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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 22-28, 2013

Bracing for Urban

Beach Weekend

By D. Kevin McNeir
As the Memorial Day Weekend ap-
proaches, a throng of excited Blacks are
already descending upon Miami Beach
for their annual pilgrimage to the high-
ly-anticipated Urban Beach Weekend.
This year's festivities will be held from
May 24-27. But since it first started 13
years ago, it has drawn heavy criticism
from residents because of their claims
of increased crime, excessive consump-

tion of alcohol and
wild parties. Many
point to a series of
incidents that oc-
curred two years
ago when crowds
swelled in excess .
of 200,000 people..
It was during that
Urban Beach Week-
end when Raymond HERISSE
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Pres. moves forward,
focuses on key bills

By Mark Landler and Michael D.Shear
B\L IiMORE President Obama, struggling to
find his footing after one of his most turbulent
k. in office, will try to push past the mo-
n-,,-rr's political furor with a focus on the few
pieces of legislation he believes have a chance
in Congress and on executive actions that
do not require Republican approval. In
a meeting with Democratic strategists
last Thursday morning, Denis R. Mc-
-Donough, White House chief of staff,
outlined a plan to intensify focus on
revamping immigration laws, reaching a
budget deal, and carrying out the
health care law. The Whitc House
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By Mark Memmott
While the number of deaths and
amount of damage caused by a huge
tornado that tore through Moore,
Okla., on Monday remain high, state
officials announced Tuesday that fewer
people than feared may have lost their

After beginning the day with word
that at least 51 people had been killed
and that the number of dead might
top 90, a spokeswoman for the state
medical examiner's office said that the
official death toll was 24 a figure
that could still change. The fatalities
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2A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28, 2015


Is PULSE a nuisance

or a necessity?
s the clergy-based, grassroots organization formal-
ly known as People United to Lead the Struggle for
Equality [PULSE] rapped up its 32nd annual conven-
tion and election of officers last weekend, there were two at
least two sets of opinions about the work they do here in Mi-
On one hand, the Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox, the executive direc-
tor and a mainstay of the group for over two decades, along
with his band of "merry men," have been viewed as a neces-
sity in the Black community. Necessary because they have
been willing to confront people or organizations that dared to
promote injustice or discrimination. When others chose to be
silent or to turn their heads the other way, PULSE has been
raising the voice of reason sometimes in public forums or
in front of cameras. But more often, their work has been done
behind the scenes, at tables in storefront churches or in make-
shift board rooms in small, Black-owned businesses.
Then there are those who look at the members of PULSE
and the mission to which they have committed themselves as
a nuisance. That's because whether it's the governor, com-
mission board members, the state's attorney or elected offi-
cials from the House or Senate, PULSE has never backed down
from what they believed to be right. They have been a thorn in
other peoples' sides. They have been the sole dissenting vote.
They have refused to move with the status quo and they have
declined from yielding with consensus.
We can't say that we have always agreed with the perspec-
tive of PULSE and its leaders. But as long as Blacks struggle
to "overcome," we those who march to a different drumbeat.
Injustice still reigns in our legal system, in our public schools
and in the business world where Blacks are far too often the
last hired and the first fired.
There's still much work to do in our so-called tropical para-
dise. And we're compelled to admit that we're sure glad that
organizations like PULSE are still around 32 years later.

It's time for the CRB to

reexamine its mission

cooking back at the U.S. during the year 1963, one can't
help but notice how racially divided our country was. It
was a time when Black students braved threats against
their lives just to attend previously all-white coulicges; lhcn uu1ii
Blacks and whites from Medgar Evers to President John F.
Kennedy were murdered because of their insistence on equal
rights for all Americans; and when racists like Governor George
Wallace of Alabama were being hailed for espousing philosophies
like, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation for-
Meanwhile in Miami, a group of religious leaders of different
faiths and races decided that the people of Miami-Dade Coun-
ty needed to confront the destructive power of racial prejudice
and discrimination head on before the raging tide of civil unrest
found its way to our shores. That was the beginning of the Com-
munity Relations Board [CRB]. The challenges they met were
great, including demanding an end to segregated hotels, restau-
rants and beaches. After all, Florida was and is a state in the
But in recent years, critics have said that the CRB should re-
examine its 50-year-old mission and consider if the Board has
fulfilled its original goals. After all, this is a very different world.
Racism has not disappeared but with the advent of advanced
technologies, telecommunications and the global market, it
seems that groups like the CRB, not to mention the SCLC, the
NAACP and others, may need to evolve as well.
Maybe what people need today are the skills and education
that would enable them to successfully maneuver their way over
the socio-economic hurdles that keep many people, of all races,
from achieving their dreams. Sometimes, the old ways simply
don't work anymore.

The importance

of testing for H.I.V.

An expert advisory group has recommended that Ameri-
cans ages 15 to 65 be voluntarily screened for H.I.V.,
the virus that causes AIDS, and that many of those
found infected receive antiviral drugs even before symptoms
develop. This authoritative advice reinforces similar recommen-
dations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is a reminder that doctors and clinics need to test and treat
patients as early as possible.
The recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task
Force, a group of independent experts who advise the federal
government on screening tests, was published last Tuesday in
the Annals of Internal Medicine. In its last advice on the sub-
ject, in 2005, the task force recommended screening only ado-
lescents and adults at increased risk of infection, like men who
have sex with men, but eschewed wider testing.
The panel now expresses "high certainty" that the net benefit
of screening adolescents, adults and pregnant women is "sub-
stantial." It is estimated that more than 200,000 Americans are
infected but don't know it. If their infections could be detect-
ed and treated with antiviral drugs, they would be less likely
to suffer severe illness and premature death and less able to
spread the virus to others through sexual intercourse or needle-
The advice comes on the heels of reports that strong anti-
viral drugs administered shortly after infection x\iii,.il1 elimi-
nated active virus from a Mississippi baby and several patients
in France, an achievement that underscores the crucial impor-
tance of early detection. These reports, which need to be con-
firmed by further studies, were not considered by the task force,
but they add to hopes that the world could, by committing suf-
ficient resources to detection and treatment, finally bring the
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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost corn

Government mistakes journalism for esp

The Obama administration has
no business rummaging through
journalists' phone records, perus-
ing their emails and tracking their
movements in an attempt to keep
them from gathering news. This
heavy-handed business isn't chill-
ing, it's just plain cold.
It also may well be unconsti-
tutional. In my reading, the First
Amendment prohibition against
"abridging the freedom . of the
press" should rule out secretly ob-
taining two months' worth of the
personal and professional phone
records of Associated Press re-
porters and editors, including
calls to and from the main AP
phone number at the House press
gallery in the Capitol. Yet this is
what the Justice Department did.
The unwarranted snooping,
which was revealed last week,
would be troubling enough if it
were an isolated incident. But it is
part of a pattern that threatens to
redefine investigative reporting as
criminal behavior.
The Washington Post reported

last Monday that the Justice De-
partment secretly obtained phone
and email records for Fox News re-
porter James Rosen, and that the
FBI even tracked his movements
in and out of the main State De-
partment building. Rosen's only
apparent transgression? Doing
what reporters are supposed to
do, which is to dig out the news.
In both instances, prosecutors
were trying to build criminal cas-
es under the 1917 Espionage Act
against federal employees sus-
pected of leaking classified infor-
mation. Before President Obama
took office, the Espionage Act had
been used to prosecute leakers a
grand total of three times, includ-
ing the 1971 case of Daniel Ells-
berg and the Pentagon Papers.
Obama's Justice Department has
used the act six times. And count-
('0 .,.i the government has
a duty to protect genuine secrets.
But the problem is that every ad-
ministration. without exception,
tends to misuse the "Top Secret"

stamp sometimes from an over-
abundance of caution, sometimes
to keep inconvenient or embar-
rassing information from coming
to light.
That's where journalists come
in. Our job, simply, is to find out
what the government doesn't want
you to know.
The Fox News gets case is even
worse. At issue is a 2009 story
about how North Korea was ex-
pected to react to a U.N. Security
Council resolution criticizing the
rogue nation's nuclear tests. The
Justice Department is prosecut-
ing Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, then an
analyst working for the State De-
partment, for allegedly leaking to
Fox reporter Rosen a report about
what North Korea was thought
likely to do.
Prosecutors examined Rosen's
phone records, read his emails
and, using the electronic record
left by his security badge, even
tracked when he entered and
left the State Department build-
ing. How did officials justify such

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ionage ___
snooping? By a',-rtng in n TB
affidavit, according to the Post,
that Rosen broke the law "at the
very least, either as an aider, abet-
tor and/or co-conspirator."
In other words, since there is
no law that makes publishing this
classified information illegal, the
Justice Department claims that
obtaining the information was a
violation of the Espionage Act.
Rosen has not been charged.
Every investigative reporter, how-
ever, has been put on notice. A
federal "shield" law protecting
reporters from having to divulge
their sources means nothing if
it includes an exception for cas-
es involving national security,
as Obama favors. The president
needs to understand that behav-
ior commonly known as "whistle-
blowing" and "journalism" must
not be construed as espionage.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper colum-
nist and the former assistant man-
aging editor of The Washington


Media sOr nikewuiiansey: Hood or hero?

When some of us saw the first
video of Charles Ramsey, the col-
orful Black dishwasher in Cleve-
land who is being celebrated as
a hero for rescuing three White
women captives from horrid con-
ditions in a Cleveland house, we
had a I.,1..II. ,. I to Antoine Dod-
son, who became a :i iiI... T
Internet sensation after saving
his sister from a would-be rapist
in their Huntsville, Ala. housing
apartment; and Sweet Brown,
who barely escaped a fire in her
Oklahoma City complex.
But more than any other fa-
mous "hilarious Black neighbor"
Internet sensation, the coverage
of Ramsey and his criminal
past raises serious questions
about how we treat a hero with
a troubled past and, yes, how
Blacks and Whites look at the
same event through different
prisms of race.
While being hailed as a hero,

Ramsey was the object of both
racism and ridicule.
Though we're reluctant to
publicly admit it, some Blacks
cringed at the sight of Ramsey.
His hair. curled in the back like
Al Sharpton's do and as slick as
Chuck Berry's, is interspersed
with what we once called post
office hair each nap has its
own route. Then, as now, image
matters. Especially when one of
us appears on TV. Still, there are
plenty of people in our commu-
nity who look like Ramsey and
their speech and appearance
make them no less valuable than
the best dressed and most artic-
ulate among us.
Some have suggested than
many whites take delight in see-
ing Blacks caricatured in the im-
age of Charles Ramsey and An-
toine Dodson.
"Perhaps it's time for the
world's meme artists to stop as-

suming that any Black dude get-
ting interviewed on local news
about a crime he helped to foil
can be reduced to some catch-
phrase or in-joke," Miles Klee
wrote on
"It's just baffling that we're try-
ing to find a way to laugh about
what is, in itself, a harrowing
turn of events."
Most of us knew, or at least
suspected deep down, that
something about Ramsey's past
would surface, causing further
The Smoking Gun website dis-
closed on May 8 that Ramsey
"is a convicted felon whose rap
sheet includes three separate
domestic violence convictions
that resulted in prison terms."
Blacks instantly asked: Why is
something that happened a de-
cade ago and had nothing to
do with Ramsey's heroism rel-
evant today? Cleveland's WEWS-


Al and Ben: Today's Booker T.,

Dudley Randall's poem, "It
seems to me, said Booker T, I dis-
agree, said W.E.B." points out an
issue that has plagued Black folks
for generations. During Booker
T's time, some Blacks said hie was
working "for the man" as he tried
to build an economic foundation
for his people via education, in-
dustrial training, self-help, and
business principles. W.E.B. Du-
Bois said Washington's program
came along "at the correct psy-
chological moment," but he ended
up being Booker T's antagonist
because Black people began to
choose sides. Rather than take
the best of both of those giants, we
succumbed to the "divide and con-
qLler" syndrome.
In 1915, Marcus Garvey decided
to come to this country to meet
with Booker T., who died before
Garvey'vs arrival. But, the i, ,
ers and detractors soon started
dividing the people again, pitting
DuBois against Garvey instead of
taking the best of what both of-
fered and working toward our col-
lective ,qI'll
Since then, we have seen simi-
lar scenarios played out, such as
Malcolm and Maritin, Stokely and

Martin, Al and Jesse, Tupac/Big-
gie/Knight/Dogg and all that mad-
ness, Eddie Long and Al -I1 1pi-. ,
Smiley/West and Dyson/Harris-
Perry, and the list goes on. It's
not that we should agree on every-
thing; that would create a bunch
of robots. We should, however,
have enough sense and knowledge
of the past and the present to deal
with our personal disagreements

Kweisi Mfume were at the helms of
those two organizations, and the
feathers started to fly about what
George Bush did. More important-
ly, our folks began to take sides
because Bush decided hlie would
deal with Morial rather than the
fiery Mfulnime.
As long as we, both individually
and ,,i i. I .,1 ll, ., are lighting
one another and choosing sides,

In 1915, Marcus Garvey decided to come to this country to
meet with Booker T., who died before Garvey's arrival. But,
the naysayers and detractors soon started dividing the peo-
ple again ...

in private while moving collective-
ly and publicly toward one goal.
Could our penchant for onc-ups-
man-ship be attributed to another
syndrome called, the "I1NIC," as
described in Norman Kelley's ex-
cellent book of the same name?
All the ,ii. .. -, rallcor, redull-
dancy, and, yes, jealousy among
our people are both unnecessary
and divisive. I recall when George
Bush attended the 2003 Urban
League convention but dissed the
NAACP's meeting. Marc Morial and

as if we are on different teams,
our economic emlpowermnent i
always be an lh ',i quixotic.
and romanticized state of mind
rather than a substantive realiza-
In my hometown of Cincinnati,
Ohio, our NAACP branch will be
100 years old in 2015. Under its
('current leadership over the past
seven years, we have advanced
from a i .'I,.IliL, 400 or so mem-
bership base and a tenutious finan-
cial position, to a 2,400 member-

TV, facing a backlash firm -:'.-r
ers, apologized for reporting on
Ramsey's criminal past.
"While the story was factually
sound, the timing of it and pub-
lication of such information was
not in good taste, and we regret
it," the station said on its Face-
book page.
Normally, I would agree that
Ramsey's criminal past, certain-
ly in this situation, should be
irrelevant. But there's nothing
normal about this case. Unfortu-
nately, Ramsey invited the scru-
tiny when he said he suspected
domestic violence because he
"was raised to help women in
George E. Curr-y, 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.

ship base and a T.. Iri-r ui ;r.T
stable financial position. We have
also built strong, mutually ben-
eficial, broad-based relationships
unprecedented in the history of
this branch.
Around the first part of this year,
98 years after the founding of Cin-
cinnati branch of the NAACP, a lo-
cal chapter of the National Action
Network (NAN) was established.
Some say it was simply an effort
to "compete" and make irrelevant
the NAACP and its president, who
overwhelmingly defeated his op-
position candidate last Novem-
ber. Idiocy has prevailed since
then, mainly because of a few
malcontents and sore losers who
"don't like" the NAACP president
and are desperately trying to bring
him down. At the same time, the
images of our two organizations
are being dragged through the
mud on, of all places, a "Black"
radio station. Hlow stupid is that?
Jim Clingman, bfoander of the
Greater Cincinnati African Amneri-
can Chiamber of Conimmerce, is the
nation's most /'.',.'."' writer oni
economic emnipowennent for Black
people. He is an adjunct professor
at the Uniiersityj of Cincinnati.



3A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28, 2013





House Cori grer man, be ible
to garner the votes Watt needs
to be confirmed?
Ask UN Ambassador Susan
Rice knows what it feels like
to be dropped, when Senate
confirmation seemed unlikely.
During President Obama's
first term, his inattention to
the Black community was
understandable, though not
acceptable. He was busy
straddling lines, seeking com-
promise, and leaving a legacy
of health care reform. Blacks
were patient in the hope that
"as last" Blacks would get rec-
ognition in his second term.
After all our president's inau-
gural speech mentioned every
community except the Black
Are the Foxx and Watt ap-
pointments a response to criti-
cism? Based on their appoint-
ments, should Black folks
sing "at last" or "not yet"?
Julianne Malveaux is a
Washington, D.C.-based econ-
omist and writer. She is Presi-
dent Emerita of Bennett Col-
lege for Women in Greensboro,

,< Black empowerment 'At Last' or

When Beyonce Knowles
sang the Etta James song
"At Last" at President Barack
Obama's 2009 inauguration,
the song could have had sev-
eral meanings. At last we have
a Black president? At last, the
muscle of the Black vote has
been flexed? At last, there is
some hope for our country to
come together with the man-
tra "Yes, We Can".
Watching the President and
First Lady Michelle Obama
slow dance to the romantic
standard reminded us that
Black families have not of-
ten been positively depicted.
This attractive image of an
intact Black family had come
"At Last". Thus, the song was
symbolic of what many folks,
and especially Blacks, be-
lieved about the Obama presi-
Some of us blindly believed
that with a Black president
opportunity had come "At
Last." Some believed it so fer-
vently that the least criticism
of President Obama, no mat-
ter how mild and how lovingly
conveyed, could cause you

to be run out of the race. An
alumnus of Morehouse Col-
lege, Rev. Kevin Johnson,
wrote an opinion piece that
was mildly critical of Obama.
As a result, the former direc-
tor of the White House Ini-
tiative on HBCUs and new
Morehouse President John

reminded. Yet, it seems that
Blacks have been kicked to
the curb in terms of focus and
Now, some Black people
are crooning "At Last." Char-
lotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has
been nominated to serve as
Secretary of Transportation.

The purpose of baccalaureate is to have one speaker to
focus on the spiritual dimensions of graduation...

S. Wilson, Jr. changed the
format of baccalaureate to a
panel, not one speaker, as is
The purpose of baccalaure-
ate is to have one speaker to
focus on the spiritual dimen-
sions of graduation. There
is no way that Rev. John-
son would deliver a political
speech. Still, he was essential-
lv disinvited from the bacca-
laureate because of his views.
Obama is the president of
the U.S., not the president of
Black America, we are often

If confirmed, Mayor Foxx, an
outstanding an eminently
qualified candidate would join
Attorney General Eric Holder
as the second Black to serve
in a regular cabinet post.
Similarly, the nomination of
Congressman Mel Watt to lead
the Federal Housing Finance
Agency is a step forward.
If Watt is confirmed, this
represents a step forward for
both Obama and for Black
people, and for the entire na-
tion. The issue is, of course,
confirmation. Will the White


Revolutionary Assata Shakur is no terrorist

Should the use of marijual

be legal?

Liberty City, retired

"I don't think so. Once a
drug, always a :..m-- .

lit' 4-

Miami, retired

"It doesn't
matter to me. I
don't use mar-

Liberty City, pharmacist tech

"No, I don't think so. Unless
you get it from '-.-
a doctor it's
unlikely that ,
it'll be made

Brownsville, fast food

"Yes, definitely. Mariju
a stress and pain relieve
medicinal." F--

Liberty City, entrepreneur

"I don't think so, they put
too much into ___
it nowadays.
Maybe if mari-n2
juana was -
kept how it P
used to be."

Liberty City, unemployed

"I personally don't have a
problem with
it. Some peo-
ple may take
it to heart

S When the FBI announced that
they were placing fugitive Assata
Shakur (Joanne C tri.-ini,1.1j on
the list of most wanted terror-
ists and that they were offering
an additional $1 million for her
capture, it caught most of the
world by complete surprise. As-
sata has been lix ing quietly inx ex-
ile in Cuba where she w-as given
political asylum for 30 years. The
former member of the Black Lib-
eration Army escaped captivity
after being tried and convicted
under controversial circum-
stances in connection with
S the killing of a New Jersey State
policeman. Several other allega-
tions against her were dropped
either through acquittals or mis-
- Assata Shakur had been a
member of the Black Panther
[Ia Party, later joining the Black
Liberation Army. Like many
other Black activists in the late
1960s and early 1970s, she wit-
nessed the vicious repression of
the Black Freedom Movement
and other movements of the
time by agencies of the U.S.
ana is government, including through
er. Wts the use of the now notorious
L COINTELPRO (the FBI's Counter
1 Intelligence Program). COINTEL-

PRO involved the infiltration and
disruption of organizations that
the FBI concluded were a threat
to the U.S. elite. Disruption in-
cluded rumor-mongering, provo-
cation, the encouraging of splits,
imprisonment and murder. The
intensity of the repression of the
Black Freecdom Movement. in
this case, led many activists to
conclude that, at a minimum.

der to advance a political ob-
jective. There is nothing in the
activism of Assata Shakur that
displays anything approaching
terrorism. Additionally, since
her exile, she has not been in-
volved with any activities in the
U.S. that could be construed as
So. what is this about? It ap-
pears that the main inspiration

ike many other Black activists in the late 1960s and early
1970s, she witnessed the vicious repression of the Black
Freedom Movement and other movements of the time -
by agencies of the U.S. government, including through the use of the
now notorious COINTELPRO (the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program).

self-defense was necessary. For
others the conclusion was that
a military arm of the Black Free-
dom Movement was needed.
Whether one agrees or dis-
agrees with the conclusions ar-
rived at by Assata Shakur, one
thing is very important: she was
never a terrorist. Let us be clear
about the meaning of this word
that we hear so regularly these
days. A "terrorist" is someone
who uses military methods/
violence against civilians in or-

for this outrage is to derail any
efforts at the normalization of
relations between the U.S. and
Cuba. Upon the reelection of
President Obama, there have
been rumors circulating that
there might be efforts to remove
Cuba from the list of countries
supporting terrorism. There were
additional suggestions that there
might be efforts towards normal-
There are groups in the U.S.
who oppose normalization of re-

lations with Cuba aid thery '.ill
do anything that they can to dis-
rupt such efforts. Whether those
elements convinced the FBI to
take this step is irrelevant. The
fact is that this step complicates
discussions about changing the
terms of U.S./Cuban relations.
Right-wing Cuban exiles as well
as ultra-conservative elements in
our political establishment have
an interest in the status quo;
most of this country is more in-
terested in improvement in rela-
tions with Cuba.
For this reason, we need to un-
derstand the upping of the ante
on Assata as not only a threat to
her existence, a violation of Cu-
ban and international law, but
also a cynical move to disrupt ef-
forts to end the Cold War in the
Western Hemisphere.
Now is the time to demand that
President Obama and Attorney
General Holder reverse the deci-
sion of the FBI. Let's end this ri-
diculous melodrama.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior
Scholar with the Institute for Pol-
icy Studies, the immediate past
president of TransAfrica Forum
and the author of "They're Bank-
rupting Us" And Twenty Other
Myths about Unions.


The U.S.'s current era of political extremism

Last year, James Porter, the
recently-elected president of
the National Rifle Association,
declared that President Obama
was a "fake president ...[whose]
entire administration is anti-
gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second
Earlier this month, Adam
Kokesh, a failed Republican
candidate for Congress from
Arizona and Internet talk show
host, declared he would lead a
July 4 march in Washington,
D.C. of thousands of followers
with loaded rifles slung across
their backs as a demonstration
against "tyranny."
District law bars private citi-
zens from carrying firearms in
public, and city police officials
have said they won't permit
such a march. Kokesh said
such action would show that
"fTree people are not welcome in
Washington, adding that "we
would rather die on our feet
than live on our knees."
The bipartisan Congressional
effort to craft an immigration
bill exploded in controversy
last week when it. was revealed
that, Jason Richwine, a co
aitlhor of a heavily-criticized

study on the subject submitted
by the conservative Heritage
Foundation, had previously
asserted it was unlikely "His-
panics will ever reach IQ parity
with whites" and that, despite
their long existence in Ameri-
ca, Black Americans have yet
to adapt properly to American
You can believe that these
three expressions of conser-

conservative elected officials,
office-seekers, political op-
eratives, talk show hosts and
donors has become so com-
monplace that it's sometimes
difficult to gauge the depth of
this GOP-led corrupting of the
traditional practice of ptl.i" ..
But this is how Thomas E.
Mann and Norman J. Orn-
stein, two longtime and re-
spected students of Washing-

If the first term of the Obama presidency proved anything
about today's American political culture, it showed conclu-
sively that we live in an era of conservative extremism.

vative political opinion and
scores of other similar ones
- are unconnected. But that
would be exactly the \wrong
Ir the first term of the Obama
presidency proved anything
about today's American politi-
cal culture, it showed conclu-
sively that we live in an era of
conservative extremism.
The assertion of extreme
ideas and actions spewing from

ton ,_, ,i ,'. put it in an
April 27, 2012 op-ed column
for the Washington Post: "The
GOP has become an insurgent
outlier in American politics. It
is ideologically extreme; scorn-
ful of compromise; unmoved
by conventional understanding
of facts, evidence and science;
and dismissive of thle legitima-
cy of its political opposition."
The "old" American political
tradition enshrined the "win-

some-lose-some" notion of
compromise as the only way
a nation full of competing po-
litical, social and business
interests (a nation that was
from the beginning multiracial)
could continue to exist.
Of course, no one knows bet-
ter than Black Americans that
for most of American history
the white majority's adherence
to compromise cost them and
other people of color dearly -
because their rights were often
"compromised" out of exis-
But they bore that burden for
centuries because of their faith
in the ultimate triumph of the
American Ideal. Albeit slowly,
the fruit of their labors and pa-
tience was that a critical seg-
ment of white Americans came
to understand what democracy
It's long been clear, however.
that not all Americans es-
pecially those on the right -
wvant to accept that lesson.
Lee A. Daniels is a longtime
journalist based in NNew York
City. His latest book is Last
C/iance: The Political Threat to

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Gun safety ads

could save kids

One firearms step

should support
Last week's awful news from
rural Kentucky that a 5-year-
old boy accidentally shot and
killed his 2-year-old sister with
a child-sized .22 rifle begs for
a response, even more so be-
cause such tragedies are shock-
ingly common.
On Tuesday night in Tampa,
the uncle of a 3-year-old boy left
a loaded 9mm pistol where the
boy found it and accidentally
shot himself to death. The same
night in Houston, the parents of
a 5-year-old boy left a loaded .22
rifle where the boy found it and
accidentally shot and wounded
his 7-year-old brother.
On average, a child or a teen-
ager is accidentally shot to
death every three days in the
USA. Every day, nearly nine
more kids are accidentally shot
but survive. These deaths and
injuries are so searing because
they're so preventable, so sus-
ceptible to the "if only" that will
haunt survivors.
If only the parents of that Ken-
tucky 5-year-old hadn't left his
gun loaded with a single bullet
where he could pick it up. If only
the parents of a-4-year-old boy
in Toms River,,N.J., hadn't left a

that all sides

.22 rifle where he could use it to
shoot a 6-year-old playmate in
the head last month.
If only.
Such accidents are inevitable
in a nation awash in about 300
million guns, nearly one for ev-
ery person in the USA. Despite
the paranoia of pro-gun groups,
there is no realistic or consti-
tutional proposal to take guns
away from legal owners.
So what can be done to re-
duce these tragic accidents?
Criminal negligence laws might
deter some irresponsibility. But
what makes the most sense,
and what ought to command
universal support, is to remind
people over and over to handle
firearms safely and keep them
away from unsupervised chil-
Gun groups have fought al-
most every other sensible way
to put reasonable limits on fire-
arms. But the National Rifle As-
sociation has led the charge for
decades to preach safe handling
of guns.
Here's a thought: Surely
there's enough common ground
among groups on all sides of
the issue to mount an aggres-

-Photo by
A 5-year-old in Cumberland County, I(y., accidentally shot and
killed his 2-year-old sister last week with a "My First Rifle" made
by Crickett.

sive public awareness campaign
to remind people to store guns
where kids can't get their hands
on them.
Pieces of this already exist:
The Brady Campaign to Prevent
Gun Violence began a program
that urges parents whose chil-
dren visit other kids' homes to
ask whether guns are kept in
the house, and whether they're
stored safely.
Buried in President Obama's
gun proposals in January was
a call for a "national responsi-
ble gun ownership campaign."
In March, the Justice Depart-
ment gave $1 million to the Na-
tional Crime Prevention Council
to produce public service an-

nouncements due out this sum-
This is a good start. And if
gun advocacy groups worry
that government-funded PSAs
will tilt against gun ownership,
they're welcome to produce
their own spots.
The more voices calling for
gun safety, the better. An effec-
tive campaign would make re-
minders as ubiquitous as those
warning against the dangers of
drugs, smoking and "drunken
driving. Maybe the constant
repetition would make gun own-
ers, especially parents, more
careful. That's something all
sides in the gun debate should
be able to embrace.

With hours left, execution postponed

By Campbell Robertson

A Mississippi man scheduled
to be put to death on Tuesday
was granted a stay of execution
by the State Supreme Court,
after the U.S. Department of
Justice sent lawyers and offi-
cials involved in the case sev-
eralletters disavowing the de-
gree of certainty expressed by
F.B.I. forensic experts at the
man's trial.
About 2 p.m., just four hours
before the scheduled execu-
tion, the court voted 8 to 1 to
grant a reprieve "until further
order" to Willie Jerome Man-
ning, 44, who was convicted in
1994 of murdering two college
The justices in favor did not
explain their reasoning or put
a time limit on the reprieve.
The dissenting justice issued
a blistering objection, saying
Manning had exhausted the
challenges to his conviction
and attacking the Justice De-
partment for the letters, along
with several other unrelated
Starting Thursday, the Jus-
tice Department sent three let-
ters calling certain aspects of
the trial testimony of two F.B.I.
experts "erroneous." Defense
lawyers cited these letters as
reasons to put off the execu-
tion until DNA tests could be
conducted on crime scene evi-
dence, including a rape kit,
a request that Manning had
made unsuccessfully several
times before.
The state attorney gener-
al, Jim Hood, denied the re-
quests, saying that there was
"overwhelming evidence of


guilt" and that the letters did
not repudiate the testimony
of the F.B.I. experts, but only
made some clarifications.
In a statement on Tuesday
evening, Hood said his office
had filed a report with the
court stating that the rape kit,
along with some other physi-
cal evidence, was not found
to have biological residue that
could be tested for DNA.
Lawyers for the Innocence
Project, who are helping Man-
ning's defense, said that in
more than a dozen exoneration
cases in the past, DNA samples
had been found in rape kits
years or even decades after the
samples initially tested nega-
tive for any biological evidence.
The Justice Department let-
ters offered to make the F.B.I.
available to conduct DNA test-
ing on hair fragments found at
the scene.
Many involved in the case, as
well as outside legal experts,

said they could not recall the
Justice Department's send-
ing such letters in the last few
days before an execution.
"I think the term is 'unprece-
dented,'" said Forrest Allgood,
the original prosecutor.
In December 1992, Jon
Steckler and Tiffany Miller
were found killed. A token
found at the crime scene ap-
peared to be among several
items stolen from a car that
same night, items that Man-
ning was later found to have
been trying to sell.
Other than hair fragments
found in Miller's car, little fo-
rensic evidence was presented
at trial. One witness testified
that Manning had confessed
to the murders while in jail,
though defense lawyers said
the witness's account was in-
consistent with known facts.
Another witness, a former
girlfriend, said she had once
seen Manning firing a gun into
a tree. An F.B.I. firearms ex-
pert testified that bullets found
in the tree had been fired from
the same gun as the bullets
used in the murders.
A letter sent by the Justice
Department late Monday said
a firearms expert could not
testify that "a specific gun fired
a specific bullet to the exclu-
sion of all other guns in the
"The examiner could testify
to that information, to a rea-
sonable degree of scientific
certainty, but not absolutely,"
the letter read-
Allgood, the prosecutor, said
he believed,.. the distinction,
"quite frankly, is semantics."
It was not the only testi-

mony the Justice Department
expressed reservations about.
In two previous letters, federal
officials challenged a separate
F.B.I. expert's analysis of hair
fragments, saying the expert
could not have determined
that the hairs were from a
Black, as he testified. An ex-
pert could say only that a hair
fragment "possesses certain
traits that are associated" with
a racial group, the letter said.

By Juan 0. Tamayo

Cuban dissident Manuel
Cuesta Morua last Wednesday
called for "affirmative action"
to redress what he called the
"grave" problem of racism on the
communist-ruled island.
"As long as the race problem
is not resolved, we don't believe
that the problems of the nation
can be resolved," Cuesta Morua,
who is Black, said during an
appearance at the University of
Miami's Institute for Cuban and
Cuban American Studies.
He is the latest of nearly a
dozen dissidents to visit South
Florida since Cuba eased its
restrictions on travel abroad
in January. Also in Miami that
Wednesday were Guillermo
Farifias, winner of the Europe-
an P..- ,,:i, 'ir,'s Sakharov prize
in 2010 and Eliezer Avila.
Cuesta Morua, the 50 year-
old leader of the unofficial Pro-

gressive Arc party, said there's
clear and broad agreement in
Cuba that the island needs fun-
damental changes and not the
reforms pushed by ruler Raul
Castro to improve the economy.
Such changes can be achieved
only with the input of all fac-
tions and interests on the island
and abroad, Cuesta Moruia add-
ed, because for too long Cuba
has been ruled by elite groups,
including revolutionaries for the
past half century.
As for racism, he said it was
more than a problem for the is-
land a "grave problem" made
worse because the Castro gov-
ernments have tried to sweep it
under thle rug by arguing thai
the revolution outlawed racism.
White Cubans generally have
more access to cash remittanc-
es sent by friends and relatives
abroad, Cuesta Morua said.
And while whites generally live
in better neighborhoods, Blacks

:,'-nii,1', live on the edges on
To fix the problem of rac-
ism, he added, Cuba requires.
a broad debate on racism and
"affirmative action" for Blacks
because "their point of depar-
ture is dli...l, ,],. ]',,,IiS" when
compared to white Cubans.
The term "affirmative ac-
tion" rankles .ti. lI, of a gov-
ernment that boasts of trying
to build an egalitarian society
since 1959.
Some Black-rights activists
on the island, where the cen-
sus shows about 35 percent of
the 11 million people describe
themselves as Black or mestizo,
are complaining that Raul Cas
tro's open-market economic re-
forms favor the already better-
off whites.
"Today, no one in Cuba can
deny that we have a serious
racial problem," Cuesta Morua

Former Florida Gov.

endorsed gay marriage
By Rachel Weiner in 2014. Polls sug-
'gest he could eas-
Another step in ily beat the sitting
.Charlie Crist's politi- governor. But ques-
cal evolution is corn- tions have lingered
plete. Last week, about his record on
the former Florida gay rights; in 2006
governor endorsed ,he signed a petition
gay marriage. in favor of a consti-
"I most certainly tutional amendment
support marriage banning gay mar-
equality in Florida CRIST riage and adoption
and look forward in the state. He reaf-
to the day it happens here," firmed his support for the ban
the Republican-turned-in- in 2008.
dependent-turned-Demo- Shortly after announcing
crat wrote on his Facebook his party shift, Crist said that
page. He congratulated Dela- he regretted signing that pe-
ware on becoming the 1 lth tition but stopped short of en-
state to legalize gay marriage, dorsing marriage.
Crist, who became a Demo- In his Facebook post, Crist
crat in December, is consid- did not discuss when or why
ered a potential candidate his personal views on the is-
against Gov. Rick Scott (R) sue have changed.

Resilient kids can

recover from trauma

By Michelle Healy

The stories of Jaycee Dugard,
Elizabeth Smart and other high-
profile kidnapping victims offer
the promise that the three young
women freed this week in Cleve-
land will eventually be able to live
happy, healthy, productive lives.
And that's equally true for cap-
tive Amanda Berry's 6-year-old
daughter, who also was rescued.
Experts point to the tremen-
dous resilience of children and a
growing body of research show-
ing their ability to overcome
exposure to chronic, horrific
situations, aided by therapy,
counseling and family support.
Children "have unique vul-
nerabilities, but they also have
unique strengths that can offset
those vulnerabilities," says psy-
chologist Karen Rogers of Chil-
dren's Hospital Los Angeles.

One of the most important
predictors of recovery is "hav-
ing an adult in their life who ...
they know they can turn to," she
The notion that a traumatized
child will be necessarily scarred
forever isn't supported, says
psychiatrist Judith Cohen, med-
ical director at Allegheny Gener-
al Hospital Center for Traumatic
Stress in Children and Adoles-
cents in Pittsburgh.
"Of course there can be mem-
ories of these experiences, but
there's the concept of post-trau-
matic growth, for example," she
says. "People can gain strength
and resilience through having
endured and survived horrific
"It's not that they're grateful
for these experiences, but the
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4A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28,2013

Plan guts Broward schools' facilities

Chiefs reorganization cuts jobs from

troubled department

By Scott Trauis

Broward schools' troubled fa-
cilities department would lose
45 of its 70 employees, and
would have many of its services
outsourced, under a reorganiza-
tion plan prepared by Superin-
tendent Robert Runcie.
He cited two major reasons for
the change: less need for the ser-
vices since the district has little
construction going on, and a de-
partment history of corruption
and mismanagement detailed in
a 2011 grand jury report.
"There are a number of chal-
lenges in this area and issues
continue to plague it, despite
numerous transitions with lead-
ership," Runcie said.
The proposal would not affect
employees who work in mainte-
nance, grounds and custodial
The School Board Tuesday
plans to discuss the propos-
al, which will likely get heated
since affected employees and

union reps are expected to turn
out in opposition. The district's
contract with the facilities em-
ployees says the district can
outsource only if additional help
is needed, said Virgil Cruz, who
represents technical support
professionals for the Broward
Teachers Union.
"My thinking is they're eroding
the bargaining unit and most of
the positions for no good, justifi-
able reason," Cruz said. "They're
making the rank-and-file em-
ployees the scapegoats for the
past problems of people at the
Two former School Board
members were arrested on cor-
ruption charges that involved
the facilities department. Bever-
ly Gallagher pleaded guilty and
served three years in prison.
Stephanie Kraft is scheduled to
go on trial this summer.
The department has been the
subject of several blistering au-
dits and reports, which have cit-
ed examples of overpayments to

school Superintendent

contractors, unauthorized work
and employees collecting large
amounts of overtime. While
much of it happened under the
watch of former facilities chief
Michael Garretson, who has
since died, Runcie and School
Board members also faulted his
successor, Tom Lindner, for fail-
ing to fix the problems. Lindner
was forced out in December.
Runcie said it's unclear how
much money the proposal would
save, but said there have been
millions wasted because the de-

Security beefed up at graduation

By Beth Marklein

This year's message to graduat-
ing college seniors: Tell your par-
ents to leave big bags, wrapped
gifts and umbrellas at home.
One month after the Boston
Marathon bombings, colleges
and universities nationwide are
stepping up security during com-
mencement ceremonies.
At the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, where the bomb-
ing suspects allegedly murdered
a police officer three days after
the bombings, guests will be
asked to walk through metal de-
tectors for some events June 7.
At the University of Massachu-
setts-Dartmouth, where surviv-
ing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

had been a student, officials for
the first time issued tickets to
guests as a way to "better man-
age the crowd," spokesman John
Hoey says.
Northeastern, the University of
Massachusetts-Boston and Bos-
ton University are among other
schools in the area that have
alerted students and their fami-
lies that extra security measures
will be in place.
Campuses outside the Boston
area also are taking precautions.
Last Sunday, security personnel
at the College of William & Mary
in Williamsburg, Va., wielded
12-inch rulers while measuring
and inspecting bags of entering
guests. The University of Texas-
Austin and State University of

New York-New Paltz say secu-
rity will be tight. The University
of Rhode Island in Kingston has
moved its festivities indoors. The
University of Georgia in Athens
urged guests to arrive early and
expect longer waits in lines.
The stricter measures aren't a
response to a specific threat but
an attempt to allay fears about
the vulnerability of public gath-
erings, police at many colleges
stress. "In light of the recent
events, I think there's a height-
ened concern among the general
public about large, open-venue
areas," says Ernie Leffler, chief
of police at Bentley University in
Waltham, Mass., where two out-
door ceremonies are scheduled
for Saturday.

apartment was not handling proj-
ects properly.
Shelley Meloni, who has been
overseeing the department since
Lindner's departure, would re-
main with the department, offi-
cials said. But the jobs of high
level architects Alice Shapiro
and Divine Amoah would be
eliminated, as would environ-
mental resource manager Gary
Hines and 13 of 18 project man-
School Board member Nora
Rupert said she has concerns
that the plan eliminates facili-
ties jobs while adding 22 high-
level positions, such as a new

personnel lawyer for the super-
intendent and a labor relations
School Board member Katie
Leach supports the proposed
changes. She said the construc-
tion budget has plummeted
from $2 billion at its peak to
about $200 million today, with
most of that being debt.
"Insanity is doing the same
thing over and over and then
expecting different results," she
said. "With the limited amount
of construction we do have, it
makes sense to outsource, so
we have the flexibility to pay as
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Charges have been dropped
against two brothers who were
arrested in April, when they
rushed onto the murder scene
of their younger brother and
got in a brawl with a South
Florida detective.
Antwan Walker and Anthony
Walker appeared in court last
Thursday morning, where they
were told all charges against
them have been dropped. The
Walker brothers had been
charged with resisting arrest
and battery of a police offi-
cer when a Miami detective
punched one of the brothers
several times as he was trying
to stop him from contaminat-
ing a murder scene.
On April 8, Antwan Walker
and Anthony Walker lost their
younger brother 25-year-old
Brandon Walker in a shooting.
Total chaos broke out at the
murder scene, on Northwest


3rd Avenue and Northwest
22nd Street, that day when
Antwan Walker ran under the
crime tape and his brother An-
thony jumped in to help.
When Antwan ran onto
the crime scene, towards his
brother's body, he knocked
over evidence markers. Po-
lice tried to control him but
Anthony said he rushed in to
help his brother and Miami Po-
lice Detective Fernando Bosch
punched him several times.
That's when Anthony was ar-
rested for battery of a police of-
ficer and resisting arrest.
Anthony said he is grateful
charges have been dropped
and his top priority now is find-
ing his brothers killer. "Every-
day is hard. My little brother
was the light of our family. It's
difficult but if anybody knows
anything about that please
help," said Anthony.

against brothers

Officials said, there will not
be a criminal investigation
against the brothers but there
will be an internal investiga-
tion for police. All charges
for both brothers have been

Instagram photo leads to identi
By Paula McMahon

For two South Florida iden-
tity thieves, justice came served
with a mouthwatering steak
and a side order of macaroni
and cheese captured in a
"food porn" photo posted online
that helped investigators track
the couple down.
Nathaniel Troy Maye, 44,
of Harlem, N.Y., and Tiwanna
Tenise Thomason, 39, of Mira-
mar, are facing up to a dozen
years in federal prison and hefty
fines. The couple pleaded guilty
to aggravated identity theft and
possession of unauthorized ac-
cess devices recently in federal
court in Fort Lauderdale.
IRS agents on the trail of
a man who claimed he had
700,000 stolen identities to sell
said they only had a few clues
about who he was early in the
A witness working undercover
for the IRS told agents the man
went by the name "Troy," he
was dating Thomason and said
he was from Harlem during a
Jan. 5 meeting at YOLO restau-


rant on Las Olas Boulevard.
The break came Jan. 7 after
the three met up again at the
swanky Morton's steakhouse
on the corner of Federal High-
way and Broward Boulevard -
so the couple could turn over
a flash drive containing 50,000
identities they thought would be
used to file fraudulent income
tax returns.

When IRS agents examined
the drive which contained
only 50 identities they found
hidden data linking the drive to
"Troy Maye."
Louis Babino, a special agent
with the IRS criminal investiga-
tion unit, searched online and
found a profile for "TROYMAYE"
on Instagram, a social media
website for sharing photos.

If you have any information
on the April 8 shooting, call
Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers
at' 305-471-TIPS. Remember,
you can always remain anony-
mous, and you may be eligible
for a reward.

ity thieves
Babino wrote that he found a
photo of a steak and macaroni
and cheese meal containing the
caption "Morton's" that coin-
cided with the Jan. 7 meeting
between the witness and the
The agent also found a pro-
file photo of Maye on the Insta-
gram profile, which the witness
identified as the man who gave
him the drive and promised to
provide the rest of the 50,000
identities in exchange for
payment after fraudulent tax
returns were filed in the victims'
names, agents said.
IRS agents arrested the couple
at Thomaso's apartment and
said they found two flash drives
containing as many as 55,000
illegally obtained identities.
Thomason, who is free on
bond and working as a bartend-
er in Miami pending her July 19
sentencing, cried as she told the
judge she had no excuse: "I was
foolish, I was stupid."
Maye, who said he organized
promotional events and has a
prior conviction for wire fraud,
will remain locked up.

$625,000 shipment of gold stolen at Miami International Airport
A shipment of gold with a declared value of $625,000 has gone missing in a sus-
pected heist at Miami International Airport, authorities said last Thursday.
A theft incident report from the Miami-Dade Police Department said the gold,
packed in a box, arrived at Miami International last Tuesday morning on an American
Airlines flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Miami International serves as a maior trans-shipment point for large quantities of
gold produced in South America and exported primarily to Switzerland for refining.
The plane's cargo was unloaded but the box containing the gold disappeared after
apparently being loaded onto a motorized luggage cart or tug, the report said.
The cart was found in front of a gate ol the same terminal were the flight from Ec-
uador was unloaded, about an hour after workers emptied the cargo hold, but without
the box containing the gold.
The police incident report did not say who owned the gold or what its final destina-
tion was and an American Airlines security official at the airport declined to comment
on the case, saying only that it was being investigated by the FBI.
"The FBI is aware of the situation," FBI spokesman Michael Leverock said in an

Julio Robaina, former Hialeah mayor,
indicted on tax evasion charges
The former mayor of Hialeah was indicted on tax evasion charges last Thursday,
two years after losing a bid for Miami-Dade County's top political job.
Julio Robaina was indicted together with his wife in U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Florida in Miami on multiple counts of conspiring to defraud the
federal government though the filing of false tax returns.
The tax evasion charges stem from highly lucrative loans, totaling more than $I1
million, that Robaina is alleged to have made in return for sky-high interest rate pay-
ments from borrowers in loan shark industry.
The indictment alleges that Robaina and his wife avoided paying their full share of
taxes and instead used the money to purchase two Miami beach condominiums and
a Ferrari sports car.
The Newark, New Jersey-born Robaina, a Republican, was first elected mayor of
Hialeah in 2005 and elected to a second term in 2009. He stepped down in 2011 to
launch a losing bid for mayor of Miami-Dade County, a year after the IRS had begun
investigating his personal finances.
Lawyers for Robaina could not be reached for immediate comment. But he told the
Miami Herald in 2011 that he had reported the interest income from loans on both his
personal and corporate tax returns.
Robaina was expected to surrender to authorities last Friday.

12-Year-Old Boy Tied To Pole Found By
Jehovah's Witnesses In Miami Beach
Jehovah's Witnesses going door-to-door in Miami Beach last Sunday made a hor-
ridying discovery in the common area of an apartment building.
A 12-year-old boy had been tied to an outdoor pole by his father, according to a
police report, his ankles bound with bicycle cable
Investigators say Adolfo Guzrnan, 49, had been exasperated with his son for having
wandered off for a few hours the day before and made good on an earlier threat to tie
the boy up if he again left home without permission.
After tying the boy to a concrete pole in the building's laundry area, Guzman left for
several hours to do some shopping, according to the police report.
NBC6 reports the boy was rescued after being spotted by canvassing Jehovah's
Witnesses, who called police.
Jail records show Guzman is being neld on $50,000 bond on a charge of aggravated
child abuse. The boy is now in the care of a relative.

Lauderhill Middle ignored teacher-student sexual claims

By Tonya Alanez

When the teacher took the
13-year-old boy's virginity in
a computer room at Lauderhill
Middle School, so began a year's
worth of sexual trysts both on
and off campus. All the while,
school staff and administrators
turned a blind eye, according to
a lawsuit filed against the Bro-
ward School Board.
"Teachers should not be hav-
ing sex with their students and
when a school knows, or sus-
pects, that's happening, they've
got to step in and protect their
students," Jeff Herman, an at-
torney representing the boy and
his mother, said last Thursday.
"None of that, happened here."
The civil suit claims that the
school's principal, assistant
principal and School Board of-

ficials were aware of the sexual
relationship between Kristen
Nicole Sullivan and the eighth-
grader identified in the law-
suit as John Doe but "acted
with deliberate indifference"
and "failed to take any action."
Sullivan, now 28, was con-
victed of aggravated child abuse
in December 2011 and is serv-
ing a three-year sentence at a
women's prison in Florida City.
The federal lawsuit, filed
last Wednesday in the South-
ern District of Florida, seeks
unspecified damages and de-
mands a jury trial.
School District spokeswoman
Nadine Drew declined to com-
The boy, now a 17-year-old
senior, says the after effects of
the relationship have left him
in a world of confusion.

Convicted of aggravated child abuse

"She showered me with gifts
S. She took me places I'd nev-
er been before, made me feel
like I was special," he said. "I
thought we were going to have
something in the future."

State's crime rate lowest in 42 years

Broward, Palm Beach County crime

rates also decrease in 2012

By Wayne K. Roustan and crime over the past two de-
cades. Florida's rate in 2012 de-
Crime statewide reached its low- creased by more than six percent
est rate in 42 years, with Broward compared with the previous year,
and Palm Beach counties following with property crimes dropping by
the downward trend, the Florida nearly 6 percent. Violent crimes -
Department of Law Enforcement such as murder, sexual offenses,
reported Thursday. robbery, and aggravated assault
Broward's overall crime rate also dipped by more than four
dropped by nearly four percent in percent overall.
2012 compared with 2011, and Gov. Rick Scott credited the
Palm Beach County's rate was work of police across the state for
down by more than three percent the lower crime rate.
during the same period, according "It is because of the hard work of
to the agency's annual statistics. Florida's law enforcement commu-
Both counties showed declines nity that we can celebrate today's
in the types of crimes that affect great news about Florida's crime
most people: burglaries, larcenies rate," he said.
and auto thefts. Robberies and Despite the overall decrease, the
rapes also were down in Broward, number of murders rose in Bro-
while aggravated assaults dipped ward and Palm Beach counties.
in Palm Beach County, the statis- Eighty people were murdered in
tics showed. Broward in 2012 compared with
"I'm happy," Broward Sheriffs 59 in 2011. Last year's homicide
Col. Al Pollock said. "Can we do total in Broward was the highest
better? Absolutely, and we want to since 2008. And 74 people were
drive it down even more." murdered in Palm Beach Coun-
The decreases mirror a na- ty in 2012, compared with 67
tional trend of declining violence the previous year, the statistics

Burglaries dropped seven per-
cent in Broward, after several
years of increases in that county,
and 10 percent in Palm Beach
County. Larceny was down three
percent in Broward, two percent in
Palm. Auto thefts were down three
percent in Broward and seven per-
cent in Palm.
There were 404 people raped in
Broward in 2012, compared with
473 in 2011. There were 381 rapes
in Palm Beach County, up from
340 the prior year.
Fort Lauderdale saw a drop of
more than two percent in its crime
rate, but Police Chief Frank Ad-
derley said he thinks the number
doesn't tell the full story. Adderley
called the FDLE statistics "favor-
able," but said they weren't an ac-
curate reflection of crime in the
"The report is based on a pop-
ulation of 168,615. We provide
service to non-city residents that
work in and visit our city, caus-
ing a daily population increase of
nearly 300,000," Adderley said in
a statement. "If the report showed
the true number, the results would
show a higher decrease of crime."

Instead, he said, he's been
left with trust issues and feel-
ings of betrayal.
"My life was really ruined.
Now it's really hard for me to
trust people," he said. "I lost
sleep. I lost friends."
In the spring of 2009, the
student-teacher relationship
escalated into kissing, inap-
propriate touching, oral sex
and sexual intercourse on and
off school grounds, the lawsuit
says. It continued until Sulli-
van's April 2010 arrest.
The daily morning trysts in
the computer room happened

while Assistant Principal Anto-
nio Lindsay was assigned to a
supervisory "post" outside the
room, the lawsuit alleges.
Lindsay told Sullivan that "it
was not appropriate, and not to
do it again" but failed to enforce
the warning, the lawsuit says.
Likewise, Principal Leo Ne-
smith failed to follow through
after telling Sullivan not to
spend time alone with the boy
in her classroom, the lawsuit
"I feel betrayed. I trusted the
school system," the boy's moth-
er said last Thursday. "I was

the last to know. At least they
should have let me know some-
The mother went to police
after the boy's girlfriend inter-
cepted an inappropriate text
message from Sullivan to the
Under the terms of a plea
deal, Sullivan opted for three
years in prison rather than
a sentence that would have
kept her from behind bars, but
branded her a sexual predator
for life.
Her expected release date is
July 27, 2014.

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By Kevin Johnson

General Eric Holder told a con-
gressional panel that the Justice
Department's criminal inquiry
into the IRS will be national in
scope and warned that officials
would be held accountable if
laws were broken.
In a sometimes-contentious
House Judiciary Committee
hearing that also examined the
Justice Department's secret sei-
zure of Associated Press com-
munications in a leak investi-
gation and the handling of the
Boston Marathon bombing in-
quiry, Holder said authorities
would be reviewing a range of
possible violations in connec-
tion with disclosures that IRS
workers gave closer scrutiny to
conservative groups applying for
tax-exempt status.
"There are potential civil rights
law (and) false statement viola-
tions," Holder said, outlining the
likely avenues of investigative
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio,
whose congressional district
includes Cincinnati where the
IRS' questionable activities are
believed to have started, asked
whether the agency's actions
were confined only to that office.
"I simply don't know," Holder


-Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP
Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill on

said. "We've only begun our in-
vestigation. ... We will be appro-
priately aggressive and let the
facts take us where they may."
Venting frustration with a se-
ries of scandals shadowing the
Obama administration, includ-
ing the IRS disclosures and the
AP seizures, both Republican
and Democratic members of the
sharply divided panel expressed
rare unity in their rebuke of the

"Targeting private citizens
based on their political views -
whether on the left or the right
- has absolutely no place in
our government," said Michigan
Rep. John Conyers, the panel's
ranking Democrat.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex-
as, called the IRS' activities a
"threat to our democracy," while
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said
the discriminatory IRS activities
were "chilling."

"This is the big one," Rep. Jim
Jordan, R-Ohio, said. "People's
First Amendment rights are be-
ing violated."
Jordan went further, accusing
Lois Lerner, director of the IRS'
Exempt Status Division, of being
untruthful in past congressional
communications and asked that
the criminal inquiry not interfere
with planned congressional in-
vestigations of the agency.
"We will try to investigate in
such a way that it doesn't im-
pede" congressional inquiries,
Holder said.
Holder also faced pointed
questions about the Justice De-
partment's decision to seize com-
munications involving 20 report-
ers and editors of the AP over a
period of two months related to
leaks of classified information
about the organization's reports
last year about a foiled terrorist
The attorney general, who re-
cused himself from the inquiry
soon after it was launched last
year, pledged to launch an "af-
ter-action analysis" of the de-
partment's decision but only af-
ter the probe was completed.
"It seems to me that the dam-
age to a free press has been sub-
stantial," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren,
D-Calif., referring to the depart-
ment's action.

House group reaches deal on immigration bill

By Alan Gomez

After years of negotiating and
a week that saw one of its mem-
bers nearly bolt from the group, a
bipartisan group of House mem-
bers announced Thursday that
they had reached a deal "in prin-
ciple" on a bill to overhaul the na-
tion's immigration laws.
A group of senators filed their
version of an immigration bill last
month and have been debating
and amending it in a Senate com-
mittee for the past two weeks.
Now, members of the House
group say they will have their bill
filed by early June to begin hear-
"We have finalized an agree-
ment in principle," Rep. Mario
Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., one of the


-Photo by Helen L. Montoya, AP
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D.-III., and Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, two
members of the U.S. House working group on immigration, speak
during panel discussion in April in Texas.
members of the group, said after out and enforceable piece of leg-
the meeting. "I think it's a very re- isolation "
sponsible, serious, well-thought- The announcement caps off

a stressful week for members of
the group, as Rep. John Carter,
R-Texas, threatened to quit the
group if they didn't reach an
agreement by Thursday. But the
group came together Thursday
night and Carter emerged from
the meeting saying they had
reached the agreement in prin-
ciple, according to The Hill.
Members of the House group
declined to offer any details of
their agreement on Thursday,
saying they still have to finish
drafting the final pieces of the
Members of the group are: Di-
az-Balart, Reps. Xavier Becerra,
D-Calif.: John Carter, R-Texas.

By Jonathan Rauch

"It became a cascade." Dale
Carpenter, a friend who e-
mailed those words from Min-
neapolis, was writing about
the unexpectedly lopsided vote
for same-sex marriage in the
Minnesota House last week
(the state Senate approved it
Monday, and the governor has
signed it), but he might have
been writing about the whole
marriage movement.
This month, Rhode Island
and Delaware approved gay
marriage. In June, the U.S.
Supreme Court could restore it
in California. If that happens,
nearly 30 percent of the popu-
lation will live in gay-marriage
The cascade extends beyond
marriage. America is rethink-
ing its whole relationship with
its gay citizens. This month,
a poll by ABC News and The
Washington Post found not only
a 55 percent majority support-
ing marriage equality, but also
even bigger majorities in favor
of allowing openly gay Boy
Scouts and opposed to banning
gay Scout leaders. As for NBA
center Jason Collins' public
announcement that he's gay,
it isn't even controversial: It
enjoys 68 percent approval.
To understand why the public
is breaking so fast for same-
sex marriage, look not at "blue"
(Democratic-leaning) states that
recently approved it. Glance
instead at deep-red South
There, on the same day that
Delaware's Senate passed mar-
riage equality, the voters of the
first congressional district sent
former Republican governor
and congressman Mark Sanford
back to the House seat he oc-
cupied in the late 1990s.
Now, this is not man who has
done right by marriage. Rather,
he used it as a doormat. As gov-
ernor, Sanford took a mistress,
then disappeared for days on
a visit to her in Argentina and
lied about it. He lost his job and

Benghazi e-mails get released

By Oren Dorell

The White House on Wednes-
day released 100 pages of e-
mails documenting the corre-
spondence and revisions made
to the talking points about the
deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.
The e-mails show that after an
interagency meeting at the White
House, Obama administration
officials crossed out sections of
the initial narrative provided by
the CIA to be disseminated to
the public; removing any men-
tion of terrorism and the name
of an al-Qaeda-linked group
whose members the CIA said
were involved.
Several early versions of the
CIA's talking points said that a
day before the attack, radicals
in Cairo had called for a dem-
onstration in front of the U.S.
Embassy in Egypt "encouraging
Jihadists to break into the Em-
The final version was a shadow
of the original, with no language
about warnings provided by the
CIA up until the day before the
Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that
killed the U.S. ambassador to
Libya, Christopher Stevens, and
three other Americans.
After reviewing the final ver-
sion, David Petraeus, then-
director of the CIA, questioned
removing many details from the
document. "No mention of the
cable to Cairo, either?" he asked
in an e-mail. "Frankly, I'd just as
soon not use this, then."
The White House had until
now declined to make the docu-
ments public and had let con-
gressional investigators review
the documents without making
Eric Schultz, a White House
spokesman, said the documents
were released to clear up what
he called inaccurate descrip-
tions of the process by members
of Congress.
"Collectively these e-mails
make clear that the interagency
process, including the White
House's interactions, were fo-
cused on, providing the facts as
we knew them based on the best

-AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
NOT FORTHCOMING? U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Susan Rice did not disclose CIA warnings about Islamic terrorist
activity prior to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

information available at the time
and protecting an ongoing in-
vestigation," Schultz said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Mary-
land, the ranking Democrat on
the House Oversight Committee,
said the documents "undercut
the reckless accusations by Re-
publicans that the White House
scrubbed the Benghazi talking
points for political reasons."
Rep. Ed Royce of California,
the Republican chairman of the
House Foreign Affairs Commit-
tee, said, "Americans deserve to
know ... why their government
sought to mislead them after the
The documents describe how
the administration developed
"talking points" to describe what
the administration wanted to
discuss publicly in the days af-
ter the attack.
United Nations Ambassa-
dor Susan Rice used the talk-
ing points Sept. 16, when she
went on Sunday talk shows and
blamed the attack on a sponta-
neous demonstration by people
upset over an anti-Islam film.
Gregory Hicks, a State Depart-
ment official who were in Libya
during the attack and Stevens'
second in command, testified
before the House Oversight
Committee last week that no
protest preceded the attack in

The initial CIA version of the
talking points included the line:
"We do know that Islamic ex-
tremists participated in the vio-
lent demonstrations," and said
initial press reporting linked the
attack to Ansar al-Sharia, an
al-Qaeda-linked group based in
State Department officials
had said the talking points were
changed to protect an FBI in-
vestigation and sensitive intel-
In the e-mails, Victoria Nu-
land, then-spokeswoman for the
State Department, and Tommy
Vietor, then-spokesman for the
White House National Security
Council, say the talking points
should knock down what they
called unproven or inaccurate
information being disseminated
by members of Congress about
who was involved in the attack
and that it was premeditated.
"There is massive disinforma-
tion out there, in particular with
Congress," Vietoi wrote. "They
all think it was premeditated
based on inaccurate assump-
tions or briefings."
Nuland asked "Why do we
want Hill to be fingering Ansar
al-Sharia, when we aren't doing
that ourselves until we have in-
vestigation results?"

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via texts, Facebook and their
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his marriage. But last week, the
voters chose to overlook both
his infidelity and his mendacity.
They even overlooked San-
ford's putting his mistress (now
fiancee) onstage at a campaign
event with his 14-year-old son,
whom news accounts described
as "visibly uncomfortable."
The voters of South Carolina
are entitled to shrug off San-.
ford's connubial escapades,
but many other people notice a
conservative double standard.
No matter how hard gays work
to be true to our life partners,
we don't qualify for marriage.
But no matter how shabbily
straights treat their vows, they
qualify not only for marriage
but also for Congress.
When millions of Americans
see straight people busting up
marriages while gay people
struggle to form them, they
draw the obvious, and correct,
conclusion. America needs more
marriages, not fewer. The threat
to marriage in the USA today
comes not from gays' trying to
marry but from straights' failing
to get married and stay married.
Researchers find that blue
states have lower rates of di-
vorce and teen pregnancy than
red states do. "If you're look-
ing for solid marriages," as the
(conservative) New York Times
columnist Ross Douthat has
written, "head to Massachu-
setts, not Alabama." Why? Gay
marriage probably isn't reduc-
ing straight divorce rates, at
least not much. But it is part
and parcel of a re-commitment
to family values, not a flight
from them.
Same-sex marriage is socially
conservative in that sense -
and in a deeper sense, too. The
movement is about equality and
rights, yes, but it is also about
responsibility and obligation.
Marriage joins couples not just
in a contract with each other
but also in a pact with their
community, their kids, their
God and millenniums of cus-
tom. Gay and lesbian Ameri-
cans yearn for those bonds.

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Miami Gardens'

loth anniversary

recognized with State

of the City Address
Miami Times staff report impro

I Haitian-American principals honored

In observance of Haitian Heritage Month, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado recently paid
tribute to several prominent leaders of Miami's Haitian-American community, including five public
school principals. They were recognized by Regalado before the City Commission as distinguished
educators and included: Dr. Liliane Delbor,Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary; Kathleen John-Lou-
issaint, Morningside Elementary; Patrick Lacouty, Charles R. Drew Middle School; Wallace Aris-
tide, Northwestern High School; and William Aristide, Booker T. Washington Senior High SchOol.

of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.

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Community Health Center, Con-
cerned African Women, Gang Al-
ternative, Inc., and Urban Part-
nership Drug Free Community
Coalition. As the sponsors stated
in a written overview, the pur-
pose of the summit was "not to
take a position pro or against le-
galization, but more about start-
ing factual/evidenced dialogue on
the impact and [to] prepare [the]
community should legalization be
Morris Copeland, director, M-DC
Juvenile Services Dept. and board
member, ULGM, provides leader-
ship to a department whose mis-
sion is to serve arrested juveniles,
those at-risk of being arrested and
their families. His facility, the for-
mer Juvenile Assessment Center,
has served over 180,000 juveniles
in M-DC since its opening in 1997.
He says the goal is to find out
"what went wrong in a young per-
son's life and to find ways to help."
"We are beginning to see real
progress as it relates to the num-
ber of juveniles facing marijuana
charges but they are still way too
many kids that look like me," he
said. "Many of our youth in trou-
ble come from four areas: Liberty
City, Homestead, Florida City
and Miami Gardens. As we talk
to those youth that have been ar-
rested, they're telling us that the
primary reason for their troubles
are family issues. They are facing
either mental or physical abuse,
or both. We don't advocate lock-
ing youth up because they have a
drug problem. We believe the solu-
tion is to put youth into substance
abuse treatment centers instead

not prison."
Morris emphasized that the in-
creased use of marijuana and oth-
er drugs can be seen in all kinds of
"We have kids in trouble that
come from families that are frag-
mented, wealthy, two-parent,
single-parent, rich or poor. But in
the urban core, we lack the kind of
infrastructure that can really help
kids and keep them getting caught
up in the legal system."

Major Delrish Moss, City of Mi-
ami Police Department says he

fears more people have accepted
the use of marijuana as "nothing
"I was recently driving in my car
with my uniform and stopped at
a light," he said. "In the car next
to me was a man smoking a joint.
He acted as if I wasn't even there.
Years ago, he would have attempt-
ed to hide it or something. But
now, it's like smoking weed is no
big deal. Whether one is for legal-
ization or not, right now it's still
against the law."
An older Black man from the
community, Hasan Shabazz,
asked, "Why can't the police keep
drug dealers off the corners like

they do in white neighborhoods?"
Moss replied, "The police can't
help unless you call us and then
once we show up, we need the
backing and support of the com-
munity. Often what happens is
the community turns its back on
us and says we're harassing the
same youth that were just stand-
ing on their corners. We can't do
it alone."
Hasan Covington, 68, was a for-
mer drug user who has been clean
for 21 years. He says the focus is
too often on "the little man."
"We don't bring in guns and we
don't distribute or produce the
drugs," he said. "Why isn't the fo-

How to stay safe at Urban Beach Weekend

continued from 1A

killed in a hail of bullets by lo-
cal police after allegedly refus-
ing to pull over while speeding
down Collins Avenue. Twelve of-
ficers are reported to have shot
,more than 100 rounds of bullets
at Herisse, killing him instantly
and wounding three innocent
Last month, a Miami-Dade
circuit court judge ordered the
autopsy report to be released, as
part of a civil suit sought by the
bystanders and relatives of Her-
isse. And last Tuesday morning,
the family of Herisse, includ-
ing his mother, Marceline Azor
and his sister, Charline Herisse,
filed a wrongful death lawsuit
against the City of Miami Beach,
the City of Hialeah and other de-
fendants, according to family at-
torney Marwan Porter.

"It's clear from police records
that Raymond did not have a
gun nor did he fire one at the
worst he was driving recklessly,"
Porter said. [It should be noted
that according to the autopsy
report, Herisse's blood alcohol
level was .14 twice the legal
limit]. "What the police did was
incomprehensible firing over
100 times into a crowd of peo-
ple. It goes to a lack of policy,
training and procedure in deal-
ing with those kinds of crowds.
Everyone in the Miami Beach
community should refuse to tol-
erate such actions and should

make sure nothing like that ever
happens again. As for the law-
suit, my goal is to make sure
anyone who was involved is held

Once again, officers will patrol
the Beach on foot, on bicycles
and in both marked and un-
marked cars and will work 12-
hour shifts during the three-day
weekend. There will also be DUI
checkpoints and saturation pa-
trols. After the tragic events of
2011, in 2012 police made 373
arrests the lowest since Ur-
ban Beach first started in 2001.
Miami Beach Captain Enrique
Doce, a 24-year veteran, will
oversee the department's plan
- something he has done for
the past five years. Sixteen dif-
ferent police agencies will par-
ticipate in efforts to maintain
safety during the Weekend, ac-
cording to Doce.
"We have been advertising to
all visitors to follow the rules and
respect the scene," he said. "No
bottles, cans, glass, Styrofoam
containers on the beach, no al-
cohol, no littering, no drinking
in public. Anyone with an open
liquor bottle/can, will be asked
'to pour it out and throw the con-
tainer away. We are asking ev-
eryone not to bring any weapons
even if they have a CCF [carrying
a concealed firearm] . Narcot-
ics violations will be dealt with
and state laws will be enforced
as well. . traffic laws should be
followed .... and keep your car
stereos [at] a reasonable level."

Wayne Rawlins, developer and
lead consultant for the Miami-
Dade Anti-Gang Strategy, be-
lieves that the police face a
significant challenge because
of the unique nature of Black
"In recent years, hip-hop cul-
ture has become intertwined
with gang culture, he said. "At
Urban Beach weekend, you are
bound to have rival gangs show
up and that, mixed with the use
of alcohol and other intoxicants,
serves to just accentuate prob-
lems. In addition, many youth
don't expect to live that long. I
was at a detention center recently
and asked a group of Black youth
how many rest in peace [RIP]
shirts they had. These kids were
17 and younger and some had
as many as eight shirts that's
eight people who they knew per-
sonally that have been killed."
Brian Person, former vice pres-
ident of the SCLC of Miami, says
limited space is the real problem
for those providing security dur-
ing Urban Beach Weekend.
"How do you handle foot traf-
fic for over 200,000 people? he
asked. "The police have to be
well-prepared and vigilant. A
small fight can turn into a minor
riot. And Wayne is right too in
talking about our unique Miami
culture. Folks come from all over
the country and bring with them
very different rules of engage-
Priscilla Dames-Barnes, chair-
man, CRB Black Affairs.Commit-
tee, says she walked the streets

Oklahoma assesses tornado's damage

continued from 1A

spokeswoman, Amy Elliott, said
during a televised news con-
ference the initial number in-
cluded some victims who were
counted twice.
That downward revision was a
glint of good news about a tragic
act of nature. Elliott was asked
if she expected rescue workers
to find more victims.
"I pray that there's not, but I
feel that there is," Elliott said.
The new information did not
change the fact that the cost -
in lives and. damage from the
storm is expected to rival that
from a tornado that devastated
the same part of the nation in
May 1999. That twister left be-
hind "46 dead and 800 injured,
more than 8,000 homes dam-
aged or destroyed, and total
property damage of nearly $1.5
billion," as NOAA has reported.
At the White House on Tues-

day morning, President Obama
said that the nation's prayers
are with the people of Oklaho-
ma and that the federal govern-
ment will have its resources on
the ground there for "as long
as it takes" to help the commu-
nity get back on its feet. "Our
prayers are with the people of
Oklahoma today," the president
added. "We will back up those
prayers with deeds for as long
as it takes."
Tuesday was also bringing
incredible stories some of
survival, some of heartbreak-
ing loss. NPR's Wade Goodwyn
reported that 4th, 5th and 6th
graders attending Moore's Plaza
Towers Elementary School had
been evacuated to a nearby
church, where they found shel-
ter. "Kindergarteners through
3rd grade children hunkered
down at the school," Wade re-
ported. At least seven children
died in the destroyed school's
basement. Searchers were con-

tinuing to look for more victims.
President Obama signed a di-
saster declaration late Monday,
ordering federal aid to supple-
ment state and local recovery
efforts in the area.
Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman
for the Oklahoma City Medical
Examiner, said during a tele-
vised news conference that nine
children are among the 24 who
are dead.
Elliott explained that without
cell phones, some officials may
have double counted fatalities
when they reported them over
two-way radios. That explains
the higher number officials were
reporting through the night.
She said that seven of the
nine children were found in one
elementary school and two oth-
ers were found elsewhere.
Elliott was asked if she ex-
pected rescue workers to find
more victims.
"I pray that there's not, but I
feel that there is," Elliott said."

during last year's Weekend and
noticed a change for the better.
"The numbers are daunting
but when the police disseminat-
ed information early and worked
towards a collective prevention
strategy, things seemed to be
more calm," she said. "However,
it's equally important that po-
lice are trained well in advance
so that they aren't tempted to
become overzealous. The Good-
will Ambassadors did an excel-
lent job but I approached things
like a mother, since I have two
children of my own. I became an
extra set of eyes and reminded
youth when they were doing the
wrong thing. And they listened.
Maybe we just need to make
sure we have extra eyes from
caring citizens during Urban
Beach Weekend."

Liberty City talk focuses on hazards

MARIJUANA ____'___________ i' .' _
continued from 1A

continued from 1A

is also preparing a new push to
keep student loan rates low when
the current ones expire this sum-
mer, on the theory that the best
way to get past the controversies
is to emphasize policy proposals
and contrast them with what the
administration will portray as po-
litical gamesmanship by the Re-
Aware that few substantive bills
can receive the bipartisan support
needed to pass Congress in the
current political climate, White
House officials are also turning
their attention to narrower policies
Obama can carry out on his own.
Last Friday, he flew by helicop-
ter to Baltimore, where he an-
nounced an accelerated process
for federal approval of infrastruc-
ture projects.
"Others may get distracted by
chasing every fleeting issue that
passes by," Obama said to a crowd
of 500 at a factory here. "But the
middle class will always be my No."
1 focus, period."
Republicans have already criti-
cized Obama's executive actions
as big-government overreach, and
are likely to use the controversies
to further their case, especially as
the White House turns to thorny
areas, like greenhouse-gas emis-
As Obama spent the day in Balti-
more, his adversaries in the House
grilled the acting commissioner of

the Internal Revenue Service and
its inspector general, trying to de-
termine whether other officials in
the administration knew that con-
servative groups had received spe-
cial scrutiny.
Publicly, White House officials
say they will continue to push for
major bills, like energy legislation,
a long-term deficit deal and a bill
to overhaul the nation's immigra-
tion laws.
Obama and his aides have de-
liberately played a low-profile role
in the immigration debate, believ-
ing his involvement could stoke
Republican opposition and dam-
age the bill's prospects. Congress
appeared to make progress on im-
migration during the week, with
the Senate starting to mark up a
bill and a bipartisan group in the
House announcing the outlines of
an agreement.
Senator Max Baucus, the Mon-
tana Democrat who is a central
player in negotiating a budget
deal, suggested that the troubles
could even brira a silver lining. If
the presidentis:'- '.ised 'I-eAvhe- re7
he said, it could soothe partisan
furies and raise the prospects for
a compromise.
Obama's visit to Baltimore un-
derscored the White House's
strategy. At Ellicott Dredges,
Mr. Obama announced a plan
to streamline the process for is-
suing permits for federal pub-
lic-works projects, the kind of
modest measure that does not
require legislation.

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cus on the people who are really cause we have the skills to handle
profiting on our misery people and to help them," he said. "In our
who are not Black?" focus groups, the majority of them
Officer Steven Rogers from the admit that they've used marijuana
City of Miami Police Department, on multiple occasions. We have a
has been assigned to Edison Se- problem with youth and marijua-
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home. T. Willard Fair, president and
"Parents need to encourage not CEO, ULGM, said he decided to or-
discourage, they need to lift up ganize the summit after receiving-
not put down," said the father of some "troubling news."
seven. "We can talk legal or not le- "I was in a staff meeting last year
gal all we want but for me this is and was told that in two of our
about how we can help kids have neighborhood junior high schools,
brighter futures. What matters to our kids were using and selling
me is not how many arrests I make marijuana," he said. "They told me
but how many young people I can it was obvious that these kids were
keep out of the justice system." doing this. And every Saturday, I
Michael Nozile, executive direc- walk with a group of other Black
tor, Gang Alternative, Inc., says men in Liberty Square where we
he and his staff have saved lives talk to people and ask them about
and can save more with the kind life and their concerns. That's
of dialogue that he witnessed last what today was all about '- talk-
Saturday. ing to people and giving them a
"Schools tend to send us their chance to share their hopes and
worst children and that's okay be- their fears."

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-Miami Times photo D. Kevin McNeir
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North Miami mayor's race to be decided in run-off

Two city council seats will also be decided in June 4th election or saidthe, i wascouncil members," headlines brate this drcommunity.advocs a elong-
*J s~~~~aid. "I wasn't in the headlines vS S~^^i^^^^^H time community advocate,.

By D. Kevin McNeir

While most voting booths
have been shut down until
the Fall, election time contin-
ues in the City of North Miami
with several key positions still
awaiting to be decided. In fact,
we'll have to wait until the
Tuesday, June 4th runoff to
find out who the next mayor
will be, as well as who will rep-
resent Districts 2 and 3 on the
City Council. Why? Because
no candidate received the re-
quired 50 percent plus one of
the vote in last week's election,
according to results posted by
the County Board of Elections.
The campaign trail was cer-
tainly interesting with can-
didates even getting a bit testy
at times. But despite their ca-

joling and infrequent antics,
including mayoral candidate
Anna Pierre who failed to make
the runoff despite telling voters
that she had been endorsed by
Jesus, voter turnout was mar-
ginal. Just over 24 percent of
the 28,280 voters in North Mi-
ami cast their ballot. All five of
the charter questions passed.
Kevin Burns and Lucie Ton-
dreau, who received 33.2 and
27.56 percent of the votes, re-
spectively, will now face each
other for the mayor's seat. Dr.
Smith Joseph came in a close
third with 23 percent.

Burns says he won't change
anything about the way he has
conducted his campaign so far
and emphasized that he will

not participate in "negative
"I have served as the mayor
before and during my tenure
there weren't any perceived
divisive tones that attitude
comes from the administration

for questionable ethics or per-
ceived corruption. My focus is
on jobs and more productive
city services. People are tell-
ing me that they want cleaner
streets, they want abandoned
homes either repaired or torn
down and they aren't paying
attention to the silliness com-
ing out of City Hall. We have
to move this City forward and I
intend to reach out to all of our
residents. This is still a great
place to live and to open up a
Tondreau says she plans
to work harder and hopes to
bring a "unifying message of
continued progress, prosperity
and great quality of life for all
"The racial divide is increas-
ingly being referenced and/or
perceived by many City resi-

dents," she added. "I will tack-
le this by creating a communi-
ty relations board that reflects
the City's diversity so that we
can identify key racial or eth-
nic issues and then formuLlate
recommendations to address
them and I would sponsor ac-
tivities that promote and cele-

know this City and its issues
well and I'm eager to provide
leadership on behalf of all of
our residents."

In District 2, incumbent Mi-
chael Blynn failed to retain
his seat. The runoff will be
between Carol Keys, who just
missed the cut with 49.54 per-
cent and Mary Irvin who came
in second with 26.41 percent.
In District 3, political novice
Philippe Bien-Aime will take
on former city councilman
Jacques Despinosse. Their
numbers were 41.33 and
27.42 percent, respectively.
Early voting begins on
Thursday, May 30th and will
continue through Sunday,
June 2nd.

New era begins at UT


The gavel was recently passed from Karen Aronowitz to Federick Ingram, who is now the president
[UTD]. Ingram, a high school music teacher and the 2006 Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year, is UT[
lead the State's largest teachers union. Also sworn in by the Honorable Teretha Lundy-Thomas were
mon and Secretary-Treasurer Karla Hernandez-Matz.

Broward a

I Beach ultii

Money vs.

Hampton House to break

ground on restoration project

On Thursday, May 23, the Board of Trustees of the Historic
Hampton House CommunityTrust, Inc., will hold a groundbreak-
ing ceremony kicking off the restoration of the Historic Hamp-
ton House Motel [4200 NW 27th Avenue]. Special guests will
include Rey. Bernice King, the Singing Angels and the Hampton
House Band. The ceremony will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Jordan give

'D -Photo courtesy of Donna Blakely Jl r

curb dr,
1 :With summer just around the'
corner, Miami-Dade County
t of the United Teachersof Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan
)'s first Black president and will wants to be proactive about
e First Vice President Tom Gain- teaching children how to swim.
Concerned that children often
swim in canals, lakes and oth-
.............................. er unattended bodies of water,
S Jordan recently donated funds
for desperately needed swim-
.Ln d P almo ming scholarships to the City
of Miami Gardens and City of
n atu m Opa-Locka. She will also make
1 atu im:l a contribution to the North
Pointe YMCA later this week.
educa o "Under the scorching sun,
e U L1 ll~ II : children often cool off by play-
: ing in pools without a lifeguard

By Scott Travis dual enrollment classes as
as there's space. But dis
Broward and Palm Beach and colleges can agree t
County schools could face a their own eligibility required
tough choice next year: pay mil- "to ensure readiness for poE
lions of dollars or allow fewer ondary education." Right
Students to take dual enrollment students must have a 3.0
: classes in local colleges, point average and meet oc
Broward schools may have to prerequisites. Broward rec
: pay at least $4 million more next 11 courses; Palm Beach rec
: year, and Palm Beach County at students to be classified
least $2.5 million, due to chang- niors.
es in state law. In the past, col- The law says rules should
lege and universities have had to be enacted to exclude que
pay the lion's share of the cost students.
- about $58 million for dual College leaders pushed fR
enrollment programs, which al- new law, saying shortfalls in
low high schools students to take funding already have left
college classes for free. School struggling to accommodate
districts paid for textbooks, paying students. Meanwhile
But a bill passed by the Leg- number of Florida high s
islature this year shifts the full students taking dual e
costs to school districts, ment classes has mushrc
By law, school districts can't from about 19,300 in 2001
deny eligible students entry into about 49,300 in 2011-12.


s swimming

ips to help

or venturing to the beach with-
out an adult," Jordan said. "I
want our children to be pre-
pared if they should go swim-
ming leisurely or if they slip
and fall into water accidental-
The City of Miami Gardens
received $5,000, the City of
Opa-locka received $3,923 and
the North Pointe YMCA will re-
ceive $3,923. Pictured is Jor-
dan (l-r) presenting a check to
City of Miami Gardens Coun-
cilwoman Felicia Robinson and
Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro
for swimming scholarships for

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-Photo courtesy Leslie Elus

Alphas give a hand to the

American Cancer Society
The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,
raised over $1,000 at the recent Palmetto Bay/Cutler Bay Relay
for Life with an old-fashioned fish fry. The chapter highlighted
: Retinoblastoma, a rare form of childhood eye cancer. Pictured are:
SBrothers Chris Stevenson (1-r), Paul Joseph, Larry Hicks, Kelly
: Jacobs, Jeff Ball, John Hinson and Darren Handy.

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-Photo courtesy Ryan Holloway
County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson invited 32 students from Charles Drew Middle School to attend a recent
Board of County Commissioners meeting held at the Stephen P. Clark Center where they got a bird's eye view of how local
politics works. Edmondson was joined by several of her colleagues including Commissioners Jean Monestimnie, Barbara
Jordan and Dennis Moss. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Charles Drew student l(atharine Spears who
aspires to be a singer and a nurse and who sang, "I Believe," before the full County Commission.The visit was part of the
seventh grade civics class outing.


Charles Drew

students get a

lesson in civics



MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 22-28, 2013


Local parents share
their experiences
By Malika A.Wright
mwright@miamitimesonline comn

A walk for duffle bags and a
run for awareness, these are
1 just a couple of the events that
occurred during May. in obser-
vance of National Foster Care
The events held throughout
the month brought awareness of
foster care and encouraged more
people to get involved in the lives
of youth who are in need, as fos-
ter parents, volunteers, mentors
or employers.
* The Duffles for Kids WVrc
sponsored by Our Kids of Mi-
ami-Dade and Monroe County.
and Florida State Foster Adop-
tive Parent Association, Inc.,
was held May 18, to assist youth
Please turn to CHILDREN 13B

Pastor's aim: Local youth

Church urges the community.
Davis is known for being a
others to come down-to-earth pastor with a
just as they are great love for the youth and
jushis ability to break down the
By Malika A. Wright word of God to a level where everyone, including two-year-

-Photo courtesy of RJT Foundation
Denise Brown, president of RJT Foundation, receives
children's books from a supporter.

Foundation promotes

reading to prevent

violence among youth

RJT created in memory of three best

friends, all murdered

By Malika A. Wright
;l(u i i i ic lt" tll,.iilllllllth *,',llllllt ,*ill

"The light shines in the dark-
ness, and the darkness does
not overcome it," according to 1
John 5. This Bible verse is illus-
trated through the RJT Founda-
tion, an organization that sup-
ports the families of murdered
children, which was founded by
three mother's who tragically
lost their sons to gun violence
in the past couple of years.
The RJT Foundation, Inc.
was started in June of last year
in memory of Roman Bradley,
JaQuevin Myles and Trevin
Reddick, three young men who
were at the time between the
ages of 19 and 20, and were

best friends since elementary
On the foundation's website,
all three mothers share infor-
mation about their sons and
how through RJT, they have
been able to turn their anger
and pain of losing their sons
into something positive.
Denise Brown, Roman's
mother and president of the
foundation, said she once felt
anger and hurt, but by helping
others, she and her family have
been able to heal.
In addition to assisting fami-
lies who have lost loved ones,
the organization plans on hav-
ing other initiatives to prevent
gun violence, such as its book
Please turn to RJT 13B

"Now that you're finished,
where are you going .. "
Rev. Mike Davis, 55, pastor
of Prince of Peace Missionary
Baptist Church, says to an
audience of graduating se-
niors each year.
This is one of many ways
that he encourages and
reaches out to the youth in

olds can understand it. Quite
often, he is called to speak
with the youth and while do-
ing so, he encourages them to
excel in school.
"Education is very impor-
tant because it helps you
navigate through life," he
Enthusiastically, Davis
Please turn to DAVIS 13B

Toussaint L'Ouverture
Toussaint L'ouverture (20 political and military tactics
May 1743 7 April 1803), was to gain dominance over his
the leader of the Haitian Revo- rivals. Throughout his years

lution. His military
genius and political
acumen led to the es-
tablishment of the in-
dependent Black state
of Haiti, transforming ,
an entire society of
slaves into a free, self-
governing people. The
.. L'OUV
success of the Haitian
Revolution shook the
institution of slavery through-
out the New World.
Toussaint Louverture be-
gan his military career as a
leader of the 1791 slave re-
bellion in the French colony
of Saint Dominque. Initially
allied with the Spaniards of
neighboring Santo Domingo,
Toussaint switched allegiance
to the French when they
abolished slavery. He gradu-
ally established control over
the whole island, expelled
British invaders and used

in power, he worked
to improve the econ-
omy and security of
Saint Domingue. He
restored the planta-
tion system using
Said labour, negoti-
Sated trade treaties
with Britain and the
RTURE U.S. and maintained
a large and well-dis-
ciplined army.
In 1801 he promulgated an
autonomist constitution for
the colony, with himself as
governor for life. In 1802 he
was forced to resign by forces
sent by Napoleon Bonaprate
to restore French authority
in the former colony. He was
deported to France, where
he died in 1803. The Haitian
Revolution continued under
his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques
Dessalines, who declared in-
dependence in 1804.



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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28, 2013

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'Being a Godly mom is the greatest gift'

Gospel singer

gives incite on


By Frances Cudjoe Waters

Excitement buzzed through
the air last month when CeCe
Winans signed as the first art-
ist on the new Motown Gospel
This gospel diva won us over
years ago when she burst onto
the scene as a part of the dy-
namic singing duo Bebe and
CeCe Winans.
She not only enchanted our
ears with her pure, clear, song-
bird voice, but she captivated
our hearts with an inner joy
and outer beauty that radiated
with every smile and through
every song.
CeCe clearly embodies the

life she sings about spirit-
filled, joyful, loving the Lord
and loving her family. She is
the eighth of ten children and
the mother of two, she seemed
like the perfect mom to ask
about her motherhood journey.
Fortunately for us, this very
busy gospel icon had time for
a quick Q & A to share some
of her thoughts and reflections.
It was thrilling to ask this
amazing woman of God what
she had to say:
What is the single biggest
thing that changed in your life
when you became a mother?
CeCe: My whole world
changed when I became re-
sponsible for lives! I had to
adjust everything in my life
around my husband and now
my children! And I loved every
minute of it!!
What surprised you the most
when you became a mom?

CeCe: The new capacity to
love and the ultimate joy it
What have been the greatest
joys and challenges of being a
working mother?
CeCe: It's always a joy to do
what you love to do and what
you're good at.
But it's always challenging to
leave home and sacrifice time
with your family. Family is first
and everything else comes after
What advice would you give
to young mothers that want to
raise their children as Godly
CeCe: Being a Godly Mom is
the greatest gift you could ever
give your kids!!! Your lifestyle
speaks volumes!
So, you're saying that it isn't
just what we tell our kids that
It's how we live our lives that

really makes 'the difference.
Time out for just repeating the
old mantra, "do as I say, not as
I do." If we want our children to
be spirit-filled in today's world,
we have to be their examples
because our children are watch-
ing us either way.
So, with that in mind, what
was the most important thing
for you to teach your children?
CeCe: To love God with all
their hearts, souls and minds.
Because when you love God,
you love people.
When you love God every-
thing else will work out fine in
Clearly that philosophy has.
worked out "more than fine" in
CeCe's life.
She is a shining example of
how living your faith can per-
meate every area of your life
and make every part even more

Pastor of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist

continued from 12B

speaks with countless youth
several times each week. He is
a part of Call A Pastor and the
Circle of Brotherhood, which
assists him in reaching out to
the youth in Liberty Square and
throughout the community.
"I'm always concerned about
the youth because they are our
future," he said.
In fact, one of Prince of Peace's
top priorities is attracting the
youth to Jesus and making

them know that they are not
forgotten, according to Davis.
The family-oriented, warm
church believes in letting a per-
son come to the church as they
The church's mission is to ed-
ify the word of God to as many
people as they can while help-
ing the community.
Davis has pastored Prince
of Peace for about 20 years.
His mother, Millie Richardson,
was the founding pastor of the
church, formerly known as
Morning Glory Intl Pentecostal

Church, Inc.
Davis, a Miami-native, has
ministered in the church since
he was in his 20s. After his
mother passed, he became pas-
tor of the congregation.
Rosie Sands, 59, a member of
the church for about two years,
doesn't mind commuting from
Cutler Bay to Liberty City every
Sunday just to attend church.
She said she enjoys the "quaint-
ness" of the church and she is
impressed by Davis' love for the
Lord and his love for people.
According to Sands, Davis is

very active and does anything
he can to help others.
"He doesn't only talk a lot
about it." she said. "He's an ac-
tion man."
She also enjoys that the mes-
sage is presented through rele-
vant examples and in terms that
both young and older church
members can understand.
"'Comprehension and educa-
tion are important," Davis said.
"Once [the members] can com-
prehend, it's locked in and they
contain it, they can flourish
from it."

The rich history of Haiti is locally recognized

continued from 12B

time to express gratitude to
The concert featuring per-
formances by several choirs,
soloists, praise dancers and
cheerleaders began with an
intercessory prayer. Attendees
prayed for the U.S., President
Obama and their beloved Hai-
ti, according to Rev. Jean Ch.
Renelus, the president of Little
Haiti Youth Development Cen-
ter, Inc. and the organizer of
the Ft. Lauderdale parade and
They prayed for "a break-
through that only God could
give [them]," according to.Ren-

Haitian history was also dis-
cussed at the event. Renelus
was proud to say that Haiti was
the first Black country to win
freedom, more than 200 years

Haiti became an inde-
pendent country on Janu-
ary 1,1804, after the Haitian
Revolution, which occurred
from 1791-1804. The Haitian
Revolution was a slave revolt
in the French colony of Saint-
Domingue, which culminated
in the elimination of slavery
there and the founding of the
Haitian republic. The Haitian
Revolution was the only slave
revolt which led to the found-
ing of a state. The revolution

was one of the two successful
attempts, along with the Amer-
ican Revolution, to achieve
permanent independence from
a European colonial power for
an American state before the
19th century. The rebellion be-
gan with a revolt of Black Afri-
can slaves in August 1791. It
ended in November 1803 with
the French defeat at the Battle
of Vertieres.

The flag of Haiti consists
of two equal sized horizon-
tal stripes the top section
is blue and the bottom one is
red. In the center of the Hai-
tian flag is the country's coat
of arms, placed on a white
square. The coat of arms con-

sists of a palmette surrounded
by the liberty cap, and under
the palms a trophy with the
inscription: 'LUnion Fait la
Force', which means 'in union
there is strength'.
The Haitian flag is an adap-
tation of the French national
flag. The blue and red stripes
represents the union of Black
Haitians and mulatto Haitians.
The current Haitian flag was
adopted on February 26, 1986.
The Haitian flag was originally
blue and red vertical stripes,
which was an adaptation of
the French national flag. The
white stripe of the French flag
was omitted because it repre-
sented white colonial oppres-
sion. The vertical stripes were
changed to horizontal stripes

Nat'l Foster Care Month highlights kids in need

continued from 12B

who are in foster care with
proper luggage as they transi-
tion to another home.
The Center for Family and
Child Enrichment Inc.'s [CF-
CEI] 5K Run/Walkathon also
held on the 18th was held to
bring awareness, fundraise and
"It is very important that peo-
ple know how many children
are in need," T. Delores Dunn,
the president/CEO of the CF-
CEI, said.
According to Dunn, some-
times people don't help out be-

cause they assume that all of
the needs of foster care children
are met by the State. She said
that sentiment is not true and
children in foster care need the
community to help as well.

Willie Hardemon, who has
six children of his own, said
he enjoys dealing with children
and instilling skills and lessons
that they need to know into
them. Hardemon has fostered
at most four children at one
time. Presently,.he is fostering
a 15-year-old Haitian boy; he

mainly fosters teenagers.
He views it as his ministry,
he said.
Although it is difficult for
teenagers to be selected for
adoption, he does his best to
assist them in getting place-
ment and treats them as his
own. He said he doesn't want
to be called foster parent, but
rather a parent to the child.
"It's a challenge, but it's good
because we have a lot of special
teenagers who need to know
that someone cares for them,
loves them and wants to make
it right for them," he said.
Sherry Capers, who lives in
Cutler Bay, is presently foster-

ing a baby. Babies don't face
the difficulties that teenagers
face with being selected for
adoption, according to Capers.
She said it is also a joy as-
sisting families when they are
in a crisis. She said 90 percent
of the children she has dealt
with have been successfully re-
united with their family.
Capers said she encourages
people to take on the challenge
and consider fostering youth
because it is a good time to do
"There's a real need for people
to care about children and their
families so they can be reunited
and [help] the community."

N Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church will cele-
brate Dr. W. Edward Mitchell
Jr.'s 8th Anniversary, ser-
vices began on May 20 and
ends on May 24 at 7p.m.
The climax will be on May 26
at 4p.m. Call 786-541-3687.

New Providence Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
will hold their Fellowship Day
on May 24 at 11a.m. Call

0 Mt. Olivette Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
host a Gospel musical on
May 26 at 3p.m. Call 305-

I Running for Jesus
Outreach Ministry will host
a youth day service at Em-
manuel'M.B.C. on May 26 at

N Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
hold their Annual Woman's
Day Program on May 26,
featuring guest speakers:
Angela Williams of Hope Well
M.B.C. and Patricia Robinson
of Valley Grove M.B.C.

New Christ Taber-
nacle Missionary Baptist
Church will hold their "Four
Speakers of Love Rally Ser-
vice" on May 31 at 7:30p.m.

Soul singer Vivian Green

finds healing in her faith

By Black Doctor staff

Soul singer Vivian' Green
faced every parent's worst
nightmare: her newborn son,
Jordan, was not expected to
live due to the di-
agnosis of a myste- J
rious and rare ill-
ness. The news was
enough to drive her i
to contemplate sui- .
When he \was '"
born, I was told he
would die in seven
days and that [if] he
[lived he] might be
mentally challenged. GR
He was late to walk and talk
and he wouldn't eat for a year
and a half. At that point I defi-
nitely didn't want to be here. I
didn't think it could
get any lower than that," she
Dealing with the pain of Jor-
dan's condition, in addition to
the pain of a recent breakup,

helped Vivian to find peace in
her faith.
"My spiritual growth sky-
rocketed. Sometimes you have
no choice but to believe God
knows what he's doing. I real-

ized that He chose
me to be this child's
mother, so He thinks
I'm strong enough to
handle it."
S Green's prayers
haven't gone unan-
swered. Jordan is
now eight years old,
continues to develop
at a healthy rate,
and is proving to be
a miracle child.
"He's amazing," she says.


"He took his first standardized
test and tested off the charts. I
want him to be a surgeon, but
he wants to be a rock star,"
she says.
I guess the old saying is true:
"God allows us to be so low,
that we have no choice but to
look up to Him."

-Photo courtesy of Kamnrel Eppinger

Dance groups unite for

Christian production

Passion That Moves: Nine of South Florida's "gifted" and "anoint-
ed" liturgical dancers and mimes came together on one platform, for
a Raymond Young dance production called "Passion That Moves." It
was held at the Bethel Church on May 19th.

Revival at St. Mark MB Church
St. Mark Missionary Baptist Baptist Church.
Church, located at 1470 NW For more information, please
87th Street, Miami, will be in call 305-691-8861.
revival, Wednesday-Friday. Deacon Samuel Mustipher
May 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. nightly, is the Deacons Ministry
The guest speaker will be Chairman and Brother Robert
Evangelist Reverend Howard White is the Trustee Ministry
Rose of Greater Fellowship Chairman.

Mothers against local gun violence

continued from 12B

drive, which has been going on
this month.
"If the youth are more literate.
they are less likely to commit
violent acts or crime when they
get older," Brown said, referring
to a violence prevention study.
So far, they have gathered
about 250 books. Their goal is
to collect 1,000.
Some of the books will be
used for the foundation's in-
door library, while others will
be donated to Family Christian

Association of America's Head
Start program.
The foundation plans on
starting a reading program over
the summer called RJT Reading
Wairriors, in which books will be
read to any youth in preschool
through the tirst grade.
The foundation encourages
community members to donate
books so that the youth would
"I believe it takes a village to
make aI difference," Brown said.
"It' the community wants the
children to do better, 1 think it's
important to do what they can."

a Mt. Pleasant Mission-
ary Baptist Church will host
a Father's Day Gospel Con-
cert on June 16 at 6p.m. Call

The Historic St. Ag-
nes' Episcopal Church will
observe Feminine Emphasis
Day on May 25 at the 10:45
service. Call 305-5735330.

a CFY Florida will host
Supper with Yahweh at the
94th Aero Squadron on May
31 at 4p.m. Call 786-508-

M S.H.E.A.R., Inc. will host
a Saving Our Youth Gospel
Concert on June 15 at 6p.m.
at The Miami -Rescue Mis-
sion's Community Activity
Center. Call 786-718-0316.

0 Second Chance Min-
istries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

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

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

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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 22-28, 2013

Beyond domestic books and blogs, U.S.

mothers search for child rearing tips

By Sharon Jayson

When young American mothers
wrestle with the daily struggles of par-
enting, where do they look for advice?
Increasingly, anywhere but here.
Call it the parenting melting pot, as
mothers build on the American frame-
work of raising children by importing
the best practices of other cultures
- whether the laissez faire approach
of the French to the give-them-space
allowances in Iceland to the unforgiv-
ing rigidity of China's "Tiger Moms."
This search for just the right
parenting mix goes well beyond the

U.S.-based books and myriad mommy
blogs, embracing a global view that
has become more a way of life than a
trendy divergence.
"I wanted to read about a different
outlook, on making your kids more
a part of your family, instead of the
center of your family," says Rebecca
Gordon, a 35-year-old New Yorker
with a three-month-old daughter.
Gordon, who on Sunday will cel-
ebrate her first Mother's Day, joins
many of her peers in venturing
beyond the 50 states. Several recent
books about parenting practices
around the world have even become

top sellers. And, since these rn.':,
have grown up largely with the
Internet, are often well-traveled ,rid
have a diverse group of internaloor-,I
friends, thinking globally is alr,.,T *
second nature.
Such interest doesn't surprise
Jennifer Lansford, a research pro-
fessor at the Duke University Center
for Child and Family Policy in Dur-
ham, N.C.
"As the world becomes a more global
place, there is interest from parents in
many countries about what parents in
other countries are doing," she says.
A developmental psychologist, Lans-
ford has since 2003 studied parenting
in nine countries, including the U.S.
She says most parenting research
comes from Western industrialized

Rachel Rodgers, 31, plays with her
ers, and is due with a son in June.
countries and has left out the "vast
majority of the world's children," but
that's beginning to change. Later this
month, she will present her findings
at a conference in Sweden where
researchers from China, Italy, Jordan,
Kenya, the Philippines and the U.S.

-Photo: Philip Hunter
19-month-old daughter, Riley Rodg-

will discuss parenting across cul-
Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, an as-
sociate professor who teaches child
development courses at Ohio State
University in Columbus, makes sure
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How to live the 'Good Long Life'

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By Janice Lloyd

Martha Stewart has rallied
her fans to partake in hundreds
of projects over the years, rais-
ing the bar on cooking, enter-
taining, gardening, decorating,
collecting, crafting and more
In her new book, Living the
Good Long Life: A Practical
Guide to Caring for Yourself
and Others, Stewart arms her-
self with a team of specialists,
including several of the nation's
best geriatricians, to reshape a
more somber landscape. The
entertaining and home deco-
rating maven, self-made entre-
preneur, philanthropist and re-
cent grandmother of two insists
"successful aging" be gracefully
performed in the intrepid man-
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Martha Stewart's new book
shares advice from various


Martha Stewart compares aging to a bonsai tree, which is
revered in Japan and, with proper care, flourishes as it ages.
Her "10 Golden Rules" for growing old beautifully, like the

Eat well
Maintain a healthy weight
Stay physically active
Get quality sleep
Wear sunscreen
Collaborate with a good primary care doctor regularly
Find your passion
Connect with others
Stop complaining change what you can, and accept
what you cannot
Stay curious

ner undertaken by her mother
and grandparents.
"They all lived into their 90s
and were healthy and vital
people until shortly before they
died," says Stewart, 71. 'I ve
always been interested in their
longevity and in other parts
of the world where people are
heAhhv' T alwaNv \v.oizi-r ,t.
they're doing to --stay healthy."
She sought the counsel of
many experts for the compre-
hensive .book, including her
personal trainer, yoga instruc-..-
tor, chiropractor and doctors
at Mount Sinai Hospital in New
York, where she established a
center for geriatric health. The
Martha Stewart Center for Liv-
ing, in 2008, a year after her
mother died.
True to her passion for mi-
nutiae, tons of charts, tips and
recipes adorn the pages. At the
book's core: her '10 Golden
Rules' for staying physically.
Please turn to LIFE 16B

South Florida hospitals

rate well on assurance

Teens who text, drive

also take other risks

Primary stroke center:

What it means to you

29 South Florida

medical centers

get 'A'for safety
By Nicole Brochu

South Florida hospitals
had another strong showing
on a national safety report
card, with more scoring an
"A" this year than in 2012
for protecting patients from
unnecessary illness or in jury.,
In its third biannual Hospi-
tal Safety Score, the Leapfrog
Group health-care watchdog
organization gave the top
grade to 29 South Florida
medical centers, or nearly
two-thirds of the 46 graded.
The consumer-friendly
letter grades are based on
how the facilities scored in
preventing avoidable hospital

conditions such as infec-
tions, medication mix-ups
and injuries. The report card,
which comes out twice a
year, gave 27 local hospitals
an "A" in November, while 25
got the highest score in June
Florida as a whole con-
tinues to place among the
nation's best states, accord-
ing to the report released
last Tuesday. For the second
year in a row, it ranked 10th
in percentage of "A".-graded
"I think, in general, our fa-
cilities look pretty good," said
Linda Quick, president of the
South Florida Hospital and
Healthcare Association.
-Some of the region's top
players, with back-to-back
"A" grades, include West
Boca Medical Center, Delray
Please turn to HOSPITALS 16B

More likely to

drink and drive,

skip seat belts
By Michelle Healy

If your teen texts while
driving, chances are he or
she also practices other dan-
gerous motor vehicle habits
- including failing to buckle
up and driving after they
have been drinking, a new
federal analysis finds.
In 2011, 45 percent of all
students 16 and older report-
ed that they had texted or
e-mailed while driving during
the past 30 days, says the
study by researchers at the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and reported
in June's Pediatrics, released
online today.


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change in your vision or
maybe one of your arms or
legs feels heavyW, numb or
weak you may be having a
stroke. The signs of a stroke
may include the sudden
onset of one or more of the
following symptoms:
Numbness or weakness
of the face, arm or leg
Confusion, trouble
speaking or understanding
Trouble walking, dizzi-
ness or loss of balance or
Trouble seeing in one or
both eyes
Severe headache with no
known cause
Recognizing the symp-
toms of a stroke and seeking
prompt medical care can
greatly improve your chances
of recovery.
Every 40 seconds in the

United States, someone has
a stroke, and about every
three to four minutes some-
one dies as a result of a
stroke. If stroke is separated
from cardiovascular disease,
it is the fourth leading cause
of death in the United States.
About seven million Ameri-
cans are stroke surwvors, yet
many of them have serious.
long-term disabilities.

When someone is having
a stroke, they need prompt
emergency medical care.
During a stroke blood sup-
ply to the brain is cut off or
disrupted, causing part of
the brain to go without the
oxygen-rich blood it needs.
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without blood, the greater
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Who'll pay for care? It's unclear

Companies put

off hiring on cost

By Susan Page

able Care Act is sure to survive
the latest vote by the House
of Representatives Thursday
to repeal it since the Sen-
ate doesn't plan to take it up
and President Obama would
veto a repeal bill if it somehow
reached his desk but the
administration's signature leg-
islative achievement still faces
serious perils ahead.
Americans have a dim-
mer view of the health care
law now than they did when
Obama triumphantly signed
it three years ago, according
to monthly tracking polls by
the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The public's divided view and
relentless Republican attacks
have made it easier for gover-
nors and state legislators to
balk at cooperating with the
law. It is designed to provide
coverage for millions of Ameri-
cans who haven't qualified for
Medicaid in the past and don't
get insurance through their
That could have a cascad-
ing effect: Resistance by the
states will make it harder for
the law to work as promised
when Medicaid expands next \
year and the health-insurance
marketplaces where the unin-
sured can shop for plans open
this fall.
That could fortify the argu-
ments of those who warned
the law was a mistake from
the start and threaten funda-
mental provisions of it down
the road.
"For most of the Obama ad-
ministration, the thought was
the bill was passed and it's
over," says Robert Blendon, a
Harvard professor and influ-
ential analyst who supports
the law. The president under-
standably turned his attention
to the fragile economy, and
the most far-reaching expan-
sions of coverage were delayed

until 2014 leaving the door
open for opponents to warn of
calamity ahead. "By the time
they returned to it," Blendon
says of White House officials,
"opinions were really embed-
Just over a third of Ameri-
cans, 35 percent, have a favor-
able opinion of the health law,
according to the Kaiser survey
taken last month., down from
46 percent who had a posi-
tive view when it was signed
in 2010. Now 40 percent have
an unfavorable opinion pre-
cisely the same as three years
ago and nearly one in four,
24 percent, say they don't
have an opinion.
The poll of 1,203 adults, tak-
en April 15-20, has a margin
of error of +/-three percentage
Uncertainty about the law
has risen as time has passed,
and confusion about what it
does and how it works is es-
pecially high among those it is
designed to help. In fact, four

in 10 Americans don't believe
the law is still in place, say-
ing inaccurately that it's been
overturned by the Supreme
Court or repealed by Congress.

As you know, a health care
bill was signed into law in
March 2010. What's its cur-
rent status? Poll taken April
15-20 of 1,203 adults. Margin
of error +/- three percentage
"People haven't really seen
the benefits of it, and it's had
hundreds of millions of dollars
in ads attacking it," says Neera
Tanden, who helped shape
the law as Obama adviser and
now heads the liberal Center
for American Progress. "One
party was definitely consis-
tently criticizing it, and Demo-
crats have not been sufficient-
ly defending it. So it's been a
lopsided argument."
The White House is scram-
bling to bolster support for
and knowledge about the law,

in part to encourage younger
and healthier Americans who
lack health insurance to shop
for a plan when the exchanges
open Oct. 1. Officials are trying
to spotlight popular policies
that already have gone into ef-
fect, including provisions that
provide free preventive care
for seniors and allow young
adults to stay on their par-
ents' insurance plans.
They also are trying to
reassure skeptical employers
about the law and its provi-
sions. In a Gallup Poll last
month, owners of small busi-
nesses predicted by 5-1, 48
percent-nine percent, that the
Affordable Care Act was going
to be bad rather than good for
their businesses. About four
in 10 said they had held off
plans to hire new workers and
pulled back on plans to grow
their businesses because of
the law and its mandates.
"The law is here to stay,"
Obama declared at an East
Room event last week.

The inconvenient facts

about Medicaid reform

At some point

medical results

By Scott W. Atlas

As a candidate, Barack
Obama depicted himself as a
new type of president, one who
would rely on science to gener-
ate policy. Obama and his team
successfully created an image
of analytical academic, capi-
talizing on his position at the
time of part-time lecturer. And
even now, President Obama
frequently reminds us and the
press that he needs those ever-
so-important facts, the data,
before designing solutions for
today's pressing problems fac-
ing the American people.
All too often, though, our
elected leaders ignore the
facts, especially when consid-
ering entitlement programs.

those with no insurance at all.
Owing to Medicaid's restrictive
guidelines for diagnosis and
treatment, Medicaid patients
experience significantly more
deaths, longer hospitalizations
and more serious complica-
tions from major surgery, can-
cers, heart disease, interven-
tional procedures, transplants
and AIDS than equivalent pa-
tients with the same illnesses
and same health status but
with private insurance ob-
jective data-based conclusions
proven by medical scientists in
the world's top peer-reviewed
medical journals like Annals
of Surgery, Cancer, Journal of
Heart and Lung Transplanta-
tion and the American Journal
of Cardiology.
Medicaid outcomes are so
shamefully poor that, when
comparing patients with the
same risk factors and same
health status, Medicaid pa-
tients at times even fared worse

It doesn't take an intellectual giant to understand the facts,
only an honest person to admit them.

The ObamaCare plan to dra-
matically expand Medicaid is a
prime example where the facts
are being ignored and instead,
illogical entitlement expansion
is the proposed solution.

Let's consider the data. The
top peer-reviewed medical
journals are filled with proof
that Medicaid patients have
worse outcomes than fully
comparable patients with pri-
vate insurance, outcomes
sometimes even worse than

than those with no insurance
at all.
Beyond outcomes, Medicaid
insurance has been only a fa-
cade for millions of patients
for years because they cannot
even find doctors. More than
one-third of primary care doc-
tors and one-fourth of special-
ists already refused adding
new Medicaid patients back in
2008 because Medicaid pays
below costs. And from a 2009
survey of 15 large metropolitan
areas, almost half of doctors in
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Hospital pricing gouges patients Important insurance-

By USA Today the full bill.for the disabled
By USA TPrices also vary wildly from tips for the disabled

Shouldn't you be able to see
the price of something before
you buy it, so you can shop
for value or simply figure out
whether you can afford it? Be-
fore you roll your eyes and say,
"Of course," think about the last
time you bought medical care,
especially in a hospital. See any
price lists on the wall? Probably
not. And, if you had, you might
have fainted on the spot.
Last week, for the first time,
the federal government released
the list of prices that more
than 3,000 hospitals across the
country charged for 100 com-
mon procedures in 2011, plus
the actual amount Medicare
paid, which is a rough proxy
for what those procedures cost
an efficient hospital to perform.
This is a major step forward
for medical price transparency,
which is crucial to holding
prices down.
The discrepancies among

By Ken Kaye

Will Florida escape a hurri-
cane hit yet again?
That's possible. But consider-
ing Florida is the most storm-
clobbered state in the nation,
it would be wise to prepare as
though one will strike, National
Hurricane Center director Rick
Knabb said last Tuesday. "It's
a matter of wvhen, not if," he
said. "Take steps now while the
weather is good."
Knabb gave this thoughts dur-
ing the Governor's Hurricane
Conference in Fort Lauderdale
Florida hasn't been hit for a
record seven seasons. Does that
increase the odds of being hit
this year?

hospital charges are stunning:
Hospitals commonly charge not
just a little more than the typi-
cal Medicare reimbursement
rate, but five or 10 or even 20
times more. For example, the
Bayonne Hospital Center in
New Jersey charged $81,083
for treating "chest pain," more

Just because we haven't been
hit doesn't mean the odds will
increase. But we've been very
fortunate in Florida for many
years in a row without a direct
hurricane impact. You have to
be prepared as if it will occur.

What was the main lesson
learned in last year's hurri-
cane season?
It was all about water, water,
water. Debby, Isaac, Sandy. The
main impacts from all of those
systems had to do with water -
whether it was storm surge from
the ocean and/or heavy rain in
inland areas. We often think of
tropical storms and hurricanes
as big wind machines. But we
have respect the water-related

than 21 times the Medicare re-
imbursement of $3,818. If you
didn't already have chest pain,
you might get it after seeing a
price like that.
Insurance companies, like
Medicare, negotiate lower rates,
but if you get treated without
insurance, odds are you'll get

Will the federal sequester
hurt the hurricane center?
The center is going to deliver
on its mission during this hur-
ricane season, no matter what.
We are going to provide the fore-
casts and warnings that people
need. Even if, for example, fur-
loughs were actually to take
place, if there's a big hurricane
on our doorstep, those can be
You've been hurricane cen-
ter director for a year now.
What's been your biggest chal-
It's just what I expected it to
be, and that is juggling so many
different parts of the job. Being
involved in preparedness, push-
ing forward technologically, ad-
vancing our communications
abilities, making the forecasts
better and just running the cen-
ter. It's a big, big undertaking.
What's your main goal

one part of the country to
another: Inpatient charge
joint replacement in Ada,
were $5,304, but the san
cedure in Monterey Park,
cost $223,373. Sure, the
living and labor costs are
in California than in Okla
but 42 times higher? Rea
At least you'd think thaE
hospital charges in the sa
city would be similar. You
be wrong: Treatment for :
failure without complicat
at hospitals in Jackson, v
ranges from $9,468 to $3
By making this welcome
long overdue release of ho
pitals' so-called chargema
prices, the Centers for Me
and Medicaid Services (C
highlighting a dirty little
cret: Hospitals' list prices
have little or nothing to d
actual costs or the quality
the medical care they del
Please turn to PATIENTS

from here?
To make sure people
stand their own vulneral
various hazards that a
cane poses. People aren'
to prepare for and react
approaching hurricane p
if they don't know the h
So many people don't eve
what storm surge is or
cally know if they live in
the evacuation zones.
The forecast calls for
season. What advice
you give residents?
You need to prepare th
way every year, no matte
the seasonal forecasts a
ing. What we care about
one system that could co
way, that one hurricar
could create tremendous
where we live. We don't 1
that's going to occur here
this year, but you have
pare as if it will.

es for

By Jeff Reeves

nie pro- When you're digging into
SCalif., your disability insurance
cost of options, it's important to
Higher look at the following areas
ahoma, to ensure you have the best
3ly? coverage for your unique
It situation:
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i'd Guaranteed Renewable
heart Policy. Most reputable in-
ions surers offer policies that
Miss., cannot be canceled and are
33,646. automatically renewed as
e but long as you pay your premi-
os- um on time. But obviously,
aster you should always check for
medicare this language because it is
MS) is crucial to any good disabil-
se- ity insurance.
3 often Elimination Periods
io with and Waiting Periods. The
y of amount of time you have to
iver. walt for your first disability
S16B check and the maximum
length of benefits is impor-
tant to know. Not only does
W 'it dictate terms of your re-
imbursement, but these
periods also dictate price.
For instance, if you have
under- enough sick time and sav-
bility to ings to walt 120 days be-
hurri- fore your first disability
t going check, you will pay a lower
to an rate than someone who can
t to an ., .
properlyy manage only 60 days be-
azards. fore their first payout. Like
n know choosing a larger deductible
specifi- on your car insurance, ex-
one of tending your waiting period
can save you a bundle on
a busy premiums over time.
would Own Occupation Cov-
erage. Disability insurance
Ssame labeled "own occupation"
e what applies to your current oc-
re say- cupation and the ability to
that perform it. This is crucial
me ou to know because cheaper
)e that forms of disability insurance
impact may require you to take any
know if job you are physically able
k or not to perform ... even if it pays
tor nre a fraction of your former
pay or forces you to take a

step back in your career.
Future Purchase Op-
tions. For a slightly higher-
rate, a policy with a future
purchase option allows you
to increase coverage as you
wages rise without taking
another physical or rewrit-
ing the whole policy. This
flexible option to a disabil-
ity policy is useful to those
who are climbing the corpo-
rate ladder or change jobs
Business Overhead Ex-
pense Coverage. If you own
your own business or incur
significant business ex-
penses that don't come out
of your regular paycheck,
you may want to insure
against overhead charg-
es as well as lost income.
Without this kind of policy
you may see your paycheck
protected but lose your
business as office with rent,
utilities or other expenses
pile up. Typically, anything
that is tax deductible under
business expenses will be
covered by overhead insur-
Cost of Living Adjust-
ments. If you're disabled for
five years or more, it may be
difficult to keep up with the
bills if your payout is fixed
but your expenses keep ris-
ing. Check any long-term
plan to see whether pay-
ments are indexed to infla-
tion in the event of a claim.
Retirement Protection.
Most disability policies sun-
set when you are at retire-
ment age. But where does
that leave you if you're cur-
rently way behind on your
retirement savings? If you're
late to retirement planning,
then you may want to look
at a rider in your disability
insurance that will contrib-
ute to retirement savings as
well as pick up your living

Thousands gathered on to push for legislators to pass healthcare reform legislation.

Hospitals' list prices often have little or nothing to do with
actual costs or the quality of the medical care they deliver.

FL storm preparation begins no

Hurricane Center chiefprovides his

thoughts on the upcoming season



VLP IITHF IMIMI TIMES. iMAY 2-28.203 -- W.---

Are SPF ratings on sunscreen 'just a gimmick?'

The Associated Press

ers headed to the beach this
summer will find new sun-
screen labels on store shelves
that are designed to make
the products more effective
and easier to use. But despite
those long-awaited changes,
many sunscreens continue to
carry SPF ratings that some
experts consider misleading
and potentially dangerous, ac-
cording to a consumer watch-
dog group.
A survey of 1,400 sunscreen
products by the Environmental
Working Group finds that most
products meet new federal re-
quirements put in place last
December. The rules from the
Food and Drug Administration
ban terms like "waterproof,"
which regulators consider mis-
leading, and require that sun-
screens filter out both ultra-
violet A and B rays. Previously
some products only blocked
UVB rays, which cause most
sunburn, while providing little
protection against UVA rays
that pose the greatest risk of
skin cancer and wrinkles.
Despite that broader protec-
tion, one in seven products re-
viewed by the watchdog group
boasted sun protection fac-

t-- p -.

Catherine Hackney, 18, of Atlantic City, and Gigi
of Ventnor, N.J., sunbathe on the beach in Atlantic

tor, or SPF, ratings above 50,
which have long been viewed
with skepticism by experts. In
part, that's because SPF num-
bers like 100 or 150 can give
users a false sense of securi-
ty, leading them to stay in the
sun long after the lotion has
stopped protecting their skin.
Many consumers assume
that SPF 100 is twice as ef-
fective as SPF 50, but der-
matologists say the difference

between the two i
negligible. Where a
product might protea
97 percent of sun1
ing rays, an SPF 1(
might block 98.5
those rays.
"The high SPF nu
just a gimmick," s
anne Berwick, profe
demiology at the Ur
New Mexico.
"Most people re

-' -.n.*," need more than an SPF 30 and
they should reapply it every
A couple of hours." Berwick says
sunscreen should be used in
Combination with hats, cloth-
c ing and shade, which provide
-r better protection against ultra-
violet radiation.
Some dermatologists say
there may be some rationale for
using higher SPF sunscreens,
since users often don't apply
enough of the lotion to get its
full effect.
"The challenge is that be-
yond 50 the increase in UV
S protection is relatively small,"
u says Dr. Henry Lim, chair of
S dermatology at the Henry Ford
".,. Hospital in Detroit.
The SPF number indicates
MaryGodleski, AP the amount of sun exposure
Guida, 17, needed to cause sunburn
City, N.J. on sunscreen-protected skin
compared with unprotected
is actually skin. For example, a SPF rat-
in SPF 50 ing of 30 means it would take
ect against the person 30 times longer to
burn-caus- burn wearing sunscreen than
00 product with exposed skin.
percent of There is a popular miscon-
ception that the SPF figure
imbers are relates to a certain number of
says Mari- hours spent in the sun. How-
ssor of epi- ever this is incorrect, since the
university of level of exposure varies by ge-
ography, time of day and skin
*ally don't complexion.

Chronic health conditions: $84B debt

By HuffingtonJPost

Lost productivity because
of missing work due to health
problems costs the U.S. $84
billion each year, according
to a new report from Gallup-
The report shows that the
amount of money from health-
related lost absenteeism varies
from profession to profession,
with missed days from profes-
sionals (not including doctors,
nurses or teachers) costing the
U.S. $24.2 billion a year, and
missed days from agricultural
workers costing the U.S. $160
million a year.

Being overweight or obese,
high blood pressure, high cho-
lesterol, asthma, depression,
neck/back/leg pain, cancer,
diabetes and heart attack were
all considered chronic health
conditions linked with the ab-
"As employers increasingly
engage in improving the health
of their workers, substantial
potential savings remain on
the table from getting more
employees to work each day
as their health improves over
time," the researchers wrote in
the report.
The findings are based on the
results of 94,000 interviews

conducted through 2012,
among U.S. adults working 30
or more hours a week. The in-
terviews included questions
like "During the past 30 days,
for about how many days did
poor health keep you from do-
ing your usual activities?"
Of all the people surveyed,
about 77. percent of them were
either overweight or obese, or
had at least one chronic health
Of the 14 job types included
in the report including teach-
ers, nurses, doctors, business
owners, manufacturing work-
ers, service workers, executives
and foresters transportation

workers had the worst health,
researchers found. Meanwhile,
doctors were found to have the
best health.
However, this new Gallup re-
port shows a slightly more pos-
itive picture than a similar re-
port that came out in 2011. In
the previous report, more than
86 percent of people surveyed
were either obese or overweight
or had at least one chronic
health condition. In addition,
that report showed lost pro-
ductivity from health issues
cost the U.S. $153 billion a
year less than the number
reported in the newest Gallup

Sporadic medical costs

continued from 15B

Hospitals get away with this
because relatively few people
pay these prices, and few peo-
ple know about them because
state transparency laws are no-
toriously ineffective.
As the CMS data so vividly
show, hospitals are typically
paid just a fraction of their list
price for treating Medicare pa-
tients because the federal gov-
ernment drives a relatively hard
bargain for Medicare's 50 mil-
lion or so beneficiaries.
Private insurers don't cut
quite as good a deal, typically
paying about 30 percent more
than Medicare.
The chargemaster prices mat-

ter because that's where negoti-
ations begin, the same way car
dealers bargain down from the
sticker price.
Capitalism relies on the pow-
er of the marketplace to set fair
prices for producers and con-
sumers. It doesn't work if pro-
ducers can keep charges hid-
Releasing prices at hospitals
is useful, but why stop there?
Patients would also benefit from
more information about prices
charged by doctors, prices for
common diagnostic tests, and
the prices that insurers negoti-
ate with hospitals, doctors and
testing labs.
If nothing else can control
health care costs, maybe public
embarrassment can.

Facts: Medicaid reform

continued from 15B

the five most commonly used
medical fields refused Medic-
aid patients, about four times
the percentage that refuse new
private insurance patients.

And now, in Oregon's con-
trolled, randomized study com-
paring thousands of previously
uninsured, poor Medicaid ap-
plicants who received Medicaid
to those who did not receive
the insurance, we see further
evidence that "comprehensive"
government insurance failed to
improve health beyond no in-
surance at all.
Adding millions more to the
almost 60 million unsuspect-
ing Americans who naively
trust that their Medicaid in-
surance offers access to high-
quality medical care would
be, at best, a sad example of

a well-intentioned but incom-
petent government. Instead of
illusions, leadership in health
care reform should focus. on
enabling the poor to have a
truly substantive health care
safety net.
Rather than expanding Med-
icaid while eliminating more
than $50 billion in dispropor-
tionate share supplements -to
hospitals serving the poor, our
elected officials might start by
looking at their own Federal
Employees Health Benefits
Program. FEHBP is a success-
ful working model of a premi-
um support benefit, offering
financial support for consumer
choice among private plans.
Whether basing reforms on
FEHBP or other ideas, like the
Hatch-Upton proposal, genu-
ine leadership is essential. It
doesn't take an intellectual gi-
ant to understand the facts,
only an honest person to admit

South FL's hospital report card: 'A"I

continued from 14B

Medical Center, Westside Re-
gional in Plantation, JFK Medi-
cal Center near Lake Worth,
Good Samaritan in West Palm
Beach, Broward Health Imperi-
al Point in Fort Lauderdale and
Memorial Regional hospitals in
Miramar, Pembroke Pines and
The Leapfrog Group, a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based nonprofit
focused on health-care safety

and affordability, joined forces
with experts from Harvard and
Johns Hopkins universities to
devise the national Hospital
Safety Score last year.
The idea was to give patients
an objective tool to assess safe-
ty performance.
While past grades were based
largely on 2010 and 2011 data,
the updated scorecard used
2011 and 2012 data, Leapfrog
officials said.
They graded 2,514 hospitals
nationwide, with more of them

(932) getting a "C" than an "A"
"We found that hospitals are
making incremental progress,
but they still have a long way
to go," said Leah Binder, presi-
dent and CEO of the Leapfrog
Five South Florida hospitals,
all in Miami-Dade County, got
a "D," the lowest grade of any
area facility. Seven, including
Broward Health Medical Center
in Fort Lauderdale and Cleve-
land Clinic in Weston, got a "B."

Stewart's guide to living longer

continued from 14B

mentally and socially fit. They
range from eating well and stay-
ing fit to connecting with others
and "staying curious."
"When you're through chang-
ing, you're through,". she says.
Why conquer this topic now?
The season (a season always
beckons in Stewart's books
and magazines) is upon us, she
"Because the Baby Boomers
are all coming of age, there is
a giant (health) problem loom-
ing," says Stewart. "My book
can tell people how to take care
of oneself in every possible way
so you can live well and healthy
for a long time. If disease does
hit you, and it will eventually,
the book has sections on how
to let it not define you."
Her mother, Martha Kosty-
ra, died when she was 93, but

stayed strong until shortly be-
fore she died, even appearing
on Stewart's television shows
at her daughter's side. That's
how taking care of yourself
pays off, says Audrey Chun,
physician and director of the
Mount Sinai geriatric center.
"Lengthening the functional
good time people have is the
role of geriatrics," says Chun.
"The life Martha's mother led,
so active, so full of helping
everyone out, and compress-
ing the morbidity at the end of
life" is the philosophy Stewart's
book aims to inspire.
In the book's introduction,
Stewart writes that at age 71,
she doesn't think about age
much at all, "because there is
so much to do, so many things
to accomplish, and so much to
look forward to."
Readers of the monthly cal-
endar in her magazine, Mar-
tha Stewart Living, know it's

jammed. But there's appar-
ently room for more: She an-
nounced last week on the To-
day show that she's put her
profile up on, an
online dating site. Her book is
even cited in her profile: After
writing it, she says, "I was re-
minded how central good rela-
tionships are to happiness and
A big part of the care plan is
to follow a Mediterranean-type
diet, often prescribed to pa-
tients with cardiovascular dis-
ease to improve heart health.
It consists of leafy green veg-
etables, whole grains, legumes,
fruits, fish and olive oil. Red
meat and processed foods are
rarely eaten.
Did adopting this diet require
some arm twisting given
Stewart's baking and enter-
taining books have recipes de-
liciously rich in both calories
and fat?

U.S. mothers adopt global practices

continued from 14B

her students read about par-
enting philosophies elsewhere.
"The idea is not necessarily to
adopt one of these perspectives,
but to calm down because there
are different ways to do things,"
she says.
Emma Swift, 34, whose four
kids are ages four to 14, was
born in Germany and moved to
Iceland when she was 5. She's
been in the USA nine years

and now lives in Madison, Wis.,
where she says differences are
apparent at the pool.
"We let them make mistakes
in Iceland," she says. In Madi-
son, "there are lifeguards at ev-
ery corner.
As soon as a child goes into a
run or walk, the lifeguards will
be yelling."

Erin Black, 39 and a mother
of three from New York, points
to the emotional and physical

strains inherent in American
culture as a reason to seek
"clues" from abroad.
"I think when you look at the
depression, obesity and anxi-
ety in our country's children,
that is fairly unique to Ameri-
ca," says Black, whose children
range in age from one to six.
Rachel Rodgers, 31, of Rapid
City, S.D., has read books and
blogs about motherhood in oth-
er countries, including France
and Africa, both places she's

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Don't toss your toothbrush after a sore throat

Study: Strep

throat doesn't

linger on brushes
Word on the street has it
you should replace your tooth-
brush after suffering from a
cold, the flu or a bout of strep
throat. That may not be neces-
sary at least when it comes
to sore throats, according to a
study presented at the Pediat-
ric Academic Societies (PAS)
annual meeting in Washing-
ton, DC.
Some health care profes-
sionals advise children to toss
their toothbrushes if they have
been diagnosed with strep
throat. Researchers from

University of Texas Medical
Branch (UTMB) at Galveston
wanted to determine if that
advice is warranted.
First, they tried to grow
group A Streptococcus (GAS),
the bacteria that causes strep
throat, on toothbrushes that
had been exposed to the bac-
teria in a laboratory. The bac-
teria did in fact grow and re-
mained on the toothbrushes
for at least 48 hours.
Surprisingly, two new tooth-
brushes that were not ex-
posed to GAS and served as
controls also grew bacteria
even though they had been re-
moved from their packaging in
a sterile fashion. An adult-size
toothbrush grew gram-neg-
ative bacilli, and a child-size

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Larger studies with more subjects need to be conducted to
confirm that group A Streptococcus does not grow on tooth-
brushes used at home by children with strep throat.

toothbrush grew gram-posi-
tive cocci, which was identi-
fied as Staphylococcus. Since
this was not the main focus
of the study, the researchers
did not investigate this finding
Next, they investigated
whether GAS would grow on
toothbrushes used by chil-
dren who had strep throat.
Fourteen patients who were
diagnosed with strep throat,
13 patients with sore throats
without strep and 27 well pa-
tients ages two to 20 years
were instructed to brush their
teeth for one minute with a
new toothbrush. Afterwards,
the toothbrushes were placed
in a sterile cover and taken to
a lab where they were tested

for GAS bacteria growth.
GAS was recovered .from
only one toothbrush, which
had been used by a patient
without strep throat. The other
study toothbrushes failed to
grow GAS but did grow other
bacteria that are common in
the mouth.
"This study supports that it is
probably unnecessary to throw
away your toothbrush after a
diagnosis of strep throat," said
co-author Judith L. Rowen,'
MD, associate professor of pe-
diatrics in the Department of
Pediatrics at UTMB.
Study co-author Lauren K.
Shepard, DO, a resident physi-
cian in the Department of Pe-
diatrics at UTMB, noted that
the study was small.

Advice on eliminating the onset of a stroke

continued from 14B

the chance a disability will oc-
The National Institute of Neu-
rological Disorders and Stroke
(NINDS) conducted a five-year
study on the use of tissue plas-
minogen activator (tPA), a clot-
busting drug. The study found
that patients who received tPA
within three hours of the first
stroke symptoms were at least
30 percent more likely to recov-
er with little cr no disability af-
ter three months. When a per-
son is having a stroke, doctors
must first determine whether
the stroke is caused by a clot
(ischemic stroke) or by a rup-
tured blood vessel (hemorrhag-
ic) before tPA can be used. This
is because tPA can only be used
for ischemic strokes, which ac-
count for about 87 percent of
all strokes.

The Brain Attack Coalition,
a group of 14 national organi-
zations including the Ameri-

can Academy of Neurololgy.
the American Association of
Neurological Surgeons, the
American College of Emergency
Physicians, the American Soci-
ety of Neuroradiology and the
American Stroke Association,
developed joint recommenda-
tions for hospitals to create
stroke care centers as a way to
improve the quality of care for
stroke patients.
The concept for the stroke
care centers is similar to that of
a trauma center combining the
resources of a number of spe-
cialties to quickly evaluate and
treat patients with complex
medical needs. Like a trauma
center, the stroke center team
works closely with local emer-
gency medical services so that
proper care can begin before
the patient arrives at the hos-
The stroke team includes
physicians such as neu-
rologists or neurosurgeons
who specialize in the care of
strokes. Nurses from the hos-
pital's emergency department
or intensive care centers also

are part of the stroke team.
The team is available around
the clock to respond when a
patient with stroke symptoms
comes to the hospital.
The goal of a stroke team is to
promptly assess the patient's
condition and order the tests
needed to diagnose the type of
stroke involved. The team also
works to stabilize the patient's
blood pressure, heart rate and
other vital functions. If the tests
show that the patient's stroke is
the result of a blood clot block-
ing a vein in the brain, then tPA
can be given to help break up
the clot. The team's goal is to
begin tPA within three hours of
the first symptoms of a stroke.
After receiving appropriate
emergency care, a stroke pa-
tient is to a stroke unit. The
stroke unit has the equipment
in place for continuous moni-
toring of the patient's condi-
Benefits of a Stroke Center
According to the Brain Attack
Coalition, hospitals with stroke
centers have shown improved
treatment times for stroke care

and better patient outcomes.
"We've found that using the
stroke center approach helps
us diagnose and treat strokes
more quickly," said Karelle
Mullings, stroke coordinator
at North Shore Medical Center.
"We use evidence-based medi-
cine to establish written pro-
tocols for stroke care that are
designed to improve patient
care and quickly get them the
care they need. These protocols
have been shown to reduce
the number of stroke-related
complications, which lead to
improved quality of life for our
North Shore Medical Cen-
ter's stroke program has been
awarded certification from the
Joint Commission as a Prima-
ry Stroke Center. North Shore
Medical Center will be hosting
free heart health and stroke
screenings on May 31st from
9 a.m. to noon by appointment
only. To reserve your spot,
please call 1-800-984-3434.
STo learn more about stroke
care, call us at 1-800-984-

Youth drivers at risk?

continued from 14B

likely than those who didn't
to drive when they had been
drinking alcohol. And the more
they texted the worse their seat
belt habit.
Teens who texted every day
while driving during the past
month were more than 40 per-
cent more likely to not always
wear their seat belts than were
teens who engaged in texting
while driving once or twice in
the past 30 days.
It's not surprising that kids
who take such risks in one area
may be more likely to take risks
in other areas, says CDC Direc-
tor Thomas Frieden.
"But the big picture is that
the greatest single risk to teen-
agers in this country is getting
hurt or killed in a motor vehicle
crash; that's the most likely
thing to result in their death,"
he says. "And texting while
driving makes teen driving even
more dangerous."
The practice, he adds, "may
be associated with some of the

slowing or even reversal of very
encouraging declines we had
seen until the last year" in the
number of teen fatalities, as
indicated in preliminary 2012
The new. study (drawn from
a survey of 8,500 high school
students 16 and older) is the
second this month to highlight
evidence suggesting that texting
and driving is associated with
other dangerous behaviors.
At the Pediatric Academic
Societies annual meeting in
Washington, D.C., less than two
weeks ago, researchers reported
that teens who text while driv-
ing are also more likely to binge
drink (five or more drinks), use
tobacco, use pot, use indoor
tanning devices and have un-
safe sex. -
"In short, teens who (text
while driving) engage in a mul-
titude of other risky behaviors,"
says Andrew Adesman, senior
investigator of that report and
chief of Developmental and Be-
havioral Pediatrics at Cohen
Children's Medical Center of
New York.

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17B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28,2013

18B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28, 2013


Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, dead in Mexico

By Joy-Ann Reid

Malcolm Shabazz, the
27-year-old grandson of the
late Malcolm X, is dead, as
reported by the Amsterdam
News recently and later con-
firmed by the U.S. embassy.
According to the paper,
Shabazz was killed in Mexico,
and died in the early morning,
"from injuries sustained after
he was thrown off a build-
ing or shot as he was being
robbed in Tijuana." A border
reporter with the San Diego
Union Tribune, Sandra Dibble,
tweeted last Thursday night
that Shabazz may have "re-
sisted a robbery."
It was not clear whether he
died in Tijuana or Mexico City,
and the circumstances of his

death remained unclear.
F.niil, friend Terrie M. Wil-
liams posted the following
statement on Twitter:
"I'm confirming, per U.S.
Embassy, on behalf of family,
the tragic death of Malcolm
Shabazz, grandson of Mal-
colm X.Statement frm family
2 come."
Williams later tweeted that
"details are sketchy" regard-
ing the location, and that all
that can be confirmed now is
his death. She later confirmed
Shabazz's death to theGrio via
email, but said there were no
details yet.
The family has not yet made
a public statement.
Shabazz's early years were
fraught with difficulty, in-
cluding long separations from

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his mother, and an arrest at
age 12 for setting a fire in his
grandmother Betty Shabazz's
New York apartment, where he
was living. The fire left Shaba-
zz with severe burns over 80

percent of her body, which
led to her death on June 23,
Two years later, the young
man who was described dur-
ing a court hearing as "psy-
chotic and schizophrenic"
pleaded guilty to manslaugh-
ter and arson and was sen-
tenced to 18 months in juve-
nile detention, which the court
stated could be extended until
he turned 18. He was released
after four years.
Expressing remorse for the
fire, Shabazz told the New
York Times in a 2003 inter-
view that he set the fire hoping
to be "bad" enough to be sent
back to his mother, Qubilah
Shabazz, who was undergoing
court-ordered counseling and
drug and alcohol treatment in

Philadelphia as part of a 1995
plea agreement on charges
she participated in an alleged
plot to assassinate Nation of
Islam leader, Minister Louis
Shabazz's troubles didn't
end there. He was arrested for
burglary in 2002, and was de-
tained by the FBI in February
on his way to Iran, to attend a
film conference called "Holly-
woodism." He wrote about the
detention on his blog in March,
saying "Given the storm of
lies, and half-truths that come
with being associated with be-
ing the descendant of El Hajj
Malik el Shabazz, also known
as Minister Malcolm X, any
and everything that I do; great
or small, good or not so good,
real or imagined is subject to

controversy." And he alleged
that in 2012, he was informed
that he was "under investiga-
tion by the F.B.I.'s Counter
Terrorism Task Force Unit lo-
cated in Goshen, N.Y."
At the time of his death,
Shabazz was reportedly work-
ing on a book, and attending
the John Jay College of Crimi-
nal Justice in New York.
He may have been traveling
in Mexico with his friend, la-
bor activist Juan Ruiz.
Shabazz is survived by
his mother, aunts, and two
His final tweet, posted last
Wednesday, confirmed his
identity to a skeptical fel-
low social media user. "I am
the grandson of Malcolm X,
Yes . "

Al Neuharth, boat-rocking visionary Pastor Johnson celebrates

Finding opinions about Al
Neuharth has always been
about as difficult as getting wet
in a thunderstorm. During his
heyday running the Gannett
Co. from 1973 to 1989, they
rained down. He was admired
and cursed, idolized and feared
- inside the company and out
- sometimes all at the same

He built a small newspaper
company into the nation's larg-
He invented this newspaper
and, despite nearly universal
skepticism, made it so suc-
cessful that it altered the entire
industry, foreshadowing epic
changes the Internet would
bring two decades later.
In "retirement," he trans-

Egotistical. Thoughtful. Harsh.
Kind. And in the clinches,
hardscrabble tough, befitting
his South Dakota prairie up-
bringing and Depression-era
roots at least until those kids
softened him up. Way too com-
plex to define adequately in this
But to get a shorthand sense
of the man, all you really need
is an understanding of why the
publication you're reading right

now exists. Al liked to spread
credit elsewhere, but USA 7TO-
DAY was all his an alchemy
of vision, brass and an unerring
instinct for the public taste.
Flash back to the pre-Inter-
net world of 1982. USA TODAY
wasn't there yet. CNN, invented
by another visionary, was ush-
ering in- round-the-clock TV
news. Newspapers were drab,
and TV was flashy. And along
came Al with a new idea.

Bishop James Adams

celebrates three years

Al Neuharth, left, who died Friday at his home in Florida at
the age of 89, with John Quinn, former editor in chief of USA

But nobody, or at least no-
body we know, was neutral on
Al, and that's as fitting an epi-
taph as any for USA TODAYs
founder, who died at age 89. He
liked nothing better than mak-
ing waves, and the more boats
they rocked the better.
There were plenty of big ones.

formed a small foundation into
a high-impact organization ded-
icated to the First Amendment,
with a museum of news toured
by millions and he started a
new family, with six adopted (or
as he liked to say, chosen) kids.
Al was a complex guy. Bril-
liant. Idiosyncratic. Affable.

St. John Baptist Church
will conclude its month-long
celebration commemorat-
ing three years with Bishop
James Adams as senior pas-
tor. Moderator Johnnie Bar-
ber and the Mt. Sinai Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
join St. John this Sunday at
3:30 p.m. for a spirit-filled
worship service.
Bishop Adams was blessed
to welcome Pastors Gaston
Smith, Eddie Lake and Harry
Fort of California during the
St. John is located at 1328
NW 3rd Avenue in Miami.

Bishop James Adams

20th Pastoral Anniversary

The 93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
invites the community to
come out and join us in the
culminating celebration of
Pastor Carl Johnson's 20th
Pastoral Anniversary. This
celebration will take place on
Sunday, May 26 with a 7:30
a.m. worship service featur-
ing Mother Helen Jenkins
and Saint City Church of God
the Apostolic Faith and at I 1
a.m. with Rev. Zackary Royal
and St. Mary Baptist Church.
Hope to see you there as we
celebrate this joyous occa-
This year's theme: "An
Anointed Vessel Chosen to
Deliver God's Word" began
with a service held on April
30, featuring Rev. Dr. C. P.
Preston and Peaceful Zion
Missionary Baptist Church.
The celebration continued
throughout the month of May
with the following pastors and
churches in attendance: May
7, Bishop Randall Holts and
New Hope Missionary Baptist
Church; May 14, Rev. Dr. T. L.
McCloud and Peace Mission-
ary Baptist Church; May 15,
Rev. Andrew Floyd and First


Pastor Carl Johnson
Baptist Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville; May
16, Rev. Keith S. Butler and
Logos Baptist Church; and
May 20, Rev. Steven Caldwell
and New Providence Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
On May 18, the anniversary
committee honored Pastor
Carl Johnson with an elegant
20th Pastoral Anniversary
Banquet held in the Rev.
Alonso Anderson Fellowship
Hall. The banquet consisted
of a prestigious program that
brought delight and joy in the
eyes of our Pastor. Congratu-
lations Pastor Johnson on 20
years of superb leadership.

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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

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5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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13650 N.E. O10th Avenue

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2799 N.W. 46th Street

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

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4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

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Sunday School 10a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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2171 N.W. 56th Street

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19B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28, 2015

Hadley Davis MLK
30, laborer,
died May 10
at Jackson
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the \.

TEDDY, 34,
died May 19
at Memorial
Hospital. I

Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Peaceful Zion
Baptist Church.

worker, died
May 16 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Dayspring
Baptist Church.

79, construction

died May 05. Service were held.

died May 11. Services were held.

JOHNSON, 64, died May 06.
Services were held.



Range Royal

86, retired ,. --
v o l unt e e r,
died May 19. .
Survivors, .,,
include: her
children, William
Pattison, Wilbert
Harris, Artis Patterson, Henry
Stephenson and Michael Patterson
and a host of other relatives
and friends. Service 2:30 p.m.,
Saturday at Highway Church of the

84, retired N.
teacher ofI
County Public

Sos c eih o conl oMagart)
died May 16.
i n c I u d e:
Marcia Carty, Vanessa Robinson
(Ozell), Antoinette Johnson
(John), Grace Scott (Don), Ruth
Studstill (Johnny), Esther Young;
sons, Keith McDonald (Margaret),
Jehue McDonald, Theophilus
McDonald; sisters, Enid Ferguson,
Hortense Harris Smith, Hester
Johnson, Frances Ledee; brother,
Herbert Marshall and a host of
grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
nieces, nephews other relatives
and friends. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church.

Richardson assistant atTaco
Bell Customer
LOUBELLA MAY, 99, Service Center/
homemaker, member of
ied May12. Alpha Kappa
service 11 a.m., Sorority, Inc.,
aturday at St. died May %.
hn B. Church. S u rvievMo rs
include; her
father, Walter Lang, Jr. M.D.;
brothers, Walter Lang III, Broughton
Lang, William _-ang: sister RnIialvn
Lar g and a host of ait'ts, coL',rns,
ROBERT LEE CLARK, 58, other relatives and friends. Service
e c h a n i c 11 a.m., Thursday at First Baptist
operator, died Church of Bunche Park.

May 13. Service
1 .p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

ship to Jamaica for final r


83, retired
teacher, died
May 15 at .,i
home. Survived
by: husband,
Shepherd;B ^*' 'H

Michael and
M i c h e I e
Paramore; sisters, Peggie
G. DeShields and Shirley W.
Paramore. Viewing 6:30 p.m.-
8:30 p.m., Friday in the chapel.
Final viewing 10:30 a.m. 11
a.m., Saturday at St. James AME
Church. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at the church.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens

BOB J. HODGES, SR., died May

12. Services were held.10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Bethel Apostolic

BOB J. HODGES, SR., died May
12. Services were held.

funeral director, died May 13 at
Memorial Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

debt collector, died May 14 at
home. Private service with family
and friends.

LIONEL HARRIS, 49, laborer,
died May 3. Arrangements are

Wright and Young
Solie," 75,
died May 17 at
Remains home. Service 2
rights and p.m., Saturday
at 93rd Street -

Baptist Church,
2330 NW 93
JAMORE, Street.

65, retired
foreman, died
May 19 Jackson
North. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Jesus Christ
True Church of
the Apostolic


house keeper,
died May 20 A
at Hialeah

Vera, Iris Thompson and QuandaaI

Thomas. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Mount Hermon AME Church of
Miami Gardens, Fl.

62, nursing assistant, died May 16
at Jackson North. Service 1 p.m.,
Wednesday at First Baptist Church
of NMB.

73, retired educator/Mary Kay
Sales Director, died May 18 at
home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Peaceful Zion MBC.

16. Service 3:30 p.m., Saturday in
the chapel.

Melbourne, purchaser, died May 5.
Services were held.

retired assistant principal,
Miami Dade County Public
Schools, died May 18. Sur-
vivors include: four daugh-
ters, Lutricia B Wright,
Lavances Wright-Rolle, An-
gela Wright-Trapp (Rev. Dr.
James Trapp) and Katoya M
Wright; three sisters, Hester
Grant(Joe Nathan), Patricia
Wilson(Charles) and Estella
Ashley ( Robert); one broth-
er, Andrew Booth; grand-
children, Brittny Freeman,
Akilah Rolle, William Rolle,
Emeral, Jaelan Trapp, Kau-
anyin, Jodan and KING; great
grand, Kristian and a host of
other relatives and friends.
Viewing 5 7 p.m., Friday at
Antioch of Brownsville. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday at New
Jerusalem Primitive Baptist
Church. Interment: Dade Me-
morial Park. Arrangements
entrusted to Gregg L Mason
Funeral Home.

Carey Royal Ram'n Happy Birthday In Memoriam
May 16 at home. Service 1 p.m., In loving memory of, In loving memory of,
Thursday in the chapel


PRICE, 69, loan .--:",-
officer, died May
16 at Memo-
rial West Hos-
pital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Magnolia
Park Church
of Christ, 2037
NW 152 Street, Miami Gardens,

tired, died May
18 at home.
Service 3:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Van Orsdel
MURRAY FORD, JR., 76, re-
tired, died May
18 at Veteran
Hospital. Sur-
vived by his lov-
ing wife, Marcy
C. Ford; sons,
David and Den-
nis Ford; eleven
four great grands and a host of
nieces and nephews. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the chapel, 3333
NE 2nd Avenue.

A.J. Manuel
36, nursing assistant, died May
11 at Miami Jackson Hospital.
Service 9 a.m., Saturday at Shalom
Community Church.

IRENE S. CLARKE, 82, retired
nursing assistant, died May 12.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Hallandale Church of God.

Pet NNoticer7-
died M7,y 14 Se,.,vic,-
Satrday at New Jerusa,,I ,1BC.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
RAY" HALL, 74, retired truck
driver, died May 17 at home.
Survivors: daughter, Valarie Hall-
Kemski (Jonathon); son, Brandon
Hall; grandson, Dah'Miere; sisters,
Juanita Roberts and sister-in-law,
Francis Hall. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

DIAHANN KING, 46, died May
20. Service 1 p.m., Saturday in the

Death Notice

would like to extend our
heartfelt thanks and grati-
tude for the many expressions
of love and sympathy during
our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Pastor
Joy E. L. Jackson and the
members of Christian Fellow-
ship Worship Center for all
people, Mount Sinai Mpjrlic'
<^ i.-n i f i i .* k ; '. -t .' ; i.'

Chapter and the entire staff
of Wright and Young Funer-
al Home for their courteous,
caring and professional ser-
vices rendered to us.
Gone but not forgotten, we
will forever miss you.
The family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

09/25/1915- 05/25/2003

Upon the 10th anniversary
of her death.
"The strife is o'er . the
battle done . the victory of
life is won!" Alleluia!

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

BRIAN BROWN, 45, died May
19 at Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
Arrangements incomplete.

ILANIA PEREZ, 62, died, May
19 at Aventura Medical Center.
Arrangements incomplete.

FOSTER, 12, died April 25 in
Trenton NJ. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Morningstar Baptist
Church of Goulds.

May 14 at home. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Glendale Baptist
Church of Richmond Heights.

Card of Thanks

11/16/1960 05/20/2003

Sons are angels sent from
above to fill our hearts with
unending love.
Love always, mother, Mable
Mulkey and family.

05/25/1952 -. 05/27/2012
It's hard to believe one year
has passed since we saw your
smile and heard your voice.
We miss your encouraging
words, advice and presence.
The memories of you we
hold so dear.
Though you're gone, in our
hearts we keep you near.
Wife, Anita and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/12/1965 -05/24/2012
We wish you were here. We
love and miss you.
Always in our hearts.
Parents, Willie and Juanita
Spencer; daughter, Eunice T.
Brown; and sister, Demetria
June Spencer.

Death Notice
housekeeper, died May 13 at
home. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day at Glencoe Gieger Cem-
etery, New Smyma Beach, FL.
Arrangements entrusted to
Rogers Funeral Home.


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"BENZO- 190"
05/28/1977- 05/27/2012
A life has made a difference
in so many other lives will be
A soul that has lifted up
other souls and encouraged
the climb will be well honored.
A person who turned the
spirit of God's love into living
action will be well revered.
We found comfort knowing
that your loving spirit lives on
in so many beautiful ways . .
Your family, daughter, Deja
Stewart; parents, Bruce and
Rosylen Cox; father, Richard
Benjamin Stewart, Sr.; broth-
ers, Javon, Brandon, BJ, Co-
rey, Rashard and Willie; sister,
Tiffany; special uncle, Anto-
nio; grandparents, aunts, un-
cles, cousins, godsisters and a
host of friends.

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could say when Ryan Seacrest asked her for her reaction.
Candice joyously sobbed, surrounded by her fellow
Season 12 contestants on the stage of Los Angeles's Nokia
Theater, as she belted out her coronation song, an em-
powerment anthem titled "I Am Beautiful." I'm still not
feeling the song myself, but it was a beautiful moment
nonetheless. Candice deserved this victory. She worked
hard for it.
Candice was arguably the best female vocalist of this
entire season, the one with the most standout per-
formances overall. A Season 12 highlight reel would
practically be just a Candice Glover reel. It's almost
unfathomable that she didn't make it to the live rounds
in Season 9, considering what a weak overall season
that was; when she was cut in Season 11 after receiv-
ing substantially more screentime, avid "Idol" fans were
understandably outraged.
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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,
Inc, Gamma Delta Sigma
Chapter celebrated it's
50th year Rhomania
"Buds of Spring, last
Saturday, at the Juliusj-
Littman Theater of
Performing Arts Center, ...
North Miami Beach.
The 2013 Buds are:
Ariel Forrest, Aireyl
Jordan, Kara Powell,
Ashley Roberts, HA
Abrielle Robinson,
Vanesia Rock, Breanna Rolle,
Ankevia Taylor, and Tanasia
Williams. The. escorts were:
Clifford King Cooper, Tajmaus

Johnson, David 7:

Leenan LaBrandie,
-Darian John, Taneil
Rawls, DeAndre

SBullard and Dwelly
S. Cauley, III. After a
j delightful musical
-'*irf presentation by Dr.
i> ^ Edward Robinson,
Rosena Wright,
ARDEN president, Annette
Brantley, mistress of
ceremonies. Wen'Dell Doris
Neal presented huge plaques to
yours truly and Claudia Slater
for the "I'm a Bud song" used

during the past 50.
Speaking of Gamma Delta
Sigma Chapter/Sigma Gamma
Rho, the sorority implemented
an international program at
Substance Operation R/3 2022.
The planned Sisterhood Brunch
included Claudia D. Slater,
past president, Katie
Williams, Annette g
Brantley, Bernice
Carey, Catherine
Gipson, Wilma Council,
Michelle White, '1
Paulette McPhee, ,
Latrice Williams,
Esq., Gloria Wright,
Terriceda Newkirk,
Linda Lloyd-Stephens, G,
Lisa Bailey, Mary Smith,
Linda Tartt, Ruby Rayford,
Grace Humphrey, Erica
Perry, Nardley Docteur and Dr.
Rosena Wright, president.

The Twenty-Seventh
Annual Scholarship/
Awards Banquet is
now history and etched
in it's archives are
the participants and
recipients beginning
with Chairman
Paschal, III, NW
Vice Chair
Ron Butler, recording
oW secretary and
-- . President Emeritus
,p v. Dr. Astrid Mack.
,The Dr. Tee S.Greer
scholarship awards
were presented by Dr.
ALLO Bradford Brown to
Peace Nwago, Jackson
High; Michael Turner, Jr.,
Turner Tech. and Naomi Delva,
Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial; The Dr. Lorraine

SStrachan award was
presented by Wayne
Davis, local alumni
of BCU and John
-. Williams. The Dr.
Rozalyn H. Paschal
Scholarship award
Swas presented to
.. Wayne Gallo,
AGBO III Homestead
Senior High; The '
Mrs. Lenor P. Johnson -
to Mereya Quintana,
Northwestern, and
Abraham Bonamy,
Central. Community
Service Awards were
presented by Fletcher
Paschal, III to Wilbert T. QUI
Holloway, school board
member, and Mack presented
his award to Muhamed
Recently, under the guidance


of the Reverend Terrance
Taylor, assisted by Anthony
Simon, The Church of the
Transfiguration Brotherhood
of St. Andrew held its' Prayer
Breakfast. While prayers
were the main activity of the
morning, The Male Chorus
of The Church
of the Ascension
entertained the
S audience with many
S Representatives
"' came from St.
Agnes, St. Anne's,
St. Kevin's Holy
Family, St. Joseph's,
ITANA and Omega Psi Phi
fraternity including:
Harry Dawkins, Earl Daniels,
Dr. David White, Oscar Jessie,
John Shaw, Dr. Astrid Mack
and Audley Saluda-Din.

Pharrell joins 'styled to rock' as mentor

By Julee Wilson

We were already super ex-
cited that Rihanna's fashion
reality show "Styled To Rock"
was making its way from the
UK to the States. Now comes
news that Pharrell Williams
will be joining the cast as a
mentor when the series hits
the air sometime this year on
the Style Network.
The famed producer, who is
known for his unique personal
style, has made his mark in

the fashion industry
with his Billionaire
Boys Club clothing
line and is planning
to launch a new col-
lection called Bee
Line. However, join-
ing the competition
show that searches PHARRI
for the next trendset-
ting designer will definitely be
a new adventure (besides that
guest appearance on "Project
Runway") for Pharrell.
"We are delighted to have

Pharrell, who is a driv-
ing force in both the mu-
Ssic industry and fashion
world, serve as a mentor
Son 'Styled to Rock,'" Sa-
S laam Coleman Smith,
president of Style Media,
Said in a release. "Phar-
ELL rell's unique aesthetic
and commitment to in-
dividuality combined with Ri-
hanna's vision for this series
will enable our aspiring de-
signers to hone their craft and
learn from the very people who

set the trends."
The two superstars have col-
laborated together musically,
but this will be the first time
they team up in the name of
fashion. Although Rihanna
is a bona fide rockstar and
there was a lot of buzz around
"Styled To Rock" when it pre-
miered in the UK last year, it
did not translate into high rat-
ings. Perhaps the show will
have better luck stateside with
the addition of RiRi's fancy

London dancers prepare for sophomore season

continued from 1C

Arts in downtown Miami on
Friday, May 24 and Satur-
day, May 25, with the curtain
scheduled to rise on both eve-
nings at 7:30 p.m. London says
the weekend will mark a mile-
stone for his dance company
and he's plenty proud of their
"This opportunity takes us
right up to the top and it's great
to know that we're being recog-
nized for all of our hard work,"
he said. "We've been plugging
away in our little community
in Little Haiti and to have two
nights on one of the country's
premier stages is major."

London likes to tout the fact
that 98 percent of his danc-
ers come from Miami, many
of them coming from Haitian

backgrounds. Most of his
dancers have learned his tech-
nique while attending Miami
Dade College and/or the New
World School of the Arts. In
fact, two of his principal danc-
ers who will take center stage
this weekend, are both gradu-
ates of the New World program.
One dancer to look out for
and whom London refers to
as "stunning, sensational and
a dancer of the highest level,"
is Sasah Caieedo, who will be
featured in a piece created just
for her called "March, Rain and
Wind." And he sounds almost
sentimental when he speaks
about 24-year-old Anasthasia
Grand-Pierre, chosen as the
dancer for the Company's 2013
marketing efforts. She will be
featured in a new work of Lon-
don's entitled "Seoul Soul."
"Anasthasia is one of our
founding members and has
been working with me for the

last 10 years," London said.
"She has a deep inner sense of
stillness that draws you into
her and has powerful magne-
tism that makes her come alive
on stage," he said.
"Before New World, I studied
at the Thomas Armour Youth
Ballet School here in Miami
and they really helped prepare
me," said the Pensacola-born
dancer. "My parents are both
from Haiti and we traveled a
lot until my father retired from
the Navy. Dancing at the Af-
rican Heritage Cultural Arts
Center during a summer pro-
gram in 2000 helped me see
how much I loved dancing. As
for being the face of the Peter
London Global Dance Theater
- it's a bit nerve-wrecking but
it feels great too."
London remains committed
to assembling a board of di-
rectors, finding a permanent
home for his company and

Harlem's dance theater is reborn

continued from 1C

Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Cen-
What does Dance Theater
of Harlem mean today? Does
a primarily Black ballet com-
pany even need to exist? Since
its founding the company suc-
ceeded in promoting black clas-
sical dances, while developing
dozens of luminous, powerful
dancers, including Ms. John-
son who still glides across
the Harlem studio like a swan
- Karen Brown, Homer Bry-
ant, Lorraine Graves, Alicia
Graf Mack, Paul Russell and
Donald Williams. Mack is now
a member of the hugely popu-
lar Alvin Ailey American Dance
Decades after Mitchell decid-
ed to expose children in Har-
lem to dance, Black dancers
are still rare in established bal-
let companies. Misty Copeland
is a soloist at American Ballet
Theater, and two apprentices

at New York City Ballet, Si-
las Farley and Olivia Boisson,
show tremendous promise. Yet
it's no coincidence that John-
son chose to add the renowned
Black Swan pas de deux to the
Dance Theater of Harlem reper-
tory this season
"We still don't see enough
dancers of.color in companies
across the country," Johnson
said. "But I'm not lying when I
say that people call me all the
time saying, 'I need dancers of
color.' It's a deeper problem. It
goes back further in time that
we're not training dancers of
color, so our schools need to
be more embracing, more wel-
coming, more aggressive."
Johnson said she realizes
that the School of American
Ballet, one of the nation's top
schools and affiliated with City
Ballet, is trying to be as proac-
tive as it can. "Schools want to
turn out the very best dancers,
so they only go for people they
think already fit inside the
mold instead of thinking, 'Let's

train people and see who rises
to the top.' I don't ever mean
lowering your standards.
Standards are what ballet's
about. It's opening the entry
points to a broader pool of peo-
ple and helping them take the
next steps."
Dance Theater's audition
process proved that to John-
son, who said she understood
Dance Theater's lengthy, hia-
tus might have thwarted the
ambitions of young, black bal-
let dancers. Whether or not
their dream was to join Dance
Theater, at least the company
was a tangible prospect. That
awareness gave Johnson extra
incentive to get the troupe up
and running. With so few out-
side dancers to draw from she
decided to target members of
the Dance Theater of Harlem
Ensemble a junior compa-
ny that served as the institu-
tion's performing entity during
the hiatus to see who might
transition into the professional

The American Idol winner, Candice

continued from IC

Thankfully, once '"Idol" pro-
ducers wisely put Candice
through to this season's live
shows, those fans finally had
a chance to vote her through
- all the way to the winner's
Candice is the first female
"Idol" champion since Season
6, but we all knew a woman
was going to win this year,
since the last male contes-
tant standing, Lazaro Arbos,
was eliminated more than a
month ago, leaving the show
with an all-female top five.
This week's finale, in which

Texan country crooner Kree
Harrison placed second, was
the first girl-vs.-girl "Idol" fi-
nale since Season 3.
Perhaps the bigger news
here is that Candice is the
first R&B singer, male or fe-
male, to win the show since
Fantasia Barrino triumphed
that season . nine long
years ago.
"Idol" Season 12 finale high-
lights included Angie Miller's
back-to-back duets with Sea-
son 8 superstar Adam Lam-
bert and Brit sensation Jessie
J (followed by Jessie's person-
al invitation to fly Angie out
to play with her in the U.K.); a
Candice Glover/Jennifer Hud-

son duet that blew minds,' and
speakers, with its sheer diva-
on-diva force; a truly lovely
Emeli Sande/Amber Holcomb
duet of "Next to Me"; and Keith
Urban, Randy Jackson, Blink
182's Travis Barker, and Kree
Harrison jamming on "Where
the Blacktop Ends."
There were also three sur-
prisingly funny skits: a tribute
to exiting judge Randy "The
Dawg" Jackson starring actu-
al dogs; the top 10 contestants
modeling Nicki Minaj-inspired
wigs (and posterior prosthet-
ics); and a conspiracy-theory-
laden video about how the top
10's boys were sabotaged . .
by Jordin Sparks!

generating enough funds to
hire his dancers for full-time
employment. As for the grant
he won last year, he and his
-supporters have raised about
$90,000 so far.
"We hope to raise the bal-
ance of the funds we require
at the showcase performance,"
he said. "And on Saturday
we'll have a private reception,
for some of our special friends
and supporters sponsored by
the Green family and the Arsht
Center. When you work hard
enough, dreams do come true."
For more information go to

Miguel takes out fan with

'Billboard' awards leap

By Brian Mansfield

Miguel's leap over the au-
dience was one of the most
exciting moments of Sunday's
Billboard Music Awards. Unless
you were the fan he acciden-
tally landed on.
The Adorn singer's right leg
caught a woman as he came
down, knocking her against the
"Got caught up in the mo-
ment, thank goodness Khyati
is okay," Miguel tweeted after-
Miguel and Khyati were
interviewed backstage later, as
Khyati iced down her arm.
"I'm very happy to bring my
new friend, Khyati, we just
met," Miguel said. "Unfortu-




Miguel gets some air
during his performance of
nately, we did not meet under
the best circumstances, but I
think we're OK."

Comedians major weight loss

continued from IC

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-Photos courtesy: M-DCPS REV. AL SHARPTON
ADVOCATES FOR EDUCATION: Lorenzo "Ice Tea" Thomas, Dominique Sharpton
and Marcus Bright.

Rev. Al Sharpton builds an alliance

between local Blacks and Latinos

FAMU journalists

get a 'Student Emmy'

Amber Mackie and zine category.
"This marks the first time
Lacrai Mitchell win in the history of the School of
Journalism & Graphic Com-

College Television

Award for 2013
Miami Times staff report

The two Florida A&M Univer-
sity (FAMU) broadcast journal-
ism students have returned
home from Hollywood, Calif.
with a gold statue commonly
referred to as a Student Emmy.
Both were honored at a gala for
their work as co-producers on
the "2012 FAMU Homecoming

munication that our students
have received this presti-
gious award," said Ann Wead
Kimbrough, SJGC dean. "It
reaffirms our commitment
to provide quality instruction
and hands-on training to best
prepare the next generation of
journalists. I applaud Am-
ber and Lacrai for their hard
Each year, the Academy
of Television Arts & Science
Foundation hosts a national

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.

Politics makes strange bed-
fellows but the symposium
that featured Rev. Al Sharp-
ton, the president of the Na-
tional Action Network and
host of MSNBC's Politics Na-
tion and Superintendent An-
thony M. Carvalho, Miami-
Dade County Public Schools
(M-DCPS), had nothing to do
with political affairs but rather
to unite Blacks and Hispanics.
Over 600 students from 21
Miami-Dade high schools as-
sembled at Florida Interna-
tional University's Graham
Center Ballroom for a summit
hosted by Education for a Bet-
ter America to put differences
aside and unite for a common
cause racial harmony.
"Blacks and Latinos
shouldn't be fighting each
other," said Sharpton during
the Higher Education, Drop-
out Prevention and Health
Awareness forum. "We should'
be fighting the circumstanc-
es that's oppressing us and
Sharpton emphasized how
important it is for students to
understand their cultural val-
ues and not get caught up in
the negative images they see
on television.
He thinks many students are
missing the threshold of their
academic performance and
falling short of their full poten-
tial based on their premise of
living in the ghetto or coming
from a single family home.
"Stop using the excuse
that you come from a broken
home," Sharpton said. "Believe
in yourself."
Education for a Better Amer-
ica is the pet project of Sharp-
ton's daughter, Dominique
Sharpton, who's touring the
nation to build bridges be-
tween policymakers and the
community at-large.
She believes students will ac-
complish more out of life if they
stay focused on their priorities
and make the right decisions.
"We are building an alliance
between Blacks and Hispan-
ics," Dominique said. "Our

young people must stay fo-
cused and make better deci-
sions in life. This event is a
tremendous opportunity for a
multi-ethnic coalition to come
together around important is-
sues in the areas of education,
health and finance."
Many students in Miami-
Dade County come from un-
derprivileged homes, but they
never imagined hearing the
man in charge of the school
board once was poverty
"As a kid growing up I faced
daunting challenges just as
some of you do," said Carval-
ho. "At one time we lived in a
house with no running water,
no electricity, no kitchen and
no mattress."
Carvalho said that he used
to scrub pots and pans for
a living, but that didn't stop
him from becoming success-
ful. "It doesn't matter where
you start from," he said. "It's
where you finish."
Aaron Willis, 15, a 9th grad-
er at Booker T. Washington
High School, was shot several
months ago as he was riding
his bike, which left him para-
lyzed. Now he uses a wheel-
chair for mobility, and still
found the time to come to the
"Today I learned how to get
into college and how to pay for

it," said Willis. "I know that no
matter what your situation is
you still can overcome it."
Willis says he's in good
health thanks to God and
RondaA. Vangates, Esq., Dis-

trict Director for Performance
Improvement M-DCPS who's
been taking him to various
appointments and aquatic
therapy at Charles Hadley

-Photo credit: Xavier Higgs
Amber Mackie (left) and Lacrai Mitchell pose on the red
carpet outside the 2013 College Television Awards Gala.

Special: Ignite the Strike." The to recognize excellence in col-
30-minute show, which recaps lege student-produced video,
homecoming events during the digital and film work. Mackie
university's 125 anniversary, and Mitchell were chosen from
won second place in the maga- Please turn to FAMU 5C


U.S. Census data show nearly six million Americans be-
tween 25 and 34 lived with their parents in 2011.

Student loans halt

potential buyers

By Susan Tompor

Should college students get
a re-do on their student loan
debt? Maybe be offered a way
to refinance high-priced private
college debt to a lower rate? Or
what about some options for
cleaning up a credit history
after running into trouble with
college debt?

The Consumer Financial Pro-
tection Bureau tossed around
a few ideas recently at a field
hearing in Miami on student
loan debt. The potential help
would apply to private col-
lege loans, which are offered
by banks and other financial
Private loans amount to
Please turn to LOAN 5C

Among All American Scholars
Congratulations, parents of Ja- and has selected only the top ten
maal Randle, percent of those who might qual-
The Evaluation Committee of ify. We are pleased to report that
United States Achievement Acad- Jamaal Randle is one of the elite
emy has completed its analysis of group and has been honored as
the grades of this year's nominees an All-American Scholar At Large.

$5000 scholarships for BTW Seniors

The St. John Community De-
velopment Corporation proudly
announces its two $5000 schol-
arships, specifically for seniors at
Booker T. Washington Senior High
The application, available at the

school and the CDC office, is due
on Friday, May 31st.
The mission of the St. John CDC
is to energize the vitality and posi-
tive image of Overtown.
For further information, please
contact the office at 305-371-7969.

Teen Court wants to make a connection with role models

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.

Are you a professional that's
willing to spend quality time
with a young first-time of-
fender or an at-risk teen that
perhaps with your guidance
will abstain from a life of
criminal activity?
If so, the Miami-Dade
County Teen Court wants to
make a connection with you
that will subsequently lead
to providing mentorship for
these kids, all who may need
a positive role model in their
"Our goal is to prevent
children from coming into

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Chief of the Miami-Dade
Police Department

the juvenile justice system,"
said Wansley Walters, secre-
tary of Florida Department of
Juvenile Justice [DJJ] during
the Juvenile Justice Forum,
which was held at the Main
Library in downtown Miami.
"We need to get to the root of
the problem and find out why
kids are getting into trouble."
Walters admits that reform-
ing the current system is
challenging and she started
out by having town hall meet-
ings throughout the state to
get input from the community
to implement better programs
and policies.
Senate Bill 1450 was en-

acted to require school boards
to revise their zero-tolerance
policies to ensure that stu-
dents wasn't being expelled or.
arrested at school for frivolous
Students arrested for first
time misdemeanors who agree
to allow their peers instead
of the criminal' court system
to determine their sentenc-
ing are then eligible for Teen
Florida incarcerates more
youths per capital than any of
the 10 most populous states
and what's so alarming about
these figures is that the ma-
jority of these kids are Black.

According to DJJ Analyst
Katherine Taylor, the Miami-
Dade Regional Juvenile
Detention Center for a three-
year period from July 1, 2008
thru June 30, 2011 confined
6,414 Black males and 3,304
white males.
There were 1,139 Black
females held in custody and
610 white females.
The Broward Regional
Juvenile Detention Center
detained 6,792 Black male
juveniles compared to 2,292
white male offenders.
Black females held in deten-
tion were 1,187 and 562 white

J.D. Patterson, chief of the
Miami-Dade Police Depart-
ment thinks the community
will become better if profes-
sionals reach out and mentor
high school students.
He says that teens need to
know that people in the com-
munity actually do care about
their wellbeing.
"Our youngsters are our fu-
ture," Patterson said. "It's our
job to teach them well and
challenge our youth to dream
to become successful."
Patterson is proud of the
work that Walters is conduct-
ing over at DJJ and says his
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School administration leaders enjoy the day.

4C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 22-28, 2013



'Voice' plays musical chairs with lineup

By Bill Keveney

It's tag team time at The
The NBC singing competition
will alternate coaching panels
for its next two cycles during
the 2013-14 TV season.
The original quartet of
Christina Aguilera, CeeLo
Green, Adam Levine and
Blake Shelton will reunite in
the fall for the fifth edition of
the show. Aguilera and Green
were part of the first three
Voice seasons before taking
off the current one to pursue
their musical careers.
Shakira and Usher, who
replaced Aguilera and Green
this season, will return next
spring for the sixth cycle,
teaming again with Levine and
The original fourare "the
reason this show was launched

Photo: NBC Trae Patton
'The Voice's original four coaches Adam Levine, left,
CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton will re-
unite for Season 5.

so strong for the first three
cycles and we owe them a debt

174 a.

Heritage Cultural
Month 2013 will encompass
events such as: The Opening
Reception, Taste of Haiti
at MOCA and the Haitian
History Bee & Young Artist
Challenge, for specific time,
dates and other details
please contact Commissioner
Monestime's office or go
district02 1

Community Relations
Board of District 6 will host
their Golden Anniversary
Conference and Luncheon
May 22nd, at 9:30 a.m., at
the MDC Wolfson Campus
Auditorium. Contact Amy at

5000 Role Models of
Excellence Project will have
their Scholarship Ceremony
May 24th, at 6 p.m., at New
Hope Missionary Baptist
Church. Call 305-995-2451
ext. 2.

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


Booker T Washington
Class of 1965 Inc. will meet
May 25th, at 4:30 p.m., at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. Contact Lebbie at

The Minority Chamber
of Commerce invites you to
The Multilingual Career Expo
2013, June 13th, at 2 p.m., at
the Hotel Comfort Suite, 3901
SW 117th AVe. Contact Doug
at 786-260-1965.
0 MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Journalism Institute
June 17th-July 5th, from 1-5
p.m., at 770 N.E. 125th St.
Call 305-893-6211.

Urgent, Inc. will put
on their Yes! Camp for girls
ages 6-12, June 17th-July
26th, from 8:30-6 p.m., at
the University of Miami Coral
Gables. Contact Emily at 305-

Miami Northwestern
Class of .1973 will be
celebrating their 40th Class

of gratitude," NBC reality pro-
gramming chief Paul Telegdy

Reunion, June 27 30, 2013.
Contact Louise at 305-212-

Booker High School in
Sarasota Classes of 1935-
70 are planning a reunion
slated for June 27th 30th.
Contact Sonja at 786-422-

Pillars of Strength
Masonic Lodge #2 will have
its 3rd Annual Charity Deep
Sea Fishing Event June 28th,
at 7:30 p.m., at the Miami
Beach Marina. Contact Glen
at 786-326-8568.

MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Photo journalism
Institute July 8th-26th, from
1-5 p.m., at 770 N.E. 125th
St. Call 305-893-6211.

Miami Children
Initiative's Christmas in
July event will take place
July 18th, at 11 a.m., at
the Joseph Caleb Center, in
the Community Room. t-For
sponsoring contact Katt at

The Norwood-
Cromartie Family is
notifying all family members
for their reunion, July 26-28,
in Valdosta, Georgia. Contact

said in a statement accompa-
nying the announcement. "And
after careful consideration of
everyone's schedules for next
spring, we are excited to be
returning the current cycle of
judges Shakira and Usher
along with Blake and Adam -
for cycle 6."
"We're very fortunate to have
these six incredible artists
to weave in and out of the
show as their performing and
recording schedules permit,"
NBC Entertainment chair-
man Robert Greenblatt said
in a statement. "The show has
taken off largely due to the
rapport and commitment of
these great coaches, in addi-
tion to the expert hosting of
Carson Daly."
This season, The Voice is
averaging 14.5 million viewers
on Monday and 13.4 million
on Tuesday.

S. Browning 678-896-0059

MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Studio July 29th-
August 16th, from 1-5 p.m., at
770 1\.E. 125th St. Call 305-

Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971 will
meet every first Saturday, at
4 p.m., at 1540 NW 111th St.
Contact Gail 305-343-0839.

S.E.E.K., Inc. will feed
the homeless in the City of
Overtown every first Saturday,
at 2pm, at 14-15 St. and 1st
Ave. Call 678-462-9794.

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-

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

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

Student loan debt stifling home, car purchases

continued from 4C

about $150 billion of the college
debt out there; billions, yes, but
still a fraction of the $1.1 trillion
in outstanding student loans.
Most student loans are federal
loans. Yet private student loans
are quite costly and regulators
are reviewing various ways to
help consumers tackle that
Just getting a look at some of
the consumer comments
about student debt proves to be
One interesting tidbit: The
high cost of student debt is
stopping many young consum-
ers from buying big items, such
as new cars, homes and furni-
Nearly 30,000 Americans
commented to the federal con-
sumer watchdog agency on the
student debt issue and many
discussed day-to-day struggles.
One borrower, Debra, told the
CFPB, "I can't buy a house be-
cause of my student loan. I have
to rent." Another borrower, Dar-
ia, said: "These loans are stunt-
ing my growth as a citizen. No
car. No home."
While a college education is
an important step on a pathway
to prosperity, it's turning into a
financial sinkhole for some bor-
rowers who aren't able to find

Students protest the rising costs of student loans for
higher education on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles,
Sept. 22. Citing bank bailouts, the protesters called for
student loan debt cancellations.

stable paychecks.
Samantha told the CFPB she
feels like she's "trying to put out
a forest fire with a garden hose."
Richard Cordray, director of
the CFPB, noted in prepared
remnfarks that U.S. Census data
show nearly 6 million Ameri-
cans between 25 and 34 lived
with their parents in 2011. It's
estimated that this age group
made up 27 percent of all home
buyers in 2011, the lowest share
in the past decade, according to
the National Association of Re-
altors. "Young consumers bow-
ing under large debt loads may
be unable or unwilling to buy a
car or a home," Cordray said.
Ideas include finding a way
that students could refinance
their expensive private student
loans if they've managed to reg-
ularly make their monthly pay-
ments on high-interest private
student loans.
Students often apply for pri-
vate student loans when they're
"young, have scanty credit
history, and have little or no
income," Cordray said in the
Under some sort of refinance
program, the federal consum-
er agency noted that the rates
could be lowered to reflect that
the student has graduated,
found a job and isn't as big of
a risk as when they were a stu-
dent, the CFPB said.

Duo garners Student Emmy's in Hollywood, CA

continued from 4C

hundreds of entries.
"Walking the red carpet.,was
a surreal experience that I hope
to one day repeat as a television
or documentary film produc-
er attending the professional
Emmy Awards," said Mitchell,
a sophomore broadcast journal-
ism student from Tallahassee,
"Winning this award is a re-

suit of the hard work of our
entire production team. I was
proud to represent them and my
Mackie is a graduating senior
broadcast journalism student
from Brooklyn, N.Y. Like Mitch-
ell, she also aspires to become
a television producer. Her docu-
mentary "Spare the Rod" was
recently featured in J-school
Journals, a bi-annual show-
case of films written and pro-
duced by SJGC students.

"I am very honored to have
won this award and especially
grateful to Professor Kenneth
Jones for believing in me and
giving me the opportunity to be
a producer for the show," Mack-
ie said.
Professor Jones created the
annual Homecoming Special
television show in 1996 to train
broadcast journalism students
in production, news writing, re-
porting and editing. Since then
the show has evolved to show-

case the talents of all programs
at SJGC, including public rela-
tions and multimedia compo-
"This award showcases the
awesome talent of our stu-
dents," Jones said. "Many SJGC
alumni who worked on this
show as students are now work-
ing in major broadcast positions
in top markets, including John
Marsh who went on to win two
Emmy Awards for his work on
HBO Sports."

Usher is facing more legal troubles over the care of his children, and this time it's
not his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, causing the problems.
The R&B star is being sued by a former nanny who claims he owes her six figures
in unpaid salary. Cecilia Duncan, who worked for the multi-platinum star in 2010,
claims in the suit that she worked around the clock caring for Usher's two sons and
asked repeatedly for overtime pay. She says Ush habitually ignored her requests and
then fired her in September with no overtime pay.
The lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, claims wrongful termination, failure to pay wages
and other complaints.

Battle lines are being drawn in the sexual molestation lawsuit brought on by cho-
reographer Wade Robson against Michael Jackson.
The late pop icon's brother Jermaine Jackson stood up for his brother, telling TM-
Zhe believes Robson's lawsuit is "full of shit,' pointing out that Robson testified under
oath that there was no impropriety in his relationship with MJ. Jermaine also reveals
that Robson helped him write a book a few years ago.
Meanwhile, America's Best Dance Crew judge Shane Sparks believes Robson is
telling the truth about the sexual abuse he claims to have suffered by Jackson's
hand. "I've been knowing Wade forever. Because of the man he is, I do believe him,"
Sparks tells TMZ. "I don't think he would lie about this because this could hurt him.
He don't need the publicity or the money. I think this is something that has been on
his mind and he had to get it off." In December of 2009, Sparks was arrested on
felony charges of child molestation.
Lawyers for Jackson's estate, who are defending the suit, may not have much
to worry about with Sparks' testimony. The television personality was convicted of
statutory rape in 2011.

Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested on charges that he
violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star
Evelyn Lozada.
A Broward County judge ordered Johnson jailed Monday until he posts a $1,000
bond. Another hearing was set for June 3. An arrest warrant was issued earlier this
month when Johnson failed to meet his probation officer.
The six-time Pro Bowl player formerly known as Chad Ochocinco is serving a year
of probation after Lozada said he head-butted her during an argument last August.
She quickly filed for divorce. They had been married only since July 4.

Kanye West, new music

on Saturday Night Live

Kanye West debuts
new music on 'SNL'
By Arienne Thompson

Rapper delivers intense per-
formances on show's season
Although he didn't seem too
thrilled to be participating in
Saturday Night Live this week-
end, Kanye West gave a pair of
memorable performance during
the show's season finale.
The outspoken rapper un-
veiled two singles from his
upcoming album Yeezus. His
renditions of the racially-
charged songs Black Skin-
head and New Slaves were
atmospheric and intense.
In a large-scale marketing
campaign, West streamed the
music video for New Slaves
on the sides of 66 buildings
around the world last Friday
Apparently, his girlfriend,
Kim Kardashian, is also part
of his marketing team. She

I(anye West pertorm at
Coachella in 2011 here. He
was the musical guest on
this weekend's episode of
'Saturday Night Live.'
posted a photo on Instagram
Saturday night showing the
album artwork for Yeezus
alongside a pair of the rapper's
Air Yeezy sneakers, which he
designed for Nike.
"#Yeezus #RedYeezy's #SNL
#Tonight #NewSlaves #Yeezy-
Season #Donda #Junel8," she
captioned the image.
Got all that?

Justice in the hands of teens

conitnued from 4C

officers never leave home with
the intent on arresting juve-
Last month a youth group fo-
cused on juvenile justice issues
called the Dream Defenders
staged a sit-in at Governor Rick

Scott's office in Tallahassee.
Their aim was to push for the
passing of a bill that protects
youths from arrests at school
for minor infractions.
Another component of Teen
Court is that after fruitfully
completing the program partici-
pants are given the opportunity
to have their records expunged.



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South Florida college presidents lead in

Miami-Daade gets
By Denise Ordway, Karen Yi
and Scott Travis
South Florida has three of
the best-compensated state
college presidents in the state,
according to a report released
recently by Florida's chief
inspector general.
. At the top of the pack among
the 28 schools in thI system
was Miami Dade College's

Eduardo J. Padr6n, with a
$630,157 package, which
includes base salary, allow-
ances and deferred compensa-
tion. Palm Beach State College
President Dennis Gallon had
the fourth Hiighest in the state
with $455,714, followed closely
by Broward College's David
Armstrong at $454,900.
Palm Beach State College is
among nine schools in Florida
that offer contracts to their
presidents that violate a new
state law capping severance
pay at 20 weeks. Gallon's

contract, approved after the
law passed, allows for a year
of severance.
"We will review this entire
report very closely and if
there is anything where we
are out of step we will cor-
rect it," said Grace Truman,
spokeswoman for Palm Beach
State College.
Armstrong had one of the
highest annual car allowanc-
es in the state at $14,400.
Broward College issued
a statement in response
to the report, calling it a

Palm Beach State College President

"thorough report."
"The report focuses on
performance, compliance and
accountability to Florida's
taxpayers. Broward College
shares this focus, and will
continue to provide a trans-
parent and accountable presi-
dential contract," the state-
ment said."
Those findings are part of a
lengthy,report that also points
out the wide differences in
salaries and financial perks
given to the presidents of
Florida's 'community colleges.

top pay
Gov. Rick Scott had ordered
a review of community college
president contracts last fall
amid a financial scandal at
Florida State College at Jack-
sonville. The college's board
of trustees had just given its
then-president, Steve Wal-
lace, a $1.2 million severance
The resulting report from
Chief Inspector General Me-
linda Miguel offers the kind of
analysis that some college offi-
cials said might never have
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Broward I

rated well

for business
By Donna Gehrke-White
Broward County took home better grades
from small business owners and entrepre-
neurs than did Miami-Dade County and the
Orlando metro area, according to a website
polling of small business leaders., an Internet marketplace
for local services, partnered with the Ewing
Marion Kauffman Foundation to release its
second annual Small Busi-
ness Friendliness Survey.
Overall, South Florida ranked in the
middle in the state when it came to busi-
ness friendliness while northeastern Florida
that includes Jacksonville was tops. The
Orlando area was just below South Florida.
The survey did not include a ranking of
Palm Beach County.
The state, which touts itself as pro-busi-
ness, actually earned lower marks than
Broward. Florida got its highest mark a
B-plus for its tax code, while Broward
came home with an A for ease of hiring
workers and two B-pluses for its environ-
mental, employment and labor regulations.
A Fort Lauderdale real estate appraiser
complained that "the state seems to view
things from a 'bigger is better' perspective,
courting big business and giving them all
kinds of breaks while overlooking the thou-
sands of small businesses in our state."
Broward could further improve by mak-
ing it easier to start a new business, small
business owners told pollsters.
"By focusing on its weaknesses and con-
tinuing to offer helpful resources, [Broward]
can make itself both more appealing to new
small businesses and supportive of existing
ones," said Sander'Daniels, co-founder of
The Small Business
Friendliness Survey queries small business
leaders and entrepreneurs to determine the
most business-friendly locations.

Fraud targets

Social Security

monthly checks
By Donna Gehrke-White
and Linda Trischitta
A Deerfield Beach retiree has already
experienced what federal officials are now
warning about: fraudsters attempting to
steal Social Security recipients' monthly
checks by rerouting them into new ac-
"I felt so hopeless," Carol Smelewski said
after she discovered thieves pretending
to be her were requesting Social Security
administrators to send her checks to an
online account that she hadn't opened.
Luckily, workers didn't have enough time
to process the request before Smelewski
received her check and she was able to
tell local officials about the fraud.
Last Friday, the Social Security Admin-
istration's Office of the Inspector General
issued a nationwide fraud advisory warn-
ing for seniors to be on alert so their money
won't be stolen.
"In the most recent scam, identity thieves
obtain the personal information of Social
Security beneficiaries and use that infor-
mation to attempt to open a 'my Social Se-
curity' account on SSA's website," the office
reported. "If successful, they then use that
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George Brown with H.O.M.E.S Inc, a Non-Profit organization that provides affordable
housing for young people transitioning out of the foster care system, picks out items at
Morning Day Community Solutions.

Warehouse helps supply

local churches and schools

By Doreen Hemlock
It's a unique partnership be-
tween business and a Florida
nonprofit: retailers provide
building materials and house-
wares to a warehouse that

distributes the items free or at
cut-rate prices to other non-
profits, churches or schools.
Pompano Beach-based
Morningday Community Solu-
tions is expanding next month
into a 10,000-square-foot

U.S. Postal

loses $9.1B

in quarter

By Ron Nixon
WASHINGTON The financially troubled
Postal Service last Friday posted a net loss
of $1.9 billion in the second quarter, which
ended March 31, compared with a $1.3
billion loss in the previous quarter, when
holiday shopping and heavy spending on
political advertising during the 2012 elec-
tion helped the agency.
Over all, the Postal Service reported oper-
ating revenues of $16.3 billion in the second
quarter, an increase of $121 million, or 0.7
percent, which it attributed to strong growth
in e-commerce deliveries and a small
increase in standard mail, also known as
junk mail. It is the first increase in revenue
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space to handle more dona-
tions, from floor tiles to beds,
said founder Greg Bales.
The charitable venture grew
out of Bales' decision years ago
to give 20 percent of his real-
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of finance

finding jobs

with ease
By Marcia Heroux Pounds
Florida Atlantic University's "honors" ac-
Scounting graduates don't have to worry about
finding a job. Since 2009, FAU's accounting
scholars program has achieved a 100 percent
job placement rate.
In the 2013 program, 23 students gradu-
ated with master's degrees ih accounting and
are starting jobs with annual salaries averag-
ing more than $55,000, according to FAU.
"They all went into public accounting and
are working for top-level international firms,"
said Kimberly Dunn, director of the School of
Monique Perez, 29, said FAU's honors pro-
gram and her six years in the Coast Guard
were two reasons she got an offer from the
PwC accounting firm in New York. Perez said
employers know that FAU has a strong pool
of graduates because it's "such a challenging
program," she said.
"I'm excited. I can't wait to start working,"
she said.
Another 70 students are in the undergradu-
ate program, and 60 percent to 70 percent of
them have jobs waiting for them at gradua-
tion, she said.
The new graduates have found jobs with
such accounting firms as Berkowitz Pollack
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Melvin Watt ideal to lead the FHFA

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist
President Obama recently
nominated Melvin Watt, a
long-time North Carolina Con-
gressman, to direct the Fed-
eral Housing Finance Agency
(FHFA). While major news me-
dia reported on the develop-
ment, few mentioned exactly
what the new job would entail
or the significance of a Black
man potentially leading a key
financial office.
At a news conference an-
nouncing the nomination,
President Obama said, "Mel
understands as well as any-

body what caused the nation's financial
the housing crisis. If solvency on one hand
He knows what it's and millions of hom-
going to take to help 1- eowners who were in
responsible home- or approaching fore-
owners fully recover. Lz. l closure on the other.
And he's commit- *II Through a lengthy
ted to helping folks L -_ series of discussions
just like his mom ., and hearings, Rep.
Americans who work Watt emerged as a
really hard, play by CROWELL voice of reason, con-
the rules day in and sistently fair and
day out to provide for their balanced in crafting solutions
families." to complex problems.
When our nation faced the Following the Watt nomina-
worst financial crisis since tion, the Center for Responsi-
that of the Great Depression, ble Lernding said of the nomi-
the House Financial Services nee, "He was one of the first
Committee faced dealing with Please turn to WATT 8D

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Majority of new jobs pay low wages, study finds

By Catherine Rampell

While a majority'of jobs lost
during the downturn were in
the middle range of wages, a
majority of those added during
the recovery have been low pay-
ing, according to a new report
from the National Employment
Law Project.
The disappearance of mid-
wage, midskill jobs is part of a
longer-term trend that some re-
fer to as a hollowing out of the
work force, though it has prob-
ably been accelerated by gov-
ernment layoffs.
"The overarching message
here is we don't just have a jobs
deficit; we have a 'good jobs' def-
icit," said Annette Bernhardt,
the report's author and a policy
co-director at the National Em-
ployment Law Project, a liberal
research and advocacy group.
The report looked at 366 oc-
cupations tracked by the La-
bor Department and clumped
them into three equal groups
by wage, with each represent-
ing a third of American em-
ployment in 2008. The middle

third occupations in fields
like construction, manufactur-
ing and information, with me-
dian hourly wages of $13.84 to
$21.13 accounted for 60 per-
cent of job losses from the be-
ginning of 2008 to early 2010.
The job market has turned
around since then, but those
fields have represented only
22 percent of total job growth.
Higher-wage occupations -
those with a median wage of
$21.14 to $54.55 represented
19 percent of job losses when
employment was falling, and 20
percent of job gains when em-
ployment began growing again.
Lower-wage occupations,
with median hourly wages of
$7.69 to $13.83, accounted for
21 percent of job losses during
the retraction. Since employ-
ment started expanding, they
have accounted for 58 percent
of all job growth.
The occupations with the
fastest growth were retail sales
(at a median wage of $10.97
an hour) and food preparation
workers ($9.04 an hour). Each
category has grown by more


A waitress at Arco Iris Restaurant in Tampa, Fla., last week. The food industry has added
300,000 low-paying jobs in the recovery.

than 300,000 workers since
June 2009.
Some of these new, lower-
paying jobs are being taken by

people just entering the labor
force, like recent high school
and college graduates. Many,
though, are being filled by older

workers who lost more lucra-
tive jobs in the recession and
were forced to take something
to scrape by.

"I think I've been very resil-
ient and resistant and opti-
mistic, up until very recently,"
said Ellen Pinney, 56, who was
dismissed from a $75,000-a-
year job in which she managed
procurement and supply for an
electronics company in March
Since then, she has cobbled
together a series of temporary
jobs in retail and home health
care and worked as a part-time
receptionist for a beauty salon.
She is now working as an un-
paid intern for a construction
company, putting together bids
and business plans for green
energy projects, and has moved
in with her 86-year-old father
in Forked River, N.J.
"I really can't bear it any-
more," she said, noting that
her applications to places
like PetSmart and Target had
gone unanswered. "From ev-
ery standpoint my indepen-
dence, my sense of purpose-
fulness, my self-esteem, my
life planning this is just not
what I was planning."
Please turn to WAGES 10D

In real life, fewer places to practice S. FL foreclosure

Law schools turn

out graduates who


By Everett Bellamy

The Great Recession affected
most sectors of the U.S. econo-
my and most professions.
For the legal profession, it
had a profound affect. Steven
J. Harper's book The Lawyer
Bubble: A Profession in Crisis
lays out just how profound
the effects have been in his
analysis of the problems facing
law schools, big law firms and
Harper, author of The Part-
nership: A Novel, shares his
perspective as an adjunct law
professor and former litigator.
Harper makes a strong case
for rethinking the nature of
legal education and the cur-
rent business model for big law
firms. The "crisis" as he sees it
is the number of students en-
tering law school with no clear
idea of the career paths that
await them.
He argues thai; the role top

law schools play in putting
their graduates in large law
firms is misguided, particular-
ly in light of the high turnover
rate of associates at big firms
(the fifth-year associate turn-
over rate exceeds 80 percent).
Harper points to the corpora-
tization of the legal profession
and the emphasis on maximiz-
ing immediate profits, driven
by a desire to move up in trade
publication American Lawyer's
annual ranking of average
profits per equity partner.
He spotlights several factors
that have led to lawyer dis-
satisfaction and a diminished
sense of community within law
firms: the billable hour system,
leverage ratios (the number of
associates vs. partners) and
non-equity partners vs. equity
partners. The historic levels of
layoffs in recent years of non-
equity partners, associates and
staff didn't help matters.
In his view, the legal profes-
sion is in danger of losing its
primary purpose high-qual-
ity work for clients. According
to Harper, several parties are
to blame:
Law school deans and their

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lack of candor when recruiting
prospective students and their
over-reliance on law school
The federal government for
guaranteeing all private and
public student loans;
Big law firms' focus on prof-
its per equity partner to the

detriment of associates, non-
equity partners and staff.
The bottom line for Harper
is there are too many stu-
dents entering law school.
They arrive misguided about
the nature of law practice in a
big firm. There are too many
graduates vs. the number of
available legal jobs (almost two
to one).
"The number of J.D. (juris
doctor) degrees awarded an-
nually grew from 38,000 in
2001 to more than 44,000 in
2011, as universities increas-
ingly saw law schools as profit
centers," he writes.
The lure of profit may help
explain the increase in the
number of law schools in the
last few decades. The num-
ber of schools accredited by
the American Bar Association
has increased from 175 in the
1980s to 201 today, according
to the Law School Admissions
Council (LSAC).
Harper goes into detail de-
scribing the prevailing big law
firm business model, where
billable hours, high leverage
ratios, high billing rates and
Please turn to PRACTICE 9D

Unfairly targeting the right wing?


actions violate

core principles
. Anyone with even a passing
knowledge of recent U.S. histo-
ry should recognize the sensi-
tivity of anything that smacks
of using the IRS as a political
weapon. After all, one of the
impeachment counts against
Richard Nixon in the 1970s
grew out of the president's ef-
forts to turn the powerful tax
agency loose on his enemies.
So it's hardly surprising that
disclosures since last Friday,
showing that the IRS singled
out conservative groups for
extra scrutiny as they sought
tax-exempt status, ignited an
instant firestorm. Such ac-
tions are wrong, chilling and,
as President Obama put it
Monday, "outrageous."

The agency does have a
legitimate role in trying to
prevent blatantly political
groups from masquerading
as tax-exempt social welfare

cationss for tax-exempt status
from advocacy groups, IRS
employees singled out groups
with the words "tea party" or
"patriot" in their names. Or

SSuch actions are wrong,

f J chilling and, as President

S, Barack Obama put it Mon-
rday, "outrageous."

a distinction that allows the
groups to keep the names of
donors secret. Nonetheless,
the IRS should have found a
way to process applications for
tax exemption while sticking
to the agency's core principles:
scrupulous non-partisanship
and neutrality.
Instead, it went far astray.
Faced with a deluge of appli-

groups associated with certain
issues, such as government
debt or taxes, or even those
whose applications said they
would lobby "to make America
a better place to live."
Making matters worse, some
groups were asked to name
their donors, which the IRS
admits is inappropriate. Some
were asked to name politi-
cal candidates who appeared

at their functions, to provide
transcripts of speeches and
copies of handouts. Many of
the groups' applications are
still languishing. Some groups
simply gave up. It's hard to
blame them for suspecting a
political witch hunt.
So far, the IRS has blamed
the fiasco on employees at
the office in Cincinnati that
reviews applications for tax-
exempt status, insisting that
"mistakes were made initially,
but they were in no way due
to any political or partisan
Well, targeting the words
"tea party" and "patriot" seems
pretty political on its face.
Members of Congress are
calling for investigations, and
they're right in wanting to
know who made those mis-
takes, and whether higher-ups
were involved in the decisions
or in trying to hide the facts.

Trafficstops go digital with e-Cards

By Jess Rollins

State legislatures nationwide
are hoping a tweak in statutes
will save drivers from tickets
or at least spare them from
digging through their glove
boxes, wallets or pocketbooks
for their insurance cards.
Governments in more than
a dozen states have recently
passed laws that authorize
drivers to show digital images
of their proof-of-insurance
cards to law enforcement of-
ficers during traffic stops.
Last Tuesday, a bill in
Washington state became law.
That followed laws passing in
Colorado, Indiana, and Kansas

in April, according to the Prop-
erty Casualty Insurers Asso-
ciation of America, an industry
trade group. Bills are awaiting
signatures from the governors
in Maine, Georgia, Alaska and
Tennessee, according to that
At least another six states
have approved the measure in
at least one legislative body,
including Florida, Missouri,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South
Carolina, and Texas.
"It's a great convenience to
the citizen," said Republican
Sen. Gary Romine, of Farm-
ington, Mo., who sponsored the
bill that has passed the state
Senate. "It's another opportu-

nity to step into the informa-
tion age."
Romine's bill now goes to the
Missouri House.
Many so-called e-Card bills
require that the digital card be
issued directly from an insur-
er. Photos of paper cards are
not acceptable to limit the. risk
of fraud.
"It can't be a cellphone photo
of an insurance card," Romine
To address concerns of law
enforcement, the bill says
police cannot be held liable if
they accidentally drop a per-
son's smartphone while verify-
ing vehicle insurance.
Louisiana began accepting

digital insurance cards nearly
a year ago.
"To my knowledge, there
have not been any complaints
from law enforcement," said
Sgt. J.B. Slaton, a spokesman
for the Louisiana State Police.
"It seems to be working well."
Insurance companies, which
can save on paper and postal
costs, are among the strongest
supporters of e-Card laws.
"It modernizes insurance
laws and keeps uIp with con-
sumer behavior," said Nicole
Mahlirt, of Property Casualty
Insurers Association of Amer-
ica, which represents auto,
home and commercial insur-

rate spiral down

Region falls to third from its No. 1

national ranking
By Paul Owers

South Florida has relin-
quished its ranking as the
nation's top spot for foreclo-
After posting the No. 1
foreclosure rate for two con-
secutive months, the metro
area covering Palm Beach,
Broward and Miami-Dade
counties fell to third in April,
according to RealtyTrac Inc.
One in every 269 homes in
the tri-county region was in
some stage of foreclosure last
month, RealtyTrac said. Ak-
ron, Ohio, ranked first, at one
in 211 homes, and Ocala was
second at one in 225 homes.
The Irvine, Calif.-based
listing firm monitors public
records for three types of
foreclosure filings: new cases,
scheduled auctions and bank
South Florida had 9,127 to-
tal filings in April, up slightly
- from a year earlier, but new

cases declined by 35 percent,
said Daren Blomquist, a
spokesman for RealtyTrac.
"It appears that lenders
have caught up with these
delayed foreclosures," he
said. "Banks are pushing
through the backlog, so we're
getting closer to seeing a
resolution with these dis-
tressed homes."
Foreclosures mounted
across the country during
the housing bust. But some
lenders held back on filings
starting in late 2010 over
concerns about possible pa-
perwork errors.
While Florida last month
had the nation's second-
highest foreclosure rate after
Nevada, filings are down
sharply across the Sunshine
State since the 2009 peak,
Blomquist said.
Florida had the top foreclo-
sure rate for six months in a
row until being surpassed by
Please turn to RATE 10D

By Paul Owers

Buying a home in South
Florida is more affordable
than renting after only two
years, according to Zillow.
A first-quarter study by the
real estate website showed
that Palm Beach, Broward
and Miami-Dade counties
tied with Detroit for the na-
tion's shortest break-even
point, beyond which buying
becomes cheaper than rent-
It will take less time
for buyers to
recoup closing
costs in areas
such as South
Florida. where
real estate prices
are likely to rise
the fastest, Zillow
In some parts of
South Florida, buying
beats renting in less
than two years. For instance,
it takes 1.7 years in Deerfield
Beach and 1.5 in Lake Worth.
The report underscores the
message being delivered by
real estate agents that now is
the time to buy.
"If you're sitting on the
fence, get off," said Amanda
Wilson, an agent with Es-
slinger Wooten Maxwell in
Fort Laiudcrdale. "Prices are
going up."
Home values plunged
across the region after the
housing collapse. But steady
demand from investors, his-
torically low mortgage rates

and sharp declines in num-
bers of homes for sale have
helped boost prices over the
past year.
Broward County's median
price for existing homes
in March was $242,500, a
26 percent increase from a
year earlier, the Greater Fort
Lauderdale Realtors said.
In Palm Beach County, the
median rose 28 percent to
$249,894, according to the
Realtors Association of the
Palm Beaches. Both groups
will release April figures next
Meanwhile, aver-
age rental rates
continue to grow
because many
former homeown-
ers can't qualify
for mortgages.
Still, renting
Offers plenty of
advantages. Rent-
ers can more easily move
for a new job, and they aren't
subjected to the inevitable
highs and lows' of the hous-
ing market, said Jack Mc-
Cabe, an analyst in Deerfield
"If you own, as many people
found out during the housing
bust, you can be ... a prisoner
to your property," he said.
In about two-thirds of
metro areas, buying tops
renting in three years or less,
the Zillow data show. New
York (5.2 years) and Boston
(4.1) have the highest break-'
even points, which vary by
individual counties and com-

Study: Buying beats

renting after 2 years


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81) TiH MIAMI TIMF MAY 77-72 72013 I

NCAA subsidies up $200M in year

Self-sufficient program draw fire

for accepting financial aid

By Steve Berkowitz, Jodi
Upton and Erik Brady.

At a time of tight budgets
throughout higher educa-,
tion, even the nation's few
financially self-sufficient
major-college athletics de-
partments are continuing'
to receive subsidies in the
form of student fees, school
or stale support, a USA TO-
DAY Sports analysis finds.
Just 23 of 228 athletics
departments at NCAA Divi-
sion I public schools gener-
ated enough money on their
own to cover their expenses
in 2012 Of that group, 16
also received some type of
subsidy and 10 of those
16 athletics departments
received more subsidy
money in 2012 than they
did in 2011.
The median subsidy
increase for those 10 pro-

grams was a little more
than $160,000, Relative to '
these programs' budgets,
that's a small amount, but
the increases were part of
a huge rise in the subsidies
provided for major-college
sports programs as a
Subsidies for all of Divi-
sion I athletics rose by
nearly $200 million com-
pared to what the% were
2011 That is the greatest
year-over-year dollar in-
crease in the subsidy total
since USA TODAY Sports
began collecting finance in-
formation that schools an-
nually report to the NCAA:
the first year of those data
covers the schools' 2004-05
fiscal year.
The data now are col-
lected in conjunction
Smith Indiana Univer-
sity's National Sports

Journalism Center.
Athletics departments
getting subsidy money
when they are self-suffi-
cient "raises a major ques-
tion about institutions,
which are always trying
to play catch-up in the
athletic realm, relying on
institutional and govern-
ment subsidies and student
fees to make ends meet at
a time when we have very
limited resources," says
Anne D. Neal, president of
the American Council of
Trustees and Alumni And
that raises questions as to
whether institutions are
paying attention to their
primary purpose, which is
LSU, Nebraska, Ohio
State, Oklahoma, Penn
State, Purdue and Texas
were the only schools to
report no subsidy money in
2012 Michigan reported re-
ceiving less than $260,000:
$16,000 in federal work
study funding and the

remainder from the univer-
sity to cover the salary of
academic services director
Phil Hughes, according to
athletics spokesman Dave
All 23 of the self-suf-
ficient schools are from
conferences whose cham-
pions automatically qualify
for the Bowl Championship
Series, which makes sense
because that's where the
money is.
However, other program ms
in these conferences re-
mained far from self suf-
ficient in 2012 Rutgers. for
instance, spent $28 million
more than it generated a
deficit it covered with about
$18.5 million from the
school and $9.5 million in
student fees. This consti-
tuted a slight improvement
over 2011, when Rutgers
spent $28.5 million more
than it generated.
The Scarlet Knights will
move from the Big East to
the Big Ten in 2014,

Morningday, a supplier for other non-profits

continued from 6D

estate company profits back
to the community, guided by
the conviction that "you be-
come successful by helping
The entrepreneur began
by donating cash to chari-
ties and then by mobilizing
the resources of his home-
remodeling business to fix
houses for the needy.
One day while shopping, he
inquired about the work of
the Home Depot Foundation
and learned about a network
called Good 360 that lets re-
tailers channel goods to non-
Bales formed his own non-

profit, joined Good 360, and
last year set up the first Flor-
ida affiliate of Home Depot's
Framing Hope Warehouse
program. His warehouse also
works with outlets of Bed
Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy
Baby, Pottery Barn, West Elm
and other major chains.
Retailers generally donate
returned and overstocked
items, goods in damaged
boxes or floor models. Some
also provide goods at cut-rate
prices, like new name-brand
mattresses for $60. Morning-
day pays an administrative
fee to the network and then
offers the goods to qualified
nonprofits at no charge or a
price similar to its own cost.
Would-be recipients are

first checked to ensure
they're genuine nonprofits
and then signed up as mem-
bers for free.
Each member gets an ini-
tial $250 credit to buy goods.
The warehouse now has more
than 70 members, some of
whom come weekly to check
out the latest deliveries,
Bales said.
"If I can help nonprofits
with these supplies, then
they can focus more on their
core mission," he said.
For many members, the
free or low-cost supplies are a
godsend, helping them accel-
erate building and furnish-
ing their charity projects.
"They've put our organi-
zation ahead financially by

years," said Jared Cashner,
co-founder of Sanctuary
House, a five-year-old group
in Wilton Manors that .pro-
vides a sober home and re-
habilitation services for gay
men to live free of drugs and
Morningday provided Sanc-
tuary House with windows,
flooring, doors, toilets, linens
and kitchen supplies, among
other goods, enabling the
home to expand faster. "We
would not be where we are
without them," Cashner said.
Yet operating Morningday
is a logistical and financial
challenge even for Bales, 45,
who worked in supply chain
management for Publix Su-

Despite loss, USPS sees a revenue increase

Black leader to head FHFA

continued from 6D

elected officials to recognize and
warn about the dangers of sub-
prime lending, offering legislation
to nip predatory lending in the bud
and tirelessly advocating for ways
to prevent needless home foreclo-
sures . The Senate should move
quickly to confirm him."
Created by the Housing and Eco-
nomic Recovery Act of 2008, the
FHFA oversees the nation's second-
ary mortgage markets: Twelve fed-
eral home loan banks, Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac. FHFA is also em-
powered to make policy, implement
rules and regularly report to Con-
gress. In 2010, the combined debt
and obligations of these 14 govern-
ment-sponsored enterprises totaled
$6.7 trillion.
On learning of Rep. Watt's nomi-
nation, North Carolina U.S. Senator
Richard Burr reached across the
chamber's partisan divide to offer
his hopes for confirmation saying,

"Having served with Mel, I know of
his commitment to sustainable fed-
eral housing programs and am con-
fident he will work hard to protect
taxpayers from future exposure to
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I look
forward to working with Rep. Watt
in his new role to find new ways
to facilitate more private sector in-
volvement in the housing and mort-
gage markets."
Another U.S. Senator and chair
of the chamber's banking commit-
tee, South Dakota's Sen. Tim John-
son, said, "Mel possesses the intel-
ligence, temperament and depth
of knowledge on housing finance
policy necessary to succeed as di-
For communities of color that
lost a trillion dollars in wealth dur-
ing the housing crisis, we share
an important stake in Rep. Watt's
nomination. It is an opportunity for
an accomplished Black to develop
consumer-focused policy and im-
plement rules to better serve all of
America's people.

Elderly's checks, targeted

continued from 6D

account to redirect the beneficia-
ry's direct deposit benefits to an
account controlled by the thief."
Smelewski knew something was
up when she recently received a
letter from the Social Security
Administration thanking her for
opening an online account.
"I can't see enough to use a
computer," she said, adding, "I

haven't a clue" how thieves stole
her identity to attempt the check
Social Security officials de-
clined to tell her what bank ac-
count or new address the thieves
used. "They wouldn't tell me any-
thing," Smelewski said.
Retirees should call or visit a lo-
cal Social Security office if they
receive a letter saying they have
opened a "my Social Security" ac-
count when they have not.

Graduates easily find jobs

conitnued from 6D

Brant Advisors and Accountants;
Daszkal Bolton; Deloitte; Ernst &
Young; Grant Thornton; McGladrey;
and PwC.
The 2013 class of accounting
scholars represent 10 countries and
already have passed 21 parts of the
CPA exam, Dunn said.
Richard Berkowitz, chief execu-
tive of Berkowitz Pollack Brant

in Miami, said the firm hires FAU
graduates because it finds the stu-
dents tend to have a "broader way of
thinking," which helps them to be
better consultants to their clients.
The accounting scholars program
is available on the Boca Raton and
Davie campuses in day or evening
For more information about the
program, contact Dunn at 561-297-
3636 or visithttp://www.soa.fau.

continued from 6D

for the agency in five
But postal officials
said the service's ex-
penses of $18.2 billion,
which included con-
tinuing debt, offset the
modest increase in rev-
enue. Joseph Corbett,
the Postal Service's
chief financial officer,
said it had nearly $50
billion in debt obliga-
Officials said the
Postal Service contin-
ues to lose $25 million
a day as it waits for
Congress to pass leg-
islation to overhaul the
postal system.
The Postal Service
has struggled as mail
volume has declined,
which it continued
to do in the second
quarter, to 38.8 billion
pieces, down from 39.4
billion for the same
period a year earlier,
according to agency fi-
nancial documents.
Revenue from first-
class mail, which pro-
vides the bulk of Postal
Service revenue, de-
clined $198 million, or
2.7 percent, from the
same period last year,
with a decrease in
volume of 713 million
pieces, or 4.1 percent.

There were a few
bright spots in the
gloomy report. Rev-
enue from advertising
mail increased $96
million, or 2.4 percent,
in the second quar-
ter compared with the
same period a year
earlier, on a volume
increase of 181 million
pieces, or one percent.
Revenue from pack-
age deliveries contin-
ued to grow, up $267
million, or 9.3 percent,
compared with the
same period last year.

Postal unions
praised the second-
quarter numbers, say-
ing the figures show
the continuing viabil-
ity of the Postal Ser-
"This positive trend
undermines the doom-
and-gloom scenarios
postal critics cite -
and it shows the folly
of reducing services
to Americans, as the
postmaster general
seeks to do," said Fred-
ric Rolando, president
of the National Asso-
ciation of Letter Car-
Postal officials said
they were able to curb
the losses by cutting
back the hours at
many "post offices, re-
ducing staff through
attrition and consoli-
dating about half of the
service's processing
plants. But the agency
said these actions were
not enough to reduce
its huge debt. *
Patrick R. Donahoe,
the postmaster gen-
eral, said Congress
should pass a postal
overhaul bill that will
give the service the
flexibility it needs.
"We need compre-
hensive legislation to
provide the Postal Ser-
vice with a workable
business model for
today's marketplace,"
Doiahoe said at a
morning briefing on
the service's finances
for its board of gover-

The Postal Service
said it continued to
suffer from a 2006
Congressional man-
date that requires it to
pay $5.5 billion annu-
ally into a health fund
for its future retirees.
The agency defaulted
on two payments last
year for the first time

and said it would not
be able to make pay-
ments into the fund
this year because of
its worsening finances.
The Postal Service and
postal worker unions
said Congress need-
ed to fix the require-
ment by lowering the
amount of the pay-
ments and stretching
out the length of time
needed to pay it.
The service also said
the continuing shift to
electronic communica-
tion, including online
bill paying and e-mail,
was affecting its bot-

tom line. To offset the
losses in this area.
postal officials have
asked Congress for the
authority to enter into
new lines of business,
like beer and wine de-
'livery, from which it is
currently prohibited.
The Senate passed a
postal overhaul last
year, but a House ver-
sion never made it out
of committee. Con-
gress has not set a
timetable for work on a
new bill.
Mickey D. Barnett,
chairman of the Postal
Service board of gover-

nors, said that in the
absence of Congres-
sional action the board
has asked agency of-
ficials to take several
steps to deal with the
continuing losses.
The changes include
renegotiating labor
agreements with post-
al worker unions, ad-
ministrative actions to
reduce costs and, as a
last resort, increasing
prices on post office
"We're looking at ev-
ery option to close our
widening budgetary
gap," Barnett said.

College presidents' salary

continued from 6D

been done before. It's one that Joe
Pickens, chairman of the com-
munity colleges' Council of Presi-
dents, called "validating," consid-
ering that after such an intensive
review, only a few relatively minor
problems were discovered.
In her report, Miguel recom-
mended that school leaders, to-

gether with. the state college
system, come up with a set of pa-
rameters for college trustees to use
to determine presidential compen-
Pickens, as well as Randy Han-
na, chancellor of the Florida Col-
lege System, said they support cre-
ating a more uniform method that
would also give the public a clearer
understanding of how salaries and
benefits are set.



PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW
CRA) is scheduled to take place on Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm, at The
Culmer Center, 1600 NW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33136.

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

(#19325) Clarence E. Woods Ill, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency



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Financial bureau calls for student loan solutions


debt stifling

economic activity

for those 18-34
By Elvina Nawaguna

The U.S. Consumer Finan-
cial Protection Bureau warned
recently that the economy will
soon feel the effects of surging
student loan debt unless steps

are taken to ease the burden
on existing borrowers.
The agency, charged with
protecting consumers from the
financial markets, reported its
findings at a public hearing in
Miami, Florida after analyzing
about 28,000 responses from
individuals, consumer groups
and other organizations to a
February query on the effects
of student loan debt.
U.S. student loan debt,
which now exceeds $1 trillion,
has come under focus as law-

makers and economists debate
its affect on the economy.
According to a CFPB analy-
sis, student debt affects
borrowers' credit and may
limit their ability to start small
businesses, save for retirement
or invest in new homes or cars.
Rural communities are
struggling to attract health-
care professionals and teach-
ers who take higher-paying
urban jobs that allow them to
pay off debt, the CFPB said.
"We hear from many who say

they just need to live with their
parents until they weather
the storm or tackle this debt,
which could lead to delayed
economic activity," Rohit Cho-
pra, the CFPB's student loan
ombudsman, told reporters.
Americans aged 18-to-34,
who decide to live with their
parents to cut expenses, ac-
count for about $100 billion in
withheld or delayed spending
that would be pumped into
the economy if they set up new
households, Chopra said.

Student loans are the only
kind of debt that continued
to rise through the financial
crisis, according to data from
the New York Federal Reserve
Bank. The average borrower
owes about $27,000.
Delinquency rates also have
spiked, as the lingering ef-
fects of the recession make it
difficult for recent graduates
to find jobs. About 6.7 million
borrowers out of 37 million
- are at least 90 days delin-
quent on loan payments, the

New York Fed said.
Recent discussions among
lawmakers in Washington
have focused on making
student loans, more affordable
for future borrowers. Fewer
solutions have been offered for
easing the burden of already
existing debts.
The agency called for refi-
nancing as a way to offer some
relief to existing borrowers and
allow them to take advantage
of historically low interest

High supply, low demand in law

continued from 7D

growth for the sake of
growth rules the day.
In discussing the
"bubble," Harper's pri-
mary target is the big
law firm. To address
the profession's cri-
sis, he calls for funda-
mental change, urging
firms to:
Revise the billable
hour system;
Reconsider wheth-
er big is better;
Reduce the lever-
age ratio;
Recruit law school
graduates thought-
Eliminate two-
tiered partnerships;
Adopt mandatory
retirement policies.

If law firms don't
take action, perhaps
market conditions may
help deflate the bubble.
Recently, there has
been a serious drop
in the number of law
school applications.
It's predicted that ap-
plications will be down
15 percent to 25 per-
cent nationwide this
year, according to the
LSAC. This year, only
four law schools have
seen an increase in ap-
plications. In contrast,
82 have seen a 30 per-
cent decline; 62 a drop
of at least 20 percent;
and 32 a decline of at
least 10 percent.
If the trend holds
through the final
months of this year's
admission cycle, law

schools would see a
38 percent drop since
their peak in 2010.
This is probably due
to the difficult job
market, rising student
loan debt and tuition
The author is not to-
tally pessimistic. He
does illustrate how
some big firms have
gotten it right, main-
taining a positive envi-
ronment for mentoring
and development of as-
The smart firms are
run as a true part-
nership and not as an
elite "equity partner
club," where the rich
can grow richer.
Harper offers sug-
gestions on dealing
with the crisis.


The waiting list for Princeton Manor Apartments, a HUD Section 202 Sup-
portive Housing for the Elderly project has closed, due to high volume of appli-
cants on the waiting list. The average wait is over two years. Therefore, lease
applications will not be given or received, until further notice, for this particular
project located at 33690 SW 187th, Florida City, Florida 33034.

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on May 23, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements for obtaining sealed bids approving the purchase of the Guardian
Safety and Survival System Simulator, Quinwald Enterprises d/b/a Personal
Protection Equipment Specialists, Inc., a Non-Local/Non-Minority' vendor, lo-
cated at 109 Liberty Lane, Lincoln University, PA, 19352; for a total contract
amount not to exceed $203,637.71 ,funds are allocated from UASI Account #
18-180026 -01.06.07- 1839 -Equipment -189000, for the Department of Fire-

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a product who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this item may contact Terry Byrnes,
City of Miami Department of Purchasing, at (305) 416-1917.

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

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

Todd B. Hannon '.
(#19322) City Clerk ..



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on May 23, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements of obtaining sealed bids for the sole source provision of extend-
ing the maintenance and support of the Automated Fingerprint Identification
System (AFIS) and Omnitrak Systems from MorphoTrak Inc. located at 1250 N.
Tustin Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a product who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this item may contact Yusbel Gon-
zalez, City of Miami Department of Purchasing, at (305) 416-1958.

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

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

Todd B. Hannon I177 !
(#19321) City Clerk


Pursuant to F.S. 98.075(7), notice is hereby given to the voters listed below. Please be advised that your eligibility to vote is in question based on information provided
by the State of Florida. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade County, Florida, no later than thirty days after the date of this Notice in
order to receive information regarding the basis for the potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve the matter. Failure to respond will result in a determination
of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If you have any questions pertaining to this
matter, please contact the Supervisor of Elections at 2700 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida or call 305 499-8363.
Conforme a F.S. 98.075(7), por el present se notifica a los electores enumerados a continuaci6n que seg6n informaci6n provista por el Estado de la Florida, se cuestiona
su eleglbilidad para votar. Usted debe comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado de Miami-Dade, Florida, dentro de los treinta dias, a mas tardar, desde
la fecha de este Aviso, con el fin de que se le informed sobre el fundamento de la possible falta de idoneidad y sobre el procedimiento para resolver el asunto. Si usted no
cumple con su obligacl6n de responder, se emitir5 una declaracl6n de falta de idoneidad, por parte del Supervisor de Elecciones, y su nombre se eliminarA del sistema
de inscripcldn de electores de todo el estado. SI tiene alguna duda acerca de este tema, por favor, comuniquese con el Supervisor de Elecciones, en 2700 NW 87th
Ayenue, Miami, Florida, o por telefono, al 305-499-8363.
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Addison JR, Thomas 1872 NW 60TIh St Flowers, Patrick A 1286 NW 79Th ST Apt 307
Agular, Xlomara 4315 SW 8Th St Fuentes Gil, Daymi 2501 NW 14Th St
Aguilar, Jose A 9798 SW 138Th Ave Fuentes, Giancarlo 1090W 56Th St
Alfonso II, Juvenal A 7165 NW 186Th St #A503 Fulton, Lamont W 5956 SW 68Th St
Almodovar, Linda J 1676 SW 14Th Ter Furlow, Antoinette M 1565 NW 121St St
Almonte, Olga 136W 7Th St Gamez, Noelvis 9874 SW 159Th PI
Altuve, Horace A 8830 SW 123Rd CtApt 1102 Garcia,Alexei 2287 SW 17Th Ave
Anacreon, Carl H 8825 NW 35Th Avenue Rd Garcia, Ariel 141 S Shore Dr Apt 1
Anuff, Jorge 11362 SW 68Th Ter Garcia, Ignacio M 6521 SW 4Th St
Armani, Yul 3981 194Th Ln Gardiner, Jasman C 6226 NW 2Nd P1 #81
Baggot, Andrew L 141 NE 174Th St Garza, Francisca 21599 SW 99Th Ct
Baldwin, James T 899 NW 213Th Ter # 15205 Gaskin, McArnold 3070 NW 186Th Ter
Bauer, Joy S 3530 Mystic Pointe Dr #614 Gilliam JR, Warren 6701 SW 62Nd Ct
Beharry, Matthew J 14155 SW 87Th St #E101 Glodek, Estelle M 3423 NW 14Th Ter
Bell, Donavan J 19390 Collins Ave Apt 1126 Goberna, Dora M 13420 SW 54Th St
Best, Kawan N 1732 NW 95Th St Gonzalez, Armando E 16137 SW 154Th Ct
Bien-Aime, Allen M 12810 Griffing Blvd Gonzalez, Femrnando A 13820 SW 175Th Ter
Booth, Joseph L 10950 SW 200Th St Apt 16 Gonzalez, Miguel 18610NW51StAve
Brown, Dwayne A 2520 NW 206Th St Gooch, Kristin M 7400 Harding Ave #19
Bustamente, Olga 6930 NW 186Th St Apt 203 Goosay, Gloria R 1815 Sunset Harbour Dr
Caballero JR, Jose L 17184 SW 138Th Ct Grace, Chauncey T 17942 NW 14th Ave
Cain, Janice L 2001 NW 62Nd St #101 Guerrier, Chancelor 12650 NE Miami PI
Campo, Carlos J 2740 W 62Nd St Apt 207 Gutierrez, Kenneth M 7321 W 29th Way
Carey, Carmichael G 3047 Center St Hadley, Dwayne M 3001 NW 67Th St
Casey, Lewey D 2906 NW 44Th St Hadley, Terrell H 600 NW 6Th St Apt 818
Castillo, Michael A 1570 NW 3Rd St Apt 4 Hall, Abdul S 29405 SW 155Th Ct
Ceballos, Leonardo 3800 Collins Ave Apt 701 Hall, Mark A 7810 NW 175Th St
Chaple SR, Alberto M 721 Curtiss Pkwy #4 Hanna, Harry A 928 NW 65Th St
Charlemagne, Michael 460 NW 82Nd Ter Harrington, Branden L 11461 SW 226Th Ter
CintronJuanA 2350 Palm Ave Apt 16 Hart IV, Arthur J 1251 NW171st St
Clements, Joseph C 10811 SW 224Th Ter Hartke, Yolanda A 905 Brickell Bay Dr #1823
Cobo, Esteban 340 NW 62Nd Ave Heck, Stephen R 755 Alton Rd Apt 3
Coleman, Gregory S 12405 NE 4Th Ave Apt 1 Hernandez, Jeffrey 10700 SW 68Th St
Coleman, Michael R 10421 SW 150ThTer Hemrnandez,Vanessa 3170 SW 8Th St # L 1101
Coleman, Wilbur 6703 NW 5Th Ct Herrera, Emilio A 10431 SW 20Th St
Copeland, Theartis D 1600 NW 4Th Ave #A166 ..Hightower, Cedric D 6131 NW 20Th Ave
Cotton, John P 6401 SW 126Th Street Rd Hill, Neriah A 1720 NW 131St St
Crawford, Lateshia L 2945 NW 46Th St #10 Iglesias, Andrea A 5850 Alton Rd
Cruz, Pablo E 3029 NW 4th St Insua, Jemmy 643W 77Th St
Cutler II, Micheal E 19701 NW 40Th Ave Ivey, Kara D 6377 SW 15Th St
Daniels, Latlef T 800 N Miami Ave APT 1006 Jackson, Disean 3071 NW 78th St
Dardy, James L 13260 NW 30Th Ave #6 Jackson, Kevin W 7725 SW 88Th St 123
Davis, Darius 0 17211 NW 47Th Ct James, Nathaniel 6728 NW 23Rd Ave
Davis, Joseph D 12831 SW 20Th St James, Travoris B 11804 SW 203Rd St
De Zayas, Ricardo 8711 SW 41St St Jean-Baptiste, Guilmicla 230 NE 160Th Ter
Delgado, Heriberto B 20108 NW 52Nd Ave #475 Johnson, Eboney E 18445 NW 88Th PI
Desume, Reginald U 7725 NW 193Rd Ter Johnson, Lurjean A 1881 NW 207Th St 181
Dopson, Charles 8371 NW 19Th Ave Jones Hibert, Calvin A 10820 SW 200Th Dr 341-S
Dupin, Michael 1374 NW 65Th Ter Jones JR, Albert 11256 SW 191St Ln
Engel,_Adam W 19685 SW 88Th Ct Jones, Darryl 1121 NW 75Th St
Ewing JR, James E 16225 SW 303Rd St Jones, Keith G 2122 NW 69th St
Farrow, Haywood 14899 NE 18Th Ave Apt 6 3H Jordan, Marta 2507 NW 16Th Street Rd #326
Feliciano, Manuel R 14451 SW 287Th St Jorge, Steven 902 NW 10 Oth Ct
Ferguson, Chester A 5428 NW 3Rd Ave Joseph, Clayton K 17665 NW 37Th Ct
Fernandez, Juan A 6619 SW 116Th PI #D Joseph, StephanIe 2201 NW 196Th Ter
Fernandez, Rangel 2000 Bay Dr Apt #208 Kemp, Tyree T 330 NW 117Th St
Fields, Richard G 601 NW 3Rd Ave #C2 Khazzouh, Jad A 10636 SW 123Rd Pl
Figueredo, Alejandro 10400 SW 146Th Ave Laguerre, Roberta 860 NE 140th ST
Figueroa, Miguel A 601 NW 3Rd AVE #1-21 Lanier SR, Rufus T 5050 NW 5Th Ave
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
Sipevize Eleksyon, Konte Miamni-Dade

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Low wage jobs sees increase

continued from 7D

As Pinney's experi-
ence shows, low-wage
jobs have not been
growing especially
quickly in this recov-
ery; they account for
such a big share of job
growth mostly because
midwage job growth
has been so slow.
Over the last few
decades, the number
of midwage, midskill
jobs has stagnated or
declined as employers
chose to automate rou-
-tine tasks or to move
them offshore.
Job growth has been
concentrated in posi-
tions that tend to fall
into two categories:
manual work that
must be done in per-
son, like styling hair
or serving food, which
usually pays relatively
little; and more cre-
ative, design-oriented

work like engineering
or surgery, which often
pays quite well.
Since 2001, employ-
ment has grown 8.7
percent in lower-wage
occupations and 6.6
percent in high-wage
ones. Over that period,
midwage occupation
employment has fallen
by 7.3 percent.
This "polarization" of
skills and wages has
been documented me-
ticulously by David H.
Autor, an economics
professor at the Mas-
sachusetts Institute of
Technology. A recent
study found that this
polarization accelerat-
ed in the last three re-
cessions, particularly
the last one, as finan-
cial pressures forced
companies to reorga-
nize more quickly.
"This is not, just a
nice, smooth process,"
said Henry E. Siu, an
economics professor at

the University of Brit-
ish Columbia, who
helped write the recent
study about polariza-
tion and the business
cycle. "A lot of these
jobs were suddenly
wiped out during re-
cession and are not
coming back."
On top of private
sector revamps, state
and local govern-
ments have been shed-
ding workers in recent
years. Those jobs lost
in the public sector
have been primarily in
mid and higher-wage
positions, according to
Ms. Bernhardt's anal-
"Whenever you look
at data like these,
there is this tendency
to get overwhelmed,
that there are these
inevitable, big macro
forces causing this po-
larization and we can't
do anything about

Real estate growth in S. FL

continued from 7D

Nevada in March.
More than 24,600
Florida homes were in
the foreclosure pro-
cess last month, down
slightly from a year
earlier, according to
It takes an average
of 893 days to com-
plete a foreclosure in
Florida, the third-lon-
gest time frame in the

nation after New York
(1,089 days) and New
Jersey (1002), Realty-
Trac said.
Florida lawmakers
have passed a bill that
would speed up fore-
closures, forcing ho-
meowners to respond
more quickly to filings
and giving homeown-
er's associations more
power in the process.
Gov. Rick Scott still
must review the legis-
lation, which also re-

quires lenders to prove
they have the right to
foreclose before they
file a case and reduc-
es the amount of time
banks can recover a
mortgage deficiency
from five years to one.
"There is so much
in the bill to like,"
said Donna DiMag-
gio Berger, -a Fort
Lauderdale lawyer for
homeowner's associa-
tions. "Our fingers are



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on May 23, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements for obtaining competitive sealed bids, approving the purchase of
Motorola MC75A Semi-Rugged Pocket Computers with EMTrak Mobile Soft-
ware, from Intermedix EMSystems, a Non-Local vendor, located at 135 South
84th Street, Suite #150, Milwaukee, WI, 53214; for a total purchase amount not
to exceed $252,335.00, with funds allocated from UASI Grant Year 2010, Ac-
count # 18-180026 01.06.07-1839 Equipment- 189000, for the Department
of Fire-Rescue.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a product who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this item may contact Yusbel Gon-
zalez, City of Miami Department of Purchasing, at (305) 416-1958.

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

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

Todd B. Hannon
City Clerk



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on May 23rd, 2013 at
9:00 AM to consider the award of contracts to the non-profit organization listed
below through pass-through funds from Citi Foundation to implement a financial
literacy program citywide "Financial Empowering Coaching" program which
is designed to provide financial literacy and one-on-one financial coaching to
200 individuals; and to consider the City Manager's recommendations and find-
ing that competitive negotiation methods are not practicable or advantageous
regarding these issues:
"Financial Empowerment Coaching" program Operation Hope, Inc.
Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to William Porro, Spe-
cial Projects Administrator, City of Miami Office of Grants Administration,
at (305) 416-2181.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-85 (A) of the Code of
the City of Miami, Florida as amended (the "Code"). The recommendations and
findings to be considered in this matter are set forth in the proposed resolution
and in Code Section 18-85 (A), which are deemed to be incorporated by refer-
ence herein and are available as with the regularly scheduled City Commission
meeting of May 23rd, 2013 at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami,
All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which an appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).
In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the Of-
fice of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Todd B. Hannon
(#19320) City Clerk

Florida passes record budget

By Bill Cotterell

Florida legislators, follow-
ing a trend among states
bouncing back from the na-
tional recession, adopted a
record $74.5 billion spend-
ing plan last Friday and ad-
journed their 2013 lawmak-
ing session.
"While it's true that our
spending did go up, we have
held $2.8 billion in reserve,
we paid back a $300 mil-
lion loan and we are spend-
ing $500 million for our state
pension plan," Republican
Joe Negron, told the Senate
moments before the unani-

mous vote approving the plan.
Florida's budget for the
fiscal year starting July 1
will be more than $4 bil-
lion higher than the current
year's spending. Republican
Governor Rick Scott, who
cut spending in each of his
first two legislative sessions,
recommended increases this
year because for the first time
since 2008 state economists
forecast increased tax collec-
Scott insisted on pump-
ing more than $1 billion into
education and sought $2,500
across-the-board pay raises
for school teachers. The Leg-

islature added $300 million,
putting back a cut at the uni-
versity level made last year,
and came up with a plan that
ties teacher pay raises to per-
formance $2,500 for those
rated as effective and $3,500
for teachers evaluated as
highly effective.
Amy Baker, coordinator of
the state Revenue Estimating
Conference, said general rev-
enue collations are projected
to increase by $1.1 billion,
or 4.5 percent, in the coming
She said 81.1 percent of
that comes from the state's
six percent sales tax, with

of $74.5B
another 18.8 percent of the
increase in revenue from the
stamp tax on real estate ac-
tivities, and other sources.
Baker said the balance
brought forward next sum-
mer also will be up by $1.2
billion from last year. Cou-
pled with normal growth
through population growth
and employment gains brings
the total new revenue to $3.5
Standards & Poor's Rating
Service reported this week
that state governments across
the nation are showing unex-
pectedly strong gains from
both income and sales taxes.

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Leon, Maggie 1555 W 44Th PI Apt 238 Rodriguez, Nieves A 8358 Dundee Ter
Lewis, Brian D 525 NW 118Th St Romero, Rodolfo A 17001 NW 47Th Ave
Lopez Khan, Abdul H 14765 Coolidge Ln Ruelas, Jesus A 1342 Sandpiper Blvd
Lopez, Alejandro M 1948 Marseille DR Apt 5 Saavedra, Edward 2031 NE 173Rd St
Lopez, Miguel 19710 SW 117Th Ave Sainterling, Kerby F 13800 NE 6Th Ave Apt 16
Lozano, MIchelle 18900 NW 48Th PI Salmeron, Mirna 6411 SW 57Th PI
Lumpkln, Kenneth 449 SW 5th St Sanchez, Maria 8333 Harding Ave
Malon, Kevin D 510 NW 17Th St #4C Santana, Josephine 13186 SW 9Th Ter
Manriquez, Sergio 16214 SW 305Th St Santos, Angelo J 9233 SW 204Th Ter
Marrero JR, Rafael 1543 SE 31St Ct Santos, Daisy L 9877 SW 161St PI
Martin, Tracy N 1670 NW 4Th Ave APT 12-H Schlicht, Joshua J 1750 N Bayshore Dr Apt 3008
Martinez, Osiris 3920 SW 87Th PI1 Schwartz, Michael J 13730 NW 6Th Ct
Matute, Alvaro D 13712 SW 51St Ter Scott, Shawn D 511 NW 35Th St
May, Alvis M 10363 SW 88th St #C4 Seals, Leonardo 15125 NW 18Th Ave
Mc Cutchen, Curtis L 18662 NW 27Th Ave apt 212 Seamon, Ernest P 4020 NW 12Th Ave
McCloud, Ashley M 2740 NW 47Th St Selva, Delwin P 6530 W 24Th Ct #13
McCloud, Willie T 1700 NW 88Th St Serrano, Joel V 15630 SW 103Rd PI
McCray, Terrance J 22255 SW 109Th Ct Shropshire, Flemmie J 954 W Davis Pkwy Apt 60
Medina, Moises T 2544 SW 25Th St Simm, Eric C 13700 SW 105Th St
Melendez, Peter A 13850 NW 41St St Apt 10D3 Singelton, Jimmie R 1370 NW 116Th Ter
Mendez, Andres 4424 NW 93Rd Doral Ct Smith JR, Alphonso 3883 Charles Ter
Mendez, Andy 15501 Miami Lakeway N Apt 202 Smith, Angienett M 6820 NW 17TnA ;-r&pt 9
Mitchell, Keith H 8213 NE 1St Ave Smith, Edward J 4601 NW 183Rd St Apt F-6
Mobley, Roderick E 658 NW 10Th St Smith, Maria E1 1170 NW 56Th St
Modeste, Carolyn A 345 NE 90Th St Smith, Quinton D 6475 NW 6Th Ave #8
Montina, Jean J 550 NE 132Nd Ter Smith, Rasheed N 20151 NW 59Th Ct
Moore, Tina M 1293 NE 109Th St Snell, Genika N 1161 NW 7Th Ct
Morgan, Maurice E 20001 SW 110OTh CtApt 155 Solano, Omar 3343 NW 35Th St
Morgan, Michael 17255 SW 95Th Ave # 1135 Sparks, Leonard D 233 NW 20Th Ter Apt 216
Moss, Geoffrey R 920 NW 179Th Ter Starks, Charles L 3061 NW 51St St
Mouscady, Varkendy 1615 Michigan Ave Steele, Brittany L 8045 NW 7Th St 311
Muino, Marta 1020 SW 142Nd Ave Streeter, Samuel 18811 NW 11Th Rd
Mulet, Rick 411 NW 143Rd St Taylor, Tony D 165 NW 193Rd St
Mustelier, Juan 3800 NW 183Rd St apt #105 Thames, Ruben 7838 NW 171St St
Nealy, Johnny 14001 Jefferson St Thiena, Jeffrey 7820 NW 4Th Ave
Noble, Elissa L 825 NW 70Th St Apt 8 Thoen, John E 9205 SW 149Th St
O'Brien, David 51 SW 11Th St Apt 1533 Torres, Aguedo M 216 NW 71StAve
Ochoa, Johnny 2114 Biarritz Dr Apt 1 Torres, Maria T 3001 SW 2Nd St #102C
Oliva, Juan 2077 NW 23Rd St Townsend, Larica L 6400 NW 15Th Ave
Orengo Sepulveda, Kary 1616 NW 19Th Ter Apt 208 Trelles, Modesto R 1470 NE 123Rd St Apt 414
Pace, Waymond K 5600 NW 7Th Ct Apt 8 Turnbull, Audrey R 3040 NW 134Th St #4
Pacelli, Mark A 380 W 53Rd St Upshur, Prince A 13950 NE 13Th Ave
Pacheco, Manuel G 8933 SW 123Rd Ct #103 Valdes JR, Abad 20430 SW 114Th Ct
Padron, Blanca Z 15603 SW 276Th St Valdes, Alyandra H 15645 SW 109Th Ct
Panlagua, Reynaldo D 2145 NE 170Th St 4 Vasquez, Steven 90 NE 158Th St
Pardillo, Blanca E 1832 SW 124Th PI Vazquez, Raul 235 E 36Th St
Paredes, Yeffrey 750 NW 101St St Apt 3 Vega, Kirlan 4945 SW 94Th Ave
Parra, Scott 800 N Miami Ave Apt 1006 Velazquez JR, William L 1920 NW 187Th St
Patterson, Stephen H 1250 NW 62Nd St #8 Viel, Lafayette 1214 NW 64Th St
Pena, Juan C 10001 W Flagler St #A127 Viera JR, Gerardo 14751 SW 150Th St
Pena, Yuderkis 2631 SW 63Rd Ave Walker, Mark R 6531 NW 38Th Ter #4
Perez, Hector L 2735 W 62Nd St Apt 107 Ward, Flix J 2501 NW 58Th St #D
Perry, Eldred A 1226 NW 65Th St Ward, Lydia AM 1825 NE 198Th Ter
Phillips, Eric B 3491 NW 211Th St Washington, Terdarus Z 1271 NW 53Rd St
Pickett, Christine G 1555 NE 152Nd Ter Watson, Tavaris L 2254 NW 170Th Ter
Pierre, Angle 546 NE 65Th St Wedderburn, Kemorine M 2743 NW 60Th St
Pimentel, Ramon A 21003 SW 124Th Avenue Rd Weisberg, Terin H300 Bayvlew Dr #712
Pimentel, Ronald J 1020 N Krome Ave Wheeler JR, Larry 1314 NW 83Rd St
Pino, Gilbert 3420 Hibiscus St Apt 2 Whitehead, Bryan D 10820 SW 200Th Dr #476
Pitts, Brian 6301 NW 12Th Ave Apt 4 Wilcher, Patricia A 2974 NW 48Th St
Plasencia, Sergio 2550 NW 35Th St Wilcox, Harry 2020 NW 1St Ave
Posgay, William F 19660 NE 11iTh PI Wilkes, Michael 7520 NW 8th Ave
Proy, Kathryn F 10420 SW 216Th StApt 110 Wiiiii,-,, Joseph K 2623 SE 14Th Ave
Quinones, Daniel 6900 Bay Dr #3K Williams, Kern L 13128 Port Said Rd Apt 279
Reyes, Cesar A 2800 NW 152nd Ter Williams, MarthaW 2331 NW 92Nd St
Rice, Linda T 1101 NW 140Th Ter Williams, Maurice L 10225 SW 175Th St
Rigaud, MacAlyne S 1333 NE 144Th St Williams. Robert B 1269 NE 11OTh Ter
Rivera JR, Jesus A 11386 SW 230th Ter Williams, Trina 13252 SW 201st Ter
Roa, Gustavo E 10099 NW 126th Ter Williamson, Isaac 6005 NE 2Nd Ave
Roberts, Arimis 11445 SW 226Th St Wilson, James A 26201 SW 122Nd Ct
Rodriguez JR, Juan A 900 Euclid Ave Apt 19 Ycart, Alson 12305 NW 5Th Ave
Rodrlguez, Alberto J 11531 Louis St Zeller, Barbara A 601 NW 3Rd Ave # A8

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Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisora de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade

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Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Two bdrms, one bath. $750.
Stove and refrigerator.

1186 NW 103 Street
Two bedrooms, Section 8 Ok.
$850 monthly, plus deposit.
Call Joe, 786-267-2867.
1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one
bath, $450. Stove and
refrigerator. 305-642-7080

1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Stove, refrigerator,
free water. 305-642-7080

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

1240 NE 200 Street
One bedroom rear apt.,
first, last month's and $400
deposit. $800 a month. All
utilities and cable included.
Sylvia, 786-447-6673.
1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $395

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$425, two bedrooms, one
bath. $550. 305-642-7080

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

167 NE 59 St-Unit #3
Three bdrms, one bath,
$1100. Section 8 welcome.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #5
One bedroom, one bath,
$750. Section 8 welcome.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

1801 NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $550
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

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

2945 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Call Mr. Perez,
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080


Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280 or

One Month Free Rent
42 NW 166 Street
New four bedrooms, two
baths townhouse. $1500.
1120 Sesame Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650 monthly. 786-252-4657


18360 NW 44 Place
Two bdrms, two baths. First,
last to move in. No section 8.

1167 NW 65 Street
Newly remodeled two
bedrooms, one bath. Water
included. 305-926-0205
1816 NW 93 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
1841 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath,
central air, appliances, water
included. Available to move in
today call Mr. Smith
2185 NW 57 Street
Large one bedroom, stove,
- refrigerator, air conditioning,
$650 a month, $1,950 to
move in, Mike 305-232-3700
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bdrms, two baths,
central air, $940 monthly,
two bdrms, one bath, air
$685 mthly, one bdrm, air,
$525 mthly. 786-877-5358
2464 NW 44th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $885 mthly.
364 NW 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750. Stove and refrigerator.

40 NE 64 Street
$750 monthly, includes
water. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
5526 NW 4 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air. Section 8 OK! $750
monthly. 786-953-8935
5619 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. Free water,
all appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, call Joel

6621-23 NW 26 Avenue
Extra large three bedrooms,
two baths. Washroom. $1400
monthly. Section 8 Welcome.
7822 NE1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850. Appliances, free

911 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $950
mthly. utilities free.
Remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, Section 8 Ok, $1,000
mthly, Call 305-216-2724
1120 Sesame Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $900
mthly. 786-252-4657
Three bedrooms, two full
baths, large backyard, two
car parking, central air,
washer and dryer, appliances
included. Tiled living and
dining room. Section 8

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security cameras, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
5422 NW 7 Court
$600 includes electric and
water. No Section 8. Call
5901-03 NW 30 Ave
Water included 786-356-
$550 mthly, $200 security,
One Person. Free Utilities
Appliances and utilities
included. 786-426-6263

Furnished Rooms

143 and 7 Avenue
Private entrance, extras.
$110 wkly. Call 305-687-
6930 or
786-306 0308
1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped
accessible. Free cable. $400
monthly. 786-366-5930 Dee
or 305-305-0597 Big E.
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
4744 NW 15 Court
Clean room, $350 monthly.
567 NW 94 Street
Nice area, cable, air,
renovated, big yard. $450
monthly. For Seniors. 786-
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Nicely furnished room with
private entrance.
Free cable, air and cooking.
Call 941-467-6200
Northside Area
Senior female with benefits,
utilities, TV included, with
ramp, on bus line and metro
rail. $550 mthly.
Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
week. 786-426-6263.
In walking distance of
137 St. and N.W. 27
Private entrance. Call 786-
277-6821 or 786-380-7967
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $500 monthly.

I Houses

10360 SW 173rd Terrace
Four bdrms, one bath,
$1495. Appliances, central
1121 NW 142 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300. No
Section 8. Broker Terry
12920 NW 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars,
spacious yard, ceiling fans,
stove, refrigerator, asking
$1100, first, last and security.
Call 786-312-0882
1344 NW 68 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
305-298-0388, 305-693-1017
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
Remodeled bathroom and
kitchen. $1,295 mthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646.
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1,200 mthly. No section 8.
2325 N.W. 89 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1200 monthly, $2900 to
move in. 305-685-9402 or
2343 NW 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

2561 NW 14 Court
Ft. Lauderdale
Four bedrooms, two baths,
fenced yard, central air and
garage. $1,400 monthly,
Section 8 Ok. 305-926-2839.
29 NW 151 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
$1400 mthly. No Section 8.
3420 NW 96 Street
Updated four bdrms., two
baths, central air, tile, $1525
mthly. 305-662-5505.
345 NW 187 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1250, A Berger Realty, Inc.,
69 Street NW 6 Ave
Three bdrms, one bath.
7604 NW 17 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome. $1400
monthly. 305-926-0205
863 NW 139 Street
Four bdrms., two and
half baths. $1750 mthly.
$3500 move in. Complete
renovation. Call Michael
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
welcome! Others available.
Refurbished, two brdms.,

one bath, FL room, central
air, fenced, tiled, bars, $1050
mthy. Call 305-895-8651

Three bdrms, one bath.
$1000 monthly. First and last
to move in. 954-298-7687
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591

2135 NW 63 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, remodeled, $1900 down
and $455 monthly P&l with
good credit. NDI Realtors,
225 NW 103 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
remodeled. Try $5900 down
and $899 monthly P&l with
good credit. NDI Realtors
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32 years of experience, all
types of roofs. Call Thomas:
786-499-8708 or 786-347-
3225. Lic#CCC056999
45 Years Experience!
Shingles, roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515
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Be Your Own Boss
Distributors needed, great
compensation plan. Call
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Job Search and Resume !
Work at home, all for $15.

Now Hiring
Get paid $400 to $500
weekly, earn company stock,
pension plan and bonuses.
Call Wilhelmina at 786-277-
MBA plus six months exp.
on job or as an Analyst, in
i lieu of Master's will accept
SBachelor in Intl Business
plus 5 yrs. program
experience in the field of
Research plus Analysis.
Please send resume to:
JIVI CORP., 19635 N.W. 57
SAve,, Opa Locka, FL 33055.

MBA plus six months
exp. on job, in lieu of
Master's will accept BS in
Business. Adm. plus five
yrs. prog. exp. in research
and analysis. Please send
resume to: RECA TRADING
LLC, 7875 N.W. 12 St., Ste.
108, Miami, FL 33126.

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 3 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

We are seeking a driver to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 4 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Care for bedridden
Alzheimer's patient. Call for
full job description, between
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. only:

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Train to become a
Microsoft Office
No Experience Needed!
Local career training
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Training Program!
Learn to become a
Medical Office Assistant!
No Experience Needed!
Local Job Training and
Placement available!

Ace Appliance and
AC Repair
Reliable service with prices
that can not be beat. Call us
at 786-245-7280
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565
Handyman Special
Carpet cleaning, plumbing,
lawn service. 305-801-5690
Reddick Lawn Service
Landscaping, tree and lawn
service. You have tried the
rest now try the best for a
reasonable price. Call



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Miami-Dade County Government, through the Homeless Trust, is requesting proposals from
qualified entities to provide Public Relations services. The proposer will assist the Homeless Trust
in .r-,piniFntirir a public relations campaign and communications plan to advance the work of the
Homeless Trust. The goal of this plan is to educate and inform the community and key stakeholders
about current available resources to assist the homeless, the Miami-Dade County Community
Homeless Plan, and the work of the Mianii [.iii County Homeless Trust.
The County will evaluate all proposals to determine the best qualified service providers) to perform
the outlined scope of services. Interested parties may pick-up a copy of the Request for Proposals
(RFP) beginning May 22, 2013 at the following address:
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 N.W. 1st Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
10 a.m. -5p.m.
The due date for submission of applications is 12 noon on June 10,2013 at the Clerk of the
Board of County Commissioners on the 17th Floor, Room 17-202 of the Stephen P. Clark Center,
Miami, Florida. A Pre-Proposal Workshop will be held on Friday, May 24,2013 at 4 p.m,, 111
N.W. 1st Street, 27th Floor, Homeless Trust Conference Room, Miami, FL, 33128.
Attendance at the Pre-Proposal Workshop is strongly recommended. In order to maintain a fair
and impartial competitive process, the County can only answer questions at the Pre-Proposal
Workshop and must avoid private communication with prospective service providers during the
application preparation and evaluation period. Miami-Dade County is not liable for any cost
incurred by the applicant in responding to the RFP, and it reserves the right to modify or amend the
application deadline schedule if it is deemed necessary or in the interest of Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade County provides equal access and opportunity in employment and services and does
not discriminate on the basis of handicap. The contact person for purposes of this RFP is Hilda M.
Fernandez, (305) 375-1490.


Miami-Dade County Government, through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, is requesting
proposals from qualified entities to provide Technical Assistance to the County in tile areas of
Ilomeless housing and supportive services in the npmniilai,.ni of the Miami-Dade County
Homeless Plan.
The County will evaluate all proposals to determine the best qualified service providers) to
perform the outlined scope of services. Interested parties may pick-up a copy of the Requestfor
Proposals (RFP) beginning May 22, 2013 at the ',ll viing address:
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 N.W. 1 st Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-1490
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The due date for submission of applications is 12 noon on June 10,2013 at eIn Clerk of the
Board of County Commissioners on the 17th Floor, Room 17-202 of the Stephen P. Clark Center,
Miami, Florida. A Pre-Proposal Workshop will be held on Friday, May 24,2013 at 2:30 p.m.,
111 N.W. 1st Street, 27th Floor, Homeless Trust Conference Room, Miami, FL, 33128.
Attendance at the Pre-Proposal Workshop Is strongly recommended. In order to maintain a fair
and impartial competitive process, the County can only answer questions at the Pre-Proposal
Workshop and must avoid private communication with prospective service providers during the
application prepji ition and evaluation period. Miami-Dade County is not liable for any cost
incurred by the applicant in responding to thle RFP, and it reserves the right to modify or amend
the application deadline schedule if it is deemed necessary or in the interest of Miami-Dade
County and the office of Public Housing and community Development.. Miami-Dade County
provides equal access and opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate
on the basis of handicap. Thle contact person for purposes of tis RFP is Hilda M. Fernandez,
(305) 375-1490.

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Miami Heat pose stiffer test for Pacers' strengths

By Beckley Mason

In six games against the
Knicks, the Indiana Pacers'
defense snuffed out drives and
smothered the 3-point line.
Anchored by Roy Hibbert, their
mammoth center, the Pacers
laid claim to the all-important
area surrounding the basket
and would not be moved, hold-
ing the Knicks to 46.3 percent
shooting in close.
All the while, the Pacers con-
sistently smashed the Knicks
on the boards, outrebounding
them by 42 in the series and
outscoring them by 40 points
in the lane. Even more poison-
ous to the Knicks' chances,
the Pacers' long arms and dis-
ciplined approach harried the
Knicks on the perimeter, de-
pressing not only their accu-
racy from the 3-point line, but
their attempts as well.
Is such a bruising defensive
performance the blueprint for
upsetting the Miami Heat in
the Eastern Conference finals?
The Pacers hold a 2-1 advan-

tage in their season series, and
it was the Heat's president,
Pat Riley, who told his Show-
time Lakers, "No rebounds, no
Many believe Indiana's
steadfast adherence to the
power game is exactly the way
to break the Heat's stride and
force them out of their most ef-
fective lineups, which feature
the four-time most valuable
player LeBron James at power
Though strong defensively,
the Heat are actually a rela-
tively poor rebounding team.
But studies by ESPN's Tom
Haberstroh suggest that re-
bounding is less vital to the
Heat's success than creating
turnovers, especially those
that lead to fast breaks for
James and Dwyane Wade.
In this respect, the Pacers
could be in trouble. Only four
teams turned the ball over
more than they did this sea-
son, and the Knicks' scram-
bling defense gave them par-
ticular trouble. Imagine what


havoc the precision and feroc-
ity of the Heat's traps could
wreak on the Pacers' offense.
That is the crux of the se-
ries: Can the Pacers score
enough in each game to keep
pace with the Heat's inevitable
barrage of 3-pointers and fast-
break baskets?
Just jamming the ball inside
to Hibbert and David West
won't be enough. Unlike the

Knicks, who double-teamed in
the post and then somewhat
'haphazardly rotated defend-
ers around the perimeter to
cover open shooters, the Heat
have one of the smartest and
most practiced defenses in the
N.B.A. They can rip an offense
to shreds, instantly altering
the game.
What's more, the Pacers ap-
pear able to invent new and

grotesque ways to give the ball
away, especially when passing
into the post. It does not mat-
ter how much bigger West is
than Heat forward Shane Bat-
tier if the Pacers' wings can-
not get him the ball.
One factor in Indiana's fa-
vor is the recent play of Wade.
In the postseason, Wade, who
is dealing with injuries to his
knees, has scored at barely
more than half his career av-
erage in the playoffs. He has
played as if suddenly bur-
dened by 25 extra pounds.
Sapped of his agility and ex-
plosiveness, he is no longer
the devastating counter to
defenses that load up against
But Wade's lack of produc-
tion has applied only a slight
drag on the Heat's offense, be-
cause its engine is still James.
For all James's physical gifts,
what really sets him apart is
his brain. No one interprets
and responds better to the
waves of data that complex
modern defenses send to an

elite scorer. And once James
unlocks the pattern of the de-
fense, he'll do it over and over.
Still, these Pacers are a bet-
ter team than the one that
pushed the Heat, who were
without Chris Bosh, to six
games last season in the East-
ern' semifinals. Bosh's pres-
ence only complicates things
for the Pacers because he can
guard Hibbert and make shots
all the way out to the 3-point
line. It will be harder than
ever for Hibbert to set up shop
under the rim. But the Pacers'
defense, and the individual
excellence of Paul George on
that end, will still give James
more trouble than almost any
other team.
As with every matchup be-
tween two teams that know
each other so well, it will be
a hard-fought and probably a
meanspirited series. The Heat
will have plenty to handle, but
the disparity in elite talent
and the Pacers' immaturity
on offense suggest that han-
dle it they will.

Miami's stadium problems cloud bid to host Super Bowl

By Judy Battista

Perhaps the most
telling handicapping
of the contest to host
the 50th Super Bowl
came in a grammati-
cal slip from one of
the bidders less than
two weeks ago.
When Rodney
Barreto, the South
Florida businessman
leading that area's
bid, was presenting
details of the Miami
area's proposal to
reporters, he spoke of
an interactive cell-
phone game visitors
"would have played."
Then, in reference to
Super Bowl Park, an
area in downtown Mi-
ami that would be set
aside for festivities, he
noted that "this would
have been the main
Another local offi-
cial quickly reminded
Barreto to adjust to
the future tense, but
Barreto's conjugation
may have uninten-
tionally given the pic-
ture of what Miami's
Super Bowl future
will look like when


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Rodney Barreto, second from left, the chairman of the South
Florida Super Bowl bid committee, was joined by the former Dol-
phins Bob Griese, left, Dan Marino and Jason Taylor.

the N.F.L.'s owners
vote on Tuesday to
award the 50th and
51st Super Bowls a
future with not much
to talk about.
Miami and San
Francisco are the
finalists for the 50th
Super Bowl,"to be
played in 2016. The
loser will compete
against Houston for
the 51st. San Fran-
cisco and Houston

are considered the
favorites. But Miami
- until a few weeks
ago the favorite to
land the 50th game
- will loom over the
vote, wondering if it
is in danger of join-
ing San Diego as a
favored sun-drenched
Super Bowl site
handicapped by its
"I think all of us
want to play the game

The incomparable Jordan?

So Phil Jackson has a new
book coming out and of course
the best way to hype it's release
was to leak some juicy stuff
about the two best players he
ever coached: Michael Jordan
and Kobe Bryant. Jackson has
long been reluctant to compare
the two but he finally did and
masterfully achieved his goal
of creating a major buzz sur-
rounding his book's release. In
Jackson's book entitled "Eleven
Rings: The Soul Of Success:"
"One of the biggest differenc-
es between the two stars from
my perspective was Michael's
superior skills as a leader,"
he wrote. "Though at times
he could be hard on his team-
mates, Michael was masterful
at controlling the emotional
climate of the team with the
power of his presence. Kobe
had a long way to go before
he could make that claim. He
talked a good game, but he'd
yet to experience the cold truth
of leadership in' his bones, as
Michael had."
These comments set off a
celebration of "Told You So's"
from Jordan worshippers all
over the country. It was their
long sought validation that

Jordan was king, the great-
est, some sort of basketball
messiah and Kobe wasn't any
of those things. It's not that
Jackson was wrong about any-
thing but Jordan worshippers
(because that's what they do,
worship) used his words on ev-
. ery talk show or blog in the na-
tion to prove that Jordan was
God and Kobe was a wannabe
fraud. Nothing could be fur-
ther from the truth. Jordan is
widely regarded as the greatest
basketball player ever, I do not
dispute that. However Jordan
worshippers get offended when
people have the audacity to
compare Kobe Bryant or any-
body else as being in the same
class as MJ. 'Sorry folks, it is
okay to compare the two. Kobe
is the best we have seen since
MJ, where is the shame in
that? Jordan is still benefiting
from the greatest ad campaign
in the history of sports which
has elevated him to mythical
status. So much so, that even
the best sports minds in the
world have been sucked in. We
all wanted to "Be Like Mike,"
remember? Even a young Kobe
Bryant who it appears has imi-
tated Jordan's mannerisms.So

in a venue that meets
the standards of the
Gamee" said the Hous-
ton Texans owner Bob
McNair, whose city's
bid probably received
the biggest boost
from Miami's stadium
woes. "This is our
championship game.
The last thing we
want to do is present
our game in a less-
than-first-class facil-
ity. I'm not suggesting

what? Can Kobe imitate Jor-
dan's game? No he can not. He
either has it or he doesn't. Bry-
ant is in this discussion based
I on his own talent and nothing
else, he is an all time great and
that cannot be denied. Com-
parable to Jordan? Hell to the
Syeah. Most folks simply do not
want to accept that because
there is this need to separate
Jordan from every one else. So
they try and discredit Kobe for
playing with Shaq, the most
dominant center perhaps ever,
and further insist that had
Jordan been with the Lakers
instead of Bryant then, Shaq
would have been relegated to
number two status on the team
which in itself is laughable. The
most dominant center of all
time would not have dominated
the ball despite being young,
athletic and 7 foot 2 and 300
pounds because he would have
to be the second option to 6 ft.
6 in. Michael Jordan right? Um
. okay, after all he is Michael
You want the truth? This is
the truth. The fact that this
is a discussion and that Phil
found it necessary to com-
pare the two can only serve to
validate how great Kobe Bry-
ant truly has been. Remember
all the next Michael Jordan's:
Grant Hill, Vince Carter, Tracy
McGrady, Harold Miner? Okay
just kidding with that one, but
only Kobe has put together a
resume that is at least com-
parable to his "Royal Airness,"
and it's okay.

Miami is less than
first class. We want to
make sure wherever
we play is first class."
The 50th Super
Bowl, expected to be a
celebration of a mile-
stone of an already
over-the-top event,
has become some-
thing of a mirror held
up to the league's
trouble spots. Several
years ago, officials
hoped that the game
could be played in Los
Angeles, which hosted
the first Super Bowl,
at Memorial Coli-
seum. But Los Ange-
les, without an N.F.L.
team since the 1994
season, does not have
a suitable stadium for
a game to be played
in 2016, and no reso-
lution is in sight.
South Florida,
which has hosted
10 Super Bowls and
remains one of the
league's preferred

destinations, quickly
emerged as the favor-
ite. Part of its appeal
is its legacy as a be-
loved host city, where
Joe Namath made
good on his brash title
guarantee and Peyton
Manning won his sole
But that favorite's
status was largely
contingent on im-
provements by the
Dolphins to Sun Life
Stadium, opened in
Although the Dol-
phins said the sta-
dium needed $350
million in improve-
ments to make it com-
petitive in the Super
Bowl market, includ-
ing a canopy to shield
spectators from sun
and rain, the team
owner Stephen Ross
has made it clear he
is unwilling to pay the
entire bill himself.
When the Florida

Legislature de-
spite lobbying from
Commissioner Roger
Goodell and the for-
mer Dolphins quar-
terback Dan Marino,
among others did
not allow a referen-
dum to be held in
Miami-Dade County
on the team's request
for up to $289 mil-
lion from an increase
in county hotel taxes
and up to $90 million
in a state sales tax
rebate, the chance for
approval of improve-
ments before the
league's owners vote
Tuesday died.
Ross and his as-
sociates were furious,
lashing out at the
House leadership of
the state and making
allusions regarding
the franchise's future
in South Florida.
The Dolphins were
almost certainly
caught in the under-

tow created by the
Miami Marlins, who
received hundreds of
millions of public dol-
lars to build a stadi-
um, and then months
after its opening dras-
tically reduced their
payroll, alienating
fans and infuriating
public officials.




Pioneer Football
League certifies that
D'Andre Randle of
Jacksonville University
was selected Honor-
able Mention AlII-PFL
Wide Receiver for the
2012 season and also
for Offensive Player of
the week, September
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