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Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

VOLUME 90 NUMBER 24 MIAMI, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013 50 cents

Blacks vie for UTD presidency

Aronowitz says Ingram is strongest candidate Smith. A sixth candidate,Ro
Blanca Rosa Rodriguez,
By D. Kevin McNeir effective at the end of the cur- the top office, there are has indicated interest in
kmcneir@minaminmesonlinec.com rent school year. And on Tues- five candidates running the position but did not
day evening, candidates for all for president: Dr. James L submit information to
It's less than two weeks [Feb. of the offices assembled for a Bush, Ill; Federick 'Fed' the UTD executive office.
19] before members of the meet and greet, followed by a Ingram [the current UTD Karen Aronowitz, UTD
United Teachers of Dade will Q&A session for those running secretary/treasurer]; ARONOWITZ president since 2005,
cast their vote for a new slate for president, vice-president and Artie Leichner; Kimberly UTD president says her biggest job has
of officers. Their term becomes secretary/treasurer. In terms of Robinson; and Ceresta Please turn to UTD 5A

UTD secretary 'treasurer

I mt-
School reacher

William Cowan becomes DAUPHI

second Black U.S. Senator
By Jennifer Levitz oked Office
and Corey Boles E.. I "f

BOSTON Massachusetts Croked cops: Officers James
Gov. Deval Patrick named Wil- C

liam "Mo" Cowan, his former
chief of staff and legal counsel,
on Wednesday to succeed Sen.
John Kerry in the Senate un-
til a special election is held on
June 25.
Cowan's appointment means
the Senate will have two Afri-
can-American senators for the
first time, following the ap-
pointment last year of former
Rep. Tim Scott of South Caro-
lina to serve the remaining two
years of Sen. Jim DeMint's
Please turn to SENATOR 6A

and Dauphin facing charges

Associated Press
This undated file photo released by the Massachusetts Gov-
ernor's office shows William "Mo" Cowan, right, former chief
of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick.

Miami Times staff report

The City of Miami Police
Department continues to be
rocked with scandal the
most recent example being
last week's arrest of a veteran
officer, Nathaniel Dauphin,
accused of extortion. Just a
few day earlier, a narcotics
sergeant was convicted of cor-
ruption in a federal trial. More

arrests and investigations are
expected as part of the Justice
Department's ongoing probe
into a series of fatal police-in-
volved shootings.
Police Chief Manuel Orosa,
who took over 13 months ago,
says he wants to get dirty cops
out of his department adding,
"We are doing everything we
can to ensure our officers are
doing the right thing." Part of

that cooperation is between
his department's Internal Af-
fairs Unit and the FBI in their
collective efforts to dismantle
a gang of 10 officers suspect-
ed of providing protection to a
Liberty City gambling ring and
other crimes
Dauphin, 41, is the first of
the 10 officers arrested. He
allegedly organized an under-
Please turn to COPS 8A

J.D. Patterson

sworn-in as T.7.

Pol ice Director Infections decreasefor Black women, rise for Black gay men
By D. Kevin McNeir should one discover that they are HIV-
Miami Times staff report kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com positive.
According to the Centers for Disease
Miami-Dade County [M-DC] has a new T y is N l B k / Control [CDC], Blacks currently make
S Thursday is National Black HIV/
police director J.D. Patterson who was up 14 percent of the U.S. population
sworn-in during a ceremony on last Tuesday AIDS Awareness Day when Blacks liv- but are 44 percent of new HIV infec-
with county commissioners, members of the ing in the U.S. and across the Dias- tions and 57 percent of HIV-related
SCounty police department pora are encouraged to get tested and deaths. By the end of 2008, an estimat-
--and family members look- seek treatment for HIV/AIDS. And ed 240,627 Blacks were reported dead
Sing on. Patterson, 52, has : while the infection rate and num- ck I Ifrom AIDS diagnoses.
been the department's : ber of deaths for whites in the U.S. But let's take a look at things right
acting director since have steadily declined, for Blacks the here in Miami-Dade County where
have steadily declined, for Blacks the
SNovember and replaces we currently rank first in the state and third
James Loftus who retired situation is just the opposite. In short, HIV/ in the nation [2010] in the number of AIDS
in September. : AIDS continues to devastate the Black com- cases [31,180]. Males account for 73 percent
Patterson, a licensed munity, confirming the importance of getting of cumulative reported AIDS cases with Blacks
minister, becomes the tested regularly and seeking medical treatment Please turn to AIDS 8A
second Black director
PATTERSON of the department in 56.,,
years the second in
the last nine years. Veteran law enforcement
specialist Robert Parker was the first Black to
lead the department one of the largest in
the U.S.
M-DC Mayor Carlos Gimenez named Pat-
terson to the position last Friday and said, :
"We felt he had the faith and confidence of the .- - --- -
Please turn to PATTERSON SA : -.- ~

NAACP fund needs Thurgood Marshall's

New leader of legal organization should honor the late justice's legacy pnd. would
And that would

By DeWayne Wickham

When I heard that Univer-
sity of Maryland law school
professor Sherrilyn Ifill had
taken the reins of the NAACP
Legal Defense and Education-
al Fund, I was deep into the
reading a new book about the

early life of Thurgood Mar-
A brilliant civil rights lawyer,
who founded the fund and
later became the first Black
on the U.S. Supreme Court,
Marshall orchestrated the
legal battle that desegregated
Maryland's law school, whose

library now bears his name.
Had it not been for Marshall's
victory in the Maryland case
- the first in the nation to
force the integration of a white
law school the legal career
that has propelled Ifill to the
top ranks of the fight for racial
justice might never have hap-

nation's loss.
At 50, Ifill is
no throwback
to the NAACP
WICKHAM fund's glorious
past. As much
as she knows the lingering
vestiges of the Jim Crow-era,

she understands the racial
subtleties of the time in which
we live -- a faux post-racial
era. "There are substantive
challenges that relate to the
ongoing issues that so many
African Americans face," she
told me during a telephone
interview. She's talking about
the disparities in the criminal
justice system, and the barri-

ers to education and economic
opportunities that despite
decades of effort have yet to
be overcome. "Progress has
been made," she said, "but
sometimes people allow the
progress to blind them to the
reality of the ongoing chal-
The progress that
Please turn to MARSHALL 6A

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Police Director J.D. Patterson

is the right man for the job
Veteran police officer and licensed minister J.D. Pat-
terson is the new Miami Dade police director a
move that bodes well for Blacks and all residents in
Miami-Dade County. In Patterson, who has as he says, "a
servant's heart," we believe we will see a demand for greater
accountability among the rank and file of the department
as well as an immediate move towards making our streets
One of the issues that have remained of great concern,
particularly within the Black community, is police-involved
shootings. Finally, we have a director with the on-hands ex-
perience needed to shape up a department and weed out
less-than-ethical police officers. We also firmly believe that
Patterson is certainly capable of restructuring the proce-
dures and practices of the department so that police-in-
volved shootings become the exception instead of the norm.
As for rogue cops that believe it is better to shoot first and
ask questions later, we see Patterson as the kind of leader
who will push for their termination and when appropriate,
conviction. It's been two years since a series of police-in-
volved shootings of Black men brought our community to
the brink of civil unrest. With seven men shot in as many
months, many of us had become fed up with Black men be-
ing used as target practice. We were further angered when
we learned that several of these men had been unarmed.
But before we jump on soapboxes and make irresponsible
demands, perhaps it would be wise for the public and the
police to have a real conversation. It's time for us all of us to
do some real soul searching. After all, every life has value.
Patterson is the right man for the job at the right time.

Blacks must continue

to tell our own stories
The first few days of February are already upon us and
for Blacks that means we have once again turned our
attention to celebrating Black History Month. As usu-
al, therell be plenty of concerts, conversations and community
events that will target Black families. And while we are sure
they'll be entertaining, what's most important is that they en-
gage our minds and enlighten us as a people. More than any-
thing else, Black History Month is about telling our stories and
passing down our history to the next generation.
How many of us are aware that this year marks the 50th anni-
versary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech,
given at the historic March on Washington? Did you know that
February 4th would have been the 100th birthday of civil rights
pioneer Rosa Parks? Telling our own stories is crucial because
when others call the roll, they usually get it wrong. Parks' par-
ticipation in the Montgomery bus boycott is one example. Con-
trary to popular belief, she did not remain seated because she
was tired. Parks refused to stand up on that segregated Ala-
bama bus out of principle she believed that the law at that
time was unjust and she was no longer willing to comply.
When Malcolm X was murdered on Feb. 21, 1965, he was
painted as an advocate for violence and one who harbored great
hatred for whites. Again, that was not the real Malcolm. What he
did believe, unlike Dr. King, is that justice should be achieved
"by any means necessary" and that there might come a time
when violence would serve as the only means of bringing about
change. It seems he was more of a realistic that as a harbin-
ger of violence. These and other stories must be told again and
again if for no other reason than to encourage today's youth to
follow more positive paths. As an African proverb states, "If the
lions don't tell the story, the tale of the hunt will be glorified by
the hunter."

Officials must be more than

just cautious with Dolphins

tiations with the NFL Super Bowl selection committee
A draws near, we keep hearing about more can't lose op-
tions, win-win deals and the like. But first the Dolphins need
approval from the State Legislature and the county commission
for their $400M stadium makeover proposal. And with prom-
ises of a boatload of jobs for thousands, much-needed revenue
for Miami-Dade County and plenty of residual benefits for local
businesses for years to come, how could anyone say no?
But then we all remember what happened a few years ago
when the Marlins brought their too-good-to-be true proposal to
the Miami-Dade County commissioners hoping for a brand new
ballpark. Our elected officials pretty much took the bait hook,
line and sinker and the taxpayers and a whole lot of blue col-
lar employees got waylaid, shafted and downright bamboozled.
Of course that was then and this is now so say the Dolphins'
head honchos. They have the deal of a lifetime and we have
nothing to worry about. Sounds like that old saying, "You have
nothing to fear but fear itself." But before we begin doing back-
flips over this deal, we urge our county commissioners to do
what they've been elected to do and look out for the interests
of their respective constituencies. Commissioners Edmonson,
Jordan and Moss all admit that they voted for the Marlins deal
in 2009. Monestime was not on board at that time. All four say
they are approaching this current deal with "caution."
Caution is certainly a laudable approach. But in this case
more than just caution is needed. Expert financial and legal
eyes need to review the proposal, the financial records of the
Dolphins and any other related documents. We urge our leaders
to use every means possible to examine this deal with razor-
sharp analysis before making their decision.

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State of inequality and justice in America

With the death of Trayvon
Martin nearly a year ago, many
wondered whether there could
be any justice in America. The
indictment of George Zimmer-
man and the subsequent focus
on the shooting death of Tray-
von Martin has set the legal
process to take its course in the
near future.
In looking at the overall state
of race and justice in America,
it is evident much progress has
been made. On Nov. 4, 2008,
the U.S. elected its first Black
president, Barack Obama, who
is just beginning his second
term. Clearly, the job of equal-
ity and justice is not the job of
one man. But, since his elec-
tion, the president has taken a
number of steps that make the
state of race and justice a posi-
tive one.
If we simply look at the Su-
preme Court, which decides
many of our legal issues that
impact us greatly, the president
has had the opportunity to ap-
point two people. On both oc-

casions, he appointed women,
including a woman of color.
When we look at the U.S. Cir-
cuit Courts, which are one step
away from the U.S. Supreme
Court, President Obama has
appointed the first Black man
from Mississippi to the Fifth

Court on protection of rights of
immigrants. These successes
reveal the commitment to the
state of justice, equality and
progress in our country.
Despite the progress of the
past four years, there is still
much work to be done. We still

If we simply look at the Supreme Court, which decides many of
our legal issues that impact us greatly, the president has had
the opportunity to appoint two people.

Circuit, a Black man with Hai-
tian connections to the Second
Circuit, the first woman in Mas-
sachusetts to the First Circuit,
and a Black woman to the Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals. This
only begins to show the diver-
sity and quality of his appoint-
More importantly, the presi-
dent in his first term per-
suaded Congress to support a
$787-billion stimulus package,
has had health care approved,
and prevailed in the Supreme

face significant challenges rela-
tive to employment, housing,
and an increasingly negative
reflection on the Black presence
in the criminal-justice system.
While many of these issues are
influenced by local and state
legislation, they are still trou-
bling when you see the Black
unemployment rates in double
digits, housing foreclosures
increasing and the state of in-
equality in our criminal-justice
system leaves all of us at peril.
The good news, of course, is

that under the leadership orAt-
torney General Eric Holder, the
first Black attorney general,
the disparity between powder
cocaine and crack cocaine has
been reduced from 100 to 1 to
18 to 1. This is a step in the
right direction. But leveling the
playing field to a 1-to-1 ratio
is still necessary, and we hope
this will be accomplished in the
coming years.
President Obama has made
clear his views on the kinds of
justices he wants for the courts,
what kinds of tax cuts he
wants, as well as his views on a
woman's right to choose, immi-
gration, and now, stricter gun
laws. Voters carefully assessed
their options and made their
decision for themselves and for
their children and grandchil-
dren, for generations to come.
Charles Ogletree, Jr., is the
Jesse Climenko Professor ofLaw
at Harvard Law School, and ex-
ecutive director and founder,
Charles Hamilton Houston Insti-
tute for Race and Justice.


100 Black men and deadly assault weapons M I
I have a suggestion for the supremacists\racists. members of the Black Panther ing that owning a mniltar, -sstyle
proponents of a ban on the sale Then we will see how really Party insisted on the right to assault weapon and\or high-
of military-style assault weap- devoted to the Second Amend- carry rifles to protect them- capacity ammunition maga-
ons and high-capacity ammu- ment are politicians from cit- selves from police brutality zine is a birthright that no one
nition magazines to anyone ies such as: Jackson, Miss., and threats from those same has the right to deny to citi-
who has the money to buy one Birmingham, Dallas, Salt Lake white terrorists. Many politi- zens of the U.S. The question is
or a dozen of them. City, Utah; Cheyenne, Wyo.; cians and editorial writers re- whether they mean all citizens
In a dozen cities around the Memphis, Lexington, Ky.; Co- sponded with near hysteria or just people who share their
country, heavily populated racial grouping.
with lovers of deadly weapons, This causes one to wonder
they should sponsor a pro- n a dozen cities around the country, heavily populated with how the National Rifle Asso-
assault weapon march by 100 lovers of deadly weapons, they should sponsor a pro-assault ciation's leadership; propagan-
Black men who would, in total march 100 k m dists such as Rush Limbaugh,
silence, march with a legally weapon march by 100 Black men Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly
acquired military-style as- and Ann Coulter; members of
sault weapon in one hand and lumbia, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; when Kwame Toure (Stokely Congress; and editorial pages
a high-capacity ammunition Richmond, Va.; Kansas City, Carmichael) declared the need of many newspapers would
magazine in the other. Mo.; and Boise, Idaho. for Black Power and wrote a react at the sight of 100 im-
They would march behind I never heard them clamor- book on which cover he stands peccably dressed Black men
a banner boldly proclaiming ing about the absoluteness of holding a rifle, silently marching down a city
their absolute devotion to Sec- such rights when, in the 60s, In all those instances, back street with a military-style as-
ond Amendment rights that Malcolm X insisted that Black proponents of self-defense sault weapon in one hand and
will enable them to protect folks had the right to defend were stridently accused of ad- a high-capacity ammunition
themselves, their families and themselves even with weap- vocating violence. Those same magazine in the other.
their communities from pos- ons from attacks by white people and their ideological co- A. Peter Bailey is a journalist,
sihle fitlure attacks by white sunremacists\racists, when horts are now loudly proclaim- activist and author.


Obama and Black's downward

As a conservative, President
Barack Obama's re-election
was one of the most disap-
pointing experiences of my
As a Black American, my
sorrow was only amplified.
Just look at President
Obama's economic track re-
cord. Look at the unemploy-
ment rate during Obama's
first term. Throughout his
first four years as the nation's
CEO, the official unemploy-
ment rate rested almost exclu-
sively between eight and ten
percent with data showing
the inclusion of those leaving
the workforce altogether out
of despair actually made the
number much higher.
He promised much better.
But then asked for more time.
Despite being carried to re-
election by a nearly unani-
mous Black vote, Black un-
employment under President
Obama was a staggering 14.3
percent in the month before
his re-election. Young Black
men are being hit particularly

hard by unemployment.
A white liberal incumbent
president with such an abys-
mal economic track record
would be slaughtered for such
a performance. He was. Re-
member Jimmy Carter's 1980
landslide loss to Ronald Rea-
gan? Yet Obama cruised to a
fairly easy win. The fact that
it was Black America carrying
Obama to victory that leaves
me flabbergasted.
To add insult to injury, the
Reverend Al Sharpton sees fit
to not blame the stubbornly
high Black and Hispanic un-
employment rates on Obama's
policies, but on conservatives!
In a recent radio interview,
Sharpton said:
[Obama's] increased jobs
and found jobs unemploy-
ment has gone down in the
private sector. What has not
gone down is [unemployment]
in the public sector and Blacks
in particular are dispropor-
tionately in the public sector.
One of the reasons those
jobs have gone down or have

remained down is one, the
Republicans are cutting a lot
of the agencies where we are
the employees of government
jobs... [W]hat we've got to do.
. is take on these governors
and mayors as well as the pri-
vate sector on why the private
sector is getting all these con-
tracts and bailouts and not
hiring and correcting the dis-
proportionate amount of their
employment does not touch
our community and have the
President and them support
us in that.
Ill overlook that Sharp-
ton, like most liberal elitists,
seems ignorant of basic eco-
nomic principles. Otherwise,
he would know Obama's big
government, tax-and-spend
policies such as the failed
stimulus, his existing taxes
and his proposed $1.6 trillion
in tax hikes on corporations
and small businesses (deri-
sively called "the rich") and
Obamacare are primarily to
blame for high unemployment

rates overall and aI isfpropor-
tionately high Black unem-
ployment in particular.
Forget the "fiscal cliff." Black
America already plunged over
the cliff of political skulldug-
gery, propelled by intellectual
buffoonery. It's on a collision
course with economic calam-
ity by reelecting an inexperi-
enced community activist to
the White House.
That dinosaurs of the mod-
ern-day civil rights establish-
ment such as Al Sharpton
are still found relevant by the
mainstream media only adds
urgency to the need for those
of us who care about our coun-
try to strap on the parachutes
of our own economic security
plans and pull the chord.
It's going to be a crash land-
ing before Obama's second
term is over.
Darryn "Dutch" Martin, a
member of the national advi-
sory council of the Project 21
Black leadership network, is
a former member of the Ameri-
can diplomatic corps.

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- BY MARC H. MORAL. NNPA Columnist

Black leaders announce recommendations

Miami Times columnist, rjc@clynelegal.com F

Every Florida resident

deserves the right to vote

Florida has been the center of
voting fiasco in two of the last
three presidential elections.
We had Bush vs. Gore and the
saga of the hanging chad. Then
we had lines that required
voters to wait over six hours
to vote, and we had the igno-
miny of taking longer to count
our ballots than any state, in
the Union. Let's be blunt: the
Governor and Republican Leg-
islature cynically added mul-
tiple amendments that would
take a constitutional profes-
sor to decipher so that voters

of a democracy is the ability of
a people to vote fairly and elect
the person they want to serve
as their leaders. It is a not a
fair election to put obstacles in
the way of voters that prevents
them from voting. It is a tactic
that you would find in Cuba
or some despotic dictatorship
where elections are just a show
to legitimize the illegitimate. Af-
ter facing voter anger after the
election, our politicians gave
us weak platitudes calling for
the need to engage studies and
committees to discover what

very voter in Florida impacted by those long lines. In the
same breath that Republicans holler about attacks on the
2nd Amendment (Right to Bear Arms), they seek ways to
limit each citizen's constitutional right to vote.

would need more time. Then
they cut the number of days
and hours of early voting in a
calculated plan to suppress
the votes of minorities, young
voters and the working class.
Despite this anti-American vot-
ing tactic, the people of Florida
withstood long lines and voted
in record numbers. The Repub-
lican plan backfired and Presi-
dent Opama won the election,
even before Florida's numbers
had been tallied. Every voter in
Florida impacted by those long
lines. In the same breath that
Republicans holler about at-
tacks on the 2nd Amendment
(Right to Bear Arms), they seek
ways to limit each citizen's con-,
stitutional right to vote. They
seem to have forgotten the
grand reason for the formation
of this country was a protest
against taxation without the
right to vote. The underpinning

went wrong. Now that it is time
to fix the mess that they cre-
ated. But the Republican ma-
jority in the State Legislature is
balking at making real changes
that will guarantee that every
Floridian, regardless of race,
age, gender, or economic status
has the ability to vote for the
candidate of their choice. I am
waiting for some rationale Re-
publican to explain to me why
all of our interests would be
served if we were return to 14
days of early voting and give us
back the Sunday before Elec-
tion Day, so Blacks could once
again participate in "Souls to
the Polls." Why not actually lis-
ten to the committees formed
to study what went wrong? It's
time to stop playing with our
right to vote.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of
Miami/Fort Lauderdale.

During the first week of
President Obama's second
term, I joined a coalition of
civil rights leaders in Wash-
ington, D.C. to call for imme-
diate action on the urban jobs
crisis and a host of other is-
sues adversely affecting com-
munities of color. Standing
with. National Action Network
President, Rev. Al Sharp-
ton; NAACP President, Ben
Jealous; National Coalition
on Black Civic Participation
President, Melanie Campbell
and others, we called for swift
action on a number of recom-
mendations geared to leveling
the playing field and giving a
hand up to the thousands of
urban Americans who are be-
ing left behind by the nation's
economic recovery. While
each of us in the meeting has
made our individual voices
heard, we believe our unity
gives us greater strength.
This was our second meet-
ing. When we gathered in
Washington a little over a
month ago, we'urged our na-

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tion's leaders to commit to
economic and educational
parity as well as voting rights
protections, and criminal jus-
tice reforms to strengthen
America and improve the lives
of the millions of working
and middle class citizens we
see and serve every day. Last
Friday, we presented our pre-
liminary recommendations
on how best to achieve those
We propose:
Reintroduction and pas-
sage of the Urban Jobs Act
allocating resources for job
training, education, and sup-
port services for eligible young
adults, including many who
have not finished high school,
to prepare them for entry into
the workforce.
Reintroduce the American
Jobs Act, President Obama's
proposed package of tax cuts,
investments and incentives
designed to put American
back to work and speed eco-
nomic growth.
SWe support the President's

recently announced push for
a ban on assault weapons
and high capacity magazines,
and his call for universal
background checks. In addi-
tion, we recommend a stron-
ger focus on violence preven-
tion, including investments
in programs that create safe
spaces for kids after school
and improved mental health
services and treatment.
We also call for citizens to
mobilize around the upcom-
ing Feb. 27th Supreme Court
case challenging the con-
stitutionality of Section 5 of
the Voting Rights Act, which
requires states and counties
with a history of discrimina-
tory voting practices to under-
go Justice Department review
of any change to their voting
rules. This is especially im-
portant in light of the unprec-
edented voter suppression
campaign leading up to the
2012 presidential election.
Finally, we call for reforms
of the nation's dysfunc-
tional and discriminatory

criminal justice sysTmn-. A-
NAACP President Jealous
noted, "Study after study has
shown, that students of color
face harsher punishments
in school than their White
peers, [Black] students are
arrested far more often than
their white classmates, and
[Black] youth have higher
rates of juvenile incarceration
and are more likely to be sen-
tenced to adult prison. One
in 13 Blacks of voting age is
disenfranchised because of
a prior criminal conviction.
That's a staggering statistic
that reveals the desperate
need for reform."
We urge the president to
address the urban jobs crisis
in his upcoming State of the
Union address and we call
on the leaders in Washington
to make economic and edu-
cational parity a top priority
this year.
Marc H. Morial, former may-
or of New Orleans, is presi-
dent and CEO of the National
Urban League.


U.S. Rep says Obama disrespects
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings says with Black newspapers in par- "I spent more money in this
President Obama consistently ticular. He said a top campaign election than I have in any elec-
disrespects the Congressional official said Obama initially tion," said Hastings, who has
Black Caucus (CBC), the Black planned to spend only $650,000 served in Congress since 1992
press and graduates of his- with Black newspapers, a figure "And I believe Bobby [Henry
torically Black colleges key that was raised under pressure publisher of the Westside Ga
groups that were critical to his to $1 million which meant zette in Fort Lauderdale] will tel
re-election in November.
Speaking last Friday at the
mid-winter convention of the astings, the first Black person elected to Congress from
National Newspaper Publishers Florida since the Reconstruction Era, expressed admi-
Association (NNPA), Hastings, ration for the Black press, saying it covers the full scope
a former federal judge, said of Black life better than White-owned media.
the Congressional Black Cau-
cus carefully vetted candidates
they felt would be ideal for the that $999 million went to oth- you that I spent an equivalent
second Obama administration, ers. or more money than the Obam-
which has come under criticism '"If I was president of the [U.S.], for America people did with his
for being dominated by White there is no way in hell that I newspaper."
males, would raise a billion dollars and Hastings said he also out
"The Black Caucus of Con- don't spend but a million dollars spent the Obama campaign ir
gress then sent 61 names to with people who probably had other media in Broward County
the White House," Hastings re- as much to do with my becom- which makes up part of his con-
counted. "Time went by. Not one ing president as anybody," the- gressional district.
of that 61 was selected not Florida Democrat said. "I did that because I wanted
one." Hastings, the first Black per- Obama to win the presidency
In a speech that had a rich son elected to Congress from but I particularly went to the
blend of seriousness, humor Florida since the Reconstruc- ground in this election to prove
and expletives, Hastings said tion Era, expressed admiration to him and his minions tha
during the campaign, the CBC for the Black press, saying ,it this was territory that had beer
pressed the Obama campaign covers the full scope of Black life watered,, flowered, grown anc
about the paucity of advertising better than White-owned media, harvested long before anybody






knew his (expletive) name.
Hastings continued, ". . Be-
cause of your efforts national
Black publishers because of
many of your efforts, we voted
two percent in this election
more than we did in '08. And
I received two percent more in
the congressional district that I
serve than he did and that's
the message I wanted to send to
He said a strong message
also needs to be sent to adver-
tisers' that 'fail to support the
Black press. According to a
2012 report by Nielsen titled,
"African-American Consumers:
Still Vital, Still Growing," Black
consumers will have a projected
buying power of $1.1 trillion by
2012. Yet, of the $120 billion
spent on advertising in 2011,
only two percent was spent with
Black media.
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Associa-
tion News Service (NNPA) and
editorial director of Heart & Soul

Have Blacks become apathetic

towards Black History Month?
Miami, disabled Miami, retired barber.

"I've seen
people who do
care. And of
course, I care,
too. I mean I
would go ber-
serk if they
take it out of
the schools."

Liberty City, retired

S"Their eyes are closed to
their' history.
There's no
unity or kin-"
ship, but we
must remem-
ber that we
are essential
to this coun-

Miami, customer service

"I think
they care,
but some are
stuck thinking
that it's in the
past, and they
aren't focused
on progres-
sional move-
ments of 2013."

"I think people care about it.
.They lave sev- --
eral programs -.
in the area at
different plac-
es, like at the
cultural .cen-

Miami Gardens, photographer

"I think so. I don't think we
even care
about 'us' any-
more. We're
shooting and
killing each
other over

Miami, customer service

"I think
Black peo-
ple care. The
actually does
support each
other take
for instance,

how Blacks supported Presi-
dent Obama."

No room for women at the top in County fire dept.
Last week while watching she has been there for many sworn one Black female on another. And because this de-
the confirmation of Chief Dave years (eight) but since I joined their staff and they don't see apartment no longer has a pro-
Downey I heard County Corn- the department none have the need to promote one more. cess, you can bet that the tem-
missioner Audrey Edmonson been promoted to the Fire Downey recently revealed his porary male chiefs will become
ask the Chief about promot- Chiefs staff. As a young Black new table of organization and permanent.
ing sworn female firefighters female, neither I nor my col- once again are no Black fe-
to positions of rank or staff, leagues see a pathway for our- males in fact, no females at M-DC fire department em-
especially Black firefighters. selves to the fire chiefs staff. all. He has appointed a tem- ployee (name withheld)
There is only one on staff and We understand that they have porary chief and plans to seat Miami

The County's
I wanted to thank you for
the article published last week
and believe it will lead Mayor
Gimenez to appoint a Black
police director. It was news
that our community needed to
hear. I have been in this com-
munity my entire life and I can

failure to promote Blacks, women
tell you that if we do not keep edly crossed the line on some had Carey-Shuler still been
the pressure on, we Blacks things but she was always around, the County fire de-
will be left behind. My dis- committed to diversity. She- apartment would have already
appointment is in our Black didn't play and people knew it. have several female chief fire
elected officials. There are Today's commissioners seem officers.
double standards in the Coun- to be looking the other way
ty. In the past, Barbara Carey- and hiding behind the strong Faye Davis
Shuler was said to have alleg- mayor. I could be wrong but Miami

Blacks deserve more from
Obama's inaugural speech tioned climate change. But
had a lot of things in it like again there was no mention of
gay marriage (with which I Blacks who gave him 93 per-
do not agree) and immigra- cent of the vote. Do we have
tion reform which basically to wait for some crumbs yet
means rewarding illegals for again since we got nothing
breaking the law instead of in 2008 for 97 percent of the
deporting them. He even men- vote? Someone once said Bill

President Barack Obama
Clinton was the first Black many Blacks to high positions
president and I think I must within his administration. We
agree. Obama may be the must let Obama know how we
first Hispanic president be- feel and tell him we will not be
Cause he only wanted our vote fooled twice.
which we handed him with no
demands. Clinton had -more Linda Simmons
respect for us and appointed North Miami

S.' sent landlords who are violating building codes left and right
O. ir renar ders COlcomi lm entl maintaining dilapidated business fronts, empty buildings, and
slums. Insist that they create an environment that is attractive
Violent youth continue to wreak havoc to business and business owners or shut them down.
-The Unity Barbershop Lives On!!!"
"The environment is what needs to change. Youll never know
how much a young man want to make honest money until http://miamitimesonline.com/violerit-youth-continue-to-
you create an environment where he can. Get after the ab- wreak-havoc

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Postal Service honors Rosa

Parks with postage stamp

By Mike Householder

DEARBORN, Mich. Hun-
dreds of people, including
some of Michigan's political
elite, gathered last Monday to
celebrate the late Rosa Parks
on what would have been her
100th birthday by unveiling
a postage stamp in her honor
steps from the Alabama bus
on which she stared down seg-
regation nearly 60 years ago.
Parks, who died in 2005, be-
came one of the enduring fig-
ures of the Civil Rights move-
ment when she refused to cede
her seat in the colored sec-
tion of the Montgomery, Ala.,
bus to a white man after the
whites-only section filled up.
Her defiance and the ensuing
Black boycott of the city bus
system helped the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. rise to national
"This is being done in sight
of the bus where future gener-
ations can sit in a seat where
Rosa Parks sat and refused to
budge and in a seat where the
world was changed," U.S. Sen.

Carl Levin said before he and
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a fel-
low Democrat, pulled the cur-
tain to reveal the Rosa Parks
Forever Stamp, which bears
her 1950's likeness.
The stamp ceremony was
part of a 12-hour event at
The Henry Ford in celebration
of the 100th anniversary of
Parks' birth that also featured
speeches and live music.

At one point, officials cleared
the vehicle- and allowed Depu-
ty Postmaster General Ronald
Stroman who as a young law-
'yer worked on Conyers' staff
while Parks worked at Cony-
ers' Detroit office to sit on the
bus by himself.
Stroman.looked around the
bus and gathered his thoughts
before saying: "It's such a pow-
erful experience to be actually
in the seat that Rosa Parks sat
in. It's almost emotional very
overwhelming to be here."
The Parks stamp is the

second in a set of civil rights
stamps being issued this year
by the U.S. Postal Service.
-USPS launched the series
Jan. 1 with the Emancipation
Proclamation Forever Stamp,
which was issued at The Na-
tional Archives in Washington.
In August, the series will cul-
minate with the dedication of
a stamp recognizing the 50th
anniversary of the historic
March on Washington.
The value of a Forever Stamp
is the domestic First-Class
Mail letter price in effect on
the day of use. They always are
sold at the same price as a reg-
ular First-Class Mail stamp.
Forever Stamps currently
are being sold for 46 cents.
The Parks stamp went on
sale recently at post offices
nationwide and at The Henry
.Ford Museum, where doz-
ens of people lined up to buy
it, and nearby where collec-
tors gathered to get their new
stamps and other collectables
stamped, or officially "can-
celed", by a postal service em-

Capitol to add statue of Rosa Parks

By Frederick H. Lowe

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer,
D.-N.Y., announced last Monday
during President Barack Obama's
and Vice President Joseph Biden's
Inaugural Luncheon that a statue
of the civil-rights icon Rosa Parks
will be added to the National Stat-
uary Hall, where the luncheon
took place at the U.S. Capitol,
before the end of the year. Parks
will be the first Black woman to
have her likeness depicted in the
hall, said Schumer, who also was
in charge of organizing Presi-
dent Obama's and Vice President
Biden's inauguration. Schumer
is chairman of the Senate Rules
Committee and in that' position,
he oversees the Capitol's artwork.

Parks made history when po-
lice arrested her on Dec. 1,1955,

for refusing to relinquish her seat days later, Robinson launched a
to a white man on a Montgomery one-day bus boycott.
bus. E. D. Nixon, one of the un- After the success of the one-day
sung heroes of the Civil Rights boycott, Black citizens decided to
Movement, and Clifford Durr, a continue either walking or riding
white attorney, bailed in carpools. They also
Parks out of jail. established the Mont-
On Dec. 2, 1955, Jo gomery Improvement As-
Ann Gibson Robinson, sociation to focus on the
an English teacher at Al- ,. boycott. The Montgom-
abama State University ery Improvement Associ-
and head of the Women's ation elected the Rev. Dr.
Political Council, and i Martin Luther King, Jr.,
others began organiz- president, thrusting him
ing a boycott of the bus 1. into the national spot-
line, which was owned PARKS light, according to the
by a Chicago company, book The Thunder of An-
according to the book The Mont- gels: The Montgomery Bus Boy-
.gomery Bus Boycott and the cott and the People Who Broke
Women Who Started It: The Mem- the Back of Jim Crow.
oir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. The boycott ended Dec. 21,
With Parks' permission, Robinson 1956, after the bus company and
mimeographed 35,000 handbills Montgomery officials agreed to al-
that called for a boycott of the low passengers to sit in any va-
Montgomery bus system. Three cant seat.

World AIDS Museum seeks start in Broward

By Larry Barszewski

One of the world's first AIDS
museums could bring tourists to
Broward County to reflect on the
disease that has killed millions
over the past 30 years.
From a sculpted red AIDS rib-
bon made out of a decade's worth
of one man's empty HIV prescrip-
tion medication bottles to exhibits
chronicling the history of the
disease and the lives lost to it, the
proposed World AIDS Museum
and Educational Center would be
a somber attraction amid South
Florida's beach and nightlife

Organizers say the area is well-
suited for the museum, given that
Broward has one of the highest
HIV infection rates in the country,
has a large gay population and is
a major tourist destination.
The museum idea emerged
from an HIV support group. Its
creators hope to find a home this
year for the nonprofit museum in
the Wilton Manors-Fort Lauder-
dale area. They said they have
raised about half the $50,000
they think is needed to operate
the museum for a year, relying on
an all-volunteer staff.
Few other museums are dedi-
cated to the subject.

The national AIDS Museum,
founded in 2006 in the Newark,
N.J., area, still does not have a
home. A Thailand museum has
the macabre slant of displaying
corpses of AIDS victims, and in
South Africa the Museum of AIDS
in Africa is just beginning.
Steve Stagon, the museum's
president and CEO, who has been
HIV-positive for 23 years, says it
was important for the museum
to have a worldwide focus. While
AIDS has been a predominantly
gay disease in the U.S., worldwide
he said it is much more a disease
affecting women and heterosexu-

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-Photo courtesy Vivilora Perkins

Seeking solutions to youth crime

Vivilora Perkins, program coordinator for the Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition, presents a recent
edition of The Miami Times during a local strategy session. She will be meeting with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson
in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and says she will take the article for backup' as she presses for more funds
and programming to curtail the county-wide rise in youth crime.

Gun-rights advocates seek

common ground on reform


she opened tt-stim,rn at the first
congressional hearing on gun vi-
olence since the Newton massa-
cre in which a gunman shot dead
20 children and six adults at an
elementary school.
"The message she delivered
today carried more
S weight, not only be-
cause she was obviously
a victim of gun violence,
but also because she's
speaking from the per-
spective from a strong
supporter of the Second
Amendment," the con-
gresswoman said.
PMAN President Barack
ILTZ Obama and other Dem-
ocrats have asked Con-
gress to pass the largest package
of gun restrictions in decades.
But their efforts are being met by
strong opposition from the lead-
ership of the NRA.
The group's CEO Wayne LaPi-
erre is opposing the universal
background checks.
Some of the gun rights advo-
cates who met with Wasserman
Schultz last Wednesday dis-
tanced themselves from LaPi-
erre's view.

By Ihosvani Rodriguez

A group of South Florida gun
rights advocates said they are in
favor of universal background
checks for all gun buyers and
agreed there is enough common
ground between all sides of the
gun control debate to establish
some new reforms.
The group of nine men, led by
retired South Florida business-
man and lifetime National Rifle
Association member Jim Cum-
mings, met with Congresswoman
Debbie Wasserman Schultz be-
hind closed doors last Wednes-
day in Oakland Park to discuss
"common sense ways" aimed at
curbing gun violence.
Last Wednesday's meeting was
the second gun-control discus-
sion Wasserman Schultz has
conducted in South Florida since
the Dec. 15 massacre in New-
town, Conn. The congresswoman
met with politicians and law en-
forcement officials in similar dis-
cussions earlier this month, and

plans to meet with gun violence
victims next.
The discussion coincided with
hearings held in Wash-
ington D.C this week
by the Senate Judiciary
Committee on the issue .i
of gun control. Wasser- ,
man Schultz said that f ~ -
listening from all sides i
of the debate, especially
from staunch Second
Amendment supporters,
will be the only way to WASSI
achieve actual reforms. SCH
"We need to do a lot
more listening than we do chat-
tering on how to solve these
problems, Wasserman Schultz
said after the hourlong meeting.
Last Wednesday in D.C., Was-
serman Schultz's personal friend
and former congresswoman
Gabby Giffords made an emo-
tional plea for Congress to take
some action when it comes to
gun reforms.
Giffords implored lawmakers
to "be bold, be courageous" as

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Urban League confirms Lauderdale as 2015

Civil rights organization to

bring convention in two years

By Arlene Satchell

For the past decade, the Na-
tional Urban League has held
its mid-winter training confer-
ence in Fort Lauderdale.
But South Florida was not on
the radar to a host its national'
conference -- until about three
years ago. That's when the Ur-
ban League of Broward County
put in a bid for the high-profile
event that last year featured
President Obama speaking to
the thousands that attended.
Last Friday, Fort Lauderdale
was officially picked for the civil
rights organization's 2015 con-
National officials made the
announcement at a press con-
ference in Fort Laudedale, cit-
ing local leadership for their
choice, including Germaine
Smith-Baugh, President and

CEO of its Broward affiliate .
"Our conference is only as
strong as the host affiliate and
its leadership and Germaine is
a strong leader... in this com-
munity and in our urban league
movement as well," said Nation-
al Urban League Senior Vice
President Rhonda Spears Bell
who attended a press confer-
ence in Fort Lauderdale.
For decades, the Urban
League of Broward County has
focused on transforming the
lives of Black children and fam-
ilies in the community through
education, job, housing and
health programs.
"Dr. Smith-Baugh has been
instrumental in establishing
the Urban League of Broward
County as the community's
leading civic and social services
organizations, and one of the
most dynamic community out-

-Carline Jean, Sun Sentinel / February 1, 2013
Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs, left, Rhonda Spears Bell, Senior Vice
President for National Urban League, Broward Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief and
Germaine Smith-Baugh, right, with the Urban League of Broward County after
the league annouces its decision to host its 2015 convention in Fort Lauderdale.

reach networks in the nation,"
National Urban League Presi-
dent and CEO Marc H. Morial
said in a written statement. "I
can think of no better setting for
a conference that is focused on
effecting community change."
This year's National Urban

League convention will be held
July 24 27 in Philadelphia and
in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014, of-
ficials of the 102-year-old New
York-based organization said.
The convention is billed as a
national forum for debate and
discussion on policy issues and

finding solutions for challeng-
es affecting Blacks and urban
communities, typically draws
many of the nation's influential
leaders and top policy makers,
league officials said.
Morial, said he expects the
league's national convention to
attract about 5,000 of the coun-
try's most influential commu-
nity leaders, top policy-makers,
academicians, business leaders
and artists for three days of dy-
.namic dialogue, intellectual ex-
change and community service.
Aggressive marketing by the
Greater Fort Lauderdale Visi-
tors & Convention Bureau also
helped Fort Lauderdale beat
out nine.other U.S cities to se-
cure the event.
Local tourism officials say
that nearly -10,000 people are
typically drawn to the destina-
tion hosting the event, which
will result in significant eco-
nomic impact and national me-
dia exposure.
"It's about so much more than
the $8 million dollar economic

host city

impact that the National Ur-
ban League Conference brings
to Broward County. It's about
strengthening the community
by becoming the destination of
choice for 'the country's largest
and most influential black pro-
fessional organizations," said
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
President Nicki E. Grossman.
Planning for the 2015 confer-
ence, which will be held during
the last week in July, is expect-
ed to begin soon, league offi-
cials said. The host hotel will be
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort &
Spa, although four hotels have
been contracted.
"I'm proud and thrilled to
welcome the National Urban
League Conference to Broward
County for 2015," said Smith-
Baugh. "Not only do Fort Lau-
derdale and Broward County
represent an exciting cross-sec-
tion of cultures, but we feel
that our affiliate's thriving pub-
lic and private partnerships
throughout the region can be a
model for the nation."

Judge denies delay

in Zimmerman's

murder trial

Donors of the defense quickly pump

$5,200 into his website

By Arelis R. Hernandez
and Rene Stutzman

Prosecutor Bernie de la
Rionda recently objected to a
delay in George Zimmerman's
trial, accusing defense attor-
ney Mark O'Mara of spending
too much time on media in-
terviews and suggesting that'
O'Mara may be stalling be-
cause he's out of money.
O'Mara filed paperwork,
asking Circuit Judge Debra
S. Nelson to delay Zimmer-
man's second-degree murder
trial, which is currently set for
June 10.
The same day, he announced
that he and Zimmerman had
spent their way through more
than $300,000 in donations
and desperately needed more.
That plea generated a quick
$5,200 infusion, the defense
fund's website reported today.
De la Rionda today filed his
written response to O'Mara's
request for a trial delay: He
O'Mara appears to want the
trial pushed back-to Novem-
ber, de la Rionda wrote, but
deserves no additional time.
The state has done nothing
in violation of Florida's rules

of criminal procedures, de la
Rionda wrote, and he's done
far more to help O'Mara round
up witnesses and evidence
than he normally does.
O'Mara is the reason for the
delay, de la Rionda wrote. The
defense attorney has been
slow to schedule depositions
and sometimes cancels them
at the last minute, de la Rion-
da said.
O'Mara has made it clear
that he wants to investigate
witnesses before he deposes
them, something that slows
the process.
For example, before he de-
poses her, he plans to review
the Twitter and Facebook
posts of a young Miami wom-
an who says she was on the
phone with Trayvon Martin,
the unarmed Black 17-year-
old killed by Zimmerman
when they came face to face.
That could mean a delay of
several months while O'Mara
pushes those two social-net-
working sites for access to her
account information.
The judge will hear both
sides present argument for
and against a trial delay on.
She also must decide what
to do about biographies on

-Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel
George Zimmerman with defense counsel Mark O'Mara in
court at the Seminole County courthouse after a hearing in
December 2012 in Sanford, Fla.

Trayvon, members of his fam-
ily and key witnesses that
were compiled by the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment. They include criminal
criminal records.
O'Mara has asked the judge
to force the state to hand them
over. In paperwork filed with
the court, an FDLE attorney
says that would be an inva-
sion of privacy.
The defense team's money
problems appear to be less
severe than they were earlier
this week.
Less than 24 hours after
O'Mara's plea for donations,
the cash started flowing again.
According to the .legal de-
fense fund website, the site

has collected $5,200 from 160
O'Mara estimated defense
needs more than $1 million.
What's been spent so far, he
said, has been managed re-
The fund website quoted one
anonymous donor who gave
$1 as saying, "I'm sure every
dollar helps and I wish I could
do more but I'm struggling
to keep a roof over my head."
Zimmerman shot and killed
Trayvon Martin, an unarmed
Black 17-year-old, after spot-
ting him inside his Sanford
gated community Feb. 26. The
29-year-old Neighborhood
Watch volunteer is free on $1
million bond.

New UTD head could determine future of County's teachers

continued from 1A
been working as a "talent scout."
"I am always looking for ways
that our members can represent
the best of the union to our com-
munity," she said. "And while
there are some who would like to
push unions aside both locally
and nationally, we are still an im-
portant entity. Teachers serve on
the frontline for students and for
what happens in the classroom. If
we really believe that education is
important then we have to make
teaching an an attractive profes-
sion. That means properly com-
pensating those in education."
The three Black candidates run-
ning for president include: Bush,
57, Ingram, 39 and Smith, in her
50s. All three are veterans in the
field of education.
Bush, a 24-year educator, and
graduate of Miami Northwestern
[1974], Bethune-Cookman Uni-
versity [1979], Nova Southeastern
[1984] and Smith Chapel Bible
University [2004], says he's run-
ning to "provide leadership and
to expand my reach as an advo-
cate of economic development for
union members . and direct
services to youth.".
"I aim to provide the kind of
leadership that will ensure that
the union's basic function is pro-
moted and achieved. I have 30
years of leadership experience
and my voice is known among
national leaders throughout this
country. As president I will make
a difference."
His platform includes the fol-
lowing: transparency; true mem-

ber representation and political
influence; and growth.
Smith, a native of Iowa, earned
her B.A. in Literature from Ameri-
can University in Washington,
D.C. Her platform includes: af-
fordable healthcare; transparency
and open access; development of
a living wage; equitable
and ethical evaluations;
and an end to reduction
in force initiatives.
"We need to re-ener-
gize our unions with
aggressive local, state
and national leadership
that will fight the bi-
partisan privatization
of public schools on the BU.
ground level," she said.
"As president of UTD, I
could have a greater reach than
what I do now in terms of educat-
ing and organizing the rank and
file . UTD leadership would
make it easier to engage folks
in direct actions to promote and
protect quality and equity in pub-
lic education both for teachers
and their learners."
Smith also said she wants to
see an end to the overemphasis
on high-stakes testing, "which di-
rectly serves the school-to-prison
Ingram, a graduate of Miami
Jackson and Bethune-Cookman
University, was also the Miami-
Dade Teacher of the Year in 2006
and was elected as the UTD sec-
retary/treasurer in 2007. He says
teachers need a voice in public
"Teachers have to advocate for
what's right in the classrooms
and what happens between the


family, school and the commu-
nity," he said. "It's important to
have a new brand of leadership
in this changing world and to
have someone who understands
the Miami story and its fiber -
someone from this community.
I'm running to lead this commu-
nity to greater sleights.
Many of our children
live with surrogate
parents so we have to
do more than educate
them we must meet
them where they are
and provide alternative
tracks for those who
are not going to col-
S lege. We also have to get
back to providing moral
education and charac-
ter building."
Ingram's platform includes: re-
structuring the class day to ac-
commodate students who have
infants or must work to provide
income for their families; making
sure that the union works with a
balanced budget; advocating for
quality in the classroom; and cre-
ating a culture of learning.
Smith has also garnered the
endorsement of Aronowitz in his
quest for the presidency of UTD.
"I believe that 'Fed' is our
strongest candidate primarily.
because I think he wants to do
what's in the best interest of the
urion's membership," she said. "I
am concerned that the other can-
didates are more focused on their
own self interests. Some of what
they are saying in terms of their
motivation for running I find
highly suspect."
UTD has an estimated mem-

bership of 16,000 and is com-
prised of teachers, para-pro-
fessionals; clerical workers.and
security monitors.

Stafford files bill to alter

FL's stand your ground law

Representative Cynthia
Stafford (D-Miamil has filed
House Bill 123. which aims
to require an overt act for
someone claiming the stand
your ground defense. Rep-
resentative Mark Paflord
(D-West Palm Beach arnd
Representative Barbara Wat-
son (Miami Gardens) have
joined Stafford as co-
sponsors of the bill.
The representatives
offered the following
Stafford said: "The e
ayv the law currently v
reads, a person
claiming stand your
ground need only
have a reasonable
belief that they are in STAI
imminent danger of
great bodily harm or death
There is no prov'sion that re-
quires something other than
a person's belief This bill
t\ill require an overt act, in
essence, an initial aggressive
act that places the claimant
in fear for their life
"House Bill 123 \ill help


to eliminate assumptions
that ha-e proven deadly in
the past. it's no longer, i
thought' he or she looked
dangerous so [ thought' i
would be harmed or killed.
With this bill, there must
be something more than
'I thought' there must be
an overt act that placed a
person in reasonable
fear of death or great
l bodily harm.
Afford said: "Rep-
resent.ative Stafford's
7tIA proposal provides a
smart change to a
complex law that ob-
viouslh needs urgent
attention '"
Watson said: "I
ORD believe there are
loopholes in the cur-
rent law that too often lead to
opportunities for indi'.vduals
to make a judgment of fear
or threat to their safety that
result in deadly consequenc-
es House Bill 123 uthtens
the guidelines as to-whheher
they can claim stand your
ground "

Pompano rapist gets life in prison

By Rafael Olmeda

The tearful pleas of convict-
ed Pompano Beach rapist Guy
Cherubin went unanswered
Friday when a Broward Coun-
ty judge sentenced him to
spend the rest of his life in
Cherubin, 35, was convict-
ed last month of raping and
almost killing a BOca Raton
woman outside the Briny Pub
in Pompano Beach on Sept.
13, 2008. He is also accused

of raping a homeless woman
in Pompano Beach 11 days
earlier. That case is pending.
In tears, and in broken Eng-
lish, Cherubin sobbed while
asking Broward Circuit Judge
Jeffrey Levenson for leniency
last Friday.
"I've been crying out for help
all my life," he said. "No one
was able to help me. No one.
All I needed was help. I don't
know what happened. I am
not that criminal. God knows
it. I'm sorry to you all."

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Don't fall
By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Everyone has pulled a play-
ful or even malicious prank on
someone at some point in life
before. As I recall the days of my
personal involvement with light-
spirited deviltry, it was highly
amusing for me and my child-
hood friends to make three-way
telephone calls to people who
did not know they were being
hoodwinked into participating
in a triangular conversation,
then skillfully maneuvered like
a guide dog leading the blind
towards revealing information
that would have otherwise re-
mained undisclosed.
With two conspirators already
on the telephone, one would
click over, dial a number and
then click back over as soon
as the ringing began so that a
third party could be connected
to the line. Once the call was
answered, the added party
would think that they were con-
versing privately with the caller,
not knowing that the presence
of another person on the line
was cloaked in silence, quietly


prey to prank
listening to every word i that
being said. eavesi
After a few moments feds i
of chitchatting, the call- wireta
er would artfully steer jl ing t
the conversation to a caller.
topic that was sure to i would
elicit a response from an a
the third party,which HALL from
would only be given in strict of their own

confidence, perhaps a declara-
tive that would unmask a well-
kept secret. The silent listener
would react to the third par-
ties confessional-like response
with either a low snickering
laugh, loud burst of laughter
or simply continue to remain
as quiet as a mouse, as to not
ruin the possibility of overhear-
ing more divulgement. A flab-
bergasting disclosure would,
however, make it extremely dif-
ficult to stifle a funny interjec-
tion, emerging from out of the
darkness with an exclamatory
"aha-I-gotcha." Knee-jerk re-
mark would be too irresistible
to suppress.
Sometimes, the confessor
could sense that they were be-
ing subjected to a conspiracy,

against sayi
would later
that not, th
ignore their
thus make fo
Although I
what of a d
I would like
grown into a
son, gifted
analogy betm
thing and
If I was a c
preach about
tween man's
three-way te
sermon wou
light how Sa
ing upon us
over our ey
we will com

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three-way calls
another party was the slightest evocation, while
dropping' like the God is sitting back quietly ob-
listening in on a serving how the chief deceiver
Ip long before bar- is constantly turning us into
heir soul to the suckers everyday of our lives.
Warning bells The only difference between the
caution them, two is that at the apex of all the
dmonishing voice deceitful games being played
somewhei-e inside on the spirit of man at the
head would exhort point when the flesh becomes
ng anything they weak its very unlikely that
regret. More often the face of God is looking down
ough, they would with a smirk, much less finding
better mind, spill humor in our inability to resist
into the trap, and being drawn into sin. Fortu-
Dols of themselves. nately, because the Creator is
can still be some- so merciful, instead of inter-
devilish prankster, jecting with a jeering remark,
to think that I've which can manifest in the form
fairly spiritual per- of some scornful act of affliction
in recognizing the upon our lives, we can always
ween almost any- rely on the power of forgiveness
the supernatural, through humbled prayer when-
lergyman, I would ever the Devil is successful at
it the parallel be- getting us to yield to immortal-
Sspiritual life and ity.

lephone calls. The
lid basically high-
tan is always call-
3, pulling the wool
es, confident that
mit sinful acts at

The good news that I would
deliver is that, from a spiritu-
al standpoint, we may goof up
from time-to-time, but no trick
that we fall for in life has to end
in humiliating defeat.

Ex-Opa-locka police captain gets seven years

By Wayne K. Roustan

A former Opa-locka police cap-
tain was sentenced in Miami fed-
eral court Thursday to more than
seven years in prison and four
years' probation after pleading
guilty to drug trafficking charges,
according to court docu-
ments. j
Arthur Balom, 46, of Mi-
ramar, was facing a maxi- '-
mum of 40 years in prison.
Family and friends submit-
ted 11 letters to U.S. Dis- .
trict Judge Joan Lenard &i
seeking leniency at his sen- BA
tencing hearing.
The testimonials praised Balom
for being a devoted husband, lov-
ing father, dedicated son, loyal
sibling, inspiring mentor and a
good friend who read the Bible
daily and became a changed man
during his pre-trial year behind
Letters from his daughter Brit-
tany Balom, 14, were among the
most touching.
"I didn't want to be judged be-
cause of what people heard about
my Dad," she. wrote. "So I didn't
go to school and stayed home and
was really affected by his absence
and was sick with pneumonia."
The 12-year police veteran was

accused of distributing cocaine,
Ecstasy and oxycodone for an
Opa-locka-based drug trafficking
organization known as The Back
Blues, investigators said.
Among other things, Balom
also known as "Main Man" .or
"Unc" provided the organiza-
tion with information about
'. police activity, steered his
subordinate officers away
From the group's base of
operations, and helped
the drug traffickers when-
ever they came into con-
tact with law enforcement,
LOM prosecutors said.
Several examples came
out in court hearings. In
one instance, FBI agents gave Ba-
lom a notebook with photographs
of armed robbery suspects and
asked Balom about a suspected
co-conspirator. The next day Ba-
lom met with that suspect and
showed him the FBI notebook,
court records stated.
On another occasion, Balom
sold four bulletproof vests to
some members of the drug or-
ganization. One of those vests
was worn by a gunman who
shot and killed a Brinks security
guard outside a Bank of America
branch on Miramar Parkway in
Miramar in October 2010, pros-

ecutors said.
Investigators said they had no
evidence that Balom had any
prior knowledge of the holdup,
which resulted in the fatal shoot-
ing of Alejandro Nodarse Arenci-
bia, 48, but said Balom should
have known his assistance could
have aided in the commission of
violent crimes.

Rothstein's wife
By Jon Burstein

Five years ago this week, she
was a bride who had just got-
ten married at South Beach's
Versace Mansion to a rich,
charismatic attorney who had
Fort Lauderdale abuzz.
Three years ago, she was in
seclusion after watching her
hu'sbadrd. Scott Rothstein, go
before a federal judge to plead
guilty to the largest financial
fraud in South Florida his-
On Friday, Kim Rothstein
was back at the federal court-
house in Fort Lauderdale.
This time, it was to admit that
she too is a criminal.'
Rothstein, 38, pleaded guilty
to a plot to hide more than $1
million in jewelry from federal

Nathaniel Moss, who is serving
a life prison term after admitting
he killed the Brinks guard, be-
gan cooperating with investiga-
tors and told them Balom had
sold him the ballistic vest he was
wearing when he shot the guard,
court records shoved.
The FBI began a drug trafficking
investigation at the Back Blues'

takes guilty plea
authorities as they were seiz-
ing her husband's assets to..
reimburse victims of his swin-
dle. She admitted conspiring
with her then-attorney and a
friend to s,-c retl, sell the jew-
els, inclLding ;- 13-carat dia-
mond rinr, and to persuade
her imprisonred h.usban.-d to lie
,.under oath about the ring's
w -,r -,b, its.
She. faces up to five years in
prison when sentenced April
19 by U.S. District Judge
Robin S. Rosenbaum.
Dressed in, a dark pantsLlit.
Rothstein a.nsv'..ered Rosen-
baum's questions in a clear,
steady voice as she pleaded
guilty to a felony charge of
conspiracy to commit money
laundering, obstruct justice
and tamper with a witness.

A man shoots his waitress
when she refuses to pay for his beer
The unidentified suspect entered El Eden Restaurant, located
at 10755 SW 190th St. in Southwest Dade, around 10:30 a.m. and
ordered a beer, insisting that the waitress pay for it. When she re-
fused, he grabbed paint thinner and a flare gun from his truck. He
threw the flammable liquid on the waitress, and fired one flare that
missed her but hit the drink cooler behind the counter. As she at-
tempted to flee, the man shot a second flare, which hit her in the el-
bow and stomach, according to witnesses on the scene. Police say
the waitress, only identified as Angelica, was the alleged shooter's
ex-girlfriend. After being treated for her burns, she returned to
work that afternoon with one of her arms in a sling. The man was
soon arrested at a nearby flea market, where he turned himself in.

Disrespected' Sunrise woman shoots boyfriend
A scorned lover in Sunrise is accused of shooting her boyfriend in
the head because she suspected he was being unfaithful. Balvina
Moscote, 6S, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of
the man she had lived with for three years. According to a Sunrise
police report, Moscote and her boyfriend got into an argument about
10:15 p.m. last Monday because she believed he was involved with
another woman. The altercation escalated when Moscote retrieved
a .22-caliber handgun from her bedroom closet, then she shot him
in the head and in the left arm. Despite his injuries, the victim was
able to wrestle the gun away from Moscote. As Moscote fled to
a friend's home, her wounded boyfriend was able to dial 911. He
was treated in the intensive care unit of Broward Health Medical
Center. Police took Moscote into custody at her friend's residence
in the 8000 block of Sunrise Lakes Drive North. She is being held
without bond.

Sunrise man accused of stealing
identities of more than 100 living and dead
Sean Lyons is accused of stealing the identities of more than 100
people some living, some dead in order to file fraudulent
tax returns, according to Sunrise police. The stolen information
was found after an officer approached Lyons about 3:50 a.m. last
Tuesday in the lot of the Isles at Lago Mar condominium, in the
12600 block of Vista Isles Drive. Lyons, 26, told police he did not
have his identification on him, but instead the officer later found
more than 100 names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, ad-
dresses, e-mail addresses and PIN numbers stored in a laptop, in
medical records and in a book found in the car. Also found in his
white 1999 Ford: a loaded .3S-caliber handgun on the floor near
the front of the driver's seat, a round of ammunition and a hand-
rolled marijuana cigarette that was in a cup holder, according to
the report. Lyons was charged with fraudattempt to use the ID of
another person without consent, fraudulent possession of personal
ID of deceased, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of
cannabis. He posted $16,100 bond last Wednesday, records show.

William Cowan fills John Kerry's open seat in the Senate

continued from 1A

Patrick, a Democrat, de-
scribed Mr. Cowan as a long-
time trusted ally who had
earned admiration from citi-
zens in the state because he
served on the "front lines" in
guiding the state through the
economic downturn.
"In every step, he has
brought preparation, perspec-
tive, wisdom, sound judgment
and clarity of purpose," he
Cowan, a 43-year-old North
Carolina .native and Duke
University graduate, came to
Boston to attend Northeastern

Rep. of South Carolina
University School of Law and
stayed. He stepped down as
Mr. Patrick's chief of staff two
months ago, saying he planned

to return to the private sector.
He said he agreed to the gover-
nor's request that he take the
job, but made clear that he is
not interested in being a con-
tender for the special election.
Mr. Patrick passed over for-
mer U.S. Rep. Barney Frank,
who had raised his hand to
be interim senator. Mr. Pat-
rick said there were a num-
ber of "very capable candi-
dates on the list," including
Mr. Frank.
Democratic Rep. Ed Mar-
key has said he intends to
run for his party's nomina-
tion in April. Another Mas-
sachusetts Democrat, Rep.
Stephen Lynch, is expected

Ifill, leader of NAACP's legal defense

continued from 1A

Marshall ushered in when he got
Donald Murray admitted into
Maryland's law school in 1936
is recounted in Young Thurgood:
The Making of a Supreme Court
Justice, which was written by
Larry Gibson, Ifill's colleague on
Maryland's law school faculty.
Gibson's book chronicles the
early years of Marshall's life in
telling detail, a time when this
nation's struggles with its racial
demons was widely acknowl-
edged -- if not accepted.
Ifill takes the helm of NAACP
fund amid growing evidence
that a lot of people think the
struggle for racial equality was
won with the election of this na-
tion's first Black president. But
Ifill said "talk of a post-racial era
is a huge rhetorical device that

someone came up with during
Barack Obama's ascendancy
into the White House. While that
is a great sign of change, being
able to see one highly educated,
super-qualified Black man in
the Oval Office is not the same
as suggesting that all African
Americans are accepted in the
same way."
In fact, there is mounting proof
to the contrary.
In professional football which,
on paper at least, has a strong
commitment to diversity, racial
barriers seem to be re-emerg-
ing. Since the end of the regular
season, all 15 of the sport's top
vacancies (general mangers and
coaching positions) have been
filled by whites. At the Universi-
ty of Pennsylvania, where Presi-
dent Amy Gutmann is thought
to be a national leader in diver-
sity, Black faculty members are

protesting her failure to name
a single Black dean among the
12 she appointed over the past
nine years. And even President
Obama has just one Black in his
15-member Cabinet. That's three
fewer than George W. Bush, the
compassionate conservative Re-
publican, had in his Cabinet.
Add to this friendly fire the
new legal assaults on affirmative
action and the voter suppression
campaign launched by right-
wing enemies of civil rights, and
the job Ifill takes on is even more
In Gibson's book, Marshall is
shown to be a man tenaciously
focused on using the courts to
uplift his race. He had little toler-
ance for those who put their per-
sonal or political interests ahead
of the good causes he waged for
disadvantaged people. Ifill would
do well to follow his lead.

to announce his intention to
run later this week.
No Republicans have an-
nounced they are running.
Political analysts say other po-
tential candidates are waiting
to see if former GOP Sen. Scott
Brown decides to run. Mr.

Brown was defeated in the No-
vember election by Sen. Eliza-
beth Warren.
After decades of being rep-
resented in the Senate by Mr.
Kerry and the late Sen. Edward
M. Kennedy-both presidential
candidates-the state now will

have senators holding their
first statewide political offices.
Mr. Kerry was easily con-
firmed as secretary of state by
the Senate on Tuesday, suc-
ceeding Hillary Clinton, who
is departing after four years as
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Getting tested is first step in battle against AIDS

continued from 1A

making up the greatest per-
centage: 51 percent are among
Blacks; 34 percent are among
Hispanics; and 13 percent are
among whites. So while we are an
estimated 14 percent of the popu-
lation, we represent over three
times that amount in reported cas-
es of AIDS.

National Black HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day is an HIV testing
and treatment community mobili-
zation initiative with four specific
focal points: education, testing, in-
volvement and treatment. Vanessa
Mills, executive director of the Lib-
erty City-based Empower "U" Inc.,
says it's vital for those who are
sexually active and at high risk of
contracting-HIV to know their sta-
tus. Young people, she adds, are
particularly vulnerable.
"This national campaign is in
its 13th year but the HIV/AIDS
epidemic is now 30 years old," she
said, "Why aren't the numbers go-
ing down for Blacks? It's apathy,
for one. HIV is such a preventable
disease but you have young people
who believe they are somehow im-
mune. So they continue to have

S- n-r ULU h uurLesy lty ul Iviialni
NBA legend and HIV/AIDS activist Earvin "Magic" Johnson recently joined clergy from Miami-Dade
County in a pastoral breakfast at Second Canaan M BC to show their support for those in the community and
among their congregations living with HIV/AIDS. The breakfast was co-sponsored by Clear Health Alliance
and City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.

unsafe sex instead of simply using
a condom. Add to that the stigma
associated with HIV/AIDS and you
have people who are infected hid-
ing in the closet and refusing to
disclose their status to their part-
ners. Blacks are still keeping their
heads in the sand.
"What would I recommend?
When you meet a new person, you
have to openly discuss .sex, ask
questions and never assume that
you can look at them or anyone
else and be able to tell if they're
HIV-positive or not. If someone
wants to date, make your first date

be going together to a testing site
- protect yourself."
Why aren't Blacks getting the
A closer look at recent data
shows that Black men represent
73 percent of all new infections
and 37 percent of all men who
have sex with men. One estimate
from the CDC indicates that if
current trends continue, at some
point in their lifetime, 1/16 Black
and 1/32 Black women will be-
come infected. Additionally, the
age group that has the largest
increase in infection represents

New Miami-Dade police director sworn-in

continued from 1A

rank and file." Gimenez pointed to
Patterson's experience and rapport
with his colleagues as reasons for
selecting him.
Since first joining the depart-
ment in 1983, Patterson has risen
through the ranks, serving as a
patrolman, assistant director and
now director. He has also overseen
several units within the depart-
ment including: internal affairs;
operations; sexual batteries; hu-
man resources; and auto thefts.
However, with violence on the
rise and Blacks still frustrated over
several high-profile police-involved
shootings, Patterson will have his
hands full. Miami-Dade has also
been struggling with budget cuts
and a decline in its number of se-
nior officers. Patterson says he
hopes to add more officers and beef
up technology. He also wants to
have an "honest dialogue about vi-
olence," hoping to advance beyond

-Courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Department
J.D. Patterson, Miami-Dade Police Department; and Mayor Carlos Gimenez,
shake hands after Patterson was sworn in as police director.

the point of conversation to an ac-
tual plan to curtail violence.
Patterson grew up in Miami and
graduated from Miami Jackson,
Barry University, Miami Dade
Community College and the Uni-
versity of Miami. Because he has

already entered an early retire-
ment program, Patterson will have
to step down in three years. It is
anticipated that he will take'steps
in the near future to ensure a
smooth transition when it is time
for his successor to take over.

Crooked County cops face the heat

continued from 1A
the-table protection squad for an.
illegal sports-betting ring that op-
erated out of the Player's Choice
Barber Shop [6301 NW Sixth Av-
enue] in Liberty City.
Dauphin was instructed by FBI
agents to call and meet with an-
other officer, Harold James, in
early April. He paid James, 29, for
providing "protection coverage" at
the betting operation, according
to court documents. In a state-
ment filed with his plea agree-

ment, James admitted to being
paid to provide protection for an-
other Liberty City business a
check cashing store located at
NW 79th Street and 7th Avenue.
James, who continues to coop-
erate with federal officers, was an
eight-year veteran that resigned
last November, recently pleaded
guilty to extortion and now faces
up to two years in prison. Dau-
phin, an officer since 1996, first.
pleaded not guilty to one charge
of extortion conspiracy. However,
he is expected to change his plea
to guilty as part of a cooperation

Miami's internal Affairs has
been working with the FBI's task
force since 2009. Of the nine Mi-
ami police officers arrested since
2010, seven have been nabbed
by the FBI's team. Orosa con-
tends that the recent string of
arrests does not indicate that
the department faces a problem
with corruption, as those arrest-
ed make up only a fraction of the
1,100-member force.
The FBI is expected to make
more arrests in the coming

youth between the ages of 13 and
29, especially men who have sex
with men.
"With this data we know where
the epidemic is and we know that
what we should be doing is tar-
geting prevention and making
more available service to indi-
viduals in the Black community,"
said Dr. Debra Fraser-Howze,
senior vice president for external
affairs at Oral Sure Technology
and the founder of the National
Black Leadership Commission
on AIDS. "It takes a village. We

have overcome difficulties in our
history many times before. We've
got to focus culturally and spe-
cifically on those populations that
at the greatest risk: Black men;
Black men who have sex with
men; Black women; and-under-
age youth."
Fraser-Howze agrees with Mills'
assertion that youth almost feel
like they're immune.
"Young people between 13 and
29 were born into this epidem-
ic," she said. "They grew up see-
ing the success we've had with
treatment and diagnosis. Some
of them wrongly believe that HIV
isn't so bad and that they should
not be.afraid. But I've been in this
for over 20 years and I know there
is no glory in having HIV."

Duane Carter, 50, is an award-
winning photographer who lives
in San Francisco living with HIV/
AIDS. His father, a noted profes-
sor at Howard University, died
from AIDS-related complications
in 1986. Now Carter is part of na-
tional awareness campaign, Mer-
ck's I Design, in which he brings
his compassion to help others that
are infected.
"When I first found out I was

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HIV-positive, I had a lot of knowl-
edge and education about the
virus," he said. "I had ample re-
sources and the support of others.
But there are far many today who
don't. The campaign has apps and
resource pages that will help those
that are HIV-positive more easily
manage their lives. HIV today is a
manageable chronic condition. But
there are side effects with the med-
ications. We can stop the spread
of HIV it takes common sense,
always using a condom and never
sharing needles. We can turn this
thing around."
Phill Wilson, founder and execu-
tive director, Black AIDS Institute,
"Having the tools is not enough
- ending the AIDS epidemic is
going to require a commitment on
our part all of us. That includes
ending the stigma, marginaliza-
tion and isolation that comes with
those who are HIV-positive."
Empower "U" Inc. will host a
confidential rapid testing and
counseling outreach, event on
Thursday, Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the agency office, 8309
NW 22nd Avenue. Call 786-318-
2337 fro more information. For
more about the annual aware-
ness day, visit www.blackaids-










By Henry C. Jackson
Associated Press
Nearly 50 years ago, white
supremacists planted a
bomb in a Birmingham,
Ala., church that killed
four young girls preparing
to worship, an act of terror
that shocked the nation
and propelled Congress
to pass that historic 1964
Civil Rights Act.
Lawmakers now want to
honor those victims of the
16th Street Baptist Church
bombing with the Congres-
sional Gold Medal, the
highest civilian honor that
Congress can bestow.
Birmingham Reps. Terri
Sewell, a Democrat, and
Spencer Bachus, a Re-
publican, announced the
bipartisan effort Tuesday'to
award the medal to the four
slain children: Addie Mae
Collins, Carole Robertson
and Cynthia Wesley, all 14
when they were killed, and
Denise McNair, who was
Sewell said the bombing
was a catalyst for the civil
rights movement.
"I wouldn't be here, my
mayor wouldn't be here,
were it not for the struggle
and sacrifice of those
freedom fighters," Sewell

said during an event at
the National Press Club on
She was joined by Bir-
mingham Mayor William
A. Bell, who says he knew
Denise McNair well. His
brother was her classmate
and their families were
At that time, "everybody
in Birmingham they had
some kind of connection or
relationship," to the vic-
tims, he said.
The four girls were among
a group of 26 children en-
tering a church basement
on Sept. 15, 1963, when
dynamite equipped with a
timer detonated. Twenty-
two others were injured
when the massive explosion
blew a hole through a wall
in the church, shattering
most of its windows.
The grisly images from
Birmingham drew national
attention and deepened
tumult in Birmingham, a
city already rife with racial
tension. In the aftermath,
Martin Luther King Jr.
delivered a eulogy for the
"martyred children."
The bombing proved to be
a pivotal moment ,in the civ-
il rights movement. Within
a year, Congress passed the
landmark 1964 Civil Rights
Act and, a year later, the

1965 Voting Rights Act.
But it took more than a
decade before any of the
bombing's perpetrators
were successfully brought
to justice.
In 1977, Alabama At-
torney General Bill Baxley
reopened the case, asking
the FBI for help. That led
to the murder conviction of
Robert Chambliss, a known
Ku Klux Klan member.
Eventually, two others
Thomas Blanton Jr. and
Bobby Frank Cherry were
convicted for roles in the
bombing, Blanton in 2001
and Cherry in 2002. A third
suspect, Herman Cash, was
identified by federal investi-
gators but had already died
when the FBI announced
its case.
The push for a Congres-
sional Gold Medal, which
will be led by Sewell and
Bachus in the House and
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-
Ala., in the Senate, is part
of a yearlong effort to com-
memorate Birmingham's
role in the civil rights move-
Bachus, who couldn't
attend Tuesday's event,
said recognition from Con-
gress is the right way to
honor the four girls whose
deaths "led to a permanent
change in our society."

A day pulsing with history follows very
By Calvin Woodward one expected a repeat of the un- .

Associated Press

the drumbeats of division receded
and Americans of every ornery
opinion gathered to witness his-
tory unfold in President Barack
Obama's second-term inaugura-
Hours before Monday's pag-
eantry, people on foot spilled out
of Metro stations near the White
House and streamed toward the
festivities, official vehicles sealed
off intersections blocks from the
White House and Obama stood
for a blessing in the "Church of
The service at St. John's
Episcopal Church captured the
intended tone of the day: unity.
Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the Af-
rican Methodist Episcopal Church
spoke in the blessing of "this new
season of opportunity after con-
flicting opinions and visions and
platforms clanged against each
other like a resounding gong. "
A sea of people filled stretches
of the National Mall from the
West Front of the Capitol back to
the Washington Monument and
beyond, to the reflecting pool. No

precedented crowds of four years'
ago, nor quite the same adrena-
line-pumping excitement. But for
many thousands, it was not to be
David Richardson, 45, brought
his children, Camille, 5, and
Miles, 8, from Atlanta to soak
it all in and to show them, in
Obama's achievement, that "any-
thing is possible through hard
The "mostly Republican" Vicki
Lyons, 51, of Lakewood, Colo.,
called the experience "surreal"
and "like standing in the middle
of history."
She didn't vote for Obama and
voiced plenty of worry about the
nation's future but said: "No
matter who the president is, ev-
erybody needs to do this at least
Outside the Capitol, scene of
Obama's noontime inaugural
speech, people had their pictures
taken with the flag-draped build-
ing in the background. It was
cool with a steady breeze, but the
crowd was spared the biting cold
of four years earlier.
Kenya Strong, a 37-year-old
financial analyst from Charlotte,

-AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
President Barack Obama receives the oath of office from Chief
Justice John Roberts at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capi-
tol Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama holds the
bible as daughters Malia and Sasha watch.

N.C, brought her daughter, Ty, for
the second time. Like Richardson,
she said the event holds lessons
for the young.
"It's really important for her
to understand that her potential
is endless," she said. "You have
so much to live and look forward
to, for yourself personally, for our
country _just to see that there's
more than the here and now."
Ty Strong, now 15, toted a new

camera and broader expecta-
tions than in 2009 about the kind
of people she'd meet not just
African-Americans like herself.
"There were a lot of different
faces among the crowd that you
don't expect to see on an ev'eryda',
basis like more foreigners," she
said. "It was nice."
At midmorning, Metro subway
trains through downtown Wash-
ington were no more crowded

old script
than they would be on a typical
workday except few were going
to work. Although transit officials
urged riders coming in from the
suburbs not to change trains,
passengers had little trouble
switching at the busy Metro Cen-
ter station.
Terry Alexander, a Democratic
state representative from South
Carolina, and his wife, Starlee
Alexander, were taking a leisurely
ride from their downtown hotel
to Union Station. Four years
ago, they had to ride a bus to the
Pentagon from their Virginia hotel
and walk across the 14th Street
Bridge to the National Mall.
"It was crazy," he said. "This is
calm. Last time, we couldn't even
get down in the tunnel to get to
the trains."
Obama's motorcade went into
motion several hours before the
speech, taking him with his family
to St. John's Episcopal Church.
Before the sermon, R&B perform-
er Ledisi sang the solo "I Feel Like
Goin' On."
On recent visits to the "Church
of Presidents," Obama has taken
to ditching the motorcade in favor
of walking back to the White
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drums, and all eves were on the
17 young men as the\ walkedd to
the front of the building with their
families it was during this cer-
emonvy where the young men would
separate from their families and
sit on their own. It was the young

means' nres of passage, a process
that even young boy ir Afnca goes
through. which is symbolic of him
transitioning from boyhood to nan-
in one African tribe in order for
a boy to become a man he mist
live in the wilderness, kill a lion
and brain the lion back to the
tribe. When he comes back to the
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istry Members of
the African American
History Ministry pose
together after class on
Feb. 3. Pictured are: Ev-
elyn Mosley (I-r), Myrtis
Milton, Dr. Caleb Davis,
Chiamaka Chukwurah,
Ronald Jean-Louis, John-
son Jean-Louis, Cardinal
Bain, Sandra Nobles, and
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mwright@miamitimesonline.com female rappers to give an alter- Praises Season 2, was awarded
native to the Nicki Minaj's of the a $5,000 check and a recording
Christian rappers Lecrae and world. ; contract from Royalty.
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tives to many big named secular of the Praises Season 2, Royalty star-studded judge panel, which
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Rev. Melvin Grace, 62, pastor of God's Total Word Ministry,
says he remembers seeing Heaven. In May 2004, Grace had a
life-altering experience after having an aneurysm which induced
a stroke and left him in a coma for a month. It was during this
time he believes he visited Heaven.
He was on a floor that looked like water but was pure gold. God
was wearing a pure white robe with gold trimming that looked
like it was a part of Him. Grace said he fell to the floor crying say-
ing "God, I'm your son." But God responded saying "Jesus is my
son because He is my word."
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"Ki Ki" Sheard; Mr. Del; for-
merly of Three 6 Mafia and
Becka Shae, a Christian pop
Other contestants included:
David "King David" Zeigler,
Elaine Nelson, Ernest Gonder,
Irvin "BLIND" Aboite, Sean
"Anointed" Olivera and Sante-
ria Gordet.
"This is an awesome thing,"
said Mr. Del. "We need more
platforms so that kingdom
culture can be presented in a
major way."
Although the judges de-
scribed all of the contestants
as "phenomenal in their own
right" and "anointed," the tal-
lied scores showed that Wheel-
er was the most equipped for
the recording contract.
"I feel like God told me that
this was my season, and I've


continued from 1B

Minister Robert Allen of Bible
Baptist Church tried to smoke
himself to death, when he
found out that he had the virus
in 1986. He had contracted HIV
when he was addicted to crack
and living a promiscuous life-
style, which is why he was not
surprised when he found out he
had it.
Now decades later, both Jo--
seph and Allen have not let the
virus stop them from living. In
fact, they both share their sto-
ries every time they get the
chance. The aim of their stories
is to let others know that HIV is
no longer a death sentence.
Joseph works as a Willow fa-
cilitator at Empower "U", Inc.
and Allen leads an HIV/AIDS



Great exposure for Christian performances Love Revolution Revival

been confessing it, and when
you realize that it's real it's
just so overwhelming and you
feel so blessed," Wheeler said.
Her original song, "2013 no
thing" encouraged everyone
with a message that said re-
gardless of how difficult this
year may be, you can over-
come it with the help of God.
"She was amazing," Mr. Del
said. "I'm going to try to see
what we can do about putting
her out there because there
is a void [of female rappers in
Christian music], and I repre-
sent the Hip Hop movement in
Gospel so I'm definitely going
to have my eyes and ears on
her to make sure she gets her
The Battles of the Praises
was far from just a competi-
tion, it was an event where au-
dience members praised God
and cheered on each contes-
tant. The show didn't stop af-

St. Philip Neri Catho-
lic Church, in conjunction
with, Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church will be having a reviv-
al from Feb. 4-6.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church will cel-
ebrate its Pastor's Anniversary
on Feb. 4-10.

Greater Fellowship Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
hold a revival on Feb. 6-8 at

Bible Missionary Baptist
Church will celebrate it's 40th
church anniversary on Friday,
February 6th at 7 p.m. and
Sunday, February 10th at 11
a.m. Call 305-836-7644.

Ebenezer United Meth-

ter the contestants performed.
The professionals also hit the
stage the celebrity judges
and Christian comedian Willie
Brown entertained the crowd
and glorified God.
"We all sang our songs, but
the girl was so bad with that

rap, and with what she was
saying [from the] word," Wi-
nans said. "She was just awe-
some. The fact that they put
rapping in [the competition]
just puts another notch on
rapping because all rapping is
not bad rapping.

Valentine's Day Weekend Gospel Concert

Narrow Gate Productions of
Miami, LLC. proudly presents
"No Greater Love Than This;" a
Valentine's Day weekend gospel
concert. The month of Febru-
ary is a time when we celebrate
love. God demonstrated His
love for humanity when He sac-
rificed His beloved Son for the
sins of the world.
All are welcome to join in the
celebration of song, dance, po-
etry and worship. Dr. Jerome
Symonette, pastor of Restor-
ing Grace Baptist Church will
deliver a message of inspira-

tion. Live performances include
LaVie, Rebecca "Buttlerfly"
Vaughns, Brandon Sanders,
Mark Dumesle, and the Second
Chance Band.
This semi-formal event will
take place at the 93rd Street
Community Baptist Church in
Miami, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.,
Saturday, February 16. Tickets
are $20 and can be purchased
online or at. the event. A por-
tion of the proceeds will benefit
South Florida's needy children.
Visit www..ngpmiami.com for
tickets and more information.

es on how to survive HIV/AIDS

awareness ministry at Bible
Baptist Church.

Allen had held a lot of things
that he struggled with through-
out his life, including contract-
ing HIV. But one night while in
a therapy group for drug addic-
tion, he had shared his story.
"I cannot describe the feeling
of when this great weight falls
off of you because now you've
given it to everybody else," Allen
said. "My life has changed be-
cause of that one night in that
After sharing his story, he was
clean of drug addiction for a
year or two when he started at-
tending Bible Baptist. He shared
his story at the church and was
embraced with love by most of

the church members, although
there were some who weren't as
He met his wife at the church.
After hearing his story, she told
him that God told her to tell him
if he needed someone to talk to
she was available to listen.
"I believe that if I wouldn't
have married her I would of went
back to using drugs and I would
have died," Allen said. "Part of
my life is being accountable to
Just as difficult as it was for
Allen to open up, Joseph expe-
rienced similar problems as well
- it took her seven years to tell
her family that she had the vi-
"It was like a burden was lifted
off of me," she said. "They did
not treat me how I thought they
would treat me.

Graces compares Heaven to Earth

Her sister, Shownda J. Pagan,
has gotten involved and has
been her rock. She has encour-
aged her to take her medicine
and tells her to be optimistic
about living. Both Joseph and
her sister are actively involved
in Miami-Dade County's Sistas
Organizing to Survive (S.O.S.).
Joseph encourages people to tell
at least one family member or
close friend about their status.
"You never know they proba-
bly would be the one that would
be your rock," she said.
Allen said that self-honesty, a
lifestyle change, prayer and tak-
ing your medication is impor-
tant to surviving HIV.
Joseph agreed saying that
opening up with others, God
and taking her medication is
what has helped her survive.
"As long as you take your
medication and adhere to what
your doctor tells you to do, you
can live a long, long time," she

Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami,
Inc., 5129 NW 17 Ave.,
Miami, Rev. Dr. W. Edward
Mitchell, pastor invites you
to their Love Revolution
Revival, 7 p.m. nightly,
February 13, 14, and 15.
The Revivalist, Rev. Danny
C. Osborne, Pastor of God,
Side Progressive Missionary
Baptist Church of Tampa,
Come out and hear this
wonderful man preach the


odist Church presents a din-
ner and movie night themed,
"An Evening for Two" in their
Fellowship Hall, Feb. 14th, at
6 p.m. Call 305-469-7363.

Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church will host its'
First Annual Talent Show on
Feb. 16. Contact 786-308-

The Central Florida
Chapter of the Union of
Black Episcopalians will host
a Fashion Show and Lun-
cheon themed, "Expressing
Your Culture on Feb. 23,
2013. Call 407-295-1923.

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

St. John to honor leaders

The historic St. John Insti-
tutional Missionary Baptist
Church of Overtown will ob-
serve a black-tie event recogniz-
ing leadership and service.
"St. John Honors" will cel-
ebrate the achievements of Phil-
lip Jewsome, Willie Perry, Ida
Adkins, Eloise Cook-Brown,
Dorothy Copeland, Gloria Mill-

er, Mickey Walker, Inez Wilcox,
Doreen Davis, Lorraine King,
Thelma Lee, Irma Mason, Cora
McLeod, Addie Reeves, and Bet-
ty Spence.
These longstanding leaders
will be commemorated 5 p.m.,
on Sunday, February 17th.
Bishop James D. Adams is the
senior pastor.

continued'from 1B

"If you want to be my son,
you must be my word," God
TJien God picked up Grace
like a baby and filled him with
His word and with light, Grace
"Now you're my son" God
said. After waking up from the
coma, Grace.had lost a lot of
his long-term memory and was
unable to identify some of his
family members and had for-
gotten special moments shared
with his wife, children and
even his life as a pastor.

"When I came back, all I
knew was the word," Grace
said. Along with the aneurysm
and stroke, Grace has had
many other health issues that

he believes comes from serving
in the Vietnam War, but God
has kept him throughout all 'of
his medical problems. He be-
lieves God brought him back to
Earth to finish his assignment.
"I'm here to do what Christ
sent me to do," he said. "God
allowed me to come back and
finish what I started. It will be
greater, bigger and will pros-
He said his assignment is to
train people on how to be sons
of God, how to walk in the spir-
it and do God's will by not be-
ing church-minded but by be-
ing God-minded.
After starting a ministry in
Orlando and being away from
Miami for five years, Grace has
returned to the city to restart
the ministry that he started
years ago. The time spent in
Orlando was his training from
God. Grace made comparisons

to what he witnessed in Heav-
en to the things that occur on
Earth, saying that many things
that are done at churches are
not of God, but sometimes led
by emotions.
For instance, he believes that
the enemy has tainted some
Christian music.
"God is not moved by our mu-
sic because its tainted," Grace
said. "God has a purpose with
the music for the soul. I pray
we do get it."
He also believes that some
church leaders get so emo-
tional that they may miss what
God is saying to them, and may
not deliver the right message.
"A lot of times, we get carried
away with our emotions," he
said. "But [some] need to calm
down and not raise your emo-
tions, but raise your attention
to hear what God is saying to

Why Black history is important?

continued from 1B

village, he is then recognized as
a warrior.
The rites of passage for young
men, held a couple of years ago,
is one of the many events that
the African American History
Ministry at New Birth Baptist
Church Cathedral of Faith In-
ternational held to celebrate
and educate congregation
members on their heritage.
During the ministry's rites
of passage program, the young
men didn't kill any lions, but
they learned useful informa-
tion that prepared them for
manhood. The young men
met with men of high moral-
ity, respect and responsibility
and were taught about many
things, such as family, politics,
religion, education and identi-
ty, over a six-month period.
"They were not the same in-
dividuals that came into train-
ing," said Dr. Caleb Davis, the
leader of the African American
History Ministry. "They left
more enlightened in terms of
who they were."
The ministry holds events
to celebrate the African heri-
tage of the members, such as

cultural movie showings on a
quarterly basis, monthly book
readings/discussions and even
large-scale events. One of the
ministry's big events was The
Fifty-Four Nations of Africa
Flag Day, where every church
member was given a flag for
one of the nations in Africa.
The ministry's mission is to
educate and inform the congre-
gation and community mem-
bers of the history, origin and
culture of African American
people. The ministry attends
an African, American class ev-
ery Sunday morning follow-
ing the 7 a.m. service, which
equips them with information
to use in their lives and pass
on to other congregation mem-
One of the problems that we
experience as a people is that
some of the youth and even
some older people don't know
the origin of their history, ac-
cording to Davis.
Shirley Roulhac-Lumpkin,
who has been a part of the
ministry for about 10 years,
said that everyone in the class
shares the same passion for
learning their history and at-
tributing what they know to
empower others..

"It's consistent and it has
helped me define myself more,"
she said.
Sandra Nobles, who has also
been a part of the group for
years, said that unlike some
other races, a lot of Black peo-
ple don't teach their children
their history.
"If you don't define yourself,
others will define you," she
Cardinal Bain, a member of
the ministry for years, believes
that if more people knew their
history, they would be more
compassionate to those who
have the same racial back-
ground as them. Bain is grate-
ful that he is able to learn
about his cultural history in
the class.
"We're really getting a college
education for free," Bain said
of the class. "[Davis] is such a
dynamic teacher."
By learning more about Afri-
can American history, you can
very well breed a lot of hate for
the race of people who have
enslaved Blacks, according to
"But coming from a Christian
point-of-view, the class teaches
you how to love and forgive," he


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U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama (C), Dr. Jill Biden (2nd-R) and Vice
President Joseph Biden (R), listen to Michele Fowlin direct the Children of the Gospel Choir
during the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, on January 22, 2013 in Wash-
ington, DC. President Obama was sworn in on January 20 for his second term as President of
the United States.



Interfaith service

weaves together

calls for guidance

By David Jackson

WASHINGTON After a full
day of being sworn in, giving
an inaugural address, leading
a parade and dancing at balls,
President Obama turned Tues-
day to prayer and to greeting
Obama attended the tradi-
tional National Prayer Service
at the National Cathedral with
Vice President Biden and their
A variety of prayers at the
interfaith service including
Christian, Jewish, Muslim and
Sikh went out to Obama and
the- vice president, one ask-
ing God to "strengthen their

hearts, make them bold, grant
them wisdom to discern your
Another prayer to "keep
this nation under your care" -
went out to lawmakers, judges
and other public officials.
The Rev. Adam Hamilton
called for national unity and
an end to hyper-partisan fight-
ing in Washington, citing recent
disputes over the debt ceiling
and health care.
"We're in need of a new com-
mon national vision not one
that is solely Democratic or
solely Republican," Hamilton
said. "We need at least one or
two goals or dreams that Amer-
icans on both sides of the aisle
can come together and say,
'Yes! That's what it means to be
Hamilton, senior pastor of
the United Methodist Church
of the Resurrection in Leawood,
Kan., told Obama that God has

given him "a unique gift," and
that "you have the ability to
cast a vision and inspire people.
"You should have been a
Later in the day, the president
and first lady Michelle Obama
surprised guests on the White
House tour by showing up with
dog Bo and greeting the tour-
ists in the Blue Room, the same
parlor where the president was
officially sworn in on Sunday.
Just before the event, the
first lady tweeted out: "Shhhh!
Barack, Bo & I are about to
surprise folks on @WhiteHouse
tours! I love doing this."
The first couple surprised
tourists in a similar way af-
ter the first inauguration four
years ago.
The Obamas ended Tuesday
with another celebratory event:
the Staff Inaugural Ball at the
Walter E. Washington Conven-
tion Center.

Giving children a chance

By Jean S. Desravines

I AM the youngest of 10
children in my family, and the
only one born in the United
States. My father was a mu-
nicipal judge who fled Haiti
during the Duvalier regime.
He and my mother settled in
the Bedford-Stuyvesant area
of Brooklyn, but could not
initially afford to bring over
my four brothers and five sis-
ters, who stayed in Haiti with
Since he did not speak
English fluently, my father
worked as a janitor and had
a second job as a hospital
security guard. He later took
a third job driving a taxi at
night to pay for my tuition
at Nazareth Regional High
School, a Roman Catholic
school in Brooklyn. My par-
ents were determined that I
was going to get a good edu-
cation, and wanted to keep
me away from local troubles,
which did claim two of my
childhood friends.
Working so many jobs over-
whelmed my father. He had a
heart attack and died at age
59 behind the wheel of his
taxi. My mother found it dif-
ficult to cope without my fa-
ther and moved back to Haiti
in 1989 with two of my sib-
lings. I thought I would have
to leave school because I had
no money for tuition, but
Nazareth agreed to pay my
SI wound up sleeping in my
car for almost three months,
showering at school after my
track team's practice. I also
held down two jobs, both in
retailing, and one of my sis-
ters and I rented a basement
apartment in East Flatbush.
After graduating from high

chief executive of New Leaders
Inc. in New York.
school in 1990, I attended
St. Francis College in Brook-
lyn, on athletic and academic
scholarships. I worked first
at the New York City Board
of Education, where H. Carl
McCall was president, then in
his office after he became New
York State comptroller. I later
worked in the office of Ruth
Messinger, then the Manhat-
tan borough president.
I broadened my nonprofit
organization experience at the
Faith Center for Community
Development while earning
my master's of public admin-
istration at New York Univer-
sity. I married my high school
sweetheart, Melissa, and we
now have two children.
In 2001, I began to work to-
ward my original goal im-
proving educational oppor-
tunities for children and
joined the city's Department
of Education. I was later re-
cruited under the new admin-
istration of Mayor Michael R.

Bloomberg to help start a pro-
gram as part of his Children
First reforms.
In 2003, I became the De-
partment of Education's exec-
utive director for parent and
community engagement, and,
two years later, senior coun-
selor to Joel I. Klein, then the
school chancellor. He taught
me a great deal about leader-
ship and how to change the
education system. But I be-
gan to realize public educa-
tion could not be transformed
without great principals who
function like C.E.O.'s of their
So in 2006 I returned to the
nonprofit world, to New Lead-
ers, a national organization
founded in 2000 to recruit
and develop leaders to turn
around low-performing pub-
lic schools. Initially, I man-
aged city partnerships and
expanded our program in
areas like New Orleans and
Charlotte, N.C.
In 2011, I became C.E.O.,
and revamped our program
to produce even stronger stu-
dent achievement results,
streamlined our costs, diver-
sified funding sources and
forged new partnerships. We
have an annual budget of
$31.5 million, which comes
from foundations, business-
es, individuals and govern-
ment grants, and a staff of
about 200 people at a dozen
We have a new partnership
with Pearson Education to
provide greater learning op-
portunities to public school
principals. The goal of these
efforts is to have a great prin-
cipal in each of our nation's
public schools to make
sure that, just as I did, all
kids get a chance at success.

A choir's show at the inauguration

brings a burst of Brooklyn pride

By Joseph Berger

When Senator Charles E.
Schumer introduced the sing-
ers of "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic" at President Obama's
second inauguration, he first
called them the "award-win-
ning tabernacle choir," as if the
huge crowd were expecting an-
other, more famous group, the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
But the senator, the inaugu-
ration's impresario and M.C.,
quickly, with a mischievous
smile, corrected himself. With
a prideful emphasis he called

Cymbala said.
The choir is directed by his
wife, Carol, 65, Chicago-born
but Brooklyn-raised. She can-
not read sheet music but has
an innate musical sense for
captivating harmonies, he said.
The choir has won six Grammy
Awards for gospel singing and
performed at Carnegie Hall and
Radio City Music Hall, as well
Sas during Billy Graham cru-
But no previous event
matched the grandeur and
spectacle of the inauguration,
which was seen on television by

On television, a pleased Mr.
Obama was seen craning his
neck to look up as they sang.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden
Jr. and former President Bill
Clinton similarly strained to
The experience, Mrs. Cymba-
la said later, left the choir mem-
bers deeply moved.
"They were weeping," she
said. "It meant so much to
them. We're just average people
but we represent this country,
and that we could be there, it
was such an honor for us."
Alicia Olatuja, 30, a mezzo-

the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performed in Washington.

the group "the Brooklyn Taber-
nacle Choir."
Whether his correction was
an effort to draw attention to the
choir's urban roots in his own
home borough, the appearance
of the Brooklyn Tabernacle
Choir was a stirring moment in
a ceremony in which a major
theme was remaking a country
where "a shrinking few do very
well and a growing many barely
make it."
The choir started 40 years
ago with just nine members of
a struggling nondenomination-
al church housed in a rundown
building on Atlantic Avenue
near where the Barclays Cen-
ter now sits. Today, according
to its Brooklyn-bred pastor,
Jim Cymbala, 69, the choir is
almost 300 strong and sings
at services each Sunday in the
4,000-seat former Loew's Met-
ropolitan theater in Downtown
Brooklyn. On an average Sun-
day, he said, 10,000 worship-
ers can pass through the doors
for the three services.
The choir, with only a few.
trained musicians, is drawn
from the congregation, which
includes a multiracial mix of
lawyers, doctors and other pro-
fessionals from brownstone
Brooklyn, but also former crack
addicts and homeless people
from other neighborhoods.
"It's a beautiful melting pot,"

Members of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir share a laugh
before the start of President Barack Obama's inauguration.

more than a billion people. On
a chilly but brightly sunny day,
the choir members stood on a
high balcony outside the Capi-
tol and were decked out in new
coats crimson and fur-lined
for the women, navy blue with
red scarves for the men con-
tributed by a Macy's executive
who is a member of the Brook-
lyn Tabernacle church.
Looking over the president,
his cabinet, the Supreme
Court, members of Congress
and a crowd in the hundreds
of thousands, they sang a new
arrangement of "Battle Hymn"
by Mrs. Cymbala and her as-
sistant, Jason Michael Webb.

soprano who sang the hymn's
solo phrase that begins with
the words "In the beauty of the
lilies," said she did not fully re-
alize the impact of the choir's
performance until she boarded
the bus to return home and her
smartphone lighted up with
150 text messages and hun-
dreds of Twitter posts.
"My Facebook page had
hundreds of comments, and
my mother's phone actually
crashed," Ms. Olatuja said.
"And when I saw the video and
saw the look on the president's
face, that's when it really hit
me: You actually affected peo-
ple in a positive way.' "

Reverend James A. Forbes Jr. tells

Newtown: MLK's words 'needed now'

By Debbi Morello

A former leader of one of the
country's most prominent lib-
eral Protestant churches told
residents weeks after one of the
deadliest school shootings in
U.S. history, that the Rev. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr.'s words "are
needed now more than ever be-
The Rev. James A. Forbes
Jr., the first Black minister to
lead New York's historic River-
side Church, spoke recently at
the Newtown Congregational
Church in a service honoring
King and the school shooting
About 300 residents filled
the church for the community
worship service, called "For the
Healing of Newtown." Forbes
delivered a sermon calling for a
transformation and healing of
"The saddest face I ever saw
on Martin Luther King was at
the funeral of the four little girls
slain in Birmingham, Alabama,"
he said. "We ask today, as King

did then,
'Lord, what
can come out
of this that
will honor
those lost
in this trag-
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graders and six school officials
died in the Newtown shoot-
ing in December. The gunman
who killed them had killed his
mother at home before going to
the school and later committed
Forbes'. message of transfor-
mation was delivered to the
Newtown community a day be-
fore the federal holiday honoring
King's legacy and a little more
than a month after the Dec. 14
school shooting.
The senior minister of the
Newtown Congregational
Church, the Rev. Matt Crebbin,
welcomed the congregation and
spoke of the long journey ahead.

"Though we are all intercon-
nected, our destiny lies in our
ability to be one, as a commu-
nity and as a nation," he said.
"Tonight we gather to heal and
mend hearts."
As the congregation sang the
hymn "When Aimless Violence
Takes Those We Love," many
fought back tears and others
simply wept.
Forbes told the congregation
his message would be one of
hope and healing.
With great passion, he spoke
of his experiences during the
civil rights movement and the
struggles and challenges along
the way. But, he said, one way
to get encouragement is to rec-
ognize when progress is made.
"As a community, overcom-
ing a tragedy will take time, but
progress will be made," he said.
Forbes said that King believed
in the power of community and
faith and the need for good to
come from tragedy. He stepped
down from the pulpit to be closer
to the congregation as he raised
his voice to finalize his message.

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A key step should be adding mental
health screenings to the list of required
Such screening is rarely done and rep-
resents a huge unmet need.
In the wake of the Newto'.-n massacre,
we can and should debate gun control.
But we need to do more
Children can't enroll in school with-
out a doctor's verification of good health.
and many distncts also require visits to
dentists and eye doctors. The Newtown
school massacre has focused attention
on dealing with mental health A key step
should be adding mental health screen-
ings to the list of required checkups.
Such screening is rarely done and rep-
resents a huge unmet need: Best esti-
mates suggest that fewer than two per-
cent of schools have a systematic mental
health screening program.

Most perpetrators in a mass shooting
suffered from mental illness that could
have been identified at a young age. But
spree killings are not the only reason to
make such a change Young people with
undiagnosed mental illness are at higher
risk of suicide, more likely to use drugs
and alcohol, ard tmice as bkel,, to drop
out. Moreover. since the Columbine High
School killings, two reports from the of-
fice of the U.S. Surgeon General have
supported making mental health screen-
ings of children routine
. Early social and emotional develop-
meit is a robust predictor of future men-
tal health and stability. Today. we have
not only the skills but also reliable tools
to help identify children at very early
ages who might be at risk for mental
health problems long before they erupt
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Eating your way to heart health MINORITIES

By Julie Deardorff

Famed heart surgeon Caldwell Es-
selstyn Jr. has long rallied against
the overuse of stents, cholesterol.
drugs and other conventional heart
disease treatments. His solution?
A diet rich in green, leafy vegeta-
bles. Doctors generally agree that
a healthy diet is beneficial, but it's
usually considered one piece of a
larger treatment plan. To Esselstyn,
however, heart disease is a "food-
borne illness, one that can be pre-
vented, reversed and even abolished
by eating a plant-based, oil-free diet,
one that eliminates meat, milk, fish,
eggs and dairy."
"The concept that food can be
more powerful than any procedures
or drugs is really almost anathema,"
-said Esselstyn, director of the Car-
diovascular Prevention and Rever-
sal Program at the Cleveland Clinic
Wellness Institute.
We asked Esselstyn, who starred
in the documentary "Forks Over
Knives," about his plant-based pre-
scription for health.
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been slow to take root?
A: Many cardiologists are in enor-
mous conflict. On one hand, insur-
ance makes enormous amounts of
money for procedures stents and
bypass surgery that have noth-
ing to do with the cause of the dis-
ease. But if they talk about nutri-
tion, insurance won't pay for it. Also,
most physicians don't get any, any,
any kind of nutritional education in
medical school.
Q: Is that changing?
A: When I speak to .academic
groups, especially in the cardiovas-
cular community, they don't have a
clue as to what I'm talking about.
Q: What causes heart disease?
A: They say risk factors are diabe-
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and maybe too much saturated fat.
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food trumps them all.
Q: How does food cause or
cure heart disease?
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diverse country. According
to the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Sen-ices,
the country's population
includes .4 percent Native
Hawaiian/ Pacific Islanders,
two percent American Indian/
Alaska Natives. 5.8 percent
Asian Americans, 14 percent
Blacks, and 16.7 percent
Hispanic/Latinos. While
Asian and Hispanic Ameri-
cans are actually less likely to
die from heart disease than
white adults, the other ethnic
groups Native Hawaiians/
Pacific Islanders. American
Indians/Alaska Natives and
Blacks are considerably
more likely to have high blood
pressure, be diagnosed with
coronar- heart disease, or die
from heart disease.
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Vegetarians were 32 percent less
likely to be hospitalized or die from
heart disease than people who ate
meat and fish, scientists at Eng-
land's Oxford University reported.
The researchers followed almost
45,000 adults, one-third of them
vegetarians, for an average of 11
1/2 years and accounted for fac-
tors such as their age, whether
they smoked, alcohol consump-
tion, physical activity, education
and socio-economic background,
according to the study published
today in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition.

"Probably most of the difference
is accounted for by the fact that
,the vegetarians had lower choles-
terol and lower blood pressure,"
Francesca Crowe, one of the au-
thors of the study and a nutrition-
al epidemiologist at Oxford, said in
a telephone interview. "Diet is an
important determinant of heart
Cardiovascular disease is the
biggest cause of death in devel-
oped countries and- accounted for
an estimated 17.3 million deaths
in 2008 worldwide, including 6.2
million deaths from strokes, ac-
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All people who seek treatment
in health centers in Uganda
will be offered HIV testing and
counseling under a new plan to
increase access to HIV preven-
tion and treatment.
The acting program manager
of the AIDS Control Program
at the Ministry of Health, Alex
Ario, says the campaign, 'Know
your Status', will be rolled out
in phases to accommodate the
country's struggling health
system and low health worker
The system has been tested,
with promising results, in se-
lected districts since 2006. The
SUN World Health Organization
issued guidelines for healthcare
provider-initiated counseling
and testing in 2007.
"This is provider-initiating
counselling and testing to a
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marvelous amounts of nitric
oxide, the absolute guardian,
and life jacket of our vessels.
Nitric oxide keeps cells with-
in our blood vessels flowing
smoothly like Teflon, rather
than Velcro. Nitric oxide also
prevents inflammation from
developing in the walls of the
arteries, keeps us from getting
stiff vessels and has a role in
keeping us from developing
blockages or plaque.
Every time we ingest certain
foods, it compromises and in-
jures the endothelial cell's ca-
pacity to make nitric oxide. As
we are constantly getting less
and less nitric oxide, we are
less able to prevent coronary
artery disease.
Q: Which foods compro-
mise the endothelial cells
the most?
A: Animal and processed
foods, primarily oil, dairy,
,anything with mother or face
meat, 'fish and fowl and
sugar, coffee with caffeine.
Q: Why no oil?
A: The last thing you need is
oil. You never need it. It injures
the endothelial lining. For peo-
ple who don't have heart dis-
ease, I won't say they can't
have oil or nuts. But I don't
like the idea of people eating
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into debilitating illness and,
though rarely, a dangerous cri-
Then why don't we at least
require a mental health check-
up for all students nationwide,
from preschool through college?
Arguments against such a long
overdue step are predictable:
Is it because mental health is
a private matter? Mental health
records are protected by patient
privacy laws that are just as or
more restrictive than laws cov-
ering medical records. These re-
cords remain private in all but
the rarest, most at-risk cases,
in which mental health pro-
fessionals are convinced that
someone is a danger to himself
or others.
Is it because examining the
mental health of children would
interfere with families? Parents
with serious reservations could
withhold permission for their
child's mental health checkup,
just as sometimes occurs when
parents refuse to get their chil-
dren vaccinated.
Is it because children will be
misdiagnosed and overmedi-
cated? This could pose a slight
risk, but the benefits outweigh
the risks. Do we refrain from
seeing a doctor for fear she

might diagnose a' non-existent
illness? Maybe some people
do, but most of us want a pro-
fessional assessment of our
health, no matter what we de-
cide to do next.

facilities. The patient will be
counseled and educated before
the tests," Ario told IRIN/Plus-
News. "I call upon Ugandans to
embrace the campaign and ac-
cept it."
Uganda employs .a number
of testing strategies, including:
routine HIV testing for preg-
nant women; client-initiated
counseling and testing; home-
based HIV testing; couples HIV

testing; mobile HIV testing; and
moonlight (night-time) testing
for high-risk groups such as
sex workers.
According to government
statistics, HIV testing is avail-
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Watch God change things service at 93rd

On Tuesday, February 12 at
6 p.m., 93rd Street Community
Baptist Church, 2330 NW 93rd
Street Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson, se-
nior pastor/teacher invites you
to the worship service lecturer,

6 p.m.-7 p.m. Bishop Keith W.
Reed, Sr., senior pastor/teacher
of Sharon Baptist Church, Phil-
adelphia, PA. Reverend William
Timothy Glynn, senior pastor/
teacher of Mount Olive Mission-

ary Baptist Church, Fort Worth,
TX will be the 7 p.m. worship
service preacher.
Come expecting a change! For
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Adjusting diet for a healthier heart

continued from 4B

of the population, Native Hawai-
ian/Pacific Islanders are three
times more likely to be diag-
nosed with coronary heart dis-
ease compared to non-Hispanic
whites. This ethnic group also is
70 percent more likely to have
high blood pressure than their
white counterparts. American
Indian/Alaska Natives are more
likely to be obese, have high
blood pressure, and smoke ciga-
rettes compared to whites all
of which are contributing risk
factors for heart disease. They
also are twice as likely as whites
to be diagnosed with heart dis-
Blacks have especially high
chances of developing heart dis-
ease and tend to have higher
rates of risk factors that contrib-
ute to cardiovascular disease,
including cigarette smoking,
high blood pressure, elevated
cholesterol, lack of physical ac-
tivity, overweight or obese, and
diabetes. Adults in this ethnic
group also are 40 percent more

likely to have high blood pres-
sure, but 10 percent less likely
to have blood pressure un-
der control when compared to
Asian and Hispanic Ameri-
cans are 50 percent and 40 per-
cent, respectively, less likely to
die from heart disease compared
to whites. This lower rate among
Asians can be attributed to low-
er rates of. cigarette smoking,
hypertension, and being over-
weight or obese. In general, His-
panic Americans have a 20 per-
cent lower risk of having heart
disease compared to their white
Some risk factors for devel-
oping heart disease cannot be
changed, such as race or age.
But others including high
blood pressure, high cholesterol,
smoking and obesity can be
prevented and controlled. The
following lifestyle changes can
help reduce the risk of. develop-
ing heart disease:
Don't smoke. Smoking one
pack of cigarettes a day can more
than double the chances of hav-
ing a heart attack compared to

people who have never smoked.
Manage cholesterol. Aim
for a total cholesterol of less than
200 mg/dL and triglycerides less
than 150 mg/dL.
Control high blood pres-
sure. Elevated blood pressure
can increase the workload on
the heart, making it thicker and
not work properly.
Exercise. Try to get at least
30 minutes of physical activity
on most days of the week.
Control weight. Excess body
fat, especially around the waist,
can increase the risk of develop-
ing heart disease.
Check for diabetes. Blood
sugar levels should be monitored
regularly, especially if there is a
history of diabetes in the family.
Eat a healthy diet. Food
can affect'cholesterol, diabetes,
blood pressure and weight.
For more information about
how to prevent heart disease,
visit the American Heart Asso-
ciation's website at www.ameri-
canheart.org. For a free physi-
cian referral, please call North
Shore Medical Center at 1-800-

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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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Rev.IIichael D. ScreeIIIn bp il

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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Surndy S(hool 9 30 a m
luesday (Bible Study) 0 45p m
Wednesday Bible Sludy
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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

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New Way of Life Int'l Ministries
285 NW 199 Street
Miami, FL 33169

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2330 N.W 93rd Street
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Jean-Leon Destine, dancer, dies at 94

Bringing Haiti's

music and dance

to concert halls

across the world
By Margalit Fox

Jean-Leon Destine, a Haitian
dancer and choreographer who
brought his country's tradition-
al music and dance to concert
stages around the world, died
on Jan. 22 at his home in Man-
hattan. He was 94.
Considered the father of Hai-
tian professional dance, Des-
tine first came to international
attention in the 1940s and re-
mained prominent for decades
As a dancer, he performed
well into old age. In 2003, re-
viewing a program at Sympho-
ny Space in New York in which
he appeared, Anna Kisselgoff
wrote in The New York Times
that Destine's number stopped
the show. She added, "He
looked agile and nuanced, mes-
merizing in a bent-legged solo."
As a choreographer, he direct-
ed own ensemble, which came
to be known as the Destine Af-
ro-Haitian Dance Company.
The company, which pre-
sented work from throughout
the Caribbean, was devoted
in particular to dances from

Haiti. Accompanied by vibrant
drumming Destine collabo-
rated for many years with the
distinguished Haitian drum-
mer Alphonse Cimber these
dances were often infused with
elements of voodoo tradition.

As reviewers noted, Destine
and company could dance,
to all appearances, as if pos-
Much of Destine's work also
functioned as commentary on
Haiti's legacy of colonialism and
slavery. In "Slave Dance," a solo
piece he choreographed and
performed, the dancer begins
in bondage only to emerge, in,
astonished joy, a free man.
In "Bal Champ6tre" ("Country
Ball"), among the most famous
works choreographed by Mr.
Destined, the foppish customs of
Haiti's French colonists are sat-
irized through sly subervsions
of a Baroque minuet.

In the United States, Destine
was -seen on Broadway; at the
New York City Opera, where in
1949 he was a featured dancer
in the world premiere of William
Grant Still's "Troubled Island,"
set in Haiti; and, as a performer
and teacher, with the Jacob's
Pillow Dance Festival in Becket,
Mass. He also taught at New

Jean-Leon Destine at the
Roxy in Manhattan. Much of
his work functioned as com-
mentary on Haiti's legacy of

York University and elsewhere.
Jean-Leon Destine was born
on March 26, 1918, in Saint-
Marc, Haiti, to a middle-class
family: his father was a local
government official, his mother
a seamstress. After his parents
divorced when he was a boy, he
moved with his mother to the
capital, Port-au-Prince, where
they lived in reduced circum-
From a very early age, Jean-
Leon was captivated by Hai-
tian music and drumming. As
a youth, he learned traditional
dance by attending the religious

rituals and other celebrations of
which it had long been an in-
tegral part. He also sang in the
folkloric ensemble directed by
Lina Mathon Blanchet, a promi-
nent Haitian musician.
In the 1940s, the young
Destined received a Rockefell-
er Foundation scholarship to
study printing and journalism
in the United States. After tak-
ing classes at Howard Univer-
sity in Washington, he moved to
New York, where he learned to
operate and maintain linotype
machines, then. used to cast
type for printing newspapers
other publications.
Destined, who eventually be-
came an American citizen, also
continued dancing. In the late
'40s he spent several years with
the company of Katherine Dun-
ham, considered the matriarch
of Black dance in the United
With Ms. Dunham's compa-
ny, he danced on Broadway in
the revue "Bal Negre" at the Be-
lasco Theater in 1946.
Returning to Haiti for a time in
the late '40s, Destin6 founded a
national dance company there
at the behest of the Haitian
government. By the early '50s
he had established his own
company in New York.
Destined's survivors include
three sons, Gerard, Ernest and
Carlo, as well as grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.

Earl Williams, baseball slugger, dies at 64

A rookie of the year in his early 20s; out

of the major leagues before he was 38

By Bruce Weber

Earl Williams, a slugging if
ambivalent catcher and in-
fielder "My favorite position
is batter," he once said who
won the National League rookie
of the year award in 1971 but
whose promise went unfulfilled
amid a welter of minor contro-
versies, died early Tuesday at
his home in Somers'.t. N.J. He
was 64.
An ad placed by Williams in
The New York Times in 1978.
The cause was acute my-
eloid leukemia, a cancer of the
blood, his wife, Linda, said.
Playing for the Atlanta
Braves in his first two full sea-
sons, Williams hit 61 home
runs including 33 in 1971,
his rookie year and drove in
174 runs, impressive numbers
for a player still in his early
20s. He was only the second
catcher, after Johnny Bench
in 1968, to win the top rookie
honor in the National League.
(Four others have won the
award since, most recently the
Giants' Buster Posey in 2010.)

But Williams was traded to
the Baltimore Orioles of the
American League before the
1973 season, and his career
spiraled down so quickly that
he was out of the big leagues
for good by the time he was
29, an age when many play-
ers are entering their prime.
Never a hitter for high average,
he nonetheless reached double
figures in home runs every
year of his career on four dif-
ferent teams, averaging nearly
20 a year and hitting 13 in 100
games for the Oakland A's in
But during spring training in
1978, he was waived by the A's
and not claimed by any other
team a surprising turn, es-
pecially to Williams. That June
he took the remarkable step
of placing a job-seeking ad-

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1971 NL Rookie of the Year Award.while with the Braves.

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Earl Williams in 1975.

vertisement in The New York
"Employment wanted by
baseball player," the ad said,
adding: "Excellent Health -
No Police Record. HAVE BAT
"I don't understand how I got
in this position," Williams said
at the time. "How can I sit on
the shelf? How did this happen
to me? If you look at my sta-
tistics, you'd see I'm a proven
The ad didn't work. He never
played in the big leagues again.
Earl Craig Williams Jr. was
born on July 14, 1948, in
Newark, and grew up in East
Orange and Montclair in New
Jersey. His father was a facto-
ry worker. His mother, Dolores
Reilly, known as Bobbi, served
for a time on the Montclair City
Council. Earl was a star ath-
lete in high school and spent
three years at Ithaca College
studying journalism, leaving
just short of graduation to play
ball. He was drafted by the Mil-
waukee Braves in 1965. (The
franchise moved to Atlanta the
next season.)

Williams began his minor
league career as a pitcher but

played mostly at first base and
third base. The Braves saw him
as a future catcher, and their
trouble filling the position led
them to rush Williams into ac-
tion at the major league level.
Williams said he never felt
comfortable there in 1972
he had 28 passed balls (though
21 of them came while catching
the knuckleballs of Phil Niekro)
- and he was not shy about
expressing his discontent.
The Braves traded Williams
to Baltimore, where he butted
heads with the Orioles' equally
temperamental manager, Earl
Weaver, who died last month.
They clashed over Williams's
arriving late for games, resist-
ing catching instruction, yell-
ing at umpires and heckling
fans. Still, Williams led the
Orioles in home runs in 1973
with 22, but his production fell
in 1974, and in 1975 he was
shipped back to Atlanta, then
sent to the Montreal Expos
in 1976. In his last year, on a
last-place Oakland team, Wil-
liams irritated management by
criticizing the coaching staff.

Before the trade to the Ori-
oles, Weaver had once said
that if he had Earl Williams,
the Orioles would win the pen-
nant. Williams later acknowl-
edged that the pressure on
him to perform in Baltimore
was enormous, and that he
felt it especially because he
was black. The fans he argued

with, he said, were calling him
offensive names. Asked by The
New York Times in 1981 if race
had been a factor in his becom-
ing something of a pariah, he
said, "Being a black person has
to have an effect on everyone's
In addition to his mother
and his wife, the former Linda
Montgomery, Williams is sur-
vived by a sister, Pamela Reil-
ly; a stepdaughter, Raquel M.
West; and a step-granddaugh-
ter, Ruqayyah M. Williams.
Williams finished his career
with a .247 batting average,
138 home runs and 457 runs
batted in. He played two years
in Mexico before leaving pro-
fessional baseball for good, af-
ter which he worked for more
than 20 years as a warehouse
supervisor for a cosmetics and
pharmaceutical company.
After the 1980 season, Wil-
liams wrote to 10 major league
teams in a failed effort to find a
spot on a roster.
"Time and experience have
certainly taught me that base-
ball is more than a game of
numbers," he wrote. "But sta-
tistics do make an unbiased
statement. Why, then, am I out
of baseball? I think you know.
In a word: controversy."
Controversy "pinned the la-
bel 'undesirable' on Earl Wil-
liams," he continued.
"That label, as baseball labels
do," he wrote, "haunted me to
the end of my major league ca-

Donnie McClurkin opens up about mother's death

In a personal Social Cam mes-
sage, Pastor Donnie McClurkin
opened up about the passing of
his mother Frances and shared
details of her homegoing ser-
vice. "I just wanted to thank
you all for the love that you all
have shown me and my family,"
he said. She was 79 years old.
After suffering a massive
coronary heart attack Sunday,
January 13 in Bethpage, NY,
McClurkin and his family were
aware of his mother's "sickly"
and fragile health condition.
"We knew God was going to
take her and He did," said Mc-
Clurkin. When he received the

news, the pastor and
recording artist told
Twitter followers he was
"broken-hearted beyond
belief." W." ,
It was the support, ''
love, and strength of
friends that pulled him
through. .
Erica and Tina Camp-
bell, Kirk Franklin, MCCLURKIN
CeCe Winans, and

Marvin Winans are all thanked
by McClurkin for helping him
emotionally cope during an in-
credibly difficult moment. He
also gave special thanks to Ani-
ta Baker and Dionne Warwick

for reaching out.
"I was able to sing
at the Stellar Awards
with a heavy heart
but a lifted spirit
and I thank God,
because my mother
taught me everything
I know about music,"
he shared. "She gave
me the gift of music
and she introduced

me to Jesus Christ. She was a
great preacher and that was a
way of celebrating her on Sat-
* According to McClurkin, he
will show appreciation for the

gift of music Frances McClur-
kin gave him by ensuring her
homegoing service is "full of
The matriarch of the family
leaves behind seven children:
Marlene, Donnie, Cheryl, An-
drea, Tony, Tanya, Rafael, and
a host of grandchildren and
great grandchildren. Preceding
Frances in her journey are chil-
dren Olivia and Thomas.
The homegoing services were
held Friday, January 25 at 7pm
at the Greater Allen Cathedral
of New York at 11031 Merrick
Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11433.
Rev. Floyd Flake, Sr. is pastor.


Happy Birthday In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Thinking of .you on your
birthday we talk of you still,
we haven't forgotten you and
we never will.
Love Always,
Your mother, Dorothy;
your brother, Andre; your
daughters, Yasmin, Tori and
Morganne; and many more
family and friends.

Happy Birthday

02/06/1980 11/30/2007

Everyday that passes, you
live in my heart.
Love, mom and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
*- i _,

08/17/1936 02/06/2011

It's been two years, we miss
you wholeheartedly.
Love, Strachan,
Farringtons, and friends.

Death Notice

EMMA PACE, 79 of Miami,
FL died January 30. For
service information, please
contact Elijah Bell's Funeral
Services 954-714-6080.



Have you forgotten so
soon about your departed
loved one? Keep them
in your memory with an
in memorial or a happy
birthday remembrances in
our obituary section.

Call classified


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In loving memory of,

"Queen of Hearts"
09/07/1960 02/06/2012
One Year Anniversary

It's been one year since you
were called home to be with
our Father in Heaven. Howev-
er, your spirit still lives within
We miss your infectious
smile and your heart of gold.
There isn't a day that goes by
that we don't think of you!
We promise to keep your
memory alive. We miss you
and we love you . forever
our Queen of Hearts.
Love Your Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

02/12/1928 10/11/2002

02/12/1950 02/14/2012

It seems like yesterday that
you left us.
Memories can not
completely fill the void of your
absence, but you will forever
remain in our hearts.
Happy birthday to the both
of you, love the Elvines.












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Miami Gardens
housewife, f
died January
30 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Services were ".

died January
28 at North
Shore Hospital.
Services were

care giver, died
January 30
at Memorial
Hospital .
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Birth
Baptist Church.

hospital care
died January ,
29 at North .~ j1.

Shore Hospital.
Services were

plasterer, died
January 30
at Jackson
Memorial l
Long Term
Care Center.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

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18, student,
died January
29 at Memorial
Hospital .



JOE JACKSON, 67, construction
worker, died
January 31
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Antioch of Carol
City Missionary
Baptist Church. .

ALBERT ASIA, JR., 63, laborer,
died January 0 l
29 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., .
Saturday at New
Way Fellowship .
Praise and i..
Worship Center.

JOE HOUSTON JR., 43, died
January 20. Services were held.

January 17. Services were held.

January 21. Services were held.

MARY BROWN, 86, died
January 14. Services were held.

laborer, died January 26 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Gregg L.
80, retired


training, died .
January 31. She
is survived by -'
her sons, Ray
A. Bell, Victor
Drayton (Mabel)
and Eric Drayton; daughter,
Beverly Drayton-Lugo (Santos
Manuel); grandchildren; one sister,
Mable Kirkland; and a host of other
relatives and friends. Viewing
6-9 p.m., Thursday. Service 1
p.m., Friday at Greater New
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment: Dade Memorial Park.

assistant, died
February 2
at Jackson
Hospital .
Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Centurion
Evangelistic Church.


died January
27 at University
Ho s p i t a l .
Service .1
p.m., Sunday
at Nazareth
B a p t i s t
Church in Ft.

EMMA BAKER, 84, nurse, died
February 2 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

retired police officer, died February
1 atTreasure Coast Hospice.
Arrangements are incomplete.

service worker, died January 28
in Columbus Ohio. Service 2 p.m.,
at Miracle Valley Praise Worship

contractor, died February 1 at
North Broward Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.

GRACE HADLEY, 59, education
director, died February 2 at home.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday at
Friendship Baptist Church in Boca

SYLVIA RINKE, 54, tour
guide, died January 31 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

LUCY GUARDIOLA, 51, nurse,
died January 18 at Memorial
Pembroke Hospital. Services were

engineer, died
Treasure Coast
were held.

January 23 at
Hospice. Services

exterminator, died January 24 at
Treasure Coast Hospice. Services
were held.

ROBBYN KEMPIN, 52, child
care giver, died January 25 at
Westside Regional Medical Center.
Services were held.

SAM PETROCELLI, 67, doctor,
died January 21 at North Broward
Medical Center. Services were

former City of'
Miami employee
in Recreation,
died January 28, "
at Mount Sinai -
Medical Center.
Survivors: two
sons, Louis Jr. ',
anrld hrictnnhr--

three sisters, Bloss Thurston,
Clyde Green and Margaret
Patterson. Preceding her in death:
Marie Brereton, Joseph Wright and
Catherine Grant. Viewing 1-4 p.m.,
in the chapel and 6-8 p.m., at Christ
Episcopal Church in Coconut
Grove. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Christ Episcopal Church, 3481
Hibiscus Street, Coconut Grove,

ERIC Q. FUSSELL, 23, janitor
for Deedco
died February
1. Service 2
p.m., Saturday
at New Birth
Baptist Church
Cathedral of

January. 30 at home. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

Caballero Rivero

Service 11

died February 1.
a.m., Saturday in the

Wright and Young
retired, died
January 31 at
home. Service 2
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Hermon
A.M.E. Church.


80, probation
officer, died
January 31
at home.
Yo land
Ray born


(Ricky); grandchildren, Khori
(Selenne), and Ashlei; great
grandchildren, Deja, Andre' and
Jayden. Viewing 12-1 p.m., Friday
at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church.
Service 1 p.m., Friday at the

care facilitator,
died January
31. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Jordan Grove
M.B. Church.

57, retired
officer, died
January 30 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Viewing 10 a.m.-
8 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at 79th
Street Word Church International,
2275 NW 79th Street, Miami.

55, LSG Sky
c,h e f/ food

Stallworth; brother, Joseph E.
(Valerie) Stallworth, Jr.; sisters,
Kale Stallworth Benton, Caroline
D. Stallworth; nephews, Ryan and
Mark; niece, Nicole and a host of
relatives and friends. Viewing 10
a.m.-2 p.m. in the chapel. Family
receiving friends for viewing/wake
4 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday at Tree
of Life Ministries and Christian
Center, 16321 NW 47 Avenue,
Miami Gardens. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Pentecostal Tabernacle
International, 18415 NW 7 Avenue,
Miami Gardens.

" Ma n n y -
Boo," 37, DE
Watering, Inc.
worker, died

February 4 in
Opa Locka.
Survivors: ,
mother, Nancy;
two children, three sisters, one
brother, nieces, nephews, and a
host of other family and friends.
Service 11 .a.m., Saturday at
Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist

93, retired
died February
1 at Memorial
Survivors: -


Frances and \ __
Ro d e rick
Young; a host of relatives and
friends. Viewing 6-8 p.m., Friday,
February 8 at the church. Service
12 p.m., Saturday at Mt. Hermon
A.M.E., Miami Gardens, 17800 NW
25 Avenue.

maintenance worker, died February
1 at home. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Love Fellowship Worship Center.

Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210

Hadley Davis MLK
MARY THOMPSON, 56, cashier,
died January 23
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the ,
chapel. '


February 3 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary ..
MB Church. .

JOSHUWA WHACK, 25, labor-
er, died Febru-
ary 1. Service 2
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

LANDON KINSEY, 15, died Jan-
uary 17. Services were held.

January 21. Services were held.

Carey Royal Ram'n
LOUIS F. DUTY, JR., 61, Jack-
son North-
repairman, died
January 31 at ...
Jackson Hospi-
tal. Viewing 3-6
p.m., Friday in
the chapel. Lit-
any 6:30 p.m.,
Friday at the church. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Church of the In-

PITTMAN, died February 2 at
Memorial Miramar. Service 12
noon, Saturday in the chapel.

died February 2 at Jackson
Health Systems. Service 1:30
p.m., Saturday at New Corinth
Missionary Baptist Church.

8:30 a.m., Saturday at First Haitian
Church of North Miami Beach.

JANNIE PAUL ROSS, 71, retired
dietary aide for
South Florida
State Hospital.
Leaves behind:
Rosalind ,
Jackie and
Pamela; sisters,
Willine, Vera
and Alice; grandchildren, Tasha,
Toya, Rhonda and Keisha; great
grandchildren, Tarria, Jada and
Jaden. Viewing 5-9 p.m., Friday

in tne cnaj
Saturday at
Bunche Par


security gu
died Jan
26. Service
a.m., Satui
in the chape

Hadley Davis Tranquility



30, security
guard, died
February 4.
Survive by a
loving mother,
Barbara Brown
Graham; four
children, Corey
Mc Kenzie,
Jr., Corey
Washington, Cornelious and
McKenzie Corey; siblings, Warren
"Tony" Graham, Sabrina (Kyle)
McTaw, Wanda (Alvin) Herring;
grandmother, Etta Brown; loving
companion, Rainene Mainer; and
host of nieces, nephews, cousins
and aunts. Arrangements are

security auard.- ---

died February-
2 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Word of Truth. ,:

Eric L. Wilson
died January 31.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt
Hermon A.M.E.
Church, Miami.

pel. service 1 a.m., CLEO SEYMOUR, died January
First Baptist Church of 31 at Hollywood
k. Memorial South.
Viewing Friday,
ANTHONY February 8th at
33, co manager. Greater St. Luke
its incomplete. P.B. Church.
Homegoing .
Grace service 10
a.m., Saturday,
L. TOMLINSON, 47, February 9th
lard, -I at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
uary Church, Hallandale Beach, Florida.
11 In lieu of flowers donations can be
rday ." ..~- made to the Lamplighters Aglow,
I. Inc. Scholarship Fund, 4340 NW
I 187th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33055.

entertainment marketing consultant
died February 3. Arrangements are


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died January
30 at Jackson
Me m o r i a l
Hospital. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
at St. John
Baptist Church.

Alfonso M. Richardson
dietician for
Miami Dade
County School,
died January
30 at Franco
Nursing and
Center. Survived
by: three
Regina Facen, Teresa Garrett and
Sharon Moffett; two sons, Johnny
Davis, Jr and James Spencer, Jr;
brother, Kenneth King and sister
Dorothy Bethel Williams. Viewing
4-8 p.m., Friday in the chapel.
Services 1 p.m., Saturday at St.
Matthews Baptist Church, 6100
NW 24 Ave.

Memorial for
Gayle Gay

EH Zion
JIMMY JONES, 68, laborer,
died January
30 at Jackson
Me m o r i a I
H hospital .I
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

died February
2 at Jackson
M e m o r i a I
Hospital .
Viewing 12-6
p.m., Friday I
at New Mt.
Baptist Church,
15000 NW 27 Avenue. Service
2 p.m., Saturday at First Baptist
Church of Brownsville.

Wright and Young
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Surviv ors :
five sisters,
Agnes (Euline)
Thomas, Lizzie
Mae Odom,
Mamie Bynum,
Elizabeth Block, Mary Vereen; two
brothers, Jesse and James Caldwell;
sons, James (Earlene) Lewis, Eddie
Lewis and Frank Bosier; daughters,
Estella Holmes, Stella (James)
Cain, Carolyn Bowens, Mary Shaw,
Nancy (Jacob) Henry, Sarah Deleon,
Bonnette (Edward) Bradley and
Gwendolyn Moten; biother-n-law,
Haywood Bosier; 58 grand children,
55 great grand children and 5 great
great children. Viewing 5-7 p.m.,
Saturday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.
Service 3 p.m., Sunday at the church.


The class of 1969 of Coral
Gables High School will pay
tribute to their classmate
Gayle Andrews Gay, 61,
of Coconut Grove who
died January 21, 2013 in
Lexington, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death
by her son, Anthony and leaves
to mourn her death husband,
Larry; son, Nicklas; daughter,
Adrienne (Matt) Carrithers;
stepson, Dwain (Rosalinda);
and grandchildren, Trinity,
Montez and Sloan. Gayle also
leave to morn her aunts and
uncles of Miami, Lottie Mae
Anderson, Betty Ann Gooden,
Judy Benjamin, Lavern
Williams, lona Andrews,
Sheila Blount, Alton Andrews
and William Andrews as well
as a host of nieces, cousins
and friends.
The Memorial service 6
p.m., February 8 at St. James
Baptist Church at 3500
Charles Avenue in Coconut

Death Notice

aka "Dicky Moe"
12/11/1958- 01/30/2013

A tribute to James Williams
from the members of the In-
ternational Longshoremen
Mr. Williams was also a
member of ILA Social Club.
Rest in peace. Love you al-




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Lifesty e





Documentary tells the story

of Black activist Angela Davis

Miami Times staff report

Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company,
has acquired the theatrical rights to the
political-crime-drama documentary about
social activism icon Angela Davis.
I Hailed by the 2012 Toronto International
Film Festival as "a fascinating chronicle
of justice and strength," Free Angela tells
the dramatic story of how a young profes-
sor's social justice activism implicates her
in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends
with a bloody shootout, four dead and her
name on the FBI's 10 most wanted
In this historical ve-
In thi \

rite style documentary, marking the 40th
anniversary of her acquittal on charges
of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy,
Davis recounts the politics and actions
that branded her a terrorist and simulta-
neously spurred a worldwide movement for
her freedom as a political prisoner. At its
core, the story wrestles with the meaning
of political freedom in a democracy negoti-.
ated between the people and its govern-
ment. Strong, attractive, and engaging,
Davis is one such person who became a
symbol at the center of this still relevant
power struggle..
"We knew that this film w.as important
and would not only shed a spotlight on

history, but provide a flashlight for our .
future" said Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Code- "
black Enterprises.. "Angela Davis is a sta-
pie in history and continues to cross gen-
er.3ional and cultural lines in her plight
to fight for the freedom of all people."
Four decades after the trial that ignited
an international cry .or -power to the -
people." Davis is celebrated as a political
ic:on and one of the world's greatest :oices
of social freedom. Written and directed
by Harlem filmmaker Shol: Lynch. the
docurrientary introduces the world to the
'.oman behind the legacy through Davis'
own personal account of the circumstanc-
es -urrounding her imprisonment.
., ; .. C,..

Broadway foundation sets

stage for Ariana Groover

Training connections help her 'Bare' her

talent and reach her dreams of acting

By Elysa Gardner

NEW YORK If you've caught the
off-Broadway musical Bare since
its opening last fall. you mav have
taken note of Ariana Groover, a lis-
some 21-year-old cast as a student at
a Catholic boarding school wv.here two
young men fall in love. with unsettling
consequences. The show ends its run
at New World Stages this Sunday but
Groover seems sure that her own jour-
ney is just beginning.
Before winning a part in Bare,
Groover spent five years being groomed
by the Broadway Dreams Foundation,
a non-profit organization devoted to
training, mentoring and offering career
opportunities to fledgling musical-
theater artists. Intensive programs
are provided nationally throughout
the year, with week-long workshops in
which students receive personal in-
struction from Broadway performers

and leading industry professionals.
Students also perform alongside
faculty members in professional show-
cases and get to audition for Broadway
casting directors: previous participants
have scored roles in Broadwa,. touring
and regional productions of such hits
as Memphis. Spring Awakening and
The Book of Mormon.
Financial aid is available: Groover.
who hails from Savannah. Ga., was
among 42 percent of all BDF partici-
pants on full or partial scholarship
Last year, after not seeing her name on
the roster of its Summer Performing
Arts'Intensive in Atlanta. BDF execu-
tive director Annette Tanner reached
out and encouraged Groo\er to attend
casting, and she received a full scholar-
ship for summer programs in New York
and Philadelphia.
There she caught the eye of some New
York directors, among them Bare's
Please turn to GROOVER 3C

... CORNER '

| 1 ,*rr 'OF. 1 lot I r IP

The King Years: Historic A 1

Moments in the Civil

Rights Movement

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer

The situation had you
You looked at it from every
angle, knowing there had to
be a way to understand. You
thought about it until your

head hurt. It was all right
in front of you, but nothing
made sense until somebody
else showed you what was
what. It just took a fresh ,
pair of eyes.
Sometimes, the familiar
looks sharper from a differ-
ent perspective. And in the
new book

"The King Years: His-
toric Moments in the Civil
Rights Movement" by Taylor
Branch, you'll read a well-
known story from a new
point of view.
It was somewhat of a
Perfect Storm: In 1954, the
Supreme Court made a deci-

sion on Brown v. Board of
Education at about the same
time Rosa Parks refused
to relinquish her seat on a
Montgomery, Alabama bus.
As if that wasn't enough to
make the time ripe for move-
ment, Martin Luther King,
Jr. had recently been drafted
as president of a new protest
committee. Just before
giving a speech he'd been
asked to present, he told a
friend, "This could turn into
something big."
"He was 26," says Branch,
"and had not quite 12 years
and four months to live."
The Movement would
quickly gain force
Students, wishing to do
something for the growing
movement, spontaneously
(at first) began sit-ins. Few
of them made any impact
initially but one at a Wool-
worth's in Greensboro,
North Carolina, changed
Please turn to BOOK 3C

Beyonce performs during the Pepsi
Show, February 3.

-Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime

We all celebrate it but how did it begin?

By Ayvaunn Penn

From childhood, Black
children are raised cel-
ebrating Black History
Month. We see innumer-
able posters on class-
room and hallway walls.
We hear slews of special
guest speakers spotlight-
ing Black achievements.
Most of us even give our
own miniature Black His-
tory -Month speech in one
class or another, and we
just accept it. Thousands
of citizens grow up think-


ing that Black History
Month ... magically ex-
ists. Because, it has always
existed, right? Many never .
think about where it comes
from or even who started
it, because we are so busy
remembering the great
Black names the tradition
was created to celebrate.
Today, however, all of that
changes. Today, ye shall
know the truth Today, pre-
pare to be enlightened.
It all started back on
September 9, 1915. Dr.
Carter G. Woodson -

hailed as the Father of
Black History founded
the Association for the
Study of African-American
Life and History [ASALH].
The mission of this orga-
nization, as cited by their
website, is to "create and
disseminate knowledge
about Black History," while
also laboring in service not
only for Blacks but for all
humanity. After consistent-
ly carrying out their mis-
sion for a number of years
with the help of college
Please turn to HISTORY 6C

Beyonc&s show

plays best on TV

By Chris Chase

A chorus of schoolchildren,
an Academy Award winner, the
longest national anthem in Super
Bowl history and a chippy first
half threatened to upstage Be-
yonce before she made her long-
awaited halftime performance in
New Orleans.
Is that all?
Beyonce reclaimed the throne
with a magnetic halftime medley
that was impossible not to love.
It was a show your entire Super
Bowl party could enjoy.

For the pop fans, a catalog of
her greatest hits that included
Crazy In Love, Halo and Single
Ladies. For lovers of showman-
ship, there were 20-yard facial
silhouette outlines, video doubles,
light shows and 72,000 fans put-
ting rings on it. For those who
enjoy the female form, a sexy, one-
piece leather dress with a middle
opening that stretched down to
the belly button and left little to
the imagination.
The biggest compliment you can
give to Beyonce's Pepsi-sponsored
Please turn to BEYONCE 3C







Stories found between the pages of books aren't
the only way families satisfy their craving for
knowledge of a culture rich in heritage and
I f history. Meals steeped in tradition and served
SI on treasures passed down through generations
SI also nourish their souls.




@2013 Pubix Aset Man emlrlt Compomy


BDRa a

This columnist would like to Charles Dunbar;
salute the leaders of the forum V e r o n i c a
held last Saturday at the Miami E. Brooks,; and Zaviyah
Shores Country Club that Uniqueca Teague; and
focused on fundamental mistress of ceremonies
issues of worship: Dr. Rev. Dr. Cedrita D.
Pamela Green, T. Eileen Siplin Reid. The
M. Robinson, Sandra forum participants
H. Mays, Rev. Harold. discussed strategies in
Lewis, Rev. Dr. Joreatha worship that matters
M. Capers, and Dr. emphasizing church
James Abbington. i attendance, initiative,
Panelists included ingenuity and sharing.
Lillian Thomas; ABBINGTON Others in attendance

were: Shirley Jackson;
Minister Gregory
Robinson; Minister
Eddie Mercado;
Minister David Staples;
Gladys McArthur
and Minister Brenton
Thanks to Rev.
Jimmie King, for
aiding Marie Marable
in creating a viable drug
and alcohol prevention
committee. Committee
volunteers, who set up
booths in the parking
lot of his church, were
able to raise money to
help provide funds for
this critical program.


Some of the volunteers
were: Tananna
McCaskil;, Cynthia
Hall; Mother Hall;
Ulysses and Emily
Howard, Archie
McKay, Brenda and
Anisel Wooten, Pat
and Cecil Daniels.
We pause to
recognize Dr. Mother
Smith, 80, an
ordained minister who
attended Jacksonville
Theological Seminary.
The Gwen Cherry
Bulls 80 lb., "Swagg
Boyz" are the 2012
Generation Nexxt

State Champions. They have
won the Sean Taylor Classic for
three years consecutively. The
team was formed in 2009 when
they were all four and five-year
olds. This very talented group
of kids, excel on the field and
in school. Our congratulations
to these out standing athletes
and students T. Dickens,
J. Rogers, D. Johnson,
R. McKnight, R. Davis,
Z. Turner, S. Charles, A.
Minor, M. Allen, M. Johnson,
G. Streeter, J. Flagg, S.
Flagg, J.Miller, A. Romer,
A. Bridgers, C. Gibson, F.
Nolton, K. Reaves, J. Walden,
M. Bethel, A. Jean, T. Wesley,
Coach Pookie and T. Hallman.







i" pIL >

Congratulations goes out
to the president of Saint
Cecelia's Chapter ECW
and the Daughters of the
King, Mrs. Leome Scavella-
Culmer who served as vice
president for 20 years and
president for 15 years and
officially retired last month.
She was recognized by Saint
Agnes' Episcopal Church
and presented with a fitting
plague for her dedicated
service by the rector, Father
Denrick Rolle on Sunday,
January 27th.
Happy birthday to Florence
Moncur, Jan. 30th; Henry
"Sanky" Newbold, Jan. 31st
and Gwen Bouie Thomas,
Jan. 31st.
One of the many events

I l .. . .

leading up wrl |
to the 115th
anniversary of The Historic
Saint Agnes' Episcopal
Church was a dance with
live music, a DJ and
the Junkanoos. Many
community members,
family and friends were in
attendance and literally
packed the Parish Hall.
The following members of
Delta Sigma Theta went up
to our nation's capitol to
celebrate their centennial:
Shirley Clarke, Gloria
Demps, Mona Jackson,
Dr. Gay Outler, Brenda
Bryant, Marsha James,
Cynthia Bynum, Joyce
Postell, Janice Hopton,
Cheryl Fields, Jennifer

Grant, Phyllis Way, Shirley
Funchess, Maude Newbold,
Judith Cass, Darnetia
Parrott, Gerry Rucker and
Antoinette Symonette.
Congratulations goes out
to Mary Johnson-Robbins,
daughter of the late Flora
Barry-Johnson and Willie
F. Johnson, Sr. and wife of
General Lee Robbins. who
retired from BB&T bank after
42 years of service as branch
manager and vice president.
She was surprised by her
coworkers and bosses at the
Miami Shores Country Club,
last week and also presented
with the key to the city and
a proclamation on Jan. 10th
as "Mary Robbins Day."
Once again, congratulations
to her.
Get well wishes to all sick
and shut-ins: Major Leroy
Smith, Lillian Newbold,
Clarence Clear, Sr. Earl

Marshall, Claretha Lewis,
Shirley Bailey, Etta Mae
Taylor, Gwen F. Clarke,
Charlie Mae Culpepper,
Wilhelmina S. Welch,
Evangeline Gibson, Lloyd,
Norman Carey, Naomi A.
Adams, Grace Heastie-
Patterson, Princess Lamb,
Jacqueline F. Livingston
and Veronica O'Berry.
Elva Heastie-Gamble and
husband Vance are in the
city visiting the Lewis, Tynes,
Heastie and Hanna families.
Members of St.
Scholastica's Chapter of
Episcopal Church Women
invite everyone to attend
their Mardi Gras dance
this Friday, February 8th
in the church's parish hall.
Angelita Browne is chapter
chairlady the group. BYOF/
BYOB i the order of the day,
but there will be food items
sold also.

Ariana Groover primed for broadway stardom

continued from 1C

Stafford Arima. "I wasn't ex-
pecting to actually get a part
in it," Groover says, sitting in
the theater before a recent per-
formance. "I thought it was an
opportunity to audition, that
maybe they'd consider me for
something in the future. When
I got it, I was like, 'This can't
be real.'"
Groover had earned other
gigs in Atlanta, with presti-
gious companies such as the
Alliance Theatre and Kenny
Leon's True Colors and as a
supporting dancer for local
recording artists. Her mother
taught dance, "pretty much

everything ballet, jazz, mod-
ern, African, even some hip-
hop. She showed me that it was
important to learn different
styles, to be well-rounded and
BDF artistic director Nicho-
las Rodriguez was impressed
by Groover's "raw passion.
She had that 'it' factor, com-
bined with absolute humility
and a sheer work ethic. She
never took a break, never com-
For Rodriguez, what distin-
guishes BDF from some like-
minded programs "is that we
do follow through. We're lucky
enough to have this amazing
faculty that can give students
long-term guidance and it

works both ways. There's a lyric
from The King and I that says,
'If you become a teacher, from
your pupils you'll be taught.' I
believe that."
Groover clearly shares that
view. One of her ambitions is
to become a choreographer,
and she hopes to eventually go
back to college -.she attended
full-time for one year, but the
juggle got to be "too crazy" -
and "to be able to travel and
bring the performing arts to
places where people don't nor-
mally get to see them."
Film acting is also on her
to-do list, though for now,
she's relishing the moment. "I
was on the (subway) the other
day, and a girl who had seen

Book review: Branch's King Years

continued from 1C

everything. As this activity cas-
caded, volunteers offered to re-
lieve sitters while others orga-
nized to have sit-ins elsewhere,
mostly in cities with Negro col-
leges. Non-violent protest was
key to the sit-ins' success, and
workshops were quickly formed
to teach the students how to
deal with everything crowds
could (sometimes literally)
throw at them. Arrests were
made and the Student Nonvio-
lent Coordinating Committee
(SNCC) was founded.
By 1963, King had a -court.
Hollywood backed him. The
SCLC was behind- him. The
White House "leaned toward
proposing a civil rights bill,"

but there was still a ways to go.
The FBI was secretly keeping
records on him. State officials
rationalized violence through
archaic local laws. Civil Rights
workers put themselves in dan-
ger for the movement.
Some faced certain beating.
Others faced certain death.
There's more, of' course, to
this story and much of it has
become abundantly familiar in
the past 50 years. What makes
"The King Years" so different,
though, is in the way the story's
Author Taylor Branch spent
24 years writing a three-book
history on America during the
Civil Rights Movement and he
says in his preface that he pre-
fers to tell "stories of impact" in
"narrative detail." This means

that, instead of getting a dry
dates-and-events history book,
readers are gifted with glimps-
es of life and "historically sig-
nificant" events, presented al-
most in the form of a novel.
That makes this book very
accessible for veterans of the
Movement, youngsters who
weren't born yet, and for stu-
dents of this subject. So if you're
looking this week for fresh re-
flection on a tumultuous period
of time, find this. For you, "The
King Years" looks good at any
The Bookworm is Terri Schli-
chenmeyer. Terri has been
reading since she was 3 years
old and she never goes any-
where without a book. She lives
on a hill in Wisconsin with two
dogs and 12,000 books.

Beyonc6 stuns at Super Bowl XLVII

continued from 1C

show? She was even more dom-
inating at the Superdome than
the Baltimore Ravens were in
the first half.
The only problem was an is-
sue of Beyonce's own creation.
The absurd controversy sur-
rounding her inauguration lip
syncing performance turned
Beyonce defensive and com-
pelled her to sing live at half-
(At least for most of it.
The cameras were con-
spicuously zoomed out on

tongue-twisting sequences.)
There's a reason artists lip
sync when they're strutting
around stage and gyrating
with dozens' of dancers'. You
can't sing when you're out of
breath. Pavarotti didn't run
wind sprints before performing
Other foibles: Pepsi's pre-
show product placement, a
bland setlist (no "Countdown")
and the Destiny's Child reunion
for which one was clamoring.
That wasn't enough to sink
the set. It was at least the best
Super Bowl halftime since
Prince and perhaps the best

since Aerosmith and Britney
Spears in 2001.
Twitter agrees. Beyonce was
a hit on social media. A con-
tingent still says Madonna was
better, but let's not forget she
brought out a gaggle of forget-
table guests including LMFAO
and MIA.
But on the whole, it was a
show that made the Madonna
and The Who performances
seem like relics of a past time.
It all made me very thirsty for
some sort of carbonated cola
I just couldn't figure. out
which one.

Bare stopped me, and she was
like, 'You were so wonderful!
It changed my life!' That was
definitely a pinch-me moment."
Groover is hoping for more.
"One thing that Broadway
Dreams has' taught me is to
never give up. If you persevere
and stay focused, your dreams
can come true.",

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BlackBerry President and Chief Executive Officer Thor-
sten Heins (R) looks on as new BlackBerry Global Creative
Director Alicia Keys speaks at the BlackBerry 10 launch
event at Pier 36 in Manhattan on January 30.

BlackBerry names Alicia

Keys as creative director

By Joanna Stern

BlackBerry certainly sur-
prised this morning at its
BlackBerry 10 launch event.
Not only did it announce its
Plans to drop RIM (Research
in Motion) from its name it's
now just BlackBerry but
towards the end of the presen-
tation CEO Thorsten Heins

brought Alicia Keys on stage.
And not just as a performer or
to endorse the new products.
He announced the singer and
songwriter as the new Black-
Berry global creative director.
Keys said she will be in-
volved in a range of activities
and described the role as being
"hands on."
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How do you define media violence? .D1blhI Bd

Violent movies, television
shows and video games are
common targets after sense-
less shootings. So it should
not be surprising that among
President Obama's list of
recommendations to deal with
gun violence, he wants to lift
a congressional ban against
researching a relationship
between "video games, media
images and violence" by the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Adam Lanza,
the school shooter in New-
town, Conn., reportedly played
violent video games such as
Call of Duty.
If the CDC is to proceed, it
will have to take into account
the single biggest weakness
of previous research: the
absence of an agreed upon
definition of "media violence"
and "behavioral aggression."
There is no collective body of
research that has shown a
convincing, consistent con-
nection between violent media
and gun assaults. Indeed,
research has shown that
violent video games don't hold
any greater risk for provoking
behavioral aggression than
.any other media messages
consumed by children who are
mentally well.
Nonetheless, a University of
Michigan team found in 2003
that "research suggests that
every violent TV show (a child
sees) increases a little bit the
likelihood of a child growing
up to behave more aggressive-


--Photo credit: Spencer Platt
An advertisement for the game Call of Duty at an elec-
tronics store in New York City.

ly in some situation." However,
in a 2005 article that reviewed
decades of media violence
research, the British medical
journal The Lancet noted the
link between media violence
consumption and later aggres-
sive behavior is problematic,
and that there have been
inconsistent and contradictory
findings among researchers.
Why is there disagreement?
Here are two reasons:
Beginning in the 1970s,
researchers began defining
media violence so broadly that
it lost its meaning. Violence
was defined as anything
ranging from the content of
children's cartoons to the
realistic portrayals of violence
in movies. The absurdity of

this definition shows up in
the often repeated claim that
by the time a child finishes
elementary school, that child
has seen 8,000 murders and
100,000 other acts of violence
on TV.
Consider what this means.
Dramatically or comical'ly por-
trayed violence is elevated to
the same order of magnitude
as witnessing real violence on
TV. Does that make sense?
The difference between fiction-
al violence and real violence
gets at the very meaning of
what "violence" is and what
puts people on their guard vs.
what entertains them.
Researchers have expanded
the definition of aggressive
behavior, as well. They have

defined it as "any aggressive
act against another person"
- giving the middle finger to
other people, accumulating a
lot of traffic violations, verbal
expressions of materialism,
admissions of making mean
faces at others, and criticiz-
ing the appearance of others.
SBased on those definitions,
the American population is a
seething mob of miscreants.
Here's another big prob-
lem. None of the nearly 2,000
media violence studies over
the past 80 years has tried to
diagnostically separate people
who might be mentally unwell
from those without a diagnos-
able ailment.
In a series of studies my
colleagues and I conducted
over 15 years, we performed
medical diagnoses on children
ages 12-18, separating those
suffering a common cluster of
ailments disruptive behav-
ior disorders from kids with
no diagnosis. DBDs refer to
behaviors that include explo-
sive, violent temper tantrums,
which can be provoked by
watching media violence. In
fact, in one of our studies, one
DBD-afflicted child tried to
stab an orderly with a ball-
point pen after seeing a scene
from Clint Eastwood's In The
Line Of Fire. In the other
group, children were bored by
what they saw, were enter-
tained, or were made anxious,
but they were not psychologi-
cally harmed by it.

Sam Fine launches cosmetic collection

Celebrity makeup artist teams with

Fashion Fair for new product line

By Julee Wilson

It was big news last year
when Fashion Fair Cosmet-
ics (FFC), the prestige brand
owned by Johnson Publish-
ing Company, tapped celebrity
makeup artist Sam Fine to
join the company as creative
makeup director, extending the
opportunity for him to create
a signature line of cosmetic
We've been anxiously waiting
for the launch of the collection,
which is understandable when
you consider Fine's amazing
work with celebrity clients like
Iman, Jennifer Hudson, Naomi
Campbell and Tyra Banks. It's
also exciting to see FFC being
revived, since many equate the
brand with an older generation
(re: mother and grandmother)
and some might not even know
that it's still around.
In fact, FFC is celebrating its
40th anniversary this year -
and what better way to fete the
milestone than rolling out a
few highly-anticipated collec-
tions? In August, the company
launched its first-ever mineral
liquid foundation collection
featuring an impressive 18

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.

The Miami Children's
Initiative invites you a talk
with Harlem Children's Zone's
Geoffrey Canada, Feb. 9th, at
12 p.m., at the Joseph Caleb
Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave.
RVSP at 954-376-0036.

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

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

a Dr. Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall presents A
,Domestic Violence Workshop,
Feb. 16th, at 9:30 a.m., at

shades and now the curtain
has been lifted on the Sam
Fine For Fashion Fair Supreme
Color Collection,
"For my first foray into cos-
metics this is really special
and to be able to continue in
a tradition of excellence that
Fashion Fair is and was known
for," Fine told The Huffington
Post. "It's really fun to rein-
vigorate things and shake up
the brand."
Last Tuesday night we had
the opportunity to check out
and test the brand spankin'
new products during a press
event and we can honestly
report that the line is superb.
The luxe product line, in-
spired by Fine's world travels,
consists of eight lip colors, two
eye-color quads and a shim-
mery lip gloss.
Fine's successful 20-year
career in the industry shines
through in the detail of each
product from the sleek
packaging to the saturated
colors (read: bold and long
lasting). Our favorites included
a vibrant fuchsia lipstick
called Pink Parfait and a truly
outrageous orange one called
Moroccan Spice. When teamed

1751 NW 36th St. Call 305-

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

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

B 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 NW
72 Avenue. Call 305-995-

The Trayvon Martin
Foundation presents the
"I am Trayvon" Day of
Remembrance Peace Walk,
Feb. 9th, at 10 a.m., at Ives
Estate Park, 20901 NE 16th

The Ekphrasis Project:
Inside&Out presents

Jennifer Hudson and Sam Fine.

with the Canary Diamond lip
gloss, the lip colors are taken
to a whole new level. As for the
quads, we were partial to the
Amalfi Coast colorway, which
features a dark, dreamy brown
and mossy green.
Early fans of the collection
are some of Fine's Hollywood
clients like Vanessa Williams
and Gabrielle Union. Just a
few weeks ago at the taping of
BET Honors, Fine used a selec-
tion of the new products on
Gabby including the Deep
Suede and African Violet lip

Vantage Points, March 2nd,
at 8 p.m., at the Art Center,
'800/810 Lincoln Road. Call

The Trayvon Martin
Foundation presents the
We Remember Trayvon
Inaugural Remembrance
Dinner, Feb 10th, at 5 p.m., at
the DoubleTree Miami Airport
Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave. Call

The City of, Miami
Gardens presents a Farmer's
Market held every Sunday,
from 11 a.m. to 1.p.m., at St.
Philip Neri Church, 15700 NW
20th Ave. Call 786-529-5323.

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

Class of

1979 make a
Call 786-399-

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

Urban Greenworks
hosts a Farmers' Market

"I can't wait to see what
Iman has to say about the
line, because not only is she a
friend but she's a CEO of her
own beauty brand and having
worked with her products for
so many years I'm looking
forward to her thoughts," Fine
shared with The Huffington
And before rumors about a
rivalry start circulating, Fine
laughs off any thoughts of
contention. "It's a love fest," he

every Saturday until April
8th, from noon to 3 p.m. at
Arcola Lakes Library, 8240
NW 7th Avenue.

Merry Poppins Daycare/
Kindergarten now accepting
enrollment for VPK, Voucher
(school readiness), Infants
and grades K-3. Contact Ruby
White 305-693-1008.

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-

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

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

The man who allegedly tried to break into Taye Diggs home has been formally
charged. Hassam Omar Juma has been hit with one count of first degree burglary.
Diggs reported to police that when he came home from the SAG Awards he was
confronted by a man trying to break into his house. After chasing Juma, 20, Diggs
says he ended up having to restrain the suspect until the police arrived. Last Mon-
day, Juma was charged with felony burglary stemming from the incident If he is
convicted, he could spend as much as six years in state prison. No word on whether
Juma was arraigned later that day. Reportedly, prosecutors will ask the judge to set
bail at $50,000. Still no word yet on if the suspect stole anything from Diggs' home.

Police say Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level
twice the legal limit the night he was arrested after a car accident. Grapevine police
last Monday said Ratliff's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 percent. Texas'
drunken-driving standard is 0.08 percent. Ratliff was arrested recently after a late-
night accident in Grapevine, about 20 miles northwest of Dallas. Ratliff's pickup truck
sideswiped a semitrailer truck. Police say he later failed a field sobriety test. He is
accused of driving while intoxicated. Ratliff refused a breath test, but police obtained
a warrant for a blood sample.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested after police say he assaulted
his girlfriend and kept her in his home against her will. Hill was arrested on investiga-
tion of unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic
violence. According to King County Jail records, Hill was booked into the Seattle cor-
rectional facility last Wednesday. Police said they responded to Hill's home around
4 p.m. the day before. A 26-year-old said she had been assaulted several times and
was kept in Hill's home against her will. The woman told police that Hill blocked the
doorway and took her cellphone. She was able to escape the home when Hill used
the bathroom,.police said.
She was created at.a hospital and released. Issaquah prosecutor Lynn Moberly
said Wednesday that Hill's previous domestic violence case had closed and the latest
arrest has no influence on his previous deal.

Rising R&B artist Frank Ocean wants fellow singer Chris Brown prosecuted fol-
lowing a brawl over a parking space at a Los Angeles-area recording studio. Brown is
serving five years probation for assaulting his on-and-off girlfriend Rihanna in 2009
and risks having his probation revoked should charges be filed. In the incident last
Sunday, sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a fight involving six men in West
Hollywood. The deputies cited witnesses as saying that the Grammy-winning Brown,
23, punched Ocean during the brief altercation. No charges have yet been filed, but
Ocean "is desirous of prosecution in this incident," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's
spokesman Steve Whitmore. Ocean, 25, who is nominated for best new artist and
best record for "Thinkin Bout You" at the Grammys in February, said on Twitter last
Sunday night that he "got jumped by Chris and a couple guys." A representative for
Brown has yet to comment.

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Demetri Pressley honored featured Feb. 14th

Demetri Pressley is an
outstanding young man
who is well respected by
his teachers and more
importantly by his Role
Model peers at North
Dade Middle School. An
8th grader, Demetri is
an honor roll student,
has been recognized for
his perfect attendance
and received a first place
trophy in Civics. A proud
member of the 5000 Role
Models of Excellence, he is
also an active member of
Future Business Leaders
of America. In his spare
time, Demetri volunteers
to wash his neighbors'
cars and enjoys a good
game of basketball and
football. He has demon-
strated an outstanding
effort in both academics
and conduct and as a
Result he is being honored
as the 5000 Role Model
Student of the Month.


North Dade Elementary
administrators are proud
of his progress and join
the 5000 Role Models
of Excellence Project in,
saluting and encouraging
him to be the very best'
that he can be, which also
happens to be Demetri's
mantra do your best!!

Miami Times staff report

Maulana Karenga, creator of
the pan-African cultural holiday
Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba
(The Seven Principles), will
serve as the keynote speaker for
Florida A&M University's (FAMU)
Black History Month Convoca-
tion on Feb. 14.
Karenga, a professor and chair
of Africana Studies at California
State University Long Beach,
holds two Ph.D.'s, one in political
science (United States Interna-
tional University) and another
in social ethics (University of

By Judy Keen

Last Friday morning,
Jeff Illk strapped on a
holster containing a Glock
handgun and reported
to his job as an Empo-
ria High School security
Carrying a weapon is
nothing new to Illk, 58, a
former city cop, sheriff's
deputy and military police
officer, but he says the
Emporia School Board's
unanimous vote Jan. 9
to arm security guards
starting today will change
his job.
Before the policy
change, Illk says, he was
"nothing more than a
target... a target that
can't fight back." Now, if
an intruder with a weap-
on ever tries to do harm
here, he says, he hopes
he'll be able to tell par-
ents, "I made your child
safe today."
There are mixed feelings
here about the change.
Amy Harmon, 39, who
has two children in public
schools, is supportive.
"It keeps our school
from being, in my opinion,
a soft target," she says.
Chloe Stegmann, 13,
says she doesn't "really
feel right" about hav-
ing guns in school. "If
someone wants to get in
the school, they'll get in,"
says her mom, Barbara
Stegmann, 51, "What has
this world come to that we
have to do this?"
The Emporia School
District is among the first
to arm its guards since a
Dec. 14 school shooting in

Newtown, Conn., left 20
students and six staffers
dead. The Butler County
(Pa.) School District just
hired 22 retired state
troopers to work as armed
At a school board meet-
ing Monday, Baldwin City
(Kan.) Superintendent
Paul.Dorathy discussed
allowing armed guards
in schools or permitting
teachers and staff with
concealed-carry permits
to take guns into schools.
And the school board
in Washington, Ill., is
considering arming some
high school administra-
Emporia school offi-
cials decided to upgrade
security policies before
the Newtown shootings.
In September, Associ-
ate Superintendent Andy
Koenigs, Illk and others
attended a school safety
seminar hosted by the
U.S. Department of Home-
land Security.
They left convinced that
their plans, last updated
in 2005, needed to be
rethought. A broad new
plan that will address
other security measures,
such as installing camer-
as and reuniting students
with parents after a crisis,
will be completed in June,
but arming guards was
"something we could do
right away," Koenigs says.
The district has 4,200
students in 11 buildings.
Only the front doors are
unlocked in each, and
a notice outlining emer-
gency procedures is in
Please turn to ARMED 6C

The decision by a group of
Seattle teachers to boycott a
standardized test this winter
could spill out to other cities as a
decade of frustration over testing
Teachers at Garfield High
School, Seattle's largest high
school, said in December that
they would take a pass on giving
the latest Measures of Academic
Progress (MAP) test, a diagnostic
tool that also screens students
for remedial or gifted classes.
Given several times a year, it's
also used indirectly to rate teach-
ers, but Garfield teachers say it's
not aligned to the state curricu-
lum and produces "meaningless"
results. They have until Feb. 22
to administer the test or face
unpaid suspension.
Since then, teachers at two
more Seattle schools have said
they'll sit out the test, with the
approval of leading academics
and both major U.S. teachers
Elsewhere, the Chicago Teach-
ers Union this week launched
a campaign "in support of local
and nationwide efforts to elimi-
nate standardized non-state
mandated tests" from public
In Rhode Island, a group of
high school students led a protest

Southern California) as well as
an honorary doctorate from the
University of Durban, South
Karenga is also the author of
numerous scholarly articles and
books including Maat, The
Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A
Study in Classical African Eth-
ics; Selections From The Husia:
Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt;
The Book of Coming Forth By
Day: The Ethics of the Declara-
tions of Innocence; Odu Ifa: The
Ethical Teachings; and Intro-
duction to Black Studies, 4th
Edition. Karenga is the author of
the authoritative text, Kwanzaa:
A Celebration of Family, Commu-
nity and Culture:
He is also the recipient of nu-
merous awards for scholarship,
leadership and service. He is the


' .44

recipient of the National Council
for Black Studies' Paul Robeson-
Zora Neale Hurston Award for
Scholarly Work Significantly
Contributive to the Understand-
ing, Development and Apprecia-

-Photo: Greg Gilbert/AP
Garfield High School social studies teacher Jesse Hagopian,
with his hand raised, and other teachers rally to protest the
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test outside the Se-
attle School District Headquarters.

last Wednesday to urge lawmak-
ers to get rid of the high-stakes
New England Common Assess-
ment Program as part of new
graduation requirements. And in
Portland, Ore., a student group
is encouraging classmates to opt
out of the standardized Oregon
Assessment of Knowledge and
Skills. The group hopes to per-
suade at least five percent of stu-
dents to stay home, triggering an
automatic "In Need of Improve-
ment" designation at each school.
Since 2002, standardized tests
have taken on more significance'

as federal mandates, beginning
with the No Child Left Behind
law, pushed schools to give an-,
nual tests and report the results
publicly. The Obama adminis-
tration has upped tests' impor-
tance by rewarding states whose
schools tie student test scores to
teacher evaluations.
National Education Associa-
tion President Dennis Van Roekel
calls the Seattle boycott "a defin-
ing moment" for the education
profession. He said 'the test cre-
ates a dilemma for teachers who
want something better for their

tion of African World Culture;
the C.L.R. James Award for Out-
standing Publication of Schol-
arly Works that Advance the
Discipline of Africana and Black
Studies; the National Leadership
Award for Outstanding Scholarly
Achievements in Black Studies;
and the President's Award for
Scholarship and Service in the
Development of Black Studies,
African Heritage Studies Asso-
Karenga is the subject of the
newly released book by Molefi
Asante titled Maulana Karenga:
An Intellectual Portrait. Karenga
is currently writing a book on
the social and ethical philosophy
of Malcolm X titled The Libera-
tion Ethics of Malcolm X: Critical
Consciousness, Moral Grounding
and Transformative Struggle.

College 'sugar babies' seeking sugar daddies

By Denise-Marie Ordway

The struggling University of
Central Florida business major
struck a deal.
Needing money, she turned to
a "sugar daddy" she found on a
popular website.
They had dinner. They had
sex. Her take: $200.
A few months later, when she
needed to buy textbooks, she
went back to SeekingArrange-
ment.com. There, she found an-
other "date" who flew into town.
No dinner this time.
They met at a local hotel and
had sex.
Her earnings: $400.
"I've worked my whole life since
high school, and that was easy,"
said the 20-year-old sophomore,
who would not be named for fear
that her family would find out.
"It was like a nice way to make
quick money, and I tried not to
think too much about it."
She is among the hundreds of
thousands of men and women
who, either having trouble mak-
ing ends meet or simply want-
ing to upgrade their lifestyles,
are turning to the Internet for
help finding "sugar daddies" and
"sugar mommies." The majority,
though, are women looking to be
supported by older, successful
men with money to burn.
The hunt for wealthy benefac-
tors discreetly or otherwise
is as old as money itself. But
people are taking it to a new
level by turning to SeekingAr-
rangement.com and other web-
'sites. And as the cost of a college
education in Florida continues to
rise, more Florida students are
choosing this option as a way to

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Students at Michigan universities are resorting to "sugar
daddies" to pay for their school expenses based on a mutually
beneficial arrangement. The average age for a sugar daddy is
35-to-45 years old, while the average sugar baby is 18-to-26
years old.

cover their expenses, including
tuition and rent, according to
spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn
and founder Biandon Wade of
With the exchange of money,
however, comes another trade-
off: an expectation of intimacy
- a dynamic that has prompted
critics to compare the arrange-
ments to prostitution and has
generated heated conversations
about the trend on TV talk
shows and elsewhere.
Did the UCF studerit feel like
a prostitute? It might look that
way, she said, but "like every
relationship, there's a little bit of
give and take."
Many visitors to these websites
demand a lot more money than
the $400 she sought.
There's Marissa, who calls

herself a "starving college stu-
dent" from Orlando, who asks
her prospective sugar daddy for
$3,000 to $5,000 a month. And
"UCF babe," who requires $1,000
to $3,000 a month from her guy.
Last year alone, more than
200 men and women with UCF-
issued e-mail addresses signed
up to use SeekingArrangement.
com, Gwynn said.
She said nearly 40 percent of
all of its users a group that
doubled its numbers in 2012 to
more than two million people
worldwide registered with col-
lege e-mail addresses.
Hundreds have flocked to the
site from other Florida univer-
sities, too. Last month, UCF,
Florida State University, Univer-
sity of South Florida and Florida
International University made

SeekingArrangement.com's Top
20 list nationally for having the
greatest growth in the number
of new college-student registra-
Like dating sites, users log
on and create profiles offering
details about themselves -
height, body type and hobbies,
for example. But "sugar babies"
also make it very clear that they
have financial expectations in
amounts that can go as high as
$20,000 a month.
Wade rankles at the thought
of his site being compared to an
online house of prostitution. He
said he launched it in 2006 to
help socially awkward, wealthy.
men such as himself find dates.
"I understand that it's a gray
area, but an hour of company for
sex that's illegal," said Wade,
42, a graduate of the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology who
-used the site himself before get-
ting married a year ago to some-
one he met at work. "Anything
that requires a relationship and
chemistry and liking each other
is clearly not prostitution."
In recent years, the sugar-dad-
dy dynamic has become more
socially acceptable as a number
of TV shows have been created
around the idea of helping pretty
people meet wealthy people. The
hit novel "Fifty. Shades of Grey"
features a college student and
her sexual exploits with a young
Still, as with any online dat-
ing, there is a risk in meeting
up with strangers. In 2011, an
Orange Circuit judge sentenced
a man to life in prison for raping
a woman he met through the
website SugarDaddyForMe.com.

students. "They're not saying,
'Don't test.' They're saying, 'This
test is the wrong one.'"
Last month, a group of about
250 educators signed a letter
showing support for the Garfield
teachers among them educa-
tion historian Diane Ravitch,
who said, "We've had more than
a decade of standardized testing,
and now we need to admit that
it's not helping."
A Facebook page urging soli-
darity with the teachers now has
more than 5,000 "likes," and
a "Scrap the MAP" blog urges
protesters to call Seattle Superin-
tendent Jose Banda in support of
the teachers.
A few educators say prepar-
ing for standardized tests takes
away precious class time and
costs school districts billions that
could be better spent on improv-
ing instruction. As a result,
school boards in a few states
have pushed to re-evaluate their
testing programs. In Texas last
April, nearly 900 school boards
signed on to a resolution ques-
tioning the tests. In June, the
Florida School Boards Associa-
tion called on state lawmakers to,
among other measures, eliminate
the practice of using student per-
formance "as the primary basis
for evaluating teacher, adminis-
trator, school and district perfor-

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Emporia (Kan.) High School security guard Jeff
Illk keeps an eye on students as they change class-
es. Starting Feb. 1, he'll carry a'handgun.

Schools arm

security guards

after Newtown

horrific tragedy

Growing number of educators
By Greg Toppo






Sandy Hook's emotional start to the Super Bowl

By Mike Garafolo

rus director shook her hands
emphatically in one final
moment of encouragement. As
the children took their places,
she reminded them to smile.
They didn't need that re-
Twenty-six students from
Sandy Hook Elementary
School got the Super Bowl
XLVII pregame showoff to
an emotional start, as they
joined recording artist Jenni-
fer Hudson in singing America
the Beautiful at midfield of the
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The students, whose com-
munity of Newtown, Conn.
was rocked by tragedy after
the mass shooting at their
school in December, were all

Belle's: A

By Mike Hale

"Belle's," a new comedy on TV
One about a family-owned res-
taurant in Atlanta, serves its
black-eyed peas with a heaping
side of television history. It's
part of a direct line of descent
that includes "The Mary Tyler
Moore Show," "Taxi" and "The
Cosby Show." As sitcom blood-
lines go, that's hard to beat.
And bloodlines are central
to the show's first episode on
Friday. When the struggling
restaurant books a big reunion
dinner that will help balance
its books, there's a hitch: Gen-
erations ago, the family holding
the reunion owned the ances-
tors of the family that runs the
restaurant. As awkward sitcom
plot twists go, that's going to be
hard to top.
The DNA connecting "Belle's"
to some of TV's most storied
comedies belongs to Ed. Wein-
berger, who has more to his
credit than unusual punctua-
tion. Part of the central team
of writer-producers at MTM

smiles on this day. They hap-
pily skipped their way from
the end-zone tunnel to the
sideline, where they high-fived
one another and their back-
pack-wielding parents while
they waited for their moment.
"We have come to New Or-
leans to represent the Sandy
Hook Family and the com-
munity of Newtown, Con-
necticut," the students said in
a statement. "Our wish is to
demonstrate to America and
the world that, 'We are Sandy
Hook and We Choose Love.'"'
They danced to the South-
ern University band perform-
ing right before them and
waived to the majorettes as
they jogged past the children
on their way off the field.
They posed for pictures with
their parents, they shook
hands with one of the game

middle class.
Enterprises, he later created
or helped create tremendously
successful series like "Taxi"
and "The Cosby Show." He also
became an exemplar of the
white man in charge of shows
about middle-class Black life:
"Amen," "Sparks," "The Good
Weinberger hasn't created
a show since the UPN church
comedy "The Good News,"



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Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir sing 'America The Beauti-
ful' prior to Super Bowl XLVII.

of the socially progressive sit-
com. (This time-warp effect is
heightened by a theme song
that echoes the opening music
of "Sanford and Son.") At a mo-
ment when the dominant Black
sitcom is the boisterously satir-
ical "Real Husbands of Holly-
wood" on BET, "Belle's," as you
might fear, feels like a museum
That effect isn't mitigated
by modern touches like the
absence of a laugh track or
the presence of a precocious
granddaughter (Nadja Alaya)
who turns to the camera and
narrates the action. To be fair,
the hoary setups and comic re-
versals are solidly constructed,
which provides some elemen-
tal satisfaction even as you see
them coming.
Among the stock family char-
acters Keith David gives the
old coot (Big Bill, the restau-
rant's owner) a sheen of dignity,
though he's not a comedian on
par with a Redd Foxx or Sher-
man Hemsley.

the last MTM production, in
1997. But now he's back with
"Belle's," which he created with
the actor Miguel A. Nifiez Jr.
He also wrote the first epi-
sode. Its stagelike rhythms
and performing styles as well
as its humor restrained or
painfully outdated and square,
depending on your point of
view rocket us right back
to the 1970s and '80s heyday

officials. They stuck their
fingers in their ears as the
crowd roared for both teams'
Finally, they made their way
onto the podium in the shape
of the NFL logo at midfield
and struck the first notes of a
perfect rendition of the song.
Fans waved and wiped their
eyes as the students sang the
first Verse unaccompanied.
They swayed when Hudson,
wearing a ribbon in honor of
the victims, joined them.
When it was over, they
walked back near the side-
line, where they watched
Alicia Keys' rendition of the
Star-Spangled Banner before
making their way back to that
tunnel behind the end zone.
Smiling, waiving and
skipping the whole time, of

Black History Month's roots

continued from 1C

presidents, government offi-
cials, celebrated poets, famed
philosophers, and everyday
people, it occurred to Woodson
to dedicate a special week to
highlight the achievements of
notable Blacks.
He began the tradition in the
February of 1926, and it Be-
came known as Negro History
This, my friends, is the bud
that has blossomed into what

we know today as Black History
Month. As explained on the AS-
ALH website, the month-long
tradition slowly began to take
root'prior to Woodson's death
in 1950, but it officially took off
in the 1960s.
So, this year when all of your
friends, classmates and co-
workers are asking who invent-
ed the red light or who invented
peanut butter, you can throw a
major curve ball and ask "Who
invented Black History Month?"
Better yet, you'll know the an-

Schools get armed after tragedy

continued from 5C

each classroom. Since that Sep-
tember seminar, three levels of
lockdown have been created
and schools began conducting
lockdown drills.
Koenigs says the Homeland
Security session made him
more aware of risks and "prob-

ably changed my mind. Before
the training, I was one of those
who felt that guns in schools
was not a good idea."
He has two sons in pub-
lic schools here and, "When
you send them off to school in
the morning, you just assume
they're going to come back
home. This is a huge responsi-

Alicia Keys not just a spokesperson

continued from 3C

"I am an extremely commit-
ted and focused individual. I
am going to work closely with
the app designers and devel-
opers, the content creators,
the retailers and the carriers
to really explore this Black-
Berry 10 platform and create
ideas for its future," Keys said
on stage.
Keys did acknowledge that
she has been using other
phones since being a big fan
years ago.
"I was in a long-term rela-
tionship with BlackBerry and
then I started to notice some
new, hotter, attractive, sexier
phones at the gym. I kinda

broke up with you for some-
thing with a little more bling,"
she told Heins. "I always
missed the way you organized
my life and the way you were
there for me at my job. So I
started to have two phones,
I was playing the field. But
then you called and you said
you were working it out. And
now, we are exclusively dating
However, many technology
reporters irere quick to point
out that Keys is an avid Ins-
tagram user an app not
yet available for BlackBerry
Perhaps she has only just
started to use her BlackBerry
Z10: But, of course, many ce-
lebrities endorse products they

don't strictly use. For instance,
Jessica Alba, who appeared
at Microsoft's Windows Phone
event, said she gave up her
iPhone for a Windows phone.
However, she has also been
tweeting Instagram photos,
though Instagram isn't avail-
able for Windows phones, ei-
Other companies have
named celebrities as their
creative directors in the past.
Will.i.am held the position for
Intel and Lady Gaga for Pola-
roid. Keys added that she will
be working with other women
and entertainers about build-
ing the new platform and
wants to bridge the gap be-
tween the .work phone and the
play phone.

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Local entrepreneurs take advantage

of a growing business venture

By Tanya Jackson
Miami Times writer

As many Ambricans feel
the effects of the economy,
whether it's an actual pink
slip or the constant threat of
one, there is always the option
of putting the skills gained
over the course of one's career
to the test. Although many
business ventures seem
particularly risky in this
economy, certain sectors -
home health care, commercial
cleaning and tax consulting.
- combat the effects of reces-
sions fairly well..
But how are creative entre-
preneurs doing here in Liberty
City and its surrounding com-
munities? Several brothers
tell us that franchising is one

way to make a good income
and to be your own boss.

Milton Jones represents the
commercial cleaning indus-
try as a Jan-Pro franchisee.
He gays that Jan-Pro was an
affordable way to realize his
dream of business ownership.
With an initial investment
of $950 he has already seen
a respectable return on his
"Jan-Pro is one of the coun-
try's fastest growing franchis-
es and it's actually ahead of
Subway which is the second
fastest growing franchise,"
Jones said. "I have a contract
with the them [Jan-Pro] which
is slated for renewal soon.
And I have the added bonus

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ONE THE MOVE: Jan-Pro franchise owner Milton Jones
helps seniors with limited income stay healthy and safe.

of a great motivator my
brother, Ty Jones."
Upon returning to his na-
tive Miami, Ty Jones pursued
employment but says he
repeatedly rebuffed due to two
factors: over-qualification and

salary requirements. Jones
found the franchise solution
to be the most viable option
for his entrepreneurial goals.
He took his "last dime" and
invested in Home Helpers a
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SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Local business owner Ty Jones
caters to the needs of seniors with health problems and low in-

i i .- Expect to pay for fast tax refund


In NAACP, industry gets

an ally against soda ban

Watch out for

pricey services
By Susan Tompor

For many people living pay-
check to paycheck, a big fat
federal income tax refund just
cannot arrive soon enough.
This season's tax refunds,'
though, are going to be one
week late because the Inter-
nal Revenue Service couldn't
begin processing the vast ma-
jority of returns until Jan. 30.
Blame Washington for drag-
ging out the fiscal cliff debate
and tinkering too long with
the tax code.
A week might not mean
much to some. But many low-
er-income households could

be more tempted to jump at
fast-cash products offered
through a tax preparer.
Consumer advocates are
pleased to report this is the
first year in decades that
overpriced refund-anticipation
loans will no longer be avail-
able from banks on a large-
scale basis.
Even. so, some high-cost
products remain for getting
cash quicker.
Liberty Tax Service, for
example, has a refund trans-
fer product called its Instant
Cash Advance. A taxpayer
could apply if he or she has
at least a $1,500 federal tax
In Michigan, the taxpayer
would pay about $101 in fees
and interest for a $1,700 loan

via Liberty's Instant Cash
Advance. The cash would be
in the customer's hands 24
-hours to 48 hours upon ap-
proval. That's one Benjamin
out the door just to get some
cash about two weeks or three
weeks earlier than with typi-
cal electronic filing of a tax
Liberty notes that no credit
check is needed. Several other
states with Liberty offices,
including Florida, Virginia
and Texas, also can offer the
cash-advance products.
H&R Block no longer offers
a refund-anticipation loan.
But H&R Block does have
refund-anticipation checks,
which allow you to deduct
your tax-prep fees from the
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By Michael M. Grynbaum

As the American soft-drink
industry argued its case in
court on last Wednesday
against Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg's restrictions on
sugary drink sizes, a promi-
nent local group stood by its
side: the New York chapter of
the N.A.A.C.P.
The obesity rate for Blacks
in New York City is higher
than the city average, and city

A group says a ban on
big drinks will harm
minority businesses.

health department officials say
minority neighborhoods would
be among the key beneficiaries
of a rule that would limit the
sale of super-size, calorie-lad-
en beverages.
But the N.A.A.C.P. has close
ties to big soft-drink compa-
nies, particularly Coca-Cola,
whose longtime Atlanta law
firm, King & Spalding, wrote
the amicus brief filed by the
civil rights group in support
of a lawsuit aimed at blocking
Bloomberg's soda rules, which

are set to take effect in March.
Coca-Cola has also donated
tens of thousands of dollars to
a health education program,
Project HELP, developed by
the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People. The brief describes that
program, but not the financial
contributions of the beverage
company. The brief was filed
jointly with another organiza-
tion, the Hispanic Federation,
whose former president, Lillian
Rodriguez L6pez, recently took
a job at Coca-Cola.

The N.A.A.C.P.'s New York
office referred questions to the
American Beverage Associa-
tion, the soft-drink industry's
lobbying group and the prima-
ry plaintiff in the suit against
the city's new soda rules. The
association referred questions
to Coca-Cola, which did not
immediately respond.
At the hearing in State Su-
preme'Court in Manhattan,
lawyers for the beverage in-
dustry argued that the Board
of Health had overreached its
authority by unilaterally
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College grads exceed

jobs requiring degrees

Nearly half are


in their fields
By Mary Beth Marklein

Nearly half of working
Americans with college de-
grees are in jobs for which
they're overqualified, a new
study out Monday suggests.
The study, released by the
non-profit Center for College
Affordability and Productiv-
ity, says the trend is likely
to continue for newly minted
college graduates over the
next decade.
"It is almost the new
normal," says lead author
Richard Vedder, an Ohio
University economist and
founder of the center, based
in Washington.
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graduates with jobs that the
Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Weekly U.S. jobless

aid applications rise

But signs still

point to modest

growth in jobs

By Christopher S. Rugaber

number of Americans seek-
ing unemployment aid rose
sharply last week but re-
mained at a level consistent
with moderate hiring. Weekly
applications for unemploy-
ment benefits leapt 38,000
to a seasonally adjusted
368,000, the Labor Depart-
ment said last Thursday.
The increase comes after
applications plummeted in
the previous two weeks to
five-year lows. Applications
fell by a combined 45,000 in
the second and third weeks
of January.
The volatility reflects the

government's difficulty ad-
justing the data to account
for layoffs after the holiday
shopping season. Job cuts
typically spike in the second
week in January as retailers
dismiss temporary employees
hired for the winter holidays.
Layoffs then fall in the sec-
ond half of the month.
The department attempts
to adjust for such fluctua-
tions but the January figures
can still be volatile. The
four-week average, a less
volatile measure, ticked up
to 352,000, just above a four-
year low.

Last Friday, the govern-
ment was scheduled to issue
its January jobs report.
Analysts forecast that it
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Studies show less people are using banks, for a fear of hidden fees

By Dedrick Muhammad

A lack of transparency and
disclosure around bank fees
has created prohibitive bar-
riers that keep many people
from fully taking advantage of
As Wharton management
professor Keith Weiglt points
out, "Many people do not like
banks because they are tired
of being charged fees that were
explained in small print that
no one reads. They feel banks
rip them off."

For example, one study shows
that more than half the people
who overdraw did not know
they had signed up for overdraft
coverage that would result in a
fee. Yes, you heard right opt-
ing for debit card overdraft pro-
tection may actually mean that
you're hit with a fee if you don't
have enough funds in your ac-
count to cover the withdrawal.
If you opt out of overdraft pro-
tection, your transaction might
be declined, but you also won't
owe a fee. Bank revenue from
overdraft fees rose to $31.5 bil-

lion from $30.8 billion
the previous year.
Historically, lower-
inc6me diverse neigh-
borhoods have always
had disproportion- 4
ately limited access
to banks, which typi-
cally concentrate in
wealthier suburbs.
And many consumers MUHA
are understandably
wary of big banks after their
widespread sales of predatory
loans that triggered the finan-
cial crash of 2008.

New bank poli-
cies reacting to post-
recession regula-
tions have created
even more fees for
the average banking
. consumer. Because
the Dodd-Frank Act
limits the amount
of money banks can
MMAD collect from mer-
chants, financial ser-
vices firms are now attempting
to recover lost revenue by im-
posing fees on products and
services aimed at retail con-

sumers. What's worse-- many
big banks are now aggressively
pushing lower-income custom-
ers to choose high-fee financial
products and banking options.
(One-quarter of all American
households are either under-
banked or not using banks at
all, resorting instead to alter-
native sources of credit such
as check cashers and payday
lenders, according to a recently
released survey by the FDIC.)
And because banks actively
lose money by offering check-
ing accounts, many firms are

trying to find new ways to gen-
erate revenue. A new Bankrate.
com study shows that check-
ing account fees have hit new
highs it's increasingly diffi-
cult to get a free checking ac-
count with no strings attached.
On average, customers can ex-
pect to pay $5.48 a month to
maintain an account up 25
percent from the previous year.
Now checking accounts typi-
cally require a combination of
fees, a minimum balance, or
other similar stipulations.
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Workforce gets grayer all the time

By Haya El Nasser J

Retirement is becoming a
more distant dream for a ris-
ing number of older Ameri-
cans, largely because they
need the money but also
because they are healthy
enough to keep working.
The share of Americans 65
and older in the labor force
went from 12.1 percent in
1990 to 16.1 percent in 2010,
and the increase was larger
for women, according to new
analysis of Census data re-
leased last Thursday.
"As with all age groups, the
increase in labor force partic-
ipation of women has been a
driving factor for this overall'
trend," said Braedyn Kromer,
an analyst in the Census Bu-
reau's Labor Force Statistics
The percentage of 65-plus
women who are working
jumped more than four per-
centage points to 12.5 per-
cent. Men in the same catego-
ry rose 3.2 percentage points
to 20.8 percent. For workers

The share of Americans 65 and older in the labor force
went from 12.1 percent in 1990 to 16.1 percent in 2010.

younger than 65, women
increased 1.9 percentage
points to 69.8 percent, while
younger men's participation
dropped 5.2 points to 78.2
"The data reflect a national
economy relying increasingly
on older. Americans espe-
cially women working part
time," says retired RAND
Corp. demographer Peter
And that's good, he says,
"Older workers with earn-
ings bolster payments into

Social Security, have more
discretionary income as con-
sumers and offer employers
flexibility to staff up with
part-time workers bringing a
lifetime of work experience,"
Morrison says.
More than 44 percent of
workers 65 and older worked
full time year-round. More
men than women do: 49 per-
cent of older men vs. 38 per-
cent of women.
The District of Columbia
had the highest share of old-
er people working full time:

62.2 percent.
According to the Employee
Benefit Research Institute,
13 percent of workers who
delayed retirement in 2011
said they did so because of
"inadequate finances or can't
afford to retire" and six per-
cent because of "needing to
make up for losses in the
stock market."
The growing presence of
older Americans in the work-
force is likely to continue. The
Census projects a 67 percent
increase in the 65-and-older
population between 2015 and
2040, when one in five Amer-
icans will be 65 or older.
*"The trend is indicating
that it is increasing," Kromer
The Census also looked at
students in the workplace:
20 percent of college un-
dergraduates worked full
time year-round in 2011
Almost half of graduate
students worked full time.
The majority of graduate
students, 82 percent, worked
at least part time.

How franchising beats starting from scratch

continued from 7D

senior care franchise and
was recently granted licen-
sure by the State of Florida
and is ready to take on cli-
"My plan is to differenti-
ate my franchise from the
other 1,000-plus competi-
tors by emphasizing safety
and health," he said. "I saw
the lucrative potential and
set up a meeting witl oth-
er members of my family
to encourage them to join

me in applying their edu-
cation, business savvy and
technical skills on the open
market in South Florida.
Some of them are coming on
Despite his franchise be-
ing so new, Jones says he
has his sights on ultimately
developing his own brand.
He currently has a worksta-
tion set up at the Audrey
Edmonson Small Business
Development Hub in Liberty'
City which helps reduce his
operating costs as opposed
to tackling the full burden

of renting a private office.
According to both broth-
ers, aspiring franchisees
should do their homework
before jumping into busi-
ness. Their suggestions in-
clude: do extensive research
in your sectors of interest;
consider the legacy that's
available to the generations
of family that follow; consid-
er partnering when the cost
factors .are prohibitive; and
create unique attributes of
your business to distinguish
your franchise from others.
Ideas for other low-cost

franchise opportunities that
are ideal for lower-income
citizens or modest' savings
.include: tax preparation;
financial consulting; travel
agencies; and residential
cleaning. Some benefits.to
franchising versus sole pro-
prietorship include: instant
branding; built-in market-,
ing; technical support; op-
erating from home or shared
office suites; and automatic
For further research and
franchising opportunities,
visit www.entrepreneur.

Heavy fees for convenient tax refund checks

continued from 7D

refund. There's an extra
charge of $24.95 for a re-
fund-anticipation check to
have your federal income tax
refund deposited onto H&R
Block's debit card called the
Emerald Card. Or there's an
extra charge of $34.95 if you
have your own bank account
for direct deposit and use a
refund-anticipation check to
cover the cost of tax prepa-
ration. Or there's an extra

charge of $54.95 to have a
paper check mailed to you as
part of the refund-anticipa-
tion check program.
The refund-anticipation
check program is typically
used when people do not have
a bank account and want to
receive a refund faster than
regular mail or when they
don't want to pay immedi-
ately for tax-preparation fees
and would rather have those
fees deducted from a refund,
said Gene King, an H&R
Block spokesman in Kansas

City, Mo.
Jackson Hewitt is not of-
fering refund-anticipation
loans, but it has a refund-
anticipation check product
called "Assisted Refund,"
where fees are charged but
a customer can avoid out-of-
pocket costs at the time the
tax return is filled out.
Consumer advocates ques-
tion the notion of paying ex-
tra fees when lower-income
people could qualify for free
tax assistance and have re-
funds directly deposited into

a bank account. Some free
tax-help programs offer pre-
paid debit cards for tax re-
funds for those who don't
have bank accounts, too.
"We're always concerned
when consumers don't re-
ceive the entire balance of
their tax refund," said Tom
Feltner, director of financial
services for the Consumer
Federation'of America.
"The desire to get a refund
sooner is being used to get
consumers to pay for tax

College degrees the new high school diploma

continued from 7D

The number of Americans
whose highest academic de-
gree was a bachelor's grew
25 percent to 41 million from
2002 to 2012, statistics re-
leased last week from the
U.S. Census Bureau show.
The number with associ-
ate's degrees increased 31
percent, while the number
of Americans for whom the
highest level of education at-
tainment was a master's or
doctorate degree grew fastest
of all 45 percent and 43
percent, respectively.
Earnings in 2011 aver-
aged $59,415 for people with

any earnings ages 25 and
older whose highest degree
was a bachelor's degree,
and $32,493 for people with
a high school diploma but
-no college, the Census data
Vedder, whose study is
based on 2010 Labor Depart-
ment data, says the problem
is the stock of college gradu-
ates in the workforce (41.7
million) in 2010 was larger
than the number of jobs re-
quiring a college degree (28.6
That, he says, helps ex-
plain why 15 percent of taxi
drivers in 2010 had bach-
elor's degrees vs. one per-
cent in 1970. Among retail

sales clerks, 25 percent had
a bachelor's degree in 2010.
Less than five percent did in
"There are going to be an
awful lot of disappointed peo-
ple because a lot of them are
going to end up as janitors,"
Vedder says. In 2010, five
percent of janitors, 115,520
workers, had bachelor's de-
grees, his data show.
Matt Moberg, who pro-
vides training for the Clean-
ing Management Institute in
Latham, N.Y., says the per-
centage of degree-holding
janitors was probably small-
er before the recession, but
those with four-year degrees
likely are business owners or

workers in online degree pro-
Vedder's findings are at
odds with a report released
last week by a pro-business
public policy organization
that seeks to boost financial
aid for low-income students.
"Right now you can look
around the world and you
can see a lot of high-tech,
high-value high-productivity
jobs that we are not doing in
this country, in part because
our country does not have
the requisite skills," says Joe
Minarik, of the Washington-
based Committee for Eco-
nomic Development. Forego-
ing college "is not what we
should aspire to."

Minority group rises against soda ban in NYC

continued from 7D

ratifying the new rules.
The city rejected that argu-
ment, saying the restrictions
were well within the board's
purview to regulate public
health matters.
There was no immediate
ruling; Justice Milton A. Tin-
gling Jr., who presided, did
not comment. The beverage
industry said it was request-
ing a stay of the soda restric-
tions while the case ivas be-
ing resolved.
While the industry has suc-
cessfully fended off higher
soda taxes and restrictions
across the country, it has
been increasingly under siege
from public health officials
concerned about the adverse

effects of sugary drinks.
New York unveiled its soda
plan in May, and other states
and cities have since pur-
sued similar measures. On
Wednesday, Gov. Deval L.
Patrick of Massachusetts
proposed that soda no longer
be exempt from the state's
sales tax; lawmakers in Ha-
waii and Nebraska have also
recently proposed higher tax-
es on sales of sugary drinks.

In its brief, the N.A.A.C.P.
conceded that obesity was a
significant problem among
Blacks and Hispanics. But
the group urged the city to
create a more holistic pro-
gram to attack the problem,
including an increase in fi-
nancing for physical edu-

cation programs in public
Bloomberg's plan, the brief
argued, would disproportion-
ately hurt minority-owned
small businesses, which
faced competition from larg-
er convenience stores like
7-Eleven that would be ex-
empt from the soda restric-
tions because of a quirk in
New York's regulatory struc-
"At its worst, the ban arbi-
trarily discriminates against
citizens and small-business
owners in African-American
and Hispanic communities,"
the brief said.
The plan has also been
ardently opposed by several
members of the City Coun-
cil's Black, Latino and Asian

The city's health commis-
sioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley,
said Wednesday that he was
"disappointed" the N.A.A.C.P.
had opposed the plan. "Afri-
can-Americans are suffering
disproportionately in this
crisis, and I don't think the
N.A.A.C.P. should be siding
with the big soda companies,"
he said. "They are attacking
public health officials who
are trying to respond to that
According to the city, about
70 percent of black New York-
ers and 66 percent of His-
panic New Yorkers are obese
or overweight, compared with
52 percent of white non-His-
panic residents, based on a
2011 survey. The problem is
often worse in low-income

Fast-Food chains

cut worker hours

By Lisa Scherzer

Count Wendy's
(WEN) as the latest
fast-food restaurant
to respond to Obam-
acare with a reduc-
tion in worker hours.
Following some oth-
er chains that have
made headlines re-
c,'entr a Wendy's
franchise owner in
Omaha, Neb., told
about 100 workers
in the area that their
hours would be cut in
anticipation of man-
dates in the Afford-
able Care Act (ACA).
According to a local
TV station, the store
said that employees in
non-management po-
sitions will have their
hours reduced to 28
a week. A spokesman
blamed the cuts on
the new law that, be-
ginning in 2014, will.
require employers to
offer health coverage
to employees who log
at least 30 hours a
week, or pay a penal-
ty starting at $2,000
per worker. The Wen-
dy's spokesman said,
as a small-business
o\vner. he can t alford
to stay in operation

and pay for everyone's
health insurance. Un-
der the law, any com-
pany that has more
than 50 full-time
workers falls under
the new health insur-
ance mandate.
According to a re-
port from an Okla-
homa station on Mon-
day, a Taco Bell (YUM)
in Guthrie, Okla., ad-
opted a similar policy.
And in October,
Darden Restaurants
(DRI), which owns
Olive Garden and
Red Lobster, said it
has stopped offering
full-time schedules
to many hourly work-
ers in at least a few of
its restaurants in an
"experiment aimed at
keeping do', n the cost
of health care reform."
Soon after the compa-
ny said it would back
off somewhat from its
plan, presumably and
at least in part be-
cause of ithe negative
reaction follow. ing the
Higher prices to
According to a re-
-entr sur'.e\ from
consulting coimparin
Mercer, 51 percent

of employers who do
not currently'provide
health coverage to
employees working
30 or more hours a
week indicated they'd
change their work-
force strategy so fewer
workers will be eli-
More important for
consumers is that
many c c', nip. nies
are likely to pass ,on
to them the higher
health-care costs as-
sociated with Obam-
acare. "Ultimatel,.
consumers mad see
higher pi ices for some
goods and services."
says Tracy Watts, na-
tional health care re-
form leader at Mercer.
Restaurant chains
tend to be fairly low-
imargin' businesses.
'The, can't really
absorb the change
without either taking
costs out of their op-
erations sornievhere
or passing costs onto
consumirrers says Hel-
en Friedman, director
of workforce analytics
and planning practice
at To'.'.ers Watson, a
consulting firm. 'tou
just don't have a lot of

Hidden bank fees a rip off?

continued from 7D

Although it's under-
standable that con-
sumers view banks
with suspicion, pay-
day lending is harm-
ful to your financial
health and is not a
sustainable bank-

ing solution. One es-
timate shows that
a typical household
making $20,000 a
year may pay up
to $1,200 a year in
payday lending fees,
while the average
banking customer
pays $145 a year in
bank fees: Moving

forward, customers
can get the most out
of bank accounts by
shopping around,
monitoring bank
statements, sign-
ing up for text alerts
when your balance is
low and finding sim-
ple ways to sidestep


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



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

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Friday. February 13. 2013 at 5:00 P.M.


Johnny Martinez, P. E.
City Manager

AD NO. 14924

Miami-Dade County Government, through the '.li,3-i f DL0 County Homeless Trust, is requesting
applications from qualified public or private non-profit housing providers for a change of project
sponsor for three residential programs with services (two permanent supportive housing programs for
individuals and iirnll,:, initially quii j-ij iii .liii the Sheller-Plus-Care program and one .,ai .iii:,a
housing program for individuals and families infected or ,-iii,:,:i-i ..'vII the HIV/AIDS virus). The County
will evaluate all applications to determine the best qualified providers) to perform the outlined scope
of services. Interested parties may pick up a copy of the Request for Applications (RFA) beginning at
11 a.m. on February 11, 2013 at the following address:
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
The Stephen P. Clark Center
111 N.W. First Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-1490
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The due date for submission of applications is 2 p.m. on February 27, 2013 at the Clerk of the
Board of County Commissioners on the 17th Floor, Room 17-202 of the Stephen P. Clark Center,
Miami, Florida.
The Pre-Application Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at I p.m., Chapman
Partnership, 1550 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida.
Attendance at the Pre-Application Workshop is strongly recommended. In order to maintain a fair and
impartial competitive process, the County can only answer questions at the Pre-Application Workshop
and must avoid private communication with prospective providers during the application preparation
and evaluation period. Miami-Dade County is not liable for any cost incurred by the applicant In
responding to the RFA, and it reserves the right to modify or amend the application deadline schedule,
if it is deemed necessary or in the interest of Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade County provides equal access and opportunity in employment and services and does not
discriminate on the basis of the handicap. The contact person for purposes of this RFA is Hilda M.
Fernandez, (305) 375-1490.

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Large metro areas lead as help wanted ads grow

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Florida's "help wanted"
online ads rose in January
by nearly 28,000 openings, or
12.3 percent, over the same
month in 2012.
Compared to December,
job postings decreased by 1.7
percent. But since Florida's
demand for labor bottomed
out in April 2009, online job
ads have increased by nearly
105,000 openings or 69 per-
The largest number of job
postings were for health care
practitioners and techni-
cal occupations, sales and
related jobs, office and ad-
ministrative support, and
computer and mathematical
Demand was strongest in
large metro cities, with Miami
having the highest percentage
gain, more than 26 percent,
over the year in ads.

In Broward, online job ads
increased by more than 2,500
jobs or 14 percent from Janu-
ary 2012, but decreased by
3.9 percent since December.
In Palm Beach County, help
wanted ads rose by nearly
2,000 jobs or 12.5 percent,
but fell by 2.5 percent from
Employers hiring with,
more than 100 job ads in the
two counties are: Memorial
Healthcare, Broward Health,
Hilton World-Wide, Marriott
International, Comcast, AT&T,
Wells Fargo, Tenet Health,
NextEra Energy, Delray Medi-
cal Center, HCA, The Palm
Beach Post, St. Mary's Medi-
cal Center and Office Depot.

Catalyst Career Group will
sponsor two job fairs this
week in South Florida.
The first will be in Broward
County Wednesday from 10

j a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Embassy
-' ''' Suites, 1100 SE 17th St., Fort
S.Lauderdale. Featured employ-
S'ers include: Aflac, The Art
'' Institute, AT&T, New York
1 ^ r c. c H Life, Primerica, Rasmussen
. i' College and Terminix.
;, The second will be on
oThursday, also from 10 a.m.
i 3to 1 p.m. at the Embassy
-L Suites Palm Beach Gardens
PGA Boulevard, 4350 PGA

Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.
Z- .Employers exhibiting include:
Aflac, AT&T, Mary Kay, Prim-
erica and Terminix.
To register go to catalystca-
Also having a job fair this
week: Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity. Students and alumni
can attend' the university's
Career Day & Technical Fair
on Thursday from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. at FAU Arena on the
Boca Raton Campus, 777
Catalyst Career Group will sponsor job fairs on Wednesday and Thursday. Also FAU stu- Glades Road. For more details
dents and alumni can attend the university's Career Day & Technical Fair on Thursday. go to fau.edu.

Mega cruise pack economic punch

Two of world's largest gay cruises

to sailfrom Fort Lauderdale

By Arlene Satchell

Greater Fort Lauderdale's.
reputation as a top desti-
nation for gay travelers is
paying off.
On Saturday one of the
world's largest gay cruises
to sail this year will depart
Port Everglades with roughly
3,700 passengers aboard. A
week later, another cruise
with 2,100 gay and lesbian
travelers will sail from the
Fort Lauderdale seaport.
Combined, the 5,800 gay
and lesbian travelers on
both cruises are expected
to generate an estimated
$7 million economic impact
in the area, said Richard
Gray, managing director for
the Lesbian Gay Bisexual
and Transgender Market
for the Greater Fort Lauder-
dale Convention & Visitors
That's taking into account
the dollars that'll be spent
on pre- anq post-cruise ho-
tel stays and dining, shop-
ping and entertainment in
the region, Gray said.
LGBT travelers typically
are double-income, have no
children (although that's
changing) and are known
to spend nearly double that
of the mainstream traveler,
noted Gray.
The one million-plus LGBT
travelers that visit Greater

Fort Lauderdale annually
have an economic impact of
$1 billion, according to CVB
"For us it's like icing on
the cake," said Gray, of the
significance of the destina-
tion as a departure point
for the mega gay cruises.
"It gives us extra credibility
and depth as an LGBT des-
Greater Fort Lauderdale
has the largest resident
LGBT community in Florida
and is home to more than
150 gay owned and operated
businesses, tourism officials
"Key West had its day,
Miami had its day and now
Fort Lauderdale is having its
day," said Gray.
Organized by California-
based Atlantis Events and
dubbed the year's biggest
gay cruise, Royal Caribbean
International's Indepen-
dence of the Seas will sail
Feb. 2-10 on a Caribbean
cruise with stops planned in
St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San
Juan and Labadee, Haiti.
Special hotel rates for
cruise participants were
arranged at the W Fort
Lauderdale and The Westin
Beach Resort, according to
its website atlantisevents.
In Jan. 2012 and Feb.
2011 Atlantis chartered Roy-


-Photo: Michael Laughlin
The Feb. 9-16 cruise on Holland America Line's Euro-
dam, which was organized by Atlantis' Minnesota affili-
ate RSVP Vacations, will also sail to the Caribbean and
includes port calls in Curacao, Aruba and Half Moon Cay.

al Caribbean's 5400-pas-
senger Allure of the Seas
cruise ship for similar mega
cruises departing Fort Lau-
The Feb. 9-16 cruise on
Holland America Line's
Eurodam, which was orga-
nized by Atlantis' Minnesota
affiliate RSVP Vacations,
will also sail to the Carib-
bean and includes port calls
in Curacao, Aruba and Half
Moon Cay.
Pre-and-post cruise hotel
stays were available for
RSVP travelers at Courtyard
Marriott Fort Lauderdale
%Beach and Hilton Garden
Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport-
Cruise Port in Dania Beach,
according to rsvpvacations.

The Hilton Garden Inn has
70 rooms booked pre-cruise
with RSVP travelers and an-
other 12 post cruise, Sales
Manager Olvin Sanchez said
The nightly room rate
for RSVP guests is $159
plus taxes, which includes
breakfast and transfers to
and from Port Everglades,
said Sanchez, noting it's
the third year the 156-room
hotel is hosting RSVP.
The hotel has become
more aggressive at market-
ing to the LGBT market in
recent years, noted San-
chez. "It's well known that
it's a very profitable market
segment," he said, adding
that the benefit goes beyond
sleeping rooms.

FPL launches website to lure businesses

By.Miriam Valverde

Florida Power & Light
Co. launched a new web-
site Tuesday, hoping it will
attract new businesses to
Florida 'by offering detailed
data on consumer spending,
available buildings and lots.
labor force statistics and
other information.
"As the largest electric
utility and one of the larg-
est companies in Florida, we
believe we have a responsi-
bility to help grow our state's
economy and create jobs for
our fellow Floridians," FPL
president Eric Silagy said in
a statement. "When Florida's
economy grows, everyone
The website, http://www.
poweringflorida.com, in-
cludes a resource center

exclusively for the
state's economic
development orga-
nizations. It out-
lines specific in- -
formation on the &,
communities they
serve, highlight-
ing their strengths
and allowing orga-
nizations to search SIL
for businesses
"best-suited" for. their com-
The new also site lists pro-
files of more than 18 million
companies worldwide and
of companies working' with
"We are really pleased
and grateful of FPL for do-
ing this," said Ron .Drew,
spokesman for the Greater
Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
"Any kind of data we can get

to help us compete
with other states is
a boost."
SN i Electric compa-
nies in other states
, 7.' provide similar
support to econom-
ic agencies, helping
them grow and cre-
ate jobs, he said.
GY "What FPL is set-
ting up is moving
us forward in that direc-
tion," Drew said.
The Business Develop-
ment Board of Palm Beach
County will 'save staff time
and about $10,000 a year by
not having to pay for private
research databases, said
Kelly Smallridge, president
and CEO of the organization.
"That's a critical added
benefit," Smallridge said.
Businesses interested in

starting or expanding in
Florida can also request
temporary access to the
databases available for the
Aside, from the resource
center, the website allows
all users to use an interac-
tive map to search available
buildings or sites by enter-
ing the desired square foot-
age or acres. Users can also
search by business name or
The site is a product of
FPL's Office of Economic De-
velopment. It's the first time
all that information is avail-
able in one site, according
to Lynn Pitts, director of the
economic development of-
"It's taken many months
to build, but the benefits are
limitless," Pitts said.

States prod interest groups to name donors


spent big bucks

in 2012 election
By Fredreka Schouten

ing number of states are
working to force secretly
funded non-profit inter-
est groups to reveal their
donors, as these tax-exempt
organizations play a bigger
role in politics.

The move comes as efforts
to demand further disclosure
of interest groups' activity in
federal elections have failed
to gain much traction in
Congress and at the often-
deadlocked Federal Election
Non-profit political groups
pumped more than $300
million into November's
presidential and congres-
sional elections -- or nearly
one-quarter of last-minute
spending reported to the
FEC by outside groups. The

record spending came after
the Supreme Court's 2010
Citizens United decision
eased restrictions on corpo-
rate and union donations .
"The federal government
has failed to act, and people
... are seeing the impact
of Citizens United in cam-
paigns and they are not
happy," said Ann Ravel,
chairwoman of the Califor-
nia Fair Political Practices
Last year, Ravel's com-
mission sued to uncover

the source of an $11 million
donation to two California
ballot measures. The money
was traced to a Virginia
group, Americans for Job
Security. Officials there did
not return phone calls.
At least seven other states
have beefed up public report-
ing requirements or taken
action to enforce existing
campaign disclosure laws
since the high court's 2010
The most sweeping push
Please turn to DONORS 10D

MDC to offer workshops to

business owners for free

Miami Times staff report

This spring, Miami
Dade College's (MDC)
acclaimed School of
Business will offer
free workshops to
small and moderate
size businesses in
Allapattah, Overtown,
Downtown Miami and
surrounding areas,
as well as specific
areas of Miami Beach,
as part of its Small
Business Education
Program sponsored by
Citi Foundation. Be-
ginning in March, the
free business semi-
nars and workshops
will be offered in Eng-
lish and Spanish for
existing and potential
"The collaboration
of Miami Dade College
and Citi Foundation
has made it possible
once again, to bring

to the community
programs that can
assist in fostering
the local economy,"
said Dr. Ana M. Cruz,
Chairperson, School
of Business, Wolfson
The first seminars
for existing busi-
nesses only will be
held on Tuesdays:
March 12, 19, and
26, 2013, from 5:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. Topics
will include finances
and capital resources,
marketing, customer
service, and much
This year's work-
shop for entrepre-
neurs will offer
information about
opening a business
and a home-based
business, as well as
informing businesses
of the basics of creat-
ing a business plan

framework. Potential
business owners are
welcomed to attend
this workshop sched-
uled on Tuesday, April
23, 2013, from 5:30 to
9 p.m.
All workshops will
be held at MDC's
Wolfson Campus,
300 NE Second Ave.,
Room 3208 and 3209,
in downtown Miami.
MDC has been
awarded multiple
grants since 2007
from Citi Foundation
that enables theCol-
lege to offer these free
technical workshops
to hundreds of exist-
ing business owners.
' For more informa-
tion about these free
business workshops,
contact George Ray at
305-237-7102 (Eng-
lish) or Josie Lorenzo
at 305-237-3822

Miami Times Staff Report

Florida is preparing
to hand out $35-mil-
lion in mortgage as-
sistance to Florida
homebuyers as a. re-
sult of the national
mortgage settlement.
Today, Florida At-
torney General Pam
Bondi announced
that money is avail-
able to qualified
homebuyers for help
with down payments.
Another $25-million
will go toward hous-
ing counseling, legal
aid programs, and the
state court system to
help with a backlog of
foreclosure cases.

On top of that
$60-million, Flor-
ida has another
$200-million from the
settlement that state
lawmakers will decide
how to spend. House
Speaker Will Weath-
erford promises the
cash will be set aside
for housing-related
needs and not for spe-
cial member projects.
Florida has already
received $3.6 billion
in mortgage relief,
mainly for principal
reductions. Bondi
says 50,000 Florid-
ians who lost their
homes due to unfair
foreclosure practices
have received an aver-
age of $73,000 apiece

from the settlement.
But tens of thou-
sands of Floridians
are still eligible for
payments and Bondi
says they are not re-
sponding to her of-
fice's letters and calls.
"It's so frustrating
to me because these
people deserve this
money. They're owed
this money. That's a
lot of money to each
person," she said.
A January 18 dead-
line for claims has
passed, but you may
still be able to file a
claim. Go online to
www. NationalMort-
or call 1-866-430-

City of Miami
Notice of Request for Qualifications
RFQ No.: 12-13-016

Title: Capital Program Support Services for the Office of Capital
Improvements (Re-Issue)
Submittal Due Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program
webpage at:


Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager
DP No. 009140



State residents to profit

from mortgage assistance




Analysis: 'Double-dipping' suspected in research

Study: $70 million given to

find projects
By Dan Vergano

Tens of millions of
research dollars may
have been awarded
in the last decade to
already-funded re-
search projects despite
rules against dupli-
cate funding, suggests
an analysis of science
grant awards.
Government and
private research
funding organization
rules generally pro-
hibit scientists from
accepting funds for
the same project from
different sources,
without disclosing the
money. Such "double-
dipping" by research-
ers, however, may
account for nearly $70
million in overlapping

that overlap
funds awarded by the
National Institutes of
Health, Department of
Defense, National Sci-
ence Foundation and
Energy Department,
as well as the Susan
G. Komen for the Cure
foundation, the study
"The impact of dou-
ble payment means
there is less money
available, to pay for
other meritorious sci-
entific research," says
Harold "Skip" Garner
of Virginia Tech in
Blacksburg, Va., who
headed the computer
effort that looked for
duplicated language in
research grant awards
stretching back to
1985. "Remember, the
grant you fund today

hicles being recalled.
Still, earlier this week,
Toyota released its
tally for global sales
last year at a record
9.75 million vehicles,
regaining its spot as
the world's No. 1 auto-
maker from U.S. rival
General Motors.
Of the two recalls
announced Wednes-
day, the Corolla and
Matrix issue is more
involved. Toyota says
the air bag control
module for the sup-
plemental restraint
system in the Corolla
and Corolla Matrix ve-
hicles could have been
manufactured with
faulty circuit boards.
If it malfunctions, it
could cause a short,

may cure the cancer
you get tomorrow," he
Reported Wednesday
in the journal Nature,
the analysis comes
amid intensifying
competition for federal
research funds. The
$31 billion National
Institutes of Health
granted only about 20
percent of grant re-

causing a buildup of
heat or potentially
causing the air bags
or seat belt preten-
sioners to deploy when
there hasn't been a
In the case of the
wiper blades on the
Lexus IS, the loose
nut could cause the
wipers to fail if they
encounter a heavy
load that puts them
under pressure, like
the buildup of snow,
Toyota says.
Owners of all the
affected models will
receive a letter telling
them to bring their
vehicles into dealers
for repairs.
Toyota spokes-

ability Office last year
warned that that fed-
eral research agencies
needed better abilities
to identify research-
ers submitting dupli-
cate grant requests to
disparate funders in
a bid to make up for
tighter funding.
The analysis initially
sifted 631,337 grant
award documents

similar wording and
found that 334 looked
to have "suspicious
overlaps." The analysis
stopped there because
the researchers would
have needed full grant
files, instead of just
award summaries, to
be certain the money
was truly requested
for exactly identical
research services.

In a follwup analysis, Nature magazine looked more closely at 22
of the suspicious duplicate grants under federal open information
requests and found about half looked like true overlapping requests
not identified by funding agencies.

quests, compared with
30 percent a decade
ago. The average age
of investigators receiv-
ing awards as lead
investigators for the
first time has moved
into the 40s, com-
pared with the 30s in
the 1970s. The U.S.
Government Account-

online (the Energy
Department has since
removed its records)
using essentially pla-
giarism-detecting soft-
ware called eTBLAST
to find ones with high
similarity in text.
The researchers then
reviewed 1,300 pairs
of grant awards with

Stretching back
to 1985, the funds
involved might rep-
resent $200 million,
the analysis suggests,
which adds up to less
than 0.1 percent of
research funding from
the groups involved.
But Garner and col-
leagues note that their

Toyota recalls iM Corollas, Lexus models

By Chris Woodyard

Toybta Motor on
Wednesday an-
nounced recalls
involving more than
one million vehicles in
the U.S.
Some 752,000
Corolla and Corolla
Matrix cars in the
U.S. and thousands
of similar vehicles in
Japan, Mexico and
Canada that were
manufactured from
December 2001 to
May 2004 are being
recalled for air bags
that can improperly
Some 141,000 ve-
hicles in Canada are
part of that recall, ac-
cording to Toyota.
In a second recall,
about 270,000 Lexus
IS sedans from the
2006. to 2012 model '
years will be recalled
to check for a loose
nut on the front wip-
Toyota's reputation
for top quality was un-
dermined in the past
few years by massive
recalls for a spate of
problems, including
bad brakes, gas ped-
als and floor mats,
mostly in the U.S.

Non-profits must name donors

continue from 9D

is in New York where
Democratic Attorney
General Eric Sch-
neiderman plans to
issue rules by March
that will require tax-
exempt groups that
spend $10,000 or more
on state and local elec-
tions to reveal donors
who give at least $100.

"These folks are ac-
tively trying to engage
in swinging elections,
and they are doing it
with a 'mask on," he
.Tim Phillips, presi-
dent of the conser-
vative Americans for
Prosperity, said the
push will have a' chill-
ing effect on fundrais-
ing. His group spent
$180 million during

the 2012 election cy-
cle. It does not disclose
its donors.
"What we see from
the liberal side is the
desire to' use govern-
ment to hit back at
those who disagree
with them," he said.
Other states taking
action include Idaho,
Rhode Island, Alaska,
Montana, Delaware
and Maine.

Jobless aid makes a sharp rise

continued from 7D

will show employers
added 155,000 jobs,
the same as in De-
cember. The unem-
ployment rate is ex-
pected to remain at 7.8
percent for the third
straight month.
That's consistent
with the number of
people seeking un-
employment aid. Ap-
plications fluctuated
between 360,000 and
390,000 -for most of
last year. At the same
time, employers added
an average of 153,000
jobs a month. The
number of people con-
tinuing to claim ben-
efits also rose. More
than 5.9 million people
received benefits in the
week ended Jan. 12,

the latest data, avail-
able. That's 250,000
more than the previ-
ous week.
Steady hiring is
needed to resume
economic growth.
The government said
Wednesday that the
economy shrank at
an annual rate of 0.1
percent in the Octo-
ber-December quarter,
hurt by a sharp cut in
defense spending, few-
er exports and slug-
gish growth in com-
pany stockpiles. The
contraction points to
what is likely to be the
biggest headwind for
the economy this year:
sharp government
spending cuts and on-
going budget fights.
The economy will
likely expand in the
current quarter and

is forecast to grow
around two percent
this year as strength in
areas like housing and
auto sales could part-
ly offset government
cutbacks. But loom-
ing, across-the-board
spending cuts, set to
take effect March 1,
would weaken a still-
precarious recovery.
Two key drivers of
growth improved last
quarter. Consumer
spending, which ac-
counts for 70 percent
of economic activity,
increased at a faster
pace and business-
es invested more in
equipment and soft-
ware. Homebuilders,
meanwhile, are step-
ping up construction
to meet rising demand.
That could create more
construction jobs.

man Naoto Fuse said
Wednesday that two
crashes were reported
in the U.S. related to
the air bag problem,
but Toyota had not
been able to confirm
them. Fuse said it was
unclear whether any-
one had been injured
in the two crashes.
Toyota has confirmed
18 cases in the U.S. of
abrasion-type injuries
from the air bag prob-
lem, he said.
Initially, the Japa-
nese automaker had
said there were no
accidents related to ei-
ther problem. In total,
it received 46 reports
of problems involv-
ing the air bags from
North America, and
one from Japan, and

25 reports of problems
related to the wind-
shield wipers.
The air bags inad-
vertently inflate when
the vehicle's electronic
signals damage a
chip in the part that
controls the air bags,
Fuse said. Under the
recall, the part will be
corrected to be able to
block such signals, he
The problem wipers,
which can get stuck if
there is heavy snow-
fall, affect three kinds
of Lexus IS models,
manufactured from
May 2005 to Octo-,
ber 2011, including
270,000 vehicles in
the U.S. and nearly
17,000 vehicles in

software generally is
too conservative in
finding study plagia-
rism, compared with
its extent revealed by
surveys of scientists,
indicating they may
just be revealing the
tip of the double-dip-
ping iceberg as well.
"As a steward of
public funds, NIH
takes the issue of du-
plicate funding of the
same project very seri-

ously," says an agency
statement sent by
spokesperson Amanda
by e-mail. NIH does
allows researchers to
initially submit dupli-
cate grant requests to
other agencies without
disclosure because
money from other
sources is required to
be revealed by re-
searchers just before
they are sent the grant

money, the statement
said. Science fund-
ing agencies typically
trim funding when
alerted to overlap-
ping research awards.
"Only a small num-
ber of grants (167 out
of 631,337 or 0.026
percent) with potential
overlapping funding
were identified in the
article, validating NIH
procedures," says the

Three cities win grants

to hire more firefighters

By Heather Carney

Firefighters look-
ing for a job may be in
Three Broward and
Palm Beach County,
cities were awarded
national grants to beef
up their fire-rescue de-
Miramar, Lauderdale
Lakes and Boynton
Beach received money
to hire additional fire-
fighters to improve
emergency response
times and overall safe-
ty in the community.
The grants came from
the Department of
Homeland, Security's
Staffing for Adequate
Fire and Emergency
Response program.
Miramar's nearly
$2 million grant will
pay for 12 firefighters
to form a new engine

company.' It was the
second time the city
applied for the grant.
"We've been deal-
ing with population
growth over the years
and the city contin-
ued to grow during
the recession," said
Gus Zambrano, Mira-
mar's director of eco-
nomic development.
"The grant will help
us address those ar-
eas where we haven't
been able to expand
because of budget con-
Lauderdale Lakes
received $1.57 million
to hire firefighters. The
Broward Sheriff's Of-
fice operates the city's
fire-rescue, but BSO
officials said the ad-
ditional firefighters
will operate only in
the Lauderdale Lakes

Boynton Beach's
nearly $1 million grant
will help it reopen a
unit and hire back
seven positions it lost
through attrition since
2010. Fire Chief Ray
Carter said the city's
response times in-
creased by' about 20
seconds when it had
to close down the unit
due to budget con-
"When we lost those
positions other units
had to fill in with calls
that normally would
have been covered by
that unit, increasing
response times," said
It.was the city's third
time applying for the
grant and the first
time it received the
grant. Boynton Beach
is accepting applica-
tions until Thursday.




Advertisers urged

B more RBlack media


Note to marketers: Television advertising is
not postracial.
That's the message that a newly formed con-
sortium of the country's largest African-Amer-
sortiumof the couny ts to sendto market-
ican media outlets wants to send to market-
ers, who have largely shunned black media in
favor of placing ads on general outlets.
On Monday, BET Networks, Black Enter-
prise, Johnson publishing (the publisher of
Ebony and Jet magazines), the National As-
sociation of Black Owned Broadcasters and
others willjoin with media-buying agencies to
introduce a campaign intended to educate ad-
vertisers about the importance f black media
and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience.
Called #InTheBlack (using the Twitter hash
tag), the campaign will begin with print ad-
vertisements in major newspapers (including
The New York Times) and trade magazines
like Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek. It will
expand to a long-term joint effort that includes
socialmedia and direct outreach to marketers
The initiative comes at a time when advertis-
ers have poured money into Spanish-language
TV and radio in an effort to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic population. Black audiences,
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked,
despite projected buying power of $1.2 trillio
-,. %20 115. a .j3 percent i re e fr-om '2

according to the Selig Center for Economic
Growth at the University of Georgia.
In part that is because marketers reason
that ads running during sports programs or a
prime-time drama on a mainstream channel
will reach some black consumers, too, said
Debra L. Lee, chief executive at BET Net-,
works. "Any well-developed media plan should
include both," Ms. Lee said. "Black media has
a special connection to black audiences."
BET, a unit ofViacom, has had a particu-
larly strong ratings run in recent years, often
beating cable channels like CNN and Bravo.
"The Game," an original series that started
on the CW network and moved to BET, broke
cable sitcom records with 7.7 million viewers
for the premiere of its fourth season in Janu-
ary 2011.dience is getting
At the same time, that audience is getting
richer. Black household earnings grew 63.9
s percent, to $75,000, from 2000 to 2009, ac-
cording to a Nielsen study.
c#InTheBlack is the first industrywide effort
e of its kind and is long overdue, said Donald
A. Coleman, chief executive of GlobalHue, a
multicultural advertising agency. "It's getting
to the point of ridiculousness in terms of the
n budget allocated to the African-American au-
dience," Mr. Coleman said.

-New York Times June 25, 2012

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Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting
at $825 monthly. Studios
starting at $650, if you
qualify. Appliances, laundry,
QUIET. Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
,1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.

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

1231 NW 58 Terrace.
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath. $500 monthly, two
bedrooms, one bath, $600
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
T.V. Call Joel:

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

1246 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you
in. One bedroom, one
bath,$550 monthly. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

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

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free'Water.

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

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

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

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

14255 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$495. 305-717-6084
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, two bdrms $675. free
water. Call

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

1648 NW 35 Street
two and one bedrooms, tile
floors, central air.
786 355-5665
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

1720 NW 1 Place
Brand new remodeled one
bedroom. $500 monthly.
Gated building.

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. two bedrooms, one
bath $550. Appliances.

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

1801 NW 2 Avenue

First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-

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

1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, $500, two
bedrooms $650. Very quiet,
gated building. Call

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

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

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

225 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$350. 305-642-7080

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

3185 NW 75 Street
Move in Special. One
bedroom, close to metro rail.
$700 monthly. 305-439-2906
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

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

6091 NW15 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

613 NW 65 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$700 monthly. 305-342-6730
676 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-343-0649,
call between 3 pm and 9 pm.
7521 NE 2nd Court
One bdrms, one bath, starting
$550 mthly, 305-717-6084
8295 NE Miami Court #1
Large one bdrm, one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $675
monthly. 305-947-4502
850 NW 4 Avenue
Large nice and clean one
bdrm. $525-$550 and two
bdrms, $650, includes free
water and gas, washer and
dryers on premises. Close to
Port Miami and Downtown.
Call 786-344-0178 "
Qne and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
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-

21130 NW 39 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
all tile floors, central air, small
fenced yard. Pets OK $1100
mthly. NOT Section 8. Call

1081 NW 37 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section
8 welcome! 786-326-6105
1150 NW 76 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, new appliances with
washer/dryer, tile, large
closets, central air and free

security alarm. No Section
8. Call 786-357-5000

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

137 NW 118 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$875. Appliances.

156 NE 58 Terr.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.

165 NE 65 Street
Two bedrms, one bath
and air. Section 8 and City
Voucher! 786-303-2596
1720 NW 84 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, three
bdrms., two baths, tiled.
Section 8. 305-205-3652
1796 NW 112 Street
One bedroom. 305-799-3418
1869 NW 41 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650 monthly. 305-303-0156
2452 NW 44 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $985 monthly.
251 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances. $625 monthly
plus security. 786-216-7533

3503 NW 8 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tile, air, Section 8 preferred.
414 NW 53 Street
BEST VALUE, gorgeous
remodeled two bdrms,
spacious, large totally fenced
yard, available now, $875.
416 N.E. 59 Street
Large one bedroom, very
clean, air,, water is included.
$700 monthly.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. Central air,
all appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1100 monthly first, $900
security. 305-301-11993
6747 NW 5 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8. 305-681-3736
6920 NW 6th Court
Three bdrms., one bath,
water, $900, 754-214-2111
7015 NW 4 Court
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tiled,
water included. $850 monthly.
Security deposit $1050.
Call 786-556-9644
8201 NW 6 Avenue
Newly remodeled two
bedrooms, one bath, central
air, laundry room, free water.
$875 monthly. 786-975-3656
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.
64 street, two bedrooms,
$725, 60 street, two
bedrooms house including
water, $900, 159 street, five
bedrooms, two baths, $1800.
305-757-7067 Design Realty
Brand new, four bedrooms,
two baths, $1450 monthly.
Handicap accessible and
ready to occupy. Section 8
OK. 916-204-8387
Two bdrms. Section 8
welcome. 305-343-9215
1883 NW 90 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, appliances and
water included. Section 8
welcome. Call Donald at:

1370 C NW 83 St
Large studio unit, kitchen
area, bathroom area and
closet. Rent $550 monthly.
Security deposit $550.
Utilities included in monthly
rent. Great for single person
or couple. Located across
from Arcola Park. Call
Sylvester at 954-275-0436
2565 NW 92 Street
Lights, air and water included.
Nice neighborhood. $525
monthly, $1,575 move in or
$263 bi-weekly, $788 move
in. 305-624-8820
411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

Spacious, air, appliances,
cable. 786-263-2778
Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped

accessible. Free cable. $400
monthly. 786-366-5930 Dee
or 786-419-2000 Jenry.

1448 NW 69 STREET
$400 mo., $100 to move in.
$100 Deposit. 305-934-9327
1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2106 NW 70 Street
$100 weekly. 305-836-8262
2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room,
refrigerator and air. Call 954-
885-8583 or 305-318-6277
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave, TV,
free, cable, air and private
bath. Call 954-678-8996
342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400.
Call 786-506-3067
211 NW 12 Street

Clean and quiet. Elderly
preferred. Rent negotiable.
Clean room, side entry, patio,
air, 305-688-0187
Room in Christian Home
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed.

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

1180 Opa Locka Blvd (137
three bedrooms, two baths,
den, air, garage, $1,250. No
section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker 305-891-6776
12065 N.W. 2 AVE.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, security bars.
$1000 monthly. Section 8
12111 SW 220 Street
Goulds, two bdrms, one
bath, central air, Section 8
welcome, 786-326-6105.
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.

15941 NW 18 Court
Newly remodeled four
bedrooms, two baths, central
air, washer/dryer connection.
$1600 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 954-818-9112
16130 NW 37 Court
Three bedrooms, tile, air,
$1,150. No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Broker, 305-891-
1743 NW 42 Street
Lovely small one bedroom
rear house with full kitchen,
full bath. All utilities included
for $680 a month.
Call 786-356-7056
1790 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
,mthly. No Section 8.
Call: 305-267-9449
1865 NW 45 Street Front
Three bdrms, one bath. $975
mthly. 305-525-0619
2103 NW 83rd Street
Three bdrms., two baths, very
spacious, no Section 8,
2115 NW 56 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
Renovated. Call 305-491-
3 2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard. Section 8 only.
2220 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one' bath.
305-384-8421, 954-854-8154
2320 N.W. 65th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1050 monthly, call 305-634-
7339 or 305-588-8793.
2380 NW 140 Street
Opa Locka, three bdrms., one
bath, 305-384-0813.
3071 NW 207 Terrace
Beautiful four bedrooms,
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Mourning III: #00 Alonzo "Trey" Mourning III

Roach: #21 Khambrel "Kham" Roach


Khambrel Roach, Alonzo Mourning

III leads their school to greatness

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times staff writer

Khambrel "Kham" Roach
and Alonzo "Trey" Mourning
III come from opposite ends
of the socioeconomic and
geographic spectrum. Roach
stems from Perrine and has
moved five times between
there and Liberty City and
will soon be one of the first
in his family to attend col-
lege. Mourning on the other
hand has grown up with the
comforts and privileges that
come with having a father who
is an NBA great. Their division
between neighborhoods and
backgrounds, however, pale in
comparison to the union that
has been built on the hard-
wood at Ransom Everglades.
Both transferred from
Gulliver Academy, Ransom's
rival school, and have been
significant to the strength of
this year's state-contending
boys' basketball team.

"The program at Gulliver '
wasn't going in the direction
I wanted it to ... and I knew
at Ransom the program was
going in the direction I could
prosper in and look toward
getting me into college," Roach
"It's been a life changing
experience. I wouldn't be
the player I am if I would've
stayed at Gulliver or went to
any other school," Mourning
The Ransom Raiders (19-2)
rely heavily on Mourning's
size and Roach's offensive
prowess. Mourning a 6'9" ju-
nior is a developing talent who
averages a double-double with
12 points and 12.2 rebounds
per game. His height gives
him a strong defensive pres-
ence .and gives him the innate
ability to block shots averag-
ing 7.7 blocks per game.
"His potential is out the
roof," Roach said of his team-
mate. "He has what you want
in a star player."

Trey still has one more year,
but feels that this year is still'
Ransom's year.
"[I'm working on] bringing
in the same intensity all of
the time," said Mourning. "We
have all of the pieces in place
to [win state] this year.
Roach, a senior guard, is
key in that. He is one of the
team's leading guards, next
to Sam Singer, a UC-Berkeley
commit, and is shooting 50
percent from behind the three.
Even though he averages
16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds
per game Roach believes his
strength lies in his versatility.
"I'm just another piece in
the unit and I can be moved
around a lot," said Kham, who
has not committed to any col-
lege yet. "[My teammates] are
going to play at a high level
and it inspires me to play at
the same level."
Ransom's head coach,
Claude Grubair, commends
both players for their drive
and believe in their potential.
"[Both] are players of high
character on and off the
court," he said. "They are the
heart and soul of our team."

Dutch club vows revenge on racist fans

Soccer player

Jozy Altidore

the aim of racist

chants at game
By Jack Bell

Club officials at Deni Bosch
in the Netherlands have taken
a novel" approach to the racist
taunting directed last Tuesday
at the U.S. international Jozy
Altidore: The club has given of-
fending fans one week to turn
themselves in, according to a
statement on the team's web-
"If they don't then we will use
the pictures from our security
system to find out," the Den
Bosch director Peter Bijvelds

. said. "The perpetrators will re-
ceive a ban, while we will also
investigate what the possibili-
ties are for legal prosecution."
The club said the game was
ruined "by supporters who
made persistent jungle noises,"
and who pelted the referee and
failed to "show respect for the
people in and around the field."
AZ won the cup match, 5-0,
with Altidore scoring a goal on
a penalty kick in the first half.
The Referee Reinold Wiedemei-
jer twice asked Den Bosch of-
ficials to warn fans to stop the
racist chants, what have been
called "jungle noises," and he
was set to suspend the match
five minutes before the half-
time. But Altidore and other AZ
players prevailed upon him not
to stop the game. Wiedemeijer,
however, did briefly stop the

game at the start of the second
half when his referee assistants
were pelted with snowballs.
Den Bosch, a second division
club, is already under scrutiny
from the Dutch federation (with
a fine hanging over it) after a vi-
olent outbreak during last sea-
son's relegation match against
Willem II Tilburg.
Bijvelds added: "FC Den
Bosch will, aided by all those
people who are good with their
club, the next 'time everything
in their power to bring the per-
petrators to justice. They do not
belong in the Vliert and will be
the most severe sanctions im-
posed on them! That we were
supported by many seen from
the honest, direct and above
all very positive responses and
actions from all supporters

American's D'ajahnae Smith

controls the basketball court

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times staff writer

D'ajahnae Smith uses bas-
ketball as an outlet from
the stresses of life. But what
started out as Smith's outlet
has turned into an opportu-
nity, not only to lead Ameri-
can High School's girls' bas-
ketball team (18-5) to the
post-season, but a potential
collegiate career.
Smith, known for her
quickness and a solid mid-
range jump, has garnered in-
terest from Division I schools
like Stetson and University of
North Florida and other Di-
vision II schools. American's
head coach, Paul Tores, who
is also the head of the Miami
Suns' travel team, is hope-
ful for more opportunities for
Smith who is a junior.
"Coaches and fans say
a lot of good things about
D'ajahnae," Tores said. "With
playing like she is now and
will continue to play over the
summer, she will have some
more opportunity for some
more colleges to look at her."
"Dee" as Smith is affection-
ately called, is the anchor of
her team. Smith averages a
double-double, boasting 15
points and 12 rebounds per
game and is the team's lead-
ing scorer.

-Photo Credit: Chuck Bethel

D'ajahnae Smith

"She's almost irreplaceable
on the court," Tores said. "I
have a hard time taking her
out of the game."
Smith is also aggressive on
defense; she has 83 steals
this season. Tores praises
Smith's versatility and good
anticipation, and has given
her what Smith calls "a really
big role."
"I can play pretty much ev-
ery position," Smith said. "[I
just try] to lead and keep my
teammates talkative."
Smith whose main objec-
tive is to have fun is not only
balanced on the court, but
maintains the same diligence
and level of success in her
"I'd rather go to college on

an academic scholarship,"
said Smith, who has a 3.6
GPA. "I think it can get me
further and if something
happened [in basketball] I
can fall back on that."
But Smith is not taking the
opportunity for granted and
said she wants to play bas-
ketball for as long as she can.
She is constantly working to
get to the next level.
"Seeing other good players
motivates me to want to play
on that level," Smith said.
Smith also has a more
personal source of motiva-
tion, her six year old brother
Lorenzo, who she said follows
in her footsteps.
"He inspires me, because I
inspire him."

Lewis overcomes rally, blackout to

surge to his second Super Bowl title

By Mike Garafolo
and Erik Brady

Bowl coaches John and Jim
Harbaugh will have plenty to
talk about at future family
reunions about the time they
met in perhaps the strangest
game in Super Bowl history.
John's Baltimore Ravens
held on for a 34-31 victory
vs. Jim's San Francisco 49ers
that came down to the Nin-
ers' fourth-and-goal from
the 5 that fell incomplete, a
furious finish that might well
never have happened but for a
bizarre 33-minute delay for a
power outage that turned the
game's momentum inside-out.
Jim harangued the referees
for what he felt was defensive
holding on the game's crucial
play and John executed smart
strategy at the game's con-
clusion, ordering his punter
to take an intentional safety
while killing eight seconds, al-
lowing the Ravens to end the
game with a free kick.
And then the brothers

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates with
the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the game.

walked to midfield and spoke
briefly, patting each other
quickly, and the confetti flew.
The underdog Ravens served
as pigskin proxy for their
coach, who is 15 rionths older,
and one Lombardi Trophy bet-
ter, than his kid brother but
"How could it be any other
way?" John Harbaugh said.

"It's never perfect, never
pretty, but it's us. It was hard
(going against Jim), the hard-
est thing I've ever experienced.
I told him I loved him. He said
Ravens quarterback Joe
Flacco made good on his boast
prior to the season that he is
an elite quarterback as he was
named Most Valuable Player.