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Title: The Miami times.
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Language: English
Creator: Miami times
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The Magic Printery
Creation Date: January 30, 2013

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Subjects / Keywords: African Americans -- Newspapers. -- Florida
Newspapers. -- Miami (Fla.)
Newspapers. -- Miami-Dade County (Fla.)
Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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Coordinates: 25.787676 x -80.224145 ( Place of Publication )

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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
General Note: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
General Note: Also available by subscription via the World Wide Web.
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 23 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 2013 50 cents


Black commissioners cautious.

Jobs for Blacks, financing among details Dolphins must resolve
By D. Kevin McNeir Gimenez to begin immediate Stadium Dolphin. CEO Mike the Florida Legislature \\ ho "-
m,,neir'' ,, ,,, n .... .,.., negotiations w\.ith the Miami Dee .gat testimony a as to the are now urged to pass a bill "
Dolphins in their bid cor a rationale for supporting the designed to create ne\ -state


In a non-binding resolu-
tion proposed last week by
County Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan, she and her
colleagues debated for nearly,
two hours before agreeing to
instruct Countyc Mayor Carlos


b-40UIl stadium mnakleover
The final .ote was c'--4 in fa\or
of the resolution with all four
of the Black commis-sioners
supporting, in principal, the
Dolphins request for public
funding to upgrade Sun Life


plan tor the i grades, stress- an
ing that it \\as far different grc
from the losing deal with the Bu
Mlarlins that commissioners ore
approved in 2009. Co
With their endorsement, the fro
next decision \ill rest with Pie


Will Gimenez keep


his promises?

Mayor says he's committed to diversity but

Blacks barely visible in County's top seats


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

There's been a swift and
unprecedented changing of
the guard in one of Miami-
Dade County's top positions.
With the recent retirement
of County Fire Chief William
Bryson, County Mayor Carlos
Gimenez appointed Chief Da-
vid Downey, a 30-year veteran
to take over the vacated spot
effective Feb. 2nd. And while
Gimenez has the authority to
hire and fire employees at the
County level, there are some
in the Black community who
wonder why there was such
a rush to replace Bryson. But
more than that, the ques-
tion continues to arise why


By Curt Anderson

A woman was convicted last Friday
of kidnapping and child abuse in the
case of a 4-year-old foster child who
disappeared more than a decade ago,
but jurors were unable to agree on
a murder charge,
leading to a mistrial
on that count.
The 12-person
jury said early on
they were split 11-1
on whether 67-year-
old Geralyn Graham
killed Rilya Wilson GRAHAM


Gimenez has not acted on filling the
open seat for County police
S director.
1 The police director's job
S-t. has been vacant since James
SI Loftus retired on October
S 1st at which time the Mayor
.determined that Assistant
Directors J.D. Patterson [-.',ho
is Black] and Naim Erched
would run the Department
GIMENEZ until a new director was ap-
pointed. Allegedly, Erched
didn't like that arrangement
and chose to move on. Pat-
terson remained. So when will
Gimenez make a decision?
"We are getting down to our
finalists for the police direc-
tor's position and I hope to
finalize my decision before
PATTERSON Please turn to TOP SEATS 6A


and could not over-
come the divide over
two days of delibera-
tions. The murder
charge carried a po-
tential life sentence,
while the charges on
which Graham was
WILSON convicted carry po-
tential sentences of
at least 30 years behind bars.
Assistant State Attorney Joshua
Weintraub said the state would not try
Graham a second time on the first-de-
gree murder charge. Graham, who was
Please turn to GRAHAM 4A


-AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

WHITE HOUSE HEATS UP
President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, fifth from left, Dwayne Wade, third left, and
coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the
East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28.


Rick Ross crashes

car after gunshots
By associatedd Press

Police in South Florida say rapper Rick Ross
crashed his Rolls Royce into a building after
hearing shots fired nearby. Fort Lauderdale
police say Ross and his companion, fashion de-
signer Shateria L. Moragne-el, reported hearing
multiple shots fired in their direction at around
5:00 a.m. Monday. Police say Ross lost control
of the silver Rolls and crashed into an apart-
ment building.
Please turn to GUNSHOTS 6A


Obama treads with

care on immigration
By Matt Spetalnick

President Barack Obama will move cautiously
.into the debate over U.S. immigration reform on
STuesday, seeking to build momentum for a new
bipartisan plan to offer a pathway to citizenship
for the country's 11 million.illegal immigrants.
:' Reflecting the growing clout of Hispanic vot-
ets, Obama will travel to Nevada little more than
a kveek after his second inauguration and make
the case for swift action by Congress to overhaul
immigration laws.
Please turn to IMMIGRATION 6A


U.S. military role in Mali probably won't be far off


By DeWayne Wickham

President Barack Obama's
administration's decision to
give noncombat air support
to French forces trying to beat
back Islamic militants who are
threatening to overrun Mali, so
far, hasn't caused much of a
ripple among war-weary Amer-
icans. But it should.
The poor, landlocked nation
was considered a model Af-


rican democracy until
its elected government
was toppled last year
in a coup led by a U.S.-
trained Malian army
captain. However, like
the civilian leaders he
deposed, Capt. Amadou WICKI
Haya Sanogo failed to
uproot the jihadists, who
now control large swaths of the
mostly desert nation.
Only the French interven-


S tion in its former colony
has turned the tide in
the battle for control of
SMali, which shares its
border with seven fragile
African states that could
easily be threatened if
HAM Mali fails to defeat its
Islamic militants. Many
of these fighters were
once mercenaries of former
Libyan leader Moammar Gad-
hafi. When Gadhafi's regime


was toppled in a popular up-
rising that received significant
military and financial assis-
tance from a U.S.-led coalition,
they returned to Mali, heavily
armed and eager to overrun its
American-backed government.

FRENCH NEED HELP
Though France has blunted
that effort, it doesn't have the
military resources to sustain
its fight without U.S. military


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help. For now, that amounts
to the use of giant transport
planes to ferry French troops
into Mali, and planes to refuel
French combat aircraft that
are pummeling the militants'
positions. But that might not
be enough. As recent events
have shown, northern Africa
has become an expanding bat-
tleground for jihadists. The at-
tack on the U.S. Consulate in
Benghazi, Libya, which took


the lives of Ambassador Chris-
topher Stevens and three other
Americans, was the work of
Islamic militants. So was the
botched takeover of a gas-pro-
duction plant in Algeria that
took the lives of three Ameri-
cans and 35 other foreign
workers.

DRIVEN FROM LIBYA
"Those who sow the wind,
Please turn to MALI 4A


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OPINION


2A THE MIAMI TIMES, JANUARY 50-FEBRUARY 5, 2013


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR \OWN DESTINY


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Women have always

been on the frontline
In a move that some say has been long overdue,
the U.S. Armed Forces recently revised its policy
so that women can now serve next to men on the
battlefield. The change in stance has been lauded for
at least two reasons. First, it removes those barriers
that once deprived women the opportunity to compete
equally with men in their quest to reach the upper ech-
elons of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Sec-
ond, it will eliminate or at least reduce the number of
incidents of sexual discrimination in the Armed Forces.
And while these are certainly milestones in U.S. his-
tory, particularly as it relates to the cause of job equity
for women, the policy change tends to overlook one ma-
jor truth: Women have always been on the frontline.
And for Black women who have struggled and sac-
rificed for their children, their husbands, their part-
ners, their extended families and their communities,
being on the frontline has been the only way they knew
how to live. When the destructive forces of racism bore
down on her innocent children or attempted to strip
her proud, Black man of his dignity, it was the Black
woman that served as a shield.
From Sojourner Truth, Harriet McCloud-Bethune and
Shirley Chisholm, to Coretta Scott-King, Rosa Parks,
Angela Davis or Fannie Lou Hammer, Black women
have not been afraid of facing the bullets of racism, sex-
ism and other 'isms' in order to hold our families and
our communities together.
Today we look at women like Michelle Obama and
marvel at her poise, elegance and grace. But there were
many Michelles in our history. The difference is their
stories were rarely told. Talk to one of the aged saints
of your church or a seasoned member of your family.
They'll tell you. Black women have always been on the
frontline


Every child can succeed in

school with the right tools
Parents do their children a great disservice when
they ignore the writing on the walls. As much
as we want to believe it, every little boy and girl
and every teenager has his or her own challenges and
obstacles. In today's vernacular one would call these
hurdles "issues." What is even more daunting is that
unless one is given the proper tools to overcome such
"issues" during childhood, they will follow us into our
adult years.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] is one
example of an obstacle that is holding back many of
our young Black boys and a smaller but equally trou-
bling number of Black girls. The tragedy, however, is
confounded by stiff-necked, obtuse parents who refuse
to admit that Johnny or Jasmine may have a problem.
In our recent conversation with educators from Mi-
ami-Dade County, we learned that there are a host of
special programs available to help children and their
parents cope with and overcome the impact of ADHD.
But until adults are willing to accept the diagnosis,
there is little hope that there will be a breakthrough for
their children.
There is a stark difference between a little boy with
the wiggles and one who wants to do his work, wants
to be the apple of his teacher's eye and wants to do
well in school but simply cannot focus long enough to
succeed. There young boys and girls find themselves
lost in a dark tunnel where there is no light at the end.
They begin to believe that they are stupid, that they are
problem children and that there is no reason for them
to try. But we know differently.
Black parents are particularly guilty of denial, often to
the detriment of our own kids. So while white boys and
girls are placed in programs that will help them deal
with their neurological affliction, Black parents turn to
spanking, yelling or prayer. And while these are some-
times adequate solutions in certain instances, they will
probably do very little to help kids with ADHD.
It's time that Black parents grow up and put a light in
their children's darkened tunnels. Get them tested and
if necessary, get them help. It's never too late.




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CREDO OF THE BLACK PRESS
The Blacld Press believes that America can besl lead ihe
wcOrlI. from racial and national antagonism when it accor.3s to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
-uman and legal right. Hating no person, hearing rno person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the Iirnm belief
-rial all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.


- BR DAVID SWERDLICK


We must leave the Obama's girls ou


In each of the first three years
of his presidency, I urged Barack
Obama not to vacation on Mar-
tha's Vineyard the summer
redoubt of notables ranging from
the Kennedys to Oprah even
if it is, among Blacks at least, as
sure a sign as any that you've "ar-
rived."
Because it's also a place where
elite folk go to escape the hoi pol-
loi, and so Obama risks looking
like he's out of touch if he's liv-
ing a lifestyle that's above the pay
grade of average Americans.
But the National Rifle Associa-
tion has taken that line of reason-
ing one perverse step too far with
its new ad that tags Obama as an
elitist and a hypocrite for eschew-
ing their calls for more armed
guards in public schools while the
president's children have 'round-
the-clock security.
After disingenuously asking
"are the president's kids more
important than yours?" the ad
goes on to argue that Obama
"demands" that wealthy Ameri-
cans pay a "fair share" of taxes,
but that "he's just another elitist


hypocrite when it comes to a fair
share of security":
In other words, the NRA cares if
your kids get shot at school, but
not Obama. Oh, and if he really
favors gun control, he should ei-
ther find a way to furnish armed
guards for every child in America,


(alma mater of Chelsea Clinton)
that their kids attend and where
they're well-protected.
For another, it's hardly hypo-
critical for any parent up to
and including the president of the
U.S. to do everything he can to
protect his own children, regard-


If they're arguing, though, that armed guards were OK for Jenna
and Barbara Bush, but not for Malia and Sasha, then that's cra-
zy and also not OK. If they can't find any common ground with
Obama on policy, then they ought to at least respect the sacrifice that
the president's family undergoes during the time that he's in office.


or give it up for his own daugh-
ters, as well.
Nice try, NRA. But when it
comes to the gun debate, let's just
leave the Obama girls out of it.
For one thing, the NRA self-
proclaimed advocates of self-reli-
ance and smaller government -
should be the first to appreciate
the fact that the president and
first lady Michelle Obama are
millionaires who've worked hard
to be able to afford tuition at the
very elite Sidwell Friends school


less of his politics.
Plus, it's not like the NRA has
signaled that it's even remotely
open to even considering the al-
ternatives-background checks,
waiting periods, banning assault
weapons that Obama has con-
sidered in place of putting more
guns in schools. And even if
Obama did advocate more armed
guards in schools, it's not like the
NRA would put its weight behind
raising taxes to do it.
But mostly, the real hypo-


- ---
Asoo atlion


it of it
crites here are the :e- i.-r.s .:.f th,-
NRA unless they're saying that
from now on, not just during the
Obama administration presi-
dents' school-age kids shouldn't
have any more protection than
anyone else's kids.
If they're saying that a future
President Chris Christie or a fu-
ture President Marco Rubio- one
of whom could easily be the next
Republican president should
send their kids to local public
schools without private security
or Secret Service protection, then
that's fine. Crazy, but fine.
If they're arguing, though, that
armed guards were OK for Jenna
and Barbara Bush, but not for
Malia and Sasha, then that's cra-
zy and also not OK. If they can't
find any common ground with
Obama on policy, then they ought
to at least respect the sacrifice
that the president's family under-
goes during the time that he's in
office.
David Swerdlick is a contribut-
ing editor to Washington Post's
The Root and bloggerfor New York
Daily News.


i BBY JAMES S. ROBBINS


Time for U.S. forces to intervene in Mall _


With U.S. troops out of Iraq
and leaving Afghanistan, the
last thing the American people
want to hear about is the po-
tential for another war. But the
growing conflict in Mali is not
a new war; it is another front
in the same struggle against
violent extremism America has
been waging since the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks.
The insurgency in north-
ern Mali is a collection of local
tribal militias and international
jihadists united by a common
belief in political Islam and op-
position to Western influence.
One of the most important
members of this coalition is al-
Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, a
U.S.-designated foreign terror-


ist organization. In addition to
violently exporting its radical
ideology, AQIM is involved in
drug smuggling, human traf-
ficking, money laundering and
the illicit arms trade.
Obama administration policy
precludes direct military as-
sistance to the current govern-
ment of Mali because it came to
power through a coup. However,
the United States is not banned
from providing assistance to co-
alition countries attempting to
restore stability in the country,
or taking independent action
against al-Qaeda.
The United States already
supplies France with intelli-
gence support, including sat-
ellite imagery and signals in-


tercepts. The White House is
also considering providing re-
fueling for French aircraft. But
there are a variety of additional
means the U.S. could employ
short of a major ground action.
The U.S could conduct air-
strikes in support of French
troops and the African forces
expected to deploy in the com-
ing weeks. Special operations
forces and CIA paramilitaries
could conduct raids against
insurgent headquarters and
heavy weapons caches.
These low-cost, low-commit-
ment measures would have
a devastating effect on the ji-
hadist insurgency. Guerrilla
groups are at their most vulner-
able when they attempt to seize


and hold terrain. The opening
months of Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001
demonstrated the effectiveness
of augmenting non-U.S. coali-
tion ground forces with such
critical capabilities.
A similar effort in Mali would
break insurgent control of the
northern part of the country
and allow the government to
reassert its authority. It would
also be an act of good faith in
support of our French allies,
who sent thousands of troops
to serve in Afghanistan over the
course of 11 years.
James S. Robbins is senior fel-
low in national security affairs
at the American Foreign Policy
Council.


BY EARL OFARI HUTCHINSONI


Executive orders on guns is a great start
President Obama's unilat- heart of how to stop an Adam curbs that would have com- anywhere near th
eral White House action on Lanza, James Holmes, or Jar- pelled legal gun owners to store Congressional gur
gun control is a good start. But ed Loughner, and the handful guns in a tamper-proof safe and would pack. The
Obama took the action pre- of other shooters from getting secure enclosure, bar anyone aware of that. It
cisely because he knows that guns. undergoing or referred to treat- bluster against the
gun control legislation is a vir- That's Congress's job. The few ment for mental or emotional ecutive orders, am
tual dead letter in Congress congressional leaders that have disorders from purchasing or loudly pander to
at least for the time being. To led the president for taking ac- having direct access to guns, vatives that scream
force the issue, Obama would tion on guns and have pushed and clamping an absolute ban resistance to allege
have to spend precious time, for more stringent gun control on the sale of assault weapons, trusion" on gun ow
energy, and resources jawbon- flatly said that Congress will not These provisions might, just The NRA, howev
ing anti-gun control congres- budge on gun control. That in- might, have kept the guns out of name of the game
sional Democrats, wage an all- cludes reimposing the ban on the hands of Lanza. These and is Congress, and t
out battle with the gun lobby, assault weapons. Polls show other measures were repeatedly important extent,


and the NRA, and risk losing
the political momentum that he
has and needs to do battle with
GOP congressional obstruction-
ists on the coming fight over the
debt ceiling, spending cuts, and
deficit reduction.
The reported checklist of ex-
ecutive orders he's proposed
include strengthening federal
laws against illegal gun traf-
ficking, better coordination and
tracking by federal agencies of
gun sales, banning the import
of military style weapons, better
record keeping on guns sales
and buyers, stronger back-
ground checks on gun buyers.
But none directly strike to the


That's Congress's job. The few congressional leaders that
have led the president for taking action on guns and
have pushed for more stringent gun control flatly said
that Congress will not budge on gun control.


that the majority of Americans
support the ban. But polls have
carried zero weight with Con-
gress in the past and there's no
evidence that they do this time
around either.
In the decade since the expira-
tion of the assault weapons ban,
Congress has had ample chance
to enact a slew of gun control


introduced in Congress and just
as repeatedly buried before they
ever reached the House or Sen-
ate floor.
Obama's proposed executive
orders touch on many of the
measures that the dogged hand-
ful of Congressional gun control
proponents has pushed for in
the past. But they don't have


e ll.-.p th a
n control laws
NRA is well
will bluff and
Proposed ex-
d Obama, and
ultra-conser-
m for massive
ed "federal in-
wner's rights.
'er, knows the
on gun control
o a lesser but
the courts. It


has plowed millions into a well-
financed, well-honed machine
to lobby, harangue, threaten,
and intimidate gun control ad-
vocates in Congress, and to try
and defeat pro-gun control can-
didates. It has played watch-
dog over judicial appointments
and moved quick to torpedo
the confirmation of any judi-
cial appointee who gives even
the vaguest hint that he or she
would be likely to issue a rul-
ing upholding a gun curb. This
has paid dividends. Time and
again, state, and federal appeals
courts and the Supreme Court
have overturned city and state
gun control laws.


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OPINION


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


3A THE MIAMI TIMES, JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5. 2013


BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com


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


President Obama continues

to fight against injustice


On Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
national holiday, a Black presi-
dent was sworn in for his sec-
ond term on the steps of the
Capitol. A building, built in
part by slaves and freed Black
men, and built during the pres-
idency of Abraham Lincoln. On
this auspicious occasion, Pres-
ident Obama's inauguration
was evidence that the dream
of a Black pastor from Georgia
was alive and enduring. Presi-
dent Obama expanded the
dream based on the principles
of our Constitution guaran-


migrants. Finally, we seem to
think that gay people should
not have any rights. And that
being gay is a choice and a sin,
and that sin is so much greater
and worse than adultery, steal-
ing, killing, and selling drugs
- that gay people should
be scorned and suffer every
type of discrimination with-
out any protection. Even our
civil rights organizations scorn
gays and in some instances
actively join with other groups
to thwart any attempt for this
group of Americans to have


n the Black community, we seem to understand the need for
civil rights for Black people, but do not include in our think-
ing the expansion of these rights to immigrants, women and
gays.


teeing the "right to life, liberty
and pursuit of happiness" to
groups that have been habitu-
ally subject to discrimination
and largely ignored immi-
grants, gays and women.
In the Black community,
we seem to understand the
need for civil rights for Black
people, but do not include in
our thinking the expansion
of these rights to immigrants,
women and gays. To his credit,
President Obama realizes that
an injustice to one is an injus-
tice to all, and that we cannot
be a great democracy if women
working the same job as men
are paid less. We cannot be a
great democracy if we contin-
ue to.mistreat immigrants. It
is amazing that in a country
of immigrants that we want to
close the doors of opportunity
new immigrants. It is like we
got ours, so don't let anyone
else get a piece of the Ameri-
can pie. In my opinion, the
only -group that can be anti-
immigrant are Native Ameri-
cans, who owned this land,
and had it taken away by im-


any type of protection under
the law. What is sad is that the
same arguments used by Black
civil rights groups against gays
were the exact same Biblical
based arguments used to jus-
tify slavery, and the subse-
quent mistreatment of Black
Americans. I am proud that a
Black president is expanding
the civil rights dialogue beyond
just Black and white or even
gender to include gays and im-
migrants two groups who
suffer the most abuse in this
country.
It is time for the Black com-
munity to look beyond itself,
much in the same way that
jewish and white people did
in the 60's, and begin to en-
gage itself in the battle for the
civil rights of others less fortu-
nate. We should be the stan-
dard bearers for the continua-
tion of the dream so that these
U.S. transforms itself again by
continuing to seek justice and
equality for all.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of
Miami/Fort Lauderdale.


Tough questions that need to be answered
Republicans wanted nothing founded and led by Osama bin make themselves look petty nized and arme
more than to summon Secre- Laden has been decimated, af- and foolish by narrowing their weapons. Rice
tary of State Hillary Clinton to filiate and successor groups focus to one word: Benghazi. from slapdash t
Capitol Hill and grill her about are growing and perhaps What Republicans seem to be thrown together
the tragic fiasco in Benghazi. coalescing into a significant trying to suggest is that Obama when intelligence
Sadly for them, they got their new threat, especially in North and his aides, with just weeks of the incident w
wish. Africa. to go before the election, tried No one could rat
Clinton's smooth and con- Analysts believe the group to keep voters from learning there was an a
fident performance at last called al-Qaeda in the Islamic that the Libyan incident was ceive.
Wednesday's Senate and House Maghreb may have been in- apparently a terrorist attack. But the GOP's
committee hearings was fun volved in the storming of the As evidence, they cite state- ation has never
to watch. When her would- That's a shame,
be inquisitors asked serious linton's smooth and confident performance at last are legitimate,
questions, she gave serious Wednesday's Senate and House committee hearings tions that need
answers. But when Sen. Ron was fun to watch. When her would-be inquisitors asked about the evolvir
Johnson, R-Wis., full of bom- -Islamic extremis
bast and faux outrage, ac- serious questions, she gave serious answers. hadist fantasies.
caused the administration of The correct U.;
initially misstating the nature U.S. consulate in Benghazi last ments made by U.N. Ambas- not to go looking
of the Benghazi attack, she re- September that left four Ameri- sador Susan Rice one morn- fight; we've beei
sponded with table-pounding cans dead, including Ambassa- ing one single morning as that. But neithE
thunder: "What difference, at dor Chris Stevens. This is the she made the rounds of the blithely ignore
this point, does it make?" And same group that seized control Sunday talk shows, linking the that may turn
when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., of a vast expanse of savannah attack to anti-American dem- Now that Repu
said he would have fired her and desert in northern Mali onstrations across the Islamic gotten Benghazi
had he been the president, she and was on the verge of con- world over an insulting video system, maybe v
answered with an icy cut of her quering the whole country be- produced in the United States. foreign policy q
eyes that said: Fat chance. fore France, the former colonial If this is a cover-up scenar- actually matter.
The engrossing theatrics power, intervened this month. io, it must be the lamest ever Eugene Robins
of the hearings obscured the These events are what critics devised. Obama had .already zer Prize-winnin
important and troubling sub- should be pressing' President called Benghazi an act of ter- columnist and t
stance: While the al-Qaeda Obama and his foreign poli- ror. It was already known that sistant managing
terrorist organization that was cy team about. Instead, they the attackers were well-orga- Washington Post


- BY SCOTT HANCOCK


Realizing the Emancipation Proclamation
Three hundred and twenty- grew up in would not fulfill Lin- get that King said when freedom and the
two days after Abraham Lin- coln's promises, the architects of our republic tice" he was der
coin issued the Emancipation One hundred years, two hun- wrote the magnificent words than the end of
Proclamation, he delivered the dred and 39 days after Lincoln of the Constitution and the Crow. He undersl
Gettysburg Address, one of the issued the Emancipation' Proc- Declaration of Independence, coln either did n
two most famous speeches in lamation, King delivered the they were signing a promissory or did not want t
American history.. He vowed other of the two most famous note to which every American 1863: that freedom


that soldiers who died at Get-
tysburg gave their lives for a
"new birth of freedom" by se-
curing the Union. For Lincoln,
that included fulfilling the
promise of the Emancipation
Proclamation.
Sixty-six years and 14 days
after Lincoln issued the Eman-
cipation Proclamation, Martin
Luther King, Jr. was born into
a country that had betrayed
the promise of emancipation.
As the United States became
an economic dynamo, the fed-
eral government systematically
shut Blacks out of one of the
most remarkable economic ex-
plosions in history. State and
local governments, north and
south, locked out Blacks, too.
Businesses, realtors, 'social' or-
ganizations like the KKK in.the
south and homeowners' associ-
ations in the north also helped
ensure that the country King


ixty-six years and 14 days after Lincoln issued the Eman-
cipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born
into a country that had betrayed the promise of eman-
cipation.


speeches in American history.
In August 1963, from the Lin-
coln Memorial, King echoed'
Lincoln's opening lines of the
Address, reminding the crowd
that "five score years ago a great
American... signed the Eman-
cipation Proclamation." King
knew that in that document,
Lincoln, and thus the Union,
had declared that Blacks would
be "forever free."
King knew the Proclamation
was about more than ending
slavery. When Americans learn
about the "I Have a Dream
Speech," we often focus on its
soaring rhetoric. We often for-


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was to fall heir. This note was
a promise that all men, yes,
black men as well as white
men, would be guaranteed the
unalienable, rights of life, lib-
erty, and the pursuit of happi-
ness.
But that promissory note -
despite the work of thousands
of Black men and women, of
white abolitionists and radi-
cal politicians, of thousands of
soldiers and despite Lincoln -
had been no more than a bad
check "which has come back
marked 'insufficient funds."
When King demanded that the
check provide "the riches of


;d with ncavy-7
was speaking
walking points,
r at a time
e assessments
were still fluid.
ionally believe
attempt to de-

Benghazi fix-
been rational.
because there
tough ques-
to be asked
ng threat from
ts fueled by ji-

S. response is
Ig for wars to
n there, done
er should we
developments
into threats.
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we can debate
questions that

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he former as-
g editor of The
t.


handing more
*legalized Jim
tood what Lin-
ot understand
o articulate in
m without the


security of benefitting from the
economic and political stability
that Blacks helped create was
an empty freedom.
As Americans, .we have a
great deal to be proud of. Com-
memorations are times to hon-
or what our predecessors have
done right often in the face of
lethal opposition and figure
out why they managed to press
ahead. Commemorations are
also times to consider where
and why we have fallen short.
That kind of considered com-
memoration might just help us
fulfill the Emancipation Proc-
lamation's promise and realize
King's dream.
Scott Hancock is an associate
professor of history and Africana
studies .at Gettysburg College.
His scholarly interests focus on
the Black experience from the
mid-seventeenth century to just
before.the Civil War.


PresidntObamao yo tk BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, jet3B@bellsouth.net
President Obama says he now supports
same-sex marriage, what do you think? We must do more than fix our election problems 1.


SARAH BROWN, 69
Miami, Nurse

"I agree, ev-
eryone has
their rights.
You can't
change peo-
ple, let God be
the judge."



CORNELL HILL, 64
Liberty City, Retired

"I support it, everyone has
a right to be
with the per-
son they love.
It's a right ev-
ery American
should have."



KEVIN CUTLER, 24
Liberty City, Constructiotn worker

"I don't have
any prob-
lems with it. It
doesn't bother
me as long as
they're hap-


MELVIN FORT, 48
Liberty City, Coordinator


"I think it's
have a po-
litical official
that supports
where soci-
ety is going -
equal rights
mean equal
rights."


about time we


TONI GEORGE, 43
Liberty City, Hair Stylist


"I agree,
we're not the
judge, God is.
If that's what
makes you
happy,' then
that's your
right."


LEATHRA JONES, 41
Miami,.Hair Stylist


"I think it's
wrong, but
who am I to
judge. Love is
love."


In the last month and a half,
I keep hearing that Florida is
moving in the right direction
and we should support Gover-
nor Scott. Many Floridians are
misinformed and they believe
that he is changing and moving
toward the middle. Two months
after the voting debacle Gover-
nor Scott has endorsed three
major -changes proposed by the
state's election supervisors, and
he thinks he has done his job.
Recently the governor has dis-
tanced himself from the 2011
election law. He told the state's
legislative Black Caucus that
the election law was not his and
he had nothing to do with pass-
ing the bill. Based on his state-
ment there is some confusion,
because to make the bill a law
he must sign the bill.
There is a fundamental is-
sue with integrity and truth
when our governor speaks and
the ACLU of Florida has filed
or joined 11 lawsuits challeng-
ing Governor Scott's policies.
In two years his administration
has unleashed unprecedented
assaults on Floridians civil and
constitutional liberties.
In 2011, after Governor Scott
signed a voter suppression law,
ACLU executive director How-
ard Simon said: "The right to


participate in a fair election is
the backbone of our democracy,
and election laws are supposed
to protect that right by making
our elections fair and transpar-
ent. The current regime in Tal-
lahassee wrongly sees voting as
a privilege rather than the fun-
damental right that it is."
On the same day that Gover-


nessed," said Donald Smith..
"Absentee ballots cast by-Blacks
were twice as .likely to be re-
jected as those by whites. Racial
and ethnic minorities also cast a
Disproportionate number of pro-
* visional ballots and saw them
rejected at higher rates."
There is need for a feder-
al investigation to determine


T here is a fundamental issue with integrity and truth when
our governor speaks and the ACLU of Florida has filed or
joined 11 lawsuits challenging Governor Scott's policies.


nor Scott was holding a press
conference letting Floridians
know that he was going to fix an
election system that he had de-
stroyed, a voting report for 2012
was released. Daniel A. Smith,
a University of Florida politi-
cal science professor, who co-
authored the report, arrived at
some startling and eye-opening
conclusions concerning Blacks
and Latinos.
Of the more than 1.17 million
ballots cast by Black voters,
nearly half were during early
voting.
"They bore disproportionately
the long lines that we all wit-


if discrimination and racism
was practiced and prevalent in
Florida during the election of
2012. In 2012, it is not politi-
cal correct to identify the denial
of civil or constitutional rights
to a particular ethnic groups as
discrimination. We now call it


voter suppression, but the bot-
tom line, it is still racism and
discrimination.
It is time for Floridians to
challenge the fundamental flaws
in Governor Scott's policies and
his administration's assault on
civil and constitutional liberties.
He has spent millions of taxpay-
ers' taxes on private lawyers,
filing fees against Floridians
voting rights, abortion rights,
judicial oversight, proposed
drug-testing of public employ-
ees, and welfare recipients.
Scott is not on the side with
Floridians, and we cannot be
fooled when he says, "I want
to ensure we do whatever pos-
sible to improve our election
process." Floridians cannot
trust Governor Scott, and it is
imperative that the federal gov-
ernment do an investigation,
and determine if discrimination
is at the core of Florida's broken
voter system.


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Obama tells Senate that it's time



to install a new A.T.F.E director


By Michael S. Schmidt


WASHINGTON President
Obama indicated on Wednes-
day that along with asking Con-
gress to pass measures like an
assault weapons ban, he would
be increasing pressure on law-
makers to do something they
have refused to do for the past
six years: confirm a permanent
director of the Bureau of Alco-
hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex-
plosives.
At a news conference, the
president unveiled a series of
executive actions 'and legisla-
tive proposals to help reduce
gun violence, and he said he
would nominate the agency's.
acting director, B. Todd Jones,
to be its permanent leader.
"Congress npeds, to help,
rather than hinder, law enforce-
ment as it does its job," Obama
said on Wednesday.
Jones, 55, a former Marine
who is also the U.S. attorney
in Minnesota, has led the be-
leaguered agency since August
2011, when he was appointed
by the administration to take
over in the aftermath of the
scandal surrounding the bun-
gled gun trafficking investiga-
tion known as Operation Fast
and Furious, in which agents
lost track of firearms they were
allowing to pass into Mexico.


-Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency
B. Todd Jones listened to President Obama's remarks ongun control last Wednesday in
Washington D.C.


Until 2006, the president had
the power to install a director
of the firearms bureau without
Congressional approval. But
under pressure from gun lob-
byists, Congress changed the
law that year to require Senate
confirmation. Since then, the
Senate has failed to confirm


any nominee by either Presi-
dent George W. Bush or Obama
as senators who support gun
rights have used their powers to
delay nomination votes; Jones
is the bureau's fifth acting di-
rector since 2006.
One of the more vocal critics
of the Justice Department and


the firearms agency, Senator
Charles E. Grassley, Republi-
can of Iowa, said last Wednes-
day that he agreed with the
president that it was time for
the Senate, to confirm a per-
manent director of the agency,
but he raised questions about
Jones's credibility.


Boy Scouts discuss ban on gay membership


By Marice Richter

Boy Scouts of America is dis-
cussing -ending a longstand-
ing ban on gay members and
whether to allow local organiza-
tions to decide their own policy,
according to a spokesman last
Monday. Lifting the ban would
mark a dramatic reversal for
the 103-year-old organization,
which only' last summer reaf-
firmed its policy amid heavy
criticism from gay rights groups
and some parents of scouts.
"The BSA is discussing po-
tentially removing the national


'membership restriction regard-
intg sexual orientation," said
spokesman Deron Smith. "The
policy change under discussion
would allow the religious, civic
or educational organizations
that oversee and deliver Scout-
ing to determine how to address
this issue."
The organization, which had
more than 2.6 million youth
members and more than 1 mil-
lion adult members at the end
of 2012, "would not, under any
circumstances, dictate a posi-
tion to units, members, or par-
ents," Smith added..


The Boy Scouts won a 5-4
U.S. Supreme Court ruling al-
lowing the organization to ban
gays in 2000, but has come un-
der increasing public pressure
in recent years from activists
including Zach Wahls, an Eagle
scout with two lesbian moth-,
ers, and Jennifer Tyrrell, a les-
bian mother from Ohio who was
ousted as a Scout den leader
and treasurer.
"This is absolutely a step in
the right direction," Wahls said
last Monday, adding that if the
national board approves the
change, he would turn to per-


suading local councils to enact
nondiscrimination policies.
Wahls is the founder of'Scouts
for Equality, which collected
more than 1.2 million signa-
tures opposing' the anti-gay
policy. His group's member-
ship includes 3,151- other Eagle
scouts.
"I think the Boy Scouts is
obviously a positive move, but
they've been discussing this for
a while," said Shane Windmey-.
er, executive director of Campus
F'ridle, a national group support-
'ing the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual and transgender people.


Ex-priest takes plea in child sex abuse case


By Rafael Olmeda

A former Margate priest ac-
cused of molesting dozens of
boys for decades faces up to 15
years in prison after he pleaded
no contest to charges brought
by a man who grew up in the
1990s across the street from the
church.
A bearded Neil Doherty, 69,
appeared haggard and frail in a
beige jail jumpsuit in a Broward
County courtroom last Monday
morning. He pleaded no contest
to six counts of lewd and lascivi-
ous actions on a child.
Although Doheity faces no


other criminal charg- .. are too old to pros-
es, he has been ac- ecute, persuaded the
caused of molesting at victim in the criminal
.least 27 children in case to come forward.
Broward and Miami- :.' c Hto p e f ull y ,
Dade counties since D....o '... Doherty's reign of
as early as 1972 and terror on young boys.
has been the subject in South Florida is
of numerous lawsuits over," Herman said.
against himself and "He is now known as
against the Archdio- one of the most no-
cese of Miami. torious priests sexu-
Miami attorney Jeff DO TY ally abusing boys
Herman, who repre- DOHERY in the. U.S. Dqherty
sents more than 20 was reported to the
of Doherty's alleged victims in Archdiocese of Miami back in
civil cases, said the stories of the, the 1970s. It wasn't until some r
other victims, whose allegations of the victims bravely came for-


Scott now says voting should be expanded


Miami Times staff report

Florida Governor Rick Scott
recently endorsed three major
changes to the election process
as recommended by the state
election supervisors, following
several days of testimony by
a team of supervisors in front
of several legislative commit-
tees. Scott's endorsement will
change the package of early vot-
ing changes that the Legislative
passed in May 2011 that Scott
also signed into law. Since then,
litigation has been aimed at un-
doing the shortened amount of
early voting days, which cur-
rently stands at eight.
The changes Scott specifically
endorsed include: increasing the


number of early vot-
ing days from eight to
a maximum of 14, from
six to 12 hours each day
and including the Sun-
day before Election Day
based on the election
supervisor's judgment;
expanding locations for
early voting beyond the
current law, which lim-


SCOTT


its voting to elections
offices, city halls and libraries;
and reducing the length of the
ballot, including constitutional
amendments.
Deirdre' Macnab, president
of the League of Women Voters
of Voters said she was "look-
ing forward to getting to work"
on these issues as the Session


approaches. But Rod
Smith, state Democrat-
ic party, chairman, was
less conciliatory.
"He [Scott] simply
cannot be trusted,"
Smith said. "Floridians
will see through this
election-year lip ser-
vice."
Smith was one of


Scott's must


ardent


critics after the Governor short-
ened the State's number of early
voting days. Smith has suggest-
ed that Scott may be doing an
.about face in efforts to distance
himself from decisions that neg-
atively impacted Florida voters
as he sets his eyes on a 2014 re-
election bid.


Graham found guilty in Rilya Wilson case


GRAHAM
continued from 1A

Rilya's caretaker, has long main-
tained her innocence.
Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler
Mendez set sentencing for Feb.
12. Graham's attorneys said
they planned an appeal.
Rilya vanished in late 2000
but her disappearance was not
discovered for 15 months. That
lapse led to high-level resigna-
tions at the state Department


of Children and Families and
passage of child welfare reform
laws.
Rilya's body has never been
found. Prosecutors relied heav-
ily on testimony by jailhouse
informants who said Graham
confessed to them behind bars.
The state's star witness, ca-
reer criminal Robin Lunceford,
testified that Graham told her
she believed Rilya was evil and
possessed by demons, so Gra-
ham smothered the girl with


a pillow and buried her near
a body of water. Graham met
Lunceford in jail while awaiting
trial on fraud charges.
Authorities long suspected
caretaker Graham in Rilya's dis-
appearance, but didn't charge
her until 2005. The case lan-
guished because of extended
legal wrangling and because
Lunceford backed out of testify-
ing before finally relenting after
negotiating a plea deal that cut
her life sentence to 10 years.


ward that this victim [in the
criminal case] felt the strength'
to come forward. He.had said he
was going to take to his grave
what happened to him."
Doherty had been charged with
two counts of sexual battery on
a child, four counts of lewd and
lascivious acts and two counts of
lewd and lascivious molestation.
As part of a plea negotiation, the
Broward State Attorney's Of-
fice' reduced the sexual battery
charges, each of which carried
a life sentence, and dropped the
molestation charges.


Richard Dunn wants seat back -

Spence-Jones seeks re-election


City of Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones.has for-
mally announced her intention
to seek re-election as the District
5 Commissioner in the upcoming
November 2013 elections. The
Commissioner is expected to of-
ficially file her papers sometime
this week with the City Clerk's
Office so that she can continue
to serve District 5 whose areas
include: Overtown, Liberty City,
Little Haiti, Buena Vista and
Wynwood.
But it won't be a shoe-in -
Richard P. Dunn II wants to once
again represent Miami's District
5. The former city commissioner
recently filed to also run in No-
vember for the seat. If elected,
it would be the third time that
Dunn senior pastor at Faith


Community Baptist Church in
North. Central Miami-Dade -
has held the seat. He held it
briefly through appointment in
the mid-'90s when Commission-
er Miller Dawkins was removed
from office. Dunn also spent
19 months, from January 2010
to August 2011, filling in for
Commissioner Michelle Spence-
'Jones after she was removed
from office while facing felony
charges. Dunn was originally ap-
pointed to Spence-Jones's seat
by the commission, then held
onto it by winning election in No-
vember 2011.
Spence-Jones regained her
seat in August 2011 after one
of the felony cases was dropped
and she was found not guilty in
the second.


Miami Alphas participate in

MLK holiday celebrations


Miami Times staff report

The Beta Beta Lambda (BBL)
chapter, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fra-
ternity, Inc. spent the weekend
of January 20th celebrating the
life and legacy of Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. The icon-
ic civil rights leader,
who was a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fra-
ternity, would have
been 84 years old this
month.
BBL spent the morn-
ing and afternoon of
Jan. 20 9ommemorat-
ing Dr. King at Liberty KI
City's Church of The
Incarnation, where WLPG Mi-
ami ABC Local Channel 10's
Anchor Calvin Hughes delivered


the address.
Then Jan. 21, Beta Beta
Lambda chapter participated in
the City of Miami's Martin Lu-
ther King, JF. Parade through
Liberty City. The parade started
at NW 54th St. and 12th Ave.
Sand traveled west on
54th St. to NW 32 Ave.
Founded in Novem-
ber 1937, Beta Beta
Lambda is the second
alumni chapter of Al-
pha Phi Alpha Frater-
nity, Inc. chartered in
the State of Florida; Mi-
ami's premiere Alumni
IG Chapter of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
and five-time National Alumni
Chapter of Year 1954, 1975,
1985, 1986 and 2006.


U.S. troops bound for Mali?


MALI
continued from 1A

reap the whirlwind," Charles
Stith, a former U.S. ambassador
to Tanzania, said of the widening
attacks by Islamic militants in
Norrthern .frica.
'in .,ur exuibcra.rie to deposed
the Lib',anr despot. Gadha-f. wee
didn't think throLgh the potern-
tial bad consequences.' said
Stlth. director of the African
Presidential Center at Boston
Universe,,. %,ho is in res-lar:
contact 'AithL Aftrican leaders.
"CGadhadi .as only able to sta:,
in pov.er as l,,n. as he did be-
cause of the mercenary force he
mobilized. It was clear to many
folks in Africa that once he was
gone, they (Islamists) would go
somewhere else on the conti-
nent."
In the end, a multinational
air campaign destroyed much
of Gadhafi's military hardware
and demoralized his troops,
who eventually were overrun by
rebel forces.
The U.S. has tried to coun-


ter Islamic militants in Mali by
pressing African nations to cre-
ate a multinational military force
to combat such threats. While
several of these countries have
agreed to send troops to Mali,
they lack the military capability
to do much m,-'re than garrison
towns regarened by French forces
The tougher job of hunting
do\ri and destroying the Islamic
militants w ill be left to the French
- a fight they cannot sustain
without a grov.'in demand for
help from the 'knerican military.
For now, that doesn't involve
U.S. combat troops and fighter
aircraft. But if, as I suspect is
likely, other al-Qaida-linked
groups step up their efforts to
strike blows in support of their
comrades in Mali, the United
States will not be able to avoid a
bigger military involvement.
Given the large numbers of
countries at risk if the conflict in
Mali spreads beyond its borders,
the demand for the U.S. to do at
least as much to save its friends
in this region, as it did to topple
Gadhafi, will be hard to ignore.


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Right way to stop gun violence Comm. Jordan urges

OBAMA'S BEST CHANCE TO MAKE A REAL CHANGE LIES IN HIGHLIGHTING tougher gun control

THE NEXUS BETWEEN LEGAL GUN OWNERSHIP AND ILLEGAL POSSESSION Miami Timesstaff report


By Stephen Henderson

We've heard a lot this week
from legal gun owners about their
rights and the belief among many
of them that President Obama's
plans for tighter firearms regula-
tion are bald, aggressive infringe-
ments.
They might be right.
I spent five years covering the
U.S. Supreme Court reading,
writing and thinking about the
Constitution, its meaning and ori-
gins. And there's no question: The
right to bear arms is as exalted
and protected in our constitution-
al framework as any other right.
I don't like guns, don't own any
and, truth be told, don't really re-
spect the choice to have one if it's
not for hunting. In my view, a gun
is simply a tool for killing. But
guns are woven into the fabric of
America's founding and have an
integral tie to the very notion of
freedom, how it's preserved and
how it's defended.
Some of what the president has
suggested (bans on certain am-
munition and kinds of weapons)
courts a prolonged and irresolv-
able argument about liberty. At
the end of that conversation? Not
much in the way of improved out-
comes.

OWNER RESPONSIBILITY
What we need to be talking
about is the responsibility that
legal gun sellers and owners bear
when their weapons wind up in il-
legal hands. Obama's best chance
to make a real change lies in high-
lighting the nexus between legal
gun ownership and illegal posses-
sion.
Think of it this way: The av-
erage miscreant wreaking hav-
oc with a gun likely didn't buy
that gun from a legal dealer or
go through the necessary back-
ground checks. But someone else
did. And heightening the level of
responsibility for the legal seller
and purchaser of that weapon
is one of the best ways to stop
the flow of guns into hands that


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ought not wield them.
Daniel Webster is the direc-
tor of the Johns Hopkins Cen-
ter for Gun Policy and Research.
There aren't many people who've
spent more time or energy think-
ing about the link between legal
and illegal gun ownership in this
country. A study of the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives' gun trafficking cases
"found that the largest conduits
of gun trafficking involved illegal
straw purchases (someone buy-
ing the gun for someone who
can't) and corrupt licensed gun
dealers evading gun sales laws,"
Webster told me last week.
"A separate ATF study," he said,
"found that over half of guns re-
covered from criminals and crime
scene were traced to 1 percent of
licensed dealers. I've conducted
several studies demonstrating
that when there is greater regula-
tion and oversight of gun dealers,
and When they are vulnerable to


civil and criminal penalties if they
do not obey gun sales laws, far
fewer guns flow (to) criminals."

GUN SHOP PENALTIES
The Constitution permits legis-
lation that revokes an individual's
freedom for life after the commis-
sion of a third serious crime. Logi-
cally, it should also permit the
stiffest possible penalties for gun
shops caught evading safeguards
intended to keep guns from crimi-
nals.
And gun owners could be held
more responsible, too. If I give a
car to someone who's not licensed
to drive and he kills someone with
it, I could be held liable. If a le-
gal gun owner sells a firearm to
someone who shouldn't have it,
similar rules should apply.
Sloppiness also ought to be met
with consequences. A study in the
mid-1990s concluded that nearly
500,000 guns are stolen here each
year a mind-blowing figure.


With the recent horrific
shootings in Miami-Dade
County and throughout the
country, Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan urged her fellow
colleagues to support several
measures that would tough-
en gun control laws. Fed up
with senseless killings, Com-
missioner Jordan identified
six legislative items that
targeted semi-automatic as-
sault weapons to limiting the
amount of ammunition that
can be purchased.
"I cannot sit idly by and
watch our children become
victims of gun violence on a
daily basis," said Commis-
sioner Jordan. "This issue
is directly on my radar and
I am 'working with law en-
forcement to address these
issues. However. I need my
colleagues on the Commis-
sion to join me in this effort"
While. Commissioner Jor-
dan proposed six resolu-
tions, five passed the Com-
mission on Wednesday, Jan.
23.
Those included:
1) Resolution urging the
Florida. Legislature to in-
crease the penalty, for pos-
session of an AK-47 or oth-
er semi-automatic assault
%weapon during commission
of a Ielon\.
2) Resolution urging the
Florida Legislature to in-
crease criminal penalties for
the use of assault weapon
ammunition during the com-
mission of a felony.
3) Resolution urging the
U.S. Congress and the Flor-
ida Legislature to ban the
possession of high capacity
ammunition magazines by
individuals w\ho are not law
enforcement and to require
identification markings on
new ly manufactured high
capacity magazines..


BARBARA JORDAN
Miami-Dade County Commissioner

4) Resolution urging the
U.S. Congress and the Flori-
da Legislature to require any
purchaser of ammunition,
except a law enforcement
officer, to provide a driver's
license or other picture ideri-
tification.
5) Resolution urging the
U.S. Congress to require
mandatory background
checks of the purchasers of
firearms from any licensed
or unlicensed vendor or at
gun shows.
"This is an ongoing charge
for my office," said Commis-
sioner Jordan. "I refuse to
accept the notion that 'guns
don't kill, people do.' That
type of attitude only per-
petuates the problem. I'm
looking for solutions to gun
violence, not excuses."
In October 2012, Commis-
sioner Jordan met with the
U.S. Attorney's Office, State
Attorney's Office, City of Mi-
ami Gardens Police, Miami-
Dade Police, and local of-
ficials to discuss, initiatives
to work alongside the com-
munity to address violent
crime.


Opa-locka Mayor Taylor said the city is still on course in her
State-of-the-City Address she gave to a captive audience last Friday evening.
Likening Opa-locka to an express train on the track towards progress,
Mayor Taylor said, "There is a forward shift in our spirit, a pull on our imagination
and a demand on our potential. Tonight, the train will leave this station, headed
for new destinations with faith in God, hope for the future, unity and love for one
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BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


Why aren't more Blacks getting top county posts?


TOP SEATS
continued from 1A


the end of the month," Gimenez
said. "As for Bryson, I made it
clear from the beginning that he
would only be there for a short
time and that I wanted an inside
person to be the next fire chief.
What we don't have at present,
neither in the fire or police de-
partments, is a succession plan
for the direction and for the
ranks among the upper staff. We
do need that."
Gimenez says that increasing
diversity among the upper ranks
of county government remains
on his agenda just as it was part
of his campaign platform when
fie was running for county may-
or.
"I still stand behind my com-


mitment to diversity and believe
it is crucial that we maintain a
balance inside the administrative
staff, at the upper levels of the
county and at all levels of county
government," he said. "That is a
factor that I'1 be considering as I
make the appointment for police
director."
Gimenez was unwilling to say
more on the record about the
number of finalists, their ethnic
backgrounds or how he might
be led to fill the police director's
spot, but some of Miami's more
vocal activists were willing to give
their perspectives.

BLACKS LOOK FOR
ACTION NOT PROMISES
"I must say that I have little
optimism when it comes to the
Mayor's assurance of ensuring


greater diversity at the
top levels of county
government," said Ado-
ra Obi Nweze, presi-
dent of the Miami Dade
Branch, NAACP. "You
have to show me the
beef. When you don't
see the action, it's hard
to believe that it is go-
ing to happen. Blacks WIL
in Miami remain in an
ongoing fight just to be at the ta-
ble and we are still the last hired
and the first fired. Every time a
Black is hired in Miami-Dade, we
have to pass the bar which is set
even higher than it is for others.
And when we do get there they
often pull the ladder from under
us so that we are aren't allowed
to stay long."
Nweze will be meeting with a


LCOX


coalition of commu-
nity leaders including
members of P.U.L.S.E.,
the Progressive Officers
Club [Black police in
M-DC], the Profession-
al Firefighters Asso-
ciation, retired county
employees and others
to address issues of di-
versity and racism and


how these issues im-
pact county employees.
"We know the importance of
diversity and have no doubt that
the Mayor could make it more of
a priority if he wanted to," said
Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox, P.U.L.S.E.
executive director. "The whole
Brian Beckmann case is ongo-
ing with his hearing coming up
on Feb. 5th. I think that's why
Gimenez filled the fire chiefs spot


so quickly. But let's be honest -
Blacks have not been the recipi-
ents of high level jobs in Miami-
Dade County like we -should. As
a coalition we are determined to
change that."
"We do not have a level playing
field what we have in Miami-
Dade is political patronage," said
Elizabeth Judd, 71, AFSCME
president for Dade County re-
tires. "There should at least be
a process in place so that when
there's an open position, anyone
who believes they're qualified can
at least get an interview. That's
not how things operate today."
"As far as I'm concerned, J.D.
Patterson should have been ap-
pointed a long time ago he's
been doing the job of at least
three people." said Walter Clark,
president/CEO and special con-


sultant for African American
Government Employees. "But it's
just another example of the re-
luctance if not refusal to give us
a fair deal. What's the reason for
the delay?"
Brian Dennis, Brothers of the
Same Mind, president said, "J.D.
Patterson is head and shoulders
above the rest and is the only one
with all of the credentials. Maybe
well see the right thing done this
time."
But political activist Tangela
Sears was less optimistic say-
ing, "Is he [Gimenez] looking
for someone that will do the
job effectively or does he want
someone that will do whatever
he wants? That's the question."
County officials with whom
we spoke were unwilling to go
on the record with their views.


Commissioners still have questions about Dolphins' plan


DOLPHINS
continued from 1A

a $3 million-a-year subsidy
from the state, the Florida leg-
islature must approve the deal.
It will then have to return to the
County Commission for a final
vote. And with so many details
still murky, the commission-
ers say that a lot of questions
will have to' be answered be-
fore they're willing to give their
stamp of approval.


Ross shot at

GUNSHOTS
continued from 1A

Neither Ross nor his passen-
ger was injured and police say
it did not appear that any bul-
lets struck the Rolls. Authori-
ties say unknown suspects fled
before police arrived. TV news
footage showed a bullet hole in
the window of a nearby restau-
rant. A Ross spokesman didn't
respond to e-mail seeking com-.
ment.


WHAT'S DIFFERENT
THIS TIME AROUND?
"I supported the Marlins deal
but can honestly say that I re-
lied too heavily on the coun-
ty manager for his view and
therefore believed it was a good
deal," Jordan said. "This time
around we're going to closely
examine the books of the Dol-
phins to which they, unlike
the Marlins, have agreed..The
Dolphins have agreed to put


money into the deal and to be
responsible for any cost over-
run expenses. As it relates to
ensuring that people in my
District and throughout the
County get their fair share of
jobs, I think it's essential that
negotiations be made now be-
fore the State completes' its
review of the plan. Remember
that as bad as the Marlins deal
has been viewed, it has sparked
economic development in Little
Havana and surrounding ar-


eas. This could provide signifi-
cant opportunities for District
1 in particular and the County
in general."
County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson says she wants
to see how the Mayor will nego-
tiate with the Dolphins since
that's his responsibility but
added, "the Dolphins will have
to put in a lot more than they're
proposing."
"The Dolphins say they're
putting up the majority of the


funding but the truth is that
it's really a 50-50 deal they're
offering," she said. "That's not
good enough for me. We got
bamboozled by the Marlins and
I learned from that experience
when I gave them my support.
We have plenty of qualified peo-
ple in our own community with
the expertise needed to assess
the plan that the Dolphins have
on the table. The bottom line is
that no money is going to come
out of the pockets of the tax-


payers of Miami-Dade County."

PROMISES WON'T
GUARANTEE JOBS
Commissioner Dennis Moss
says that what he wants to see
this time around is a more eq-
uitable partnership between
the the state, county and the
Dolphins which would include
"realizing revenue at a more re-
alistic threshold." In addition,
he says there must be a firm
commitment to jobs.


Republicans retract opposition to immigration


IMMIGRATION
continued from 1A

The trip comes a day after a
group of influential Senate Dem-
ocrats and Republicans laid out
a broad plan of their own.
Immigration reform could give
Obama a landmark second-
term legislative achievement
but he must be cautious in his
approach. His challenge is to
help build public support for the
senators' framework, which is in
line with many of his main ideas.


for a sweeping immigration over-
haul, while not alienating his
fiercest Republican foes, who
might resist anything with the
Democratic president's name on
it.
"Today (Obama) will applaud
the bipartisan Senate'agreement
that is (very) consistent with his
long-held view," White House se-
nior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on
Twitter.
While Obama is likely to use
the bully pulpit of the presiden-
cy, backed up by.a White House-


organized grass-roots campaign,
he likely will be more circum-
spect for now about how person-
ally involved he becomes in con-
gressional negotiations.
The flurry of activity marks the
first substantive drive in years
to forge an agreement on fixing
America's flawed immigration
system. Although the debate is
likely to be contentious, there is
a growing consIesus in Wash-
ington that the conditions are
finally ripe for tackling the prob-
lem. .


*Obama and his fellow\Demo-
crats see their commitment to
immigration reform as a way to
solidify their hold on the grow-
ing Latino vote, which they won
handily in the 2012 election.
Nevada, for example, 'has a fast-
growing Hispanic population
that helped Obama carry the
state in the November election.
Translating the aspirations
expressed by the group into an
inevitably lengthy and compli-
cated bill will itself be a major
challenge in Congress.


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Faith


SECTION B


MIAMI, FLORIDA, JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 2013


MIAMI TIMES


Did Jesus ever commit a sin?


A comparison of temptation and lustful thoughts


By Christian Piatt
Most Christians' first reaction to
this question is to answer this with a
resounding "Of course not!" After all,
he was the Son of God; he had to: be
blameless in order to be the perfect
sacrifice...right?
But what if we consider 'Jesus' cru-
cifixion and resurrection differently?
Many today believe Jesus died be-
cause of the sins of humanity, but
not necessarily as a sacrificial sub-
stitute for our sins. But regardless


of your beliefs about atonement,
what about the fact that Jesus was
tempted in the desert after his bap-
tism? And it seems that the Gospels
indicate he lived life fully as any man,
with all the same temptations. And
then if we consider the text from Mat-
thew 5:28 that says anyone who lusts
in their heart has already committed
adultery...so how (if at all) is lusting
in one's heart different than being
tempted?
I decided to put this question to my
panel of expert respondents in book


two of my "Banned Questions" series,
"Banned Questions About Jesus"
After Jesus' baptism, he is tempted
in the desert several times. How is
this different than when he teaches
in Matthew 5:28 that "...anyone who
looks at a woman lustfully has al-
ready committed adultery with her in
his heart"? Aren't these basically the
same thing?

BECKY GARRISON
In the desert, Satan tried to get Je-
sus to follow him by appealing to his
physical humanity by offering him
Please turn to SIN 11B


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Historic St. Agnes
On Sunday, Jan. 27, The Historic St. Agnes'
Episcopal church observed its Annual Patronal
celebration and the 115th anniversary of the par-
ish. Significantly, the theme "A New Era has Begun/
Moving Forward with Family in Faith," recognizes
new leadership as the Reverend Father Denrick Rolle
continues to move forward as the parish's new rector.
Through the combined efforts of the parish family,
friends and community leaders, over $50,000 was
raised in honor of the retirement of former rector,
The Reverend Father Richard L. Marquess-Barry.
The funds were distributed among Florida Memorial
University, Bethune-Cookman University, Edward
Waters College and Saint Augustine's University as
contributions to the United Negro College Fund in
honor of Barry.


Attendees of Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church's 1st Annual Spiritual Conference agreed to transform
into better Christians at a conference called "Transformation: Going Forward In The Right Spirit." Pictured
are: Elder Johnnie L. Robinson, pastor of Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Yvonne Strachan of
Ministry in Motion; Minister Wimsome "Cherry"Williams of In His Will Ministriesof South Florida; First Lady
Patricia Robinson of Valley Grove MBC; and Deacon Milton Fuller of Valley Grove MBC.
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Study: Children 'may

grow out of autism'


By Michelle Roberts
The findings of the National Insti-
tutes of -lealdth studr, of 1 12 children
appears to challenge thel widely held
belief that autism is a lifelong con-
ditioni
While niot conclusive, the study. in'
the Journal of Child PsychologI and
Psy,.chiatr,, suggests some children
might pussibiy ouutg'rw aLutism. Biuit
e:-;perts urg' caution
Much more .vwork is needed to find
OLit ..-what might explain the findings
Dr Deborah Fein and her team at
the University of Connecticut stud-
ied :34 children \.ho hiad been diag-
nosed with autism in earl,- child-


hood but v. .ent on to function as v.ell
as 34 other children in their classes
at school.
For comparison, the researchers
also studied another 4" children of
the same age, sex and non-verbal
IQ level who had had a diagnosis of
"high-functioning autism mean-
ing they were deemed to be less se-
verely affected by their condition.
It became clear that the children
in the optimal outcome group -
the ones who no longer had recog-
nizable signs of autism had had
milder social deficits than the high-
functioning autism group in early
childhood, although the:, did have
Please turn to AUTISM 10B


Study found satisfied

newlyweds gained

more weight than

less satisfied ones
By Kathleen Doheny
Everyone has had that fnend who was svelte
w hen single and then became noticeably more
plump after entering a state of marital bliss.
Now, there is new evidence that it was not your
imagination: After following a group of newlyweds
for lour \ears. the researchers found that the
happier you are in your marriage, the more likely
it is that \ou will gain some extra weight.
It s pretty w delv accepted that marriage itself
is associated with weight gain and divorce with
weight loss. said lead researcher Andrea Meltzer.
an assistant professor of psychology and a social
psychologist at Southern Methodist University, in
Dallas. What is less clear is the role of [marital]
satisfaction in marital weight gain
To focus on that, Meltzer recruited 169 young
couples. all married within the past six months,
a.nd followed them over four \ears The husbands,
on average, were 25, while the wives were 23.
On eight occasions. information was collected on
both their satisfaction with the union and their
weight.
THE RESULTS?
"Sausfaction is positively associated with weight
gain." Meltzer said. 'Spouses who are more satis-
fied tend to gain more weight, arid spouses who
are less satisfied tend to gain less weight.
That finding held, she said. even after compen-
sating for such obvious factors as pregnancy. The
association doesn't prove a cause-and-effect link.
she stressed
Meltzer presented the findings recently at the
Society for Personality and Social Psychology an-
nual meeting in New Orleans.
HOW TO EXPLAIN THE EXTRA POUNDS?
Those less satisfied with the relationship. Melt-
zer speculated may be contemplating divorce. So.
they might be trying to maintain an ideal weight
to attract a new mate.
Those who are satisfied may be relieved that the
hunt for a mate is over, and slack off on weight-
Please turn to WEIGHT 10B


Alcohol and a


good night's


sleep don't mix

By Denise Mann
A new review of 27 studies shows that alcohol does not im-
prove sleep quality. According to the findings. alcohol does al-
low healthy people to fall asleep quicker and sleep more deep-
ly for a while, but it reduces rapid eye movement I REMl sleep
And the more you drink before bed, the more pronounced
these effects. REM sleep happens about 90 minutes alter '.ve
fall asleep. It's the stage of sleep when people dream, and
it's thought to be restorative. Disruptions in REM sleep
may cause daytime drowsiness, poor concentration.
and rob you of needed ZZZs. '
"Alcohol may seem to be helping you to sleep, as
it helps induce sleep, but overall it is more dis-
ruptive to sleep, particularly in the second half
of the night," says researcher Irshaad Ebra-
him. He is the medical director at The London
Sleep Centre in the U.K. "Alcohol also sup-
presses breathing and can precipitate sleep
apnea," or pauses in breathing that happen
throughout the night.
The more a person drinks before bed, the
stronger the disruption. One to two standard .
drinks seem to have minimal effects on sleep,
Ebrahim says.
ALCOHOL IS NOT A SLEEP AID
"The immediate and short-term impact of
alcohol is to reduce the time it takes to fall
asleep, and this effect on the first half of
sleep may be partly the reason some people
with insomnia use alcohol as a sleep aid,
Please turn to ALCOHOL 10B


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Prostate cancer rate to triple for future generations


RISE IS DUE TO


By Jenny Hope

The number of men being di-
agnosed with prostate cancer is
set to treble in a generation.
The 'alarming' rise revealed
in figures from Cancer Research
UK is thought to be due to
longer lifespans and more wide-
spread testing.
The charity predicts that 14
per cent of boys born in 2015
will be diagnosed with the dis-
ease at some point in their life
- about one in seven.
For those born in 1990, the
figure is only five percent, or
one in 20'.
The number of men being di-
agnosed today has already esca-
lated sharply, to around 41,000
cases, compared with 15,000 a
quarter of a century ago.
Three-quarters of the cases
are found in men aged over 65
years.
In part the rise is due to in-


LONGER


Worrying

The number of men
being diagnosed with
prostate cancer is set to
triple in a generation.


Rise

The number of men
being diagnosed to-
day has already es-
calated sharply, to
around 41,000 cases,
compared with 15,000
a quarter of a century
ago.

creasing lifespans, as more men
reach the age when the cancer
is likely to develop, where 6nce


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they would have died earlier.
, But more men are also be-
ing diagnosed at a younger age
after being tested for prostate
specific antigen. High levels of
PSA in the blood are linked to
the cancer.
The test is far more widely
used than in the past, boost-
ing diagnosis rates. But it can-
not distinguish between life-
threatening and less aggressive
tumours.
This mean some men unnec-
essarily suffer such side-effects
of treatment as impotence and
incontinence.
Death rates from prostate
cancer have fallen 18 per cent
in the last 20 years, to around
10,700 fatalities a year.
The improved survival has
been driven by earlier diagnosis
and new drug treatment.
A hormone-blocking treat-
ment that prevents male hor-
mones fuelling prostate tu-


mours is now both more
widespread and prescribed ear-
lier than it was in the 1990s.
A new range of drugs has also
been proven to prolong life, in-
cluding abiraterone, which last
year was approved for NHS pa-
tients with advanced disease.
Last week it was licensed for
use in men at an earlier stage.
Dr Sarah Cant of Prostate
Cancer UK said: The number of
men being diagnosed is rising
at an alarming rate.
It is more urgent than ever
that prostate cancer is higher
up the nation's health agenda.
Due to a significant legacy of
underinvestment, men with
prostate cancer are faced with
diagnostic tests and treatments
decades behind where we need
to be.'
Professor Malcolm Mason
of Cancer Research UK said:
'We're detecting more cases of
Please turn to PROSTATE 10B


Sabotaging contraceptives a form of abuse


Gynecologists says women should be

screenedfor 'reproductive coercion.'


By Kim Painter

When a husband hides a
wife's birth control pills or a
boyfriend takes off a condom
in the middle of sex in hopes
of getting an unwilling girl-
friend pregnant, that's a form
of abuse called reproductive
coercion.
While researchers don't
know exactly how common
such coercion is, it's common
enough especially among
women who are abused by
their partners in other ways
- that health care providers
should screen women for signs
at regular check-ups and preg-
nancy visits, says the nation's
leading group of obstetricians
and gynecologists.
'"We want to make sure that


health care providers are
aware that this is something
that does go on and that it's a
form of abuse," says Veronica
Gillispie, an obstetrician and
gynecologist at Ochsner Health
System, New Orleans, and
a member of the committee
that wrote the opinion for the
American College of Obstetri-
cians and Gynecologists. It's
published in the February
issue of Obstetrics & Gynecol-
ogy, out today.

HOW IS THIS ABUSE?
Reproductive coercion oc-
curs whenever a partner tries
to prevent a woman from
making her own choices about
pregnancy, Gillispie says.
That includes trying to get a
woman pregnant against her


will, through forced sex or
other means; it also includes
using pressure or threats to
get a woman to continue an
unwanted pregnancy or end a
wanted one.
In studies cited by the com-
mittee, "birth control sabotage"

"This is something
that does go on, and
... it's a form of
abuse."
Obstetrician Veronica Gillispie

was reported by 25 percent of
teen girls with abusive part-
ners and by 15 percent of
women who were physically
abused. Some men go as far as
to pull out a woman's intra-
uterine device (IUD) or vaginal
contraceptive ring, the com-
mittee says.
"Often, it's about taking


away choices, taking away
freedom, control and self-
esteem," says Rebekah Gee, an
obstetrician and gynecologist
in New Orleans and assistant
professor at Louisiana State
University. She did not work
on the opinion, but has stud-
ied the problem.
While it may be rare for men
to dislodge an IUD, she says,
it's not uncommon for men
to refuse to wear condoms,
putting women at risk for both
pregnancy and sexually trans-
mitted diseases. An abusive
man may believe that getting
a woman pregnant binds her
closer to him, Gee says.

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TO COERCION
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last Thursday's New England
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"Smoking is the No. 1 pre-
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the U.S.," says, Tim McAfee,
a co-author of the study. "We
need to do more to educate the
American people about these
findings," adds McAfee, direc-
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and'Health at the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
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The study examined data
from the U.S. National Health
Interview Survey between 1997
and 2004.
Women who smoke now die
at a similar rate for men, the
study also found. Previous re-
search from the 1980s showed
that women were less affected.
"Women now lose about
11 years of life expectancy if
they smoke," McAfee says.
"Men lose about 12 years." He
adds that it is presumed that
women's smoking patterns are
now more similar to men's in
terms of picking up the habit
at younger ages and smoking a
larger number of cigarettes.
McAfee says the study has
global implications because
most of the world's .1.3 billion
smokers live in low- and mid-
dle-income countries, where
cessation is less common.


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Black issues that need to be addressed


OBAMA
continued from 1B

jobs .through favorable manu-
facturing incentives, small
business tax incentives, infra-
structure improvements, and
extending tax cuts for the mid-
dle class families," Dunn said.
"Then these policies should
result in money beginning to
circulate in the Black commu-
nity."
Eugene Pettis, who was se-
lected as the first Black presi-
dent of the Florida Bar, said the
underlining theme of the presi-
dent's inaugural speech was to
be considerate of all of the citi-
zens of this country.
"We cannot be great as a na-
tion unless we are apprecia-
tive and sensitive to the needs
of all," Pettis said. "He talked
about how while we certainly
need to be cognizant of the fis-
cal deficits that we may have,
we cannot forget the needs of so
many of our citizens that rely
on the social safety net that we
have and that goes through all
of the social programs that we
have."

DOES OBAMA TARGET
MINORITIES IN HIS AGENDA
According to Adjoa Adofo, the
National spokesperson of the


Young and Powerful Group,
many people mistakenly be-
lieve that since the President
does not have a policy agenda
specifically tailored towards the
Black community or any [ra-
cial] minority community, he
is somehow ignoring critical
needs.
"The Black community bene-
fits from a President who wants
to fix the job crisis, fiercely pro-
tect social safety nets that are a
lifeline to many needy families,
make health care more afford-
able and stop families from be-
ing thrown out of their homes
due to abusive lending practic-
es," he said.
"The fight for gay rights is
reminiscent of past struggles
for civil rights in our country's
history," Adofo said. "Any ef-
fort that points this society to
increased tolerance for others
and eradicates discrimination
is progress for this country and
all communities, not just the
gay community."
Dunn said that even though
he doesn't condone gay mar-
riage, he still believes that no
group of people should be dis-
criminated against. He quoted
Martin Luther King, Jr. saying
"Injustice anywhere is a threat
to justice everywhere."
Pettis said he is supportive of


EUGENE PETTIS
rights for all.
"I don't think we can allow our
religious beliefs to try to justify
not granting full civil rights for
an individual on this Earth," he
said.

ISSUES THAT IMPACT
THE BLACK COMMUNITY
DIRECTLY
Pettis also shared his opinion
on two other important issues
that he feels impacts the Black
community the most: health
care and employment.
"We must look honestly at
the disproportionate unem-
ployment that has historically
been in the [Black] commu-
nity," he said. "While the mar-
ket has been changing with job


growth, we need to continue to
make sure we keep those things
available within the minority
communities because they are
always the worst to get hit and
the last to recover."
In response to Obama's in-
terest in stricter gun control,
Dunn said he does respect the
right to bear arms but back-
ground checks, before purchas-
ing guns is not unreasonable.
"The elimination of assault
weapons, multi-clips and of
body-piercing bullets does not
seem unreasonable [neither]
and would make the Black
community safer because these
types of guns are 'weapons of
choice' in our community."
"The Black community suffers
greatly from unabated, sense-
less and prolific gun violence
every day," Adojo said. "Gun
violence is the leading cause of
death for Black men and peo-
ple of color in general account
for the majority of gun violence
victims. Unfortunately, this is
a longstanding issue and real
solutions are needed to reduce
the threat of violence in Black
communities."
"I think it's a societal issue
that we as citizens need to
speak up on to try to reduce the
number of guns we have on our
streets," Pettis said.


Prostate cancer on the rise


PROSTATE
continued from 3B
prostate cancer than ever be-
fore.
'And we're carrying out an in-
tensive, amount of research to
find better methods than PSA to
distinguish between the minor-
ity of cases that are life-threat-
ening and need treatment the
vipers from the majority that
don't the grass snakes.
Targeting the tests at men
who have a higher risk of devel-
oping prostate cancer might be
a better approach than screen-


ing all men.'
n Going bald early may be
linked to developing prostate
cancer at an earlier age, accord-
ing to new research.
In a study of nearly 10,000
men, experts in Australia found
those who had lost most of their
hair by 40 were far more likely
to develop the disease in their
fifties or sixties.
Previous studies have indi-
cated that higher levels of the
hormone testosterone may both
trigger the development of can-
cerous cells and inhibit hair
growth.


Happy couples gain weight


WEIGHT
continued from 2B

control strategies. She calls this
the "mating market" model,
suggesting that weight mainte-
nance is motivated mostly by a
desire to attract a partner.
For the study, Meltzer said
she did not separate out men
and women, but the effect held
for both genders.
The average weight gain over
the four-year period was not
great, but'Meltzer noted that it
could add up to a substantial'
amount over time.


At the study's start, the hus-
bands had a body-mass index
(BMI) of nearly 26, defined as
slightly overweight. The wives'
average BMI was 23, defined as
a normal weight.
"For each unit of increase in
satisfaction found, either by the
person or the partner, a 0.12
increase in BMI-occurred every
six months, on average," Melt-
zer said.
For example, a woman who is
5-foot-4 and 120 pounds has a
BMI of 20.6. If she gains a half
pound, her BMI would increase
to about 20.7.


Study: Autism could be temporary


AUTISM
continued from 2B '
other autism symptoms, like
repetitive behaviors and com-
munication problems, that were
as severe.
The researchers went back
and checked the accuracy of the
children's original diagnosis,
but found no reason to suspect
that they had been inaccurate.

LABEL FOR LIFE?
The researchers say there are
a number of possible explana-
tions for their findings.
It might be that some chil-


dren genuinely outgrow their
condition.' Or perhaps some can'
compensate for autism-related
difficulties. .
Dr. Thomas Insel, director of
the National Institute- of Men-
tal Health, said: "Although the
diagnosis of autism is not usu-.
ally lost over time, the findings
suggest that there is a very wide
range of possible outcome."
"Subsequent reports from
this study should tell us more
about the nature of autism and
the role of therapy and other
factors in the long term out-
come for these children."
It could be that autism cannot


always be accurately defined or
diagnosed, particularly since
the condition affects .people in
different ways.
Indeed, experts have dis-
agreed about what autism is.
The American Psychiatric As-
sociation is currently revising
its diagnostic manual the
"bible" for doctors that lists
every psychiatric disorder and
their symptoms.
Its new version proposes
changes the UK's National Au-
tistic Society says could affect
the way diagnoses will be given
to people on the autism spec-
trum.


Partners forcing fertility is abuse


ABUSE
continued from 3B

agencies and hotlines that help
abuse. But it also says doctors
can take direct action, by pro-
viding women with hard-to-de-
tect birth control methods (in-
cluding IUDs with the removal
strings cut, if necessary) or a
stash of emergency contracep-
tive pills (in a plain envelope).
In clinics where doctors al-
ready have started such efforts,
results have been encouraging,
says Rebecca Levenson, se-


nior policy analyst at Futures
Without Violence, a non-profit
advocacy group based in San
Francisco. In one small study,
reports of reproductive coer-
cion dropped 71 percent among
women who got information
and questionnaires about such
abuse. Some of the information
was on a card that "can fit in-
side a shoe," she says.
Anne Teitelman, an associate
professor of nursing at the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania, says
she often hears about sexual
and reproductive coercion from


the girls and women she treats
as a nurse practitioner at a
family planning clinic.
But "if we don't ask the ques-
tions, often patients don't real-
ize that there's something they
can do to change the situation,"
she says. Getting more health
providers to ask about such
abuse and help stop it is im-
portant, she says. But the next
step is prevention programs
that help "both young girls and
young boys" avoid abusive rela-
tionships in their futures, she
says.


Alcohol before bed leaves you drowsy


ALCOHOL
continued from 2B

Ebrahim says. "However, this is
offset by having more disrupted
sleep in the second half of the
night."
"Alcohol should not be used
as a sleep aid, and regular use
of alcohol as a sleep aid may re-
sult in alcohol dependence," he
says.
The findings will appear in
the April 2013 issue of Alcohol-
ism: Clinical & Experimental
Research.
Alcohol tricks people into
thinking they are getting better
sleep, says Scott Krakower, DO.
He is an addiction specialist
at North Shore-LIJ in Mineola,


BETTER SLEEP
HABITS CAN ALSO
HELP

Some tips to improve
sleep habits include:
Get regular exercise,
but no later than a few
hours before bed.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol,
or nicotine in the evening.
Reserve the bed for
sleeping and sex only.
Keep your bedroorn at
a cool temperature.
Set regular wake and
bed times.


N.Y. "People who drink alcohol
often think their sleep is im-
proved, but it is not."
REM is the more mentally
restorative type of sleep, says
Michael Breus, PhD, a sleep
specialist in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"Alcohol is not an appropriate
sleep aid. If you rely on alco-
hol to fall asleep, recognize that
you have a greater likelihood to
sleepwalk,: sleep talk, and have
problems with your memory."
If you are having trouble
sleeping, talk to your doctor
about how to improve your
sleep quality. He or she may
be able to rule out underlying
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Was Jesus tempted? Minister Daniels spes-l ozf G-od's increase


SIN
conitnued from 1B

bread. When that failed, he
tried to force Jesus to perform
a miracle as though he was
some trained devotional doggie
who could use the power given
to him by God at will. After Je-
sus blew him off, Satan tried
unsuccessfully to lure him in
by promising a kingdom here
on earth. While these three op-
tions must have been mighty
tempting, Jesus didn't let these
temptations enter his heart and
influence his thinking.
Compare that to a man who
might claim he's not sinning
because he's not doing the
dirty deed. But his mind is cor-
rupted because he keeps think-
ing about doing the dirty deed
with another dude's lady. While
someone in a relationship might
not be having an actual affair by
sending steamy emails, flirting
on Facebook and posting titil-
lating tweets to another party,
they've definitely crossed into
that gray area where command-
ments might not be actually
broken, but boundaries were
definitely crossed.

JOAN BALL
When tempt-
ing Jesus in
the desert, Sa-
tan went out of
his way to cre-
ate scenarios
that would dis-
tract and con-
fuse. This was
an active and malevolent effort
on the part of Satan meant to
sideline Jesus and insult the
Father. Jesus faced each chal-
lenge prayerfully, intelligently
and with self-control and, as a
result, Satan was foiled.
For the second scenario to be
the same this generic woman


in Matthew must be cast in the
role of malicious "temptress"
(aka Satan) and the man's in-
ability to seek God, engage the
Spirit and grow in self-control
as Jesus did (i.e. not look at the
woman lustfully) must be ig-
nored. I'm not buying it. God is
bigger than the male libido.


LEE C. CAMP
Though it is
often assumed
that Jesus'
temptations in
the wilderness
entailed a pe-
riod of intense
testing with
the "lust of the


flesh, lust of the eye, and the
vain-glorious pride of life," nu-
merous New Testament schol-
ars these days believe that the
temptation in the wilderness
was concerned with what sort of
Messiah Jesus was going to be.
Nonetheless, it seems a fair
and important question to
ask the difference between a
"temptation" and a "lustful
thought"? If a man looks at a
woman and thinks a lustful
thought, has he as much as
committed adultery? But per-
haps a more helpful question is
to ask this: what is the function
or purpose of the Sermon on the
Mount? Therein Jesus provides
a description of a way of life ori-
ented toward the Kingdom of
Heaven. What does it look like
to live life in the Kingdom of
Heaven that has come among
us, that has invaded human
history?
One last note: As Martin Lu-
ther once said with regard
to temptation and tempt-
ing thoughts: we cannot con-
trol what; birds fly over our
heads. We can only control
whether :.h-, build nests in our
hair.


DANIELS
continued from 1B

The church's growth is evi-
dent because new souls have
been saved, lives are being
transformed, new ministries
were started, homes are being
made over again and a new
edifice is being built, which
will be completed in July, ac-
cording to Daniels.
"We believe that God has
honored our vision and our


faith," he said. "When our
church gets behind a theme,
we tend to make that theme
come true because housed
in our theme is our faith in
God."
The theme of cultivation,
impartation and receiving is
evident in Daniels personal
life, also, he said.
He grew up in a single-par-
ent home in a rough neigh-
borhood, where he could have
easily gotten into trouble,


went down the wrong path or
lost his life. He even dropped
out of high school but ended
up going back and finishing.
"By the grace of God, he
snatched me up from those
things."
Then later he studied at
International Bible College
in Alabama and at Valdosta
State University in Georgia.
Today, Daniels expresses
his gratitude for his family
and his church.


He is married to the former
Cynthia R. Kinnel, and they
have three children.
"I have been blessed im-
measurably to serve a great
people, who are destined to
do great things to the glory,
honor and praise of God,"
Daniels said.
"I am better, stronger and
wiser because of them.
I've striven to seek the king-
dom first, knowing that will
add all that I shall need."


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DORIS B. HUTCHESON, retired
school teacher
for Miami Dade -:7 .
County Schools,
died January 22. "' -
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at .
Bible Missionary
Baptist Church.
The family
request in lieu of flowers donations
be made to Bible Baptist Church in
the memory of Doris B. Hutcheson.

NATHANIEL BUSH, 88, retired
maintenance
worker for -
Eastern Airlines, , !
died January
26. Survivors
include his
granddaughter,
Sharon
Rollins(Gary);
grandsons, Cedric Louden, and
Michale Louden; nieces, Cynthia
Snell (Willie), and Vanessa
Jackson; nephews, Quincy Carr
(Andrea), and Hildridge Bush; a
host of other relatives and friends.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
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MARIA QUINONES, 57, bus
driver, died
January 21 at

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BETTY WILLIAMS, 57, home-
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LANDON KINSEY, 15, student,
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Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
JOE HOUSTON JR., 43, died
January 20
at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel.




LAFAYETTE ROLE, 92,
construction
worker, died .
January 21 at
home. Service
10 a.m.,
Saturday at Star V
Bethlehem.



MARY BROWN, 86, homemaker,
died January 14.
Arrangements
are incomplete.







CYNTHIA MASSIE, 47, died
January 15. Services were held.

MAMIE HAMMONDS, 78, died
January 18. Services were held.

JORGE TABACCHE, 74,
laborer, died January 17 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.


Wright and Young
TOMMY BOYER aka "TOM
CAT", 80, ...,
retired, died
January 26 at
home. Viewing
12-6 p.m., "S .
Wednesday
in the chapel.
Survivors: one
son, Andre; two
granddaughters; two great grand
sons; four sisters and two brothers.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Nepsey Church in Ailey, GA.

CHARLES DOPSON, 80, roofer,
rirld Janar, ior


28 at Franco
Rehabilitation.
Service 12
p.m., Tuesday .4;, 'I
MARY THOMPSON, 56, cashier, February 5 at .s
died January 23 ; Bethel Temple. .-- -
at University of
Miami Hospital. .
Arrangements
are incomplete. TERRY LEE BRIGGS, 49,
S construction laborer, died January
22. Arrangements are incomplete.
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CHARLOTTE CLARK, 53, died
January 10. Services were held.

IDORA ROSE MARCELLUS,
104, died January 17 at home. Ser-
vices were held.


Fred Hunter
LILLIE MAE JOSEPH, 100,
died January 25
at Bernadette
Living Facility.
Service 12 p.m., -
Saturday in the .
chapel.





Hall Ferguson Hewitt
KATHLEEN ROLLE, 87, house-
wife, died Janu-
ary 25 at North
Shore Hospice.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at -
Church of the
Incarnation.





Shuler's
FRANCES BROOKS SPENCE,
79, retired, died
January 20 at
St. Mary's Hos-
pice in West
Palm Beach.
Service 11 a.m., .
Saturday in the .
chapel.


UDESMOVIUND N. VVDWYER, 49,
construction laborer, died January
21. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
New Beginnings MBC.


In Memoriam


In loving memory of,


JOSEPH MARTIN JR.
01/06/1921 01/31/2008


Martin, five years have
passed since you've been
gone. We will forever cherish
the loving memory of you in
our hearts.
Your wife, Ella Mae and
family.


HONORYOUR

LOVED ONE

WITH AN

IN MEMORIAL

CALL 305-694-6225


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


James A. Hood,

student who

challenged

segregation

By Richard Goldstein

James A. Hood, who inte-
grated the University of Ala-
bama in 1963 together with
his fellow student Vivian Malo-
ne after Gov. George C. Wal-
lace capitulated to the federal
government in a signature mo-
ment of the civil rights move-
ment known as the "stand in
the schoolhouse door," died on
Thursday in Gadsden, Ala. He
was 70.
His death was confirmed by
his daughter Mary Hood.
On the morning of June 11,
1963, Hood
and Ms.
Malone,
backed by I. *..
a federal
court or-
der, sought
to become
the first
Blacks to
successful- HOOD
ly pursue
a degree at Alabama. A Black
woman, Autherine Lucy, had
been admitted in 1956 but was
suspended three days later,
ostensibly for her safety, when
the university was hit by riots.
She was later expelled.
Having previously pro-
claimed "segregation now, seg-
regation tomorrow, segregation
forever," Wallace was blocking
the entrance to Foster Audito-
rium on the university's Tus-
caloosa campus, while ringed
by state troopers, when Nicho-
las deB. Katzenbach, then the
deputy attorney general, ap-
proached him together with
federal marshals. Hood and
Ms. Malone remained nearby
in a car.
Katzenbach demanded that
Wallace obey a federal court
order implementing the in-
junction issued in Ms. Lucy's
case. But Wallace was defiant,
challenging its constitutional-
ity. Katzenbach said he would
be back with the students later
in the day and fully expected
them to be admitted.


Founder and Overseer of I Love


You Jesus Ministries, Inc. dies


Overseer Dr. Mother Ruth
E. Creps-Crockett, affection-
ately known as "Mother Ruth"
made her earthly transition
on Thursday, January 24 at
4:27 a.m. in the comfort of her
home. She was the Founder
and Overseer of I Love You Je-
sus Ministries, Inc. Outreach
of Excitement Church.
Overseer Crockett was a voice
crying in this modern Sodom
and Gomorrah, preparing the
way of the Lord and making
the pathway straight for those
who are in captivity. Mother
Ruth has traveled the length
and breadth of this nation
and abroad declaring the
works of the Lord for over
50 years. A Pastor's Pastor,
a Teacher's Teacher and a
Prophetess birthed from her
mother's womb, an Apostle of
Love. She has nurtured and
mentored countless people in
the ministry.
Surviving immediate family
are two sisters, Eunice
Heidrich (spouse Conrad
Heidrich) of Findlay, OH; Sue
Anna Haskell (spouse Roger


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Haskell) of Vero Beach, FL.;
and one brother, Jim Creps
(spouse and goddaughter,
Sharon) of Marysville, OH.;
Rachel Lashaway, (a special
sister) of Weston, OH; nephews
and nieces.
Those she leaves to cherish
her memory and to carry on
the legacy D. Lavon Williams,
LaVanya C. Kelly, Jerome and
Andrea Jamison, Diana Dozier
(personal care-taker), Mechelle
(personal care-taker), Mechelle


N. Hayes (Edward), John
Manzi (godson); The Outreach
of Excitement Church family;
sons and daughters in the
ministry, ministries birthed
from her lions, godchildren,
special friends, and all those
who knew her.
Public viewing and memorial
Friday, February 1 at Outreach
of Excitement Church, 1085
NW 62nd Street, Miami, FL
33150. Public viewing at 1
p.m. and the Memorial at 6
p.m.
The Celebration of Life will
be held 12 noon, Saturday,
February 2 at New Birth
Baptist Church Cathedral of
Faith International, Bishop
Victor T. Curry, D. Min., D.
Div., 2300 NW 135th Street,
Miami, FL 33167.
Final Rites and Burial: 10
a.m.,Tuesday, February 5 at
Rudolph Cemetery, Liberty
Township, Ohio.
Arrangements entrusted to
Gregg L. Mason Funeral Home,
10936 NE 6th Avenue, Miami
Shores, FL 33161, 305-757-
9000.


Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner of the


Ohio Players, dies at the age of 69


ADDIE TATE WILLIAMS
02/02/1927- 07/07/2009

Happy Birthday from your
loving family.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


















CAROL J. TAYLOR
02/03/1948 10/06/2007

I am truly blessed to have
you as my wife.
We miss you.
Lawrence and Tiffany
Taylor.


-Michael McCarter/Associated Press
Leroy Bonner in 2002.
Although the band's heyday
was four decades ago, its sound
has been kept alive by others.
"Love Rollercoaster" gained
new fans through a 1996 cover
version by Red Hot Chili Pep-
pers. "Funky Worm" has been
sampled by many hip-hop art-
ists.
Born in Hamilton, Ohio,
about 20 miles north of Cin-
cinnati, in 1943, Leroy Bonner
grew up poor, the oldest child
in a large family. Information


Coach Ron Fraser lifted

college baseball, dies at 79


By The Associated Press

Ron Fraser, the longtime Uni-
versity of Miami baseball coach
who won two national champi-
onships and whose innovative
marketing ideas helped spark
a surge in the college game's
popularity, died on Sunday at
his home in Weston, Fla. He
was 79.
He had Alzheimer's disease,
his family said in announcing
his death.
Fraser led the Hurricanes
to national titles in 1982 and
1985 and took the team to the
College World Series 12 times
over his 30 years there. He re-
tired in 1992 with 1,271 wins
and never had a losing season.
His legacy, however, may be
what he did to promote the
game.
Fraser took over at Miami in
1963 with a $2,200 salary, a
converted shower for an office
and a cow pasture for a field.
College baseball was not a
revenue-generating sport, so
Fraser got creative, raffling
car batteries, presenting bi-
kini nights, and offering nine-
course meals on the infield of
the team's stadium.
The efforts proved success-
ful, as the Hurricanes became
not only a winner on the field
but also one of the best-known
teams in college baseball.
Fraser was named the
N.C.A.A. coach of the year three
times and coached numerous


,







RON FRASER
national teams, including the
1992 United States Olympic
team.
To save the baseball program
from being cut in the early
1970s for budgetary reasons,
Fraser called in favors. The
Hall of Famer Stan Musial, the
major league broadcaster Joe
Garagiola and other notables
showed up at a beach benefit
banquet that impressed the
university. In 1972, the univer-
sity dropped basketball instead
of baseball.
Ronald George Fraser was
born on June 25, 1933, in Nut-
ley, N.J., and attended Florida
State University. Survivors
include his wife of 24 years,
Karen; his daughters, Cyn-
thia Beahn, Lynda Poorman
and Elizabeth Kraut; and five
grandchildren.


about his survivors was not
available.
After running away from home
at 14, he-wound up in Dayton,
where he connected with the
musicians who would form the
Ohio Players. The band's lineup
changed over the years, but its
instrumentation and sound re-
mained basically the same: a
solid, driving groove provided
by guitar, keyboards, bass and
drums, punctuated by staccato
blasts from a horn section.
Vocals were a secondary con-
sideration. "We were players,"
Bonner told The Dayton Daily
News in 2003. "We weren't try-
ing to be lead singers." The core
members of the band did not
originally sing, he explained,
but "we got so tired of having
singers leave us that we de-
cided we'd just do the singing
ourselves."
"I used to play with my back
to the audience in the old days,"
he added. "I didn't want to see
them because they were dis-
tracting. Then the first time I
turned around and opened my
mouth, we had a hit record with
'Skin Tight.' That's amazing to
me."


In

Memoriam:

Celebrate

a Life

Memorialize

and celebrate

a loved one

on the pages of

The Miami Times.


For more information, call

305-694-6225


www miamitimesonlineco
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By The Associated Press

Leroy Bonner, the frontman of
the Ohio Players, a funk band
whose influence lasted well be-
yond the string of hits it had
in the mid-1970s, died on Sat-
urday in Trotwood, Ohio, near
Dayton. He was 69.
His death was announced by
his family on the Facebook page
of Sugarfoot's Ohio Players, a
spinoff band that he had been
leading. No cause was given.
Ronner. a singer and guitarist
bcLLcr kluuwn by hio siiKiame,
Sugarfoot, teamed in the 1960s
with core members of a group
called the Ohio Untouchables
to form the Ohio Players. The
group became known for its
brassy, bottom-heavy dance
music -- as well as its flam-
boyant outfits and provocative
album covers and reached
both the pop and rhythm-and-
blues charts with "Love Roller-
coaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight,"
"Funky Worm" and other songs.
From 1973 to 1976 the Ohio
Players had seven singles in
the Billboard Top 40. Both
"Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster"
reached No. 1.







The Miami Times



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The spirited Harlem' '"


Group founded on the tenets
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Harlem Gospel Choir has been exposing
the world to Black culture and the music of the
Black church since January 1986 when its found-
er, Allen Bailey, 72, says he was first inspired to
take the Choir's ministry beyond the doors of
Refuge Temple in Harlem. And just in case you've
never heard them "make a joyful noise" the Choir
will be in South Florida during Black History Month
for one night only at the Miramar Cultural Center.


"We are just trying to bring nations
and people together," Bailey said.'"Ev-
erybody is somebody in our ensemble and
we have members that come from 15 different
churches in the Harlem'community. And we're
humbled by the fact that for 27 years, we had
taken our music to 49 states and 143 countries,
including the the People's Republic of China. People
want'us to understand our music and our mission
- they want to see and experience the Black spiri-
tual tradition for themselves, even if they don't
Please turn to CHOIR 4C


'Fruitvale,' 'Blood Brother' win


Sundance Film Festival Awards


Film is based on the
true story of d police
shooting in Oakland
By Bryan Alexander

PARK CITY, Utah Fruitvale, writ-
ten and directed by first-time filmmaker
Ryan Coogler, was the big dramatic win-
ner at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film, produced by Forest Whitaker
and starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday
Night Lights), took the festival's grand
jury prize for dramatic film as well as
the drama category's audience award at
a ceremony Saturday night.
Fruitvale is based.on the story of Os-
car Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland, Calif.,
.resident shot by police at the Fruitvale
subway stop in 2009.
Upon hearing the announcement for
the top drama win, Coogler, 26, vaulted
over'the front of the stage to get to the
podium and seemed overcome with emo-
tion behind the microphone.
"When I first made this project, it was
'about humanity, and how we treat the
people we love most and the people we
don't know," he said. "To get this means
that this film made a powerful impact.
This goes back to my home, the Bay
area, where Oscar Grant lived for 22
years. I can't wait to see you all when
this is said and done and I'm more ar-
ticulate and not so emotional."
Sundance jury member and former
Fox studios chairman Tom Rothman
praised the film for "its skillful realiza-
tion, its devastating emotional impact
and its moral and social urgency" and


-Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP
Director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler accepts the U.S. Grand Jury Prize:
Dramatic for "Fruitvale" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards
Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Park City, Utah.


said it was destined for future greatness.
"This will n6t be the last time you guys
walk to a podium," Rothman said before
presenting the award.
SLast year's dramatic grand jury prize
winner, Beasts of the Southern Wild,
received four 2013 Oscar nominations.
Blood Brother, directed by Steve
Hoover, was the big documentary winner
sweeping the grand jury prize for docu-
mentary and the audience award.
The story focuses on a dissatisfied


American,: Rocky Braat, who travels to
India to work in an orphanage with chil-
dren who have HIV.
"Man, it is so encouraging. For the
kids, that is so awesome," said a tearful
Braat. "Because their lives are so chal-
lenging. And no one remembers their
names."
Lake Bell was rewarded for her feature
screenwriting and directorial debut In a
World... She took home the Waldo Salt
Please turn to FRUITVALE 4C


Premiere: The inevitable


FILM

By David Rooney


Scripted by Michael Star-
rbury, the filn's gritty sur-
faces and unsparing depiction
of children exposed to crime
and squalor will possibly
invite comparison to Lee
Daniels' Precious. But while
the early, scenes lay promising
foundations, earnest senti-
ment gradually takes over.
The presence of not one but
two Ameriaid .tdill.umnae,
Jennifer Hudsoni-and Jor-
din Sparks, as women put


STARRING


through the grinder of inner-
city life, might bolster com-
mercial prospects, though
this looks more likely to find a
receptive audience on cable.
Returning home distraught
after learning he's flunking
eighth grade, Mister (Sky-
lan Brooks) finds his mother
Gloria (Hudson) in a doped-
up haze. He's left to babysit a
nine-year-old Korean kid, Pete
(Ethan Dizon), whose mother
is also a junkie. Having seen
neighbors' children hauled
off by protective services to a


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grim-sounding local shelter
Mister goes into independe:
survival mode when Gloria
arrested for prostitution ar
drug use. Sullenly at first,
and then with increasing b
brother commitment, he ta
Pete under his wing.
With a cop (Adewale Akir
nuoye-Agbale) circling the
projects determined to de-
liver him to authorities, an
sneering youth (Julito McC
lum) from the block eager t
snitch on him, Mister need
to be resourceful to stay in


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defeat of Mister and Pete

U D SO N O P E-N'-S -A T'.U, A N C E
ding~ local merchant (Ken
aharaj),bans hino from the
grocery store,.and his moth-
er's pimp and drug dealer
(Anthony Mackie) admires
the kid's pluck but keeps his
distance.
However, the big problem
here is that not much happens
in the protracted midsection.
Tillman and Starrbury fail to
instill dramatic forward mo-
tion, so the film idles for much
of its running time, relying on
the not inconsiderable charms
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2 Florida zucchini, sliced thin
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
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2 Florida tomatoes, sliced thin
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1 cup Florida mushrooms, sliced
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2 teaspoons baking
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1/4 cup olive oil, plus
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THE ATIN'S#1 BACKNEWPAPR 3CTHEMIAI TIESJANARY30-FBRURY,201


[Chattr Tha


Congresswoman Frederick
S. Wilson opened the 20th
Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast
by reflecting .on how she
started out with 100 mentors
and mentees when she
was principal at Skyway
Elementary School. She
stated many of the boys
went from jail to college,
such as George Ray
and John Battle with
current positions in the
work force..
She continued
by introducing W
toastmasters: Edward
Harris, aide to Commissioner
Xavier L. Suarez; G. Eric
Knowles, sports management
consultant and Asst. Chief
Lenny Burgess, North


Miami Police
Department.
Knowles brought on songstress
Rochelle Lightfoot who sang
the "Star Spangled Banner",
followed by Rev. Rudolph
Daniels, Macedonia
M BC giving the
prayer.
Others that followed
included U.S. Senator
Bill Nelson; Rep.
Eddy Gonzalez;
Mayor Carlos
A. Gimenez;
ILSO Mayor Tomas
ILSON Regalado;
former police
director, Robert Parker;
Comm. Michelle
Spence-Jones; Dr.
Wilbert T. Holloway
and School Board HA


Superintendent Alberto
Carvalho. Knowles then
asked Judges Jerald
Bagley, Darrin Gayles,
Wendall Graham,
Rodney Smith, William
Thomas and Daryl
Trawick to robe up for
the entrance of 131 Role
Models as the Psi Phi
Band played.


.el


HO.




HOLL


Congresswoman Wilson took
to the mic and gave a shout
out to organizations such as
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha
Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta,
Omega Psi Phi, Zeta Phi Beta,
Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma
Rho, King of Clubs of Greater
Miami, Red Hat Ladies,
Masonic Groups,
and 100 Black Men.
More importantly,
the dais was set for
J. D. Patterson,
acting police chief,
to introduce keynote
speaker and actor
RRIS Malik Yoba. Yoba


covered the room


J. of 1,000 people by
leaving the dais and
S- mixing with the young
-, 2 men as he commended
them and challenge
them to follow in
the footsteps of Dr.
King and appreciate
OWAY what Dr. Wilson is
doing. Closing out the
program was Willie Coleman
accompanying William Alfred
Singing "Never Would Have
Made It", while rockets
exploded from the
dais closing out the
program.
Cuthbert
"Broadway"
H ar e w o o d
community 'activist,
gadfly and business
leader, was presented YO
a proclamation from
the School Board of Miami-
Dade County on Jan. 16. He
was recognized for serving local
students, parents and families


B
B


T-',Ae}


Pernella


Burke,


for more than 20 years;
keeping the elevation
of the community his
number one priority
through his real estate
and entrepreneurial
efforts; and honoring
school crossing guards
with his annual awards
ceremony for their SPEN(
dedication, service and
commitment.
It was a birthday celebration
for Dr. Richard J. Strachan
who was born Jan. 21.
The parties began Jan.
11 at the King Of Clubs'
Black & White Gala held
at the Miami Shores
Country Club and ended
at Ebenezer UMC, where
Minister T. Eileen
Martin-Robinson
A dedicated the service to
Strachan. Furthermore
the MASK Dance Group and
a full dining area of members
sang "Happy Birthday."
Some of the attendees were:


By Anna 1w- Ung


Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to our
"love birds": Rev. Shedrick
E. and Wilma W. Gilbert,
Jan 22nd: their 66th;
Thomas and Agnator G.
Nottage, Jan. 22nd: their
57th; Linzy and Paulette
S. Hayes, Jan. 24th: their
23rd; Matthew and Sandra
Barry-Williams, Jr., Jan
24th: their 37th and Willie
and Roberta Neal, Jan
26th: their 7th.' -
Father Richard L.M.
Barry has been invited to
preach at Saint Patrick's
Episcopal Church in West
Palm Beach, March 13th


in observance
of that parish's --
100th anniversary. The
service begins at 6:00 p.m.
The bus will leave from Saint
Agnes church grounds no
later than 4:30 p.m. If you
would like to travel with the
group please speak with or
call evangelists Betty Blue
or Florence Moncur.
Get well wishes and
our prayers go out to all
.sick and shut-ins: Arcie
Ewell, Clarance Cleare,
Sr., Edythe J. Coverson,
Etta Mae Taylor, Frankie
Rolle, Princess Lamb, Iris
Paramore, Gwen F. Clarke,


Claretha G. Lewis, Jackie
Livingston, Donzaleigh
McKinney and Veronica
O'Berry.
Continue to remember:
Wilhelmina S. Welch,
Grace Heastie-Patterson,
Naomi Allen Adams,
Thomas Nottage,
Evangeline Gibson and
Norman Carey.
Dr. Roland Burroughs
returned back to his home
in Hollywood after spending
two weeks visiting his family
in New York where he lived
for 30 years. Welcome home,
Dr. Burroughs.
Among those spending
last weekend in Nassau
were Fr. and Mrs. Richard
L.M. Barry, Carolyn Mond,
Deacon Doris Ingraham,
Jerone Holliway, Margaret


Moncur, Hermo Jean
Barry-Larkin, Robin
Moncur, Fredericka Fisher,
Janelle Hall, Elestine
McKinney, Angela Taylor,
Carolyn Clear, the Harold
Clark family, Fred Browne,
Flora Browne, Gwen
Thomas, Francina Lewis-
Robsinson, Catherine
Armbister, Paulette
Johnson, Cynthia and
Cheryl Trotman, Theodore
and Shirley Johnson and
Angel Sears. A fabulous
time was enjoyed by all in
attendance on the ship.
Have a very great and
safe new year. May you and
your family enjoy the best
of everything and have a
successful 2013.
Love you all People
columnist


Comic Desiree Burch's, rough comedy


A show that's not

exactly about race

By Jason Zinoman

At the start of "Tar Baby,"
Desiree Burch, a Black comic
and actress, says she doesn't
want to do a show about race
and then tells the audience
members that they don't really
want to see one. "You want to
say you saw a really important
show about race," she says, a
sneaky smile emerging, "And I
want to sayI did that show."
In the cadence of a carnival
barker, she proposes a neat'
solution to the problem: She'll
tell some stories, make sore
jokes .and then she'll make
her largely white audience feel
awkward with some race talk.
This wry introduction (which
follows a funny instruction
that if you don't turn off your
cellphone, you are racist) is
-characteristic of this show:
painstakingly self-conscious,
conceptually considered and
more than a little mechanical
in its execution.
In its alternating strategies of
seduction and confrontation,
"Tar Baby," written by Burch
with Dan Kitrosser, is built on
a sturdy frame. Telling us the
trick before performing it is an
old magician's ploy. But this


performing a variety of carica-
tures that makes a mockery of
the casting director's note. It's
funny and uncomfortable at
the same time.


i '




Tar Baby The comic and actress Desiree Burch in a deliber-
ately self-conscious performance at DR2 Theater.


overly busy performance piece
lacks finesse in its execution.
The. parts that should charm,
ramble. And while there are a
few effectively uncomfortable
moments, they are diffuse and
tonally wobbly.
Burch, with the help of her
"white slave" assistant (a dead-
eyed Phoebe Mar Halkowich),
tells stories about her racial
identity: what it's like not to
feel black enough to some,
but too Black to others. She
also comments more broadly
on racial politics in the age of
Obama.
Directed' by Isaac Byrne, the
production is a series of in-
teractive conceits. She keeps


bringing audience members
onstage, joking with them,
ordering them around, even
painting one's face. This gives
the show the air of unpredict-
ability while also slowing it
down with far too much stage-
craft. There's a nervous energy
here that gets in its own way.
At her best, Burch, who con-
sistently draws attention to the
artifice of her stories before
switching gears into something
more earnest, focuses her ki-
netic showmanship. In one in-
terlude she describes audition-
ing for a casting director who
tries different ways to make
her act more stereotypically
Black. It culminates in her


'Mister and Pete' opens at Sundance


HUDSON
continued from 1C

of young actors Brooks and Di-
zon. Their odd-couple dynamic
is nicely played, with Brooks'
Mister begrudgingly show-
ing a nurturing side beneath
his tough-guy posturing, and
Dizon's Pete tagging along in
timid gratitude, with humor
milked out of his unfailing
politeness. Pete's tearful mor-
tification when they pass his
messed-up mother on a street
corner is heart-wrenching:
Mister's vulnerability and
longing for a cleaner, more
stable life surfaces when he
re-encounters Alice (Sparks),
a young woman who found a
ticket out of the projects with
a wealthy, white married lover.
There's warmth and gentleness
in scenes where she does what
she can to help the boys.


A more poetic though skimp-
ily developed strand involves
Mister's dream of landing a
role on a TV series to shoot in
Beverly Hills. The audition date
gives the kids a goal to aim for
as they endure the summer
heat with whatever food they
can rustle up in an apartment
that becomes sweltering once
the utilities have been cut off.
Mister is a movie buff, at one
point reciting an amusingly
incongruous snatch of dia-
logue from Fargo; one of the
most poignant moments has
him performing a monologue
shaped from his mother's
strung-out ramblings.
In addition to its episodic
structure, Starrbury's screen-
play suffers from occasional
heavy-handedness, notably in
the fate of Alice, or when it's
revealed that Pete's neighbor is
a witchy female child molester.


And given how formulaic much
of this material is, the drama's
resolution is unsatisfying,
giving Mister a reprieve but
leaving Pete's fate up in the air.
Still, this is a touching por-
trayal of friendship and loyalty
between kids thrust together
by unhappy circumstances.
The names in the sup-
porting cast appear to be on
hand primarily to lend sup-
port to a project with obvious
social commitment. Mackie,
Akinnuoye-Agbale (Lost) and
Jeffrey Wright as a home-
less ex-Marine all have little
to do. Sparks is fine in a role
of limited scope. A deglamor-
ized Hudson displays dramatic
chops that have been under-
used since Dreamgirls, land-
ing some moving moments.
But this is very much Brooks',
and to a lesser extent Dizon's
picture.


./Silence
....... shhh... they say to me.
Back at home, my life was determined by,the role
I was born to fill in my pueblo.
Change and freedom was much more foreign than I.
Remembering the struggle and indecenties of my life was an injustice.
Third world or new world?
They say, the trip is dangerous; many killed.
Dios me va proteger.
I am ready for my new life.
...shhhh..
I paid dos mil quetzales to Jose.
Maria says we will be taking a shortcut.
...shhhh..
We are on foot now.
Makes ine think of my new home and those who I will miss.
I feel empowered and excited, like when the new Mercado was built.
...shhhh..
I cross every mountain, desert, and river like a Mayan warrior.
My thoughts, my values, my rights are echoing and screaming at the world.
...There's silence. Am I alone?
I see my gates to heaven.
I take one more step.
I hear a crackle of a branch.
Shhh.......


Sirens blaring.
Dogs barking.
I run to my heaven.
America here I-
sh..


-By Gabryelle Estrada


THE NATION'S #1 BLACK NEWSPAPER


3C THE MIAMI TIMES, JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY, 2013


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Potter, Dr. Cedrita
S. Reid, Denice
March, Norma
Sank, Tia Major,
Gregory Robinson,
CE-JONES Ellen Kindd, Dr.
Joretha Capers,
Elbert and Heddie Vereen,
Calvin McCrea,, Ernest
Johnson, John Thomas,
Jason Colebrook, Laurenee
J. Nathan Rahming, Walter
Johnson, Marquan Robinson,
Moshone Robinson, Alton
Jones, Martavious Robinson,
Tim Strachan, Thomas Man,
Joann and Terry Wilcox,
Shirley Gross, Betty Bullard,
Caroline Colbrook, Marva
Hill, Learleane Rahming,
Bertha Bullard, Shirley
Jackson, Bertha Martin,
Cynthia Lewis, Richelle A.
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4Cc TH MAMI T A 01H iOneS


-Photo Credit: Larry French -Photo Credit: Associated Press
Lil Mama and MC Lyte seen before the Hip-Hop Inaugu- John Legend receives humanitarian award.
ral Ball.


John Legend, MC Lyte and more



honored at Hip-Hop Ball in D.C.


By Renita D. Young
WASHINGTON A hip-hop
political fusion erupted last
Sunday evening as the second
Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball made
its way to Washington, D.C.
Thrown by Russell Simmons'
Hip'-Hbp Summit Action Net-
work along with Philanthropik,
the hip-hop industry was the
primary guest of honor as many
noted its role in recent elections
and promoting political aware-
ness.
Boasting "the dopest ball
ever," E! News anchor Terrence
J and actress and television per-
sonality Lala Anthony hosted
the star-studded black-tie char-
ity gala that also honored celeb-
rities for their work mobilizing
communities to participate in
the political process, impacting
their various industries.
Accepting the humanitarian
award, John Legend said he be-
lieves hip-hop played a promi-
nent part in President Barack
Obama winning the presidency.


"I think hip-hop had a role in
making sure that we elected a
Black president in America, be-
cause we made it so that Black
people were in people's homes,"
he said to a packed crowd at the
Harman Center for the Arts.
Legend continued saying, "I
think it made Barack Obama
and other people like him pos-
sible, so I'm really grateful for
hip-hop and the role that it's
played in society."

LEGENDARY ARTIST
HONORED
Hip-hop visionaries MC Lyte
and Doug E. Fresh took home
lifetime achievement awards
and reminisced about the paths
of their legendary careers.
"I don't even know what to do
with that," Fresh joked about
what Russell Simmons said
when he introduced him to his
beat-boxing several years ago.
Fresh teamed up with actor-
singer-comedian Wayne Brady,
beat-boxing while Brady sang


. ISA &Wlll? Li^JLB jAlL
-S


* 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 zorafestival.org

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

* 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


Brownsville Transit
Village will conduct a
Swearing in Ceremony for
Council Members, Feb. 15th,
at 6 p.m., at 5225 NW 29th
Ave. Contact

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 Inc will meet
Feb. 16th, at 4:30 p.m., at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. Contact Lebbie at
305-231-0188.

BTW AlumniAssociation
Inc will meet Feb. 21st, at 6
p.m., in the BTW High School
Cafeteria.

* The 2013 Miami
National College Fair will
be held Feb. 24th, starting
at noon, at the Doubletree
Miami Mart Airport Hotel and
Convention Center, 777 N.W.
72 Avenue. Call 305-995-
7302.


a medley of mellow tunes to the
audience that included Marvin
Gaye's "What's Going On," even-
tually leading Brady into a rap
freestyle.
"Music, art and TV just re-
flects, what's happening in the
state of the country, so it's a cul-
tural thing," Brady said of hip-
hop's role in electing Obama.
"So if you have a culture be-
hind a certain movement, then
that movement has power to do
things like elect a president."
Rappers YoYo, Lil Mama and
MC Smooth took the audience
back to the eighties and nineties
as they honored Lyte's exempla-
ry career and her work with the
Hip-Hop Sisters Project with a
performance.
Swizz Beatz was honored with
the impact award for his char-
ity efforts in Africa, while Dr.
Benjamin Chavis, the CEO and'
Co-Chairman of the Hip-Hop
Summit Action Network, was
given a legacy award for his life
of service.


New Stanton Sr. High
Class of 1968 will host their
45th class reunion, May 24-
26th. Contact Audrey at 305-
474-0030.

FSVU Softball 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-
4726.

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

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

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


STARS AWARDED FOR
CHARITABLE WORK
Chavis' lifelong commitment
to the Civil Rights Movement
and his advocacy and mentor-
ship within the hip-hop com-
Smunity earned him the top.
honor.
Accepting the vanguard
award for her work as chair-
man of Voto Latino, Rosario
Dawson said she was proud to
have witnessed Obama win the
presidency.
"We really saw this moment
and we created this moment,"
she told theGrio.. "That's what I
love, is that it was destiny, but
it was also hard work." Daw-
son also spoke of the role the
Hispanic hip-hop community
played if galvanizing large
numbers of people to vote.
As a spokesperson for the
Hip-Hop Caucus' "Respect My
Vote!" campaign, 2 Chainz
claimed the street soldier
award for his work encouraging
youths to vote.


White 305-693-1008.

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

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

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

Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers.
affordable and supportive
housing assistance for low-
income veteran families facing
homelessness. Call 855-778-
3411

. Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers counseling
services for youth. Call 786-
488-4792.


Harlem's Fashion Row searches for fashion week hopefuls


By Julee Wilson

New York Fashion Week is
right around the corner and
its one of our favorite times
of the year! We can't wait to
see all the Fall 2013 trends,
stunning street style and
famous front row faces. And
we're particularly thrilled to
be continuing our coverage of
Harlem's Fashion Row.
Next month HFR will host a
fashion show at the legendary
Apollo Theater in Harlem, fea-
turing a hand-selected group
of eight designers. The event


will serve as an opportunity
for those designers to show
their collections to fashion in-
dustry insiders, and ultimately
four designers will be chosen
to present at HFR's grandest
event the annual fashion
show in September.
Brandice Henderson, CEO
and founder of Harlem's Fash-
ion Row, recently met with
perspective designers vying for
the chance to be a part of the
February show at the Alvin
Alley American Dance Theater
headquarters. The Huffington
Post Black Voices was there as


..f. -I5.I,


BRANDiIE HENDERSON


BRANDICE HENDERSON


she vetted the candidates and
looked for what she calls "the
heart of a designer." In short,
Henderson wants to see a clear
sense of passion, a significant
level of education, persistence
in a vision and consistency
throughout their designs.
In the first episode of
our HFR video series, "The
Search," you'll get to see Hen-
derson interact with a hand-
ful of HFR hopefuls, includ-
ing Deidre Jefferies, lenday
Snipes, Kimberly Goldson,
Evelyn Lambert and Shantell
Richardson.


Sharing the message of Black History everyday


CHOIR
continued from 1C

understand English."
The Harlem Gospel Choir has
been showcased with a veri-
table who's who of the enter-
tainment industry from El-
ton John and Harry Belafonte
to Stephanie Mills, Bono and
U2' But Bailey says what really
keeps them going is their abil-
ity to "rock for Jesus and roll
for the Lord."
Message in the music
While their music remains


faith based, Bailey says they
have continued to expand their
repertoire.
"Harlem is the Black enter-
tainment capital of the world so
we have incorporated into our
performances not just spiritu-
als and traditional hymns, but
also jazz gospel gospel rap,"
Bailey added. We don't pros-
elytize when we go on stage
- that's not our objective. We
just deliver the emotion we feel
and try to share the beauty of
the Black culture. Gospel mu-
sic is about a people who have


suffered and you don't have to
be Black or Christian to un-
derstand suffering. That's why
Catholics, Muslims, Koreans,
Chinese you name it don't
feel threatened when we per-
form. We were founded on the
principles of Dr. King and he
was all about bringing a mes-
sage of unity to every city and
country that we visit."
When asked about the rel-
evance of Black History Month,
Bailey responded quickly.
"Our choir has members that
have faced addictions, unem-


ployment and family tragedies
but our faith has sustained us,"
he said. "Black History Month is
all about sharing that message
- that testimony. Our musical
director, Leon Brown and our
45 members [18 to 75-years-
old] understand the reason why
we sing. For us every month is
Black History Month."
Harlem Gospel Choir will be
featured at the Miramar Cul-
tural Center on Feb. 9th at 8
p.m. Go to www.miramarcul-
turalcenter.org for more infor-
mation.


'"


Lee-Simmons spills

on start in fashion
By Chris Witherspoon

In 2007, Kimora Lee Sim-
mons became a bona fide re-
ality star with her hit reality
series Kimora: Life in the Fab
Lane. Now, five/years later, the
single mother of three is back
on TV starring in Style's docu-
series Kimora: House of Fab.
The show pulls back the cur-
tain on the sleek offices of Just-
Fab.com, an online destination
for fashion gems. Kimora gives
a behind the scenes look into
the fast-paced world of JustFab,
and the business of technology
meeting fashion.
The six-foot-tall St. Louis na-
tive got her start in the fashion
industry modeling for Chanel
and Karl Lagerfeld, before jdin-
ing forces with her ex-husband
Russell Sinrmons to make Baby
Phat a widely successful aspi-
rational lifestyle fashion brand.
During an interview Kimora
said that she and Russell were
fashion trailblazers and paved
a way for other celebrities to
create fashion empires.
"Before us there wasn't any
Beyonc6, there wasn't Sean
John or Justin Timberlake,
there wasn't Jessica Simpson.


BEYONCE
There wasn't any of that," Ki-
mora said. "We really laid the
blueprint for that."
"One thing I love about myself
is this business is that I don't
have to rely on the sales of an
album, or my movie being a hit
for my clothing to be a hit."
She also opened up on how
she has been able to balance
the ups and downs of having
a blended family consisting of
her two daughters by her first
ex-husband, Russell Simmons,
and a son with her recent ex-
husband and Amistad star Dji-
mon Hounsou.
"I do things for the sake of my
children. My kids are very hap-
py, and if you ask them, they
don't have one dad that loves
them, they have two."


Black director wins award


FRUITVALE
continued from 1C

Screenwriting Award. Ironical-
ly, Bell had trouble finding her
voice for the comedy portraying
the competitive world of voice-
over actors.
"I was not expecting this at
all, my voice is cracking," said
Bell, accepting the award. "I
guess I'm going through puber-
ty, as well. This is just so unex-
pected."
Miles Teller and Shailene
Woodley earned a special jury
award for acting in the coming-
of-age story The Spectacular
Now.
The film awards, at the end of


the 10-day Sundance festival,
were hosted by Joseph Gordon-
Levitt, who had his feature di-
rectorial debut in the line-up -
Don Jon's Addiction.
Gordon-Levitt told the audi-
ence that his first movie at age
9 was the Robert Redford-di-
rected A River Runs Through It.
He remembered clearly Redford,
who founded the Sundance In-
stitute, giving him a Sundance
T-shirt on the set.
The simple act started his
journey to eventually hosting
the awards program.
"This isn't basketball. This
is the movies," Gordon-Levitt
said. "There are no winners and
losers. This is art."


THE NATION'S #1 BLACK NEWSPAPER


4C THE MIAMI TIMES, JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 2013


MICHAEL CRABTREE, 49ERS WR, QUESTIONED
IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has voluntarily met with po-
lice in their investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's
playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend, his attorney said Saturday.
Bentley provided no-additional details and had no further comment. The statement
comes after police said they were investigating a sexual assault allegation involv-
ing Crabiree in a San Francisco hotel early Sunday. Crabtree hasn't been detained
or arrested, and has agreed to be available for more questions in the future, police"
said. The probe is being handled .y the department's special victims unit. When the
investigation is done, the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney's oilice,
which decides if charges should je filed, police said Authorities didn't release any
further details.

ANDRE SMITH GUN ARREST: BENGALS LINEMAN ARRESTED
WITH HANDGUN AT AIRPORT
Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smitri was free on bond last Friday after his arrest
on a charge of carrying a loaded gun at Atlanta's airport.
Smirh, 25, ofE.irminjhain, Ala., was arrested around -1:50 p.m. last Thursday at a
security checkpoint at Hartstleld Jackson initerinatinoal Airport. A .38-caliber hand-
gun was found in his carry-on jag, said AtlJnta police .gt. Greg Lyon.
Smith was charged with carrying a weapon i n an uiauthori:ed location and was
tal,en to the Clayton County dJa in Jonesboro about 20 miles south of Atlanta. He
posted $3,000 bond Friday, according to court records.
Smith made hi, initial court appearance last Friday and Ir scheduled for a prelimi-
nary hearing on Feti. 4, according to court documents.

LAURENCE FISHBURNE RESTRAINING ORDER
REJECTED BY JUDGE
A ludge refused Wednesday to grant Laurence Fishburne a threev-ear restraining
order against a convicted felon who claims he owns the actor's home. Los Ange-
les Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodsonr said she could not consider Mark
Francisco's criminal history and she did not thinly his conduct warranted a lengthy
restraining order. Francisco, who police say wvas recently paroled on a cyberstalk-
ing case, went to the actor's home on Jan. 1 and threatened to evict the lamiy. He
also ltet a letter at the Oscar-nominated actor's home, but the ludge said there was
nothing threatening about it. Fishburne's attorney, Donald Etra, said Franciscc: was
waving an umbrella. The actor's security guard testified that the man was agitated
while speaking to him and police outside the gated home. Neither Fishburne nor
Francisco attended the hearing. The actor had been given a temporary restraining
order, but Goodson said Francisco's conduct didn't warrant an extension. Etra said
he disagreed with the ruling and will return to court if Francisco goes to the home
again.

ALLEN IVERSON DIVORCE: FORMER NBA PLAYER
AND TAWANNA IVERSON REACH SETTLEMENT
Former fIBA star Allen iverson has reportedly settled his divorce with his es-
trarnged wife, Tawanna Iverson. The former couple told a judge last week' that they
came to a financial settlement outside of court. Unnamed sources told the celebrity
news site that the ex-Philadelphia '6er will give Tawannaa 3 3 million lump sum,
child support ior their five kids and 3 percentage of the luture prohitto f his Reebok
endorsement.
Their divorce has been anything but amicable, with Tawanna accusing Allen of
cheating, harassing her and her family and hiding a-sets. in December 2012, divorce
documents filed by the basketball player revealed that he was bleeding money -
taking in about $62,000 per month in income, but spending more than $350,000.



Designer claims she laid

the blueprint for Beyonce








THE NATION'S #1 BLACK NEWSPAPER 5C THE MIAMI TIMES. JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY, 2013


FAMU lays out


strategies to


combat hazing
By Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE Florida A&M University is
making sweeping changes to battle hazing at
the school, the university contends in a 27-page
document released recently.
The university laid out the changes in response
to a blistering report issued late last year that
concluded university officials
had failed to follow state laws
and regulations regarding
hazing before the death of
26-vear-old drum major
Robert Champion.
H- d The school asserts it is
S altering admission re-
S quirements for its famed
Marching 100 band and
adopting a major anti-

hiring additional employees.
including an anti-hazing ad-
ministrator.
-We have implemented
a number of actions to
address the issues in
the report and beyond,-
interim FAMUJ presi-
LARYRBI* SOdent Larry Robinson
said in a statement.
The Florida Board
of Governors -
which oversees the state university system -
ordered an investigation by its inspector general
shortly after Champion's death in November 2011.
He died after he was beaten as part of a hazing
ritual aboard a band bus in Orlando. More than
12 people have been charged in connection with
his death. and The Marching 100 band has been
suspended since then.

a year later concluded the school lacked internal
controls to prevent or detect hazing, citing a lack
of communication among top university officials,
the police'department and the office responsible
for disciphning students
The report found 'that hazing complaints were
not routinely forwarded to the school's judicial af-
fairs office for review or disciplinary action, band
member eligibility was seldom verified. there was
no central database to track hazing complaints
and there was no communication between police
and the school's judicial affairs office.
For example, nine hazing cases investigated
Please turn to HAZING 6C


Teacher's evaluation

fanIl ea i eetations

Former superintendent Don

Gaetz against new system

By The Associated Press

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. Florida Senate
President Don Gaetz says the state's new teacher
evaluation system isn't working.
The former Okaloosa County school superin-
tendent also says lawmakers should stop making
major changes in the state's schools until that
plan and other key initiatives are fixed and imple-
mented. The Republican from Niceville spoke about
education issues during an interview last Monday
in nearby Fort Walton Beach.
Gaetz said the test-based evaluation system and
a related performance pay plan are too complicat-
ed and fail to draw clear distinctions between the
best and worst teachers.
The Florida Department of Education last month
released the first preliminary evaluation results.
They' showed nearly 97 percent of teachers across
Florida were rated "effective" or "highly effective."
Those are the top two out of five possible ratings.


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The future of democracy in the Middle East


The recent storming of the
U.S. embassies in Egypt and
Libya and the killing of U.S. dip-
lomats have left many shocked
and searching for answers.
What is the underlying reason
for hostility toward the U.S. that
provokes such extreme acts of
violence? To date, the debate
surrounding these tragic events
has mainly been centered on
the production of a controversial
film by Nakoula Nakoula, which
depicted the prophet Moham-
med in a negative light and
insulted the'religion of Islam.
This film, which was posted on
the video sharing site YouTube,
was translated into Arabic and
played on television in several
nations across North Africa and
the Middle East sparking deadly
protest.
The video has been removed
from the site in several countries
across the world except the U.S..
A court ruled the video could not
legally be removed. While most
would agree that the material
in the film was offensive, many
within the U.S. disagree with the
forceful removal of the video for
fear of setting a dangerous prec-
edent for censorship of the Inter-
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net. While these discussions are
healthy for future policy regard-
ing international relations with
the U.S., it misses the bigger
picture. There is a strikingly dif-
ferent societal landscape across
North Africa and the Middle East
than there is in North America.
In' 2011, there were mas-



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sive demonstrations across the
region, which were dubbed the
*"Arab Spring." These uprisings
led to the ousting of several dic-.
tatorial regimes that once ruled
their respective countries for
decades. Many of these dictators
had eliminated all of the typical
systems of checks and balances
and were essentially govern-
ing the country at their own
will. When they were suddenly
removed (or killed in the case of
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Broward School head
By Karen Yi,


Libya) they left their countries
with a huge vacuum of power to
fill.
The result of this has been the
establishment of democratic, but.
very weak regimes, which have
little to no capability of con-
trolling the population of their
nations.


topher L. Daniels, Ph.D.
professor in the College ofi
nces. Arts. iand Hunmarntrie
t)A1 Universin'


Under leaders such as Hosni
Muburak, demonstrations or
protests similar to those wit-
nessed in Egypt would have
been outlawed and the orga-
nizers would have been jailed.
Newly elected governments, .
however, do not have the power
under the freshly drafted con-
stitutions or the political will to
keep the same tight grip on their
populations that the previous
regimes did.
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This new era of responsiveness
and government cooperation
with the will of the people is cer-
tainly a victory for the average
citizen, but it also has opened
a window of opportunity for
extremist organizations to oper-
ate within the region. Regime
changes alone cannot erase the
decades of abuse of power and
misappropriation of public funds
that have left millions of people
trapped in poverty and full of
anger. Many of these leaders
who clung to power were sup-
ported by various U.S. assis-
tance programs, causing some
to believe the U.S. has some
culpability in their poverty and
powerlessness. Now that a new
era has been.brought in, there
is a true risk that there will be a
deep disappointment with what
democracy brings or does not
bring to these nations and we
could see many more outbreaks
of violence some of which rray
be targeted at the U.S..
Christopher Daniels, Ph.D. is
a professor in the Department of
Political Science at Florida A&M
University. Follow FAMU Living
Well 101 on Twitter via @FAMU
LivingWell.
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rated highly effective
ruption, mismanagement and
drastic budget cuts. He was also


The transportation blunder tasked with implementing a
that left thousands of students series of state mandates de-
stranded at the start of the veloping a fair teacher evaluation
school year has overshadowed -' system, transitioning curriculum
many of Superintendent Robert to new common core state stan-
SRuncie's accomplishments to dards,'and new student assess-
date, the Broward School Board ment benchmarks.
said Tuesday. i "Runcie inherited a school
In an interim evaluation Tues- system in crisis," wrote board
day, the board praised Runcie's ,. member Rosalind Osgood. "His
visionary leadership and ability leadership has begun to change
to foster a culture of collabo- .the public's perception of the
ration and teamwork. He was -district and most important, is
given an overall rating of "highly creating a culture in which chil-
effective" for securing a teacher dren and academic achievement
pay raise, winning a $48 mil- ROBERT RUNCIE CHESTER TINDALL are priorities."
lion grant for teacher evaluation Despite his successes, board
reforms, and having more than Superintendent Transportation director members said Runcie has work
80 percent of schools receive-a gave him the top rating. Three port schools." ahead of him, primarily in
state-issued A or B grade, others rated him "effective." In 2011, Runcie, a former developing a districtwide com-
"His efforts thus far are com- "[Runcie] continues to align re- businessman and Chicago public munications plan and ensuring
mendable," wrote board member sources to maximize efficiencies schools administrator, took over tougher accountability practices
Patricia Good, one of six who and redirect resources to sup- a district struggling with cor-. Please turn to BROWARD 6C


New Florida bills to use gun

taxes for school security


In the wake of the school shoot-
ing at Sandy Hook Elementary,
one Florida lawmaker wants to
make gun owners foot the bill for
students' safety.
Friday Rep. Linda Stewart (D-
Orlando) filed HB 325, which
dictates mandatory guidance
counseling for students in school
safety issues, widens gun prohi-
bition from school buildings to a
"safety zone" within 500 feet of
a school, and allows anyone to
"check" their firearm with officials
when they arrive at a school to


avoid prosecution.
In order to pay for these in-
creased safety measures, Stewart
proposes creating a Safe School
Trust Fund (HB 327) within the
Department of Education, and she
wants it funded by taxes collected
on Florida gun and ammo sales.
Likewise, a group of Harvard
professors recently called for a
new national tax on all guns and
ammunition as a way to "provide
stable revenue to meaningfully
target gun violence prevention,"
according to MSN.


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Alliance offood services directors to

offer healthier options for students


Miami Times staff report

For the first time ever, the-'
largest school districts in the
U.S. announced today that
they have banded together
to share best practices and
to build a coalition to drive
food costs down and quality
up, ultimately giving students
healthy options for school
meals The districts have
formed the Urban School Food
Alliance, which includes the
school districts of New York


City, Los Angeles, Chicago,
Miami-Dade as well as those
in Dallas Orlando. The group.
which procures more than
$530 million in food and food
supplies annually, aims to use
its purchasingtpower to help
drive down costs of food and
supplies and to have vendors
reformulate menu items to
-ensure that students continue
to receive delicious and nutri-
tious meals daily that exceed
USDA guidelines. The school
districts in the alliance served


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Students continue to receive delicious and nutritious
meals daily that exceed USDA guidelines.


more.than 460 million meals
during the 2011-2012' school
year. That's 2,565,500 meals
daily.
"Forming such a partner-
ship is unprecedented," says
Rick Boull't, chief operating
officer at Los Angeles Unified
School District. "It's an honor
to be a part of an alliance
that wants to move the needle
when it comes to improving
school food, while implement-
ing eco-friendly practices."

ALLIANCE'S NUTRITION
MEASURES
The Urban School Food Al-
liance first met last summer


in Denver and has since met
regularly by tele-conference
before today's in-person meet-
ing in Miami. The food ser-
vices directors from each of
the school districts share and
review menu items to ensure
that they provide access to
meals that meet the following
nutrient recommendations:.
whole grain products; low-fat
dairy; fresh produce; lean
protein that when prepared
are calorie conscious and low
in fat, sugar and sodium. In
addition to creating a pUr-
chasing powerhouse, the co-
alition is working to be more
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the first lady Michelle's fashion


Nation's capital

is party central

for inauguration
By Maria Puente

WASHINGTON When the
swearing-in is over, the Bibles
put away, the speeches con-
cluded, then the fun begins for
the second inauguration Mon-
day of Barack Obama, with a
powerhouse lineup of perform-
ers ranging from A Alicia
Keys to W Stevie Wonder
and with Beyonc6, Jenni-
fer Hudson and the Glee cast
thrown in for good measure.
And for some, the real fun
begins: Chattering, tweet-
ing and kibitzing about what
first lady Michelle Obama
and daughters Malia, 14, and
Sasha, 11, are wearing. Will
the stylish Mrs. O, sporting a
youthful new hairstyle with
bangs, choose her second in-
augural gown from her archive
of designers? Or someone
entirely new?
Alexis Bryan Morgan,
fashion executive director


for Lucky magazine, predicts
she will wear something with
color and texture, and with
an America-based label; don't
expect her to be dull. "She's
continuing to take risks,
continuing to evolve," Morgan
says. "It's in her DNA."
As a second inauguration
in a struggling economy, this
will be a smaller, more low-key
affair than four years ago, but
the energy level still will be
high, say inaugural planners.
"It's going to be a lot of fun,
people are really excited about


the future, and it's going to be
a really good party," says Duff
Goldman (Ace of Cakes) of the
Baltimore bakery Charm Cit\,
Cakes. His team of four spent
three days making the official
six-tier.confection of red velvet.
lemon poppyseed, pineapple
coconut and pumpkin choco-
late chip layered with Swiss
butter cream for one of the
inaugural balls. Wait what
about Michelle Obama's anti-
obesity campaign? "Everything
in moderation," he jokes.
Naturally, much attention


will be paid to the president's
second inaugural address ,
but leave it to historians to
parse his words. Everybody
else wants to boogie with Won-
der, who will perform at the
Inaugural Ball, the larger of
the two e'.ents Monday night
at the Washington Conven-
tion Center. Wonder's Signed,
Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) is
on the official playlist for the
party.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson
and Keys willbe shaking the
rafters at the Commander-
in-Chief's Ball ( members of
the mrilitar.t will get to sample
Goldmadn s cakel nearby The
Glee kids. Brad Paisley. Marc
Anthon\, Srrmkev Robiri sorn
K.at Perry, John Legend and
Usher are amo:neg those on the.
bill at either the military\ ball
'or the Inaugeural Ball or both.
The balls will be the loc:us
of t'v.o' big ret dealss The first
lady's gown and the identity of
the diva/divo who will sing for'
the presidential couple's first
dance. In 2009, it was Beyonce
but she's singing the national
anthem at the swearing-in
ceremony.


A 'Banner' day for a lip-sync debate

By Maria Puente The President s spokeswoman Mas- But by Tuesday evening, Du-
Own United States M Mrd ter Sgt. Kristin Du- :bois' comments were inopera-
Did she or didn't she? The Ma- Marine Band, the Bois confirmed to tive, and higher-ups in the Ma-
lifIe.-, 11 .4n;.A Te-ven-.


rines first say she did, then say
just as firmly they don't know.
And Beyonce isn't saying any-
thing at all.
One day after celebrating
President Obama's second in-.
auguration with the rituals of
democracy, people were talk-
ing instead about whether Be-
yonc6's powerful rendition of
The Star-Spangled Banner at
the swearing-in was actually a
marvel of lip-syncing to a pre-
recording.


212-year-old military
musical institution
that plays for all of
America's important
national occasions,
did not play live -
that much is clear
and confirmed by -
the band and by the BE'
U.S. Marine Corps.
Instead, the band stood and
pretended to play as Beyonce
performed.
Tuesday morning, band


YN


USA TODAY and
other news orga-
nizations that the
band wanted to
play but that for
unknown reasons,
Beyonc 'opted to
lip-sync to the re-
ONCE cording. Such
prerecordings are
standard for all such important
public events and have been
employed at past inaugurations,
including Obama's first in 2009.


rines Corps nad intervened,
issuing a statement that "no
one in the Marine Band is in a
position to assess whether (Be-
yonc6's singing) was live or pre-
recorded."
The official explanation: Be-
cause the Marines Corps band
did not have the chance to re-
hearse with Beyonc6, 31, before
the ceremonies, "it was deter-
mined that a live performance
by the band was ill-advised for
such a high-profile event."


CHRIS BROWN


FRANK OCEAN


Chris Brown involved in

scuffle with Frank Ocean


By Associated Press

Grammy-winning singer
Chris Brown is under investi-
gation for an alleged assault
in a West Hollywood parking
lot, the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department said early
last Monday.
Deputies responding to a
reportof six men fighting last
Sunday night found the scene
clear, but were told by witness-
es that there had been a brief
fight over a parking space.
."The altercation allegedly led
to Chris Brown punching the
victim," the department said in
a statement.
The "victim" wasn't identified
but the celebrity website TMZ
- which first reported the fight
iiut sid the Westlake Recording
Studio said it also involved
Frank Ocean, one of the top
nominees at Grammy Awards.


In a Twitter posting later,
Ocean said he "got jumped by
(Brown) and a couple guys"
and suffered a finger cut.
It wasn't Brown's first
problem in the run-up to the
Grammys. His attack on singer
Rihanna on the eve of the
2009 awards event overshad-
owed the show.
Last June, he was injured in
a brawl vith members of hip-
hop star Drake's entourage at
a New York nightclub.
No arrests were made. Brown
was gone by the time depu-
ties arrived but the depart-
ment said the investigation is
ongoing and Brown would be
contacted later.
Email messages to Ocean's
publicist and Brown's lawyer
were not immediately returned.
A man answering the phone at
the recording studio declined
to comment.


Rihanna's new collection to debut


By Samantha Critchell

NEW YORK Rihanna's
collection for British brand
River Island is slated for its
debut next month during Lon-
don Fashion Week.
Fashion week organizers
listed the pop star on its offi-
cial calendar of fall previews
as they sent out registration
materials last Thursday to
the editors, stylists and retail-


ers who cover designer collec-
tions.
The 24-year-old's first col-
lection .of clothing and acces-
sories will be shown Feb. 16.
Items will be available in River
Island stores in Great Britain,
and in the United States and
Japan at Opening Ceremony
starting on March 5.
Rihanna said in a statement
that an appearance at fashion
week is "a dream come true."


HBCU strives to eliminate hazing


HAZING
continued from 5C

by FAMU police were never re-
ferred back to the judicial af-
fairs office to see whether
student conduct rules were
violated.
FAMU's response points out
how the inspector general's
report "does.not conistitute an
expert opinion" on hazing and
that there have been hazing-re-
lated deaths across the coun-
try since Champion died.
The university also disputed
a few facts in the report, con-
tending that its studentjudicial
office did act on hazing cases
it received'from the police. But
most of the university response


points out all the steps that
FAMU has taken in the after-
math of Champion's death.
The official FAMU response,
however, differs from a court
filing that attorneys for the
school made last week.in Or-
lando.
SLawyers for the Champion
family filed the inspector gen-
eral report as part of a lawsuit
contending that the school
failed to take action to stop
hazing before Champion died.
Champion's parents live in the
Atlanta suburb of Decatur, Ga.
Former state Supreme Court
justice Charles Wells, howev-
er, filed a motion on behalf of
FAMU asking the court to block
the use of the report, which he


characterized as "incompetent,
unauthenticated and inadmis-
,sible hearsay."
In September, FAMU asked a
judge to throw out the Cham-
pion family lawsuit, saying it
should be dismissed on sev-
eral grounds, including that
Champion should have refused
to participate in hazing events.
The university then offered
$300,000 to settle the lawsuit,
but the offer was rejected by
the family.
Wells, in his court filing,
states that the decision by
Champion's attorney to file the
report is a "transparent" at-
tempt to influence the univer-
sity's request to dismiss the
lawsuit.


Runcie praised for leadership qualities


BROWARD
continued from 5C

and follow-through with dis-
trict employees.
"In terms of transportation,
[Runcie] delegated too much
authority to staff and did not
monitor follow- through," board
member Laurie Rich Levinson
said. "Transportation changes
were lacking in execution and
not seen to completion by the
senior administrator."
Board member Nora Ru-
pert called the bus mess the


"worst opening of school that
the Transportation Department
has ever had" and blamed the
bulk of the problem on Runcie's
mishandling of Transportation
Director Chester Tindall.
"Runcie delegated authority
and showed confidence in Tin-
dall but Tindall needed to be
monitored and held account-
able within a transparent pro-
cess and th4t was clearly not
the case," she wrote.
Runcie acknowledged the dis-
trict ran into significant chal-
lenges with the Transportation


Department.
"The bottom line is any time
you're going through any real,
transformative change, it's not
always smooth and that's what
the transportation department
tells us."
Last year, the board gave
Runcie an "effective" rating
and though he earned a higher
mark this year, he said there's
always room to improve.
"We'll run into bumps in the
road, but we can't just take the
easy way out."


Schools get healthier options for students


LUNCH
continued from 5C

ecological by looking for alter-
natives to poly-styrene trays.
"We want to give a national
voice to a healthier meal pro-
gram where costs are con-
tained," says Eric Goldstein,
chief executive officer of School
Support Services' for the New
York City Department of Edu-
cation, who spearheaded this
alliance. "Our urban school
districts face unique challenges'
and we need to find innovative
ways to meet them."
To show solidarity in provid-


ing healthy meals, the Urban
School Food Alliance will be
serving the same lunch at all
six school districts on March
20. The menu includes savory
roasted chicken, brown rice
with seasoned black or red
beans, steamed green broccoli,
fresh seasonal fruit and milk.
In recent years, the school
districts have implemented in-
novative ways to provide ac--
cess to school meals including
expanded options for reaching
more students with breakfast
on campus as well as supper
after school in order to meet
the needs of students. In some


of the districts, close to 90 per-
cent of the student body quali-
fies for free and reduced price
meals as a significant number
of families live in poverty.
"Ultimately, the role of school
food services has expanded
beyond serving just lunches,"
says Carol Chong, director of
Food and Menu Management
at Miami-Dade County Public
Schools. "Providing students
with nutritious meals assures
that students are prepared to
meet the academic challenges
of the day. Hunger should not
be a reason for low performance
in the classroom."


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After years of being a drag

home sales show strong rise


By Julie Schmit

WASHINGTON Home
sales are, set to keep marching
upward this year after hitting
their highest level in five years
in 2012, economists say.
Existing-home sales for the
full year rose 9.2 percent from
2011, according to preliminary
data, the National Associa-
tion of Realtors (NAR) reported
Tuesday.
New home sales, which will
be reported Friday, have also
been improving.
Housing is finally contribut-
ing to the economy's growth
instead of pulling it down,
Moody's Analytics chief econo-
mist Mark Zandi says.
He expects housing to con-
tribute a fifth of the economy's
growth this year. In 2009,
it subtracted more than one
percentage point from GDP
growth, he says.
Housing has historically led
the U.S. economy.out of reces-
sions.
Now that housing appears
to be mending, with prices
rising and more new construc-
tion, "the recovery will start to
feel more normal," says-David
Crowe, chief economist for the
National Association of Home
Builders.
New home sales are espe-
cially important to the econ-
omy because buyers spend
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SIGNS OF
IMPROVEMENT
Changes in exist-
ing home sales
in 2012

+9.2%
Total sales
vs. 2011. Total
sales includ-
ing single-family
homes, condos
and co-ops -
were the highest
since 2007.

+11.5%
Change in De-
cember median
price vs. Decem-
ber 2011. The
median existing
home price for
all housing types
rose in Decem-
ber for the 10th
straight month.

-8.5%
Drop in the
number of homes
available for sale
in December vs.
November. There
is a 4.4-month
supply of homes
for sale at the
current sales rate,
lowest since May
2005.


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f1.y D. Kevin McNeir

Joe Brown, 65, has come a long way
lce growing up on the tough streets
f South Central Los Angeles. He beat
.e odds, graduating at the top of his
ass from Dorsey High then going
to earn his B.A. and law degree from
.'CLA He would later become the first
Jack prosecutor in Memphis, Tennes-
and was eventually chosen to serve
a judge on the State Supreme Court
Please turn to BROWN 10D


IRS shelves rules


Passing test is no

longer required
By Richard Rubin

The U.S. Internal Revenue Ser-
vice suspended its regulation of
tax-return preparers in response
to a federal court ruling that said
the agency lacked authority to
run the program.
Hundreds of thousands of tax-
return preparers as a result won't
have to register with the federal
government, pass a competency


test or meet continuing-educatior
requirements.
"The Internal Revenue Service,
working with the Department of
Justice, continues to have confi-
dence in the scope of its author-
ity to administer this program,"
the agency said in a statement
.on its website. "It is considering
how best to address the court's
order and wilL take further action
shortly."
U.S. District Judge James Boas
berg in Washington invalidated
the regulations in a decision Jan.
18 and enjoined the IRS from en-


for tax preparers
forcing them. Boasberg, who was impose standards on hundreds
nominated by President Barack of thousands of return preparers
Obama, wrote that the IRS over- who aren't certified public ac-
stepped its authority by relying countants, attorneys or enrolled
on an 1884 law that allowed it to agents already licensed to prac-
regulate people presenting cases tice before the IRS. The idea, pro-
before the Treasury Department. moted by former Commissioner
"Filing.a tax return would nev- Douglas Shulman, was to require
er, in normal usage, be described minimum qualifications and help
as 'presenting a-case,'" he wrote, the agency combat tax fraud.
"At the time of filing, the taxpayer Accountants and tax-prepa-
has no dispute with the IRS; there ration companies such as H&R
is no case tb present." Block Inc. and Intuit Inc. sup-
ported the rules.
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College selection often

relies on tfuition cost


But few look at

graduation rates
By Mary Beth Marklein

Perhaps not surprisingly.
money continues to play
a dominant role in where
high school seniors go to
college, an annual survey
finds, but it also shows that
many don't consider orne fac-
tor that could significantly
affect the final tab for their
degree: the time it takes to
graduate.
The survey of nearly
193.000 first-time, full-time
freshmen at 283'four-year
colleges and universities
found that 83.4 percent
expect to graduate in four
years. Yet, at the schools
they attend, just 40.6 per-
cent graduate, on average,


in four years. Federal data
show that 38 percent of
first-time, full-time fresh-
men who entered a four-year
college in 2004 graduated
within four years; just 58
percent graduated in six.
Concerns about low grad-
uation rates have been at
the forefront of federal and
state policy debates recently.
In an "open letter' released
Thursday. a national com-
mission of college presidents
ui.re4Aileagues to make
ret'enlof..:an'd completion a
pr.iori~t, arguing that "far
t60o many (students' never
make i to graduation."
Everi soe the significance
of.the plqblen is "just not
sinking:in"' with students
and parents, says J6hn
Pryor, director of UCLA's
Cooperative Institutional
Research Program. which
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House passes 4-month"

patch to dodge a debt
By Susan Davis the Senate would pass the bill.
The White House said Tuesday
WASHINGTON The President Obama would sign it
U.S. House approved, 285- when it reaches his desk.
144, a bill to suspend the na- The short-term extension
tion's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling provides breathing room on a
through May 18 to avert a U.S. debate that threatened to rattle
default on its legal obligations financial markets if Congress
and buy Washington more time pushed the debate up to the
to negotiate budget priorities. early March deadline set by
"The bill we're passing today, the Treasury Department. The
,(Republicans) think will give us debt ceiling does not autho-
the ability to have a debate that rize new spending, but rather
will last a number of months pays for bills already accrued
about contrasting visions and by the U.S. government, on ev-
about how to fix this problem," everything from Social Security
said House Budget Chairman benefits to salaries for the U.S.
Paul Ryan, R-Wis., "And we military.
see this is as a very defining In exchange for the three-
moment for this session of month extension, Republicans
Congress and our caucus in will try to extract additional
getting a down payment on the spending cuts from the presi-
debt crisis, on averting it." dent and congressional Demo-
Senate Majority Leader Harry crats before another extension
Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday is required.


The tax refund check

is not in the mailbox


Social Security

payments are

going paperless
By Susan Tompor

Like it or not, many se-
niors have a few more jobs to
do when it comes to Social
Security including signing
up for direct deposit or hit-
ting the computer.
Still collecting a paper
Social Security check? Get
ready to make a change
soon.
The paper check is sup-
posed to go away by March.
People still receiving checks
can sign up for direct de-
posit or A Direct Express
Debit card.
Roughly 5 million people
nationwide continue to re-
ceive paper checks.


States with the highest'
numbers of paper checks
include California, New
York, Texas, Florida, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Michigan and
North Carolina.
There may be a little wig-
gle room, but Social Security
would like people to willingly
give up those paper checks.
Walt Henderson, director of
the electronic funds transfer
strategy division for the U.S.
Treasury, said seniors who
are receiving paper checks
and don't make a switch by
March could receive letters
offering assistance in chang-
ing to direct depdsit or the
debit card.
"We will not interrupt pay-
ments if a person does not
comply, nor will we switch a
payment method automati-
cally," Henderson said.
Henderson noted that 11
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[B4UyIIS GINSCOM TARY]


Employment discrimination and what the President can do about it


By Benjamin Todd Jealous

President Obama held his
second Inauguration on Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. Day, just
across a grassy expanse from
where Dr. King spoke at the
March on Washington for jobs
and freedom.
Just like Dr. King, Presi-
dent Obama spoke at a time of
great inequality. He spoke at
a time when the racial wealth
divide is increasing and Black
unemployment is epidemic.
Though he may tout America's


slow recovery from a five-year man of the Congres-


recession, the truth is that
Black America is .still mired
in a decades-long recession.
And Black Americans expect
the President to do something
about it.
At the beginning of his sec-
ond term, President Obama
should offer a politically viable
program to create jobs where
they are most needed. If he
needs a place to start, his pro-
posal can follow the '10-20-30"
plan devised by Rep. James
Clyburn (D-S.C.), the chair-


sional Black Caucus::
Ten percent of all fed-
eral resources should
go to communities
where 20 percent cl
the population has
lived under the feder-
al poverty line foi 30
years or more.
President Obama JEA
has offered a similar
initiative in the past. In Sept.
2011 he convened a joint ses-
sion of Congress to unveil the
American Jobs Act. The plan


provided, among
other things, $30
billion to modernize
public schools, $15
billion to fix up fore-
closed homes and
businesses and $10
billion to create a
National Infrastruc-
ture Bank. Though
LOUS it was rejected by a
gridlocked Congress,
the initiative invested in our
future while helping our coun-
try's most vulnerable commu-
nities.


A broad jobs plan is an im-
portant step, but President
Obama needs to go further.
He needs to talk about that 20
percent in the "10-20-30" plan
who live in persistent poverty.
He needs to ask why there are
so many communities of the
chronically unemployed and
underemployed and why
these disparities continue to
fall along racial lines. In order
to do that, he should address
what can be called "employ-
ment discrimination 2.0."
We all know that employers


cannot discriminate against
anyone on the basis of race
or gender when they apply
to a job, but in many states
employers can discriminate
against applicants who are
currently unemployed, who
have a low credit score or who
have a criminal conviction on
their record. This feeds the vi-
cious circle of unemployment
by hitting people when they
are already down.
"Employment discrimination
2.0" is especially devastating
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continued from 7D

million paper checks were sent
out each month as of two years
ago, so the number has already
been cut by more than half.
- Sure, many older people love
going to the bank. But before
anyone starts grumbling, it's
good to know that seniors born
on or before May 1, 1921, can
still receive that paper check if
they want it.

OPTIONS FOR
DIFFERENT NEEDS
Even so, many seniors say
direct deposit is the way to go.
The Direct Express Debit
card is designed for people who
do not have bank accounts


- or what some call the un-
banked.
The Direct Express card has
been used by more than 3 mil-
lion people since it was intro-
duced in June 2008. About
two-thirds of those people did
not have bank accounts when
they signed up for the card.
How do you make a switch?
Call 800-333-1795 or visit
www.GoDirect.org. Or if you
have an account at a bank or
credit union, go there to sign
up for direct deposit.
Some consumers could save
five dollars a month or more in
checking fees that's $60 or
more a year if they sign up
for direct deposit for Social Se-
curity checks.
The GoDirect.org site shows a


countdown clock for how many
days, hours, minutes and sec-
onds are left for paper checks.

WHO IS EXEMPT?
Some exceptions exist to
still receive a paper check but
you'd need to request a waiver
in those cases, say if Social Se-
curity recipients live in remote
areas without sufficient bank-
ing infrastructure or if elec-
tronic payments would impose
a hardship due to a mental im-
pairment. Waiver applications
-can be requested by calling
800-333-1795.
The Treasury Department
said about 93 percent of Social
Security and SSI payments are
being made electronically na-
tionwide.


Home sales may make major jump


HOUSE
continued from 7D

money on other items, such as
furnishings, appliances and
landscaping.
Rising home values also in-
crease household wealth.
December's existing-home
sales, down 1 percent from No-
vember to a seasonally adjust-
ed annual rate of 4.94 million,
were almost 13 percent higher
than a year earlier, the NAR
says.
Last month's numbers were
weaker than expected, but "the
trend is still up," says Liz Ann


Sonders, Charles Schwab chief
investment strategist.
Home sales and prices are
being driven higher by:
Low interest rates. Aver-
age interest rates for 30-year-
fixed loans have been below 4
percent for the past 14 months,
Freddie Mac data show.
Job growth. The unemploy-
ment rate stood at 7.8 percent
in December, down from its
peak of 10 percent in fall 2010.
A better job market is helping
more people move out of friends'
and relatives' homes into their
own. Net household formations
topped one million in each of


the past two years, Sonders
says. That's more than twice
the level of 2009 and 2010.
Not all economists see bright-
er days ahead for housing,
given what market researcher
CoreLogic says was a 7.4 per-
cent jump in home prices in No-
vember from a year earlier.
Higher taxes and cuts in gov-
ernment spending, along with
still-tepid job growth, will weigh
on the market this year, says
Steven .Ricchiuto, chief econo-
mist for Mizuho Securities.
"You've probably already seen
the best of the housing recov-
ery," he says.


IRS waives rules for tax preparers


IRS
continued from 7D

was "disappointed" by the rul-
ing, Dan Maurer, senior vice
president and general manager
of the consumer tax group, said
in a statement today.
"The public interest is best
served when all competing tax-


service providers meet high
standards," he said.
John Ams, executive vice
president of the National Soci-
ety of Accountants in Alexan-
dria, Virginia, said in an inter-
view that the IRS had planned
a conference call with affected
groups today.
"We were all waiting for the


result," said Ams, a member
of an IRS advisory board. "We
were all aware of it. I think even
the IRS was surprised because'
there was no hearing."
The suit challenging the reg-
ulations was filed by return
preparers, who were assisted
by the libertarian-leaning In-
stitute for Justice.


President to combat job inequality


OBAMA
continued from 7D

for Black communities be-
cause so many Black workers
are already down. Blacks are
more likely to be unemployed
(for longer) and more likely
to have a low credit score -
no surprise, given that many
Black children are born into
poverty. And thanks to a ra-
cially biased criminal justice
system, Black men and wom-
en are disproportionately rep-
resented in our nation's jails
and prisons. .
If President Obama wants to


fulfill has campaign promise
to lift all boats, he can start by
challenging "employment dis-
crimination 2.0." The Ameri-
can Jobs Act called for a ban
on discrimination against the
unemployed. President Obama
should use his bully pulpit to
bring this idea back, and to
speak more broadly about all
three forms of discrimination.
Moreover, he should ask for
a review of the various agen-
cies of the federal government
to ensure that their personnel
practices are as inclusive as
possible.
When it comes to job cre-


ation, the President can get
little done without a willing
Congress, but when it comes
to fighting discrimination, his
administration has far more
leeway. In the 50 years since
the March on Washington,
one sad fact hasn't changed:
If you are Black in America,
ending discrimination is just
as important as investing in
jobs.
Benjamin Todd Jealous is
the 17th president and CEO of
the NAACP. Appointed at age
'35 in 2008, he is the youngest
person to lead the century-old
organization.


THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE
I CITY OF MIAMI BEACH

NOTICE OF OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE WAITING LIST


IR.
nEUAL HOUSING
OPPORTUNITY


FOR THE STEVEN E. CHAYKIN APARTMENTS


The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) is accepting Pre-Applications for the waiting
list for the Steven E. Chaykin Apartments, 321 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, a building designated
for income-eligible frail/disabled persons 62 years of age or older. Use the Pre-Application form provided
below. Photocopies of the form may be used. The waiting list will close on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

PRE-APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (Please read carefully):
* Pre-Applications must be completed and mailed via U.S. Postal Service regular or certified mail only
to the following address:
Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach
ATTN: Steven E. Chaykin Apartments Pre-Applications
200 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
* Pre-Applications must be mailed and postmarked by Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and received at
the HACMB no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
* Any Pre-Application that is not fully and accurately completed, or is not signed will be voided.
* Any Pre-Application that is postmarked after Wednesday, February 6, 2013, or received after
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 will be voided.
* The HACMB will not be responsible for any error or late mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.
* All eligible Pre-Applications received will be numbered. A computerized lottery will be held to randomly
select the order that Pre-Applications will be placed on the waiting list.
* Only one Pre-Application per household will be considered throughout the entire process. Any
household that submits more than one Pre-Application will be disqualified.
The Annual Income Ranges and Monthly Rents for the Steven E. Chaykin Apartments are as follows:

Household Size Annual Income Range Monthly Rent
1 Person $ 10,560 $ 13,800
2 Persons $10,560 15,8$660
2 Persons $10,560 $15,800


1 Person


2 Persons


$13,801 $ 27,600


$15,801 $ 31,500


$838


* At the time of the actual application process, family eligibility must be further established in accordance
with Section 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Tenant Selection Plan, and any other applicable
regulations.
* Additionally, the following requirements will be considered to determine program eligibility:
All household members must be 62 years of age or older at the time of Pre-Application submission.
The head of household must be frail/disabled and 62 years of age or older at the time of the
Pre-Application.
The maximum number of residents allowed per unit is two (2).




HACMB Pre-Application for Steven E. Chaykin Apartments
'E OU. HOuEImO
OPF-ORIUNITY

Mail completed form via U.S. Postal Service regular or certified mail only to: Housing Authority of the
City of Miami Beach, ATTN: Steven E. Chaykin Apartments Pre-Applications, 200 Alton Road, Miami
Beach, FL 33139. Pre-Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, February 6, 2013
and received at the HACMB no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Please print neatly in ink.
All fields must be completed. Submit this form only. Only one Pre-Application per household will be
considered throughout the entire process. Any household that submits more than one Pre-Application
will be disqualified. Any Pre-Application that is hot fully and accurately completed, or is not signed will
be voided. Any Pre-Application that is postmarked after Wednesday, February 6, 2013, or received after
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 will be voided. All household members must be 62 years of age or older
at the time of Pre-Application submission. The head of household must be frail/disabled and 62 years
of age or older at the time of the Pre-Application. The maximum number of residents allowed per unit is
two (2) persons. The HACMB will not be responsible for Pre-Applications lost/delayed through the mail.

Head of Household Contact Information


First Name Middle Initial Last Name Social Security Number

Address Age Date of Birth

City/Town State Zip Code Telephone (include area code)


Including you, how many persons will live in the unit?

If two (2) persons, please list the other household member:

Name: __________ Social Security Number: _____ Date of Birth: ___ Age: _____

Gross Annual Household Income: $

Indicate the approximate amount of the gross (before taxes) annual household income. Include all
sources of income. Income includes: interest and dividends, wages, self-employment, unemployment
benefits, Social Security, disability, workers comp, pension or retirement benefits, welfare income,
veteran's income, alimony and any other income sources.

Are all household members 62 years of age or older? Yes ___ No ___

Is the head of household frail/disabled and 62 years of age or older? Yes ___ No __

Have you or any household member ever been arrested or convicted of a crime? Yes ___ No


Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 9


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

Applications available
February 4, 2013 through February 22, 2013

PICK UP APPLICATIONS AT:
Commissioner Dennis C. Moss's District Office
Attn: Dallas Manuel
District North Office District South Office
10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 206 .1634 NW 6 Avenue
Miami, FL 33189 Florida City, FL 33034
Phone: 305-234-4938 Phone 305-245-4420

Applications online February 4, 2013 at www.miamidade.aov/district09

There will be an informationlworkshop meeting explaining the application and requirements
held on February 25, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the South Dade Government Center at 10710 SW 211
Street, Suite 203.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Feb. 26 Feb. 28, by 4:30 pm
Hand deliver application to District North Office, 10710 SW 211 St., Suite 206
No late applications will be accepted!

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

Submit 1 original completed application with required attachments

We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!


Are you married? Yes___ No_


No


Do you currently or have you ever lived in a federally-subsidized housing program? Yes


Have you ever been terminated from a federally-subsidized housing program? Yes ___ No ___

Have you lived in another state or U.S. Territory since the age of 18? Yes ___ No _

If yes, please list: ________---_____-- __-- ______ ____---- ---- --

Certification of Applicant Please read this statement very carefully. By signing, you are agreeing
to its terms.

I hereby certify that the information I have provided in this Pre-Application is true and accurate. I
understand that:
* any misrepresentation or false information will result in the disqualification of my Pre-Application,
. this is a Pre-Application for waiting list placement and is not an offer of housing, and
. additional information will be required in accordance with Section 24 of the Code of Federal
Regulations, Tenant Selection Plan, and any other applicable regulations.


Date


Signature of Head of Household


The HACMB does not discriminate on the basis of the federal and local protected classes in
the access to, admissions procedure or employment of its housing programs.and activities
and provides Equal Housing Opportunity to all.


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Returns top 4 predecessors'

By Adam Shell

NEW YORK Despite critics that brand him
as anti-business and anti-Wall Street, President
Obama's first term in the White House has been
bullish for stocks.
The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has
risen 85 percent since Obama was inaugurated
on Jan. 20, 2009, says S&P Capital IQ. That
stellar return tops first-term gains of Obama's
past four predecessors: George. W. Bush, Bill
Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
Using the Dow Jones industrial average,
Obama ranks third in first-term stock perfor-
mance of all presidents; Franklin D. Roosevelt
is No. 1, says Bespoke Investment Group.
On March 3, 2009, six days before the end of
the worst bear market since the Great Depres-
sion, Obama urged skittish investors to buy
beaten-down U.S. stocks.
SAt a time when fear was high and it seemed
like stocks would never stop falling, says Ed
Yardeni, president of investment advisory firm
Yardeni Research, valuations "are starting to
get to the point where buying stocks is a poten-
tially good deal if you've got a long-term per-
spective on it."


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"You have to give him credit for that market
call," Yardeni added.
Obama's prognostication was spot on. Despite
the criticism he has received since the Great
Recession for backing massive taxpayer-funded
bailouts of banks and automakers, and us-
ing borrowed money to stimulate the economy,
stocks have responded positively.
The current bull market, which turns four
years old March 9, is up 120 percent and ranks
eighth best of all time, Bespoke says.
,Does the president deserve the credit? Prob-
ably not, Yardeni says. "There is a tendency to
correlate investment cycles to political cycles,"
he says.
"But it is not the sole determining factor, nor
the most significant factor."
J.J. Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist at
TD Ameritrade, says while Obama deserves
some credit, he also benefited from a "little bit of
luck," the knowledge that big stimulus packages
were in the pipeline, as well as being in "the
right place at the right time."


IRS promises early tax refunds

Expect checks

within 21 days

of filing
By Donna Gehrke-White s .. -


Consider it the beginning
of tax refund mania: Starting
Monday a Boca Raton tax firm
will be open 24 hours a day to
help clients file for speedy re-
funds after national fight over
taxes delayed the usual start
of the tax season. .
Liberty Tax Service will open
-its office at 9148 Glades Rd.
around-the-clock from Monday
to Feb. 5 for a rush of clients
who normally file two weeks
earlier to get their refund, said
franchise owner Gary Bloome.
"We're just been delayed," he
said.
That's because President
Barack Obama and Congress
altered the tax code earlier
this month while resolving the
so-called fiscal cliff. The IRS
then had to scramble to update
forms, prolonging its usual
opening of the tax season in
mid-January.
This year, taxpayers can't
begin filing their form until
Wednesday, Jan 30. Usually,
about one out of eight taxpay-
ers file in January.

OFFICES OPEN 'TIL 10 PM
Other tax preparers are
planning longer hours next
week too in anticipation of
many taxpayers trying to file
early. Several H&R Block of-
fices in Wilton Manors, Fort
Lauderdale, Davie and Hol-
lywood, for example, will stay
open until 10 p.m. Monday


Liberty Tax Service, will be open 24 hours a day to help
people file their taxes early when the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice starts accepting federal tax returns January 30.


through Friday, beginning
Monday.
The Jackson-Hewitt Tax
Service offices in Broward and
Palm Beach counties will have
extended hours next week,
depending on the branch, said
spokeswoman Jessica Chen.
"Preparers won't leave until the
last client leaves," Chen said.
Many preparers including
software providers are ac-
cepting tax returns in advance
of the IRS' Friday processing
date, according to a statement
sent by Plantation IRS spokes-
man Mike Dobzinski.
"These software providers
will hold onto the returns and
then electronically submit
them after the IRS systems
open," on Friday, according to
the written release.
Refunds should be sent to
most taxpayers within 21 days
after filing.
"Last year, the IRS issued
more than nine out of 10 re-
funds to taxpayers in less than
21 days, and it expects the
same results in 2013," the IRS
said in a written statement.


SOME TAKE LONGER
However, some tax returns
will require additional review
and some refunds will take
longer.
To help protect against re-
fund fraud, IRS staffers have
installed stronger security fil-
ters this filing season, accord-
ing to the statement released
by Dobzinski.
After taxpayers file a return,
they can track the status of
the refund by clicking "Where's
My Refund?" tool available at
http://www.IRS.gov.
This year, the website will be
able to tell taxpayers the date
when they can expect their
refund after the IRS processes
the tax return, Dobzinski said.
Initial information will be
available 24 hours after a
taxpayer files electronically or
four weeks after mailing in a
return.
The system will update once
a day usually overnight.
"There's no need to check
more than once a day," accord-
ing to the IRS statement.


Tax credit unclaimed by many


By Kate Santich

As startling as it seems, the
IRS estimates that each year
one in four eligible Americans
misses out on money the gov-
ernment owes.
That's because people fail to
file for something called the
Earned Income Tax Credit,
worth up to $5,981 for 2012.
It's available to anyone who
worked even part of the year
and earned below a certain
limit for instance, $50,270


for a married couple with -three
dependent children.
Developed in the 1970s as an
incentive to move adults from
welfare to work, the earned-in-
come credit has been a power-
ful force in lifting people out of
poverty, financial experts say.
In 2010, the federal govern-
ment estimates, the credit
helped to boost about 6 mil-
lion Americans including 3
million children above the
federal poverty line by qualify-
ing them for refunds.


Not only can it have a pro-
found effect on a family's bud-
get, the credit also helps the
economy overall. Last year in
Orange, Osceola and Seminole
counties combined, residents
got back $551.6 million in
earned-income credit money
that typically went to buy gro-
ceries, pay off debts, cover car
and home repairs and catch up
on bills.
So why would anyone neglect
to claim it?
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By Doyle Rice

The U.S. had the world's top
two costliest natural disasters
in 2012, according to a report
released Thursday by global
reinsurance firm Aon Ben-
field, based in London.
The largest global disasters
of 2012 were Hurricane Sandy
(with a cost of $65 billion) and
the year-long Midwest/Plains
drought ($35 billion), accord-
ing to the company's Annual
Global Climate and Catastro-
phe Report, which was pre-
pared by Aon Benfield's Im-
pact Forecasting division.
The $35 billion figure is
one of the first estimates of
the U.S. drought cost, which
"comes from a combination of
anticipated losses sustained
by the agricultural sector and
other factors such as business
interruption," says Aon Ben-
field meteorologist and senior
scientist Steve Bowen.
Sandy and the drought ac-
counted for nearly half of the
world's economic losses but,
owing to higher levels of in-
surance coverage in the U.S.,
67 percent of insured losses
globally, the report states. To-
tal economic losses include
the entire cost of an event,
while insured losses are the
amount of economic losses
that are covered by insurance,
says Bowen.
The U.S. alone accounted
for nearly 90 percent of all the
world's insured losses in 2012.
In addition to the drought and
Sandy, several severe weather
events and Hurricane Isaac
contributed to this total.
The U.S. typically repre-
sents 64 percent of the in-
sured losses. Why does the
U.S. percentage tend to be
so high each year? "From an
insurance perspective, the
United States has generally
been the dominant region of


-Photo credit: Craig Ruttle, AP
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority official shines a
flashlight on standing water Oct 31 inside the South Ferry
subway station in New York in the wake of Storm Sandy.


the world for costliest natural
disaster events," Bowen says.
"The U.S. has a higher level
of insurance penetration than
most countries, which in turn
leads to more of the economic
losses being covered."
Global natural, disasters
in 2012 combined to cause
economic losses of $200 bil-
lion, which is just above the
10- year average of $187 bil-
lion. There were 295 separate,
events, compared to an aver-
age of 257.
A report in October 2012
from Munich Re, the world's
largest reinsurance firm, said
that climate change was driv-
ing the increase in natural
disasters since 1980, and pre-
dicted that those influences
will continue in years ahead.
However, the Aon Benfield
report states: "Despite growing
support for 'the new normal'
theory of a world dominated
by rapidly escalating global
catastrophe losses, our study


highlights that 2012 returned
to a more normal level of loss-
es after the extreme economic
and insured' losses of 2011."
That was the year of the ter-
rible earthquake and tsunami
in Japan, an earthquake in
New Zealand, and floods and
landslides in Thailand.
The report goes on to say
that while nominal catastro-
phe losses are increasing at an
alarming rate, economic loss-
es as a percent of global GDP
a measure normalized for in-
flation and economic develop-
ment has remained relatively
stable over the past 30 years.
The deadliest event of 2012
was Super Typhoon Bopha,
which left more than 1,900
people dead after making
landfall in the Philippines in
December. The number of hu-
man fatalities caused by natu-
ral disasters in 2012 was ap-
proximately 8,800, with nine
Sof the top 10 events occurring
outside of the U.S.


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By Roger Yu

Netflix surprised Wall
Street on Wednesday by re-
porting an unexpected profit
for the fourth quarter as new-
ly acquired tablets and smart
TVs prompted new customers
to try its streaming video ser-
vice.
The Los Gatos, Calif.-based
company, which also has a
DVD-by-mail service unit,


said it eked out a profit of $8
million, or 13 cents a share,
during the October-December
period, vs. profit of $35 mil-
lion, or 64 cents, a year ear-
lier. Analysts had forecast a
loss of 13 cents, according to
Bloomberg.
Its revenue of $945 million
was 7.8 percent higher than a
year ago.
"They did surprisingly well
with subscriber growth and


profitability," -says Barton
Crockett, an analyst at Laz-
ard Capital Markets. "They
had more subscribers than
S. .most of us thought they
would . And marketing
costs came down."
Investors were paying close
attention to the total num-
ber of new customers for its
domestic streaming service.
Netflix added two million new
customers, improving from
1.16 million added in the
third quarter. The service now


draws 27 million customers
in the U.S.
For all of 2012, Netflix add-
ed nearly 10 million users
worldwide, bringing the total
number of global streaming
customers to more. than 33
million.
"Our holiday season was
particularly strong, driven by
consumers buying new elec-
tronic devices, including tab-
lets and smart TVs," Netflix
CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a
letter issued to shareholders.


Too soon to cheer rise in high-school grad rates


Many are still

not ready for

university

By Walt Gardner

At first glance, new fed-
eral data released this week
showing that the high school
graduation rate has risen to
its highest level in 35 years
is cause for celebration. The
stagnation that character-
ized the graduation rate be-
tween 1970 and 2000 finally
seems over. In 2000, 77.6
percent of those between age
20 and 24 had a high school
.diploma. But by 2010, 83.7
percent of those in the same
age group had a high school
diploma.
Yet the news is more nu-
anced and controversial
because of two factors: the
number of students who
are still required to take
remedial English and math
courses in college, and the


--


-Photo credit: Joe Raedle
Yoel Lapsher and other graduates arrive for the grad-
uation ceremony were Vice President Joe Biden spoke
during the commencement ceremony for Cypress Bay
High School graduates at Marlins Park on June 4, 2012


in Miami, Florida.
number of students who are
still ill prepared to enter the
workplace upon graduation.
Students in both camps
have high school diplomas,
but they're apparently not


completely ready for college
or the workplace.

REMEDIATION PROBLEM
Consider New York City,.
home of the nation's larg-


est school district. Despite
the rising graduation rate
from 46.5 percent in 2005
to 61 percent in 2011, for
example, the percentage of
students needing remedia-
tion in reading, writing and
math in the City University
of New York community col-
leges in the same period also
rose. In other words, gradu-
ation rates are not nearly as
meaningful as they initially
appear.
On the other hand, the
National Center for Edu-
cation Statistics reported
that there was a decline in
the percentage of college
freshmen who had to take
remedial classes from 26.3
percent in 1999-2000 to
19.3 percent in 2003-04.
However, the 2007-2008
school year saw an increase.
These fluctuations hardly
inspire confidence.
What about students who
graduate high school and go
directly into the workforce?
Are they prepared?


Taxpayers don't file for Earned Income Credit


CREDIT
continued from 9D

"There are two-big reasons,"
said Mark Batchelor, manag-
er of financial-stability initia-
tives for the Heart of Florida
United Way, which is running
an awareness campaign on
the issue. "The first is that
people who are financially in-
secure are often, too busy tak-
ing care of their lives to seek
these things out. And second,
the recession knocked a lot of
people who wouldn't normally
qualify into that tax bracket."
Workers who lost their jobs
or had their hours cut last
year may be eligible for the
first time. After all, Batchelor
notes, the credit isn't just for
the working poor. A house-
hold income of $50,270 is very
much in middle-class terri-
tory.
It's also important for work-
ers to realize that, in order to
get the credit, they have to file


a tax return.
"Even if you're making less
than $10,000 and you don't
have a filing requirement, the
only way you're going to get
any credit [or refund] is if you
file a tax return," said Caro-
lyn Spohrer, deputy director
of Virginia Community Action
Partnership, an anti-poverty
group. "And to some people
that's scary."
For Teresa Martyny, a
34-year-old single mom from
Orlando, it wasn't fear but
ignorance that stopped her.
Only after she adopted her
son four years ago did she
learn about the credit from a
co-worker.
"Before that, I didn't even
know that I qualified for it,"
she said. "I had just been do-
ing my taxes on my own."
At the time, she was work-
ing for a. rape-crisis program.
Now she works for the United
Way's 2-1-1 call center, and
she tries to help spread the


word about the credit. Rather
than spend the refunds im-
mediately, she socked them
away in savings, and a year
and a half ago she used the
money as a down payment on
her first home.
"When you save up $5,000
every year," Martyny said, "it
can make a humongous dif-
ference."
Yet advocates for low-in-
come workers worry that this
year with the late start of
.the tax-filing season the
number of workers who over-
look the credit will be even
higher than usual.
"That entire fiscal-cliff de-
bate in Congress led to a lot
of confusion, and the IRS is
delaying the beginning of the
tax season this year," said Ed
Black, president and CEO of
the Computer and Communi-
cations Industry Association,
a trade group that helped de-
velop a new website devoted
to the issue, TaxPrepHelp.org.


"This delay and confusion
comes with the normal confu-
sion we have at tax season."
Often, those most likely
to claim the earned-income
credit are the first to file. And
some experts caution that
the delay may make those
individuals vulnerable to un-
scrupulous tax preparers who
loan money based on an ex-
pected tax refund at soaring
interest rates.
That's because free tax-
preparation sites avail-
able through a ,partnership
between the United Way and
the IRS Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance program won't
open until Feb. 1 this year.
Geared to households with.
income of less than $51,000'
a year, the program offers 32
sites in Orange, Osceola and
Seminole counties. (Call the
United Way help line at 2-1-1
to find a site near you or go
to hfuw.org and click on Ben
Franklin's picture.)


Joe Brown likes doing business on his own terms


BROWN
continued from 7D

of Shelby County, Tenn. His'
big break came when Brown
captured national attention
while presiding over James
Earl Ray's final appeal of
Ray's conviction for the mur-
der of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Around that time,
Judge Brown also caught
the eye of the producers of
tle Judge Judy show.
Today he is known for be-
ing the first Black male to
preside over a courtroom
television show. And with
his engaging style and tell-
it-like-it-is approach, he's


been a fixture on television
for the past 16 years. Now
Brown is busy producing a
cadre 'of new shows that he
believes will attract an even
Wider audience. He was in
Miami this week and talked
'about how he is branding
himself, developing creative,
new projects and extending
his reach.
"I call what we are doing
'celebratunities' and believe
that if you say something
about human nature, you
can always peak people's
interest," Brown said. "I'm
committed to providing op-
portunities for folks who
would normally be cut out of


the loop. They have great ex-
perience and'amazing ideas
but have been on the side-
lines hoping for a chance to
shine and succeed. I decided
after letting my contract ex-
pire at the end of 2012, to
go from making decisions in
the TV courtroom to being
more proactive. We have four
shows that we'll be pitching
to television program execu-
tives one that will feature
Wesley Snipes."
Brown participated in the
annual convention of the
National Association of Tele-
vision Program Executives
which was scheduled from
Jan. 28 30th at the Fon-


tainebleau Miami Beach. He
says he's excited about be-
ing able to finally spread his
wings.
"I'm a free agent now so I
can control my own destiny,
go after some business ven-
tures and bring others along
with me," he said. "I always
wanted to do a late night
talk show something that
airs after the kids are in bed
so we can have some frank
'conversations. I don't want
to be part of the trend of sen-
sationalism on TV. I want to
build a brand that takes a
more reasonable, honest ap-
proach but that is also excit-
ing and entertaining."


Graduation rate takes toll on student's pockets


COLLEGE
continued from 7D

released the survey today.
Economist Sandy Baum, co-
author of the College Board's
annual Trends in Student Aid
and Trends in College Pric-
ing reports, says the primary
cost for students who take
longer to graduate is forgone
earnings. In many cases, stu-
dents who take light course
loads, take courses that don't
count toward their degree, or


change or add a major pay
more in tuition.
"We should find ways to
communicate better with stu-
dents about the very different
on-time graduation rates at
different institutions," Baum
says. "Students need good in-
formation conveyed in mean-
ingful ways."
Just 30.4 percent of fresh-
men in the UCLA survey said
their school's graduation rate
was a "very important" factor
in their college search. Pryor


says the lack of attention to
graduation rates is alarming,
given that record numbers of
students are citing economic
factors as a driver in their col-
lege decisions. For example:
66.6 percent said they be-
lieve current economic con-
ditions significantly affected
their choice of college, up
from 62.1 percent two years
ago.
43.3 percent said "the cost
of attending this college" was
very important, up from 40.6


percent last year and 31.0
percent in 2004.
13.4 percent said not be-
ing able to afford their first-
choice institution was a very
important reason in deciding
where to enroll, up from 9.4
percent in 2006, the first year
the question was asked.
9.5 percent said not being
offered financial aid by their
first choice was a very impor-
tant reason in deciding where
to enroll, up slightly from 9.3
percent last year.


-Photo credit: Jefferson Graham
Drew Lewis, product manager for Lanikai's "UkeSB" a Ukulele
that plugs into USB ports, smartphones and tablets.


Music apps sing a popular


song for music stores


Online instruction also

drives growing internet


By Jefferson Graham

ANAHEIM, Calif. -
The popularity of mu-
sic apps and new de-
vices that connect your
smartphones and tab-
lets to electric guitars
has helped to revital-
ize.the musical instru-
ment industry.
Some 100,000 mu-
sic store staffers and
musical instrument
vendors will gather
here Thursday for the
National Association
of Music Merchants
convention to see the
latest take on musical
instruments, many of
which' have a digital
twist.
On display will be
many new devices
that connect to apps
and traditional instru-
ments, says Joe La-
mond, CEO of NAMM.
"Tech is driving a
lot of our growth," he
adds.
Sales for 2012 were
up one percent, at
$6.8 billion. "It's not
quite back to peak,


but we're climbing
back," says Lamond.
Sales fell from $7.1
billion in 2008 to $5.9
billion when the reces-
sion hit in 2009.
He attributes the
music industry's
comeback to an un-
likely ally: YouTube.
The Google-owned
website is the most
popular place in the
world to watch music
videos and to learn
how to play songs.
Many musicians in-
cluding stars such as
James Taylor, Robben
Ford and Steve Vai -
offer guitar lessons
on YouTube, or simply
show you the chords
needed to play most
popular songs.
There are also tons
of lessons for instru-
ments such as the pia-
no, bass and even the
ukulele. "I searched
for how to play the
uke, learned how to
strum some chords,
and did it on my terms
and my time," says La-
mond.


Music merchants
benefit from the online
instruction because
it gets people excited
about playing music,
perhaps leading them
into a store for live les-
sons. "The tech is a
good start, but there's
nothing like live inter-
action with a teacher,"
Lamond adds.
Apps are another
area where music
stores can't partici-
pate. Music-playing
apps such as devel-
oper Smule's virtual
instruments (Magic
Piano and others), and
Apple's GarageBand
have given folks low-
cost ways to perform
digital music on their
smartphones and tab-
lets. Music stores don't
get to participate, be-
cause the sales are
made electronically.
Still, the "apps give
the stores other things
to sell to the consum-
er,"-including accesso-
ry cords, nrusic books
and the like. "The app
is a start to get people
interested in music,"
he says. "From there,
there's an insatiable
desire to have more."


Florida has 39 business


centers for entrepreneurs


Assistance increasesfor

budding business owners


MAami Tinns s ta. repor.r

If you are inter-
ested in establishing
your own small busi-
ness. or if you are
already the CEO but
need some assistance
in increasing your
bottom line, there
is help for you In
the State of Florida,
there are 39 small-
business de elop-
ment centers and 23
chapters of SCORE
[Service Corps of
Retired Executives].
There are also Pro-
curement Technical
Assistance Centers
eight throughout
the Statel that can
connect small busi-


nesses with govern-
ment offices. In ad-
dition, there are five
statewide business
centers for women.
What's more, none
of these services will
cost you a dime as
they are all facili-
tated by the Small
Business Administra-
tion [SBA] under the
direction of Cassius
Butts regional
administrator for the
southeast U.S. He
says even more help
is available through
the SBA's district of-
fices.
What other ser-
vices do they pro-
vide and what else
should small busi-


nesses owners know?
Butts emphasizes
four items that may
be worth your review:
a variety of working
capital options and
loan programs that
go as high as $5M
- some specifically
targeting veterans; *
federal contracts are
averaging $400B/
year and are paid
within 15 days; and
Florida business
owners need to keep
in mind that this is a
seasonal state so as
the seasons change
so too will the bot-
tom line. Finally, a
solid handshake and
actively network-
ing, including using
social media, will go
a long way in shoring
up your business and
business leads.


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Apartments

1 NORTHEAST AREA
Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting
at $825 monthly Studios
starting at $650, if you
qualify Appliances, laundry.
FREE WATER AND VERY
QUIET Parking. central air
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue
1146 Sesame Street
One bedroom, one bath. $600
monthly. Near elementary
school.
305-778-6011
1150 NW1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom one bath,
$400 Appliances
305-642-7080

1231 NW 58 Terrace
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath $500 monthly rwo
bedrooms, one bath, $600
monthly Free 19 inch LCD
T.V. Caii Joeli
786-355.7578

1241 Sharazad Blvd
Two bdrms, one bath. $750
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
305-717-6084
1245 NW 58 Street
Studio, $395 monthly. all
appliances included Free
19 inch LCD TV Call Joel
786-355-7578

1246 NW 58 Terrace
MOVE IN SPECIAL
Firsi month moves you
in One bedroom one
bath $550 monthly Free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-
355-7578

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525 305-642-7080:

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

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One barm., one bain $375
305-642-7080

135 NW 18 Street
First Month Moves You In
Two bedrooms one bath
$500 monthly Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578

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

14255 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$495. 305-717-6084
1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$425 Ms Pearl #13 or
305-642-7080

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

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

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $450. one bdrm
$525. rwo bdrmrrs $675 Iree
water Call
786-506-3067

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

1720 NW1 Place
Brand new remodeled one
bedroom. $500 monthly.
Gated building.
786-506-3067

1801 NW 1st Court
FIRST MONTH
MOVES YOU IN!'
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
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-
7578

1943 NW 2 Court


One bedroom, $500, two
bedrooms $650. Very quiet,
gafed building. Call
786-506-3067

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


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1969 NW 2 CoJrt
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bedroom one bath
$425 Appliances
786-236-1144

210 NW 17 Street
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bdrm.'one bath $450
305-642-7080

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

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

2565 NW 92 Street
EXTRA CLEAN!
Lights, air and water included.
Nice neighborhood. $650
monthly, $1,950 move in or
$325 bi-weekly, $975 move
in. 305-624-8820
2945 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$575. Call Mr. Perez.
786-412-9343
3040 NW 135 Street
OPA-LOCKA AREA
One bedroom, one bath,
$670 mthly 786-252-4657

3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm one Darh. $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

676 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-343-0649,
call between 3 pm and 9 pm.
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly,
786-286-2540
729 NW 55 Terrace
One and two bedrooms, one
bath. Ms. Bell 786-307-6162
7521 NE 2nd Court
One bdrms, one bath, starting
$550 mthly, 305-717-6084
ALBERTA HEIGHTS APTS
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
305-638-3699
ARENA GARDEN
Move in with first month rent
FREE BASIC CABLE
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
305-374-4412.
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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
LIBERTY CITY AREA
6820 NW 17 Avenue
One and two bedrooms
special. 786-506-6392
LIBERTY CITY/
OVERTOWN
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One or two bedroom, qualify
the same day. 305-603-
9592 or visit our office at:
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280

Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
OPA-LOCKA AREA
1120 Sesame Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$630 monthly. 786-325-8000
SANFORD APTS
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice efficiency apartment,
furnished, air, window
shades, appliances, free gas,
free water. $360 monthly,
plus $200 deposit..Call
305-665-4938 / 305-498-
8811

9Business Rentals

9150 NW 17 Avenue


Condos/Townhouses]

MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
786-234-5803
SECTION 8 WELCOME!
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
786-367-6268
18709 NW 46 Avenue
18182 NW 41 Place
Duplexes

1165 NW 63 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 monthly. 786-487-6047
1226 1/2 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
305-642-7080

1228 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$900 monthly, first, last and
security. Section 8 welcome.
954-770-5952
1330 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms. one bath, tile,
$900 mthly, 305-219-2571.
137 NW 118 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$875. Appliances.
305-642-7080

156 NE 58 Terr.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.
305-642-7080

15614 NW 2 Avenue,
Unit 4
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1000 deposit $1250 mlhly
Section 8 Only'
754-204-6788 561-299-
8710

165 NE 65 Street
Two bedrms, one bath
and air. Section 8 and City
Voucher! 786-303-2596
1763 NW 45 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, totally
remodeled, 786-237-1292.
1869 NW 41 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650 monthly. 305-303-0156
2020 N.W. 93rd Terrace-
Two bdrms, two baths, $1100
monthly, water included.
786-402-7969
2118 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms. one bath, $795,
appliances, 305-642-7080

2290 NW 87 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
$675. 305-625-7843
2452 NW 44 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $985 monthly.
786-877-5358
2458 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, clean,
quiet, central air, Section 8
welcome, 305-710-2921,
305-710-2964-
251 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances. $650 monthly
plus security. 786-216-7533
2601 NW 101 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard, central air.
First, last and security. $900
monthly. Call 305-986-8395.
2652 E Superior Street
Three bedrooms, two Daths
$1250 monthly. This week
special $1000 deposit
Section 8 OK 754-204-
6788. 561-299-8710

3190 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one ;bath.
Remodeled. Section 8
ok. $675 monthly. Water
included. 305-975-0711 or
786-853-6292
414 NW 53 Street
BEST. VALUE, gorgeous
remodeled two bdrms,
spacious, large totally fenced
yard, available now, $875.
305-772-8257
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. Central air,
all appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel
786-355-7578

540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1100 monthly first and last,
$300 security. 305-301-1993
542 N.W. 92 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, new carpet and new
appliances. $1250 monthly,
Section 8 only deposit
$1000. Call 754-204-6788
561-299-8710

5512-16 N. Miami Place
Starting at $475 to $650.
Newly renovated.
305-300-2826, 786-316-9600
5619 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$650 monthly. Free water,.
all appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, call Joel
786-355-7578

6250 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$650. Free water/electric.
305-642-7080


Funeral Home.
305-633-5311

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6329 NW 1 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, nice kitchen, washer
and dryer, two car garage,
gated and big yard. Section 8
welcome.
786-357-4720

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

6920 NW 6th Court
Three bdrms., one bath,
water, $900, 954-214-2111
739 NW 53 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$600 monthly. 786-328-
5878

745 NW 107 Street
Two bedrooms, air, laundry
room, $975. 786-306-4839.
8390-92 NW 15 Avenue
Large one bedroom. Call
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9702-04 NW 20 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath. $625
and $570 monthly. Appliance,
air, bars, fenced and security
camera. Adults call 786-553-
3354 for appt.
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Efficiencies

411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly All
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Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$95 weekly, large room,
kitchen, bath and free utilities,
one person. 305-987-9710
1500 NW 183 Street
Cable, air, internet, $140
weekly. $285 to move in.
786-457-2998
1725 NW 132 STREET
Spacious clean room and
bath. Separate entrance,
utilities included and covered
parking. Call Sandy 786-306-
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1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
Microwave, refrigerator, color
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1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
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2106 NW 70 Street
$100 weekly. 305-836-8262
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room,
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885-8583 or 305-318-6277
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
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342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400
Call 786-506-3067
211 NW 12 Street

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588-6656 .
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LIBERTY CITY AREA
Clean and quiet. Elderly
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786-359-7279
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Private entrance, private
bath, cable and use of pool.
Pay monthly or weekly.
305-621-1669
NORTHSIDE AREA
Free utilities. One person.
$110 weekly. 305-691-1068
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Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
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305-705-3050

Houses

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
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1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 welcome. Three
bdrm. -One bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1430 NW 71 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$795. Appliances.
305-642-7080

16130 NW 37 Court
Three bedrooms, tile, air,
$1,150. No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Broker, 305-891-
6776
17625 NW 37 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1400 monthly. A Berger
Realty, Inc. 954-805-7612
1790 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. No Section 8.
Call: 305-267-9449
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$995 Stove refrigerator, air
305-642-7080

1865 NW 45 Street Front
Three bdrms, one bath. $975
mthly. 305-525-0619
2010 NW 153 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, den,
air, $1,200. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
305-891-6776
2025 NW 69 TERRACE
Three bdrms., one and half
bath. Call 786-426-6263.
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, den. $1,300. No Section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker
305-891-6776
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard. Section 8 only.
786-547-9116
2220 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
305-384,8421, 954-854-8154
2931 N.W. 49th Street
Beautiful home for nice
family. Three bedrooms, two
baths, family room, carport.
No Section 8. no pets. $1,250
monthly, $3,750 required.
786-253-1659
2935 NW 50th Street
Spacious four bedrooms, two
baths, central air, tile, $1150
monthly. Call Mr. Washington
at 305-632-8750.
31 Ave and 53 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome.
786-357-4561
310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
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baths, with two dens $1100
monthly Central air. all
appliances included free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-
355-7578

3331 NW 51 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, tile with appliances,
$1200 mthly. Call:
786-402-7969
3332 NW 49 Street
Spacious five bedrooms, two
baths, tiled, central air, $1700
monthly, 305-662-5505.
3401 NW 170 Street
Three bdrms, one half bath,
786-457-3287
3521 NW 171 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Appliances, air, drive by and
then call. Section 8 ok.
786-299-7854
595 NE 161 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air, conditioning,
garage and utility room.
Tiled floors, $1200 a month.
Section 8 okay. Call:
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baths, fenced yard, tile,
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2349
740 NW.78 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 welcome. $1400
monthly. 786-226-6900
944 NW 81 Street A
Three bdrms, one bath $950
mthly. Security $600. Water
included. No appliances. Call
786-488-2264
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baths, $1100 mthly.
404-272-7229
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
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three bathrooms, family,
dining, living, and laundry
room. Section 8 okay! $1950
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ARLINGTON, VA. Do
you have an idea for how
the Postal Service could
operate more' efficiently?
Someday you might mail
it to David C. Williams at
35602.1092.4393.
Williams is the inspec-
tor general at the United
States Postal Service
the chief watchdog at
an enterprise that loses
$15.9 billion a year. In ad-
dition to traditional func-
tions of rooting out waste
and fraud, his office has
been churning out pro-
vocative ideas about the
future of mail.
For example: What if
the Postal Service com-
pletely ditched the street-
city-state-ZIP address in
use for decades? Would
an encoded address make
it safer for people to do
business on Craigslist? Or
could a physical address
be linked to a secure e-
mail address, providing
the kind of identity veri-
fication needed for voting,
school enrollment or com-
merce?
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woman of the Postal Reg-
ulatory Commission, calls
that "a very interesting
concept," and said Wil-
liams' 20-person research
office has become "an in-
dependent think tank for
the Postal Service."
In papers, audits and a
blog called Pushing the
Envelope Williams' of-
fice has floated ideas such
as:
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A record number

of non-seniors

head to NFL
By Paul Myerberg

A record number of col-
lege football underclass-
men have declared for this
spring's NFL Draft, continu-
ing a three-year trend that
coincides with the approval
of the NFL's new Collective
Bargaining Agreement in
2011.
The 74 underclassmen who
declared early eclipses the
previous record of 65, set in
the 2012 NFL Draft. Among
the 74 non-seniors in the
draft are 32 players from the
SEC, including three play-
ers from Alabama's champi-
bnship-winning team. LSU
has 11 early entrants, by far
the most of any team in the
country.
"Obviously adding 70 un-
derclassmen; with some very
talented players, is really
going to improve the draft
class," said Rob Rang, an
analyst for NFLDraftScout
com. "I think that it will still
continue to be an under-
classmen-dominated draft."
While short on quarter-
backs only two, Tennes-
see's Tyler Bray and Eastern
Washington's Kyle Padron,
entered the draft early the
crop of underclassmen is


Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Joeckel (76) is
one of a record-high 74 underclassmen to declare early
for this year's NFL draft.


heavy on wide receivers,
defensive linemen and line-
backers. Of the 21 under-
classmen defensive linemen
and linebackers, 13 are from
the SEC.
The recent boom in under-
classmen entering the draft
- the 56 players to declare in
2011 was also a record has
ties to the NFL's new CBA,
which went.into effect prior
to the start of the 2011 sea-
son and put a cap on rookie
compensation.
In 2010, for example, the
No. I overall pick. quarter-
back Sam Bradford, received
a six-year. $76-million con-
tract with $50 million guar-
anteed, the most money ever
guaranteed in an NFL deal.
A year later, the Carolina
Panthers paid its No. 1 pick,


quarterback Cam Newton,
$22 million over four years,
all guaranteed, with a fifth-
year option.
"The way the collective
bargaining agreement affects
the draft predominantly is at
the top of the pecking order,
those that are drafted at the
top of the first round," said
Darren Heitner, a sports at-
torney at Wolfe Law Miami.
Beyond first-round pay,
however, the new CBA alters
the way contracts for players
taken between the second
and seventh rounds are
renegotiated. Since 2011.
draft picks ai niot allowed
to renegotiate their rookie
deals until after their third
season. With rookie compen-
sation capped, players know
that their biggest payday will


come in their second con-
tract; the new CBA ensures
that it will be at least three
years down the road until
a player can even discuss a
new deal.
For players looking to get
to that second contract as
soon as possible draft-
eligible underclassmen, for
example the NFL's new
CBA marginalizes the differ-
ence between being selected
in the third round compared
to the fifth round. In short,
an underclassman might
have the financial motivation
to move into the NFL a year
ahead of schedule and get
to his second professional
contract.
"No matter what, players
not selected in the top two
rounds are looking for that
second contract, which is
certainly no guarantee the
average NFL life span is less
Than the amount of time it
would take a player to get to
that second contract," said
Heitner.
"I think they're all discuss-
ing it with their coaches,
and their families, and their
agents," said Andrew Brandt,
an NFL business analyst for
ESPN. and I m sure one of
the things they're discussing
is. well, this new CBA pretty
much is restricting rookie
contracts no matter whether
I take it this year or next
year. Might as well start the
clock.


Woods upbeat about 2013 after win


By Steve DiMeglio:


SAN DIEGO It looks like.
it will be a major year for Ti-
ger Woods.
Hindered by the dawdling
pace of play and a faulty
driver, Woods nevertheless
polished off another tour de
force around these parts on
a sun-splashed Monday to
win the delayed Farmers In-
surance Open for the seventh
time.
Struggling but never in any
'danger of collapsing over the
final 11 holes on the South
Course at seaside Torrey
Pines, Woods finished at 14
under par with his even-par
72 in the final round to win
his 75th career title by four
shots over defending cham-
pion Brandt Snedeker and
Josh Teater.
The win bodes well for
Woods and not so much for
his colleagues.
In the six previous seasons
that Woods won the Farmers,
he never won fewer than four
tournaments that year. That
included eight wins twice and
years of seven, six and five
victories. The. year he won-


Tiger Woods closed with an even-par 72 Monday for
a four-shot victory in the Farmers Insurance_ Open,
though he struggled through a stretch in which his
eight-shot lead was cut in half.


four in 2008 he played
just six events as he had sea-
son-ending surgery to his left.
knee following his win in the
U.S. Open --at Torrey Pines.
In five of those six years
when he won-the Farmers,
Woods triumphed in a major
championship. The lone year


he didn't pull a Farmers-ma-
jor double was 2003.
Woods didn't know those
statistics. But he does know
good things are ahead.
"I'm excited about this year,"
said Woods, who refined his
new swing with coach Sean
SFoley'and worked hard on, his


short game in the offseason
"I \as excited about what I
did last year. winning three
times. And I felt really eood
about \'hat we're working on.
Does it feel good? Yes. Does
it give me confidence? Abso-
lutely. This was a nice way to
start the year."
Woods caddie, veteran Joe
LaCava. is excited, too.
LaCava was there eeery
step of the way last year as
Woods won the Arnold Palm-
er Invitational at Bay Hill. the
Memorial at Muirfield Village
and the AT&T National at
Congressional.
After Monday's victor,.
LaCava said he sees an even
better version of his man this
year, citing the continued
work on his rebuilt swing and
a much improved short game.
"I think what's great is I'm
seeing him play more natu-
rally and with more feel,"
LaCava said. "I know he has
a lot of confidence. He is so
confident that he can take
the driver, when he really
needs to, and aim it at trou-
ble and cut it away from the
trouble right into the center
of the fairway.


Teen gives SerenaWilliams her first loss


The Australian Open has
been full of surprises, the
biggest of which is that Ser-
ena Williams is heading
home early. This might be a
changing of the guard, with
Williams being taken out by
American teenager Sloane
Stephens, who will be playing
in the semifinals of the event.
In defense of Williams, she
was having back problems,
which slowed down her pow-
erful serve. But she did get
treated and was able to play,
with the 19-year old Stephens
matching her pound-for-


pound, winning 3-6.
7-5.6-4.
This is the first loss
for Williams since
August 17, a string
of 20 straight wins.
Williams has not lost
a match at a Grand
Slam tournament STEPI
since the French
Open. Stephens played de-
fending champion Victoria
Azarenka for a chance to go
to the semi-finals.
Stephens said that she
looked up to Williams and
went straight to her phone to


H


check for a text mes-
sage from her grand-
mother.
"I \was hoping she
had texted me right
away. I thought may-
be she was texting me
during the match,"
ENS Stephens said. "I'm
sure my grandpar-
ents are like freaking out."
Stephens said that she had
a picture of Williams up on
her wall when she was a lit-
tle girl. She was in tears af-
ter her big performance.
"This is so crazy. Oh my


goodness," she said. "I think
I'll put a poster of myself (up)
now."
Williams mentioned that
she was having back prob-
lems, but didn't consider
that to be her excuse for not
winning.
"Everyone at this stage in
the locker room has some-
thing wrong with them. It's
no excuse," she said. "I went
for this drop shot and it just
locked up on me. I couldn't
really rotate after that. It
was a little painful, but it's
OK."


-Joe Castro/European Pressphoto Agency -Dennis Sabangan/European Pressphoto Agency
Sloane Stephens, who lost Azarenka, who said she had a
to Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-4, rib injury, conceded that the tim-
called injury timeouts, "the in ing of her timeout was poor.
thing."


A timeout jeered



round the world


By Christopher Clarey
and Lynn Zinser

MELBOURNE. Australia When
the world's top-ranked female ten-
nis player was examined on the
court and then granted a medi-
cal timeout Thursday during her
semifinal match at the Australian
Open. the howling commenced
immediately. Skeptical fans at
Rod Laver Arena and those watch-
ing on television worldwide were
convinced that the player, Victoria
Azarenka of Belarus, was suffering
from nothing more than an attack
of nerves and perhaps faked an
injury to collect herself after losing
several crucial points.
After her 10-minute reprieve
- six minutes of it off the court
- Azarenka closed out a 6-1. 6-4
victors A sport that in recent years
has dealt with loudly grunting
players and accusations of match
fixing is now facing another vexa-
tion. determining what constitutes
a real injury.
Azarenka's opponent. Sloane
Stephens of the United States,
called injury timeouts legitimate
or not "the in thing," noting that
Azarenka was one'of many recent
opponents to use a medical time-
out. "It's trendy," Stephens said.
Others were more critical. "I


thought it was a little unfair play,"
said David Nainkin, Stephens's'
coach. "I thought she bent the
rules. I don't think she broke the
rules, but she bent them, and I
think those rules need to be looked
at because I think there's a gray
area there."
The TV analyst Patrick McEnroe
called the timeout an "absolute
travesty" in a post on his Twit-
ter page. (McEnroe also heads the
United States Tennis Association's
player development program. which
has supported Stephens.) "I mean,
everybody's appalled by it," said
Pam Shriver, an analyst and a
former player.
The controversy arose when
Azarenka. serving for the match
against the 29th-seeded Stephens
at 5-3 in the second set, failed to
convert on five match points and
was eventually broken When she
took her seat during the change-
over, she wrapped a towel stuffed
with ice around her neck and was
examined by the primary health
care provider for the women's tour,
Victoria Simpson, and by a tourna-
ment doctor, Tim Wood. She then
left the court for further treat-
ment, leaving Stephens, in her
first Grand Slam semifinal, wait-
ing nearly 10 minutes for the next
game.


By Mary Beth Marklein

Public universities competing
in NCAA Division I sports spend
as much as six times more per
athlete than they spend to edu-
cate students, and likely for the
first time per-athlete spending at
schools in each of the six highest-
profile football conferences topped
$100,000 in 2010, an analysis of
federal and school data finds.
Between 2005 and 2010, spend-
ing by athletic departments rose
more than twice as fast as aca-
demic spending on a per-student
basis.
Median per-athlete spending by
97 public institutions that com-
pete in the top-tier Football Bowl
Subdivision increased the most: 51
percent, to $92,000, between 2005
and 2010, while median spend-
ing on education increased 23
percent, to just under $14,000 per
full-time student.
Meanwhile, tuition at four-year
public universities increased an
average of 38 percent and state
and local funding rose just two
percent, research shows.


At schools where athletic bud-
gets top $70 million, ticket sales
are the largest source of revenue,
followed by contributions and pay-
ments for television agreements
and participation in bowl games
and tournaments, the report
shows. But fewer than one in eight
of the 202 Division I schools in
the report generated more money
than they spent in any given year
between 2005 and 2010.
Most athletic departments are
subsidized in part with student
fees and state and institutional
funds because they do not gener-
ate enough revenue to cover all
of their costs. That subsidy is
the largest and fastest-growing
source of revenue for the lower-tier
schools, the study shows.
"Participation in intercollegiate
athletics in the United States
comes with a hefty price tag, one
that is usually paid in part by
state and institutional funds," says
Donna Desrochers. author of the
report released Wednesday by the
Delta Cost Project at the non-profit
American Institutes for Research.


Is Lewis wrong for honoring God?
So here we go. The Baltimore way to the Super Bowl. Lewis
Ravens have rode the inspi- is so grateful that he has an
rational leadership of retiring opportunity now to end his il-
linebacker Ray Lewis all the lustrious career on such a high


note after an injury plagued
regular season. He simply can-
not stop praising his Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
"No weapon formed against
me shall prosper" a usually
teary eyed Lewis has echoed
after each emotional playoff
victory. His praises to the heav-
ens have gotten louder and
more noticeable as the Ravens
continued to defy the odds and
win. Lewis says it has to be
God and there is no other ex-


planation as to why the seven-
teen year veteran is playing as
if it's 2000 all over again. Who
are we to question him? Some
folks have a problem with
Ray's religious rants claiming
God did not choose to help the
Ravens and not the evil Pa-
triots or Broncos. Critics are
growing tired of Ray sharing
his joy even though they were
not so critical when Tim Tebow
was doing the same thing only
a year ago, but that's another


topic for another day.
I have no problem if Ray
Lewis, Tim TeBow, Curt War-
ner, Curtis Martin or any
other past or present athlete
wants to use their platform to
honor God. Baseball players
routinely point to the heavens
after hitting home runs, NFL
players kneel and pray after
scoring touchdowns, is that
a crime? Really? Who does it
hurt, devil worshippers? Some
critics think that when ath-


letes thank God in the sports
arenas they are drawing at-
tention to themselves rather
than to their religion. I could
not disagree more, athletes are
not the only ones who thank
God in the midst of some good
fortune, mp* y of us do it. They
simply use the stage and plat-
form as a means of telling oth-
ers about the' goodness and
greatness.of their God. I think
that's smart and good market-
ing for the Lord if you ask me.


Athletes get more


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