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Duval County Has Most Blacks
with HIV/AIDS in State of Florida
A l l Thursday, February 7 was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and citizens
were reminded that one in 88 non-Hispanic Black males and females are living with
HIV/AIDS in this city. Duval County has the largest proportion of Blacks infected by
the virus than all of Florida. Twenty-eight percent of all HIV/AIDS (together) cases
are Black. A significant majority of people (62%) living with AIDS (not HIV) in
A significant majority of people (62%) living
with AIDS (not HIV) in Duval County are Black.
Duval County are Black. Sources say most are in the 32208 and 32209 zip codes.
The numbers tell the story. We have a lot of work to do," said Dr. Aaron Hilliard,
Director of Environmental Health and Disease
Control for the Duval County Health Department. HIV/AIDS- Continued on A-7
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from 8:30 to 9:00 pm
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Change of the Guards
President J. Carl Davis:
and Outgoing President:
Troy Canady at Flajax
See Page A-3
to Jaxport's Board
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed
Reginald Gaffney to the Jaxport
Board of Directors-January 23, 2008 ,
to September 30, 2011.
Georgia Citizens Join
Hands to Battle Poverty
Brunswick citizens, led by Pastor
S K en Adkins and community leaders
met at First Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church Monday to discuss
how to eradicate poverty in their com-
munity, thereby decreasing the crime
Rev. Ken Adkins surge experienced in 2007. They
concluded that the key ingredients needed are commu-
nity involvement, education and personal accountabili-
ty. There was total agreement that the cycle of poverty
in Glynn County must be eliminated.
Mother High Smothers Baby
Latasha McMorris, 24, has
been charged with felony
neglect in\ he murder of her
two-year-old son, Bartley.
The influence of alcohol
nd/or drugan s wat an
McMorrids wa charged withee
neglect in 2007 by Child
Protective Services and her children were removed, includ-
ing Bartley, the two-year-old. According to reports, she has
had several arrests on alcohol-related offenses.
Officer Killed by
oChristopher Ridley, 23,
ently pwas off-duty in White
Plains, New York when he
deowas killed by fellow officers
on January 25, 2008:
the officer observed a
Lt. Christopher Ridley 23 homeless man he thought
and/or drugs at an
was beating another man. Before approaching the
man, he ran into a county government building and
called for back up Afterwards, he struggled with the
homeless emani and a shot went off during thestggle.
By this time, four county officers sding to runde Ridley
and the homeless man and ordered officer Ridley to
drop his gun. When he did not, the officers shot him
severaltimes. A street surveillance video was able to
capture the entire incident. Mount Vernon police
Commissioner David Chong said after viewing the
video, that Detective "Ridley took police action and
died in the performance of his duty," according to
reports. After Ridley's death, he was promoted to
The man was arrested and charged with assault.
Ridley's death is still under investigation.
Ridley's death is still under investigation.
Blacks On Major Corporate Boards
February's issue of BLACK
ENTERPRISE has story of
Blacks who serve on the Board
of Directors of the 250 largest
companies in the United States.
Shown on the cover, from left
are: Richard Parsons, Vernon
Jordan Jr., Franklin Thomas,
Joyce Roche, Christopher
Williams, Alexis Herman, and
John Rogers, Jr.
Obama's Large Fund Raising
Continues Will Gap Close?
He received the endorse-:
ment of four of the top:
Kennedys and Oprah has:
.:. declared that she stands:
behind him not because he-
S*'is Black but because he is:
Shown above are Senator brilliant. Yet he has not-
Barack Obama at the podi-
um. Standing behind him received the endorsement of
um. Standing behind him
are Senator Ted Kennedy some older Black leaders
with daughter of former The Hispanic community is
President Kennedy. not recognizing his possible
desire to assist them because of his color, and not
remembering that his father was an immigrant. With all:
of that, Hilliary Clinton had to lend her campaign $5:
Million in January when he raised $32 Million and:
raised more than $7 Million since Super Tuesday, three:
days before this writing. Somebody believes in him!!
Do you? Please let us know what you think of this his-
tory maker. Write: email@example.com.
Imperial Sugar Refinery Explosion
An explosion in Port Wentworth, Ga. near
Savannah, to date, killed six and about 42 are
injured. Imperial Sugar, the U.S. maker of Imperial,
Dixie and Holly sweeteners had its largest facility in ,
Savannah. Savannah's fire service say that there
are some deep-seated fires and they are trying to
keep them under control.
Sugar dust is combustible said sources and it is
believed the blast in a silo was caused by sugar dust.:
Several things, such as static electricity, sparks or
cigarettes can ignite an explosion.
Author Terry McMillan Honored
Essence Magazine honored Terry McMillan with
their lifetime achievement award. Her best known
books are: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and
"Waiting to Exhale." They both became movies.
Eighty in U.S. Die A
Day From Gunshots
The shootings this week in the
U.S.continues with 80 people dying of
gunshot wounds each day and twice as
many being wounded according to the
SBrady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Charles At the time of this writing, a
Thornton Louisiana student had just killed two
other female students before killing
The night before, Charles Thornton of Kirkwood,
Missouri killed five people at a City Council meeting
before being killed. Thornton had been convicted of
disorderly conduct for disrupting meetings in 2006. He
felt the government was putting "torment and strife into
his life," according to his brother. The mayor was
among those shot.
Earlier Thursday, a gunman opened fire at an Ohio
school, wounding his estranged wife in front of her stu-
dents. He later killed himself.
In California, a man suspected of killing three family
members shot dead a SWAT team officer and wounded
another in a gun battle. He was later captured.
In Florida, a man killed his neighbor over a property
This weekend, five women were shot dead at a shop-
ping mall in a Chicago suburb at a clothing store.
The Columbine High School shooting and the
Virginia Tech University shootings caused internation-
al concern regarding gun ownership in America. The
United States has the largest percentage of gun owner-
ship in the world. According to the Brady Campaign to
Prevent Gun Violence, smaller scale incidents continue
to be a regular occurrence all across America. They
released their suggestions on gun control and graded
the states accordingly.
The state of Florida shows a grade point of (8) eight,
-on a scale of 100. The grading scale is shown on page
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"There's Always Something ,Incoming FlaJill
Happening On The First Coast" President Mrs. Betty
S Asque Davis receives
FlaJax Club After Severity-Eight Years a kiss and roses from
1 Incoming President J.
Outgoing FlaJax President Troy Canady accompanied Carl Davis, Sr. at the
by his lovely wife FlaJill president Mrs. Minnie Mays Flajax Club
Canady were aplomb and ever gracious as they completed Phonstallation Banquet.
Photo by Mrs.
their leadership tenure with the FlaJax/FlaJill Clubs -at the Michelle Davis
Annual 2007 Christmas Dance held at the Wyndham Hotel. Singleton.
At the 78th Annual FlaJax Gala the president Troy
Cannady was supreme! The. ballroom was beautiful and
filled with out of town and local guests for the annual holi-
day affair. The Elite Band kept everyone on their feet danc-
gthroughout the evening, as they are known for. The Outgoing FlaJill President Mrs. Minnie Canady
ing throughout the evening, as they are known for. The is presented a bouquet of roses from her husband
scrumptious and succulent buffet was plenteous! Troy Canady at the Flajax Club Installation
The leadership 'stamp' of The Canady Team along Banquet. Photo by rs. Michelle Davis
with Dance Chairman FlaJax Samuel Allen was very visi-
ble. New FlaJax members presented with their FlaJills at the U
Annual' Gala were: FlaJaxs William Bodie, John
Edwards, and George Marshall.
Continuing the FlaJax journey that began October 16,
1930 with the election of John Ross as the first FlaJax Club
President, incoming President J. Carl Davis, Sr. and his
wife Mrs. Betty Asque Davis were installed as presidents of
the FlaJax and FlaJills Clubs respectively. Past FlaJax Club
President Dr. Alvin G. White the speaker for the occasion
gave a rousing speech focusing on the responsibility of sav-
ing our children. It was both a thought-provoking and 'call
to action' message. Dr. White was also the-installing officer.
Other FlaJax of ficers installed were: Vice President Samuel Flajax Club members take time for a 'Photo Op' following recent FlaJil llemnbers at recent bhstallaon Banquet Photolby illms .1ichelle
Allen, Recording Secretary Ronald Jones," Corresponding Installaion Banquet Photo by Mrs. Michelle Davis Singleton. Davis Singleton.
Neil Frink, Financial Secretary Edgar L. Mathis, Sr.,
Treasurer George Barnes, Business Manager Armin Gray,
Chaplain Reverend Thomas. Anderson, Historian Dr.
William Scott, Jr., Parliamentarian Lt. Col. Robert Porter,
Sergeant At Arms Edward M. Robinson, Jr., with Trustees
-Troy Canady, Henry Sellers, Dr. Ezekiel Bryant and
Dozell Varner. Other FlaJill officers installed were: Vice
President Mrs. Cassandra Allen, Recording Secretary Ms.
Brenda Speights, Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Joyce
Frink and Treasurer Mrs. Gail Mathis.
Outgoing president Troy Canady presented each mem-
ber of his leadership team (J. Carl Davis, Sr., Armin Gray,
Neil Frink, George Barnes, Edgar L. Mathis, Sr., Wendell
Holmes, Jr., Tommy Chandler, Dr. William Scott, Jr., and
Ronald Jones) appreciation plagues. .He also presented a ;"
bouquet of roses to his lovely wife, his 'Queen' Mrs. Canady Newly installed Flajax Club president J Outgoing FlaJax Club President Troy
and named Samuel Allen as FlaJax of the Year. Carl Davis, Sr. with his sister Dr. Lois Canady and Flax Club Incoming Recording
With a very melodious voice Charles Reddick sang -Mrs. Ted Redding whose husband was a Davis Gibson. Dr. Gibson is also the Secretary Ronald Jones. Photo courtesy of
splendidly and beautifully two selections with a resounding Flajax Club founder with Incoming President Mother of ateRepresentative Audrey Rising Sun Video Productions.
mesaleJ. Carl Davis, Sr. Photo by Mrs. Michelle Gibson who was also present to witness
message. Davis Singleton. her uncle's installation. Photo vMichelle
In his closing remarks newly installed FlaJax President Davis Singleton (daughter of Carl and
J. Carl Davis, Sr. stated, "I.vow to wrap the letters of, BettyAsque.Davis).
F.I.R.S.T. (Fidelity, Integrity, Resourcefulness,.
Strength, and Temperament) into the robe of presi-
dential leadership in accomplishing our great goals".
He also presented a bouquet of roses to his wife, his
'rock" Mrs. Davis.
The FlaJax event planners led by Edgar L.
Mathis, Sr. did a fantastic job! It was quite mar-
velous! Yes, marvelous indeed!
FlaJll and Fla.ac Neil Frink The Frinks were installed
as Corresponding Secretaries for the FlaJa and FlaJill
Clubs respective' Photo by Michelle Davis Singleton. Outgoing Flaax President Troy C pres-
ent FlaJax aof the Year Award to FlaJax
SamuelAllen, Incoming VicePresident FlaJax
(to the left) Mesdames Allen has also served a FlaJax Dance chabper-
Brenda White and Inez sonforseveralyears. Photo by MichelleDavi
Christopher Asque Mrs Singleton.
White's husband Dr. Alvin
G White was the speaker
for the FlaJax'Installation
Banquet Photo by
Michelle Davis Singleton. .
Fladill Doris and Flajax William Scott Dr, Scott The William Bodies as they were pre-
has been a member of the ajax Cluborf sented as new members of the Flajax
seven (47) years. Photo by Michelle Davis. Club Family at the 2007Dance. Photo
Singleton. courtesy of Rising Sun Video
The George Marshalls as they were pre-
sented as new members of the Flajax
Club Family at the 2007 Dance. Photo
courtesy of Rising Sun Video
Flajax Dance Chairperson Samuel Allen with fellow f3pon ,
Flajax member Warner Singleton. Photo courtesy of i'
iing Sun V'deo Production.
FlaxJax Installation Banquet Chairman,
FlaJa EdgarL Mathis, Sr. presents plaque to TheIdaughters oflajax Geoge Barnes
Installation Banquet Speaker Dr. Alvin G arriving at the 2007 FlaJax Christmas
White. FlaJax Mathis is past president and Dance. Photo courtesy of Rising Sun
current Financial Secretary of the club. Dr. video Productions.
White is apast president of the FlaxJax organ-
ization. Photo by Michelle Davis Singleton.
1tThe John Edwvardses as they
were presented as new, mem-
Past FlaJax President Henry Sellers greets FlaJax bers of the Flajax Club Family
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Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services
MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY MORNING
Sunday, February 10, 10:45 a.m.
In Observance of Valentine's Day
SSunday, February 17, 10:45 a.m..- TBA
Sunday, February 24, 10:45 a.m. In Celebration of
Black History Month
Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
7405 Arlington Expressway 904-725-8133,
Jacksonville, FL, Rev. Dr. John L. Young, minister
Henson Markham, music director 904-346-0373
FIRST LADY PRODUCTIONS, INC. invites you
to the event of the year! That's right, it's the much
awaited CD RELEASE PARTY for Dr. Vera
Goodman & Anointed Praise. Join them as they debut
the release of their brand new CD, "Sanctuary of
Praise," in concert Saturday, February 16th at 7:00
p.m. Debuting such hits as Sanctuary of Praise,
Beautiful, and For You. Also featured in concert is
SGospel Recording Artists: Jimmy Hill & A.V.O.P. and
Ms. Carmelita Terry. The event will be held at One
Accord Ministries International, Inc., located at
2971 Waller St., where Bishop Dr. Goodman is Pastor.
For more information, contact First Lady Productions
at (904) 425-0806.
ST. NICHOLAS BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
AND PASTOR'S ANNIVERSARY celebrating the
128th Anniversary of. the church and the 15th
Anniversary of our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Richard W.
Jackson. Located at 2606 San Diego Rd. in
Jacksonville. The date and times are as follows:
Sunday, February 24th at 4p.m.; Monday, February
25th at 7p.m.; Wednesday, February 27th at 7p.m.;
Friday, February 29th at 7p.m.; and Sunday, March
2nd at 4p.m. Please contact Rev. Earl Wyman at (904)
521-4494 for any additional information. We appreci-
ate your support.
HOLY TABERNACLE CHURCH 10TH ANNU-
AL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE 2008 February
16th at 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Prophetess
Carolyn Lathers, a great women of God from Citadel
of Hope Ministry. Elder Barbara Shingles will be the
MC to host this wonderful occasion. Located at 6416
Miriam St., in Jacksonville. Call 904-764-3754 or
THE WEST UNION MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH -located at 1605 West Beaver St., will cel-
ebrate the 108th Anniversary of the Church and the
4th Anniversary of the Pastor Leroy C. Kelly. Sunday,
February 10, 17, and 24th at 4:00 p.m. The theme is
"This Victory is Jesus." Theme song "Victory in
Jesus." The Church Anniversary Banquet will be held
at the Philippian Multipurpose Center, 7540 New
Kings Rd., on February 23rd at 5:00 p.m. Deacon
Cornelious Williams and Sister Delaney Williams are
the Chair Persons.
BLACK HISTORY DAY CELEBRATION I
would like to take this opportunity as District.Deputy
Grand Master of District # 15 to invite the Masonic
family, families and friends in support of our Black
history day celebration on February 17, 2008 at
4:00pm. Our celebration will be held at the Greater
Israel United Missionary Baptist Church, located at
6901 North Main St., Jacksonville, FL. Rev. Eugene
White will pastor such planned event, with a dinner
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SWednesday, Feb. 13th 7:30 p.m. II
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service following. Please feel free to reach me with
any questions at 904-759-2838, or contact Worshipful
Master Duane Richardson, 330 of St. John Lodge No.
14 at 904- 813-3551.
GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH hosts young-
adult, small-group worship service Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The group welcomes young adults, ages 20-30, for
faith and fellowship regardless of their church affilia-
tion. The church, which had a handful of young adult
members last year, now has more than 40 regular
attendees. The young adult group will meet at the
Northeast Florida Baptist Association building, 921 S
US Highway 17, Yulee. Contact Pastor Jerry Klemm
to register to attend at (904) 422-1523. Information is
also available on the church Web site at
JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN'S CHORUS in
Concert with AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR,
Saturday, March 8th at 8:00 p.m. Times Union Center
for the Perofrming Arts< Jacoby Symphony Hall. $25
single adult, $13 single student. Discounts available
for groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, call
THE NEW BETHLEHEM MISSIONARY
BAPTIST CHURCH -
RE IA L- RE V I VA L REVI L -
REVIVAL February 17- 19.
2008 New Bethlehem
Missionary Baptist Church. 1824
Prospect Street, Jacksonville. FL
invites each of you to attend
"2008, A Year of Breakthrough" a
revival beginning on Sunday
February 17th at 5:00 p.m. The Rev. Eric Lee
hour for services held on Monday
and Tuesday will begin at 7:00 p.m. T\wo dynamic men of
God will speak nightly. Rev Richard Curry, Jacksonville.
FL will be the lecturer and Elder Chester Brown,
Tallahassee. FL will be speaker. For additional information,
please call (904) 764-5727, Eric A. Lee M. Th., Pastor.
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Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all
comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee,with
those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.
DEATrIH NOT! S
J., died February 4, 2008.
Jr., died January 31,
BRONNER, Essie Mae,
died January 31, 2008.
BROWN, Maceo, 72, died
January 31, 2008. Alphonso
West Mortuary, Inc.
S., died January 31, 2008.
CASEY, Mitchell R., 64,
died February 2, 2008.
CURRY, Tunesia, died
January 29, 2008.
Bailey, died January 29,
HAMMOCK, Mary F.,
died February 4, 2008.
HARVEY, Barbara Jean,
67, died January 31,
HELMS, Albert, III, died
February 5, 2008.
died January 29, 2008.
Malachi J., died January
80, died February 4,
JOYNER, Dorothy L.,
died February 3, 2008.
S., 95, died February 5,
McCOY, Dorothy, died
February 1, 2008.
Lawrence, died January
died January 29, 2008.
NEWTON, Ollie M.,
died February 4, 2008.
died January 31, 2008.
Daphine B., died January
SHAPTER, Deardra Y.,
died January 30, 2008.
A., died February 3, 2008.
WALDEN, Willie, died
January 29, 2008.
WALKER, Rebecca, 43,
died January 29, 2008.
WILLIAMS, Ira Kate,
75, died January 31,
67, died January 31,
YOUNG, Rubyn B., 78,
died February 1, 2008.
GROGAN, Jonathan, 80,.
died January 31, 2008.
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. 1 'p .
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 8:00 p.m. r la
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
"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
Tuesday and Thursday
from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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.OUR COMMUNITIES NEED A VOICE AND A WAR ON POVERTY
Those communities most impacted by crime and murder need a voice on Mayor Peyton's new
initiative. We also need a War on Poverty. The Mayor's Journey is another classic example of
"Insidious and Ancestral Indifference". The Good Old Boys and the Mayor is putting on
another "Dog and Pony Show", short on substance in an attempt to address crime and murder in
One strong recommendation to the Mayor and his "spin master" Susie Wiles would be that
they review the "Scientific Method for Problem Solving". How can the Mayor ignore
"Community Input" in this serious problem? Mayor Peyton ignored Donald Foy suggestion for
Community Leaders as additional members to his initiative. At the same time, Mayor Peyton
accepted Sheriff Rutherford's suggestion to add Police Leaders to the initiative. This is a blatant
and clear example of "Insidious and Ancestral Indifference. Why was Rutherford suggestion
more important than the one from Foy?
People who live in high-crime neighborhoods can provide valuable information about how to
solve this problem of crime and murder which affect them directly. They also will buy-in to the
solutions if they helped to create them. Tony Boselli and others might have good intentions, but
it would be helpful to talk to those living in the high-crime neighborhoods. They are directly
affected by the situation. Talk to them first before bringing them your solutions from a barbs and
Ponte Vedra perspective. What subject matter expertise does Tony Boselli bring to the problem
of crime and murder?
Matt Galnor's article confirmed the perception that Mayor Peyton's Journey is nothing more
than a "Who's Who of the Republican Party" and some of the mayor's political supporters.
The mayor was right about one point "this is a community problem". The total community
inclusive of all members must have a voice into the solution of the problem. The map in Matt's
article illustrated the fact that the urban core is affected the most. Addressing the issue of poverty
is crucial in the areas with 20 or more and 15 to 19 murders immediately. Poverty is the core
and central factor causing crime and murder in our community.
Mayor Peyton might consider asking
Congresswoman Corrine Brown for federal funds
to fight this War on Poverty and create: EXTPRESS TAX
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Affordable Housing. The target area should be 1803 N. Main Street or S767 Moncrief Road
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the "debilitating poverty". We are facing a prob- and
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our mayor. The "Good Old Boys" don't always Lat location
have the right answers.
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HIV/AIDS- Continued from A-1
"What should also matter is that our battle with these types of dispar-
ities mirror other public health and socioeconomic. problems that
plague our community."
FAMU (Florida A & M University) joined in the effort to help get
people to get tested with a one act play written by and starring Sheryl
Lee Ralph, "Sometimes I Cry." Sheryl is an original Dreamgirl.
A certificate of recognition was given to Ronald Henderson,
statewide minority AIDS coordinator with the Florida Department of
Health who co-authored the report, "Silence is Death: The Crisis of
HIV/AIDS in Florida's Black Communities."
For information call: (904) 573-2985.
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Dinner at my house is about sharing great food
and even better conversation. My new neighbor
Amisi is from Cairo, but we have so much in,
common! She loves bowling, yoga and my
great uncle's Cur y Chicken, too. She says it
tastes like home. Amazing how basically the
same blend of spices that have been used in
Caribbean dishes for generations can be found
the world over. Just like friends. It's nice to
have someone who appreciates my African
American history the way I do.
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Big Boom's Valentine's Tour at The Ritz
Theatre & La Villa Museum
Reviewed by Marsha Dean Phelts
How To Duck A Suckah: A Guide to
.Living a Drama-Free-Life is a common The Epiphany Baptist Church held its Martin Luther King, Jr. event
sense street manual written by a man on January 19, 2008. The keynote speaker was Richard P. Burton, Sr..
known as Big Boom. This book was writ- Member ofNAACP National Board ofDirectors. This was their5th
ten primarily for women, but after having. M r of N P Nl B d of D c T ws
read it, I highly recommend the owning of -~, Annual Tribute To A King Celebration. The program theme was "Stop i''
How To Duck A Suckah for women and The Violence...Start The Love...Working To Save Our Family." This v. as :
men of every age in every class and status. .
The vignettes that Big Boom, a reformed a very joyous occasion. Many came and honored him in their own wa.
pimp shares from his days as a player, have whether it being with a song or a speech. Each selection was choose
no hold backs in shedding light on entrap- !'- Above & below: especially to honor Dr. King's name and for what he stood for in our
ments women fall for as they find them- Richard R Burton,
selves in demeaning unproductive relation- -'- *.. Sr., NAACP Nat'l lives.
ships. Board of Directors. It is always nice to see the
Big Boom has many true-life stories to tell. He self published youth get in ol\ed in such an
his first book, If You Want Closure in Your Relationship Start with
Your Legs. This book published in June 2007 has been on the .. '. e% ent as this, becaLse the\ are
Essence Bestseller List since that time. When an agent from Simon the ones lhat \ e are mostl\ t-
& Shuster heard Boom on the Steve Harvey Radio Show she attend- Ing to rea _' to Sop V iole L
ed a book signing and offered him a contract to do other books with j ing to reach to Stop te violence
this prestigious company. Six months later, How To Duck A Suckah and to start
was released on February 1st and Big Boom as he later became sp r ea d i n .
known as the Bodyguard for Women's Hearts began a 14 city cross-
country Valentines tour from California to New York. The tour will Lo\e to one ..
be in Jacksonville, the only location in Florida, at The Ritz Theatre another.
& La Villa Museum, 829 N. Davis Street on Friday, February 15th
from 7:00PM to 8:30 PM.
Big Boom is married and happy to be married and believes that
by God's design, there is the right person for everyone. He advises
seekers to look two places, "in the mirror and up to God...."He
says, "Talk to God and face yourself." Following Boom's sage
advice, can lead women to lasting relationships and or away from
those that destroy them.
How To Duck A Suckah is receiving outstanding reviews and
ratings. The Library Journal Review reports, "Big Boom writes
from the heart, calling on God at certain turns and clear thinking at
others. And that is tie book's strength..." Every library will carry
this book because a review
from Library Journal is the -
HOW TO highest endorsement for book
selections by librarians.
Ebony Magazine reports
D U A "Boom is doling out stern
advice to women to help them
avoid men like his former
self." Steve Harvey, on The ,
Steve Harvey Morning Show
uid said, "Boom has made the
A Guide to Living a biggest turnaround in a per-
Drama-Free Life son's life that I have ever
known .... Boom knows what
B IG he's talking about and isn't
afraid to tell the truth!" Boom
:( / himself has this to say about
SFhis. latest book, Pay BREATHE CY E OF POVERTY
is attention You Wand be confident enough to use the weapon rsurght away;
totion) withuse the information I'm goingyou, so yo to givewon't you."
Locally, Felece Franklin, co-founde.r of PRiDE (People .. 0om
group has encountered in yea bring ale knife to the gunbook for the
fit descriptions. Now, I can't s fight....Now everyone will others
have a weapon, but you'll have an equalizer ... All you have to pay fu a 0 mr
is attention and be confident enough to usethe weapon right away; home.B U IL.u
tsho usldn't be information I'm goirg to give you."
Locally, Feliece Franklin, co-founder of PRIDE (Peopleguard yourhe CAppholic Campign for Human Development, the nation's
Reading for Inspiration Discussion and Enjoyment) remarked that,prl 30,2008
"How To Duck A Suckah hasprovidedmore discussion than the largestprovider of funds foranti-pver programs, is
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Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
ALL-CLASS REUNION / TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL AND JACK-
SONVILLE SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY An all-class reunion is set for March
2009. The school was opened from 1947-1978. The reunion is for anyone who ever
attended the school, whether it was part-time, full-time, sometime...be they student, fac-
ulty, staff or friends. Please contact the reunion committee at: TECH HIGH REUNION,
P.O. Box 6361, Jacksonville, FL 32236-6361 or call Nina Dodd at 904-424-1873, email:
"MAD HATTER" LUNCHEON -Tuesday, March 4th. Everyone is invited. Bring a
decorated hat, or bring a hat to be decorated. Hats will be judged in several categories
and prizes awarded. Speaker Joanne Byms will share how her life was transformed
when her husband, a pilot in the Viet Nam war, was shot down and Missing in Action.
Doors open at 11:30 for buffet, program begins at 12:00 to 1:30. Lunch is $15.00 inclu-
sive. Location; Ramada Inn, East Room in Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road; next to the
295 overpass. Reservations and cancellations for lunch and free Child Care call 262-
3882 or e-mail email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, on Thursday,
February 28th. Bring a friend for the "Invite-A-Thon" and win prizes and giveaways.
THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF FL PRESENTS "LIVING WITH
ASTHMA NIGHT" -Thursday, February 21st from 7:00 p.m. 8:15 p.m. at the St.
Luke's Hospital -Auditorium C, 4201 Belfort Rd., Jacksonville. Sunil N. Joshi, M.D.,
local allergist and immunologist, will be presenting this educational program. Lung
health literature and light refreshments will be provided by Walgreens Option One.
Parking will be in the employee parking (Lot F) at the Family Birth Place, enter at the
ambulance transport center and follow sings to Auditorium C. Free and open to the pub-
lic. Registration is required to attend. Please contact Nicole O'Neil-Payne at
email@example.com or (904) 743-2933 Ext. 18, by February 19th.
RODNEY L. HURST, SR., author of "IT WAS NEVER ABOUT A HOT DOG
AND A COKE," has spent most of his adult life working in Jacksonville's Black com-
munity as a community advocate and as an elected city Councilman. Hurst, then the 16-
year old president of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, gives his eyewitness
account of a violent chapter in Jacksonville's civil rights history. Publication date was
February 1, 2008 and is available for purchase at Overlooked books.com, Baker &
Taylor, Amazon.com, etc. Contact The Adkins Agency at (904) 861-3870 for distribu-
THE CLASS OF 1953 FROM OLD STANTON HIGH SCHOOL will meet at 2
p.m. Saturday, February 16th at The Bradham-Brooks Branch Library, 1755 W.
Edgewood Ave. The classmates are making plans for their 55th Reunion, scheduled for
August 2008. All former students of Stanton are cordially invited to attend.
2008 STANTON GALA MEETING -The current class leaders of Old Stanton, New
Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools will meet on Monday, February 18th at
6p.m. at the 1011 W. 8th St. (AKA House) to discuss plans fo rthe Stanton Gala on May
3rd. Tickets are available from your class leaders. For more information, contact
Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 or stantonhighschool.org.
RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS WORKSHOP & JOB FAIR, Saturday,
February 9th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Branch Office in
Gateway Mall, located at 5200-2 Norwood Ave., in Jacksonville. For more information,
contact State Senator Tony Hill's office at (904) 924-1646.
PILOBOLUS' RENEE JAWORSKI COMES TO JACKSONVILLE FOR WEEK
LONG MASTER CLASS February 19 24, 2008. Renee Jaworski, Rehearsal Director
and Artistic Associate of the internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus, is
coming to Jacksonville to teach a master dance class at the Wilson Center at FCCJ's
South Campus, 501 W. State St., Jacksonville. For more information, call 904-632-3373
or visit the website at: www.artistseies.fccj.org .
HEALTH EXPERTS AND THE DUVAL COUNTY IMMUNIZATION TASK
FORCE (DCITF) recommend annual influenza vaccination for more than 220 mil-
lion people in the U.S. The
DCITF is offering FREE THE HOUSE OF GOD SAINTS
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shots at FCCJ Downtown NATIONAL FOUNDER'S DAY,
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. as Sunday, February 10th. at 11:00
part of a larger Health Fair a.m. at the Mt. Moriah HOGSIC,
on February 14th. For more 1005 Odessa St., Jacksonville, FL.
information, contact the Founder Bishop Nick S.
Health Planning Council of Hightower, Sr., founded and organ-
iNorthst F a at ( zed the House of God Saints in
Northeast Florida at (904) Christ in 1927 in Jacksonville, FL.
723-2162, visit For More Information, call (904)
www.facesofinfluenza.org 353-9750. First Lady Mrs. Delores
or contact your physician. Moore, Bishop Lorenzo Moore, Bishop Nick S. Hightoer, Sr.
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celebrating its 50th
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ances and unparalleled
Ailey's vision that
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body". An unforget-
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company that has for-
State Attorney's Office Honored for Mentoring Program
Chief Assistant State practices in program man- jailed juvenile program is .given the opportunity to
Attorney Jay Plotkin agement and overall a key component of our turn their lives around."
accepted Kesler improvement in the lives overall effort to make this. Mr. Plotkin added; "I
M en t o r i n g s of incarcerated youth, a safer community by have great admiration for
TELEMACHUS award Under the leadership of reducing the number of the mentors who go into
on behalf of the Jailed State Attorney Harry- incarcerated youth who the jail and work with
Juvenile program at a Shorstein and Chief return to the criminal jus- these young people who
ceremony Tuesday Assistant Jay Plotkin, the tice system after their have made very serious
evening. The ceremony, State Attorney's Office release." mistakes. Many of the
which was held at the has made the reduction of The TELEMACHUS m
mentors have had a life
University of North juvenile crime a top prior- award recognized the c i
changing influence on
Florida, recognizes ity for the past fifteen work of mentors who
these young offenders.
organizations and indi- years. The mentoring spend time with juveniles these on oe
viduals who significantly effort is part of what is incarcerated as adults in most stances the
further the cause of men- widely recognized as the Duval County jail. mentoring relationship
touring in the community, being the most compre- Chief Assistant State continues after the
The State Attorney's hensive and innovative Attorney Jay Plotkin mentee has been released
Office received the inno- juvenile prosecution pro- noted; "While it is neces- from jail."
vative mentoring pro- gram in the nation. Chief sary to incarcerate certain For more info on
gram award, for its Assistant Jay Plotkin who juvenile offenders in the mentoring youthful
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Scenes from the Willie Gary Classic/MLK
Luncheon Photos: FM Powell
Tom Joyner Foundation
Renews Announces Million
- Dollar Grant with the NEA
Teyona Byers 5th grade (Henry F. Kite Elementary School), Auvion Berry 8th Grade
(Highlands Middle School) and Pierreline Prinvil 12th grade (Nathan B. Forest High
School) with dignitaries at teh Willie Gary Classic/MLK Luncheon including Angela
Spears, Andrew Young, Willie Gary and Santhea Brown.
Group photo with Willie Gary
$1.1 Million Goes to
HBCUs to Prepare More
Minority Teachers for
Urban, Rural Schools
Dallas, Texas Tom
Joyner, the nationally syn-
dicated radio personality
and philanthropist, today
announced a new $1.1
million grant with the
Association to increase
the number of fully certi-
-fied teachers in minority
and hard-to-staff schools
across the country.
The Tom Joyner
Scholarship Program will
bring six new historically
black colleges and univer-
sities (HBCUs) on board
as part of the program's
Normal, Ala.; Howard
College, Memphis, Tenn.;
Mississippi Valley State
University, Itta Bena,
Miss.; Norfolk State
University, Norfolk, Va.;
and Prairie View A&M
University, Prairie View,
In addition, the schol-
arship program will con-
tinue on the campuses of
four HBCUs: Cheyney
Pa.; Clark Atlanta
University, Atlanta, Ga.;
Harris- Stowe State
University, St. Louis,
Mo.; and Johnson C.
Teachers can down-
load scholarship applica-
tions for the participating
schools from the
"We're excited to be
working with the NEA
again," said Joyner, whose
radio show is the nation's
leading morning enter-
tainment show. "Through
this scholarship program,
we are helping teachers
gain the skills they need to
prepare our students to
fulfill their dreams and to
better prepare students to
go to college. We're mak-
ing a difference in these
teachers' lives and the
lives of the children they
In 2005, the
$700,000 to seed the
Over the last three years,
the partnership has pro-
vided hundreds of minori-
ty teachers with funding
and technical support for
tutoring and examination
fees to prepare them to
pass state licensing exam-
inations. During Phase II,
the goal is to assist
upwards of 1,000 teachers
in high-minority, urban
and suburban school dis-
tricts as they pursue full
Reg Weaver, president
of the 3.2 million-member
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NEA, said joining forces
with the Foundation has
moved the "teacher test-
ing gap" to the forefront
of educational issues and
is allowing the
Foundation, NEA and
HBCUs to work together
to create programs and
policies that will close
"As public schools in
the U.S. become more
ethnically diverse, the
becomes less diverse,"
said Weaver. "For minori-
ties, one of the greatest
barriers to earning a
teaching license is the
requirement to pass a state
teacher licensure test.
Although more than 60
,percent of the minority
teachers in this country
are prepared at HBCUs,
until now, no national
organizations have put a
plan into action to deal
with this issue.
Foundation had the fore-
sight to address this criti-
cal need in teacher prepa-
iust commit to teach for
a minimum of three years
in certain identified com-
munities, and must be cur-
rently employed as a
teacher in a K-12 public
school or currently
enrolled in an accredited
school of education to be
eligible for participation
in the program.
The Tom Joyner
F o u n d a t i o n
was established in 1998
for the purpose of helping
students .continue their
education at historically
black colleges and univer-
sities across the nation.
The foundation has raised
more than $35 million to
date for this single cause
and helped thousands of
Scholarship in Honor of Asa
G. Hilliard III
Elderhostel, a leader in
lifelong learning and the
world's largest not-for-
profit educational travel
organization for adults,
announced a scholarship
named in honor of the late
Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III.
The launch of the scholar-
ship is part the Elderhostel
national outreach plan to
build awareness in the
African American commu-
nity. Hilliard was a world
educator, historian and
psychologist, who remains
an icon for his advocacy of
the importance of African
history, culture and influ-
ence; for his global contri-
butions to education; and
for his special affinity for
conducting study tours to
Egypt for thousands of
The Honorable Patsy
Jo Hilliard, Dr. Hilliard's
widow and life partner,
was a special guest at the
Scholar" event in Atlanta
when the scholarship was
revealed. The Asa Grant
Hilliard III Road Scholar
Award for Lifelong
Learning will be awarded
in 2008 to an African
American educator who is
on the faculty of a
Historically Black College
or University or a member
of the National Alliance of
Black School Educators.
This scholarship will pro-
vide the opportunity to
experience an Elderhostel
or Road Scholar learning
adventure anywhere in the
In responding to the
Hilliard Award for
Lifelong Learning, Mrs.
Asa Hilliard said, "I am
pleased that travelers will
have an opportunity to
explore new sites and
return home and make sig-
nificant contributions to
their communities and/or
classrooms on new infor-
mation gained on the pro-
gram, which can improve
the quality of life for all
involved. This is what Dr.
Hilliard focused on in this
travels study, study,
study." For more detail on
this scholarship, please
visit the Road Scholar
Web site at www.road-
Scholar launch in Atlanta
marked the kick-off of a
national outreach initiative
to introduce its education-
al adventures to the
African American commu-
nity and promote the bene-
fits of lifelong learning
through travel. "We are
hoping to develop aware-
ness of our organization's
educational travel pro-
grams in the African
American community and
we have been working to
expand our offerings that
are culturally significant to
African Americans and
speak to the African
says James Moses.
Elderhostel will also
extend its outreach to
cities across the U.S.,
D.C., Philadelphia and
Chicago, among others.
Elderhostel offers a
Black History Month
adventure that celebrates
the life and works of
Richard Wright on his cen-
tennial birthday a five-
day program scheduled for
February 20-24 in
Natchez, Miss. For more
information on this pro-
gram, please visit or
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Speaker); Marie F. Smith, former President of AARP and
member of the Elderhostel Board of Directors; James
Moses, President and CEO of Elderhostel; Kathy Taylor,
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victim was pregnant, but he entered her home
and during a dispute, punched her on her head
with a closed fist. The strike caused her to fall
upon the floor. Once she was on the floor, the
defendant began to choke her while she was
lying down. She pled woth the defendant to
stop and get off her, stating that he could hurt
the baby. However, the suspect stated that he
did not care. He released her and fled on foot.
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HAND-TO-HAND TRANSACTION An offi-
cer observed a person, Mr. KA, Jr. make a hand to
hand transaction in the 2000 block of Phoenix Ave.
He observed that the subject was not wearing his
seatbelt and the vehicle's right rear brake light was
not functioning. The officer attempted to conduct a
traffic stop on the vehicle. The subject initially
refused to stop the vehicle despite the officer's
emergency lights and siren. The subject stopped
the car and fled from the vehicle on foot. The offi-
cer pursued the subject on foot and observed him
run onto the porch in the 1200 block ofE. 15th St.
A perimeter was established around the house. A check of DHSMV records revealed
that the registered owner of the vehicle lives at that resident. The officer contacted
the zone dispatcher and learned that the suspect, Mr. KA, Sr. called the police and
stated that his vehicle was stolen. He was read his miranda warning and was advised
of the situation. The suspect became visibly nervous and stated that he "woke up and
my car was gone." He stated that he observed the vehicle was not in the driveway
where he last saw it. He stated that he did not check the house to see if any other
family members had driven it. The officer noticed that the subject was fully clothed
and had all of his personal items in his pocket. When questioned about this, the sus-
pect stated "I fell asleep in my clothes last night." Upon further questioning, the sus-
pect continued to act nervous and began to change the sequence of events leading to
calling the police. K-9 tracked the subject to:the
house. After several loud announcements of police,
SK-9 unit, the subject was detained on the stairwell.
S The subject was given the miranda warning,-He
admitted to running from the listed vehicle and into
the house and speaking to the suspect about calling
.4. the police. The suspect was once again questioned
and he admitted that he "heard my son come into
S-' ,' the house, breathing heavy," and telling him to "call
S" the police,your car is gone." He said he contacted
.. the police because he was half asleep. During
detailed questioning about why his version of the
events had changed, he stated, "I'm on medication and I'm half asleep." The sus-
pect's vehicle was seized for forfeiture. Case cleared by arrest.
BATTERY IN PROGRESS -Two officers were dispatched to the 5100 block of
Hwy Ave. in reference to a battery in progress where he observed both individuals
involved in a dispute in front of the residence. The officers attempted to detain the
suspect/victim Mr. CG so that they could get the details of this incident, sus-
pect/victim Mrs. DG punched suspect/victim in the face with a closed fist. She then
slapped him two more times in the face with an open hand. Mr. CG attempted to free
himself of the officer. The officer told the suspect/victim several times to stop his
physical resistance, however, he refused and suspect/victim Mr. CG had to be
forcibly taken to the ground and restrained. He was placed in the rear of the patrol
car. He then stated that he wanted to speak with an attorney. Witness Ms. B stated
that she knows both individuals and said that she and Mrs. DG had just came back
from clubbing and that's when the alter-
cation started and turned physical. Ms.
B stated that she called the police. Both
individuals have been married for thir-
teen years and stated that neither one
wanted to write a.written statement.
Suspect/victim Mrs. DG had a minor
abrasion on her arm as a result of the
struggle and the suspect/vict Mr. CG
had a red swollen abrasion on his fore-
head as a result of the struggle. Both
Suspects/victims were transported to
the PTDF for processing.
A CASE OF CARJACKING -An officer observed a car traveling southbound in
the 400 block of Summer St. that he knows is listed as being stolen in a carjacking.
The officer advised dispatch he was behind the vehicle and waited for additional
units to respond. Once they arrived, he activated his emergency equipment in the
3200 block of Warrington St. in an attempt to conduct a felony takedown. The list-
ed vehicle fled, and a pursuit ensued. After a brief pursuit, the suspect bailed out at
the intersection of Dignan St. and Day Ave. and fled southbound toward Noland St.
A perimeter was set up and K-9 was called to the scene. The suspect was located in
the 3100 block of Nolan St. on top of the roof and taken into custody without inci-
dent. A search through NCIC revealed that his license was not valid due to failure
to pay two traffic fines. The suspect was transported to the robbery office where he
was advised of his rights. The suspect denied any involment in the carjacking, as
well as being in the vehicle. The suspects clothing was placed in the property room.
the suspect was not arrested for carjacking at this time. Robbery division will com-
plete an add on charge if the victim picks him out of a photo spread.
DOMESTIC BATTERY -An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of
Westmont St. in reference to a domestic battery investigation. Upon his arrival he
revealed the victim, Ms. LW is currently five months pregnant with the defendant's
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* SPORTS *
By M.E. Ford
Shaquille O'Neal said at a news con-
ference Thursday, at the US Airways
Center, that he looks forward to making
people eat their words after hearing com-
ments made that he is too old and too slow.
14 time All Star Shaquille O'Neal, better
known as Shaq, was traded last Wednesday
from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns
in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus
He acknowledged a new motivation
after going from a team with the worst
record in the NBA to one with the best
record in the Western Conference.
"I'm very upset," he said. "You just
don't really want to get me upset. When
I'm upset, I'm known to do certain things.
- like win championships."
R&B Sensation Sammie Supports the Miami
TOiTHE SUN Northwestern Varsity Football Team by Attending the
"Crowning of the National Champions Extravaganza"
Phoenix is without a title in the team's 40-
The Suns have had the most entertaining
team in basketball since Steve Nash arrived
three-plus seasons ago to orchestrate coach
Mike D'Antoni's ultra-fast style. But they
have never made it to the finals, and the trade
confirmed the belief that this version of the
Suns, despite its record, wasn't going to be
able to do it, either.
O'Neal said, "I think with the addition of
me it gives the guys the extra that we can
make it." "The first thing it takes in winning a
championship is belief. If you can believe that
you can do it, you can get it done. If there's
ever a doubt that 'Hey, we can't do it,' you will
never win. Now I think the guys really, really
believe that we have a shot."
The presence of a 7-foot-
1, 325-pound man in the
middle should go a long way
toward erasing Phoenix's
image as a "soft" team. His
four championship rings give
him extra credibility, and his
personality should, as he put
it, "amp up" what has been
an unhappy Suns team this
O'Neal, out for two .
weeks with a hip injury, said
his new teammate Grant Hill,
who has a long history of i.,"s ..
injuries, told him how good b
the Suns' training staff is. Shaq says he will be sure to
keep all of his appointments until active again.
He is sure to energize the locker room with him being
who he is. Good luck Shaquille on your latest adventure.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --After weeks of preseason testing,
23 Sprint Cup Series drivers will take the first green flag of 2008
on Saturday night at Daytona.
Gone are testing's anonymous gray paint jobs and recycled
uniforms. Here, at last, is competition -- the 30th annual Budweiser
Shootout (8 p.m. ET Saturday on FOX) -- a non-points event that
kicks off the season, revving both engines and anticipation.
"It's a fun race to be in," said Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2003
Shootout winner. "Most .drivers can't wait to see some action from
Both precursor and reward, the race warms up fans and com-
petitors for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. The
Shootout is open to the past season's pole winners, along with for-
mer Shootout winners who finished in the top 50 of the final 2007
That exclusivity broadens in importance this season.
Teams not only will prepare for the 50th Daytona 500, but also
their first full-time season with NASCAR's new racecar. The gold-
en-anniversary Daytona 500 marks the first new-car event at
Daytona -- and for 23 teams, Saturday night is an opportunity to
research race conditions.
The Shootout began in 1979 and has yielded 17 different win-
ners through 29 events. Buddy Baker won the first one; two-time
series champion Tony Stewart is the defending winner.
The Cup Series garage is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Thursday for inspection of Shootout cars. The Shootout draw --
which determines the starting lineup -- is at 7 p.m.
On Friday, teams will practice twice -- from 4:15-5 p.m. and
from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The starting positions for the Shootout will be determined by
a random draw.
Beginning in 2003, the Shootout was formatted into two seg-
ments. The first segment is 20 laps followed by a 10-minute inter-
During the intermission teams may change tires or perform
any other action that would be part of a normal pit stop.
The second segment is 50 laps and must end in a green-white-
checkered finish. Caution laps will count toward the total in both
segments so the second segment may extend beyond the scheduled
The 23-driver field for the Shootout will be the record for the
largest field in the history of the event. (The previous high was 22
There were 18 drivers who gained eligibility by winning a pole
in 2007, while five others are eligible because they are past winners
of the Shootout (and finished in the top 50 in final series point
standings). Four drivers will be competing in the event for the first
Shootout-Daytona 500 Sweep
\ Five times in the 29-year history of the event, the winner has
gone on to win in the Daytona 500: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill
Elliott (1987) Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Jeff Gordon (1997).
Eighty-eight drivers have participated in the Shootout races,
totaling 423 entries; 42 of those drivers have participated in two or
less; 28 in only one.
The drivers who have participated in the event the most
times: Bill Elliott (22), Mark Martin (20), Rusty Wallace (19), Ken
Schrader (17), Geoffrey Bodine (16) and Ricky Rudd (16).
The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven
in 1981 to a high of 22 in 2002.
Mark Martin has appeared in the most consecutive Shootouts
(19 since 1989).
Sixteen different drivers have won the event, led by Dale
Earnhardt with six victories. Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart are tied
for second with three each. Other multiple winners: Jeff Gordon,
Neil Bonnett and Ken Schrader.
Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon
(1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) won the first
Shootout in which they competed. Hamlin is the only driver to
compete in the event in his rookie season.
Dale Earnhardt had an average finish of 2.75 in 12 appear-
ances, the best of any driver.
Tony Stewart has an average finish of 4.50 in his eight
appearances, the best of active drivers.
Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in all five of his
This year's first-time participants include Clint Bowyer, J.J.
Yeley, Reed Sorenson and Martin Truex Jr. who won their first
poles in 2007.
February 7, 2008 (Atlanta, GA) R&B crooner Sammie will attend the
"Crowning of the National Champions Extravaganza," on February 9, 2008, to con-
gratulate the Miami Northwestern Varsity Football Team on their season of excel-
lence. Being a Miami native, Sammie was honored to receive an invitation to share
in the celebration of the Northwestern football team's success. "Winning 30 consec-
utive games in a row is an outstanding achievement alone," he said. "But putting 25
student-athletes into collegiate universities all around the country is even more spe-
cial." Sammie felt compelled to congratulate the Northwestern Bulls on their accom-
plishments and wish them many more years of triumph.
The Miami Northwestern Football Team made history in Miami- Dade County
Public Schools with their 30-consectives wins. They are on their way to garnering
back-to-back state titles and the mythical "National Championship" awarded by
USA Today and ESPN. The school will send at least 25 student-athletes to colleges
and universities around the country. The "National Champions Extravaganza" is a
fundraising activity designed to purchase state championship rings and jackets for the
About R&B Sensation Sammie
"You don't get a lot of second chances in the music industry," says Empire
Entertainment / Rowdy Records' recording artist Sammie, who exploded onto the
scene at age 12 with the #1 hit single "I Like It" igniting the resurgence of child
artists. His impressive platinum debut album, From the Bottom to the Top (Capitol),
helped rekindle the youth movement lighting the way for Bow Wow, Lil' Romeo and
other child stars to blaze up the charts. After a successful first chance and the con-
scious decision to put his music career on hold to experience high school, Sammie is
back with his highly anticipated sophomore album, appropriately entitled Sammie.
Golfers At "Green" Tourney To Calculate More
Than Just Their Handicaps!
ORLANDO (Feb. 4, 2008) -- It's another "green" first for Central Florida, liter-
ally and environmentally!
Golfers and their green building friends at the First Annual LEEDers Cup golf
tournament TODAY will be calculating their Carbon Footprint as well as marking
their scorecards. And, any golfer who hits a hole in one will win a Toyota Prius.
"We thought that documenting the C02 emissions of playing a round of golf
would help bring awareness to the impact our every day activities have on the envi-
ronment, from putting up buildings to driving a golf ball," said Andrea Marzullo,
tournament organizer and chapter growth consultant for the USGBC
The Chapter is hosting the tournament at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes,
which is one of only a few Audubon Signature Certified Sanctuary courses in the
world and was one of the first in the United States.
Many of the top building industry architectural firms, contractors, engineers and
building product manufacturers have signed up as sponsors of the event. The scram-
ble-style tournament teed off at 8 a.m. today.
The tournament is offering networking opportunities with other professionals
with a passion for sustainable building and growth, in Central Florida's rapidly
expanding green building community.
For further information, contact Paul Nutcher, Communications Director for the
Central Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council at pnutch-
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THE JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER OF THE
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Saturday, February 9, 2008
7:30 p.m. to midnight
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The Special Events Committee
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10th Annual Heritage Breakfast
Friday, February 29, 2008
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
225 Coastline Drive East
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Speaker: Joyce Morgan- Danford
Theme: Partnering for a better Community
Call the First Coast African American Chamber of
Commerce for additional information and tickets.
Phone 904 652-1500
1725 Oakhurst Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32208
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