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Domestic Violence Leaves Five Children Without a Mother
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Marissa Kelly, 28, had been married to her husband, Albert
Kelly Jr., 49, for five years when the marriage ended Sunday
night with her death due to domestic battery. She was the
Marissa Kelly, 28, murdered Albert Kelly, Jr., 49, eight months pregnant. Afterward, the two ladies left the
suspect Eureka Garden apartment with the children, to stay at
Yolanda's. On Saturday morning, Albert apologized for his behavior. Even though Marissa and the children did
not go back to the apartment with him, she felt comfortable enough to go to the apartment Sunday to get some
warm clothes for the children. No one knows what happened after she arrived except, when she did not return to
Yolanda's house with the clothes, Yolanda became worried and called the police. The officers entered the Eureka
Garden apartments, leaving Yolanda in the car, and found Marissa dead and Albert wounded with what officers
felt were self-inflicted.
Marissa's murder was the fifth this year at the apartment complex. She had only been living there for three
months, after moving from Daytona Beach. The abuse she received and the apologies are typical, but she did not
know. The patterns are apparent, and abused victims need to learn the signs before death occurs.
Chemical Plant Blow Up Kills 4, Injures 14
another tragedy Wednesday
When the T2 Laboratory on
Sr the Northside had multiple*
explosions and fire, causing
the death of four people and
injuries to 14 others, with
only on t in critical condition.
According to the manager of
Sthe Holiday Inn which is
i about two miles from the lab-
Parrish Ashley, 36 and Karey Henry, 35, two oratory, the explosion blew
Smoke from the explosions could be seen of the four victims killed in the explosions. off the doors of the hotel.
downtown, about 18 miles away. Both were chemical specialist at the facility. The company makes chemi-
cal solvents and fuel additives so officials ordered a precautionary evacuation for fear of toxic fumes, The order
was rescinded after about two hours as it was determined that the air was no more dangerous than an ordinary
The saddest part is this close to Christmas more family men were lost. Like last week's garage collapse, these
were hard working men with children. They were good" men, they were proud. Ashley and Henry were best
friends. Killed were Parrish Ashley, 36, a chemical specialist and father of a one-year-old daughter, Karey Henry,
35, also a chemical specialist, leaving a wife and two children, Robert Scott Gallagher, 49, co-owner of T2 Labs
and Charles Bolchoz, 52.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, National Safety and Health Administration and others begun their investiga-
tion on Thursday morning They said it "has the highest rank of any seen in 2007" and very serious.
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Lonzie Leath, Investigative Reporter, The Florida Star
Direct Buy advertises that they help their members save
money by allowing them to buy products direct, therefore
eliminating the middleman. To further help with the savings,
the company say they work with insured and bonded contrac-
tors to make sure all work is done properly, at a tremendous
savings. But in order to receive these savings, you must
become a member of the organization at an average member-
ship fee of around $3,500. According to the Texas and US
Attorney General & FTC offices, nationwide BBB, Home
Shopping Network, Infomercial Scams & Ripoff Reports and
an article in Consumer Reports there are major concerns.
They have received thousands of complaints about member-
ship pricing, understanding, responding and poor contractor
work by contractors that Direct Buy recommends to its mem-
Lonzie Leath, an investigative reporter with The Florida Star.
says that his first-hand experience triggered him to investigate
a serious problem with Direct Buy and one of their referred
contractors, Hernandez Flooring. After receiving no replies to
complaint calls, Mr. Leath finally contacted the corporate
office in an effort to get his work completed in a manner, to
pass industry inspections but to no avail, even though he was
told by staff personnel at the corporate office and Randy
Forker Owner on of the Sunnyvale, Texas location that other
members who had experienced Direct Buy Continued on A-7
SNews In Brief
Jay-Z's 60 Million plus Hotel
SJay-Z launched his new J-Hotel chain
in Manhattan. The acquisition totalled
About $66.4 million and will be located at ti
511 W. 21st St between 10th and 11th Ave.
Early College High School Program at Ribault
Students cam earn both a high school diploma and up to
60 hours of college credit simultaneously at Ribault. You
can hear more about it on Impact Radio show on Tuesday,
January 8 at 8:30 p.m.. WCGL-AM 1360 or over the
Internet at www.WCGL1360.com at the same time and talk
with Dr. Brian Lyons, director of the program.
Florida Mayors Say No to Tax Proposal
The Florida League of Mayors announced they are
opposing Amendment 1, the January 29 tax plan that will be
decided by Florida voters. "The amendment makes an
already broken tax system worse," said the group, and will
punish families and their children who live and work in our
communities. Citizens should VOTE NO on January 29.
2008. governor Crist is promoting the plan but his demo-
cratic, community understanding friends are not.
December 31 is the last day to register to vote in this
very important election as well as the Florida primary.
Protect your rights, VOTE!
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Committee Members Named
Who has the answers to crime, poverty, etc?
SMayor Peyton initiated a move last
week to'rid Jacksonville of its present
S', title of "Murder Capital of the State" by
Storming an organization consisting of
community leaders. The organization,
." B -"The Jacksonville Journey, Take a
Step"is being co-chairedeby former state
Dr. Juan Gray senator Betty Holzendorf and former
Chairman, SCLC Ambassador John Rood. There are 16
members on the Steering Committee
that includes Ed Austin, Mac Brunson, Toni Crawford, John
Delaney, Darrell Gilyard, Nat Glover, Hugh Green, Steve
Halverson, Dr. Adam Herbert, Pete Jackson, Jim McMillan,
Pam Paul, Gertrude Peele, Steve Wallace, Cleve Warren and
Wayne Weaver. In addition to the Steering Committee, there
are seven subcommittees. The entire organization consists-
of 137 people, of which 24 are Black.
The subcommittees are Education, chaired by W. C.
Gentry, Funding Subcommittee, chaired by Tom Petway,
Intervention and Rehabilitation, chaired by John Coxwell,
Law Enforcement and Deterrence Subcommittee, chaired by
Paul Perez, Neighborhood Safety and Stability
Subcommittee, chaired by Tony Boselli, Positive Youth
Development, chaired by Audrey Moran, and Public
Relations, chaired by Will Ketchum.
The Florida Star said that they have Take A Step See A-7
for Black Youth
Millionaires in Training, a
youth entrepreneurship pro-
gram announced Wednesday
on the Montel Williams Show
that Ephren Taylor is the
national spokesman for the
program. Taylor pledged
$25,000 to the program.
Taylor is CEO of City Capital
Corporation, Raleigh, N. C.
and author of "Creating
Success from the Inside Out." Ephren Taylor, 25, self-
The program is designed made millionaire.
to train and develop boys and girls (12-15 years of age). Its
overall objective is to prepare and train future entrepreneurs
for the professional workforce and introduce them to basic
business concepts through mock businesses, professional
networking opportunities, field trips, and in-house computer
training and seminars. The Florida Star is working to bring
this program to Jacksonville.
A mausoleum -
Thursday in honor .7
of Robert Lee
Hayes, once .
known as the
fastest human .in
the world. The
monument has the
United States, the Olympic, Japanese and a Dallas
Cowboy's flag, as a reminder of his accomplishments.
The Jacksonville native won two Olympic gold medals
in 1964 and played with the Dallas Cowboys for ten
seasons. His monument was unveiled on his 65th birth-
day at Edgewood Cemetery which is open for public
visits. Hayes died in 2002 at the age of 59.
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Giving-The True Gift of Christmas
SChild Watch@ Column
By Marian Wright Edelma, President of the Children's Defense Fund
Christmas is a festive
time when many families
come together, homes are
decorated with trees hung
with ornaments. and lights
and sumptuous dinners are
prepared. Christmas also
can be, for a variety of rea-
sons, a time of stress. One
source of stress is the
oppression of the shopping
list. The longer the list, the
greater the anxiety-what
shall I get for this niece or
that cousin or friend? How
do I avoid giving a gift
that's too similar to what I
gave last year? And :of
course there are the
demands of children who
want the latest video game
or electronic gadget.
Bending to the pressure,
many of us join the legions
iof shoppers hunched over
and weighted down by
bags full of holiday things.
Amidst it all, we lose
sight of the meaning of
Christmas. We forget to
tell our children why we
give gifts in the first
place-the story Christians
believe about the first
Christmas' gift to the world
of the Prince of Peace.
When he walked on the
Earth, he spoke to us of the
gifts that really matter:
"For I was hungered, and
ye gave me meat; I was
thirsty, and ye gave me
drink; I was a stranger, and
ye took me in; naked, and
ye clothed me; I was sick,
and ye visited me; I was in
prison, and ye came unto,
me." This message of giv-
ing speaks to what's good
in and required of all of us.
Christmas is a time to
enrich the lives of our chil-
dren by sharing with them
the joy and gift of giving.
This can be done in many
ways. While shopping with
your children, have them
select a toy to give to a
poor child. Some time
during the Christmas sea-
son, take your children to a
homeless shelter or soup
kitchen and volunteer to
help prepare or serve food.
Bake together a few dozen
cookies and take them to
your local children's hospi-
tal or nursing home to
brighten the day of some-
one less fortunate.
There are many in need
not only in our own com-
munities but in our global
community. I'm reminded
of the wonderful children's
story of Beatrice's Goat by
Page McBrier about a
young Ugandan girl whose
dream of going to school
seems out of reach because
her family is poor. But
things change for Beatrice
when her family is selected
to receive a goat from
Heifer International, a pro-
gram that provides live-
stock to those in need
around the world. After
months dutifully tending
the goat and selling its
milk at the market,
Beatrice finally has
enough money to pay for
books and a school uni-
form. Then one day,
dressed in her new school
uniform, after taking the
goat's milk to market,
Beatrice makes her way to
her first day of school.
You can participate in
the Heifer International
program (heifer.org) by
giving a struggling family
in another land the gift of a
goat, alpaca, camel, cow,
donkey, horse, llama, pig,
sheep, a water buffalo,
yak, honey bees, a school
of fish or a flock of chick-
ens, ducks or geese. The
lives of the receiving fami-
ly will be improved eco-
nomically by the wool,
eggs, milk or honey pro-
vided by the animals. In
exchange, the receiving
family promises to pass the
first offspring on to anoth-
er family-it's called
"Passing on the Gift." This
living chain of giving is a
dynamic and sustainable
approach to grassroots
The gift of a dairy goat
(at $120) can supply a fam-
ily several quarts of nutri-
tious milk a day-a ton of
milk a year. Extra milk can
be sold or used to make
cheese, butter or yogurt.
Goats can thrive in extreme
climates and on poor, dry
land by eating grass and
leaves. Because goats often
have two or three kids a
year, Heifer partners can
help lift themselves out of
poverty by starting small
dairies that earn money for
food, health care and edu-
cation. Geese (at $20) are
easy to care for. They don't
require much shelter and
can adapt to most climates.
They can lay up to 75 eggs
a year providing a ready
source of protein and
picked the animals they
wanted me to give in their
honor with great excite-
ment! This year I'm also
buying my 'grandchildren
three banks each for
Christmas: one for saving,
one for spending, and one
for sharing. I hope this will
teach them the value of
thrift and how to share
their good fortune with
others. I also hope this will
help them understand the
true meaning of Christmas.
For more information on
the Children's Defense
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Samuel Brown's Book Signing
On The First Coast
Noted author Samuel Brown visited the First
Coast recently for a book signing of his most recent
book Psalms of Conscience at the Bradham-Brooks
Library. Samuel Brown, MSW is a relationship con-
sultant, lecturer and oldest of eight children who
always wanted to be someone and to help people. After
working the summer of 1964 he enrolled at Edward
Waters College with $254 with. plans to become a
lawyer. He transferred to Florida A. & M. University in
1966. Realizing his calling was Social Work he later
attended Columbia University in New York and the
University of Maryland for postgraduate studies. He
received the MSW from the University of Maryland.
Psalms of Conscience is an overview of the human
family's struggle to establish a right relationship with
God and humanity staring with the first family of
mankind as recorded in Kings James Version of the
Bible, where we learn about the power of faith, sin and
forgiveness. His other books are Attitude Love and
Samuel Brown, MSW was. enthusiastically wel-
comed by family and friends for the event.
Samuel Hall's Annual Holiday Fete
Samuel Hall returned home just in time for his fab-
ulous holiday party that included jazz and dancing
music; dance lessons; beautiful art; wonderful food and
abundant fellowship with friends. Hall had just
returned from his annual trek to the Winter Park Resort
in Colorado for the National Brotherhood of Skiers
Eastern Region's Ski Meet. Fortunately global warm-
ing did not prevent several inches of fresh snow from
greeting the more than 400-plus members! In fact the
Daily News Ski Publication reports Hall grinning up at
the snow after making turns on Crammer and coming
to a stop at Snoassis, an on-mountain restaurant.
The ski publication reports that it was difficult to keep
track of the group through the swarm of skiers and
snowboarders but that Hall kept up. Writer Stephanie
Miller wrote, "Hall a resident of Florida has been a
member of the national brother for 13 years. "I've met
a lot of good friends over the past 13 years and every
year I meet new (ones)," Hall said. He explained that
along with trips to major cities, the organization takes
an international trip once a year."
Hall has his, annual party plans so 'pat' that he had
the party earlier this year. He just eases in from his
travels ready to be one of the best host of the season.
He does this without missing a 'beat'!
Bea Walker Wins Top Honor at the 2007
Florida Master Gardener Awards
of Excellence Luncheon
Mrs. Bea Walker,
UF/IFAS Nassau County
Master Gardener was
named the 2007
Gardener for the state of
Florida. The Outstanding
Master Gardener award
recognizes the individual
Master Gardener who has
made outstanding efforts in
Mrs. Bea Walker. Photo cour- several projects/activities
tesy ofMrs. Bea Walker. while being a Florida
Master Gardener. Total effort is judged collectively over
a numbers of projects. Degree of involvement, evalua-
tion, and educational impact are very important in this
category. Nominations'for the Outstanding Master
Gardener category were also submitted by Hillsborough,
Leon, Orange, Seminole and St. Lucie counties.
The Extension Awareness Award of Excellence rec-
ognized the efforts of the Nassau County Master
Gardeners in promoting the work of the Master
Gardener program, the Nassau County Extension
Service and the University of Florida Institute of Food
and Agricultural Science (IFAS). The Nassau County
entry detailed the media efforts of the Master Gardener
volunteers and the Horticulture Agent, who were
inspired by the Nassau County Demonstration Garden.
Nassau County's entry succeeded over three other coun-
"It's amazing that the Nassau County Extension
program would receive these awards. In honored to be
selected for this statewide recogni-
tion and would like to recognize my
fellow Nassau County Master
Gardener volunteers for all we do
for the community," said Mrs. .
The Master Gardener volunteer
program is national in scope, with
the Florida program headquartered
at the University of Florida. There is
an active Master Gardener program
in 52 counties in Florida. I
Our congratulations to Mrs. Bea
Walker for such an outstanding
Author, Sam Brown signs his book for Author, Samuel Brown.
Little Miss Kayla Andrews, a 3rd Grade Carl Davis, Sr.
Honor Student. Photo by J. Carl Davis, Sr.
borah Samuel Brown present a copy of his book In his
mother Elder Elizabeth Peterson, Elder of Solid
Rock Holiness Church as another relative
Matthew looks on. Photo by J. Carl Davis, Sr.
Samuel Brown presents poem written.
for his sister Mrs. Lois Prime. In the
absence of Mrs. Prime, who was ill,
her daughter accepted the poem.
Photo by J. Carl Duiis. Sr.
Author Samuel Brown reads the'
plague given to his sister Mrs. Lois
Prime for her work with book sales,
signing from publishing company
owned by Mr. Brown. Photo y .
Carl Davis, Sr.
Denms anaMs Carolyn Lane. rnoto cour-
tesy ofSam Hall.
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Ms. Gwen Nobel, Ms. Kim Matthews and Party Host, Samuel Hall.
Photo courtesy of Sam Hall
Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services
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 CHRIST-
MAS 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 information, please call (904) 764-9257.
VICTORY WAY CHRISTIAN CENTER located at 4058 St.
Augustine Rd. will be in Revival with Evangelist Marvin
Mcdaniels, Friday & Saturday, December 28th and 29th, 2007 at
7:00pm. Watchnight 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.
THE NEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH presents "A
Chain of Events" on Sunday, December 23rd at 5:00 p.m. in the main
sanctuary of the church located at 1824 Prospect Street. The program
will feature the voices of New Bethlehem and St. Timothy
Missionary Baptist Church Choirs, dances by the Youth Dance
Ministry and the inspirational stage play, "A Chain of Events." If you
have ever said a prayer or thought of casting the first stone, you will
love this play! The play, written and directed by Tanya Jones, stars
members of the New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Family.
SECOND ANNUAL FEAST OF LOVE NEW BETHLEHEM
MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, Saturday, December 22,
2007, Noon to 3:00 p.m. at 1824 Prospect Street, Jacksonville,
Florida 32208, Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor. The New Bethlehem family is
preparing enough food to feed approximately 200 individuals. Those
in need are invited to enjoy free food, clothing and household items
during our second annual "Feast of Love." For more information,
please call (904) 764-5727.
SWORD AND SHIELD KINGDOM OUTREACH MINISTRY
- December 23rd at the Father's House Conference Center, located at
1820 Monument Rd., Bldg. 32, in Jacksonville. Come share in our
2007 Serious Praise Service. Associate Pastor, Evangelist Ethel
Pritchard will be bringing a Life changing word from the Lord! No
WAR FARE AND FIRE TRUE HOUSE DELIVERANCE TEM-
PLE, located at 1893 Rowe Ave., in Jacksonville, with Apostle Earl
S. Thomas and First Lady Shannon Thomas, is asking for each church
to stand outside and pray on January 1, 2008 at 12:00 p.m., then pray
inside the church. Each person that is home to pray inside of the
house, each business owner can do the same. After this, everyone will
meet downtown Hemming Plaza at 2:00 p.m. This is getting our city
and covering it under the Blood of Jesus for a new beginning that God
will let death pass, crime and drugs. For more information, please call
Pastor Thomas at (904) 766-1666.
SAINT PAUL AMJE CHURCH, located at 6910 New Kings Rd.,
with Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II, Pastor is extending a warm wel-
come to friends and the public to share in their special CHRISTMAS
and NEW YEAR'S programs and services. On Sunday, December
23rd at 9:30 a.m., the Department of Christian Education will present
"The Joy:of Christmas." Church School will be held at 8:00 a.m. A
Special New Year's Eve service of Word, Praise and Thanksgiving
will be held on Monday, December 31st at 6:00 p.m. Please contact
the church off at 764-2755 for transportation and additional information.
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Creola Lett Stafford
A Celebration of Life
Creola Lett Stafford
was held Monday,
December 10, 2007 at the
Greater Morning Star
Baptist Church in
Sunrise: October 20, 1923
Sunset: December 4, 2007
She will be greatly missed
by Loved Ones and
"ANNUAL ELECTION BANQUET WILL HONOR
LOCAL MINISTER AND COMMUNITY LEADER"
,---- Tillman Valentine Consistory #22,
., Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites of
..- Freemasonry, Orient of Florida,
SSouthern Jurisdiction, United States of
SAmerica, PHA, will hold its Annual
Election Banquet on Saturday, January
'r 12, 2008. The affair will start at 7:00
S' p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masons
Cathedral, 29 West 6th St., in
Jacksonville. This year's banquet will
honor IL peer, Rev. Dr. E.I. Norman,
330, Pastor Emeritus of New Redeem
Missionary Baptist Church. He is a veteran of World War II,
U.S. Marine Corp. Rev. Norman served as pastor ofNew
Redeem for 40 years. Rev. Norman graduated from B.F.L.
Seminary in 1971, A.B.T. in 1981, and received a B.F.L. con-
firm theology honor of doctorate's degree in 1976. He served as
moderator of E.P.B.C. arid now Emeritus. He served as presi-
dent of the moderator's auxiliary of F.G.B.C. and now President
Emeritus. He served as Vice Chairman on the board of The
National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc. He was able to bring
to Jacksonville the extension class A.B.T., which is now known
as Florida Progressive Baptist Theology Seminar. Rev. Norman
is Chairman of the Board. He is a member of Harmony Lodge
#1 F.A.M. PHA and past Master. He is a member of Tillman
Consistory #22 and Assistant Grand Chaplain for the Grand
Lodge of Florida. He is a 330 Mason and long-standing member
of Tillman Valentine Consistory. Rev. Norman holds member-
ship in and has held leadership positions in many other local,
state and national organizations. He serves as Treasurer of the
B.M.C. of Duval and adjacent counties Ministers' Conference.
He is also now serving as Special Advisor to the President of the
Florida General Baptist Convention. Rev. Norman and wife,
Loyal Lady Mary Lee Norman, are the proud parents of nine
children, four of whom are deceased. Come out and assist us in
honoring this great man of our community. For more informa-
tion, you may call (904) 786-7526.
"Mr. John 'Bull' Williams"
Dec. 19, 1972 Nov. 26, 2003
"What God Hath Promised"
God hath notpromised skies always
blue, orflower strewn path ways all our
lives through. God hath not promised sun
without rain, joy without sorrow, peace
without pain. God has not promised smooth
roads and wide swift, east travel, needing no guide. Never a
mountain, rocky or steep, never a river turbid and deep. But
God has promised strength for the day. Rest for the labor, light
for the way. Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing
kindness, undying love. "
We All Love You & miss you:
Petey, The Williams Family, Step, Tech, Tony, and Shannon
Ilnuohn, God. Faiher o1 a/ll O ies and giver .l'all
L coll ~lDeal grUC IOUSb.Y it e pray iMee,
ivithlhi it)L t/U) mourn. that casting etve'i-vcare'on M/ee,
theY ma'i knoitthe1W conso/ation o~liv thYlove.
through Jesus Cu ist our LORD
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Ruth, 86, died December
Ellen, died December
Queen Ann, died
December 12, 2007.
GARCIA, Lynn Dee,
died December 18, 2007.
GREEN, Mary, died
December 17, 2007.
HUNT, Barbara, died
December 15, 2007.
HUTSON, Willie J.,
died December 17, 2007.
JACKSON, Ms. Jorosa,
79, died December 14,
died December 13, 2007.
died December 12, 2007.
Henry, died December
L., died December 14,
SCOTT, Willie, died
December 16, 2007.
SMITH, Annie Mae,
died December 13, 2007.
STEWART, Patricia A.,
died December 13, 2007.
Keith, died December
TINDAL, David, Jr.,
died December 8, 2007.
TORRENCE, Linda D.,
died December 13, 2007.
Sandra, 44, died
December 14, 2007.
84, died December 16,
The Church Directory
"Come and Worship With Us"
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ...... ............ ........9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship .......................11:00 a.m.
Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays
(Old Sanctuary)............................11:00 a.m. .' .
Tuesday Prayer Meeting.............. ........ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............... 8:00 p.m. j
Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor I -
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
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don 't
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship 12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study Tuesday & Friday----- 7:00 p.m.
(912) 267-6395 (912) 996-4864 Cell
2705 MLK Blvd., Brunswick, GA 31520
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FAX (904) 765-1673
so .." c'rve '-
I thing there
4-. is a season
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
funeral service with visitation
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 family members 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 includ4such things as
prayer cards, bank-\ou notes,
and guest registers-the\ add up
quick Man.i opt for the funer-
al home in their 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
stored in a columbarium niche or
buried? Maybe you prefer to
have your ashes scattered?
An option some people take
is to donate organs and tissues to
a medical school (have a donor
card and check on requirements).
If you would rather have a
memorial service express that
wish. That means a service in the
funeral home or a church where
the body is not present. A com-
mon misconception is that when
the body is cremated you don't
hold a funeral. You can hold a
funeral before cremation.
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December 23, 2007
8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
"Keeping the Dream Alive"
"The Importance of Praise
December 24, 2007
Christmas Eve Communion
6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 30th at 10:30 a.m.
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DECEMBERg 22, 200 7
A' A. T TAR DEEE 2-7
BET's Celebration Of Gospel Brings The
House Down In LA
By Rych McCain
Photo 2006 by Andre'
The BET Television
Network hosted their
Gospel" at the
Orpheum Theater in
downtown Los Angeles.
The show is scheduled
to air on Sunday,
January 27th at 8: PM
ET/PT (check your
local listings). This
year's show was hosted
once again by national-
ly syndicated radio per-
Harvey. An all-star line
up included Kirk
Franklin, Patti LaBelle,
Dr. Bobby Jones,
Yolanda Adams, John
Legend, Sunday's Best
winner Crystal Aikin,
BeBe Winans, J Moss
featuring Kierra "Kiki"
Sheard, The Mighty
Clouds of Joy, Pastor
Shirley Caesar, Israel &
New Breed featuring T-
Bone and Marvin Sapp
backed by a dynamic
became supper fired up
when Pastor Shirley
24-piece orchestra led
musical director Ray
No one can dispute
the fact that the only
real singers in the game
today are the gospel
vocalists. Cute, weak
voice, tone deaf hip hop
video vixens and girly
voice video pretty boys
couldn't even begin to
try and cut the mustard
with the gospel bunch.
They would truly be
exposed for the talent
frauds that they really
are. In gospel, cute and
sexy alone don't cut it.
You have to holla with
strength and vocal qual-
ity to be heard over a 50
voice choir and band.
You also have to show
some crowd moving
spirit and vocal chops'
with emotional dynam-
Steve Harvey as host
gets better every year.
He has the gospel come-
dy thang down to a sci-
ence. As usual, all of the
good but the crowd got
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By Rych McCain
Film Festival has
issued their annual
call for entries for the
festival that will be
held June 3-8, 2008 in
Submissions will be
February 15, 2008.
Films must have been
September 2006 and
one of the film's cre-
ative principals i.e.,
director, writer or pro-
ducer must be black
or of African heritage.
For forms and guide-
lines visit the official
HBFF website at
Jenaire has dropped a
"Fruition" on the
NBE Records label.
Music legend Ike
Turner made his tran-
sition to our ances-
tors. He was 76 and
cause of death was not
known at the time of
this release. Turner's
well publicized abuse
of former wife Tina
and contribution to
music history as one
of the originators and
architects of rock and
roll. Our main man,
Houston based rapper
Chamillionaire has a
new single out,
"Won't Let You
Slim Thug, Lil Keke,
Mike Jones, Paul
Wall, Bun B, Lil Flip,
Z-Ro, Scarface and
the late Pimp C.
Ultimate Victory is
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Wedding Acc;essories and Invitations
Kingdom Plaza at Norrnandy Mail Suire 7.
5310 Lenox Avenue,
now in stores. Also
look for the.extended
Texas version which
will be available for a
-free download on
New Years Eve at
www. chamillionaire. c
om. Fifteen minutes
Gorgeous Ivy Box
put on her 5th
Mature" event in
Tampa, Florida. This
star studded, red car-
pet gala was held at
the Studio Inc Club to
promote the reunion
of alumni and net-
for current students
from the University of
South Florida. It is
one of the most highly
anticipated affairs in
the Southwest Florida
region. You may know
Ms. Box as one of the
principals of BET's
Interns," which airs
every Tuesday night
at 10 PM; EST/9 PM:
Central or check your
local listings. The cast
of the show was in
attendance as well.
I AM LEGEND
stars Will Smith, Alice
Willow Smith. Written
by Francis Lawrence.
Whereas being isolat-
ed as the last surviv-
ing peaon on Earth as
the result of a global
viral infection and the
only beings left alive
are vampires goes;
that scenario is old
and worn out. Why
does mutated humans
always have to turn
into @#%&* vam-
pires? Can't these
writers come up with
something else? Now
the good news is that
Will Smith -is Will
Smith and what ever
he does is a mega
block buster despite
always coming up
with lame excuses
why black actors and
actresses can't head-
line their own
movies? This flick's
opening weekend was
an all new record set-
ting $77 million
gross! Now what
Hollywood execs can
use race to argue with
that? This flick starts
slow but does build in
intensity-to a dramatic
ending. Hopefully this
film will hit the 200
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Top Rated Primetime Programs Among
African-American TV Homes
Week Ending 12/10/07
1. NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC
2. The OC, FOX
3. Sunday Night Football Pre-kick, NBC
4. CSI: Miami, CBS
5. The Game, CW
6. Without A Trace, CBS
7. CSI, CBS
8. CSI: NY, CBS
9. Criminal Minds, CBS
10. Girlfriends, CW
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Caesar took the stage
and turned it out with a
blazing rendition of
"Never". Then Marvin
Sapp follow with a sho-
nuff, get down version
of "Never Would Have
Made It" and the show
had to pause for about
ten minutes because the
crowd was shouting and
rejoicing so. Every time
they tried to stop and go
on with the show, the
shouting. and dancing
would start up again
and the band would fol-
low. Harvey just stood
back and let the spirit
have its way. When it
did finally calm down,
he said, "I wasn't going
to come back out here
with all of this going
on. I came up in church
and know when to step
aside for the spirit." For
a shouting good time
check out the broadcast.
DECEMBER 22, 2007
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Pastor Shirley Caesar &
Husband Rev. Harold
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Take A Step Continued from A-1
received many phone calls as a result of this initiative, many disappointed that there
are not more 'grass root' people on the committees. The Star will be a participant
in working to' make the necessary changes in the community and is open to all.
Dr. Juan Gray, chairman of the board of Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
has already submitted an article regarding this initiative which is printed below. The
'Star will provide weekly updates and information on what steps are being taken on
Reducing Poverty, Creating Jobs
by Dr. Juan Gray
The mayor's new initiative to address anti-violent crime in Jacksonville raises a
number of questions.
How did our city get into this situation of escalating crime, high murder rates, poor
education and underemployment? What actions can be initiated to reverse this dev-
Look at who's in charge. It seems to be a Who's Who of the Republican Party and
seriously lacking in ethnic and gender diversity.
The Jacksonville Journey: Take a Step Initiative does not pass the smile test for
diversity. It smiles tremendously as political. The social problems facing us are cat-
astrophic at best and they require diversity and nonpartisanship for possible resolu-
This mayor has a history of being exclusive.
It was this mayor who promised the firefighters union he would fire the black fire
It was this mayor who implemented a "race neutral" policy for awarding city con-
It was this mayor, according to the Times-Union, who awarded $607 million to
white construction contractors.
This same mayor awarded only $28.4 million to black construction 'contractors
under the Better Jacksonville Plan.
Divisiveness has been the pattern of this mayor when dealing with the total com-
munity. The person who was instrumental in the city's change from affirmative
action in city contracting due to legal actions is one of the leaders of the mayor's ini-
Poverty is the central factor that runs across crime, murder, poor education and
underemployment. Ignoring the poor in this city is how we got into this crisis situa-
My worst fears were confirmed when City Councilman Warren Jones shared infor-
mation from the Research Division of the city that cited unemployment rates exceed-
ing 60 percent in portions of the inner city of Jacksonville.
This is a section of our city that has been ignored for generations in the areas of eco-
nomic assistance, job opportunity and apprenticeship programs, just to name a few.
Conversely, this city has received, squandered and misdirected hundreds of millions
of HUD Section 3 dollars away from the poor. HUD defines this as $12,000 to
$16,000 per year per household.
Kevin Gay of the Ready4work programwrites that "people who have jobs don't typ-
ically commit violent crimes."
He goes on to add, "Poverty is the great incubator we have developed for crime and
it is found in the shattered communities we abandoned many years ago."
Reclaiming these communities, we can eradicate the crime that is manifesting and
growing, which spreads to the surrounding Northeast Florida community.
Acknowledging, addressing and attacking poverty is the key action required if the
mayor and his community leaders are serious about fighting violence, crime and
Reinvesting the hundreds of millions of dollars that the city squandered and misdi-
rected from the poor is a necessity.
Drastically reducing the 60 percent unemployment rate that exists in portions of our
inner city is essential if the Anti-Violent Crime Initiative efforts are to be successful.
Transformation of the neighborhoods is a moral imperative.
The Rev. Davette Turk says, "When the Northside looks like the Southside, we'll
have one Jacksonville."
Henry Thomas from the University of North Florida says, "When the Northside
looks like the Southside, murder and crime will go away."
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference offered our historical positive track
record of reconciliation and change for the best to Mayor John Peyton and Sheriff
John Rutherford; both rejected our assistance;
SCLC hopes that the mayor's efforts are successful, and we are always available in
any effort addressing economic and racial.justice for all citizens.
Mayor Details Specific Goals, Calls for $3M
Mayor John Peyton detailed specific goals and suggested five main areas of
focus for the Law Enforcement & Deterrence subcommittee of The Jacksonville
Journey. He was joined by the subcommittee chairman, Paul Perez, former U.S.
Attorney. for the Middle District of Florida and other members of the subcommit-
The critical areas of focus:
Increasing police presence
Getting guns off the streets
Making schools sanctuaries of safety
Examining the administration of justice
Increasing public access to information
While the mayor made some specific recommendations about programs related to
these areas, he asked the committee to draw on their own talents, experiences and
expertise to identify ways to address the issues.
Members of this subcommittee are: Michael Hallett, Ed Henry, Bishop John
Howard, John Jolly, Henry Luke, Isaiah Rumlin, Lanny Russell, Joe Stelma,
Melissa Nelson and Michael Weinstein.
The mayor said he will ask the Jacksonville City Council to appropriate $3 mil-
lion from the city's emergency reserve to fund overtime deployments in the city's
high crime areas. The mayor will ask that the funds utilized be replaced with any
surplus that exists when the city's mid-year budget review is completed.
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incompleted or unprofessional work that Direct Buy had made sure the work was
finished in a satisfactory manner, even though Leath's was not. In fact, according
to sources at Direct Buy, Leath's was the only project that was not completed in a
satisfactory manner either before or after terminating the Direct Buy contractor that
had done the "industry unapproved" floor work for l m even though he had a paid
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A commitment to the idea
A commitment to building
a meaningful life.
Relates to the common good
of family and community.
A belief that wealth and
resources should be shared.
A day for reviewing the
purpose for living.,
Relates to building and
developing creative potential.
Belief in the victory of
one's own struggle.
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Graduates' Wild Hunt for Health Insurance
By Senae Hall
Black College Wire
A recent graduate has
been diagnosed with a seri-
ous eye injury and needs
surgery. She no longer has
college insurance since
graduation and cannot pay.
for it out of pocket.
Therefore, she cannot have
She is not alone, as a
number of recent graduates
find it hard obtaining
insurance after being taken
care of from their par-
ents/guardians or college
while in school.
after leaving Dillard is not
easy. You are no longer on
your parents' insurance and
you can't use Dillard's
(insurance) anymore," says
Chantell Garrett, a 2007
graduate of Dillard
Dillard University students
are provided insurance
under Koster Insurance
Agency. The price given to
the school adjusts often.
This year the amount was
$460. If students don't
want to use this coverage,
they must show proof of
another type of insurance.
Therefore, every student at
Dillard University is cov-
ered with some sort of
insurance whether it is
through the school or a dif-
"Most students who
decide to use their personal
insurance are covered here
in New Orleans. However,
some out of state insur-
ances are delayed when
responding to a medical
request, causing students
to have to wait on medi-
cine or surgeries." said
Nurse Adrienne Gill.
Dillard University's on
Students who plan to
continue education through
graduate school and are on
their parents' insurance are
likely to have a longer time
frame before they have to
go through the process of
getting insurance on their
own. However, students
who are considering going.
from college directly in the
work force have less time
to search for the right cov-
According to Thomas
Anderson of Kiplinger's
magazine, "Many insur-
ance companies drop
dependents from their par-
ents' policies once they
prove to have their own
income. Others limit a
child's coverage to a spe-
cific age, usually 22-25.
Some insurance com-
panies offer a student
health-insurance policy. A
student policy is an afford-
able way to fill the gap
between the times the stu-
dent graduates and the time
they qualify for insurance
\with their job. Ho wev\er.
student health plans are
only available to fill-time
students under the age of
30. Assurant Health is the
largest provider of student
health plans. Any student
interested in applying to
Assurant Health Insurance
must apply 31days before
their college graduation
date. Like other insurance
agencies, there are stipula-
tions and qualifying condi-
Students who have
insurance through Dillard
have a three-month grace
period after graduation in
which they are still cov-
ered by Dillard's insurance.
Students covered under
Koster's Student Accident
and Sickness Insurance
Plan are eligible to contin-
ue coverage under a sepa-.
rate Continuation Plan. A
student can enroll in this
Continuation Plan prior to
"It is vital for recent
graduates to remember that
forgoing health insurance
is a dangerous decision,"
said Doug Ommen, direc-
tor of the Missouri
Department of Insurance.
Financial Institutions &
"Purchasing health insur-
ance provides financial
security and peace of mind
to graduates as they make
life-altering changes and
responsible transitions into
If a student is unable to
meet any of the qualifica-
tions for the insurance
options stated earlier in
this article, they may apply
for a short-term plan.
Short-term policies are
generally good for six
months to a year. You have
to reapply for coverage
each time your policy
expires, meaning you must
be healthy enough to qual-
"My concern is that
I've always been lucky and
blessed to have health
insurance," said Franklin
Brown, a senior physical
therapy major. "But it's
going to be really hard to
pay for it by myself
because it's difficult to find
a job that offers health.
insurance benefits any-
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What Are Things I Should Know Before Getting An Apartment?
A Few Tips:
Finding an Apartment
The good ol' days when
the university residence
hall association found
available housing for you
are no more. Finding an
apartment takes research
and time. Be on the look-
out for ads placed by land-
lords, sublet announce-
ments or "roommate want-
ed" notices. Look in the
classified section of your
local or college paper and
check the off-campus
housing office and Web
page. Talk to your friends
and classmates, too-they
might know of some great
Rent and Amenities
How much you pay in
rent depends a lot on where
the apartment is located.
Apartments that are closer
to campus or near the most
active streets are generally
pricier than those that are
farther from campus or the
Find out what is includ-
ed with the rent.
Sometimes garages, park-
ing and storage spaces are
included with the adver-
tised price; a-lot of times
they're additional. For
places that are advertised
as 'furnished,' find out
what furniture specifically
comes with the apartment.
Also check to see if appli-
ances (refrigerator, dish-
washer, etc.) are included,
and if laundry facilities are
provided in the building.
Decide whether you
want to look for room-
mates. Living by yourself
gives you more freedom,
but paying for everything
on your own can be expen-
When it comes to leas-
es, be sure to read the fine
print! Discuss the contract
with the landlord and make
sure everything you agree
to is in writing. Be sure to
Is the lease for an aca-
demic or a calendar year?
If it is a 12-month contract,
can you sublet the apart-
ment in the summer?
Is there a charge for
each additional person liv-
ing in the apartment?
What happens if you
break the lease?-Is there a
If your campus or com-
munity has a tenant union,
have them look at the lease
before you sign it.
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Q: What has two legs and flies?
A: A pig!
Q: What do you call a sleeping
A: A bulldozer!
Q:Why did the farmer call his
A: Because he kept running out
of the pen!
Q: Why is it called a 'herd' of
A: Well, have you 'herd' the
sound they make!
Q:How do sheep keep
A: Central bleating!
Q: Why did the dirty chicken
cross the road?
A: For some fowl purpose!
Q: What do you get if you cross
a cow, a sheep and a goat?
A: The milky baa kid!
Q: Which dance will a chicken
A: The foxtrot!
Q: What do you get if you cross
a sheep with a kangaroo?
A: A woolly jumper!
Q: Where do cows go
A: To the moo-vies!
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faces/people can you see
in the picture?
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Page PR-4/December 23, 2007
i "Celebration of Family, Community and Culture"
'l by Volume Burks of the Afrikan Institute for Cultural Awareness
The festival of Kwanzaa is a joyous time to celebrate the ancestral values and cherished traditions that have kept our
Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Ph.D., associate professor and chairman of Black Studies at the
California State University at Long Beach and author of The African-American Holiday of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of
Family, Community and Culture. The seven-day celebration, which begins on December 26 and ends January 1, is not con-
sidered a religious holiday or can an alternative to Christmas. Kwanzaa, which means "the first fruit of the harvest" in the
by Fast African language of Kiswahili, is a time when friends and family members can make a cultural statement and
exchange symbolic, rather than extravagant, gifts(known as Zawadi). These include handmade crafts, dolls, art and literature reflecting our heritage and books
by Black authors.
You can decorate your home and prepare your table for Kwanzaa with any of the following symbols, fruits and vegetables (Mazao); straw placemats
(Mkeka); a candle holder (Kinara) with seven candles (Mishumaa Saba), three green, three red and one black; ears of corn (Vibunzi) and the unity of com-
munal cup (Kikombe Cha Umoja).
The blessing of Kwanzaa lies in its seven fundamental principles (known as the Nguzo Saba) celebrated daily in the order: Umojo (unity); Kujichagulia
(self-determination); Ujima (collective work-and responsibility); Ujamaa (cooperative economics); Nia (purpose); Kuumba (creativity) and Imani
(faith). Dedicate each day of the festival to one of the principles and light one of the seven candles.
S Umoja (Unity) This day when A the family comes together and reflects on our African past and our American present, knowing that both will guide us
Through adversity. At dinnertime, the importance of unity be explained to our children and they may recite the principles: If we embrace Unity and believe
Sin ourselves,. our family and our leaders, we will be victorious in our struggles as individuals and as a race.
9 Kujichagulia (Self-determination) Celebrate our determination as a race to define, name and create a better world for ourselves than we could possi-
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This day we recognize that we need to build and maintain our community together and make our sister's;
Sand brother's problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economic) We all profit from our collective .efforts. We can build and maintain our communities with African-American owned
stores, restaurants and other service businesses. Fruit and vegetables (Mazao), symbolize the rewards of our collective productive labor.
Nia (Purpose) Let us concentrate on the principles of purpose so that we can achieve our vision. Together we can restore our people to our traditional
greatness by acknowledging the true meaning of our common goals: to build a powerful nation from our positive individual endeavours.
S Kuumba (Creativity) When we celebrate this principle, we can give thanks for wonderful fruit of our creative powers. Put together a celebration that
Swill be remembered for years preparing a simple, nourishing meal; by making gifts that come from our hearts, and by sharing our friends, family and neigh-
bors, as our ancestors did at harvesttime. Let us rejoice together and apply our creative mind to fashioning ways to nourish, nurture and heal the African-
Imani (Faith) It is the tradition to celebrate the principle of faith on the last day of Kwanzaa by pouring libation in celebration of.the first fruit of the
harvest in the New Year. Place water in the communal cup and pour it in the direction of the four winds (north, south, east and west).
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT Kwanzaa KWANZAA AND KWANZAA SUPPLIES CONTACT: African Institute for Cultural Awareness, Inc., P.
O. Box 3548, Jacksonville, Florida 32206, (904) 403-6960, www.KemetHouse.com
(To the right): Some of the peoplewho came to
view the show regarding "Teens Against ',
Violence" were: Shikara Carroll (who just
S -turned 16 years old) and her sister Shanice Bell,
both of Brunswick, Georgia.
Danny Clay of Brunswick, Georgia just obtained
a starting roll of Luther Vandross in a stage play
*that he wilI be traveling around the comity. While -- i, .
"Cupid" was here in Bruns\ ick. Georgia the
Principle the students were treated to a surprise
Sat the Perfonnrmance Learning Center. Rislev
Middle School and Good\ear Elementary
School. Sheri So Fine of 92.7 stated that "Cupid"
\\ as the most don to earth person she has every
met in the recording industry. Mr. Odell Rosb. (Owtner of Flight Line Bar
A 4 Grill) with "Cupid".
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WCGL's 28TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Victory AM 1360 WCGL in Jacksonville recently .
celebrated their 28th Anniversary at the Cathedral of
Faith Church of God in Christ, located at 2591 West
To help them make this a memorable event, their it
special guest for the celebration was; Jimmy Hicks
and Integrity, Perez Ministries, Keith Wonderboy
Johnson, and 7 Sons of Soul. You would have had to
be there to experience the full effect of this joyous. F..4Z
WCGL was named the 2007 Stellar AwardRadio
Station (medium market nominee). One of their mot-
tos is "The Victory is in the Word and the Music." On
air personalities are: Sherrie Roberts, Maria Dennis,
Clara McLaughlin, Rev. Bill Coleman, Rev. Marcius
King, Tye Stanley, Dan Evans, Ralph Jennings, Rico ::"
Martin, Dorian Norman, and Larry Douglas.
WCGL is located at 3890 Dunn Avenue West
Office Park, Suite 803, in Jacksonville, FL. They can L -
be heard LIVE on the internet at: ".
Perez Ministries as they give their praises.
Deborah L. Maiden, General Manager for WCGL
and Joan Turner, Program Director, Independent
Living, City of Jacksonville.
The audience in total bliss as they gaze and listen to
the sounds of the performances.
Aet'l il oItler'oy Johnson in onee of
Keith Wonderboy Johnson is at it again...singing praises to the Lord.
WC(L gave away a total of $1,360 dollars to 10 peo-
ple as a gift Shown above are two of the winners
receiving $136.00 at the event.
lidward Waters College Receives Funds
Ken Johnson, Marsha Phelts, Jackie Gray, Baby Kayaunna Dean, Keya
ALaRosa, DomAna Hardy, and Glenel fowden.
The Bold City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated donated $2000 to Edward
Waters College that will be matched by the Tom Joyner Foundation for a
total of $4000. Pictured are Bold City Chapter President Mrs. Ruth Waters
McKay, EWC President Dr. Claudette Williams, Chapter Members Ernestine
Bentley Bivens mnd Mrs. Josephine Fiveash P4qter.
Jimmy Hicks and Integrity performing.
DECE,,,,,,,~~~~~~~(MB ER 22, 2007
PAGE B-2 THE STAR DECEMBER 22, 2007
Dear Deanna! Christmas is the time of year that most people think about cele-
I'm a single parent and I never have enough money to buy gifts for E rating the Birth of Jesus, giving gifts to friends and loved ones,
my children. I made a mistake this year by spending the money I had spreading good cheer and being thankful. This is how Christmas is
saved to date and have a relationship. I spent money on dinners, new Z supposed to be looked at but unfortunately, many times, realistically, it doesn't happen that E
clothes and my boyfriend thinking he would be around for the holi- way. Not to sound like a pessimist, but a realist, these are some of the" not so
nice" things that occur during the Christmas holiday. .
days and help me out. We broke up and now I don't have money and
my kids are going to be so hurt. How do I explain and make this up to my children on Christmas? Stress which can lead to feeling "Blue" or to suicide.
Michelle B (Decatur, GA) Can come as a result of low or no money to buy gifts for the kids, friends and relatives.
Loss of a loved one through the year from divorce, displacement or death.
Dear Michelle: Illusions or injury to yourself or a loved one.
The calendar doesn't change and Christmas continues to come on the same day every year. Family disagreements as to who is going to do what and for whom.
There's no excuse for your selfish behavior. Although the holiday should be spiritual instead of On the job trouble or premature retirement. R
material, you still set your kids up for heartbreak. You put a man before your children's happi- *
ness and now they have to .suffer. You need to hustle and find a charity or church to help you Increased as rates
n gt Increased gas rates.
and get your act together as the New Year comes around. Cars that cannot be put on the highway so you have to rent a car.
*- Increased cab, bus or train fare.
Dear Deanna! Reckless and Disregarded Eating
I am going to make my last New Year's resolution in 2008. I've decided to live to the fullest, Some conditions that over zealous food intake include:
eliminate negative people and put myself first. The moment I made this announcement, the peo- Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypercholesterolemia, Congestive Heart Disease,
ple I thought were friends laughed at me and my family thought the idea was a joke. I was ADHD, and several others.
shocked that they laughed and it hurt's, because 1 see how they really feel about me. How do I Alcohol Over Indulgence which can lead to:
enforce my new resolution knowing I have to start with family and friends first? Drunk driving, which could lead to auto accidents and death.
Carolynn (Omaha, NE) Family and friends problems, Over eating.
Dear Carolynn: False courage to do and say things that you normally would not do or say.
,a u Aggravate your health condition. Very bad breath.
You're getting the idea of putting one foot before the other and then keep on trucking. You've .
managed to flush away your dead weight and expose your naysayers all in one breath. All you Home Accidents such as:
have to do is stop negativity as soon as it starts, do the things you want to do and put yourself Fires from stoves, space heaters, fires places, Christmas lighting, kerosene lamps.
first in most situations. Hopefully you'll reflect happiness and confidence that'll make the peo- Cigarette and cigar fires. Slip and fall accidents. Accidental poisoning.
pie in your circle jump on the bandwagon. If not, smile and keep it moving. Miscellaneous
************** **** High crime rates such as robberies, car theft, home invasions, murders and rape.
ar Deanna Colds, influenza and pneumonia because of bad weather.
Dear Deanna! 2"
a Forgetting that Jesus is the reason for the season
My husband gets so involved in the holidays that it upsets me. He spends too much money,
spreads too much cheer and wants to have a party or go to parties. When the holidays are over, Please remember, Be Careful, Be Warned and Be Blessed.
ii MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR U
he complains about finances, talks about people that messed up our house and gossips. I always i
see this as a double standard and if he's only into the celebration to show off, he needs to stop. : Dr. Watkins, Jr., M.D. can be heard live Sundays at 7:05 p.m. EST -
Is there anything I can say to him so he'll see that he's a Christmas fake? a www.KCOHRadio.com. He is a 330 Mason and Grand Medical Director for the Most a
Concerned Wife (On-Line Reader) Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge and the Shriners of Texas.
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Your husband is a rprpetrator that wants to appear as if he's the big spender and social butterfly The M ayor's Desk
when he's actually out of his league. If you've been tagging along with him you're just as guilty.
However there's hope and if this is truly a serious problem, tell him you're tapping out of the For far too long. Jackson\ille's violent cnme rate has been leading the city
holidays and you want to focus on good will and spirituality instead of the commercial stuff. If on a journey that is killing our children and our hopes, damaging our quality of
his heart is in the right place, he'll agree and see the error of his ways. life and threatening our future. This march of violence has broken hearts and
S, homes, ruined and wasted lives, and compromised the stability of our neighbor-.
Ask Deanna is written by Deanna M Wite Ask peanna! Deanna M, 264 La Cienega, Suite 1283, hoods. Now, it is time for a new journey, one that will return peace and safety
BeverlyHils, CA 90211ornEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.askdeanna.com to every single home, apartment complex, street and neighborhood in
-- --Over the next 120 days, I will step forward, along with members of our City John Peyton
A ICouncil and more than 100 educators, faith leaders, community trustees, busi-
ness men and women and former and current elected officials, to implement a comprehensive, com-
nnouncements, meetings, happenings, and community events munitywide action plan to put a stop to violent crime in our city.
scheduled in Jacksonville and he surrounding area. The Jacksonville Journey will include law enforcement, but will also focus on prevention, target-
ed intervention and rehabilitation. Among our goals: getting illegal guns off the street, opening closed
MATTHEW W; GILBERT JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES community centers, making our schools the safest places in Jacksonville, creating safer and more sta-
OF 1952-1970 STUDENT-TEACHER 10TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR ble neighborhoods, establishing scholarships for low-income students, supporting after-school pro-
REUNION CTELEBRATION 2008 RECEPTION, Friday, January 4, 2008 from grams, funding a comprehensive truancy and expanding support for offender re-entry programs.
REUNION CELEBRATION 2008 RECEPTION, Friday, January 4,2008 from There is no doubt that we've got our work cut out for us: this is the proverbial "journey of a thou-
7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel, in the River sand miles." It is time for all of us to take that first step, and we must take it together. I hope to be
Terrace I room, 3rd floor. Saturday night, January 5, 2008, Reception from 6:00 able to look to my left or right and see you next to me as we walk together toward a brighter future
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Doors will be opened). Program and Dinner from 7:00 p.m. for our families, our neighborhoods, our children and our entire community.
to 9:00 p.m., Dance from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Last days for tickets are: Dec.
27th and 28th. No tickets at the door! Please contact your class leaders. Chairman: AI F SSAG
Jackie Lucas Surrency, and Co-Chairman: Harriet Seabrook Jarrett. AN INVITATION "
THE JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN'S CHORUS -The Concert Choir of the Late last month \e held our Shenffls Advisorn Council Annual Mleeting. e W.
Jacksonville Children's Chorus and the First Coast Ringers IN CONCERT refer to this group as "ShAdCo" and right no'w there are more than 1900 citi-
Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at Lakewood Presbyterian zens w ho are members. :
Church located at 2001 University Blvd W, in Jacksonville, FL. Admission is "I wanted to dedicate this month's message to telling you exactly who these
Folks are. why they ve chosen to take tune out of their busy schedules to partner
FREE. With the poce. and some other general information about this diverse, commit-
ADDICTION COUNSELING for families in need of drug or alcohol tedgroup thatyoumight fiudinteresting. Hopefully,it willbe interesting enough Sh
addiction counseling, NARCONON ARROWHEAD can help. Narconon for you to consider signing up. John Rutherford
offers free counseling, assessments and referrals to centers nationwide. Please. call When I walked intothe roo the romathe Police Athletic League facility on,
McCormick Rd last month, for the annual meeting, I had the opportunity to spend time with 450 friends.
us at 800-468-6933 or log onto www.stopaddiction.com for answers today. They represented our 19 ShAdCo groups. As they gathered together, I was struck by the rich diversity of the
JUSTICE COALITION KICKING OFF SPONSORSHIP DRIVE FOR 6TH crowd.
ANNUAL "TOGETHER WE CAN" BREAKFAST it's an important annual There were senior citizens, there were students (many from our newest group; Edward Waters College
fundraiser to help raise support of the Justice Coalition's mission of assisting inno- ShAdCo, formed in 2005 as an urban college campus chapter), and there were people from every walk of
ct v s f v t crim Te a l ft will te p e T, life: realtors, housewives, construction workers, business owners and retail store clerks.
cent victimsofviolent crimes. The annual breakfast will take place Thursday, They represented every single area of the city what we call "Sectors." That'sMandarin, Riverview,
February 21, 2008 from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. It will be hosted by the FOP and Oceanway, East Arlington, Springfield, Baldwin, Cedar Hills, Hyde Park, Grove Park, Lincoln Villa,
will take place at the FOP Headquarters located at 5530 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Avondale, San Marco, Sherwood Forrest- you name it, we've got a ShAdCo member who lives there. And
FL 32207. Sponsorships are available only to businesses and organizations of the that is the key to why these groups function so well. Because crime matters and all crime should be a neigh-
t borhood concern. No matter where you live or work.
First Coast communities and are being offered at two levels, the Justice Level for Now entering our 12th year, the ShAdCo membership ranges from folks that have been with us since
$3,000 a table and at the Crime Stopper level at $1,500 a' table. Each table seats day one to those who just joined us this year- 318 new members in 2007 alone (thru September).
eight people and a southern style buffet breadfast will be served. Current sponsors You might ask, "With so many different people, and different views, how do they get anything accom-
include: Builders FirstSource, Firehouse Subs, Contemporary Business Services, polished It's really very simple: they are united in a few common goals.
McGiley aving, and Coxwell For more information, please contact the First, they are passionate about their neighborhoods. Whether troubled by a "bad element" that threat-
McGinley Paving, and JB Coxwell. For more information, please contact the ens their quality of life, or a location that they suspect of attracting criminal activity, or a. series of unex-
Justice Coalition's executive director, Ann: Dugger at (904) 783-6312. plained burglaries they want to know what we're doing to address the issues and how they can help us be
STAYING THE COURSE: ADULT LITERACY PILOT PROGRAM The successful. We like that opportunity to be held accountable and explain what we're doing. We also value the
Jim Moran Foundation and the Literacy Council of Jacksonville partner to information they share, because many time citizens are providing "tips" and clues to criminal activity that
improve adult literacy programs will launch a new reading program for adult we might not otherwise learn about so quickly.
improve adult literacy programs wil launch a new reading program for adult Officers on the beat, and their commanders, also like the fact that in these meetings they learn about
learners beginning January 2008. "Staying the Course" is a pilot project to problems that aren't really problems "in the eyes of the law" (a criminal infraction versus a civil matter or
improve adult learner persistence. The program partners are the Center for Adult one that isn't even a violation at all). We can then call on Code Enforcement or Solid Waste or any city
Learning at the Main Library, Learn To Read, Inc., and the Women's Center of agency to go to the location and try to help.
Jacksonville. The program will offer a three month education series which Our men and women also like the ShAdCo forums because it gives them a chance to candidly share with
S o s h residents what some preventive measures might be; how the citizens can "harden" themselves as a target of
includes 1.5 hours of small group education, one hour of individualized tutoring, the criminals; and generally a chance to talk to our ShAdCo members as they would any member of their
and an audio listening activity each week. Participating-adults will receive a com- own family.
pletion certificate at the end of the three month program. Four series are scheduled Members tell me that what is very meaningful to them, about being active with ShAdCo, is that regard-
throughout 2008. The first series will begin in January. To receive more informa- less of the issue, these officers take the time to listen to their issues and are genuinely concerned. That's why
throughout2008. The first series or ShAdCo members are a part of the JSO family.
tion, please contact one of the participating agencies or the Jacksonville Public Our annual meeting is so much a "family affair" that volunteers from the Fraternal Order of Police, in
Library Foundation at: Center for Adult Learning, Jacksonville Main Library, 630- addition to the FOP's monetary support, show up to cook and serve our members and guests. Our Police
2426; Expanded Horizon's Program at the Women's Center of Jacksonville: 722- Athletic League transformed their large facility on McCormick Road into a showplace for that night, all in
3000 ext. 233; Learn To Read, Inc.: 399-8894; and, The Jacksonville Public' appreciation of what our members do for us all year long.
library Foundation: 630-1606. The program will train volunteers to work one Moving the annual meeting to PAL this year was terrific. It gave ShAdCo members a chance to see what
Library Foundation: 630-1606. The program will train volunteers to work one a model for intervention and prevention our Police Athletic League programs truly are. People never seem
hour each week for .the three month program with an adult learner. Anyone inter- to comprehend how broad reaching our PAL is well beyond athletics and how these staff members are
ested in volunteering to help a community neighbor improve their reading skills helping kids raise their FCAT scores and are working to instill pride and character in these great young peo-
should contact Terry Algire at (904) 630-1606 or Malgire@coj.net. The Literacy ple.
I want to thank Director Alton Kelly, of the Department of Patrol and Enforcement, and his entire chain
Council of Jacksonville is a committee of the Jacksonville Public Library of command, for taking our ShAdCo Annual Meeting "to the next level."
Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non profit organization whose mission is to enhance pub- And, if you want to be, a part of that massive community response that I feel is essential to stemming the
lic visibility and private support for the Jacksonville Public Library System. For crime rate, NOW is the time to join a Sheriff's Advisory Council where you work and/or live. Please call
more information about the JPLF, please visit our website at www.jpl.org. Gary Dickinson, ShAdCo Coordinator, at 630-2162 or apply online at www.coj.net/jso.
Thank you, and God Bless you and yourfamily thi Holiday Season. From the S~therford family
= i A_ and the JSOfam ily, mayyours be a safe and blessed on.
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December 22, 2007 December 28, 2007
S March 21st thru April 19th
Monday is emotional and weird, and as is often
the case when you're feeling emotional and
weird, your family is involved. But Tuesday and
Wednesday send you in a very different direc-
tion. For one, the people you're with are not that
emotional; also, they're not weird. A fiery
romance comes to its full brightness in the
course of an outdoor activity, adventure or
escapade. Try to get the most out. of it, because
the rest of the week returns you to more mun-
dane territory. Thursday through Saturday,
you're stressed out just trying to get all of your
responsibilities covered. Sunday is relaxing.
SApril 20th thru May 20th
Just let them know how you feel. Treat this per-
son to lunch and find a way to raise the subject.
It'll go so much better than you think -- you'll
leave lunch feeling happy, confident and secure.
It's a great thing, at the start of this week, to. be
reminded of the power of honest communica-
tion, because Tuesday and Wednesday are strewn
with communication challenges. It's mostly just
cranky people though. (They make everything so
difficult!) Thursday through Saturday is the
opposite of challenging. Not only is the world
shockingly beautiful right now, but a shockingly
beautiful person is returning your affections.
May 21st thru June 21st
On Monday, your prevailing concern is not
spending money. When you get through the
day having accomplished this, you feel fantas-
tic. Tuesday and Wednesday your goals are a
bit broader. You want to be closer to your
friends, know their thoughts better, harness
your collective talents for the good of some-
thing. Or maybe you just want to talk politics
with them -- something consequential, impor-
tant. Thursday through Saturday you have a
hard time talking with anyone, mostly because
circumstances force you to talk to everyone,
all at once, distractedly. Sunday, focus on you-
June 22nd thru July 22nd
Monday is very much a Monday as far as the
stars are concerned -- it's all about starting
fresh, having clarity, following your instincts.
It's the way you always want to start your
week but so rarely get to. On Tuesday and
Wednesday, you're distracted by thoughts of a
purchase you want to make, a fairly major pur-
chase, But Thursday through Saturday your
thoughts aren't about material goods:
Communication and connection are your pri-
orities. Instead of a big diner party, have a
small one. Really make it mean something. On
Sunday, the domestic realm requires your full
SJuly 23rd thru Aug 22nd
You start off the week on the right foot -- with
a deep, rich sense of what's right and what you
want. But you're not thinking selfishly. You
want what's right for everyone. As happy as
you are, you also feel sensitive, which is why
the .successes of Tuesday and Wednesday --
incredible successes ---feel so, well, incredi-
ble. It's rare that you feel so present. Thursday
through Saturday your attention turns to finan-
cial matters. Sunday is about connecting and
sharing your thoughts and feeling good.
,- 2. Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
On Monday, gather a bunch of people
together, clink your fork against your
glass and make a little speech. Even if the
speech is, 'I just wanted to say, even
though this is totally random, that I love
you all.' You get your energy and your
inspiration from other people, and you're
only now starting to think of clever ways
to tell them. On Tuesday and Wednesday,
you're busier than anyone should ever be,
but Thursday through Saturday you have
free time at your disposal. And you're
happy. And things make sense. All you
want to do is see more of your friends. On
'' Sunday, take someone shopping. A,
I I L I
Sept 23rd thru Oct
There's so much going on all day Monday that
you're almost better not paying close attention.
Or at least, pay close attention to what you're
doing but don't consider anything else.
Tuesday and Wednesday, when you look up
from your work, you're surrounded by friends
and people who love you, which is what any-
one should see when they look up from a peri-
od of intense concentration. Thursday through
Saturday, schedule a little more social time
than usual -- it'll be impossible to pull yourself
out of conversations once you get going. On
Sunday, romance is in the stars.
Oct 23rd thru Nov 21st
Part of you wants to begin the week very much
in control, but the truth is, you're not in control
(not, at the moment at least), and you'll be
much happier (and successful) if you let go a
bit. See where things take you. On Tuesday
and Wednesday, the boss is on a rampage, so
avoid any conversations that aren't absolutely
necessary. Thursday through Saturday you
have lots of extra time to spend around friends,
one of whom has something to tell you
(although they might not know how to bring it
up -- do what you can to draw them out). On
Sunday, patience is the answer to any anxi-
eties. Infinite patience.
i / Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
On Monday, you have a lot more questions
than answers, but that can be a virtue. Sure,
there are those people who are always so sure
of themselves, but who wants to be like them?
They're the only ones who think they know all
the answers! Tuesday and Wednesday, honesty
is your best weapon. If someone's all bluster
and show, kill them with candor, with being
yourself. It'll work amazingly well. Thursday
through Saturday you have a bunch of details
to take care of, but Sunday is all about basking
in the mutual admiration society that is your
Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th
It doesn't matter how much you have to do on
Monday -- you're focused almost entirely on
one person. In particular, you're wishing you
two could be somewhere else together this
week, somewhere' special, somewhere away
from everyone else. Alas, you have obliga-
tions. Tuesday and Wednesday are slightly
stressful, mostly because certain people feel
they're more deserving than others of attention
and gifts, but Thursday through Saturday
aren't like this at all. They're great days. On
Sunday, you're thinking about the approach of
the New Year and what it means.
Jan 20th thru Feb 18th
Monday isn't an easy day, but if you stop what
you're doing and organize a bit, everything
will get better. Not only will you be able to see
what you're doing, but you'll also have clarity
of mind. It's funny how therapeutic cleaning
is! Tuesday and Wednesday are extraordinary,
exciting, full of surprises-- everything you'd
want them to be. Thursday through Saturday
require you to be in detective mode, figuring
out what's going on below the surface of a sit-
uation. Sunday requires nothing from you
whatsoever. Get together with some friends
and have a delicious snack.
Feb 19th thru March 20th
Monday is full of romance, and a bunch of
other stuff, too -- music, possibly poetry,
maybe some dancing. But romance is'really
the key element. A little action on the love
front also inspires you to work out more,
which explains why going to the gym is in the
stars for Tuesday 'and Wednesday. Thursday
through Saturday, you're confronted with a
fact about you-know-who that you never
knew, and it makes you wonder, 'What else
don't I know about this person?' Not a bad
thing to contemplate. But don't let suspicion
undo you. On Sunday, strive for honesty and
S From Actual Police Reports
Did You Hear About?..
THEY TRIED TO MAKE ME SELL
MYSELF an officer dispatched to the 2900
block of Spring Park Rd., in reference to a bat-
tery. Upon his arrival, he made contact with the
victim, who stated that she had been abducted., ,
The victim had a long cut across her left leg and
there was swelling on her left eye. She was
checked by rescue and they advised her that she
needed stiches for her leg, but she declined to
be transported by them to the hospital. She stat-
ed that suspect #1 sells crack out of his vehicle.
She stated that she observed th suspect stealing items from an apartment in the
complex. She stated that the suspect then forced her into his vehicle and took
her to another apartment. She said while in the apartment, the suspect made her
change clothes and ride around to several unknown locations along with suspect
#2. She stated that they wanted her to prostitute her because they needed money.
She said the two suspects kicked her and punched her. She also said that suspect
#1 used a box cutter and cut her leg and hit her in the face with the handle of a
screwdriver. She said at
one point suspect #1 got upset and tied her hands and
feet and took her to another location and put
her in a ditch behind a complex and said that
he would be back. The victim stated that while
the two suspects were gone, she was able to
get loose by using a small knife she had in her
shoe. she then ran through the complex where
she flagged down a witness. The witness
called the police. While the police was talking
""' '- ,to the victim, the suspect vehicle drove past
them. She stated, "that's them, that's the vehi-
cle." The officer attempted to follow the vehi-
cle and conducted a traffic stop and the sus-
pect was detained. A check of his license revealed that it was suspended. The
victim identified the suspect as the person who abducted her. The suspect stat-
ed he was at work most of the day and that he did not have anything to do with
her. He denied knowing her. The suspect was arrested and taken to the PTDF.
IT'S STILL A WEAPON An officer was dispatched to the 4200 block of
Moncrief in reference to a dispute. When she arrived, witness MH advised her
that her friend CP, the victim, had been holding MH's baby when defendant, h4f.
CT busted into the 'apartment. MH indicated defendant and CP had a prior rela-
tionship and defendant was extremely upset when he entered. Defendant pulled
a handgun and turned it on CP, as well as the infant. Defendant then left the
scene. Later, the suspect turned himself in at the PMB. He stated he came home
the night of the incident and began arguing with the victim. The suspect states
that he had no gun, that was his tool belt and hammer in his hand. Okay!
I WAS ROBBED! -An officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Edgewood
Ave. in reference to a robbery call. Upon his arrival he met with the victim, a
white male, who stated he was walking
to the bus stop on Post St. when twd
unknown black males got behind him
and told him to stop. The victim said he .
kept walking and the suspects began to ..' l
run after him until they caught up with
him. Then the victim said the suspects
instructed him to give up his; posses-
sions or they were going to shoot him.
The.victim said he didn't see ,a gun on
either suspect, but both suspects went in
both of his pockets and took $10.00 out
and then fled. Investigation revealed j
that the victim 'did not appear to be stressed about the incident and did not
appear to have been injured in the process. But, the victim asked for a ride to
work and a phone to use. A search of the immediate area did not reveal any sus-
pects or physical evidence. Efforts were suspended.
IN FEAR OF RETALIATION -An officer was dispatched to the 8600 block of
Vermanth Rd., due to information of a person lying in the yard cut. Upon arrival,
the officer observed the victim laying in the yard, he was unable to provide infor-
mation due to his condition. He was observed to have blood on the left side of
his body. Rescue 27 and Engine 19 responded to the scene. The victim was taken
to Shands where he was stated to
1| have life-threatening injuries, but
was later downgraded to critical but
; "" stable. The officer then interviewed
victim #2 who reported he and vic-
", ""tim #1 had been stabbed by the sus-
pect due to an argument over sus-
pect's ex-girlfriend. Due to fear of
S. retaliation by the suspect and his
relationship to the "Bloods," none of
the witnesses wanted to be directly
S "- associated with any statements. The
officer did not find the suspect at his
home, but advised his family to call
the police if he was to return.
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...FOR THE SECOND TIME
IN FRANCHISE HISTORY.
Although, the Jaguars
(10-4), puts them one win shy
of clinching a playoff spot for
the second time in three sea-
sons, were shut out of the Pro
Bowl when rosters were
announced earlier last week.
Not Fred Taylor (again),
not David Garrard, not even
Rashean Mathis or John
Henderson, both of whom
made the Pro Bowl last sea-
It's the first time since the
franchise's inaugural season in
1995 that Jacksonville didn't
have a single player chosen to
Mathis earned his first
trip to Hawaii last season.
Defensive tackle Marcus
Stroud was voted to the AFC
squad in 2003, 2004 and
2005, and Henderson made it
in 2004 and 2006.
This year, Jacksonville
hoped Taylor, Garrard and
maybe defensive end Paul
Spicer would get in.
Taylor figured that, along
with his three straight 100-
yards games and the fact he
had never been to Honolulu in
his 10-year career would give
him a shot. He had to settle for
first alternate for a second
straight year, meaning if
either Tomlinson, Parker or
Addai is unable to make the
trip, Taylor would get to go in
pens," Taylor said last week to
the press. "They've got to tally
up the votes, and however it
comes out, I've got to live
with it. I've always felt like
I'm Pro Bowl-quality, so
everything else doesn't mat-
Mathis and fullback Greg
Jones also were first alter-
nates. Mathis finished behind
New England's Asante
Samuel, Denver's Champ
Bailey and San Diego's
Antonio Cromartie. Jones was
second to San Diego's
Garrard, the AFC's sec-
ond-rated passer behind New
England's Tom Brady, was a
second alternate. Henderson
and injured linebacker Mike
Peterson also .were second
Other than the New York
Jets, Jacksonville was the only
team with double-digit wins
to not have anyone selected to
the Pro Bowl.
Coach Del Rio told the
press, "There are guys I think
are pretty good football play-
ers on our team," "You guys
know who they are. I speak
about them every week. The
more we win as a team, the
more that stuff will come."
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W 37- 17
L 29- 7
W 24 23
L 24 -41
W 28- 13
W 24 17
W 36 14
L 25 28
W 29 22
KONICA MINOLTA GATOR BOWL
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will feature the #1 passing offense of Texas Tech against Virginia, the #7 defensive
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders will bring their mighty offense to Jacksonville
Municipal Stadium with two outstanding offensive leaders. Texas Tech Wide
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the recipient of the Dudley Award as the top collegiate player in the state of Virginia.
Other honors include Defensive lineman of the year by the Richmond Touchdown
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retired by Virginia.
Joining his Virginia teammate is Junior Offensive Guard Branden Albert. He has
also had an impressive career and has been nationally recognized with Third Team
All-America honors from the Associated Press and named First Team All-Atlantic
The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will be played on January 1, 2008 at
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