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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981-

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LEFT. Brenda Mitchell Edwards. 57. of Jacksonville,
and Melissa Mitchell. 39, of Lawrenceville. Ga.
RIGHT: Miya Mitchell 11. of Lawrenceville, Dhanja
Mitchell. 16, of Jacksonville, and 4-year old twins -
Christian and Keyshawn Perry of Lawrenceville .....--
On the right, family and friends view each casket.
Of the six, five were opened which caused a lot of
tears in the gym.
The Mitchell is a long established family in the viewing at the Memorial Service. Photo,
Folkston, Ga. area. courtesy of The Florida Times Union
They just wanted to spend Easter with each other as a family. Traveling together
from Georgia to Jacksonville to make this a happy family gathering was three gen-
erations: the mother, daughter and four grandchildren.
The family had rented a van which was clipped by, a
speeding car and then hit by a pickup truck, killing all of Six Continued A-7


Shown above is a billboard in New York, urging youth to pull up their pants. Senator Eric
Adams of New York, spent his own money for the billboard because of his strong feelings
about this dress style in his Brooklyn district.
Many do not understand the style since it is a hinderance when one is walking and it sends
an undesirable message regarding personality. So do you really want to stand out in a nega-
tive way? The sign is placed to give hope that the low pant wearers will raise their pants and
therefore their image.


Benjamin Hooks Dies
Benjamin Hooks, is mostly
refihembered because of the great
role he played as executive direc-
tor of the NAACP. He died on
Thursday at the age of 85 after bat-
tling an illness.
This writer knows him most
because of his role with the
Benjamin Hooks, 85 Federal Communications
Commission and the changes he
was able to make on behalf of minorities in broadcast
media.. He was not only able to bring a minority point
of view to the media, the role he played allowed
minorities to work as FCC attorneys and to acquire
ownership of radio and television stations. Because of
him, Clara McLaughlin was able to become the first
black female in America to have major ownership in a
network affiliated television station.
Benjamin Hooks was a true civil rights mover and
shaker. He also served on the board of SCLC.

HIV Male Who Infected About
50, Being Released from Jail
He knew he had HIV, yet he
had sex with about 50 women,
some as young as 13. Some
even developed AIDS. He
was sent to prison in 1998.
Even though it is felt by mental
authorities that if he should be
Nushawn Williams released, he may still contact
women and the very young
because he still does not understand that he could infect
others with the virus. Right now, he is scheduled to be
released.

The Shroud of Turin
It is believed that 'the
Shroud of Turin is actually the


The burial cloth of Jesi

expected to do so
viewing.


burial cLULoti Jesust .
The 14 foot long cloth has an
image of what, is believed of
Jesus. It will go on display in
Italy for the 5th time in 100
years.
- The pope is scheduled to
us visit the display on May 2.
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Church, Hospital, School -
Pastor Works For All
Dr. Erta Clay "
Livingston is known to
be a 'hard worker.' He
is a member of the
Church-of God by Faith
National Examining
Board and the Chief
Apostle of The Body of B
Christ. Fellowship c
Partners International. Dr. Erta Clay Livingston
He is also the Director
of Pastoral Care's Department at Shands Jacksonville
Medical Center after having served for 13 years as a
Chaplain.
Added to the above responsibilities, he is Vice
President of Faith Bible College Baltimore and
President of Refreshing Faith Bible College,
Woodbine, Georgia. Each college is fully accredited.
Dr. Livingston has put into his educational plan, a
scholarship in the name of his late wife, Clara Renee
Livingston.
Dr. Livingston is also a writer and has written a book
regarding the essential things about a Godly marriage
in today's world. He and his wife were married for 26
years prior to her death.
Birthday Celebration for

Speaker of the House


Governor Vetoes Senate Bill 6
There is praise
in the air by
many because
Gov. Crist
vetoed Senate
Bill 6 and feel it
is a victory and
very helpful to
the teachers and
the students. It
also shows that
:T Q 'Gov. Crist does
1 listen to the vot-
Sers, not the
Edgewood Ave. Protesters. Photo by FM party.
Powell, Florida& Georgia Star Governor Crist
said, that "when
it comes to education reform in Florida, we must have
the patience and wisdom to communicate effectively
with the people."

The Tea Party- Are we

in the same America?


Deneen Borelli, marching
with Tea Party members.
ance their budget.


Attorney Ava ParKer, Congresswoman Corrine Brown ana
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Photo by FM Powell, The Florida Star and Georgia Star.
Congressman Corrine Brown and Speaker of the
House, Nancy Pelosi were speaking in Orlando earlier
this week when it was pointed out that they were there
on the speakers' birthday. She was therefore presented
a cake and the happy birthday song.


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April 15, as always, was tax
day and for The Florida Star,
as always, it was our birthday.
The Florida Star is now 59
years old and can't under-
stand the tea party members,
including Deneen in the pic-
ture holding a sign, "Taxed
Enough Already". when
Americans are paying less
taxes this year, even though
many states have increased
their taxes in an effort to bal-


It is even more difficult to
understand when you look at The Continued A-7
List of Candidates for Mayor of
Jacksonville Continues to Grow
"- .It's official, there are now 13 in the
race for Mayor of Jacksonville. Alvin
Brown made his announcement, plac-
ing 4 African Americans in the race.
SIn the race are nine Republicans and
four Democrats. All four of the
Alvin Brown .
Democrats are African American.
The primaries will be held in March 2011. Get ready
to vote!








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THE OTHER SIDE OF JACKSONVILLE
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 under-
standing 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
Floria Star owner or staff. It is being accepted because some writers and readers feel their feelings and fears are not being heard.

Don't Be Prisoners of Your Past.
Dr. James Davidson Jr., PhD wrote a book entitled Prisoners of Our Past and stated on page 10 the following,
"In ghetto cultures, the goal of intergenerational advancement-the essence of the American dream-has been seri-
ously derailed by the immediacy of consumerism. Many people aspire simply to ride in the Benz (which has sup-
planted the Caddy), wear gold, and dress GQ. Black people who are poor can ill afford to be caught in a strug-
gle for the acquisition of objects."
With the American society and Jacksonville, Florida in particular, we should not attempt to purchase objects which
compromises our ability to seek an education; a job skill, trade and/or entrepreneurship. A West African saying is,
"An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goal." The effects of institutional racism, dis-
crimination, fewer job opportunities and a global economy demands that Americans of African descent need to
wake up and keep their eyes on the goals of education, job skills; seeking a trade and/or starting a business. Not
only must the people wake up, but the "black church" must wake up to demand and lead the way for social, eco-
nomical, political, and educational justice for all, particularly as it relates to the poor in our,community. It is not
the governments' responsibility to take care of the poor, nor is it the community responsibility to take care of the
oppressed, poor, naked, hungry, visitation of the sick and prisoners, it is the church responsibility. The church
must seek justice for all in accordance with Isaiah 58, Amos and Matthew 25. Don't be Prisoners of your past by
accepting anything less other than that which is right in the sight of God. Yes, there is racism, discrimination,
injustices and corruption in. Jacksonville. Yes, many of the leaders in the community of Jacksonville Black, White,
Hispanic and others have failed to be good and effective leaders. Yes, it does make you want to throw in the towel
and give up, but that would be a defeatist attitude and we would become prisoners of our past failures if we do not
speak truth to power. In closing, the only reasons minorities in Jacksonville (blacks in particular that makes up
approximately 30% of the city population and the largest black population in the State of Florida) is that we put
up with incompetent leaders who compromise our community for personal gains. However, with all of this said,
too many blacks have self-defeating attitudes and use racism as an excuse to getting ahead rather than using racism
as a hurdle to fight for, work for and take that which is theirs to have through hard work, education, vision and
God. Racism does exist, but it should not be an excuse for not moving ahead in life. The problem in Jacksonville,
Florida however is that the city has a tradition of using their power, authority and positions to oppress the poor
and minorities that excludes them economically, politically and educationally. Not an excuse, just hard facts, how-
ever, we are without excuse if we allow what we know to exist to defeat you and hinder your progress. However,
it is guaranteed that if the doors of opportunities open properly, we would not have as much violent crimes as we
do in Jacksonville.
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CHURCH *


CFaith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services

"THE BIRTH OF HYMNS MUSICAL" will be held
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 starting at 4:00 p.m. at MT.
SINAI MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, Rev. R.
L. Gundy is Pastor. The program will feature several
guest choirs, soloists, Mt. Sinai Voices of Faith, and the
B. J. Lane Chorus. The public is invited to come out and
enjoy this Spiritual Program. The church is located at
2036 Silver St. You can call the church at 354-7249 for
more information.
MT. OLIVE A.M.E. CHURCH On April 18, 2010,
Jennie Brooks Missionary Society and Lay
Organization will present "Missionaries and Laity
working together to build God's Kingdom." Rev. Dr.
Melvin Kennerly will be the preacher of the. hour. He's.
a native of Jacksonville and the son of Harold and
Dorothy Kennerly, long-time members of Mt. Olive.
The public is cordially invited to attend. Rev. Granville
Reed, III is pastor. The church is located at 841 Franklin
St.
WALK, RIDE OR ROLL in the Gift for Life Block
Walk. Sisters Network, Inc.-Northeast FL Chapter. A
neighborhood walk door-to-door to increase awareness
of breast health and resources available in the commu-
nity, Saturday, April 24, 2010. Registration/Route
Selection at First Chronicles Baptist Church, 2559 West
30th St., at 9:00 a.m., Pep Rally at 9:45 a.m., Block
Walk from 10:00 a.ni. to 12:00 p.m. Call 904-757-6622
by Wednesday, April 14 and provide your t-shirt size.
RESURRECTION BAPTIST CHURCH CHRIS-
TIAN CENTER located at 6046 Moncrief Rd. with
Rev. Glenn Foremann, Sr., Senior Pastor,, and
Rev.Glenn Foreman, Jr. Pastor is have "Women
Walking by Faith," Sunday, April 18th. Church School-
9:15 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; "Aquarius
Gordon in Concert" 4:00 p.m. Aquarius will lift you
on high with some of the most soul stirring and touch-
ing gospel music of today. Come and be blessed. First
Lady Cheryl Diane Foreman, Pastor of the Day.
DEERMEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH 9780
Daymeadows Rd. contemporary Christian Music
Band, Big Daddy Weave, along with special guests,
Chris & Conrad, will bring "The We Want the World to
Hear Tour" to Jacksonville on Thursday, April 29th at
6:30 p.m. Sponsored by World Vision. Tickets are avail-
able only at www.itickets.com. Call (904) 642-2200, or
visit www.deermeadows.org.
SECOND MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
located at 954 Kings Rd. "The Virtuous Woman"


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Young Women's Conference invites you to Mind, Body
and Soul! April 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This
special conference is designed to help provide informa-
tion for healthy living, a stable home life for your chil-
dren, and encourage steps to becoming a spirit-led
woman of God. You will receive info from social serv-
ices, financial tips, and help with resources for children,
and insights from the Word of God, followed by a free
lunch. Rev. Odell Smith, Jr. is the Pastor. For addition-
al information call 904-354-8268.
GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
located at 1880 West Edgewood Ave., is having their
ANNUAL SPRING HEALTH FAIR, April 24th from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come get screened, educated,
informed and have some fun, etc. The Health Fair is
free and open to the community.

Bishop Bruce V Allen and The Church Fellowship
Worship Ministries Present Health Explosion 2010!
At 8808 Lem Turner Road, Saturday, April 24 from
10:00am 4:00pm; Participating Health Vendors: 10:00am
1:00pm; Mayo Clinic Mobile Research Lab, The
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Abz-Solute-Fitness
1:00pm 4:00pm; Apel Health Services, Brooks
Rehabilitation, Nemours and Shands Sickle Cell, Duval
County Health Department, Buddy Check 12
Representative, Diabetic Shoes-Mark Blaker, Jacksonville
Fire Department, ...And Others. Take advantage of free Car
Seats and Booster Seats!! Child and vehicle must be pres-
ent. Child must be at least 12 months old and weigh at least
20 lbs. FREE!!! *Hiv Testing
*Prostate and Colon Screening Diabetic and Blood
Pressure Screening Buddy Check 12 kits Sickle Cell
Awareness Information on free smoking cessation coun-
seling and nicotine replacement Interactive demonstration
for children on how to help prevent illnesses...and more.. .
Jacksonville fire engine for the children and face painting..
There will be activities for the whole family......So come
on out!!!!! For more information call 866-1756 or email
TCFTimes@aol.com
Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email sub-
missions preferred. Send to: info@thefloridastar.com

Ms. Nona Gail Johnson
passed on March 3, 2010.
Mass of Christian Burial
was held on March 20 at
St. Pius V Catholic Church
in Jacksonville.
Ms. Johnson graduated
from Matthew W. Gilbert
in 1969. She is a alumnus
of Howard University and
served as a computer spe-
cialist. She is survived by
her father, Dr. Joseph
Johnson, her daughter
Jennifer Johnson and a host
of family and friends.


Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of
all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with
those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.


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DEATH NOTICES


JACKSONVILLE, FL
(AREA DEATHS)

ALLEY, Norma Parker,
79, died April 10, 2010.
BROWN, John Henr,
died April 10, 2010.
CHALMERS, John
Judson, Jr., 92, died April
12, 2010.
DAVIS, Johnnie, 92, died
April 10, 2010.
EASON, Mildred L., died
April 13, 2010.
EDDY, Mother Ada


Francis, died April. 11,
2010. Member of New
Bethlehem Missionary
Baptist Church.FLOYD,
James Earl, 69, died April
12, 2010.
GILBERT, Vernon, 88,
died April 10, 2010.
PATTERSON,
Rochester, Sr., died April
7, 2010.
SIMPSON, Bishop
Roscoe, Jr., died April 7,
2010.
JONES, Elaine, died
April 10, 2010.


The Church Directory
"Come and Worship With Us"

New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ............................ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning "-0.
Intercessory Prayer ...................10:45 a.m.
Morning Worship ...................11:00 a.m.
Youth Church *
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) 4 ,,,-
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. -
Rev. Joe talhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church -

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

PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School -------------------------------------------10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship -- -------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study ---------------------Tuesday & Friday------ 7:00 p.m.
(912) 267-6395 (912) 996-4864 Cell
2705 MLK Blvd., Brunswick, GA 31520

Pay n'es ChapelA.M.E. Church
2200 Albany Streei. P.O. Box 759, Brunsv.ick, GA 31520
S- (912) 261-9555
S" Rev Richard Huerherson. Pastor
'. Worship Opportunities:
Sunday Church School '
S"A Life ChangingExperince 915 10-55 a.n .m
:. Moorng Worship Serice . ... . 11:00 a.m.
Churcl at Study (Weekl\ Bible Studv)
N Monda Nighis 7-00 S-30 p.m.
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Mrs. Myrtice L. Davis celebrated her 88th Bi:
with a Dinner Party given by her children under the
tion of her daughter Mrs. Mary Batts. It was quite e
at Palatka's Family Life Center.
Mrs. Davis processed into her party escorted by D
Stanley Brown. After being seated, there was a mar
program featuring: Keith Givens; Ms" Patricia B
Deacon William Hardy; Reverend D. Champagnie,
Sandra Oliver; J. Carl Davis, Sr. (brother c
Honoree'); Reverend A. Robinson; Mayor Karl 1
Mrs. Willie Mae Robinson; and Ms. Lytinia
(daughter of the Honoree')
Mrs. Myrtice L. Davis is the daughter of the late 4
R.Davis, Sr. and Mrs. Marie Davis Bennett and the
daughter of the late Harold Bennett. Mrs. Davis, the
sister of Dr. Lois Davis Gibson and J. Carl Davis, Si
born March 13, 1922 in Hilliard Florida. She retired it
from the Putnam County School Board after twent
(24) years of dedicated service.
Mrs. Davis is a faithful, member of the Greater
Missionary Baptist Church. Her membership spans o'
years and she has participated in the ministries of her c
throughout the years in many capacities. She is as Ch
for the Missionary, a choir member, assists the De
with communion, and she still attends Sunday School
Study regularly. Mrs. Davis is also a member of t
County Barragan Seniors, formally known as the Bel
Cookman Senior Organization.
In 2004 Mrs. Davis was honored with the Comrn
Torchbearer Award for her dedicated service to the co
nity and her being such a devoted and loving It
Throughout her joyous and productive life she has <
the love, respect and appreciation of all whose live
hearts she has touched.
Happy 88th Birthday!!


and "Elevate your mind, get yourself
together..." a resounding chorus of third
through fifth grade students at
Biscayne Elementary sang these words
during the Operation Elevate assembly in
late March. Founder London Arrington
incorporated song and dance into this mind
changing presentation to challenge the
mindset of today's youth ,and make them
question what's really "lame." Mr.
Arrington cautioned students to stop and
think about the term and ask themselves,
"Are the lame kids, the ones who come to
school with their pants pulled up ready to
learn, or are they the kids who get in the way
and prevent teachers from teaching?"
Students, parents and teachers
sat at the edge of their seats and
listened to. this much needed
and well overdue reality check.
"I've spoken to and visited stu-
dents in many states and one
thing remains the same; there
are a handful of students in
every school who dominate the
atmosphere. That doesn't make
sense to me and it's time for
that to change," says Arrington.
"We have to get kids to think
differently and take ownership
of their learning environment."
Arrington also encouraged stu-
dents to be a real
"G...GENIUS."
Following the assembly,
Mr. Arrington spent an hour in
small group talk with approxi-
mately 20 boys selected by
Principal Crystal Lewis. "Peer


L pressure is a serious issue for
today's students and in many
cases the boys have it worse
than the girls. Many of our par-
ents are doing a good job at
o e. home and teach sound values,
-'but their children have to make
-4. tough decisions everyday and
battle against the temptation to
fit in," noted Lewis. "I selected
this group of boys with the help
of their teachers because we
believe they can play a key role
in changing the mindset of our
entire student body. They are
going to be our original
"Gs... GENIUSES."
London promised a return visit to Biscayne to follow up with these young men and
make sure they are maintaining their commitment. The small group discussion and fol-
low up visit was a deciding factor for Principal Lewis when selecting Operation Elevate
for her school. Guest principals also enjoyed the assembly and Principal Lewis hopes
other schools will take advantage of the message Operation Elevate offers.
Isn't it wonderful to hear good news from our schools?


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TEDDY BEARS GET FREE CHECK-UPS AT THE JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND
GARDENS' TEDDY BEAR AFFAIR


Jacksonville, FL During the Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens' 18th annual Teddy Bear Affair, sponsored by
Nemours, on Saturday, April 10th, children ages 3-12 brought
their teddy bears and other stuffed animals to receive a check-
up. "Injured" teddy bears received special treatment by
Nemours' skilled staff and Build-A-Bear. The event included
animal encounters, prize drawings, visits from Smokey the
Bear, and Jazoo, the Zoo mascot. Radio Disney was also
onsite with music and games.
"You are likely to be less concerned about a stethoscope
when you see that Teddy is not bothered by it," remarked
Karen Breakell, Florida Director, Public and Conununitv
Relations. "The Teddy Bear Affair brings children together
with our medical staff in a very funim way. Nemours is pleased
to be teaming with the Jacksonville Zoo in keeping our chil-
dren and their favorite friends healthy."



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CHRIS ROCK AND MARTIN LAWRENCE

LEAD AN ALL STAR CAST AT A FUNERAL!
BY RYCH MCCAIN/ FEEDBACKRYCH@SBCGLOBAL.NET
.PHOTOS COURTESY OF SONY SCREEN GEMS PICTURES


In 2007, actor/writer/producer/comedian Chris Rock ran across a
British farce film titled "Death at a Funeral." As he puts it, "I saw it in an art
house; a little theatre with about ten people. To me, I said this is like a pop
movie, why is it playing in an art house? Me and the other ten people were
laughing our asses off. You normally need.other people (a crowd) around to
get rid of your inhibitions. It was amazing!" Rock fell in love with the film and
thought that it would go over in America as a remake. Converting a British
farce into an American comedy especially with a dominant Black Afrikan cast
could have proven to be a daunting task or bit of a stretch at best but Rock
had his mind made up. He scheduled lunch with William Horberg who was
the executive producer on the original film and afterward Horberg was con-
vinced enough to sign on as one of the producers.
Rock quickly included Dean Craig (the original script writer), then set


about assembling an all star cast. The main ingredient to accomplish this
mission was signing the dean of comedic film, Martin Lawrence! Once
Lawrence was in place, it was on! People started to line up. When asked
about how it makes him feel to know that his acting colleagues revere him
enough to jump at the chance to work with him, Lawrence humbly replies, "It
makes me feel good. For your peers to respect what you do and respect that
you can bring something to it makes me feel good. It puts pressure on me
to deliver but I've been doing that my whole career. So I look forward to it
and I'm very appreciative and thankful to have been a part of it."
Lawrence jokingly reflects on the initial phone call that Rock personally
made to him with an offer to do the film. Lawrence's response to Rock was
"Sorry I can't do that." Rock then jumps in laughing saying "I didn't have a
lot of money when I called him the first time. Martin said it would be a lot fun-
nier with the right price. He taught me how to negotiate." Lawrence comes
back and says, "But then he sent me the British version and I thought it was
very funny. Then when he told me it was about playing his brother, I had to
be on board. Chris and I would see each other every year and would always
talk about working together. He came on the Martin Show and I went on his
show on HBO and we just finally got a chance to do a movie together. He
got it together and I got to give my man the credit for that."
4The entire cast of this movie contributes a beautifully balance amount of
fulfillment. Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall and Regine Nehy give it the perfect
amount of sex appeal and Loretta Devine is the unessential mom. James
Marsden and Tracy Morgan especially make the funny, funnier in all of their
scenes! Is there a certain formula that Rock follows in making a film like this?
He reflects, "I'll say this; when you know a movie's ending works, your life is
so much easier. I've made a few good movies and they all have the same
thing in common great endings!"


WASSUP IN HOLLYHOOD

By Rych McCain/ feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net

Music: Entertainment/Wonderful Films; Parabolic Pictures/Stable Way
Bay area rap vet E-40 dropped an unprecedented three albums on the Entertainment Production. Starring Keith David, Loretta Devine, Peter
same day, March 30, 2010. They are now #5, #6 and #14 on the Billboard
Dinklage, Ron Glass, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Martin
Top 200 Albums Chart. "Revenue Retrievin Day Shift & Night Shift" includ-
Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana,
ed two separate albums with each containing over 19 songs. "Heavy On The
Grind" also created a 42 track excusive bonus pack digitally sold via iTunes Columbus Short and Luke Wilson. Directed by Neil LaBute. Written by Dean
along with a two CD plus T-shirt and ten free ringtones bundle pack for sale Craig. Produced by Chris Rock, Share Stallings, Laurence Malkin, Sidney
at FYE stores. For more info go to www.myspace.com/E40 or Kimmel and William Horberg. This film is a remake of the 2007 British farce
www.facebook.com/e-40music. Singer/Songwriter Arthur Nasson has can- of the same title. It has all of the subplots and back stories that good make
celled his tour to support his album "False Prophets" to return to the studio
great comedies! Lawrence and Rock make a funny combination but Tracy
to start on his next album. Justin Timberlake will join the upcoming ASCAP
"I Create The Music" Expo for a featured one-on-one conversation with Morgan may have stolen the show. The entire cast shines and you will laugh
music great Bill Withers. Music legend Quiricy Jones will be interviewed by and laugh some more!
rapper/actor Ludacris. John Mayer will also be a feature interview while Who Do You Love; International Film Circuit and Alexander/Mitchell
master sessions are being conducted by Linda Perry, Kenny Burrell, Don Productions; Starring Alsessandro Nivola, Jon Abrahams, David Oyelowo,
Schlitz, Louden Wainwright, III, Just Blaze and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gothwald Chi McBride, Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, Marka Dominczyk, Kevin Moore
to name a few. Go to PKA Keb' Mo,' Robert Randolph, Raheem DeVaughn and Ryan Shaw.
www.ascapl.com/eventsawards/events/expo/2010/schedule.aspx. Directed by Jerry Zaks. Written by Bob Conte and Peter Martin Wortmann.
-Day Produced by Peter Martin Wortmann, Les Alexander, Andrea Baynes and
Happy birthday well wishes go out to teen actress Dee Dee Davis
Jonathan Mitchell. Here is another rendition of the Chess brothers story of
(The Bernie Mac Show), who celebrates' B-Day #14 on April 17th. Of course,
she is one of Rych Mc-ain's Child/Teen M Fi M ,,_how they formed their famous Chess Records label that spawned some of
she is one of Rych McCain's Child/Teen Media Family Members.
Radio: the greatest Blues and R&B artist of all time including Muddy Waters, Willie
Steve Harvey's morning radio show may be losing ground to Rickey Dixon, Bo Diddly, Etta James, Chuck Berry and Little Walter. This film is a
Smiley's morning radio show according to several radio industry bloggers. little flat and less believable than other Chess brothers film versions. Save
Harvey is slipping in the 18-34 age market and programmers are consider- this one of a rental or find it on your cable movie channel.
ing dropping him for Smiley. The name of the game is youth! .Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net
Movies: Study, Observe and Win!
Death at a Funeral: Screen Gems; Sidney Kimmel Rych


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Six Continued from A-1


PUBLIC NOTICE
Early Learning Coalition of Duval Invitation to Bid -
ELCD-ITB-PH-10-11

BACKGROUND
The Early Learning Coalition of Duval (the Coalition) was established legislatively in 1999 and
is mandated by the Florida Legislature Chapter 411.01 of Florida Statutes, to provide early learn-
ing programs to children and families in Duval County, which include the School Readiness
Program and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Program. These programs must be developmentally
appropriate and research-based, involve parents as their child's first teacher, serve as preventive
measures for children at risk of future school failure, enhance the educational readiness of eligi-
ble children, and support family education. The Coalition's primary goal is to provide quality
early care and voluntary pre-kindergarten education services that prepare children to be "school
ready" upon entry.into kindergarten.

BID SUBMISSION
The Coalition is a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Florida and is seeking to purchase a
Telephone Communications System which has been necessitated because of the office move to
another location. The Coalition requests a bid based on the specifications described in Attachment
A. The quote must include the following information:
Bid Number; Company name and address, Company telephone and fax number, Company con-
tact, telephone number, and e-mail address, Company website address, Federal I.D. #, a price list
for materials and services described in Attachment, A, a detailed summary of value added prod-
ucts and/or services including but not limited to, customer service, discounts, and any other value
added enhancements available.
The bid should be signed and dated by an authorized representative of the vendor on company let-
terhead.
Upon receipt of all bids, the Coalition will review and make a decision based on the best value
offered. Most importantly, the selected vendors) will be required to enter into an agreement with
the Coalition to guarantee the product/service specifications, prices quoted, and value added serv-
ices described, as well as to ensure adherence to all applicable state and/or federal laws. A bid-
der must be a reputable vendor specializing. in the type of services and products described in
Attachment A.
Sealed bids must be mailed or delivered to the Early Learning Coalition of Duval to arrive no
later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010. A bidder that submits a bid by mail should allow
sufficient mail handling time to ensure timely delivery of the. bid to the Coalition office located
at: Early Learning Coalition of Duval Attention: Angel Carro; 6850 Belfort Road, Suite 102;
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Electronic and/or faxed bid submissions will not be accepted. Questions and/or comments may
be addressed by contacting Angel Carro, Finance Manager, at acarro@elcofduval.org. Telephone
inquiries will not be accepted.

AWARD PROCESS
Award(s) will be made to one or more selected qualified bidder(s), based on their ability to pro-
vide the services and products as specified in Attachment A, value added enhancements available,
the bidder's experience in providing the requested items, and the quality of any previous servic-
es and products provided as determined from the bids. The Coalition reserves the right to review
all items listed on any price invoice to evaluate components that include, but are not limited to,
product quality and durability. The Coalition reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive
any informality of bids, and to accept in whole, or in part, each bid as may be deemed in the best
interest of the Coalition.

AWARD PERIOD
Once the bid award has been issued, one or more contracts shall be signed by the Coalition for a
period of one (1) year with the vendors) of choice with an option of 2 one-year annual renewals.
Price quotes must be guaranteed for the first year; however, costs may be re-negotiated at the
beginning of each fiscal year (July 1st). If no price adjustments are submitted by the vendor to the
Coalition during the period of June 1st to June 15th for subsequent years covered by this Request,
the most current quote shall apply for the following fiscal year. Price increases submitted by the
vendors) during the designated negotiation timeframe that exceed 10% over the previous year's
pricing may be subject to immediate termination of the contract.

PUBLIC ENTITY CRIMES
A person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a conviction for
a public entity crime may not submit a bid on a contract to provide any goods or services to a pub-
lic entity, may not submit a bid on a contract with a public entity for the construction or repair of
a public building or public work, may not submit bids on leases of real property to a public enti-
fy, may not be awarded or perform work as a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, or consultant
under a contract with any public entity, and may not transact business with any public entity in
excess of the threshold amount provided in s. 287.017 for CATEGORY TWO for a period of 36
months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list.

ATTACHMENT A- SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
In accordance with F.S. 411.01, Coalitions are required to ensure that programs are developmen-
tally appropriate and research-based, involve parents as their child's first teacher, serve as preven-
tive measures for children at risk of future school failure, enhance the educational readiness of eli-
gible children, and support family education. The Early Learning Coalition of Duval is submit-
ting the following invitation to bid for a Telephone Communications System that utilizes voice
over internet protocol (VOIP) to replace a current legacy digital telephone system in a very small
call center environment. It should be equipped with the following:
Configuration request:
One (1) VOIP Server
Twenty-nine (29) Standard IP phones for basic users
Ten (10) Executive IP phones for supervisors and call center agents
One (1) receptionist IP phone with extra buttons (add on unit)
One (1) Receptionist soft'console license/application
One (1) Soft phone license/application for remote user
Four (4) port fax server
Eight (8) Analog Extension Ports
One (1) paging port (for future overhead paging)
Twelve (12) ports (or equivalent) of Voicemail (with advanced auto attendant to route
calls to agents)r
Call Center reporting software package for up to ten (10) agents and two (2) supervisors
(If it needs a Server, it must be included)
Call accounting software package for up to a minimum of 50 users (If it needs a Server,
it must be included)
Call recording software package for up to a minimum of 50 users (If it needs a Server, it
must be included)
Needs to be able to take one (1) PRI circuit to start, and expand to two (2) in the future
Prefer to have a system that can have two (2) expandable conference bridge (up to 10
users minimum) that can be password protected and easily changed
One (1) UPS to run all quoted systems for at least 30 minutes
Add option for:
Two (2) 24 port 10/100/1000 Power Over Ethernet switches (48 PoE ports total) (at
least layer 2, manageable, with QoS)
Other notes:
The servers will need to be install in a provided data rack standard 7' x 19" (provide all
mounting hardware)
Labor cost must include installation, programming, basic general user training, call cen-
ter agent training, supervisor training, and admin training.
All network configurations and settings will be provided by our IT staff and our IT staff
will work with vendor during the installation.
Quote should include line item pricing on all materials, a description of services being
provided, and overview of the project
Include timeline to complete project from time of contract execution
Provide copy of terms and conditions and any contract with bid
Include lease pricing with a $1.00 buy out option, on 36, 48, and 60 months lease


Provide service agreement cost (if any)
One year minimum warranty on all materials and labor
This will be a single site and not be expanding or networking to another site at this time,
but may need to in the future.
All bids must clearly list the price for each category.


the passengers in the van.
The family, the friends, the neighbors, including family member Larry Smith, a for-
mer Jaguar gathered at the gym in Folkston to say goodbye. They all said it was very
difficult.
Pedro Alcazar, who has a poor driving record, was arrested.
The Continued from A-1
what political party was in charge when our surplus was depleted and our deficit was great-
ly increased. Their theme is smaller government and less taxes.
A New York Times and CBS poll show that most of the Tea Party members are from the
South and Republican. In spite of the progress made thus far, they feel Obama has not
worked the miracle and as the army doctor who is getting ready to face a court martial
because he refuses to go overseas, they believe Obama is not an American and most of all,
because, they just don't like Obama. Are we in the same America?























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Story and pictures by Angela Favors of The Georgia Star
On April 9 and 10, 2010 The Annual Session of the Eleventh District of the
General Missionary .Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. held its annual meeting at
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Brunswick, Georgia. Rev. Booker T. Rose, Jr.
President; Rev. J. Stephon Deen, 1st Vice President, and Rev. J. D. Williams, 2nd
Vice President. The Convention sermons were delivered by Rev. I. B. Harmon, Sr.
of New Bethel Baptist Church, Ocilla, Ga; Rev. Quentin Morris, Sr., Pastor of First
African Baptist Church, St. Simons Island, Ga; Rev. Melton Moore, Pastor of
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Rdgeville, GA (lecturer); Rev. T.L. Davis,
Pastor of Little Rick Baptist Church, Nahunta, GA and the President's Annual
Message, Rev. Booker T. Rose, Jr., Pastor of Young's Chapel Baptist Church,
Douglas, GA. The Convention Musical was held at Zion Baptist Church,
Brunswick, GA-Rev. Craig Campbell Pastor. ---..


Greetings from President Booker 1. Rose,
Jr. In the awesome name of Jesus Christ,
it gives me great pleasure to greet you as
we gather in the historic city of
Brunswick, Georgia for our Annual
Eleventh District Session. The Lord has
once again allowed us this opportunity to
convene to show our efforts of having'
worked and witnessed for him throughout
this year to exemplify our convention's
theme "Working Together As One Body
In Christ" (Corinthians 12:12).


Mother Lattany, Mother Armstrong,
Mother Brogsdale and Sister Williams
Rev. Todd A. Rhodes, Sr. M.A. Pastor
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, |
Rev. Booker T Rose, Jr. President I


Betty Moore, Dee Marritt and Avis Merritt
of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church


Sister Sandra Jackson, Dean Gwen
Davis, Sister Margie Clinch and Dea
Leo Moore


James Ramsey, Marie Brogsdale and
Greg Lattany.


Musicians- Bernard Frances of Shiloh Baptist
Church, Brunswick, GA, Cedric Frazier of
First Bryant Baptist Church, Brunswick, GA
and Chris Robinson of First African Baptist
Church,Kingsland, GA


Rev. Quentin Morris, Pastor First African Missionary Baptist
Church, St. Simons Island, GA; Rev. Milton Moore, Pastor Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church, RIdgeville, GA
Rev. Booker T. Rose, Jr. President Eleventh District of the GMBC
of Georgia Inc.; Rev. J.D. Williams, 2nd VIce President Eleventh
District of the GMBC of Georgia Inc.


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fearless approach to reality-based subjects!


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Dear Deanna!
My fiance and I are trying to get married. I have no interest in
a big wedding or spending tons of money on a honeymoon. I
prefer saving for a home. My fiance has a different idea. She
wants a big wedding, the church and a trip to the Virgin
Islands. We're on the brink of breaking up because I won't
compromise all the way and let her have her way. I'm willing to make the wedding
a good memory but I'm not going broke to do it. What do I do?
Michael (Indianapolis, IN)
Dear Michael:
In this day and age, your fiance should feel blessed to have someone wanting to
marry and do the right thing. Most women want big weddings so they can show off
to their family and friends and look silly three years later when they divorce. The
most you should do is set a budget and make her get the most out of those funds. A
peaceful solution is to get married with a simple wedding, buy your home and have
a big celebration when you renew your vows.
Dear Deanna!
I've had it with my girlfriend and her pet obsession. We've been together for two
years and all of a sudden she's become an overnight dog lover. Every time I turn
around the little dog is in my face. My girlfriend is rude when she has it on her lap
at the table, she brings in a box to the movies and she lets it in the bed with us. There
are too many women out there for me to be held hostage by a dog. Am I wrong to
say she needs to choose the dog or me?
Brian (Orlando, FL)
Dear Brian:
You're a grown man and you let an animal control your relationship. You should've
had this. discussion the first time the dog came to the dinner table. Just like children,
pets have a time and place to be seen and involved and a dog is no different.
However, your girlfriend needs to grow up and learn how to be mature and manage
her man and her pooch. If there's no commitment and she chooses to keep her habits
with the dog, then suck it up and keep it moving.
Dear Deanna!
I can't reach my boyfriend on an emotional level. I try to connect and encourage
conversation in hopes he'll tell me how he feels about me. When I ask, he says the
relationship is fine, he's happy and things are okay. I feel like I'm starving for atten-
tion and I need to hear things verbally. He says I'm making a big deal out of noth-
ing. The more I ask, the more he resists and now we're arguing. Should I be content
and not worry until he says something is wrong?
Worried Heart (Buffalo, NY)
Dear Worried Heart:
Your insecurity is going to wreck this relationship. You should observe your man's
behavior very close. Some men show affection through action instead of words. Pay
attention to things he does to bond with you and if it makes sense, go with the flow.
On the other hand, if he's a cold fish in his actions and verbal communication, you
have reason to worry. If this is the case,,demand some dialogue and decide if you
want to stay in this situation or free yourself and move on.
Ask Deanna is written by Deanna M. Write Ask Deanna! Deanna M, 264 S. La Cienega, Suite 1283,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211 or Email: askdeannal@yahoo.com Website: www.askdeanna.com



Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.


FAMU COLLEGE OF LAW HOODING CEREMONY -The Reverend
Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH
Coalition, will serve as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University
(FAMU) College of Law's Sixth Annual Hooding Ceremony on May 15, 2010.
Reverend Jackson will address the Spring 2010 candidates, who will have, the
Juris Doctor degree conferred in Tallahassee, FL at the University's
Commencement Exercises on May 1, 2010. The Hooding Ceremony will rec-
ognize more than 150 candidates, including the fall 2009 and summer 2010
classes. These are the first classes to be recognized since the College of Law
achieved full accreditation from the American Bar Association.
MOBILE DENTAL UNIT On May 11-12, 2010, 8:30 am 4 pm, The'
Northeast Florida Baptist Association will have medical, financial screening
and appointments at Yulee Baptist Church, 85971 Harts Road, Yulee. These
appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only basic dental work
(fillings and extractionts) are provided by the MDU. No appointments can be
made on the phone; you must appear in person to make an appointment. The
Mobile Dental Unit of the Florida Baptist Convention will be at The Northeast
Florida Baptist Association, May 24-28, 2010. The Association is located at
851035 US Hwy 17 North, Yulee, Florida. For more information contact the
Northeast Florida Baptist Association 904-225-5941.
EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA JACKSONVILLE CHAP-
TER PRESENTS: 7Th Annual Walk the Talk, Walk for Epilepsy, Saturday,
April 24, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Park. Adults $30 at the Walk, Youth
(11-18 yrs) $10, Children (10 and under) Free. Call (904) 731-3752 or visit
www.epilepsyfla.org for more details.
ANDREW JACKSON CLASS OF 1976 will be having a meeting to plan the
35 year class reunion. The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at
6:00 p.m. at Andrew Jackson High School cafeteria. For more information,
please call Ms. Crawford at (904) 520-0166.
PARTY FOR THE PLANET AT THE JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GAR-
DENS! Earth Day Celebration Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Environmental and animal conservation experts will have
booths set up for visitors to learn and collect valuable information on how to
preserve our earth and its wildlife for future generations. Guests can enjoy live
entertainment, animal encounters, animal enrichment, visits from Jazoo, the
Zoo's friendly lion mascot, and a children's activity area that will include eco-
friendly crafts, a bounce house, a giant inflatable slide and prize drawings. An
activity schedule is posted on the Zoo's Web site at www.jacksonvillezoo.org.
This event is sponsored by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Southeast Toyota
Distributors, LLC. For more information oh the Zoo, log on to
www.jacksonvillezoo.org.
WOMEN'S CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE EVENTS FOR SEXUAL
ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH IN APRIL-Thursday, April 29th 6 p.m. -
8 p.m. Film Screening of "The Line" at Five Points Theater: A 24-minute film
chronicling the story of the film-maker who was sexually assaulted and uses her
story to explore justice, accountability, "rape culture" and the line defining con-
sent. The film will be followed by a discussion panel of experts, activists and
survivors from our community.


SThe Artof Dating
by Justin L. Mabrie, MBA

Tame, Don't Train
The longer you date someone, the
more you will learn about him or her.
During that time, you may fall in love
with their spirit but despise some of their




have decided to continue and encourage
time spent with this person means that he





use the words 'upgrade' and 'train' interchangeably; however these words are not
sor she has not done too badly with the
being: training teaches habits an development of the n selves. Not rnly is
ence as a piece of clay to mold this arrogant, but it is unhealthy to think
iyou have the power to change someone to
or will be resentful towards you that be exactly what you want. Many like to
use the words upgrade' and 'train' interchangeably; however these words are not
synonymous. Upgrade is adding value to an already existing treasure or state of
being: training teaches habits and creates movements based on self-perceived
ideals. If yousare choosing tole pldate this special someone, do not use their pres-
ence as a piece of clay to mold them to your exactdesire. It is unrealistic to think
that this is possible. You will lose the joy of the person's uniqueness. If they
become blindsided and allow this to happen, he or she will eventually become
indifferent about liking the new person they have become in order to please you
or will be resentful towards you that you have allowed this happen. It is very rare
that someone does not want to be accepted and loved for who they really are.
Everyone feeJs special and longs for the day to share their love, quirky habits,
funny stories and fantasy role plays when the time presents itself. If there are cer-
tain habits or ways that bother you or conflict with your morals, discuss it with
them. After discussion, and he or she is willing to control those things for a mutu-
ally healthier relationship, then help him or her tame and tone those things down.
This turns into a compromise and adds to a give take rapport which allows for
a stronger foundation and also for a more equal partnership. If you feel someone
you are dating needs to be transformed or trained to your liking, then they may
simply not be the one for you. Should you make this discovery then it becomes
your responsibility to let him or her know so you can both move on to someone
better fit for each of you both.

Remember: Dating is not about creating a new person. Dating is about
enjoying an individual for who they are.
Contact Justin at justinmabrie@aol.com or Justin L. Mabrie, 5000 Almeda
Road, Houston, TX 77004 for further insight and concerns.




8th Annual


Fair Housing

Awareness Symposium

Saturday, April 24

8 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Riverfront Hotel

1201 Riverplace Blvd.

WORKSHOPS
Fair Housing & Disability Rights *
Predatory Lending *
Reasonable Modifications*
First-Time Home Buyers *

FREE EVENT
Advanced registration required
E-mail JHRCRSVP@coj.net or Call
(904) 630-1212 x3020
TTY (904) 630-4125 to Register
Continental Breakfast & Lunch
Kids Zone(childcare) Available Ages 4-12
Special needs accommodations provided upon request.


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Tommy Seagraves, Sheriff


Crime Victims' Rights Week is April 18 24. 2010. The goals are to promote victims' rights
and honor crime victims as well as those who advocate on their behalf. The Nassau County
Sheriffs Office will hold an event on Tuesday, April 20"'h, at the Winn Dixie in Callahan (450078
State Road 200) from 4 p.m. 8 p.m.

Information from the sheriffs office, the Child Advocate Response Team, Micah's Place and
Family Support Services will be available. The event is free to everyone.

The Victims' Advocate at the sheriff's office has worked with almost four hundred victims over
the past six months: The victims have received assistance with victims' compensation as well as
information and referrals in the community to help them with their needs.


T. L. "Tommy" Seagraves, Jr.
Sheriff, Nassau County
04/14/10


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


Nassau County Sheriff's Office

Tommy Seagraves, Sheriff


Three people are behind bars after narcotics detectives with the Nassau County Sheriffs Office
found them manufacturing methamphetamine. Detectives arrested Jared Donnie Brazell, 33 of.
Femandina Beach, Wade Ernest Turner, 28 of Fernandina Beach, and Leah Faith Sylvester, 36 of
Femandina Beach, on April 14, 2010. Mr. Brazell and Mr. Turner face numerous charges
including manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and
possession of chemicals used to manufacture a controlled substance. Ms. Sylvester has been
charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of chemicals used to manufacture a
controlled substance.

Members of the Narcotics Unit found the meth lab at 95633 Springhill Road in Fernandina
Beach, The suspects were actively manufacturing the drug when detectives executed a search
warrant.

All three suspects are in custody at the Nassau County Detention Center. Mr. Brazell is in being
held on $85,006 bond. Mr. Turner's bond is $85,508. Bond has not been set yet fqr Ms.
Sylvester.



T. L. "Tommy" Seagraves,-Jr.
Sheriff, Nassau County
04/14/10


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


Your Weekly


HOROSCOPE
April 12, 2010 -April 18, 2010


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W1 ARIES
Do not let others exhaust you
financially. Make changes that
will heighten your appeal.
Expand your knowledge and
sign up for courses and semi-
nars. Deception will play an
important factor in relation-
ships.

2i CANCER
Purchases will be well worth

it and they will last a long

time. Help elders get their

personal papers in order. You

need time to think things
through. Don't.let your emo-

tions get out of hand.

LIBRA

You need to be careful not to
make promises that you can't
fulfill Stick to doing things
that will make you a better
person both physically and
mentally You have the ability.
to motivate others. Love rela-
tionships v\ill flourish-

V-, CAPRICORN

You can make money if
you pursue your own busi-
ness. Difficulties at an
emotional level may be
likely. You can make per-
sonal changes that will
enhance your reputation
and give you greater self
confidence. Don't let your
partner goad you into
wearing your heart, on
your sleeve.


T GEMINI


a, I TAURUS ,

Think twice before you pursue
an unrealistic endeavor. Your
creative ability will surface,
giving you good ideas for
ways of making money. Travel
should be on your agenda. You
may feel a need to make
changes to your legal docu-
ments.

~ ILEO

You will have to make
changes in order to elimi-
nate the tension. You're
best to channel your energy
into work Older relative-s
may make unreasonable
demands. You may be
some~ hat emotional con-
cerning a rather private
matter.

i 'f| SCORPIO
Hassles with your boss are stire
to erupt if you speak your mind.
Chances are you split up the last
time because you didn't really
want to make a commitment.
You will have the discipline and
fortitude to accomplish what
you want this week. Your inter-
est in helping others may take
you back to school.

r L AQUARIUS

Sit back and observe,
regardless of ho%% hard that
might be Channel your
energy into decorating or
household chores. Your
ability to add a sophisticat-
ed touch \\ill help you cap-
ture the look you're after.
Look into events that you
might find interesting, and
compromise b% doing a few
things that .ou both like to
do.


You may find that your gen-
erosity has been taken for
granted. Look before you leap.
Use your genuine warmth and
compassion to win hearts.
Don't let your stubborn nature
get the better of you.

fVIRGO
Try to be fair in your dealings
with acquaintances.
Arguments will flare up if you
get backed into an emotional
comer. Your irritability will
lead to family squabbles.
Groups you belong to will not
only enjoy your company, but
they will also share your inter-
ests.

7 [SAGITTARIUS
You % ill learn a great deal
about yourself if you go
somewhere secluded. You
might ha'e a problem
hanging on to your money
this week. You can set your
goals and make a beeline
for your target. You have
more than enough on %our
plate already.

;' PISCES

Your domestic scene could
continue to be in an uproar
this week. Relationships have
not been the best for you late-
ly and it's left you somewhat
gun shy. Be extra careful with
your valuables; loss and theft
are evident this week. You
could meet an interesting
individual you'll want to get
to know better.


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With 2,715 pounds of dynamite
Sunday, 40-year-old Texas Stadium -
- the one with the hole in its roof, "so
God can watch his favorite team
play" -- was reduced to 2 million
pounds of steel scrap and 4 million
pounds of (recyclable) concrete rub-
ble. "Thousands of die-hard Dallas
Cowboys fans and former players
showed up to tailgate one last time
and cheer the early morning implo-
sion.


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One entity that isn't sad to see it
go is its host city of Irving, Texas,
which lost the new $1.3 billion
Cowboys Stadium (the one with the '.
high-def screen the size of a city ,
block, so owner Jerry Jones can --. A
watch his team play) to nearby -"-' -
Arlington. A decade after sports -
economists such as Smith College's l
Andrew Zimbalist debunked the
notion that stadium investments
drive economic development, Irving
is earning more from leasing the site
to the Texas Department of It took 2,715 founds of dynamite to take down one of the most known stadiums in NFL history.
Transportation (TxDOT) than it ever did side of downtown Dallas. An extension The glittering towers featured in the
from the Cowboys. Having learned their of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) opening credits of Dallas -- one pair
lesson, leaders of the city that Exxon Orange line is' slated to run through the seemingly clad in gold leaf, another as,
Mobil calls home are casting their lot in stadium footprint on its way from down- black and viscous as an oil slick -- lie not
with light rail. town to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) in Dallas proper, but in the remnants of
Once the last traces of Texas Stadium International Airport. The city is already El Ranchito de las Colinas, the 12,000-
are cleared away this summer, Irving building a $130 million convention cen- 'acre "Little. Ranch of the Hills." The
intends to dust off plans drafted 10 years ter and $255 million entertainment center same year DFW opened just west of it in
ago to transform the Cowboys' former along its path, and expects another $4 bil- 1973, owner Ben Carpenter unveiled his
home and the surrounding acreage into lion in private investment to follow. The master plan for a wholly-owned-and-
the densest, most walkable neighborhood stadium site is the next piece in its urban operated city carved from those
in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex out- puzzle. mesquite-shrouded hills -- the largest


urban development in the country.
Before a single plot of land was sold, he
ordered the dredging of lakes and canals,
stocked them with gondolas, and ran a
monorail overhead. "It is Disney World
for the affluent," Texas Monthly reported
in the 1980s. "In fact, when executives
from Disney World visited the develop-
ment a few years ago, one of them com-
mented that it was a shame ol' Walt
couldn't have lived to see the real thing."


Black Hockey Player Knocks Out


Opponent With One Punch


The ratio of black players to white players in the
National Hockey League is still lopsided, but there's
no doubt black players are making their presence
known. Case in point: Evander Kane.
Kane, whose parents named him after boxer
Evander Holyfield, was drafted by the Atlanta
Thrashers last year and has made a big impression in
the league in his rookie year. Despite some injuries
throughout the season, he made 14 goals and scored 26
points (includes assists) in 66 games, ranking him 12th
among NHL rookies in scoring.
But apparently not too many people are impressed,
namely, Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the
last game of the season this week, 31-year-old Cooke
was pestering the 18-year-old Kane during the game
until the young rookie had had enough.
The brother threw off his gloves, grabbed Cooke's
jersey and clocked him in the jaw, leaving him some-
what unconscious on the ice for several minutes. Yeah,
he's living up to his name pretty well.
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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY WINS
CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
AT NATIONAL ACADEMIC COMPETITION

While Only One Walked Away Champion All 48 Schools Shined at the
21st Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

In the wake of several bully related suicides, Louisville hip hop artist D.
Mawl continues to use his profanity-free lyrics as a vehicle to relate to today's
youth. His musical movement over the. years has reflected a vested interest in the
youth; and he continues his efforts with an anti-bullying initiative. D. Mawl is cur-
rently speaking to youth at middle and high schools in an effort to educate them on
the effects of bullying and the consequences that follow. "I've always been con-
cerned with this issue, because I know how serious it it. It is becoming an even
bigger situation with children taking their own lives because of it." D. Mawl's per-
formances, coupled with his creative workshops and seminars, have left students
uplifted and intrigued by his presentation in many schools across the country.
This past week, Western Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky invited D.
Mawl to conduct a total of four assembly seminars on bullying and how it affects
both parties involved. Many D. Mawlstudents were engaged by his approach of
incorporating a power point presentation on the current images of hip hop and how
all of the supposedly tough rappers are in jail for bad decision making. He then
transitioned to his anti-bullying initiative where he visually conveyed all aspects of
bullying which includes: physical, verbal, social, and cyber (electronic) bullying.
D. Mawl concluded his presentation with displaying the pictures of young kids
who have recently committed suicide because of the constant torment they suffered
from others. Every student was engaged with the realities of bullying. Another part
of D. Mawl's Anti-Bullying Initiative includes follow-up sessions over a six week
period, one hour per week with ,various students who are directly involved in bul-
lying. Torrance, CA- Overcoming stiff competition, Prairie View A&M University
was named 2010 National Champions of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
(www.hcasc.com), an annual academic competition among the nation's
Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This year more than 250 students
from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities answered the call to flex their
academic prowess at the 21st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. While
each team brought their "A" game, Prairie View A&M University emerged victo-
rious after answering the following question correctly
"The title of a 1908 play was coined to refer to the concept that a number
of ethnic groups, cultures, and religions in a society will fuse together to produce
new cultural and social forms. For 10 points -- what is this term that also names a
chain of fondue restaurants?"
Final Answer: The Melting Pot


Over the weekend the nation's leading Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) gathered in Orlando, Florida to participate in the two-day
academic competition that tests knowledge, teamwork and speed. Each school
showcased their skills and intellect by quickly and accurately answering questions
on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular cul-
ture and African-American history and culture.
Prairie View A&M University beat second place finisher Mississippi Valley
State University to claim the championship title and take home $50,000 in grant
money for their school. "The intensity of the practices that we had with one anoth-
er were so competitive that we knew it would carry over into the national champi-
onships," said Cedrick Wilson, Prairie View A&M University team captain. "We
felt like we just needed to keep working hard and keep believing and playing the
game and not let anything else affect us."
The Prairie View A&M University team included: Team Captain Cedrick
Wilson, senior, biology 'major; Jonathan Gholston, senior, communications, and
radio major; Edward Hackett, senior, civil engineering major; and Isaac Hoyt, jun-
ior, chemical engineering major.
During the two-day tournament, the 48 HBCU teams competed in a modi-
fied round robin format. The top two teams from each of eight divisions advance
to the "Sweet 16" in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams then com-
peted for the National Champion title in a best 2- out of 3- final series.
In addition to Prairie View A&M University and Mississippi Valley State
University, student teams from North Carolina Central University and Fayetteville
State University also demonstrated their academic prowess by making it to the
final four.
"The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda's largest and
longest running philanthropic initiatives here in the United States," said Steve
Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community Relations, American
Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It is through this program that year over year we are able
support qne of our nation's largest contributors to professional and academic talent
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We are proud to say that through
this program, each year we are able to give $328,000 in grants and in the programs
21-year history we have given more than $6 million."
Since 1989, HCASC has brought together the nation's best and brightest
academic competitors from America's top HBCUs. Throughout its history,
HCASC has been the only annual academic competition between the nation's
HBCUs, touching over 50,000 students.
For downloadable broadcast quality b-roll footage of local schools compet-
ing visit the Medialink Digital Newsroom at www.mediaseed.tv. For more infor-
mation on the Honda Campus All Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating
HBCUs, please visit www.HCASC.com.


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140th Annual Grand Lodge Communication
April 16, 2010 April 19, 2010
The Historic Masonic Temple,
410 Broad Street and
Wyndham Hotel
1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Public Events
Saturday, April 17, 2010 11:30 am Welcome, Joint Session. The
Historic Masonic Temple
Grand Master's Reception 6 7:30 pm, Wyndham Hotel
MWUGL Gospel Concert 7:30 10:30 pm Wyndham Hotel
Sunday, April 18, 2010 Morning Services 11:00 am
Sunday 6:30 pm, Memorial Services
Second Baptist Church, Kings Road and Davis Street


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By Paul Shepard
A step for racial equality in education will be taken when a 21-
year-old black woman becomes the first valedictorian at the University
of Notre Dame this spring.
University officials say they don't keep such records of achieve-
ment by race but don't recall ever having a black valedictorian at the
school. Therefore, Katie Washington, a Gary, Ind., native and biology
major, will get that distinction next month.
Washington has been accepted to five schools but plans to pur-
sue a joint M.D./Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University.
It is great that Washington has been able to to go through school
with her 4.0 GPA and follow in the footsteps of her father, who is a doc-
tor, and mother and sisters, who are nurses.
The cynical part of my brain, though, can't wait for the day When
we don't have to proclaim every "first" as a racial milestone. It would be
nice if, as a society, we weren't surprised that a young black woman of
high intellect and drive could represent the best her university has to
offer academically.
But then the realistic part of my brain kicks in and says that we
still have to note every "first' as long as people are judged by their skin
color and ethnicity in this country.
We as a society are constantly beat down by images of black
inferiority, and, no, we don't always achieve like we should but no peo-
ple, no matter the skin color, are perfect.
We spend so much time examining, reviewing, talking and pass-
ing on stories about folks who act the fool. Unfortunately, that's human
nature, like watching a car crash.
On the other hand, we spend too little time talking about black
people who do good and great things like Washington.
So until the scales are a little more balanced, let's celebrate
Katie Washington and all those like her who counter the popular image
of black people as constantly underachieving.




THIS YEAR, VICTORY AM 1360
PRESENTS
"WALK IT OUT ON THE WATER"
CHRISTIAN PROM 2010!


The date is Sat. April 24th, p Op, aboard dithe Lady St.Johns. The cost
per person (including chaperones) is $35.00.
A $20 deposit is due by 3 26 10. Attendees must be a high school stu-
dent and at least 16 years old.
(Boarding time is ":30pm boat will leave promptly at 8pm behind the
courthouse downtown Jacksonville!)


Get ready For great food, lots ot ftin, and we will select a King and Queen
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Witness For Justice #471

A Nation Fit for All Children

World leaders talk and talk about the importance of children in our lives. As
recently as 10 years ago, the United Nations held a special session on children to review
progress on their 1990 World Summit on Children. Creating a "World Fit for Children"
was the theme. Since, the United States was part of the international dialogue, let's focus
on our nation's commitment to children.
We often label children as the most vulnerable of our society. While I agree on.
the one hand, I would contest that notion on the other. Children are creative, they are
truthful, they are joyful and they are hopeful -- until we teach it out of them. Rather than
expecting our children to be resilient and withstand all the injustice thrown their way,
.perhaps we should consider changing the systemic conditions that negatively affect their
lives requiring that they keep bouncing back.
Our children do have much to teach us if we take the time to learn from them.
What children do not have is a voice on issues that deeply impact them on a daily basis.
I am not proposing that children should have to make decisions about larger societal
issues that they have no control over, nor that we turn them into adults before they're
ready. What I submit is that adults should consider the future of our children when we
make decisions about their well-being. Our message must be that education is key to sur-
vival in our nation's competitive and capitalistic culture. Instead we send a mixed mes-
sage to our children.
The real message we send to children is that "we care about some of you, but cer-
tainly not all of you." How else can we explain our actions to the thousands of children
deprived of quality public education? For the last several years, "No Child Left Behind"
rules and funding formulas have left children more than behind it has left thousands of
children completely out. The current administration's "Blueprint for Reform" makes
some improvements, but continues to pose many of the same serious problems.
There is widespread agreement among school professionals, politicians, and
activists that something needs to be done about this exclusive system that requires con-
stant testing to measure the quality of learning. Standardized testing may be an adminis-
trative convenience for the masses but it does not necessarily work for the child. Testing
that is standardized for the privileged does nothing for the child whose family is facing
poverty, racism, violence, and neighborhood dysfunction. We simply cannot expect that
every child in every school in every community is going to look the same or learn the
same. It is time to quit blaming the child for not making the grade.
We live in a nation that prides itself as a land of opportunity.
Where is the opportunity for our nation's inner city and small rural community schools?
Strong and publicly supported schools are at the very heart of an enlightened society; one
that is committed to the common good. We show little evidence of such a commitment.
This nation should be fit for all children, not just some.
See http://www.ucc.org/justice/public-education for more detailed information
and our response to the proposed federal legislation.
The United Church of Christ has more than 5,300 churches throughout the United
States. Rooted in the Christian traditions of congregational governance and covenantal
relationships, each UCC setting speaks only for itself and not on behalf of every UCC
congregation. UCC members and churches are free to differ on important social issues,
even as the UCC remains principally committed to unity in the midst of our diversity..


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