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Florida star
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Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
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General Note:
"Florida's statewide black weekly."
General Note:
Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981-

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Boy Commits Suicide

After Constant Bullying
Carl Walker-Hoover, 11, of
Springfield, Mass. had suffered
more than he could handle by
school bullies. He was found
hanging in his home after a day
of being taunted at the school
Carl Joseph Walker- where he played football, bas-
Hoover, 11, suicide ketball and was also a Boy
victim Scout. Yet,, he was called 'gay.'
His mother said she had told school administrators
weekly of the bullies but received no help.
Oprah and Dr. Phil have both addressed the bully
issue among our youth, mostly in public school sys-
tems. In this case, Carl was attending a charter
school. On the day that Carl took his life, he had
received a 5-day suspension for bumping into a girl.

Wheel of Justice.

-., The Channel 4 Wheel of
Justice landed on
Donzell Brown this
S k week. Donzell has been
on the wheel for some
time. He is wanted for
sexual battery on a ten-
year-old. NO BOND.
Apparently, the wheel
Dn wants him caught since
Donzell Brown it-keeps landing on him.
It is perhaps the way the
spirit is working to help
keep another child from being harmed.
Know where he is? Help. Call 866-845-TIPS. You may be
provided up to $1,000 in Reward money.

More May Qualify for

Free Cell Phones
By Dan,Evans, The Florida and Georgia Star Newspapers
Jacksonville's Linking-Solutions took a group of
citizens to Tallahassee to encourage legislators to
pass House Bill 1465 and Senate Bill 2626, known
as the Consumer Choice and Protection Act intend-
ed to extend Lifeline eligibility from 135% to 150%
of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines.
Lifeline makes telephone service affordable to low-
income customers across Florida, giving them a
$13.50 credit per month on local telephone bills and
allowing Safelink to provide free cell phones with
free monthly minutes.
-To receive a Safe-link cell phone you must certify
in a public assistance program and have a income
range from a one person household income of
$14,040 to a family of 8 with an income of $48,060.
According to reports, as of January 2009, 430,000.
Floridians are in the Lifeline program.

Unemployed Man Arrested for
Not Paying Support for 14
Children by 13 Women
According to a report out of Flint,
Michigan, Thomas Frazier, 42,
was jailed because he is said to be
the father of 14 children with 13
women and owes more than
$530,000 in unpaid child support.
Thomas Frazier, 42 Court records show that frazier
has not made a support payment in
six years. The report said that he is unemployed .and
could be held for 90 days if he does not at this time,
pay at least $27,900.
Frazier denies being the father of 14 but does admit
to at least three. He said he cannot pay the required
$3,000 per month child support.

Dressing Up on Easter
Sunday-Big Hat and All
Females from
Aretha Franklin to
G Chelsea Clinton are
said to don a regal
crown when they
step into the Lord's
S house or attend the
Kentucky Derby.
Easter Sunday in
2009 showed not
much change. A
survey showed that
51% of women 35
and above, 25%
from 25 to 35, 14%
From 15 to 25, 6%.
after marriage and
4% before marriage
wear hats to church.
Fashion by Dorinda Clark Cole
Georgia To Pay $3 Million
for Bus Accident
"- ...-.. -.,l The State
of Georgia
has paid the
amount, $3
million, to
Families of
Sthe victims
of the 2007
wreck of the Bluffton University baseball team when
the bus went off the bridge at the top of the ramp,
killing five players, the driver and his wife.
The accident was caused because the state, in the
rush to install HOV signs before the 1996 Olympic
games, left an important road sign off the HOV exit
where the bus crashed. Such sign would have point-
ed out the continuing HOV exit. NTSB investigators
harshly criticized Georgia's HOV signs and new ones
are under contract and should start going up this
summer, according to Georgia's Department of
Transportation. The National Transportation Safety
Board urged the state to provide more clear and con-
sistent highway signs.

St. Johns Water Board Decision
Takes 5.5 Million Gallons a Day
On the issue regarding the St. Johns
Water Management District's decision
to allow Seminole County to withdraw
up to 5.5 million gallons of water a day
from the St. Johns River, Mayor Peyton
and radio talk show host, Andy Johnson
Jacksonville's were in agreement. The mayor issued a
Mayor John Peyton statement that echols Andy's saying that
the science detailing potential impact on the river follow-
ing withdrawals is inconclusive and at this point, incom-
Mayor Peyton commended all of the individuals and
organizations who attended the hearing. Andy is still
upset because of the way the Water District treated the
thousands who sought to appear at the hearing.
Mr. Peyton said, at this point, we are evaluating our legal
options regarding the SJWMD Board's decision with the
Office of the General Counsel and members of the
Jacksonville's City Council. He stated that it is his hope
that both the board and any other counties contemplating
similar permit requests that the St., Johns River should be
the option of last resort. "All counties and municipalities,-
Duval included need to renew efforts to enhance water
conservation and explore better options for reuse. The St.
Johns River is our heritage, our future, and the lifeblood of
this city. No one should take it lightly," said Peyton.

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Stetson Kennedy, civil rights leader and former writer for The Florida
Star stopped by the Star's office on its 58th Anniversary and checks out
a picture of Eric Simpson, founder of The Florida Star. Mr. Kennedy is
founder of the Stetson Kennedy Foundation. During the civil rights
movement; he was able to use his investigative reporting skills to
receive KKK information to help fight segregation and other injustices.
Working or Not Working
By Clara McLaughlin, The Florida
and Georgia Star Newspapers
Florida's unemployment
S. rate is at 9.4 percent and
economist predict it will top
out at 12 percent about the
middle of 2010.
In the meantime, citizens
El Bethel feeds Hundreds on Easter are working to help each
other. El Bethel on 4th
Street served hundreds on Easter Sunday. But many who are
still employed, are worried if the Fair Labor Standards Act
(FLSA) which was passed in the aftermath of the Great
Depression and designed to guarantee "a fair day's pay for a fair
day's work" will be upheld or enforced.
Some workers are experiencing more responsibility or job
duties beyond what they had in the past as other workers are laid
off, but without additional pay. Some workers are being
reminded of the unemployment rate, making the employees
reluctant to say anything for Working Continued on A-7

News in Brief

John Madden Retires

JJoh n
I73, for-
mer coach and most popu-
lar broadcast analysts for
thirty years, announced his
retirement. He said he is
celebrating his 50th wed-
ding anniversity this fall.
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Man Who Treated
Mrs. King Arrested

Kurt Donsbach, 73,who
said he was a naturopathic
doctor and treated the late
Coretta Scott King, has
been arrested for allegedly
practicing without a
license. Mrs. King died in
Urban League E
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Faith In Our Community
ScheduFe of Events and Services .
ing its 29th Annual Ladies Inspirational Days with two days
of inspiration, education, and fun, on May 1 to 2, 2009 at
4736 AvenueB. Activities and food is free to all visitors both
days. Events begin Friday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. with regis-
tration, vendor stroll, speakers, and refreshments. Saturday,
May 2nd opens with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. The
program begins at 9:00 a.m., and features two dynamic
speakers. Lunch will be served immediately following the
program. Other activities include prizes, and gift bags. The
theme "Pearls of Wisdom," Scripture: Proverbs 31:20, "She
opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law
of kindness..." For further information, please contact the
church at (904) 765-9830.
ly invites you and your congregation to come and worship
with us on April 19, at 5:00 p.m. as we present a pretty Hat
Tea. Come join us in an evening of fashion with the ladies of
our community. Located at 737 Jessie St., Jacksonville. Rev.
Louis Kirkland, Pastor. Please respond by calling Joyce
Jackson at 354-3021 or 358-2258.
ed at 1106 Pearce St., .where Elder Bobbie Sheffield is the
Senior Pastor, will be honoring their Assistant Pastor, "Elder
Alvin Smith," with an Appreciation Program on .Saturday,
April 25th at 7:00 p.m. The Special Guest will be The
Gospel Cavaliers of Jacksonville; the manager is Brother
John Golden. The public is cordially invited as we honor this
awesome man of God.who gives himself so freely to God
and to the community at large. For more information, please
call the church at (904) 353-7734.
CHURCH located at 6910 New Kings Rd., where Rev. Dr.
Marvin C. Zanders, II, is the Pastor. On April 26th, Bishop
Carolyn Guidry, Presiding Prelate of the Eight episcopal
District will proclaim the word of the Women's Day
Worship Services. These special services will be held at 7:30
a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Friends and the public are extended a
warm welcome to share in all services. Please contact the
church at 764-2755 for transportation and additional infor-

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CATERING Saturday -April 18, 2009 Featuring in
Concert: Tarra F. Jones -Unity Christian Fellowship
Ministry; Gwen Smith Cull St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist
Church; Chris Epps Spirit of Life Wayman Ministries;
Patrick Robinson St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church.
Special Guest Appearance by Tamara Halyard New St.
James Holy Family Church. Music by Brother Antonio
White. Dinner is at 4:00 p.m. cost $20 per person plus tax.
(Please call 904-448-8434 for reservations).
FUND RAISER -presented by The Deaconess Ministry,
Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m. West St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church, Rev. Willie J. Jones, Pastor, 1435 West State
St. We're asking for your.support to please come and fellow-
ship with us, and Ladies, if you would like to participate in
the Pretty Hat Tea, we will fully encourage you to do so. A
prize will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place runner up and
a Grand Prize to the 1st place winner. Come join in the fun.
For more information, please call (904) 477-7014.
for the Kingdom Outreach Ministry (formerly Deliverance
Center for all People) with Evang. A.S. Witherspoon, Pastor.
Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Theme: Men of God
Making a Noise and Making a Difference! Praise God in
music with Deacon Gore and the Hit Men of Gospel;
Anointed word by Evang. Bernard Lee of St. Lawrence
Community Church. Calling all Men (and Women) to meet
at 2039 Thomas Court (off St. Augustine Rd.). For more
information call 904-993-6918.
WOMEN-N-POWER -Women of God come out and expe-
rience fellowship, encouragement and motivation in the nat-
ural and a provoking push to your destiny in the Spirit.
Jacksonville Chapter of Women-N-Power International
Ministries willhave their monthly meeting on Saturday,
April 25, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. This meeting will be held at
Gblden Coral on San Jose Blvd. Please bring your business
cards, flyers and church announcements to the meeting.
Contact Lady Faustina Andrews at 284-0206 for more infor-


ALSTON, Douglas. died
April 10, 2009.
BARDEN, Blondell died
April 8, 2009.
BIVENS, Mrs. Ernestine
died April 13, 2009.
Alphonso West Mortuary,
BROWN, Arthur, 75,
died Apirl 14, 2009.
CHERRY, Johnnie B.,
Jr., 53, died April 11,
DAVIS, Consandra died
April 10, 2009.
FOX, Bessie A., died
April 12, 2009.
GARMAN, Charles, Sr.,
86, died April 12, 2009.
Alphonso West Mortuary,
died April 8, 2009.
HAROLD, Tondrick
died April 9, 2009.
HARRIS, Monet died
April 13, 2009.
KEMPT, Joyce died

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KING, Julius, 91, died
April 6, 2009.
MILLEDGE, Ernestine
J., died April 7, 2009.
O'NEAL, Ida died April
*12, 2009.
PAIGE, Ms. Janie Mae,
83, died April 12, 2009.
PERRY, Peard died April
8, 2009.
RAGSDALE, Carol died
April.3, 2009.
died April 8, 2009.
ROBERTS, Hattie died
April 13, 2009.
LaShaunda, died March
31, 2009.
SAVERY, Ann died April
13, 2009.
TAYLOR, Slayter B., Jr.,
died April 13, 2009.
WHITTY, Aritha died
April 90, 2009.
died April 10, 2009.

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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ..................................... 9:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning
Intercessory Prayer...................10:45 a.m. -*
Morning Worship .....................11:00 a.m. I-,.
Youth Church.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) 7
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Eric Lee
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emerjtus .. -
(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. Richardson Jr., Pastor

"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School........ ............................................. ......................... 9:30 a.m .
M morning W orship................................................................................. 11:00 a.m .
Tuesday ..... ............. .................... Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday................ ....... ............................... Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
"Email: Gospell75@aol.com
Website: Greaterelbethel.org

"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don 't"
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Sunday School -------------------------------------------.10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship -------------------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study ---------------------Tuesday & Friday------ 7:0.0 p.m.
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Celebration of Service 2009
The annual Celebration of Service held each April to honor the com-
munity's most outstanding volunteers was held recently at the Times-
Union Center for the Performing Arts.
The black tie event with the VIP reception in the Uible marquee over-
looking the river was quite an event. Some of the city's highly acclaimed
restaurants volunteered an abundance of delicacies and the well-dressed
guests flowed from one station to the other, sampling an absolutely mar-
velous feast. Following the fantastic samplings guests gathered in the
Moran Theatre for the awards presentation.
The awards are presented to individuals and organizations which
have demonstrated an extraordinary degree of community involvement
and volunteer service. The highlight of the evening was the presentation
of three awards: The Tillie Kidd Fowler Award which honors the power
and value of volunteers and the Bernard V. Gregory Servant Leader
Award which is given to an individual who has dedicated his or her life
to making a difference serving in our community and for the first time
the Edward R. Hayes Award given to the individual who has been ded-
icated to bringing unity to the community. The honorees for these awards
were: The Women's Board of the Wolfson Children's Hospital (Tillie Kid
Fowler Award); John Delaney (Bernard V. Gregory); and Reverend
Edward R. Hayes (Edward R. Hayes Award). Reverend Hayes is well
known in this community for his dynamic workshops fostering unity and
Other honorees were: Art of Caring-The Art Center Cooperative;
Building Hope-Robert Q. Beyard; Community Way-Jean Price; Dose
of Caring-Beth Berry; Faith in Action- Jonathan Schneider, D.O.;
Hand On Community-Peggy Gachet; Heart of Tomorrow-Jewella
Perth; International Outreach-Joan Hecht; Literacy Matters-Susan
Goebertus; Mentoring Hand in Hand-Captain Randy Olsen; Nature of
Caring-A. Quinton White, Jr.; Planned Acts of Kindness-RSVP
TaleTellers; Service in Uniform-John Leenhouts; Volunteers Mean
Business-Bank of America LEAD for Women; Willing & Able-John J.
Trifelleti, Ph.D; Young at Heart-Ralph Mancusi, Pharm. D; National
Daily Point of Lights-Charles Jantz; and Special Recognition-Blueprint
for Leadership Class of 2008.
Hands On Jacksonville has been honoring Northeast Florida's most
dedicated volunteers for more than 20 years. Congratulations to the 2009

John A. Delaney-Iuuy
Recipient of the Bernard V
Gregory Award and Edward
R. Hayes -2009 Inaugural.
Recipient of the Edward R. Mrs. Edward Robinson young Mr. Hayes, Mrs. Edward
Hayes Unity in Action Award. Hayes and Reverend Edward Robinson.

Bank ofAmerica LEAD for Women Volunteers, the Volunteers Mean Business Honorees
with their spouses.

Reverend Charles Kelby Heath

Central Metropolitan
Christian Methodist
Episcopal Church has a new
pastor! He is the Reverend
Charles Kelby Heath: His
lovely family includes his
lovely wife Mrs. Lakisha
Young Heath and their ,sons
SMiCornelius Kelby and Caleb
David Heath.
Si Reverend Heath received
M- Chips Bachelors of Business
entaian Co Administration from Augusta
CentralMetropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal lege and was commis-
Church's Pastor, the Reverend Clarence Kelby Heath College and was commis-
with his family. signed as anArmy Officer at
Augusta College. He later
received the Masters of Divinity and Christian Education Degrees. His pastoral
leadership include: Jones Tabernacle, Macon, Georgia; Bethel, Sarasota, Florida;
Thurgood Memorial, Birmingham, Alabama; and Central Metropolitan here in
Jacksonville, Florida.
A leader in the church, Reverend Heath has been involved with the World
Methodist Council-Order of the Flame Class; Treasurer-Florida Annual
Conference Empowerment Committee; Statistician for the Florida Annual confer-
ence; Statistician for Birmingham Annual Conference; Committee on Ministerial
Examination Florida Annual Conference.
We join the First Community in welcoming a new and dynamic Christian

Columnist Betty Asque Davis with Hand on Jacksonville Staffers-Mesdames Bunny
Witten- Program Assistant,Sarah Augustine-Haskins Receptionist, and Sue Nelson -
Disaster Initiatives Director.

Hands on Jacksonville Honoree Reverend
High School Dean Mrs. B. Joyce Lawson.

Blueprint for Leadership Alumna Mrs.
Wanda Davis with a fellow Blueprint for
Reverend Edward Hayes, first Edward R. Hayes Unity Leadership Alumna.
in Action Award honoree and A. Quinton White
Nature of Caring Award Honoree.



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DA I'7 UA Til-. STARARIL18Y 2009

Some people stumble
through life hoping some-
thing happens, some just
let things happen and then
there are those who make
things happen.
Darrin Dewitt Henson is
definitely of the latter cate-
gory. This Bronx, New
York born and reared
dynamo is a classic exam-
ple of sheer discipline and
determination. He is also a
noted figure among the
new ebb of rising young
black Hollywood hunks to
the delight of the ladies!
As a youngster, Henson
had a burning desire to
dance and be a 6horeogra-
pher. He actually honed his
craft on the streets and
became a leading choreog-
rapher with no formal
His first professional,
break as a dancer/choreog-
rapher came via the
Broadway production of
"Stand Up Tragedy." This
flung open the doors that
led to Henson becoming
one of the most in-demand
choreographers in showbiz
nation wide. His choreog-
raphy for N'sync's "Bye,
Bye, Bye" video won The
MTV Award for Best
Choreography. The big
name assignments kept
pouring in i.e., Jennifer

By Rych McCain

Teen actress/model
Tiffani A. Holland was
recently featured 'on the
Morning 'Show in Las
Vegas modeling a formal
gown on a segment titled
"Prom Styles."
TV & Webcast
Actor turned director
Richard McGregor aka
Richie Mac has written,
produced, directed and edit-
ed 12 episodes for his new
TV series called "The Other
Zone." McGregor describes
it as a modem day "Twilight
Zone." MWG
Entertainment has a new
web based mockumentary
called "Road to the Alter."
The series follows one cou-
ple's comical journey
through the wedding
process over the course of
10, 4-minute episodes. It
will premiere n multiple
platforms across the internet
and mobile and stars Jaleel
White ("Family Matters")
and Leyan Juliet Weber
("AS The World Turns").
Rapper Down A.K.A.
Kilo rose out of his sick bed
over the Easter weekend
and performed his hit "Lean
Like A Cholo" at a perform-
ance date in Palm Springs,
CA. After the song he
returned to his hotel to rest.
Down A.K.A. Kilo spent
two weeks in a New Mexico

Lopez, Britney Spears,
Prince, Usher, New Kids
on the Block, The
Backstreet Boys and the
list goes on. In 2001,
Henson released an
instructional DVD to loose
weight by dancing titled
"Darrin's Dance Grooves,"
which became the largest
selling dance workout
DVD in the world with
over four million units
sold. Henson has since
released a follow up dance
DVD apply titled
"Darren's Dance Grooves
Part 2" exclusively on
Darrin Henson.com.
On the little screen, fans
will recognize his roles as
Lem Van Adams on the hit
Showtime TV series "Soul
Food" for five seasons and
as Ruben in a reoccurring
role on the top rated ABC
Family Network Drama
"Lincoln Heights. "
Henson's film appearances
include Stomp The Yard
playing the hard nose
Grant, the lead stepper of
Mu Gamma who were the
step champs 7 years in a
row; The Express (The
Ernie Davis Story) playing
the great Syracuse
University football All-
American Jim Brown; The
Salon opposite Vivica A.
Fox; The HBO film Life
Support opposite Queen
Latifah; and A Good Man
Is Hard To Find opposite
Golden Brooks to name
a couple. Henson has four
feature films due out in

hospital only a couple of
weeks ago with the first
three days in a coma follow-
ing a car accident. The
smash club event that rocks
LA every week with the cur-
rent and hippest recording
acts who perform live i.e.,
"RnB Live Hollywood" will
debut in the "ATL" (Atlanta,
GA.) in June.
Starlight Films recently
sponsored The 16th Annual
"CIMA Awards" which
,honored Oscar-winning
actor Lou Gossett, Jr., who
will co-Executively produce
and star in the upcoming
Starlight movie 4 Chosen as
the late, great, famed attor-
ney Johnnie L. Cochran,
Jr. Actor Terrence Howard
will star as well.
Superstar actor Chris
Tucker will lead The 4th
Annual "Brittiana Smile
For Life 5K Run/Walk" on
May 30, 2009 at the Pacific
Palisades High School to
fight child cancer. For dona-
tions call 323-292-8527 or
go to WWW.Britticares.org.
Fighting; Universal
Pictures, stars Channing
Tatum, Terrence Howard,
Zulay Henao, Michael
Rivera, Flaco Navoja,
Roger Guenveur Smith and
Brian J. White. Directed &
Screenplay re-write by Dito
Montiel. Screenplay by
Robert Munic (II).
Produced by Kevin Misher.

2009 which should make it
a big year for him.
You can look for him as
brother Efron in The Fox
Faith Pictures flick titled
The Hustle which also has
Tyler Perry and his produc-
tion partner Rueben
Cannon on board as con-
sulting producers. It co-
stars Charlie Murphy,
Tamela Jones, Bai Ling
and John Witherspoon.
The second is Blood Done
Sign My Name a true story
of the 1970's murder of
Henry Marrow, a black
man in a rural North
Carolina town by Robert
Teel and his sons. Despite
eye witnesses to the mur-
der, an all White Jury (as
expected) acquitted the
Teels. Rick Schrader, Nate
Parker and Omar Benson
Miller co-star. Third is
Takken, a high octane
action adventure which is
an adaptation of the
world's most popular
video game where he plays
Raven and last, My Place
In Horror a spooky script
with Rochelle Aytes and
Golden Brooks.
During a period where.
some actors grump and
complain about securing
work Hanson makes this
observation, "I've gone up
and down myself you
know and I think at this
point in my life now, I tend
to look back where I used
to be. Coming from a
dance background, dance
teaches you a great deal of

This is not the better of the
many fight movies that have
come out. They all have the
same ole' "I'm desperately
broke and this is the only
way I can make some quick
big cash" theme. The fighter
always falls in love with a
sexy fine lady and a big
"must win" fight at the end
with all the build up drama
always caps it off. This one
is good for a weekend rental
Anybody There? Story
Island Entertainment and
Big Beach Films in associa-
tion with BBC Films, A
Heyday Films/Big beach
production stars Michael
Caine, David Morrissey,
Bill Milner, Anne-Marie
Duff, Rosemary Harris,
Leslie Phillips, Peter
Vaughan, Thelma Barlow
and Sylvia Syms. Directed
by John Crowley. Written
by Peter Harness. Produced
by David Heyman, Marc
Turtletaub and Peter Saraf.
This is strictly an English,
European film which does
not have the intense
American high drama. The
viewer has to read into a lot
of what goes on. Classical
film buffs will understand
but the other of you won't.
This is another rental.
Lymelife; Screen Media
Films in association with El
Dorado Pictures and Cappa
DeFina Productions and A
Martini Bros. Production.
Starring Alec Baldwin,
Kieran Culkin, Rory
Culkin, Jill Hennessy,

Darrin Dewitt Henson

discipline. I started chore-
ographing then I started
acting. And where I find
myself is that when people
start complaining, they
start complaining normally
about what other people
are doing and I .found
myself doing that. What
happens in life is that you
start to allow other people
to manage your life and
you start to allow other
people to kind of start dic-
tating where your life goes
and it seems like we get off
course that way."
He continues, "But
when you start taking your
life back and you start
commanding and demand-
ing for your life which was
originally fit which is what
got you in the position in
the first place, then you
have ownership of your.
life back. So those people,
who are probably com-
plaining, are complaining
because they have been
looking for somebody else

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Tax Day 'Tea Parties' Show Intolerance More Than Patriotism

By: Tonyaa Weathersbee, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Wouldn't you know it?
Wouldn't you know that right about the
time a black man is elected to lead the
country, a whole lot of white people would
want to stop paying the money it takes to
run it?
That they'd want to pick tip their toys, er,
taxes, and go home?
That is, after all, really what's eating most
of the people who plan to turn out for one
of the many "Tax Day tea parties" that are
being held in cities around the country
Buoyed by a number of right-wing bil-
lionaires who are none too happy with
President Barack Obama's plan to make
them pay more taxes, as well as the hot air
coming from Fox News' blowhards, thou-
sands are expected to toss..out little tea
bags to tell Congress and Obama that they
don't like his budget; that the trillions he is
poised to spend will shackle future gener-
ations with too much debt.
Now, reasonable people can disagree
about where Obama's budget might lead.
But the thing that has these tea partiers in
a tizzy have less to do with how much
Obama plans to spend and more to do
with what he plans to spend it on.
And it seems they'd rather spend money
invading other countries than to uplift their
A guy named Tim, for example, told the
Ann Arbor News in Michigan that he had-
n't been politically active in years, but that
he decided to get involved because of
Obama's big-spending, big-government
agenda and that he believed the country
was headed toward a "nanny state."
Think about that for a minute.
For the past six years, George W. Bush
wasted trillions of dollars in Iraq an
unnecessary war generated by neo-con
spin and exploitation of fears on private
contractors and other assorted parasites.
He also did the fiscally irresponsible thing
of cutting taxes while waging war and
caused the surplus left by his predecessor,
Bill Clinton, to evaporate.
If there was any time for this Tim guy and
the rest of tea partiers to protest irresponsi-
ble government spending, it was five or six
years ago.
If they were genuinely concerned about
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they're now crying, "taxation without rep-
resentation" they would have been
protesting the corporate welfare that subsi-
dizes wealthy companies some of which
are probably sponsoring these tea parties -
and costs taxpayers around $900 billion a
None of that pushed them to the tea party
boiling point. Obama, however, did.
And the fact that they're protesting now -
as Obama is faced with having to clean up
that steamy pile of fiscal mess left by the
last administration tells me their outrage
has less to do with the policies that are
coming from the White House and more to
do with who is living there.
And, in a way, it's rather sad.
It's sad that to people like Tim and his ilk,
corporations are always good, and govern-
ment is always bad. And it's sad that
Obama, who hasn't been in office for 100
days yet, gets disparaged as a socialist for
using government to meet basic human
needs, such as healthcare and jobs.
In other words, to promote the general
welfare as the Constitution calls for.
I guess if he was running up the deficit to
wage a war, the tea partiers would be call-
ing him a patriot.
Bottom line is this: This Tax Day tea
party charade isn't really about taxes. Nor
is it about tyranny, which is really what the
original Boston Tea .Party that led to the
American Revolution.... was about.
It's about some people not wanting to pay
for the priorities of a president they didn't
want but who won anyway. They aren't
patriots. They're sore losers, and these
tea parties are really just organized
But they need to get a. grip.
The latest polls show that Obama's
approval ratings still top 60 percent.
Gallup, in fact, even did a poll that shows
61 percent of people paying federal
income tax this year believe the amount
of taxes they pay is fair.
What that shows is that most Americans
are still behind Obama, and they're will-
ing to give his budget a chance.
And when the tea parties are over, most
Americans will likely realize that by not
attending them, they didn't miss out on
shows of patriotism. They avoided dis-
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so Mr. Victor Emmanuel Solomon was born on January 2- 1948 in Jacksonville. Florida to Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Fay Solomon. He attend-
ed the local schools of Duval County and graduated from New Stanton Senior High School, class of 1965, the Florida Agricultural &
Mechanical University, class of 1969 where he received a Bachelors Degree in
Physical Education, the Miami Dade Corrmunnity College. class of 1988 receiv-
ing his Mortuary Science Degree, and the University of North Florida where he
received his Masters Degree in Education. Coach Solomon was a well known .
and beloved physical education teacher and football "Coach" at Southside Jr.
High, Kirby Smith Jr. High and Northwestern Middle School. retiring from r
teaching after 33 years of dedicated service touching the lives of many children along the way. Stepping into the
shoes of a family profession, Mr. Solomon was the owner of a well established funeral home located in Jacksonville.
His kind heart and generous spirit was the formula for the success of his business. He was a faithfJil member of Sr.
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Ernie L. Murray. He was a proud member of The
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Xi Chapter 1968 and the Florida's First Coast Morticians Association. Mr.
Solomon passed away on March 30, 2009 and was preceded in death
by his father, Mr. Samuel Solomon; beloved aunt. Ms. Louvenia E.
Solomon; niece, Victoria Smiley and uncles, Ulysses Glover and James
Solomon. He will be forever loved and greatly missed by his childrenEI
Victor E. Solomon. Jr. and Victoria E. Solomon; mother. Fay Solomon:
sisters, Ivy N. Solomon and Shela Smiley (Jerry); aunts and uncle.
Abraham and Lillian Glover, Willie Lee Lucas and Grace Solomon;
pieces, Shenena Smiley, Tiffany and Kirsten McGregor; cousins, Kim
Liicas, -Wilma Austell, Joyce Jefferson, Carol Johnson, James
Solo.moti, David B. SolomonjEarl Solomon. Michael Glover,
J. 00es Glover, Bernie Ward Blackshear; his loving and devot-
edfunimeral home staff, a host of other relatives, extended fam-
ily aand many sorrowfid friends. The family of Mr. "Coach"
Solomon received friends at the St. Thomas Family Life The Florida. First Coast Alortuary Association Sheila
SrTWilliam with Coleman Funeral Home, Sarah L. Carters
Center, 2119 Rowe Avenue, Sunday, April 5, 2009. A service ,with Carter's Funeral Home 2212 Emerson St.
of love was held Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:00AM in the St. Jacksonville, Florida, Harry Brown Funeral Home in
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church where he held member- Macclenny Florida, Sharon Brown, Phillip Collins, and
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fearless approach to reality-based subjects!

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I went on a beach trip with my closest friends. As married RM
women we agreed that whatever happened while traveling would GENERAL INFORMAT ION
stay in its place. This agreement went well for two years. One of
the ladies in the group went through a divorce and she told our DEFINITION -What if an emercencs arose at home
husbands about our sexual affairs and has caused so much where you or any member of your family had an acci-
drama. I'm concerned about them but my husband is taking dent, or suddenly became ill; do you think that you would sufficiently be pre-
things pretty hard and feels he'll never trust me again. How do I repair this damage? pared to take care of that emergency? An emergency is sure to occur in your
Embarrassed Katie Wichita Falls, TX pared to take care of that emergency? An emergency is sure to occur in your
Embarrassedhouse or apartment sooner or later, so in case you either don't know or are not
Dear Katie: sure of what some of the basic items you should always have on hand for first
You should've honored your vows instead of running behind your girlfriends. The first aid, here is a list:
thing is to forgive yourself and seek forgiveness from God. From that point, confess to
your husband, and ask him to forgive you and to work with you to fix the marriage. You 1. Assorted sizes and shapes of band aids.
have violated your husbands honor and his heart. You both should be open minded to2. Two packs of sterile pads, one 4 inch size and one 2 inch size.
professional counseling. In the future, if you do dirty things, do them alone so that your. Two s of bandages, one inch size and one 2 inch size.
secrets won't be released. 3. Two rolls of gauze bandages, one 1 inch size and one 2 inch size.
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5. One pack of cotton balls.,
Dear Deanna! 6. Two thermometers, one rectal (if you have a baby) and one oral.
My fiance and I are trying to get married. I have no interest in a big wedding or spend- 7. One pair of scissors.
ing tons of money on a honeymoon. I prefer saving for a home. My fiance has a differ- 8 One air of tweezers
ent idea. She wants a big wedding, the church and-a trip to the Virgin Islands. We're on 8. One pair of tweezers.
the brink of breaking up because I won't compromise all the way and let her have her 9. One bottle of Mercurochrome or Iodine.
way. I'm willing to make the wedding a good memory but I'm not going broke to do it. 10. One bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide and Alcohol.
What do I do? 11. One pack of Q Tips or comparable.
Michael Indianapolis, IN 12. One bottle of Aspirin or Tylenol tablets.
13. One bottle of Tylenol or Tempra drops (if you have a baby).
Dear Michael: 14. One pack of safety pins or needles.
In this day and age, your fiance should feel blessed to have someone wanting to marry 1. One pack of tn
and do the right thing. Most women want big weddings so they can show off to their 15. One pack o tongue blades.
family and friends and look silly three years later when they divorce. The most you 16. A blood pressure cuff (digital) this gives an idea about yours and other
should do is set a budget and make her get the most out of those funds. A peaceful solu- family members blood pressure.
tion is to get married with a simple wedding, buy your home and have a big celebration 17. If you or a family member is a diabetic, you need test strips and other
when you renew your vows. apparatus to daily check the blood or urine sugar.
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I've had it with my girlfriend and her pet obsession. We've been together for two years At least four elastic bandages, two 2 inch, one 4 inch and one 6 inch in size.
and all of a sudden she's become an overnight dog lover. Every time I turn around the 19. An instructional sheet showing what to do in emergency situations so
little dog is in my face. My girlfriend is rude when she has it on her lap at the table, she that family members will know what to do and how to do it. In addition, any
brings in a box to the movies and she lets it in the bed with us. There are too many medications that are -taken on a consistent bases that you or another family
women out there for me to be held hostage by a dog. Am I wrong to say she needs to member takes should be added to this sheet showing medication name, strength
choose the.dog or me? mde and dosagess.
Brian Unknown and dosagess.
Dear Brian: Those items totally cost less than a pair of shoes, a new dress-suit or certain-
You're a grown man and you let an animal control your relationship. You should've had ly the cost of a night on the town.
this discussion the first time the dog came to the dinner table. Just like children, pets There are other items that you probably could or should wait until the time
have a time and place to be seen and involved and a dog is no different. However, your of need such as vaporizers, cold and cough preparations, heating pads, hot water
girlfriend needs to grow up and learn how to be mature and manage her man andher bottles or insect repellents.
pooch.t If there no commitment and she chooses to keep her habits with the dogit movingthen Please be advised that the first aid items are usually for temporary treatment.
suck it up and keep it moving.___ 'If the problems of which you are treating still exist after this treatment or they

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support of MAD DADS. Local Chapter efforts. MAD DADS continues to work
feverishly to address the ongoing murder rate in Duval County. To help with this
effort, several local and out of town motorcycle clubs have joined MAD DADS
for The Annual Ride for Life Ride through Jacksonville inl support of ongoing
efforts to reduce and eliminate gun violence throughout the area. This ride will
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March 21si thru April 19th

Step up and make a real difference on
Monday and Tuesday -- you've got powerful
energy motivating you, and if you show oth-
ers what can be done, you're sure to lead the
way to something really fantastic. Be mind-
ful of authority figures midweek, though, as
they may interfere with your plans in ways
you can't even imagine going in. Your
awareness may make a difference. You
receive a vivid vision this weekend that is
exactly as prophetic as you decide it ought
to be. Your hard work can bring it to life if
you want to.

April 20th thru Ma.v 20th
Your mind is on larger issues as the week
begins, and you may not get much done in
a practical sense. See if you can get your
big picture lined up with all the little
details. It may take some work! It doesn't
take long for your perspective to shift and
your good energy to start flowing in a
serious way. On Wednesday and
Thursday, you're sure to see things the
right way and know what to do with your
work or home life. Watch out for power
games this weekend -- the status quo is
sure to be challenged in a big way.

L May 21st thru June 21st

You're sure you're right as the week begins,
but you need to avoid the impulse to rant.
You're either preaching to the choir (some-
what more likely) or just yelling at folks
who are' never going to agree with you. On
Wednesday and Thursday, you're sure to run
into someone who isn't telling you the whole
truth about their desires or plans. You may
not be able to figure them out, but you don't
have to support them unquestioningly. A
new idea or point of view shakes you up --
in a good way -- this weekend. Get ready for
a big shift in perspective!

June 22nd thru July 22nd
You need to deal with some aspect of your
job (however you define that term) that
involves dealing with others as the week
begins. It may be that a new customer
requires extra service, or that you find a new
way to get people on your side. Work actu-
ally becomes more difficult for a while, but
it's only the inevitable resistance to change.
If you find a way to work around it or incor-
porate it into your routine -- which becomes
quite likely by this weekend -- you should
be in a much better position next week.

July 23rd thru Aug 22nd
Start the week in a burst of activity -- even if
you expect peace and quiet. Your amazing
energy is pushing you to explore new
options and start up new projects left and
right. The middle part of the week is a great.
time to solicit feedback, especially for recent
activities, but including just about anything.
Make sure you don't take any quick action
until you've heard from all the key players.
Over the weekend, you may find that things
seem to be going against you, but it's really
just a result of an attitude problem. If you
can change your own, you should influence
things for the better.

Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
It may be a really big week for you! If you take a
little risk on Monday or Tuesday, you should see it
pay off in one way or another maybe someone
just takes notice and decides to take you more seri-
ously in some way! Romance is a definite possibil-
ity midweek, whether or not you are currently see-
ing someone. Ift's a great time to ask someone out
or to surprise your sweetie with some big, showy
gesture. Try something totally new this weekend
even if you have to force yourself. Its a great time
to add to your repertoire.

Sept 23rd thru Oct


Your mind is on fire with great ideas on
Monday and Tuesday, so you should expect
to turn a few heads when you start speaking.
Make sure to record them, or get someone
else to be your secretary -- you need to keep
the flow going! Watch out midweek, though,
as you might have to take care of some tasks
that have been left undone for too long -- or
explain yourself to someone who doesn't get
you. That should all be over with relatively
soon, though, and your good energy floods
right back in for the weekend. You may be
involved in a surprise party or some other
fun event.

Oct 23rd thru Nov 21st

If you think something (or someone) is too
good to be true on Monday or Tuesday, you
are probably right! Use your natural skepti-
cism to resist the impulse to go with the
flow, though it may be too much for you.
The middle of the week is much more sensi-
ble and engaging, and you should be able to
get your peers (at home or at work) to see
things your way and permit you to take the
lead in starting new projects. You may be
tempted to change too much this weekend,
though, and that could have quite an impact
on your relationships.

Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
You're feeling the confidence that comes
with knowing you are in sync with the uni-
verse on Monday and Tuesday -- go forth
and do great things! Your belief in yourself
may cause others to look at you in a new
way. Like quite a few other people, you are
focused on financial issues midweek, espe-
cially as they relate to you and your person-
al budget. It's not a good time for abrupt
changes, but it is an excellent time to make
plans and stick to them. Use your positive
social energy to make real connections this
weekend -- they are sure to pay off hand-

I Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th

Don't be shy about speaking up as the week
begins-- your idealistic side is in full effect,
aAd there are others who need to hear how it
is. It may be a good time for you to realign
your real life with your inner priorities.
Expect great results on Wednesday and
Thursday, thanks to seeds you planted long
ago -- maybe so long ago you had forgotten
all about them! You may have taken longer
than others to get there, but by this weekend,
your mind is consumed with thoughts of
money and financial arrangements. Take
advantage of your mindsef to make a

#.' Jan 20th thru Feb 18th

New people enter your circle (or one of your
circles, anyway) as the week begins, and
while others may not be so sure that it's a
good idea, you almost certainly are open to
them. It's a good time for you to play tour
guide! No matter what happens on
Wednesday and Thursday, you are better off
accepting it right away. Fighting back
should only make things worse, and you
need to keep some energy in reserve any-
way. Things should really start to click for
you this weekend, and it's a great time for
dating or seeking out favors from almost

Feb 19th thru March 20th

You may say far more than you intend to
reveal on Monday and Tuesday, so it's best
to either get. your secrets out in the open or
clam up entirely. If someone is prodding
you, see if you can get out of the big reveal
until later on. If things get a little too ridicu-
lous, you can expect a deus ex machine to
carry you off midweek. It may be a friend
who arrives just in time or someone at work
who is watching out for you, but it is most
welcome indeed! The weekend is a great
time to dream about the future and'try to
reach a decision about what you really want.

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Woman Runs over
Boyfriend's Leg --On 04-13-09 at
1554 a dispatch was made in reference
to .a battery in progress. A male and
female were reportedly fighting outside
a white vehicle, and the male was
reportedly pulling the female into the
When police arrived they saw Joseph
lying on the ground, holding his right
leg. Hogan was in the listed vehicle,
backing it away from Joseph. The vehi-
cle pulled back and forth as we
approached, then .stopped in the road.
Both subjects were detained and ques-
Both subjects stated they had been
arguing in the vehicle, in the presence
of the witness, their child. During the
argument Hogan tried to get out of the
car and Joseph tried to hold her in. He
grabbed her around the neck and shoul-
ders, scratching her shoulder, neck,
face and finger. Hogan was able to get
out of the car and grabbed the listed
pistol, which had been under the front
seat. Hogan walked a short distance
from the vehicle and fired the pistol at
the ground. Joseph also got out of their
Hogan got back into the car and the
argument continued, with the witness
still inside. Hogan threatened to hit
Joseph and/or his car, which was
parked nearby. Joseph stood in front of
'his car, daring Hogan to hit him. Hogan
drove the car she was in forward, strik-
ing Joseph's left leg and knocking back
into his car. As Hogan backed away
from striking Joseph, we arrived.
Suspect Hogan admitted firing the pis-
tol and said it was concealed under her
front seat, where she had been. sitting
when first contacted. The pistol was
recovered and placed in the property
room. Suspect Joseph admitted grab-
bing and holding Hogan to keep her in
the car against her will. Everyone's
injuries, the property damage, and the

Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an
opportunity for a public hearing to consider its application for funding under the FY 2008
Section 5317 Formula Grant Program in which capital federal funds are being requested from
the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on a 50/50 matching
basis between federal and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.

Agency: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Project Description: Establish the framework for the development of a Mobility Management
Agency Type: Local or Regional Transit Authority
Funding Amount: $60,000 (Federal) + $15,000 (Local) = $75,000
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Coordinate seamless transportation across jurisdictional
boundaries and/or between services.

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on
May 09, 2009. .If a request is received by the stated time a public hearing will be scheduled,
and the public will be notified. The purpose will be to advise all interested parties of the serv-
ice being contemplated if a grant is awarded, and to ensure that contemplated services would
not represent a duplication of current or proposed services provided by existing transit or para-
transit operators in the area. Mail requests to:

Notice of Public Hearing, Section 5317 Grant Application
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

This formula grant program has been coordinated through the Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) and Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the North Florida
Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized
Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation.
These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they
adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.

Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue
through May 09, 2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need
accommodations to attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-
6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will constitute the final publication unless the Program
of Projects is amended.
Kenneth R. Holton
(904) 630-3187 kholton@jtafla.com
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

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pistol were all photographed. Both sus-
pects were booked into the PDF.

WINSHIELD -- On .04-13-09, at
1456, Officer was dispatched to a crim-
inal mischief complaint involving a
school bus. Upon arrival, he made con-
tact with victim #2, Ms. Jackson, also
the school bus driver. Ms. Jackson
works for victim #1. Ms. Jackson stat-
ed that while traveling North on
Riverplace Blvd, she observed the list-
ed suspect walking on the sidewalk in
the same direction. Just before passing
the suspect threw the listed property
(rock) at the front windshield causing
substantial damage. The impact caused
.glass particles to spray the driver and
travel half the distance of the bus,
reaching some of the children present
on the bus; no injuries were reported.
She instantly pulled into the complex
of 1401 Riverplace Blvd and began
blowing the horn. She provided the
physical and clothing description of the
suspect and pointed to the suspect who
was running through the walkway of
The Strand Apartments and the
Peninsula Condo's. Witness #1,
observed the suspect and began follow-
ing him, never losing site as the suspect
went across the Main St. bridge.
Officer arrived on scene and the victim
advised him of the suspects clothing
description. She stated that the suspect
was a b/m, with dreads wearing a
brown hoodie. Officer advised another
Officer. to Zone 1, where the' witness
was still following the suspect. Officer
#2 arrived at Bay and Main St and took
the suspect in custody. Witness con-
firmed with the officer that was the sus-
pect that he had followed.
Officer read the suspect his rights and
he denied any involvement and refused
to comment. Subsequent to the investi-
gation, the suspect was arrested and
transported to PTDF.




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Suns Announce 2009

"Casey Challenge" Schedule

J-- JACKSONVILLE, FL -The Jacksonville Suns' annual
S"Casey Challenge" event began on Tuesday, April 7. Suns
i President Peter Bragan, Jr., will visit numerous First Coast
schools through the beginning of May, reciting the popular baseball
poem "Casey at the Bat" as part of the Suns' ongoing "Catch Reading
Fever" program.
Bragan, Jr., begins his presentation with a stem lecture on the importance of reading. A
Suns staff member follows with a short story, which uses challenging vocabulary. Bragan,
- Jr., quizzes the students on their comprehension and awards prizes.
Then he recites "Casey at the Bat" and proposes his annual challenge: If a child can
memorize the entire poem, Bragan, Jr., will reward them with a Suns replica jersey or a gen-
uine Louisville Slugger bat. The children are encouraged to study and learn the classic poem
to expose them to the joys of reading. Southpaw often accompanies Bragan, Jr., at the
"This is the one program I'm most proud of," Bragan, Jr., said. "I do it to honor Miss
Sparks, my third-grade teacher. On the playground, she'd grab me by the ear and insist I read
my books. She inspired me to become a voracious reader."
The premise of the "Catch Reading Fever" campaign is to encourage the importance of
reading and to strengthen reading comprehension to fifth-graders. The Suns' signature com-
munity program reaches approximately 2,500 students a year and has affected more than
40,000 Jacksonville area elementary school children since its inception.
The Casey Challenge began in 1989 when Bragan read at Brown Elementary School.
The program began at the insistence of Carolyn Kantor, then the Duval County director of
media specialists. Kantor, now the principal at Timucuana Elementary, helped start a tradi-
tion. Now, some of the first schoolchildren who memorized the poem years ago have chil-
dren,of their own who could face the Casey Challenge soon.
"The first time I went to Brown, I was scared to death," Bragan, Jr. said. "But 17 years
later, the Casey Challenge has become one of the highlights of my year."'
Catch Reading Fever also extends to Reading Day. The Suns motivate kids to read by
offering a free ticket to the game, held this year on Monday, May 25. If children read 10
books before then, their bookmark serves as an admissible ticket.
The remainder of the Casey Challenge schedule, with contact information, follows
2009 Casey Challenge Schedule

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2009 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Drivers Announced


Fonzworth Bentle, Raven-Symone, and Carlos Mencia. Among the Stars Set to Get
Behind the Wheel of Race-Ready Scion tCsfor Charity on Saturday, April 18.

(AANEWSWIRE)LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2009) -A star-studded field
of Hollywood's elite will attempt to outpace and out-maneuver each other Saturday,
April 18 in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, part of the 35th annual Toyota Grand Prix
of Long Beach.. The field of 18 drivers will compete in brand new race-ready Scion
tCs in what has become the world's longest-running, most successful celebrity rac-
ing event:
The historic, 10-lap race for charity on a 1.97-mile street circuit through the
downtown streets of Long Beach in Southern California is one of six featured events
during race weekend. This year's field includes the following fiercely competitive
entertainment and media personalities:
Actress, R&B/pop singer, songwriter and dancer, best known for her roles on
"Cosby" and her own show, "That's So Raven." Films include "College Road Trip,"
"The Princess Diaries 2," "Dr. Doolittle 2." Other television appearances
include "The Cheetah Girls," "Hanging with Mr. Cooper."
Fonzworth Bentley
Recording artist, style icon, author and host of MTV's hit transformational show
"From G's to Gents"
Carlos Mencia
Comedian and host of Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia." Has appeared in
"The Heartbreak Kid," "29 Palms."
Adrien Brody
Academy Award winning actor in 2002 for his role in Roman Polanski's "The
Pianist." Other films include "Cadillac Records," "The Darjeeling Limited," "King
Kong," "Summer of Sam." The only American actor ever to win a C6sar Award.
Keanu Reeves
Actor whose films include "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Matrix," "The
Matrix Reloaded," "The Replacements," "Speed," "Walk in the Clouds," "Bill &
Ted's Excellent Adventure."
Tim Daly
Actor, currently starring as Peter Wilder on the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off,
"Private Practice." Perhaps best known for his role as Joe Hackett on "Wings," has
also appeared on television in "The Nine," "The Fugitive" and "The Associate."
Nominated for an Emmy for his recurring guest role on "The Sopranos."
Alex Trebek
Five-time Emmy award winning host of the television game show, "Jeopardy!"
Trebek has appeared in more than 70 movies and television shows, most often
appearing as himself.
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Actress, artist and comedienne best known as CTU tech analyst Chloe O'Brian
on Fox's "24." Film roles include "Legally Blond 2," "Dude Where's My Car,"
"Punch Drunk Love," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Storytelling."
Eric Close
Actor, currently co-starring on CBS's "Without a Trace" as FBI agent Martin
Fitzgerald. Other television roles include "Steven Spielberg's Taken," "Now and
Again," "Dark Skies," "Sisters," "The Magnificent Seven."
Danny Way
Legendary pro-skateboarder. Multiple world record holder and the only person to
jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard. Multiple gold & silver medal X
Games winner and X-Games TV commentator. Launching a clothing line with DC
in Spring 2009.
Ken Baker
Executive News Editor of E! Entertainment. Baker is Hollywood's pre-eminent
expert on all things celebrity. He also is a radio correspondent for "On-Air With
Ryan Seacrest" and the author of several books.
Jamie Little, ESPN/ABC pit reporter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, who
was the celebrity and overall winner of the 2008 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, returns
to compete in the "Pro" category this year against Al Unser, Jr., the two-time
Indianapolis 500 winner, two-time CART Series Champion and overall winner of
the 1985 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Johnny Benson, 2008 NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series champion and Coy Gibbs, owner of the JGRMX
Supercross/Motocross Team.
The Southern California Toyota Dealer seat is being filled by Tom Rudnai, pres-
ident of Longo Toyota in El Monte, Calif., an affiliate of Penske Motor Group and
winner of the 2001 celebrity race. Rounding out the field is the online charity auc-
tion winner Douglas Fregin, co-founder and retired vice president of operations for
Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry), and the Boys and Girls Club char-
ity auction winner Annamarie Dean, whose charity donations earned them a chance
to challenge the celebrities and pros in this year's race.
"With all the high-caliber Hollywood stars in the field, this year's race is sure to
be a blockbuster," said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager. "The
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is a win-win for everyone, because it gives fans a chance
to see their favorite performers in action-packed real racing while offering the
celebrities an opportunity to 'give back' to a great cause that benefits children."
Toyota will donate $5,000 to "Racing for Kids" in the name of each celebrity
racer, and another $5,000 to the winning racer's charity of choice. Racing for Kids
is a national non-profit program benefiting children's hospitals in Long Beach and
Orange County, Calif. Toyota has donated 1.7 million on behalf of the race and it
participants and various children hospitals since 1991.
Finally, a $15,000 donation is made in conjunction with the 12th annual "PEOPLE
Pole Award." Sponsored by PEOPLE magazine, the award honors the pole-position
winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on Friday, April 17.


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President Bill Clinton, U.S. Congressman
Kendrick Meek and CNN Anchor Soledad
O'Brien Keynote FAMU's 2009 Spring

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Former President
Bill Clinton will lead the line up of speakers scheduled
for Florida A&M University's Spring 2009
Commencement on May 3, 2009.
President Clinton, founder of the William J.
Clinton Foundation will address students slated to
receive degrees at the first of three sessions beginning
at 9 a.m. in the new Multipurpose Center Teaching
Gymnasium. Other speakers are: U.S. Congressman
Kendrick Meek and CNN Anchor/Special
Correspondent Soledad O'Brien.
Elected President in 1.992, and again in 1996,
President Clinton will share his life lessons with grad-
uates and challenge them to "transform ideas into
Since 2001, President Clinton has dedicated
himself to philanthropy and public service through his
foundation. He also joined forces with former
President Bush with relief and recovery efforts follow-
ing the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, and led a nation-
wide fundraising effort in the wake of Hurricane
During the early morning session, the
University will present an Honorary Doctorate to
Elder Ernest Ferrell, President of the National
Primitive Baptist Church. Ferrell, a native of
Tallahassee, is active in the community and also serves
as president and CEO of the Tallahassee Urban
The second commencement session will be
held at 2 p.m. Meek will address the graduating class.
Meek an alumnus is one of two Floridians who serves
on the Ways and Means Committee and the only
Floridian Ways and Means member of the Democratic
Meek earned a bachelor of science degree in
criminal justice in 1989 from FAMU. An experienced

legislator who served eight years in the Florida House
(1995-1998) and Senate (1999-2002), Meek launched
the initiative to reduce class sizes in Florida schools.
In 2007, Meek was appointed to the NATO
Parliamentary Assembly. He is one of only 12 mem-
bers of Congress to represent the United States on the
NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Meek is the son of
former Congresswoman and alumna Carrie P. Meek.
At 6 p.m. O'Brien will offer words of advice to
graduates. Since joining CNN in 2003, O'Brien has
reported breaking news from around the globe. Her
award-winning documentaries have helped the nation
understand issues affecting the African-American
community. One of her most recent projects include
CNN Presents: Black in America, a ground breaking
initiative that focused on the state of black America 40
years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King
O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that
earned CNN a George Foster Peabody Award for its
Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its
coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
She has also won an Emmy for her work as a co-host
on Discovery Channel's The Know Zone.
Completing the evening session, President
James H. Ammons will present Art Collins, president
and CEO for Public Private Partnership, Inc., with an
Honorary Doctorate. Collins is a former member of
the FAMU Board of Trustees. He served as Senior
Political Strategist for President Barack Obama during
the 2008 presidential campaign. Following the elec-
tion he served as a public liaison with the Obama-
Biden Transition Project,


FAMU ROTC Cadet will Join U.S. Senior Military
Leaders at National Security Seminar

Joshua Lakey, an Army ROTC cadet from Florida A&M University
(FAMU), will join senior United States military leaders at a National
Security Seminar.

Lakey, an Atlanta, Ga. native, will travel to Lexington, Va. along
with key military officials including Army Chief of Staff Gen. George
W. Casey and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren.

Lakey earned the opportunity to participate in the George C.
Marshall ROTC Seminar by being selected as the top Army ROTC
. cadet at FAMU. While in Lexington, Cadet Lakey will have the
opportunity to directly interact with the key leaders in attendance
and discuss a variety of issues directly bearing on national securi-
Lakey is scheduled to be commissioned on August 7, 2009. At that
time, he will accept duties as a Combat Arms Armor Lieutenant.

"Cadet Lakey has been a shining example of leadership excellence
during his time here," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey N. Williams, professor of
Military Science at FAMU. "In addition to his ROTC activities -
where he currently serves as our Cadet Battalion Commander he
is active in the community and has earned academic honors three

Lakey is proud to be chosen to attend such a prestigious seminar.
"I'm deeply honored to be selected from among all of the seniors in
the Army ROTC program here at the FAMU Rattler Battalion," he
said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm sure that it will
give me insights that I can put to immediate use when I become a
lieutenant in a few months."

About the Marshall ROTC Seminar
The Marshall ROTC Seminar is in its 32nd year of existence. It is
named in honor of George C. Marshall who served as Army Chief
of Staff during World War II. Subsequent to concluding his military
career, Marshall served as Secretary of State and later as
Secretary of Defense during the Truman Administration. His vigor-
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Easter Bunny Makes an Early
Visit to the Sulzbacher Center

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -Children living at
the Sulzbacher Center celebrated Easter
beginning with an Easter egg hunt at the
downtown campus. Many caring people
gave generously to help ensure that this hol-
iday was special for the seventy-one chil-
dren living at the Sulzbacher Center. Along
with the egg hunt organized by Merrill Lynch
volunteers, Christine Stone, the St. Vincent
de Paul Society of the Beaches, the Youth
Group Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic
Church, and Pam James from The Hamilton
Collection have donated Easter eggs, bas-
kets, stuffed bunnies and goodie bags. In
addition, Word of Faith Church hosted craft
activities and an Easter program for the chil-
dren on Saturday.

Sulzbacher Center provides the opportunity
for homeless men, women and children to
achieve a better life. The center's compre-
hensive services include street outreach,
daily meals, safe shelter, case management
support, job placement assistance, medical,
dental, mental health and vision care as well
as scattered-site housing. Every day, the
Sulzbacher Center is home to more than
three hundred homeless members of our
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Jacksonville Mayor Jonn Peyton, Duval ,-
County Public Schools' Superintendent Ed
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held a news conference to celebrate Ihe official IV "-
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Leaders joined Senior Pastor John E. Guns at
St. Paul Missionary. Baptist Church of-
Jacksonville, one of the new ATOSS centers,
to outline how the program will provide an
alternative to the current out of school suspen-
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keep truant and suspended juveniles in a
structured and supervised environment.


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RE: FY 2007 and FY 2008 Section 5316 Formula Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for a
public hearing to consider its application for funding under the FY 2008 Section 5316 Formula Grant Program
in which capital federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is
generally available on a 50/50 matching basis between federal and local sources. The public is encouraged
to comment on any and all projects listed below.

Agency: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Project Description: Park-N-Ride improvements to the site at US17 and Wells Road
Agency Type: Local or Regional Transit Authority
Funding Amoupt: $33,600 (Federal) + $8,400 (Local) = $42,000
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Enhance Transportation Service Availability and Accessibility

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on
May 09, 2009. .If a request is received by the stated time a public hearing will be sched-
uled, and the public will be notified. The purpose will be to advise all interested parties of
the service being contemplated if a grant is awarded, and to ensure that contemplated
services would not represent a duplication of current or proposed services provided by
existing transit or paratransit operators in the area. Mail requests to:
Notice of Public Hearing, Section 5316 Grant Application
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

This formula grant program has been coordinated through the Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) and Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the North Florida
Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized
Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implemen-
tation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will
they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue
through May 09, 2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need
accommodations to attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office, at 904-
265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will constitute the final publication unless the
Program of Projects is amended.

Kenneth R. Holton
(904) 630-3187
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority



Honorable Glorious Johnson, Chairman
City council At Large Group 5
Honorable Johnny Gaffney
City Council District 7

Honorable Brenda Priestly-Jackson
School Board District 4
Honorable Nancy Broner
School Board District 2

Honorable Ray Holt
City Council District 11
The Value Adjustment Board meets each year to review complaints regarding property tax assessment and
The purpose of the board is to enhance fairness in property taxes by correcting errors when they are found to
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
Number of
Exemption Number of Total Number of
Type of Property Requests Total Number of Assessments Requests for Reduction In Taxable Loss in Dollars
Granted by Exemption Reduced by Assessment Value Due to Board
Board Requests Board Reductions Action
Residential 3 3,250 36 798 5 2.344.250.80 S 39,165,41
Commercial 39 889 $ 61,034.399.00 $ 1,018,927.87
Industrial & Misc 45
Agricultural 3 44 $ 25,381.201.00 $ 423,597.00
Historic Comm or
Machinery &
Equipment 37 407 $ 14.410.773.00 $ 240,333.22
Vacant Lots &
Acreage ___ __12 138 $ 2,357.118.00 $ 39,338.00
Totals 3 3,250 127 2,321 $ 105,527,741.80 $ 1.761,361.50

Questions concerning the actions taken by this Board may be addressed to the chairperson, clerk or aide at the following telephone numbers.
CHAIRPERSON: Glorious Johnson 630-1387
CLERK: Cheryl L. Brown 630-1452
ASST. CLERK: Carol L. Owens 630-1404

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