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Man Accused of Raping Officer Pleas Not
Teen Investigated in Son's Death
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Farve of Florida
Brunswick, Ga. S
interviewed Mrs. Farve
five years ago when she
celebrated her 108th. She
is still as beautiful and
bright. She was born in
Camden County, Ga.
I Will Survive after 30 Years
Legends Gloria Gaynor and Showtime at the Apollo Theater collid-
ed in celebration of the 30th anniversary of "I Will Survive". Ray
Chew and the Crew performed to honor the mythic anthem and
songstress. The program will air on May 10th. "I Will Survive"
debuted in 1978 as Gloria's tale of personal strength.' She was rec-
ognized at the Susan C. Komen Race for the Cure on May 4, where
Gloria Gaynor she performed.
Gas Now $124 Duval County Fallen Heroes
Gasoline and crude oil has &! A t
another new record with a
three, cent increase on
Thursday, with crude's new
record of $124 a barrel on
Wednesday. Gas is expected
to continue to increase even
though Oppenheimer's ana-
lyst said there is no funda-
mental news out to cause
this market to move like this.'
Futures Perspective argue
that supply and demand fun-
damentals do not support
these high prices. "There is
no reason why oil prices
should be above $60" said
Gheit. El-Badri agrees with
analysts who feel specula-
tive investments driven by
the dollar's protracted
decline is the real reason
behind the higher prices.
The dollar fell against the
euro Thursday. Investors
who view commodities such
as oil as a hedge against
Sharpton and I
Officer Ken Jefferson Officer Lonnie Miller Jr.,
escorting Mrs. Lonnie escorted by Detective
Miller, widow of slain Carla Roberts-Jones
On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office cele-
brated its annual Police Memorial Day celebration,
honoring the brave men who made the supreme sac-
rifice while serving this city and their community.
There are fifty-nine officers who were recognized.
"We are saddened by the fact that we have had to add
another name to the list of deceased officers, the first
within the last five years.
About 600 people attended the affair.
Mrs. Lonnie Miller and her son were also in atten-
dance. She cried as they spoke of her husband who
was the second black officers to be killed in
Sheriff Rutherford said that he will do everything
possible to rid this community of the criminal ele-
The Rev. Al Sharpton and
Mrs. Sean Bell were among
the dozens arrested
Wednesday as demonstrators
blocked traffic at the height of
Rev. Al Sharp on and Mrs. the evening rush to protest
Sean Bell, handcuffed acittal f three detec
and on their way to jail. the acquittal of three detec-
tives in the 50-bullet shooting
of unarmed Sean Bell on his wedding day. Police esti-
mated that about 190 were arrested.
Sharpton, the two survivors of the shooting and Mrs.
Bell were released about four hours later.
Reasons African Americans
Should Value Marriage
On average, African by Dr. Tarq Rashad
American boys exhibit lower levels of well-
being than the general population. As a group,
they are less likely than others to excel and
advance academically. They are also far more
likely to get into trouble with the law. These
problems are serious and set a significant num-
ber of African American boys on a difficult
Many significant historical and current socie-
tal factors have contributed to lower levels of
well-being among African American boys. For
example, discrimination has often deprived
young African American men of quality educa-
tion, health care, safe neighborhoods, and job
The Toliver Family opportunities. However, one factor that is
sometimes overlooked and appears to have an
especially important impact on the well-being of young Reasons Continued on A-7
Seating the Florida Delegates
Florida Democrats feel they are about to get the state's delegates
seated at the Democratic National Convention. They have been
talking with representatives of Obama and Clinton and yesterday,
Clinton wrote Obama a letter asking him to work with her to get
the delegates in Florida and Michigan seated.
Getting them seated is very important to Clinton even though
the states did not act within the guidelines of their party when
they changed the voting dates. However, with Obama still ahead
of her in delegates, she is comfortable that getting the delegates
seated will bring her ahead of him so that she can get the nomi-
nation. She is trailing Obama by about 150 delegates as of this
time. There are still six more primaries.
Mother of 20 Never Gave
Birth or Did Foster Care
Auntie Angie, with three of her girls, twins Rachel
and Rebecca and Eboni.
She moved to Brunswick on March 29, 1996 and
since that time, she has surrounded herself with
children of all ages. They call her "Auntee Angie."
She attends school with the children, take them on
outings, church, and uses her personal funds to take
care of them. The children consist of three sets of
twins, 3 sisters (Quick), 3 Gaskins, 9 from the
Cooper family, 7 Hayes, two Flemings, and two
adopted children by another family. During this
period, she has suffered unemployment but never
stopped taking care of the children. They have
honored her and wish for her to be honored on this
Mother's Day. Congratulations Angela.
Corrine Brown Re-elected
Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been
automatically re-elected to Congress
because no one stepped forward to chal-
lenge her. She will begin her ninth term
since her 1992 election in January.
Duval County registered 7,705 new
voters with their drive last week.
As of April, the 18-25 year old group
is the second largest.
May 24 in the cafetorium of Brentwood
Elementary, 3750 Springfield Blvd off
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A Mother's Love
I watch you falling everyday
Falling in despair
I try to talk, to plea with you
You act like you don't care
I tried to give you the greatest gift
That was sent from God Above
It wasn't presents, money, or fame
I gave you a mother's love
A mother's love is the most wonderful
thing any child could feel
But each time you turn and break my
Before the next time could heal
If you could open the windows of my
heart to see the love inside
A mother's love is a powerful weapon
And God knows I have tried
No mother wants to see her child
Going through such hell
Or to feel deep within herself
That as a mother she has failed
So I pray to God everyday
On my knees as my tears pour
And he gives me wisdom to realize
That the failure is not mine; it's
So no matter how much I fall to my
knees and pray to my God above
He ensures me that I have done my
I've given a mother's love.
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Game of Life Book of Poems
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We Must End Child Hunger Now
by Marian Wright Edelman
President of the Children's Defense Fund
In America, millions of
low-income families struggle
each month to obtain a mini-
mally adequate diet. In 2006,
12.6 million children and 22.9
million adults lived in house-
holds struggling against
hunger, and those numbers are
expected to grow amid a
weakening economy, rising
joblessness, and increased
food prices. It is an outrage
that hunger would plague so
many people in our rich coun-
try, one of the world's biggest
food exporters, where more
than enough food is. grown
and produced to feed every
While few Americans actu-
ally endure starvation, chronic,
mild malnutrition takes its toll
on children, damaging their
physical, mental and psycho-
logical health. Poorly nour-
ished children often suffer
from stunted development and
impaired learning. What we
need for all of our people is
food security-assured access
at all times to enough food for
an active, healthy life without
having to resort to skipping
meals or cutting back on the
quality or quantity of the food
families purchase at stores.
The growth of hunger is
related to the growth of pover-
ty and stagnant and declining
wages among low-income
working families. While
incomes have fallen, the cost
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The Washington, D.C.-
based Food Research and
Action Center (FRAC) reports
that the cost of food rose 5.1
percent from February 2007 to
February 2008, according to
the U.S. Department of Labor.
The percentage hikes in the
cost of basic food staples such
as milk, eggs, bread, rice and
cheese have reached double
Nutrition supports like Food
Stamps are insufficient to
address many families' nutri-
tional needs. As more and
more families require assis-
tance to purchase food, those
already receiving Food Stamps
are finding they are able to buy
fewer groceries due to rising
prices. The capacity of food
pantries to supplement family
food supplies has been
stretched to the breaking point.
Vital food supplement pro-
grams supported by the federal
government need to be
strengthened and fully funded
to accommodate the growing
need to provide basic nutrition
for children in low-income
families. Programs with long
track records of success are the
WIC program (Special
Program for Women, Infants
and Children), the Food Stamp
Program, and the School
Lunch and School Breakfast
programs. They not only make
it possible for millions of chil-
dren to eat well, they also
improve their overall nealthm.
The Women, Infants, and
Children (WIC) program pro-
vides nutritious food packages,
nutrition education, and health
care referrals. This combina-
tion of services has been
shown to improve a child's
chances of having a healthy
start in life by increasing the
likelihood that pregnant
women will seek early prena-
tal care, reducing the rates of
infants bom pre-term or at low
By expanding a family's
food purchasing power, Food
Stamps can lower very young
children's risk of poor health
and hospitalization, as well as
behavioral and emotional
problems. Similarly, children
in low-income households
who participate in the School
Lunch and Breakfast programs
have better quality diets over-
all. They consume more veg-
etables and milk at lunch, and
eat fewer sweets and snack
foods than other children. The
child who receives a nutritious
breakfast starts the school day
more alert and ready to learn.
As effective as they are, all
of these programs are coming
up short of providing the nutri-
tional support many low-
income families require, and
the benefit most families
receive is not enough to sup-
port a healthy diet through an
entire month. In addition, red
tape, funding cutbacks, and
shifting national policy are
denying eligible families
access to benefits. For exam-
ple, about a third of those eligi-
ble for Food Stamps do not
wmie me rooa stamp pro-
gram receives strong biparti-
san support on Capitol Hill,
there have been few policy
changes by the federal govern-
ment to enhance this program
because of a standoff between
Congress and President
George W. Bush. Despite calls
for aggressive government
action, the President has pro-
posed for three years in a row
to cut Food Stamp eligibility,
although Congress has consis-
tently rejected those efforts.
Our nation must end this
cruel paradox of hunger in the
midst of unbounded plenty.
We have both the economic
means and the governmental
resources to ensure an ade-
quate diet for every person in
this country. It is past time to
correct and strengthen national
nutritional programs if we are
to prevent families in need
from being abandoned or left
with benefits too thin to allow
them to feed their children.
Congress and the President
must support legislation that
will increase funding for nutri-
tion programs, simplify the
application process, and
amend eligibility guidelines so
that they are less restrictive.
Hunger must no longer
plague American households.
More than 60 years ago,
President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt pledged that the
people of our nation would be
free from want. Surely that's a
goal we can accomplish when
it comes to child nutrition.
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COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF NORTHEAST
FLORIDA offers BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
throughout the year at various locations. They have
licensed mental health professionals who offer sup-
port groups and information to address grief and
bereavement needs. Professional bereavement serv-,
ices are available to all members of the community.
Services are available at no charge to families of
Community Hospice patients who have died in our
program. Cost to community participants is $100
but may be adjusted based on ability to pay. For
more information, please call (904) 407-7001.
The congregation of Friendship Primitive
Baptist Church, 1106 Pearce Street, invites the
public to: Prayer Breakfast Saturday, May 17,
Usher Board No 1 is sponsoring an old fashion
hymn time at 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, Annual Women's Day beginning
with Sunday School at 9:30; Morning Worship at 11:
a.m. with a guest speaker. Elder Bobbie Sheffield,
Pastor, Sister J. Toney,. Church Clerk
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF
JACKSONVILLE presents Music for a Sunday
Morning May '08, 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; Chlo6 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.
Annual Bibleschool Convention 2008
May 9 11, 2008, beginning Friday and Saturday
night at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 9:45 a.m., Minister
Horace Bell Jr. will be presiding. Friday's Opening
Speaker: Bishop R. L. Jones; Saturday night class
review by Sister Louise Durant. Sunday morning
at 11 a.m., closing with Pastor Paul Cardona bring-
ing the message.
The Bishop, Pastors and Members invite all to
come: Holy Tabernacle Church, 6416 Miriam
Theme: Show Me Thy Ways 0 Lord, Teach Me
Thy Paths. For information call: (904) 764-3754
or Minister Bell at (904) 708-5331.
BIBLE SCHOOL CONVENTION 2008 -May
9th to 11th. Service time will begin on Friday and
Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday morning at
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Thy Paths." Psalms 25:4. For more information,
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GREATER NEW MT. MORIAH MISSION-
ARY 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
Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email
submissions preferred. Send to: email@example.com
Rev. Jackson, Sr., May 4th, May 18, and May 25th
at 4 p.m. Theme: "Never Would Made It," Psalm
124. "THE LIFE AND LEGACY CONCERT,"
May 17th at 6 p.m. Featuring: Renee Ross &
Jamison Ross, Deloris Porterfield & Min. Jennie
Randolph, Min. Tim Jackson, etc. For more infor-
mation, please call 904-354-0145.
GREGGS TEMPLE AFRICAN METHODIST
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,
Annual Leona Daniels Day Celebration
New Fountain Chapel AME Church, 737 Jessie
Street, Jacksonville, Rev. Louis Kirkland, pastor
May 18, 2008, Church School at 9 a.m. Morning
Worship at 10:45 a.m., Evening Worship at 8:30
Eunice Harmon, Chairperson, Eula Johnson, Co-'
The New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Missionary Society Ministry Invite you to joint
them as they present their Annual Fashion Show on
May 18, 2008 At 5:00 P.M. Sis Ruth Pearson,
President Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor
Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all
comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with
those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.
Adams Pearl, L.,
died May 02, 2008.
Darby Evelyn (80),
died May 01, 2008.
Davis Reina D.,
died May 01, 2008.
Harris Felix, Jr.,
died May 03, 2008.
died May 04, 2008.
Jacquelyn, died April
Mclnroy Scott H.,
died May 02, 2008.
died April 29, 2008.
Mundy Charles L.,
(60) died April 27,
B., Sr., died April 30,
died May 01, 2008.
Redmon Pauline V.,
died April 30, 2008.
Vernelton C., died
May 02, 2008.
David N., died April
Strong Gail, died
May 03, 2008.
Lee, died May 01,
died May 01, 2008.
Thomas Frank (63),
died May 06, 2008.
Murry A., died May
(103), died April 29
Ward Baby Paris
Danielle, died April
died May 01, 2008.
Lee, died April 30,
The Church Directory
S"Come and Worship With Us"
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning Worship.......................11:00 a.mi.
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 |I
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
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where EverybodyIs 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 Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m."
Thursday............................................... ........................... Joy Night,7:00 p.m .
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School --------.......................... 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship----------............12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study -------- Tuesday & Friday-- 7:00 p.m.
(912) 267-6395 (912) 996-4864 Cell
2705 MLK Blvd., Brunswick, GA 31520
THE CHURCH OF ACTS MINISTRY
Rev. Alvin Hansley, Pastor/Preacher/Teacher
S9117 Lem Turner Rd.
f Jacksonville, FL
Church Service Schedule -
Sunday .............. Church Worship............ 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday ............ Bible Study ........... 7:30 p.m.
Motto: "Endeavoring to have a Heart After God"
Purpose: "Reaching People for Jesus
Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor
-(904) 354-7249 Church
Bible Power Enrichment Hour
Sunday School............................9:15 10:15 a.m.
Baptism-Praise & Worship
Youth Church-2nd & 3rd Sundays
Fellowship Hall...........................1.....10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Noonday Prayer.......................................1.....12 Noon
Inspiration Wednesday Worship Service...............6:00-8:00 p,m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, Youth Bible Study & Activities
Clara McLaughlin Yvonne Brooks
Tuesday and Thursday
from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Stanton Spirit Is Again Colossal at POCC
The Prime Osborne Convention Center was filled
to capacity again for the Second Annual Stanton Gala
and the 140th year Celebration of the school.
The planners really 'kicked it up' many notches this
The entertainment provided by The Four
Counts and 'DJ' Charles Scantling was absolutely
Enjoy the scenes from the 2008 Annual Stanton
Gala! It was indeed a fabulous evening that included
special recognition for the Golden Reunion of The
Class of 1958 (My Class) !!
Friends together-Mesdamnes Laura Lee, Dr.
Delores Muldrow Saunders, Juanita Kite The descendants Nolan and Edna Lang The Clifford Buggses
Jackson, and Marie Koon at Stanton Gala and their mates
Florida Star Staffer Mrs. 'Dee' The Stantonian BMOC's Broadus Hartley,
Woods with friendsStanton Gala The Nolan Gilnores Lionel 'Billie'Moore, Dr. John Lewis and
Dr. Jesse Bryant
Mrs. Deborah Thompson and Mrs. Margaret Austin and
Architect, Bertram Bruton Mathis Daniels
Former faculty and staff of Old Stanton, New
Stanton, Stanton Vocational Schools at the 2nd
Annual School Gala
Class of 1958 Stantonians Mrs. Saundra Oliver Gregg
andAlex (A.B.) Brown
The Nathaniel Farleys The Feacher Williamses Family TheGodfrey Jenkinses
and Charles Buggs
The Galvin-Reddick Family with Dr. Sylvester Porter and The John Darbys (Dr. Dr. and Mrs. Orrin Mitchell
Janetta Giles Norman Barbara)
Stantonians Mrs. Annette Harper Little (Miss Stanton
1958), Dr. Norma Ruth Solomon White and Mrs. Ruth
Cummnings Solomon (Former Stanton Faculty Member)
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Dawn Strozier, Celebrity Fitness Trainer
Fights Childhood/Adolescent Obesity
By Rych McCain
Photos: 2008 by LuQman
She is the fitness
trainer to major enter-
tainment celebrities and
clients all across the
board. If you are a male
with any kind of mental
and hormonal balance,
her super-fine looks and
well-toned' body would
definitely cause your
head to turn and sneak
that coy second look!
Cleveland native Dawn
Strozier has been a fit-
ness trainer for .the last
ten years and recently
has taken on a mission to
bring awareness to the
problems of childhood
obesity. According to the
results from a twenty
year National Health and
Survey, an estimated sev-
enteen percent of chil-
dren and adolescents are
over weight. Strozier
says, "Obesity tends to
persist throughout life.
Our mission is to help all
children, regardless of
weight, have more
opportunities and devel-
op healthy habits with
eating and physical activ-
To accomplish this
end, Strozier has organ-
Cover the suspense-
Qunjanue Ellis, Raz
Adoti, Leon, Vivica A.
Fox, Lou Gossett, Jr.,
Paula Jai Parker,
Clifton Davis, Mya,
Babatunde and Patti
LaBelle will be
released on DVD May
13.. via Fox Home
Bill Duke directed
masterpiece is a "must
have" for your collec-
tion. Fox is also
releasing the straight
to DVD movie A Good
Man Is Hard To Find.
This is the film ver-
sion of the smash hit
David Payton stage
play by the same title.
It stars Golden
Brooks, Darrin Dewitt
Henson, Melissa De
Sousa, Deborah Cox
and Hill Harper. If
you saw the .stage play
and liked it, you will
love the movie.
As a reminder" for
you film makers,
actors and film enthu-
siasts; the Hollywood
Black Film Festival is
approaching (June 3-8)
to be exact. For more
details, go to their
screenings and party
ized a group of children
ages 9 through 12 called
"The Fitness Kidz." They
have a new DVD avail-
able at www.thefit-
The Fitness Kidz
Exercise and Fun For The
Whole Family." The
Fitness Kidz Group start-
ed as the result of
actor/radio show host
Steve Harvey meeting
Broderick Sauldsberry, a
teen with weight issues.
Sauldsberry to his per-
sonal trainer Strozier and
challenged him to take
her 12 week program. He
lost forty pounds as a
result and the other chil-
dren joined him. Harvey
helped form the group
and is their sponsor.
Strozier and her fitness
kidz will do a national
tour this summer to
spread the word and pro-
mote their DVD. Stops
will include The Carmelo
Anthony -and Allen
Iverson Challenge in
Baltimore and The Circle
of Sisters Conference in
New York this summer.
When asked if she is
involved with any profes-
sional fitness competi-
tions Strozier replies, "To
be totally honest, I
mixers will give you
the opportunity to
make valuable con-
tacts and learn some-
For those of you
who read my column
weekly and loved the
Gangster" TV series; I
have five DVD's of the
complete season two
of the show. I will mail
a free DVD to the first
5 e-mails that I receive
requesting the free
Please be sure to men-
tion the newspaper or
website that you read
my column from and
mention that you like
Gangster" series on
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Iron Man stars
Robert Downey, Jr.,
Terrence Howard, Jeff
Bridges and Gwyneth
Paltrow. As expected,
Iron Man had a $98.6
Million opening week-
end which is number
two behind first place
original Spider Man on
the list for best debuts
among non sequels.
Marvel Studios has
even announced that
Iron Man 2 will be in
theaters April 30,
2010. We'll see how
many fool fanatics will
start camping out for
that! This is a good,
well rounded action
flick with Robert
Downey Jr., as Tony
Stark the billionaire
boy wonder inventor
and owner of the
ing giant Stark
Industries. Since he is
the biggest supplier of
weapons to the mili-
tary, he has his own
Liaison officer named
Howard) and his per-
sonal assistant Pepper
Paltrow) who comes to
his aid when his right
hand man at Stark
Stane (Jeff Bridges)
becomes his arch
nemesis. If you don't
mind standing in long
lines this weekend,
this flick is worth the
Hit me up for a BET
, American Gangster
DVD at feedback-
admire the people who
do that but no, that's not
my desire. That takes a
lot and many times in
competition, you're not
natural and I want to be
as natural as possible
because I want people to
see what you can do if
you put your mind to just
challenge yourself. If
you focus and challenge
yourself to work hard,
you can look amazing
without any steroids or
What path led Strozier
to the fitness training
world? She lights up,
"My background is danc-
ing i.e., tap ballet and
jazz. In high school I was
a gymnast, ran track and
took Tae Kwon Do. I did
it all! I just enjoy feeling
and looking and my best.
So when I got older, 'my
entire' family wildly
ended up being three
hundred pounds each,
fighting diabetes and
everything so I made it a
mission of mine to help
myj family get in shape,
to educate them on how
to make better diet choic-
es and to help teach them
to work out. That's how I
Strozier started with
one client and quit her
job. She was so effective
that her clientele quickly
built up and the names of
those clients became big-
ger and bigger. What is
the one thing that keeps
people out of shape and
unhealthy? That was a no
brainer and Strozier
snaps quickly, "Diet! You
can lose two pounds a
week if you watch what
you eat and add cardio-
vascular exercise to that.
We over eat. We eat two
portions of everything on
one plate and we eat too
many carbohydrate ener-
gy foods." Strozier rec-
ommends eating six
meals per day. She says,
"Eating more meals of
smaller portion acceler-
ates your metabolism and
keeps it moving."
Top Rated Primetime Programs Among
African-American TV Homes
Week Ending 05/04/08
1. AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY, FOX
2. AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY, FOX
3. DANCING WITH THE STARS, ABC
4. CSI: MIAMI, CBS
5. HELL'S KITCHEN, FOX
6. GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM, ABC
7. WITHOUT A TRACE, CBS
8. HOUSE, FOX
9. CSI, CBS
10. CRIMINAL MINDS, CBS
Source: Nielsen Media Research
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low-Interest loans and work-study to students in colleges, trade schools and professional schools.
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Reasons Continued from A-1
Black men is family structure. Research indicates that African American boys do
best when they live with two parents especially their own two married parents. The
Roots of Well-Being: Economic Security and Effective Parenting Economic Security
Money is an important ingredient of well-being. Greater income takes pressure off
families, allowing them to function better. It also provides families with greater
access to safe neighborhoods and good schools.
African American children are far less likely to experience low income and poverty
when they live with two parents. One study found that single Black mothers who
form unions with their children's father typically see an 81.2 percent increase in their
household income. One study found that Black men who marry typically see $4,000
increases in their earnings. Similarly, a study of 2,107 Black adults found that mar-
riage has a stronger impact than such important variables as education, occupation,
or age. Studies on marriage and Black mothers parenting are somewhat unclear. In
general, the evidence points to the conclusion that manage promotes more author-
itative (affectionate, yet firm) parenting among Black mothers perhaps because mar-
ried fathers often participate in disciplining children.
Data on fathers are quite clear. African American fathers who are married and liv-
ing with their own children are much more financially and emotionally supportive.
Marriage premium extends to at-risk populations. For example, one study of 254
Black male adolescents living in an inner-city found that those living in intact homes
were considerably more likely to report that they could rely on their fathers for emo-
tional support. They were also much more likely to report that their fathers served as
their male role model. This finding is particularly significant because fathers were
the primary male role model for all family types; boys in non-intact households were
much more likely to report having no male role model at all. Some scholars have
argued that biological father involvement is relatively unimportant in the African
American community because extended family members often step in and help raise
children when fathers are absent. Our review of the data does not support this view.
To be Continued in The Star
Fiery Crash Being
Donald Harrison, 65
and Thomas Hooke,
68 of Yulee were
when Harrison drove
eastbound in the westbound lanes and
plowed head-on into westbound traffic, hit-
ting three other vehicles in Amelia Island,
causing his death and the death of Hooke and
also sending three others to the hospital. An
investigation is being held to see if Harrison
was experiencing medical difficulty that
made him cross into the oncoming traffic.
Teen Investigated in
This 17-year-old mother
was arrested Wednesday
when she admitted that had
beaten her 2-yer-old son.
The baby died after reaching
the hospital where they
Shantez found he had internal head
Williams, teen injuries, numerous fresh and
mother old bruises and lacerations
on his buttocks and body.
She felt the beatings was her way to disci-
pline her son.
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Three Women on Fraud Charge
The three women, Nancy Waters,
Yolanda Smith and Sebrina Adams
worked at CVS on Dunn Avenue and
HUhave been accused of prescription fraud
that according to records, total almost
$50,000.. They were filling prescriptions
Nancy Waters Yolanda Sebrina Adams for items such as oxytocin, hydrocodone
and xanax. They used insurance informa-
tion from customers to purchase the drugs. According to the report, the women are
not drug user suspects and were probably getting the drugs placed on the streets
where they could be sold for as much as $60 per pill. The women paid the $30.00
co-pay for the drugs out of their own pockets and were using fake driver's license
numbers and forging doctor prescriptions to get them filled.
All three women have been arrested.
Man Accused of Raping Officer Pleas Not Guilty
Jonathan Tave, 26, was already in jail facing two separate charges of
murder when, according to reports, he attacked a correction officer.
while in the law library of the jail on April 17. According to the
report, he sexually abused the officer while in the aisle of the library,
thought about it, pulled her over by the window and sexually assault-
ed her again.
Tave pleaded not guilty on Thursday of sexual battery and ten other
Jonathan Tave charges regarding his alleged attack on the officer.
FIRST ANNUAL BIG BEND MATCHMAKER BRINGS UTILITIES
AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPERTS TO MINORITY BUF-
-Presented by DMS Office of Supplier Diversity and the Florida Public Service Commission -
TALLAHASSEE-The Department of Management Services (DMS) Office of Supplie
Diversity (OSD) and the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) partnered to present
the first annual Big Bend MatchMaker on May 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is
Energizing Supplier Diversity through Communication: A Utilities and
Telecommunications Initiative. It takes place at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
"This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for women- and minority-owned businesses," said
DMS Secretary Linda H. South. "By teaming with the Florida Public Service Commission,
we are able to open the door to another economic venue for these vendors, that may seem
overwhelming at times but this workshop will enlighten and encourage our vendors."
DMS Departmental Purchasing Director Tony Garcia will share information about doing
business with the state, including the bidding and purchasing processes.
Representatives from the OSD and the PSC, along with all event partners will par-
ticipate in a panel discussion about the economic opportunities in the utilities and
Hope is Emerging
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These two men are
being sought by a busi-
nessman who, said they
used his card, getting
$2,000 worth of gas. in
Five days. Robert Olson
of Future Computer
Systems is offering
$500 reward for infor-
mation leading to the
capture of these men. If
you see them, call (904) 630-0500.
Seven Year Old Shot
during a Carjacking
The 7-year-old was in the bath-
room of his grandparents home in
the 100 block of West 22nd Street.
Neighbors say they saw three black
men wearing masks trying to rob
two victims. There were about three
shots heard and one went inside the
bathroom and shot the boy in the
leg. A white 1990 Buick LeSabre
The Elementary School student
has non-life-threatening injuries.
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With a tour of New Stanton Senior High School conducted by School Counselor and Stantonian Mrs. Grace Brown Galvin, the Solid Gold Reunion Weekend for the Class of 1958 commenced.
After much ruminations of treasured school memories the Class of 1958 traveled to American Beach for another tour where American Beach resident, Stantonian and author Mrs. Marsha Dean Phelts was
the guide. Following lunch at Barbara Jean's Restaurant and an optional tour of The Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum, it was time to rest until Friday!
And then came Friday Evening! The Class of 1958 enjoyed a lovely reception where class members shared life's stories, enjoyed dancing and old-fashioned fun at NAS Jacksonville's CPO Club.
Fun with 1958 classmates and other Stantonians at Stanton High School's 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday evening was absolutely awesome and the Class of 1958 was surprised with 50 Year Medallions
being presented during the Gala.
On Sunday there was worship at Historic Mt. Zion A. M. E. Church where the Reverend F. D. Richardson, Jr., also a Stantonian is pastor. The reunion weekend culminated with an afternoon and evening
cookout at the home of 1958 Class member and local Real Estate Broker George Barnes. Joining the class for worship and afternoon fun were former teachers Mesdames Mary Coleman, Mary Mitchell,
Lucretia Harvey Williams, and Dean of Girls Juanita Graham Wyatt joined by Mr. Charles Roundtree.
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Ask Deanna! Is an advice column known for its I By Ulysses W. Watkins, Jr., M.D.
fearless approach to reality-based subjects! 3 I
Dear Deanna! WEIGHT-REDUCING QUACKERY ~
I'm in a relationship and I think my boyfriend has another life. GENERAL INFORMATION
We've dated for 2 years and he's always worked third shift. While
on medical leave I noticed he never came home until noon. When DEFINITION:
I asked about this he told me that he goes to the gym. I followed Advertised dietless reducing methods are on the increase since
him and his gym turned out to be an apartment complex. We many persons think that these reducing methods are extremely attractive.
argued and instead of telling me about the apartment, he accused
me of not trustinstg him. What do I do? ea a d The overweight person is assured that by taking a few pills he will be able to lose weight and
Betrayed gWinston Salem, NC D still eat all that he wants. Dietless reducing methods may be extremely harmful to persons with
diabetes or conditions affecting the heart, liver, and thyroid, particularly since the customer is
Dear Betrayed: not encouraged to have a complete medical examination before starting the diet. Often adver- I
If you have to stalk a man and chase him down for answers, then you're with the wrong per- tised are the physical culturists who have weight-reducing cures. Many of these reducing meth-
son. He placed the blame on you instead of confessing the truth and being honest. He's ods have been proved worthless and misleading by the American Medical Association.
burning fwo ends of the candle by working at night, being with one woman in the morning UACKERY ITEMS:
and being with you in the evening. Don't settle for less because you deserve more. Heal Modern wy in, oi
yourself from the inside out, count your loss and keep it moving. Modern weight-reducing quackery may include special massage, beauty ointments, and
various mechanical devices. Large sums of money are wasted each year by Americans on inef-
Dear Deanna! fective diet preparations and devices.
My grandmother is a sweet, sacrificing lady that has given me everything in life to be suc- DIET PILLS:
cessful. I've decided that I don't want any more education but she insists that I go ahead and Each year Americans spend from a quarter to a half billion dollars on diet pills. When diet
complete my Masters Degree. She's just cleared her debt and paid my student loans and I pills are dispensed excessively, they can become toxic, even fatal. Diet pills may be ampheta-
can't bear to see her struggle again. How do I make her understand this without hurting her mines which decrease the appetite, barbiturates which reduce the nervousness caused by theI
Teelnag Omaha, NE amphetamines, thyroid which increases the rate the human body burs food, diuretics which
Strain fluids from the human body, and laxatives.
Your grandmother pushing you towards a higher degree isn't a bad problem. It's good you're ~ WHAT IS FIRST AID? ~
not a user and is willing to be concerned about her finances. Take the time and show your GENERAL INFORMATION
grandmother how to invest with the option that if you go back to school, you'll let her help. DEFINITION:
This way she can save money and have hope that you'll come to her first when it's time to First aid is'the temporary care given to an injured or ill person until the services ofa physi-
hit the books again, cian are available. Persons who have injuries involving severe bleeding, stoppage of breathing,
Dear Deanna! and poisoning must have immediate first aid.
I'm a white collar professional and my relationship is causing problems with my social life. FIRST AIDER:
My girlfriend doesn't have a degree and lacks polish when we do things with my friends. I The person giving first aid should check the injured individual for all injuries so that he can
worry that she'll say something stupid and embarrass herself every time we go out. I want plan what should be done first. The injured or ill person should be lying down and should be
her to measure up to the women in my circle but she refuses and insists she want to be her- k kept warm. The first aider must follow the best methods of first aid, or he may do more harm
self. I'm ready to end the relationship because my social life is important. t than good. Second-best methods may endanger the life of the person who is ill or injured.
Anonymous Orlando, FL SOME GUIDES TO FOLLOW:
Dear Anoymous:The following are some guides to follow when someone is ill or has an accident.
If you want a trophy, you need to buy a dog and place it in a dog show. Relationships are *Profuse bleeding must be stopped.
based upon personal truth, individual self-confidence and up front character. If you're afraid *Artificial respiration must be given if the victim is not breathing.
of your girlfriends behavior in front of your friends, you should select new friends or change *Fluids in large amounts must be given for poisoning by mouth.
your stick in the mud attitude. You don't deserve this woman if you place your social life *Minor as well as major injuries need first aid.
before the relationship. Do yourself and your date a favor by ending the relationship and *Fluids should not be given to an unconscious or partly conscious person.
find a fool like yourself to date. *An injured, gasping person should not be lifted by the belt.
*Statements concerning the type of injury or illness should be given by a physician and
not by the first aider.
Ask Deanna is written by Deanna M. Write Ask Deanna! Deanna M, 264 S La Cienega, Suite 1283, *Names and addresses of the injured or ill persons should be obtained.
er CA 90211 orEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.askdeanna.com *Injured or ill persons should be reassured that first aid is being given to them.
*Clothing about the neck of the victim should be loosened.
Dr. Watkins, Jr., M.D. can be heard live Sundays at 7:05 p.m. EST www.KCOHRadio.com. He is a
330 Mason and Grand Medical Director for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge and the
Shriners of Texas.
Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
JAX DUNKIN' DONUTS KEEPS CUSTOMERS RUNNING WITH SECOND ANNUAL
"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.
JOIN MAD DADS and Susan Taylor, Editor Emeritus of Essence Magazine in the offi-
cial launch on May 16 and 17, 2008 of the exciting statewide project called the Florida Cares
Initiative in partnership with the National Cares Mentoring Movement. This movement was
founded by Mrs. Taylor. The conference is open to the public. The mentor recruitment rally is In the last week or so, Big Brown won two important
on Saturday, May 17 at Adventure Landing, 4825 Blanding Blvd., starting at 10 a.m. The two races! The horse won the Kentucky Derby and the man,
day event will highlight national celebrity endorsements, train-the-trainer workshops, commu- Barack Obama, for all practical purposes, won the
nity symposiums, speaker functions and book signing. VIP reception is at 6 p.m. Friday Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
which is also open to the public. For ticket information for the reception and breakfast, con-
tact MAD DADS at 904-781-0905. Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton threw everything at
THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF DUVAL COUNTY has released the 2008 Obama she could to stop his historic ride to the White
Early Care & Education Guide Summer Camp Issue. The fourth annual edition, produced in House but nothing stuck.
partnership with JK Harris Publications LLC (JKH), includes complete and updated listings ofa has more of the popular vote, more delegates and more
Northeast Florida Summer programs for children. The Guide is available free of charge. Even though Obama has mor of e popular vote mor delegates and more
Information on Early Learning Coalition's programs, services and membership can be accessed momentum, Hillary is refusing to give up and support Obama.
at http://www.elcofduval.org or by calling 904-208-2044. Information on the Northeast Florida Now, I remember the Million Man March and I know some non-Black people
Early Care & Education Guide Summer Camp Issue is available at can't count but Hillary Clinton can't go to bed and dream about beating Barack
3RD ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION calling all local teen Obama in a normal heads up contest for votes.
bands/musicians ages 12 through 18! Do you have what it takes to be the next Battle of the However, Democrats are just as tricky as Republicans. Democratic bosses set up
Bands champions? Come sign up for our 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands competition. a Super Delegate system just in case the bosses wanted a candidate other than the
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. May 1st and ends 6:00 p.m. May 31st. All music genres and one that garnered the most voter support.
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. Hopefully, Super Democratic Delegates will realize that no Democrat can win a
Come and participate in crowning Jacksonville's next battle of the band champions. Saturday rat race without the overwhelming support of America's Black voters.
June 21, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Main Library, Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St. Jacksonville, For months, devilish prognosticators suggested wrongfully that Obama could not
FL. The Jacksonville Public Library provides, library programs and services to Duval County draw votes from the white working class, another word for poorer white folk. The
residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the
Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK or visit jaxpubliclibrary.org facts, however, proved thatwas incorrect.
THE WILLIAM RAINES CLASS OF 1973 will be celebrating its 35th Reunion during the Obama has gotten broad-based support in every state. In fact, Obama constantly
weekend of June 13 15, 2008 at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel- downtown Jacksonville. The got a higher percentage of white and Hispanic votes than Hillary Clinton got a per-
theme for this year is "Still Great In '08!" Events include a dinner cruise, a banquet, and much centage of Black votes.
more! For more information, contact Mrs. Gail Hammond Haines at 725-2157.
MATTHEW WILLIAM GILBERT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 is having their 40th I think the Barack Obama voter delivery system is the strongest seen in the his-
Reunion, June 20-22, 2008. The Banquet will be held June 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville tory of Presidential primaries. He has raised more money, has more volunteers and
Marriott Hotel, 4760 Salisbury Rd. To participate, call James Wright at (904) 303-9897 or a better message, CHANGE, than any other Presidential candidate.
Lydia Jackson at (904) 765-9224. May 16th from 8:30 a.m. to Meanwhile, people have accused me of both hating Obama and loving him. The
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 truth of the matter is that I wish all Black candidates and Black elected officials well
'Susan L. Taylor. Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Official Mentor Recruitment Rally, but I don't endorse any of them in The Gantt Report.
Adventure Landing, Orange Park, FL. Keynote speakers: Susan L. Taylor (Nat'l Cares Mentoring I don't endorse candidates, unless they are very close personal friends, because
Movement), Mr. Tommy Dortch (100 Black Men), and Mr. Eddie Staton (MAD DADS, Inc.). 7:00 candidates don't endorse the people.
p.m. until, Night Out on the Town, Downtown Jacksonville, "The Landing."
THE BRUNSWICK POLICE DEPARTMENT will be hosting "Fingerprint Your Child" If you disagree with Rev. Jeremiah Wright or others in our community, a blind
days. Electronic fingerprinting of children will be done on Ttiesday's and Thursday's of each week man can see that politicians will say anything or do anything or denounce any friend
from 9a.m. lla.m. at the Brunswick Police Department precinct #1 located at 1200 Albany to get elected.
Street. Parents can bring their children and the fingerprint card includes fingerprints, photos, and Some say good things and do good things to win votes and others do evil,
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 wicked and devilishly tricky things.
missing. This information card will help Police locate their child in case of such an event. For fur- It's May now and still a long way to November and Obama is happy with his
their information interested parents or guardians can contact Sgt Jones at 912-279-2605. current, mostly white political advisors. Barack has not sought my advice but he
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Did You Hear About?...
Monday, at 1:25 p.m. a suspect went before the
"Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, in
Duval County" for an outstanding warrant for
his arrest for a crime he committed earlier.
At that time, the suspect had entered the vic-
tim's apartment in the 46block of Moncrief
Road, without consent or permission. The sus-
pect is believed to have entered through a door
that does not lock properly. The victim and sus-
pect have never lived together in the apartment.
The suspect hid in the victim's son room. When
the victim came home and entered his apart-
ment, the suspect attacked him, battered and
choked the victim. Witnesses told the police officer that they observed the sus-
pect battering the victim. The suspect kicked a door inside the apartment caus-
ing it to crack. The victim who identified him knows the suspect. The suspect
was read his rights was arrested, transported to jail, and charged with a felony.
AUTO ACCIDENT, HIT AND RUN-On
Sunday at 9:15 p.m. a JSO police officer made
contact with the suspect. A state computer
check revealed that the suspect had an out-
standing arrest warrant.
The warrant read: The suspect, who was driv-
ing a red "Ford Ranger Truck", struck a
white "Honda Civic", which was being driven
by the witness (victim). After the crash, the
suspect fled the scene and parked the truck in
the 3500 block of
Wilson Blvd. The suspect and passenger exit-
ed the truck and began walking down the
street, away from the crash. The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance
for minor knee injuries. A few minutes later, a witness called the police and
informed them of the name of the suspect that was driving the truck. Once the
suspect's identity was obtained, the description given by the anonymous wit-
ness matched the description of the suspect and passenger. The suspect was
placed under arrest, transported to jail and booked on leaving the scene of an
POSSESSION OF CONTROL SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO SELL-On
Sunday, at 7:35 p.m. a JSO undercover police officer was posing as a drug
buyer/users in the area of 3100 N. Myrtle Ave. The undercover police officer
engaged the 30-year-old male (suspect) in a conversation about the purchase of
marijuana. The suspect stated that he "aint got none." The undercover police
officer told the suspect let me get that $20.00 and I'll flip it. The suspect hand-
ed the undercover police officer two
pieces of crack cocaine in exchange for
the $20.00 of JSO funds. The suspect
was not arrested due to long term
investigation going on. A few days
later, the same suspect was seen stand-
ing in front of a house on West 22nd
Street. The suspect was arrested, read
his rights, and transported to jail for /
an interview. The suspect stated that
he did not sell crack cocaine or mari-
juana, and has not sold any drugs for
four years. The suspect was charged
with a felony.
CHILD SUPPORT-On Monday, at 3:15 p.m. a police officer was dispatched to
the 7900 block of Jaguar Dr. apartments in reference to serving a warrant, and
to make an arrest on a 23-year-old male (suspect), for late child support pay-
ment. Upon arrival, police officer made contact with the suspect who owed
$1000.00 in back child support payments. The suspect was read his rights,
arrested, taken to jail, and booked on "Civil" charges for back child support
SPOUSE DOMESTIC BATTERY-On Monday at 5:44 p.m. a police officer was
dispatched to the 2000 block of Mayport Rd. in reference to a battery. The call
was originally received from Baptist Beaches emergency room, but the victim
went home before an officer could be dispatched. Upon arrival, police officer
made contact with a 23-year-old female wife (victim) who stated that her 24-
year-old estranged husband (suspect), threw her on the ground and bit her on
the neck. The two are separated and no longer live together. She also told the
police officer that the suspect pulled some of the braids out of her hair. The wit-
ness, who is the victim's roommate, told the police officer that she saw the sus-
pect on top of the victim and threw the victim to the ground for the second time,
The police officer observed a cast on the victim's left arm, and a bite mark on
her neck. There were also two old marks on the right side of her neck, which
she said were from previous attacks. The police officer made contact with the
suspect at his apartment, and read him his rights. The suspect stated that he
and his wife were trying to work things out.
He said that he saw his wife at the movie
Theater with another male, and "he went
blank." He told the police officer that his
wife called him to her apartment and said
she wanted to work things out. They began
arguing, she slapped him and they tussled.
He said he doesn't remember what hap-
pened after she slapped him, he just
Remembers being on the ground. The police
officer did not see any marks on the sus-
pect. The suspect was arrested and trans-
ported to jail.
Mar 21st Apr 19th
Strong & decisive action is need-
ed a. this time as your chart
requires you to stand tall" for
wh oat you believe & what you
skow is in the best interestYou'll have aof
everybody. This is especially true
n the workpions. Don'lace/career area oi
ife. The challenges you face are
merely opportunities to what yowcase
o othrces with others to accomplish
skilyour goals & objeilities. You'll have a
natural edge intain all yofinyour ncialtrans-
of the load.t be afra to negot
l June 22nd-OJuly 22nd
B yourself, you'remonly capable
ofaccomplishing so much... but
when you team up wiot others,
there are no limits to what you can
do. That's what your current chart
is about..e manyhelping you teno join
forces with others to accomplish
your goals objectives. In many
cas.s, tMis energy requires you to
maintain your inner faith & belief
in your hopes, dreams & wishes.
Be sure you're carrying your share
of the load.
Sept 23rd Oct 22nd
Your chart this week is deeply per-
sonal, sensual & extremely pas-
sionate. This makes this a very
interesting time in your personal
intimate relationships where
can be many interesting encoun-
tyou.rs with others that can rock your
core foundations, with personal
temptations. Many Libra might
find themselves 5ecommig "par-
ents" as a result of a transit like
this. More than anything, you'll
have no troubleputting your imag-
ination & creativity to work for
Dee 22nd Jan 19th
Even though it might not seem
like it at the moment, in time
you'll see that this is/was of the
most fortunate times of your life.
It's just that most of the opportuni-
ties waiting for you are being hid-
den behind what might seem like
very difficult or nearly impossible
challenges. You'll have the power
of personality & charisma work-
ing for you, so take the extra risks
& chances you know are right.
Apr 20th May 20th
There's a much deeper reason for the
events taking place in your life &
you'd be wise to take some time to try
o figure out what the bigger reason is
for it all because ifs knowing that
reason thatll make your life much
easier in the future. The universe
doesn't put people through chal-
lenges for its own amusement, it
does so to "teach them" the lessons
needed to grow.
July 23rd Aug 22nd
Regardless of what might be said
or implied, you cannot under any
circumstances allow the "reasons
or excuses" to "justify" giving
anything but your best efforts
(especially at the workplace). This
energy requires you to remain
upbeat & focused upon what you
are doing. Behind the scenes this
is when others consider you for
higher positions or power &
authority. You would be wise to
get extra rest & allow your inner
batteries to recharge when possi-
[ [ SCORPIO
Oct 23rd Nov 21st
You hear the words claims &
promises being made but wisdom
tells you to sit back & take it all in
with a "grain of salt". The inten-
tions of others might be true, but
you're aware that future circum-
stances are likely to prevent the
claims/promises from becoming
solid realities. This energy works
for you as long as tWe mood
remains light & lively. The
moment things turn "dark &
heavy" it's time to move on.
L iJan 20th Feb 18th
Your current chart has a way o5
allowing facts to become distorted
by your feelings & possible suspi-
cions that might later prove to be
without merit. Just make sure that
before you take any radical
actions, that your reasons are
based upon rock solid facts. This
transit indicates a new "life adven-
ture" is starting, so it's in your best
interest to start it in a positive
way. Watch for new reoccurnng
themes to appear.
May 21st June 21st
You have very deep emotional
energy surging goinm through
our chart this week. These emo-
ions can radically alter your er-
ception & causeF, you to Eake
actions you might later regret, so
take things very slowly &be sure
you know what you're doing. On
the other side, this energy brings
out your inner passions. & can
help create magic in your intimate
relationships. uJse this time to
express your deepest feelings in
creative & passionate ways.
Aug 23rd Sept 22nd
Your chart indicates there are
important decisions that need to
be made this week. The problem
is that you can see possibilities in
all of the choices, so it becomes a
question of what you really want
& desire the most in your life.
Fortunately, this energy occurs at
one of the most creative & roman-
tic cycles of the year. You can
expect to have to make a "Leap of
Faith" at some point very soon.
Nov 22nd -Dec 21st
This week's chart causes you to
be deeply connected to the finan-
cial & material elements of life.
The main objective is to use this
energy & insight to your advan-
tage by doing the things you
know are needed to ensure your
future abundance & prosperity.
Keep in mind is that there are
many different ways or paths that
lead to your ultimate dreams
coming true. It's a personal choice
how you choose to get there.
Feb 19th Mar 20th
The phrase is "careful optimism".
This is more a result of being able
to change & adapt to any situation
or challenges so easily. The
"unexpected" plays a big part in
this & can cause you to come into
contact or encounter others who
can inspire or motivate you to take
your dreams further. Others are
willing to help & assist you if
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Steve Stricker fielded an unusual array of questions on Tuesday afternoon
while speaking to more than 50 children from local First Tee chapters.
"Do you get nervous on the first tee?"
"How old are you?"
"Are we going to see Tiger Woods?"
"Why did you want to play golf?"
One was more of a comment than a question.
"Once I got your golf ball."
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in his 13th PLAYERS Championship, patiently answered the insightful, unique
questions from the kids and offered a few pearls of wisdom gleaned from his
four-time TOUR-winning career.
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shot. Don't think about who is watching or if there's water on the hole."
Practice your short game and take advantage of the opportunities available
from The First Tee, he also added.
In addition to Stricker, the children listened to speeches from The First Tee
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for PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Jan Jaro, a fellow First Tee member from
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Coghlan recorded three hits with two RBI
and two runs, including the game-winning
run in the tenth inning, as the Carolina
Mudcats (19-14) picked up a 6-5, ten-
inning win over the Jacksonville Suns (15-
18) Wednesday afternoon at the Baseball
Grounds of Jacksonville.
Carolina reliever Jesus Delgado (4-0)
picked up the win after three innings of
work, allowing only one hit. Zach Hammes
(1-2) fell in the loss for Jacksonville, giving
up the game-winning run in the tenth
inning, his only inning of relief. Chris
Mobley (1) closed out the game, leaving the
tying run at second base in the bottom of
the tenth inning.
Carolina opened the scoring in the first
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Danny Muegge wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.
Coghlan had singled, stolen second base
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The Suns answered in the bottom of the
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groundball that was misplayed by third
baseman Lee Mitchell for an error, allow-
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lead. A Rene Rivera groundout RBI fin-
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The Mudcats countered with two more
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Jacksonville's Ivan DeJesus, Jr. extend-
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Suns starter Danny Muegge lasted four
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The Mudcats next tied the game in the
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After scoring in the fourth inning, the
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final two innings for Thompson and three
innings from reliever Jesus Castillo.
Carolina scored the winning run in the
ninth off of Suns reliever Zach Hammes.
Chris Coghlan doubled, stole third base and
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INVITATION FOR BIDS
Reroof Maintenance Garage
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. B2008-06
JAXPORT Contract No.C-1272
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority
(JAXPORT) until 2:00 P.M. local time on June 12, 2008, at which
time they will be opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port
Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville,
Florida, for Reroof Maintenance Garage.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and
drawings for Contract No. C-1272, which may be examined in, or
obtained from the Procurement Department of the Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 located on the second floor of
the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue,
Jacksonville, Florida 32206 (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for
A MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT WILL
BE HELD ON MAY 29, 2008 AT 10:00 A.M. IN THE PUBLIC
MEETING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL
OFFICE BUILDING LOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE.
ATTENDANCE BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPEC-
TIVE BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
FROM ANY BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The mandatory JSEB Participation Goal established for this proj-
ect is 10%.
Manager of Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority
CALL FOR BIDS
W.G. Mills, Inc. as Design Builder for Duval County Public
Schools, will be accepting bids from qualified sub-contrac-
tors and vendors for the New High School AAA in
Jacksonville, Florida. The project consists of a new
290,000 SF High School and is scheduled to bid on May
22, 2008. Contact Jason Burt with W.G. Mills, Inc. at (904).
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JAX Teen Alliance
is taking the phrase,
"Don't judge a book
by its cover," to a
whole new level at
World of Nations
They're hosting a
booth to examine an
updated version of
the adage: "What do
you see when you
look at me? What
you thought you
knew; what you
seen; isn't true, and
it isn't me."
The teen group
will display this
message in a num-
ber of ways at the
booth, including an
interactive mural on
which attendees can
add their messages
tion. Booth visitors
will also have the
opportunity to state
their message for a
will focus on dis-
cussing and dis-
and stereotyping in
"Even though we
are not specifically
a nation, JAX Teen
Alliance plans to
represent all nations
as one, because
everyone in every
country has at one
time or-another been
and has experienced
prejudice," said 16-
Crowder, who is
leading the JAX
efforts this weekend.
"We are all human
beings and should be
treated as just that,
human beings -- not
called out for differ-
ences of culture,
race, gender, sexual
5-9 p.m., Friday,
10 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Saturday, May 3
Sunday, May 4
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Members of JAX
The JAX Teen
Alliance is a teen-led
effort for teens
identify and priori-
tize issues of con-
cern, and discuss
ways to effect
change. JAX Teen
Alliance, started in
summer 2007 with
help from Jim
Crooks, co-chair of
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day, or one every 26 seconds.
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By Rose Rennekamp
I keep a snapshot in my office of the sun set-
ting over the Atlantic Ocean. There are palm
leaves in the comer, and the pink and orange
color of the skyline always makes me smile. It's
truly a beautiful place. I hope to see it myself
The picture was given to me several years
ago by a friend. She was visiting Andros Island
with her husband, playing tourist with their son,
who was a guide at one of the area's resorts at the
My friend never pictured her son as a marine
biologist. For starters, they live in Kansas -
home to wheat fields, not ocean waves. For most
of his life, Jeremy wanted to be a veterinarian.
But a family vacation to Florida, coupled by a
high school course in marine biology, altered his
He applied to colleges on the east and west
coasts, leaving behind his Midwest
roots for the ocean's depths. His sum-
mer vacations were spent exploring the
water he loved, whether he was con-
ducting research off the coast of Maine
or serving as a diving instructor in the
Caribbean. Jeremy graduated with a
bachelor's degree in biology. He took a
year off to explore the water he loved as
a deep sea diving instructor, and is fin-
ishing his last year of graduate school.
People are surprised when they learn he
didn't grow up on the water. In fact, he
was 17 years old before he saw the
ocean for the first time. If it hadn't been
for his family's vacation, he might have never
had discovered his true passion.
High school and college students who spend
their time away from the classroom as partici-
pants in a summer internship program know
what they'd like to do with their life beyond
school, or are exploring the possibilities. It is the
students who are spending time with their family
in a new setting that may face a life-changing
moment much like Jeremy's. It won't happen
every time you pack the car and drive to a new
destination, but it's a possibility, especially if you
take steps to make learning a part of the trip.
I "inherited" a tradition from my mother,
who was a teacher. On every vacation, we devot-
ed at least 50 percent of the time to learning. We
played word games (subtly working on vocabu-
lary skills), and learned to read topographical
maps riding across the country in the car with-
out air conditioning! My husband and I carried
on the tradition with our own kids, visiting pres-
idential libraries, state historical museums, and
national parks as frequently as amusement parks.
If you're taking a trip with your family this
summer, go to the library and check out books on
your chosen destination. If your vacation spot is
home to a historical event or figure, learn as
much as you can about the incident or person
before you visit the museum. If a quieter vaca-
tion, such as a week on a remote lake, is closer to
what you have planned, visit the Department of
Natural Resource's website to learn about the
fish and wildlife you'll likely see. It sounds sim-
ple, but even the act of locating information will
improve your student's workforce skills. .The
ability to locate information is one of the most
sought after skills in the workplace.
If your family isn't taking a trip this year,
don't worry. It isn't necessary to travel to
encounter new experiences and possibilities.
Again, your local library is a great resource. Visit
it often so you are comfortable exploring its
offerings. You can read about places you'd like
to visit, even checking out cookbooks to create
the food popular in those areas. Perhaps you can
start a book club with friends, with each member
choosing a book involving a place they'd like to
visit or a career they hope to explore. This may
get help you think about the future, as well as
keep your reading skills sharp.
Exploring the unknown opens doors we
have yet to peek through. Take advantage of the
adventure this summer in any way you can!
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Jacksonville, FL Six
Duval County Public
Schools' (DCPS) students
from Stanton College
Preparatory School were
among more .than 2,500
National Merit Scholarship
finalists announced today by
the National Merit
"These students have
proven to be some of the
most talented students our
nation has to offer," said Ed
Pratt- Dannals ,
Superintendent of Duval
County Public Schools.
"The National Merit
Scholarship Program has
provided these students with
the financial backing needed
to help them flourish in
National Merit $2,500
Scholarship winners were
selected by a committee of
college admissions officers
and high school counselors.
The number of winners
named in each state is pro-
portional to the state's per-
centage of the nation's high
school graduating seniors.
These scholars may use their
awards at any regionally
accredited U.S. college or
Scholar selection was
based on committee mem-
bers' appraisal of a substan-
tial amount of information
submitted by finalists and
their high schools.
Evaluated were each final-
ist's academic record,
including the difficulty level
of subjects studied and
grades earned; scores from
two standardized tests; con-
tributions and leadership in
school and community
activities; an essay describ-
ing interests and goals; and a
recommendation written by
a high school official.
This year's competition
for National. Merit
Scholarships began in
October 2006 when more
than 1.4 million juniors in
over 21,000 high schools
took the Preliminary
Scholarship Qualifying Test
served as an initial screen of
Last fall, the highest-
scoring participants in each
state, representing less than
one percent of the state's
seniors, were named
Semifinalists on a state rep-
resentational basis. Only the
16,000 Semifinalists had an
opportunity to continue in
Semifinalists met the very
high academic standards and
other requirements to
advance to the Finalist level
of the competition. By the
conclusion of the 2008 pro-
gram, about 8,200 Finalists
will earn the "Merit
Scholar" title and receive a
total of more than $36 mil-
lion in college scholarships.
NMSC, a n6t-for-profit
corporation that operates
without government assis-
tance, was founded in 1955
specifically to conduct the
annual National Merit
Scholarship Program. The
majority of scholarships
offered each year are under-
written by approximately
500 independent corporate
and college sponsors that
share NMSC's goals of hon-
oring scholastically talented
youth and enhancing their
Duval County Public
Schools' Winners Stanton
College Preparatory School:
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the Blueprint for
ber, is an umbrella
organization for sev-
eral youth councils
across the communi-
ty, including the
Duval's Youth Voice
The Bridge of
One Jax, LOUD and
recently reported to
Committee that the
JAX Teen Alliance is
the ideal group to
engage young people
in community issues
and represent their
viewpoints and expe-
its members and the
included a discussion
Mayor Peyton and
the DYVC members,
membership on and
presentations to the
Subcommittee and a
panel discussion on
crime and violence
with Mayor Peyton..
by Tisha Y Lewis and
Hazel Trice Edney
Black people around
the nation feel about
those heroic mothers
whose abiding love
encouraged them to
excel through the trials
In the African-
American family, it is
not unusual to have
upbringings by mothers,
grandmothers, aunts and
even older sisters. The
U. S. Census Bureau
reports that of the 4.5
million children who
lived in grandparent-
headed households in
2000, they were most
often children in
through the Jim Crow of
the civil rights move-
ment or the oppressive
hardships of today, on
Mother's Day, it will
often be "Grandma" or
memories of her who
will get top honors.
For Mobile, Ala.
native Kiona Daniels,
the honor-giving started
"Grandma, you know
that you are my heart
and that I love you
People often say,
'God bless you for tak-
ing care of your grand-
mother', but I'm the one
who is blessed. There's
no charge, no debt that I
feel for being in your
life. I thank God for
birthing me and planting
me to be a part of your
family," she told her
Daniels, during a sur-
prise 93rd birthday cele-
bration and special
honor as the eldest mem-
ber at Dominion Church
of Washington, D.C.
Kiona Daniels, now
deputy press secretary in
the Capitol Hill office of
.U. S. Rep. Hank Johnson
(D-Ga.), recalled for the
the impact on her life as
she was raised in a
household with her
mother, her grandmother
and her great grand-
"Because of that, I
have a foundation and a
cornerstone of strength,
virtue, long-living and
life vitality," she said.
When Daniels was
only 16, her mother was
killed in a car accident.
Her grandmother, Ella,
took over the mothering.
"I have never known not
knowing the Lord
because of my grand-
mother," she said.
The impact of a
matriarch upon the life
of a man and of a woman
may differ. Yet, they can
be equally inspirational
during difficult times.
For both Love, the
basketball player, and
Daniels the legislative
aid, their Grandma Ellas
made all the difference.
"I thank you for being
my mother when I lost
my mom," Daniels told
her grandmother. "For
showing me what a
woman is supposed to be
like, what she looks like,
her stature, her beauty,
her grace, her intelli-
gence, all that a woman
encompasses and on top
of that more importantly
what a woman of God
Love, whose mother
had him as a teenager,
says they have a wonder-
ful relationship and he
does not blame her for
how he was treated by
her husband his stepfa-
ther from whom he fled.
However, on this
Mother's Day, Love -
now a motivational
speaker credits the dis-
cipline and the Christian
upbringing of his grand-
mother for changing the
course of his life.
Now laughing, he
tells a happier story of
overcoming the hard
"I would come home
from school crying all
the time because I stut-
tered so bad and the kids
at school would laugh at
me all day long, you
know and I was scared of
school all the time. My
grandmother would meet
me at the front gate with
her hat on and her
aproi... she would ask
me, 'What's wrong?' I
would tell her,
'Grandmother, the kids
at school made fun of
me. They laughed at me
all day long.'
"She would try to
make me feel good and
always gave me words of
encouragement, to make
me never give up. She'll
always tell me, 'Robert
Earl, son, let me tell you
There is only one per-
fect person who ever
walked on this earth and
that's our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
Everyone has a hand-
icap and everyone has a
disability and what you
have to do, son, is you
gotta hold on to your
dreams. You gotta have a
dream.' And those words
have carried me through
high school, college, all
On Mother's Day, It's Often
"Grandma's" Praise Day