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Miami times
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Creation Date:
March 27, 2013

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African Americans -- Newspapers. -- Florida
Newspapers. -- Miami (Fla.)
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newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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United States -- Florida -- Dade -- Miami
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25.787676 x -80.224145 ( Place of Publication )

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"Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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"Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
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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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Also available by subscription via the World Wide Web.
Funding:
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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University of Florida
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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 31 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 27- APRIL 2, 2013 50 cents


CITY OF OPA-LOCKA


Controversy continues as new


police chief takes the helm

City manager: "Key's in charge; I'm
weighing my options on deputy chief'


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com
When rumors began to
surface a few weeks ago that
the City of Opa-locka had
hired Jeffrey Key as
its new police chief,
one person that
was surprised by
the news was Opa-
locka's City Manag-
er Kelvin L. Baker,
Sr. But there was
even more confu-
sion afoot as North
Miami's Mayor An- BA
dre Pierre not only
sent a note that included
his congratulations to Key,
but also included the caveat
that Officer Peter Cruz [a


policeman for North Miami]
had been tagged as Opa-
locka's new deputy chief of
police.
Now we know that half of
the story was indeed accu-
S rate, given that Key
Began his first day
. on the job last Mon-
day. As for Cruz,
a 28-year veteran
who retired from the
North Miami police
department in early
March, his status
remains in limbo
KER at least with the
City of Opa-locka.
But critics believe that he
may not be the best person
for the job, given his alleged
lengthy internal affairs file.


Photo courtesy Jeffrey Key
Jeffrey Key's swearing-in ceremony is still being planned for
the City of Opa-locka. However, here he takes the oath in his
most recent promotion with the City of North Miami.


Baker added that former
Chief Cheryl Cason had set-
tled a lawsuit that she had
filed against the City and
that part of the terms in-


cluded her resignation.
"At some point I will have
to resolve the issue of fill-
ing the position of deputy
Please turn to CHIEF 9A


CITY OF NORTH MIAMI


ANDRE PIERRE GWEN BOYD SMITH JOSEPH


Crowded field


runs for mayor
Will Haitian dominance continue?


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com
The City of North Miami is one of
the fastest-growing communities
in the U.S., and is currently the
fourth largest city in Miami-Dade
County [M-DC] with 60,000 resi-
dents at latest count. It has be-
come a haven of sorts for Haitian-
Americans who continue to flock
to the city. Their political power
was confirmed when Josaphat
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"Joe" Celestin, was elected may-
or in 1991 and again in 2001-
making him the first Haitian-
American to assume the helm of
any large M-DC community. Of
course today, Andre Pierre serves
as the City's mayor. But due to
term limits, not to mention sev-
eral questionable decisions made
under his watch, there is a long
list of candidates who would like
to become mayor and change the
Please turn to MAYOR 9A


Supreme Court

ready to confront

affirmative action


-AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand
Marriage equality supporters take part in a march and
rally ahead of US Supreme Court arguments on legalizing
same-sex marriage in New York on March 24.
Will race and sex still be allowed in
college admissions process?


By Bill Mears
Washington (CNN) The
Supreme Court agreed
Monday to confront another
high-profile challenge to
affirmative action in college
admissions.
The justices will decide
the constitutionality of a
voter referendum in Michi-


gan banning race- and
sex-based discrimination
or preferential treatment in
public university admission
decisions.
The high court is currently
deciding a separate chal-
lenge to admissions chal-
lenge to admissions policies
at the University of Texas,
Please turn to COURT 5A


-AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
MIAMI TURNS UP THE HEAT
LeBron led the way against Orlando, almost snagging a triple-
double, to push the Heat to its 27th consecutive win. That makes
the team six wins from tying the Lakers record something they
could do on their own court on April 6th against the 76ers.


Woods


reclaimsp


No. 1 spot
d/.,,ii *WSs


Next stop:

Augusta

Tiger Woods holds
the trophy after
he won the Arnold -
Palmer Invita- lI
tional PGA golf E Qe
tournament in
Orlando March 25.
By Doug Ferguson
Associated Press
Tiger Woods never ques-
tioned his ability, only his
health.
Woods returned to No. 1
in the world by winning the
Arnold Palmer Invitational,
not surprising except if you
consider where he was a little
more than a year ago. He
had not won a PGA Tour in
some two and a half years.
He missed most of the sum-
mer and two majors in 2011


because of injuries to his left
leg and Achilles tendon. He
walked off the course at Doral
a year ago because of tight-
ness in the same tendon. It
wasn't until June that he felt
good enough to hit balls on
the range after a round.
Instead of a limp, he now
has a swagger. Woods was
at full strength in the Arnold
Palmer Invitational and he
looked as good as ever. Maybe
better.
Woods never let anyone get
Please turn to WOODS 9A


Saving public schools a civil rights issue


Many cities are closing inner city scho
will turn areas into wastelands


By DeWayne Wickham


The fight against public
school closings has become
the new civil rights battle in
this country and rightfully
so.
Faced with a billion dollar


budget deficit, Chicago's pub-
lic school system is the most
recent urban district to an-
nounce a massive closure of
schools. The city intends to
shutter 61 elementary school
buildings, nearly all of them
in Black and Hispanic neigh-


ols, which pound-foolish decision
that condemns the
neighborhoods sur-
.' rounding these soon-to-
borhoods. Like other be-boarded-up schools
cities, Chicago claims to further decline.
that budget deficits and "We have resources
declining student en- WICKHAM that are spread much
rollments have forced it too thin," Todd Bab-
to turn out the lights in bitz, the chief trans-
these inner city schools. formation officer (no kidding
That's a penny-wise-and- that's his title) of Chicago's


troubled school system, told
the Chicago Tribune. Over the
next decade, school officials
predict that these closings
will save the school system
$560 million. But first the city
will have to spend $233 mil-
lion to move students from
the schools that will be closed
into classrooms elsewhere.
Even if the school closings
actually produce the project-


ed savings, the damage they
will produce to the neighbor-
hoods left without readily ac-
cessible public schools will be
catastrophic. Really, I mean
it.
Who wants to raise chil-
dren in a community with no
neighborhood schools? While
poverty and crime have deci-
mated the population of many
Please turn to SCHOOLS 9A


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OPINION


2A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


i WORD-FOR-WORD


High hopes for

FAMU's future
The following editorial appeared in the Sun Sentinel last week.
His words are measured, but Interim President Larry Robin-
son has an encouraging message about the future of Florida
A& M University. It's an approach that the college's next presi-
dent must sustain if the historic institution hopes to restore its
reputation as a quality school.
As interim president, Robinson has grappled with the prob-
lems revealed after the hazing death of drum major Robert
Champion, the suspension of the famed Marching 100 Band
and the threatened loss of the school's accreditation. "We have
to stop fixing the same problems," he said during a meeting
this week with the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board.
Those words, and the opportunity for a new beginning,
should echo in the minds of FAMU's Presidential Search Com-
mittee as members gather next week in Orlando to interview
candidates for the permanent job. Continuity will be critical
and the individual chosen to succeed Robinson must find a
way to balance FAMU's historic mission with today's realities.
The new leader faces many challenges, but the following are
key to FAMU's success:
Get, and stay, off probation This is Job One, as FAMU's
very existence relies on securing its accreditation from the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [SACS]. With-
out it, students won't be eligible for federal loans and faculty
won't be able to secure research grants essential revenue
streams for the university. FAMU is now on probation, for the
second time in five years. The infractions largely stem from
Champion's death and the mismanagement of the school's
high- profile band. Fortunately, FAMU has taken strong steps
to address the problems. The school's new leader must ensure
these corrective steps pass muster with SACS and that they
keep the school from falling into this tenuous position ever
again.
Improve graduation rates Fewer than two of every five
FAMU students will graduate in six years, an appalling figure
that demands the re-creation of high standards and an en-
vironment of academic excellence. FAMU had that standing
back in the 1990s, when it consistently ranked among the na-
tion's top five colleges and universities for enrolling National
Achievement Scholars.
The new president should create the environment by attract-
ing higher caliber students and placing a priority on improving
the school's four- year graduation rate. Fortunately, FAMU
already has several successful programs, such as the College
of Engineering and the College of Pharmacy, which produce
more Black graduates in their fields than any other univer-
sity in the nation and can be used to attract stellar students.
Still, with so few students graduating, it will take more than
a few good programs to raise and promote FAMU's academic
reputation.
Raise admission standards No one is suggesting FAMU
abandon its historic mission of giving low-performing stu-
dents a chance at a college degree, but there's a problem when
more than half of its freshman class is what's called "profile
admits," compared to about 3 percent at other state universi-
ties. According to the university's figures, only 29 percent of
these students earn a degree in six years.
To its credit, the school has begun cutting back on this cate-
gory of students 881 admissions in 2011, down from 1,600
the year before. The new president must continue to find ways
to help those students already in attendance, but for the uni-
versity's long- term success, it must cut back on admitting
those who are ill-prepared for college.
Find an alternative to hazing Hazing has been a tradition
for many fraternities and sororities, and other social clubs,
not all of them college- based. Some make their rituals fun or
intellectually challenging. But we all saw the violent side when
members of FAMU's Marching 100 band fatally beat a drum
major in a brutal rite of passage.
The school has taken steps to curb hazing through policy
directives, new personnel and on-campus promotional pro-
grams. But recognizing that hazing has historical roots, Rob-
inson suggests finding a replacement that makes the bond-
ing experience a more constructive one. Champion's death
shouldn't be the school's legacy when there's an opportunity
for FAMU to become a national model for how to do things
better.
"Strike, strike and strike again!" The new president must
embody the school's "Rattler" mantra and champion the uni-
versity to a wider audience. The ability to raise money is a
given for any university president, but FAMU's next leader
must be able to articulate a vision for the famed historic Black
university that will resonate beyond the school's traditional
supporters and embrace those outside the FAMU family, par-
ticularly Florida lawmakers and taxpayers.


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-i BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washpost.com


Politicians wrong to deny victims


Shame on Harry Reid for killing
any prospect of an assault weap-
ons ban. I understand why he did
it, but that doesn't make it right.
In President Obama's State of the
Union address, he spoke with fiery
eloquence about the cost of gun vi-
olence in shattered lives. "They de-
serve a vote," the president said of
the victims, challenging Congress
to take a stand on reasonable leg-
islation to keep deadly weapons
out of the hands of killers.
Reid obviously disagrees. The
Senate majority leader decided
to abandon a proposal by Sen.
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that
would have banned the sale of
some military-style firearms -
weapons designed not for sport or
self-defense, but for killing enemy
soldiers in battle. Reid said he was
dropping the measure without
a vote because it would surely
fail. He's wrong. The worst way to
respond to the shocking massacre
in Newtown, Conn., would be to let
political self-interest stand in the
way of meaningful action. The par-


ents of those 20 slain children de-
serve a vote on the assault weap-
ons ban. The families of the 30,000
Americans who will be killed by
gunfire this year deserve a vote.
Bringing the measure to the floor
of both the Senate and the House


ban. Even if all 53 members of the
Democratic caucus supported it,
the measure would still fall short
of the 60 votes needed to break an
anticipated GOP filibuster. And in
the event that the measure some-
how made it out of the Senate, it


he Senate majority leader decided Tuesday to abandon
a proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would
have banned the sale of some military-style firearms -
weapons designed not for sport or self-defense, but for killing
enemy soldiers in battle.


is the least Congress can do.
We all know what's happening
here. Senate Democrats face a
tough battle next year to hold on
to their slim majority. Going on re-
cord in support of legislation that
the gun lobby so vehemently op-
poses could cost some vulnerable
incumbents their seats and po-
tentially make Mitch McConnell,
R-Ky., the majority leader.
Reid said he could muster barely
40 votes for Feinstein's weapons


would be dead on arrival in the
House.
So why should Senate Demo-
crats go out on a limb for some-
thing that's so unlikely ever to
become law? The answer isn't po-
litical, it's moral. The answer is
that this is not a moment to do the
expedient thing but instead to do
the right thing.
Despite what the National Rifle
Association wants us to believe,
guns do kill people. Yes, mental


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health is a serious iss.e 'Yes the
violence in movies and video games
is shocking. But these other fac-
tors do not begin to explain why
there is so much more gun violence
in the U.S. than in other industri-
alized countries. Why is the U.S.
death rate from gun violence 40
times higher than the British rate.
The biggest factor has to be that
British law makes it hard to buy
a gun and U.S. law makes it easy.
Don't blame the Constitution; even
Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia, in an opinion striking down
the District of Columbia's handgun
ban, noted that the right to keep
and bear arms is not absolute.
Blame Congress for not impos-
ing reasonable controls on instru-
ments of death that too often turn
petty arguments into tragedies -
and that allow disturbed individu-
als to turn their most warped fan-
tasies into reality.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper columnist
and the former assistant managing
editor of The Washington Post.


BY JOY-ANN REID, joyannreid4l@gmar l corn


Charlie Crist may be Democrat's best bet


Democrats are starting to
clear the decks for Charlie
Crist, the longtime Republican
who became an Independent
who became a Democrat. Crist,
who skipped out on a second
term as governor in order to
mount an ill-fated run for the
U.S. Senate, appears poised to
try and get his old job back in
2014.
In his favor: a current occu-
pant of the governor's mansion
who is singularly unpopular,
and not just with Democrats.
Rick Scott has angered his for-
mer allies in the tea party by
bowing to his real friends in the
hospital lobby and saying he'd
be fine with taking that dirty
Obamacare money to expand
Medicaid.
Scott's Medicaid gambit,
which has already been re-
buffed by the Republican-dom-
inated Legislature, led the tea
party's most colorful has-been,
Allen West, to question his
"backbone" and to declare the
governor "vulnerable" for reelec-
tion. Even before he broke faith
with the "throw poor people and


granny from the train" crowd,
Scott was already disliked by,
well, just about everyone. No
amount of $2,500 bonus bribes
could make teachers forget his
slash and burn education bud-
gets. And it's unlikely that the
public will soon erase from their
minds Scott's push to drug test
poor people and state workers,
particularly since he happened
to own a few clinics that provid-


election, Carroll and Scott ap-
parently didn't talk much. May-
be a few conversations about
what she used to do for a living
might have been helpful. Car-
roll delivered exactly three per-
cent of the Black vote for Scott
in 2010, and has since added
scandalous sexual allegations,
offensive statements about how
pretty one has to be to not be a
lesbian, and so-called "Internet


r
Crist will surely pay for his once tough talk, his sometimes
awkward attempts to fit in with an increasingly right-
wing GOP and some "bad pick" baggage of his own like
Jim Greer.


ed the service.
Even some Republicans pri-
vately grumbled when Scott
canceled high-speed rail, which
had been in the works, under
GOP eyeshades, and with all
those potential jobs, for a de-
cade.
And he surely can't escape
the fallout from his choice of
lieutenant governor, Jennifer
Carroll. Unfortunately, after the


cafes."
And yet, some Democrats are
quietly grumbling that Crist
is a political interloper, who
shouldn't be able to get in line
in front of diehard Dems like
former state Senate leader Nan
Rich, or ex-Miami Mayor Manny
Diaz. Rich is running, it seems,
no matter what. But Diaz, along
with heavyweights like Sen.
Bill Nelson and Orlando May-


or Buddy Dyer, are standIng
down. This while 2010's disas-
ter candidate Alex Sink appears
to be sidelined by the tragic loss
of her husband, Bill McBride.
Some gay rights activists still
resent Charlie for his former
anti-gay marriage and adoption
stands.
Crist will surely pay for his
once tough talk, his sometimes
awkward attempts to fit in
with an increasingly right-wing
GOP and some "bad pick" bag-
gage of his own like Jim Greer.
But.what Democrats will likely
come to realize is that a convert
who can win might be more im-
portant than a sure loser who
is pure of heart. Democrats
need a foothold in Florida's
governor's mansion, given the
stranglehold Republicans have
on the state House and Senate
and polls show Crist has the
best chance of beating Scott.
For Democrats, it may be Crist,
or bust.
Joy-Ann Reid is an award-
winning journalist, MSNBC cor-
respondent and managing edi-
torfor TheGrio.com


BY HARRY C. ALFORD, NNPA Columnist


The savagery of modern gangs Detroit d7I
We have seen a real evolution especially on the Westside -just was growing in the Black com- caine at the right timeandoper-
in the way gangs get established about every major thoroughfare munity, there was something out ated a "factory" out of a vacant
and then function. Gone are the soon had a representative gang. of the ordinary. A growing popu- apartment complex. They also
days back in the 1960s and be- When crack cocaine hit the city lation of Arabs was taking shape had the nickname "Cash Money
fore when gangs were social or- and became a much cheaper al- in Detroit. These Catholics were Brothers." Sound familiar? Yes,
ganizations and were geographi- ternative to heroin, the Flynns mainly from Iraq and are known the movie New Jack City was
cally linked. Beginning in the started to flounder and eventu- as Chaldeans. They are known based on the Chambers Broth-
1970s, these street gangs evolved ally faded away. Soon came the for owning small supermarkets ers. Probably the most notori-
into criminal organizations. They emergence of Young Boys Inc. throughout Black neighborhoods ous drug trafficking gang in De-
are the generators of murder, (Y.B.I.). This gang was more so- in Detroit. They eventually ex- troit was the Black Mafia Family
drugs and robbery. No longer are phisticated and showed organiza- panded to real estate, dry clean- (BMF). The Flenory brothers, De-
they cool or cute. They are pure tional prowess. They eventually ers and gas stations. Some from metrius (nicknamed Big Meech)
savages craving fast money and a controlled more than 80 percent this community started a drug and Terry, grew an elaborate
fast life style. One example is the of the Detroit heroin business be- cartel, criminal empire. They grew so
City of Detroit. tween 1978 through 1982. That Unlike the Black gangs, the large that they decided to spread
One of the earliest gangs was didn't satisfy their greed and Chaldeans jumped into the out all over the nation. Their
the Errol Flynns. The Flynns de- they started opening franchises drug business in a very serious source was the Mexican cartels
veloped a good structure on the in other cities. Y.B.I. invented way. They took the name "Chal- and they made a partnership
Eastside of the Motor City. Like the scheme of having under age dean Mafia." Just like the Italian with the Crips street gang net-
most gangs, the members had youth to move their crack co- Mafia, the leaders of the group work to distribute the heroin. The
creative nicknames and hand caine throughout the city. If began having differences and Atlanta authorities broke them
gestures that would provide caught by the police they would murder contracts on each other down and the brothers along
quick identity. Their specialty not snitch and were too young to started becoming routine. While with 150 members received long
was heroin. They became quite prosecute. Their legacy was their they have toned down they still prison terms.
wealthy and had 400 members organizational structure and new exist. Another popular gang was Harry C. Alford is the co-found-
at their height of activity. A lot of gangs began to copy it. The Chambers Brothers. They er, president/CEO of the National
srnaller gangs began to pop up, While all of the gang activity caught the epidemic of crack co- Black Chamber of Commerce.


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OPINION


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


3A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013


CORNER


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


Carroll resignation bad for Scott's
There is something rotten in Scott's chief of staff Steve up because she witnessed un-
Governor Scott's administration MacNamara was forced to resign professional behavior by Car-
and it starts with his Lieutenant when he steered a $5.5 million roll and other employees. Now
Governor Jennifer Carroll. The contract to one of his friends. Do Carroll has resigned following
politicians in Florida are embar- we have to wonder if Scott knew questions by authorities inves-
rassing and corruption is run- about about MacNamara's deal- tigating an Internet cafe com-
ning rampant in the state. Any- ings? At some point, our gover- pany that she represented. Au-
time the second in charge of a nor's decision making and lead- thorities claim that the company


state is working for a company
that is being investigated for il-
legal activity, there is something
drastically wrong with the entire
team.
Scott and his administration
have made a mockery of the
Governor's office, embarrass-
ing Floridians while failing to
accomplish his legislative pri-
orities. For the last two weeks,
the Florida legislators have been
talking about ethics reform and
it appeared that they were work-
ing on cleaning up their act. But
instead of things getting better it
looks like more corruption is be-
ing exposed.


cott and his administration have made a mockery of the
Governor's office, embarrassing Floridians while failing
to accomplish his legislative priorities.


ership skills must be questioned
as corruption continues to flour-
ish under his watch.
Remember that with Carroll,
it was not her first brush with
scandal. Back in 2011, Carleta
Cole an assistant in Carroll's of-
fice, was arrested and accused of
giving a reporter a recorded con-
versation. Cole's attorney claims
that their client was being set


brought in since 2007 around
$300 million, and disguised it-
self as a non-profit charity for
veterans. Only two percent of
the money went to the charity
and 49 people have been arrest-
ed with seven more wanted.
The investigation was started
in 2009 and last week the ar-
rest warrants were executed in
23 Florida counties, across five


camp ai
other states.
Last month in February, the
former chairman of the Florida
Republican Party was indicted
on multiple felony charges and
defrauding the state with a com-
pany and misusing the parties'
finances. Residents in the state
are tired of being embarrassed
by the corruption in the Scott
administration. As the leader of
a party and the state, the gover-
nor needs to explain how he al-
lows corrupt people to work for
him.
If the governor continues to
pick corrupt politicians, and
this keeps happening in his ad-
ministration, then he needs to
step down. The state of Florida
deserves transparency and in-
tegrity and that is not happen-
ing in the Scott administration.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-


BY CHARLENE CROWELL, NNPA Columnist


America's racial wealth gap broadens


SAs long as most of us can
SPlRuf A remember, Black communi-
p34S RAI ties have taught and believed
S that a college education is the
,4 key to social and economic ad-
S\ vancement. But according to a
new research and policy brief
.. by Brandeis University schol-
ars, that long-held belief is only
--. one of several factors affecting
SBlack America's ability to build
wealth.
SAfter Brandeis University's
Institute on Assets and Policies
Traced 1,700 working Ameri-
Scans households over 25 years,
.9 .. the researchers found that the





ing these years, White wealth
S/grew $5.19 while Black wealth
growth amounted to 69 cents.
"Our analysis found little
': -/ evidence to support common
perceptions about what under-
I "" lies the ability to build wealth,
including the notion that per-
sonal attributes and behavioral
choices are key pieces of the
equation," said the report by
the Brandeis' Institute on As-
sets and Social Policy (IASP).
"Instead, the evidence points
to policy and the configuration
Juk of both opportunities and bar-


riers in workplaces, schools,
and communities that reinforce
deeply entrenched racial dy-
namics in how wealth is accu-
mulated and that continue to
permeate the most important
spheres of everyday life."
The report ranked the big-
gest drivers of America's racial
wealth gap: years of homeown-


even when income and cred-
it scores were comparable to
those of Whites. As labor mar-
ket instability tended to affect
Black more negatively than
Whites, accrued monetary as-
sets became the vehicle to with-
stand the lack of income and
eliminated many opportunities
to invest to build wealth. As a


On average, White families became homeowners eight
years earlier than Black families. Oftentimes inheritance
and other financial support favored families with pre-
existing wealth.


ership; household income; un-
employment; college education;.
and Inheritance/other financial
support.
On average, White families be-
came homeowners eight years
earlier than Black families. Of-
tentimes inheritance and other
financial support favored fami-
lies with pre-existing wealth.
With more White families able
to receive family financial as-
sistance, make larger up-front
payments for home purchases,
they benefited from lowered in-
terest rates and lending costs.
By contrast, Black homeown-
ers were more likely to have
high-interest, risky mortgages


result, Black mortgage borrow-
ers became more than twice
as likely to lose their homes to
foreclosure.
Brandeis also found. that for
White families, homeowner-
ship represents 39 percent of
family wealth; but is 53 per-
cent of Black wealth. Because
of historic differences in access
to credit, the, homeownership
rate for White homeowners is
also 28 percent higher than the
same rate for Black families.
The State of Lending -in
America and its Impact on U.S.
Households published earlier
by the Center for Responsible
Lending cited similar Pew data


swiderr
that found from 200 O
Black family wealth dropped 53
percent, and Hispanic families
lost 66 percent. By compari-
son, average White household
wealth dropped only 16 per-
cent.
According to the IASP re-
port, "The paradox is that even
as homeownership has been
the main avenue to building
wealth for African-Americans,
it has also increased the wealth
disparity between whites and
Blacks ... Wealth in Black fam-
ilies tends to be close to what is
needed to cover emergency sav-
ings while wealth in white fami-
lies is well beyond the emergen-
cy threshold and can be saved
or invested more readily."
So is a college education still
a part of building wealth?
The answer is still yes. But
the rising costs of college and
mounting student loan debts
together lead to more students
- both Black and White -
leaving school to earn a steady
income before graduation. For
Black college graduates, 80
percent begin their careers with
student debt. For White college
grads, the corresponding debt
is 64 percent.
Charlene Crowell is a commu-
nications manager with the Cen-
terfor Responsible Lending.


Will Blacks benefit from the

new projects in Overtown?


BETTY FERGIE, 57
Miami, artist


"I think it'll
benefit whites
and [Hispan-
ics]. Blacks
have moved
out."


JOSEPH SCAVELLA, 89
Liberty City, retired

"If it's really for current Over-
town resi-
dents then .,
yeah. Over-
town looks
terrible and
the new hous-
ing projects
would benefit
those who live
there."

ERNESTINE BETTS, 48
Liberty City, homemaker

"Yes, I be- ---
lieve that
they're cater-
ing to Blacks. .
It has come a
long way from
how it was be-
fore."


GARY JAMES, 49
Liberty City, truck driver

"It should benefit any and
everyone. It
shouldn't be '
about race."


JAMES RICO SMITH, 65
Liberty City, retired










WANDA WILSON, 47
Miami, truck driver
"No. They're

shrinking
Overtown and
extending."
downtown. -
And the hous-
ing projects
are for a cer-
tain income
bracket, which leaves out many
families."


- BY RAYNARD JACKSON, NNPA Columnist


Having morals only when it is convenient .
After Ohio's Republican Sena- bond between a man and a I don't have to change my mor- sexual willing to gn. e up their
tor Rob Portman's declared last woman." How does his son be- als or values to be accepting of beliefs to accommodate me? Of
week that he now supports ho- ing homosexual change what someone with whom I disagree course we know the answer is
mosexual marriage, I am once the Bible has to say on this is- even if.that someone is my no. So, they want me to give up
again compelled to ask: Why sue? Portman stated that his son. To love him doesn't mean my moral convictions to make
are Christians and conserva- values were based on his Chris- I must always agree with him. them feel good, but they are not
tives constantly apologizing for tianity which is based on the Portman says he has changed willing to respect my Christian
what they believe? Portman Bible. his mind on the question of beliefs by giving up their value
said he changed his position Since the Bible didn't change, marriage for same-sex couples, system. Why should this be a
because his son told him that one-way street?
he was homosexual. Typically, ne can 10ve a family member and yet be totally in dis- Portman is doing what most
I would not write about some- parents would do support
one's family issues. But, in this agreement with his or her lifestyle choices. I can ap- their child. But he would be
instance, I want to come at this preciate Portman being in an uncomfortable situation, supporting his child even more
issue from a somewhat differ- by telling him that he tita.:l'.
ent perspective. I want to use disagrees with his personal life-
Portman's renunciation of his does that mean Portman no Well, I, for one, am not part style choice, but loves him any-
Christian beliefs to have a more longer believes in the Bible? If of the millions Americans that way. That way, he would aban-
broad discussion of morals and his daughter told him that she have renounced my Christian- don neither his son nor God's
values, was pregnant and wanted to ity to accommodate a family word.
You should know that Port- have an abortion, would he also member. I will not apologize for Raynard Jackson is president
man is one of the most decent change his view on that issue my belief systems nor will I al- & CEO of Raynard Jackson &
people you will ever meet. Dur- in order to show his daughter low the pro-homosexual lobby Associates, LLC., a Washington,
ing his decades of public ser- that he loves her? to label me as anti-anything. I D.C.-based public relations/gov-
vice, he has made it perfectly One can love a family member am heterosexual, so are homo- ernment affairs firm.
clear that he is a Christian and yet be totally in disagree-
conservative, who believes in ment with his or her lifestyle 1Wt %r a w ll Ime
the sanctity of life and mar- choices. I can appreciate Port- .
rage being between a mannd man being in an ,uncomfortable The Miami Times welcomes and encourages letters on its editorial commentaries
riage being between a man and man being in an uncomfortable .
a woman, situation. But why Portman as well as all other material in the newspaper. Such feedback makes for a healthy
What makes me uncomfort- feels the need to renounce his dialogue among our readership and the community. Letters must, however, be
able about Portman's about Christianity to accommodate 150 words or less, brief and to the point, and may be edited for grammar, style
face is the implication that in his son is beyond my compre- and clarity. All letters must be signed and must include the name, address and
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4A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


Bill to close gap in the Baker Act process


Miami Times staff report

Since late January, Florida
State Rep. Barbara Watson has
been consulting with experts
from the Florida Supreme Court
Mental Health Task Force, the
National Rifle Association and
the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to further enhance
Florida's ability to keep persons
with mental illnesses who are
known to be a danger to them-
selves or others from purchasing
firearms in Florida.
Last Tuesday she presented
HB 1355 to the Committee for
Criminal Justice to "initiate a
substantive conversation on gun
control."
"I am pleased to have the sup-
port of experts with whom we
have worked to develop a bill
that will give us further protec-
tion against people with mental
illnesses buying firearms," Wat-
son said. "But it also provides


Women connect in ways that
men don't.
So when it comes to net-
working, women try to create
connections or friendships.
"After all, it not about what
you know, or who you know,
but who knows you," said
Myra L. Taylor about the Opa-
locka Women's Summit event
held last weekend to celebrate
Women's History Month.
At the city's first business
networking event for women,
over 140 women attended the
2-day event to exchange busi-
ness cards, listen to unique
ventures, and cultivate con-
nections.
Cashe Royal owner of Glam
Spot, an up-scaled hair salon
on Fisherman Street, said net-
working events like this allow
her to easily spread the word
about her business.
"It's motivating to see women
networking with each other,"
said Royal vho passed out gift
cards at the event. "Events like
this encourage you to become
more active."
At a round-circle network-
ing on Friday evening, women
shared their business stories.
"After I retired, I needed an
uplifting, fun social outlet I
could do with other 50 plus
women who also wanted to
stay active and healthy," said
Opa-locka resident Gloria Rob-
inson. "So I put an ad in the
paper to create a women's soft-


BARBARA WATSON
Florida State Rep.
a pathway for those with men-
tal illnesses to have their rights
restored once a judge and phy-
sicians determine that they're
mentally stable enough to pos-
sess a firearm.
The specific problem, identi-
fied by Watson, deals with situ-
ations where people with mental


illnesses who are a danger to
themselves or others agree to a
voluntary commitment for treat-
ment to avoid an involuntary
commitment proceeding, then
quickly check themselves out
of the mental health facility and
have no .record in the National
Instant Check System (NICS)
database to prohibit them from
purchasing a firearm.
Under HB 1355, a person
could be prohibited from pur-
chasing a firearm if the examin-
ing physician finds the person
imminently dangerous to him-
self or others and files a spe-
cial certificate that if the person
doesn't agree to voluntary com-
mitment for treatment, an invol-
untary commitment petition will
be filed.
At the time the person is diag-
nosed as dangerous, the person,
would receive written notice of
the certification and agrees to
accept voluntary commitment


with a full understanding that
he or she will be prohibited from
purchasing a firearm or apply-
ing for a concealed weapons
or firearms license or retain-
ing one. The bill would require
speedy transmission of this in-
formation to the county court; if
a judge approves the record for
submission to the instant check
system, it is sent along quickly
to the FDLE for entry into NICS.
Relief from the disability would
be available through the existing
statutory process.
If the person disagrees or feels
strongly about not giving up his
gun rights, the person can re-
fuse to sign and the petition for
involuntary commitment can
move ahead.
Essentially, the bill language
closes the gap in the Baker Act
process and allows the state to
put a prohibition on dangerous
people who should be prohibited
from having a firearm.


A round-circle of women residents and business owners in Opa-locka listening to Mayor
Myra L.Taylor as she encourages them to overcome obstacles and press towards their dreams.
F g u


ball team."
Originally named Diamond
Stars, the softball team for
women over 50, plays every
Sunday afternoon at North
Glades Park. Robinson says
the team rivals younger play-
ers.
Saturday's luncheon was
just as inspiring. Guest
speaker, Florida Representa-
tive Cynthia A. Stafford, from
District 109, spoke to an en-
ergized crowd saying, "today's
event is timely as it is also very
needed."
"We need a few good women
to get out and make a differ-
ence where ever God has as-
signed us," said Representa-
tive Stafford.


Fdc

I,"


Rev. Rhonda Thomas and Opa-locka Mayor "Lady" Myra
L. Taylor stand behind Ms. Patsy McCray, recipient of the
2013 Phenomenal Woman Award at the Opa-locka Wom-
en's Summit.


[ 'l tl I


Florida State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford is guest
speaker at the luncheon. Mayor "Lady" Myra Taylor listens


to the motivating speech.

Ernisha Randolph, creator of
Juanita's Kitchen catering ser-
vice along 27th Avenue, says
she usually has to travel out-
side the city to attend a busi-
ness networking event.
"I was extremely surprised
when I heard about a wom-
en's networking event in Opa-
locka," said Randolph who
attended the Saturday lun-
cheon. "I learn from hearing
other women's stories and
understanding their experi-
ences in business. Network-
ing opportunities like this are
invaluable to me."
Randolph's company spe-
cializes in healthier alter-
natives to southern cooked
foods. "Instead of fried chick-
en, I prepare oven baked fried
chicken. I like giving my cli-
ents another choice to eat-


ing home-style foods." At the
event, she gained business
opportunities, while showing
her brand of barbeque sauce,
she was offered to cater a pri-
vate school.
At the luncheon, Mayor Tay-
lor presented the "2013 Phe-
nomenal Woman" award to
Patsy McCray who has been
an Opa-locka resident for 69
years. McCray is 99 years old.
Mayor Taylor says as a re-
sult of the feedback she re-
ceived from the summit, she
will create a women's initiative
that will meet quarterly. The
Opa-locka Women's Summit
will become an annual event.
"It's time we pull together
to encourage one another,
empower each other as Opa-
locka women," said Mayor
Taylor.


GOP to spend $1oM on 'inclusion'


New plan seeks to bring other ethnic


groups into the fold

By Martha T. Moore

Republicans will spend $10 mil-
lion this year in outreach to His-
panic, Asian and Black voters,
GOP chairman Reince Priebus
said Sunday.
S"We have become a party that
parachutes into communities four
months before elections," Priebus
said on CBS' Face the Nation. In
contrast, he said, "the Obama
campaign lived in these commu-
nities for years. The relationships
were deep. They were authentic."


Stronger outreach will help Re-
publicans when a candidate says
something "goofy," Priebus said,
such as Missouri Senate candi-
date Todd Akin's comments last
fall about "legitimate" rape not
leading to pregnancy comments
Republicans blame for his loss.
"In a vacuum, the caricature
becomes true," Priebus said. "If
you've got unscripted moments,
and you've got no relationship to
explain anything, I believe, you're
a sitting duck."
Priebus also says he wants to


have fewer primary de- iia Action Conference that
bates and move the par- I wrapped up Saturday
ty convention to June- outside Washington,
or July, in order to give speakers including for-
candidates earlier ac- mer Florida Gov. Jeb
cess to general election !'"i-i Bush urged Republicans
funds. to embrace "inclusion
Republicans launched and acceptance" in order
the analysis of the par- PRIEBUS to regain power. During a
ty's image and shortcom- panel on immigration, all
ings that led to losing the presi- the speakers favored some form
dency and failing to win back of legalized status for illegal im-
control of the Senate in 2012. migrants.
Set to be unveiled Monday morn- "The evolution of the conser-
ing, the analysis included input vative movement on the issue of
from 50,000 people through poll- immigration is nothing less than
ing, interviews and focus groups, astonishing," CPAC organizer Al
Priebus said. Cardenas said Sunday on CNN's
At the Conservative Political State of the Union.


-AP photo/Vahid Salemi
A Sajjil missile is displayed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard
in front of a portrait of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatol-
lah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 12. The exhibit
was part of a military parade commemorating the start of the
Iraq-Iran war 32 years ago.



President Obama


and Netanyahu


in sync on Iran


Is it too late?
By Oren Dorell

President Obama told Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Ne-
tanyahu and the Israeli public
Wednesday that the U.S. will
not let Iran obtain a nuclear
weapon, and the two
leaders appeared to
move closer on the is-
sue than in the past.
Some experts, how-
ever, say changes in
Iran's nuclear program
may soon make it too
late for anyone to stop .,
it. OE

ALL OPTIONS
ARE ON THE TABLE
The subject of Iran came
up at a joint news conference
with Netanyahu in Jerusalem,
where Obama is on the first
day of a three-day trip to the
region. Obama said he hoped
that Iran would choose to ac-
cept offers of peaceful resolu-
tion to the matter.
"We prefer to resolve this
diplomatically and there is still
time to do so," he said,
but added that if diplo-
macy fails "all options
are on the table."
Obama's latest com-
ments about Iran's
nuclear progress show
that the gap may be
closing between the
American and Israeli NETA
leaders over when Iran's
nuclear program is judged to
be too much of a threat, says
Mark Dubowitz, an expert on
Jran sanctions and executive
director of the Foundation
for Defense of Democracies, a
Washington think tank.

ALMOST OUT OF TIME
"Right now, we think it will
take a little bit over a year
for Iran to possess a nuclear
weapon, but obviously we
don't want to cut it too close,"
Obama told Israel's TV Chan-
nel 2 on March 13. "What
we're going to be doing is to
continue to engage interna-
tionally with Iran, understand-
ing we've had the toughest
sanctions ever. If we can
resolve this diplomatically,
that's a more lasting solution,
but if not I continue to keep all
options on the table."
Obama's description of Iran's
nuclear progress left out any
doubt on Iran's nuclear ambi-
tions, which were mentioned
in a threat assessment deliv-
ered a day earlier by James
Clapper, the U.S. director of
National Intelligence.
Clapper had said that while
Iran has "the scientific, techni-
cal and industrial capacity to
eventually produce nuclear
weapons," whether that deci-
sion has been made is not
clear. "The central issue is its
political will to do so," Clapper
said.
The U.S. intelligence com-
munity assessment is that
Iran could not produce enough
weapons-grade material for a
bomb "before this activity is
discovered," Clapper said.
Obama's apparent agree-
ment that Iran is pursuing a
bomb might be significant, be-


N


cause it could signal that his
thinking about Iran has now
moved closer to Netanyahu's
thinking, Dubowitz says.

IRAN MUST BE STOPPED
Netanyahu told delegates at
the United Nations in Septem-
ber that Iran must be stopped
before it reaches a
stockpile of enough
medium grade ura-
nium that would allow
it to produce enough
higher grade uranium
for a bomb before
Western intelligence
agencies would know
MA about it.
The difference is
whether the U.S. joins Is-
rael by focusing on when Iran
obtains the ability to make
nuclear weapons, or con-
tinues to base the threat on
whether Iran decides to make
the nuclear weapon, Dubowitz
says. Israel says Iran should
be stopped, militarily perhaps,
before it reaches the first step.
Obama has not commented
overtly on that memorable "red
line" of Netanyahu's.
If Obama sticks to
language he used in
the Channel 2 inter-
view, "that's a signal
the Americans and
Israelis have come
together," Dubowitz
says. "If he continues
to focus on the po-
YAHU litical decision, that
shows a difference
between the two leaders."


STALLED
NEGOTIATIONS
The issue could become
crucial as Iran resumes long-
stalled negotiations over its
nuclear program with the
U.S., United Kingdom, France,
Russia, China and Germany.
Iran wants a deal that al-
lows them to keep a nuclear
program it says is for research
and medical purposes, and
that recognizes Iran's right to
enrich under.the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty.
Some experts saw promise
in the latest round of talks,
which ended Feb. 27 in Al-
maty, Kazakhstan. In those
talks, the six nations offered
to partially lift sanctions on
Iran's economy by allowing it
to trade in gold and precious
metals if Iran suspends en-
richment of medium-enriched
uranium and safeguards that
stockpile.
Iran's chief nuclear negotia-
tor, Saeed Jalili, responded
positively, which was "a step
toward compromise by the
Iranians," who had earlier
insisted that oil and banking
sanctions be lifted immedi-
ately, says Michael Adler, an
Iran expert at the Woodrow
Wilson International Center
for Scholars, a think tank in
Washington.
Dubowitz, however, says
advanced equipment that Iran
is installing at its nuclear
facilities could make such an
agreement obsolete. Iran is in
the process of installing thou-
sands of new, more efficient
centrifuges that the multina-
tional offer does not address,
Dubowitz says.


Mayor Myra L. Taylor brings women


business networking event to Opa-locka











BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR O\VN DESTINY


5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013


Opa-locka commissioner is first elected Dominican


Veteran car salesman, Luis Santiago,

now selling City on his ideas


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

Late last year, the citizens
of Opa-locka were faced with
a dilemma: eight people, in-
cluding three former mayors
and two incumbents were
among the candidates for the
City Commission. But only
two seats were available. In
the end, neither of the incum-
bents, Gail Miller or Rose Ty-
dus, were re-elected.
Joseph Kelley, 51, pastor of


Holy Temple Missionary Bap-
tist Church garnered the most
votes with 22 percent. He en-
tered the race with the most
experience in politics, serving
as commissioner from 2004 to
2006 and as Opa-locka's may-
or from 2004 to 2010. But the
person that came in second
place may have been more of
a surprise.
Luis Santiago, 52, took 16
percent of the vote to gain a
seat on the commission in his
first bid at public office. And in


a city that is 62 percent Black
and 33.5 percent Hispanic,
Santiago, a car salesman at
H&G Auto Sales of Hialeah,
has become the first Domini-
can to be elected to public of-
fice in the State of Florida.
"I've been in the U.S. for 40
years and in South Florida for
13 years but the Dominican
Republic is my native coun-
try and I'm proud to be the
first Dominican to be elected
in Florida," he said. "I worked
very hard and went out into
the Black community so that
they would get to know me
and what I hoped to bring to
the commission and our City.


LUIS SANTIAGO
Opa-locka Commissioner


The Black community gave
me their support and their
vote."
Santiago says he spent less
than $4,000 on his campaign
showing that one can be still
be successful running an old-
fashioned grass roots cam-
paign.
"Since I came on the com-
mission, I have been pushing
for more public and private
industry," he said. "And then
we have to do a much bet-
ter job at reducing crime and
making our streets and neigh-
borhoods safer."
Santiago can be tough to
understand, as he still speaks


with a heavy accent. Still, in a
city that is one-third Hispanic
and growing, being bi-lingual
will undoubtedly be an asset.
"I think there will continue
to be more opportunities for
minorities, Blacks and His-
panics but we have to be pre-
pared When the next election
cycle begins," he added.
Santiago says he is the
first Hispanic elected to of-
fice in Opa-locka in the past
28 years. And he adds that he
has no plans to give up his car
salesman job.
"I just sold two cars yester-
day it's a living and I enjoy
it," he said.


High court ruling could impact classroom diversity


COURT
continued from 1A

which did not involve a voter
referendum.
A federal appeals court last
year concluded the affirma-
tive action ban, which Michi-
gan voters passed in a 2006
referendum, violated the U.S.
Constitution's equal protection
laws.

APPEALS COURT STRIKES
DOWN MICHIGAN'S
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BAN
It was the latest step in a legal
and political battle over wheth-
er the state's colleges can use
race and gender as a factor in
choosing which students to ad-
mit. The ban's opponents say
classroom diversity remains a
necessary government role.
"We think this is a tremen-
dous victory for the tens and
hundreds of thousands of
students who fought for af-
firmative action for decades,"
said Michigan attorney George
Washington when the 6th Cir-
cuit ruling came out in Novem-
ber. He represents the By Any
Means Necessary coalition that


-Photo by Win McNamee/Getty
Roni Bivera demonstrates during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
on March 26, 2013 in Washington.


sued to overturn the ban.
"This is a tremendous day for
Black and Latinio students in
the entire country," Washing-
ton added.
The office of Michigan Attor-
ney General Bill Schuette will
defend the ban when oral argu-
ments are held in the fall.
The ban "embodies the fun-
damental premise 'of what
America is all about: equal


opportunity under the law,"
Schuette said. "Entrance to
our great universities must be
based upon merit."
The law was passed seven
years ago with support of 58
percent of voters. It was added
to the state's constitution, and
bars publicly funded colleges
from granting "preferential
treatment to any individual or
group on the basis of race, sex,


color, ethnicity or national ori-
gin."
That prompted a series of
lawsuits and appeals from vari-
ous groups.
Michigan voters approved
the ban after the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in 2003 that while
Michigan universities could
use race as a factor in choos-
ing which students to admit,
they could not make race the
determining factor in deciding
whether applicants are accept-
ed
The referendum effort was
led by Jennifer Gratz, who was
at the center of the high court
case. As a white student, she
was put on the waiting list for
undergraduate admission to the
state's largest university. She
eventually attended another
school, and became the lead
plaintiff in a subsequent dis-
crimination lawsuit. After the
Supreme Court's 2003 decision,
she began a public campaign to
end racial preferences in admis-
sions.
The Michigan ban also pro-
hibits the state from consider-
ing race and gender in public
hiring and public contracting


decisions. But the current high
court case deals only with the
college admissions portion.
Efforts over decades to cre-
ate a diverse classroom have
been controversial. The Brown
v. Board of Education high
court ruling in 1954 ended seg-
regation of public schools, but
sparked nationwide protests
and disobedience by states who
initially refused to integrate.
In the 1978 Bakke case, the
Supreme Court ruled univer-
sities have a compelling state
interest in promoting diversity,
and that allows for the use of af-
firmative action. That issue in-
volved a discrimination claim by
a white man denied admission
to law school.

WILL AFFIRMATIVE
ACTION BE PHASED OUT?
The Supreme Court is now
considering whether the Univer-
sity of Texas' admissions prac-
tices aimed at creating campus
diversity violate the rights of
some white applicants. Argu-
ments were held in October
and a written ruling is pending.
The high court under Chief
Justice John Roberts has made


the issue a key part of its dock-
et in recent years,.and it could
serve as a major legacy of the
current conservative majority.
The justices in 2007 struck
down public school choice
plans in Seattle and Louisville,
concluding race could not be a
factor in the assignment of chil-
dren to schools. Those school
districts had sought to use
raced-based criteria to achieve
diversity.
The issue in recent years is
whether and when affirmative
action programs while con-
stitutionally permissible now
- would eventually have to be
phased out as the goal of ob-
taining diversity is met.
Now-retired Justice Sandra
Day O'Connor who wrote
the key ruling a decade ago in
the initial Michigan cases -
said, "The court expects that
25 years from now, the use of
racial preferences will no longer
be necessary to further the in-
terest approved today."
The justices are now being
asked once again to decide
whether Michigan's current
policy meets that legal and so-
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6A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013 BLACKS MUST CON YROL HEIR OWN DESFIN~


Woman who drove into Pompano


crowd charged with
By Erika Pesantes the car in the stomach and
and Tonya Alanez chest, the report said. She also
hit five other people includ-
POMPANO BEACH A ing a 2-year-old boy who
19-year-old woman confessed stood near Flemming and did
to angrily driving into a large so "knowingly and intention-
crowd to kill a woman she had ally," the sheriffs report said.
argued with, according to a In addition to Flemming,
Broward sheriffs report re- listed as victims in the incident
leased Thursday. were Martin Serru, 48; Sam
Sharoya Rucker, of Pompano Dorsey, 19; Sadie Jones, 17;
Beach, was charged with at- Lavern Jones, 45; and Zachary
tempted premeditated murder Santiago, 2, the report said. No
and five counts of aggravated one had injuries that were life-
battery with a deadly weapon threatening, officials said.
for each victim she allegedly Flemming is a relative of
struck. She was ordered held Rucker's baby's father, As-
without bail during her first- sistant Public Defender Terry
appearance court hearing Conover said during the court
Thursday. hearing.
Early Wednesday afternoon,- Initial reports indicated three
Rucker drove her white 2001 of the victims were pinned
Nissan Sentra into a crowd of against a guardrail during
more than 20 people and hit the 12:24 p.m. incident. The
six of them in the 500 block 2-year-old boy was flown to
of.Southwest Second Street in Broward Health Medical Cen-
Pompano Beach, according to ter in Fort Lauderdale as a pre-
the report. caution, according to a sheriffs
Rucker targeted Mary Flem- spokesman.
ming, 36, and struck her with Rucker took off after striking


attempted murder


ChildNet agrees to pay $2

Lawsuit alleged failure to protect girls from sex abuse


By Jon Burstein

The nonprofit agency respon-
sible for managing Broward
County's child welfare system
has agreed to pay $2 million
to settle a lawsuit accusing the
organization of failing to pro-
tect two young girls from sexual
abuse by their mother.
The girls' attorneys allege
ChildNet negligently sought to
reunite them with their mother
after they had been removed
from their parents' custody in
,September 2003 by a family
court judge. ChildNet insisted
on allowing the mother unsu-
pervised visitation, exposing the
girls, then ages 4 and 5, to sex-
ual abuse, said Joel Fass, the
girls' lead attorney.
"They ignored clear warnings,
red flags, psychological reports,
verified abuse reports and judi-
cial warnings and still pursued
a policy of reunification with a
mother who they were repeated-
ly and consistently warned was
sexually abusing the girls," Fass
said. "To this day, even though
they paid $2 million, ChildNet


still has never taken responsi-
bility for the girls' sexual abuse."
ChildNet did not admit any
wrongdoing in the settlement
approved Monday by Broward
Circuit Court Judge Carol-
Lisa Phillips. The lawsuit was
brought on the girls' behalf by
their paternal grandparents,
who were given custody of the
sisters in 2003 and adopted
them in July 2009.
A ChildNet
spokesperson de-
clined this week to .
answer questions Ch ld'
about the case, is- lI
suing a brief press
statement instead.
"The case dating back to 2007
is now resolved. As always the
welfare and safety of children
and families in the child welfare
system is our priority," the state-
ment said. ChildNet is a private
group contracted by the state to
oversee foster care in Broward
and Palm Beach counties.
The state Department of
Children & Families agreed in
separate settlements to pay
$200,000 to the girls. DCF also


did not admit any wrongdoing.
DCF declined to answer ques-
tions regarding the case.
The Sun Sentinel is not iden-
tifying the sisters because of.the
sexual abuse allegations. The
newspaper is not identifying
their mother or grandparents to
protect the girls' identities.
ChildNet and DCF vigorously
fought the lawsuit for more than
five years with more than 60
potential, witnesses
giving depositions.
">. Court documents
indicate ChildNet
S officials felt the
S children were not
at risk from their
mother and that questions arose
over whether the grandparents
were manipulating the girls.
The girls' attorneys alleged
ChildNet pursued reuniting the
girls with their mother despite
the grave misgivings of two psy-
chologists who had evaluated
the sisters. The girls told both
psychologists they had been
sexually abused, court-records
show.
There also were repeated


Rucker's Nissan, with a
smashed windshield, re-
mained parked behind crime-
scene tape late Wednesday af-
ternoon.
On Thursday, Rucker's three
sisters, father and brother
went to support her in court.
Conover argued that there
were "significant omissions
in the police report" and that
Flemming got up, walked over
to Rucker while police were on
scene and tried to make con-
tact with her.
"The police report is prob-
ably written specifically from
the vantage point of the alleged
victims who have a beef or
some kind of vendetta against
the defendant," he said. "And
that was probably the impetus
for the incident happening."
Conover said Flemming
didn't appear "significantly in-
jured or [to be] someone that is
a victim of attempted murder."
Rucker has no prior criminal
history, according to the state
prosecutor.


million
phone calls to the Florida Abuse
Hotline about the girls, includ-
ing reports of them complaining
about rectal pain, sexually act-
ing out or talking about being
abused, court records show.
Even after a child protection
investigator reported in July
2005 the girls were being sexu-
ally abused, ChildNet contin-
ued to pursue the girls' reuni-
fication with the mother, the
girls' attorneys argued in court
papers.
In a January 2006 hearing,
Broward Circuit Judge John
Bowman said he had little
doubt that abuse occurred. He
questioned why ChildNet was
pushing for the girls reuniting
with their mother despite what
he called the "compelling testi-
mony and convincing testimo-
ny" of one of the psychologists,
court records show.
"To say that's ignoring red
flags...is an understatement,"
Bowman said. "It's an agenda."
Circuit Judge Lisa Porter ter-
minated the mother's parental
rights in 2009, finding there
was clear and convincing evi-
dence she had sexually abused
the girls, court records show.


Palm Beach County pimp gets 11 years


By Jon Burstein

A West Palm Beach pimp.
who calls himself "Shagg Dog"
was sentenced Friday to a little
more than 11 years in prison
for luring a 14-year-old run-
away girl into selling her body
for money.
Rashad Emon Clark, 34,
had approached the teenage
girl at a convenience store in
late January 2012, asking if
she wanted to make money as
a prostitute. Within two days,
Clark had sex with the girl and
she saw two clients.
She might have had sex with
more men if not for the West
Palm Beach Police Department
quickly acting on a report by
the girl's stepfather that she'
was missing and might be in-
volved in prostitution. Officers


found' an ad for the girl in on-
line classified and tracked her
down to a West Palm Beach
motel, court records show.
Clark pleaded guilty in Oc-
tober to four federal charges,
including conspiracy
to recruit a minor for
a commercial sex act
and enticing a minor
to engage in sexual ac-
tivity. His plea deal left
him facing a minimum
of 10 years in prison.
Clark, clean-cut with
short hair, spoke brief-
ly Friday to U.S. Dis- k( :I
trict Judge Kenneth BOY
Ryskamp, apologizing
for what he did to the
girl and her family.
"I can change what I do from
here on out," he said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney


Lothrop Morris pushed for
Ryskamp to give Clark the
maximum possible prison
term under federal sentencing
guidelines 12 /2 years.
The girl still is dealing with
how she spent those
few days 'with Clark,
Morris said. She cur-
rently is in a treat-
ment facility for vic-
L tims of child sex
trafficking, according
to the prosecutor.
During the girl's
time with Clark, the
pimp had another
MAN prostitute, Mandi
Bowman, coach the
victim on how to en-
gage in sex acts, answer calls
and negotiate prices. Bowman
also took photos of the victim,
which were then used for the


Five suspects in ID-theft ring jailed


By Tonya Alanez

A ring of five identity thieves
who stole and negonated the
sale of more than 6,000 vic-
tims' personal information is
now behind bars. authorities
said Wednesday
With the help of a confiden-
tial informant, the Brov'.ard
Sheriffs Office in December
began an undercover sting,
dubbed Operation Shark
Tank, for alleged ringleader
Michael -Sharkey" Peters.
The accused are: Peters, 42,
Kervin Bonhometre, 26, Devin
Dorvil, 25, and Tracy Mene-
las, 30, all of Miami. and Troy
Paul, 33, of Lauderdale Lakes.
All five are being held at the


Broward Main Jail.
How the ring obtained the
stolen data remains under in-
vestigation, but authorities de-
termined the group indeed col-
lected victims' names, dates of
birth and social.security num-
bers.
Peters would find buyers,
who would pay from $14 to
$20 for each victim's personal
information, according to a
press release issued Wednes-
day by the Sheriffs Office.
Payment would not be collect-
ed by the group until the buy-
er successfully used the stolen
information in a fraudulent
transaction, the release said.
"You just have to be care-
ful who you're giving your .in-


formation to and constantly
check your credit reports.
said Detective Mitch Gor-
don, of the sheriffs economic
crimes unit. "And react imme-
diately if you find something
wrong."
Keeping yourself out of the
hands of identity thieves, Gor-
don said, entails diligence.
Gordon's list of preventive
measures includes:
Don't provide your person-
al information over the tele-
phone; don't give out your
social security number; con-
.stantly check credit reports;
keep a paper shredder at your
house and don't open strange
e-mails or click on links from
senders you don't know.


advertisement that caught the
attention of police.
Bowman, 23, was sentenced
in July to four years in prison
after pleading guilty to con-
spiring to entice the victim to
engage in a commercial sex
act.


Miami cyclist dragged 50 feet in fatal hit-and-run
A man was killed last Sunday at 6:30 a.m. after being struck and dragged
underneath an SUV after the motorist hit him as he rode his bicycle in northern
Miami-Dade, according to Miami-Dade Police Traffic Homicide.
Witnesses told police that the driver dragged the victim, 50-year-old Alejandro
*Hermis, 50 feet and stopped twice in an attempt to dislodge him from under-
neath his Dodge Durango.
"i thought he hit a mail box," one witness told WSVIJ, "and he was revving the
engine like something was stuck underneath," adding "you can tell he saw what
he did because he stopped." Police report the driver eventually sped off from the
scene, leaving the unidentified cvcist to die.
Authorities are looking for a 2011 Dodge Durango, light in color, and with
front-end damage.

Deputy kills man who charged him with a knife
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said 49-vear-old Daniel Lee Rhodes punched his wife
during the very violent confrontation last Friday night.
Deputies have been to the residence several times over the years on domestic
calls.
Last Friday night, the woman's daughter called 911 A deputy arrived in less
than a minute and met Rhodes in the garage. The sheriff said the deputy told
Rhodes to drop the weapon but Rhodes charged him with a knife.
The deputy then fatally shot Rhodes.
Bradshaw said the deputy saved the family's life. The deputy's name has not
been released.

Suspect admits grudge against victim stabbed at nursing home
A new arrest affidavit reveals why a -S-year-old Janitor at a nursing center
was viciously stabbed to death last Thursday.
in the new report, Miami-Dade Police say that 51-year-old Gregono Rojas ad-
mitted that he had a grudge against the janitor because of an argument they had
months ago. Rolas had been visiting his brother i'whor had been at the facility for
the past five months.
Roias told police that Thursday was the first day they he had brought his knife
to the Coral Reel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The arrest affidavit says
Rojas stalked the lanitor ard stabbed him multiple tines in the neck.
That victim Darnlo Jose Mepia Salazar, 8I. wSas rushed to Kendall Regional
Medical Center but he did not survive. The report says Rojas casually walled out
of the facility and vwa_ arrested.
Rojas went before a judge last Fridav afternoon and wa- held without bond
after being charged with first degree murder The judge emphahcally told Rojas,
"Your bond is no bond."


Suspect in Tom Clements

death had long, painful record
By Jeremy P. Meyer sented Ebel in those cases. "It's
clear this young man's sentence
Evan Spencer Ebel's life to prison was a delayed sen-
seemed to crash and tence to death."
spiral out of control .. Ebel's documented
in the springtime af- decline began in the
ter his 16-year-old fall of 2003. And over
sister was killed in a 0 '~ the next year, it grew
car crash a descent 'e into a crime rampage
that is recorded in the t that eventually net-
flurry of court cases in to ted him an eight-year
2004 that landed him prison term.
in prison. It began Oct.. 26,
Ebel, 28, was killed 2003, when Ebel, then
Thursday in a shoot- CLEMENTS 19, pointed a gun at
out with authorities on -the head of an ac-
a Texas highway only -- quaintance and de-
weeks after he was re- 7 manded cash. He then
leased from a Colorado _- went to the acquain-
prison Jan. 28. tance's Lakewood
Authorities are in- home where several
vestigating whether people were watch-
Ebel is linked to Tues- ing a Broncos game.
day night's shooting After helping another
death of Tom ,Cle- man bring in grocer-
ments, the director EBEL ies, Ebel watched the
of the state's prison game for a bit before
system, and Sunday's killing of pulling out a handgun
Nathan Leon, a Domino's Pizza and demanding money.
delivery man. "I'm not playing. ... This is not
"A lot of people go to prison a joke," Ebel said while point-
and come out and lead useful ing his gun at one man's head.
lives," said Scott Robinson, a "I'll blow your (expletive) head
defense attorney who repre- off."


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


SHAROYA RUCKER
all six people and was appre-
hended shortly after, the Sher-
iff's Office said.
Investigators say she ad-
mitted the incident stemmed
from an earlier altercation with
Flemming. Rucker said she
was at her sister-in-law's home
for about 30 minutes before
darting out and getting in the
car she used to plow into the
crowd, according to the report.


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One of the attractions
of the KaBoom playground
will be children's ability to
reconfigure it with-ease.


-Courtsy KaBoom


Liberty City kids to get safe



space for exercise and fun


Volunteers to build playground

benefiting hundreds ofyouth


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

Every child deserves a place
where they can play safely no
matter what neighborhood
they may live in. And after a
door-to-door survey taken by
staff members of the Miami
Children's Initiative [MCI]
revealed that the number
one concern of most mothers
in Liberty City is not having
a playground close to their
homes where kids can run and
jump safely, MCI's Manag-
ing Director Cecilia Gutierrez
Abety went into action."
And on Saturday, March 30
beginning at 8:30 a.m., volun-
teers from local businesses,
non-profit organizations and


families from Liberty City will
team up to build a playground.
The project will be spear-
headed by KaBoom, a national
non-profit organization dedi-
cated to saving play; MCI, a
non-profit whose mission is to
transform the lives of those liv-
ing in Liberty City; the Knight
Foundation; and Imagination
Playground.
The playground will change
the lives. of over 200 children
who live in the Annie Coleman
Garden Apartment Complex
[5905 NW 19th Avenue] or in
single-family homes that are
located directly adjacent to the
public housing facility.
"The playground is being
built on 19th Avenue between
59th and 60th Streets and


encompasses an area that we
refer to as an MCI impact zone,
Abety said. "We began here be-
cause this area is in dire need
of health care, youth develop-
ment programs, opportunities
for employment, quality educa-
tion and as our mothers have
said, safe places for children
and families. We plan to keep
going two blocks at a time -
this is just the beginning."
When Abety started talking
to some of the mothers, she
learned that children were
sometimes throwing rocks at
cars out of sheer boredom.
Meanwhile, the playground
that is across the street from
the public housing facility is
closed and smaller children
couldn't get onto the basket-
ball courts as they are domi-
nated by older youth.
"KaBoom was in the process
of planning the building of


three new playgrounds when I
called them last December, so
we prepared our application
and were fortunate enough to
be given a grant," Abety said.
"After that I went back to the
parents and told them that
we needed them to really get
involved. The specifications of
the playground were chosen
based on their needs. They
participated in weekly meet-
ings and all of the children
and their parents will be there
Saturday as we build the play-
ground together."
A private donor gave the
property to MCI for the pur-
pose of building the play-
ground. And if things go
according to plan, the play-
ground will be completed and
ready for kids to enjoy by
Saturday afternoon. A ribbon
cutting ceremony is scheduled
for 2:30 p.m.


-Photo courtesy Cedric McMinn.


Corey Booker lends


a hand to Miami-


Dade Democrats

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (left) is joined by Miami-Dade
County Public School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall at a Miami-Dade Democratic Party fundraiser, held at Lab
Miami in Wynwood last Sunday, March 24th. Booker has been a
tireless champion of change in his city and like the M-D Dems,
believes that, "Democratic change happens from the bottom up."


House votes to shut down Internet cafes 4


Arcades and maquinitas would also shut down


By Kathleen Haughney

TALLAHASSEE Internet
cafes the so-called "strip-
mall casinos" that have flour-
ished recently in Florida may
soon have to shut down, along
with the adult arcades and ma-
quinitas that have operated in
South Florida for years.
The Florida House voted 108-
7 to slam the door on a variety
of small gambling establish-
ments that many lawmakers
say have always been illegal but
have been able to exploit legal
loopholes billing themselves
as "sweepstakes" or "games of
skill" without fear of pros-
ecution.
"When you can see that they
are proliferating around lower-
costing housing neighborhoods,
next to senior citizens, the peo-
ple who can afford least to go
out and lose the dollars they
have to try to live on . And
to do nothing about it would be
a dereliction of duty," said Rep.
Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala.


An identical Senate bill has
one more committee hearing
and could go to the floor within
two weeks.
The passage of HB 155 came
less than 10 days after state
and federal investigators moved
against Allied Veterans of the
World; alleging that the Inter-
net cafe company that claimed
to be a charity for veterans took
in nearly $300 million in the
past five years but gave just two
percent to charity. Fifty-seven
people were charged, and mil-
lions of dollars worth of cash,
cars, boats and mansions were
seized.
In addition, Lt. Gov. Jennifer
Carroll resigned after investiga-
tors questioned her about her
work as a consultant to the
company in 2009-10, when she
was in the Florida House. Car-
roll has not been charged.
The company also gave at
least $1.3 million in the past
four years to statewide candi-
dates, key legislators and both
political parties, many of whom


have promised to give
the money they got to
veterans' charities.
The initial movement
was only to go after In-
ternet cafes, but law-
makers also opted to
include adult arcades
and maquinitas es-
sentially mini-Internet CAR
cafes in the back of a
gas station or corner store -
into the legislation as well. In
all, more than 1,000 businesses
will likely have to close.
Adult arcade owners argued
that their facilities were not the
same as Internet cafes because
they offered "games of skill" -
their slot-machine-like games
include a "stop" button, which
the player uses to determine
if he or she has won a prize -
as opposed to illegal "games of
chance." But many lawmakers
said they were virtually one and
the same and only a handful
rose to defend them.
Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coco-
nut Creek, said adult arcades
were a "completely different
product" that were an amuse-


ment for seniors.
"You're harming the
seniors," he said.
The move was her-
alded by the business
communityy and other
regulated gambling
businesses like pa-
ri-mutuels that run
RROLL slot-machine "racinos"
that have been lob-
bying to put Internet cafes out
of business.
"These strip-rmall' casinos are
a major threat to Florida's qual-
ity of life, and the Florida House
rightfully stood up to prohibit
them," said David Hart, a lob-
byist for the Florida Chamber of
Commerce.
But in truth, the bill may not
have moved so fast had it not
been for Allied Veterans bust.
'Earlier this year, the House
and Senate had set up commit-
tees to take a two-year look at
gambling in the state, includ-
ing Internet cafes. Recently, the
Legislature invited companies
to bid on a contract to study the
social and financial impact of
the gaming industry in Florida.


Thousands walk on the beach to raise


money for the fight against HIV/AIDS


By Mike Clary

FORT LAUDERDALE Wear-
ing a fluorescent green T-shirt
bearing the faces of two ad-
opted daughters who lost their
lives to AIDS, Lorrie Cram went
for a walk on the beach Sun-
day, thinking of her children
every step of the way.
"I concentrate on the mile-
stones they were unable to
reach," said Cram, 49, referring
to Kimberly Johnson, who was
8 when she died in 2000, and
Ceyra Martin, 20, who died in
2010.
"I keep on going for them,"
said Cram, an office manager
and captain of the 50-mem-
ber Kidz 4 A Cure team in the
eighth annual Florida AIDS
Walk. "Signing their names to


the remembrance wall after the
walk is the hardest part."
More than 2,200 people trav-
eled the 5-kilometer course
along the city's beachfront in
an event that raises money
and awareness about the im-
mune system disease that has
claimed tens of thousands of
lives in the United States -
and millions around the world
- since clinically described in
1981.
The Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention estimates
that 1.1 million residents of the
U.S. are living with HIV, and
about 50,000 new infections
are reported each year.
Florida ranks third among
states in the number of new
cases reported annually
WaJk director Mark Mar-


tin said this year's fundrais-
ing total could top the record
$824,000 pledged in 2012. All
of the money is destined for
local organizations, including
Broward House, the Pride Cen-
ter at Equality Park, SunServe,
the Children's Diagnostic and
Treatment Center and the
Foundation.
"HIV is everywhere," said
Martin, 41, regional director of
the AIDS Healthcare Founda-
tion, which provides medica-
tions and promotes disease
fighting. "Rates are skyrocket-
ing especially among women,
men of color and young people."
Like Cram, most who showed
up to walk with friends or in
teams sponsored by businesses
or other organizations acknowl-
edaed through a show of hands


that they had been personally
affected by the disease. If not
diagnosed themselves, walk-
ers knew others who had been
infected or who had died.
"I have lost friends," said
Yvonne Rohrbacher, 54, of Fort
Lauderdale, a regional manager
for Gannett, the media com-
pany. "I think people tend to
forget that the struggle against
this disease is not over."
After the walk, Grammy
winner Chaka Khan and Tony
Cruz performed at a stage set
up on the sand in South Beach
Park.
"This is just a really great
day," said Stephen R. Lang,
40, of Wilton Manors, who took
pictures of other walkers as he
completed the 5K. "T do it every
year."


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Artists-in-training


give Dorsey Park a


needed make-over

Children from URGENT, Inc.'s after-school program picked up
their paintbrushes as part of a creative fundraiser for the Dorsey
Park Project last Friday. They were joined by award-winning artist
Kadir Nelson and a host of local mentoring artists including Addonis
Parker and T. Eliot Mansa who teamed up for a community paint-a-
thon. Drive by the park so you can see the colorful murals that they've
painted. Who said kids can't help to transform their community?


FAU apologizes after Jesus

assignment sparks outrage


By Scott Travis

Florida Atlantic University
has apologized for a class as-
signment in which students
were asked to write "Jesus"
on a piece of paper, and then
throw it on the floor and stomp
on it.
Instructor Deandre Poole's
March 4 exercise in the Inter-
cultural Communications class
on the FAU Davie campus cre-
ated a nationwide stir, with
blogs and social media sites
abuzz with complaints from
critics who called it an affront
to Christianity.
"This exercise will not be used
again," an FAU statement said.
"...We sincerely apologize for


any offense this caused. Florida
Atlantic University respects all
religions and welcomes people
of all faiths, backgrounds and
beliefs."
FAU had initially defended
the assignment, with com-
munications department di-
rector Noemi Marin saying on
Wednesday, "while at times the
topics discussed may be sensi-
tive, a university environment
is a venue for such dialogue
and debate."
The exercise was part of an
instructor's manual, written by
Jim Neuliep, a communications
professor at St. Norbert College
in Wisconsin. It was part of a
chapter dealing the power of
certain words


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IN RENAISSANCE EUROPE


By Barrymore
Laurence Scherer


PRINCETON, N.J. The
dignified, defiant image of
Rosa Parks riding that Mont-
gomery, Ala., bus in 1955 has
long been an icon of Black
history. Innumerable imag-
es of Martin Luther King, Jr.
belong to the world at large.
But depictions of Africans in
Renaissance Europe are far
less familiar. Through June
9, this legacy is the focus of a
compelling exhibition of more
than 65 paintings, sculptures,
prints, books, manuscripts
and decorative objects on view
at the Princeton University Art
Museum.
Featuring works by Bronzi-
no, Durer, Pontormo, Rubens,
Veronese and a host of lesser-
known masters, "Revealing
the African Presence in Re-
naissance Europe" was origi-
nally organized by the Walters
Art Museum in Baltimore,
and apart from drawing atten-
tion to the ways Africans were
presented by artists between
roughly 1450 and 1640, the
show explores the surprising-
ly varied roles Africans played
in European society.
This watershed period -
called "the long 16th century"
by historian Immanuel Waller-
stein was characterized by
rapid population growth, the
rise of capitalism, religious
controversy and global explo-
ration. It also witnessed the
most vigorous revival of at-
tention to Africa since the Ro-
man Empire. Indeed, the title
of Michael Wolgemut's and
Wilhelm Pleydenwurffs 1493
"Map of the Known World With
Strange Peoples of Africa and
Asia," and the map of Africa
in Sebastian Mfinster's 1540
"Cosmographica Universalis"


PARKS KING


showing a one-eyed race of
"Monoculi" near the present-
day Republic of Cameroon,
reveals just how mysterious
were the regions that beck-
oned to European navigators.

SLAVERY IN EUROPE
DIFFERENT FROM AMERICA
As conceived by Joaneath
Spicer, the Walters's curator
of Renaissance and Baroque
Art, the first half of the exhibi-
tion investigates general con-
ditions of Africans in Europe.
Their social standing is fore-
most here, and the artworks
illustrating this, together with
richly documented essays in
the exhibition book edited by
Spicer, clarify the fundamental
differences between slavery in
Europe and in America.


-Private Collection, Courtesy of Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd,


Peter Paul Rubens's'Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban' (c. 1609).


Slavery in 15th- and 16th-
century Europe was not nec-
essarily a life-sentence. Often
slaves were freed upon the
death of the master or mis-
tress, whose will might include
legacies of money to enable the
manumitted slave to wed and
earn a living. Former slaves
frequently entered the social
fabric beside free Africans,
as lawyers, artists, authors,
craftsmen, even clergymen.
Although not canonized un-
til 1807, Europe's first Black
saint, St. Benedict the Moor,
lived in Sicily in the 16th cen-
tury. During that time, the
word "moor" itself underwent
a change of definition: Origi-
nally meaning a Muslim, it
became a generic term for any
person from Africa or from
the Ottoman Empire. Euro-
peans spoke of white moors,
brown and tawny moors, as
well as black moors, for the
word "moor" indicated neither
skin color nor ethnicity-the
moors whose long and cul-
turally fruitful domination
of Spain was finally ended in
1492 were mainly of Berber
and Arab stock.

MANY INTERPRETATIONS
Initially Europe viewed Af-
rica as a fabulous land in-
habited by distinctly strange
people. The Dutch engraver


Johann Theodore de Bry's
"Gabonese King Receiving
Europeans" (1599) depicts a
pair of bemused, elaborately
dressed European explor-
ers, before the nude king and
queen of Gabon and sur-


delight European sculptors
took in the use of bronze with
various patinations as a natu-
ral medium to represent the
variety of African skin tones.
Rosewood lent itself admira-
bly to carving African figures,


You will be struck repeatedly by

the humanist sympathy of

European artists when depicting

the African likeness


rounded by their gesticulating
subjects, also nude. To Euro-
peans at the time, such nu-
dity signified immorality. Nor
was racial prejudice entirely
unknown in Renaissance
Europe. Several early 16th-
century cast-metal oil lamps
are modeled as African heads
whose features, especially the
mouths grotesquely stretched
into wick-holders, convey a
sense of mockery.
Conversely, works like Ora-
zio Mochi's finely modeled
statuette of a "Black Court
Jester" (c. 1600-10) and a
Flemish or French statuette of
a "Black Woman at her Bath"
(1580s) reveal the aesthetic


too, as shown.by a delicately
modeled German figure of a
"Black Female Nude" (1600-
10) that suggests an African-
inspired trope on the ancient
Greek and Roman sculptures
of "Crouching Aphrodite," ver-
sions of which had been en-
graved by the early 16th cen-
tury.

AFRICAN IMAGES
Some of the most captivat-
ing African images are part of
Christian iconography. Most
moving are the gentle faces of
the African Magus and his at-
tendant, the only two figures
who look directly at the viewer
in the c. 1514 "Adoration of


the Kings" from the workshop
of the Netherlandish master
Gerard David.
The generalized imagery of
Africans yields to portraits of
actual individuals, and here
the range of depiction and
characterization is extremely
broad. A 1522 engraving of a
"Black Man in Three Quarters
Profile" by the Flemish artist
Frans Crabbe Van Espleghem
borders on the grotesque-the
face, with its bulging eyes and
forehead, features deliberately
irregular patches of hatch-
ing, especially the prominent
band of concentrically cir-
cular lines surrounding the
right eye. Was Van Espleghem
documenting ritual scarifica-
tion, or perhaps a pigmenta-
tion disorder?
The downcast eyes and far-
away look of Albrecht Dfirer's
1521 "Study of Katharina"
are understood to represent
her frame of mind as a slave
(her Portuguese master came
from one of the few European
nations that still .condoned
slavery by then). But the soft
loveliness DiArer achieves in
his close study of her fea-
tures evokes the line from the
Bible's Song of Songs, "I am
black, but comely," that Clau-
dio Monteverdi would later set
so memorably to music in his
1610 Vespers. Limned with
equal sensitivity are two chalk
drawings by Paolo Veronese,
"Study of a Black Youth Eat-
ing" (c. 1580) and "Study
of the Head of a Black Man"
(c. 1573).

COMPELLING SUBJECT
The exhibition culminates
with a selection of portraits
of Africans as diplomats and
rulers both in Europe and in
Africa, and the range of im-
pressions is vast. Whether
you are drawn to Cristofano
dell'Altissimo's exotic "Por-
trait of Alchitrof," king of Ethi-
opia (1580s), a fringe of pearls
hanging from his lower lip, to
Peter Paul Rubens's magnifi-
cently aristocratic "Head of an
African Man Wearing a Tur-
ban" (c.1609), or to the star-
tlingly lifelike ebonized and
giltwood statue of St. Benedict
[the Moor] of Palermo (1734)
attributed to the Spanish
sculptor Jose Montes de Oca,
you will be struck repeatedly
by the humanist sympathy of
European artists when depict-
ing the African likeness in a
variety of media and genres.
It is worth noting that while
the exhibited artworks are of-
ten visually beautiful, much of
the cultural history they rep-
resent is illuminated in even
greater detail in the epony-
mous exhibition book. And
though it contains an exhi-
bition checklist, it is not as
much a conventional catalog
as an independent and in-
valuable reference volume on
this compelling subject.
Scherer writes about the fine
arts for the Journal.


Slaves' forgotten burial sites, marked online
By Sarah Maslin Nir building a shopping mall. "The fact that they lie in these of slave graveyards across the genealogists, lists hundreds of
Compounding the problem of unmarked abandoned sites," Ar- country. The goal is to create thousands of plots, including
They have been bulldozed over preserving and locating slave nold said, "it's almost like that a user-generated database of those belonging to slaves. In
by shopping centers, crept over graveyards, there is no compre- 'they are kind of vanishing from these sites all over the United 2001, in an effort to avoid dis-
by weeds and forgotten by rime. hensive hst of where they are and the American consciousness." States. turbing burial grounds during a
Across the country, from Lower w.'ho lies \-ithin them. The situa- Last month, Fordham intro- Though there are other simi- property boom, Prince William
Manhattan to the Deep South, tion troubled Sandra Arnold, 50, duced Arnold's proposed solu- lar projects, most are conducted County in Virginia began col-
are unmarked slave burial sites, a history student at the School tion, the Burial Database Project on a regional level, or do not fo- lecting locations. There are also
often discovered only by chance of Prufessional and Continuing of Enslaved African Americans, cus specifically on places slaves private initiatives in Maryland
or by ignominious circumstance Studies at Fordham University, a Web portal that invites visi- were buried. Find a Grave, a to catalog all of the estimated
as when construction crews ac- who traces her ancestry to slaves tors to input information about database used by many tomb- 6,000 to 9,000 slave burial sites
cidentally exhume bodies when in Tennessee. the whereabouts and residents stone hobbyists and amateur in the state.


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Will Haitian dominance continue as Pierre's term ends?


MAYOR
continued from 1A

City's current direction.
Eight candidates are run-
ning for mayor not to mention
four candidates for City Coun-
cil District 2 and six candi-
dates for City Council District
3. But will voters show up on
May 14th the day of the
election?
That may be both the mil-
lion dollar question and the
key to victory as voter turnout
has fallen in recent years in
North Miami, from 25 percent
to 16.5 percent. If you do the
math that means that Pierre


in his first bid for mayor, was
elected with less than 5,000
people voting from a potential
registered voter pool of over
27,000 citizens. However, even
with a deplorable number of
residents casting their vote,
Pierre still blanked his op-
ponents in his re-election ef-
forts, garnering 71 percent of
the vote.
Mayoral candidate, Dr.
Gwendolyn Boyd, a former
police chief for the City of
North Miami, has returned
to her old stomping grounds,
knocking on doors and hop-
ing she has the message that
will motivate the city of mostly


Blacks and Haitians to give
her their vote.
"When I first joined the
police department, it was
in a shambles," she said.
"Many of the voters tell me
they're concerned that our
City is now viewed in a simi-
lar light. We've been in the
news a lot lately but not in
a positive light."
Boyd, a former police chief
in Prichard, AL and Miramar,
has served as vice-president
of student services at Florida
International University and
taught criminal justice at
Broward Community College
until last December when she


PIERRE MARCELLUS BURNS


stepped down to prepare for
the election.
"I'm pounding the streets,
trying to wake up a sleeping
population that hasn't partici-
pated in the electoral process
for years," she said. "Many of
them have given up and feel


TONDR


that their needs aren't being
met. I think a Black candidate
can win in North Miami and
believe with my administra-
tive skills and expertise in law
enforcement, I can make a
difference."
The other candidates for


Mayor include: Kevin
Burns, Modira Escar-
ment, Dr. Smith Jo-
Sseph, Jean Rodrigue
Marcellus, Anna L.
y' J Pierre and Lucy Ton-
dreau.
Candidates for City
Council District 2 in-
EAU clude: Michael Blynn,
Mary C. Irvin, Jo-
seph Haber and Carol
Keys.
Candidates for City Council
District 3 include: Philippe Bi-
en-Aime, Michael A. Etienne,
Hans Mardy, Jacques Despi-
nosse, Katiusquie Pierre and
James Herald.


Chicago, ground-zero for new era of the civil rights movement


SCHOOLS
continued from 1A
inner city neighborhoods, shut-
ting down schools in those trou-
bled areas will depopulate them
even faster. The result will be a
growing expanse of urban waste-
lands that could well deepen the
budget deficits of the cities that
are closing public schools.
Politicians and school officials
must be challenged to justify their


school closing decision beyond
the dealmaking of Chicago's City
Council. The U.S. Department of
Education's civil rights division
is investigating complaints that
claim the school closing decisions
of several urban school districts
amount to a civil rights violation.
If the school closings don't vi-
olate the letter of the law, they
sure seem to trample upon its
spirit. Those who push for mas-
sive school closings are taking a


meat cleaver approach to deficit
reduction one that treats poor
and inner city neighborhoods
with the disdain of Jim Crow-
era lawmakers. They should be
forced to come up with ways to
bring school budgets into bal-
ance that strengthen these com-
munities, not weaken them.
For example, officials in Chi-
cago and elsewhere should turn
these school buildings into hubs
for non-profit organizations and


other public services. Why not
use the empty space to house
police substations, public health
clinics, recreation centers and
a mayor's station? How about
turning some of that unused
space into business incubators
to help develop small businesses
in economically troubled com-
munities? Wouldn't schoolchil-
dren benefit from being in close
proximity to these positive role
models?


In recent months, school sys-
tems in Philadelphia, Washing-
ton, D.C., Detroit and Newark
have announced plans to close
public schools, and in every case
Blacks and Hispanics will bear
the biggest burden of these cost-
cutting measures. These deci-
sions signal an indifference to
the damage such policy decisions
will have on the neighborhoods
that will be turned into public
school deserts.


"If we don't make these chang-
es, we haven't lived up to our
responsibility as adults to the
children of the city of Chicago,"
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, ac-
cording to the Associated Press.
That's a pretty shortsighted
analysis of a problem that, if not
addressed properly, will render
large swaths of Chicago's Black
and Hispanic neighborhoods
uninhabitable education waste-
lands.


Tiger Woods takes number one spot after winning Invitational


WOODS
continued from 1A

closer than two shots in the
final round last Monday, and
when they did, he always had an
answer.
Woods played it safe from the
rough on the final hole and made
bogey for a 2-under 70, giving
him a two-shot win over Justin
Rose. He tied a PGA Tour record
that had not been touched in 48
years. It was his eighth win in
the Arnold Palmer Invitational
in 16 appearances. Sam Snead
won the Greater Greensboro
Open eight times from 1938 to
1965.

BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK
"If I get healthy, I know I can
play this game at a high level,"
Woods said. "I know I can be
where I'm contending in ev-


ery event, contending in major
championships and being con-
sistent day in and day out if
I got healthy. That was the first
step in the process. Once I got
there, then my game turned."
It turned the corner on two
wheels. Dating to that win at
Bay Hill last year the first for
Woods on the PGA Tour since
Sept. 2009 -he has won six of
his last 20 starts.
Is he back?
Woods never liked that ques-
tion, perhaps because he's never
sure how far he's going. And in
his mind, golf is a game in which
a player never arrives.
"I'm getting there," Woods
said. "I'm very pleased that some
of the shots that I struggled with
last year are now strengths. One
of the things that we need to
continue to work on is getting it
more refined. Because my good


Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 8th hole during the final round
of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
March 25 in Orlando.


ones are really good. Just niak-
ing sure the bad ones aren't that
bad."
Woods last was atop the world
ranking in the final week of Oc-
tober 2010, a span of 125 weeks
that represented his longest
spell out of the top spot. He re-
placed Rory McIlroy, who has
a chance to get back the-No. 1
ranking this week at the Hous-
ton Open. The next step is win-
ning majors. His next stop is Au-
gusta National.
Woods has gone five years
without winning a major, and
eight years since he last won a
green jacket at the Masters. He
is trending in that direction with
his three wins, and perhaps
more significantly, with wins in
his last two starts.
It had been three and a half
years since Woods last won con-
secutive tournaments he played,


the Buick Open and Bridgestone
Invitational in August 2009. The
last time he won consecutive
starts before April was in 2001
and he won the Masters to com-
plete his sweep of the majors.
Asked the last time he felt this
good about his game going into
the Masters, Woods replied, "It's
been a few years."
"I'm really excited about the
rest of this year," he said.
It was only fitting that Woods
raised his putter to salute the
fans as he walked off the 18th
green. The club was like a magic
wand this week. He dwarfed the
field in putting statistics, and
this might have been the most
absurd of all Woods was 19 of
28 in putts between seven feet
and 20 feet.
The trick now is whether he
can carry that to Augusta Na-
tional in two weeks.


City manager says choosing 'city executives' is his responsibility


CHIEF
continued from 1A

chief but first I want to work
closely with the new chief [Key]
and to get his views," Baker
said. "There are a lot of eligible
individuals but because Key
is a law enforcement profes-
sional, I'm sure he has his own
ideas in terms of who should
be number two in the depart-
ment. We'll figure it out. When,
I can't say."

BAKER SAYS HE
FOLLOWED CITY CHARTER
NOT PUBLIC SENTIMENT
Questions have been raised
by citizens of Miami-Dade
County as to why there was no
public announcement about
the chiefs job. Others have
asked why Baker didn't allow
for a public hearing so that vot-
ers could have their say before
the position was filled. Baker
points to the City charter which
states, "The head of the city po-
lice department shall be known
as the chief of police. He shall
be appointed by and serve at
the will of the city manager."
"Our charter follows that of
many cities and counties in
Florida that means in my
role as city manager I appoint
all department heads, like the
fire chief, the police chief and
other senior executive posi-
tions," Baker added. "And
while I did once state that it
would take some time before I
was prepared to appoint a new
chief, after further analysis I
saw a need to put someone
in place immediately. I held a
press conference last week to
clarify where I stood and how
we were moving forward. It
was only fair to let the public
know that there would be no
local search needed because
the person that I believed could
best handle the job had been
hired."


KEY'S EARLY TRAINING CAME
AT HANDS OF FORMER CHIEF
Jeffrey Key, 52, has been in
law enforcement for 24 years.
Now as he takes over a depart-
ment that has seen 12 chiefs
come and go in the past 20
years, he knows that he has
his hands full. )
"Before my years with North
Miami, I first started in com-
munications as a dispatcher
for the Opa-locka police," he
said. "Chief Cason motivated
me early in my career and en-
couraged me to become a police
officer. She was my field train-
ing officer for phase one. That
makes it especially meaningful
to have her pass the gavel on


to me."
What changes will Key bring
to Opa-locka a city whose
police radius only encom-
passes four square miles [16.1
miles] but once had the highest
murder rate per capital in the
U.S. [1986-88]?
"I think things are already
changing for the better in Opa-
locka and I intend to be part of
that change," he said. "At the
Mayor's state of the city ad-
dress in January, I actually got
excited about the new devel-
opments like reconfiguring
the Triangle' and changing its
name to Magnolia North. Years
ago we had a lot of rental prop-
erties and many citizens were


in transit to another place.
Now we have more homeown-
ers and that means people
have a vested interest in the
City. That makes my job easier.
Some of my immediate goals
include: increasing personnel
so that we are fully staffed;
re-establishing a K-9 unit; re-
turning this department to ba-
sic policing strategies and prin-
ciples; and re-wiring personnel
so that we have a change in the
culture and better morale."
But what about crime and
the rise in gang violence? Key
says that while he would use
the word "clique" rather than
"gang," he says they are still
dangerous and that he has


a plan.
"We have groups of home-
boys who are out to make fast
money," he said. "When that
goal is threatened that's when
we see the spike in violence.
In the past they used mostly
9-millimeter handguns to-
day they have assault weap-
ons. That makes for real in-
timidation and keeps people,
including those who threaten
their money, afraid."
And while it is his job to lock
up criminals, he says that the
current prison system is not
about rehabilitation.
"Prison is a place that's all
about survival of the fittest," he
said. "When people come out


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they are angrier and meaner.
Few of us will ever know what
they encountered behind bars.
Many men were taken advan-
tage of [sexually] while some
became expert predators. If we
don't change their world while
they're behind bars, we will
continue to have some dam-
aged and dangerous people be-
ing returned to their communi-
ties when their time has been
served."
Baker added that Antonio
Sanchez is still on the payroll
for the Opa-locka police depart-
ment and is technically the dep-
uty chief. He was unable to say
if Sanchez will continue in that
capacity.


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By Malika A. Wright
imwright@iiamnitimesonline.comi
Miami fans rocked out with Mary
Mary as they performed at the Jazz
in the Gardens on March 17, sing-
ing their songs of inspiration, which
included 'Go Get It," their Grammy
award-winning hit.
But their performance may be one
of the duo's last for a while, since
they have decided to take a break,


Pastor spread

generosity in

the community

Church makes it a memorable
Easter for local youth
By Malika A. Wright
mwright@miamitimesonline.com
Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc.'s church
members and volunteers, spent last Thursday morning
at Olinda and Martin Luther King elementary schools
brightening the students' day by handing out Easter
baskets. This week, they will give more baskets to oth-
er children of the community at Charles Hadley Park
on Thursday and also host a community picnic nearby
the church on Saturday. In preparation of these acts
of service, the Omega representatives worked morning,
noon and night putting together about 2,000 Easter
baskets.
"When [the students] are presented with these [gifts],
their faces are priceless," said Adriana Sanabria,
school counselor of Olinda Elementary. "We're so
blessed that they chose us to be a part of this."
Reaching out and giving back to the community is a
common effort to those who are affiliated with Omega
Power and Praise Ministry, because the church's pas-
tor, Overseer Dr. Harriette Wilson-Greene, 58, believes
that it is important to go out into the community and
serve others.
Wilson-Greene, who had first learned the importance
of assisting others from her mother, expressed that
biblically, Christians are encouraged to reach out to
those in the community.
"Jesus said he came for the lost, the least and the
left out, therefore you have to go out into the vineyard,"
: Please turn to WILSON-GREENE 11B


which they discussed on their reality. .'.
TV show.: -
Erica, one-half of the group, ex-.
plained that their break willmake .':
them stronger, individually, which
will ultimately make them-stronger
as a.group. ,
"We've been joined at the hip for
the last 12 years," Erica said, "There
are individual things in us that'are
beautiful and strong that we want
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In remembrance of Sherdavia
Jenkins, Rickia Isaac, others
Memorial park acknowledges slain youth


By Malika A. Wright
mwright@miamitimesonline.com
A few friends and family came
together on March 22, for a
birthday gathering. And if trag-
edy had not struck seven years
ago when Sherdavia Jenkins
was killed by a stray bullet, she
would have been celebrating her
sweet 16th birthday.
Rickia Isaac, who was also


killed by a stray bullet in 1997
at the age of five, would have
turned 21 this year.
In the memory of those two
girls, who lost their lives while
playing and walking in their
community, and other children
who lost their lives to homicide
and violence, a group met up at
The Sherdavia Jenkins Peace
Park.
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-Photo by.Lucius King
Attendees of the event, held in remembrance of the youth lost in to
homicides ahd gun violence, are photographed together at Sherdavia
Jenkins Peace Park.


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Can Pope Francis revive flagging faith? .

By Cathy Lynn Grossman l Holy Ghost Faith Min- will include 11 male choruses

Pope Francis is being her- istries will host a two-night from the South Dade area, on
aided as a new champion for revival on March 27-28 at March 31 at 3pm. Call 305-
aided as a new champion for *7:30p.m. Call 786-413-3639. 303-2805.
the Roman Catholic Church'sp.m.Call 786-413-3639. 303-2805.
New Evangelization campaign E ...- - m .. .... .. r -l -W ,- rh. Mi:_
SOPd a SJt.~ ELnd a .Ch MiEE-


- the push to revive flagging
Catholic faith and practice.
But experts question wheth-
er the Argentine-born pope will
do better at promoting a strong
religious identity than globe-
trotting Pope John.Paul II and
now-retired Benedict XVI, who
coined "New Evangelization."
Francis faces all the forces
that have already emptied the
churches of Europe and weak-
ened Catholic identity in the
U.S., experts say.
Latin America and the Ca-
ribbean have become "simul-
taneously less Catholic while
gaining a larger share of the
global Catholic population (39
percent in 2010)" says Conrad
Hackett, a demographer for the
Pew Forum on Religion & Pub-
lic Life.
In 1910, Latin America and
the Caribbean were home to
4 percent of the worlds' total
population and the region was
90 percent Catholic. By 2010,
the regional share of global to-
tal population was up to nine
percent, but it was down to 72
percent Catholic.
"The church there has all the
problems it faces everywhere,"
says sociologist Barry Kosmin,
citing demographic change, re-
ligious competition and rising
secularism.
"Chile, Argeftina and Uru-
guay are already booking large
numbers of 'Nones'" people
who say they have no religious
identity, says Kosmin, director
of the Institute for the Study of'
Secularism in Society and Cul-
ture at Trinity College, Hart-
ford, Conn.


ms rmega vower ana
Praise Ministry, Inc. will
host an Easter Basket Give-
away at Charles Hadley Park
at 5p.m. on March 28.

True Faith Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
hold their sunrise service on
March 31 at 6:30 a.m. Call
305-978-5079.

Second Baptist Church
will hold The South Dade Male
Chorus Union musical, which


--Andrew Medichini/AP Photo
Pope Francis waves after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at
the Vatican, Sunday, March 24.


Nones are now 20 percent
of people in the USA. Looking
south, Nones are 7.7 percent of
the Latin America/Caribbean
region overall. But numbers
range from an astronomical
40.7 percent in Uruguay to 4.7
percent in Mexico.
Nones are 12 percent in Ar-
gentina, 8.6 percent in Chile
and 7.9 percent in Brazil, which
is the most populous Catholic
country in the world, according
to a recent Pew report.
Kosmin points out that sig-
nificant religious competition
is also a challenge for Pope
Francis. Evangelical Protestant
groups such as Pentecostals
are on the move and there is a
rise in African and indigenous
religions in Brazil and Central
America.
In a visit to Guatemala, Kos-
min saw Maya shamans lead-


ing worship at the altar and
chickens being ritually sacri-
ficed in a weekday gathering at
a church where Catholic Mass
is celebrated on Sundays.
,Falling birth rates present
another challenge to the New
Evangelization, says historian
Philip Jenkins, of the Baylor
University Institute for Studies
of Religion.
Africa and Asia, regions of
exploding populations, show
massive growth in Catholicism
as well but, says Jenkins, Latin
America, North America and
Europe have rates near or be-
low the rate needed to replace
the adult population.
It's a sign of development and
shifting roles for women but
also a real disconnect between
the people and the church that
preaches against birth control.
There's less religious driye to


have large families and fewer
children means family ties to
religious institutions are loos-
ened or cut, says Jenkins, au-
'thor of The Next Christendom:
The Coming of Global Christi-
anity.
But Jenkins says: "Demog-
raphy is not destiny. Through
evangelism, the use of media
and other means of getting the
message across, it's not hope-
less but in some areas, it is an
uphill struggle."
Catholic University sociolo-
gist William D'Antonio notes
that evangelizing is about more
than statistics on Mass atten-
dance.
If Pope Francis, known for his
devotion to the poor, "really put
young people to work for social
justice and Jesus . he could
engage them in living the faith,"
D'Antonio says.


A religious ritual attracts even nonbelievers


By Mark Oppenheimer

"I gre,\ up a fairly typical Ital-
lan-Ameincan Net, York Catho-
hc,. sal, s John Curo no, 43. the
chairman of the philosophy
department at Waynie State
University in Detroit "1 was an
altar boy. and later a lector. B.
th. time I was in high school"
- at Chaminade. the Catholic
boys' school on Long Island -
"I decided I wanted to become
a priest."
He was eventually accepted
as a postulant with the Capu-
chin Franciscans
"But in my first year of col-
lege. I figured out that I was
ga\." Corvino says. He gave up
on the pnesthood, and instead
went to graduate school at the
University of Texas. where he


stopped going to Mass and be-
carrie, to use his term. a "non-
believer." I"You tell people you
are in atheist." Coi-.no says.
"and they lo,1k act ,uu like you
eat kittens for breakfast He
\\rote a dissertation on the
great skeptical philosopher
David Hume. He has spoken at
Skepticon. the annual con\en-
tion for nonbelievers
But this \ear. like every year.
Cormno is giving up something
for Lent. the six-v.eek period of
reflection and repentance ob-
served by Catholics and many
other Christians. "I'm giving up
checking e-mail and Facebook
before 10:30 a.m ." he says.
althoughh the case of a pro-
fessionally outspoken gay
atheist skeptic may seem a
bit extreme, Corjmo is hardly


alone in his eccentric obser-
vance of Lent. Just as many
synagogue-averse Jers give
up their cheeseburgers and
BLT sandwiches to fast on Yomr
Kippur, some Christians out-
side the organized church find
it meaningful to participate in
Lent.
While some churches observe
slightly different dates, for
Catholics Lent runs from Ash
Wednesday to Holy Thursday,
which this year is March 28
This season of preparation for
Easter has traditionally com-
prised three elements prayer.
almsgning and fasting. It is the
fasting that most of us associ-
ate v.ith Lent it can include
fasting from certain foods, but
also from other practices or
forms of consumption.


Corino. the author of the
new book "What's Wrong With
Homosex-uality''' says that his
Lenten obserance has somre-
thing to do \i.-th cuiltLura nos-
talgia: "I iv.cre a black suit a-nd
a purple tie on Ash Wednes-
day this year Didn't tell any-
one \why 1 w\as doing it. but for
me, it signaled the first day of
Lent But he also appreciates
Lent as an opportunity for "dis-
cipluie and self-improvement '
His Facebook restrictions,
for example and. to judge
from anecdotes. Facebo.ok is
a popular Lenten challenge,
hard-core, more daunting than
meat or sweets denrve from
his idea that "the first hour
or so" of his w\orkday "should
be dedicated to more serious
things "


Minister Henton shares a past Easter sermon


EASTER
continued from 10B

The cross He faces is cruel
because it bears the sins of
all mankind. As we look at the
cross of Jesus, we see that He
battles to face this cross. Cross
bearing the sin of homosexual-
ity, the cross bearing the sin of
unfaithfulness, this cross bear-
ing the sin of unforgiveness and
this cross bears the sin of divi-
sion. The great physician Luke
records Jesus preparing for
what He will face, in the garden
of Gethsemane.
He enters knowing that Ju-
das will betray Him. He asks


the disciples to pray with Him
that they enter not into temp-
tation. The Lord finds that His
disciples do not fully compre-
hend the things that is about
to happen to their savior Jesus.
In this text, Jesus states to His
disciples, to pray. We as chil-
dren of God, must pray because
one day we will face our own
"Gethsemane." As Luke looks
at the Lord, he sees the pain of
the cross literally in the eyes of
Jesus.
For the moon now looks at
its creator, the wind seems to
cease, the stars seem to shine
extra bright, the Savior at this
time kneels down, thinking


about the cross He is about to
face. The Bible reads in Luke
22:41 as Jesus prays, "Father,
if it is Your will, take this cup
away from Me; nevertheless not
My will, but Yours be done."
As we read this, we see a
battle between giving up and
committing. Our Lord Jesus
the Christ recognizes that de-
spite His agony, the will of God
shall be done. We must look at
Gethsemane in our own eyes,
with the same perspective as
Jesus. There will be times when
we must face temptation, pain,
sickness or evil men and wom-
en, but we act according to the
will of the Father. The bible
I


reads in Psalms 30:5; "Weeping
may endure for a night but joy
comes in the morning."
In Gethsemane, we must
face the "cup"' that is before us,
knowing that we will reap if we
faint not. Christ bore the cross,
carried the cross and endured
the cross so that we might have
life. It is your responsibility to
serve the Lord aUl the days of
your life. For the Bible plainly
states: "if you love me, keep
my commandments." The Bible
teaches that God forgives but
you must be baptized into the
body of Christ. If you need for-
giveness, come to the Lord to-
day. He saves.


Musical sisters light up Jazz in the Gardens


MARY MARY
continued from 10B

to share with the world, so now
is our opportunity to do that
and hopefully our audience...
will continue the journey as we
grow and do different things."
Over the years, while break-
ing records as music artists,
the group relied on each other
heavily, but now "well just
stand on our own two feet," Er-
ica said.
The ladies plan on perform-
ing individually. Tina, who will
use the break to spend more
time with her family, plans on
releasing a children's album,
while Erica plans on releasing a


solo album.

THE DEFINITION OF
A CHRISTIAN
Mary Mary reality show view-
ers could probably sense the
split-up coming, sense the duo
had disagreements that they
did not censor for cameras. Er-
ica explained that both her and
Tina were committed to having
an authentic reality show.
"Even though we don't always
see eye-to-eye, we are sisters
who really love each other," Er-
ica said.
She said regardless of how big
or bad the argument is, they are
going to say "I love you because
you're my sister," and keep


it moving.
Erica explained that although
they are Christian artists,
they've never felt obligated to be
role models.
"Being a Christian doesn't
mean you have to be a perfect
individual, it means I have a
perfect God, who is forgiving
and who is loving and there
when I mess up to help me get
it right." Some people don't be-
lieve that Christians get mad or
struggle, but that is what their
music has always been about -
overcoming adversity, she said.
"When you fall down, you
don't stay down forever and the
rain, the clouds and darkness
doesn't last forever," Erica said.


The resilient spirit Erica
spoke of was illustrated at their
Jazz in the Gardens perfor-
mance. While singing "Yester-
day," Tina had shared that she
had been "going through some-
thing." She told the audience
how she had been crying every
day, while the group has been
making changes.
But their performance ended
on a high note, with the duo ex-
uding high energy and leaving
the audience members cheering
for more.
"One thing's for sure, Mary
Mary is not disappearing, we're
not going anywhere, we're just
doing something a little differ-
ent, right now," Erica said.


m tdecono %.nance min-
istries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

A Mission With'A New
Beginning Church Wom-
en's Department provides
community feeding. Call 786-
371-3779.

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


Easter Services at St. John


St. John Institutional
Missionary Baptist Church will
celebrate Easter on this Sunday
with special events and services.
There will be a Sunrise Service
at 6:30 a.m. followed by a free
hot breakfast at 8 a.m. Sunday
School will commence at 9 a.m.
and the Morning Easter Worship


Service will be held at 10 a.m.
There will be an Easter Egg
Hunt following the Morning
Easter Worship Service.
The address to the church is
1328 Northwest Third Avenue
in Miami.
Bishop James D. Adams is
the senior pastor.


Passion Week of Christ
Come join us for Passion Week Services Sunday, March 31 at
of Christ starting Wednesday, 5:30 a.m.
March 27 and Terrible Services will take place at
Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., Jordan Grove MBC, 5946 NW
Good Friday, March 29 at 12 Avenue, Rev. Douglas Cook,
10:30 a.m., and Easter Sunrise Sr. is the pastor.


Awards luncheon at Double Tree


Beta Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is host-
ing their Finer Womanhood
Community Fellowship Awards
Luncheon, 11 a.m., Satur-
day, March 30 at Double Tree


by Hilton Miami Airport, 711
NW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL
33126. Donation, $60 and re-
duced parking, $4.
For more information, call
Lillian Taylor 305-493-9821.


Resurrection Service
Join our Noon Day Resurrection Service March 31 at Ann Abra-
ham Ministries, 3173 Mundy St., Coconut Grove. UM Coach and
former NFL player, Michael Barrows is the speaker.


Memorial park honors youth


SHERDAVIA
continued from 10B

Those in attendance, in-
cluded: Sherdavia's mother
and father, Sherrone Jenkins
and David Jenkins; Rev. Rich-
ard Dunn; Dipizulu Gene Tin-
nie; Catherine "Hummingbird"
Ramirez; Meyga Girls; and oth-
er community members.
Ramirez blessed the ground
and the group .stood in a cir-
cle and reflected on the life of
Sherdavia.and the other youth
who have been killed by gun
violence.
Sherrone Jenkins expressed
that it is difficult for her to visit
the park because it is very close
to where Sherdavia was killed.
Jenkins spoke of the violence
needing to be stopped and the
people of the community need-


ing to come together to help do
so.
According to Dinizulu Gene
Tinnie many people have
helped to bring the mini-park
to life, such as: the Miami Chil-
dren's Initiative and the In-
ner-City Illustrators who both
helped with the mural; The
Artist Collective, including Tin-
nie, who were responsible for
creating the monument, which
holds Sherdavia memorabilia
and written prayers; and Mey-
ga Girls, who planted flowers in
the park.
"We want to make it a place
where [the] children we've lost
are remembered, so [that] the
sacrifice of their lives is not in
vain," Tinnie said. "But we also
want to make it a place that the
children that we still have can
enjoy as a safe haven."


Wilson-Greene, unsung hero


WILSON-GREENE
continued from 11B

she said. "He said my harvest
is plentiful, but my laborers are
few because he knew a lot of
people would not do this work."
Every Monday, more than 120
families who are in need, re-
ceive food from the church. The
church also serves the youth
with several programs, such
as: tutoring, summer camp and
mentoring.

GRATITUDE FOR
WILSON-GREENE
EXPRESSED BY OTHERS
"I love helping the commu-
nity," Tyjah Hill, 19, a member
of the church and a student at
St. Thomas University, said.
"That's one of my favorite things
about going to that church."
Along with having the op-
portunity to help others, since
becoming a member at Omega
Power and Praise Ministry, Hill
believes that she has grown as
a Christian, thanks to Wilson-


Greene, who both Hill and her
mother, Eugia Jackson, 37, de-
scribe as an awesome woman
and prophet of God.
"The way she preaches helps
you apply [the word] to every-
day life," said Hill. "She helped
me become a better person.
I can honestly say I'm a more
firm believer in Christ."
Parnice Lee, who volunteers
with the ministry, has enjoyed
serving the community with the
church so much that she has
brought others, including her
sister, Darnice Brown to help
out.
Rev. Apostle Willie Harris,
the overseer of God's House
Outreach Ministries, a church
that is nearby Omega Power
and Praise Ministry said he and
his wife supports what Wilson-
Greene does as the leader of the
church.
"I noticed that she does so
much and . it's behind the
scenes," he said. "We embrace it
because a lot of churches don't
do what [they] do."


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Medical suppliers seek to pull plug on cost-cutting program


Industry allies in

Congress trying

to derail it

In 2010, Medicare spent
more than $14 billion on oxy-
gen devices, mobility scooters.
diabetes test strips and other
'durable medical equipment'
and supplies that patients use
at home For taxpayers, and for
beneficiaries with a 20 percent
co-pay. that \vas about $5 bil-
lion too much
Everyone overpaid because
for years, Medicare bought or
rented things like this on a fee
schedule set by Congress, for
prices that had nothing to do
with normal market competi-
tion.
Now a competitive bidding
process is starting to produce
big savings and has the po-
tential to cut costs even more
- unless the industry and its
allies in Congress manage to


derail it.
The bidding program, passed
n 2003, finally went into effect
in nine metro areas in 201 1
It will expand to 91 more this
summer The bids confirm that
the old system wasted shock-
ing amounts of money, and still
wastes it m areas where bid-
ding hasn t yet begun.
Under the new system, for
example, oxygen equipment
that used to go for about $177
a month will now cost $93. A
hospital bed that cost $1,376
under the old rules will now go
for $738. Diabetes test strips
that used to cost almost $78 a
month will now cost less than
$23 a month a discount of
more than 70 percent
Overall savings have ranged
from 35 percent to 45 percent.
And over-utilization has fallen
as well. because Medicare is do-
uig more to weed out providers
who gamed the system to push
beneficiaries to get things they
weren't eligible for or didn't


i- uu r:, J ln r.l::,,,r
Registered nurse teaches a diabetic patient how to draw
her own insulin injections during a house call in Denver last
year.


need
Equipment and supplies are
a relatively small part of Medi-
care's $600 billion annual bill.


But with Congress and the
White House searching for
ways to cut costs, these sav-
ings are significant, and could


be even more impressive when
the program goes nationwide
in 2016. Just as important,
this points to even more po-
tential savings from putting lab
tests, MRls and other items out
for bid.
Not surprisingly. an indus-
try that s seeing its profit mar-
gins fall dramatically is fighting
hard to change or roll back the
bidding program. The Ameri-
can Association for Homecare,
the industr.-s trade group,
and large equipment providers
such as the VGM Group ha\e
mounted an assault that com-
bines political contributions.
lobbying and a broad effort to
discredit the way Medicare has
run its bidding system
Charges that the new system
is unfairly driving small provid-
ers out of business should be
taken with a large grain of salt.
Yes. it can be harsh and dis-
ruptive to impose competition
on an indust-r that has largely
avoided it. but that s hou free


markets are supposed to work.
Taxpayers should not prop up
uncompetitive companies.
A more credible authority,
Congress non-partisan Gov-
ernment Accountability Office,
concluded last year that it is too
early to fully judge the program
but found no major problems.
The trick is to fine-tune the
rules without losing benefits.
But a move in the House to
dump and overhaul the bid
process has almost 200 co-
sponsors and is led by Tea
Party favontres such as Reps.
Tom Price, R-Ga. and Renee
Ellmers, R-N.C both of whom
have suppliers in their dis-
tricts. Medicare officials fear
this would undo the savings
and put the process on hold for
years.
The bidding program took
eight years to get going, and
it's starting to save money. Any
plan that fails to extend those
savings will pick the pockets of
taxpayers and patients alike.


Medicare must fix the sham bidding program Grocery list: Eggs, milk,


By Tyler J. Wilson

In 2003, Congress required
Medicare to ensure that medi..
cal equipment and suppbes
used by beneficiaries at home
Known as "durable medical
equipment. or DMEI are pro-
cured through a system that
increases competition and
achieves market-based prices,
but doesn't diminish quality.
Unfortunately Medicare has
completely' mismanaged the
design and implementation of
its bidding program for home
oxygen equipment, power
wheelchairs, diabetic suppbes
and other critical home medi-
cal products.
More than 240 economists,
two dozen consumer groups,
almost 200 members of Con-
gress and the National Feder-
ation of Independent Business
have denounced the current
Medicare bidding program. At


the same time, the DME in-
dustry is ready and willing to
support a system with three
core principles: true market-
based prices, binding bids and
transparency.
But the current program is
a sham. It imposes a contract
price anywhere between the
lowest and highest accepted
bids. At the same time. bids
are non-binding. Suppliers
can submit unrealistically low
bids for products and services,
with no obligation to accept a
contract. Yet, those same bids
are used to establish an ab-
surd price in a murky process
that never discloses how pric-
es are determined. In effect, it
is government administered
pricing, not competitive bid-
ding.
The bidding program won't
save nearly as much on DME
costs as Medicare claims be-
cause costs are being shifted


mer. arbitrary reimbursement
cuts will average 45 percent
for DME. Already, providers
i have announced layoffs, and
companies are closing. Benefi-
claries will suffer as the net-
.". ,i work of Medicare providers is
S. dismantled
I In a \ideo explaining her
Slight. Tnsha Blackwell, a
beneficiary in Florence, Ky.,
tells how an oxygen provider
who \vsited her monthly was
replaced with a company that
never checked on her and ig-
nored pleas for assistance. "I
can't tell you ... how scary it
A man in a wheelchair. is to sit on the side of the bed
to other Medicare categories. wondenng if you will be able
When Medicare beneficiaries to draw your next breath," she
aren't able to receive equip- says. explaining the _anxiety
ment, the',' ill be forced to go she faced with the ne%\ sup-
to the emergency room, and pler assigned through the.
their hospital stays will be bidding program.
even longer. People like Trisha nill con-
When the program expands tinue to suffer until Congress
to 91 new locations this sum- changes this program.


Starbucks loyalty points


By Bruce Horovitz

Starbucks has cOiniuCted orne
more '. a, to coa:\ you ini-toL bu, -
ing; Starbuc:ks products etern
w\.hen 'Cou re not in a StarbLicks
stores free stuLff
In i-hat's bhelc'Td toi be a first
in retail, the world si biggest coif-
fee chain is extend itirs ,loyaltv
card prograrra t-:. the gr,:.cer, store
aisle The rnove comes at a time
when the multibillion-dollr lo,-
alty card bLisiness c',ntinMes to
boom globadll, as cash-strapped
coNrisLirners base their pI.rchas-C
es less on brand famillanrt, and
rliore on the fina.nciCl incenri.es
that their fa',:onte brands offer
Beginnir- ng May. if ',ou bu',
a bag of specialli-marked Star-
bucks whole bean or ground i
packaged coffee at the i ro r:.r-',
store. dru2 store or :li-ib store,
\ou i tan still rack Lip Starbucks


Rev yards card points that can
ultimately earn ou a free ,.ip r
Iej or latte or n-mufh' ai Star-
buc( ks -cstore
By fall. the c:hainm hopes to ex-
pand the program to other Star-
bucks grocer. products Next
monrithl cistorrers will be able to
earn Starbucks points '.n-th a-ny
purchase at Teadana tea shops.
.1 chain recently purchased by
Starbucks
O('.er the past t\o ',ears., we '.e
been Wtness to a selsmiic change
in consumer behavior. due to
technrolog-., said Schultz, at the
compare, s5 an -nual shareholder
meeting As a result of that.
we ve been able to do things al-
most ino other conisurier brand
has done before
Like 'i.ing Ioalt, points
for Starbuicks brand products
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Parents' fears may

keep teens from

getting HPV shots

Study: Safety worries on the rise
By Michelle Healy
Concerns about safety and side effects of the human
papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have increased among
parents: 16 percent cited these fears as reasons they
did not have their daughters vaccinated in 2010, up
from five percent in 2008, a new study finds.
And the percentage of parents who say they do not
.intend to vaccinate their daughters against HPV in the
next 12 months also grew, says the study in April's Pe-
diatrics, out today.
Now recommended for both girls and boys at age 11
or 12, the HPV vaccine was not widely prescribed for
boys at the time the study began.
HPV, a family of sexually transmitted viruses linked
to tumors of the cervix, head and neck and several or-
gans, is passed on through genital contact, most often
during vaginal and anal sex.'
The study did not show a similar increase in parental
anxiety over the safety of other new adolescent vaccines
- tetanus, the diphtheria and pertussis booster Tdap
(and a Td version without the pertussis portion) and
*the meningococcal disease shot MCV4. The most recent
data, from 2011, shows 85 percent of teens had the
Tdap/Td vaccines; 71 percent had the MCV4 vaccine
and 35 percent of teen boys and girls were immunized
against HPV.
People usually grow more comfortable with a vaccine
over time, but "that doesn't seem to be the case with
HPV," says study co-author Paul Darden.


SECTION B


U.S. autism


count has


Srisen up in


latest tally

E Survey reflects marked increase in num-
ber of kids with an Asperger's syndrome.

By Karen Weintraub
Survey reflects marked increase in number of kids with
an autism spectrum disorder
The numbers appear to be climbing because of different
forms of counting
A small portion of children who had been diagnosed no
longer hav-e the condition
Rates of all forms of autism in the U.S.
may be substantially higher than pre-
AUTISM ON THE RISE viously estimated, according to a new
Government report that found that 1 out
S The percentage bf children who of every 50 school-age children roughly
have an autism spectrum disorder, one on every school bus has the condi-
as reported by their parents. tion.
That s dramatically higher than the 1 in
ALL CHILDREN AGES 6-17 88 announced by a different government
:1.16% agency last year. The numbers keep climb-
ing in part because of different methods of
2% counting.
SA: The present study asked 100,000 par-
BOYS AGES 6-17 ents across the country a range of health
1.8% questions, including whether their child
had been diagnosed.on the autism spec-
trum and whether he or she currently
had the diagnosis. The autism spectrum
S A 6-1 includes autism, the most severe form, as
0.49% well as Asperger's syndrome and perva-
1 0.7% sive developmental disorder-not otherwise
specified (PDD-NOS).
2007 2011 The study looked at children ages six-17
and was based on parent reports, while
.,...' r. ...iC irrHirr .rtr,.. last year's study looked at eight-year-olds
,. whose diagnosis was noted in school dis-
trict or other official records.
The fact that the new study found such high rates implies
that "there \ill likely be more demand for (autism-related)
services than we had previously thought," said study author
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Food deserts, smoking and bad exercise habits affect counties' health status.

Habits, not hospitals, affect

counties' health rankings


By Kelly Kennedy
WASHINGTON Resi-
dents of the nation's least
healthy counties die at
twice the rate of those living
in their states' healthiest
counties, despite a major
improvement in the rate of
premature deaths, accord-
ing to a national survey of
county health statistics re-
leased last Wednesday.
The full implementation


next year of the 2010 health
care law could improve
health statistics overall, ex-
perts say, but real change in
health statistics can come
only if Americans start eat-
ing better and exercising
more.
Along with the higher
death rates in the least
healthy counties, research-
ers from the University
of Wisconsin Population
Health Institute and the


Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation found that:
More than one in five
children live in poverty.
Violent crime has de-
creased by 50 percent dur-
ing the past 20 years.
Places with higher death
rates have the highest rates
of smoking, teen births,
physical inactivity and pre-
ventable hospital stays.
In general, a state's
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Those with HIV are living without treatment


HIV
continued from 13B

The researchers, who report-
ed their findings this week in
the journal PLOS Pathogens,
estimated that as many as 15
percent of people who start
treatment early and continue
for at least a year might then be
able to control the virus with-
out treatment, relieving them of
a lifelong daily drug regimen.
Asier Saez-Ciri6n, the lead
author of the study, said that
the French patients were in a
sort of "remission" rather than
being cured, because the virus
was still present in their bodies,
though at low levels.
Still, he said, figuring out why
some people seem to be able to


control the virus could point the
way toward a functional cure by
which people might live health-
ily without drugs even if their
infection was not eradicated.
"This is proof of concept that
we can induce this status in
individuals who were not going
to do so naturally or spontane-
ously," said Dr. Saez-Ciri6n, an
assistant professor at the Pas-
teur Institute in Paris.
Some AIDS experts agreed.
"These people are not cured, but
they have some advantages that
would be good to understand,"
said Dr. Myron S. Cohen of the
University of North Carolina.
One implication of the French
study is that many people now
taking antiviral medications
might be able to safely stop.


But doctors said the study did
not provide enough informa-
tion to predict which patients
that might be, and that patients
should not stop on their own.
Previous clinical trials have
shown that, in general, inter-
ruption of treatments leads to
worse outcomes.
Dr. Max Essex, chairman
of the Harvard School of Pub-
lic Health AIDS Initiative, said
that new tests measuring viral
loads in the body are so sensi-
tive that it "might not be a huge
risk to take people off treatment
for a month" and quickly put
them back on if H.I.V. was to
begin multiplying rapidly.
Another implication of the
study is that treatment should
be started earlier for most peo-


ple. But that cannot always be
done.
"We and others have difficulty
identifying and treating such
adults so early after infection,"
said Dr. Douglas D. Richman,
director of the Center for AIDS
Research at the University of
California, San Diego.
Many people are infected for
months or years without know-
ing it. Even if they know it, some
do not want to start treatment
immediately because of the cost
of the drugs or concerns about
side effects. The patients in the
French study started treatment
soon after infection because
many had symptoms that sent
them to the doctors early, al-
lowing their infection to be de-
tected.


U.S. autism rate makes a substantial increase


AUTISM
continued from 13B

Stephen J. Blumberg, a se-
nior scientist at the National
Center for Health Statistics.
The new study, like most oth-
ers, found that boys are four
times more likely to have au-
tism than girls.
The parents' answers to the
two survey questions also sug-
gests that 15 percent to 20 per-
cent of children who were once
diagnosed with autism no lon-
ger have the condition. Blum-
berg said the study cannot say
whether they lost the diagnosis
because they outgrew the con-
dition, or because they were
misdiagnosed in the first'place.


The higher numbers recorded
in the new study suggest that
officials are getting better at
counting kids with autism -
not that more have the condi-
tion, several experts said.
"I don't see any evidence that
there's a true increase in the
prevalence of autism," said
Roy Richard Grinker, a profes-
sor of anthropology at George
Washington Univ6rsity, Wash-
ington, D.C.
Grinker said he's been an-
ticipating a higher count in
the U.S. since he published a
2011 study that found an au-
tism rate of one in 38 in South
Korean children. "I don't look
at that and say 'that's so much
higher than the U.S.' I look


at that as 'the U.S. will catch
up.'"
The new study found the
biggest jump among older
children with milder symp-
toms, suggesting that their au-
tism wasn't caught until later
in childhood. By definition,
symptoms of autism must be
present by age age, affect a
child's communication and so-
cial skills, and lead to restrict--
ed or repetitive behaviors such
as rocking or hand-flapping.
Michael Rosanoff, associate
director of research for the ad-
vocacy group Autism Speaks,
said he thinks the new num-
bers reflect improved aware-
ness of the condition over the
past decade, leading to more


diagnoses. Because these chil-
dren weren't counted in earlier
studies looking at school dis-
trict support, it also suggests
that many children who need
help with their symptoms
aren't getting it, Rosanoff said.
It is the children with milder
symptoms who are most likely
to be affected by a change in
the definition of autism that
will take place this spring.
Rosanoff said this study adds
urgency to the need to protect
those children.
"We need to make sure that
with the change in diagnostic
criteria we're certain that in-
dividuals who require services
will still have access to them,"
he said.


Counties' health status lowered by poor habits


HABITS
continued front 13B

healthiest county tends to be in
a suburban area characterized
by higher-income residents,
while the least .healthy coun-
ties have higher concentrations"
of poor residents, who often
have worse eating and exercise
habits.
In Ohio, for example, the
most healthy county is Geau-
ga, east of Cleveland, while the


least healthy is Scioto, a rural
county along the Ohio River in
the southern part of the state.
Texas' most healthy county
is Williamson, a fast-growing
suburban area outside Austin,
while the least healthy is Polk,
a rural county northeast of
Houston.
In 2014, most Americans will
be required by the new law to
purchase health insurance or
face a fine, and about half of
the nation's states will expand


Medicaid to people who fall be-
neath 138 percent of the fed-
eral poverty level. .
"I don't think there is any
question that the [law] will
make a difference, especially
for our poorer populations,"
said Ron Pollack, executive
director of Families USA. "The
statistics are clear that the un-
insured are sicker and dying
younger."
Access to quality health care,
however, accounts for only 20


percent of a county's ranking,
said Joe Marx, a spokesman
for the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. "Social and eco-
nomic factors are weighed the
most heavily in the rankings,"
he said.
Health behaviors, such as
healthy eating habits and how
many people smoke, and a
county's physical environment,
including parks and water
quality, are key components of
the ratings.


Major Leroy A. Smith, 86,

a mentor to the community


Long before the word mentor
became widely used in our lan-
guage, Leroy A. Smith was a
living demonstration of the defi-
nition. In a law enforce-
ment career, which he
began as one out of few
Black officers in the City
of Miami in 1955, and
through his service as a
distinguished Boy Scout
troop leader, he touched
the lives of many young
people with encourage- SA
ment and an extraordi-
nary example of courage despite
many obstacles.
Early in his career, the City of
Miami Police Department was
slow to change its treatment of
Black officers and often held
them in the classification of pa-
trolmen, despite their skills. To
end this discriminatory treat-
ment, Smith and others initiated
a class action suit against the De-
partment, which after a protract-
ed fight, was won in 1975. Smith


M


soon thereafter became the first
Black officer appointed to the
rank of major in the department.
He galvanized an initiative to
recruit Blacks in the
police department
during the 1960s
called "Operation
Badge." As a result of
this, Perry Anderson
and Calvin Ross even-
tually served as chiefs
I of police during the
11TH 1990s.
And as a veteran of
the U.S. Navy, Smith shared his
experience and wisdom with boys
in the Black community help-
ing to build their character. The
troop was headquartered at The
Historic Saint Agnes' Episcopal
Church in Overtown and includ-
ed a drum and bugle corps that
regularly performed at parades
and numerous events in the sur-
rounding community.
Smith was indeed' a man who
lived a life of mentoring.


Colorectal cancer help


CANCER
continued from 13B


and angiography.
Once colorectal cancer had
been diagnosed, treatment will
be determined based on the
stage and type of cancer, how
far it has spread, overall health,
side effects of treatment and
long-term prognosis. Surgery
usually is recommended for
early stage colon cancer. The
procedure calls for the removal
of part of the colon and near-
by lymph nodes. Some stage 0
or early stage 1 tumors can be
taken out by removing the base
of the polyp or the superficial
cancer and a small margin of
surrounding tissue.
Colorectal cancer also may
be treated with three differ-
ent types of radiation therapy,
which use high-energy rays or
particles to destroy cancer cells.
External-beam radiation
therapy focuses radiation on
the cancer from outside the
body;
Endocavitary radiation ther-
apy delivers radiation through


a hand-held device placed into
the anus; and
Internal radiation therapy
(brachytherapy) involves plac-
ing small pellets of radioactive
material next to or directly into
the cancer.
Chemotherapy, which in-
volves administering drugs ei-
ther into a vein or orally, can be
part of a colorectal cancer treat-
ment plan as well. Neoadjuvant
chemotherapy may be given
along with radiation before sur-
gery to try to shrink some rectal
cancers. Adjuvant chemothera-
py is given after surgery in case
the cancer returns.
It is important to discuss
potential side effects of treat-
ment with your doctor. Most
side effects should decrease af-
ter treatment, but steps can be
taken to reduce or relieve them.
For more information about
diagnosing and treating colorec-
tal cancer, talk with your doctor
or visit the American Cancer
Society Web site at www.cancer.
org. For a free physician refer-
ral, call North Shore Medical
Center at 1-800-984-3434.


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2799 N.W. 46th Street

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Richardson
CARRIE LOUISE WIGGINS
WEEKS, 75,
retired cafeteria
cook, Miami
Jackson Senior
High School,
died March 21
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday at New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church.

RODNEY PHILLIPS, 51, retired,
died March
22 at home.
Survivors:
wife, Paulette
Phil I ips
children, Latisha
and Troy
Phillips and
one grandson,
Terrell Phillips. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt. Carmel.


Carey Royal Ram'n
ETHEL "LEONA" CUMBIE,
61, support
specialisti
of Miami
Dade Public
School Police
Department,
died March
21 at Jackson
North Medical
Center. Service 12 p.m., Saturday
at Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist
Church.

HORACE GAYE, 76, custodian,
died March 23 at home. Services
were held.

MASON ALEXANDER BOGGS,
infant, died March 19 at Jackson
Health Systems. Arrangements are
incomplete.

KHWAJA JOHN ANWARI.
Arrangements are incomplete.


Manker
WILLIAM HENRY HAMILTON,
88, died
March 18 at
Jackson North
Medical Center.
Graveside
service 11 a.m., S. d
Thursday.



MARY ALICE WASHINGTON,
79, domestic
worker, died
March 22 at
Metropolitan
Hospital of Mi-
ami. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Liberty Fel-
lowship Church
of God.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
BENNIE PRESTON, 86, retired
truck driver,
died March
24 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10 a.m., ..
Saturday in the
chapel.



FLOYD ZELL WALKER, 71,
loving father and
grandfather,
revered friend
to many, died
March 23 at
VA Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the




Nakia Ingraham
LESTER ANDERSON, 53, died
March 22 at Broward General
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Friday
at New Macedonia Baptist Church.

MARY JOHNSON, 63, retired,
died March 19 at Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at New Macedonia Baptist Church.

CHRISTINE FOSTER, 53,
retired, died March 21 at home.
Service 2 p.m, Saturday at Central


Missionary Baptist Church.

AGNES BYARS, 87, retired, died
March 21 at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Service 12 p.m., Tuesday at New
Macedonia Baptist Church.


Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
JOHNNIE BELL FREEMAN
HEAD BAKER,
died March 19.
Services were
held.






ROBERT SMITH JR., 51, LPN,
died March
23 at Kindred '

Service 3 p.m.,
Thursday in the
chapel.



MARY TOLIVER, 59,
homemade r,
died March
24 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 ..
a.m., Saturday
at Apostolic
Revival Center.

CASSANDRA TUFF, 68, Nurse,
died March
25 at North
Shore Hospital.
Arrangements
are incomplete.


FRANCES MACK,
maker, died
March 24
at home.
Arrangements
are incomplete.


Wright and Young
MARVIN McINTYRE, 52, truck
driver, died
March 21 at
home. Survived
by: parents,
Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin Mclntyre
Sr.,; daughter,
Marquise Ford; ,
grandson,
Jawonza Fulton Jr.,; siblings,
Charlie and Lamar Livingston,
Marquerite Laws, Ruthie
Washington, Godiva Mclntyre,
Pamela Brooks and a host of
relatives. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Mt. Olivette Fire Baptize Church.

ED CURTIS STRONG, 78, retired
maintenance
supervisor,
died March 21
at Memorial
Regional
Ho s p i t al .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Antioch MBC of
Miami Gardens.

LOUISE CARTER, 59, retired,
died March 21 at
home. Viewing
3-8 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
New 79th Street
Word Church.


VERONICA WARE, 68, childcare


provider, died
March 23
85, chair at Kindred
Hospital.
Service 1
,?.. p.m., Saturday
Sat Peace
Ss Missionary
S Baptist Church.


JESSIE SAWYER, 69, CNA,
died March .-
22 at home. 1
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the f..
chapel. ,




HORACE THOMPKINS, 73,
died March 14. Services were held.

JOSEFINA ROMANEZ, 72, died
March 21. Services were held.


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MISSIONARY
WILCOX
BRUMMITT,
53, retired, died
March 24 at
Jackson North
Medical Center.
Viewing 6-9
p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 12 p.m.,
Vision For Christ
NE 10 Avenue,
33161.


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Mason


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LEROY A. SMITH, 86, retired
Assistant .-
Police Chief for ...
City of Miami
Police Dept.
died March
25. Survivors
include: his "
daughter, Alexis
J. Parker; sister,
Beulah M. Smith; brothers, Robert
Kemp and Ivan Gibson; grandsons,
Derrell and Leroy Parker. Litany 7
p.m., Wednesday at St. Agnes
Episcopal Church. Service 10 a.m.,
Thursday at the church.

PHILLIP C. SEARS, JR., 66,
retired City ".
of Miami
Community
Involvement
Specialist, t
died at Baptist .
Ho s p i t a I.
Survivors ,
include: his wife,
Rosie L. Sears; sons, Phillip C.
Sears III, Andre J. Sears (Britney)
and Reginald L. Sears (Sanariah);
sisters, Charcenell Neal (Jerome),
and Phyllis Johnson; aunt, Melba
Davis. Litany 7 p.m., Friday at
Church of the Incarnation. Service
10:30 a.m., Saturday at the Church.


In Memoriam


In loving memory of,

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CHARMAINE BARNES, 58,
paraprofession-
al, died March
24 at Hialeah
Hospital. er-a
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel.


JOSEPH DOLSAN, 93, died
March 18. '
Services were :'
held. .


ANGELA
MINNIE SINGLETARY, 61, CNA,
died March 18
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday "
at Good News
i. -Little River
Baptist Church.
Saturday at New
Ministries, 13650
North Miami, FL


JOHN ADOLPHUS GRAY, JR.,
83, military
retiree, died
March 21 at mil
VA Hospital.
Surviv ors :

Beth Gray
and Rachel
Powell; eight
grandchildren,
two great grandchildren, five
sisters, and two brothers. Service
1 p.m., Friday at New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church.

FREDDIE TYSON, 85, retired
truck driver, died March 24. Family
hour from 5-7p.m., Friday. Service
1 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.
Interment: Canaan Baptist Church
Cemetery, Flemington, FL.


Royal
RETA E. ROBINSON, 63,
dietary aide, died March 22 at
Jackson North. Viewing 4-9 p.m.,
March 29 at Royal Funeral Home.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the
chapel. Repast at the Dynasty
Buffet Restaurant, 1656 NE Miami
Gardens Dr. (in Skylake Mall).

Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday


Southern Memori
FREDDIE LEON MOORE
died March
22. Viewing
5-9 p.m.,
Wednesday.
Service 10 a.m.,
Thursday in the
chapel.



Happy Birthda

In loving memory of,


AARON W. WRIGHT
"DADA"
303/03/1956 03/13/2013

We will always love you.
Your wife and kids


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BERNASTINE BRYANT
!(,1/06/15 03/24!2011

Her flowers still bloom, and
the sun it still shines, but the
rain is like tear drops, for the
ones left behind.
The weeds lay waiting to
take the gardens beauty away,
but the beautiful memories of
its keeper are in our hearts to
stay.
Your loving husband,
children, and grandchildren.


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
..


In loving memory of,


REV. ALVERTIS HILTON
01/05/1944 04/01/2011

It's been two years since we
laughed at your jokes, saw
your smile and heard your
voice.
The void in our lives is too
big to describe; some days it
feels like yesterday and then
there are days that seems like
a lifetime.
We miss your advice,
encouraging words, your
hearty laugh, but most of all
we miss and long for your
presence.
We know that God truly
blessed us to have you
as a loving husband,
father, grandfather, great
grandfather and pastor.
We will always cherish the
precious memories, forever.
From your wife, children
and other family members.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


















ALVIN B. JOHNSON
'MAN'
03/31/79 04/18/06

To some you are forgotten,
to some you are the past. But
to us, the ones who loved
and lost you, your memories
will always last! Happy 34th
Birthday, Slick.
Love always, your loving
family.


In Memoriam


In loving memory of,




nirJ
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CLARENCE STRONG JR.
03/31/1936- 02/09/2010

Happy 76th Birthday. You
are still the wind beneath our
wings!
The Strong III family.


Happy Birthday


In loving memory of,






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JAMES "JIMMY" WILSON
03/31/1950 -09/22/2012

We love and miss you
"always".
Mama, sons, sisters,
brothers and grandkids.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


S- o


WILFRED McPHEE
03/28/1929 03/13/2012


We miss you so much. Not
a day passes without loving
thoughts of you.
(-IIr fn ilN h iI aXP


In loving memory of, u i la il y cia we
Broken when God called yc
.', -A ', home, but we know we sha
meet again.
Love, the family.


Happy Birthday


,s
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1ll


In loving memory of,


ELLA MAE GIBSON
"SWEETIE"
0/15/1926 03/27/2000


Thirteen years have passed.
We thought of you with love
today, but that is nothing
new. We thought about you
y yesterday and days before
that, too. We think of you in
silence.
S We often speak your name,
all we have now are our
memories and your picture in
a frame. Your memory are our
keepsake with which we will
never part.
God has you in His keeping
and we have you in our
hearts. A million times we
cried, 'if love alone could have
saved you, you would not
have died.'
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we love you still, in
our hearts you hold a place
no one can ever fill. It broke
our hearts to lose you, but
you did not go alone, for part
of us went with you the day
God took you home.
From your children,
grandchildren and great
grandchildren.


r ,

" ,. .; .
RASHMI RAMTULLA
"PUNCH"
09/15/1989 03/28/2012


Rashmi,
From your mom, it's been
one year since you have
passed and it seems like
yesterday.
We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in his keeping;
we have you in our heart.
From your whole family.


HONOR YOUR LOVED
ONE WITH AN
IN MEMORIAL
IN THE MIAMI TIMES


JA'QUEVIN D. MYLES
"POOH"
03/29/1992 03/01/2012


We love and miss you dearly
and you will always be in our
hearts.
Love, the Hall and Myles
families.


HONOR YOUR LOVED
ONE WITH AN
IN MEMORIAL

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show, besides having superb dance and
music, tells the inspiring story of Afrobeat
legend Fela Kuti whose music served as
a battle cry for disenfranchised Nigerians.
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autograph. You write it with
your right hand, then you try it
with your left. You do it care-
fully, slowly, then you scribble
it and that looks better. Some-
day, you'll probably have to sign
autographs quick so there's
no sense in making things too
neat.
That's because you're pretty
sure you're going to be famous
one day. In the new book "Real-
ity Check" by Kelli London, fame
finally happens to a NYC teen.
Too bad her dream turns out to
be a nightmare.
To Charly St. James, there


teenage girl
was no doubt that she'd be a
star someday. She'd do anything
to make it happen, even if it
meant sneaking into a sitcom
filming, pretending like she
belonged there. And it worked:
when she was caught on-set by
a man who promised fame, he
loved her persistence so much
that he cast her in a new reality
show.
This new life in New York was
going to be a lot different than.
it was in Chicago, and Charly
knew she had a lot to learn. The
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grey."
Kim Kardashian co-stars as


Jurnee Smollett-Bell is back complicated after she has an Smollet's stylish and opinion-
on the big screen for the first affair behind her husband's ated co-worker in the film.
time in six years, starring back. When asked to assess
alongside Vanessa Williams, "I honestly wasn't con- Kardashian performance as
Kim Kardashian, Brandy cerned about how people an actress, Smollett revealed
Norwood and Lance Gross would receive me as this that Kardashian was very
in Tyler Perry's Temptation; character," Smollett-Bell told eager to learn from Perry, and
Confessions of a Marriage theGrio's. "Because it's not .she thinks people should see
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FAMILY FEATURES

holiday celebration at home should be as much fun
for the hosts as for friends and family. With a little
advance planning, the goal of effortless entertaining
is suddenly within reach.
First, make it brunch, typically lighter and simpler to
prepare than dinner. Buffet style is another smart choice -
just arrange the dishes on pretty holiday linens and invite
guests to serve themselves.
Half of the work is done when you go with full-flavored
imported Italian cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana
Padano and Montasio, and air-cured hams like Prosciutto
di Parma and Prosciutto di San Daniele. As PDO (Protected
Designation of Origin) products, they belong to a special
group of high-quality European foods that can be made only
in specific geographical regions.
Four dishes that add up to a no-stress brunch buffet:
A frittata with the deeply savory flavors of Prosciutto
di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. It's equally
delicious warm or at room temperature, whichever is
more convenient.
Thumbprint biscuits featuring melted Montasio cheese
in the indentations on top a clever touch for biscuits
made with ready-made dough.
Another brilliant two-ingredient recipe consists of eggs
baked in Prosciutto di San Daniele "cups." They are
crisp, creamy and irresistible.
Festive garnishes for a salad of deep green kale leaves,
tossed with orange vinaigrette, include Grana Padano
shards, pears and pine nuts.
For more information on the PDO system and holiday
recipes using these legendary cheeses and hams, visit www.
legendsfromeurope.com.


Think About Drinks
One \aN to keep it simple is to settle on a house
drink for \our brunch buffet, such as a Poinsettia
Cocktail made i ith one part cranberry juice ind
one part Grand larnier to four parts prosecco.
For the nonalcoholic version combine the juice
\ ith sparkling jater or lemon-lime soda.


Eggs Baked in Prosciutto ..
di San Daniele Cups
Yield: 12 portions
12 slices Prosciutto di San Daniele
12 large eggs
Preheat oven to 4000F.
Fold one slice of Prosciutto di San Daniele
in half crosswise to make a rectangle. Fit into'
a muffin cup.
Crack egg into lined cup. Repeat with
remaining ham and eggs.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes to desired doneness.
Prosciutto di Parma and
Parmigiano Reggiano Frittata
Yield: 4 to 6 portions
8 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 ounces thinly sliced Prosciutto di
Parma, torn into 1-inch pieces
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (2 ounces) coarsely grated
Parmigiano Reggiano
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 3500F.
In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk
with an electric beater until frothy; add
pepper. Stir in the Prosciutto di Parma,
scallions and cheese. Heat oil in an
8-inch oven proof skillet; add egg mixture and
cook over medium heat until edges are set, about
8 to 10 minutes. Place in oven and bake until
firm; 15 to 20 minutes.
Montasio Cheese Thumbprint
Biscuits
Yield::8 biscuits
1 package store bought ready-made
biscuit dough
1 cup coarsely grated Montasio cheese
Preheat oven to 4000F.
Separate biscuits onto a parchment lined or
lightly greased baking sheet. With your thumb,
press into center of each biscuit to form a small
well. Fill each well with 2 tablespoons of the
grated Montasio. Bake until tops are golden,
about 8 minutes. Serve immediately.


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The saga of Amistad
was relived at the
Church of the Open Door
and the congregation
honored Collette Hart
Richardson, Dr. Patricia
Chestang Duncan,
Cecilia Stewart, Iral
D. Porter and Reverend
Shedrick E. Gilbert. p
Deacons participating


in the i' M
worship
included : Mary
Reeves, Matthew
Beatty, Stephen
Taylor, Dory Lingo
and Elsaida D.
Anders. Rev., Dr.
R. Joaquin Willis,
ORTER pastor, delivered an
impressive sermon


entitled "How A Ship Led
To An Open Door."
Richardson is a
Miamian with an
impressive career in
education and is an
assistant principal at
Norwood Elementary
School. Duncan is a
retired public school STE
administrator. Stewart
works as an environmental
and public health
professional She is also a
former chairperson of the
Overtown Community Oversight
Board. Porter is the retired


Assistant Dean
of the Office
of Cultural
Enhancement
and Diversity
at the
University of
Kansas
School of
VART RICH

Medicine. Gilbert, is a retired
deacon at The Historic St.
Agnes' Episcopal Church in
Overtown.
The music festival last
weekend at Bay Front Park led


many musicians
to gather
at Jackson
Soul Food
Restaurant
brought by Amy
Rosenberg.
People filled up
the place to dine
RDSON and listen to DU
Joey Gilmore,
Bobby Stringer, Betty Padget,
Charlie Austin and The Psi
Phi Band. Dr. Enid Pinkney
and Ruth Shack made up the
audience of enthusiastic diners
who enjoyed favorites like


pigeon peas and rice,
potato salad, chicken
and barbeque ribs.
' .^ Seen dining recently
A4- at Sadies Restaurant
were Louie Bing,
William Vaught,
Richard Smith,
William Snell, David
NCAN Williams, William
Evans, Mother
Francis, Ben Addison, and
Frank Buggs. Don't forget the
Bethune Cookman University
alumni gala on Friday, May
3 at the Rusty Pelican on Key
Biscayne.


Bridgewater cast as Billie Holiday i


By Andrew Gans


Tony and multiple Gram-
my Award winner Dee Dee
Bridgewater will portray the
late, legendary jazz artist Bil-
lie Holiday in the celebrated
play-with-music Lady Day,
which will begin previews
Sept. 12 at Off-Broadway's
Little Shubert Theatre prior to
an official opening Sept. 26.
Written and directed by
Stephen Stahl, Lady Day will
make its New York debut hav-
ing been produced at the The-
atre de Boulogne-Billancourt
and Theatre du Gymnase
Marie Bell in Paris as well
as The Donmar Warehouse
and The Piccadilly Theatre
in London, where it received
critical praise and garnered
an Olivier nomination for
Bridgewater.
Produced by Misty Road
Productions, the show's
creative team also includes
three-time Emmy Award-win-
ning composer and arranger
Bill Jolly, who will serve as
musical director.


.DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER


An original play with music
based on the life of Billie Holi-
day, Lady Day, according to
press notes, "features a caval-
cade of Holiday hit songs and
tells the inspired and heart-
wrenching story of how Billie
attempts a final comeback
performance." With a newly


revised book by Stahl, the
production features over 25
standards, including "Don't
Explain," "Good Morning
Heartache," "A Foggy Day (In
London Town)," "Them There
Eyes," "Strange Fruit," "My
Man," "God Bless the Child"
and "Mean to Me."


"It's a life-long dream to
bring this show to New York,
and I am so pleased that it's
finally going to happen," Stahl
said in a statement. "Twenty-
five years has given me many
new perspectives of life-chal-
lenges and I am honored for
this opportunity to incorpo-
rate some of my personal ob-
servations into the new Lady
Day script."
Dee Dee Bridgewater has
received nine Grammy Award
nominations and three wins:
Best Jazz Vocal Album for
"Dear Ella," Best Arrange-
ment Accompanying a Vocal
for "Cotton Tail" (from "Dear
Ella") and the 2011 Grammy
for Best Jazz Vocal Album for
"Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959):
To Billie With Love From Dee
Dee." She won her Tony for
her performance as Glinda,
the Good Witch, in The Wiz.
Bridgewater serves as UN
Goodwill Ambassador for
the FAO and is host of NPR's
nationally syndicated radio
program "JazzSet with. Dee
Dee Bridgewater."


'Oz' triumphs, 'The Call' surprises



but 'Burt' bombs at the box office


Filmgoers, if not

critics, love Halle

Berry thriller
By Scott Bowles

The Incredible Burt Wonder-
stone didn't have enough up
his sleeve to pull off much at
the box office this weekend,
particularly with another ma-
gician in the mix.
Despite -an advertising blitz
and two high-profile comedi-
ans in Steve Carell and Jim
Carrey, Wonderstone managed
to muster just $10.3 million
and a flat third place, falling to
another expert in smoke and
mirrors Oz the Great and
Powerful- and a low-budget
thriller.
The prequel to The Wizard
of Oz captured the top spot at


Halle Berry's The Call Is No. 2 behind that great and pow-


erful wizard.
theaters for the second consec-
utive weekend, conjuring $42.2
million, according to studio
estimates from box-office
tracking firm Hollywood.com.
The film became the highest-
grossing movie of 2013 over the
weekend, with a total of $145
million.


The sophomore effort was
plenty to hold off meek compe-
tition, though the Halle Berry
thriller The Call surprised
critics by making its debut in
second place with $17.1 mil-
lion. The haul was well above
most analysts' projections,
which hovered around seven


million dollars.
Tim Briody of the site Box-
office prophets.com calls The
Call's opening "the biggest
surprise of the weekend." He
says the film mustered a nifty
trick on a weekend dominated
by magic. The movie, he says,
is "providing a viable box-office
alternative in what's been a
fairly weak year."
Wonderstone didn't do much
for the cause. The film scored
a thumbs-up from just 39 per-
cent of critics and 63 percent
of moviegoers, Rottentomatoes.
com says.
Analysts expected the film
to snatch at least $18 million
from the multiplex, but Ray
Subers of Box Office Mojo says
the film is off to an "awful"
start.
"That's one of the worst
starts ever" for stars Carell
and Carrey, Subers says.-


Haitian community cheers for dancer


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New York City, the show is now
on tour in the U.S. Later this
summer the cast will head to
Russia and possibly Germany
as well.
Among the stars of the show
is Gelan Lambert a Miami na-
tive who proudly embraces his
Haitian roots and says, "More
important than the applause
was coming back home and
connecting with everyday peo-
ple."

PERSEVERANCE IS THE
KEY TO SUCCESS
Lambert has received rave re-
views for his performance as JK
(rhythm tapper) Ogungun, and
has been hailed by the New


York Times as "the brilliant tap
dance artist suigeneris." But
before claiming his place on
Broadway, Lambert says he put
in countless hours to perfect
his craft.
"I started dancing when I was
12 and always had the support
of my family and the commu-
nity," he said. "Buena Vista Ele-
mentary, Jefferson and Norland
Middle were places that helped
me grow. Eventually I went to
the New World School of the
Arts and then on to Juilliard.
I am an example of 18 years
of hard work and I think what
makes people most proud of me
is the fact that I stuck it out."
During his hours away from
the theater, Lambert has trav-
eled throughout South Flor-
ida, hoping to encourage the


next generation to follow their
dreams, including lecturing
and teaching contemporary
Afro-Fusion classes. He's also
participated in several meet and
greets where he says he simply
wanted to say "thank you."
"While I was at the Little Hai-
ti Cultural Center, a Haitian
woman that I didn't even know
came up to me, hugged me and
said I was a positive example
for kids from this community,"
he said. "Another man told he
how glad he was that I have re-
mained connected to my roots.
One couple that I hadn't seen
since I was a little boy traveled
several hours just to encourage
me. They all really made me
feel good. When I was on stage I
could hear the messages of my
teachers and kept having flash-


backs of being in class, trying
to get the technique down. The
many lessons that I learned are
now coming to fruition and it's
a wonderful feeling."
Lambert says he isn't sure
what role he will play in terms
of his relationship to Miami
and, the Haitian community
but he promises, "I'll be back
soon."
Fela!, aptly described as a
religious experience, a history
lesson, a theatrical master-
piece and a political rally, also
features veteran actor Adesola
Osakalumi in the title role,
Melanie Marshall in the role
of Fela Kiuti's mother and most
recently Michelle Williams, for-
merly of Destiny's Child, who
plays Fela's love interest, San-
dra Isadore.


Jurnee Smollet-Bell speaks on Confessions


JURNEE
continued from 1C

performance. "She was so
sweet to me on the set," Smol-
lett says of Kardashian. "She
was very open, she wanted
to learn from Tyler, she was
so eager to really try to make
this the best that she could.
Honestly her character is kind


of similar to her little sassy
relationship that she has with
her sisters, so Tyler and I tried
to draw that out of her, and
just pretty much told her to
think of me as one of her sis-
ters."
In 2007 Smollett received
critical acclaim for her role
in The Great Debaters, a film
which Denzel Washington


both starred in and directed.
Smollett says working with
Washington was like "a mas-
ter class in acting," and at-
tempted to compare her ex-
perience with Washington to
being on the Temptation set
with Perry.
"Great Debaters we shot in
three months, Temptation
we shot in 17 days," Smollett


said. "Tyler's quick, but both
know what they want.
It's really hard to compare
the two because they're so dif-
ferent with their approaches
and yet they both know what
they want.
They both had a vision with
an end result in mind." Temp-
tation opens in theaters on
March 29th.


Anna Grace Sweeting will be taking some time for rest and
recuperation for the next several weeks. We look forward to her
return and her lively comments about the local church community
in People.


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SISTERS
SISTe Growing up close to one another.
SISTERS Grown up, not speaking to each other!
SISTERS Glad to see one another at the cookout.
SISTERS Only see each other now, at a family
member's funeral passing out!
SISTERS Had time for each other in the past.
SISTERS Now, make one another feel like an outcast!
SISTERS Text, but never call to chat! What's up with that?
SISTERS Realize we've grown apart, often wondering if any love left in
our hearts. God knows, it wasn't this way at the start!
SISTERS Some often say "let it go" and I'd always say "never, no!"
SISTERS There are seven of us and we all are Black,
beautiful, smart and that's a plus!
SISTERS Please take in stride and lose the pride, so at the end
of the day, you can say "I truly tried!"
SISTERS I brag that Mom had seven girls who I love and will always
cherish each one like a pearl!
SISTERS I give my word today that I will forever pray, to gain the love
and respect we shared as little sisters, I don't care what people say!
SISTERS Please don't cry if I were to die, because
you will only be perpetrating a lie!


Warner and
By Evelyn Diaz

Malcolm-Jamal Warner and
Regina King have called it
quits, a source confirms to Us
Weekly. The couple had been
together (at least, officially) for
two years. King, who. starred
in 227 as a child, is report-
edly "brokenhearted" over the
split, which sources say was
initiated by Warner. The former
Cosby kid apparently "wasn't
feeling it anymore."
Warner is said to have asked
King and her son (from ex-


King split
husband Ian Alexander, Jr.) to
move out of their shared resi-
dence. The couple went public
with their romance in 2011,
with Warner telling BET.com
at the time, "we like to protect
what we have because it's very
special and very precious." He
added, "it's a relationship that
makes all the sense in the
world."
Earlier that same year, King
told Essence magazine, "Mal-
colm and I have a lot in com-
mon. Things are maturing
nicely."


Book review: Teenager goes

after celebrity stardom


FIASCO
continued from 1C

on TV since forever was just
icing on the very yummy cake.
The men on the show were
tasty, too: Sully, with his scruffy
good looks, charmed Charly
because he was a lot like her.
Liam, with his smooth British
accent, made her knees weak.
Yes, the men on the show were
hot, but Charly had a boy al-
ready: Mason was the love of
her life but they just didn't get
to see one another enough.
So there it was: Charly got
her dream job where she was
allowed to bring her puppy,
Marlow, with her to work. Life
was good until it started get-
ting weird.
Sully said that Annison
couldn't be trusted, which
is something Charly learned
quick. Liam accidentally
kissed Charly, which may
not have been accidental and
which made Mason jealous. In
a matter of weeks, Charly went


Knowles

BEYONCE
continued from 3C

Beyonce said that thanks to
the tropical island setting, she
felt more like she was shooting
a music video than a commer-
cial.
She and her husband, Jay-
Z, whose real name is Shawn
Carter, have a year-old daugh-
ter, Blue Ivy.


from co-host to host to assis-
tant to off the show, and she
had no idea why.
Forget the mic check. Was it
time for a reality check?
Just like the first book in the
"Charly's Epic Fiascos" series,
I didn't like this novel much at
first. "Reality Check" isn't very
based in reality -'I mean, seri-
ously, what teen forces her way
into instant TV stardom?
That almost never happens
. . but what does happen is
that a book kind of gets un-
der your skin and makes you
smile, which is what author
Kelli London did here. I grew to
really enjoy this story, partly
because Charly's a gutsy girl
and partly because she doesn't
become a stereotypical diva.
That's a very good surprise,
which turns this into a rather
good book.
If you dream of fame and for-
tune, be careful what you ask
for. And if you want a decently
fun novel, "Reality Check" is a
book to write down.


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Bills would alter some graduation standards

A L T D N S 0 0 INa


By Leslie Postal

Making it to cap-and-gown
season could become easier
for some Florida high-school
students as state lawmak-
ers look to alter graduation
requirements for teenagers not
planning to go to college after
commencement.
Both House and Senate edu-
cation panels are advancing
bills that would delete some
must-pass classes and state
tests as prerequisites to grad-
uation. In their place would be
industry-based courses that
could give students the skills
needed to take jobs in decent-
paying, high-demand fields.


"We have had a forgotten
half of students in our sys-
tem," said Rep. Elizabeth Por-
ter, R-Lake City, who helped
craft the House version.
"These were students who
didn't necessarily want to go
to university. These students
deserve just as much from us
as the university-bound stu-
dents do."

OCCUPATIONAL
CERTIFICATION
And Florida needs those stu-
dents, Porter added. "We need
mechanics. We need plumbers.
We need people who can leave.
school and be ready to pursue
a career."


Lawmakers cite research
to support the changes. One
study from Georgetown Uni-
versity predicted that half the
jobs created this decade will
go to those with associate
degrees or "occupational cer-
tificates," the type that legisla-
tors hope more youngsters can
earn in high school.
School administrators have
welcomed the new bills, telling
lawmakers the current law's
one-size-fits-all approach
wasn't fair to students as it
put them all, essentially, on a
college-bound track. In meet-
ings, representatives from Or-
ange, Polk and Volusia school
districts were among those


endorsing the proposals.
Business leaders arid par-
ents support the changes,
said Margaret Smith, Volu-
sia County's superintendent.
"They want choices. They want
to have options that are rigor-
ous," she said.

CRITICALLY IMPORTANT
But some worry the House
proposal steps too far back
from the graduation standards
the Legislature adopted in
2010, weakening unnecessar-
ily the diploma requirements
for college-bound students.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush's in-
fluential education foundation
endorsed the Senate bill but


said the Republican-sponsored
House bill had "serious flaws."
The bill leaves the state
"walking away" from tougher
standards, allowing some
high-school students to gradu-
ate without taking geometry
and removing or delaying
some' standardized tests, said
Patricia Levesque, executive
director for Bush's Foundation
for Florida's Future..
The industry work is "criti-
cally important" for students
who won't attend a four-year
college. But the House bill
would leave university-bound
students only "minimally
college-ready," particularly if
they want to major in science


or engineering fields, said Paul
Cottle, a Florida State Univer-
sity physics professor.
Florida's current high-school
rules already are too weak,
Cottle said, because they do
not demand those students
take the needed prerequisites
of chemistry, physics and pre-
calculus.

MOST LUCRATIVE IN FIELDS
The House plan worsens
matters by making chemistry
and physics optional, falling
"far short of what is required
to prepare students for college
majors in engineering, math-
ematics and the physical
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Visas are in heavy demand for



international students in Fla.


By Marcia Heroux-Pounds

The school work has been
done, and at a high level. The
jobs are there for the taking,
but one hurdle oftentimes a
major hurdle still stands in
the way.
For international students
who hope to work in South
Florida, Monday is a big day.
It's the first day employers can
begin applying for H-1B visas,
which allows them to hire
specialized foreign workers on
a temporary basis for the fiscal
year beginning in October.
In 2011-2012, South Florida
employers made more than
7,000 requests for the visas,
according to a Brookings In-
stitution study. Last year, the
cap of 65,000 H-1B visas was
reached in about two months.
In South Florida, employees
working on acquiring a visa
include computer workers,
financial specialists, business
Please turn to VISAS 5C



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Study finds many

advanced in nam
By Greg Toppo

If your child's school says
she's enrolled in "Honors
Algebra," here's a bit of advice:
Check the work she's doing.
A new analysis of textbooks,
curriculums and transcripts
of nearly 18,000 students
nationwide suggests that mil-
lions of kids in so-called "hon-
ors" algebra and geometry
classes are actually getting
intermediate-level work or
worse.
"It's a lot of kids that are
obviously getting courses
that are called one thing, but
difficulty-wise look like they're
something else," said Jack
Buckley, commissioner of the
U.S. Department of Educa-


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nology firm that offers visa sponsorships to students.



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work in the course. A full 73
courses a~re percent got what research-
only ers called "intermediate" level
uwork, while nine percent in
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a mystery: Researchers were courses.
trying to find out why more Results in geometry weren't in
students were taking "ad- similar, if less stark: Only one /
vanced" classes in 2005 than in three "honors" students gotin
in 1990 but weren't turning rigorous work.




in better results on nation- The study has a few limit
ally administered 12th-grade tions, Buckley said. For one
math and science tests. thing, researchers didn't algebra
The findings suggest that observe classes s, so they don'trk,
their course offerings were of- know exactly what mat34perialcent
began as an attempt to solve vs. 18 percent in "honors"




ten "advanced" in name only: teachers covered. Also, the
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an "honors" class students, since 20 percent honors Algebra Ilass in h
in high school got "rigorous" take algebra in middle school in the course.
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ally administered 12th-grade tions, Buckley said. For one
math and science tests h thing, researchers didn't a loc l
The findings suggest that observe classes, so they don't
their course offerings were of- know exactly whatmaterial
ten "advanced" in name only: teachers covered. Also, the

school graduates who took 80 percent of high school
an Nahonors" Algebra I class students, since 20 percent "honors" Algebra Inclass in hi
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Study: Minority groups


remain outnumbered


in teaching programs

By Motoko Rich

Despite major changes in the racial makeup of American
public school students, the people training to be teachers are
still predominantly white.
According to a study being released last Wednesday by the
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, which
represents colleges and universities with teacher certification
programs, 82 percent of candidates who received bachelor's
degrees in education in 2009-10 and 2010-11 were white.
By contrast, census figures show that close to half of all

Whites are more likely to

seek jobs in the classroom

children under five in 2008 were members of a racial or ethnic
minority.
"We're finding that college-bound minority students have so
many career options," said Sharon P. Robinson, the president
of the association. "We have to develop some specific recruit-
ment strategies to attract our share of those students into
those teacher education programs."
Even in programs that award teaching certificates to candi-
dates who do not obtain full education degrees, 76 percent of
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ra do not add up
He said results would likely
be similar for those kids if
researchers looked at their
middle-school classes.
But the findings, extracted
from 2005 school tran-
scripts, would likely hold up
now, Buckley said, since the
courses "haven't changed very
S much."
.Buckley cautioned against
'" '' ':' judging schools too harshly,
*; '-'- saying the mislabeling is "al-
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S.--...:":, .... tional thing." They're likely
not trying to puff up their
.... "-'.!'..^' academic reputations. Rather
'they're relying on mislabeled
textbooks and curriculums.
"': Parents, he said, should
st..': query school board members
or, in big districts, math com-
mittees, on how they make
hool graduates who took an decisions about textbooks.
I school got "rigorous" work "The only way to do this is to
pay attention," he said.


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Easter egg fun



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rose-colored


Worries about

artificial dyes

send some back

to nature

By Cathy Payne

At Easter gatherings, tables
are laden with a kaleidoscope
of candies, cookies, festive
punches and, of course, col-
ored eggs.
But some researchers don't
have a rosy view of beverages
and foods that are artificially
colored.
Michael Jacobson, execu-
tive director of the Center for
Science in the Public Interest,
says artificial dyes are often
used to mask the absence
of real food. "They are used
instead of real ingredients
because they are cheaper,
brighter and more stable," he
says.
The dyes have been linked to
allergic reactions and hyper-
activity in children, Jacobson
says. Some have been linked to
carcinogens, he adds.
Heather Dessinger, who
writes the blog The Mom-
mypotamus, says she used
natural ingredients for Easter


egg dyes last year and will this
year too.
"Like most parents, I'm
concerned about the potential
link between food dyes and
behavior disorders, allergies
and even maybe cancer," says
Dessinger, who lives outside
Nashville.
She says her two kids also
had fun taking things from the
yard and kitchen and trans-
forming them into a celebra-
tion. "They really enjoyed the
experience of feeling like little
chemists in the kitchen," she
adds.
The color additives in foods
certified by the Food and Drug
Administration are FD&C Blue
1, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Green
3, Orange B, Citrus Red 2,
FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40,
FD&C Yellow 5 and FD&C Yel-
low 6. The dyes, which used to
be derived from coal tar, are
now made from petroleum.
Citing the CSPI's concerns,
two North Carolina women pe-
titioned Kraft to remove Yellow
5 and Yellow 6 from the U.S.
version of its popular Macaroni
& Cheese. Vani
Hari and Lisa Leake cre-
ated a petition March 5 on the
social action website Change..
org, asking the company to of-
fer the version sold in the U.K.,


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Easter goodies come in a rainbow of colors.


which uses natural colors. By
Friday, the petition had more
than 266,000 signatures.
The FDA conducted extensive
safety reviews of the yellow
dyes, spokeswoman Patricia
El-Hinnawy said in an e-mail.
The agency "requires labeling
of FD&C Yellow No. 5 under
the list of ingredients, as it
may cause allergy-like symp-
toms in a small subset of the
population. FD&C No. 6 must
also be labeled in most foods,
with a few exceptions including


butter, cheese, and ic
"The law requires t
foods containing a c
color additive declare
color additive as an i
ent by name on the p
label, providing cons
necessary information
food products with ti
additives if they neec
to do so," she added.
Joseph. Borzelleca,
of the Society of Toxi
says artificial food cc
no safety risks when


To cook up fun for Easter, hop
into the kitchen and use items
from the fridge and pantry to
Create natural dye baths to color
hard-boiled eggs.
Among the possibilities: an-
natto seeds, blueberries, coffee,
grape juice, green tea powder,
paprika and turmeric. For all
colors below, soak hard-boiled
eggs in the dye bath overnight in
the refrigerator.
(For hard-boiled eggs, bring
eggs and water to a full boil.
M Turn off the heat. Cover the pan
and let the eggs soak for 14-17
S minutes. Cool the eggs with cold
water.)
A -.- Orange Add 2 table-
'', spoons of annatto seeds to a cup
of boiling water with a teaspoon
of vinegar. Let simmer for 10
,% minutes. Strain the seeds.
Faint pink Add a can of
/ sliced beets to 2 cups of boiling
water with a teaspoon of vin-
'~' egar. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the beets.

levels approved by the FDA.
Borzelleca, a professor
emeritus of the Department
-Photo: Gannett of Pharmacology and Toxicol-
ogy, Virginia Commonwealth
University School of Medicine,
ce cream. says he has heard of hyper-
:hat most activity concerns about food
certified colors. But "I have not seen
e the any carefully controlled study
ngredi- confirming that food colors
product cause adverse effects."


umers the
n to avoid
these color
i or choose

a member
cology,
colors pose
used at


Recent research suggests
that a food dye can be ab-
sorbed in a way that poses
more risks than previously
thought.
Ingested dyes are usually de-
graded by the gastrointestinal
system, but this study, in the
February issue of the journal


Blue Add a cup of blue-
berries to 2 cups of boiling water
with a teaspoon of vinegar. Let
simmer for 10 minutes. Strain
the blueberries.
Brown Add a teaspoon of
vinegar to a cup of hot coffee.
The stronger the coffee, the
darker the dye.
Purple Add a teaspoon of
vinegar to a cup of boiling grape
juice.
Light green Add 2
tablespoons of green tea powder
to a cup of boiling water with a
teaspoon of vinegar. Let simmer
for 10 minutes.
Light orange Add a
tablespoon of paprika powder
to a cup of boiling water witr a
teaspoon of vinegar.
Bright yellow Add a
tablespoon of turmeric powder
to a cup of Doiling water wtch a
teaspoon of vinegar.
Tip: To.speed the drying of
eggs, wave a hair blow dryer
over them.

Food and Chemical Toxicol-
ogy, found that FD&C Blue 1
has the potential to enter the
bloodstream from the saliva
through the tongue.
The study, 'conducted by re-
searchers at Slovak University
of Technology in Slovakia, says
the blue dye may inhibit cel-
lular respiration, a process in
which cells release energy from
the chemical bonds of food
molecules. The finding raises
concerns because children
repeatedly lick lollipops with
that dye.
The FDA monitors reports
of problems linked to color
additives. You can call your
local FDA consumer complaint
coordinator.


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0 The Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation is
now accepting applications for
the CBCF Spouses Education
Scholarship, the deadline is
June 6th. Visit cbcfinc.org for
more information.

N Miami-Dade Youth
Commission invite you to
a Youth Summit to Promote
Non-Violence, March 28th, at
1 p.m., at the Stephen P. Clark
Government Center, 111 NW
1st St. Call 305-375-5730.

r City of Miami Beach
is holding a Gun Buy Back,
March 30th, at 10 a.m., at
1901 Convention Center Dr.

Zeta Phi Beta's Eta Nu
Zeta Chapter will honor'
Mayor Oliver Gilbert at their
40th Annual Community
Awards Program, March 30th,
at 12:30 p.m., at the Newport
Beachside Hotel and Resort,
16701 Collins Ave. Contact
Farrah at 305-725-5970.


Miami-Dade Public
Library System is inviting
teens, ages 12-19, for its
annual National Poetry Month
Contest, from April lst-30th.
Call 305-375-2665.

HistoryMiami invites
you to their exhibition The
Guaybera': A Shirt's Story,
April 2nd, at 7 p.m., at the
Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer
Run. Call 305-869-5180.

The BTW Alumni
Association will meet April
18th, at 6 p.m., in the BTW
High School cafeteria.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet April
20th, at 4:30 p.m., at African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-
0188.


The
Washington
Association
to the 2013


Booker T.
Alumni
invites- you
Living Legends


Orange and Black Gala Ball,
May 4th, at 7 p.m., at Biscayne
Bay Marriot Hotel, 1633 N.
Bayshore Dr. Contact Kathryn
at 786-443-8221.

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
Island.

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

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

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1973 will be
celebrating their 40th Class
Reunion, June 27 30, 2013.
Contact Louise at 305-212-
3911.

The City of Miami
Gardens presents a Farmer's
Market held every Sunday,


from 11 a.m, to 1 p.m., at St.
Philip Neri Church, 15700 NW
20th Ave. Call 786-529-5323.

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

I Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971 meets
the first Saturday of each
month, at 3 p.m., at 4949 NW
7th Ave. Contact Gall 305-
455-1059


Miami
Class of
connection.
4726.


Northwestern
1979 make a
Call 786-399-


0 Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets every
third Saturday of the month, at
7 p.m., at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW
22nd Ave. Call 305-333-7128.

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


Int'l students seek visas to get jobs in S. FL


VISAS
continued from 4C

operations specialists, social
scientists and marketing pro-
fessionals, Brookings said.
Dan Cane, founder of Mod-
ernizing Medicine in Boca Ra-
ton, recruited his lead mobile
engineer from Florida Atlan-
tic University in Boca Raton.
But he was from Romania, so
Cane's firm sponsored him for
an H-1B visa in 2010.
"A computer science degree


and iPad development skills
are a hard combination to
find," said Cane, whose com-
pany develops mobile applica-
tions for doctors.
Kelesia Smith, a 23-year-
old originally from the Baha-
mas, will graduate in Decem-
ber with a master's degree in
information technology and
operations management from
FAU.
She's already actively look-
ing to secure an internship
with a local technology com-


pany that sponsors students.
"There are more opportuni-
ties here," Smith said, adding
that she would like to stay in
South Florida to be close to
home.
Florian Dauny, a business
immigration attorney for
Fowler White Boggs law firm
in Fort Lauderdale who works
under an H-1B visa himself,
said he expects the nation's
quota to be reached quickly
this year.
"The economy is picking up


and a lot of companies need
these workers," said Dauny,
who originally came from
France to study law at the Uni-
versity of Florida. "A lot of peo-
ple are coming from France to
here because they see there's
a better future here," he said.
Dauny, who works with
South Florida employers on
H-1B visas for workers they
want to hire, many of them in
engineering, said the process
is not simple, involving lots of
paperwork and some expense.


Bill to aid students who opt out of college


BILLS
continued fro 4C

sciences, which are the most
lucrative fields for new bach-
elor's degree grads," he said in
an email.
The 2010 graduation law -
passed with "yes" votes by some
of the same lawmakers push-
ing the new bills required
students to pass end-of-course
exams in Algebra 1, biology
and geometry and pass Alge-
bra 2 and chemistry or physics
classes to earn diplomas.
The failure rates on the new
end-of-course exams have been
high. For example, 42 percent
failed algebra last year.
Educators fear what Miami-


Dade Superintendent Alberto
Carvalho called the "bottle-
neck effect," meaning schools
will have increasing numbers
of students unable to graduate
because they cannot pass one
or more of the tests.
Rocky Hanna, a Leon County
school administrator and vocal
opponent of the 2010 law, said
the new proposals are "step in
the right direction."
But he worries that few high
schools have the kind of indus-
try-certification programs law-
makers are touting, and that it
will take time and money to get
them in place. That's in part
because schools have cut ca-
reer-education classes to make
room for remedial reading and


math courses needed by stu-
dents who failed state tests.

THREE DIPLOMA
PATHWAYS
Under the Senate plan, stu-
dents in an "industry certifi-
cation program" could substi-
tute some of those courses and
tests for some math and sci-
ence requirements, if they had
the same "level of rigor." Un-
der the House plan, students
would pick from three diploma
"pathways." Students on some
pathways would not have to
take geometry or pass some of
the end-of-course exams.
Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity,
the bill's sponsor, said the
goal is to link "Florida's new


economy" with its educational
system and allow students to
leave high school with "real-
world skills, real-world creden-
tials" that help them find good
jobs.
A sponsor of the 2010 bill
when he was in the House,
Legg said he was not looking to
weaken standards but to give
students more ways to meet
them. Others agreed.
"It is about making sure we're
making education relevant to
our students," said Rep. Janet
Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach,
whose subcommittee has pro-
posed the House plan and who
also voted for the 2010 law. "Let
me be clear about this: We are
not dumbing down standards."


Wendy Williams' show


extended into summer


By Evelyn Diaz

Production company Deb-
mar-Mercury, which produces
The Wendy Williams Show, an-
nounced on Monday that they
plan to extend the
popular talk show's
fourth season by two
full months. That
means dozens of new
episodes of Wendy to
take fans straight into
the summer.
The news comes
on the heels of news
that The Wendy Wil- WIl
liams Show posted
the biggest ratings gain of
any talk show on television,
period, during.sweeps and
saw personal-best ratings in
February.
"I have the greatest fans in
daytime TV, and I'm so excited
to be giving fans more fun
throughout the summer," Wil-
liams said. "If it were up to me,
we'd have a show every day, all


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year long!" We're sure Wendy's
viewers wouldn't object.
Debmar-Mercury co-Presi-
dents Ira Bernstien and Mort
Marcus called The Wendy
Williams Show the "hottest
program in the
genre," despite stiff
competition from
Steve Harvey, Katie
Couric, Rachael
Ray and nearly a
dozen other day-
time talk shows.
The company sites
the decision to ex-
pand Wendy's "Hot
IAMS Topics" segment,
popular with younger viewers,
for its ratings success.
To hear Wendy talk about
her rise from radio host to
the all-media queen, check
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the students are white.
Robinson said the recruiting
problem was compounded by
the fact that minority students
in general were not enrolling
in college at as high a rate as
white students.
The study, which surveyed
close to 700 colleges and uni-
versities that train just under
two-thirds of new teachers, also
found that few candidates grad-
uate with credentials to teach
math, science, special educa-
tion or English as a second lan-
guage, all subjects that experts
say are increasingly important
to prepare students for jobs and
to meet the demands of an in-
creasingly diverse student pop-
ulation.
It is particularly difficult to
recruit qualified mathemati-
cians and scientists as teachers
because they can earn much
higher salaries in other profes-
sions.
"In their first year as an en-
gineer, they'll earn more than
a teacher will ever earn over a


30-year career," said Rick Gins-
berg, the dean of the School of
Education at the University of
Kansas.
Robinson said she feared that
recent changes in public edu-
cation policy as well as state-
ments about failing schools
could deter candidates. "We've
been through a phase where all
the target for fixing everything
is to change out the teachers,"
Ms. Robinson said. "So we are
finding recruitment is down
in educator preparation pro-
grams."
The study found that al-
though teacher preparation
programs may have relatively
low eligibility requirements,
candidates who enroll have
strong academic records.
Candidates for bachelor's de-
grees in education had a mean
grade point average of 3.24,
well above the average entrance
requirement of 2.6.
The study does not cover pro-
grams like Teach for America
that recruit college graduates
and put them in classrooms
without education degrees or
certificates.


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By Tanya Jackson
Miami Times writer
jewelson3@gmail.com

People often dream about
venturing into the business
world because they like the
idea of being their own boss.
But just imagine the chal-
lenges that come when many if
not all of your co-workers are
members of your own family.
Here in Miami there are sev-
eral family-owned businesses,
including The Miami Times,
that have stood the test of time
and extended their reach and
impact from one generation to
the next. Consider the unique
story of one local family cloth-
ier that some say is "second to
none" Rasool's. It's one ex-
ample of how hard work pays


off and illustrates the concept
of giving back to the commu-
nity.

RASOOL RECALLS THE
DAYS OF HOT DOGS AND
BEAUTY SUPPLIES
Ronald Malik, affectionately
known in our community as
"Rasool," is the visionary of
the Liberty City-based clothing
dynasty called Rasool's Sports-
wear [6301 NW 7th Avenue].
But he says things were much
harder in the business's earlier
days.
"Twenty-eight years ago my
Dad started out selling every-
thing from hot dogs to beauty
supplies" said Ronald [Ron]
B. Malik, who followed in his
father's footsteps. "Then we
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Guana Taheerah Malik and Ronald "Rasool" Malik


Attorney Kevyn Orr


named as Detroit's


financial manager


By Matthew Dolan
and Jeff Bennett

DETROIT Michigan's
governor last Thursday named
a financial overseer of Detroit,
who said his turnaround work
could be completed in as little
as six months if all the stake-
holders in the troubled city
work together.
Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy at-
torney and partner at the law
firm Jones Day in Washing-
ton, D.C., was named Detroit's
emergency financial manager,
a role that will give him sole,
sweeping power to map the
future of the city of roughly


700,000 residents. Republi-
can Gov. Rick Snyder said he
picked Orr for his interperson-
al skills, legal and financial
acumen and a 30-year track
record of work on complex cor-
porate restructuring efforts,
including the 2009 bankrupt-
cy of Chrysler Group LLC.
"He's one of the leading
experts in the country," the
governor said during a press
conference in Detroit, flanked
by Orr and Detroit Mayor
David Bing. "I think we should
be very pleased that we got
someone of his high caliber to
come take this position."
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Victims of abuse get job protection


Employers to give

up to 30 days in
time off
By Matthew Daneman

For the 24 years she lived
with her husband, Susan Still
was fearful of physical and
verbal abuse at home.
If she'd known then what
she eventually found out -
that one employer had noticed
and was making note of vari-
ous signs of Still's abuse- she
says she'd have been even
more afraid, in part because
of what that could mean for
her job.
Those employer notes ended
up being evidence when Still's
husband was convicted in a
Buffalo courtroom in 2004 on


For the 24 years she lived with her husband, Susan Still
lived in fear of the ongoing physical and verbal abuse at
home. welfare of a child charges and sent to prison for a
maximum of 20 years.


various charges of assault and
endangering the welfare of a
child. He was sent to prison
for a maximum of 20 years.
"I'd kept it hidden for a very
long time," says Still, who
speaks around the country
on domestic violence issues.
"Having a supportive employer
can be so helpful. Where we
work can be our escape."
A growing number of states
are requiring employers to
provide job protections for
workers caught in abusive
situations.
In 2002, Colorado approved
giving employees three unpaid
days off in any 12-month peri-
od to do such work as getting
a restraining order, medical
care or moving. Connecticut
passed a similar law in 2010,
giving 12 days off. Hawaii,
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Parceling out antique post offices


Sales of historical buildings seen as

a way to cut losses


By Brian Duggan

The U.S. Postal Service
is trying to sell many of its
historical buildings to private
developers as it looks for ways
to cut losses that reached a
record $15.9 billion in 2012.
The fire sale started gain-
ing momentum two years
ago after the Postal Service
hired the commercial real
estate firm CBRE to oversee
the properties, many of them
relics of the New Deal era. Of
the 58 post offices currently
listed, six are on the National
Register of Historic Places.
The listing prices vary,


from $8.3million for the
16,930-square-foot Nat King
Cole Post Office in Los Ange-
les to $55,000 for the modest,
1,262-square-foot post office
in Petersburg, Va.
"Due to decreasing mail
volumes, the Postal Service
has an infrastructure that is
too big, and we have spent the
past two years consolidating
mail processing facilities in
an attempt to right-size the
organization," Postal Service
spokeswoman Sue Brennan
said.
Last year, the National
Trust for Historic Preservation
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Emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr doesn't rule out
bankruptcy for Detroit.



Rep. Watt floated


to head regulator


of Fannie, Freddie


By Alan Zibel
and Nick Timiraos

Rep. Mel Watt, a.North
Carolina Democrat, is un-
der consideration to lead the
regulator of mortgage-finance
firms Fannie Mae and Fred-
die Mac, according to people
familiar with the matter.
The White House hasn't
made a final decision but
could as soon as April name
its pick for director of the
Federal Housing Finance
Agency, which oversees the


f 1 Melvin Watt would
4. ;be the first Black
M. named to a top
T post in President
S Obama's second
term.

3 two companies, a person fa-
I g .i miliar with the matter said.
: ,1 If nominated and confirmed
S... .. by the Senate, Watt would
S become an influential voice


-Photo: Marilyn Newtown
Reno developers are planning to turn the three-story art
deco post office into a high-end retail center. They bought
the post office last summer.


in the future of Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac, which own
or guarantee half of all U.S.
mortgages and were put
under federal control in 2008
during the financial crisis.


REP. MEL WATT
Watt, who has held a Char-
lotte, N.C., area congressional
seat for 20 years, is a long-
time member of the House
Financial Services Commit-
tee, which oversees housing
matters. A spokesman for
Watt declined to comment.
Picking Watt, who is Black,
could help tamp criticism
that President Barack Obama
hasn't named enough minori-
ties to administration posts.
The Congressional Black
Caucus this past week told
the White House in a letter
that it was concerned the
Obama administration had
yet to name a Black to a top
post for his second term.
Please turn to WATT 10D


Credit check can be a barrier to getting a job or promotion


By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist


As Black America continues
to struggle with high unem-
ployment rates, a new research
report by Demos, a public poli-
cy organization titled, Discred-
ited: How employment credit
checks keep qualified workers
out of a job, unveils how the
use of credit history in employ-
ment decisions is often leaving
people of color in the unem-
ployment lines.
Among employers with fi-


duciary responsibilities, it is
a long-standing practice to
include credit reviews in hir-
ing decisions. Banks, credit
unions and similar employ-
ers should be careful in han-
dling others' money and de-
posits. But the Demos report
found that employment credit
checks now are becoming
standard operating proce-
dures for many employees
without such responsibilities.
In these instances, dispropor-
tionately screening people of
color out of jobs can lead to


discriminatory hiring.
With higher rates of
unemployment and
the additional burden
of wealth disparities,
many Black and La-
tino households have a
greater need to borrow
for emergencies and
are also at a greater
risk for foreclosure or
loan default.
Surveying nearly


1,000 low- and middle-income
households with credit card
debt, Demos found that people


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of color are dispro-
portionately likely
to report worse
credit than whites.
Even for employed
persons seeking a
promotion at work,
credit scores can be
a factor in deciding
which employee will
get the better job.
Consumers sur-
veyed shared that


much of the debt going to col-
lections agencies was for un-
expected medical costs rath-


er than for retail credit card
usage. Households without
health coverage were more
than twice as likely to report
that their credit score had de-
clined in the past three years.
"It makes little sense to say
that someone is not a good
candidate for a job because
they are still coping with the
expense of a costly family med-
ical emergency several years
ago," the report said. "Yet this
may be exactly the type of sit-
uation that a blemished credit
history indicates: having un-


paid medical bills or medical
debt is cited as one of the lead-
ing causes of bad credit among
survey respondents."
Amy Traub, the report's au-
thor and a senior policy ana-
lyst at Demos, was even more
frank. "This practice continues
because it financially benefits
the companies that market
and sell this information to
employers with little concern
for the negative impact to the
economic security of those
with most at stake low and
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than female counterparts


By Ben Casselman

Hospital patients are
more likely than ever
to see a male nurse at
their bedside and
odds are he earns
more than the female
nurse 'down the hall.
Men made up close
to 10 percent of all
registered nurses in
2011, according to a
new Census report
released recently. That
may not sound like
much, but it's up from
less than three per-
cent in 1970 and less
than eight percent in
2000.
It's no mystery
what is drawing men
into nursing. Male-
dominated professions
such as construction
and manufacturing
hemorrhaged jobs
during the recession
and have been slow
to rebound during
the recovery. The
health-care sector,
meanwhile, actually


added jobs during the
recession and has
continued to grow
since. All told, health-
care employment is up
by nearly 1.4 million
since the recession
began, while employ-
ment in the construc-
tion and manufactur-
ing sectors is down
by nearly 3.6 million.
Education and health
workers have an
unemployment rate
of 5.4 percent, versus
7.9 percent for factory
workers and 16.1 per-
cent for construction
workers.
Women still domi-
nate nursing in terms
of employment but
not in terms of earn-
ings. The average
female nurse earned
$51,100 in 2011, 16
percent less than the
$60,700 earned by the
average man in the
same job.
The difference in
earnings is partly
due to the fact that


men were more likely
than women to work
full-time. When look-
ing only at full-time,
year-round workers,
the gap narrows, but
it doesn't disappear;
female nurses working
full-time, year-round
earned nine percent
less than their male
counterparts.
Part of the reason,
the Census study sug-
gests, is a previously
documented phenom-
enon known as the
"glass escalator" in
which men earn high-
er wages and faster
promotions in female-
dominated profes-
sions. In nursing, men
are more concentrated
in the highest-earning
segments of the field.
They make up 41 per-
cent of nurse anesthe-
tists, who earn nearly
$148,000 on average,
but only eight percent
of licensed practical
nurses, who make just
$35,000.


SM MIAM


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
FOR INSURANCE CONSULTING REVIEW FOR THE
MIAMI-DADE AVIATION DEPARTMENT
RFQ NO. MDAD-12-02
Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the IvailalIilly of
the above referenced, advertisement, which can be obtained by
visiting the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) Website at:
www.miami-airport.com/business advertisements.asp (in order to view full
Advertisement please select respective solicitation)
Copies of the RFQ solicitation package can be obtained through the MDAD, Contracts
Administration Division, in person or via courier at 4200 NW 36th Street, Building 5A, 4th
Floor, Miami, FL 33122, on or after March 22, 2013. Each respondent shall furnish an address,
telephone; fax number and'e-mail address for the purpose of contact during the RFQ process.
This solicitation is subject to the "Cone of Silence" in accordance with section 2-11.1(t) of the
Miami-Dade County Code.








NW 7TH AVENUE

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
The NW 7TH Avenue Comnrrmunir Redevelopmi ni Agency (the "CRA"), is soliciting a Request for
Qualifications from qualified persons to provide services as an Economic Development Coordinator to
the CRA in connection with the implementation of the CRA's Redevelopment Plan.
The selected person shall serve as the "CRA Economic Development Coordinator." His/her/their
primary responsibilities will be (i) facilitating intergovermental matters and relations; (ii) identifying and
securing sources of income other than tax increment revenues; (iii) implementing and administering
CRA grant and other financial assistance programs; (iv) performing community outreach and public
relations and (v) implementing result-oriented governmental initiatives and objectives. Finally, the
selected person shall also attend CRA Board meetings and workshops as requested and provide
the CRA and the County with independent analysis whenever additional reviews or coordination is
required.
As their initial task, the selected person or entity shall prepare an Action Plan" for delivery to the
CRA within thirty (30) days following engagement, which Action Plan shall address each of the
primary -espoi,:,bi ni, set forth above. Following engagement through a written agreement, it is
anticipated that during the initial 30-day period the position will require approximately 40 hours per
week including preparation of the Action Plan. Thereafter, any work to be performed will be through
work orders. The initial engagement will be for the period of one year from the date of the contract.
Based upon satisfactory performance and budget approval, the engagement may be continued for an
additional year.
A copy of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) may be obtained at the Office
of Management and Budget, Community Redevelopment and Municipal Services Division located
at 111 NW 1ST Street, 22nd Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The RFQ may be obtained online at:
http://www.miamidade.gov/managementandbudget/approved-cra.
asp#0, at the link entitled "Request for Qualifications."
The contact for this project is Basil Binns who may be reached via e-mail at
bbinns@miamidade.gov, or phone: (305) 375-5143.
Deadline for submission of proposals is April 8, 2013 by 5:00 PM LOCAL
TIME, all sealed envelopes and containers must be received at 111 NW 1st Street, 22nd Floor, Suite
2200, Miami, Florida 33128.
BE ADVISED THAT ANY AND ALL SEALED QUALIFICATIONS ENVELOPES OR CONTAINERS RECEIVED
AFTER THE ABOVE SPECIFIED F.:R FPOJi- DEADUNE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.
This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade County's Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of
the Miami-Dade County Code, as amended.
Please review Miami-Dade County Aidrim-il irjiiv Order 3-27 for a complete and thorough description
of the Cone of Silence.


Forlegl.a s online ot lfpI egaad.miamdad.gov


Tax-related ID thefts


Fewer clients hit by crime say local

accountants


By Donna Gehrke-White

Tax-related identity thefts,
which reached "epidemic"
proportions a year ago, have
declined dramatically this
tax season, according to sev-
eral local accountants and
Internal Revenue Service
officials.
Coral Springs certified
accountant Joel Feller said
last Thursday that only four
out of 392 clients so far have
been hit by a thief stealing
their identity to file a federal
income tax return with the
IRS. Last year at this time,
he said he had 16 clients -
four times as many who


couldn't file their taxes
because a thief had beaten
them to sending in a return.
"We're now at only one
percent of clients who can't
file," he added. "Last year at
this time, we were at four
percent."
In Boca Raton, certified
public accountant Gary
Bloome said so far none of
the clients at his Liberty Tax
Service has been hit with
identity theft.
"At this point last year,
I had seven or eight who
couldn't file because some-
one had already filed in their
name," Bloome said.
Tax preparers attribute the


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dropping

slowdown to the IRS crack-
ing down on offenders, mak-
ing it harder for them to file
returns with someone else's
? identity. In just a year, the
S. IRS tripled the number of
S tax-related identity theft in-
vestigations and doubled the
S number of staffers working
on such cases. The federal
agency also beefed up its
computer software to ferret
out fraudulent returns.
Tax preparers said an es-
pecially effective IRS tool has
been assigning PIN numbers
to past identity theft victims.
IRS staffers don't process the
victims' tax returns unless
they see the PIN number -
and know the right person
has filed.
"A number of clients have
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Amador, Felix 40 W 62Nd St Engel, Adam W 19685 SW 88Th Ct
Andrade, Ricardo 1000 Michigan Ave #406 -:i-nirl, Whendid 1660 SW 4Th St
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Arce JR, Victor 1330 Sesame St Ferguson, Alpheus 10485 SW 170Th Ter
Arias, Kelvin S 1648 NW 114Th St Fernandez JR, Joseph 300 SW 87Th Ct
Armani, Yul 3981 194Th Trl Fernandez, Alain 14984 SW 60th St
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BP skips bidding on new gulf leases


By Tennille Tracy

WASHINGTON-BP de-
clined to bid on new oil-
drilling leases made avail-
able in the Gulf of Mexico
on Wednesday, following
the Obama administra-
tion's decision to block the
oil giant from receiving new
government contracts be-
cause of the 2010 Deepwa-
ter Horizon oil spill.
BP's move suggests it is
far from confident it can
clear up the contract sus-
pension within 90 days-
the time it takes the Interior
Department to review bids
and formally award new
leases to the oil companies.
"It is just something that
BP is going to have to resolve
before they can acquire ad-
ditional leases," said Tom-


my Beaudreau, director of
Interior's Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management.
BP is one of the largest op-
erators in the Gulf of Mexi-
co and holds more leases in
the region than any other
company. "We hope we can
reach a reasonable resolu-
tion with regulators so that
America's top energy inves-
tor over the past five years
can once again enter into
new contracts with the U.S.
government," BP spokes-
man Geoff Morrell said in a
statement.
The Environmental Pro-
tection Agency imposed the
contract suspension on BP
in November, citing a "lack
of business integrity" that
resulted in the Deepwater
Horizon explosion and oil
spill in 2010.


The suspension prevents
BP from obtaining new gov-
ernment contracts, includ-
ing new oil-drilling leases.
BP also supplies fuel to the
U.S. military.
BP declined to partici-
pate in an auction of drill-
ing leases in the western
Gulf in November, held just
hours after the suspension
was announced. However,
BP said at the time that its
decision had nothing to do
with the EPA's move.
Wednesday's auction is
the most significant of-
fering of drilling leases in
2013. Involving nearly 40
million acres in the central
Gulf, the auction attracted
more than 400 bids from
about 50 companies. The
lease sale drew $1.2 bil-
lion in high bids, ranking


it among the most success-
ful in recent years, U.S. of-
ficials said. The highest bid,
at $82 million, came from
Statoil in a joint bid with
Samson Offshore LLC.
BP was active in the last
auction of central Gulf leas-
es, held in June. It submit-
ted dozens of bids, including
a winning proposal worth
more than $100 million in
an area known as Keathley
Canyon.
BP's bid beat out propos-
als from Exxon Mobil Corp.
and several other major
companies gunning for
drilling rights in the same
area.
The short-term impact of
BP's decision is minimal.
The contract suspension al-
lows BP to continue operat-
ing its existing wells.


More Americans are debt-


free, yet seniors debt doubles


By Tim Mullaney

More Americans are debt-free than
in 2000, but the ones who have debt
owe nearly 40 percent more, and se-
niors have the biggest percentage in-
crease in debt, the Census Bureau
said Thursday.
The percentage of U.S. households
carrying any debt dropped to 69 per-
cent in 2011 from 74 percent in 2000,
the government reported. But the me-
dian debt load rose to $70,000, from
an inflation-adjusted $50,971.
Debt owed by seniors doubled, to a
median of $26,000, according to the
Census. A median figure means that
half of households carry more debt
while half carry less.
The government's data said seniors'
rising housing debt led the increase in
their overall debt load. But they also
are more likely than before the reces-


sion to have unsecured debt or even
student loans, often incurred as they
try to help their adult children cope
with job loss, divorce or education
costs, said Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a
personal finance expert who helps de-
vise financial-planning programs for
the AARP.
"We've known for five-plus years
that seniors are falling into debt,
and it's very troubling," Khalfani-Cox
said. "Most of us have this idealized
concept of riding into the sunset with
a paid-off house. Unfortunately, that
isn't the case."
The Census Bureau also said that,
through 2011, the median household
had a 16 percent lower net worth
than in 2000. The big swings during
the decade moving higher between
2000 and 2006 before big declines -
reflected the swings in housing pric-
es, the bureau said.


South Florida sees a rise


in Feb. median home sales


By Paul uOwers

South Florida's housing hot
streak is continuing. Palm Beach
County's median price for ex-
isting homes in February was
$235.000, a 27 percent increase
from a year earlier, the Realtors
Association of the Palm Beaches
said Thursday. Sales rose 10 per-
cent, to 1,012 from 923.
Prices and sales of existing
condominiums also were strong
last month. The median condo
price was $97,675, 29 percent
higher than a year ago
The once-battered market
has recovered from the six-year
downturn, as investor demand
and a shortage of homes for sale
have combined to create a frenzy.


The typical Palm Beach County
home goes under contract in 87
days, down from 101 a year ago,
according to the Realtor board.

Median price gains for single-
family homes
Attractive homes in lower price
ranges are scooped up even faster
than that. Buyers are touring
properties with their checkbooks
and blank sales contracts in
hand, ready to pounce before the
competition.
"I almost feel like we're go-
ing back to the point before the
bubble burst," said Judy Trudel,
an agent for Balistreri Realty in
Palm Beach and Broward coun-
ties "People are desperate to get
houses."


IRS sees drop in identity theft


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come in with the PIN
number," Bloome said.
"Their returns have all
gone through without
a problem."
Plantation certified
public accountant
Sheri Schultz said the
IRS is also becoming
more efficient this
year in spotting po-
tential fraud. She said
she has had only one
tax-related identity
theft issue come up
with a client so far this
year, and the IRS had
alerted the woman be-
fore she even knew her
identity had been sto-
len.
"It seems like the
numbers [of tax-relat-
ed identity theft] are


going down signifi-
cantly," Schultz added.
Michael Dobzinski,
the IRS spokesman
in Plantation, said he
could only offer anec-
dotal evidence to the
slowdown: Lines at
the IRS office are not
nearly as long this
season.
Last Thursday
morning, for example,
there were only about
a dozen people waiting
to get inside the IRS
office in Plantation.
Last year, the morn-
ing lines snaked past
the sidewalk and often
involved more than
100 taxpayers, many
wanting to report their
identities had been
stolen.
"We are pleased to
have shorter lines,"


Dobzinski said.
Last year, the num-
ber of South Florida
identity theft com-
plaints more than
doubled in just a year.
Miami-Dade, Broward
and Palm Beach coun-
ties had 35,914 reports
of identity theft in
2012 or 645.4 com-
plaints per 100,000
population by far
the highest rate in the
nation, the Federal
Trade Commission re-
ported last month.
U.S. Rep. Debbie
Wasserman Schultz
(D-Weston) and other
officials held recent
town halls last month
at the start of tax sea-
son to alert South Flo-
ridians to protect their
identities from being
stolen.


City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-026
Title: DISTRICT 4 ROADWAY, TRAFFIC & DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
Bid Due Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program web-
page at: www.miamigov.com/capitalimprovements/pages/ProcurementOppor-
tunities/Default.asp

THIS SOLICITATION IS SUBJECT TO THE "CONE OF SILENCE" IN AC-
CORDANCE WITH SECTION 18-74 OF THE CITY CODE.

DP No. 009148 Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager









OMNI REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency (OMNI
CRA) is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 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 CRA offices at (305) 679-6868.

(#19308) Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
Omni and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies


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Lawlor, Daniel R 20072-A fE 15Th Ct Roman JR, Walter M 15901 N Miami Ave
Leal, Francisco 528 W 17Th St Rooks, Gladys K 1251 NW -'1Th 'i Apt 506
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Lewis JR, Prince 7749 NW 15Th Ave 1 Saintbert, Rony 2060 NE 169Th St 2
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McCloud, Willie T 1700 NW 88Th St Sharpe, Eva M 1555 NW 7Th Ave Apt 1512
McCray, Terrance J 22255 SW 109Th Ct Sherwood, Marisela 520 SW 4Th St #8
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Buying beats renting in most U.S. cities Foreign travelers say of


By Les Christie

NEW YORK For people
who are willing to stay put
for a few years, buying a
home has become a much
better deal than renting in
almost every, major housing
market in the nation.
In more than.75 percent of
the 200 metro areas ana-
lyzed by real estate listing
web site Zillow, homeowners
would reach a "breakeven
point" where owning the
home makes better financial
sense than renting it in
three years or less.
"Historic levels of afford-
ability make buying a home
a better decision than ever,
especially considering rents
have risen more than five
percent over the past year,"
said Stan Humphries, chief
economist for Zillow.
The survey was Zil-
low's first buy-versus-rent
analysis, incorporating
all homeownership costs,


Buying a home in most major markets will end up be-
ing cheaper than renting one.


including down payments,
closing costs, mortgage
payments, property taxes,
utilities and maintenance
costs; and compared them
to rental costs. It also took
into account projected home
price appreciation and rent
increases, as well as tax de-
ductions and inflation.
Zillow's findings support


other reports that show
that rising rents, record-low
mortgage rates and falling
home prices have made hom-
eownership a more attractive
option.
In some of the metro areas
Zillow looked at, home buy-
ers would break even in less
than two years.
In Miami, for example, a


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Need your tax refund? Accessing early is cost


By Jeff Reeves

You have a stack of tax pa-
perwork, but lack the time or
knowledge to figure things
out. There's a tax prepara-
tion joint nearby offering
to do the work for you and
simply deduct the cost of the
preparation service (plus a
fee) from your anticipated re-
turn.
The plan sounds logical if
you're a cash-strapped con-
sumer. But the reality is that
steep fees associated with
tapping your tax refund ear-
ly can take a big bite out of
your wallet.
"It's quite expensive, when
you think about it," said Chi
Chi Wu, staff attorney for
the non-prpfit National Con-
sumer Law Center. "At $30 to
defer payment of about $200


for 20 days, you're talking a
triple-digit APR."
If you're curious, the exam-
ple above is actually a 273.75
percent annual percentage
rate. That's a big price to pay
simply for the luxury of not
paying your tax preparer out
of your pocket upfront and
deferring costs for just a few
weeks.
Even more costly can be
refund anticipation loans,
which are similar to payday
loans and advance taxpayers
their refund a few weeks be-
fore the IRS actually cuts the
check . for a hefty fee, of
course.
Wu notes that while feder-
ally regulated banks have
been forced out of the refund
anticipation loan business
thanks to recent reforms, the
practice itself is not illegal.


Steep fees associated with tapping your tax rel
early can take a big bite out of your wallet.


As a result, "fringe banks"
and payday lenders that don't
fall .under traditional bank
regulations may still be offer-
ing these products at consid-
erable expense to customers.


The only practical
straint until oversight is
panded, she said, is
much money these non
ditional lenders have to
with.


the U.S.: Don't go there


homebuyer would only have
to stay in their home for
about 1.6 years for the pur-
chase to pay off, Zillow said.
Homes in the metro area
are selling for about 45 per-
cent less than they were five
years ago. Meanwhile, over
the past three years, rents
have climbed 20 percent, ac-
cording to RentJungle.
Miami's metro area, along
with Tampa, Fla., Memphis,
Tenn., and several smaller
cities, have the shortest
break-even times of the mar-
kets Zillow analyzed.
Renters still have the up-
per hand in some cities. It
would take home buyers in
San Jose, Calif., 8.3 years to
break even on their homes -
the longest period of time of
any of the metro areas Zillow
surveyed. Other big cities
where buying was not such
a good a deal were Honolulu,
at a six-year break-even
point, and San Francisco at
5.9 years.


year by the Consensus Research
Group for the U.S. Travel As-
sociation, which represents the
travel industry and lobbies for its
issues.
Business travelers, especially,
said they were put off by the entry
process, with 44 percent saying
they will refuse to visit in the next
five years.
Upon entering the United
States, foreign visitors often wait
in long lines to get their pass-
ports inspected and to declare
any goods they are carrying with
them. Often, they have to get their
bags inspected by Customs and
Border Protection officers looking
for any illegal or dangerous items,
such as drugs or certain foods.
Wait times vary depending on


Women hold their own

in Army training course


ly The Army's Sapper Leader
ly Course, training for combat en-
gineers, has been open to women
since 1999. It applies the same
physical standards to men and
women. Comments from Face-
book:
Army 1st Lt. Ashley Miller,
profiled in USA TODAY's video on
women soldiers, at Army Sapper
School, held her own. She ac-
complished what many people
have not been able to. The stan-
dards were the same for male
and female. She carried the same
weight, went the same distance
and succeeded.
Instead of belittling women for
fund things out of their control, how
about a shout-out to the females
who are working hard out there.
con- Those are. some strong soldiers,
s ex- regardless of sex.
how Meagan Sanborn
-tra-
work Our tax money will go to train-
ing these women, some of whom


will get pregnant to dodge deploy-
ments, adding stress with mixed
male and female units.
Prentice Reid

As a mother of two daughters
who serve and are willing to
protect, fight and die for their
country, much of this discussion
is frustrating! Of course there are
physical differences between men
and women. But both my girls
can outshoot most men!
Tina Sanborn

To try to equate a short and
perhaps somewhat challenging
course to sustained infantry com-
bat shows an incredible lack of
understanding of the situation.
Randy Turner

I congratulate the women in the
armed forces and thank them for
their service, wherever that may
be.
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By Nancy Trejos

WASHINGTON Overseas trav-
elers say they'll avoid the United
States because of long wait times
and inefficient entry procedures
at gateway airports and recom-
mend to others that they too stay
away, a new survey of foreign visi-
tors out Tuesday indicates.
Forty-three percent of travelers
who had traveled to the United
States say they'll tell other coun-
trymen and women not to visit
because of the cumbersome entry
process, according to the survey
of 1,200 travelers from Britain,
France, Germany, Japan, China
and Brazil.
The survey was taken from
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Carnival Corp. takes a bruisin'


Cruise line has had little to celebrate


in last few weeks

By Gene Sloan

The string of incidents on
Carnival ships in recent weeks
once again has the cruise
industry fighting.for its reputa-
tion.
A year after the Costa Con-
cordia disaster, "the (Carnival)
brand is in a terrible place ...
and (cruising) has now become
perceived by many people as
one of the most stressful vaca-
tion choices," says Christopher
Muller, a professor and former
dean of Boston University's
School of Hospitality Admin-
istration. Muller says widely
reported problems with four
Carnival ships over the past
five weeks have left the line


and the industry at a critical
moment.
"It becomes a wounding by a
thousand cuts," he says.
In the last week alone, two
of Carnival's 24 ships have
experienced technical prob-
lems that have affected the
on-board experience. The
2,124-passenger Carnival
Legend limped back into its
home port of Tampa last Sun-
day at a reduced speed after
the malfunction of one of its
two propulsion units. It had
to skip a call in Grand Cay-
man last Thursday. Just a day
earlier, the 3,646-passenger
Carnival Dream experienced a
malfunction of an emergency
backup generator while docked


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The Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay on Feb. 14
near Dauphin Island, Ala. The ship with more than 4,200
passengers and crewmembers was disabled Feb. 10 in the
Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire.


I eye of PR storm
in St. Maarten. With repairs company's safety practices.
necessary, Carnival ended the "I want to emphatically state
cruise early and flew passen- that all the ships in our fleet
gers home. are safe," Carnival Corp. vice
The widely covered inci- chairman Howard Frank told
dents come just a month after Wall Street analysts last Fri-
an engine room fire left the day during a conference call to
2,758-passenger Carnival discuss first-quarter earnings.
Triumph dead in the water in Still, in the wake of the
the Gulf of Mexico. Passengers Triumph incident, Carnival
reported miserable conditions launched a fleet-wide review
on the vessel as it was towed to of its fire safety programs and
Mobile, Ala. engine room redundancies,
A fourth Carnival ship, the and Frank said it is likely to
2,052-passenger Carnival Ela- lead to millions of dollars in
tion, also has experienced a upgrades to vessels.
problem with a propulsion unit "We will make the changes
in recent days, though its op- necessary to provide even
eration has not been affected. greater redundancies to our
The incidents once again shipboard systems and, in
have put executives at Carni- the event of a loss of power,
val Corp., the parent company to increase the emergency
of both Carnival Cruise Lines generator power to provide a
and Costa Cruises, in the posi- more effective level of comfort,"
tion of having to defend the Frank said.


States allow abused workers to get time off Example of a family affair

ABUSE a Washington-based gender tives for Battered Women, a Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania RASOOL all played a role in our change some display
continued from 6D equity legal, education and Rochester domestic violence Beach. "You've got a single- continued from 6D success. And it's actu- Each of them see


as of 2012, started requiring
employers with fewer than
50 workers to allow up to five
days of unpaid leave, while
larger employers must allow
as many as 30 days.
Similar legislation, allow-
ing three unpaid days off,
is before state lawmakers in
New York.
"This really came directly
from working with victims,
advocates and our local (do-
mestic violence) consortium
here," says New York state
Sen. Joe Robach, R-Greece.
"Many people had spoken up
and said they were afraid of
going through the process ...
because they didn't want to
lose their employment."
Michelle Caiola, senior
counsel at Legal Momentum,


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Orr's selection was approved
later Thursday by a state
board that oversees emer-
gency municipal financial
managers.
Orr said he wouldn't rule
out a municipal-bankruptcy
filing by the city which
would be the largest such
filing in U.S. history but
that he thought the restruc-
turing could be done without
one.
Orr, who will be paid
$275,000 a year, said he was
persuaded to take the posi-
tion after meeting with Sny-
der, whom he described as


CREDIT
continued from 6D

middle-income Americans
struggling to find work in a
tough job market."
This specific finding on
medical debt mirrors an-
other by the Federal Reserve
Board. According to the Fed,
52 percent of all accounts re-
ported by collection agencies
consisted of medical debt.
These consistent findings
on medical debt are also re-
flected in America's dispro-
portionate unemployment
data. The U.S. Bureau of


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continued from 6D

named the post office as one
of the U.S. 11 most "endan-
gered historic places" after
the USPS identified nearly
4,400 post offices it would
study for potential closure.
Peter Malkin, whose hold-
ings include the Empire
State Building, bought the
Greenwich, Conn., post of-
fice two years ago for about
$15million in an attempt to
keep the building's historic
nature intact.
A similar deal played out
last summer when a group
of developers in Reno bought
the city's 78-year-old down-


advocacy group, said states
began putting such rules in
place close to a decade ago.
Although most states have
statutes providing protec-
tions for. crime victims, laws
specifically carving out pro-
tections for domestic vio-
lence victims are especially
needed, Caiola says. "There
,remains a bias against vic-
tims of domestic violence,"
she says. "A stereotype. .It's
an issue people don't want to
be involved with or take very
seriously."
Since a job leads to finan-
cial security, "that's a sig-
nificant consideration when
a victim makes that leap-to
safety, making sure they
have the resources for what
happens next," says Jaime
Saunders, CEO of Alterna-


passionate about the city's
turnaround. In an interview
with The Wall Street Jour-
nal, the 54-year-old lawyer
called the job "the Olympics
of restructuring."
Under an enhanced state
law that takes effect this
month, Orr will have the abil-
ity to sell city assets, break
municipal labor contracts
and renegotiate terms with
Detroit's creditors. Elected
leaders in Detroit could lose
much of their power, but Orr
said he would be willing to
work with those who get on
board with his turnaround
plan.
Calling Detroit a "storied
city in..American history" at


Labor Statistics continues to
show that Black unemploy-
ment doubles that of Whites.
From Dec. 2012 through Feb.
2013, White unemployment
averaged seven percent. By
contrast, Black unemploy-
ment stood at 14 percent.
So what is a debt-burdened,
unemployed consumer to do?
The Fair Credit Reporting
Act (FCRA) allows employ-
ers to request credit reports
on job applicants and exist-
ing employees. The statute
also lays out specific steps
under which these credit
checks must occur. By law,


town post office for $1.2
million.
In other communities,
such as Ukiah, Calif., the
sales have resulted in bit-
ter political battles in which
developers have purchased
the building only to leave
residents guessing what will
come next.
"Generally speaking, they
get turned into retail com-
plexes like the one in Reno,"
said Steve Hutkins, a litera-
ture professor at New York
University who runs the
website Save the Post Office.
He noted the post office in
Venice, Calif., that is now
set to become an office for
Joel Silver, the Hollywood


shelter and service provider.
"It's important if or when the
victim takes that step to safe-
ty, the proper supports are in
place."
Along with time off, many
states have passed laws say-
ing a person who has to leave
ajob because of domestic vio-
lence is eligible for unemploy-
ment insurance, Caiola says.
In 2007, Florida started re-
quiring employers with 50 or
more workers to provide up to
three days of unpaid leave for
such activities as seeking an
injunction or getting medical
attention. That was expand-
ed in 2008 to all victims of
sexual violence.
In many cases, the people
most at risk of losing their
jobs were minimum-wage
workers, says Florida state


the news conference Thurs-
day, Orr cited recoveries in
other U.S. cities and in De-
troit's own auto industry as
signs of hope that it could
find a way out of its crisis.
"Chrysler, GM and Ford are
back with a bullet," he said.
A critical issue facing Orr
is finding the money to im-
plement a revamping of De-
troit's government and its
mammoth financial obliga-
tions, including $14 billion
in debt. In the case of Chrys-
ler's restructuring in bank-
ruptcy, billions of dollars
in turnaround funds came
from the federal govern-
ment. Snyder has said there
could be targeted state fund-


employers must: First obtain
written permission from the
affected consumer before
a credit review; notify indi-
viduals before any adverse
action is taken as a result
of the credit review; offer the
employee or applicant a copy
of the credit report, along
with a written summary of
his/her consumer' rights;
and provide job applicants
with a brief period of time to
dispute any errors in their
report.
Additionally, eight states
have laws against employ-
ment discrimination involv-


producer behind The Matrix
and Lethal Weapon.
He said about 2,200 of the
nation's post offices were
built during the Great De-
pression as a morale booster
for a country that was los-
ing confidence in its govern-
ment.
"So to see them turned
into a restaurant or a film
studio or real estate office
or law offices is just undo-
ing all of that," Hutkins said.
"Frankly, I think the effort to
privatize them is to remove
all signs that the govern-
ment can do great things."
After they bought the city's
downtown post office last
summer, the Reno develop-


mother victim oI domestic vi-
olence, it's difficult for her to
get time off and not face the
threat of 'we may have to let
you go. "
Ajob is often one more piece
of leverage an abuser uses
against the abused, Still says.
"Many of them, the court pro-
cess starts, they'll change at-
torneys three times, prolong
things over and over," she
says. "Many people get fired
for that because you keep
missing so much work. Or
you have to move three times
because your abuser keeps
finding where, you live, and
you have to take time off for
that. When your abuser can-
not find you, the first place
they're going to go is where
you work. Many times people
just have to leave their jobs."


ing, but added, "The idea of
bringing a lot of money into
Detroit right now doesn't
make a whole lot of sense."
The city's crisis has been
decades in the making. Sty-
mied by a flight of residents
and businesses to the sub-
urbs, reductions in state aid
and a crash in real-estate
values, Detroit borrowed
heavily to cover the city's op-
erating costs and payments
on long-term liabilities, in-
cluding pension and retiree
health care for city workers.
But even the billions in new
borrowing couldn't help the
city bridge its budget deficit,
which now stands at $327
million.


ing applicants' credit history:
California, Connecticut, Ha-
waii, Illinois, Maryland, Or-
egon, Washington, and Ver-
mont. Currently three other
states are now considering
similar legislation: Colora-
do, Massachusetts and New
York.
If your state lacks laws
against this type of discrimi-
nation, contact your local
legislator about passing such
legislation.
Charlene Crowell is a com-
niunications manager with
the Center for Responsible
Lending.


ers announced they had
plans to turn the three-sto-
ry art deco building into a
high-end retail center on the
banks of the Truckee River.
Before work can start, Ne-
vada's State Historic Preser-
vation Office will be required
to approve any changes to
the building, which includes
about five million dollars in
repairs and asbestos remov-
al.
"Once we get those approv-
als done, then we can start
the process of improving the
building," said Bernie Cart-
er, one of the developers.
"Those redevelopment plans
include a whole new roof on
the building."


started selling jelly
shoes and God kept it
evolving."
When asked at what
age each child is re-
quired to work in the
store, Ron replied, "It
just happens after
school you come to the
shop."
"That's how I fell in
love with the business
- it was fun and it's
still a lot of fun," he
added. "We all love it
and put our time in."
At one point there
were three generations
at the business all at
the same time.
"No one has been
forced to get involved,"
Ron said. "In fact,
some of us have de-
grees and other busi-
nesses but we still put
time in at the shop.
Countless cousins,
aunts, uncles and
other relatives have


ally Kind of nice to De
around members of
our family for as many
as 12 hours a day -
I'm sure a lot of folks
can't say that."
As for the inevitable
family conflicts that
are bound to occur,
Ron says the philoso-
phy is, "Say what you
have to say, apologize
if you want to, but
move on."

PAVING THE WAY
FOR THE NEXT
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Meanwhile, baby sis-
ter Aquila Malik is in
the midst of transact-
ing sales with a few
patrons. Her sister
Gloria Malik is ring-
ing up another satis-
fied customer at the
register. And Guana
Taheerah Malik, who
also owns her own bail
bonds business, is us-
ing her creativity to


Watt to head Fannie Mae


WATT
continued from 6D

Watt has pressed for
better access to mort-
gage loans for minority
and low-income con-
sumers, telling former
Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner two
years ago that a posi-
tion paper outlining op-
tions for the mortgage-
finance system placed
too much emphasis
on renting. Later that
year, Watt was among
a handful of lawmak-
ers on the financial-
services panel who
voted against a politi-
cally popular bill that
would have cut Fannie
and Freddie executive
salaries, saying that
the measure would
have been "penalizing
the wrong people" and
would have risked a
flight of qualified talent
to other financial firms.
Watt is also one of
many lawmakers from
both parties who took


campaign contributions
from Fannie and Fred-
die before the compa-
nies were taken over by
the government.
Looming over the
FHFA is the need to
create a plan tfor the
nation's $10 trillion
mortgage market, one
of the largest issues
left unaddressed from
the financial crisis. The
firms' 2008 rescue has
cost taxpayers about
$131 billion to date.
The agency's director
is likely to play a criti-
cal role in the future of
the two firms, even if
Congress remains at a
stalemate on the issue.
The FHFA's cur-
rent director, Edward
DeMarco, took the
job more than three
years ago in an act-
ing capacity. He has at
times clashed with the
Obama administration
over homeowner aid
and left-leaning groups
have campaigned to
replace DeMarco.


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comfortable in their
assigned posts.
"Aquila is our fami-
ly's most recent college
graduate but she still
wants to try her hand
at human resources
outside of the busi-
ness," Ron says. "But
she still puts her time
in at the shop. The
deal we make is sim-
ple: we all work hard
so that the business
thrives and that al-
lows us to take care of
the family like put-
ting our kids through
college. We all have to
do our share to take
care of the business
that takes care of us."

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1 NORTHEAST AREA
Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
786-488-5225
11651 NW 11 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, very spacious,
$1200, 786-863-6806.
1231 NW 58 Terrace
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath. $500 monthly. Two
bedrooms, one bath. $600
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
T.V. Call Joel
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1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. 305-642-7080

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

135 NW 18 Street
Move in Special
First month moves you
in. One bedroom, one
bath $395 monthly. Two
bedrooms, one bath. $495
monthly. Free 1.9 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel
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140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$475, four bedrooms, two
Sbaths, $875. 305-642-7080
or 305-236-1144

1500 NW 69 Terrace
Beautiful one or two bdrms.
Section 8 OK. 786-282-8775
1524 NW1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $475,
free water. 305-642-7080

1525 NW1 Place
First month moves you in.
One bedroom, one bath,
$400 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
305-642-7080

1801 NW 1st Court
FIRST MONTH
MOVES YOU IN!
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $550
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
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1801 NW 2 Avenue
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-
7578

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

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

2121 NE 167 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Appliances, free
water.
305-642-7080

2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013
2804 NW 1 Ave
Studio $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578

2818 NW 1 Ave
MOVE IN SPECIAL
First month moves you in.
One bedroom, one bath.
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578

3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

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

630 NE 143 Street
One bdrm, one bath.
305-892-6565
833 NW 77 Street Rear
One bedroom, all utilities
included. $800 monthly and
security. 305-490-9284 55
plus
ALBERTA HEIGHTS APTS
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
305-638-3699


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Overtown, Liberty City,
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Apartments, Duplexes,
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LIBERTY CITY/
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MOVE IN SPECIAL
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
at:
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280


Condos/Townhouses

S19453 NW 30 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
305-625-3708
19620 NW 29 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. $1100 monthly.
954-839-4563, 786-260-1856
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
786-234-5803
SECTION 8 WELCOME
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
786-367-6268. 2226 NW 135
Ter
Duplexes

1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 Ok. 786-277-4395
1301 NW 41 Street
Newly remodeled super large
one bedroom,one bath. Air
and yard. $625 monthly.
786-975-3656
1411 NW 55 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath
$950. Three bdrms, one
bath $1,050. Fenced yard
and fresh paint. Section 8
Welcome. 561-632-8517
17 Avenue and 62 Ter.
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 to $1600 monthly.
Available April 1. Section 8
Welcome. 305-502-5559
1830 NW 74 Street
Two bedrooms, air
conditioned, appliances,
first, last and security. $850
a month.
305-962-2666
230 N.W. 56th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $875 monthly.
786-543-4579
2457 NW 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $875. Free water,
appliances. 305-642-7080

2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air, 954-
295-8529
4128 NW 22 Court,
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080

4601 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, den, $900. $2300
to move in. 305-759-2280
4625 NW 15 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $795.
$1900 move in.
786-306-4839
4641 NW 16 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$650. Section 8 OK!
786-512-7622,
6093 NW 29 Avenue
Four bdrms., two baths,
Section 8, 305-467-0717.
676 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$775. Appliances.
305-642-7080

6922 NW 2 Court
Updated two bedrooms, one
bath, tile, central air, $975
monthly. 305-662-5505.
7520 N.W. 8th Avenue
Large two bedrooms, central
air and bars. Section 8 only,
$975 call 305-490-9284
812 N.W. 61st Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900 monthly. NO
Section 8! First, and security.
Call 305-244-6952,
305-904-1853
WYNWOOD AREA
Two bdrms., two baths, air
conditioned, washer/dryer,
freshly painted, $1175,
security deposit, first and last
month, 305-498-6555
Efficiencies

1672 N.W. 116th Terrace
Lights, water and central air.
Dish TV 200 channels, $650
monthly Call 305-688-9068.
MIAMI GARDENS
Furnished, private entrance.
786-287-0864,786-306-4519


Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186


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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
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
4744 NW 15 Court
Clean room, $350 monthly.
305-479-3632
6800 and 5th
Clean and quiet. Cable. $350
monthly. Elderly preferred.
786-359-7279
LIBERTY CITY
$10/day, three meals, air,
hot showers, job prep,
counseling. Please call us
or come to: 1281 NW 61 St,
Miami
786-529-5219
MIRAMAR AREA
Air and cable. $500 mthly.
954-437-2714
NORTHWEST AREA
Clean Rooms, air included.
954-549-3056
Houses

10360 S.W. 173rd Terrace
Four bdrm, one bath, $1350.
Section 8 ok! 305-642-7080.

1947 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. 786-397-5761
2343 NW 100 Street,
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

2778 NW 194 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one and
half bath, great location
$1,250 monthly. 954-638-
1379
2778 NW 196 Street
Three bdrms, one & half bath,
Section 8 OK. 954-243-8193
290 N. W. 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
all tile floors and more
properties. Call 786-237-
1292
2901 NW 158 Street
Updated four bedroom, two
bath, tile, central air $1500
monthly, 305-662-5505.
2931 N.W. 49th Street
Dream home with private
fence. Three bedrooms, two
baths, family room, carport.
No Section 8. No pets. $1,250
monthly, $2,500 required.
786-253-1659
3777 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely two bdrms, two baths,
fenced yard, tile flooring,
central air, close to shopping,
churches at Broward/Dade
border. Available now. Call
850-321-3798.r
5510 NW 1 Avenue
Newly renovated, three
bedrooms, two baths. Section
8 Welcome. 786-306-6515,
954-364-4168, 305-754-3993
5947 N. Miami Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$475 monthly. Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080

MIAMI DADE AREA
$999 Move in special in Dade.
3,4 and 5 bedrooms. Section
8 homes everything newly
renovated with wood floors,
custom kitchens, central air
and more. Move in condition.
Please call
786-565-2655
Miami Gardens Area
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1,300 monthly. 954-295-
8529
NORTHWEST AREA
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. $800 monthly. No
Section 8. 305-836-7306
STOPt!!!
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591


12640 NW 22 Ave.
Special for people receiving
SSI.
305-300-7783, 786-277-9369




Condos/TownhousesI

9200 N Hollybrook Lake
Drive
Two bedrooms, two baths,
security bars. Please call
Esther 305-978-1324
Houses

3421 NW 213 Street
Two bdrms, one bath,
completely remodeled, large
yard. Try only $1900 down
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Human Resources
Coordinator
The HR Coordinator
will assist with the
administration of the day to
day operations of The Miami
Times HR Department.
The HR Coordinator will
also assist in managing
human resources polices,
procedures, payroll,
insurance and other
pertinent programs. The
ideal candidate should have
an AS/AA degree or three
years work experience
in Human Resources.
Please fax resume along
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758-3617 or email to hr@
miamitimesonline.com.

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five to sixty.
2175 NW 76 Street

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cleaning restrooms. Please
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Miami, FL 33127
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outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
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reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
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Wednesday Only
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12D THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 20-26, 2013 BE \CKS NIEJST CONS ROE THLER OWN DESTINY


SPORT...




Northwestern girls still





looks to improve after





GMAC track victory


By: Akilah Laster


Despite placing in the rop
three in 10 of 17 track and
field events at the Greater
hiami Atlhlet: Championshlip
(GMACI meet last Frida., atr
Traz Powell the Northivestern
girls track C'ach as disap-
pointed
The Bulls' head girls' track
c'ach. Carnien .i acksurn '. he
said she has -ln eri.r her n-
tire being" t hbe .a c.ach., was
not happ, .k itoh her sen aors
in spite ,if v irnnine the entire
r~eet b, a oSd-poirt margin
i haw.e ge.en all n-;, nerr,?-
and spirit to roachin lg.'" J ak-
son said ""I expire t more and i
demand rr,-re "
Jackson said that her se-
niors are too concerned about
what colleges are interested
instead of focusing on the im-
mediate.
"It's about the scholarships,"
said Jackson, who will not tell
the girls what offers they have
received. "I have a clearer vi-
sion for them to use this as a
vehicle to better their life. But
they have to do it here first."
Northwestern senior, Yolan-
da Springer, who walked away


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Northwestern girls win 4x400 meter relay gold medals.


with medals in four events,
including the gold in the
400-meter relay, said that she
expected more of herself.
"I could have done better,"
Springer said. "I need to push
a little harder and not settle."
Other teams that fared well
were South Dade who came
in second ard Killian and
Southridge who tied for third.
Senior, DiShondria McCoo


stepped up for Southridge
earning three medals includ-
ing two gold medals in the
100-meter relay and triple
jump. McCoo, who has offers
from Alabama, Marshall and
FIU said that she is ready for
the next level, but is going to
enjoy this moment while she
can.
"It'll be a challenge," McCoo
said. "I'm going to miss it."


Killian's sE
son, who sig
finally founc
year in the 1
after not rul
due to injur
sophomore y
"It's a big
said Morriso
her trainer S
for her devel
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SKillian senior, Ebony

Morrison after
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ned with Auburn; .
d her rhythm this
100-meter hurdles
inning last year
y and losing her
rear.
accomplishment," i
in, while thanking '
-ydney Cartwright
opment. "I gave it


INJURED VENUS

EXITS SONY OPEN
By Associated Press

Three-time champion Venus
Williamns withdrew from the Sony
Open with a lower back injury
shortly before her
third-round match
last Saturday against
fellow American
Sloane Stephens.
Williams, seeded
19th, was extended VENUS
to three sets in
the second round last Thursday
against Kimiko Date-Krumm. She
said her back began to bother
her Friday, and she decided after
warming up that she couldn't
play.
"It's really disappointing," she
said. "But J have faced disappoint-
ments in my life and my career.
It's not the first; probably not the
last."
Williams said she hopes the
injury won't prevent her from play-
ing in her next scheduled tourna-
ment at Charleston, S.C., begin-
ning April 1.


University of Miami reaches "Sweet 16" with win over Illinois


Newcomer FGCU

also in quarter

finals
By Associated Press

AUSTIN, Telas Shane
Larkin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer
with a minute left and Miami
gained possession on a ball
knocked out of bounds that


probably should have gone to
Illinois, helping the Hurricanes
hold on for a 63-59 victory last
Sunday night to advance to the
NCAA round of 16.
After Larkin's first field goal
in about 9 1/2 minutes, D.J.
Richardson missed a 3-pointer.
In the fight for the rebound, the
ball appeared to ricochet off the
hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji
out of bounds. But the Hurri-
canes kept the ball, and Durand


Heat inching closer to history


Do you remember when
the Big 3 first assembled on
South Beach and everyone
started imagining how they
would shatter records? Well


that has not happened yet and
the Lakers 33 game winning
streak is still safe. At least for
the moment. Don't look now
but after LeBron and the boys


Scott made two free throws after
that.
"You saw the same video I
did," first-year Illinois coach Jim
Groce said. He added, "hard
game to officiate . 50-50 calls
are hard sometimes."
Miami (29-6) is in the round
of 16 for only the second time in
school history. The Hurricanes
play Marquette (25-8) in Wash-
ington D.C. this Thursday night.
Larkin, the only non-senior


ran all over the Orlando Mag-
ic last Monday, they reached
a team record 26 wins in a
row. This juggernaut may
continue for a while. Yes, we
are in the midst of something
special folks. There's no doubt
that the Heat are playing bet-
ter than any other'team in
the NBA right now. Besides
the 27 straight wins they
are sitting at the top of the
league and could very well of
wrap up the No. 1 seed in
the Eastern Conference play-


starter for Miami and the ACC
player of the year, finished with
17 points. Rion Brown had 21
with five 3s.
Brandon Paul had 18 points
for Illinois (23-13).
Kadji added 10 points and
eight rebounds for the Hurri-
canes.
The Illini missed six 3s in a
row in the second half. But, as
usual, they kept shooting them
and Paul got them out of that


offs by the end of the month.
We could be in the midst of
that championship run King
James playfully alluded to
upon his arrival on South
Beach. Remember? Not one,
not two . was the thinking
Miami carried into this year,
and not even the second-lon-
gest winning streak in NBA
history has changed that. It's
all about winning champion-
ships with these guys.
"It's not our goal," James
said. "Our goal isn't to win


slump with consecutive long-
range makes.
His 3 from the right wing
with 6 1/2 minutes left got
the Illinois within 48-45, then
after Kenny Kadji's short hook
for Miami, Paul made another
3-pointer.
They went ahead when Paul
drove for a dunk that broke a
52-all tie with 3:23 left. Scott
made a layup with just under
two minutes for Miami, before


games consecutive. Our goal
is to win a championship.
Right now, our goal is to get
better each and every game,
to continue to improve. That
was never one of our goals
coming into the season to
see how many games we'd win
in a row. Our goal is to win
a championship and not take
any shortcuts in that pro-
cess."
Miami has a real chance to
venture into something that
is rare in NBA history. When


Abrams made the first of two
free throw attempts for a 55-54
lead that was gone on Larkin's
step-back 3.
Joining UM is Florida Gulf
Coast University, a university
that opened a mere 16 years ago
and now finds itself front-and-
center in March Madness, one of
only 16 college basketball teams
left from a field of 68, hoping to
win the NCAA national champi-
onship.


a team wins 20-plus straight
in the same season, the next
few opponents are very beat-
able. Prognosticators are now
searching the schedule to try
and predict where the Heat
might slip up next. For now
the Lakers still have the re-
cord but with each victory,
the Heat are inching closer
and closer.
The Sports Brothers, Jeff
Fox & Ed Freeman, can be
heard daily on WQAM 560
Sports.


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