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Florida star
Uniform Title:
Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Alternate Title:
Florida star news
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
The Florida Star Pub. Co.
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville, Fla
Creation Date:
May 3, 2008
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African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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newspaper   ( marcgt )
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Spatial Coverage:
United States of America -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville


Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 12, no. 13 i.e. 39 (Jan. 6, 1962)-
General Note:
"Florida's statewide black weekly."
General Note:
Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981-

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Week's Eventsl Information to the People to Control Votes:

Witness Sought in Murder Case

Man Accused of Shooting at Wife and
Children is Still at Large

Brunswick Man Faces 8 Charges

Police Shootings Reviewed

Rev. Gilyard Finds a Church

See Page A-7 for Complete Stories

By: Lonzie Leath

What is Told What is Withheld

The unexpected rise of
Senator Barack Obama as a
United States presidential
candidate was truly a sur-
prise to people in the U.S.
and people around the
world. First there was joy
and pride and when he won
Senator Barack Obama The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, a Clinton Senator Hillary Iowa and it was disclosed
supporter, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Clinton how much, money his cam-
paign had raised, breaking all presidential campaign fund raising amounts. The shock was overwhelming to most.
But with his campaign theme, "Change" and the disclosure that he was not raising these unprecedented amounts
in the same historical manner of the past, through corporations and their representatives, brought forth a frighten-
ing picture and the understanding that he was in fact, making a change, even in his fund raising methods. How
he was raising these funds and the effect of this change, according to the standard always practiced, made it nec-
essary to no longer praise him, but destroy him for his method and the war started. You Obama Continued on A-7

Gold From Mouth Being Pawned

Gold Trading
$1,000 an ounce,

With the current price of gold, pawnbrokers and coin shops have
reported an increase in people bringing in their dental caps and
other gold items since the price of gold rose above 1,000 an
The Associated Press' report said that a gold crown usually has
about one-tenth of an ounce of 16-karat gold. At the rate of
such an amount of gold would demand about $40 or $50.00.

Want A Girl? Get on a Low-Calorie Diet
British scientist reported Wednesday that women on low-calorie diets or who skip
breakfast during their ovulation period, are more likely to give birth to girls than
According to the report by the universities of Exeter and Oxford, they now see evi-
dence that a child's sex is associated with the diet of the female. If the mother is on
a high energy diet at the time of conception, she will more than likely have a boy.
The report also said that high levels of glucose encourages the development of males.
Although it has been determined over the years, that sex is genetically determined
by fathers, it is now felt that a high level of glucose encourages the development of
male embryos.
The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B:
biological Sciences.

Barbara Walters and Senator Edward Brooke
Barbara Walters, highly respected journalist and host of The View, stated in her
book that she had a long-time love affair with the nation's first black U. S. Senator
since Reconstruction, Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts. Brooke was a
Republican and married.

Georgia State Patrol Limited
Georgia State Patrol have determined that the current
price of gas makes it impossible for them to continue
their former patrolling patterns, Therefore, rather than
driving around Southeast Georgia constantly, they will
sit in a stationery area, and use radar or laser. They will
continue sobriety and license checkpoints.
The officers have been told to limit their mileage use
to 130 miles a day.

Mariah Carey Marries
It was reported by jour-
I nalist Paula Froelich of the
New York Post that Mariah
Carey married actor Nick
Mariah Carey Nick Cannon Cannon secretly in the
Bahamas after dating for
one month. The wedding was held at Mariah's house
in the Bahamas where only her family and closest
friends attended.
I The singer just broke Elvis Presley's sale record,
released a new CD and a line of fragrances.

From Rev. Dr. to The Bishop

Bishop-Designate Rudolph McKissick, J.:
Bethel's Multi-Generation Messenger
By Marsha Dean Phelts

Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. Bishop-Desi'gnate
Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. has been designated to
receive the appointment as Bishop of The Full Gospel
Baptist Church Fellowship International. Bishop Paul
Sylvester Morton is founder and Presiding Bishop of
this international catalyst reform.
This multi-cultural and multi-denominational organ-
ization represents over 2000 churches in the United
States and throughout the world. Some of the key ini-
tiatives are church and community development,
leadership and entrepreneurial growth, economic
development and foreign missions, and growth for generations X, Y and Z. The Full
Gospel's missions run parallel with the ministries at Bethel.
As Bishop for the state, McKissick will be the biblical father for the pastors of The Full
Gospel Baptist National Fellowship International Churches in Florida. On June 25 in
Birmingham, Alabama Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr. will be consecrated as Bishop for the
state of Florida. Hundreds from Bethel Will be there to witness another milestone and bless-
ing. The Florida Star Congratulates Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., his family, and mem-
bers of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
Rudolph McKissick, Jr.'s family's roots are steeped in Bethel, founded in 1838. By the
time of his birth, his father, Rudolph McKissick, Sr. had become the pastor of the church
more commonly known as Big Bethel. Both paternal grandparents, L. G. and Ann
McKissick belonged to this church. His grandmother, Ann Elizabeth McKissick who'later
became church organist, was baptized in Bethel as a child; she was a piano student of the
church's worldly acclaimed Choir Director, John Rosamond Johnson (Lift Every Voice

and Sing) in the early 1900s.

Railroad Expansion and

Truck Traffic Changes
. CSX announced that they are planning a $40 million
track expansion.
The Jacksonville-based railroad company plans to
upgrade tracks and build a link through Nassau County.
This would be in line with Jacksonville Port Authority
officials who have cited a need for rail in the future
because of the TraPac terminal presently under con-
struction at Dames Point and the pending agreement
with Hanjin, a Korean shipping company.
Jacksonville Transportation Authority had projected
a 39 percent increase in traffic along Heckscher Drive
by 2025. With the track expansion, about 1,100 trucks
will be removed from the road's every day traffic. The
First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization had
projected an increase of 8,000 more trucks on the road
daily by 2020, prior to the expansion announcement.
The expansion would allow more cargo to move and
decrease truck traffic for the area. It will also provide
more warehouse and distribution centers in the river
city area.

The McKissick family; all were musically talented.
From Rev See A-7
News Briefs
NYPD Acquitted in Bell's Death
Three detectives were acquitted of all charges
Friday in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-
to-be on his wedding day. It was proven that Sean
Bell did not have a gun.
Three officers were charged with reckless endan-
germent and two were not charged. The judge said
that the officers version of the event was more
credible than the victims' version.
CSI Star Gary Dourdan Arrested
E Actor Gary Dourdan, 41, of "CSI"
was arrested Monday for possession
of narcotics and dangerous drugs
after a patrol officer found cocaine,
heroin, Ecstasy and various prescrip-
tion drugs and drug paraphernalia in
his car at 5:12 a.m. where the actor was sleeping
and parked on the wrong side of the road.
He is scheduled to be leaving "CSI" at the end of
this season.

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With only nine
remaining contests and
no mathematical chance
of overtaking the front-
runner, Hillary Clinton
continues to, as Jesse
Jackson puts it, major in
the minor. In other
words, instead of
addressing the big pic-
ture, she is engaged in
insignificant side shows.,
Clinton's most notable
example of this is her
trying to depict 'Barack
Obama as an elitist. It's
almost comical that a
United States senator
who graduated from the
elite Wellesley College
in Massachusetts and
Yale Law School would
complain that a graduate
of Columbia University
and Harvard Law School
is an elitist. From an
educational standpoint,
both of them are elitists.
However, when you look
at their personal
upbringing, their lives
could not have been
more different.
Obama's father left
home when he was 2
years old. For a while,
Obama was reared by a
mother who at times had
to rely on food stamps.
During his high school
years, he was reared in
Hawaii by his grandpar-
Born in Chicago,
Clinton grew up in the
affluent suburb of Park
Ridge. Her father, Hugh
Rodham, was a success-

ful textile wholesaler.
Her mother, Dorothy,
was a homemaker. Who
is the elitist?
In another side show,
Clinton tries to exploit
Obama's comment made
at a private fundraiser in
San Francisco that eco-
nomically-stressed resi-
dents in small
Pennsylvania towns are
bitter and cling to their
guns and religion while
rejecting people who are
not like them.
During the debate,
Obama explained his
"This is the first eco-
nomic expansion that we
just completed in which
ordinary people's
incomes actually went
down when adjusted for
inflation. At the same
time, the costs of every-
,thing, from health care to
gas at the pump, has sky-
rocketed. And so the
point I was making was
that when people feel
like Washington's not
listening to them, when
they're promised year
after year, decade after
decade, that their eco-
nomic situation is going
to change and it doesn't,
then, politically, they
end up focusing on those
things that are constant
like religion," he said.
"They end up feeling
this is a place where I
can find some refuge.
This is something I can
count on. They end up

Hillary Clinton is 'Majoring in the
by George Curry
NNPA Columnist





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beifig much more con-
cerned about votes
around things like guns,
where traditions have
been passed on from
generation to generation.
And those are incredibly
important to them. And,
yes, what is also true is
that wedge issues, hot-
button issues, end up
taking prominence in our.
Clinton majored in the
minor during the debate
when she again tried to
exploit Obama's connec-
tion with his former pas-
tor, Rev. Jeremiah
Wright. She said, "You
get to choose your pas-
tor. You don't choose
your family, but you get
to choose your pastor.
And when asked a direct
question, I said I would
not have stayed in the
As Obama pointed out,
Clinton's former pastor
said Wright has been
unfairly caricatured and
his words had been taken
out of context.
Clinton also tried to
scare voters by trying to
link Obama to radical
terrorists of the 1960s
and 1970s. She singled
out William Ayers a for-
mer, member of the
Weather Underground.
The issue was first raised
by George
Stephanopoulous, the
co-moderator, but con-
tinued by Clinton.
believe that Senator
Obama served on a
board with Mr. Ayers for
a period of time, the
Woods Foundation,

which, was a paid direc-
torship position. And, if
I'm not mistaken, that
relationship with Mr.
Ayers on this board con-
tinued after 9/11 and
after his reported com-
ments, which were
deeply hurtful to people
in New York. and, I
would hope, to every
American, because they
were published on 9/11,
and he said that he was
just sorry they hadn't
done more. And what
they did was set bombs.
And in some instances,
people died. So it is -- I
think it is, again, an
issue that people will be
asking about.
FactCheck.org stated,
"In fact, nobody died as
a result of bombings in
which Ayers said he par-
ticipated as part of the
Weather Underground,

at the New York City
Police Headquarters in
1970, in a men's lavatory
in the Capitol building in
1971 and in a women's
restroom in the Pentagon
in 1972. The deaths to
which Clinton referred
were of three Weather
Underground members
who died when their own
"bomb factory" exploded
in a Greenwich Village
townhouse on March 6,'
1970. Ayers was not
present. Also, two police
officers were murdered
in connection with the
robbery of a Brinks
armored car by Weather
Underground members
in 1981. That was about
a year after Ayers had
turned himself in and
after all charges against
him had been dropped."
FactCheck.org also
stated: "Obama also cor-

Supplemental Notice from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court


The Engle Class Action was filed in 1994 and went to trial against the tobacco industry in July 1998.
Howard A. Engle, M.D., et al., (Plaintiffs) v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris, Inc., Brown
& Williamson Tobacco Corp., individually and as successor to American Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco
Co., Lorillard, Inc., Liggett Group, Inc., Brooke Group Holdings, Inc. f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc.,
Council for Tobacco 'Research U.S.A. and Tobacco Institute (Defendants), Case No. 94-08273 CA (22)
Dade County Circuit Court. This Notice addresses a distinct, unprecedented monetary fund (the "Engle
Trust Fund") created for the class by Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt, counsel for the class.
You may be qualified to receive money from the Engle Trust Fund if you (or your decedent) have suffered,
presently suffer, or have died from diseases and medical conditions (listed below) caused by addiction to
cigarettes that contained nicotine. The disease or medical condition must have been first diagnosed
or first manifested itself on or before November 21, 1996. YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN
be required to submit contemporaneous. verifiable proof to support your claim. You will also be required

to submit your claim under penalty of perjury.
aortic aneurysm
bladder cancer
cerebrovascular disease (including stroke)
cervical cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COPD (including emphysema)
coronary heart disease
(including cardiovascular disease,
hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis,
coronary artery disease and
arteriosclerosis, angina, abnormal blood
clotting, blood vessel damage, myocardial
infarction (heart attack))
esophageal (throat) cancer

kidney cancer
laryngeal (throat or voice box) cancer
lung cancer (including adenocarcinoma,,
large cell carcinoma, small cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma)
complications of pregnancy
oral cavity/tongue cancer
pancreatic cancer
peripheral vascular disease
(including Buerger's disease)
pharyngeal cancer
stomach cancer

At the hearing on April 15, 2008, the Court set a schedule for the allocation and distribution of the
Engle Trust Fund. Qualified Engle class members MUST register by mail or online no later than
June 16, 2008, to be eligible to receive a share of the Engle Trust Fund. Registration does not assure
qualification to share in the Engle Trust Fund.
Individuals who received a copy of this Notice by mail should have also received a copy of the Registration
Form that must be submitted by the June 16, 2008, deadline. To obtain another Registration Form, if
necessary, contact the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1 (888) 420-1666; send an email to
EngleTrustFund(@.gardencitygroup.com; send a written request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The Garden City
Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101; or download a copy of the Registration Form at
www.EngleTrustFund.com. Alternatively, class members may submit Registration Forms online at
www.EngleTrustFund.com no later than midnight on June 16, 2008.
The Claims Administrator will mail letters acknowledging receipt of each Registration Form. The letters
will request and identify all additional information and paperwork necessary to determine whether you
qualify for a share of the Engle Trust Fund. The letter will also provide specific information regarding
deadlines. Class member paperwork must be submitted to the Claims Administrator by August 1, 2008.
Distribution by the Claims Administrator shall be equally made on a per smoker basis.
You may hire counsel, at your own expense, to represent your interests in connection with the allocation
and distribution of the Engle Trust Fund money or the Court-appointed Trustee will determine how your
interests will be represented. If you have an attorney who represents you (or your decedent) with
regard to a tobacco claim, please consult your attorney regarding this notice and the applicable
registration and claims deadlines.
Do not call or write the Court, the Trustee or the Clerk of the Court for further information. Any
inquiries or questions concerning this Notice or the distribution and allocation process should be
directed to the Claims Administrator by toll-free phone at 1 (888) 420-1666; by email to
EngleTrustFund@gardencitvgroup.com; or by sending a written request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The
Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101.

DONE and ORDERED this 18th day of April 2008
David C. Miller
Circuit Court Judge

rectly said that President
Bill Clinton had par-
doned or commuted the
sentences of two
Weather Underground
members, who had,
unlike Ayers, been con-
victed and sentenced to
long prison terms. Bill
Clinton indeed pardoned
one and commuted the
sentence of another."
Once again, Hillary
Clinton has demonstrat-
ed that in politics, as in
war, truth is the first
George E. Curry, for-
mer editor-in-chief of
Emerge magazine and
the NNPA News Service,
is a keynote speaker,
moderator, and media
coach. He can be
reached online at

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throughout the year at various locations. They have
licensed mental health professionals who offer support
groups and information to address grief and bereave-
ment needs. Professional bereavement services are
available to all members of the community. Services
are available at no charge to families of Community
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call (904) 407-7001.
TION -Come hear the Sound of Music with Soloist and
Speaker Nikki Jatindranath, who will share songs from
the heart and the reason she now has a "song for all sea-
sons 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 compli-
mentary nursery are essential by May 2nd. Call Cande
908-5609 Email: mandarincwc@yahoo.com or sweet-
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 fes-
tivities began Friday, May 9th at 6 p.m. with registra-
tion, 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 work-
shops, 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 mirror. 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: jhk-
JACKSONVILLE presents Music for a Sunday
Morning May '08, Sunday, May 4, 10:45 a.m. with
Jason Anderson, jazz piano and Sean Tarleton, bass;
Sunday, May 11, 10:45 a.m., with Pablo Pomales-
Ojeda, tenor, and Jeanne Huebner, piano, Songs for
Mother; Sunday, May 18, 10:45 a.m., with David
Beede, musician/singer/songwriter folk to original
instrumentals and vocals, www.davidbeede.com;
Sunday, May 25, 10:45 a.m., with Rob McKennon,
trumpet; Chloe Martin, violin, Jeremy Lucas, narrator;
Henson Markham, keyboard, Telemann: Sonata for
Trumpet, Ashoken Farewell. Unitarian Universalist
Church of Jacksonville is located at 7405 Arlington
Expressway. Rev. Dr. John L. Young, minister.
Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, located at 215 Bethel Baptist St.,
Jacksonville. Among the artists appearing on the tour is
former SWV front woman, Coko, whose solo Gospel
CD debut, "Grateful," was nominated for a Grammy
award last year. Go to lightrecords.com for more infor-
llth. Service time will begin on Friday and Saturday
nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. at
the Holy Tabernacle Church, 6416 Miriam St.,
Jacksonville. The Bishop, Pastor and members are
inviting all to come and celebrate. The theme is "Show
Me Thy Ways, 0 Lord, Teach Me Thy Paths." Psalms
25:4. For more information, call the church at 904-764-
3754 or Min. H. Bell at 904-708-5331.
BAPTIST CHURCH, located at 1953 West 9th St.,
Jacksonville, with Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr. & Jr.,
Pastors, will have their 63rd Church Anniversary and
the 33rd Pastor's Anniversary of Rev. Jackson, Sr.,


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Renee Ross & Jamison Ross, Deloris Porterfield &
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information, please call 904-354-0145.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH, located at 1510 W. 45th St.,
Jacksonville is having their ANNUAL WOMEN'S
DAY, Sunday, May 18th. Church School 9:00 a.m.;
Morning Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Reverend
Patricia McGeathy. Sis Flo Rush-White, Chair, and Sis
Celisha Gibson, CoChair.
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Mother's Day Blessing and Prayer
"Blessed be all mothers
Who have come into our lives
Whose kindness, care and loving
Remain with us to guide.
Your inspiration in us
Made us strive in every way
Especially to remember
Helping others makes our day.
Mothers, this little tribute
Flows directly from my heart
You are so loved and cherished
Invaluable, one and all, you are.

Atlanta Life Financial Group Mourns the
Passing of President & CEO Ronald D. Brown

29 Atlanta Life Financial
Group today announced the
loss of President and Chief
Executive Officer, Ronald D.
Brown. Mr. Brown passed
away from. complications
after surgery. He was 55
years old.
"It is with profound sad-
ness that we announce the
passing of our friend and col-
league, Ron Brown" said
William A. Clement, Chairman of the Board, Atlanta Life
Financial Group. "The entire Atlanta Life Financial Group
family mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers
are with his family and friends during this difficult time."
Mr. Brown served as President and CEO since March
2004. His leadership and commitment to Atlanta Life
Financial Group, the city of Atlanta and the surrounding
communities was paramount.
The Company's Board has announced that Mr. William
A. Clement, current Board Chair, will serve as interim
President & CEO. "It is with steadfast honor to Ron Brown
that I have accepted the post as interim President & CEO."
"I am committed, as is the staff of Atlanta Life Financial
Group to keeping Ron Brown's legacy of our double bottom
line moving forward." Mr. Clement has served on the
Atlanta Life Financial Group Board since 1992, and Board
Chair since 2001.

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those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.


ARNOLD, Gary, died
April 25, 2008.
BOLTON, Veronica S.,
died April 22, 2008.
BROWN, Dorothy Y, died
April 23, 2008.
BUCKMAN, Elijah, 77,
died April 25, 2008.
DAVIS, James, died April
26, 2008.
DIAL, Jesse, Jr., died April
22, 2008.
FINN, Billy D., died April
25, 2008.
GAINES, Alesa, 75, died
April 22, 2008.
GAINES, Daisy H., died
April 22, 2008.
GILES, Susie Ella, 101,
died April 28, 2008.
GILMORE, Levern S.,
died April 22, 2008.

Elizabeth, 41, dead April
22, 2008.
HOPKINS, Nathaniel, 66,
died April 25, 2008.
JONES, Sarah B., died
April 22, 2008.
LUCAS, Dorothy D., died
April 25, 2008.
LUKE, Ruth, 94, died
April 28, 2008.
MERRITT, Susan, died
April 24, 2008.
REESE, Anthony D., died
April 23, 2008.
SIMMONS, Charles E.,
Jr., 90, died April 22, 2008.
STOKES, Joe, died April
WEST, Dale, died April 11,

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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
W orship 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

"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 orship... ............................................................. ........ 11:00 a.m .
Tuesday.................................................Prayer M meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday..................................................... ......................Joy N ight,7:00 p.m .
"Email: Gospell75@aol.com
Website: Greaterelbethel.org

"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

Rev. Alvin Hansley, Pastor/Preacher/Teacher
9117 Lem Turner Rd.
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 765-3418

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

Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor
(9Q4) 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.............................1....10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Noonday Prayer.............................................1.... 2 Noon
Inspiration Wednesday Worship Service....................6:00-8:00 p.m.
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"There's Always Something
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A Sundae Soiree
"Teach me, Father, when I pray,
Not to ask for more,
For what is at my door.
For food and drink, for gentle rain,
For sunny skies above,
For home and friends for peace and joy,
But most of all for love. "
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The Celebratory Cake for Dr. Brenda Simmons.

The Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium and the adjoining open
area at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ)
was the setting for the Sunday afternoon Sundae Soir6e hon-
oring Mrs. Brenda R. Simmons, Ph.D. who was retiring as
Executive Dean at FCCJ's North Campus after thirty-five
years of exemplary services.
The Sundae Soir6e was very much Dr. Simmons. If Retirement Honoree Dr. Brenda Simmons with Roxwell
you have ever met Dr. Simmons you would agree that she Robinson, Sr., her Dad; Ben Simmons, II, her son; and
epitomizes elegance, sophistication, classiness and style. her grandson Ben Simmons, III.
The Sundae Soiree was all that Dr. Simmons has consistent-
ly exemplified both professionally and personally.
The Sundae Soiree's program included appearances
from Dr. Barbara Darby, Reverend Elizabeth Yates,
Benjamin Coy Simmons, III, Ms. Debbie Dickerson,
Mrs. Julianne Blackmon, John Hirabayashi, and the
magnificent Ritz Chamber Players. Congresswoman *
Corinne Brown who was scheduled for a program appear- Mrs. Camilla Thompson (at left) and Mrs. Eugenia Brown (far
ance was delayed in the air. However, she did arrive during right), former teachers ofDr. Brenda Simmons.
the reception.
And of course a Sunday Soir6e must include ice
cream sundaes! Following the program guests enjoyed a
buffet of sundae fixings as they listened to classic jazz per-
formed by the C1 Jazz Band.
If you have been involved with FCCJ and the Black
History Month Calendar, you have observed the touch of Dr.
Simmons. If you have had involvement directly or indirect- Anthony Person and Ms, Jeanetta Martin, young
mr_ people from New Bethel AME Church, Dr.
ly with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, you are aware of the Simpeople from New Bethel AME Chur.Dr
commitment of Dr. Simmons as president and the other!
offices she has held. If you have been involved either direct-
ly or indirectly with the Jacksonville Chapter, Links, Inc., .t
you too know the dedication of Dr. Simmons. If you have
observed the effectiveness and community resourcefulness .-
of the Educational Credit Union, you have benefited from
the resourcefulness and input of Dr. Simmons.
The members of New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Jacksonville
Women's Network, The National Council on Black
American Affairs, Volunteer Jacksonville, Leadership Dr. Brenda Simmons (center) with her Link Sisters of The
Jacksonville and countless other organizations have been Jacksonville Chapter, Links, Inc. Mesdames Marguerite Warren,
brrunate to have 'the touch' of Dr. Brenda Robinson Pam Seay, Vivian Walker, Elizabeth Downing, Jolita Simmons, Anest
n McCarthy, Dr. Barbara Brigety, Wanda Montgomery, Dr. Barbara
Simmons. With retirement each of the organizations can Young and Maretta Latimer.
benefit from more of 'her touches'.
Just recently, Dr. -Simmons, FCCJ's North Campus
Executive Dean for Instruction and Student Services was
recognized for her leadership as administrative liaison advi- Kevin Sharp, Pianist; Ms. Tahirah Whittington, Cellist and
sor and chair of the 2008 Black History Month calendar Terrence Patterson, Clarinetist-of the Ritz Chamber Players.
Congratulations to Dr. Simmons. I am sure after a 'lit- . '
tle rest' she will continue her dedication to this community.
When I communicated with her recently she was on the road h
to an out of town activity. She stated, "I am enjoying every
minute of my new life." And as her grandson so ably stated,
"My Granny Grand will have more time to take me different
places and do more things."
Inimitable! Unique! Distinct! Matchless! That's Dr.
Brenda Robinson Simmons!!

At tight, Dr. Barbara Darby with honoree Dr. Brenda
St righmmon Drs. with honoree Dr. Brenda Mr. Roxwell Robinson, Dr. Simmons, Reverend Elizabeth Yates,
Mrs. Janie Robinson, mother of the honoree and Reverend
Yates' daughter, LaTanya.

Dr. Simmons with her extended family. 41

Dr. Brenda Simmons with her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Sisters.

Mrs. Vivian and De. hahn I$alker with honoree "
Dr. Brenda Simmons.

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Dr. Simmons with childhood friends -
Mesdames Pat Jackson McIntyre and Cynthia
E. Purdy.

The Immediate Family of Dr. Brenda Robinson V'
Simmons: Roxwell Robinson, Jr., brother; Mrs. Cheryl Dr. Ezekiel and Mrs. Chris Bryant cele-
Zackery, sister, Roxwell Robinson, Sr., Dad Mrs. Janie Dr. Ezekiel and Mrs. Chris Bryant cele-
R. Robinson, Mom; Benjamin Simmons, III, grandson; Congresswoman Corinne Brown and Dr. rating Dr. Simmons' retirement outside
Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons and Benjamin Simmons, Brenda R. Simmons with a beautifid baby. the auditorium named in his honor.
IL, son.

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Bishop Eddie Long and Attorney Willie Gary Challenge FAMU Graduates

Fla. With mortar-
boards that read,
"DONE" and "Thank
you Mom and Dad,
FAMU 2008," the
County Civic was filled
near capacity as 1,389
Florida A&M University
(FAMU) students
received their degrees
during FAMU's spring
While parents,
friends, and family
members yelled and
shouted, "We love you"
and "We are proud of
you" and banners read,
"Follow the path of
God" and "Congrats! Dr.
Curtis, You did it!,"
FAMU students received
challenges and advice
from commencement
speakers Bishop Eddie
Long and Attorney
Willie Gary.
During the 9 a.m.
commencement ceremo-
ny, Long told FAMU
graduates that they bet-
ter be ready to run.
"When that sun
comes up tomorrow
morning, don't hit the
snooze button," said
Long. "You better get
up, running; youw better
be ready to keep learn-
ing: you better be ready
to work."
Long, lead senior
pastor of New Birth
Missionary Baptist

Church in Lithonia, Ga.,
also told graduates to
remember to not let any
problem put them in
"Remember that
behind every problem,
there is a promise," said
Long. "And every
promise is always bigger
the problem."
Attorney Willie Gary,
one of the most success-
ful trial attorneys in the
nation, told FAMU grad-
uates to set their goals
"I challenge you
today to be all that you
can be," said Gary. "You
can make it happen, You
are going to go out there
and make a difference.
Remember to always
give and reach back and
help those that are less
FAMU President
James H. Ammons gave
Long and Gary the
PreSident's Award for
serving as the keynote
speaker. Monique
Gillum, James Bland and
Phillip Agnew each
received the President's
Student Leadership
Award for their role on
FAMU's Student
G o v e r n m e n t
This spring com-
mencement was for one
for the history book.
The graduating class of
FAMU's College of

Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical had the
largest graduating class
in the college's history,
with 144 graduates,
which included
Shantrice Green, a
Miami native and an
NCAA track star.
"I'm the first person
in family to graduate
from college," said
Green. "The whole time
I was in college I ran
track, worked and I was
in pharmacy school. I
guess you can say that is
my greatest achieve-
Shantrice's mother
echoed her excitement.
"I'm very proud of my
daughter and her accom-
plishments," said Joan
Green. "The speaker
touched on a lot of rele-
vant topics that these
young people that are
getting ready to go out in
the real world need to
focus on."
While at FAMU on a
track scholarship, Green
qualified for the NCAA
regional championship
two years in a row, 2005
and 2006, and she was
awarded FAMU's
Outstanding Athlete
Award of the Year in

Florida A&M University spring commencement graduates.

Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons presents Attorney Willie Gary with the
President's Award for serving as FAMU's commencement speaker.

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By Rych McCain
Denene Millner photo by Nick
Chilles, Mitzi Miller Photo by
Michael Lavine

If you saw him in
person, you might
have to turn your head
and take a second
look. He is massive at
6'8, 3001bs with 20
inch biceps. If you are
a fan of the NBC-TV
Show "American
Gladiators," .you
would know Jesse
"Justice" Smith. On
the show he is an all
business, fierce war-
rior on "the joust,"
"the wall," "hang
tough" and "the elimi-
nator." Smith has a
black belt in karate
and has competed on
the Mixed Martial
Arts (MMA) circuit
for the last two years.
His favorite move is
the flying knees. Born
in Detroit into a mili-
tary Army family,
Smith spent his child-
hood years in
Germany. The family
returned to settle in
Columbia, South
Carolina when he was
in the 10th grade.
Smith became one of
the nation's highest

recruited basketball
centers when tragedy
befell his family.
He was with his
brothers and cousins
playing a playground
pick up basketball
game when a young-
ster hauled off and hit
him for no reason. It
didn't take but a sec-
ond for Smith to recti-
fy the situation by
issuing a prompt beat
down. One year later
after Smith had for-
gotten all about it, the
youngster appeared
and shot twice in the
air. He said the next
shot was for Smith
and his cousin Rodney
grabbed the guy and
the gun went off.
Rodney died at the
scene. Now Smith
dedicates his accom-
plishments to his
brave cousin Rodney.
Afterwards, Smith
took some time off
and then went to jun-
ior college and then to
Alcorn State, He left
college to play pro
basketball in
Switzerland where he
also got into model-
ing. Upon returning to
the States, Smith

headed west to Los
Angeles where a scout
for the TV show
"Battle Dome" spot-
ted him working out
at Muscle Beach. He
became a castmember
soon after. This also
served as a carry over
for "Gladiators."
Smith lights up
when he talks about
the excitement and
physical contact of
the show. Is the action
we see on screen real?
He beams, "Oh yes!
Definitely! There is
nothing fake about
Gladiators, let me tell
What is the incen-
tive for folks to come
on the show to chal-
lenge the Gladiators?
Smith explains, "If
you win the show, you
will receive $100,000
plus a new car and a
chance to become a
gladiator. They (the
competitors), have
more than us to work
for (not that we
don't). We come to
work and put 100%
behind it but they
have something that's
burning inside them
which is money, car

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Bernie Mac fans will
be pleased to know that
he has a new show titled
"Starting Under" which
will debut in the new fall
line up on Fox-TV
There is a new white
rapper on the scene
billing himself as
"Beyond Belief." The 20
year-old Queens, New
York native is a market-
ing major at The
University of Miami and
is not a street thug or
gangsta. He polished his
rap skillz over the last six
years beginning with his
high school days battling
with local MC's. Super
producer Kwame picked
him up and now they
have a new single drop-
ping titled "Don't
Touch." You can check
out the video on You Tube
and hear the cut on
my spa c e. com .
Comedian/actor Bill
Cosby has a hip
hop/rap/jazz CD coming
down the pipes next
month titled "Cosby
Narratives VoL 1: State
of Emergency." The
Soul Train TVShow and
its awards show are
parked in the round house
for good but creator Don
Cornelius has partnered
with Warner Bros
Pictures to develop Soul
Train The Movie.
Rahv Mama stars

Greg. Kinnear, Dax
Shepard, Romany
Malco, Maura Tierney,
Holland Taylor,
Sigourney Weaver and
Steve Martin
This romantic comedy
had an interesting twist
around the subject of a
female with infertility
issues. Kate (Fey) is told
that she can't conceive a
child so she hires a surro-
gate mother Angie
(Poehler). After a fight
with her live-in
boyfriend, Angie shows
up on Kate's door step to
move in. Having no
choice but to take her in,
all hell eventually breaks
loose. Oscar (Malco) the
door man essentially
becomes a mediator
between the ladies. Fey
and Poehler play off of
each other with great
comedic timing and
Malco delivers the "go-
between" role with a mel-
low demeanor that pleas-
es. This flick has good
feel and will keep your
interest throughout. The
ladies will really like it.
Harold & Kumar
Escape From
Guantanamo Bay stars
Kal Penn, John Cho,
Paula Garces, Danneel
Harris, Rob Corddry and
Roger Bart and special
guest Neil Patrick Harris
as himself
This is the second
installment of the Harold
r Kiimar series The first

going through an entire
night of crazy changes
just to get to a White
Castle burger joint sets
up the stage for this,
sequel. The fellows are
off to Amsterdam so that
Harold (Cho) can reclaim
his lady Maria (Garces).
Unfortunately, Kumar
(Penn) tries to smoke
some weed in the bath-
room of the plane during
the flight and they both
get arrested as terrorist
because the contraption
that Kumar uses was sup-
posed to make the weed
smokeless but it looks
like a homemade bomb.
The pair are detained at
Guantanamo Bay where
they escape and go on a
cross the South (Florida
to Texas) escapade as
This second flick may
or may not increase the
stock of the Harold &
Kumar series depending
on what type of fan base
this series is trying to
attract. The guys are like-
able but the script needs
to be more focused rather
than all over the place.
Save this one for a rental
Hit me up at feedback-
Maat Hotep!

and a chance to be
Smith describes the
off-screen nature of
the gladiators and how
they 'prepare. Do they
need trainers?
"When it comes to
working out and main-
taining our bodies, we
all were either pas-
sionate weight lifters
or passionate about
improving ourselves
when it comes to
weight training. We
all are that way so we
don't need trainers for
that. Plus its all about
how you want
America to perceive
you. For me, I want
them to see a really
big guy but I come
equipped with some
intellect as well."
Smith also has two
movies coming out on
DVD and more proj-
ects on the burner that
you will hear about in
the near future.

Jesse "Justice" Smith

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Information Continued from A-1
may wonder, why would they not want to see the effect of Senator Obama's method
of getting funds. Well, if Mr. Obama gets his funds from the people rather than from
the corporations, he would be obligated totally to the people, not those organizations
that funded him. Therefore, he would have the ability to truly cause a change in
America. This explains why he has been able to get new voters, the independents,
the first time voters, young voters, voters of all races, in addition to the educated and
the white males.
Obama's method brought about an awakening that made those who were satisfied
with the way the country presently exists, join hands for the most vicious moves ever
witnessed in a presidential primary race. Republicans and conservatives, radio talk
show hosts, Fox News, columnists all appeared to join in a campaign for a "charac-
ter assassination," beginning with things they knew were untrue, using his birth
name to twist the knife even deeper. They decided that there is a different standard
for Black and White preachers, ignoring Giuliani's priest accused of molesting chil-
dren, Hillary's former pastor, William Procanick who was found guilty on January
22 for touching inappropriately a 7-year-old girl; Mitt Romney's church who did not
view Blacks as equals, Jerry Falwell who said "America had 9/11 coming," Rev.
John Hagee who said the Catholic Church is the "Great Whore" and said that all
Muslims are trained to kill but works closely with Senator John McCain; Rev. Rod
Parsley who believes that America was founded to destroy Islam, and is McCain's
'spiritual guide."
The media is full of items that hurt Obama but continually ignores the misrepresen-
tations that the Clintons constantly make including the lie Hillary made about her
husband approving the plant closing and the jobs that she claims upset her that go to
China, the one she told about her back pain and was later seen riding a camel with
her daughter and even the one on the campaign trail about health care of a mother
delivering a baby and how she and Chelsea had to run in Bosnia and more.
The list is so long of Hillary's problems, one can easily see why the Republicans
prefer running against her rather than Senator Barack Obama.

Killer of De'Juan, 15,
Marquis McGruder, 17, has
been charged with the shoot-
ing death of De'Juan
Graham, 15. Witness say
McGruder shot De'Juan
Marquis after they had an argument
McGruder, 17, while De'Juan was playing
Suspect basketball at Panama Park
Wednesday. Graham was not armed but at
least five shots were fired. Graham was
apparently walking away when he was shot,
as he died from a shot in the back of his head.

Man Accused of
Shooting at Wife and
Children is Still at Large
S* Levert J. Stewart is
being sought by
Jacksonville Beach
police for firing into a
car in while his wife, 3
children and brother
were sitting. Reports.
Levert J. Stewart, said that he and his wife
had an argument

Sunday. He stroke her twice, then got out of
the car and started shooting at them.

Witness Sought in
Murder Case

is considered a material
witness in a murder
case. A warrant has
been issued for Terry
Terry Lee Lee Moore who was last
Moore, 20, seen Monday night near
McDuff Avenue and
Thomas Street. He has also been
seenin the Hollybrook Apartments.
JSO is asking those who see him to
call (904) 630-0500.

Brunswick Man

Faces 8 Charges
Deddrick Shantel
Jackson, 20, was
arrested and charged
with eight counts of
burglaries and enter-
Deddick S. ing automobiles.
Jackson, 20, Jackson is suspected
suspect in other burglaries" in
Brunswick, Richmond
Hill, Darien and Hinesville.
Therefore, additional charges are

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Two Police Shootings Reviewed
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police review board went over the case where Conrad
Lowman, 35, died while in custody. Lowman attempted to flee from an accident.
after a chase, the officer used his taser gun. In the struggle the two officers and
Lowman fell to the ground but Lowman continued to struggle. The medical report
said that Lowman died from excited delirium due to cocaine ingestion.
The other case involved Nicholas Kelco of Fruit Cove where it was told that Kelco
attacked the officer, causing bleeding to his head. He was shot twice by the officer,
took off again in his truck and crashed. He is still in the hospital.
In both cases, the Review Board said the officer's behavior was appropriate.

Rev. Gilyard Finds a Church
The Rev. Darrell Gilyard, former pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church has
moved his membership, along with his wife, to First Timothy Baptist Church on the
northside. It is said that Gilyard will not be preaching or teaching at his new church.
Rev. Gilyard is awaiting trial for child molestation and lewd conduct charges.

From Rev. Continued from A-1
Throughout his years in the local schools, young McKissick's rich tenor voice range
from auditoriums and stages all over the city. A virtuoso he graduated from
Jacksonville University with a double major in Opera and Sacred Church Music
along with a minor in Pipe Organ Performance. Rather than pursuing a career in the
field of music for which he had prepared himself, Rudolph McKissick, Jr. wisely
made the decision to follow in his father's footsteps into the ministry pulpits.
McKissick, Jr. enrolled in the Samuel Proctor School of Religion at Virginia Union
University where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He learned not only to min-
ister to the spiritual needs of people. While studying in Virginia, McKissick, Jr. met
and fell in love with Kimberly Joy Nichols, a music major and the daughter of a
Baptist minister in Richmond. It was there the two were wed in her father's church.
Rudolph McKissick, Jr. returned to Jacksonville in 1995 and became Assistant
Pastor to his father serving the many generations of this historic church as co-pas-
tors. Not long thereafter, their roles reversed and Rudolph McKissick, Jr. was insti-
tuted as the Senior Pastor. The already mega membership exploded as the church
now reached beyond the established Bethelite families. Bethel long known as a full
service church met the spiritual needs of those from the Greatest Generation to the
X, Y, and Z Generations. Rudolph McKissick, Jr., who mentored and followed in his
father's wake, developed as a dynamic messenger, prophet and visionary. He net-
worked with other Baby Boomer and X Generation forceful ministers across the
nation and around the world. As the services reached wider into the community, the
physical structures expanded beyond the geographical gateway landmark institution
that overlooks the River Square of Hogan Creek.
The church purchased properties across the St. John's River and now owns its hotel and
conference center where the Christian Club, CLUB 3:16 is located. Additional properties
purchased by Bethel include plans for housing a state of the art children's center. Pastor
McKissick established a "Ladies Night Out" that has grown out of the sanctuary and is tak-
ing root across the nation. The Joshua's Generation is the Young Adult and College Ministry.
A few of Bethel' ministries beyond the pulpit include: Karate for Youth, Praise Dancers,
Steppers, Mime, Theatre, and of course Music all developed in biblical Christian prin-
In this millennium Pastor McKissick, Jr., sees the church as a leader in economic empow-
erment. Black churches in the 1960s and 70s provided the leadership and conciseness that
led to the passage of Civil Rights legislation of that era. The Black church can do no less
today and must provide leadership for practical job incubators, as well as address health care
and education concerns and reforms of the 21st Century, he said.
Futuristically McKissick's vision is to develop a 100-acre site for a full service church com-
plex. As the ministries and membership grows, still see Bethel "in the heart of the city, for
the hearts of the people," remaining at the historic location that they have occupied for over
100 years.
Since 1995 McKissick has been the guest pastor on Good Friday at the Trinity United
Church of Christ in Chicago. He realizes that '"The Obama-Jeremiah Wright frenzy stoked
by the Media has unleashed a whole another race thing...opening Pandora's Box and setting
the stage for a serious race war."
McKissick believes, "These Media Frenzies also have further tones for attacks on minis-
ters in the Black church to ultimately lead to the downfall of mega churches that seek to
empower its members." The battle is not Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s, or Barack Obama's
alone...This battle is not yours, it's the Lord's. The messages that Jeremiah Wright speaks
out on social justice and oppression must not be silenced, for in killing the voice of Jeremiah
Wright and others from the pulpit, the entity is killed also.
His messages on Social Justice are like the color of water, pure-clear. McKissick sees
social justice not as a race issue but about humanitarian issues and doing the right thing."
McKissick does not bridle his tongue against the injustices that exists. He says, "The gov-
ernment and society have set up so many barriers that cause conflicts that we have today
such as the blatant labeling of 'Hip-hop' as demonic." McKissick sees 'Hip-hop' as a cul-
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The Howard Thurman Program at Stetson University is pleased to announce a gift of
two pieces of artwork honoring Howard Thurman and the director of Stetson's
Thurman Program. The artwork was done by a father and son from Orlando with
strong ties to the business and law communities.



DeLand A bronze bust of the great theologian Howard Thurman has been presented
to Stetson University in honor of the namesake of the university's Howard Thurman
A companion bas-relief portrait of the program's director, the Rev. Dr. Jefferson P.
Rogers, was given to Stetson at the same time during the last of this semester's Howard
Thurman Lectures on campus. Activist, attorney and professor of law Derrick Bell was the
speaker at the program.
Orlando attorney and artist Steven "Woody" Igou sculpted the Howard Thurman piece,
a bust slightly larger than life-size. His father, retired Orlando businessman Phil Igou, craft-
ed the bas-relief portrait of Rogers. The foundry work for both pieces was done by Harry
Messersmith, son of longtime Stetson Art Department Chair Fred Messersmith. The univer-
sity will display both pieces, and copies of the art also will be displayed at Thurman's boy-
hood home in Daytona Beach.
Woody Igou became a supporter of Stetson's Howard Thurman Program through a
friendship with jazz baritone saxophonist and composer Fred Ho, who performed and gave
a talk in the Howard Thurman Lecture Series last fall. Igou and his father were inspired to
create the bust of Thurman and companion bas-relief portrait of Rogers after Woody Igou Father-son artists Phil Igou, left, and Steven "Woody" Igou, right, present the bust and
attended Ho's lecture and performance at Stetson and met Rogers in 2007. bas-relief portrait to the Rev. Dr. Jefferson R Rogers, second from left, and Stetson
"I was astounded by the presence of Howard Thurman here and the impact of his life," President Doug Lee, second from right
Woody Igou said. "I was impressed by what Dr. Rogers has done to preserve his
(Thurman's) birthplace and by the fact that the birthplace. and the program are here in Central Florida."
The Howard Thurman Program, established in 1996, brings nationally and internationally known lecturers to campus to discuss critical issues of race and justice. Its goal is to unite
people in a search for solutions to social, religious and ethnic problems. Stetson has expanded its campus diversity initiatives as a result of the program, as well as increased its out-
reach in DeLand's Spring Hill community. Students and faculty are involved in tutoring for children and adults, neighborhood improvement projects; business workshops and a micro-
loan program for fledgling businesses.
Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was a theologian and author who is considered to be the spiritual architect of the modern civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was heav-
ily influenced by his teachings and writing.
Rogers is a Thurman disciple whose career has spanned ministry, religious education and journalism. He is co-founder of New Birth Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to
promoting Thurman's teachings that purchased the theologian's boyhood home in Daytona Beach for preservation. Rogers has been director of Stetson's Thurman Program since it
was founded in partnership with New Birth.
Woody Igou is a trial attorney who has dedicated his professional practice to providing information and legal services for victims of traumatic brain injury. In addition, he is a
sculptor and painter whose works have shown in Florida and as far away as Italy.

His father Phil Igou, a former president of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and
retired founder and president of Mills and Nebraska Lumber in Orlando, began sculpting
13'years ago at the age of 75. He has done bas-reliefs of many community leaders, includ-
ing U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla.
Stetson presented a resolution of appreciation to the father and son artists at the pro-
gram April 17.
Founded in 1883, Stetson University in Central Florida is an independent, private uni-
versity in the liberal arts tradition. The university's College of Arts & Sciences, School of
Business Administration and School of Music are housed on the historic main campus in
DeLand. The university also includes the Stetson University Center at Celebration, and two
Stetson University College of.Law campuses in Tampa Bay. For more information, visit
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When I decided to run for office, I did so because
it was my firm conviction, that the average citizen and
taxpayer was not getting adequate or fair representa-
tion from their local government. I also knew that I
could not rely on the long standing power structure in
Jacksonville to help me win a seat on the City Council.
Their support and money was generally reserved for
the candidates they knew would likely do their bid-
ding. If I were to win, I would have to appeal to the ,
everyday people of Jacksonville, the small business ':-
owners, teachers, construction workers, secretary's, '
working moms and dads of all economic levels, of ,
every race and every religion. My campaign would be
one of boots on the ground. That is what I needed to do .
and that is what I did.
My desire was to represent all the people including Councilwoman
those who felt they were without a voice in local city Glorious Johnson
government. The ones who felt their needs and desires were being overrun by big business
and large corporate enterprises. There were many people who felt that no one was 'listening
to them. So I spoke with and embraced everyone. I did more than kiss babies. I went to the
communities themselves. I embraced the diversity of the citizenry of Jacksonville and the
citizens embraced me. I visited the young and elderly, went to their homes, their clubs, ate
dinner with them, attended their churches and as a black woman I took it upon myself to
make sure that I reached out to all racial groups up to and including the self proclaimed
"Red Necks" of Jacksonville.
They were perhaps the group most surprised by my willingness to know them, reach
across perceived racial boundaries and take to heart their concerns. As a result they
embraced my candidacy, worked for my campaign and in a light hearted move of friend-
ship; they made me an "Honorary Redneck." I am just as proud to represent them as every
other hard working citizen in the city. I will never forget how hard the average citizen,
worked for me.
Now as a City Councilwoman At Large, I remember the ones I am fighting for and will
always respect their time and efforts to get me elected, no matter who they are. From wel-
fare moms to small business owners, to every man, woman and child in Jacksonville. We
must all work together in understanding to create the best possible Jacksonville for us all.
My world is one of inclusion, not exclusion.
As Dr. Martin Luther King stated, "Cowardice asks the question, "Is safe?" Expediency
asks the question, "Is it politics?" Vanity asks the question "Is it popular?" But conscience
asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that
is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right."
I also enjoy the quote from Carter G. Woodson, "If you can control a man's thinking,
you don't have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks you do
not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you
don't have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if
you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don't have to order him to the
back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very
nature of the man will demand that you build one."
We must teach our children HOW to think, not what to think. We talk about diversity,
but we do not put forth the action to truly learn from other cultures. We say we are
Christians and that we love God. But God loves ALL of us, not some of us. Hate does not
solve the problem, it ignites it. We can not meet the challenges that our children and our
children's children will face. I, personally, do not want my child or my grandchild to go
through what I did as a child The Jim Crow Laws. Their life is suppose to be better
because of what we do to make that happen. We are not different races of people; we may
be of different hues, but we are one race 'The Human Race.'

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fearless approach to reality-based subjects!

Dear Deanna!
I had a divorce party celebrating the end of my marriage. My ex- l
husband came to the party with a girlfriend half his age, his fam-
ily started a fight and the party was a disaster. Things were great
until someone got drunk and started talking about the bad things
in our marriage that caused our divorce. Initially my husband
agreed to help pay for the party but now that we have damages,
I'm stuck with the bills. Is it wrong to take him to court to get my money?
Happily Divorced Washington, DC
Dear Divorced:
Your husband obviously didn't give you much when you were married so you should expect
even less now that you're divorced. You were foolish to make a mockery of marriage and
divorce with this party and in essence, you got what you deserved. You're going to face fur-
ther embarrassment, airing of dirty laundry and humiliation if you take this clown show to
court. Suck it up, count your loss and keep it moving.

Dear Deanna!
I believe you can love two people at once. I have two girlfriends and need to be open and
honest with both of them. I get certain things from each woman that helps me have a whole
relationship. When I want seriousness and structure, I go to the left and when I want to be
laid back and free, I go to the right. I would never disrespect either woman and truly love
each one. How do I approach this with these ladies with respect and hopes of keeping them
Mason Oklahoma City, OK

Dear Mason:
With the growing issues of infidelity and HIV, you're playing a sloppy game of Russian
Roulette with your life. No matter how much you love these ladies, you're selfish and liv-
ing as a liar, a cheater and being-deceptive. You can approach them separately with direct
verbal communication. If they have low self-esteem and are willing to share a man, more
power to you. However, you may get slapped in the face and dumped which may be a bless-
ing in disguise.

Dear Deanna!
I've been so in love with one of my best friends for six years. He doesn't pay me any atten-
tion and I poured my heart out and told him I want to date him. He laughed at me, rubbed
the top of my head and told me that my confession was cute. I feel embarrassed and it
seems as if our friendship isn't the same. Did I make a mistake by sharing my feelings and
is there a way I can fix this? I want things to go back to being the way they were.
Michelle On-Line Reader

Dear Michelle:
Your friend views you only as a pal especially since he rubbed the top of your head like a
dog. You didn't make a mistake because you at least know that you don't have a romantic
chance or hopes for a relationship. Look on the bright side and be glad you didn't throw
yourself at him sexually and make a bigger fool of yourself. Get over it, be thankful you
have a good friend and be a good sport as you look back on this experience and have a good
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Beverly Hills, CA 90211 or Email: askdeannal@yahoo.com Website: www.askdeanna.com

Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

"FREE ICED COFFEE DAY" -on May 15, Dunkin' Donuts is treating customers who help
keep America running with a free 16-ounce (small) iced coffee from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
at JAX shops, as well as nationwide.
FREE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING -at the St. Vincent's Family Medicine Center,
located at 2627 Riverside Ave., in Jacksonville, Saturday, May 10th from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
The screening is open to men age 50 and over and African-American men age 40 and over who
have not had a prostate screening in the past year. Dr. Paul Crum Sr., Dr. Mark Homra and Dr.
Richard Lewis will be joining Dr. Perkins in participating in the prostate cancer screening.
There is no,charge for the screening, but men who want to participate must call St. Vincent's
HealthLink at 308-LINK to register and be given an appointment time.
Jones, a poet and prose writer, will be speaking on the history and her experience with the Beat
Poets. A member of the Greenwich Village bohemian scene in the late 1950s, Jones personal-
ly interacted with beat writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Frank O'Hara. Jones will
speak at Shelby's in the Main Library on Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. The mood will be set as
Jones recreates the feel of the historic 1950's coffee shop scene and reveals the power of the
infamous and controversial Beat Poets. For more information on the poetry events, please visit
the programs and events calendar at, http://www.jpl.coj.net/progs/jpl/poetryevents.html
Early Care & Education Guide Summer Camp Issue. The fourth annual edition, produced in
partnership with JK Harris Publications LLC (JKH), includes complete and updated listings of
Northeast Florida Summer programs for children. The Guide is available free of charge.
Information on Early Learning Coalition's programs, services and membership can be accessed
at http://www.elcofduval.org or by calling 904-208-2044. Information on the Northeast Florida
Early Care & Education Guide Summer Camp Issue is available at
bands/musicians ages 12 through 18! Do you have what it takes to be the next Battle of the
Bands champions? Come sign up for our 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands competition.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. May 1st and ends 6:00 p.m. May 31st. All music genres and
styling (instruments, a cappella, background tracks, etc.) are welcome. There are prizes given
for first, second and third place. One of the prizes is a guitar and amp from the Guitar Center.
Come and participate in crowning Jacksonville's next battle of the band champions. Saturday
June 21, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Main Library, Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St. Jacksonville,
FL. The Jacksonville Public Library provides library programs and services to Duval County
residents at the Main. Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the
Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK or visit jaxpubliclibrary.org .
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.
Reunion, June 20-22, 2008. The Banquet will be held June 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Marriott Hotel, 4760 Salisbury Rd. To participate, call James Wright at (904) 303-9897 or
Lydia Jackson at (904) 765-9224.
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 speaker is
Susan L. Taylor. Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Official Mentor Recruitment Rally,
Adventure Landing, Orange Park, FL. Keynote speakers: Susan L. Taylor (Nat'1 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 fur-
ther information interested parents or guardians can contact Sgt Jones at 912-279-2605.
Faculty, Friends and Staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools:
The Time Is Drawing Near. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 3rd, Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. For additional information, contact: Kenneth Reddick
at 764-8795 or www.stantonhighschool.org
evening of fine wine, fantastic food and fun times will be at Matthew's of San Marco Sunday,
Miy 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guest will sample delious creations from Chef Matthew
Medure while being serenated by elegant music of two harpists. They may also bid on unique
auction packages while enjoying a wonderful social atmosphere. Please call to' reserve your
tickets at 493-7739 and ask for Nanette Vallejos.

I don't know the Rev. Jeremiah Wright but it seems to me
that we have some things in common. We both have religion-
oriented backgrounds, I studied theology and I imagine he
had some Divinity studies while preparing to become a
But the most obvious similarity to Gantt and Wright
appears to be how we both are inclined to say, or write, what we feel is the truth and we
don't give a dam if politicians and their evil-minded and devilish supporters like it or
Recently, many people have been trying to encourage Rev. Wright to shut his mouth.
Wright has been at a variety of venues and events giving his "Different does not mean
Deficient" speech and the haters have been going wild!
Those that want Wright to quiet down say Wright is hurting the candidacy of Sen.
Barack Obama by defending himself and defending his church.
I say Obama has a right to run for United States President and Wright has a United
States Constitutional right of free speech.
Talk that Wright controls Obama is ludicrous and talk that Wright speaks for Obama
is insane.
Barack Obama has said over and over again that he disagrees with many comments
that have been made by his former pastor.
But America's closet klansmen and political puppets refuse to look at both men, their
comments and their beliefs on an individual basis.
Only God can judge them and He will not judge them together, side by side or at the
same time.
Who is it that reads The Gantt Report that has not disagreed with someone that they
love? Who among us has no crazy, mixed-up, or weird family members and friends in
our past and present lives?
I guess no aspiring politician should read my column because my personal political
philosophy is a revolutionary form of Black Nationalism.
And, who wants to be associated with that kind of thought when you're seeking the
votes of skinheads and rednecks?
I don't agree with every comment made by Jeremiah Wright nor do I agree with
everything said and proposed by Barack Obama, but I believe both men are good men
that are worthy of Black community support.
Don't worry about what Wright says, worry about how devils are seeking to steal the
Democratic Party nomination from Barack Obama!
(Gantt's new book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" will be illustrated by Lance
Scurvin and will be available soon. Contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net)

Knvokuzntsk D. Cuesta On Saturday, May 3, 2008, family,
friends,, and colleagues of Knvokuzntsk D. Cuesta attended the
Baccalaureate/Commencement Exercises at Edward Waters
College in Jacksonville, FL.
With honors and awards too numerous to mention, Miss
Cuesta graduated with academic distinction, "Cum Laude" from
Edward Waters College. Bachelor of Arts Degree was conferred
Fall Semester 2007, and curriculum major is Sociology.
Miss Cuesta also holds the distinction as a natural leader, and states,
"Achievements that I have attained carry an inherent responsibility and obligation.
Grades and percentages are indicators of academic excellence, leadership, and per-
sonal success. However, these attributes, plus ambition, perseverance, and disci-
pline will continue to be valuable assets in pursuit of educational and professional
goals. Without a doubt, many have helped me to achieve my goals. Now, my obliga-
tion is to return that generosity to others, and maintain high ethical standards."

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From Actual Police Reports

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An officer was dispatched to the 11000 block of
Coral Ridge Ave in reference to criminal mischief.
Upon his arrival he met with victim #1, Ms. AJ
who stated at 11:00 a.m. her neighbor told her
someone had spray painted her light posts with the l
word "BIT H." When Ms. AJ inspected her prop- 1
erty, she then noticed the mailbox, stop sign, and a
neighbor's home had also been spray painted. The
officer's investigation revealed an 'unknown sus-
pect spray painted "BIT_H" on the lamp posts, one
letter per post, the mailbox and the stop sign locat-
ed at the intersection of Coral Ridge Ave and
Longwood Key Dr., N. with "Da T BITH." The suspect then spray painted a vacant
home on Coral Ridge Ave with the words"FU_K YOU" on the garage and "BIT H,
BIT H" on the west side of the house. The for sale sign located in the front yard of
the vacant home was also spray painted with the word "BIT H." The officer was
unable to locate victim #2, Ms. TB, the owner of the house on Coral Ridge Ave., but
he made contact with the realtor and informed
him of the damage. The report will be forwarded
to P.O.P. office to file a graffiti complaint for the
sign and mailbox.

CAT FIGHT -An officer .was dispatched to the
1200 block of Mayport Landing Dr. regarding a
domestic battery. Upon his arrival he met with
Ms. VG, the complainant who advised that she
had been battered by her Aunt, Ms. CK, vic-
tim/suspect #1. VG advised that she and CK got
into a physical dispute over a hat. and that the
family had just finished burying their great-grand-
father earlier in the day. Ms. VG stated that CK came and snatched the hat off of her
head and she took the hat back and a tussle ensued. Ms. VG stated that she had a
scratch on her chest that was inflicted by Ms. CK. The officer noticed a minor
scratch on VG's chest. The officer spoke with Aunt CK, who stated that she had
asked the hat ower Mr. S. if she could "hold" his hat and he told her yes. CK advised
that both she and VG "liked" Mr. S. Aunt CK stated that she was wearing the hat
when VG's son came and took it off of her head. CK stated that
VG started the confrontation between the two and that her son, EVB, stepped in
between the two. CK advised that she had been scratched also on her arm. The offi-
cer observed a minor scratch on her arm. He spoke with the son who advised that he
had not observed the physical altercation between the two and stated he stepped
between the two because the argument between them started to increase. He stated
that he then took a walk with an Uncle to cool down. Both VG and CK have very

long manicured nails and both were wear-
ing several rings and bracelets. The offi-
cer gave both an S.A. card with instruc-
tions on how to utilize them. He could not
determine who the primary aggressor
was, No other witnesses were forthcom-

COWARD -An officer was dispatched to
the 5800 block of Kinkaid Rd., in refer-
ence to an assault. Upon his, arrival he
spoke with the victim, Ms. JLB who stat-
ed that her husband, suspect, Mr. TAB,
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verbal argument. She said the argument go heated and turned physical. She said, Mr.
TAB got behind her and grabbed her by her mouth and pushed her into his car. She
said when he got her into the car he began punching her. She said she was able to
fight him off and when she got out of the car, he grabbed her again from behind and
threatened to hill her. While she was in the car being hit, she was able to honk the
car horn and draw attention to what was happening to her. A co-worker, Ms. JES,
came out of the building and she said she told her to call the police. She said when
Mr. TAB heard this, he let her go and got into his car and cowardly drove away. The
officer spoke with Ms. S about what she saw. She said she didn't see the battery. She
said when she heard the horn she came out of the building and heard Ms. JLB tell
her to call the police. The officer didn't notice any injuries to Ms. JLB. He gave her
an evidence card with instructions to call if any evidence of the battery appears. He
had Ms. JLB to fill out a victim statement on the signature form. He also called the
cell phone number for Mr. TAB, but got no answer. Without evidence of the battery
on Ms. JLB, and without an independent witness to the battery, he decided to give
Ms. JLB a state attorney's card. He explained the card to her and she said she would
go to the state attorney's office on Monday.

ANOTHER COWARD -An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of W. 29th
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she and the suspect Mr. DF got into an argument around 11:00 p.m. in her front yard.
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and the unknown black males gained entry into
her residence and the suspect pulled out a black
semi-automatic pistol from his belt. She told
the officer that the suspect pointed the gun at
her and threatened to beat her up. The witness,
SD stated that she had seen the argument in
front of the residence, but did not see any phys-
ical contact between the victim and the sus-
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on the back of a signature form. The officer
gave the victim a case information card. Patrol
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Mar 21st Apr 19th
Take life a little bit more slowly than
usual on Monday-you'll be surprised
by what you pick up on! Then you'll
be setting off some sparks around
Tuesday and Wednesday, whether
they're of the argumentative or flirta-
tious kind. Either way, don't get too
serious about things right now. The
end of the workweek is cleanup time,
at work and home, and also in your
head and heart. Tie up those loose
ends and lingering issues, and see how
relieved you'll feel. Parents and kids-
and the relationships between them-
are highlighted by the stars this week-
end. How are'your family ties?

June 22nd July 22nd

An idea or plan that seems out-there
on Monday might not be as crazy as
you think. Consider it a source of
inspiration! Then you'll want to pace
yourself around Tuesday and
Wednesday. Life's busy, and trying to
do too much- socially, at work, late-
night-will just make you feel irritable
and burnt out. Wait it out; you'll feel
the just opposite-enthusiastic and hot-
at the end of the workweek, if the stars
have their way! Open up to some
brand-spankin'-new possibilities, and
leave room for something spur of the
moment this weekend, along with an
important person in your life.

Sept 23rd Oct 22nd
You might believe that you are missing
something important. It's not that love
is less accessible now when sensual
Venus visits comfortable Taurus. It's
just that you are more sensible about
your desires these days. Don't forget to
pay attention to more practical con-
cerns. Your spouse, lover or sweetheart
can emphasize the best parts of any
type of relationship. Even your interact
e 0
tons with a coworker can now bring
emotional fulfillment. Still, desire is
not enough; the good times won't come
without hard work. Be courageous and
share your feelings to start the ball

Dec22nd-Jan 19th

It's safety tirst on Monday-the stars
advise changing passwords, backing
up files, and watching your step (elec-
tronic and otherwise). Someone might
be driving you nuts with their chatter
around Tuesday or Wednesday, but
chances are good there's something
important there. Can you get them to
say what they mean, or sort out their
hidden meaning yourself? At the end
of the workweek, no matter what
you're longing for, skipping steps just
isn't a good idea. The bonus? What
you'll learn along the way. Try to avoid
work this weekend-you deserve a

Your Weekly

May 3, 2008 May 9, 2008

The Moon in your ird house ot con-
versation and neighborhood should
put you in a chatty mood. This is ideal
for making an unexpected connection
close to home. It is possible to be a lit-
tle impatient with those who don't
think as quickly as you. Patience can
be critical to maintaining a romantic
mood. You must accept a dilemma for
the next few weeks as you try to with-
draw from the noisy hustle-bustle of
life. Your inner voice is attempting to
convince you to stay home and take it
easy,, but this could directly conflict
with your job or your desire for more
social activities.

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Invest in yourself this weekend. The
Moon in your 2nd house of self-worth
shows that some shopping can
increase your confidence. You're so
open to adapting to others that selfish-
ness can actually be good for you.
Your continued communication frenzy
can attract all kinds of interactions
with others. Even if you believe you
are being more careful about how you
express yourself now, you are still
probably more open than you realize.
Shift gears by moving in and out of a
few different situations, learning to
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The stars shine a very flattering light on
you this Monday. Don't be a workaholic
now; this day's got romantic potential! Ift
you've got choices to make, documents to
sign, or something to buy around Tuesday
and Wednesday, do some more research
or get someone else to weigh in. If you're
torn, there's likely a good reason. At the
end of the workweek, your faith in your-
self and your decision-making should
return. It makes sense-everything you
want is already within you. This weekend,
an important bond comes first and fore-

July 23rd Aug 22nd

Wrap something up on Monday-the
feeling of accomplishment or resolu-
tion sets the tone for the week. If
you're having difficulty with a choice
around Tuesday and Wednesday, seek
out the advice of your smartest, dear-
est friends and colleagues. Think of
the people who tend to see what you
overlook! You're perfectly willing to
share the praise or the limelight at the
end of the workweek-there's plenty to
go around, and others love sharing
with you as well. This weekend, the
stars send energy and excitement your
way, and anything interpersonal goes
especially great. Hooray.

Oct 23rd Nov 21st
You're ready to tell it like it is on
Monday, but there's an angle you
haven't considered. Don't be hasty-
you'll learn more around Tuesday and
Wednesday, especially if you inspect
the small print and read between the
lines. Be especially careful in any
work-related context now-what you
do has long-term effects. But at the
end of the workweek, the best tactic
might be to let go at least in your per-
sonal life. Control's an illusion, except
when it comes to your own actions.
Plan some stress-busting activities for
this weekend, and don't forget to
check in with a certain someone!

4t4 |Jan 20th Feb 18th

May 21st June 21st

What's that? An obstacle in your path
on Monday? Use all of your resources
o figure out a way around (or over, or
through) it. Then expect plenty of
action around Tuesday and
Wednesday. If you're looking to meet
someone -for romantic reasons, a
career boost, or other purposes- now's
a perfect time to make a connection.
Any imbalances should be addressed
at the end of the workweek. How's
our budget? How are your mind,
ody, and spirit? Where are your pri-
orities at the moment? You'll want to
be aligned and ready to act on a great
idea this weekend.

Aug 23rd Sept 22nd
You're good with the little things, but
you're even better with in-depth proj-
ects on Monday. Around Tuesday and
Wednesday, you've got it down pat
when it comes to understanding, but
when it comes to the interpersonal ele-
ment, you'll need to slow it down a bit.
Chances are, they're not as on it as you
are so be sure to show that you're lis-
tening, too. If there's a friend you've
been meaning to catch up with, the end
of the workweek is prime time-or why
not get the whole group together? This
weekend, work on flexibility of both
body and attitude. Stretch! It'll feel

Nov 22nd -Dec 21st

The moody Moon is in adventurous
Aries and your 5th house of romance.
You're ready to open your heart, show
your feelings, and do whatever it takes
to have a good time. Overly sensitive
individuals should probably stay
away. You might not seem as easygo-
ing about matters of the heart now, for
you want to know exactly where you
stand. Simplifying your existence can
conflict with your grandiose ideas. Be
aware that your inner struggles can
confuse others, making it hard for
them to determine what you really

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April 30 -Vs. Tennessee 1:05 Buiinessperson
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Jacksonville during the summer. Plus check out some of the hottest rides around from
Chevrolet! Sponsored by Chevrolet, Budweiser, Bacardi and Planet Radio 107.3FM.
May 2 -Vs. Tennessee 7:05 Southpaw's Birthday Party! Help the Suns mascot
celebrate his special day at the Baseball Grounds! All kids will receive a small ice cream
treat at entrance. Sponsored by Blue Bell Ice Cream, Fox 30 WAWS and 99.1 WQIK. After
the game, Friday Family Fireworks, courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts and your local NAPA
Autocare Center Dealers.
May 3 -Vs. Tennessee 7:05 George Winterling Autographed Umbrella
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courtesy of Swisher, WJXT TV-4 and Rock 105.
May 4 -Vs. Tennessee 3:05 Dog Tag Giveaway and Kids Clinic on the Field!
All kids will receive a set of dog tags featuring photos of Suns players and more! Come
early to participate in an on-field kids clinic featuring instruction from Suns players and
coaches. Sponsored by Eggland's Best, CW17, WFXJ 930 The Fox & 97.9 KISS FM. Stop
by area Gate location to pick up a free kids ticket! After the game, Kids Run the Bases, spon-
sored by Metro PCS!
May 5 -Vs. Carolina 11:05 a.m. Celebration of Reading "Day #2.
Schoolkids from all over the Jacksonville area are invited to enjoy this special late morning
game! No beer will be sold today. Presented by Radio Disney
May 6 -Vs. Carolina 7:05 Fifty-cent Family Feast- Fifty-cent hot dogs,
peanuts and ice cream treats. Sponsored by Blue Bell Ice Cream, Hampton Farms, Folio
Weekly and 99.9 Gator Country. Join the Suns as we honor PTA volunteers before the game!
It's also Sam's Club Night show your Sam's Club membership card to receive a $2 dis-
count off any regular price ticket!
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large hot dog and large beverage of choice. Baseball in the SUNShine! Sponsored by
Comcast, The Florida Times-Union and WOKV AM 690 & 106.5FM.
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Buck and other great drink specials at the hottest spot in Jacksonville during the summer!
Sponsored by Budweiser, Bacardi and Planet Radio 107.3FM.
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Scout night featuring a post-game campout and midnight movie! Sponsored by UF &
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Adventure Landing has declared the sec-
ond Saturday of every May as "National
Miniature Golf Day." Adventure
Landing has registered this holiday with
McGraw-Hill. "National Miniature Golf
Day" will become officially recognized
and published in Chase's Calendar of
Events 2009, a comprehensive holiday
and event reference book, and Adventure
Landing will be the sponsor of the new
Both Jacksonville Adventure
Landing locations will celebrate
National Miniature Golf Day this year
on May 10th by offering unlimited
miniature golf for the day for the price of
a 2-game ticket. Hole-in-one prizes will
also be awarded all day.
This is also the first year that
Adventure Landing is offering golf sea-
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of National Miniature Golf Day, howev-
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free Miniature Golf Season- Passes to
the first 100 guests at each location
that purchase a round of golf on May
I 10th.
This is a company-wide promo-
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locations in Jacksonville, one in
Texas, three in North Carolina and
three in New York. Each location will
be celebrating by offering the same
giveaways and price points.
"What a great idea!" exclaimed
Bob Kastl, Executive Vice President
and Director of Franchising and
Operations for Putt-Putt. "We will also
embrace this holiday at all of our Putt-
Putt locations to promote the sport of
miniature golf." Putt-Putt has 70 loca-
tions in the United States.
Adventure Landing, headquartered
in Jacksonville Beach, consists of nine
family entertainment centers around the
country. Each captures the audience of
families, teens and groups of all nature.
Adventure Landing parks offer a combi-
nation of family fun attractions includ-
ing video games, go-karts, laser tag,
miniature golf. courses, batting cages,
birthday parties, corporate team building
and group events. The Jacksonville
Beach location also features a seasonal
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Ex-NFL and NBA Players team up with Jamaica football stars to conduct inspiring sports
clinics for young people.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (April 29, 2008) -The
sporting genius of Jamaicans is admirable and shouldbe
developed into educational opportunities, said former pro-
fessional NBA basketball player Zack Jones who is cur-
rently in Jamaica conducting sporting clinics in the
Montego Bay area.
The San Diego-based Jones, who played in the NBA
for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Jersey Nets,
said that Jamaica has been blessed with tremendous sport-
ing talent, citing the successful careers of basketballer
Patrick Ewing, boxer Lennox Lewis, and world champi- NBA Player Zach Jones.
onship sprinters Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown
and Merlene Ottey.
"The talent among the youth here is tremendous and
we should encourage these young people to pursue athlet-
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Jones, who is here with former NFL player Darren
Carrington to conduct sporting clinics along with former -
Jamaica national football (soccer) stars Warren Barrett, a
former national captain, Paul "Tegat" Davis, a formidable
"While they develop their academic skills in school : .
they should also discipline themselves on the courts and Miles Ahead football training
the playing fields," suggested Jones, the director of this under way in Montego Bay.
week's sports activities for the California-based Miles
Ahead, a youth-focused Christian organization, led by for-
mer NFL player, Pastor Miles McPherson.
"Sports is a great way to connect with young people
and challenges them to make positive life decisions. It
brings out passion in the youth. It also inspires them to be
a part of something much greater than themselves," added
Jones, a former Division 1 coach for Liberty University in
This week Miles Ahead is conducting medical and
sports clinics, deaf education workshops, school assem-
blies and restoring local elementary schools in the The pros showcase their skills.
Montego Bay area.
Miles Ahead is currently on island as part of Jamaica Broilers Group's 50th anniversary celebra-
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Mandeville; Montego Bay and Kingston through May 4. Pastor Miles McPherson will deliver time-
ly messages at Montego Bay's Dump Up Beach on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3; while inter-
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May 3 and Sunday, May 4.
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Academy in San Diego, McPherson is the President of Miles Ahead which has organized events in
18 cities, including Canada and Africa. Besides being an author, McPherson also is an Emmy Award
winning producer for the documentary Master Meth, which examines the abuse of crystal metham-
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Colin Powell Mobilizes to Reduce

the High School Dropout Rate

One Million High School Dropouts in U. S. Each Year

by Jesse
Muhammad, Special
to the NNPA from
the Final Call

(NNPA) "When
more than one mil-
lion students a year
drop out of high
school, it's more
than a problem, it's
a catastrophe," says
retired General
Colin Powell,
founder of
America's Promise
Alliance. "It's time
for a national 'call
to arms,' because
we cannot afford to
let nearly one-third
of our kids fail."
His statement of
urgency came dur-
ing a press confer-
ence announcing
the release of a
study that details
why nearly one in
three U.S. high
school students
drops out before
graduating and how
his group plans to
reverse the down-
ward spiral of reten-
"Our economic
and national securi-
ty is at risk when
we fail to educate
the leaders and the
workforce of the
future," added Mr.
Powell, whose wife
Mrs. Alma Powell
serves as the chair
of the Alliance."
Cities in Crisis:
A Special Analytic

Report on High
School Graduation,"
prepared by Editorial
Projects in
Education Research
Center, was released
on April 1. The study
found urban schools
in metropolitan areas
surrounding 35 of
the nation's largest
cities have lower
graduation rates than
schools in nearby
suburban communi-
ties. Disparities in
graduation rates had
gaps as large as 35
percentage points in
many cases.
Approximately 1.2
million students drop
out each year-about
7,000 every school
day, or one every 26
seconds. Nearly half
of all Black and
Native American stu-
dents are expected
not to graduate with
their classes, while
less than six in 10
Hispanic students
"The number one
predictor of a young
person's future suc-
cess is whether they
- graduate from high
school," said Mrs.
Powell. "But just
conferring a diploma
is not enough.
Students today must
graduate with the
knowledge and skills
necessary for suc-
cess in college, work
Continued on PR4

Retired General Colin Powell I

President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell
hold a press conference about Powell's organiza-
tion, America's Promise, in the Rose Garden. White
House photo by Moreen Ishikawa.

Don't Be a Dropout


1.2 million students drop out each
year-about 7,000 every school
day, or one every 26 seconds.

Fo La tuent Named Smmer Associates for Firm
min late March. Representative for thie FAMU Student Bar
"The students will gain a great Association.
depth of practical litigation experience Several FAMU College of Law graduates
at our firm to better prepare them for the who have worked with the Parks & Crump firm
rigors they will face in the legal profes- as students later found permanent employment as
sion upon their graduation from the associates. This includes Tiffany Mount, Class of
College of Law," said Daryl Parks, 2005, who handles personal injury and wrongful
managing partner of the law firm. death, and Jarian Lyons, Class of 2006, who han-
According to Parks, who is also a dles mass tort litigation and general litigation.
member of the FAMU Board of "We will continue to support the College of
Trustees, the students were selected Law's mission to impact the legal profession
from a highly competitive group of throughout the country while increasing the rep-
applicants, and are well deserving of the presentation of minorities within the profession,"
opportunity to contribute as associates said Parks.
Daryl Parks (center), FAMU Trustee Member and Managing to the firm- About Parks & Crump LLC
Partner of Parks & Crump, LLC, poses with FAMU students "Our firm has employed students Parks & Crump LLC was founded by FAMU
elected as summer associates o the law firm: Rane from the College of Law during previ- alumni Parks and Benjamin Crump and has
Gregory St. Jour. ous summers, and we have been pleased recovered millions in damages for clients in
ORLANDO, Fla. Parks & Crump LLC, a with the ability they have demonstrat- cases that often received national attention. One
ORLANDO, Fla. Parks & Crump LLC, a ed," said Parks. of the firms more recent case was the 2006 case
personal injury law firm based in Tallahassee, The selected students exemplify an active of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14-year-old boy
has selected four Florida A&M University involvement at the College of Law through their who died of injuries sustained at the Bay County
(FAMU) College of Law students as summer participation in various student organizations. Boot Camp.
associates for the firm. Current second-year stu- Hogan, Reeves and St. Jour were selected to the The case was featured on NBC's Today
dents Regina Hogan, Reganel Reeves and 2008-2009 FAMU Law Review, where Hogan Show, ABC's 20/20 and Anderson Cooper 360
Gregory St. Jour, and first-year student Ashley will serve as Editor-in-Chief. Mitchell will serve on CNN.
Mitchell received notification of their selection as 2008-2009 American Bar Association

the number of students ships on the spot and nation), Florida A&M four-year institution and
being admitted this fall raising scholarship dol- University offers 62 find out if a program at
because budget cuts lars, bachelor's degrees and FAMU would suit them.
have force them to take a The week of spring 37 master's degrees. The Encourage area students
realistic look at their break alone, nearly $2 university has 13 to apply for a scholar-
ability to pay for faculty million in scholarships schools and colleges and ship at FAMU.
to accommodate the stu- were awarded through- one institute. For an individual
dents. out Florida during the We offer three profes- searching for an enlight-
FAMU has not President's Tour. sional degrees: the JD, ening academic experi-
reached its capacity and FAMU's President PharmD, and the doctor ence and faculty that
we are still admitting recently revealed, at his of physical therapy. We care about student
n by Rolad Gaines qualified students. So if monthly President's have 11 doctoral degree development, FAMU
vice presidentfor Student you are in Tallahassee Forums, that although programs including 10 has those things and
Afairs, at Florida A&M and or other parts of the the university has suf- Ph.D. degrees and the more. For the student
University. state, remember our feared from budget cuts, doctor of Public Health, that has, unfortunately,
As Florida and the doors are still open to the one area that has not The Ph.D. degrees been denied admission
nation slip into one of qualified applicants, been affected is academ- include the following: to FSU and other institu-
the darkest economic Throughout the ic affairs. What does this engineering (6); phar- tions because of the eco-
periods seen in years, a 2007-2008 school year, mean? FAMU is com- maceutical sciences; nomic downturn forced
light still shines amid FAMU has been actively mitted to proving a top physics; educational by statewide budget
the budget cuts in recruiting and raising academic program. It leadership; and environ- cuts, FAMU will be
Florida's system of money for scholarships, means FAMU is dedicat- mental science. more than happy to wel-
higher education. It just despite the bleak eco- ed to recruiting top stu- In addition to com- come you into its envi-
so happens, this beacon nomic forecast. FAMU dents in order to petitive and world- ronment of excellence
of hope and light is emit- President James H. increase its enrollment, renowned academic pro- with caring.
ting from the highest of Ammons and his leader- which will increase rev- grams, FAMU offers Don't look at it as a
seven hills in ship team have traveled enue at the institution, various scholarships to second choice, but a way
Tallahassee, Fla., at throughout the State of With an average student athletes and to find light in a dark sit-
Florida A&M University Florida and cities like tuition cost of $1,528, artists. uation. Follow that light
(FAMU). Chicago, New York, in-state, and 7,548, out- Guidance counselors to FAMU.
Many Florida State Washington, DC and of-state, for undergradu- should work with poten-
universities are reducing Los Angles, to name a ate students (one of the tial college students
few, awarding scholar- most economic in the interested in attending a

The Star/Prep Rap

Paae PR-2/MAY 3. 2008

The StarlPrep Rap Page PR-3IMay 3, 2008


Silly Silly! Optical
What is Cheddar Gorge? I sions
A large cheese sandwich!

What happens when you throw a green stone in the A
red sea?
It gets wet!.

Why did the woman take a loaf of bread to bed with J
her? ".
To feed her nightmare! L
What city cheats at exams? It's the face of a clown, but
What city cheats at exams? when you turn it to the right
Peking! it's also his circus.

What makes the leaning Tower of Pisa lean?
It doesn't eat much!

Why is Alabama the smartest
state in the USA ?
Because it has 4 A's and one B!

Who invented fire?
Some bright spark!
This man is having big fun, you
can read it on his face.

Funny Jokes!

Animal Jokes...
Q: Diner: I can't eat this chicken. Call the man-
A: Waiter: It's no use. He can't eat it either.

Q: Which side of a chicken has the most feathers?
A: The outside.

Q: What do you get when you cross a parrot
with a centipede?
A: A walkie-talkie, of course.

Q: Have you heard of that disease that you get
from kissing birds?
A: Chirpes. It's one of those canarial diseases. I
hear it's untweetable.

Q: Why don't they play poker in the jungle?
A: Too many cheetahs.

Q: What is the difference between a cat and a
A: One has the paws before the claws and the
other has the clause before the pause.

Q: Where do dogs go when they lose their tails?
A: To the retail store.

Q: What kind of dog tells time?
A: A watch dog.

Color This

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Dropouts continued from
and life. We must
invest in the whole
child, and that means
finding solutions that
involve the family,
the school and the
Why do students
drop out? According
to interviews con-
ducted with high
school dropouts by
Civic Enterprises,
nearly half of
dropouts said the
main reason they left
school was- because
classes were not
interesting. Nearly
70 percent said they
were not motivated
to work hard and
two-thirds would
have worked harder
if more were
demanded of them.
Approximately one-
third left for person-
al reasons (to get a
job, become a parent,
or care for a family
member) and one-
third cited "failing in
school" as a major
factor. Seventy per-.
cent were confident
they could have
graduated, including
a majority with low
GPAs, the study
found. More than 80
percent said their
chances of staying in
school would have
increased if classes
were more interest-
ing and provided
opportunities for
real-world learning.
The majority said
higher expectations
from teachers and
parents and
improved- supervi-

sion in the classroom
would have helped
keep them in school.
"I got really bored
so I started cutting
class to hang out
with friends," said
Fallon O'Hagan,
who dropped out of
school over six-
years-ago. She has
since been working
as a waitress at two
restaurants but
desires to get a GED
one day. "I was fail-
ing most of my class-,
es so I figured it was
too late. But if I met
any student today
who is thinking
about dropping out I
would tell them
that's not smart."
Lyle Oats was
kicked out of school
and turned to drug
dealing. "In school
everything is a little
bit boring and in a
box. So I started sell-
ing drugs but then I
realized I didn't
know what I was
going to do with my
life since I didn't
have a job or an edu-
cation," he said. He
is now a student at
YouthBuild Just-A-
Start in Cambridge,
Mass. In YouthBuild
programs, low-
income young people
ages 16-24 work
toward their GED or
high school diploma,
learn job skills and
serve their communi-
ties by building
affordable housing.
A further break-
down analysis by the
Alliance showed
those with the lowest
graduation rates

included the Detroit
City School District
(24.9 percent),
Indianapolis Public
Schools (30.5 per-
cent), Cleveland
Municipal City
School District (34.1
percent), Baltimore
City Public School
System (34.6 per-
cent) and Columbus
Public Schools (40.9
percent). What are
the solutions?
Part of the Plan
for Graduation
Success, compiled
by the Alliance,
demands accurate
graduation and
dropout data; the
establishment of
early warning sys-
tems to support
struggling students;
adult advocates; rig-
orous college and
work preparatory
curriculums; focused
research; and making
the increase in the
high school gradua-
tion a national prior-
Over the next two
years, the Alliance
will host drop out
in every state in the
country and in select
communities. These
summits will
increase awareness,
encourage collabora-
tion and facilitate
action in those states
and communities that
want to improve
their graduation
rates, according to
the non-profit.

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