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Elnestco McGhee was previously captured for possession of a sawed-off shot-
gun and for shooting deadly missiles. Bruce A. Williams is wanted for armed rob,
bery. Both men are at large and considered dangerous. Persons with pertinent infor-
mation are encouraged to contact police at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Bruce A. Williams
Hate Crime at Cracker Barrel
Troy Dale West was charged with battery, disorderly con-
duct, and cruelty to children when the surveillance tape at a
Morrow, Georgia Cracker Barrel Restaurant revealed the man "
beating an Army reservist in front of her child.
The woman and her daughter had been exiting the restau-
rant after West when the doors nearly hit the child. The woman
admonished West to be careful, causing him to begin to yell racial i
slurs at her before kicking and punching her in the head.The case ',,
has been turned over to the FBI as an official hate crime.
Couple Arrested for Child Abuse and Neglect
A local Jacksonville man has been
arrested for suspected child abuse and neg-
lect according to police.
Jason Shegog, 28, is accused of shak-
P ing his then-6-week-old daughter while his
fiance, 29-year-old Victoria Pursley stood
by. The child, now on life support, was left
Jason Shetgog, 28 and Victoria with multiple skull fractures and other seri-
Pursley, 29 ous injuries, including broken ribs. Pursley
is charged with child neglect and has been
released on bond.Additionally, doctors noted signs of old injuries on the child, sug-
gesting previous abuse.
Police Looking For Rapist of 14-Year-Old Girl
According.to the Jacksonville police report, a 14-year-old girl said she was walking
along Winton Drive near Moncrief Road when she noticed she was being followed by a
white van. The teenager then said that the two men dragged her into their vehicle and drove
her to an unknown location where one of the men raped her. No arrests have been made in
Persons with information on this crime are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at
Jax Church Sues County Over Zoning Denial
Claiming discriminatory treatment and a violation of civil and religious rights, the
predominantly African-American First Baptist Church of Mandarin is suing St. John's
County after the cliurch's move into the new area was denied due to neighborhood opposi-
tion. Similar lawsuits have been filed by the church in state court in St. Augustine.
Group Warns Of Plans To Minimize Political
Empowerment of Blacks
By A. Williams, 'Staff Writer
The watchdog law firm, the Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, with
legal leader of Election Protection, on April 16,
submitted the following statement to the
Florida Senate Ethics and Elections Committee
in opposition to Senate Bill 956. "This bill is a
recipe for disaster for Florida voters," said Jon
Greenbaum, legal director, Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "If
passed, this legislation would have created a
mountain of new problems at the polling place
and make it nearly impossible for Election Protection to assist voters at the polls."
The organization contends that Florida citizens must be vigilant to up hold their vot-
ing rights and fight against re-districting.
Not only would this bill increase the number of election-related prob-
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Despite the rapper's much-publicized antics during the
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acceptance speech of country starlet Taylor Swift, Kanye West
seems to still be able to enjoy the support of the Black commu-
nity. BET has announced that the star has received nine nomina-
tions for the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Oprah and Tyler Perry Behind
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and box office heavy-
weight Tyler Perry have teamed up to produce the dark yet
inspirational film "Precious: Based. on the Novel 'Push' by
Sapphire". The film is already creating Oscar buzz since its
debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The cast includes new-
comer Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, a nearly unrecogniz-
able Mariah Carey, and Mo'Nique.
Perry also scored big once again at the box office this
week. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself'is Perry's fifth film to
debut at number one.
Secretary by Day, King by Night
Peggielene Bartels had
i '^ been living a relatively
VAsimple life until she
S.' received a phone call near
dawn one morning that
.,. would change her life for-
-Bartels had been a sec-
Peggielene Bartels: Ghanaian Embassy Worker by Day, rotary at the Ghanaian
Ghanaian King by Night rotary at the Ghanaian
embassy for nearly 30
years when she discovered that an uncle who still lived in Ghana her birthplace -
had passed away. What she didn't know was that he had been king of a town of seven
thousand inhabitants and she was chosen to succeed him.
Bartels intends to retire from her post at the embassy in a few years to move
to Ghana full time. In the meantime, the secretary/king is already exercising her
kingly rights long-distance, as she often handles disputes by phone and has to con-
stantly remind callers that it is dawn where the king lives.
OJ Simpson Sued
A Las Vegas memorabilia dealer is suing Simpson, claiming that being
robbed at gunpoint by the former football star encited the stress that caused his
According to Bruce Fromong's lawyer, the five heart attacks his 55-year-
old client suffered in the aftermath of Simpson's 2007 attack can be proven to be
causally connected to the emotional stress of the heist in its aftermath.
No Layoffs for JSO
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said recently that no officers will be laid
off. This information comes after weeks
of often heated debate between Sheriff
John Rutherford and city council mem-
bers over much-needed budget cuts.
The decision will let the JSO
keep the funds that were going to be cut,
but this also means that property taxes in
Duval County will go up. This will be
the first time residents have seen a tax
increase in nearly 20 years.
Rutherford said that Community
Service Officers who perform at half the
salary of police officers have done much
in the way of stretching tax dollars. The
city plans to add 50 new police officers.
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too late to save a child but
that it's also critical to pay
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that keep children from
entering the pipeline in the
first place. This is especially
true of effective programs
that give the youngest chil-
dren and their families sup-
port from birth to promote
physical, social and emotion-
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child abuse and neglect, pre-
pare them to be ready for
school and empower chil-
dren to avoid the pipeline to
prison and follow positive
In exploring evidence-
based best practices, the
(NFP) and other quality
home visiting programs such
as Healthy Families
America, Parents as Teachers
and the Parent Child Home
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Obama singled out the suc-
cess of quality home visita-
tion and included $8.6 billion
over ten years in his budget
to expand effective programs
and those that show promise.
NFP helps to change the lives
of vulnerable first-time
mothers and their babies
through ongoing home visits
from registered nurses. The
NFP model has been tested
for over 30 years and in 1996
was formally launched to
bring registered nurses into
the homes of as many first-
time low-income mothers as
Each mother is partnered
with a registered nurse early
in her pregnancy and
receives ongoing nurse home
visits through her child's sec-
ond birthday. The nurse pro-
vides the mother preventive
health care, health and devel-
opment education for both
mother and child, and life
coaching for mother and
family. The program current-
ly serves 17,600 families in'
28 states and has worked
with more than 98,000 fami-
lies since 1996. This commu-
nity health program has
yielded proven results
improvements in family
health, education and eco-
nomic self-sufficiency. The
NFP helps children avoid the
pipeline to prison by reduc-
ing long-term rates of child
abuse and neglect, child
arrest, juvenile adjudication,
and mother arrests and con-
Quality Early Head Start
is another sound program
model that often incorporates
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home visits in its support for
infants and toddlers and their
families. The Bright
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prehensive program serving
homeless preschool children
and families. It is an Early
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and on-site therapeutic serv-
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childhood for parents, transi-
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enter kindergarten, and
night-time care services for
children whose parents work
non-traditional hours. The
Early Head Start Program for
infants and toddlers should
be adapted to serve more vul-
nerable families, but unfortu-
nately this successful model
currently serves only three
percent of eligible children.
There are also a number
of effective family support
programs that help children
by helping their parents.
AVANCE, a parenting and
adult literacy program in
Texas, New Mexico and
California, serves children
younger than four years old
and their parents by offering
early childhood education,
parenting education classes,
community resource aware-
ness, home visits and adult
education. It also provides
transportation and other sup-
port services to help families
participate on a consistent
basis. AVANCE is focused
primarily on low-income
Hispanic families and offers
a culturally sensitive, bilin-
gual program. It has demon-
strated positive results such
as improvements in the home
environment, more positive
interactions between the
child and mother, and an
increased sense of parental
efficacy. AVANCE recently
received a $2.55 million
grant from the Kresge
Foundation to continue
expanding its program.
The Maternal Infant
Health Outreach Worker
Program (MIHOW) operates
in six southern and border
states. This is another family
support program that has
improved families' access to
affordable medical care and
well baby medical services
that help with problems relat-
ed to alcoholism, drug abuse
or depression. It trains and
employs local women to
mentor other women to pro-
mote the development of
healthy children. The goal is
to stimulate low-cost parent-
to-parent interventions that
improve health and child
development for low-income
families. The success of this
program is demonstrated by
MIHOW mothers and chil-
dren scoring significantly
better than comparison
groups on measures that
assess positive child devel-
All of these models prove
that working with the
youngest at-risk children and
their families at the begin-
ning, of their lives is cost-
effective and yields valuable
results that enable children to
flourish. Preventing children
from entering the cradle to
prison pipeline as early as
possible is the best opportu-
nity to get and keep them on
the right path to successful
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Card of Thanks
Bro. Marvin Green. would like to express his sincere
Love and Appreciation to the following persons for
their participation on the successful Gospel Legends
program held recently at St. James AME Church.
Rebecca Lambert, Marva Salary, Carolyn Hill,
Marvene Thompson, Padrica Mendez, Elouise S.
Bolton, Terrence Williams, Ruth Grant, Nettie Flagg,
Angie McBride, and Doris M. Best. Special thanks to
gospel legends, Myrtle Barton and Mary Nealy
Ravnell. May God continue to Bestow His Blessings
upon each of you.
Theme: "REIGNITE THE FIRE" BISHOP W.A.
ANDREWS AND THE UNITED CHURCH IN
CHRIST OF JACKSONVILLE, present the 2009
SoutheasternAZUSA Revival Conference to Jacksonville.
The AZUSA Street revival started over 100 years ago here
in America at the famous Bonnie Brae home where it all
began. Later, it moved to 312 Azusa Street in the City of
Los Angeles, California 1906-1909 with an anointed ves-
sel used by God; William J. Seymour, a great and mighty
move of God's-power vell upon him and an outpouring
swept throughout the world and now has encompassed
over 600 million people. The revival at Azusa Street'
served as a catalyst to help birth many charismatic,
Pentecostal and denominational churches. William J.
Seymour was referred to and called an "Apostle of
Pentecost" to the world, the prestigious Yale College
church historian remarks are, "Seymour exerted a greater
influence upon American Christianity than any other black
leader." Over fifty other nations were touched and 312
Azusa Street became of of the most famous addresses in
the world. Today's outstanding church leader, Presiding
Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Bishop Charles E.
Blake and many others; additionally church historian Dr.
Vinson Synan of Regent University said, "Seymour dared
to follow God and became the catalyst that helped change
the world. The AZUSA revival was multiracial, welcomed
the poor and encouraged the leadership of women. We, the
United Church in Christ located at 2050 Emerson St.,
Jacksonville, under the leadership of our Presiding Bishop
W.A. Andrews are excited and honored to be the host
church for the 2009 Southeastern AZUSA Revival
Conference. For more information, call 904-276-3482.
TRUTH 2 POWER MINISTRIES Joins with FIRST
BAPTIST CHURCH OF JACKSONVILLE To Host
Special Empowerment Conference, "Ladies Night Out"
Empowerment Conference For Women and Young Girls
Featuring Reality Stars such as Omarosa Stallworth, Real
Housewives of Atlanta reality stars, NeNe Leakes and
"In a time when charities and aid organizations are cut-
ting back, costs are so high to rent large venue's, we must
find alternative to continue our ministry into the commu-
nity" stated Truth 2 Power Ministries founder Rudolph
McKissick, Jr. who for the first time reached out to fami-
ly church neighbor First Baptist Church of Jacksonville to
honor his commitment to the community by hosting the
annual, "Ladies Night Out" Empowerment Conference for
women and young girls September 25th- 26th at First
Baptist Church of Jacksonville and the Wyndham Hotel.
The conference will enlighten, empower and educate
women in the areas of self respect, etiquette, domestic vio-
lence and business.
Ladies Night Only will open Friday evening to an
anticipated crowd of 10,000 at First Baptist Church. The
opening night session is known as a powerful night of
Word and Worship. Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
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"This is the day which the
LORD 'hath made; we will
rejoice and be glad in it."
Ps-118:24. The Bishop and
Holy Tabernacle Church
family cordially invite the
Pastor Paul R. Cardona public to come worship
& Prophetess Sandra
Cardona. with them as they observe
their 62nd }church anniversary and Pastor Paul R.
Cardona and First Lady Prophetess Sandra J.
Cardona celebrating 35 years in the ministry.
Services begin on Wednesday night, September 23rd
through September 30th, 7:30 p.m. with visiting
churches in charge and Sunday morning service at
11:00 a.m. Services will be held at the church located
at 6416 Miriam St. We also like for you to join us in
a semi-formal dinner celebration with our Pastor and
First Lady on September 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the
Holiday Inn on Commonwealth Avenue: For more
information you may contact Sis. Mary Bell at 768-
1968 or Sis. Ruthie Rentrope at 764-5885.
(Senior Pastor) of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church is
scheduled to speak and national recording artist, William
Murphy is the special musical guest.
A special ticketed After Party will be hosted immedi-
ately following the opening session at the Wyndham Hotel
downtown Jacksonville, FL.
Now in it's 10th year, the conference will convene on
Saturday morning with Reality star turned author, NeNe
Leakes of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Lisa
Hartwell of the same show and Omaraosa Stallworth of
the Apprentice sharing the stage with Bishop McKissick
in a special session titled "The Bishop, Two Housewives
and the Apprentice. The latter are former victims of
domestic.violence and have launched the Sacred Hearts
foundation, whose mission is to share a message against
domestic violence. Known for her outrageous antics to
get ahead, most aren't aware of the gifted business acu-
men of Omarosa Stallworth. A former White House intern,
she will share her experiences of successful business man-
agement to break the glass ceiling.
Known for his business savvy and heart for people,
Bishop McKissick has a gift for touching people and mix-
ing religion with real world experiences. "With the recent
Chris Brown and Rihanna situation, and all of the drama-
tization on television that came with it, it's imperative that
we present two highly visibly successful women who have
experienced and overcame domestic violence. Our ladies
must understand that at no time, is it ever acceptable to
stay in a domestic violence situation. I also want them to
meet the "real" Omarosa Stallworth. A true wordsmith and
gifted orator, she has been very instrumental in crafting
her career and it's made her the success we know today",
stated Bishop McKissick. A book signing featuring all of
the ,special guests will occur immediately following the
Friday night session and Saturday closing sessions.
This is the 10th year for "Ladies Night Out."
This highly successful conference features registrants
from all over the US and the Bahamas. It is open to the
public and a nominal registration fee will be accessed. For
more information, contact Tiffany Tisdale at 904-354-
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died September 7, 2009.
AXSON, Carl J., died
September 12, 2009.
died September 11, 2009.
CALLAHAN, Annie B.,
69, died September 13,
CARTER, Gladys V., 55,
died September 12, 2009.
died September 12, 2009.
DANIELS, Mrs. Clifford
L., died September 11,
DEVOE, Sandra L., died
September 11, 2009.
EALEY, Clara died
September 9, 2009.
GORDON, Ruel, Jr.,
died September 13, 2009.
HAYNES, Frankye, died
September 12, 2009.
HUNTER, Henry, Sr.,
died September 11, 2009.
JACKSON, Donald, 54,
died September 12, 2009.
LETO, Lyn J., died
LOTHARP, Mary died
September 13, 2009.
MACK, Ms. Marline, 37,
died September 14, 2009.
NOLAND, Lavern, 61,
died September 11, 2009.
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died September 13, 2009.
WALLACE, Danny H.,
died September 11, 2009.
WANTON, George died
September 11, 2009.
died September 12, 2009.
WILSON, Shante N.,
died September 12, 2009.
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"There 's Always Something Happening On The First Coast"
"A Surprise Party"
It's A secret! We're having a
,Retiremeni party for .
Remember, don't tell Howard!!!! .
If you know Mrs. Madeline Scales-Taylor only casu- .
ally, you know that she always has an interior design
project 'on the table', even before her recent retirement.
So it came as no surprise to hubby Howard Taylor that
her plans for a late Summer Post Anniversary Party The Howard Taylors and The Nate Herrings The T C. Newmans
would include busy re-decorating projects. What Dr. Thelicia Wilson and The Brian
Howard TaNlor didn't know was that the planned party.Holloways.
was not a Post Anniversary Party for them, but rather a
Surprise Retirement Party in his honor. al
And what a whirl mind week it was leading up to the -
Surprise Parry!! Their sons Jason Ta\lor, New York City;
Kortney Jones. Baltimore. MD; and daughter Mrs. Helen
Brown Blount. Atlanta, GA were joined b. out of town.,
friends from St. Louis. N10, and Charleston. SC. As the ." .
party progressed, irs. NI' announced to hubby Howard .
the true occasion for the party, Howard was truly sur- -
prised and speechless. In fact I'd say he was in disbelief
most of the evening. Earl Tate, J. Carl Davis, Sr. and T C Newman.
Hovard Taylor, an experienced Insurance Industry ed
Mesdames Ethel Rutledge and Patricia
Leader, retired as Vice President, Senior Manager- The Edgar Mathises Harley
Claims and Industry Relations with Allstate Insurance
Company. His administrative career in the Jacksonville
area began as Assistant Vice President with the then
American Heritage Life Insurance Company, a position
he held for two (2) years before the 1992 appointment to
Vice President. It is clear that his skills were recognized
early at American HeritageLife (later bought by Allstate
A St. Louis, Missouri native, Taylor was educated in
Missouri and received both the Bachelor of Science in I"
Business Administration and the Master of Business
Administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, The Al Cheeks The Mark Singletons
Missouri. He holds membership in the Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, the Fellow Life Management Institute, and
charter member of the Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund The Fred Danielses and The Rod Rutledges
Advisory Board. Prior board involvements include The
Bridge of Northeast Florida and School Board-member
of the DePaul School.
The Taylors have truly been busy since retirement.
Let's see now, there have been a few trips (with more ..
planned), daily walks, golfing, water aerobics, reading.
and just taking time to 'smell the roses'. There are plans
for enrichment classes in UNF's Senior Curriculum. Si. Column MrB Miele Davis Angl rk
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Matty Rich Filmmaker Coming Back
By Rych McCain/
In 1991 a nineteen
year. old from
Brooklyn, New York
stunned the film
industry by. produc-
ing a movie from
bare bones scratch
with donations and
credit cards to
become a commercial
success,. Straight Out
of Brooklyn was made
for about a, measly
$,77,000 using non-
union actors to every-
thing else in between
and went on to gross
over $2.5 million
while being awarded
Spirit Award and The
Spirit Award at The
Festival. Matty Rich
quickly became, an
overnight 'success so
to speak and he went
on to make a second
film The Inkwell
which wasn't a com-
mercial success. Rich
faded off the scene
for a couple of years
and resurfaced in
2005 as the
writer/director of the
video game 187 Ride
or Die. Then he
eventually made his
way over to Europe
and got married.
Rich is now in full
production to come
back with a
vengeance via several
projects. When asked
what's on the stove
cooking ? Rich lights
up, "I was living in
Europe for a little bit
games. Now that I'm
back in the States I'm
getting ready to do
my next feature film.
Then I have a TV
show I created that
we are getting ready
to launch with Isaiah
I'm just back in the
mix and I'm excited
about it." Because
Rich basically started
as a self-taught film
maker after dropping
out of the famed New
York University Tish
School of The Arts
after only one month
from what he says
was due to racism on
the part of the facul-
ty; how has his atti-
tude and head
changed toward the
movie business? Rich
responds, "The indus-
try has changed.
Before, the making of
a black film was an
event. It was like
Spike, Matty, John
Hughes brothers but
now it is limited. The
black movies now
don't have that event
factor and I think it
has a lot to do with
Right now it seems
like black cinema is
in a box, (then he
adds humor), it's in a
DVD box! We need to
get it out of the DVD
box and get it back to
the big .screen. That's
how I see the busi-
ness has changed."
"The great thing is
that black filmmakers
like me and the
Hughes brothers are
to make bigger
movies. But some-
times bigger movies
aren't always the
right things to do. I
made my first movie
for $77,009. It was
good quality and it
made it to the the-
aters but my second
movie The Inkwell
was made for $4 mil-
lion. I don't really
think it's about the
number of the dollar
signs, it's about the
quality. We as black
film makers have
kind of lost the whole
thing about what is
the public isn't
spending the money
on our films like they
used to because the
quality is kind of
When asked is
there pressure on him
because of his name
and people expecting
a certain thing out of
him when he makes a
movie? Rich shrugs,
"Oooh yeah, I would
be lying if I didn't
say that was true. I
came on the scene so
strong and then I just
vanished. I left
because I wanted to
leave. I didn't want to
be this filmmaker
with nine movies can
then you are exhaust-
ed. People are tired
of you and you are
tired of yourself. So
when I had the oppor-
tunity to go to Europe
I'm like yo, I'm outta
here! Now that I'm
back I can speak
French and I have a
fresh eye." Rich also
young up and coming'
must go to school and
really learn "how" to
make a film.
Return To Air Party
Roxy actress Eri(
Hubbard celebrated hi
return as Cassie Suttc
for the beginning of th
fourth season of Lincoh
Heights (ABC Famil
Network) with a bi;
packed- house bash
Club- Clemson i
The 3rd Annual Blac
Hollywood Film Festiv
Distribution Summit wi
convene on Sat. Oct.
2009 from 8: AM to
PM at The Writer's Boi
Camp, Bergamot Static
Arts Center, 252
Michigan Ave, Bldg 1
Santa Monica, CA. If yc
are looking for serious
film business information
and a possible insic
hookup regarding yoi
film project, this is
"must attend" event! G
Lori Jenaire will person
a tribute show to the la
vocal .stylist Phyll
Hyman on Thursda
Sept. 24, 2009 at the Caj
Cordiale in Sherma
Oaks, CA. Jenaire hi
two released CD
"Within Reach" an
and record produce
Polow Da Don was pr
sented with "Producer
The Year Award" at Th
9th Annual BMI Urba
Awards recently held at
ca The Fredrick P. Rose
er Hall, home of the Jazz At
>n Lincoln Center in New
ie York City. The Award was
In. the result of Da Don's
ly production of Mario's
g, "Crying Out For Me'and
at Usher's #1 single "Love
in In The Club." The
Concert Live -
,k Countdown To Music's
al Biggest Night will air
& live on Wed., Dec. 9,
ll 2009 on CBS 8-9 ET/PT
3, from Club. Nokia in
6: downtown LA's famed
ot ritzy South Park District.
n Next year's 52nd Annual
.5 Grammy Awards will
in take place .at the Staples
)u Center in LA, Live on
is Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 8:
)n PM ET/PT on CBS.
Ie Haopy B-Day
ur B-Day congrats are in
a order for cutie-pie Teen
ro singer/actress Taylor
o Parks (co-star of the New
mn Line Cinema smash box
office hit film Hairspray)
who turned sweet 16 on
ss Sept. 16th. Of course,
m" Parks is a member of
te Rych McCain 's
is Child/Teen Media Family.
fP World acclaimed TV
ln writer, music composer,
as producer, teacher, entre-
s preneur and philanthro-
id pist Marcus Coleman has
er created the first theatrical
er acrobatic gospel musical
e- "For His Glory." The
of production is an explo-
te sion of music, lights,
n acrobats, puppets, cos-
tumes, characters, dancers
and more! The show will
debut on stage at The
Haugh Performing Arts
Center in the City of
Glendora, CA. on Oct.
10th. Go to
or call 888-852-8727.
The Arnold C. Yoder
(The ACYorg) will be
having a fundraising party
at the popular Aqua
Lounge in Beverly Hills,
CA., hosted by KTTV, Ch.
11 News Anchor Mark
Thompson this week. The
Foundation's mission is to
empower, heal and com-
fort children and families
whose lives have been
changed forever by the
death of a loved one.
Cloudy With A Chance
Of Meat Balls; Columbia
Pictures presents a Sony
Pictures Animation Film.
Starring in voice over;
Bill Hader, Anna Faris,
James Caan, Andy,
Campbell, Mr. T, Bobb'e
J. Thompson, Benjamin
Bratt, Neil Patrick
Harris, Al Roker, Lauren
Graham and Will Forte.
Written and Directed by
Phil Lord & Christopher
Miller. Produced by Pam
Marsden. Based on the
best selling book written
by Judi Barrett and illus-
trated by Ron Barrett.
This animated film is
presented in 3-D for both
regular screens and
IMAX. The central idea
is that a young scientist
who has failed with all of
his inventions finally
invents a machine that
creates food from water.
When he accidentally
launches ,it into the
clouds, food comes rain-
ing down. This is a film is
an adaptation from the
best selling children's
book and will be a smash
hit blockbuster for the
children on screen as well.
Death In Love; Screen
Media Films. Starring;
Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas
and Jacqueline Bisset.
Written and Directed by
Boaz Yakin. Produced by
Yakin and Joseph Zolfo.
Here we have an erotic,
sexual, psychological sit-
uation where two brothers
are embattled to free
themselves from the
insane actions of their
Jewish Holocaust sur-
vivor mother who is men-
tally messed up and
haunted as the result of
her love affair with a Nazi
doctor in a concentration
camp asylum. This one is
slow and gory in parts.
You might want to rent it
for Halloween night when
you really want to space
out. Otherwise skip this
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NNPA Chair Pulls Black Press Convention from South Carolina
Rep. Joe Wilson's
Focus on South
Black Press of
announced that it
will not hold its mid-
winter conference in
of more than 200
papers is joining the
boycott of the state
that has been in
effect since July
1999 when the South
called for it as a
protest of the
Confederate flag a
symbol of racial
hatred atop the
State House and
inside the House and
The boycott, still
in effect, calls on
groups and individu-
als to avoid traveling
to the state for busi-
ness or pleasure and
dents from visiting
beaches or patroniz-
ing restaurants and
ment comes on the
heels of South
Wilson's outburst of
"You lie!" that broke
Obama's address to
the Joint Houses of
Congress on health
care .reform on
Wednesday Sept. 9.
was viewed as ghast-
ly by both Democrats
and Republicans who
refused to defend
Sr. "Rep.. Wilson's
remarks were racist,
disrespectful, and a
tion--not only of
President Obama -
but to the institution
of the presidency and
only solidified our
position and the
importance in not
spending Black dol-
lars where Black
people are not
respected. The con-
tinued public and
blatant disrespect of
Obama by members
of Congress will not
be rewarded with our
dollars nor will a
state that continues
to uphold America's
shameful past by fly-
ing the Confederate
The NNPA is cur-
African- North Carolina in
publishers, we stand
in solidarity with the
NAACP' and fully
support the econom-
ic boycott of South
Danny J. Bakewell
lieu of its decision to
Carolina. The group
joins a host of other
refuse to hold con-
ventions or meetings
in South Carolina.
elected NNPA chair-
man in June, is exec-
utive publisher of.the
Los Angeles Sentinel
largest and most read
owner of WBOK
radio station in New
well the power of
He is CEO of The
one of the largest
companies in the
United States. The
company is responsi-
ble for the develop-
ment of more than 1
million square feet
of retail space in pre-
Compton and South
Central Los Angeles.
Swine Flu: Myth or Reality?
by Saeed Shabazz
Special to the NNPA from
the Amsterdam News
NEW YORK (NNPA) -
The pundits believed that
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
would not reveal his hfew
"Swine Flu Plan" until the
first day of school, but he
fooled them by announcing
the plan on September 1.
The mayor said that
schools are to be kept open
and only closed as a last
resort and that free flu mist
and flu shots would be made
available to all elementary
school students through their
schools. Bloomberg's plan
calls for posting daily news
concerning the flu on a new
influenza web portal. The city,
also plans to launch an
Ever since news reached
America back in April about a
new virus called the "swine
flu"(H1Nl), there has been a
panic. Companies making
surgical masks said they
couldn't fill ,orders fast
enough; vaccine production
went into full-speed ahead,
costing billions; and now
there's a videogame known
as "The Great Flu Game."
According to the
Associated Press, game is
free and may be found at
U.S. public has been bom-
barded with scary messages
from news organizations such
as the AP, such as when they
reported at the beginning of
the HIN1 outbreak in
Mexico, after only 152
deaths, that it was "the epi-
center of the outbreak."
The Drudge Report stated
there was a "cough fear"
emanating in America from
the new virus. Observers said
the outbreak of swine flu
news coverage was more
severe than the outbreak of
the disease. Last, but not
least,.the federal government
has released public service
announcements about the
threat posed by H1N1.
The same observers say
they fear the public will be
overwhelmed with informa-
tion on HIN1 and will go
through battle fatigue trying
to weed through propaganda
and misinformation, which
could develop a level of com-
And as we know in the
Big Apple, there is never time
for complacency. The
Gotham Gazette reported on
August 17 that private
schools and .public schools
are to implement new proce-
dures on how students are to
handle the ever-present possi-
bility of contracting HIN1.
One of the procedures may
entail students washing their
hands several times a day.
Some activists say the city
is putting a band-aid on the
Muhammad, co-founder of
Care Unit 911, a community-
based preparedness coalition
and a member of the disaster
preparedness network that
comes under the Greater Red
Cross of New York, says that
the bottom line, whether the
city is ready with a plan or
not-the straight nuts and
bolts-is HIN1 is for real!
"The mystery for the
everyday person is how far it
has spread, and also not
knowing that the symptoms
are already here because they
believe that that simple runny
nose or cough went away
when they used regular, over-
Muhammad told the
AmNews. One might remem-
ber that the national
HINl/swine flu scourge that
hit the U.S. in April started at
St. Francis Prep in Queens.
Then according to the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) in
Atlanta, Ga.,l million
Americans became infected
and 47 died.
Councilman Eric Gioia
(D-Queens), a candidate for
public advocate, said that the
city making information
available to parents and edu-
cators is a very important
step. "I'm happy that the city
appears to have taken to heart
the lessons learned from the
spring," he said. The city
closed 57 schools, 27 of them
The CDC reported that
there were 43,771 cases
reported from April 15-July
24 in the U.S. and that 5,011
people were hospitalized
with 302 deaths. The largest'
age group impacted fell in the
range of 25 to 49 years old at
On April 26, the Obama
administration declared a
public health emergency.
In New York City, the
Department of Health report-
ed in June that 500,000
"may" have been infected,
with 804 hospital visits and
On June 11, the World
Health Organization raised
the world- wide pandemic
level to its highest category,
Phase 6, after 70 nations
reported H1N1 cases. By
June 19, all 50 states, includ-
ing the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands, reported that
the new disease had hit their
Muhammad was invited
to a very significant confer-
ence sponsored by the
Metropolitan College of New
York on August 6 in
Brooklyn's Borough Hall. He
said the event was specifical-
ly for the faith community to
inform them of the H1N1
virus and its ramifications.
What was really revealed,
according to Muhammad,
was that no matter what faith,
the average head of a parish,
church, mosque or syna-
gogue hasn't a clue to what is
really going on with HIN1
and how to prepare their con-
Muhammad says that
September is National
Disaster Preparedness Month
and every religious organiza-
tion in the city should hold
some type of program during
the month to get information
to their members.
President Barack Obama addressing a joint session of
Congress on health care, september 9; 2009. He was
interrupted during his speech by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-
.Letter to the Editor: Some Things Do Not Change Plans Continued from A-1
On September 9, 2009,'during President Obama's speech before Congress and the
world, a Congressman spoke out during his speech and called the President of the United
States a "liar." This is an all time low for America before the world. We should be ashamed
for our country and ashamed of Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina. What appears
to be sinister on his part is really an apparent deep-down, hidden and burning issue called -
racism. In addition to the racism, there is the hidden corporate world that supports it when they
support the candidate that expresses openly or implied through their individual actions.
I have never in my life time ever heard anyone in the House of Representatives or
Senate called any President of thie United States a liar in Congress during a speech to the leg-
islative body. -It sets a bad example for our children, our nation and world. We are supposed
to be leaders of the free world in the democratic process, but some cannot get over their racist
attitudes. Now, too, these critics of mine say I am "playing the race card."
Click.. .let's switch what seems racial and blatantly disrespectful to something even
more interesting and I will come back to the racial issue. I wonder if the corporations that sup-
ported Congressman Wilson who are BellSouth, American Hospital Associations, National Car
Dealers, National Association of Home Builders, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Credit Union
National Association and National Beer Wholesalers, think that the Presideht of the United
States is a liar also. Maybe since they have paid financial contributions to Representative
Wilson's political campaigns, they think the same way. Click.. .maybe we should recommend
what Mr. Cuba recommended about boycotting "Gate Gas", no wait, they said Mr. Cuba of the
Japksonville Fraternal Order of Police was wrong, but if these National organizations or con-
tributing to people like Representative Wilson, maybe we ought to re-look at who we do busi-
The point of all of this is to say, whether it was racist; a lack of civility or just plain
dumb; it was a bad example for the world, and it makes you ask the question, would anyone
had done this to past Presidents such as Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan, Carter, or either of the
Bush's out of respect for the Office or the man? It makes you say humnmm.....by the way,
back to the racism. Did Rep. Wilson ever have any affiliations with past Senator Strom
Thurman? Click...check this quote out from an article entitled Thurmond didn't deserve such
a good daughter. "It is the feigned surprise that vexes me most-the stunned silence, the
equivocation, the angry denials that followed the Strom Thurmond had bedded a black maid
and fathered a black child. South Carolina state Sen. John Courson, who huffed ludicrous, and
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who called the revelation 'unseemly,' have distinct affect for dishon-
Some things do not change; even if he did not use the "N" word he literally looked at
the President of the United States and it appears he was saying, "N.. .you are lying." They
ought to'demand his resignation as a disgrace to his State, our Congress and our Country. Oh
no, wait, I forgot, freedom of speech.-
REGINALD L. GUNDY
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severely- if not completely -- restrict the ability of non-partisan programs, like
Election Protection, which solves many Election Day problems, from providing
critical assistance to Florida's voters.
In 2000, structural deficiencies in Florida's election system problems at the polling
place causing confusion on Election Day, discriminatory voter purges, overly
restrictive voting requirements that blocked eligible voters from casting a ballot -
thrust Florida into the national spotlight. Since that time, this committee and
Floridians across the state have worked to address the problems that brought nation-
al attention to the problems Floridians encounter when voting. Unfortunately
Senate Bill 956 threatens to recreate the problems that voters encountered in 2000.
Not only would this bill increase the number of election-related problems on and
before Election Day, it would severely- if not completely -- restrict the ability of
non-partisan programs, like Election Protection, which solves many Election Day
problems, from providing critical assistance to Florida's voters.
Senate Bill 956 has many provisions that will disenfranchise an untold number of
Floridians. The Lawyers' Committee opposes this legislation because the provisions
highlighted below will block eligible voters from casting a ballot and will prevent
Floridians from taking advantage of critical, non-partisan services:
* Increasing the solicitation zone to 100 feet from voters standing in line will
prevent non-partisan organizations, like the Lawyers' Committee and programs like
Election Protection, from providing crucial assistance' to voters on Election Day;
* Requiring first-time voters who register by mail to present ID before show-
ing up on Election Day; will add an undue burden on election officials by creating
unnecessary provisional balloting and will block new voters from the polls because
they are unlikely to show up twice first to verify their identity and second to vote.
Also, this provision will put an undue burden on those voters who have work and
family obligations that prevent them from having a flexible schedule;
* Removing retirement center and neighborhood association IDs from the list
of acceptable forms of identification that can be presented to register and, vote, will
block our seniors from the polls and will create another barrier for traditionally dis-
enfranchised voters with no evidence that their use causes problems;
* Requiring quarterly list maintenance during odd number years, and month-
ly maintenance during even numbered years will result in the removal of eligible
voters and risk the disenfranchisement of voters that plagued the 2000 election
* Stopping the practice of allowing voters who present affirmation of a name
or address change less than 29 days before an election to cast a regular ballot on
Election Day will significantly increase the number of voters forced to cast a provi-
sional ballot, creating further burdens on election officials, and unnecessarily disen-
All of these provisions create a recipe for disaster, not only for Florida's voters, but
also the men and women who work hard to administer the state's elections. Had SB
956 been in place for the 2008 election, Election Protection would not have been
able to provide this critical on-the-ground support for voters at their polling place.
Voters would either have waited in the wrong line to cast a provisional ballot that
would not count or had to wait hours longer to vote or would have been denied their
fundamental right to vote altogether. SB 956 is a harmful bill for many reasons, but
it is particularly dangerous because as it increases the roadblocks to eligible citizens
exercising their fundamental right to vote. It also takes away a critical lifeline for
Floridians the support provided by Election Protection field program and other
This bill is for the moment, defeated. But, Marcia F. Johnson -Blanco an attorney
with the organization said, For now this bill is defeated, but the powers that be are
still working to challenge your vote, with re-districting."
Next week the dangers of re-districting. How it affects your children, your money
and the Presidential election. How you can be a part of a call to action.
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the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and
fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environ-
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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' Participating
in the Return of Three Rehabilitated
Manatees (Mother with Two Dependent
Calves) to Putnam County Waters
Three manatees, including a mother manatee, her birthed calf
and an "adopted" orphan calf, are scheduled to be released into the
St Johns River in East Palatka, Florida, on Wednesday, September
9th, at approximately 11 a.m: The trio is being transported from the
rehabilitation facility at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The mother was
initially taken to the rehab facility by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) after being injured when hit by
a boat The Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT) from the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens assisted in the successful rescue.
HISTORY: On May 14, the FWC and members of the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' MMRT netted the injured manatee
on the first effort, although several attempts were needed to heave
the animal's more than 1,200 pound body onto the boat After arriv-
ing at the dock, local boaters and onlookers were recruited to assist
in moving the animal into the transport truck. FWC staffthen trans-
ported the manatee to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for rehabilitation.
"Della," a known female manatee in the St Johns River, and
she was found to have suffered a blunt trauma wound to her chest
resulting in a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). Although initially
very buoyant and unable to right herself or submerge in the med-
ical pools, she successfully gave birth to "Pal" only four days after
her arrival. Della recovered from her injuries and was able to nurse
the calf that has grown from 76 pounds at birth to 150 pounds.
While at the Zoo, Della also became a surrogate mother.
Orphaned manatee calf "Kee" arrived at the Tampa Zoo April
2 from the Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown weighing just 50
pounds, making her one of the smallest orphans ever to be treated
at the manatee hospital. After a challenging first few weeks with 24-
hour care, Kee began to progress. Once Della recovered from her
injuries and had established a bond with Pal, Zoo staff slowly intro-
duced Kee, who was a month older but still smaller than Pal. Staff
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observed the same maternal
behaviors with Della and Kee,
as with her-own offspring. On
occasion the two calves could
be observed nursing at the
same time, on opposite sides,
and Kee has often been spot-
ted sleeping on Della's back.
With Della's help, Kee has
grown from 50 pounds to 155
pounds. Della, Pal and Kee
will be released together in
Palatka on Wednesday.
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team in partnership with biol-
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Gardens' Marine Mammal
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fearless approach to reality-based subjects!
I don't make a lot of money but I know how to save and invest.
When the holidays come around my family members want to bor-
row money and get loans from me. This causes a lot of stress and
arguments when I tell them no because they don't pay me back. I'm
single and I'm tired of everybody thinking I'm their money bags.
This year I haven't been invited to any family dinners, and no one sent me any greeting
cards. I'm very hurt and don't know what to do.
Anonymous On-Line Reader
You need to grow up and realize that you're not a savings and loan hero. You don't owe
your family anything and if they kick you to the curb for holding on to your money then so
be it. If you review your checklist you'll see that you go to work, you get a paycheck you
pay your bills and you save your money. They key word in this equation is you. They've
ignored you on purpose so in the end, you're being used. In other words, get over it and
keep it moving.
I am in a situation at work because of a prank my co-worker played on our boss. We par-
ticipated in the Secret Santa drawing and agreed to buy gifts for one another. I had to buy
a gift for my boss and I bought a bottle of perfume. This was well and good until my friend
replaced the gift with a box that had charcoal, a dog collar and breath mints in it. I'm going
to be fired and I want to take her down with me but I'm scared of being called a snitch.
What do I do?
Anita (Dallas, TX)
The first thing to do is stop being stupid. You shouldn't sit back and lose your job because
your co-worker is a jackass. You need to stand up for yourself and put your friend on blast
and if anyone gets fired, it should be her. In the future; keep your mouth shut because you
played a role by telling your business. If you're honest and have been a good employee,
you're safe. If not, plan to start the New Year off wiser and on the path to look for another
On the last day of this year I plan to evict my adult children that live with me. I've been
retired for a few years and I still find myself cooking and cleaning because my kids haven't
left the nest. I started letting them know my plans this summer and they act like this is a
joke. I have retirement money that I want to use to travel, live my life and have a good time.
What is the best way to tell them one more .time, they have to get out and know that I'm
Margaret (Baltimore, MD)
You can hire a moving crew to come and pack their things for them. This will catch them
off guard and shock them especially if you have a locksmith changing the locks at the same
time. You've done your job as a mother but failed as a parent if your children can't make
it on their own. Then again, they're selfish freeloaders taking advantage of you because you
let them. The game is over and your freedom begins when you call the moving company.
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Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
MEMBERS OF THE JAMES WELDON JOHNSON BRANCH of "THE
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND
HISTORY" invite you to join them in the organization's, annual membership
luncheon. Local award winning authors Ro,dney L. Hurst, Grace & ronald Gavin,
Dr. Carolyn Williams and Dr. Roy Singleton will participate ina panel discussion
of this year's theme "Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas." The event will
be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Airport, Jacksonville,
from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call
JACKSONVILLE JOB CORPS CENTER CELEBRATES "National Job
Corps Day; 45 Years of Building Lives and Launching Careers" -the
Jacksonville Job Corps Center celebrates this historic occasion with Mayor John
Peyton, proclaiming September 23, 2009 as National Job Corps Day.
The U.S. Congress passed a resolution declaring September 23, 2009 "National
Job Corps Day" to, acknowledge Job Corps' 45 years of training over three million
of America's youth. Job Corps, the largest and most successful academic and voca-
tional training program for economically disadvantaged youth, is the only employ-
ment and training program funded by Congress that has reached this milestone.
Celebrations will take place at each of the 123 centers in the U.S. and in
Washington, D.C. More than 100 Job Corps students from across the country gath-
ered on Capitol Hill participated in formational exhibits, one-day internships with
key Members of Congryss and Department of Labor officials, the first ever
National Job Corps Oratory Competition and reception in the Capitol Building fea-
turing Job Corps culinary arts students and Food Network Celebrity Chef Robert
THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR OF JACKSONVILLE -A local opportuni-
ty for students and their parents to meet college and university representatives from
across the nation. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, noon-4 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)
at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per
vehicle.Sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling
(NACAC), the National College Fair of Jacksonville draws thousands of students
and their .parents each year. The event will be attended by representatives from
more than 100 colleges and universities spanning from Hawaii to Maine.
LATINO HERITAGE MONTH Celebrating Latino Heritage Month this year
will mark a historical event for the city of Jacksonville (September 15 October
15). On February 25th 2009, the President of the Puerto Rico Chamber of
Commerce of Northeast Florida, Ms. Nilda Alejandro, met with the Board of
Directors of the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association to address the subject of San
Juan, Puerto Rico becoming a Sister City with Jacksonville, FL. The Board of
Directors agreed with Ms. Alejandro's request and subsequent voted to become
San Juan's newest Sister City. Seven months later, our Chamber (PRCCNF) and
our President are proud to announce that their hard work has made off. On October
2nd, 2009 The City of Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico along with its
Mayors, Jorge Santini and John Peyton, will enter into an agreement to become
Sister Cities. The official signing ceremony will take place at Noon in the Omni
Hotel, Jacksonville, and FL. This ceremony is a joint effort of The Puerto Rico
Chamber of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville City Sisters Association. Puerto
Rico is Jacksonville's largest trading partner. The Port handles over 75% of the
U.S. marine traffic to Puerto Rico. The economic impact on our community deliv-
ers revenues to Jacksonville of over $1 billion dollars annually. The Latino popu-
lation in NortheastFlorida has had a huge positive impact in our region. Last year
alone, statistics show that the Latino population is at approximately 100,000 and
growing. Half of that population is Puerto Rican (50,000 individuals). Latinos con-
tinue to control more disposable personal income and more purchasing power than
any other minority group. Our population continues to increase at an annual rate of
25% and according to census predictions; Latinos will represent 25 percent of the
US population in 2050. Most importantly this is a celebration for all Latinos in
Jacksonville, because it symbolizes the recognition of our great cultural diversity
and of the source of the intellectual richness of the Spanish language in this city,
state and nation. The Puerto Rico chamber of Northeast Florida, is extremely proud
to say that the partnership between the two cities will give Jacksonville and the rest
of Northeast Florida the chance to further expand on the business and trade we cur-
By Ulysses W. Watkins, Jr., M.D.
~ DEMENTIA ~
DEFINITION: An ulcer (or sore) in the duodenum
which causes symptoms similar to those of a stomach ulcer.
An ulcer is not contagious or cancerous.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Duodenum (first 12 inches of small intestine
beyond the stomach).
SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED
Both sexes, but more often in males. All ages, but most common in adults.
SIGN & SYMPTOMS
Pain that has the following characteristics: A burning, boring or gnawing feel-
ing that last 30,minutes to 3 hours. The pain is often interpreted as heartburn, indiges-
tion or hunger. Pain is usually in the upper abdomen, but occasionally below the breast-
bone. Pain occurs in some persons immediately after eating; in others, in may not occur
until hours later. It frequently awakens one at night. Pain cones and goes. Weeks of
intermittent pain may alternate with short pain-free periods. Pain may be relieved by
drinking milk, eating, resting or taking antacids.
Appetite and weight loss. Recurrent vomiting. Blood in the stool.
CAUSES: Unknown. An ulcer can develop wherever stomach acid comes in con-
tact with the gastrointestinal lining especially the lower end of the esophagus, the
stomach and the duodenum.
An ulcer is most likely to develop in an anxious, tense or worried person. A person
with an ulcer usually has an overactive stomach that manufactures to much hydrochlo-
ric acid. In addition, persons with ulcers often have irregular living habits.
RISK INCREASES WITH
Family history of ulcers. Stress. Improper diet, irregular mealtimes and
skipped meals. Smoking. Excess alcohol consumption.
Use of medications containing aspirin, caffeine or alcohol which irritate the
stomach. Fatigue or over work.
HOW TO PREVENT: Avoid as many risk factors as possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT
APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE
Sell-care after diagnosis. Doctor's treatment. Hospitalization (complica-
Your own observation of symptoms. Medical history and physical exam by
a doctor. Gastroscopy to determine the ulcer size and location.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: The following complications are most likely in
adults over 60:
Perforation (erosion of the ulcer through the intestinal wall) or dangerous
bleeding. Unrelenting pain, failure to heal and scarring. Extensive peptic-ulcer dis-
ease, with increased likelihood of stomach cancer.
PROBABLE OUTCOME: Usually curable with lifestyle changes and medical
HOW TO TREAT
Don't smoke. Check your stool daily for bleeding. If the stool is black,
remove it from the toilet and take it to your doctor's office for analysis.
MEDICATION: Your doctor may prescribe:
Antacids to help neutralize excess stomach acid. H-2 blockers to reduce
stomach acid. Medications to coat the ulcer area.
ACTIVITY: Resume your normal activities as soon as symptoms improve.
Eat small frequent meals for at least 2 weeks. Don't drink alcohol. Avoid
caffeine and any food that seems to make symptoms worse.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF
You have symptoms of an ulcer. Vomiting begins., that is bloody or looks like
coffee grounds. Stool is bloody, black or tarry looking. Diarrhea begins which may
be caused by antacids. Pain is severe, despite treatment. You are unusually weak or
Dr. Watkins can be heard live Sundays at 7:05 pm EST on www.KCOHRadio.com. He is
a 33 Mason and Grand Medical Director for the United Supreme Council. S. J. and
Imperial Council (Black Shriners Nationwide) 713-433-4536.
No one seeks to be criticized. I detest criticism but it
comes with the job of being a newspaper columnist.
The people that enjoy criticizing me criticize me
repeatedly so they are easy for me to recognize.
Criticism is all they do. They never have any praise,
never any appreciation, never any thanks or good will.
The most criticism I've gotten recently is when I wrote about historically Black
colleges and universities (HBCUs). If you say no school is perfect, even though the
statement is true, the haters will have a field day on you.
But if you write about Barack Obama and question anything he does, you'll be
attacked left and right.
Well, get ready to attack me! Again!
Change is something you hear in every election cycle but the word "change" was
heard more in the last election than ever before. I know it's early in the Presidency,
but does it seem to anybody that President Obama is changing from his election
vision and is starting to become more like his predecessors?
What was once vanilla in the nation's capitol, now seems to only be dipped in
Some of us feel Obama must step up! The President's desire to be "non-partisan"
and cooperative with his political enemies is not working out. The endless and mul-
tiple concessions that he has given Republicans in the proposed health care legisla-
tion has gotten the President nowhere! The GOP gets every amendment to the health
care bills that they want and still vote against the legislation. The war machine in
America is not subsiding, it is increasing and more troops are being sent to foreign
I think the President must push for his ideas as hard as he can and if he has to go
down, go down fighting!
Let me explain, if my memory serves me correctly, I thought many people voted
for Barack Obama in hopes that he would end the war in Iraq and bring American
soldiers home from other countries. I thought he would fight for universal health care
that would cover all Americans and not be persuaded by greedy insurance companies
to abandon his public option ideas to curb health care costs. I thought Barack Obama
would oppose bankers and mortgage companies that prey on the poor and practice
neighborhood red-lining and predatory lending.
I thought our new President would stand up for citizens that have been victim-
ized by housing discrimination. I thought Obama wanted to improve race relations
and reduce profiling and police misconduct.
Well, maybe he is doing a lot of good things but from my view, I'm seeing more
waffling in Washington than I see Waffle House and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles!
I want my President to stand up and speak out for things that are best for all
Americans and not just parrot the governmental lobbyists or rubber stamp whatever
big business tells him to.
Many Black voters prayed for God to send us another Moses, a modem day
Joshua or a contemporary David that could slay the gigantic and devilish beast that
wants the rich richer and the poor in America poorer.
If Barack Obama fights for the things we need, I and others will defend the
President with our lives. If Obama wants to be nice and compromising and cooper-
ative with America's and the world's political satans, I can't be with that. (Buy
Gannt's book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" and contact Lucius at
Irently have with Puerto Rico. The twinning of these two cities is geared towards ,,
increasing economical development, tourism, jobs, opening direct flights to and l
from both cities; and promoting a better quality of life for all people. PUERTO
RICO CHAMBER OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA WWW.PRCCNF.COM
SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
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From Actual Police Reports
Did You Hear About?...
WOMAN ATTACKS A MAN AND RUNS
Officer was dispatched to West 16th Street, regarding a battery to an indi-
vidual. Upon arrival, he was met by the victim, Mr. M.
Mr. M advised he has been seeing a black female known only as Dee Dee
for about two days. Dee Dee drinks, has nowhere to sleep and does not work. Mr.
M advised Dee Dee came to his residence around 0300 .and the two began to
drink. An argument ensued and Mr. M asked Dee Dee to leave his residence. Mr.
M advised Dee Dee pulled out a small pocket knife and began to swing at him
two to three times. Dee Dee then exited the residence and fled the area, on foot in
an unknown direction.
Officer observed two to three marks on Mr. M's chest which he advised
were caused by the knife. Mr. M refused medical attention. Mr. M advised he has
no idea where Dee Dee may be located. A search of the surrounding area was con-
ducted to no avail. Patrol efforts were suspended due to a lack of evidence or wit-
PHYSICAL ALTERCATION AT A BUS STOP
Officer responded to the intersection of W.24th St. and N Myrtle Ave., to
a report of an assault. The victim and suspect were involved in an intimate rela-
tionship and lived together.
Upon arrival, Officer was detaining the suspect and Officer #2 was detain-
ing the victim. Victim made the following statement at the scene; He and the sus-
pect were having an argument at the bus stop and she went off on him and began
stabbing him. In an effort to disarm her, he punched her and held her down. The
victim was very reluctant to answer any questions. Post Miranda, suspect stated
they got in an argument because of a hat of his that she cut up. At the bus stop, he
came, leaped behind her, and punched her in the head. He continued to hit her and
she stabbed him an unknown number of times while they were fighting face to
face. He knocked the knife out of her hand and she fell, at this point he got on top
of her and held her by the throat and punched her on the head (she indicated the
left side). A passerby came around; he walked away from the scene. Officer
observed two stab wounds to the victim's back in the upper center and right of his
back. He also had another wound in the lower front of his abdomen. The suspect
is right handed. The locations of the stab wounds are inconsistent with the sus-
pect's account of the incident. The suspect stated to police that the victim initial-
ly came up behind her and choked her, She contradicted that by telling them she
was punched from behind and not grabbed around the neck under where she was
disarmed and on the ground. Officers continued the interview with the victim; the
victim refused to cooperate when offered the VINE information and refused to
any questions. He also advised the officers that the suspect should be left on the
street. The victim refused ET services.
MAN GOES AROUND DEMANDING CVS
On August 26th a man walked into the CVS store on Dunn Avenue just
he struck again on Sept. 7th.
Pharmacy counter with a note that read, "Give me. all of your Oxycontin." He fled
became enraged and got a kitchen knif. He told victim #1, "You'll get yours, I'll kill
Jacksonville FL --that the Surveillance cameras captured pictures of the man Police
are looking for who robbed a CVS store.
carry On August 26th, a man walked into the CVS store on Dunn Avenue just
west of Interstate 95 claiming to have a gun. Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said that
he struck again on Sept. 7th.e knife down in his bedroom, he came back into the
Police say the man walked into the store shortly after midnight and up to the
pharmacy counter with a note that read, "Give me. all of your Oxycontin." He fled
the store after the pharmacist did not give him anything
Two Officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at Straw Flower Place.
They were previously called to this address for the same suspect causing a distur-
bance with his mother. Upon arrival, he made contact with Dante Jackson (suspect)
who was outside. They asked him What happened, and he stated that he slapped his
sister on her face. They placed the suspect in custody, in the back seat of my patrol
The Second Officer made contact with victim #1, who is the sister of the sus-
pect. She said that the suspect was arguing with everyone in the house. The suspect
became enraged and got a kitchen knife. He told victim #1, "You'll get yours, I'll kill
you b****.'' Given that the suspect made the threat, and had the apparent ability to
carry out the threat, this placed victim #1 in a well-founded fear that violence was
imminent. The suspect's mother, De (witness/complainant #1) was a witness to this.
Once the suspect put the knife down in his bedroom, he came back into the
living room. He continued to scream at everyone and threatened to kill them. His
other sister, victim #2, approached the suspect and tried to calm him down. She told
the suspect to leave because he was making threats to everyone.
The suspect then punched her in the face and went outside. This was wit-
nessed by witness #2, the boyfriend. This was also witnessed by victim #1. Victim
#2 denied medical treatment. She had no visible injury.
Everyone all submitted written statements and submitted signature forms. Officer
*/I I ARIES
Some of that extra energy you
have stored up might just be
put to good use. You are be_,t
to keep your cash in a safe
place. Make those phone calls
and pay your bills Plan your
day carefully. Your lucky day
this week \\ill be Monday
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Avoid overloading your plate.
Arguments with children or
friends may leave you steam-
ing. You need to be around
friends and family. Don't lend
or borrow. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
You can make successful
moves You w ill have a greater
involkement in groups. how-
eter, the\ may not be to sour
advantage. Property iu\ est-
ments should payoff Don't be
too confident that coworkers
are on 5our side. Your lucky
da% tuhi \\eek will be Sunday.
You should get into some of
those creative hobbies that you
always said you wanted to do.
Don't overextend your self in
order to add luxury items to
your entertainment center.
Changes in your home are
apparent, and you must be
willing to bend if you don't
want to find yourself alone.
You can surprise members of
your family, which in turn will
bring you a pat on the back.
Your lucky day this week will
DIon't trust deal that looks too
good, or a lover who appears to
ave it all. You will have a
problem with your boss if you
haven't done your job. Your
dedication and fortitude when
dealing with humanitarian
groups will enhance your repu-
tation. You may jump from the
frying pan into the fire if you
make a move this. week. Your
lucky day this week will be
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Finish those changes you've
been talking about making to
your residence Jealous col-
leagues may try to undermine
,ou this week will be rather
hectic on the domestic scene
Your family may not be pleased
with your decisions. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
You need to look into ways to
change your self-image. You
can expect to have some prob-
lems with skin, bones, or teeth
if you haven't taken proper care
of them. Travel could bring you
the adventure and excitement
you require. Listening can be
more valuable than being a
chatterbox: Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
You will hale a problem hold-
ing on to your cash this week.
You can get ahead if you pres-
ent your ideas to superiors. You
must make them stand on their
own n o feet regardless of how
much you want to make things
better for them. You can bet that
someone mn a higher position is
watching to see how busy you
are. Your lucky da', this week
will be Sunday.
You may find yourself chang-
ing crowds. You can expect
changes at .your work place
Your high energy will enable
you to enlist the help of those
in a position to back you.
Erratic behavior at home may
be hard to handle. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
You may find yourself chang-
ing crowds. Situations could
easily get blown out of propor-
tion if you have made unrea-
sonable promises. Hold on;
your time will come. Don't do
something silly just to get back
at your mate. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
A romantic dinner, followed
by a quiet evening with the
one who is enticing you,
should be most satisfying. You
will have excellent ideas for
changing or renovating your
home You will enjoy events
that lean toward theater, art, or
music this week Hard work
will bring rewards. Your
lucky day this week will be
People you live with will not
be terribly happy with you
regardless of what you do this
week. If you go shopping, only
take what you can afford to
part with. Restrictions may be
difficult for you to live with,
but try to do things by the
book. Be honest if you wish to
solve the problem. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
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gave the victims victim/witness service guides, VINE information, and advised of a
safe place to go. Officer placed the suspect under arrest and his Miranda rights were
read to him via a card. He said that he did not understand his rights so I did not ques-
tion him any further. I transported the suspect to the PDF. I submitted the knife and
the written statements in the Property Room. Case cleared by arrest; Patrol.
IMPROPER USE OF GREEN/AMBER
Officer responded to assist Officers J.M. Cerpa andV.F. Hable with a traffic
stop at 1404 Fairfax St.
Upon arrival, Off. Cerpa said that he observed the suspect, Mr. Mallory, who
was driving a green 1997 Ford bearing on-Acorn and Fairfax. Further, he observed
that the suspect's taillights were custom configured in an all amber color. As Off.
Cerpa followed the suspect north on Fairfax, he also observed that the suspect was
erratically breaking for no apparent reason. Off. Cerpa initiated a traffic stop and the
suspect brought his vehicle to rest' on the shoulder of the road at 1404 Fairfax St.
When Off. Cerpa made contact with the suspect, he could smell the odor of an alco-
holic beverage on his breath.
His eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech sounded slurred, after
the suspect admitted that he had been drinking earlier this evening, Off. Cerpa
detained the suspect for further investigation.
Upon contact with the suspect, another Officer observed the same indicators
of impairment that Off. Cerpa did. He advised the suspect that they were conduct-
ing a DUI investigation via card and he replied that he understood and was willing
to answer all questions. Again the suspect admitted that he had been drinking one
12 ounce bottle of beer approximately 1 hour ago. He added that he was in good
physical condition and was drug and medication free.
The suspect informed them that he had a sore on his right foot.
With reluctance, the suspect agreed to submit to the SFSE saying that he was tired
and fatigued. During the course of the Walk and Turn exercise, officer was admin-
istering the instructions when the suspect interjected to say that he "can't do this
sober". Based on the suspect's performance on the SFSE as well as the aforemen-
tioned elements, they arrested and transported him to the PTDF.
SUSPICIOUS NEIGHBOR CAUSES
THIEVES TO LEAVE EMPTY HANDED
Officer was dispatched to a residence. Upon his arrival, he met with the wit-
ness. The witness stated he heard a loud bang and looked outside his window. The
witness observed two males standing by the side door of his neighbor's house. The
suspects were observed going into the residence and the coming out of the side door
of the house. The witness stated he thinks the suspects saw him looking out the win-
dow as they were running away from the residence. The two suspects ran back to
the witness's front door and began to ring the door bell. The witness yelled through
the door to get away from his front door and that they better leave because he con-
tacted the police. The two suspects then proceeded to run behind the house and into
the woods. Witness did not see anything in the suspects' hands as they fled the
September 14, 2009 September 20, 2009
September 19, 2009
Sre to Host NFC Champion Cardinals
ror ne rlonoa alar
By Matthew Britt
Though the Jaguars
allowed just 14 points
against. the Colts and held
their own defensively, new
coordinator Mel Tucker fig-
ures to spend yet another
week on the hot seat.
After giving up, a 300-
yard game to Manning,
Jacksonville will face yet
another quick-firing signal-
caller ,when Kurt Warner
and the defending NFC
Cardinals come to
Getting pressure on
Warner figures to be the
team's chief concern now
that the Jaguars placed vet-
eran defensive end Reggie.
Hayward on injured reserve.
Hayward suffered a broken
leg at Indianapolis on the
Colts' final play, a fourth-
and-one stop by the defense
with 2:06 remaining in the
game. Hayward earlier
recorded a sack of Peyton
Manning in the second
quarter, increasing his
career total to 39.5 in 92
Said Del Rio of
Hayward, "I spoke to him
prior to going into the team
meeting and said, 'I'm going
to miss you.' [He said] 'I'Tm
going to miss you guys, too.'
Once he's pain-free, he'll be
around. He wants, to be a
September 12, 2009 at
noon, in the Ben Hill
Griffin Stadium in
Gainesville also known as
"The Swamp", the
University of Florida
Gators trounced the Troy
University Trojans 56-6 in
front of 90,349 fans.
The Gators won the
coin flip, elected to receive
in the second half and that
was just the first indicator
of how this game would go.
With both teams trading
punts in the first two series,
it looked like the Trojans
might hold their own
against the Gators initially.
However, the first
Trojan turnover resulted in
a Gator touchdown from
QB Tim Tebow to Deonte
Thompson to give the
Gators their first lead.
The Trojans managed a
drive of their own and
kicked a field goal before
the first quarter ended to
get on the scoreboard.
At the end of the first quar-
ter: Gators 7; Troy 3.
Rain started falling
heavily in the second quar-
ter and into the third quar-
ter which contributed to the
fumblelitits of both teams
endured. In spite of the liq-
uid sunshine, the Gators
ratcheted up.the scoreboard
Dont expect third
year EWC head foot-
ball coach Kevin
Clark to make his
goals for 2009 an/
less than what they
always have been. To
be competitive and
give 100 percent in
evel' game. The
Tigers will try to
improve on a 3-8
season in 2008.
part ot me team trom a men-
tal and spiritual standpoint."
Hayward will ,miss the
bulk of the year'for the sec-
ond time since arriving in
Jacksonville as a free agent
in 2005. The ex-Bronco suf-
fered a torn Achilles in the
first game of 2006, and
missed the rest of the year.
In 2007, he was sidelined
for three games with a groin
cornerback Kennard Cox to
the 53-man roster from the
practice squad. The Jaguars
also signed defensive end
Robert Henderson to the
Cox, 6-0, 197, was
waived, from the active ros-
ter on September 7 and
signed to the practice squad
the next day. He was origi-
nally a seventh-round pick
of Buffalo in 2008 and was
signed by the Jaguars off
Green Bay's practice squad
on December 8. He played
in the final two games of the
season on special teams.
Henderson, 6-3, 283,
was a sixth-round pick of
the New York Giants in
.2008 and spent his entire
rookie season on injured
reserve with an ankle injury
suffered in the first presea-
son game. Henderson
played in 46 games with 33
starts at Southern
Mississippi, finishing with
.173 tackles, 13.5 sacks and
scoring passes to
Thompson for the second
time in the game and Riley
Cooper. Rushing touch-
downs by Tebow and Jeff
Demps each in the quarter
added to the halftime score
of Gators 35; Troy 3
In the third quarter,
after the Gators received
the kickoff, Tebow hooked
up with Brandon James on
a 32-yard scoring strike and
Chris Rainey added a rush-
ing touchdown to notch the
score up to Gators 49; Troy
The Trojans mounted a
drive late in the third quar-
ter and booted a 42-yard
field goal to end the quarter
with the score of Gators 49;
In the last half of the
third quarter, the Gators
change quarterbacks to
John Brantley and in the
fourth quarter, he connects
with Mike Gillislee for the
final Gator score and scor-
ing in the game on a 6-yard
pass. The game final score
is Gators 56; Troy 6.
St. Augustine Florida
native son Brandon James
added to his season and
career touchdown totals
again this week. He is
averaging 8-yards per carry
rushing and a whopping
24-yards average per catch
29.5 tackles for loss.
He was an All-
Conference USA first-team
choice as a senior. A native
of Ponchatoula, La., he was
a first-team all-state selec-
tion at Ponchatoula High
School where he played
defensive end and running
With Hayward out, all.
eyes on Sunday will be on
the outside linebackers in
the Jaguars' 3-4 alignment,
who will be counted on to
disrupt Warner's rhythm.
Clint Ingram and Quentin
Groves, who had four tack-
les each versus
Indianapolis, will be in the
spotlight as will Derrick.
Harvey, the team's first-
round draft pick last season
who has been slow to
"Derrick's a good play-
er," said Del Rio of Harvey.
"He's working at it."
RETURN More than
4,000 youth will participate
in the Jaguars Foundation's
Honor Rows this season.
The Foundation partners
with 39 Jacksonville-area
nonprofit agencies to pro-
vide goal-setting programs
for economically and social-
ly disadvantaged youth to
earn a seat to a Jaguars
home game. Since the inau-
gural season of 1995, a total
of 51,900 Honor Rows seats
have been awarded to
native son Brandon James scores touch-
- -. a
Gators Joe Haden (5) and Ryan Stamper (41) try to recov-
in 2009 so far. The senior
Gator running back
dynamo is reminiscent of
the Jaguars Maurice Jones-
Drew stature as James
stands at 5'-7" tall and
speed (4.45 40-yard times).
James finished his high
school, career with 26
touchdowns and 1,392
rushing yards with a phe-
nomenal 9.53 yards/carry
average. Coming around
the end of the Gator offen-
sive line, his speed is evi-
dent when he turns the cor-
Antwan Nicholas still
remain as as the all-time
leader in interceptions
at Edward iH waters. The
former Robert E. Lee
amtd .\41A .4ll-
American begins hisi
third season on the
coaching staf] at El C
and his firsi as defliwn-
sit' te coordinator aind
ner for a no gain play into
runs of 10 yards plus.
The Gators more than
covered the spread of 37
points and benefited from
another confidence booster
by playing the Trojans as
essentially their second
tune-up game this season.
The much anticipated first
"real" game for this season
is this Saturday in The
Swamp against the
Tennessee Volunteers with
a 3:00 PM kickoff.
) outh, parents, stafftand \ ol-
unteers, including 4,588 for
the 2009 season.
With assistance from
parents, mentors and agency
staff, youth ages nine to 17
seek to improve themselves
and the community by set-
ting and achieving goals for
academic and behavioral
physical activity and eating
more nutritionally, and pro-
viding volunteer communi-
ty service. Program duration
is a minimum of eight
weeks. The youth also take
an anti-substance abuse
pledge to abstain from ille-
gal drugs, tobacco products
and alcohol. The child's par-
ents or guardians co-sign
the pledge card agreeing to
support the youth in their
promise. Historically, more
than 90% of youth meet
their goals and earn their
In addition to a game day
ticket, Honor Rows partici-
pants receive a complimen-
tary meal, Tee shirt, cap,
pledge card, and certificate
of completion. During the
game, Wayne and Delores
Barr Weaver lead The
ROAR and Jaguars fans in a
wave to congratulate the
youth, seated in the north
end zone, in recognition of
their accomplishment, while
the youths' enthusiastic
response is shown on the
large end-zone video
whose parents are on
deployment with the U.S.
Navy), youth football asso-
ciations in low-income
McDonald House families
and others. The Foundation
allocates more than
$420,000 worth of home
game seats to charitable
S.C. State and Shaw Hold on to Top
Spots in Respective Polls
The Florida Star
South Carolina State (2-0) and Shaw University (3-0) held on
to their number one position in the Heritage Sports Radio Network
(HSRN) Division I-FCS and Division II Top-10 polls.
The Top-10 polls are selected each week during the season by
the HSRN staff and writers, ranking Historical Black College
Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) Division I and
NCAA Division II & NAIA teams.
S.C. State kept their hold on number one with an impressive
24-3 win over Bethune Cookman. The Division I poll did take a
surprising turn with North Carolina A&T (3-0) and Alabama St.
(2-0) making their first, appearance in the Top-10.
A&T jumped in at the number six position after their 17-13
win over Norfolk St., while Alabama St. moved in at the number
10 position with their 20-17 win over Savannah St.
Tennessee St. (1-1) moved back in at number nine after their 14-
7 win over Jackson St
Among the top five Florida A&M (2-0) is still number two
after their 34-10 win over Winston Salem St., while Grambling St
(1-1) got a big win over Northwestern St (38-17) and held on to
the number three position and Prairie View (1-1) held on to the
number four spot after falling short to BCS New Mexico St 21-
Rounding out the top-five is Alabama A&M (2-0) with their
31-24 win over Hampton.
Shaw made it three in a row with a 28-20 win over a deter-
mined Concordia and held on to the number one position.
Albany St. (3-0) held on to number two with their 34-8 win over
Stillman and Tuskegee (2-1) is at number three after their 22-15
win over Ft. Valley St. Rounding out the top-five is Elizabeth City
State (2-1) at number four, after their 49-29 win over defending
South Atlantic Conference champ Tusculum. Clark-Atlanta (3-0)
held on to the number five spot with their 33-0 shut-out over Lane.
Virginia St. moved up to the number six spot with their 38-6
win over Lincoln (MO), while Langston dropped to number seven
after falling to FCS Arkansas Pine Bluff 45-30.
Morehouse (2-1) moved up to the eight spot with their 27-21
win over Kentucky St. and Benedict (2-2) moved into Top- 10 for
the first time, with their 40-31 upset win over number six Miles (2-
1). That loss dropped Miles to the number eight position.
The results are in for the HSRN National Player of the Week
and its South Carolina State's David Erby (Div. I-FCS) and Clark
Atlanta's Mark Wright (Div. II).
Each week HSRN will honor the top performances on the
gridiron and fans across the country will vote to select the National
Player of the Week for Division I FCS and Division II.
The Division I-FCS fan poll winner, David Erby S.C. State
(6'0, 215-SR-LB/Rock Hill, SC) finished the game with 11 tack-
les and on sack. Leading the Bulldog defensive effort that held the
Wildcats to 97 yards of total offense, including only 14 yards on
In Division II action, Mark Wright Clark-Atlanta (6'1, 210-
JR-QB/Wamer Robins, GA) completed 21 of 33 passes for 279
yards and three touchdowns. He accounted for all of the Panthers
touchdowns, which included a one-yard TD run. CAU defeated
NOTEBOOK: Alabama State senior placekicker Jake King
was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Specialist of
the Week. King, a native of Tyler, Texas, was perfect with his kicks
in helping lead the Hornets to a 20-17-road victory at Savannah
State. King was 2-2 on PATs and also drilled field goals from 39
and 42 yards. For the season, King is 7-7 on extra points and made
three of his four field goal attempts. Alabama State returns to
action Saturday against Edward Waters College at 7 p.m. at the
The Norfolk State vs. Bethune-Cookman football game on
Sept. 26 will be televised on a tape-delay basis on ESPNU as part
of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's 2009 football TV pack-
age with ESPN. The game, which also serves as the annual Fish
Bowl Classic at NSU's Dick Price Stadium, kicks off at 4 p.m. on
Sept 26. The game will be televised on tape-delay at 10 p.m. the
On Thursday, Oct. 1 he University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Football team will host Alcom State at 6 p.m. at Golden Lions
Stadium in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
The UAPB Department ofAthletics in conjunction with Wal-Mart
has tabbed the game "Community Day".
Various free health screenings will be available on the stadium
grounds at Community Day. In addition all fans that bring a
canned good to the game will be admitted into the stadium for $5.
Children and youth ages 0-18 will be admitted into the game free
of charge with a paying adult (limit 5 children per adult).
ine roriaa a &eorgia Star witn tour toucnaowns in
By Scott Jurrens the span of about seven
Lorentzon minutes in the second quar-
ter. Tebow connected with
screens. Game day volun-
teers provided through the
United Way of Northeast
Florida ensure that the
youth have a safe and enjoy-
able game day experience
Honor Rows is the
largest of the Foundation's
charitable seating programs,
which also includes Sailors
Aweigh (providing home
game tickets for youth
PAGER-S September 19, 2009
Black environmentalists, skiers, climbers, scuba
divers set to present ,at historic conference:
Breaking the Color
Barrier in the Great America]
The First Biannual Expo
The Atlanta Hilton Airport Hotel
Atlanta, GA Black. and brown environmentalists are leading t
charge for more people of color to be included in the enjoyment and bene-
fits of the Great American Outdoors. With more than 630 million acres of the
most desirable and scenic landscapes in the country reserved for the use,
enjoyment and recreation of the American people, and billions of dollars in
careers and contracting opportunities, every ethnic group needs a seat at
the outdoor table.
Now they will find out how to take full advantage of what belongs to
us all. Environmentalists Audrey and Frank Peterman, organizers of the First
Biannual Conference & Expo: Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great
American Outdoors at the Atlanta Airport Hilton in Atlanta, September 23-26,
Haiti Mission Trip
By: Angela Carter
Bittersweet. I've always thought it to be an
odd word. I mean, how could a thing be bitter and
simultaneously be sweet? As I prepared for my
departure from the mission field at Christianville in
Gressier, Haiti, I had an epiphany. I couldn't stop
thinking about the word bittersweet. It was then that
I realized that word had to have been invented by a
first time missionary embarking on the journey
home. Bitter- I knew, there was so much more I could
do if only I had more time. Sweet- I could get back
to the three little ones anxiously awaiting my return
home. Bitter- I would be going back to my I-Pod
touch. Starbucks, and other indulgences. I would be
leaving behind a nation impoverished, starving.
many without even clothes to wear, children unedu-
cated and malnourished, and too often orphaned.
Sweet- I could take a shower, a hot one, feel the
breeze of the air conditioner on my face. and enjoy
the mindless banter of T.V!
I've been asked on so many occasions to describe
my mission trip to Haiti. and I've never felt more
inadequate. I'm an educator, my mother is a pub-
lished author, explaining things is what I do. With all
of my degrees, and training, and education, the only
word I could come up with is indescribable: Well
sure, I took pictures and lots of them, but they don't
capture the smells. How could 1 find an accurate
description for piles of garbage 8 feet tall, or pigs,
cows, and goats being walked down the streets on
ropes? While in contrast. I attempt to describe the
beauty of the ocean, the mountains, and the kindness
of the spirits of the nan\ es.
to one of the subj,
Biscayne National I
Discovers our Natic
Care," will be release
other participants ir
Upon my arrival, the Christianville team met me
at the airport, and I recall the shock and awe I felt as
w\e began the ride back to the compound. Amazingly,
I knew immediately that I'd be back. I've always
heard that God has an awesome sense of humor, but
it was never more evident than now. Talk about step-
ping outside of your comfort zone. I grew up in the
suburbs of Jacksonville, with two parents who had
great jobs. and always, always, always, granted me
the desires of my whimsical heart. How could I of all
people be called to the mission field in Haiti? There
are lots of big bugs, crawling ones and flying ones,
naked people, and houses without roofs. Even as I
took it all in on my first day there, I fell in love. I'd
planned other mission trips for the future, to the
Amazon, maybe India, maybe even Africa. God had
made other plans. I left a huge part of my heart in
Haiti and I will return again and again to my new
There are beans and rice to be bagged for the eld-
erly, a nursing home that needs to be completed,
English lessons to be taught to the school children,
and most importantly, more of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to be spread. For this life-altering experience,
I am eternally grateful to God, who obviously need-
ed a good laugh, my parents A.C. and Del Carter for
teaching me to "look to the hills from whence my
help cometh", my pastor Blake Kotur and my Ft.
Caroline Christian Church family, who believed in
me enough to send me .to represent them, and to Ross
Cowen, who came and spoke to my church about
Christianville. He ignited a spark that led to a flame
that led to a fire that bums for Christianville
Foundation and for all of Haiti. For information on
how to sponsor a child for $25 a month or to make a
onetime tax-deductible donation, please give me a
call at (904)608-0723. God Bless and keep you!
ects profiled in the documentary, The Jones Family of
ans' new book, "Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple
onal Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should
sed at the conference.
i more about the conference, visit
arrier.com. To schedule interviews with the Petermans or
the conference, call Lurma Rackley at 404-394-8298
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have been working for the past 14 years to draw attention to this hidden seg-
ment of American life.
The conference will feature people of color engaged in sports such as
n mountain climbing, skiing, sailing, scuba diving, bird watching and falconry.
And it will highlight the efforts of Americans of black and brown Americans to
protect the environment and the scenic treasures in the nation's public parks,
forests and wildlife refuges.
"The National Park System has a budget of around $3 billion,"
said Audrey Peterman, during a television interview on August 16th
about the First Family's visit to Yellowstone National Park and the
Grand Canyon. "Many of the parks are bigger than entire cities -
Yellowstone, for example, is 10 times the size of New York City. Parks
-have jobs consistent with those in cities from the mayor (called a
Superintendent in the parks) to street cleaners to IT and Human
Resource professionals. It's time to open up that revenue stream to
J the full American population. Right now, the park system's workforce
is close to 80-percent white," Peterman says.
Peterman noted that the changing demographics of our coun-
try demand participation from all ethnic groups if the parks and the
environment are going to thrive.
"Some African Americans, Latinos and Asians have not seen them-
selves reflected in outdoor sports and in the environmental movement;
but that has got to change," she said.
The Petermans have worked with a wide range of outdoor
recreation proponents of color and notables in government and busi-
ness who want to see more diversity in the environmental movement.
-. Many of them will be available at the conference to inspire young peo-
ple, provide little-known information about the public lands system,
and offer advice about career and business opportunities, contracts,
ha education, and recreation.
The conference will introduce people of color actively engaged
in fields not typically associated with their race. For example, Hermes
Castro is a 30-year-old Latino outdoor enthusiast who lost his legs
when a drunk driver hit his bicycle in 2006. Yet Hermes has continued
to be an avid sportsman in San Diego, and just returned from an expe-
dition to Antarctica, where he became the first wheelchair visitor ever.
And there's Jerry Bransford, a 62-year-old guide at Kentucky's
Mammoth Cave, whose great-great-grandfather began exploring and
guiding in those same caves as a 15-year-old slave. Savannah
Williams, a 25-year-old marine scientist in Nashville, was the first per-
son in her African-American family to learn how to swim when she
joined a teen aquatic club and became a certified scuba diver.
The conference coincides with National Public Lands Day on
September 26th, with participants having an opportunity to work on.
Improving a house in the historic Martin Luther King district. It also is
timed to the release of Ken Burns' documentary, "The National Parks:
America's Best Idea," which will air on PBS stations on September 27,
and highlights the roles of African Americans, Latinos, Asians and
Native Americans in the creation and expansion of the park system.
The Petermans have collaborated with Ken Burns. In fact, Mr. Burns'
:he co-producer, Dayton Duncan, credits Audrey Peterman with introducing him
September 19, 2009,
G BT TS- e r.
Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play
Races, Games and Slime!
Save the Date
What: JaxParks, Jacksonville Jaguars, The American Heart Association,
Jacksonville Children's Commission and Winn-Dixie Stores have part-
nered to celebrate Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. Nickelodeon will
stop programming for three hours and suggest children go outside and play
on Saturday, September 26, 2009. As community leaders, we encourage
physical activity and better nutrition to ensure a healthier generation and
empower our children. Free activities, nutritional guidance, snacks, special
guests and sporting challenges will give the children of the First Coast a
When: Saturday, September 26, 2009 from Noon until 3 PM
Where: Clanzel T. Brown Park, 4545 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, FI 32209
Why: Some experts believe that if unhealthy habits among kids continue to
increase, our current generation could become the FIRST in American histo-
ry to live shorter lives than their parents.
Support the First Coast effort to motivate children and create an adventure of
physical activity and nutritional awareness.
Highlights: Dunk a Jaguar, Create Crafts, Win a Relay, Get Slimed! Special
guest appearances by Jaxson de Ville and Jacksonville Jaguars D-Line.
Complete challenges in each zone.and win great prizes. Food demonstra-
tions and taste testing in the Nutrition Zone that includes air condition.
Visit Jaxparks.com or call 630-4100 for complete event description.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES
NEW EMERGENCY STIMULUS, SCHOLARSHIP
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION: WILLIAM L. POWELL, JR.
Fall 2009. Educational Scholarships
SIXTEEN: $750 Book Scholarships
S ~ Currently enrolled full time in a College/University
.S ~ Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA
S ~ Sigma Men in Good Financial Standing
S ~ Collegiate or Alumni Members
Applications available HERE and on the International Website
Application Deadline: September 23, 2009
Notification of Award: September 30, 2009
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Special IRS Web Section
Tax Breaks; Popular 529
Plans Expanded, New
$2,500 College Credit
WASHINGTON In support of
the Administration's efforts to promote
access to and the affordability of college
education, the Internal Revenue Service
today launched a new Web section high-
lighting various tax breaks and 529 plan
changes designed to help parents and
students pay for college.
The new Tax Benefits for
Education section on IRS.gov includes
tips for taking advantage of long-stand-
ing education deductions and credits.
The "one-stop" location for higher edu-
cation information includes a special
section highlighting 529 plans and fre-
quently asked questions. The Web sec-
tion also features two key changes that
will be in effect during 2009 and 2010
that were included in the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA), enacted earlier this year.
One change allows families sav-
ing for college to use popular 529 plans
to pay for a student's computer-related
technology needs. Under the other
change, more parents and students will
be able to use a federal education credit
to pay part of the cost of college using
the new American opportunity credit.
"With many families struggling
to afford college, we want every eligible
taxpayer to know about their options and
take advantage of all the tax breaks they
can," said IRS Commissioner Doug
Shulman. "529 plans have become a
very attractive way to save-for college,
and our Web section is designed to help
people get information about these
plans. In addition, the iiew American
opportunity credit can help many par-
ents and students pay part of the cost of
the first four years of college."
Here are further details on the
expanded 529 plans and the new
American opportunity credit.
529 Plans Expanded
Tax-free college, savings plans
and prepaid tuition programs can be
used to buy computer equipment and
services for an eligible student during
2009 and 2010. These 529 plans -
qualified tuition programs authorized
under section 529 of. the Internal
Revenue Code have, in. recent years,
grown as a way for parents and other
family members to save for a child's col-
lege education. Though contributions to
529 plans are not deductible, there is
also no income limit for contributors.
529 plan distributions are .tax-
free as long as they are used to pay qual-
ified higher education expenses for a
designated beneficiary. Qualified
expenses include tuition, required fees,
books, supplies, equipment and special
needs services. For someone who is at
least a half-time student, room and board
For 2009 and 2010, the ARRA
change adds to this list expenses for
computer technology and equipment or
Internet access and related services to be
used by the student while enrolled at an
eligible educational institution. Software
designed for sports, games or hobbies
does not qualify, unless it is predomi-
nantly educational in nature. In general,
expenses for computer technology are
not qualified expenses for the American
opportunity credit, Hope credit, lifetime
learning credit or tuition and fees deduc-
States sponsor 529 plans that
allow taxpayers to either prepay or con-
tribute to an account for paying a stu-
dent's qualified higher education
expenses. Similarly, colleges and groups
of colleges sponsor 529 plans that allow
them to prepay a student's qualified edu-
cation expenses. More information
about these plans can be found on the
new Web page on IRS.gov and in
Publication 970, Tax Benefits for
American Opportunity Credit Helps
Pay for the First Four Years of College
The American opportunity credit
modifies the existing Hope credit for tax
years 2009 and 2010, making it avail-
able to a broader range of taxpayers.
Income guidelines are expanded and
required course materials are added to
the list of qualified expenses. Many of
those eligible will qualify for the maxi-
mum annual credit of $2,500 per stu-
The American opportunity cred-
it, in many cases, offers greater tax sav-
ings than existing education tax breaks.
Here are some key features of the credit:
Tuition, related fees, books and
other required course materials general-
ly qualify. In the past, books usually
were not eligible for education-related
credits and deductions.
The credit is equal to 100 percent of
the first $2,000 spent and 25 percent of
the next $2,000. That means the full
$2,500 credit may be available to a tax-
payer who pays $4,000 or more in qual-
ified expenses for an eligible student.
The full credit is available for tax-
payers whose modified adjusted gross
income (MAGI) is $80,000 or less (for
married couples filing a joint return, the
limit is $160,000 or less). The credit is
phased out for taxpayers with incomes
above these levels. These income limits
are higher than under the existing Hope
and lifetime learning credits.
Forty percent of the American
opportunity credit is refundable. This
means that even people who owe no tax
can get an annual payment of the credit
of up to $1,000 for each eligible student.
Existing education-related credits and
deductions do not provide a benefit to
people who owe no tax. The refundable
portion of the credit is not available to
any student whose investment income is
taxed at the parent's rate, commonly
referred to as the kiddie tax. See
Publication 929, Tax Rules for Children
and Dependents, for details.
Eligible parents and students can
get the benefit of this credit during the
year by having less tax taken out of their
paychecks. They can do this by filling
out a new Form W-4, claiming addition-
al withholding allowances, and giving it
to their employer. For details, use the
withholding calculator on IRS.gov or
see Publication 919, How Do I Adjust
My Tax Withholding?
Though most taxpayers who pay
for post-secondary education will quali-
fy for the American opportunity credit,
some will not. The limitations include a
married person filing a separate return,
regardless of income, joint filers whose
MAGI is $180,000 or more and, finally,
single taxpayers, heads of household
and some widows and widowers whose
MAGI is $90,000 or more.
There are some post-secondary
education expenses that do not qualify
for the American opportunity credit.
They include expenses paid for a student
who, as of the beginning of the tax year,
has already completed the first four
years of college. That's because the
credit is only allowed for the first four
years of post-secondary education.
Graduate students still qualify
for the lifetime learning credit and the
tuition and fees deduction. For details on
these and other education-related tax
benefits, see Pub. 970.
IRS forms and publications can
be viewed or downloaded from this Web
site, IRS.gov, or obtained, without
charge, by calling toll-free 1-800-TAX-
September 19, 2009
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TRACK & FIELD
,O: more informatIon. call (904) 630-3690 or gyVsis w .Co no t
i ./ .. ...
Individual and partner sports age divisions are:
50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+
The event is sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation and is a qualifier for
the Florida Senior Games State Championships.
Being healthy and active is not only important for physical
well being, but for mental well being as well. This is why the Forever Fit 50 &
Beyond: Jacksonville Senior Games offer non-physical games and activities,
as well as' plenty of social events that allow our participants to renew friend-
ships, create new ones and share experiences.
Deadline for entries is Friday, September 28.
Visit www.coj.net for complete information.
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WCGL CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVICE
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Victory AM 1360 WCGL became
Jacksonville's first full-time radio station with an all-gospel music for-
mat in 1979 with the commitment to present the word of God to the
Jacksonville community. While the local radio industry has encoun-
tered hundreds of ownership, format and personnel changes during
this period, WCGL has remained "Jacksonville's Longtime Friend"
with the same management team for 20 of the past 30 years.
"I have been blessed to lead this great organization over the past 20
years," said Deborah Maiden, owner and general manager of
WCGL. "Our mission has remained intact since 1989 and I am
extremely proud that we have not wavered in our desire to serve this
community with great gospel music while presenting the word of
God through the various ministries that air on our radio station daily.
That is why we have no problem with our trademark, Victory AM
1360 WCGL, Where Christ Gets Lifted."
This year, WCGL will commemorate its 30th anniversary with a
gospel celebration concert on Saturday, November 7th at the 5,000-
seat Paxon Revival Center, 5461 Commonwealth Avenue. Gospel
recording artists scheduled to appear will be the legendary Canton
Spirituals, Vickie Yohe, The Nevels Sisters, Keith "Wonderboy"
Johnson, and James Fortune & FIYA. Vendor space is available
inside the church's atrium.
For more information, call WCGL Radio at 904.766.9955.
CALLING ALL ATHLETES
AGES 50 & BEYOND!
OCTOBER 5-11, 2009
2009 JACKSONVILLE SENIOR GAMES
MEN AND WOMEN AGES 50 AND OVER
For more information and/or a private showing call:
Betty Asque Davis, GRI
Watson Realty Corp
615 Highway A1A
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Office: 904 285-6300
OfficeFax: 904 285-5330
Office: 904 473-1502
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