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Found Remains May be Michelle
The community joined in the search for Michelle
McCoy who was reported missing by her family, and
finally by JSO, two weeks later. JSO made decision to
report Michelle's disappearance after it was reported by
someone that she was seen being forced into a silver
minivan in the 8900 block of Washington Avenue, near
her home. According to the witness, a shoe, rope and
other evidence led him to believe Michelle was being
kidnapped at the time he made the observation.
h Michelle's twin sister advised that Michelle had reser-
Michelle McCoy, 20, missing vations about meeting a man she knew and asked her to
since January 10, 2011 call her later, on the day that she disappeared. She did
so, but Michelle did not answer her phone.
The man who suspected a kidnapping, called 911 but investigators said they were
not able to locate the described vehicle. The man making the report, kept the items
he found at the scene and gave them to JSO later.
Sheriff Rutherford said, based upon reports to them, they have been searching the
Ribault River Lane area, off Winton Drive. A second tip led them to the area where
the body of a female, believed to be Michelle was found.
Sheriff Rutherford, during his press conference said that he could not release details
about why they believe the remains found are believed to be Michelle. He did advise
that the public fear of a loose kidnapper can be eliminated since based on evidence
so far, Michelle was the target of her killer. Both Donald Foy and Linda Dayson held
prayer vigils and searches for Michelle with their organizations.
The Sheriff's Department have stated that they will investigate the manner in which
the officer who took the report of Michelle's possible kidnapping and her missing
report was handled. No suspect had been listed at the time of this report.
Health Care Law Not a Go in Florida
A federal judge in Florida rules on Monday that President
Obama's landmark health care law is unconstitutional
because it requires all Americans to purchase health care
insurance as all car owners must have car insurance. The
Justice Department will appeal the ruling. All but one state
with a Republican Attorney joined Florida seeking the
health care law dismissed.
What is so sad about Florida is the large number of senior
citizens in the state who already receive health care through
medicare and medicaid.
According to AARP, all the benefits that have come into effect since health care
reform was passed last year are still in effect. The repeal that was passed by the
Republican-controlled House was not passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate in
the effort to roll back the law.
Despite the anger about health care reform, there are 47 million Medicare benefici-
aries: preventive care coverage effective this month.
Policy experts from across the political spectrum, both conservative and liberal
legal experts say the Florida judge's interpretation of the Constitution violates 'nor-
mal rule" on partial invalidation since he ruled that the insurance mandate cannot be
separated from the rest of the statute and therefore the entire law must be voided."
This is not correct, says experts, and that there are many holes in the judge's deci-
In spite of this, Governor Scott of Florida, has put a stop to health care insurance
implementation in Florida. Rep. Mark Pafford, a ranking member of the House
Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee said, "At a time when Florida residents
will soon be able to access affordable health insurance on their own terms, the deci-
sion by Florida to return the money that will help the state implement health insur-
ance reform is just flat wrong." "Without the Affordable Care Act, nearly 3.2 mil-
lion seniors in Florida who have Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay
to receive important preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies,
and more than 182,000 individuals on Medicare would see significantly higher pre-
scriptions drug costs."
Representative Mia Jones of Jacksonville said, "For the millions of Floridians who
are lacking health insurance, the decision this week by Governor Scott to stop the
implementation of health insurance reforms means they will continue to live one ill-
ness away from disaster."
James Weldon Johnson School Response
Citizens of Jacksonville, practically led by Ron Miller, received a letter from Betty
Burney of the Duval County School Board in response to citizens response to the
closing of the school and losing the James Weldon Johnson name, advised that one
of the critical options that students wanted, and which she also sought, was the inten-
tion of making certain that the name remain alive in the community.
During African American history, she said, some facet of the Johnson brothers'
accomplishments were interwoven into our Black history programs as great lawyers,
educators and lyricist.
Shands Executive Dies at 74
One would not know that Elizabeth Means was the
mother of nine children, 17 grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren when you see her dedication to
the community in health care.
Means, started at Shands Jacksonville as a licensed
l practical nurse but moved up to vice president of
community relations. She worked at Shands for 41
years. She passed Thursday at the age of 74 at
S Mrs. Means received many awards as she led the
i 2flP:, .iJ way to Jacksonville health care clinics in low-
Elizabeth Means, strong com- income neighborhoods.
munity worker During her career, she continued her education.
Mrs. Means earned her associate degree in 1974, a bachelor's in 1983 and a mas-
ters in Health Care Administration in Michigan in 1986.
She was one of 24 in the United States to receive the designation of Fellow from
the Health Research and Educational Trust in partnership with the American Hospital
Association for Creating Healthier Communities Health Forum.
Homegoing service for Mrs. Means will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church on Edgewood Avenue, West.
Home Safely After Super Bowl
S- AAAAuto Club South and Budweiser will protect road-
*M*,L.Ti MAways during Super Bowl weekend with the "Tow to Go"
program. If football fans find they are unable to get a
Safe rise home, they can call "Tow to Go" from February
S ^ The organization provides a confidential ride home and
tow, FREE of charge 1-800-AAA-HELP. throughout
Florida and Florida.
Halle Berry and Baby's Daddy in Custody Battle
It has been reported that Halle
Berry had concerns about her
baby's daddy and that he called
) her a negative name when she
veri7 received a filming job that is
requiring her to work in South
SAfrica while he remains in
,L California. The couple departed
SB their ways in April.
According to reports, the
i father, Gabriel Aubry, desired to
keep their daughter, Nahla, is
seeking joint legal and physical custody, and filed papers in December.
Now Berry has agreed for the father and daughter to both come to South Africa
when she begins her work there. The parents would live in separate places but the
father will take care of their daughter while Halle is working during the day.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon -
Twins A Boy and A Girl
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon finally
reported that they were pregnant. As they were
Quiet about the pregnancy in the beginning,
they did not want to know too soon if they were
having a boy or a girl. Now, they have learned
that they are having twins. Finally, the decided
to give in and see if they were having boys or
girls. To their 'great' surprise, the couple will
have a son and a daughter to join them.
Woman Sues Sean 'Diddy' Combs for $1 trillion
Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks claims that Sean Diddy is
behind the September 11, 2001 terror attack and he
harmed her children and owes her child support.
She was denied a restraining order against Combs but
the judge did allow a hearing that is scheduled for
SShe is seeking $900 billion in child support and an
additional $100 billion in loss of income. She claims
She is in possession of a casino chip that belongs to her
with a value of $100 zillion dollars. Unreal!
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Florida's new governor rode a populist wave to victory in November by repeatedly declaring: "Let's Get to
In the Sunshine State, however, one of the biggest impediments to some of Florida's most vital, trade-based busi-
nesses is Florida's very own state mandate that slows down employment processes for our state's seaport facili-
At issue is legislation passed by the Legislature prior to September 11th, 2001. The law required criminal back-
ground checks by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for workers at all of Florida's 14 deepwater ports,
including Jacksonville. While it was originally intended to beef up port security, it became redundant once the
federal government launched its own background screening as part of its national anti-terrorist efforts in the wake
of the September 11th attacks.
While the state program reportedly generates millions of dollars for law enforcement, it costs much more in the
amount of business Florida loses each year because of the duplicate mandate. The state screening fees ranging
from $80 to $100 are borne by each of the 20,000 Florida port workers. And Florida is the only state in the union
to impose the duplicate background checks; the rest allow the U.S. Coast Guard to do its job.
Legislation I'm sponsoring (SB 436), along with a similar bill sponsored by Senator Jack Latvalla (R-
Clearwater) would halt this replication of services and spare precious tax payer dollars that could better be spent
With our state still struggling with a staggering 12 percent unemployment rate, the last thing we need is to put
Florida at a competitive disadvantage and lose vital business to ports beyond our borders. This legislation would
put us back on par with states such as South Carolina, Alabama and all the other out-of-state ports and companies
that protect their facilities with effective, cost-efficient security measures rather than the overpriced red tape of a
state bureaucracy. Passage of this legislation won't weaken security, however, having the equivalent of two driv-
ers licenses is just ludicrous; no other state requires this type of burden.
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THE ST. SIMON BAPTIST CHURCH Family of
Orange Park, FL of which the Rev. W.H. Randall is the
Founding Pastor, invites the public to their 20th year
Church and Pastor's Anniversary Celebration. This
year's theme is: "Glorifying GOD Through Body
Building" as found in 1st Peter Chapter 2: Verse 5
(Holy Bible KJV). The Following Special Sunday
Services Will Be Observed During the Entire Month:
*1st Sunday, Feb. 6th Consecration and Re-
Dedication Day Dress in White for Holiness and
Sanctification *2nd Sunday, Feb. 13th Red Ribbon
Day Dress in Red for (Life) The Blood of JESUS, and
(Love) For GOD is Love *3rd Sunday, Feb. 20th -
Grand Celebration Day -A Special 4:00p.m., 20th Year
Church, Pastor and First Lady's Anniversary
Celebration Worship Service *4th Sunday, Feb. 27th -
Youth Day and Black History Celebration Dress in
African Heritage Attire. The Church is located at 1331
Miller St., Orange Park, FL. For further details, contact
the Church Anniversary Committee at (904) 215-3300
or visit the Church website at www.stsimonbc.org
WEST ST. MARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST
CHURCH, located at 1435 West State St., and Rev.
Willie J. Jones, Sr., Pastor, invite you to share in our
Church's 53rd and Pastor's 17th Anniversary and
Retirement Celebration to held on Sunday, February
13th, 20th and 27th, 4:00 p.m. nightly. Rev. Willie J.
Jones, Sr., the Pastor of West St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church is retiring after 17 years. Please come
celebrate with us.
CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, Sunday,
January 30, 2011 at 6 p.m., Chamber Music Society
of Good Shepherd presents Jacksonville University
Chamber Singers Timothy Snyder, director; the inau-
gural concert of the 24 voice JU Chamber Singers'
Winter Concert Tour. Program will include works by:
Mozart, Palestrina, Victoria, Poulenc, Effinger,
Snyder, others. Future concerts: Sunday, February
20, 2011 at 6 p.m., Worsham Hall-Jacksonville
University Chamber Strings, Marguerite Richardson,
conductor. Works by: Handel, Walton, Vivaldi,
Kalinnikov, Britten; Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 6
p.m., Craig Hall-Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G
Minor, Op. 57 Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, Randy
Tinnin, conductor. Free and open to the public. 1100
Stockton Street at Park, Riverside. Jacksonville, FL *
904-387-5691. The Rev. Douglas G. Hodsdon,
Rector; Shannon Gallier, MM, Organist-choirmaster;
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Ann Nesby, Bishop Glen Staples, Bryan Wilson, Myers, Dr.
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Some of today's leading figures in the entertainment
and faith communities came together for a spectacular
night of testimonies, praise and worship at Trinity
Broadcasting Network's (TBN) Miami facility last
night. In the exciting two-hour "Praise The Lord"
primetime program, veteran entertainer/preacher,
Clifton Davis, served as host of the exciting evening of
music and ministry.
Davis sat down with soul music legend Ann Nesby
who sang two of her classic tunes and shared a heart-
tugging story of a medical issue that changed her life.
Bishop, Glen Staples a mega church pastor in the
nation's capitol, spoke about some issues pressing the
church community now.
Veteran Dove/Stellar Award nominated singer,
Bryan Wilson, sang a variety of tunes and spoke on his
experiences as an evangelist.
Husband-wife medical team, Dr. Mark & Dr. Mayra
Wade, expounded upon their global outreach work that
uses medicine to draw people to Christ. Dr. Clifton
Davis, who is currently touring the country with Nesby
in David E. Talbert's new stageplay "What My
Husband Doesn't Know," closed the evening with a
rousing sermon that had the studio audience up on its
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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.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study .............. 7:00 p.m.
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus'
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Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Worship Service .................................. 10:00 a.m.
Church School .................................... 8:30 p.m.
"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.
Joy Explosion Ministry .............................. 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
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FEBRUARY 5. 2011
By Betty Asque Davis / Photos by J. Carl Davis, Sr. (Unless otherwise specified)
"There's Always Something Happening On The First Coast"
MATTHEW W. GILBERT'S
13TH GRAND REUNION GALA
The 13th Annual Matthew W. Gilbert Grand
Reunion Gala may have been later in the month this year.
However, it was no less fabulous than the precious years.
Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Grand Reunion contin-
ues to be a weekend of nostalgia and abundant. Chairperson
James Daniels and Vice Chairpersons Mrs. Jacqueline Lucas
Surrency and Bernard Berry, Sr. did a superb job!
Presiding at the 13th Grand Reunion was Charles
Griggs whose mother is a Matthew W. Gilbert Alumna.
Each year, the Matthew W. Gilbert Grand Reunion brings
together its principals, teachers, staff, and students who
were there from 1952-1970. It is a marvelous event. The
members of the class of 1961, celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of their high school graduation, each wore
corded tassels in their school's colors.
The 2011 Legend Honorees were: Mesdames Doris
Medlock, Earlene Toby-Lockett and Lorraine Daniels-Day.
The 2011 Humanitarian Award Honoree The
Honorable Henry L. Adams, Jr., Senior United States
District Judge- Middle District of Florida. Judge Adams a
1962 graduate of Matthew W. Gilbert School received his
B.S. Degree in Political Science from Florida a. & M.
University and the Juris Doctor Degree from Howard
University's College of law, Washington, D. C. He was
admitted to the Bar in November, 1969 and was appointed
to the Circuit Court in 1979 becoming the first black Circuit
Judge in Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties. In 1993, his
nomination to the United States District Court, Middle
District of Florida by President Bill Clinton was confirmed.
After a most luminous judicial career, Judge Adams retired
in April, 2010 and maintains an active case load in the
Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida
Judge Adams is married to the former Bemice
Elaine Harris. They are the very proud parents of two chil-
dren, Cheryl L. and Henry Lee, Adams, II and three grand-
2010 Scholarship Recipients presented were:
Jonathan Love (Nathan B. Forest High School graduate,
now attending South Wester Christian College); Raisha
Miggins (Jean Ribault High School Graduate, now attend-
ing Florida A. & M. University); Jasmine Thorton
(Episcopal High School graduate, now attending Florida
State University); Sydney Stoney (Jean Ribault High School
graduate, now attending Florida A. & M. University);
Keanu Belson (Middleburg High School graduate, now
attending Full Sail University); and Tesia Heard Hampton
Christian High School graduate, now attending Florida A. &
The 2011 Matthew W. Gilbert Grand Reunion Gala
was indeed GRAND!!
Humanitarian Honoree Retired Justice and Mrs.
Henry Adams with The Bill Shepherds. Judge Mrs. Lydia Jackson-Bell with
Adams and Bill Shepherd opened the very first IMWG Gala Chairperson James Daniels with Gala Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate
integrated law office in the area. 'MC' Charles Griggs. Alvin Brown.
Johnny McCray, Mrs. Jacqueline Lucas Surrency, and Dr. Roy Mesdames Marva Crum, Lula Brown, Lydia Jackson Bell, Sylvia
Singleton with Matthew W Gilbert Scholarship Winners. Bowman, Vernell Robinson and Gloria Howell.
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Matthew W. Gilbert Alum '57 Tommy
Chandler and Mrs. Gracie Chandler.
Matthew W Gilbert '57 Alum Alvin Fridie
and Mrs. Annette Madison Fridie.
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FEBRUARY 5. 2011
Pictures by Frank M. Powell, III, of The Florida Star
Performing at the 22nd Anniversary Zora
Neale Hurston Festival were husband and wife
singing duo, Ashford and Simpson.
To the left:
N Y Narhiri Executive Director, Nickolas Ashford, Congresswoman Corrine
Valerie Simpson, and the Mayor of Eatonville, Florida, Mayor Bruce Mount.
Valerie Simpson, Marsha Phelts, and Nickolas Ashford.
Chriwtie B. Jones and Rose Bath and Body Store in Jacksonville
Nickolas Ashford, Frank M. Powell, III photographer
for The Florida Star, and Valerie Simpson.
McCoy disappeared In
Members of Mad Dads
along with friends and family
of Michelle McCoy walked the
streets of her Sherwood Forest
neighborhood handing out
fliers to see if anyone had any
information on her abduction.
Family, friends and neigh-
bors of McCoy said they try to
stay strong. They want to keep
their focus on bringing the
missing 20-year-old back home
more than two weeks after she
Police suspect foul play.
Her family says she was
"We need to know where
Michelle is," said Eddie
Statton, of Mad Dads. "It's not
about nothing else but Michelle
today. I've got a daughter of my
own, and that's kind of messed
up for the family. I hope they
get something resolved and find
Though distraught, family be.
members were relying on their "We need God's interven-
faith to get them through the tion in this right now, we need a
tough times and deliver some spiritual breakthrough," said
news as to where Michelle may neighbor
Ray Brown. "We don't want to
wait until tomorrow, we need to
India, family spokesperson with Donald Foy
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By: Lucius Gantt
President Barack Obama rapped the 2011 State
of the Union address recently. He didn't say "big
things pop it and little things stop it" but he did say
Americans do big things.
The President solidified his standing as one of the
best Presidential orators in history in his speech but
he also did nothing to damage his image of being
President Obama, as always, said a lot of the right
things but he said them in the wrong way!
You can't ask Americans to fight with you for progress, equality and jus-
tice if your goal in the fight is to satisfy the enemy!
The President should be fighting just as hard for his improved health
care proposals as his political opponents are fighting against it!
If it was easy for the President to bow down and accept tax cut benefits
for the wealthy he should be equally as willing to stand up for senior citizens
on social security and poor and jobless people on unemployment!
All of the flowery words about working together mean nothing if the rich-
est Americans get everything they want and the most oppressed and
exploited Americans get nothing that will benefit them!
The tax cuts for the rich must stop! The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
And, the attacks on universal care for all Americans by the health care car-
tel and medical mafia must be challenged!
I support President Obama and I think he wants to do the best things for
us all but everybody knows that power does not take a step back unless
power faces more power.
The President has to stand up, speak out stronger and fight harder for
the people that need government help the most.
The richest people in America cast the least votes for Barack Obama in
2008 and his puppy love for Republican proposals will not get him more
votes from wealthy voters in 2012.
When love was showed the GOP, the Republicans in the House of
Representatives voted unanimously to repeal Obama's health care propos-
als. Even the Negro Republican House members voted against the health
care initiatives that the Black President worked so hard to get.
When you help snake-like politicians achieve their political goals you
can't be surprised when those same politicians poison your proposals. The
snakes are and will always be snakes.
I applaud President Obama for seeking to govern in a civil, non-threat-
ening way but I'm upset that he is reluctant to fight hard for what he, and
we, believe in.
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Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville,
FL 32208 on Saturday, February 5 from 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
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PHILADELPHIA BAPTIST CHURCH 5577 Moncrief Road on Sunday,
February 13, 2011, 6 o'clock PM Hosting a night of fine arts at its best, various
singers, dancers and poets of the city will be featured. For more information or to
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REDDI-ARTS AND GALLERY 1037: JACKSONVILLE CONSORTIUM
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ULL SSNENS \\. A\\.\KINS .I., !I.D.
DEFINITION Some people \\ ho miight be able to beneilit
I'omn exercise as aalternati\e to dieting lor combined \\ ilth
it I inaN be pa-sin it uip because the\ unlquestlioningl.\
accept certain popular beliefs about exercise. For example.
some people falseI believe that exercise has little el'lect on \eight. This fact
\ would be strange i' it llere tilrue. ,ince one of the main jobs that calories. do is
pro\ ide ener-g fobr useI in pit sical acti\ il. The claim i.s made that people nmust
exercise a tremendous amount to lose 1 pound. one must walk 35 miles. but it is
mikleadin' to assume that ou ha\ec to tiudge each and e\ er one of those mile-'
in a .ingle da\. Walking 1I mile uses up about 10 l calories. A person \\ho
walks I mile e\er' da for t1\\o cars \\ill expend "3,0ui0 calories. the equivalent
of IS.3 pounds of bodl lat.
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ccircisc is thna anI\ \\cightl loss thc cxcrcisc nchic\cs i.- ; olIsct b\ an incrcasc in
appetite land in caloric consumption. Studieic \\ itli ex\pimental animals -ho\\
that this idea han no \alidilt. \Vhecn sdcntair\ animals \\ ere rquircd to peirorm
moderate amounts o' cxe\ci.cic rcularlIn. their coniulmption o'f feed dccicra-.d.
and so did thcir \\eight. (O)nl .'trnuous rgc'ular execise cau-c' people to cat
more. w\ which i applopriate to the incrcied energy expenditure. The additional
food intake does not cause a \\ ei.i0ht gain. ho\\ e\ er: it doe not en make up
\\ eight thal i lot Iecause of1e\perditlIes.
OCCASIONAL EXERCISING Exerciin2 once in a whilee is no more edTec-
li\ e than dietini once in a \while. .4 good Cexecise proigam for \\ eiihtl lo \\ ill
not produce Npectacular results o\ ernight. Ilut ii the program i, followed faith-
fully o\ei a long period olf lime it \\ill ha\ e a cumulati\e effect. Thle total
amount of1 ,'i\h1 lostI w\\ ill 'e reasNonabl larue. For lo1ing \w \eiht. the amount
of exercise i, \\hat coIunts. not the intensit\. NIost people burn 100) calories in
tra\ ling a mile on foot whether the\ \\alk it in 20 minute or run it in ".
OVERCOMING OBESITY It i pok 1ibhl to o become obesiti. This latcement
doeN not mean that it is ca:\. People nmust Ie killing g to commit themrles 10 to a
moderate calorie reductions pirogam or a .sensilhle exercise plrogam o\ e a Ilon
period of time. A combination of leercise and dieting \ ill produce somewhat
quicker result, than either approach alone, but any one \\ho expect, o\ ernight
suIcces \\ ill be ,adlh disappointed.
By: Russ Handler
If the war against childhood obesity was a race, America would still be at the
Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. About one out of every three
children or teens is overweight or at risk of being overweight. Because children's
bodies are still developing, the damage to organs triggers medical problems
extending throughout their lifetimes, according to a report issued by First Lady
Michelle Obama's Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
Nearly 75 percent of Americans will be overweight or obese by 2019, and that
condition will drag down the economy and impoverish the nation. What's worse
is that our nation is growing fatter at the same time it is growing hungrier. Another
study by New York's Food Research and Action Center describes another dilem-
ma -- a new definition of hunger that actually describes how families can become
obese at the same time they are going hungry.
"The term the scientists used is 'food-insecure,"' said Erin Baker, founder of Erin
Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods (www.bbcookies.com), a bakery that com-
bines the appeal of baked goodies with nutritional benefits to help fight obesity.
"It describes the condition that hits a huge sector of the population. Low-income
people tend to seek out cheaper food which in most cases is fast food, the result
is a high calorie diet with poor nutritional value -- just a lot of empty calories void
of fruits, vegetables and grains.
Baker's own journey started with being 20 pounds overweight and not feeling
well most of the time as a result. She regarded food as an afterthought, but soon
embarked on her own personal campaign to change her food and feel better. That
campaign, combined with her 17 years in the natural food market, has inspired her
advocacy of the fight against childhood obesity. She recommends the following
steps for people who want to help reverse the trend toward obesity in their fami-
* Fruits, Vegetables, Grains -- Providing a diet that includes six to nine serv-
ings of fruits, vegetables and grains per day will change your family's life. It will
give them more energy, enable them to exercise more effectively and truly give
everyone the fuel they need.
* Preparation -- It's easy to let the fast-paced nature of American life
become the tail that wags the dog with regard to you and your family's nutrition.
Each meal should be thought of as sustenance, and you should ask yourself every
day, "What is this meal doing for my body and my family's bodies?"
* Food as Fuel --
The cooking show revolution on cable has America's mouths watering for tasty
new dishes, but if you want to actually be healthier, you should also regard your
food as the stuff that fuels your body. You wouldn't try to fuel your car with
garbage. It wouldn't work. Why do you think your body is any different?
"I hear all the time about how people just don't have time to prepare decent meals
anymore, and how they'd never have time for lunch if it wasn't for the drive-
though," Baker said.
"What we feed ourselves and our families is killing us, killing our kids and one
day soon, it might actually serve to cripple our nation. Our families need to eat
the right foods to truly satisfy the appetite...this will curb the tendency to eat the
junk foods that cause obesity. There is a fine line between being unhealthy and
being sick, and we have a whole country just about to cross that line. But in the
face of these new studies, we really need to focus and change our habits now and
Start eating healthier."
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PAGE B-3 THE STAR FEBRUARY 5.2011_
RICHARD ROXBURGH AND RHYS WAKEFIELD
PAIR AS FATHER-SON IN SANCTUM!
By Rych McCain, email@example.com and Facebook Celebrity Interviews
Photos by Jalsin Boland for Universal Pictures
In 1988, producer and renowned caver Andrew
Wight led an expedition to explore and dive into a
remote cave system hidden beneath the Nullarbor Plain
in Australia. While the crew was deep underground, a
freak storm rose and caused the cave entrance to col-
lapse leaving 15 people trapped. Miraculously, the
entire crew survived and were successfully rescued.
The ordeal left an indelible impression on Wight who
went on to write a movie script about it. Fortunately for
Wight; one of his closest friends and exploring associ-
ates is film maga giant James Cameron (Avatar,
Titanic). They put two and two together and the movie
"Sanctum" is the result! Wight and Cameron clearly
wanted to make a movie strictly about survival and
what a person would do under the pressure of a no-
holds-barred, life and death situation. To this end,
Sundance Film Fest:
The recently concluded
Sundance Film Festival held in Park
City, Utah had its share of Black
Afrikan presence. On Jan 23-25, 2011;
The African American Film Festival
Releasing Movement (AFFRM) hosted
a trio of dinners for Black Filmmakers
and film thinkers. The group conversa-
tions centered on "all things black" con-
cerning indie and film took place at
Cafe Terigo over three nights.
AFFRM's first theatrical release is a
film written, produced and directed by
Ava DuVernay titled "I will Follow,"
which will hit screens on March 11,
2011 in New York City, Los Angeles,
Philadelphia, Atlanta and Seattle in
conjunction with AMC Theatres
Independent. Also at Sundance was The
Black House Foundation who set up
camp at a building on Park City's main
street as well where they received over
300 visitors per day. Black House had a
gospel brunch sponsored by TV One;
though-provoking industry panels; a
featured group conversation with civil
rights icon, Hollywood film and record
legend Harry Belafonte as well as other
activities. For more info on The Black
House Foundation, visit their website:
Fighting Black Fat:
America is facing a crisis
regarding leading healthy lifestyles and
Black Afrikans are said to be at the top
of the list of the population that suffers
the most from diet-related illness. (This
also depends on "Who" makes these
lists)! "They" (whomever "they" are),
claim that 35.9% of our Black Afrikan
children are obese and information to
help with the situation is limited. The
NAACP has partnered with Donna
Richardson Joyner, creator of "Body
Gospel," to take on President Obama's
challenge to get fit. For adults, this
means 30 minutes per day, five days a
week of exercising and 60 minutes per
day, five days a week for children. Go
"Sanctum" may not be too pleasing to
theatre goers seeking a high action, spe-
cial effects trill ride. But for those who
appreciate a very realistic drama with all
of the elements of human trial and error,
this movie is made to order!
Even though the film has sever-
al of your standard back drop storylines,
the main focus ultimately shines on the
relationship between master diver and
leader of the exposition Frank McGuire
played by Richard Roxburgh and his 17
year old inexperienced son Josh played
by Rhys Wakefield. Both actors are
Australians and the movie was shot on
location in caves on the Gold Coast in
Queensland, Australia. The cave interior shots were
done in a massive water tank at the Village Roadshow
Studios also in Australia. The entire cast had to be cer-
tified for scuba diving and other survival training.
When asked about his preparation for the film
Wakefield smiled, "There were a lot of specific talents
that we had to acquire in a really short speck of time. It
was being thrown into the deep end literally to achieve
some of this with spectacular speed. Some of it was
more difficult such as learning to acquaint yourself
with the re-breather when you have just learned about
scuba. It was hellishly difficult because that's a really
specialized instrument. And then there were some
things that were specifically geared toward certain
stunts that we knew we were going to have to do. Some
The Rite; New Line
Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin
O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran
Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer and
Marta Gastini. Directed by Mikael
Hafstrom. Written by Michael Petroni.
Produced by Beau Flynn & Tripp
Vinson. This movie was inspired by
true events but the script is pure
Hollyweird so you still have to take this
film with a grain of salt! This is anoth-
er basic exorcism movie hyping the
devil. Seminary student Michael Kovak
(O'Donoghue) has doubts about his
religion and exorcisms in particular
until he is sent to Rome via his
American Seminary for specialized
exorcism training. He becomes the
understudy to Father Lucas (Hopkins)
and everything changes. If you scare
easy and have nightmares after seeing
horror flicks, avoid this one. On the
other hand; horror buffs will delight
freely and thoroughly enjoy this fright
Sanctum; Universal Pictures,
Relativity Media and Wayfare
Entertainment, A Great Wight
Production. Starring Richard Roxburgh,
Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan
Whllie and loan Gruffudd. Directed by
Allister Grierson. Written by Andrew
Wight & John Garvin. Produced by
Andrew Wight. In 1988 and small
group of deep sea cave explorers
became trapped when a storm collapsed
and block off the entrance to the cave.
One of the survivors from that incident
was Andrew Wight who turned that
adventure into a script and now a
movie. This film is strictly a drama with
a central theme of survival under the
most extreme conditions. If you are
looking for spectacular stunts, action
and special effects, it isn't happening
here. As a survival drama with a very
believable cast, this is a good piece of
Study, Observe and Win!
than others." Roxburgh chimes in
"None of them pleasant!" He continues, "It's funny,
we started on scuba diving which was really pleasant
and that was quite enjoyable and I thought this was
going to be a breeze. Then we had to learn on these re-
breathers which is really advanced technology and we
had to pretend that we knew what we were doing."
(Note: Re-breathers actually recycle your carbon diox-
ide so you can breathe it again under water).
In the movie the father and son have a strained
relationship at the beginning because the dad spent
most of his time exploring caves rather than getting to
know his son. After they became trapped, their bond
formed and grew. How did Roxburgh and Wakefield
react to each other on the set? Wakefield laughs and
said, "It was all a very organic experience. We grew to
know each other through the training. Through all of
the adventures we had to go on, you really bond with
someone when you are out of your comfort zone."
Roxburgh sums up his character Frank by explaining,
"Frank is very characteristic of people who do this kind
of job (caving). There is a military quality that these
guys have. To do the particular thing that these people
do is certainly an enigma to me. I think it requires a
kind of odd Zen self discipline and also an ability I sup-
pose, to do what you kind of see Frank doing which is
to let practical reality be the thing that dictates the
terms. You can not spend time grieving. If someone is
going to weigh you down, then they need to go. It's
Rising Gospel Star Snags 3 Stellars And A BET Appearance
Black Smoke Music Worldwide Recording Artist
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA
WIN THREE STELLARAWARDS
Latest Hit "I Believe" #1 On Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart For 16th Week
Houston, TX: Black
Smoke Music Worldwide
musical group, James
Fortune & FIYA, won three
Stellar Awards at the 26th
Annual Stellar Awards cer-
emony that took place this
past Saturday night at the
Grand Ole Opry in
The group beat out
BeBe & CeCe Winans,
among others, to earn the
Best Contemporary Duo
or Group of the Year
Award. The group's 2010
CD, "Encore," won honors
as Contemporary CD of
the Year. Fortune person-
ally won the
Vocalist of the Year acco-
lade over such gospel
mainstays as Fred
Hammond, J. Moss, and
Byron Cage. The TV
broadcast will air in syndi-
cation from now through
Fortune's new CD,
"I Believe Live," is currently #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. His latest
single, "I Believe," has been #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart for sixteen
weeks and continues to encourage and inspire thousands of people around the
country. Fortune & FIYA perform the song on The 11th Annual "Celebration of
Gospel" TV special on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Sunday, January
30, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
"This is America's song," says Black Smoke Music Worldwide CEO, Kerry
Douglas. "It's #1 because America is going through hard times. People are out of
work, people are sick, the economy is bad but we all want to believe that things
will get better and this song reminds us that with God's help things will get better
sooner than later. That's why I keep saying this isn't just a gospel song. This is a
song for all of America." Visit www.gospeltruthmagazine.com for the latest in
gospel news and urban information.
RYCH MCCAIN'S HOLLYHOOD NOTES!
By Rych McCain, firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook Celeb Interviews
PAGE B-4 THE STAR FEBRUARY 5,2011
EWC Welcomes New Head Football Coach
I WCBrad Bernard I
-Bernard was offensive coordinator for both
Bethune-Cookman and Howard Universities, and
Head Coach Brad Bernard also coached at two Jacksonville high schools, W.
Raines and Mandarin. He played for and graduat-
ed from Georgia Southern University, and was conference champion in 1985, 1986
Bernard was chosen as a result of a nationwide search which yielded more than
30 highly competitive applicants from throughout the US.
He helped B-CU to two Division 1-AA playoff appearances, and won the Mid
Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in 2002. Bernard produced 15 All-
Conference players and 3 All-American players while at B-CU, and led the team
to receive numerous conference and national honors from 1998-2008 for wins,
rankings and offensive achievements.
"He has a commitment to the development of his players, both on the field and
in the classroom, and I believe he is the key to revitalizing our program," said
Athletic Director Johnny Rembert. "He plans to re-establish a tradition of winning
at EWC, and we think he can clinch a championship within five years."
With his success at B-CU and as a former local high school coach, Bernard has
a passion for excellence and community involvement, and his legacy is a distinc-
tive depiction of the phrase, "lead by example."
Off the field, Bernard plans for his players to be heavily engaged in communi-
ty service projects throughout Jacksonville, and to have a 100 percent graduation
"Coach Bernard has a proven passion for winning," said a college spokesper-
son. "He is exactly what we were lookingfor, and we are confident that he will pro-
vide our athletes the leadership and guidance they need to be successful now and
in the future."
Packers begin practice for the biggest game of
the year By Jim Trotter Special to the Florida Star
DALLAS The Packers were wide-eyed to start their first practice of Super Bowl week. It
had nothing to do with Sunday's game against the Steelers. Rather they were impressed with the
indoor training facility at Highland Park High School.
"The players rolled their eyes at first when I told them where we were going to work," coach
Mike McCarthy said afterward. "I said, 'Now, just hold on. This is Texas football.' My daughter
went to Lake Travis High School (in Austin), and their facilities are similar to this. I don't think
anybody was disappointed when they walked through the doors."
Players smiled and shook their heads after entering the glass doors to the building. Once
inside, the Packers got down to work with a fast-paced but relatively-quiet two-hour workout.
"The guys are fresh, they're ready," McCarthy said afterward. "I want to keep the risk for
injury low leading up to the game, which is why we shortened some things today. But it was
good to get back in pads. The guys were flying around; they were banging pretty good. I feel
very good about the quality of work, particularly up front. I did not put the pads on them las1
week because we were coming off a situation where we had played five must-win games in a
row, and our linemen were beat up. I wanted to make sure I gave them a chance to get back, and
it definitely paid offtoday." The Packers listed only four players on the injury report: tackle Chad
Clifton (knees), guard Jason Spitz (calf) and linebacker Erik Walden (ankle) were limited, and
linebacker Frank Zombo was a full participant. The only one who bears watching for Sunday in
Walden, a starter who worked primarily with the second team Wednesday.
"How Erik responds to this practice will be big," McCarthy said. "He practiced and took
reps in every team drill. That was the high end of what we were going to try to give him today.
The saying in Texas is I
"If you don't like the weath- "- ,l 71
er, just hang around and it'll 1'_ ,i
change." Usually that state- -
ment holds true, but lately
the cold brutal weather that
has settled in from the north
seems to have found a home in mostly the hold state of Texas. And, it seems that Texas
can't shake it.
The forecast is predicting another slight chance of light snow will return to about the
northern half of North Texas Monday. Meanwhile, everyone is hoping to have a clear and
not so cold Sunday for the Super Bowl.
Some of the players from the Packers and the Steelers were stating they were looking
forward to some light jacket Texas weather, but they still feel as if they were at home in
the cold. Some are taking it easy and saying, "at least we'll be inside of a dome."
There were several parties planned leading up to the Super Bowl that had to be can-
celed in the early week. Terrell Owens, Michael Vick and other celebrities sponsored par-
ties Friday that went well.
Due to the ice that had settled on the parking lot of the stadium, there were little to no
tailgate parties. Plus most of the fans were missing due to the cancelled plane schedules.
People had their different reasons why the weather was so bad...some say it's the glob-
al warming, some say it's because GreenBay brought the cold weather in, some even said
it's because of Jerry Jones. I must say whatever brought it in, it has served it's purpose,
every bug or germ has to be dead by now.
"It does not appear that we will warm significantly above freezing until Saturday," the
weather service said. The warmest day ahead looks to be the day of the Super Bowl when
temperatures could reach the upper 50s. So, we're going to keep on hoping for a 500+
Super Bowl Sunday in Texas and hopefully everyone will return back to their homes safe
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF RICHLAND
Yvonne Green Jones. Plaintiff
Clarence Adolphus B. Jones. Defendant
TO DEFENDANT, CLARENCE ADOLPHUS B.
JONES: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and
required to answer the Complaint for Divorce, the original
of which has been filed in the Richland County Family
Court at the Office of the Clerk of Family Court, 1701
Main Street, Columbia, SC, 29201 on October 25, 2010, a
copy of which can be delivered to you upon request; and to
serve a copy of your Answer to this Complaint upon
Plaintiff's attorney, the subscribed, at the address shown
below, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclu-
sive of the day of such service. If you fail to Answer the
Complaint for Divorce, judgement by default will be ren-
dered against you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint. Lillie C. Hart, Attorney for Plaintiff,
P.O. Box 24465 Columbia, SC 29224
JASMINE HOWARD Case No. 10SC011625
You are being sued by JSM Properties, LLC in Dane
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February 9, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for the above mentioned
case. I will be asking the Court for a judgment in the
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relief as the Court deems proper.
IF YOU WISH TO DISPUTE THIS MATTER, you must
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Room 1000, Madison, WI, 53703 on or before February 9,
2011 at 9:00 a.m. (This date represents a written answer
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schedule the matter for a hearing and mail notices to all
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NEW HIGH SCHOOL OPTION OPENS
FOR STUDENTS IN DUVAL COUNTY
Lone Star High School (8050 Lone Star Road Jacksonville, FL 32211)
opened this fall to serve students who have dropped out of school or those en-
rolled in high school who need a non-traditional schedule and program to
complete their high school diploma. Lone Star is a charter high school ap-
proved by the district to award district diplomas. The goal of the school is
to enroll students, ages 16 through 21, who want or need a nontraditional ap-
Students start with an assessment of needs and skills, complete an in-
dividual graduation plan and progress at their own pace. Certified teachers
and staff assist students on an individual basis. As a district school, there is
no cost to attend.
Randy Hudspeth, Lone Star's principal, stated that, "Students use
computers to complete coursework at their own pace with help from certified
teachers. The school offers extra attention for students who work at their
own pace, without the distractions of many traditional schools. Sessions are
in four-hour blocks morning, afternoon or evening to accommodate stu-
dents who have jobs or families." Hudspeth added that, "Students can see
their GPA, attendance and progress toward a diploma on the student 'dash-
board'. The school graduates students in both December and June."
Community leader Bonnie Arnold is a member of the board that or-
ganized Lone Star High School. She is excited about the focus of the school.
"We believe there have to be alternatives for students who haven't been suc-
cessful in school so they don't end up on the streets without a high school
diploma. We want to provide a program designed to meet their needs and
support services to help them stay in school. This program will provide a
place where they can learn at their own pace during times that fit their sched-
ules and with support services necessary to be successful."
Lone Star is operated by Accelerated Learning Solutions (ALS) in
Florida. Six hundred, ninety-nine students graduated from eight ALS high
schools in the 2009-10 school year and 61 percent enrolled in college or a cer-
tification program. All eight of these ALS high schools are accredited by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI).
To enroll in Lone Star High School, visit the school enrollment office
at 8050 Lone Star Road Jacksonville, FL 32211 or call the school at 725-
2011 Main Stage and Free Events
'Theatre that Enlightens'
AUDITIONS: FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO...
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was nominated for a 1977 Tony Award
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We are looking for females -
ages 21 and OVER. There are no men
in the Broadway play. The auditions
will be held at the Stage Aurora Per-
formance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32208 on:
Saturday, February 5 from 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 6 from 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Please come prepared to read from the script. Please note that offen-
sive language will be edited from the script.* Bring a headshot and bio if avail-
able Be prepared to do a 1 -2 min monologue or read from the script Prepare
an a cappella song 32 bars (Each character does not have to sing) Be pre-
pared to learn a dance routine
The production runs March 18 -20 and 25 -27, weekends only. For
questions, call Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.
FEBRUARY 5, 2011
FEBRUARY 5, 2011 THE STAR PR 2
Fleet Hometown News
December 09, 2010(FHTNC)--
Navy Seaman Jade C. Burkins, daughter
of Sharon R.and sister of Jasmine C.
Burkins of Jacksonville, Fla., recently
completed U.S. Navy basic training at
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes,
During the eight-week program,
Burkins completed a variety of training
which included classroom study and
practical instruction on naval customs,
first aid, firefighting, water safety and
survival, and shipboard and aircraft
safety. An emphasis was also placed on
The capstone event of boot camp is
"Battle Stations". This exercise gives re-
cruits the skills and confidence they need
to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is
designed to galvanize the basic warrior
attributes of sacrifice, dedication, team-
work and endurance in each recruit
through the practical application of basic
Navy skills and the core values of Honor,
Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly
"Navy" flavor was designed to take into
account what it means to be a Sailor.
Burkins is a 2010 graduate of
Jean Ribault Senior High School of Jack-
FAMU Law Students Propose
Child Custody Bill to Florida's
Chief Child Advocate
Orlando, Fla. Three Florida
A&M University (FAMU) College of
Law students are working with Jim
Kallinger, Florida's Chief Child Advo-
cate, to compose a proposed bill that, if it
were to become law, would require par-
ents of children in state custody to pay
child support to the State of Florida.
Kallinger, who is the director of
the Governor's Office of Adoption and
Child Protection, has received a draft of
the proposed legislation prepared by
third-year law students Heather Barry,
Keith Boykins and Julian Jackson-Fan-
nin. The law students are legal interns
with the FAMU Legal Clinic Program,
and are supervised by adjunct professor
Linda Rohrbaugh, clinic law instructor
Eunice Caussade-Garcia, and clinic di-
rector and assistant professor Ann Marie
"The Governor's Office has had
a long-standing partnership with the
FAMU College of Law and with the as-
sistance of their professors and outstand-
ing students, we are able to explore the
efficacy of good public policy that would
improve the well-being of Florida's chil-
dren," said Kallinger.
The intent language in the bill
states that the purpose is to defray some
of the costs the State of Florida and tax-
payers incur with the care and education
of children in the foster care system. The
proposal supports the state's increased
emphasis on adoption and child abuse
Kallinger's office was created in
2007 to establish a comprehensive
statewide approach to the prevention of
child abuse and neglect, the promotion of
adoption, and the support of adoptive
families. Introducing such legislation is
directly in line with the goals of the Gov-
ernor's Office and the mission of the
FAMU College of Law to serve the un-
"Through this proposal, our law
students have once again demonstrated
the real-world value of blending class-
room theory with practical experience in
our legal clinic program," said LeRoy
Pernell, dean of the FAMU College of
Once a final draft of the pro-
posed bill is agreed upon and a legislative
sponsor is identified, Florida would be
the first state to enact this type of legisla-
tion requiring financial support from the
parents to the state in dependency cases,
if it were to become law.
"The state is undertaking a bur-
den of being the surrogate parent when a
child is placed in foster care," said Cava-
zos. "The objective is for children to be
raised by their parents. However, when
this responsibility is abdicated to the
state, then parents should contribute to
the expense of raising the child in order to
prevent a pervasive incentive."
The FAMU College of Law's
Legal Clinic Program offers third-year
law students an opportunity to serve tra-
ditionally underrepresented clients under
the supervision of faculty, the bench and
the bar. The clinical program offers a va-
riety of in-house clinics and externships
that allow students the opportunity to ex-
plore various career potentials and han-
dle problems that arise from poverty,
inequality, and other social ills.
"The opportunity to develop law
students' education, creativity, and leg-
islative advocacy skills while achieving
a societal benefit demonstrates the unique
capabilities of clinical education," Cava-
zos said. "Therefore, in order to meet the
demands of the marketplace, it is imper-
ative that our students are afforded every
opportunity to develop practical skills
through "hands-on" training under the su-
pervision of faculty who are licensed
Kallinger has previously
worked with the FAMU College of Law
Clinic students. In 2008, three College
of Law students were recognized by
Kallinger for their assistance in helping
the state to implement reforms and ratify
the Interstate Compact for the Placement
Duval County Starts Recruit-
ing High School Students for
Jacksonville, FL High School
Acceleration Programs are available in
every Duval County public high school
to provide advanced educational oppor-
tunities to students throughout the county.
Students are urged to review the program
offerings and attend one or more infor-
mation session or open house to learn
more about enrollment and how the pro-
grams can better prepare students for
"These programs allow students
the opportunity to earn college credit
while concurrently earning their high
school diploma," said Duval County Pub-
lic Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dan-
nals. "The programs are available in all
neighborhood schools, so no matter what
school you attend, an advanced educa-
tional program is available."
The four acceleration programs
are Cambridge Advanced International
Certificate of Education (AICE), Ad-
vanced Placement (AP) Honors, Early
College, and International Baccalaureate
The AICE program is an inter-
nationally recognized, rigorous, pre-uni-
versity curriculum and examination
system for highly motivated, academi-
cally oriented high school students. The
AICE program is available at Fletcher,
Forrest, Mandarin and Raines high
The AP Honors Program chal-
lenges students to display exceptional
achievement on AP Exams across several
disciplines. The AP Honors Program is
available at Andrew Jackson, A. Phillip
Randolph, Atlantic Coast, Baldwin, Dar-
nell-Cookman, Douglas Anderson, First
Coast, Paxon and Stanton high schools.
Early College blends high
school and college courses to enable stu-
dents to earn a high school diploma and
an Associate degree with no financial
cost. The Early College Program is avail-
able at Englewood, Lee, Sandalwood and
Ribault high schools.
The IB Diploma Program is a
rigorous, internationally recognized pre-
university course of study for highly mo-
tivated students. The IB Program is
available at Ed White, Paxon, Ribault,
Stanton, Terry Parker and Wolfson high
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DADDY DAUGHTER GOLF BALL
Jacksonville, Fla. January 10, 2011 Girls Inc. of Jacksonville's
is hosting another Daddy Daughter Dance on February 5, 2011, in part-
nership with THE PLAYERS Championship. This remarkable event has
been a great success for many years and has now become a tradition in the
The event, affectionately known as the "Daddy Daughter Dance,"
is held in honor of girls and their fathers, or special men in their lives,
and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront downtown Jack-
sonville from 6 p.m. 10 p.m.
"We are thrilled to be offering our dance to the Jacksonville com-
munity for the 4th year," said president and CEO of Girls Inc., Beth
Hughes Clark. "Also, we are especially pleased to continue our partner-
ship with THE PLAYERS Championship for this premier event".
Girls Inc. is looking forward to hosting approximately 900 dads and
daughters. The event is $80 for each daddy-daughter couple and $30 more
for any additional daughters. The festivities will include a delicious din-
ner, DJ, professional photographs, a silent auction and raffle prizes that
will make for an exciting night hosted by THE PLAYERS own Charlene
Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization that empowers all girls to
be Strong, Smart and Bold. All proceeds from this dance will be put back
into the programs that Girls Inc. girls benefit from all year round. Girls
Inc. programming includes after school, summer and outreach programs
in NE Florida. For more information on the Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter
Dances, visit www.girlsincjax.org or call 904-731-9933. To register for
the dance, visit www.DaddyDaughterDanceGIJ.com.
Catholic Schools are A+ for America
Annual observance of Catholic Schools
Week: Jan. 30 Feb. 5, 2011
Jacksonville, Fla. The theme for Catholic
Schools Week 2011 celebrates the fact that
Catholic schools are an added value ("a plus") for
the nation. Because of their traditionally high aca-
demic standards and high graduation rates, all sup-
ported by strong moral values, Catholic schools and
their graduates make a definite contribution to
Catholic Schools Week is celebrated na-
tionally the last week of January. For 2011 the dates
are Jan. 30 through Feb. 5. Schools typically cele-
brate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open
houses and activities for students, administrators,
faculty, school staff, the community and family.
"Historically, Catholic schools are known
for their high level of academic achievement, moral
values and high graduation rates," said Pat Bron-
sard, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the
Diocese of St. Augustine. "What may not be as
widely recognized are the outstanding successes
recorded by students of low-income families and
students from the inner city. That's certainly a plus
for many portions of the American population."
Marie Powell, executive director of the Sec-
retariat of Catholic Education at the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted: "This year
nearly 30 percent of the nation's 2.1 million Catholic
school students come from minority populations.
Enrollment of students who are not Catholic has in-
creased to 14.5 percent, an indication that many di-
verse families seek the benefits of a quality
education with moral underpinnings."
The 7,094 Catholic elementary and sec-
ondary schools make up 44.4 percent of all private
schools in the United States.*
A Catholic school education is available in
all regions of the nation. Urban schools represent
30.7 percent of the total, suburban 36.5 percent,
rural 20.5 percent and inner city schools 12.3 per-
cent. The five states with the highest student en-
rollments are California, New York, Pennsylvania,
Illinois and Ohio. Florida ranks seventh nationally.
Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of
the National Catholic Education Association
(NCEA) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish-
The NCEA, founded in 1904, is a profes-
sional membership organization that provides lead-
ership, direction and service to fulfill the
evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of
the church. NCEA members include elementary
schools, high schools, parish religious education
programs and seminaries.
FEBRUARY 5, 2011
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February 5, 2011
Vol. 1, No. 11
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Teen Hires Friend To Beat
Up Pregnant Girlfriend
A freshman at Florida State University
has been accused of hiring a schoolmate to
beat up his pregnant teenage girlfriend in an
effort to make her miscarry.
Devin Nickels, 18, was arrested Thurs-
day in Pasco, Fl. after it was revealed that
he had hired Andres Marrero, 19, to kidnap
his girlfriend at gunpoint, drag her into the
,c w .. woods, and kick her repeatedly in the stom-
The attack occurred at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1
outside an apartment complex in New Port
Richey. The plan was to have Marrero pre-
Devin Nickels tend to be a robber, so he forced Nickels and
the girl into the woods at gunpoint. Hours
later, Marrero reportedly boasted about how much fun he had torturing the girl on his
The girl whose name has not been released by the Sheriffs Office was treated
at a hospital. Both she and the baby were found to be uninjured.
Despite this, Marrero, of Land O'Lakes, was arrested Thursday and charged with
armed kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female. He was released from
the Pasco jail Saturday on $60,000 bail.
Nickels was nabbed by police in his dorm room on the FSU campus just before 9
a.m. Monday. He is charged with solicitation to commit aggravated battery and is cur-
rently being held at the Leon County jail.
Nickels had offered to pay Marrero $200 for his services, but Marrero refused. He
had wanted to do it for free.
Police Find Teen Shooting Suspect
Police have charged a 17-year-old suspect in a shooting
Dequan Dodson was picked up by police only one day
After B. Barrington Jevon Nickerson II, 24, was fatally shot
in the 5400 block of Bunche Drive. Dodson had been located
in the Northwest Jacksonville area and was immediately
taken into custody.
Dequan Dodson Anyone with more information about the shooting can
contact the Sheriffs Office at (904) 630-0500 or First Coast
Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (845-TIPS).
Georgia Woman's Abduction
Overheard on Cell Phone
The body of a 38-year-old mother was found Sunday
afternoon in Centerville, Ga., the apparent victim of a ran-
dom carjacking that the woman's sister overheard during
a cell phone call.
Two suspects have since been charged with the ab-
duction and killing of Kimberly McKenzie, who worked
in the dietary division at Houston Medical Center and was
the mother of a teenage son.
According to the victim's sister, Betsy McKenzie, she
and Kimberly had been speaking on the phone when she
overheard a male voice tell her sister to get in the back
seat of the car. The phone then went dead.
McKenzie's car was found in Bibb County late
Wednesday, but police did not find her body until after
they received an anonymous tip. According to police, she
had been shot in the back. They believe that the actual
carjacking took place in nearby Warner Robins.
Alexandria Renee Scott, 19, and Justin Terrell Grable,
21, have both been charged with felony murder.
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FAILURE TO OBEY TRAFFIC
CONTROL DEVICE Two po-
lice officers conducted a traffic stop
at Lane Avenue and Park Street in
Jacksonville that involved an im-
The officers had observed a
vehicle traveling in the fast lane on
the highway that appeared to be
swerving within the lane. As the of-
ficers watched, the suspect's vehi-
cle swerved to the left two times
and both left tires rode into the center turning lane.
The officers followed the vehicle in the squad car and activated
the emergency lights as they approached the red signal light at the in-
tersection of Lane Avenue and Park Street. The vehicle stopped as the
officers got out of the squad car, then began rolling backwards before the
person driving went forward again and then slammed on the brakes.
The officers made contact with
the suspect and saw immediately
"that the woman's eyes appeared red
and glassy. She also smelled
strongly of alcohol. She told the po-
lice after she exited the car that she
had been drinking and was texting
The suspect was read her Mi-
randa rights and admitted to the of-
ficers that she had consumed four
martinis while at "Martini Mon-
days" in San Marco. She also stated that she was taking the prescription
drugs Loritab and Flexerall for back pain. The suspect rated herself a "3
or 4" on a defined 1-10 scale of impairment.
The suspect was arrested and her minor child who was inside of
the vehicle during the incident was picked up and taken home by the
You're not alone.
Don't face the pain and frustration of abuse on your own.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by someone to es-
tablish power and control over another person through fear and intimida-
tion. It happens between people who are, or have been, in an intimate
relationship. Domestic violence often includes the threat or actual use of vi-
olence. It happens when one person believes they are entitled to control
Domestic violence can take many forms. In many cases the be-
havior amounts to a criminal act. It is also a unique crime because there is
usually a pattern of abuse over time, unlike, for example, when a robbery
occurs one evening. Domestic violence tends to be repeated with more fre-
quency and more severity.
Domestic violence can include emotional abuse, such as name-call-
ing and put-downs, and economic abuse, when one person uses money and
finances to control the other. Often an abusive partner may be sexually abu-
sive, use or control the children, or threaten, isolate, or intimidate the other.
All of these behaviors are used to maintain fear, intimidation and power.
Acts of domestic violence generally fall into one or more of the
following categories. These categories represents a particular tactic, or kind
of abuse. The main intent behind the behaviors is always the same: to es-
tablish power and control.
* Verbal attacks
* Minimizing, denying, and blaming
* Using loved ones
* Abusing authority
* Economic control
* Coercion and threats
Although not all of these behaviors are against the law, none of
them are acceptable. Nobody deserves abuse.
February 5. 2011
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FebruaIn Your 2011 THE STAR C&JPAGE3
Jax Man Shot in Drive-By
for Third Time in a Year
A North Jacksonville man was shot early Monday night, the third time in the past
year according to what his family told local police.
The 53-year-old man and his 47-year-old brother had been conversing as they
stood outside in front of the home they shared. Just before 5:30 p.m. that evening, a
man in a green Ford Explorer pulled up to the curb, leaned out of the window and
sprayed the two men with bullets as they dove to the ground.
The older brother stood soon after the driver sped off and found that the younger
man had been shot. Enraged, he ran to his car and pursued the Explorer, calling police
on his cell phone with a description and license plate number.
Someone in the Explorer noticed his pursuit and fired at the man through the
window, hitting him once in the shoulder. The man was unable to apprehend the as-
Both brothers were taken to Shands Jacksonville for medical treatment. As no
arrests or warrants have been announced, all parties involved remain publicly uniden-
Georgia Woman Uses Kids
in Bank Heist
35-year-old Tawander Simmons was arrested Fri-
day along with her teenage son and his friends after rob-
bing a bank together in Lilbum, Ga.
According to police reports, Simmons pointed a
handgun at a Wells Fargo bank teller early Friday mom-
ing accompanied by two of the teenagers, with the third
waiting outside in a getaway car. Simmons had checked
the three teens out of school just before the robbery, but
the DeKalb County School System showed no record of
attendance for any of the them that day.
Simmons and the boys were arrested after a po-
lice chase that resulted in their getaway car being crashed
into railroad tracks. Simmons, her son Benny Brice, 17,
Glenn Broom, 18, and David Rollins, 17, were charged
with armed robbery and taken to Gwinnett County Jail.
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Former Florida Teacher Gets Time for
A former Duval County teacher was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison Mon-
day for receiving child pornography over the Intemet.
Ripley Ridenour, 55, who had a history of touching young girls, was originally
arrested in July as part of the Justice Department's Project Safe Childhood, an effort to
protect children from online exploitation. FBI investigators recently found that a com-
puter in Ridenour's home on the 800 block of South Halsema Road had more than 200
images and 11 videos of child pornography along with chat sessions in which he dis-
cussed his interest in young children in gruesome detail.
The children who had come forward with testimony of Ridenour's crimes in the
past helped to clinch the lengthy jail sentence.
In 2001, when Ridenour was a computer teacher at Victory Christian Academy,
a 6-year-old girl told authorities that he had put his hand under her dress and touched
her buttocks outside her panties. Another girl, 8, said he touched her inappropriately on
four or five occasions. Ridenour was convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a
child younger than 12.
Ridenour went through court-ordered psychological counseling prior to the dis-
covery of the child pornography that landed him in jail.
Employee Found Pocketing
Tenants' Rent Payments
An employee at Burbridge Realty was charged
Friday with pocketing thousands of dollars from tenants'
52-year-old Thomas G. Harbison, who worked in
the office of the Jacksonville property management com-
pany, was found to have been accepting the rent payments
of tenants and then keeping the money for himself.
Harbison's discretion were discovered by a fel-
low employee who called police Thursday after discov-
ering that about $10,700 was missing from the company's
accounts. According to the police report, the employee in-
formed authorities that he had mailed notices to several
tenants that their rent was late, and the tenants phoned and
said they had paid Harbison. Receipts were found con-
firming this, but the money was missing.
Harbison is charged with grand theft.
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Name: Rebecca Tribble
Age: 4 Height: 3'4"
Last seen 03/02/10. May be with
mother in local area of Pembroke
Pines, Fl. or in The Bahamas.
Name: Carlton Ireland
Age: 58 Height: 5'7"
Last seen 04/23/07 in Tampa, Fl.
where he pawned a ring. Foul
play is suspected.
Name: Terrance Williams
Age: 35 Height: 5'6"
Last seen 01/11/04 in Naples Fl.
Has pierced ears, scar on right
shoulder, tattoo of letter "T".
Name: Amanda Jones
Age: 10 Height: 4'0"
Last seen 07/08/08 in Martinez,
Ga. May be with non-custodial
Name: Terri Meaux
Age: 55 Height: 5'3"
Last seen 09/12/07 at 236
Peachtree St in Atlanta, Ga. and
has not been seen since.
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A Florida Keys teen was arrested after being found
logged onto his Myspace account inside a home he had
burglarized.The home's caretaker found Robert Rupp
relaxing on the couch, munching on snacks and smok-
ing marijuana while he used the homeowner's com-
puter. After his arrest, Rupp told police he broke into
the house because it was cold outside.
The Chatham County jail in coastal Georgia banned
smoking more than a decade ago, but it hasn't stopped
inmates from improvising. Two inmates got burned by
their own smoking habit when they started a fire trying
to light a handmade cigarette with a spark from an elec-
Name: Terry Boontui
Offense: Grand Theft
Name: Anthony Thoi
Offense: Grand Theft
Name: Carla Wc
Name: Terri Butler
Offense: OOC Warrant
Name: Sherell Dil
Offense: Drive w/out License
Name: Tremaine Cut
Name: Richard Dixon, Jr.
Offense: Sex Battery
Name: Shawn Gilliam
Offense: Sex Battery
Name: Stephen Clark
Offense: Armed Rob.
Name: Randy Dupont
Name: Willie Adams
Offense: Aggrav. Battery
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