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It has been known that Montel Williams is a medical-marijuana proponent. He was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia by TSA (Transportation Security Administration) agents. Williams, who is 54 years of age, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has fought to legalize marijuana, as he states, for medical reasons. He has admitted publicly that he uses the drug to ease effects of his medical condition. This was not the first time that Williams has been stopped by airport security because he carried drug paraphernalia. He has started the Montel Williams MS Foundation to help further the study of the medical condition. He has worked with other MS victims to ask Congress to allow him and other victims to use the drug without facing jail sentences. Williams was fined $484. CRIME AND JUSTICE Ted Williams has become a media sensation because of his voice. He has been homeless for about 14 years but in spite of his drugs and other problems, he was able to retain his natural ability to use his voice and good speech patterns. Now the homeless veteran has been offered many jobs and has had the opportunity to see his 92-year-old mother after ten years. Williams will need help to stay strong and fight off temptations. See more about his situation on A-2. Oquv"Ycpvgf"/"Tgegpv"Cttguvu"/"Uchgv{"Vkru"/"Fwodguv"cpf"oqtg Ugg"qwt"pgy"kpugtvu"/"Ngctp."Ncwij"cpf"Fkuewuu" Ugevkqpu"C"("D"/":"rcigu Oprahs Network No. 3 on Cable in Premiere "Discovery Communications expects Oprah Winfreys cable channel to achieve profitability in its first year," Brian Stelter reported Tuesday night for the New York Times. "Discovery and Ms. Winfrey flipped the switch on OWN, short for the Oprah Winfrey Network, on New Years Day. The new channel enjoyed heavy sampling among viewers over the weekend, though executives have cautioned that they expect a bumpy ratings ride in the beginning. "Brad Singer, the chief financial officer for Discovery, said at an investors conference Tuesday that OWN should be 'Ebitda positive' in 2011 'because of ad acceptance and good performance.' "Ebitda is shorthand for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and is a standard measure of operating profitability. Lgppkhgt"Ecttqnn"ku"c"jkuvqt{"ocmgt0""Ujg"ycu"uyqtp"kp"qp"Lcpwct{"6."4233"cu"vjg"hktuv"Dncem Nkgwvgpcpv"Iqxgtpqt"qh"Hnqtkfc0""Ugg"hwnn"uvqt{"qp"rcig"D/30 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""Photo by FMPowell3 Hkpf"‰Ujqtv{‘u“"Mknngt Uvctvkpi"Ugeqpf"Fgecfg"Tkijv Ujg"Hktgf"Vjtgg"Ujqvu"cv Egknkpi"yjkng"tqddkpi"dcpm Oqpvgn"Yknnkcou"Dwuvgf Cvvcem"qt"Hgct"qp"Dncem Yqogp"cpf"Ejknftgp There are bill boards in Atlanta with plans to saturate billboards from Jacksonville, Florida to Austin, Texas. The billboards are being placed by a pro-life group saying, The most dangerous place for AfricanAmerican children is the womb.Ž The group claim that the purpose of the billboards is to draw attention to the disproportionate targeting of Planned Parenthood in minority communities. They say that the majority of abortion facilities are in minority neighborhoods. According to the group, even though AfricanAmericans only make up 13 percent of the population, they represent 36 percent of the abortions in America. What we must be concerned about is not just these billboards but the fact that the Black American population is decreasing because of prisons and other medical conditions, including AIDS. Is this a plan? Margaret Sanger, a Nazi supporter, believed in racial Aryan purification.Ž She wanted a society free of disabled citizens, and was determined that segregation, sterilization and abortion would weed out inferior people. Planned parenthood was one of her projects. Linda Dayson, president and founder of Hurting Families with Children in Crime, Inc. led a candlelight vigil at 5:00 p.m.. Thursday to encourage citizens to help find the person who drove the vehicle that struck and killed Samuel Hines. There are so many people on the Northside who knew Samuel because of his size and his love for all. Samuel Hines was 68 years of age and used a walking cane. He was killed in the area of Soutel Drive where the vigil was held. Linda said no one has been able to come up with a picture of Mr. Hines but all know and respected the 4 feet man who many called Shorty.Ž It is reported that the vehicle that hit him was a newer model burgundy or maroon larger SUV as he walked. He was hit by multiple vehicles and all stopped except the driver of the SUV. Please help the officers find the driver. Remain anonymous and call 1-866-845-TIPS. Sherri Shepherd, a co-host of The View, became engaged on December 26 to her friend of more than a year. The couple waited to make the announcement after seeking permission from her five year old son, Jeffrey. Sherri found her engagement ring in the middle of a M&M dish. The couple is planning an August wedding. This will be her second marriage. She was divorced in 2009.

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Ted Williams, who has become an overnight sensation after the Columbus Dispatch posted a clip of him demonstrating his voiceover skills while begging by the side of the road, is just one example of the plight of homeless and incarcerated veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states the nations homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 5 percent being female. The majority of them are single; come from urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans. Americas homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Twothirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone. Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively. About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. Although flawless counts are impossible to come by … the transient nature of homeless populations presents a major difficulty … VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans. In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness, extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care, a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol. Although most homeless people are single, unaffiliated menƒ most housing money in existing federal homelessness programs, in contrast, is devoted to helping homeless families or homeless women with dependent children. Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment. Additionally, veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance. Locking them up and in many cases for life is not the answer! Ted William a veteran, living as a homeless in Ohio should send a clear message to President Obama, Congress and all Americans the urgent need to address veteran affairs, including the many thats homeless, on drugs, in need of healthcare and serving time in prison across this country. This is very personal with me, as I have witnessed my Sons who have serve in the military and many many friends and relatives that's facing the same atrocities as the veterans in this writing, including Bro. Ted Williams a proud veteran and American. PAGE A-2THE STAR JANUARY 8, 2011 Founded In April 1951 By Eric O. Simpson First African American Inducted Into The Florida Press Hall Of Fame EDITORIAL --CLARA JACKSON McLAUGHLIN OWNER/PUBLISHER LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE MANAGEMENT ERIC C. 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Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce THE FLORIDA STAR THE GEORGIA STAR MIKE BONTS, SPORTS EDITOR RICHARD McLAUGHLIN, SPORTS YOLANDA KNUCKLE, COLUMNS LIZ BILLINGSLEA OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER TIA AYELE, SPECIAL SECTIONS GEORGIA MARKETING ANGELA FAVORS MORRELL DISTRIBUTION HERMAN ROBINSON National Newspaper Publishers Association Oqtg"dtcpf"pgy"nkxg"nqecn"vcnm vjcp"qp"qvjgt"tcfkq uvcvkqp#Ejgem"qwvYLUL"/"HO"32705""Pqtvj"Hnqtkfc"("Uqwvjgtp"IgqtikcSome of our nqecn"ujqyu include Cpf{ Lqjpuqp Dtqvjgt"Uvcp the Union Man, Vtwem EnctcOeNcwijnkp for The Florida and Georgia Star, Rtqitguukxg"Tqqvu K<"vjg"Kpf{"Owuke Ujqy# Some of our pcvkqpcn"ujqyu" include Gf"Uejwnv|."Vjqo"Jctvocpp"cpf Uvgrjcpkg"Oknngt EDU"Tcfkq"Pgyu"/"Gxgt{"jcnh/jqwtEcnn"kp"<""*;26+":76/VCNM Qpnkpg< yyy0tcfkqhtgglcz0eqo Rtqitguukxg"Vcnm"Tcfkq"/"46"jqwtu fckn{0""Cnn"rtqitcou"ctg"uvtgcogf qp"vjg"ygdYcpv"vq"CfxgtvkugA""Ecnn<""*;26+"647/5597 Ted Williams, The Man with the Golden Voice By: Richard Burton, Sr., Project R.E.A.C.H. Vjg"Qvjgt"Ukfg"qh"Lcemuqpxknng THE ONLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF JACKSONVILLE In any political race for public office, no one should run for office that is not highly qualified to provide the public service that is needed for the particular office that the individual is pursuing. Every candidate should run on their qualifications and not their money, position or name. Our society and Jacksonville in particular are often lead by those who are incompetent, full of greed and run for political office based upon needs of special interest. By now anyone with any political knowledge would agree the last 8 years of leadership in the Jacksonvilles Mayor office was lacking in many areas. Waste, fraud and abuse of power appeared to be prevalent throughout the administration whether intentional or not. As a result the financial decisions cost the tax payers of Jacksonville tremendously. Additionally racial tensions were prevalent in the Mayors office, City Hall, Sheriff and Fire Department to often. However, many of those problems we have faced over the past 8 years were simply caused by a lack of professional leadership based upon a lack of qualifications of the leaders themselves. Now, we have an opportunity for change! But will we take advantage of it? A recent review of the candidates who have filed to run for the office of the Mayor records indicated that after close review and assessments of the overall needs of Jacksonville, Florida; there was only one candidate who is qualified to be the Mayor of Jacksonville. If we put aside all candidates who is running for greed, all who are running for popularity or seeking a job, and all who are running for special interest as vote splitters or financial gains, and we look beyond all social, economical, gender and racial issues; the only qualified candidate to be the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida is Mr. Alvin Brown. This being a fact, for the life of me, even though every one has the same rights as Mr. Brown to run, why are so many unqualified candidates even attempting to be the Mayor of our city. This being said, we should ask every candidate have they had or meet the experience of Mr. Brown? If they tell the truth and say no, then ask them to explain why they should be considered over the best qualified person for the job? In closing, keep in mind that politics is and can be nasty, and this article is not about bashing, it is about truth and who is best qualified, but it appears some candidates are in the race to be paid, some are in the race to split the Black Community vote and they will use one, some or many to achieve their goals. At the same time attempting to ruin a Black candidates career or reputation to achieve their goals is not out of the equation. At the same time they will pay any one to ruin another candidates career if needed, lie on TV commercials and on political ads to achieve their intended end. With this said, we should ask every democratic candidate running for the Mayors office to get out of the race with the exception of Mr. Alvin Brown. But guest what? Their ego, pride and desire for power and money want allow it. Some will go so far to hurt their own people, family and friends to stay in power or gain control of a political office. O, by the way, all the republican candidates should do the same thing; none of them are fully qualified either. If you match each candidate up side by side and place the qualifications next to their names, you will find the only qualified candidate for the Mayors Office of Jacksonville, Florida is in fact Mr. Alvin Brown. It is time for our community to do some soul searching and do what is in the best interest of our City and not vote for anyone because of greed, popularity, money or special interest. It is call do the right thing! If you think this article is bias towards Mr. Brown you are right, but it is bias because he is he only qualified candidate. Check for yourself in next weeks article from the other side of Jacksonville as parallel all the candidates qualifications up side by side. The Florida Star was asked by some Jacksonville citizens to allow some views to be presented weekly. We have agreed to do so with the understanding that the articles written would not promote violence or hate. Let it be known that the views and opinions expressed are not those of The Florida Star owner or staff. The articles are being accepted because some writers and readers feel their feelings and fears are not being heard.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL (AREA DEATHS)BROOKS James, died January 2, 2011. HAYES Sharron Demps, died December 25, 2010. HINES Mr. Samuel, died January 2, 2011. HOOSE Kristopher Erich, Jr., died December 31, 2010. JEFFERSON, George, died January 1, 2011. JONES Frances, died January 2, 2011. JONES Katherine Sprayberry, 91, died January 1, 2011. MAXWELL Betty, died January 1, 2011. McCULLOCH Marketa, died January 1, 2011. ORDONIO Alfredo, died January 1, 2011. RAINES Carrie L., died December 25, 2010. SALSBERY Douglas E., 48, died January 2, 2011. SORRELLS, Richard, died January 3, 2011. TATUM Rickey Lee, 55, died January 3, 2011. TERRELL Winfred W., 52, died January 2, 2011. WARD Robert H., died December 28, 2010. WATKINS, William C., Jr., 53, died December 31, 2010. WEGNER Paul, 54, died December 31, 2010. WILLIAMS Clarice, 87, died December 29, 2010.~ ~GEORGIA DEATHS FORTH Allen N., died January 3, 2011. McKIE Mrs. Shirley A. died December 27, 2010. ATKINSON Mrs. Priscilla, died December 29, 2010. COLLINS Mr. Allen, died January 2, 2011. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory HourŽ Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah JirehŽ Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With UsŽ New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ƒ..............ƒƒƒƒƒƒ..9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer...............ƒ..10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyŽBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE A-3 THE STAR JANUARY 8, 2011 Tune In To IMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.WCGL-AM 1360The Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: info@ thefloridastar.com Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. Bartley If there had been a death in your family yesterday, what would you be doing today?FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Since 1988Pre-Need ForeThought Funeral Planning ProgramIm sorry to have to tell you this...Ž CHURCH Paynes Chapel A.M.E. Church2200 Albany Street, P.O. Box 759, Brunswick, GA 31520 (912) 261-9555 Rev. Richard Hutcherson, Pastor Worship Opportunities: Sunday Church School A Life Changing ExperienceŽ . . 9:15 10:55 a.m. Morning Worship Service . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. Church at Study (Weekly Bible Study) Monday Nights . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 8:30 p.m. Join Us as We Study the Word of God and Enrich Our Souls! DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES INTRODUCE YOUR CHURCH HERECALL (904) 766-8834and ask for Liz ANNIVERSARIES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934 Rev. Clarence Kelby Heath, PastorGo ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Ž Mathew 28:19-20 Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study-6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study-12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ~ Worship Service ~ FAITH UNITED MIRACLE TEMPLE 1860 West 5th St., with Bishop Desso Benjamin, Host Pastor and Dr. Rhonda Mitchell-Addo, Coordinator. The North Eastern Emancipation Celebration Association kicks off its 1ST SOUTHERN CELEBRATION January 1, 2011 at 12Noon. 148 Years of FreedomLets We Forget.Ž All people welcome. For more information call 904-647-5981. Come and relive the day of freedom. NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL AME CHURCH, 737 Jessie St., members cordially invite you to come and join us as we celebrate our Family and Friends Day,Ž January 9, 2011. Our services are as follows: Church School is at 9:00 a.m. and Morning Worship starts at 10:45 a.m. Come to the Fountain so rich and sweet, cast your soul at the Saviors feet.Ž Rev. Louis Kirkland, Pastor. Call 904-358-2258. "FREE FOOD GIVEAWAYŽ Palm Coast...A free food giveaway will be available to those in need and sponsored by the Women's Missionary Society of First Church of Palm Coast on Saturday, January 8, from 1:00 m.m. to 3:00 p.m. The church, at 91 Old Kings Road North, can be reached at 446-5759. The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor. EBENEZER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will observe their Womens Sunday, January 9, 2011, the second Sunday of the month at the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service. The speaker will be Mrs. Paulette Monroe, the immediate past president and the first Black president of the Florida Conference United Methodist Women. She is very passionate about making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and has spent many years working with women, children and youth. She attended elementary hight school and college in Newport News and Hampton, VA. Special music selections will be rendered by the Praise Team of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church with Ms. Stephanie James as leader. The theme is Faith-Hope-Love in Action: All United Methodist Women in Mission together in the World!Ž Rev. Newton E. Williams, Pastor. WEST FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH Annual Homecoming will be observed during the month of January. Rev. Timothy L. Cole, Sr. is the Pastor. This years theme is: Dress Apparel.Ž 2nd Sunday, January 9, 2011 is Black & White; 3rd Sunday, January 16, 2011 will be Armed Forces Day; on January 23, 2011 Inside/Out, Mix Match; Sunday, January 30, 2011 is OldŽ shirts & uniforms day. 945 Carrie St. FELLOWSHIPS ZION HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH AND PASTORS ANNIVERSARY 2011 -You are cordially invited to come to Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church ,2803 W. Edgewood Ave., Sunday, January 9th@ 3:30,Friday January 14th @7:00 p.m. and Sunday January 16th @4:00 p.m. to share in the celebration of our Church and pastor's anniversary. Deacon Keith Curry Chairperson, Sister Linnie Finley and Sister Shirley Bowman Co-Chairs, Rev. Clifford J. Johnson Jr., Pastor. Church telephone# 764-9353 EL-BETH-EL COME TOGETHER DAY -we, the pastor officers and members wish to invite you to worship with us and be our special guest on our Come Together Day Celebration January 23rd at 3:00 P.M. A great program has been planned for this occasion. The guest speaker will be Attorney Seth Rothstein for this occasion. There will be several civic and political leaders to share with us and bring greetings for this occasion. If you have any questions, please contact our pastor Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 904-710-1586 or the office manager Miguel Zapata at 904-374-3940. Dinner will be served after service. CHARITIES CENTRAL METROPOLITAN CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH -Join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath, members of Central Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at 4611 North Pearl Street on Sunday. The Sunday School Department is planning to celebrate Central Metropolitan CME Church 114th Sunday School Anniversary, Sunday, January 9, 2011. Sister Mariea DeVoe, Program Chairperson, Sister Deloris Payne, Sunday School Superintendent, and members invite the Jacksonville community to attend. Teaching the Word from Generation to GenerationŽ is the theme and the scripture is (Colossians 3:16 KJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Unite with Central on the Pearl Tuesdays 6:00 pm, Prayer Time, 6:30 pm Bible Study, Wednesdays, 12: 00 pm Bible Study, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm the Feeding Ministry, and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm Temple Physical Maintenance, Sister Jackie Johnson, Instructor. Classes are free and open to the public. For more information, call 904-354-7425. FELLOWSHIPS (contd)

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L LIFE IFES STYLE TYLE A4 C M Y K Socially SpeakingBy Betty Asque Davis / Photos by J. Carl Davis, Sr. Theres Always Something Happening On The First CoastŽ Theres Always Something Happening On The First CoastŽPAGE A-4THE STARJANUARY 8, 2011(Unless otherwise specified) Thank you for sharing your events and stories for the column each week! Because of you readers are there with you each week. Fo r column entries you may contact me directly at 904-571-1182, Toll Free Fax 866-488-6407 or by e-mail at: badavis@watsonrealtycorp.comSEE YOU IN THE PAPER SEE YOU IN THE PAPER ! LCDR James ‘Drew’ D. Andrews Retires After Thirty YearsWith his beloved and lovely wife Mrs. Beatrice Andrews along with his sons Johnnie and David, his mother, brother and sister, LCDR James Drew D. Andrews retired from the Unites States Navy with a marvelous ceremony at Mayport Naval Stations Oceanbreeze Club. The speaker for the occasion was LCDR Bobby E. Brown, Jr.who is the Naval Aide to Vice President Joe Biden. LCDR Andrews began his naval career as a Seaman Apprentice in 1980. During his assignment to the FORRESTAL as the leading Petty Officer he was one of two Personnelmen First Class (Navy-wide) selected for commissioning via the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program. In 1994 LCDR Andrews was commissioned to Ensign later being selected as the Administrative Officer of the Year for 2001, 2002 and 2003 during his assignment as the Administrative/Legal Officer at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron at Mayport NAS, Florida. In 2005, LCDR Andrews completed a tour at the Pentagon as three star Flag Secretary on the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations staff Warfare Requirements and Programs. His awards include Navy Commendation Medal with 4 stars, Navy Achievement Medal with 2 stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 star, Navy EŽ Ribbon, Good Conduct Award with 2 stars, navy Expeditionary Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global Was on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 silver star, and numerous Letters of Commendation and Appreciation. LCDR Andrews is a graduate of Excelsior College, Albany New York and Central Texas College. In the Navy, a Mustang is an Officer who has been promoted up from the ranks of Navy enlisted personnel through an in-service procurement program with no interruption of his active duty status. It is also understood the Mustang Officer was a career sailor and normally wears one or more good conduct medals. LCDR Andrews is indeed an exemplary Mustang. THE WATCH For thirty years This Sailor stood the watch While some of us were in our bunks at night This Sailor stood the watch Yes, even before some of us were born into this world This Shipmate stood the watch Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his Family standing there Needing his guidance and help Needing that hand to hold during those hard times But he still stood the watch He stood the watch for thirty years He stood the watch so that we, our families and Our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety, each And every night Knowing that a Sailor stood the watch Lieutenant Commander Andrewsƒ.the watch stands Relieved Relieved by those You have Trained Guided, and Led Shipmate you stand relievedƒwe have the watch LCDR and Mrs. James D. Andrews with their sons. LCDR James D. Andrews receives the flag from Lt. Hakam Salahuddin. LCDR James D. Andrews with his very proud and beloved Mother. LCDR James D. Andrews with his FLAJAX BrothersGeorge Marshall, George Barnes, Neil Frink, Troy Canady, Henry Sellers and James 'Carl' Davis, Sr. Former St. Johns County School Superintendent Otis Mason with Mrs. mason at The Daytona Links Holiday Dinner Dance. Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons at the Jacksonville Women's Network Holiday Dinner. Dr. Simmons is the incoming Secretary of the Network's 2011 Board. Columnist Betty Asque Davis, the outgoing president of the 2010 Jacksonville Women's Network Board, at the Network's Holiday Dinner. The Howard Taylors at the Savannah MOLES Holiday Luncheon. The James 'Carl' Davises at the Savannah MOLES Holiday Luncheon. Mrs. Beatrice Andrews with her FLAJILL Sisters Mesdames Betty Asque Davis, Shirley Marshall, Minnie Cannady and Delores Chatman. From left Lieutenant Commander Bobby E. Brown, Jr., LCDR James D. Andrews and Captain Gary J. Haben. 2010 Jacksonville Women's Network Board members-Mesdames Georgia Reed. 2009 Board President, Maribel Hernandez, Vice President, Mary Harvey, Carolyn Zisser, Esq., Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons, Historian and Betty Asque Davis, Board President. Mathis Daniel, Jr. with his grandsons Malcolm, Michael, Malik, and Marquis.

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Above: The Brookhollow Baptist Church with Pastor Ralph D. West in the insert top left. To the right: Gospel Singing Artist Kirk Franklin performing. JANUARY 8, 2011 THESTAR PAGE A-5 PAGE A5 C M Y K Story by Clara McLaughlin December 31, 2010 ended the decade that started with fear. Many were worried about what 2000 would bring, the changes in life as well as scientific changes. When 2000 arrived, the clocks and the computer systems all continued to work. Some were surprised but there were changes good and bad. So, the best way to end and start another decade is rejoicing in music and love. Brookhollow Baptist Church, affectionately known as the Church Without Walls, offered their members and the public an open door with the church's mass choir and world renowned Kirk Franklin performing and their pastor, Dr. Ralph D. West, providing a sermon focusing on the First Psalms, explaining the tree and the roots. The Berry Center had standing room only with more than three fourth of the audience being members of the church that has three Houston locations, and two services every Sunday at two locations and one at the other. The music and the sermon left everyone feeling very positive about the next decade. In fact, more than 100 came forward, as the pastor opened the doors of the church, making a pledge to join the 21,625 members (14,778 families) already a part of The Church Without Walls. Dr. West is the founder and pastor of Brookhollow Baptist Church which started with 32 members at their first service on November 8, 1987 in a ballroom at the Brookhollow Marriott Hotel, Houston. Jacksonville residents will have the opportunity to meet and hear Dr. West on January 19-21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 W. Edgewood Avenue as he leads East Florida and Bethany Baptist Association Convention Revival Service. EVENTS OF INTEREST EVENTS OF INTEREST WATCH NIGHTAt the Church Without Walls Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Pastor Ralph D. West, Clara McLaughlin, Rinetta McLaughlin-Fefie and Xavier Fefie, meeting with Pastor after Watch Night Service at Brookhollow Baptist Church Church Without Walls. The Church Without Walls Mass Choir The Florida Star Newspapers Editor-In-Chief/Owner Clara McLaughlin (in red), posing with Kirk Franklin, family and friends.

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PAGE A-6 THE STAR JANUARY 8, 2011ENTERTAINMENTA new year can be the starting point of something fresh and challenging. It can also present the opportunity of going to the next level in a growing career. Actress Erica Hubbard can relate to this on both fronts. For those viewers (particularly the males) of The ABC-Family Networks top rated drama Lincoln HeightsŽ who enjoyed Hubbard playing Cassie Sutton for four seasons; she is back with a new sitcom. Hubbard plays Kita on BETs first original scripted comedy created by Jacque Edmonds titled Lets Stay Together.Ž The show will premiere on January 11, 2011 at 11: PM and also stars Nadine Ellis (Stacy), Bert Belasco (Charles), Joyful Drake (Tasha) and RonReaco Lee (Jamal). Veteran actress Kim Fields also serves as one of the shows directors. The sitcom is based on the relationship of Stacy a successful Pediatrician and Charles who is a blue collar, self-employed independent contractor. The critics are calling it an urban version of Mad About You.Ž This is a historically trailblazing show but doing something of this nature is nothing new to Hubbard. The Chicago native obtained her BA in only three years from Columbia University and immediately after secured her own local childrens/teen TV Show titled Up N RunningŽ for which she won a local Emmy and a Service To America AwardŽ from The National Association of Broadcasters. Appearing in commercials and booking roles on TV and films followed of course. Hubbards gorgeous beauty had her modeling in Seventeen, Honey, Ebony and YM magazines as the Noxzema Girl. In the new show, Hubbard plays Charles sister Kita who is fiercely independent and self confident. She works at the DMV and has taken a break from dating so she can discover what she really wants in a man before she marries. The other couples, Tasha and Jamal, are married with twins. The relationship dynamics that will be explored on the show promises to be an interesting range of situations and topics. For example, Charles makes decent money as a blue collar contractor but his Doctor wife makes more. Should that create a problem? When that question is put to Hubbard, she gives it a thought and responds, Naturally the men want to feel like they are more or less in charge. Not just to ruin the relationship emotionally, not even emotionally but mentally, maybe just financially. I mean its hard. You make professionally a lot, more so than a lot of men but I dont know. It really shouldnt make much of a difference but to most men it does.Ž Of course there needs to be more research in that area. Hubbard agrees and says, Ive been trying to figure that out myself as well. I think the men more or less want to spend more of their control.Ž One thing for sure is that Lets Stay TogetherŽ will make you laugh and at the same time open up some serious dialogue with this Venus vs. Mars thing that has been plaguing relationships for the longest. Music: On Sunday, hit R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan shocked the entire music world and her legion of fans when she proclaimed via Twitter that she was leaving music and no longer pursing her career. According to her tweet, Sullivan said that singing is no longer fun for her and she had promised herself that if it had ever gotten to that point she would quit! Sullivan graciously thanked her loyal fans for their love and support. A quote from that tweet is as follows and is written phonetically as she wrote it: I love u all and appreciate u sooooo much. u have no idea how much uve inspired me and fed my ego but the truth is that I have to believe in me whether you all do or not. and thats what im lookin for, that belief in myself, me, I. i love us. Thanks for being here for me an riding with me on this journey. let us continue. Shortly after the quote was deleted from Sullivans twitter page. We got the news too late for last weeks column to mention that original Harold Melvinand The Blue Notes member Bernie Wilson made his transition to our ancestors. Cause of death was not available at press time. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Wilsons family, friends and fans. According to documents obtained by TMA.com, Atlanta rapper Gucci Main opted to being committed to a mental institution rather than go back to jail for violating the terms of his probation. You would think that we Black Afrikan people would begin to wake up and smell the coffee on this drugs, weapons and felony game that we are psyched and bamboozled into playing and keep falling into the same old traps behind the same old okidoke.Ž Lawd hepŽ us! TV: Music and business mogul Master Ps 14yr old daughter Cymphonique Miller has a new sitcom on The Nickelodeon TV Network titled  How To Rock Braces and Glasses .Ž Miller plays Kacy who becomes ignored by the mean girls at school when she has to wear braces for her teeth and glasses. Music becomes her way to cope. Oscars: Oscar winning actress and TV Talk Show hostess MoNique will join Motion Picture Academy President Tom Sherak as the two will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories for the 2011 Oscars. The announcement will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at 5:30 AM from the academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater Personal Thanks: I would personally like to thank Clara McLaughlin Liz Tia and the entire staff of The Florida/Georgia Star and you the readers of this great paper and my column for your support over the last seven years. I will do everything I can to make 2011 the best year ever in terms of bringing you Hollywood up close and personal. You all holla back so I can better give you what you want. Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net. Study, Observe and Win! Rych Erica Hubbard, New Year, New Sitcom For 2011!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net & facebook Photo Courtesy SBPR Rych McCain’s Hollyhood Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net, Facebook Celeb Interviews

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I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention! FEMALE HEART ATTACKS I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read. Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)... Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack .... You know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack. 'I had a heart attack at about 10 :30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.. A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m. After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws..... 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack! I lowered the footrest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else .. But, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment. I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics .. I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in. I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery. 'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already told to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents. 'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.' 1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ....... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be! 2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an asprin.. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. JANUARY 8, 2011 THE STAR PAGE A-7 Ctgc‘u"Dguv."Oquv"Hwp."Oquv"Jgcvgf."Oquv Rtguekgpv."Oquv"Ghhkecekqwu"Vcnm"Ujqy#5<22"vq"8<22"r0o0Yggm"fc{u"qpHO"32705"YLULcickp"htqo;<22"/"34<22"r0o0"NE Florida and SE Georgias Best Talk StationCpf{"qhh/ckt<";26/78:/298;Qp/ckt<""*;26+":76/VCNMgockn
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B1 C M Y K Story by Rinetta M. Fefie Photos by Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida Star It was a historical moment beginning with the Salute to Women in Leadership Breakfast on Monday morning, followed with a Tribute to the First Lady, Honoring Those who Serve, a Path to Prosperity Reception, Florida's Future Youth Concert and the Inaugural Candlelight Dinner. The two-day event was extremely elaborate but what was most impressive was the swearing in of Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. Many in the African American community admitted it was difficult to hold back the tears as Ms. Carroll was sworn in. She was joined by her family as her husband held the Bible that she placed her hand upon. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Carroll's story is even more touching since she was adopted by her parents. She moved to the United States when she was eight years of age, and after graduating from high school, joined the U. S. Navy. She was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and became an Aviation Maintenance Officer in 1985. She retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and later received an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration. Jennifer Carroll is the first Black and the first female elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Florida. She is also the first African American female Republican elected to the Florida Legislature. Actually, she is the first Black female on any statewide Republican ticket for the state. Ms. Carroll is married to Nolan Carroll, Sr. They have three children, Nolan Carroll, Jr., Nyckie and Necho. Her son, Nolan Carroll, Jr. plays with the Miami Dolphins. Even though many are proud of Ms. Carroll and feel she is a quiet but strong person, they are still concerned about what lies ahead for Florida's minority community under this Republican administration with strong Tea Party ideas. Governor Rick Scott ran his campaign on creating jobs for Floridians and during his inaugural address alluded to how he will do it. Will Ms. Carroll be given the power to help achieve such a goal? Governor Scott said, "We have hard-working people who desperately want jobs. We have energetic entrepreneurs with plenty of ideas.. and persuadable investors with ready cash." He ended his speech with, "Lets get to work." JANUARY 8, 2011 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDA SECTION B Florida's Inauguration 2011 First Black and Female Elected as Lieutenant Governor Nolan Carroll, Jr. (born January 16, 1987) is an American football defensive back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins from the University of Maryland, Nyckie, Necho, Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, and Nolan Carroll, Sr., Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Nolan Carroll, Sr., Nolan Carroll, Jr., Jeb Bush, Nyckie, Necho Carroll, and Attorney General Pam Bondi. Ava L Parker Board Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Florida House of Representatives Joe Gibbons. Jamal Sowell, Senator Anthony Hill, and Representative Geraldine Thompson, Orlando, FL Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and Nolan Carroll, Sr. Heidi Jennings wife, Ed Jennings Regional Administrator HUD Region IV Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and Chief Leroy Smith Nolan Carroll, Jr., Necho, Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Nolan Carroll, Sr., and Nyckie.

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Free Cholesterol & Diabetes Screening. Screening will be held 11:00 am 2:00 pm January 8 at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, 2720 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, FL. For more information call 800-713-3301 Free Cholesterol & Diabetes Screening. Screening will be held 12:00 pm 5:00 pm on January 13 at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy8650 Argyle Forest Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. For more information call 800-713-3301 Join the City of Jacksonville for the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on January 14 at 7 a.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center 1000 Water St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.630.4000 The Jacksonville Children's Chorus presents the Second Annual Martin LutherKing, Jr. Day "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Concert, which will be held on Monday, January 17, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville PAGE B 2THE STAR JANUARY 08, 2011 By: Lucius Gantt The Gantt Report would like to wish all of it readers and supporters a very happy and prosperous New Year. New Years is the time that many people use to make resolutions. They will say that they resolve to quit smoking, quit drinking, lose weight, exercise more, work harder, study harder, be more faithful and so on. I say one of the main resolutions that African Americans should make is a resolution to change their place of worship. What? Yes, Im saying you should change your places of worship as soon as you can! I think Black people should practice a religion that does something for Black people. If your church cant do anything for you, you shouldnt miss that church anyway. Besides, what good is a shepherd that cant or wont help his flock? Dont expect a lot of money from your church when times are hard but you should at least expect a call from the Deacons, Mothers, Stewards and Stewardesses and preachers when you have been hurt by catastrophic illness, cyclone, tornado, tsunami, floor, fire or other hardship. I attend church on most Sundays and every time I go I put money in the plate for what is called a missionary offeringŽ. Where is that money? Well, a rudimentary investigation would reveal that the so-called missionary money is there but church officials of today are using that money supposedly designated to help people in the community for other purposes. You tell me, at your church when was the last time the pastor got a pay cut? When did the parsonage get shut down and caused the preacher to move to a smaller house. When did the music director money get reduced? When did the television and radio ministry money get cut? I dont know the answers to the above questions but money for the sick and shut in, for the victims of abuse or violence and the money for the congregation members who have suffered a devastating loss of some kind is cut or reduced all of the time. Leaders of the biggest Black church in Floridas capitol city told me that he big church Tallahassee residents call The MallŽ doesnt give any members or community members a dime when people are in need. I was told the biggest Black church there now only provides a referral service. If somebody went to a Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years dinner, sat at the table and saw everybody get a plate with a generous helping of food while they got nothing but still called their self a diner, you would think they were crazy! So what do you call yourself when you contribute to a missionary offering every single Sunday and get no help from their church when you are in need? I say find you a church that is as eager to help you as the church is eager to ask you to put money in a collection plate or basket. If your preacher can get church help when he or she needs help the church members should be able to get help too. You dont need to go to church to read the Bible or to worship God but you do need to attend a church that does what Jesus did and help people in the community that need help. Im just saying, perhaps you are a Gantt Report reader that should consider changing churches. Contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net) I Plan To Fail In 2011 (part 2) Community Activities By: Farris Long For those of you who have read the previous editions of my article on failing in 2011, here are the final pointers to help you. ENJOY!!! 13) Reminisce on all the bad decisions you ever made in your life and repeat them over and over again. 14) Constantly remind yourself of those mistakes and beat yourself up over them. People may mess this up by reminding you of your potential. IGNORE THEM and stay stuck in your past. 15) While you are at it, throw the biggest pity party you can. Invite everyone to join you in your pity party. Afterall what good is misery without company. 16) Doubt yourself and God. Obeying Him means you can't fail. So the smallest amount of doubt will help you to avoid obeying him and assures your failure. 17) Don't waste time praying! I mean if you do pray it just might work...and if you're planning to fail, you don't want to risk that do you?? 18) Your health doesn't matter so pay no attention to it. Ignore all ads that say: Smoking is bad for you; Don't drink and drive, Don't do drugs; Eat healthy; Exercise and anything of the sort. 19) Burn every bridge and forget all the bridges that brought you over. Who needs people anyway? 20) Forget about having a financial plan. Spend everything you have so you have nothing left to fulfill your life dreams. Impulse buying is your friend. (especially if things are "on sale") 21) Honesty is not the best policy... LIE LIE LIE!!! This assures your failure because people will not trust you. 22) Be a hater and be as judgmental as possible. Jealousy and judgement are the order of the day. At least in your own eyes you're better than everyone else. That has to count for something. 23) Never be the student. Always be the teacher. If you aren't teachable you can never grow. Growth means progress and that is what we are trying to avoid here. 24) If there is gossip to be shared make sure you spread it as far as you can as fast as you can. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHETHER IT'S TRUE OR NOT. Facebook is a phenomenal way to do this. Just post it on your wall and watch peo ples character be destroyed at your hands. If Facebook doesn't work the telephone is time tested and proven to work. 25) DO NOT LOVE YOURSELF!!! So what you are valuable and special. You don't need to reflect on that. You're trying to fail here. Remember????? This plan only works for those want to fail in the coming year. I guess, for the rest of you who actually want to succeed in 2011 and beyond, you should do the opposite of these steps to experience success and greatness beyond your wildest dreams. Wait wait wait! I just realized something. If you follow this plan and you actually fail, you were successful at something which nullifies all the tips above. I guess if you are going to go through all the steps to fail, you might as well just go ahead and use that energy to succeed You only live once, MAKE IT COUNT! ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., M.D. FAINTING GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION Sudden, temporary loss of consciousness. BODY PARTS INVOLVED Circulatory system (heart and blood vessels); brain. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED Both sexes; all ages. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS *Sudden lightheadedness. *General weakness, then falling. *Blurred vision (sometimes). *Nausea (sometimes). *Paleness and sweating. *Rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing. If heartbeat or breathing is not present, this may be cardiac arrest rather than fainting. CAUSES A sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain. This may result from: *Heartbeat abnormalities-too fast, too slow or irregular. *Prolonged straining, such as from severe coughing or attempted bowel move ments when constipated. *Sudden emotional stress. *Heart diseases that limit the amount of blood that the heart pumps. *Getting out of the bed or a chair suddenly (orthostatic hypotension). *Acute pain. *Epilepsy. *Low blood sugar. *Heart attack (rare). RISK INCREASES WITH *Stress. *Heart disease. *Some drugs such as alcohol. *Use of certain drugs, such as heart medications that slow the heartbeat. *These include digitalis, beta-adrenergic blockers and other antihypertensive drugs. *Hot, humid weather. HOW TO PREVENT *Avoid sudden changes in physical activity *If fainting episodes are caused by medication, consult your doctor about chang ing drugs. WHAT TO EXPECT APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE *Care from bystanders. *Self-care after regaining consciousness. *Doctors treatment, if fainting is caused by other conditions. DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Observation of symptoms by those nearby. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor. POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS *Injury while fainting. *Mistaking cardiac arrest for fainting. PROBABLE OUTCOME Simply fainting disappears in 1 or 2 minutes. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES If someone faints, check for breathing and a neck pulse. If neither is present: Dial 0 (operator) or 911 (emergency) for an ambulance or medical help. Then give first aid immediately. Begin cardiac massage and mouthto-mouth breaking (CPR). Dont stop until help arrives. *If someone faints, is breathing and has a pulse, leave the person on the ground and elevate both legs. This helps return blood to the heart *If you feel faint, sit down immediately and bend over, or lie down. *If you are subject to frequent fainting spells, avoid activities in which climbing to high places, driving vehicles or operating dangerous machinery. MEDICATIONS Medication usually is not necessary for fainting. Medication may be necessary for underlying disorders. ACTIVITIES Resume your normal activities as soon as you regain consciousness. DIET No special diet unless fainting episodes are caused by low blood sugar. If so, eat 5 or 6 small meals a day. The meals should be high in protein, high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple carbohydrates. Drink adequate fluids and avoid alcohol. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF : An unconscious person has no pulse and is not breathing. Give CPR first. Someone faints and does not regain consciousness quickly. Fainting is a symptom of another condition. Heatlh Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. The Gantt Report

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PAGE B-3 THE STAR JANUARY 8, 2011 SPORTS PAGE B4 C M Y K Jaguars in Houston had great fan supportStory by Mike Bonts and Richard McLaughlin Photographs by Frank Powell and Richard McLaughlin The Florida Star, The Georgia Star The Houston Texans Arian Foster made MVP as he ran for two touchdowns and spoiled the Jaguars' post-season aspirations with a 34-17 victory. Of course, the Jaguars played without the services of QB David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew, both out with injuries. In fact, Jones-Drew underwent surgery in Alabama two days after the game. But the Jaguars had the support of many Floridians at the Houston game who proudly cheered for their team while at the sell-out stadium. Cardiac Arrest: Jaguars fail to make NFL playoffs By MIKE BONTS Sports EditorThe high hopes of the Jacksonville Jaguars just four weeks ago for the 2010 NFL season dissolved into a four-game losing skid and being edged out of the playoffs by the Indianapolis Colts. Arian Foster ran for two touchdowns and the Houston Texans spoiled the Jaguars' post-season aspirations with a 34-17 victory. Im proud of the fact that we remained alive up to this point. Im disappointed that we didnt seal the deal. Three weeks ago we did it and then over the last couple of weeks when we had opportunities to play much better as a football team, we didnt play very wellŽ said Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio. Foster had 180 yards on 31 carries for the Texans (6-10), who snapped a fourgame losing streak. Matt Schaub completed 18-of-22 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown in the win. Jacksonville (8-8) entered Sunday needing a win and an Indianapolis loss to clinch the AFC South. The Jaguars played without the services of QB David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew, both out with injuries. Former Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards started in place of Garrard and connected on 12-of-25 passes for 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rashad Jennings rushed for 108 yards and one score on 22 carries. "We tried to do some of the things that Trent (Edwards) was most comfortable with as we put the plan together," said Del Rio. "We had some opportunities but didn't quite execute those as well as we thought we might have had a chance to today." THREE JAGUARS VOTED TO PRO BOWL Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (starter), tight end Marcedes Lewis and special teamer Montell Owens were named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in voting by coaches, players and fans. The three players are the most for the Jaguars since 1999. Jones-Drew has been recognized for the second straight year, while Lewis and Owens are firsttime Pro Bowl selections making them the 19thand 20thPro Bowl Jaguars. The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 30 and televised live on FOX at 7:00 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jones-Drew is the 10thplayer in franchise history to be voted in as a starter and the first since 2006 (Rashean Mathis). Jones-Drew is the fifth player in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons, joining Tony Boselli (19962000), Mark Brunell (199697), Jimmy Smith (19972001) and Marcus Stroud (2003-05). Lewis is the first tight end and Owens the first special teamer to be voted to the Pro Bowl in franchise history. Jones-Drew, who missed one game with an injury, ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,324 rushing yards on 299 carries with five touchdowns. He also produced 34 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns and ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,641 yards from scrimmage. He has registered career-high seven 100yard rushing games in 2010 including a streak of six straight (135 at Dallas; 100 vs. Houston; 133 vs. Cleveland; 113 at N.Y. Giants; 186 at Tennessee; 101 vs. Oakland). Six straight 100yard rushing games was the longest streak of his career and the second longest in franchise history. He joined Fred Taylor as the only players in franchise history with 1,200 rushing yards and 1,500 yards from scrimmage in back-to-back seasons. Jones-Drews seven 100-yard rushing games this season are tied for the second for most in the NFL and the second-most in team history for a season. The 2006 second-round pick produced a career-high 186 yards on 31 carries at Tennessee on Dec. 5, the third-most in franchise history and the most by a Jaguar since 2003. He totaled a career-high 220 yards from scrimmage against Cleveland on Nov. 21 with 133 yards on the ground and 87 receiving yards. Lewis has produced career-best numbers in 2010 as he leads the team with a career-high nine touchdown receptions along with 54 receptions for 674 yards. The nine touchdowns are the second-most in a season in team history, one shy of Reggie Williams 10 in 2007, and the second-most by an NFL tight end this season. He has two touchdowns in three different games (vs. Denver, at Buffalo, at Dallas) and is the only player on the team with multiple receptions in all 15 games. A first-round draft pick in 2006, Lewis owns the top marks by a tight end in team history for touchdowns in a season (9, 2010) and a career (16). With 674 receiving yards, he needs 56 yards in the season finale at Houston for the most receiving yards in a season by a tight end in team history. Owens has played in 77 games since joining the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent from Maine in 2006. He ranks second in franchise history with 93 career special teams tackles, one shy of Brant Boyers record 94 tackles. Owens leads the Jaguars with 18 special teams tackles in 2010, with at least one tackle in 12 of 15 games. He set the franchises single-season record with 30 tackles in 2009 and was named the first alternate to the Pro Bowl. JAGUARS 2011 OPPONENTS NAMED The NFL has determined the Jaguars opponents for the 2011 regularseason. Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers Janice Joe and Timikia Cooley, Florida-Georgia Star owner, Clara McLaughlin with Rinetta Fefie, Xavier Fefie and Josh Ricky & Frank Kim and Jeff Harvet, Jacksonville Lynn Goshay and Mia Arline, Jacksonville Daniel Troy and Alicia Presha, Jacksonville

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Correspondent: Scott Jurrens Photographer:Joseph LorentzsonOn Saturday, January 1, 2011, in Tampa Floridas Raymond James Stadium, the Florida Gators gave outgoing coach Urban Meyers a win over the Penn State University Nittany Lions with a last minute touchdown for a game final of 37-24. All week, the storyline in Tampa was the upcoming retirement of 46-year old University of Florida coach Urban Meyer and Penn State Universitys 84-year coach Joe Paterno fighting rumors of his retirement in 2011. Both coaches were fans of each other in the pregame. Meyer comments on Paterno, "He will go down as the greatest football coach in the history of the game. Every young coach, in my opinion, can take a lesson from him." The Gators won the opening coin toss and elected to defer receiving the kickoff in the 2nd half. Penn scored the first and only touchdown in the first quarter on off a Gator turnover midway through the period courtesy of Penn States quarterback Matthew McGloins fiveyard pass to wide receiver Derek Moye. In the 2nd quarter, the Gators scored two touchdowns within six minutes courtesy of Omarius Hines and a blocked Penn State punt for a touchdown by Lerentee McCray. Penn State responded with a touchdown late in the quarter by wide receiver Michael Zordich and field goal by Collin Wagner for a half time score of Gators 14, Nittany Lions 17. In the 3rd quarter, the Gators took the opening kickoff and settled for a field goal to tie the score up at 17 points apiece. Late in the quarter, Penn State scored a touchdown on a run by quarterback Matt McCloin and the Gators Ray Guy Award winner (the nations top punter) Chas Henry added a 47-yard career long field goal to cap the scoring in the quarter. At the end of three quarters of play, Penn State led 24-20. The 4th quarter scoring continued as the Gators Mike Gillislee added a touchdown and Chas Henry another field goal to take the lead over the Lions 30-24. However, the Penn State offense had the ball and with just over three minutes to play had the ball 3rd and three yards on the Florida 25-yard line. However, on the next play, Florida safety Ahmed Black intercepted Penn State on the next play at the Florida 20-yard line and returned it 80-yards for a touchdown to seal the win for Gators. The game final was Gators 37; Nittany Lions 24. One of Paternos closing comments on the game and Coach Urban Meyer was, "I'm genuinely sorry to see him leave college. He's done a great job. It's one of those things. PAGE B-4 THE STAR JANUARY 8, 2011 URQTVU Qwvdcem"Dqyn<"Icvqtu"Ykp"hqt"Og{gt)u"hkpcn"icog By MIKE BONTS Sports EditorJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -It was an offensive clinic from start to finish for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs manufactured 485 total yards enroute to a dominating 52-14 win against Michigan on Saturday in the 66th annual Gator Bowl at EverBank Field. It was MSUs fourth-consecutive bowl win dating back to the 1999 Peach Bowl and first-ever victory against Michigan as the Bulldogs conclude the 2010 campaign with a 9-4 ledger. Mississippi State, now 7-7 all-time in bowl games and 3-6-2 versus Big 10 foes, also set several school bowl records with points scored (52) and margin of victory (38). In addition, Vic Ballard tied Dontae Walkers record of 18 points scored he set against Texas A&M in the 2000 Independence Bowl, while the 485 total yards of offense were second only to the 499 gained against North Carolina in the 1974 Sun Bowl. Chris Relf, who was named the games MVP, completed 18 of his 23 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. The 281 passing yards were the second most in MSU bowl history, behind the 287 thrown by Greg Plump versus North Carolina in the 1993 Peach Bowl. They are also the only two quarterbacks to throw for more than 200 yards in a bowl game. Relf, a junior from Montgomery, Ala., also scored on the ground from 1-yard out and finished with 311 total yards. That was fantastic,Ž second-year MSU coach Dan Mullen said. What terrific fan support we had. Im so happy and so proud for the seniors and for what theyve accomplished the two years Ive been here. To send them off as champions is fantastic.Ž Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson gained 313 yards of total offense. He carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and completed 27-of-41 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. As prolific as MSUs offense was, so too was the defense. Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson gained 313 yards of total offense. He carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and completed 27-of-41 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Wolverines' junior wide receiver Darryl Stonum and junior/sophomore Roy Roundtree led the receiving effort. Roundtree had a game-high nine catches for 53 yards with one touchdown, while Stonum hauled in seven passes for a team-best 59 yards. I told Chris during the warmups I thought he was going to play his best game of the season,Ž Mullen said. I thought he did a great job of managing the game.Ž It was an opening half that didnt see MSU punt or draw a penalty. In the second half, the Bulldogs, who converted 9 of their 17 third-down attempts and were 5 of 5 on fourth down, got two more touchdowns from Ballard covering 1 and 7 yards. Ballard finished the year with 19 rushing touchdowns, breaking the single-season mark of 16 set by Jackie Parker in 1952. MSUs final points were the result of a 31-yard pass from Relf to Michael Carr, the first of the freshmans young and promising career. The nation saw us play and win on January 1 and against a great program in Michigan,Ž Mullen said. This is the foundation of big wins to come.Ž Okuukuukrrk"Uvcvg"vqq"owej"hqt Yqnxgtkpgu"kp"Icvqt"Dqyn Eqpvkpwgf

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PAGE B-5 JANUARY 8, 2011PREP RAP PREP RAP THE STAR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FATHERS INCORPORATED SET TO ANNOUNCE YEARLONG FATHERHOOD AND MENTORING CAMPAIGN WITH WHITE HOUSE AT ANNUAL DINNER Fathers Incorporated Readies for the 2011: Year of Responsible Men Campaign NEW YORK, NY, January 3, 2011… White House officials will be on hand to support Fathers Incorporated as it lays out its plans for a year-long slate of activities to encourage responsible fatherhood and mentoring with the First Annual Heritage Awards Dinner on January 14th at the Alhambra Ballroom, located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem, NY at 6 pm. Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Joshua DuBois, will speak. There will also be several BLOCKBUSTER announcements regarding partnerships, events and initiatives, including proclamations from several major U.S. cities in support of the 2011: Year of Responsible Men campaign. Fatherlessness is an epidemic, and we know for many children both young and old that the effect of its pain runs deep. In America today, more than 24 million children are unable to call their fathers name in the next room,Ž says Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. That is why Fathers Incorporated was formed. We are committed to make a difference and get fathers more involved in their childrens lives daily, no matter what the circumstances. As responsible fathers, this is our mission.Ž The dinner will launch the partnership with the White House, a network of private and public grass-roots organizations, corporate partners and a high profile honorary board. The night will also see five national awardees receive recognition for their work in the field of responsible fatherhood and mentoring; including John Amos, most recognized for his role as James Evans in the television show, Good Times,Ž and Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem Children Zone and a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman.Ž The dinner will be hosted by Michelle Drayton, Publisher of Todays Child Magazine and J-Will, host of Albanys JWill in the MorningŽ on Jamz 96.3 (Albany). The Keynote speaker for the event will be Pastor Tre Staton of the Empire Christian Center. Special Remarks will be delivered by Dr. Jeff Gardere, Americas Psychologist and host of VH1s Dads Camp. For additional information and updates regarding Fathers Incorporated or the annual Heritage Awards Dinner, please visit www.2011yorm.com.Media Contact: Chandra McQueen Moona Public Relations, LLC cmcqueen@moonapr.com (732) 684-3422 South African White Rhino Dies at Jacksonville Zoo and GardensJacksonville, FL … Anne, one of the older white rhinos in the nations captive population, passed away this past Monday at age 39 at her home at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The female Southern white rhino came to the Jacksonville Zoo from the Kansas City Zoo in June 1983. She was born in the wild at the Umfolozi National Park in South Africa in 1971. She lived a long and healthy life at the Zoo and only started to show age-related concerns in the past few years. Her unique and easy-going personality can never be replaced. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a white rhino Species Survival Plan participant and does intend to acquire more rhinos from other zoos in the future. According to our initial findings, it appears that Anne succumbed to widespread cancerous growths and extensive tumors throughout her body,Ž said Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Deputy Director of Conservation and Education, Dan Maloney. Anne was a beloved member of our extended Zoo family, and the staff already misses her very much.Ž An important part of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens mission is to conserve animals in the wild. One of the many initiatives the Zoo supports, called Bowling for Rhinos, is directed at helping to save the rhinoceros populations. Staff worked directly with the Zoos Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) to raise awareness and funds through this annual event. For more information on the Zoos conservation efforts visit jacksonvillezoo.org. White rhinos usually have a natural gray hue, varying with soil color, and are almost hairless. As a herbivore and a true grazer, the rhinos diet is made up of grasses. The name whiteŽ comes from the African Afrikans word weit, meaning wide, describing the shape of its mouth. Their square shaped or wide lipsŽ are an adaptation for grazing. They can be found in Southern and Northeastern Africa. White rhinos can weigh up to 5,000 pounds, stand up to five-to-six feet tall and are Africas third largest mammal after the elephant and the hippo. The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their downfall. In fact, the Southern population of the white rhinoceros was almost exterminated during the 1800s, due to poaching for their horns for medicinal purposes and decorations. However, effective protection after 1920 resulted in a steady increase in the sole surviving population. By the mid-1960s their numbers had risen from approximately 200 to 2,000, and in 1982, the species was removed from the endangered species list. It is now listed as Near Threatened (NT) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Northeastern population, or Northern white rhino, found in Sudan and the Central African Republic is now considered endangered. For more than 96 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experience in a caring environment. Preservation of sustainable biodiversity is a key mission of the Zoo. From the beginning in 1914, with an animal collection that consisted of only one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has become one of the top zoos in the nation, now with more than 1,400 rare and exotic animals and over 1,000 unique plant species. The Zoo is a non-profit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is open year-round, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Jacksonvilles north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. For more information, go to jacksonvillezoo.org. FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE BOARD INTRODUCES NEW 4YEAR FLORIDA COLLEGE PLAN New Plan Means New Opportunities for College SavingsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida s community colleges, now known as Florida Colleges, are evolving to meet the state s growing demand for workforce-related degrees. Approximately one out of every 20 Floridians is enrolled in the Florida College System, representing more than one million students, and estimates show in excess of 13 million jobs needed by 2014 will require a degree offered at a Florida College. In fact, enrollment in baccalaureate programs in the Florida College System has almost tripled in size since 2006, growing from 3,500 to 12,000. In response to this evolution, the Florida Prepaid College Board is expanding its consumer-friendly savings choices with the introduction of a new offering -the 4-Year Florida College Plan. This new plan allows a student to obtain a bachelor s degree at one of Florida s 19 Colleges now offering baccalaureate programs. The 4-Year Florida College Plan was created as a way to allow families to prepay tuition and most required fees for 60 lower division as well as 60 upper division semester hours, all at a Florida College. Families can now prepay the higher education costs of earning a bachelor s degree for as little at $99 per month. With this accessible new plan, Florida Prepaid continues to help families save smartly for the future college expenses that best fit their needs, even as the higher education landscape evolves. "The Florida College System continues to develop allowing more of Florida s future students to obtain their college education, including earning bachelor s degrees, at one of these institutions," said Chairman Duane Ottenstroer of the Florida Prepaid College Board. "With this plan addition, our goal is to make the program more comprehensive and to remain relevant for college savings today." The Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program began in 1988 to provide Florida families with an affordable means to save for their children s future college education by providing cost effective, financially sound Prepaid College Plans and other college savings programs. As the state s 28 Colleges advance to reflect a broader community-focused mission, attending a college is increasingly a more affordable and more popular path to earn a bachelor s degree. Over the last three years full time enrollment in the Florida College System has increased 25 percent. Florida Colleges now offer more than 120 four-year degrees, creating a very attainable way to earn bachelor s degrees in areas such as nursing, education, applied technology and more. "As the demand for and importance of a bachelor s degree increases year after year, Florida s College System is taking steps to create a competitive workforce," said Dr. Willis Holcombe, Chancellor of the Florida College System. "Access to a college education is integral to solidifying a well prepared citizenship and successful future for the State of Florida." For much more information on the new 4-Year Florida College Plan or to sign up online for any of the four Florida Prepaid College Plan options, families can visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com or call 1-800552-GRAD (4723) to request an Enrollment Kit in English or Spanish and speak with a customer service representative. Florida Prepaid s 2010-2011 annual acquisition period, when families can purchase a Prepaid College Plan at this year s plan prices, continues until the January 31, 2011 enrollment deadline. Magnet Mania & More RescheduledMedia AdvisoryWhat: Magnet Mania & More has been rescheduled to January 22, 2011, originally scheduled for January 8, 2011 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Join Duval County Public Schools for an interactive, funfilled and informational expo detailing magnet programs and school choice options for the 2011-2012 school year. Who: Parents, children, family and friends of students in elementary, middle or high schools to learn more information about the magnet programs, special academic programs and charter schools. When: Saturday, January 22, 2011 11 a.m. … 3 p.m. Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center Exhibit Hall B 1000 Water Street Jacksonville, FL 32204

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DNA Evidence Frees Man After 30 Years in PrisonIn a stunning victory for the Innocence Project, Cornelius Dupree was freed after serving 30 years in prison because of mistaken identification. Dupree was sent to prison in 1979 for allegedly being in a group of men who forced a woman and her male friend into a car and then raped the woman. Dupree was identified by the woman in a police lineup, but the male did not identify him. At the trial, however, both victims claimed that Dupree and another man committed the crime, and Dupree was given 75 years in prison. Dupree appealed the verdict for three decades and was denied every time. Dupree served more time in a Texas prison than any other innocent person in the history of the state. There are only two others in this country who have served more time and been exonerated, according to the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, says that a staggering 75 percent of wrongful convictions of people later cleared by DNA evidence resulted from misidentifications. C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star January 8, 2010 THE STARVol. 1, No. 7 TOP STORIES As an African American newspaper, we basically report on criminal offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that our observation show that African Americans do not commit the largest percentage of crime in this area. Boy Survives Being Stabbed 20 Times by FatherMiraculously, a 6-year-old boy was able to drag himself to rescue after his father tried to stab him to death. 23-year-old Xavier Thomas Sr., the boys father, allegedly left his grandmothers New Years Eve party and took his son, Xavier Jr., to the playground inside the apartment complex. Once there, he stabbed the child repeatedly in the back, neck, arm and chest then left him there to bleed to death in the cold. In total, he stabbed him more than 20 times. According to their statements, Thomas family members became suspicious when he returned to the party without the child and began to question him. They told police that he did not seem concerned about the whereabouts of his son and he ran from the scene. Police were called in to search the area for Xavier Jr. He was found bleeding profusely at a nearby relatives home, after having dragged himself from the playground. He was rushed to the hospital and is expected to live. Woman Repeatedly Calls 911 With Manicure ComplaintsA Florida woman was arrested Sunday after she called 911 several times to complain about her manicurist. 44-year-old Daytona native Cynthia Colston had gotten into a physical altercation with her nail technician at Central Nails on Elkcam Boulevard because Colston did not like the length of her nails. By the time police arrived and tried to settle the dispute, Colston had called 911 three more times. Colston was arrested and charged with misuse of the wireless 911 system. Cynthia Colston

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Clear your head, but dont forget your surroundings. Runners, walkers, bikers ƒ lots of people are out there these days working to stay fit and get in shape, especially after the holidays. Its healthy, good for you, and an inexpensive way to maintain a regular exercise regimen. While youre working out, you want to stay safeƒand here we offer you a few tips on doing just that! Before You Leave € PLAN your outing. ALWAYS tell a family member or friend where you are going and when you will return. Let them know what your favorite exercise routes are. € KNOW where telephones are located along the course, or carry a cellular phone with you. € WEAR an identification tag or carry a drivers license. If you dont have a place to carry your ID, write your name, phone number and blood type on the inside of your athletic shoe. Include ANY important medical information. € DONT wear jewelry or carry cash. € WEAR reflective material so motorists can see you more easily. On the Road € STAY ALERT at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are. Run, walk, or bike with a partner or a dog. € DONT wear headsets. If you wear them you wont hear an approaching car or attacker. LISTEN to your surroundings. Exercise in familiar areas. € KNOW which businesses or stores are open. € VARY your route. That way, a potential attacker wont get to know your routine. € AVOID unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails. ESPECIALLY avoid poorly-lit areas at night. € RUN CLEAR of parked cars or bushes. € Run AGAINST traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. € TRUST your intuition about a person or an area. It you are unsure about an area, or feel unsafe, leave immediately. € IGNORE verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving. € IGNORE verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving. € BE CAREFUL if anyone in a car asks you for directions … if you answer, keep at least a full arms length from the car. If you think you are being followed, CHANGE DIRECTION and head for open stores, theaters or a lighted house. € Have your door key READY before you reach your home. € CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. Its also a good idea to check with police about any criminal activity in the area you plan to run/walk/bike. Stay Alert! Sometimes runners and walkers get lulled into a zoneŽ where they are so focused on their exercise they lose track of whats going on around them. This state can make runners and walkers more vulnerable to attacks. Walk and run with confidence and purpose. If you get bored running without music, practice identifying characteristics of strangers and memorizing license tags to keep you from zoning out.Ž Going in the Evening or Early Morning You didnt get a chance to exercise during daylight hours, and you still want to get in that daily routineŽ before calling it a night or before the sun rises. When exercising while its dark, the best advice is to get off the streets and go for the security of a well-lighted outdoor track or consider running on an indoor track or tread mill. If these options dont work for you, consider the following tips before you head out: € MAKE SURE people can see you. T Going out at dusk or at night is dangerous without some type of reflective device on your clothing. € WATCH THE ROAD: wet or icy spots are considerably harder to see in the dark. January 8, 2010 THE STAR C&J PAGE A-2 Your Safety Your Safety

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C&J PAGE A-3 THE STAR January 8, 2010 ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON Police immediately responded to a report of an assault with serious injuries. A man, Mr. Williams, told officers that he had been engaged in an argument with his live-in girlfriend and the suspect, Ms. Jenkins. According to the victim, the suspect snapped and began stabbing him with a pocket knife. In an effort to defend himself and disarm her, the victim punched her and held her down on the ground after she fell down. Victim Williams was very reluctant to answer any of the officers questions. After being read her Miranda rights, the suspect told police that the argument resulted because of a hat of the victims that she cut up. The victim allegedly assaulted her first by punching her in the back of the head. As he continued to hit her, she brought out the knife and began stabbing him. He eventually knocked the knife out of her hand and she fell to the ground. He then climbed on top of her, held her by the throat and punched her in the face. As passers by came around, he walked away from the scene. Officers observed two stab wounds in the victims back and in the lower front of his abdomen. Because the suspect is right-handed, the location of the stab wounds were found to be inconsistent with the suspects account of the incident. The suspect contradicted herself several times in her statements to the police. The victim refused ET services and would not answer any questions posed by police. From Actual Police Reports From Actual Police Reports Did You Hear About?... Did You Hear About?... SSSHH! EDITORS NOTE: All suspects are deemed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. The Sheriffs Office reports are a matter of public record. The Star seeks to educate in the hope of keeping our community safe. An Orange Park, Fl. man is wanted for the robbery of a CVS store. According to Clay County police, a man walked emptyhanded into a CVS store on Blanding Boulevard on Black Friday. The store manager told deputies that the suspect came to the checkout counter with several televisions and cameras and began yelling, apparently angry that he had to wait to return the items. The suspect then demanded a bag, got it and left the store with the televisions and cameras. Persons with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1866-845-TIPS.

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C&J4 C M Y K MOST WANTED MOST WANTED Criminal Line-Up Criminal Line-Up Name: Justin Glass Age: 22 Offense: Drug Possession RECENT ARRESTS RECENT ARRESTS Name: Avis Peterson Age: 41 Offense: Grand Theft Name: Shonda Bloom Age: 30 Offense: Grand Theft Name: Karriem Akbar Age: 55Offense: Sexual Abuse Name: Lee Akins Age: 50 Offense: Aggravated Sodomy PREDATOR ALERT PREDATOR ALERT Name: Cathy Woodard Age: 31 Offense: Probation Violation Name: Lameka Woodard Age: 24 Offense: Probation Violation Name: Daniel Sapp Age: 71 Offense: Disorderly Intox. Name: Monte Aaron Age: 21 Offense: Criminal Interfer. Name: Emeka AbanifiAge: 22 Offense: Assault of Officer Name: Adonis Allen Age: 21 Offense: Aggravated Assault BACK ON THE STREET BACK ON THE STREET Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. Name: Travis Walker Age: 41 Offense: Sexual Battery Name: Clarence Watson Age: 34 Offense: Lewd Assault Name: Andre Vandyke Age: 35 Offense: Lewdness Molest. Name: Delmus Bacon Age: 50 Offense: Strongarm Rape Name: Frederick StewartAge: 40 Offense: Participatory Assl. Name: Albert Taylor Age: 76 Offense: Child Molestation Name: Eric Brown Offense: Sale of Cocaine Name: Quinterious Amey Offense: Robbery Name: Tony Adside Offense: Rape Name: Shafonda Boynton Offense: Sale of Cocaine Name: Stepheney Bradstreet Offense: Sale of Cocaine January 8, 2010 THE STARC&J Page A-4

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C&P1 C M Y K Smash and GrabThere's hitting the ATM -and then there's hitting the ATM with a bulldozer. Police in Florida say Robert Anderson used a front loader to tear into and rip out the expensive guts of an ATM near Marietta on Dec. 21. Cops say they were able to catch up to the suspect by following a trail of debris left behind by his construction vehicle. Needless to say, Anderson did not get away with his loot. Dumbest Criminals Dumbest CriminalsFlorida and Georgias Finest January 8, 2010 THE STARC&P Page B 1 Need A Lift?A police officer in Bonifay, Fla., says he gave 22-year-old Albert Charles Piccirillo a ride to a relative's home at around 1 a.m. on Dec. 19. About four hours later, the cop says he spotted Piccirillo again -this time on surveillance footage burglarizing a convenience store. The suspect -who allegedly stole synthetic marijuana -was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, and is being investigated for his possible role in a similar heist on the same day. Not-So-Quick GetawayThere are car thieves -and then there are cart thieves. Police in Florida say Louis Lorensen, 58, tried to escape from a supermarket in Riviera Beach in a stolen motorized shopping cart stuffed with packages of meat. The suspect allegedly ran over a 4-year-old boy on his way out of the store, then resisted arrest and challenged an officer to a fight when he was apprehended. Lets face it dumb or smart, there are criminals everywhere. The best defense is a good offense: a solid strategy and being s marter than the bad guy (or dumb one). € Invest in a home security system and keep it on and monitored 24/7/365. € Make sure it has glass break sensors, monitors doors, windows and has motion sensors. € Be sure to protect basement windows all the way up to the highest level windows and porch doors for maximum home safety. € Install at least a 4-16 cameras surveillance system that can be accessed from the web and has full night vision. € Remove or lock up exterior ladders preventing the bad guy from gaining access. € Lock all doors and windows when you are home and away, especially at night and in the summer months, too.

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Former Jax Mayor Possibly Former Jax Mayor Possibly Involved in Bribery Case Involved in Bribery CaseFormer Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney was listed Thursday as a potential expert witness for the defense in the federal bribery and money-laundering case against former JaxPort Chairman Tony Nelson. The former mayor, who is now the president of the University of North Florida, agreed to testify at Nelsons trial, which is scheduled to start next month. According to Delaneys affidavit submitted to the government before Nelson was indicted, Nelson broke no laws, was not precluded from a business relationship with a firm doing business with the port and is an honest man who would not willingly attempt to defraud the Jacksonville Port Authority or the city. This is what he is expected to tell the jury. Nelson was a Delaney appointee who was reappointed to the port board by Mayor John Peyton. Prosecutors are claiming that bribes were disguised as lobbying fees. Steve Rohan, deputy general counsel for the city of Jacksonville, is expected to testify about an opinion he wrote giving JaxPort member Marty Fiorentino permission to lobby for the same dredging company Nelson is charged with later taking bribes from. C&J PAGE B-2 THE STAR January 8, 2010 Crime Watch Crime Watch Advertising Deadline: Advertising Deadline: TUESDAYS @ 5 p.m. TUESDAYS @ 5 p.m. To place an ad: Call: (904) 766-8834 or Email: ad@thefloridastar.com Jacksonville Homicide Rate Lowest in 30 Years Jacksonville Homicide Rate Lowest in 30 Years Citizens of Jacksonville may be able to breathe just a bit easier for now. For the first time in nearly three decades, the annual tally of killings fell below 100 in the murder capital of Florida, a grim distinction the city of Jacksonville has held for 11 years. Most city folks seem to agree that the crime has been out of hand for years, but there are several theories about the root cause of all the violence and what has caused the drop in the murder rate. Some say that it is the efforts to connect officers with communities that are paying off in tips, as are other initiatives such as an increased attention to aggravated battery cases and the addition in 2006 of a homicide team. 128 new officers were hired during the tenure of Sheriff John Rutherford, who is expected to hire 10 more soon. Others suggest that since numbers show more people are going to jail for longer sentences, would-be criminals have become more cautious with the knowledge that the Sheriffs Office has become tougher on violent felons. Juveniles are also going to jail longer, contributing to this effect. A real effort to address the root of the problem may also have played a part in the downward trend. Safe Students in Schools was begun in 2008 by the Duval County school system and the Sheriff's Office and addresses the most disruptive students with an early intervention program in an effort to combat the gansterŽ mentality that is so prevalent in the youth subcultures of Jacksonville. Duval County schools spokeswoman Jill Johnson said community nonprofits provide other services and guidance as well. Georgia Officers Quit in Face of Georgia Officers Quit in Face of Allegations AllegationsTwo Pelham, Ga. police officers decided that they would rather quit the force than face charges of illegal gambling. According to the Pelham Police Department, Capt. Linda Coliman and Sgt. Mary Johnson resigned from their posts to spare themselves possible prosecution over allegations that they worked security at an illegal gambling operation outside a gas station in the area. Neither of the former officers were charged with a crime and both of them denied any wrongdoing. The families of the officers refused to comment on the allegations.

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Home Invasion Suspects Loose in St. Johns CountyPolice responding to a home invasion call got quite a shock when they arrived at the scene to find the victim bloody and tied up in his house. The incident occurred at a home on Scrub Jay Drive, near Interstate 95 and County Road 210 on Tuesday evening. Police say they found the homeowner sitting on the living room floor, bound with duct tape. There was blood all over the mans body and on the floor, but he was conscious at the time. Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia throughout the home during their search for the suspects. It is not clear if the the drugs belonged to the victim. As of now, they are not being charged. The victim was taken to Shands Jacksonville for the treatment of his injuries. The suspects remain at large. Citizens should contact police with any information. Florida Man Arrested for Flashing Mother and ChildA man was arrested Monday after getting his jollies from flashing a young child and her mother at a Florida Walmart. 43-year-old David Huffman was first pursued in the store by the childs mother before fleeing the scene in his Dodge Intrepid. A witness got his West Virginia license plate number and reported it to police. Huffman, who had already served eight years in prison after being convicted for trying to sexually batter a child in Orange County in 1990, was released in 2001. After failing to register as a sex offender in Orange County, he found himself back in custody for two years until he was released again in 2005. According to police, Huffman was caught on the stores surveillance cameras exposing himself to the young girl. He was apprehended less than 24 hours later at a local homeless hangout. Huffman faces charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition to a child under 16 years old. C&J PAGE B-3 THE STAR January 8, 2010 In Your Neighborhood In Your Neighborhood Reward Offered For Arbys Assault SuspectPolice are offering a $6000 reward for the capture of the suspect who carjacked, robbed and assaulted an elderly woman in an Arbys drive-thru just after Thanksgiving. 74-year-old Fern Gorin had just given her order at the Arby's on Beach Boulevard near University when a man popped up in her window and yelled at her to get over. She tried to drive off but he grabbed her around the throat and shoved the car into park. The suspect punched her, then drove her to Englewood Baptist Church at 5675 Kennerly Road. Arbys is adding $5,000 to the $1,000 Crime Stoppers is offering for information that leads to the arrest of the still-unknown suspect.

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C&P4 C M Y K Have You Seen Us? Have You Seen Us?Missing Persons January 8, 2010 THE STARC&P Page B 4 PETER BERRY Last Seen: Feb 13, 2008 City: Tampa, FL Description: Black male, 19y/o, 511Ž, 145lbs, black hair, brown eyes. May still be in local area. MICHAEL BENNETT Last Seen: June 21, 1989 City: Brunswick, GA Description: Black male, 35y/o, 57Ž, 125lbs, black hair, brown eyes. Photo age-progressed to 32 years. Michael has scar on left knee. MONICA BENNETT Last Seen: June 21, 1989 City: Brunswick, GA Description: Black female, 37y/o 5'5Ž, 130lbs, black hair, brown eyes. Photo age-progressed to 34 years. Monicas ears are pierced. ARIKE AINA Last Seen: Dec 14, 2010 City: Miami, FL Description: Black female, 15y/o, 40Ž, 120lbs, black hair, brown eyes. She may go by an alias name. For Tips Or Sightings, Please Call 1 800 THE LOST


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Find "Shorty's" Killer First Black Lt. Governor of Florida Sworn in


Linda Dayson, president and founder of Hurting
Families with Children in Crime, Inc. led a candlelight
vigil at 5:00 p.m.. Thursday to encourage citizens to
help find the person who drove the vehicle that struck
and killed Samuel Hines.
There are so many people on the Northside who
knew Samuel because of his size and his love for all.
Samuel Hines was 68 years of age and used a walk-
ing cane. He was killed in the area of Soutel Drive
where the vigil was held.
Linda said no one has been able to come up with a
picture of Mr. Hines but all know and respected the 4
feet man who many called "Shorty."
It is reported that the vehicle that hit him was a newer
model burgundy or maroon larger SUV as he walked.
He was hit by multiple vehicles and all stopped except
the driver of the SUV.
Please help the officers find the driver. Remain
anonymous and call 1-866-845-TIPS.


Oprah's Network No. 3

on Cable in Premiere
"Discovery
Communications
expects Oprah
Winfrey's cable
channel to achieve
profitability in its
first year," Brian
Stelter reported
Tuesday night for the
New York Times.
"Discovery and Ms.
Winfrey flipped the
switch on OWN,
short for the Oprah
Winfrey Network, on New Year's Day. The new chan-
nel enjoyed heavy sampling among viewers over the
weekend, though executives have cautioned that they
expect a bumpy ratings ride in the beginning.
"Brad Singer, the chief financial officer for Discovery,
said at an investors' conference Tuesday that OWN
should be 'Ebitda positive' in 2011 'because of ad
acceptance and good performance.'
"Ebitda is shorthand for earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization, and is a standard meas-
ure of operating profitability.

She Fired Three Shots at
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on Lane Avenue South on January 5, 2011. It is report-
ed that the suspect walked into the bank and screamed
give me the money. As the suspect walked towards the
bank teller she fired three shots in the air striking the
ceiling.
When the suspect demands were met, she fled the
bank. Those who saw her feels she is in her late twen-
ties and is approximately 5'2", 150 pounds.
Call JSO at 630-0500 or crime stoppers at 1-866-845
TIPS if you recognize her.


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Jennifer Carroll is a history maker. She was sworn in on Ja
Lieutenant Governor of Florida. See full story on page B-1.


Starting Second Decade Right
Ted Williams has
become a media sensa-
tion because of his
voice. He has been
Homeless for about 14
years but in spite of his
Drugs and other prob-
lems, he was able to
e" retain his natural ability
-to use his voice and
good speech patterns.
Now the homeless veteran has been offered many jobs
and has had the opportunity to see his 92-year-old
mother after ten years.
Williams will need help to stay strong and fight off
temptations. See more about his situation on A-2.


Montel Williams Busted
A" V Montel Williams, former
talk show host was busted at
Mitchell International Airport
in Milwaukee on Tuesday as
he tried to go through airport
security.
It has been known that
p Montel Williams is a med-
ical-marijuana proponent.
He was issued a citation for
possession of drug parapher-
nalia by TSA (Transportation Security Administration)
agents.
Williams, who is 54 years of age, was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis and has fought to legalize marijuana,
as he states, for medical reasons. He has admitted pub-
licly that he uses the drug to ease effects of his medical
condition.
This was not the first time that Williams has been
stopped by airport security because he carried drug
paraphernalia. He has started the Montel Williams MS
Foundation to help further the study of the medical
condition. He has worked with other MS victims to ask
Congress to allow him and other victims to use the drug
without facing jail sentences.
Williams was fined $484.


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"The View" Co-Host Now Engaged

' T Sherri Shepherd, a co-host
of The View, became
engaged on December 26
to her friend of more than a
.year.
The couple waited to
make the announcement
after seeking permission
from her five year old son,
Jeffrey.
Sherri found her engage-
ment ring in the middle of a
M&M dish.
S t t The couple is planning an
August wedding.
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Sherri Shepherd and televi- marriage. She was
sion writer Lamar Sally are
now engaged. divorced in 2009.

Attack or Fear on Black

Women and Children
There are bill boards in Atlanta with plans to saturate
billboards from Jacksonville, Florida to Austin, Texas.
The billboards are being placed by a pro-life group
saying, "The most dangerous place for African-
American children is the womb." The group claim that
the purpose of the billboards is to draw attention to the
disproportionate targeting of Planned Parenthood in
minority communities. They say that the majority of
abortion facilities are in minority neighborhoods.
According to the group, even though African-
Americans only make up 13 percent of the population,
they represent 36 percent of the abortions in America.
What we must be concerned about is not just these
billboards but the fact that the Black American popula-
tion is decreasing because of prisons and other medical
conditions, including AIDS. Is this a plan?
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By: Richard Burton, Sr., Project R.E.A.C.H.

Ted Williams, who has become an overnight sensation after the Columbus Dispatch posted a clip of him demon-
strating his voiceover skills while begging by the side of the road, is just one example of the plight of homeless
and incarcerated veterans.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states the nation's homeless veterans are predominantly male,
with roughly 5 percent being female. The majority of them are single; come from urban areas; and suffer from
mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About one-third of the adult homeless
population are veterans.
America's homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada,
Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-
thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.
Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8
percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.
About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of sup-
port networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
Although flawless counts are impossible to come by the transient nature of homeless populations presents a
major difficulty VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year,
approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim
veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans.
In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness, extreme shortage of affordable housing,
livable income and access to health care, a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering
effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of fami-
ly and social support networks.
A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of
drugs and alcohol.
Although "most homeless people are single, unaffiliated men... most housing money in existing federal home-
lessness programs, in contrast, is devoted to helping homeless families or homeless women with dependent chil-
dren.
Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care,
substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment.
Additionally, veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance. Locking them up and in many
cases for life is not the answer!
Ted William a veteran, living as a homeless in Ohio should send a clear message to President Obama, Congress
and all Americans the urgent need to address veteran affairs, including the many that's homeless, on drugs, in
need of healthcare and serving time in prison across this country.
This is very personal with me, as I have witnessed my Sons who have serve in the military and many many
friends and relatives that's facing the same atrocities as the veterans in this writing, including Bro. Ted Williams
a proud veteran and American.

The Other Side of Jacksonville


The Florida Star was asked by some Jacksonville citizens to allow some views to be presented weekly. We have
agreed to do so with the understanding that the articles written would not promote violence or hate. Let it be
known that the views and opinions expressed are not those of The Florida Star owner or 'r., The articles are
being accepted because some writers and readers feel their feelings and fears are not being heard.
THE ONLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF JACKSONVILLE

In any political race for public office, no one should run for office that is not highly
qualified to provide the public service that is needed for the particular office that the
individual is pursuing. Every candidate should run on their qualifications and not
their money, position or name. Our society and Jacksonville in particular are often
lead by those who are incompetent, full of greed and run for political office based
upon needs of special interest. By now anyone with any political knowledge would
agree the last 8 years of leadership in the Jacksonville's Mayor office was lacking in
many areas. Waste, fraud and abuse of power appeared to be prevalent throughout
the administration whether intentional or not. As a result the financial decisions cost
the tax payers of Jacksonville tremendously. Additionally racial tensions were preva-
lent in the Mayor's office, City Hall, Sheriff and Fire Department to often. However,
many of those problems we have faced over the past 8 years were simply caused by
a lack of professional leadership based upon a lack of qualifications of the leaders
themselves. Now, we have an opportunity for change! But will we take advantage
of it?
A recent review of the candidates who have filed to run for the office of the Mayor
records indicated that after close review and assessments of the overall needs of
Jacksonville, Florida; there was only one candidate who is qualified to be the Mayor
of Jacksonville. If we put aside all candidates who is running for greed, all who are
running for popularity or seeking a job, and all who are running for special interest
as vote splitters or financial gains, and we look beyond all social, economical, gen-
der and racial issues; the only qualified candidate to be the Mayor of Jacksonville,
Florida is Mr. Alvin Brown. This being a fact, for the life of me, even though every
one has the same rights as Mr. Brown to run, why are so many unqualified candidates
even attempting to be the Mayor of our city. This being said, we should ask every
candidate have they had or meet the experience of Mr. Brown? If they tell the truth
and say no, then ask them to explain why they should be considered over the best
qualified person for the job? In closing, keep in mind that politics is and can be nasty,
and this article is not about bashing, it is about truth and who is best qualified, but it
appears some candidates are in the race to be paid, some are in the race to split the
Black Community vote and they will use one, some or many to achieve their goals.
At the same time attempting to ruin a Black candidates career or reputation to
achieve their goals is not out of the equation. At the same time they will pay any one
to ruin another candidate's career if needed, lie on TV commercials and on political
ads to achieve their intended end. With this said, we should ask every democratic
candidate running for the Mayor's office to get out of the race with the exception of
Mr. Alvin Brown. But guest what? Their ego, pride and desire for power and money
want allow it. Some will go so far to hurt their own people, family and friends to
stay in power or gain control of a political office. O, by the way, all the republican
candidates should do the same thing; none of them are fully qualified either. If you
match each candidate up side by side and place the qualifications next to their names,
you will find the only qualified candidate for the Mayor's Office of Jacksonville,
Florida is in fact Mr. Alvin Brown. It is time for our community to do some soul
searching and do what is in the best interest of our City and not vote for anyone
because of greed, popularity, money or special interest. It is call do the right thing!
If you think this article is bias towards Mr. Brown you are right, but it is bias because
he is he only qualified candidate. Check for yourself in next weeks article from the
other side of Jacksonville as parallel all the candidates qualifications up side by side.


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ZION HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
AND PASTOR'S ANNIVERSARY 2011 -You are
cordially invited to come to Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church ,2803 W. Edgewood Ave., Sunday,
January 9th@ 3:30,Friday January 14th @7:00 p.m.
and Sunday January 16th @4:00 p.m. to share in the
celebration of our Church and pastor's anniversary.
Deacon Keith Curry Chairperson, Sister Linnie Finley
and Sister Shirley Bowman Co-Chairs, Rev. Clifford J.
Johnson Jr., Pastor. Church telephone# 764-9353
CENTRAL METROPOLITAN CHRISTIAN
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH -Join Pastor
Clarence Kelby Heath, members of Central
Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at
4611 North Pearl Street on Sunday. The Sunday School
Department is planning to celebrate Central
Metropolitan CME Church 114th Sunday School
Anniversary, Sunday, January 9, 2011. Sister Mariea
DeVoe, Program Chairperson, Sister Deloris Payne,
Sunday School Superintendent, and members invite the
Jacksonville community to attend. 'Teaching the Word
from Generation to Generation" is the theme and the
scripture is (Colossians 3:16 KJV) Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom: teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the
Lord.
Unite with Central on the Pearl Tuesdays 6:00 pm,
Prayer Time, 6:30 pm Bible Study, Wednesdays, 12: 00
pm Bible Study, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm the Feeding
Ministry, and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm Temple Physical
Maintenance, Sister Jackie Johnson, Instructor. Classes
are free and open to the public. For more information,
call 904-354-7425.


"FREE FOOD GIVEAWAY" Palm Coast...A free
food giveaway will be available to those in need and
sponsored by the Women's Missionary Society of First
Church of Palm Coast on Saturday, January 8, from
1:00 m.m. to 3:00 p.m. The church, at 91 Old Kings
Road North, can be reached at 446-5759. The Reverend
Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor.


FAITH UNITED MIRACLE TEMPLE 1860 West
5th St., with Bishop Desso Benjamin, Host Pastor and
Dr. Rhonda Mitchell-Addo, Coordinator. The North
Eastern Emancipation Celebration Association kicks
off its 1ST SOUTHERN CELEBRATION, January 1,
2011 at 12Noon. "148 Years of Freedom- Lets We
Forget. All people welcome. For more information
call 904-647-5981. Come and relive the day of freedom.

NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPELAME CHURCH, 737 Jessie
St., members cordially invite you to come and join us as we cel-
ebrate our "Family and Friend's Day," January 9, 2011. Our
services are as follows: Church School is at 9:00 a.m. and
Morning Worship starts at 10:45 a.m. "Come to the Fountain
so rich and sweet, cast your soul at the Savior's feet." Rev.
Louis Kirkland, Pastor. Call 904-358-2258.

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Worship Service. The speaker will be Mrs. Paulette
Monroe, the immediate past president and the first
Black president of the Florida Conference United
Methodist Women. She is very passionate about mak-
ing disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of
the world and has spent many years working with
women, children and youth. She attended elementary
hight school and college in Newport News and
Hampton, VA. Special music selections will be ren-
dered by the Praise Team of Woodlawn Presbyterian
Church with Ms. Stephanie James as leader. The theme
is "Faith-Hope-Love in Action: All United Methodist
Women in Mission together in the World!" Rev.
Newton E. Williams, Pastor.

WEST FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH Annual
Homecoming will be observed during the month of
January. Rev. Timothy L. Cole, Sr. is the Pastor. This
year's theme is: "Dress Apparel." 2nd Sunday, January
9, 2011 is Black & White; 3rd Sunday, January 16, 2011
will be Armed Forces Day; on January 23, 2011
Inside/Out, Mix Match; Sunday, January 30, 2011 is
"Old" shirts & uniforms day. 945 Carrie St.

EL-BETH-EL COME TOGETHER DAY -we, the
pastor officers and members wish to invite you to wor-
ship with us and be our special guest on our Come
Together Day Celebration January 23rd at 3:00 P.M. A
great program has been planned for this occasion. The
guest speaker will be Attorney Seth Rothstein for this
occasion. There will be several civic and political lead-
ers to share with us and bring greetings for this occa-
sion. If you have any questions, please contact our pas-
tor Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 904-710-1586 or the
office manager Miguel Zapata at 904-374-3940.
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ................................9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning
Intercessory Prayer.................10:45 a.m.
Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m.
Youth Church
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m.
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church .r-,,

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

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

Pai .ies ChapelA.M.E. Church
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(AREA DEATHS)
BROOKS, James, died
January 2, 2011.
HAYES, Sharron Demps,
died December 25, 2010.
HINES, Mr. Samuel,
died January 2, 2011.
HOOSE, Kristopher
Erich, Jr., died December
31, 2010.
JEFFERSON, George,
died January 1, 2011.
JONES, Frances, died
January 2, 2011.
JONES, Katherine
Sprayberry, 91, died
January 1, 2011.
MAXWELL, Betty, died
January 1, 2011.
McCULLOCH,
Market, died January 1,
2011.
ORDONIO, Alfredo,
died January 1, 2011.
RAINES, Carrie L., died
December 25, 2010.
SALSBERY, Douglas
E., 48, died January 2,


2011.
SORRELLS, Richard,
died January 3, 2011.
TATUM, Rickey Lee, 55,
died January 3, 2011.
TERRELL, Winfred W.,
52, died January 2, 2011.
WARD, Robert H., died
December 28, 2010.
WATKINS, William C.,
Jr., 53, died December
31, 2010.
WEGNER, Paul, 54,
died December 31, 2010.
WILLIAMS, Clarice,
87, died December 29,
2010.



GEORGIA DEATHS

FORTH, Allen N., died
January 3, 2011.
McKIE, Mrs. Shirley A.
died December 27, 2010.
ATKINSON, Mrs.
Priscilla, died December
29, 2010.
COLLINS, Mr. Allen,
died January 2, 2011.


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By Betty Asque Davis / Photos by J. Carl Davis, Sr. (Unlessotherwise specified)

"There's Always Something Happening On The First Coast"'


LCDR JAMES 'DREW' D.

ANDREWS RETIRES AFTER

THIRTY YEARS


With his beloved and lovely wife Mrs.
Beatrice Andrews along with his sons Johnnie and
David, his mother, brother and sister, LCDR James
'Drew' D. Andrews retired from the Unites States
Navy with a marvelous ceremony at Mayport Naval
Station's Oceanbreeze Club. The speaker for the
occasion was LCDR Bobby E. Brown, Jr.who is the
Naval Aide to Vice President Joe Biden.
LCDR Andrews began his naval career as a
Seaman Apprentice in 1980. During his assign-
ment to the FORRESTAL as the leading Petty
Officer he was one of two Personnelmen First
Class (Navy-wide) selected for commissioning via
the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program.
In 1994 LCDR Andrews was commissioned
to Ensign later being selected as the Administrative
Officer of the Year for 2001, 2002 and 2003 during
his assignment as the Administrative/Legal Officer
at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron at Mayport
NAS, Florida.
In 2005, LCDR Andrews completed a tour at
the Pentagon as three star Flag Secretary on the
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations staff Warfare
Requirements and Programs. His awards include
Navy Commendation Medal with 4 stars, Navy
Achievement Medal with 2 stars, Joint Meritorious
Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1
star, Navy "E" Ribbon, Good Conduct Award with 2
stars, navy Expeditionary Medal, Nation Defense
Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War
on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global Was on
Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding
Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment
Ribbon with 1 silver star, and numerous Letters of
Commendation and Appreciation. LCDR Andrews
is a graduate of Excelsior College, Albany New
York and Central Texas College.
In the Navy, a Mustang is an Officer who
has been promoted up from the ranks of Navy
enlisted personnel through an in-service procure-
ment program with no interruption of his active duty
status. It is also understood the Mustang Officer
was a career sailor and normally wears one or
more good conduct medals. LCDR Andrews is
indeed an exemplary Mustang.

THE WATCH
For thirty years
This Sailor stood the watch
While some of us were in our bunks at night
This Sailor stood the watch
Yes, even before some of us were born into this
world
This Shipmate stood the watch
Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see
his
Family standing there
Needing his guidance and help
Needing that hand to hold during those hard
times
But he still stood the watch
He stood the watch for thirty years
He stood the watch so that we, our families and
Our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in
safety, each
And every night
Knowing that a Sailor stood the watch
Lieutenant Commander Andrews....the watch
stands
Relieved
Relieved by those You have Trained
Guided, and Led
Shipmate you stand relieved...we have the watch


LCDR and Mrs. James D. Andrews with their sons.


From left Lieutenant Commander Bobby E. Brown, Jr., LCDR LCDR James D. Andrews receives the flag from Lt. Hakam
James D. Andrews and Captain Gary J. Haben. Salahuddin.


LCDR James D. Andrews with his very proud and LCDR James D. Andrews with his FLAJAX Brothers- George Marshall,
beloved Mother. George Barnes, Neil Frink, Troy Canady, Henry Sellers and James
'Carl' Davis, Sr.


Former St.
Johns County
School
Superintendent
Otis Mason
with Mrs.
mason at The
Daytona Links
Holiday Dinner
Dance.


Mrs. Beatrice Andrews with her FLAJILL Sisters Mesdames Betty
Asque Davis, Shirley Marshall, Minnie Cannady and Delores Chatman.


Dr. Brenda Robinson 2010 Jacksonville Women's Network Board mem-
Simmons at the Jacksonville bers-Mesdames Georgia Reed. 2009 Board
Women's Network Holiday President, Maribel Hernandez, Vice President, Mary
Dinner. Dr. Simmons is the The James 'Carl' Davises at the Savannah Harvey, Carolyn Zisser, Esq., Dr. Brenda Robinson
incoming Secretary of the MOLES Holiday Luncheon. Simmons, Historian and Betty Asque Davis, Board
Network's 2011 Board. President.


Columnist Betty Asque
Davis, the outgoing presi-
dent of the 2010
Jacksonville Women's
The Howard Taylors at the Savannah MOLES Holiday Network Board, at the Mathis Daniel, Jr. with his grandsons
Luncheon. Network's Holiday Dinner. Malcolm, Michael, Malik, and Marquis.


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Story by Clara McLaughlin
December 31, 2010 ended the decade
that started with fear. Many were worried
about what 2000 would bring, the changes
in life as well as scientific changes. When
2000 arrived, the clocks and the computer
systems all continued to work. Some
were surprised but there were changes -
good and bad. So, the best way to end and
start another decade is rejoicing in music
and love.
Brookhollow Baptist Church, affec-
tionately known as the Church Without
Walls, offered their members and the pub-
lic an open door with the church's mass
choir and world renowned Kirk Franklin
performing and their pastor, Dr. Ralph D.
West, providing a sermon focusing on the
First Psalms, explaining the tree and the
roots. The Berry Center had standing
room only with more than three fourth of
the audience being members of the church
that has three Houston locations, and two
services every Sunday at two locations
and one at the other.
The music and the sermon left every-
one feeling very positive about the next
decade. In fact, more than 100 came for-
ward, as the pastor opened the doors of
the church, making a pledge to join the
21,625 members (14,778 families)
already a part of The Church Without
Walls.
Dr. West is the founder and pastor of
Brookhollow Baptist Church which start-
ed with 32 members at their first service
on November 8, 1987 in a ballroom at the
Brookhollow Marriott Hotel, Houston.
Jacksonville residents will have the
opportunity to meet and hear Dr. West on
January 19-21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Zion
Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803
W. Edgewood Avenue as he leads East
Florida and Bethany Baptist Association
Convention Revival Service.


WATCH NIGHT

At the Church Without Walls


She Church Without Walls Mass Choir


Above: The Brookhollow Baptist Church with Pastor Ralph D. West in the
insert top left.


To the right: Gospel Singing Artist Kirk Franklin performing.


Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Pastor Ralph D. West, Clara McLaughlin, Rinetta
McLaughlin-Fefie and Xavier Fefie, meeting with Pastor after Watch Night Service
at Brookhollow Baptist Church Church Without Walls.


The Florida Star Newspaper's Editor-In-Chief/Owner Clara McLaughlin (in
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ERICA HUBBARD,

NEW YEAR, NEW SITCOM FOR 2011!
By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net & facebook
Photo Courtesy SBPR


A new year can be the starting point of something fresh and challenging. It can also present
the opportunity of going to the next level in a growing career. Actress Erica Hubbard can relate to this
on both fronts. For those viewers (particularly the males) of The ABC-Family Network's top rated
drama "Lincoln Heights" who enjoyed Hubbard playing Cassie Sutton for four seasons; she is back
with a new sitcom. Hubbard plays Kita on BET's first original scripted comedy created by Jacque
Edmonds titled "Let's Stay Together." The show will premiere on January 11, 2011 at 11: PM and also
stars Nadine Ellis (Stacy), Bert Belasco (Charles), Joyful Drake (Tasha) and RonReaco Lee (Jamal).
Veteran actress Kim Fields also serves as one of the show's directors. The sitcom is based on the rela-
tionship of Stacy a successful Pediatrician and Charles who is a blue collar, self-employed independ-
ent contractor. The critics are calling it an urban version of "Mad About You."
This is a historically trailblazing show but doing something of this nature is nothing new to
Hubbard. The Chicago native obtained her BA in only three years from Columbia University and
immediately after secured her own local children's/teen TV Show titled "Up 'N Running" for which
she won a local Emmy and a "Service To America Award" from The National Association of
Broadcasters. Appearing in commercials and booking roles on TV and films followed of course.
Hubbard's gorgeous beauty had her modeling in Seventeen, Honey, Ebony and YM magazines as the
Noxzema Girl. In the new show, Hubbard plays Charles' sister Kita who is fiercely independent and
self confident. She works at the DMV and has taken a break from dating so she can discover what she
really wants in a man before she marries. The other couples, Tasha and Jamal, are married with twins.
The relationship dynamics that will be explored on the show promises to be an interesting range of
situations and topics. For example, Charles makes decent money as a blue collar contractor but his
Doctor wife makes more. Should that create a problem? When that question is put to Hubbard, she
gives it a thought and responds, "Naturally the men want to feel like they are more or less in charge.
Not just to ruin the relationship emotionally, not even emotionally but mentally, maybe just financial-
ly. I mean it's hard. You make professionally a lot, more so than a lot of men but I don't know. It real-
ly shouldn't make much of a difference but to most men it does." Of course there needs to be more
research in that area. Hubbard agrees and says, "I've been trying to figure that out myself as well. I
think the men more or less want to spend more of their control." One thing for sure is that "Let's Stay
Together" will make you laugh and at the same time open up some serious dialogue with this Venus
vs. Mars thing that has been plaguing relationships for the longest.


Music:
On Sunday, hit R&B singer
Jazmine Sullivan shocked the entire
music world and her legion of fans
when she proclaimed via Twitter
that she was leaving music and no
longer pursing her career. According
to her tweet, Sullivan said that
singing is no longer fun for her and
she had promised herself that if it
had ever gotten to that point she
would quit! Sullivan graciously
thanked her loyal fans for their love
and support. A quote from that tweet
is as follows and is written phoneti-
cally as she wrote it: "I love u all
and appreciate u sooooo much. u
have no idea how much u've
inspired me and fed my ego but the
truth is that I have to believe in me
whether you all do or not. and that's
what i'm looking for, that belief in
myself, me, I. i love us. Thanks for
being here for me an riding with me
on this journey. let us continue.
Shortly after the quote was deleted
from Sullivan's twitter page.
We got the news too late for
last week's column to mention that
original Harold Melvin and The
Blue Notes member Bernie Wilson
made his transition to our ancestors.
Cause of death was not available at
press time. Our prayers and thoughts
go out to Wilson's family, friends
and fans. According to documents
obtained by TMA.com, Atlanta rap-
per Gucci Main opted to being com-
mitted to a mental institution rather
than go back to jail for violating the
terms of his probation. You would
think that we Black Afrikan people
would begin to wake up and smell
the coffee on this drugs, weapons


and felony game that we are psy-
ched and bamboozled into playing
and keep falling into the same old
traps behind the same old "oki-
doke." Lawd "hep" us!
TV-
Music and business mogul
Master P's 14yr old daughter
Cymphonique Miller has a new sit-
com on The Nickelodeon TV
Network titled "How To Rock
Braces and Glasses." Miller plays
Kacy who becomes ignored by the
mean girls at school when she has to
wear braces for her teeth and glass-
es. Music becomes her way to cope.
Oscars:
Oscar winning actress and
TV Talk Show hostess Mo'Nique
will join Motion Picture Academy
President Tom Sherak as the two
will unveil the nominations in 10 of
the 24 categories for the 2011
Oscars. The announcement will
take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
at 5:30 AM from the academy's
Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Personal Thanks:
I would personally like to
thank Clara McLaughlin, Liz, Tia
and the entire staff of The
Florida/Georgia Star and you the
readers of this great paper and my
column for your support over the
last seven years. I will do everything
I can to make 2011 the best year
ever in terms of bringing you
Hollywood up close and personal.
You all holla back so I can better
give you what you want. Hit me up
at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net.
Study, Observe and Win!
Rych


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NURSE'S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please
read, pay attention!

FEMALE HEART ATTACKS

I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever
read.
Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)... Did you know that women rarely have
the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack .... You know,
the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the
floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart
attack.
'I had a heart attack at about 10 :30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trau-
ma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold
evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me,
and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy
with my feet propped up..
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and
grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite
seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion
and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and
needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress
down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken
a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed
to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed
as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmi-
cally when administering CPR).
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.....
'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard
about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud
to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!
I lowered the footrest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the
floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next
room where the phone is or anywhere else .. But, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will
know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed
the Paramedics .. I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure build-
ing under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stat-
ing the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front
door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they
could see me when they came in.
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness,
as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or get-
ting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I
did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his
surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was
bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medica-
tions?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and
nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the
teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they
installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery.
'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30
minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the
call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my
Cardiologist was already told to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my
heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing
the stents.
'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who
are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.'
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's
symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It
is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't
know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or
other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when
they wake up ....... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be
exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly hap-
pening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk
your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an asprin.. Ladies, TIME IS OF
THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER you are a hazard to others on the
road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at
what's happening with you instead of the road.




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3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol
count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause
of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure).
MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which
dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there
Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The
more we know, the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this andl sends it to 10 people, you can be
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SECTION B


Florida's Inauguration 2011

First Black and Female Elected as Lieutenant Governor


Story by Rinetta M. Fefie
Photos by Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida Star
It was a historical moment beginning with the
Salute to Women in Leadership Breakfast on
Monday morning, followed with a Tribute to the
First Lady, Honoring Those who Serve, a Path to
Prosperity Reception, Florida's Future Youth
Concert and the Inaugural Candlelight Dinner. The
two-day event was extremely elaborate but what was
most impressive was the swearing in of Lieutenant
Governor Jennifer Carroll.
Many in the African American community
admitted it was difficult to hold back the tears as Ms.
Carroll was sworn in. She was joined by her family
as her husband held the Bible that she placed her
hand upon.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Carroll's
story is even more touching since she was adopted by her parents.
She moved to the United States when she was eight years of age,
and after graduating from high school, joined the U. S. Navy. She
was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and
became an Aviation Maintenance Officer in 1985. She retired
from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and later received an
Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of
Business Administration.
Jennifer Carroll is the first Black and the first female elected
as the Lieutenant Governor of Florida. She is also the first African
American female Republican elected to the Florida Legislature.
Actually, she is the first Black female on any statewide
Republican ticket for the state.
Ms. Carroll is married to Nolan Carroll, Sr. They have three
children, Nolan Carroll, Jr., Nyckie and Necho. Her son, Nolan
Carroll, Jr. plays with the Miami Dolphins.
Even though many are proud of Ms. Carroll and feel she is a
quiet but strong person, they are still concerned about what lies
ahead for Florida's minority community under this Republican
administration with strong Tea Party ideas. Governor Rick Scott
ran his campaign on creating jobs for Floridians and during his
inaugural address alluded to how he will do it. Will Ms. Carroll
be given the power to help achieve such a goal? Governor Scott
said, "We have hard-working people who desperately want jobs.
We have energetic entrepreneurs with plenty of ideas.. and per-
suadable investors with ready cash." He ended his speech with,
"Lets get to work."


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By: Lucius Gantt

The Gantt Report would like to wish all of it read-
ers and supporters a very happy and prosperous New
Year.
New Years is the time that many people use to
make resolutions. They will say that they resolve to
quit smoking, quit drinking, lose weight, exercise
more, work harder, study harder, be more faithful and
so on.
I say one of the main resolutions that African
Americans should make is a resolution to change their
place of worship.
What? Yes, I'm saying you should change your places of worship as soon
as you can!
I think Black people should practice a religion that does something for
Black people. If your church can't do anything for you, you shouldn't miss
that church anyway.
Besides, what good is a shepherd that can't or won't help his flock? Don't
expect a lot of money from your church when times are hard but you should
at least expect a call from the Deacons, Mothers, Stewards and
Stewardesses and preachers when you have been hurt by catastrophic ill-
ness, cyclone, tornado, tsunami, floor, fire or other hardship.
I attend church on most Sundays and every time I go I put money in the
plate for what is called a "missionary offering". Where is that money?
Well, a rudimentary investigation would reveal that the so-called mission-
ary money is there but church officials of today are using that money sup-
posedly designated to help people in the community for other purposes.
You tell me, at your church when was the last time the pastor got a pay
cut?
When did the parsonage get shut down and caused the preacher to move
to a smaller house. When did the music director money get reduced? When
did the television and radio ministry money get cut?
I don't know the answers to the above questions but money for the sick
and shut in, for the victims of abuse or violence and the money for the con-
gregation members who have suffered a devastating loss of some kind is
cut or reduced all of the time.
Leaders of the biggest Black church in Florida's capitol city told me that
he big church Tallahassee residents call "The Mall" doesn't give any mem-
bers or community members a dime when people are in need. I was told the
biggest Black church there now only provides a referral service.
If somebody went to a Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years dinner, sat
at the table and saw everybody get a plate with a generous helping of food
while they got nothing but still called their self a diner, you would think they
were crazy!
So what do you call yourself when you contribute to a missionary offer-
ing every single Sunday and get no help from their church when you are in
need?
I say find you a church that is as eager to help you as the church is eager
to ask you to put money in a collection plate or basket. If your preacher can
get church help when he or she needs help the church members should be
able to get help too.
You don't need to go to church to read the Bible or to worship God but
you do need to attend a church that does what Jesus did and help people
in the community that need help.
I'm just saying, perhaps you are a Gantt Report reader that should con-
sider changing churches. Contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net)




By: Farris Long
For those of you who have read the previous editions of my article on failing in 2011, here
are the final pointers to help you. ENJOY!!!

13) Reminisce on all the bad decisions you ever made in your life and repeat them over
and over again.
14) Constantly remind yourself of those mistakes and beat yourself up over them. People
may mess this up by reminding you of your potential. IGNORE THEM and stay stuck in
your past.
15) While you are at it, throw the biggest pity party you can. Invite everyone to join you
in your pity party. Afterall what good is misery without company.
16) Doubt yourself and God. Obeying Him means you can't fail. So the smallest amount
of doubt will help you to avoid obeying him and assures your failure.
17) Don't waste time praying! I mean if you do pray it just might work...and if you're
planning to fail, you don't want to risk that do you??
18) Your health doesn't matter so pay no attention to it. Ignore all ads that say: Smoking
is bad for you; Don't drink and drive, Don't do drugs; Eat healthy; Exercise and anything
of the sort.
19) Bum every bridge and forget all the bridges that brought you over.
Who needs people anyway?
20) Forget about having a financial plan. Spend everything you have so you have noth-
ing left to fulfill your life dreams. Impulse buying is your friend. (especially if things are
"on sale")
21) Honesty is not the best policy... LIE LIE LIE!!! This assures your failure because
people will not trust you.
22) Be a hater and be as judgmental as possible. Jealousy and judgement are the order of
the day. At least in your own eyes you're better than everyone else. That has to count for
something.
23) Never be the student. Always be the teacher. If you aren't teachable you can never
grow. Growth means progress and that is what we are trying to avoid here.
24) If there is gossip to be shared make sure you spread it as far as you can as fast as you


can. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHETHER IT'S TRUE OR NOT. Facebook is a phe-
nomenal way to do this. Just post it on your wall and watch peoples character be
destroyed at your hands. If Facebook doesn't work the telephone is time tested and proven
to work.
25) DO NOT LOVE YOURSELF!!! So what you are valuable and special. You don't
need to reflect on that. You're trying to fail here. Remember?????
This plan only works for those want to fail in the coming year. I guess, for the rest of
you who actually want to succeed in 2011 and beyond, you should do the opposite of
these steps to experience success and greatness beyond your wildest dreams. Wait wait
wait! I just realized something. If you follow this plan and you actually fail, you were
successful at something which nullifies all the tips above. I guess if you are going to
go through all the steps to fail, you might as well just go ahead and use that energy to
succeed. You only live once, MAKE IT COUNT!


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5:00 pm on January 13 at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy8650 Argyle Forest Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL. For more information call 800-713-3301

Join the City of Jacksonville for the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Breakfast on January 14 at 7 a.m. at the Prime F. Osbom III Convention
Center. 1000 Water St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call
904.630.4000

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus presents the Second Annual Martin
LutherKing, Jr. Day "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert, which will be held
on Monday, January 17, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts, Jacksonville






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Story by Mike Bonts and Richard McLaughlin
Photographs by Frank Powell and Richard
McLaughlin
The Florida Star, The Georgia Star
The Houston Texans Arian


Foster made MVP as he ran for two
touchdowns and spoiled the Jaguars'
post-season aspirations with a 34-17
victory. Of course, the Jaguars played
without the services of QB David
Garrard and running back Maurice
Jones-Drew, both out with injuries. In
fact, Jones-Drew underwent surgery in
Alabama two days after the game.
But the Jaguars had the support
of many Floridians at the Houston game
who proudly cheered for their team
while at the sell-out stadium.


Janice Joe and Timikia Cooley, Florida-Georgia Star owner, Clara McLaughlin with Rinetta
Fefie, Xavier Fefie and Josh
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Kim and Jeft Harvet, Jacksonville


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Cardiac Arrest:
Jaguars fail to make
NFL playoffs

By MIKE BONTS
Sports Editor

The high hopes of
the Jacksonville Jaguars just
four weeks ago for the 2010
NFL season dissolved into a
four-game losing skid and
being edged out of the play-
offs by the Indianapolis
Colts.
Arian Foster ran for
two touchdowns and the
Houston Texans spoiled the
Jaguars' post-season aspira-
tions with a 34-17 victory.
"I'm proud of the
fact that we remained alive
up to this point. I'm disap-
pointed that we didn't seal
the deal. Three weeks ago
we did it and then over the
last couple of weeks when
we had opportunities to play
much better as a football
team, we didn't play very
well" said Jacksonville head
coach Jack Del Rio.
Foster had 180 yards
on 31 carries for the Texans
(6-10), who snapped a four-
game losing streak. Matt
Schaub completed 18-of-22
passes for 253 yards and one
touchdown in the win.
Jacksonville (8-8) entered
Sunday needing a win and an
Indianapolis loss to clinch
the AFC South.
The Jaguars played
without the services of QB
David Garrard and running
back Maurice Jones-Drew,
both out with injuries.
Former Buffalo
quarterback Trent Edwards
started in place of Garrard
and connected on 12-of-25
passes for 140 yards with
one touchdown and one
interception. Rashad
Jennings rushed for 108
yards and one score on 22
carries.
"We tried to do some
of the things that Trent
(Edwards) was most com-
fortable with as we put the
plan together," said Del Rio.
"We had some opportunities
but didn't quite execute those
as well as we thought we
might have had a chance to
today."
THREE JAGUARS
VOTED TO PRO BOWL
Jaguars' running
back Maurice Jones-Drew
(starter), tight end Marcedes
Lewis and special teamer
Montell Owens were named


to the AFC Pro Bowl roster
in voting by coaches, players
and fans.
The three players are
the most for the Jaguars
since 1999. Jones-Drew has
been recognized for the sec-
ond straight year, while
Lewis and Owens are first-
time Pro Bowl selections
making them the 19thand
20thPro Bowl Jaguars. The
2011 Pro Bowl will be
played on Sunday, January
30 and televised live on FOX
at 7:00 p.m. ET from Aloha
Stadium in Honolulu,
Hawaii.
Jones-Drew is the
10thplayer in franchise his-
tory to be voted in as a
starter and the first since
2006 (Rashean Mathis).
Jones-Drew is the fifth play-
er in franchise history to be
voted to the Pro Bowl in
back-to-back seasons, join-
ing Tony Boselli (1996-
2000), Mark Brunell (1996-
97), Jimmy Smith (1997-
2001) and Marcus Stroud
(2003-05). Lewis is the first
tight end and Owens the first
special teamer to be voted to
the Pro Bowl in franchise
history.
Jones-Drew, who
missed one game with an
injury, ranks fourth in the
NFL with 1,324 rushing
yards on 299 carries with
five touchdowns. He also
produced 34 receptions for
317 yards and two touch-
downs and ranks fifth in the
NFL with 1,641 yards from
scrimmage. He has regis-
tered career-high seven 100-
yard rushing games in 2010
including a streak of six
straight (135 at Dallas; 100
vs. Houston; 133 vs.
Cleveland; 113 at N.Y.
Giants; 186 at Tennessee;
101 vs. Oakland).
Six straight 100-
yard rushing games was the
longest streak of his career
and the second longest in
franchise history. He joined
Fred Taylor as the only play-
ers in franchise history with
1,200 rushing yards and
1,500 yards from scrimmage
in back-to-back seasons.
Jones-Drew's seven
100-yard rushing games this
season are tied for the sec-
ond for most in the NFL and
the second-most in team his-
tory for a season. The 2006
second-round pick produced
a career-high 186 yards on
31 carries at Tennessee on
Dec. 5, the third-most in


franchise history and the
most by a Jaguar since 2003.
He totaled a career-high 220
yards from scrimmage
against Cleveland on Nov.
21 with 133 yards on the
ground and 87 receiving
yards.
Lewis has produced
career-best numbers in 2010
as he leads the team with a
career-high nine touchdown
receptions along with 54
receptions for 674 yards.
The nine touchdowns are the
second-most in a season in
team history, one shy of
Reggie Williams' 10 in
2007, and the second-most
by an NFL tight end this sea-
son. He has two touchdowns
in three different games (vs.
Denver, at Buffalo, at
Dallas) and is the only play-
er on the team with multiple
receptions in all 15 games.
A first-round draft
pick in 2006, Lewis owns
the top marks by a tight end
in team history for touch-
downs in a season (9, 2010)
and a career (16). With 674
receiving yards, he needs 56
yards in the season finale at
Houston for the most receiv-
ing yards in a season by a
tight end in team history.
Owens has played in
77 games since joining the
Jaguars as an undrafted free
agent from Maine in 2006.
He ranks second in franchise
history with 93 career spe-
cial teams tackles, one shy of
Brant Boyer's record 94
tackles.
Owens leads the
Jaguars with 18 special
teams tackles in 2010, with
at least one tackle in 12 of 15
games. He set the fran-
chise's single-season record
with 30 tackles in 2009 and
was named the first alternate
to the Pro Bowl.
JAGUARS' 2011
OPPONENTS NAMED
The NFL has deter-
mined the Jaguars' oppo-
nents for the 2011 regular-
season.
Home: Houston
Texans, Indianapolis Colts,
Tennessee Titans, Baltimore
Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals,
San Diego Chargers, New
Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Away: Houston
Texans, Indianapolis Colts,
Tennessee Titans, Cleveland
Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers,
New York Jets, Atlanta
Falcons, and Carolina
Panthers














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On Saturday, January Penn State's quarterback f
2011, in Tampa Matthew McGloin's five-
rida's Raymond James yard pass to wide receiver
,dium, the Florida Derek Moye. *


Gators gave outgoing
coach Urban Meyers a win
over the Penn State
University Nittany Lions
with a last minute touch-
down for a game final of
37-24.

All week, the storyline
in Tampa was the upcom-
ing retirement of 46-year
old University of Florida
coach Urban Meyer and
Penn State University's
84-year coach Joe Paterno
fighting rumors of his
retirement in 2011. Both
coaches were fans of each
other in the pregame.

Meyer comments on
Paterno, "He will go down
as the greatest football
coach in the history of the
game. Every young coach,
in my opinion, can take a
lesson from him."

The Gators won the
opening coin toss and
elected to defer receiving
the kickoff in the 2nd half.
Penn scored the first and


In the 2nd quarter, the
Gators scored two touch-
downs within six minutes
courtesy of Omarius
Hines and a blocked Penn
State punt for a touch-
down by Lerentee
McCray. Penn State
responded with a touch-
down late in the quarter by
wide receiver Michael
Zordich and field goal by
Collin Wagner for a half
time score of Gators 14,
Nittany Lions 17.

In the 3rd quarter, the
Gators took the opening
kickoff and settled for a
field goal to tie the score
up at 17 points apiece.
Late in the quarter, Penn
State scored a touchdown
on a run by quarterback
Matt McCloin and the
Gators' Ray Guy Award
winner (the nation's top
punter) Chas Henry added
a 47-yard career long field
goal to cap the scoring in
the quarter. At the end of


three
quarters of play,
State led 24-20.

The 4th quarter
ing continued as
Gators' Mike Gil
added a touchdown
Chas Henry another
goal to take the lead
the Lions 3
However, the Penn
offense had the bal
with just over three
utes to play had the
3rd and three yards
Florida 25-yard
However, on the nexi


Florida
Penn safety Ahmed Black inter-
cepted Penn State on the
next play at the Florida
scor- 20-yard line and returned
the it 80-yards for a touch-
lislee down to seal the win for
i and Gators. The game final
field was Gators 37; Nittany
I over Lions 24.
W0-24.
State One of Paterno's clos-
1 and ing comments on the game
min- and Coach Urban Meyer
e ball was, "I'm genuinely sorry
on the to see him leave college.
line. He's done a great job. It's
t play, one of those things.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was an offensive clinic from start to finish for
Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs manufactured 485 total yards enroute to a domi-
nating 52-14 win against Michigan on Saturday in the 66th annual Gator Bowl at
EverBank Field.
It was MSU's fourth-consecutive bowl win dating back to the 1999 Peach Bowl
and first-ever victory against Michigan as the Bulldogs conclude the 2010 campaign
with a 9-4 ledger.
Mississippi State, now 7-7 all-time in bowl games and 3-6-2 versus Big 10 foes,
also set several school bowl records with points scored (52) and margin of victory
(38). In addition, Vic Ballard tied Dontae Walker's record of 18 points scored he set
against Texas A&M in the 2000 Independence Bowl, while the 485 total yards of
offense were second only to the 499 gained against North Carolina in the 1974 Sun
Bowl.
Chris Relf, who was named the game's MVP, completed 18 of his 23 passes for
281 yards and three touchdowns. The 281 passing yards were the second most in
MSU bowl history, behind the 287 thrown by Greg Plump versus North Carolina in
the 1993 Peach Bowl. They are also the only two quarterbacks to throw for more
than 200 yards in a bowl game.
Relf, a junior from Montgomery, Ala., also scored on the ground from 1-yard out
and finished with 311 total yards.
"That was fantastic," second-year MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "What terrific fan
support we had. I'm so happy and so proud for the seniors and for what they've
accomplished the two years I've been here.
"To send them off as champions is fantastic."
Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson gained 313 yards of total
offense. He carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and completed 27-of-41 passes for
254 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
As prolific as MSU's offense was, so too was the defense.
Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson gained 313 yards of total
offense. He carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and completed 27-of-41 passes for
254 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Wolverines' junior wide receiver Darryl Stonum and junior/sophomore Roy
Roundtree led the receiving effort. Roundtree had a game-high nine catches for 53
yards with one touchdown, while Stonum hauled in seven passes for a team-best 59
yards.
"I told Chris during the warmups I thought he was going to play his best game of
the season," Mullen said. "I thought he did a great job of managing the game."
It was an opening half that didn't see MSU punt or draw a penalty.
In the second half, the Bulldogs, who converted 9 of their 17 third-down attempts
and were 5 of 5 on fourth down, got two more touchdowns from Ballard covering 1
and 7 yards. Ballard finished the year with 19 rushing touchdowns, breaking the sin-
gle-season mark of 16 set by Jackie Parker in 1952.
MSU's final points were the result of a 31-yard pass from Relf to Michael Carr,
the first of the freshman's young and promising career.
"The nation saw us play and win on January 1 and against a great program in
Michigan," Mullen said. "This is the foundation of big wins to come."


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FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE
BOARD INTRODUCES NEW 4-
YEAR FLORIDA
COLLEGE PLAN

New Plan Means New Opportunities for
College Savings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida's
community colleges, now known as Florida
Colleges, are evolving to meet the state's
growing demand for workforce-related
degrees. Approximately one out of every 20
Floridians is enrolled in the Florida College
System, representing more than one million
students, and estimates show in excess of
13 millionjobs needed by 2014 will require
a degree offered at a Florida College. In
fact, enrollment in baccalaureate programs
in the Florida College System has almost
tripled in size since 2006, growing from
3,500 to 12,000. In response to this evolu-
tion, the Florida Prepaid College Board is
expanding its consumer-friendly savings
choices with the introduction of a new
offering -- the 4-Year Florida College Plan.
This new plan allows a student to obtain a
bachelor's degree at one of Florida's 19
Colleges now offering baccalaureate pro-
grams.
The 4-Year Florida College Plan
was created as a way to allow families to
prepay tuition and most required fees for 60
lower division as well as 60 upper division
semester hours, all at a Florida College.
Families can now prepay the higher educa-
tion costs of earning a bachelor's degree for
as little at $99 per month. With this accessi-
ble new plan, Florida Prepaid continues to
help families save smartly for the future
college expenses that best fit their needs,
even as the higher education landscape
evolves.
"The Florida College System con-
tinues to develop allowing more of
Florida's future students to obtain their col-
lege education, including earning


bachelor's degrees, at one of these institu-
tions," said Chairman Duane Ottenstroer of
the Florida Prepaid College Board. "With
this plan addition, our goal is to make the
program more comprehensive and to
remain relevant for college savings today."
The Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid
College Program began in 1988 to provide
Florida families with an affordable means
to save for their children's future college
education by providing cost effective,
financially sound Prepaid College Plans
and other college savings programs. As the
state's 28 Colleges advance to reflect a
broader community-focused mission,
attending a college is increasingly a more
affordable and more popular path to earn a
bachelor's degree.
Over the last three years full time
enrollment in the Florida College System
has increased 25 percent. Florida Colleges
now offer more than 120 four-year degrees,
creating a very attainable way to earn bach-
elor's degrees in areas such as nursing, edu-
cation, applied technology and more.
"As the demand for and importance
of a bachelor's degree increases year after
year, Florida's College System is taking
steps to create a competitive workforce,"
said Dr. Willis Holcombe, Chancellor of the
Florida College System. "Access to a col-
lege education is integral to solidifying a
well prepared citizenship and successful
future for the State of Florida."
For much more information on the
new 4-Year Florida College Plan or to sign
up online for any of the four Florida Prepaid
College Plan options, families can visit
www.myfloridaprepaid.com or call 1-800-
552-GRAD (4723) to request an
Enrollment Kit in English or Spanish and
speak with a customer service representa-
tive. Florida Prepaid's 2010-2011 annual
acquisition period, when families can pur-
chase a Prepaid College Plan at this year's
plan prices, continues until the January 31,
2011 enrollment deadline.


SOUTH AFRICAN WHITE RHINO DIES AT

JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDENS

Jacksonville, FL
Anne, one of the
older white rhinos in
the nation's captive
population, passed
Sway this past
Monday at age 39 at
her home at the
Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens. The female
Southern white rhino
came to the
Jacksonville Zoo from
the Kansas City Zoo in
June 1983. She was
born in the wild at the
Umfolozi National
Park in South Africa in
c 1971. She lived a
long and healthy life at
the Zoo and only start-
ed to show age-related
concerns in the past
few years. Her unique
and easy-going per-
sonality can never be
replaced. The
Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens is a white
rhino Species Survival
Plan participant and
does intend to acquire
more rhinos from other zoos in the future.
"According to our initial findings, it appears that Anne succumbed to wide-
spread cancerous growths and extensive tumors throughout her body," said
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' Deputy Director of Conservation and Education, Dan
Maloney. "Anne was a beloved member of our extended Zoo family, and the staff
already misses her very much."
An important part of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' mission is to conserve
animals in the wild. One of the many initiatives the Zoo supports, called Bowling
for Rhinos, is directed at helping to save the rhinoceros populations. Staff worked
directly with the Zoo's Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK)
to raise awareness and funds through this annual event. For more information on the
Zoo's conservation efforts visit jacksonvillezoo.org.
White rhinos usually have a natural gray hue, varying with soil color, and are
almost hairless. As a herbivore and a true grazer, the rhinos' diet is made up of grass-
es. The name "white" comes from the African Afrikans word weit, meaning wide,
describing the shape of its mouth. Their square shaped or "wide lips" are an adapta-


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FATHERS INCORPORATED SET TO ANNOUNCE YEARLONG
FATHERHOOD AND MENTORING CAMPAIGN WITH WHITE HOUSE
AT ANNUAL DINNER

Fathers Incorporated Readies for the 2011: Year of Responsible Men
Campaign

NEW YORK, NY, January 3, 2011- White House officials will be on hand
to support Fathers Incorporated as it lays out its plans for a year-long slate of
activities to encourage responsible fatherhood and mentoring with the First
Annual Heritage Awards Dinner on January 14th at the Alhambra Ballroom, locat-
ed at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem, NY at 6 pm. Special
Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Joshua DuBois, will speak. There
will also be several BLOCKBUSTER announcements regarding partnerships,
events and initiatives, including proclamations from several major U.S. cities in
support of the 2011: Year of Responsible Men campaign.
"Fatherlessness is an epidemic, and we know for many children both young
and old that the effect of its pain runs deep. In America today, more than 24 mil-
lion children are unable to call their father's name in the next room," says
Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. "That is why
Fathers Incorporated was formed. We are committed to make a difference and get
fathers more involved in their children's lives daily, no matter what the circum-
stances. As responsible fathers, this is our mission."
The dinner will launch the partnership with the White House, a network of
private and public grass-roots organizations, corporate partners and a high profile
honorary board. The night will also see five national awardees receive recognition
for their work in the field of responsible fatherhood and mentoring; including
John Amos, most recognized for his role as James Evans in the television show,
"Good Times," and Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem Children Zone and a
subject of the critically acclaimed documentary "Waiting for Superman."
The dinner will be hosted by Michelle Drayton, Publisher of Today's Child
Magazine and J-Will, host of Albany's "JWill in the Morning" on Jamz 96.3
(Albany). The Keynote speaker for the event will be Pastor Tre' Staton of the
Empire Christian Center. Special Remarks will be delivered by Dr. Jeff Gardere,
America's Psychologist and host of VH1's Dads Camp.
For additional information and updates regarding Fathers Incorporated or
the annual Heritage Awards Dinner, please visit www.2011yorm.com.

Media Contact: Chandra McQueen
Moona Public Relations, LLC
cmcqueen@moonapr.com
(732) 684-3422



Magnet Mania & More Rescheduled
Media Advisory

What: Magnet Mania & More has been rescheduled to January
22, 2011, originally scheduled for January 8, 2011 at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds. Join Duval County Public Schools for an interactive, fun-
filled and informational expo detailing magnet programs and school
choice options for the 2011-2012 school year.

Who: Parents, children, family and friends of students in elemen-
tary, middle or high schools to learn more information about the magnet
programs, special academic programs and charter schools.

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011

11 a.m. 3 p.m.

Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center

Exhibit Hall B

1000 Water Street

Jacksonville, FL 32204


tion for grazing. They can be found in Southern and Northeastern Africa.
White rhinos can weigh up to 5,000 pounds, stand up to five-to-six feet tall and are
Africa's third largest mammal after the elephant and the hippo.
The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their down-
fall. In fact, the Southern population of the white rhinoceros was almost exterminat-
ed during the 1800's, due to poaching for their horns for medicinal purposes and dec-
orations. However, effective protection after 1920 resulted in a steady increase in the
sole surviving population. By the mid-1960s their numbers had risen from approxi-
mately 200 to 2,000, and in 1982, the species was removed from the endangered
species list. It is now listed as Near Threatened (NT) by the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Northeastern population, or Northern white
rhino, found in Sudan and the Central African Republic is now considered endan-
gered.
For more than 96 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicat-
ed to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experi-
ence in a caring environment. Preservation of sustainable biodiversity is a key mis-
sion of the Zoo. From the beginning in 1914, with an animal collection that consist-
ed of only one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has become one of
the top zoos in the nation, now with more than 1,400 rare and exotic animals and
over 1,000 unique plant species. The Zoo is a non-profit organization and an accred-
ited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association
of Zoos and Aquariums. It is open year-round, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. and is located on Jacksonville's north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile
east from 1-95. For more information, go to jacksonvillezoo.org.


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What is the date of your birthday? In our country, we all have our own special
day to celebrate what is special about us. It is our birth day. Yes, the party fun starts
when we are turning one and continues as long as we live. We also get to celebrate
birthdays for everyone in our family and our friends' birthdays, too! We celebrate
birthdays all year round.
In some countries, like Saudi Arabia, people do not celebrate birthdays due to
their religious beliefs. In other countries, like China, everyone celebrates his or her
birthday together on the country's New Year's Day. Everyone turns a year older at
the same time! The children there may receive gifts of money. On special birthdays
very long noodles are served at meals to bring long life.


This week's free puzzle tests your math skills. See if you can plan a party while
staying inside your budget. Visit our web site to print out other free puzzles and reading
logs and certificate sets, too: www.readingclubfun.com


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sung to us a few times.
6. make a before we try to blow out the
candles on our cake in one breath.
7. share cake and __ _with our family and friends.
8. may receive a __ in the mail.
9. may get and good wishes.
10. look forward to special birthdays that give us
the right to apply for a driver's or to sign
up to vote!


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DNA Evidence Frees Man After 30
Boy Survives Being Stabbed Years in
20 Times by Father
Prison
Miraculously, a 6-year-old boy was able to
drag himself to rescue after his father tried to stab In a stunning
him to death. victory for the In-
23-year-old Xavier Thomas Sr., the boy's fa- nocence Project,
other, allegedly left his grandmother's New Year's c r
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Eve party and took his son, Xavier Jr., to the play-
ground inside the apartment complex.
Once there, he stabbed the child repeatedly in
the back, neck, arm and chest then left him there to
bleed to death in the cold.

In total, he stabbed him more than 20 times.

According to their statements, Thomas' family
members became suspicious when he returned to
the party without the child and began to question
him. They told police that he did not seem con-
cerned about the whereabouts of his son and he ran
from the scene.
Police were called in to search the area for
Xavier Jr. He was found bleeding profusely at a
nearby relative's home, after having dragged him-
self from the playground. He was rushed to the
hospital and is expected to live.


SWoman Repeatedly Calls
911 With Manicure Complaints


SA Florida woman was arrested Sunday after she called
S911 several times to complain about her manicurist.
S44-year-old Daytona native Cynthia Colston had gotten
into a physical altercation with her nail technician at Central
Nails on Elkcam Boulevard because Colston did not like the
length of her nails.
Cynthia Colston By the time police arrived and tried to settle the dispute,
Colston had called 911 three more times. Colston was arrested
and charged with misuse of the wireless 911 system.


was freed after
serving 30 years in
prison because of
mistaken identifi-
cation.
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sent to prison in
1979 for allegedly
being in a group of men who forced a woman and her
male friend into a car and then raped the woman. Dupree
was identified by the woman in a police lineup, but the
male did not identify him.
At the trial, however, both victims claimed that
Dupree and another man committed the crime, and
Dupree was given 75 years in prison.
Dupree appealed the verdict for three decades and was
denied every time. Dupree served more time in a Texas
prison than any other innocent person in the history of the
state.
There are only two others in this country who have
served more time and been exonerated, according to the
Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy
organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully con-
victed people through DNA testing
Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project,
says that a staggering 75 percent of wrongful convictions
of people later cleared by DNA evidence resulted from
misidentifications.


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Clear your head, but

don 't forget your sur-

roundings.
Runners, walkers, bikers ... lots of people
are out there these days working to stay fit and
get in shape, especially after the holidays. It's
healthy, good for you, and an inexpensive way
to maintain a regular exercise regimen. While
you're working out, you want to stay safe.. .and
here we offer you a few tips on doing just that!

Before You Leave

* PLAN your outing. ALWAYS tell a family
member or friend where you are going and
when you will return. Let them know what your
favorite exercise routes are.

* KNOW where telephones are located along
the course, or carry a cellular phone with you.

* WEAR an identification tag or carry a driver's
license. If you don't have a place to carry your
ID, write your name, phone number and blood
type on the inside of your athletic shoe. Include
ANY important medical information.

* DON'T wear jewelry or carry cash.

* WEAR reflective material so motorists can
see you more easily.

On the Road

* STAY ALERT at all times. The more aware
you are, the less vulnerable you are. Run, walk,
or bike with a partner or a dog.

* DON'T wear headsets. If you wear them you
won't hear an approaching car or attacker. LIS-
TEN to your surroundings. Exercise in familiar


areas.

* KNOW which businesses or stores are open.

* VARY your route. That way, a potential at-
tacker won't get to know your routine.

* AVOID unpopulated areas, deserted streets,
and overgrown trails. ESPECIALLY avoid
poorly-lit areas at night.

* RUN CLEAR of parked cars or bushes.

* Run AGAINST traffic so you can observe ap-
proaching automobiles.

* TRUST your intuition about a person or an
area. It you are unsure about an area, or feel un-
safe, leave immediately.

* IGNORE verbal harassment. Use discretion in
acknowledging strangers. Look directly at oth-
ers and be observant, but keep
your distance and keep moving.

* IGNORE verbal harassment. Use discretion in
acknowledging strangers. Look directly at oth-
ers and be observant, but keep
your distance and keep moving.

* BE CAREFUL if anyone in a car asks you for
directions if you answer, keep at least a full
arm's length from the car. If you think you are
being followed, CHANGE DIRECTION and
head for open stores, theaters or a lighted house.

* Have your door key READY before you reach
your home.

* CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY if some-
thing happens to you or someone else, or you
notice anyone out of the ordinary. It's also a
good idea to check with police about any crim-
inal activity in the area you plan to


run/walk/bike.


Stay Alert!

Sometimes runners and walkers get lulled into
a "zone" where they are so focused on their ex-
ercise they lose track of what's going on around
them. This state can make runners and walkers
more vulnerable to attacks. Walk and run with
confidence and purpose. If you get bored run-
ning without music, practice identifying char-
acteristics of strangers and memorizing license
tags to keep you from "zoning out."

Going in the Evening or Early Morning
You didn't get a chance to exercise during
daylight hours, and you still want to get in that
"daily routine" before calling it a night or be-
fore the sun rises. When exercising while it's
dark, the best advice is to get off the streets and
go for the security of a well-lighted outdoor
track or consider running on an indoor track or
tread mill. If these options don't work for you,
consider the following tips before you head out:

* MAKE SURE people can see you. T Going
out at dusk or at night is dangerous without
some type of reflective device on your clothing.

* WATCH THE ROAD: wet or icy spots are
considerably harder to see in the dark.


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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY
WEAPON Police immediately re-
sponded to a report of an assault with
serious injuries.


A man, Mr. Williams, told of-
ficers that he had been engaged in an
argument with his live-in girlfriend
and the suspect, Ms. Jenkins. Ac-
cording to the victim, the suspect
snapped and began stabbing him with
a pocket knife. In an effort to defend
himself and disarm her, the victim
punched her and held her down on the ground after she fell down. Vic-
tim Williams was very reluctant to answer any of the officers' questions.

After being read her Miranda rights, the suspect told police that
the argument resulted because of a hat of the victim's that she cut up.
The victim allegedly assaulted her first by punching her in the back of
the head. As he continued to hit her, she brought out the knife and began
stabbing him.

He eventually knocked the knife
out of her hand and she fell to the
ground. He then climbed on top of
her, held her by the throat and
punched her in the face. As passers
by came around, he walked away
S s... from the scene.

Officers observed two stab
wounds in the victim's back and in
Sthe lower front of his abdomen. Be-
cause the suspect is right-handed, the location of the stab wounds were
found to be inconsistent with the suspect's account of the incident.

The suspect contradicted herself several times in her statements
to the police. The victim refused ET services and would not answer any
questions posed by police.


An Orange Park, Fl. man is wanted for the robbery of a CVS
store.
According to Clay County police, a man walked empty-
handed into a CVS store on Blanding Boulevard on Black Friday. The
store manager told deputies that the suspect came to the checkout
counter with several televisions and cameras and began yelling, ap-
parently angry that he had to wait to return the items.
The suspect then demanded a bag, got it and left the store
with the televisions and cameras.
Persons with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-
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Smash and Grab
There's hitting the ATM -- and then there's hitting the ATM with a bulldozer.
; Police in Florida say Robert Anderson used a front loader to tear into and rip out the expensive guts of an ATM
near Marietta on Dec. 21. Cops say they were able to catch up to the suspect by following a trail of debris left be-
g hind by his construction vehicle. Needless to say, Anderson did not get away with his loot.





Need A Lift?
A police officer in Bonifay, Fla., says he gave 22-year-old Albert Charles Piccirillo a ride to a relative's home at
around 1 a.m. on Dec. 19. About four hours later, the cop says he spotted Piccirillo again -- this time on surveil-
lance footage burglarizing a convenience store.
The suspect -- who allegedly stole synthetic marijuana -- was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief,
and is being investigated for his possible role in a similar heist on the same day.




Not-So-Quick Getaway
There are car thieves -- and then there are cart thieves.
Police in Florida say Louis Lorensen, 58, tried to escape from a supermarket in Riviera Beach in a stolen motor-
ized shopping cart stuffed with packages of meat. The suspect allegedly ran over a 4-year-old boy on his way out
of the store, then resisted arrest and challenged an officer to a fight when he was apprehended.




Let's face it dumb or smart, there are criminals everywhere. The best defense is a good offense: a solid strategy and being smarter than the
bad guy (or dumb one).

* Invest in a home security system and keep it on and monitored 24/7/365.
* Make sure it has glass break sensors, monitors doors, windows and has motion sensors.
* Be sure to protect basement windows all the way up to the highest level windows and porch doors for maximum home safety.
* Install at least a 4-16 cameras surveillance system that can be accessed from the web and has full night vision.
* Remove or lock up exterior ladders preventing the bad guy from gaining access.
* Lock all doors and windows when you are home and away, especially at night and in the summer months, too.







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Former Jax Mayor Possibly
Involved in Bribery Case
Former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney was listed
Thursday as a potential expert witness for the defense in the
federal bribery and money-laundering case against former
JaxPort Chairman Tony Nelson.
The former mayor, who is now the president of the
University of North Florida, agreed to testify at Nelson's
trial, which is scheduled to start next month.
According to Delaney's affidavit submitted to the
government before Nelson was indicted, Nelson broke no
laws, was not precluded from a business relationship with a
firm doing business with the port and is an honest man who
would not willingly attempt to defraud the Jacksonville Port
Authority or the city. This is what he is expected to tell the
jury.
Nelson was a Delaney appointee who was reap-
pointed to the port board by Mayor John Peyton.
Prosecutors are claiming that bribes were disguised
as lobbying fees. Steve Rohan, deputy general counsel for
the city of Jacksonville, is expected to testify about an opin-
ion he wrote giving JaxPort member Marty Fiorentino per-
mission to lobby for the same dredging company Nelson is
charged with later taking bribes from.



Georgia Officers Quit in Face of
Allegations

Two Pelham, Ga. police officers decided that they
would rather quit the force than face charges of illegal gam-
bling.
According to the Pelham Police Department, Capt.
Linda Coliman and Sgt. Mary Johnson resigned from their
posts to spare themselves possible prosecution over allega-
tions that they worked security at an illegal gambling oper-
ation outside a gas station in the area.
Neither of the former officers were charged with a
crime and both of them denied any wrongdoing. The fami-
lies of the officers refused to comment on the allegations.


Jacksonville Homicide Rate Lowest in 30 Years

Citizens of Jacksonville may be able to breathe just a bit easier for now.
For the first time in nearly three decades, the annual tally of killings fell below
100 in the murder capital of Florida, a grim distinction the city of Jacksonville has held
for 11 years.
Most city folks seem to agree that the crime has been out of hand for years, but
there are several theories about the root cause of all the violence and what has caused
the drop in the murder rate.
Some say that it is the efforts to connect officers with communities that are
paying off in tips, as are other initiatives such as an increased attention to aggravated
battery cases and the addition in 2006 of a homicide team.
128 new officers were hired during the tenure of Sheriff John Rutherford, who
is expected to hire 10 more soon.
Others suggest that since numbers show more people are going to jail for
longer sentences, would-be criminals have become more cautious with the knowl-
-dge that the Sheriff's Office has become tougher on violent felons. Juveniles are also
going to jail longer, contributing to this effect.
A real effort to address the root of the problem may also have played a part in
the downward trend.
Safe Students in Schools was begun in 2008 by the Duval County school sys-
tem and the Sheriffs Office and addresses the most disruptive students with an early
intervention program in an effort to combat the "ganster" mentality that is so preva-
lent in the youth subcultures of Jacksonville. Duval County schools spokeswoman
Jill Johnson said community nonprofits provide other services and guidance as well.






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Home Invasion

Suspects Loose in

S St. Johns County
I Police responding to a home inva-
Ssion call got quite a shock when they
arrived at the scene to find the victim
bloody and tied up in his house.
The incident occurred at a home
on Scrub Jay Drive, near Interstate 95
and County Road 210 on Tuesday
evening. Police say they found the homeowner sitting on the living room floor, bound
with duct tape. There was blood all over the man's body and on the floor, but he was con-
scious at the time.
Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia throughout the home during their
search for the suspects. It is not clear if the the drugs belonged to the victim. As of now,
they are not being charged.
The victim was taken to Shands Jacksonville for the treatment of his injuries.
The suspects remain at large. Citizens should contact police with any information.


Florida Man Arrested for Flashing

Mother and Child
A man was arrested Monday after getting his jollies from flashing a young
child and her mother at a Florida Walmart.
43-year-old David Huffman was first pursued
in the store by the child's mother before fleeing the
Scene in his Dodge Intrepid. A witness got his West
j) Virginia license plate number and reported it to po-
lice.
Huffman, who had already served eight years in
prison after being convicted for trying to sexually
batter a child in Orange County in 1990, was re-
j leased in 2001. After failing to register as a sex of-
fender in Orange County, he found himself back in
custody for two years until he was released again in
2005.
According to police, Huffman was caught on the store's surveillance cameras ex-
posing himself to the young girl. He was apprehended less than 24 hours later at a
local homeless hangout.
Huffman faces charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition to a child under 16 years
old.


Reward Offered For Arby's

Assault Suspect

Police are offering a $6000 reward for the cap-
ture of the suspect who carjacked, robbed and assaulted
an elderly woman in an Arby's drive-thru just after
Thanksgiving.
74-year-old Fern Gorin had just given her order
at the Arby's on Beach Boulevard near University when
a man popped up in her window and yelled at her to get
over. She tried to drive off but he grabbed her around
the throat and shoved the car into park.
The suspect punched her, then drove her to En-
glewood Baptist Church at 5675 Kennerly Road.
Arby's is adding $5,000 to the $1,000 Crime
Stoppers is offering for information that leads to the ar-
rest of the still-unknown suspect.


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Last Seen: Feb 13, 2008
City: Tampa, FL
Description: Black male, 19y/o, 5'11", 1451bs, black hair, brown eyes.
May still be in local area.


ARIKE AINA
Last Seen: Dec 14, 2010
City: Miami, FL
Description: Black female, 15y/o, 4'0", 1201bs, black hair, brown eyes.
She may go by an alias name.


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MICHAEL BENNETT MONICA BENNETT
Last Seen: June 21, 1989 Last Seen: June 21, 1989
City: Brunswick, GA City: Brunswick, GA
Description: Black male, 35y/o, 5'7", 1251bs, black hair, brown eyes. Description: Black female, 37y/o 5'5", 1301bs, black hair, brown eyes.
Photo age-progressed to 32 years. Michael has scar on left knee. Photo age-progressed to 34 years. Monica's ears are pierced.
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