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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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Material Information

Title: The Miami times.
Uniform Title: Miami times
Physical Description: v.
Language: English
Creator: Miami times
Publisher: The Magic Printery,
The Magic Printery
Creation Date: February 20, 2013


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


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

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MIAMI, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 20-26, 2013 50 cents


More services coming to

Liberty City families, youth

By D. Kevin McNeir ,;-.,
en from the kic u ,@,,iainitineso,,line.com '''

Lincoln Fields
community and
several public
housing units
are members
of the recently-
formed Holly's
Club, Helping Our
Lovely, Lively
Youth, coordinated
by activist Hedy

Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the
Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., was the keynote
speaker recently at the Caleb Center where he
addressed families and youth about ways to build
Liberty City's future and reclaim the community
block-by-block. And while Harlem is a long way
from Liberty City, the kinds of challenges that
Blacks face in both communities suggest that
if change is going to happen, it will require the
collective efforts of parents, children, teachers,
Please turn to SERVICES 8A

MiamiTimes photos/D. Kevn McNeir

Austin steps down

By D. Kevin McNeir

The face of leadership at Liberty Cit:,-'s
Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc., has .
changed with the recent resignation of its
longtime CEO, Alison Austin. She has been
replaced by former board member Taj
Brow-n, .34, who will serve as the in-
terim CEO.
In a statement released by the
Please turn to TACOLCY 8A

Civilian panel to

rule on DeCarlos

Moore shooting

Will oversight agency exonerate cop
who shot unarmed man?

Miami Times staff report In 2011,
The City of Miami's Civilian Investigative asked the
Panel [CIP] met last Tuesday with one goal: view of ea'
To decide whether or not to exonerate Of- taken up
ficer Joseph Marin who shot and killed an mittee earl
unarmed DeCarlos Moore, 36, in 2010. The the first ti
Panel's independent counsel has already the case.
determined that Marin's use-of-force was Marin w
reasonable and did not violate City policy, on July 5,
State prosecutors have also cleared Marin up behind
of any wrongdoing. He was one of seven plate -and
Miami police officers who shot and killed have been
seven Black men between 2010 and 2011. vestigatior
Five of those men, including Moore, were of his car

Univ. Miami report highlights

need for NCAA transparency

a coalition of community groups
PULSE, the ACLU and the NAACP
CIP to hold an independent re-
ch case. The Moore shooting was
by the CIP's complaints subcom-
lier this month. Last Tuesday was
me that the full panel had heard

was a rookie police officer when
2010, he and his partner pulled
d Moore's vehicle, ran the license
found that the vehicle might
stolen. According to the CIP in-
i, Moore pulled over and got out
before the officers ordered him
Please turn to MOORE 8A

By George Schroeder
The NCAA is set to deliver a
Notice of Allegations against the
University of Miami, but the fu-
ture of the high-profile case is
in question after an external re-
view revealed misconduct by the
NCAA's investigators and result-
ed in the dismissal of the vice
president of enforcement.
NCAA president Mark Em-
mert, who confirmed to USA
TODAY Sports the departure by
March 1 of Julie Roe Lach, head
of the enforcement staff, called
the review results "an embar-
rassment." But he said "tainted
information" had been removed
from the investigative record and
said the process would "move
forward through the regular
course of business."


U.M. President

In a strongly worded state-
ment, Miami president Donna
Shalala suggested the investiga-

tors' misconduct "taints the en-
tire process" and called for the
NCAA to wrap up the process
with no penalties beyond those
already self-imposed by the
"We have been wronged in this
investigation," Shalala said.
For more than two years, the
NCAA has been investigating al-
legations of rule violations made
by former booster Nevin Sha-
piro, who is serving a 20-year
prison sentence for running a
$930 million Ponzi scheme. As a
result, Miami instituted a bowl
ban in each of the last two foot-
ball seasons and reduced schol-
According to the external re-
view by the law firm of Cad-
walader, Wickersham & Taft,
Please turn to NCAA 8A

Chris Christie, not Rubio, best bet in 2016

N.J. governor takes bipartisan route to

Florida senator's more
DeWayne Wickham

The GOP's chances of win-
ning the White House in 2016
are linked more closely to the
political fortunes of New Jer-
sey Gov. Chris Christie than
those of Sen. Marco Rubio of
Rubio is the Tea Party
wunderkind who was tapped
by Republicans to give the


right-wing approach
GOP response
to President
Obama's State
Sof the Union
SAddress, He
l P ,began his retort
I with a dusted
WICKHAM off reference to
his parents' emigration from
Cuba to the United States.
During his political ascen-
dancy in Florida, Rubio often


talked of how his mom and
dad fled that Caribbean island
after Fidel Castro came to
power in 1959.

It was a tale that resonated
with many Hispanic and right-
wing voters in the Sunshine
State. But it was also untrue.

Rubio's parents arrived in
this country two-and-a-half
years before Castro overthrew
the government of Fulgencio
Batista, according to records
of the government documents.
Caught in that deception,
Rubio tweaked this story in
his national address, making
no mention of the country his
parents left or the year they
arrived on these shores.
Like Rubio, Christie is being
touted as a candidate for the
GOP presidential nomina-
tion in 2016. But the Garden

State's tough-guy governor,
whose combativeness once
drove me to call him a chest-
beating "bully," is no phony.
And.unlike Rubio, he's also
not a rabid right-winger.
For all of his bluster, Chris-
tie has modeled a kind of
bipartisanship that has won
him the highest approval
rating of any governor in the
country. He now enjoys the
support of nearly half of the
Democrats in New Jersey a
state whose voters backed the
Please turn to 2016 8A

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Exonerating the

Scottsboro Nine
Decades too late, the Alabama Legislature is mov-
ing to grant posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro
Boys the nine Black teenagers arrested as freight
train hoboes in 1931 and convicted by all-white juries of rap-
ing two white women.
The trials were feverish displays of American racism and
injustice that stirred a lynch mob outside the Scottsboro jail.
The travesty drew worldwide attention and eventually resulted
in landmark Supreme Court rulings on the right to adequate
counsel and prohibiting the exclusion of Black people from
juries. The case consumed the lives of the nine men, even
after the rape accusation was recanted by one of the women
and the testimony of other witnesses fell apart in a series of
retrials and appeals. All but one defendant were sentenced to
death, and though none was executed, all served time.
The trials epitomized the South's Jim Crow culture and are
viewed by historians as a major spark for the modern civ-
il rights era. Gov. George Wallace of Alabama, in a populist
gambit for national attention, made a show of pardoning one
of the Scottsboro nine in 1976. But the fate of the others was
left to drift from sight across the years, with the last of the
group dying in 1989.
This week, the State Senate Judiciary Committee unani-
mously approved a bipartisan bill that would change state
law to allow the posthumous pardons. A second measure
exonerates the nine as "victims of a series of gross injus-
tice." Final enactment is expected. This will not in any way
deliver full justice to those men and their families. But it will
confirm what happened in Scottsboro eight decades ago,
when street mobs cheered the rapid-fire guilty verdicts. And
the pardons will put a spotlight on the town's newest tour-
ist attraction, the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural
Center. -New York Times

Rep. Gibbons says give

Florida opportunity

to flourish

F lorida's new state budget should be guided by one
premise: That every Floridian deserves an opportuni-
ty to achieve the American dream. As the Democratic
ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will
work to ensure that Florida makes a commitment to equity and
opportunity for all, secure jobs with upward income mobility,
safe communities, a strong education system, and affordable
health care.
In the House Democratic Caucus, our priorities are clear:
Putting children, families and education first; investing in jobs
and innovation for Floridians; protecting our environment; and
promoting public safety and health, as well our state's great
diversity and workforce.
I am optimistic about the upcoming legislative session. I ex-
pect bipartisan leadership and progress to keep Florida's econ-
omy on an upward trajectory. And I believe the Legislature can
craft a "Job-Creation Budget" that priorities investments in
education, health care and innovative public infrastructure
projects, some of which can be met by assisting local govern-
For the first time in five years, the Legislature will not begin
a regular session facing a budget shortfall. We are estimated to
have a significant budget surplus, which means we can do more
than window-dress education issues and teacher compensation
needs. This year, we can invest in our future workforce by fo-
cusing on education and health care. Doing so, we will begin to
shift state investment from addressing problems after they de-
velop, to preventing them in the first place. Expanding Medicaid
under the federal Affordable Care Act, for instance, is an afford-
able approach to ending Florida's problem of a vast uninsured
populace and it will accelerate economic recovery.
Florida must achieve a broader economy, with more high-tech
jobs and investments in new industries. Unfortunately, after
years of neglect, Florida's needs are great, especially when it
comes to our state's infrastructure. Roads, bridges and works
projects are investments that create jobs and economic devel-
opment in the private sector. Thus, it's imperative that the Leg-
islature does not raid a vital Transportation Trust Fund.
There is much work to be done to rebuild a strong, secure
middle class and further expand economic opportunity. Doing
so starts with reinvesting in public education, making health
care more affordable for individual Floridians and small busi-
nesses, and making smart choices for a growing economy.
Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, Democratic ranking
member, House Appropriations Committee, Florida House of
Representatives. Joe Gibbons



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Black History Month's

I have a rule about this
month. If it's February, I know
that somebody somewhere has
given an interview or written an
article declaring America no lon-
ger needs Black History Month.
And, sure enough, the conser-
vative National Review Online of
Feb. 4 has given us the article
of one Charles W. Cooke. Its title
is succinct "Against Black His-
tory Month: This month is Black
History Month. Let's hope it's
the last."
That snarky comment is re-
vealing, isn't it? Even if you're
opposed to Black History Month,
no one would credibly think
there's any chance that this
month's, or next year's, or the
year after that's, or you get
the picture would be the last
Black History Month American
society commemorates? It's not
a serious comment, of course,
and it indicates we're not going
to get a logical argument from
But then, that's not entirely
Cooke's fault. That's because

there is no logical argument
against commemorating Black
History Month. Indeed, now it's
more important than ever that
we plumb the facts and com-
plexities of Black history.
This is not a matter of "seg-
regating" American history into
racial and ethnic enclaves. It is
a matter of acquiring a fuller un-
derstanding of American history
by not pretending that consider-

essential qu
pursuing the truth of the Black
experience in America was the
only way to construct an Ameri-
ca worthy of its ideals.
Cooke's article follows the
usual scheme of the attack on
Black History Month. He as-
serts that the undertaking was
necessary before the 1960s,
when de jure and de facto seg-
regation ruled the land. Now,
however, it's outlived its use-

f Black Americans remain unfairly in the shadows, then the
solution is to bring them out, not to sort and concentrate
them by color...

ing American history primarily
through that of white Americans
is the only approach that counts.
Indeed, it's clear that Carter G.
Woodson, the great scholar who
established Negro History Week
in 1926, had two goals in mind.
One was to enable Blacks to
see that they had a rich history
before their capture and trans-
port to the Americas; and that

fulness and in fact is harming
the ability of all Americans to
gain a shared understanding of
American history. Black Histo-
ry Month should be eliminated
and the Black American experi-
ences should be integrated into
schools' regular curriculum.
"If there is still too little 'Black
history' taught in America's
schools," Cooke writes, "or if


estion iBl
'Black history' is being taught
incorrectly then we should
change the curriculum. If Black
Americans remain unfairly in
the shadows, then the solution
is to bring them out, not to sort
and concentrate them by color."
This is an argument built
on sand. For one thing, Cooke
cites no actual examples of the
supposed sins of Black His-
tory Month no examples
of schools or school systems
where Black history is taught
only in February and ignored in
the curriculum the rest of the
year. No examples of colleges
where Black studies courses
ignore the impact of the other
currents of American society.
No examples where in either ele-
mentary and secondary schools
or colleges there is what he calls
the "equally absurd" repetitive
focus on heroic Black figures.
Lee A. Daniels is a longtime
journalist based in New York
City. His latest book is Last
Chance: The Political Threat to
Black America.

* BY SUSAN L TAi LOR. NNPA Special Contributor I

What we can do to reclaim our Black kids? $

Six years after I first heard it's happening or
them, the statistics still haunt While there ar
me: 86 percent of Black chil- Earth more kind,
dren in the fourth grade read ative than us Blk
and do math below their grade tain world-weari
level. Black girls between the into our days. I
ages of 15 and 24 represent the able Blacks ha'
greatest number of new HIV in- around our morn
fections. Homicide is the leading to care for "the
cause of death for our boys. The
village is on fire! And our love is e S
the saving, healing water that
legions of our children are liter- US
ally dying for. When we listen we W ser%
hear their cries rising above the likeness of that l
flames. Their voices carry the
incendiary pain and humiliation
of intergenerational poverty that We cannot minim
turns dreams to ashes: days threats to BlacI
of missed meals, uncertain safe- but our greatest
ty and poorly resource schools endemic. Ours is
that plenish the pipeline to pris- sis. Our spirit is
on. These are among the many nourished in cc
grievous thefts of potential im- the social bonds
poverishing the lives of Black us to one another
children in the land of plenty, a have forgotten v
land made rich and powerful on what we're suppi
the backs of our ancestors. And here; forgotten tl


We're killing
The death of Hadiya Pendle-
ton, a 15-year-old honor stu-
dent at King College Prep High
School on Chicago's South Side
is finally receiving the national
attention that it deserves. An
honor student and majorette
in her school's marching band,
Hadiya had recently participated
in President Obama's inaugural
parade in the nation's capital.
After leaving school on Jan.
29, Hadiya was shot and killed
in a park after she and friends
sought shelter under a canopy
when it began raining. She was
killed about a mile from Obama's
Chicago home. Hadiya's father,
Nathaniel Pendleton, summed
up his loss this way: "They took
the light of my life . .She was
destined for great things and
you stripped that from her."
First Lady Michelle Obama,
Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan and Presidential Ad-
viser Valerie Jarrett attended
Hadiya's funeral last Saturday.
Her mother, Cleopatra Cow-.

n our watch.
re no people on
, caring and cre-
ack folks, a cer-
iness has crept
As a group, we
ve half-stepped
al responsibility
least of these."

other's keeper . each other's
magnitude and bond," as the
late, great Pulitzer Prize-winning
poet Gwendolyn Brooks remind-
ed us. Like our fore-parents,
who made possible the privileg-
es we now take for granted, we
must live for a purpose greater
than the acquisition and accu-

ay that God is love. But love is a verb. It requires
to do something, to actively care for ourselves and
ve one another from the overflow. In the image and
ove and caring that gives Itself away to the world ...

nize the external
k advancement,
t challenges are
s a spiritual cri-
fed by faith and
community. But
s that once tied
r are frayed. We
vho we are and
osed to be doing
hat "we are each

mulation of more stuff to stum-
ble over, clutter our path and
obstruct our vision. The terrain
we traverse today is not even the
rough side of the mountain; the
rough side is behind us, cleared
for us by those who came before
us. We are uniquely positioned
among people of African descent
to make that final assault on the
summit of our aspirations, if we

will commit to doing what has
become most difficult for us as
a people: link arms and aims,
make a plan and get along with
one another to see it through.
We say that God is love. But
love is a verb. It requires us to
do something, to actively care
for ourselves and serve one an-
other from the overflow. In the
image and likeness of that love
and caring that gives Itself away
to the world, we can move stra-
tegically, creatively toward eco-
nomic and social justice. No
obstructions strewn in our path
will deter or impede us when we
stand for the high purpose and
move forward-together. But
we've got to move. We've got to
push Black leaders to humble
themselves, allow love, not ego,
to lead.
Susan L. Taylor is the found-
er and CEO of National CARES
Mentoring Movement. For 27
years she served as the chief edi-
tor of Essence magazine.

NNPA Columnisa

Black teens in America literally
ley-Pendleton, was a guest of Young people are not only the than New York City, -v.en thiiug,
the Obamas at the State of the victims of gun violence they are the Big Apple has three times as
Union address. The president usually the ones who pull the many residents. And Chicago
was scheduled to visit Chicago trigger, witnessed 215 more murders
last Friday where he delivered a "From 2008 through 2012, than Los Angeles home to
major address on gun violence nearly half of Chicago's 2,389 ho- more than a million more peo-
that is certain to contain a men- micide victims were killed before ple."
tion of Hadiya. It's fitting that their 25th birthday. In 2011, the Because of highly-publicized
Obama return to his adopted most recent year for which the mass murders including
home town to make his case data were available, more than shooting deaths at Sandy Hook
against deadly violence. 56 percent of individuals who Elementary in Newtown, Conn.;
According to statistics ana- committed murder were also un- a movie theater in Aurora, Colo-
lyzed by the Chicago Reporter, der 25. One-third of Chicago res- rado; Fort Hood, Texas and Vir-
more young people are killed idents are under 25, according ginia Tech much of the gun
in Chicago than any other city to 2011 Census estimates," the debate has centered on reducing
in the nation. More than 530 Chicago Reporter states. "And or eliminating access to assault
people under 21 years old have despite various police strategies weapons and high-capacity mag-
been killed since 2008 most and community efforts, things azines.
of them in Black and Brown are getting worse. Last year, 243 While those are laudable goals,
neighborhoods while hun- people under 25 were killed in some police chiefs have pointed
dreds of others have been in- Chicago. That's an 11 percent out that handguns kill far more
jured. According to the newspa- increase over 2011 and a 26 per- people than assault weapons.
per, nearly 80 percent of youth cent jump from 2010." George E. Curry, former editor-
homicides occur in 22 Black or Chicago homicides are not lim- in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
Latino neighborhoods on the ited to the youth. editor-in-chief of the National
city's South, Southwest and The Reporter also noted, "In Newspaper Publishers Associa-
West sides, even though those 2012, not only did Chicago lead tion News Service (NNPA.) He is a
communities represent only one- the nation in homicides, it wit- keynote speaker, moderator, and
third of Chiciaion's nrm ,latinn nessed nearly 100 more murders media coach.


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- BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, iet38@bellsouth neE

Are computerized drone attacks legal, humane?

In 2013, war is no longer
combat between two groups of
human beings, but instead it
is computerized man-less fly-
ing machines that search and
destroy designated areas. Tech-
nology has created these com-
puterized flying war-machines
and they are designed to oper-
ate in the Star Wars generation.
There are multiple uses for
these machines, and the tech-
nology is allowing scientist to
study conditions and systems
that were not available with the
human eye.
Drone technology is not go-
ing away, and the U.S. military
will continue to use this war-
fare, because President Obama,.
his administration and our
military leaders consider this
a more humane form of war.
The White House has defended
drone strikes against terrorist,
as legal, ethical and wise and it
complied with U.S. law and the
But many of the U.S. law-
makers were not aware of the
counter-terrorism plan with the
drone campaign that the White

House had in' place. Without
saying explicitly, the govern-
ment claims that they have the
authority to kill American ter-
rorism suspects in secret. This
is very frightening to U.S. law-
makers, because according to
a 16 page memo entitled, "Law-
fulness of a Lethal Operation
Directed Against aft U.S. Citi-

of Awiaki, a radical preacher,
called the white paper "chill-
"According to the white paper,
the government has the author-
ity to carry out targeted killings
of U.S. citizens' without pre-
senting evidence to a judge be-
fore the fact or after, and indeed
without even acknowledging to

any local and state police are using drones in their
investigations, and most Americans have no idea that
they are being used.

zen Who IS a Senior Operation-
al Leader of Al-Qaeda or An As-
sociated Force," they can wage
war against an American citizen
with no geographic boundaries.
This has created controversy
in the media, with the lawmak-
ers, political experts and the
ACLU. Jameel Jaffer, deputy
legal director of the American
Civil Liberties Union has sued
to obtain the legal document
used to authorize the killing

the courts or to the public that
the authority has been exer-
cised," says Jameel Jaffer. John
Brennan has been nominated
to head the CIA, and he is the
chief architect and central play-
er in the U.S. drone campaign.
Brennan has acknowledged
that there have been instances
where civilians have been killed,
but that has been rare. The
problem with this statement is
that the drone campaign has

been secret and covert and in-
formation on the strikes has
not been transparent. There-
fore, the drone attacks are on a
case by case basis, and there is
no checks and balance system
to control the abuse of power.
Now state lawmakers are con-
cerned with the use of drones,
because the unmanned vehicles
could be used to spy on Ameri-
cans in their homes. Many lo-
cal and state police are using
drones in their investigations,
and most Americans have no
idea that they are being used.
The U.S. is operating killer
drone strikes in Pakistan, Ye-
men and Somalia, and our
country is not at war with any of
the countries. Many experts say
it is illegal under international
and humanitarian law for the
U.S. to be attacking a country
with which it is not at war. Nau-
reeen Shah, association direc-
tor of counterterrorism and hu-
man rights project at Columbia
Law School says, "This becomes
a possible war crime when the
US is killing civilians who pose
no danger to the U.S."


Is Florida's minimum wage

[$7.79] too low?
Miami Gardens, business owner Liberty City, unemployed

Lil Wayne
When a rapper says he's gon-
na "pop a pill" then "beat that
p*ssy like Emmett Till," that's
when we know that he might
have gone just a little bit too
far. But that's just what hap-
pened this week, and the Till
family isn't happy.
Lil Wayne and Future, two
very talented hip-hop artists,
have decided to push the enve-
lope of disrespect by releasing
a song called "Karate Chop." In
the song, Lil Wayne takes the
liberty of turning the mutilated
face of Emmett Till into a weary
sex organ, ridiculing the agony
experienced by this young man
many years ago. The matter
is made is even sadder by the
fact that Till's legacy was tram-
pled by Lil Wayne, Future and
Universal Records right in the
middle of Black History Month.
I spoke this week with Air-
icka Gordon Taylor spokesper-
son for the Till family and as
you can imagine, the family is

disrespects memory of Till

"I just couldn't understand
how he could compare the
gateway to life to the brutal-
ity and punishment of death,"
said Gordon Taylor.
For those of us who aren't
familiar with the legacy of Em-
mhett Till (apparently, Lil Wayne
already is), Till was a 15-year
old boy who was'beaten beyond

al outrage and served as part
of the fuel which created the
foundation for the civil rights
Over 50 years later, we now
have Black rappers who think
it's OK to compare this 15-year
old boy's face to a vagina. I
doubt that Dr. King would con-
sider this to be progress.

H ip-hop music is one of the most powerful and persua-
sive art forms in the history of the world, and it is now
being used to enslave the minds of young Black people
so that they might become food for the prison industrial complex.

recognition and murdered for
whistling at a white woman.
Till's mother, Mamie Till Mob-
ley, made the courageous deci-
sion to insist that her son be
buried with an open casket
so that the country could see
how ugly the brutality of racial
violence can become. Mamie's
sacrifice sparked internation-

Rev. Jesse Jackson and his
associate, Bishop Tavis Grant
of the Rainbow/Push Coalition
have spoken up on the mat-
ter, and I've promised to give
them my support. So far, nei-
ther Lil Wayne nor Future has
responded to the family's call
for them to stop the release of
the song, which is an aston-

fishing show of arrogance from
both of their camps. I wonder
if any of the people signing off
on the song even realized that
it's now Black History Month?
I doubt they celebrate this sort
of thing in the offices of Uni-
versal Records, since it's eas-
ier to exploit an artist who is
both ignorant an uneducated:
The scariest thing in the world
can be a conscientious, cou-
rageous and intelligent Black
man, hence the decision to
mass promote Black male anti-
Hip-hop music is one of the
most powerful and persua-
sive art forms in the history
of the world, and it is now be-
ing used to enslave the minds
of young Black people so that
they might become food for the
prison industrial complex. Lil
Wayne's reference to Till is just
the latest effort to dumb down
Black America with messages
that are nothing short of dis-
gustingly toxic.


"Yeah, but
those who
are in charge
are trying to o
keep the class
system at a
certain level
where they
can't prog-
ress. The av-
erage American couldn't start a
business with the money they

Liberty City, custodian

"Of course
it is, but it re-
flects the cost
of living. Rais-
ing the mini-
mum wage will
probably raise
the cost of liv-
ing as well."

Wellington, civil engineer

"Yeah we should go under
Obama's rec-
for minimum
wage. I can't
speak for any-
one else but
for me, Flori-
da's minimum
wage doesn't
match the cost
of living."

"Very much so. It should be at
least nine dol-
lars people
work too hard
for anything
less. Where
I'm from, it
was nine dol-
lars and that
was in the

Liberty City, retired

"Yes, I don't
see any prob-
lem with
Obama 'msa's
proposition for '- i"
moving mini-
mum wage to
nine dollars.
And those who do have a prob-
lem with it are most likely rich

Liberty City, engineer

"Yeah defi-,
nitely. You ,
have people
struggling to .
pay bills. In
order to get
the economy
going up-
wards we have
* to raise the minimum wage."

Black America's ties to the Philippines

Although the Spanish-Ameri-
can War (1898) is a well-known
episode in U.S. history, few of
-us know that immediately fol-
lowing the end of hostilities
with Spain, the U.S. initiated
a war of colonization against
the Philippines. Interestingly,
Black America figured into this
war in a very odd way.
The U.S. claimed the Philip-
pines as a trophy from their
war with Spain. The problem is
that before the U.S. military ar-
rived in the Philippines, there
was a very successful insurrec-
tion underway by the Filipinos,
an insurrection that was near-
ing victory. The Philippine reb-
els believed that thelU.S. had
arrived to assist in the final
push against the Spanish. In-
stead, the U.S. troops turned
against the Filipino rebels and
embarked on what can only
be understood to have been a
racist, genocidal war aimed at
subjugating the archipelago.
The war that started Feb. 2,
1899 against the Philippines
was one atrocity after another,
including indiscriminate kill-
ings and the use of a torture
technique that we have come to
know as water-boarding. En-
tire cities were destroyed, such
as Iloilo on Panay Island. And
in this setting the Filipinos
were not only demonized, but
racially demonized, with white

soldiers referring to the Filipi-
nos as "n******" as they went
about murdering them.
The overtly racist side to this
conflict became apparent to
Black soldiers, resulting in de-
moralization as well as some
desertions. The most famous

Philippines and held it in sub-
jugation until 1946 at which
point the country received
nominal independence but ac-
tually became a neo-colony of
the U.S. Struggles for genuine
independence have contin-
ued through today, includ-

Hip-hop music is one of the most powerful and persua-
sive art forms in the history of the world, and it is now
being used to enslave the minds of young Black people
so that they might-become food for the prison industrial complex.

was that of Army corporal Da-
vid Fagen, who abandoned
the U.S. military and went to
fight on the side of the Filipi-
nos against his country. In
fact, Fagen became an officer
in the Filipino guerrilla army.
This so infuriated the U.S. mil-
itary that they put a price on
his head. Although there were
claims that Fagen was killed,
it was never proven. In either,
case he never surrendered
and was never captured. The
war lasted until at least 1902,
though skirmishes continued
well past that.
The week following Feb. 2nd
has become, for many Filipino
activists, Philippine Solidarity
Week. It is a time to remem-
ber that the U.S. colonized the

ing an insurrection led by the
National Democratic Front of
the Philippines. The U.S. gov-
ernment supports government
after government in the Philip-
pines that serve the interests of
the U.S. Such governments ei-
ther directly engage in human
rights abuses or turn a blind
eye to such abuses including

what are politely called 'extra-
judicial killings," i.e., political
murders, aimed at opponents
and dissenters.
Blacks, both at the birth of
the 20th century and today,
have had a connection with the
Philippines. Soldiers and civil-
ians, in 1899, were aware that
the war was one of aggression
and in many cases were pre-
pared to speak out. As the U.S.
of the 21 st century seeks to fur-
ther militarize the Philippines
and block efforts to peacefully
settle the long-standing civil
war, we, once again, need to be
prepared to speak up. And, in
so doing, remember the moral
dilemma faced and answered
by David Fagen more than a
century ago.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the imme-
diate past president of Trans-
Africa Forum and the author
of "They're Bankrupting Us" -
And Twenty Other Myths about

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Obama makes pitch to expand preschool access

By Josh Lederman
The Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. Raising
hopes among parents who want
preschool for all, President
Barack Obama, last Thursday
rolled out a plan to vastly expand
government-funded early child-
hood while keeping the price tag
a secret.
Republicans, wary of high costs
and questionable outcomes,
made clear they have no inten-
tion of signing a blank theck.
Setting up yet another clash
with Republicans over spending
and the proper scope of govern-
ment, Obama in his State of the
Union address proposed work-
ing with states to make high-
quality preschool available to
every American child. Two days
later, he played blocks and gave
fist-bumps to kids in a preschool
classroom at the College Heights
Early Childhood Learning Center
in Decatur, casting the plan as
part of a moral imperative to give
every child a shot at success.
"The size of your paycheck
shouldn't determine your child's
future," Obama told about 600
teachers and parents at the De-
catur Community Recreation
Center, singling out Georgia as a
model for making universal pre-
school a priority. "Let's fix this.
Let's make sure none of our kids
start out the race of life already a
step behind."
The White House offered the

-AP Photo/Joln Bazemore
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the Decatur Rec-
reation Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, in Decatur, Ga.

first details about Obama's plan,
describing it as a "continuum of
high-quality early learning for
a child, beginning at birth and
continuing to age five." The gov-
ernment would fund public pre-
school for any 4-year-old whose
family income is 200 percent or
less of the federal poverty level -
a more generous threshold than

the current Head Start program,
which generally serves kids from
families below 130 percent of the
poverty line. All 50 states and the
federal government would chip
Obama also proposed letting
communities and child care
providers compete for grants to
serve children three and younger,

starting from birth. And once a
state has established its program
for 4-year-olds, it can use funds
from the program to offer full-day
kindergarten, the plan says.
Conspicuously absent from
Obama's plan were any details
about the cost, a key concern
among Republicans. Obama's
aides have insisted the new pro-
grams would not add to the na-
tion's nearly $16.5 trillion debt,
but they won't say what else will
be cut to offset the cost, offering
only vague allusions to cutting
entitlement spending and closing
In a conference call with re-
porters, two of Obama's top pol-
icy aides declined five times to
explain how much the program
would cost.
"Details on that will be re-
leased when the president re-
leases his budget in the coming
weeks," said Roberto Rodriguez,
the White House's top education
adviser. When asked again about
the costs, officials went silent be-
fore a press aide joked: "Great,
we'll take the next one."
The price tag for expanding pre-
school to more than four million
4-year-olds is potentially stag-
gering. For instance, the Center
for American Progress, a liberal
think tank with close ties to the
Obama administration, proposed
a $10,000-a-child match to what
states spend. That effort could
cost tax payers almost $100 bil-
lion over 10 years.

-AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford, Pool
United States President Baracl< Obama gets a hug from a child
at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, in Decatur,
Ga., on Thursday, Feb.

Republican Party is cooling towards Tea-Party activists

By Scott Powers

The romance between Florida
Republicans and various tea-party
groups, which reached its zenith
when Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his
first state budget to a. tea-party
crowd in 2011, has clearly cooled.
And tea-party activists are feeling
left out if not spurned.
The past seven months have not
been kind to the movement that
once was seen as a fresh base of
ideas and volunteers for Republi-
It was all but shunned at Au-
gust's Republican National Con-
vention and by Republican
presidential nominee Mitt Rom-
ney. And it's been increasingly
marginalized by key Republicans
since the Nov. 6 general election
returned President Barack Obama
to the White House and brought
down numerous tea-party-backed
congressional candidates, such as
U.S. Rep. Allen West of Plantation
and, locally, Todd Long.
The cruelest blow may have
come from Gov. Rick Scott, who in
2011 unveiled a budget featuring
nearly $4 billion in cuts $1.5
billion to education alone to fer-
vent tea-party, applause in Eustis
and The Villages. This year, Scott
is asking for a $74.2 billion budget
- a six percent increase that in-
cludes raises for teachers, bonuses
for state employees and increased
money for everything from roads to

"What in the world happened

Florida Governor

with Gov. Scott's budget propos-
al?" said Jason Hoyt, an organizer
with several Orange County tea
parties. "It just baffles my mind."
If some are baffled, others are
bitter. Said Karin Hoffman, found-
er of DC Works For Us in Fort
Lauderdale, who organized a tea-
party conference attended by 220
activists in Orlando in January,
"There's a, 'If you are not going to
listen, we will go away from the
party,' attitude emerging. So that's
kind of where it is."
And resentful: "I think these
guys are terrified," John Long,
chairman of the Florida Tea Par-
ty, said of GOP leaders. "Nov. 6th
didn't go well, and rather, than
look inside and say, 'What" did
we do wrong?' they are looking
around them and saying, 'Who
can we blame?' It's kind of issue
du jour to blame the tea party."

Added Sid Van Landingham of
the South Lake [County] 912 Tea
Party: "People are regrouping. ...
The elections kind of stunned ev-
Clearly, Establishment Repub-
licans are distancing themselves.
Nationally, U.S. House Speaker
John Boehner purged House lead-
ership ranks of tea-party favorites.
GOP campaign rainmaker Karl
Rove vowed- to use "super PAC"
power to stop extreme tea-party
candidates in party primaries.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida,
a tea-party darling, is now press-
ing for immigration reform that
includes allowing 11 million ille-
gal immigrants to remain in the
And in Florida, Senate Presi-
dent Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, re-
sponded to tea-party demands
that Florida fight Obamacare us-
ing states-rights "nullification"
strategies with an anecdote about
Andrew Jackson's supposed re-
action when told that "nullifiers"
were threatening to burn down
the White House.
"Without lifting his head from
his reading, Andrew Jackson
said, 'Shoot the first nullifier who
touches the Flag. And hang the
rest.'" Gaetz wrote to tea-party at-
torney KrisAnne Hall.
"... I have sworn an oath on
my father's Bible before Almighty
God to preserve, protect and de-
fend the Constitution and govern-
ment of the United States. And
that's exactly what I intend to do.
Count me with Andrew Jackson."
.Still, local GOP officials insist

Obama on spending cuts, immigration and guns

By Kelly Kennedy, Gregory Korte,
Jim Michaels, Tim Mullaney and
Tom Vanden Brook

During the State of the Union
Address, President Obama raised
several issues and initiatives that
require a deeper explanation.
Here are some of those passages.

Statement: "In 2011, Congress
passed a law saying that if both
parties couldn't agree on a plan to
reach our deficit goal, about a tril-
lion dollars' worth of budget cuts
would automatically go into effect
this year. These sudden, harsh,
arbitrary cuts would jeopardize
our military readiness."
Context: Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta has said the $500
billion in automatic budget cuts
forced by sequestration on the
Pentagon over the next decade
would render the U.S. military a
"second-rate power." The cuts will
go into effect March 1 unless a
deal can be reached.
The cuts will force the Penta-
gon to change the way it trains,
defense analysts say. It's unclear
how that will affect military readi-
ness. It's unclear how perishable
some skills are, and Congress

could use emergency funds quick-
ly if hostilities break out.

Statement: "Right now, leaders
from the business, labor, law en-
forcement, and faith communities
all agree that the time has come to
pass comprehensive immigration
reform. In other words, we know
what needs to be done. As we
speak, bipartisan groups in both
chambers are working diligently
to draft a bill, and I applaud their

Context: Any kind of overhaul of
the nation's immigration system
has been stuck in the mud since
2007, when President George W.
Bush failed to get a bipartisan bill
through the Senate. Though it
was torpedoed mostly by 37 Sen-
ate Republicans who thought the
bill has left the borders too soft,
15 Democrats also voted to scut-
tle the plan under pressure from
labor groups opposed to a "guest
worker" provision.
What changed? The 2012 elec-
tion. Republicans have warmed to
moving an. immigration bill after
exit polls showed Obama winning
71(PERCENT) of the Hispanic

Statement: "It has been two
months since Newtown. I knbw
this is not the first time this
country has debated how to re-
duce gun violence. But this time
is different. Overwhelming ma-
jorities of Americans Ameri-
cans who believe in the Second
Amendment have come to-
gether around commonsense
reform, like background checks
that will make it harder for
criminals to get their hands on
a gun."

Context: The last time a presi-
dent even mentioned guns in a
State of the Union Address was
in 2000, when President Clin-
ton called on Congress to pass
"commonsense gun-safety leg-
islation." Then, as now, Clinton
was prodded by a tragic mass
shooting-- the 1999 shooting at
Columbine High School in Little-
ton, Colo. Clinton, like Obama,
called for background checks at
gun shows and a ban on high-
capacity magazines.
But Clinton went further, ask-
ing for child-safety locks on all
new handguns and mandatory
state licensing for handgun own-

tea-party members constitute an
important part of the party's base
- and that no Republican candi-
date would dare seek office with-
out meeting with them.
"The tea-party movement within
the Republican Party, as a source
of volunteers, candidates, energy
and ideas, remains very much
alive," said Orange County Repub-
lican Chairman Lew Oliver.

And that may be where the tea
party focuses next: locally. Lake
County tea parties have suc-
ceeded in electing local officials
such as County Commissioner
Leslie Campione, and parties in
Orlando, Jacksonville and else-
where are likewise turning at-
tention to local races.
"The indicator of just how

much punch they have is the
degree to which they still mo-
bilize in local elections that will
be coming up in the next year,"
said Rollins College political sci-
entist Don Davison, who has
researched the movement. "I
think that is going to be a proxy
of what will happen in the next
round of congressional elec-

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Which South Florida politicians are vulnerable?

By Anthony Man

Political clairvoyants see far
different futures for South
Florida's newest members of
Congress, even though they're
just 46 days into their con-
gressional careers.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-
West Palm Beach, is likely to
have a relatively smooth path
to re-election next year in her
Broward-Palm Beach county
district, according to prognos-
ticators at the non-partisan
Crystal Ball, which
analyzes politics and
predicts elections
But U.S. Rep. Pat-
rick Murphy, D-Ju- '*
piter, faces a much
tougher fight to hang .
on to the congres-
sional seat he nar-
rowly won in No-
vember. The Crystal MUI
Ball rates him as the
most vulnerable Democrat in
the entire U.S. House.
The assessments based
largely on the underlying

makeup of the two
congressional dis-
tricts and to a lesser
extent the expected
political landscape
in November 2014
- ring true both to
Ira Sabin, chairman
of the Palm Beach
County Republican
party, and Mitch
Ceasar, chairman of
the Broward Demo-
cratic Party.

Sabin senses opportunity
for Republicans in
the 18th District,
represented by Mur-
S phy since Jan. 3.
"We stand a very,
very good chance,"
he said. "It's'going to
/ be a huge opportu-
nity for us, based on
what I see now."
And, barring a re-
RPHY peat of the seismic
shift that accom-
panied the 2010 elections,
when demoralized Democrats
stayed home and the tea party
energized Republicans, Sa-

Te bin conceded that

"probably right about
"It's going to be a
very, very hard seat
to recapture, every-
body knows that. It's
the same thing as the
Ted Deutch seat and
the Debbie Wasser-
FRANKEL man Schultz seat,"

Sabin said.
None of the other
five members of Congress
from Broward or Palm Beach
counties Deutch, Mario
Diaz-Balart, Alcee Hastings,
Wasserman Schultz, Fred-
erica Wilson is seen by the
Crystal Ball or the indepen-
dent Cook Political Report as
having any difficulty winning
The Cook report has Mur-
phy in its most vulnerable
category of "toss up.' His seat
is likely to get more atten-
tion and more money than all
the other Broward and Palm
Beach county members of
Congress combined.

The reasons are clear, said
Kyle Kondik, a political ana-
lyst at Sabato's Crystal Ball at
the University of Vir-
ginia Center for Poli-
tics. Crystal Ball is
named for its found- ,.i
er, political scientist
Larry Sabato. -
*Murphy is one of,
only nine Democrats
in the country elect-
ed from districts that
Republican presi-
dential candidate WASSE
Mitt Romney won in SCHU
November. Unlike
Murphy, Kondik said
most are veteran legislators
with "individual brands as
moderate, conservative Demo-
crats. These are guys who are
entrenched and still hold onto
the conservative Democratic
The 18th Congressional
District, which takes in north-
ern Palm Beach, Martin and
St. Lucie counties, with 38
percent Republican, 36 per-
cent Democratic and 26 per-
cent independent/no party af-.

filiation registered voters, is a
textbook definition of a swing
*Even though in-
S..:u bents have bet-
ter than a 90 per-
cent re-election rate,
a president's party
typically loses seats
imr an off-year elec-
tion like 2014's, and
the most vulnerable
mriembers of a presi-
dent's party are the
RMAN ones who aren't yet,
JLTZ entrenched., -
"This is one

of the obvi-
ous ones that could
be washed away."
Kondik said.
National Republi-
cans are expected to
invest heavily to cap-
ture the seat, Ceasar
said. Murphy sup-
porters are already
beating the drums to
raise money on his

of the vote against U.S. Rep.
Allen West, the tea party Re-
publican who was best known
for generating controversy
with his incendiary rhetoric.
Obama won just 48 percent of
the vote in the district, which
means some people who voted
for Romney switched parties
and voted for Murphy instead
of West. "I would say West lost
it more than Murphy won it,"
Kondik said.
In 2014, Republicans could

do well

..,. .. .

~'.S rf ^ 't n



Murphy narrowly won in
.November, taking 50.3 percent

with what Kondik
termed a "main-
stream challenger"
who could recapture
voters who are in-
clined to vote Repub-
lican but were alien-
ated by West.
Sabin said party
leaders have. already
spoken with half a
dozen Republicans
- he declined to
name names who
are considering seek-

ing the party's nomination.
Yet Sabin concedes Murphy
can't be counted out.

Businessman, incumbent

running for Miramar seat 3

By Heather Carney center arid the city's sports complex to business-

MIRAMV R The names and faces in the run-
ning for Seat 3 on the commission may look famil-
iar to residents
For the second time mn a regular election. Ale-
jandro "Alex" Casas is challenging incumbent
Winston Barnes. Casas lost to Barnes in 2009.
Miramar commissioners are elected at-large and
serveifor four years. They make $36,675 annually.
Casas .said he would use his experience as a
businessman and cut-of-the-box thinking to im-
prove the city. Barnes said he'll continue to re-
spond to individuals' needs and be the liaison be-
tween the residents and city staff.
Casas said he wants to generate more revenue
for the city by marketing the city's cultural arts

"We're under utilizing many of the assets the
city has," said Casas "We need to market it in
such a way to make it accessible to bring in busi-
ness conferences and seminars."'
Casas also said he v.wants to give raises to city
employees who haven't one in at least two years
'"If we have happier people, they'll be more pro-
ductive and more efficient," he said.
Both candidates said that they'll work to im-
prore the western. historic area of Mirarmar.
Barnes said he wants to revitalize the business-
es in that area by applying for federal and state
grants He said residents in that area already ben-
efit from an improved waste disposal and sewage

Immigration critics decry

efforts to boost expulsions

By Brad Heath

WASHINGTON U.S. immigration officials laid
out plans last year that would ratchet up expul-
sions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as
part of a push to ensure the government would
not fall short of its criminal deportation targets,
records obtained by USA TODAY show.
Among those new tactics detailed in inter-
views and internal emails were trolling state
driver's license records for information about
foreigri-born applicants, dispatching U.S. Immi-
gration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents
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grants who had been arrested for low-level of-
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approved some of those steps.
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proach said ICE's urgent effort to boost deporta-
tions last year suggested the immigration agency
had veered from that approach.
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problematic,".said Gregory Ch en of the American
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Lavish lifestyle of a lawmaker

yields several federal charges

By Michael S. Schmidt W

WASHINGTON In the span
of four years starting in 2007,
Jesse L. Jackson Jr., then a
representative from Illinois,
amassed a collection of celeb-
rity memorabilia, furs, jewelry
and furniture.
Working with an antiques
dealer in Nevada and a furrier
in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jackson
bought a $5,000 football signed
by U.S. presidents, two hats
that once belonged to Michael
Jackson including a $4,600
fedora and an $800 cape.
Jackson's desire for such ob-
jects, however, prompted him
to take about $750,000 directly
from his campaign funds in vio-
lation of campaign finance laws,
according to government docu-
ments, unraveling the career of
one of the country's best-known
black politicians and the son of
a famous civil rights activist.
Last Friday, federal prosecu-
tors in Washington filed charges
against Jackson tied to his re-
peated use of campaign funds,
including conspiracy to com-
mit wire fraud, mail fraud and
making false statements.
The charges were a formality.
Jackson, a Democrat, has al-
ready agreed to plead guilty to
one or more charges, though a
date for him to formally accept
the plea before a judge has not
yet been scheduled.
He faces up to five years in
prison and $250,000 in fines.
The government also filed
charges last Friday against
Jackson's wife, Sandi, accusing
her of having filed false tax re-
turns. She is expected to plead
guilty and faces a maximum
of three years in prison and a
$100,000 fine.
In a written statement, Jack-
son, 47, apologized to his fam-
ily, friends and supporters for
his "errors in judgment."
"Over the course of my life, I

-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
Jesse L.Jackson Jr.and his wife,Sandi Jackson,are expected
to plead guilty in a case involving misuse of campaign money.

have come to realize that none of
us are immune from our share
of shortcomings and human
frailties," he said. "Still, I offer
no excuses for my conduct, and
I fully accept my responsibility
for the improper decisions and
mistakes I have made."
He added, "While my jour-
ney is not yet complete, it is my
hope that I am remembered for
the things that I. did right."
The statement did not ad-
dress the charges against his
wife, who was a Chicago alder-
man-until she resigned in Jan-
Jackson, the son of the Rev.
Jesse L. Jackson, resigned from
Congress in November, shortly
after winning re-election. His
departure was the latest in a
line of resignations by members
of Congress amid allegations
that they had used their pow-
er to enrich themselves. Jack-
son had taken a medical leave
from Congress in June and was
treated for bipolar disorder.
The documents released by
the prosecutors detail dozens of

times that Jackson used cam-
paign funds to buy lavish items.
According to the documents,
in July 2007, Jackson had a
$43,350 gold-plated men's Ro-
lex watch that he had bought
with campaign funds shipped
to Washington from Chicago.
Nearly two months later,
Jackson obtained two piec-
es of Bruce Lee memorabilia
with campaign funds, each for
$2,000, from a dealer called
Antiquities of Nevada, accord-
ing to the documents.
The next" year, Jackson ob-
tained several more pieces of
memorabilia with campaign
funds, buying items that once
belonged to the Rev. Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. and Bruce
Lee for more than $17,000
from the same dealer in Ne-
The same year, Jackson had
$9,588 worth of children's
furniture he had bought with
campaign funds shipped from
New Jersey to Washington,
where he had a home.
In May 2008, Jackson had

S. FL the epicenter for tax fraud

By David Adams

Bruce Parton was only a few
weeks from retirement after 30
years as a mail carrier in sunny
He never lived to fulfill his re-
tirement plan of moving back to
a quiet life in the Catskill moun-
tains of New York, not far from
where he grew up on Long Island.
Instead, he was gunned down
on his daily mail route in Dec.
2010 by members of an identity
theft ring who stole his master
key as part of a scheme to claim
fraudulent tax refunds.
Using stolen names and Social
Security numbers, criminals are
filing phony electronic tax forms
to claim refunds, exploiting a
slow-moving federal bureaucracy
to collect the -money before vic-
tims, or the Internal Revenue
Service, discover the fraud.
Parton was a victim of what of-
ficials say has ballooned into a
massive, and dangerous, illegal

industry that could cost the, na-
tion $21 billion over the next five
years, according to the U.S. Trea-
sury Department.
While that is a relatively small
sum compared to the $1.1 tril-
lion collected from individual tax
payers in the last fiscal year, the
crime has been growing by leaps,
and bounds in the last three
"We are on the top of a national
trend that is causing a hemor-
rhage of tax dollars," said Wifredo
Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for South
Florida. "It's a tsunami of fraud."
While the IRS says it has de-
tected cases in every state except
North Dakota and West Virginia,
the fraud's epicenter is Florida,
and it is mostly concentrated in
Miami and Tampa.
Miami has 46 times the per-
capita rate of false tax refund
claims than the rest of the coun-
try, and 70 times the national av-
erage in dollar terms, Ferrer told

"For whatever reason, we al-
ways tend to lead the nation when
it comes to fraud," he said, noting
that his office has been battling
massive Medicare fraud in recent
years that has since spread to
other parts of the country.
Florida's high proportion of
older residents, who can be more
vulnerable to fraud, may be one
reason for the high levels of fraud
in the state.
Nationwide, the number of cas-
es of tax identity theft detected by
authorities sky-rocketed to more
than 1.2 million cases in 2012
from only 48,000 in 2008, accord-
ing to the Treasury Department.
The real number of phony tax
filings is likely much higher as the
fraud is hard to track, according
to a November General Account-
ability Office report.
The IRS said recently it is inten-
sifying a. crackdown on identify
theft, with 3,000 agents devoted
to tackling the problem, double
the number assigned in 2011.

a staff member report that his
campaign had spent $1,553
for a room at a Chicago mu-
seum for a fund-raiser. But
the prosecutors said in the
documents that Jackson ac-
tually "spent these funds to
purchase porcelain collector's
In 2009, Jackson obtained
significantly more memora-
-bilia with his campaign funds.
He bought the football signed
by presidents and nine pieces
of Michael Jackson memora-
bilia in one day that August
for $17,100. Later that year,
he used campaign funds to
buy a $4,000 guitar that once
belonged to Michael Jackson
and Eddie Van Halen.
That November, Jackson be-
gan buying furs. According to
the documents, an unnamed
co-conspirator had $5,150
worth of fur capes and par-
kas shipped to Washington
from Beverly Hills, including a
$1,200 mink reversible parka.
The buying of memorabilia
with campaign funds contin-
ued in 2010 when Jackson
bought Jimi Hendrix memo-
rabilia for $2,775 and the
Michael Jackson fedora for
$4,600 that March.
The prosecutors said in
the documents that Jackson
would forfeit all of the memo-
rabilia and the furs to the gov-
Jackson was elected to Con-
gress in 1995 at age 30 after
his predecessor, Mel Reynolds,
also a Democrat, was convict-
ed on charges of having sex
with a teenage campaign vol-
In his years in Congress,
Jackson established himself
as one of the leading African-
American politicians in the
country and tried to distance
himself from his father's im-
age, working on issues related
to health care and education.

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Teen shot inside his Kendall home
A teenage bov is in critical condition after h ing ',hot inside. hi: Ken-
dall townhome.
An adult and two o-the r ninors were home at the tiir: rf t'he .hoot-
ing at 11849 SW 99th Ljne, but police have so far declined tu confirm
whetherr the children were handling the gun. The boy, ..,hIo was ru-.hed
to Miami Children's HOSpital, i:, jusI 13 year; old. Witness. s.jidl he
appears to have been shot in the head.

Ex-CEO charged with embezzling millions
The former CEO of the Miami Beach Community Health Center was
charged on recently with embezzling millions of dollars from federal,
state, and community funded programs, according to U.S. Attorney
Wifredo A. Ferrer. Katihryn Abbate, 64, of Hollywood, is accused of
siphoning off several million dollars while she wvas running two health
care clinics between 2008 to 201.2, prosecutors said. Abbate obtained
vacation pa, that was not approved or authorized by the Board of Di-
rectors. She also had the MBCHC issue more than 800 checks north
millions of dollars made payable to her for "con-mmunity development."
She would pocket the funds and cover up the payments with fraudu-
lent documentation. MBCHC auditors were told one nlillion dollars of
these funds were paid to five doctors, according to ,:0out records. The
funds were supposed to cover the costs of health care for the sirk,
the elderly and the poor who could not afford to pay. It convicted, Ab-
bate faces up to 10 years in prison on the federal charges, up to 30
years on the state charges, plus probation, a fine of up to.S250,000,
and she may be ordered to pay restitution, prosecutors said.

Tourist sues Miami police for beatdown over glowstick
Jesse Campodonico, a fitness trainer from Nev.' York, is suing the
city and four then-off-duty Mlliani Police officers over a brutal beat-
down he says he received when security barred his girlfriend from
taking her glowstick through the gates. Two of the officers in the he-
said, they-said case turned out to be dirty cops embroiled in recent
police extortion scandals. Former Ofcs. Nathaniel Dauphin arid Harold
James were caught by FBI stings providing protection in exchange for
cash to a Liberty City sports gambling ring and check-cashing store,
respectively. Campodonico's lawsuit alleges the dust-up began when
he and Crystal Iglesias tried to enter Ultra. A private security guard
told Iglesias she couldn't take her glowstick inside, and Dauphin told
them the same. But when the couple turned to leave, a confrontation
ensued. The filed complaint states that Dauphin, who "has a history
of misconduct involving harassment and excessive force," punched
Campodonico and James, Ortiz, and Lugo joined the fray. Campodo-
nico was initially charged with battery, but but a prosecutor cleared
him of charges after viewing video shot by a bystander that shows he
was helpless while being tased.



Museum plans to confront I. a to-es,&

Pope takes 'heroic' step, but will

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By Maria Recio

WASHINGTON It is a blight
on American history that his-
tory cannot ignore:
The exploitation and enslave-
ment of Black people for hun-
dreds of years, the destruction
of individuals and families, and
a nation so divided over wheth-
er humans held as slaves were
property or people that it fueled
a war.
It will be the challenge of a
new museum in the nation's
capital to tell that story, how-
ever uncomfortable the subject
might be to some, because it de-
fines the history of Blacks.
The National Museum of Af-
rican American History and
Culture is set to open on the
National Mall in 2015. The cura-
tors have spent years gathering
artifacts, oral histories and doc-
uments. It las been a massive
and meticulous undertaking.

"So much of our history is in
the basement, attics and trunks
of people," said museum direc-
tor Lonnie, Bunch, a historian
who is Black.
But more than a century after
its abolition, how do you depict
the degradation and horrors of
slavery in ways that people can
Fundamentally, any museum
is just a collection of inanimate
objects. But in the right con-
text, they become alive and can
be transportive, evoking a time
and atmosphere that is almost
Like the flyers announcing the
buying and selling of Africans at
slave auctions in the middle of
the nation's capital; the whip-
scarred backs of runaway slaves
captured in photographs taken
by abolitionists, even.the whips
themselves; and the shackles,
some small enough for a child,
from the hold of a slave ship.
"One-quarter of those in slav-
ery were children," said Nancy
Bercaw, an associate curator in
the political division at the Na-
tional Museum of American His-

Curators know that to tell the
story of slavery is to put on dis-
play a disturbing era of Ameri-
ca's history.
It means relics like bills of sale,
with descriptions of grown men
and young women, many identi-
fied by just a first name; slave
buttons, which were marked
with the slave owner's name and
sewn into lapels to identify the
person as a slave and not a free
Black person; and the Bible be-
longing to Nat Turner, the slave
who led a famous, bloody rebel-
lion in 1831 that left more than
50 white people dead. It'sparked
retaliation from slave owners
that killed more than twice as
many Black people.
"I tried to find the right tension
in finding what people wanted to
know and what they needed to
know," Bunch said.
He left his job as director of
the Chicago Historical Society
in 2005 to become the found-
ing director of the new museum,
a part of the vast Smithsonian
Institution complex of museums
and galleries that includes the
Air and Space Museum and the
National Zoo. Bunch was at the
Smithsonian before, as associ-
ate director of curatorial affairs.
Now he was asked to build a cul-
tural showcase from the ground
up, on a topic that carried con-
siderable emotional freight.

Bunch said he had a staff of
two and "no idea where we were
going and not a single object in
the collection. Now we have 90
people on staff, the best site in
the U.S. for a museum, next to
the Washington Monument, and
we've collected over 20,000 ar-
The museum has amassed a
diverse collection. It includes:
A silk shawl abolitionist
Harriet Tubman received from
Queen Victoria.

-Photo by Olivier Douliery/MCT
Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and
Culture, takes in an exhibit in the temporary space in December.The permanent building will
open in 2015. '

An inkwell that President
Abraham Lincoln used in June
1862 to write the first draft of
the Emancipation Proclamation.
Slave tags with the wearer's
duties and the year stamped on
them. They were made of copper
alloy and worn around the neck
on a string or chain. They were
worn by slaves who were rented
out to other homes or planta-
tions to perform certain tasks,
such as "servant" or "porter."
A training plane used by the
Tuskegee Airmen.

Bunch has not shied away
from controversy.
Last year, the museum took
on an American icon: Thomas
Jefferson, the author of the Dec-
laration of Independence and a
slave owner.
The exhibit, "Slavery at Jef-
ferson's Monticello: Paradox of
Liberty," was on display at the
museum's temporary home at
the American History Museum.
It's now at the Atlanta History
Center until July, when it moves
to the Missouri History Center
in St. Louis.
"You have to create the sense
that this is about people, that
there is a human dimension to
the institution of slavery," said
Bunch, whose father's great-
grandmother was a slave. "You
have to tell the unvarnished
truth, the pain as well as re-
siliency. Slavery shaped poli-
tics. Slavery shaped industrial
growth. Slavery shaped our cul-
ture. Slavery had a ripple in all
aspects of America."
The Emancipation Proclama-
tion, which abolished slavery in
the Confederate states, plays a
prominent role in the museum's
offerings. On view through Sept.
15 at the museum's temporary
site is an exhibit on the 150th
anniversary of the life-changing
document, juxtaposed with the
50th anniversary of Martin Lu-
ther King Jr.'s March on Wash-
The museum's collection will
include three-inch-by-two-inch
copies of the proclamation that
were printed to go into the back-
pack of every Union soldier.
Steeped as he has been in
developing the collection, Rex
Ellis, the associate director for
curatorial affairs, said a par-
ticular image has stayed with
him and fuels his drive to make
the museum capture a place in
time and keep it in the nation's
collective memory.
Once, on a trip to South Car-
olina's Low country, the state's
southern coastal region, as he
stared at the miles and miles of
marshes, Ellis thought about
the slaves, including children,
who stood in that water picking
rice for the plantation owners.
When alligators and snakes
came floating toward them, they
had nowhere to go.
It was a big contributor to
the infant mortality rate among
slaves in the region, he said.
"It takes you back," Ellis said.

-Photo by Olivier Douliery/MCT
Curators amassed more than 20,000 artifacts, and struggled
with how they will depict slavery at the museum in Washing-
ton, D.C.

New York Post, editorial: "In
Pope Benedict's resignation
we see heroism, He explained
his decision simply: 'After hav-
ing repeatedly examined my
conscience before God, I have
come to the certainty that my
strengths, due to an advanced
age, are no longer suited to an
adequate exercise of the Petrine
ministry.' ... In these words are
a recognition of today's new re-
alities. Modernity has brought
a longer human lifespan, but
it has also meant increased
demands on the papacy. Pope
Benedict XVI ... believes that
the cost to the faithful of an in-
capacitated pope is unafcept-
ably high. ... He is now follow-
ing through in the way we have
come to expect: with no regard
for ego."
Alexander Stille, The New
Yorker: "Predictably, for an in-
stitution in which one is ex-
pected to die in office, there is a
long tradition of electing elderly
popes. Ambitious younger cardi-
nals have sometimes pushed the
candidacy of this or that septua-
genarian in the hope of occupy-
ing the throne of St. Peter in a
few years' time. ... Seen in this
light, Benedict's decision to step
down may suggest an effort at
finding a third way. By setting a
precedent for papal resignation,
it offers the possibility of choos-
ing someone closer to the prime
of life who may not need to reign
into full senescence."
Andrew Sullivan, The Dish:
"At the start of his papacy, Bene-
dict declared his intent to bring
Catholicism back to intellectual
life in Europe. He didn't just fail;
he failed catastrophically, ac-
celerating the Church's demo-
graphic, spiritual and moral de-
cline in the West. ... Key enablers
of abuse were given rewards
... including the monster who
raped over 200 deaf children ...
were allowed a quiet retirement
with no serious punishment. ...
Those of us who have hung in

must now pray for a new direc-
tion, a return to the spirit of the
Second Council, a pope of reform
after an era of often irrational re-
action and concealment of some
of the worst evil imaginable."
The Wall Street Journal, edi-
torial: "An intellectually strong
pope such as Benedict can set
worthy goals and articulate them
with force and eloquence. But
it comes to naught if the Vati-
can is ... incapable of following
through. ... The Catholic Church
under Benedict and John Paul II
has been exemplary in defending
tradition against the erosions
of the modern world. And the
Church isn't the only institution
to find itself routinely behind the
communications curve. We hope,
though, that when the cardinals
gather to pick Benedict's succes-
sor, they consider someone able
and willing to clean out the Au-
gean Stables at the Vatican itself.
... The papacy's voice is needed.
But it needs an upgrade."
Marc Ambinder, The Week:
"Who is next? The college of
cardinals will feel pressure to
account for the places where
the Church is large and grow-
ing (Latin America and Africa),
but the body seems rather im-
mune to demography. They'll
choose at the end of March.
And the former John Ratzing-
er will certainly, in some form,
make known his preference,
even though he will not take
part in the conclave."
J.D. Wolverton, Daily Kos: "I
don't see a new pope champion-
ing the poor. ... I see a new pope
preoccupied with continuing
their prohibition of homosexual-
ity and abortion as being more
important than being against
child rape. .... I want 'to hope
for the best, but I've seen four
popes in my lifetime and they've
learned nothing. The Roman
Catholic Church will continue
to fail as leaders of the world. 'A
'new' pope will continue in the
old way."

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continued from 1A
preachers and elected officials.
But can Canada's model for
change in which he has trans-
formed almost 100 blocks in a
neighborhood where children
were never supposed to have a
chance be replicated here in Lib-
erty City? The Miami Children's
Initiative [MCI] believes it can.
That's why the nonprofit organi-
zation was established in 2008
by the Florida Legislature with
the vision to transform three of
Florida's most challenging yet
promising areas: Miami, Orlan-
do and Jacksonville. Residents
and local business people, as


well as leaders in health care,
education and human services,
have all given their support to
the community-wide initiative.
As in the case of Canada's Har-
lem Children's Zone, MCI, led
by its board chairperson Annie
Neasman, believes that Liberty
City's greatest strength lies in
the undeveloped potential of its
youth. Additionally, the belief is.
that through focused strategic
work, the potential of each child
can be unleashed.

"Shame on us if we don't care
for our kids," Canada said. "We
may not know how we let things
get this bad but it's way past time

City into a prosperous community

to make a change. We are not
preparing our children for the
job force of tomorrow they lack
the needed skills and education.
Meanwhile, we have a system that
is designed so that when there
are no jobs for our kids, there is
another place for them prison.
In fact, the U.S. has more people
in prison, 744/100,000, than
any other country on the planet.
And most of the inmates look like
us. Liberty City is a lot like Har-
lem was 25 years ago. Back then
I had gotten used to the trash,
the violence, the drug dealers
on the corners, the kids running
wild and the graffiti. I got so used
to it that I began to ignore what
was happening around me. Our

children need our help. You have
to be as determined as I was to
fix what's broken."

School board member Dr. Dor-
othy Bendross-Mindingall says
we are on the right path.
"MCI has a designated Impact
Zone [from NW 59th St. to NW
63rd St. and 15th Ave. to 22nd
Ave.] where positive change is
happening," she said. "We are fol-
lowing Canada's lead and mak-
ing sure more of our children are
ready for school, succeeding in
school and able to both enter and
graduate from college. That's how
we change Liberty City."

"Can something good come
out of Liberty City?" asked State
Representative Cynthia Stafford.
"Well, I am a product of this com-
munity. Dr. Bendross-Mindingall
is a product of this community.
People believed in us and helped
us reach our fullest potential.
That's what we have to continue
to do for each generation. Chil-
dren should not be defined by
their zip codes."
Ninth graders from Miami
Northwestern Senior High School
know that Liberty City can be a
dangerous place in which to live.
Their parents realize that rais-
ing a child here can be a daunt-
ing experience given our schools
that lack adequate resource,

gangs that are running ram-
pant and violence which occurs
on practically every corner. But
when Northwestern's freshman
class was asked to read Canada's
book, "Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun,"
and write an essay addressing
the question, "What can adults
and youth do now to create a safe
place to live in Liberty City?,"
their responses were chilling.
"Boom, boom, boom every-
body get down," is how Brandy
Cauley began her essay.
For Jawan Johnson, his per-
spective was similar: "Wow! An-
other drive-by. Another one of
my friends dead. Man, it's crazy
and it's here. Teens and adults
are getting killed left and right."

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Democratic nominee in each
of the past six presidential
After just two years in the
U.S. Senate, Rubio is being
hailed as the great Hispanic
hope of the GOP, the man
who can reverse Republi-
cans' flagging support among
this nation's largest minor-
ity group. But Christie shows
the greatest promise of being
able to pull the Republican
Party back from the brink of
extinction and build a multi-
racial, multiethnic coalition to
wrestle the White House away
from Democrats.
During a speech last month
with no national television
audience to pander to, Chris-
tie called for more bipartisan-
ship in Washington. "New
Jersey has proven that a

est bet is Christie

strong, principled, conserva-
tive governor can work with
two strong, progressive lead-
ers in the legislature and find
common ground," he said, re-
ferring to the Democrats who
lead both houses of New Jer-
sey's Capitol.
That message didn't reso-
nate with Rubio. His speech
was short on new ideas and
long on tired, recycled Re-
publican bromides. Obama,
he said, believes America's
free enterprise system is "the
cause of our problems. That
the economic downturn hap-
pened because our 'govern-
ment didn't tax enough, spend
enough and control enough."
It doesn't matter that Obama
never uttered those words.
Talk like that makes Rubio
a darling of the rabid right
- and boosts his chances of
winning their support in the
2016 GOP presidential prima-

ry campaign.
Christie, on the other hand,
is betting the American peo-
ple have tired of the intran-
sigence of the political right
and left. He's hoping that in
a tug of war, mainstream Re-
publicans will regain control
of the GOP presidential can-
didate selection process and
clear the way for him to be-
come the party's standard-
bearer in 2016. Christie is a
greater threat than Rubio to
chip away at the coalition that
twice hoisted Obama into the
White House.
If Christie manages to win
the GOP nomination, Demo-
crats will have to go to their
Hispanic bench and pick
someone like San Antonio
Mayor Julifn Castro or Los
Angeles Mayor Antonio Vil-
laraigosa to stave off a serious
fracturing of that coalition -
and loss of the presidency.

Civilian panel reviews Moore shooting

continued from 1A

to stop. Moore, allegedly, did
not raise his hands when or-
dered to do so, turned and ran/
walked hurriedly away from the
officers and headed towards the
driver's side of the car. Marin
says he fired after seeing some-
thing "shiny" in Moore's hand.
Moore was struck in the head
with one bullet and died. It was
later determined that the shiny
object was drugs wrapped in

foil. The caveat: the computer
system that the officers used
had made an error as Moore's
car was not stolen.
CIP chairman, Thomas Cob-
itz, says that members of the
coalition have had opportuni-
ties in the past to make public
comments at prior CIP hear-
ings and that he and the panel
are aware of their concerns.
The statement was made after
he refused to allow members
from the coalition to address
the Panel before its anticipated

vote. He added that the Panel's
job was to look at the facts and
evaluate things using a prede-
termined procedure.
However, members of the
coalition say they are not con-
vinced that Marin followed
proper procedure leading up
to the shooting. Despite the
ruling of state prosecutors,
they and several members of
Moore's family, remain un-
convinced that Marin followed
the Department's use-of-force

University of Miami cries foul

continued from 1A

the NCAA's enforcement staff
secured the services of an attor-
ney to secure information from
depositions in bankruptcy pro-
ceedings. The report found the
actions did not violate NCAA
bylaws or, enforcement staff
policies, but found former en-
forcement staff member Ameen
Najjar disregarded advice of the
NCAA legal counsel, which told
them not to use attorney Maria
Elena Perez to depose witnesses

during Shapiro's bankruptcy
Najjar and Roe Lach did not
return phone calls Monday. A
person familiar with the NCAA
enforcement staff's activities
said the Notice of Allegations has
been prepared and is "ready" for
delivery. The person spoke on
condition of anonymity because
of the sensitivity of the matter.
According to the review, infor-
mation derived from the bank-
ruptcy depositions including
information gleaned from 13
full interviews and portions of

12 more was removed from
the Miami investigative record.
But in the statement, Shalala
said Miami pledged full coop-
eration when the investigation
began in September 2010 and
"The University of Miami has
lived up to those promises, but
sadly the NCAA has not lived
up to their own principles. The
lengthy and already flawed in-
vestigation has demonstrated
a disappointing pattern of un-
professional and unethical be-

Brown: TACOLCY'S interim CEO

continued from 1A
Center, it notes that "during
her seven-year tenure, Alison
elevated our organization's
notoriety and introduced new
programs and community part-
ners . she was instrumental
to our continued success."
Brown says that he expects
to serve as the interim CEO for
at least two months in order to
guide the Center through this
transition period.
"My colleagues on the board
asked me to step down and
serve as the interim CEO as

we prepare to identify the next Brown added that he and
leader for the TACOLCY Cen- the board are already put-
ter," he said. "I don't ting together their
expect that I will be in requirements for the
this position for long new CEO. They an-
but in the meantime, ticipate being pre-
I have an extensive pared to initiate a
track record for run- ,,* full scale search for
ning non-profit orga- --r Austin's permanent
nizations. TACOLCY replacement in the
is important to Miami coming months. He
particularly because has agreed to speak
of our youth and fam- BROWN with The Miami Times
ily services that we about his goals and
.provide. I know the the direction the Cen-
history of Liberty City that's ter hopes to take as soon as he
why I was willing to become a gets the green light from the
board member two years ago." Board of Directors.

Dunn files suit against Spence-Jones

continued from 1A

Jones's 2013 reelection plan.
Bru concluded that Spence-
Jones could seek reelection be-
cause she did not serve "two full
consecutive terms" as the City
charter allows. Bru was asked
to reaffirm her 2011 opinion at a
January city commission meet-
ing, which she did.

Spence-Jones says that the "is-
sue is not compensation but ser-
She was reelected for a second
time in 2009 but missed almost
half of that term while under sus-
pension and facing several felony
charges. She was acquitted of the
first charge, bribery, while pros-
ecutors dropped a second charge
of grand-theft.
Dunn's suit hinges on the back

pay and benefits that Spence-
Jones received when she returned
to the city commission dais. He
argues that because she was paid
for two full terms, she should be
unable to run for a third.
Dunn was tapped as Spence-
Jones's replacement when she
was removed from office four
years ago and like her, he has
filed to run for the city commis-
sion in the upcoming election.

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Nova hosts Black History Month exhibit Keep hope alive:

By Scott Fishman

Residents can explore the
royal treasures of West Africa
as part of Nova Southeast-
ern University's celebration of
Black History Month.
"Benin: A Kingdom of
Bronze," on display in the Alvin
Sherman Library, highlights
the Davie university's 10th An-
nual African Presence Art ex-
hibition, which runs through
Feb. 26.
The collection was brought
from the Ebohon Cultural Cen-
tre in Benin City, Nigeria. To
give it an authentic feel, the
gallery was modeled after the
Oba (African king) palace.
Mara Kiffin, chairwoman of
the organizing committee, is
proud of how the celebration
has grown in the last decade.
"I can't really process that it
has been 10 years," she said.
"It's very exciting."
Kiffin invited exhibit curator
Babacar M'bow, an editor for
the book "Benin, a Kingdom in
Bronze: The Royal Court Art,"
to oversee the exhibit. He had
the arduous task of narrowing
2,000 pieces down to the more

From left are NSU Board of Trustees member Sam Morri-
son, High Priest Osemwegie Ebohon, founder of the Ebohon
Cultural Centre in Benin City, Nigeria, and NSU President
George L. Hanbury II at the exhibit's opening

than 80 featured in the gallery.
Each of the works is used to
tell a story of a civilization of.
centuries gone by, but the tra-
ditions remain today.
"Most are from the royal pal-
ace, and at a certain point,
they will be decommissioned
and used as gifts to,civil ser-
vants who are worthy for gifts
from the king," he said. "They
used bronze because of the
minerals from the mines over

4,000 years old."
M'bow said the Royal Chest
depicts the monarch with his
entourage, from servants to
his queen. It is carved out of
the trunk of an iroko tree. It
was used to contain the 80
pounds of royal beads the king
wore. There also is a display
showing a king's dress for the
Igue Festival dating to the Be-
nin Empire.
When deciding what to spot-

light, M'bow was inspired by
the milestones in Black his-
tory this year, including Presi-
dent Barack Obama's second
term in office, the 150th an-
niversary of the Emancipation
Proclamation and the 50th
anniversary of the 1963 civil
rights march on Washington.
"This is an exhibition com-,
ing from Africa for Black His-
tory Month where students of
all races and backgrounds can
share into it," he said. "That is
the fundamental mission for
me is how any culture, we can
take it and utilize it to increase
Kiffin agreed. "It's very im-
portant for us to honor diver-
sity," she said. "We have a very
strong Black History Month
celebration and a very strong
Hispanic Heritage Month cel-
ebration. Those are two things
myself and our office founded.
... We want to have the com-
munity involved and have ev-
eryone come to the university
to see what we have to offer
academically and cultural-
ly. You will learn all kinds of
things about the city of Benin

Obama pushes strong immigration bill

By Alan Gomez

Obama's chief of staff on
Sunday defended the admin-
istration's decision to prepare
an immigration bill even as
bipartisan groups in Congress
are writing their own versions.
Chief of staff Denis Mc-
Donough said on two network
talk shows that the White
House still wants Congress
to lead the effort to draft and
pass an overhaul to the na-
tion's immigration laws. But
it is drafting its own bill, a
copy of which was obtained by
USA TODAY, in case Congress
moves too slowly.
"We are doing exactly what

we said we would
do, which is we'll be
prepared in the event
that the bipartisan
talks going on the
Hill which by the
way we're very ag-
gressively support-
ing if those do not
work out, then we'll
have an option that
we'll be ready to put

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out there," McDonough said
on NBC's Meet the Press.
Republicans pounced on the
release of the White House
plan, with Sen. Marco Ru-
bio, R-Fla., who is part of a
bipartisan group of senators
crafting their own immigration
bill, declaring the administra-

tion plan "dead on
arrival" in Congress.
Sen. John McCain,
R-Ariz., another
member of the bi-
partisan group who
also pushed a failed
immigration effort in
2007, when asked if
a presidential immi-
gration plan would
fail if sent to Con-

gress, said "of course."
"This raises the question
that many of us are continu-
ing to wonder about: Does the
president really want a result,
or does he want another cud-
gel to beat up Republicans so
that he can get political advan-
tage in the next election?" Mc-

Cain said on Meet the Press.
McDonough denied that
charge, saying White House
staff has been working "aggres-
sively" with members of both
parties in developing its draft
bill. "We've been working with
all the members up there," he
said on ABC's This Week.
According to the draft of the
White House bill, the nation's
11 million illegal immigrants
could apply for a newly cre-
ated "Lawful Prospective Im-
migrant" visa and, if approved,
could legally live and work in
the U.S. They could then ap-
ply to become legal permanent
residents within eight years,
and eventually U.S. citizen-

Stop the sequester

By Congresswoman to fund basic food safety, law en-
Frederica Wilson forcement and fire protection. It
means payment cuts to doctors
I am proud of what President who provide services under Medi-

Obama has achieved in
just four years. After in-
heriting two wars, a col-
lapsed financial system,
and failing auto compa-
nies, he stopped a De-
pression and brought
our nation some genu-
ine progress. President
Obama expanded health


care for struggling families,
defended programs for the elderly
and disabled, ended the Iraq War
and protected millions of home-
owners from foreclosure. Last
Tuesday evening, I was pleased to
be present in the House of Repre-
sentatives to watch him lay out a
bold and courageous plan for the
next four years: Investing in pre-
school for our children; taking
weapons of war off our streets;
creating high-paying manufac-
turing jobs; and raising the mini-
mum wage for our workers.
Yet all this progress is now at
risk. Republicans in Congress,
since President Obama's elec-
tion, have been spreading a myth
that the nation is broke and must
sell off its assets and abandon
its people. This misguided think-
ing has pushed the nation to the
brink of drastic cuts to vital pro-
grams on which we all rely. The
"sequester" as it's known in
Washington -is $85 billion worth
of reckless cuts over the coming
year. It's set to begin taking effect
at the start of next month. These
extreme cuts are expected to cost
the nation more than two million
jobs, including more than 79,000
right here in Florida.
But the numbers can't explain
the extent of the damage. This
means millions more school chil-
dren packed into oversized class-
es. It means tens of thousands of
children with'special needs going
without basic attention and care.
It means hardworking people go-'
ing without food stamps or hous-
ing assistance.. It means a failure

care. It means abandon-
ing mental health pro-
grams for young people
who are at risk of com-
mitting violent crimes.
You cannot put a price on
these losses.
It's time we take a stand
for what's right. It's time
SON to stand up and say no to
the Republicans' danger-
ous economic plans.
For the fact is, America does
have a deficit problem: A jobs
deficit! With more than 12 million
people unemployed and millions
more underemployed or too dis-
couraged to look for work any-
more, we need positive action. In
Congress, I have proposed the
Jobs Now Act based on the
Comprehensive Employment and
Training Act [CETA] program that
was championed by conserva-
tives including President Nixon
to provide funding directly to
local governments to train and
hire millions of Americans to do
crucial work in our communi-
ties. President Obama has pro-
posed the comprehensive Ameri-
can Jobs Act to fix our nation's
crumbling roads, bridges, and
electrical systems while retrain-
ing millions to succeed in a high-
tech economy.
For the sake of our families,
our communities, and our na-
tional economy, we need these
programs to get people work-
ing immediately. The last thing
we need is a radical cut to vital
programs on which millions of
people rely.
Take a stand against the "se-
quester." I urge you to call all
the representatives and senators
from the State of Florida to urge
them to invest in people not to
abandon them. Let's keep hope
Frederica Wilson is the U.S.
Representative for Florida's 24th
Congressional District.




S Students fill


S* forms with

By Malika A. Wright
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1.: Mother and daughter, Donna and Larieka
Woods with Gerald Wright, as they complete their
FAFSA forms.

2.: Derrod Jones and his mother, Valencia work
on his FAFSA form.

3.: A Florida Memorial University representa-
tive assists Germar Hollingshead and his mother,
Brenda Williams, at the college fair.

4.: An FIU representative readily assisted a
Northwestern student at the college fair.

The last thing you want, is to
feel that you missed out on some
free money, according to Marilyn
Johnson. the assistant director of
financial aid at NOVA Southeast-
ern University.
This is why Miami Northwestern
Senior High's seniors and parents
came to school during afterhours,
Feb. 12. to work on their Free
Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA). Those in attendance
received assistance filling out the
form from NOVA Southeastern
University financial aid advisors.
According to LaMarc G. Ander-
son. the FASFA application is the
most important document of a stu-
dent's college admission process.
"By them gaining an acceptance
letter, the process is not done. so
they have to get this financial aid
application done.," he said. -IThis
event] marks the completion of the
admissions process for those who
have attended."
It was a part of a district-wide
initiative to help students complete
financial aid.
The advisors came out to assist
parents with the challenging pro-
cess by answering questions that
dealt with topics like tax informa-
"if you are doing it for the first
time. it can be a little intimidat-
ing," Sheryl-Ann Mullings-Black,
Please turn to FAFSA l1B

Pastor shows the true Big Wedding is held at Trinity Church

meaning of God'slove

helps locally and
internationally .
By Malika A. Wright ,

. There's an older gentle-
man who walks around the
Miami Gardens community
every day. He moves between
the Norland area and 441,
collecting beverage cans. Rev.
Sabrina Windsor Butler, pas-
tor of New Way of Life Inter-.
national Ministries and the
director of Windsor Academy,
has noticed this man. And
in an effort to make his life
a little easier, she and the
students of her academy have
started saving their cans. So
instead of the man having one
bag of cans after each collec-
tion, now he usually has two.
And although it's a simple act
for Butler, it seemingly means
a lot to the man, who shakes
his head, smiles and repeats,
"Thank you," to the pastor.
' "I tell him that I am praying
for him," she said.

This is one of the many
ways Butler, who leads a
"ministry where love reigns,"
expresses her love to those in
need. The church's mission is
to spread the love of God and
to also teach others that they
can succeed in life with hope
in God.
"If we learn how to appreci-
ate God's love and teach it to
other people, that will help to
alleviate the anger, violence
and all of the [negative] things
that we see daily in-our com-
munity," she said.
Please turn to BUTLER 11B

Several couples
marry at the
same time
By Malika A. Wright

Here comes the bride, here
comes the bride.
As the bride is walking down '- :
the aisle, a few seconds later
there comes -another one and
then another.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson mar-
ried about 20 couples at the
same time at Trinity Church on c
Feb. 17. -Photo courtesy ofTrinity Church
"Instead of doing 40 different Couple poses with their daughter on their wedding day, last
weddings, we, did them all at year.

one time," Pastor Marcus Gon-
zalez said.
The couples who participated
in the Big Wedding ceremonies
that were held this year and
last year did so because of sev-
eral different reasons, including
the ceremony being free and the
church taking care of most of
the arrangements.
"The only thing the bride and
the groom have to do is get their
license, bring their clothes and
their ring," Gonzalez said.
The church bought flow-
ers, cakes and other refresh-
ments. They gave the attendees
enough tickets to invite 25 of
their loved ones to share their
special day. Church members
Please turn to TRINITY 11B

Climate debate carries religious command

Obama utilizes
God in fight for
the environment
By Robert H. Nelson
Recently, President Obama
once again brought up climate
change in his State of the Union
Address, just as he did in his in-

augural address last
month. This week,
he spoke in the cold
voice of science, but
in that first address
the president took a
different approach,
one in which the
seeds of a broader
environmental coali-
tion can be found. -
On his second in-

auguration, Obama
said the U.S. must re-
duce its greenhouse
gas emissions in order
to "preserve our planet,
commanded to our care
by God. That's what
will lend meaning to the
creed our fathers once
Climate activists have
OBAMA argued that science,

not God, requires urgent green-
house gas reductions. Now, as a
Slate headline puts it, "Obama
Brings God Into the Climate
Change Fight."
Some environmentalists spec-
ulated that Obama might be
hoping to reach out to devout
Christians many of them
Republicans in the hope of
building a wider consensus.
Please turn to CLIMATE 11B



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White House director of faith-based office is leaving his post

By Laurie Goddstein

President Obama announced
on Thursday morning at the
National Prayer Breakfast in
Washington that Joshua Du-
Bois, the young pastor hp ap-
pointed four years ago to lead
the White House Office of Faith-
Based and Neighborhood Part-
nerships, would step down on
DuBois played a central role
when Obama was making his
first run for the presidency,
cultivating relationships on his
behalf with religious leaders of
many faiths. DuBois, 30, has
also served as an unofficial in-
house pastor to Obama, send-
ing the president an e-mail each
morning with Bible passages
intended to prompt reflection or
At the prayer breakfast, the
president called DuBois a "close
friend of mine and yours" who

"has been at my side in work
and in prayer -- for years now."
He continued, "Every morn-
ing he sends me via e-mail a
daily meditation a snippet of
Scripture for me to reflect on.
And it has meant the world to
me. And despite my pleas, to-
morrow will be his last day in
the White House."
The faith-based office was
started by President George W.
Bush at the beginning of his
first term, which proved con-
tentious because many critics
said the office and its actions
often violated the constitutional
separation of church and state.
But Obama preserved the office
and appointed advisory coun-
cils that represented a broad
range of religious leaders, in-
cluding conservative evangeli-
cals and openly gay ministers.
DuBois, a Black Pentecostal
minister, steered the office to-
ward engaging religious leaders


to address- broad social goals
like reducing unwanted preg-
nancies, helping people cope
with the economic downturn,
encouraging fathers to take 're-
sponsibility for their children
and improving child and mater-

nal health.
Some of the most prickly First
Amendment issues facing the
faith-based office were never re-
solved under DuBois's tenure,
most notably the question of
whether religious organizations


can receive government funding
and still discriminate in hiring.
The office last year released a
report that did not propose de-
finitive policies.
A White House official said
that DuBois planned to teach at
New York University, and would
create an organization to help
government, nonprofit and pri-
vate institutions develop part-
nerships with religious groups
to solve social problems. He will
work with Michael Wear, his for-
mer assistant and the director
of faith outreach for Obama's
second presidential campaign.
With Obama's blessing, Du-
Bois will also write a book of
devotionals for leaders, based
on those he sent to the presi-
The Rev. Joel C. Hunter, the
senior pastor of Northland, a
network of churches based in
Longwood, Fla., said that he
observed significant changes

-Photo courtesy of Trinity Church
Several couples attentively listen on stage as Pastor Rich Wilkerson leads the group wedding.

Several couples line up to tie the knot as group

continued from 10B

decorated, videotaped and pho-
tographed the experience.
Some of the couples who de-
cided to get married at one of
the two ceremonies had gotten
married in court but never had
a church wedding, and some
couples knew they wanted
to get married, but they just
couldn't afford it. While some
of the couples had been living
together for years, just started
going to church, got saved and
then decided to get married, ac-
cording to Gonzalez.
He said he came up with the
idea to do the group wedding'
because often times the cul-
ture and TV makes it seem that
marriage isn't important and

sometimes churches forget to
promote the importance of it.
"People really supporting
each other can go a long way
and we teach that married peo-
ple live l6iigger, married people
have better sex, married peo-
ple make more money and are
healthier," Gonzalez said.

The members had a dress re-
hearsal the Saturday before the
wedding. Then the next day,
it was showtime. The couples
were separated into two differ-
ent rooms in the church before
the wedding.
When the ceremony started,
there was a video shown to the
guests that captured the love of
the brides and grooms.

Attendees screamed as they
saw their loved ones on the
screens. Next, the brides indi-
vidually walked down the aisle
to their groom, who all stood in
the front of the church.
The pastor then performed
the wedding and the couples
- standing on the stage ex-
changed vows.
"Do you understand what
these vows mean for better
or for worse, for richer for poor-
er?" Gonzalez asked.
"That means you're willing
to say: 'if she gets sick I'm not
leaving her.' 'If he loses his job
and maybe is going through a
rough time, I'm going to sup-
port him."'
Before getting married, cou-
ples attended, counseling ses-
sions and marriage seminars

that prepared and helped them
decide if they were truly ready
to get married.
In counseling the church
leaders asks the couples tough
questions and painted a realis-
tic picture of being married.
The leaders also discussed
healthy relationships and
taught about the spiritual com-
ponent of marriage.
Out of the 40 couples, who
signed up to be a part of the
group wedding last year, only
23 actually got married.
Gonzalez said it was a good
I "We're not interested in put-
ting people together for the
sake of putting people togeth-
er," he said. "We want people to
have a relationship that's going
to last forever."

President Obama switches from science to God

continued from 10B

This is a long way from the
1967 declaration of American
historian Lynn White, in Sci-
ence magazine, that Christian-
ity bears primary responsibility
for raping the earth. Indeed,
Obama's inaugural remarks ap-
pear to have been an allusion to
the book of Genesis, which tells
us that God gave the world to
human beings for their suste-
nance and enjoyment, but re-
quires us to be good stewards
of his creation.
The president also might have
been acknowledging the fact
that among the political prob-

lems of our time, climate change
could be the most "wicked" of
all. Voters are being asked to
bear large burdens now in or-
der to create practical benefits
that might not be realized until
many of them are dead. If the
case for climate change is not
deeply moral, capable of invok-
ing powerful altruistic motives,
it will be politically hopeless.
Many of Obama's environ-
mental supporters admittedly
have in mind a different mes-
sage of the Christian God. If
human beings alter the climate
radically, they will be "playing
God," challenging God's au-
thority over his own creation.
In the Old Testament, we learn
that those who challenge God's
authority will surely be pun-

ished, typically with flood, fam-
ine, pestilence, drought, earth-
quake or other environmental
Today, new prophets tell us
that our modern sins will lead
to rising seas, stronger hur-
ricanes and longer droughts.
If we don't reform our sinful
ways, global catastrophe on a
biblical scale looms. Billy Gra-
ham could hardly have said it

In traditional Christian theol-
ogy, there are two direct ways
to access the thinking of God:
the "Book of the Bible" and the
"Book of Nature."
Until Charles Darwin, Chris-
tians believed that the earth

was not much changed from its
creation about 6,000 years ago,
meaning the design of the natu-
ral world offered a glimpse into
the mind of God. John Calvin
would thus write that God "dai-
ly discloses himself in the whole
workmanship of the universe."
The plant and animal kingdoms
.are "burning lamps" that "shine
for us . the glory of its au-
thor." To eliminate a species or
damage the earth is to limit our
knowledge of God.
In some ways, environmen-
talism should be seen as a
secularized version of Calvin-
ism, minus God. Obama has
brought God back into the en-
vironmental conversation, even
if his theological knowledge is

Showing love to God through your fellow man

continued from 10B

Butler believes pouring more
love into people can reduce gos-
sip, the tearing down of others
and violence, which she calls
the spirit of jealousy and envy.
"We can always say I love
God," Butler said. "But you
can't [truly] say you love God
and mistreat me. You can't say
you love God and see somebody
homeless and not offer them
Butler quoted. 1 John 4:20,
"If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet
hates his brother, he is a liar.

For anyone who does not love
his brother, whom he has seen,
cannot love God, whom he has
not seen."
Although New Way of Life
was started less than two years
ago, the church has had a lot
of spiritual growth and has
spread love in many efforts, ac-
cording to Butler.
The church shows love by
giving to those in need both lo-
cally and beyond each Sun-
day, members donate to others
in foreign countries by partner-
ing and donating with different
organizations. They give food,
clothing and toys to people who

are in need in Honduras. They
also donate items to a church
in Haiti; items include: educa-
tional tools, book-bags, pencils
and books. In addition, they
are a part of a program that
collects shoes in exchange for
clean water that is then given
to needy children in various
Locally, the church is a part
of an evangelistic team where
they help bring awareness of
HIV/AIDS. The church holds
health clinics and other related
events where people can get
information or tested for HIV/

When preaching, Butler tries.
to give people a boost of inspi-
ration from teaching through
love. She quoted one of her fa-
vorite Bible verses, Jeremiah
29:11, saying "'For I know the
plans I have for you,' declares
the Lord, 'plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to
give you hope and a future."'
"I believe if people under-
stand that God has a plan for
our lives, we will be happier,"
she said. "God has great things
fo? us to do. He has gifted us.
Our gifts will make room for us,
so we have to put our best foot
forward to do that."

M Ebenezer United Meth-
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.

By Reuters

Whitney Houston's mother
has told People magazine that
she questions her skills as
a parent and wonders if she
could have saved her superstar
daughter from the drug use that
played a role in her death.
"Was I a good mother?" Cissy
Houston, 79, was quoted as
telling the celebrity magazine in
an advance excerpt released on
Wednesday from the magazine's
Friday edition.
"I still wonder if I could have
saved her somehow. But there's
no book written on how to be
a parent. You do the best you
Whitney Houston drowned

continued from 11B

a financial aid advisor, said.
"But once they get over this
hurdle, they know they are
good to go."
Fabian Johnson, a senior
who plans on attending West-
ern Michigan, came prepared
with his mother's tax informa-
tion said' attending the event
was important.
"You don't want to mess
up opportunities with schol-
arships, so it's important to
complete your FASFA form."
Derrod Jones, 18, a senior
who plans on attending West-
ern Kentucky, worked on
the FASFA application with
his mother, Valencia Jones.
Jones said the experts helped
her when she got to the part
of the application about fi-

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

Second Chance Minis-
tries to host a Bible study
meeting.- Call 305-747-8495.

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Women's
Department provides com-
munity feeding. Call 786-371-

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church will host
a bereavement sharing group
at 3 p.m.-4:30p.m. every 2nd
Sunday. Call 305-634-2993.

accidentally in a Beverly Hills
hotel bathtub on Feb. 11, 2012,
after taking cocaine and after a
well-chronicled battle with drug
addiction. She was 48.
Cissy Houston, a singer in
her own right, talked to People
about her daughter's personal
life and career while promoting
her upcoming memoir, "Remem-
bering Whitney."
In the memoir, Cissy Hous-
ton says she was not aware of
the early "partying" days of her
daughter, known to the family
as "Nippy."
"I had no idea about Nippy's
'partying.' And the truth is, back
then I didn't really want to know
about it," she writes, according
to excerpts released to People.

Sweet Home celebrates 61 years

Beginning on Wednesday,
February 20th, Sweet Home
Missionary Baptist Church
will celebrate 61 years of
dedicated ministry for the Lord
and service to the community.
Events begin with a revival
on Wednesday and Thursday,
February 20-21, include
a community cookout on
Friday, February 22, and
end with our 11 am service
on Sunday, February 24, at
which Pastor Emeritus Dr.
Walter T. Richardson will be

preaching and the Bethune-
Cookman College choir will
Currently under the
spiritual leadership of Interim
Pastor Rev. Theo Johnson,
the congregation of Sweet
Home remains committed to
exalting the Savior, edifying
the saints and evangelizing
the community.
Come out and celebrate our
61 years of dedicated service.
For information, call 305-251-

Larieka Woods, who plans
on attending Miami-Dade
College also attended the
event with her mother, Donna
Woods. Woods thought that
the event was very convenient.
She said that usually if they
got confused while filling out
the application, it would nor-
mally prolong the process, but
by doing it at the school, they
had someone to help them.
Along with registering for
FASFA, students also had
the opportunity to speak with
representatives from different
colleges, trade schools and
universities because there
was also a college/career fair
held that night.
"We're very serious about
students furthering their edu-
cation at Miami Northwestern
Senior High, because we live
in a time where you've got to
have it," Anderson said.

Cissy Houston's memoir

relives daughter's death

Students prepare for college

with financial aid assistance



in the faith-based office after
Obama inherited it from Bush.
"Before it was basically about
which organizations got fund-
ed," said Hunter, who served
on the first faith-based advisory
council appointed by Obama.
He said that DuBois focused
on connecting religious lead-
ers with policy makers, adding,
"What has resulted is this ac-
cessibility to policy conversa-
tions by faith communities that
really wasn't there before."
But the Rev. Barry W. Lynn,
the executive director of Ameri-
cans United for Separation of
Church and State, who served
on a task force at the faith-
based office, said that DuBois's
tenure was "a lost opportunity
to fix real constitutional prob-
lems," such as government fi-
nancing of religious organiza-
tions that discriminate in hiring
or that serve the public in overt-
ly religious settings.



Author reveals 'human story': Living with diabetes

By Nanci Helimich

When Amy Ryan was diag-
nosed with type 1 diabetes at
age 29, she was "shocked, con-
fused, lonely, sad, angry." Now,
in her new book, Shot: Staying
Alive With Diabetes, Ryan, 46,
an attorney who lives in Alex-
andria, Va., shares how she
has learned to live with the dis-
ease. She is married and has a
daughter and two stepsons.
Almost 26 million children
and adults (8.3 percent of the
U.S. population) in the USA
have diabetes. There are two
major forms: type 1 and type
2. In adults, type 2 diabetes ac-
counts for 90 percent to 95 per-
cent of all diagnosed cases.
Type 1 diabetes is usually di-
agnosed in children and young
adults and was previously
known as juvenile diabetes. In
type 1 diabetes, the body does
not produce insulin, accord-
ing to the American Diabetes
Association. Insulin is a hor-
mone that is needed to convert
sugar, starches and other food
into energy needed for daily life.
Only 5% of people with diabetes
have this form of the disease,
the diabetes group says.
Q: How did you feel when
you found out you had type 1
diabetes at age 29?
A: I went through a whole
range of reactions I was
shocked, confused, frightened,
lonely, sad, angry. It's a tough
diagnosis to grapple with. I went


* Almost 26 million children and
adults (8.3 percent of the U.S.
population) in the USA have dia-
* 18.8 million people are diag-
nosed; an additional seven mil-
lion are undiagnosed.
* There are two major forms:
type 1 and type 2. In adults,
type 2 diabetes accounts for 90
percent to 95 percent of all diag-
nosed cases.
* Another 79 million Americans
have prediabetes and are at risk
for developing type 2 diabetes.
* An estimated one in three
Americans people may develop
diabetes by 2050 if something
isn't done to reverse the trend.
government statistics show.
* Diabetes may lead to heart dis-
ease. stroke, kidney failure, foot
and leg amputations and blind-
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through a period of mourning for
my old life, a life that didn't re-
quire finger pricks and insulin
injections around the clock.
Q: What is the biggest mis-
conception about diabetes?
A: The biggest misconcep-
tion is that there's one disease
called diabetes. There are ac-
tually several types of diabe-
tes that have some similarities
but also some very important

differences. There's type 1, for-
merly known as juvenile dia-
betes, which is the kind I have
and is the least common kind.
A big surprise to me was that
you don't have to be a 'Juvenile"
when you get type 1 many
people are stricken in their 20s,
as I was.
There's type 2, which is the
kind most often in the news,
which is sometimes referred to
as an epidemic. There's aesta-
tional diabetes, which ,-ttcr,
pregnant women. APnd iter r.
now a condition known ts ie pE-
diabetes," which may b,-
a precursor to type 2
It's not a one-size-
fits-all disease,
even though it
only has one
name'. .
Q: You say in ,
the book that
at the most ba-
sic level, "my
body has failed
me." Can you ex-
plain that?
A: Until my diagnosis, my
body had never let me down.
If I was ever sick or injured or
hurt, my body like most peo-
ple's would heal. With type
1 diabetes, my body can't heal
itself. In fact, my body attacks
itself- my autoimmune system
.destroys the insulin-producing
cells in my pancreas. My body
cannot do on its own what I need
in order to stay alive, which is
to produce insulin. I don't know

* ~
: -

Amy Ryan, who
was diagnosed
with type 1
.. ,diabetes at 29,
,, i 'wrote 'Shot'
i for those with
and without the
'. w hort i*:a t d f D.'t,.:.rs
and researchers can't pin-
point exactly what triggers the
onset of type 1 diabetes.
Q: What is the hardest thing
about living with the disease?
A: Without a doubt, the hard-
est thing for me about living
with type 1 diabetes is that you
never, ever get a break from it.
It requires attention, monitoring
and adjustment every few hours
- morning, noon, night and oth-
er times in between. Of course
there are physical aspects of the

Thirst, hunger, tiredness, blurry
vision, healing problems and
frequent urination. However, not
all people with diabetes have
symptoms. Even if they aren't
having symptoms, people who
are obese, older or have a fam-
ily history of diabetes, as well
as Blacks, Mexican-Americans
and American Indians, are at in-
creased risk of developing type
2 diabetes.

disease that are tough mul-
tiple glucose tests every day (I
average about'10 a day), injec-
tions of insulin or infusion from
insulin pumps, urine testing.
But for me, it's never getting to
take a day off that's the hard-
est. Emotionally, it's a demand-
ing and exhausting disease.
Q: How well do you control
the diabetes?
A: I'd like to be able to say
That I do the best I can, but that
wouldn't be entirely true. I could
do better. It's probably more ac-
curate to say that on any given
day, I try to do the best that I
can handle on that day given
whatever else I have going on
in my life. Some days I control
the diabetes, other days it con-
trols me.
Q: What is diabetes burn-
Diabetes burnout is a well-
documented phenomenon
where a person who has diabe-

Fix the broken mental health system

Men more likely

to be murderers
From a classroom at Virgin-
ia Tech to a strip mall in Tuc-
son to a movie theater in Colo-
rado, a common thread runs
throLtIh manary .if the nation's
tragic mass murders- severe
and untreated mental illness
The imperative from Sand\
Hook 3and the earlier spree
kilbngs to keep the most
destructive wXeapons our of the
hands of rihe most deranged
people requires address-
ing both ends of the equation.
And the nation's broken men-
tal health system might prove
even harder to grapple with

than guns.
The solutions are complex.
Some require major infusions
of taxpayer dollars at a time
when all the talk is of cut-
ting. Some advocates for the
mentally ill fear, not without
reason, that the response to
Sandy Hook could further stig-
matize everyone who suffers.
from a mental illness. That,
too, would be tragic. Only the
tiniest fraction of the mentally
ill ever become violent, and
then, usually when they fail to
get treatment.
So the focus, properly,
should be on trying to track
and treat those with the high-
est potential to harm them-
selves and others.

In recent years, society has
learned a lot about mass kill-
ers. All but one of the 62 worst
mass killings in the past 30
years were carried out by
males. The perpetrators have
typically been young men who
are psychopaths, or are suf-
fering from suicidal depres-
sion or psychotc breaks. The
psychopaths often torture ani-
mals and display a fascination
with fire at an earl,, age. More
than four-fifths of the time the
mass killers plan their attacks
in advance. warn someone
else of their intentions and
have experienced some recent
failure or loss.

In the cases of Cho, Lough-
ner and Holmes, even strang-
ers noticed something terribly
wrong long before the kill-
ings. Yet none was receiving
treatment at the time of their
How can that be? You'd think
the lair and mental health re-
sources would have adapted
to this recurring problem. In-
stead, both have moved in the
opposite direction
In a backlash to decades
when too many people were
thrown into inhumane ware-
houses against their will, the
nation emptied public institu-
tions and states rewrote laws
to add tight strictures on in-
voluntary commitment.

Veterans afflicted by Gulf War illness

By Kelly Kennedy

of the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan may be suffering
from the 20-year-old set of
symptoms known as Gulf War
illness, according to a new
report released Wednesday
by the federal Institute of
"Preliminary data suggest
that (chronic multisymptom
illness) is occurring in veterans
of the Iraq and Afghanistan
wars as well," the report says.
This may be the first time
that the symptoms suffered by
veterans of the 1991 Gulf War
have been linked to veterans

of the current wars, which
started in 2001 and 2003, said
Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq
and Afghanistan Veterans of
It also means the Department
of Veterans Affairs' definition
of who qualifies for Gulf War
veterans' benefits should
include those who served
in Afghanistan, said Paul
Sullivan, a 1991 Gulf War
veteran and founder of
Veterans for Common Sense.
Because Wednesday's report
associates the symptoms with
deployment, Sullivan said,
the VA "should expand the
geographical definition of the
current Gulf War to include

the ongoing conflicts in Iraq
and Afghanistan."
The researchers were to
investigate treatments for Gulf
War illness, including any
existing research, to see what
worked for veterans. Their
research included traumatic
brain injury, which is caused
by blunt force to the head or
proximity to an explosion;
post-traumatic stress disorder,
which must involve 'exposure
to trauma; respiratory
problems; fibromyalgia; and
chronic pain.
Chronic multisymptom
illness was formerly called Gulf
War syndrome, the Institute
of Medicine report said. It

includes symptoms in at least
two of six categories: fatigue;
mood and cognition issues;
musculoskeletal problems;
gastrointestinal problems;
respiratory difficulties; and
neurologic issues that last for
-at least six months.
The symptoms are too broad
for any one treatment, the
report said. Researchers also
said there may be no specific
cause for the illness.
"Despite considerable
efforts by researchers in the
United States and elsewhere,
there is no consensus among
physicians, researchers and
others as to the cause of CMI,"
the report states.

Study: Children 'may grow out of autism'

By Michelle Roberts

The findings of the National
Institutes of Health study of
112 children appears to chal-
lenge the widely held belief that
autism is a lifelong condition.
While not conclusive, the
study, in the Journal of Child
Psychology and Psychiatry,
suggests some children might
possibly outgrow autism. But
experts urge caution.
Much more work is needed
to find out what might explain
the findings.
Dr. Deborah Fein and her
team at the University of Con-
necticut studied 34 children
who had been diagnosed with
autism in early childhood but
went on to function as well
as 34 other children in their
classes at school.
For comparison, the re-
searchers also studied another
44 children of the same age,
sex and non-verbal IQ level
who had had a diagnosis of
"high-functioning" autism -
meaning they were deemed

It could be that autism cannot always be accurately defined
or diagnosed.

to be less severely affected by
their condition.
It became clear that the chil-
dren in the optimal outcome
group the ones who no lon-
ger had recognizable signs
of autism had had milder
social deficits than the high-
functioning autism group in
early childhood, although they

did have other autism symp-
toms, like repetitive behaviors
and communication problems,
that were as.severe.
The researchers went back
and checked the accuracy of
the children's original diag-
nosis, but found no reason to
suspect that they had been in-

-The researchers say there
are a number of possible expla-
nations for their findings.
It might be that some chil-
dren genuinely outgrow their
condition. Or perhaps some
can compensate for autism-
related difficulties.
Dr. Thomas Insel, director of
the National Institute of Men-
tal Health, said: "Although the
diagnosis of autism is not usu-
ally lost over time, the findings
suggest that there is a very
wide range of possible out-
"Subsequent reports from
this study should tell us more
about the nature of autism and
the role of therapy and other
factors in the long term out-
come for these children."
It could be that autism can-
not always be accurately de-
fined or diagnosed, particu-
larly since the condition affects
people in different ways.
Indeed, experts have dis-
agreed about what autism is.

-Photo credit: Paula Bronstein
Food alone isn't the cure for badly malnourished children,
who are prone to infections.

Study: Medicine key

for the malnourished

By Denise Grady

Two studies of malnourished
children offer the first ma-
jor new scientific findings in a
decade about the causes and
treatment of severe malnutri-
tion, which affects more than
20 million children around the
world and contributes to the
deaths of more than a million
a year. Merely giving children
a cheap antibiotic along with
the usual nutritional treatment
could save tens of thousands of
lives a year, researchers found.
The studies, in Malawi, led
by scientists from Washington
University in St. Louis, reveal
that severe malnutrition often
involves more than a lack of
food,' and that feeding alone
may not cure it.
The antibiotic study found
that a week of the medicine
raised survival and recovery

rates when given at the start
of a longer course of a tasty
"therapeutic food" made. from
peanut butter fortified with
milk powder, oil, sugar and
micronutrients. Malnourished
children are prone to infec-
tions, and the drugs either
amoxicillin or cefdinir were
so helpful that researchers said
medical practice should change
immediately to include an anti-
biotic in the routine treatment
of severe malnutrition.
"This is ready for prime time,"
said Dr. Indi Trehan, an author
of the study. The study was
published Wednesday in The
New England Journal of Medi-
cine. The senior author is Dr.
Mark J. Manary, an expert on
malnutrition and one of the
pioneers in using the fortified
peanut butter, which research-
ers say has saved countless

Women face a case of the

Wednesday in the office

By Craig Wilson

It's Wednesday, and I'm look-
ing around the office. At the
women, mainly. Do I notice
anything different?
Maybe, but I'm certainly not
going to report it here.
New research shows that a
certain number of women find
Wednesday the most stress-
ful day of the week. And it gets
The study says these women
look their oldest at 3:30 every
Wednesday afternoon.
Why? It's when energy levels
plummet, work stress is at a
peak, and the effects of week-
end late nights finally kick in.
In fact, almost half of all wom-
en polled "indulge" on week-
ends. Perhaps overindulge. I
know. Shocking.
Evidently, the weekend booze
takes a few days to show up on
the face, and the fact that Mon-
day often comes with a sleep-

less night because of the booze,
well, it's not a pretty picture.
Welcome to Wednesday. Put a
bag on your head.
The study reports that a
quarter of the women also feel
stress several times a week, but
Wednesday are the worst. One
in five admit they work through
their lunch hour on Wednes-
days. Not a good thing.
Why? Because of what do they
do next: They have a snack;
Sugar, mostly, all in an effort to
boost their energy. Is that Ma-
ria's hand in the candy jar over
on Lorena's desk? Can't really
see from here. Wouldn't say if I
The good news is it's not all
bad news.
The study reports that Thurs-
day is the day women are most
likely to have sex.
And with sex comes a glow
and a happier, more upbeat
feeling, which makes Friday the
best-feeling day of the week.

tes starts to let things slide -
stops checking her glucose lev-
els often enough, slacks off on
carb counting, doesn't properly
calculate her insulin dose -
because she's so tired of it all,
five years, 10 years, 15 years
of living with this disease. It
really builds up over time. I
have a section on burnout in
my book, because I certainly
have suffered from it. It's actu-
ally one meaning of the title of
my book: Shot, as in worn out,
Q: Why did you decide to
write the book?
A: Most of the books that are
out there are geared to people
with diabetes, but I wanted to
tell a human story that people
who don't have the disease
might want to read.
Q: What words of encour-
agement would you offer to
those who have diabetes or
have just been diagnosed?
A: Find an endocrinologist
who takes time with you and
listens to you. Meet some oth-
er people who have diabetes,
swap stories. Laugh about it,
cry about it, say what you re-
ally think about living with this
disease. Read up on the latest
research there's a lot to be
optimistic about. Don't be hard
on yotirself on the bad days,
the days when your glucose
levels are out of control. Tomor-
row will probably be better, but
if it's not, then the next day will


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Big changes coming in Medicaid for seniors
Florida enrolls 87,000 patients into In 2011, the Legislature ap- ment allowed that ..: Budget Chairman Joe the elderly to be enrolled in
proved a shift from fee-for-ser- change only for a Negron, R-Stuart, who managed care isn't the same
private healthcare companies vice to managed care for most relative handful crafted the managed- as approving that for all other
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By Kathleen Haughney

administration Monday gave
Florida permission to transfer
part of its Medicaid program.to
private health-care companies
beginning.this summer.
The state will enroll 87,000
Medicaid patients low-in-
come seniors needing long-

term care in one of five
health-care plans that were
selected last month to cover
patients living in 11 districts
around the state. The compa-
nies include American Elder-
care, Sunshine State Health
Plan, United HealthCare of
Florida, Coventry Health Care
of Florida and Amerigroup

ulation, in hopes of curbing
soaring costs of the $22-billion
program. But the shift requires
a "waiver" from the U.S. Health
and Human Services Adminis-
tration, which pays about 58
percent of the program's total

Last Monday's announce-

- the Agency for
Health Care Ad-
ministration es-
timated it would
cost $2.4 billion
over the next year
- but lawmakers
saw it as a critical
first step:
"I think it's good
Florida," said stat

.. encouraged when the
federal government
treats the state of Flor-
Q ida like an equal part-
ner rather than dictat-
ing unilateral terms of
SCOTT But Greg Mellowe,
policy director for
news for health care advocacy group
e Senate Florida Chain, said allowing

managed-care experiment in-
cluding Broward and several
other counties has had mixed
"The fact that the Managed
Long Term Care waiver was
approved in no way indicates
that approval of the broader
Statewide Medicaid Managed
Care Waiver can be justified or
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roads and highways. No passing
zone, railroad crossing, merging traf-
fic, divided highway, school zone, an-
imal crossing, construction ahead,
curves and corners, narrow bridge
- the list goes on. Similar to these
recognizable yellow and black traffic
signs are warning signs for heart at-
tacks. Becoming familiar with them
could save your life, just like paying
attention to warning signs when you
are driving.
A heart attack occurs when there is
a blockage ii the flow of blood in an
artery that leads to the heart. Part of
the heart muscle is then damaged or
destroyed because it does not receive
enough oxygen. More than one mil-
lion Americans have a heart attack,
also known as a myocardial infarc-

ing signs so you can get emergency
medical treatment.
If you think you are having a heart
attack, call 9-1-1 immediately for an
ambulance to take you to the hospi-
tal. Do not try to drive yourself. Some
of the early warning signs of a heart
attack include:
Chest pain or discomfort that lasts
longer than a few minutes or goes
away and then comes back. This pain
may be severe and feel like uncom-
fortable pressure, squeezing-or full-
ness that is not relieved by changing
positions or resting.
Pain that extends to other areas of
the body, such as the shoulder, arm,
back, neck, jaw or stomach.
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Costs may soar with Alzheimer's cases

By Janice Lloyd

New reports that the num-
ber of Alzheimer's cases in the
USA will likely triple to 13.8
million by 2050 are raising
concerns about the nation's
ability to afford care.
Care for patients with Al-
zheimer's and other forms of
dementia will increase 500
percent by 2050, reaching
$1.1 trillion, according to the
Alzheimer's Association. This
is in 2012 dollars. About 70
percent of costs for Alzheim-
er's care are billed to Medicare
and Medicaid.
Patients with Alzheimer's
and other forms of dementia
will spend three times more
on health care than patients
with otler types of illnesses,
the association says. Medi-
care patients with Alzheimer's
and other dementias spent
$43,847 on health care and
long-term care services, com-

pared to $13,879 spent by pa-
tients without those illnesses,
the association said in a 2012
For government health care
programs already facing eco-,
nomic strain, these "estimates
are daunting, researchers and
advocates say.
"If you think you're going
to solve our fiscal entitlement
process without addressing
one of the underlying causes
(Alzheimer's costs) you're not
getting to the heart of the
problem," says Robert Egge,
vice president of public affairs
for the Alzheimer's Associa-
Alzheimer's is an incurable,
degenerative brain-wasting
disease that robs a person of
memory, eventually erasing
personality and making even
routine tasks such as dressing
and bathing impossible. They
also spend more time hospi-
talized than people without

Projected increase in
costs for care of
Alzheimer's by 2050

$1.1 trillion
Cost of care in the USA
by 2050 (in 2012 dollars)

Share of costs billed to
Medicare and Medicaid
'"'J' ? AIJt.l'. A: !_., I.r ,,"

these illnesses.
"The bottom line is when you
have a chronic condition and
you add dementia, you have
higher costs," says Julie By-
num, a physician and associ-
ate director of the Center for
Health Policy at Dartmouth in
Please turn to CASES 14B

-Associated Press
President Obama presents
the Presidential Medal of
Freedom to former NCAA
basketball coach Pat Sum-
mitt on May 29 in the White
House.The award is the coun-
try's highest civilian honor.
She announced in 2011 she
has early onset Alzheimer's.

Heart attacks may be harder on women

Female survivors

report heavier

emotional toll, at

every income level

By Kim Painter

A new Gallup poll based
on interviews with heart at-
tack survivors about their
well-being shows that while
heart attack survivors of both
genders report more sadness
and worry, the happiness gap
is bigger for women than for
men who survive. The find-
ings might mean that "social

Women who survive heart attacks may suffer even great
emotional fallout than men who do, a new Gallup Poll sug

,support as a part of treatment
may be especially important
for women.
Women who survive heart
attacks may suffer even
greater emotional fallout than
men who do, a new Gallup Poll
Heart attack survivors of
both genders report more sad-
ness, worry and stress and
less enjoyment in life than
people who have not had heart
attacks, but the gaps are big-
ger for women, according to
results from 353,492 inter-
views in 2012. The interviews
were part of an ongoing, daily
" poll, the Gallup-Healthways
Please turn to HEART 14B

Daily calcium intake- by age
group, in milligrams:
All adults 19-50 .........1,000
Men 51-70.................1,000
Women 51+..............1,200
Men 71+................... 1,200
Source: Institute of Medicine,
USA TODAY research

Men, beware overdoing it

with calcium supplements

A 'possible relationship'
with increased heart risk
By Nanci Hellmich

Guys, take note: Popping
large amounts of calcium sup-
plements may be harmful to
'your heart.
New research shows that a
high intake -of calcium from
supplements is correlated with
an increased risk of death from
heart disease, such as heart
attacks, for men, but not for
women. This does not apply to
foods rich in calcium.
The findings come at a time
when many older people in the
US 50 percent of older men
and 70 percent of older women
in one study use calcium
supplements for bone health.
Scientists with the National
Cancer Institute and several
other large research establish-
ments reviewed data on more
than 388,000 people, ages 50
to 71, who were part of a diet
and health study in six states
and two metropolitan areas
from 1995 to 1996. They were
followed for 12 years.
Compared with non-users,

men consuming more than
1,000 milligrams a day of cal-
cium from supplements at the
beginning of the study had an
increased risk of death from
heart disease, say findings
online in JAMA Internal Medi-
The study's lead author, Qian
Xiao of the National Cancer
Institute, cautioned that the
work wasn't designed to deter-
mine cause and effect.
"Although we observed an in-
creased risk of death from heart
disease in men, we cannot say
for sure that it was a result of
using supplements containing
calcium," she says. "We need
more studies to clarify this
possible relationship and the
underlying mechanisms."
Taylor Wallace, senior direc-
tor of scientific and regula-
tory affairs for the Council for
Responsible Nutrition, an in-
dustry group, says the study
"conflicts with the majority of
well-established evidence on
the safety and benefits of cal-
cium supplementation," show-
ing they are "beneficial to bone
health and pose no risk to car-
diovascular health."

Drug prices jump again

Rise defies trend of
other health costs
that are declining
By Dennis Cauchon

Prescription drug prices
are taking off again as other
health care costs are flat or
After dropping during the
recession, drug prices have re-
ignited in the past four years,
returning to growth rates of
a decade ago. In 2012, pre-
scription drug prices rose 3.6
percent, twice the 1.7 percent
inflation rate, Bureau of Eco-
nomic Analysis data show.
The trend is in sharp con-
trast to other health costs.
Prices for a doctor's visit, lab
test and nursing home room
all fell below the rate of infla-
tion for the past two years.
What's driving drug costs
up: brand-name drugs paid
for by insurance and often

heavily advertised.
The price escalation on pat-
ented drugs has offset enor-
mous savings that have oc-
curred simultaneously from
the growing use of inexpen-
sive generic drugs. Generic
drugs can be made by mul-
tiple companies, which com-
pete on price. Four of every
five prescriptions are for ge-
nerics, which can cost one-
fourth or less than the brand
name version.
This blend expensive
brands and cheap generics
after patents expire lets
consumers buy drugs at low
cost while providing profits
for drug research. The Food
and Drug Administration has
approved 70 new drugs in
the past two years, including
a breakthrough treatment of
cystic fibrosis and the first
drug for a common form of
skin cancer.
The top-selling drugs reflect
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Recognizing early signs of a heart attack

continued from 13B

lightheadedness, sweating, fa-
tigue, fainting, nausea or vom-
It is important to remember
that not all people who have
heart attacks experience the
same symptoms or to the same
The warning signs of a heart
attack for women may be slight-
ly different'than those for men.
While both commonly experi-

ence chest pain or discomfort,
women may be more likely to
have shortness of breath, nau-
sea and vomiting, and back or
jaw pain. Some people may not
have any symptoms at all, es-
pecially diabetics because that
chronic condition can affect the
Warning signs of a heart at-
tack can appear at any time,
at rest or in motion, and at
work or play. A heart attack
may strike suddenly, but most
people have warning signs and

symptoms hours, days or weeks
One of the earliest warning
signs of an impending heart at-
tack is chest pain, or angina,
that occurs repeatedly because
of exertion and is then eased by
Early intervention for a heart
attack is imperative to reduce
damage to heart muscle. Clot-
busting drugs can be admin-
istered and special procedures
can be done to open up blood

However, treatment works
best when administered within
an hour of the first symptoms
of a heart attack. Survival will
ultimately depend on how rap-
idly you receive treatment, how
much damage there is to the
heart, and the location of the
For more information about
early warning signs of heart at-
tack, talk with your doctor or
call North Shore Medical Center
at 1-800-984-3434 for a free re-
ferral to a cardiologist near you.

Female survivors suffer great emotional toll

continued from 13B

Well-Being Index, which tracks
the nation's emotional temper-
More than 11,000 male heart
attack survivors and 6,000 fe-
male survivors were asked how
they felt and what they experi-
enced the day before they were
polled, says Lauren Besal, a
Gallup research analyst.
Those survivors scored
lower than other adults on a
100-point scale of emotional
well-being with male sur-
vivors scoring 77 and female
survivors scoring 73, com-
pared with 81 for other men
and women.
' The gaps were bigger for
women than for men when it

came to sadness, worry, stress,
pain and diagnosed depression
(with 35 percent of female sur-
vivors and 24 percent of male
survivors reporting a diagno-
sis). These happiness gaps
existed for women at every
income level, but not for men
making more than $90,000 a
The poll had a margin of er-
ror of about 1 percentage point.
The results do not prove that
heart attacks cause more emo-
tional upheaval in women. It's
possible that women who have
heart attacks and survive them
are more likely than men to
have had emotional problems
before their heart problems be-
gan, Besal says. "Whether one
came before the other, we can-
not tell."

However, the findings might
mean that "social support as
a part of treatment may be es-
pecially important for women,"
she says.
Suzanne Steinbaum, a car-
diologist at Lenox Hill Hospital
in New York City, agrees: "This
could be a crucial wake-up
The relationship between
emotional and heart health
is complex, she says, but re-
search shows that "when peo-
ple have heart disease, and
they have depression on top of
this, they don't do as well."
Women who survive heart at-
tacks may be more despondent
because "a lot of times, wom-
en are sicker after they have a
heart attack," she says, pos-
sibly because they wait longer

than men to get medical help
for warning signs such as chest
pain and shortness of breath.
Women may also face extra
stresses "because we are the
caretakers of our families,"
says Amy Heinl a 43-year-old
banking executive from Pitts-
burgh who had a heart attack
in June 2010.
Heinl, who is a divorced
mother of three boys ages 12
to 17, says she "was scared for
a year" after her attack, which
was especially dangerous be-
cause it was caused by a torn
"Any pain or tweak I felt, I
thought was my heart," she
Today, she's optimistic' and
doing well, but, she says, "I still
think about it every day."

Cost of care to rise with tripling Alzheimer's

continued fro 13B

Hanover, N.H., who gathered
data for the Alzheimer's Asso-
ciation report.
"They can't self-manage their
medications or monitor their
diets and watch out for things
like how much salt or sugar
they're eating. If they also have
diabetes or hypertension, two
other conditions common in
the older population, they need
others to take care of them,"
she says.
A federally-funded report

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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

published last week in the
medical journal Neurology said
the number of people with Al-
zheimer's is expected to rise
from five million to 13.8 million
by 2050.
Many costs associated with
Alzheimer's care are not reim-
bursed. Out-of-pocket costs
for a family with a loved one
who has dementia were $8,216
compared to $2,500 for pa-
tients with other types of condi-
tions, according to a report last
week in the journal Alzheimer's
& Dementia.
Amy Steele, 34, of Oklahoma'

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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City had to quit her job and
cash in her 401(k) in 2010 to
help care for her mother, who
is 60 and has early Alzheimer's.
She recently moved her mother,
who is divorced, from Dallas to
an assisted-living facility near
Oklahoma City. She also has
been helping younger siblings
with college expenses since her
mother is no longer 'able to do
"I'm not going to be able to
start saving again for a while,"
Steele says. "When my mother
requires a higher level of care,
I'll need to help supplement

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

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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that and also help with her
medical expenses. It's been re-
ally hard."
The research dollars for Al-
zheimer's are in their "infancy,"'
says Jennifer Weuve, an assis-
tant professor of medicine at
Rush Institute for Healthy Liv-
ing in Chicago.
The government last year set
a goal of developing preventive
treatment for Alzheimer's by
2025 and increased research
funding through the National
Institutes of Health to $606
million last year, exceeding
$500 million for the first time.

I .: ii

The Southern Florida Juris-
diction ivites you to its 14th
annual Workers Meeting, Feb-
ruary 24-March 1 at the New
Gamble Memorial Church of
God in Christ, 1898 NW 43rd
St., Miami, Florida, where the
Bishop Julian C. Jackson is se-
nior minister and host pastor.
This year's theme is,
"Experiencing the Power ofJesus
Christ, In Pursuing His Mission
and His Righteousness."
The meeting will commence
with a Musical Extravaganza at
6 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Enrichment sessions will
begin each evening at 6 p.m.
and evening worship hour at
7:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday night.

For additional information,
call 305-821-3692 or 305-757-

Bishop Eugene 14. '
Joyner's Anniversary .
A Mission with a New Begin-
ning Church, 8745 NW 22nd .<.
Ave. presents Bishop Eugene ..
Joyner Anniversary Apprecia- '
tion service.
Services 7:30 p.m. from
Wednesday, February 27
through Friday, March 1. The
finale' at 11:30 a.m., Sunday
March 3. Theme: A Man of God
preaching only the Word of God.

Seniors get new health plans

continued from 13B

will be forthcoming," he wrote
in an email..
There is no deadline for the
federal government to sign off
on that broader request. But
Gov. Rick Scott, who met with
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebel-
ius last month, said approval of
that waiver could affect another
major state decision: whether
to expand eligibility to add an-
other 900,000 single and lower-
income families to the program.
"We need HHS's immediate
action to determine what flex-
ibility we will have within our
current Medicaid program and

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

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its impacts on the cost, qual-
ity and access to healthcare,"
Scott said in a statement. "Our
state is facing unprecedented
decisions that demand unprec-
edented attention from federal
health officials."
When the Affordable Care Act
fully takes full effect next Jan.
1, it will pay 100 percent of the
cost dropping to 90 percent
by 2020 of expanding eligibil-
ity to individuals and families
earning up to 138 percent of
the poverty line. Scott has ar-
gued the state can't afford the
long-term costs but has said
he might consider the expan-
sion if HHS allows the man-
.aged-care plan.

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

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

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a m
11 a m /pm
Sunday S(hool 9 30 a m
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6 415p m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10-45 a m

I (800) 254-NBBC
305 685.3700
Fae: 305.685 0705
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3707 S.W. 56'

broke Park Church of Christ
th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Servmes
Sunday Bible Siudy 9 o m Morring Worship 10 a m
Evening Worhip 6 pm
Wednesday General Bible Sludy 730 p m
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

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Hour ol Prayei 6 30 a m earlyy Morning Worship 1 30 a m
Sunday S(hoi:l 10 a m Morninq Wor.hip II a m
Youlh Minishy Study Wed 7 pm in Prayer 8ibl Srudy. Wed 7 p m
Noonday Aliar Prayer (M. F)
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptis t Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Wright & Young
FREDDIE SMITH, 71, retired
from Miami
Dade Water
and Sewer, died .
February 17 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Survivors are: i
wife, son, .
daughter and
two brothers. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Bethel Apostolic

custodian, n,
Miami Dade
County Public
Schools, died
F e b ru a r y J .
15 at home. -
Survivo rs :
daughters, Pat,
Mary, Francine,
Evelyn and Betty. Viewing, 10 a.m.
8 p.m., Friday. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church, Liberty City, 1899
NW 64 Street.

RICKY L. LATSON, 47, truck
driver, died --
February 13 at '
North Shore
Medical Center.
Surviv ors
are wife and
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

64, retired
supervisor, died
February 14 at
Jackson North.
Service 11 am.,
Saturday in the

retired postal
worker, died
February 15 at .
Golden Glades .
Nursing and
Rehab Center. .
Service 11
a.m., Saturday.
Liiany 7 p.m.,
Friday. Both at St. Agnes Episcopal
Church, 1750 NW 3 Avenue.
Stations at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
please make donations to the
church "In Memory of Clarence E.
Clear, Sr."

7 9 re tire d d .
custodian, died -
February 14 at
Baptist Hospital. --
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New

EH Zion
died February
8 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
M.B. Church.

ANDREW GIBSON, 57, truck
driver, died
February 13 at
home. Service -
2:30 p.m., .' ,
Saturday at ..
93rd St. M.B. '

aka LEVI, 87,
retired, died
February 12 at
University of
Miami Hospice.
include e
Janice Marshall, -
Sylvia Gipson and Bertha Chavis;
one son, Darryl Marshall (Bertha);
one brother, Robert Marshall; one
sister-in-law, Gertrude Drake and
a host of relatives and friends.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Bethel A.M.E. Church of Hialeah,
2275 W 5th Way, Hialeah, FL.

Hadley Davis MLK
February 10. .
Services were

February 11.
Services were

LEON WILLIAMS, 74, chef, died
February 14 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at Faith
Baptist Church.

JR., 52, security
officer, died -
January 30 '
at Regional .
M e m o r i a I "
H osp ital .
Service 11 a.m., 3"'
Saturday at
Mount Vernon
MB Church.

MAURICE HARRIS, 36, laborer,
died February
13 at home. .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the "' ",

died February
15 at Jackson
Trauma Ryder
Unit. Service 11
a.m., Saturday : .
at 93rd Street
Baptist Church.

SARAH WINDER, 97, died
February 8. Services were held.

Eric L. Wilson
February 11 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

63, died at Memorial Hospital
South. Service 11 a.m., Friday at
Northwest Baptist Church, Miami.

TAMMY W. PROCTOR, 43, died'
February 14 at
Jackson South

Service 12 _
p.m., Saturday 1.
at Glendale
Baptist Church. **

ROBIN HUDSON, 55, died
February 13 at Jackson North
Medical Center. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at St Matthews Baptist
Church of Coconut Grove.

February 14 at Hialeah Hospital.
Service12 p.m., Saturday at the
National Church of God of Perrine.

King and Sons
93, newspaper
vendor, died
15 at home.
Service 11 a.m., ,
Saturday in
Hinesville, GA.

Gregg L. Mason
LORETTA LANE, 61, facilitator,
Bellsouth, ----- ---
died February "
14. Survivor
include: sisters, .: ':i
F r a n ci n a "
N o r m a n "
NoC h a r I e n e f
(M ichael), -
Charlene, .
Angela and _
Annie Scales, Shawana Pinckney
Brown (Tyrone); brother, Maurice
Pinckney; father, Leroy Lane
(Rosa Lee); a host of nieces and
nephews; extended family of
Sumter, South Carolina. Viewing,
3-9 p.m., Friday, with Memorial
service at 7 p.m. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Words of Life, 20051
NE 16th Avenue. Interment: Dade
Memorial Park.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
JOSEPH MACK, 92, airplane
modifier, died -
February 8 at
Hampton Court.'
Rehab Center.
Service 11 a.m., '
in the chapel. '

truck driver, p -.-o.
died February '
8 at Palmetto -.. .

are incomplete. .

31, died
February 9.
Services were S

February 11. -
Services were

EVERLENA LEE, 96, died
February 10 ..
at Coral Reef -, t'
Center. Service .
2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel. -,

died February
16 at Mt. Sinai ;, -.. *
H osp ita l "."'
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the .

February 15 at home. Service 1
p.m., Wednesday in the chapel.

EDDIE LINK JR., 88, green
keeper, died February 17 at home.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the

VIVIAN E. LONG, 87, retired,
died February 8 ","
in San Miguel de .'
Allende, Mexico.

Herbert Claude .
Long, Sandra
Johnson, Carla
Maurice Long,
David Long and Harry Long.
Service 11 a.m., Sunday at Bethany
S.D.A. Church.

homemaker, I
died February
12. Survivors
include: her .
husband, Walter
F. Lewis, Sr.; .
dau g h terms ,
Andrea, Lisa
and Temeka;
sons, Walter Jr., Patrick, and Kevin;
grandchildren; great-grandchildren;
many nieces, nephews and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Viewing 3-8 p.m., Friday in the
chapel. Rosary service 9 a.m.,
Saturday at St. Phillip Neri Catholic
Church. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at the church.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
52, laborer,
died February
12 at home. He
leaves behind a
loving daughter,

Jayla Toomer; a
loving mother, Gertrude Dawkins;
siblings, Willie, James, Anthony,
Lucretia, Lisa and Doretha. Service
2 p.m., Wednesday at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of Miami
Gardens, 21311 NW 34th Avenue,
Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

..... .

02/26/1967 -08/03/2012

We miss you so much. Not
a day passes without sincere
thoughts of you.
Your smile, your jokes, your
caring attitude and friendly
greetings, Hey what's up, I
love yall."
Our family chain was
broken the day God called
you home, but we know one
day we shall all meet again.
To us, you were the world's
greatest son, brother, father,
companion, uncle and
grandfather. In that order you
entered into our lives Rest in
peace Terry, we will always
love you.
Ma, Cherea, Terron,
Nacario, Mercedes, Terrance
Jr., Terrica, Jonathan,
Camari, Jalen, Anniyis,
Terrius, LaSonya, Kool
Cat, Tiny, Rambo, Peaches,
Tyreek, Tereek, Tyrell, Mr.
Clint, Charles and Jaiden.

Death Notice

. -, .

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


extend to our family, friends,
co-workers, everyone that
came out, made phone calls,
brought food, served food and
drinks to support us during
our time of bereavement. We
would like to say thank you.
Although we were grateful
for the love and support our
hearts are still in mourning. So
as our dear Corey M. Graham
sleep in peace we appreciate
your time and efforts.
Corey knows now that Mom
will always love and adore
With warm hearts and
thanks, Mother, Barbara
Graham and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Death Notice

Dade County Public School
employee, died February 17
at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday at
Pentecostal Tabernacle, 18415
NW 7 Avenue, Miami Gardens,
FL 33167. Arrangements en-
trusted to Wade Funeral Home.

08/07/1922 02/22/1993

The world may not know
you, but they will not forget
you as long as I live.
Love, your son, Larry

Mama, I love you and miss
you so much.
Love, Joann

87, of Miami, FL died quietly
on Tuesday, December 18,
2012 at her daughter, Sharon
Roker Graves residence after
an extended illness.
Mrs. Roker retired from the
Railroad after serving many
years as a dedicated coach
She leaves to mourn
her passing two devoted
children, Sharon Graves of
Douglasville, GA and Stacia
Wakes of Atlanta, GA; three
grandchildren, Sherman
Marchand of Atlanta,
GA, Sherlyn Marchand of
Lauderdale Lakes, FL and
Andrea Graves of Orlando,
FL; four great-grandchildren,
Corey (Deneisha) Marchand
of Riviera Beach, FL, Alexis
Hall, Alyssa Marchand,
and Anthony Williams all of
Lauderdale Lakes, FL, and
Joi Marchand of Atlanta,
GA; and one great great-
grandchild, Corey Marchand
Jr. Also, survived by her
loving family of the Bahamas:
Charles (Rita) Sweeting, their
children and grandchildren,
Gwendolyn Sweeting and
her children, grandchildren,
and Angela Sweeting. A host
of relatives and sorrowing
Memorial service 1 p.m.,
February 23 on the Later

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


with special thanks to all
our family and friends for
your generosity and moral
The love shown to me and
my children, Cedric and
QQientin Bostic shall never be
May God continue to bless
you all. Sis. Virginia Bostic

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to acknowledge and ex-
tend our sincere appreciation
for your tremendous outpour-
ing of love during our period of
bereavement. We are eternally
grateful for your prayers, visits,
and words of encouragement,
cards, flowers, monetary gifts,
food and other acts of kindness.
Special thanks to Pastor S.
Robert Stewart and Pentecos-
tal Tabernacle International
Church family, Officiating Min-
ister Pastor Errol Cooper, Unity
Tabernacle Praise and Worship
Center, District Elder Pastor
Willie Coley and First Lady Irene
Coley and Tree of Life Ministries
Christian Center Church family,
Pastors Drs. Henry and Teresa
Daniels and Cornerstone Chris-
tian Center Church family, and
all other supporting churches.
Also thanks to LSG Sky Chefs,
Miami Dade Corrections and
Rehabilitation Department,
MLK Toastmasters, Florida De-
partment of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles and Wright and
Young Funeral Home staff for
their professional services ren-
Thanks to Janet Holness,
Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Eunice
Miller for going beyond the call
of duty.
May God continue to bless you
all abundantly. You may visit
her Guestbook at www.wright-
andyoungfh.com/go to view
celebrations/click on 01/30/13
Sharran Stallworth.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/19/1934 09/05/2011

Happy Birthday, mommy.
We love and miss you.
Leroy and children.

In Memoriam

_ .... ...

09/15/1986 02/24/2007

It's been six long years
since God called you home,
but it seems like it was just
We still miss and love you
every day. Love you so much.
Your mommie, your name
sake "Santana Russell Dyer-
Nottage" and your brothers
and sisters.

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NEW YORK When "Southland" returns to
TNT, viewers will see the character of Los Ange-
les police Detective Lydia Adams as a new morm
desperately in need of sleep.
"She's not juggling things so well. Motherhood
is not coming naturally," said actress Regina
King. who plays Adams. in a recent interview.
"I think Lydia has always been one of those
(people) who has been pretty good at everything
she's done, so I wouldn't say that it's coming
as a shock to her; it's just a lot.
She didn't anticipate having a
colicky baby, so she's not get-
ting any sleep, and that affects
everything, especially being a
detective. . She's not like 100
Off-camera, King can
definitely relate. She's
not a new mom, but
she's been pulling
double duty, direct-
ing and acting in an
upcoming episode
of the acclaimed r
"It's tiring be-
cause as a direc-
tor you have to be
thinking about
everything," she
King directed REGINA KING
the fifth episode
of the new season, but says she began prepping
while filming episode four.
"First day up on episode five I'm in every, single
scene," she recalled. "I was like,.'Dude, like re-
ally?' It seemed like not a good idea, but it was
(actually) such a great idea because I was able
to get most of my stuff out of the way. And it just
felt never-ending, like I never slept... (it was)
constantly 'Southland' 24/7."
"Thankfully, I really like the show," she dead-
panned, "so it worked out OK.'"
Now that the episode is done filming, King is
involved in the editing process. Plus, she's acting
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Haitian bands barred from Carnival

Government feels
they don't promote
a "positive image"
By Trenton Daniel
least three Haitian bands said
last Saturday that they are being
kept from performing at Carnival
and that they suspect it's be-
cause President Michel Martelly's
administration considers their
songs critical of the government.
Such a decision would be seen
as ironic by many since Martelly
himself used to openly mock
earlier Haitian governments in
his previous career as a musi-
cian named "Sweet Micky." His
performances during Carnival
were legendary for him criticizing
authorities, mooning audiences
and dressing in drag.
Haitian musicians have long
used Carnival as an outlet to
air frustration from the streets
in this impoverished country.
Lyrics often implicate the govern-
ment as the source of that grief
even if officials aren't specifically
"These songs reflect the Hai-
tian reality, but (Martelly) takes
it the wrong way," said Thomas
Asabath, manager of the band
Brothers Posse, which was re-
jected from the Carnival lineup.
"Where's the freedom of speech?

Band member of Brothers Posse, Don Kato.

Where's the democracy? It shows
that he has no tolerance" for
The group's song "Aloral" blasts
the government for failing to ful-
fill five initiatives that focus on
education, the environment, rule
of law, energy and employment. A
video for the song shows a suit-
clad man with a bald head, like
Martelly, dancing on a desk and
thrusting his pelvis.
"If you can't deliver, leave," said
band member, Don Kato, who
sings the song.
In a radio interview with Scoop
FM, Martelly said Brothers Posse
was cut because its song didn't
it, meet the criteria of creating "am-
biance" or promoting a "positive
image" of Haiti.
"We're organizing a party, not a
protest," Martelly said.
He said he told the Carnival
committee to view videos of the
bands and listen to their songs
after the panel released the of-
ficial performance lineup, which
originally included Brothers
Brothers Posse wasn't on the
committee's final list of 15 bands
that will begin performing Sun-
day in the northern seaside city
of Cap-Haitien. The street party
lasts for three days.
The Carnival committee's
president, Gilbert Bailly, couldn't
be reached for comment last
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BTW Alumni
Association Inc will meet
Feb. 21st, at 6 p.m., in the
BTW High School Cafeteria.

G.W. Carver Alumni
invite you to their Carver
Alumni Day Celebration
School Tour and Luncheon,
Feb. 22nd at 2:30 p.m.,
in the G.W. Carver Middle
School Auditorium. Call 305-

The City of Miami
Gardens invites you to A
Visual Display: My Black
History Art Show, Feb 22nd,
at 6 p.m., at the Betty
T. Ferguson Recreational
Complex, 3000 NW 199th St.

SF. Malcolm Cunningham
Sr., Bar Association
invites you the Annual
William Holland Scholarship
Luncheon starring Judy
Smith, Esq., Feb. 23rd, at
noon, at the Ritz Carlton, 100
S Ocean Blvd. Call 561-655-

HistoryMiami invites
you to Panel Discussion:
Historically Black High
Schools of Miami, Feb. 23rd,
at 2 p.m., at 101 W. Flager

The Bordes Kohn
Foundation Inc. presents
their Black History Celebration
Scholarship, Feb. 23rd, at 5
p.m., at the Palmetto Golf
Course, 9300 SW 152 St. Call

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall invites to a
reading of the stage play "I
Know What I Am and I Am
Not What You Call Me" by
Jonathan Spikes, Feb 23rd, at
6 p.m., at the Adrienne Arsht
Center for the Performing
Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Call 305-576-3790.

Black Affairs Advisory
Board's Heritage Planning
Committee presents A
Conversation on Historically
Black High Schools, Feb 23rd,
at 7:30 p.m., 1751 NW 36th
St. Call 305-318-8372.

Black Affairs Advisory
Board's Heritage Planning
Committee will put on the
Ankara Miami 2013 2nd
Annual Fashion and Cultural
Show, Feb. 23rd, at 7:30
p.m., at 3000 NE 151st St.
Call 305-924-2071.

Black Affairs Advisory
Board's Heritage Planning
Committee will have its
Second Annual 'Gospel Fest',
Feb. 24th, at 4 p.m., at 10950
SW 211th St. Call 305-375-

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-

FASFAA and USA Funds
are sponsoring College Goal
Sunday 2013, Feb. 24th, at 2
p.m., at 8400 NW 25th Ave.

The Ekphrasis Project:
Inside&Out presents Dances
at the Miami Beach Botanical
Garden, Feb. 24th, at 1 p.m.,
at 2000 Convention Center
Dr. Call 305-975-8489.

The Ekphrasis Project:
Inside&Out presents
Vantage Points, March 2nd,
at 8 p.m., at the Art Center,
800/810 Lincoln Road. Call

The Gamma Zeta
Omega Chapter of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc. will have a luncheon

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to celebrate the sororities'
105th anniversary, March
10th, at 2 p.m., at the Miami
Mariott Biscayne Bay-Hotel,
1611 N. Bayshore Dr. Email

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Fame' series, which focuses
on the lives of celebrities. This
time around, writers Michael
Troy and artist Jill Lamarina
have teamed up to explore the
life and times of hip-hop star
The company produces three
lines of biography comics: Fe-
male Force, Political Power and
Fame. Each line has produced
comics that have sold out of
their original runs at a time
in which independent comics
companies are struggling to
gain an audience. Upcoming
comic book biography titles are
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She is one of the biggest pop
sensations of this decade and
has teamed up with all the
mega-stars like Justin Bieber,
Madonna and Britney Spears.
Now she is getting her own
comic book called "Fame: Nicki
Minaj." Released on Feb. 13, it
is available both digitally and
in print.
From her humble beginnings
in Trinidad to her humble up-
bringing in Queens to her spot-
light alongside high profile judg-
es on the panel of American Idol
(including her infamous feud-
ing with Mariah Carey), Minaj
says she came to conquer and
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The Booker T. Washington
Alumni Association, Inc.,
led by Roberta C. Daniels,
president, presented its Orange,
Black and White Tea
recognizing graduates
of the six historical
Black high schools in
our community and 11
unsung heroes all
graduates of high schools
in Miami-Dade County.
The heroes included:
Dr. Enid C. Pinckney, FR[
BTW, 1949; Cecilia
Jones, Mays, 1965; Alstene
McKinney, Dorsey, 1955;
Priscilla A. Dobbs, North Dade,

1964; Harcourt
Clark, Carver,
1953; and Regina J.Frazier,
Northwestern, 1961. Other
heroes honored
included: Thomas Leo
Albury, Jr., Madeline
i... Hepburn Atwell, Otis
Collier, Johnnie
Fields, Frank G. Hall,
Anne T. Herriott,
Eddie L. Redding, Dr.
Richard Strachan,
AZIER Girlean "Gigi"
Tinsley, Lee Waters
and Dr. Freddie G. Young.
They all stood with pride as
their names were presented

on television screens
courtesy of WEDR99
JAMZ. Appreciation was
given to Cecilia Hunter,
chair and Paulette
Martin co-chair, as well
as Derrick Baker of

The retired brothers B,
of Sigma Alpha Chapter,
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
Inc., held their annual
Valentine's Day luncheon
last Thursday at the
Omega Activity Center.
Stacy Jones chaired
this activity assisted
by committee members
Anthony Simon, Henry MA
Mingo, Garth Reeves,
Norman Cox, Stan Allen,
Oscar Jesse and Baljean
Smith. Special recognition was

given to the widows of
deceased Omega men
and everyone had a
good time listening to
songs like My Funny
., Valentine, I Love You
Truly and Let Me
Call You Sweetheart,
played by the Psi Phi
AKER Band. Brothers and
guests included: Stan
and Sarah Allen;
James and Barbara
Anders; Theodore
and Kitty Blue; Mack
f and Sharon Carter;
. Harcourt Clark;
Norman and Estelle
Cox; Earl and Alice
ARTIN Daniels; Johnny and
Mary Davis; Harry and
Carmen Dawkins; Dr. Herman
Dorsett; Peter Harden; Oscar
and Mary Jessie; Stacey and

Mary Jones; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte,
Astrid Mack; Henry treasurer; Dr. Larry
Mingo; Richard and Capp; Rev. Jesse
Maxine Mitchell; Martin; Ruby Rayford;
Garth Reeves and Juanita Johnson and
Barbara Johnson; Florence Strachan,
Johnny and Mary who were elected to
Robinson; Audley the Historic Hampton
Salahud-Din; John House Community Trust
Shaw; Anthony and HUNTER [HHHCT].
Caroline Simons; Members of the
Baljean and Naomi advisory board that
Smith; Johnny include: Martha
Stepherson; David Anderson, Dr. Gay F.
White and John and Outler, Arva Moore
Annette Williams. Parks, Leslie Rivera,
A full board meeting. Harvey Ruvin, Kathy
applauded The Hersh, Dr. Mary Hylor,
Honorable Dorothy Leroy Jones, Penny
"Dottie" Johnson, DOBBS Lambeth, Anthony
vice chair; Dr. Enid Dixon, Ph.D. and Betty
C. Pinkney, CEO; Dr. Richard Ferguson, extended a warm
J. Strachan, vice president; welcome to new member Cecilia
Isabella Rosete, secretary; Dr. Stewart,

Congratulations to
Hughie J. (Lois M.) Nairn,
Sr., on their 64th wedding
anniversary (Feb. 15th). A
very happy 94th birthday to
my cousin Garth Reeves,
Sr., Feb. 11th.
Jacory Harris, former
University of Miami (UM)
quarterback has signed
with the Canadian Football
League. The state of Florida
was well represented in
Super Bowl 47 when the
Ravens played the 49ers.
Baltimore Ravens' former
Florida players: Bryant
McKinnie, UM; Damien

Berry, UM; ,
Tommy Steeler,
UM; Ray Lewis, UM;
Anquan Boldin, Florida
State University (FSU) and
Edward Reed, UM.
San Francisco 49ers'
former Florida Players:
Frank Gore, UM; Tavares
Gooden, UM; Ricky Jean-
Francois, Miami Carol
City Senior High; and Roy
McDonald, University of
Get well wishes and
prayers to: Helen Austin,
Major Leroy Smith, Frankie
Rolle, Edythe Covington,

Naomi Adams, Virgie
Herout-Haddock, Louise H.
Cleare, Shirlewy Bailey and
Iris Paramore.
There was a great article
about Overtown published
in last week's Neighbors
supplement. I enjoyed
reading the comments from
General White, Agnes Rolle-
Morton and her sister Naomi
Rolle. Overtown will never be
forgotten by its residents.
Congratulations to Morris
Farrington, resident of Saint
Agnes ushers. Farrington
replaces Willie Neal who
was president for 30 years.
Morris is the son of the late
James (Tracy) and Elouise
Happy birthday to: Kim
Wright, Feb. 14th; Gizelle

V. McPhee, Feb. 14th;. Linzy
C.M. Hayes, Feb. 14th; and
Sylvia Sands, Feb. 12th.
Claretha Grant-Lewis died
last Tuesday morning in
North Shore Medical Center.
Her funeral mass were held
at last Wednesday at Saint
Phillips Catholic Church in
Expressions of sympathy
go to the family of Lloyd
Johnson. Johnson was the
husband of Juanita Carter.
Johnson was the only boy.
He had five sisters: Ruth
Johnson-Culmer, Valencia
J. Williams, Agatha
Johnson-Cole, Iris Johnson
and Joyce Johnson. Lloyd
graduated in 1944 from
Booker T. Washington High

Things our guests won't say: Part two


By Quentin Fottrell

Part II
5. "The less well I know
you, the more harshly I'll
judge you."
For those who live near
holiday tourist destinations,
spare beds can be turned into
spare cash. But experts say
paying guests can be notori-
ously hard to please. What's
more, they often won't come
back for reasons that go
beyond price or even location.
"A guest could be put off by
something as simple as the
d6cor," says Christine Karpin-
ski, an independent consul-
tant who advises owners on
renting properties.
There's a lot at stake: Hom-
eowners can make $25,000
to $35,000 a year by renting
their home, Karpinski says.
That's one reason why San
Francisco-based Airbnb :
which was founded in 2008
and helps people rent out
their room, apartment or
home via its website al-
ready has listings in over
33,000 cities and 192 coun-
tries. As such, it's important
for hosts to make sure rental
spaces are modern enough
to suit all tastes, but not so
bland that they'll be unap-
pealing to potential guests
perusing online ads. For
instance, paisley wallpaper
could conjure up images of
rustic chic or make pro-
spective guests think a place
hasn't been redecorated (or
perhaps even renovated) in 20
Nor does the roll of good
judgment stop at the choice

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of curtains or other interior
design elements. One of the
first things guests do when
they enter a home is eye the
list of titles on the bookshelf,
says Post Senning. A political
book by a well-known pundit
r eight lead to snap judgments
about where the host falls on
the political spectrum rather
than give the impression that
the host has a vast.and unbi-
ased intellectual curiosity, he
sa\ s Of course, people may
not be able to help themselves
from judging their hosts by
their book covers. "It's human
nature," Post Senning says.
6. "I will cost you your
Chris Dannen, a journalist
and consultant, had a steady
stream of houseguests help-
ing him pay his rent, but last
June, it cost him his New York
apartment. Over 13 months
serving as an Airbnb-facilitat-
ed host, renting out a spare
room in his three-bedroom

.apartment, his earnings
covered more than half. the
cost of his rent after Airbnb
received its cut, which is
typically 10 percent of each
transaction. "There were other
people in the building who
were making as much as me,
but I had a higher turnover,"
he says. His houseguests were
often from Europe and, on
occasion, could be found in
the corridors wielding their
The reason he lost his
apartment? His lease required
him to seek permission first.
His landlord's legal counsel
claimed that Dannen was
running a hotel, but Dannen
contends that they were just
temporary guests.
Airbnb's terms warn pro-
spective hosts to be careful
not to break their build-
ing's regulations, a spokes-
woman for the company says.
Airbnb's responsibilities are
limited to serving as the

limited agent of each host for
the purpose of accepting pay-
ments from guests on behalf
of the host, according to the
company's policy. That is, all
bookings will be made at the
host and guest's own risk.
That hasn't stopped others
from doing what Dannen did.
To date, Airbnb has logged
.over 10 million bookings
worldwide, at least some of
which could break landlord-
tenant agreements.
7. "...but not before I trash
The downside to playing
host to a stranger: a broken
glass may be the least of your
worries. In June 2011, an
Airbnb customer arrived home
to find her San Francisco
apartment trashed by her
houseguest: "They smashed a
hole through a locked closet
door, and found the passport,
cash, credit card and grand-
mother's jewelry I had hidden
inside," the Airbnb customer
wrote in a blog post that went
While the Airbnb host, a
corporate events planner who
did not want to be identified,
for fear of reprisals should
any other suspects be still
at large, was initially com-
plimentary about Airbnb's
customer support in the wake
of the incident, she later wrote
that a co-founder of the site
asked her to "shut down the
blog altogether or limit its
access," and suggested she
"update the blog with a 'twist'
of good news" to complete the
story. (A spokeswoman for
Airbnb declined to comment
on the host's claim.)

Book documents pioneers in Black History

continued from 1C

gold-winning Black gymnast;
the first Black head of National
Security and, of course, Barack
Obama as the first Black U.S.
President. But Obama wasn't
the first Black to make White
House news.
Read this book and you'll see
that pianist Thomas Greene
Bethune was the first Black
artist to perform there in 1858.
A baby named Thomas was the
first Black child born at the
White House in 1806. Booker T.
Washington was the first Black
to be entertained at 1600 Penn-
sylvania Avenue and Sammy
Davis, Jr. was the first known

Black entertainer to sleep there.

You'll learn that your grand-
ma's favorite cartoon was
drawn by America's first Black
cartoonist. Both Dave Chapelle
and Chris Rock broke comedy
records in this century. Ameri-
ca's first Black insurance com-
pany opened its doors in 1810
and the first Black-owned car
dealership opened 160 years
later. The first known Black
bookseller started his business
in 1834. The world's first Black
professional model walked
the catwalk in the 1950s and
the first Black Playboy bunny
hopped on the scene in 1965.
A Black chef was reportedly the

creator of potato chips. Amer-
ica's first black Mormon elder
gained the priesthood in 1836.
And America's first Black mil-
lionaire lived in New Orleans in
It's hard to imagine anything
missing from "Black Firsts." It's
so hard, in fact, that author
Jessie Carney Smith challeng-
es readers to find and notify
her of other milestones in Black
history but not just in North
American Black history. You'll
find entries here of things that
happened to Blacks in the U.S.
as well as Black firsts in other
countries around the world.
But don't think for a minute
that "Black Firsts" is dry and
boring. There are lots of entries

that will surprise you and oth-
ers that will stop an argument
in a hot minute. Everything's
well-indexed, informative, thor-
ough enough and as addictive
as buttered popcorn.
This is the kind of book you
can happily browse. It's also
one you'd want on your shelf,
one you'd reach for during
those know-it-all emergencies
that happen and when they
do, "Black Firsts" should be the
first book in line.
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.

Beyonce gets Vogue'd

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In this month's cover inter-
view with GQ magazine, Beyon-
c6 divulged more details about
giving birth and the increased
self-confidence she discovered
as a result.
"Giving birth made me realize
the power of being a woman,"
she said. "I have so much more
substance in my life . I ac-
tually feel like my child intro-
duced me to myself," she went
on to say.

At the age of one, Beyon-
ce says Blue Ivy has grown
into her "road dog" and "best
friend," a relationship that she
undoubtedly looks forward to
nurturing while establishing a
sense of normalcy in the little
girl's life.
"At some point it's very im-
portant to me that my daughter
is able to experience life, and
run through the sprinklers,
and have slumber parties, and
trust, and live and do all the
things that any child should be
able to do," Beyonce told Vogue.

Martelly banishes bands

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Richard Morse, singer for the
band RAM, said his group felt
it got the runaround from the
Carnival committee while try-
ing for a performance slot. In
the end, he said, the band was
offered a payment that would
have yielded a loss and the
committee didn't offer lodging,
transportation and meals as it
did last year.
Morse said he had heard that
Martelly didn't like the song
that RAM wanted to perform.
"People just assume the song is
about him," the singer said.
RAM's song "Men Bwa W,"
which roughly translates as
"Here's a beating," doesn't di-
rectly criticize the government
but many Haitians interpret
the lyrics that way.
The band's video shows a
woman who physically resem-
bles first lady Sophia Martelly
stuffing herself with food a
Haitian symbol for avarice and

Frederic Pierre-Louis of the
band Kanpech said his group
also was barred from perform-
ing. His song, "Nou Pap Ka Ma-
tel," calls on an unidentified
entity to bring change.
"If you can't, you need to
leave," Pierre-Louis sings.

Southland star opens up

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By Jennifer Levitz

Dozens of Harvard University students
have been disciplined, with many forced
to temporarily withdraw, as a result of
the cheating scandal that shook the Ivy
League institution in late August.
Harvard released the much-awaited
results of its investigation into the contro-
versy, in which 125 undergraduates were
alleged to have cheated on a take-home
exam in a course titled Government 1.310.
Detailing the punishments meted out
by the Harvard College Administrative
Board in decisions made between late
September and December. the university
said more than half of the students were
forced to withdraw, a penalty that typical-
ly lasts from two to four semesters. Of the
remaining cases, about half were put on
disciplinary probation-a strong warning
that becomes part of a student s official
record. The rest of the students avoided a
'The large number of administrative
board cases this past fall highlighted the
fact that we. as a faculty, must redouble
our efforts to communicate clearly. and
-7. unambiguously to
S,' our undergraduates
A about academic
-, S: integrity,' Michael
)D. Smith. the dean
of the faculty of arts
and sciences. wrote
m an email to the
campus community
The scandal, the
largest such case
SMITH at Harvard. started
brewing in spring
2012, when a faculty member teaching
the government class noticed that a num-
ber of students appeared to have copied
one another's answers on a take-home
The instructor referred the case to the
administrative board, which conducted a
re% iew and found that 125 exams looked
Harvard announced that an inxestiga-
tion was under way in late August. cast-
ine a cloud over the star-t of fall semester.
in his email. Smith said the adminis-
tratie board s process. which included
interviews %%ith the accused, provided a
"teachable. if difficult, moment for stu-
Representatives for some students
involved disagreed. "It was not all that
teachable, it was basically hell for a lot of
these kids.' said Robert Peabody. a lawyer
with Collora LLP in Boston.
Peabod% represented two of the stu-
dents accused. He said the board's delib-
eration process appeared to be unneces-
sarily long. while students "were out there
twisting in the wind One of his clients
was forced to withdraw, while the other
received probation, he said
Harvard said the board s procedure
is "necessarily laborious." allowinge for a
full and tair review In his e-mail to the
campus. Smith said Harvard vwas cur-
rentl' looking at several ways to strength-
en academic_ integrit-. including possibly
adopting an honor code.


- Best value


strive to

-Photo credit: Fabrizio Costantini
Principal Marques Stewart visited with some students. Students in the district are learn-
ing at their own pace using individualized education plans instead of standard grade-level

State wants wider

control of its schools

By Matthew Dolan

State leaders in Michigan
are again looking to expand an
education initiative that takes
poor-performing schools out of
local hands and bands them
together in a single statewide
district with a less-structured
curriculum and a nonunion
Republican Gov. Rick Sny-
der launched the Education
Achievement Authority last
September, empowering it to
take over 15 schools in De-
troit, where the state runs the
district through an emergency
manager. Those'schools, with
10,000 students, were ab-
sorbed by the EAA and now
operate under a longer day
and extended school year. The
district has attracted attention
from the White House, which
selected the EAA as one of 61
finalists in its Race to the Top
contest for federal funding,
which ultimately was awarded
to 16 other applicants.
Expanding the authority to
bring schools into the district
throughout the state is now a
top priority for Mr. Snyder; he
and his allies in the legislature
failed to advance an EAA bill
during a lame-duck session
in December amid opposition
from advocates of local control.
Michigan and other states
are grappling with how to
change the fortunes of schools
where students have lagged
behind for at least a gen-
eration. Democrats in large

S-Photo credit: Fabrizio Costantini
John Covington, shown, is the chancellor of the Education
Achievement Authority, as the district is known. Republican
Gov. Rick Snyder launched the EAA last September, empow-
ering it to take over schools that score in the bottom five
percent of students on standardized tests.

measure have argued these
schools often serving poverty-
stricken neighborhoods need
money. Republicans in many
states including Michigan are
pushing for eliminating teacher
seniority and tenure in union-
ized schools to reward high
performers and weed out bad
teachers. They also want to ex-
pand opportunities for charter
schools that are often union-
"I think people just need to
get into these schools to see
how well they are performing,
and then they'll support them,"
Snyder said of the EAA schools.

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus
Lyons, chair of the House Edu-
cation Committee, said she is
now willing to drop some of the
more contentious provisions
that were debated during the
lame-duck session to help ex-
pand the EAA. Under a revised
bill, the district would be under
the control of the state superin-
tendent of schools and subject
to state standardized-testing
measures. It wouldn't have the
power to take over local dis-
tricts' vacant school buildings.
Supporters of the new district
say it has brought order to
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cut tuition

The Princeton Review

lists 150 schools that

benefit you the most

By Mary Beth Marklein

Their tuition sticker prices n-av look
daunting, but man',' of the nation's most
selecti.e colleges and universities are pro-
ducing graduates with student loan debt
below national averages, according to af-
fordability data from The Princeton Reviev.
released today
Advice to families beginning the college
search: Don't screen schools based on pub-
lished tuition prices And many students
can get thousands of dollars even tens
of thousands of dollars in erarnts that
don't have to be paid back
'College-bound students and their
families are understandable scared about
paying for college, but a lot of people never
make it past the sticker price, sa\ s Robert
Franek. senior ,%ice president of The Pnrinc-
eton Re',ie, a Nev, York-based education
services company that is not affiliated -.' ith
Princeton Universit',. 'it's such anr avoid-
able mistake '
Todav. the company released its 22013
Best Value Colleges. a list of 150 schools
75 public and 75 private that it says
offer the best bang for the buck Detailed
information on the schools is also [:ub-
lished on USA TODAY-s website.
The schools, drawn from ,50 colleges
based on admissions, cost and' financial
aid data for the 2011-12 school year. are
demanding academically On average. they
admitted fever than half of applicant-i..
Their total annual cost of attendance.
including tuition and fees, room and board
and books and supplies, averaged $19.500
for freshmen attending public universities
in their home state, and $54,200 for those
going to private schools. When freshman
grants, including state, federal and insti-
tutional aid. are factored into the cost. the
final tab drops to $10,600 at public univer-
sities and $21,700 at private universities.
Nationally, the cost of attendance in
2011-12 after grants averaged $13.450 for
undergraduates at public universities in
their state and $25,000 for those at pri-
'.'ate universities, according to the College
Board s annual survey of colleges.
Fewer than half of students at Best Value
Colleges took out loans as undergrads, and
median debts reported b\ public and pri-
vate Best Value Colleges for their graduat-
ing classes of 2011 were lower thar na-
tional averages.iThe national data set did
not have medians. only averages.) More-
over, private universities on The Princeton
Rev iew's list posted lower median indebt-
edness, $20,556, than public universi-
ties, $21,373. Private university students
among this group also were more likely to
graduate in four years.
Nationally, two-thirds of college seniors
who graduated in 2011 had student loan
debt, with an average debt of $23,065 for
students at public and $29,059 for stu-
dents at private universities, according to
an analysis of federal data by the non-prof-
it Institute for College Access and Success,
based in California.

President Obama campaigns for early childhood education

By Kent Klein

dent Barack Obama was on
the road again last Thursday,
seeking public support for in-
creasing government spending
on early childhood education.
Obama is campaigning for the
proposals he laid out in his
State of the Union speech.
The president visited a pre-
school in the southern city of
Decatur, Georgia, where he
played games with small chil-
dren and spoke to adults about
the importance of early child-
hood education.
"Study after study shows that
the earlier a child begins learn-
ing, the better he or she does
down the road," said President
Obama. "But here is the thing:
We are not doing enough to give

all of our kids that chance."
Obama said the gap in aca-
demic achievement between
poor and wealthier students
in high school has its roots in
children as young as three and
"Most middle-class parents
cannot afford a few hundred
bucks a week for private pre-
school," said Obama. "And for
the poor children who need it
the most, the lack of access to a
great preschool education can
have an impact on their entire
lives. And we all pay a price for
The president's plan would
enlarge the existing Head Start
program, in which the govern-
ment pays for public preschool
for four-year-olds from low-
income families. The federal
government and all 50 states

U.S. President Barack Obama reads a card during a game with children in a per-kinder-
garten classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur, Georgia.

would fund the expanded pro-
Obama wants to let commu-
nities and child care provid-
ers compete for grants to serve
children ages three and young-
er. White Hpuse officials say the
president will detail how much
the program will cost when he
sends his 2014 budget proposal
to Congress in March.
Obama's second term agenda
includes redesigning and im-
proving America's high schools,
and more government help in
paying for college. Some Repub-
lican lawmakers say they are
skeptical about the president's
plan. John Kline, who leads a
House of Representatives com-
mittee on education, said the
government has a poor record
of managing early childhood
education programs.




Alicia Boler-Davis said she shocked a few people as GM plant manager.

New airline merger creates

world's largest air carrier

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with American

By Charisse Jones

American Airlines and
US Airways said Thurs-
day that they will join
forces to become the larg-
est carrier in the world,
the last major merger
in an industry that's
shrunken with consolida-
tion and is now dominat-
ed by a few super-sized
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The new airline will be
called American Airlines
and be headquartered in
American's hometown of
Dallas-Fort Worth while
maintaining a significant
corporate and operational
presence in Phoenix,
US Airways CEO Doug
Parker will run the com-
pany. Tom Horton, CEO
of American parent AMR,
becomes chairman
Parker told US Airways'
employees in a letter this'
morning that the com-
bined airline will offer
more than 6,700 daily
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The few, the proud,

the female engineer Do workers deserve a raise,
the female engineer

Meet the women of

the auto industry
By Jayne O'Donnell

Alicia Boler-Davis was the first
General Motors plant manager to also
lead a vehicle launch for the popular
Chevrolet Sonic.
At Chrysler. Chris Barman headed
the team that designed the new Dodge
Rebecca Seiler and Jennifer Shaw
helped develop some of Ford Motor's
advanced safety technologies that pre-
vent crashes.
Female engineers despite their
stubbornly small numbers in all indus-
tries increasingly have a big impact
on the vehicles and safety features that
Detroit is offering. Yet among nearly
28,000 members of the Society of Au-
tomotive Engineers, only 1,500 five

percent are women.
"There have certainly been strides,
but certainly not as much as the em-
ployers would like," says Betty Shana-
han. executive director of the Chicago-
based Society of Women Engineers,
which encourages engineering as a
career choice.
The reasons for the scarcity of female
engineers in the auto industry are
varied and complex. The recession had
a particularly chilling effect on U.S.
automakers GM and Chrysler both
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protec-
tion which led to job losses and an
exodus of women and others to other
But the ranks of female engineers
are thin elsewhere, too. and societal
factors often get the blame. The num-
ber of women earning bachelor degrees
in engineering increased dramatically
in the 1970s and '80s. due in part to a
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Or would a hike hurt later?

This year, 23 states have in-
creased their minimum wages or
considered raising them. Com-
ments from Facebook:
The government could double the
minimum wage, and it would just
mean the price of everything else
will go up accordingly food, gas,
rent to cover the higher cost of
paying people.
In the end, you are in the same
place you started, demanding a
minimum wage hike! It will hurt
more than it will help.
Mauri Mays

Let's think about this. The poor
spend all of their income, mostly on
necessities. Give them more, and
they spend more. More spending
stimulates economic growth and
puts more money into business.
Trickle up economics.
Louis Newton

I guess many people do not real-
ize this is a balancing act. Arguing
whether the wage should be raised
was really rendered moot when
we started the minimum wage. I

economic factors.

Federal minimum hourly wages
and dates they became effective:

am not saying the minimum wage
is wrong or right, but it has to be
adjusted for inflation and other

Bruce Mort

Why should the government
decide what I pay an employee?
.Should the government decide
whether I pay too much?
Kevin C Shadden

Businesses need to pay a higher
minimum wage. However, people
have the choice to go work where
they can make more.
Perry Birbrager

Well, all you have to do is see
what the increased minimum wage
has done to teen employment over
the past few years. Look at your
local retail stores and restaurants.
Who is behind the register or
stocking shelves? Retirees.
The increased minimum wage
has businesses bypassing teens be-
cause they are just learning work
attitudes and skills. They are hir-
ing seniors because they work hard
and are reliable. Training teenagers
is a money-losing proposition.
David Nelson

OneUnited sponsors financial

i literacy for local urban youth

-Associated Press
Children enjoy lunch at a KFC restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011-the
first to open in the country.

KFC leads fast-food race to Africa

By Drew Hinshaw

ACCRA, Ghana-To
make American fried
chicken daily fare in Afri-
ca, Ashok Mohinani wants
to bring this West African
country nearly two dozen
KFCs over the next couple
of years. First, he needs a
chicken farm.

The plastics-mogul-
opened four KFCs last
year, two short of what he
planned when he opened
his first franchise in 2011.
The problem: Ghana's
chicken farmers aren't
professional enough to
satisfy the chain's re-
quirements so Mohinani

has been forced to import
chicken. And Ghana's cur-
rency, the cedi, has been
falling. That has increased
import costs, driving
menu prices higher-and
customers away.
"With fast food, you
can't keep raising prices,"
he said. "It's chicken."
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Students eligible to

receive $1,000 for

winning essays
Miami Times staff report

OneUnited Bank announces
its 3rd Annual I Got Bank! Es-
say Contest to promote financial
literacy for youth. Middle school
students from across the coun-
try between the ages of 8 and 12
are encouraged to read a similar
financial book of their choos-
ing, aid write a 250 word essay
about how they would apply what
they learned from the book to.
their lives. Submissions must be
emailed or postmarked by June

15. The Bank will choose
three winners and award
them a $1,000 OneUnit-
ed Bank savings account
by Aug. 31st.
Teri Williams, OneUnit-
ed Bank President and
author of I Got Bank!
wrote the book when she
found that there weren't
any books geared toward W
educating urban youth
about finances. "I was inspired to
write I Got Bank! to help young
people acquire financial literacy
skills, something that is a per-
sonal passion and mission for
me and OneUnited Bank," said
Williams. "I could not find a book
about personal finance from the
perspective of urban youth. Yet,

when children learn
the lessons of financial
literacy at a young age,
they form strong habits
that can be lifeDchang-
Williams has held
numerous financial
workshops for youth at
schools and community
LIAMS organizations through-
out the country.
The I Got Bank! Essay Con-
test is part of a larger OneUnited
Bank effort to educate urban
youth about smart money man-
agement. The Bank hopes its
efforts will increase awareness of
such an important subject and
improve the financial skills of
children throughout the country.

Reviving rejected financial reform and anti-consumer arguments

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

In recent days, public debate
over the leadership of the Con-
sumer Financial Protection
Bureau (CFP has been remi-
niscent of the adage: "The more
things change, the more they
remain the same."
In these still early days of
the 113th Congress, those who
in 2010 adamantly opposed
Dodd-Frank financial reform
and the creation of an indepen-
dent consumer-focused bureau

are trying to revive their same
rejected arguments. Legislation
has been introduced along par-
ty lines to reverse many of the
pro-consumer reforms enacted
in 2010. Further, a bloc of 43
U.S. Senators advised for the
second time their refusal to ac-
cept or reject any CFPB direc-
tor nominee.
A Feb. 1 letter to the president
said in part, "We will continue
to oppose the consideration
of any nominee, regardless of
party affiliate, to be the CFPB
director until key structural

changes are made to
ensure accountability
and transparency."
An equally strong
but opposite view of
the Richard Cordray
re-nomination is held
by Senator Jeff Merk-
ley, a Democrat from
Oregon. On February
6, he said, "Predatory
mortgages and other


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tricks and traps of the finan-
cial system have devastated
too many working families.
The CFPB was created with the

support of a super-
majority of senators
to take on these egre-
gious abuses and en-
sure that all Ameri-
cans are protected
from unfair and de-
ceptive practices."
"The senators
blocking Cordray
must ask themselves
a fundamental ques-

tion," said Merkley. "'Does fi-
nancial fairness for working
families matter?' I think it does.
Financial fairness is essential

for successful families. Finan-
cial fairness is a family value."
CFPB was deliberately de-
signed to independently serve
all consumers rather than be
subjected to partisan pranks
and chicanery. For example, a
single director empowered to
write rules and monitor a range
of financial services facilitates
swift and corrective action in
the consumers' interests. CFPB
opponents prefer a commission
with members chosen by party
Yet in a recent commentary,

Nancy A. Nord, a commissioner
with the U.S. Consumer Prod-
uct Safety Commission (CPSC)
and its former acting chair, ex-
pressed serious concerns with
commission governance.
"A well-informed adminis-
trator with sole accountability
for decisions is a better way
to achieve underlying policy
goals, rather than hoping for
clear-headed bi-partisanship,"
wrote Nord. "My experience at
the CPSC indicates that com-
missioners' independence is
Please turn to CROWELL 8D



Look who's talking more

on their cellular phones

Men talk faster and more

on calls than women do

By Byron Acohido

talk longer and faster
than women when
using their cellphone
to buy stuff from
retailers, according
to results of a study
released today by
Marchex, a mobile ad-
vertising company.
This bit of intel, no
doubt; will be pored

24.4 percent of overall
e-commerce revenue
by the end of 2017, a
big leap forward from
2011, when the mobile
online commerce mar-
ket doubled in size
to $65.6 billion. That
growth is being fueled
by the rapid adoption
of smartphones glob-
ally and by a push
from brick- and-mortar
retailers to reach mo-

The average male caller spoke 236 words
per call at 32 words per minute.

over by retailers
and tech companies
hustling to promote
so-called mobile
commerce, or m-com-
merce the fledging
retailing sector that's
being hotly pursued
by Apple, Amazon.
com, Microsoft, Google
and others.
ABI Research says
the m-commerce mar-
ket could account for

bile device users with
sales campaigns and
systems, according to
Marchex aggregated
data points from more
than 200,000 phone
calls placed to U.S.
business the major-
ity of which came from
mobile phones and
found that men speak
13 percent longer on
the phone and that

they're more talkative.
On average, male
callers stayed on
the phone for seven
minutes, 23 seconds
and women for just
six minutes, 30 sec-
onds. The study also
found that men spoke
more and faster than
women did.
The average male
caller spoke 236
words per call at 32
words per minute and
the average female
spoke 227 words per
call at a rate of 24
words per minute. The
data also showed that
men tend to make
more calls at the
beginning of the day,
whereas women prefer
to make more calls
after lunch.
"When more pur-
chasing decisions
than ever are taking
place through mobile
channels, knowing
what's true and what
isn't can profoundly
affect how businesses
interact with men and
women," says Eric
Taylor, senior analyst
at the Marchex Insti-
"Madison Avenue
has long produced ad
campaigns to target
men and women," Tay-
lor says. "But gender-
based assumptions
such as women
spend more time on
the phone than men
- must be looked at
dead in the eye and
proven with data."


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW
CRA) is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 25, 2013, scheduled
to begin @ 5:00 pm, at Frederick Douglass Elementary.School, 314 NW 12th
Street, Miami, FL 33136.

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

(#19298) Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency

., regarding
BUILDING, B-60464.

City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida

The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on February 28, 2013
beginning at 9:00 a.m. to consider whether it is in the public's best interest
that the City Commission ratify, approve and confirm the findings of the City
Manager justifying the waiver of competitive bid procedures to authorize the
execution of a Special Construction Agreement with Bellsouth Telecommuni-
cation, LLC d/b/a AT&T Southeast ("AT&T"), for the relocation of buried cables
and conduits necessary for the construction of the New Dinner Key Marina
Dockmaster Building, B-60464.

The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City
Commission meeting of February 28, 2013 at:
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida

All interested persons may appear at the meeting and may be heard with re-
spect to the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision
of the City Commission with respect to any matter to be considered at this
meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be
based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

(#19297) Todd Hannon
City Clerk


Pursuant to F.S. 98.075(7), notice is hereby given to the voters listed below. Please be advised that your : ri '-ii1, ,,.i vote is in question based on information provided by
the State of -hi'd ij. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade County, Florida, no later than thirty days after the date of this Notice in order to
receive information -'9 ',jii-.j ni.- basis for the potential o,,--h!I..,i.i, and the procedure to resolve the matter. Failure to respond .i,.h result in a determination of ieihr.,iir ,' by
the Supervisor of Elections and your name will be removed from the statewide voter :ti tl,:., system. If you have any questions pertaining to this matter, please contact the
Supervisor of Elections at 2700 NW. -:'" --nu.:, Miami, Florida or call 305 499-8363.
Conforme a F.S. 98,075(7), por el present se notifica a los electores enumerados a continuacion que seg6n informaci6n provista por el Estado de la Florida, se cuestiona su
.-,ii:i,.iilii para votar. Usted debe comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado de Miami-Dade; Florida, dentro de los treinta dias, a mas tardar, desde la fecha
de este Aviso, con el fin de que se le informed sobre el fundamento de la possible falta de idoneidad y sobre el procedimiento para resolver el asunto. Si usted no cumple con
su r hi. j,:i,"n de responder, se emitird una declaraci6n de falta de idoneidad, por parte del Supervisor de Elecciones, y su nombre se eliminara del sistema de inscripci6n de
electores de todo el estado. Si tiene alguna duda acerca de este tema, por favor, comuniquese con el Supervisor de Elecciones, en 2700 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida, o
por telefono, al 305-499-8363.
Dapre Lwa Florid FS.98.075(7), yap avize vote yo ki sou lis pi ba la-a. Nap avize w ke baze sou enf6masyon nou resevwa nan men Eta Florid, nou doute si w elijib pou vote.
Yap made nou kontakte Sipivize Eleksyon Konte Miami-Dade, Florid, pa pita ke trant jou apre resepsyon Avi sa-a pou nou kapab resevwa '-,r .i:,r i,,',- sou kisa yo baze
kestyon ke w pa elijib la epi pou nou we kouLman pou nou rezoud pwoblem la. Si w pa reyaji epi w pa reponn a Ilt sa-a, sa gen dwa mennen Sipevize Eleksyon an deside ke
w pa elijib epi yo va retire non w nan sistem enskripsyon vote Eta-a. Si w genyen ankenn kestyon sou koze sa-a, tanpri kontakte Sipevize Eleksyon yo nan 2700 NW 87th
Avenue, Miami, Florid oswa rele 305-499-8363.

Abner, Booker 3480 NW .1 1il h. L ati ,.GregoryL 2745 NW 208Th Ter

Acao, Stevie L 13761 SW 270Th St Apt #-C Cannpdy, Cornelius 555 NW 94Th St
Adams SR, Marquis J 966 W Davis Pkwy APT 45 Cannon JR, Phillip 1575 NE 154Th St
Adderly JR, Nathaniel 334 NW 37Th Ave Castellano, Mariana E 935 SW 30Th AVE #65
Agosto, Carlos 251 NW 30Th St Castillo, Jorge I 15091 SW 71St St
Aguilar, Rey M 26711 SW 145Th Avenue Rd Centeno, Luis A 458 E 40Th St APT 3303
Ahmad, Omar S 1405 N Krome Ave APT #118 Chandler, Todd F 791 NW 46Th St
Albertie, Cherise L 2 NE 59Th Ter Charbonneau, Robert G 11855 Quail Roost Dr #129
Aldarondo, Edimson 2110 NW 35Th St Christie, Ruth E 1371 NW 173Rd Ter
Alejandro, Abraham G 105 SE I i1T~ r PT 121 Cisnero, Jesus 333 84Th St APT #5
Allen, Langdon R 7801 NW 37Th St Clark, Darryl 2407 NW 1 i,.r St 312
Alien, Tammy D 5650 N Miami Ave 2 Clark, Kenneth R 2065 NW 95Th St
Alonso, Angela 104 SW 20Th Ave #22 Clements, Lavard 17140 NW 24Th Ct
Alvarez, Ada M 91 NW 1 :jli Ct i1- 0-i-,1, Latrice M 15121 SW 105Th Ct
Alvarez, Ernestina H 2131 SW 4Th St Coakley, Ruthie M 26823 SW 128Th Ave
Anderson Ill, James 395 NW 177Th St APT 218/219 Cochran JR, James -.*:,I ',N 60Th St APT 414
Anderson, Joann A 10995 SW 217Th Ter Cody, Calvin L 2960 NW 157Th St
Andrews, Henry 745 NW 7Th Ct Coleman, Lessie E 13900 NE 3Rd Ct #105
Arce JR, Victor -1330 Sesame St Colio 11, Michael 3724 NE 10Th Ct
Arencibia JR, Luis A 2700-D NW 87Th Ave Collins, Oneil 140 NW 59Th St
Arias, Kelvin S 1648 NW 114Th St Colston, Earl 5411 NW 193Rd Ln
Armstrong, Dudley J 1555 NW 7Th Ave 1108 Comas, Rafael E 3036 NW 23Rd Ave
Avant, Evelyn C 21910 SW 108Th Ct Connor, Errelen D 1537 NW 43Rd St
Badertscher, Jan E 8567 Coral Way APT 366 Connor, Ralston S 920.NW 131St St
Baker, Audrey D 6220 NW 14Th Ave Constanzo-Hornstein, Magda S 1 Alhambra Cir #604
Baker, Jerry 10821 W Old Cutler Rd Cooper, Margaret 1321 NW 81 St Ter
Baker, Jiiij 34850 SW 187Th Ave Cordovi, Carlos A 1159 NW 48Th St
Barnes, Alycia E 12840 Green Ave Corporan, Luis A 2152 NW 44Th ST
Barren, Yancey 3015 NW ',_'.ITht St Cottle, Edwin L 55 NW 209Th St
Bauer, Gerald P 7801 NW 37Th St #N-2694 Cox, Cassie D 22021 SW 115Th Ct
Baughman JR, Joseph H 8520 Dundee TER Cremades, Anthony A 5700 NW 113Th Ter
Beauchamp, Benny 726 NW 1St Ave Cruz, Felix 0 20765 NW 9Th Ct APT 203
Beckwith, Roy 1526 J'.' :ITii St Cubero, Francisco M 2452 SW 138Th CT
Behm, Lois M 20301 W Country Club Dr #2526 Cummings, Lynn K 7801 NW 37Th St UNIT CRC732
Bell, Vincent L 208 SE I."ii ",'E UNIT 9 Curry, Brent C 16400 NW 18Th PL
Bell, Vincent T 481 NE 2Nd Ter Dalmau, Antonio D 15774 SW 82Nd St
Benton, Lemon C 17322 SW 99Th Ct Daniel, Saintana 11110 NE 14'r-, ..:. FPT 4
Bibby, Jerry 5551 NW 32Nd Ave APT B Darden, Maurice 776 NW 77Th St
Bivins, Tyrone V 6414 NW 2Nd P1 Davis, Demetrio T 2267 NW 65Th St
Bjorn, iil:jon K 8500 Harding Ave #A105 Davis, Donearl 1457 NW 58Th St
Black, J C '30-, NW 81St Ter Davis, Gloria H 1302 NW 1St PL #1
Blake, Jovonte 1 20427 NW 29Th P1 Davis, Joyce 76 NE 170Th St
Boggess, Charlie G 17270 SW 299Th St Davis, Kamerone 2141 NE 37Th Ter
Boggess, Charlie G 17270 SW 299Th St Davis, Lashon 1121 NW 40Th St APT A
Bonano, Julio 8401 'SW 107Th Ave APT E-360 Davis, Melvin 3164 NW 53Rd St
Bosch-Fernandez, Rosa 1538 NW 15Th Ave Del Barrio, Alma JF 150 Alton Rd #202
Bowleg, Lameko 3841 NW 196Th St Del Pino, Lazaro J 9423 Fontainebleau BLVD #207
Bracho, Roberto C 7326 NW 113Th PI Delgado, Jeffery M 1885 SW 4Th St APT 3
Brailsford, Levon 1928 NW 51St ST Delgado, Juan 5740 SW 96Th St
Brandwayn, -. gjun 9801 Collins Ave #201 Derisma, Susan D 18048 NW 40Th PI
Brosch, i.,r,s.. i 11355 SW 84Th St #322 Desir, Nic V 16912 NE 4Th Ct
Brown, Andres S 2951 NW 49Th St Dezmal, Jacquline R 3413 NW 193Rd St
Brown, Barton Y 2655 S Bayshore Dr #504 Diaz; Henry 6667 SW 56Th St 804
Brown, Cedrick L 10400 SW I : iii Ter Diaz, Jeffrey A 9300 Fontainebleau Blvd APT 312
Brown, Shavar L 13144 Port Said :..~ -ri 2144 Diaz, Jessica 7242 W 29Th Ln
Brown, Sydney 1140 NW 1St PI 6 Diggs, D'Andre 10475 SW 182Nd St
Bruson JR Adony 0 350 NE 82Nd St APT 4 Dodson, Laurie 10740 SW 153Rd St
Bryant, Shenika M 5538 NW 5Th Ave Dominguez, Dora E 1390 NW 24Th Ave APT 412
Burns, Joseph 1214 NW 65Th Ter Dorta, Luis 1218 SW 11Th Ave
Bustamante, Francisco J 11545 SW 149Th CT Dosson, Ronald 1895 Venice Park DR APT C12
Butler, Tammie 1878 NW 41St St Doyle, William T ... '1 NW 17Th Ct
Butler, Zelina L 1887 NW 44Th St Drummond, Ernie 240 NW 193Rd St APT 12
Cain, Andtron D 29804 SW 168Th Ct D trinidad, Roger 13791 SW 66Th St APT E170
Camacho, Janet 18614 NW 45Th Ave Dulfo, Michael J 571 SE 2Nd St
Campagna, Rudolph A 6250 SW 31St St Eason, Tavelyn P 1060 NW 53Rd St

Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
Sipevize Eleksyon, Konte Miami-Dade

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Abule, Jamih 0

11629 SW 224Th St

Campos, Jose T

415 SW 6Th St APT 7


Foes fight the tide of

'smart' water meters

By Brian Eason

Moves to modernize water utili-
ties across the U.S. are coming un-
der fire from opponents who say the
costs will outpace the benefits of
new technology.
At issue are smart meters, new
devices that measure water usage
digitally, then transmit the data
wirelessly to the utility.
Industry officials tout their effi-
ciency utilities can save money
by getting rid of manual meter read-
ers, for one thing. They also say the
new meters will help residents con-
serve water and monitor their usage
"If I call in right now and I say,
'My water bill went up by $100, why
is that?'" said Chris McNeil, senior
account manager with energy giant
Siemens, which packages water me-
ters with billing software. "There's
no system in place to be able to an-
swer that" in cities with older billing
Opponents, though, dismiss these
as talking points with little basis in
"That's really twisted because
really they're going to raise our
bills," says Maria Powell, an envi-

ronmental scientist from Madison,
Wis. "The whole premise that people
are going to go online and look at
their water usage day to day, it's ba-
loney. Most people aren't going to do
The opposition mirrors that of
fights against smart meters used by
electric companies. Residents have
bitterly opposed electric smart me-
ters across the country, with some
success. StopSmartMeters.org, an
advocacy group in California, re-
ports that 13 city and county gov-
ernments in the state have banned
smart meter installations within
their areas. The fight over meters
in Texas has become so heated
that the Public Utilities Commis-
sion keeps reports on smart me-
ters prominently displayed on its
homepage. Web visitors can read
staff reports extolling the virtues of
smart meters, alongside more than
600 collected filings on the subject,
many of them petitions from oppo-
Pike Research, a firm specializing
in clean technology research, cited
the fights over electric smart me-
ters in revising downward its own
projections for the industry. But
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KFC expands to W. Africa

continued from 6D

Mohinani is confront-
ing a dilemma faced by
colleagues across the
continent. In 2010 KFC
owner Yum Brands
Inc. said it planned to
open 1,200 KFCs in
Africa by 2014.
In Ghana, Mohinani
ships in all his chick-
en. But in Nigeria, it is
illegal to import chick-
en, so KFCs in that
country recently add-
ed fish to the menu.
Poultry imports are
barred in Kenya, too.
And because only one
supplier, a British-
Kenyan monopoly, is
professional enough
to meet Yum's re-

quirements such
as keeping detailed
records, laying rodent
traps and refrigerating
meat the chain pur-
chases chicken about
$3 above market rates.
Yum didn't return
requests for comment.

KFC's chicken hunt
sounds a cautionary
note to Western fast-
food rivals seeking to
expand in Africa.
The Subway sand-
wich chain, which is
owned by Doctor's As-
sociates Inc., has al-
most 30 restaurants
on the continent and
plans to open 20 in
Kenya over the six

next years, plus oth-
ers in Tanzania,'Zam-
bia and South Africa.
"The business envi-
ronment in Africa for
us has been relatively
sluggish until recent-
ly," says Don Fert-
man, Subway's chief
development officer.
He says the company
expects to see addi-
tional .progress this
Domino's Pizza Inc.
opened two restau-
rants in Nigeria last
August, adding to its
more than two dozen
outlets in Egypt and
Morocco, and says it
is exploring opportu-
nities to expand into
Kenya and South Af-

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more hope than real-
ity. In non-unanimous
votes, crossing party
lines is rare."
In addition to a di-
rector's leadership,
CFPB's independence
is also assured by its
budget not being sub-'
ject to annual congres-
sional appropriations.
CFPB opponents have
called for this finan-
cial independence to
end. If CFPB's budget
were to become subject
to the annual appro-
priations process, the
door would be opened
to potential and ongo-
ing punishment by the
largest banking indus-
try lobbies and their

allies in Congress.
Dodd-Frank reform
showed far-sighted
wisdom by enabling
unhindered decisions
and actions taken in
the public interest."
Most importantly,
consumers have shown
overwhelming support
for CFPB. A 2012 poll
of consumer senti-
ment by the Center for
Responsible Lending
showed that more than
eight out of 10 con-
sumers of color polled
favored a strong CFPB.
Further, consumers
of color expressed the
strongest support for
Earlier CRL research
documented how Black
and Latino families
lost approximately $1

trillion from the fore-
closure crisis the
brunt of 10.9 million
homes that went into
foreclosure from 2007-
For our commu-
nities, the financial
stakes in the CFPB
debate could not be
higher. No community
could hope to survive a
second trillion loss.
It is time to stand up,
speak out and insist on
preserving the hard-
fought consumer pro-
tections with the same
vigor that defied those
who tried to deny our
voting rights in 2012.
Charlene Crowell is a
communications man-
ager with the Center
for Responsible Lend-

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Egozi, Raquel 8565 NW 165Th St Jacob, George 11 Sidonia AVE APT 2
Elam, Walter 2915 NW 169th Ter Jason, Lucy S 250 174Th St #2015
Elvine, Shirley A 5302 NW 1St Ave Jean ,R, Joseph 520 NE 82Nd Ter APT 4
Enamorado Brito, Conrado L 8181 NW South River Dr #E549 Jean, Richmond 18801 NE 3Rd Ct APT 729
Evans, Matchies N _4441 NW 178Th St Jefferson, Brandon A 2821 NW 151StTer
Everett, Melzina L 2407 NW 21St Ave Jenkins, Thomas W 10539-' SW '1 tiIi St APT #-F
Ezell, Michael A 20647 NE 7Th CT Johnson, Dan 20101 SW 110Th Ct APT 111
Falero, Milton 7801 NW 37Th St Johnson, Edward J 657 Ahmad St
Faya, Julia 5617 NW 7Th ST #801A Johnson, Kevado K 10540 SW 170Th Ter
Fernandez, Elba M 6655 NW 38Th Ter Johnson, Rita B 3150 Mundy St #413

Figueroa, Alberto

755 Jefferson Ave #4

Johnson, Roderick A

743 NW 63Rd St

Finney, Corey J 16810 NW 251h Ct Jones, Jeremiah A 777 NW 155Th Ln Apt 622
Fleischman, Sara 3901 Indian Creek Dr #206 Jones, Patrice 1473 NE 148Th St
Fleming SR, Ahmad 20900 NW 29Th Ct Jones, Rashad L 17600 NW 5Th Ave APT 406
Floyd, Vernon T 5184 NW 15Th Ave Jones, Terrance 2455 NW 55Th Ter
Fowler, Joel L 19000 NW 8Th Ave Joseph, Stanley 417 NE 140Th St
Frasier, Anna M 1215 NW 103Rd Ln UNIT 300 Kaltenekker, Frank J 1075 92Nd St #404
Gabrielsen, Roslyn 2801 NE 183Rd St #907 Kelly JR, Ronald D 11312 SW 164Th Ter
Gamero, Leonel E 7220 NW 114Th Ave APT 310 Kemp JR, Joseph B 1305 NW 71St Ter
Gammon, Larry D 715 SW 3Rd Ter Kiley, Roger J 14816 SW 104Th St UNIT 85
Gamon, Sergio 12935 SW 10Th St King, Gloria J 17823 SW 106Th Ave
Garcia JR. Carlos E 9810 SW 50Th St Kirkland, Michael T 19211 NW 39Th Ct
Garcia, Miguel A 14814 SW 125Th PL Kleiner, Randall J 237 NE 80Th Ter 15
Garcia, Steven 11780 SW 18Th St APT 120 Koren, Morris 10185 Collins Ave APT 1111
Garcon, Harry 2440 NW 44Th St Koven, Benjamin 9350 W Bay Harbor Dr #7B
Garib, Richard G 16600 SW 104Th Ave Kuttler, Charlotte 16750 NE 1OTh Ave #314
George, Melvin 2040 NW 154Th St Ladler, Tavares 12045 SW 220Th St
Gilbert, Gregory B 1520 NW 61St St 12 Landin, Moraima D 1700 NW 15Th Ave APT 10
Gilmore, Doretha 728 NW 48Th St Lark, Travaris J 1940 NW 32Nd St APT 2
Goldberg, Jamie F 229 Ocean Blvd Lawton, Dwayne 17345 NW 12Th Ct
Gonzalez. Alain 574 SW 2Nd ST Leal, Teresita DJ 1161 SW 104Th CT
Grace JR. David L 1870 NW 70Th St Lee, Alphonso 20281 SW 122Nd Ct E
Grant, Larry J 11050 SW 197Th St APT 116 Lee, Maurice A 3552 NW 194Th Ter
Grasso, Hortensia M 7600 SW 8Th St #A222 Leonard, Patrick E 2400 NW 159Th St
Green, Rebecca R 11355 SW 84Th ST RM 539 Letelier, Santiago A 4850 NW 190Th St
Grham, Frank 4745 NW 16Th Ave Levy, Woodrow J 1907 NW 2Nd Ct #34
Griffin, Eddie J 19666 SW 1301h Avenue Rd Lewis, April M 2335 NW 84Th St
Griffith, Albert W 7801 NW 37Th ST APT 2159 Linares, Giancarlo 16490 SW 146Th Ct
Griffith. Yilda 7801 NW 37Th ST APT 2159 Lindemann, Henry R 1455 Ocean DR APT 406
Grimes Teresa 44170 NW 203Rd Ter London, Mary B 17086 NW 55Th Ave
Guelmes, Esperanza 411 NE 12Th Ave #214 Lopez- Zuniga, Martha R 750 NW 13Th Ave APT #1104
Guillen, Arnaldo A 11000 SW 37Th St Lopez, Juan L 19611 Holiday Rd
Guzman SR, Jose L 17920 NW 82Nd Ct Lorenzin, Michael 1640 Palm Ave
Hall, Barbara 190 NE 191St1St Louis, Renand 1250 NE 130Th St
Hampton, Shantavia 19642 NE 18th AVE Lumpkin, Keith 1945 NW 51St Ter
Hampton, Willie .222 NW 22Nd St 104 Lundy JR, Freddie L 13441 SW 265Th Ter
Hankerson. Joel 535 SW 8Th Ave Mac Kenzie, Eric J 570 Fernwood Rd
Harris JR. Robert L 115293 SW 111Th St Malone: Dorth-Anne 10481 SW 176Th St
Hart, Melvin 417 NE 140Th St Mancia, Agustin 3601 NW 4Th St
Hassan, Enjolras 441 To To Lo Chee Dr Marchena, Pedro M 9215 SW 42Nd St
Henley, Jeremy 12390 SW 217Th St Marino, Tracy L 13301 NW 18Th Ct
Hepburn, Alexander 215 NW 79Th St APT 207 Marmolejos, Rafael 10 S Shore Dr APT 3
Hepburn, Kyle A 15960 Bunche Park School Dr Marshall, Robert A 7801 NW 37Th ST #NP-9179
Hernandez, Alex 2125 Bay Dr APT C Martin, Eusebia C 7710 SW 17Th Ter
Hernandez, Charles 2375 NE 173Rd St APT B-217 Martinez, Amaury R 1845 SW 104Th Ct
Hernandez, Dalbert 3440 NW 99Th St Martinez, Carlos M 21360 SW 101St AVE
Hernandez, Francisco J 22001 SW 127Th Ct Martinez-Moran, Fiiiriorliij A 5055 NW 7Th St #1008-A
Hernandez; Mariela H 1161 W 53Rd Ter Mass, Eli 13900 NE 3Rd Ct #W106
Hernandez, Roniel 20901 SW 238Th St Mc Caffery, Elizabeth 13900 NE 3Rd Ct UNIT #D137
Hernandez, Urbeil D 25720 SW 199Th Ave Mc Gill, Germaine 7357 NW 10OTh Ave
Herrera, Eduardo 2993 W 80Th St APT 24 Mc Kenzie, Rudolph 1805 NW 2Nd Ct 202
Herring, Maurice A 5023 NW 27Th Ave #A McCloud, Debra M 16911 NW 33Rd Ct
Hickls, Chanel L 2121 York St McCray JR, Luther L 350 NW 4Th St 408
Hicks, Chantel D 14240 NW 22Nd Ct McDowell, Javen J 1260 NW 192Nd Ter
Hidalgo, Evangelina P 10221 SW 80Th St McElroy, Linda G 22790 SW 112Th Ave
Hightower, Wayne W 27142 SW 135Th Ave Mclnnis, Janes 11441 SW 203rd Ter
Hilton, Demetrius A 217 NW 48Th St #3 McKyer, Edward 2404 NW 177Th Ter
Holcomb, Willie D 6105 NW 1511h Ave 103 Melton, Michael C 9045 NW 35Th Ct
Honeywood, Travor D 17401 NW 37Th Ave Messon, Anthony 6361 SW 39Th Ter
Horgan, Ruby E 2376 SW 26Th TER Michel, Barbara J 15610 NE 6Th Ave #C36
Houston, Markis T 1116 NE 209Th Ter Mikell, Sandra L 2320 NW 208Th St
Howard, Darrell S 17576 SW 106Th Ave Milindez, Travanti M 17645 NW 22Nd Ave
Howard, Melvin M 3820 Oak Ave Miller, Ancel D 14235 NW 22Nd PI
Hoyer, Shana J 638 E 291h St Miller. Shekenia 301 NE 51St St #2
Hunt, Eliese 136 NW 62Nd St Mills, John E 13261 SW 278Th Ter
Hunt, Gary 1742 NW 51St Ter Minnis, Clinton 29110 SW 146Th Ave
Ifrah, Aviv B 231 174Th ST APT 1215 Minnis, Keyuinai 3822 NW 165tl St
Ingram JR, Council 16920 NW 40Th Ave Minns, Quebell 145 NE 78Th St APT 706
Ivery, D J 9820 NW 251h Ave Molnar, Misael D 3041 SW 134Th Ct
Jackson ii, .111 2927 SE 15ThTel Monestin. Blitz 3540 NW 207Th St
Jackson, Gloria M 12450 NW 17Th Ave Montes De Oca, Zulema 2027 SW 3Rd St #5
Jackson, James L 988 NW 12th St Moore JR, Jirnmie L 1973 NW 103Rd St
Jackson, Leon 2132 NW 68Th Ter Morant, Shalon A 1370 NE 119Th St APT # 18
Jackson. Schkena L 2155 NW 98Th St Morgan, Adolphus 7621 NE 1St Ave
Jackson, Sherry 4802 NW 195Th Ter Morgan, Ethel L 13900 NE 3Rd Ct

Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
Sipevize Eleksyon, Konte Miami-Dade

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South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB), the Regional Workforce
Board for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (also known as Region 23), is
issuing a Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the supply and delivery of desktop com-
puters and monitors from vendors experienced in conducting business with
governmental entities that receive sizable federal and/or state funding.

The ITB will be released on or about February 22, 2013 and will be posted
on the SFWIB website (www.southfloridaworkforce.com). Additionally, the ITB
will be available for pickup at the SFWIB Headquarters, Suite 500, Reception
Desk, 7300 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, Florida, 33126.

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.,
at the SFWIB Headquarters, Suite 500, Conference Room Three, 7300 Cor-
porate Center Drive, Miami, Florida, 33126. Bids must be submitted no later
than 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 15. 2013 Bids not received by that deadline will
not be accepted.

Please direct all procedural inquiries, including questions regarding the format
of the Offerors' Conference and the Public Review Forum, to SFWIB Manager,
Personnel and Administrative Services, Teresa Serrano via email, tserrano(a
southfloridaworkforce.com or at (305) 594-7615 extension 261.

South Florida Workforce is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids &
services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities




Apple CEO Tim Cook

calls suit 'sideshow'

By Chris O'Brien

- Apple Inc. Chief
Executive Tim Cook
criticized a rebellious
investor for creating
a "silly sideshow" by
filing a lawsuit a few
weeks before the com-
pany's annual share-
holder conference.
"Frankly, I find it bi-
zarre that we find our-
selves being sued for
doing something that's
good for shareholders,"
Cook said. "It's a silly
sideshow, honestly. My
preference would be
that everyone take the
money they are spend-
ing on this and donate
it to a worthy cause."
Cook made his re-
marks during an in-
terview at a Goldman
Sachs technology con-
ference Tuesday. The
one-hour appearance
covered a variety of
subjects, including the
shareholder dispute,

whether Apple had lost
its innovation mojo
and the continued ex-
pansion of its stores.
If Cook was feeling
the pressure of a fall-
ing stock price and in-
vestor anger, he didn't
show it. His remarks
displayed an unusual
amount of passion
and even glibness for
a man who carries a
more buttoned-down
For instance, Cook
talked about his larger
view that Apple's long-

term advantage lies in
its relentless focus on
making "great prod-
ucts" that produced
moments of "magic."
He said competitors
would have a difficult
time matching Apple's
combined strengths
in software, hardware
and services.
"Innovation is so
deeply embedded in
Apple's culture, the
boldness, the ambi-
tion, a belief that there
are not limits, the de-
sire among our people
to not just make good
products, but to make
the very best products
in the world," Cook
said. "It's as strong as
ever. It's in the values
and the DNA of the
company. I feel fantas-
tic about it. There's not
a better place for inno-
But Cook grew feisty
when discussing the
challenge issued by
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Latest airline partnership

continued from 6D

flights to 336 destina-
tions in 56 countries
and was expected to
maintain all hubs cur-
rently, served by both
airlines, while branch-
ing out to new cities.
American sought
bankruptcy protection
in Nov. 2011, and its
creditors are to have
a 72 'percent major-
ity stake in the newly
merged airline, Those
with shares in US Air-
ways would own the
remaining amount.
Parker said that the
new airline will be ex-
panding and upgrad-
ing its fleet of planes,
while flying under
American's iconic
"The combined air-
line will have the scale,
breadth and capabili-
ties to compete more
effectively and profit-
ably in the global mar-
ketplace," Parker said
in a statement. "Our
combined network will

provide a significantly
more attractive offer-
ing to customers, en-
suring that we are al-
ways able to take them
where they want to go."
The airlines said
that they expect to
the merger to result
in about $1 billion in
benefits: With $900
million coming from
the bigger airline's
ability to woo corpo-
rate travelers away
from competitors, and
about $150 'million in
cost savings. But they
said they also expect
to spend $1.2 billion
on over the next three
years to complete the
Leaders from five
major unions repre-
senting more than
60,000 American Air-
lines and US Airways
employees, including
pilots and flight at-
tendants, said they
strongly supported
the merger.
The merger still
must be approved by
the bankruptcy court

overseeing Ameri-
can's restructuring,
and federal anti-trust
regulators will weigh
in, making sure that
the latest mega-sized
airline doesn't quash
competition or service
along certain routes.
But if the deal gets
a green light, it would
be the last significant
merger in the U.S. air-
line industry.
Delta and North-
west joined forces
in 2008, United and
Continental linked up
in 2010, and low-cost
giant Southwest com-
pleted its purchase of
AirTran in 2011. The
four carriers together
would have 87 percent
of the U.S. Airline in-
dustry's seats under
their control, accord-
ing to Seth Kaplan, an
analyst with Airline
Weekly, an industry
trade publication.
Combined, Ameri-
can and US Airways
would have more than
900 planes and about
3,200 daily flights.

Women in auto industry

continued from 6D

more feminist climate
that encouraged wom-
en to consider tradi-
tionally male careers,
Shanahan says. The
growth began to level
off around 2000, how-
A 2010 report by
the American Asso-
ciation of University
Women concluded sev-
eral factors influence
the dearth of women
in science, technology,
engineering and math.
It found that women
had to grapple with
stereotypes that they
weren't as capable as
men in those fields and
contend with sometime
unwelcoming science
and engineering de-
partments in colleges
and universities.
Automakers and
others are working
on the problem. Betsy
I-omsher, dean of stu-
dents at Kettering Uni-
versity in Flint, Mich.,
says, "If you added up
all the money the top
10 automakers have
spent on hiring wom-
en, training them and
grooming them for ad-
vancement, I wouldn't
be surprised if it was
in the billions."
Among the efforts:
Chrysler has a men-
toring program that

matches women from
different parts of the
company. The Chrysler
Institute of Engineer-
ing also matches its
new employees with
more established spon-
sors and tries to match
women with other
Automotive Next is
part of Inforum, the
Midwestern women's
professional organiza-
tion, and works to re-
cruit and retain women
in the auto industry. A
Generation Y commit-
tee advises the group
on the particular con-
cerns of 30-and-under
Nissan, which has
increased the number
of female engineers in
management positions
by 50 percent in the
past three years, just'
started a sponsorship
program that moni-
tors the career paths
of female engineers it
believes have high po-
Yet there are still
"It remains a fairly
hostile environment for
women, especially on
the plant floor as wom-
en start out their ca-
reers," Homsher says.
Boler-Davis, 43, had
some convincing to do
when she took over in
several plant manager
posts. Even if they only

said, "You look very
young," Boler-Davis
says it was often clear
when outsiders came
in for meetings that
they were. "shocked
when they saw I was
the plant manager."
She acknowledges that
the plant environment
can be intimidating for
female engineers, but
she focused on what
she and her mostly
male colleagues had in
common, rather than
their differences. "I'm
very emotional in my
personal life, not so
much in my work life,"
she says.
But for some women,
that emotional con-
nection especially
in the workplace is
what they crave. A
number of women have
drifted away from au-
tomotive engineering
jobs in plants because
they found they de-
sired jobs that allowed
for more interaction
with others, Homsher
"If you spend all
your time working on
(engineering) a door,
your level of satisfac-
tion may be consider-
ably less than if you
work in HR and devel-
op a policy that allows
working professionals
to job-share so they
can raise their chil-
dren," Homsher says.

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Atlanta wants to be the new

Silicon Valley of the South

City strives to be

start-up Hotlanta
By Jefferson Graham

ATLANTA You can buy a
small home in the suburbs
here for as little as $100,000.
Food and transportation can
be more affordable than in
its Northern big-city counter-
Yet Atlanta is the U.S.'s ninth
largest city, with a metro popu-
lation of nearly six million. It
is home to the nation's busiest
airport and huge companies
such as Coca-Cola, UPS, Home
Depot and Turner Broadcast-
What it hasn't been is a top
10 city for tech start-ups. But
that's changing.
Access to Hartsfield-Jackson
airport and the metro area's
low-cost living and working ex-
penses have encouraged many
young start-ups to try Atlanta.
"Our goal in the next 10
years is to make Atlanta one of
the top 10 cities for tech start-
ups," says Johnson Cook, the
managing director of the new

Atlanta Tech Village, a "co-
working" space that opened in
The Village sold out its 85
available desks via Twitter
- within two weeks. It now has
a waiting list of 100 people who
want to pay $300 monthly per
Local university Georgia
Tech has 40 companies work-
ing at its Advanced Technol-
ogy Development Center, which
it calls the largest and oldest
campus-based tech incuba-
tor in the nation. It, too, has
a waiting list of 21 companies
wanting to participate.
Firms get to stay at the ATDC
for up to three years. Georgia
Tech has no investment in the
companies. Its intent, instead,
is to help create jobs by help-
ing small businesses get off the
ground, says Stephen Fleming,
a Georgia Tech vice-president.
Many tech start-ups working
within Atlanta focus on B2B -
companies looking to work di-
rectly with big firms.
"One of the beauties of At-
lanta is you have access to so
many Fortune 500 companies,"
says Adam Wexler, a co-found-

er of InsightPool, which helps
businesses with customer ac-
quisition. "If you can create
a solution that satisfies their
needs, you'll be in a good spot."
Because Atlanta has such a
high concentration of medical
providers, many tech start-ups
also look to the burgeoning
health field.
Patientco, for instance, helps
doctors make bills understand-
able to the public, and Digital
Assent eliminates the need to
fill out forms in doctor offices.
Patientco CEO Bird Blitch
says being based at Georgia
Tech and having access to stu-
dents is "great for recruiting."
Being on campus "helps us
shine a little more in terms of
the perceived tech benefits."
According to the AngelList
website, which tracks start-
ups, there are 363 tech start-
ups operating in the Atlanta
area. The National Venture
Capital Association puts At-
lanta as the No. 12 city in the
nation for tech start-ups, with
54 start-ups funded in 2012.
That's above Denver's 50, but
way below 1,146 in the San
Francisco/San Jose area.

Cook critical of stakeholder's suit

continued from 9D

David Einhorn of Greenlight
Capital Inc. Last week, Ein-
horn went public with his re-
quest that Apple issue a special
class of stock to shareholders.
Einhorn and other sharehold-
ers have been pressing Apple
to do more with the $120 bil-
lion in cash on its balance
Einhorn also sued to block
a proposition that Apple had-
placed on its annual proxy bal-
lot that would require a share-
holder vote before issuing such
a stock.
At first, Cook seemed ready
to extend an olive branch of
sorts to Einhorn, saying his
proposal for a special class of
stock might have some merit.
"I think it's creative," he said.
"We are going to thoroughly
evaluate their current propos-
al. We welcome all ideas from
all our shareholders."
But from there, Cook fired
back against some of the criti-
cisms leveled by Einhorn, in-
cluding his remarks that Apple

has a "Depression-era mental-
ity" because it's hoarding cash.
Cook listed several areas in
which Apple is investing mon-
ey, including infrastructure,
talent and new products, in
addition to announcing last
year that it would return $45
billion to shareholders in stock
"Apple doesn't have a Depres-
sion-era mentality," he said.
"I don't know how a company
with a Depression mind-set
would have done all of those
Cook said the Cupertino,
Calif., company is not going to
launch a campaign to get the
proposition passed, in part be-
cause he believes that its pro-
shareholder nature should be
self-evident to investors.
"You're not going to see a 'Yes
on 2' sign in my yard," Cook
said. "It's a distraction. And it's
not a seminal issue for Apple."
Apple plans to file its re-
sponse to Einhorn's lawsuit by
the end of Wednesday. And a
hearing on the matter is set for
next week in District Court in
New York.

The annual shareholder
meeting is scheduled Feb. 27.
Cook repeated that Apple is
continuing to consider whether
and how it might return more
cash to shareholders.
"It's a privilege to be in a po-
sition where we can seriously
consider returning additional
cash to shareholders," he said.
Cook also used the word
"privilege" to describe the kind
of issues facing Apple's stores.
He reiterated how crucial the
stores remain to Apple. And
he discussed the company's
expansion plans for its stores
by noting that they were be-
coming so popular that their
capacity was being strained by
the number of visitors.
"Some of our stores aren't big
enough," he said. "It's a privi-
lege to have this kind of issue."
Cook said Apple is shutting
down 20 stores and moving
them to locations where they
can be expanded. In addi-
tion, the company will open 30
stores at new locations, mostly
outside the U.S., including its
first in Turkey. Apple will then
have stores in 13 countries.

Mich. consolidates its schools

continued from 5C

once unruly and chronically
underperforming schools in the
city. Students are learning at
their own pace using individu-
alized education plans instead
of standard grade-level course-
work. Fights among students
have fallen, while attendance
and involvement from parents
are up, EAA officials say.
The Michigan district is mod-
eled in part on the New Orleans
Recovery School District, a dis-
trict in Louisiana that took over
underperforming schools after
Hurricane Katrina. The EAA
followed earlier experiments in
Alaska and Colorado that have
had some success in boosting
student attendance and aca-
demic performance, said Mary
Esselman, the EAA's chief for
innovation and accountability.
The EAA's chancellor, John
Covington, came from Kan-
sas City, Mo., where as schools

superintendent he said he be-
gan to implement a teaching
system that eliminates grade
levels and allows students to
proceed at their own pace. Of
the 6,000 students in the high
schools taken over by the EAA,
fewer than 10% were proficient
in reading, according to state
exams. None were proficient
in math, according to Mr. Cov-
ington. "We need to change the
paradigm and move away from
the old factory model," he said.
Opponents see the EAA as
part of an effort to dismantle
public education in Michigan.
Last year, the legislature re-
laxed tenure protections and
toughened evaluations for
teachers while authorizing an
expansion of charter schools.
Under Michigan's enrollment-
based funding system, every
student shifted to the EAA rep-
resents a loss of $7,190 for the
local district.
Rob Glass, superintendent
of schools in Detroit's upscale

Bloomfield Hills suburb, said
the development of the EAA,
along with the other legisla-
tion, has made him broadly
suspicious of state leaders' mo-
tives. "This package of bills is
the latest in a yearlong barrage
of ideologically driven bills de-
signed to weaken and defund
locally controlled public educa-
tion, handing scarce taxpayer
dollars over to for-profit enti-
ties operating under a differ-
ent set of rules," he wrote in an
open letter last fall, referring to
charter operators that would
have had a broad role under
the proposed EAA law.
Keith Johnson, president
of the Detroit Federation of
Teachers union, said he plans
to try to organize the EAA next
school year. Unionized teach-
ers in schools incorporated
into the EAA had to reapply for
their jobs, but few were hired
back; more than 4,000 people
applied to teach in the new dis-

Smart meters garners harsh critics

continued from 8D

the firm still expects smart
water meters to boom in com-
ing years to an installed base
of 29.9 million meters by 2017
from 10.3 million in' 2011.
Delores Kester, also of Madi-
son, complains that residents
will bear high up-front costs,
as utilities go about changing
out thousands of functioning
analog meters.
"It's tough times for a lot of
people," said Kester, who orga-
nized a petition opposing the
meters. "Atlanta had non-stop
problems with huge water rate
Indeed, the opposition
comes at a time when resi-
dents are spending larger and
larger shares of their house-
hold budget on water. Costs
are easily outpacing inflation,

according to Fitch Ratings,
a market research group. In
the most extreme cases like
Atlanta, residents are paying
three times more for water to-
day than they were 10 years
ago, as- utilities grapple with
costly infrastructure needs.
Often when new meters are
installed, bills go up even
without a rate increase be-
cause old meters can read
lower levels of water than peo-
ple are using.
When new meters were in-
stalled in Greenville, Miss.,
some residents' bills doubled,
increasing by hundreds of dol-
lars in some cases, according
to reports from a local news-
paper, the Delta Democrat
Times. And in nearby Jack-
son, Miss., smart meters are
projected to generate $60 mil-
lion over 15 years, money that
will be earmarked for work on

the city's crumbling water and
sewer system, according to
,city documents.
Opponents also complain of
privacy issues, and they say
the wireless technology used
in them which is not un-
like signals emitted by your
cellphone can cause health
problems. Federal regulators
insist the signals are safe, and
health researchers haven't
found a -consistent link be-
tween radio frequencies and
cancer, as opponents suggest.
Still, Powell and Kester suc-
cessfully lobbied their public
utility to allow residents to opt
out of the new meters if they
wish for a $7.78 monthly
"We might have wanted more
if it was Christmas," Kester
said. "But we worked together
to develop the policy that we



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One bedroom, one bath,
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One bedroom, one bath,
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First month moves you
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One bedroom, one bath
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1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

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. $550
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1801 NW 2 Avenue
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-

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

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

2401 NW 52 Street # 1
One bedroom, central air,
tiled, appliances, $550
monthly, $1100 down,

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

2701 NW 1 Avenue
First month moves you in
$500 monthly. Free 19" LCD
TV Call Joel 786-355-7578

30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3415 NW 11 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 a month 305-409-9454

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

48 NW 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600,Call after 6 p.m.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. Appliances and free
water. 305-642-7080

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

6229 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 55 and older
preferred. 305-310-7463
729 NW 55 Terrace
One and two bedrooms, one
bath. Ms. Bell 786-307-6162
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
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
6820 NW 17 Avenue
One and two bedrooms
special. 786-506-6392
One and Two bedrooms, Call
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280

1120 Sesame Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$630 monthly. 786,325-8000
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice one bedroom, air,
window shades, appliances.
Free HOT water. $410
monthly, plus $200 deposit.
305-665-4938, 305-498-8811
St. George Apts
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Renovated one, two and
three bedroom apts for rent.
New kitchens, tile through
out, close to all transits and
secure gated community.
Call for our New Years
Special. 786-718-6105 or


13480 NE 6th Avenue
One bedroom available.
$625 monthly.
Call 786-797-0225
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.


1052 NW 52 Street
Nice two bdrms, one bath,
$950, call 786-251-9800.
1226 1/2 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1266 NW 111 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$850 monthly. Security
required: 305-493-9635
1292 NW 44 Steet
Two bdrms, one bath, newly
remodeled, central air, $875
mthly. 786-975-3656
137 NW 118 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$875. Appliances.

140 NW 71 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air
condition, fence, bars,
appliances included. Section
8 welcomed $750 monthly.
1492 N.W51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled, central air,
located on quiet street.
Section 8 preferred. $1000
156 NE 58 Terr.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.

1723 NW 55 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650 monthly. 305-652-9393
1861 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
central air, water included.


1864 NW 73 Street
Newly renovated two
bedrooms, one bath. $850
mthly. Section 8 OK!
1874 NW 74 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Bars, fenced, stove,
refrigerator, air and includes
washer and dryer. $875
monthly. $2625 to move
in. Section 8 welcome.
1877 NW 94 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. Stanley 305-510-5894
2020 N.W. 93rd Terrace
Two bdrms, two baths, $1100
monthly, water included.
234 NW 22 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$650 monthly. 561-200-8440
2484 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$900, Section 8 Welcome!
251 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances. $625 monthly
plus security. 786-216-7533

2531 NW 79th Terrace
One bedroom, one bath,
kitchen, dining, terrace,
fenced, Section 8,
2742 NW 49 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, lawn service.
3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8
welcome, call 305-754-7776.
3170 NW 38 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, den,
carpet, fence. 786-556-3965
414 NW 53 Street
Renovated two bedrooms,
private and secure. Big gated
yard. $875. 305-772-8257
4625 NW 15 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895. 786-306-4839
4735 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650 monthly. 305-652-9393
4831 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
totally remodeled, central air,
6832 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, newly
renovated, $1000 monthly.
Section 8 Only, call Ms.
Harris at 954-445-7402.
7817 NW 10 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two bath,
$950 monthly. Call Deborah
305-336-0740 Section 8 OK.
7910-7912 NW 12 Court
Two and three bedrooms,
one bath, available. Tile, and
carpet, fenced, central air,
laundry room, water included.
Section 8 Welcome. $1200
94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath,
central air, bars, $900
monthly. Section 8 only.
One bdrm., $650 mthly,
water included


19130 NW 10 Place
No deposit required,
$750 moves you in, air,
cable, utilities included.

411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

Small but nice, furnished,
free utilities, 954-478-7089.

Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85-$95 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped
accessible. Free cable. $400
monthly. 786-366-5930 Dee
or 305-305-0597 Big E.
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632
1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
No Deposit Required.
$140 moves you in.
Air,cable, utilities included.

2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave, TV,
free cable, and air. Call:
342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400.
Call 786-506-3067
211 NW 12 Street

5525 NE 1 Court

$450 mthly, $225 dep,
furnished and TV.

6829 NW 15 Ave
$90 weekly, $200 to move in,
air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$85 weekly. $340 moves you
in. Call 786-515-3020 or
$10/day, three meals, air,
hot showers, job prep,
counseling. Please call us
or come to: 1281 NW 61 St,
Clean room, side entry,'patio,
air, 305-688-0187
Newly remodeled. Utilities
included. 786-290-1864
Large bedroom, $440
monthly. 954-292-5058
Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
week. 786-426-6263.
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

133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
1370 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, plus bonus room,
$1200 mthly. Not Section 8
affiliated. Call 305-829-5164
or 305-926-2245
1437 NW 98 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, new renovation.
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
Remodeled bathroom and
kitchen. $1,295 mthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646.
17401 NW 37 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 mthly, no section 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
1790 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. No Section 8.
Call: 305-267-9449
20500 NW 28 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
large corner yard, no Section
8, $1600 monthly, Daisy
Tunstall, Beachfront Realty:
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard. Section 8 only.
3310 NW 214 Street
Miami Gardens, three
bedrooms., one bath, Section
8 only, 786-547-9116.
3401 NW 170 Street
Three bdrms, one half bath,
786-457-3287, 786-488-2794
3491 NW 211 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, $1275 monthly.
Security and first month rent
required. 305-986-6609
5700 NW 6 Avenue
Two.bedrooms, air, tile. $850
monthly. No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Broker
586 NW 83 Street #A
Three bedrms, one bath.
$600 security. $950 monthly.
74 Street and 7 Avenue
Four or five bdrms, two
baths, fenced yard, tile,
Section 8 ok! Call 786-306-
8400 NW 24 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Call 305-926-0205
944 NW 81 Street A
Three bdrms, one bath $950
mthly. Security $600. Water
included. 786-488-2264
944 NW 81 Street B
Three small bedrooms, one
bath, $750 mthly. Security
$600. Water included. I
Four bedrms, two baths,
three bdrms, two baths and
two bedrms and one bath.
Section 8 welcome.
Five bedrooms and half,
three bathrooms, family,
dining, living, and laundry
room. Section 8 okay! $1950
monthly. Call 305-992-6496.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
welcome! Others available.
Three bdrms., two baths,
$1500, first and last to move
in with background check.
Call 305-318-7925
Four bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 monthly. Section 8

welcome. Call 305-926-9273

Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591

1095 NW 146 Street
Biscayne Gardens
Three bedrooms, two baths,
huge master suite, completely
remodeled. Try $4900 down
and $736 monthly P&I-FHA
MTG. Good credit needed.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700
or 305-300-4322.
15115 NW 18 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Try only $2900
down and $455 monthly.
P&I-FHA MTG. Good credit
needed. NDI Realtors 305-
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deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
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reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
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Workers can switch to a Roth 401(k)

By Christine Dugas

Buried at the bottom
of the Taxpayer Relief
Act is a provision that
allows more workers
to convert their retire-
ment savings into a
Roth 401(k).
That is an appealing
option to consumers
who want some of their
retirement savings to
grow tax-free forever.
And for the govern-
ment, it is a revenue-
"It was thrown in
to help pay for a lot
of other things in the
law," says Ed Slott, an
IRA expert and certi-
fied public accountant
whose website is www.
irahelp.com. "It's like
the golden goose." And
it is expected to gener-
ate $12.1 billion in tax
revenue over the next
10 years.
But even if workers
would like to convert
their traditional, tax-
deferred 401(k) savings
into a Roth 401(k) they
may not be able to pay
for the big upfront tax
hit. "You'd have to have
the dollars available
to pay the taxes in the
year you converted,"
says Laurie Nordquist,
director of Wells Fargo
Institutional Retire-
ment and Trust. "That
is a big hurdle for the
Roth conversion."
And employees can
only take advantage
of the new rule if their
401(k) plan offers a
Roth 401(k) option and
allows the conversion.
In 2011, 40 percent of
401(k) plans included
Roth 401(k) accounts,
according to a survey
by Aon Hewitt. And
that has increased to
50 percent, based on
a recent, informal sur-
vey of several hundred
plan sponsors, says
Rob Austin, retire-
ment consultant at Aon
"They are realizing
that it tends to be an-
other form of diversifi-
cation for the partici-
pants in their plan," he
says. "In this case, it's
a tax diversification."
Younger workers
who expect their tax
rate will be higher in
retirement than it is
now are most likely to
take advantage of Roth
contributions and con-
versions. A Wells Fargo

study released in De-
cember found that 14.3
percent of Generation
Y plan participants al-
ready contribute to a
Roth 401(k), compared
with 5.8 percent of
Baby Boomers.
Although yoting
workers have been able
to make new contribu-
tions to a Roth 401(k),
until now conversions
were restricted to re-
tirees or workers who
were 59V2 and older.
Only younger work-
ers who were leaving a
job could switch their
401(k) contributions
into their own Roth
The new rule gives
workers of all ages

more flexibility. And
those who can't afford
to pay a big tax bill now
can choose to only do
a partial Roth 401(k)
conversion. "You don't
have to do all or noth-
ing," Slott says.
Even older workers
might want to switch
some of their retire-
ment savings into a
Roth 401(k) if they wor-
ry that their tax burden
will go up in the future.
"There is no crystal
ball," Austin says. "But
if you put some money
into the Roth and some
into pretax savings,
whichever way things
come out, you are not
bearing the full brunt
of it."

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City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-015

Title: NW 14th Ave and NW 28th Street Roadway Improvements, B-30780
Bid Due Date: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the City of Miami, City
Managers Main Conference Room, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

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


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Lisa Leslie


2013 BET


Female pioneer honored

for career in athletics

Miami Times staff report

Three-time WBNA MVP and four-time
Olympic gold medal winner Lisa Leslie is
excited to be among the recipients of the
2013 BET Honors set to air during Black
History Month, on Feb. 11, at the Warner
Theatre in Washington, D.C.
This year's sponsors include the U.S.
Army (Awards for Athletics Lisa Leslie),
Allstate (Award for Education T.D. Jakes),
AT&T (Entrepreneur Award Clarence
Avant), Lexus (Award for Service Halle
Berry) and Pantene (Award for Musical
Arts Chaka Khan).
Proceeds from BET Honors 2013 will
benefit Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Inc., an
organization that provides opportunities
for Black boys and young men in greater
D.C. by developing and unlocking their po-
tential and empowering them to transform
their lives and communities.
Leslie, the first player to ever dunk in a
WBNA game, was considered a pioneer and
cornerstone of the league during her WNBA
career. It makes sense that she set anoth-
er precedent by becoming the first former
WNBA player to become a business partner
and team ambassador as a co-owner of her
former team, Los Angeles Sparks.
"With my investment in the
Sparks, my basketball career
has truly come full circle."
says Leslie.-Leslie has also
worked as a sports com-
mentator for NBC, Fox
Sports and ESPN to name
a few. Currently, she is an
.ABC Sports Zone commen-
tator .with Michael Cooper
and Rob Fukuzaki.
In March 2012. she
launched the Lisa
Leslie Basket-
ball & Leader-
ship Academy.
The academy ''
delivers ex-
clusive year
round bas-
ketball skills
training for
girls and boys
between the
ages of seven
and 17 and
instills disci-.
pline, mental
and the qualities needed to win in the
game of life.
This year in conjunction with Viewpoint
School in Calabasas, Leslie will conduct
the academy where she'll be hands on pro-
viding elite skills training comparable to
that of the pros.
The Academy will incorporate principles
that will instill discipline, positive values
and beliefs essential to becoming a suc-
cessful student-athlete, helping them to
be equipped with the life skills they need
to compete in the classroom, on the court,
and in life.
Some of the life skills topics will include;
Volunteerism: Everyone's Role Model; Me-
dia Training and Interviewing Skills and
Discipline, Discipline, Discipline: What It
Takes to Achieve Your Dreams. .
"I look forward to using basketball as a
platform to enhance the lives of our youth
by instilling characteristics essential to be-
coming successful in life," says Leslie.
Wife, mother, author, sports analyst, mo-
tivational speaker and entrepreneur Leslie
is married to Michael Lockwood are they
are the proud parents to Lauren and MJ.


., ...

-Photo courtesy Haiven Kornbluth.
CHAMPIONS: Members of the national flag team tournament included: Darius Colbert, Jr. (1-r), Ilias
Clerisier, Tavares Kelly, Dextan Hodge, Jr., Andrew Reese, Jr. and Marvin Anthony; Willie Bentley III,
Javarus Ragin and former New England Patriot Roosevelt Colvin.

Junior varsity team snags

NFL Flag National title

By Haiven Kornbluth

En route to the program's first
ever NFL Flag National Champi-
onship, the Jr. Varsity Dolphins
were a team possessed. Once
they set foot on the field they
played with the heart, passion
and tenacity of a team that didn't
know what it was to be stopped.
They learned from past fail-
ures and defeated a team that
had beaten them earlier in the
tournament. This group of inner
city kids played their hearts out
and displayed the skills of true
The Junior Varsity Dolphins
are the first all-Black team in
the 10-year history of the NFL
Flag Football National Champi-
onships to win the champion-
ship. The tournament took place
in New Orleans, during the week
of Super Bowl XLVII. The NFL
Flag Football National Champi-
onships are one of the most pres-
tigious events in youth sports.
The NFL Flag travels to eight
different NFL cities for qualify-

ing regional tournaments across
the U.S. There are three age di-
visions: 9-11 Coed, 12-14 Girls
and 12-14 Boys. Only one team
from each age division at each
regional tournament advances
to the NFL Flag Nationals. The
city of Miami Mighty Dolphins
had two teams to qualify for the
2012-13 NFL Flag Nationals. Mi-
ami's Dolphins was founded and
established in 2009 by Haiven
Kornbluth. The program has
evolved from three travel teams
to five travel teams, the Baby
Dolphins (6U), Little Dolphins
(8U), Junior Dolphins (10U),
Jr. Varsity Dolphins (12U) and
the Varsity Dolphins (14U). The
team operates and practice out
of the City of Miami Moore Park,
located at 765 NW 36th Street.
The Mighty Dolphins youth
flag football club has captured
16 youth flag football National
Championships: four USFTL
(U.S. Flag and Touch League)
National Championships, five
AAU (Amateur Athletic Union)
National Championships and

seven Let It Fly World Champi-
The Jr. Varsity Dolphins fin-
ished the tournament 5-1 and
faced eight-times NFL Flag Na-
tional Champions Mo Steel from
North Miami Beach. The Jr. Var-
sity Dolphins defeated the Mo
Steel Juniors With a final score
of 27-7 to take home the 2012-
2013 NFL Flag Football National
Championship Title. The team
was led by Quarterback Dextan
Hodge who had a great support-
ing cast of Tavares Kelly, Ilias
Clerisier, Darius Colbert, Java-
ris Ragin, Marvin Anthony, An-
drew Reese and Willie Bentley.
The City of Miami Varsity
Dolphins was honored as the
2012-2013 Houston Texans
(12-14 Boys) Regional Champi-
ons. Team members included:
Keissac Hill, Alexander Stall-
ings, Desmond Fairell, Sharod
Johnson, Darnell Durham III
and Kaywon Hannah. The Var-
sity Dolphins finished third in
the (12-14 Boys Division) at the
2012-13 NFL Flag Nationals.



teams win

State titles

By Dave Heeren

KISSIMMEE Winning state titles
in competitive cheerleading is becom-
ing habitual for two Broward County
Last Friday's non-tumbling events
at the Silver Spurs Arena, West Bro-
ward won its third straight title and
Coral Glades won its second straight.
The Bobcats are becoming domi-
nant. Despite a coaching change two
months before the competition, West
Broward won easily with a near-per-
fect routine in 2A large non-tumbling.
The Bobcats have now won three
straight district titles, three straight
regional titles and three straight state
West Broward's winning point total
of 89.0 was the highest of ten cham-
pion teams crowned during the. first
two days of the three-day competition.
"The girls went well beyond what I
expected," West Broward coach Roy
Lucas said. He replaced Brooke Nel-
son in November. Nelson had coached
West Broward to titles in 2012 and
Lucas said the difference between
West Broward and other teams was
precision. The movements were so
precise that when the Bobcats left the
floor for aerial maneuvers they landed
with a single sound. "We took a lot of
time and paid a lot of attention to de-
It was 32 individuals performing as
one," Lucas said.
Coral Glades was also dominant in
winning the 2A small non-tumbling.
Other Broward teams that excelled
in last Friday's competition were Mi-
ramar with a third-place finish in 2A
mall non-tumbling, Ely with a third-
place finish in 2A large non-tumbling
and Stranahan with ,a fourth-place
finish in 1A large non-tumbling.
Miramar came within three-tenths
of a percentage .point of placing sec-
ond behind Coral Glades.
In late results from last Thursday
night, Douglas placed second in the
2A large coed division. South Planta-
tion was third and Coral Springs took
fifth place. Flanagan was the fifth-
place finisher in 2A small coed.

Cardinals' Strong guaranteed $3.7M '

Eight-year deal

approved by

By Matt Murschel

In an effort to keep
Charlie Strong at Louis-
ville for quite some time,
the school's board of di-
rectors approved a new
long-term contract which
will provide him with sta-
bility and a hefty raise.
The new deal is for eight
years and came with a
significant pay increase
as Strong went from mak-
ing $2.3 million per year
to $3.7 million. The raise
now makes him one of the
highest paid coaches in
the country according to
USA Today which keeps a
database of coaches sala-
ries. Only Nick Saban,

Does hip hoplead to death?
Another weekend of violence North Chicago. All of this as
in Chicago, Illinois claimed President Obama is focusing
the life of another young on gun control laws amidst
student. Eighteen-year- all of the violence going on not
old Janay McFarlane was only in Chicago but in U.S.
gunned down in suburban inner cities everywhere. She

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-Photo by Andy Lyons
Charlie Strong the head coach of the Louisville
Cardinals talks with Jermaine Reve #27 during the
game against the Temple Owls at Papa John's Car-
dinal Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Louisville,

Mack Brown, Bob Stoops,
Urban Meyer, Les Miles
and Kirk Ferentz make
more money than Strong.
He becomes the high-

was killed only hours after
her sister attended a speech
by the president. The mad-
ness has got to stop but it will
take us coming up with some
answers after closely examin-
ing the problems we face. It
is disturbing to listen to ur-
ban radio these days. Every
song is about b--ches, h--s,
money, drugs, violence, etc.
Our children listen to these
songs whether parents ban
them from their homes or not.
When will radio program di-
rectors have the guts to say to

est paid coach in the At-
lantic Coast Conference
with Florida State's Jimbo
Fisher, who was scheduled
to make $2.75 million in

hip hop artists that enough is
enough? The culture of gang
violence in today's hip hop is
overwhelming. But one can-
not put the entire blame on
hip hop artists because as
parents we know that it be-
gins and ends with us. Still,
it is our more popular radio
stations that continue to play
songs that promote ignorance
and violence through igno-
rant rap songs. As for songs
that insult our sisters, Black
women need to stand up
to and refuse to accept the

2012, second.
In his first head coach-
ing job, the 52-year-old
Strong guided Louisville to
an 11-2 record this season
including a victory over
Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
In three seasons with the
Cardinals,. the program
is 25-14 having played in
three straight bowl games.
Louisville's decision to
wrap up Strong shows
the commitment that the
school is willing to make
especially with a move
from the Big East to the
ACC in the future. Strong
has been a hot coaching
commodity earning atten-
tion from several schools
with openings includ-
ing the University of Ten-
nessee, which reportedly
made him an offer.
This new deal features
a $5 million buyout for

ids of songs that continue
degrade them. It's time
it those closest to the hip
p movement take a closer
k at our culture and come
with some alternative
as. Does our music need
be so violent, profane and
ogatory? Does it contrib-
to the lost mindset of our
ing people? These ques-
is need answers, soon. Too
ny children are dying.
he Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox
Ed Freeman, can be heard
ly on 560 WQAM Sports.

Photographer: C ,., ..ij .:..
President Barack Obama waves
after putting on the 9th hole at
Mid-Pacific Country Club.

Obama tees off

with Tiger Woods
By Steve Holland

PALM CITY, Florida-- It's
a buddies' weekend of golf for
President Barack Obama at a
private resort along Florida's
Atlantic coast.
The president played with
some Democratic donors and
got instructional tips last Sat-
urday from one of pro golf's
best instructors, Butch Har-
mon, during his mini-vacation
from the White House. Har-
mon once helped golf star Tiger
Woods work on his game.
Obama golfed at the Florid-
ian Yacht and Golf Club that
runs along the St. Lucie River.
Harmon rode along with him
for a few holes to provide tips,
a White House aide said.
Obama was joined for his
round by the resort owner, Jim
Crane, who owns the Houston
Astros baseball team and is a
Democratic donor. Also play-
ing was lawyer Tony Chase of
Houston, who hosted a cam-
paign fundraiser at his home
for Obama last year.



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