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Woman gets 24 Years
For 8 Bad Checks
Nikki Liani Cogdell,
32, and mother of two,
was sentenced to 24-
years, 8 consecutive 3-
year sentences in
prison for writing
eight hot checks.
Nikki Liani Cogdell Cogdell did have a
criminal record, 11 for
bad checks and other white-collar crimes.
Circuit Judge David Gooding now has sched-
uled a sentence reduction hearing and
Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Uorey A recent window display at a
said she will not oppose a reduction. Barnes & Nobles store in
Coral Gables, Florida.
Sheriff Discusses Officers Driving
Incidents, One Left 86 Year Old Dead
-Sheriff Rutherford in a press con-
ference Wednesday said he can't
discuss the police cruiser that was
Said to be travelling 98 mph when it
--collided with a pickup driven by an
86 year old man who died in the accident or the latest incident when a
female officer ran into the back of a truck after glancing at her laptop. He
did say there are policies that allow officers to break traffic rules but does
not specifically address a laptop.
The sheriff said the officer driving the cruiser that killed the man is
presently off duty and the accident is being investigated.
The Stimulus Plan Florida To
Receive $13.6 Billion
Florida's governor Charlie Crist disclosed that the
state's share of federal stimulus money could be as high
as $13.4 billion which he feels will help Florida get
through the year without raising taxes or creating fees.
Many are worried about the state's medicaid program
and some lawmakers are still hesitant.
Things you should know about Obama's Plan
Makes a $634 billion down payment on fixing health
care that will go a long way toward paying for a more
efficient, more affordable health care system that cov-
ers every single American. 3
Reduces taxes for 95% of working Americans. And if
your family makes less than.$250,000, your taxes won't
go up one dime. 4
Invests more than $100 billion in clean energy technol-
ogy, creating millions of green jobs that can never be
Brings our troops home from Iraq on a firm timetable,
finally bringing the war to a close-and freeing up
almost ten billion dollars a month for domestic priori-
Reverses growing income inequality. The plan lets the
Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire and
focuses on strengthening the middle class.7
Closes multi-billion-dollar tax loopholes for big oil
Increases grants to help families pay for college-the
largest increase ever. 9
Halves the deficit by 2013. President Obama inherited
a legacy of huge deficits and an economy in shambles,
but his plan brings the deficit under control as soon as
the economy begins to recover. o10
Dramatically increases funding for the SEC and the
CFTC-the agencies that police Wall Street. 11
Stimulus Continued on A-7
By Lonzie Leath
Citizens of Coral Gables and around
the state are irate about the window
display at a mall in Coral Gables,
Florida, showing books for or about
the Obamas with a book about mon-
keys in the center.
When The Florida Star writer talked
with store management, he stated that
he did not know how long the display
carried the book on monkeys .in the
center of their display but it was taken
down about two weeks ago after being
disseminated on the Internet.
Management said that the display
window is in an area that anyone
could reach into and make changes
without being noticed. He feels it
was a premedicated hate move and
apologize for it: He further stated
that the store has now taken steps to
prevent something like this from
When the matter was discussed with
others, they said the explanation and
apology is not accepted and that they
will continue to promote a boycott of
all Barnes and Nobles Bookstores.
Chris Brown Charged with
Chris Brown, 19, has
been charged with, two
felonies against his long
time personal partner,
Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty.
According to records,.
Brown attacked Rihanna
Chris Brown and after she became upset
Rihanna making uP because of a message.
after argument. When she questioned it,
Brown started beating and biting her. He even
made verbal threats against her life.
Brown later apologized and the couple made up
but he is still facing charges.
Michael Jackson, 50, King of Pop
Michael Jackson, the
King of Pop announced
in London that he will
give a series of concerts
in London's 02 Arena
which has become a sta-
ple for housing large
scale concerts and come-
back attempts; Prince
performed 21 times there
last year and Britney
Spears is scheduled to be
at the arena in June.
Jackson is still the best
selling artist of all times
with more than 750 mil-
lion albums sold. He has
not released a studio'
album since 2001.
Terrell Owens, in the air to catch
#6 pass for the day.
Dallas Cowboy wide
receiver Terrell Owens
was released Thursday
from the team. T.O., as
he is known, may have
many controversial issues
but is one of NFL's most
talented on the field. This
past season, the 36 year
old player caught 69
passes for 1,052 yards
with ten touchdowns.
It is said that Owens
problems stemmed from
his constant aggravation
of his teammates but his
cut is a surprise.
The GOP Tower of Power
Many feel that even
though Michael Steele is
now the chairman of the
Committee, he is not who
most feel leads the party.
GOP Chairman Michael Steele and Even though Rush
talk show giant, Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh is not the voted
leader, he does hold the
power, to the extent that he is now advocating a "debate with
the President of the United States." This to many is an insult
an act of disrespect and does indicate that Limbaugh feels he
is equal to the president.
Steele says he will keep pressing to remake the party. He
apologized to Limbaugh when he referred to him as a media
News in Brief
Makes Top 10
in. Florida, made the top
ten list of best customer
service businesses. In
fact, the. store is the only
grocery store on the top
ten list. It's policy is to
make sure the customers
always find what they
came looking for.
Still No Alcohol in
Georgia on Sunday
The bill that was written
to allow alcohol sales on
Sunday in Georgia was
pulled from committee
just before it was sched-
uled for a vote. Ga. State
Senator Harp said it did
not have enough votes to
Rev. Samuel Washington Gone
But Well Remembered
SM The former Jacksonville
Sheriff Office employee
and pastor and member for
66 years. of West Union
Missionary Baptist Church
passed Monday at the age
Rev. Washington was known as a true
community leader, having served in the
military, graduating from the police
academy in 1963 and becoming a pastor.
Pastor Washington's homegoing service
will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at West
Florida's FEMA Leader Gets
to Lead the Country's FEMA
Craig Fugate, director of FEMA for
Florida has been chosen by President
Obama to lead the Federal Emergency
Management Agency for the United
Fugate was chosen to lead Florida by
Gov. Bush and retained by Gov. Cris.
Police Attack Girl in
A video tape of
assaulting a 15-
.. year-old girl
while in a cell
has been report-
ed to the U. S.
shows 31-year-old sheriff's deputy,
Paul Schene as he kicked and pushed
the girl, then /grabbing her hair and
slamming her to the floor. The officer
said she called him a "fat pig."
Assistant U. S. Attorney Kelly Harris,
the attorney who handles civil rights
cases for the department said his office
was aware of the situation but did not
have enough information when the
county prosecutors filed charges. After
the incident the girl told of breathing
problems but was not given medical
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Council District 10 Town Hall Meeting Notices
1. Westside Precincts:
(10C, 10D, 10L, O1N, 10P, 10Q, 10S, 10T and 10V)
Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Edward H. White High School
1700 Old Middleburg Road
Jacksonville, FL -32210
2. Northside Precincts:
(10,10A, 10B, 10E, 10F, 10G, 10H, 10J, 10L and 10R)
Date: Thursday, March 26"'th, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: William M. Raines High School
3663 Raines Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Please come to discuss various issues and projects going on in your
neighborhoods. Representatives from various City Departments and
Agencies will be available to provide updates on projects or to address
any questions you.
For additional information, call 630-1684.
Bring a neighbor with you!
MEETING DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CONFLICTS!
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Schedule of Events and Services .
GENESIS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH,
INC. located at 241 South McDuff Ave, where Rev.
Calvin 0. Honors is the Pastor will be honoring their
Youth Pastor "Rev. Francois Sylvine" with an apprecia-
tion program on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
Rev. Thomas Mitchell, Pastor of "First Coast Christian
Ministries" will deliver the Spoken Word and the "First
Coast Christian Ministries" choir will render the service
in song. The public is c6rdially invited as we honor this
awesome man of God who gives of himself so freely to
God and to the community at large. For more informa-
tion, please call the church at (904) 389-2923.
FAUST TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
located at 3328 Moncrief Rd., invites you to an Old
Fashioned soul searching, soul stirring, hand clapping,
foot-stomping Holy ghost filled song service, Sunday,
March 8th at 4:30 p.m. Bishop R. L. Dixon, Pastor. The
church is located on the northside of town. For further
information, please contact the church at 353-1418.
FAUST TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
family would like for you to come and help us celebrate
an afternoon/evening of a colorful gala spiritual soul-
warming and heart-wrenching affair, as "The Colors of
Spring," are presented Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 4:30,
p.m. Come see what happens when the drunk, the gam-
bler and the prostitute meet Jesus at the cross. Watch as
the Praisers praise Him for His finished word at the
cross. You surely will be touched. The church is located
at 3328 Moncrief Rd. Bishop R.L. Dixon is Pastor.
Admission is free. For additional information, please
call the church at 353-1418.
THE ST. ANDREW MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH will be having it's Church and Pastor's
Anniversary on March 8th and March 15th. We are cel-
ebrating the Church 31st anniversary and the Pastor's
3rd anniversary at 2600 West 45th Street. The theme
will be "Tried and True" from the Scripture Psalm:34:8.
Pastor: Rev. Henry Rivers, Associated Pastor: Minister
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4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208
Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354
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Nicole Brown, Chairpersons: Phyllis Mike and
Christopher Bradley. For further information please
contact Sis. Dominique Mann at 904-302-2075.
PEARLS OF WISDOM: Sweetfield Missionary
Baptist Church, 1365 Harrison St., Jacksonville, FL,
with Dr. Richard R. Russ, Pastor, would like to invite all
of our church families and friends out on March 8th at
4 p.m. to celebrate our 1st Annual Pearls of Wisdom
Pageant. We ask you to please support this and other
upcoming calendar events. Contact Sis. Nicolla Mack at
904-524-8949 for more information.
THE CONGREGATION OF FRIENDSHIP PRIMI-
TIVE BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate their
Annual Men's Day, Sunday, March 15th beginning with
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., followed by Morning
Worship at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Aaron Flagg, Jr., of
Emanuel Baptist church as guest speaker. Bro. Johnny
Britton, Chairperson, is inviting the public to attend.
Elder Bobbie Sheffield is the pastor. The church is
located at 1106 Pearch St.
THE FIRST A.M.E. CHURCH Food Closet is well-
stocked and ready to be a blessing to those in need. The
2nd Saturday in each month from 1:00pm- 3:00pm,
Sister Mattie Devore and a team of dedicated workers
here at the Church will distribute food. For further
information please contact the church office at 386-446-
THE BALM IN GILEAD along with the Duval
County Health Department and other local faith-
based communities are requesting your participation in:
The Balm in Gilead, March 1-7, 2009. We are request-
ing that you include prayer for HIV/AIDS in your
Morning service, Bible Study, or Prayer time at your
local church. We are challenging all. Pastors to pledge
and include HIV/AIDS as an integral part of your local
church ministry. HIV/AIDS has affected our communi-
ty and it is time to educate, and bring healing. For more
information, please contact Tabitha Robinson at (904)
253-0071 or email TabithaRobinson@doh.state.fl.us.
HOLYGHOST OVERCOMING POWER
CHURCH will be in their annual state convention
March 5th through the 8th beginning at 8 p.m. each
night and 12 noon on Sunday. We are located at 5729
Vernon Rd., Jacksonville, FL. ALL ARE WELCOME.
If you have any questions you may contact Susan
Stores @ 904-405-4105.
Let the Bible Speak -Annual Spring Gospel/ Revival
Meeting THE NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF
CHRIST, located at 4736 Avenue B, invites you to
attend its Annual Spring Gospel/Revival meeting
March 7-12, 2009. The theme is "Back to the
future... God is Able." The guest speaker is James M.
Crusoe, from the Norris Road Church of Christ in
Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Crusoe will cause you to take
another look at what is really important in this life, and
how you can have eternal life by leaning on God and
trusting His word. The activities will kick-off with a
FREE concert Saturday March 7th, featuring the
Northside Acappella Mass Chorus (Total Praise) at 7:00
p.m.; Sunday, March 8th is Family & Friends Day; it
includes Bible School at 9:15 a.m., Mass Worship
Service at 10:30 a.m. and a FREE dinner for all will fol-
low the Mass Worship Service; Monday-Thursday,
March 9-12 are the dates of the gospel revival meeting,
starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening. There is FREE local
transportation to all events, and nursery service will be
provided. If you have questions; please call (904) 765-
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning i's
Intercessory Prayer................10:45 a.m.
Morning Worship ......................1:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............... 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Eric Lee i ,'
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus -cn.
(904) 764-5727 Church -.
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W orship Service ................................. 10:00 a.m.
Church School... .................. ........ .. 8:30 p.m.
"Glory Hour" Bible Study .......................... .10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jirah" Bible Study .................. . .. 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry .......... .10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion M ministry .............................. 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Riclyardson 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
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"There's Always Something Happening Oni The First Coast"
The National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People Celebrates its 100th
To kick off the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP, the NAACP's
Jacksonville Branch along with The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
and the Florida Times-Union presented the showing of Keith
Beauchamp's Emmy Nominated Documentary "The Untold Story of
Emmett Louis Till" and showings of the museum's "'Lift Every Voice
and Sing" Exhibit. The well attended event brought together the pillars
of the local NAACP organization.
A special feature was having Keith Beauchamp personally present
the documentary to the local audience. Having written and directed "The
Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," a 14 year old Black youth, mur-
dered in Mississippi by two white men for allegedly whistling at a
white woman, it was quite a feat to have Keith Beauchamp at the
event. Beauchamp's groundbreaking film is the result of an II year
journey to uncover the truth behind the nighnnarish murder of young
The NAACP's Jacksonville Branch's Centennial Celebration
Committee, with Chairman Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., Mrs. Elnora
Atkins, Ms. Tonya Austin, Mark James, Ferdinand Juluke. Mrs.. Lois
Juluke and Mrs. Sandra Cummings Thompson. Branch Secretary. is
to be commended for such a inimitable kick-off event!
Artist Paints HistoricPresident Obama Train
"A Long Hard Journey"
Railroad artist Robert West unveiled at Jacksonville's Prime Osborn
Convention Center his recently completed painting, "A Long Hard
Journey." The painting depicts President Barack Obama, and First Lady
Michelle Obama, standing and waving to the crowds that included
Harriet Tubman. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. George Bush Sr., Ghandi,
Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln. Robert West's grandfather Allen Parrish,
and a host of other historically significant people, as they wave back
from the rear platform of the Georgia # 300, Presidential train, near
The unveiling and print signing took place during the 31st
Jacksonville Model Train and Railroad Show, at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center, Jacksonville's oldest and largest Train and Railroad
Collectible Show, which included operating train layouts.
Robert is the world's only professionally recognized black railroad
artist, whose grandfather, the late Allen Parrish, worked as Pullman
Porter, for the Atlantic Coastline. (CSX), Railroad, out of the
Jackson\ ille Terminal train station.
In celebration of National Black History Month, it was appropri-
ate, that the elements of the inauguration of President Obama. the
artistry of Robert West, and the legacy of the Pullman Porter, con-
verge during National Black History Month and for Robert West to
produce a painting which brings all of the elements together
Robert West's exhibit was a very popular place for railroad
enthusiasts during the Jacksonville stop. We were intrigued with
Mr. West's artistry and share the pride of his local ParrishToby
Family roots. For more information visit www.trainpaintings.com.
Rodney Hurst Sr. and Noted Documentary Film Mesdames Elnora Goldsmith Atkins and Sandra
Producer Keith Beauchamp Cummings Thompson with Keith Beauchamp.
former Srate senator Arnet wtGraraeau wun Mis.
Angela Carter, Mrs. Delphenia Carter and an
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Hit Rapper Down AKA Kilo Makes His
By Rych McCain
Photo by Donald Carraway
"Lean Like A
Cholo" was the first
single released by
Southern Cali rapper
"Down AKA Kilo"
from his album
"Definition of an
Ese," in May of 2007
on -the Silent Giant
label. It entered the
Billboard Hot 100 at
#93 and peaked at #34
earning gold sales sta-
tus in between. Down
AKA Kilo is now the
and co-writer of his
own film LEAN LIKE
A CHOLO which of
course is appropriate-
ly named after his hit
single. The movie has
just wrapped shooting
and is. directed by
whose company. D
Street films is helm-
ing the project.
SDown AKA Kilo
and Demetrius invited
a couple members of
the press core to visit
the set and talk about
the project. The cast is
a stellar, multi-ethnic,
all-star' group with
Chino XL"' (Gang
Wars), Latin sexy
siren Vida Guerra,
John Amos (All About
The Andersons), Tiny
Lister, Emilio Rivera,
music artist Big Tank,
(Rock of Love) and
Ernie Cardenas (The
George Lopez Show).
Down AKA Kilo is
very proud of this film
project and the sacri-
fices he made to make
How did Down and
hook up? Navarro
responds, "Down got
this whole thing
going. We met on
another set, we started
talking and he said he
wanted to make a
movie. OK let's sit
down, we started brain
storming and came up
with the idea. The
song of course
inspired the idea but
the movie walks on its
own. It's a, movie
about family, neigh-
bors, friendship and
sticking together. It
shows the neighbor-
hood and it is just a
regular urban neigh-
borhood. It's not
Black, Mexican or any
other type; it's just a
shows how people
come together' when
you need it." The
quality of the work
and the all star cast
caused quite a stir
amongst the major
The producers got an
offer of distributor-
ship after only five
days of shooting
which speaks for ,its
Navarro started his
D Street Films compa-
ny from scratch. As he
puts it, I started work-
ing as an actor then
got a part on NBC's
"ER" and was on for
eleven seasons. As
things started to wind
down I said wait a
minute, if I just stay
as an actor, I'm rely-
ing on somebody else
to give me a job.
Being on "ER", that's
a well oiled machine
and I saw how every-
thing works, how
everybody is 'treated
and everybody is
allowed to do their
job. So I got some
people that I knew
together and I did my
first film, got it dis-
tributed and ten films
later I'm making Lean
Like A Cholo."
Down chimes in -to
bring me up to speed
on his music. He
lights up, "Right now
I'm on a tour called
the Latin Lockdown
tour." Even though he
writes and produces,
Down says, "I share
with writers, I do it
all. I mean if.you got a
good song that I like;
I'll take it and turn it
into some money. I
just finished my new
record that is going to
drop in March through
Fontana Records. Go
get your ringtones,
EmilioRivera,Demetrius Navarro, Down AKA Kilo &
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"Cholo Skate" up on
itunes right now.
That's my first sin-
gle!" The new album
features Snoop Dog,
DJ Qick, Too Short
and others. Down ads,
"That's what I was
born to do. I'm
blessed. Coming from
a real poor family and
having nothing as a
kid to now being on
my own movie set.
Man that's something!
Down thanks all of his
fans who helped to
make his debut album
By Rych McCain
Prince rocked the
house for several hundred
fans and select VIP guest'
who included Alicia
,Keys, Queen Latifah,
Maroon 5's Adam
Levine, Dita Von, Teese to
name some at The
Avalon Hollywood and
Bardot into the early
morning hours for his
"Purple Party" following
The Oscars. His purple-
ness also has announced
an exclusive partnership
with Target to release
new material in an
set collection. This set
will only be available in
Target stores and includes
Prince's new studio
and MPLsoUND plus
new artist, Bria Valente's
breakout album "Elixir."
Look for it March 29,
Actor Jimmy Jean-
Louis (Heroes NBC),
who was born and reared
in Haiti, has created a
charitable organization to
aid the youth of his
"Hollywood United For
Haiti." Go to
www.hufh.org or' call
323-244-2712 but get
involved by doing what
you can for our
Caribbean sisters and
brothers whose 1804 rev-
olution that made Haiti.
the first black nation in
the Western Hemisphere
and helped to free blacks
in the U.S. from slavery.
This is also one of the
main reasons that the
U.S., France and other
European countries have
executed their undercov-
er, covert tactics and poli-
cies to see that Haiti
became politically divid-
ed and remains so and
that her refugees continue
to be unwelcome in the
United States and else-
Teen actress KeKe
Palmer (True Jackson
VP) has signed on to star
and produce the feature
film "OREO," from a
script adapted by writer
Adam Davenport from
the book written by
author Fran Ross of the
Confessions Of A
Pictures and Jerry
Starring Isla Fisher,
Hugh Dancy, Krysten
Ritter, Joan Cusack,
John Goodman, John
Lithgow, Kristin Scott
Thomas and Fred
Armisen. Directed. by
P.J. Hogan. Screenplay
by Tracey Jackson, Tim
Firth and Kayla Alpert.
Based on the books
"Confessions Of A
by Jerry Bruckheimer.
From the title of this proj-
ect, one would surmise
that a pretty predictable
plot and outcome would
result. The film has some
comical moments with a
moralizing point ending.
This is clearly a girl's
night out film. Guys;
wear your fake "I-don't-
movie" face when you
have to shell out your
hard earn ducketts to take
your lady to this one.
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Stimulus Continued from A-1
Tells it straight. For years, budgets
have used accounting tricks to
hide the real costs of the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush
tax cuts, and too many other pro-
grams. Obama's budget gets rid of
the smokescreens and lays out
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Stops unnecessary government
subsidies to big banks, health
insurance companies and big
Expands access to early childhood
education and improves schools
by investing in programs that
make sure every child has a quali-
fied, strong teacher. 16
Negotiates for better prescription
drug prices using Medicaid's
tremendous bargaining power. 17
Expands access to family plan-
ning for low-income women. 18
Caps the pollution that causes
global warming, and makes pol-
luters pay to support clean energy
1. "Climate of Change," The New York
Times, February 27, 2009
2. "Obama Calls His Budget Sweeping,
Needed Change," The New York Times,
'February 28, 2009
3. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp
Health Care," The New York Times, February
4. "Obama Expects Fight Over $3.55 Trillion
Budget Plan," Bloomberg News, February
5. "Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight
Years of Darkness," Center for American
Progress, February 26, 2009
6. "The Economic Cost of War in Iraq and
Afghanistan," The New York Times, March 1,
7. "Tax Cuts," The New York Times,
February 26, 2009
8.. "Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight
Years of Darkness," Center for American
Progress, February 26, 2009
9: "Student Loans," The New York Times,
February 26, 2009
10. "Obama unveils budget blueprint," CNN,
February 26, 2009
11. "Obama budget would boost SEC, CFTC,
FBI," Reuters, February 26, 2009
12. "Obama's budget," Los Angeles Times,
February 27, 2009
13. "Student Loans," The New York Times,
February 26, 2009
14. "Health Insurance Stocks Dive on
Medicare Advantage Cuts," The Wall Street
Journal, February 26, 2009
15. "Agriculture," The New York Times,
February 26, 2009
16. "Investing Wisely in Our Children,"
Center for American Progress, February 26,
17. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp
Health Care," The New York Times, February
18. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp
Health Care," The New York Times, February
19. "Setting 'Green' Goals," The New York
Times, February 26, 2009
Supreme Court Decision on Firefighters Could Reverse Civil Rights Act and
Put Nation In a Security Crisis By Cheryl Williams
Jacksonville, Fla., March 1, 2009 The International Association of Professional Black Firefighter
(IABPFF) has taken issue with a lawsuit currently pending in the United State Supreme Court, Ricci vs. De
,-Stefano, and will be filing an amicus brief, joined by several other prominent organizations and individu-
als, representing minority firefighters being attacked by the suit. At the core of this issue is keeping our
firefighting forces diverse in the interests of National Security. The IABPFF position is clear: keep Title
VII and Constitutional Protections alive for professional black firefighters/ first responders -- not merely
for the interests of Caucasians, who have dominated the fire testing process for years.
The Supreme Court ruling could turn back the clock on civil rights movements.
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educational and pre-kindergarden program for those who qualify. Families with
children ages 3 and 4 years of age need to apply. Please call now. 598-0607 for
additional information. Early registration is recommended.
THE NATIONAL HAMPTON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION,
INC. is hosting their first nationwide Bowl-A-Thon on March 7, 2009 to pro-
vide funds to assist needy/deserving college students. Alumni chapters in many
cities throughout the states will be participating. The Jacksonville Chapter
event will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Bowl America, 11141 Beach
Blvd., from 1:00 3:00 p.m. Bowlers, friends of Hamptonians, and the public
are invited to participate. for additional information contact Kenneth Reddick,
Regional Fundraising Chairperson, at 764-8795.
It's Time to Roll Out The Red Carpet! for The 6nyx Awards -This year as
America celebrates the accomplishments of Barack Obama, our country's first
African American president, Florida has the distinct honor of recognizing out-
standing individuals who have made valuable contributions in the categories of
education, business, performing arts and sports-to name a few. In a historic
effort, Blue Cross and Blue Shield takes great pleasure in saluting the Presidents
and the legacy of Florida's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to
include, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Agricultural Mechanical
University, Florida Memorial and Edward Waters College, the oldest of Florida's
African-American educational institutions. Kick-Off Reception is Friday,
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Church on Kings Rd. & Davis. All are welcome. For more information, call
THE FIRST A.M.E. FOOD CLOSET The First A.M.E. Food Closet is again
well-stocked and ready to be a blessing to those in need. The closet is open
every second Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sister Mattie DeVore and a team of
dedicated workers will distribute the food on Saturday, March 14. First A.M.E.
Church, at 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast, is the pastorate of the Rev.
Gillard S. Glover. For further details, please contact the church at (386). 446-
Pastor and Founder Apostle Frederick K.C. Price Steps "Aside"
As Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center
His Son, Frederick K. Price Jr., Will Be Installed As Pastor
On March 15th Dr. Creflo Dollar
To Serve As Keynote Speaker
Los Angeles, CA On Sunday,
March 15th history will be made at
Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC).
After more than 35 years of leading a
faith movement and establishing one
of the nation's first Black mega-
churches, Apostle Frederick K.C.
Price will step aside and install his
son as Head Pastor on his 30th birth-
day at a special service at 9:30 AM at
the church located at 7901 S. Vermont
Ave. in Los Angeles.
Dr. Creflo Dollar of World
Changers Church International will
be the keynote speaker for Pastor
Frederick K. Price Jr.'s installation
ceremony. Dr. Dollar was selected
because Pastor Price Jr. realized he
was called into ministry during a
service led by Dr. Dollar about 13
years ago. There will also be a special music ministry. The event is open to the pub-
lic. Guests are advised to arrive early due to the expected large turnout or view it
online at www.faithdome.org.
Now at the seasoned age of 77, Apostle Price will not retire from the ministry,
ust from the daily pastoral duties over the churches in Los Angeles, New York, and
a weekly television and radio broadcast titled "Ever Increasing Faith." Having pub-
lished two books last year and making national speaking engagements, the icon of
faith doesn't show signs of slowing down, but of a man who has a sharper focus on
his next level of ministry. He also serves as Chairman of CCC's board of directors.
"The formal succession of my son will take place on his 30th birthday, the same
day Jesus began his ministry," said Apostle Price who will still teach on some
Sunday. "This wasn't planned, it just happened that way. I believe that it's a sign
from God that after six years of training as an assistant pastor, Freddie is ready to sit
in the driver's seat and I will be there to help him along his way."
During high school, Pastor Price Jr. began a music career with a group called
Seven Nine. It consisted of six Christian rappers. The group ministered for years
around the country and even produced a CD titled "79." They continued to rap and
produce songs until they transitioned to college. Pastor Price Jr. graduated from
Cottonwood's School of Ministry in June 2002.
Being a Gospel rap artist and appreciation of the culture helped to inspire him to
create church services which featured Hip Hop Christian artists and Krump dancing.
Initially, it was titled "Hip Hop Sunday." But it was renamed "The Blue Print" since
the church was on the forefront of incorporating the Hip Hop culture into the main
service. As a leader in the Hip Hop generation, Pastor Price Jr. is passionate about
striking a cord with his contemporaries in a real way.
"The Bible says a good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children,"
said Pastor Price Jr. "My father left me a powerful inheritance to teach the Word
and to be a man of integrity. "He's been an awesome father and a great role model.
I look forward to continuing his legacy."
Ever Increasing Faith Ministry reaches over 15 million households each week
and airs in 15 of 20 largest markets throughout the United States. For more infor-
mation about the installation, call (323) 758-3777.
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Pizza Delivery Fraud-Officer was
flagged down by a male in a Dominos Pizza
delivery car. Officer made contact with
Jonathan; the listed complainant and witness.
He advised the officer that he made a pizza
delivery to an apartment. A female answered
the door and purchased the pizza with. a
twenty dollar bill of U.S. currency. The com-
plainant entered his vehicle and noticed that
the twenty dollar bill was counterfeit. Police
investigation revealed that the twenty dollar
bill was counterfeit. Officer attempted to
make contact with the suspect at the listed
address. The suspect refused to answer the
door after he identified himself as a Police
Officer with the Jacksonville Sheriffs
Office. She stated," I'm calling my peoples."
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Her actions lead him to believe that she had knowledge of the counterfeit money and
had intent to defraud Dominos Pizza. Officer spoke with the neighbors of this
address and they advised him that an elderly woman lives at the -residence. The
young female is her granddaughter that visits on the weekends. Officer will attempt
to make contact with the resident of the apartment to identify the suspect. Case sus-.
pended, with a future follow-up. Dispute Over Car Keys Police Officer
responded to a call of dispute at S. Kusaie Dr. When he arrived he observed a female
walking in the front yard. He also observed a green Cadillac with a shattered wind-
shield and scuff marks on the side and rear windows. He contacted the female, sus-
pect and victim, Isa. She stated that her boyfriend, suspect and victim Art, attacked
her. Isa said she has been living with Art for four months and has been sexually
active with him during that time. Isa stated that she was sitting in the living room
speaking with, witness Fefe, when Art came into the room and got into her face. Isa
said Art went into her pockets and took her cigarettes. Isa stated Art was looking for
his car keys so she went outside and Art followed her. She said that Art attacked her
outside punching her in the face several times and dragging her to the edge of the
yard. Officer did observe that Isa had a laceration to the left and right side of her
face and the inside portion of her bottom lip. Isa said when Art came at her she
became scared and didn't know what to do so she threw a brick at him. Isa stated Art
was standing close to the vehicle and when he blocked the brick from hitting him
the brick hit the vehicle windshield. Isa told the officer that the brick hit the wind-
shield one time. He observed that the windshield had been struck at least twice with
an object. Isa stated that she did attempt to break the side and rear windows of the
vehicle with a brick. Officer also spoke
with Art who told him that he did take
Isa's cigarettes in an attempt to find his
car keys. Art stated that Isa became
upset and left the residence and when he
went outside he observed Isa breaking
the windshield. Art said that when Isa
noticed him at the door she threw the
brick at him. Art stated he blocked the
brick with his left hand. Police observed
that Arthur had lacerations to his left
hand. Art stated at that point he had to
defend himself and got into a fight with
Isa.Witness Ray stated that Isa became
upset when Art took the cigarettes away
from her. Ray said that Isa left the resi-
dence and began to break the windshield
of Art's vehicle with a brick. Ray stated that Isa did throw the brick at Art and then
Art began to chase. her around the vehicle, eventually catching her and assaulting
her. Witness Fefe earlier statement confirmed Ray's story stating that Isa was upset
because Art took her cigarettes. Fefe stated that she did see Isa leave the residence
and begin to break the windshield of the vehicle. Fefe did say she saw Art assault
Isa in the front yard.Hit and Run-Officer was dispatched to Rogero Rd and
Commerce St in response to a hit -and run accident. Upon arrival he met with wit-
ness 2 who advised that the suspect (Fred) ran the stop sign on Commerce St and hit
her while she was travelling in her vehicle Southbound on Rogero Rd. Witness 1
advised she saw the suspect run the stop sign as well. Witness 1 stated that the sus-
pect then left the scene. Officer arrived on the scene and began to canvass for the
suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was quickly located on Brandemere Rd S.
Officer then located the suspect about 5 minutes after the call was received, walk-
ing in the road at King Arthur Rd. Officer had been notified by several neighbors
about the description of the person seen getting out of the suspect vehicle and the
suspects clothing matched this description. Officer advised that the suspect stated
that he was disoriented and that he had been driving'the suspect vehicle. The sus-
pect was identified by the two witnesses as the driver of the suspect vehicle. Officer
also located the keys to the suspect's vehicle in the suspect's front left jean pocket.
The keys were turned into the property room. Officer 2 completed an NOIR and
towed the vehicle after speaking with the parent of the owner of the vehicle. The
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By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor
The Jaguars have
.signed defensive end
James Wyche to a new con-
tract. Wyche, 6-5, 275, was
the first of the club's two
seventh-round picks in the
Wyche, a restricted free
agent, has missed the last
two seasons due to injuries.
He missed the entire 2008
season with a knee injury
suffered in the preseason,
and was placed on injured
reserve in 2007 after suf-
fering a groin injury in the
final preseason game
against Washington. He
spent the first 10 weeks of
the 2007 season on the
practice squad as a rookie
before being activated to
the 53-man roster on Nov.
They signed center
Brad Meester and corner-
back Scott Starks to new
contracts. Both players
were unrestricted free
agents. The team also
released veteran defensive
end Paul Spicer.
Meester, 6-3, 295,
ranks third in team history
with 129 games started
since being selected in.the
second round of the 2000
draft. Now entering his
10th season, Meester is one
of only 10 players in fran-
chise history to see action
in 100 games. He opened
his career by starting a
team-record 92 consecu-
tive games with 48 at left
guard and 44 at center.
"This is definitely
where we want to stay, my
wife and I, and we're just
so thankful to get the
Makes-Roster. Moves as NFL Draft Approaches
opportunity to be able to .t
come back here," Meester,
said. "I'm thankful to Mr.
Weaver and Jack (Del v ,
Rio) and Gene (Smith) for
giving us a chance. I'm -
excited about being back
here and about this '
upcoming season. I know
they've let go of some
guys but I was always the h
optimistic that I'd be able- -. th i
to get the chance to come
back here and luckily I've -
been given that chance .
and I'm just very thankful -- -
for that." Comining off a 5-11 season, the Jaguars have just six draft picks.
Meester missed all of (Photo by Nancy Beecher)
the 2008 preseason and the he intercepted Vince Young starts at strong safety. He
first six games of the regu- in the third quarter and started both the Eagles'
lar season after suffering a raced 55 yards for his first playoff games at strong
biceps injury in training career touchdown. safety.
campn He returned to start The club also signed
the final 10 games. The unrestricted free agent
Jaguars in the third round safety Sean Considine to a
of the 2005 draft originally contract. Considine spent -
selected Starks, 5-9, 176. the past four seasons with
Starks has played in 49 the Philadelphia Eagles.
games with one start in The Eagles in the
four seasons and has been a fourth round of the 2005
standout on special teams. draft originally selected
He has'career totals of 48 Considine, 6-0, 212. He
tackles, two interceptions, has played in 46 games
two forced fumbles and 44 with 17 starts and has
special teams tackles.
In 2008,,Starks played
in only game after suffer-
ing a torn ACL in week
three, at Indianapolis. He
was placed on injured
reserve because of the knee
injury on Sept. 24. He
played in all 16 games for
the third consecutive sea-
son in 2007 and ranked
third on the team with a
career-high 20 special
teams tackles and, added
He had the best game
of his career on Nov. 5,
2006 against Tennessee as
excelled on special teams.
His career totals include
165 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two
interceptions, two fumble
recoveries and one forced
fumble along with 68 spe-
cial teams tackles. He has
played in five career post-
season games with two
Considine, 27, led the
Eagles in 2008 with a
career-high 32 special
teams tackles including
three in the postseason. In
2006, he finished with
career-high 107 tackles as
he made career-high nine
Jacksonville University's Ben Smith had
another stellar season. He led the Dolphin in
scoring, putting up double figures in. 25 of
JU's 29 games, including a streak of 10
straight games at one point.
After leading the JU men's basketball
team to its first Atlantic, Sun Conference
championship, Ben Smith was named the
league's Player of the Week.
Smith scored a team-best 27 points in
leading the Dolphins to an 84-82 over-
time win over Belmont, sealing
Jacksonville to the first regular season
conference title in the history of the pro-
"As one of the leaders on this team,
Ben stepped up and made some big plays
for us down the stretch," said JU head
coach Cliff Warren.
Smith hit 10-of-19 from the floor,
including 3-of-5 from behind the arc and
4-of-5 at the free throw line in the win
over the Bruins -the first at Belmont
While his scoring contributions were
a major component of JI's min, he also
played well in other phases. He pulled
down six rebounds, including two on the
He dished out eight assists, including
a pass on the game-winning 3-pointer to
Marcus Allen drawing a double team on
a drive to the lane, while committing just
three turnovers in 42 minutes at the point
His defense was solid as well, pick-
ing up five steals and knocked the ball
away from Belmont's Alex Renfroe on
his attempt to drive to the basket on the
last possession of overtime.
Warren was named Atlantic Sun
Conference "Coach of the Year," with
Smith being picked first team all- confer-
ence. Sophomore forward Ayron Hardy
was named the league's "Defensive
Player of the Year."
It is the second straight season that
Smith has earned a spot on the first team.
He led the-Dolphins in points, assists and
steals .during the run to the title.
"We are very thankful and feel very
blessed to be recognized by our peers,"
Warren said. "This has been a process for
us, with tremendous support from our
administration through the last four
years. As group, we feel honored to
receive this award.
"Both awards are well deserved.
These two young men worked extremely
hard in the offseason and throughout the
year to receive this award."
Hardy earned his award by finishing
ranked in the top 10 in the A-Sun in steals
(1.68) and blocks (0.86). He finished the
season with 47 steals, just shy of cracking
the school's top 10 for a single season.
Smith had another stellar season.
While leading the Dolphin in scoring, he
became a more consistent scorer putting
up double figures in 25 of JU's 29 games,
including a streak of 10 straight games at
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Gators' Taylor Makes History at SEC Indoor Meet
By Mike Bonts
Florida freshman /
Christian Taylor was a
part of three Southeastern
titles, becoming the first
rookie in school history
to win ani, indoor
Commissioner's Cup. as .
the Gators posted a pair
of top-four team finishes
at the 2009 SEC Indoor
by the University of
Kentucky at its E.J. orieJohnson, the SoutheasternConference's assistantt Director of
Nutter Fieldhouse. Championships, presents Florida's Christian Taylor with the SEC
Forinda mouen' tea d Commissioner's Cup, awarded to the meet's high-points scorer, at
Florida's men's team the 2009 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lexington,
finished second overall K. Taylor is the first freshman in school history to earn the honor.
with 102 points, its high- (Photo Credit: David Coyle)
est indoor SEC finish since the 2005 campaign, while the women were fourth with 84
points. Arkansas claimed the men's championship with 130 total points, while
Tennessee captured the women's crown with 84 points.
For the meet, the Gators won five individual event titles, notched four NCAA
automatic-qualifying marks, broke two school records, set one Nutter Fieldhouse
record and posted one SEC Indoor Championships record.
"We did some really good things today," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said.
"We came into this meet thinking that we had a chance to win it on the men's side and
finish top-three on the women's side and we weren't able to do that. From that stand-
point, we are a little disappointed. We have some areas that we can get better in and,
in the big picture, we're going to have to improve our mental toughness in order to be
at an elite level. But, overall we I thought we were able to do some great things today."
JU WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP Leading by only
four after the first day, the Dolphins exploded for 121 points on Saturday en route to
a 171 point final tally, which is their highest total since the indoor meet began in 2006.
Kennesaw State, who pressed JU on Friday, finished in second place with 109 points,
while host East Tennessee State took with 84 final points.
JU's dominance included winning 10 of the 17 total events, producing 17 all-con-
ference performances, setting six conference marks, breaking or tying seven schools
records and averaging more than 10 points an event.
Senior Natasha Harvey swept most of the individual awards after winning "Most
Valuable Performer," "Most Outstanding Track Performer" and "Most Outstanding
Field Performer" accolades. Freshman Stacey Young also shined en route to earning
"Most Outstanding Freshman Performer," while head coach Ron Grigg was named
"Coach of the Year" for the fourth straight time.
"I can't say enough about this team," said JU head Coach Ron Grigg. "Their
accomplishments should be recognized and savored because they had a near perfect
meet. To set this many records, win this many events, score this many points, and be
honored with this many individual.awards is a little overwhelming. I am both extreme-
ly proud and grateful to be associated with each member of this program."
UNF RETURNS FROM ATLANTIC SUN MEET -The Ospreys have come
back from the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track Championships with some major victories
and milestones under their belts, potential launching points for success in the upcom-
ing outdoor track season,
With a fifth and seventh place finish for the women and men, respectively, the
teams can look to the excellent efforts put forward by the entire team and to outstand-
ing athletes like conference-champion pole vaulter Anne DelBovo and know that they
are a team that has done their best and that they have momentum for the outdoor sea-
son. They will need it as the UNF Spring Break Open approaches, the first home meet
to be held on UNF's new world-class track.
UNF junior Anne DelBovo is now the Atlantic Sun Conference champion for the
pole vault, soaring 3.05m for a first place finish ... Rachel Stanley set a new school
record for 60m hurdles with a blisteringly fast time of 9.46s ... Charisma Anderson set
a UNF record in the 60m dash of 7.81s ... Charisma Anderson set a new school record
for the 200m dash for her 25.39s sprint ... Ashton McGuire also set a new record for
the weight throw with her toss of 9.70m ... Will Pearce also took an all-conference
third place finish in the mile ... Kayla Conrad finished second in the 800m, making
JU's Smith Named A-Sun Player of the Week
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