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Allowing Us to
Tuesday and Thursday
from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.,
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Impact Striving to make
Boy 3, Kills 22-Year-Old
Curtis Gabriel Collins, 22, dressed for*
Christmas he won't see it in 2007.
Curtis Gabriel Collins, 22, had
dreams of a career in music as he
wore his Santa cap one Christmas.
Now, just twenty-one days before
Christmas 2007, while continuing
his ambition to become a singer, he
was at the Gutta Studio (C-Real) on
Stonewall Street regarding the mak-
ing of a CD when he encountered a
.fatal gun shot to his head. Collins,
according to witness, was shot by a
35-month old toddler. Witness said
the child reached for the gun that
was sitting on a table.
The gun discharged when the child
grabbed it, killing the 22-year-old
There were several adults in the
room that had observed the gun sit-
Sting on the table but none were fast
get the gun enough to get
the gun from
the child before it discharged.
Brunswick officers said that an
examination of those at the scene
backed their story as only the child
had gun powder on his hands.
Unfortunately, this was not
Collins' first shooting incident. He
was wounded on October 5, 2007
and received wounds to his chest,
Green Party Candidate for President
:. Brunswick, Ga. Elaine Brown, most known as an
author and first female president of the Black Panther Party
is now one of the candidates in the California primary for
President of the United States to represent the Green Party.
Brown lives in Georgia and said that she did not campaign
to be placed on the California ballot but is pleased that
enough Californians did the campaigning for her to be
placed on the ballot. She had run for mayor of Brunswick
but the city removed her from the ballot stating that she did
not qualify as a resident. However,,on election morning,
they said she did qualify but her name had to be written in.
The word did not get out to the voters and her winning abil-
ity was diminished. The Green Party only hold primaries
in Washington, D.C., California, Massachusetts, Illinois,
West Virginia and Arkansas.
Ms. Brown said her main platform is to repeal the three strike crime bill and to work
extensively to get the marginized millions to understand that voting Green-Continued A-7
Garage Collapse in Jacksonville
It has been more than 30 hours since the six floor
Sparking garage collapsed Thursday, causing injury to
about 23 workers. Most were released but workers are
still searching for 26-year-old Willie "LB" Edwards III
Swho, according to a recent report, rescue crew may have
at the time of press, located where he is trapped.
Cracks found weeks before the Edwards' family is obviously very close as many of
Cracks found weeks before the
collapse. (picture courtesy of them, including his father and step mother, spent the
JFRD). night in the area, just waiting to get some answers as
they prayed for the father of two. According to sources,
when he did not come home, his 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter voiced their con-
cern and were finally taken to the site. Edwards is raising his children.
It is not known what caused the garage to collapse. Willie's uncle said they were on the
sixth floor when he told him to go cleanup the 5th floor. At that time, the structure began
to come down. He said he started yelling for his nephew as he fell. Garage- Cont-A-7
Stop the Violence- Join the JSO Team
Ken Jefferson, Public
Information Officer for
Office and his
He decided to
when he was
oJu a young boy.
Impact Radio Show this week, he
encouraged the listeners to join in the
fight against crime and work as a
Community Service Officer with a
starting salary of $25,019 and a full
To become a police officer in
Jacksonville, you must have a college
degree. You can start at 18 years of age,
by becoming a Community Service
Officer after graduating from high school.
The program allows those interested to
work up to five years in the program, gain
experience, attend college, and get reim-
bursed for college tuition fees while earn-
ing a salary.
There is a hiring process and a one year
probationary period. Officer Jefferson
said this program allows our young peo-
ple to join in stopping the violence. You
can talk with a recruiter by calling 904-
712-4870. He is a monthly guest on
Impact, WCGL-1360 and is available to
talk with callers on that and other law
Stop the violence Join the JSO team.
side and his left leg. That
incident occurred at 1820
Johnston Street. The
suspect in that shooting
is Morris E. Smith; 22,
who has been able to
Collins' death leaves a
baby due to arrive in 'two
months. The only way to
stop the murders.and vio-
lence is to get the drugs
and the guns off the
streets, said the family.
Jacksonville Seeking 235 New Officers
We Shall Stop
As Sheriff Rutherford stood
with such organizations as
MAD DADS and Justice
Coalition to discuss his audit
and plans to make a change in
Jacksonville, it was obvious
that the leaders had one com-
mon goal they were there to
let those who display violent Sheriff Rutherford, and
Elder Donald Foy of
behavior that they were not MAD DADS
going to stand by and allow it
to continue. The sheriff said that the city needs 235
more officers on the streets. With such a move, the city
would no longer be known as the "murder capital of
Florida." As he had explained on WJCT-TV and radio,
the audit had recommended he remove five officers in
the homicide unit and put them on the streets but he had
not totally agreed with such a step since the audit also
showed that Jacksonville was 12% above average inl
solving murder cases when compared to similar size
cities. Sheriff Rutherford explained that he would need
$21.8 million to pay for the
rVolence Continued on A7,
The Four Behind the Murder
Eric Rivera, .1, who, was
originally processed through the
s Juvenile Court, has been identi-
fied by the Grand Jury as the gun-:
i i man in Washington's Redskin:
From Left: Venjah Hunte, 20, Jason Mitchell, 19, Eric player Sean Taylor's death. All:
Rivera, 17 and Charles Wardlow, 18. four of the suspects have been
charged with murder, home inva-
sion with a firearm or another deadly weapon and armed burglary after allegedly breaking
into Taylor's Miami home. Rivera has been pointed out as the one that pulled the trigger
which hit Taylor in the femoral artery, when Taylor confronted the four of them with a
machete once he realized they had broken into his home.
It has been reported that Jason Mitchell was involved with an earlier burglary of Taylor's
house after attending a birthday party for Taylor's sister in October. All four of the suspects
were denied bail. Eric Rivera, the accused shooter told his lawyer that the would like to
enter into a plea negotiation. When discussing this matter with many citizens, specifically
football fans, most feel the four should be severely punished.
Taylor died on November 27, a day after he was shot in the bedroom of his home. Police
feel that the 24-year-old NFL star was a victim of a botched burglary.
At the time of the incident, Taylor's girl friend and their one-year-old daughter were in
the house. Neither were injured.
Taylor was buried on Monday.
( Televangelist Dollar Rebuffs Senate Inquiry
It has been reported that Televangelist Dollar, who along with other tele-
vangelists, received correspondence from Senator Grassley and the Senate
Finance Committee requesting information about their spending. He told
the senator that this should be handled by the IRS.
Woman Signs Deal to Testify Against Husband/Son in Mi
Peggy Edenfield has signed a deal to testify against her husband and
son regarding the sexual assault and murder of six-year-old
Christopher Barrios Jr. on March 8 in Glynn County, Georgia. It is
reported that her testimony would definitely hurt her family members
who pleaded, "Not guilty."
Wanted for Battery Against a 5-month-old
Police are seeking the whereabouts of Tommie James Milner, Jr. for the
aggravated battery charges against a 5-month-old. The infant was seen at
Wolfson Children's Hospital with broken ribs, internal injuries and internal
bleeding. The mother had left her baby with Milner while she shopped at the
grocery store. Milner has.previous arrest records for child abuse.
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Let's Put the "Justice" Back in Our Juvenile
Child Watch@ Column
By Marian Wright Edelma, President of the Children's Defense Fund
Although she had no prior
criminal record, 14-year-old
Shaquanda Cotton was sen-
tenced in 2006 to up to seven
years in correctional deten-
tion for shoving a teacher's
aide in the small town of
Paris in East Texas. Another
14-year-old girl was sen-
tenced by the same judge to
probation after she was con-
victed of the serious crime of
arson. Shaquanda is Black
and the other girl is White.
Shaquanda was imprisoned at
the Ron Jackson State
Complex in Brownwood,
Texas, under an indetermi-
nate sentence that could have
lasted until her 21st birthday.
Fortunately she was released
in March 2007, having'spent'
a year behind bars, after a
wave of protests from civil
rights groups prompted offi-
cials to intervene.
Shaquanda's case is just one
of many reflecting the racial
inequity in America's juvenile
justice system, which funnels
low-income children of color
into the Cradle to Prison
Pipeline and unnecessary
The Pipeline, which sucks
many young people into adult
criminal justice systems, runs
failing schools, across vacant
lots where playgrounds and
health facilities should be,
and in and out of broken,
understaffed child welfare
agencies. By the time many
children get arrested and are
brought before a juvenile
court, they have been provid-
ed far too little loving and
thoughtful adult support only
to face purported child serv-
ing systems that treat them
The juvenile justice sys-
tem is a major feeder into the
Cradle to Prison Pipeline.
The high volume of cases
that'juvenile courts adminis -
ter-over 1.5 million cases
each year nationwide-is
attributable to the frequent
inadequacy of counsel for
poor youths; the cultural
incompetence or bias of
many judges; and the
increasing criminalization of
children at younger and
younger ages for behaviors
that used to be handled by
families, churches and com-
With overflowing dockets,
many Black children get
swept up in a judicial jugger-
naut where they are unlikely
to be treated fairly. Often, a
judge's hands are tied with
mandatory minimum sen-
tencing requirements, espe-
cially in drug cases. Judges
scrambling to dispose of as
many cases as possible com-
monly hand down verdicts in
minutes. However, racial
disparities are evident.
Although Black and White
teens report using drugs at a
similar rate, Black youths are
almost five times as likely to
youths for drug offenses. Far
too few effective substance
abuse prevention and treat-
ment programs exist.
Poor youths have a hard
time receiving the evenhand-
ed treatment that is extended
to more affluent White
youths. A White, neatly
groomed teen in a coat and
tie appearing before a judge
with his father and mother
and a private attorney has a
stronger chance of getting
probation and no detention
than a Black youngster with
an overworked public
defender and, too often, no
adult family member present.
The White youth will like-
ly be prepped to address the
judge as "Your Honor" and
his parents will be coached to
make the right suggestions to
the court: That they will
place their, child .in a drug
treatment program or 'send
him to military school. They
may implore the judge not to
ruin their boy's chances of
going to college. By contrast,
the Black teen may meet his
public defender for the first
time on the day of his trial;
may not fully understand the
seriousness of his situation;
and may lack social skills,
making him appear disre-
spectful and resulting in
harsher treatment. Public
defenders also frequently
counsel youths to plea bar-
gain rather than present a
defense. This may guarantee
the youth some form of
We can do better.
Incarceration shouldn't be
our society's first or primary
response to a minority youth
in trouble. Judges need to
look for opportunities to
offer poor young and minori-
ond chances most privileged
youths can count on. These
include alternatives to incar-
ceration such as restitution,
community service, electron-
ic monitoring, drug rehabili-
tation treatment, or place-
ment in a "staff secure" (but
not locked) community cor-
rections facility. In addition,
counseling, social services,
education and, in some cases,
mental health support should
be provided to address the
root causes of a youth's
involvement with the juve-
nile justice system.
And we must address drug
addiction as a critical health
issue and take it out of the
criminal justice system. We
don't penalize people because
they are addicted to tobacco
or alcohol, substances that
kill far more people than
drugs. More drug courts are
needed with the capacity for
early identification of sub-
stance abusing offenders and
the ability to place them
under court monitoring or
community supervision for
long-term treatment services,
job skills training and family
It's time for justice to
become a,reality for all in
America. Those administer-
ing our juvenile justice sys-
tem must be given what they
need to extend a real helping
hand rather than an angry fist
to young people in trouble.
For more information on
the Children's Defense Fund's
America's Cradle to Prison
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City Kids "*
Arts Factory Auction Raises Funds *v A,-.
The City Kids Art Factory's. first annual art auction 1A ,
held recently was quite the event!,
The over twenty-five donated creative works of a
many local, regional, and national African-American ,
artists were spectacular! And coming from such
renowned artists that included John T. Scott, John
McDaniels, and Robert L. Lewis along with
renowned local artists Daniel R. Wynn, Ms. Marsha. B
Hatcher, and Ms. Glendia Cooper it was not surpris- .
ing. Ms. Tiffany Rodriquez, a student from City Kids,
currently a senior at the Savannah School of Art and .
Ms. Allison Graft, Dr. Rowena Rhodes Stewart, Allan Edmonds,
Design also donated a painting for the auction. Gregory Owens, and Daniel Wynn. Photo by J. Carl Davis, Sr.
Dr. Carolyn Williams, Daniel Wynn, and Mrs. Gerri Walker.
The celebrity art auctioneers were: Allan Photo by J Carl Davis, Sr.
^ L Photo by J. Carl Davis, Sr.
Edmunds, Director for the Brandywine Workshop, c Photo by J
Philadelphia, PA) and Ms. Allison Graff Director, ArtC) -* .. --"
in Public Places, City of Jacksonville.
Retired Museum Administrator/Curator Dr.
Rowena Stewart, Vice President of City Kids who
coordinated the event stated "We hope to grow the ,..
annual art auction as one of Jacksonville's premier art
events. In addition, we want this event to serve as a L
reminder and education for our children and the com-
munity we serve. That is, we want to model the many
great artists and their contributions to art while preserv-
ing African-American culture and enlightening the
The recent weekend event is an excellent begin-
ning. The art was absolutely fabulous and what a joy to
Fernandina Beach Artist Ms. Rhonda Bristol and Mrs.
converse with such wonderful artists! Madeline Scales-Taylor, CKAF Board. Photo by J. FlorilaSateSenatorAnthony'Tony'HdlwithLocalPotterMs. GlendiaCooper and
__Carl Davis, S__.one ofher creations. Photo y J Carl Davis, Sr.
Mrs. Sandra Thompson and Ms. Tonya Austin
were honored by The Florida Commission on the
Status of Women for their work in improving the -
lives of women and families in their communities.:
The Recognition Ceremony was held at the Hilton
Garden Inn, St. Augustine, FL.
Mrs. Thompson was nominated by her Alpha
Kappa Alpha sorority sister and friend, Mrs.
Danette McQueen who stated, "Her involvement
with the NAACP, both locally and on the State level,
her service as chairperson of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority's Education Committee, advisor to the
BRATS, work with her church and the community as
a whole makes her most worthy of being honored."
Ms. Austin was nominated by Mrs. Ruth
Solomon, for her work in the community as a parent
volunteer with the BRATS; being a superb cook for ;. Local Artist Ms. 'Traci Mims-Sims with a CKAF Supporter. Photo by J.
Carl Davis, Sr.
the AKA Summer Camp, the local ACT-SO program Mrs. Madeline Scales-Taylor with Robett L. Lewis,
of the NAACP and the WIN (Women in NAACP). Highway Artist of Cocoa, Florida. Photo by J. Carl
The Florida Commission is a nonpartisan board vs, .,; r. -
composed of 22 members appointed, and is housed
in the Office of the Attorney General, Bill
McCollum,Tallahassee, FL. ---
Congratulations to both of these wonderful com- .
The Grants with The Roberts Lewis Family. Robert Lewis is
shown with one of his Highway Artist paintings. Photo by J. Carl
Renowned Artist Daniel Wynn with The Eugene Grants and Davis, Sr.
their granddaughter of Fernandina Beach, FL. Photo by J. Carl
Jacksonville Women's Network
Welcomes New Members
(center) with other Forida omission on the Statust of Members of the Jacksonville Women's Network welcomed several new members recently at their Annual
Women honorees. Photo courtesy ofMrs. Sakdra Cummings Christmas Dinner held at the University Club. Among the new members were: Local Interior Designer Mrs.
Thompson. Jacqueline P. Williams and Dr. Helen Jackson, Duval County Health Department. Both Mesdames Williams
and Jackson are also members of The Jacksonville Moles and were welcomed by their JWN/Moles Sisters Dr.
Lois Gibson and Betty Asque Davis. Dr. Gibson is a past Jacksonville Women's Network (JWN) President
t and Mrs. Davis is beginning a second term on the JWN Board and is the Board Treasurer for the upcoming year
Florida Commission on the Status of Women Honorees Thompson Jacksonville Women's Network members who share member-
andAustin with other honorees andfamily andfriends that included ship in the Jacksonville Chapter, Links, Inc. are Mesdames Jacksonville Women's Network members Mesdames Jacqueline
Mrs. Mrs. Martha Cummings, Mrs. Dinette McQueen, Dr. Norma Hester Clark, Betty Asque Davis, Dr: Lois Gibson and Florida Williams, Betty Asque Davis, Dr. Lois Davis Gibson and Dr. Helen
Solomon White and Mrs. Elnora Atlans Photo courtesy of Mr State Representative Audrey Gibson. Photo courtesy of Jackson share another commonality as members of The Jacksonville
Sandra Cummings Thompson. Representative Gibson. Moles. Photo courtesy ofFloridaState RepresentaiveAudrey Gibson.
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DECEMBER 8, 2007
Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services
O'NEAL MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH SIXTI-
ETH ANNIVERSARY The O'Neal Memorial Baptist
Church will celebrate its 60th church anniversary and the
Third for the Pastor, Rev. Fred Denson Sr., on December
6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9th at 3:30 p.m. All are
invited. Take 1-95 to Exit 373, exit right on A1A South,
straight to Barnwell Rd. and turn left.
SWORD AND SHIELD KINGDOM OUTREACH
MINISTRY invites you to their 2007 Serious Praise
Service, December 9th at the Father's House Conference
Center located at 1820 Monument Rd., Bldg. #2, in
Jacksonville. Join them for a Spirit filled worship service
as they give Thanks To Our Lord and Savior! When
Praises go up, Blessings come down. Rev. Mattie Freeman
will be bringing a powerful word of God!, Holy
Communion will be served. No admission fee.
GENESIS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, INC.,
DISTRICT #4 is having a Musical on Sunday,
December 9th at 4:00 p.m. A spirit-filled program has
been planned featuring various choirs from in and around
Jacksonville. The church is located at 241 South McDuff
Ave., where Rev. Calvin O. Honors is the Pastor. The pub-
lic is cordially invited to attend.
New Advent Devotion Written to Engage the
Unchurched ST. LOUIS, MO New this year, Lutheran
Hour Ministries is offering an Advent devotion designed
expressly for the unchurched. Revolutionary Christmas,
written in a warm, interactive style that engages both seek-
ers and the unchurched, invites readers to ponder and
meditate on the Christmas story wherever they are in their
lives. Revolutionary Christmas, along with its counterpart,
the more traditionally written Radical Advent, are now
both available at www.adventdevotions.net.
The idea of "church" is a foreign concept to many individ-
uals these days. Revolutionary Christmas is written to
pique the spiritual interest of those who may have aban-
Clara M5cLaughlin I'vnette Brooks
Tuesday and Thursday
from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Florida Star and Impact
Striving To Make A Difference!
:" CENTRAL CAMPUS
(Lane Avenue & I-10)
Pastor Cecil and December 9, 2007 pastor carry and
Pauline, iggins 8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Kim Wiggins
It's Time For Your Miracle
God Has Not Changed
"The Mystery of the Manger"
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Come Sunday and find out what the Bible says
about true PEACE
December 9, 2007
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.
ST. MARYS GA CAMPUS
901 Dilworth Street (912) 882-2309
December 9, 2007
Come worship with us and know the
"Reason for the Season "
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
doned such considerations, or whose idea of Christmas is
grounded hopelessly in the materialism of our age. It is
also prepared for those who are genuinely searching for
the true meaning behind the birth of a Child 2,000 years
ago in Bethlehem.
Lutheran Hour Ministries is a Christian outreach ministry
supporting churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing
Christ to the Nations-and the Nations to the Church. It is
also a volunteer movement more than 100,000 people
strong. LHM produces Christian radio and TV program-
ming for broadcast, as well as Internet and print commu-
nications, dramas, music, and outreach materials, to reach
the unchurched in more than 40 countries. LHM's flagship
program, The Lutheran Hour, is the world's longest-run-
ning Christian outreach radio program. It airs weekly on
nearly 800 stations.
GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH,
located at 1800 West Edgewood Ave., in Jacksonville is
having their CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, Sunday,
December 16, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.; a CHRISTMAS DAY
WORSHIP, Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.,
and their NEW YEAR'S EVE WORSHIP, Monday,
December 31, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. All of these events are
free and open for everyone to attend. For more informa-
tion, please call (904) 764-9257.
THE GREATER ST. MARK MISSIONARY BAP-
TIST CHURCH, located at 6538 Restlawn Dr., in
Jacksonville celebrates THE PASTOR EDWARD
LAVANT AND FIRST LADY MARGARET LAVANT
APPRECIATION PROGRAM. Special guest include:
The Rev. L.D. Rijy of New St. Paul Missionary Baptist
Church in Baldwini, FL who will bring a powerful uplift-
ing message; Rev. Roland Baker of New Life Fellowship
will be the Master of Ceremony presiding on this occas-
sion; Musical guest will include The Anointed Sisters in
Christ of Baldwin, FL, New Life Fellowship. Gospel
Ensemble with Jessica Baker, Mt. Bethel Youth Dance
Praise Team and our own Jessie and The Miracle. Dinner
will be served following the program. Come out and
rejoice in the Spirit.
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Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all
comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee,
with those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.
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ASGILL, Mary J., died
December 3, 2007.
BUTLER, Patsy A.,,
died December 3, 2007.
CLARK, Charlie, died
November 27, 2007.
died December 3, 2007.
ERVIN, Calvin B.,
died November 27,
FOSTER, Marie, died
November 30, 2007.
GIBBS, Christine, died
December 1, 2007.
GILBERT, Nancy J.,
died December 1, 2007.
GREEN, Cleo, died
November 27, 2007.
HARDY, Lossie B.,
November 29, 2007.
JONES, Lue, died
December 2, 2007.
JONES, Rhuedine R.,
died November 30,
LEE, Marcus A., died
November 29, 2007.
MOSLEY, Cheryl, 47,
died November 24,
MO FE, John, died
November 28, 2007.
PEEBLES, Mack R.,
died November 25,
PERKINS, Pearl, died
December 1, 2007.
POPE, Robert, died
November 30, 2007.
Geraldine, 58, died
December 3, 2007.
L.,25, died November
ROSS, John Michael,
died December 1, 2007.
SHAVER, Dana Marie,
died December 3, 2007.
STEWART, Lola, died
December 3, 2007.
TARRANT, Joel, died
December 2, 2007.
died November 28,
November 28, 2007.
65, died November 28,
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Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m.
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(Old Sanctuary)............................ 11:00 a.m. .
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2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
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of life and there simply is no way
to avoid it. For indeed there is a
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you want a special friend to do
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read scripture passages or poetry.
Any favorite hymns?
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around and talk to a few funeral
directors. Yes, let your fingers do
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embalming, ant the cost for pro-
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which can includequch things as
prayer cards, thank-you notes,
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mausoleum crypt. If cremation is
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Danny Glover: Man and Talent with a Cause!
By Rych McCain
Photo 2006 by Andre'
The word icon is
loosely thrown around
these days for some
actors who do one or
two big hit films then
fade into oblivion.
Then there are those
rare exceptions that not
only have the big mega
hit films but they also
have the steady track
record of high quality,
work. Danny Glover is
definitely of the latter
caliber. We were lucky
enough to catch up
with him for a brief
chat at a private
screening for his latest
It is a period piece set
in the deep south of
Alabama in 1950.
Glover plays a blues
piano player named
Tyrone "Pine Top"
Purvis who owns a juke
joint club called the
film is a project that
Glover could really
sink his teeth into.
When asked why he
Butler AKA Pimp C,
one half of the popular
UGK, was found dead
December 4, 2007. The
cause of death was not
Manager Rick Martin
is asking that everyone
please respect his fam-
ily and those close to
him at this time and
refrain from rumors
and innuendo. Lil
Wayne will star in
final season. The rap-
per will make his ani-
mated debut as
"Nique" who is being
mentored by his cousin
played by Cedric The
Entertainer. Boyz N
Da Hood group mem-
ber and solo song-
writer Jody Breeze
recently received a
BMI Award at their
ceremonies in Las
Vegas for his #1 hit
and most performed
performs period roles
so well and does it give
him the feeling of
experiencing past lives,
Glover responds, "I
remember when I did
Beloved. I had this
place in my room, in
my house, where I set
up this room and I
called it the Beloved
room. I kept the door
closed. I would go in
there and I'd have pic-
Sometimes the energy
would be so strong I
would have to walk out
because it was so
strong. And sometimes
it became so that I
would end up crying. I
don't know. Whatever
it is, it is."
Glover may not
know what that energy
was but he has been
very responsible for
help shaping the past to
make a better future.
He fondly recalls his
role as a member of the
Black Students Union
who joined with the
Third World Liberation
Front 'at San Francisco
State University back
in the late 1960s to
urban song "Come To
Me" off of Diddy's
solo album. He also
wrote the second sin-
gle "Through The
Pain" featuring Mario
Winnans plus three
other tunes for Diddy's
The gorgeous and
Vaneli has dropped a
delicious new single,
"UR Money" which
women who make their
own money and are
strong but at the same
looking for a man to be
a man and take care of
his lady. "So why not
spend the man's money
as well as having your
own?" is the question
that is provoked.
Check out our girl at
Scarfac's highly antic-
ipated new album
hold a student strike.
Glover beams with
pride when he said,
"Next year is the 40th
anniversary of the stu-
dent strike that I was
one of the leaders at
San Francisco State
where we shut down
the campus for nine
months and got the
first ethnic studies pro-
gram of any major uni-
versity in the country."
Glover has been a
major player in other
political and civil
rights arenas such as
going to South Africa
with friends Alfre
Paul and Delroy Lindo
to urge blacks to par-
ticipate in that coun-
try's first, fully demo-
cratic national election
in 1994. He is personal
Hugo Chavez and
Cuban leader Fidel
Castro. He has done
good will ambassador
work in Ethiopia as
well as serving on sev-
eral boards to National
artist Jeremy Lamont
Saunders AKA 2
Pistols, who hails out
of Tampa, Florida, has
a mixtape out hosted
by DJ Smallz that is
available for download
free by going to
His debut album,
Dishonor, which fea-
tures stellar production
by the Grammy-award-
w i n n i n g
(T.I, Young Buck,
Young Jeezy, Toni
Braxton and Mary J.
Blige), will drop in
May of 2008.
Juno stars Ellen
Page, Michael Cera,
Allison Janney, J.K.
Simmons and Olivia
Thirlby. This is a cute
teen movie that takes a
light hearted approach
to a serious situation-
teen pregnancy. Juno
MacGruff is brilliantly
played by Ellen Page.
She becomes pregnant
by her track star and
nerd boyfriend Bleeker
(Cera) and sets out to
find good adoptive
parents for her unborn
child with the help of
her best friend Leah
(Thirby) by placing an
ad in the local Penny
Saver. It is answered
by a childless couple
Mark (Bateman) and-
Loring \who are going
Organizations. He is
presently chair of the
which is a non-profit
to educating the gener-
al public particularly
blacks on the eco-
nomic, political and
moral ramifications of
U.S. foreign policy as
it affects Africa and the
diaspora in the
Caribbean and Latin
Glover's new movie
Honeydripper has a
majority black cast and
is the type of film that
will become a classic
because the story line
and acting are superb
and it is the type of
movie that the black
community should sup-
port very heavy when it
comes out in a couple
of weeks. A clear mes-
sage must be sent to
Hollywood not only
from the- box office
standpoint but from the
reaction from our com-
munity as well that
more of these types of
good quality movies
need to be made.
of problems and the
sparks begin to fly.
This film could be a
wake-up call to teens
(male and female)
about having irrespon-
sible sex and its conse-
Compass stars Nicole
Kidman, Dakota Blue
Elliott, Eva Green,
Christopher Lee, Tom
Courtenay and Derek
Jacobi. If you are into
the mix of animation
with reality, this movie
is definitely your cup
of tea. The theme cen-
ters on a 12 year-old
girl, Lyra (Richards)
who sets out to rescue
her friend Roger who
along with other chil-
dren have been kid-
napped and taken to
the North Pole by a
group from a scholas-
tic and religious ritual
set. The scenery is
breath taking and the
special effects with the
animated talking ani-
mals and the humans
will keep your atten-
tion from beginning to
end. There is a spec-
tacular battle scene,
magic and plenty of
action. This movie is a
perfect cross between
Harry Potter and
Beowulf and may be
better than both.
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additional officers. Sheriff Rutherford said he would seek the additional funds from
the legislators in Tallahassee this spring. Jacksonville's sheriff's department is
smaller than Orlando's and Miami's. The sheriff said the additional officers would
allow the city to utilize the same strategy that was used with Operation Safe Street
where officers walked the streets and knocked on doors. It allowed the citizens to
develop a feeling of having a personal relationship with the Sheriff's Department and
they became more cooperative.
Mayor Peyton agrees with Sheriff Rutherford that we need more officers but is hav-
ing difficulty figuring out where the almost $22 million would come from.
The audit was very extensive (about 400 pages) and was done by The Matrix
Consulting Group at a cost of $339,000. It was started in April 2007 and was paid
for through funds collected from drug and other criminal acts.
Green Continued from A-1
is a significant component in how we live and are treated from day to day. You
vote to affect change. It must be utilized to put in those legislatures who will work
on our behalf and get rid of those who are not concerned with what is best for us.
She said she is also in favor of ending the war and her most important issue is edu-
cation. Ms. Brown said our children and our people no longer dream. We no
longer feel that we have control of our lives.
Ms. Brown is the author of A Taste ofPower and The Condemnation ofLittle B.
It is now in the process of being developed for HBO. She is presently in the midst
of co-authoring some other books, including one about H. Rap Brown. She is per-
sonally completing a non-fiction called Alelba aml Al, A Story of Black Love in Jim
Garage Continued from A-1
When he reached the end of his fall, he started searching for his nephew. They
have called his cell phone, but no answer. Much of the six-floors of concrete is being
moved as the dogs search which has provided some hope since it appears an area has
been located where the young construction worker may have been trapped. The team
of searchers worked throughout the night with bright lights, heavy equipment and
their well-trained dogs.
The construction workers were on the 6th floor pouring concrete when the col-
According to reports, a few weeks ago, cracks were noted in the concrete but find-
ing the cause of the collapse could take months. It is also a desire of the occupation-
al Health and Safety Administration to determine if there were any safety violations
at the site.
This incident is the third construction accident in Jacksonville within two years.
In March 2006 two men died after falling from a wooden platform at a San Marco
site and in August 2006 another worker fell from the 27th floor to the 6th floor at the
Strand Condominiums construction site.
The worker was not wearing fall-protection" gear.
The Office of the Sheriff announced that Bay Street will remain closed throughout
Friday and Friday night and suggested that those who had plans to attend the con-
cert at the Arena Friday should take alternate routes. However, parking near the
arena and sports complex would not be affected. The Sheriff's Office had not made
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HOLIDAY MEETING SCHEDULE
In accordance with Ordinance 2005-361-E, all Standing Committee and
Council Meetings scheduled from December 12, 2007 January 1, 2008,
have been suspended. The regularly scheduled Council meeting cycle will
resume with Standing Committee meetings on Wednesday, January 2, 2008,
in the City Council Chamber located at 117 West Duval Street, 1st Floor
City Hall St. James Building.
For a list of meeting times and locations, view the City Council Calendar
webpage at http://www.coj.net/City+-Council/Calendar/defauft.htm.
Any questions concerning the schedule change should be directed to the
Legislative Service Division Office of the Jacksonville City Council- at
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Jacksonville City Council
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: 49CFR Part 37, U.S.C. 5311
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $127,282
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is
providing -an opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2008/2009
Program of Projects in which federal operating are being requested from the
State of Florida, Department of Transportation. Funding is available on a 50/50
matching basis between federal, state and local sources. The public is
encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed below:
Total Program of Projects: $ 254,564
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing
before 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2007. If a request is received by the
stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified.
Mail requests to:
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Jacksonville Transportation Authority
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This project will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of
the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements are expected to
occur as a result of project implementation. This project will have no substantial
harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to
the elderly or disabled. The FDOT contact person for District 2 is:
Gwendolyn H. Pra, District Rural Transportation Coodinator
FDOT District II
2198 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, FI 32204-2730
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North
Myrtle Avenue through December 16, 2007 during normal business hours.
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meeting should
contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This
notice will constitute the final notice and program of projects if no comments are
Kenneth R. Holton
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The First Step In Career Planning Where Are You?
What do you want to
do for a living, and
what's the game plan for
getting there? Some
teens have clear career
ideas. Others feel anxiety
as they realize that, in
getting older, they must
make some important
decisions. Some simply
don't know what to do.
Career planning is
simply first figuring out
"where you are", and
"what you want to be,"
then developing a plan of
"how to get there."
Figuring out "where
you are" consists of
skills and interests. High
school counselors can
help you pinpoint these
things through grades,
test scores, and career-
Once you have a
sense of where you are
with skills and interests,
compare those with the
requirements of the
career ... then develop a
plan to get there.
It may seem like a
generalization, but peo-
ple tend to succeed at
things they love to do.
One man I know spent all
his spare time as a teen-
ager writing plays, sto-
ries and making home
movies. He eventually
went into television
news. Another man I
know loved keeping
track of sports statistics
and batting averages as a
child. He became a
financial analyst. A teen-
age girl who is driven to
achieve results and can
manage many tasks
could be a future busi-
ness owner or CEO.
Your parents may
want you to be a doctor
or lawyer, but you will be
happiest, and possibly
more successful, in a
career that matches your
own dreams and inter-
Find out if your
school offers "Life
Skills" or ."Life and
Family" classes that
ration components. If
you're lucky, your school
has a strong guidance
program or career guid-
ance software to help you
determine your skills,
interests and values, then
compare them with vari-
ous careers of interest.
Ask your counselor
what's available and ask
for ideas on how you can
do more on your own.
Find all the career
information you can.
Check out career books
at the library, visit Web
sites with career-plan-
ning activities (try the
Bureau of Labor
Statistic's Web site --
talk with family, friends
and colleagues with
careers that interest you.
There are many peo-
ple you can talk to for
advice. Aside from a par-
ent or a school counselor,
a good source could be a
coach, a teacher, an aunt
or uncle someone
whose choices you
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How Can I Prepare Myself For Finals?
Tip 1: Start early
Preparation for exams
should begin earlier than
the day before the test. You
can't cram an entire unit of
information into an all-
nighter. Get started at least
a week before the exam.
Tip 2: Organize
Begin by making your-
self a calendar outlining a
daily schedule of topics for
review. Cover a small
amount of material for
each class each day. Every
time you complete a topic,
give yourself a mini
Tip 3: Outline
Once you have decided
what you need to study and
how much time you need
to spend studying, it is time
to actually study. One of
the best ways is to make
succinct outlines. As you
read over your textbook
and class notes, write a
brief summary for each
topic. Highlight the areas
in your outline that were
most troublesome. When
you have finished with all
the material, you will have
an outline you can review.
Tip 4: Make flash-
Similar to outlining,
making flashcards is a real-
ly helpful technique for
studying. By writing down
the information from your
outline, you are already
doing half the studying.
Tip 5: Get help
If you are having trou-
ble memorizing something
or a particular concept is
just not sinking in, get help
before it's too late. Ask
your teacher to go over a'
glitch you might be hav-
ing. Or if memorizing 200
vocabulary words seems
like too much to do, recruit
your family members to
quiz you with index cards.
Tip 6: Sleep
You need at least seven
hours of sleep a night to
function. Tests are
designed to make you
think. If you are sleep-
deprived, you won't be
able to remember any of
the information you
worked so hard to cram
into your brain.
Tip 7: Stay calm
Do not panic at the
exam! Even if at first
glance the test is over-
whelming, remember to
breathe. If a question
seems too hard, answer all
the questions you know,
then return to the ones you
left blank. Remind your-
self that you are prepared.
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S.A. Hull Elementary
Joseph Hopkins, E Honor Roll
Garden City Elementary
Joshua and Jordan James, A & B Honor Roll
Trinity Christian Academy
Joshua Carter, A & B Honor Roll
Trinity Christian Academy
Marcus Priester, A & B Honor Roll
North Florida Educational Institute
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Trinity Christian Academy
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GIVING TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE
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City Councilwoman Glorious Johnson
spoke to a friend of hers, Mr. William "Bill"
Henry, who is the Executive Director of the
America's Heart Organization which has
helped to build schools and hospitals in
various parts of the country. She wanted to
give items from his organization that
would be useful for those less fortunate.
Mr. Henry obliged her with a large truck of
shoes, clothes, toys and 324 cases (x 12)
of milk (Silk Milk).
Councilwoman Johnson had promised
Bishop Lorenzo Hall, Sr. that she wanted
to help him with his community Christmas
celebration by bringing shoes, clothes,
toys, and the milk to his church on 4th
Street, to be distributed to the people in
the community. On one side of his church
are the seniors and on the other side are
the Blodgett Homes.
When Councilwoman Johnson arrived
at Bishop Hall's church, the helpers were
waiting and ready to help unload for the
people. It was a glorious day. The people
enjoyed the fellowship and the distribution
of 100 bags of shoes, 15 boxes of new
clothes, toys, and over 3,000 cartons of
milk from the Silk Milk Company.
Mr. Williams and 4 members of his staff
loaded the boxes, bags, and cases on the
truck and helped Bishop Hall distribute the
items to the people.
Councilwoman Johnson stated that,
"this is what God wants us to do help one
another as He helps us."
As a result, approximately 3,000 people
from the community were served and
given a carton of milk, 5,000 pairs of
shoes were also distributed, as well as
toys and Christmas ornaments (many with
names on them), were given to boys and
girls in the El Bethel's church community.
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tribute milk and gifts to the community.
Helpers unloading the truck filled with cases of Silk milk,
shoes, clothes, and toys.
Executive Director of the America's Heart Organization,
Mr. William "Bill" Henry, City Councilwoman Glorious
Johnson, and Bishop Lorenzo Hall, Sr. taking a minute
for a pose.
Councilwoman Johnson surrounded by women from the
community as she distributes items.
Councilwoman Johnson and Bishop Lorenzo Hall, Sr.
Northside BSusiness Leaders, Inc. presented Ihe
Honorable James A. Ruth with the Robert C. Lechner
Elected Official of the year award for 2007.
The Northside engaged in their Elected
Business Leaders, Inc. cel- Officials Appreciation
ebrated their Annual Banquet.
Officers Installation and Getting the celebration
Councilwoman Johnson as she helps unpack for the dis-
tribution of the gifts.'
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Ask Deanna! 1s an advice column knownefor its By Ulysses W; Watkins, Jr., M.D. u-
kn myfearless approach to reality-based subjects!nisms that are not bacteria, viruses or fungi.
-- ~CHLAMYDIAL INFECTIONS _
them in my life. Help?
Dear Deanna! T GENERAL INFORMATION
I have a platonic relationship with a male friend of four years but G lMidle E Ta
my fianc d doesn't like it. He has begun making hints that I've yo Nort h A merica. It isa associated with poor hygiee
slept with my friends s c and accusing m e of lying to him. I've only DE: Ce
your platonic friendship to make sure you're not giving your flance reasons to complain. If NONGONOCOCCAL URETHRITIS Chlamydiae also causes nongonococ-
known my fianc e for two years and ifI had to choose between the organisms that are not bacteria, viruses or fungi.
two men, I would choose my friend. How can I convince my fiance that we're only friends R However, they are similar to bacteria in that they can be eliminated with certain
and that nothing is going on? This is becoming stressful because I love both men and wanted e
them in my life. Help? _
Sharon (San Antonio, TX) TRACHOMA -Trachoma is a chlamydial infection of the conjunctiva, the_
Dear Sharon: moist tissue that lines the eyelids and the white portion of the eyeball. It is the
Your future husband is jealous of your relationship with your male friend. It's your respon- major cause of blindness in North Africa and the Middle East. Trachoma does "
sibility to find balance as you seek to have both relationships. Invite your husband to be E exist in-North America. It is associated with poor hygiene.
part of the friendship so he can understand and be more open minded. Also be mindful of
your platonic friendship to make sure you're not giving your fiance reasons to complain. If E NONGONOCOCCAL URETn RITIS Chlamydiae also causes nongonococ-
things don't improve after the air is clear, you fianc d has issues you certainly need tos itrcurse. The organism is rare in North Ameica, bt is mor common in
-i calnurethritis (NGU), a urinary-tract inflammation. Symptoms of this type of a
explorely to get the disease.
*Dear Aunt. urethritis include pain on urination and a water, mucous discharge. In men the .
u bacteria that'produce gonorrhea also cause a urethritis, but the chlamydial infec-
Dear Deanna! e tion is milder and the discharge from the penis contains no pus.
My nephew has left for college and has completely lost his mind. When he lived at home
he was quiet, mild mannered and well behaved. I hardly know him now that he's away U LYMPHOGRANULOMAVENEREUM Certain strains of chlamydiae pro- .
from home. He's still underage but he drinks, has tattoos and has become loud and rude. duce lymphogranuloma venereum, another disease transmitted through sexual
My sister simple turrs her head and says he's an adult and I should mind my business. Is u intercouse. The orgaism ies rare in North America tm, but is more common in
this normal when kids go off to college or should I intervene and get him backL on track? i
ing Aunt (San Bernardino, C) tropical climates. Seamen, travelers, and military personnel are especially like-
LovI met a guy that I thought was really terested in me. I helped him get employment at my
Sly to get the disease,
and moved into another department. He is now telling me that he's focused on improving The initial sign of infection is a painless pimple or blister that develops on the lungs of
You may be messing in business that doesn't belong to you. Your nephew is an adult and peoe ho inhale oaia o lis fo the inasal e etion, deaths atd droppings
his parents don't have any issues with his lifestyle and maybe you should do the same penis t os e
Crying and Miserable On-Line Reader 12 government specifies thater, the lyl imph noted birds inmust be quarant painfully enlarge, mat
he's still in college, getting good grades and staying out of trouble, then he's fine. You can't Th e ifection rapidly spreads the lph noes the gbloodseam. Symptoms a
impose your expectations on him but you can on caution him about the drinking and any moral together, redden, and drain pus.
issues. In other words, accept his newfound adult hood and be there with gentle guidance. The infection sometimes seems to improve without treatment, but ugly ulcers, o
or sores, appear on the genitals. Later complication: include scarring, which 2.
Dear Deanna! causes strictures in the urethra, or rectum. Strictures are small
I met a guy that I thought was really interested in me. I helped him get employment at my auaa a, r rec S e e e
company, helped with his bills and paid child support for him. As soon as things started f tissue that narrow the size of the body opening,
looking up for him, our relationship changed. Things hit the fan when he got promotion ne n
and moved into other department. He is now telling me that he's focused on improving Oosis is a chia disease iecs e s
his life instead of dating me. I heard that he's dating someone else in the company. What people who inhale organisms from the nasal excretion, feathers and droppings
do I do? I of infected birds, particularly parrots and parakeets. To prevent psittacosis, the i
Cryingand Miserable On-tsine Readert government specifies that all imported birds must be quarantined for 30 days,e s
Dear Miserable:n and all birds of the parrot family must also be treated with antibiotics. .
You set yourself up by confusing help with being used and also giving up your money. You U The infection rapidly spreads from the lungs to the bloodstream. Symptoms
never should mix business with pleasure because it's a guaranteed recipe for pain. He used vary from a mild flu to a severe pneumonia with temperatures ranging from -
you to get ahead and you can see early on that he's leaving you behind. If you heard that "
1030 to 1050 (39.40 to 40.60).
he's dating someone on the job, it's probably true. You can't do anything other than move 10
on, be glad that you got out early and pray for the new lady who will be his next sucker.' a
U WHAT SHOULD BE DONE
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Beverly diTs, CA90211 orEmadl: askdeannaleyahoo.com Website. www.askdeanna.com "
CE-aW Chlamydial disorders are usually identified by a blood test in. which the levels .
of certain antibodies, or substances that the body produces to combat infection, .
*_are measured. Once the diagnosis is made, the physician will probably prescribe _
SE an antibiotic, which clears the infection.
Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community In cases ofnongonococcal'urethritis and lymphogranuloma venereum, which :E
eventscheded inJcsov asurroundn ,g area. are transmitted sexually, all sexual partners should be treated for the disease so u
events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. a
that the disease will not continue to be transmitted, 2
RUIN OR RISE T
Ester Davis, ReligionAndSpirituality.com ';
Here we go again. Time to sing. "Peace on earth, good
will to men." Time to sing. "Let there be peace on earth,"
Time to say, "Peace be with you" and "Jesus is the reason
for the season." All of these senseless sayings we utter that
have no race, creed or color meanings to them. Be assured
that they are senseless when you have no action following the utterance.
A few years ago, one of my best dancing partners in high school lost his wife
of some 30 years. We continued to dance together whenever possible at reunions,
weddings, family gatherings, etc. He had enjoyed an enormously successful mili-
tary career, married a resourceful woman from Thailand, had four children one
of them named after me, I am proud to say. Whern I heard of the death, I called to
see how he was. Minutes into the conversation, he said, "Thank you for not ask-'
ing me, 'What can I do?"' He continued by saying those are the most meaningless
four words, because people say them carelessly, automatically, almost recklessly
without purpose'or intention to act. Why do we say things we do not mean?
I was in Atlanta last week. Whenever I fly, I pack and plan my reading for the
journey as carefully as I do my attire, mainly because I am always behind on my
reading and this is quiet time to peruse in print what the world has on its beautiful
bald head. In one of my stacks, was a small clipping I had saved for something or
with some thought in mind. I have no idea what paper, magazine or book I clipped
it out of, which bothered me some because I write notes all over everything. The
instant I read it, the itch that I wanted to scratch on paper resounded in my spirit
and I remembered that peace must start at home before there is any on earth. The
clipping said this: "The ruin or rise of a nation starts in the homes of its people."
This bears repeating one more time.
It is not enough anymore to just sing about peace. It is not enough anymore to
talk about peace. It is not enough anymore to listen to long speeches and rousing
sermons about peace on earth and good will. Good will. What is that? It is not
enough to point the finger at the state of conflicting conditions on the face of the
earth, when our family and personal lives are in such straight disarray. It is not
enough anymore to point at the media and politics to give us hope for a world of
peace, when you practice road rage every day. Where should our priorities lie? The
issues of misunderstandings, conflict, corruption, barriers and violence reside not
only in every society, on every continent, but in our homes. Do conflict, violence,
barriers, misunderstandings reside in your home? Be careful with your answer, for
this is the future of all humankind.
This season as you hear the music, sing the music, let there be peace in our
homes, in our families, and then, there will be peace on earth.
Ester Davis is a writer and television producer. She can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2007 by Ester Davis.
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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE -The Jacksonville City Council's Public Health
and Safety Committee will.be holding 2 public forums to receive public input on the
subject of crime, crime prevention, and dealing with crime's aftermath:Monday,
November 26th 6p.m. Edward Waters College, Milne Auditorium, 1658 Kings
Road. Monday, December 10, 2007, 6:00 p.m. Wayman Ministries Spirit of Life
Worship Center, 1176 Labelle Street. All. interested parties are invited to attend and
contribute their ideas.
THE JACKSONVILLE LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE INC., for
the Millions More Movement will 'Serve Food and Give-A-Way Clothes',
Saturday, December 8th from 11a.m. til 5p.m. The location is 916 N. Myrtle Avenue.,
between Kings Rd. and Beaver St. For more information about the Millions More
Movement visit our website www.jaxloc.com, or call 904-240-9133. Support the
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., 'as we strive to end the violence through
education, and not more incarceration.'
DOWNTOWN JACKSONVILLE'S HISTORIC CHURCH TOUR Tour a
Century of Sanctuaries, Saturday, December 8th 1 p.m. 5 p.m. Tour'a cen-
tury of sanctuaries in one afternoon at seven Downtown historic churches.
The guide at'each church will highlight the architectural and historical sig-
nificance of the building. Visitors can walk the tour route or take advantage
of our complimentary trolley service along the tour route. The tour begins
and ends at the. Main Library. The Junior League of Jacksonville's Annual
Festival of Trees will be on display at the Main Library. Downtown historic
churches .on the tour: *First Baptist Church, *First Presbyterian Church, *
First United Methodist Church, *Historic Mt. Zion AME Church,
*Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, *St. John's Episcopal Cathedral,
and *St. Phillip's Episcopal Church. Tour tickets are $5 per person and sold
at the Main Library the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted
at no charge. Twenty percent of all ticket sales will benefit the Emergency
Services and Homeless Coalition. For more inflation call 904-451-3344.
STANTON CLASS OF 1953 will have their ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CEL-
EBRATION on Saturday, December 15th at Holiday -Inn, Commonwealth,
from 1p.m. to 5p.m. All classmates are cordially invited. For more informa-
tion, please contact Leath Iles at 768-7446 or Ora McQueen at 924-7322.
BLODGETT HOMES AND SURROUNDING AREAS CHRISTMAS
SOCIAL, December 8th at 8p.m. la.m. Florida Council of Delibration, 29
West 6th St., Jacksonville. Entertainment by Sleepy C4 In Company. Disc
Jockey Gaines & Gaines, refreshments. Tickets on sale at Bernards Beauth
Supply, 1525 West Edgewood Ave. & Skinner's Florist, 1519 Myrtle Ave.
ADDICTION COUNSELING for families in need of drug or alcohol
addiction counseling, ,NARCONON ARROWHEAD can help. Narconon offers
free counseling, assessments and referrals to centers nationwide. Please call us at 800-
468-6933 or log onto www.stopaddiction.com for answers today.
THE CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY OF JACKSONVILLE will be
December 15th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or until all toys are given out) at
the Prime Osborn III Convention Center, downtown Jacksonville. There
are children right here in Jacksonville who would not be receiving toys for
the Holidays if it were not for the Children's Christmas Party of
Jacksonville. Because of the generous donations by many of Jacksonville's
companies and citizens, new toys will be given to as many as 10,000 of
Jacksonville's neediest children. "This party is how our community gives a
Big Christmas Bear Hug to Jacksonville's children-in-need," says Diane
Halverson, Executive Director of this event. If you want to help with a donation
that goes toward the purchase of new toys or if you know a child who could use some
toys for Christmas this year, please call 350-1616 for information.
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Did You Hear About?...
December 8, 2007 December 14, 2007
SMarch 21st thru April 19th
Monday through Wednesday, you're trying to
get a jump on the week. You want to get as
much done as possible, and to get ahead with-
out making it look like you're trying too hard.
After all, wouldn't it be great for your reputa-
tion if you could make magic happen and not
break a sweat? You're going to need help, and
you know exactly whom to ask. Motivate them
well. Thursday and Friday, a group meeting
reveals that everyone more or less thinks of
you as being in charge. You're a natural leader.
This weekend, do what you can to shine light
on other people.
April 20th thru May 20th
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are excel-
lent days. Some travel plans get finalized (you
can't wait!), someone who thinks they're much
smarter than you concedes that you were right
and they were wrong about something (your
head's getting big!) and someone you've never
understood explains their side of things (you're
learning!). Thursday and Friday are a little less
than excellent -- a power struggle is in the stars
and your friends are being weird. But Saturday
and Sunday, your friends are back to normal
and one in particular is in need of an update.
Spend an evening together and fill them in.
May 21st thru June 21st
Monday through Wednesday, nothing is as it
seems. You can tell something's up, but that
doesn't help you. Try to draw, people out, but
don't work too hard at it. Some. things take
time. It'll all become clear soon enough. Go
into Thursday and Friday with an open mind,
because something radical is under way, and
you're going to find out about it. The more pre-
pared you are to have your point of view com-
pletely turned around, the better. This week-
end, occupy your brain with something cre-
ative. Postpone all thoughts of math and poli-
tics and communicating with other people
(unless you're thinking about them creatively).
June 22nd thru July 22nd
Monday through Wednesday, you don't partic-
ularly feel like engaging with the rest of the
world. It's all so exhausting and the possibility
of being misunderstood is great. On the other
hand, are you going to let them get to you like
that? No way! Balance is key, especially the
balance between caring what other people
think and not worrying about what other peo-
ple think. Thursday and Friday, everyone
wants to talk about money, but you're a lot
more interested in talking about ideas.
Saturday and Sunday, do something that really lets
your mind wander. Go for a walk. Build a snowman.
S -.' i July 23rd thru Aug 22nd
Monday through Wednesday, watch your
words. Something flippant and funny and just
a little biting might really rattle someone --
even if you're absolutely, obviously kidding.
Offhand comments have a way of sinking into
people, and you don't want people you adore
walking around slightly damaged by you.
Thursday and Friday, the thing you're trying
hardest to do might be a waste of your time.
Consider letting go. Saturday and Sunday, as
much as it seems like you should make a
financial decision, put it off until next week.
You're still letting your plan take shape in your mind.
-. I' Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
Monday through Wednesday are your.
reward for weeks of your doing good for
the world; a sudden surge of great stuff
heads your way, most likely in the form
of romance and creative inspiration. Oh,
happy days! Thursday and Friday aren't
explicitly romantic and creative, but the
effects of Monday through Wednesday
last long into the week. You're still walk-
ing on air. You're perhaps even nicer to
people than usual. Saturday and Sunday
are confusing but in a mildly pleasant
way: Sometimes it's nice to be in over
Sept 23rd thru Oct 22nd
Monday through Wednesday are kind of
gloomy, but not in a very noticeable way. It's
more like an afterthought, a background
thought, a not-all-that-distracting feeling.
Mostly you just feel unbalanced. But don't
worry, because on Thursday and Friday, the
feeling evaporates in the heat of a romantic
bender. And not only are you getting along
fantastically well with you-know-who, but
you're getting along fantastically well with
everyone. Saturday and Sunday, try not to be
swayed by people who don't fully understand
your goals. Your plan is good and right.
Oct 23rd thru Nov 21st
Monday through Wednesday draws on your
powers of determination and self-control.
You're under intense scrutiny at work, for
whatever reason. (A promotion on the hori-
zon? You never know.) In any case, you work
incredibly well with other people. This may
explain why everyone wants to be on your
side. If only you were so appreciated at home!
This is a common refrain in your mind, but it's
especially true Thursday and Friday. Expect
something unexpected in the domestic realm.
Saturday and Sunday, all the worries wash
away in a wave of romance.
Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
Monday through Wednesday, you find your
outlook subtly affected by the amount of
money in your wallet. Specifically, you have a
desire to keep more of it in there. It's true that
no amount of money can buy you a good time;
even a day skiing in the most fantastic setting
of all would be for naught if you weren't into it.
Most of the pleasure you get out of the week is
social, and most of your social time is on
Thursday and Friday. You love talking to
someone from a completely different social
group. This weekend, if you feel like you
should leave the house but you don't really
want to, don't.
S Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th
Monday through Wednesday is pretty much
what you always want in your workdays: lots
getting done, a happy outlook, high energy,
recognition in the areas where you deserve it.
Of course, the compliments from your good
friends are the ones that mean the most, but
even people you barely know are impressed.
Thursday and Friday you're given to day-
dreaming about the future. You can't help it:
Things look really good from where you are!
Saturday and Sunday, put all of your energy
into something other than work.
Jan 20th thru Feb 18th
From Monday through Wednesday, every fiber
in your being is telling you to climb out of the
cockpit and onto the wing to repair any prob-
lems. But you know full well that you can't
climb out of the cockpit and fix the. wing --
you'll get sucked into outer space! You have to
keep flying the thing. That's the first half of
your week. Again, you want to keep on flying.
On Thursday and Friday, you're in beautiful
territory. Blue skies. Friends nearby. A clear
sense of your future. Saturday and Sunday,
you're trying to reconcile the fantastical stuff
about the world with the everyday.
Feb 19th thru March 20th
Monday through Wednesday, you become the
point person in a group -- it could be cowork-
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reason you're perceived as a good person for
everyone else to follow? It's because you seem
to be someone who knows other people,
including influential people, important people:
You know how to use your social capital. On
Thursday and Friday, you dream of being able
to help more people, but that can become a
trap: You can spend so much time on others
that you're distracting yourself from, well ...
yourself. This weekend, turn your focus
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ed exactly like Mr. J. The victim, Ms.
,. M.C. thought that Mr. J. figured he
would pay her back for filing a report
on hipn by trying to get her fired. A
restraining order was placed on Mr. J.
ED] TOR'S NOTE:
A// suspects are deemed innocent unless proven guilty ill a court qf law. The
Sher4j"s Qf Jmmmc ver o 'public record. The Star seeks to edil-
cate the community in the hope ofteeping our Community sqp.
DECEMIIBER 8, 2007
A CASE OF TOUGH LOVE? -An officer was
dispatched to the 2500 block of Alden Trace
Blvd. W. regarding a battery inprogress. Upon j
his arrival he met with the victim, Mrs. MA.
She advised that she had been battered by her i: -
son, DAA, suspect. She advised that the suspect
was angry with her for.not separating his sister
from her live-in boyfriend. The victim advised
that the suspect no longer lives with her, but
lives with his Great-Aunt. The victim had a
minor laceration on her knew. She advised that
she received the injury when the suspect pushed her down. She said he also
punched her in her mouth and nose, but there were no visible marks. The officer
made contact with the suspect at the end of the street. He advised that his moth-
er grabbed him first and when he pushed her off of him she fell and scraped her
knee. He advised that he was visiting his mother to get her to reinstate him into
school. and that the residents where she is staying is nothing but "crack-heads"
and that "he didn't want his mother hanging around those people." He was read
his rights and transported to the PTDF.
WHY WAS HE DRESSED AS A FEMALE? -An officer was dispatched to the
2000 block of N. Edgewood Ave. in reference to a retail theft incident that had
just occurred at a clothing store. Upon arrival he made contact with another offi-
cer who stated that a black male had-stolen
several items of clothing from the store and
fled the scene. He also stated that another offi-
S. cer had detained the suspect, along with anoth-
er subject, after locating and stopping their
vehicle, and that he was,transporting them
back to the scene. The first officer on the scene
stated that he made contact with Mr. GC, wit-
ness, who stated that as he was walking in
-.,, front of the store, a black male dressed as a
female asked him to enter the store and tell
another black male to hurry and grab the cloth-
ing items so that they could leave.Mr. GC said
he told the male that he did not want any part of the situation then walked away.
There were several, witnesses, but witness number 4 stated that as she and a
friend were sitting in their vehicle, they observed a black male run out of the
clothing store and enter a green Pontiac car parked next to them. She also stated
that the black male got into the driver's seat and that he had several items of
clothing in his hand as he exited the store, and that the black male that was in the
front passenger's seat appeared to be dressed like a female and was not carrying
any clothing items. When the suspect ran out of the clothing store, the store
owner ran out and attempted to stop him from leaving the scene by grabbing.the
driver's side door and opening it. When the door opened, it struck the passenger
side of her vehicle causing minor damage. She said that's when the suspects fled
the scene. When the officer brought the suspects back to the scene, the one
dressed as a female stated that he did not know what was going on. He stated that
he was sitting in the car while the other suspect went into the store to try to get
his money back for some items that he purchased the other day. He then stated
that he saw the suspect run out of the store and get into the vehicle. The other
suspect stated that he had nothing to say to
the officer and that he would speak to his
lawyer. Both suspects were transported to -
Duval County Jail without incident.
BECAUSE HE CAME HOME LATE -
Officer R.P. was dispatched to the 700 block
of Assisi Ln in reference to a dispute. Victim
Mr. E. stated that the suspect, who he has a
child with, confronted him in the parking lot ,/
because he came home late and she feels he is ft
sleeping with another woman. Suspect Ms.
M.M. came to the car and punched Mr. E. The '
altercation continued inside the apartment, and the suspect continued hitting Mr. E.
Then Ms. M.M. began to throw the victim's clothes down the stairs and Mr. E.
began throwing items back into the apartment that belonged to Ms. M.M. The sus-
pect went to the apartment next door and called the police. The suspect was gone
upon the officer's arrival. Mr. E. was initially uncooperative and said that he did not
call the police. He said that he did not wish to pursue charges against Ms. M.M. But
when asked if he could provide any information to where she was, he said she takes
care of her "granddaddy" somewhere on Dunn Ave, you can't miss her, she has a
tattoo of paws on her right breast like Eve or somebody.
THE BIG PAYBACK -An officer was dispatched to an elementary school where
Ms. M.C. (victim) works as a teacher. The secretary, Ms. C. (witness) stated she
received a call from an unknown tele-
||| phone number and the male sounded
,. .'- .. very upset. The unknown male wanted
to make a complaint on a teacher that
worked at the school, Ms. M.C. (vic-
tim). The caller would not give his
name. Secretary Ms. C. stated that Ms.
M.C. had a boyfriend name Mr. J. that
:, she had a battery report filled out on
S* and that the voice on the phone sound-
PAE"-V TE. TA-DCEMER8.-,
Jaguars loss to the
:Colts Sunday stems from
them not earning it,
according to Coach Del
Rio. "I always talk to the
team about you get what
you earn and we did not
do enough to earn a victo-
ry. We're not in it for
moral victories," Del Rio
Coach Del Rio had to
address issues at his
Monday press conference
that included charges that
his team is dumb and that
the Jaguars were blaming
poor officiating for the
loss to the Colts.
columnist on Monday
accused the Jaguars of
being a dumb football
team, using costly penal-
ties the Jaguars committed
on Sunday' as the basis for
his claim. When asked if
he thinks his team is
dumb, Del Rio said: "No.
We have worked hard to
become a smart and tough
football team. I think
we've shown that this
Year. There were a couple
of examples where we
weren't as sharp as we
There were several
decisions and replay
reviews, all of which
seemed to go against the
Jaguars which could point
to the Colts' 28-25 victory.
Del Rio didn't criticize the
officiating in his postgame
press conference, but
defensive end Paul Spicer
was one of a handful of
players who referred to
bad calls working against
the Jaguars' efforts.
."You keep playing.
That's what you do," Del
Rio said when asked on
Monday to comment
about the officiating. "We
got picked but you've got
to be able to fight through
that. They executed beau-
tifully so you have to give
them credit. Everybody
has them (pick plays) in
the league. On their part, it
was well executed. The
responsibility comes to us.
It's not the first one we've
seen and it won't be the
Del Rio and his team
will start focusing on this
Sunday's important home
game against Carolina. At
8-4, the Jaguars are the
leading wild-card .con-
tender but hold only a
one-game lead over
Cleveland and Tennessee.
(Top left picture) from a
previous game, Paul
Spicer getting the fans to
(Top right picture) ROAR
cheerleader Kristen (at a
previous game). .
(To the right) fans looking
on at a previous game.
(Photo by Laurence Greene,
Photographer for The
Sunday's Game To Be Aired The National Football League has lifted
the blackout of Sunday's game between the Jaguars and the Carolina
Panthers after ticket sales reached the blackout threshold today: There
are still a limited number of tickets available.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the game being aired locally on
WAWS FOX 30. The Jack Del Rio Show will air at 11:00 a.m. followed by
the Coggin Pregame Show, hosted by Dennis Evans and Brian Sexton, at
Fans will be able to listen to the game live on WOKV AM & FM Radio
(690, 106.5). The Jaguars radio broadcasts feature Brian Sexton in his
13th season handling play-by-play, with former Jaguar Jeff Lageman
adding analysis. Sam Jordan is the field reporter. The game day radio
broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Burger King Tailgate Show, fol-
lowed by the Suddath Pregame Show starting at 12:00 noon. Following
the game WOKV will air the Winn-Dixie Postgame Show and the Bank of
America Scoreboard Show.
The Jaguars ticket office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on
Saturday. It will open from 10:00 a.m. through halftime on Sunday. The
Jaguars Ticket Office is located between Gates 2 and 3 on Sunday. Fans
are encouraged to purchase or pick up their tickets prior to Sunday.
, .. : ........ .^
Defensive Tackle #99 Marcus Stroud
Returns To Practice
Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud practiced with his
teammates for the first time since early November. He was
given a four-game suspension for violating the league's steroid
and related substances policy following a positive test for a
Earlier Wednesday, Stroud played dominoes with his
teammates. The three-time Pro-Bowl defender was glad to be
back. Although, he was ready to move on, he was willing to
talk about every aspect of his ordeal. Stroud said the only thing
that he is really concerned about is people thinking he is a cheat. He said, "God gave
me this talent to play football, and I feel like I do it well, and I don't need any juice
or anything else to help me."
Stroud said a doctor in Atlanta gave him the over-the-counter supplements as
part of his rehabilitation from an offseason ankle surgery. Stroud said he checked the
bottle's ingredients with "the little booklet we get from the NFL" and found nothing
illegal. So he was as surprised as anyone when the NFL notified him of his positive
"I'm not here to point fingers at anybody," Stroud said, adding that he has since
severed ties with the doctor. "I made a mistake. I took them. It's on me. It's my
responsibility. All the stuff was stuff out of any nutrition store. It wasn't like I was
going online or going to the Orlando pharmacy."
Stroud said it was the first time in his career he had ever taken a supplement. He
also guaranteed it would be the last. "If I don't take anything, I won't have to worry
about it," Stroud said. "One and done. I'll get my protein from rib meat."
Stroud spent his time away working out in an Atlanta sports gym in hopes that
he will benefit from it. "It gave me a chance to heal up some nicks and hopefully I
can come back fresh and contribute," he said. "Any time you miss something you
love to do, it just makes you focus more and become that much more hungry."
"We anticipate that.he'll be able to jump back in and become part of our rota-
tion," Coach Del Rio said. "We'd like to get him back in there and get him rolling
again."Although Stroud said his troublesome right ankle was no longer an issue and
that he was playing as well as "the dominating tackles in the game," Del Rio dis-
agreed. "He's battling through the issues that he's had health-wise. But no, he's not
back to that level. But I know he's eager to get there. He's working at it."
But, for Stroud, being back was all that mattered. It time to play ball!
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