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Florida star
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
Publisher:
The Florida Star Pub. Co.
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville, Fla
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May 17, 2008
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Frequency:
weekly
regular

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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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Crime Stories
L Man 23, Stabbed by Woman, 55

Drug Bust on Beaver Street

Man Gets Life for Stabbing
Wife and Killing Friend

Three Arrested for Attempted Copper
Heist

Drug Ring Family Business

Man Raped Teen in Cemetery

See Page A-7 for these and more


Mother's Day Tornado


Changes for America?


Former Presidential Candidate and former U.S.


There are a number of
Floridians that stood
behind former North
Carolina Senator
Edwards when he was a
presidential candidate
and was sorry he got out
of the race. Observing
hisg personality, they
wondered if he would


Senator from North Carolina John Edwards back Obama for
joined with Senator Barack Obama as he President and, he did on
announced his backing of Obama for President. Wednesday.
Wednesday.
A poll conducted shortly after the announcement showed the majority of
those taking the poll, favored John Edwards to Hillary Clinton as
Obama's vice presidential running mate.
Many feel that when the Clinton's pulled out their race card as their
trump card, or as some say, their white supremacy card, she lost more
respect than she did during her large number of misstatements, such as
the problems she and her daughter faced in their foreign travel.
Many acknowledge that there is a racial Changes Continued A-7


Georgia residents in Darien, Brunswick, St. Simon and even
Macon, did not expect their Mother's Day to be interrupted by
a tornado. The Mother's Day tornado tore about a five-mile
path across the Darien, McIntosh County area
Glynn County said they have an emergency warning system
but by the time they received the warning from the National
Weather Service, there was not even enough time to activate
the CodeRED automated telephor:e.calling system. The system
allows emergency officials to contact individuals via telephone
at a pace of 60,000 calls per hour, with a message, that is pre-recorded, alerting the residents that there is an emergency
in the area. The CodeRED system is operated by the city and county 911 Center. The damage is in the millions.
Clean up is needed and help has been shown. Residents are just happy to still be alive, said Ms. williams of Darien.


Remy
Ma Gets


Rapper
Re n y
Ma was
found
guilty of
assault
in a
New
York City shooting. After
being found guilty on assault
charges for the shooting that
took place outside of a
Manhattan nightclub, Remy
Ma was sentenced to eight
years in prison. Also, the
scheduled marriage to her
sweetheart Papoose did not
happen as planned. No wed-
ding, no freedom for Remy
Ma.


Author Says Texting and
Testing are Destroying Kids'
Writing Style
A recent National Center for Education Statistics
study reports only one out of four high school sen-
iors is a proficient writer. A College Bound survey
of the nation's blue-chip companies found only two
thirds of employees are capable writers.
Kids today, according to the studies, are not learn-
ing to spell. They're learning acronyms and short
hand. "Text messaging is destroying the written
word. Kids are typing shorthand jargon that is not
even a complete thought, said the studies.
Critical thinking skills are not taught today and
teachers are forced tu use classroom time to teach
standardized tests.
Jacquie Ream, says text messaging and the Internet
are destroying the way our children read, think and
write. With this pattern, Ms. Ream said, America as
a whole loses out on great words, thoughts and nov-
els tha will never be written.


Georgia Bar's T-shirt

The design to the right is being
sold at Mulligan's bar in
Marietta, Georgia and being
OBAMA ',08 protested outside of the bar. The
shirt, as you can see has a picture
of Curious George and the words
"Obama in '08" beneath it, as seen. Protesters say that
the t-shirt is offensive as it draws on longstanding racist
stereotypes of Blacks resembling monkeys.
The owner of the bar, described as "ultra conserva-
tive" says the shirt is harmless and that he actually feel
that Obama resembles Curious George. Most feel the
shirt is racist and should not be sold.


2700 Kids
Pledge Against
Drugs and Guns
Students from
15 local schools
took a pledge
S. promise to not
pick up guns or
use drugs at The
Potters House.
The third through
eighth graders
heard the above 12-year-old sing
as well as political leaders, city
council members, and police offi-
cers speak, giving words of
encouragement, led by Elder
Donald Foy of MAD DADS.
The students raised their hands
and pledged to keep their dream.


Libertarian Party Wants New

Taxes and Fees Repealed
The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Duval
County has unanimously agreed that the city's storm sewer,
garbage and JEA fees and taxes are in sharp contrast to the val-
ues of fiscal responsibility on which Mayor Peyton cam-
paigned. They are asking the city council to repeal these fees
and taxes.
They continued that "individuals are the best stewards of their
own hard-earned money."
The organization said the city can make up the lost revenues
from property tax cuts mandated by the Florida legislature in
some other manner.


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TO IMPACT
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from 8:30 to 9:00 pm
WCGL-AM-1360
Tuesday at 7:00
WZNZ-AM-1460
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Impact Striving to Make
a Differences


Voters Say No

Court Say Yes
The California Supreme Court over-
turned a voter-approved ban on gay
marriage Thursday in a ruling that
would allow same-sex couples to
marry. In a poll, 57% of those polled
oppose gay marriage and 55% does not
agree with the Court's ruling.
This ruling came after about two
dozen gay rights groups sued in March
2004 after the court halted a month-
long wedding march under Mayor
Gavin Newsom. Even though gay
rights advocates are presently rejoic-
ing, several religious and social groups
are seeking to put a measure banning
gay marriage in the state constitution
in November. If voters pass the meas-
ure in November, it would trump the
court's decision.


Teen Use of Marijuana
Can Lead to Mental Issues
The White House Office of National Drug
Control Policy released a report stating that
teens, depression and marijuana are a dan-
gerous mix that can lead to dependency, men-
tal illness or suicidal thoughts.
The report says that a teen who has been
depressed at some point during a past year of
more are twice as likely to have used mari-
juana as teens who have not reported being
depressed.
The report said that "Marijuana is a more
consequential substance of abuse than our
culture has treated it n the last 20 years," said
John Walters, who is director of the National
Drug Control Policy.
The report also said that teens who smoke
marijuana when they feel depressed are more
than twice as likely as their peers to abuse or
become addicted to the drug 8 percent com-
pared to 3 percent.
The office analyzed about a dozen studies
regarding marijuana use. The report says that
marijuana use among teens has decreased 25
percent since 2001 which is about 2.3 million
kids who uses the drug at least once a month.


News Briefs
Rev. Jackson Wants Files
The Rev. Jessie Jackson is requesting that
the Secret Service release all of his files to
him that were gathered during his run for
President of the United States, after learning
of the racially and sexually explicit e-mail
that has surfaced in the organization.
First Black Female Top
Legislator Sworn in
On Tuesday, California installed the
nation's first black female legislative
leader, swearing in Los Angeles Democrat
Karen Bass as speaker of the state
Assembly.
Disaster Guide for Seniors
A 24-page Disaster Preparedness Guide for
Elders has been published and ready for dis-
tribution to elders regarding hurricanes,
wildfires, tornadoes, floods and other disas-
ter. Call: 850-414-2000 for a copy.


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Washington, D.C., the
nation's capital, is one of
the great cities of the
world. Tourists come here
from around the globe-to
enjoy its world-class
museums and art galleries
and visit its columned
edifices of gleaming mar-
ble. It's a city that attracts
some of the most talented
people from America and
abroad. Well-educated,
highly paid professionals
who work for federal
agencies, in the halls of
Congress and at media
organizations make their
homes on the banks of the
Potomac.
But many long-time
local residents use
Washington's other
name-the District of
Columbia. While the
District's streets course
through middle-income
communities with neat
row houses fronting well-
kept lawns, its overall
poverty rate has reached
its highest level in nearly
ten years. Sadly, the
socioeconomic divide
between Washington and
the District of Columbia
has been widening over
the past two decades.
According to the D.C.
Fiscal Policy Institute's
October 2007 report,
"D.C.'s Two Economies:
Many Residents Are


Falling Behind Despite
the City's Revitalization,"
the wage gap between
D.C.'s highest earners (the
top 20 percent) and the
lowest (the bottom 20 per-
cent) is the widest it has
been since 1979. And the
number of impoverished
District .residents has
grown. According to the
Institute report, nearly 20
percent, or one in five
District residents, have
incomes below the pover-
ty level. Since the late
1990s, about 27,000 D.C.
residents have fallen into
poverty.
Despite the recent eco-
nomic downturn,
Washington's strong econ-
omy has been anchored
by large employers such
as the federal govern-
ment, the District govern-
ment, universities, hospi-
tals and corporate offices.
The city also has experi-
enced a boom in commer-
cial and residential con-
struction. Long seen as
"recession proof," the
Washington economy is
strong. The economy has
produced jobs for skilled
and well-educated work-
ers who have seen their
incomes soar. While a
large segment of the
Washington population is
economically successful,
that prosperity has not


Washington's Two Economies-A Growing
Income Gap
by Marian Wright Edelman
President of the Children's Defense Fund


been shared by a consid-
erable segment of the
District's Black popula-
tion and the least educated
residents who have
remained sunken at the
bottom.
According to the
Institute report, the medi-
an income for White
households in Washington
grew from $55,000 in
1980 to $92,000 in 2006
(in 2006 dollars). The
incomes of the least paid
workers (when adjusted
for inflation) have stayed
practically unchanged
over the last three
decades. The incomes of
Black households from
1980 to 2006 have
remained essentially flat
at $34,500. In addition,
employment for Black
adults has declined steadi-
ly since the late 1980s,
from 62 percent in 1988
to 51 percent in 2006.
Only two other U.S.
cities, Tampa and Atlanta,
have worse income dis-
parities. One's level of
education can be critical
for economic success. Just
51 percent of D.C. resi-
dents with only a high
school diploma had jobs;
this is the lowest level in
nearly 30 years.
One-third of the
District's children are
poor, compared with 16
percent of adults ages 18
to 64. In 2004, approxi-
mately 22,000 District
families with children had
incomes below 200 per-


PUBLIC NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
JOB ACCESS AND REVERSE COMMUTE PROGRAM (JARC)
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (JTA)
100 North Myrtle Ave., P.O. Box "O", Jacksonville, Florida 32203

49 U.S.C. 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC) goal is to improve
access to transportation services to employment and employment-related activities for welfare
recipients and eligible low-income individuals and to transport residents of urbanized areas
and non-urbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities.
Funds from the JARC program are available for capital, planning, and operating expenses
that support the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to trans-
port low-income individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment and to
support reverse commute projects in the Jacksonville Urbanized area.
The net operating cost of services provided by Job Access Program funds must be matched
by 50 percent. Capital projects funded through this program may be matched at 20 percent.
Matching funds may be raised by other federal sources such as the Department of Labor,
Department of Education, or by other agencies so long as the matching source is not the
Department of Transportation or from State Revenue Toll Credits. Matching funds may also be
raised by the county or agency.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), as the Designated Recipient of said funds
and pursuant to the requirements of Section 5316 of Title 49, United States Code, hereby
gives notice of the availability of federal grant funds under the Job Access and Reverse
Commute Program (49 U.S.C. 5316) and the issuance of a Request for Applications (RFAs).
Applications are being solicited from qualified agencies for qualified projects. Qualified appli-
cants must:
Be a private non-profit or private for profit organization, private agency, local public agency or
local public authority;
Sh6w an established need for the project and how the project fits into the recommendations
of the Northeast Florida Coordinated Mobility Plan;
Ensure that adequate funds are available to match the federal funds; and
Demonstrate that the proposed project meets Federal requirements.
Applications for project funding will be evaluated by a Competitive Selection Committee made
up of representatives from counties in the Northeast Florida area including transportation
providers and from representatives from the Northeast Florida Regional Council and the First
Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO). Unless there is sufficient funding in the
year's appropriations to cover all eligible requests, the Competitive Selection Committee will
use the following criteria to evaluate applications:
Overall achievement of one or more of the Northeast Florida Coordinated Plan Strategic
Goals
Coverage of regional application.
Extent to which low-income persons are served.
Maximizes Project Cost Effectiveness.
Appropriate Performance Measures and Goals.
Fiscal and Managerial Capability.
The total amount of JARC grant funds that is currently available for the Jacksonville Urbanized
area through Fiscal Year 2008 is approximately $731,400. Interested applicants may obtain
RFA packages between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., beginning May 14, 2008, at the
following location: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) ? 100 North Myrtle Ave. ?
Jacksonville, Florida 32203 ? Attention: Ken Holton, Manager of Capital Programming and
Grants ? Telephone (904) 630-3187 ? kholton(jtafla.com.
Applications may also be obtained from the JTA web site at www.itafla.com.
The deadline for application submission is 4:45 p.m., EST, on June 2. 2008.
All applications must be delivered to the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization at:
First Coast MPO
1022 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207
phone (904) 306-7500
fax (904) 306-7501
(toll free) 1-888-488-4898
TDD (904) 306-7502


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Ig| have the chance to achieve. Please visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623. W
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cent of the federal poverty
line, or less than about
$31,000 for a family of
three. Seventy-four per-
cent of these were work-
ing families with one or
more parents who worked
at least part of the year.
About 12,000 of these
low-income District fami-
lies with children-more
than half-included
adults who worked more
than half of the year. In
many cases, the parents
worked full-time and
year-round. Overall, some
47,000 District residents,
including 27,000 chil-
dren, lived in families that
were poor or near-poor
despite working most of
the year.
This problem must be
addressed at its roots. The
first thing that must be
done is to improve the
quality of education at all
levels-preschool, ele-
mentary, secondary and
postsecondary-as well
as provide job training
programs that will equip
District residents with the
skills that will enable
them to participate and
succeed in the city's econ-
omy. Residents who are
stuck in low-wage jobs
and striving to stay off
public assistance rolls
need support. We must
provide that support by
establishing decent living
wages, child care assis-
tance, health care cover-
age and affordable hous-
ing.


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Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services V

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF
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.
www.uujax.org
GREATER NEW MT. MORIAH MISSIONARY
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.,
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
information, 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, CoChair.
SUMMERVILLE MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH, located at 690 West 20th St. in
Jacksonville, with Dr. James W. Henry, Pastor, invites
all to a Musical Praise and Worship experience, Sunday,
May 18th at 5:00 p.m. as the Paxon High School Chorus
Bless our souls with God's Word in songs.
HOUR OF POWER -If you are looking for an oppor-
tunity to come together and fellowship with other
believers praying, praising, singing and sharing a word
from the Lord to help our family deal with life situa-
tions on life Terms, join us on the 4th Saturday of the
month. It's a family affair Saturday, May 24, 2008 at
11:00 a.m. Guest Speaker: Dr. Juanita Parker, St.


Georgia Church Tempts Worshippers
With $500 Gas Raffle

So much for spaghetti suppers: The First Baptist
Church of Snellville is fueling its membership drive
with a sign in front of its sprawling campus proclaim-
ing "Free Gasoline." There's a catch, of course. The
offer is a not a giveaway. Instead, each time newcom-
ers or members attend a church event during a
Sunday-to-Wednesday revival they get a pink raffle
ticket for a chance to win one of two $500 gas cards.
"We don't know how far it will go with these soaring
prices," said Rusty Newman, the church's senior pas-
tor. "But it may make someone's night."
Newman's congregation boasts roughly 9,000
members, but only about 2,500 regularly attend
Sunday services.
The church, like others, has long relied on special
dinners and giveaways to draw in members, but elders
wanted something a little more timely for this latest
pitch.
They set up a sign advertising the offer outside the
church's parking lot on a busy road near downtown
Snellville, a traffic-clogged suburb northeast of
Atlanta.
"How can we capture those people?" asked James
Lee, the church's minister to seniors, who came up
with the idea. "We're strong in door-to-door evangel-
ism, but there's no way to reach them all."
Soon the calls came flooding in. Church staffer
Lisa Gauthier said she's handled dozens of them each
day, some from as far afield as Seattle. Radio show
hosts in Oregon caught wind of the idea and invited
Newman on air. So many inquiries came pouring in
that Newman had to order a new phone line and dedi-
cate a receptionist to answering each one.
Newman views it as a service to the community,
and he's looked to the Bible for his endorsement. One
passage he mentions to support his idea involves Jesus
feeding 5,000 with a few loaves of bread and a couple
of fish.
"Some pastors have questioned our motives,"
Newman said. "If it was just to get people in the build-
ing, it would be wrong. But we want to meet some-
one's physical need and eternal spiritual needs."


Stephen AME Church. To be held at the Greater
Bethany Baptist Church, 401 Stockton St. in
Jacksonville. Enjoy messages and sermons from spirit
filled men and women of God, Powerful Prayers,
Interpretive Dance, Inspirational Music and Great Food
for your Soul. For more information, contact Felicia
McDuffie at expressinghope@aol.com or call (904)
485-6266.
WESTSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST, 23 W. 8th St.,
Jacksonville is having their 78th HOMECOMING
scheduled for May 17 25, 2008. Knocking at
Heaven's Gate in 2008, "Examine Me Lord." May 17
- Westside Singers Concert at 7:00 p.m. May 18th -
Bible Study at 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
with speaker: Bro. C.L. Spivey, Lake Ida Church of
Christ, Delray Beach, FL.; May 19 22nd Nightly
Worship Service from 7:00 8:30 p.m. with speaker:
Bro. C.L. Spivey; May 24th Beach Walk, Jacksonville
Beach, FL at 6:00 a.m., Sing-Out (featuring local
groups) 6:00 p.m.; May 25th Mass Bible Study at 9:00
a.m.; Homecoming Worship' Service at 10:00 a.m.
Speaker: Bro. Xerxes Snell, Ninth Street Church of
Christ, Winter Garden, FL. For more information, con-
tact the church at (904) 353-5063.
Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email
submissions preferred. Send to: info@thefloridastar.com
Red Poppies for
Memorial Day Prayers

H Red poppies form an important
part of Memorial Day prayers.
These flowers are deeply associ-
ated with the Memorial Day holi-
day because the redness of the
poppies signifies the blood of the
veterans that has been sacrificed to bring freedom to the
nation. Red poppies became a part of Memorial Day in
1915 to honor the men and women in uniform. And in
Memorial Day memorials and church services, it is quite
common for Americans to wear red poppies while the
Memorial Day prayers are in progress.

Each year on Memorial Day, the, President of U.S delivers
a speech to the nation, urging all to unite in a special
Memorial Day prayer and take time out to do some honors
in their own individual ways to those who fell in defense of
America's liberty. Every American is asked to observe the
National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time
through silent prayers and solemn benedictions.

America, a nation swept up in the war against terrorism,
takes up Memorial Day as an opportunity to pray for global
peace and national security. United and focused,
Americans pray to the Creator and Redeemer, Jesus
Christ, on Memorial Day for lasting peace on earth. So
participate in the Memorial Day observances and
Memorial Day prayers with duty, concern and sincere grat-
itude in your hearts for the nation's millions of veterans.


Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all
comfort: Deal graciously, we pray theewith
those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.


D'A" 4",A 1.T, H 10 TICE


BASINE, Deloris, died
May 8, 2008.
BROWN, Jean D., 70,
died May 6, 2008.
BRYANT, Shawn A., died
May 7, 2008.
CLARK, Gladys, died
May 8, 2008.
DAWSON, Elmer, died
May 9, 2008.
ELLIOTT, Mary Louise,
91, died May 12, 2008.
FORBES, Maha, 47, died
May 10, 2008.
GREEN, Dorothy, died
May 7, 2008.
HALL, Betty J., died May
8, 2008.
LEVY, Ayanna N., died
May 6, 2008.
LOWE, Benjamin, Sr.,
died May 13, 2008.
MATTHEWS, Dorothy,
died May 12, 2008.
Alphonso West Mortuary,
Inc.
McNAIR, Harriet S., died
May 10, 2008.
MENENDEZ, Thelma,
died May 7, 2008.


PARNELL, Dewey, died
May 10, 2008.
PATTERSON, Clifford,
61, died May 9, 2008.
ROGERS, Raymond, Jr.,
died May 7, 2008.
ROJHAS, Mary A., died
May 8, 2008.
ROSS, Fred, 80, died May
12, 2008. Alphonso West
Mortuary, Inc.
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May 12, 2008.
SOLOMON, Dollie E.,
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WEAVER, Brian, died
May 11, 2008.
WESTON, Dorothy, died
May 11, 2008.
WESTON, Solomon, died
May 12, 2008.
WILLIAMS, Mr. James,
104, died May 9, 2008.
WRIGHT, Catherine,
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The Church Directory
"Come and Worship With Us"

New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning Worship ....................... 11:00 a.m.
Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays
(Old Sanctuary)................... ........... 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting.............. ........ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............. 8:00 p.m.
Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church

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

GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School....................................................................................... 9:30 a.m .
M orn ing W orship................................................................................. 11:00 a.m .
Tuesday............................................ Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday.......................... ..... ................................ Joy Night,7:00 p.m .
"Email: GospeUl75@aol.com
Website: Greaterelbethel.org


PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice

Sunday School --------------------------------------- 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship --- -------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study --------------------Tuesday & Friday------ 7:00 p.m.

(912) 267-6395 (912) 996-4864 Cell
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2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor
(904) 354-7249 Church
Bible Power Enrichment Hour
Sunday School........................ 9:15 10:15 a.m.
Baptism-Praise & Worship
(Sanctuary)....................................... 10:30 a.m.
Youth Church-2nd & 3rd Sundays
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"There's Always Something
Happening On The First Coast"
Introducing Jacksonville Links New Members

On a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Deerwood Country
Club, the Jacksonville Chapter, Links, Inc. welcomed five
new members and the following week they welcomed the
sixth new member who could not be present due to an out of
town commitment.
Newly inducted members of the Jacksonville Chapter,
Links, Inc. are:
Ms. Heather Blume, a psychologist with the Duval
County School Board is also the Chief of Education
Ministry, Sunday School teacher, Soup Kitchen Ministry,
and coordinates the Youth Usher Board at Simpson United
Methodist Church. Ms. Blume is Co-Developer and
Coordinator of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville's
Mentoring Program, Community Service Coordinator for K
8 East Cluster Office, Duval County Public Schools and is a
member of the Florida Association of School Psychologists
Board. Ms. Blume is the daughter of Arthur and Mrs.
Cynthia Blume;
Mrs. Kelly King Toaston, a Corporate Human
Resources Manager is a Pace Center for Girls Mentor,
Inroad Business Coordinator, volunteers with Habitat for
Humanity at her church St. Johns Cathedral, the American
Heart Association and United Way, and a member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mrs. Toaston is the wife of Ryan
Toaston, daughter of Larry and Links member Mrs.
Adrienne McFarlin King and the granddaughter of Mrs.
Thomasina Friall McFarlin and the late Kernaa D.
McFarlin; Ms. Candace Thompson, a Senior Client
Services Manager is a graduate of Volunteer Jacksonville's
Blueprint for Leadership and volunteers with WILL of
United Way of Northeast Florida. She is past Secretary,
Tavanier Homeowner's Association and a member Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ms. Thompson is the daughter of the
late Dr. James and Judith Hicks Thompson, the grand-
daughter Links member Mrs. Rose A. Hicks and the niece
of Links member Dr. Lauren Barton;
Mrs. Jimminda Wright Thompson, Supervisor of
Recruitment and Customer Relations, Duval County Public
Schools was a People to People Citizen Ambassador
Program-Johannesburg, South Africa delegate. She is a
Youth Pastor, Praise and Worship Leader and Women of
Faith and Power Leader at Joint Heirs Christian Center, a
member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority where she is on the
Social Committee and Pan-Hellenic Council Representative.
Mrs. Thompson is the wife of Royce Thompson, II and they
are the parents of two children;
Dr. Claudette Williams, newly installed president at
Edward Waters College is involved with United Way, is a
United States Department of Education Grant Reviewer, a
member of the American Association of University Women,
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Society of
Experiential Educators, Association of Supervision and
Curriculum Development, National Association of Black
School Administrators, National Community Education
Association and Educational Technology Association. Dr.
Williams is the wife of Valton Williams and they are the
parents of three adult children;
Mrs. Derya English Williams, CEO, River Region
Human Services, Inc. has been an EVE Award finalist and an
Ambassador Award recipient for her work in South Africa.
She is involved with the Minority AIDS Coalition, North
South Counseling Center, AIDS Education in South Africa,
United Methodist Women, Leadership Jacksonville,'
National Council of Negro Women, and the National
Association of Social Workers. Mrs. Williams is the wife of
Reverend Newton Williams, Pastor at Ebenezer United
Methodist Church and they are the parents of two adult chil-
dren.
The Jacksonville Chapter, Links, Inc.'s membership is
greatly enriched with the addition of these fine and distin-
guished women as is the entire Links, Inc. membership.
Congratulations to each of them! _


Newly inducted members of The Jacksonville Chapter, Links
Inc.: Dr. Claudette Williams, Ms. Candace Thompson, Mrs
Jimminda Thompson, Mrs. Kelly Toaston, and Ms. Heathe
Blume. Not shown is Mrs. Derya Williams.


First row: Newly inducted members of The Jacksonville
Chapter, Links, Inc.: Dr. Claudette Williams, Ms. Candace
Thompson, Mrs. Jimminda Thompson, Mrs. Kelly Toaston, and
Ms. Heather Blume (Not shown is Mrs. Derya Williams) with
members of the Chapter's Membership Committee (2nd row)
Mesdames Betty Cody, Johnnetta Moore, Dr. Brenda Simmons,
Marjoria Manning, Wanda Montgomery, Dr. Kia Mitchell Kemp,
Patricia Hill Mitchell, Marietta LeBlanc, Chapter VP, Teri
Stepter, and Dr. Geri Williams Smith, Chapter President


Mothers/Grandmother and Daughters/Granddaughter of Links,
Inc.at recent Induction Ceremony-Front Row-Mesdames
Adrienne McFarlin King, Patricia Bivins, Anest Schell
McCarthy, Marguerite Latimer Warren, Bessie Canty, Rose A.
Hicks, and Thelma Lewis. Second Row-Mesdames Kelly King
Toaston, Patricia Hill Mitchell (Not shown Dr. Kia Mitchell
Kemp), Teri Steter, Monique McCarthy, Maretta Latimer, Susan
Canty Jones, Candace Thompson, Lauren Barton, Dr. Victoria
Warner- White, Dr. Geri Williams Smith and Karen Smith.


Jacksonville Chapter Links, Inc. past presi-
dents Mrs. Marguerite Latimer Warren
(President of EWC's National Alumni
Association) and Dr. Brenda Robinson
Simmons with newly inducted Links member
Dr. Claudette Williams, president of EWC.


Jacksonville Chapter, Links, Inc. members following recent New
Member Induction Ceremony at the Deerwood Country Club.
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Mesdames Lauren Barton, Rose A. Hicks and
Candace Thompson. Mesdames Barton and Hicks
aunt and grandmother respectively of Ms. Thompson
traveled from Bloomington, Michigan for her induc-
tion ceremony.
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S-Mother-Daugher Links: Mesdames Patricia
Mother-Daugheter Links-Mesdames Teri Hill Mitchell and Dr. Kia Mitchell Kemp.
Stepter and Patricia Bivens (past Vice Area
Director Southern Area, Links, Inc.) .i I ~ 5 I


Jacksonville Links members-Mrs.
Marguerite Warren and Dr. Barbara
Young.






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Jacksonville Links members Dr.
Evelyn Young and Dr. Barbara
Brigety.


(To the left): Mothet-Daughter Links;
Dr Geri Wdians Smth (Jacksonville
Chapter, Links, hInc president) and Ms.
SKaren Smith.


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Mother-Daughter Links: Mrs. Mother-Daugheter Links
Marguerite Latimer Warren Mesdames Bessie Canty and
and Ms. Maretta Latimer. Susan Canty Jones.


Jacksonville Links members Jacksonville Links members Dr.
Ms. Kelly Martin, Esq. and Victoria Warner-White and Ms
Mrs. Dana Sprott Candace Thompson (newly
Cunningham. inducted member).


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Neighborhood: Mesdames Patricia Hill '- I',
Mitchell, Marietta LeBlanc, Dr. Brenda a
Robinson Simmons, Kelly King Toaston Jacksonville Litt
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Man Wrongfully Imprisoned

Now Helping Others


by Benjamin Fair
Special to the NNPA
from the Carolina
Peacemaker

GREENSBORO
(NNPA) Darryl Hunt
spent 19 years in jail for a
murder he did not commit.
But despite his wrongful
imprisonment, Hunt said he
never once lost his faith in
God and his belief that the
truth would eventually be
told.
"Faith has been the key,"
he said. "It continues to sus-
tain me today."
Hunt spoke as part of the
Greensboro Rotary Club's
Shadow's Day program
held at the.Sheraton Four
Seasons Hotel in
Greensboro earlier this
month.
He came to Greensboro
to speak not only of his
wrongful imprisonment, but
to share a message of hope,
perseverance, and forgive-
ness.
"I'm just speaking to tell
some of my story, and to
reach some of the kids and
educate the public," he told
the Carolina Peacemaker
prior to the event.
With a warm smile and
soft-spoken voice, Hunt
talked more about using life
to help make a difference in
the lives of others than he
did about his wrongful
imprisonment. Hunt also
shared why he has chosen
to speak around the country
about his story. "This is part
of my therapy," he said.
In 1984, Hunt was found
guilty of killing Deborah
Sykes of Winston Salem


and sentenced to life in
prison. His life sentence
was upheld in 1989, despite
numerous inconsistencies
and a lack of conclusive
evidence linking him to the
crime.
Using DNA evidence
from the original crime
scene, investigators were
able to charge Willard E.
Brown, already serving
time for another murder,
with the murder of Deborah
Sykes.
Brown later pleaded
guilty. Hunt was exonerated
and released from prison in
2004, after spending 19
years behind bars for a
crime he didn't commit.
Ironically, he shared
with the audience his
respect for the criminal jus-
tice system, the very system
that convicted him.
"We have a good system
in some aspects," he told
the audience. Hunt admitted
that his transition to every-
day life after spending so
many years in prison has
been challenging. One of
the challenges he faced after
his release was to learn to
become independent from
the routine of prison life.
"Prison programs you to
be dependent on that sys-
tem," he said. "If you don't
learn to be independent, you
end up in the same cycle. I
still wake up in the middle
of the night reliving my per-
sonal experience," he said.
"I relive this every day of
my life."
According to the City of
Winston Salem City
Manager's office, Hunt
received a $1.6 million set-


element in February 2007
for his lawsuit against the
city and the Winston Salem
Police Department. Darryl
Hunt stands as an example
of how so much can be
given back by a man from
whom so much was taken.
"For me, it's about giv-
ing back and doing some-
thing to help others," he
'told the audience.
Fulfilling his promise to
give back, Hunt continues
to travel the nation talking
to prisoners and students
sharing his story and his
message of faith and deter-
mination.
Using the money from
his settlement with the City
of Winston Salem, he
founded The Darryl Hunt
Project For Freedom and
Justice. The non-profit
organization provides ex-
offenders with the skills
they need to become pro-
ductive members of society.
According to the groups
Web site, the organization
arms ex-offenders with the
social and vocational skills
they need to become pro-
ductive members of society.
It helps ex-offenders find
stable employment, hous-
ing, and financial stability.
The organization also helps
fight prison recidivism by
giving ex-offenders the
skills they need to become
successful.
"I have to be a voice for
those who can't speak for
themselves," he said.
To learn more about the
Darryl Hunt Project For
Freedom And Justice, visit
their Web site at
www.darrylhuntproject.org.


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Leon, New Bold Role, Still In Control!


By Rych McCain
Photos: 2008 by Andre' B.
Murray/ bernagency.photore-
flect.com
He is suave,
smooth and the ladies
love him. He is best
known for his velvet
silky roles such as
"David Ruffin" in the
NBC mini series "The
Temptations," as Lela
Rochan's character's
married lover in
Waiting To Exhale, as
a member of The Five
Heart Beat" and as
"Little Richard"
which won him an
Emmy nomination.
He is loaded with so
much charisma that
the movie industry
only needed his fist
name for billing. The
man in question of.
course is Leon. When
asked about his first
name only billing sta-
tus, he makes it clear
that it was not his
doing. Leon explains,
"I never really
planned on just hav-
ing one name. It just
kind of happened
through some set of
circumstances early


Music
The Million DJ
March will take place in
Washington, D.C., begin-
ning August 28, 2008.
DJ's from all over the
world will participate to
bring attention to their
plight within the music
industry. Items such as a
401K plan, organizing a
union and gig compensa-
tion security will be dis-
cussed. They will march
from the capitol to the
Washington Monument
on August 30th. Hats off
to Houston rapper Trae
Tha Truth. He'll be
dropping his third and
final album soon for
Rap-A-Lot Records fea-
turing ABN and his
cousin rapper Z-RO.
Truth made Texas prison
history when he gathered
a few friends i.e., ABN
members Clip, Easy,
Slim Thug along with
Boss Hogg Outlaws, PJ-
Rap Hustla, J Dawg and
DJHi-C, to perform two
live shows in front of
several hundred inmates
at the Ramsey 1 Unit of
the maximum security
prison in Rasharon,
Texas.
Smart Shorties is a
new CD and workbook
that teaches children
their times tables 0-12
through hip hop and
R&B beats. It is now
available on line at
www.smartshorties.com .
This project is the brain-
child of creators Alex
Nesmith, a veteran music
producer and Christine
Smith, a former school
teacher. All of the major


on in my career and it
just stuck because I
started working so
much. So it wasn't
really a calculated
plan by any stretch of
the imagination.'"
In his latest
released role, Leon
plays a hit R&B
singer named Ryan
Chambers in the Bill
Duke directed movie
Cover. Ryan
Chambers is a sex
symbol and super hot
with the ladies but
what they don't know
is that he has a secret
life off stage on the
"Down Low," i.e.,
brothers who sleep
with other men while
fronting in public as a
ladies man. Leon
thought this role was
not only challenging
but that it brought out
a serious message in
.the open of AIDS/HIV
and the diversity of
the sexual practices
exercised in the black
community that is
swept under the rug
and reluctantly if ever
talked about.
Will Cove" make a


entertainment websites
such as All Hip
Hop.com; TMZ.com;
eurweb.com, etc. are run-
ning the story and photos
showing record mogul
Suge Knight laid out on
the ground unconscious
for at least 3 minutes out-
side of Shag Nightclub in
LA after a man he was
arguing with socked him
in the jaw and knocked
him out cold. According
to our sources, rapper
Remy Ma was sentenced
to 8 years in prison for a
weapons and coercion
charge. At the same time,
rap diva Foxy Brown
was released from her 12
month hitch at Rikers
Island and will get to
work on her new album.
She is also scheduled to
appear on a VH1 reality
TV show dealing with
her readjustment to soci-
ety.
Movies
Nora's Hair Salon 2;
stars Tatyana Ali, Stacey
Dash, Bobby Brown,
Lil' Brandi, Christine
Carlo, Lucille Soong,
Ananda Lewis and Jean
Claude Lamarre. It was
written and directed by
Jill Maxcy and produced
by Ronnie Warner,
Mekhi Phifer, Ilia Aviv
and Kenneth Halsband.
This is a straight to DVD
movie and picks up
where the first install-
ment left off. Tatyana
Ali's beauty and charm
alone could carry this
film (at least for the
guys), but it is funny and
worthy of a weekend
check out or even a pur-


difference in getting
the black community
to own up to the prob-
lem and discuss it?
Leon responds, "One
can only hope. One of
the things .that this
movie does and one
of the reasons why I
wanted to do it was
that it promotes con-
versation. That's the
problem that we are
basically having in
our community. We're
not even talking about
it. We're acting like it
doesn't exist, like it's
not us and it is us!
That's what I was
hopping that this
movie would do and it
has. Everywhere 'we
have screened it, at
least where I've been,
the conversations
won't stop. If we can
take these conversa-
tions everywhere,
even in churches,
homes and schools
because there can't be
any change in any
way shape or form
unless we talk about
it.
In doing this role
that questions the


chase for your private
DVD collection.
The Chronicles of
Narnia: Prince Caspian;
Walt Disney Pictures;
stars Peter Dinklage,
Anna Popplewell, Ben
Barnes, Georgie Henley,
Skander Keynes and
William Moseley.
This movie is quite
violent for a Disney film.
The special effects are
dazzling and the acting
by the young cast is
excellent. It's amazing
that every time European
theme films uses an ani-
mal to be the hero they
always select and African
animal instead of a
European based one.
There are no Lions in
Europe! The whole con-
cept of little dwarf people
and the art of magic also
originated in ancient
Africa with the tiny TWA
aka ANU people. They
are the world's first
magicians and were the
original "so-called"
Leprechauns mentioned
in Irish folklore from the
magic forests of the area
now known as the United
Kingdom. This movie is
a good showcase for
European violence (the
battle scenes), betrayal
(the wicked King and his
nephew) and treachery. It
is entertaining and will
keep you interested.
Hit me up at feed-
backrych@sbcglobal.net
Maat Hotep
Rych


character's sexuality,
did it affect Leon in
real life? Do the
ladies look at him dif-
ferently (even though
it's only a movie)?
Leon laughs, "I don't
know. I can't say
because I haven't
really done it before.
But I can just say
since the movie has
been out and people
have seen it, women
haven't looked at me
any different, at least
that I'm aware of. The
thing is that I'm really
secure in my sexuality
and women can clear-
ly se.e that. But more
importantly, if you
think about this role,
who can play this role
except for someone'
who is like that? If I
Were oni the down low.
bisexual or even gay, I
wouldn't take on this
role unless I was will-
ing to come out of the
closet! So whoever,
took on. this role is'
more than likely to be
heterosexual.


Leon


On the real life
side, Leon has a new
album forthcoming
.with his group "Leon
and The People." He
is working on a new
movie project as well.


Cover is now avail-
able on DVD and it is
highly recommended
that everyone in the
black community see
it and discuss it!


Top Rated Primetime Programs Among

African-American TV Homes

Week Ending 05/11108

1. AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY, FOX

2. AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY, FOX

3. DANCING WITH THE STARS, ABC

4. CSI: MIAMI, CBS

5. WITHOUT A TRACE, CBS

6. DANCING WITH THE STARS Results, ABC

7. NBA Playoffs Saturday, ABC

8. GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM, ABC

9. CSI, CBS

10. CSI:NY, CBS
Source: Nielsen Media Research

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problem in America but if Obamabecomes president, much of that will change. In
fact, there will be tremendous changes in America, especially among blacks. It is
believed that black youth will start looking at life a little bit different for for the first
time, they do have hope. They believe the crime rate will decrease because the youth
will have more pride. For this reason, many are puzzled that there are still members
of the Congressional Black Caucus who support Senator Hillary Clinton and cannot
see the total value of Obama getting into the White House. There are 14
Congressional Black Caucus members who support Senator Clinton. In February
Georgia Representative John Lewis announced his support for Obama. Today, the
superdelegates still in support of Clinton include Florida representatives Alcee
Hastings, Rep. Corrine Brown and Rep. Kendrick Meek. Other include
Representatives Donna Christensen, Emanuel Cleaver, Maxine Waters, Diane
Watson, Edolphus Towns, Gregory Meeks, Laura Richardson, Sheila Jackson Lee
and Yvette Clark. Vanderbilt law professor Carol Swain feels that Clinton's latest
comments may give some African-American superdelegates who have held back,
justification for now switching their support, even though she has since apologized
for her statements about white men will not vote for Obama. The moving finger has
written. Can it be erased?
Former Senator Edwards can help Obama reach out to the white, working-class and
lower income voters.
Obama received many additional endorsements this week including three former
chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the endorsement of the
million-strong NARAL Pro-Choice America as well as Democratic Colleges and
Universities presidents and vice presidents.
According to the latest tally by the independent website RealClearPolitics, Obama
now hass 1,886 delegates in total to Clinton's 1,718. The total number needed to
receive the nomination is 2,025. The poll also showed Obama leading McCain in a
November match-up by 47 percent to McCain's 40 percent.
Is America ready for a change?



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Man Stabbed to Death by Woman
On Saturday about 2:02 a.m., officers with
the Brunswick Police Department responded
to Brooklyn Homes North in reference to a
disturbance and found 23 year old, Imel
Daquan Pullin with a stab wound to the chest.
He was later pronounced dead. Later that
morning, April Lynn Carroll, 55, of 55
Imel Daquan Pullin, April Lynn Carroll, Brooklyn Homes turned herself in and was
23, victim 55, suspect charged with murder. It has been told to The
Georgia Star that April stabbed Imel while he
was having an argument with her sister. The murder is still being investigated.

Drug Bust on Beaver Man Gets Life for Stabbing
Jacksonville's SWAT team with search Wife and Killing Friend
warrants on hand, went into three homes Judge Linda McCallum on
on East Beaver Street on Wednesday Wednesday- sentenced
after being advised that drugs were being Christopher Robinson, 49 to
sold from all three houses. The officers life in prison. In April 2007,
feared the suspects were armed and Robinson stabbed his
approached the homes very cautiously. Christopher estranged wife several times
Several suspects were taken from the Robinson and then killed her 75-year-
houses. The officers were able to locate old friend, L. C. Collins to
a firearm, a large quality of cocaine and death. His wife, Kathryn, 43, was at her
cash. They expect other arrest to be sister's house at the time because of their
made regarding this bust. ongoing domestic dispute.

Three Arrested for Attempted Copper Heist
Three suspects, Kenneth Chapman, 21,
William Henley, 19 and Charles Alexander, 37,
went to the CED building on Edison Avenue
with a rented U-Haul, backed it against the
Kenneth William Charler, building after cutting the barbed wire and razor-
37 wire reinforced fencing and putting a hole in the
concrete block in an effort to load spools of
copper wire on the truck. The alarm went off. The men had already loaded about
$12,000 worth of material when they realized they were surrounded by police.


Man Raped Teen in
Cemetery
Obie Robinson 6,3,
was arrested by
Marion County
Sheriff's Office and
charged with sexual
S battery on a teen at a
cemetery.
Obie Robinson, 63 According to a
report, he had been
assaulting the girl since she was about
seven years old. The last assault took
place in a graveyard in Citra.

WANTED


Man Shot


This man is wanted
for the shooting death
of Moussa Maida, 19,
who was killed on
May 4 when he went
to open Snappy's in
Arlington.

Monday from


Drug Ring Family
Business
Police in Fernandina Beach
believe that a family-run drug
operation in Nassau County
has been closed down through
Operation Fish-Net.
Joseph They were able to arrest
'Duck'
Simmons Joseph "Duck" Simmons and
one of his sons, Christopher T.
Brown. There is a warrant out
for his second son, Benjamin
"Boy-Baby" Simmons. It is
Benjamin believed that Brown heads the
Simmons operation and move about ten
ounces of cocaine per week.
The operation, according to
sources, nearly monopolized
the illegal drug market in the
area. Several more arrests
Christo- are expected to be made.
pher T.
Brown

Kingsland


The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that the man who was shot Monday night
in the area of 2117 James Hall Drive, Jacksonville, was 34-year-old John Joseph
Gooden Jr. of Kingsland, Georgia. According to the investigation, Gooden was shot
while in a car or standing next to a car. Gooden has life-threatening injuries. Police
are asking for help in locating the shooter and have not released any information
regarding a suspect. Please call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS
regarding this and other incidents. All calls are anonymous.


MEDICAL FUNDRAISER
for
Mrs. Kimberly Council
April 30, 2008
Our sister in Christ, Mrs. Kimberly Council, a Jacksonville native and hard working veteran
professional hair stylist (Positive Profile Salon), is bravely fighting a battle against Mutiple Mylema
(a form of cancer that attacks the bone marrow). Mrs. Council is a Christian woman, wife. mother,
step-mother, daughter, sister, friend and godmother. She has also been a "giver" to those in need
whenever necessary. Now, our sister is in need of our financial support and prayers.
At the young age of 41, "Kim., as she is affectionately known, is in need of a very expensive, life-
saving, bone stem transplant This procedure is not covered by medical insurance. As mostof us
are aware, our country's medical insurance industry is worse than ever. Insurance companies
routinely fail or refuse to approve.coverage for life-saving medical treatments and medications.
Unfortunately, Kim's situation is yet another example of the break-down of our medical insurance
industry.
The family and friends of Mrs. Kimberly Council are attempting to raise the additional $50,000.00
that is needed to cover the bone stem transplant We have three (3) months to attempt to raise
the funds. That is when the procedure will need to be done in order to be most beneficial to Kim.
We are humbly asking for your financial contributions (large or small). This is your opportunity to
make a difference In someone's life in your own city and community. Further, if you are a
member of a club or group that might be able to donate funds for this important cause, we
encourage you to ask your group to come together to help us raise money for Kin's medical
expenses.
Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and prayers. Your contributions can be deposited at
VyStar Credit Union, to KImberly Council Account #702730117.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact
Kimberly Council @ (904) 655-6735
Mary Cole @ (904) 696-7637 (marycole@bellsouth.net)
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On May 9th, 2008, Brunswick Police Officer, Timothy Gardner presented a donated
bicycle to Robert James Handy, 35 years of age of Brunswick Georgia. Handy's bicycle
was stolen on the 5th of May, 2008 while he was working in the area of Woodland Way,
Brunswick Georgia.
Officer Gardner received a dispatched call to respond to 2512 Woodland Way in ref-
erence to the theft. During Officer's Gardner's investigation he learned that Handy's bicy-
cle had been stolen. The bicycle was Handy's only mode of transportation. Officer
Gardner soon learned that Handy was handicapped. Officer Gardner feeling bad about
Handy's bicycle being stolen he took time while off duty to go the Wal-Mart store where
he spoke to Store Manager, Terry Taylor. Gardner told Taylor about the story of Handy's
bicycle being stolen.
On behalf of Wal-Mart Mr. Taylor donated the bicycle and the services of his associ-
ates' to assemble the bicycle. Attached to the bicycle was a front basket, rear emergency
light, a front light, and a bicycle lock. These items were purchased by the Brunswick
Police Association and donated to Handy. According to Officer Gardner Handy is handi-
capped but works every day very hard doing odd jobs to earn money.
Brunswick Police Department's Chief Edna Johnson said she is very proud to have
officers such as Timothy Gardner serving the citizens of our community. Chief Johnson
said that she and the members of the Brunswick Police Department are also very thankful
for the support of the Brunswick Georgia Wal-Mart Store and the Manager Mr. Terry
Taylor for helping make this victim a very happy person as was shown when Handy took
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w -". ST-UDENTS FROM MATTHEW GILBERT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Florid EXPERIENCE LIFE AS 'LAWYER FOR A DAY'
Jacksonville, Florida (May 13, 2008) Northeast Florida's largest law firm,
Rogers Towers, hosted 34 students from Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School last
week as part of its 'Lawyer for a Day' program.
Throughout the day, students, grades six through eight, learned about all differ-
ent aspects of working in a law firm, from the document production center to the
marketing department to the information technology department.
"It's wonderful to be able to introduce young people to different aspects of our -
business," said Justin Spiller, Rogers Towers associate and chairman of the Lawyer
for a Day program. "These kids work so hard every day to learn what's written in
school books, but there is no greater way to learn than through experience."
The students began their day with a greeting from Ward, followed by informal
talks from a representative of each department. While touring the various offices,
they learned first- hand details from several lawyers about their legal work and the
type of clients they represent.
"The students discovered that there's a lot more that goes into our work than
what they typically see on television," added Spiller. "There is a lot of hard work
and behind-the-scenes preparation that goes into each and every case and a lot of
team players that all come together to make it happen."
The Lawyer for a Day program was founded by Boys Speak Out, Inc., an organ-
ization created to bring intelligent, compassionate, dedicated and diverse people
together in pursuit of one common goal: building community by giving youth the
proper tools to confront important issues faced in adolescence.
Rogers Towers, P.A., founded in Jacksonville in 1905, is Northeast Florida's .. L
largest law firm with over 90 lawyers. The firm provides counseling and legal serv- W P- =
ices in the areas of: Construction; Corporate; Labor and Employment;
Environmental; Eminent Domain; Elder Law; Family Law; Health; Immigration;
Intellectual Property; Land Use; Litigation; Real Estate; Taxation; Trusts and. "
Estates; and Wills. www.rtlaw.com


First Coast Black Nurses Association
Holds Membership Drive

The First Coast Black Nurses Association (FCBNA)
held its 2008 membership drive on May 3rd at the North
Campus of Florida Community College of Jacksonville.
Several attendees learned about the mission and history
of the organization. This was followed by a visual pres-
entation highlighting the organization's work in the com-
munity through health fairs, educational seminars, and
presentation of scholarships to local nursing students.
The festivities concluded with an opportunity for the
nurses to network among other attendees and FCBNA
members.
The First Coast Black Nurses Association, Inc. is a
professional organization of Registered Nurses,
Licensed Practical Nurses, and student Nurses who con-
tribute to improving the quality of life in persons who
share the African heritage and other ethnic groups in
Duval County and its surrounding areas.


Cheryl Grymes, Executive Director of the World Class
Alliance for Education; Kevin Twomey, United Way Board
of Trustees Chair; Jamie, a mentee and student at Fort
Caroline Middle School; and Warren Grymes, Executive
Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Jacksonville and
Jamie's mentor for three years.


Devin, a mentee and a 6th grade student at Fort Caroline
Middle School, is with his mentor, Marvin Prier.









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Dear Deanna! ----
I'm in love with a married man I've known for several years. I
know that hc and I would be together but he got someone pregnant
and had to marry her. He stays in his marriage because of the child
but it's getting hard for him to not commit adultery with me.
We've had dates here and there but we haven't crossed the line.
I'm at the point of no return and if we become intimate, he'll leave
his marriage. Should I feel bad if this happens?
Legal Mistress Raleigh, NC

Dear Mistress:
Did you enjoy the trip when you fell and hit your head? He is with the woman he wanted
and it isn't you. He is a real man and did the right thing by giving his child a family and a
home that doesn't include homewreckers like yourself. He's just as wrong as you, but if
you really care about him, stop being a temptation trying to claim forbidden fruit. He's not
leaving his wife and you need to stop the madness before, someone gets hurt and keep it
moving.

Dear Deanna!
I have two best friends that are always talking about each other. I listen to what they say
but I never repeat anything that I hear. They're going back and forth right now harder than
ever'and I'm being forced to choose sides. I don't have an issue with either one of them
and I think they're being unfair. How do I choose who I want to be friends with because I
can't be friends with both of them?
Nicki Buffalo, NY

Dear Nicki:
Do yourself a favor and lose some weight by dropping both of them. If they don't value
your friendship enough to shield you from their drama and games, then they don't deserve
your friendship. You're not part of the problem now, but if you choose one over the other,
you become a target from the other one. Before you make a decision, see if you can help
your friends resolve their issues and if not, call it a three-way split and keep it moving.

Dear Deanna!
I walked away from a long marriage, a new home and a family because I wasn't happy. My
husband and kids took me for granted and walked over me. I did all I thought was neces-
sary such.as counseling, hiring babysitters for the kids and losing weight. No one in the
family has noticed or cared about my pain, or cries for help or attention. Now that I'm gone,
ignoring everybody, they don't know what to do and are begging me to come home. What
do I do?
Torn Wife St. Louis, MO

Dear Torn Wife:
You need to have a major discussion with your husband who appears to be part of the prob-
lem. Your children don't have a choice but to fall in line because they don't pay any bills.
Provide a list of your needs and wants and present them to your husband so you can get on
the same page. If he's willing to accommodate the important things on your list then you
have a chance of restoring your marriage and regaining personal balance and footing in the
household.

Ask Deanna is written by Deanna M. Write Ask Deanna! Deanna M, 264 & La Cienega, Suite 1283,
Beverly iffd, CA 90211 or Email: askdeannal@yahoo.com Website: www.askdeanna.com


Sue Politicians For Police Misconduct
Police misconduct against Black people isn't subsiding or decreas-
ing, it is more prevalent today than ever before!
To the family and friends of Sean Bell in New York, the brothers
that were unmercifully beaten and kicked in Philadelphia and to
African-Americans opposed to police brutality across the country, The
Gantt Report has one word for you...."training"!
If the Mayors, Councilmen and Commissioners across America
can't stop the beasts with badges that feel it is all right to beat people of color but against the law to beat
white criminal suspects, the people can stop the elected officials by suing the elected officials for mis-
appropriation of tax dollars.
Sound crazy? Well, a rudimentary check of somewhat recent Federal Court rulings will show that
elected officials that appropriate millions of dollars for police and law enforcement officer training are
responsible, both personally and professionally, to insure that tax payer funds spent on training was
spent appropriately.
Uncle Tom Mayors, Jemima City Managers and Miss Daisy government representatives can't keep
lying about police being adequately trained when citizens are shot, or shot at, 50 or more times.
You tell me, what Police Academy did your local and state government pay to teach law enforcers
how and when to beat and kick unarmed, uncharged citizens?
The people should be tired of government officials that back up ridiculous reasons like "The police
kicked the suspects because the police were frustrated and depressed."
You mean to tell me that SWAT Team members don't get sick leave. Is counseling and medical
treatment and medication not available to officers that are upset and depressed?
Black people get pulled over, beaten and shot because governments support lawmen that exercise
police brutality. If police officers were ever put behind bars like so many people that have been jailed
under false charges and pretenses, police would stop violating Civil Rights laws and equal protection
laws.
People don't get beat just because they stand up for Black and poor people. People don't get shot
because they speak out on issues of importance to Black people.
You get victimized by bad cops just because your skin color is darker than white and it doesn't mat-
ter if you're Clarence Thomas or Louis Farrakhan.
A card carrying neocolonialist integrationist will get beaten just as quick as a Black nationalist free-
dom fighter. They beat and kick us because we are Black.
Start filing law suits that drag elected officials into to court to tell judges and juries why the people
are told that tax money went to training when police procedures are violated every day at every turn.
If you think what I've written is impossible, it's not. Do a little legal research on police misconduct
cases in Florida and in California.
When confronted by bad cops, if you don't want to fight back, get paid back the tax money you
spent on police training.

(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)

MOTIVATING CHANGE THROUGH ART
from Mayor John Peyton
As we look to provide renewed peace and prosperity for the citizens of Jacksonville through The
Jacksonville Journey, we've all been inspired by members of our community who are working for
change. They come from all sectors of our city, and their passion for this community and their fel-
low residents is a resource beyond measure.
One individual who's working to make a difference through his art is Jacksonville native and
nationally recognized poet, actor and playwright Al Letson.
On May 17 and 18, Al will be performing his "Summer in Sanctuary" at Theatre Jacksonville in
San Marco. This autobiographical sketch chronicles his experiences while working at a summer
camp at the Sanctuary on 8th Street. Through this performance, Letson challenges perceptions about
race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children of this economically chal-
lenged neighborhood. His realistic account sheds light on struggles many of our citizens continue
to face today.
This profound and moving work of art has received rave reviews and moved the hearts and
minds of audiences. If your schedule permits, please consider attending. Proceeds from the per-
formances will serve as a fundraiser for the Sanctuary which provides an after-school, summer camp
and adult outreach programs. For show times and to reserve your tickets call (904) 356-3588.


ASK Deanna! Is an aavice column Knuwn jur tus
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WALKING THROUGH GLASS- Saturday, Cris
made a decision to enter Family Dollar on Norwich
in Brunswick to remove the cash register. He
apparently had watched too many movies or too
many commercials breaking a window that the 20-
year-old did not realize that what he had seen were
commercials/movies only and therefore, threw a
brick in the window of the store to break it.
After throwing the brick, he decided to walk into
the store through the broken glass entrance and
while doing so, received several cuts.
In spite of the cuts, the suspect still tried to follow
through with his goal, and that was to remove the
cash register, which in most businesses, was emptied after hours or filled only with
starter money for the next business day. He was unsuccessful in getting the cash
register out and received additional cuts which caused a lot of bleeding that helped
the police locate his identity since he had an arrest record.
The suspect was able to get minimal care for his several serious cuts and was final-
ly located and arrested on Thursday and charged.


TAGS WERE EXPIRED-Wednesday,
Jacksonville Sheriffs officers were led on a wild
chase after a traffic stop at Justina Road and
Pompano Drive. The officer did a license plate
check and was able to determine that the tag had
expired. He therefore pulled the man over who
elbowed one of the officers and fled on foot when
the officer tried to handcuff him. The officer ran
after the suspect on foot and tried to taser him.
However, the Taser failed to stop the suspect.
A female and her children were sitting .on the
sofa in their living room, watching TV when the man opened the sliding-glass door
of their home and slammed the door shut in an effort to prevent the officer from get-
ting in. The children started screaming and crying and the police followed through
the door a few seconds later. Prior to the arrival of other officers, the officer and the
suspect.had a hand-to-hand combat.
It took about ten minutes for the officer, with the help of other officers to get the
man down where he was finally handcuffed and taken into custody. The officer
received minor wounds to his hands and face. He was also shocked by his Taser dur-
ing the encounter.
Jacksonville officers searched the path of the chase to see if they could locate a
possible weapon but did not find one. They also did not find a weapon on the sus-
pect who was then taken to a hospital for evaluation and arrest.


HAND-TO-HAND TRANSACTION An
officer observed a person, Mr. AJ, Jr. make a
hand to hand transaction in the 2000 block of
Phoenix Ave. He observed that the subject
was not wearing his seatbelt and the vehicle's
right rear brake light was not functioning.
The officer attempted to conduct a traffic
stop on the vehicle. The subject initially
refused to stop the vehicle despite the offi-
cer's emergency lights and siren. The subject
stopped the car and fled from the vehicle on
foot. The officer pursued the subject on foot
and observed him run onto the porch in the


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1200 block of E. 15th St. A perimeter was established around the house. A check of
DHSMV records revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle lives at that resi-
dent. The officer contacted the zone dispatcher and learned that the suspect, Mr. AJ,
Sr. called the police and stated that his vehicle was stolen. He was read his miranda
warning and was advised of the situation. The suspect became visibly nervous and
stated that he "woke up and my car was gone." He stated that he observed the vehi-
cle was not in the driveway where he last saw it. He stated that he did not check the
house to see if any other family members had driven it. The officer noticed that the
subject was fully clothed and had all of his personal items in his pocket. When ques-
tioned about this, the suspect stated "I fell asleep in my clothes last night." Upon
further questioning, the suspect continued to act nervous and began to change the
sequence of events leading to calling the police. K-9 tracked the subject to the
house. After several loud announcements of police, K-9 unit, the subject was
detained on the stairwell. The subject was given the miranda warning. He admitted
to running from the listed vehicle and into the house and speaking to the suspect
about calling the police. The suspect was once again questioned and he admitted that
he "heard my son come into the house, breathing heavy," and telling him to "call the
police,your car is gone." He said he contacted the police because he was half asleep.
During detailed questioning about why his version of the events had changed, he
stated, "I'm on medication and I'm half asleep." The suspect's vehicle was seized
for forfeiture. Case cleared by arrest.


DOMESTIC BATTERY -An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of
Westmont St. in reference to a domestic battery
investigation. Upon his arrival he revealed the vic-
tim, Ms. LW is currently five months pregnant
with the defendant's child. the defendant, Mr.
HCP, knew that the victim was pregnant, but he
entered her home and during a dispute, punched
her on her head with a closed fist. The strike
caused her to fall upon the floor. Once she was on
the floor, the defendant began to choke her while
she was lying down. She pled woth the defendant
to stop and get off her, stating that he could hurt
the baby. However, the suspect stated that he did
not care. He released her and fled on foot. Shortly
afterwards, he was apprehended and arrested.


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HOROSCOPE

May 17, 2008 May 23, 2008


ARIES
Mar 21st Apr 19th
Monday goes best if you actively
focus on renewal instead of retreading
the same old ground. If worst comes
to worst, just hang on-great energy
onTuesday and Wednesday makes
those synapses really start firing,
spawning the kind of unique thought
that leads to amazing, exploratory
action. Yes, you're really getting going
now, but you won't get far without a
solid foundation, and that's what
deserves attention during the rest of
this week. Work on the basics, and
strengthen the bonds. Sunday brings a
boost your way!


CANCER
June 22nd July 22nd

Silence is solid golden on Monday. If
you're not sure what to say, let them
fill the void-you'll learn something!
Then make doing what's best for you
your top priority around Tuesday and
Wednesday. No, you don't want to be
an egomaniac, but provided you're not
trampling over others, there s nothing
wrong with doing a little looking out
for numero uno..And while you may
feel like just quietly floating along
through the rest of the week, a certain
situation needs your attention-and an
action. On Sunday, watch the ol' cash
flow and other financial matters.


~S LIBRA
Sept 23rd Oct 22nd
Watch for a switcheroo at work or in
the money department on Monday-
catch it early, and you'll handle it bet-
ter. Then, there's nothing wrong with
being idealistic around Tuesday and
Wednesday-strong values and sweep-
ing vision make for great things. At the
end of the workweek, while the past
informs the present, it's crucial to
process issues as they pop up-especial-
y when it comes to interactions with
others. Your positive, proactive atti-
tude continues to come in handy when
the stars send some fun possibilities
your way this weekend!


CAPRICORN
Dec 22nd-Jan 19th


Between your healthy perspective and
a little input from someone you trust
on Monday, you're golden. But a cer-
tain idea or plan that you're attached
to just might not be holding up around
Tuesday or Wednesday. Try an adjust-
ment (or two) before you throw your
hands up-it's not like you to give in!
The stars send extra energy and brain-
power your way at the end of the
workweek and through this weekend.
If you can get a certain person whose
style compliments your own nicely in
on the big thinking and the fun now,
even better!


[ TAURUS
Apr 20th May 20th
You're especially in touch with the emo-
tional side of life on Monday. While your
own moods are changing fast, you're also
able to tap into others' feelings particular-
ly well. Interesting! Play the devil's advo-
cate around Tuesday and Wednesday. The
more you help everyone (including your-
sel) to explore every angle, the better the
outcome. At the end of the workweek and
on Saturday, it's time to plan a trip,
whether literally or figuratively. Where do
you want to go on this earth? In your life?
On Sunday, look for the symbolism in an
unusual occurrence.


LEO
July 23rd -Aug 22nd

Isyour home your refuge? Ge t in
order on Monday, and check in with
family or someone dear who's far
away. Yawn, right? Wrong! With a
solid foundation at your back, you're
ready to move forward in exciting
(and possibly hot) directions around
Tuesday" and Wednesday. Whatever
you've been thinking, it's time to say it
or do it! At the end of the workweek
and over the weekend though, honesty
is only an excellent policy if you also
know when to let the other person
have their say. If you find yourself
monologing instead of dialoging, hush
up!

SCORPIO
Oct 23rd Nov 21st

Your own strength-your willpower,
your convictions, your feelings-might
surprise you on Monday. Keep that
confidence up through Tuesday and
Wednesday. If someone's trying to tell
you something that doesn't ring true,
ask them more, or do some back-
ground digging on your own. At the
end of the workweek and on Saturday,
the cosmic atmosphere's clearer, as is
communication in general. An agree-
ment's easy to reach now, whether at
work or in a sweeter, more personal
context. But be aware, there's some-
thing you need to settle when it comes
to homelife on Sunday.

Sn 2hFAQUARIUS
1 ~.A Jan 20th Feb 18th


o i ee o I


Don't ignore an uncertain r eeing on
Monday. Questioning instead of just
deciding helps you see what you want
and who you want to be. New connec-
tions are in the stars for you around
Tuesday and Wednesday-whether
work-related, lovewise, or in a com-
munity setting. Reach out, online and
in real-time! You might experience a
setback at the end of the workweek,
but it's not the end of the world.
There's a lesson to be learned, and
with the right attitude, you emerge
stronger and smarter than ever. And
sometime this weekend, the stars will
offer you a big boost!


GEMINI
May 21st June 21st

What you notice when you look care-
fully on Monday gives a big clue
about whatyou should do on Tuesday
and Wednesday-and you definitely
need to do something. Don't just sit
there; your action can even be a little
extreme if it moves a situation for-
ward. Then toward the end of the
workweek and through the first part of
the weekend, people won't behave
according to plan (possibly even
you!). Leave them plenty of wiggle
room, but do keep communicating.
Leave time on Sunday to regroup and
think seriously about something from
earlier in the week.

[ VIRGO
Aug 23rd Sept 22nd
Life's definitely busy on Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday, and your
strong sense of responsibility may
mean you're feeling stretched pretty
thin. You might need to let something
slip now-but if you recognize it, you
can let anyone else involved know in a
timely manner instead of leaving them
hanging. At the end of the workweek
and through the weekend, a bit of an
adventurous attitude is all it takes to
welcome the sweet-and possibly hot-
stuff the stars have in store. Are you
ready to explore? Especially on
Sunday, just say no to the same-old,
same-old. It's spring!

fS SAGITTARIUS
Nov 22nd -Dec 21st

Tap into your subconscious of
Monday-a dream or meditative state
tells you more than the ol' noggin
right now. Then you're especially lov-
ing and lovable around Tuesday and
Wednesday, if the stars have their say.
Bring that sense of humor along, and
life's fun, funny, and genuinely won-
derful. But something's bringing you
back to basics at the end of the work-
week. Could it be that bankbook? Play
by the rules for now;, sometime this
weekend you can expect a shift in
energy that's more informed by the
forces of chance.

PIECES
SFeb 19th-Mar 20th


A hidden element holds a key on
Monday-uncover it and unlock some
fresh info, new resources, and major
potential! Around Tuesday and
Wednesday, you don't have to agree
with a certain someone, but how you
disagree is a real test of your mettle.
Knowing you, you'll come to the table
with a spirit of goodwill, containing
the issue and retaining mutual respect.
Then someone's got a word to the wise
for you at the end of the workweek or
over the weekend. Think about the
special expertise of those around you-
with practical matters and in relation-
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-. sSuns pitching staff tosses eight scoreless innings
By: Brian DeLettre, media assistant
MOBILE, Ala. Four Suns' pitchers combine for eight score-
ess frames, while James Tomlin went 4-for-5 with three runs scored
and a double to help Jacksonville down the Mobile BayBears, 5-1, on
Wednesday night in front of 1,749 at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The Suns (19-21) pitching staff held the BayBears (18-22) to a first inning run and six hits,
while fanning five en route to the victory.
Suns starter Jesus Castillo (2-2) earn the win, allowing a run on four hits in five innings of
work. Tanyon Sturtze and Brian Akin each added a scoreless inning of relief, while Brent Leach
held the BayBears scoreless in the final two innings to secure his second save. -
Adam Howard (3-2) took the loss for the BayBears after surrendering three run.(two earned)
on six hits, while giving up three walks and fanning four in 4.1 innings. Cody Evans andAJ Shappi
hurled scoreless relief outings for the BayBears. ,
Suns right fielder Jamie Hoffmann had three hits in five trips, while Russell Mitchell and
DeJesus each tallied multiple hits to go along with Tomlin's night at the plate. DeJesus also scored
twice for the Suns.
Yunesky Sanchez and Frank Curreri recorded a pair of hits, respectively, for the BayBears
offensively.
The Suns scratched across two runs in the first inning off Howard to take early advantage.
Tomlin led off the game with a double to left field. DeJesus singled home Tomlin in the next at-
bat and moved to second during the play on Cyle Hankerd. DeJesus moved to third on a fly out
by Greg Jacobs and then scored on line-drive single to left field from Mitchell to cap off the inning.
The BayBears cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly from Brandon Burgess to score
Gregory Thomson in the bottom of the inning.
Castillo reached on fielding error by Burgess to start the fifth inning. Castillo moved to sec-
ond on single by Tomlin, but would get picked off by Howard during DeJesus' at-bat. Despite the
pick off, Howard would walk DeJesus then Jacobs to load the bases. Howard was lifted for Evans,
who struck out Lucas May, but uncorked a wild pitch in the process which allowed Tomlin to score
and extend the Suns' lead to 3-1.
The Suns took a commanding 5-1 advantage in the top of the ninth inning from a double by
Jacobs to score Tomlin and DeJesus.
The BayBears would not go quietly in the ninth inning. After strike out to Hankerd, Curreri
single to center. John Hester drew a walk in the next at-bat. Leach induced a ground ball by Cesar
Nicholas to DeJesus, who flipped it to Juan Gozanlez at second for the force, but couldn't finish
the turn which put runners on the comers for the BayBears. Chris Rahl would pinch-hit, but Leach
picked off Nicholas leaning toward second base to end the threat and secure the Suns victory.
The Suns return home to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for the first of a five-game set
against the Birmingham Barons. First pitch on Thursday is set for 7:05 p.m. and tickets can be pur-
chased for the series by calling the Suns box office at 904-358-2846 or online at jaxsuns.com. If
you can't make it to the game, listen to the Suns live beginning at 6:45 p.m. on AM 930 the Fox
or online at 930thefox.com and jaxsuns.com.


WACKY RIGGING SOFT BAITS
**


In a never-ending quest to catch more and
bigger fish, anglers have learned to embrace a
multitude of baits and techniques. We've
learned to flip and pitch, cast monstrous swim-
baits and even rig a drop shot. And though
these fishing techniques began as foreign to
most of us, eventually they found their way into
the bass fishing vernacular.
While most anglers have already been
introduced to wacky rigging as a concept, it
seems that some of the finer points of making
this finesse presentation work (as well as some
of the terminal tackle) haven't yet reached the
masses. The wacky rig system isn't complicat-
ed, but knowing when, where and how to use it
can provide you with one of the most effective
fishing techniques for spawn, postspawn and
even deep-structure fishing.
I would say first and foremost the wacky
presentation is probably at its best during
spawn and postspawn when fish move up shal-
low. That's because the wacky system allows
you to keep the bait in the strike zone longer
and it creates a lot more action with the bait.
Outside grasslines, pockets in reeds, docks,
rock walls, wherever fish are spawning or have
moved to in a postspawn situation are great
places for a wacky rigged soft plastic.
Especially in the postspawn when bass get
really lethargic and they don't want to chase
bait, scaling down with a wacky worm will pro-
duce strikes for you. If you can't get bit on a 10-
inch Berkley PowerBait Power Worm because
the fish are shallow, you can assure yourself
that if you put on a Berkley PowerBait Fat
Dover Crawler and just start fishing it you are
going to catch fish.
The clearer the water the better the wacky
system seems to work. Obviously, with dirtier
water you're going to want something bigger
like a Texas rig.
The wacky rig, when not fishing thick
grass or trying to get it up in the middle of a


tree, is more efficient than j Texas rig
MI) \\ ack) rigging equipment consists olf a
7-foot spinning rod with 8- or 10-pound
Berkley TrileneR 100% Fluorocarbon line. As
far as hooks go, I use a wacky rig hook: a short-
shank, wide-gap hook with round bends. Just
stick the hook point through the egg sac (or
thickest portion) of the bait. The Fat Dover
Crawler is the best worm I can think of for the
wacky system because it has the most move-
ment and displaces the most water.
For weights, I use short tungsten nail
weights that they insert into the nose of the
baits for rigging wacky style. Without a doubt
this is the next generation for fishing open-
water, deep structure fish. For spotted bass it's
probably one of the best worm techniques that
you can use when they are deep. You can fish
4- to 6-inch worms wacky rigged but ypu put a
3/16-ounce tungsten nail weight in it and you
can fish that bait really well in 20 to 30 feet of
water. The fall of the bait is so different and it
wants to plane and glide and you can hop it and
shake it throughout the water column. Out
West, these nail weights aren't hard to find, but
for the rest of the country I would suggest using
the Internet if you can't find them in your
region. I base the weight size on the depth of
the water I want to fish.
Most of the baits I use are 4-6 inches so
there's not too big of a difference. The depth of
the water and the speed of the fall you want will
determine what size nail weight you want to
use. For a super slow fall, use
1/32 ounce. To get deep, 3/16 or 1/4 ounce
and heavier line will help you get the bait down
there faster.
The wacky rig catches fish. It takes some
experimentation and some specialized terminal
tackle, but it is so effective at catching both
shallow and deep fish from the spawn through
fall that it is destined to be the next hot tech-
nique that makes its way to your home lake.
Skeet Reese is the 2007 BASS Elite Series
Angler of the Year and an 8-time Bassmaster
Classic qualifier. Reese lives in Auburn, Calif.

WBr&C1EC


Jacksonville IBeacn -
The 5th Annual Frog Frolic
will be held at Shipwreck
Island Waterpark at
Adventure Landing on
Memorial Day, Monday,
May 26th. Thousands of
plastic frogs will race
around the Lil' St. John's
Lazy River at Shipwreck
Island Waterpark, located at
1944 Beach Boulevard.
The frogs are numbered,
and with each $5 donation, a
numbered ticket is issued to
the purchaser which corre-
sponds with one of the num-
bered frogs.
The first place frog wins
its ticket holder a pair of
United Motors Matrix II
150's motor scooters, over a
$6000 value, provided by
Big Dog Marine. The second
place winner receives a $500
shopping spree provided by
St. Augustine Premium
Outlets, and the third place
winner receives a family trip
to Western North Carolina
which includes tickets to
Ghost Town in the Sky


moumam-top mneme
park with accommo-
dations provided by
Smoky Falls Lodge
in Maggie Valley.
The fourth place
winner will receive
four Shipwreck
Island waterpark
passes valid for the
2008 season.
Frog Frolic is Adventure
Landing's annual fundrais-
ing event. This year the net
proceeds will benefit the
American Heart
Association. Adventure
Landing is now accepting $5
donations for each ticket.
The ticket purchaser also
receives $10 off the water-
park admission the day of
the event. Ticket holders do
not need to be present to
win.
"With a terrific grand
prize and with all of our staff
really getting behind the
promotion, we feel like we
can contribute to helping
heart disease," says Lee
Hovis, General Manager of


fnU V euim/L nLainiUIl. wTe
are offering our cashiers
weekly sales contests and
we've got some great media
partners helping promote the
event."
Adventure Landing
often aligns itself with char-
ities in the community
throughout the year. Annual
fundraising events such as
their Easter Egg Hunts, Hall
of Terror, and media golf
tournaments draw thousands
of families out to both
Jacksonville area Adventure
Landing locations, raising
money for various non-prof-
it organizations. The Frog
Frolic is the biggest
fundraiser that Adventure
Landing hosts.


SJames McDonald Named Southern League
Pitcher of the Week -Jacksonville, FL Suns right-
handed starter James McDonald was named the
Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 4-11.
McDonald continued his dominance over a pair of
Southern League foes during the week, posting a
1.38 ERA against the Carolina Mudcats and the
Mobile BayBears.
The 23-year-old McDonald matched zeroes with
Mudcats pitcher Chris Volstad for seven innings
Tuesday, May 6. striking out nine batters without issu-
ing a walk. The native of Long Beach, CA was not
involved in the decision, however, as the Suns did not score until the eighth
inning of a 2-0 victory. Offensive support was not a problem in McDonald's
next start at Mobile. Given a five-run lead before he took the mound on
Sunday, May 11, McDonald allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of an
8-4 win while striking out seven.
Since joining the Southern League last summer, McDonald has gone 4-
0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and just five walks in 36 1/3 innings against
the Mudcats and BayBears. For the season, he is 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA and
42 strikeouts in just 40 1/3 innings.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND USHERS IN NEW REGULATIONS FOR 3.5
MILLION ANGLERS -TAMPA, Fla. (May 15, 2008) Memorial Day Weekend brings
in new regulations changing the way 3.5 million anglers fish, according to the American
Sportfishing Association (ASA). Beginning June 1, Amendment 27/14, a joint plan
between the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).and National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS),
will require new federal rules calling for the use of specific devices to reduce the mor-
tality of bycatch, including non-stainless steel circle hooks, venting tools and dehook-
ing devices for all anglers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Aquatic Release Conservation (ARC), of Daytona Beach has developed and
patented a solution, the ARC DEHOOKER, a dehooking device meeting the design
standards of numerous agencies, including NOAA Fisheries/NMFS. The patented pig-
tail curl of the ARC DEHOOKER is the only tool needed to remove internal and exter-
nal hooks, which meets the specifications for safe removal, and is available in a multi-
tude of sizes to meet requirements. ARC is also the exclusive distributor of the Florida
Sea Grant Novak Venting Tool Kit.
Additional fishery conservation partners, including Dr. Guy Harvey and the Guy
Harvey Ocean Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, have fully endorsed ARC's product line
as the best available products designed to reduce mortality in released hooked fish and
other marine animals.
"The goal of Amendment 27/14 is to foster the survivability of unwanted, under-
sized or endangered Gulf of Mexico species," said Shawn Dick, president of ARC. "In
partnering with organizations, such as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, we hope to
increase the awareness of the conservation message so that future generations can
benefit."
Aquatic Release Conservation, Inc. (ARC) is dedicated to research, development,
distribution and sales of equipment technologies and educational outreach materials.
ARC strives to enable recreational anglers and commercial fishers to practice careful
handling and release techniques to increase post-release survivability of hooked and
released fish and other aquatic animals. ARC is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. For
additional information go to http://www.arcdehooker.com. ARC DEHOOKERS are
available in retail and tackle stores nationwide.



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Cox Art of Hair Barbership Honors

High Achieving Students


Cox Art of Hair Barber Shop is again proud to
recognize the following Honor Roll students for
the third nine weeks of the school year. We are
proud of the students for their outstanding job and
encourage them to keep up the good work.
Education is the key to success.

*Aaron Bracy, "A" Honor Roll Lake Shore
Middle School

*Brian Kimbrough, "A&B" Honor Roll" Henry
F. Kite Elem.

*Edward Watkins II, "A&B" Honor Roll" -
Paxon Advance Studies

*Geremiah Hickson, "A&B" Honor Roll" Kirby
Smith Middle School

*Jacob Olds, "A&B" Honor Roll" S.A. Hull
Elem.

*Jordan & Joshua James, "A" and "A&B"
Honor Roll" Trinity Christian Academy

*Joseph Hopkins, "E" Honor Roll, Garden City
Elem.

*Joshua Carter, "A" Honor Roll, Trinity
Christian Academy

*Quenton Wright, "A&B" Honor Roll", Trinity
Christian Academy

*Daquavius Woody, "A" Honor Roll, Highlands
Middle School


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The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida
announced a statewide campaign addressing the
childhood obesity epidemic in Florida Tuesday,
May 13, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center, in Jacksonville. City of
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton offered the
opening remarks. Randy M. Kammer, president,
board of directors, The Blue Foundation for a
Healthy Florida, and Susan Towler, executive
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WINSTON-SALEM,
N.C. (May 12, 2008) May
is National Bicycle Safety
Month. As we head into sum-
mer with kids out of school
and families taking vacation,
May is a perfect opportunity
to brush up on safe riding for
the whole family.
In recent years, bicycling
for recreation and transporta-
tion has been dramatically
increasing in popularity.
Approximately four million
Americans now pedal along
the country's streets and
highways. And why not?
Bicycling is the perfect way
exercise, offers great scenery
and is just about as green as
you can get-and what better


way to fight back at the high
prices at the gas pumps.
But before you hop on
your bike in hopes of becom-
ing the next Lance
Armstrong, all bike riders
should know how to ride
safely. The number of cyclists
visiting emergency rooms
each year is staggering-
from adults to young kids. In
fact, about half a million kids
alone are seriously injured in
bicycle-related accidents in
the Unites States.
Summer time is the most
dangerous season for kids
since they are out of school
and have more free time. The
majority of injuries are sus-
tained while swimming, bik-
ing, skating or riding in cars.
Head injuries account for
62 percent of bicycle-related
deaths, for 33 percent of bicy-
cle-related emergency depart-
ment visits and for 67 percent
of bicycle-related hospital
admissions.
The Best Advice:
Wear a Helmet!
"Head injury is the lead-
ing cause of death in bicycle
crashes. The evidence is
clear: a helmet is the single
most effective safety device


available to reduce head
injury from bike crashes,"
Kerri Taimanglo, executive
director of CycleSafe.org,
said. CycleSafe.org is a non-
profit organization based in
Winston-Salem, North
Carolina that provides bike
safety programming and
other outreach efforts across
America. It promotes healthy
and active lifestyles for bike
riders of all ages and all abil-
ity levels through bicycle
safety and education.
"Requiring children to
wear a helmet every time is
the best thing you can do to
protect them from biking
injuries, and it's the law in
many states."
Taimanglo said that a
properly fitted helmet should
not rock back and forth or
side to side. To encourage
children to wear a helmet, she
recommended allowing chil-
dren to choose a stylish hel-
met that's "cool."
"Proper bike fit and
maintenance also can help
prevent injuries. A child's feet
should reach the ground
while sitting in the bike seat,"
Taimanglo said. "Make sure
the reflectors are secure,


brakes work properly, gears
shift smoothly, and tires are
secured and properly inflat-
ed."
In addition, it is impor-
tant to make sure all bike rid-
ers follow traffic laws and
bicycle rules of the road:
Always ride on the right
side of the road, riding in the
same direction as the traffic.
Learn and obey all traf-
fic laws.
Use proper hand sig-
nals to let others know when
you are stopping and turning.
Look both ways before
crossing the street with your
bicycle. Be sure to walk
rather than ride your bike
across the street.
Don't ride between
parked or moving cars.
When riding around a
curve, ride in single file, ride
slowly and stay to the side of
the road.
Never ride out from a
driveway or hillside.

Why is bicycle safety so
important? Just look at
these facts:
There are 85 million
bicycle riders in the United
States.


About 540,000 bicy-
clists visit emergency rooms
with injuries every year. Of
those, about 67,000 have
head injuries, and 27,000
have injuries serious enough
to be hospitalized.
I in 8 of the cyclists
with reported injuries has a
brain injury; Two-thirds of
the deaths here are from trau-
matic brain injury.
A very high percent-
age of cyclists' brain injuries
can be prevented by a helmet,
estimated at anywhere from
45 to 88 percent.
Direct costs of
cyclists' injuries due to not
using helmets are estimated
at $81 million each year.
Celebrate National
Bicycle Safety Month and
make safe bike riding a must
for you and your whole fami-
ly.
Their programs are
designed to include athletic
training tips and coaching for
everyone from beginning
bike riders to serious cyclists
and competitors. To find out
more, visit
www.cyclesafe.org.


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Florida were special guests.
Childhood obesity is a public health epidem-
ic. In Florida, 32.5 percent of children ages 10-17
are overweight or obese. The Blue Foundation
for a Healthy Florida supports solutions that
enhance access to quality health-related services
for Floridians, particularly the uninsured and
underserved.
"We are taking action beyond traditional
nutrition and fitness programs," said Susan
Towler.". "Through strategic philanthropy,
Embrace a Healthy Florida will foster environ-
ments that promote healthy lifestyles for chil-
dren."
The statewide initiative will support commu-
nity-based programs that promote change in fam-
ilies and parenting, childcare centers and
schools, neighborhood recreation opportunities
and other influences on the accessibility of
healthy food and physical activity. Focusing on
Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and
Tallahassee regions, the three-phase effort will
provide grants to nonprofit organizations, fund
research, and foster community collaboration.
Along with numerous physical health risks,
overweight and obese children are shown to suf-


fer higher rates of depression, greater difficulty
in peer relationships and poorer quality of life
than their normal weight counterparts.
"Instead of several segmented strategies,
Embrace a Healthy Florida brings together
resources from numerous factions," said Towler.
"This enables the initiative to become -one uni-
fied effort working together to combat childhood
obesity."
Following the initiative launch, a communi-
ty meeting including a panel titled, "The
Dynamic Policies, Politics, and Effects of
Childhood Obesity in Jacksonville: Moving
Community Action to Asset Building," was com-
menced.
The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida is
a separate, philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF), incorporat-
ed in the state of Florida. The Blue Foundation
for a Healthy Florida, and its parent, BCBSF, are
independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association, an association of independ-
ent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For
more information on The Blue Foundation for a
Healthy Florida, please visit its web site at
www.bluefoundationfl.com.







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CLEAN JOKES


Silly Silly!
Why did the Romans build straight roads?
So their soldiers didn't go around the bend!

When a knight in armour was killed in battle, what
sign did they put on his grave?
Rust in peace!

What famous chiropodist ruled England?
William the Corn-cutter!

What English King invented the fireplace?
Alfred the grate!

What's yellow, has wheels and lies on its back?
A dead school bus!
Teacher: I hope I didn't see you
looking at Fred's test paper
-" Pupil: I hope you didn't see me
either!

When were King Arthur's army
too tired to fight?
When they had lots of sleepless
knights!
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