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Year 2008 In Review
Toward End of 2008
Jaguars' Vice President Resigns
James "Shack" Harris,
Jacksonville Jaguars' Vice
President of Player Personnel
since 2003 resigned Tuesday. He
is being replaced at the end of
this season with Gene Smith, 44,
,. who has been with the team since
James 'Shack' Harris it started in 1994.
Search is On for Two Georgia Men
Four Shot.- Three are Deceased
Kingsland, Ga. police are searching
for two men in the Sunday night shoot-
ing death of James Riddle, 25, Phyllis
Frazier, 28 and Michael Key, 25 in
Kingsland. James and Phyllis were
shot in their apartment. A third person
in the apartment escaped.
Jamie Riddle, 33 and Jermaine
Banks, 32, were shot when they pulled
up in front of the apartment after the
shooting of James and Phyllis. Jamie
died. Help! Contact 912-729-8254.
The World of Sports in 2008
Cullen Jones, 24,..the sec-
ond black swimmer to win
a gold medal.
Venus and Serena
Williams, won their sec-
ond doubles gold during
the 2008 Olympics.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt,
became the first to break
both the 100 and 200-meter
races at the same
Jockey Sylvia Harris is
the first black female to
win Chicago's horse racing
and the second in the coun-
ty to win a thoroughbred
Not Shown: Shani Davis,
26, won two speed-skating
*I titles during the World Cup
r Speed Skating finals.
Basketball greats, Patrick
Ewing and Hakeem
Olajuwon, were inducted
into the Hall of Fame in the
same class this September.
Ruby Dee, Academy Award
Ruby Dee received her first Academy
Award nomination for her role in
American Gangster and Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Motion
Nelson Mandella at 90 Years Old
Former South African president,
Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th
birthday and was removed from the
U.S. Terrorism Watch List.
Bill Board's Artist of the
Year Chris Brown
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The Biggest Victory
President Elect Barack Obama, entered the platform the
night of November 4, 2008 with a serious look. His face
said, "It is unbelievable but it is real. It has been officially
announced that I have won the 2008 presidential election
for the United States."
Senator John McCain had congratulated him and the
largest percentage of the country showed complete happi-
ness, relief and hope. It was a real feeling of, "A change has
come to America."
Ebony Magazine and Time Magazine named Obama
"Person of The Year." The people apparently agree because
according to CNN, he has received the highest rating of all
S .presidents in transition, these past three decades. His rating
as of December 24 was at 82% His approval for his cabi-
I net nominees has an equal approval rating.
The inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama is
envisioned to be the largest in history. More than five mil-
lion are expected to attend this historical event the inaugu-
ration of the official and without a doubt, first African
American President of the United States.
President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama Obama will use the bible that was previously used by
President Abraham Lincoln. He will wear a high top hat,
and he will use his entire given name. He cancelled the fireworks because he feels our issues are too serious.
America, rejoice. It won't be easy, but a change has come to the United States. Thank you Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. It took us forty years after your teachings but we finally got it straight in 2008.
They Made Money
even though he
played with one
leg. is about to
reach the bil-
from his win-
maker in the
World of enter-
President-elect Barack Obama
became the biggest money raiser.
The Money Losers
In October the average gas cost
was nearly $4.00 per gallon. With
a few days left in 2008, gas prices
has fallen to a 4 1/2 year low with
an average price of $1.40 per gal-
There was a series of events that
started the U. S. scrambling, such
as the failing of Lehman Brothers,
and AIG announcing they were
about to go under as well as
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the
nation's number one lender.
The year 2008 witnessed more
failing institutions than any year
since records were kept.
We Said Goodbye
Cat Lady Dies at 81
Eartha Kitt, known as the sultry 'cat lady' and her most
popular song, "Santa Baby" died on Christmas Day,
2008. The singer, dancer and actress was 81.
Many were shocked when comedian, Bernie Mac, died
in August from pneumonia. We- Continued A-7
Mariah Carey and
Most were not surprised when
Beyonce and Jay Z got married
but the same folks were totally sur-
prised when Mariah Carey and
Nick Cannon tied the knot.
Equally surprising was the
announcement by Wanda Sykes
that she had acquired a wife and
because gay marriage was now
banned in California, she would
begin a fight for such to become
legal throughout the United States.
The country saw many anti-gay
marches and violence against gays.
News and Notes with Tony
cox and Faral Chideya
1" M- wp '
The Oprah Winfrey
Network, with her
having 50% owner-
ship, will begin
broadcasting in 2009
and Tyler Perry
launched his own TV
and film studio in
Atlanta during 2008,
making it a first for
Criminal-Answers and Arrests
Hate in West Virginia
Megan Williams, 20 was held
captive, beaten and sexually
abused by six white men and
women in West Virginia
because she was black.
O J Simpson Gets 33 Years
0. J. Simpson, former star as an athlete .
and actor, received a sentence of 33
years for armed robbery in Las Vegas.
He shed tears saying he did not know it h
was wrong to try to get his property. Criminal A-7
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by Harry C. Alford
We have an Inauguration
every four years. This one
(January 20, 2009), like no
other, promises to be the
most magnificent and well
attended event in history. It's
the first African- American
president for the United
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be one of the most intelligent
and well organized executive
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Inaugural Committee (PIC)
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confident of Obama, have
been assembled. Emmett
Beliveau is the executive
director and will handle the
daily duties which are enor-
mous. A typical Inaugural
celebration will bring an
additional 300,000 visitors to
This time the expectations
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the biggest event in the histo-
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already hard at work making
sure this Inauguration will be
the most open and accessible
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President-elect Obama's and
Vice President-elect Biden's
commitment to change busi-
ness as usual in Washington."
He goes on, "For the first
time in history, the entire
length of the National Mall -
from the Capitol to the
Lincoln memorial will be
open to the public on
Inauguration Day. We believe
that as many Americans as
possible should be able to
come together in celebration
of our common values,
shared aspirations, and the
hope and optimism that
brought us to this moment of
JumboTrons and an audio
system will stretch from the
steps of the Capitol, where
Obama will be sworn in, to
the Lincoln Memorial, an
The Inauguration is free to
all attendees. There will be a
roped off part up front and
you must have a ticket (free)
to enter. The PIC will print
240,000 of these tickets and
distribute them to Congress
and federal employees.
It is illegal to sell a ticket.
Check with your senator or
congressperson to see if they
have any available. Other
than that, just come on out to
Then, of course there are
the numerous Inaugural Balls
and other events. Oprah
Winfrey is filming her show
at the Kennedy Center
throughout Inaugural week.
Aretha Franklin is giving
a free concert at the Kennedy
Center on Monday evening,
January 19, 2009. There are
official balls and unofficial
balls. The official balls are
managed by the PIC and they
occur on the evening of the
Inauguration, January 20,
These official balls are:
Democracy Ball, Freedom
Ball, Independence Ball,
Liberty Ball, Patriot Ball and
the Stars and Stripes Ball.
The President and First Lady
will pay a quick visit and per-
haps do a dance for the atten-
dees at each of these balls.
They are placed throughout
The unofficial balls et al
are still popping up. They will
begin on Saturday, January
17 and go through January
21. Right now there are 47
such balls listed. Like the
official balls, there will be a
ticket price usually devoted to
a particular fundraising event.
Ticket prices are ranging
from $125 $2500 right now.
Some prices are to be
announced later. I am proud
to announce that the National
Black Chamber of
Commerce is joining with the
Foundation to produce an
We are hosting an elabo-
rate Gala at the French
Embassy on January 19,
2009, between the hours of
8:00PM Midnight. The
French Embassy is the most
beautiful venue in
Washington, DC and we
found that it had been over-
looked by the other events.
Noticing this and filled
with enthusiasm from the
Obama victory we jumped on
it. Net proceeds will go to our
long-term project which is
the building of an NNPA
Media Wing to the John H.
Johnson School of
Communications on the cam-
pus of Howard University.
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inviting all of the supreme
dignitaries so come and join
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the balls and events surround-
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Schedule ofEvents and Services
HOLYGHOST OVERCOMING POWER EVAN-
GELISTIC PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE, INC. -The
19th Annual Holy Triumphal Fellowship service begins
December 31, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. 6:00 a.m. A Prayer
breakfast will be served following the service. All are
welcome! Join us as we give God the Praise all night at
5729 Vernon Rd. Dr. B. J. Hamilton, Pastor.
NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH cor-
dially invites you to come join them on January 10,
2009 as they celebrate Family and Friends Day.
Beninning with Church School at 9:00 a.m. and
Morning Worship Service at 10:45 a.m. The church is
located at 737 Jessie St., in Jacksonville. Call 904-358-
2258 for more information.
MOUNT SINAI MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH District Five presents Catherine Williams
and majestic Voices Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 5:00
p.m. 2036 Silver St., in Jacksonville. Rev. R.L. Gundy,
Pastor. Where Jesus is, People Will Show Up!
THE LINCOLN-DOUGLASS MEMORIAL will
celebration The EMANCIPATION PROCLAMA-
TION programThursday, January 1, 2009 at 10:45
a.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church located at
954 Kings Rd. in Jacksonville. Come and witness a phe-
nomenal portrayal of the times, circumstances, and
words of Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham
Lincoln. Your attendance will allow you to remember
how God used Fredrick Douglass and many other abo-
litionists to elevate the American conscious about the
horrors of slavery and how God chose an unlikely ser-
vant, Abraham Lincoln, to become President of the
United States and sign the Emancipation Proclamation
on January 1, 1863 freeing the slaves in Confederate
held territory. Special invitation to Youth, Children, and
their parents/guardians, regarding practices for the
Emancipation Proclamation Program will be held on
December 29, 30, and 31 at 5:00 p.m. at Second
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Missionary Baptist Church. This year's guest speaker is
Dr. H.T. Rhim, Sr., Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary
Baptist Church located in the heart of the community
known as "Black Bottom." At the helm leading the
organization as President of the Executive Board is Dr.
Odell Smith, Jr., long time pastor of this year's host
church, Second Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Gayle
Kendall, 2nd Vice President and Program Chairman
expects this year's celebration to be another outstanding
witness of "reflecting the past, as we forge into the
future!" All are welcome to the program.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER WORKSHOP -
Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. 2 p.m. at
the Mary L. Singleton Center located at 150 E. First St.,
Jacksonville. Caregiving can be an often lonely,
exhausting and frustrating role but also can be filled
with delight and satisfaction. The trick is how to
find the balance. This workshop has been designed to
give caregivers the practical information they need to
help take care of themselves and their loved ones.
Concurrent sessions will cover preservation of assets,
physical aspects of caregiving, compassion fatigue,
advance directives, choosing assisted living or long
term care for Alzheimer's patients, hospice care for
Alzheimer's patients, challenging behaviors and more.
Keynote speaker will be Carol O'Dell, author of
"Mothering Mother," a daughter's memoir about caring
for her aging mother. Registration:The workshop is
free and open to the public but reservations are
required. Home care is also available for loved ones. To
register for the workshop and to arrange for home care
please call Nikki Tubig at 904.807.1225 by Monday,
January 19, 2008. Complimentary lunch will be pro-
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December 18, 2008.
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HILTON, Sallie M., died
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HOWELL, James died
December 21, 2008.
JACKSON, Marvin Leo
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JOHNSON, Fannie Lue,
84, died December 18,
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JONES, Josephine died
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December 19, 2008.
LANG, Baby Derianna
Skyhe died December 19,
PALZY, Hester died
December 20, 2008.
PRESTON, Lucille P.,
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RUFF, Frances died
December 20, 2008.
SIMMONS, Palmer died
December 21, 2008.
STEWART, Robert died
December 20, 2008.
TUCKER, Dorothy died
December 20, 2008.
WEST, Charlie Mae, 75,
December 18, 2008.
Catherine E., died
December 19, 2008.
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Intercessory Prayer.................... 10:45 a.m. "
Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m.
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(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W orship Service....................................................................10:00 a.m .
Church School..................... .......................................... 8:45a.m .
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study................................................ 6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday.............................10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
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
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
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There s Always Something HI
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. Retires
'The Consummate Gentleman'
The Holiday Inn at the Airport was the setting for the
fun-filled Retirement Celebration of Florida Department
of Juvenile Justice's Chief, Probation Officer Edgar L.
Mathis, Sr. Mathis, a Jacksonville native was educated
in the local schools of Jacksonville, graduating from
New Stanton's Senior High School. Furthering his edu-
cation, Edgar L. Mathis received the B.S. Degree in
Social Sciences and the Master of Science Degree in
Criminal Justice Administration.
Professionally, Mr. Mathis began his career in 1971
as a Youth Counselor with the City of Jacksonville. His
36 year career with the State of Florida spanned appoint-
ments as Youth Counselor, Senior Youth Counselor,
Youth Counselor Supervisor, Direct Services Supervisor,
Human Services Program Administrator, and Juvenile
Justice Manager for the newly formed Department of
Juvenile Justice in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Mathis
was one of twenty Juvenile Justice Managers and one of
four African Americans to hold that position. He was
responsible for five counties in North Florida (Baker,
Clay, Duval Nassau and St. Johns), managing personnel
and facilities associated with programs that provided
services to juvenile delinquents. He had a full-time staff
of 363 employees, 150 part-time employees, managing a
budget of over 30 million dollars and an additional 13
million dollars in contracts for services. With a change in
administration in 2000, Mr. Mathis was appointed as one
of twenty Chief Probation Officers and Circuit
Coordinators. During this illustrious professional career,
Mr. Mathis accepted a position in 1992 with the City of
Jacksonville as the Employee Assistance Administrator.
In this position he was an advisor to the Mayor, and
department heads on how to effectively deal with
employees with personal job related problems.
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. is very active in the community.
His numerous affiliations include: Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Gamma
Beta Boul6 Chapter, Sigma Pi Phi.
In retiring Mr. Mathis will be able to devote more
adoring time to his lovely wife Mrs. Gail Cole Mathis,
his three children- Edgar II, Gwenetta, Cherise, his six
grandchildren and his love of golf. He has formed the
consulting company, POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOP-
We wish the 'Consummate Gentleman' Edgar L.
Mathis, Sr. the best of wishes and we thank him for his
years of dedicated service to the youth of Florida.
With The Savannah Moles
The Landings at Savannah's Plantation Country Club
was the setting again this year for the Savannah Moles
Annual Christmas Luncheon and Jacksonville Moles
members Mrs. Madeline Scales-Taylor and yours truly
along with our hubbies trekked up to Savannah to join in
the afternoon of fun as the guests of Savannah Moles
member Mrs. Safronia 'Safi' Ingram. The music, mer-
riment, libations and 'heavenly' seafood fare again was
Seeing our Mole sisters from the north is always
enormously wonderful! Although we saw one another
most recently at the Moles Conclave in Washington, DC,
it is always nice to see one another between Mole
Conclaves. At our table were: The Lloyd Johnsons, who
chose Savannah as their retirement location (Mr.
Johnson a retired east coast attorney and Mrs. Johnson a
retired federal government employee); Mrs. Louise
Anderson Tarver and son Raymond Tarver, Jr. from
Tallahassee, FL (Young Mr. Tarver is restoring the
Anderson Family Tallahassee home located on the
Florida A. & M. University campus on Osceola St.);
Mrs. Virginia Hayes whose late husband formed the
band that provided the entertainment at the luncheon);
and Mrs. Emily Nzeribe, the sister of the late Mr.
Hayes. Each has become treasured acquaintances
through this annual affair.
With 'after parties' going on throughout the
Savannah Moles membership we could not return home
following the luncheon. With a quick change of clothes
at our hotel, we continued to our hostess's 'after party'
where we dined more. Our hostess did not let a broken
hand deter her from being the infinite gracious hostess.
There was even had homemade ice cream this year.
Wow! And it was 'lip smacking' good!
We always stay over for the night. We never consid-
er returning home until we had more of Savannah's won-
derful low-country cuisine. It is always a wonderful and
fun weekend. We look forward to next year's event and
are discussing plans to go up the day before the Annual
Luncheon next year.
Edgar L. Mathis, S
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. with former staffers Ms. Connie Campbell
and Rentie Weston, Jr.
The George Graces and The Edgar L. Mathises, Jr.
Savannah, GA 's Mayor Otis Johnson with Leonard Law,
Jr. Mr. Law is husband of Savannah Moles member and
past National Moles Parliamentarian Mrs. Dorothy Law.
Mrs. Louise Anderson Tarver with her son Raymond Tarver, Jr.
traveled from Tallahassee, FL for The Savannah Moles
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Mathis with their children and grandchil-
dren. Their daughter Ms. Cherise M. Jones was present, how-
ever, seemed to have missed all the "Kodak"moments.
Former Deputy Secretary, Department Juvenile Justice Woodrow
Harper andEdgar L Mathis, Sr.
Edgar L. Mathis, Sr. with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity brothers
Robert Wilson and Cornelius 'Chip' Williams
To the left: The Howard
Taylors of The Jacksonville
Moles with Savannah Moles
hostess Mrs. Safronia 'Safi'
Ingram at the Savannah
Moles Annual Christmas
Luncheon. Mrs. Madeline
Scales- Taylor is National
Moles Courtesy Committee
Chairperson and Mrs. Ingram
is National Moles Resolutions
The J. Carl Davises, Sr. of The Jacksonville
To the eIft: National
The Moles, Betty
Asque Davis with
President, Mrs. Frieda
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, Savannah Moles Chapter
President Mrs. Frieda McDew Shorter and Mrs. Joenelle
Gordon, a past president of The Savannah Moles.
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DECEMBER 27. 2008 THE STAR PAGE A-S
Obama Top Advisor: 'There's Room for
Everyone at the Table'
by Hazel Trice Edney
(NNPA) Valerie Jarrett,
who will likely become a
household name very
shortly as she serves as a
senior advisor and public
liaison for President
Barack Obama, says the
landscape of activism
may drastically change
under the Obama admin-
istration as those who
have traditionally fought
to be heard will likely
have seats at the table.
"You do not need to
have demonstrations in
front of the White House
to convince this president
that there is a disparate
impact in the African-
around issues such as
health care and educa-
tion. He's got that," says
Jarrett in a telephone
interview with the NNPA
News Service. "The cam-
paign stood for change. It
stood for a grassroots,
bottom up drive toward a
better country. That does
not have to be confronta-
tional. It can be engag-
This may mean a mix-
ture of people at the table
Jarrett says those from
all generations, races and
walks of life, she said in
the interview that
focused mostly on
Obama's style of leader-
ship and how he will
maintain a progressive
relationship with the
"It starts with working
toward solutions. You
don't have to convince
him that there's a prob-
lem. You have to just
work with us to come up
with the appropriate solu-
tions. And his strategy is,
'Look if we all come to
the table and we have a
common goal of trying to
solve a problem, there's
no end to what ordinary
people can do. We can do
Particularly during the
protest marching surged.
Iconic Black activists
the Revs. Al Sharpton
and Jesse Jackson have
led thousands of people
in numerous marches
over the past several
years, pertaining to
everything from econom-
ic injustice to inequities
in the criminal justice
system to .specific cases
of police misconduct and
Jarrett, a Chicago
business woman who is
already called the "first
friend" to the Obanias,
has not ruled out the pos-
sibility of even Jackson
and Sharpton at the table
in the White House.
is about inclusion and not
about exclusion," she
said when asked whether
Jackson, Sharpton and
the Rev. Joseph Lowery
might possibly be among
those at the table.
"The basic foundation
of his philosophy is that
too many people have
been excluded for too
long; the special interest
groups and the lobbyists
Washington. And as a
result, the voices of every
day people have been
drowned out. And this
grassroots campaign has
been about reengaging
the American people.
And so there's room for
everyone at the table."
Acknowledging that it
is clearly "a new genera-
tion's turn to lead", she
said Obama still sees a
place for those, such as
Lowery, who marched
alongside Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. and co-
founded the Southern
"You don't turn your
back on the older genera-
tion," she said. "But, you
understand that they're
seeing the world through
a different prism and in
order to move forward,
we have to have a new
generation of leadership.
That doesn't disenfran-
chise those who have
worked so hard who
came before us.
But, it is a natural suc-
cession that you would
have this new era in a
Valerie Jarrett knows
how the president-elect
thinks. It is often said that
talking to Jarrett is the
same as talking to
Obama. That assertion is
close to the truth, she
"Obviously, he is his
own person, but we are
very close," she says.
"I've had the pleasure of
knowing both the presi-
dent-elect and his terrific
wife, Michelle for over
17 years now. I have
worked with them both.
They are my very dear
friends, so I think 'we
understand each other."
Preparing to lead, they
hash out issues daily.
"During the transition
now I speak with him
several times a day,"
Jarrett says. "He's in the
transition office every-
day. I'm there at least
some portion of every
day and so, we're deeply
involved in the selection
of his cabinet and analyz-
ing agency reviews and
all of the multiple array
of both challenges and
opportunities facing our
country. And so, we
spend a lot of quality
time together these
She is not only a sen-
ior advisor and public
liaison, but she will also
lead the administration
affairs, working with
state and local govern-
ments, where many of
the nitty-gritty issues,
such as crime, poverty,
homeless and unequal
justice are being fought
"He understands that
change starts at the
ground," she says.
CEO of a real estate
development and man-
Jarrett brings to the table
a plethora of educational
and professional experi-
ences that have prepared
her for this moment,
including degrees from
Stanford and the
University of Michigan
and she has worked for
two Chicago mayors,
Harold Washington and
But, Jarrett says she
pulls mostly from Obama
himself when helping
him to make day-to-day
decisions on appoint-
ments and transition
For Black people -
who have been histori-
cally at rock bottom at
nearly every negative
social statistic in
America that means ris-
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Citing the racially dis-
parate economic impact
on job losses and dis-
parate health and health
care statistics, Jarrett
acknowledges, "They are
far more rampant in the
Black community than
you see in the general
population... So, if
you're going to say that
front and center is the
economy and we take ini-
tiatives to jump start the
economy and the Black
community is most frag-
ile, it's going to inure to
community," she said.
Jarrett says Obama's
inclusive leadership style
will naturally remind
America that what's good
for African-Americans is
good for all.
"We have to see that
we are all inextricably
bound," she says. "So, I
think he brings to the
conversation a way of
describing how you help
the Black community
that is in the self-interest
of the general popula-
Still, there are ene-
mies even to that vision.
Jarrett laments news of
reported racial hate
crimes and attacks that
have happened in
response to Obama's
"He has absolutely no
tolerance for racial injus-
tice, regardless of the
race that it's been direct-
ed toward," she says. "He
feels very strongly that
we have to come together
and stop the racial injus-
tice that has ravaged our
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President-elect Obama
country in the past."
Still, she says, nothing
will distract him from the
goals he has set to change
the way business is done
in American politics. She
cites his personal experi-
ence as perhaps his best
"He knows what it's
like to grow up without a
father. He knows what
it's like to have a mom
struggling between being
at home with her family
and being away working.
He knows what it's like
to have to put himself
through school through
scholarships and piece
together and work so that
he can get the quality
education that will allow
him to be the kind of
president that he's going
to be. And so, there's a
level of empathy having
walked in the shoes of
those who are the less
fortunate," Jarret says. "I
think our country is so
fortunate to have a presi-
dent whose life has not
been so easy."
Still, America's first
dent is taking on levels of
responsibility never seen
in American history.
Jarrett is optimistic.
"Our challenges are so
immense. We haven't
been in this kind of eco-
nomic crisis since the
great depression. We
have two wars going on.
We have our climate
that's in peril, we have
our public school system
that needs an enormous
amount of help, we have
an energy crisis in our
country, we have a health
care problem in our coun-
"Change does not come
easy. There will be many
forces that will want to
continue the status quo.
We have to rise above
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Naturi Naughton: Sexy, Sassy
By Rych McCain,
Photo: Shannon Barr PR
Famed hit Musical
legends Rogers and
Hammerstein wrote a
song titled "Honey
Bun" for their 1949
Musical hit "South
Pacific." Two lines in
the song describe one
sailor's love interest as
"Only sixty inches
high. Every inch is
packed with dyna-
mite." This could very
well be an apropos
Naughton. This petit
cutie-pie portrays rap-
per Lil Kim in the new
soon to be released
Pictures movie NOTO-
RIOUS. The film is the
life story of
AKA The Notorious
B.I.G. Naughton skill-
fully captures the
By Rych McCain
Lil Wayne (4 awards);
Soulja Boy awardsd)
and Danity Kane (2
awards); led the winners
pack when the 2008 On
Line Hip Hop Awards
were presented on line
by SOHH.Com. The
fans chose the winners
by voting online
between Sep. 15th and
Nov. 20th. For a full list
of the winners, go to
Fans of teen actress Ke
Ke Palmer and her
smash hit TV show
"True Jackson VP,"
which has already been
picked up for a second
season on the
can receive phone mes-
sage updates from Ke
Ke herself by calling her
A small toll is attached.
You only have to call
"one" time to leave your
number. Ke Ke will pick
five names from the col-
lected numbers to per-
sonally call live every
Sunday. Will she be talk-
ing to you?
The Black Candle (A
is now available in time
for the upcoming
The DVD film was writ-
ten and directed by M.K.
Asante, Jr., and narrated
by Dr. Maya Angelou.
Asante ventured across
the U.S., Europe, Africa,
Canada and the
Caribbean to explore the
essence and nuances of
Lil Kim as far as her
bold sexuality on and
off stage and her over
Naughton was born
and reared in East
Orange, New Jersey
where as an honor stu-
dent in high school,
she sung and per-
formed at the New
Jersey Performing Arts
Center and became the
anthem singer for the
New Jersey Nets home
games. From the ten-
der ages of fourteen
through seventeen she
was a member of the
singing group 3LW
which had a platinum
selling album on the
label. This allowed the
group to tour world
wide with N'Sync and
Naughton left the
group in 2002 and
matriculated to Seton
effects of Kwanzaa
being celebrated around
the world. The film is
very enlightening on the
subject of Kwanzaa. Go
The Tale of
Pictures in association
with Relativity Media, A
Larger Than Life
Watson, Tracey Ullman,
Kevin Kline, William H.
Macy, Stanley Tucci,
Ciaran Hinds, Robbie
Coltrane and Sigourney
Directed by Sam Fell
and Rob Stevenhagen.
Screenplay by Gary
Ross. Screen Story by
Will McRobb and Chris
Viscardi based on the
book "The Tale of
Despereaux" by Kate
DiCamillo. Produced by
Gary Ross and Allison
This film is a holiday
treat for the children.
This fairytale setting is
about a little mouse
name Despereaux who
was different from birth.
He didn't have the fear
of cats, mouse traps or
other things of which
mice are supposed to be
afraid. He becomes an
unlikely hero when the
town's princess is in
trouble. The story plot is
good and the animation
is top-of-the-line. The
entire family can enjoy
Hall University to
major in Political
Science. Just before
her junior year she
landed the role of
"Little Inez" and
toured with the road
company of "Hair
Spray. She stayed with
the show for two more
years when it played
on Broadway. Then
she secured the role of
Lil Kim for NOTORI-
When it came to being
Lil Kim with all of the
way out actions such
as the bold sexuality
etc., for which she is
known, especially the
sex scene, how did
approach the charac-
ter? She laments, "I
know Lil Kim and we
all know her the way
she portrays her
image. I knew that I
would have to step
outside of my comfort
zone. I knew that
Title Films present in
Naturi had to be left
behind because this is
such a different char-
acter then myself. But
1 felt like it was a
challenge that I want-
ed to take on and I'm
proud of how George
Tillman (the director)
portrayed it because
there is so much other
stuff to see other than
the nude scene."
Naughton also points
out, "You can see the
and see how I really
dug deep into the soul
of this young woman
that was in love. I'm
happy and I really feel
good about it. It was a
challenging part. Lil
Kim goes out there.
She goes over the top
with everything she
does so I just had to
get into that mind
frame and say you
know what, if I'm
going to play Lil Kim,
I'll make her walk
away with it.
the whole "Biggie" era
well with the hits,
videos and everything
else in between. She
recalls, "I have a
brother who was thir-
teen years older than
me. He used to jam to
biggie and Lil Kim. I
remember well that he
had the hard core
poster in his room of
Lil Kim with her legs
open and that bikini
that she had. I was
young but I was listen-
ing to the music
"Love" and "Juicy"
and I remember when
"One More Chance"
came out. A lot of
those hits used to come
on the radio and it
made me feel like real-
ly good and inspired."
Naughton is currently
filming the remake of
the 80's smash hit
FAME. She is playing
Denise which is the
same role that Irene
Cara made famous.
open in theaters in
January 2009 and
should be a monster hit
not only with the
"Biggie" fans and hip
hop but with music
buffs of all genres.
Sheen, Kevin Bacon,
Rebecca Hall, Toby
Macfadyen, Oliver Platt
and Sam Rockwell.
Based on the stage play
by Peter Morgan.
Screenplay by Peter
Morgan. Directed by
Ron Howard. Produced
by Brian Brazer, Ron
Howard, Tim Bevan and
Eric Fellner. The largest
watched (45 million
viewers) news program
in the history of televi-
sion happened during
the summer of 1977
when British TV host
David Frost sat down
with disgraced former
U.S. President Richard
Nixon. This film recre-
ates the drama and
action that took place
behind the scenes. Frank
Langella looks and
sounds so close to Nixon
that you can almost
swear he is the real
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By Andrea K. Ortiz
When one first hears the name Ada "Bricktop"
Smith, a sneaking sense of familiarity creeps to mind,
until the 'aha!' moment when we realize she was a leg-
endary and world-renowned African-American female
jazz club owner of Paris' club Bricktop. After securing
her place in 20th Century Paris, the fiery, red-headed
Bricktop would go on to inspire, discover, and rub
elbows with countless international writers, musi-
cians, poets, and members of royal families, (Duke
Ellington, Josephine Baker, and Mabel Mercer to
name a few). Hers is the story of a woman who strug-
gled to fit in, and never failed to stand out.
Producers Jonas Nielson, Paul Lambert, and
Whoopi Goldberg saw this legendary woman's story
as one that not only needed telling, but that also need-
ed to be brought to life on the stages of Broadway. As
such, the project 'Bricktop, Queen of the Night' was
born. At a recent event hosted at the legendary Apollo
Theater in Harlem, New York, for the first time in his-
tory, a Broadway jazz musical was opened with a jazz
concert. In attendance were countless jazz royalty:
Teodross Avery and the Avery Sharpe Trio, Wallace
Roney, the Dom Minasi Trio, and Katie Bull amongst
others. Each ensemble delivered powerful renditions
of jazz standards, and in between sets, there were even
tap dance performances in homage to the Apollo's
Sandman (the tap dancing stage hand).
When asked how the story resonated with him, co-
producer Nielson compared Bricktop's story to a jour-
ney home, "it's been a journey home, synonymous to
Ada's. It is my hope that this production can be equal-
ly inspiring to all. This project has been an epiphany
within a journey." "Bricky," as Smith was known by
close friends, traveled from Chicago in search of a
career on the stage, and would ultimately become the
"doyenne of the cafe society." Not only did Ava Smith
overcome the social obstacles erected for people of
color during her time, but she also trumped class and
social norms by becoming an international club owner
and successful performer all before the 1960's!
When asked how they felt to be present at such an
historic event, guests Minister Vernon Crew and Rev.
Ruth McGill were "honored and glad to be there."
Even the musicians who performed sang her praises.
Jazz musician Teodross Avery asserted, "It's such a
special treat to be part of such a special project as this-
Bricktop brought jazz to Europe. She was an integral
part of musical history. For a fiery young woman of
color to have accomplished what she did during an era
of unchecked racism, prejudice and discrimination,
Ada "Bricktop" Smith serves as an inspiration for all.
Hinesville, GA Gets First Black Mayor-
Jim Thomas made history
last Friday morning when
he was sworn in as
Hinesville's first Black
mayor. The mayor said his
being sworn in is a "power-
ful affirmation of God's
Mayor Thomas moved
to Hinesville in 1977 and at
that time, had not been in
politics. He said, that poli-
tics, back then, was not in the cards and not in his thought
pattern for tomorrow.
Thomas was sworn in along with the city's city coun-
cil. The took their oath and are now ready to serve. He
said he recognizes that his being mayor in a Georgia city
is a confirmation of Dr. King's words, you are not judged
by your color, but by the power of the mind."
The Youngest In Florida's State House -Alan
Williams was elected to represent District 8 of Florida by
82% of the people. The FAMU
graduate at 27 years of age is a
small business owner and will be
the youngest person in more than
25 years to represent the district.
He previously worked as Aide to
the Mayor of Tallahasseeand wa,
featured in Ebony under "Future
Leaders under 30."
The Killing Guns How and Who Gets
Them- Members and leaders of SCLC, Baptist Ministers
Conference of Duval and adjacent
S counties, NAACP, Jacksonville
Leadership Coalition and MAD
SDADS are seeking answers to the
gun crimes inthis area. Presently,
they are reviewing each incident
wherein a gun was used to commit
a crime while thoroughly review-
ing several studies done, including
the studies done in Jacksonville
from 1996 to 2000.
According to the studies, a small
number of gun stores are the source of a large number of crime
guns. Most high crime gun stores remain open. They are rarely
inspected by federal agents and the federal laws that have been
passed, are not being enforced on those stores that are consid-
They Did It For Meanness -They Killed a Man and
a Boy In Hialeah,
there was a total of
2,317 guns traced to a
criminal act. Of that
number, none of the
stores were inspected
Billy Sheppard, Rashard
SE even though many
22 Evans, 20 guns were traced to
having been purchased from their locations. All were still in
business, according to the study.
On July 20, 2008, 39 year old Patrick Stafford was killed,
hours later a driver was carjacked and not long afterwards, 16-
year-old Monquell Wimberly was killed while riding his bike.
Arrested: Bill Sheppard and Rashard Evans.
Shiloh's Pastor Resigns -Amid allegations and accu-
sations of sexual harassment via text mes-
sages, Pastor Darrell Gilyard of Shiloh, one
of Jacksonville's most prominent predomi-
nantly African American churches, resigned.
In a letter to the chair of the Board of
,, J Trustees and Board of Deacons, The Rev.
/ Gilyard stated he was seeking a "complete
S and thorough review of the facts."
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church was founded in 1875 and
since that time has served the LaVilla community and now, far
beyond, through 12 pastors. The late Rev. A.B. Coleman Sr.,
served as pastor for 44 years where it became one of the greatest
churches in the city.
V' 4cti tj
Nobel Prize Laureate
Presents Latest Work
By Andrea K. Franklin
Nobel Literature Prize winner Toni
Morrison participated in a Q&A session fol-
lowing a brief reading of her latest novel A
Mercy, which presents an alternative view
of slavery and racism in antebellum
America. Morrison seemed jubilant and
hopeful about the book, and rightfully so
as lines wrapped around the entire 4th
floor of the Manhattan, NY Barnes & Noble
which hosted the event! Readers patient-
ly waited for as long as 1 %1 hours to have
a brief word with Morrison as she auto-
graphed the front covers of their books.
Noted as one of 2001's 30's Most Powerful
Women by Ladies Home Journal,
Morrison's latest work will be her 9th
novel. Previous works such as Beloved
have also earned the distinguished author
the Pulitzer Prize in Literature..
Lee Graduate Dies In Iraq -Tavarus
ed from Lee
High School in
2005 and was a
part of the
died of wounds
Serving in Iraq,
and was consid-
ered a model soldier.
Tavarus, 23, was the youngest of seven chil-
dren. He was engaged to be married during this
past Thanksgiving season when he was sched-
uled for leave. Private Setzler's vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Iraq, which caused his death.
Tavarus' ROTC instructor said that he was
the kind of person you would want on your
He will receive the Iraq Campaign Medal,
the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and
the Army Service Ribbon.
Executive Chef Johnnie "JJ" Jones, a
restaurant owner was
hit on a bike and
killed in July. He was
a member of the
Southside Church of
God in Christ.
requested in lieu of
flowers that dona-
O tions be made to The
Clara White Mission
Culinary Program (Executive Chef Johnnie
Jones Scholarship Fund), and The American
Culinary Federation First Coast Chapter (Chef
and Child Foundation).
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Ask Deanna! Is an advice column known for its
fearless approach to reality-based subjects!
I'm worried about my sister because she is the type of woman that
has to be in a relationship. She recently ended a 6-year romance
and after two weeks, already getting serious about someone new. I
think she needs to clear her head and realize she is on the rebound.
She has already told this man she loves him and I want her to slow m
down. What can I say to her in order to spare her feelings but still get my message across?
Anonymous St. Louis, MO
It's good that you're concerned because this is your sister and you love her. If she's not being
hurt and there aren't any foul signs of abuse or cheating from this man, you should wait and
see what happens. However, it's too early to see his true character and as an experienced dater,
your sister should see the signs when they appear. Share your honest feelings with her about
slowing down and let her know she has your full support if things don't work out.
My boyfriend and I have dated for 3-years and I gave him a key to my apartment. Now that
he can come in, eat, sleep and go as he pleases, things have changed. He doesn't come over
as often and when he does, it's late at night. I've asked him for a key to his place but he
said no without an explanation. I told him I wanted my key back and he said if I take it
from him or change the locks, the relationship is over. Was it a mistake to give him a key in
the first place'?
Tanya On-Line Reader
If his name isn't on the lease then he shouldn't have a key. You made yourself vulnerable
because he knows you won't entertain anyone else since he can show up at any time. He's not
going to give you a key because he's not as committed as you are. You should take your key
and if that's the only thing that can end the relationship, then you don't need him. If he refus-
es, then change your locks, make him knock on the door for a visit and keep it moving.
I was jailed for the past 15 years. I'm free now and having a hard time adjusting. So many
things have changed and I feel lost in a world that is so fast. I can't use a computer, the cell
phones are intimidating and everything costs so much. It's a challenge trying to survive and
make it working minimum wage. I never want to go back to jail but drug dealing made my
life so easy. What can I do to keep from giving in the urge to deal drugs again?
Sam P. Decatur, GA
Pray hard and remember the life you lost in jail. Think about the confinement, prison food
and neglect you suffered. If that's not enough, think of the people you destroy while selling
them drugs. If you're doing well on your minimum wage job, then go to the next level and
get a second job. Once you get that going, max yourself out with college courses.
You'll be so busy making honest money and improving yourself that you won't think about
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Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community' events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the su--unding ar-ea.
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICA WOMEN IN SPACE Featured Speaker for MNLK
Breakfast -The 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and hosted by the City of Jacksonville, the
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP, the Urban League and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will
recognize Dr. King's work and its lasting effects on the Jacksonville community. Dr.
Mae Jemison, the event's featured speaker, will highlight Dr. King's achievements and
the impact they still have on the Northeast Florida region. Among her many accom-
plishments, Dr. Jemison was the first African American women to go into space. Dr.
Jemison was also a Science Mission Specialist, a NASA first, on the STS 47 Space lab
J flight, a U.S/Japan joint mission. She is also a chemical engineer, physician and
teacher. In addition to her extensive background in science, she is well-versed in
African and African-American studies. Friday, January 9, 2009, 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St.'Individual tickets are $15 per per-
son before December 22 and $20 after December 22. Corporate tables are $200 for a
table of 10 before December 22 and $250 for a table of 10 after December 22.
2008 BEACH BALL CLASSIC BEGINS THIS WEEK -Myrtle Beach, SC--
Teams from all over the United States and Canada will gather at the Myrtle Beach
Convention Center for the 2008 Beach Ball Classic December 26-31. Now in its 28th
year, the Beach Ball Classic is the most successful sporting event on the Grand Strand
and has been ranked for nearly two decades as the number one High School Holiday
Basketball Tournament in America. "The Beach Ball Classic is one of the strongest
supported events in the area as well as a great opportunity to promote our city by
bringing new people to the beach who will hopefully come back with their families,"
said Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, who heads the tournament. Tickets are avail-
able at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center box office. The nationally acclaimed
tournament will also be broadcasted live online at beachballclassic.com.
HOLIDAY TRAVELERS CAN AVOID TRAFFIC BY CALLING FDOT'S
FREE 511 -Statewide system provides free, up-to-the-minute travel information. This
holiday season the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reminds drivers to
call its free 511 system for roadway information to avoid traffic and get to their des-
tination safer. The free 511 phone number and FL511 .com Web site feature real-time
roadway information on all of Florida's interstates and Florida's Turnpike. Holiday
travelers can save time and money by planning trips ahead of time and registering per-
sonalized travel and alternate routes for free on the 511 Web site.
The statewide Web site allows users to create up to 10 personalized travel routes
they can then access immediately when calling 511 to hear roadway updates. The sys-
tem lets users create custom names, such as "Home" and "Back Up Home", so with
one voice prompt, callers can get information on their entire route.
The 511 system uses simple Caller ID technology to recognize the caller and pro-
vides the option to hear traffic details for the programmed trips first. If there is an inci-
dent on one road, drivers can change routes before getting caught in congestion. The
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at www.FL511.com provides detailed
instructions and useful tips for successfully using the customizable routes feature.
511 is also the easy, three-digit phone number for Florida's airports and seaports.
Travelers flying out of the state can call 511 and transfer to their regional airport to
hear flight information for free.
By Ulysses W. Watkins, Jr., M.D.
DEFINITION: Inflammation and infection in the
breast of a woman who has recently given birth. It
occurs in about 1% of new mothers and is more likely in
women who are breast-feeding.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED Breasts.
SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED Females of childbearing age.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Symptoms may occur anytime while nursing, but
usually begin 3 to 4 weeks after delivery. Common symptoms:
Tender, swollen, hard, hot breasts)
CAUSES Infection from bacteria that enter the mother's breast from the
nursing baby's nose or throat. The most common germs are staphy lococcus
aureus and beta hemolytic streptococcus,
RISK INCREASES WITH
Abrasion of the nipple.
Blocked milk ducts from wearing too-tight bras, sleeping on the stomach or
waiting too long between feedings.
Use of electric or manual breast pump.
HOW TO PREVENT
Wash nipples before nursing. Wash hands before touching breast.
Wear a comfortable bra that is not too tight.
If nipple cracks or fissures, apply lanolin cream or other topical medication
recommended by your doctor.
Don't sleep on your stomach.
WHAT TO EXPECT
APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE
Self-care after diagnosis.
Your own observation of symptoms.
Medical history and physical exam by a doctor.
Laboratory blood studies and a culture of the breast milk.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS Without treatment, may lead to breast
PROBABLE OUTCOME Usually curable in 10 days with treatment.
HOW TO TREAT
Apply an ice pack to the engorged breast 3 to 6 times a day. Use for 15 to
20 minutes at a time. Don't use ice packs within 1 hour of nursing use warm
Wear an uplift bra during treatment.
Continue to breast-feed, even though breasts are infected. Offer the affect-
ed breast first promote complete emptying.
If an abscess develops, stop breast-feeding on the affected side. Use a breast
pump to empty the infected breast regularly, and continue breast-feeding on the
MEDICATIONS Your doctor may prescribe:
Antibiotics to fight infection. Finish the prescription, even if symptoms sub-
Pain relievers. For minor discomfort, you may use non-prescription drugs
such as acetaminophen.
ACTIVITY Rest in bed until fever and pain diminish. You may read or
DIET No special diet. Drink extra fluids while you have fever.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF
You have symptoms of mastitis.
The following occurs during treatment. Fever spikes to over 101F.
You have signs of a developing abscess: a localized area with increasing
redness, pain, tenderness and fluctuance (feels like pushing on an inflated inner
Dr. Watkins can be heard live Sundays at 7:05 pm EST on www.KCOHRadio.com. He is
a 33 Mason and Grand Medical D'irector for the United Supreme Council. S. J. and
Imperial Council (Black Shriners Nationwide). 713-433-4536.
The time-saving system is a free resource from FDOT that helps manage conges-
tion, reduce emissions and increase safety on all interstate highways, many major met-
ropolitan roadways and Florida's Turnpike. According to the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), knowing of congestion or delays can help prevent crashes. "Traffic congestion
can lead to crashes, which can lead to even more congestion," said FHP Lt. Col.
Ernesto Duarte. "If drivers can use 511 to plan a better route, everyone wins."
AAA Auto Club South encourages drivers to make travel preparations ahead of
time. "It's a long weekend this year for Christmas and for that reason we expect a lot
of driving and congestion well in advance of Christmas Eve," said Gregg Laskoski,
Managing Director, Public & Government Relations for AAA Auto Club South. "So
that is why people should call 511 before getting in their car so, they can know exact-
ly what lies ahead." Calls to 511 are free, however cell phone minute charges may
1. Call 511 before you hit the road, at a rest area or have a passenger call to avoid
talking while driving. 2. Call 511 before you enter a new roadway to hear current road
conditions. 3. Customize your trip before you leave home at www.FL511.com to min-
imize time spent on the phone. 4. In low visibility, drive slowly and keep your low
beam headlights on. 5. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be
on, too. 6. Always wear your safety belt. 7. Don't drink and drive!
1. Speak as clearly as possible and minimize any background noise including radios
and open windows. 2. Say "other parts of the state" to transfer among Florida's
regional 511 services. 3. Say "help" for instructions. 4. Say "next," "previous,"
"stop" or "repeat" to navigate through the phone menus more quickly. 5. Say "main
menu" at any time to start over. 6. Say "feedback" to report congestion not already
mentioned on 511. 7. Interrupt 511 at any time if you already know your selection.
FDOT's Statewide 511
Since The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) launched the first 511 sys-
tem in Florida in 2002, Florida's 511 systems have received more than 25 million calls
from travelers seeking information ranging from commuter travel times to lane clo-
sures and severe weather affecting traffic. In 2009, FDOT will combine the regional
511 systems into one, seamless Statewide 511 system to better serve Florida travelers.
Florida is a national leader in providing up-to-date travel information to drivers
through the free 51 I Travel Information System. The statewide network draws on hun-
dreds of CCTV traffic surveillance cameras, countless road sensors and other traffic
information gathering tools to gather traffic data. FOI)() provided the free 511 Travel
Information System to reduce congestion and keep residents and visitors safe on
DECEMBER 27, 2008
DECEMBER 27, 2008 THE STAR PA GE B-3
S March 21st thru April 19th
This week is a lot like a roller coaster for you!
Monday and Tuesday bring a strange sense of
mounting energy and escalating weirdness
with friends and family, though you can't pin
down exactly what's going on. It's best to just
sit back and let it happen. The middle part of
the week is much more exciting, and things
seem to happen almost too fast for you to keep
up -- but your great energy helps you keep it
all in line! You may discover some new club or
restaurant that's appealing. Take it easy this
weekend, as you need to readjust to the ground
before walking too quickly.
April 20th thru May 20th
Your emotions are tricky early this week -- but
that doesn't mean you should ignore them. Let
your passions air out a bit, actually, and you
should find that you attract the right kind of
attention to improve your romantic life. Slow
down on Wednesday through Friday, even if
you feel that you're on a roll. It's not the best
time for you to take risks of any kind, but espe-
cially not with your finances. The weekend is
much sweeter, and your personal energy
should help you make the most of your leisure
i May 21st thru June 21st
Investigate your own emotional state on
Monday and Tuesday. You may not be the
most reflective person in the world, but every
now and then, you can get some real insights
into yourself and your deepest thoughts. In
fact, the rest of the week should give you a
great opportunity to take things to a deeper
level with your sweetheart, career or artistic
aspirations. Whatever means the most to you
suddenly becomes even more engaging! You
may get testy over the weekend as someone
you've grown to trust over the years tries to
influence you without much subtlety.
June 22nd thru July 22nd
Your ability to discern truth from fiction is
potent as the week begins -- and vitally impor-
tant to you! Make sure everything passes your
gut-check before you allow yourself to sign
off on it and you won't be led astray. Treat
yourself to something nice sometime on
Thursday or Friday, whether or not you think
you deserve it. You should find that the small-
est gesture can turn your day around complete-
ly. The weekend brings a serious situation that
you need to deal with using every resource at
your disposal; it should end up going well for
July 23rd thru Aug 22nd
It's okay to be a little paranoid every now and
then (healthy, even), but you start the week
way more suspicious than you really need to
be. Try to give people the benefit of the doubt
-- but at some point, you may need to lower the
boom on someone who's really got it out for
you or yours. Once that business is settled, you
should find yourself totally free to explore new
parts of town and meet new people from
Wednesday on. Push yourself to the limit! You
discover something that riles you up all week-
end and keeps you chattering happily.
Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
Your intuition and your reason are work-
ing well together on Monday and
Tuesday, and you ought to be able to fig-
ure out what's really going on despite a
dearth of evidence. Keep an open mind
for as long as possible! Your family needs
you during the second half of the week,
and you should make yourself as avail-
able as possible once work obligations
are taken care of. You shouldn't have
cause to regret it -- in fact, this weekend
may bring a delightful and unexpected
reward from someone close to you. I
Lttit Sept 23rd thru Oct 22nd
You might be feeling like you're in a rut as the
week begins, but changes are coming that
should be equal parts exciting and intimidat-
ing. You shouldn't have to do much more than
watch and wait, though, because your cowork-
ers handle the brunt of it for now. Wednesday
through Friday are great for exploring and
expanding mental horizons. Take a class, look
into some new hobby online or just see what's
new in the neighborhood. A quiet weekend is
best for you -- if you try to do too much, you're
sure to reach the limits of your personal ener-
gy too soon.
Oct 23rd thru Nov 21st
You're a Pied Piper of sorts on Monday and
Tuesday, and ought to be able to draw others to
you with ease. You may not want to lead them
under the nearest mountain (that tends to be
frowned upon these days), but whatever you
suggest should work out quite well. The tables
turn somewhat later in the week, so you may
find yourself following the suggestions of
someone whom you'd ordinarily treat with
more skepticism. See where it takes you --
there's no harm in it! A disagreement at home
this weekend could turn into a new under-
standing that makes everyone happier.
S Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
You're far more thoughtful than usual on
Monday and Tuesday, and may actually with-
draw from your social life a bit in order to fig-
ure out what's been happening in your life
recently. Your insights are potent and unex-
pectedly sharp. Watch your mood turn for the
better on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning
-- you suddenly come all the way out of your
shell and seek out new people and experiences.
Your good energy can't be beat! Roll it back a
bit this weekend, because you need a break
after all that great mayhem.
Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th
Overall, this week is quite positive for you. It
may seem a bit strange when friends keep pes-
tering you for an opinion early on, as whatev-
er subject they're interested in isn't exactly
your area of expertise. Still, you've got valu-
able insights so don't be afraid to share. Keep
your eyes on the prize Wednesday through
Friday -- without some sense of discipline,
you're unlikely to get much of anything done
at work. You get some great news this week-
end that relates to something you did in the
recent past. Someone noticed!
Jan 20th thru Feb 18th
You've got something weighing on you as the
week begins, but it's not like a deep, dark
secret. It's more like dead weight at work or
maybe someone at home who just isn't living
up to their responsibilities. Go slow and work
it on out. Your friends keep seeking you out on
Wednesday, and the socializing keeps ramping
up until you find yourself chatting for most of
the day on Friday. Don't worry about missed
work. If you want to get anything done around
the house this weekend, you need iron will --
it's just too easy to keep putting it off!
; Feb 19th thru March 20th
On Monday and Tuesday, expect people to be
on their worst behavior -- selfish, petty and
maybe even predatory! The good news is that
you've got enough savvy to avoid the worst of
it, and you may look like a perfect angel in
comparison. The aftermath may yield all kinds
of great opportunities, too, so pay attention
later in the week for people in need or loose
ends that desperately need to be tied up. You
can make a huge difference and rack up some
sweet karma! Your assistance makes all the
difference for a child or good friend over the
December 20, 2008 December 27, 2008
to December. The total amount of the theft combined was $ 392.60. Case was
cleared by arrest. MYSTERY SHOPPERS BEWARE-An Officer responded to
9501 Arlington Express Way (sub 2) in reference to a fraudulent scam. (Shoppers
Report Inc.) The complainant advised that she responded to a Secret Shopper Ad on
the internet. She was to receive payment for being a mystery shopper. She received
a letter advising her to cash the check ($4,992) and pay herself $350.00 for salary
and training. She was to send $1558 through Western Union and $2835 through
Money Gram. She made a deposit in her account at Bank of America on 9/27/08.
The check was returned to her as being counterfeit. She was advised to file a police
report. She did not receive any money from the check. The bank took the money
from the account once the check was determined fraudulent.
ssSHH! From Actual Police Reports
Did You Hear About?...
BULGE IN PANTS -An officer
observed "J" (suspect) riding a bicycle
without white front light at 1000
Spearing Street. The police officer then
attempted to stop the suspect but he con-
tinued to ride his bike approximately
200 feet away from where police first
observed him. After several verbal com-
mands to stop, the suspect finally com-
plied, and the officer made contact with
him. Police asked the suspect if he had
any weapons or drugs on him and he
stated "no." Police then asked the sus-
pect for consent to search him for
weapons and drugs which he agreed to.
In the suspect's right front pocket police
found a large roll of approximately
$406.00. Then they felt a bulge in
between the suspect's pants and his
underwear in the middle of his waistline. As they attempted to grab the bulge the
suspect snatched away causing the two officers to take the suspect to the ground.
The suspect continued to struggle and refused to comply with verbal commands to
place his hands behind his back. After a brief struggle the suspect was arrested and
transported to the station. The bulge in the suspect's waist line turned out to be a
baggie of crack cocaine. UNLAWFUL USE OF ID -The officer observed two
women engaging in a dispute in the 2000 block of Yulee Street. He separated the
women and questioned why they were having this dispute. One of the women pre-
sented a driver's license that did not match her face. When questioned about the dif-
ference in look, the suspect stated that she was the person on the license. The offi-
cer ran a check and found that the suspect matched another female that had three
outstanding warrants. The face of the person
-,,,. with the warrants also matched the suspect that
was talking with the officer. The suspect was
.^ then fingerprinted and it was discovered that her
..fingerprints matched the fingerprints of the per-
Sson with the outstanding warrants also. ID &
records confirmed that the suspect was in fact
the person with the warrant, not the person she
l claimed to be. Had the suspect successfully
S., used the victim's ID, the victim would have been
,, -N- -" /,' listed erroneously as the second suspect in the
-. -dispute originally observed which would have
S.; resulted in an adverse affect of the real owner.
----" The suspect was read her rights and arrested.
PIZZA BANDITS- The Domino Pizza deliv-
ery male stated that he went to an apartment to
make a delivery. When he arrived, two males met him outside the apartment. One
took the pizza and the other pretended he was looking for money. The suspect who
was pretending to look for the money told the delivery man he locked himself out
of his apartment and would have to go around back to get the money. The two men
walked away with the pizza and after a few minutes, the deliveryman knocked on
the door and looked in the windows and noticed the apartment was vacant and the
men had left the area. In a search of the area, the men were not found.
CASE OF YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE- Officer was dispatched to a
simple battery case. On arrival he met both parties that were involved. Mr. L stat-
ed that he is one of the owners of the business. Mr. Y handles the payroll for the
business and had come to the building to pick up the paperwork. Mr. L has appar-
ently been involved in a dispute with his business partner over unknown issues
before. Mr. L decided that he did not want Mr. Y to leave the business with the pay-
roll paperwork. Mr. Y called the owner
of the business, Mr. K, who advised him
to leave with the paperwork. Mr. L stated
that he blocked Mr. Y from leaving the
business but did not touch him. Mr. Y
stated that he was pushed by Mr. L and he
"punched" him once on the face in self
defense. I observed that Mr. L had a
swollen nose. Mr. Y had no visible
injuries. Mr. L stated that he did not touch
him and that Mr. Y punched him for no
reason. There were no witnesses. Mr. L ngX ,
stated that he would wait until speaking
to his lawyer to see about getting a police
report. Mr. Y stated that he did not want
to press charges at that time. Mr. L
changed his mind stated that he needed a
police report so he could sue Mr. Y for damages. Mr. Y in turn stated he would press
charges as well. Both were issued SAO cards due to it appearing to be mutual com-
bat with no witnesses. SHOPPER CAUGHT WITH STEAK DOWN HIS
PANTS An officer was dispatched to Winn Dixie at Normandy Blvd. to investi-
gate a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, officer met with the complainant and sus-
pect. The complainant saw the suspect concealing packages of steaks down his
pants. The suspect exited the main doors, past the point of sale, without making any
purchases. The suspect was stopped and detained while the police were called. The
suspect had $148.85 worth of steaks hidden in his pants. The complainant signed a
Signature Form and retained the property for victim business. Post Miranda, the sus-
pect admitted that he came to the store with no money. He stated he came to the store
to get food for his six kids. Another incident at Winn Dixie but this time with it's
employees. When Officer arrived an LP manager for the store met up with him to
discuss a theft that occurred. He advised two employees, both work at the deli
department, have been observed via close circuit cameras altering the price of meat
purchased from the deli. The suspects will then purchase the assorted meat items at
the cash register at a lower price. This activity has been monitored from September
DECEMBER 2 7, 2008
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By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor
The Colts trailed by 14 points in the first half against the Jaguars, then trailed by 10
twice in the second half before rallying with 17 points in the final quarter for a 31-24 win.
It was the fourth time this season they have rallied from a double-digit road deficit to win.
"It feels very good to win," said Colts coach Tony Dungy said after the Colts beat
Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for their eighth consecutive victory in a game tel-
evised nationally on the NFL Network.
The Colts, entered the game ranked llth in the NFL defensively, allowed the Jaguars
409 yards and 28 first downs. The Jaguars scored touchdowns on their first two possessions
to take a 14-0 lead, and twice in the game once in the first half and once in the second -
they scored touchdowns on drives of more than seven and a half minutes.
The Jaguars' second touchdown a 2-yard run by QB David Garrard and their final
touchdown -a 2-yard run by Montell Owens.
Peyton Manning completed 29 of 34 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns with no
interceptions and a season-high passer rating of 140.7, and for the season, he has 3,907 yards
passing with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Manning kept the Colts close throughout the game, and early in the fourth quarter, his
1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark pulled the visitors to within three, 24-21.
On the next series, a 45-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri tied the game. Colts cornerback
Keiwan Ratliff intercepted and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.
"I think everybody was treated to a real good football game. I was getting ready for the
two-point conversion after the score," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. "I asked for great ener-
gy, I asked for courage and I asked for clarity of thinking. Offensively, we moved the ball
very well. David (Garrard) was very sharp. We just came up a little short."
JAGUARS-COLTS NOTEBOOK: Garrard made his 15th start of the season against
the Colts. Garrard is the first Jaguars quarterback to start 15 games in a season under head
coach Jack Del Rio and first since Mark Brunell made 15 starts in 2002. He finished.with
career-high 28 completions on 41 attempts for a career-high 329 yards with one touchdown
and one interception for a 90.4 rating. Dennis Northcutt led receivers for the second consec-
utive week with eight receptions for 101 yards with a 28-yard touchdown reception.
TE Marcedes Lewis set a career-high with six receptions for 55 yards and surpassed his
career-high for receptions in a season with 40. The Jaguars jumped out to a 17-7 lead at the
end of the first half. The 17 points are the most the Jaguars have scored in the first half this
season as they scored offensive touchdowns on their first two drives for the first time this
season. Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 20 carries for 91 yards and seven receptions for
71 yards for 162 yards from scrimmage. 2008 first-round pick Derrick Harvey has played in
all 15 games with eight starts, the most starts by a rookie defensive end in franchise history.
The eight starts are the most by a Jaguars defensive lineman since John Henderson started
13 games in 2002. Owens scored his third touchdown of the season. TE George Wrighster
had his first receptions of the season as he finished with two receptions for 35 yards with a
long of 27.
ROSTER MOVES: The Jaguars signed offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers and wide
receiver Nate Hughes from the practice squad to the active roster and signing offensive line-
men Trey Darilek and Jordan Black to contracts. The team waived rookie cornerback Isaiah
Gardner and offensive linemen Tutan Reyes and Charles Spencer. The Jaguars also waived
defensive back Travarous Bain from the practice squad.
Hughes, 23, was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Nov. 19 after spending two
weeks on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. Cleveland as an undrafted rookie out of
Alcor State originally signed the 6-2, 190-pounder in May 5, 2008. IHe will wear jersey No.
Rodgers, 28, was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Oct. 30 after spending three
seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6-5, 310-pounder was originally signed by
Tennessee as an undrafted rookie out of Lambuth in 2005. The third-year pro will wear jer-
sey No. 75.
Darilek, 27, signed with the Miami Dolphins as a veteran free agent on January 28 but
was waived on Sept. 1. The third-year guard/center has spent time with Dallas (2007),
Miami (2006) and Philadelphia (2004-06). The 6-5, 310-pounder has played in 28 career
games after being drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of
Texas-El Paso. He will wear jersey No. 78.
Black, 28, played in eight games for the Houston Texans in 2007 after four seasons in
Kansas City. The sixth-year offensive tackle has started 14 of his 40 career games. The 6-5,
310-pounder was originally selected by Kansas City in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft
out of Notre Dame. He will wear jersey No. 72.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Following a 33-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys,
Baltimore (10-5) now has to defeat the Jaguars to close out the regular season and gain a
playoff berth. Even if the 5-10 Jaguars prevail Sunday, Baltimore could still stamp their
playoff ticket if the Patriots fall against the Bills. On Monday, the NFL announced the
Ravens-Jaguars matchup would be rescheduled to 4:15 p.m.
Rhett, Davis named to Hall of Fame
Special to the Florida Star
The Konica Minolta Gator.Bowl announcedd members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2008.
This year's induction class includes University of Florida's famed Running Back Errict Rhett
and LSU acclaimed Wide Receiver Wepdell Davis.
The Gator Bowl Coaches Luncheon and Hall of Fame Induction will take place at noon on
Dec. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. In addition to the induction ceremony, Nebraska Head
Coach Bo Pelini and Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney will also be featured speakers.
Emcee for this event will be Tim Brando, of CBS Sports.
This year's inductees:
Running Back. University of Florida
Erict Rhett was born in Pembroke Pines, Fla. and attended the University of Florida where
he became Florida's all-time leading rusher with 4,163 career yards, which ranks fourth high-
est in SEC history. He also caught 153 passes in his career, the top total in UF history for a run-
ning back. Rhett was the first player in NCAA Division I-A historyto rush for more than 4,100
yards and catch more than 140 passes in a career. He led the SEC in rushing in 1991 and 1993.
Rhett and Emmitt Smith are the only UF players to have multiple 1,000 yard rushing seasons.
Rhett enjoyed a seven-year career in the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2nd round
of the 1994 NFL Draft selected him. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens and the
Errict Rhett played in the 1992 Gator Bowl where he rushed for 182 years in the Gator's
victory over North Carolina State 27 10. He was named Most Valuable Player of this game
for his outstanding performance.
Wide Receiver, Louisiana State University
Wendell Davis was born and raised in Shreveport, La. and started participating in sports at
a young age. He was named a High School Blue Chip All-American in football as a wide
receiver and accepted an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University.
Wendell played four years of college football at LSU and was named All-American as a
junior and senior and became LSU's all-time leading receiver in yardage and receiving
In 1988 Wendell Davis became a first round pick of the Chicago Bears. He played 6 years
with the Bears and was the team-leading receiver two years straight. He is currently ranked
13th on the Bears all-time receivers list. He also played one year with the Indianapolis Colts.
Wendell Davis was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 Gator Bowl where he
scored 3 touchdowns for LSU in their victory over South Carolina 30 13.
Wendell Davis is married with three children and resides in Mundelemn, Ill.
By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor
Special to the Florida Star
Ben Smith's layup at buzzer in over-
time came up just short as Jacksonville
University dropped their seventh non-
conference game in a row with a 66-64
loss in overtime to Bethune-Cookman at
the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
We played with passion, energy,
everybody contributed and we refused to
lose," said B-CU Coach Clifford Reed.
"It was a total team effort and to win on
the road against a good team like
Jacksonville, is great for our program
and young team. In overtime, we had to
suck it up and leave everything on the
floor and we did that."
The Dolphins (2-7) fell behind as
many as 11, rallied to force overtime, fell
behind early in the extra session and just
missed on forcing a second extra session.
Smith led the Dolphins with 19
points, hitting three free throws with 7.7
seconds remaining to tie the game at 52
to force overtime. On the night, Smith
was 6-of-15 from the floor with three
assists and six steals in 40 minutes of
The Wildcats (5-6) were led by C.J.
Reed's 18 points and five assists. Reed
was 4-of-14 from the floor, but was 8-of-
9 at the free throw line. John Holmes,
who had 15 points and eight rebounds,
Sophomore co-captain Alexander
Starling had a game-high 12 rebounds
with the 'Cats out-rebounding JU 43-37
in the ball game. Nine B-CU players
best be shown by senior center
Marcus Allen not scoring for the
first time in his career a streak
spanning 95 games.
The Wildcats came out roaring.
taking an 11-point lead midway
through the first half, before the
Dolphins rallied to cut the deficit to three
at halftime, 27-24.
After JU took a 3-point lead just over
five minutes into the second half, the
Wildcats scored seven in a row to retake
the lead, 38-34, with 13 minutes left in
JU regained the lead one more time
as Travis Cohn drove the baseline for a
dunk to put the Dolphins ahead 41-40
with 11:22 left in the second half.
The Wildcats led by as many as five
with five minute to go, with the Dolphins
going on a 7-2 run, capped by Smith's
free throws to send the game into over-
time at 52.
BCU opened the extra session with a
defensive stop and Reed hit a 3-pointer
to take the early lead.
JU battled back with Colbert hitting a
3- pointer with 3:45 left to put the
Dolphins on top, 57-56, with 3:45 left in
The Wildcats scored the next six
points, capping the run with a Jerry Jones
layup, to take a 62- 58 lead with 2:26
remaining. Trailing by five with 1:20
left, the Dolphins got a 3-pointer from
Smith with 56 seconds left to cut the
deficit to two.
After a defensive stop, Smith missed
a 17- foot pull-up jumper, which Aric
Brooks tipped out of bounds off a
Wildcat. On the final shot, Smith drove
the right side of the lane, only to see his
layup hit the fiont of the rim and come
DECEMBE~R 27, 2008
RECAP OF 2008
Local Students Excel in Early College
High School Program
The Early College High School program is a unique opportunity to
earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of college cred- .
it simultaneously. The program was designed to raise achievement
levels among students of color, students from low income families,
and/or students that are first generation college attendees. The
learning environment is to be purposeful, challenging and relevant
to the world at large. Such preparation will make the transition to
full time college students in the 11th andl2th grades, and ultimate-
ly the transfer to a university at the end of the four year high school
career, a smooth one. The program's intended purpose is to pre-
R pare students academically during their high school tenure in order
to increase the likelihood of students completing their college edu-
cation. The Program of Study The program of study was developed
by the Duval County School District in conjunction with Florida
Community College at Jacksonville, North Campus. The program The students and t
meets requirements for both high school graduation and an Florida Star radio t
Associate of Arts degree for use in a parallel program at the univer- WCGL-AM 1360.
sity level. All of the courses in the high school portion are honors
S (advanced) level classes. The college program portion of the program was develop
enrollment courses for high school graduation, 2) meet AA degree requirements, an
site requirements. In the first year of the program students start as full time high sch
least 12 hours per semester in the 12th grade. The program also includes: summer
the program. Summer bridge activities and/or course work to keep students on trac
ities for 9th and 10th grade students when high school is in session and college is
for students beyond the regular school day. Mentoring, monitoring and counseling
school graduation. Focus on students meeting requirements for Florida Bright Futi
or better in their college course work all tuition and textbooks are provided at no coi
the 3rd and 4th years, activity fees and incidental expenses are the only financial re
I I Replica of Historic Slav
-- .Hundreds Board 'Slave S
(GIN) A 19th century "slave ship" docked in
R crowd of hundreds when it opened to the pub
Freedom Schooner Amistad, a replica of the /
the 14,000 mile slave trade route to mark the 2
in the British empire. The history of the ship is
dreds of Sierra Leoneans were taken to Cuba
Pieh, 53 black Africans, who were being trans
.of Havana, revolted and took command of the
captured and imprisoned in New London, Con
Taken up by several abolitionists. Today, Pieh's
luxury beach resort also carries his name. AMI
r i sponsoring the historic trip. Meanwhile, visiting
Freetown's 'twin' city in the U.S., received a pr
Amistad replica In Sierra Leone. Freetown to re-build roads.
Teen wins Powerball
Jonathan Vargas decided to take a chance on the South Carolina Powerball
using the ages of his two younger brothers, 12 and 14, his 15 year old sis-
ter, his 21 year old brother and his mother's age, who just turned 43, which
was the winning red ball number. He did not use his age but just threw in
the number 30. With that, the 19-year old won $35 million. The construction .
worker is from Gaston, S. C. Vargas said he plans to buy his mother a
house, donate some to his church, quit his job and look into going to col-
lege. He will also seek financial advice and perhaps work with his aunt on
the matter since she is an accountant. Vargas will be 20 in July. He said he
is scared but he will not question God's blessing. He is the first South
Carolina resident to win the Powerball.
he assistant principal appeared on IMPACT, a
hak show, hosted by Clara McLaughlin, publisher on
ped by identifying courses that 1) meet dual
d 3) are university parallel program prerequi-
ool students. Over a two year period students
ours per semester of college courses and at
r bridge activities taken before students enter
k for graduation. Instructional support activ-
iot in session. Organized academic support
for students on the college campus until high
ires Scholarships. For students who earn a C
st to the s t u d e n t s Transportation during
sponsibilities of the students and parents.
ie Ship Draws Crowds
hip' Docked in Freetown
the Sierra Leonean port of Freetown drew a
lic this past weekend. It was the first stop for
mistad slave ship, which has been retracing
00th anniversary since slaving was abolished
deep-rooted in Sierra Leone's history, as hun-
as slaves. On June 26, 1839, led by Sengbeh
ported as slaves in La Amistad from the port
vessel, killing many of the crew. They were
necticut on August 26, 1839. Their case was
Image can be found on local currency and a
STAD America, a not-for-profit U.S. charity, is
g representatives from New Haven, which is
oposal to bring engineers from New Haven to
December 27, 2008
Colin Powell Mobilizes to Reduce the High
School Dropout Rate
One Million High School Dropouts in U. S. Each Year
President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell hold a press conference about
Powell's organization, America's Promise, in the Rose Garden. White House photo by
by JesseMuhammad, Special
to the NNPA from
the Final Call
(NNPA) "When more than one million students a year drop out
of high school, it's more than a problem, it's a catastrophe," says
retired General Colin Powell, founder of America's Promise
Alliance. "It's time for a national 'call to arms,' because we can-
not afford to let nearly one-third of our kids fail." His statement of
urgency came during a press conference announcing the
release of a study that details why nearly one in three U.S. high
school students drops out before graduating and how his group
plans to reverse the downward spiral of retention. "Our econom-
ic and national security is at risk when we fail to educate the
leaders and the workforce of the future," added Mr. Powell,
whose wife Mrs. Alma Powell serves as the chair of the Alliance.
"Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School
Graduation," prepared by Editorial Projects in Education
Research Center, was released on April 1. The study found
urban schools in metropolitan areas surrounding 35 of the
nation's largest cities have lower graduation rates than schools
in nearby suburban communities. Disparities in u r b a n s u b
u r b a n graduation rates had gaps as large as 35 percentage
points in many cases. Approximately 1.2 million students drop
out each year-about 7,000 every school day, or one every 26
seconds. Nearly half of all Black and Native American students
are expected not to graduate with their classes, while less than
six in 10 Hispanic students will. "The number one predictor of a
young person's future success is whether they graduate from
high school," said Mrs. Powell. "But just conferring a diploma is
not enough. Students today must graduate with the knowledge
and skills necessary for success in college and the work force."
Recap of 2008 cont.
Teen Use of Marijuana
Can Lead to Mental Issues
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
released a report stating that teens, depression and mari-
juana are a dangerous mix that can lead to dependency,
mental illness or suicidal thoughts. The report says that a
teen who has been depressed at some point during a past
year of more are twice as likely to have used marijuana as
teens who have not reported being depressed. The report
said that "Marijuana is a more consequential substance of
abuse than our culture has treated it n the last 20 years,"
said John Walters, who is director of the National Drug
Control Policy. The report also said that teens who smoke
marijuana when they feel depressed are more than twice
as likely as their peers to abuse or become addicted to the
drug 8 percent compared to 3 percent. The office ana-
lyzed about a dozen studies regarding marijuana use. The
report says that marijuana use among teens has
decreased 25 percent since 2001 which is about 2.3 mil-
lion kids who uses the drug at least once a month.
Kid's Christmas Cookie
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped
red and green sprinkles
Cream butter adding sugar and vanilla. Then add flour
and mix well. Add pecans. Refrigerate for an hour until
firm. Roll into small balls. Bake in a 350F degree oven
for 20 to 30 minutes until light brown. Remove from
oven and roll in sprinkles while still hot.
Don't Be a Dropout
1.2 million students drop out each
year-about 7,000 every school day,
or one every 26 seconds.
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RECAP OF 2008
Scott Starks and Rashean Mathis of the
Jacksonville Jaguars speak at Youth Explosion
The Youth Explosion, a risk reduction intervention conference, was held on
May 30th and 31st at Edward Waters College. This special annual event
brings youth, ages 8-18, together for a twenty-four hour intensive health edu-
cation experience on substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence elimination, and
nutrition and fitness. Scott Starks and Rashean Mathis of the Jacksonville
Jaguars were the closing speakers. "Every decision has a consequence,"
Mathis told the audience. "The right decisions will lead you down the right path
in life." Scott Starks echoed a similar theme with a quote from the book of
Romans. "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renew-
ing of your mind," he said. Members of The P.H.A.T. (Pretty, hot, and tempt-
ing) Ryders Motorcycle Club escorted participants of the Youth Explosion as
they walked through the neighborhood
near Edward Waters College. Trice Willis,
President of P.H.A.T. Ryders, said, Scott Starks (left) and Rashean Mathis field questions at Youth
"These young people are getting the Explosion
information they need about HIV/AIDS
and other issues they face. It's wonder-
Sful." The Youth Explosion was presented
by River Region Human Services and the
Minority AIDS Coalition. Connie Sanders,
River Region's Senior Director of
P Prevention, said, "Over 150 youth partici-
pated in workshops that encouraged
them to take responsibility for their . '
behavior and to make healthy choices.
Scott Starks and Rashean Mathis were
very inspiring. We were thrilled to have Trice Willis of PHAT Ryders with partici- Rashean Mathis signed shirts and other Items at Youth
pants of Youth Explosion. Explosion
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RThe Electric Company Gets
Sesame Workshop Series Set to Premiere on PBS in January 2009
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame
Street, announced that it's 'turning on the power' to its classic children's series,
The Electric Company, with new production starting Tuesday, May 13th on the
streets of New York City and in a studio in Newark, New Jersey. Targeted at 6-
9 year olds, and with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and
the Department of Education, today's The Electric Company carries the same
Mayor Cory Booker joined cast members at their goal of the original series, combating the literacy crisis facing America's second
Newark studio on July 8th to celebrate the start of pro- graders, but is re-energized to recognize the media-driven generation of today.
P duction for Sesame Workshop's The Electric Company, Sure to spark a current of learning, the new version of The Electric Company is
a revival of the classic children's television series a multimedia, multi-platform literacy campaign charged with reducing the litera-
focused on literacy for kids ages 6-9 that will debut in cy gap between low and middle income families and advance the ideal that
January 2009 on PBS KIDS. I'reading is cool.' Weekly episodes are slated to run nationally in January 2009
on PBS KIDS, and will be supplemented with a richly interactive online environment as well as community-based outreach activi-
ties taking place in 20 cities across the country. Through their programming, Sesame Workshop has always been committed to put-
ting young children on a positive trajectory for learning. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, literacy still
remains a critical educational need. First graders who cannot read at grade level have only a 1 in 10 chance of becoming profi-
cient readers. "The literacy crisis today is as pervasive and alarming as it was in 1971 when we created the first version of The
Electric Company," stated Scott Cameron, Director of Education and Research for Sesame Workshop. "We know that if struggling
readers don't get the literacy help they need by the end of second grade, they are in danger of never catching up. Children in low
income families are particularly at risk, because they generally start school with a significantly lower vocabulary than those in mid-
dle or high income families. And without a strong vocabulary, it becomes increasingly harder to read school materials and succeed
academically. So, our goal with The Electric Company is to reach the kids who are struggling, and who might think that reading
isn't cool or isn't useful, and we hope to do that by creating compelling and high-quality television, web and outreach materials."
Through the talented production, writing and musical staff, The Electric Company is brought to life with a narrative story-line, music
videos, sketch comedy, animation and short films. In a process that started over two years ago, Executive Producer Karen Fowler,
envisioned a multi-media and outreach project and has brought an abundance of talent to create an appealing fresh program.
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leam. When asked why a 5'9" older man could possibly
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Friday, December 26, 2008 7:00pm
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1658 Kings Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
Guest Speaker Spoken Word Poetry African Dance
West African Music Vendors
Bring 3 guests and fruit for the Kwanzaa display
Admission is Free
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