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Man Charged with Capital Sexual


Battery, Child Abuse, Burglary

Kenneth Bernard Silas, 31, was arrested in St. Johns County on a host of charges Sunday
evening and additional charges were filed Wednesday including capital sexual battery. The
Jacksonville man's original charges were child abuse, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling,
possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug parapher-
nalia.
At first, police was called to the 4600 block of C.R. 208 and advised that a suspicious vehi-
cle was parked in the area. When the officers arrived, the car was searched and several items
were found, including two pills and a baggie containing a white powdery substance under the
driver's seat. They were then led to an abandoned house about 300 feet from where the car
Kenneth B. Silas, was located. Inside the residence the suspect and a female under the age of 12 were located.
31, suspect The young girl said she was awaked by the suspect about 3:00 a.m. and advised that she need-


ed to prostitute her body and if she refused other people would harm her relatives.


WANTED
.' On January 27, 2008, patrol
'f(., Th responded to the 700 block of
Waterbird Lane and discovered
Minecque Leshae Purvis, 17,
lying on the ground. She was
transported to a local hospital.
The victim is still at a local hos-
Donnell Carter Edward Haney Kidnapping pital in life threatening condi-
tion. Homicide detectives have
finally been able to identify two suspects and both are being sought for attempted
first degree murder. They are Edward Cornelius Haney, 19, and Donnell Raynard
Carter, 18. In you have information please call 630-2172.
The third wanted suspect is the drawing above of a man for attempted kidnapping.
The victim stated that she was sitting outside in her backyard in front of her swing
set playing with her dog when an unknown black man stood in front of her, grabbed
her left arm and tried to pull her with him. He then slapped her. She screamed and
her dog began growling and barking at the suspect. He then ran towards the wood-
ed area located directly behind her house. He was wearing a blue and white stripped
shirt, black jeans with white marks on them and brown boots. He appeared to be
between the ages of 20 to 35 years of age. He has a goatee and a small mustache.
Call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


Malfunctioning Kidneys May Raise

Risk of Sudden Death in Women
Women whose kidneys are poor at filtering impurities from the blood are at height-
ened risk of sudden cardiac death, according to a report published in Hypertension:
Journal of the American Heart Association.
The study analyzed 2,760 postmenopausal women with a history of some heart dis-
ease to determine whether less serious unrecognized deficiencies in kidney function
also raised the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). After controlling for several
baseline risk factors including heart failure, age, smoking, heart rate and level of
high-density lipoproteins (HDL, "good" cholesterol) researchers found the risk of
SCD in women with advanced kidney dysfunction was 3.16 times higher than in
women with normal kidney function. Sudden cardiac death occurs when the heart
abruptly and unexpectedly stops beating, leading to death within minutes.

Baby Born with Two Faces
Lali was born in a northern Indian village. She was
A born with two faces on March 11, 2008. Her father
says she is doing well and the villagers are worship-
ing her as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess.
The infant has a rare condition known as craniofa-
/ : cial duplication, where a single head has two faces.
S''' Except for her ears, all of Lali's facial features are
1 duplicated. She has two noses, two pairs of lips and
two pairs of eyes.
Her father, Vinod Singh, 23, is a poor farm worker.
Their daughter has caused a sensation in the dusty vil-
Sushma and Vinod Sing pose lage of Saini Sunpura, 25 miles east of New Delhi.
with their daughter Lali. When she left the hospital, eight hours after a normal
delivery on March 11, she was swarmed by villagers,
said Sabir Ali, the director of Saifi Hospital. "She drinks milk from her two
mouths and opens and shuts all four eyes at one time," Ali said.


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Officer Speaks Out

About Shootings
Will I see my family
tonight?
This is a question that
every police officer asks
themselves everyday; not
knowing what dangers lies
on the streets for them.
They are men and women
who are sworn to protect
and serve the many
strangers that they see
everyday. Everyday when
PIO Officer Ken Jefferson they wake up and prepare
for work, there is a con-


stant thought that rings in Officer Continued-A-7

Ash Site Agency's Ability Questioned
The City of Jacksonville recently reviewed proposals
to begin a community outreach program within the
Jacksonville Ash Sites. According to the Request for
Proposal, the City of Jacksonville is seeking firms to
provide public outreach services for the development
and dissemination of information regarding the remedia-
tion of contaminated sites in Jacksonville. The services
include direct contact with residents and community
groups in the affected area as well as coordination efforts
The Hester Clarkou Prsidnt between regulatory agencies and remediation contrac-
tors.
A panel of two city employees reviewed the proposals and recommended to the
Mayor, according to sources, that a large agency receive the funds for this project.
The Florida Star and the Northside community are concerned about this recommen-
dation based on the fact that the agency they told was recommended has over 70
employees, of which only one is African American while the Hester Group has eight
full time employees, the majority of which are African American. In addition, the
Hester Group team has expanded to include the expertise of former City Councilman
Reggie Fulwood, African American Chamber of Commerce leader, Deborah
Thompson, and Jessie Wiles, a Jacksonville based urban planner. Wiles is one of the
Ash Site Continued A-7
News Briefs
NAACP To Investigate The so-called plot of 3rd Graders
Accused of Attempted Murder of a Georgia Teacher
Nine students were suspended after they were caught with a bag containing a
handcuff, tape, a steak knife and other items that sources claim they were planning
to use to hit the teacher in the head, tie her up and stab her at Center Elementary
School in Waycross, Georgia. However, according to Good Morning America,
Tmanni Adams, one of the students suspended said that they had planned a prank
to throw pies at the teacher. On the other hand, a nine-year-old, Laniyah Garner
said she was supposed to bring a rope to tie the teacher's feet, but did not do so.
She said the two ringleaders had been disciplined by the teacher and therefore they
cooked up the plan and brought the various items to school. One of the two girls,
according to sources, did plan to hurt or kill the teacher.
The President of the NAACP for the area has led a call for an independent inves-
tigation into the ordeal. He said the school district acted too quickly in suspend-
ing the nine students and then had their parents to sign papers that gave up the chil-
dren's rights to hearings. He feels that the U. S. Justice Department should per-
form a fresh investigation into what really happened. Mr. DuBose, the NAACP's
president, felt the teacher's background and history should also be investigated.






Floridians a are facing a budget crises that will place several programs in jeop-
ardy. Therefore the Coalition to Protect Florida's Children are advocating that
Florida lawmakers understand that no priority is more important or economically
more prudent than the responsibility to protect and invest in Florida's future our
children.
They are asking the legislatures to protect the following programs: School
Readiness, Foster Care, Healthy Families, and Healthy Start Coalitions. Together,
these programs have been cut approximately $73.2 Million


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Honoring King Is Not Enough

Marian Wright Edelman
President of the Children's Defense-Fund


CLARA FRANCES McLAUGHLIN
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The day after Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., was shot, I
went out into the riot-torn
Washington, D.C., streets and
into schools in those neighbor-
hoods scorched by flames to
talk to the children. I went to
tell them not to loot and raid,
so that they would not get
arrested and ruin their futures.
A young black boy about 12 or
13 years old looked squarely at
me and said, "Lady, what
future? I ain't got no future. I
ain't got nothing to lose." This
young boy spoke the plain
truth for himself and millions
like him.
Since then, I've spent my
life trying to prove this boy
wrong. I had no idea how hard
it would be, for despite great
progress over the past 40
years, so much peril still
remains to snuff out the hopes,
dreams and lives of millions of
our children.
In 1968, in his last Sunday
sermon at Washington
National Cathedral, Dr. King
retold the parable of the rich
man, Dives, and the poor man,
Lazarus, and reminded us that,
"a man went to hell because he
didn't see the poor."
"And this could happen to
America, the richest nation in
the world," he warned.
"There is nothing new about
poverty," he said. "What is
new is that we now have the
means and the know-how to
lift every child out of poverty.
The real question is 'whether


we have the will!"
So as we mark another
anniversary of Dr. King's
death, we should also remem-
ber that 2008 marks the 40th
anniversary of his Poor
People's Campaign. The Poor
People's Campaign challenged
our nation to end the poverty
afflicting millions of
Americans of all races. and
confront the* entrenched triple
evils of racism, excessive
materialism in the face of
lioverty and militarism that
threaten our nation and world.
In this rich nation of ours, in
2008, there are 36.5 million
Americans still living in pover-
ty, including nearly 13 million
children. There are 47 million
people in America who have
no health coverage, and 9.4
million of those are children.
Many celebrate King the
orator, but ignore his words
and warnings about the need
for reordering the misguided
values and priorities he
believed to be the seeds of
. America's downfall.
We .choose to ignore his
warning that the excessive
materialism of the greedy
deprives the needy of the basic
necessities of life. And as
many of us trivialize or sanitize
Dr. King's words, we would
rather build a monument or
name a street or school after
him than build the new nation
and world he called for. His
greatness lay'in his willingness
to struggle to hear and see the


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truth; to not give into fear,
uncertainty and despair; to
continue to grow and to never
lose hope, despite every dis-
couragement from his govern-
ment and even his closest
friends and advisers.
Today Dr. King would be
delighted that there are thou-
sands of black and brown
elected officials across the land
and in the corridors of power in
many sectors. But he would be
appalled that a black boy born
in 2001 has a one-in-three
chance of going to prison in his
lifetime and a Latino boy a
one-in-six chance; that 87 per-
cent of black, 83 percent of
Latino and 58 percent of white
4th graders cannot read at
grade level. He would be out-
raged that 580,000 black males
are serving sentences in state
and federal prisons, while
fewer than 40,000 black males
earn a bachelor's degree each
year. And he would be chal-
lenging us to root out the still
glaring and subtle racial dis-
parities in all our child-serving
systems and major institutions
in America, which reflect the
continued vibrancy of racism
in our society.
If we really care about this
nation's future, we must assign
ourselves the personal respon-
sibility to be a voice for justice
for children and the poor in
these scary and turbulent
times. We still face the threats
Dr. King spoke of: war, terror-
ism and greed in uncertain eco-
nomic times.
A lot of people are waiting
for Dr. King to reappear and
save us, but he's not coming
back-we're it. Some people


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think that if we just elect a new
president and Congress, every
problem will be solved. A car-
ing president and a .more
enlightened Congress will
make a difference, but they
won't bring the transforming
changes our nation and the
world need if we don't build
the movement to push them. It
took the Civil Rights
Movement to make Presidents
John Kennedy and Lyndon
Johnson and Congress
respond.
Too many of our children
are still in failing schools or
living in violent neighbor-
hoods. Their parents are work-
ing hard but cannot bring
home enough to provide them
secure shelter, food and'ade-
quate care. We need a.new
movement to secure our future
and our promises to our chil-
dren. Whatever the risk, each
of. us must demand that our
leaders listen," then act in the
best interest of all our children.
You and I must also do the
right thing for children-right
now. You and I must vote,
organize and inform ourselves
about how well our leaders are
protecting children, and then
hold them accountable.
We do not have a money
problem in America; we have a
profound values and priorities
problem.' Imagine the kind of
nation and world we could
build if we decided that people
are more important than profit
and property. How truly won-
derful America would be if, as
Dr. King urged, we really
invested in peace rather than
war. We must never give in to
despair or give up.


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Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services

COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA
offers BREAVEMENT SUPPORT throughout the year at var-
ious locations. They have licensed mental health professionals
who offer support groups and information to address grief and
bereavement needs. Professional bereavement services are
available to all members of the community. Services are avail-
able at no charge to families of Community Hospice patients
who have died in our program. Cost to community participants
is $100 but may be adjusted based on ability to pay. For more
information, please call (904) 407-7001.
EXPERIENCE GOD'S HEALING POWER -Palm Coast...Is
anyone of you sick? You can experience God's power at a heal-
ing service on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. God can heal any sick-
ness or disease. Experience the healing through the Rev. Gillard
S. Glover and his team at First A.M.E. Church, 91 Old Kings
Road North. For more details, call the church at (386) 446-5759.
AKA MIMES & ONE ACCORD MINISTRIES INTERNA-
TIONAL, INC. presents: "Taking It ALL Back" I Samuel
3,0:8, Unspoken Praise Mime & Praise Dance Recital.
Featuring : AKA Mimes, Tina E., TRILOX, Women of Zion,
PWM (Praise & Worship Mimes), ELITE Mimes. Saturday,
April 12, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at One Accord Ministries
International, Inc., 2971 Waller Street, Jacksonville (at the
intersection of I-10 and McDuffAve). Admission is absolutely
FREE! Call (904) 708-4788 for more information.
FAUST TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST's Elder
John Dove will be presented in a Musical Saturday, April 19th
at 5:30 p.m., along with Carliss Smith, who appeared on
American Idol, Pamela Roberts, The Touchtone Singers, Lil
Jesse and the Miracles, The Singing Trumpets, God Spiritual
Gift, Gospel Disciples of Savannah, GA., and Minister
Reginald Graham. Admision is FREE. The church is located at
3328 Moncrief Rd., in Jacksonville. Bishop R.L. Dixon, Pastor.
For addition information, call (904) 353-1418.
MANDARIN CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CONNECTION -
Come hear the Sound of Music with Soloist and Speaker Nikki
Jatindranath, who will share songs from the heart and the rea-
son she now has a "song for all seasons of life." Lunch Buffet,
$15 incl. May 6th 12:00 -1:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley
Road, Mandarin. Reservations and cancellations for Lunch and
complimentary nursery are essential by May 2nd. Call Cande
908-5609 Email: mandarincwc@yahoo.com or sweet-
leespoiled@comcast.net.
BLACK JEWEL & COMPANY presents "DO THE
CHRIST THING"...a powerful and anointed stage play about
different individuals facing everyday situations of temptation,
validation, persecution and spiritual warfare; all with a choice
to make. Saturday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Karpeles,
Manuscript Library Museum, 101 West 1st Street (across from
Bethel Baptist downtown). Special guest recording artists: Dr.
Vera J. Goodman& Anointed Praise and Vickie Farrie.
Admission is FREE. For more information, call 904-591-0448.
"CELEBRATION OF SONG" presented by CHOIR
#1...SUMMERVILLE MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH, Sunday, April 13th at 5:00 p.m., 690 West 20th St.,
James W. Henry Pastor.
LOVING LIKE JESUS...LIVING IN HIS IMAGE -The
Northside Church of Christ is celebrating its 28th Annual Ladies
Inspirational Days with a weekend of activities, May 9-10, 2008,
at 4736 Avenue B, that will uplift, energize, and motivate you
spiritually. The festivities began Friday, May 9th at 6 p.m. with
registration, vendor stroll, speakers, and refreshments. Saturday,
May 10th features former Jacksonville native, Kandice Jacobs-
Armstrong, a poet, vocalist, public speaker, and acclaimed author
of 'Creating Kandice' as the keynote speaker. Other activities
include workshops, breakout sessions, prizes, and goody bags
filled with gifts. A continental breakfast and a fabulous lunch will
be served. The theme Loving like Jesus.. .Living in His Image,
challenges women to confront truths about themselves.
Scriptures tell us to see our natural image in the mirror, and ask
yourself, is your life Christ-like, or, is your life a two faced mir-
ror. This year's ladies inspiration weekend promises to give you
a new beginning as you journey through your life and help you
to review, renew, and re-charge your spiritual mind. For further
information please contact the church office at' 904.765.9830, or
Chairperson Jackie Kern at: jhkern@comcast.net.
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Tel: (9041 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354
DIRECTORS


Deborah West


Alphonso W\est


Jacqueline 1. Bartley


Sarah Pullen Robinson
Celebrates Her 90th Birthday


Rev. Dr. S.S. Robinson, Jr. and Mrs. Sarah
Pullen Robinson.' ;
Sarah Pullen Robinson celebrated her 90th birthday with,
300 friends and relatives on Saturday, 'March 29th at the.
Hqliday Inn on Commonwealth Ave. Mrs. Robinson was
born on March 19th, 1918, in Pulaski Georgia.
She was a teacher for 36 years, first in Georgia and then
in Florida. She has been married to Rev. Dr. S.S. Robinson,
Jr., for 66 years. "As an educator and throughout her teach-
ing career, Mrs. Robinson was determined to help all of her.
students reach their full intellectual potential," Rev.
Robinson said, "she taught not only academics, but virtue.'"
Mrs. Robinson's hobbies include gardening and collect,
ing dolls. Derya Williams. who presided at the birthday party,
.said, "she's riot only a collector of dolls, she's a doll herself,
and is beloved by many."
Many notable people attended the. party, including
Democratic Party Super-delegate Richard Shinholster,
Bethune Cookman College Professor Emeritus Dr. Mary
Alice Smith, and international performer Harry L. Burney,
III.
Members of the planning committee were Reiv. Moses
Johnson, Mrs. Shirley Bing, Mrs. Angel Johnson, Mrs.
Andrea Dixon, Mrs. Margaret Carthon, Mrs. Sandra Cooper,
Mr. Bobby White, Mr. Vance Cogdell, Mr. Ira Willis, and Ms.
Betty Bullock.
,.Hostesses for the event were Mrs,. Lillian Dennis, Ms.
Chinnery King, Ms. Patricia Mitchell, Ms. Gayle Mitchell.,
and Ms. Paula Sanders.

THE CHURCH OF ACTS MINISTRY
Rev. Alvin Hansley, Pastor/Preacher/Teacher
B^ 9117 Lem Turner Rd.
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 765-3418

Church Service Schedule -
Sunday .............Church Worship ........... 8:30 a.m..
Wednesday ......... Bible Study ........ 7:30 p.m.
Motto: "Endeavoring to have a Heart After God"
Purpose: "Reaching People for Jesus"

NNORTHWEST BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERV-
ICES PRESENTS ITS 4TH ANNUAL POINTS OF
EXCELLENCE CELEBRATION on Saturday, April 26,
featuring Ms. Vickie Farrie. The Bitz Worship and Praise
Team. The event is scheduled to take place at The Times
Union Center for the Performing Arts-Moran Theater, 300
West Water St. at 7:00 p.m. beginning with a Silent Auction.
We will recognize six citizens for their outstanding service
and contributions in the areas of Healthcare, Education,
Economic Development, Faith Leadership and Public Service.
A special award named in honor of long-time community ser-
vant Sara Cotten will be presented. Single ticket donation, $35.
For more information, call 781-7797 ext..32/33.


( 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.
Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church '

Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Sunday
W orship Service................................................................. 10:00 a.m.
Church School ...................................................................... 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study............................................... 6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday............................10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Friday
Joy Explosion Ministry............. ..................................... 6:30. p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor

H.O.P.E.E. MINISTRIES, INC.
Dr. Beatrice House
(All services are held at Hospitality Inn)
7071 103rd St., Jacksonville, FL 32210
(904) 778-7651
Sunday Celebration Service .......................... 6, p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday .............Word Service .................... 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Youth Service ............... (Third Thursday) .... 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
"You are invited to join us for a time of celebration and exaltation of
our God and King. The word is rich, the fellowship refreshing and
the presence of God mightily manifested."
"Helping Others Pursue Excellence and Eternity"

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 .
M morning W worship .......................:................. ..................................... 11:00 a.m .
Tuesday ...............................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday........................................................................................................oy Night,7:00 p.m.
"Email: Gospell75@aol.com
Website: Greaterelbethel.org


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


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.



DEATH NOTICES
BROWN, Melv ~inTS.


BROWN, Melvin T., Sr.,
died April 5, 2008.
BRYANT, Terry, died
April 7, 2008.
CHERRY, Vern D., died
April 1, 2008.
DAVIS, William, died
April 6, 2007.
DEGRAVE, Joseph,
died March 27, 2008.
ELLIS, Marian, died
April 4, 20081.
GORDON, Jannie, died
April 4, 2008.
HALL, Mrs. Amy, 85,
died April 1, 2008.
HARAN, Francis J., died
March.31, 2008.
HENDRIX, Mitchell,
Jr., died April 8, 2008.
JACQUES, Sadilia J.,
died April 6, 2008.
JONES, Jessie, died
April 4, 2008.
KEMP, Raynard M.,
died April 4, 2008.
MAULTSBY, Elbert, Jr.,
died April 1, 2008.
MAXWELL, Nellie L.,


died April 7, 20008.
MERKISON, William,
died April 4, 2008.
MYERS, Kendra S.,
died April 2, 2008. i
PRIDGEN, Thaise H.,
died March 30, 2008.
RANSOM, Beverly
Ann, 60, died April 4,
2008.
ROBINSON, Gregory
L., died March 29, 2008.
SAILOR, Linda A., died
April 2, 2008.
SOBERS, Benjamin,
died April 1, 2008.
STEPHENS, Tyree
Daron, 10, died April 4,
2008.
UPSON, Brandon, 20,
died April 7, 2008.
WASHINGTON,
Robert, Jr., 42, died April
2,2008.
WIGGINS, Angela R.,
died April 4, 2008.
WOODARD, Ada Lee,
died April 5, 2008.



















"There's Always Something
Happening On The First Coast"


Ritz Chamber Players Spring Concert

The Ritz Chamber Players performed Lyric for
Strings by George Walker, Quintet for Clarinet, Two
Violins, Viola and Cellos in F-Sharp minor. Op. 10 by
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Quintet No. 2 for Violin,
Viola and Two Cellos in A minor Op. 35 by Anton
Arensky, and Sextet No. 1 for Two Violins, Two Violas
and Two Cellos in B-flat major, Op.18 by Johannes
Brahms for an appreciative and awed audience at their
recent Spring Concert.
Edward Waters College's recently inaugurated and
first female president Dr. Claudette Williams spoke to
the audience after being introduced by the college's
Vice President, Academic Affairs, Dr. Phyllis Walker
and presented flowers from he Ritz Chamber Players
Founder and Artistic Director Terrance Patterson.
It was a delightful evening of beautiful, beautiful
music! The Players will perform their Season Finale
Concert June 14, 2008 at Jacoby Hall.


EWC Administrators: Dr. Phyllis Walker Dr. Donna Oliver,
Dr. Brenda Bellard Miller and Dr. Anna Hammond.


The Washberns with Dr. Brenda Billard Miller.


The American Beach Resident 'Gang'. Artist Rhonda
Bristol, Mrs. Dorothy Bristol, Ms. Bristol's Mother,
Bobbi Morgan-Jones and Ben Carter.


Your Columnist lBetty Asque Davis and songstress Ms. Roz
Burrough.


anc Patterson who played the Viola at Conceit.
ito y Frank Powell


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National Council Negro Women
Women's History Month Celebration

The National Council of Negro Women. Inc. (NCNW) Life Members Guild,
Jacksonville Section, celebrated Women's History Month recently at the
Jacksonville Urban League with guest speaker The Honorable Judge Angela Cox.
Judge Cox's spoke inspiringly on "Women's History Impacting Your World &
Beyond. Ms. Mecca T. Shivers, a student at Northwestern Middle School portrayed
the life of the late Ms. Ma'Vynne Betsch 'The Beach Lady' and according to her
instructor NCNW member Mirs. Catherine Massey, Ms. Shivers 'Beach Lady' per-
formance has been keeping her quite busy this semester.
Mrs. Nellie Henry, NCNW member and soloist sang beautifully to the more
than fifty attendees. She was joined on the program by NCNW Life Member Mrs.
Albertha Brooks who gave Meditations and led the group in reciting the organiza-
tion's pledge. Mrs. Raye A. Gary, NCNW Life Member and Event Coordinator
states, "The event was educational, well received and enjoyable to everyone.
The National Council of Negro Women and Associate Men, Inc. and the Life
Member's Guild are open to all individuals residing in Jacksonville and surrounding
counties. The Council's local section president is Reverend Florence Luster and
the state convener is Mrs. Gertrude H. Peele.


Life Members of the National Council of Negro Women. Photo by Clarence Evans.


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.AP


Tanji Johnson, Fitness Champion Climbing New Heights


By Rych McCain
Photo Keith Munyan

If you are a fan of
NBC's "American
Gladiators" you need no
introduction to "Stealth"
one of the toughest female
Gladiators on the show.
She has a solid, well
toned, hard rock body with
head turning; exotic beau-
ty and the physical skills
to :fluently handle any
would be challenger who
appears on the show to do
battle. Her hits in power-
ball. and throw downs on
the pyramid have viewers
saying she is the termina-
tor disguised as an angel
in spandex! Off screen in
real life, "Stealth" is Tanji
Johnson. She is a graduate
of The U.S. Air Force
'Academy and served as a
commissioned officer in
the U.S. Air Force.
As an Army brat,
Johnson was no stranger
to the military. She was
born in Bamberg,
Germany and spent most
of her adolescence there
and in Korea. Her family
relocated to South
Carolina where she ran


track and was captain of
her high school dance
team. After her stint in the
U.S. Air Force, Johnson
started working out at the
gym to stay in shape. She
soon became involved as
an amateur fitness com-
petitor with the National
Physique Committee of
The U.S.A., Inc. They are
the official U.S. governing
body of men and women's
amateur body building. It
is also recognized by the
(IFBB) International
Federation of Body
Builders. To become a pro-
fessional in the IFBB, you
must compete on the ama-
teur level to build points in
the NPC. Johnson was
looking for this type of
opportunity and she
became an amateur com-
petitor on the NPC circuit.
After accumulating the
amount of points she need-
ed, she turned pro as a
"Fitness Competitor" and
is now ranked among the
top three in her sport.
The competition on the
professional IFBB circuit
is divided into two divi-
sions. One is the body
builders who do muscle


poses (like our man
Arnold Schwarzenegger
used to do) and the other is
fitness competitors who
model their physiques in
four quarter turns for the
judges as well as use cho-
reographed modeling rou-
tines. The fitness competi-
tors are not as buffed and
cut up as the muscle
posers.
What motivated
Johnson to throw her hat
into the fitness world
ring? She responds,
"When I graduated from
college, I was bored. I,
needed competition. I was
already set. I have good
genes and I've always
been active. Unfortunately
for women, especially in
college, there is not a lot
offered in competitive
sports. As I was weight
training in the gym, I
heard about a friend of
mine doing a body build-
ing competition. I thought,
you know, I should give
that a try. So once I did, I
was hooked. I realized that
I had found a new world
of competition; something
I had potential in that
would keep me healthy


and something that I knew
I could be competitive in.
So I would say my motiva-
tion was competition."
Was the transition from
amateur to professional
difficult ? Johnson gives a
matter-of-fact reply, "In
the beginning I did not
have any professional
help. During my entire
amateur career I worked
alone. When I turned pro, I
*worked with several dif-
ferent trainers and nutri-
tionists. But in the begin-
ning, I just stuck with the
basics. For those interested
in getting involved with
the sport, you don't have
to do anything fancy. Just
keep it simple. I mean eat-
ing small, clean, balanced,
nutritious meals multiple
times a day and weight
training where you build
up your body parts until
you become stronger each
week.
Johnson is drug and
steroid free and says a lot
of her fellow competitors
are as well. They only test
for drugs in contests that
are billed as natural. She
did say that anyone can
pretty much tell where the


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steroids are used by the
obvious unusual bulk of
muscle mass of some
competitors. Johnson
writes for several fitness
magazines and models as
well. She hopes her
appearance on "American


Gladiators" will set her on
the path to creating her
own fitness TV show with
books, products, personal
appearances and a place as
a fitness personality much
like the famed fitness guru
Jack LaLanne.


.Music
Groove/rock band
Voxhaul Broadcast will
drop their new debut EP
"Rotten Apples," April
29 on the Retone
Records/Fontana label.
Book Review
PASSIN,' a novel by
Essence bestselling.
author Karen E.
Quinones Miller; Grand
Central Publishing. The
basic premises of this
book centers around an
age old phenomenon that
has been a sore spot of
the black community
since slavery i.e., blacks
who are light and white
looking enough to pass
for being a white person.
The book's main charac-
ter is Sanika Jenkins who
was born with "high
yella" fair skin, blue eyes
and blonde hair even
though' both of her par-
ents were black.
Obviously, the bloodline
of both parents rendered
them with fair skin and
they passed on more of
their share of weak,
European recessive genes
to their daughter that
were inherited as a result
of the rape of their great
grandmothers by their
white slave masters dur-
ing slavery.
After her graduation
form college, Sanika is
turned down by a presti-
gious New York PR firm
because of her black
sounding name. So she
changed it to Nicole and
got a better position at the
same firm because they
thought she was White.
Because she is living a
lie, one problem comes
after another until it all
blows up in her face.
Women who are into nov-


els shocked with "girl
talk" and girl type situa-
tions will like this book.
Movies
Leatherheads;
Universal Pictures pres-
ents A Smokehouse
Pictures/Casey Silver
Production starring
George Clooney, Renee
Zellweger, John
Krasinski and Jonathan
Pryce. Directed by
George Clooney. Written
by Duncan Brantley and
Rick Reilly. Produced by
Grant Heslov and Casey
Silver.
This is a different type
of movie for a change
because it is a period
piece. George Clooney as
a director did manage to
capture an authentic look
and feel of the 1920s
from a white American'
viewpoint. The 20's for
blacks was a living hell
with the Klan at its
biggest peak in member-
ship and all of the lynch-
ing, burning alive and
mutilation of blacks dur-
ing that Jim Crow time
period. This movie like
all mainstream
Hollywood period
movies pretend that none
of that sickness was
going on. John Krasinski
plays Carter Rutherford,
the fake war hero turned
superstar football player
and does it flawlessly. He
is very likable as is a
feisty, sexy Renee
Zellweger who just may
be up for another Oscar
for the way she portrayed
newspaper reporter Lexie
Littleton. Football/histo-
ry buffs will like this one.
Street Kings; Fox
Seachlight Pictures and
Regency Enterprises
present A 3 Arts


Entertainment produc-
tion starring Keanu
Reeves, Forest Whitaker,
Hugh Laurie, Chris
Evans, Cedric "The
Entertainer" Kyles,
Terry Crews, Naomie
Harris, Common, Jay
Mohr and The Game.'
Directed by David Ayer.
Screenplay by James
Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer
and Jamie Moss. Story
by James Ellroy.
Produced by Lucas
Foster, Alexandra
Milchan and Erwin
Stoff.
Buckle your seat belt
on this one. Somebody is
being chased, beaten,
shot, stabbed, cussed out
and generally mistreated
every five minutes. The
action is continuous and
the drama has more
twists and turns than you
can keep up with. Just as
soon as you think you
have it figured out,
whamo, something else
pops up to complicate it.
Common and The Game
are just cameo roles to
draw the hip-hop crowd
in for box office purpos-
es. Reeves and Whitaker
do play off of each other
on an intense level. Cops
vs. gangsta fans will love
this movie.
Hit me up at feedback-
rych@sbcglobal.net
Maat Hotep!
Rych


Top Rated Primetime Programs Among

African-American TV Homes

Week Ending 03/31/08.

1. CBS NCAA Basketball, CBS

2. American Idol Wed., FOX

3. American Idol Tues.,, FOX

4. CSl:Miami, CBS

5. CBS NCAA Basketball, CBS

6. CSI:Miami (Tuesday), CBS

7. Dancing With the Stars Results, ABC

8. Without A Trace, CBS

9. CSI,CBS\


10. Dancing With the Stars, ABC


Source: Nielsen Media Research


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The Onyx Award Winners: Celebrating Florida's Finest


Saturday, March 29, 2008
Rosen Centre Hotel,
Orlando, FL

Onyx magazine, on
behalf of LBS Foundation
Incorporated, a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization cele-
brated its sixth annual Onyx
Awards on March 29, 2008,
at the Rosen Centre Hotel in
Orlando, Florida. It is truly
an elegant event and you
feel it as you watch the
organizers, the, attendees
and the honorees enter the
building in their beautiful
gowns and tuxedos on the
bright red carpet. It is
billed, as it should be, one of
Florida's finest affairs.
Everyone there is proud to
be a part of this magnificent
event and even more proud
when they realize the
monies raised will benefit
health and education initia-
tives of the foundation,
which currently focuses on
sickle cell disease, early lit-
eracy and scholarship
opportunities.


There are many busi-
nesses and organizations
that support this much
deserved foundation, that is
the brainchild of Lillian and
Lester Seays, publishers of
Onyx Magazine and
founders of the Foundation.
Lillian and Lester hon-
ors community leaders
throughout the state of
Florida. An Onyx Awards
event is held in many
Florida cities. Leaders are
nominated in the categories
of Business,
Communication,
Community Service,
Education, Health, and
Performing Arts. The win-
ner for the city must then go
to the statewide event as a.
nominee. A committee then
choses a winner in each cat-
egory to receive the
statewide award in their cat-
egory. For a state like
Florida with so much talent,
the selection is not easy.
There are other awards
that are not competitive and
also selected by a nomina-


tion committee as well as
the Publisher's Award.
Those who are honored are
highly appreciative and
humble for, it is truly an
honor for the Florida com-
munity.
The 2008 Statewide
Onyx Awards went to:
*Business Dr. Chester
A. Aikens, Jacksonville
*Communication- Clara
McLaughlin, Jacksonville
*Community Service -
Attorney Sidney C.
Calloway, Fort Lauderdale
*Education Dr. Michael
S. Henry, Jacksonville
*Health Initiatives Dr.
Henry Lewis III,.
Tallahassee
*Performing Arts -
Yvonne Jackson Harris,
Orange City
The Noncompetition
Awards
*Achievement in Sports
- James "Shack" Harris,
General Manager and Vice
President for Player
Personnel, Jacksonville
Jaguars


*Community Leadership
Organization Orlando
Chapter of 100 Black Men,
represented by Ronald
Rogers
*Cultural Diversity -
Lockheed Martin, Orlando,
CFE Federal Credit Union
*Humanitarian Award -
Gina and Ginette Eugene
(Pembroke Pines), West
Park, Florida
*Publisher's Award -
Julia Johnson, CEO, Net
Communications
(Windermere), Dr. Louise
A. Rice, National President,
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
*Lifetime Achievement -
Elizabeth Means,
Jacksonville
This year, the Onyx
Awards gave honor to the
Tuskegee Airmen, The
General Daniel "Chappie"
James, Jr. Chapter in cele-
bration of the awarding of
the Congressional Gold
Medal that was received on
March '29, 2007 from
President George Bush at
the White House.


Lillian & Lester Seays, owners of Onyx maga-
zine celebrated the sixth annual Onyx Awards
on March 29, 2008.


Julia Johnson accepting the
Publishers Award


Humanitarian Award winners Gina and Ginette Eugene
(Pembroke Pines) with Derrick Jenkins (Rockledge).


Joseph Melbourne, President, CFE Federal Ronald Rogers receiving the award for 100
Credit Union Black Men of Orlando


Dr. Henry Lewis (Tallahassee) Dr. Louise A. Rice, National President of
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.


Clara McLaughlin (Jacksonville)


Yvonne Jackson Harris,
accepting the Performing Arts Dr. Charles Aikens (left) with his wife and another attendee.
Award


Sports Achievement


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The TLisgekee Airmen


Dr. Michael Henry (Jacksonville)







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Officer Continued from A-1
their mind "Will I see my family tonight"? Because of their commitment, dedica-
tion, and determination the thought changes to "I will see my family tonight?"
It is. this kind of inner confidence that allows these officers to speed to homicide
scenes, robberies, burglaries in progress, and tragic traffic accidents without even
thinking.about the danger that's around the comer. These officers everyday risk their
lives for"strangers, some of which have a dislike for police officers. Officers have
been killed just trying to get to a scene to help someone.
These Officers do not look for gratitude or praise. They are not looking for special
recognition. 'You see, this is what they signed up for knowing that it comes with a
hefty.price, even if it means having to pay the supreme sacrifice. Divorce rates of
police officers are astronomical. Some families just don't survive the day in and day
out pressures that come along with being married to a police officer. Officers often
times hear the words "you knew that it was a dangerous job when you signed up for
it". Officers are fully aware of the inherent risks of being a police officer. Being a
police officer really is a calling to serve others in such a way that the officers can
make a positive impact on a community and a city.
The officers that you see on the streets, in the schools, at public places of business
all have families who love and care for them. These officers are fathers, mothers,
sons and daughters. These family members and others pray for the peace of the city
and most of all they pray for the safety of their loved ones. They sometime worry
that they may get a visit in the middle of the night from someone telling them that
their loved one will not be coming home tonight. They watch the news and see that
crime at times seems to be rampant. They are always excited and happy when their
Officer walks through that door. The officer is happy to see his wife and children
every day and thanks God for them daily.
You can' often find an officer working off duty at some place of business, be it a
bank, grocery store, restaurant, road construction, or some special event. He is


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working extra because he wants to ensure that his kids can go to the college of their
choice, have that addition added on to his home, or just to help support his family.
You see, the police officer is just an ordinary person also. There are certain people
who have a dislike for law enforcement officers for various reasons. Some have had
a bad experience with the police after being stopped for a traffic offense, or the police
may have been called to their home to settle a dispute between husband and wife and
the outcome was not favorable, or some folks just disagree or just does not like
authoritative figures.
The Apostle Paul said it best in his letter to the Romans "For he is God's servant
for your good" (Romans 13:4 amp). Police Officers exist to enforce the laws of the
land to avoid anarchy. Wrongdoers will abhor that which is good and opt to do evil
and commit crimes. When a person opposes a law enforcement official there are
severe penalties and consequences they must face upon apprehension. Officers are
taught and trained to be proficient in protecting themselves and others.
When someone tries to penetrate that protection the officers are trained to stop the
threat. The officer must make split second decisions as, to what their actions should
be when they are being physically attacked or accosted by someone with a weapon.
Officers do not have the luxury to deliberate over what should be done next involv-
ing a possibly deadly situation. Officers are spat upon, cursed at, threatened, physi-
cally attacked and yes, even shot and shot at.
In our fine city of Jacksonville during 2007 there were 17 police involved shoot-
ings. This was 5% higher than the national average. We have had officers shot by
suspects with the intent to kill them, yet some will say the police should not have
stopped the very threat that was trying to kill them and anyone else who would get
in the way. The cry should be for a call of justice for the murderers of Dreshawna
Davis and Shenice Holmes, two innocent children whose life was cut short because
of gun toting thugs who have no respect for life. Who will cry for these little girls?
I raise this question. If a law enforcement officer was to prevent you from becom-
ing the victim of a crime, or prevent you from being killed would you still have anger
and hostility against them? I submit to you that you would not.
Will I see my family tonight? I pray to God that I will...
Written by
Ken Jefferson, Sr. Public Information Officer
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Ken Jefferson is an award winning Public Information Officer. He is the only PIO in the state of Florida
to have received the Public Information Officer of the Year for two consecutive years for the state of
Florida. This award is given by the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association
Ash Sites Continued from A-1
first African American planners. The community also feel that the agency discussed
has not been involved in the Northside communities and does not have the expertise
to effectively communicate to the residents and businesses in the Ash Sites.
The Hester Group is the largest African American owned Community Outreach
Agency in Florida, and has both local and national experience with community out-
reach services, many of them in the ash site neighborhoods. The Hester Group has
provided community outreach for, many neighborhoods in Jacksonville including
housing services, the Better Jacksonville Plan, the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority and Duval County Public Schools.
The Hester Group, as well as the partners are all certified Minority Businesses with
the City of Jacksonville.
It is important that the residents and businesses in the ASH SITES neighborhoods
receive professional and culturally sensitive communications. For that reason, The
Florida Star and the Northside community encourages Mayor Peyton and the City of
Jacksonville to utilize the services of The Hester Group as the Community Outreach
Agency. for Jacksonville Ash Sites ..


LETTER TO THE EDITOR I

As a resident of this city and someone who shares a neighborhood with several
young people I find it a little disheartening to hear our Sheriff lay an epidemic of
crime and the recent police shootings at the feet of our young people born in the
80's and 90's. The elderly gentleman shot last summer I would venture to say was
not born during that time span. While on the other hand I tend to agree with the
president of the local Fraternal Order of Police in terms of the expectation that if
you pull a gunri on a police officer or shoot at a police officer the likely of you being
shot is high. I would however, take that a step further and suggest that if you pull
a gun on anyone in the commission of a crime the likelihood of you being shot is
just as high. Please don't get me wrong as the.author I am in no way suggesting
that we as citizens take up arms and start shooting would be criminals and assum-
ing the role of being our very own law enforcement.
I am however, suggesting that the Sheriff's office as well as the Mayor's office
take a leadership role in terms of setting up a citizen's review board to review police
shootings. 19 police shootings in 2007 of which 9 were fatal, although 2 were ruled
self inflicted and at this point 8 people have been shot by police officers with at
least half of those being fatal and we are only in the month of April: By having a
citizen review board both the Sheriff's office and the Mayor's office will open the
door for greater cooperation on the part of the citizenship and it will also allow for
the type of transparency we all would like to see in terms of our government. No
one wants to live in a community besieged by violence where there is an underly-
ing assumption that those charged with the task of keeping the peace-are on a shoot
first and ask questions later basis. The job of law enforcement is way too difficult
to have the shroud of doubt overshadowing the way our men and women go about
their business. Furthermore, by having a citizen review board it allows that line in
the sand the sheriff spoke of on Sunday to be one of cooperation rather one of sep-
aration.
Let's get this done now before we not only become the state's murder capital, but
the state's leader in police officer shootings.

Irvin PeDro Cohen
District 7 and Zone 1 Resident

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Joe Simmons, first Annual program
show casting the Multi Talents of
Jacksonville's Senior Citizens. The
group meets at the Mary Singleton
Center twice a week for Dance Lessons
and Exercise. The night out on the town
is every Wednesday night at Ariel's
located on Arlington Expressway from
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the cost is $5.00
per person, the public is also invited to
join them at Ariel's. This is a must see -
affair. Other annual events are: Valentine
Dance, -Christmas Dance and other
Seasonal Dances during the year.
Upcoming Event is Old School Marv Cobb dan
Sophisticated Saturdays, Saturday April Blut.s.
12, 2008, PM-1 AM at the Hyan
Regency Jax Riverwalk. The Rocketts will be perform-
ing at this event, tickets can be purchased b) calling
(904)358-3544, or (904)359-0745.


'ma Lovett and Joe Simmons dancing to psed to be My Girl
e and the Rocketts founded by Joe Simmons).


Mira Bailey, Judy Wells, Mary J. Cobb, Emma Loveft, Linda Crawford,
Theresa Mackey Barnes, Bettie Hudson, Jakkie Stubbs, Lillie Barton, Kay
Palmer, Lula Brooks, Minnie Stokes, Mary A. Howard, Joe Simmons, and
Eloiss Machado, dancing to the dance called "The Train."


The Juke Joint show was celebrating when B
have fun, so they made use of what they had.
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Un a Spring day in 197y, Kev. Willie U. Mayberry noticed a
building f6r sale on Waldo Road near Fairbanks. He contacted
Moderator Rev. Leroy A. Tillman, who had expressed an interest
in getting an association center. They did not have the $1,000
down payment to purchase the building, but due to the desire of
the churches and The Women's Convention, they agreed to see it
completed, even after Rev. Tillman passed in 1983.
The original fund raising, under the leadership of Sister
Barbara Higgins, a "Queens Contest" was initiated, making
funds available 'for payments on the building. Sister Bernice
Gaskin of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Gainesville, was the first
queen.
On March 30, 2008, a dedication was held for the completion
of the building, allowing the Association to move in after thirty
years, debt free and through four moderators.
Rev. Dr. James Sampson, President of the Florida 'General
Baptist Convention, Inc., provided the Dedicatory Sermon.
Music was provided by the Jerusalem Association Mass Choir.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Association is located at 8810
N. Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32602, Elder L. C. Hunt
Moderator.


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BI ettie Hudson reciting a poem
entitled "I'm fine, how are you?"

(To the left): Rev. Dr. James
Sampson, Mrs. Arnetta Jackson,
mother of The Florida Star's
Editor-in-Chief Clara
McLaughlin, and Mrs. James
Sampson.
(Above them): Rev. Dr. James
Sampson, Pres. of the Florida
Baptist Convention, preaching
the 1st Sermon at Jerusalem.


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scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

MASTER FOOD & NUTRITION EDUCATION CLASS FORMING IN NE FL Duval,
Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties have joined together to train volunteers. If you are
a resident of any of the counties, the program is open to you. Training will be held at the Duval
County Cooperative Extension Service office in Jacksonville on Wednesdays beginning
February 13th and ending April 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information,
contact your local county extension office. -
THE WILLIAM RAINES CLASS OF 1973 will be celebrating its 35th Reunion during the
weekend of June 13 15, 2008 at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel- downtown Jacksonville. The
theme for this year is "Still Great In '08!" Events include a dinner cruise, a banquet, and much
more! For more information, contact Mrs. Gail Hammond Haines at 725-2157.
MDA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR 2008 SUMMER CAMP -Volunteer counselors are
needed to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases and help them enjoy a fun-filled
MDA summer camp June 7th through June 12th at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simon's Island.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between
the ages of 6 and 21. To obtain a volunteer application, call your local MDA office at (800)
572-1717 or visit our website at www.mda.org/clinics/camp.
THE PLAN READING courses will conduct classes on Saturdays. The first class will begin
on Saturday, March 1, 2008. It will be held at the First Coast African American Chamber of
Commerce, Inc., located at 1725 Oakhurst Ave. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
See you there. Deborah K. Thompson at (904) 472-7528.
FLORIDA CARES OFFICIAL STATEWIDE LAUNCH -Friday, May 16th from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., 2nd Annual NE Florida Mentor Symposium "Planting the Seed." Keynote speak-
er is Susan L. Taylor. Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Official Mentor
Recruitment Rally, Adventure Landing, Orange Park, FL. Keynote speakers: Susan L. Taylor
(Nat'l Cares Mentoring Movement), Mr. Tommy Dortch (100 Black Men), and Mr. Eddie
Staton (MAD DADS, Inc.). 7:00 p.m. Until, Night Out on the Town, Downtown Jacksonville,
"The Landing."
THE BRUNSWICK POLICE DEPARTMENT will be hosting "Fingerprint Your Child"
days. Electronic fingerprinting of children will be done on Tuesday's and Thursday's of each
week from 9a.m. 11a.m. at-the Brunswick Police Department precinct #1 located at 1200
Albany Street. Parents can bring their children and the fingerprint card includes fingerprints,
photos, and personal information such as medications, medical conditions, and parent contact
information. Parents can prepare now and have information at hand if their child is ever lost,
taken, or goes missing. This information card will help Police locate their child in case of such
an event. For further information interested parents or guardians can contact Sgt Jones at 912-
279-2605.
TEN STAR ALL STAR BASKETBALL CAMP...final applications are now being evaluat-
ed for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys
and Girls ages 10-19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include: Michael Jordan, Tim
Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison. Players from 50
states and 10 foreign countries attended the 2007 camp. College basketball scholarships are
possible for players selected to the All American Team. Camp locations include: Babson Park,
FL, Prescott, AZ, Thousand Oaks, CA, Gainsville, GA, Champaign, IL, Glassboro, NJ,
Lebanon, TN, Commerce, TX and Blacksburg, VA. There is also a Summer camp available for
boys and girls ages 6-18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these Summer camps, please
call 704-373-0873 anytime. www.tenstarcamp.com
SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY HOSTS 68TH REGIONAL CONFERENCE -
Gamma Omicron Sigma and Delta Upsilon Chapters will host the 68th Southeast Regional
Conference on April 17-20, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The
regional theme for the conference is: Vision, Commitment and Dedication Leads to Success.
The regional director is Ms. Jennifer Gunn. The organization's national president is Dr.
Mynora Bryant and the local chapter president is Ms. Schantel Minton. Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority, Inc. is a nonprofit collegiate organization with focus on community service. Its pur-
pose is expressed in its slogan, "Greater Service, Greater Progress."
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS WORKSHOP -King Solomon United Baptist Church,
2240 Forest Street, Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register today
to come out and receive FREE valuable information regarding homeownership. If you are sin-
gle or divorced and would like to learn how you too can qualify to become a homeowner, sign
up today. You will learn how BAD CREDIT BURNS MONEY, how to decorate on a budge
and laws pertaining to housing discrimination, financing and other valuable topics that will
assist you in achieving the American Dream of becoming a homeowner. Sponsored by the
Jacksonville Urban League. Host: King Solomon United Baptist Church Single Adult Ministry,
Rev. Mariko Billups, Pastor. Call (904) 354-8052 for more information.
EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE 1ST ANNUAL, 'NON-VIOLENCE
MARCH'...Saturday, April 12, 2008. It gets started with a Rally, Edward Waters College stu-
dents will speak on violence and its effect on the community and the city of Jacksonville, 11:00
a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue. Let's march to 2nd Rally/Lunch, community organi-
zations, HIV Awareness, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at John Hurst Adams /* Jimmy R. Jenkins
Community Sports and Music Center and end with a 'party in the Gym' from 8:00 p.m.-12:00
p.m. If we don't stop the violence, who will??? For more information, contact 904-755-8937
or 904-718-6861.

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TW ( 'QANITTTKDAPT By Lucius Gantt

When it comes to slavery, African-Americans are always being
told to "get over it"!
The children and grandchildren of slave masters insist that they had nothing to do.with enslav-
ing millions of Black people and thus should not be accused of it, blamed for it or responsible for
any sociological or psychological remnants of how hundreds of years of slavery has impacted
African Americans.
Nearly five hundred years after working for free in cotton fields, serving as sex toys for impo-
tent klansmen and being denied the opportunity to learn to read and write, in America, the next
thing worse to being a slave is being considered as an ex-slave.
We don't hate ourselves just because we don't know any better; we hate ourselves because we
were taught to hate each other. We were taught to hate our history, hate our religion and to hate
our culture.
Slavery didn't just impact us negatively. Slavery also damaged those that benefited from the
oppression and exploitation of African Americans.
Slavery taught white folk that only white people were "civilized". Slavery taught white folk
that whites were superior. Slavery taught white Americans that all people of color all .over the
world must be controlled!
Nowadays, people of color don't need civilization. Today, everybody except people of
European descent need "democracy". As long as you are "fighting for democracy", you can
invade foreign countries, you can launch bombs at innocent civilians, and you can boycott nations
with non-white political leaders.
Slavery was and is the blueprint to dominate a group of people. Anyone you can't enslave, you
try to destroy. Anyone you can't control, you kill!
The modem day resistors are whipped today just as the rebellious slaves were whipped during
slavery days. Before they were beaten with whips and today they are beaten with police, batons
and nightsticks.
In the past, iron chains shackled Blacks. Today our people are locked into predatory loans, red-
lined communities, poor access to capital and unfair employment and contracting opportunities,
poor health cire, and police and prosecutorial misconduct.
All those people that think Blacks should "get over it" ought to spend a day or two in the hood
in order to get a glimpse of how 21st Century slavery affects them.
At the same time, Black Americans should get land that was promised to them and stolen from
them. Perhaps with good collateral we can get a little more than a predatory loan and not have to
hustle all of the time to make ends meet. (Gantt's new book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" will
be illustrated by Lance Scurvin (www.ScurvOriginalz.com). You can contact Lucius at
www.allworldconsultants.net)

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA, Haskell Co. and University of South
Florida partnered for construction safety
Last Wednesday The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) partnered with the Haskell Co. and the University of
South Florida Consultation Program to increase the safety and health of employees
involved in the construction of the University of North FL' Osprey Foundations
Student Housing Project in Jacksonville. The ceremony took place at the Haskell
Company in Jacksonville, FL.
A key goal of the alliance is to increase the number of employers and employ-
ees in North Florida with effective safety and health knowledge that they can carry
with them to future worksites. In addition; the agreement requires that participating
employers adequately train non-English speaking employees.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsi-
ble for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is
to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting
and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing
partnerships; and encouraging, continual process improvement in workplace safety
and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov .

NOTICE TO PUBLIC
April 13, 2008
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO CONSOLIDATED PLAN-ACTION PLAN
24 CFR Part 91.505 requires an amendment be made to the Consolidated Plan-Action Plan whenever changes
occur In the way the jurisdiction carries out its activities, and the changes be made available for public comment.
In compliance with this regulation, the City of Jacksonville's Community Development Division of the Housing
and Neighborhoods Department announces the following revisions that may include the use of program income
and unexpended balances remaining from completed or cancelled projects approved in previous years:
Jacksonville Urban League $350,000 #3802 CDBG funds will be used for owner-occupied rehabilitation
for low income residents of Duval County using reprogrammed funds from HUD Activity #3372 Northwest Jax
CDC $200,000 and #3371 Metro North CDC $150,000.
The original Consolidated Plan-Action Plan is available for review at the Community Development Division, 214
N. Hogan Street, 8th Floor, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, and all public libraries. Comments from affected citizens
regarding the revisions are welcome and should be submitted in writing to Kenneth M. Pinnix, Chief, Community
Development Division at the above address no later than May 12. 2008. Once the 30-day comment period has
passed, these activities will be amended into the document.


JOHN PEYTON
MAYOR


Wight Greger, Director
Housing & Neighborhoods Department


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M ARIES TAURUS
March 21st thru April 19th Ipril 20th thru May 20th


Find something to do with that excess energy on
Monday! You're all wound up in a good way, but
over the next few days you might feel bogged
down, physically and mentally. Make an effort to
handle things as they arise, rather than procrasti-
nating; you'll feel better about your current state
of affairs and thank yourself later. And you'll get
your groove back, if the stars have their say,
starting sometime later on Thursday. That mind
of yours is especially fruitful, particularly when
it comes to an interpersonal situation. Act now,
because Sunday's best for rest.

LEO
July 23rd thru Aug 22nd
Go after what you want on Monday! You've got
the kind of stellar glow that makes it very diffi-
cult for anyone to say no. Then finances are in
your stars big-time over the next few days. Do
you have a plan? And are you sticking to it?
You've got to get practical, and there's no time
like the present. Don't put it off -- you'll want
your time free to attend to sweeter stuff starting
sometime later on Thursday. Common ground is
easy to find with others now, and mutual admira-
tion abounds. All through the weekend, the care
you give relationships shows in how they grow!


Hear them out on Monday. Even if you think you
know where they're going (and you're not inter-
ested in taking that trip), showing respect is
important. You've got a way with people over the
next few days -- is that love in the air? You're def-
initely attractive now, and expressing your emo-
tions should come exceptionally easily. (So you
should do it!) Beginning sometime later on
Thursday, you're unusually prone to extremes.
Seek out a stabilizing influence -- or if you go for
broke, be ready to face any and all consequences.


VIRGO
Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
Instead of telling someone to get off your back on
Monday, show why there's no need for them to
micromanage you. Concrete results are hard to
argue with -- and over the next few days, you
should be assembling more and more of them.
You're rock-solid now, and you're definitely
looking good. (Is love one of your goals? If so,
what you can do now puts Cupid to shame!)
From sometime later on Thursday through the
weekend, issues of longevity and meaning
should be given priority. Fleeting, frivolous stuff
is fine, but you've got more important issues to
attend to.


GEMINI
Nlay 21st thru June 21st


Someone who's on the same page as you is great
on Monday, but somebody who can challenge
your thinking and change your perspective is
even better. Over the next few days, you'd better
have a plan and stick to it as much as you're
able. Make a list, and update it as your priorities
shift and you cross things off. (And don't lose
it!) Your love life is favored by the stars starting
sometime later on Thursday. The romantic
undertones aren't so subtle! It's hot stuff, as is an
understanding you can gain or realization you
can come to on Sunday.

LIBRA
t Sept 23rd thru Oct 22nd
Curiosity might have killed the cat, but on
Monday it can get you places that are worth
exploring. Follow any leads, and follow your
nose. Clarity about goals -- at work, in your per-
sonal life, in health or spirituality -- keeps you
from getting bogged down or wasting time over
the next few days. Then, starting sometime later
on Thursday and lasting through most of the
weekend, you've got a magnetism that's unstop-
pable. Relationships can really evolve now, and
any new ones get off to a big, beautiful start. A
work issue needs at least a moment of your time
on Sunday.


AGITTARIUS CAPRICORN JAQUARIUS PIECES
Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th Jan 20th thru Feb 18th Feb 19th thru March 20th


Early in the week, if you say you're going to do
something, be sure to stick to it -- and if you real-
ly can't, let them know instead of flaking (tell
them as far in advance as possible!). Even little
commitments are important ones. Around
Wednesday and Thursday, even little conversa-
tions are full of meaning -- both the silences and
the words. Deploy a warm smile at the right
moment, and see the magical effect! And while
ups and downs may be in occurring over the next
couple of days, Sunday looks lovely. Plan an
adventure -- the more outdoors, the better!


Be ready to push back on Monday. It's not being
stubborn to want more information or to stand
up for what you believe is right. Working and
playing well with others is much easier over the
next few days, and getting stuff done in a team
or in tandem is particularly fun! Bonus: It looks
like you're the object of special admiration right
now. Free your mind a bit starting sometime
later on Thursday. Practical matters are all well
and good, but your creative side responds to
input in amazing ways at this juncture. By
Sunday, you're A force to be reckoned with!


Make time to stop and truly consider an unusual
person or occurrence on Monday. If you just rush
through, you'll miss a symbol or a message.
More pragmatic stuff should be given top priori-
ty over the next few days. It's important to meet
deadlines, cover contingencies and build solid
foundations, both at work and in your personal
life. Boring, right? Not necessarily -- the satis-
faction you find might surprise you. And if you
want excitement, you're likely to get it after
Thursday, especially if you take a chance on
something or someone new.


Stay the heck out of your boss' way on Monday,
and if you're asked for your opinion, you might
want to give an edited version. But over the next
few days, relationships of all sorts can flourish.
Cultivate trust by being honest; build bonds by
being your helpful self. If you've got criticism to
dole out, be sure to throw in a compliment, too.
If you've got something important to ask some-
one (maybe money's involved?), find the time
after Thursday. A balance of give and take that
works great for everyone is easy to attain now.
On Sunday, though, guard your own best inter-
ests.


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June 22nd thru July 22nd
You're especially outgoing on Monday if the stars
have their say. At work or off-hours, you can take
advantage of being an extrovert (and maybe a
flirt!). Then, if you've been procrastinating vis-a-
vis some kind of spring cleaning (actual, person-
al or financial), tackle the task at hand over the
next few days. A friend can help you stay on
track, and trading another favor makes it a gain
for everyone. Starting sometime later on
Thursday (and lasting through the weekend),
agreements may be difficult to reach. Be ready to
compromise, or just go your own way.


SCORPIO
Oct 23rd thru Nov 21st
You'll have plenty of time for getting proactive at
work or in your personal life later -- be all eyes
and ears as the week gets going. A seemingly
insignificant fact or figure ends up looming
large, and you should really be planning now,
rather than acting. Starting sometime on
Thursday, instead of going with your gut, get
advice from a trusted friend -- someone whose
decision-making style takes into account differ-
ent factors than you usually consider. They'll
love being asked, and you'll get a new point of
view. Sunday kicks off a couple of very hot days
for you. Get out there!


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SPORTS


Suns Shutdown Tennessee Offense

In Wednesday's Game

SUNS 4 SMOKIES 1

rr X KODAK, TENN. Four pitchers held the Tennessee
/ 3. offense to four hits while the Smokies defense commit-
g"^ ted three errors as the Jacksonville Suns (4-2) defeated
.. the Tennessee Smokies (3-3) by the score of 4-1
Wednesday night in front of 2,475 at Smokies Park.
Suns reliever Edwardo Sierra (3-0) picked up his
third win in as many relief outings while Tennessee
starter Justin Berg (0-2) fell in the loss.
Jacksonville starter James McDonald dealt 73 pitches in a start controlled by a
pitch count, allowing only one infield hit in four innings. The right-hander walked
two and struck out four.
The Suns struggled against Tennessee starter Justin Berg through the first three
innings, but finally broke through in the fourth inning when Lucas May belted an
opposite field solo homerun for a 1-0 lead.
Jacksonville added three runs in the seventh inning when a two-out double from
James Tomlin scored Bobby Malek for a 2-0 lead. Tomlin moved to third on the
throw home, and scored on a throwing error trying to get him out at third base for a
3-0 advantage. Ivan DeJesus later scored on an infield single from Greg Jacobs for
a 4-0 lead.
The Smokies got on the board in the ninth inning when Chris Robinson singled
home Kyle Reynolds off of Suns reliever Brian Akin for a 4-1 score.
Edwardo Sierra (2.0 innings), Yhency Brazoban (1.0 inning) and Brian Akin (2.0
.innings) all saw relief time behind McDonald for the Suns.
Jacksonville LH Clayton Kershaw (0-1. 3.00) will face Tennessee RH Jeff
Samardzija (1-0, 1.80) Thursday at 7:15 p.m. from Smokies Park. Fans can follow
the action in Jacksonville on AM 930 The Fox or online at jaxsuns.com.

*V.,


JACKSONVILLE, FL -Former Ribault High
School graduate Erica White was selected by the
Houston Comets in the second round of the 2008
WNBA Draft. She becomes the first Jacksonville
native to be drafted into the WNBA.
After having a successful career at LSU, in
which she participated in four straight Final Fours,
former Ribault High School star Erica White has
been selected by the Houston Comets in the sec-
ond round of the 2008 WNBA draft.
White was the third pick of the second round
and 17th overall player chosen in last Tuesday's draft.
While attending Ribault High School, White was a McDonald's All-American
who helped the Lady Trojans win three consecutive state championships.
White's position at LSU was Guard. This past season she averaged 7.7 points per
game and 4.3 assists per game.

MUHAMMAD ALI'S DAUGHTER LAILA IS
PREGNANT..with her first child.
The boxing champion and her husband, ex-American
NFL football player Curtis Conway, reveal their baby
news in the forthcoming edition of Essence magazine.
She says, "I don't know yet if we are having a boy or
a girl, but I'm excited that I have a life inside me that my
husband and I created.
"I am 100 percent undeniably happy. I've never been
able to say that before."
Boxing champ and Dancing with the Stars finalist
married last year in July. They had a lavish ceremony in Marina del Rey, California.
The child is Ali's first and Conway's fourth. He has twin sons and a daughter from
a previous relationship.
Among the 200 guests were Lajla's parents, Muhammad Ali and Veronica
Porsche Anderson, along with her sister Hana Ali, who was a bridesmaid. Conway's
twin sons, Kelton and Cameron, 12, were the ringbearers while his daughter Leilani,
8, stepped in as the flowergirl.
The pair met two years ago when Conway hosted a small get together at his
house, which Ali attended with a friend.
"People think she dominates the relationship," Conway said, "but she's a sweet-
ie pie."


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INVITATION TO SUBMIT RESPONSES TO THE
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

The Governing Board of the District requests that interested par-
ties respond to the solicitation below by 5:00 p.m., April 23, 2008.
Further information is available through Onvia DemandStar at
www.demandstar.com [(800) 711-1712], or the District's website at
www.sjrwmd.com. Solicitation packages may be obtained from
Onvia DemandStar or the District by calling Jill Williams at 386-
329-4133.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NUMBER 24991
ANNUAL SECURITY SERVICES FOR DISTRICT HEADQUAR-
TERS

The St. Johns River Water Management District is requesting
Letters of Interest from professional security agencies, licensed to
do business in the state .of Florida, for unarmed security services
for District Headquarters located at 4049 Reid Street, Palatka,
Florida. The estimated budget for the first term of this project
(October 1, 2008 September 30; 2009) is $148,000. The con-
tract may be renewed for four (4) additional one (1) year terms
contingent upon Governing Board approval of the District's budg-
et for each respective fiscal year (October 1 through September
30).

District staff will meet at District headquarters at 9:00 a.m., May 1,
2008, to evaluate and rank Letters of Interest. The evaluation
committee may request that some or all respondents make an oral
presentation in advance of finalizing the rankings. If requested,
oral presentations will be made at the District's headquarters on
May 8, 2008. If needed, an evaluation committee meeting will be
held immediately after presentations. Respondents selected for
oral presentations will be notified in advance of the presentation
date. Staff's recommendation will be presented to the Governing
Board at its June 10, 2008, meeting.

Special accommodations for disabilities may be requested
through Jill Williams or by calling (386) 329-4450 (TDD), at least
five (5) business days before the date needed.

THE MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT
WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 27, 2008 AT 10:00 A.M. IN THE PUB-
LIC MEETING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL
OFFICE BUILDING LOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE.
ATTENDANCE BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPEC-
TIVE BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
FROM ANY BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH
CONFERENCE.

Bid and contract bonding are required.
The mandatory JSEB Participation Goal established for this proj-
ect is 100%.

Louis Naranjo
Manager of Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority

INVITATION FOR BIDS
Infrared CCTV
Blount Island & Talleyrand Marine Terminals
JAXPORT Project No. B2006-02 & T2006-02
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1010F
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority
(JAXPORT) until 2:00 P.M. local time on May 18, 2008, at which
time they will be opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port
Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville,
Florida, for Infrared CCTV.

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and
drawings for Contract No. C-1010F, which may be examined in, or
obtained from the Procurement Department of the Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 located on the second floor of
the Port Central Office Building,. 2831 Talleyrand Avenue,
Jacksonville, Florida 32206 (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for
information).

S MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT WILL
BE HELD. ON APRIL 24, 2008 AT 10:00 A.M..IN THE PUBLIC
MEETING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL
OFFICE BUILDING LOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE.
ATTENDANCE BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPEC-
TIVE BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
FROM ANY BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH
CONFERENCE.

Bid and contract bonding are required.
The mandatory JSEB Participation Goal established for this proj-
ect is 5%.

Louis Naranjo
Manager of Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority


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after using Thera-Gesic

BEXAR COUNTY- Mary Ann W. applied
Tlhcra-Gesic* to her aching hip and one day later.
went on to win the State Hopping Contest.
\ When asked what she likes most about entering
hopping contests, she painlessly replied, "None
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ITS NOT AN OPTION, IT'S THE LAW!

Saturday, April 26, 2008
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Getting a House Keeping a House

Home Depot: Effective and
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Shelving In Pantry, Granite Countertops, Tiled Buck Splash, Knock Down Ceilings. Granite
Window Silk, Indoor Laundry, Ceiling Fans, Carpel, Travertine Tile & a Patio Ready To le
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* 2 Full Baths One Story Style
* 0 Half Baths Frame/Stucco

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THE STAR


APRIL 12,'2008


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