at the family lives of the
nation's presidents. "It speaks

The Obama family early in the President's first term.

to their confidence, which also
comes from their parents."
He says that confidence will
come in handy as the girls get
older, because presidential
children often struggle to de-
fine themselves separately from
their high-achieving parents.
The Obamas have done some-
thing that eluded other first
families, he says: They appear
to be a functional family with
parents who set rules and pro-
vide structure and discipline.
"That's practically unheard

of," he says. "First families by
their nature are dysfunctional."
Presidential families are fa-
mous for indulging their chil-
dren and spoiling them, he says.
Or, in the case of James Roos-
evelt, the oldest son of President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, ignoring
Wead tells the story of how the
younger Roosevelt complained
to his mother, Eleanor, that he
never got time to talk with his
father. Eleanor told him to do
what she did: Make an appoint-

After the meeting, James Roo-
sevelt said he'd never do that
again. His father read memos
the entire time, Wead says.
The president and first lady
talk frequently about their girls,
but they also insist that their
daughters be photographed
only during public events.
.The girls have little to no
presence online. They are not
allowed to have Facebook ac-
counts, Michelle Obama has
It will be fun watching them
come of age, Wead says.
"They'll learn to drive," he
says, and the president seems
to be such a hands-on dad that
he can see him getting in the car
to teach them.
Obama himself often quips
about how his daughters are
growing up.
When he visited a Master Lock
factory in Milwaukee last year
to discuss American manufac-
turing, he got a laugh from the
workers when he told them, "As
I was looking at some of the re-
ally industrial-size locks, I was
thinking about the fact that I
am a father of two girls who are
soon going to be in high school
and that it might come in handy
to have these super locks."

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offered up some version of
this sad refrain: Race was
not a factor. I picked the best
qualified person for the job.

Implied in their answer is
that among the tens of mil-
lions of Blacks, they could find
just one person who had the
intelligence and experience
to serve in their Cabinet. Bill
Clinton broke that bad tradi-
tion. He named seven Blacks
to Cabinet posts. George W.
Bush put four Blacks in his
Cabinet. Obama has just one:
Attorney General Eric Holder.
Sure, the president can
point to a large number of
Blacks in lesser positions
throughout his administra-
tion some of them so-
called Cabinet-level jobs. But
coming on the heels of the
Clinton and Bush presiden-
cies. Obama's failure so
far to appoint more than
one Black to his Cabinet is a
troubling reversal.

A president's Cabinet is a
breeding ground for political
leaders (think Dick Cheney.
Elizabeth Dole. Andrew Cuo-
mo and Bill Richardson).
Cabinet secretaries command
vast areas of the federal gov-
ernment and can make de-
cisions that affect, among
other things, employment op-
portunities, enforcement of
affirmative action laws, and
funding for minorities' busi-
nesses and historically Black
colleges and universities.
Also, the 15 members of
the president's Cabinet the
real Cabinet are in the line
of succession to the presi-
dency, should some great di-
saster befall the nation.
In the coming months,
as the expected turnover in
his Cabinet occurs, Obama
should show the nation -
and, most important, his
Black constituents that
like Bush and Clinton, he
too can find more than one
qualified Black to serve in his




Waiting for the second Black

president and history's portrayal

As Margaret Thatcher's legacy shows,

historic firsts don't have a quick second

By John Blundell

In a few days, America's first
Black president will be inaugu-
rated for a second term. It is a
major moment in history that
we won't likely see repeated in
most people's lifetimes. Leader-
ship seconds rarely come hard
on the heels of transformational
leadership firsts.
About five years ago, I asked
Margaret Thatcher: "Lady T,
are you more proud of being
the first lady prime minister (of
the United Kingdom) or the first
scientist to hold that position?"
The former chemist, then just
turned 80, fired back: "Oh sci-
entist, definitely scientist."
But Margaret's success a
double first has not led to a
tsunami. True, she shattered
barriers, but other women and
other scientists have been slow
to follow. In subsequent de-
cades, British women have for
the first time served in two of
the country's four top jobs, but
they have had little impact and
have never come close to re-
peating as prime minister. And
as for Margaret's other first, sci-
entists have done no better. Sci-
entist David Davis, a member of
Parliament, lost the battle for
leadership !of the U.K.'s Con-
servative Party to non-scientist
David Cameron MP, now the
prime minister.

Fifty years ago, John F. Ken-
nedy overcome long-held preju-
dice to serve as America's first
Catholic president. Since then
John Kerry, the Democratic
candidate for the presidency in
2004, has been the only Catho-
lic to come close, though Cath-

olics have been vice president,
including the current one, Joe
As important as matters of
race, sex and religion are, the
reason that barrier-breaking
leaders tend not to have an im-
mediate second act is that such
leaders are often the right per-
. son at the right time for many
reasons other than their race,
sex or religion. Iconic writ-
ers such as Keirnes and Marx
respectively stressed the role
of ideas and interests in poli-
tics, while others such as John
Stewart Mill have focused on
.circumstances, or as the Brit-
ish Prime Minister Harold Mac-
millan once supposedl,- said,
"Events, dear boy. events."
In the case of Thatcher. one
can see all three at work. From
her Methodist father, her vora-
cious reading, and her interac-
tion with think tanks such as
the Institute of Economic Af-
fairs, she had a coherent phi-
losophy. Her union reforms,
sales of public housing and
privatization of large sectors of
the economy aimed to weaken
her enemies and build up the
ranks of her backers. And cir-
cumstances often favored her,
as when the Winter of Discon-
tent, a period of broad union
unrest in early 1979, turned a
likely slim victory on a wimpy
platform into a comfortable
win on a much tougher set of
policies. 'Then along came some
bullies for her to discipline,
namely Argentinian generals
and British trade union leaders.

So, too, did Barack Obama
benefit from many factors be-

-Reuters Photo
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses for a photo-
graph with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher outside 10
Downing St'reet in London June 8, 2010.

yond his race a unique up-
bringing, a compelling rhetori-,
cal style, the desire of many
Democrats not to have another
Clinton in the White House and
an electorate restless after eight
years of Republican rule, as
well as two wars the public had
long lost patience with. Pow-
erful leaders emerge because
of many more forces than just
surface features.
Such leaders seek those other
characteristics in their subordi-
nates as well. There are recent
signs that President Obama
prizes strong leadership, loy-
alty and competence above his,
own unique characteristic. He
has been pummeled for weeks
about the lack of diversity in
his second-term Cabinet ap-
pointments, placing trusted
and experienced white male
after white male iri positions of

To Margaret, being a woman
was nowhere near as important
to her as hard work and compe-
tence. There was only a single
woman who briefly served in
her Cabinet. The big joke, of
course, was that only one per-
son in the Cabinet wore trou-
sers Margaret.
That does not mean these
leaders don't change things. To-
day, German Chancellor Angela
Merkel is the second most pow-
erful person (not just woman) in
the world. In the United States,
with 103 women in Congress
and gubernatorial mansions, it,
can't be long before one of them
or their recent colleagues is the
right person in the right place
at the right time.
John Blundell is the author of
Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of
the Iron Lady.

NNPA prepares for its

mid-winter conference
With the theme "Voice of the newsroom of the future; effec-
Black Community: Strength- tive use of social media; plans
ening Our Future," the Nation- for revenue growth; publish-
al Newspaper Publish- ers' exchange; and
ers Association [NNPA] maximizing advertis-
will hold its mid-win- ing revenue.
ter conference in Ft. A dinner will be
Lauderdale, January held on Friday, Jan.
23-26. : 25, honoring Levi
After opening on Henry, Jr. and other
Wednesday, Jan. 23 local heroes. Guest
with several board a speakers during
meetings, Chairman the conference will
of the Board Cloves Cloves Campbell, Jr. include: Congress-
Campbell, Jr., will NNPA Chairman man Alcee Hastings;
host a welcome recep- of the Board Jasmin D. Shirley,
tion. During the re- vice president, Com-
maining three days, workshop munity Health Services, Bro-
and luncheon topics will in- ward Health; and other special
clude: HIV/AIDS advocacy; the guests.

Inexperience blamed

for poor results in

113th Congress session

By Susan Davis

tive and unpopular 'are two
words most often used to de-
scribe the previous Conriess,
but a nexw description can be
used for the new session inex-
A confluence of factors from
a trio of wave' elections, redis-
tricting, divisive primaries to
even death kick off a 1l13rh
Congress populated by junior
lawmakers in both chambers
that challenges the conventional
wisdom that Washington politics
is dominated by entrenched in-
-. Nearly two in five lawmakers
in the U.S. House, 39%, have
served for less than -:hree ,ears,
according to data compiled by
the non-partisan Cook Political
Report. It's the least experienced
House since at least 1995, when

an election wave swept the Re-
publicans into power.
The experience gap is more
acutely felt .within the GOP,
which controls the House, where
46 percent of the 233 Republi-
cans have served for less than
three years. Among the 200
House Democrats, 61 lawmak-
ers, or 31 percent, have three
or fewer years on their resume'
There are two vacancies.
That means junior lawmakers
now hold posiuons it once took
years to reach. For example, rwo
freshman Republicans, Reps.
David Joyce of Ohio and David
Valadao of California, were giv-
en seats on the Appropnations
Committee, which determines
federal spending. Another fresh-
man, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-
N.C., already chairs a Homeland
Security subcommittee.
They were sworn in just two
weeks ago.









celebrated at

Mentor Hudfrom IU, po se

Communities In Schools Miami

connects youth with professionals

Communities in Schools students of Miami Edison Senior High School are photographed at the Mentor
Luncheon. Pictured are:Anioski Desir, Calherbe Ernest, Janice Blanc, Greguer Odige, John Rudolph, Mang
Suan, Shania Williams, Francheska Lewis, James Fertil and Deon Emile.

By Malika A. Wright
\ i ti t eiii"~y ii'rltt rr lthi ei 'illinl .. ltt
There %i ere a lot of thank you's going
around at the' Miami Shores Country
Club on Jan 17 for National Thank
Your Mentor DaN
Communities in Schools (CiS) Mi-
ami an organization that %korks to
empower and motivate at-risk students
to graduate b,, providing resources.
such aIs itaiertonrmng. tutoring, life skills
development and counseling held
a luncheon to honor the mentors who
have assisted CIS students.
The mentors included various profes-
sionals from companies who spend four
hours a month working with students

either at the student s school or at the
mentor's v.ork place.
When mentors offer their help, talent
and resources the mentees eyes open
up. they become more confident and
start to believe that they can also be
successful, according to LaTousha Dan-
iels. CIS mentor coordinator
"For business people to give up their
time to meet the needs of at-risk chil-
dren. \\e have to let them know that
they're appreciated." Daniels said.
About 15 students from Miami Edi-
son Senior High School. are mentored
by members of the U.S. Coast Guard,
including Greguer Odige, 18, a 12th
grader, who said he enjoys spending
Please turn to YOUTH 14B

Middle schooler

overcomes diversity

Albinism and visual impairment won't
stop Angel from her dreams
By Malika A. Wright
,l / 1 l r iin lw a',i ltiw Ii ln ic \i~' ili it e n ,
in elementary school. man\ kids are affected b\ bullying and .
academic pressure. Then, when riddle school comes around the
issLIes seem to increase with the addition of peer pressure and I
sometimes low self-esteem
Angel Wallace, 14. an eighth grader. has dealt with the com-
mon problems of most children \while in elementary, and middle
school, but even moreso because she is albino. Regardless of *
her differences. Angel does not let the challenges of albinism
or visual impairment stop her from being confident arid ex- .
ceiling in academics and in music.
Yet she will admit that she has endured some tu.ich
"My elementary school years weren't exactly the best '
\ears of my life." Angel said. "But now i feel better and A"'
confident about being albino."
According to Angel. she was stared at in class, her peers
would say mean things and some people would run av'..a ,:
from her, while in elementary school.
Now in middle school. Angel has experienced less .
problems. Her mom believes that the challenges have
decreased because students have more knowledge of ,
Please turn to ANGEL 14B .
-Pri':10 I y Jo:er, A r,ms;
Angel Wallace, 14, was recognized at her school for her
achievements as a saxophonist.

Pastor starts new ministry

Johnson on steadfast
mission to serve God
By Malika A. Wright
,bili i i mli' a nil toilO n 1 oonlinhle.. o01m1

Rev. Lorenzo Johnson. Sr., 60. may
be new to the pulpit. and has just start-
ed wearing the pastor title that both his
father and son have carried for
decades, but he has been
ministering all of his life.
Before becoming a
pastor, Johnson spent
30 years ministenng to
youth as a head coach, .
a juvenile program di-
rector and a facilitator
of other youth pro-
"Ministering isn't just
inside the church, the
Bible says you have to go to
the highways and the byways,"
he said.
It was imperative for Johnson to not
only focus on the little leaguers' and
cheerleaders' athletic growth, but their
spiritual growth as well, as a head
coach and director of a little league pro-
gram. He and other program workers
taught many youth the importance of
prayer, going to church and about the
love of Jesus Christ.
"We always put God first," he said.
"I let them know that even though we

are playing a football game, we have to
pray first. Or else we weren't successful
whether we win. lose or draw."
One of Johnson's most memorable
times as a coach, was taking a young
man who had been lacked out of his
parents home to church.
"Thank you for taking me to the
Lord," the young man said to him. "If it
Please turn to JOHNSON 14B

Gun Buy Back Operation to be I

held at' three local churches

Rewards are given in exchange for assault weapons

By Malika A. Wright
A itwrighliii@miaminiiiesonline.cim

For the guns that were used to take lives, to
commit crimes and that are simply out of place.
These fire arms may as well be given back and
no longer play a part in mischievous activity.
In efforts to reduce gun violence and unnec-
essary injunes to Miami citizens, local church-
es have partnered with the 'City of Miami's
Mayor Tomas Regalado and the Miami Police
Department for their first official Gun Buy
-Back Operation of the year, an event in which
anyone will be able to turn in weapons without
any questions asked.
In addition, those who turn in guns will lIe
given Winn-Dixie and Walmart gift cards or Mi-

ami Heat basketball game tickets.
"The more dangerous the weapon, the higher
the value of the reward, which includes two
100-level premium seat Miami Heat tickets
that are good for weekend games in the month
of March." according to Pat Santangelo.
The operation started on Jan 19 at Jordan
Grove Baptist Church located at 5946 NW 12th
Ave., and will continue Jan. 26 in Overtown at
St. John Baptist Church located at 1328 NW
3rd Ave. The last date of the operation will be
Feb 2 at San Juan Bosco Church located at
1301 W. Flagler St.
Rev. Jerome Starling, an associate pastor.at
Please turn to GUNS 14B

-PhoLo by Ma Reed
Sergeant Freddy Cruz, public information officer, examines a revolver during a Gun Buy
Back event at Model City NET Jordan Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 19,2013.

A number of hotel and tourism leaders have come out in the last week in
support of keeping Miami First when it comes to remaining competitive for
Super Bowls, college championship games, international soccer events and
our community's pursuit of the 2019 Pan American Games.

"Preserving the stadium's ability to host the kind of large scale events that attract a
critical mass is key for our continued ability to thrive as a tourist destination. The
InterContinental Miami supports upgrades made to Sun Life Stadium that continue to
bring major events to our great city and looks forward to the details of the current
proposed renovations."
Robert Hill, General Manager, InterContinental Miami

"In order to remain competitive and attract prestigious national -and international
sporting and entertainment events the modernization of Sun Life Stadium is crucial
to both short-term and long term economic growth."
Florencia Tabeni, General Manager, JW Marrigtt Marquis Miami

"At Trump National Doral, we understand the importance of world-class events as
economic drivers. Steve Ross' commitment to modernize Sun Life Stadium while
covering most of the construction costs is the right thing for Miami-Dade."
Donald J. Trump, Chairman

"We are on the verge of the greatest boom market in our industry's history and South
Florida cannot afford to miss on opportunities to draw Super Bowls, college
championship games and international events."
Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman Loews Hotels & Resorts

"We support Steve Ross' efforts to create a world class facility that can continue to
attract high profile events and in turn benefit the local economy."

Jeffrey Soffer, Chairman and CEO of Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Let's put our best foot forward in continuing to bring these economic drivers
to our county. Over $1 billion of economic impact and thousands of local
jobs are in our sights over the next 25 years.

Learn more at MiamiFirst.com





14U L i Mary Mary win big at Stellar Awards

-Photos by Bau Dessources
Several professional business men celebrated mentorship at the Communities in Schools
Luncheon. Pictured are Pastor Dasha Johnson, of the Mayor's Office and Alpha International
Ministries (l-r); Vince Colebrook of Hair Exclusive; Clinton Powell of FPL; Carlos Rodriguez
of FPL; Ronald Baton of FPL; Roque Goitia of FPL; Molino Thomas of FPL; Greg Jones of
FPL; Carey Brown of FPL; Anthony Boyd of FPL and C.R Harris of FPL.

Mentor holiday celebrated by CIS

continued from 12B

time with the Coast Guard
He said they show great con-
cern about how he and the oth-
er mentees are doing in school
and in life.
"If something bad happens to
you, they are always there to
help you," he said.
Janice Blanc, .17, another
12th grader from Edison Senior
High, said being mentored by
members of the Coast Guard
has helped her control her tem-
per, bring up her grades, and
meet new people.
Blanc said that she is even
considering signing up for the
Coast Guard after college.
Guitars Over Guns Organiza-
tion (GOGO) a music-related
non-profit that consists of mu-
sicians and singers who have
partnered with CIS work with
eight students from Edison
Middle School and eight stu-
dents from NorthMiami Middle
Both Sherrine Mostin, a jazz
voice professor at Miami-Dade
College, and .Michelle Forman,
help students train ,their voic-
es and grow as' singers. Other

Mentors from the North Miami Area and mentors of GOGO
are photographed with a mentee at the luncheon. Pictured
are: Michelle Forman of GOGO (l-r), J.J. Freire,.Darell Payne,
Major Franzia Brea-Burden,Janice Blanc, Major Robert Bage,
Pamela L. Solomon and Amin De Jesus.,

GOGO members teach students
how to use instruments or to
Several mentors from Florida
Power and Light Company, who
have recently partnered with
CIS, were in attendance at the
luncheon. They will have their
first meeting with their group of
twelve mentees on Jan. 23.
"As we take ownership of ev-
ery dealing with electricity, we
also want to take ownership of
development of the kids in our

local community," Clinton Pow-
ell, a FPI, employee said.
Elizabeth Mejia, the executive
director of CIS Miami, gave a
speech that focused on the im-
portance of mentors.
"Whether you hear the thank
you or not, whether those kids
come back and say this is how
you transformed my life," she
said. "I know in my heart, and
I hope you know in your heart
that everything that we do truly
makes a difference."

Churches, mayor, police buy back guns

continued from 12B

Jordan Grove and founder/
CEO of the Rickia Isaac Foun-
dation, travels all around the
country to speak against gun
violence, since his niece Rickia
Isaac, who was 5 years old, was
killed by a stray bullet on Jan.
20 1997, after leaving.a Mar-
tin Luther King Parade with her
"So many young kids, like
Rickia Isaac were shot and
killed by stray bullets," Starling
said. "I want them to turn in
their guns because if they turn
in their guns, they may save a
Starling and. Rev. Douglas
Cook, pastor of Jordan Grove,
'have held funerals for a lot of
victims of gun violence that is
why they selected the church as
a location for the gun buy back,
according to Starling..
Also, people don't have to
worry about getting in trouble
or being questioned about their
guns at the gun buy back. The
gun buy back is held at three
churches because people in the
community look at the church-
es as safe havens, according to

-Photo: Max Reed
Greg Pelham, a police instructor and safety officer, left,
points to a .44 Colt revolver held by an officer who declined
to give his name talking to the Rev. Gregory Thompson dur-
ing a Gun Buy Back event at Model City NET Jordan Grove
Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 26,2013.

Starling said this the 4th
gun buy back that he has been
apart of and in the past the oth-
ers were very successful, with
collections of about 100+ guns.
The guns that are turned in are
Starling said he has made an
effort to reach out to the Black
community by passing out over
400 flyers and advertising on

Hot 105 and 99 Jamz radio sta-
"[Blacks] must understand
if we don't stop killing one an-
other there won't be anymore
[Blacks]," he said. "We have
stayed silent when it comes to
us killing one another instead
of us doing something about
it. But we must do something
about it.

Letting light shine so others see good works

continued from 12B

wasn't for you ministering to
me, I don't know where I would
Today, the young man is a
minister, according to John-
"I made sure that I added to
them the things that my par-
ents added to me," Johnson
He grew up as a preacher's
kid of Frances Johnson, 80,
and the late Rev. Dr. L. B.
Johnson who served as pastor
of New Hope Baptist Church.

But over the past, 4-5 years
Johnson has taken his minis-
tering to another level. A year

ago, he started Faith Taberna-
cle Missionary Baptist Church.
Johnson admitted to, once
being distracted by obtaining
material things, worldly suc-
cess and not immediately lis-
tening to God's calling.
"I wasn't a drug addict, but I
was a world addict,." he said. "I
wanted the world. Sometimes
we get caught up in those
things and lose sight 'of what
God has for us."
Johnson remembers having
real estate properties and suc-
ceeding in the business world,
but feeling unhappy.
Now Johnson, similar to the
prodigal son, is very excited
about serving God and his new
"A lot of times we ignore the
calling of God, and I've been ig-

noting the call for a long time,"
Johnson said.
"But now I'm on a mission
to serve God for the rest of the
time I have on Earth."
Presently, he leads about 45'
church members. The church's
worship service is currently
held in a conference room at
the Miami Gardens Office Cen-
ter and the church is in nego-
tiation about buying a church
Johnson wants to share his
testimony with others so they
could know that God can save
them like He saved him.
"People think that they have
to be squeaky clean coming to
God, but we as Christians have
to allow our lights to shine so
that people can say, if God got
him, he got me."

By EEW Magazine

Last Saturday was a night to.
behold gospel music in all its
glory on Jan. 19. The 28th An-
nual Stellar Awards returned
to the Grand Ole Opry House
in Nashville, TN where art-
ists Mary Mary (also co-hosts),
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship
Chicago and Marvin .Sapp
walked away with the most
Erica and Tina Campbell
took home five out of nine
awards for which they were
nominated, the same number
as the evening's other top win-
ner, Pastor-Charles Jenkins.
Marvin Sapp was next in line
with the most awards, scoop-
ing up four, including artist of
the year.
For the first time ever, GMC
TV aired the event live, giving

gospel music lovers at home
a chance to live tweet and see
their favorite artists grace the
stage in real time.
The Stellars showcased

performances by: Donnie Mc-
Clurkin, Dorothy Norwood,
Dottie Peoples, Israel Houghton
and New Breed, Kierra Clark
Sheard, Anita Wilson, The Kurt
Carr Singers, LeAndria John-
son, Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary,
Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett,
and more.
Among the Award presenters
were: Andrae Crouch, Ambas-
sador Dr. Bobby Jones, Donald
Lawrence, LeToya Luckett,
Lexi, Michelle Williams, Rance
Allen, Rockmond Dunbar,
Shawn Thompson, VaShawn
Mitchell, Wess Morgan and Wil-
liam Murphy.
The Campbells, whose co-
hosting duties were assisted
by Kirk Franklin, performed
on the Saturday night show,
and said they were "completely
overjoyed" about garnering
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Angel channels energy into music

continued from 12B
what albinism is and because
Angel now attends a school that
is more accepting of her than
those that are in her neighbor-
"I had to take her out of the
all-Black school," Karen Wal-
lace, Angel's mother, said.
"There were more ignorant
stares and more pick-ats than
what you would experience in
the other communities."
She explained that although
it is common for Angel to be
stared at, in Black communi-
ties people would stare and
then stare again. Some would
go even further and make fun
of Angel.
But through it all, both An-
gel and Karen have remained
positive and has been. a sup-
port system for each other. An-
gel said that it is her mom and
her passion for music that has
kept -her motivated and en-

Also Angel receives support
and, encouragement from or-
ganizatioris like the National
Organization for Albinism
and Hypo-pigmentation and
the Miami Light House for the
blind and visually impaired.
"I tell Angel that she's my
hero because she keeps me

Angel is photographed with

strong and focused," Karen
said. "She shows me how to
push and persevere through all
of my trials because she does."
Angel is known around Mi-
ami Lakes Middle School for
her passion and dedication as
a tenor saxophonist.
She started playing the saxo-
phone in the sixth, grade and
mastered it that very same
year, according to Karen. She
has even received ',first and
second place ratings in coun- *
ty-wide and state-wide music
competitions. In addition, be-
cause of her commitment and
leadership skills Angel has
served as drum major of her
school band during her seventh

-Photo by Joseph Adams
her mother, Karen Wallace.

grade year and now she serves
as band captain.
As a band member, some of
Angel's favorite moments were
performing in Christmas festi-
vals, veterans parades, spring
concerts and competitions.
Angel said she enjoys being in
band because it makes her feel
important. She even sets goals
on how she will grow as a mu-
sician each year. After middle
school and high school, Angel
plans on going to college to
study Oncology and Music.
"You can do just about any-
thing that you set your mind
to," Angel said. "You can be
anything, just like I have for
the past three years."






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about the safety of the standard
childhood vaccine schedule, ac-
cording to a new report from an ex-
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The Institute of Medicine, which
advises the government on health,
looked into the issue due to con-
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Ovarian, endometrial tumors duct additional studies
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found with Papsmears samples.
Btit the test, called Pap-
By Liz Szabo ovarian or endometrial Gene, appears promis-
cancer, as well. ing, he says. It found 100
The Pap smear, first Using sophisticated new percent of the endometrial
developed in the 1940s, methods of sequencing cancers and 41 percent of
is often described as the DNA, doctors scanned this ovarian cancers.
world's most success- fluid for genetic mutations Importantly, the test
ful cancer screening test. found only in ovarian or didn't cause any "false
Deaths from cervical can- endometrial cancers, ac- alarms" by mistakenly
cer, once a major killer of cording to a pilot study flagging healthy samples
American women, have published online Wednes- as cancerous, Papadopou-
fallen 75 percent since the day in Science Transla- los says.
Pap smear's introduction, tional Medicine. Developing an early
Now, doctors are corn- Authors note that their screening test for a disease
bining this grandfather of study was small, with as deadly as ovarian can-
all screening tests with the samples from just 24 en- cer is akin to finding "the
latest genomic research in dometrial cancers and 22 Holy Grail," says Shannon
an effort to detect cancer ovarian cancers. Westin, of Houston's M.D.
of the ovaries and the en- The research is in its Anderson Cancer Center,
dometrium, or uterine lifn- earliest stages, and is no- who wrote an accompany-
ing. where close to being ready ing editorial.
In a surprise finding, re- to be used in the clinic, That's because ovarian
searchers discovered that says co-author Nickolas cancers are typically found
cervical fluid, obtained Papadopoulos, a profes- very late, when they are
during a Pap smear, may sor of oncology at. Johns incurable, Westin says.
contain not only cells from Hopkins Kimniel Cancer Finding ovarian cancers
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Most oppose reversing

Roe v. Wade decision

Pew survey on abortion ruling
shows little change since 2003

By Mary Wisniewski
Most Americans remain
opposed to overturning
the controversial Supreme
Court decision in Roe v.
Wade, which 40 years ago
legalized abortion at least
in the first three months of
pregnancy, according to a
poll released Wednesday.
The poll by the Pew Re-
search Center found that
63 percent of Americans
believe that, Roe v. ,Wade
should not be completely
overturned, compared to
29 percent who believe it
.should be. These opinions
have changed little from
surveys conducted in 2003
and 1992, Pew reported. .
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years which is kind of in-
teresting because a lot of
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riage being the most nota-
ble example," said Dimock.
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on issues such as gay
marriage sometimes have
a sharp generational di-
vide, with younger people
more likely to favor it, so
national feelings change
over time.
But the abortion issue
shows only modest gener-
ational differences, and no
gender gap.
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Adults to be fined

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By Kelly S. Kennedy

The federal government
kicked off an effort to raise
awareness about the most
controversial part of the
health care law the require-
ment that the uninsured buy

health care insurance.
Last Wednesday morning,
the Department of Health and
Human Services planned to
relaunch its website to try to
draw in the millions of unin-
sured people needed to make,
the health care law work when
open enrollment in state and
federal health care exchanges
begins in October.
"There are millions of Ameri-
cans who need to be able to
find and use health coverage,"

said Jason Young, deputy as-
sistant secretary for public
affairs at HHS. The restarted
website marks the beginning
of a "full-throttle" effort to
market the federal health care
exchange, he said.

Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebel-
ius addresses a White House
conference on Dec. 5. HHS is
relaunching its website.

Achieving your wellness goals realistically

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Americans still favoring legalized abortions

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Those most likely to favor
upholding Roe v. Wade at 69
percent are the "baby boom-
ers" aged 50-64, who were
children or young adults
when the case was decided
on January 22, 1973. This
group was followed by those
18-29 years old, who favored
upholding the decision by 68
NARAL Pro-Choice Ameri-
ca, a national abortion rights
group, said the data confirms
what NARAL has found in its
own research.
"This poll is a reminder that
the public clearly agrees, and
has done so for decades," said

Tarek Rizek, communications
director for NARAL.
* Joseph Scheidler, promi-
nent abortion opponent and
national director of the Pro-
Life Action League, said opin-
ions about abortion have
changed since 1973 because
of advances like ultrasound,
which allow a better under-
standing of fetal life.
"I don't worry much -about
these polls..." said Scheidler.
"I think a majority of Ameri-
cans 'prefer to be called pro-
life." He said knocking down
Roe v. Wade which would re-
turn the issue to the states -
is not as important as educat-
ing people on "the great evil"
of abortion.
The Pew poll also found that

53 percent of the U..S. public
say the issue of abortion is
not that important compared
to other issues the first time
that number has been over
50 percent. Dimock said this
may reflect Americans' cur-
rent preoccupation with is-
sues such as the national
debt and gun control.
There are still wide religious
differences over whether to
overturn Roe v. Wade and the
morality of abortion, the poll
found. White evangelical Prot-
estants are the only religious
group in which a majority 54
percent favors overturning
the decision.
Large percentages of white
mainline Protestants (76 per-
cent), Black Protestants (65

Report urges scheduled flu shots

continued from' 15B

CDC's advice to give her kids
multiple shots at once. Pun-
ishill says she was frightened
by her nephew's reaction to a
combination shot, after which
he spiked a high fever for sev-
eral days, became very cranky
and didn't sleep much. She sees
spacing out vaccines as a com-
promise with her husband. w'ho
didn't want to %accinate at all
"Neither o mrny girls had se-
vere reactions," Punishill says '.
"They would more often than
not have a 24-hour period of
either being more sleepy or
restless, mild temperature and
Punishill says she would like
scientists to continue to study
the vaccine schedule. "Both my
girls were completely vaccinat-
ed with everything they needed

by the time they entered kin-
dergarten," Punishill says. "At
times this would mean monthly
visits to the pediatrician's of-
fice, but I would do it again this
way in a heartbeat."
Numerous studies have failed
to find any evidence to link vac-
cines and chronic diseases,
such as autoimmune problems,
asthma, autism, hypersensi-
tivity, seizures, developmental
disorders, learning disorders
or attention-deficit hyperactiv-
ity disorder, the report says.
While earlier reports from the
Institutes of Medicine largely
focused on the safety of indi-
vidual vaccines, this is the first
to take a comprehensive look at
the safety of the entire sched-
ule, Thomas says.
Although 90 percent of chil-
dren are fully vapcinated by the
time they enter kindergarten,
up to 40 percentof parents skip

or space out some of their chil-
dren's shots, following alterna-
tive schedules due to concerns
over safety and side effects,
studies show. While some par-
ents worry about individual
vaccines, others wonder about
"overwhelming" the immune
system, or the cumulative effect
of getting so many shots. Fewer
than one percent of children
receive no vaccines, the report
Perhaps the most popular al-
ternative schedule is found in
The Vaccine Book, by pediatri-
cian Robert Sears, which spac-
es out vaccines.
"I created an alternative
schedule because a growing
number of families are refus-
ing vaccines,' simply because
they don't like the overload of
so many shots together when
their babies are so young,"
Sears said. "Instead of only of-

Tips to avoid catching the flu

continued from 15B

as good a preventive vaccine as
can be expected.
It's true that flu shots don't
provide 100 percent protection,
especially for the elderly. In a
report released Friday, the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said this year's vac-
cine appeared to have an ef-
fectiveness rate of 62 percent.
But Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC
director, argued that "that's a
glass 62 percent full," and it
still provides the best preven-
tion tool at our disposal.
What's more, said flu re-
searcher Dr. Arnold Monto of
the University of Michigan, if
you do get sick after a vaccina-
tion, your illness may be less
severe, and you're also likely
to "shed" less virus that is,
spread less flu around than
a person who hasn't had the
It takes the flu shot or a flu
mist dose about two weeks to
begin protecting you from the

-influenza virus. That means
people in California, where the
illness hasn't yet gone gang-
busters and might continue
circulating as late as May, still
have time to benefit from get-
ting immunized. According
to state health officials, there
have been no reports of vaccine
supply shortages, though you
might need to call around a bit
to find a pharmacy that has the
immunizations in stock.
Mind your respiratory eti-
quette. State epidemiologist
Gil Chavez, of the California
Department of Public Health
in Sacramento, told the Los
Angeles Times that there was
a silver lining in the 2009-
10 HIN1 swine flu pandemic:
People learned to mind their
"respiratory etiquette," develop-
ing much better habits when it
came to shielding others from
their germ-spreading sneezes
and coughs. The biggie: Cover
your mouth with a tissue or
even with your sleeve if you
need to cough or sneeze.
Wash your hands. Often.

Frequent hand-washing helps
curb the spread of the flu,
which people can catch by get-
ting the virus on their hands
and then touching their eyes,
nose or mouth. Your safest bet
is to stick with old-fashioned
soap and warm water; hand
sanitizers like Purell may not
be effective in warding off colds
or the flu.
SIf you do get sick, stay home.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director
of the Los Angeles County De-
partment of Public Health, urg-
es people who do feel a flu-like
illness coming on to treat their
symptoms themselves. "Don't
go to work; don't send your kids
to school," he said. The reverse
is true as well, doctors say: It's
OK to be a little paranoid about
sniffling people you encounter
during flu's peak season. "If
you're in Starbucks,. and some-
one's behind you in line hack-
ing, be a little neurotic about
getting out of the way," said Dr.
Sharon. Orrange, an internist
and professor at USC's Keck
School of Medicine.

percent) and white Catholics
(63 percent) say the ruling
should not be overturned.
U.S. Roman Catholic Bish-
ops called for nine days of
prayer and penance starting
Saturday to, mark the Roe v.
Wade anniversary. In their
press release, the bishops
asked for prayers for "healing
and conversion" for elected of-
ficials who support abortion
and for all people whose lives
have' been affected by it.
The Pew poll also shows
that 47 percent of Americans
say they believe it is morally
wrong to have an abortion.
These opinions have changed
only modestly in recent years.

As many as 43 million peo-
ple will be required to buy a
bronze, silver, gold or plati-
num plan from private insur-
ers based on upfront costs vs.
out-of-pocket costs, beginning
in January 2014. Failure to
buy the insurance, offered in
so-called health exchanges,
is punishable by fines up to
$95 for adults in 2014. That
increases to $325 in 2015,
and $695 in 2016. Tax credits
will be offered to help families
within 400 percent of the pov-
erty level afford insurance.
The exchanges face huge
hurdles, including uninformed
consumers, past frustration
with insurance companies and
a perception among many that
the government should not be
involved in health care. Even
as the exchanges launch, Re-
publican governors in some

states continue to oppose the
. law and creating state ex-
And the Congressional Bud-
get Office based budget esti-
mates on the expectation that
25 million people will enroll
in the exchanges by 2022.
However, the government's
last push for insurance en-
rollment, for the Pre-existing
Condition Insurance Plan,
brought in just 82,000 people
out of 375,000 Americans who
were expected to enroll.-
"What we need now is an all-
hands effort," said Ron Pollack,
chairman of the newly formed
Enroll America, a group of 50
pharmaceutical companies,
health care providers and
advocacy organizations that
plans to raise and spend $100
million to promote federal and
state exchanges.,

Stellar Awards recap

continued from 14B

such honors after more than a
decade of being on the scene.
In an interview with USA To-
day, Mary Mary expounded
upon their reasons for such joy
and excitement this year. '
"Sometimes being .in a spe-
cific genre, there's new people,
there's new energy, there's

more excitement about what's
new and what's fresh," said
Tina Campbell.
"Not that we're old and
washed-up. It's been 12 years,
so we've had a little time. But
to know that there's still a joy
and an appreciation, accep-
tance and the need for Mary
Mary music in the gospel (com-
munity), it makes us feel really,
really good."

Pap smear detects cancer

continued from 15B

earlier could help a lot of wom-
en, Westin says. Five-year sur-
vival rates for early ovarian
cancers, which haven't spread,
are 92 percent. Overall ovarian
cancer survival rates, however,
are only 44 percent.
In contrast, endometrial
cancers are often diagnosed

early, due to symptoms such
as vaginal bleeding, Westin
says. Five-year survival rates
for uterine cancer are 83 per-
So far, the ovarian cancer
part of the test isn't sensitive
enough to recommend to the
general public, Westin says. In
comparison, Pap smears catch
nearly all cervical cancers and
most pre-cancers, she says.

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Governor Patrick seeks $5 million

boost in mental health spending

By John R. Ellement

Governor Deval Patrick today
proposed a $5 million increase
in mental health spending as a
means to reduce gun violence,
a proposal that springs from a
series of mass shootings where
the suspects are believed to
have been mentally ill, includ-
ing last month's massacre
in a Connecticut elementary
"In the wake of too many
tragedies, I have filed legisla-
tion to tackle the problem of
gun violence and illegal firearm
possession," Patrick said in a
statement. "Today, we .do so
again along with an important
investment in mental health
programs. Mental illness is a
disease that can be treated,
and our communities are safer
when the appropriate services
and supports are available, for
people in need."
The proposal would require
the state court system to share

mental health records from its
files with the National Instant
Background Check System.
Courts deal with mental health
issues in both criminal and
civil cases.
In .the fiscal 2014 budget
which he is expected to unveil
in the coming days, Patrick will
propose a 3.3 percent increase
to the Department of Mental
Health budget, which would
include the $5 million for pro-
grams with the "greatest im-
pact on public safety."
The DMH money would be
used to "mobile crisis teams"
who provide mental health ser-
vices to"individuals in crisis,"
according to the statement. It
would also go towards training
for teachers and school admin-
istrators educating them on
how to spot mental illnesses in
students and- for police and
first responders, teaching them
how to defuse crises linked to a
person with mental illness.
Patrick, in a statement, pro-

posed other changes, includ-
ing background checks at gun
shows, the creation of new
criminal penalties in cases
were guns are used to commit
crimes, limits on purchases of
high-powered ammunition and
another one here.
He will also seek new ways

for police and prosecutors to
quickly respond and punish
- anyone caught with weap-
ons on school grounds. The
plan would create "tiered pun-
ishments" based on the type of
weapon involved, and would
give police the right to arrest
without a warrant "in order to
quickly diffuse a dangerous
situation on school property."
The proposal would require
the state court system to share
mental health records from its
files with the National Instant
Background Check System.
Courts deal with mental health
issues in both criminal and
civil cases.
New York governor Andrew
Cuomo last Tuesday signed
into law a new series of gun
control laws that include pro-
visions to help keep firearms
from the mentally ill. New
York is the first state to enact
changes to its gun control laws
since the Newtown, Conn.,

Vitamin D may not relieve arthritis pain

By Elaine Lies

Taking daily vitamin D
doesn't keep knee pain from
getting worse or slow the loss
of cartilage for people with os-
teoarthritis, according to a U.S.
Previous research suggested
that among people with the
joint disorder, those with high-
er levels of vitamin D in their
blood tended to have a slow-
er progression of symptoms.
But whether that meant tak-
ing more in supplement form
would also have a protective
effect was 'unclear.
"It looked compelling at that
point," said lead author Timo-
thy McAlindon, from Tufts
Medical Center in Boston.
For the new study, published

in the Journal of the American
Medical Association, he and his
colleagues randomly assigned
156 of their patients with knee
osteoarthritis to take a daily
dose of vitamin D or a vitamin-
free placebo for two years.
None of the participants knew
which type of supplement they
were assigned to take. The vi-
tamin D doses started at 2,000
international units (IU) per
day and were increased to as
high as 8,000 IU daily in some
patients. For most adults, the
recommended daily allowance
of vitamin D is 600 to 800 IU.
The vitamin D group start-
ed out slightly worse off than
their comparisons on mea-
sures of knee pain and func-'
tion, but the vitamin didn't
seem to offer clear relief.

On a 0-to-20 point pain
scale, people taking vitamin D
saw a 2.3-point decrease dur-
ing the two years, compared
to a 1.5-point decrease among
those taking placebos a dif-
ference that could have been
due to chance.
Changes in knee cartilage
volume a measure of the
progression of osteoarthritis -
and knee function were also
similar among the two groups
during and after the study pe-
Robert Heaney, who has
studied vitamin D at Creigh-
ton University School of Medi-
cine in Omaha, Nebraska, said
he wasn't surprised the study
didn't find a beneficial effect
on knee pain across all pa-

"It's almost certain that vi-
tamin D's effects are different
from person to person," said
Heaney, who wasn't involved
in the new research, to Re-
uters Health. "It's very impor-
tant for some people, but may
not make any difference for
That may have to do with
genetics or other factors that
doctors aren't yet able to test
for before the prescribe vita-
min D, Heaney said, though
he noted that it's still worth
trying since it may have other
small health benefits.
McAlindon, however, dis-
agreed, saying that while it's
possible the higher levels of
vitamin D in the blood could
help knee pain, so far the re-
sults don't support that idea.


1,386 people between the ages of 13 and 18 commit-
ted suicide in 2010, the latest year for which numbers are

Study not in favor of

therapy fc

Medication may

increase thoughts

of self-murder
By Benedict Carey

Most adolescents who plan
or attempt suicide have al-
ready received at least some
mental health treatment.
raising questions about the
effectiveness of current ap-
proaches to helping troubled
youths, according to the larg-
est in-depth analsis to date
of suicidal behaviors in Amer-
ican teenagers.
The study, in the journal
JAMA Psych iatry. found that
55 percent of suicidal teenag-
ers had received some thera-
pv before they thought about
suicide, planned it or tried to
kill themselves, contradicting
the widely held belief that sui-
cide is due in part to a lack of
access to treatment.
The stud', found that about
one in eight teenagers had
persistent suicidal thoughts
at some point, and that about
a third of those who had sui-
cidaJ thoughts had made an
attempt, usually' within a year
of having the idea.
Previous studies have had
similar findings, based on
smaller, regional samples.


But the new study is the first
to suggest, in a large nation-
wide sample, that access to
treatment does not make a
big difference.
The study suggests that
effective treatment Ior se-
% erely suicidal teenagers
must address not just mood
disorders, but also behavior
problems that can lead to
impulsive acts. experts said.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion. 1,386 people between
the ages of 13 arid 18 commit-
ted suicide in 2010, the latest
year for which numbers are
-1I think one of the take-
aways here is that treatment
for depression may be neces-
sart but not sufficient to pre-
vent kids from attempting sui-
cide," said Dr. David Brent, a
professor of psychiatry at the
University of Pittsburgh, who
was not involved in the study.
The report said nothing
about whether the therapies
gi'.en were state of the art
or carefully done. said Matt
Nock. a professor of psychol-
ogy at Harvard and the lead
author, and it is possible that
some of the treatments pre-
vented suicide attempts. "But
it's telling us we've got a long
way to go to do this right." Dr.
Nock said.

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'Worhsip Soul' named

among top 1o albums

By Gwendolyn Quinn

EMI Gospel recording art-
ist and former featured vo-
calist for the award-winning
ensemble, Donald Lawrence
and Company, Anita Wil-
son's debut album Worship
Soul, is named one of the top
ten albums of 2012 by Newu
York Times music critic Ben
He described the album as
-a set of polished slow ballads
and hard funk that keeps
moving narrativel, turning
new pages and stepping to
higher levels."
Wilson received a GRAM-
MY'W' Award nomination for
Worship Soul for Best Gospel
Album of the Year. The 55th
Annual GRAMMY Awards will
be televised live on CBS from
the Staples Center on Sun-
day. February 10, 2013. She
is ecstatic about the honor.
"I am incredibly grateful
that my debut project Wor-
ship Soul, has been nomi-
nated for a GRAMMY," she
exclaimed. "How humbling

to even be considered among
such amazing artists who
consistently inspire me. All
glory to God!"
Wilson was also nominated
for three 2013 Stellar Gospel
Music Awards in the catego-
ries: Contemporary Female
of the Year. Praise & Worship
CD of the Year (for Worship
Soul) and Urban Inspirational
Single or Performance of the
Year (for "Speechless").
She will perform at the 28th
Annual Stellar Gospel Music
Awards, which will be held on
Saturday. January 19, 2013
at the Grand Ole Opry House
in Nashville, TN.
In addition, "Speechless."
the lead single from her al-
bum, made Billboard's Top
Ten Gospel Songs chart and
had great success at gospel
radio. The hit song was fea-
tured on the WOW Gospel
2012 album.
This year is also shaping
up to be another successful
one for Wilson. She %will be
the featured artist on TBN's
"Praise the Lord" program,

and a special concert perfor-
mance on SIRIUS XM Satel-
lite Radio laired on Tuesday,
January 22 at 5 p.m. ESTI.
She will also continue touring
around the country to pro-
mote Worship Soul.
Wilson grew up in East St.
Louis as a "PK" preacher's
kid). She began singing at
the age of five in her father's
church. Prior to her solo
turn and work with Don-
ald Lawrence she was as a
background singer for gos-
pel greats such as Hezekiah
Walker, Marvin Sapp. De-
Wayne Woods and Vanessa
Bell Armstrong. As Wilson
developed her singing style,
she merged gospel with jazz
and R&B influences from art-
ists such as Sarah Vaughn,
Aretha Franklin and Stevie
Wonder Taking the passion
of worship and mixing it with
a heart of soul. Anita Wilson
has created an inimitable
style all her own.
For more information about
Anita Wilson, log on to www.

Obama extols Biblical vision of equality

By David Gibson

A presidential inauguration,
is by tradition the grandest rit-
ual of America's civil religion,
but President Obama took the
oath of office last Monday (Jan.
21) in a ceremony that was ex-
plicit in joining theology to the
nation's destiny and setting
out a biblical vision of equal-
ity that includes race, gender,
class and, most controversial-
ly, sexual orientation.
Obama's speech, his second
inaugural address, repeatedly
cited civic and religious doc-
trines namely the God-given
equality extolled by the "found-
ing creed" of the Declaration of
Independence to essentially
reconsecrate the country to
the common good and to the
dignity of each person.

It was a faith-infused event
that recognized both the origi-
nal sins as well as the later
atonements of America's his-
tory, especially on race, which
was front and center as the
nation's first Black president.
took the oath on the holiday
commemorating the Rev. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr.
And-Obama and other speak-
ers vividly traced the nation's
tortuous path from slavery to
civil rights from the Emanci-
pation Proclamation 150 years
ago to the March on Washing-
ton 50 years ago, the latter
presided over by King.
Yet Obama also declared that
this tumultuous past was not

-Photo by Nicholas Kamm
President Barack Obama is greeted by Rev. Luis Leon as he

arrives at St. John's Church.
an occasion for despair; rath-
er, he said, it should inspire
Americans to renew a joint pil-
grimage that would never be
finished but must always be
carried forward as each gener-
ation adapts to new challeng-
es, whether on the economy or
"For our journey is not
complete" until our wives, our
mothers, and daughters can
earn a living equal to their ef-
forts," Obama told hundreds of
thousands of cheering onlook-
ers gathered on a chilly day on
the Mall in front of the Capitol.
"Our journey is not complete
until our gay brothers and sis-
ters are treated like anyone
else under the law," he add-
ed, "for if we are truly created

equal, then surely the love we
commit to one another must
be equal as well."
The religious language and
symbols of the day could also
be read as a direct rejoinder
to the president's die-hard op-
ponents, many of whom insist
that he is not a Christian and
that he does not believe in
America's divine mantle.
Obama instead embraced
American exceptionalism and
repeatedly cited God's will. The
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
sang "The Battle Hymn of the
,Republic" and icons of popular
culture performed. "American
Idol" star Kelly Clarkson sang
"My Country,'Tis of Thee" and
Beyonce the national anthem.
Inauguration's symbols of

The other traditional ele-
ments of a presidential inau-
guration were also on display:
Obama swore on historic Bi-
bles used by King and Abra-
ham Lincoln, and of course
used the phrase "So help me
God" at the conclusion of the
oath of office, a later and unof-
ficial addition. /
The Obamas began the day
in church last Monday after
attending services, as did Vice
President Biden on Sunday,
and the religious ceremonies
were to continue last Tuesday
with a prayer service at Wash-
ington National Cathedral, led
by Methodist preacher Adam
Yet the events were hardly a
celebration of national or spiri-
tual triumphalism. There was
a profound awareness of the
challenges, overcome, yes, but
also the obstacles and inter-
nal divisions to be faced if
the country is to move forward.
In perhaps the most impor-
tant, and little-noted, passage
in his speech, Obama invoked
the kind of Christian realism
that was a hallmark of one of
his favorite theologians, Rein-
hold Niebuhr. It is a theology
that the president views as the
kind of approach that should
inspire leaders to reason to-
gether and act, however flawed
the process or results may be.
"We cannot mistake absolut-
ism for principle, or substitute
spectacle for politics, or' treat
name-calling as reasoned de-
bate," Obama said toward the
end of his address.

Rev. Cook's 45 Pastoral Anniversary
The Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church would like
to invite you to come out and
celebrate with them on Sunday
January 27 for Rev. Douglas
Cook, Sr. 45th Pastoral Anni-
This is a Pasturage Seasoned
by the Spiritual fruit.
Our guest will feature the
Associate Ministers at 7 a.m.,
Reverend Bernard Poitier at 11
a.m., and Reverend T: Shellman
and the Morning Star Church
family at 3 p.m. REV. DOUGLAS COOK SR.

On Sunday, January 27 at
its 10 a.m. 115th Anniversa-
ry and Pastoral Festival Cel-
ebration service, Saint Agnes
Episcopal Church will present
to the United Negro College
Fund $50,000 in thanksgiv-
ing for the 44 Year Mtnistry of
its retired rector arid pastor.
The Reverend Canon Richard
L. Marquess-Barry.

The rector. The Reverend
Father Denrick Rolle, M.
Phil., Vestry and congregation
extend a cordial invitation to
you to come and fellowship
with them on this ocassion
so that all who participat-
ed in this community effort
with them can be personally
thanked for their kind gener-
osity in this effort.



St. John to install officers

The historic St. John Insti-
tutional Missionary Baptist
Church of Overtown will ob-
serve two Sundays of celebra-
tion as it honors its leaders.
The events will include a ser-
vice to install church officials
led by Rev. Wayne Lomax
of The Fountain of New Life

Church this Sunday at 4 p.m.
"St. John Honors" will com-
memorate long standing lead-
ers next Sunday, February 3rd
at 5 p.m.
St, John is located at 2328
NW 3rd Avenue, Miami. Bish-
op James D. Adams is the se-
nior pastor.

Floridian Riders

Floridian Riders 11th An-
nual, Bike Blessing, On Sun-
day, January 27 at the 10:30
a.m. service, Martin Memo-
rial AME Church, 14700 Lin-
coln Blvd, Richmond Heights,
FL, Rev. Dr. Anthony Reed is

the pastor.
Come out and ride into the
New Years with a blessing.
Dinner served.
For more information con-
tact: Sassy: 305-298-6349 or
First Class: 305-987-9463.

Black Episcopalians seek

"unity in the community'"

By Jackie Bailey

The Central Florida Chapter
of the Union of Black Episco-
palians (UBE) will present a
Fashion Show and Luncheon
themed, "Expressing Your Cul-
ture", Feb. 23rd. The UBE's
mission for the 21st century is
to unite diverse cultures, con-
cerns and gifts of Black Epis-
copalians by providing prepa-
ration and encouragement for
'living the Baptismal Covenant
and fully participating in the
mission and governance of the
Episcopal Church.
All are invited to share in
this celebration of diverse cul-
tures in the Episcopal Church.

African garb as well as fash-
ions from other cultures will
be modeled in this event held
at The Episcopal Church of St.
John the Baptist's Pinder Par-
ish Hall. The event begins at 12
In the wake of the death of
Trayvon Martin a forum will
be sponsored by The Episcopal
Diocese of Central Florida, the
church's Anti-Racism Com-
mittee, Minority Ministries
Commission and the Union
of Black Episcopalians. The
purpose of the forum on Feb.
16, is to show support Tfor our
Episcopal family in the San-
ford community and the people
of Sanford.

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Editor who grew up Black in Nazi Germany dies

The Associated Pressn

MIAMI (AP) Hans Massa-
quoi, a former managing editor
of Ebony magazine who wrote
a distinctive memoir about his
unusual childhood growing up
black in Nazi Germany, has
died. He was 87.
His son said Massaquoi died
Saturday, on his 87th birth-
day, in Jacksonville. He had
been hospitalized over the
Christmas holidays.
"He had quite a journey in
life," said Hans J. Massaquoi,
Jr., of Detroit. "Many have read
his books and know what he
endured. But most don't know
that he was a good, kind, lov-
ing, fun-loving, fair, honest,
generous, hard-working and

Star of Diff'rent

Strokes Conrad

Bain dies at 89
Actor Conrad Bain, best
known for his role on the
1970s and 1980s television
comedy Diffrent Strokes as a
wealthy, white New Yorker who
adopts two young Black boys
from Harlem, died at age 89,
his daughter said on Wednes-
Bain, who starred opposite
the young Gary Coleman on
the NBC sitcom as his adoptive
father, Philip Drummond, died
of natural causes at a com-
fort-care facility in Livermore,
California, east of San Fran-
cisco, on Monday. He was three
weeks shy of his 90th birthday,
according to his daughter.
Born in Alberta, Bain served
in the Canadian Army during
World War II, became a US citi-
zen in 1946 and went on to a
career as an actor on Broad-

open-minded man. He respect-
ed others and commanded re-
spect himself. He was dignified
and trustworthy. We will miss
him forever and try to live by
his example."
In an interview in 2000, the
elder Massaquoi told The As-
sociated Press that he credited
the late Alex Haley, author of
"Roots," with convincing him
to share his experience of be-
ing "both an insider in Nazi
Germany and, paradoxically,
an endangered outsider." His
autobiography, "Destined to
Witness: Growing Up Black in
Nazi Germany," was published
in the U.S. in 1999 and a Ger-
man translation was also pub-
Massaquoi's mother was a

Hans Massaquoi holding his
recently published book "Des-
tined to Witness: Growing up
Black in Nazi Germany," at
his home in New Orleans.

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Conrad Bain in his role as a father to two boys, played by
Todd Bridges, left, and Gary Coleman, in "Diff'rent Strokes"

on TV.
way and television. He often
played erudite, professional
characters such as lawyers, ex-
ecutives, politicians or doctors.
Following a recurring role on
the, daytime ai.mpire drama
Dark Shadows as an innkeep-
er, Bain broke into prime-time
comedy with a supporting role
on Norman Lear's All in the
Family spin-off Maude, which
starred Bea Arthur in the

title role.
At the end of that show's
six-year CBS run in 1978,
Bain landed his own sitcom,
Different Strokes in which he
played Drummond, a rich,
widowed industrialist who
takes in the two young sons of
his housekeeper after she dies,
creating a racially mixed fam-
ily in an era when depictions
of such households were rare.

German nurse and his father
was the son of a I. i., -i. 1i dip-
lomat. He grew up in working
class neighborhoods of the port
city of Hamburg.
Massaquoi recounted a sto-
ry from 1933, when he was
in second grade in Hamburg.
Wanting to show what a good
German he was, Massaquoi
said he cajoled his baby sitter
into sewing a swastika onto
his sweater. When his mother
spotted it that evening, she
snipped it off, but a teacher
had already taken a snapshot.
Massaquoi, the only dark-
skinned child in the photo, is
also the only one wearing a
He writes that one of his sad-
dest moments as a child was

when his homeroom teacher
told him he couldn't join the
Hitler Youth.
"Of course I wanted to join.
I was a kid and most of my
friends were ...i!ii- he said.
"They had cool uniforms and
they did exciting things -
camping, parades, playing
Germany was at war by the
time he was a teenager and he
describes in the book the near-
destruction of Hamburg dur-
ing the Operation Gomorrah
bombing attack in the summer
of 1943.
He wrote about becoming
a "swingboy" who took great
risks by playing and dancing
to versions of American swing
music, which was condemned

by the Nazi regime. After the
collapse of Germany at the end
of the war, he said he was able
to save his mother and himself
from starvation by playing sax-
ophone in clubs that catered
to the American Merchant Ma-
Eventc'iill', he left Germany,
first joining his father's family
in Liberia, before going to Chi-
cago to study aviation mechan-
ics. He was drafted into the
U.S. Army while on a student
visa in 1951. Afterward, he be-
came a U.S. citizen and even-
tually became a journalist.
He worked first for Jet Maga-
zine before moving to Chicago-
based Ebony, where he rose to
managing editor before retiring
in the late 1990s.

Marva Whitney, dies at 68

By Jon Caramanica

As part of the James Brown
Revue, Marva Whitney, who
died on Dec. 22 at 68, had her
own featured segment during
its shows and sang duets with
Brown, her vocals effortlessly
intense. After joining the revue
in 1967, she was with Brown in
some of his most momentous
shows during a tumultuous
1968, including performances
in Vietnam for American sol-
diers and in Boston on the
night after the assassination
of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr.
While making her name
alongside Brown, Whitney was
becoming a lesser star on her
own, shaped .b Brown's heavy
production hand. Her break-
through solo single was the
urgent shout "Unwind Your-
self," which gained new life as
the sample behind the seminal
hip-hop breakbeat record "The
900 Number" by DJ Mark the

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Marva Whitney sang
with James Brown in thi
but also performed solo
45 King.
Whitney's biggest sol
was a response to the
Brothers' "It's Your Thing
recording, "It's My Thing
Can't Tell Me Who to Sc
to)," released in 1969, be
the title track of her lone
dio album. (It was also

sampled by Public Enemy,
N.W.A. and EPMD, among oth-
er artists.)
Brown had an on-the-fly
but exacting recording style,
and the tensions that result-
ed made recording the album
"hell," Whitney told the Village
Voice in 2010. He also pushed
her into recording more flam-
boyant material than she was
inclined to choose on her own,
.t. and he shelved an album of
jazz standards she recorded,
titled "I Sing Soul." It remains
duets Whitney was popular enough
e'60s, to land on the cover of Jet
magazine, but her fame waned
after she left Brown's camp
in late 1969 despite a string
o hit of singles on the T-Neck and
Isley Forte labels. In the 1980s she
." Her performed as part of the J.B.
(You All Stars, a group of former
ock It members of Brown's bands.
*came At various times they included
e stu- Bobby Byrd, Maceo Parker,
later Fred Wesley and Lyn Collins.

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

3707 S.W. 56'

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Fax: 305-685-0705

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th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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740 N.W. 58th Street

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285 NW 199 Street
Miami FL 33169

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Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Miami Gardens
REGGIE LEWIS, 32, laborer,
died January
12 at Jackson
Services were

teller, died
January 15
at Aventura
Hospital .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New
Way Fellowship
Praise and
Worship Center.

educator, died
January 18 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at New Way
Fello wshIp
Praise and
Worship Center

died January
20 at Memorial
West Hospital.
are incomplete.

died January
21 at home.
are incomplete.

104, retired
educator, died
January 17 at
home. Service
10 a.m., Sunday
in the chapel.

cian, died Janu-
ary 10 at Jack-
son Memorial.
Service 1 -30
p.m., Saturday .
at Peaceful Zion
M8 Church.

LANDON KINSEY, 15, student,
died January
17. Arrange-
ments are in-

maker, died
January 20 at
home. Arrange-
ments are in-

ROLLE, 92, driver, died January 21 at Univers>
y t of Miami Hospital Arrangements

are incomple

Carey Royal Ram'n
certified nurse
assistant ,
died January

Center. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

retired, died January 15 at home.
Services will be held in Teaneck,
New Jersey.

old, died January 11 at Broward
Systems. Services were held.

KIRK MANSON, 85, retired
general contractor, died January 18
at home. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Gregg L. Mason

retired domestic
woker, died
January 17. She
is survived by:
her daughter,
Felice Golden;
one sister,
Annie Lemon
and two grand

daughters, Larnell Pinson and
Ebony Golden. Viewing 6-8 p.m.,
Friday at McArthur Chapel, 602
NE 96th Street. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt. Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church. Entombment Dade
Memorial Park.

housewife, died at hor
service with family and

childcare provider, died
Arrangements are incor

registered nurse, died J
Arrangements are incor

January 20
Jackson No
Service 11 a
Monday in

registered nurse
Royal for Miami Dade
County Health
BARKER, 68, retired Dept., BTW
on Class of 1957
died died January
at 18. Survivors
irth. include her
.m., daughter, Arnetress Givens.
the Viewing 6-8 p.m. in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Mt.
Zion Baptist Church.

truck, river, died Januar
home. Service 10 a.m.,
at First Baptist Church of

63, retired, died
at University
Hospital in
Augusta, GA.
Survived by:
husband, Fred
L. Sanders;
son, Kevin
L. Sanders;
mother, Helen
R. Parker and sister, C
Parker. Service 11 a.m.,
Providence MB Church,
53 St., Miami, FL. 33127.

Southern Memc
January 14. '
A memorial .
service 6 p.m.- ,
8 p.m., Friday,
January 25.
Celebration of
Life service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Cornerstone-
Christian Center Church, 4
-7 Hollywood, FL.



- aiea January
17 at Jackson
UELA, 54, M e morial
ELA.54, Hospital.
ne. Private Service 1 p.m.,
friends. Friday in the

LERO, 72, chapel. .
January 4.

.Y, 87. Ray Williams

January 11.

housewife, died January 11.
Arrangements are incomplete.

THOMPSON, 65, bus driver, died
in plantation. Arrangements are

58, professional

died January:
19 at Florida
Tampa, FL.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Bible Base Church, Tampa, FL.

, retired
"y 17 at

Hall Ferguson Hewitt

f Bunche 100, died Janu-
ary 19 at Sis-
ter Emanuel
Longterm Hos-
NDERS, pital. Survi-
vors: daughter,
Virginia Bostic;
grandsons, Ce-
dric Bostic and
Quentin Bostic. Viewing 6-9 p.m.,
Tuesday January 29 atNew Christ
Tabernacle Baptist Church, 8400
NW 25th Ave., Miami, FL. Service
11 a.m., Wednesday, January 30
at New Beginnings Embassy of
heryl E. Praise, 2398 NW 119 Street, Mi-
at New ami, FL.
760 NW

rial HAMILTON, 59, died January 18 at
died on Florida Medical Center, Lauderhill,
FL. Memorial service 6-9 p.m.,
Friday, January 25 at Genesis
Funeral Home, 5749 Pembroke
Road, Hollywood, FL.

50 S SR STRONG, 81, data entry clerk,
died January 15 at UM Medical
Center. Services were held.

January 17 at Hope Hospice.
EY, 54' Arrangements are incomplete.

As a public service to our
community, The Miami Times
prints weekly obituary notic-
es submitted by area funeral
homes at no charge.
These notices include:
name of the deceased, age,
place of death, employment,
and date, location, and time
of service.
Additional information and
photo may be included for a
nominal charge. The dead-
line is Monday, 2:30 p.m.
For families the deadline is
Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

"MAR GO ",
71, retired
teacher, died
January 17 at
Jackson North.
brothers, Henry
W illin g to n
(Christine) and Nathaniel Johnson
and a host of relatives and friends.
Viewing 1-9 p.m., Friday in the
chapel, 4500 NW 17 Avenue.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday at
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist

January 15. Service 1:30 p.m.,
Saturday in he chapel.

Bain Range
retired postal
worker, died
January 18.
Surviv orss
include sons,
Darryl Thomas
and Kevin

daughters, Raelisha Thomas-Hurt
(Mark) and Stephanie Williams;
brother, James Thomas (Laverne);
12 grandchildren, five great-
grandchildren. Viewing 4-8 p.m.,
Thursday at Range Coconut Grove
Chapel. Memorial Service 6 p.m.,
Thursday in the chapel. Final rites
and burial in Hawkinsville, GA.


01/20/1922 12/31/1999

You remain in our hearts
every day.
Our love for you will never
fade away.
Happy Birthday mom,
We love you, your family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Our love, our life together
will be with us always.
You are greatly missed, but
not forgotten.
We love you.
Your loving family, wife,
children, grandchildren and

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

ak a lSMOKIE

01/25/1943 09/07/2011

We miss you and we love
you very much.
Your family, wife, Theresa
and your loving children and

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

01/24/1955 11/21/2009

We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten,
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in his keeping,
we have you in our heart.
It gives the family great
pleasure to announce the Wil-
lard James Myles Academy of
Scholars Foundation given to
our young people who wish
to pursue a career in law en-
forcement with the City of Mi-
ami Police Department.
For additional information,
please contact Kevin Myles at

Mom, it has been three
years since you completed
your journey on this earth.
The Bible says that man is a
spirit and we surely know this
is true, because your spirit
lives on in each of us.
Thank you for being a great
mother, wife and friend. We
will continue to celebrate
your life and love you for the
gift that keeps giving-our
We love you and miss you
dearly. May you continue to
Rest in Peace.
The Mayo and Smith fami-
lies; Albert, husband; Annie
Mae Smith, mother; children:
Felicia (Forrest), Antoinette
(Walter), Eric (Tracy) and
Alonzo; grandchildren: Wes-
ley, Kendall, Cori, Eryn and
Madison; family pets: Bonzy
and Mieke.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

W .'; l*, ..... l
M :^


10/02/1920 01/27/1987

You will always be with us.
Love, your Children



Have you forgotten

so soon about your

departed loved one?

Keep them in your

04/08/1961 01/22/2011

You've been gone two years
and it's still a big void in our
lives without you.
Calvin we miss and love you
so much.
From your mother, Helen
Bringier and your sisters,
Deborah Williams, Sabrina
Clark and Sheila Corley.


Hadley Davis Hadley Davis MLK Richardson


In Memoriam In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/28/1944 01/04/2010


would like to say a heartfelt
thank you for the expressions
of love extended during our
time of bereavement.
Donations can still be made
to the Paul Maurice Wellons
Scholarship Fund mailed to
the family home.
Love the Wellons family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

-, '., .

01/25/1926 02/12/1991

We will always miss and
love you.
Your children

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


The Miami Times

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All-woman, Black.a cappella
ensemble celebrates its 40th year
By D. Kavin WoR Ieir
Music has always been an integral part of Dr. Ber-
nice Johnson Reagon's life. But then so has civil rights --, ,
activism, evidenced by her being expelled from Albany .
State College shortly aftei her matriculation-there : .
in 1969 because'of her participation in ..
the moveinent and then her decision to X.
join The Fi-eedom Singers in the early
60s a group organized by the Stu-
dent Non-violent'Coordinating Commit- .
tee ISNCC]. _.' .." "_

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.,L. '. "' '": r, the folk and gospel music that buoyed .. .
the civil rights movement. Reagon. "'.* ,-
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ne of the best ways to get kids to eat healthier food is to let them make it
themselves. And these snack recipes using Florida blueberries and strawberries are
:so good -
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"You can get really creative with strawberries and blueberries," said Justin Timineri,
Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "They
can be tossed into salads or yogurt, marinated in Kids in
teriyaki sauce and served with grilled meats, or
turned into delicious snacks like these." the Kitchen
Not only do they taste good, they're good
for you. Blueberries are good for your eyes and Age-Appropriate
memory, and they have antioxidants, which may
T prevent some types of cancer. Strawberries have
vitamin C and fiber, which is good for your Chefs ages 4 to 5
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Chefs ages 6 to 7
n Grating, peeling
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1 cup Florida blueberries baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
1 cup pecans, chopped Bake until edges begin to brown, about 15
2 tablespoons low-fat milk minutes.
1/2 cup honey, divided Remove from oven and drizzle remaining
Preheat oven to 3500F. honey on each cookie. Bake an additional 5
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Strawberry-Yogurt Freezer Pops
Yield: 10 servings
1 pound Florida
strawberries, hulled
and chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 lemon, juiced
2 cups low-fat vanilla
10 freezer pop molds and
In blender or food processor add half of the
strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Puree

ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Pour
mixture into a small pitcher or container and
add the rest of the chopped strawberries-.
Fill each freezer pop mold by alternating
layers of strawberry mixture and yogurt. Insert
handle or stick into each freezer pop and
freeze at least 5 hours. To serve, run warm
water over outside of molds until pops come
out easily.
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small paper cups. Cover tops of cups with
plastic wrap and poke the sticks through the
plastic to keep them standing upright while in
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Recently at New Shiloh MBC,
Gloria Jackson married Rev.
Herman J. Davis. The bride
was escorted by brothers Pastor
Alfonso Jackson II, Richmond
Height MBC. and Rev. Arthur
Jackson, III, Antioch
MBS. Furthermore,
others in the bridal party
were Mary Jackson,
mother of the bride; Ella
Davis, mother of the
groom; Veta Grissett,
matron of honor; along
with Howard Roberts
and Pastor Newell
Tucker, best men. And DE/
as bridesmaids and
groomsmen: Doris Howard,
Deloris Johnson, Bernice
Parker, Pastor Lazarus
Dawson, Willie Jackson and
Reggie Morgan.
During the seating of the
parents, Elder Bernard


Mary Johnson-Robbins
retired recently with 43
years of service at BB&T
Bank. Mary is the daughter
of the late Willie and Flora
Barry Johnson and first
cousin of our beloved Fr.
Richard L. M. Barry and
the Barry clan.
Old time Miamians were
saddened by the passing
of Gloria Farrington-
Bannister, wife of Herman
"Dutabug" Bannister.
Rest in peace Gloria,
you'll be missed by all.
Make plans to attend our
Miami Alumnae ,2013
Founders' Day Observance,

Edward s, if
entertained on
his saxophone playing "Love
Holiday", "You Are" and "Let the
Church Say Amen". He was then
joined by Samuel Boone, Jr.
and Ronald Phillips,
while the bride
entered. Meanwhile
Rev. D.L. Powell
awaited to officiate the
traditional wedding
After the newlyweds
kissed, they led the
recessional in their
ERITTE Rolls Royce to the
Orange Bird Country
Club in Hollywood, Fl. The
reception was a traditional
delight with the bridal party,
toasting the newly weds, the
line dancing, the newlyweds'
"first dance" and the tossing of
the rice as the couple left for

on Feb 16th. This
event is open to
the public and will be held
at the Miami Downtown
Hilton Hotel formerly the
Omni beginning at 1 p.m.
The cost is $50.00
Our chapter will honor
Delta's Centennial and
recognize. Miami-Dade
pioneer Black high schools.
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to all sick and
shut-ins: Clarance Cleare,
Sr., Etta Mae Taylor, Grace
Heastie-Patterson, Jackie
Finley-Livingston, Gwen
Ferguson-Clarke, Frankie
Rolle, Naomi A. Adams,

their honeymoon to Las
Congratulations to the
King of Clubs of Greater
Miami for its Annual
Black & White Gala held
at the Double Tree Hotel
and Spa in Downtown
Miami. At 7:30 p.m., Dr.
Astrid Mack, president RA
emeritus, broke the
camaraderie ending cocktail
hour and everyone came in for
Furthermore, as the Psi
Phi Band dedicated "Take the
Air Train" and "Satin Doll" to
the founders: Fr. Theodore
Gibson, Dr. Ira Ward, Judge
L. L. Thomas, Charlie Wyche,
Dan Francis, Bill Stirrup and
Dr. James Hogan. Guests
included: Dr. Mack, Fletcher
Paschal, III, James Fayson,
Ron Butler, James Maull,
Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Basil
Binns, Patrick Range, Nelson
Jenkins, James Randolph,
Jr., Arthur Simms, Dr. Arthur
Woodard, Larry Adams and
Dr. Richard J. Strachan.

Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor,
Princess Lamb, Stephanie
Pitts, Paulette Gibson
Derico and Claretha Grarnt
Wedding anniversary
greetings goes out to the
couple of the week: Leonard
and Judith R. Wilcox, Jan.
13th; their 26th.
Delta Sigma Theta sorors
of Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church burned "22"
candles at our service last
Sunday in memory of our 22
founders of our sorority that
was founded on Christian
principles on Jan. 13, 1913
on the campus of Howard
University. Furthermore
we were saddened to hear
of the demise of the former
national president (19th).
Our sorors of Mobile, Ala.

Kudos to coordinator
James Fayson for
presenting a .two-day
three-night vacation
at the Double Tree
to lucky- winner
Ulysses Brown.
Other recipients of
door prizes winners
ANGE were: Franklin
Clarke, Anita Harrell,
Herman Dorsett and Margie
Some of the supporters were:
Richard Gibson and wife, Dr.
George L. Fayson, Rev. Robert
Jackson and wife, Emanuel
and Ophilia Lawson, Bonita
North, Woodard and Lorraine
Vaught, Nelson and Fifia
Jenkins, Dr. Cynthia and
William Clarke, Dr. Rozlyn
Fletcher, Evelyn Campbell,
Thelma Wilson, Ruby Dean,
Clifton Williams, Minister
Ethel Williams, Lolia Clark,
Delores Hill, Kenesha Curry,
Rosemary Bethel, Terrance
Clark, Barbara Brown, John
Demeritte and Eleanor

gathered for her Omega
Omega ceremony. Her
funeral services were held
on Saturday, Dec. 15th
at the Mobile Convention
Get ready for the Memorial
holiday weekend and join
Saint Cecelia Chapter's 17th
Annual Scenic. Bus Tour.
Destination: Charleston,
SC; May 24th-27th.
Hearty congratulations
go out to Malvern Mathis,
newly-elected president
of Saint Cecelia's Chapter
(Daughters of the King)
of Saint Agnes Episcopal
Sharon Ware has been
selected as "Teacher of
the Year" for Robert Russa
Moton Elementary School.

Oprah gets a boost with Armstrong interview

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streamed around the world,
as well as on OWN. I think the
number of people who have ex-
posure to it makes it the biggest
interview I've ever done."
Even if it doesn't reach the 90
million or so people worldwide
who saw that chat with Mi-
chael Jackson, Oprah's landing
of Lance ,is another step an
important one in building
her network. It's the latest in a
string of high-profile interviews
that have brought her OWN ca-
ble channel the kind of atten-
tion, if not the ratings, she used
to get regularly on her power-
house daytime show.
"I'm not doing the hula yet,"
Winfrey told The Hollywood Re-
porter in December, "but com-
pared to a year ago, it feels like
a sigh of relief.'
Yes, a year ago, says' THR
staff editor Erin Carlson, Win-
frey "was hanging'on by a very
thin thread. Nobody could find
OWN. There were also accusa-
tions of weak programming and
her dwindling influence." Then,
Carlson says, Winfrey turned

to her "massive Rolodex" and
began going after the big celeb
Her sitdown in August 2012
with pop singer Rihanna was
watched by 2.5 million people..
Her exclusive with Bobbi Kristi-
na Brown, daughter of Whitney
Houston, in March 2012 pulled
in 3.5 million viewers and is
still the most-watched telecast
for the network. She also made
headlines in past months talk-
ing to Justin Bieber and David
' After struggling in 2011, the
network closed 2012 up 30 per-
cent in total viewers and up 32
percent among women 25 to 54,
notes Brad Adgate, media ana-
lyst for Horizon Media. "I think
part of it has to do with her
interviews. Suddenly they're
popping up, appearing in pop
culture, and that really didn't
happen before for the network
or her. It's like when she had
her talk show. She has found
the secret sauce again."
"The network's kind of on a
roll. It's taken two years and
it's still not a top-tier network,-
but clearly this is a huge step
in that direction."

Oprah's doing what Oprah
has always done so well -
landing the big celeb interview
and making news with it. On
CBS, she said she got it by ask-
ing. "I had sent him an e-mail a
couple of months ago, just, you
know, hoping he would talk to
Said CBS anchor and long-
time interviewer Charlie Rose
with a laugh, "I e-mailed him,
Winfrey continued: "He e-
mailed back and said he wasn't
ready to talk but would be in
Hawaii over, the holidays and
maybe we could get together for
lunch." She said she followed
up, asking, "What about that
lunch?" and wound up staying
in, the islands two extra days
to "accommodate" Armstrong's
schedule. "He came to visit me
in Maui. He lives on another is-
She "cleared out the house,"
she said, including "people who
are therefore help and even the
people who do the lawn." She
even had a "different person
pick him up at the .airport, so
he wouldn't be recognized."
They met to discuss the in-

terview, which took place Mon-
day in Austin. And, Oprah
said, she got "most" of her 112
questions answered.
The interview is already
spurring jokes: Jimmy Fallon
tweeted: "Oprah's interview
with Lance Armstrong suppos-
edly lasted nearly 3 hours. So
it's sort of like a regular inter-
view. . on steroids."
It could also mean "millions"
for her, writes Forbes' Jeff Ber-
"It's free advertising," Adgate
says, "a big interview like this."
And it could "translate into bet-
ter channel positioning."
-His ratings prediction?. "If
her Bobbi Kristina Brown got
3-plus million viewers,' this
could do significantly more.
If she had her talk show, the
number would be over 10 mil-
lion. I think (OWN and Oprah)
would be happy with five mil-
lion. That'd be a very respect-
able number. But, hey, you just
don't know."
But Oprah knows the value
of a good get. She has already
announced she has a slew of
celeb interviews lined up for

Natalie Cole still has stage magnetism

continued from 1C

were behind her and that Nat-
alie Cole would never make it
back to the stage. But perhaps
they were unaware of her strong'
faith, her positive attitude and
the many friends whose love

would continue to embrace her
in her moments of doubt. Cole
has returned to the stage with
a vengeance and with that spe-
cial voice for which she has be-
come famous around the world.
And for soul music that
warms the hearts of lovers and
make you want to jump to your

feet to do the shing-a-ling or the,
funky four corners, Cole can
still deliver. During her concert
at the Broward Center for the
Performing' Arts last Tuesday,
she belted out audience favor-
ites: This Will Be, I've Got Love
on My Mind, Our Love, Mr. Mel-
ody and her.greatest hit, Unfor-

gettable, which she originally
recorded with her father's voice
as a duet.
Cole will release a new CD
of music sung in Spanish this
spring. And she's touring the
country healthier, happier
and as vibrant as ever.
She is truly 'unforgettable.'

Music that addresses the woes of the world

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70, merits special esteem. She
is the founder of the all-wom-
an, Black a cappella ensemble,
Sweet Honey in the Rock. In an
interview with her several years
ago, she emphasized the impor-
tance and continued relevance
of the Black sacred music tra-
dition and talked about how
the group was first formed and
While teaching a voice work-
shop in Washington, D.C. in

1973, she and three other
women were working on a song
based on Psalm 81:16. She re-
calls that their voices blended
so perfectly that they could feel
the power of the song eand its
message. Sweet Honey in the
Rock was born and began to
travel the world, sharing music
that addresses the vicissitudes
of life: racism, women's issues,
the environment, immigration
injustice and politicians' greed
and their lack of compassion for
citizens in need.
When the group takes to the

stage in South Florida next Fri-
day, Jan. 25th at the Miramar
Cultural Center, Reagon will
not be there. She stopped tour-
ing with the group in 2004, re-
tiring so that she could focus on
other projects related to Black
oral history, performance and
protest traditions. But her spirit
and many of the songs that she
either wrote or arranged remain
and are foundational to the en-
semble's success. To describe
their sound, one could say that
Sweet Honey in the Rock, now
a five-part harmony ensemble

with a sixth member who signs
for the hearing impaired, is a
combination of contemporary
rhythms and narratives with a
musical style that comes from
the gospel music, spirituals and
hymns of the Black church. And
while the Grammy Award-win-
ning group has changed mem-
bers several times during its
40-year history, one thing has
remained constant: the power-
ful message of their music.
Sweet Honey in the Rock per-
forms at the Miramar Cultural
Center Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.



Black talent exhibited

at Sundance 2013

Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer

among the featured stars

By Wilson Morales

Once again, as the new year
starts, so do the hopes for sev-
eral filmmakers and talent who
want to have their films picked
up for distribution at the up-
coming Sundance Film Festi-
At the 2012 Sundance Film
Festival, several films featuring
and directed by Black talent
went on achieve greater heights
such as Ava DuVenay taking
home the award for Best Direc-
tor for Middle of Nowhere and
becoming the first Black person
to do so. 'Beasts of the South-
ern Wild' emerged as the Grand
Jury Prize: Dramatic winner.
The film would later move on
to win several awards at other
festivals arid receive multiple
Academy Awards nominations,'
including one for Best Picture,
Best Director, and Best Actress
(Quvenzhane Wallis).
Here's a preview of several
films that are directed by or
starring Black talent:
The Inevitable Defeat of Mis-
ter and Pete U.S.A. (Director
George Tillman, Jr., Screenwrit-
er-Michael Starrbury) During a
sweltering summer in New York
City, 14-year-old Mister's hard-
living mother is apprehended
. by the police, leaving the boy
and nine-year-old Pete alone
to forage for food while dodging
child protective, services and
the destructive scenarios of the
Brooklyn projects. -Faced with
more than any child can be ex-
pected to bear, the resourceful
Mister nevertheless feels he is
an unstoppable force against
seemingly unmovable obsta-
cles. But what really keeps
the pair in the survival game
is much more Mister's vulner-
ability than his larger-than-life
The Inevitable Defeat of Mis-
ter and Pete is a beautifully-
observed and tremendously
moving film about, salvation
through friendship and the way
transformation sometimes can
happen just by holding on long
enough. Director George Till-
man, Jr. draws indelible perfor-
mances from a fantastic cast,
which includes Jennifer Hud-
son, Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey
Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-
Agbaje, and Jordin Sparks, all
led by Skylan Brooks in a stun-
ning breakout performance as
American Promise U.S.A.
(Director Joe Brewster, Michele
Stephenson). In 1999, filmmak-
ers Joe Brewster and. Michele

Stephenson turned the camera
on themselves and began film-
ing their five-year-old son, Id-
ris, and his best friend, Seun,
as they started kindergarten at
the prestigious Dalton School
just as the private institution
was committing to diversify its
student body. Their cameras
continued to follow both fami-
lies for another 12 years as the
paths of the two boys diverged
- one continued private school
while the other pursued a very
different route through the
public education system.
American Promise is an epic
and groundbreaking documen-
tary charged with the hope that
every child can reach his or her
full potential and contribute to
a better future for our country.
It calls into question commonly
held assumptions about edu-
cational access and what fac-
tors really influence academic
performance. Stephenson and
Brewster deliver a rare, inti-
mate, and emotional portrait of
Black middle-class family life,
humanizing the unique journey
of Black boys as they face the
real-life hurdles society poses
for young men of color, inside
and outside the classroom.
Fruitvale U.S.A. (Direc-
tor-Ryan Coogler,. Screenwriter
Ryan Coogler) Oscar Grant was
-a 22-year-old Bay Area resi-
dent who loved his friends, was
generous to strangers, and had
a hard time telling the truth
to the mother of his beauti-
ful daughter.. He was scared
and courageous and charm-
ing and raw, and as. human as
the community he was part of.
That community paid attention
to him, shouted on his behalf,
and filmed him with their cell
phones when BART officers,
who were strong, intimidated,
and acting in the way they
thought they were supposed to
behave around people like Os-
car, shot him in cold blood at
the Fruitvale subway stop on
New Year's Day in 2009.
Director Ryan Coogler makes
an extraordinary directorial
debut with this soulful account
of the real-life event that horri-
fied the nation. Featuring radi-
ant performances by Melonie
Diaz and Michael B. Jordan
as Grant, a young man whose
eyes were an open window into
his soul, Fruitvale offers a ba-
rometer reading on the state of
humanity in American society
today. Cast: Michael B. Jordan,
Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz,
Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand,
Chad Michael.

Michelle Williams joining tour

By Mark Kennedy Child along with Kelly Rowland
and Beyonce, is now a solo art-
Former Destiny's Child mem- ist who has released the dance
ber Michelle Williams is joining album "Unexpected" and the
the latest national tour of the recent singles "On The Run"
musical "Fela!" and "Waiting On You."
Producers said last ( Jay-Z, Beyonce's, hus-
Thursday. the singer, band, is one of the pro-
who starred on the B ducers of "Fela!" which
UPN sitcom "Half & won three Tony Awards
Half," will be onstage in 2010.
when the tour opens -Williams has ap-
at Sidney Harman. .. peared on Broadway
Hall in Washington, in "Aida," on tour with
D.C., on Jan. 29. "The Color Purple,"
"Fela!" a biogra- WILLIAMS and in London starring

phy of Nigerian musi-
cian and political activist Fela
Anikulapo Kuti will then
play 16 cities, including Miami,
Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los
Angeles, Seattle and Nashville,
Tenn. Williams will play Fela's
Black lover, Sandra Isadore.
Williams, part of Destiny's

in "Chicago."
"Fela!" had its world premiere
off-Broadway in the summer of
2008, and opened on Broadway
a year later, playing 34 previews
and 463 regular performances.
It returned to Broadway last
summer after an international




The rainbow that follows

By Jon Caramanica

"Jersey Shore" ended in
December, retiring after six
seasons as one of television's
signature reality shows. And
while it was a demolition derby
of inebriation, spray-tanning
and hard house music, it was
also, at least in part, ethnogra-
phy. Never before had the ritu-
als, quirks and peccadilloes of
young Italians, or Italianates,
been given such a bullhorn.
"Jersey Shore" was doing
what reality TV had previ-
ously done only sporadically:
shine a light on a genuine,
region-specific American sub-
culture. What years of strong
ratings revealed, however, was
that subculture was export-
able. What might have started
out as idle curiosity or even
schadenfreude eventually
turned into reliable affection
and fandom.
It was a new phenomenon.
Cable channels particu-
larly MTV, but others as well
- have been looking for ways
to replicate it and turn it into
reliable formula. They've done
that by a scavenger hunt, of
sorts, for young people from
groups rarely seen on televi-
sion, hoping that one of them
will squeeze out something
universal from the specific.
MTV unveiled "Buckwild,"

BLACK INK CREW: Puma Robinson, left, and D
timore in a show about 'a group of tattoo artists in H

about a group of rowdy but re-
latable young people in rural
West Virginia, and o "Wash-
ington Heights," a docu-niovela
set among. Dominican-Ameri-
cans in the titular Manhattan
neighborhood. VH1 welcomes
"Black Ink Crew," which is set
in a, Harlem tattoo parlor.
Of the three the carefree
"Buckwild" has the most "Jer-
sey Shore" in its bones. Like
that show's first season this
one places a group of young
people with ample free time
in a house they knew one
another, in this .case and
gives them a long leash to mis-

ta cMA

United Homecare
presents their Elder Care
Estate Planning Workshop,
Jan. 23rd, at 2 p.m., at
8400 NW 33rd St. Suite
400. Call 305-716-0710.

City of Opa-Locka
invites you to the State
of the City Address, Jan.
25th, at 7 p.m., 215 N.
Perviz Ave. Call 305-953-

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

Hadley Park
Homeo w ners
Association will have
their monthly meeting
Jan. 29th, at 6:30 p.m., at
Carrie P. Meek Arts Center,

1350 NW 50th St. Contact
Dr. Malone at 786-512-

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 305-716-0710.

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

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sonville, W.Va., wl
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spun ingenuity. By
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subtitled. And the
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Nicki Minaj will soon be appearing in a Kmart aisle near you. The
eccentric singer/rapper announced that she will be producing a
lifestyle brand for the retail chain.
The lifestyle brand will include her own fashion and accessory
line, as well as housewares.
The American Idol judge commented on the new deal, saying: "I'
am so excited to work with this iconic, mass retailer and to bring
affordable fashion to my beautiful barbz all across the U.S."
Minaj made the announcement alongside Maroon Five lead
singer, and co-host of NBC's "The Voice," Adam Levine, who also
has a new Kmart clothing line. Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart,
says it hopes the two new lines will drive more traffic to their online
shopping destination, ShopYourWay.com.
"We are thrilled to align Kmart and Shop Your Way with two of
America's superstars," said Imran Kooma, executive vice president
and president of Marketing & Online at Sears Holdings. "We wel-
come Adam and Nicki into our world and look forward to capturing
their energy and creativity on ShopYourWay.com and translating it
into unique apparel, accessories and other merchandise."
Nicki Minaj brand products will hit Kmart store shelves before
the end of 2013.


Bobby Womack diagnosed Alzheimer's disease

'Jersey Shore'
a bumpkin "Jackass," right
down to -the don't-try-this-at-
home disclaimer at the top of
the show.
In the premiere the cast
members turn a dump truck
into a swimming pool, go mud-
ding in a pickup truck and
5 l get stuck, and set a car on
fire near a clutch of trees but
avoid a forest fire. And Shain
takes a nerve-racking spin in a
backhoe, which he calls a Sis-
sonville roller coaster. Whoever
discovered these kids deserves
a Fulbright.
The show has arrived with
the usual fuss, denounced as
:o: Robert Adam Mayer a scourge by government offi-
)utchess Lat- cials and neighbors. (MTV did
arlem. not make screeners of the pre-
miere available to critics.) Ev-
ns drinking, eryone -wants his or her com-
ge the neigh- munity portrayed as spotless,
ice, most of which means difficult portray-
round Cara, als should be applauded, even
ported from as they're criticized. That's
own, that is) what happens when uncom-
oys and in- fortable schisms are revealed,
rls. when family business becomes
place in Sis- public.
which has one All of the glamour that's
lot of home- missing from "Buckwild"
7 the measur- shows 'up in "Washington
TV program- Heights," which plays out like a
s foreign; the Dominican-American "Laguna
the thickest Beach" or "The Hills," though
s frequently at least some of the cast mem-
behavior is bers of this.show have evident
'ild" is really career aspirations.

Alumni The Fort Valley
State alumni and former
residents softball team are
in need of help. Contact
Ashley 786-356-9069

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1979 make a
connection. Call 786-399-

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

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 305-693-1008.


of Hope

Inc. offers free weekly
counseling session. Call

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

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

Resources for
Veterans Sacred
Trust offers affordable
and supportive housing
assistance for low-income
veteran- families facing
homelessness. Call. 855-

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

The Chicago MC, born Keith Cozart, was sentenced

tion. The sentencing comes two days after -he rpper-r
was taken into custody after a judge ruled that a June
2012 video interview where the teen was seen handling
firearms in a gun range was a direct violation of his
18-month probation, which he was handed for pointing a
.gun at a police officer. Last Tuesday;,Judge Carl Anthony
Walker ruled that Keef showed a "willful disregard" for
the court by appearing in that video, sentencing him two
months in juvenile detention.

New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation -
lawsuit against NFL Coniimmi.s.iorier R'og:er Goodell in con- .' ,
nection with the bounty case involving.the Saints was .
dismissed by a. federal judge Thursday. Judge Ginger
Berrigan of United States District Court in New Orleans
ruled in favor of Goodell's motion to dismiss Vilma's
complaint, which was filed in May and set out 11 claims.
Vilma had argued that Goodell made false statements,,
tarnishing his reputation, in cornrit'tir,n v ,r, trie le-jgue'.
investigation of what it determined was a system that
offered cash bonuses to Saints players for big hits from 2009 to 2011.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners
outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with abus-
ing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if
convicted, city prosecutor. Bradley, 34, was charged last
Thursday with 13 misdemeanor counts' of assault with a
deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from
making a report. In addition to jail time, Bradley could
fa':e up to $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted.

Dr. Martin Luther King's estate has recently filed a
lawsuit against [ "i3ie Ballou, tr. late leader's secretary
during the .Cii 'igr. i',h:i"vern,-t, over documents that
included copies of King's speeches and letters from him
and Pari-s to Bailou. The Kirg estaIe became aware :'f the
documents r ,-,01i0 when 3n rli':e was. wrtei :-on [them
While Dr. King's estate claimed in 3 bri in lederal ,:,url
that the "documents are he property ol Dr. I'ing," 'Maude.
Ballou testified that thae doi:uments were a gift and right-
fully hers. .The I.: tric:t judge ultimately sided with Ballou.'

Designer Tori Nichel's

advice for natural hair

By Simone Kitchens
and Raydene Salinas

We can't remember what
we saw her first: Her amazing
curls or her genius yellow-on-
green coat and scarf combo.
Either way, Tori Nichel, design-
er and upcoming contest on
NBC's "Fashion Star" was too
cool to not flag down for beauty
street style.
"My hair was always
straight, shoulder length I
relaxed it for years," Tori told
us. "Then I moved out to New
York, and I was like, 'Oh my
gosh, I look like every other
Black girl.' I just wanted a little
more style and personality to
my hair, so I cut all my hair off
and grew it back as an Afro.
My goal was to block somebody
in a movie theatre, and I did
just that at the first 'Sex And
The City' movie! I've had. my
Afro for nine years, and I think
it's my signature. It's harder to
maintain than people think,

but the.most important thing
is keeping it moisturized. Oil
is a little too heavy for my hair,
so I use a moisturizing lotion."
When it comes to de-stress-
ing, Tori had some choice
advice. "Working in fashion,
I have a lot of friends who
have to have the latest thing
- bag, but when it comes
to their body or their health,
theyrefuse to spend money on
treatments. I gdt a spa pedi-
cure every other week. It's the
frilly, pretty polish that people
see and give me a hard time,
for, but everything else is so
relaxing and soothing. And as
a N.ew Yorker, we're on our feet
everyday I can walk around
all day when I keep my feet
healthy. About five years ago, I
started getting a massage once
a month. It's good for your
whole being. Those are my two
other beauty things that you
don't see everyday, but keep
me well-balanced it's about
preserving and maintaining."

By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

Bobby Womack, R&B legend,
has been diagnosed with the
early stages of Alzheimer's dis-
ease, according to revelations
he made to the BBC. In an in-
terview, the singer-songwriter
who is now 68 shared," The
doctor said, 'You have signs
of Alzheimer's.' He said it's not
bad yet, but it's going to get
The soul singer has been ex-
periencing difficulty remem-
bering the names of his col-
laborators while performing, in
addition to his own song lyr-
ics. "How can I not remember
songs I wrote? That's frustrat-
ing," said Womack.

The star is in the
middle of a career
resurgence. Af-
ter Womack was
inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 2009, he
released the LP The
Bravest .Man in the
Universe in 2012,
his first album of


new, material since
1994. The album was pro-
duced by Blur and Gorillaz
singer Damon Albam, who has
also invited Womack to per-
form and record with him.
Albam is credited with in-
troducing Womack to new au-
diences, which makes it even
more upsetting to the older

man when he
forgets Albam's
name at events.
"I don't feel to-
gether yet be-
cause. negative
things come in
my mind and it's
hard for me to
remember some-
times," Womack

related, acc6rd-
ing to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The most embarrassing thing
was when we were getting
ready to announce Damon
and I can't remember his last
name. That's so embarrass-
Womack has overcome a se-
ries of health scares including

being treated for pneumonia,
prostate cancer, and suspect-
ed colon cancer in the past 24
months. A tumor removed for
colon cancer diagnosis tested
According to a 2012 study by
the Alzheimer's Association,
"older [Blacks] and Hispan-
ics are proportionately more
likely than older whites to
have Alzheimer's disease and
other dementias," although
most people with the disease
in America are non-hispan-
ic whites. The sixth-leading
cause of death in the United
States, there is currently little
effective treatment for the pre-
vention or slowing of Alzheim-
er's disease.

Nicki Minaj inks fashion deal with Kmart
By Carrie Healey



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'Quality Counts' education report gives Florida a B-

The state makes

it way back into

the top 10
By Leslie Postal

Florida reestablished its top-
10 ranking this year in a na-
tional education report that
judges states by their educa-
tion policies and performance.
The Sunshine State was

ranked sixth in the annual
'Quality Counts' report re-
leased last Thursday.
Florida had been in the top
10 since 2009 and rose as
high as fifth place in 2011. But
then it dropped to llth place
last year because student
progress stalled on the Na-
tional Assessment of Educa-
tional Progress, national tests
in math and reading.
Though there was no new
test data included in this

years report. Flor-
ida moved up five
spots because of
its improvements
in -transitions and
alignment," or how
the K-12 education
system works with
programs, higher
education and work-
force needs.
"Today's news that
Florida has moved

,. .



into the top 10
in the nation for
overall quality of
education rein-'
forces that we're
taking the steps
needed to ensure
our students suc-
ceed," said Gov.
Rick Scott.
The "Quality
Counts" report is
done by the na-
tional education

newspaper Education Week
and ranks the 50 states and
Washington. D.C..The annual
review looks at six categories.
including state policies related
to school accountability, stu-
dent success, teaching and
Florida earned an overall
grade of B-minus; while the
national average was a C-
plus. Maryland, with a B-plus.
was the top rated state with
Massachusetts just behind it.

South Dakota was the worst
performer, earning a D-minus.
This year. Florida earned
A's in the categories of "stan-
dards, assessments and ac-
countability" and "transitions
and alignment." It also did
well in the "teaching profes-
sion" category, getting a B
But it got only a C-minus
in student achievement and
earned a D-plus in finance.
Its education' spending, as in
years past. earned it an F.

... ...... ,s ..


Reducing racial, ethnic health disparities

By Huijun Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in.the
Department of Psychology
Florida A&M University

Great effort has been made in
the last decade to reduce health
disparities in the U.S. 'this in-
-cludes the most recent "Healthy
People 2020" initiative by the
U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services "to achieve
health equity, eliminate dispari-
ties and improve the health of all
groups." In order to accomplish
.this overarching goal as it per-
tains to mental health, greater
attention must be given toward
eliminating obstacles to access,
quality and the availability of
mental health services for racial
and ethnic minority Americans.
These obstacles include: high
levels of social stigma; differenc-
es in cultural perspectives; low
health literacy levels; and a criti-

cal shortage of mental health

Research. findings indicate
that racial and ethnic minority
groups experience higher levels
of mental health stigma that is
manifested as bias, distrust,
stereotyping, fear,
anger, shame and
avoidance. Stigma
may lead to indi-
viduals delaying or
aborting treatment
prematurely, which
increases morbid-
ity and mortality. In
order to reduce stig- HUIJI
ma, the President's
Commission on Mental Health
has called for implementation of
awareness campaigns that use
television, Internet, and print
media to spread understanding
through personal stories and

education. However, such cam-
paigns may only be effective at
reducing mental health dispar-
ity if the messages ,are culturally
sensitive and directly target the
issues that affect these racial
and ethnic groups the most.
Culturally constructed experi-
Second, mental
health and illness are
culturally construct-
ed experiences. This
means there is often
disconnect between
how mental health
service providers and
^, seekers explain the
same illness. The two
N LI perspectives can be
drastically different.
Many racial and ethnic minor-
ity groups have their cultural
specific understanding of the
causes/etiology and treatment
of a mental illness. Therefore, in
addition to providing a profes-

sional diagnosis, mental health
professionals should listen to
the patient and his/her family
members explain the "perceived"
causes of mental illness and
what they are doing to cope with
the symptoms. This process is
cost-effective as it may help build
trusting relationships, increase
the feturn/retention rate, and
eventually enhance long-term
treatment outcomes.

Third, according to the Insti-
tute of Medicine, health literacy
levels are lower among racial
and.ethnic minorities, especially
those with limited education and
English skills.
In fact, research findings on
psychosis list lack of knowledge
as one of the most common rea-
sons given by patients and their
parents for their delay in seek-
ing psychiatric help. Generally,
Please turn to LI 10D

Teachers attack 2011 merit pay law

By Kathleen Haughney

the statewide teachers union
Wednesday pressed a Tallahas-
see circuit judge to overturn
a controversial 2011 law that
bases teacher evaluations and
pay on student test scores.
Lawyers for the Florida Edu-
cation Association argued with
the state for nearly two hours
over whether the Florida Legis-
lature violated the Constitution
when it passed the law. The
union argued that teacher com-
pensation is subject to collective

bargaining and that the new
law required school boards to
unilaterally set up a new salary
"This statute completely ig-
nores collectively bargaining."
said Tom Brooks, an attorney
for the FEA
The 2011 law was a major
priority for Goy. Rick Scott and
was pushed by major Republi-
can groups such as the Florida
Chamber of Commerce and
former Gov. Jeb Bush's educa-
tion foundation. The law links
teacher evaluations to stan-
dardized test results, which will

then be used to determine sal-
ary increases and employment
decisions. It also eliminates
long-term job protection for new
teachers, putting all new hires
on one-year contracts.
The FEA sued the state short-
ly after Scott signed the bill. It
also challenged major changes
to the state pension system, a
suit that the Florida Supreme
Court is expected to rule on
soon. The outcome of that case,
Brooks said, could affect the
merit pay suit because it also is
based on the right to collectively

School districts are beginning
to implement the new evaluation
and contract system, but there
has been no extra money in the
state budget to adequately fund
increases for top-performing
Regardless. the FEA said that
the Legislature cannot dictate
a salary schedule for teachers.
Instead. Brooks argued that
while the Legislature could
require school districts to con-
sider test scores as part of the
general evaluation that helps
determine teacher pay, it could
Please turn to TEACHERS 10D

Benefits of a degree in a recession

By Richard Perez-Pefia

Young adults have long faced
a rough job market, but in the
last recession and its aftermath,
college graduates did not lose
nearly as much ground as their
less-educated peers, according to
a new study.
The study, published on
Wednesday by the Pew Chari-
table Trusts, shows that among
Americans age 21 to 24, the drop
in employment and income was
much steeper among people who
lacked a college degree.
The findings come as many
published articles and books
have told the stories of young
college graduates unable to find
work, and questioned.the con-
ventional wisdom that a college
education is a worthwhile invest-
ment and the key to opportunity
and social mobility. The study
did not take into account the
cost of going to college.
"This shows that any amount
of post-secondary education
does improve the labor market
outcomes for those recent gradu-
ates," said Diana Elliott, the




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research manager for Pew's Eco-
nomic Mobility Project. "This is
not necessarily to discredit those
individual stories."
In fact, the study documents a
serious decline in the job picture
for young people.
Using data from the Census
Bureau's Current Population
Survey, Pew looked at employ-
ment, either full time or part
time, among 21- to 24-year-olds,
in the roughly two and a half
years before the 2007-2009 re-

cession, during it, and in
and a half years after it.
Among those whose high
degree was a high school
ploma, only 55 percent ha
even before the downturn
that fell to 47 percent afte
young people with an asso
degree, the employment ra
from 64 percent to 57 pert
But those with a bachel
degree started off in the s
gest position and weather
downturn best, with empl

slipping from 69 percent to 65
Sfee percent. (The federal Bureau of
Labor Statistics recorded a simi-
lar decline, about four percent-
age points, among all people over
20; at any education level.)
Similarly, in all three groups of
V young adults, wages fell for those
who had work, but the decline
was spread unevenly.
People with four-year college
degrees saw a 5 percent drop in
of the wages, compared with a 12 per-
oints. cent decrease for their peers with
associate's degrees, and a 10
percent decline for high school
One surprise in the data, Ms.
the two Elliott said, had to do with "the
prevailing speculation that peo-
hest ple who couldn't find work were
di- returning to school, enhancing
ad jobs their training." In fact, college
, and enrollment over all rose sharply
-r it. For for several years, driven primar-
ociate's ily by older students, before level-
ate fell ing off in 2011.
cent. But Pew's study found that
or's among people age 21 to 24, the
tron- rate of college enrollment actu-
ed the ally declined slightly, during and
oyment after the recession.

"When you grow as fast as
we have, sooner or later it
had to flatten out."
-Joe Pickens


college slows

down their


Some say low recruitment

points to improved economy

By Denise-Marie Ordway

After several years of rapid growth, enrollment at
community colleges across Florida is slowing down -
an indication, college officials said, that the economy
is improving.
When the economy weakens, adults flock .to com-
munity colleges for retraining or to earn better cre-
dentials to help them find work. Opening enrollment
each fall jumped 24 percent statewide from 2007 to
2011, with some schools-seeing their numbers sky-
rocket as much as 50 percent.
It was the kind of growth that often left college
administrators scrambling to find enough classroom
space and instructors and led to fierce competition
among students for the most popular courses.
Now, for the first time in five years, statewide enroll-
ment for the beginning of the 2012 fall term shows
a drop-off, according to new data from the Florida
Department of Education.
Enrollment slipped from 478,130 students at Flor-
ida's 28 community colleges to 475,486 a slide of
less than one percent. Some schools saw larger dips.
For example, enrollment fell eight percent at Daytona
State College and six percent at Tallahassee Commu-
nity College.
Lake-Sumter State College reported a four per-
cent drop this past fall. Meanwhile, Orange County's
Valencia College, one of Florida's largest community
colleges, stayed about the same.
College administrators said they weren't surprised
by the changes, which they had expected as the
economy improved and students who had gone back
to school either re;entered the work force or left to
continue their educations at another college or uni-
versity. One local exception was Seminole State Col-
lege, which showed an marked increase.
Officials got an indication that the overall trend was
shifting downward after additional student tallies
were taken during the 2011-12 academic year.
Nationally, enrollment fell almost two percent
among two-year public colleges in fall 2011 and then
three percent this past fall, according to the National
Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Joe Pickens, chairman of the Florida college sys-
tem's Council of Presidents, said the explosive growth
that Florida schools were experiencing earlier in the
decade was simply not sustainable, especially consid-
ering state-funding shortfalls and a lack of money for
construction projects.
"When you grow as fast as we have, sooner or later
it had to flatten out," said Pickens, who is also presi-
dent of St. Johns River State College.




Actor Malik Yoba was the keynote speaker at the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project 20th
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship Breakfast at Jungle Island.The
Role Models was founded by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

The mayor, vice-mayor and other supporters of
the City of Opa-locka held their own march to
honor the Drum Major, Dr. King.

-Phl)'os courses Davd Norris, Nelson RodrgigUe anid LODDIUS DauppIn





Older citizens remain part of workforce

By Christine Dugas
Sixty-five is the normal retire-
ment age, but many Americans
are working much later in life.
and it's not just because they
need the money.
The number of workers who
are 75 and older has skyrocketed
by 76.7 percent in the past two
decades, according to research by
the AARP Public Policy Institute.
"We are living longer, healthier .
lives," says Kerry Hannon, au-
thor of Great Jobs for Everyone
50+. "And the types of work that
people do is not as labor intensive
as it was in our parents' genera-
There are a number of reasons






'Not a deadbeat nation:'
Obama says Congress must
act quickly to raise the
US debt ceiling

By Julie Pace
Associated Press
WASHINGTON (API -- President Barack
Obama demanded that lawmakers raise
the nation's $16.4 trillion federal debt limit
quickly, warning that "Social Security ben-
efits and veterans checks will be delayed' if
they don't and cautioning Republicans not
to insist on cuts to government spending in
They v ill not collect a ransom in ex-
change for not crashing the economy, he

-Pr.n)O by Er '. .ni H.uliir ,
President Barack Obama speaks in the
Brady Press Briefing Room at the White
House in Washington, D.C., U.S.

said at the 21st and final news conference
of his first term. "The full faith and credit of
the United States of America is not a bar-
gaining chip. And they better decide quickly
because time is running short."
Answering questions for about an hour,
Obama also said he will soon ask Congress
to enact new gun control legislation in the
wake of the shootings that left 20 elemen- .
tary students dead at a Newtown, Conn.,
school a little more than a month ago.
Among the proposals under consider-
ation are a ban on assault-style weapons
and high capacity ammunition magazines.
Obama said he would unveil his proposals
next week. He was meeting after his news
conference with Vice President Joe Biden,
his point man in producing gun control
measures to present to Congress.
Facing stiff opposition from the National
Rifle Association, he conceded lawmakers
may not approve everything he asks for.
Obama joked about perhaps inviting more
members of Congress to the White House
for social functions. With his daughters
growing older and less inclined to spend
their time with him and his wife, Michelle,
he said, "I'm getting kind of lonely in this
big house." -
But the risk of a default once the debt
ceiling is reached dominated the news con-
ference, and Obama treated it as anything
Please turn to DEBT 8D

Black construction worker using walkie-talkie.

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist
The recent joint announcement
by two key federal regulators be-
lieved a negotiated agreement with
10 mortgage servicing firms would
help more than 3.8 million con-
sumers who were wrongfully fore-
closed during 2009 and 2010. Bro-
kered by the Federal Reserve and
the Office of the Comptroller of the
Currency (OCC), mortgage servic-
ing firms agreed to jointly pay fore-
closed consumers $3.3 billion, and
allot another $5.2 billion for loan

why Americans workers may
decide to put off retirement. Some
may just love their jobs; others
may need more money. But even
those who have socked away plen-

"I really love my
work, and I feel
quite useful."
-Judge John J. Driscoll

ty of cash are often terrified about
rising medical bills and want to
keep earning. Hannon says.
While the 75-plus group of
-[[, i.Tag: workers has jumped. it's still a
Please turn to WORK 8D

modifications and other .
Yet as news of the set-
tlement spread, a range
of opinions emerged. r
From a prominent Capi-
tol Hill legislator to con-
sumer advocates, vary-
ing views spoke about 'l
the harm wrought by CROr
wrongful foreclosures
and how far $3.3 billion split
amount nearly 4 million consum-
ers would really go.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.),
ranking member of the House




Committee on Oversight
and Government Re-
form, said: "I have serious
concerns that this settle-
ment may allow banks to
skirt what they owe. and
sweep past abuses under
the rug without determin-
ing the full harm borrow-
ers have suffered."
Debby Goldberg of the

National Fair Housing Alliance
was even more direct. "Communi-
ties of color were particularly hard
hit by abusive mortgage practices.
In order for the public to have any

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Finance grad turns

job slump into hot

t-shirt business

Andrew Guzman's .
MADE Kids line: .
Cool, creative and ."

By D. Kevin McNeir
When Andrew Guzman. 26, graduated .-.
from the University of Florida in Dec.
2008. he says it was probably the worst
time for someone with a finance degree to companies. I set out x ith the goal of providing a
enter the job market. So he had to rethink his cure for the common clothes. Children want to"
options. He decided to parlay the contacts that look cool and feel good about themselves. Our
he had secured while working with a non-profit clothes help them do both."
firm into his own business and applied his Is there profit in a t-shirt business?
skills in marketing and advertising to launch Fortune 500 businesses like OshKosh and
MADE Kids-- a children's clothing line. The Carter's illustrate the financial opportuni-
locally-based company has seven full-time em- ties that exist in manufacturing clothing for
ployees and is just under a year old. Guzman children. Guzman's target group is kids only,
says business is booming. "newborn'to 12 years old."
"I had the motivation and idea for MADE kids i "If you go to a typical store to buy clothes for
and found that a lot of people liked the con- children they all lack creativity," he said. "They
cept," he said. "Securing investors was pretty may have a teddy bear dr an elephant but noth-
easy because people believed in me. Plus we are ing that would make a kid jump up and down.
different from your typical children's clothing Please turn to T-SHIRTS 8D



2012 HOME


Crisis appears to be easing
By Paul Owers
/ Florida posted the nation's highest fore-
closure rate in 2012, but the crisis that
began six years ago appears to be winding
dow n "comfortably past the peak," the Real-
t\Trac listing firm says.
One in 32 homes across the Sunshine
State received a foreclosure filing last year.
I n Broward and Palm Beach counties, one
in 31 properties was in some stage of fore-
After five years at No. 1, Nevada dropped
to second on the list of highest foreclosure
rates, at one in 37 homes. California and
Utah, in the top five in 2011, fell off last
Foreclosures in Florida increased last
year as lenders resumed filings that
had stalled in 2011 amid concerns over
paperwork errors. While distressed
homes remain an issue and will for
some time, RealtyTrac and others say
the worst is over.
"I feel like we have definitely moved
beyond more problems or more sur-
prises in the marketplace," said Scott
Agran, head of Lang Realty in Boca

During'the housing boom of 2000 to
2005, speculators bought homes and
"flipped" them for more money, sometimes
in a matter of days, pushing prices up and
helping create a bubble.
Some borrowers took out interest-only
and other risky loans because that was the
only way they could afford to buy. But the
mortgage rates would reset, causing month-
ly payments to spike.
Lenders eventually began to reduce
interest rates and extend the loan terms
to make payments more affordable. Other
borrowers unloaded the homes for less than
they were worth or got banks to forgive the
remaining debt,
Please turn to FORECLOSURE 8D

confidence in the fairness of this
settlement, the OCC and the Fed-
eral Reserve must ensure that bor-
rowers in these communities have
equal access to the help it pro-
Even if public debate of this de-
velopment continues, how much
financial loss America's homeown-
ers and communities have already
suffered has been researched and
revealed the facts of who has lost
homes, wealth, and quality of life.
CRL's most recent research, "The
State of Lending in America and its
Please turn to BANKS 8D

Homeowners lose while banks win in.... $8..5B agreeme.....nt..

Homeowners lose while banks win in $8.5B ag reement

The Miami Times



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Mega-millionaire admits tax evasion

By Kevin McCoy

A Palm-Beach heiress and
charity benefactor pleaded
guilty, last Tuesday, to using
Foreign bank accounts to hide
more than $43 million from
the IRS in one of the largest
cases in the continuing U.S.
crackdown on offshore tax
Mary Estelle Curran, 79,
will pay nearly $21.7 million

in penalties .after admitting
she filed two years of false tax
returns. She failed to disclose
her Switzerland and Liech-
tenstein accounts on federal
tax returns from 2001 to
2007, according to a Justice
Department announcement.
Curran faces a maximum
six-year prison term at a
scheduled March 29 sen-
tencing, though a plea agree-
ment filed in court suggested

that the applicable guideline
level in her case would be 30
months to 37 months.
She must also file amend-
ed federal tax returns for
2001 through 2007 and pay
$667,716 in overdue taxes,
plus interest and penalties.
"U.S. citizens who seek to
avoid their tax obligations by
hiding income in undeclared
bank accounts abroad should
by now be fully on notice that

they will be held accountable
for their actions, both civilly
and criminally," said U.S. At-
torney Wifredo Ferrer of Flor-
ida's Southern District.
The guilty plea and pros-
pect of prison time come in
sharp contrast with Curran's
life in a five-bedroom, six-
bathroom Palm Beach fam-
ily home, which Realtor.com
estimates is worth more than
three million dollars.

Home foreclostire rate still high in Florida

continued from 7D

More than 91,000 homes
have been repossessed
since 2007 by lenders in
Broward and Palm Beach
counties, according to Re-

The avalanche of foreclo-
sures heaped more respon-
sibility on cities and police
agencies. Code enforcement
officers started cutting
lawns while sheriff's offices

had to find time for more
The crisis also spawned
a wave of business oppor-
tunities from companies
cleaning out foreclosed
homes to those auctioning
them online.
In 2007, Plantation-
based Realauction.com was
among the first to take ad-
vantage of a revision in state
law that allowed counties to
auction foreclosed homes
online. The company creat-
ed a prototype software that
30 of Florida's 67 counties;

including Broward, now use.
"This allows the properties
to be put back on the market
faster and helps the market
recover sooner," said Lloyd
McClendon, president of Re-

Buyers and real estate
agents are waiting for more
foreclosed homes to hit the
market, but so far banks
have been slow to release
them for fear of hurting pric-
Last week, the newly creat-

ed Consumer Financial Pro-
tection Bureau announced
mortgage lending guidelines
that eliminate many of the
loans that helped cause the
foreclosure problem in the
first place. What's more,
borrowers will struggle to
qualify if their debts .exceed
43 percent of their .gross
monthly incomes.
Some say the new rules
will help prevent another
bust, but others fear they
- will ensure that home mort-
gages remain out of reach
for many Americans.

New business targets rarely explored niche

continued from 7D

We live in a very connected
world today and so children,
like designs that are more
expressive, stylish and cool.
They want to look as sharp
as. their parents. For the
most part our shirts have-
inspirational phrases and
have a special message and
design that we've created.

Sometimes -it's hand-drawn
shirt graphics other times
it's imaginative poetry. Our
goal is to help children rec-
ognize how powerful they.
can become and how they
can accomplish the unimag-
MADE Kids also works
with children from the com-
munity. The company has
formed a relationship' with
Miami's Boys and Girls Club

and has donated hundreds
of shirts to .the Club's chil-
dren and served as a spon-
sor for local events, includ-
ing the recent book signing.
and conversation with civil
rights icon Ruby Bridges.
Ten percent of their annual
gross revenue goes to chari-
table organizations.
"I didn't start the company
looking to get rich," he said.
"I wanted to fill a void in the

market. People like me in
their 20s are into hip hop
and street culture and we
like our clothes to say some-
thing. Kids want the same
thing. As far I know we are
the only business in the U.S.
that is creating street wear
for children. Business is go-
ing well."
For more information or to
see their clothing line, go to

President warns of delayed checks for VETS

continued from 7D

but a laughing matter.
"We are not a dead-
beat nation," he de-
clared, less than a
week away from taking
the oath of office for a
second term.
Within minutes,
Senate Republican
leader Mitch McCon-
nell of Kentucky said
the president and his
allies in Congress need
to get serious about
spending, and the
debt-limit debate is the
perfect time for it.
"I do know that the
most important issue
confronting the future
of our country is our
deficit and debt," Mc-
Connell said. "So we
are hoping for a new
seriousness on the
part of the president
with regard to the sin-
gle biggest issue con-
fronting the country,
and we look forward to
working with him to do
something about this

huge; huge problem."
House Speaker
John Boehner said
in a statement, "The
American people do
not support raising the
debt ceiling without
reducing government
spending at the same
time. ... The House will
do its job and pass re-
sponsible legislation
that controls spending,
meets our nation's ob-
ligations and keeps the
government running,
and we will insist that
the Democratic major-
ity in Washington do
the same."
While most of the
questions focused on
the economy and gun
control, Obama also
urged critics not to
"rush to judgment" in
evaluating his second-
term team for diversity.
He turned aside a
question of whether his
record with Congress
would be better if he
invited more lawmak-
ers to the White House
in off-hours. When

guests from Congress
make the trip to the
executive mansion, "I
promise you, Michelle
and I are very nice to
them. We have a won-
derful time. But it
doesn't stop them from
going on the floor of the
House and blasting me
for being a big spend-
ing Socialist," he said.
Obama made his re-
marks as a new Con-
gress was settling in
for its own new term,
Republicans in control
of the House and Dem-
ocrats in the Senate.
Lawmakers face
three distinct dead-
lines, before April 1.
The.debt limit must be
raised to prevent a de-
fault, a series of across-
the-board spending
cuts is to kick in on.
March 1, and funding
for most government
programs will run out
on March 27.
Obama virtually
dared Republicans
to let the government
shut down rather than

renew funding beyond
March 27. "It will hurt
the economy," he said
The president opened
his news conference
with .a statement by
saying that a vote to
increase the debt limit
"does 'not authorize
more spending. It sim-
ply allows the country
to pay for spending
that Congress has al-
ready agreed to.
These are bills we've
already racked up and
we need to pay them."
Jabbing at Republi-
cans, he quoted House
Speaker John Boeh-
ner's remarks of two
years ago that allowing
a default on U.S. obli-
gations the practical
effect of failing to raise
the debt limit would
be a disaster.
Obama said he was
willing to consider fu-
ture deficit cuts, but
only if they are done
independently from a
vote to raise the $16.4
trillion debt limit.

In a blunt rebuttal to
Republicans who say
they will not agree to
any more tax increas-
es, the president said
taxes and spending
both must be on the
He said he is "open to
making modest adjust-
ments to programs like
Medicare to protect
them for future gen-
erations," and wants to
close tax loopholes at
the same time.

Bankers favored by feds

continued from 7D

Impact on U.S.
Households," shows
that since February
2012, 11 percent of
Black borrowers and
14 percent of Latino
borrowers have al-
ready lost their homes
to foreclosures. By
comparison and dur-
ing the same years,
foreclosure rates for
non-Hispanic whites
amounted to. 6 per-
cent and among Asian-
American borrowers, 8
Even worse, Black
and Latino borrow-
ers were' respectively

2.8 and 2.3 times as
likely to have received
a mortgage loan with
a prepayment penalty
even though many of
these borrowers could
have qualified for more
affordable and sus-
tainable loans.
Across the country,
more than half (52 per-
cent) of the lost wealth
resulting from living.
in close proximity to
foreclosures was borne
by minority census
tract homeowners. In
the District of Colum-
bia and seven states
- California, Florida,
Illinois, Hawaii, Mary-
land, New Jersey and
New York- an even

greater share of lost
wealth occurred in mi-
nority communities.
Additionally, Blacks
remain at a higher im-
minent risk of more
foreclosures in Florida,
New York, New Jersey,
Ohio, 'and Illinois. For
example, Black Florid-
ians risk of imminent
foreclosures is doubled
that projected for the
entire state.
Earlier this week,
our nation observed
the Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. holiday.
Meanwhile, the mar-
tyred leader's historic
call for economic jus-
tice has yet to be ful-

Retirees stay in workforce

continued from 7D

small percentage of the
American labor force. It
represented 7.6 percent
.last year, up from 4.3
percent in 1990.
But there might be
more 75-plus workers if
it were easier for them
to keep their jobs. "I re-
ally love my work, and
I feel quite useful," says
Judge John-J. Driscoll,
a juvenile court judge
in Westmoreland Coun-
ty, Pa. But because he
turned 70 last year, he
now faces mandatory
Instead of quietly
retiring in January,

Driscoll joined five oth-
er Pennsylvania judges
in a lawsuit seeking to
have the right to con-
tinue working past age
The case, filed in No-
vember, claims that
Pennsylvania's man-
datory retirement pro-
vision discriminates
against people on .the
. basis of age.
It's hard to know how
many older workers are
forced to retire. But
there is a growing num-
ber of older Americans
who are not retired and
are in search of a job.
The, number of un-
employed Americans
75 and older increased

from 11,000 in 1990 to
75,000 in 2011, accord-
ing to AARP.
Some might have lost
their jobs during- the
recession and haven't
been able to find an-
"The longer you have
been out of the labor
force, the less likely you
are to come back in,"
says Sara Rix, senior
strategic policy advis-
er at the AARP Public
Policy Institute. "There
is the question about
skills, whether you
have what employers
want, because technol-
ogy has kept changing
while you've been out of

Board Chair Executive Director



(1490 NW 3RD AVE. MIAMI, FL)

RFQ NO: 13-001

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (the "CRA") is seeking the ser-
vices of an experienced design-build team to provide professional services in design and construction for
facade and building renovations and site improvements at the Overtown Shopping Center. The Proposer
and its Sub-consultants must be able to perform every element of the scope of services as outlined in this
RFQ package.

Completed Responses must be delivered to the City of Miami City Clerk's Office, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 no later than 2:00 pm, on.February 12, 2013 ("Response Submission Date").
Any Responses received after the above date and time or delivered to a different address or location will
not be considered.

RFQ documents may be obtained on or after January 23, 2013, from the CRA offices, 1490 N.W. 3rd Av-
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A non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting will be held at the CRA offices on January 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
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firms periodically check the CRA webpage for updates and the issuance of addenda.

The CRA reserves the right to accept any Responses deemed to be in the best interest of the CRA, to
waive any minor irregularities, omissions, and/or technicalities in any Responses, or to reject any or all
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or thereafter, at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the OMNI CRA offices at (305) 679-6868.

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Starting on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB)
will open the waiting list for the Steven E. Chaykin Apartments, 321 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, a
building designated for income-eligible elderly disabled persons 62 years of age or older.

Pre-applications must be mailed via U.S. Postal Service regular or certified mail only. Pre-applications
must be postmarked by the waiting list closing date of Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Pre-applications must
be received at the address below no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Pre-applications must be
mailed to:
Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach
ATTN: Steven E. Chaykin Apartments Pre-applications
200 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Any pre-application received after February 20, 2013 or postmarked after February 6, 2013 will be
considered void.

All household members must be 62 years of age or older at the time of the pre-application submission. The
head of household must be disabled and 62 years of age or older at the time of the pre-application submis-
sion. The maximum number of residents allowed per unit is two (2).

Pre-applications will be published on January 30, 2013 within the Local & State Section of the Miami Herald
and El Nuevo Herald newspapers, and the Miami Times newspaper. The pre-application will also be avail-
able online at www.hacmb.org starting January 30, 2013. All pre-application instructions will be included
with the pre-application on January 30, 2013.

The HACMB will not be responsible for any error or late mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.




-Photo/Mike Stocker
New RN surgery hire Jesila Ameda, is still attending orientation
but will soon be assisting in surgeries at Broward Health. Hospitals
are in critical need of RNs and others in patient care.

Healthcare job s in

demand are specialized

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

If you're a nurse who special-
izes in assisting with surgery,
newborn care, or cardiovascular
disease, you can write your own
ticket. Broward Health Medical
Center, for example, is providing a
$5,000 sign-on bonus to surgery
RNs who commit to two years'
RNs remain in short supply at
hospitals. -Like nursing, other
healthcare jobs are becoming
more specialized, a result of the
new healthcare law and techno-
logical changes. For the positions
most in demand, there are school
scholarships available for stu-
dents or career changers inter-
ested in entering the field.
"We need good medical tech-
nologists," said Suzanne Luongo,
director of clinical workforce de-
velopment at Memorial Healthcare
System. So the Hollywood hospital
offers a small number 6f scholar-
ships to potential medical tech-
nologists, to help them earn the
required four-year college degree.
Luongo said medical technolo-
gists, who do, lab work and help
with diagnosis, can be a good job
for people who want to be in the
healthcare industry, but "not be
near or touch the patient."
The U.S. economy added 45,000
healthcare jobs in December, and
that need will continue to grow in
South Florida as well, said Linda
Quick, president of the South
Florida Hospital and Healthcare
"One of the advantages of having
more insured people is that people
feel with that card in their pocket
they have greater access and tend
not to postpone medical atten-
tion," Quick said.
South Florida's hospitals lead
the online job openings posted
each month.
In Broward and Palm Beach
counties, there were more than
7,000 openings posted in Decem-
ber for healthcare workers, ac-
cording to state data. Healthcare
jobs made up 22 percent of all
jobs advertised in Broward and
15 percent in Palm Beach.
As more Baby Boomers retire
in the region and more people

are insured, demand is expected
to remain high for physicians,
nurses, physical therapists and
pharmacists. Local hosptials say
there also will be a need for other
roles that require less education,
but certain certifications and

"We need good
medical technologists."
Suzanne Luongo, director Lof
clinical workforce de llopimenit ai
Mfemnortal Healthcare st.n i

experience. These include nurse
assistants, x-ray technicians,
medical records
technicians, paramedics, lab
workers, radiologists, rehab thera-
pists, and sterile processors, who
prepare .surgical equipment.
Broward Health Medical Center
and Chris Evert Children's Hos-
pital have 120 to 150 positions
open at any one time, said Letitia
Woods, human resource director.
Tenet, which has 10 hospitals and
medical centers in South Florida,
hires about 500 people a year, ac-
cording to Gail Levitt, hospital re-
cruiter for Delray Medical Center.
Memorial Healthcare has about
200 job openings, mostly in nurs-
ing, according to Luongo.
The pay in South Florida for
healthcare jobs is wide-ranging,
'from $10 an hour for a home health
aide to $49 an hour for a physical
therapist and $59 for a medical
manager, according to state data.
"I'm in love with it," said Yeral
Santos, 31, who screens cardiac
patients at Broward Health Medi-
cal Center in Fort Lauderdale. "You
see different stuff every day." He
regularly does scans of patients'
hearts and occasionally, "you come
across a patient seen in the books
but never seen in the field."
Electronic medical records man-
dates under healthcare reform also
is changing the industry. Hospitals
and other healthcatre organiza-
tions are looking for workers who
understand computers and have a
medical background.
Delray Medical's Levitt said new
support roles have emerged such
. as those who assist with the Da
Vinci robotic surgical system,
which most hospitals now use.


Revised Advertisement for Bids

Satellite E APM System Replacement and O&M Services

Project/Bid No. #MDAD-04-12
The Owner seeks to enter into a Contract with a qualified firm or team to Replace, Furnish, Install, Test and Commission an Automated People Mover (APM) System for the Satellite
E APM System Replacement and provide O&M Services at Miami International Airport. The Project will be divided into two phases, Phase I (Phase IA for the South Lane and Phase
IB for the North Lane) and Phase II. Phase IA and Phase 18 include Furnishing and Installing APM System components, and may include, contingent on Bidders installation needs,
design and construction obligations. Phase II is the Operations and Maintenance portion of the APM System. Phase II will commence upon the Substantial Completion of Phase
IA at which time the Contractor will be responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of the South Lane. Following the Substantial Completion of Phase IB, the Contractor will
be responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of the entire APM System. The Owner is requesting bids and bid prices as detailed in the Instructions to Bidders Documents.
The Owner is interested in receiving bids for Phase I that in the Owner's opinion compare favorably with the alternative of replacing the existing APM with a new, fully enclosed
pedestrian bridge with moving walkways. Bids which in the Owner's opinion do not compare favorably may be rejected.
Sealed technical bids and bid prices for the above project will be divided into Six (6) separate packages:,
I. Package 1 the originals of all documents; the CSBE documents, the CBE documents, the SBE documents, the Parcel A documents, and the Parcel B documents
which shall be separately sealed, appropriately labeled "Original Bid Documents"; two (2) CD/DVDs of the Parcel A documents and two (2) separate CD/DVD for
Parcel 8 documents;
ii. Package 2 two (2) copies of the CSBE documents;
iii, Package 3 two (2) copies of the CBE documents;
iv. Package 4 two (2) copies of the SBE documents;
v. Package 5 seven (7) copies of Parcel A;
vi. Package 6 seven (7) copies of Parcel B.
ParcelA contains the Minimum Requirements, Technical Bid, Operations and Maintenance Bid, Affidavits, Certifications, Bid Guaranty and Completed Forms as specified in
the Instructions to Bidders (ITB) Section 2.0, the CSBE Envelope only contains the CSBE Schedule of Intent Affidavit(s), the CBE Envelope only contains the CBE Letter(s) of
Agreement, the SBE Envelope only contains the SBE Schedule of Intent Affidavit(s). No pricing information shall be provided in ParcelA.
Parcel B contains all of the pricing documents as specified in ITB Section 2.0
The Schedule of rienl Afida..,its) muit be submitted with the Bid by the Bidder inside an envelope labeled "CSBE Envelope" (Package 2).
The CBE Letter(s) of Agreement must be submitted with the Bid by the Bidder inside an envelope labeled "CBE Envelope" (Package 3).
The SBE Schedule of Intent Affidavit(s) muis te subnilled wirt the Bid by the Bidder inside an envelope labeled "SBE Envelope" (Package 4).
The DVD-ROM(s) provided with Parcel A shall contain electronic copies of the Technical Bid, Minimum Requirements and Operations and Maintenance Bid in their entirety. The
electronic files provided shall be fully functional, word searchable pdf files. Files shall be named so as to directly correlate to the printed documents. Tenders submitted without a
complete set of Parcel A documents, including these electronic files may be found to be non-responsive.
The DVD-ROM(s) provided with Parcel B shall contain electronic copies of Parcel B in its entirety. The electronic files provided shall be fully functional, word searchable pdf files.
Files shall be named so as to directly correlate to the printed documents. Bids submitted without a complete set of Parcel B documents, including these electronic files may be
found to be non-responsive.
Bidders are directed t.:. Appenrdi7 11.pf the Instructions to Bidders :nIa spe;-llies tiher Miami-DadeAviation Department requirements to access Security Related Records.
Sealed bids ..ill te received for and on behalf of the Miami-Dade County, by the Office of the Clerk, in the Stephen P. Clark Center, Suite 17-202, 111 N.W. First Street, Miami,
Florida, 33128 until 2:00 p.m., March 1, 2013, or as modified by addendum.
The bids will be evaluated as noted below:
The Parcel B Pricing Documents, the CBE Envelopes, the SBE Envelopes and the CSBE Envelopes included in Package 1 from Brdders mili be publicly opened and the names
of Bidders and the Bid amounts will be read aloud on March 1, 2013. Bidders are invited to be present at the opening. Parcel A will also be opened at this time to verify receipt
and will be reviewed in further detail as indicated below. The County reserves the right to postpone or cancel the Bid opening at any time prior to the scheduled opening of Bids.
Upon notification by the Small Business Development Division (SBD) of the Regulatory and Economic'Resources Department (RER), Bidders may cure correctable defects'on the
CSBE Schedule of nient an tidavilts) and Mla e.urp Plan if applicable within forty-eight (48) hours after the CSBE Envelope opening. Bidders -ailing to correct the defects to the
CSBE Schedule of Intent Affidavit(s) and Make-up Plan if applicable within the 48-hour period, shall be found non responsive and their Bids eliminated from further consideration,
Upon notification by SBD, Bidders may cure correctable defects on the CBE Letter(s) of Agreement within forty eight (48) hours from notification by SBD. Bidders failing to correct
the defects to the CBE Letter(s) of Agreement within (48) hour period shall be found non responsive and their Bids eliminated from further consideration.
Upon notification by SBD, Bidders may cure correctable defects on the SBE Schedule of 'nieni Affidai1l(s) witlin forty-.eihi (48) hours, Bidders failing to correct the defects to the
SBE Schedule of intent Affidavit(s) within the 48-hour period shall be found non-responsive and their Bids eliminated from further consideration.
Parcels B (.Pai. age 6) will concurrently be evaluated for responsibility and responsiveness.
Parcels A (Package 5) from Bidders that have not been rejected as not responsive will be evaluated both for responsibility per the minimum requirements and for responsiveness
based on criteria defined in the Instructions to Bidders. Bidders failing to meet the defined responsiveness criteria may be found non-responsive.
Parcels A, from Bidders who have been found responsive, will be further evaluated and the Owner may request clarifications on the content prior to the determination of technical
Only Bid prices submitted by Bidders, whose entire Bid (Parcel A, CSBE Envelope, CBE Envelope, SBE Envelope and Parcel B), have been opened, evaluated and found
responsible and responsive per the requirements defined in the Bid Documents, will be considered for award. Any ContractAward, if made, will be to the responsive and responsible
Bidder that provides the Owner with the lowest combined price for Phase I (Phase IA and Phase IB) and Phase II.
PHASE I (PHASE IAAND PHASE IB)- Furnishing, Manufacturing, Supplying, Installation, Design/Demolition/ Construction as necessary, Testing, Demonstration, and Commissioning
of the APM System (inclusive of Fixed Facilities and Operating System as defined in the Contract Documents) of the Satellite E APM System Replacement. Phase I includes (1)
the removal/demolition and disposal of the existing system equipment and facilities as defined in the Contract Documents; (2) the design of the Operating System and the
Fixed Facilities as defined in the Contract Documents; (3) the construction of the new Fixed Facilities (if any) and the modifications to the existing Fixed Facilities; (4) analysis,
manufacture, supply, latr.n.aliri assembly, factory testing, shipping, and installation of the Operating System; (5) on-ste inspecti:in, testing of the new Fixed Facilies ,if any); (6)
on-site integration and verification testing and other preparations for start-up of the Operating System through Substantial Completion; (7).integration with the existing elements; and
(8) related project management, control and administration. Full scope of the work is defined in the Contract Documents.
The existing Satellite E APM System (also referred to as the Satellite E Transit Shuttle (STS)) has been in operation since 1980, The existing dual lane shuttle provides passengers
a connection between the MIA Main Terminal at Concourse E and the Satellite E Building. The existing STS System carries both "Sterile" and "Non-Sterile" passengers. Currently,
the South Lane of the dual lane shuttle is not in service and the STS only provides service on the North Lane. The replacement system shall be able to operate doors on either
side of the station platforms as defined by the Central Control Operator to establish "sterile" and "non-sierile' cars of each consist. Passenger luggage check-in areas, passenger
i-ecuriry t, ernIri-g and Federal Inspection Station areas are all located at the Main Terminal.'
The Main Terminal and the Satellite E Stations are both located on level three. However, there is a grade change between the two stations. The existing guideway profile traveling
from the Satellite E Station to the Main Terminal has an uphill .ra.je of 3,75%. The dual-lane guideway extends from the Satellite E Building, across an airport roadway and atop an
abandoned chiller plant and the Concourse E Gates to terminate at the Main Terminal Station.
There is a single existing Maintenance Facility for his Satellite E APM System that is located on level two under the Satellite E Station.
The North Lane of the existing APM is currently in service and must remain in service during installation and testing of the South lane. The South Lane of the existing APM is currently
out of service. The Contractor must first perform work on the South Lane (Phase IA) and make it completely operational and begin passenger service prior to performing work on
the North Lane (Phase IB). During Phase IA the Contractor must ensure that their work will not affect the operation of the existing North Lane shuttle service until work on the South
Lane shuttle is complete and placed into passenger service operation. During Phase IB On the North Lane the Contractor must ensure that their work will not affect the operation of
the completed South Lane. The Contractor is fully responsible for providing an Operating System that incompatible with the existing infrastructure. Any modifications to the existing
facilities necessary to accommodate the Contractor's Operating System shall be completed in accordance with County guidelines and are the responsibility of the Contractor.
PHASE II Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the APM System, Phase II of the contract will include operations and maintenance of the APM System for a five (5) year period
with options for the Owner to extend Phase II in two, five (5) year increments for an additional ten (10) years. The Owner will provide a separate Notice to Proceed for Phase II
(NTP-2) after the Substantial Completion of Phase IA and the Contractor shall be fully mobilized to begin Phase II upon receipt of NTP-2. The Owner shall not be obligated in any
way to exercise its option to extend the Phase II period beyond the five (5) year initial period and may elect otherapproaches for the operation and maintenance of the APM System.
In the event that the Owner elects not to exercise its option for extending Phase II,, then the Owner shall -have no liability to the Contractor for any claim for damages (including,
without limitation, costs incurred, lost profits and foregone business opportunities) arising out of any failure by the Owner to exercise said option. The scope of work is defined in
the Contract Documents. Note that initial System operations and maintenance in Phase II will be limited to the South Lane completed during Phase IA until Phase IB is
completed at which time the Contractor will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the entire System. As such, Systems Operations and Maintenance Plans
and O&M Bid prices should also reflect this interim period of operations and maintenance accordingly.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: See Part 1 of the Instructions to Bidders under the section entitled "BIDDER'S IDENTIFICATION AND MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS" for the
minimum requirements.
In the Price Breakdown forms in Appendix 7, the Owner has identified the minimum base System elements required to provide a code compliant, minimum cost replacement
of the existing Satellite E APM System. Also, the Bidders are required to demonstrate through their technical bid that the System package they propose will meet the Contract
requirements including compliance with all applicable codes and standards. Bidders shall also include a staterrmenri ihir, the proposal confirming compliance with all applicable
codes and standards.
Bid Documents will be available on and after January 16,2013. Prospective bidders may obtain the Bid Documents from Miami DadeAviation Department 4200 N.W. 36th Street,
Building 5A, 2nd floor, Miami, Florida, 33122 as follows:
1. Non-refundable Payment of $500 for the Bid Documents
2. Refundable Deposit of $1,000 for the Bid Documents
The non-refundable payment shall be by any type of check, or money order, only, and made payable to the Miami Dade Aviation Department. The refundable deposit must be by
Cashier's or Certified check only, and made payable to the Miami Dade Aviation Department Each Bidder shall sign a Confidentiality Affidavit, which will be provided, certifying
that the company and each employee agrees, that in accordance with Florida Statutes 119.071(3)(b) and one or more of the following Florida Statutes, 281.301 and 331.22,
to maintain the information contained in the Bid Doduments as being exempt from the provision of Florida Statute 119.07(1) and 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. Each
'interested Bidder shall at the time of Bid Document pickup furnish an address, telephone number and fax numbers, email address for the purpose of contact during the bidding
process. A business card with all of this information will Euffi.:e
Bid documents may be purchased in person or by mail. To purchase a set of bid documents in person, each purchaser must present
Copy of a current government issued picture identification (e.g., Driver's license),
(.p,; .:,f ,r, re-' t r i _ii,-eer or contractor qualifier's license issued by the Florida Department of jr-.e: nj Ph.-: ,i"naI Rc'juiji; ,r ll.:.n i ,;r in-e Bj ae r 3,- 1 ir, puari .-
Anir ,:al -. n- r 'n.ir .:' rln ilrrin.it,' afi '..5 i.''e.iriei 'c n .ir :id, r.:n' riiei .rgine :.,,,rtrw,.To ConfidentialityAffidavitsmaybeobtained in advance by downloading
from http://www.miami-airport.com/bids.asp.
Bid documents may also be purchased by mail by sending a copy of the requisite denificaion and checks along with a FedEx or UPS billing account number to the place of the
purchase indicated above.

All Bid Documents, including any copies made, shall be returned to the same location where they were purchased. All Bidders that timely return the Bid Document will have
their refundable deposit returned. Those Bidders that purchase Bid Documents, but elect not to participate in the bidding process are also required to return all copies of the Bid
Documents to the location of purchase. Failure to return the Bid Documents and copies made to the location of purchase within five (5) working days after the Bid Due Date may be
reported to a Law Enforcement Investigating Authority and will forfeit the deposit. Furthermore, Bidders that fail to return Bid Documents shall not be allowed to participate in future
Confidential solicitations until such time that the firm has taken corrective actions that are satisfactory to Miami-Dade County. The purchaser of the Bid Documents shall be required
to certify that they have returned all original Bid Documents plus any copies and they have not retained any copies. Also, the m,, teil I s ed in the origi.a ,id, Duments or by

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Program Director WFLC Miami/Ft Lauderdale

We are looking for the best AC PD to lead one of the best AC stations in the
country in one of the best places to live. If you have what it takes to coach
talent and to program a great station, please send your materials including
ratings success today.

The Program Director is responsible for programming to and communicating
with the brand's target demographic both terrestrially and socially through the
various digital platforms. You will be responsible for coaching and maximiz-
ing the potential of our on-air staff through daily interaction. That includes
but is not limited to air-check sessions and feedback on website/social media
posts. You will also be responsible for growing and developing the talents of
COAST's Assistant Program Director. All candidates must have good busi-
ness acumen, high standards, and a strong sense of professionalism.

The candidate's responsibilities also include but are not limited to:
Working with the Strategic Team to maximize the ratings
Flawless execution of the station's Strategic Action Plan
Observing local ratings trends and making yourself aware of all
new and upcoming innovations
Set standards for on-air staff and for sales interaction with pro-
gramming (in conjunction with the GSM and promotions director.)
Familiar with music scheduling software, generating daily music
Managing the elements on the station's website, audio streaming
channels, and social media
Recruiting and coaching talent .
Creatively updating the station liners, promos and sweepers
Send resumes to: wflcpd@coxinc.com

CMG is an EOE




Former Rep. Allen

West takes newjob

By William Gibson

Former South Florida Congress-
man Allen West has taken a new
job as director of programming for
PJ Media's NextGeneration.TV.
West's mission is to examine the
issues of the day through
the lens of the next gen-
eration through Internet
TV, social media, live I
events, outreach pro-
grams and newsletters.
West, who lost a close

race in a newly drawn
district to Democrat Pat-
rick Murphy, described
his reason for taking the
job this way:
"Earlier this month,


my family and I traveled to Phoe-
nix, Ariz., to attend the 2013 BCS
Fiesta Bowl. It was truly great to be
in such a festive atmosphere, and
even see some old friends.
"However, as I watched the open-
ing kickoff, I got that deep feeling

in the pit of my stomach that it
would be a long evening for the K-
State Wildcat Nation. So my mind
started to drift and analyze what
was before me.
"I looked over at my two daugh-
ters, dressed in K-State purple,
and thought about my first
college bowl game. I con-
sidered the cost today to
attend a BCS bowl game,
and thought about how
the college-bowl experience
will be something that will
be harder for future gener-
ations to afford."
That put him in a next-
generation frame of mind.'
T West, who served for 22
years in the Army, became
a media darling during his one
term in Congress, especially in
conservative circles, with frequent
appearances on Fox News.
Now he will put that experience
to use on the other side of the mi-

Older Americans carry

more credit card debt

By Christine Dugas

Older Americans rely on credit
cards as their financial safety net
and .pay down less of their debt
than younger consumers, a new
study shows.
Last year, the low- and middle-
income 50-plus population had
an average credit card balance of
$8,278, compared with'the young-
er generation's balance of $6,258,
according to research conducted
by Demos,' a liberal public policy
organization on behalf of AARP.
The older generation managed to
reduce their balances by 16 percent
from 2008 to 2012. But the un-
der-50 age group surpassed that,
paying off 37 percent of their credit
card debt in the same period.
"Older Americans living on a re-
duced income and feeling strapped
for money will likely turn to credit
cards as a way to make ends meet,"
says Gail Cunningham,vice .presi-
dent of the National Foundation for
Credit Counseling (NFCC). "Credit
should be used as a. convenience,
not as an additional paycheck."
As credit card debt piled up,
about half of older Americans were
called by debt collectors, the study
says. Some of them have tried to
renegotiate what they owe, and a
growing number ,are seeking help

from credit-counseling services. In
2011, 33 percent of Americans who
went to a credit counselor were 55
and older, which was seven percent
higher than in 2009, according to
the NFCC.
Credit card debt is often associ-
ated with irresponsible young con-
sumers. But older Americans pri-
marily use credit cards to pay for
essential items and to cope with
unexpected emergencies, accord-
ing to the Demos study. Among its
Half of Americans 50-plus car-
ry medical expenses on their credit
cards, primarily for prescription
medication and dental costs.
Nearly half use credit cards to
pay for car repairs, and 38 percent
use them for
Credit cards are used for ba-
sic living expenses, such as mort-
gage payments, groceries and
utilities, by 34 percent of older
Nearly 25 percent say that a
job loss contributes to their credit
card debt.
"The Great Recession and the
ongoing financial crisis have only
tightened the squeeze on middle-
class families and have cast a
shadow on the future retirement
prospects of today's workers,"
said Barry Rand, AARP CEO.

Race and mental health

continued from 5C

persons with low
health literacy also
incur higher health
care cost and are less
likely to comply with
prescribed treatment,
or seek preventative
In order to promote
mental health lit-
eracy, local mental
health agencies, grant
funded outreach com-
munity education ac-
tivities, and mental
health consumers in
the process of recovery
must all strive to de-
mystify mental health
problems by promot-
ing health knowledge
and literacy. This will

reduce mental health
stigma and promote
help-seeking activi-
ties. Additionally, cul-
turally tailored and
culturally appropri-
ate/sensitive educa-
tional approaches and
formats would work
more effectively within
racial and ethnic mi-
nority communities.

Lastly, there is a
critical shortage of
mental health profes-
sionals from racial
and ethnic minor-
ity backgrounds. Take
the field of school psy-
chology as an exam-
ple. A recent survey of

National Association
of School Psycholo-
gists members shows
that only three per-
cent surveyed were
from Hispanic back-
ground. About two
percent were Black.
While there are many
strategies for reducing
mental health dispari-
ties, these four are
necessary for helping
relieve the dispropor-
tionately high bur-.
den of mental illness
among racial and eth-
nic minorities.
Huijun Li, Ph.D is
an assistant professor
in the Department of
Psychology at Florida
A&M University and
is a national certified

Teachers union fight labor

continued from 5C

not mandate salary
specifics. That should
be left up to the col-
lective bargaining pro-
cess, he said.
Michael Mattimore,
a lawyer for the state,
disagreed, arguing
that teachers had
plenty of room to ne-
gotiate other issues,
such as how much
extra pay a teacher
with a graduate degree

should receive.
Mattimore also ar-
gued that the bill was
an important part of
education reforms ap-
proved in Tallahassee.
"It's a significant im-
pact in the success of
our students," he said'
Leon County Cir-
cuit Judge John Coo-
per spent most of the
two-hour hearing pep-
pering both sides with
questions. He acknowl-
edged that he was no-
where close to making

a decision.
"I normally have an
idea where I'm going in
a case by the time we
get to this point," he
said. "I do not here. I
do not have that idea
Cooper asked both
sides to prepare sam-
ple orders for him, but
did not commit to a
deadline to rule on the
case. He also did not
rule out asking both
sides to return to court
for future arguments.



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Revised Advertisement for Bids

Satellite E APM System Replacement and O&M Services

Project #MDAD-04-12
All bids must be submitted as set forth in the Bid Documents. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities and irregularities, or to re-advertise the
project. The Owner, by choosing to exercise its right of rejection, does so without the imposition of any liability against the Owner by any and all bidders.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department will hold a Pre-Bid Conference and Site Visit beginning at 10:00 a.m. on January 29, 2013, at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, 4200
N.W. 36th Street, Building 5A, Conference Room F, 4th Floor Miami, Florida, for all interested parties, and attendance is recommended but not mandatory. A second Site Visit will
be held starting at 10:00 a.m. on February 13, 2013. The point of contact for the second Site Visit is behind the MIA Concourse E, Hotel Lobby, 2nd Floor at the Information
Booth. Bidders are requested to inform the Contracting Officer for this bid solicitation of the number and names of persons expected to attend the January 29, 2013 Conference
and Site Visit no later than 48 hours before the scheduled date. At the January 29, 2013 Conference, Bidders will also be requested to inform the Contracting Officer for this bid
solicitation of the number of persons expected to attend the second Site Visit on February 13, 2013. Attendance at each of the Site Visits will be limited to two (2) representatives per
firm and Bidders will need to provide copies of identification for each attendee in advance (such as a driver's license) so that the necessary security clearance can be obtained for
the Site Visits. Bidders are encouraged to submit any questions in writing to the Contracting Officer (see ITB Section 2.7) in advance of the Pre-Bid Conference. Any changes to the
Bid Documents will be by written addendum. It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), For sign language,
interpreter services, material and accessible format, other special accommodations, or airport-related ADA concerns, please contact the MDAD Office of ADA Coordination at (305)
BID GUARANTY: Each bid (in Parcel A) must contain a Bid Guaranty of not less than five percent (5%) of the Total bid in the manner required by the Instructions to Bidders. No
bid may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of bids. Bids shall be valid for a period of 180 calendar days from bid submittal date. The Owner reserves the
right to reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities and irregularities, to reject all Bids, or to re-advertise for Bids.
(1)' Responsible Wages and Benefits.
(2) The Provisions in reference to the timetables for minority and female employment participation, expressed as a percentage, for the Contractor's aggregate work force in each
trade on all construction work in the covered area, as follows:

Timetables Goal for Minority Participation for Each Goals for Female Participation for Each
ime es Trade in Miami-Dade County Trade in Miami-Dade County

Until further notice .39.5% 6.9%

As used in this Notice, and in the Contract resulting from this solicitation, the "covered area" is Miami-Dade County, Florida. These goals are applicable to all Contractor's
construction work (whether or not it is Federal or Federally assisted) performed in the covered area.
(3 The "Equal Opportunity Clause" and the "Standard Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications" as set forth in the Contract Documents.
The Contractor's compliance with the Executive Order and the regulations in 41CFR Part 60-4 shall be based on its. implementation of the Equal Opportunity Clause, specific
affirmative action obligations required by the specifications set forth in 41CFR 60-4.3(a), and its efforts to meet the goals established for the geographical area where the contract
resulting from this solicitation is to be performed. The hours of minority and female employment and training must be substantially uniform throughout the length of the Contract,
and in each trade, and the Contractor shall make a good faith effort to employ minorities and women evenly on each of its projects. The transfer of a minority or female employee
or trainee from Contractor to Contractor or from projectto project for the sole purpose of meeting the Contractor's goals shall be a violation of the Contract, the Executive Order and
the regulations in 41CFR Part 60-4. Compliance with the goals will be measured against the total work hours performed.
The Contractor shall provide written notification to the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs within ten (10) working days of award of any construction
subcontract in excess of $10,000 at any tier for construction work under the Contract resulting from this solicitation. The notification shall list the name, address and telephone
number of the subcontractor; employer identification number of the subcontractor; estimated dollar amount of the subcontract; estimated starting and completion dates of the
subcontract; and the geographical area in which the contract is to be performed.
(4) Bidders are advised that Miami-Dade County has enacted ordinances governing the utilization of Community Business Enterprises (CBE). Requirements for compliance are
contained in the Contract Documents.
(5) The Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Program Participation Goals applicable to Phase I only are:
27.00% of item A1.5 in Schedule A Prices Proposed Phase I of the Bid Forms from Appendix 5.
35.00% of item A1.1 in Schedule A Prices Proposed Phase I of the Bid Forms from Appendix 5.
(6) In addition, the Bidders are advised that Miami-Dade County has enacted an ordinance governing utilization of certified Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE)
subcontractors. Requirements for compliance with this ordinance are contained in the Contract Documents.
(7) Community Small Business Enterprise Program (CSBE) Participation Goal applicable to Phase I only is:
12.77% of the sum of items Al and A2 from Schedule A Prices Proposed Phase I of the Bid Forms from Appendix 5 for the CSBE Participation Goal.
(M) Bidders are also advised that Miami-Dade County has enacted an ordinance governing utilization of Community Workforce or Community Workforce Program (CWP) from
Designated Areas in which a Capital Construction Project is located. Requirements for compliance with this ordinance are contained in the Contract Documents.
(9) Community Workforce Program Contract Measures for this Project applicable to Phase I only is:
10% of the workforce performing construction trades work and labor under Phase I of this contract. This goal is expressed as a percentage of the total price proposed
for Phase I. (sum items Al and A2 in Schedule A Prices Proposed Phase I of the Bid Form in Appendix 5)
(10) In addition, the Bidders are advised that Miami-Dade County has enacted an ordinance governing utilization of certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) subcontractors.
Requirements for compliance with this ordinance are contained in the Contract Documents.
(11) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program Participation Goal for this Project applicable to Phase II only is:
Subcontractor Goal of 1.50% of the workforce performing work and labor under Phase II of this contract. This goal is expressed as a percentage of the total price
proposed for Phase II (Schedule B Prices Proposed Phase II -of the Bid Form in Appendix 5).
(12) Bid responsiveness to the CBE, CSBE and SBE participation requirements will be evaluated against the percentage goals as expressed in item 5, 7 and 11 in this
Advertisement. The SBD Worksheets included in Appendix 27 of this Instructions to Bidders, identify CBE and CSBE participation requirements, as percentages based
on the estimated value of the Phase I Work; these are provided for informational purposes only. The SBD Worksheets also included in Appendix 27 of this Instructions to
Bidders, identify SBE participation requirements, as a percentage of the estimated value of the Phase II Work; these are provided for informational purposes only
(13) Living Wages Requirement for County Service Contracts: Phase II of the Contract is subject to Miami-Dade County's Living Wage under County Code Section 2-8.9.
The selected Contractor shall pay the applicable living wage rate in effect at the time of the contract award to all covered employees performing a covered service and
any increases to that rate which becomes effective October 1st of each year, throughout the duration of the Contract. All service contractors providing a covered service
must comply with the County Code Section 2-8.9 in its'entirety to include the respective Administrative Order and Supplemental General Conditions to include any and all
amendments. If there are any errors, omissions or discrepancies between the legislation governing living wages the County Code Section 2-8.9 shall prevail. Failure to
comply with.the Living Wage requirements will result in the applicable penalties and sanctions. Additional information can be obtained from the Small Business Development
Division/ RER.
(14) CONE OF SILENCE: Pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the Miami-Dade County Code and Administrative Order 3-27 ("Cone of Silence Provisions"), as amended, a "Cone of
Silence" is imposed upon bids, RFQs, or RFPs after advertisement and terminates at the time the County Mayor issues a written recommendation to the Board of County
Commissioners. The Cone of Silence prohibits communication regarding bids, RFQs, or RFPs between: A) potential vendors, service providers, bidders, lobbyists or
consultants and the County's professional staff; B) a potential vendor, service provider, bidder, lobbyist, or consultant and the Mayor, County Commissioners or their respective
staffs; C) the Mayor, County Commissioners or their respective staffs and any member of the County's professional staff; D) a potential vendor, service provider, bidder,
lobbyist, or consultant and any member of the selection committee assigned to this Solicitation; E) the Mayor, County Commissioners or their respective staffs and member of
the selection committee assigned to this Solicitation; F) any member of the County's professional staff and any member of the selection committee.
Section 2.11.1(t) of the County Code and Administrative Order 3-27, as amended, permits oral communications regarding a particular bid, RFQ or RFP for solicitation of goods or
services between any person and the procurement officer responsible for administering the procurement process for such bid, RFQ, or RFP.
The Cone of Silence Provisions do not apply to communications with the Office of the County Attorney or members of the staff of that office; communications with employees of the
Management and Technical Assistance Unit of the Department of Small Business Development/ RER regarding small and/or minority business programs, the Community Business
Enterprise and Equitable Distribution Programs; oral communications at pre-bid conferences, oral presentations before selection committees, contract negotiations during any duly
noticed public meetings, public presentations made to the Board of County Commissioners during any duly noticed public meeting, or communications in writing at any time unless
specifically prohibited by the applicable bid, RFQ, or RFP document. Bidders must file a copy of any written communications with the Clerk of the Board, which shall be made
available to any person upon request. Written communications may be submitted via e-mail to the Clerk of the Board at CLERKBCC@MIAMIDADE.GOV. The Contracting Officer
shall respond in writing and file a copy with the Clerk of the Board, which shall be made available to any person upon request
In addition to any other penalties provided by law, violation of the Cone of Silence Provisions by any Bidder and bidder shall render any RFP award, RFQ award, or bid award
voidable. Any person having personal knowledge of a violation of the Cone of Silence provisions shall report such violation to the State Attorney and/ or may file a complaint with
the Ethics Commission. Bidders should reference the actual Cone of Silence Provisions for further clarification.
All Bidders will be notified in writing when the County Mayor makes an award recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.
The Contracting Officer for this bid solicitation is:

Name of Agency:
Physical Address:
Mailing Address:

Lenora Allen-Johnson
Aviation Senior Procurement Contract Officer
MDAD Contracts Administration Division
4200 NW 36th St. Bldg. 5A, 4th Floor, Miami, FL 33122
P.O. Box 025504, Miami, FL 33102-5504
(305) 876-8065
(305) 876-8068

(15) The Owner shall not be responsible for any modifications or alterations made to the Instructions to Bid Documents other than those made by Addendum. Bidders are advised
to carefully check their Instructions to Bid Documents to make certain the documents they obtained contained the complete set of documents. Any purchase of partial set of
documents shall be at the Bidder's risk.
(16) Bidders are advised that the Office of the Inspector General may perform due diligence checks on bidders, including members of the bidders' teams.
(17) Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Code Section 2.8-1 (d), a Bidder shall have on file, prior to contract award a duly executed Uniform County Affidavit with the Miami-Dade
County Department of Procurement Management (DPM)/Ilntemal Services Department, to be maintained with the bidders vendors registration file. The Bidder is responsible
for obtaining the Vendor Registration Package, including all affidavits by downloading from the DPM website at www.miamidadeov or from the Vendor Assistance Unit at
111 N.W. 1st Street, 13th Floor, Miami, Florida 33128, (305) 375-5773.
(18) Sustainability/LEED Certification: This project is not required to be LEED certified. However, while LEED Certification is not a requirement for this project, Contractor is
required to identify approach to implementing applicable sustainability standards delineated in Aviation Department's Design Guideline Manual.
(19) Only those bidders, whose entire bid have been opened, evaluated and found responsible and responsive per the requirements defined in the Bid Documents, will be
considered for Award. Any Contract Award, if made, will be to the responsive and responsible Bidder that provides the Owner with the lowest combined price for Phase I and
Phase II.

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Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
1146 Sesame Street
One bedroom, one bath. $600
monthly. Near elementary
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

1341 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air and
appliances, light and water.
$575 monthly, first and last.
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, tour 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 o0'

1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bain $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 786-355-

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

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 bdrms, $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

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7521 NE 2nd Court
One bdrms, one bath, starting
$550 mthly, 305-717-6084
8295 NE Miami Court #1
Large one bdrm, one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $675
monthly. 305-947-4502
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
One and two bedrooms, from
.$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
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

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-


2775 NW 192 Ter
Three bedrooms,, two baths.
$1300 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 954-214-1658
One bedroom, one Daim,
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 NW 41 Place


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

1228 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$900 monthly, first, last and
security. Section 8 welcome.
1266 NW 111 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$850 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635
1311 NW 102 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air
condition, fenced in area,
1330 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms. one bath, tile,
. $900 mthly, 305-219-2571.
137 NW 118 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$875. Appliances.

1492 N.W 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled, central air,
located on quiet street.
Section 8 preferred. $1000
15 Ave N.W. 55 Ter
Nice, two bdrms, central air.
Section 8 and HOPWA.
156 NE 58 Terr.

Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.

175 NE 70 Street
Two bdrms., one bath,
completely remodeled,
2020 N.W. 93rd Terrace
Two bdrms, two baths, $1100
monthly, water included.
2118 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $795,
appliances, 305-642-7080

2125 B NW 60 Street
One bdrm, one bath,
refrigerator, stove, air
condition, light and water
included. $475 monthly. Mr.
B. 305-632-8750
2251 NW 94 Street
One bedroom, one bath
available on 2/1/2013. New
paint, blinds and carpet. Air
condition and ceiling fans
in each room. Full kitchen
and bath. Large apartment
and duplex. Your own gated
parking. Section 8 welcome.
Reference and renting history
required. $800 per month.
Move in with just the first
month and $500 deposit. For
more information call 954-
2480 NW 61 Street
Three bdrms., one bath
Section 8 Welcome
251 NE 77 Street
One bedroom,. one bath,
appliances. $650 monthly
plus security. 786-216-7533
2550 York Street
One bedroom, refrigerator,
stove, air. 954-736-9005
3030 N.W. 19th 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
344 NW 59 Street
Two, bedrms, one bath.
Section 8 ok. 786-709-3707
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 how, $875.
495 NW 42nd Street
Spacious three bdrms, one
bath. $900, 305-801-1283.
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 waler/electric

6740 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, central
air. tile. appliances. $750
$1.550 down 954-522-4645

6940 NW 6 Court
Four bedrms, one bath, air,
security bars and large den.
$1450 monthly. Section 8 ok.
7015 NW4 Court
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tiled,
water included. $850 monthly.
Security deposit $1050.
Call 786-556-9644
739 NW 53 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$600 moninly 786-328-

745 NW 107 Street
Two bedrooms, air, laundry
room, $975. 786-306-4839.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled, 954-392-0070.
505 NW 96 St, #505E
Two bedrooms, one bath: all
new, central air, fenced yard,
$875, call 305-947-4502.
Remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, Section 8 Ok, $925
mthly, Call 305-216-2724
NW 29 Ave and 48 St
Small one bdrm. duplex, nice
yard, ref., 305-751-4604.

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


Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$95 weekly, large room,
kitchen, bath and free utilities,
one person. 305-987-9710
1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
. Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use ol
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
2352 NW 97 Street
$90 a week.
786-515-3020, 305-691-2703
2973 NW 61 Street
Air, cable, $500 mthly, $300
to move in. 786-286-7455
3185 NW 75 Street
Access to living room and
kitchen, close to metro rail.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave, TV,
free cable, air and private
bath. Call 954-678-8996.
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
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
9119 NW 25 Avenue
Private bath. $125 weekly.
Call 786-515-3020 or
,$10/day, three meals, air,
hot showers, job prep,
counseling. Please call us
or come to: 1281 NW 61 St,
$500 monthly: Water and.
electric included
Private entrance, private
bath, cable and use of pool.
Pay monthly or weekly.
Nice quiet room, near bus
terminal. Call 305-766-2055
$110 weekly. 305-691-1068

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

1121 NW 75 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$950, 305-688-5002
1180 Opa Locka Blvd
(137 ST)
three bedrooms, two baths,
den, air, garage, $1,250. No
section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker 305-891-6776
1282 NW 45 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, central air, $1300,
totally remodeled. 2-Two
bedrooms, one bath duplex,
totally remodeled. Section 8
Welcome. 305-926-0205
133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.

1430 NW 71 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$795. Appliances.

1473 NW 68 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, $800
mthly, 305-336-9977.
17201 NW 32 Avenue
Four bedrooms, one bath.
1788 NW 74 Street.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
upgraded interior, washer
and dryer, fenced yard with
mature fruit trees. $825
monthly. Call or text Frances
1790 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. No Section 8.
Call: 305-267-9449
18355 NE 1 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath
water included. $1300
- monthly. Section 8 welcome.
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

2010 NW 153 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, den,
air, $1,200. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, den. $1,300. No Section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard. Section 8 only.
2435 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms.. $790
monthly. Call after 6 p.m.,
* _262 NW 51 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$800 mthly 786-328-5878

310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens $1100
monthly. Central air all
appliances included, free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-

3331 NW 51 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, tile with appliances,
$1200 mthly. Call:
74 Street and 7 Avenue
Four or five bdrms,.
two baths, fenced
yard, tile, Section 8 ok!
Call 786-306-2349
54 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach townhomes,
new four bedrooms, two
baths. $1550. Section 8 okay.
Remodeled four bdrms, two
baths, $1100 mthly.
Fivebedrooms and half,
three bathrooms, family,
dining, living, and laundry
room. Section 8 okay! $1950
monthly. Call 305-992-6496.

Spacious four bdrms, two-
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8.
welcome! Others available.
Two bedrooms, one bath and
three bedrooms, one bath
duplex, 954-295-8529.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591


17801 NW 16 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, den. Try only $2900
down and $549 monthly P&I.
NDI Realtors, 305-655-1700
or 305-300-4322.
2135 NW 63 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
remodeled. Try only $1900
down and $498 monthly P&l.
NDI Realtors, 305-655-1700
or 305-300-4322.
3777 NW 177 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Try only $2900
down and $562 monthly P&I.
NDI Realtors, 305-655-1700
or 305-300-4322.
556 NW 46 Street
Owner Financing
Low down payment
More to choose Iorn
Molly 305-541-2855

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South Dade. 786-205-4380.

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

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 3 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
S900 N.W. 54th Street

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PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW
CRA) is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm, at
Williams Park, 1717 NW 5th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

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

(#19294) Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency


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



(Deadline to Request additional information/clarification: 1/28/13 at 5:00 PM)

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement Telephone No.

Johnny Martinez
City Manager I
AD NO. 10657

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

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Single White Male
47, 5 feet 11 inches, brown
hair, green eyes, 170 lbs.,
seek single black female.
Jeff 305-781-2122

Private Tutoring Services
Sessions Include: Math,
reading, writing, homework
help and state test prep.
$125 per month-Unlimited
Register Now!l
Space is limited
8850 NW 22 Avenue

Property Management
Maintenance and.Repair
Drain clean outs, starts $129
Pressure cleaning, $99
Security cameras installed'
Air Installation-Repair
Drain Fields-Septic Tanks
Call 786-308-8281
Custom-made cabinets for'
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.


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14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565
Handyman Special
Carpet cleaning, plumbing,
doors, water heater, lawn
service. 305-801-5690


Hollywood, FL

Job Description:
Work with clients to
achieve their market-
ing goals through the
creation of innova-
tive radio advertising
campaigns. Assist
in achieving its de-
sired revenue growth
by selling advertising
time, event sponsor-
ships and web-based
programs. Provide
excellent client ser-
vice. Analyze client
needs to uncover key
marketing challenges.
Use creativity, market
research and interper-
sonal skills to provide
effective marketing so-
lutions geared towards
meeting key client ob-

Manage all aspects of
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more amity than rivalry

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Booker T. Washington boy's basketball team

BTW's senior guard Richie

Spiller likes winning

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The grassy football field that
is dominated by the Booker T.
Washington Tornadoes may
become secondary to the pine-'
wood basketball floors of the
under-recognized boys' pro-
gram. The Tornadoes' basket-
ball team has made cbmmend-
able leaps and bounds in the
past few seasons under the
leadership' of head coach and
Miami High alumnus Javorie
Wilson with back-to-back win-
ning seasons.
The Tornadoes 14-3, have
faced the woes of building
a program in a sport that is
largely overshadowed by the
domineering football world in'
Miami-Dade County. Basket-
ball season in large part, ac-
cording to Wilson, is dependent
on the outcome of the football
"When I first took the job,
my better players were football
players," Wilson said. "Obvious-
ly the football team has a lot of
success so by the time they're
done in late December our sea-
son has already started. So we
weren't very good in the begin-
Aning of those seasons; it was
mediocre until we got them.'"
Wilson worked diligently to"

find actual basketball players
that would commit.
"I worked to get it where I
could have predominantly bas-
ketball players," Wilson said.
"Where I could take them to
camp and we can do skill work
over the summer, play in sum-
mer leagues and fall leagues to
develop that cohesiveness that
a basketball team should have."
"There's nothing wrong with
having football players, but in
my opinion they should be de-
signed to enhance the team not
be the team and the results are
showing," he added.
After winning a slew of tour-
naments in the off season and
throughout the regular season
- including the coveted Ju-
nior Orange Bowl Classic that
brings teams from throughout
the nation respect built for
a team'that was 16-9 a season
Senior point guard Richie
Spiller is largely to thank for
the team's success. Spiller
who is taking two Advanced
Placement courses and being
recruited by every local Di-
vision II school, made First-
team All-Dade last season the
first for any B.T.W. player in
recent history, when he aver-
aged 20 points per game. This
season Spiller has a stronger
supporting cast which has

given the Tornadoes a tough-
to-defend spread offense and
Spiller a better opportunity to
drive and dish.
"Everyone knows Richie
wants to penetrate so when
they sag in Richie is matur-
ing as far as making the ex-
tra pass," Wilson said. "I think
that in itself has made us
harder to guard and has con-
tributed to the success- we've
had this year, because last
year he was going between
two or three people because
we didn't have those people to
stretch the floor or other op-
Spiller and junior forward
Demetrius Jackson who
averages a double double
(13.5-points, 13.7-rebounds)
are an inside-out tandem that
set the offense in motion.
"Demetrius makes my job
easier," said Spiller who aver-
ages 17 points and 8.5 assists
per game. "We're learning how
to play off each other. .. and
we're 'gelling'."
With only one conference
loss to Archbishop Carroll and
four games left, Booker T. has
an opportunity to head into
playoffs ahead of the previ-
ous year. Wilson, who is happy
about the recognition for his
players, said he 'wants one
thing for the program.

Gore warms to read-option

By Lindsay H. Jones

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The
first time Frank Gore got a.
look at a pistol offense, he was
watching television.
"Probably Oregon," Gore said.
"I didn't like it at first."
After all, the pistol and the
read-option ran counter to ev-
erything Gore knew. He played
in a pro-style offense at the
University of Miami and was
used to being a traditional tail-
back and very good one for
the San Francisco 49ers.
"I just felt like that's rnot real
football," Gore said. "But if it
helps us get to where we want
to go, I'm good."
Consider Gore the latest con-
vert to the wonders of the read-
option. As the 49ers imple-
mented more option and pistol
elements since switching start-
ing quarterbacks from Alex
Smith to Colin Kaepernick in
November, Gore found a way to
He said he has learned to
be more patient, and also has
come to understand that even
on designed running plays,
he won't always get the ball.
Sometimes, he'll be a decoy as
Kaepernick carries the ball.
Still, Gore's rushes per game
actually, increased since Kae-
pernick took over as starter in
Week 11 (from 15.5 per game to

-Photo; Harry How
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francis-
co 49ers hands the ball to running back Frank Gore #21
against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional
Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in
San Francisco, California.

17.6), and he finished the regu-
lar season with 1,214 yards,
the second-highest total in his
eight-year career. But he's had
to accept that some weeks, Kae-
pernick will end up with more
rushing yards.
That was the case last week
in San Francisco's 45-31 win
against Green Bay, when Kae-
pernick set a quarterback
rushing record with 181 yards.
Gore had 119 rushing yards,
his second-highest total of the

The NFL proves why it's the best
The NFL proved this past all threatened to walk away
weekend why it is the top dog with our dollars because
in all of sports. Even when the these millionaire athletes and
league was on strike and we billionaire owners were bick-

"Hopefully they keep look-
ing out for (Kaepernick), and
21 keeps getting the ball," Gore
Gore left the practice field
after a walk-thru Thursday,
pulled off his No. 21 practice
jersey and replaced it with
a blue mechanics shirt with
"Frank" embroidered on the
chest. Gore hasn't worn the
shirt in public for a while, but
grabbed it from his locker as a
sign that he wanted to "have a
good work day," he said.

ering over even more money
we came back in droves be-
cause America love's NFL
football. The playoff games
this past weekend were a per-
fect illustration as to why the
NFL is king. Let's start first
in Denver where. the great
Peyton Manning and the top-
seeded Denver Broncos ap-
peared to have the Baltimore
Ravens on the ropes leading
35-28 with just minutes re-
maining. It looked like it was


developing on,

off course
The Associated Press

The world's two top golfers are
meeting more and more often
on the course, but neither No.
1-ranked Rory Mcllroy or Tiger
Woods are ready to call it a ri-
The pair, set to meet at the
Abu Dhabi Golf Champion-
ship, has established a blos-
soming relationship since play-,
ing together for the first three
rounds of last year's event and
expressed a mutual respect for
one another's game.
But for a more heated rivalry
to emerge, they both agreed they
need to face each other on Jan.
2,0 with a tournament at stake.
It has yet to happen, although
Woods did make a run at McIl-
roy in last year's Honda Classic.
"It would be similar to saying
that I had a rivalry with Phil
(Mickelson) two years into my
career. That wasn't the case. It
takes time," Woods said earlier
this week. "Over the course of

-Photo: Andrew Redington
Rory Mcllroy, left, and Tiger Woods enjoy ceremonial
cups of coffee Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.

my career, I've gone head-to-
head against Ernie [Els] and
Vijay [Singh] the most and that
has happened over 17 years," he
said. "But it takes time. Let's
give it time and see how it pans
Speaking to The Associated
Press, Mcllroy agreed. .
"I don't know if you can call
it a rivalry yet because we
haven't battled each other down
the stretch of a major," Mcllroy
said. "It's not like we have been
playing in the final group of a

tournament and we are battling
each other. Hopefully at some
point that can happen this year
and it would be great to be part
of that."
Woods and Mcllroy are paired
together for the first two rounds
at Abu Dhabi starting today.
"We've certainly hit it off, and
our relationship has grown and
our friendship's gotten better,"
Woods said. "We've just had a
good time. Certainly give each
other the needle quite a bit.
That's always fun."

Scott "scared' but motivated

By Michael Hiestand

Put aside whatever you might
think of ESPN's Stuart Scott as
a sports TV announcer and lis'-
ten to this person.
"I'm not going to lie, it's scary.
It's a very scary thing," Scott
told USA. TODAY Sports on
Tuesday about a recurrence
of cancer. "The immediate
thought is I'm going to die."
Scott, who did a SportsCenter
on Monday, learned .last month
the cancer had returned he
would prefer not to specify what
type that was diagnosed.in
2007 and first recurred in
"My immediate thought was
my two daughters. I've got to
be around for them," he says.
"There have been a lot of people
who've said I'm courageous. I'm
not. I'm scared. I've got to be
around for them."
At least those daughters -
Taelor, 17, and Sydni, 13 can
be absolutely sure of this: Their
dad is motivated.
He already has had three
rounds of chemotherapy, which
he has every other Monday.

-Photo: Kirby Lee
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott
is undergoing chemotherapy
for a recurrence of cancer.

"People associate it with nau-
sea and fatigue. I find it's quea-
siness, not nausea," he says. "It
drains you. . But what are
you going to do?"
Scott does do something
specific: He works out right
after treatments.
"That's my mental and physi-
cal way of standing up to can-
cer," says Scott, adding he has
done mixed-martial arts the

past three years "more for my
mind than my body. It makes
me feel like I can battle with
something that gets in my way."
That's why he also says that
whatever Lance Armstrong says
in his Oprah Winfrey interview,
'he's "very grateful" for Arm-
strong's anti-cancer efforts: "I
don't care about a bike race.
I'm fighting cancer and trying
to stay alive for my daughters.
. . (Armstrong's) efforts .that
affectedmillions of people with
cancer is his legacy. And you're
not going to argue me off that.",
The only ESPN work days
Scott misses are the chemo
Monday although, he says,
it's not like anybody is making
him show up at the office.
"I don't want to sound like a
company man, but I swear on
my daughters that I've never
seen or heard of a company
that's as compassionate as
ESPN when it comes to some-
thing like this," Scott says., "I've
had high-level executives "want
to bring over food. I've had
bosses say, 'Dude, stay home.'
It's always about me getting

Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens vs. 49ers

.By Associated Press

Super Bowl XLVII will be the
Harbaugh Bowl or the #Har-
Bowl if you're following -along
on Twitter.
Just hours after Jim Har-
baugh's San Francisco 49ers
(13-4-1) clinched a berth in the
big game in New Orleans by
defeating the Atlanta Falcons
in in the NFC Championship
Game, John Harbaugh's Balti-
more Ravens (13-6) locked up
the other spot by dispatching
the New England Patriots.
"I don't know if we had a
dream this big. We had a few
dreams, we had a few fights.
You know, we had a few argu-
ments, just like all brothers,".
John told reporters during his
postgame remarks. "We'll try to
stay out of that business. We'll

the end of the line for future
Hall of Fame star Ray Lewis.
But that was before a miracu-
lous 70-yard touchdown pass
was thrown by QB Joe Flacco
to Jacoby Jones. With that
completion the Ravens roared
back, winning in double over-
time 38-35. The games only
got better and even more dra-
matic. We saw tears of joy
shed by Tony Gonzalez who
was big for the Atlanta Fal-
cons irt an incredible and dif-

let the two teams duke it out as
much as possible."
That two road teams won
during the NFL's Champion-
ship Weekend is remarkable
enough (and last happened in
1997), but to have each of those
teams coached by brothers en-
sures that you'll be hearing a
lot about the Harbaugh fam-
ily for the next two weeks. On
Thanksgiving 2011, the Har-
baughs made history by becom-
ing the first brothers to face off
as head coaches. The Ravens
emerged victorious from this
first sibling showdown, 16-6.
Up in New England, John, 50,
had a few words of .congratula-
tions for his younger brother,
Jim, 49, before the AFC Cham-
pionship Game kicked off.
Once that game got underway
in frigid Foxboro, the Ravens

ficult 30-28 win over Seattle
on Sunday. Saturday night
we saw the record running
of San Francisco's Colin Kae-
pernick against Green Bay
and Aaron Rodgers. Simply
put, the NFL may have pro-
vided one of the greatest play-
off weekends in its long and
proud history. It simply does
not get better than this. Even
after the New England Patri-
ots dusted off the 'Houston
Texans on Sunday night, the

did something unprecedented,
too. Entering the AFC Champi-
onship Game, Tom Brady was
67-0 in home games when the
Patriots held a halftime lead.
Despite trailing 13-7 at the
intermission, the Ravens out-
played the Patriots in the sec-
ond half on both sides of the
ball en route to a 28- 1.3 win.
Befitting the reputations of
both Harbaugh-coached teams,
the Falcons arind Patriots were
both shut put in the second
halves of their championship
game losses. The representa-
tives "from the AFC and NFC,
the Ravens and 49ers will will
face off in New Orleans on Feb-
ruary 3, 2013. Kickoff is set for
6:30 p.m. EST. Expect Jack and
Jackie Harbaugh to be among
the most riveted spectators if
they can bear to watch.

buzz surrounding the week-
end's playoff games will reso-
nate for years to come. This
was March Madness, a buzzer
beating three-pointer and a
home run in the bottom of the
ninth in the World Series all
wrapped up into one magi-
cal weekend. Let there be no
doubt about it nothing
beats the NFL.
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