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Man Dies at Extra Job Working to
Bring Christmas Joy to His Kids
When you hear that black men do
not care for their children, remind
Those who may make that statement
Sof 26-year-old Willie "L.B." Edwards
i S III, the construction worker who was
the only person killed when the
SBerkman Plaza garage collapsed in
downtown' Jacksonville Thursday.
::_ Edwards was not scheduled to work
... .- Willie I.. Thursday. He was there to earn addi-
f -.. ".f W illie IV
and Tamia tional money so that he could provide
the best Christmas possible for his
Willie "L.B." Edwards iei, 26 was two children, 7-year-old Willie IV and 5-year-old
raisinghis two children and work-
ing overtime. Tamia. He had already placed some gifts on lay-
away for them.
Two Women Arrested for Abusing Infants away for them.egoing
Babies Seriously Injured, One had service' is scheduled for
Drugs in his System Saturday, December 15 at
11:00 a.m. at Bethel
Temorerie Williams, 22, admitted to hit- Baptist Church, down-
ting her 7-month-old son in the face: during a town.
moment of anger and frustration. The infant
suffered a contusion, a broken arm and a frac- It took the rescue team
turned skull. Ms. Williams told police she has about 60 hours to locate
Temorerie been going through some personal issues. She Edwards. The cause of
was charged with aggravated child abuse. the collapse is under
There were two other children with her at the investigation and the
time and all have been placed with DCF. developer, The Harbor
Victoria Klein, 37, was arrested after her Cos. said they will do
one-month-old son was rushed to the hospital their own investigation.
with a skull fracture and traces of Methadone t B k Men Ar"
Victoria in his urine. The infant was in full cardiac
Klein, 37, Black men are ageless,
S arrest when examined but the medical staff Black men are ageless
was able to bring him around. Her 19-year-old daughter ageless like the land that
said her mother has been going through a lot.
Man Dies-continued A-7
Jacksonville's Rapper, Shot Out, Gets New
Song After Almost Fatal Accident
-Jacksonville recording artist, Shot Out discussed brush with
death and discovering his new sound
By: Boss Hogg Jacobs
Almost instantly all that he knew could .have been
changed forever. "It was God. I'm a firm believer in his
presence in my life and what happened that day could have
been my undoing, but the Lord has a purpose for me. I
,have a mission to fulfill and he intends to make sure that I -s
do just that," said Jacksonville recording artist Shot Out.
Shot Out, a Jacksonville native, was basking in the success of his most recent event
under his new company Street Execs Entertainment, Rapper Continued-A-7
Oprah Opening Doors
Many had questioned
i Barack Obama's qualifica-
tion to handle the highest
post in the United States.
"He doesn't have experi-
Oprah and Obama ence." "Is he Black
enough?" "What is his
religion?" Those doubts went out the door when the
"Queen of talk-show" joined him on his campaign
trail. They drew the largest crowd and he is now run-
ning almost neck-to-neck with his biggest Democratic
opponent. People are saying that they trust Oprah
much more than they trust politicians.
- Obama has suffered many false rumors, including
his religious affiliation. While traveling with Oprah,
he covered serious concerns from the war to the econ-
omy and health care. He said, "I am running because
of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now."
a n d
Rev. Al Sharpton's 2004
presidential bid, nonprof-
it civil rights group and
have been subpoenaed by
the FBI and IRS, back to
2001, according to
reports. "It was like a
sting or a raid," said
Sharpton's chief of staff.
They were not told why
Service Back at
Terry Cousin, #21
When $120,000 was
cut from Clara White
Mission's budget, Terry
Cousin decided to help.
He was able to 'raise
money and now he has
formed a partnership
with Bono's BBQ
wherein every $5.00 will
provide 2 meals and help
sustain the 100- year-old
organization's full time
program to feed the hun-
The Jacksonville Joirney
A Comprehensive, citywide anti-crime initiative
Mayor is Taking
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From Left: Former Sheriff Nat Glover, Mayor John Peyton,
The Honorable John Rood and former State Senator, Betty
Mayor Peyton introduced to the Jacksonville commu-
nity his plan to stop the crime in Jacksonville. He stat-
ed that he has called on the first coast's top minds to
help halt the crime wave that is led by the Honorable
John Rood, Vestcor Chairman and the Honorable Betty
Holzendorf. The steering committee includes former
mayor and president of University. of North Florida
John Delaney, Jaguars owners Wayne Weaver and Tom
Petway and former Sheriff Nat Glover. There are seven
subcommittees. The mayor said that he is fed up with
being called the murder capital of the state, with 143
murders to date, in 2007. "It is time for action." Along
.with the murders, we have other issues, such as the
highest infant mortality in the
state, and the highest dropout Mayor-Continued on A-7
Thanks to Councilwoman Lee
City Leases are Being Reviewed
When Denise Lee decided to return to politics, a large
number of Jacksonville residents rejoiced because they said,
"she is a fighter for justice and she will keep things right."
When Ms. Lee questioned the legality of the proposal for the
Simonds-Johnson Community lease between the city and The
Boselli Foundation, several worried but most felt there was a
reason behind her actions, regardless of .her avoiding the
media to provide an explanation. Those concerned with the
park were providing her information and asking questions and
she was searching for answers. She said her responsibility is
to District 8, not the media.
Now, the Mayor's office has dedicated an employee to
review all lease agreements and to make sure they are all up
to date. According to the Times Union, the mayor's Councillady Denise Lee
spokesperson Susie Wiles said, "We dropped the ball. There
was clearly not enough attention paid to the administration of these agreements."
According to Ms. Wiles, the city started reviewing the leases after Councillady Lee ques-
tioned the Boselli agreement.
When speaking with constituents in District 8 about the recent developments, they said
they knew whatever move Councilwoman Lee made, would be in their best interest. They
also stated that this is just the beginning of her fight for equal justice in Jacksonville.
Ike Turner Dead at 76
Ike Turner, mostly known as Tina Turner's ex-husband, died
Wednesday in San Marcos, California. He was 76. No official
cause of his death has been given. Even though he was a great
musician and song writer, many only related him to Tina and the
abuse she suffered with him after starting her career at 18.
Attorney Found in Georgia But Was Not Kidnapped
When six-month pregnant Ohio attorney Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, dis- i
appeared, her family was really worried, especially after she made a call to
them stating she had been kidnapped and asked her husband to let her son know ,..
how much she loves him. She disappeared on Wednesday and was found
Saturday near Atlanta. She has now said she was not kidnapped.
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Augustus Hawkins: A Marvelous Statesman
Child Watch Column
By Marian Wright Edelma, President of the Children's Defense Fund
Augustus F. "Gus"
Hawkins was a legisla-,
tor, an advocate for chil-
dren and working fami-
lies, and a statesman.
He died at the age of 100
on November 10th. We
mourn his passing and
celebrate his caring and
Reserved and unassum-
ing, he was a passionate
Sand committed fighter
for the expansion of
social and economic
opportunities for all
Americans. He'. worked
tirelessly for quality
education, good jobs at
Good wages, fair housing
and civil rights. He
helped advance many of
the laws and policies
that have improved the
living standards of mil-
lions of children, people
of color and low-income
For 55 years, Gus
. skillfully represented the
people of Los Angeles,
first as a member of the
from 1935 to 1962, and
later as a member of the
U.S. House of
'1963 to 1991. He was a
man for the political'
seasons of his time. He
became an assemblyman
when our nation was
plunged into the depths
of the Great.Depression
and while discriminato-
ry laws, policies and
practices against African
Americans and other
people of color were
pervasive, not just in the
South but in California
as well. It was common
for stores to display
signs reading,. "We Do
Not Solicit the Negro
But Franklin D.
held out the promise of
change. In 1934, Gus,
only 27, saw his chance
to help overthrow the
regressive forces of
racial inequality and
Running on a promise to
cut in half the streetcar
fare in Los Angeles, he
defeated Frederick M.
Roberts, a Republican
and the California
Assembly's first African
Fighting for pocketbook
concerns of working
people was not new to
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when he spoke. Instead,
his pragmatic and quiet
a model for getting
things done when
protest turned to poli-
tics. He believed in
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the young assemblyman.
While a student at
.UC A, Gus got
'. involved, in" the "Don't
,Shop Where You Can't
SWork'. .campaign, which
challenged Los Angeles
merchants who refused
to hire Blacks.
In the California
Assembly, he introduced
and fought for legisla-
tion to ensure fair hous-
ing, fair employment
practices, a disability
insurance measure and
for domestic workers.
One of his proudest
achievements was the
enactment of a bill to
establish child-care cen-
ters in California. He
built a reputation as an
effective leader and in
1959 narrowly missed
being elected Assembly
Speaker by two votes.
After the 1960 census,
a new majority-Black
was formed in the Watts
community of Los
Angeles. Gus won the
seat in 1962 and became
the first African
American elected to the
U.S. House of
his state, raising the
total number of Black
members of Congress to
five. Taking office in
1963, he arrived in
Washington in time to
roll up his sleeves and
join the fight to win pas-
sage of major antidis-
Gus introduced the bill
that included the provi-
sions for Title VII, the
equal employment sec-
tion in the landmark
Civil Rights Act of
1964. That measure
established the Equal
Emplo y ment
O p p o rtunity
the chief federal agency
to combat employment
Rising to chair the
Education and Labor
Committee, Gus was not
a man who could be
bought by powerful cor-
porate interests. He
fought tirelessly for leg-
islation that working
families needed, includ-
ing increased funding
for elementary, second-
ary and postsecondary
education, and legisla-
tion to expand'programs
for the disadvantaged
and bilingual instruc-
tion. He was a big sup-
porter of preschool pro-
grams and a constant
champion of incremen-
tal raises in the mini-
Unlike many of his
peers, Gus was not a
fiery orator who would
get a lot of "Amens"
coalition building and
looked for conimon
ground even among
adversaries. He was
famous for crossing the
aisle to work with
Republicans to craft leg-
islation that he knew
would benefit most low-
income Americans. He
never abused his power
and was careful to main-
tain the integrity of the
process by providing
opportunities for opposi-
tion voices to be heard.
We greatly need a resur-
rection of that kind of
Capitol Hill and in the
In the 1970s, with the
growth of unemploy-.
ment especially among
African Americans, Gus
courageously drafted the
Full Employment bill
designed to reduce
by then Minnesota
passed in 1978 with the
goal of bringing down
unemployment to 4 per-
cent by 1983 while rely-
ing on the federal gov-
ernment as the employer
of last resort.
Regrettably, it was
watered down and never
enforced. In the 1980s,
his last decade in
Congress, with a new
reactionary wind blow-
ing through Washington,
some of his greatest
challenges were to hold
on to important gains
secured in the 1960s and;
'70s. He retired from
Congress after 28 years
in 1990, passing the.
baton to Rep. Maxine
Waters whom he had
mentored early in her
Although he is no
longer physically with
us, all who go to work
every day and struggle
to put food on the table
and keep a roof over the
heads of their children
and get them. a decent
education owe Gus
Hawkins a debt of grati-
tude for his dedicated,
untiring work. I feel so
blessed to have known
him and to have been
tutored by this humble
and effective man whose
struggle for social and
economic justice will be
Founded In April 1951 By Eric O. Simpsbn
First African American Inducted Into
The Florida Press Hall Of Fame
remembered for genera-
tions to come.
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Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services /
THE J.W. HENRY MALE CHORUS will be
having their ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MUSI-
CAL on December 16th at 5:00 p.m. at the
Summerville Baptist Church, 690 West 20th St.,
Jacksonville. Rev. James W. Henry, Pastor.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS sponsored by C.L.
Page Mortuary. FREE to ALL residents. Hourse
Drawn Carriage Rides, live DJ, Children's
Entertainment, refreshments, and more. Santa will
be in town so see who has been "Naughty" or
"Nice!" at 3031 Moncrief Rd., from 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 18th. Please join us
for this festive event!
"A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS TOY & GIFT
GIVEAWAY 2007" A Christmas to Remember.
First Lady Productions, Inc.., along with One
Accord Ministires International, Inc. where
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. is pastor and
other sponsors invite you to join them Saturday,
December 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at One Accord
Ministries International, Inc., 2971 Waller St.(I-
10 and McDuff Ave.) Featuring on program
Gospel Recording Artists: Dr. Vera J. Goodman &
Anointed Praise; Bishop,. Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr.,
and The Voices of One Accord, Jimmy Hill &
A.V.O.P. Also featuring: AKA Mimes, Tri Locs,
Tina E, Women. of Zion, New St. James Holy
Family Church, Praise Dancers, and Praise
Dancers of Faith United Miracle Temple. Toys and
gifts will be given to kids up to age 17. For more
information and to find out how you can sponsor a
child for this event, contact First Lady Productions
at (904) 425-0806.
GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST
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in your family yesterday,
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FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED
ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.
4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville. FL 32208
Tel: 1904) 766-9671 Fax: 1904) 766-2354
Jacqueline Y. Bartle
Assembly of God, Inc.
(Lane Avenue & I-10)
Pastor Cecil and
December 16, 2007
8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
"The Month of Miracles" Part II
* With God, Nothing Shall Be Impossible
Special Healing Service
Incurable & Impossible Situations
Are His Specialty
Sunday, December 30th at 10:30 a.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904)' 781-9393
10:45 am Service Interpreted for Deaf at Central Campus
Pastor Garry and
CHURCH, located at 1800 West Edgewood Ave., The Church Directory
in Jacksonville is having their CHRISTMAS e Chh ire ry
MUSICAL, Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 5:00 "Come and Worship With Us"
p.m.; a CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP, Tuesday,
December 25, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., and their NEW New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
YEAR'S EVE WORSHIP, Monday, December 1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
31, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. All of these events are free Sunday School ...............................:..9:30 a.m.
St r m e i Sunday Morning Worship ..................11:00 a.m.
and open for everyone to attend. For more infor- YouthChurch 2nd & 3rd Sundays
nation, please call .(904) 764-9257. (Old Sanctuary)...................................11:00 a.m.
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Ernest "T Bass" Myers
Asheville- Ernest Leon Myers, Jr. went
home to be with the Lord on Sunday,
November 18, 2007.
2,. 1 Born October 24, 1949 in St. Augustine,
FL. He attended Eugene J. Butler High
School in Florida.
Ernest and his wife Darlene, were mar-
S*.; ried for 32 years. He was preceded in death
by his father; Ernest Myers Sr., brother;
Vincent Myers, and daughter; Darcia
Myers. In addition to his 'mother Velma
Bloodsaw-Williams, those left to cherish
his memories are his devoted wife, sons;
Daven Myers (Keisha) and Keith Myers o
Jacksonville, FL; brothers; Harold Hall of New York,Veron
Myers (Alice) of Asheville, Wilford Holland (Tangie) o
Jacksonville, FL, Dwight Myers of Orlando, FL, Nelson Green o
Clarkston, Ga and Sylvester Downs of Hendersonville; sisters;
Diane Robertson of Jacksonville, FL, and Tonya Smith (Carvelle)
of Stone Mountain, GA; grandmother; Emma Lou Bloodsaw o
Houston, TX, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sev-
eral nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A special thanks to his caregiver Mr. Alfonso Lewis and all o
the nursing staff.
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.Aliightv God. Father oi all mercies and gi ol e all
comfort.: Deal graciouslyi we pray thee.
willh Iltho s' /who miourn, that casnang i''e'l' cate on ite/e.
trheur i k ro' /the consolation of thy love.
Ih ougih Jesus Christi our LORD.
ADAMS, Jessie, died JONES, John, Jr., 80,
December 8, 2007. died December 3, 2007.
BOYD, Louis, died LANGHAM, Richard,
December 10, 2007. died December 6, 2007.
BRYANT, Clara, died LEWIS, Henry, Jr.,
December 8, 2007. died December 6, 2007.
BROWN, Tyrell, 20, McCOY, Irene, died
died December 4, 2007. December 5, 2007.
COLLINS, John McCOY, Robert, died
Henry, 84, died December 6, 2007.
December 6, 2007. MIZELL, Christopher,
Alphonso West died December 6, 2007.
Mortuary, Inc. MYERS, Eamestine P.,
EDWARDS, Willie J., died December 11,
III, died December 8, 2007. Alphonso West
2007. Mortuary, Inc.
HILL, Fred, died PEACOCK, Dallas,
December 6, 2007. died December 6, 2007.
HOLLAND, Claude L, SIMMONS, Jaydem,
died December 6, 2007. died December 5, 2007.
HOLLIS, David, died SMITH, Bertha L, died
December 11, 2007. December 4, 2007.
JACKSON, Annette, Alphonso West
67, died December 5, Mortuary, Inc.
.esday Prayer Meeting.............. ........ /:30 p.m. : .
esday Pastoral Bible Study ..............: 8:00 p.m.
Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus ''
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Church School 8:45 a.m.
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Joy Explosion Ministry 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor
(904) 354-7249 Church
Bible Power Enrichment Hour
: Sunday School 9:15 10:15 a.m.
Baptism-Praise & Worship
(Sanctuary) 10:30 a.m.
Youth Church-2nd & 3rd Sundays.
Fellowship Hall 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Noonday Prayer 12 Noon
Inspiration Wednesday Worship Service..................6:00-8:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, Youth Bible Study & Activities
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
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Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship 12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
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Souethirng To Thinku; Uut
|.ecd On. The T^^^pe Of Ceremony^^
is a seast'o
and a time
to every purpose under the heav-
en. A time to be born, and a time
to die. "--Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.
No one wants to talk about
death and funerals. Too depress-
ing. Unfortunately, death is a fact
of life and there simply is no way
to avoid it. For indeed there is a
"time to be born and a time to
You may want a traditional
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and a member of the clergy con-
ducting services at a church or a
funeral home. Would you want
an open or closed casket? Maybe
you want a special friend to do
the eulogy or familymembers to
read scripture passages or poetry.
Any favorite hymns?
First, you should shop
around and talk to a few funeral
directors. Yes, let your fingers do
the walking-comparing prices
for such things as casket,
embalming, ant the cost for pro-
Resist one-stop shopping,
which can include such things as
pia1er cards, ihank- ou notes.
jand guest registers-they add up
quickly MNyan opt for the tuner-
al home in then neighborhood
for personalized services.
Decide on body disposition.
Burial or cremation? If earth bur-
ial, a cemetery plot should be
purchased; if above ground, a
mausoleum crypt. If cremation is
the choice, plan disposition of
the ashes. Do you want them
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buried? Maybe you prefer to
have your ashes scattered?
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is to donate organs and tissues to
a medical school (have a donor
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memorial service express that
wish. That means a service in the
funeral home or a church where
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Holiday Gifts Come Early For Eleven Jacksonville-are Nonprofits
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grocer's operating area.
Foundation is making
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at Second Harvest Food
Bank of Northeast
Florida, Peter Lynch,
president, CEO and
chairman of the board of
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.,
and Mayor John Peyton
checks to representa-
* Daniel Memorial, Inc.
* Fresh Ministries
* Girl Scouts of Gateway
* LISC Jacksonville
* Real Sense
* United Negro College
* Toys for Tots
* Dreams Come True
* Ponte Vedra Beach Park
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rate. "We have brokenness in Jacksonville," he said. "Unlike the past, we are not
looking for another task force or another study. We are looking for action", said the
Mrs. Holzendorf said that this group has 120 days to perform. Sheriff Rutherford
will catch the criminals and we and the city will be responsible for creating an envi-
ronment in which people will not want to commit crimes. She said we shall seek
The mayor and his staff have reached out to a number of people to serve on the
steering committee and the five main-focus subcommittees which includes the pub-
lic relations subcommittee and the fundraising subcommittee.
The focus of this initiative The Jacksonville Journey Take A Step, are law
enforcement and deterrence, positive youth development, intervention and rehabili-
tation, neighborhood safety and stability and education, truancy, dropouts, and liter-
acy. It is a community effort. "It takes a village."
Rapper Continued from A-1
when a Mitsubishi Montero ran a stop sign hitting his 2007 Toyota Tundra head on.
The accident left Shot Out badly injured, but subsequently was a blessing in dis-
"The accident forced me to slow down. I had just finished work on the 2007 DJ
Melange & Lingerie Party with my road manager's company New Blood
Entertainment and DJ D-Money. The accident happened one day after the .event.
Because of the accident, I was forced to kind of sit out for a few months. I was able
to just write and work on developing my sound as an artist."
Shot Out did just that; after completing his therapy with Kersey Chiropractor, Shot
Out returned to the entertainment scene with a more focused and aggressive tone.
He went into the studio with longtime friend and the primary producer of his first
album "Escaping the Crabpot," Qualaam of All Pro Studios (2738 Rogero Rd.) to
create what many critics are considering his best single to date, "You Don't Wanna
"Shot Out's accomplished so much over the last ten years we've been working
together. Be it from an artist perspective or as a promoter, Shot Out has managed to
garner success in all aspects of his life. But I must admit, since the accident Shot's
been able to extend his creative boundaries and make the kind of music unheard of
from any other Jacksonville artist," said Qualaam.
Prior to the accident Shot Out was no slouch in 2007. Shot Out was the first pro-
moter to bring MIMS to Jacksonville and as previously mentioned, he worked with
New Blood Entertainment and DJ D-Money in creating Ml6ange Weekend which
will take place July 24th- 27th in 2008. As an artist, Shot Out capped off his 2007
campaign by winning Artist of the Year at the 2007 Underground Oscars and
released the street album "Nice Guys Finish Last."
"Many consider 'beep, beep, beep' (his single that reached #36 on billboard charts)
to be my soul claim to fame, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. 2008 will
be my year and with the support of my staff, my focus on my music, and the Lord
guiding my steps I have no doubt that there's plenty of light at the end of the tun-
-For more information on this up and coming capitalist or to listen to tracks from the upcoming album, "Florida
Star," go to www.shotout.net
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has been in existence longer than any other land. The Motherland, the land that nur-
tured him and aided him to provide for his family. Allowing him to walk the land
admiring her beauty and taking in her love. Ageless in his wisdom that even-.
Socrates and Plato had to respect.
Black men are athletic, an athletic talent honed from years of hunting, tracking,
running, jumping and crafting his physical skills to perfection. Perfection in physi-
cal accomplishments to the point of being undisputedly the best athletes in the-.
Black men are brave, brave like the primates who dared to explore their world-,
during their evolution, disregarding their physical limitations and challenging their
cognitive potential to rationalize, understand and interact in a dynamically chang-
Black men are creative, creative like the pygmies that hunt through the jungle:
using such stealth that an Army Green Beret would be envious. The creative spirit
that has allowed Black men to create the things in our lives, that are necessary in
order to survive and flourish.
Black men are diverse,.diverse like the hundreds of languages and dialects spo-.
ken on the African continent. This diversity allows Black men to blend into their
environments to adapt, evolve and enlarge their territory.
Black men are intelligent, intelligent enough to find ways to revolutionize music..
Intelligent to find ways to perform surgery years before European influences that,
tried to lay claim to discoveries in medicine, science, humanities and literature..
Black men have inspired Socrates, Plato and others who only gained their status by,.
standing on the shoulders of those men and women of color who came before them.
Black men love women, women of all shades of color. Black men are notorious
for giving and requiring love. This is not a sexual love, but the emotional love that ,
can only be created from a Black man who loves his women. This love is intoxicat-:
ing and additive. There is much love to share and many women seek this unique'
kind of love.
Black men are lovers, lovers of life and lovers of freedom. Freedom that was
denied them for over hundreds of years. A Black man's body may have been con-
fined, during slavery, but their soul, the essence that makes a Black man always'-
demands to be loved and to give love. To be free to express this love in his freedom -
as only a Black man can.
Black men are proud fathers, proudly Black men have many children either in;
wedlock or out of wedlock, but they love and are proud of their children. Look at
the fathers that attend football, basketball and track meets. Whether Black men are
in the home or not, Black men are proud of their children's accomplishments.
Black men are strong, strong like the wills of a people struggling to find their
way either traveling across the Serengeti Plains or the Sahara Desert.
Black men are strong like the land they come from that can support diversity
in deserts, rainforests and urban civilizations.
Black men are timeless, timeless as history itself. Throughout time Black men
have participated in every facet of historical perspective andimportance only:
because of the cognitive inadequacies of other cultures do they try to hide these 7.
facets throughout all of history, but Black people know how influential the Black
man has been.
.Black men are unique, unique enough in their mentalities that despite being
enslaved, beaten, killed, and castrated, still seek acceptance and equality. Black men
have emerged from attempts to be subjugated and evicted from their new homeland,
(America). Black men work to prove that they are unique and share in the destiny
of two great lands.
Black men are victorious, victorious in their struggle for existence. We may.,
never be accepted as our true selves, but our victory is in our continued existence .
and struggle for acceptance and equality.
I'm proud to be a Black man, and love my Black people, all the shades there.
are, as my brothers and sisters we share a rich and diverse heritage that is both .
admired and respected. I.maybe mixed with White blood, Native American blood, ^
and Irish blood; I may annunciate my words, speak on an intellectual level, but I'm '
still a Black man.
I welcome my brothers and sisters to their Blackness and to take pride in their .
African American heritage. Society should not feel threatened by the Black man but
sleep easy that we only want what our brothers and sisters to be treated with digni- ;
ty, equality and respect.
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Rych McCain's 2007
Hollywood's Top Tale
By Rych McCain heads on correct.
Photos 2006-7 by The 2007 group made
bernagency.photoreflect.com major accomplishments.
except the photo ofRhyon They include: Lil JJ
Brown which is courtesy of ("Just Jordan,"
the ABC Family Network
and the photos ofKristen Nickelodeon TV) and
Combs and Raven Goodwin Kyle Masey ("Cory in
courtesy of Nickelodeon TV
the House," Disney TV);
It's that time of year
again when yours truly
Rych McCain salutes
the top young black tal-
ent in Hollywood
itself does not properly
recognize actors of color
of any age. Black
child/teen actors really
have a tough row.to hoe
behind the scenes that
the viewing public does
not see. I also salute the
parents of these young
people. They have made
huge sacrifices and deal
with all kinds of racism,
egotism, politics and
plain old dumb stuff. To
the youth who are part of
Personal Family of
Child/Teen Artists, I
encourage you all to stay
strong and keep your
two black youth with
their own TV shows.
Also Rhyon Brown
ABC Family Network);
Kristen Combs and
Raven Goodwin, both
from ("Just Jordan,"
Nickelodeon TV); Paige
Hates Chris,"The CW
TV Network); Taylor
Parks (Hairspray, New
Line Cinema); The
Lauryn, Sierra and
China (Tyler Perry's
Daddy's Little Girls,
Lionsgate Films) and the
LAX Boyz (One
Year End Salute to
"-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
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
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
through their own set
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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GIVE CHILDREN A
VOL. 12 NO. 35
By The Star
December 15, 2007
Finding the perfect gift for children and grandchildren is a challenge. But there is one gift that
every child needs and is guaranteed to last a lifetime a college education. The gift of education
is priceless and one that a child won't outgrow. Now in time for the holidays, parents and grand-
parents can purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan or open a Florida College Investment Plan
online at w\\-wv.florida529plans.com. where printable gift certificates can be downloaded as stock-
"With these savings plans. you can give the gift of higher education and realize your goal of
investing in the future of your children and grandchildren." said Governor Charlie Crist.
In addition to being a wonderful gift for an- child, these 529 college savings plans are tax-
free. Once a plan is purchased, relatives and friends may want to contribute to the plan as their
holiday gift to a child.
Gary Fane of Jacksonville, a retired University of North Florida professor, understands the
importance of education. The Fane family purchased a Florida Prepaid College Plan for their
daughter, who attended the University of Florida in the late 1990s. Now Fane has given four
grandchildren, including his 10-month-old grandson Noah, a
PASSPORT conuntled on PR4
-HANGING THE COMMUNITY ONE LIFE AT A TIME..............................................PR 2
IUST FOR KIDS! ...................................................................................................PR 3
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NCI- Changing the Community One life at a Time
As the homicide rate
continues to rise in
Jacksonville, city offi-
cials, religious leaders,
communities, and parents
Incorporated (NCI) is
making a difference and
This non-profit organiza-
tion over the years has
developed and imple-
mented mentoring pro-
grams that open a way of
life children never experi-
enced, or even consid-
defines a mentor as a
trusted guide, a coach,
and one who leads by
e x a m p 1 e
A.mentor transforms neg-
ative behaviors into posi-
tive behaviors, and should
also be someone that
cares for others as they do
for their own family. It
also defines mentoring as
show and tell.. Not only
does NCI tell children
and young adults about a
better way of life, but it
shows and prepares them
Recently NCI men-
tors held an essay contest
offering a mentorship
with Larry Walter, Vice
President of Visit
part of" his program,
Executives, and would
give them a chance to
learn from various profes-
sionals in the hospitality
i n d u s t r y
Walter said, "I want
young people to consider
this industry as more than
cooks, or maids.
This field offers careers
in convention centers,
state sales, and market-
The winners would
also participate in NCI's
2nd Annual Tournament
of Unity (golf tourna-
m e n t )
The interested partici-
pants were students 10 to
18 years of age and had to
write an essay on the sub-
ject, What are the
Benefits of Being a Role
Model or Mentor.
The golf program' was
designed to show the
diversity in the world and
to show students that
they, too, can experience
and be part of this diversi-
There were four lucky
winners: Genika Woods,
John Jackson, Katie and
Christian Outler (sister
Three of the four winners
participated in the golf
They received golf les-
sons, and golf equipment,
(Katie Outler, not shown
The .winners -would hbee was ill the'day, of the tour-'
In an interview with
each winner, it was clear
they all have strong
Christian beliefs and are
determined to succeed in
life. Woods is 16 years-
old and attends Ribault
Woods said, "Writing the
essay was not difficult
and prepares me for more
Woods' favorite subject is
math. She also feels
regardless of her chosen
field, math is a foundation
to open doors for her.
Jackson is 14 years-
old, and is a student at A.
Phillip Randolph Middle
School., He is a history
buff, who enjoys reading.
He has read thousands of
books, which average out
to be about 200 a year
since he was old enough
to read. His favorite
books are the Harry
Potter series. He plans to
become a forensic spe-
c i a 1 i s t .
When asked what he
enjoyed most about the
golf tournament he said,
"I was very grateful for
the experience. Once I
started to play, I started to
Ten year old
Christian Outler displays
some pro golf techniques
on his first golf outing
(Look out Tiger Woods).
He attends Twin Lakes
Middle School and is a
straight 'A' student.
Christian indicated he
never thought about play-
ing golf. He said, "I
thought it was boring just
looking at it on television,
but I found out it is a hard
sport. It takes practice
and skills, along with
learning how to read the
g r e e n s
SAlthoiiugh' 'he has not
nailed down a particular
profession, he's consider-
ing becoming a pharma-
cist, or dentist.
"Katie, was so excited
to be one of the winners
of the essay contest her
mother Cathy said, and
she was really looking
forward to participating
in the golf tournament."
Unfortunately, on the day
of the tournament Katie
woke-up with chipmunk
cheeks, as a result of a
root canal the day before
and was too ill to attend.
"She was very disap-
pointed," her mother said.
Katie is 12 years-old and
attends Twin Lakes
Middle School. She also
enjoys math, and plans to
become an anesthesiolo-
Christians are excellent
examples of their moral
They are also products of
NCI's out-reach pro-
In -an effort to put a
back together, NCI is tak-
ing steps to provide chil-
dren with men and
women who emulate a
better way of life, thereby
making a difference one
life at a time.
In addition to its after
school programs, daycare
center, computer tutoring,
golf program, and the
WIN summer camp pro-
gram (a basketball camp
for young men), it is also
focusing on more
scholastic and faith-based
programs in the future.
This non-profit organiza-
tion realizes the only way
to have less crime is to get
back to moral values in
homes, in schools, and in
is an out-reach moral
responsibility by respon-
These adults can provide
better options and alterna-
tives for our youth of
today. In return, they can
make better choices with
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Thumb like it hot and thumb
like it cold!
Thurston and hungerin'!
Early Tibet and early to rise!
Tinker Bell who?
Tinker Bell is out
Thermos be a better way!
Thea later, alligator!
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A COLLEGE EDUCATION IS THE
PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
continued from front page
Florida Prepaid College Plan.
"It was such a good value," said Fane. "Tuition increased by about 35 percent from the time we purchased the plan until she
(my daughter) attended college, so we saw the savings this plan provided us. We decided it would be a great idea to purchase plans for
Families have the opportunity to prepay tuition, local fees, a new tuition differential fee and dormitory housing at any Florida pub-
lic university or community college with the Florida Prepaid College Plan. For a newborn, the four-year university tuition plan current-
ly costs about $3 a day. The two-year community college tuition plan begins at about $1 a day. The price will depend on the type of
S plan purchased and the age of the child. To purchase a plan, the child or the child's parent or guardian must be a Florida resident. If the
student attends a private or out-of-state college, the value of the plan may be transferred.
Now in its 20th enrollment year, the Florida Prepaid College Plan is financially guaranteed by the State of Florida. Families with
a Florida Prepaid College Plan do not have to worry about the stock market or remember to set money aside for college. Once a child
is enrolled, plan payments do not increase.
Parents and grandparents also can open a Florida College Investment Plan starting with as little as a $25 a month bank withdraw-
al or a $250 initial deposit. Tax-free savings will accumulate in that plan for a child's future use for qualified college expenses such as
tuition, books, fees, and room and board at accredited colleges anywhere in the U.S. Purchasers do not have to be Florida residents.
And the Florida College Investment Plan gift certificate and gift coupon. on www.florida529plans.com allow anyone to make a direct
gift to a child's Florida College Investment Plan.
So bypass the crowded shopping malls and the checkout lines that seem endless this holiday season, and take 15 minutes to enroll
a child or grandchild in the Florida Prepaid College Plan or Florida College Investment Plan.
Like the holidays, the deadline for enrolling in the Florida Prepaid College Plan is quickly approaching. To obtain current plan
prices, families must sign up by January 31, 2008.
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The celebration was a part of a dinner recognizing the military service of Lt.
Colonel Ronald Van Johnson, US Army. Lt. Colonel Johnson has deployed moreictu
than five times during the Iraq war and does not mind serving another round if nec- lf are Debrah
essary to protect the rights and freedoms that all of us enjoy here in the United States Thompson pre-
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immediate family, the audience stood and clapped to a distinguished gentleman who Johnson f]ir hi.
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table to yet another surprise, His mother, Mrs. Mamie Johnson of Cleveland Ohio ii in th
traveled to be with her son on this special occasion. .! .
The program began with a welcome from A. D. Roberts, Chairman of the Board '
of the First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Jackie Perry,
Executive Director of the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, who presented a patriotic ^- .." :
certificate to the honoree. But the eloquence of the remarks by U. S. Small Business
Administration District Director, Wilfredo Gonzales, not to understate the others in i
attendance. Mrs. Tina Daniels of Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, Mr. Reginald (To the ri'ht) Lt.
Lawrence, Executive Director of the Veterans Center of Jacksonville offered warm Colonel Johnson i
and personal remarks about the personal sacrifices and hardships endured by the w,,,,i iith hi -
Men and Women serving in uniform across the world especially in combat zones. A mol.her. I Mrs. k -
Poem entitled Freedom delivered by our own gracious Khamil L. Ojoyo was deliv- .lanmi Jodhnson. .'.
ered to the honoree and guests just after family members Carlos Johnson and Ms. wi Roemarr.
Jessica Adkins from Daytona Bch, FL, Kevin O. Crumby of New Jersey, Damon .and another
Howard of Orangeburg, SC sang "1 Believe 1 Can Fly" while other out of town fam- proud fir'milr
ily members Dr. Courtney Johnson Howard (Ron's daughter) of Orangeburg, SC mbr w holi .
This event Organizer was Ms. Deborah lK: Thompson of Deborah K. Thompson ..
Consultants, who brought in letters, certificates and plaques commemorating the
honoree; from the U.S. Senate the Honorable Bill Nelson, U. S. House of
Representatives, Congressmen aAnder Crenshaw and U S Senator the Honorable Mel (sI B -To the left
The Honorable Clay Yarborough District I, Mia Jones District 10, Dr. Johnny attended the cele-
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I'm renting ai room inside someoines house. The pelonl I ItI c \ ilh lia q
started opening nr, inail and hai begun to ciincizze mi because of in',
finacecs. Yes. I h~l~e bad credit bt tins is im. peli.onal btl~llle's 'N aI
credit Ieport \\js good enough to get ipplo \ed ltei the leaIse nbd bhiat's
all that matters. I've only been late a few times but I'm now on time
consistently. How do I handle this situation of constantly being judged, ridiculed and second
Anonymous On-line Reader
You signed a lease that opened you up for in'\ vision of your privacy and you've handed them a key
to your life. You should've entered this situation on, a short-term lease, a personal post office box
and an exit plan while yop get your life together. Your old habits are hard to break and if you've
been late then you deserve being second guessed. To save yourself some stress, save your money,
break your lease and start on a fresh note that'll guarantee you success.
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My brother uses his children to pick up women and I don't like it. He takes the children to the parks
and restaurants because he knows women will be there. When someone compliments the kids, he
takes that as an opportunity to start his game, asking for phone numbers and pushing for dates.
Things came to a boiling point when he was at a restaurant and a few of the women were there at
the same time. How do I get him to see that it's wrong to do this?
Jailyne (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Instead of hating the player and his game, you need to become part of the solution and stop com-
plaining. If it's obvious what your brother is doing, you should volunteer your time he can date.
Yes, he's wrong for putting his kids in the middle and you're more wrong for not saying anything
before now. This isn't rocket science and if you want to mind his business and be nosey, go ahead
and make yourself useful and babysit'and keep it moving.
My new girlfriend has a cat and this is now a problem. I didn't think she was one of those people
that kiss pets, let them sleep in the bed and stuff like that. I was wrong. We were having dinner and
I saw the cat in the kitchen on the counter licking its fur. I got sick, I was disgusted and we had an
argument. The cat has become the deal breaker in this relationship. I really like her but if I have to
make her choose the cat or me, I will. Any suggestions?
Darryl Don't Like Cats On-Line Reader
Now this is a classic case where the dog is really chasing the cat. Your girlfriend is not going to
choose you over the cat because this pet has been there during her tears, bad times and lonely nights
before you came around. You're grown and you know that cats walk on kitchen counters and sleep
in beds. Your best bet is to let her know that you can't deal with the kitty cat at her place, but you're
willing to move dates to your place and see what happens.
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Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
VICTORY WAY CHRISTIAN CENTER located at 4058 St. Augustine
Rd. will be having the "CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF JESUS" on
Wednesday December 19, 2007 at 7:00pm. A night filled with drama, dance,
worship, step and much more. All are welcome! Victory Way Christian
Center will be in Revival with Evangelist Marvin Mcdaniels, Friday &
Saturday, December 28th and 29th, 2007 at 7:00pm. Witchnight Service at
Victory Way Christian Center will be held on Monday, December 31, 2007
at 9:00 p.m. For More Information, please 904-391-0002.
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.
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.
PRECIOUS MEMORIES MOTORCYCLE ESCORT SERVICE, INC. is spon-
soring their 1ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY RIDE, to benefit the Clara
White Mission programs for the homeless, low income families, training and housing
for the citizens of Jacksonville. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 16th
from 9:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. at the Mission, located at 613 W. Ashley St., ending at
A. Phillip Randolph Park, 301 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.' For additional information,
contact the Club's president at 786-9262.
2008 STANTON GALA MEETING -The current class leaders of Old Stantori, New
Stanton and' Stanton Vocational High Schools will meet Monday, December 17th at
6:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist St. (First street
entrance) to discuss plans for the May 3, 2008 Stanton Gala. For more information,
contact Gala Chairman,.' Kenneth reddick at 764-8795 or visit
JUSTICE COALITION KICKING OFF SPONSORSHIP DRIVE FOR 6TH
ANNUAL "TOGETHER WE CAN" BREAKFAST it's an important annual
fundraiser to help raise support of the Justice Coalition's mission of assisting innocent
victims of violent crimes. The annual breakfast will take place Thursday, February 21,
2008 from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. It will be hosted by the FOP and will take place at
the FOP Headquarters located at 5530 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Sponsorships are available only to businesses and organizations of the First Coast
communities and are being offered at two levels, the Justice Level for 43,000 a table
and at the Crime Stopper level at $1,500 a table. Each table seats eight people and a
southern style buffet breadfast will be served. Current sponsors include: Builders
FirstSource, Firehouse Subs, Contemporary Business Services, McGinley Paving, and
JB Coxwell. For more information, please contact the Justice Coalition's executive
director, Ann Dugger at (904) 783-6312.
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A LIVING DEFINITION OF FRIENDSHIP
Ester Davis. ReligionAndSpirituality.comn
"A faithful friend is a strong defense and he that finds
one hath found a treasure" (Ecclesiastes 6:14)
According to the government. about 77 people a day ,
receive organ transplants of some kind. Approximately 19 '
a day die waiting for a transplant, while countless others
die from infections and/or complications. Thousands suffer in anguish, in silence.
Thousands more suffer without loved ones, adequate care or caregivers. Currently,
the waiting list for donors in this country is near 100,000. Yes. Six digits. And
Ron Springs, a former NFL player, had been on a downhill spiral, suffering
with diabetes for 15 years. He had been on the national waiting list for a kidney
since 2004. At some point in early 2007, the need for a kidney and surgery became
urgent. Everson Walls, a former NFL player, native Dallasite, known affectionate-
ly to close friends and Hamilton.Park neighbors as "Cubby," willingly, without
doubt, fears and hesitation, donated his kidney in a successful operation in late
February 2007. We all heard the story. The whole world heard the story, from ESPN
to HBO to USA Today to NBC Sports to World News. In every language around
the globe, the first transplant between two U.S. professional athletes touched the
hearts of all humanity. Unbelievable! Brave! A selfless act. Can't believe someone
did that. The two friends appeared after the surgery in a show of comradeship that
was definitely "sports-outside-the-norm." It was so uplifting to witness an inspir-
ing story unfolding between friends who considered this action routine, expected
and part of their duty as human beings. Simply amazing!
We hear so many disgustingly negative things about athletes, celebrities and
high-profile civic and elected personalities, that when we come upon a truly amaz-
ing "brotherly love" story about two friends who played football for the Dallas
Cowboys together for four seasons, we are moved beyond words. Not for money.
Not for fame. Not for position or recognition. Just friendship. The sheer value Ron
and Everson placed on their relationship did leave you speechless. Their candor and
calmness left you exhausted searching for the good friend in you. The entire event
had to just renew and rekindle your spirits about the human soul. Everson said
before the surgery that he was not going to allow his friend to die. In a statement
to youth months after the surgery, at the Global Peace Festival in Dallas, he said
you should want to do something for the "sake of others." This was right in line
with the teachings, writings' and preached word of Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the
founder of the Global Peace Festivals. When you hear of a story like this, you
instantly look for your true friend, especially when in need.
Everson now travels the globe, in demand for speaking engagements about his
history-making act of kindness to his friend. He speaks sincerely and masterfully
about friendship and the value of true relationships in your lifetime. For informa-
tion about his schedule, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ester Davis is a writer and television producer. She can be reached at
email@example.com. Copyright 2007 by Ester Davis.
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II -- From Actual Police Reports
-7H Did You Hear About?...
December 15, 2007 December 21, 2007
March 21st thru April 19th
On Monday and Tuesday, you're a trendsetter,
a pacesetter, the one out front, the one clearing
the path for everyone else, the example. This
isn't really something you planned for your-
self. You just have some restless energy. You
can't help it. On Wednesday and Thursday you
slow down a bit, mostly so you can take stock
of your feelings and your finances, but you're
still 100 percent agreeable. Friday and
Saturday you have about a billion emails to,
catch up on, but Sunday's a go-visit-the-fami-t
ly sort of day.
SApril 20th thru May 20th
On Monday and Tuesday your mind seems
divided. Mostly you have differing thoughts
about your time and the pace at which you're
moving. Should you slow your goal trajectory
a bit? Should you accelerate it? Are you walk-
ing too quickly when you could be enjoying,
the stroll? On Wednesday and Thursday,
you're not really bothered by such questions,
mostly because you're so intensely happy.
Nothing seems to bother you at all. But Friday
and Saturday a few minor financial frustra-
tions underscore a certain level of crankiness.
On Sunday, have dinner with a friend.,
Mlay 21st thru June 21st
On Monday and Tuesday, someone is coming
at you fast and furious with advice. If you were.,
in a different mood, you might take offense to
this person saying that (essentially) you don't'
know what you're doing. But on those days
you're thrilled, because it's really' good advice.
You can put your feelings aside and recognize
the value of their words. On Wednesday and
Thursday, a few brand-new obstacles come
your way, but now you have strategies for
dealing with them. Friday and Saturday are
full of hand-shaking and telling strangers your
name -- including, yes, an attractive stranger
S June 22nd thru July 22nd
Your brain is quick on Monday and Tuesday -
- much quicker than usual. Your feelings are a
bit closer to the surface, too. It will take some
effort to keep from responding emotionally to
things that normally wouldn't get to you, but
it's just a mood thing. Wednesday and
Thursday you're a lot more open to anything
anyone wants to toss your way. Witty little
jab? Absolutely. Bring it. The difference is that
Wednesday and Thursday are just plain fun. A
dinner party is a fantastic idea. Friday and
Saturday you find yourself discovering some-
thing new about yourself,
SJuly 23rd thru Aug 22nd
On Monday and Tuesday, a conversation with
someone reverses a conviction you've held for
a long time. Something you were very sure of
... Poof! It's gone! Turned upside down! It's
funny how one person's perspective, can
change everything. On Wednesday and
Thursday, the perspective you're most worried
about is your boss'. You're particularly attuned
to how you come across at work, and you're
trying to reinforce a good impression. Friday
and Saturday are social -- it may be that you're
socializing with work people; nevertheless,
you're socializing. Sunday's more of a stay-at-
Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
Monday and Tuesday you know exactly
what you're doing, and it gives all of your
actions a kind of magical vividness, not
to mention a sense of inevitability. This is
a talent of yours, something you've culti-
vated, this knowing what you're doing,
and you can call it up even when you
have no idea what you're doing! On
Wednesday and Thursday, the thing that
strikes you is how compatible you and
you-know-who are. A trip together proves
it. Friday and Saturday you have a bunch
of things to tell people and not much
time, so you're in front of your email a
lot. But Sunday you get some fresh air.
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Sept 23rd thru Oct 22nd
Monday and Tuesday you're focused on a cer-
tain relationship. It might be romantic or it
might be professional, but whatever it is, you
can barely think about anything else. Most
likely the issue is that there's compromise
required, and you're just not sure if you're pre-
pared to bend. Give it some time. Reconsider..
On Wednesday and Thursday, delicious meals
figure strongly -- either you've stumbled onto
a new set of recipes or you're around someone
who's a great cook. Friday and Saturday are
more about the dinner conversation than the
dinner, but Sunday's quiet, peaceful and gor-
Oct 23rd thru Nov 21st
Monday or Tuesday, in the middle of helping
someone else, you might bang your head, or
do something equally random and painful. It's
not going to. be a lasting pain, but you'll
remember it at least all afternoon. So watch it!
On Wednesday and Thursday, you're banged
around again -- emotionally this time.
Someone has their hands on your heart, and
they're letting you know they know it. What a
week this is! Thankfully, none of the damage
lasts, and in a strange way, you'll look back on
all of it as either, funny or educational. This
weekend's an adventure. An excellent adven-
Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
Monday and Tuesday are romantic, but not in a
gushy way. They're romantic in a way that
involves playing games and laughing hysteri-
cally. On Wednesday and Thursday, you have
some responsibilities to attend to; as much as
you'd like to be thinking big-picture thoughts,
it's the details that need your attention. On
Friday and Saturday, there's so much going on
in your life it's almost funny, with people run-
ning around and opening and closing doors and
making silly phone calls. But you love the
antic energy. On Sunday, try to reconnect with
you-know-who. Have a good talk.
Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th
Monday and Tuesday find you protecting your
resources -- especially in the career and fami-
ly realms. You're worried about something, or
perhaps you're just getting sentimental. Maybe
the resources you're protecting are simply
keepsakes. Nevertheless, on Wednesday and
Thursday you couldn't be less worried about
anything. Nature figures into these days, as
does romance and relaxing and letting your
feelings be known. Friday and Saturday you're
doing a lot of communicating but you don't
seem to be getting through to people. On
Sunday, focus on just one person.
Jan 20th thru Feb 18th
Monday and Tuesday you make so many dis-
coveries that you'd be wise to keep a notebook
with'you, just to keep track of it all. These
periods of discovery happen a lot in your life
and are good for your brain. They give you
energy. On Wednesday and Thursday, you're a
little more low-energy, but still, you're bending
your brain around new things. During Friday
.and Saturday, you give your brain a rest and
give in to your intuitive romantic side -- the
side that requires no thinking at all. On
Sunday, you're, trying to figure out what it all
Feb 19th thru March 20th
On Monday and Tuesday you're at a loss.
Someone is not telling you something and you
can tell, but you can't tell who it is or why. You
just have this funny feeling. Not that you mind
a mystery. As a matter of fact, you get into this
position a lot, this 'I know something is up'
position. On Wednesday and Thursday, instead
of worrying about it, focus on your love life --
which, luckily, gives you plenty to focus on
right now. If you're not hanging out with
someone special, write a poem. Friday and
Saturday you're incredibly busy, but Sunday is
fun and romantic.
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victim refused to be transported for
GRAND THEFT AND AGGRAVATED
ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON On
Saturday, Officer JR said he came in contact with
victim TN while he was working off duty at the.
hospital. The victim informed him that he was in ,
the parking lot of PPH Food Mart and was hang-
ing outside of his car. He stated that the suspect's, :
girlfield was talking with one of the girls that was
inside of the car when the suspect approached
inside and took some items. The victim saw this
and confronted the suspect about a jacket.. The
victim stated that he did not know that the suspect
had a knife and the next thing he knew he was being stabbed. The suspect then fled
the scene in an unknown direction in the listed car. Officer JR saw where the vic-
tim,TN, had three stab wounds on his left shoulder.Witnesses informed Officer JR
that they saw the victim approach the suspect and saw the suspect pull a knife and
started stabbing the victim. They saw the suspect get into the car and flee in an
unknown direction. Officer went to the food mart to see if he could gather more
information, but was unable to. Officer JR spoke with Emergency Room doctor DC
and he stated that the victim is stable and his injuries were not life threatening.
HOME / AUTOMOBILE VANDALIZED -
On Wednesday, an officer was dispatched to the
5000 block of Andrew Robinson Dr., in refer-
.ence to a dispute. Unpon arrival, he met the
complaintant Ms. G. She advised that while stay-
ing at her brother's, TM, resident, her sister-in-
law, MM, vandalized the residence and smashed
"the windows of hier brother's vehicle. Further
investigation revealed that according to Ms. G,
MM and TM are currently married and have
been for 10 years. However, the couple is cur-
rently separated, seeking a divorce, and MM no
longer resides at the residence. On this date,
while inside the residence, Ms. G observed MM, along with another unknown black
female, smash the windows of the car and the front window of the residence with a
chair. Ms. G was not injured as a result of this incident, but was instructed to have
Mr. M notify the police to update this report.
AGGRAVATED ASSUALT AND BATTERY -A Jacksonville police officer was
dispatched to the 4300 block of Sunbeam Rd., were 59 year old PRB-says he was
shot by RLO, a stranger wearing an goal and purple shirt arid denim shorts. A 9mm
semiautomatic firearm was seized, along with 9mm bullets and a canvass conceal-
ment holster. The gun was not reported stoleri. PRB was shot just above his right
buttock and the bullet apparently lodged in his lower abdomen, just below his waist-
line. He told Ofc. A.E.P. that as he drove into the apartment complex, a group of kids
were blocking his way. He advised that he had to stop his car while.they slowly got
out of his way. As he passed, he told the kids to stay out of the road. He then drove
to his apartment, parked his car and walked with his walking stick back to the office
to make a complaint. Once there he was describing what happened to witness #1,
CN. At that point, witness #2, A.L., the suspect's girlfi-iend, walked in and confront-
ed PRB. She accused PRB of calling them the "N" word. An argument ensued and
witness #2, A.L. entered'the office with a baseball bat. She heard what was being
said and interrupted the victim and accused him of calling all of them the "N" word.
At that point, the suspect then approached the
front door to the office and demanded he get
out of his girlfriend's face. After a brief verbal
altercation with the suspect, the victim turned
his attention back to witness #2, who contin- ,. ..'"
ued yelling at him. Sometime during the argu-
ment, the suspect shot the victim. Atthat time,
witness #2 told the suspect to get the gun and
"get out of there." It was laterlearned that the ,
victim, who was transported to the hospital,
had no life threatening injuries. RLO was /
advised of his rights and he agreed to 'talk to / .'
the officer and maintained that he thought the"
victim was going to hit his girlfriend with his
walking stick. He said he was aiming the gun at the victim's feet, but when he fired
it struck him in his right buttock.
HE SAID NO TO DRUGS -An officer was dispatched to the 5900 block of Ft.
Caroline Rd. in reference to a person being cut. Upon his arrival, he met with
witness Ms. BF who stated she looked outside of her apartment window and
observed her boyfriend, Mr. EH, the victim in a fight with an unknown male
suspect. She observed her boyfriend push the suspect off and the suspect cut the
victim's hand with an unknown object. The witness stated she saw the suspect
get into an unknown two door burgundy vehicle with another unknown female
suspect driving. Victim, Mr. EH stat-
Sed he said he: was going to a conven-
ience store adjacent the apartments
when the suspect came up to him and
asked if he wanted some drugs; The
victim stated he said no and the sus-
pect started to argue with him. The
: .victim stated the male suspect fol-
lowed him back to his apartment and
began to. fight him. While fighting,
the victim stated the suspect cut him
.... .. on his right pinky finger with a knife
and got into a vehicle and left. The
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By Kevin S. McCoy, Sr., Sports
Reporter for The Florida Star
'- Surprise--Fred Taylor, a
S former Gator great still has a
S lot of running left! And run-
ning it up Carolina's gut. The
fans were chanting "Freddie,
Freddie, Freddie!" So Lets
vote for Fred Taylor for presi-
dent (just kidding!) Fred
would get my vote for a pos-
sible pro bowl appearance. He
is a hard worker and a team
leader. This game, however,
was a strong showing for the
Jaguars. they completed four
quarters of productive offense
On the first play of the
first quarter, the Jags were
already up 27-6 when Fred
Taylor exploded up the mid-
dle like a rocket, then raced
80 yards for a touchdown.
That made the score 34-6,
Jacksonville. This run was the
longest run this year by an
NFL running back. "Fred's
hungry." Garrard said. "He
wants to do something special
this year, we all do!" Taylor
passed Eddie George and Tiki
Barber and moved up to the
18th for the NFL's all time
rushing list. There were many
bright spots of the day!
Wide receiver Reggie
Williams may have redeemed
himself when he caught a
pass thrown from David
Garrard. Reggie bulled his
way and shook off two tackles
for the score.
"It was a real battle at this
point," Williams said of his
seventh TD of the season and
third in four games. "I had to
break up a tackle on two of
the plays, but I got a good
pass from David. He hit me
right in the stride."
Dennis Northc.utt had a
37 yard punt return in the first
quarter. This was the Jaguars
longest this season. Matt
Jones caught a six yard pass
from Garrard. Only his sec-
ond of the season. Williams
said he was not motivated by
trying to make up for last
weeks mistake. "I get moti-
vated by playing my best and
helping this team get to the
playoff," he said. "I wasn't
thinking about the penalty at
Matt Jones caught a six
yard touchdown pass from
Garrard in only his second of
the season. The other one was
on October 28 against the
Tampa Bucs when he caught a
fade pass for the winning
fans and others expect too
much too soon. There were
minor complaints about quar-
terback David Garrard.
Things can't always be per-
fect. With any QB, Garrard
had a quarterback rating of
93.5, which is not one of his
best. But he completed 230
yards, two TDs, no intercep-
tions, no sacks and two com-
"I wish I could have a too
rating every time I stepped
out there," Garrard said. "But
they did a good job of trying
to confuse us and mix things
up by playing press coverage.
Man and man off, they put a
lot of pressure on us, but
that's how the NFL is."
It's good to see two pro
bowlers go at it! The Jags
matched up Rashean Mathis
against the Panther's wid
receiver Steve Smith. Mathis
cannot always be "super-
man," but he can get the job
Del Rio said, "we're
going to put out pro bowler
on their pro bowler and we're
going to shadow him."
Rashean did a nice job of that.
It was a good solid effort.
Smith finished the game with
six catches for 44 yards. Later
on, Mathis was pulled and
replaced by Scott Starks.
A beautiful highlight
other than Fred's long run,
was Clint Ingram. The two
year veteran had his first 39
yard interception return. It
was his first career touch-
allowed 149 total yards
against the Panthers--fewest
by a Jacksonville opponent
this season. Hopefully, the
Jags may be headed toward
the post season with a solid 9-
4 record. Still, it is not a given
because only two wild card
spots are up for grabs. Early
on- when the Jags had a 4th
down and 3 yards to go, and
were so close to scoring a
touchdown, the ball was on
the Carolina 2 yard line.
Jacksonville had to settle for a
field goal. After all is said and
done the rout was on! The
jaguars win big! The Jaguars'
next game is in Pittsburgh
next week. The Steelers are
looking to redeem themselves
after a loss to the Patriots 34-
Fred Taylor being tackled just short of a
touchdown. (Photo by Laurence Greene,
Photographerfor The Florida Star)
Jaxon D'Ville leading the team to the field
(Photo by Laurence Greene, Photographer for
The Florida Star)
JSO Ken Jefferson enjoying the game. (Photo by Laurence
Photographer for The Florida Star)
I Four Golf Swing Myths
By Joe Laurentino
There is much free advice in the golf community, but much of it mislead-
ing and conflicting. Some tips are considered "must-dos" and will guarantee
results for all golfers. But this is not true because'many of these tips are nego-
tiable can work well for some but for most golfers, they're just nonsensical
bits of advice that will hinder, rather than help. Here are the four biggest bits
Swing Myth #1 "Keep your head down and your eye on the ball." It's
now become the answer and cure for all bad shots. But its not the answer and
golfers must be careful with this idea as it can make things worse; keeping our
ead down can cause a restricted backswing, and even worse, a restrict downswing. The fact of the
matter is that if you watch some of the top players in the world, like Annika Sorenstam, or David
Duval back when he won 11 of 27 PGA events, they don't keep their heads down but rotate their
heads and eyes freely toward the target through impact. They both do not see the ball at impact, but
rather they are seeing a point somewhere between the ball and their intended target. Other tour play-
ers do the same. Blind golfers play golf, and some of them can break 80!
Swing Myth #2 'You must be aligned parallel to the target." Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer
had great careers and both of them consistently aligned themselves to the right of their target and
"pulled" the ball back on line, whereas Lee Trevino and Fred Couples, align themselves well to the
left of their intended targets and hit a "push fades". It doesn't make any sense for a golfer to work on
square alignment, if he or she consistently hits push slices. Each golfer needs to find an alignment
that is consistent and works for their ball flight.
Swing Myth #3 "Swing slow." Slowing down the swing does not ensure a better swing; it just
ensures a slower one and slower means shorter. Tempos vary from player to player. Some golfers,
like Nick Price, swing the club more quickly from start to finish while other golfers, such as Ernie
Els, tend to swing the club more slowly. While a golfer's tempo is an individual thing, all great golf
swings are smooth from start to finish. One of the worst things a golfer can do is to try to work with
a tempo that is unnatural to him. Most golfers would benefit more from the idea of making their entire
swing smooth at a tempo that works for them.
Swing Myth #4 "The backswing needs to be on plane in order for the downswing to be on
plane." Wrong. If you look at the golf swings of great players, both past and present, you 11 see that
players move the club quite differently in the backswing. For example, Jim Furyk takes the-club back
outside and steep, while John Daly takes it back inside and flat. The fact of the matter is you don't
strike the ball on the backswing; you strike it on the downswing. Different backswings can still pro-
duce effective downswings.
These a just a few examples of swing tips that negotiable elements in the golf swing and how
there are many individual ways that can be successful. Most golfers keep moving from one swing tip
to another, all in search of the secret. But the answer for golfers to realize their full golfing potential
lies in their comprehension of these ideas. More specifically, they need to enhance their understand-
ing of all of this swing advice of what is negotiable and nonnegotiable in the golf swing and how
these elements can work together to produce sound, repeatable results.
Joe Laurentino is a PGA Professional and author of'"The Negotiable Golf Swing: How to
Improve Your Game Without Picture-Perfect Form." Visit him online at www.joelaurentino.com.
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Join the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce forJacksonville
Day 2008 in Tallahassee, Florida on January 24. Participants will
be briefed by state leadership and members of the Duval County
Legislative Delegation on plans for the 2008 Legislative Session.
Additional opportunities will be available to meet with legislators
on the issues affecting Jacksonville and our business community.
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Registration (Breakfast will provided)
Bus Departs for Tallahassee
Arrive in Tallahassee
The Governors Club
202 1/2 South Adams St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Meet with Legislators
(Appointments to be set by attendees)
Tour of Governor's Mansion
Tour of the Capitol
Depart for Jacksonville
(Food and beverages will be provided)
Arrive in Jacksonville
Non-Profit Center Shands Jax Varian SCS
Betty Asque Davis
Watson Realty Corp
Office: 904 285-6300
13961 SOUND OVERLOOK DR North JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA; 32224
$1,000 Gift Card for Buyer's Realtor with an accepted contract submitted on or before
For more information, contact Megan Mathis at 366-6623
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