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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981-

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Man Left for Dead on Lawn
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Victim found shot around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, believed to be around 20
years of age. The shooting took place at Roosevelt Gardens. Photo-FMPowell III
The neighbors and persons passing by heard gun shots at the Roosevelt
Gardens apartments located in the 700 block of Lincoln Court and
immediately called JSO. They found the victim lying on the lawn and
also found bullet damage to one of the buildings.
People in the area told a Florida Star person that it is rumored that the
victim, though they would not give a name, is the person who shot a taxi
driver. They also stated that the cab driver was killed just a few feet
away from where the victim of this shooting was found. Their state-
ment: "God does not like ugly."
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is still investigating the shooting and had
not released any information as of this writing.

Stolen Car Ring Caught


From Left: Donald Taylor, Johnathan Bradley, Jerry Gadsden, Paul George,
Todd Robinson and Robert Sands. All arrested in Operation Blue Crush.
Apparently the law changed, and the six men above and three others,
were not aware of the change as they performed their operation buying
or transporting stolen cars. After receiving the vehicles, the operators
would salvage them for parts and crush them into.scrap metal. The
method of stealing the vehicles was so fast, it was difficult to keep up,
according to Sheriff Rutherford. A person would leave their cars for just
a short moment and return to an empty space. The vehicle would be
destroyed before the police could follow up with a report. However, a
law went to affect last year that required all cars to come with a title of
ownership before the car could be crushed.
The report said the thefts occurred at ABC Automotive and Salvage
and at R&R Used Parts. There are ten salvage businesses in this city.
Arrested: Donald Taylor, Johnathan Bradley, Jerry Gadsden, Paul
George, Todd Robinson and Robert Sands. Three more are wanted.

Bible Lady Killed Little Richard Recovers


She was
known as 'the
Bible Lady' in
East Arlington
for about 22
years .as she
Sister Sarah preached on
Jarvis. the streets.
Earlier this week as she carried
her Bible while crossing the
street, she was struck by a car and
died. She was truly loved.


Rock and Roll
Hall of Famer,
Little Richard,
who was 77,
Saturday,
December 12,
is recovering following, hip sur-
gery. Even while in pain, it is told
that he continued his tour until sur-
gery last week. His plan is to get
back to his rigorous performing
schedule 'very soon.'


America's Dynasty Moving on Down
If someone had told you about this chart, would you have believed it?
It is truly amazing how the wealth of American companies have


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declined. This happened
between 2004 and 2009 five
years. This is possible
because so many jobs are
going to overseas workers and
so few creative work and man-
ufacturing is still being done
in this country.


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Rapper Plies Sued by Five
Rapper Plies, has been sued by
five men from Gainesville, along
with his record label, Sli-N-Slide
Records, Inc. and the night club
where Plies was performing, 238
West on West University Avenue.
The attorney handling the suit, is
Christopher, Chestnut who has
Offices in Gainesville, Jacksonville
and other Florida cities.
Mr. Chestnut is handling the suit
on behalf of Billy Dee 'Williams,
Michael L. Daymon, Edwin D.
Faircloth, Steve Jean-Jacquesss and
Florida rapper, Plies Dorian S. Johnson, who were shot
(Algernod L. Washington) during the concert in 2006.
According to reports, Plies was
performing when his microphone was cut off at the club. He
became angry and a fistfight started. His bodyguards, Troy D.
Carnegie and Ronnell L. Lavatte, as well as his security guard,
all pulled out guns and began firing. The victims were all shot
in different parts of their body.
The body guards pleaded no contest and received prison sen-
tences. Plies, whose real. name is Algernod Lanier Washington
also pleaded no contest to possession of a concealed firearm but
Rapper Continued on A-7


Gator Defensive
Coach Promoted


Coach Charlie Strong, leaving to
become Head Coach, Louisville
For The University of
Florida Gators Defensive
Coach Charlie Strong, after 23
years, is getting the opportuni-
ty at head coach.
, It was announced that Coach
Strong will lead Louisville as
the head coach. The 49-year
old will be the 11th black head
in the Football Bowl
Subdivision. He has been a
defensive coordinator for 11
seasons in the Southeastern
Conference.


Tyler Perry Loses Mother A Blue Light in the Skies
Liahted Way for President


Tyler Perry and moth
Willie Maxine Perry.


Tyler Perry's mother,
Willie Maxine Perry, died
Tuesday. She was 64
years of age.
Perry 'said that his moth-
er was very. loving and
provided the inspiration
for his famous character,
Madea. Ms. Perry was a
pre-school teacher and
worked at the New
Orleans Jewish
Community Center.


Over 10,000 candles for Health care Reform

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About 50 attended the candle light vigil for health care
reform in Jacksonville which was broadcasted live on
radio show, Impact by Clara McLaughlin on 105.2.
On Tuesday night, candle light vigils were in 48
states and Washington, D. C. with more than 10,000
participating.
In Nevada, MoveOn members delivered over
170,000 petition signatures to Senator Harry Reid's
staff and in Washington, D.C., over 200 people
joined public option champions Senators Bernie
Sanders and Roland Burris, and Reps. Raul
Grijalva, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Barbara Lee, Lynn
Woolsey, and Donna Christensen just outside the
Senate to demand real reform with a public option.
The vigils were held throughout the states of
Florida and Georgia.
In Jacksonville, the vigil was led by MoveOn
workers, led by Judy at the comer of Main, State
and Union. Clara McLaughlin, host of Impact
Radio show, and publisher of The Florida Star
newspaper did her normal radio show live at the
event on progressive radio station, FM105.3, allow-
ing many of those in attendance to voice why they
were there and to tell of some of their experiences
without health care after losing their jobs.


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Receiving Nobel Prize


Left: Mysterious Norwegian light that
showed up the night before Obama arrived.


Although there was much anticipation
of how the world and President Obama
would handle his acceptance of the
Nobel Peace Prize after his move regard-
ing Afghanistan. And when the blue
light covered the Norwegian skies, there
was even more concern. However,
President Obama made such a. speech
there was less criticism but much praise.
On Friday, it was explained that the
strange light was a Russian missile that
suffered an unspecified failure.


Remember Pearl

Harbour, 12-7-41
When one talks of Pearl
Harbour, they think only
-, of the sailors and the
'-1 i. ships. Arnetta Jackson, as
a young lady pregnant, a
brother in the Navy and
other male family mem-
bers who were also in the
'military, remembers it
Arnetta well. She remembers the
Jackson
fear that came over her
with a baby due in two to three weeks and
the prayers she sent up, concerned about
her brother and the blimps. That fear
manifested itself and .drove her into labor.
Her daughter, Evelyn, was born the very
next day December 8. She did not wish
to wait another day .and neither did her
mother. She was living in Brunswick, a
Navy area with ships being built and preg-
nant She will always remember Pearl
Harbour.


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FLORIDA STAR
Mayor John Peyton
Dec. 7, 2009

With every victory
our Jacksonville Jaguars
give the city another rea-
son to celebrate. The
Ultimate TEALgate Party
on Dec. 17, at
Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium is your next
opportunity to show your
support for the team. This
free event, which will
take place before the


nationally-televised game
against the Indianapolis
Colts, combines the
excitement of a pep rally
with the interactive fun of
the NFL Experience.
Activities begin at 4 p.m.
and end just before kick-
off.

The Ultimate
TEALgate Party will have
something for football
fans of all ages, including
a family fun zone filled
with interactive games.
There will be live music,
deejays and karaoke con-
tests. Former Jaguar play-
ers will meet and greet
fans and sign autographs,
and the ROAR cheerlead-
ers and Jaxson de Ville
will entertain. This free
celebration is the perfect
way for First Coast resi-
dents to show a national


audience that we appreci-
ate the many ways the
Jaguars impact our city.

The team is a sig-
nificant economic driver
in our community, as well
as the ultimate sales
.recruiting tool for encour-
aging businesses to locate
here. The Jaguars organi-
zation is a $200 million-
plus revenue and culture
generating business that
brings jobs, national
exposure and tourism to
our city. In terms of
national image, philan-
thropic support and com-
munity pride, no other
entity has contributed'
more to our city than the
Jacksonville Jaguars. And
to that end, our city's
future success depends a
lot on the health of our
NFL franchise team.

If you are able, I
encourage you to show
your support for the team
by purchasing tickets. For
groups of 10 or more con-


tact Robert Tilka at (904)
633-6324 or via e-mail at
tilkar(LjJaguars.nfl.com. You
may' also purchase single
game tickets by visiting
www.iaguars.com and click-
ing on the banner ad for
Touchdown Jacksonville-
Revive the Pride Teal
Offer. Each single game
ticket comes with 10 "Jag
Dollars" that can be used
for concessions and mer-
chandise inside the stadi-
um.

The Ultimate
TEALgate Party is part of
an effort to revive the
pride that our community
felt when the Jaguars first
arrived in 1995, and to
ensure' that the team
remains in our city for the
long-term. Jacksonville is
a better city because of
the Jaguars, and I hope
that you will join us and
be. a part of something
special on Dec. 17.


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The Florida Star has been asked by some Jacksonville citizens to allow some
views to be presented weekly. We have agreed to do so with the understanding
that the articles written would not promote violence or hate. Let it be known that,
the views and opinions expressed are not those of The Florida Star owner or staff
It is being accepted because some writers and readers feel their feelings and
fears are not being heard.

THE CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION

The Jacksonville Charter Revision Commission is currently review the
Consolidated Government Charter for possible recommendations to make
changes to facilitate a better government by the people and for the people.
This review will impact the City of Jacksonville for at least 100 years. The
intent of the review is to determine if we need an elected Sheriff or an
appointed Sheriff. If we need an elected School Board or an appointed
School Board. If we need an elected Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector
or an appointed position. If we need an ethics commission and independent
General Council for our City? All of these are important question and
issues, none of hem should be taken likely. Do we need to extend term lim-
its or change our voting dates? All important, but how many community
leaders are engaged in the process. How many community leaders of
African American, Hispanic, Latino or Native Americans have been given
the opportunity to speak before the commission? The bigger question is how
many Americans of African descent were invited to speak before the com-
mission. Has your city council members informed your community as to
what is really going on downtown? Has your city council members contact-
ed Pastors in the community as to what is taking place downtown? Mr.
Gaffney, Brown, and Jones we are looking to hear from you. Ms. Lee is there
anything we all need to know? Have you published a notice in the Northside
news media to inform your voters? Better yet, why not provide a pole to the
community on these issues, where do you stand? No wait, I am on the City
Council, I cannot take a stance? Ok, why not have community meetings
about the issues AND IF YOU ARE READING THE MINUTES, WHY NOT
SHARE THEM WITH EVERYONE? Are you having meetings? Have you
read the Charter for the City of Jacksonville?
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Proposal Number 10-08

MARITIME PUBLISHING VENDOR
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FOR THE
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Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) until 2:00 PM (EST), on
Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at which time they will be opened in the Second Floor Conference Room,
2831 Tallynrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.
All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the Specifications of Proposal
Number 10-08, which may be obtained on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 from the bidding
opportunities website: http://www.iaxport.com/bout/prolectscfm.


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SFaith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services


ZION HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH -
located at 2803 W. Edgewood Ave., in Jacksonville,
with Rev. Clifford J. Johnson, Jr., Pastor, is having their
Youth Gospel Explosion. Please come out and join tis
with our second kick-off for the 2010 Church
Anniversary, December 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Our spe-
cial guest will be Lil' Kamyai Sims, First Mime
Anniversary, Mario Robinson and Radical Praise of
Daytona Beach, Frank Humphrey, Zion Hope Girls for
Christ, Youth Dancer of Life changing Ministries,
Gospel Rappers fisher of Men of Household of faith,
Gospel Comedian "Funny Bone" Albert Harris, Jr.,
Kevin McCray, Ministry by Mime Pastor Jeff Johnson,
TS 1, Unveil Faces, Vocaklz and Storitalerz. The Mdster
of Ceremony for the evening will be Brother Terrance
Williams. Please make plans to attend this Spiritual
.Production.
EPIPHANY BAPTIST CHURCH will host its 1st
Sexual Behavior Ministry Seminar titled M.A.R.K.-
Managing Adult Relationships with Knowledge,
Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. M.A.R.K. is a newly developed program for young
adults ranging from 12-21 years old to aid in wise deci-
sion making. This seminar will include discussions on
Abortion, Homosexuality, and Prevention Methods.
Please encourage your youth to come out and take part
in this event. Lunch will be served. The church is locat-
ed at 663 South McDuffAve. in Jacksonville. For more
information, call (904) 384-8129.
FIRST CHURCH OF PALM COAST continues with:
their 17-Year Anniversary with guest speaker Bishop
Rudolph McKissick, Jr., senior pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church in Jacksonville. McKissick will
bring his choir for the celebration. The date is Sunday,
December 13th, 5 p.m. Be there at First Church, the
pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, at 91 Old Kings
Road North in Palm Coast. The telephone number is
(386) 446-5759.
PONTE VEDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH will
journey back through time with "A Bethlehem Visit"
live nativity, now in its seventeenth year. Stroll through
the recreation of the city of Bethlehem as it might have
been on the night of Jesus' birth. The town is filled with
a cast of over 200 portraying the local townspeople,
merchants and craftsmen. Come witness the trading of
goods and wares in the marketplace. Pet live animals
along the way as you seek the lowly manger and Christ
Child. Don't miss this wonderful family event
December 11-12 from 6:00pm-8:30pm. For more infor-
mation, call the church at (904) 285-8225 or visit the
web site www.pvpc.com. The Church is located at 4510
Palm Valley Road. Free parking with frequent shuttles
is available at the PGA TPC Parking lot. Please note
that Bethlehem is an 8,000 square foot city.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Wheelchairs and golf carts are available to help visitors
who need assistance. PVPC's Christmas Eve services
will be 4:00pm, 5:30pm and 10:00pm; Regular Sunday
services are at 9:00 and 10:30am.
THE SAINT MATTHEW BAPTIST CHURCH is
presenting a "special service of love".for Brother
Dexter Thomas, a devoted musician to this church. This
special service will convene on the second Sunday,
December 13that 6:30 p.m. at the church located at
3731 Moncrief Rd. All fellow musicians and singers of
this city, as well as the public are cordially invited to
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-". 3 We, the nieces and nephews
of Maybell Banks Jenkins,
wish to announce, celebrate
7 and honor our aunt on her 100th
birthday on December 10, 2009.
She was born in Deer Park, Florida
to Willie and Minnie Banks. She was married to the
late Theodore Jenkins. Amazedly, she is a breast can-
cer survivor for more than 30 years. Her longevity is a
result of her patience, religion and her determination to
overcome obstacles that come her way. She continues
to be alert and she also. continues to live alone with
very little help. Heer long life has astonished us with
overpowering surprise and wonder. We thank and
appreciate her for being the matriarch of thefamily
after, the death of our parents. We thank God for her
and love her to excess for being there for us.
Family: Gerald Debardelaben, Rodney Barringer,
Desi Dunlap, Faye D. Scott, Anna D. Rivers, and
Ernestine B. Rivers.
share with us in showing our love for Brother Thomas.
NEW GENERATION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
-"Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. On behalf of Pastor S.V. Drayton and the
New Generation Christian Fellowship Church Family,
we would like to cordially invite you to experience the
glory of God with us as we have a One Night Crusade
featuring the anointed ministry of Apostle Ernest and
Prophetess Malinda Robinson of The Love of a Dove
International Ministry, Inc. This event will take place on
Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanc-
tuary of New Generation christian Fellowship located at
5606 Avenue B., Jacksonville.


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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m --
Sunday Morning Vf'- ^.,
Intercessory Prayer................10:45 a.m.
Morning Worship .....................11:00 a.m. if
Youth Church -
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) 40 1
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............... 7:00 p.m.
Bishop Eric Lee, Pastor -
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church MJ-,.'h .. ,

Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Sunday
W orship Service. . . ..... .................. 10:00 a.m.
Church School ..... ............. ................ 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday
"Glory Hour" Bible Study .............. ............. . 10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jireh" Bible Study ............ ............ .. 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry ...........10:00 a.m.
Friday
Joy Explosion Ministry .............................. 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor

GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
SBishop Lorenzo Hall:, Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School..................................................... ......................... 9:30 a.m .
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BALOM, Ms. Brenda J.,
died December 4, 2009.
BLUE, Alonzo, died
December 6, 2009.
BRYANT, Carolyn, died
December 5, 2009.
BURROUGHS, LeRoy
P., died December 4,
2009.
COLSON, Ruby D., died
December 2, 0029.
CUMMINGS, Ray, died
December 5, 2009.
EADY, Lillian, died
December 4, 2009.
HARTLEY, Lafayette,
died December 6, 2009.
JACKSON, Calvin, died
December 2, 2009.
JALLAH, Famatta, died
December 5, 2009.
JENKINS, Robert L., 63,
died December 3, 2009.
JOHNSON, German M.,
died December 5, 2009.
KING, Mrs. Edith Rose,
died December 3, 2009.


LEWIS, Perry C., 68,
died December 4, 2009.
McDONALD, Charlie,
'57, died December 6,
2009.
PORTER, Ann, died
December 5, 2009.
WARDEN, George, died
December 3, 2009.
WARE, Jamiya D., died
December 3, 2009.
WARNKE, Lon, died
December 6, 2009.
WESLEY, Ms. Sandra
B., died December 3,
2009. Alphonso West
Mortuary, Inc.
WHITE, Della Lee, died
December 5, 2009.
WILSON, Roland A.,
died December 5, 2009.
WOODS, Annell V., died
December 8, 2009.
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"'There's Always Something Happening On The First Coast"

III Forks Restaurant Opens with Community Giving
III Forks, one of the nation's
prime steakhouses, with only five
other locations around the country,
opened in. Tapestry Park in
Jacksonville's Southside with giving
to the community of its newest loca-
tion. Net proceeds from holiday. gift
cards from III Forks Jacksonville sold
last week were given to the
Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless,
Northeast Florida's only provider of III Forks Proprietor Curtis Osmond The J. Carl Davises share a moment withEvent
comprehensive services for homeless with a Supporter. Guests.
men women and children.. Featured Ice Sculpture at III Forks
The invitational event not only Restaurant.
introduced the- restaurant to the First
Coast, the occasion also provided its guests the opportunity to contribute to a
very worthwhile community service organization. The bountiful and delectable
party fare of sea scallops. Jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, beef tenderloin and liba-
tions galore provided the opportunity to taste items from the restaurant's menu. -
And the food and libations were plentiful even as the party came to a close.
Curtis Osmond, general manager and proprietor states, "I want the perfect.......
steak in the perfect dining room with the perfect wine to every guest at III Forks
Jacksonville." In the search for this perfection, III Forks has turned to the tal-
ents of executive chef Joe Everett.
III Forks features banquet and private rooms, patio dining, full bar, wine bar
and lounge, take out is also available. Sal Saldana with Mses. Altoria White nd The H DiGentis with friends.
III Forks Steakhouse is located in Tapestry Park at 9822 Tapestry Park Tamla Simmons and
Circle, off Southside Boulelvard, just north of J. Turner Butler Boulevard. -
Dinner is served Monday through Thursday: 5 -10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 5 pm- -
11 p.m. This is a lovely addition to the First Coast's fine dining venues.


LH~f


Carla Harris Speaks At Boys and,
SGirls Club Gala
S. . introduced by
First (oast Attorney,
Steve ,Pajcic, Esq.
and hosted by Amelia
Island leading invest-
ment banker, singer,
.R author, and communi-
ty service advocate
",S Ms. Carla Harris
H was the featured
speaker at the 3rd
Annual Boys & Girls
Clubs 'Speakers
Forum held at The
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia
Ms. Carla Harris at Miller Boys Island. The gifted and
and Girls Club.' brilliant Jacksonville
native and Morgan'
Stanley NManaging Director was a smashing hit with her
audience aad \% ith the Boys & Girls Club participants she
visited during her stay on the island.
Attorney Pajcic wrote recently "It had been almost 30
years ago since I received a call about Carla Harris." '
don't remember who the caller was, but he asked if we
could give a college student a summer job. My brother
Gary and I had just started our law firm and still only had
a handful of employees and didn't need any more.
Carla knocked. it dead that summer and then came
back at Christmas to sing "0 Holy Night" with me at our
little firm's holiday party (she was always pitch perfect).
She then went on to much bigger things.
Jacksonville has produced several famous Americans,
such as James Weldon Johnson and A. Philip
Randolph, and Carla seems to be cut from the same cloth.
She's an artist,
S -=- | entrepreneur and
-- philanthropist who
grew Ja up in
Jacksonville 'and
made her mark in
New York City.
I've employed
and coached almost
a thousand students
over the last 30
years...No one
compares to Carla.
Like James
Weldon Johnson
and A. Philip
Randolph, Carla
Ms. Carla Harris at Miller Boys and left Jacksonville to
Girls Club. achieve success and


hMs. Carla Harris with Eugene Grant
fame. Unlike'James Weldon Johnson
and A. Philip. Randolph in their life-
times, Carla has been able to recon-
nect with Jacksonville. She visits her
family several times throughout the
year and on holidays. She has estab-
lished a scholarship for Bishop Kenny
students. She- contributed to Nat
Glover's campaigns for sheriff and
Mayor.,. .
S Then, not too late. in ,life, Carla
married her high school bowling team
buddy and sweetheart, Victor
Franklin. Economics and artistic suc-
cess have always played second fiddle
to her family. / .
In November, Carla will be the
featured speaker at the Nassau County
Boys and Girls Clubs annual dinner. I
have no doubt it will be inspirational.
I have no doubt I will cry.
Since* Carla Harris left her North
Jacksonville home 30 years .ago, she
has become a successful investment
banker a partner in Morgan Stanley,
no less and a gospel singer with a-
book, two CDs and a Carnegie Hall
concert to her credit. The "bright,
eager optimistic young woman who
wanted to conquer her world" is now a
"seasoned" pro on top of it. How did
she get there? She learned, "It is in
your power to define your world and
your place in it.... You have the power,
and you can and should excel."
"Giving your all always pays divi-
dends, particularly when you do it for
someone else," she said, before clos-
ing with a rendition of "America the
Beautiful" that brought down the
house.


Local Chapter Gets Visit From Grand Officers
Ms. Angela Spears, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter


Sigma Gamma Rho Officers Mesdames Rachel Morris Executive
Director, Joann Loveless International President, Dr. Cleo Higgins -
Former International President, and Bonita Herring International 1st
Vice President.
Historian writes: "The local chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,
Inc. got a visit from the International Officers. Members of the Gamma
Omicron Sigma chapter had dinner with them' on Saturday, December 5,
2009. Joann Loveless, the sorority's International President, was excited to
dine with former International President Dr. Cleo Higgins and other mem-
bers of her sorority. During the dinner, Dr. Higgins recited an emotional
rendition of the poem "Why Do I Love You" which is about uncondition-
al love. Just about everyone was in tears. Local chapter President, Dessie
Mathews, said, "It was an honor to dine with two International Presidents
of the sorority and the Executive Board. We were also pleased to have as
one of our guests a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc."
President Loveless and other officers were in Jacksonville for the
annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity Advisors. The meeting
serves as a good networking tool for the top officers, regional directors and
undergraduate coordinators of Sigma Gamma Rho.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a leading international, communi-
ty service organization that continues to grow through Sisterhood,
Scholarship and Service. Seven educators founded the sorority on
November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Members of the organization support various projects nationally and local-
ly. They give backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged youth
through Operation Big Book Bag. They also support Wee Savers, which is
a program that helps young people learn proper financial management and
planning.


Thank you for sharing your events and stories for the column each week! Because of you readers are there with you each week. For column entries you may con-
tact me directly at 904 571-1182, fax 904 285-9777 or by e-mail at: badavis@watsonrealtycorp.com.















Area News


SJackstvile He'di:ng Towards AFC Playoff Spot
.a 7 " -- .- -.--, .a, a ...-.


THE FLORIDA STAR
The Jacksonville Jaguars have won their last four
games, beating the Houston Texans Sunday, December
6, -2009 with a score of 23 to 18.
The team was great as they played before the low-
est home attendance in history. Breaking this record
and on national television was painful. Area residents
could not watch the game on television due to the .-.... --
blackout of low ticket sale. "
The city and the mayor are in full force, asking cit-i
izens to "Revive the Pride" by Thursday when the
Colts visits the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. .
Ticket holders are selling tickets through Jaguar
TicketExchange by Ticketmaster. An additional incen-
tive, is the receipt of a $10.00 Jag Dollar with each tick-
et, usable for food and drinks at the game:
The biggest give away has been created by Urban
Jacksonville and Wingard Creative. They will be giv-
ing away free tickets for the Jaguars vs. Colts game on
December 17, with three ways to win:
(1) Best Touchdown Dance
(2) Best Market the Team plan
(3) Record a Song About the Jaguars ,
Entries are due by Wednesday, December 16 at 1:00 An almost empty stadium didn't keep the Jaguars from winning their game against the Houston Texans.- But, it would
p.m.- Go to Www.jagsonville.com for details. have made the city look better if it was packed Photo by Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida Star.
The Jaguars record now is 7-5, as they prepare to ej
host Miami on Sunday and the Indianapolis Colts on .."

REVIVE THE PRIDE TEALGATE -


Debbie Codds. a diehard fan and ticket holder for about 10
years, sat as she watched her team play live and win their
fourth straight game. She was unable to see the last two
games due to her sickness, but was thrilled to be able to
watch this game against the Houston Texans and come out
with a win. Photo by Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida
Star.


Bill Price, Linda Price, and Gwen Tarpley, ticket holders
for over 15 years. Photo by Frank M. Powell, III of
The Florida Star.


Godfrey Jenkins and Henry Sellers, ticket holders over
15 years. Photo by Frank M. Powell, III of the Florida I
Star. I


The'have won five of their
first ~.i home games, tied
for the fifth-beti mark in
the .FL. The Jaguars
remaining with Sundau 's *
game against eichamr. Big John Henderson. Photo by Frank
(Photo bi ,1anr Beecsher) M. Powell, III of The Florida Star.



Terri Fulwood. Photo by Frank ,11.
Powell. Ill of The Florida Star.


The Jaguars have been involved in a NFL-high five games (4-1
record) decided by three points or less. (Photo by Nancy Beecher)
C OM


Jeremy McKinnigs, and Dangtra WR Mike Sims-Walker needs 31 receiving yards A win would improve their record to 8-5, the fourth
McKinnigs ticket holders over 15 to become the 14th player in franchise history to time in the last five seasons under head coach
years season. Photo by Frank M. reach 1,000 career receiving yards. (Photo by Jack Del Rio the club would have eight or more
Powell, III of The Florida Star. Nancy aerhor) wins after 1t? raamv. Phnoto hv Nan,v Ranv h/,,,,.


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Rapper Continued from A-1
did not serve time in jail.
Attorney Chestnut, working on behalf of the injured night club attendees, feels that
Rapper Plies, the record company, which is owned by ,his brother, and the club are
responsible for the injuries and suffering of the five men named. He said that Plies
is responsible for this body guards since he knew they own guns and that .guns were
not allowed in the club. He further stated that the five clients that he is representing
should be compensated for medical bills, loss of pay during their recovery period and
the psychological damage they have suffered as a result of the shootings. In addi-
tion, Attorney Chestnut said that Plies was just beginning his career in 2006 when
the shooting occurred and was only known regionally. He is using-the incident as a
ladder.
After the shooting, Plies received fame and has been featured on MTV, BET and
other entertainment outlets and has moved to another level of his career.
The attorney said that because of the lyrics in Plies music which consistently refers
to the shooting incident wherein he says he will do it again, he is setting a bad exam-
ple for young people who wish to become rappers who may use his example of
'gangster' behavior as a road to success. He further states that it is very harmful to
young people who see and hear musicians such as Plies who appear to be promoting
violence since many may not be able to recognize the consequences of such behav-
ior.
The core of the lawsuit is to compensate the injured, punish the bad or criminal
behavior and help pave a better road for the young to become successful.

Talking To An Attorney
By Burney Bivens, Esq., LFD
ALIMONY

Alimony is a court ordered support obligation requiring one party in a divorce to pay sup-
port to the other party. Alimony may be Rehabilitative or Permanent in nature.
Rehabilitative alimony is generally a temporary reward that allows the receiving party to
have some support while they are getting on their feet and getting in a position to support
themselves. Permanent alimony is a payment to the receiving party on a continuous per-
manent basis which terminates upon the death of either party or the re-marriage of the
receiving party. The court may also grant "Lump-suim Alimony." This is a predetermined
fixed amount of money which may be paid in lump sum. In determining the amount and
type of alimony, the court may consider the adultery of either spouse.
In deciding whether to award alimony and the amount of it, there are several other fac-
tors that the court shall considering in its finding of facts including:

A. The standard of living established during the marriage. In many cases, the argu-
ments made by the party receiving alimony, if they want to maintain the standard of living
that was established during the marriage and while the court will consider that, in many
cases after a divorce, both parties standard of living may be reduced.
B. The duration of the marriage. The longer the marriage, the better chances of receiv-
ing permanent alimony.
C. The age and the physical and emotional condition of either party.
D. The financial resources ofeach party, the non-marital and marital assets and liabil-
ities distributed to each.
E. When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education
or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment. This factor may be impor-
tant in deciding whether to award rehabilitative alimony, and if so, how much as opposed
to permanent alimony which will be indefinite and terminate only upon death or remarriage.
F. The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited too, serv-
ices rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
Many people may not realize it, but a homemaker that works at home makes a meaningful
contribution to a marriage. In addition, homemaking, which allows the other to enhance or
develop their own career is a substantial factor in deciding the type, amount, and duration
of alimony.
G. All sources of income available to either party.

In addition to the specific items listed above, the court may also consider any other factor
necessary to do equity and justice between the parties. To the extent necessary' to protect
and award of alimony, the court may order any party who is required to pay alimony to pur-
chase or maintain a life insurance policy or a bond, or to otherwise secure alimony award
with any other assets which may be suitable for that purpose. As you can see, while per-
manent alimony may terminate with the death of either party, a life insurance policy on the
person who was ordered to pay alimony will ensure continuing payments to the receiving
party after their death. Many people are opposed to the concept of alimony, but it is a
method that is employed to do justice that is fair considering the circumstances of the mar-
riage and dissolution.

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INVITATION TO SUBMIT RESPONSES TO THE
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

The Governing Board of the District requests that interested parties respond to the solicitations)
below by 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Further information is available through Onvia
DemandStar at www.demandstar.com [(800) 711-1712], or the i
District's website at www.sjrwmd.com . Proposal packages may be
obtained from Onvia DemandStar or the District by calling Connie Rozier at 386-329-4211.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NUMBER 25554
WATER CONSERVATION POTENTIAL FOR THE DISTRICT'S WATER SUPPLY PLAN
/ 2010

The District requires a Consultant to calculate the potential water savings and water conservation
strategy costs associated with water conservation by public water suppliers. These savings shall
include the present and the planning horizon through 2030.
The estimated budget for this project is $120,000.00.

District staff will meet at District headquarters at 10:00 A.M., Monday, December 28, 2009, to eval-
uate and rank Proposals. The evaluation committee may request that some or all respondents make
an oral presentation in advance of finalizing the rankings. If requested, oral presentations will be
made at the District's headquarters on January 6, 2010. Respondents selected for oral presentations
will be notified in advance of the presentation date. Staffs recommendation will be presented to the
Governing Board at its Tuesday, February 9, 2010 meeting.

Special accommodations for disabilities may be requested through Connie Rozier or by calling (386)
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commemorate the 133rd birthday of the mission's founder, Dr. Eartha M.M. White, held recently, at St.
Johns Cathedral located at 256 E. Church Street at 6:00 pm.
This exciting event celebrated the Mission's transformation into a one-stop Community Development
Center by restoring lives through job training, housing, initiatives, youth and literacy programs, daily
meals and cultural awareness for the homeless and low-income in our community. "Food for Today. Skills
for Life"
Four programs participants: Chandra Ngure, Cordell Hayden, Cordida Dorta, and Sylvester Black
shared their personal and moving testimony to a crowd of over 225 and helped raised over $60,000.
Government officials, community sponsors and volunteers were treated to an eventful evening, which
included: a VIP reception, Catered by Ashley Street Catering, (graduates of the Culinary Arts Program),
elegant music from Strolling Violinist Beverly Chapman and a Live Auction.
The WOW! of the evening was the live celebrity performances, which included Radio personality
Arthur Crofton & JAA Executive Michael Stewart, that had a script that was equal to any of the awards
shows on television, featuring the talented and show stopping "Sassy Ladies", The Ritz Chamber Players,
bought the house down, with a standing ovation classical performance, last but not least, Tennese Thomas
(Ritz Theatre) gave a performance that really reminded the audience of why they were there.
All proceeds will benefit the Clara White Mission, "FOOD FOR TODAY. SKILLS FOR LIFE". For
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FIGHT BREAKS OUT OVER CIGARETTES

Police Officer responded to a call of dispute at S. Kusaie Dr. When he arrived
he observed a female walking in the front yard. He also observed a green Cadillac
with a shattered windshield and scuff marks on the side and rear windows.
He contacted the female, suspect and victim, Isa. She stated that her
boyfriend, suspect and victim Art, attacked her. Isa said she has been living with Art
for four months and has been sexually active with him during that time. Isa stated
that she was sitting in the living room speaking with, witness Fefe, when Art came
into the room and got into her face. Isa said Art went into her pockets and took her
cigarettes. Isa stated Art was looking for his car keys so she went outside and Art fol-
lowed her. She said that Art attacked her outside punching her in the face several
times and dragging her to the edge of the yard. c
Officer did observe that Isa had a laceration to the left and right side of her
face and the inside portion of her bottom lip. Isa said when Art came at her she
became scared and didn't know what to do so she threw a brick at him. Isa stated Art
was standing close to the vehicle and when he blocked the brick from hitting him the
brick hit the vehicle windshield. Isa told the officer that the brick hit the windshield
one time. He observed that the windshield had been struck at least twice with an
object. Isa stated that she did attempt to break the side and rear windows of the vehi-
cle with a brick.
Officer also spoke with Art who told him that he did take Isa's cigarettes in
an attempt to find his car keys. Art stated that Isa became upset and left the residence
and when he went outside he observed Isa breaking the windshield. Art said that
when Isa noticed him at the door she threw the brick at him. Art stated he blocked
the brick with his left hand. Police observed that Arthur had lacerations to his left
hand. Art stated at that point he had to defend himself and got into a fight with
Isa.Witness Ray stated that Isa became upset when Art took the cigarettes away from
her. Ray said that Isa left the residence and began to break the windshield of Art's
vehicle with a brick. Ray stated that Isa did throw the brick at Art and then Art began
*to chase her around the vehicle, eventually catching her and assaulting her. Witness
Fefe earlier statement confirmed Ray's story stating that Isa was upset because Art
took her cigarettes. Fefe stated that she did see Isa leave the residence and begin to
break the windshield of the vehicle. Fefe did say she saw Art assault Isa in the front
yard.The suspect was arrested and transported to PTDF.

TRAFFIC OFFENDER
An observation of the listed suspect, Julian H. driving on Beaver was made.
Two Officers observed that he was not wearing a seatbelt. A traffic stop was conduct-
ed at 700 Melson Ave.
They asked the suspect/driver for his driver's license, and he provided a driv-
ers license belonging to Juvanni H. A check of warrants revealed an outstanding
capias belonging to Juvanni H. The suspect was detained at that time. The suspect
spent several minutes, several times throughout the incident discussing the charge of
the unlawful use of a temporary tag. He advised he believed all of the court proceed-
ings had been handled and the charge should no longer be valid. The warrant was
confirmed by ID/records..
The suspect was arrested, read his Miranda rights via card, and transported to
the PTDF without incident.
Several hours later, Officer was contacted by Sgt. Smith of ID/records. She advised
a check of the suspect's fingerprints identified him as Julius H., and was not Juvanni
H. (brother).
A check of NCIC revealed the suspect's driver's license is suspended and he
is a Habitual Traffic Offender.
At the time of the original traffic stop, a traffic citation was issued in the name
of Juvanni for the seat belt violation the suspect committed. He was also placed
under arrest for using Juvanni's name, adding to his arrest record, which would have
caused adverse affects to Juvanni .H. if the suspect's proper identity had not been
determined by corrections officers and ID personnel. The listed citations were issued
in the suspect's name and copies are being placed in his property at the PTDF.
The original citation will be removed from the suspect's property and voided.
Juvanni's driver's license will be removed from the suspect's property and placed in
the property room, along with copies of the original citation. It should be noted the
suspect's four year old child was in the front passenger seat.

BIKE THEFT
Officer was dispatched to a large fight at 234 W. State St., City Rescue
Mission.
Upon arrival, he located Ron (Victim). Officer asked who had been fighting
and he advised that a black male had just chased him over here and started beating
on him with a traffic cone. He also advised the officer that this suspect was wearing
red shorts and a black shirt and another suspect stole his bicycle. There were 20 to
30 individuals outside that backed up his account and they said the two went west on
W. State Street. The two officers immediately located both individuals and the bicy-
cle on N. Pearl St. just north of W. State St.
Suspect Hughes was in the driver's seat of a red Jeep Cherokee with the keys
in the ignition. Suspect McKinney was missing a shoe, his shorts were hanging down
and ripped, and he was bleeding from several places on his face. Both suspects were
detained.
A further interview with the victim revealed that he was riding his bicycle
eastbound on the.sidewalk on the north side of W. State St. when he observed both
suspects walking westbound towards him. Both suspects said something to him caus-
ing him to think they wanted to fight so he got off his bicycle. Suspect McKinney
said something else when he got off the bicycle causing the victim to drop the bicy-
cle and begin running across W. State St. to the front door of the City Rescue
Mission. He began to beat on the front door trying to get inside and have them call
the police when suspect McKinney picked up a traffic cone and began to hit him
about the head about 4 or 5 times before the victim began to fight back. The victim
was able to fight McKinney off him and McKinney finally took off running towards


Pearl St. While suspect McKinney was fighting the victim, suspect Hughes got on
the victim's bicycle and rode off on it. Every person outside the City Rescue Mission
the officer asked advised him that was exactly how the incident happened. The vic-
tim complained about bumps on his head from being hit with the traffic cone.


Your Weekly

HOROSCOPE
December 7, 2009 December 13, 2009


M1A ARIES
Get involved in creative
groups. Romance may be like-
ly if you travel. Your honesty
will not only win you points
but also respect. You, will be
encouraged to get involved in
a moneymaking venture.,
r CANCER
You don't owe anyone an
explanation. Do your own
thing, you need time to your-
self. Try not to allow your
partner to lead you astray or
upset your routine. Don't be
too eager to spend what's left
over; more unexpected
expenses are evident. Look
for professional guidance if it
will help unite the family.
'I. LIBRA
Don't get involved m other
people's problems. Major job
changes or opportunities to
get ahead professionally are
apparent. Your attitude is
changing rapidly and your
plate is overloaded. Don't
even bother trying to get their
approval on the things you
want to do.

[' I CAPRICORN
Get involved in theactivi-
ties of children. They will
teach you far more than
you expect. You're in a
high cycle. for romance.
Use discrimination and
play hard. to get. Your
ability to deal with others
will help you in getting
the support you need.


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TAURUS


You should try to elaborate on
an idea you have regarding a
product or service for the
home. Take care of any deal-
ings with government agen-
cies. You may make someone
else look bad. Assist a relative
or good friend by setting of a
budget for them.
S LEO
Don't let someone you work
with put words in your
mouth. Don't let others try
to create unwarranted guilt
if you can't meet their
demands. Someone you
care about may let you
down or criticize your
methods. Travel and enter-
taining conversation will be
informative and uplifting.
! SCORPION
Visitors may drop by unexpect-
\ -.
edly, resulting in tension with
your lover. Although it does
look promising, be careful not
to overextend yourself or you
will lose in the long run. Make
sure that new mates live up to
your high standards. Listen and
formulate your course of action.
You will be indecisive.
AQUARIUS

Don't play on your part-
ner's emotions. Don't let
friends or relatives make
you feel guilty if you're not
able to attend one of their
affairs. Put your emotional
energy into passion not
anxiety Uncertainty regard-
ing your direction is likely.


Both suspects were advised of their Miranda Warnings and asked about this

incident. Suspect McKinney originally advised that he was not in any fight. He later

changed his story to both suspects were walking on the sidewalk when the victim

came up to them and wanted to fight them for no reason. He said he was attacked

by the victim even though he could not explain how the fight occurred across the

street. Suspect Hughes originally advised that we didn't have anything on him. He

couldn't tell me who the vehicle belonged to that he was driving and remained

extremely irate and violent. Once at the jail, he admitted that he took the victim's

bicycle because he ran away like "a little bitch". He said he didn't even need the

bicycle because he had the Jeep but he took it just to show him he could.

The owner of the Jeep was contacted but could not respond to take posses-.

sion of the vehicle so it was towed by Universal Towing. The bicycle was returned

to the victim.


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Any contributions you make to
organizations will enhance
your reputation and bring you
offers. You can make personal
changes that will enhance your
reputation and give you
greater self confidence. Travel
and communications will not
run as smoothly as you had
hoped. Don't jump into invest-
ments too quickly.

10 1 VIRGO
You need activity. Have some
fun, but draw the line if some-
one tries to fast talk their way
into your heart. You can ask
for favors but don't take them
for granted. You can make it
up to them later.
SSAGITTARIUS
Think of starting a new
business or emotional part-
nership. Do something
together and you'll be sur-
prised how sweet a deal
you can make. .Don't let
someone talk you into part-
ing with your cash unless
you can truly see the bene-
fits of doing so. Hard work
will bring rewards.
iI PISCES

Hassles with your boss are
sure to erupt if you speak
your mind. It's a good time
for long awaited relationships,
to begin. Don't press your
luck with your loved ones.
You may have a problem with
coworkers if you try to tell
them what to do.


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The Florida & Georgia Star
Correspondent: Scott Jurrens
Photographer: Joseph Lorentzon


On Saturday,
December 5, 2009 at 4:00
PM at the SEC
Championship Football
game held at the Georgia
Dome in Atlanta, the
Alabama Crimson Tide
stomped on the University
of Florida Gators to a final
score of 31-13.
Over 70,000 plus fans,
a majority of them support-
ing Alabama, watched the
coin flip that was won by
the Crimson Tide.
Uncharacteristically,
Alabama (Bama) coach
Nick Saban decided to go
on offense in the first half.
Bama took the opening
kickoff and drove to the
Gafor 38-yard line before
stalling. Crimson Tide
placekicker Leigh Tiffin
booted a 48-yard field goal
to put Alabama in the lead
with 10:37 left in the 1st


quarter. The Tide scored
again with 5:33 left in the
quarter with a Mark Ingram
7-yard touchdown scamper
and with the failed point
after attempt, the Tide led
9-0 over the Gators. This
was the largest deficient
that the Gators had faced
this season.
The Gator offense led
by Tim Tebow managed to
put together a drive into
Tide territory that stalled
on the Bama 38-yard line.
Gator placekicker Caleb
Sturgis nailed a 48-yard
field goal to put the first
Florida points on the board.
The 2nd quarter was a
defensive struggle until
only 6:03 remained on the
clock when Bama scored
again on a Tiffm 34-yard
field goal. The Gators mus-
tered a drive and Tebow to
David Nelson 23-yard


touchdown strike at the
4:31 mark in the 2nd quar-
ter. With this score, the
Tide led 12-10.
However, Tide running
back extraordinaire Ingram
scampered 3-yards to score
his second touchdown of
the game with 3:32 left to
play in the half. The Gators
responded with another
Sturgis 32-yard field goal
to end the first half. The
Tide led 19 to 13.
After the Gators
received the ball in the sec-
ond half, the offense could
not sustain a drive and was
forced to punt.
The Tide continued scor-
ing in the 3rd quarter with a
17-yard touchdown catch
by Colin Peek from Bama
quarterback Greg McElroy
with 9:53 showing on the
game clock.
In the 4th quarter,
Bama scored one more
touchdown at the 13:49
mark with Ingram diving
into the end zone from 1-
yard out. The Gators
offense tried to answer
with a touchdown but
Tebow's pass was picked
off in the end zone by
Bama defender Javier
Arenas for a touchback.
Florida managed one more
drive into Alabama territo-
ry late in the quarter but
stalled at the 13-yard line,
after which, Alabama ran
out the clock.


The game ended with
the final: Crimson Tide:
32; Gators: 13.
The game Most
Valuable Player (MVP)
was Tide quarterback
McElroy, undefeated in a
starting role since his high
school days, who threw for
239 yards and one touch-
down.
Florida missed the
services of their best pass
rusher defensive end
Carlos Dunlap who was
ineligible for the game due
to drunken driving charges
earlier in the week In
addition, Gator running
and return specialist
Brandon James was .side-
lined in the second half
with an ankle injury. .
"Our standard was to
be as good as Florida,"
Alabama linebacker Cory
Reamer said. "Today, we
were better than them."
In 2008, Florida and
Alabama faced off in the
SEC Championship game
with Florida winning 31-
20. Tebow lead the 2008
Gators to victory by scor-
ing two touchdowns in the
4th quarter to beat the
Crimson Tide but could not
repeat that performance
Saturday.
"Everyone had to buy
into not to be denied in this
game," Saban said, getting
.back to business after .a
raucous celebration at the


Georgia Dome. "To be a Bowl. The probable oppo-
champion, that's what you nent will be .the Texas
had to do. I've never been Longhorns, also with a per-
prouder of a group of play- fect 13-0 record. The Rose
ers." Bowl winner will be
The Florida Gators fall declared the 2009 BCS
to 12-1 and will likely play football national champion.


in the Sugar Bowl
against an opponent to
be named this week-
end.


"It's tough.. You
know it's not how you
want, to go out,"
Tebow said. "They
were just better than us
today."
The Alabama
Crimson Tide contin-
ues with their perfect
season (13-0) and will
likely be slotted to
play for the Bowl
Championship Series
(BCS) in Pasadena
California in The Rose


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FSI" Coach Bowden
B\ MIKE BONTS
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Florida State has
accepted an invitation
from the Konica Minolta
Gator Bowl to meet \West
V'imginia on Jan. 1. 2010 at
Jackson\ille Municipal
Stadium. in what imll be
the final game of
Seminole coach Bobb\
Bow den's historic career.
"It e\cites me to knoit
hliat we're going to go-to
the Gator Bowl," said
Bowden, who has won
388 games over, the
course of his 44 seasons
as a head coach including
the last 34 at Florida
State. "The first bowl I
was associated with was
as an assistant coach at
Florida State in 1964
when we played
Oklahoma in the (Jan. 2,
1965) Gator Bowl.
"And of course the
first bowl in our 28-bowl
streak was against West
Virginia in the (1982)
Gator Bowl."
The Seminoles (6-6)
are making their nation-
leading 28th consecutive
bowl appearance under
Bowden, who has guided
the program to 31 bowl
appearances in 34 sea-
sons. This is the 21st time
Florida State will play on
New Year's Day or later
under his guidance.
"It excites me that


we're going to play
West Virginia, \where
I coached for 10
years; six as the head
coach," Bow den said
of the Mountaineers
(9-3) out of the Big
East Conference. "I'%e
seen West Virginia play
rxto or three time times
this season and I'm 'ery
impressed with them."
Bowden and the
Seminoles are no
strangers to the Gator
Bowl. FSU is 5-0-1 all-
time in the game. includ-
ing wins o\er West
Virginia at the conclusion
of the 1982 131-121 and
2004 130- 18) seasons.
The Mountaineers
will be making their
eighth-consecutive bowl
appearance and third
under Bill Stewart, who
was named Head Coach
in January 2008 after
leading West Virginia to a
48-28 victory over
Oklahoma in the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl.
"We are honored and
proud to represent the
BIG EAST Conference in
the 2010 Konica Minolta
Gator Bowl," Stewart
said. "Our football team
and fans are looking for-
ward to traveling to
Jacksonville to play in
this great bowl game.
West Virginia University
has a great history and tra-
dition with the Gator
Bowl, and we look for-
ward to our trip to that
great city and the game on
Jan. 1.
"We had a great sea-
son, and it will be an
honor to play Florida


State and Coach Bobb.
Bowden. He is one of the
greatest coaches in the
game. and we have the
utmost respect for him.
We all know about his ties
to \Vest Virginia. and what
he has done for college
football has been tremen-
dous."
"We are extremely
excited to go back to
Jacksonville," said
Florida State director of
athletics Rand\ Spetman.
"The\'\e been great part-
ners w ith Florida State. It
is also a wonderful oppor-
runity for Coach Bo\wden
to ha\e his final game in
the Gator Bowl against
\Vest Virginia and it gives
our fans the chance to be
there for this historic
event."
Gator Bowl president
Rick Catlett could not
agree more.
"I don't think that
there are many icons left
in the sporting world and
obviously Bobby Bowden
ranks right up there,
above being one of the
greatest coaches of all
time," Catlett said. "To
have an opportunity to
give him a farewell party
with 80,000 people
watching is something the
Gator Bowl will be very
proud of."
The 65th Annual
Konica Minolta Gator
Bowl will be played at
1:p.m. Jacksonville
Municipal Stadium and
will be televised national-
ly on CBS. Tickets and
Bowl information are
available online at
www.gatorbowl.com.


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Gator Bowl Association Chairman Elect Stephen Tremel (left), Chairman Daniel Muphy,
James Norberto. Photo by Nancy Beecher/www.jaxsportsnews.com

JAGUARS SCHEDULED GAMES
Dec. 13 Miami Dolphins Jax Municipal Stadium 1:00pm CBS
Dec. 17 Indianapolis Colts Jax Municipal Stadium 8:20pm FLN
Dec. 27 at New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 1:00pm.CBS
Jan. 3 .at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stad.1:00pm CBS




ATLANTA (December 9, 2009) The Weather Channel (TWC) presents its
weekly weather impact report, the Gametime Weather Index, tracking select college
and pro football games for the weekend of Dec: 12 13. TWC's Gametime Weather
Index will be featured on air. on Thursday evenings during Weather Center at 7 p.m.
ET and online at weather.com.
The index is based on forecast conditions for the game on the field and the
weather's potential to affect game play. Usifig a scale from 1 to 10, the index assigns
a 10 for typically "perfect" weather and a 1 for awful weather -- think 38 degrees,
rain and high winds.
NCAA games tracked by TWC's Gametime Weather Index for Dec. 12 include:
Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars -Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Jacksonville
Stadium, Jacksonville, FL. Gametime Weather Index: 7 (Rain -risk; possible wet
field). This intrastate matchup features two teams perhaps a bit surprised to be in the
playoff race. A frontal system will be draped across North Florida Sunday, leaving
the door open for scattered showers or thundershowers anytime during the game.
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By: William Jackson
A Community That Embraces Learning Will Grow and Prosper.
An educated community is a prosperous community. Bradford, Sntudent at UF.
When the issue of community libraries and their closures arose in our com-
nmunity, many banded together to keep these centers of learning open. This gives a
testament to the importance of growth through the written and digital word. Even
those that are homeless who despite their living challengers understand the impor-
tance of learning and our City Council banded together in unity to keep them open.
In this day of multimedia, interactive and digital accessibility, finger tips
cruise over keyboards perform a myriad of multitasking functions that search for
and acquire billions of characters of information. Inspiring ideas in the disciplines
of science, mathematics, humanities, and The Arts. Contemplating social issues that
Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,. Newton, Gates
and others contemplated years before. There are no boundaries to information only
those that are put in place by the limited imaginatiotis of each person searching and
reading. Discrimination is non-existent, neither based on color, age, sex or natiorial-
ity. Only self-imposed mental limitations, but engaged in retrospection and reflec-
tions on the importance of life and its consistent change. Denial of learning is nei-
ther welcomed, nor encouraged, nor embraced. As a teacher I pose a question to
ponder of how can there be a deficiency in reading, literacy and comprehension
within a free society that provides access to free knowledge. Our places of knowl-
edge have open doors allowing seekers of knowledge to have access to global infor-
mation. There are still thany men, women-and children lacking basic literacy skills
to make use and digest mentally the importance of learning and using this new
knowledge to better themselves socially and economically.
Our schools have field trips to these buildings of knowledge, but sadly many


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HOLIDAY HEALTH

AND SAFETY.

Christmas Trees
* If you plan to use a chainsaw to cut down a liv-
ing tree, make sure to read the operators man-
ual or get training from someone experienced
with chainsaws. Remember to use goggles,
work gloves and other protective clothing.
* If you have to lift your Christmas tree into your
car trunk or onto the roof, remember to bend
with your knees to save your back, and ask for
help if you think you need it. Remember to
securely fasten the tree onto the roof or in the
trunk.
* Make sure your artificial tree has a "Fire
Resistant" label.
* Ensure your live Christmas tree is fresh and
naturally fire-retardant. Look for sticky resin on
the trunk butt and needles that are green and
stay on the tree when it is shaken. Make a fresh
cut on the trunk for better water absorption.
* Place the tree away from fireplaces, portable
heaters, and other heat sources.
* Keep the stand filled with water, as heated
rooms can dry out live trees rapidly.

Decorations
* Use only noncombustible or flame-resistant
decorating materials.
* In homes with small children, avoid decora-
tions that are sharp, breakable, resemble food
or have small removable parts.
* Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation if
decorating with spun glass "angel hair" and fol-
low instructions to avoid lung irritation if using
artificial snow sprays.
* Keep all wrapping papers, bows, bags, and
ribbons away from small children after gifts are
opened to prevent choking hazards.


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parents do not instill this continued desire and thirst for learning. Our community
leaders encourage education and enlightenment, but how many really take advan-
tage to pursue this quest of knowledge and understanding? Referring to our local
libraries that are in oir communities, all that is needed is a library card which is free.
More children can pass the FCAT and more of those in High School can earn diplo-
mas at graduation if their parents had the same zeal at sporting events, shopping trips
and in church as they should have had throughout the. school, years and used this
available resource that is free. More of our youth can create Facebook and MySpace
sites, but have no desire to read our daily newspapers, understand how to research
online for productive careers and jobs. This is a setup to failure. Did they not listen
to the words of our President who spoke directly to our youth? The success and fail-
ures of children in our schools is not just contingent on the teaching ability of the
teacher, how many computers are in the classroom, but the presence of and interac-
tion by parents who truly want their children to succeed by having access to unlim-
ited and new knowledge. More parents should be diligent and involved in their chil-
dren's education, not just in school, but activities outside of the school house like
going to our libraries. This is not to say parents are not trying, this is to say "more"
parents ~need to be involved and putting forth more -effort to make sure their
child(dren) are successful and exposed to cultural enhancements that are present in
our communities.
The Mayors Book Club is a great resource to motivate reading, but it is not
effective if only the Mayor does it, what about Read for the City Council, or Read
for my Pastor, how about Read for a Jaguar. Suggestion to parents as a teacher, keep
pushing your children to further academic success and work.on the teachers side,
work with them not against them. You and your child's teacher have the same goals
for your child "Success". Do not allow your child to fail; or provide opportunities.
and excuses for failure. Do not lower the expectations. that you have for your child
to make them happy or for them to "like" you. "Education is the passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today" these words were
spoken over 30 years ago by Malcolm X. In this future, ".. earlyy tworthirds, which*
is over actually 67% of all the jobs created over the next decade, will require a col-
lege degree (White, S. 2006, NCES), how can more of our children go to college if
they cannot read?
Many children will be faced with a grave tomorrow if they lack basic liter-
ary skills or if they drop out of school. Plato commented as equally, "the direction
in which education starts a man will determine his future life."
Parents get more involved in your child's education and experiences in life
before the judicial system or the funeral director does. If you do not get involved in
your child's education FCAT will be the least of theirs and your worries. Look at our
high schools and the challenges they face with dropout rates and possible state inter-
ventions. If this happens who will loose in the end and. who. A ill people start to
.blame?
William Jackson, M.Ed. .
willliam.jackson@ewc.edu
Educator with DCPS
Past Adjunct instructor with Edward Waters College


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DECK THE HALLS.CHESTNUTS ROASTING.
ANNOUNCING A NEW HOLIDAY
TRADITION FORAFRICAN AMERICANS!
DALLAS (December, 2009) Dallas, TX-based publishing company
NetNia Publishing releases 17 new Christmas letters with images of black
Santa Claus and his accompany elves. These colorful cultural holiday letters
are found at their unique website BlackSantaMagicLetters.com. This site is
fast becoming a new tradition because the letters resonate and identify with
Africain-American children and adults alike, offering the perfect addition to
your Christmas shopping list.
"Christmas is a magical time of the year for African-Americans. We
believe that positive inspirational images of people of color, expressed around
the traditional themes of Christmas, create a different kind of memory for chil-
dren and adults. And -- who doesn't love getting a personal letter from Santa,"
asked Jeffrey Bradley, President of BlackSantaMagicLetters.com.
Through the special Internet tool created by Mr. Bradley, anybody can
visit BlackSantaMagicLetters.com, answer a few questions and instantly cre-
ate and print a personal, memorable letter right on their computer.,
"My nieces live in Georgia and I wanted to do something for them that
was a keepsake they would remember forever. I used
BlackSantaMagicLetters.com to create the letters I wanted. Then I used the
information on the website to have each personalized letter mailed from the
North Pole with an authentic postmark," said Psychiatrist Rennie Marshall.
Christmas is. right around the corner have you thought about how
you'll make it more memorable for children and adults in your family?
"We've become increasingly passionate about the importance of holi-
days and how they can create memories that bind African-American families
together.
What we're doing with the Black Santa letters is an expression of our commit-
ment to families," said creator Jeff Bradley.
BlackSantaMagicLetters.com is a new Christmas tradition-but you can
still have the chestnuts roasting on the open fire, just like when you were
young.
BlackSantaMagicLetters.com features everything you need to know
about African-American .Santa Claus including letter samples, articles, fun
facts, animations, songs, and tips. It is owned and managed by NetNia
Publishing, Inc. (NetNia.com) located at 7311 Caillet Street, Dallas, Texas
75209. Visit http://www.netnia.com for more information.tion about ACT, visit
www.act.org.


Frank H. Peterson High School Culinary Students
Unveil Ambitious Project

Jacksonville, Fla. Students in the Culinary Arts program at Frank H.
Peterson Academies of Technology took center stage as they unveiled an
ambitious project they have been working on for the past several weeks: a
gingerbread model of West Riverside Elementary School.
Three weeks ago, the students began working on the project with
Chartwells-Thompson School Dining Services' Chef Trainer Katie Self with
the goal to complete the model by the December 1, in time for Duval County
Council of PTA's December board meeting. On December 1, among a group
including Superintendant Ed Pratt-Dannals, the Duval County Council of
PTA's Board of Managers, Chartwells-Thompson representatives, their
teachers and peers, the students proudly revealed their gingerbread model.
As part of the presentation, the students listed their newly acquired culinary
skills such as piping skills, dough rolling, 'and working with fondant as well
as developing general aptitudes such as patience and attention to detail.
Chartwells-Thompson Chef Trainer Katie Self noted, "The best part of
this project was watching the students learn. They were so enthusiastic
about building the school they hardly realized they were learning!"
West Riverside Elementary School was selected as the model after
much research and many site visits. Ultimately, it was West Riverside's his-
torical significance to the district as well as its architectural merit that earned
it its spot as a gingerbread sculpture.
After being displayed. at the Duval County Public Schools
Administrative Building and at the Principal's Holiday Party at the
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the gingerbread model will reside at West
Riverside Elementary School starting December 10 for the school's holiday
celebration.
Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality is a strategic partnership between
Chartwells and Thompson Hospitality, the largest minority-owned foodser-
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BANK OF AMERICA EMPLOYEE

FIRED AFTER HELPING

CUSTOMERS

The Huffington Post -
Bank of America fired
Jackie Ramos after she
took a stand against the
bank's $15 "conve-
nience" charges and
$39 over-the-limit fees
.so she could sleep bet-
ter at night.
"There was some-
thing inherently evil
about my job," the 23-
year-old said in a
YouTube video she


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Nassau County Sheriff's Office

Tommy Seagraves, Sheriff


'I want all residents in Nassau County to have a safe and wonderful
Christmas. I hope you enjoy the holidays with family and friends. But,
please remember there are often more burglaries and thefts this time of
year.
I have a few tips to help keep you safe. You have heard most of
them, but it never hurts to remind you. You should always lock your door
when you leave home. Keep shrubs away from your windows. Thieves can
hide in the bushes and catch you off guard. Also, keep your blinds closed
when you are not at home. Thieves can look through the window to see
what you have.
If you plan to be out of town for more.than a week, you should have
a family member or friend pick up your mail and newspapers. You can also
sign up for "Increased Patrol/Home Security."
A deputy with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office will periodically
check on your home. Of course, many people are looking for the perfect
Christmas gift. Safety is important when you are out and about. When you
are out shopping, please don't leave your bags visible in the back seat of
your car. It is best to put them in the trunk. Also, you should park in a well
lit area. If you are shopping alone at night and don't feel safe walking to
your car, you should ask a deputy or security personnel to walk you to your
vehicle.
My deputies and I want to help you avoid becoming a victim. If you
see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call 911 or the Nassau County
Sheriff's Office at (904) 225-0331. I wish you a Merry Christmas!

T. L. "Tommy" Seagraves, Jr.
Sheriff, Nassau County
12/10/09

For more information, contact Angela Spears, Public Information Officer,
at (904) 548-4050.


uploaded on Nov. 27, two days after her termination.
Ramos, of Fairburn, Ga., worked as a "customer advocate," which
involved calling people who fall behind on credit card payments and either
encouraging them to pay or modifying their accounts. But not all customers
qualify for modification programs that will help them, and Ramos grew tired
of saying no after six months on the job.
"So I stopped denying people," said Ramos. "I helped people get on
programs that they didn't necessarily qualify for but who definitely needed
the help."
Bank of America declined to comment on Ramos's video but con-
firmed her account of the firing.
"Ms. Ramos clearly violated some bank policies, particularly,around
misrepresenting customer information," said spokesman Tony Allen.
"Perhaps more egregious, she encouraged customers to misrepresent their
information."
Allen said that as of Oct. 31, Bank of America has modified over one
million customer accounts totaling $10 billion in outstanding debt by lower-
ing interest rates or modifying monthly payments. He said the bank expects
to modify between 1.2 and 1.5 million consumer and small business credit
card accounts in all of 2009.
In an interview with HuffPost, Ramos emphasized that she did not
make the video out of any bitterness toward Bank of America, and she said
that she does not consider her former employer any worse than other cred-
it card companies -- she's angry about the whole system.
"I feel like there's a real credit problem in this country," she said. "Too
many people are complacent... Slavery was also legal at one point in time.
It was the law. Now we have 30 percent interest rates, $39 late fees and
over-limit fees. I want the laws changed. I want the federal government to
protect its people and do what it's supposed to do."
YouTube has been an effective venue for bank customers outraged
that an industry kept afloat with taxpayer dollars is raising fees, interest rates
and minimum monthly payments. Ann Minch of Red Bluff, Calif. won a
reduced interest rate after she declared a "debtors' revolt" in September. Her
video spawned imitators such as former Bank of America employee Ben
Frasier of Douglas, Ore., who said "Bank of America will stop at nothing to
turn an insane profit at your expense."
Personal finance guru Suze Orman hailed the "debtors' revolt" and
said banks should take notice.
In her video, Ramos said she'd never forget one customer in particu-
lar -- a 24-year-old mother with cancer who'd recently lost her mom and hus-
band but still wanted to pay off a $6,000 debt. The woman didn't qualify for
any program that would help her.
"She sobbed on the phone telling me she couldn't afford the 30 per-
cent interest... that we had her account on. She couldn't afford the $39 late
fee, the $39 over-limit fee. She told me that we were her first credit card
when she turned 18, we were her only credit card, and that she was a loyal
customer. And given the time to be on this earth a little while longer she
would have always remained a loyal customer.
"According to Bank of America, she doesn't have enough income to
be put on a program, but she can however keep paying the high interest
rates on the account, and fees, because at the end of the day, it is her
account, she did rack up the debt, she was late, and she did deserve the
29.99 percent interest rate."
Ramos lives with her fiance and two-year-old son in Fairburn, Ga.
Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5EOWNO7e_Q


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backyard and beautiful patio %taiing for a family) to enjoy. Move-in-Ready.



Betty Asque Davis, GRI,
CDPE Multi-Million Dollar
and President's Award Halson Realty Corp. REAlTORSO -
REALTOR
Business 904- 571-1182 Watson Realty Corp.


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Saturday, December 12
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2020 Forest Street Jacksonville, FL 32204
Half-off all regular adoption rates
Pri O(ner Educatrion seminars all
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Meet Friends of Jacksonville
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