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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 32 MIAMI, FLORIDA, APRIL 3-9, 2013 50 cents

Police: Man said he had to kill a Taurus

By Linda Trischitta

A Lauderhill man told a bi-
zarre tale of needing to find a
victim who had a Taurus zo-
diac sign when he described
the fatal Easter Sunday stab-
bing of his live-in girlfriend to
police, authorities said last
Darrius Johnson, 22,
stabbed Monica Gooden, 20,
multiple times early Sunday
at their residence in the 2200
block of Northwest 55th Ter-
race, according to his state-
ments recorded in a Lauder-
hill police complaint affidavit.
Johnson is in the Broward

County Main Jail in downtown
Fort Lauderdale, charged with
homicide. Broward County
Judge John "Jay" Hurley or-
dered him held without bond
last Tuesday during first ap-
pearance court.
Police initially came into
contact with Johnson last
Sunday as he walked injured
along the 2800 block of North-
west 55th Avenue.
It was determined that he
received minor stab wounds
during an alleged burglary,
officials said. It was while
Johnson received medi-
cal treatment that he de-
scribed what happened to

Gooden, police said.
Johnson mentioned

fought with his girlfriend.

When asked by an officer
where she was, John-
son said, "She's in
heaven" and "I think I
killed her," according
to the affidavit.
Gooden was en-
rolled at Broward Col-
lege, pursuing an as-
sociate of arts degree,
a school spokesman
said. She also worked JOHI
as a babysitter for two
families, said her grandmoth-
er, Mamie Williams.
In 2011, Gooden gave birth
he to a boy called Darrius John-

son Jr., nicknamed D.J., who
arrived prematurely and died
a month later, Williams said.
There were rumors
among family mem-
bers that Gooden and
Johnson, who once
worked at a fast food
restaurant, were ar-
guing often, Williams
"I never in a million
years would dream
SON that this would hap-
pen to my first grand-
child, and I'm still trying to fig-
ure it out," Williams said.
When officers went to check
on Gooden, they said they

found the home's front door
was partially open, and a
blood trail led to a back bed-
room where her body was on
the floor.
The discovery happened
about 5 p.m. last Sunday,
Lauderhill Police Lt. Gregory
Solowsky said.
Gooden, who did not have de-
fensive wounds on her hands,
had been stabbed multiple
times in the back, chin, neck
and stomach at approximately
6 a.m. Sunday, the probable
cause affidavit states.
A broken and bloody Xbox
360 gaming system was found
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Union celebrates

MLK, Jr.'s legacy,

warns politicians
By Susan Page

WASHINGTON Some of the sanitation workers who went on
strike in Memphis in 1968 the labor action that drew Martin
Luther King Jr. to the site of his assassination will join in
events this week commemorating the 45th anniversary of the
civil right leader's death. A half-dozen of them are still on the
The ceremonies will be led by AFSCME President Lee Saun-
ders, who last year became the first Black to head the 1.6-mil-
lion member union.
"We are honoring not only the memory of Dr. King, but we're
honoring the strikers who really risked their lives to have a bet-
ter life for themselves and their families," Saunders said in an
interview with USA TODAY's Capital Download video series. The
commemorations come as public-employee unions are under
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African nations need to pave their own roads

Continent must decide what is in its best interests

By DeWayne Wickham tions. As his visitors were mak-
ing their way home, Obama's
If you haven't noticed, Africa trade representative announced
- once the playground of colo- that the U.S. is considering a
nial powers is at the new commerce deal with
center of another geopo- Africa.
litical tug of war. With its At the same time,
abundance of natural re- Chinese President Xi
sources, African nations Jinping wrapped up a
are being courted by the : week-long visit to Afri-
world's superpowers. ca. Xi signed a series of
This struggle largely agreements with several
pits the interests of the WICKHAM nations. "We expect to
U.S., the world's lead- work together with our
ing democracy, against African friends to seize

those of China, heir to what
remains of the Marxist philoso-
The battle was front and cen-
ter on the world stage last week
when President Obama met with
the leaders of four African na-

upon historic opportunities and
deepen cooperation," Xi said af-
ter signing a trade deal with the
Republic of Congo.

can leaders, Obama said, "Al-
though Africa has actually been
growing faster than almost ev-
ery other region of the world .
. it still has a lot of work to
do. And that means building
human capacity and improving
education and job skills . It
means improving access to en-
ergy and transportation sectors.
And so we discussed how the
United States can continue to
partner effectively with" Africa.
Despite such offerings of aid,
African nations would be wise
to not let others have a heavy
hand in defining what is in
their best interest.

AMERICAN OUTREACH That's the point of African In-
Of his meeting with the Afri- dependence, a documentary by

is the nature of Africa's rela-
tionship with the rest of the
world, and what has happened
in terms of Africa's develop-
S ment," Zuberi told me. "Every
country on the African conti-
Snent has been struggling with
how do we find freedom, with
how do we find justice, how do
we find equality, and how do we
get this for our people."
Zuberi says Africa's quest
for self-determination must be
viewed in the context of its col-
TUKUFU ZUBERI onization, which it didn't begin
University of Pennsylvania to escape in earnest until 1960,
Sociologist the year 17 African colonies
gained their independence.
Tukufu Zuberi, a University of In 53 years since, these in-
Pennsylvania sociologist, that dependent nations have come
just won the best documentary a long way. Though they have
award at the 2013 San Diego experienced many problems
Black Film Festival, in their transition to indepen-
"What I deal with in this film dence, their struggles with

self-government are not un-
like those this country experi-
enced. By the time the U.S. hit
the half-century mark, human
slavery was the engine of its
economy and the right to vote
was narrowly limited to white
Against that background,
Africa's nations have made
some commendable progress.
But the key to their continued
growth will depend more on
their ability to plot their own
course toward the just societies
they must become, rather than
by the economic and political
alliances they build with the
U.S. and China.
That's the overriding mes-
sage of Zuberi's documentary
- a screening of which Obama
should have in the White

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Prisons hungry for Blacks,

are we willing to comply?
Over two decades ago, Black activist and scholar Angela
Davis wrote a short but powerful book that took careful
aim at America's newest and most profitable business
- the prison industrial complex. In her book, Are Prisons Ob-
solete?, Davis poses the rhetorical question whether the concept
of prison had become an antiquated notion given the so-called
progress this country had made since the Industrial Revolution.
Davis's words have since been recognized as prophetic with
many following her cue legal scholar Michelle Alexander in
The New Jim Crow being the latest example. Their thesis is sim-
ple: the prison system in the U.S. has been designed to replace
the "invisible institution" that is slavery and those who
are its highest percentage of "participants" are Black men and
women. That's right, those who were once legally enslaved in the
world's most barbaric form of chattel slavery are once again be-
ing enchained this time in jails and prisons.
As the prison rates in over half of our country's states have de-
creased significantly over the last 10 years, Florida prisons con-
tinue to burst at the seams. What's more, Blacks get sentences
that are 20 percent greater than those of whites and for the
very same crimes. Local activists here in Miami have wondered
why Black men and women continue to ignore the stark reality
that the prison industrial complex needs us so that profits can
continue, to be made. As they remind us, prison today is not
about rehabilitating people it's about making money.
That being said, we urge all Black men, women and especially
our youth to seek alternative paths and new ways of thinking to
avoid being caught up in the maze that is prison. When we were
denied equal education, it was our minds that remained locked
up. Today, while we have seen advances that give Blacks a real
chance to succeed, other obstacles have been thrown in our way.
We just can't figure out why so many of us seem more than will-
ing to comply and become inmates for life.

Opa-locka's new chief will

need the community's help
In a recent interview with the new police chief for the City of
Opa-locka, Jeffrey Key, we learned several important facts.
It became clear that Key has a plan for improving the lives of
all who reside in Opa-locka and its neighboring cities. It became
clear that he understands the problems and history of Opa-locka
and that he genuinely wants to decrease crime. But perhaps most
impressive was the fact that Key is a student of tried-and-true
policing initiatives and wants to reinstitute them in order to make
Opa-locka a safer place to work and live.
But as he settles into the job, Key will need to remember that
he sits in a fishbowl and will be subject to intense scrutiny and
criticism both from within and without. We don't get the sense,
however, that hell let that keep him from doing the right thing
and from doing his job.
City Manager Kelvin Baker, Sr., has made a wise choice in peg-
ging Key to take over the Department. But for all of Key's experi-
ence and savvy as a law enforcement administrator, crime will not
decrease unless members of the community are willing to do their
part. That means we must no longer condone the illegal actions of
our youth. In other words, parents will need to begin acting like
parents instead of trying to be pals with their own children.
Comedian Bill Cosby is known for a joke in which he says while
talking about wayward children, "I brought you into this world
and Ill take you out." That may be the part of the solution to
what's plaguing Black communities in this state and across the
country. We know when our children are doing wrong and if we
really want to save them, we must put our foot down.
Key is a great asset to Opa-locka but we too must step up to
the plate.

Is Notre Dame's battle

over trees or authority?
If you happen to frequent the area around NW 62nd
and 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti, particularly on a Sun-
day morning, you're bound to hit a major traffic jam.
That's because the parishioners of Notre Dame d'Haiti Catho-
lic Church, estimated at 6,000 strong and mostly Haitian im-
migrants, are hoping to find somewhere to park and then sit
before mass begins. But Sunday's not the only day of frantic
activity. There's a school and daycare center, weekly Bible
study, outreach ministries and even Friday night dances for
youth. It is indeed a thriving, religious community.
To accommodate the throng, the church has already bro-
ken ground on a new main sanctuary that would seat 1,200
and allow the members to move out of the former cafeteria
of a girls' school. Literally standing in their way, however, is
a dense grove of oak trees, some almost 150 years old and
reaching up to 50 feet. Activists and environmentalists say
the church's decision to expand and to build a new parking
lot will mean a slow death for the trees.
There are laws in place that are meant to protect trees be-
cause of their historical and ecological significance as well as
their aesthetic appeal. Notre Dame and its pastor, the Rev.
Reginald Jean-Mary, have been working on this project since
2010 when they first filed plans for expansion. The Archdio-
cese of Miami says the upgrade is vital to the church's exis-
tence. But has the church violated Miami's tree protection.
codes or not? We do not believe so.
It still seems unclear whether plan reviewers followed rules
designed to protect the trees as they cannot locate the le-
gally required tree survey that must be prepared by a certi-
fied arborist that maps each tree. And that is not the fault of
Notre Dame Church that's the responsibility of the City.
Of course trees are essential to our survival but it seems that
somehow we can make room for both parties better lives

for members of the Haitian community and the guaranteed
protection of our friends the oak trees.



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In five months, we will cel-
ebrate the 50th anniversary of
the March on Washington. In
1963, the March was jointly
called by the Civil Rights Move-
ment's "Big Six" A. Philip
Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whit-
ney Young, James Farmer and
John Lewis.
At this point, it is unclear
whether today's leaders will
come together and rally around
the theme of jobs and justice as
leaders did on Aug. 28, 1963.
Al Sharpton and Martin Lu-
ther King, III are planning a
march in Washington. Bernice
King has announced a com-
memoration of the "I Have a
Dream" speech at the King
Center in Atlanta to observe the
50th anniversary. The South-
ern Christian Leadership Con-
ference (SCLC), Dr. King's old
organization, will be holding its
annual convention in the na-
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anniversary and is considering
holding an activity.
The foundation that raised
more than $100 million to erect
the MLK monument on the Na-
tional Mall and was forced by
King's children to drop the ref-

March. on Washington.
Of course, any discussion
about the preservation of King's
legacy invariably involves his
three remaining children -
Martin III, Bernice and Dexter.
While appreciating the King

A t this point, it is unclear whether today's leaders will
come together and rally around the theme of jobs and
justice as leaders did on Aug. 28,1963.

erence to Dr. King in its -name
- is still hoping it can partici-
pate in a joint celebration by all
of the civil rights groups.
Interestingly, the Big Six
managed to come together
when the Black unemployment
rate was 6.7 percent, compared
to 3.2 percent for whites. The
unemployment rate for Blacks
20 and older in February was
12.7 percent nearly double
what it was at the time of the

family's desire to protect intel-
lectual property left to them
by their father, including his "I
Have a Dream" speech, I have
been critical of their decision to
charge what had been known
as the Martin Luther King Na-
tional Memorial Project Foun-
dation, Inc. a licensing fee of
nearly $3 million to use his
name, likeness and quotes in
conjunction with a monument
erected to him on the National

Mall. I also upi.br iid.JT'h'm for,
after making the decision to
charge a licensing fee, refusing
to extend the agreement, forc-
ing the foundation to change its
name (it is now The Memorial
Foundation) and limit the scope
of the monument-connected
activities it had planned to ad-
vance Dr. King's legacy.
Roland Martin and Joe Wil-
liams have an interesting arti-
cle on rolandmartinreports.com
about the controversy.
As great as he was, the March
on Washington wasn't about
Dr. King. It was about jobs and
freedom. Sadly, 50 years later,
we need a similar march'that
unites our leaders around those
same issues.
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Associa-
tion News Service (NNPA.) He is
a keynote speaker, moderator
and media coach.


Black leaders don't hold Obama culpable

How many Blacks know that
the president of the U.S. (PO-
TUS) recently met with their
leaders? How many among the
Black population know what
the meeting agenda entailed,
who was there, and what was
accomplished at, or subsequent
to it, regarding our plight and
Late Black History Month
2013, the POTUS had Blacks to
a meeting at the White House
in the Roosevelt Room. The
president discussed his "plan
to strengthen the economy. ..
and continue to build ladders of
opportunity for those striving to
get there." In perhaps the cru-
elest of ironies, the president
praised the participants for
their "steadfast leadership on
issues critical to improving the
The presidential meeting
produced no programs to lift
Blacks, nor their economies.
According to the White House,
President Obama "reiterated
his commitment to support-
ing policies that will directly
impact those hardest hit by

the economic crisis by making
sure that America is a magnet
for jobs, etc. . ." Instead of in-
forming the "emperor" that his
clothing was "threadbare and
worn," people at the meeting
gave a chorus of approval to the
president's agenda for Blacks
and their communities.
Those in attendance included
the Rev. Al Sharpton, Ben Jeal-
ous, Avis Jones-DeWeever and

about concerns in the Black
community and the civil rights
community in general."
Blacks can't see Obama's fail-
ings and are in discord over
whether they should demand
a more explicit commitment or
refrain from doing so because
it would weaken his appeal to
others. Sharpton insists that
calling on Obama to be an "ex-
ponent of Black views" is "just

Who is going to tell the "emperor" he has no
clothes? The only notable item to come out of the
meeting was the staged photo-ops. Nothing of sub-
stance regarding an agenda for Blacks was discussed.

Ralph Everett.
Who is going to tell the "em-
peror" he has no clothes? The
only notable item to come out
of the meeting was the staged
photo-ops. Nothing of sub-
stance regarding an agenda for
Blacks was discussed. In his
post-meeting statement, Sharp-
ton commented, "I and other
leaders had a very significant
discussion with the president

stupid." But, the financial ills
afflicting the Black communi-
ties are more real than "Sharp-
ton and Company" admit. The
Black-white wealth dispar-
ity is more than 20 to 1, Black
homeownership rates are de-
clining, Blacks' unemployment
rates are nearly double those
for Whites and Blacks' incomes
are down. These discrepancies
reflect a mixture of realism and


low expectations.
Has "a second-class" mental-
ity taken hold of this genera-
tion of Blacks? Blacks are do-
ing worse than everyone else,
yet the man they elected to turn
things around for them hasn't.
However, this has not funda-
mentally changed their view of
American politics; almost every
other Democratic president has
failed them in similar ways.
Instead of devotion to White
House deceptions, organiza-
tions such as the Joint Center
can point Blacks in the right
direction through program
policy and leadership develop-
ment practices. The Obama
administration has little inter-
est in supporting Blacks in the
same ways it has gay and Lati-
no groups. A Black agenda that
addresses the serious problems
that plague Blacks needs to be
presented to Obama, rather
than "picture taking moments"
with POTUS.
William Reed is publisher of
"Who's Who in Black Corporate
America" and available for proj-
ects via the BaileyGroup.org.

ways be :ri-d,:p..ii.r-lirt inrd ill-
ing to support either party if,
of course, both parties: address
the interests and needs of Black
people. Our American experi-
ence is unique. No other group
has committed so much to,
worked so hard for, fought and
died in wars for America and re-
ceived so little in return.
We had better wake up from
our infatuation with political
parties and understand that
they only want us for one thing:
our votes. Remember: In politics
there are no permanent friends
and no permanent enemies, just
permanent interests.
Jim Clingman, founder of the
Greater Cincinnati African Amer-
ican Chamber of Commerce, is
the nation's most prolific writer
on economic empowerment for
Black people. He is an adjunct
professor at the University of

The push for the Black vote is
on. Black folks are back in style.
Black is beautiful-- again. Since
the last election, the mantra has
become, "Get more 'minorities'
to vote Republican" and Black
voters are at the top of that list.
Yes, they want to increase their
Hispanic support, but the Black
vote is ripe and ready to be har-
vested by just the right message
given by just the right messen-
gers. Wow, that sounds familiar.
Don't Democrats have that same
strategy? They trot out a couple
of spokespersons to soothe us
with convincing platitudes that
have kept us in their corner for
Now the Republican sleeping
giant has finally awaken, and it
is ready to do whatever it takes
to regain Black voters' confi-
dence and support. They have
launched a new Black political
role mode! into the limelight; he

is an icon among Black people,
a hero, Horatio Alger personi-
fled, and his name is Dr. Ben
Carson. He was the darling of
the Conservative Political Ac-
tion Conference (CPAC) conven-
tion and is the new love of Sean
Hannity's life. Fresh off his in-
your-face, Mr. President, speech
at the national prayer break-
fast, Carson has decided to quit
medicine and pursue "other" in-
terests. The Republicans are al-
ready drafting him for the 2016
presidential race.
To rub salt into the wound,
some Black commentators and
columnists are suggesting that
Black voters should seriously
consider moving from the Dem-
ocrat plantation to the Repub-
lican plantation, and the chair-
man of the Republican Party,
Reince Priebus, has a plan to
make that happen. So does
Rand' Paul. Both of them have

Black voters are back in style for

said Republicans must get more
Black people to remember what
their party has done for us and
bring us back into their "big
tent." Yes, we are definitely in
vogue these days.
The question is: What are we
going to do with our newfound
popularity? When political par-
ties compete for your votes, you
win. I wonder what the Demo-
crat response will be to this
Republican incursion. After 75
years or so of unbroken Black
voter loyalty, the battle lines
have been drawn by Priebus,
who has set out to do what Mi-
chael Steele could not do with
"fried chicken and potato sal-
ad:" get more Black folks to vote
Why is it always an either/
or choice between Black folks
being a Republican or a Demo-
crat? It seems to me that Black
people, especially, should al-







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"Now is the time. ." Martin notion of a gay player by saying, you establish yourself and when money, reflects a misunderstand-
Luther King, August 28, 1963 "Can't be with that sweet stuff. we break down some of these ing of what social change is and
Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. Nah, can't be in the locker room." walls in the NFL, then players how it is made.
It is painful to say that. Ayan- Enter Ayanbadejo, a Baltimore will be more comfortable to really Truth is, the timing is never
badejo's heart is in a good place Ravens linebacker and outspoken be who they are." Eventually, he right in the view of those whose
and the advice he gave last week proponent of gay rights. What, he said, perhaps football will see "our prerogatives and prejudices are
on MSNBC's The Ed Show was challenged. Martin Luther King
practical and well intentioned. But once said he'd never participated
mainly, yes, it was wrong. T seems NFL prospect Nick Kasa recently told ESPN Radio in a campaign that someone didn't
Here's the back story. It seems that he was asked in an interview with a team he won't consider ill-timed.
NFL prospect Nick Kasa recent- specify whether he is married, if he has a girlfriend and So that closeted gay football
ly told ESPN Radio that he was star, that closeted basketball,
asked in an interview with a team whether he likes girls. It was a spectacularly stupid line of inquiry hockey or baseball player still try-
he won't specify whether he is for two reasons. ing to prove he "likes girls," ought
married, if he has a girlfriend and to be guided less by the words of
whether he likes girls. It was a Ayanbadejo than by the words of
spectacularly stupid line of inqui- was asked, should a prospective Jackie Robinson, our pioneer for an old children's singsong:
ry for two reasons, player do if he is gay and some gay rights and equality." "Come out, come out, wherever
One: It has nothing to do with team asks if he likes girls? Ayan- But the thing is, Jackie Robin- you are."
his abilities as a football player, badejo's advice? Lie. son did not come along after the That is, yes, a very easy thing
Two: It's fresh evidence of the "I think players need to say that walls had been broken down. He to say if you're not the one being
NFL's estrangement from the 21st they're straight right now," he was the one swinging the sledge- asked to risk money, career, os-
century, coming as it does in the said. "You need to get drafted as hammer. The idea that progress tracism, family and maybe even
wake of Chris Culliver of the San high as you can get drafted, get must wait for an opportune time, physical intimidation. But if hero-
Francisco 49ers repeat: the San the money while you can." that a trailblazer should defer ism were without risk, everybody
Francisco 49ers dismissing the "Maybe later," he added, "once trailblazing till he makes some would be a hero.


Do we need to march for bipartisanship?
I never considered the late gratulated. But the passage of Democrats will give away the for those who i
Rodney King anything of a phi- a Senate budget is only the first store if given an opportunity? If distance is less
losopher, but as one observes step. Now, the Senate and the half of the Democrats in the Sen- means families
Washington shenanigans, espe- House of Representatives have to ate had the backbone of House benefit are wor]
cially around fiscal matters, it find some common ground. Republican Majority Leader John not at all, not a
seems that Brother King had a Former Vice Presidential can- Boehner, the people of the U.S. rence when th,
point. Can we all just, maybe, get didate Paul Ryan (R-Wis) chairs would be in a better position, rate remains hi
along? the House Budget Committee We can't get along if we go along percent overall
In the wee hours of last Satur- and he chairs it like he thinks with nonsense such as a voucher for Blacks. We
day morning, the Senate finally he is still running for office. He program for senior health. As it with proposals

passed a budget by the narrow-
est of margins, 50-49. Four Dem-
ocratic Senators jumped ship to
side with Republicans, probably
because they are facing tough
election fights in Republican
leaning states. Still, it was great
to see some vision from this Sen-
ate, which called for a $1 trillion
in tax increases and $875 billion
in program cuts. Unlike propos-
als presented by the likes of Paul
Ryan, who would eviscerate so-
Sy cial programs, the Senate offers
a budget that cuts social and
other programs more carefully
and thoughtfully. Since this is
the first budget the Senate has
passed in four years, one might
think that they should be con-

I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a phi-
losopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, es-
pecially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King
had a point. Can we all just, maybe, get along?

claims that he can save $4 tril-
lion more than Democrats by
turning Medicare into a voucher
program and slashing Medicaid,
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, formerly
Food Stamps), and other safety
net programs. How will the Sen-
ate and House resolve their dif-.
ferences when Republicans ba-
sically refuse to bargain, and

is, some hospitals are closing or
consolidating, largely because
of the number of poor and el-
derly people who use those facili-
ties. While Ryan is talking slash
and burn, Obamacare, albeit
imperfect, expands health care
possibilities for everyone. We
can't get along with cuts in SNAP
that leave more people hun-
gry. The average monthly income

[ 'r .'r ?NAP 'as
than $700. That
who receive this
king part-time or
n unusual occur-
e unemployment
higher than seven
and 13 percent
can't get along
to cut education-

al funding, knowing education
opens doors for generations to
How, then, will they fill the gap
between the lean budget passed
by Senate Democrats, and the
austerity budget passed by Re-
publicans? It is up to we, the
people. A few weeks ago, a friend
proposed organizing a March
that would bring thousands to
Washington as these budget de-
liberations continue to remind
the Senate and the House that
we are watching them.
Julianne Malveaux is a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based economist and
writer. She is President Emerita
of Bennett College for Women in
Greensboro, N.C.

BY KEVIN G. WELNER, Professor of Education University of Colorado

Money and class size produce better education

Studies of charter schools
have usually shown they pro-
vide no benefits. But studies
of schools run by KIPP (Knowl-
edge is Power Program) have
shown strong performance. A
new study suggests that KIPP
middle schools may boost test-
score growth by as much as
eight months to eleven months
over three years.
What sets KIPP apart from
other middle schools? The core
of the formula is clear: Stu-
dents learn when they have
opportunities to learn..So we
would expect to see that the
opportunities to learn are dif-
ferent at KIPP.
They are. But I doubt it's be-
cause of teaching methods or
some magic charter formula.

The true secret is more money,
something public schools are
starving to get. In 11 districts
in the 2007 school year, KIPP
received, on average, as much
as $5,760 more per pupil.than
local school districts, according
to a recent study. KIPP leverag-
es this generous supplemental
-private funding in a straightfor-
ward way: giving students more
time in schools while placing a
reasonable limit on class sizes.
According to a 2012 Math-
ematica report, KIPP schools
provided 192 days of school
each year, nine hours a day.
That's 45 percent more learn-
ing time than conventional
schools provide the equiva-
lent of four added months of

We should not be surprised
when four extra months results
in several additional months of
test-score growth.
Given the additional money,
public schools can certain-
ly emulate this approach. In
Houston, the "Apollo 20" school
project cost about $2,000 extra
per student, 25 percent more
than Houston spent on its oth-
er middle schools. Whether .a
school is a charter or a neigh-
borhood school, resources mat-
But beyond this obvious "re-
sources matter" lesson, there
are few practical KIPP lessons
that are clearly transferable
to public schools. While KIPP
schools, for instance, don't re-
place many students who leave

during grades seventh or eighth,
it's difficult to see how conven-
tional public schools could do
this. The additional stability is
undoubtedly helpful to KIPP,
but if the neighborhood schools
won't take' in mobile students,
who will?
KIPP provides a good ser-
vice for students who choose
to enroll and to stay. But let's
be honest: It does not matter
for our children whether their
school is called KIPP or PS 101.
What does matter is that we see
positive results when we make
concentrated and sustained in-
vestments in our children.
Kevin G. Welner, a professor
at the University of Colorado-
Boulder, is director of the Na-
tional Education Policy Center.


WtIo--P a& IN

I Letten to thA Editor

- When is $200,000 irrelevant to the City of Miami?
I like City Commissioner Mi- ami is in a financial mess. Our is irrelevant? Just imagine how munity. Saying that $200,000
chelle Spence-Jones but I was leaders think that 200,000 of that could help a family facing in taxpayer money is irrelevant
shocked to read in last week's our tax dollars are irrelevant, foreclosure or a mother who is an insult to hardworking citi-
edition that her legal defense to With; so many people unem- needs to feed and clothe her zens.
run for another term is to say played, under-employed and children.
that $200,000 is irrelevant. It is struggling to survive how can Our elected officials need to Kristopher Knight
no wonder that the City of Mi- anyone say that much money have a real life view of our com- Miami

All educators should and must be held accountable

It's a sad day in America when
we who claim to be Christians,
want to stand up and cry out
against a college professor [Dr.
Deandre Poole] who instructed
students to desecrate, mock and
disrespect the Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ.
The professor at Florida Atlan-

tic University must go.
He has to go, he must step
down or resign right now.
What Jesus Christ means to
me, may not mean anything to
the professor at FAU.
The professor's feelings should
not be expressed by demoralizing
the greatest man that ever lived

in a public institution.
You don't use your job or po-
sition and students to express
your feelings about Jesus Christ
or anyone else. You don't kick a
student out of the class because
they refuse to write Jesus Christ's
name on a piece of paper, throw it
on the floor and stomp on it.

When did desecrating, mocking
and disrespecting any great in-
dividual in the name of teaching
and instructing become the stan-
dard and criteria for teaching in a
learning institution?

Minister Balgene Chinn


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New playground built in

the Homestead community

Miami Times staff report

The dreams of 367 formerly
homeless children ultimately
Became a reality as hundreds
of volunteers gathered at the
Verde Gardens community
in Homestead to build a new
playground from scratch in
less than eight hours, with its
design incorporating several
elements from the children's
original drawings. The play-
ground project funded by
a partnership initiated by the
community's developer Car-
rfour Supportive Housing with
the James S. James L. Kight
Foundation was launched
months earlier, when the chil-

dren of Verde Gardens were
asked to put crayon to paper
to draw their "dream" play-
"Our partnership, with KA-
BOOM! and the Knight Foun-
dation has brought happiness
into the lives of hundreds of
formerly homeless children
living at Verde Gardens and
in the Homestead area," said
Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg,
president of Carrfour Sup-
portive Housing, the commu-
nity's developer and operator.
"The overwhelming outpour-
ing of support from everyone
that volunteered their time has
resulted in a new playground
that will make a positive dif-

ference in the lives of our com-
munity's children for years to
Home to one of the most in-
novative supportive housing
programs in the country, Verde
Gardens a $20 million part-
nership between the Miami-
Dade County Homeless Trust
and nonprofit affordable hous-
ing developer Carrfour Sup-
portive Housing is a sup-
portive housing community
in Homestead, Florida for for-
merly homeless families and
individuals with special needs,
which includes a 22-acre on-
site organic farm and public
farmers market that is oper-
ated by residents.

-Photo courtesy of Julia Bennett

Civil rights activists to remember mission for

Miami Times staff report

In light of key issues being
in the spotlight recently that
have an impact on Blacks,
including Supreme Court hear-
ings on Section 5 of the Voting
Rights Act, Affirmative Action,
Marriage Equality, along with
the issue of gun violence in
our communities, Reverend
Al Sharpton and the .National
Action Network are convening
their annual national conven-
tion of civil rights, religious,
immigration, and gay and
lesbian activists, to address
effective strategies for dealing
with imminent attacks on civil
rights. National leaders will
join NAN to discuss strategies

on what can be done to sus-
tain civil rights and the social
justice movement regardless
of what the.court's decisions
may be. The convention will
take place at the Sheraton New
York Hotel & Towers from April
3-6. The convention is free and
open to the public.
Several officials from the
Obama Administration have
confirmed to attend includ-
ing: Attorney General Eric
Holder; Secretary of Educa-
tion, Arne Duncan; Regina
M. Benjamin, Surgeon Gen-
eral of the U.S.; Secretary of
Transportation, Ray LaHood;
and Secretary of Agriculture,
Tom Vilsack; as well as lead-
ing members of Congress

and activists such as: Martin
Luther King, III; Marc Morial;
Ben Jealous; Kerry Kennedy;
and many others. Both the
family of Hadiyah Pendleton,
the 15-year-old who was fatally
shot a week after performing
with her high school band at
the Inauguration of President
Barack Obama, and the family
of Trayvon Martin will be in at-
A key highlight will take
place on the actual date of Dr.
King's assassination on April
4th as NAN hosts its 15th
Annual Keepers of the Dream
Awards. The awards, given
each year in April to mark
the anniversary of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.'s death, honor

Toddler shot, killed in car

Police believe gun was in vehicle

By Gilma Avalos

Miami-Dade Police are in-
vestigating after a 4-year-old
girl died after she was shot in-
side a car' Saturday night. The
shooting happened just after
6 p.m. in the 12000 block of
Northwest 20th Avenue, as
the girl was sitting in a parked
Mercedes Benz with several
other small children, police
Somehow the girl, later
identified as Rahquel Carr,
was shot in her upper body.
Carr was taken to Ryder
Trauma Center where she
later died, police said. Police
said it's unclear if one of the
other children in the car was
responsible for the shooting.
An adult was nearby when
the shooting happened, police
Neighbor Priscilla Hardaway
said she arrived home just

before the shooting.
"The kids was running
around the car, and the next
thing you know, we turned
around the little girl was on
the ground," Hardaway said.
"At that time we did not know
that the child had been shot."
Hardaway said she didn't
hear the gunshot.
"They were laughing one
minute, and then the next
minute everybody was crying
and praying, it was so fast,"
she said.
Under Florida law, a firearm
must be securely encased
when in a vehicle. It is unclear
where the firearm was located
at the time of the shooting.
"We will be looking at who
this firearm belonged to, were
the firearm was in the vehicle
at the time, along with who
was present when the gun
'was fired," said Miami-Dade
Police spokesman Detective

Roy Rutland.
No arrests have been made.
Children were witnesses to the
shooting and Miami-Dade Po-
lice will be forced to interview
them, as well as many family
members, Rutland said.
"There's a lot of speculation
right now as to who had that
firearm at the time, but we're
not in the business of specu-
lating, we're in the business of
facts," Rutland said.
Distraught family members
and friends arrived to the
home Saturday night to give
them support.
"Someone called my daugh-
ter, and told her she got shot,"
said Sonia Wheelers, who said
she is like a grandmother to
the child. "It's horrible, it's
The shooting is still being
investigated and the Miami-
Dade County Medical Ex-
aminer Department will be
conducting an autopsy on the
child, police said.

those who have continued to
advocate for the principles for
which Dr. King gave his life. In
2011, President Barack Obama
delivered the keynote remarks
at the Keepers of the Dream
Among the honorees this
year are: Laphonza Butler;
Bishop T. D. Jakes; Spike Lee;
Tanya Leah Lombard; Wynton
Marsalis; Dennis Mehiel; and
Rosie Perez. The evening will
be hosted by Lori Stokes. The
evening will feature special re-
marks by Martin Luther King,
III, the eldest son of Dr. King.
There will be a special tele-
vised forum at the end of the

convention entitled "Measur-
ing the Movement" hosted by
Reverend Sharpton, featuring
many of the aforementioned
civil rights leaders and a review
by some of the legends of the
civil rights movement regarding
the progress made and mis-
takes made in the fifty years
since the "March in Wash-
ington." The Legends Panel
includes civil rights icons Rev.
Joseph Lowery; Otis Moss, Jr.;
and Reverend Jesse Jackson
Sr., among others.
NAN's convention will bring
together influential national
leaders in the areas of civil
rights, government, labor, reli-

By Peter Lattman

Rengan Rajaratnam pleaded
not guilty last Monday to in-
sider trading charges, nearly
two years after the conviction
of his older brother, the hedge
fund titan Raj Rajaratnam.
Appearing in Federal District
Court in Manhattan, Rengan
denied accusations that he
conspired with his brother
Raj to illegally trade technol-
ogy stocks while he worked for
his brother's firm, the now-de-
funct Galleon Group. Prosecu-
tors say that Rengan Rajarat-
nam made about $1.2 million
on the trades.
During Raj Rajaratnam's
trial, prosecutors played sev-
eral wiretapped conversations
between the two brothers.
Among the stocks that the Se-
curities and Exchange Com-
mission said Rengan and Raj
swapped confidential informa-
tion about were Hilton Hotels,
Polycom and Akamai Technol-
The U.S. attorney's office
revealed charges against Ren-
gan, 42, last week, but federal
authorities were unable to ar-
rest him because he was in
Brazil. Over the weekend, he

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, with a lawyer, Vinoo Varghese, is accused of
conspiring with his brother to trade on inside information.

flew back to the United States
voluntarily and was taken into
custody by F.B.I. agents when
he landed at John F. Kennedy
International Airport.
"After reading about his in-
dictment, Mr. Rajaratnam im-
mediately volunteered to re-
turn from Brazil, where he had
been living and working for the
past year, in order to defend
himself," his lawyers, David C.
Tobin and Vinoo P. Varghese,
said in a statement. "Mr. Ra-
jaratnam denies the charges
and looks forward to clearing
his name."
Judge Naomi Reice Buch-

wald released Rengan, a U.S.
citizen born in Sri Lanka, on
$1 million bail and had him
surrender his passport. His
next court appearance was set
for June 4.
Rengan is one of about 30
people charged in the investi-
gation of Galleon. He faces as
much as 25 years in prison,
but is likely to receive a sen-
tence well below that if con-
victed. Raj, who orchestrated
the vast insider trading con-
spiracy, is serving an 11-year
sentence at a federal prison in
Ayer, Mass., though he is ap-
pealing his conviction.

Dr. King
gion, business, politics, media,
and activism to assess where
we are today. Some of the top-
ics that will be addressed at
the 2013 NAN national conven-
tion include civil rights, educa-
tion, gun-violence, immigra-
tion, jobs, healthcare, women's
rights and much more. Among
the highlights include special
plenary sessions featuring
Presidential cabinet members,
panels and discussions on
key national issues, and the
annual "Keepers of the Dream
Awards" on April 4th forty five
years to the day that Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. was assas-
sinated in Memphis.

St. Augustine to celebrate Ponce de Leon's arrival

Miami Times staff report

This week, all eyes will be on the nation's
oldest city where Spanish explorer Ponce de
Leon once stepped foot on 500 years to the
day of his original arrival to La Florida. April
2nd's festivities will include: a reenactment
of Ponce and his men's arrival, a reading

taken on a 16th century nautical astrolabe,
the unveiling of a 15-foot statue of Ponce
de Leon, a state historical marker and in-
terpretive signage. The U.S. Postal Service
will also unveil the 2013 La Florida Forever
Stamp. For more information about Ponce de
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For Blacks in Cuba, the revolution

By Roberto Zurbano

CHANGE is the latest news
to come out of Cuba, though
for Afro-Cubans like myself,
this is more dream than reality.
Over the last decade, scores of
ridiculous prohibitions for Cu-
bans living on the island have
been eliminated, among them
sleeping at a hotel, buying a
cellphone, selling a house or car
and traveling abroad. These ges-
tures have been celebrated as
signs of openness and reform,
though they are really nothing
more than efforts to make life
more normal. And the reality is
that in Cuba, your experience of
these changes depends on your
skin color.
The private sector in Cuba now
enjoys a certain degree of eco-
nomic liberation, but Blacks are
not well positioned to take ad-
vantage of it. We inherited more
than three centuries of slavery
during the Spanish colonial era.
Racial exclusion continued af-
ter Cuba became independent
in 1902, and a half century of
revolution since 1959 has been
unable to overcome it.
In the early 1990s, after the
Cold War ended, Fidel Castro
embarked on economic reforms
that his brother and successor,
Raul, continues to pursue. Cuba
had lost its greatest benefactor,
the Soviet Union, and plunged
into a deep recession that came
to be known as the "Special
Period." There were frequent
blackouts. Public transporta-
tion hardly functioned. Food
was scarce. To stem unrest, the
government ordered the econo-
my split into two sectors: one for
private businesses and foreign-
oriented enterprises, which were
essentially permitted to trade in
U.S. dollars, and the other, the
continuation of the old social-
ist order, built on government
jobs that pay an average of $20
a month.

It's true that Cubans still
have a strong safety net: most

do not pay rent, and education
and health care are free. But
the economic divergence created
two contrasting realities that
persist today. The first is that
of white Cubans, who have lev-
eraged their resources to enter
the new market-driven economy
and reap the benefits of a sup-
posedly more open socialism.
The other reality is that of the
Black plurality, which witnessed
the demise of the socialist uto-
pia from the island's least com-
fortable quarters.
Most remittances from abroad
- mainly the Miami area, the
nerve center of the mostly white
exile community go to white
Cubans. They tend to live in
more upscale houses, which
can easily be converted into res-
taurants or bed-and-breakfasts
- the most common kind of
private business in Cuba. Black
Cubans have less property and
money, and also have to con-
tend with pervasive racism. Not
long ago it was common for ho-
tel managers, for example, to
hire -only white staff members,
so as not to offend the supposed
sensibilities of their European
That type of blatant racism
has become less socially accept-
able, but Blacks are still woe-
fully underrepresented in tour-
ism probably the economy's
most lucrative sector and
are far less likely than whites to
own their own businesses. Raul
Castro has recognized the per-
sistence of racism and has been
successful in some areas (there
are more Black teachers and
representatives in the National
Assembly), but much remains
to be done to address the struc-
tural inequality and racial prej-
udice that continue to exclude
Afro-Cubans from the benefits
of liberalization.

Racism in Cuba has been con-
cealed and reinforced in part
because it isn't talked about.
The government hasn't allowed
racial prejudice to be debated or
confronted politically or cultur-

ally, often pretending instead tiracist movement in
as though it didn't exist. Before have grown, both lega
1990, Black Cubans suffered a
paralysis of economic mobility

while, paradoxically, the govern-
ment decreed the end of racism
in speeches and publications.
To question the extent of racial
progress was tantamount to a
counterrevolutionary act. This
made it almost impossible to
point out the obvious: racism is
alive and well.
If the 1960s, the first decade
after the revolution, signified
opportunity for all, the decades
that followed demonstrated that
not everyone was able to have
access to and benefit from those
opportunities. It's true that the
1980s produced a generation of
Black professionals, like doctors
and teachers, but these gains
were diminished in the 1990s
as Blacks were excluded from
lucrative sectors like hospitality.
Now in the 21st century, it has
become all too apparent that the
Black population is underrep-
resented at universities and in
spheres of economic and politi-
cal power, and overrepresented
in the underground economy, in
the criminal sphere and in mar-
ginal neighborhoods.
Ra-l Castro has announced
that he will step down from
the presidency in 2018. It is
my hope that by then, the an-

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hasn't begun
so that it might bring es governing skin color are a
itions that have for so tragicomedy that hides long-
promised, and await- standing racial conflicts.
ck Cubans. The end of the Castros' rule
will mean an end to an era in
;URATE COUNT Cuban politics. It is unrealistic
rtant first step would to hope for a Black president,
ly get an accurate of- given the insufficient racial con-
t of Afro-Cubans. The sciousness on the island. But
ulation in Cuba is far by the time Raul Castro leaves
n the spurious num- office, Cuba will be a very dif-
Smost recent census- ferent place. We can only hope
umber of Blacks on that women, Blacks and young
undermines, in the people will be able to help
ous way, the numeri- guide the nation toward greater
that puts us at less equality of opportunity and the
fifth of the popula- achievement of full citizenship
y people forget that for Cubans of all colors.
a drop of white blood Roberto Zurbano is the editor
nly on paper make and publisher of the Casa de
or white person, out las Americas publishing house.
.e who in social real- This essay was translated by
nto neither of those Kristina Cordero from the Span-
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Council gets vocal about needed safety measures

By D. Kevin McNeir

You may get a host of answers
as to how Miami's 753-unit pub-
lic housing apartment complex,
Liberty Square, got its more
colloquial name The Pork &
Beans. But one thing on which
most will agree is that when
it comes to crime and danger,
Liberty Square ranks num-
ber one in the County. Once
a middle-income community,
Black flight- saw those ,with
the adequate financial means
heading to subur-
ban settings. Those -
who remained were
mostly the elderly
and single-mother
families with limited
education and finan-
cial options, many of
whom once lived in
crowded neighbor-
hoods in Overtown.
Since the 1960s, ARIS
reports indicate that
living standards in
the project have drastically de-
clined. Today, it is. common to
hear gunshots ring out each
night and to see evening news
reports that speak about yet
another incident of Black-on-
Black crime. Recently, a group
of Liberty Square tenants, led
by the officers from their Resi-
dent Council, met to discuss
ways to reclaim their commu-

nity, to make their streets safer
and how to partner with City
and County officials in their ef-
forts to stop the violence.
Sara Alvin-Smith, 51, a two-
term president of the Liberty
Square Resident Council, Inc.
[LSRC], has lived in the proj-
ects for 17 years. She has
raised three children and her
sister's four [after her death
from an AIDS-related illness]
and is currently taking care of
two teenaged grandchildren.
She says she's been fortunate
none of her kids have been
Shurt. But a few years
Sago she had a very
close call of her own
"I was sitting on my
Sporch with some girl-
friends and then we
heard a barrage of
shots," she said. "Be-
fore we could get in-
side I realized I had
been shot. That's
IDE how fast it can hap-
pen. It's gotten to the
point that a lot of our
residents won't even come out
after dark. They're afraid to
let their kids go out and play.
That's why we've become so
vocal people deserve to live
in a place where they feel safe
enough to come outside and
enjoy life."
"It's like an old western ghost
town here the Wild, Wild
West," said Ronald Baker, 25,

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The image and spirit of M.Athalie Range continue to inspire residents
in Liberty Square's community center.

who operates his non-profit
business, Isis Foundation, at
the Liberty Square Community
Center. "Illiteracy is a real chal-
lenge; sometimes I think peo-
ple feel trapped with very few
options to better their lives."

LSRC has enlsted the ser-
vices of Wallace Aristude, 48,
Northwestern High's principal.
Many of the students live in
Liberty Square and had report-
ed that the reason they were
skipping school was because
the path to and from school
was a dangerous one. That's
when Aristide stepped in.
"We have parents, teach-
ers and others that are on the
streets before arid after school

and the kids know who they
are," he said. "It makes them
feel more secure. We have the
entire community getting in-
volved. We have some talented
children but they need encour-
agement. I have found that
when they see that a goal is
really attainable and they can
touch it, the\ won't stop until
,they've achieved it. That means
we have to raise our expecta-
tions. But first we have to keep
them safe."

Patricia Edwards, a lifelong
resident and single mother,
attended the meeting because
she says she's tired of outsid-
ers coming into Liberty Square,
doing their dirt and then going

back to their own homes.
"They say the cameras are
working but I don't believe it,"
she said. "If they did it seems
like the police would be able
to catch the troublemakers. I
think more police need to be
assigned here too because we
can only do so much. These
young people don't listen to
adults like we did when we
were growing up. If they want
to be animals and fight they
should go to Iraq or someplace
like that go fight a real war."
Some community activist
groups, like Brothers of the
Same Mind, have added their
own manpower to the LSRC.
walking the streets, talking to
young adults and most of all
listening to the concerns of the'
"When you have so many
people without jobs, what do
you think %will happen?" said
Bnan Dennis, CEO and presi-
dent. "It's time that both the
city and county commissioners
for this district sit down and
come up with a real plan. There
are a few more officers walking
the beat here and I,think that's
due to Commissioner Spen-
ce-Jones. But a, lot of times,
things move way too slowly be-
cause of red tape. Meanwhile,
you have folks in the game who
come here, make their money
and run. It's mostly innocent
people that are getting caught

in the crossfire."
Greg Fortner, executive di-
rector for M-D Public Housing
and Community Development,
agrees that better communica-
tion is needed from all sides.
"Liberty Square crosses two
jurisdictions the County
owns the land but it's in the
City so before any action is
taken it requires a lot of dot-
ting the i's" and crossing the
"t's." he said. -Often when the
residents have complaints they
try to get the Citr involved in-
stead of coming to us first. And
then there's quite a bit of false
information being spread Fdr
example, all of the cameras
work and have been for some
time. One tangible solution
would be to close some of the
entrances which we tried to do
several years ago. The Council
supports that option but again,
we also must work with pub-
lic transportation, the fire de-
partment. the police and other
departments. We had speed
bumps installed as a safety
measure and then had to lower
them because certain service
vehicles were having difficulty
maneuvering. We have 760
-nits that's several thou-
sand people. We have to resolve
the disconnect that currently
exists between them and the
police. The residents have to
believe that the police are part
of their community."

Ex-VETS, Inc. CEO convicted

Miami Times staff report

Charles Leon Cutler, 60,
former CEO of Veteran's Em-
ployment Transition Services
[VETS], Inc., was convicted
last Saturday by a Miami-Dade
County [M-DC] jury of stealing
grant money from both the City
of Miami and M-DC. A joint in-
vestigation by the M-DC State
Attorney's Office and the Office
of the Inspector General re-
vealed that Cutler had diverted
funds for his own personal use
that were intended to benefit
military veterans and the un-
Cutler was found guilty on
two counts of grand theft and
will be sentenced July 18th. He
faces up to 10 years in prison.
Between 2006 and 2008, he
served as the head of VETS
which assisted veterans tran-
sition into civilian life. The
nonprofit has since ceased
operation. In 2007, the Miami
Community Redevelopment
Agency [CRA] awarded VETS
a $100,000 grant to help cre-
ate the Hospitality Training

Institute that was
to be housed at
the Greater Bethel
AME Community
Church. The CRA
later moved the
contract to Miami
Dade College. To-
day the program is
successfully help-
ing inner-city resi-
dents receive train-
ing and jobs in the
hospitality indus-

Charles Leon Cutler

SCutler was instructed to re-
turn money that remained from
the grant as part of a new pol-
icy related to grant restructur-
ing. Instead, he wrote $4,000
in checks to himself and over
$2,000 in checks to family and
friends. When the theft was
discovered by CRA officials, he
then diverted over $6,000 from
a M-DC Office of Community
and Economic Development
[OCED] grant to repay the CRA.
Cutler also withdrew $4,000
in OCED funds from ATM ma-
chines for his own use.
Cutler must still go to trial

for allegedly steal-
ing an additional
"$13,000 in County
grant money that
was intended to
fund a 2008 veter-
ans summit. The
event, for which he
said he paid, did
occur but records
show it was funded
by the Liberty City
Trust and catered
by the City of Mi-

ami tolc
"The people of M-DC deter-
mined that [Mr.]. Cutler violated
the trust placed in him whenI
he put money intended for vet-
erans and the poor into his own -
pocket," said State Attorney
Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
"Citizens of this community will
not tolerate such actions."
Inspector General Christo-
pher Mazzella added the fol- ,
lowing: "Whenever funds are I'
stolen from programs intended
to train those in need of jobs in
our community, it is not just
the unemployed but our com-
munity at large that suffers."

Strikers to honor Dr. King's death

continued from 1A

growing fire from city and state
governments struggling to bal-
ance budgets.

"We understand when our
communities are hurting,
when our state and local go\v-
ernments are hurting economi-
cally, that we ve got to make
sacrifices. Saunders said. "But
we should not be scapegoated.
Unions should be more aggres-
sive in pushing back against
actions seen as damaging
by Democratic officials they
helped elect, he said: "I think
there should be a price to pay."
A replica of the statue of Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. that was
dedicated in 2011 on the Na-
tional Mall stands in the lobby
of the American Federation of
State, County and Municipal
Employees headquarters.
In 1968, King went to Mem-
phis to support members of
AFSCMNE Local 1733, who went
on strike demanding collective-
bargaining rights, higher wages
and improved safety conditions
after two trash collectors were
crushed to death. On April 3 at
the Mason Temple, he delivered
his iconic speech declaring,
"I've been to the mountaintop."
The next day at the Lorraine
Motel, he was shot and killed.
AFSCME is sponsoring a
panel discussion Wednesday
at the Mason Temple with civil
rights and other leaders, in-
cluding Martin Luther King III.
On Thursday, organizers will

rally at the historic Local 1733
headquarters and march to the
Lorraine Motel, the site of the
National Civil Rights Museum.
The city of Memphis will re-
name Beale Street, where the
local union headquarters was
located, "1968 Strikers Lane."

Of the 1,300 sanitation \work-
ers who \went on strike 45 years
ago. eight are still working, AF-
SCME says. In their 60s to 80s.
they are Nathaniel Broome,
Johnnie Hardeman. Robert
Hobson, Leslie Moore, Allen
Sanders, Cleophus Smith, Na-
thaniel Taylor and Russell Wal-
Public employees face cur-
rent-day challenges, Saunders
said, including efforts by Re-
publican governors such as
Scott Walker of Wisconsin who
have sought to limit collective-
bargaining rights. If Walker
seeks the Republican presiden-
tial nomination in 2016, as he
has suggested, "he should ex-
pect that we will oppose him
every step of the way," Saun-

ders said. "We never forget. We
have long memories."

He also chastised Democratic
officeholders, including Illinois
Gov. Pat Quinn and Philadel-
phia Mayor Michael Nutter,
who have sought concessions
by public workers such as pay
cuts, higher health insurance
premiums and lower pensions.
"It really does annoy me
when we support candidates
and after that election is over
with, they have amnesia and
they forget how they got there
and who supported them, and
they want to take us on rather
than work with us to resolve
problems," Saunders said.
"And when politicians do that,
I think there should be a price
to pay, and I think we need to
be more aggressive in our ap-
proach in holding politicians
He said a contract agreement
was reached recently with the
state of Illinois only after work-
ers "put heat on the governor,"
including staging protests at
his public appearances.

Lauderhill man cites zodiac as motive

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near her body, along with three
knives, police said.
Johnson told police the victim
had control over his spirit and
that the couple had fought over
his wanting a relative to live with
them, the affidavit states.
He also said that she would not
die, and that he fought her like he
was fighting a dragon, according
to the police report.
Police said that Johnson also

d them he "sacnficed" the vic-

tim for his and her betterment,
and that he knew he had to sacri-
fice someone with a Taurus astro-
logical sign, the report states.
He had considered his grandfa-
ther a worthy target, but discount-
ed him because the elderly man
has medical issues, police said.
Gooden's November birthday
does not fall within the Taurus zo-
diac phase.
Johnson was also accused by
police of entering a woman's patio
later Sunday at the Stonebridge
Garden Condo Apartments in the
2800 block of Northwest 55th

Street, and punching her in the
face and body.
The woman's nephew heard
her screams, began fighting with
Johnson and stabbed him with a
knife multiple times, according to
the affidavit.
Johnson is also charged with
burglary with assault or battery.
The nephew of the woman police
said was a burglary victim was not
identified by police.
"We have no intention at this
point in charging the nephew,"
Solowsky said. "He was protecting
the house."


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Storytelling of

T S O the passion of

Jesus Christ

By Malika A. Wright

"Jesus paid it all / All to him I owe," singers sang with joy.
The audience applauded, after hearing the happy ending to
the story that they may have all heard before.
This story is thousands of years old, but it will never lose
its relevance. .
Love Equals An Empty Tomb, the storytelling of the pas-
sion of Jesus Christ was held March 29 and 30 at the Litt-
man Theater by the Bible Out Loud Ministries, which fea-
tured Storyteller Christal Walker.
Walker, a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
who has led and recited the story for the last three years,
said she thought to herself "I did it already," when God had
put it on her heart to do it a second year in a row.
"I remember the spirit saying to me they see the Nutcrack-
er every year for Christmas and the story never changes,"
comparing the two stories she said. "The story never chang-
es, nor should it."
Walker arranged the storytelling, which follows Jesus
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Family celebrates Edward
Thomas'looth birthday
By Malika A. Wright
Edward Thomas will have a weekend celebra-
tion this week with his family and friends in
honor of turning 100 years old on March 27.
About 25 of his family members will travel
from Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and
The family, who has already started celebrat-
ing, will have a fish fry on Friday and a ban-
quet-styled dinner on Saturday.
Saturday's event is a big surprise, according
to his daughter-in-law, Delores Lyles. There
will be live music, dance performances, poetry
recited and singing.
Thomas, a man who is known for his inde-
pendence even at the age of 100, was born in
Savannah, GA. He has seven children. Two
from his first marriage and five from his second
Thomas was a part of the Navy in his ear-
lier 20s. After serving, he moved to Miami and
lived in Overtown, before 1-95 was built in the
middle of the community, and then moving to
Opa-locka. Over the years, he was a self-em-
ployed carpenter. For about 45 years, he built
houses, demolished, refurnished and added
additions to houses.
Some of the things that are important to
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These are scenes from the
March 29th Good Friday Sta-
tions of the Cross Street
Procession, sponsored by The
Roman Catholic Mission of
Notre-Dame D'Haiti.


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Thomas (bottom right) is photographed with family.



Pastor's book leads

readers back to God
Royster's "Says Who"? targets
misled believers
By Malika A. Wright

Eve, Sampson, Esau and
Jacob all had life-altering
S experiences because they were
deceived. And the overflowing
list of others who were misled
goes on and on.
S In many biblical verses,
believers are cautioned to be
aware of deception
I John 4- 1 tells believers to
"not believe every spirit, but
test the spirits rt see whether
they are from God, for man,
S false prophets ha\e gone out
into the world."
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sages of Says Who'j God Still
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Native of Haiti may have been born in 1886

By Christine Dolen

Vilius Vilsaint lived through
a great swath of world history:
the invention of the automobile
and the airplane, both world
wars, a U.S. occupation of his
Haitian homeland that began
in 1915 and lasted almost 20
years. Florvil Hyppolite, Haiti's
president from 1889 to 1896,
was in power when he was
born; Michel Martelly held that
office last Sunday, the day Vil-
saint passed away at Vitas Hos-
pice Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Various family members say
Vilsaint was born in 1886. Oth-

ers say 1892 or 1895, making
him anywhere from 117 to 126
years old.
According to the Guinness
Book of World Records, the old-
est living person is Jiroemon Ki-
mora, who lives in Japan, and
is 115 years and 343 days old.
But without a birth certifi-
cate, it was impossible to prove
that title should have gone to
He was born in the northwest
Haitian city of Port-de-Paix and
made his living as a farmer,
just as his father had, on rais-
ing yams, plantains, bananas
and potatoes. He spent two

years in Cuba har-
vesting sugarcane
from a field run by
Angel Castro, whose
young son Fidel
would dash between
the stalks. Farm-
ing was the way he
earned a living. But
faith and family
were the true center
of his life.
"Dad was very,
very religious. He
memorized the Bi-
ble. He never argued

with anybody, and he prayed
for everybody," said David Vil-


saint, the 16th of
Villain's 21 chil-
dren, 14 of whom
are still living.
Vilsaint was
married twice,
first to Anasta-
sie Telisma, the
mother of eight
of his children. In
1949, he married
Merceila Azar,
and had another
10 children, fa-
thering the last
when he was 75.

He had another three children
with a woman he never married.

His descendants grand-
children, great-grandchildren,
great-great-grandchildren -
number 185, according to fami-
ly members. Most live in Florida
or Haiti.
Vilsaint's longevity was cer-
tainly part genetics. In a 2002
interview with The Miami Her-
ald, he said his father lived to
be 110, his mother 100. But a
more important factor, he said,
was his faith.
"If I hadn't kept God, I would
have been gone a long time
[ago]," he said in Creole.
At 103, he left his native Hai-
ti, using his younger brother's

birth certificate to obtain the
necessary documents, and set-
tled in South Florida.
Vilsaint lived with different
family members, most recently
with David and his wife Dina.
Dina recalled that, near the
end, her father-in-law would
call for his late wife Merceila,
David's mother.
"Davidiasked him, 'What will
you do when you see her?' He
said, 'I11 tell her I love her with
all my heart.' Then David said,
'What else would you do, Dad?'
He replied, 'Mind your own
business. Do I ask what you do
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Bob Teague is dead at 84; helped integrate TV news

By Douglas Martin

Bob Teague, who joined WN-
BC-TV in New York in 1963 as
one of the city's first Black tele-
vision journalists and went on
to work as a reporter, anchor-
man and producer for more
than three decades, died on
Thursday in New Brunswick,
N.J. He was 84.
Teague established a reputa-
tion for finding smart, topical
stories and delivering them with
sophistication. Though he later
criticized TV news as superficial
and too focused on the appear-
ance of reporters and anchors,
his own good looks and modu-
lated voice were believed to have
helped his longevity in the busi-
Teague followed in the foot-
steps of Mal Goode, who be-
came the first Black network TV
reporter in 1962. Goode was as-

signed to the ABC News United
Nations bureau because net-
work executives feared his pres-
ence in the main studio would
be too disruptive, TV Guide re-
ported. WNBC, the NBC-owned
station in New York, hired
Teague, a seasoned newspaper
reporter, the next year. As racial
tensions mounted in the 1960s,
he was often sent into minority
neighborhoods. In July 1963, he,
was a principal correspondent
for "Harlem: Test for the North,"
an hourlong network program
prepared after riots broke out in
the neighborhood.

"They felt Black reporters
would be invulnerable in a riot,"
Teague. said in an interview with
The Associated Press in 1981.
They were not, but he and oth-
ers proved themselves to be
good reporters. He won praise

BOB TEAGUE in 1982
in September 1963 for his first-
person report about protesting
racial injustice on a picket line.
Just two years after being
hired, Teague was given his own
weekly program, "Sunday After-

noon Report." He also became
a frequent replacement on NBC
network news and sports pro-
But even as he carved a niche
at NBC, including occasional
service as anchor, he grew dis-

A broadcasting
pioneer at NBC who
became disillusioned

illusioned with many aspects
of the TV news business. In his
1982 book, "Live and Off-Color:
News Biz," he complained that
executives' lust for ratings led
them to prefer spectacle over
serious news.
"A newscast is not supposed
to be just another vehicle for
peddling underarm deodor-
ants," he wrote. "The public
needs to know."

He criticized the major sta-
tions' practice of scheduling
their news programs at the
same time of day, saying that
by doing so they were all es-
sentially providing the same
information. He suggested that
each channel present the news
in a separate time slot. The slots
could then by rotated so that all
would get access to the most
popular times.

Robert Lewis Teague was born
in Milwaukee on Jan. 2, 1929, to
a mechanic and a maid. He was
a star football player at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin, winning
all-Big 10 honors. A journalism
major, he passed up offers from
four professional football teams
to become a reporter for The
Milwaukee Journal. He joined
the Army in 1952.
In 1956, he moved to New

York and found work as a radio
news writer for CBS. He soon
joined The New York Times as a
sports copy editor and went on
to cover major sporting events
as a reporter.
He left The Times for the NBC
In 1968, he published "Letters
to a Black Boy," written in the
form of letters to his 1-year-old
son, Adam, many about race.
The letters were meant to be
read when Adam was 13.
At the time he wrote the book,
Teague's views were growing
more conservative. "Govern-
ment handouts constitute the
most ,damaging assault on
Black pride and dignity since
the founding of the Ku Klux
Klan," he wrote. He generally
supported conservative candi-
dates, including Herman Cain
for the Republican presidential
nomination in 2012.

Bobby Rogers, sang in

By Bruce Weber

Bobby Rogers, who was born
on the same day in the same
Detroit hospital as the Motown
crooner Smokey Robinson, with
whom he harmonized in high
school and eventually in the
Hall of Fame singing group the
Miracles, died last Sunday in
Southfield, Mich. He was 73.
- The cause was complications
of diabetes, said Patricia Cosby,
his friend for half a century.
Rogers also suffered from de-
mentia, she said.
Rogers, tall, bespectacled
and jovial, brought a smooth
tenor to the Miracles, who were
founded in the mid-1950s and
became one of Motown's lon-
gest-lived and most important
Known for their silky harmo-
nies, snazzy threads and coolly
coordinated dance steps on-
stage (early on, Rogers was the
group's choreographer), they
recorded for Berry Gordy Jr.'s

The Miracles, clockwise front
Tarplin, Ronnie White and Clau

the Miracles, dies at 73
Tamla label and became a stan-
chion of the Motown sound and
Gordy's recording empire.
Their hit songs included
"Shop Around," "You've Really
Got a Hold On Me," "Mickey's
Monkey," "Going to a Go-Go"
and, after a name change to
capitalize on Robinson's star-
dom they became Smokey Rob-
inson and the Miracles in 1967
"I Second That Emotion" and
"Tears of a Clown."
Rogers, who was known
as the Miracles' best dancer,
shared writing credit with Rob-
inson on several well-known
songs, including "Going to a
Go-Go," "The Way You Do the
Things You Do," recorded by the
Temptations, and "First I Look
at the Purse," a hit for the Con-
tours in the 1960s and the J.
Geils Band in. 1970.
4 When Robinson was elected
to the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1987, many fans ob-
n top left: Bobby Rogers, Mary ejected that he went in without
udette and Smokey Robinson. Please turn to ROGERS 11B

The story of Jesus Christ told at the Littman

continued from 7B

through his life leading up to
His death, burial and resurrec-
tion, by taking parts from Mat-
thew, Mark, Luke and John.
Walker said storytelling is
not new, nor does it have a
lot of exposure, especially in
our culture, but she made it
unique by making it a multi-
sensory experience for the au-
There were dancers, singers,
musicians and images that
added to the production.
Walker explained that she
hopes the show impacted both
those who don't have a rela-
tionship with God and those

who do. She wanted those
who don't have a relationship
to give it another thought, and
those who do, to be encouraged
to explore the word of God.
Walker was the only person
telling the story throughout
the entire production, but she
did not take credit for reciting
a lengthy story.
"It's not an exercise in mem-
orization. It's an exercise in
faith," she said "I'm counting
on God for every moment of
that because [usually] when I
do something I can see my way
to the end, but since there is
more than twenty pages of text.
I have to completely depend on
Dante Laing, 22, a worship

dancer of the production and a
Christian rapper said, he was
excited about performing.
"I love portraying the mes-
sage and being a part of this
production that portrays the
message that He is Jesus
Christ," he said. "He died for
our sins, not only did He die
but He rose again so its just a
blessing and an honor and I'm
glad I was a part of it."
David Melvin, 22, another
worship dancer explained how
he prepared for the show by
consecrating himself, praying
and listening to worship mu-
"I have always been taught
to get in depth of the story and
see what it is saying because

it's more than just dancing or
acting it's ministering through
dance and song."
Angela Haynes, from the in-
spirational crew of 99Jamz
who hosted Friday night's pro-
duction, was also excited about
telling the story that the whole
world needs to know, she said.
"It's a story that is truthful,
that can help a lost generation
get found, sustain a generation
that has already been found
and fulfill the generations [to]
come," she said.
"The story of His death and
resurrection is what keeps us
going day after day and to be
able to host this type of pro-
duction is fulfilling all by it-

Harvest for Christ Church's pastor pens book

continued from 7B

Royster said he was inspired
to write the book after visiting
several churches and witness-
ing "gimmicks," "theatrics" and
a lot of activities that are done
as just a "money grab."
In response to those experi-
ences, Royster said the book
was written to those who once
had a beautiful relationship
with God, but somehow lost
their way because of being
misled or confused. The goal
of the book is to inspire those

readers to come back to God so
that He can fulfill His purpose
in them.
In the book, Royster tells
readers to really listen to what
the person is saying and not
get caught up in what they see.
"Words are powerful," he
said. "Death and life lies in the
power of the tongue."

Royster has pastored for
about eight years in all. He re-
tired as a chief warrant officer
of the U.S. Army. Serving in

the military has allowed him to
develop ministries domestical-
ly and abroad, in places, such
as: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, North
Carolina, Georgia and others.
He said the church's mission
is to preach the Gospel mes-
Presently, his church, which
he has pastored for about four
years, is focusing on being on
one accord by training and de-
veloping church members be-
fore he does a serious launch
into the community. Royster
said he wants them to be pre-
pared to serve others.

As a pastor, he focuses on
teaching what the scriptures
He does a deep study and
has a professorial approach,
in which he goes back to the
Greek and the Hebrew texts
and presents the word in prac-
tical applications.
"A church should be a teach-
ing church," Royster said. "It's
not just about hollering and
screaming in a person's ear:
clap your hands, touch your
neighbor, stomp your feet,
turn around and run around
the church two times."

Ray Williams dies at 58;

itinerant in pros and life

By Richard Goldstein

Ray Williams could seemingly
do it all on a basketball court.
He had an outstanding shoot-
ing touch, he possessed su-
perb body control, and he could
make a timely pass. He teamed
with Micheal Ray Richardson in
the Knicks' backcourt to dazzle
the crowds at Madison Square
Garden in the late 1970s and
early '80s.
"He was a joy to play with,"
said Len Elmore, a center-for-
ward who was his teammate on
the Knicks and the New Jersey
Elmore remembered Williams,
a sturdy six feet three inches,
as "a consummate scorer," even
if "at times he would take shots
you wouldn't necessarily agree
But "if you were open, he
would find you," Elmore said
from Philadelphia, where he
was covering the National Colle-
giate Athletic Association men's
basketball tournament for CBS.
By the time Williams closed
out his National Basketball As-
sociation career after 10 well-
traveled seasons, he had accu-
mulated .impressive statistics.
But he had also garnered a rep-
utation as a playground-style
player prone to turnovers and
ill-advised shots.
And then everything fell
apart. Williams had earned
more than two million dollars
in his N.B.A. career, but he was
generous with family members
and friends, and his money
eventually ran out. He declared
bankruptcy in the mid-1990s,
his marriage broke up, and he
moved to Florida in hopes of
changing his luck. But by the
summer of 2010, he was home-
less, living in a rusted Buick in
Pompano Beach.

-Photo: Jim Cummins
Ray Williams, who was
a Knick (twice) and a Net
(twice), in 1981.

A few months later, after his
plight became publicly known,
Williams returned to his native
Mount Vernon, N.Y., in West-
chester County, where he had
been a high school basketball
star, to take an offer from the
mayor, Clinton I. Young Jr., to
work with youngsters at a rec-
reational center.
But with his life seemingly
turned around from the depths
he had reached, Williams
learned he had colon cancer. He
died on Friday at 58.
Jim Dutcher, who coached
Williams at the University of
Minnesota, told The St. Paul Pio-
neer Press that Williams died at
a family member's home in the
New York area after being treat-
ed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center in Manhattan.
Thomas Ray Williams was
born on Oct. 14, 1954, one of
six children, and led Mount
Vernon High School to two New
York State basketball champi-

Local man makes it to 100

continued from 7B

Thomas is his family, faith
and helping others. He was
a deacon at The Soul Saving
Station for about 40 years. He
loves to pray and even to this
day he prays. Also, he has Bible
study with a group of who visits
his home.
Delores Lyles said that Thom-
as is unique because he is in-
dependent and because of his
relationship with his wife, Eula
Lyles Thomas, 91.
"Because she's so feisty for

her age, she keeps him going,"
Lyles said.
Kyiresha Lyles, Thomas'
granddaughter also believes
that Thomas' independence
makes him remarkable. She
said he dresses, feeds and does
many things independently,
even though she offers help.
"I don't know if Ill ever see
100, but for someone to be that
age and still pushing to do all
these things by himself when
there are younger people who
are not that eager to help them-
selves, I think that part of him
is really special."

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end disability backlog

And many said their health care provider gave them the go-ahead.

Forty percent of moms

give solid food too soon

By Kevin Freking

WASHINGTON Although the num-
ber of pending veterans' disability
claims keep soaring. Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric Shinseki on Sunday said
he's committed to ending the
backlog in 2015 by replacing
paper with electronic records.
Veterans receive disability
compensation for injuries or
illness incurred during their
active military service. About
600.000 claims, or 70 percent.
are considered backlogged.
The number of claims pend-
ing for more than 125 days SHI
has nearly quadrupled under
Shinseki's \atch.
Shinseki told CNN's 'State of the
Union' that a decade of war and efforts
to make it easier for veterans to collect
compensation for certain illnesses such
as post-traumatic stress disorder have



driven the backlog higher during his
tenure He said that doing aw\ai with
paper records \will be the key to a turn-
Shinseki said that the VA has puts
its new computer systern in place in 20
regional offices around the
country and all regional of-
S fices will be on the system by
the end of the y.ear.
'This has been decades in
the making. 10 years of wlar.
We're in paper, v e need to get
"out of paper.' Shinseki said.
The Defense Department and
" :'-, other agencies still file paper
ISEKI claims, he said, but "we have
commitments that in 2014
we will be electronically processing our
data and sharing it.
Congressional committees have held
two hearings on the disability claims
bottleneck in the past two weeks.
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The early start may
mean health risks
later in baby's life

By Michelle Healy

Forty percent of mothers start
feeding their babies solid food be-
fore the recommended minimum
age of four months old, says a new
study. And many said their health
care provider gave them the go-

Moms who gave babies formula
were twice as likely as those who
exclusively breast-fed to start sol-
ids too early (53 percent to 24 per-
cent), says the study in the April
issue of Pediatrics, released online
Understanding parents' nmotiva-
tions is important, because a num-
ber of health problems are associ-
ated with the early introduction of
solid foods, says study co-author
Kelley Scanlon, an epidemiologist
with the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention. These findings
"don't offer a full understanding

why, but they give us some in-
sight," she says.
The moms cited reasons such as,
"My baby was old enough," and, "It
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"We may not spend
enough time explain-
ing that every time
a baby cries doesn't
mean they're hungry.
Pediatrician Lana Gagin

Lawmakers seek a private

interchange to Medicaid

Legislature aims
to expand Florida
health care

By Kathleen Haughney
and William E. Gibson

TALLAHASSEE A panel of Flori-
da lawmakers recently is taking up
a privatized alternative to Medic-
aid expansion that could result in
as many as one million low-income
Floridians qualifying for the first
time for subsidized health-care cov-
The plan, nicknamed "Negron-
care" for its Senate sponsor, Joe Ne-
gron, R-Stuart, is the Legislature's
first attempt under the Affordable
Care Act to look at a way to insure
people who are poor, but not poor
enough to qualify for existing Med-
icaid coverage.
"I'm optimistic we're going to get it
done," Negron said.

But there are still P ':
a lot of unanswered "
questions about Ne-
gron's plan, including '
whether the House -
and the federal gov-
ernment will agree t-
to it.
We look at what's in
the plan, how it im- .
pacts you, your health
care and your tax dol- l
lars. SCOT
Q: What exactly is
the Legislature trying to do?
A: Lawmakers are looking for al-
ternatives to the Medicaid expan-

Lawmakers are look-
ing for alternatives
to the Medicaid ex-
pansion option of-
fered by the Afford-
able Care Act.

sion option offered by the
Affordable Care Act, which
for the first three years
would pay 100 percent of
the cost of adding rough-
ly one million uninsured
people to the federal/state
health-care program and
l at least 90 percent after
According to projections
by state economists, Flor-
T ida would receive $51 bil-
lion in federal money over
10 years at a cost of $3.5 billion
to the state.
Gov. Rick Scott has endorsed the
expansion, at least for three years,
but legislators are seeking alterna-
tives based on private insurance.
Negron's 'plan will be heard by the
Senate Appropriations Committee
Q: Do we have to do this? What's
the benefit for me if I wouldn't qual-
A: The U.S. Supreme Court has
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FDA to revise warning labels on cigarettes

Graphic messages could get
toned down considerably

government is abandoning a le-
gal battle to require that cigarette
packs carry a set of large and often
macabre warning labels depicting
the dangers of smoking and en-
couraging smokers to quit.
Instead, the Food and Drug Ad-

ministration will go back to the
drawing board ajid create labels to
replace those that included images
of diseased lungs and the sewn-up
corpse of a smoker, according to a
letter from Attorney General Eric
Holder obtained by The Associated
Press. The government had until
Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme
Court to review an appeals court
decision upholding a ruling that the
requirement violated First Amend-

ment free speech protections.,
"In light of these circumstanc-
es, the Solicitor General has de-
termined ... not to seek Supreme
Court review of the First Amend-
ment issues at the present time,"
Holder wrote in a Friday letter to
House Speaker John Boehner noti-
fying him of the decision.
Some of the nation's largest to-
bacco companies, including R.J.
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Dick and Ginny Walters started a movement in Vermont 12 years ago to enact
legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to have control over how their
life ends.

If the law allows, dying

patients will get choice

Support builds in
Vermont to allow
doctor-assisted death

By Janice Lloyd

Dick and Ginny Walters envision a new
approach to dying for Vermont residents:
They want terminally ill patients with a

prognosis of less than six
months to live to have the
right to request and take life-
ending medication.
The Shelburne, Vt., retir-
ees he's 88, she's 87 say
they are both healthy and fit.
They have devoted the past
10 years to the cause, meet-
ing with supporters in their
living room to track legis-
lation including the bill
"Patient Choice and Control
at End of Life." It passed the
Vermont Senate in February
and went to the House last
Although assisted dying
is illegal in most states and
opponents have been fight-
ing proposals for the past 15
years, support is growing in
Vermont and other parts of

Three states
physicians to
patients in d'

the Northeast. Connecticut and New Jer-
sey legislators are also examining mea-
"It makes ultimate sense to people who
have lived their lives in an independent
way and don't want to be reduced to an
infantile existence and having other peo-
ple make decisions for them," Dick Wal-
ters says. "It's taken us a long time, but
we think Vermont will do this now."
Vermont would be the first state to pass
a doctor-assisted-death bill through the
legislative process. Or-
IFE egon and Washington vot-
TION ers passed similar bills in
lVOR voter referendums. Mas-
sachusetts voters defeat-
that allow ed a measure, 51 percent
Assist to 49 percent, in Novem-
ying and the ber.

year the law went into
Three states are
considering similar bills.

"We may have lost this
time in Massachusetts,
but we won in the region,"
B says Barbara Coombs
8 Lee, president of Compas-
sion and Choices, a non-
9 profit group dedicated to
protecting the rights of
the terminally ill. "I think
the movements in the
other states are evidence
of that. Vermont is close
to passing. In subsequent
efforts, Massachusetts
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Teens get extra helping

of emotional welfare at

frequent family dinners

More meals had together equals more

By Sharon Jayson

Parents have heard it for
years: Family dinners help kids
avoid risky behaviors and may
even help them in school.
But new research shows that
the more frequent these din-
ners, the better the adolescents
fare emotionally, says new re-
search published this week
in the Journal of Adolescent
"The effect doesn't plateau
after three or four dinners a
week," says co-author Frank
Elgar, an associate professor of
psychiatry at McGill University
in Montreal. "The more dinners
a week the better."
With each additional din-
ner, researchers found few-
er emotional and behavioral
problems, greater emotional
well-being, more trusting and
helpful behaviors toward oth-
ers and higher life satisfac-
tion, regardless of gender, age
or family economics. The study
was based on a nationally rep-
resentative sample of 26,069
Canadian adolescents ages 11
to 15 in 2010. *
Participants provided infor-
mation on the frequency of

family dinners, how well they
communicate with parents,
and answered questions about
their emotions, behaviors and
life satisfaction.
"There's a lot we don't know
about how family dinnertime
goes," says
Elgar, a psychologist, such
as whether the TV is on during
the meal, whether parents or

"Rituals are very im-
portant . children.
They help provide se-
curity and structure
and give a sense of
Sharon Frab, University of South Alabama

siblings are arguing or whether
family members are texting or
talking on their phones rather
than to each other. That's why
he says that while they see. a
correlation, researchers can't
say family dinners caused the
"We don't know if fam-
ily dinners contribute to men-
tal health, or if mental health
and other behavioral problems
cause some teenagers to avoid

the family dinner," Elgar says.
Past research on family din-
ners has suggested a beneficial
connection, but a study last
year in the journal Child Devel-
opment cast some doubt.The
study of family dinners and
breakfasts, based on longitudi-
nal data from 21,400 U.S. kids
in kindergarten through eighth
grade, found "no association"
with improved child outcomes,
says lead author Daniel Miller,
an assistant professor of social
work at Boston University.
He says his study used "a
more detailed and nuanced da-
taset" than previous research
and the statistical analysis
added many more controls,
such as parental employment,
the years of experience the chil-
dren's teachers' had and other
variables that could affect aca-
demics and behavior.
"Family meals might just be
part of a whole lot of activities
that families engage in that are
good for their kids," Miller says.
"It might look like it's family
meals that matter."
However, the age of the chil-.
dren could play a role in the
different findings, Miller says,
since his study focused on

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A family sits down to a meal together, a simple practice that could help improve the kids'
life satisfaction.

younger kids and the new
study and many of the earlier
ones focused on adolescents.
"When kids get older, they
are less likely to eat meals with
their parents," he says. "It may
be the case for older kids eating
or not eating is a much more
important factor than it is for
younger kids."
Miller, who has read the new
research, suggests that it "adds
to our knowledge by suggesting
that parent-adolescent commu-
nication accounts for some of
the relationship between family
meals and adolescent mental
James White, a research as-

sociate at Cardiff University in
the United Kingdom, says his
studies have found that fre-
quent family meals and a posi-
tive atmosphere at the dinners
are associated with lower risks
of smoking, binge drinking and
drunkenness. But he cautions
that "the evidence on whether
these associations are causal is
not conclusive."
Part of the allure of family
meals is the ritual, says Sha-
ron Fruh, an associate pro-
fessor of nursing at the Uni-
versity of South Alabama in
Mobile, who co-authored a
2011 study about family din-
ner research in The Journal for

Nurse Practitioners.
"Rituals are very important
to everyone especially chil-
dren," says Fruh, a family
nurse practitioner. "They help
provide security and structure
and they give a sense of belong-
Her research review did find
that many families eat dinner in
front of the TV.
"What researchers are en-
couraging is turn off all the
electronics and not just the tele-
vision," she says. "There have
been quite a few studies that
(found) the more distractions,
the less beneficial the commu-
nication around the table."

Employers seek value-based health care

Consortium wants to 'shine a light'

on slow progress in taming costs

By Russ Mitchell

For decades, reformers have
sought to -change how doc-
tors and hospitals are paid to
reward quality and efficiency
- efforts that accelerated as a
result of the health care over-
But little progress has been
made to date, a consortium of
large employers reported Tues-
Only 10.9 percent of health
care spending last year by em-
ployer-sponsored plans was
based on "value," as opposed
to "volume," or the number of
services performed, according
to the study by Catalyst for

Payment Reform, a nonprofit
group that represents 21 U.S.
employers, including Verizon,
Walmart, eBay and Boeing.
"Nine of every $10 is paid
into the health care system
with no attention to whether
the care provided was per-
formed well or poorly, or
whether it was appropriate in
the first place," CPR Executive
Director Suzanne Delbanco
The other 89.1 percent was
based on the traditional fee-
for-service model that pays
providers a fixed price for ev-
ery service they deliver in
most cases with no limits on
those services and no regard

for results.
This model rewards volume
- more tests, more scans,
more specialist examinations
and more surgeries an in-
centive that many specialists
blame for the unsustainable
growth in U.S. health care
What the business group is
calling the National Scorecard
on Payment Reform aims to
"shine a light" on slow prog-
ress while prodding the health
care industry to move faster.
"We need accountability on
a national scale," Delbanco
said. "Otherwise, it's easy to
let (reform) anecdotes make
it feel like something is really
Employers teamed with
health insurance companies,
including the nation's four
largest Aetna, Cigna, Well-

Point and UnitedHealthcare
- to analyze blinded payment
data on 97 million commer-
cially insured individuals.
Data represent 67 percent
of all nongovernment health
insurance payments.
The dynamic may be differ-
ent today on reform, however,
when more consumers are
pressured to consider price
because they are enrolled in
high-deductible plans that
require beneficiaries to pay
more out of pocket before cov-
erage kicks in.
Jill Hummel, vice president
for payment innovation at
health insurer WellPoint, said
there is enough critical mass
behind payment reform that
the pressure won't stop.
"Paying for value is not a
new fad for us," she said. "It's
not 'the new black.' "

Some states to permit doctor-assisted deaths

continued from 9B

will have a leg up."
Proponents of the Massa-
chusetts measure were out-
spent five to one by religious,
medical and disability groups,
including the Roman Catho-
lic Church, says Coombs Lee.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Bos-
ton said in a statement after
the vote that "we can do better
than offering them the means
to end their life."
Walters says- the Vermont
mind-set is different: "Ver-
monters have a strong be-
lief for respecting each

other's beliefs."
When his time comes, Wal-
ters says, he doesn't know
whether he'd choose to end his
life, but his father asked him
for help "and it wasn't legal to
do it. It was really hard on me
to not be able to help him. I've
been bothered a long time by
his suffering."
He says a group of Vermont
friends, including many retired
physicians, got the idea to or-
ganize after Oregon passed the
first referendum allowing phy-
sician-assisted dying in 1997.
Oregon's law went into effect in
1998, and a similar law went
into effect in in Washington

in 2009.
The Oregon law requires a
patient to get two physicians
to say he or she is terminally
ill (expected to die within six
months), to be mentally com-
petent, an adult 18 or older
and a resident of the state. The
patient has to be physically
able to swallow the medication;
someone else can't administer
it. The written request for the
medication must have two wit-
nesses, one of whom cannot be
an heir, and the patient must
also make two oral requests.
"There are two waiting peri-
ods," says Peg Sandeen, execu-
tive director of Death With Dig-

nity, an advocacy group that
helped write the laws. "The
person is certain about what
he wants."
Sandeen says when the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in
favor of Oregon voters in 2006
the ruling paved the way for
other states to create their own
But fights continue: In Mon-
tana, a. bill is pending that
calls for imprisoning and fin-
ing a person "who aided or so-
licited a suicide." The Montana
Supreme Court ruled in 2008
that a state law protects doc-
tors from prosecution for help-
ing terminally ill patients die.

Health care for low-income locals coming soon

continued from 9B

said any Medicaid expansion
is optional. But healthcare ex-
perts say there are substantial
benefits to Floridians, including
those insured now.
Right now, the state's hospi-
tals spend roughly $2.8 billion
a year providing treatment for
uninsured people who can't
pay. Those costs are passed on
to insurance companies and
thus, to everyone who buys cov-
erage. And the Florida Hospital
Association, which strongly
backs expansion, has released
a study showing that it would
create 54,228 jobs.
Q: OK, so what does Negron's
plan do?
A: His plan would use Med-
icaid dollars to extend private
health-insurance to roughly
one million individuals and
families earning up to 138 per-
cent of the federal poverty line,

or about $15,000 for an indi-
vidual and $26,000 for a fam-
ily of three. Coverage would
be contracted through Florida
Healthy Kids, a state plan that
now provides subsidized private
coverage for about 250,000 low-
income children.
Q: What type of care would
people receive?
A: The proposed plan would
have to offer what's called
"benchmark" benefits, includ-
ing preventive care such as
yearly physical, emergency
care, maternity care and men-
tal health and substance abuse
treatment. It would not include
preventive dental care, which
Florida Healthy Kids currently
Q: Would patients have to pay
anything for this?
A: A little bit. Under Negron's
plan, patients would have to
pay low monthly premiums and
co-pays, with the amount set by
the Legislature yearly.

Q: Isn't Medicaid free today?
A: That's the big concern of
health-care advocates, who
worry that'some people can't af-
ford premiums and co-pays.
"Since this is a low-income
population, the out-of-pocket
cost protections that exist in
Medicaid are really essential,"
said Ron Pollack, executive di-
rector of Families USA, an advo-
cacy group in Washington. "Oth-
erwise people will be priced out
of the health care they need."
Q: Haven't Republicans ex-
pressed concern that the federal
government won't live up to its
promises and continue support-
ing the program in the future?
A: Negron has accounted for
that. If federal support drops
below 90 percent, the program
would end.
Q: Are there other alterna-
tives out there? What about the
A: Senate Healthy Policy
Chair Aaron Bean, R-Jackson-

ville, has put out a competing
idea, which would try to use
state money to help this same
population buy basic insurance.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-
Niceville, said it was possible
that they would take some parts
of both plans in the final prod-
However, Negron, as budget
chair, is seen as the architect
of any plan to overhaul the sys-
tem. The House has said it is
still examining the Senate plan.
Q: Would using private insur-
ers save money?
A: That's the big, controver-
sial question.
Negron says yes and is using
a- study commissioned by the
state Agency for Health Care
Administration to back up lis
argument. Milliman, an actu-
arial company, said offering
the "benchmark plan" services
through a private company
would save more than $100
million per year.

Babies fed solids too soon

continued from 9B

would help my baby sleep lon-
ger at night."
According to the American
Academy of Pediatrics, the
head and neck control and
overall coordination that in-
fants need to safely eat solids
does not develop until around
four months. In addition, the
early introduction of solids
may increase the risk of some
chronic diseases, such as dia-
betes, obesity, eczema and ce-
liac disease, the study notes.
Giving solids too soon also
ends exclusive breast-feeding,
which the AAP recommends
for about the first six months
because of numerous health
benefits for infants, including
reduced risk of respiratory and

ear infections, diarrhea, diabe-
tes, obesity and sudden infant
death syndrome.
A bit of cereal added to a bot-
tle of formula is. sometimes rec-
ommended by physicians for
babies with reflux, says Lana
Gagin, a pediatrician at the
Helen DeVos Children's Hospi-
tal in Grand Rapids, Mich. She
was not involved in the study.
Fiom a medical standpoint,
however, "There is no good, sol-
id evidence that it helps a baby
sleep," she says.
In the study, researchers
analyzed information collected
almost monthly from 1,334
mothers on when and why they
introduced solid food during in-
fants' first year.
"We didn't expect to see so
many (give solids) before four
-months," says Scanlon.

VA replaces paper records

continued from 9B

Lawmakers voiced growing
frustration 'with the Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs.
"There are many people, in-
cluding myself, who
are losing patience as
we continue to hear
the same excuses from .'
VA about increased
workload and in-
creased complexity of
claims," Florida's Rep.
Jeff Miller, the Repub-
lican chairman of the
House Committee on
Veterans' Affairs, said 01
during a hearing on
"No veteran should have to
wait for claims. If there's any-
body impatient here, I am that
individual and we're pushing
hard," said Shinseki, the for-
mer four-star Army general
who became VA secretary when
President Barack Obama came
into office.
About 4.3 million veterans

and survivors receive disability
Most veterans whose claims
are backlogged, about 60 per-
cent, are getting some disabil-
ity compensation already and
have filed for additional ben-
efits for other inju-
ries or illnesses.
Tom Tarantino,

.. cer of Iraq and Af-
ghanistan Veterans
of America, said a
presidential com-
mission was need-
ed to bring greater
Emphasis to solving
AMA the problem and to
make sure all fed-
eral agencies were on the same
"We're tired of waiting for the
VA to get their act together,"
Tarantino said.
Peter Gaytan, executive di-
rector of the American Legion,
emphasized that resolving dis-
ability claims in a timely man-
ner is an issue his organization
has dealt with for decades.

FDA to create new labels

continued from 9B

Reynolds Tobacco Co., sued to
block the mandate to include
warnings on cigarette packs as
part of the 2009 Family Smok-
ing Prevention and Tobacco
Control Act that, for the first
time, gave the federal govern-
ment authority to regulate to-
bacco. The nine labels original-
ly set to appear on store shelves
last year would've represented
the biggest change in cigarette
packs in the U.S. in 25 years.
Tobacco companies increas-

ingly rely on their packaging
to build brand loyalty and grab
consumers one of the few
advertising levers left to them
after the government curbed
their presence in magazines,
billboards and TV. They had ar-
gued that the proposed warn-
ings went beyond factual in-
formation into anti-smoking
The government, however,
argued the images were factual
in conveying the dangers of to-
bacco, which is responsible for
about 443,000 deaths in the
U.S. a year.




Bebo Valdes, a force in world of Cuban music | 1

Bebo Valdes, a pianist, ar-
ranger and composer who was
a musical lightning rod in Ha-
vana during the evolution of
the mambo and, after a long
fallow period, a million-selling
success in his last two decades,
died last Friday in Stockholm,
his primary residence since
1963. He was 94.
During the postwar and pre-
Castro boom years for tourism
and popular dance-band music
in Cuba, Valdes six foot four
(his nickname was El Caball6n,
or "The Big Horse") and pos-
sessed of protean energy was
often the right man in the right
place. His conservatory learn-
ing, his love of jazz and his
curiosity about the extensions
of African and European roots
through Cuban music since
the late 19th century put him
in great demand.
At the core of Valdes's suc-
cess was his pianism, which
was influenced by Baroque
fugues, Art Tatum and the left-
hand rhythms in Ernesto Lecu-
ona's Euro-Antillean danzas.
It was built on rhythmic prin-
ciples he learned while playing
for dancers alongside some of
the great Cuban singers of his
era, including Beny More, Pio
Leyva and Orlando Cascarita

continued from 8B

the Miracles. That oversight
was remedied in 2012, when
Rogers, Moore, Claudette Rob-
inson, Ronnie White and the
guitarist Mary Tarplin were in-
ducted together.
The Miracles endured even
after Robinson left the group in
1972, and their hit "Love Ma-
chine," released in 1975 with
Billy Griffin as the lead vocalist,
featured a sexy growl during the
chorus by Rogers "Oooooo-
Robert Edward Rogers was
born on Feb. 19, 1940. His
mother, Lois, was a seamstress,
and his father, Robert, worked
in an auto factory.
He sang as a young teenager

-Photo:Rahav Segev
The pianist and arranger BEBO
VALDES in New York in 2004.
The son of a cigar-factory
worker and grandson of a slave,
Ram6n Emilio Dionisio Valdes
Amaro was born on Oct. 9, 1918,
in Quivican, south of Havana.
He studied classical music at
the Conservatorio Municipal in
Havana. After finishing his stud-
ies in 1943, he spent four years
as pianist and arranger for the
Cuban radio station Mil Diez,
which mostly presented live mu-
sic. From 1948 to 1957 he was
the house pianist at the Tropi-
cana Club in Havana, Cuba's
most glamorous casino, where
he worked not just with Cuban
artists but also with American

with Robinson and another fu-
ture Miracle, Pete Moore.
In 1955, Robinson, Moore
and others formed a group
called the Five Chimes, whose
membership eventually in-
cluded Robinson's classmate at
Northern High School, Rogers,
as well as his cousin Emerson
Rogers, known as Sonny.
The group changed its name
to the Matadors, but when
Sonny Rogers joined the Army,
Robinson, who was the group's
chief songwriter as well as its
lead singer, asked another Rog-
ers, Sonny's sister Claudette, to
replace him (they would later
marry), at which point the name
Matadors was deemed too mas-
culine, and the group became
the Miracles.
They met Gordy, then merely

By Ben Ratliff

a budding music entrepreneur,
at an audition with the manag-
er of the singer Jackie Wilson in
1957, and, as the story goes, it
was Robinson who encouraged
Gordy to start his own com-
pany. The following year, with
Gordy as their producer, the
Miracles recorded "Got a Job"
(a response to the Silhouettes'
novelty doo-wop number "Get a
Job"), released on Rogers's (and
Robinson's) 18th birthday. In
1959 they recorded their first
single for Gordy's new com-
pany, "Bad Girl," and in 1960
the Miracles had their first hit,
"Shop Around," which sold a
million records.
Rogers's first marriage, to
Wanda Young, a singer with
the Marvelettes, ended in di-
vorce. His survivors include his

stars like Woody Herman and
Nat King Cole. (Valdes worked
with Cole on "Cole Espafiol," the
Spanish-language album Cole
recorded, made mostly in Ha-
vana in 1958.)
In addition to writing arrange-
ments for many hit records by
Cuban singers, Valdes took part
in the first descarga (jam ses-
sion) recording made in Cuba,
in 1952. That year he intro-
duced the bata, the two-headed
drum used in Santeria religious
ceremonies, into a popular
dance-music context. In 1959
he founded his own orchestra,
Sabor de Cuba with his son
Chucho, then a teenager, some-
times on piano.

Leery of the Castro regime, Val-
des left Cuba in October 1960,
along with the singer Rolando La
Serie, and moved first to Mexico
and then to Spain, working as
a pianist and arranger in both
television and recording studios.
In 1963 he stopped in Swe-
den on a tour with the Lecuona
Cuban Boys. There he met the
18-year-old Rose Marie Pehrson;
they married and remained to-
gether until her death last year.
In recent years they had lived in
Benalmddena, Spain. Their sons
Rickart and Raymond survive.
In addition to Rickart, Ray-
mond and Chucho Valdes a

wife, the former Joan Daniel;
a brother, Walter; two sisters,
Louise and Azzie Lee; two chil-
dren and two stepchildren.
Cosby, who was married to
the Motown songwriter and
producer Hank Cosby, said
Rogers was a friendly, voluble
presence, almost impossibly so-
"The property was almost
like a campus," she recalled,
speaking of the Motown offic-
es in Detroit, "and if you were
standing around talking with
two or three other people, he'd
always join in, and we always
loved having him. Wherever he
was, he belonged. Back in the
1960s, I used to say he was a
gossip. He wasn't really a gos-
sip. But he talked as much as
any woman."

2;F ~s

founder of the Cuban jazz group
Irakere and a virtuosic ambas-
sador for Cuban music world-
wide Valdes's survivors in-
clude two other sons, Ralf and
Ram6n; two daughters, Miriam
and Mayra; and several grand-
Valdes never returned to
Cuba. He played piano in Stock-
holm hotel lounges for more
than three decades. In 1994, the
Cuban jazz saxophonist Paquito
D'Rivera invited him to a record-
ing session in Germany; the re-
sult was a showcase of
Valdes's old compositions, "Bebo
Rides Again." He later took part
in "Calle 54," Fernando Trueba's
2000 documentary about Latin
jazz, in which he reunited with
Chucho for only the second time
in four decades.
On the albums of his final pe-
riod, largely produced by Che-
diak and Trueba, he performed
a wide range of music: 19th-
century Cuban songs, mambo,
bolero and Afro-Cuban jazz. "La-
grimas Negras," a 2003 collabo-
ration with the flamenco singer
Diego El Cigala, became a hit in
Europe and sold more than a
million copies worldwide.
Valdes won three Grammy
Awards most recently best
Latin jazz album for "Juntos
Para Siempre," a duo record
with Chucho and six Latin

Fellowship Church in Daytona

a Sweet Home Mission-
ary Baptist Church will hold
a Christian entertainment
comedy showcase, featuring
Lina Michelle Davis on May
10. Call 786-663-3997.

0 Second Chance 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-

B 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.

Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
hold the Seaboard Baptist
Association Christian Educa-
tion Department Annual Lun-
cheon on April 13 at 12a.m.-
2:30p.m. Call 305-620-5823.

M Joel Osteen Ministries
will hold an evening of cel-
ebration and hope at Marlins
Park on April 20.

M The Bethune-Cookman
University Concert Cho-
rale will host a concert at
First Baptist Church Piney
Grove on April 21at 4p.m.
Call 954-735-6289.

The Bethel Church will
celebrate its 62nd Anniver-
sary on May 5th at 9a.m. The
guest speaker will be Bishop
Derek Triplett, pastor of Hope

Youth observance
at St. Agnes'
On Sunday, April 7, The
Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal
Church will celebrate its 35th
Annual Youth Sunday Obser-
vance sponsored by the ladies
of St. Scholastica's Chapter of
the Episcopal Church Women
during the 10:45 a.m. service.
The youth speaker is Miss
Aleah Iman Smith, the daughter
of Andrew and Angela Smith.
She is a senior at North Miami
Beach Senior High.

Mother's Day Bus Trip
Mother's Day Celebration and Historical Pilgrimage to Holy Land
in Orlando, FL and St. Augustine, FL Saturday May 11 and Sunday
May 12.
Two days and one night hotel stay $275. Deadline is April 12th.
Call Wilhelmina at 786-277-5263

Haitian man may have been 127

continued from 8B

with your wife?'" Dina said.
Granddaughter Rutha Wal-
lace, mother to the nearly two-
year-old Rayna, took her little
girl to visit Vilsaint when he
was in hospice care. "He was
ready to see his wife again
and the children he had lost,"

she says. "He was blind, but
he grabbed my hand and my
daughter's. He knew us. And
he blessed us.
Because of Holy Week, the
viewing for Vilsaint is sched-
uled for 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 at
Eglise Baptist Bethanie, 2200
NW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
A funeral service will be held at
10 a.m. April 6 at the church.

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

Liberty City Church
of Christ
S1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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2799 N.W. 46th Street
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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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740 N.W. 58th Street

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Hadley Davis MLK
died March 28
at Victorian
Manor Assisted
Living Facility.
Service 10 a m.,
Friday in the

died March
28 at Jackson
Health Systems.
Service 10 a m.,
Saturday in the

retired IPN.
died March 26
at Mount Sinai
Medical Center.
Service 1 p.m..
Saturday at
Pilgrim Rest MB

JAMES MCGRAW, 81, laborer,
died March 23 at
Jackson Health
Sy stems.
Service 12:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

died March
28 at home.
Service 11 '
a.m., Saturday
at Trinity CME
Church of

laborer, died .
March 30.
are incomplete.

died March 24. Services were held.

March 18. Services were held.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt

died March 26
at North Shore
Hospital. She is
survived by: two
sons, Melvin
and Marvin
brothers, Eric M. Dennison
and Cleo W. Dennison; nieces;
nephews and a host of other
relatives and friends. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at New Beginning
Life Enrichment Center, 2398 NW
119th St.. Miami, FL.

65, construc-
tion worker, died .
March 31 at
home. Service
11 am., Satur-
day at Peace-
ful Zion M.B.

27, died March 27 at Glory House
USA. Service 11 a.m., today in the

TOMAS, 89, retired Anglican
Priest. died March 25 at home.
Litany 7 p.m.. Friday at Church of
the Ascension, 11201 SW 160th
Street. Service 10 a.m., Saturday

at the church.

March 28 at home. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
CASSANDRA TUFF, 68, nurse,
died March
25 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at New Birth
Baptist Church.

FRANCES MACK, 85, chair
maker, died
March 24 at
home. Service -.
12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

died March
28 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Pratt Memorial.

ROBERT SMITH JR., 51, died
March 23. Services were held.

MARY TOLIVER, 59, died March
24. Services were held.

March 22. Services were held.

March 28. Services were held.

died March
30. Survivors
include his wife,
Veronica Crews;
dau g h ters,
Jackson, Angela
Davis(Cedric), and LaRhonda
Crews; sons, Edrichk Crews,
and Juan Crews; brothers, Steve
Crews Jr., and Ruben Crews;
eleven grandchildren; eight great-
grands. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Apostolic Revival Center.

died March 28.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the ...

longshoreman, died March 27.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the

retired cobbler,
died March
26 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at
Saint James.


LEO E. MOSS, 82, retired, died
March 25 at VA
Service 12 p.m.,
Thursday at
Refuge Church
of Our Lord.

construction worker, died March
28 at Holy Cross Hospital. Service
11:30 a.m., Saturday in the chapel.





Gregg L. Mason
SHIRLEY P. WILKS, 72, retired
County Public .
Schools, o Is
died April 1. ,
Survived by
her immediate
family :
daughter, e
Natalie Smith Mack (Darrell); son,
Darryl Wilks; sister, Janice Powell
Hopton; and brother, Richard
Powell (Jackie). Visitation, 2-9
p.m., Friday with family hour from
5-7 p.m. Service 12 p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist
Church. Entombment: Dade
Memorial Park.

Grocers, died a
March 25. She
is survived by
her daughters,
Matthews and Diann Carswell
Johnson; five grandchildren;
brothers, Frank Hartley, Jr. and
Samuel Hartley; sister, Dr. Eloise
McCoy-Cain, Catherine Lynum,
Willie Mae Singletary and Jane
Hartley Robinson; Family hour
from 5-9 p.m., Friday at Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church, 740
NW 58th Street. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the church. Interment:
Dade Memorial Park.

82, retired
teacher, Miami -
Dorsey, died
March 28.
Visitation 3
p.m.-9 p.m.,
Friday with
family hour from 6-7 p.m. Service
1:30 p.m., Saturday at Holy Temple
Missionary Baptist Church, 2341
NW 143rd Street.

Wright and Young
COLEY, 67,
pastor, died
March 30
at Jackson
H hospital .
Service 1:30
p.m., Saturday
at New
Generation Baptist Church, Opa-

68, retired,
died April 1
at Memorial
Regional West.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Missionary _
Baptist Church.


dispatcher, -- .
died March "
28 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Triumph the
Church and
6825 NW 20 Avenue.

57, drug counselor, died March
29. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Glendale Baptist Church of

Carey Royal Ram'n
March 26 at home. Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt. Nebo Missionary
Baptist Church.

51, died March 31 at the University
of Miami Hospital. Services were

died at home. Services were held.

CARR, 4, died March 30.
Arrangements are incomplete.

MANSON JONES, 63, died April
1 at home. Arrangements are

Card of Thanks Nigerian literary genius,

Thefamiyof the lte, Albert Achebe dies at 82

L ;i


would like to express
their heartfelt thanks and
appreciation to all those who
supported us in our time of
Thanks for the prayers,
visits to the funeral home,
flowers, cards, foods,
donations and attendance at
the service.
Special thanks to Rev. Dr.
Franklin R. Clark for his
support and officiating at
the service; Mt. Olivette M.B.
Church family, Bishop George
Walter Sands, the neighbors
of 84th St. and the staff of
Range Funeral Home.
May God continue to bless
each of you.
Karen Bullard-Jordan, the
Bain and Wilcox families.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

By Drew Hinshaw

The first book of Albert Chin-
ualumogu Achebe was nearly
lost to history when a London
typing service dismissed the
handwritten manuscript sent
from Africa as a joke.
The joke was on them. Final-
ly published in 1958, "Things
Fall Apart" became an improb-
able success, announcing the
Nigerian author,
and Africa, on the
world's literary
stage. It went on
to sell more than
10 million copies
in 50 languages.
"It literally in-
vented African
literature," said
Simon Gikandi,
Kenyan author of
"Reading Chinua
Achebe has died, his literary
agent confirmed Friday, follow-
ing a brief illness. He was 82
years old.
"He was a giant, and a wise
and kind man," said a state-
ment by John Makinson, chief
executive of the Penguin Group,
a unit of Pearson PSON.LN,
Achebe's last publisher.
Born Nov. 16, 1930, in a road-
side town in British Nigeria's
rural southeast, Achebe sought
work as a young man in Lagos,
the colonial capital, where he
wrote his first novel: the tragic
story of a champion wrestler re-
duced to suicide by the arrival
of Christian missionaries.
Achebe on campus in a 2010
photo provided by Brown Uni-
versity in Rhode Island where
he taught.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


04/06/1964- 11/19/2012

Baby you are truly missed.
Love you, your wife

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Another year and counting,
two years. No longer are you
here on earth, but you left a
legacy and many of us to car-
ry on your memory.
You are truly missed by us
all. Love you always, mother,
father, brother, sister, chil-
dren and many love ones near
and far forever will carry you
in our hearts.

In Memoriam

04/02/1983 02/04/2013

My darling baby boy, God
loves you and so do we.
Mother, sons, sisters,
brothers and girlfriend.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


^^ t

(1- 1.. I Lr:. 03/03/2013

We will always love you.
Your wife and kids.

02/04//198 04/06/2010

"Forever In Our Hearts"
Dearest son, brother, dad;
three years have passed and
it's still very hard to accept
you've been taken away.
Yet we're comforted know-
ing how much you love us
and certain you're watching .
. We love you and miss your
physical presence in our lives.
Your dad, Teddy; mom,
Shirley; brother, Jaron; and
son, Javaughn, Jr.

Achebe wrote his early fiction
in the 1950s and 1960s at a
hopeful time in African history,
when waves of independence
inspired young writers to cel-
ebrate and perhaps roman-
ticize the sunnier aspects
of life on the continent. Many
sought to capture the grandeur
of Africa's landscapes its riv-
ers and gardens.
Achebe was more wry and
more skeptical of
Africa's winds of
change. In the nov-
els he wrote, Afri-
can society could
^. be beautiful but
4 '- brutal, and always
in danger of falling
'- "He started writ-
S ing at a moment of
great expectations,
but his works con-
tained this important caution-
ary note, that things could go
wrong," Gikandi said.
Soon, they did. Achebe's 1966
novel "Man of the People" ends
with a military coup. Weeks af-
ter its publication, Nigerians
awoke to learn their military
had seized power for the first
of six times. Civilians and sol-
diers alike accused the novelist
of enjoying foreknowledge of the
Within months, Nigeria was
engulfed in independent Africa's
first humanitarian catastrophe:
a war for the independence of
Achebe's Igbo homeland that left
one million people dead, most of
them children who starved. The
novelist finally delved into this
painful period in his final work,
released last year, "There Was a

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An interview with the world's most
popular Black Brit

By Stuart Heritage

You've got three films coming out this year. Which one
should we be most excited about?
They're all exciting in different ways. I'm most excited about
Mandela. Pacific Rim I saw the other day, which is ... if you
like that sort of film, that sort of massive real-life cartoon with
really good actors and really good effects, you're gonna
love it.
The PR who organized this said that you might win an
Oscar for the Mandela film.
I've not heard that. But it's a great film. It's a real pic-
ture postcard of his life, and I'm proud of it.
Nelson Mandela has already seen parts of it, hasn't
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I wasn't with him, but I got told that he
was really happy. He even asked: "Is that me?'
Please turn to ELBA 3C

Hands down the best. Hands down the best. Not in
terms of performance. But my film's about his entire
life. Anyone wanting to understand who Mandela was
should go and watch my film. Morgan Freeman is out-
standing. Terrence Howard is an outstanding actor. But
my film is about his life.

Bassett on

future film


Actress talks Waiting
to Exhale sequel

By Brennan Williams

Theatergoers across the country
provided extra security in guarding the
nation's most coveted residence this
past weekend, as "Olympus Has Fallen"
debuted #2 at the box office with an esti-
mated gross of $30.5 million.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the two
hour action flick centers around the
rescue efforts surrounding the kidnap-
ping of U.S. President Benjamin Asher
(played by Aaron Eckhart), who is held
hostage inside the White House following
an abrupt terrorist attack.
During a recent interview with the
Huffington Post, Golden Globe Award-
wining actress, Angela Bassett opened
up on her role in the film in addition to
an update on the sequel to "Waiting To
Congratulations on your latest film,
"Olympus Has Fallen." Can talk about
your role as Lynn Jacobs?
I play Lynn Jacobs the director of the
secret service. She's the ex-boss of Ge-
rard Butler character "Mike Banning."
There's never been a female head of the
Secret Service, much less a woman of
Please turn to BASSETT 3C.

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of the movie "42" at the Tutwiler Hotel Mon., May. 14, 2012 in Birmingham, A

New Jackie Robinson bi

42 to premiere on April

Chadwick Boseman stars on film with
Harrison Ford

By Chris Witherspoon

The highly-anticipated
Jackie Robinson biopic 42 hits
theaters April 12th. The film,
written by Brian Helgeland,
stars Chadwick Boseman,
Christopher Meloni, Nicole
Beharie and Academy Award
nominee Harrison Ford and
tells the story of Robinson
[Boseman], the first Black to
play in Major League Baseball.
In 1947 the Brooklyn Dodg-
ers, under the guidance of
team executive Branch Rickey
[Ford], started Robinson at
first base and ended racial
segregation in baseball. Film-
goers will see the hardships
Robinson endured during his
endeavor to integrate an all-
white sport, including repeat-
edly being called racial slurs
like the n-word. Ford says the
n-word was tastefully used in
42, and was necessary in tell-
ing the story of Robinson.

"It's historically accurate,"
Ford said. "This is a film
about a period of time and
about redeeming that period
of time in which it was con-
ventional and common to
hear that word and others in
characterization of people.
The characters that we played
worked hard to create cir-
cumstances in which that
word couldn't be used, but
you can't make a movie about
applesauce without talking
about apples.
"Just to hear the word is
a powerful emotional reac-
tion from many people ... me
included. If the circumstances
that we're talking about and
the character that I play
hadn't worked with Jackie
Robinson to change white
baseball, the civil rights move-
ment wouldn't have happened
as quickly as it did. So this is
about racism, it's about civil

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Rarely told story

of Black women

during WW II

"Double Victory" illustrates
world of discrimination

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer

You only wanted a job. You needed a little
spending money, a way to put food on the
table, something to do that meant some-
thing or made a difference. So you applied
for positions that sounded good and paid
well, or seemed interesting and came with

Humans, it's believed, are wired for work.
We need to contribute somehow, in some
meaningful way. But as you'll see in the
new book "Double Victory" by Cheryl Mul-
lenbach, some jobs don't come without a
double battle.
Shortly after the U.S. entered World
War II in 1941, a desperate call went out for
Please turn to DOUBLE VICTORY 3C

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2 large eggs
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8 lollipop sticks
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Place ice cream scoops on a baking
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for at least 2 hours.
In soup bowl or other medium-sized
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crumbs, coating completely. Freeze 1
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2 medium firm kiwi, peeled
1 3/4 cups halved small strawberries (or large
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3/4 cup fresh blueberries
3 tablespoons peach preserves (pineapple,
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Press frosting side into white chocolate, spread frosting
on unfrosted side; turn and press into white chocolate.
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I E .I

Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, presi-
dent along with members of
the African American Com-
mittee of Dade Heritage Trust,
presented the Fifteenth An-
nual Women's History Month
Luncheon at the American Le-
gion Hall last month. Featured
were voices from the graves at
Miami City Cemetery with a

script written by F J1
Mrs. Leome S.
Culmer. Attorney Angela Cul-
mer and Lois H. Oliver served
as announcer and commenta-
tor, respectively. Norma Mims,
Josephine A. Burnside, Dr.
Gay Outler, and Leona Swil-
ley portrayed the voices of Ev-
elyn M. Burnside, Josephine

C. Anderson Burnside, -
Martha Rolle and Sel-
ma Ward. An addition
to the program was the
sharing of Burnside
family pictures by Hya-
cinth and Art Johnson.
Deacon Frank Pinkney
and friends served lun-
cheon to the guests who PIN
were entertained by
Lonnie McCartney and the
Psi Phi Hampton House Band.
Pinkney thanked all support-
ers and guests among whom
were: Becky Roper Malkov,

S.. Maude New-
bold, Vera
Lee, Eva Bet-
terson, Me-
riel Seymold,
Gloria Green,
Caroline King,
Claudia Slater,
Dena Pinkney,
IKNEY Cecilia Stew- NEV
art, Charlayne
Thompson, Dianne H. Rolle,
Wilfred McKenzie, and Lela
D. Young.
Congratulations to newly
elected officers of the Baha-


mian American Fed-
eration, Inc. They are:
Franklin Williams,
president; Edroy Fer-
guson, vice president;
Janet Williams, sec-
retary; Vania Wash-
ington, treasurer; Dr.
Gail Brown, finan-
'BOLD cial secretary; Sherri
Moss, recording sec-
retary. Members of the board
of directors are Bessie Clarke,
Nathaniel Miller, Luzina
Bunter, Alva McCleod, and
Sarah Short.

The 2013 Men of Tomor-
row presentation presented by
The Egelloc Civic and Social
Club will be held on Saturday,
April 25th at Parrot Jungle Is-
land. Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Church held an outdoor
Palm Sunday procession led
by Bishop K. Carter and Dr.
Joreatha Capers.
Happy Birthday to Edith
Gage who celebrated her 95th
birthday at Bethany Seventh
Day Adventist Church along
with her family and church
members in March.

Rick Ross date rape lyrics stir controversy

By Huffington Post

Rick Ross might be liberal
with his raps about "yayo,"
guns and Jesus pieces, but
recent lyrics about date rape
stand out from the rest.
Ross collaborated with At-
lanta rapper Rocko for the
single, titled "U.O.E.N.O.," off
Rocko's mixtape "Gift of Gab
2." Although the mix dropped
in February the track featuring
Ross is just now gaining trac-
tion because of a lyric presum-
ably about date rape.
The lyrics in question talk
about drugging a woman and
taking her home. "Put molly all
in her champagne/ She ain't
even know it/ I took her home
and I enjoyed that/ She ain't
even know it," raps Ross.
Molly is the powder or crys-
tal form of "pure" MDMA, a
substance commonly found in

Ecstasy, according
to the Drug Enforce-
ment Administra-
tion (DEA). MDMA
can be an energizer,
distorter and/or en-
hancer. It is used to
"reduce inhibitions
and to promote: eu-
phoria, feelings of
closeness, empathy
and sexuality," the


DEA has said of the substance.
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Child-
ish Gambino and Danny Brown
are just some of the hip-hop
artists who have dropped the
term "molly" in a song, CNN's
Marina Csomor noted.
But Ross's use of molly was
"This lyric is obviously pro-
moting rape," says journalist
and hip-hop activist Rosa Cle-
mente in a YouTube response
to the song. "Not just date rape,

but rape and rape
culture and violence
against women. We
live in a society by the
time that Black wom-
en and Latina women
are 18, almost half of
them 44 percent -
have been sexually
Others associated
the controversial

lines with the Steubenville rape
case, in which two Ohio teens
were found guilty of sexually
assaulting an underage girl
who was severely intoxicated
and incapable of giving con-
Via Clutch Mag Online's Brit-
ni Danielle:
"While many agreed that
Ross' lyrics were irresponsible
at best, and downright heinous
at worse, predictably someone
tried to tell me to relax. Why?

'It's just music.' The 'it's just
music' line has been trotted out
for every depraved verse ever
laid over a dope beat. And while
I may have been able to sepa-
rate the two when I was a teen,
these days, I can't pretend that
music does not matter."
Danielle goes on to discuss
Steubenville and alleges that
lyrics such as Ross' can foster
"a culture of dysfunction,", in
which young men think it is ac-
ceptable to have relations with
an intoxicated or unconscious
woman who isn't able to say
"If she didn't know she didn't
give consent," Jerry L. Barrow
of The Urban Daily writes about
Ross's date rape lyrics. "And if
she didn't give consent she was
raped. You're out here telling
your fans that it's cool to rape
women and YOU don't even
know it."

Angela Bassett on upcoming projects in film

continued from 1C

color. It really was a bold cast-
ing choice, because generally
the role is dominated by men
and testosterone. But some-
times with women in movies,
we can show our best selves,
and in this one we show that
we're real capable women. My-
self, Melissa Leo as Secretary
of Defense, which is another
role that hasn't been played by
a woman. But there's a level
of commitment, integrity and
strength in the roles. The film
is so authentic.
Aside from the release
of "Olympus Has Fallen,"
you're also set to star in the
forthcoming musical motion
picture, "Black Nativity."
What can fans expect from
your role as "Aretha Cobbs"?
I'm the first lady of the
church. Forest Whitaker is

playing Reverend Cornell. I'm
working with some wonderful
people including Jennifer Hud-
son and Kasi Lemmons, who
wrote the script based on the
Langston Hughes play, "Black
Nativity." And there's Jacob
Latimore, Nas, Tyrese and
Mary J Blige. Just a cast of
incredible talented folks. And
so far it's just beautiful. The
music crosses all genres, from
Gospel to Hip Hop, to Jazz. It's
a beautiful, classic story and
I'm excited for when it hits the-
aters later this year in Novem-
Last year Terry McMillian
shared her thoughts on the
sequel to "Waiting to Ex-
hale," and revealed that the
film's producers were still
up in the air about Whitney
Houston's character, "Sa-
vannah Jackson." What's the
latest status?
They're still writing. One of

our original producers, from
the first "Exhale," is on board.
So that's a good sign, but
they're still working on the
script. It's just how to deal with
.[Whitney's loss]. And probably
the best way to deal with it is
just deal with it. It's like what
happens in life, in a way. Life
is about life in passing, living
and dying, winning and losing.
So that's what I know so far.
If the producers decide to
proceed with the storyline of
"Savannah," is there anyone
that you would like to see
play the character?
Not off the top of my head.
That would be interesting for
the fans to decide. I wonder if
they [the producers] have done
any outreach that way. Who
would the fans like to see, or
what they would like to see. I
don't feel like replacing that
character is the most respect-
ful way to go, because in my

heart I love Whitney and her
work and the time that we
shared together. Her role and
her presence was just so im-
portant. I have a hard time
replacing someone else in her
shoes. I guess they wouldn't
have to do that. We would have
to just come up with a brand
new friend.
Throughout your illustri-
ous career, you have por-
trayed some of history's
most prominent figures. Is
there anyone else on your
wish list?
I want to play some made up
people now! [Laughs] I'm ready
for some fiction . But I think
there was a time when I was in-
terested in playing Bessie Cole-
man, someone a lot of people
don't know of. She was the first
[Black] female aviator. But that
was a period piece that never
got off the ground. But fiction
is in my future. [Laughs]

Idris Elba as South African, Nelson Mandela

continued from 1C

In a Mandela-off with Mor-
gan Freeman's Mandela and
Terrence Howard's Mandela,
where would your Mandela
Hands down the best. Hands
down the best. Not in terms of
performance. But my film's
about his entire life. Anyone
wanting to understand who
Mandela was should go and
watch my film. Morgan Free-
man is outstanding. Terrence
Howard is an outstanding ac-
tor. But my film.is about his
I saw on Twitter that
you've been palling around
with Prince Charles.
Yeah! Me and Prince. Sorry,

me and His Royal Highness.
We were giving out awards
to young achievers from The
Prince's Trust. It was such a
special afternoon. It was the
first time I'd met His Royal
Highness. He gave me a badge.
What does someone even
talk about with Prince
He's a very smart man, very
warm. He just likes to know
who you are and what you're
doing. Apparently he knew
who I was. He wants me to
send him a DVD of Mandela
when it comes out.
You're definitely going to
be the next James Bond, we
James Bond.
I'm not recollecting who that

Naomie Harris named you
as the person she wants to
be James Bond after Dan-
iel Craig. She's Moneypenny
now. It sounds all sewn up.
Naomie Harris I know. James
Bond I'm still struggling with.
[World's longest pause] No, it's
a massive rumor. That's all it
is, honestly. I'd be screaming
it from the fucking rooftops of
my council flat in east London
if I got James Bond, but it's
just a rumor.
Never mind. At least Lu-
ther's back soon.
In September. He's an old-
school detective. He's recog-
nizable without you knowing
it. Neil Cross has got a real love
affair with old school charac-
ters, flawed characters. These
are the same characters that
we've watched for years. So

Luther has that sort of texture
to him. I love Colombo and
all them old guys, and that's
what I try to inject.
How's your music career
I love it. I've been DJing
mostly, and most DJs end up
producing. That's just me. I've
just been offered a residency
in Ibiza this whole summer
with Ibiza Rocks with Zane
Lowe, Mark Ronson, Example.
We're going to have a smash-
ing time. But at the same time
I'm going to make some mu-.
sic. I did a rendition of Billie
Jean which is on my Sound-
cloud. I put it on Twitter, and if
got about 3000 hits that day.
People were like "Really?" It's
a very dark rendition of Bil-
lie Jean, but that's the sort of
musician I am.

"Double" explores new facet of Black history

continued from 1C

workers because America's
men were going to war. White
women were encouraged to do
the jobs their men had left be-
hind. Black women wanted to
do their part, too. They saw
a chance to help win the war
and to make better money:
many. of them were getting $2
a week as domestics, while
factory jobs might pay twenty
times that.
Time and time again, how-
ever, they were turned away
- even though President
Franklin Roosevelt had signed
Executive Order 8802, which
encouraged "full participa-

tion in the national defense
program by all citizens . re-
gardless of race . ."
Emboldened, Black women
kept trying for jobs and, even-
tually, despite ongoing dis-
crimination, there was such
a strong need for workers that
some were finally hired (al-
though still segregated). At
first, the jobs were menial or
purposely difficult in the hopes
that the women would quit.
But they didn't, which en-
couraged other 'Black women
to bust barriers wide open.
Even Black Hollywood got into
the effort to win the war.
When the government final-
ly allowed Black men into the
Armed Forces, Black women

leaped to join, too, and were
accepted into the WAAC (Wom-
en's Army Auxiliary Corp, later
just WAC) in 1942. They still
faced segregation but were fi-
nally allowed to "do their part"
at home and overseas. And yet,
despite that they sacrificed in
service to their country just as
their white countrymen did,
when the war ended, there was
just more discrimination.
No doubt about it, "Double
Victory" is an eye-opener, es-
pecially for the generations
born post-WWII.
Through interviews, news-
paper accounts, books, doc-
uments, and diaries, Mul-
lenbach tells the story of a
courageous group of women

who were determined to serve
their country, even when it
seemed that no one wanted
them to. It's shocking to see
how Black women endured
more severe discrimination
than did their male counter-
parts, and I was surprised
at the almost-ridiculous the
lengths to which segregation
went to keep Black women as
more than second-class citi-
While this seems to be a
book for teen readers, I surely
think adults will get just as
much out of every word here.
If you're looking for a book
with an until-now-quiet story,
"Double Victory" will do the

Columnist takes brief hiatus

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.

Beyonce and her father

Mathew announce split
By Associated Press .

Beyonce will no longer
be managed by her father,
Mathew Knowles, her publicist
said Monday.
The Grammy-winning singer
and her father have parted
ways "on a business level,"
publicist Yvette Noel-Schure
told The Associated Press in a
'I am grateful for everything
he has taught me," Beyonce
said in the statement. "I grew
up watching both he and my
mother manage and own their
own businesses. They were
hardworking entrepreneurs
and I will continue to follow in
their footsteps."
She didn't say what led to the
split, but her father said in a
separate statement to the AP
late last Monday that the deci-
sion was mutual.
Knowles has managed his
daughter since she debuted as
a teen in the multiplatinum-

Beyonce and her father
Matthew Knowles.
selling group Destiny's Child in
the late 1990s and throughout
her superstar career as a solo
artist. Knowles oversaw all
aspects of Beyonce, from music
to movies to fashion and more.
In the statement, Beyonce
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Michael Baisden makes

announcement on exit

By Ronald Ho

Nationally syndicated radio
host Michael Baisden has
announced that he is leaving
radio. The host says that his
official leave from radio will
begin on April first of this year.
According to his PR
team, Baisden has
an audience of seven
million listeners and
says that the hiatus
is occurring after he
was unable to come to
terms when negotiat-
ing his new contract.
Baisden has been on
the air for ten years
and his team says that BA
they did what they could to
keep the show on the air.
"We're already planning to
return to the air as soon as
possible in a way that will give
the 'Michael Baisden Show'
a more direct relationship
with our affiliates, and most
importantly, our listeners,"
cites Pamela Exum, his busi-
ness manager.
The situation appears to be

one in which leaving the air
may be a negotiating tactic
by Baisden's team. Baisden
keeps busy outside of radio,
writing several best-selling
books, including: "Never Satis-
fied," "Men Cry In The Dark,"
"The Maintenance Man I and
3 M II," and "God's Gift
Sto Women."
Baisden was also
heavily involved in
the movement to
support the Jena
6 and was one of
the first to endorse
Senator Barack
Says Baisden,
LISDEN "It's not about the
job, it's about the journey. I
have been grinding for over 10
years, fighting for the under-
dog, inspiring people daily
on my Michael Baisden Live
Page on Facebook and work-
ing my butt off to produce the
best show on radio. I hope my
fans miss me. . because I'm
definitely going to miss them,"
Michael says. "But this is not
the end, it's the next chapter!"

Brits portray Michelle Obama

as queen of best dressed list

By Eun Kyung Kim

Michelle Obama has been
crowned fashion royalty by
Britain's Sunday Times Style
Magazine, which ranked the
first lady at the top of its best-
dressed list.
To promote the issue, the
magazine released an ad fea-
turing a profile of Mrs. Obama
wearing a crown on a British
first-class postage stamp, a
spot traditionally reserved for
the Queen of England.
In her home country, the
49-year-old first lady graces the
current cover of Vogue maga-
zine in a photograph highlight-
ing her now-famous bangs,
her signature toned arms and.
a blue and purple Reed Kra-
koff sleeveless dress. "I always
say that women should wear

whatever makes them feel good
about themselves," she told the
"That's what I always try to





Summit challenges youth to

pick up books instead of guns ,

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By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
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Altaini t Tunei ur 'r

Hundreds of students from
Nliami-Dade County Public
Schools recently used part of
their spring break to discuss
ways to promote non-violence
in a summit that included
elected officials, County
leaders, law enforcement
and community activists
The conversation comes at a
crucial time because while
some Black males are excel-
ling in their academic and
athletic pursuits. others ha-ve
unfortunately chosen to pick
up a gun rather than pursue
an education to enhance their
The hMami-Dade County

Community Relations Board
[CRBI. in partnership with the
Mlami-Dade County Youth
Commission, sponsored the
televised Youth Summit to
Promote Non-Violence at the
Stephen P. Clark Go\ ernment
Center in Mlami to address
the rise in southh violence
"We are here to prepare for
the civil unrest that ma ,be
coming to our community."
said Dr. Walter T. Richard-
son. CRB chairman. "We are
working with the youth to
hear from them and provide
education to empower the
co m runity "

One special guest at the

summit v.as Sybrina FultorI.
the mother of Tra:, \on Mar-
tin '.'-ho was ginned dlo. n
b-, neighborhood ..atchman
'George Zimmrrernman JLust -over
a year ago
Fulton says that Tra\ryon
\~as no different from any
other kid m ho hias Lps and
dow ns in their life.
"Our children shoulldn't
be afraid to walk do',vn the
street or feel like they can't
wear certain items of clothing.
like a hoodie, because of the
w arped perceptions of othe rs,"
she said. "A person shouldn't
be judgedd bi the color of their
skin "
She added that v while she
had hoped for great things for
Travon. his lile was tragical-
Iv cut short, as are the lives of

many, other Black southh
The Miami-Dade Co'.runt,
Police Department [NID-
CPD] showed a ideo of
the burning andi looting of
the Black community that
occurred during Miarri's
MlcDuLiffle riots in May, 19O).
Chiel Delma K N'oel-Pratt.
MNDCPD said that as the case
against George Zimninerman
continues and once the trial
comes to an end, the Depart-
ment plans to have greater
police presence in certain
targeted areas
'Ve' are targeting several
areas in the commu!r" nit\ where
protests rma, take place,"
Noel-Pratt said. "Our main
aim is to encourage peace.
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-Photo courtesy MDC Homestead Campus.

Students get a lesson on the

importance of the Black press

Kevin McNeir, senior editor of The Miami Times, recently spoke on "The Relevance of the Black
Press" at the Miami Dade College [MDC] Homestead Campus. McNeir's informative presentation,
which was hosted by the MDC Homestead Journalism Club, made students aware of the impor-
tance of becoming informed and aware of the world around them. Commenting on his "passion,
charisma, anecdotes and humor," the MDC students were captivated by McNeir's timely and en-
gaging presentation. With McNeir (2nd from left) are MDC Homestead Journalism Club members
(left to right) Krystal McCray, Marquise Fair, Alexandra Joseph, Kristina Novik, Faculty Advisor
Susan G. Lichtman and MDC Homestead Journalism Club President Seth Stultz.

Colleges try to make summer

school a more viable option

Off-season classes

made attractive to

increase grad rate
By Mary Beth Marklein

A growing number of colleg-
es, under pressure to improve
graduation rates, seek to boost
summer enrollments by slash-
ing tuition, expanding course
options and offering other
The University of Iowa just
announced that this fall's
freshman class will be able to
take summer classes for free
starting in 2014. Dominican
University of California, which
has cut tuition by 50 percent

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over the summer for several
years, this year is encourag-
ing its newly admitted stu-
dents to get a head start on
their freshman year. Montclair
State University students can
save as much as 17 percent on
tuition this summer and get
free parking to boot.
Schools typically stress the
cost savings to students. But
colleges also increasingly view
summer as a way to help stu-
dents complete their degrees
faster. The most recent Educa-
tion Department data show
four-year graduation rates at
54 percent for public and 64
percent at private universities.
At the University of Iowa,
where the Board of Regents
has set a goal to raise the


,. :u ". e a.h.
S..Several universities are slashing sum

Several universities are slashing sum

school's 48 percent four-year
graduation rate to 50 percent
by 2016, the tuition break is
aimed partly at giving students
who change majors a chance
to catch up, associate provost
Beth Ingram says.
Like Dominican, many pri-
vate colleges have offered tu-
ition cuts for summer courses
for years to compensate
for the lack of financial aid
available during the summer
and because fewer services
are typically available, spokes-
woman Sarah Gardner says.
Now, the trend is gaining trac-
tion at public institutions.
One concern raised on some
campuses is whether students
will bite. Nationally, recent
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mer tuition to encourage enrollment.

53 schools to close, to address deficit

By Stephanie Banchero
and Caroline Porter

CHICAGO-School officials
here said recently they plan to
close 53 elementary schools
and one high school, one of the
largest mass school closings in
the nation's history, as Mayor
Rahm Emanuel seeks to fill a
gaping budget hole.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the
chief executive of Chicago Pub-
lic Schools, said the closings
would not be easy, but the city
"must make tough choices,"
and by consolidating schools,
"we can focus on safely getting
every child into a better-per-
forming school close to their
The move to close about 11
percent of the 472 elementary
schools in the nation's third-
largest school district this
fall sparked anger from the
teachers union, some elected
aldermen, parents and neigh-
borhood groups who vowed to
fight the move. The Chicago
Board of Education, appointed
by Emanuel, a Democrat, must
approve the final plan.
The threat of school clos-
ings has hung over the city for

-M. Spencer Green/AP
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks
outside the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School in Chicago,
March 21, about the planned closing of public schools.

months and played a role in
the two-week teacher strike
last fall, as union and city
leaders battled over contract
rules for teachers displaced by
potential closings.
District officials said enroll-
ment declines and students
shifting to charter schools-
public schools run by indepen-
dent groups-have left 100,000
extra classroom seats in the

city. The figures are based on
the district's ideal class size of
30 students; currently, most
schools have between 24 and
28 students in each classroom,
according to district docu-
ments. Opponents have ques-
tioned the district's figures.
District officials said the
closings would save the district
$560 million over 10 years in
capital costs and $43 million

annually in operating costs.
Karen Lewis, the head of the
Chicago Teachers Union, said
Mr. Emanuel is sending the
district into "utter chaos," and
that closings are unnecessary,
won't save money and would
expose students to academic
and safety concerns. The
"school-closing policies put our
students at real, not imagined,
risk," she said.
The announcement comes
as cities nationwide, including
Kansas City, Mo., Detroit and
Washington, D.C., have closed
hundreds of schools in the
past few years. The moves have
been driven largely by enroll-
ment declines, a push by the
federal and some state govern-
ments to shut underperform-
ing campuses and competition
from charters.
Philadelphia announced ear-
lier this month plans to close
23 schools. Kansas City shut
40 percent of its 64 campuses
in 2010, and Detroit closed
about 14 percent of its schools
in 2006. But several experts
said Chicago's announcement
might represent the largest
number of schools closed at
Please turn to SCHOOLS 5C

Progressive Officers Club

offers Academic Scholarships

Progressive Officers Club
(POC) is comprised of Police
and Correctional Officers as
well as civilians in Miami-
Dade and Broward coun-
A historically African-
American non-profit organi-
zation, the POC has grown
and diversified, now having
members from various eth-
nic and racial backgrounds.
POC scholarships of
$1000 will be awarded from
our Educational Assistance
Award Program.
African-American high
school students residing
in Miami-Dade and Bro-
ward counties who are in
good academic standing
and will be receiving a high
school diploma during a


commencement ceremony
for the 'Class of 2013' are
eligible to apply.
Applicants must have
been accepted to an institu-
tion of higher learning as a
full-time student for the up-
coming fall semester (2013).
POC members with
graduating high school
seniors may also apply for a
scholarship from the Roslyn
McGruder-Clark Scholar-
ship Fund.
Applications for scholar-
ships can only be requested
via mail (letter or postcard)
no later than Monday, April
22, 2013 to: Progressive
Officers Club, P.O. Box
680398, Miami, FL 33168,
Attention: Education Assis-
tance Award Program.

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! Move over, Michelle Obama

-Photo credit: Peter Foley
People wait to hear Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speak about "Lean In" in New York
this month.



By Lionel Beehner

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook
fame has a powerful message
for working women: lean in.
She has launched "Lean In
Circles," instructional pow-
wows whereby women can
share work experiences and.
learn how to speak and even
sit properly.
Not to be confused with MS-
NBC's new tagline: "Lean for-
ward," which we're told means
"to think bigger, listen closer,
fight smarter and act faster."
Since when did we begin to
associate good posture with
thinking bigger, acting faster
or getting ahead?
When I was a kid, my piano
teacher scolded me for my lack
of Al Gore-like posture. But
in today's dog-eat-dog world,
that's not good enough. You
have to lean in, hunch your-
self over the table and "join
the conversation." The implicit
message is we have become a
nation of quiet slackers with
no self-confidence, and the
Chinese the world's most
ambitious leaners will eat
our lunch.
My feeling is that we as a
nation suffer from too much
chest-thumping overconfi-
dence, not too little.

Miami-Dade Public
Library System is inviting
teens, ages 12-19, for its
annual National Poetry
Month Contest, from April
1st-30th. Call 305-375-2665.

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

I 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.

0 Hadley Davis Funeral
Home will host a Stop the
Violence meeting, April 24th,
at 2321 NW 62nd St. Call

I Florida Department
of Health in Miami-Dade

"We live in an age of celeb-
rity and being a show-off,"
as Evan Thomas, author of
a new biography of Dwight
Eisenhower, Ike's Bluff, said
on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. "I
teach at Princeton and I have
wonderful kids, but they are
proud of their resumes and
they're not shy about tell-
ing you about them." Thomas
describes how "Ike delighted
in being underestimated ...
He disguised his intelligence
and ambition." In other words,
Ike liked to lean back, not
A recent survey by psycholo-
gist Jean Twenge finds that
American college students are
30 percent more likely to be
narcissistic than they were in
1979. "Our culture used to en-
courage modesty and humility
and not bragging about your-
self," Twenge told the BBC. "It
was considered a bad thing to
be seen as conceited or full of
And universities are train-
ing grounds for Corporate
America. Today's leaders are
told to listen less and speak
up more. But lost in all these
corporate truisms is the need'
to sit back, listen and maybe
even learn something.
I believe that our budget

will have their Immunization
Coalition "Kick Off", April
24th, at 1 p.m., at 8323 NW
12 St. RSVP with Monica at

N Commissioner Jordan
and the Sunshine Jazz
Organization invites you to
Music in the Park, May 3rd,
at 6:30 p.m., at 20901 NE
16th Ave. Call 305-474-3011.

0 The Booker T.
Washington Alumni
Association invites you
to the 2013 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

gridlock in Congress and
America's falling in the world
stem not from our failure to
lean in more, but from our
collective overconfidence and
insistence on being the loud-
est ones in the room. We are
an overly self-absorbed people
who like to Google ourselves
and naval-gaze.
Interestingly, the title of
Sandberg's book when trans-
lated in foreign editions comes
off as less me-centric and
more movement-focused: In
Italy it's Facciamoci Avanti,
step forward; Spanish is Vaya-
mos Adelante, let's go; in Bra-
zil it's Faga Acontecer, make it
happen. Leaning seems to be
a distinguishable American
Of course, what Sandberg is
really advising women to. do
is to conform to the corporate
norm and adapt the aggres-
sive and domineering style
men have used for genera-
tions to ascend the ranks. In
that sense, she is not telling
women to "lean in," but rather
to "give in" and accept the Al-
pha Male way of doing things
to get ahead. That might give
women a boost in the short
term, but it does nothing to fix
a broken culture that values
leaning over listening.

their Duffels for Kids Walk,
May 18th, at 9 a.m., at Jungle

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

[ 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-

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.

0 FSVU Softball Alumni

China's Peng Liyuan also wears the

title offashionable first lady

By Calum MacLeod

BEIJING Like the Guang-
zhou-based fashion brand
Exception that she favors,
superstar singer and new first
lady Peng Liyuan is blazing
an elegant trail unheard of for
wives of Chinese leaders.
Peng, 50, is traveling with
husband Xi Jinping, the re-
cently appointed president, on
his four nation tour that on
Wednesday took the couple
to South Africa for a meeting
of emerging economic pow-
ers such as India and Brazil,
known as the BRICS.
Stepping out in stylish attire
and accessories. Peng is quite
a contrast to her dowdy, barely
seen and never-heard prede-
cessors who were kept firmly
in the background by the
Communist Party propaganda
China media reported how
her husband was to meet
Wednesday with the prime
minister of India, and dis-
cussed an agreement among
the leaders of the BRICS na-
tions to create a development
bank to help fund their $4.5
trillion infrastructure pro-
grams as an alternative to the
World Bank that they accuse
of Western bias.
But coverage of Peng is at-
tracting more attention than
Xi's official meetings and
Peng toured Russia and
Tanzania, and will tour South
Africa and the Republic of
Congo. One role she will
explore in South Africa is her
position as a World Health
Organization goodwill ambas-
sador in the campaign against

tuberculosis and HIV.
Her compassion is no act,
said Liu Xiaoran, 23, a volun-
teer who watched Peng for two
days as she interacted with
children and adults living
with HIV for a public health
film in 2011.
"Each time she was in the
same room, she'd give them a
hug. I was moved by that. She
can teach other people not to

more famous in China than
her husband. Peng is a well
known folk singer in China,
a soprano with the rank of
major general in the People's
Liberation Army's arts troupe.
During her three-decade ca-
reer Peng could be seen often
performing on state television
- both in military uniform
and dramatic dresses.
"It's great for China's image
worldwide, as Peng is already
a public figure, knows how to
keep up appearances, and will
make quite an impact," said

-Photo credit: John Lukuwi
The first lady of China, Peng Liyuan, left, and Tanzania's
first lady, Salma Kikwete, meet in Dar es Salaam.

look down on those living with
HIV," he said. "I hope she does
more public interest activi-
ties, like first ladies in other
countries. She could have a lot
of influence."
Her sudden high profile is
unusual in China, where for
decades secrecy has cloaked
the families of top leaders. It
also marks a return to the
spotlight for Peng, who had
retreated from public life to
avoid complicating the party's
choreographed leadership
transition to Xi, 59.
But she arguably remains

Wang Qi, a shopper brows-
ing clothes at the Exception
de Mixmind store in Beijing's
upscale China World Mall.
"She's not just a wife but
can make a contribution to
China, too. It's her biggest-ev-
er role," said Wang, 50. "Like
the first ladies of the USA or
U.K., she can promote charity
Peng's appeal is obvious,
said Cai Hong, 33, a magazine
reporter at Beijing's Modern
Weekly, also window-shopping
at Exception because of its
newfound fame.

Anti-violence summit aims at the youth

continued from 4C

But if peace is the objective,
one might wonder why members
of the CRB silenced 24-year-old
Willimia Gibson, 24, Greater
Miami Service Corps mem-
ber, when she stood to criticize
the agenda of the summit. She
said she was dissatisfied with
the summit because it didn't

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

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

0 Miami
Class of

1979 make a
Call 786-399-

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.

N 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.

Chicago to see 11 percent of its schools, closed

continued from 4C

once. All told, the district will
close 54 programs located in 61
school buildings.
Larry Cuban, an education
historian and professor emeri-
tus at Stanford University,
said the Chicago school clos-
ings are among the largest -
if not the largest number of
schools ever closed at one time.
"The battle to close that
many schools will be terrific,"
he said.
Chicago is not unaccustomed
to school closings, but Thurs-
day's decision is fraught with
political danger for Emanuel.

He already faces a burgeoning
budget deficit, a much-pub-
licized crime rate and tense
relationships with the police
union and the teachers union.
Shutting down schools-no
matter how low-performing-
engenders anger, especially in
minority communities, which
will bear the brunt of closures.
Shatonia Appling, the moth-
er of two students at one school
slated for closure, Mahalia
Jackson Elementary School
on the city's South Side, said
she was "disgusted" with dis-
trict leaders. "For them to take
away the school, it is heart-
breaking," she said.
Emanuel said that closing

schools is challenging, but
that the decision to do so was
"delayed for a decade, and it's
our children and our city that
have paid the price for inac-
About 350,500 Chicago stu-
dents are enrolled in district-
run schools this school year,
compared to 405,500 in the
2005-06 school year, accord-
ing to the district's website.
The number of students in
charters ballooned from about
15,000 to nearly 53,000 in that
same period.
The city already has shut
down or overhauled the staff at
100 of its campuses in the last

Chicago officials said closing
under-used schools will help
close next year's projected $1
billion deficit. They have spent
the last few months in tense
meetings around the city whit-
tling the closings list down
from 129.
Critics of the plan point to
research that shows school
closures rarely result in dra-
matic savings and often push
students into similarly low-
performing schools.
They note that, in Chicago,
some previous school closings
were followed by a spike in vio-
lence as students were forced
to cross gang boundaries to get
to new campuses.

focus enough on a Black Male College
the violence that's j!P Explorer at Florida
pernieating the Memorial University.
Black communi- 4 He says that Black
ty. She also said &.' youth are picking up
she thought that .i a gun before a book
more Black voices because they are not
should have been { being well-informed
included on the about the value of an
panel. education.
Michael Wil- "I used to carry a
liams, 18, Hallan- gun to school," Wil-
dale High senior, CHIEF DELMA K. liams said. "I knew
admitted that he NOEL-PRATT how to get a gun be-
used to tote guns fore I knew how to get
but he's changed and is now a library card."

Summer enrollment, easier

continued from 4C

summer enrollment data aren't
available, but individual cam-
puses reports suggest response
Richard Stockton College of
New Jersey, a public college
that introduced a flat tuition
rate for the fall and spring se-
mesters in 2009 and a sum-
mer discount in 2010, boosted
four-year graduates from 42
percent to 50 percent for the
classes entering in fall 2007
and 2008, respectively. Enroll-
ments dipped each of the first
three years, probably due to
a number of factors, provost
Harvey Kesselman says. So far
this year, registration for sum-
mer courses is up 10 percent
over last year, he says.
Students who took advantage
of a 25 percent tuition discount
offered last summer by Indiana
University's seven campuses

saved a combined $11.8 mil-
lion, spokesman Ryan Piurek
says. Nearly 30,000 students
enrolled, up three percent from
the previous year.
At Montclair State, an in-
crease in online summer of-
ferings and a more robust
marketing campaign have
been pushing enrollments up,
though they flattened last year,
after Congress eliminated a
short-lived summer Pell Grant
for low-income students, says
associate dean Jamieson Bilel-
la, who also president of the
North American Association of
Summer Sessions. He says the
first step is changing the once-
common perception, especially
among parents, that summer
school was for students who
had failed a course.
"It used to be a stigma, that,
'Oh, you're going to summer
school.'" Bilella says. But it has
become "a very viable and pal-
atable option for students."

Split in the Knowles clan

continued from 3C

stressed her devotion to her fa-
ther on a personal level.
"He is my father for life and I
love my dad dearly.
I am grateful for everything
he has taught me," Beyonce
Knowles also got personal in
his statement.
"Business is business and
family is family. I love my
daughter and am very proud of
who she is and all that she has
I look forward to her contin-

ued great success," he said.
Knowles and Beyonce's moth-
er, Tina, divorced in 2009 af-
ter 29 years of marriage. Tina
Knowles worked as a stylist for
Destiny's Child and continues
to style her daughter. Together
they launched a clothing line,
House of Dereon.
Noel-Schure didn't comment
on who Beyonce's new manager
would be.
Knowles said his plans in-
clude focusing on his label's
work in gospel and inspira-
tional music, where he said the
company has made a "tremen-
dous investment."

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Miramar pensions and

payouts causes outrage

City may change

practices after

public outcry
By Heather Carney

MIRAMAR A $2.4 million
payout and retirement pay-
ments on top of salaries for
city employees have residents
outraged about how the city
spends their tax dollars.
There are at least 17 city em-
ployees who retired and were
rehired by the city, meaning

by the taxpayers, city officials
say. This includes Assistant
City Manager Vernon Hargray
and Emergency Management
Director Joe Cabrera.
Hargray receives an annual
salary of $182,364 with an an-
nual pension of $97,000. Ca-
brera earns an annual salary
of $153,680, in addition to his
annual pension of $93,000.
The outcry is prompting the
City Commission to ask for an
audit of all retired and rehired
employees that could lead to
a policy change for hiring prac-

they receive a pension on top "In the store, in the market,
mm m R of their annual salary paid for COMM. ALEXANDRA DAVIS Please turn to PENSIONS 8D
-Susan Stocker
Archarna Reid gets a manicure at the Nail Club inside the Walmart Super Center in
Lauderdale Lakes. The Nail Club, owned by 10 Minute Nails at airports, say their quick Group of em merging nations
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Nail salon serves plans to form development
Brazil, Russia, India, China and ment in emerging markets.
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clients on the move

By Miriam Valverde ing as an attorney while her try and in Canada, including
partners, Vivian Jimenez and Miami International Airport,
Nail salons didn't seem to Karen Janson, remained as priding themselves for offer-
be a hot commodity for inves- public relations executives. ing fast service to customers
tors in the early 2000s. Then, in the mid-2000s an under time restrictions.
Their eyes, and cash, were email arrived in O'Neil's inbox They've also taken their nail
set on tech start-ups and services to three Walmart
that was a problem for Fort What we do is pro- Supercenter stores in Florida,
Lauderdale resident Lorraine vide services to you operating inside the retail
Brennan O'Neil and her part- based on your time stores, as do other nail com-
ners. panies throughout the coun-
They dreamed of opening . at your conve- try.
quick-manicure service sta- nience, not ours." In April, they'll celebrate the
tions at airports, and needed Lorraine Brennan O'Neil, 10 Minute Manicure first anniversary of their "Nail
about $500,000 to start. But Club" salon at the Lauderdale
at that time, "it was a tech from a potential investor ask- Lakes Walmart Supercenter at
boom," said O'Neil, chief exec- ing, "did you ever find your 3001 N. State Rd. 7.
utive of :10 Minute Manicure. investment money?" "What we do is provide
"We were realistic about it. We Today, the trio operate five services to you based on your
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Ex NFL player warned others

about financial adviser, Rubin

South Africa make up BRICS

By Lydia Polgreen

of five emerging world econom-
ic powers met in Africa for the
first time, gathering in South
Africa for a summit meeting at
which they plan to announce
the creation of a new develop-
ment bank, a direct challenge

to the dominance of the World
Bankand the international
Monetary Fund.
The leaders of Brazil, Rus-
sia, India, China and South
Africa, all members of the
so-called BRICS Group of de-
veloping nations, have agreed
to create the bank to focus on
infrastructure and develop-

ning to discuss pooling their
foreign reserves as a bulwark
against currency crises, part
of a growing effort by emerg-
ing economic powers to build
institutions and forums that
are alternatives to Western-
dominated ones.
"Up until now, it has been a
loose arrangement of five coun-
tries meeting once a year," said
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'ij S

By Donna Gehrke-White

Former professional foot-
ball player Johnny Rutledge
remembers seeing the first
hint of trouble several years
ago. His 2004 life insurance
policies were signed by some-
one else.
In an instant, Rutledge
knew he could no longer trust
Jeffrey Rubin, his Broward
County financial adviser who
was working for Northwestern
Mutual Life Insurance at the
Rutledge, a Belle Glade
native who played five years
in the NFL with the Arizona
Cardinals and Denver Broncos
from 1999 to 2003, ultimately
received $40,000 from North-
western Mutual in a quiet
settlement after he complained
about Rubin and Northwestern

Mutual to the
Financial In-
dustry Regula-
tory Authority
(FINRA), the
largest inde-
pendent secu-
rities regulator
in the U.S. RUTLEDGE
No criminal
charges were filed
But he didn't stay quiet
about Rubin, a friend from
his days at the University of
Florida. The two were close
enough that Rubin was a
groomsman in Rutledge's wed-
ding. He warned other friends
and former NFL players about
Rubin, to no avail.
"They wouldn't listen," he
Now, eight years later, FINRA
has barred Rubin from the
securities industry after 31

NFL players lost about $40
million through his failed
investments. Rubin had many
of them invest in a newly built
Alabama casino that went
bankrupt and that Rubin
had a stake in according
the FINRA complaint.
Rutledge knows many of the
current and former players
who have lost a lot of money -
including Fred Taylor, another
Glades Central High grad who
went on to UF and had a long
career in the NFL. Other cur-
rent or former NFL players who
invested with Rubin include
Plaxico Burress, Terrell Ow-
ens, Roscoe Parrish, Santana
Moss, Santonio Holmes, Clin-
ton Portis, Mike Peterson and
Duane Starks.
Taylor, who now lives in
southwest Broward, wouldn't
Please turn to ADVISOR 8D

-Agence France-Presse
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday in Durban, South Africa, just ahead of
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa's defense minister.

Mortgage help with fewer strings

Program to offer

lower payments
By Paul Davidson

The federal government an-
nounced a new loan modifi-
cation program designed to
help many more struggling
homeowners than previous
initiatives by requiring no
documentation of income or
financial hardship.


Under the Streamlined
Modification Initiative, bor-
rowers with loans backed
by mortgage finance giants
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
must be at least 90 days
delinquent on their mortgages
and make three trial pay-
ments on time. The initiative
is being launched by the Fed-

eral Housing Finance Agency,
which regulates Fannie and
"This new option gives
delinquent borrowers another
path to avoid foreclosure,"
says FHFA Acting Director
Edward DeMarco.
Other programs to aid
struggling homeowners, such
as the Home Affordable Modi-
fication Program (HAMP),
required borrowers to provide
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Banks still peddling predatory payday loans to consumers

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

In today's challenging finan-
cial times, the cost of living
finds many consumers with an
ongoing financial challenge to
hold on until their next pay-
day arrives. Even worse, when
banks peddle predatory pay-
day loans, they pose serious
threats to their customers' fi-
nancial well-being. Marketed
under names such as "direct
deposit advance," these loans
are easy to get; but hard to

pay off. As consumers get en-
snared by the debt trap, banks
reap repeating cycles of quick
In its latest report on bank
payday lending, the Center
for Responsible Lending (CRL)
found that although partici-
pating banks claim that their
payday loan products are only
for short-term emergencies
and carry marginal risks, the
real-life experiences were the
opposite. In fact, the typical
bank payday borrower:
Is charged an annual per-

centage rate (APR) that
averages 225 to 300
Took out 19 loans
in 2011, spending
at least part of six
months a year in bank
payday debt; and
Is twice as likely
to incur overdraft fees
than bank customers ...
as a whole. CR
In addition, more
than one in four bank payday
borrowers is a Social Security
recipient. This comes on the


heels of a key ad-
ministrative change
for seniors on So-
cial Security. As of
March 1, all Social
Security payments
are issued electroni-
ade' cally. And although
seniors have specif-
ic protections from
payday lending on
'WELL prepaid cards, no
comparable pro-
tection exists on checking ac-
CRL's report also calls for

regulators to take immediate
actions to stop banks offering
payday loans from engaging in
this form of predatory lending.
Additionally, CRL calls for the
following terms on small loan
A minimum loan term of 90
days with affordable install-
An APR of 36 percent or
Underwriting based on an
ability to repay; and
No mandatory automatic
repayment from the consum-

er's checking account.
More than a year ago, 250
organizations and individuals
sent a letter to federal bank-
ing regulators expressing
concerns about bank payday
lending. Last year, in a sepa-
rate action, more than 1,000
consumers and organizations
told the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau about el-
der financial abuse, including
bank payday lending.
At that time, CRL advised,
"More than 13 million older
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Cubans on the move as new real estate market grows

Sales rising under new rules, with

foreign buyers filling void offund-

lacking locals
By Jeff Franks

At an informal housing mar-
ket on Havana's historic Paseo
del Prado, Renaldo Belen puts
the hard sell on a prospective
buyer under a tree hung with
hand-lettered signs advertising
homes for sale.
A house near Boyeros, the
avenue to the city's airport, is
being offered for the equiva-
lent of $120,000, with all the
"The house is beautiful, it
has four bedrooms, a pool with
a bar and a fountain with a
lion's head on top. Look," says
Belen, pointing to photos on
the sign, "water comes out of
the lion's mouth."
Pausing for dramatic effect,
Belen, one of the many touts,

or "runners" working at the
market, delivers what he hopes
will be the coup de grace.
"This place needs no work.
It is of capitalist construction,"
he says, using a now fre-
quently invoked commendation
meaning it was built before
Cuba's 1959 revolution and is
therefore of superior quality.
Given that "capitalist" has
been a dirty word in com-
munist-run Cuba for the last
half century, the description
perhaps grates on the nerves
of Cuban leaders.
But its widespread usage is a
sign of the times on the Carib-
bean island, where President
Raul Castro has loosened
things up as he tries to mod-
ernize the country's economy
in the name of preserving the

socialist system put in place by
his older brother Fidel Castro.

In November 2011, the gov-
ernment decreed that Cubans
could buy and sell homes for
the first time since the early
days of the revolution, paving

Developers are making

By Julie Satow

Sharon Kahen and his
partner Haim Levi are making
a multimillion-dollar bet on
East Harlem. The developers
recently closed on a vacant
parcel at 119th Street and
Third Avenue where they plan
to build a 60-unit market-rate
rental building.
The developer Sharon Ka-
hen at the CL Tower on East
121st Street in Harlem. He
and his partner just bought
another Harlem parcel, on
119th Street.
"In the next five years, we
will invest $75 million to
connect East Harlem to the
Upper East Side," said Kahen,
who, along with Levi, built the
CL Tower at 203 East 121st
Street in 2011. "We started at
121st Street; now we are do-
ing a project at 119th Street,
and-we plan to continue mov-
ing south "
Demand from students who
attend Hunter College's newly
opened Silberman School of
Social Work at 119th Street,
along with residents displaced

The developer Sharon Kahen at the CL Tower on East
121st Street in Harlem. He and his partner just bought
another Harlem parcel, on 119th Street.

by increasing rents on the
Upper East Side, are driv-
ing developers to build more
housing in East Harlem.
SIn the neighborhood, which
runs from 96th to 142nd
Streets, east of Fifth Avenue,
15 development sites traded
hands in 2012, compared
with just six in 2011, accord-
ing to Eastern Consolidated, a
commercial brokerage com-
pany. And while the number
of multifamily properties that

sold last year was 43, the
same as in 2011, the dollar
volume on the transactions
increased nearly 140 percent
to $287.6 million, from a little'
over $120 million, the com-
pany found.
"The neighborhood is re-
ally starting to gentrify and
attract for-profit developers
- 96th Street is no longer th
hard line dividing the Up-
per East Side and Harlem,"
said Christopher Cirillo, the

the way for a real estate market
that has become an exercise
in bare-knuckled capitalism.
Previously, Cubans could only
do swaps or "permutas," in
Spanish with their houses.
"For Sale" signs are now a
common sight on homes and
apartments across the country,

more than 100,000 properties
are posted for sale on Internet
sites and even statute levi-
sion has gotten in on the act,
devoting part of a daily show to
sales'announcements sent in
by viewers.
The government last re-
leased figures on the market in
September 2012 when it said
45,000 dwellings had changed
hands in the first eight months
of the year, partly through
sales, but mostly through "do-
Cubans, accustomed to find-
ing ways around heavy-handed
government rules and regu-
lations, say many sales are
disguised as donations to avoid
paying sales fees and taxes.
The new market, despite
its apparent vibrancy, is still
sorting itself out and still faces
hurdles. The main one is that
many people are trying to sell
and few Cubans, who receive
various social benefits but earn
on average the equivalent of

ets on a rising East

executive director of Lott commercial space.
Community Development Cor- The building, with a gym,
portion, which builds afford- a doorman and a roof deck,
able housing. With so much will have one-bedrooms start-
competition from market-rate ing at $2,500 a month and
builders, "there isn't a lot of two-bedrooms at $2,900.
property available for us to In comparison, the average
rehab or do new development, prices on the Upper East Side
so that is really our chal- for one-bedrooms and two-
lenge," he said. bedrooms are roughly $2,400
and $3,350, according to Citi
$38 MILLION FOR LOT Habitats, a residential broker-
Kahen and Levi bought age firm.
their parcel on 119th Street Land prices in East Harlem,
in January. They paid about as in all of Manhattan, have
$3.8 million for the 75-foot also been trending upward.
The price to acquire the land
Where the Upper East for the rental building that
Mr. Kahen and Mr. Levi are
Side mees Harlem, a planning, for example, "was
softer dividing line. about $80 a buildable square
Foot, and it would have been
closer to $55 a foot if we had
e lot, at 2183-89 Third Av- sold it back in 2011," said
enue, which also included Michael A. Tortorici, a vice
air rights from an adjacent president for Ariel Property
building. The developers plan Advisors, the commercial
to break ground in June brokerage firm that handled
and will.spend $16 million the sale.
e to build a 12-story build- Tortorici is marketing an-
ing of studios, one-bedrooms other development site in the
and two-bedrooms, as well neighborhood, at 336 East
as 5.000 square feet of 112th Street, for $2.2 million.

., .,

T .

-Photo/Desmond Roylan
Tourists pass a building undergoing renovation in Havana,
where the real estate market has begun to take off.

Higher taxes boost the black market

By Lyle Beckwith

We all support reducing
underage use of tobacco
products, and proven meth-
ods are in place such as
Retailer training programs,
federal regulation and un-
derage possession laws to
help achieve this goal.
The'most recent data
show that cigarette use by
those 12 to 17 years old has
declined to 8.7 percent -
the lowest level in a genera-
tion, according to surveys
by the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services
Administration. Part of this

decline can be attributed to
legitimate retailers ensuring
that underage individuals
cannot buy tobacco products
in their stores.
Seventeen years ago, the
convenience retailing indus-
Illicit sales
flourish where
cigarettes cost
the most

try helped form the We Card
coalition to train retailers
how to prevent underage
sales. Before We Card, mi-
nors were able to purchase

tobacco 76 percent of the
time. Since implementation
of We Card, that rate has de-
creased every year. The most
recent Food and Drug Ad-
ministration data show that
after more than 140,000
inspections nationwide, the
number has dropped to 5.65
Attempts to further this
progress through excise tax
increases, however, have
had negative effects on both
tobacco control efforts and
responsible retailers. There
is a direct correlation be-
tween.increased excise taxes
and Black market sales.

The numbers are not
small. Tax hikes have
caused a nationwide Black
market for cheap illicit
cigarettes. That has led to
contraband cigarettes rob-
bing state and federal gov-
ernments of more than $5
billion in taxes about 16
percent of total federal and
state cigarette excise taxes
collected annually.
Keep in mind, the Black
market doesn't check IDs,
and it doesn't remit taxes,
but it does sell cheap
cigarettes among other
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State's foreclosure total is highest in the nation

By Martha Brannigan

For, the year ended in Feb-
ruary, 95,177 foreclosures
were completed in Florida -
more than in any other state,
according to CoreLogic.
And there are a lot more
to come: 9.9 percent of the
mortgaged homes in Florida
are in some stage of the fore-
closure process, marking the
highest foreclosure inven-

tory of any state, the Irvine,
Calif.-based real-estate data
firm said. That compares
with 2.8 percent of all mort-
gaged homes nationwide fac-
ing foreclosure proceedings.
Nationwide, the number
of foreclosures completed
in February fell to 54,000.
That was a decrease of 19
percent from 67,000 a year
earlier and the lowest level
since September 2007, the

firm said.
Florida is slogging through
the aftermath of the housing
meltdown: the state's fore-
closure inventory dropped
2.4 percentage points in
February from a year earlier,
CoreLogic said.
"Even the major Florida
markets are benefiting,
with the foreclosure inven-
tories falling the fastest in
major metropolitan areas,

although from a very high
level," Mark Fleming, chief
economist for CoreLogic,
said in a statement.
After Florida, the states
with the highest share of
mortgaged homes in foreclo-
sure in February were New
Jeisey, with 7.2 percent;
New York, with five percent;
Nevada, with 4.6 percent;
and Illinois, with 4.5 per-

All-out effort needed to curb underage drinking

Urban Partnership's plea to halt illegal

liquor sales

Miami Times staff report

Underage drinking is a
problem, and the issue is
complex. Everyone in the
community has a role to play
in helping to prevent under-
age drinking and in keeping
our youth protected from
the harms associated with
alcohol use. It is difficult for
any single organization to
make a significant impact

alone; however, together we
can make a difference in the
community in our youth's
Your business can support
a network of resources and
programs that enhances
the knowledge of our youth
while building strong char-
acter as means for them
to reach their fullest po-
tential through the Urban
Partnership Drug Free

Community Coalition.
Help the community and
our youth and avoid law
violations, such as sell-
ing alcohol to those under
the legal age. As a busi-
ness owner/manager, you
should develop a clear policy
to prevent alcohol sales to
minors. You should have a
clear policy on the sale of
alcohol and tobacco to mi-
nors. Implement and enforce
this policy at all times. As
well as ensuring that your
employees are regularly
trained on verifying age,

and refuse sale to minors
and intoxicated persons.
Periodic internal compliance
checks are great as well.
We hope you will work
with our organization in
ensuring your business
is compliant with under-
age sales laws through our
network of local and state
law enforcement agencies.
For further information,
please call Urban Partner-
ship Drug Free Community
Coalition at 786-391-2375
or email info@mygangalter-

.... .-

MIA-New Fire-Rated Dampers @ FPL Vault Nos. 1,2 & 5 -
North Terminal
MCC-780-D11-A, B, & C

MCM is soliciting bids for this project under the MCC-8-10 Program at Miami-
Dade Aviation Department:

Scope: Installation of new fire dampers to include miscellaneous construction

Bidding: Single Package Level 1 CSBE Set-Aside: General Contractor to
install new fire dampers and complete all miscellaneous construction, site work,
concrete, masonry, metals, thermal moisture protection, doors & windows, fin-
ishes, and electrical system.

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
Location: MCM 4301 NW 22nd Street, Building 3030, 2nd Floor
Sealed Bids Due: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Bonding required for bids of $200,000 or higher

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A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 at
2:00 P.M. at Miami Riverside Building, located at 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 6th
Floor, South Conference Room, Miami, FL 33130.

(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: Tuesday.
April 16. 2013. at 5:00 P.M.)

Details of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is available on the City of Miami, Pur-
chasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement. Telephone
No. is (305) 416-1907.

Johnny Martinez, P. E.
City Manager
AD NO. 18523

$19 a month, have the money
to buy.

$15,000 TO $1 MILLION
"With the new law, you can
sell your house, but there's no
money, nobody to buy. There's
more being offered than there
is demand," said retired econo-
mist and math professor Raul
Cruz, who has had his apart-
ment in the Vedado district on
the market for five months.
Havana was once considered
an architectural jewel with an
eclectic mix of colonial homes
and modern Art Deco con-
struction, but much of the city
outside the touristy Old Ha-
vana district is in a dilapidated
state after decades of neglect
and corrosion from humidity
and salty sea air.
A study by a Miami-based
group found that asking prices
range from the equivalent of
$5,000 to $1 million, with a
median price range between
Please turn to CUBANS 10D


The same size lot just a few
doors down, at 318 East 112th
Street, sold for only $1.5 mil-
lion in 2011, he said.

In addition to residential
development, there is some
commercial office construc-
tion under way in East Har-
lem. Artimus, a developer, is
undertaking a $16 million
renovation of the landmark
Corn Exchange Building, on
125th Street and Park Avenue.
The project, which is awaiting
final approvals from the Land-
marks Preservation Commis-
sion, will be one of the first
new office buildings in the
neighborhood in many years,
said Eric S. Yarbro, a senior
vice president for CBRE, a
commercial brokerage firm.
"We have a $3 billion non-
profit who wants to move their
offices to East Harlem, but we .
haven't been able to find them
anything that was built after
2000," he said.
There may also be some
Please turn to HARLEM 10D




Strong demand for health, legal

Real estate industry see zero


By Marcia Heroux Pounds

If you're looking for a job
in South Florida, consider
what the latest state data
shows: legal occupations are
Online job postings for
lawyers and paralegals were
up in February, 65 percent
in Broward and 72 percent
in Palm Beach, compared to
a year ago. This is a sharp
contrast to the recession
years when there were major
layoffs at local firms.
But don't run out and sign
up for law school just yet.
There are plenty of other
jobs to be had in health care
and other industries, like
hospitality and construc-
"We're seeing good mo-
mentum," said Michelle
Anaya DePotter, executive
director for the Florida East
Coast Chapter of The Associ-
ated General Contractors of

Fort Lauderdale-based
construction firm Moss &
Associates said it is hiring
three to six construction
managers or engineers a
week. That's expected to
continue through December,
said Chad Moss, the com-
pany's vice president.
And in Delray Beach, law
firm Aldridge Connors LLP
said it will hire for 250 new
and existing jobs. The firm
specializes in real estate
closings, bankruptcy, fore-
closure and eviction.
"Real estate and corpo-
rate areas haven't seen
growth in a couple of years,
so it's strong right now,"
said Debbie Montero, divi-
sion director of Robert Half
International's permanent
placement services.
Some lawyers are leaving
established firms to open
their own shops, while large
law firms are constantly

Top growth online ads for
Palm Beach County percent
change from February 2012
to February 2013.

FEB. 2012 FEB. 2012 M

Paralegals lawyers:
72% increase
l l 323
Construction supervisors,
carpenters, electricians: 47%
27 9
Medical scientist,
chemist: 43%
n 70
Social services, mental and
social workers: 32%
Food preparers and
servers: 28%

looking for additions, she
said. "Once you add attor-
neys, there's a need for staff
as well," Montero said.

Online job postings, which
indicate the demand for
labor, are tracked by The
Conference Board research
group and released by the
state each month. In South
Florida, job postings were up
in February by 14 percent,
and up by 15 percent com-
pared to a year ago.
"Ideally we would want
to see a broader base of job
growth with higher wage
industries," said Mekael Tes-
home, PNC's Florida econo-
mist. "But coming out of the
recession are the traditional
industries getting back on
their feet."
Palm Beach is making
small steps in the direc-
tion of higher-paying jobs
with biotech and medical
job postings for medical
scientists and chemists in-
creasing from 49 to 70 from
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continued from 6D

Abdullah Verachia, direc-
tor of the Frontier Advisory
Group, which focuses on
emerging markets.
"It is going to be the first
real institution we have
But the alliance faces seri-
ous questions about whether
the member countries have
enough in common and
enough shared goals to func-
tion effectively as a counter-
weight to the West.
"Despite the political rhet-
oric around partnerships,
there is a huge amount of
competition between the
countries," Verachia said.

For all the talk of solidarity
among emerging giants, the
group's concrete achieve-
ments have been few since
its first full meeting, in Rus-
sia in 2009. This is partly
because its members are
deeply divided on some ba-
sic issues and are in many
ways rivals, not allies, in
the global economy.
They have widely diver-
gent economies, disparate
foreign policy aims and dif-
ferent forms of government.
India, Brazil and South Af-
rica have strong democratic
traditions, while Russia and
China are autocratic.
The bloc even struggles
to agree on overhauling in-

ternational institutions. In-
dia, Brazil and South Africa
want permanent seats on
'the United Nations Security
Council, for example, but
China, which already has
one, has shown little inter-
est in shaking up the status
The developing countries
in the bloc hardly invest
in one another, preferring
their neighbors and the de-
veloped world's major econ-
omies, according to a report
released Monday by the
United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development.
Just 2.5 percent of foreign
investment by BRICS coun-
tries goes to other countries
in the group, the report

said, while more than 40
percent of their foreign in-
vestment goes to the devel-
oped world's largest econo-
mies, the European Union,
the United States and Ja-
Africa, home to several of
the world's fastest-growing
economies, drew less than
five percent of total invest-
ment from BRICS nations,
the report said. France and
the United States still have
the highest rate of foreign
investment in Africa.
Despite China's reputa-
tion for heavy investment
in Africa, Malaysia has ac-
tually invested two billion
dollars more in Africa than
China has.

New initiative gives break to homeowners

continued from 6D

financial, income and hard-
ship documentation. That
created bureaucratic bottle-
necks for many mortgage ser-
vicers, which limited the ef-
fectiveness of the programs.
The new initiative will begin
July 1, and end Aug 1, 2015.
By July 1, mortgage services
must identify delinquent bor-
rowers and send them a letter
offering the modification.
To reduce their monthly
payments, borrowers will
get a new interest rate that's
equal to or below their cur-
rent rates, based on the av-
erage of 30-year fixed mort-
gages, and the term will be

extended to 40 years. Also,
borrowers who owe more
than their homes are worth
will pay no interest on up to
30 percent of their unpaid
balance. Borrowers, on aver-
age, are expected to reduce
their monthly payments by
30 percent.
FHFA notes that in most
cases, borrowers who provide
proof of income and financial
hardship can receive a more
affordable monthly payment
through the HAMP program.
To be eligible for the new
program, homeowners must
be 90 days to 24 months de-
linquent on their loans. They
also must have a first-lien
mortgage that's at least 12
months old, and the amount

they owe on their mortgages
must be at least 80 percent of
their home value.
FHFA says it has screen-
ing measures in place to en-
sure that the new program
isn't exploited by strategic
defaulters people who stop
paying their loans to get a
FHFA officials have not es-
timated the number of bor-
rowers they expect to partici-
pate. But in a pilot program,
70 percent of those offered
the opportunity took part
in the trial, and 50 percent
of the latter group received
a permanent loan modifica-
Ira Rheingold, executive
director of the National As-

sociation of Consumer Advo-
cates, says the program "is
not a bad idea" because it ad-
dresses mortgage services'
paperwork snafus.
"It's a solution for some
people who just want a roof
over their head and don't
want to lose their home," he
But it will not be the best
option for homeowners who
could save more money
through other programs that
require documentation, Rhe-
ingold says.
More critically, he says, the
program doesn't lower the
principal owed by borrowers
to give them more equity in
their homes. FHFA has been
unwilling to do that.

Adviser Jeffrey Rubin barred from trading

continued from 6D

talk to a Sun Sentinel report-
er about Rubin, nor about his
investments with him.
Neither Rubin nor his West
Palm Beach attorney, Pa-
tricia Christiansen, could
be reached for comment
Tuesday. Rubin voluntarily
agreed to FINRA's decision to
bar him from trading in se-

curities again.
Rubin also has faces civil
court cases. Boca Raton at-
torney Michael Simon has
filed two lawsuits for Par-
rish and Owens against
Rubin and his company.
There may be more to come.
Rutledge, who is now work-
ing as the athletic director
for World Changers Church,
a suburban Atlanta mega-
church with 30,000 mem-

bers, said football players
- much like everyone else
- have to make their own fi-
nancial decisions.
"I learned the hard way
coming out of college," said
Rutledge, 36. He said he had
to fire a financial adviser af-
ter making a bad real estate
investment: Then, he parted
ways with Rubin.
"I was just lucky I didn't
get pulled into the traps that

catch other players," he add-
It's not uncommon for NFL
players to hand over all their
non-football activities to
agents or advisers. They will
pay their bills, make flight
arrangements, and hire do-
mestic workers to clean
homes and pools, said Pem-
broke Pines financial adviser
Eric Pettus, who represents
several professional athletes.

Nail salon owner profits from busy travelers

continued from 6D

not ours," O'Neil said.
Bebbett Dyer, a zone man-
ager at the Lauderdale Lakes
Walmart, took advantage of
her lunch break recently to
get a pedicure and French
manicure at the Nail Club.
"I don't have to go any-
where," Dyer said. "It's conve-
Next to Dyer, Divina De-
luca, a Canadian snowbird
soaked her right foot on a
water as a nail technician
worked on her left foot. "I
needed to do this," she said.
"I saw the sign here when I

was shopping and decided to
come in."
At Nail Club salons, mani-
cures range from $12 to $15
and pedicures can cost as
much as $25. Customers can
also opt for monthly mem-
berships and get special dis-
counts for their nail service.
Service at airports can
take 10 minutes or longer if
the customers have time and
want more elaborate services,
such as a special nail design,
O'Neil said. The 10-minute
concept works best at air-
ports because people are
always in a rush to catch
flights, she said.
The first thing staff asks

customers at airport is: "How
much time do you have and
when is your flight?," O'Neil
While nail salon invest-
ment may not have been the
"it" thing a decade ago, a
market report indicates the
hair and nail salon industry
managed to' hold steady in
the recession.
From 2007 to 2012, the in-
dustry had an estimated two
percent revenue increase,
yearly, according to a report
from IBISWorld, a California-
based industry research firm.
By 2012, there were about 1.1
million nail and hair salon
companies across the coun-

try, the research firm found.
Looking forward up to 2017,
IBISWorld projects revenues
for nail and hair salons will
increase at an average an-
nual rate of 3.6 percent. The
rise is predicted to be fueled
by declining unemployment
and more disposable income.
O'Neil said services at the
salons are expanding based
on customer requests. Aside
from 10-minute manicures,
airport salons are also of-
fering chair massages and
15-minute teeth whitening,
she said.
O'Neil said she often stands
at the doors of the airport lo-
cations greeting travelers.

Miramar stirred by outrage

continued from 6D

folks kept saying,
'What's happening,
why are my taxpayer
dollars being used for
this?'" said Commis-
sioner Alexandra Da-
Residents started
flooding city officials
with calls and emails
when City Manager
Robert Payton abrupt-
ly retired last week
and walked away with
$2.4 million in pen-
sion payments. Then
came reports that Pay-
ton's brother, Christo-
pher, retired in 2007
and was rehired in a
new position, only to
continue receiving his
annual pension and a
higher than average
salary for the job.
In neighboring Pem-
broke Pines, City
Manager Charlie
Dodge also double-
dips. He retired in
2003, started collect-
ing his $75,000 annu-
al pension and was re-
hired as city manager.
His current salary is
Miramar resident
Valerie Allen called
the hiring practice
a "travesty." Allen,
who works for Miami-
Dade County Public
Schools, said she saw
the same thing fiap-
pen there.
"It's wrong some-
thing needs to be
done," said the 14-year
Miramar resident.

"There are so many
unemployed people .
. They could hire two
or three people to fill
those positions.
Miramar Mayor Lori
Moseley, who was first
elected to the com-
mission in 1995, says
the city rehired re-
tired employees to
retain experience as
the city's population
surged to more than
"At the time, we
had one of the fast-
est growing cities in
the country," she said.
"We also began to ex-
perience an economic
downturn and wanted
expertise on the staff
to finish a project or
plan that we were in
the middle of... I un-
derstand and feel the
frustration of everyone
but you have to look at
what the city has done
in the last 20 years."
But new commis-
sioners are saying it's
time for a change. And
Moseley agrees, now
that the city's growth
has stabilized.

Davis, who was
elected in 2010, and
Commissioner Wayne
Messam, who was
elected in 2011, say
the recent events re-
quire a review of the
city's deferred retire-
ment option program
(DROP) and hiring
The commission
plans to hire an out-
side human resources
consulting firm to re-
view the positions in
It's also consider-
ing removing the lim-
ited benefit employee
category from the pay
plan, those that fall
into the same category
as Hargray and Cabre-
ra. City officials said
this would prevent
people from being re-
hired in the same po-
sition, making way for
new hires that could
save the city money.
They said it would also
create a more stable
succession plan.
Yvette Burnett, who's
lived in Miramar for
20 years, says the city
should hire younger
people to give them
experience. She said
paying for someone's
salary and pension is
too much money.
"We are going to
do our best to make
things right and to
look at the compensa-
tion packages, DROP
programs so that we
don't get these kind of
shocks years down the
road," said Davis.

Payday loans remain steady

continued from 6D

adults are considered economically
insecure, living on $21,800 a year
or less. Senior women in particular
face diminished incomes because of
lower lifetime earnings and there-
fore lower Social Security and pen-
sion benefits."
As opposition to bank payday and
elder financial abuse grows, bank-
ing regulators are continuing to
hear from advocates, experts and
concerned citizens. Fortunately,
advocates are determined to press
this issue in growing numbers.
The limitation of space will not

allow for the listing of all 278 sig-
natories. But they include many
national and statewide organiza-
tions, including AARP, AFL-CIO,
AFSCME, the Black Leadership Fo-
rum, NAACP, the Leadership Con-
ference on Civil and Human Rights
and CRL.
The coalition warns, "Please move
quickly to ensure that payday lend-
ing by banks does not become more
widespread and to ensure that
those banks currently making pay-
day loans stop offering this inher-
ently dangerous product."
Charlene Crowell is a communica-
tions manager with the Center for
Responsible Lending.

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-017
Title: Rockerman Canal Improvements, B-30680
Bid Due Date: May 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference
City of Miami Staff Room
3500 Pan American Drive
April 18, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program
webpage at: www.miamiaov.com/capitalimriovements/pages/Procure-


DP No. 009061 Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting of the City of Miami Commis-
sion has been scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the City of Miami City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. A private attorney-client
session will be conducted under the parameters of F.S. 286.011(8) [2012].
The person chairing the City of Miami Commission meeting will announce the
commencement of an attorney-client session, closed to the public, for purpos-
es of discussing the pending litigation case of: GILBERTO MATAMOROS vs.
CITY OF MIAMI, et al., CASE NO.: 12-21016-CIV-HOEVELER, pending in the
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, to which the City is
presently a party. This private meeting will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m.
(or as soon thereafter as the Commissioners' schedules permit) and conclude
approximately one hour later. The session will be attended by the members
of the City Commission: Chairman Marc Sarnoff, Frank Carollo, Wifredo Gort,
Francis Suarez, and Michelle Spence-Jones; the City Manager, Johnny Marti-
nez; the City Attorney, Julie O. Bru; Deputy City Attorney, Warren Bittner; and
Assistant City Attorney Henry J. Hunnefeld. A certified court reporter will be
present to ensure that the session is fully transcribed and the transcript will be
made public upon the conclusion of the above-cited, ongoing litigation. At the
conclusion of the attorney-client session, the regular Commission meeting will
be reopened and the person chairing the Commission meeting will announce
the termination of the attorney-client session.

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(#19310) City Clerk

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Looking for 'free' checking

with no strings attached?

By Herb Weisbaum

Tired of paying your
bank for checking or
maintaining a size-
able balance in order
to have the monthly
fee waived? You might
want to check out
what's available from
a credit union.
Seventy-two per-
cent of America's 50
largest credit unions
offer standalone free
checking with no
strings attached
- according to the
2013 Credit Union
Checking Survey by
Bankrate.com re-
leased Monday. Only
39 percent of the
nation's banks offer

such standalone free
checking, the website
reported last Septem-
"While free checking
has been in sharp de-
cline at banks in re-
cent years, it remains
the rule rather than
the exception at credit
unions," noted Greg
McBride, Bankrate's
senior financial ana-
The website's sur-
veys show that since
2010, the availability
of standalone free
checking dropped
from 78 to 72 percent
at credit unions and
plunged from 65 to 39
percent at banks.
Bankrate found

that nearly all (96
percent) of the largest
credit unions offer a
checking account that
can become free with
direct deposit, e-state-
ments, transaction ac-
tivity, other accounts
or some combination
of these factors.
Both banks and
credit unions are
grappling with ways to
boost revenue and pay
for additional costs
created by recent
regulatory changes.
Because credit unions
are not-for-profit
cooperatives, McBride
explained, there are
other things they can
do before they elimi-
nate free checking.

East Harlem gets gentrified

continued from 7D

momentum on the 1.7
million square foot
East Harlem Media,
Art and Cultural Cen-
ter, which is on Third
Avenue from 125th
to 127th Street. The
project, headed by
the city's Economic
Development Corpo-
ration, broke ground
in 2010 and was sup-
posed to include some
385,000 square feet of
retail space, 250,000
square feet of office,
840,000 square feet
of residential, a hotel
and a cultural center.
So far, only 49 units
of affordable housing
and 6,000 square feet
of retailing have been
built, but develop-
ers hope to complete
plans this year for the
second phase, which
will include residen-
tial, commercial and
institutional space.
"This project, along
with other recent in-
vestments that have

been made along the
125th Street corri-
dor, will help cement
the area's place as
an important cultur-
al and retail hub for
Upper Manhattan,"
said Patrick Muncie,
a spokesman for the
Economic Develop-
ment Corporation.

But while East
Harlem is seeing de-
velopment, some
hurdles remain. Vor-
nado Realty Trust
owns a large site at
1800 Park Avenue, at
124th Street, where
it had planned to de-
velop a mixed-use
project before the re-
cession. That project
never materialized,
and Vornado, which
declined to comment,
had not indicated
whether it would de-
velop the site soon:
And while it seems
that some progress
is being made on the
East Harlem Media,
Entertainment and

Cultural Center, the
city still has not ac-
quired all of the pri-
vate parcels needed to
complete the project.
Retailing in the
neighborhood is also
lagging. The East
River Plaza shopping
center at 116th and
Franklin D. Roos-
evelt Drive has Target
and Costco among
its tenants, "but it
hasn't transformed
the neighborhood
as quickly as some
of us expected," said
Lon Rubackin, a se-
nior vice president for
CBRE's retail services
group. "There are still
very few national re-
tailers in the area,"
except for fast-food
tenants like Dunkin'
Donuts and Subway.
One reason for East
Harlem's lack of na-
tional companies like
the Gap or American
Eagle Outfitters is a
dearth of retail spaces
large enough to ac-
commodate them, he

Reducing underage smoking

TAX The source of these convenience stores
continued from 7D contraband cigarettes would be agnostic
varies from low-tax about tobacco tax in-

As you would expect,
as the tax rates climb,
the black market
flourishes. The states
with some of the high-
est illicit sales (New
York, Rhode Island
and Washington) are
among those with the
highest taxes. In New
York, with the highest
tax rate in the nation,
nearly half the ciga-
rettes sold are contra-

states, to Native Amer-
ican reservations, to
illegal and counterfeit
product smuggled in
from overseas. Simply
raising the tax rate in
low-tax states will not
deter smugglers; it will
only shift them to other
low- or no-tax sources.
This problem has been
created and exacerbat-
ed by the constant rise
in excise taxes.
In a perfect world,

creases. As long as
everyone is paying the
tax, we all compete on
a level playing field.
But it is not a perfect
Study after study
shows that attempts
to socially engineer
behavior through in-
creased taxes produce
a far different outcome
than intended, with
the black market the
main beneficiary.

S. FL great for jobs in health

continued from 8D

February 2011-2012.
Many of the jobs for
scientists and tech-
nology specialists of-
ten aren't even adver-
tised, points out Kelly
Smallridge, president
of the Business Devel-
opment Board of Palm
Beach County. "That's
not how they find their
employees," she said.
Still, she said the
county does need to
increase its job diver-
sity. "We've made great
strides. But we need to
continue to push for
more knowledge-inno-
vation-based compa-
nies," she said.

Health care jobs re-
main a strong industry
in South Florida. With
its older demographic
and baby boomers
aging, there is an in-
creasing demand for
more nurses locally.
Nearly 1,200 of the job
postings in Broward in

February were for reg-
istered nurses, accord-
ing to The Conference
Board. In Palm Beach
County, there were
1,250 RN jobs adver-
tised in February.
But the need is more
specific. Hospitals are
seeking those with ex-
perience in the emer-
gency room, surgery,
oncology or other
medical specialties,
said Willa Fuller, ex-
ecutive director with
the Florida Nurses As-
sociation. That's be-
cause older nurses are
retiring, and younger
nurses are not stay-
ing at the bedside as
long as they had in
the past because they
have more diverse op-
portunities or go on to,
get higher degrees.
"These were the
nurses that usually
progressed to critical
care in the past," Full-
er said.

Broward Health has
openings for all types

of critical care nurses,
but its biggest need is
for experienced surgi-
cal nurses, said Mar-
cus Wildy, a recruiter
for Broward Health.
"It's too much for a
new RN," he said.
Brothers Adam and
Victor Klingshirn
were both enticed to
become nurses for a
variety of reasons.
Adam, a former ma-
rine, works in the car-
diac unit at Memorial
West. Married with
three young children,
he likes the flexibility
that nursing offers in
being able to set 'his
own schedule.
"I love being a nurse.
Other jobs are 9 to 5.
That's not my person-
ality," Adam said.
Victor, who is on call
at several hospitals
and nursing homes in
South Florida, likes
the wide variety of jobs
available in nursing.
"You can teach, work
in a hospital, do home
health care, do infor-
matics," he said.

Cuba opens up housing market to no avail

continued from 7D

$25,000 and $40,000.
Cuba has two currencies,
the peso and the convertible
peso, the latter of which is
used in most housing trans-
actions and is pegged one-to-
one with the U.S. dollar.
What has developed is a
two-tier market, the runners
at Paseo del Prado say, with
Cubans mostly buying small
places for between $5,000
and $10,000 and foreign-

ers with Cuban connections
buying the more expensive
Sixty-year-old graphic de-
signer Pepin, who did not
want to give his full name,
has been trying for six
months to sell his nearly cen-
tury-old Vedado home, two
stories and painted blue, for
So far almost everyone tak-
ing a look has been a foreign-
er or a Cuban with family
abroad providing the money,
he said, and all have tried to

bargain for a lower price.
"One Chinese man, for ex-
ample, offered me 80,000,
but I'm not desperate or any-
thing. If they give me what
I, want, fine. If not, I'll stay
here," he said, relaxing in a
chair on his plant-enshroud-
ed front porch.
By law, the market is open
only to Cubans on the island
or those living temporar-
ily abroad. But foreigners,
including Cubans living in
the U.S. or other countries,
are buying properties in the

names of Cuban spouses,
family members or friends.
Companies with offices
abroad have sprung up to
cater to foreign buyers, post-
ing photographs and descrip-
tions of properties across the
country on the Internet. At-
tempts to speak with one of
them, Point2Cuba, went un-
The reasons foreigners buy
are varied, said Emilio Mo-
rales, president of the Ha-
vana Consulting Group in



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female employee or trainee from Contractor to Contractor or from project to project for the sole purpose of meeting the Contractor's goals shall be a violation of the Contract,
the Executive Order and the regulations in 41CFR Part 60-4. Compliance with the goals will be measured against the total work hours performed. The Contractor shall provide
written notification to the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs within ten (10) working days of award of any construction subcontract in excess
of $10,000 at any tier for construction work under the Contract resulting from this solicitation. The notification shall list the name, address and telephone number of the
Subcon-tractor; employer identification number of the Subcontractor; estimated dollar amount of the subcontract; estimated starting and completion dates of the subcontract;
and the geographical area in which the Contract is to be performed.
4) It is the policy of the County that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the
performance of contracts whenever the work under the Contract is financed in whole or in part with Federal funds.
5) Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.1(t), a "Cone of Silence" is imposed upon RFPs, RFQs or bids after advertisement and terminates at the time the County
Mayor issues a written recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners or a Notice of Contract Award Recommendation, whichever comes first. The Cone of Silence
prohibits communications regarding RFPs, RFQs or bids between potential vendors, service providers, bidders, lobbyists, or consultants and the County's professional staff,
including but not limited to the County Mayor and the County Mayor's staff. A Cone of Silence is also imposed between the Mayor, County Commissioners or their respective
staffs and any member of the County's professional staff.
The provisions of Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.1(t) do not apply to oral communications at pre-bid conferences, oral presentations before selection committees, oral
communications with the Contracting Officer, as published by the Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources Small Business Development Division in their weekly
Cone of Silence Project Information Report, for administering the procurement process, Contract negotiations during any duly noticed public meetings, public presentations
made to the Board of County Commissioners during any duly noticed public meeting or communications in writing at any time unless specifically prohibited by the applicable
RFP, RFQ, or bid document. Bidders or proposers must file a copy of any written communication with the Clerk of the Board, which shall be made available to any person upon
request. The County shall respond in writing and file a copy with the Clerk of the Board, which shall be made available to any person upon request.
In addition to any other penalties provided by law, violation of Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.1(t) by any bidder or proposer shall render any RFP award, RFQ award,
or bid award voidable. Any person having personal knowledge of a violation of this Ordinance shall report such violation to the State Attorney and/or may file a complaint with
the Ethics Commission. Bidders or Proposers should reference the actual Ordinance for further clarification.
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1478 NW 43 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, air,
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$1400 monthly. Section 8
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Four bedrooms, two baths.
New home. All appliances.
$1375 monthly.
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steps to surviving a layon

By Hannah P. Morgan

The days after your
layoff are crucial for
setting the right wheels
in motion. Shock, an-
ger, frustration and
other emotions come
into play, even if you
know the change is
coming. The key to se-
curing your next job is
to get yourself moving
forward as quickly as
possible. Here are tips
to survive and even
thrive after your posi-
tion has been elimi-

Have an open dis-
cussion with your
family, including your
children, and explain
the facts about what
has transpired and
how this will impact
everyone. Ask your
family for their help
and support over the
upcoming months and
maintain open lines of
communication about
what is going on with
your search.
The fear and anxiety
you're experiencing is

normal and your fam-
ily feels it too. When
you talk openly and
honestly about your
job search, you help
everyone understand
their role and the prog-
ress you're making.

Another way your
family can help is by
eliminating unneces-
sary spending. Ask
each family member
what they'll do to re-
duce his or her expen-
ditures. Another way
to cut your expenses
is to evaluate other
health insurance op-
tions. Depending on
its size, your company
will offer the option of
continuing your health
insurance at your own
personal expense, also
known as COBRA.
This is extremely ex-
pensive and will drain
savings quickly. Be-
gin investigating other
health insurance op-
tions immediately by
talking to colleagues,
business owners and
anyone who is unem-

played to learn what
health insurance op-
tions they're using.
Being frugal now will
enable you to endure
the long job search

Creating lists may
not be your preferred
style, but do it any-
way. You'll need to
refer to these lists to
keep on track. Make a
list of 100 people you
know well and sys-
tematically reach out
to them. Next, make
a list of the top 50
companies you would
like to work for or that
could potentially hire
you for work you'd like
to do.

You want time to
recuperate from the
shock of being laid
off, but often the best
way to overcome this
is by setting a daily
agenda. Create a new
routine similar to
your work schedule.
Set your alarm, take
a shower and get your

day started.
More importantly,
have specific actions
identified during your
day. This should in-
clude networking
events, meeting with
past colleagues, oc-
casionally volunteer-
ing, investing in your
professional develop-
ment through, formal
or informal learning
opportunities, and an
hour or two of "you"
time when you can in-
dulge in your favorite

Family and friends
may begin calling on
you for your help once
they find out you're no
longer bound to a job.
However, your new
full-time job is look-
ing for a job. Learn to
decline requests that
would take away from
your search. Just
say no to the "honey-
do" list and delegated
household chores.
When you fulfill
these duties, it may
provide a feeling of ac-
complishment in the

Study says cellphone talkers proved to

be irritants amongst others in public

By Douglas Quenqua

If you have just read
the same paragraph
12 times because the
person sitting next
to you on the bus
is chatting on her
cellphone, feel free to
show her this: sci-
entists have found
another piece of evi-
dence that overheard
cellphone conversa-
tions are far more dis-
tracting and annoy-
ing than a dialogue
between two people
In a study published
Wednesday in the
journal PLoS One,
college students who
were asked to com-
plete anagrams while
a nearby researcher
talked on her cell-
phone were more ir-
ritated and distracted
- and far more likely
to remember the con-
tents of the conversa-
tion than students
who worked on the
same puzzles while
the same conversation
was conducted by two
people in the room.
The study is the
latest in a growing
body of research on
why cellphones rank
so high on the list
of modern irritants.
Mounting evidence
suggests that the
habits encouraged
by mobile technology
- namely, talking in
public to someone who
is not there are tai-
lor made for hijacking
the cognitive functions
of bystanders.
One reason, said
Veronica V. Galvdn, an
assistant professor of
psychology at the Uni-
versity of San Diego
and the lead author
of the study, is the
brain's desire to fill in
the blanks.
"If you only hear
one person speaking,
you're constantly try-
ing to place that part
of the conversation in
context," Dr. Galvan
said. "That's naturally
going to draw your
attention away from
whatever else you're
trying to do."
It is also a control
thing, Dr. Galvan
and her colleagues

-Photo/Caleb Ferguson
Officially annoying: Researchers have documented the effect of
overheard conversations.

said. When people are
trapped next to a one-
sided conversation -
known nowadays as a
"halfalogue" their
anger rises in the
same way it does in
other situations where
they are not free to
leave, like waiting for
a train.
"If you're waiting
in line and someone
behind you is talking
on a cellphond, you're
kind of stuck there,"
she said, "and you can
have a psychological
stress response."
Not that you have
to feel stressed to find
cellphones disrup-
tive. Students in a
2010 Cornell study
had trouble complet-
ing modest tasks, like
tracking a dot on a
screen with a cur-
sor, while listening to
a tape of a one-sided
conversation, even
though they knew the
conversation was the
focus of the study.
The 149 students
in Dr. Galvan's study
did not know the side
conversations were
part of the research;
15 students who did
figure it out were not
counted in the results.
And while their ability
to solve the anagrams
was not noticeably
impeded, the students
listening to the halfa-
logues scored higher
when rating them-
selves on a "distract-
ibility scale." They also
said that they remem-
bered more specifics

from the conversation,
which was the same
script in both cases (a
theater professor was
enlisted to facilitate
the deception).
The brain simply
can't ignore a stream
of desultory new infor-
mation, said Lauren
Emberson, the post-
doctoral associate at
the University of Roch-
ester, New York, who
led the Cornell study
when she was working
"Our brains are set
up to focus on things
that are novel or un-
expected," Emberson
said. "When you're
listening to one half of
a conversation, every
new utterance is a
surprise, so you're
forced to constantly
predict what's going to
happen next."
Because it is next
to impossible to tune
out a nearby cellphone
conversation, people
subjected to them
often believe incor-
rectly that the talk-
er is being abnormally
loud, according to
findings from a 2004
study from the Univer-
sity of York, England.
Sixty-four commuters
were exposed to the
same conversation at
different volume levels,
half as a cellphone
call and half as a
face-to-face talk. On
average, the commut-
ers thought the mobile
phone talkers were
louder, even when they
were not.

"When you stare at a
light, it seems bright-
er," said Dr. Ember-
son. "And when you
can't not pay attention
to a noise, it seems
That sense of being
subjected to some-
thing unavoidable
and unpleasant has
turned public cell-
phone conversations

into a flash point.
"When you are over-
hearing some strang-
er's inane cellphone
conversation, your
brain has to work a lot
harder at what you're
doing, and it interferes
with your ability to
focus on other things,"
said Amy Alkon, a
syndicated columnist
who wrote a book
about manners called
"I See Rude People." "It
gives you what I call a
'neural itching.'
Though surveys
have repeatedly placed *
public cellphone con-
versations at the top of
Americans' pet peeves,
there are indications
that the problem is
easing or, perhaps,
that people are start-
ing to accept that all
this yakking is the
new reality. In 2006,
82 percent of Ameri-
cans said they were
at least occasionally
annoyed by cellphone
conversations in
public. In 2012, that
number dropped to 74

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12D THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 20-26, 2013

SStung by a loss, Stephens

..... says she still wants to win

wins sixth

By Rod Coffee
Miami Times staff writer

As celebratory music blared
through the air at Crandon
Park on Key Biscayne, the No.
1 WTA player in the world,
Serena Williams, held court
allowing her adoring fans to
take part in history getting a
glimpse of the reigning queen
of tennis as she celebrated a
record sixth Sony Open Ten-
nis Championship.
The 31-year-old champion
held the cradled the win-
ning trophy in her arms and
showed grace and poise ex-
pressing her joy and apprecia-
tion for the accomplishment.
"That's to my God Jehovah,
my dad and everyone in my
camp, I always forget names
but I felt good today, it's so
special to have number six
now," Williams said. "I finally
have some record, that's real-
ly cool. But I'm really happy."
Williams won a competitive
and entertaining three set
match against No.2 ranked
Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-4,
6-0, taking control and
dominating the Russian born
blonde by winning 10 straight
games to close out the match.
It was a women's final be-

tween two of the
best players in the
world, one of whom
people believe may be
the best player in the history
of the sport.
Spectator, Paul Fisher,
watched the Williams' match
and thinks it's time for people
to start talking about the one
in a generation player in his-
toric terms.
"She obviously now is the
best female player ever in the
world in terms of her career,"
Fisher said after the match.
"She's breaking all the re-
cords, she just broke the
record in this event, she's won
it six times now so you can't
argue anymore."
The over-powering player
with the winning smile, was
proud of her latest accom-
plishment despite struggling
with her game throughout the
tournament. Her intestinal
fortitude and talent eventually
made the difference.
"I don't think this was my
best tournament," said Wil-
liams. "I think everyone would
agree but I think those are
the moments that count when
you go out and do the best
you can and come out on top
and always try to improve."

Is basketball a contact sport?

So now LeBron James is a
crybaby for calling out the of-
ficials last week after the Chi-
cago Bulls ended the Miami
Heat's record setting winning
streak 101-97 at the United
Center. Chicago fans were de-
liriously happy after the Bulls
pretty much tackled the Heat's

superstar with a combina-
tion of cross body checks and
tackles that would have made
Mike Singletary proud. This is
how the Bulls ended the lon-
gest NBA winning streak in
more than 40 years, stopping
LeBron James by any means

Williams has
won 15 Grand
Slam singles
ti- ties, an Olympic
Gold medal while amassing a
WTA all-time record $43 mil-
lion in prize money.
Williams was humble about
her place in history following
her 49 singles career singles
title. She has a career record
of 573-110 which means she
wins nearly 84 percent all the
matches she's every played.
But despite her success and
famous flamboyance on and
off the court, Williams was
uncomfortable talking about
her legacy.
"I actually don't like to
think about that," Williams
said defecting questions
about her place in the sport.
" I'm having a good year and
I still want to do well, I don't
want this to be my last title,
so I want to keep winning as
much as I can."
Williams has made winning
a lifestyle. She admits to be-
ing highly competitive.
"I don't know anyone in life
who hates losing more than I
do," said Williams.
"I just try to focus on one
day at a time and just doing

These Bulls had a bold plan
for James, against any other
player guys would have been
ejected or even worse possibly
brought up on assault charges,
and James' message was pret-
ty simple, when did it become
okay to flat out mug him?
"I know that a lot of my fouls
are not basketball plays,"
James said last week inside
the United Center. "First of
all, Kirk Hinrich basically
grabbed me with two hands
and brought me to the ground.
Taj Gibson was able to collar
me around my shoulder and
bring me to the ground. Those
are not basketball plays and

By Andy Kent

Everything was setting up
perfectly for Sloane Stephens
to reverse the downward
trend she has been on since
upsetting Serena Williams to
reach the semifinals at the
Australian Open.
Stephens needed to play
only one match to reach
the Round of 16 at the Sony
Open, a result of a first-round
bye and a third-round walk-
over after Venus Williams
pulled out with a lower back
injury. That put Stephens up
against the defending cham-

pion, Agnieszka Radwanska,
on Monday
The grandstand crowd was
behind Stephens, who started
her tennis career as a tod-
dler in nearby Coral Springs,
and the draw was setting
up favorably for a meeting
with Serena Williams in the
semifinals. But after a solid
first set went in her favor,
Stephens started to come
apart midway through the
second set, and the fourth-
seeded Radwanska advanced
with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory.
Stephens lost the final nine "
Afterward, Stephens made

her way off the court quickly
and strolled past a crowd of
autograph seekers without
stopping. The reality of losing
yet another match against
a ranked opponent seemed
to rub Stephens the wrong
way. She is 2-5 since her
signature win in Australia
over Williams, losing her first
matches in events in Dubai
and Indian Wells, Calif.
"Yeah, I played good at the
beginning; I came out play-
ing well," said Stephens,
who turned 20 last week.
"She raised her level and
she played some pretty good
tennis. In the end, she just

played a little bit better."
After that first answer in
her postmatch news confer-
ence, Stephens continued to
unravel, this time in front of
the microphone. She ac-
knowledged that after bat-
tling back from 0-3 in the
second set to get within a
point of tying the score on her
serve, she let it slip away. An
ace got her to 40-15, but she
could not close out the game
and did not win another.
"There's no specific thing
that I'd say has happened
or is not happening, but I
don't think it really matters,".
Stephens said of her recent

struggles. "I'm 16 in the
world. I can lose in the first
round the.next two months
and I probably would still
be top 30. I'm not really too
concerned about winning or
losing or any of that, I don't
think. My life has changed,
yeah, but I wouldn't say I'm
in a panic or anything."
There was a stunned
silence in the interview
room, and when Stephens
was asked to clarify that
she indeed did want to win,
Stephens rolled her eyes and
shot back, "Obviously," and
then walked out.
The normally smiling and

charming Stephens has been.
under pressure since com-
parisons to Serena Williams
gained steam and her re-
sults improved last year. She
is now the highest-ranked
American player behind Wil-
liams, who is No. 1.
"She's getting up there and
she will definitely be able to
mature her game," said Wil-
liams, 31, who had her share
of prickly moments with the
news media at a young age.
"Now that she's a little more
mature with her age, it all
comes along. She's been play-
ing so well. Yeah, she'll be

Michigan blows out Florida by 20


Final Four since


By Kyle Ringo

Michigan might have been
voted least likely to succeed
from the Big Ten Conference
when the NCAA tournament
began two weeks ago.
The Wolverines struggled
down the stretch of the regu-
lar season and lost in ugly
fashion to Wisconsin in the
Big Ten tournament. But they
regrouped and found the of-
fensive mojo that led them to

it's been happening all year."
The timing of Lebron's com-
plaint was rather suspect since
it came on the heels of a loss
but there is no doubt that he
does have a point. When is a
foul a foul? When is a flagrant
foul a flagrant foul? When did
the NBA become some street
league where certain players
can pretty much get beat up
just because they physically
appear to be able to take it.
We saw this in the past with
gentle giant Shaquille O'Neal
who on most nights had ev-
ery reason to turn around and
pull a Kermit Washington on
players frantic efforts to stop

a No. 1 ranking earlier in the
year and blew away Florida
79-59 Sunday in the Elite
The Wolverines advanced
to the Final Four for the first
time since 1993 and the days
of the Fab Five.
The victory is a measure of
redemption for the Big Ten,
which sent seven teams to the
tournament with the other six
falling short of the Final Four.
The Big Ten has been consid-
ered the strongest conference
in the nation all season.
Freshman guard Nik
Stauskas provided the spark,
scoring 19 points in the first
half and finishing with 22, ty-
ing his career high. He made

him. NBA commissioner David
Stern needs to correct this in-
justice. The NBA thrives off of
it's superstars, so they need to
be protected much in the same
way the NFL protects its quar-
terbacks. These are your cash
Those who are physically
superior than most others
like LeBron need to have the
same type of officiating that
regular guys have. Why is it
okay for Kirk Hinrich to flat
out "tackle" LeBron like he is
an outside linebacker? What
if Birdman Andersen tackled
Nate Robinson in exactly the
same way? Ejection, suspen-

all six of his 3-point attempts
against Florida.
Meanwhile, Florida made
just 2 of 10 3-pointers in a
game that was dominated by
the Michigan back court and
played at a pace and tempo
that favored the Wolverines
and not the defensive-minded
Florida fell one win short of
the Final Four for the third
consecutive season. The Ga-
tors lost to Butler in 2011,
Louisville in 2012 and the
Wolverines this year. It has
been a hard luck run in the
Elite Eight for the Gators
since winning back-to-back
national titles in 2006 and

sion? Maybe. Bottom line is
LeBron like Shaq before him
has shown extreme patience
and self control by not react-
ing with a right cross or an up-
percut to the guy that wacks
him in a way not becoming of
the game of basketball. Maybe
when Lebron shatters some-
one's face the way Washing-
ton did Rudy Tomjanovich's
back in the 70;s, the league
will do something about this.
Until then, let us all hope that
this big guy remains calm and
does not meet force with force.
Someone could get seriously
hurt because of a "non-basket-
ball play."

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