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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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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.
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to send him to the hospital. He was taken by Administration [located in Tallahassee] and the Newman's sisters say
Willie Lee Newman, 59, was being treated for ambulance to the University of Miami Hospital Rev. Eric Readon, the family's minister and pas- while he could sometimes
schizophrenia and residing in a state-approved to the emergency room. That was on Wednesday, tor of New Beginning MBC in Miami Gardens. be a handful, he was a very
assisted living facility [ALF] in Allapattah [Our Nov. 21, 2012. Why? Because since that day in November, New-
Lady of Fatima, 2905 NW 10th Ave.] when he What happened next has caused Newman's man has not been seen. And despite the church gentle soul that enjoyed
complained of stomach pains. The manager of two sisters, Geraldine Murray, 60 and Everlena Please turn to NEWMAN 9 being around people.

Says teachers have been used as "punching bags" for far too long
By D. Kevin McNeir Prior to 1974, Dade County had two teachers
kmcneir@miamitiniesonline.coin unions: one Black and one white. But that was
before the days of integration. Ingram says a lot
Federick "Fed" Ingram recently made history of things have changed since then many for the
- becoming the first Black elected to hpI-a 0-- ^-
United Teachers of Dade [UTD] as its
Ingram, 39, beat four other candidate
under 51 percent of 7,000 votes cast l il i l[ liiil i ii, iiti ,l i(iii i-i!i
endorsement of the outgoing president, Karen ing from Miami Jackson Senior High School, earn-
Aronowitz. Fe will take over in May, becoming just ing his degree at Bethune-Cookman University,
the third president in nearly 50 years. Please turn to PRESIDENT 9A

Is justice for all?

Not the case with

'stand your ground'-

By Miami Times staff report

One year after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed
by an armed neighborhood watchman, setting off a national
debate about race and gun laws, the campaign to change state
self-defense laws "stand your ground" in Martin's name has
petered out.
The incident led immediately to scrutiny of the law, which is on
the books of 20 states in various forms. Basically, "stand your
ground" says that people can use lethal force against an attacker
without first attempting to retreat if they have reason to fear for
their lives. Most states already allowed people to defend them-
selves in this way if they're attacked at home, but "stand your
ground" went a step further to cover all public places.

The Task Force concluded that Florida Statute 776 is a good law
and should not be overturned. The Task Force's top recommenda-
tions states:
Please turn to LAW 9
-Photo courtesy City of Miami/Angel Zayon

Florida Governor Scott raises white flag on ObamaCare

Flip-flop on Medicaid expansion all
about his re-election effort

By DeWayne Wickham

You had to know this flip-flop
was coming.
Rick Scott, the Tea Party-
backed political neophyte who
overcame a health care fraud
scandal en route to a sur-
prise victory in Florida's 2010
gubernatorial election, has
agreed to implement one of
the most controversial parts of

President Obama's Affordable
Care Act.
Scott's decision to expand
Medicaid coverage in Florida
is tantamount to Confederate
Gen. Robert E. Lee deserting to
the Army of the Potomac after
the Battle of Gettysburg. Scott
built his political career on op-
position to the law, which Re-
publicans call ObamaCare. It
was the mantra of Scott's elec-

tion campaign
and an ob-
session of the
he installed in
Tailahassee -
until now.
WICKHAM Scott's stun-
ning reversal
comes not long after Obama
,carried Florida in his success-
ful presidential re-election bid
.and the release of a poll that
shows Scott's approval rating
at 33 percent. Nearly twice as

many Sunshine State voters
- 57 percent disapprove
of Scott, according to a Public
Policy Polling. These bad num-
bers make Scott a major target
of Democrats in 2014.
Scott agreed to only a three-
year expansion of Medicaid,
when the federal government
has promised to cover states'
costs. Florida can opt out if
federal support is reduced.
Meanwhile, an additional 1.3
million poor people will be cov-
ered. Scott won election by just
67,000 votes and faces a tough

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Florida Governor

re-election fight.
A former GOP governor,
Charlie Crist, switched to the
Democratic Party in December.
While he's yet to announce his
candidacy, Crist has a big lead
over Scott in most polls. In the
PPP poll, he's ahead of Scott 53
percent-39 percent.
If Crist does enter the race,
Scott plans to spend $100 mil-
lion (he spent $73 million in
2010) on his re-election cam-
paign, Politico reported. But as
important as money will be to
Please turn to SCOTT 9A

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Have we lost the next

generation to violence?
In a three-day period beginning last Friday, there were
six shootings in Miami's Black community. When the
dust had settled, two 16-year-old boys were dead.
Miles away along the Las Vegas strip, another Black male in
his mid-20s, after having an argument with another man,
settled their differences by taking out a gun and killing his
opponent. Two innocent victims that had wandered into
their path also lost their lives just another example of
"collateral damage."
This is the new reality in far too many Black communi-
ties from Miami's Liberty City and Brownsville to Chicago's
dangerous Southside. But before we start pointing fingers,
claiming that "the man" has somehow initiated a new con-
spiracy to destroy the Black man, the Black family and the
Black community, let's look at the facts. Those who are pull-
ing the triggers, driving past homes and opening fire or en-
gaging in shootouts on public streets as if they were back in
the Wild, Wild West are Black youth. The killers look like us.
In fact, we know the killers. They live in our homes, eat at
our tables and sleep next to us. They are our sons, daugh-
ters, husbands, lovers, longtime friends and road-dogs.
Those who are financially able have either run for the hills
or are planning to very soon. They have left their humble
beginnings for gated communities and 24-hour alarm sys-
tems. Who can blame them?
But many other Blacks have no choice but to remain -
praying for themselves and for their children each day as
they head to work, school, church or play.
Have we lost an entire generation? Not yet, but we are
dangerously approaching that point. What we don't need
are more press conferences held by glory-seeking politicians
and preachers. After all, gang-bangers and cold-blooded
murders don't tend to sit down to watch the evening news.
It's time to stop preaching to the choir and take our de-
mands for peace into the streets and into the hood.
If we really want to end the violence, it will take sacrifice.
Locking up young men won't stop the carnage. Somehow,
we must communicate to them that we will no longer toler-
ate the madness. Somehow we must show them that their
lives have value.

UTD made the right choice

with "Fed" Ingram
Sometimes you need a person with a vision to come into a
situation and inspire the members. Another way to say it
might be that in times of distress or hardship you need a
man or woman that can rally the troops. We believe that with the
recent election of Federick Ingram as the new United Teachers of
Dade president, such an individual has been identified.
Ingram has made history as UTD's first Black president some-
thing that is noteworthy, even more so because we are in the final
days of Black History Month. But Ingram isn't one to focus on his
race or being the first Black for long. Instead, he has already begun
to share his goals and to look for like-minded individuals who are
willing to work with him. He speaks more about diversity and the
group than his individual talents.
That's good because he's going need that support since right now
unions are under fire. In states like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin
and Pennsylvania, some unions have already faced their Waterloo.
They are like dinosaurs, slowly dying because they are unable or
unwilling to adapt to a very different world than when they were
first founded. Proving that he and his staff can be effective and
make a difference for the thousands of members that make up the
UTD will be Ingram's most formidable task.
Still, we like his chances and feel that he will be successful. It
is heartwarming to see a Black man from very modest roots find
his way in the world of academia. His story should serve as an
inspiration to all of us but especially to those who have ever faced
insurmountable odds and found a way to either "go over, under or
around the mountain."
Congratulations "Fed." You have proven yourself worthy and we
have every reason to believe that you will make a positive differ-
ence for the members of the United Teachers of Dade and the stu-
dents whose lives you touch each day.

With help, a rose can

grow in Liberty City
P7'%he late, great rapper Tupac Shakur was certainly a man
before his time. One example is a poem he wrote entitled,
"The Rose That Grew from Concrete," which considers
whether any good can come from the painful, dangerous streets
of the hood. The questions he raised and the conclusions that he
drew were appropriate both during his lifetime and today. In fact,
we could learn a lot from taking a closer look at his words. While
he uses the metaphor of a rose, what he's really talking about are
young boys and girls living in urban settings where the obstacles
are so great that no one believes they will amount to anything
Tupac says, "Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack
in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk
without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping its dreams; it
learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from con-
crete when no one else even cared."
What the young rapper wondered was not whether young people
could survive and thrive in the madness of the urban jungle. In-
stead, what captured his attention was how they did it. We too
should maintain such optimism and hold our youth to higher
standards of living. We must also lead by example and show them
that Black folks know how to "make a way out of no way."
Our youth may not be living in a lush, green meadow but they
still have the same seed as any "flower" [youth] of the world. They
may need a push from time to time. They may need some tough
love too when appropriate. Either way, as the elders of the commu-
nity, we must begin to pause more frequently and help our flowers
grow even if they are in a crack in concrete.

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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

No real winners in the sequester
The standoff over the pack- was going to plunge; the im- month, the federal government
age of budget cuts known as pact, surely, would have been faces a shutdown unless Con-
"the sequester" is the dumb- to send the economy back gress keeps it running by pass-
est, most self-defeating fight into recession. Disaster was ing a continuing resolution.
between President Obama and averted only by a last-second Obama is likely to continue
Republicans in Congress since deal that guaranteed two brief winning "victories" that only
. . let's see, since the last months of fiscal sanity. King Pyrrhus could love. The
dumb, self-defeating fight less Now we face $85 billion in president is aided by the fact
than two months ago. across-the-board sequester that public opinion is with him
Obama is winning this budget cuts, scheduled for on two key points: Elected offi-
showdown, but only in a rela- March 1, that both Obama and cials were not sent to Washing-

tive sense. The truth is that
everybody loses Republi-
cans a little more, Democrats
a little less. And the American
people, who have a right to ex-
pect adult behavior from their
elected officials, will inevitably
be the biggest losers of all.
It's hard to believe, but this
is the way the richest and most
powerful nation on earth runs
its affairs these days, lurching
from artificial crisis to artificial
crisis amid threats of self-in-
flicted harm. The enemy, truly,
is us.
On Jan. 1, you will recall,
the nation was about to leap
from a fiscal precipice of diz-
zying height. Taxes were going
to soar and federal spending

O bama is winning this showdown, but only in a relative
sense. The truth is that everybody loses -- Republicans
a little more, Democrats a little less.

the GOP leadership say would
be disastrous. I'm guessing
that two questions occur to
you: Why, then, did the presi-
dent and the Congress agree to
impose these cuts in the first
place, if they're such a terrible
idea? And why don't they just
call them off? Sorry, but there
are no answers that make
Even more absurd is the fact
that there are unnecessary
crises yet to come. In another

ton to do gratuitous harm; and
the nation's fiscal woes should
be addressed with a combina-
tion of spending cuts and rev-
enue increases.
The GOP tactic of trying
to blame the looming bud-
get cuts on Obama House
Speaker John Boehner and
others have taken to calling
them "Obama's sequester" -
confronts one insurmountable
obstacle: Congress voted to ap-
prove the cuts

game a
Obama is also in te posit
of denouncing cuts that he
promoted and signed into law.
But the public gives him credit
for being more reasonable in
these frequent budget battles,
and the Pew poll found that if
the sequester actually takes
place, 49 percent of those sur-
veyed would blame Republi-
cans in Congress while only 31
percent would blame Obama.
Something's got to give. It's
hard enough to lead the na-
tion from the White House; it's
impossible to do so from the
speaker's chair. The Ameri-
can people know this. At some
point, House Republicans
must figure it out.
It's time to stop the madness.
For their own sake and the
country's sake I hope Re-
publicans learn what the na-
tion already knows: In our sys-
tem of government, we have
just one president at a time. -
Eugene Robinson is a Pulit-
zer Prize-winning newspaper
columnist and the former as-
sistant managing editor of The
Washington Post.


Time for us to deliver for the Postal Service

I have written about this previ-
ously but I am getting more and
more concerned that the Postal
Service will go the way of the
dodo bird. Like virtually every
other part of the legitimate role
of government, the Postal Service
is and has been under attack by
conservatives. The perpetrators
of the assault are the same crew
that have been trying to privatize
everything that is standing. Or-
ganizations such as the right-
wing Cato Institute and their al-
lies in Congress wish to see the
U.S. Postal Service weakened to
the point that it ceases to exist.
Then they would have the mail
handled through privately owned
There are many reasons that
we should be concerned about
this attack. First, postal delivery
is actually a constitutional right.
Now, our conservative friends will
throw their hands in the air and
exclaim that they are not chal-
lenging the Constitution. Rather,

they will argue, mail delivery can,
allegedly, be handled more effi-
ciently by private outfits. There
is no particular reason to believe
that private companies can han-
dle the mail more efficiently than

A second reason for concern
has to do with the workforce.
The Postal Service has been an
important employer for Blacks
especially since the unionization
of the Postal Service in the early

With the USPS we are guaranteed that everything of a cer-
tain weight gets delivered to specific sites in the U.S.
for a given price. In other words, a letter weighing one
ounce does not cost more if it is mailed from Baltimore to Spokane or
from Baltimore to New York. ...

the USPS.
With the USPS we are guar-
anteed that everything of a cer-
tain weight gets delivered to spe-
cific sites in the U.S. for a given
price. In other words, a letter
weighing one ounce does not cost
more if it is mailed from Baltimore
to Spokane or from Baltimore to
New York. With privatization we
can be guaranteed that the cost
of mail would vary according to
where the mail is being sent.

1970s and has provided employ-
ment at good wages with good
benefits. There is a ripple effect
with good jobs. With good-pay-
ing jobs people have more mon-
ey to spend in their neighbor-
hoods. With poorly-paying jobs
the neighborhood suffers. Thus,
each time you hear about the
closing of a post office or a bulk
mail center, it is not only an in-
convenience to you but it prob-
ably is having a net negative im-

pact onthat community.
There is one more piece to this
whole affair. The conservatives
are yelling about the Postal Ser-
vice not making money. Yet, let's
keep in mind, as the Economic
Policy Institute has reminded
us, that making money was and
is not the main purpose of the
Postal Service. Their purpose is
to ensure the efficient and speed
delivery of the mail to all resi-
dents of the U.S. Certainly, that
does not mean that one should
condone backwardness. But it
does mean that it is patently un-
fair and disingenuous to compare
the USPS to a private company,
such as an auto company. When
auto companies are charged with
providing all people in the U.S.
with efficient, low cost, environ-
mentally safe vehicles, we can re-
open this discussion.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior
Scholar with the Institute for Pol-
icy Studies, the immediate past
president of TransAfrica Forum.


Obama's State of the Union words or

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. said, "The curse of pov-
erty has no justification in our
age. It is socially as cruel and
blind as the practice of cannibal-
ism at the dawn of civilization,
when men ate each other be-
cause they had not yet learned
to take from soil or to consume
the abundant animal life around
them. The time has come for us
to civilize ourselves by the total,
direct and immediate abolition
of poverty."
President Obama was not so
direct, nor so cutting. But he
offered important clarity to an
issue his administration has ig-
nored heretofore. While focusing
on the middle class, he also not-
ed that people should not work
full time and still earn a wage
that puts them beneath the
poverty line. His advocacy for a
minimum wage of $9 per hour,
or about $18,000 a year for a

single worker who might sup-
port a family, was a significant
move forward for the poor. Miss-
ing was a conversation about
poor people and health benefits,
and about the employers who
refuse to employ people full time
so that they can avoid paying
benefits. Obamacare will cover
many of these employees, but
the fact that profitable compa-
nies would rather offer a worker
22 hours than 30 to save money
is reprehensible.
The State of the Union ad-
dress is not an opportunity to
drill down on every issue, so
I very much understand that
President Obama could not offer
details to the many proposals
he raised in SOTU. Still, it was
refreshing to hear the president
talk about poverty, about wom-
en's work and wages, and about
issues of equality. The first leg-
islation that President Obama

signed was the Lily Ledbetter
Act, which dealt with equal pay
issues, without acknowledging
race in any of these conversa-
tions or the fact is Black women
(and Latinas) are at the bottom
of the pay scale. Advocating
equal pay and dealing with is-
sues of poverty, and implement-
ing solutions, improves the ma-
terial conditions of women at the
President Obama discussed
infrastructure improvements
in his 2008 campaign. Partisan
bickering has made it difficult
for him to work with states to
refurbish, as he says, 70,000
bridges, as well as roads and
highways. The last time our
nation paid attention to these
structural issues was in the
1950s when President Eisen-
hower, in a job-creation move,
built federal highways across
our nation to facilitate easy

transportation. Have you rinven
on an interstate highway late-
ly? Whether you are Democrat
or Republican, we should all
agree that these highways (some
called pot hole central) need im-
provement? Some politicians
are so willing to undermine the
Obama administration that they
are also willing to see our nation
become dysfunctional.
The president has offered an
ambitious agenda, and one that
will improve the lot of all Ameri-
cans. While I chafe at his failure
to mention Blacks, I am excited
by proposals to close the wealth
gap. His agenda won't be imple-
mented unless we advocate for
it. What will you do to move it
Julianne Malveaux is a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based economist
and writer. She is president
emerita of Bennett College for
Women in Greensboro, N.C.




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Are we ignoring the increase in

Black-on-Black crime?
Liberty City, housekeeper Liberty City, security guard

"Its pathet-
ic. It's like
they put the
guns out here
on purpose.
has to be

Pinecrest, retired

. "Of course we are. We're com-
placent about
it. We need. 1
to volunteer
in the public
schools and ,
help educate
the children .
of young par-

Liberty City, ER tech

"I wouldn't say so. It seems
like every
Tuesday and
Friday we see ,
more police
cars patrol-

"Yeah, I think that there
should be
better after-
school pro t
grams to get ,
the youth
more involved.
We need to
take it to a
school level."

Liberty City, homemaker

"No we're
not ignoring it.
I know I'm not,
but there's.
nothing I can

Hollywood, CNR

"Yeah, too
many mur-
ders go un-
solved. There
should be
more partici-
pation from
the Black '


Instead of arming teachers, hire officers
Despite calls from conserva- would allow teachers to carry Holtzclaw also said that if child in the neck before he was
tives to arm teachers, a voice guns in schools. Others states teachers are to be trained, the disarmed by a school resource
of reason and dissent has include Minnesota, Missouri, "fog of war" "loud noises, officer. Multiple shots were
emerged from this reddest Oklahoma, Oregon, South Da- confusion, gun flashes, con- fired, but only the one child
of states. Alabama Sen. Bill kota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah fined spaces, people being was hit before the officer -
Holtzclaw, a conservative. Re- and Virginia. shot, people running into the who was armed took the gun
publican, says it is "doubtful" Although Holtzclaw is a pro- line of fire" must be taken away without further injury.
that teachers here should be gun rights conservative, state into account. According to the National As-
armed. legislatures should consider One solution that both Presi- sociation of School Resource
Holtzclaw, a retired Marine, critical questions he raised on dent Obama and the National Officers, nearly one-third of

has something many, of us
don't: experience about what
it means to use a gun in com-
bat situations. He was a pri-
mary marksmanship instruc-
tor who trained other Marines.
"We must recognize the differ-
ence between a teacher carry-
ing a concealed weapon and
the training required to engage
an active shooter," Holtzclaw
wrote in his Dec. 28 blog post.
Hollywood myth-making and
NRA-pronouncements aside,
having a teacher pull a gun
is not a simple solution when
split-second decisions are the
difference between life and
death. Nevertheless, Alabama
joins a list of states that are
considering legislation that

Holtzclaw, a retired Marine, has something many of us
don't: experience about what it means to use a gun in
combat situations. He was a primary marksmanship in-
structor who trained other Marines.

his blog before voting to arm
"Does the teacher draw
to show, or draw to shoot?"
Holtzclaw asked. "Shoot to
kill, or disable? Are teachers
granted immunity with regards
to collateral damage, friendly
fire . you know, shooting a
child? . Is the shooter active
or threatening, on the move or
holed up with hostages?"

Rifle Association have agreed
on is hiring school resource of-
ficers active-duty police. Un-
like teachers, they are trained
to deal with using their weap-
ons in a life-threatening crisis.
In fact,. the' argument for
trained, armed professionals
got stronger last month after a
school shooting at Price Middle
School in Atlanta. A student
opened fire, shooting another

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public schools in the U.S. have
school resource officers, mak-
ing it the fastest-growing area
of law enforcement.
There is no single solution to
preventing school massacres.
But some strategies pose more
dangers than others. Slightly
more than 60 percent of Ameri-
cans oppose arming teachers,
according to one poll. That, as
well as the caution voiced by
Holtzclaw, should give pause
to the politicians clamoring to
turn our schools into the OK
David Person hosts WEUP-
Talk on WEUP 94.5 FM/1700
AM in Huntsville, Ala., and is a
member of USA TODAY's Board
of Contributors.


Immigration proposals fail Americans
As he set forth his vision for ever "earned" a right to be an you don't have one, "chances of better life is like holding up
immigration reform recently, American. We are Americans becoming a citizen are remote, a liquor store. Talking heads
President Obama reminded by the grace of God. Being born We are talking lottery odds." To chirp that "they can come here
Americans that we all hail from is not. work, and for most of make it even more impossible, but they have to do it legally,"
foreign s.tock. However true, our ancestors, emigrating to West said, "you must be able to even though it's next to im-
"good for me, but not for thee" the U.S. was easy: Show up, prove that you have a income possible and no immigration
seems to have become our na- and not long after you were an of 125 percent of. the federal proposal changes that. These
tional mantra when it comes to American. According to the El- poverty line. We are creating plans make the problem worse.
welcoming people from other lis Island Foundation the ma- barriers that people can't over- Though the GOP is trying
lands. jority of immigrants, at most, come." to present itself as friendlier
Both the plans floated by to Hispanics than their 2012'
Sen. Marco Rubio and the presidential candidates, who
president have embraced a oth the plans floated by Sen. Marco Rubio and the suggested "self deportation"
prevailing nativistic attitude president have embraced a prevailing nativistic attitude (Mitt Romney) and setting up.
by adding even. more barri- i citizen review" boards to de-
ers to an already onerous im- by adding even more barriers to an already onerous cide which brown families to
migration process. They pull immigration process. deport (Newt Gingrich), don't
America further away from be fooled. Rubio's lousy plan
being a refuge to the "huddled is worse than Obama's lousy
masses" and make a mockery went through a three hour to Your typical immigrant faces plan. He offers no path to citi-
of our promise to take "your five hour process before becom- two options: Live with little op- zenship until the 2,000-mile
tired, your poor." Soon, the ing a citizen. No citizenship or portunity, or sneak into the U.S.-Mexico border is verified
Statue of Liberty will say, "Go English test as is the rage to- greatest nation on Earth in the as secure. What are we doing
away. Mine. Mine. Mine." day. No waiting years just to hope that you can create a bet- here, exactly? We are better
Worse, an insidious notion apply, as current law requires. ter life for your children, than this.
has slithered into the nation- Darrell West, of the Brookings The fiction both parties now Kirsten Powers is a member
al conversation: Immigrants think tank, told me that to be- peddle is that these people are of USA TODAY's Board of Con-
must "earn" citizenship. On come a citizen today, "you need criminals because they came tributors, a Fox News political
this, Marco Rubio and Barack a family tie or a company that in illegally, as if being desper- analyst and a columnist for The
Obama agree. Yet, no one has is willing to sponsor you." If ate and poor and wanting a Daily Beast.

BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor., let38@bellsouth net

FL GOP birds of a feather flock together

Former Florida Republican
Party chairman, Jim Greer,
pleaded guilty last week and
averted a long and embarrass-
ing trial for the Florida Repub-
lican Party. There is no doubt
that a deal has been worked
out with the courts, and Greer
will go to prison but he will get
less time because he admitted
he is guilty.
I recently addressed the need
for ethics laws and how Florida
is considered one of the most
corrupt states in the country.
Now we have Greer pleading
guilty to grand theft and mon-
ey laundering charges. No one
in the GOP wanted this trial to
go to court because it would
expose the truth about how
the leaders wasted and spent
party funds.
The first allegations about
improper spending at the
Florida Republican Party
started in 2008, and esca-
lated in 2009, when court re-
cords were released showing
that indicted former House
Speaker Ray Sansom charged
$173,000 on his Republican
Party-issued credit .card. He
charged expenses included
taking his family on a trip to
Europe, making visits to Best
Buy and spending thousands
on flowers, clothing, meals
and hotels.
The precedent had been es-
tablished by the Republican

leadership and no one should
be surprised that Greer plead-
ed guilty to four counts of
theft and a single count of
money laundering this is
the way the party handled its
business. If there was a trial
some of Florida's most power-

rug. Florida politicians know
they've dodged a bullet. Every-
one in the Tallahassee circle
knew that Greer was dirty. The
question is what will our gov-
ernor do?
In nature, birds of a single
species congregate in groups.

Recently addressed the need for ethics laws and how Florida
is considered one of the most corrupt states in the country.
Now we have Greer pleading guilty to grand theft and money
laundering charges. No one in the GOP wanted this trial to go to

*,ful politicians could be impli-
cated with improper spending.
Topics that were covered in
pretrial depositions included
allegations of prostitutes at a
state Republican fundraiser in
the Bahamas, lavish spending
on fancy restaurants and the
drinking habits of Crist and
other party leaders. In these
depositions were information
on the most powerful politi-
cians in the state like Sena-
tor Marco Rubio, former U.S.
Senator George.LeMieux, for-
mer Florida Attorney General
Bill McCollum, former Gover-
nor Charlie Crist and several
state House and state Senate
But now that Greer has
pleaded guilty, the informa-
tion will be sealed and the
dirt will be swept under the

But I wonder if in politics cor-
rupt politicians also congre-

gate in groups and are ,millig
to protect each other. Greer
is the fall guy but improper
spending in the party did not
stop after he pleaded guilty.
There are still Republican lead-
ers not following proper proce-
dures and wasting and steal-
ing money. Scott has remained
quiet but he will be forced to
take a position on Greer and
the Republican Party. The gov-
ernor is the head of the party
and he must bring integrity
and transparency back into
the state and his party.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO
of On Point Media Group in Or-

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Attorney Jesse McCrary, Jr.

honored at Little River Post Office

Civil rights activist was first Black in

FL Cabinet since Reconstruction

Miami Times staff report

A dedication ceremony was held
last Friday honoring the late attor-
ney and civil rights activist, Jesse
J. McCrary, Jr. A plaque was hung
in the Little River Post Office [140
NE 84th Street] lobby where the
ceremony took place. Congresswom-
an Frederica S. Wilson and U.S.
Postal Service Area Vice President
Jo Ann Feindt were among those
in attendance. They were joined by
McCrary's family and friends.
Wilson was responsible for the
Congressional dedication and nam-
ing ceremony and had this to say
about McCrary.
"Mr. Jesse. McCrary, Jr., was a
visionary, a leader and a man of
great conviction who fought for
what was just and right. He leaves
a legacy of service, sacrifice, dedica-
tion to his community, his state
and his country. I am honored to
pay tribute to this extraordinary
man who is truly worthy of praise
and Congressional recognition."
McCrary was indeed a man of
many firsts in the State of Florida.
He was the first Black Florida Cabi-
net member since Reconstruction
when he was appointed Florida's
19th Secretary of State in 1978.


Prior to that, in 1967, he became
the State's first Black assistant
Attorney General. He was also
the first Black lawyer to argue a
case before the Supreme Court on
behalf of a Southlern state. In ad-
dition, he was Dade County Public
School Board's first Black attorney.
In 2003, the Florida Legislature
passed a resolution recognizing
his work on 10 landmark Florida
Supreme Court cases.
Born in 1937 in Blitchton,
Marion County, Florida, he was a
graduate of Florida A&M University,
where he received both his bach-
elor's degree and his Juris Doctor
[1965]. He died in 2007 at the age
of 70, leaving behind his wife and
two daughters.

-Photo courtesy Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County

Audrey Edmonson celebrates

Delta's looth anniversary

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, a Delta herself, presented a proclamation to recognize the
centennial anniversary of the National Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the Board of
County Commissioners meeting of Feb. 5th, held at the Commissioner chambers in downtown Mi-
ami. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a public service sorority with chapters throughout the U.S. and
the world whose members are college-educated women committed to improving the community by
promoting economic development, educational development, international awareness and involve-
ment, physical and mental health and political awareness and involvement.

Sistrunk Street Festival celebrates a diverse Black community

By Erika Pesantes

Hip-hop, gospel and rhythm
and blues: conch frintters. jerk
chicken and Southern-style
fried chicken.
The 33rd annual Sistrunk
Street Festival last Saturday
proudly showcased Black heri-
tage and the local Black com-
munity's cultural diversity that
included a Bahamian and Ja-
maican presence.
The parade and festivities

were held along Sistrunk Bou-
levard. which cuts through
the heart of the city's historic
Black neighborhoods and is
named after Dr. James Frank-
lin Sistrunk, one of Broward
County's first Black physicians.
Dr. Sistrunk was also known
for establishing Fort Lauder-
dale's first medical facility for
Black patients, Provident Hos-
pital. in 1938.
On Saturday, dozens of per-
formers, dancers, singers, even
a fire-eater and contortionist.

played on the main thorough-
fare at Northwest 27th Avenue
and in Re\erend Samuel Del-
evoe Memorial Park.
"It's a showcase of the Afn-
can-American, Caribbean hen-
tage- a display of talent. It's
an opportunity for the commu-
nity as a whole to come togtth-
er. socialize and mingle," said
Margaret Haynie-Birch, board
chairperson of the non-profit
Sistrunk Historical Festival.
Inc., which organized the cul-
tural event and parade

Haynie-Birch nostalgically
recalled the fesural's heyday,
when families that had left Fort
Lauderdale would plan v-aca-
tions around the event and re-
turn to their hometown for the
"It was just like having a farn-
ily reunion or class reunion."
she said.
Over the years, the festval
lost a bit of its luster, but or-
ganizers are now trying to build'
it back up again, Ha'nie-Birch

Still. Saturday's event
brought out people by the
hundreds. Neighbors. family
members and friends became
reacquainted, shared South-
ern, Jamaican and Bahamrnian
cuisine and took in the talent
gracing two stages
"It's an outing for the commu-
nity. People you haven't seen
all year you see around, like a
neighborhood reunion," said
Verna Johnson, of Lauderhill.
"It's a positive atmosphere."
Carole Athias. who dished out

Jamaican beef patties, rice and
beans and jerk chicken from
"Yardie's Kitchen." said sharing
her native foods %was a treat.
"It's a way to everyone's
heart." she said.
Similarly. Zera Finley, who
has owned "Finlev's Take-Out"
nearby for the past eight years,
said she was providing festival-
goers "a taste of the Bahamas."
"It's my heartbeat. It's what
I do. it's what I dream of," she
said, of offering the public au-
thentic or "down home" fare.

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Pictured at the ribbon cutting are: Resident Christel Hamilton (1-r) and daughter Christina; Deputy County Mayor Russell Benford;
Pinnacle Housing Group's David Deutch; County Housing employee Clarence Brown; resident Joshua Hamilton and Commissioner

Monestime unveils $53M affordable

housing development in Opa-locka

Kings Terrace new home for 300

County Commissioner Jean NW 27th Avenue that is 100
Monestime, District 2, recently percent occupied.
unveiled the Kings Terrace af- "Thanks to this develop-
fordable housing development ment, 300 families now have
- a $53.4 million, 300-unit a place to call home," Mon-
development located at 12555 estime said. "With its world-

class amenities and public art,
Kings Terrace has raised the
bar for affordable housing in
South Florida."
Each unit has fully-equipped
kitchens with a frost-free re-
frigerator, dishwasher, ceiling
fans and ceramic tile floor-
ing. There is a fitness facility,
library and business center

with Internet access, laundry
room, club house, recreation
center, basketball court, soc-
cer field, playground, splash-
park, vita-course and gazebo/
covered BBQ and picnic area.
The project was funded, in
part, by $17 million from Mi-
ami-Dade County's Neighbor-
hood Stabilization Program.

Measure to repeal use of red-light

cameras passes its first obstacle

By Margie Menzel

The state law allowing local
governments to use cameras
to catch red-light runners
would be repealed under a
bill that narrowly passed in
the House Economic Affairs
Committee last Thursday.
The nearly two-hour debate
ranged from drivers' consti-
tutional rights to the plight
of ticketed tourists to studies
showing reduced injuries at
intersections after red-light
cameras were installed.
The law has been under
attack almost since state
lawmakers voted in 2010 to
allow local governments to
use the cameras.
This year's repeal bill
(HB4011), a bipartisan effort
sponsored by Reps. Daphne
Campbell, D-Miami, and
Carlos Trutjillo, R-Miami, was
approved 10-8 by the Eco-
nomic Affairs panel, its first
committee stop in the House.
Trujillo touched a chord
with Republican lawmakers,
most of whom voted for the
bill, by arguing that public
safety isn't worth sacrificing
constitutional rights.
"We're willing to compro-
mise the Fifth Amendment
of the [U.S.] Constitution:
the right against self-incrim-
ination for self-perceived
safety," he said. "That's the
road we're going down. We're
willing to tell somebody, 'You
are guilty until proven in-
Law enforcement interests
and municipal governments,
which get a portion of the
fines paid by red-light run-
ners, are strongly opposed to
the measure.
"I. think it's obvious that it
does change people's driving

behaviors, and I think it is
obvious that it also helps to
save lives and prevent people
from having serious inju-
ries," said Haines City Police
Chief Rick Sloan.
Last month, the Depart-
ment of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles released a
report showing that crashes
were less frequent at inter-
sections monitored by red-
light cameras. The report,
based on data from 73 agen-
cies, found accidents were
less frequent at monitored
intersections in 41 jurisdic-
tions but more frequent at
monitored intersections in
11 jurisdictions.
The panel also debated
the question of local gov-
ernments, law enforcement
agencies and contractors
making money from the
"This law is strictly rev-
enue driven," Campbell said.
According to Kathleen Rus-
sell, a lobbyist for the City
of Orlando, the city took in
$6.1 million over the last
two years and turned over
$3.1 million to the state.
After Orlando paid its costs,
she said, its profit from the
fines was $300,000.
"Whether we're going to
call it a fine, a tax or not, I
feel like when we're creat-
ing a system that . allows
maybe excessive fines to be
produced, I don't think it is
the best interests of what
we should be doing for the
citizens," said Rep. Jimmy
Patronis of Panama City.
The Republican commit-
tee chairman voted for the
repeal bill.
Campbell alleged that
having red-light cameras
at intersections discrimi-


Last month, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Ve-
hicles released a report showing that crashes were less frequent
at intersections monitored by red-light cameras.

nates against minorities, the
elderly and the poor based
on where they are placed,
though law enforcement of-
* ficials denied that was the
The Miami Herald and
Tampa Bay Times reported
last week that Campbell's
husband's Honda Odyssey
minivan had been caught
on camera running a red
light five times since the

law passed. Campbell told
the newspapers she only
knew about one of those and
doubted that others had oc-
curred. She declined to com-
ment after last Thursday's
committee hearing.
The bill now goes to the
House Appropriations Com-
mittee, its last stop before
reaching the House floor,
but so far, the measure has
no Senate sponsor.

Pistorius a hero or

cold blooded killer?

Andrew Brining, Bleacher
Report: "Oscar Pistorius, the
first amputee to compete in
the Olympic Games, allegedly
gunned down his girlfriend, Re-
eva Steenkamp, in cold blood.
Given Pistorius' history and the
fact that Steenkamp was shot
multiple times inside the home,
it seems far-fetched to believe
there's an innocent explana-
tion for the tragedy. Granted,
stranger things have happened.
. However, I'm part of the
camp that's not holding its col-
lective breath. We've seen this
story before: A sensational ath-
lete whose feats in competition
are so profound, he or she gets
miscast as an incredible person
instead of an incredible athlete,
as if there's a causal relation-
ship between the two. The snag,
of course, is that no such rela-
tionship exists."
John Leicester, The Associ-
ated Press: "In -sport, Pistorius
demonstrated how easy it is
to be wrong about people. An
athlete with prosthetic limbs
competing in the Olympics? No
way! That lesson don't leap
to hasty, ill-informed conclu-
sions is worth remembering
now as the double-amputee
Olympian stands charged with
murder in the shooting of his
Katie McDonough, Salon:
Testifying at Pistorius' bail
hearing Wednesday, police de-
tective warrant officer Hilton
Botha said that, despite Pisto-
rius' sworn affidavit maintain-
ing his innocence, he believes
that Pistorius 'knew that Re-
eva (Steenkamp) was in the
bathroom and he shot four
shots through the door,' kill-
ing Steenkamp.' ... Botha also'
testified that the trajectory of
the bullets indicates a standing
height position, challenging the
defense's claim that Pistorius
had approached the bathroom
unaided by his prosthetic legs,
making him feel vulnerable .
. 'Other testimony also paints

a dark picture of Pistorius' vio-
lent temper and dangerous use
of guns."
David J Smith, The (London)
Guardian: "There is a rule in
screenwriting that if you intro-
duce a gun into a scene, at some
point you must use it. The rule
applies to real life too. That's
how Steenkamp lost her' life.
A gun appeared in her story,
and she got shot dead. Regard-
less of the circumstances, when
guns are near people, they kill
people. I know the gun frater-
nity will say that it was Pisto-
rius who pulled the trigger, and
not the rest of the gun commu-
nity out there. But that's what
Pistorius would have said a few
days ago."
Susan Milligan, U.S. News
and World Report: "Was the
(killing) of Steenkamp an acci-
dent of some sort? Or was she
just another albeit, more
famous and famously con-
nected victim of a far more
widespread problem? Domes-
tic abusers aren't all in poor or
working-class neighborhoods.
They're not all drunks or men-
tally unwell people who snap
and take out their frustrations
on the women they supposedly
love. Domestic violence has to
do with rage and a desire to
control even when the only
way to assert control is to take
a life."
Jerry Wolffe, The Oakland
Press: "To the estimated 1.4 bil-
lion people in the world with a
disability, it never mattered if
Pistorius won a medal in the
Olympics. The fact that he got to
the Olympics was the equivalent'
to some of us (of) when Sir Ed-
mund Hillary conquered Mount
Everest or ... Neil Armstrong,
setting foot on the moon. ... For
the sake of those of us who are
disabled and hope for a better
life and equal opportunity, let's
hope this tragedy was a case of
mistaken identity and Pistorius
is the champion we all believe
he had become."

Some patients won't see

nurses of different race
DETROIT (AP) It's been called one of medicine's "open
secrets" allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or
nurse of another race.
In the latest example, a white man with a swastika tattoo
insisted that Black nurses not be allowed to touch his newborn.
Now two Black nurses are suing the hospital, claiming it bowed
to his illegal demands.
The Michigan cases are among several lawsuits filed in recent
years that highlight this seldom-discussed issue,, which quietly
persists almost 60 years after the start of the civil rights move-
The American Medical Association's ethics code bars doctors
from refusing to treat people based on race, gender and other
criteria, but there are no specific policies for handling race-based
requests from patients.
"In general, I don't think honoring prejudicial preferences ... is
morally justifiable" for a health care organization, said Dr. Susan
Goold, a University of Michigan professor of internal medicine
and public health. "That said, you can't cure bigotry ... There
may be times when grudgingly acceding to a patient's strongly
held preferences is morally OK."
Those times could include patients who have been so trauma-
tized by rape or combat, for instance that accommodating
their request would be preferable to forcing on them a caregiver
whose mere presence might aggravate the situation, she said.
Tonya Battle, a veteran nurse at Flint's Hurley Medical Center,
filed the first complaint against the hospital and a nursing man-
ager, claiming a note posted on an assignment clipboard read,
"No African-American nurse to take care of baby." She says the
note was later removed but Black nurses weren't assigned to care
for the baby for about a month because of their race.
That case is now a federal lawsuit. In a statement earlier this
week, Hurley President Melany Gavulic denied Battle's claim,
saying the father was told that his request could not be granted.
Gavulic said the swastika tattoo "created anger and outrage in
our staff," and supervisors raised safety concerns.

Perform universal checks to reduce gun violence?

President Obama called
for universal background
checks and a ban on high-
capacity magazines in his
State of the Union Address
last- week. Comments from
As a gun owner and Na-
tional Rifle Association
member, I'm in favor of ex-
panding background checks
to most private sales, pro-
vided it is done in such a
way that a registration list
of who owns exactly which
weapons is not created.
What is really needed for
background checks is to im-

prove the reporting of the
dangerously mentally ill to
the system. This has been
opposed by liberals for years.
Bans on semiautomatic
rifles and on magazines that
hold more than 10 rounds?
No. They are of no practi-
cal value in stopping crime
and infringe on the Second
David Swain

Millions of guns trade
hands between private par-
ties every year. It's going to
be hard to manage those.
John Thomas

The solution is to register
every gun. If stolen, report it.
If you are found with an
unregistered gun, give an
automatic 10-year jail sen-
Give hefty rewards for
turning in unregistered
guns. That would solve the
Robert Antall

Focus efforts on "straw
purchases" in which a per-
son legally able to obtain a
firearm buys it for some-
one who is not able to pass

a background check. Gun
traffickers pay these people
in cash or drugs and then
resell the firearm on the
black market. If the gun is
recovered in a crime, the
straw purchaser simply
states it was stolen or lost.
Law enforcement rarely
prosecutes straw purchas-
ers because the burden of
proof is high and the sen-
tences are minimal. Thus,
universal background
checks by themselves will
not prevent the transfer of
firearms to a criminal. Pen-
alties and prosecution of

straw purchases need to be
Requiring background
checks and reporting stolen
guns won't solve the prob-
lem because the straw pur-

chaser will pass the back-
ground check and give the
firearm to the criminal, and
then report it stolen.
John Williams

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Weekend shootings end in tragedy

Miami Times staffreport never hurt anyone. She is ask- by ambulance. He believes that Street, according to Miami Fire
ing for anyone with informa- both handguns and AK-47s Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius
Six shootings occurred over tion to come forward. Her sis- were used in the shooting and Carroll. The shooter drove off
the weekend and in two sepa- ter, Stephanie Larrimore, said says that he after the attack and the teen
rate incidents the lives of two when referring to crime in the The next day, the other re- was taken to Jackson. He is
16-year-old young men were Liberty Square Housing De- ported fatality of the weekend listed in critical but stable con-
tragically snuffed out. The in- velopment [also known as the occurred when a 16-year-old edition.
cidents have kept the police Pork and Beans], that "kids are male, Dante Vilet, was fired Neighbors have comment-
searching for clues while ap- dropping like flies and no one upon after leaving his home at ed on how their communities
prehension continues to build is doing anything about it." 4426 NW 23rd Court in unin- have changed for the worse.
among Miami-Dade residents. Later Saturday, three people corporate Miami-Dade. Some- And with seven reported shoot-
Last Saturday, Marquise were shot in a drive-by while one in a car drove by him and ings since Wednesday, several
Brunson, 16, was shot and they were filming part of a rap shot multiple times. The youth involving school-aged youth,
killed in the Liberty Square video. The men, who included ran, hoping to evade his as- Miami-Dade County Public
Housing Development in the local rapper Young Scrilla, 29 sailant, but was shot twice. He Schools Superintendent Alber-
area of NW 62nd Street and [Andre Scott], were in their car was taken to Jackson and un- to Carvalho spoke to television
14th Avenue. One witness said at NW 3rd Avenue and NW 19th derwent surgery but later died. reporters Monday night implor-
they heard about 20 shots Street when someone drove by Finally, last Monday morning ing those who have any infor-
and then saw "a young person and began firing. According just around sunrise, 17-year- mation about the shootings to
running away." Brunson was to police, two of the injured old Juan Videa was shot in come forward. He said we must
the firstborn child of Tanya were able to drive themselves the stomach while waiting for collectively find a way to keep
Larrimore. She says he was to Jackson Memorial Hospital the bus for school. The shoot- our children safe so they can
S, ood student in -schooln andl Scott was taken to Jackson ing occurred at 501 NW 43rd learn.

Miami rapper breathes sigh of relief

Gunplay has armed robbery charges dismissed

Miami Times staff report

Miami rapper Gunplay could
have been going to jail for an
extended stay. But he got some
good news when last Monday,
the Miami-Dade State Attorneys
Office [SAO] announced that
they had dropped armed rob-
bery charges against him. Ironi-
cally, Gunplay, whose real name
is Richard Morales, was seen in
a surveillance video of the rob-
bery which shows him point-
ing a gun at a man inside a tax
preparation office in northwest
Miami-Dade County.
"Although the armed robbery

is captured on the victim's sur-
veillance system, the victim,
Turron Woodside, is uncoopera-
tive in the prosecution of this
defendant, Richard Moralesm,"
according to a close out memo
on the case. "As Turron Wood-
side is the sole proprietor of his
tax business, we have no way
of getting the video recording
of the crime admitted in as evi-
dence without his testimony."
A co-defendant, 36-year-old
Randy Jones, was also charged
in the robbery.
SAO spokesperson Terry
Chavez pointed out that the vid-
eo alone is not enough to convict

an individual of a crime beyond
a reasonable doubt, although
most might make that assump-
tion. Prosecutors were able to
persuade Woodside to go the
SAO but he then was unwilling
to further cooperate. He failed
to appear for trial despite be-
ing served with a subpoena and
then avoided an SAO investiga-
tor who had set up shop outside
of his home in efforts to serve
him again. Prosecutors say the
judge was not willing to issue
the Rule to Show Cause with-
out the state able to get Wood-
side to testify. After the judge
denied both a move to continue


the case and one for a material
witness bond, prosecutors said
they had not choice but to drop
the case.

Mass killings often about family ties


By Fredreka Schouten, Meghan
Hoyer and Paul

More than 900 people died in
mass shootings during the past
seven years, and a majority of
them were killed by people they
knew, according to a USA TODAY
analysis of gun-related slaying.
The 934 deaths account for
less than 1 percent of all gun-re-
lated homicides, and nearly half
involve a suspect slaying his or
her family members, the detailed
examination shows. USA TODAY
combed through FBI records
and news accounts to identify
146 mass shootings since 2006
that matched the FBI definition
of mass shooting, where four or
more people were killed.
A separate analysis of 56 mass
shootings since 2009 provided to
USA TODAY by a group of mayors
promoting gun control reaches
similar conclusions. More than
half 57 percent of cases ex-
amined by Mayors Against Illegal
Guns involved domestic violence.
The group, co-founded by New
York City Mayor Michael Bloom-
berg, is made up of more than
850 U.S. mayors.
"Mass shootings . are the
tragedies that capture the pub-
lic's attention," Mark Glaze, di-
rector of Mayors Against Illegal
Guns said Thursday. "But ev-
ery day, 33 Americans are being
killed, mostly with handguns and
distressingly often, by a family
member or intimate partner."



Photo: Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images
Actress Amanda Peet delivers remarks as U.S. Rep Elijah Cum-
mings, left, and entertainer Chris Rock, rear, look on during a press
conference by Mayors Against Illegal Guns Feb. 6 on Capitol Hill.

The new data come as federal
and local policymakers attempt to
address gun violence in the wake
of the Dec. 14 mass shooting in
Newtown, Conn., that killed 20
schoolchildren and six educa-
tors at Sandy Hook Elementary
School. Public revulsion over
the massacre has spurred Con-
gress to weigh a renewal of the
federal assault-weapons ban and
consider other gun-control mea-
sures, including a ban on maga-
zines that exceed 10 rounds.
The mayors' group, which has
joined other gun-control orga-

nizations to push for sweeping
changes to federal and state fire-
arms policies, views extending
background checks on all gun
buyers as a key tool in reducing
gun violence. The goal is to reach
private gun sales not covered by
the current system, which ap-
plies only to federally licensed
The effort to close the private-
sales loophole is gaining trac-
tion in Congress, where a bipar-
tisan group of lawmakers that
includes conservative Republi-
can Sen. Tom Coburn of Okla-

Fugitive prisoner killed after burglary

By Associated Press

The Florida prisoner who es-
caped in Texas after stabbing
a detective with his eyeglasses
was fatally shot early recently
after refusing to.cooperate with
officers and lunging at them,
police said.
Alberto Morales was shot in
a wooded area of Grapevine,
a community near the Dallas-
Fort Worth International Air-
port. It put an end to a mas-
sive five-day manhunt that
started when he escaped from
a Wal-Mart parking lot after at-
tacking the Miami-Dade (M-D),
Fla., detective.
Grapevine police Sgt. Robert
Eberling said at a news confer-
ence that officers instructed
Morales to lie on the ground
and show his hands, but he
rushed toward them. Morales,
42, was unarmed at the time of
the shooting and was not wear-
ing handcuffs. He was holding
some sticks, Eberling said.
"He was very skilled and

crafty as far as making make- be present for ground trans-
shift edged weapons inside the fers of prisoners.
prison. That was in the fore- On a recording of a 911 call
thoughts of the officers. He was of the incident released two
able to almost kill an officer weeks ago, Pardinas can be
with some eyeglasses," heard breathing heav-
Eberling added. ily as he tells the op-
Police said Morales erator that he's been
used a sharp piece stabbed. He described
from his eyeglasses to Morales' height, weight
stab M-D Detective Jai- and appearance and
me Pardinas, who was then added, "He's a
transferring him by schizophrenic."
car to Nevada, where MORALES Miami-Dade Police
Morales was to serve Department director
a sentence of 30 years J.D. Patterson com-
to life after being convicted of a mended Pardinas in an emailed
sexual assault. statement and thanked the
Pardinas was accompanied law enforcement agencies that
by M-D Detective David Car- took part in the manhunt.
rero during the transfer. They "To the victims who suffered
flew to Houston with Morales at the hands of this diabolical
and then decided to drive the individual, may you now have
rest of the way after he became peace knowing that he will not
disruptive on the flight. They be able to hurt you or anyone
had stopped near the store else again," Patterson said.
while waiting for a third officer Eberling said investiga-
who was flying to the Dallas tors believe Morales had been
area to join them. Department planning his escape for some
policy requires three officers to time.

homa and Sen. Joe Manchin,
D-W.Va., is crafting legislation.
The plan is opposed by the Na-
tional Rifle Association. Its pres-
ident, David Keene, said this
week that the powerful lobby-
ing group is prepared to punish
lawmakers whovote to e'kpanid
background checks. NRA Vice
President Wayne LaPierre plans
to unveil anti-background-
check advertising Saturday.
Although they account for
just a minuscule share of all
homicides, mass killings occur
about once every two weeks.
More than three' quarters in-
volve a gun.
In all, 934 people have died
in mass shootings over the past
seven years, the USA TODAY
analysis shows. In the 71 shoot-
ings that involved someone kill-
ing his or her family members,
376 victims died. Most of those
killings occurred at home. Doz-
ens more were killed by ac-
quaintances, neighbors and co-
The mayors' study also notes
that just three of the 56 inci-
dents examined by their re-
searchers took place in schools
or colleges.

Dad dies protecting his daughter from armed intruders
36-vear-old Maurice Renard Harris was shot multiple time-; late last Tuesday
shortly alter two heavily armed men entered his Model City home, pointed gun.
at Harris and his wife, demanded money and threatened his d-iughter, police
His cousin said that Harrisv was shot after he stepped in ',.hen one of the men
moved to enter his 11-I'ear-old daughter:;, bedroom The men lied, Harris' lie
of 16 years, Shekila Stevart, said her husband had no, enemies and begged for
anyone '..th information to :ome frw 3rd

One of two children fatally shot at home
According to the Miami-Dade Media.l E.aminer's Oflice., II-vear-old Stelan
Zuniga passed away at JacLson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center last
Thursday m,-rning. Police said the boy's mother and sister were also shot Family
friends at the hospital identified the mother as Michelle Zuniga and the l4-year-
old daughter as Lauren Zuniga. Thev were tithi in critical condition v.'hEn they
were brought to the hospital.
A law enforcement source told CBS4 the guriiTi3n '.'as- the .'om an- hiusand,
identified by the M E as 45-year-old Carlos Zuniga, who shot and tilled himself.
The Shooting happened lust after 9.30 p.m. in the 2600 block of SW 26th Street
on last Wednesday night.

Man charged in South Dade marijuana grow house
One of the merit suspected of operating a3 ,uth',vest [Mimi-D'ade marijuana
grow house, which burned doi'.'n after a shi)otout v.'th police has been charged.
Alter being taken into custody Brian Howell, 29., reportedly cornlteed during
questiorning that he helped run a hydroponics lab in a home in the 15-100 bloci
of SW 57th St. to grow marijuana. Inside one of the charged rooms ol the home,
police found eight damaged marijuana plants, according to l-i'well's arrest re-
port. He's been charge ,with one count of possession of a place to manutaracture
a controlled substance.
During an e..change of gunfire, a tire brote out in the house which quiclU'ly
spread. Police identified the men who ran from the home as Howell, 50-year old
Dell DiGionvanri and 28-year old Michael DiGiovanrni. Last Vedriesday afternoon
the body of the elder DiGiovanni was found hanging from a tiee in tront of a
home at SW I-1I Ave. and SW 48 Terr. The younger DiGiovanni remains ori the

LAPD chief: Review of cop

firing vital for public trust

Doug Stanglin & William M. Welch

LOS ANGELES Police Chief
Charlie Beck said recently it is
critical for public trust that his
department fully review the fir-
ing of Christopher Dorner, the
former officer who killed himself
last week after a rampage that
left four people dead.
"I want to make sure that we
address these allegations, which
have become so public, in a
public way," Beck said.
Dorner wrote in a rambling
online posting that he was moti-
vated by anger over his dismiss-
al from the force in 2009.
.Beck said the review, an-
nounced while a manhunt was
underway, will be completed
and made public in several
months. He said the depart-
ment often reviews personnel
actions, and that it was impor-
tant for police relations with the
community to be open about
the review.
"Nothing should be consid-
ered closed and done," Beck

said. "It's about fairness, and
doing the right things for the
right reasons," he said.
Dorner's claims of racism and
abuse within the department
prompted some people to voice
support or to sympathize with
his complaints. Some labeled
him a hero in online postings.
Dozens of protesters held
signs in support of Dorner out-
side police headquarters Satur-
day, .and others have signaled
support on a Facebook page
titled "I support Christopher
Jordan Dorner." The page says
it is "not a page about sup-
porting the killing of innocent
people. It's supporting fighting
back against corrupt cops and
bringing to light what they do."
Some have protested the way
the manhunt ended: in a fire
after officers shot pyrotechnic
tear gas into the mountain cab-
in where Dorner was believed
barricaded. Dorner's body was
found inside the destroyed
cabin, dead of an apparent self-
inflicted gunshot wound.


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Family hopeful that lost brother will be found

continued from 1A

posting a $1,000 reward and
searching high and low, no one
seems to know where Newman
is or if he is even alive.

"Whenever he had to go to the
hospital in the past, he was al-
ways sent to the psychiatric
ward that didn't happen this
time but it should have," Mur-
ray said. "I called him the next
day [at the ALF] which was
Thanksgiving Day that's when
I learned he was in the hospi-
tal. But when I called the hospi-
tal, they told me he'd been dis-
missed. Ms. Medina didn't even
Newman's younger sister,
Everlena, says her brother was
used to finding his way around
in the neighborhood but worries
that he probably got lost after
leaving the unfamiliar hospital
"He loved going to the store for
the other residents and could
maneuver his way in places that
he had been before," Brown said.
"But of course he was suddenly
in a strange place. We are his
only family and he cannot take

care of himself. We have both
tried to have him live with us but
it was just too much."
Newman was diagnosed as
schizophrenic over 20 years ago
according to his sisters. He's
been in several facilities, besides
living with each of his two sib-
lings. But do disappearances or
other less severe mishaps occur
at the hundreds of ALFs located
throughout the State of Florida?
Judith Robinson, 84, president
of the National Alliance on Men-
tal Illness says the system is
"I've been involved in this in-
dustry for over 50 years and
have said for many years that
abuse and fraud occur too fre-
quently in our state's ALFs," she
said. "The bottom line is there is
no real oversight no account-
ability. We need a system that
works for people suffering from
mental illness. At present, our
state manages these residenc-
es from Tallahassee. But they
should be managed regionally.
Mental patients getting lost is
nothing new."

When we called the Agency
for Healthcare Administration,
we were able to speak with their

spokesperson, Shelisha Cole-
man. Unfortunately and due to
the law, she was only able to an-
swer one or two of our questions.
She was unable to even speak
about Newman's case if as she
said "a case exists at all."
"We license all ALFs for the
State of Florida but any reports
filed on behalf of a resident are
considered confidential," she
said. "When there are docu-
mented problems with any of the
facilities, we must report that
information on our website and
indicate how the problem was
Our Lady of Fatima, where
Newman last resided, had just
one "adverse incident report"
listed on the website and it had
been subsequently resolved. It
should be noted that we did at-
tempt to speak with the manager,
at Newman's home, hoping that
she would be able to shed some
light on Newman's life or poten-
tial whereabouts. Medina, how-
ever, does not speak English.
Through an interpreter, who is
also a resident, she told us, "He
[Newman] does not live here."
We were then asked to leave.
What we were unable to deter-
mine was whether she meant
Newman has not been back
since his disappearance or if she

was denying he ever lived there.
"We have posted a reward and
really hope that someone 'will
come forward with some infor-
mation of course we're pray-
ing that Brother Newman is still
alive," Readon said.
A missing person's report was
filed by Medina four days after
he left the hospital, according
to City of Miami Police Detective
Maykel Baluja. But it should be
noted that due to the law, New-
man's family could not file the
report. The report had to be filed
by the ALF. Baluja says the four-
day delay did not help him in his
initial efforts to locate Newman.
"We got off to a late start in
four days he could have gone
anywhere," Baluja said. "We've
posted flyers, gone over the en-
tire area and even checked to
see if he has attempted to access
any of his services like having
his prescription refilled there's
just no trace of him. We know he
was last seen wearing a black
skull cap, red plaid shirt and a
grey jacket. And a reward has
been posted as well. But at this
point, we're at a dead end."
Contact Miami Police Missing
Persons Dept. at 305-603-6305
and refer to case # 121125-
340818. You may also contact
Readon at 305-638-3594.

A Fatherhood Panel: From inception to manhood

By D. Kevin McNeir

On Thursday, Feb. 28th, Fa-
therz in the Hood, Inc. will team
up with the Fatherhood Task
Force of South Florida, Inc.
to host an interactive discus-
sion with author, NBA veteran,
poet and activist, Etan Thomas.
Moderated by Nathaniel Jones,
founder of Fatherz in the Hood,
panelists will include:' Clinton
Portis, former Washington Red-
skin player; Luther Campbell,
retired hip-hop artist, entertain-
er and community activist; Ted
Lucas, CEO and president of
Slip-N-Slide records; Tim Hard-
away, former Miami Heat player;
Mecca, hip-hop artist, teacher
and community activist; Detec-


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tive Roderick Passmore, City of
Miami homicide; and poets Will
Seri'us and Calvin Made-Son
Early. The event starts at 7 p.m.
at Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church, 740 NW 58th Street.

Folk life Fridays in March

Miami Times staff report

The new Washington
Heights Community De-
velopment Corporation an-
nounces "Folk Life Fridays,"
an ongoing event on the first
Friday of every month that
will feature entertain-
ment, food, arts and crafts
and much more at the open
air market from 6-10 p.m
at the 9th Street Mall (NW

9th Street and NW 2nd Av-
enue). On Friday, March 1,
Folk Life Fridays will hon-
or living .legends: Garth C.
Reevesl Dr. James Bridges;
Noel William; "King Shorty";
and Attorney George Know.
Also presented will be a
jazz festival featuring Alice
Day. Contact Jackie Bell
at 305-5765101 or Rogers.
andrea988@gmail.com for
more information.


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Ingram as new UTD president

continued from 1A

being selected as the Miami-
Dade Teacher of the Year' in
2006 and then being elected by
his peers to serve as the UTD
secretary/treasurer in 2007.
But now the stakes are much
higher and as he says, "I know
the honeymoon will be over

"At the core we are still a
union and that means we fight
for people," he said. "We fight
fiercely because we represent
people who do important work
- educating young minds. I
make no. excuses for vehement-
ly advocating for what teachers
do. Somewhere along the way,
educators stopped getting the
respect we deserve but for me
that respect is non-negotiable.
Teaching is hard work and
we've been asked to do more for
less over the past several years.
We haven't had a raise in four
years. We are going to change
While Ingram emphasized
that the full contract is not up
for negotiation year, he says
this year is what's called a "re-
opener." In other words, each
side will have the opportunity

to bring two issues of concern
to the table.
"Well be negotiating pay and
health care," he said.

Ingram was reluctant to make
any comparison between him-
self and America's first Black
president, Barack Obaxma. Still,
he understands the challenges
he faces and the history of how
things have changed to allow a
man like him to have such an
"I was just at a school yes-
terday not far from the offices
of The Miami Times and I told
the students that while my cul-
ture is important to me and to
my family, what my victory il-
lustrates is the great progress
we've made towards diversity.
Most of my formative years were
spent in the projects and when
I was in college there were days
when I didn't eat. Our children
have to understand that strug-
gle is part of life. At the same
-time, there are some things that
are truly worth the struggle."
Ingram takes over a union
whose membership has dwin-
dled over recent years a phe-
nomenon that is happening
across the U.S. Today, at just
over 18,000 members, he lists
raising the number of members

and reminding those members
of the relevance of UTD as some
of his immediate goals. He also
includes the following: lift-
ing the morale of the teaching
force; holding not just teachers
and administrators account-
able for the improvement and
success of students, but also
holding parents, business own-
ers, community leaders and the
students themselves account-
able; and opening the doors of
the schools so that'all parents
feel that they are welcome to
come inside.
"Back in the day, you didn't
always have a mother or father
coming to school to see about
their child, butt there was some-
one who was responsible a
caregiver, an adopted aunt or
uncle," he said. "We must be
about nurturing our youth,
bringing back options like the
arts or vocational training and
most of all making this new
generation of parents, especial-
ly Black parents, understand
that it is never too early for a
child to begin to learn."
UTD members still have a few
more decisions to make before
Ingram officially takes over.
Carla Hernandez-Mats, one of
the candidates that was part of
Ingram's slate, must go against
Wanda Santos in a March 19th
runoff election.

Scott sides with ObamaCare

continued from 1A

that effort, so too are the po-
sitions the candidates take on
issues. Scott's waffle on Obam-
aCare might get him a seri-
ous primary challenger, but it
could also boost his chances
with Independents and non-
Tea Party Republicans.
Many Americans are con-
flicted over ObamaCare. Ac-
cording to a 2012 Reuters/
Ipsos poll, 56 percent of Amer-
icans disliked the health care
law. But 75 percent of Inde-
pendents and 80 percent of
Republicans liked the creation
of a health insurance pool that
will allow small businesses
and uninsured people to take
advantage of large group pric-
More than three-quarters of
Republicans and 82 percent
of Independents support the
law's ban on a person being
denied insurance because .of
a pre-existing condition. Fifty-
two percent of Republicans

and 69 percent of Indepen-
dents favored allowing chil-
dren to stay on their parents'
health coverage until they are
Those are sobering numbers
for a Republican opponent of
ObamaCare. Democrats would
love to mount a statehouse
race against an unrepentant
Scott. But his retreat from the
battle against ObamaCare un-
dercuts that opportunity.
Now in full-throttle re-elec-
tion mode, Scott will leave the
ObamaCare challenge to the
shrinking ranks of GOP gov-
ernors who are fighting its im-
plementation. Already, John
Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder
of Michigan and Jan Brewer
of Arizona (who was last seen
on the national stage wagging
a finger in the president's face)
have capitulated.
But with their leader gone,
you can expect more Republi-
can governors will run up the
white flag of surrender.
DeWayne Wickham writes on
Tuesday for USA TODAY.

"Stand your ground" debate

continued from 1A

The Task Force concurs
with the core belief that all
persons, regardless of citi-
zenship status, have a right
to feel safe and secure in our
state. To that end, all persons
who are conducting them-
selves in a lawful manner
have a fundamental right to
stand their ground and de-
fend themselves from attack
with proportionate force in
every place they have a lawful
right to be.
Governor Rick Scott said,
"I want to. commend the 19
members of the Citizen Safety
Task Force and Lt. Gover-
nor Jennifer Carroll for their
thorough and thoughtful con-
sideration of Florida Statute

State Rep. Cynthia Stafford
said in response to the report
to Governor Rick Scott: "I am
disappointed but not shocked. I
think the deck was stacked to-
ward this outcome by the Task
Force. I think the people of Flor-
ida deserved to hear a fair and
balanced discussion, but I don't
think that's what they got in this,
"It's been said that law-abid-
ing citizens have a right to carry
their guns. Well, law-abiding cit-
izens who don't carry weapons
also have a right to walk down
the street and sit in their cars
and not be assaulted by a per-
son with a gun. I was hoping for
a different outcome to today's
Task Force report. I just hope
this law doesn't cause more

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SECTION B Mi5 ', i'., '.5, 13 MIAMI TIMES

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By Malika A. Wright

"It i-, ril the sto, r that can on-
.t-11e L eind the var and the darrior
The stor- is our escort. w without
it. ve are blind Does the blind man
o% n his escort? Ni,. neither do %%e the
sto,: rather it is the storyl that owns
and directs ls
S .. This excerpt of Chinuia Achhebe s
.Anlthills of Salannah expresses the
great importance of histo'r\ in Some
cultures. suhl-i as %est Ailrn cuii-
SIn Vest .Anca,J riots. vho are the
storytellers anid histrOlnas of the
communities. plays a te., signri-
carnt role by sa.lng the history of the
Please turn tO POWER 11B

S* "When I read The Miami Times, it Jahmir Cunningham,

motivates me to write better. 15, a 9th grade student

Church feeds the community REVEREND
By Malika A. Wright .DENNIS M.
mnwrigh@t@Miamnitiinesonline.com ,
,,s ,JACKSON, iI
Everything was free. The snow crab, fried -,
"fish, shrimp, barbecue ribs and chicken, fried
turkey, collard greens, pigeon peas and rice,
macaroni and cheese and much more. The an-
nual free fish fry held by Razor Sharp Minis-
tries on Feb. 23 had a never ending line that
.moved quickly.
1-This same community feeding brought in
S -11I NA over 1,000 attendees, last year. After God led
Sa a .Apostle Sylvester Sampson, Jr to start the '
-MiamiTimes photos/Malika Wright event five years ago, the church has been hav-
ingit ever since on the 4th.Saturday of Feb-
ruary, under the leadership of Sampson, who
. fries the fish, and Pastor Gordy Sampson Lee.
This year, young kids, teens and adults came
--from all over the community. They talked and
Danced to live Gospel music as they waited for -
their food. "We do this for the public; we don't
charge them anything," Lee said. "All we ask is
Ni that the people in the community come out and
S-. enjoy themselves. Even though some people
i; ,.. theask to give donations. We decline it. We just tell
* isFs r. them to come and enjoy."

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Pastor feels peace

after answering

God's call to

Contestants compete Church focuses on spiritual growth,
family and the youth
from all over the world By Malika A. Wright
By Malika A. Wright "You're gonna be a preacher," different people said to
mwright@Miamitimestopinecorm Rev. Dennis M. Jackson, II, while he was growing up.
When Hermanie Pierre, 26, traded in her hardhat and civil engi- "No, I'm not," the pastor of New Mount Moriah Mis-
neeruniformafoe pageare ssraedi her beautyhglarehnd cinsi andi osionary Baptist Church, would respond.
never uniform for a pageant dress, her beauty glared inside and out ,,As a preacher's kid, Jackson witnessed all of the chal-
as she was awarded Miss Haiti International 2012. lenges that came along with the job. He also didn't like
But Pierre did not stop there; she went on to become the first the constant scrutiny and close observation that came
Haitian participant in the Miss International pageant, in which along with pastoring.
she became a finalist and won Miss Congeniality. Please turn to JACKSON l1B
Please turn to PIERRE 11B

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Winfrey: I'm linked to a higher power

By EEW Magazine News Staff

In our culture driven by
money, influence, and fame,
Christian media mogul Oprah
Winfrey weighed in on her defi-
nition of true power.
The interview took place on
the red* carpet at the Beverly
Hills Hotel Feb. 21 right before
Winfrey was to be honored dur-
ing the Essence Black Women

in Hollywood 1lhncheon.
Other honorees included: Al-
fre Woodard, Gabrielle Union,
producer and TV writer Mara
Brock Akil, Naomie Harris
and Quvenzhane Wallis, the
young Oscar-nominated star of
"Beasts of the Southern Wild."
"The truth is, I try not to
let other people define for me
whether I have power or don't,"
the OWN Network CEO said,

noting that after she ended her
show in May 2011, "there were
a whole bunch of people who
said, 'Oh, you don't have power
But Winfrey was simply end-
ing one chapter to begin a new
Now her formerly struggling
OWN network is profitable, and
gearing up for a big year with
the addition of two new shows

produced by heavyweight, Tyler
Even with all the awards and
accolades, America's first Black
woman billionaire does not as-
sociate power merely with great
personal ability. "I know who I
am," she continued, "and the
thing about power for me is
that it's connected to a source
that's obviously greater than

Students inspired by stories of Black leaders

continued from 10B

Last week, The Miami Times
staff and the teachers of R. J.
W. Academy of Arts and Scienc-
es, a Christian academy, played
the role of griots as they shared
the history of Blacks in Miami
and the history of The Miami
Times with their students dur-
ing a tour of our publication.
The students smiled with
pride when they found out that
The Miami Times was a Black-
owned and Black-operated
business. .
Walter Dennis, an instruc-
tor at the academy; said that
The Miami Times being Black-
owned was one of the reasons
the school chose to visit its of-
fice for their field trip.
"This establishment repre-
sents the struggle of Black
people and the promise of what
can happen through hardwork,
dedication and education, so we

decided that we wanted to come
here so that they can learn the
history of The Miami Times," he
"When I read The Miami
Times, it motivates me to write
better," Jahmir Cunningham,
15, a 9th grade student.
Taniya Cunningham, 14, an
eigth grade student, said she
feels more comfortable reading
The Miami Times, than she does
other publications.
Rashonda Williams, 16, a stu-
dent at the academy said she
enjoyed learning that the paper
came from "humble roots" and
now has "transformed into a
major media company serving
South Florida."
"The tour was amazing and
motivating to see how our peo-
ple have progressed," she said.
i'We met reporters and we
were able to see how informa-
tion is transferred from their
minds to the format of a news-

Dennis discussed the history
of The Miami Times as he re-
membered it as a Miami resi-
dent. He said' he remembered
the paper starting on 15th Av-
enue and its circulation being.
smaller than it is today.
"Now you can go to any part
of South Florida and you will
find copies of The Miami Times
available and that's just a tes-
tament to the growth and ex-
pansion that has taken place,"
Dennis said. "It's just refresh-
ing to have organizations that
are still housed within the
Black community. A lot of
times when businesses become
as successful as The Miami
Times they move somewhere
Dennis said the academy in-
structors want their students
to realize that a major part of
learning takes outside of the

This is a strong belief at the
academy that is why students
go on at least one field trip per
month. Last week, students
went on two. In addition, to vis-
iting The Miami Times they also
visited the African-American
Research Library and Cultural
The R. J. W. Academy of Arts,
that is now housed in St. John
MBC in Overtown, once took a
walking tour around the Over-
town community, where stu-
dents learned of its rich history.
"A lot of our kids think our
history is limited to Martin Lu-
ther King and slavery, when
it is so much richer and more
vast than that," Dennis said.
"Turning kids on to our history
can motivate them or set a fire
in them to let them know that
whatever they want to do in life
they can go out and do it, re-
gardless of what people say and
regardless of the circumstanc-
es that they face."

Pageant to celebrate, promote Haitian culture

continued from 10B

This time around, Pierre is
the organizer of the Miss Haiti
International, the Mrs. Haiti
International and the Miss
Teen Haiti pageant that will
be held at North Miami Senior
High School, March 16th.
The event will not only show-
case several beautiful and

eant is important because the
main focus is community ser-
vice and social, economic, po-
litical and charity concerns.
When Pierre competed, her
social concern was creating
"a better tomorrow for today's
children." In efforts of serving
children who were in need, she
created a scholarship fund,
which she financed to help
students in Haiti who were ex-

wear and evening gowns.
Pierre said the pageant will
be a wonderful way to cel-
ebrate and promote Haitian
The contestants of Haitian
descent will come from all over
the country and even from out-
side of the country to compete
for the titles of Miss Haiti In-
ternational (ages 19-29, single,
never married and with no chil-

Pageant contestants strike a pose.

impactful Haitian-American
women and teenage girls, but it
will also feature performances
by several Haitian entertainers
along with other surprises.

According to Pierre, the pag-

periencing hardship while try-
ing to pay for school.
The competition is split up
into different phases and con-
testants are judged by their
personal interview, presenta-
tion, and appearance in their
fashion runway wear, fitness

dren), Mrs. Haiti International
(ages 21-56, married) and Miss
Teen Haiti (ages 13-18).
Pierre, who resides in Little
Rock, Arkansas and works at
the Arkansas State Highway
and Transportation Depart-
ment, said she plans to contin-

Pastor aims at helping at-risk youth

continued rom 10B

But sure enough, as many
had prophesied, Jackson had
heard God's calling on his life
to become,a pastor in his 30s.
He had even felt the restless-
ness that came along with not
obeying God and not submit-
ting to His will.
Then finally, he answered
the call without letting his fear
or nervousness stop him.
"Once I accepted the call, I.
felt peace," he said.
Nine years have passed since
Jackson first started pastor-
ing at New Mt. Moriah and al-
though there have been some
ups and downs, he proudly
shepherds a church that is on
a mission to lead people to the
knowledge of Christ through
worship, witnessing, work and
the word of God.
Jackson said over the years,
both he and his congregation
have grown spiritually, which
is the church's top priority.
New Mt. Moriah also focuses

on family, reaching out to the
community and impacting the
youth, according to Jackson.
Interestingly, the church
that is primarily made up of
seniors puts forth a major-
ity of their effort into serving
the youth of the community
through its tutoring services,
youth sports teams and a teen
outreach program.

But Jackson does not only
serve the community through
pastoring, he also works as se-
nior executive assistant to the
Miami chief of the police. He
describes his two positions as.
"an interesting marriage."
Jackson believes it is impor-
tant for youth to build a proper
relationship wifh law enforce-
ment, through programs such
as the Police Athletic League
whose members tutors and
coaches at New Mount Moriah.
Through 911 Mentoring, a
new program that Jackson
and other law enforcement of-

ficers have designed, they plan
to help equip young people
with vital skills and empower
them to make the right deci-
sions through mentorship.
"If you develop a relationship
with [at-risk youth] at school,
then you probably won't have
the problems that you have
with them on the streets,"
Jackson said.
They plan on helping the
youth discover their purpose
in life, helping them develop
self-love, taking them on col-
lege tours, giving them em-
ployable skills and working
with their parents to offer any
advice that they may need.
The program will be pilot-
ed at Brownsville Middle in
a couple of weeks. They plan
on eventually serving in all
"A lot of the young men,
they don't have father figures,
their fathers not there, maybe
they're away or incarcerated,
and that's one of the areas
where we want to step in and
be involved," Jackson said.

ue to work with young people
and be involved in pageants in
the future.
"I want to continue the legacy
[so that] our teens, young and
married women [can] promote
Haiti in a positive image and
help come up with solutions
for some of our issues that we
are having in our .community
and in Haiti."

By EEW Magazine News Editors

If you don't think God can
speak to you about who your
mate is before you get together
with them? Perhaps you should
think again. In a Val- n a
entine's Day chat, ac-
tress Meagan Good
said, "God told me flat '
out that Devon was :,
my husband." .
Pastor Toure Rob-
erts hosted the fa-
mous newlyweds at GOO
One Church Interna-
tional in Los Angeles on Feb.
13 for a candid discussion
about "Kingdom Love."
"I had a lot of emotional bag-
gage, and damage, and things
that I went through," Good ad-
mitted. "So, I was praying about
that and then I started praying
about my husband and God
told me flat out that DeVon was
my husband."

M Trinity Church Peace-
makers Family Center
and Joyce Meyer Minis-
tries will host "HOPE Jam," a
free event, on March 2 from
11a.m.-2p.m. Call 786-888-

The National .Week
of Prayer for the Healing
of AIDS will be observed at
various churches during the
week of March 3-9. Call 305-

I Mount Olive P.B.
Church will celebrate its An-
niversary on March 17 at
7:30a.m. 11a.m..

Valley Grove M. B.
Church invites the public
to its Annual Church Revival
featuring guest pastor, Bishop
James D. Adams on March
7-8 at 7:30 p.m. Call (305)

After receiving the divine in-
struction, Good said she asked
God what she should do and He
said, "Nothing. Just wait. Get
yourself together."
Nine months later, the Holly-
wood executive and "Pro-
duced By Faith" author
asked her out.
"It's fascinating be-
- cause He gave her the
revelation. All she had to
do was position herself
to Him and get her life
D together," said Franklin,
who admitted he had a
strict policy that said no dating
But apparently, God had oth-
er plans.
"He made it happen. She
didn't call me. She didn't text
me. She didn't try to get in the
office to talk about something.
She didn't, try to make it hap-
pen. She just let God do it,"
Franklin explained.

a Tree of Life Ministries
will hold a Women's Confer-
ence featuring Martha Mu-
nizzi and other guest speak-
ers starting March 12-15.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church to host a
Unity Prayer Breakfast. Call

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

R A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Wom-
en's Department provides
community feeding. Call

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


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trition, food studies and public
health at New York University.
"But they are trending' in the
right direction, and that's good
National obesity rates for
children have been fiat in re-
cent years, but some cities have
reported modest declines. The
new evidence of a lower calo-
rie intake for children may also
foreshadow a broader national
shift, experts said.
"A harbinger of change is a
good phrase," said R. Bethene

Ervin, a researcher at the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention and one of the au-
thors of the report. "But to see if
it's really a real trend we would
obviously need more years of
A drop in carbohydrate con-
sumption drove the decline, a
point of particular interest for
those who study childhood obe-
sity. Sugars are carbohydrates,
and many argue that those add-
ed to food like cereal and soda
Please turn to CALORIES 13B

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"Once You Know, It's Where To Go"

---...... ....... 1 Thousands demand action

on pending climate change

-Jessica KourkounisforThe New York Times
A salad for lunch at the William H. Ziegler Elementary School in North Philadelphia. The
calorie drop surprised researchers.

Study: Children in U.S.

are eating fewer calories

By Sabrina Tavernise

American children consumed
fewer calories in 2010 than they
did a decade before, a new fed-
eral analysis shows. Health ex-
perts said the findings offered
an encouraging sign that the
epidemic of obesity might be
easing, but cautioned that the
magnitude of the decline was
too small to move the needle
And while energy intake has
not changed considerably for
adults in recent years, fewer of
their calories, are coming from
fast food, researchers said. Obe-
sity rates for adults have pla-
teaued after years of increases.
A third of adults are obese.
The results of the research
on childhood consumption pat-
terns, the only federal analysis
of calorie trends among chil-
dren in recent years, came as
a surprise to researchers. For
boys, calorie consumption de-
clined by about seven percent
to 2,100 calories a day over
the period of the analysis, from
1999 through 2010. For girls,
it dropped by four percent to
1,755 calories a day.
"To reverse the current preva-
lence of obesity, these numbers
have to be a lot bigger," said
Marion Nestle, professor of nu-

United Nations will not pay

Haitians infected with cholera

By Michelle Nichols

The Lnite-d [i.ni:,.ns said on Thursday it would not pay hundreds of
miiilihorins ,:'f d',oilars in compensation claimed by cholera victims in im-
p.-'. erished Hi-aiti. '.i here an epidemic has killed thousands of people and
Lb-,-r ,l'_rr, -d -r_ LI N. peacekeepers.
Ch-ol,: r. a n infection causing severe diarrhea that can lead to
de, Idrti.:rn _rnd death has killed some 7,750 Haitians and sick-
eneid i.-alm.-st 620,000 since October 2010. It occur's in places
with p:...r sanitation. In November 2011, the Boston-based
IinstiLitute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti filed a petition
at lU N. headquarters in New York seeking a minimum
of $100,000 for the families or next-of-kin of each
person killed by cholera and at least $50,000 for
each victim who suffered illness or injury from
cholera. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's
spokesman Martin Nesirky said the world body
advised the representatives of the cholera victims
that "the claims are not receivable pursuant to
Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges
and Immunities."
Please turn to CHOLERA 14B

By Wendy Koch

WASHINGTON In what was
billed as the largest climate ral-
ly in U.S. history, thousands of
people marched past the White
House on re-
cently to urge
Obama to re-
ject a contro-
versial pipe- -
line and take
other steps to
fight climate -
change. OBAMA
including the Sierra Club, es-
timated that more than 35,000
people from 30-plus states -
some dressed as polar bears -
endured frigid weather to join
the "Forward on Climate" rally,
though crowd size could not
be confirmed. Their immediate
target is Obama's decision, ex-
pected soon, on the Keystone
XL pipeline that would carry
tar sands oil from Canada
through several Great Plains
states to Texas.
Bill McKibben, founder of the
environmental group 350.org,
described the 1,000-plus-mile
pipeline as "one of the larg-
est carbon bombs in history."
Some climate scientists say

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More than 35,000 people rally outside the White House.

the production of tar sands oil
emits more greenhouse gases
than conventional' crude oil.
Supporters, including the oil'
industry, say it would reduce
U.S. dependence on unstable
foreign sources of oil.
Marchers' signs read, "Read
my lips: no new carbons," and
"We're in a climate hole: stop
digging." Another said, "Don't
be frackin' crazy."
Michael Ware of Burlington,
Vt., said extreme weather has
convinced many Americans
that climate change is seri-

ous: "What will Vermont ... any
state ... look like in 20 years?"
Obama has pledged repeat-
edly to tackle climate change.
Protesters said they are hold-
ing him to his word. They also
want him to limit carbon pol-
lution from both new and ex-
isting power plants. Last year,
the EPA proposed limits only
on new plants.
Obama rejected the initial
1,700-mile Keystone XL pipe-
line, saying more time was
needed for environmental re-

Medicare's drug gap puts

more puts more in hospital

Study: Mental

health patients

who get rmeds end

up paying less

By Kelly Kennedy

care consumers with bipo-
lar disorder or schizophrenia
are hospitalized less often if
the, maintmn access to their
medications when the3 hit the
coverage gap for prescription
drugs, according to a study,
released today
This has led t,:, scien-
tists calling for the so-called
dpuehnut hole" to be closed
sooner than 2020. as called

for in the 2010 health car,-
la;i%, also known as Lthe Af-
fordable Care Act The would
also like to see parents using
more generic medications so
that they can avoid hitting the
gap in the first place. while
sauang taxpayers money.
'We d save money\ arid have
better outcomes,' said Ken-
neth Smith, lead author of the
report published in The Amer-
ican Joumral of Managed Care
The health care law last year
gave a 50 percent discount on
name-brand drugs and a 14
percent discount on generics,
and Smith said policrmakers
should consider increasing
the discount on generics
Smith, an associate profes-
sor of medicine at the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh's School

of Medicine, concentrated on
mental health issues because
drug costs tend to be high for
those patients. They also tend
to have other chronic illness-
es that canr be affected if they
don't take their psychiatric
medicatons, and a large pro-
portion of Medicare consum-
ers have bipolar disorder or
Many parents who can't
afford their medications cost
the government more money
because they end up in the
hospital when they don't take
them. said Smith, who also
analyzes hospitals.
The researchers looked at
ho\ much Medicare patients
cost if they had plans that
gave them coverage during
Please turn to MEDICARE 14B

Today's adults eat less fast food

By Nanci Helimich

Fast food is getting the boot
in many people's diets, accord-
ing to government statistics
out today.
Adults consumed about 11
percent of their daily calories
from fast food in 2010 down
from almost 13 percent in
2006, the data reveal. These
included foods such as ham-
burgers, pizza, sandwiches,
fries and other items sold at
places that offer quick service
and takeout.
Overall caloric intake among
adults remained stable during
these years.
"The percent of calories from
fast food has gone down a
significant amount," said the
study's lead author, Cheryl
Fryar, a health statistician
with the National Center for
Health Statistics, part of the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.

The percentages of calories consumed from fast food de-
creased with people as they got older.

In 2010, similar percent-
ages of calories from fast food
were consumed by men (11.8
percent) and women (10.9 per-
The percentages of calories
consumed from fast food de-
creased with people as they
got older. Those 20- to 39- year

olds consumed about 15.3 per-
cent of their daily calories from
these foods; 40- to 59-year-
olds, 10.5 percent; people 60
and older, six percent.
Not surprisingly, heavier
people tended to consume a
higher percentage. People who
Please turn to FOOD 13B

-Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
Balanced meals at the Blue School in Lower Manhattan. A
drop in carbohydrate consumption drove the decline, research




Robin Roberts speaks on being a 'symbol

Good Morning America's anchor has
candid conversation on MDS

By Lauren Sher
Robin Roberts made her re-
turn to "Good Morning Ameri-
ca" Wednesday, five months to
the day since she underwent
a bone marrow transplant to
treat myelodysplastic syn-

drome or MDS, a rare blood
For the "GMA" anchor, an-
choring again after 174 days
was a major milestone. From
coming to terms with her life-
threatening diagnosis, to in-
tensive chemotherapy, to the

transplant and recovery pro-
cess, the last year has been the
toughest fight of her life, she
said. She went through 30 days
of complete isolation to protect
against infection. There were
days when she struggled to eat,
to'drink, and others where she
was in a coma-like state.
Roberts sat down with her
friend and colleague, ABC
News' "World News" anchor

, *;



Diane Sawyer, before she re-
turned to the anchor chair and
the morning -television world
she left behind, opening up in a
candid conversation about how
far she's come.
"When you wake up in the
morning, what's different
now?" Sawyer asked.
"It's hard to explain to people
how much better you feel ev-
ery day, but to actually wake

of hope'
up and go, 'Boy, I thought I
felt good yesterday. I really
feel good today' -- it's some-
thing- I've never experienced
before," Roberts, 52, said. "I've
always been athletic and in
good health and [doing] yoga
and Pilates and those types of
things, but I can never remem-
ber a time when I was so aware
of how I was feeling and for
Please turn to ROBERTS 14B

Adults wean s-
off poor diets_ v,,.., ..,<.-.,: .%.

continued from 12B
are obese, roughly 35 or more
pounds over a normal weight,
consumed about 13 percent of
their calories from fast food;
those who were one to 34
pounds overweight, 11 percent;
those who were at a normal
weight, 9.6 percent.
The latest findings are from
the National Health and Nu-
trition Examination Survey,
which evaluates food and bev-
erage intake from in-person in-
terviews. The results are based
on more than 11,000 interviews
conducted from 2007 to 2010.
Other research from the NPD
Group, a market research firm,
shows a similar trend in fast-
food meals.
In both 2010 and 2012, the
average American bought about
152 meals a year at quick-ser-
vice restaurants, down from
158 in 2006, says Harry Balzer,
NPD's chief industry analyst.
That doesn't include meals
from full-service restaurants,
which are places with waiters
and waitresses, he says.
This drop "is mostly due to
money, because we never let
our overall food costs rise faster
than our incomes, and our in-
comes have been under pres-
sure, so we ate more meals at
home," Balzer says. "The ac-
tual cost of a restaurant meal
is three times the cost of an in-
home meal."

Kids consume

fewer calories

continued from 12B
during processing are at the
heart of the childhood obesity
epidemic. Dr. Ervin said it was
not clear whether such added
sugars alone were behind the
carbohydrate decline.
Over all, calories from fat re-
mained stable, while those from
protein increased and those
from carbohydrates fell. The
calorie decline was most pro-
nounced among boys ages two
to 11, and among teenage girls.
Carbohydrate consumption
declined among white and black
boys, but not among Hispanic
boys. Among girls, whites were
the only group that consumed
fewer calories from carbohy-
Another surprise, researchers
said, was the decline in calories
coming from fast food among
American adults. Those calories
fell to 11.3 percent of adults' to-
tal daily intake in 2010, down
from 12.8 percent in 2006. The
decline was sharpest among 40-
to 59-year-olds, said Cynthia
L. Ogden, a C.D.C. research-
ler who oversaw the research,
, which comprised two studies,
one on caloric intake for chil-
dren and the other on fast-food
consumption among adults.
For the analysis, called the Na-
tional Health and Nutrition Ex-
amination Survey, people were
interviewed in their homes and
at mobile examination centers
around the country.
Americans eat about a third of
their calories outside the home,
according to federal data, and
some demographic groups still
get a lot of calories from fast
food. Blacks between the ages
of 20 and 39 consumed more
than a fifth of their calories from
fast food, the highest share for
any group. The lowest rate was
among older people, ages 60
and above, who got six percent
of their daily caloric intake from
fast food.
Obese people also consumed
more fast food, researchers




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FDA warns public of false flu

By Jonathan D. Rockoff

Federal health regulators
are warning patients to avoid
taking "generic" versions of
flu therapies and other unap-
proved products claiming they
can prevent, treat or cure the
In recent weeks, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration
has sent warning letters to ten
retailers allegedly selling un-
approved flu remedies online.
Among the products cited in
the letters are "Generic Tami-
flu," which the FDA has never

approved. The agency has also Coody said. For instance, he
demanded the removal of what said, Kosher Vitamin Express,
it says are fraudulent claims, which was warned on Mon-
such as one for "the most effec- day, has removed supplements
tive alternative to the flu shot." like Zahlers Kosher Abreve Ad-
"We want people to take ef- vanced Cold & Flu Formula.
fective preventive measures Yet www.topsavingspharma-
against the flu," said Gary cy.com and www.sundrugstore.
Coody, the FDA's national com, which were warned on
health-fraud coordinator, in an Monday, are still selling "Ge-
interview last Friday. "Not only neric Tamiflu." Likewise, www.
could they be getting something medsnoscript.com offers "Tami-
totally ineffective, they could flu" pills for eight dollars each.
have a false sense of protec- Officials with Kosher Vitamin
tion." and the websites couldn't im-
Some of the online retailers mediately be reached for com-
have already taken action, Mr. ment.

The FDA hasn't approved ge-
neric versions of Tamiflu or an-
other prescription flu treatment
called Relenza. Nor has the FDA
approved any over-the-counter
drugs to prevent or cure the
flu, though it has green-light-
ed over-the-counter medicines
that reduce fever and relieve
muscle aches, congestion and
other symptoms associated
with the flu.
Unapproved products sold on
the Web could be counterfeit,
too strong or not strong enough,
or contain the wrong drug, Mr.
Coody said.

Haiti won't see compensation from outbreak

continued from 12B

Under Section 29 the United
Nations is required to make pro-
visions for "appropriate modes
of settlement" of private law dis-
putes to which the world body
is a party or disputes involving
a U.N. official who enjoys dip-
lomatic immunity. The Institute
for Justice and Democracy in
Haiti said it was disappointed
by the U.N. decision and would
now pursue the case in court
in either Haiti, the U.S., or Eu-
"It's also disappointing that it
took them 15 months to come
up with a basically one line re-
jection that was probably what
they would have done had they

responded the day ed U.N. peacekeepers
after they received from Nepal were the
our complaint," said ,. source.
institute director Ban phoned Haiti's
Brian Cocannon. President Michel Mar-
"The U.N. is pass- 'telly on Thursday to tell
ing up an opportu- him of the compensa-
nity to stop cholera's I tion claim decision, Ne-
killing," he said. "The 1." sirky said.
U.N. is passing up Haiti is also still
an opportunity to LAMOTHE struggling to lift itself
provide leadership from the rubble left by
in advancing the rule of law." an earthquake in January 2010
An independent panel ap- that killed about 300,000 peo-
pointed by Ban to study the epi- ple and left more than 1.5 mil-
demic issued a May 2011 report lion homeless.
that did not determine conclu- "The United Nations and its
sively how the cholera was in- partners have worked closely
produced to Haiti. But the U.S. with the people and Govern-
Centers for Disease Control and ment of Haiti. to provide treat-
Prevention in June 2011 found ment, improve water and sani-
that evidence strongly suggest- station facilities, and strengthen

prevention and early warning,"
Nesirky said in a statement.
"The Secretary-General again
expresses his profound sym-
pathy for the terrible suffering
caused by the cholera epidem-
ic," he said.
Ban launched a $2.2 billion
initiative in December to stamp
out cholera over the next decade
in Haiti. He said Haiti needed
$500 million to implement the
first two years of the initiative,
which will also address the
spread of the cholera outbreak
to neighboring Dominican Re-
Haiti's Prime Minister Lau-
rent Lamothe told Reuters in
September that the epidemic
was "regrettable" but had been
brought under control.

Bipolar patients avoid hospitals with drugs

continued from 12B

the gap, if they had plans that
provided coverage only for ge-
neric medications, and if they
were on Medicare's low-in-
come subsidy plan that would
pay for all their medications
in the gap with no co-pays
or office visit fees by the pa-
tient. They looked at 87,747
patients with bipolar disorder
and 92,523 with schizophre-

Hospitalization rates, the re-
searchers found, were highest
for patients with no gap cover-
age. Medication costs, the re-
port said, were higher for low-
income patients, but their total
medical costs were similar to
other patients because they
weren't hospitalized as often.
Consumers with generic-only
drug coverage had lower costs
and fewer hospitalizations.
For example, a senior citizen
with bipolar disorder had a
hospitalization rate of 55 per-

cent without drug coverage in
the gap; a rate of 52 percent
with a generics-only plan; and
a rate of 50 percent with a low-
income subsidy that covered
all medications. Those with no
coverage cost $11,928 in hos-
pital fees; those with generic
plans cost $9,303 in hospital
fees; and those with a subsidy
cost $9,215 in hospital fees.
However, those with no cov-
erage had drug costs of $5,260;
those with generic plans had
drug costs of $5,644; and

those with a low-income sub-
sidy had drug costs of $8,075.
"Our point is that coverage
for generics is better than no
coverage at all," Smith said. "It
is felt by many physicians that
brand-names are better, but
it's not clear if that's true."
Those in the low-income
bracket had substantially
higher drug costs, and Smith
said that could be because
they are sicker or use more
drugs because they have bet-
ter coverage.


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/5/1995 02/26/2012

It has been a long rough
year for us. Our eyes are
still filled with tears and we
miss you so much. We miss
your warm loving smile, your
jokes, your kind spirit and
your willingness to help ev-
We will continue to spot-
light your story when ever
and where ever we are invit-
ed. It is too late for us to pro-
tect and keep you safe, but we
are fighting for others that are
victims of senseless crimes.
We sincerely thank all of the
prayer "Warriors" and every-
one that has supported this
peaceful plight for justice.

Trayvon, not a day goes by
without thoughts of you. You
will always be in our memory
and forever in our hearts. We
love you "Tray".
From the ones who knew
you best "Your Family," the
Fulton and Martin Family.

In Memoriam.C ."

In loving memory of,

02/28/2004 01/16/2008

The room is beautifully dec-
orated with pink and white
flowers. Balloons are strate-
gically placed to add a juve-
nile touch to the party. The
table is long and lined with
a white linen table cloth and
a silk pink table runner. The
china on the table is of the
purest porcelain with golden
accents, chicken nuggets and
fries cover the plates. The
crystal wine glasses are filled
with juice. The guests are all
sitting at the table waiting pa-
tiently for the guest of honor
to arrive.
Each person has a gift in
front of them wrapped beau-
tifully in the shiniest paper
and the brightest colors. The
music is playing just loud
enough to be enjoyed but soft
enough to savor. Hours pass
as the arrival of the guest
of honor is anticipated. The
double doors flung open with
each persons eyes wide with
excitement. The gentleman,
dressed all in white, guided
each guest to open the box

sitting in front of them. As
the boxes were opened there
was a soft glow of light coming
from each one.
The boxes contained joy
and laughter, love and com-
passion, calmness and en-
couragement. That's all you.
The way you came to us was
a miracle. The joy you bought
into our lives was miraculous.
You were our miracle child.
It has been five years since
you left us. You are missed as
much today as you were then.
"We held you in arms for a
while however, we hold you in
our hearts forever."
Remembering you on your

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2171 N.W. 56th Street

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

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11 am 7p.m
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740 N.W. 58th Street

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Sunday Shool 10 n m. Morning Wordhip II a m
Youth Ministry Siudy, Wed 1 p m Prayer Bible Sijdy Wed 7 p m
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retired nurse
aide for H
Jewish Medical
Center diedrs, Oa Fields,
February 22.Stephens, Natay Stephens,

include her
son, The Hon.d
Orlando Prescott (Michelle);
daughter, Beverly Griffith;
granddaughters, Orva. Fields,
Yovani Stephens, Nataly Stephens,
Jessica Prescott, and Tatiana
Prescott; grandsons, Vernon
Stephens, and Orlando Prescott ; a
host of great-grands other relatives
and friends. Service 11 a.m., Friday
at Antioch M.B. Church of Miami

school teacher
for Allapattah
Middle School
died February
22. Survivors
include her
mother, Bobbie ,
brother, Robert
Davis (Barbara);
and other extended family. Service
1:30 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

retired practical nurse for Aventura
Hospital died February 14.
Survivors include her daughters,
Cheryl Glover; granddaughter,
Ariel Glover; grandson, Herbert
Glover; sisters, Elaine Jasper,
Jackie Blair, Beatrice Wilson, Betty
Jasper, Samantha Johnson, and
Jeanie Johnson; brother, Michael
Jasper. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Mt. Tabor M.B. Church.

ARNOLD JOYNER, 83, retired
ramp supervisor. Private service 2
p.m., Thursday in the chapel.

Hadley Davis MLK
laborer, died
February 25 at
North Shore ..

Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

ADON'TE LAWTON, 16, student,
died February
24 at Jackson
Health System.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the


died February
22 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the




52, homemaker,
died February ,,
18 at North
Shore Hospital.
Viewing 5-8
p.m., Friday at
Mitchell Funeral "
Home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
at Memorial Temple Baptist Church,
16600 NW 44 Court, Miami, FL.

homemaker, died February 22
at Palms West Hospital. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Ebenezer
Missionary Baptist Church.

Nakia Ingraham
landscaper, died February 21 at
home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Church of God.

worker, died at Jackson North
Hospital. Graveside service, 12
p.m., Friday.

housekeeper, died January 31 at
Broward Health Medical Center.
Service Saturday in Kingston,

Gregg L. Mason

Good year
Tire Service,
died February
20. Survivors
include: mother,

brothers, Jesse
Jones and Keith
Jones (Linda); sisters, Jannie
Jones, Regina Sutton (Woodie)
and Lacora Williams; and a host of
other relatives and friends. Viewing,
2-9 p.m., and family hour 6-8 p.m.,
Friday. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at New Generation Missionary
Baptist Church. Interment: Dade
Memorial Park.

died February
23 at Miami
Gardens Care
Center. Service
1 p.m., Saturday _7%
at Holy Temple
M.B. Church.

40, beautician, died February 12 at
home. Services were held.

February 18 at home. Remains
shipped to Albany.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
truck driver,
died February
8 at Palmetto

H hospital.
Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Church I
International "
Deliverance Center.


died February
16 at Mt. Sinai di

Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

JEREMIAH HALL, 67, security
guardDIE L died
February 24 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary
Missionary .
Baptist Church.

February 15. Services were held.

EVERLENA LEE, 96, died
February 10. Services were held.

EDDIE LINK JR., 88, died
February 17. Services were held.

GRADIE SHIRD, 74, died
February 21. Services were held.

Eric L. Wilson
DERRICK S. PAULK, 18, died
February 19.
Service 12 p.m.,
February 26 at
Mt. Olive.

"Sunny," 71,
security office
at MDCC, died

Service 11 am.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Missionaray 1
Baptist Church.

JULE SPANN, 89, died February
19 at Unity Health and Rehab
Center. Final rites and burial in

February 20 at Baptist Hospital.
Service 7 p.m., Friday in the chapel.

Wright and Young
78, pastor, died rP
February 22 at .
Baptist Hospital. .
Survivors: wife,
Ann E. Johnson; .
Verdell, Terry "
Ann, Cherrie
Ann, Jim,
Ashley, Jamie and Miracle; 28
grandchildren; seven sisters;
two brothers and a host of other
relatives and friends. Viewing 11
a.m.-6 p.m., Friday at Sunrise
Missionary Baptist Church, 3087
NW 60 Street. Memorial service
6-8 p.m., at the church. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Baptist Church.

JR., 20, died
February 20.
He is survived
by his mother,
Yvonne Pruitt
and father,
Jody Ponders,
Sr. Viewing 5-9
p.m., Friday at
Wright and Young Funeral Home.
Wake at residence, 643 Sharar
Ave, Opa-locka. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Opa-locka United
Methodist Church, 630 Sharar Ave,

SR., 26,
died February
24 at home.
mother, Brenda
Smith; father,


B r o w n I
(deceased); son, MacArther Smith,
Jr.; a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at
Bethel Apostolic Temple.

field operations,
died February
21 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Shiloh
Baptist Church.

45, school
clerk, died
February 22
at Pembroke
Pines Memorial.
Service 1 p.m., I
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.

47, educator,
died February
22 at Mt. Sinai. -
Viewing 4 p.m.-
8 p.m., Friday, 2
March 1 at
Peace MBC.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Antioch MBC of Miami Gardens.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired Metro
Dade Transit
Bus Operator, -.
died February
23 at University ".
of Miami.
Survivors: wife,
Inez Rozier;
brother, Kessler
Rozier and sister, Connie Reaves.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at New
Shiloh M.B.C.

86, business
owner, died
February 24
at VA Hospital.
are incomplete.



died February -
24. Service '.
1 p.m.,
Saturday at
New Fellowship

BURKES, died February 23 at
Jackson Health Systems. Service
10 a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

February 18 at Ft. Lauderdale
Health and Rehab. Service 2 p.m.,
Wednesday in the chapel.

maker, died February 14 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

seamstress, died February 14 at
University Hospital. Services were

homemaker, died February 15 at
Jackson Nursing Home. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

todian, died February 22 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

laundry clerk, died February 16 at
North Shore Medical Center. Ser-
vices were held.

server, died February 10 at home.
Service 5 p.m., Friday in the cha-

WARREN BOOTH, 72, mechan-
ic, died February 20 at Westside
Regional Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Carey Royal Ram'n
Jim Bob,"
42, line cook,
died February
19 at University
of Miami.
Survivors are
son, James
A. Sydonor ,
III (Daphne);
mother, Marion M. Sydnor; brothers,
Samuel Hayes and Dennis Brown;
sisters, Charlene Gibbs, Katie
Williams, Marcia Wallace, Tabitha
Dickerson and Lakeshia Sydnor;
devoted friend, Trevale Harris; dog,
DeDe his Yorkshire Terrier. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Temple
Missionary Baptist Church, 1723
NW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL. In lieu
of flowers, make donations to the

yardman, died
February 18.
Survived by
devoted wife,
Debra aka
"Sissy"; father,


Henry Moore, \
Jr.; sister, Diane A \\
McClover and a -
host of other relatives and friends.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at First
Baptist Church of Brownsville.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
r- --- -


02/27/1932 11/27/2012

From your daughter,
Mechelle; your son, Michael
Finch; your sister, Deloris;
your best friend always,
Jeanette; your grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
We love you.

in Memoriam

In loving memory of,

06/11/1955 02/29/2012

It's been a year since you
have gone from us, but you
still are in our hearts.
From your kids. Love
always, Jan, Ron and Shawn.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

i ,W"

04/30/1932 02/22/2012

"Mama" it's been one year
since you've been gone, it
seems like today . .
We love you. Your son,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


The love is still there and
tears still flow. Sherri, we
miss you.
From your mother, Bessie
Williams; brothers and

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

-P 4.sa'


wishes to extend our sincere
appreciation for your tremn-
dous love and support during
our period of bereavement.
We are extremely grateful
to everyone for their various
acts of kindness.
Special thanks to Pastor
Billy W. L. Strange, Jr., the
Mt. Calvary family and Wright
and Young Funeral Home
I May God bless all of you.
Love, Anita and children.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

03/13/1954 02/26/2006

Our cherished love for you
still grows and is eternally
etched in our hearts and
Son, Robert Paul Jones;
parents, Robert C. and
Eolyn R. Jones; sister, Dr.
Jocelyn (Matthew) Lawrence;
brothers, Dr. Broderick,
Robert Jr.; and cousin,
Vanessa Bellamy.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,.
4 .--

03/01/1977 05/01/2011

It has almost been two
years, since God called our
precious jewel home.
Jon, we love and miss you
so much
Mom, dad, brothers, sisters,
nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles, cousins and friends.

03/21/1941 03/01/2010

Wife, Evie; children,
Yolanda (Kevin), Timothy II
(Ruthie) and Cory (Danielle;
grandchildren, Zaria, Kerra,
Kiah, Genesis, Cory, Jr.,
Timothy III and Adam.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


02/25/1935 03/02/2012

It's been a year and we are
still trying to adjust to you
not being here.
You are sorely missed.
The family





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Testifying to

the power of

gospel music

Mavis Staples sings at the

Allen Room in New York
By Stephen Holden

More than half a century of American social
history is embodied in the warm, earthy voice
of the great R&B gospel singer Mavis Staples,
who appeared at the Allen Room on Thursday
evening as part of Lincoln Center's American
Songbook series. Beyond being embracing and
visceral, that voice is determined.

-Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
Mavis Staples, with Stephen Hodges on
drums, Thursday night at the Allen Room,
part of Lincoln Center's American Song-
book series.

Staples, 73, belongs to the folk wing of gos-
pel. Her values are grounded in the civil rights
and labor union movements and the ideals
-of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her
concert, which mixed R&B, folk, country and
traditional spirituals, reflected a long view of
history in which the downtrodden's struggles
against injustice require patience and perse-
Ingrained in her sound is the faith that the
fight for justice will be rewarded: maybe not
today, maybe not in the foreseeable future. But
marching on the path of righteousness should
be its own reward. As long as you stay on that
road, you are headed in the right direction.
In her greatest hit with the Staples Singers,
"I'll Take You There," which she sang as an
audience call-and-response, she volunteers to
show the way.
The kind of glamour and flowery extrava-
gance that attaches to the pop end of gospel
are not for Ms. Staples. Her grainy, low-voiced,
minimally ornamented singing is rooted to
a family tradition that spans more than 60
years and whose guiding force, Roebuck (Pops)
Staples, died in 2000. The song that best
distilled the concert's spirit was his anthem,
"Freedom Highway," in which her voice be-
came the grounding instrument and steering
mechanism in a collective march of people
united in faith.
Staples in 2011 received her first Grammy,
for best Americana album, for "You Are Not
Alone," produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Its
title song is a lean, tough declaration of spiri-
tual encouragement that straddles the line
between secular and sacred.
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Rising star Author Jonathan Spikes poses by his novel cover "I Know What I Am And
I Am Not What You Call Me."

Local play addresses

sexual abuse on stage

Jonathan Spikes utilizes

personal experiences to

educate community
By D. Kevin McNeir

There are some things in the Black com-
munity that are considered taboo the sex-
ual abuse of children is one of them. But for
South Florida-born Jonathan Spikes, it has
become a personal crusade. In sharing his
own life story of sexual abuse at the hands
of both men and women when he was just a
child, and even sharing how he was abused
by his male partner in his adult years,
Spikes has remained committed to chang-
ing lives for the better, including his own.
His conflict resolution/anti-bullying program
has been adopted by the Miami-Dade County
Public Schools. And he has established a
foundation to support and encourage at-risk,
abused children.
Last Saturday evening, he took the first
steps in transforming his book, "I Know
What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me,"
into an autobiographical play with a staged
reading of the work. Written by Spikes,
along with Shanteria Griglen and directed
by Patrice DeGraff Arenas, the play features
Stephon Bron as the main character, Damon
McBlessed whose struggle is apparently
based on the childhood of Spikes.
Bron, a graduate of the New World School

Jonathan Spikes with Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall at Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts on Saturday.

of the Arts, is outstanding in his portrayal
and should be considered a true rising star.
"The abuse confuses him [Damon] about
his sexuality and his identity but more
than that it warps his understanding of what
real love is all about," Spikes says.
While there are certainly moments of
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Quincy Jones excited

about Playground Sessions

,.. By Jefferson Graham
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, LOS ANGELES Legendary music producer
' and composer Quincy Jones has taken to the
Web to advance the cause of music education.
- He's an investor and co-creator of the Play-
ground Sessions website, which just exited its
beta test period. Playground aims to be the
"Rosetta Stone" of music education, as the
27-time Grammy Award winner, who will be
celebrating his 80th birthday in March, told us
in a recent visit to his home here.

It costs $9.99 a month for online access to
lessons on music theory and video instruc-
tions for playing popular songs such as
Beyonce's Halo, and One Republic's Apologize
on the keyboard. Jones is involved behind
the scenes. The website features interactive
tutorials from YouTube sensation David Sides,
and will expand to other instruments in 2013.
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"Music, food and the languages hold the cul-
ture together. Playground is the personifica-
tion of how to get emotionally and technically
involved. It will hypnotize you and pull you in.
You will understand what it (music) looks like
on paper, how it feels and how to approach it."

Jones, a longtime music composer and ar-
ranger, dislikes using popular software such
as Avid's Pro Tools for writing music on the
computer. "If you don't understand music, you
work for the machine."

Jones was an early adopter of the synthe-
sizer and drum machines, but his choice for
biggest innovation goes way back. "We had the
first Fender bass in 1952. Without that bass
getting together with electric guitar . there
would be no rock and roll or Motown. That's
for sure. An electric rhythm section."

Jones listens to music in his screening room
here, which is adorned with movie posters
of all the films he scored, including In Cold
Blood, The Color Purple and In the Heat of
the Night. He likes to check out new stuff on
the Spotify music subscription service, which
offers 20 million songs. "Full access is what's
good about it. I like all the apps and the ap-
proach towards the future."

A social-media 'Scandal' rocks ABC

All the plot

twists are good

for ratings, too
By Bill Keveney

A presidential assassination
attempt. A suspect's torture
by the U.S. government. A
rigged election. And now, the
president as a killer.
Any of those plot points
could consume a TV series,
but ABC's torrid Scandal
(Thursday, 10 ET/PT) has hit
them all in less than three
"I'm shocked all the time,"
says Kerry Washington, who
plays Olivia Pope, the bril-
liant, flawed heroine at the
center of the political drama
from Grey's Anatomy creator
Shonda Rhimes. During one
recent twist-filled cast script
reading, which revealed the


"The great thing (is) she's not perfect. She's not
this magical character who walks into a room and
fixes everything all the time, including her own life."
Kerry Washington on her character, Plivia Pope

president's killing of a Su-
preme Court justice, "we felt
like our world was falling
apart as we were reading

it. It's really exciting."Olivia
oversees a team of operatives
skilled in every kind of fixing,
from political to criminal, but

there are elements of her own
life, such as her love affair
with the married president,
Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Gold-
wyn), and her involvement
with the rigging of a presiden-
tial election, that don't offer
an easy fix.
"She's human. The great
thing about her is that she's
not perfect. She's not this
magical character who walks
into a room and fixes every-
thing all the time, including
her own life," Washington
Amid the whirlwind of ac-
tion, the complicated Olivia-
Fitz relationship is "so much
the backbone, the emotional
core of what the show is
based on," executive producer
Betsy Beers says. "From the
first episode, there was this
incredibly intense relationship
at the center . an impos-
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Anthony and Caroline
Simons flew to Nassau,
Bahamas last ,week to help
Aubrey L. Fernander celebrate
his 90th birthday sponsored by
The International Swimming
Hall of Fame. Joining in the
celebration were his wife,
Maude Fernander, and
children: Audrey W. Rolle,
Juliet (and Glen Miller),

Laverne (and
James McSwain-
Hanover), Gregory Fernander
and Kevin. Fernander was
also joined by his siblings
and their spouses: Almeria
Pinder, Marline and John
Dorsett and Arline Dorsett.
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney returned
from Exuma to be the mistress
of ceremonies for the Black

history banquet
observed by the Church ...
of God of Prophecy.
Barbara Brown and
Dr. Allen Strachan 1 :.
served as coordinators.
The program opened
with Anquette Wray
followed by Micah
Clark and Minister PIN
Carl Bannister. Guests
were treated to performances
by Echoes of Praise Choir
from Miramar, Rose Curtis,
the Inspiration .Choir, Higher
Calling Dance Group, David
Sweeney, Keya Curtis,

Roshana Livingston,
T & T Dancers, Patrice
Mozell, Ridgeway
Drama Group and the
; Rainbow Choir.
Sharon Gallimore
gave her father,
S Commissioner
Timothy Holmes,
IKNEY a surprise birthday
celebration last
Saturday at the Don Shula
Restaurant. Some of the
guests were Patsy Williams,
Cheryl Cason, Janet Smith,
Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez,
Debra Bell, Doreen Barhan,

Regine Gallimore, Jr.,
Robert Gallimore III, Bishop
Nathaniel Holmes, Priscilla
Holmes, Bishop Juntor,
Priscilla, Lorraine and
Martha Thompson, George
and Dewey Jackson, Celeste
and Sherman Wilder, Dave
Shipman, Steve Bullock,
James Smith, Arthur and
Deborah Johnson and Jean
President Veronica Rahming
of The Egelloc Civic and Social
Club and Mary Ann Thomas
McCloud, coordinator of the
Men Of Tomorrow, announced

the 2013 officers and
participants for the The Men of
Tomorrow. They are: Dwayne
Holloway, president; Isaiah
Williams, vice president; Troy
Duffie, second vice president;
Gregory White, recorder;
Travis Hall, chaplain; Justin
White, assistant chaplain;
and participants Albert
Smalls, Berric Dailey, David
Cheesborough, David Harris,
Jeffery Brown, Michael D.
Smith, Jr., M. Frederick,
R. Walker, Sean Watts, S.
McMurray, T. Darling, K. Pla,
R. Bain and J. Addison.

Sympathy is extended to the
families of Lloyd Johnson,
Claretha Grant Lewis and
Clarence Cleare, Sr. These
are all old-time Miamians
who lived in Overtown and
of course, were all graduates
of Booker T. Washington Sr.
High School. Cleare will be
especially remembered for
his inspiring tenor voice and
for his special ministry of
seeing that the elderly and

M The Louie Bing
Scholarship Fund, Inc.
invites you to their banquet
that will feature Dr. Steve
Gallon III as the speaker,
March 2nd, at 6:30 p.m., -at
Florida Memorial University.
Contact Gladys at 305-753-

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

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1979 will meet
March 9th, at 3 p.m., at
Arcola Lakes Branch Library,
8240 NW 7th Ave. Call 785-

a The Gamma Zeta

sick received
their weekly copy """
of The Miami Times.
Joint Lenten services
coordinated by. Black
Episcopal congregations in
the community are a great
way to connect with old
time friends and 'meet new
acquaintances.'Next Sunday,
March 3rd, the services will
be held at Church of the
Transfiguration in Opa-

Omega Chapter of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc. will have a luncheon
to celebrate the sororities'
105th anniversary, March
10th, at 2 p.m., at the Miami
Mariott Biscayne Bay-Hotel,
1611 N. Bayshore Dr. Email

0 Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will
meet March 16th, at 4:30
p.m., at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. Contact
Lebbie&at 305-213-0188.

The Florida State
Foster Adoptive Parent
Association, Inc. would like
for you to join them for their
Duffels for Kids Walk, May
18th, at 9 a.m., at Jungle
*a New Stanton Sr. High

locka. The final service will
be held at The Historic St.
Agnes' Episcopal Church
on Sunday, March 17, with
The Right Reverend Cornell
Moss, Lord Bishop of Guyana,
as the guest preacher.
All roads will lead members
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. to celebrate their 100th
anniversary in Washington,
D.C. The sorority was
founded in 1913 at Howard
University. Local members
may call Maud Newbold
at 305-6358767 for more
The Reverend Richard

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

W Miami Northwestern
Class of 1963 will have their
50th Reunion Celebration,
June 7-9th. Contact Claudette
at 305-793-8131.

I 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
The Fort Valley
alumni and
residents softball
are in need of help..
Ashley 786-356-9069

Class of
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1979 make a
Call 786-399-

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L.M. Barry, former rector of
St. Agnes' Episcopal Church
will be the guest preacher
at St. Patrick's Episcopal
Church in West Palm Beach
on March 13 as they observe
their 100th anniversary.
An invitation is still extended
to interested persons to
travel with members of St.
Cecelia's Episcopal Church
Women Chapter of St. Agnes'
Episcopal Church during the
Memorial Day weekend as
they journey to the historical
city of Charleston on their
seventeenth annual scenic
bus tour.

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

N The City of Miami
Black Police Precinct
and Courthouse Museum
invites you to a Historical
Presentation of our Living
Pioneers, Feb. 28th, at 5:30
p.m., 480 NW 11th St. Call

IN The. City of Miami
invites you to a Community
Reception in Celebration of
Black History Month, Feb.
28th, 6 p.m., at Little Haiti
Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th
Terr. Call 786-777-0184.

Haitian Women of
Miami invites you to their
20th Annual Anniversary
Reception, March 7th, at
7 p.m., at the Little Haiti
Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th
Terr. Call 305-756-8050.

Spikes takes on personal fight for abused kids

continued from 1C

laughter and the inclusion of
many contemporary images
and characters, it is the emo-
tional telling of one man's true
story that grabs the audience
and exposes them to a dark
world that needs to be exposed.
School board member Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall,
who has become one of Spikes'
most avid supporters, hosted
the event.
"This is a courageous young
man," she said in her words
about Spike. "Sexual abuse is
horrific and a serious pattern.
In this play it is not sugar-coat-
ed we see it in all of its most
raw details. What is amazing
is how a young man so terribly
abused in his youth has been
able to arrive at a point of re-
As one character proclaims,
"People will call you many
names but the only one that
matters is the one you answer
DeGraff Arenas, who plays
the role of Damon's mother, is

staged reading, which was held
in the Peacock Education Cen-
ter at the Arsht Center. Spikes
-says he plans to consider the
comments'from the community,
incorporate some of them into
the script and take the play to
the stage as soon as he is able.
With the right changes that
should include adding a few
more details and/or dialogue
that would then require the
audience to take fewer "mental
leaps," this could be a play well
worth seeing.

Jonathan Spikes with Suzanne McDowell at Adrienne
Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

the foil to the confused young
man that makes this play work.
While she wears the hat of di-
rector she is clearly a talented
actress in her own right, giving
a stunning performance.
Other actors who showed

great promise in this read-
ing included: DuVonne Moore
[Dr. Johnston]; Edson Jean
[Michael/Steven/Charad] and
Devon Dessow [David].
A question and answer period
followed the conclusion of the

Scandal a success for ABC network

continued from 1C

single person, it affects and has
involved either directly or indi-
rectly. It's touched everything."
Viewers appear to be re-
sponding to Scandal's per-
sonal and political intrigue. In
its first full season, it is up six
percent in viewers (averaging
8.4 million) and 19 percent in
advertiser-prized young adults
over an abbreviated, seven-ep-
isode premiere last spring that
featured no lower-rated reruns.
Its six most-watched episodes
have come in the past seven
first-run airings.

Scandal also is drawing a
substantial social-media fol-
lowing, encouraged by ABC's
marketing efforts and the dedi-
cation of the cast, Rhimes and
others involved with the .show,
who live-tweet each episode.
Momentum picked up after the
presidential assassination at-
tempt in late November, facili-
tated by the network's creation
of customized hashtags, such
as #whoshotfitz.
The Feb. 7 episode, in which
the president kills a Supreme
Court justice to prevent her
from confessing to the bid-
rigging and assassination at-
tempt, generated more than

350,000 tweets and was Thurs-
day's most-talked-about show
on Twitter, according to the net-
work. Throughout the evening,
a number of trending topics
were Scandal-related.
Networks are starting to tout
their series' social standings.
And the industry considers
social-media activity to carry
a number of benefits. They in-
clude drawing the interest of
-those who may be new to the
show and, with live-tweeting,
encouraging live viewing in an
era when so much is watched at
a later time, says Marla Proven-
cio, ABC's executive vice presi-
dent of marketing.


Deadline for Knight Arts

Challenge is March 4th

Miami times staff report

The Knights Arts Challenge
is here and it's your turn to
inspire South Florida's grow-
ing local arts scene.You're here
because, like us, you believe
the arts are the highest form
of human expression. They
describe beauty, speak to our
soul, engage and enrage. They
celebrate our community's
diversity and etch our shared
experience. The arts inspire.
The Knight Arts Challenge
is a Miami-based initiative to
draw the best and most in-
novative ideas out of local
organizations and individu-
als seeking to transform the

community through the arts.
' If you have a great idea in the
arts, let us know. Take part
in a community rising to new
levels of artistic achievement
and global recognition. In the
last five years, 143 ideas were
funded. Is this your year?
The John S. and James
Knight Foundation is seeking
ideas and innovation in the
arts from nonprofits, compa-
nies and individuals.
South Floridians can still
submit their ideas for the
Knight Arts Challenge, a com-
munity-wide contest funding
cultural projects that engage
and enrich Greater Miami. The
deadline is March 4.

Black women in Hollywood

continued from 1C

While the event serves to
acknowledge the
talent and accom-
plishments of Black
trailblazers in the
film and TV industry,
it's also a chance for
us to dole out some
sartorial praise.
Gabrielle Union,
who was presented ROWL
with the Fierce &
Fearless award, stepped out in
a gorgeous green vintage Ver-
sace dress and Forevermark
diamonds for the occasion. The
sleeveless mini dress showed
off the 40-year-old actress' fab-
ulous legs and we loved her full
curly mane.
Another one of the after-

noon's honorees was adorable,
per usual. Quvenzhan6 Wallis
started off her big Oscars week-
end in a pink-and-white floral
printed frock while car-
rying one of her beloved
puppy purses. Oprah
%I Winfrey, who picked up
the Power award, kept it
simple in a crisp white
blouse and Black pencil
skirt, allowing her dates
I for the event students
AND from her leadership
school in South Africa -
to shine. Although, the media
maven did turn heads rocking
her big natural hair.
Legendary actress Diah-
ann Caroll, supermodel Nao-
mi Campbell and singer Kelly
Rowland were also style stand-
outs at the star-studded lun-

Mavis Staples: Music icon

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At. the Grammys on Sunday,
she participated in a tribute
to Levon Helm of the Band. At
Thursday's concert her version
of "The Weight," with an ar-
rangement that paralleled that
of the Band's original record-
ing, was one of the peaks of a
set whose musicians contribut-
ed harmony vocals throughout
the evening.

In an instrumental interlude
Ms. Staples's musical director
and lead guitarist, Rick Holm-
strom, and the bassist and gui-
tarist Jeff Turmes played shiv-
ering guitar solos of "Wayfaring
Stranger" and "0 Mary Don't
You Weep."
There was not a wasted note
or unnecessary frill in an eve-
ning whose beats, supplied by
the drummer Stephen Hodges,
seemed to rumble up from be-
low. Stirring was the word.

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Liberty City youth get lessons in karate

Sensei Clayton Powell leads his team

of committed self-defense instructors

By D. Kevin McNeir

Clayton Powell, 53, grew up
in Bronzeville and took his first
karate lesson in 1971. But un-
like many youth during those
days who were only momen-
tarily enamored with Bruce
Lee and the martial arts, Pow-
ell, a Jackson High graduate,
stuck with it.
In 1992, the 4th Degree
Black Belt began teaching free
classes at Athalie Range Park
[525 NW 62nd St.] and but for
a brief hiatus, has been there
ever since. Today the program
continues to flourish with ap-
proximately 30 boys and girls,
ages six and above, meeting
twice a week with their sensee"
and his team of instructors.
They learn basic maneuvers in
self-defense but that's just the

tip of the iceberg.
"Mostly it's conditioning but
they can't 'participate if their
grades aren't up to par," Powell
said. "It's also about discipline,
self respect and teamwork.
You have kids whose mothers
say they can't handle them -
they're getting into fights or
won't obey them. Some of them
have anger problems. We find
ways to help them cope with
their living situations and with
life. Discipline is the key to
karate and other martial arts
forms. They learn how to re-
spect adults and each other.
We think it makes for a better
Some of Powell's former stu-
dents have returned and now
work with him others have
gone on to do positive things
in their professional lives and
in their communities. All of his

-Miami Times photo/ D. Kevin McNeir
LESSONS IN LIFE: Young karate students with their four "senseis" learn self-defense and es-
sential skills like teamwork, self-respect and discipline at Athalie Range Park.

current staff, including Sen-
sei Dane, Sensei Kokami and
Sensei Brenda, have put years'

of study into karate from 15
to 41 years of hard work and
dedication. Now they're pass-

FCAT writing portion gets underway

Miami Times staff report

The first round of the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test [FCAT] '
kicked off last Tuesday with the writ-
ing portion of the exam for 4th, 8th
and 10th graders. In FCAT 2.0 Writing,
students were given a writing prompt
that provided the topic. Fourth-graders
wrote a narrative; eighth and 10th-
graders wrote a pers.iashie essay.
Make-up tests were scheduled for
Officials with the Florida Department
of Education [FDOE] say they hope to
avoid problems that arose during the
writing exam in 2012. To that end,
they have updated some of the require-
ments on the exam. Criticism arose
last year when the state toughened the,
standards, only to change the scoring

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system when it became apparent that
students statewide had failed to score
well. One change this year: students.got
an additional 15 minutes to organize
and write their essays. Giving students
a full hour to write their essays was

based on the "increased scoring expec-
' stations according to FDoE officials and
went into effect this school year.
When will scores be available? As-
suming that there are no snafus, stu-
.dents will learn how they fared on the
writing test based on a one to'six-point
scale. There is no "passing" score for
FCAT 2.0 Writing. However, the recent
requirement revisions established that
the percentage of students scoring 3.5
or above on Tuesday's assessment will
be used as a component in calculating
school grades. Students throughout
the state have been working with their
instructors to strengthen their essay
writing. for the past few months.
More information about the FCAT and
changes to the statewide assessment
program can be seen at the FDOE web-
site: FCAT.FLDOE.org.

Miami students tackle global problems

Over 700 attend

U.N. model local

More than 700 middle and
high school students from 30
schools in the Miami-Dade
area attended the United Na-
tions Association of the USA's
Global Classrooms Miami
Model UN Conference last
Monday at Miami Dade Col-
lege. The conference involved
31 schools in the Miami-Dade
County Public School District,
as well as dozens of volunteers

from area colleges..
"Students' participation in
Model UN today marks the
beginning of a long period of
engagement between them
and the United Nations," said
UNA-USA Executive Director
Patrick Madden. "The Miami
conference is part of a coun-
try-wide movement where stu-
dents are showing they care
about issues that go beyond
their local communities, and
are willing to bring down the
common barriers that divide
countries and cultures."
Casimiro Global Founda-
tion President, and UNA-USA

Miami Chapter Vice President
Juan P. Casimiro delivered
Monday's keynote address.
Topics of global interest were
debated in committees, includ-
ing: women, peace, and se-
curity; dealing with an aging
population; and child labor.
Global Classrooms Miami
has grown rapidly since its
inception in 2005 thanks to
support from the public school
system as well as the local
community and educators.
Global Classrooms Model UN
has amazed schools around
the globe with its ability to
cultivate global literacy, life

-Photo courtesy Tammy Reed

Students honored as Posse Scholars

5000 Role Models of Excellence Project students David Jackson of Miami Central Senior
High (2nd left) and Jean Degraphe (2nd right) of Miami Jackson Senior High were recently
recognized as Posse Scholars by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto
M. Carvalho and the M-D school board. Also pictured are Role Model Mentor Dwight Jackson
(1-r), Role Model School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman and Role Model School Board
Member Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway. This year, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project
celebrates 20 years of mentoring, guidance and educational assistance.

skills and attitudes necessary
for active citizenship, show-
ing that students deeply care
about the world outside of
their local community.

ing it on to children that need
positive .structure and order
in a.world where things often
seem chaotic.
"For some of them, I am the
first man they've encountered
and my voice and appearance
is something that they have to
get used to," Powell said. "It's
what many of them have longed
for and needed."

From the youngest student,
four-year-old Brenda Harvard,
struggling with her belt and
the rest of her uniform, to the
older students who were enter-

ing the room and quickly find-
ing their spots on the mats for
warm-ups, it was evident that
they all wanted to be there.
But what are they learning
and what do they hope to ac-
complish when they become
adults? Here's what they said:
Brenda Harvard, 4: "I like the
class. I want to be a doctor."
Paris Orle, 17: "It's fun and I
can learn with my sister be-
cause she's in the class too. I
want to be a karate teacher."
Javonni Rolle, 10: "Our sen-
sei knows how to train us well.
I would like to teach others
Floyd Walker, 8: "Sensei
treats me like a man. I want to
be a police officer."'
Ronisha Gibbs, 10: "The rolls
and breaks we do in class are
fun. I don't know what I .want
to do when I grow up not yet."
Mylik McClary, 7: "When you
move up in rank and change
your belt color, it makes you
feel proud. I want to be on a
SWAT team."
Carlos Bee, 13, started to an-
swer our questions, but then
Powell rattled off a phrase of
commands it was time for
the next lesson in discipline.
He, along with the other late
arrivals, would have to wait for
another time. After all, there
were lessons to learn.
For a nominal fee and with a
parent's permission, children
can still join the class. A physi-
cal and other paperwork must
be completed.

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By Kevin G. Hall

Gasoline prices are soaring
again- and eating away at the
purchasing power of ordinary
Americans. And again, finan-
cial speculators appear to be a
big part of the story.
The national average pump
price hit $3.74 for a gallon of
unleaded gasoline, up a sharp
44. cents per gallon from just
a month ago, according to the
AAA Motor Club's Fuel Gauge
"It's the 33rd day in a row
that we've seen a consecutive
increase" in gasoline prices,
said Nancy White, a spokes-
woman for AAA, who said
there are several explanations

Community gets a "taste"

of Black-owned restaurants

By D. Kevin McNeir

Dorsey Educational Center in Liberty
City was the site for a very special day
last week. In fact, it was a first for the
school and the community a taste
fest of sorts featuring several Black-
owned restaurants in Liberty City and
Little Haiti. But it's just the beginning
if City Commissioner Michelle Spence-




Carrfour Supportive Hous-
ing, Florida's largest nonprofit
affordable housing developer,
announced recently that it has
named Anthea M. Pennant as
director of Fund Development
and External Affairs. Pennant
brings additional fundraising and
advocacy talent to the organiza-
tion with more than 20 years Al
of combined public and private
sector leadership experience, than e
having previously served top roles rations
in organizations such as Feed- an opp
ing South Florida and Penzaac differe
Corporation of America. for Car
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as an organization, Carrfour impact
Supportive Housing continues the pu
to make a positive impact in the sectors
South Florida community," said strong
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president and CEO of Carrfour to our
Supportive Housing. "Now more Ple;

Jones, the Liberty City Trust, N.A.N.A.,
Buy Miami biz and a few others have
their way.
"We wanted to promote the restau-
rants in the area and to encourage
people to sample the menus and then
tell their colleagues, peers and others,"
said Dr. Angela Thomas DuPree, who
took over as the Center's principal last
And while the 1,000-plus adult high

ever, individuals, corpo-
s and foundations have
portunity to make a real
nce through their support
rrfour, helping to ensure
stain and maximize that
t. Anthea's background in
blic, private, and non-profit
s will provide her with a
foundation for her work
She's a welcomed addition
team and a perfect fit to
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school and vocational training program
does not have a culinary program,
DuPree and Spence-Jones are hoping
to incorporate one into the curriculum
A few of the businesses that partici-
pated last week are over 15 years old
while others have been open less than
two years. One thing they all have in
common: getting a steady clientele to
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Despite red flags,

Army plows on

Report alleges payroll padding,

harassment in $25oM program
By Tom Vanden Brook

A $250 million Army program designed to aid U.S.
troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has been riddled by
serious problems that include payroll padding, sexual
harassment and racism, a USA TODAY probe has
As the Pentagon plans for sizable
budget cuts beginning next month,
the Army is planning to use the
teams in other potential hot spots
around the world despite the allega-
tions outlined in an unreleased Army
investigation obtained by the newspa-
per and in subsequent interviews.
The program, known as the Human
Terrain System (HTS), sends civilian
social scientists overseas to help U.S. DEMPSEY
troops better understand the societ-
ies in which they are operating, avoid bloodshed and
smooth relations with local populations.
The 2010 report shows the program had severe prob-
lems, including:
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but that none seem overly
The rising gasoline prices
come even as the U.S. now
produces more than half the
oil it consumes. In fact, the
nearly 800,000 barrel per
day increase in U.S. produc-
tion output from 2011 to 2012
reflected the largest one-year
jump since oil drilling began
in 1859.
The U.S. Energy Information
Administration projects that
U.S. oil production will rise
from 6.89 million barrels per
day in Nov. 2012 to 8.15 mil-
lion by Dec. 2014. At the same
time, the International En-
ergy Agency has lowered its
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Resumes replaced

by Twitter accounts

Social networks

essential to job

hunting process
By Bruce Horovitz

Out: r6sum6s. In: tweets.
Several tech-forward mar-
keting companies are going
where few have gone before:
They're ditching the r6sum6
and the conventional job
interview process for tweets. A
simple tweet or two some-
times called Twitterviews -
can lead to a job.
In a nation where unemploy-
ment stands at 7.9 percent,
how you tweet may determine
how employable you are.
"The paper resume is dead,"
says Vala Afshar, chief mar-
keting officer at the tech
company Enterasys Networks,
which is in the process of hir-
ing a six-figure, senior social
media strategist based on
tweets. Afshar refuses to even
look at-resumes. "The Web is

your r6sum6. Social networks
are your mass references.
Starting today, job pros-
pects can begin tweeting for
the job. "I believe the very best
talent isn't even looking for
work," Afshar says. "They're
mobile and socially connected
and too busy changing the
Think of it as a 140-char-
acter job interview. Even
the folks at Twitter are a bit
surprised. "I don't think we've
heard of that before actually,"
spokeswoman Alexandra Va-
lasek says in an e-mail.
Kristy Webster, 22, totally
gets it. She created and is
coordinating an offbeat bid by
her employer The Market-
ing Arm, a division of ad giant
Omnicom Group to hire five
summer interns based on re-
sponses to five tweets over five
days. Those who respond with
the best tweets will become
job finalists. No one will ask
them for resumes.
"We're meeting our potential
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Activists applaud HUD's rule to determine violations in housing
By Charlene Crowell the assassination of Dr. Martin As a result, many con- "Every federal discrimination and predatory class, have lost a century of

NNPA columnist

A recent action by the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development has now
formalized a national standard
for determining violations of
the Fair Housing Act. The new
rule which takes into account
"disparate impact" embraces a
long-held civil rights view that
housing discrimination and
lending occur not only by in-
tent; but also by effect.
Enacted in 1968 following

Luther King, Jr. the Fair Hous-
ing Act bans discrimination in
the sale, rental and financing
of housing based on race, re-
ligion, national origin or sex.
The act was later amended to
include family status and the
physically-challenged. Despite
the Fair Housing Act, some
real estate agents, landlords,
lenders and even local govern-
ments continued practices that
had an unjustified effect of
discriminating against many
well-qualified home seekers.

sumers were locked
out of housing oppor-
tunities that provided
convenient access
to quality schools,
health care and more.
The new regulation
reaffirms what the law
intended more than
40 years ago.
In response to HUD's
rule announcement, a

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court of appeals .that
has considered this
issue has concluded
that liability under
the Fair Housing Act
can be established
by proof of disparate
impact," said Wade
Henderson, presi-
dent and CEO of the
Leadership Confer-
ence on Civil and

chorus of civil rights and fair Human Rights. "This doctrine,
housing advocates hailed the now codified, is a powerful tool
move. to combat redlining, housing

Shanna Smith, president
and CEO of the National Fair
Housing Alliance, said, "We
need look no further than the
nation's foreclosure crisis to
see how many homeowners in
communities of color as well as
families with children, people
with disabilities and many
others have been devastated
by the disparate impact of dis-
criminatory housing and lend-
ing policies. People of color,
including many in the middle

household wealth because of
these practices. While some of
these practices are uninten-
tional, many others are built
on the explicitly discrimina-
tory practices of the past."
Janis Bowdler, director of
economic policy with the Na-
tional Council of LaRaza, said,
"This is a profound step for-
ward in the fight of discrimi-
Since early 2012, HUD solic-
ited and received input from a
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TOP CHEFS: The owners and staff of Black restaurants in Liberty City and Little Haiti are eager
to serve you.

Black chefs: Cooking up a storm

continued from 5D

come through their doors. The
taste fest was a way of giving
them greater exposure.
"Imagine if we got groups
from 'churches, businesses
and non-profits to support our
Black-owned restaurants just
once a week," Spence-Jones
said. "People have to eat every
day. Instead of supporting fast
food restaurants that don't give
back to- our community, why
not support our own business-

Blessed Catering [5711 NW
7th Ave.] opened in 1997 and
moved to its current location
seven years ago. Owner Denise
Ross's specialty items include:
cabbage and collards and po-
tato salad.
"We've tried to have jazz
nights, breakfast and oth-
er novel ideas but keeping a
steady line of customers is still
our greatest challenge," she
said. "Give us a chance and
you'll keep coming back."
Devillien Lubin and Chef
Marie is the tandem that own
Leela's Restaurant [5650 NE
2nd Ave.] where they feature
Haitian-American cuisine with
an added "healthy approach."

"We need more people to
check us out -once they do
they'll see we use less grease,
less salt and have a more gour-
met-like presentation," they
said. "Our food tastes good and
it's healthier too."
Louis Famous Foods' [1482
NW 7th Ave.] owner Roderick
Louis, 50, was born in Liberty
City and grew up in Overtown.
He's been serving his stewed
conch, ox tails and crab and
rice specialty for over 20 years.
"Our task has been to main-
tain the standard that we've set
in this community," he said.
"We've sponsored essay con-
tests for students, held taste
tests for kids and even had
folks like the late Tupac fre-
quent our business. Our goal is
to keep getting better."
The Bahamian Pot [1413 NW
54th St.] is another community
fixture says Laynette Jackson,
daughter of the owner, Trudy
"Trudy's boiled fish and grits,
steamed conch and macaroni
and cheese are longtime fa-
vorites," said Jackson, whose
mom has been in business for
25 years. "We represent several
different cultures in. our tastes
and while business is pretty
good, it could be better. People
forget that small businesses
help support their community.
But we need the community to

support us too."
Another restaurant that fea-
tures authentic island cuisine
is the Bahamian Connection
[4400 NW 2nd Ave.], whose
doors have been open for 37
"We offer a unique experi-
ence and take you back to the
islands with conch salad and
other items that are second-to-
none," said Gayle Ingraham,
one of the cooks and wife of co-
owner Phillip Ingraham.
Other restaurants in the
area include: Shantel's Lounge
[5426 NW 7th Ave.]; Shrimp
Wings & Things [5843 NW 17th
Ave.] and the iconic Jumbo's
Restaurant [7501, NW 7th Ave.]
They'll all be part of the. next
taste fest. The restaurants hope
to soon begin purchasing items
collectively with one distributor
so they can reduce their costs
and therefore pass that savings
oh to their clients, according to
Leroy Jones, executive director
"The goal is to help our busi-
nesses by using the strategies
of a cooperative," he said.
"We can't let another Black-
owned restaurant close," Spen-
ce-Jones added. "If we don't
find more creative ways to help
them stay in business, who
Malika Wright contributed to
this article.

HUD to protect Fair Housing Act

continued from 5D

broad base of interested con-
cerns. Fair housing and legal
aid organizations, state attor-
neys general, financial institu-
tions, state governments and
citizen activists all helped HUD
to craft a rule that would be

consistently and fairly applied.
According to Mike Calhoun,
president of the Center for Re-
sponsible Lending (CRL), "Fair
housing is fundamental to
every family's pursuit of the
American Dream.
By issuing this disparate im-
pact rule, HUD reaffirmed the
nation's commitment to fair-

ness for all. CRL lauds the vigi-
lance of the entire civil rights
community for its long and
hard-fought effort helping to
make America's reality live up
to its promises."
Charlene Crowell is a com-
munications manager with the
Center for Responsible Lend-

Flaws revealed in Army program

continued from 5D

Teams were encouraged to
maximize their pay by inflating
time sheets.
Allegations of sexual ha-,
rassment and racism were
made against the contractors
who recruited and trained Hu-
man Terrain teams and a sol-
dier in the program.
The program relied on un-
accountable contractors and
poor government oversight.
The problems reached Gen.
Martin Dempsey, then head of

the Army's Training and Doc-
trine Command (TRADOC) and
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. He wrote in an April 2010
memo that the program need-
ed government oversight of "all
phases including recruiting,
training, organizing, deploying
and redeploying, and in all as-
pects of employment including
hiring and compensation."
But years later, the program
is still rife with problems, ac-
cording to Hugh Gusterson,
a professor at George Mason
University who has studied the
program. "It's another exam-

ple of a military program that
makes money for a contrac-
tor while greatly exaggerating
its military utility," Gusterson
said. "The program recruited
the human flotsam and jetsam
of the discipline and pretended
it was recruiting the best."
The Army maintains that the,
problems have been addressed
since 2010. External assess-
ments directed by Congress
and the Army have "resulted
in favorable reviews of the HTS
team effectiveness," said Col.
Christopher Kubik, a TRADOC

Rising gas costs impact consumers

continued from 5D

estimates for global demand for
oil. Lacking demand, OPEC,
the oil-exporters cartel, has
reduced production.
It all argues for lower oil
prices, or at least less volatil-
ity in the price of oil and thus

More than a passing pain,
rising gasoline prices act like
a tax on consumers, harming
the economy by whittling away
at the amount of money the
consumer can spend on other
things. Gasoline expenditures
as a percentage of U.S. house-
hold income hit three-decade

highs in 2012, and the.recent
spike suggests 2013 might not
be much better.
Enter financial speculation.
Commercial end-users of oil
such as airlines and trucking
companies who once dominat-
ed 70 percent of the market for
market for future deliveries of
oil now represent just 30 per-
cent. Non-commercial finan-
cial speculators now dominate
70 percent of the market. The
trading is dominated by Wall
Street banks, hedge funds
and other financial institu-
tions that have no intention to
take delivery of the oil needed
to make gasoline.
"It's speculators who are
moving markets," said Bart
Chilton, a commissioner at

the Commodity Futures Trad-
ing Commission. "They are
almost exclusively the entire
market at certain periods of
Chilton led the charge in
seeking limits that reduced
how much of the market for
crude oil any single trader
or company could control.
Armed with the 2010 revamp
of financial regulation, the
commission sought to estab-
lish hard limits, but that ef-
fort is now bogged down in the
-"The more textured view
would show you that at certain
times it is not a question to
whether or not speculators are
moving the market. Specula-
tors are the market," he said.

Meanwhile, profits

dip, but carriers'

efficiency shows

By Charisse Jones

When it comes to raising
airfares, the fourth try might
be the charm.
U.S. airlines started increas-
ing fares aimed at business
travelers this week. And if
everyone holds their ground,
it will be the first successful
price increase of 2013, says
Rick Seaney of price-watching
site FareCompare.com.
Delta started the wave on
Tuesday, boosting the price of
tickets purchased within seven
days of domestic travel by $4
to $10 round trip, Seaney says.
Several other carriers have
followed, including United,
American, US Airways, and on
a more limited scale, South-
west. Southwest's participation
is usually key in guaranteeing
a fare increase's success be-
cause other carriers don't want
to be seen as charging more
than their cheapest competi-

-Photo credit/Andrew Harrer
An American Airlines plane taxis to the runway in No-
vember 2011 at Ronald Reagan National Airport. If merged
with U.S. Airways, the new company would control nearly
three-fifths of the airports capacity.

The increase comes as air-
lines reported narrower profits
in 2012 than they saw the
year before. Last year, there
were seven successful price
"Airlines are not bashful
about trying to hike domestic
prices, trying on average every
three weeks," Seaney says.
"Luckily for consumers they
are not really good at getting

them to stick."
Before the current increase,
airlines had tried, and failed,
three other times this year to
boost prices. Those scuttled
attempts raised questions
about whether fares had hit a
temporary peak, with airlines
nervous about charging more
than travelers were willing to
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Social networks the new resumes?

continued from 5D

talent where they live," says
Webster, whose intern tweet-
off will be March 4-8. "What's
more relevant than Twitter to
our interns?"
Hiring via tweets worked just
fine for Aaron Biebert, a com-
mercial director from Milwau-
kee. About 11/2 years ago, he
hired a social media coordina-
tor based on 40 public tweets

- with no in-person interview
at all.
"It didn't matter to me what
they're like in an interview set-
ting," Biebert says. "All that
mattered was their online per-
sonality." Although the em-
ployee recently left for a higher-
paying job, Biebert says, this
is how he plans to hire in the
Tweets could quickly become
the hiring model for tech-savvy
or marketing employees, says

Jan Meinik, a career coach from
Durham, Conn. "It's perfect for
any company that wants to
take advantage of what Millen-
nials bring to the marketplace."
Still, she adds, there are some
jobs where tweets won't replace
resumes and eye-to-eye inter-
views. "You won't see a CEO or
a college professor hired based
on a tweet," she says. Nor would
she hire someone based solely
on a tweet. But, she laughs, "I
would hire someone on Skype."

Sometimes community support

means leading by example.

We're inspired by those who stand up to make things better in our communities.
Chase celebrates the businesses and individuals who are dedicated to
preserving and growing our local neighborhoods. Future viability and success
requires a strong, unwavering commitment from us all. And we look forward to
being a good neighbor for many years to come.


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Big business, labor find common ground on immigration

By Alan Gomez

The U.S. Chamber of Com-
merce and the AFL-CIO an-
nounced last Thursday they
have agreed on a set of recom-
mendations to deliver to Con-
gress on how to revamp the
nation's visa programs that
bring in low-skilled workers.
The pro-business group and
labor union have often been at
odds on the issue of expand-
ing the numbers of foreigners
permitted to work temporarily
in industries such as farming,
landscaping and restaurants.
So a proposal that both agree
on could carry significant
weight as President Obama
and members of Congress
push for an overhaul to the
nation's immigration laws.
The failure of some business
and labor groups to reach a
consensus was one of several
factors that contributed to the
downfall of the 2007 attempt
by Congress to fix the nation's
immigration laws. The heads
of the chamber and AFL-CIO

said in a joint statement that
this time should be different.
"We are now in the middle -
not the end of this process,
and we pledge to continue to
work together and with our
allies and our representatives
on Capitol Hill to finalize a so-
lution that is in the interest of
this country we all love," read
a joint statement by' chamber
President and CEO Thomas
Donohue and AFL-CIO Presi-
dent Richard Trumka.
Frank Sharry, executive
director of America's Voice, a
group pushing for an immi-
gration overhaul that includes
a pathway to citizenship for
the nation's 11 million'ille-
gal immigrants, was closely
involved in the 2007 immigra-
tion negotiations. He said the
business and labor communi-
ties were generally support-
ive of the 2007 immigration
efforts, but never agreed on
a new guest worker program
until recently.
"This is a real break-
through," Sharry said. "A lot

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-Photo Credit: Joe Raed
Workers fill a trailer with tomatoes harvested at DiMar,
Farms on.Feb. 6 in Florida City, Fla.

of people have been predicting
that this issue of how to craft
a new worker program would
be an insurmountable obsta-
cle and could even sink this
year's reform effort. This joint
statement of principles indi-

cates that they're determined
to come to an agreement that
will make reform more likely
to pass."
House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor, R-Va., said it's en-
couraging that "two groups

often on opposite sides of the
aisle are serious about put-
ting politics aside and finding
But Mark Krikorian, execu-
tive director of the Center for
Immigration Services, which
opposes expanding guest
worker programs, saw the
announcement as a sign that
negotiations are actually fall-
ing apart. The joint statement
included no details on the
number of guest worker visas
! that would be granted each
year and how long foreign
workers would be required to
stay with their employer two
critical components to any
le "It doesn't really mean any-
e .thing until there's actual meat
on the bone," Krikorian said.
"There's no indication that
they resolved those issues."
Separate proposals being
drafted by the White House,
the Senate and House will
address guest worker pro-
grams as a way to eliminate
the reliance some employers

place on illegal immigrants. At
least half of the workers that
farmers used for field work
from 2007 to 2009 were illegal
immigrants, according to the
U.S. Department of Labor.
Many can also be found in the
construction and hospitality
The agreement would cre-
ate a "professional bureau in
a federal executive agency"
that would monitor the na-
tion's labor market to adjust
the number of visas granted to
foreign workers.
U.S. businesses would still
be required to hire American
job applicants first. But when
the newly created bureau iden-
tifies labor shortages, it could
then adjust the flow of immi-
grant visas to quickly respond.
"Our challenge is to create
a mechanism that responds
to the needs of business in a
market-driven way, while also
fully protecting the wages and
working conditions of U.S. and
immigrant workers," the joint
statement said.

More Americans on the move

are moving on down, not up

Blacks and Sun economy tanked, 41.3 percent
MORE MOVE TO moved locally to own a home or
Belt hit hardest settle in a better neighborhood.
elt hit hardest SAVE MONEY During the recession, only 30.4

by setbacks in The recent recession has percent moved for those rea-
prompted more people to move sons. By contrast, more than
upward mobility to cheaper housing rather than 23 percent moved for cheaper
to upgrade their situation housing during the recession,
By Haya El Nasser up from 20.8 percent before
Demographic/Life cycle the bad times.
The Great Recession has up- 28.2% The theme song of The Jef-
ended the American tradition fersons, a hit TV show in the
of moving to greener pastures. 1970s about a Black family
Instead of moving to a bigger Take new job that makes it big in the dry
home or for a higher-paying I 1.9%1 cleaning business and moves
job, more Americans moved be- E 2.3% from Queens to Manhattan's
cause they can't afford to stay East Side, is aptly titled Movin'
where they are. Own home'better neighborhood On Up.
During the 2007-09 reces- /4.9% Yet this economic downturn
sion, nine percent of Ameri- = 7.8% has taken a disproportionate
cans about four million toll on the upward mobility of
- moved locally, the highest Find cheaper house rc Blacks, the i-esearch shows.
level in a decade. And a grow- 20.8% "Most distressing is the
ing number moved to cheaper 23.1% evidence that Black residents
housing or doubled up with have been particularly affected
family and friends, according Other by this trend more likely
to an analysis out last Wednes- /2.8% to be pushed into a short-
day of Census data through 5.,4% distance move by these eco-
2010. nomic conditions," Stoll says.
By contrast, moves across Before recession "Blacks may have had less
county and state lines de- savings, fewer family members
coined. During recession who could contribute, oner-
People moved the most in. ,,.:,,,, ;, :,- ,' r,,r,, e, ::,,, ous debt from refinancing or
metropolitan areas with the .. Fn..,..i ,.,. subprime mortgages or greater
highest unemployment and expenses."
highest foreclosure rates,-par- prove their lives," says Michael Unemployment and foreclo-
ticularly in hard-hit parts of Stoll, author of the research sure rates are higher among
the Sun Belt, shows research and chairman of UCLA's public Blacks than whites.
by US2010, a project funded policy department. "This is "It's going to be years be-
by the Russell Sage Founda- the shock: For the first time, fore (Blacks) return to their
tion and Brown University that Americans are moving for pre-recession trajectory," says
examines changes in American downward economic mobility. Roderick Harrison, a demog-
society. Either they lost their house or rapher at Howard University
In Las Vegas, for example, can't afford where they're rent- in Washington, D.C. "It's going
one in five people moved locally ing currently or needed to save to take a job, probably several
during the recession. money. months or years working at
"Typically, over the last At the peak of the recession, that job to maybe return to
couple of decades, when Ameri- falling fortunes was a prime their own apartment or to get
cans moved, they moved to im- reason for moving. Before the back into home ownership."

Michigan governor weighs

takeover of struggling city

By Matthew Dolan

city inched closer to a
state takeover on last
Tuesday after a review
team appointed by
Michigan's governor
concluded Detroit was
in a state of financial
emergency with no re-
alistic plan to resolve
the crisis.
The report from the
six-member review
team appointed by
Republican Gov. Rick
Snyder found what
many in the city
already knew: Detroit
doesn't have enough
cash to pay its bills.
The city funds its
current obligations by
borrowing money, and
its long-term liabili-
ties, estimated at $14
billion, have grown-
especially in pensions
and health care for
retired city workers.
The dire financial

Detroit's deficit
this fiscal year,
in millions

30 days
Time that Gov.
Rick Snyder has
to review his
team's report
and decide on
whether to order a
state takeover of
the city.

conditions led the city
and state to reach a
power-sharing agree-
ment last April that
gave the state more
financial oversight in
exchange for financing
to help Detroit avert
But since then,

Snyder has grown
frustrated with what
he sees as a lack of
progress in enact-
ing systemic reform.
The city's financial
problems have been
compounded by dis-
agreements between
its mayor and the
City Council over the
scope of overhauls and
an effort by the city's
legal counsel to block
the agreement with
the state.
In December, the
governor appointed a
new team to review
Detroit's progress,
and last Tuesday's.
resulting downcast
report moves the city
one step closer to the
appointment of an
emergency manager.
Detroit Mayor Dave
Bing last Tuesday said
he wasn't surprised
by the review team's
conclusions. "If the
governor decides to

appoint, an emergency
financial manager, he
or she, like my admin-
istration, is going to
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Gas prices are on a mysterious climb

By Steven Mufson

The average price of a gal-
lon of regular gasoline has
jumped 45 cents in the past
31 days, according to AAA,
the fastest run-up since 2005
Retail gasoline prices ha% -
climbed for 33 days in a row.
A month ago, a gallon of
regular gasoline cost $3.30;
on Tuesday it stood at $3.75
Gasoline prices have risen to
within a nickel of $4 a gallon
in the District as pump prices
nationwide have been march-
ing higher the result of
refinery closures and main-
tenance, lower oil produc-
tion by Saudi Arabia, market
anxiety about tensions in Iran
and Iraq, and guarded opti-
mism about the prospects for
economic recovery in the U S .

Europe and China.
The prices in the District
are arnong the highest in the
country, outstripped only by
New'. York, Connecticut. Cali-
fornia and i-a'.aii
"This is the most expen-
sive ,\e've seen gasoline in
the dead of winter,' which is.
usually a time of relatively
low consumption, said John
Townsend, a spokesman for
AA, Mid-Atlantic. Noting that
the increase comes .just as the
pa\ roll tax cut has expired,
Townsend said that "this is
a double vhammv for mriT,
consumers. especially. on the
East Coast. because mran.
people there use home heating
oil People got that shock to
the systemrn and rni. a shock.:
at the gas pumps "
The price increases .have

been a rude reminder that
e.en though the LU.S." reli-
ance on imported oil is less
than it has been in nearly
t'ao decades, prices at ser',ice
stations are still tied to global
prices and subject to global
market trends, as well as to
regional refinery constraints.
Analysts differed widely on
the causes of the increase
The price of crude oil. which
brakes up about two'-thirds of
the price cf gasoline, remains
extremely high by histori-
cal standards The price of a
barrel of the benchmark West
Texas Intermediate grade of
crude oil for March deliver\
climbed SO cents to settle at
$96 6r a barrel on the Nev
York Mercantile Exchange. In
Londun markets, the price is
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The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida (Board) intends to commission one firm or joint venture
having full architectural and engineering services available within the entity, or with consultants, as Archi-
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comparable size, scope and complexity.

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March 18, 2013, at:

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Managing family business

takes more than good genes

More colleges

offering courses

to lead the way

By Mary Beth Marklein

Unlike many of his class-
mates, Texas Christian
University senior Guillermo
Velilla will not be joining
the ranks of job-hunters
when he finishes school. He
has one waiting for him at
his family's business back
in his native Paraguay. But
that doesn't mean he has it
"It is not as easy as it
seems," says Velilla, 22,
whose family owns a meat-
processing plant, cattle
ranches and related compa-
nies. "There is competition
out there, and we need to
keep the reputation of the
family through hard work,
honesty and commitment
with the community."
In a stroke of good tim-
ing, Velilla this semester
is enrolled in a class on
managing a family-owned
business. The course, which
made its debut last spring
on the Fort Worth campus,
covers topics such as gover-
nance and succession plan-
ning, and is open to stu-
dents regardless of whether
their families are business
"Many of our business
school graduates will also
either go to work for a family
business or obtain jobs that
will deal with family busi-
nesses as clients," says Mark
Muller, who teaches the


Tony Holzbach, 23, a se
versity, tends plants at th
Shed, in Keller, Texas.

Similar undergraduate
courses have been sprouting
up on campuses nationwide
lately, often riding the coat-
tails of popular new entre-
preneurship majors. New
York University this spring
for the first time is offer-
ing an undergrad course
on the topic. Savannah
State University in Georgia
plans to introduce such a
class next year. Boston's
Northeastern University
launched a course in 2011.
A few schools, including The
University of St. Thomas in
St. Paul and Saint Joseph's
University in Philadelphia,
have created family business
majors in the last few years.
Demographics and de-
mand may explain some of
the recent uptick. Stetson
University in DeLand, Fla.,
which graduated its first

nior at Texa
e family bus

class of fan
majors in 2
percent of i
dents and 3
students co
involved in
nesses. A n
including R
in Houston
sity of Denv
ment in rec
family busi,
as Velilla.
John War
of the Cente
ern Univers
Ill., also say
recognize tl
companies d
arly spotligi
Recent stud
that family-

-' nesses, which range from
mom-and-pop hardware
stores to corporate giants
''.. such as Wal-Mart, outper-
formed other companies on
several measures during the
j And, according to data
from the Family Firm In-
stitute, a non-pi-ofit mem-
.. bership association, 77
percent of U.S. new busi-
nesses started as family
businesses. They employ 62
percent of the U.S. work-
force. Depending on how you
define them, family-owned
businesses account for 40
percent to 90 percent of the
-Photo credit: Michael Mulvey world's economy;
s Christian Uni- "You simply can't ig-
nore that," says Pramodita
iness, the Plant Sharma, a professor at the
University of Vermont, which
offered its first family busi-
lily-business ness course in 2006, and
006, says 42 global director of a research
ts business stu- initiative focused on family
37 percent of all business at Babson College
)me from families in Babson Park, Mass.
family busi- Sharma, who grew up in
umber of schools, India, where "everyone I
ice University knew was running a (fam-
and the Univer- ily) business," suggests that
'er, say enroll- U.S. scholars, who long
ently launched dismissed the topic as an
ness courses is unimportant area of study,
y strong among have some catching up to
al students such do. In a recent family busi-
ness competition at the Uni-
*d, co-director versity of Vermont, finalists
er for Family for the top award came from
at Northwest- Spain, Canada and Sweden.
ity in Evanston, Jeff Vanevenhoven, coor-
ys colleges and dinator of the entrepreneur-
increasingly ship major at the University
hat family-owned of Wisconsin-Whitewater,
deserve a schol- says children of business
ht of their own. owners bring to campus the
lies have found same drive and passion
controlled busi- Please turn to BIZ 106



-Jennifer Reynolds / The Galveston County Daily News / Associated Press
Triumph passengers wear Carnival bathrobes and
head to their cars Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Galveston,
Texas, after a bus-ride from Mobile, Ala., to Triumph's

home port.
Concordia, new measures
were implemented, and we
believe something similar
will happen after the (Na-
tional Transportation Safety
Board) investigation. But the
difference here is there was
no loss of life."
Michael Driscoll, editor of
industry newsletter Cruise
Week, said Carnival will be
hit harder than other cruise
lines, in part because its

Carnival brand draws a
high percentage of first-time
cruisers. Carnival also owns
Costa Cruises, the company
that operated the Concordia,
as well as Princess Cruises,
Holland America, Cunard
and P&O Cruises.
A third Carnival ship, the
Splendor, lost power at sea in
2010 and was towed back to
port under conditions simi-
lar to those on the Triumph.

Company faces

rough waters

By Laura Bly and
Jayne Clark

The opening skit of "Satur-
day Night Live" skewered the
Carnival Triumph's ill-fated
cruise, giving new meaning
to "toilet humor" as ship-
board entertainers tried to
pacify a tough crowd of un-
happy, unshowered passen-
And as the crippled ship
remains docked and under
investigation in Mobile, Ala.,
travel agents and investors
are bracing for fallout that
could rival the bad public-
ity after last January's Con-
cordia disaster, in which a
Carnival-owned ship .ran

aground and capsized in It-
aly, killing 32.
It's too early to tell wheth-
er would-be cruisers will be
turned off by the aftermath
of an engine room fire on
the Triumph, which had left
the ship adrift in the Gulf of
Mexico since Feb. 11, said
Steve Loucks, spokesman
for Travel Leaders Group,
a network 'of independently
owned and operated travel
Loucks said his company
hasn't fielded any cancel-
lations over the past week
and said cruise bookings
this year are up nearly 10
percent over last year, when
the Concordia accident had
an effect. "Our agents have
been fielding questions
about safety procedures,"
Loucks said. "After the

Wal-Mart predicts tougher times ahead

Associated Press

As the fortunes of many Ameri-
cans go, so goes Wal-Mart and the
economy. Even as the world's largest
retailer reported an 8.6 percent rise
in fourth quarter profit during the
busy holiday shopping season, it of-
fered a weaker forecast for the coming
months. The problem? The poor and
middle-class Americans Wal-Mart
caters to and who are big drivers of
spending in the U.S. are struggling
with rising gas prices, delayed income
tax refunds and higher payroll taxes.
It's widely known that Americans in
the lower income brackets continue
to struggle even as higher earners
benefit from improved housing and
stock markets, but Wal-Mart's results
signal that matters may be getting
worse for them. Wal-Mart is the latest
in a string of big-name companies
from Burger King to Zale to say that
Americans are being squeezed by new
challenges. But since Wal-Mart ac-
counts for nearly 10 percent of nonau-
tomotive retail spending in the U.S., it
is a bellwether for the economy.

"Wal-Mart moms are the barometer
of the U.S. household," said Brian
Sozzi, chief equities analyst at NBG
Productions who follows Wal-Mart.
"Right now, they're afraid of higher
taxes and inflation."
Indeed, while wealthier households
have seen their stock portfolios grow,
poor and middle-class Americans
have struggled to regain their finan-
cial footing since the recession ended
more than 3 V2 years ago.
Stocks have roughly'doubled since
June 2009. Dividends and capital
gains from stocks, which dispro-
portionately benefit higher-income
Americans, are taxed at lower rates
compared with ordinary income
At the same time, while incomes for
most Americans have failed to keep
pace with inflation since the reces-
sion, that's been particularlytrue for
middle and lower-income people.

Another hurdle for lower- and
middle-income Americans has been
the jump in gas prices since mid-Jan-

uary. The average price for a gallon of
gas rose 47 cents in the past month to
$3.78 on Thursday, according to AAA.
Tax changes also have hit lower and
middle-income households especially
hard. On Jan. 1, Social Security
payroll taxes rose 2 percentage points
after a temporary cut expired. That
sliced about $1,000 from the take-
home pa%, of a household earning
$50,000. Since the Social Security
tax is levied against income only up to
$114,000, it disproportionately affects
middle- and lower-income households.
An even larger challenge for many
lower-income Americans has been
the government's delay in process-
ing taxes and paying refunds. That's
because income tax rates weren't set
until a last-minute deal between the
White House and Congress on Jan.
1. So the IRS pushed back the start
of tax-filing season to Jan. 30, two
weeks later than usual.
As a result, by Feb. 14 the govern-
ment had paid only $55 billion in
refunds, down from $77 billion at the
same time last year, according to an
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Miss the Town Car? Cadillac

seeks to be your limo of choice

General Motors creates
a special fleet version of
its new XTS sedan

By Chris Woodyard

Limousine operators seeking to
fill the giant black hole left by the
demise of the Lincoln Town Car
now have another suitor: Cadillac.
General Motors' luxury brand,
which has long been in the chauf-
feur-car market but never had the
success of Lincoln, has created a
special fleet version of its new XTS
It has been given the decidedll,
unsexy name of the A\20 L~i ry
Package. It includes all the back-
seat extras that "black car" and
limo operators demand, like heat-
ed seats, window shades and a
plug-in for charging smartphones.
It also has lighted door han-
dles on the outside, LED lights,
19-inch wheels and other fancy
"We are bringing a new formula
to the livery customer," says Don
Butler, vice president of Cadillac
marketing. "Every experience in

a Cadillac, front seat or rear seat,
meets a higher standard for luxu-
ry, performance and technology."
Limo operators loved the Lin-
coln Town Car as ungainly as
it might have been because of
rear-wheel drive and because it
was easy and cheap to repair. It
was considered the ultimate in
durability, with cars routinely
logging hundreds of thousands of
miles despite running 18 hours a
da, Never mind that it was an in-
credible gas hog.
Lincoln has sought to maintain
its leadership in the limo market
by renaming the front-wheel-drive
MKT crossover as its new Town
Car. So far, it doesn't look like limo
operators have exactly warmed to
the idea, leaving the field open for
others to give it a try.
Cadillac says Carey Interna-
tional, the world's largest limo
company, has bought 150 new
Cadillac XTS W20s. It made the
purchase after trying out 24 of
them. GM quotes Carey CEO Gary
Kessler as saying, based on the
experience, that buying the fleet
was a "no-brainer" based on how
well the test cars worked out.

Detroit can not pay its bills

continued from 7D

need resources par-
ticularly in the form
of cash and addition-
al staff," he said in a
The team found the
city is expected to
have a cash deficit of
more than $100 mil-
lion by June 30 and
continues to issue
debt to fund day-to-
day operations. The
city's deficit of $326.6
million in the current
fiscal year would have
been $936.8 million
without such debt fi-
nancing. Its restruc-
turing measures
have fallen short, in
part because city of-
ficials have relied

on 'one-time savings
and cuts to a smaller
number of nonunion
employees in an at-
tempt to fix its fiscal
woes, the team con-
Snyder now has 30
days to review the
report and decide'
whether a state take-
over is warranted.
Snyder said in a re-
cent interview that
his staff has spoken
to candidates for the
city's emergency-
manager position.
His spokeswoman
said Tuesday no deci-
sion is expected on a
possible appointment
this week.
Any new manager
would have limited
power, at least ini-

tially, because the
state is operating un-
der an old emergency
financial manager
law. The law will be
replaced in March by
new, more robust leg-
islation that allows
emergency managers
to fire a city's elected
officials and break
union contracts to
conserve money.
In his state of the
city address last week,
Bing, who opposes an
emergency manager
for the city, barely
mentioned a possible
takeover, instead fo-
cusing on progress.
"No emergency man-
ager to date," hesaid,
"and no declaration
of bankruptcy for the
city of Detroit."

Airline to raise up its prices

conitnued from 6D

Delta, for instance,
had tried a similar
price increase last
week, but pulled back
when other carriers
didn't match it.
This time around,
there doesn't appear
to be the same hesi-

station. The current
round of increases
are mostly applying to
tickets popular with
business travelers who
often book last-minute
flights that could cost
between $600 and
$1,500 round trip.
JetBlue has taken
the price increase a
step further, however.

It's also increasing the
cost of tickets bought
more than seven days
before departure, Se-
aney says.
That move could
spark other airlines,
by the weekend, to
boost fares on tickets
purchased for leisure
travel as well as busi-
ness, Seaney says.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Boards of Commissioners Meeting of the
Omni & Midtown Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agen-
cies is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 12:00 pm,
or thereafter, at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

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

(#19300) Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
Omni and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies


The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency
(SEOPW CRA) is hiring for the following positions:
Grant Writer/Part-time $30K (Miami, FL)
Marketing Coordinator/Full-time $45K $60K (Miami, FL)
Program Manager/Full-time $45K-$58K (Miami, FL)
Office Assistant/Part-time $8/hr (Miami, FL)

Send resume by postal mail to: SEOPW CRA, 1490 NW 3rd Ave, Suite 105,
Miami, FL 33136 or via e-mail at cra(@miamiqov.com. For more details on the
open positions, visit our website at www.miamicra.com/seopwcra.

(#19301) Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency

Carnival ship

fiasco shakes

cruise industry


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is not something you

Traffic tickets don't always

boost your insurance rates

By James R. Healey

Most people %who receive
traffic buckets don't automati-
cally get higher insurance
rates, according to a sur\ee
done for an online insurance
shopping site
Just 31 percent said they
had both a violation behind
the \\heel within the past
five years, and higher auto
insurance premiums as a re-
sult, according to Insurance-
Quotes com. citing results of a
surve' done for it by Princeton
Survey Research Associates
Maybe so,:, mnabe not. says
the Insurance Information In-

statute. a not-lor-prott indus-
try trade eroup
"In general it is a little sur-
prising that the results came
back the v.'a\ they,' did," sai s
Steven Weisbart. senior vice
president and chief economist
at Ill. "There are a lot of things
that can go into insurance
premiums," he said not just
whether a driver got a ticket
for speeding or some other
"lId be reluctant to put too
much credence in it because
it asks fc.r five-year recall'."
an estimate of insurance pre-
miums, and enough sav'., to
knov'w V whether the premium
hikes were the direct result of

the '.iolanions, he says
lnsura ri:(.Quotes com. an
"aggregator" that giues online
insurance shuppers an array
of price quotes frrn 'different
insurers, sa5 s drr' ers aged
15 to 29 take the biggest hit:
41 percent of them reporting
traffic tickets also reported
higher prermiunms as a result
Only 15 percent of drivers 50
and older reported higher pre-
miums due to tickets.
Most people don't pay more
afre r a ticket because insurers
don t spend the timt or mon-
ev tracking every customer's
driving record, says Laura
Adams senior analyst at In-

Figuring out your stock's cost basis

By Jeff Reeves

It's never easy for in-
vestors to make mon-
ey in the stock mar-
ket. And when they
do, the last thing most
people think about is
how to report those
gains to the IRS.
Unfortunately, the
tax man is eager to
get his share after you
cash out an invest-
ment win. And unless
you want to irritate
the Internal Revenue
Service, it's important
to accurately report
profits each year to
the penny.
Calculating your
gains sounds decep-
tively simple: Figure
out the price at which
you sold your stock
or mutual fund (in-
6luding commissions),
subtract "cost basis"
on your initial invest-
ment and voila!
The organized in-
vestors out there
have their own fool-
proof system for this,
such as a color-cod-
ed spreadsheet or a
three-ring binder with
a printout of every or-
der ever placed with
their broker.
But for those of us
who are a little less
fastidious, the good
news is that rebuild-
ing your cost basis
isn't too hard.
Begin by getting a
record of past trans-
actions from your bro-
ker. Frequently this
will include your cost
basis right there -
but if not, it will at the
very least give you the
date of your transac-
Next, always dou-
ble-check your bro-
ker's statement to en-
sure accuracy or to
fill in missing info if

you only have the date
but no price to go on.
This is a simple task
thanks to the Internet;
just visit finance.ya-
hoo.com and enter the
ticker of your stock
and click on "histori-
cal prices" to search.
Yahoo Finance pro-
vides an automatically
adjusted price for divi-
dends and stock splits
in its data, saving you
a step if any of these
events apply to the
holdings you sold last
So what happens
if your investments
don't have a clear buy
date, either because
you performed mul-
tiple purchases or be-
cause the shares were
a gift or inheritance?
Well, special cost ba-
sis rules then apply:
Multiple purchase
prices for a single
stock or fund. If you
invested piecemeal
over the years, the

default method used
by the IRS is called
"first in, first out." Like
the phrase implies,
the first shares you
bought and the ac-'
companying price get
reported first. If that
lot isn't big enough to
fulfill the entire sale,
move to the next oldest
transaction and aver-
age them together. In
other words, no cher-
ry-picking the when
and what you paid to
suit your interests in
2012. That's a big no-
no with the IRS.
Inheritance in-
vestments. If rich Un-
cle Vinny left you 100
shares of McDonald's,
you aren't just lucky
because of the gener-
ous gift. You're lucky
because your tax
basis is determined
based on the date of
death so no detec-
tive work is necessary.
Simply take the aver-
age of the high and

low on that day (or
the previous trading
session if it's a week-
end). Also a plus: You
default to long-term
capital gains status,
so even if you sold the
investments immedi-
ately you fall into the
lowest tax bracket.
A gift of stock. If
someone bought you
stock in 2012, you
logically have to peg
your price to the date
of that transaction.
But if for some reason
they gifted you exist-
ing shares long held
in their portfolio, you
are beholden to their
original cost basis un-
less shares are lower
on the date of the gift.
This can involve some
homework, then, to
find out which is bet-
ter for you. Or worse,
this can involve a lot
of sleuthing if the gen-
erous person in ques-
tion hasn't kept good

Miami-Dade parks hiring for the summer

Miami Times staff report recreation leaders.

Even though it's not exactly
close to summer yet, students
who desire a summer job at
one of Miami-Dade's parks
should act now.
The County currently has
open positions in the parks
and recreation department
and is accepting applicants
to fill its summer program-
ming and activities. Applicants
will need to apply by March
22nd for various positions
such as: lifeguards, park ser-
vice aides, pool managers and

Applicants must be at least
17 years old.
In order to apply, its manda-
tory that the M-DC Employ-
ment Application be filled out
online then at the M-DC lo-
cation to which the applicant
wishes to work.
All of those applying that are
selected will then be required
to pass a drug/alcohol screen
and criminal background
check before gaining employ-
In addition, for the appli-
cants who desire positions as

pool manager or lifeguard, it
is mandatory that they submit
proof of certification in CPR,
first aid, lifeguard and water
safety instruction provided by
Red Cross, YMCA or another
nationally recognized aquatic
training program. Training is
available for those who apply
M-DC has the third larg-
est county park system in the
U.S. with 260 parks on nearly
13,000 acres of land.
For information about the
available jobs, here's the hot-
line: 305-755-7898..

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Submittal Due Date: Monday, April 1, 2013
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Wal-mart forecasts troubling future

continued from 8D .
estimate by UBS. That drop of
$22 billion is, more than twice
the impact of the higher payroll
tax. Refunds have accelerated
recently and will eventually be

paid out, but the impact still can
be felt by many taxpayers: About
78 percent of taxpayers receive
refunds and the figure rises to
82 percent for those reporting in-
come below $50,000.
Wal-Mart is facing other chal-
lenges besides the economy,

though. The company is still
grappling with allegations that
surfaced last April that it failed to
notify law enforcement that com-
pany officials authorized mil-
lions of dollars in bribes in Mex-
ico to speed up getting building
permits and gain other favors.

Family business, a new college course

BIZ the University of Wisconsin- that he and his wife, Cindy,
continued from 8D Whitewater, he is helping.out at founded 30 years ago.
the family restaurant and plans "I hope he'll bring new ideas,
that enabled their parents to to pursue a career in green en- allowing us to continually
succeed often without ben- ergy. change, to be competitive, in an
efit of a college education. Since He also helped his father, incredibly challenging market,"
2010, entrepreneurship majors Charles, develop a business says Holzbach, who did not go to
have been required to take a plan for a product called Forever college.
course in family business. Even Lids that is now available inter- Tony Holzbach, 23, who is
so, not all students choose to nationally through a network of taking the family business class
follow in their parents' footsteps, distributors. "My parents told this semester, says he was ini-
and not all parents wish that for me, 'Broaden your horizons and 'tially skeptical that he could
their kids. see what the world has to offer.' learn much from the class.
Frank Salamone, 21, of Rock- I'm glad they did," he says. "My dad is about as knowl-
ford, Ill., had planned, after high Greg Holzbach says he is de- edgeable in the industry as you
school, to work for his family's lighted that son Tony, a senior can get," he says. But three
restaurant and pizzeria, but at Texas Christian University, weeks into the semester, he says,
says his parents urged him to go wants to one day take over The "I have discovered that there is
to college. Now, with a bachelor's Plant Shed, a wholesale and re- much more to family businesses
degree in entrepreneurship from tail garden center in Fort Worth than I had realized."

Gas prices climb for a month straight

continued from 7D0
about $20 a barrel higher.
One factor is lower crude
oil output from the Organiza-
tion of the Petroleum Export-
ing Countries. Saudi Arabia is
producing about 700,000 fewer
barrels a day than a year ago,
according to the International

Energy Agency.
Yet global inventories of oil
are ample, and the IEA has
forecast that increases in oil
supplies around the world -
including the U.S., Kazakh-
stan, southern Iraq and Africa
- will outstrip increases in oil
"Oil prices are inflated by
concern about potential oil

supply disruption. All I have
to do is watch TV for five min-
utes," said Fadel Gheit, an oil
analyst with Oppenheimer. He
pointed to continuing tension
between the U.S., Israel and
Iran over Tehran's nuclear pro-
gram; the ongoing civil war in
Syria; and factional violence in
such oil-exporting nations as
Libya and Iraq.

Carrfour chooses new FDEA director

continued from 5D
help continue Carrfour's mis-
sion to end homelessness in
South Florida."
Prior to joining Carrfour,
Pennant served as director of
Development and External Af-
fairs at Feeding South Florida.
She was responsible for the
cultivation, solicitation. and
stewardship of donors includ-

ing individual, corporations,
foundations and government.
Before joining Feeding South
Florida, she served as Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer of Penzaac Cor-
poration of America, where she
was responsible for the overall
administration and program
management of the business
consulting firm and success-
fully solicited millions of dol-
lars in government contracts
for several small businesses.

Pennant is active in sever-
al business and civic groups
throughout the community,
including the National Asso-
ciation of Professional Women
and the Diversity &, Outreach
Advisory Board of Broward
County Schools. She earned
a bachelor's degree in public
administration and a master's
degree in criminal justice from
Florida International Univer-

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

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

1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you in.
One bedroom one bath.
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD T.V. Call Joel 786-355-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1648 NW 35 Street
Two bdrms, tile, central air,
water included. Section 8
OKAY! 786-355-5665
167 NE 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950. Section 8 welcome.
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-

1818 NW 2nd Court
One bedroom. $425. Free
gas, refrigerator, stove, air.
Capital Rental Agency
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

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

2804 NW 1 Ave
First month moves you in.
One bed room, one bath.
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

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

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


monthly. $2625 to move in.
Section 8 welcome. 305-232-

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

621 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 with water, one
bedrooms, one bath, $650.
Section 8 welcome.
781 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
Call 786-295-9961,
. 8295 NE Miami Court #1
Large one bdrm,. one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $650
monthly. 305-793-0002
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars a6d 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 or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280

Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
NW 2 Ave and 63 Street
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $575 mthly.
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

1752 NW 1st Court
Church for rent, $1900
monthly, 786-564-4670


1052 NW 52 Street
Nice two bdrms, one bath,
$950, call 786-251-9800.
1165 NW 63 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 monthly. 786-487-6047
1226 1/2 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

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

1393 NW 43 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, Section
8 welcome, $950 monthly.
1407 NW 51 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air,
appliances. $725 monthly.'
Section 8 ok. 786-953-8935
1492 N.W 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled, central air,
located on quiet street.
Section 8 preferred. $1000
156 NE 58 Terr.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.

Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances provided. Water
not included. $825 monthly,
$1650 to move in. Call for
more information
1814 NW 93 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
1817 NW 41 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
$825 mthly, $1975 move in,
Section 8 OK. 305-634-5794
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

2020 N.W. 93rd Terrace
Two bdrms, two baths, $1100
monthly, water included.
2101 NW 92 STREET
Two bedrooms, central, tile.
$900 monthly, No Section
8.Terry Dellerson, Broker
2531 NW 79th Terrace
One bedroom, one bath,
kitchen, dining, terrace, and
fenced. $800 monthly
3151 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated $780 mthly.
First, last and security.
351 NW 48 STREET #B
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Appliances included. Owner
pays water. 305-345-7833
414 NW 53 Street
Renovated two bedrooms,
private and secure. Big gated
yard. $875. 305-772-8257
4320 NW 18 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
45 N.W. 60th Terrace
(by 1st Ave)
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, fenced, tile, everything
new, including kitchen. $900
monthly. 305-588-7736.
4625 NW 15 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895. 786-306-4839
4831 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
totally remodeled, central air
and many more properties.
5526 NW 4 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air. Section 8 OK! $750
monthly. 786-953-8935
6101 NE Miami Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $850
mthly. Section 8 Welcome.
670 Oriental Boulevard
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors, air, washer
hookup. $800 monthly, No
Section 8! Call 305-625-4515.
6998 N.W. 5 Place
One bdrm, one bath. $550
mthly. 786-312-6641
7521 NW 1 Avenue
Huge three bdrms, two baths.
ALL NEW! Impact Windows,
central air, 'walk in closets.
$1200 mthly. 305-793-0002
94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, central
air, bars, $900 monthly.
Section 8 only. 305-490-
9677 NW 6 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, fenced, bars,
Section 8 welcome, $1200
monthly, 305-576-0479.

19130 NW 10 Place
No deposit required, $750
moves you in, air, cable,
utilities included, 786-487-
Clean, quiet, elderly
preferred. Utilities included.
$450 monthly. 305-215-7891
Furnished or Unfurnished
$150 weekly, cable, air.

Furnished Rooms]

1161 NW 139 Street
$120 weekly, $240 move in.
Includes cable, central air.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-987-9710, 305-474-8186
1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped
accessible. Free cable. $400
monthly. 786-366-5930 Dee
or 305-305-0597 Big E.
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
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.
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. 786-487-

2034 NW 68 Terrace
Two furnished rooms
available. $450-$500. No
deposit. Air, free cable, free
washer and dryer. 786-317-
2371 NW 61 Street
Room in rear. 305-298-0388,

No credit check, Section 8
welcome! Others available.

335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave, TV,
free cable, and air. Call:
4744 NW 15 Court
Clean room, $350 monthly.
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$365 monthly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
5525 NE 1 Court
$250 move in. $125 wkly,
furnished and TV. 305-754-
891 NW 55 Terrace
Cooking and air. $500 move
in. 305-303-6019
9200 NW 25 Avenue
$85 weekly. $425 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 and quiet. $360
monthly. Elderly preferred.
Newly remodeled. Utilities
included. 786-290-1864
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $110 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
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

1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,200 mthly. 786-328-5878.
1482 NW 98 Street
Five bedrooms, four baths,
central air, new renovation.
Section 8 only. 305-975-1987
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
17910 NW 31 Avenue
Beautiful home in the Miami
Gardens Carol City area.
Spacious house with four
bedrooms, three kitchens and
three baths with three privacy
entries, spacious fenced
yard for kids and pets. Near
recreation park/ outdoor pool
area. $1600 monthly, requires
first and last. Contact Mytrice
Winchester 318-215-5240.
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard. Section 8 only.
2435 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms. $790
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
Call after 6 p.m., 305-753-
310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens. $1100
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

3310 NW 214 Street
Miami Gardens, three
bedrooms., one bath, Section
8 only, 786-547-9116.
5700 NW 6 Avenue
Two bedrooms, air, tile. $850
monthly. No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Broker
6940 NW 6 Court
Four bedrms, one bath, air,
security bars and large den.
$1450 monthly. Section 8 ok.
736 NW 53 Street
Three bdrms., one bath,
renovated, washer and dryer.
Call 305-491-3537
74 Street and 7 Avenue
Four or five bdrms, two
baths, fenced yard, tile,
Section 8 ok! Call 786-306-
Three bedrooms,one bath,
air, Section 8 OK. $1,300
monthly. 786-251-2744
Two, three, four bdrms
available. 786-468-0198
Four bedrms, two baths,
three bdrms, two baths and
two bedrms and one bath.
Section 8 welcome.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.


Four bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 monthly. Section 8
welcome. Call 305-926-9273
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Darrell Wallace Jr. to be

NASCAR's Tiger Woods

By Associated Press

Comm. Edmonson celebrates

BTW's football championship

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson presents a proclamation to Booker T. Washington High
School football team head coach Tim "ICE" Harris to celebrate the team's State Class 4A Champi-
onship at the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioner's meeting of February 20, 2013. Com-
missioner Edmonson was joined by Vice Chairwoman Linda Bell, Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, and
Mayor Carlos Gimenez at the presentation which was also attended by Tim Harris, Jr., offensive
coordinator and head coach; Benedick Hypolite, wide receivers and Nitron Stork, defensive backs/
special team's coordinator. The team, ranked No. 18 nationally by MaxPreps, finished the season
one a 12-game winning streak.

Nigerian, Tolu Omotola, makes

waves in collegiate basketball

'I want to play

at 2016 Olympic

For an average Nigerian,
being known in the American
college game is enough fame
and achievement to relish
throughout one's entire life.
But for Tolu Omotola, a power
forward at the Liberty Uni-
versity in Virginia, U.S. there
is no limit to humans dreams.
Born in London, England, to
Nigerian parents, before mov-
ing to the U.S. at the age of
seven, Omotola is on a terrific
career at Liberty University in
The senior center is av-
eraging 16 points and 9.1
rebounds in the Lady Flames'
current seven-game winning
streak as the Big South Con-
ference leaders have a shot at
the post-season.
Liberty have won 20 of their
26 games overall and 12 of 14
in the Big South Conference.
Omotola first enrolled at
Texas Christian University,
but then transferred to Lib-
erty after her freshman year.

"You get both worlds (at
Liberty)," she said. "You get
a world growing spiritually,
and you get a world growing
athletically with coaches and
teachers that care about you
and pray for you every day.
"It was a definitely a big
decision for me and most of it
was because of the Christian
atmosphere. Just having a
family away from home and
being open with Christianity.
"At my other school, Texas
Christian, I felt like I wasn't
able to be as open there or

Tolu Omotola

grow as much."
Omotola's name is not
known in the American col-
lege game alone, but it's also
one that's on the international
basketball radar as she has
already been welcomed into
Nigeria's national team pro-
"I was able to play with
them (Nigerian female nation-
al team, D'Tigress) last sum-
mer a little bit and a couple of
summers before that, Omotola
told FIBA.com.
Though she is yet to fea-
ture for Nigeria in national
team tournaments, it's almost
certain to happen in the fu-
ture as Omotola had already
trained with D'Tigress at a
camp in Florida and also
played in exhibition games.

"It was indescribable," she
said. "It was amazing. I loved
the girls. They are either
married or graduated from
college. They had so much
experience, I learned so much
from them."
It was during her high
school days that Nigeria first
invited Omotola to join their

"I was nervous because it
was a new thing for me," she
"I was only 17 and those
girls were teaching me and
being a mentor to me. I was
really nervous.
"But now, it's like I feel like
I'm more a part of the team,
still learning but talking
The Nigerian women played
at the 2004 Olympics and the
men competed at the London
Games last year.
"That's one of my dreams,"
she said, "to be able to repre-
sent my country and to go far.
And that's what their dream
is, too. And that's what we're
striving for."
Because of her European
passport, Omotolu is an at-
tractive player for many clubs.
A psychology major, Omo-
tola also has an idea of what
she'd like to do off the court.
"I have thought about sports
psychology and working
with Fellowship of Christian
Athletes and different sports
organizations around the
country," she said.
"Just to be able to travel and
counsel athletes around the
world, that's one of my other
dreams as a psychologist."

Wallace joins Wendell Scott,
Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester
as the only full-time Black
drivers in the 65-year history
of NASCAR. Scott is the only
Black driver to win a race,
way back in 1964.
Wallace is signed with Joe
Gibbs Racing and will drive
the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle
Busch Motorsports. Gibbs
knows as well as anyone
what it's like to work with
Black athletes under the
microscope. He coached the
Washington Redskins when
Doug Williams became the
first Black quarterback to win
a Super Bowl in 1988. Gibbs
said Wallace has the talent
and the mental toughness to
break through in NASCAR.
"I think he's the right kid,"
Gibbs said.
Wallace, raised in Concord,
N.C., has the full support of
the Black drivers before him.
Lester has sent him encour-
aging tweets. Wallace met
some of Scott's children at a
race in Virginia.
"They're just happy to see
someone following in their
dad's footsteps," he said. "I'm
hoping that I can carry that
torch a little farther."
He's in a better position
to succeed than many other
minorities over the years. He
has sponsorship, a top-flight
team in JGR and is a gradu-
ate of NASCAR's diversity pro-
gram. Even in NASCAR, the
climate has changed where
drivers of all sexes and colors
are openly accepted, in the
garage, and hopefully in the
Wallace, who goes by
Bubba, spent the last three
seasons driving in a low-level
NASCAR developmental series
and said racism in all forms
was nonexistent.


At lower levels of racing,
though, Wallace would hear
racial insults or encounter
ignorant views.
"We used to take it from
fans," his father, Darrell,
said. "We've had it from other
drivers. We've had it from
officials. We've had it from
promoters. We've had it from
track owners. We've pretty
much had it from everybody."
Wallace said the heckles
and hurtful words from his
formative years in the sport
have been left on the side of
the road and he can continue
to focus on racing just this
time on his biggest stage so
"I'd show up the next week
and wear 'em out again," he
said, smiling. "I really didn't
understand it. My dad got
more fired up than anything."
' His father sparked a love of
the sport when he was nine,
putting him in go-karts,
and always scouting.out the
next series. Darrell Wallace
even bought a Legends car
from Mark Martin. He at-
tends every race and was in
the stands Friday night. His
mother, Desiree, ran track at
Tennessee and stays home

to watch on TV ("She likes
hearing what they say about
Mom did offer a piece of
advice that has stuck with
Wallace. Avoid confrontations
with other drivers who used
slurs. Just go win.
Wallace's love and talent for
the sport will mean nothing if
he can't find the right spon-
sor willing to fund his career.
Sponsorship cash is the life-
blood of the sport.
His father has owned an
industrial cleaning business
since 1999 and pumped at
least one million dollars into
his son's fledgling career.
He spent as much $250,000
in 2008. The elder Wallace
paid bills late and borrowed'
money to keep his son's ca-
reer alive.
"He tried to do everything
he could to keep me racing,"
Wallace said.
It's a path he expects to
land him in the Sprint Cup
"I'm not ready for it next
year. I'm not ready for it
in two years," he said. "It's
all about the timing. It's
all about how well I do this

Tyrann Mathieu starts the

NFL redemption process

By Doug Farrar

No matter what former LSU
cornerback Tyrann Mathieu
did off the field in his colle-
giate career, NFL teams were
going to take a much closer
look at the "Honey Badger" if
he came to Indianapolis and
had solid workouts at the
scouting combine. Mathieu,
a Heisman finalist after the
2011 season, was kicked
off the Tigers' defense be-
fore the 2012 season began
after repeated violations of
the team's substance abuse
policy. Though he put up just
four reps at 225 pounds in
the bench press drill (most
defensive backs can do at
least 10 more), Mathieu
started out very well when it
counted in the 40-yard dash
on last Tuesday morning.
Inside Lucas Oil Stadium
in Indianapolis, Mathieu ran
an unofficial 4.43 40, which
was about as good a time as
anyone could have expected
for a guy who spent the last
year in rehab, trying to put
his life back together. Ma-
thieu ran a 4.5 flat in his sec-
ond attempt again, both

times are unofficial at this
time. He also looked smooth
in the backpedal drills, turn-
ing and running quickly.
In the longer rotation/catch
drill, Mathieu stayed low to
the ground, rotated well, and
was confident enough in his
ability to run to the spot of
the throw to high-point both
All in all, not a bad little
day for a guy who desperately
needed a great showing.
Asked this week if he's
more of a project player since
he was out of football for a
full season, Mathieu said last

Sunday from the combine
that he still has the skills.
"I think my football skills
speak for [themselves]. I don't
think I lost a step. I'm not to-
tally focused on football right
now. It's more about the per-
son and getting those things
I've done wrong corrected."
Before the combine, many
analysts saw Mathieu as a
third-day pick, for on-field
and off-field reasons. As
dynamic a player as he can
be, Mathieu will most likely
struggle to play outside cor-
nerback at"5-foot-9 and 186
pounds. Cornerback is more
of a height/weight/speed
position these days, but the
good news for Mathieu is that
he has an ideal stature and
skillset to play slot corner.
And with NFL defenses play-
ing more nickel-and-dime
packages than ever before,
slot corners are basically
Mathieu will still have a
lot to prove, but as much as
Manti Te'o's workout recently,
was an unmitigated disap-
pointment, this start for
Mathieu is a major victory for
the player.

Loria must be delusional

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey
Loria must have one of those
mirrors that tells him exactly
what he wants to hear. But
chances are, if we gave that

mirror some truth serum it
would tell him he ain't the best
owner around. A misguided
Loria'took out full page ads in
all four major South Florida

newspapers this past week-
end, blaming everyone ex-
cept himself for what ails' his
franchise. He just doesn't get
it. He must be losing it. After
all, what moron could not im-
prove a depleted minor-league
system by trading off the ma-
jority of its best major-league
players? I guess we should all
be relieved that the $450M he
got in public money to build
a new stadium is a "burden
incurred by tourists who are
visiting our city," and "not the

resident taxpayers." Really?
Let the record show that Lo-
ria received a publicly-funded,
brand new stadium, acquired
big name players one year, got
us all excited that we would
contend for years to come and
then had the dreaded fire sale
- shipping everyone off so
that he now sits in a position
to profit greatly. We, on the
other hand are now saddled
with a triple A team. One of Lo-
ria's former prized free agents,
shortstop Jose Reyes, said the

owner told him to buy a house
in Miami only to trade him two
days later. Loria sent work-
horse pitcher Mark Buehrle
to Toronto of all places know-
ing his pet pit bulls aren't al-
lowed there. So the family will
have to live in Chicago this
season while Buehrle plays in
Toronto. Loria has a heart of
gold doesn't he? His mistakes
and poor baseball decisions
saddled him with a hefty pay-
roll but he never blamed him-
self. He blamed the underper-

forming players that drew over
2.2 million fans to Marlins
Park a year ago. Josh John-
son, Anibal Sanchez, Buehrle
and Jose Reyes are all gone.
Good luck even sniffing two
million fans this year Loria.
Nice gesture with the letter but
this Marlin fan base has been
burned by this regime before.
Fool me once shame on you,
fool me ... oh, never mind.
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