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Year 2008 In Review
Toward End of 2008
Jaguars' Vice President Resi.
James "Shack" Harris,
Jacksonville Jaguars' .Vice
President of Player Personnel
since 2003 resigned Tuesday. He
is being replaced at the end of
this season with Gene Smith, 44,
who has been with the team since
James 'Shack' Harris it started in 1994.
Search is On for Two Georgia Men
Four Shot Three are Deceased
I Kingsland, Ga. police are searching
for two men in the Sunday night shoot-
ing death of James Riddle, 25, Phyllis
Frazier, 28 and Michael Key, -25 in
Kingsland. James and Phyllis were
shot in their apartment. A third person
in the apartment escaped.
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The World of Sports in 2008
Cullen Jones, 24, the sec-
ond black swimmer to win
a gold medal.
Venuste and Serena
Williams, won their sec-
ond doubles gold during
the 2008 Olympics.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt,
became the first to break
both the 100 and 200-meter
races at the same
Jockey Sylvia Harris is
the first black female to
win Chicago's horse racing
and the second in the coun-
ty to win a thoroughbred
Not Shown: Shani Davis,
26, won two speed-skating
Titles during the World Cup
Speed Skating finals.
Basketball greats, Patrick
Ewing and Hakeem
Olajuwon, were inducted
into the Hall of Fame in the
same class this September.
Ruby Dee, Academy Award
Ruby Dee received her first Academy
Award nomination for her role in
American Gangster and Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Motion
Nelson Mandella at 90 Years Old
Former South African president,
Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th
birthday and was removed from the
U.S. Terrorism Watch List.
Bill Board's Artist of the
Year- Chris Brown
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The Biggest Victory
President Elect Barack Obama, entered the platform the
night of November 4, 2008 with a serious look. His face
said, "It is unbelievable but it is real. It has been officially
announced that I have won the 2008 presidential election
for the United States."
Senator John McCain had congratulated him and the
largest percentage of the country showed complete happi-
ness, relief and hope. It was a real feeling of, "A change has
Come to America."
Ebony Magazine and Time Magazine named Obama
S"Person of The Year." The people apparently agree because
according to CNN, he has received the highest rating of all
S presidents in transition, these past three decades. His rating
as of December 24 was at 82% His approval for his cabi-
net nominees has an equal approval rating.
The inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama is
envisioned to be the largest in history. More than five mil-
lion are expected to attend this historical event the inaugu-
ration of the official and without a doubt, first African
American President of the United States.
President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama Obama will use the bible that was previously used by
President Abraham Lincoln. He will wear a high top hat,
and he will use his entire given name. He cancelled the fireworks because he feels our issues are too serious.
America, rejoice. It won't be easy, but a change has come to the United States. Thank you Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. It took us forty years after your teachings but we finally got it straight in 2008.
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became the biggest money
The Money Losers
Woods, In October the average gas cost
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bout to has fallen to a 4 1/2 year low with
e bil- an average price of $1.40 per gal-
win- There was a series of events that
started the U. S. scrambling, such
eyonce as the failing of Lehman Brothers,
was and AIG announcing they were
year's about to go under as well as
money Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the
n the nation's number one lender.
enter- The year 2008 witnessed more
S failing institutions than any year
)bama since records were kept.
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We Said Goodbye
Cat Lady Dies at 81
Eartha Kitt, known as the sultry 'cat lady' and her most
popular song, "Santa Baby" died on Christmas Day,
2008. The singer, dancer and actress was 81.
Bernie Mac '
Many were shocked when comedian, Bernie Mac, died
in August from pneumonia. We- Continued A-7
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Marnan .Carey ana
' Most were not surprised when
Beyonce and Jay Z got married
but the same folks were totally sur-
prised when Mariah Carey and
Nick Cannon tied the knot.
Equally surprising was the
announcement by Wanda Sykes
that she had acquired a wife and
because gay marriage was now
banned in California, she would
begin a fight for such to become
legal throughout the United States.
The country saw many anti-gay
marches and violence against gays.
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The Oprah Winfrey
Network, with her
having 50% owner-
ship, will begin
broadcasting in 2009
and Tyler Perry
launched his own TV
and film studio in
Atlanta during 2008,
making it a first for
Criminal-Answers and Arrests
Hate in West Virginia t~-f. .
Megan Williams, 20 was held -_
captive, beaten and sexually -
abused by six white men and -
women in West Virginia
because she was black.
0 J Simpson Gets 33 Years
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years for armed robbery in Las Vegas.
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HOLYGHOST OVERCOMING POWER EVAN-
GELISTIC PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE, INC. -The
19th Annual Holy Triumphal Fellowship service begins
December 31, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. 6:00 a.m. A Prayer
breakfast will be served following the service. All are
welcome! Join us as we give God the Praise all night at
5729 Vernon Rd. Dr. B. J. Hamilton, Pastor.
NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH cor-
dially invites you to come join them on January 10,
2009 as they celebrate Family and Friends Day.
Beninning with Church School at 9:00 a.m. and
Morning Worship Service at 10:45 a.m. The church is
located at 737 Jessie St., in Jacksonville. Call 904-358-
2258 for more information.
MOUNT SINAI MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH District Five presents Catherine Williams
and majestic Voices Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 5:00
p.m. 2036 Silver St., in Jacksonville. Rev. R.L. Gundy,
Pastor. Where Jesus is, People Will Show Up!
THE LINCOLN-DOUGLASS MEMORIAL will
celebration The EMANCIPATION PROCLAMA-
TION programThursday, January 1, 2009 at 10:45
a.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church located at
954 Kings Rd. in Jacksonville. Come and witness a phe-
nomenal portrayal of the times, circumstances, and
words of Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham
Lincoln. Your attendance will allow you to remember
how God used Fredrick Douglass and many other abo-
litionists to elevate the American conscious about the
horrors of slavery and how God chose an unlikely ser-
vant, Abraham Lincoln, to become President of the
United States and sign the Emancipation Proclamation
on January 1, 1863 freeing the slaves in Confederate
held territory. Special invitation to Youth, Children, and
their parents/guardians, regarding practices for the
Emancipation Proclamation Program will be held on
December 29, 30, and 31 at 5:00 p.m. at Second
If there had been a death
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what would you be doing
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Missionary Baptist Church. This year's guest speaker is
Dr. H.T. Rhim, Sr., Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary
Baptist Church located in the heart of the community
known as "Black Bottom." At the helm leading the
organization as President of the Executive Board is Dr.
Odell Smith, Jr., long time pastor of this year's host
church, Second Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Gayle
Kendall, 2nd Vice President and Program Chairman
expects this year's celebration to be another outstanding
witness of "reflecting the past, as we forge into the
future!" All are welcome to the program.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER WORKSHOP -
Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. 2 p.m. at
the Mary L. Singleton Center located at 150 E. First St.,
Jacksonville. Caregiving can be an often lonely,
exhausting and frustrating role but also can be filled
with delight and satisfaction. The trick is how to
find the balance. This workshop has been designed to
give caregivers the practical information they need to
help take care of themselves and their loved ones.
Concurrent sessions will cover preservation of assets,
physical aspects of caregiving, compassion fatigue,
advance directives, choosing assisted living or long
term care for Alzheimer's patients, hospice care for
Alzheimer's patients, challenging behaviors and more.
Keynote speaker will be Carol O'Dell, author of,
"Mothering Mother," a daughter's memoir about caring
for her aging mother. Registration:The workshop is
free and open to the public but reservations are
required. Home care is also available for loved ones. To
register for the workshop and to arrange for home care
please call Nikki Tubig at 904.807.1225 by Monday,
January 19, 2008. Complimentary lunch will be pro-
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ADDISON, Tony died
December 22, 2008.
BATTS, Elder John died
December 18, 2008.
BROWN, Brenda died
December 18, 2008.
BURNS, Mary died
December 18, 2008.
died December 20, 2008.
DAVIS, Annie L., died
December 20, 2008.
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HAGANS, Robert died
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HILTON, Sallie M., died
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HOWELL, James died
December 21, 2008.
JACKSON, Marvin Leo
died December 20, 2008.
JOHNSON, Fannie Lue,
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died December 20, 2008.
JONES, Josephine died
December 20, 2008.
JONES, Nathaniel died
December 19, 2008.
LANG, Baby Derianna
Skyhe died'December 19,
PALZY, Hester died
December 20, 2008.
PRESTON, Lucille P.,
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RUFF, Frances died
December 20, 2008.
SIMMONS, Palmer died
December 21, 2008.
STEWART, Robert died
December 20, 2008.
TUCKER, Dorothy died
December 20, 2008.
WEST, Charlie Mae, 75,
December 18, 2008.
Catherine E., died
December 19, 2008.
The Church Directory
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m .
Intercessory Prayer...................10:45 a.m.
Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study .............. 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Eric Lee"-- -
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W worship Service....................................................................10:00 a.m .
Church School.........................................................................8:45 a.m .
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study..................................................6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday...............................10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Joy Explosion Ministry........................................................ 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School................................................................................... 9:30 a.m .
M morning W orship............................................................................... 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday.................................. ........... ..................... Joy N ight,7:00 p.m .
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School ------------------------------------------10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship -------------------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
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Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. Retires
'The Consummate Gentleman'
The Holiday Inn at the Airport was the setting for the
fun-filled Retirement Celebration of Florida Department
of Juvenile Justice's Chief, Probation Officer, Edgar L.
Mathis, Sr. Mathis, a Jacksonville native was educated
in the local schools of Jacksonville, graduating from
New Stanton's Senior High School. Furthering his edu-
cation, Edgar L. Mathis received the B.S. Degree in
Social Sciences and the Master of Science Degree in
Criminal Justice Administration.
Professionally, Mr. Mathis began his career in 1971
as a Youth Counselor with the City of Jacksonville. His
36 year career with the State of Florida spanned appoint-
ments as Youth Counselor, Senior Youth Counselor,
Youth Counselor Supervisor, Direct Services Supervisor,
Human Services Program Administrator, and Juvenile
Justice Manager for the newly formed Department of
Juvenile Justice in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Mathis
was one of twenty Juvenile Justice Managers and one of
four African Americans to hold that position. He was
responsible for five counties in North Florida (Baker,
Clay, Duval Nassau and St. Johns), managing personnel
and facilities, associated with programs that provided
services to juvenile delinquents. He had a full-time staff
of 363 employees, 150 part-time employees, managing a
budget of over 30 million dollars and an additional 13
million dollars in contracts for services. With a change in
administration in 2000, Mr. Mathis was appointed as one
of twenty Chief Probation Officers and Circuit
Coordinators. During this illustrious professional career,
Mr. Mathis accepted a position in 1992 with the City of
Jacksonville as the Employee Assistance Administrator.
In this position he was an advisor to the Mayor, and
department heads on how to effectively deal with
employees with personal job related problems.
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. is very active in the community.
-His numerous affiliations include: Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Gamma
Beta Boul6 Chapter, Sigma Pi Phi.
In retiring Mr. Mathis will be able to devote more
adoring time to his lovely wife Mrs. Gail Cole Mathis,
his three children- Edgar II, Gwenetta, Cherise, his six
grandchildren and his love of golf. He has formed the
consulting company, POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOP-
We wish the 'Consummate Gentleman' Edgar L.
Mathis, Sr. the best of wishes and we thank him for his
years of dedicated service to the youth of Florida.
With The Savannah Moles
The Landings at Savannah's Plantation Country Club
was the setting again this year for the Savannah Moles
Annual Christmas Luncheon and Jacksonville Moles
members Mrs. Madeline Scales-Taylor and yours truly
along with our hubbies trekked up to Savannah to join in
the afternoon of fun as the guests of Savannah Moles
member Mrs. Safronia 'Safi' Ingram. The music, mer-
riment, libations and 'heavenly' seafood fare again was
Seeing our Mole sisters from the north is always
enormously wonderful! Although we saw one another
most recently at the Moles Conclave in Washington, DC,
it is always nice to see one another between Mole
Conclaves. At our table were: The Lloyd Johnsons, who
chose Savannah as their retirement location (Mr.
Johnson a retired east coast attorney and Mrs. Johnson a
retired federal government employee); Mrs. Louise
Anderson Tarver and son Raymond Tarver, Jr. from
Tallahassee, .FL (Young Mr. Tarver is restoring the
Anderson Family Tallahassee home located on the
Florida A. & M. University campus on Osceola St.);
Mrs. Virginia Hayes whose late husband formed the
band that provided the entertainment at the luncheon);
and Mrs. Emily Nzeribe, the sister of the late Mr.
Hayes. Each has become treasured acquaintances
through this annual affair.
With 'after parties' going on throughout the
Savannah Moles membership we could not return home
following the luncheon. With a quick change of clothes
at our hotel, we continued to our hostess's 'after party'
where we dined more. Our hostess did not let a broken
hand deter her from being the infinite gracious hostess.
There was even had homemade ice cream this year.
Wow! And it was 'lip smacking' good!
We always stay over for the night. We never consid-
er returning home until we had more of Savannah's won-
derful low-country cuisine. It is always a wonderful and
fun weekend. We look forward to next year's event and
are discussing plans to go up the day before the Annual
Luncheon next year.
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. with stafj members as he is presented nh
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. with former staffers Ms. Connie Campbell
and Rentie Weston, Jr.
The George Graces and The Edgar L. Mathises, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Mathis with their children and grandchil-
dren. Their daughter Ms. Cherise M. Jones was present, how-
ever, seemed to have missed all the "Kodak"moments.
Former Deputy Secretary, Department Juvenile Justice
Harper andEdgarL Mathis, Sr.
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity brothers
Robert Wilson and Cornelius 'Chip 'Williams
s~tiiia ~~h~M.o1es I
Savannah, GA 's Mayor Otis Johnson with Leonard Law,
Jr. Mr. Law is husband of Savannah Moles member and
past National Moles Parliamentarian Mrs. Dorothy Law.
Mrs. Louise Anderson Tarver with her son Raymond Tarver, Jr.
traveled from Tallahassee, FL for The Savannah Moles
To the left: The Howard
Ta lors of The Jacksonville
Moles with Savannah Moles
hostess Mrs. Safronia 'Safi'
Ingram at the Savannah
Moles Annual Christmas
Luncheon. Mrs. Madeline
Scales-Taylor is National
Moles Courtesy Committee
Chairperson and Mrs. Ingram
is National Moles Resolutions
The J. Carl Davises, Sr. of The Jacksonville
To the left: National
The Moles, Betty
Asque Davis with
President, Mrs. Frieda
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, Savannah Moles Chapter
President Mrs. Frieda McDew Shorter and Mrs. Joenelle
Gordon.a natc nrvesidanto nf Tho .CSavannah Molevs
Mesdames Emily Nzeribe and Virginia Hayes.
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We Continued from A-1
Mrs. Pearl Gartrell, 120
Years Old, Jacksonville
Mrs. Amanda Jones,
daughter of a slave, 110
Cedella Marley, 81, Bob
McBreed, 37, Tupac rap-
Jheryl Bissby, 59, CEO,
Chris Calloway, 62, Cab
Julius Carry, 56, The Last
Bo Diddey, 79, Rock &
Alton Ellis, 70, Raggae
Wayne "Frosty Freeze"
Frost, 44, Hip Hop
worked with Jay Z,
Brandy & Lil
Isaac Hayes, 65,
Ernie Holmes, 59, New
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George Miles, 60, Jimi
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Rudy Ray Moore, 81,
Katoucha Niane, 47,
Clyde Otis, 83, first
Earl Palmer, 83, drum-
Merla Saunder, 74, key-
Eugene Sawyer, 73,
Chicago's 2nd black
Jimmy Slydem 80, tap
slyde Stewart, 34, Senior
VP of Island Def Jam
Levi Stubbs. 80, Tap
Deborah Tang, 60, BET
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer,
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Black Theater of Harlem
Ira Tucker,Sr. 83,
Dixie Humming Birds
Mary Ida Vandross, 89,
mother of Luther
Dee Dee Warwick, 63
sister of Dionne
Warwick, cousin of
Henrietta Bell Wills, 96,
lone female of 1930
Wiley College Debate
Al Wilson, 68, singer
Lee Young, 94, drummer
Andre Romelle Young,
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"The People's Choice"
of New York
governor David Patterson
became governor of New
York when Governor
Eliot Spitzer resigned
because of a sex scandal.
He is also America's first
legally blind governor.
President George W.
Bush signed the "Emmett
Till Unsolved Civil
Rights Act, allowing
the Justice Department
funds to investigate
unsolved murders of the
Civil Rights era.
Honor student and foot-
ball star, Genarlow
Wilson was released from
Georgia prison for con-
sensual sex and went on
to Morehouse College.
Money from A-1
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Airlines, IndyMac Bank, Levitz Furniture, Linens 'n
Things, Mattress Discounters, Marvyns, Sharper
Image, Vivitar, WCI Communities, Wickes Furniture,
Washington Mutual and Woolworths Group.
Prime interest rate is lowest than ever and with the
falling interest rates, a large number of homeowners
are seek refinancing. The average rate now for a 30-
year, fixed mortgage dropped to 5.08%, more than a
full point lower than last month.
There are still fewer people seeking new loans, how-
Will rates get lower? That is not known with this
President-elect Obama has stated that he plans to pro-
vide a plan to help boast the economy.
Americans suffered in 2008 and are looking forward
to better times in 2009.
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By Andrea K. Ortiz
When one first hears the name Ada "Bricktop"
Smith, a sneaking sense of familiarity creeps to mind,
until the 'aha!' moment when we realize she was a leg-
endary and world-renowned African-American female
jazz club owner of Paris' club Bricktop. After securing
her place in 20th Century Paris, the fiery, red-headed
Bricktop would go on to inspire, discover, and rub
elbows with countless international writers, musi-
cians, poets, and members of royal families, (Duke
Ellington, Josephine Baker, and Mabel Mercer to
name a few). Hers is the story of a woman who strug-
gled to fit in, and never failed to stand out:
Producers Jonas Nielson, Paul Lambert, and
Whoopi Goldberg saw this legendary woman's story
as one that not only needed telling, but that also need-
ed to be brought to life on the stages of Broadway. As
such, the project 'Bricktop, Queen of the Night' was
born. At a recent event hosted at the legendary Apollo
Theater in Harlem, New York, for the first time in his-
tory, a Broadway jazz musical was opened with a jazz
concert. In attendance were countless jazz royalty:
Teodross Avery and the Avery Sharpe Trio, Wallace
Roney, the Dom Minasi Trio, and Katie Bull amongst
others. Each ensemble delivered powerful renditions
of jazz standards, and in between sets, there were even
tap dance performances in homage to the Apollo's
Sandman (the tap dancing stage hand).
When asked how the story resonated with him, co-
producer Nielson compared Bricktop's story to a jour-
ney home, "it's been a journey home, synonymous to
Ada's. It is my hope that this production can be equal-
ly inspiring to all. This project has been an epiphany
within a journey." "Bricky," as Smith was known by
close friends, traveled from Chicago in search of a
career on the stage, and would ultimately become the
"doyenne of the caf6 society." Not only did Ava Smith
overcome the social obstacles erected for people of
color during her time, but she also trumped class and
social norms by becoming an international club owner
and successful performer all before the 1960's!
When asked how they felt to be present at such an
historic event, guests Minister Vernon Crew and Rev.
Ruth McGill were "honored and glad to be there."
Even the musicians who performed sang her praises.
Jazz musician Teodross Avery asserted, "It's such a
special treat to be part of such a special project as this-
Bricktop brought jazz to Europe. She was an integral
part of musical history. For a fiery young woman of
color to have accomplished what she did during an era
of unchecked racism, prejudice and discrimination,
Ada "Bricktop" Smith serves as an inspiration for all.
Hinesville, GA Gets First Black Mayor-
Jim Thomas made history
last Friday morning when
he was sworn in as
Hinesville's first Black
mayor. The mayor said his
being sworn in is a "power-
ful affirmation of God's
Mayor .Thomas moved
to Hinesville in 1977 and at
that time, had not been in
politics. He said, that poli-
tics, back then, was not in the cards and not in his thought
pattern for tomorrow.
Thomas was sworn in along with the city's city coun-
cil. The took their oath and are now ready to serve. He
said he recognizes that his being mayor in a Georgia city
is a confirmation of Dr. King's words, you are not judged
by your color, but by the power of the mind."
T he Youngest In Florida's State House -Alan
Williams was elected to represent District 8 of Florida by
82% of the people. The FAMU
graduate at 27 years of age is a
small business owner and will be
the youngest person in more than
25 years to represent the district.
He previously worked as Aide to
.-I the Mayor of Tallahasseeand wa
featured in Ebony under "Future
'---Leaders tmder 30."
The Killing Guns How and Who Gets
Them- Members and leaders of SCLC, Baptist Ministers
Conference of Duval and adjacent
--- counties, NAACP, Jacksonville
Leadership Coalition and MAD
DADS are seeking-answers to the
gun crimes inthis area. Presently,
they are reviewing each incident
wherein a gun was used to commit
a crime while thoroughly review-
ing several studies done, including
the studies done in Jacksonville
from 1996 to 2000.
According to the studies, a small
number of gun stores are the source of a large number of crime
guns. Most high crime gun stores remain open. They are rarely
inspected by federal agents and the federal laws that have been
passed, are not being enforced on those stores that are consid-
They Did It For Meanness -They Killed a Man and
a Boy In Hialeah,
there was a total of
2,317 guns traced to a
criminal act. Of that
number, none of the
Sk stores were inspected
Billy Sheppard, Rashard even though many
22 Evans, 20 guns were traced to
having been purchased from their locations. All were still in
business, according to the study.
On July 20, 2008, 39. year old Patrick Stafford was killed,
hours later a driver was carjacked and not long afterwards, 16-
year-old Monquell Wimberly was killed while riding his bike.
Arrested: Bill Sheppard and Rashard Evans.
Shiloh's Pastor Resigns -Amid allegations and accu-
sations of sexual harassment via text mes-
sages, Pastor Darrell Gilyard of Shiloh, one
of Jacksonville's most prominent predomi-
nantly African American churches, resigned.
< "| In a letter to the chair of the Board of
f Trustees and Board of Deacons, The Rev.
Gilyard stated he was seeking a "complete
and thorough review of the facts."
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church was founded in 1875 and
since that time has served the LaVilla community and now, far
beyond, through 12 pastors. The late Rev. A.B. Coleman Sr.,
served as pastor for 44 years where it became one of the greatest
churches in the city.
Nobel Prize Laureate
Presents Latest Work
By Andrea K. Franklin
Nobel Literature Prize winner Toni
Morrison participated in a Q&A session fol-
lowing a brief reading of her latest novel A
Mercy, which presents an alternative view
of slavery and racism in antebellum
America. Morrison seemed jubilant and
hopeful about the book, and rightfully so
as lines wrapped around the entire 4th
floor of the Manhattan, NY Barnes & Noble
which hosted the event! Readers patient-
ly waited for as long as 1 1 hours to have
a brief word with Morrison as she auto-
graphed the front covers of their books.
Noted as one of 2001's 30's Most Powerful
Women by Ladies Home Journal,
Morrison's latest work will be her 9th
novel. Previous works such as Beloved
have also earned the distinguished author
the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
Lee Graduate Dies In Iraq -Tavarus
ed from Lee
High School in
2005 and was a
part of. the
died of wounds
serving in Iraq,
.. _^ and was consid-
ered a model soldier.
Tavarus, 23, was the youngest of seven chil-
dren. He was engaged to be married during this
past Thanksgiving season when he was sched-
uled for leave. Private Setzler's vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Iraq, which caused his death.
Tavarus' ROTC instructor said that he was
the kind of person you would want on your
He will receive the Iraq Campaign Medal,
the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and
the Army Service Ribbon.
Executive Chef Johnnie "JJ" Jones, a
restaurant owner was
hit on a bike and
killed in July. He was
a member of the
Southside Church of
God in Christ.
requested in lieu of
flowers that dona-
S tions be made to The
Clara White Mission
Culinary Program (Executive Chef Johnnie
Jones Scholarship Fund), and The American
Culinary Federation First Coast Chapter (Chef
and Child Foundation).
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Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICA WOMEN IN SPACE Featured Speaker for MLK
Breakfast -The 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and hosted by the City of Jacksonville, the
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP, the Urban League and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will
recognize Dr. King's work and its lasting effects on the Jacksonville community. Dr.
Mae Jemison, the event's featured speaker, will highlight Dr. King's achievements and
the impact they still have on the Northeast Florida region. Among her many accom-
plishments, Dr. Jemison was the first African American women to go into space. Dr.
Jemison was also a Science Mission Specialist, a NASA first, on the STS 47 Space lab
J flight, a U.S/Japan joint mission. She is also a chemical engineer, physician and
teacher. In addition to her extensive background in science, she is well-versed in
African and African-American studies. Friday, January 9, 2009, 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Individual tickets are $15 per per-
son before December 22 and $20 after December 22. Corporate tables are $200 for a
table of 10 before December 22 and $250 for a table of 10 after December 22.
2008 BEACH BALL CLASSIC BEGINS THIS WEEK -Myrtle Beach, SC-
Teams from all over the United States and Canada will gather at the Myrtle Beach
Convention Center for the 2008 Beach Ball Classic December 26-31. Now in its 28th
year, the Beach Ball Classic is the most successful sporting event on the Grand Strand
and has been ranked for nearly two decades as the number one High School Holiday
Basketball Tournament in America. "The Beach Ball Classic is one of the strongest
supported events in the area as well as a great opportunity to promote our city by
bringing new people to the beach who will hopefully come back with their families,"
said Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, who heads the tournament. Tickets are avail-
able at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center box office. The nationally acclaimed
tournament will also be broadcasted live online at beachballclassic.com.:
HOLIDAY TRAVELERS CAN AVOID TRAFFIC BY CALLING FDOT'S
FREE 511 -Statewide system provides free, up-to-the-minute travel information. This
holiday season the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reminds drivers to
call its free 511 system for roadway information to avoid traffic and get to their des-
tination safer. The free 511 phone number and FL511 .com Web site feature real-time
roadway., information on all of Florida's interstates and Florida's Turnpike. Holiday
travelers can save time and money by planning trips ahead of time and registering per-
sonalized travel and alternate routes for free on the 511 Web site.
The statewide Web site allows users to create up to 10 personalized travel routes
they can then access immediately when calling 511 to hear roadway updates. The sys-
tem lets users create custom names, such as "Home" and "Back Up Home", so with
one voice prompt, callers can get information on their entire route.
The 511 system uses simple Caller ID technology to recognize the caller and pro-
vides the option to hear traffic details for the programmed trips first. If there is an inci-
dent on one road, drivers can change routes before getting caught in congestion. The
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at www.FL511.com provides detailed
instructions and useful tips for successfully using the customizable routes feature.
511 is also the easy, three-digit phone number for Florida's airports and seaports.
Travelers flying out of the state can call 511 and transfer to their regional airport to
hear flight information for free.
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The time-saving system is a free resource from FDOT that helps manage conges-
tion, reduce emissions and increase safety on all interstate highways, many major met-
ropolitan roadways and Florida's Turnpike. According to the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), knowing of congestion or delays can help prevent crashes. "Traffic congestion
can lead to crashes, which can lead to even more congestion," said FHP Lt. Col.
Ernesto Duarte. "If drivers can use 511 to plan a better route, everyone wins."
AAA Auto Club South encourages drivers to make travel preparations ahead of
time. "It's a long weekend this year for Christmas and for that reason we expect a lot
of driving and congestion well in advance of Christmas Eve," said Gregg Laskoski,
Managing Director, Public & Government Relations for AAA Auto Club South. "So
that is why people should call 511 before getting in their car so, they can know exact-
ly what lies ahead." Calls to 511 are free, however cell phone minute charges may
1. Call 511 before you hit the road, at a rest area or have a passenger call to avoid
talking while driving. 2. Call 511 before you enter a new roadway to hear current road
conditions. 3. Customize your trip before you leave home at www.FL511 .com to min-
imize time spent on the phone. 4. In low visibility, drive slowly and keep your low
beam headlights on. 5. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be
on, too. 6. Always wear your safety belt. 7. Don't drink and drive!
1. Speak as clearly as possible and minimize any background noise including radios
and open windows. 2. Say "other parts of the state" to transfer among Florida's
regional 511 services. 3. Say "help" for instructions. 4. Say "next," "previous,"
"stop" or "repeat" to navigate through the phone menus more quickly. 5. Say "main
menu" at any time to start over. 6. Say "feedback" to report congestion not already
mentioned on 511. 7. Interrupt 511 at any time if you already know your selection.
FDOT's Statewide 511
Since The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) launched the first 511 sys-
tem in Florida in 2002, Florida's 511 systems have received more than 25 million calls
from travelers seeking information ranging from commuter travel times to lane clo-
sures and severe weather affecting traffic. In 2009, FDOT will combine the regional
511 systems into one, seamless Statewide 511 system to better serve Florida travelers.
Florida is a national leader in providing up-to-date travel information to drivers
through the free 511 Travel Information System. The statewide network draws on hun-
dreds of CCTV traffic surveillance cameras, countless road sensors and other traffic
information gathering tools to gather traffic data. FDOT provided the free 511 Travel
Information System to reduce congestion and keep residents and visitors safe on
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March 21st thru April 19th
This week is a lot like a roller coaster for you!
Monday and Tuesday bring a strange sense of
mounting energy and escalating weirdness
with friends and family, though you can't pin
down exactly what's going on. It's best to just
sit back and let it happen. The middle part of
the week is much more exciting, and things
seem to happen almost too fast for you to keep
up -- but your great energy helps you keep it
all in line! You may discover some new club or
restaurant that's appealing. Take it easy this
weekend, as you need to readjust to the ground
before walking too quickly.
1 l 6 April 20th thru May 20th
Your emotions are tricky early this week -- but
that doesn't mean you should ignore them. Let
your passions air out a bit, actually, and you
should find that you attract the right kind of
attention to improve your romantic life. Slow
down on Wednesday through Friday, even if
you feel that you're on a roll. It's not the best
time for you to take risks of any kind, but espe-
cially not with your finances. The weekend is
much sweeter; and your personal energy
should help you make the most of your leisure
I May 21st thru June 21st
Investigate your own emotional state on
Monday and Tuesday. You may not be the
most reflective person in the world, but every
now and then, you can get some real insights
into yourself and your deepest thoughts. In
fact, the rest of the week should give you a
great opportunity to take things to a deeper'
level with your sweetheart, career or artistic
aspirations. Whatever means the most to you
suddenly becomes even more engaging! You
may get testy over the weekend as someone
you've grown to trust over the years tries to
influence you without much subtlety.
June 22nd thru July 22nd
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Your ability to discern truth from fiction is
potent as the week begins -- and vitally impor-
tant to you! Make sure everything passes your
gut-check before you allow yourself to sign
off on it and you won't be led astray. Treat
yourself to something nice sometime on
Thursday or Friday, whether or not you think
you deserve it. You should find that the small-
est gesture can turn your day around complete-
ly. The weekend brings a serious situation that
you need to deal with using every resource at
your disposal; it should end up going well for
July 23rd thru Aug 22nd
It's okay to be a little.paranoid every now and
then (healthy, even), but you start the week
way more suspicious than you really need to
be. Try to give people the benefit of the doubt
-- but at some point, you may need to lower the
boom on someone who's really got it out for
you or yours. Once that business is settled, you
should find yourself totally free to explore new
parts of town and meet new people from
Wednesday on. Push yourself to the limit! You
discover something that riles you up all week-
end and keeps you chattering happily.
Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
Your intuition and your reason are work-
ing well together on Monday and
Tuesday, and you ought to be able to fig-
ure out what's really going on despite a
dearth of evidence. Keep an open mind
for as long as possible! Your family needs
you during the second half of the week,
and you should make yourself as avail-
able as possible once work obligations
are taken care of. You shouldn't have
cause to regret it -- in fact, this weekend
may bring a delightful and unexpected
reward from someone close to you.
. Sept 23rd thru Oct 22nd
You might be feeling like you're in a rut as the
week begins, but changes are coming that
should be equal parts exciting and intimidat-
ing. You shouldn't have to do much more than
watch and wait, though, because your cowork-
ers handle the brunt of it for now. Wednesday
through Friday are great for exploring and
expanding mental horizons. Take a class, look
into some new hobby online or just see what's
new in the neighborhood. A quiet weekend is
best for you -- if you try to do too much, you're
sure to reach the limits of your personal ener-
gy too soon.
I L aOct 23rd thru Nov 21st
You're a Pied Piper of sorts on Monday and
Tuesday, and ought to be able to draw others to
you with ease. You may not want to lead them
under the nearest mountain (that tends to be
frowned upon these days), but whatever you
suggest should work out quite well. The tables
turn somewhat later in the week, so you may
find yourself following the suggestions of
someone whom you'd ordinarily treat with
more skepticism. See where it takes you --
there's no harm in it! A disagreement at home
this weekend could turn into a new under-
standing that makes everyone happier.
Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
You're far more thoughtful than usual on
Monday and Tuesday, and may actually with-
draw from your social life a bit in order to fig-
ure out what's been happening in your life
recently. Your insights are potent and unex-
pectedly sharp. Watch your mood turn for the
better on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning
-- you suddenly conre all the way out of your
shell and seek out new people and experiences.
Your good energy can't be beat! Roll it back a
bit this weekend, because you need a break
after all that great mayhem.
Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th
Overall, this week is quite positive for you. It
may seem a bit strange when friends keep pes-
tering you for an opinion early on, as whatev-
er subject they're interested in isn't exactly
your area of expertise. Still, you've got valu-
able insights so don't be afraid to share. Keep
your eyes on the prize Wednesday through
Friday -- without some sense of discipline,
you're unlikely to get much of anything done
at work. You get some great news this week-
end that relates to something you did in the
recent past. Someone noticed!
.Avt'> Jan 20th thru Feb 18th
You've got something weighing on you as the
week begins, but it's not like a deep, dark
secret. It's more like dead weight at work or
maybe someone at home who just isn't living
up to their responsibilities. Go slow and work
it on out. Your friends keep seeking you out on
Wednesday, and the socializing keeps ramping
up until you find yourself chatting for most of
the day on Friday. Don't worry about missed
work. If you want to get anything done around
the house this weekend, you need iron will --
it's just too easy to keep putting it offl
Feb 19th thru March 20th
On Monday and Tuesday, expect people to be
on their worst behavior -- selfish, petty and
maybe even predatory! The good news is that
you've got enough savvy to avoid the worst of
it, and you may look like a perfect angel in
comparison. The aftermath may yield all kinds
of great opportunities, too, so pay attention
later in the week for people in need or loose
ends that desperately need to be tied up. You
can make a huge difference and rack up some
sweet karma! Your assistance makes all the
difference for a child or good friend over the
December 20, 2008 December 27, 2008
report. She did not receive any money from the check. The bank took the money
from the account once the check was determined fraudulent.
ssSHH! From Actual Police Reports
Did You Hear About?...
BULGE IN PANTS -An officer
observed "J" (suspect) riding a bicycle-
without white front light at 1000
Spearing Street. The police officer then e
attempted to stop the suspect but he con-
tinued to ride his bike approximately
200 feet away from where police first
observed him. After several verbal com- -
mands to stop, the suspect finally com-
plied, and the officer made contact with
him. Police asked the suspect if he had
any weapons or drugs on him and he
stated "no." Police then asked the sus-
pect for consent to search him for
weapons and drugs which he agreed to.
In the suspect's right front pocket police
found a large roll of approximately
$406.00. Then they felt a bulge in
between the suspect's pants and his
underwear in the middle of his waistline. As they attempted to grab the bulge the
suspect snatched away causing the two officers to take the suspect to the ground.
The suspect continued to struggle and refused to comply with verbal commands to
place his hands behind his back. After a brief struggle the suspect was arrested and
transported to the station. The bulge in the suspect's waist line turned out to be a
baggie of crack cocaine. UNLAWFUL USE OF ID -The officer observed two
women engaging in a dispute in the 2000 block of Yulee Street. He separated the
women and questioned why they were having this dispute. One of the women pre-
sented a driver's license that did not match her face. When questioned about the dif-
ference in look, the suspect stated that she was the person on the license. The offi-
cer ran a check and found that the suspect matched another female that had three
outstanding warrants. The face of the person
.- with the warrants also matched the suspect that
'. .,, was talking with the officer. The suspect was
: then fingerprinted and it was discovered that her
--. fingerprints matched the fingerprints of the per-
,' .... .. son with the outstanding warrants also. ID &
r. .'_r-' i records confirmed that the suspect was in fact
. .- the person with the warrant, not the person she
.' claimed to be. Had the suspect successfully
I *. -. .. ; used the victim's ID, the victim would have been
.' listed erroneously as the second suspect in the
--' dispute originally observed which would have
-_! 'resulted in an adverse affect of the real owner.
-- "The suspect was read her rights .and arrested.
PIZZA BANDITS- The Domino Pizza deliv-
ery male stated that he went to an apartment to
make a delivery. When he arrived, two males met him outside the apartment. One
took the pizza and the other pretended he was looking for money. The suspect who
was pretending to look for the money told the delivery man he locked himself out
of his apartment and would have to go around back to get the money. The two men
walked away with the pizza and after a few minutes, the deliveryman knocked on
the door and looked in the windows and noticed the apartment was vacant and the
men had left the area. In a search of the area, the men were not found.
CASE OF YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE- Officer was dispatched to a
simple battery case. On arrival he met both parties that were involved. Mr. L stat-
ed that he is one of the owners of the business. Mr. Y handles the payroll for the
business and had come to the building to pick up the paperwork. Mr. L has appar-
ently been involved in a dispute with his business partner over unknown issues
before. Mr. L decided that he did not want Mr. Y to leave the business with the pay-
roll paperwork. Mr. Y called the owner
of the business, Mr. K, who advised him
to leave with the paperwork. Mr. L stated
that he blocked Mr. Y from leaving the
business but did not touch him. Mr. Y ,
stated that he was pushed by Mr. L and he
"punched" him once on the face in self
defense. I observed that Mr. L had a
swollen nose. Mr. Y had no visible
injuries. Mr. L stated that he did not touch
him and that Mr. Y punched him for no
reason. There were no witnesses. Mr. L .
stated that he would wait until speaking
to his lawyer to see about getting a police
report. Mr. Y stated that he did not want
to press charges at that time. Mr. L
changed his mind stated that he needed a
police report so he could sue Mr. Y.for damages. Mr. Y in turn stated he would press
charges as well. Both were issued SAO cards due to it appearing to be mutual com-
bat with no witnesses. SHOPPER CAUGHT WITH STEAK DOWN HIS
PANTS An officer was dispatched to Winn Dixie at Normandy Blvd. to investi-
gate a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, officer met with the complainant and sus-
pect. The complainant saw the suspect concealing packages of steaks down his
pants. The suspect exited the main doors, past the point of sale, without making any
purchases. The suspect was stopped and detained while the police were called. The
suspect had $148.85 worth of steaks hidden in his pants. The complainant signed a
Signature Form and retained the property for victim business. Post Miranda, the sus-
pect admitted that he came to the store with no money. He stated he came to the store
to get food for his six kids. Another incident at Winn Dixie but this time with it's
employees. When Officer arrived an LP manager for the store met up with him to
discuss a theft that occurred. He advised two employees, both work at the deli
department, have been observed via close circuit cameras altering the price of meat
purchased from the deli. The suspects will then purchase the assorted meat items at
the cash register at a lower price. This activity has been monitored from September
to December. The total amount of the theft combined was $ 392.60. Case was
cleared by arrest. MYSTERY SHOPPERS BEWARE-An Officer responded to
9501 Arlington Express Way (sub 2) in reference to a fraudulent scam. (Shoppers
Report Inc.) The complainant advised that she responded to a Secret Shopper Ad on
the internet. She was to receive payment for being a mystery shopper. She received
a letter advising her to cash the check ($4,992) and pay herself $350.00 for salary
and training. She was to send $1558 through Western Union and $2835 through
Money Gram. She made a deposit in her account at Bank of America on 9/27/08.
The check was returned to her as being counterfeit. She was advised to file a police
PAIP RLW...d-THE STAR.. DEEBR2.20
By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor
The Colts trailed by 14 points in the first half against the Jaguars, then trailed by 10
twice in the second half before rallying with 17 points in the final quarter for a 31-24 win.
It was the fourth time this season they have rallied from a double-digit road deficit to win.
"It feels very good to win," said Colts coach Tony Dungy said after the Colts beat
Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for their eighth consecutive victory in a game tel-
evised nationally on the NFL Network.
The Colts, entered the game ranked 11th in the NFL defensively, allowed the Jaguars
409 yards and 28 first downs. The Jaguars scored touchdowns on their first two possessions
to take a 14-0 lead, and twice in the game once in the first half and once in the second -
they scored touchdowns on drives of more than seven and a half minutes.
The Jaguars' second touchdown a 2-yard run by QB David Garrard and their final
touchdown -a 2-yard run by Montell Owens.
Peyton Manning completed 29 of 34 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns with no
interceptions and a season-high passer rating of 140.7, and for the season, he has 3,907 yards
passing with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Manning kept the Colts close throughout the game, and early in the fourth quarter, his
1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark pulled the visitors to within three, 24-21.
On the next series, a 45-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri tied the game. Colts cornerback
Keiwan Ratliff intercepted and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.
"I think everybody was treated to a real good football game. I was getting ready for the
two-point conversion after the score," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. "I asked for great ener-
gy, I asked for courage and I asked for clarity of thinking. Offensively, we moved the ball
very well. David (Garrard) was very sharp. We just came up a little short."
JAGUARS-COLTS NOTEBOOK: Garrard made his 15th start of the season against
the Colts. Garrard is the first Jaguars quarterback to start 15 games in a season under head
coach Jack Del Rio and first since Mark Brunell made 15 starts in 2002. He finished-with
career-high 28 completions on 41 attempts for a career-high 329 yards with one touchdown
and one interception for a 90.4 rating. Dennis Northcutt led receivers for the second consec-
utive week with eight receptions for 101 yards with a 28-yard touchdown reception.
TE Marcedes Lewis set a career-high with six receptions for 55 yards and surpassed his
career-high for receptions in a season with 40. The Jaguars jumped out to a 17-7 lead at the
end of the first half. The 17 points are the most the Jaguars have scored in the first half this
season as they scored offensive touchdowns on their first two drives for the first time this
season. Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 20 carries for 91 yards and seven receptions for
71 yards for 162 yards from scrimmage. 2008 first-round pick Derrick Harvey has played in
all 15 games with eight starts, the most starts by a rookie defensive end in franchise history.
The eight starts are the most by a Jaguars defensive lineman since John Henderson started
13 games in 2002. Owens scored his third touchdown of the season. TE George Wrighster
had his first receptions of the season as he finished with two receptions for 35 yards with a
long of 27.
ROSTER MOVES: The Jaguars signed offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers and wide
receiver Nate Hughes from the practice squad to the active roster and signing offensive line-
men Trey Darilek and Jordan Black to contracts. The team waived rookie corerback Isaiah
Gardner and offensive linemen Tutan Reyes and Charles Spencer. The Jaguars also waived
defensive back Travarous Bain from the practice squad.
Hughes, 23, was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Nov. 19 after spending two
weeks on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. Cleveland as an undrafted rookie out of
Alcom State originally signed the 6-2, 190-pounder in May 5, 2008. He will wear jersey No.
Rodgers, 28, was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Oct. 30 after spending three
seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6-5, 310-pounder was originally signed by
Tennessee as an undrafted rookie out ofrLambuth in 2005. The third-year pro will wear jer-
sey No. 75.
Darilek, 27, signed with the Miami Dolphins as a veteran free agent on January 28 but
was waived on Sept. 1. The third-year guard/center has spent time with Dallas (2007),
Miami (2006) and Philadelphia (2004-06). The 6-5, 310-pounder has played in 28 career
games after being drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of
Texas-El Paso. He will wear jersey No. 78.
Black, 28, played in eight games for the Houston Texans in 2007 after four seasons in
Kansas City. The sixth-year offensive tackle has started 14 of his 40 career games. The 6-5,
310-pounder was originally selected by Kansas City in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft
out of Notre Dame. He will wear jersey No. 72.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Following a 33-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys,
Baltimore (10-5) now has to defeat the Jaguars to close out the regular season and gain a
playoff berth. Even if the 5-10 Jaguars prevail Sunday, Baltimore could still stamp their
playoff ticket if the Patriots fall against the Bills. On Monday, the NFL announced the
Ravens-Jaguars matchup would be rescheduled to 4:15 p.m.
ws t 6iv1 thi s 1tall of Fame Class of 2008.
im ( ndPhila p ( i- of) T F6od ud ninr g Back Errict Rhett
e ab in y ur a iou n will take place at noon on
e74i. attRgevy .1 7 0di-tii.tAieidtion ceremony, Nebraska Head
sE ei d'Cl oH ciDab wpey I also be featured speakers.
S wilb li BS -1orts
t t s'b idPe BokP l 1aan.d attended the'University of Florida where
Bel oidd s isher with 4, 63 career yards, which ranks fourth high-
a khiErylye'ds caught is pushes i hisareer the top tetal in UF history for a run-
f*asett'fl st played in'NCAA'Division I-A history to rush for more than 4.100
66r6 lh1 40.gi Aein.acareer. He led the SEC in rushing in 1991 and 1993.
lettansda C mitt th si t-he-ofnly P players-to have multiple 1,000 yard rushing seasons.
iwk^ &tenJ6ed .sev n~year'dai'eeiin the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2nd round
310hpunde was. Draft, selected .lif.. He, also played for the Baltimore Ravens and the
o ut f N rowt e a H e w il:we a j e .
EtitHIS ett W laye d in the 1992- Gator Bowl where he rushed for 182 years in the Gator's
Bimfpry over North ntaoliwia Stat 7- 10. He was named Most Valuable Player of this game
fp hisoutstandiie g perfiomance. ,
END"ELL AIS . ,
W dde Rdceiverf Eouisisi'a State .University .
: 'WendellbaiMid was born and raised-in Shreveport, La,,and started participating in sports at
o ing age. He was named a, High School Blue Chip Allm-American in football as a wide
receiver tand accepted 'an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University.
.j Weifdell played .four years of college football at LSU and was named All-American as a
jhior and senior and became LSU's all-time leading receiver in yardage and receiving
S.In 1988 Wendell Davis became, a first round pick of the Chicago Bears. He played 6 years
with the Bears and was the team-leading receiver two years straight. He is currently ranked
13th ot the Bears all-timie receivers list. He also played one year with the Indianapolis Colts.
Wendell Davis ws named the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 Gator Bowl where he
,cored ntouchdowris for LSU in their victory over South Carolina 30 13.
Wendell iavis is married with three children and resides in Mundelein, Ill.
By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor
Special to the Florida Star
Ben Smith's layup at buzzer in over-
time came up just short as Jacksonville
University dropped their seventh non-
conference game in a row with a 66-64
loss in overtime to Bethune-Cookman at
the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
We played with passion, energy,
everybody contributed and we refused to
lose," said B-CU Coach Clifford Reed.
"It was a total team effort and to win on
the road against a good team like
Jacksonville, is great for our program
and young team. In overtime, we had to
suck it up and leave everything on the
floor and we did that."
The Dolphins (2-7) fell behind as
many as 11, rallied to force overtime, fell
behind early in the extra session and just
missed on forcing a second extra session.
Smith led the Dolphins with 19
points, hitting three free throws with 7.7
seconds remaining to tie the game at 52
to force overtime. On the night, Smith
was 6-of-15 from the floor with three
assists and six steals in 40 minutes of
The Wildcats (5-6) were led by C.J.
Reed's 18 points and five assists. Reed
was 4-of-14 from the floor, but was 8-of-
9 at the free throw line. John Holmes,
who had 15 points and eight rebounds,
Sophomore co-captain Alexander
Starling had a game-high 12 rebounds
with the 'Cats out-rebounding JU 43-37
in the ball game. Nine B-CU players
best be shown by senior center
Marcus Allen not scoring for the
first time in his career a streak
spanning 95 games.
The Wildcats came out roaring,
taking an 11-point lead midway
through the first half, before the
Dolphins rallied to cut the deficit to three
at halftime, 27-24.
After JU took a 3-point lead just over
five minutes into the second half, the
Wildcats scored seven in, a row to retake
the lead, 38-34, with 13 minutes left in
JU regained the lead one more time
as Travis Cohn drove the baseline for a
dunk to put the Dolphins ahead 41-40
with 11:22 left in the second half.
The Wildcats led by as many as five
with five minute to go, with the Dolphins
going on a 7-2 run, capped by Smith's
free throws to send the game into over-
time at 52.
BCU opened the extra session with a
defensive stop and Reed hit a 3-pointer
to take the early lead.
JU battled back with Colbert hitting a
3- pointer with 3:45 left to put the
Dolphins on top, 57-56, with 3:45 left in
The Wildcats scored the next six
points, capping the run with a Jerry Jones
layup, to take a 62- 58 lead with 2:26
remaining. Trailing by five with 1:20
left, the Dolphins got a 3-pointer from
Smith with 56 seconds left to cut the
deficit to two.
After a defensive stop, Smith missed
a 17- foot pull-up jumper, which Aric
Brooks tipped out of bounds off a
Wildcat. On the final shot, Smith drove
the right side of the lane, only to see his
layup hit the front of the rim and come
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RECAP OF 2008
Local Students Excel in Early College
High School Program
The Early College High School program is a unique opportunity to .
earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of college cred-
it simultaneously. The program was designed to raise achievement
levels among students of color, students from low income families,
P and/or students that are first generation college attendees. The
learning environment is to be purposeful, challenging and relevant
to the world at large. Such preparation will make the transition to ,
full time college students in the 11th and 12th grades, and ultimate-
ly the transfer to a university at the end of the four year high school ;
career, a smooth one. The program's intended purpose is to pre-
R pare students academically during their high school tenure in order
to increase the likelihood of students completing their college edu-
cation. The Program of Study The program of study was developed i
R by the Duval County School District in conjunction with Florida :' "
Community College at Jacksonville, North Campus. The program The students and the assistant principal appeared on IMPACT, a
meets requirements for both high school graduation and an Florida Star radio talk show, hosted by Clara McLaughlin, publisher on
E Associate of Arts degree for use in a parallel program at the univer- WCGL-AM 1360.
sity level. All of the courses in the high school portion are honors
(advanced) level classes. The college program portion of the program was developed by identifying courses that 1) meet dual
enrollment courses for high school graduation, 2) meet AA degree requirements, and 3) are university parallel program prerequi-
site requirements. In the first year of the program students start as full time high school students. Over a two year period students
progress to all college courses. In the 11th grade students are enrolled in about 9 hours per semester of college courses and at
Least 12 hours per semester in the 12th grade. The program also includes: summer bridge activities taken before students enter
the program. Summer bridge activities and/or course work to keep students on track for graduation. Instructional support'activ-
ities for 9th and 10th grade students when high school is in session and college is not in session. Organized academic support
for students beyond the regular school day. Mentoring, monitoring and counseling for students on the college campus until high
school graduation. Focus on students meeting requirements for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. For students who earn a C
or better in their college course work all tuition and textbooks are provided at no cost to the s t u d e n t s Transportation during
the 3rd and 4th years, activity fees and incidental expenses are the only financial responsibilities of the students and parents.
...i. Replica of Historic Slave Ship Draws Crowds
". Hundreds Board 'Slave Ship' Docked in Freetown
(GIN) A 19th century "slave ship" docked in the Sierra Leonean port of Freetown drew a
Crowd of hundreds when it opened to the public this past weekend. It was the first stop for
"Freedom Schooner Amistad, a replica of the Amistad slave ship, which has been retracing
the 14,000 mile slave trade route to mark the 200th anniversary since slaving was abolished
in the British empire. The history of the ship is deep-rooted in Sierra Leone's history, as hun-
dreds of Sierra Leoneans were taken to Cuba as slaves. On June 26, 1839, led by Sengbeh
Pieh, 53 black Africans, who were being transported as slaves in La Amistad from the port
A f Havana, revolted and took command of the vessel, killing many of the crew. They were
captured and imprisoned in New London, Connecticut on August 26, 1839. Their case was
taken up by several abolitionists. Today, Pieh's image can be found on local currency and a
luxury beach resort also carries his name. AMISTAD America, a not-for-profit U.S. charity, is
sponsoring the historic trip. Meanwhile, visiting representatives from New Haven, which is
Freetown's 'twin' city in the U.S., received a proposal to bring engineers from New Haven to
Amistad replica in Sierra Leone. Freetown to re-build roads.
Teen- Wins POWeball
Jonathan Vargas decided to take a chance on the South Carolina Powerball
using the ages of his two younger brothers, 12 and 14, his 15 year old sis-
ter, his 21 year old brother and his mother's age, who just turned 43, which
was the winning red ball number. He did not use his age but just threw in
the number 30. With that, the 19-year old won $35 million. The construction
worker is from Gaston, S. C. Vargas said he plans to buy his mother a
house, donate some to his church, quit his job and look into going to col-
lege. He will also seek financial advice and perhaps work with his aunt on
the matter since she is an accountant. Vargas will be 20 in July. He said he
is scared but he will not question God's blessing. He is the first South
Carolina resident to win the Powerball.
December 27, 2008
Pn PR-2mbrHappy Holidays
Colin Powell Mobilizes to Reduce the High
School Dropout Rate
One Million High School Dropouts in U. S. Each Year
President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell hold a press conference about
Powell's organization, America's Promise, in the Rose Garden. White House photo by
by JesseMuhammad, Special
to the NNPA from
the Final Call
(NNPA) "When more than one million students a year drop out
of high school, it's more than a problem, it's a catastrophe," says
retired General Colin Powell, founder of America's Promise
Alliance. "It's time for a national 'call to arms,' because we can-
not afford to let nearly one-third of our kids fail." His statement of
urgency came during a press conference announcing the
release of a study that details why nearly one in three U.S. high
school students drops out before graduating and how his group
plans to reverse the downward spiral of retention. "Our econom-
ic and national security is at risk when we fail to educate the
leaders and the workforce of the future," added Mr. Powell,
whose wife Mrs. Alma Powell serves as the chair of the Alliance.
"Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School
Graduation," prepared by Editorial Projects in Education
Research Center, was released on April 1. The study found
urban schools in metropolitan areas surrounding 35 of the
nation's largest cities have lower graduation rates than schools
in nearby suburban communities. Disparities in u r b a n s u b
u r b a n graduation rates had gaps as large as 35 percentage
points in many cases. Approximately 1.2 million students drop
out each year-about 7,000 every school day, or one every 26
seconds. Nearly half of all Black and Native American students
are expected not to graduate with their classes, while less than
six in 10 Hispanic students will. "The number one predictor of a
young person's future success is whether they graduate from
high school," said Mrs. Powell. "But just conferring a diploma is
not enough. Students today must graduate with the knowledge
and skills necessary for success in college and the work force."
Recap of 2008 cont.
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 mari-
juana are a dangerous mix that can lead to dependency,
mental 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 marijuana 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 compared to 3 percent. The office ana-
lyzed 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 mil-
lion kids who uses the drug at least once a month.
Kid's Christmas Cookie
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped
red and green sprinkles
Cream butter adding sugar and vanilla. Then add flour
and mix well. Add pecans. Refrigerate for an hour until
firm. Roll into small balls. Bake in a 350F degree oven
for 20 to 30 minutes until light brown. Remove from
oven and roll in sprinkles while still hot.
Don't Be a Dropout
1.2 million students drop out each
year-about 7,000 every school day,
or one every 26 seconds.
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RECAP OF 2008
Scott Starks and Rashean Mathis of the -
Jacksonville Jaguars speak at Youth Explosion
The Youth Explosion, a risk reduction intervention conference, was held on
May 30th and 31st at Edward Waters College. This special annual event
cation experience on substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence elimination, and
nutrition and fitness. Scott Starks and Rashean Mathis of the Jacksonville
Jaguars were the closing speakers. "Every decision has a consequence,"
Mathis told the audience. "The right decisions will lead you down the right path
in life." Scott Starks echoed a similar theme with a quote from the book of
Romans. "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renew-
R ing of your mind," he said. Members of The P.H.A.T. (Pretty, hot, and tempt-
ing) Ryders Motorcycle Club escorted participants of the Youth Explosion as
they walked through the neighborhood
near Edward Waters College. Trice Willis,
President of P.H.A.T. Ryders, said, Scott Starks (left) and Rashean Mathis field questions at Youth
"These young people are getting the Explosion
E information they need about HIV/AIDS I
and other issues they face. It's wonder-
ful." The Youth Explosion was presented
by River Region Human Services and the X
Minority AIDS Coalition. Connie Sanders, N .
River Region's Senior Director of
P Prevention, said, "Over 150 youth partici- .
pated in workshops that encouraged
them to take responsibility for their a t
behavior and to make healthy choices.
Scott Starks and Rashean Mathis were .
very inspiring. Wewere thrilled to hav e Willis of PHAT Ryders with partici- Rashean Mathis signed shirts and other items at Youth
them. pants of Youth Explosion. Explosion
HEY YOU GUUUUUYYYYS!
RThe Electric Company Gets
Sesame Workshop Series Set-to Premiere on PBS in January 2009
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame
Street, announced that it's 'turning on the power' to its classic children's series,
A The Electric Company, with new production starting Tuesday, May 13th on the
streets of New York City and in a studio in Newark, New Jersey. Targeted at 6-
9 year olds, and with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and
the Department of Education, today's The Electric Company carries the same
Mayor Cory Booker i joined cast members at their goal of the original series, combating the literacy crisis facing America's second
Newark studio on July 8th to celebrate the start of pro- graders, but is re-energized to recognize the media-driven generation of today:
P duction for Sesame Workshop's The Electric Company, Sure to spark a current of learning, the new version of The Electric Company is
a revival of the classic children's television series a multimedia, multi-platform literacy campaign charged with reducing the litera-
focused on literacy for kids ages 6-9 that will debut in cy gap between low and middle income families and advance the ideal that
January 2009 on PBS KIDS. -'reading is cool.' Weekly episodes are slated to run nationally in January 2009
on PBS KIDS, and will be supplemented with a richly interactive online environment as well as community-based outreach activi-
ties taking place in 20 cities across the country. Through their programming, Sesame Workshop has always been committed to put-
ting young children on a positive trajectory for learning. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, literacy still
remains a critical educational need. First graders who cannot read at grade level have only a 1 in 10 chance of becoming profi-
cient readers. "The literacy crisis today is as pervasive and alarming as it was in 1971 when we created the first version of The
Electric Company," stated Scott Cameron, Director of Education and Research for Sesame Workshop. "We know that if struggling
readers don't get the literacy help they need by the end of second grade, they are in danger of never catching up. Children in low
income families are particularly at risk, because they generally start school with a significantly lower vocabulary than those in mid-
dle or high income families. And without a strong vocabulary, it becomes increasingly harder to read school materials and succeed
academically. So, our goal with The Electric Company is to reach the kids who are struggling, and who might think that reading
isn't cool or isn't useful, and we hope to do that by creating compelling and high-quality television, web and outreach materials."
Through the talented production, writing and musical staff, The Electric Company is brought to life with a narrative story-line, music
videos, sketch comedy, animation and short films. In a process that started over two years ago, Executive Producer Karen Fowler,
envisioned a multi-media and outreach project and has brought an abundance of talent to create an appealing fresh program.
(Happy Holidays and Thank You for Reading Prep Rap Recaps of 2008. Please continue to Subscribe and Support Us!)
SDecember 27, 2008