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Florida star
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
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The Florida Star Pub. Co.
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weekly
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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After 25 years on the air Monday through Friday, Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to her many viewers. Her last few weeks she shared time with many popular celebrities and gave away many gifts. And then she told them, I wont say goodbye, Ill just say until we meet again.Ž To God be the glory. O prah W infrey N etwork is now on the air. Three young women were arrested in connection with the shooting of a 13-year-old girl during a fight over a boy, according to reports. Officers say they believe two men fired dozens of shots at the time. Maya Smith, the 13-year old victim is in stable condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center after being shot twice during an altercation at the Westlake apartment complex on 103rd Street. One of those charged is Lamonica Smith, 24, the victim's older sister. Lamonica Smith, the older sister, Christine King, 22, and Adonia Jones, 22, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child neglect and giving false information to an officer. Lamonica Smith is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Voters in Jacksonvilles minority communities were able to see what it is like to vote. Alvin Brown was not even expected to be in a run off. But he was and he won over his major opponent to become the first Black mayor for the City of Jacksonville and the first Democrat in 20 years. www.thefloridastar.com Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! Check, Money Order, or Credit Cards Accepted ad@thefloridastar.com NORTHEAST FLORIDAS OLDEST, LARGEST, MOST READ AFRICAN AMERICAN OWNED NEWSPAPER I N S I D E Opinion/Editorial............A-2 Church...........................A-3 Talk of the Town...............A-4 Around the Area............A-6 Caribbean News.............A-7 Local...................B-1 Columns........................B-2 Sports...........................B-4 Crime & Justice..(A).C&J-1-4 Prep Rap...........(B).PR-1-4 Classified & Business...B-7 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 3617 DECEMBER 31, 2011 JANUARY 13, 2012 VOL. 61 NO. 37 50 CENTS An Award Winning Publication, serving you since 1951. Rated AŽ by the Better Business Bureau Wish to give us a News Story? Call (904) 766-8834 or Send it to: info@thefloridastar.com Read The Florida and Georgia Star Newspapers. Listen to IMPACT Radio Talk Show.WWW.thefloridastar.comStill the peoples choice, striving to make a difference. Cant Get to the Store Have The Star Delivered The Florida Star P. O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 The Florida Star, The Georgia Star! Impact Radio AM1360 (904) 766-8834 SINCE 1951 SPORTS B-4Talk of the Town -A-4PrepRap Our Youth Crime & Justice Florida B-1 Looking at 2011 to Gain Knowledge Oprahs Farewell after 25 years for OWN TV Heavy D, who passed away last month, died of a pulmonary embolism. An autopsy conducted after Heavy died on November 9, 2011, revealed that the deadly embolism was the result of a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lungs. The hip hop community continues to mourn this great musical loss. Heavy D was 44 years of age. Initial reports indicated that the rapper had trouble breathing shortly before he collapsed at his home in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering from pneumonia. TMZ reports that the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed that the official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism "caused by deep leg vein thrombosis." TMZ also says Heavy suffered from coronary heart disease„a possible "contributing factor." Those We Lost We should not moan. We should celebrate the lives of those who were able to share and enjoy their music, their talents, their love. We know them or we know of them because they gave to us. Nickolas Ashford Delphenia Mainor Carter Katye Cash Martina Davis-Correia Heavy D Troy Davis Nate Dogg Cuddy Dudley Joe Frazier Fred Hampton Sr. Gil Scott-Heron Gladys Horton Steve Jobs Rev. William Jones Stetson Kennedy Rev. Dr. Robert Leggett Clara Luper Gertrude Hoffman Peele Pinetop Perkins Beatrice Lawrence Reid Willie Big EyesŽ Smith Rev. Eddie Staton Howard Tate Clarice Taylor Dr. Derya E. Williams Vesta Williams Girl 13 shot near end of 2011. Was it all about him? Several Arrested Jacksonville Gets First Black Mayor Voting Rights Act Activist Celebrates her 100th Birthday Christine M. King Adonia Jones Lamonica Smith Brittany C. Myers Eric Jackson Joshua King Dr. Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson has been a champion of rights and justice for the people since the 1930s. She drafted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on her table in Selma, Alabama. Worlds Most Wanted killed by U.S.; Rebels Kill Gaddafi Beyonce Goes Into Labor At New York City Hospital?Beyonce might become a mom sooner than expected. Rumor has it the the singer will give birth at New York City's St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital any day now. According to RadarOnline.com, staff at the hospital have been alerted that a "high profile" patient will be checking in sometime this week. The hospital's luxurious Labor and Delivery suite has also been booked by an unnamed "celebrity VIP." The location is the perfect hideaway for celebrity clientele boasting views of the Hudson River andmidtown Manhattan. If she does give birth at St. Luke's, Bey will follow in the footsteps of Alicia Keys who had her son Egypt at the hospital last October. Despite the pressure of becoming a father for the first time, Jay seems to be playing it cool, showing up at a New Jersey Nets game last night without a care in the world. Other reports stated that Beyonce was scheduled to give birth in February, but with all the controversy surrounding her pregnancy, she may have wanted to throw off the press. She expected to give birth to a girl, but has yet to confirm the sex of the baby. Heavy Ds Death Cause

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2011 A Year of Verbal Attacks on Black Leadership and A Year of VictoryBy Cheryl A. WilliamsJacksonville, Fl. For the intertwined national and local political landscape; it was a year of leadership attacks, embarrassments, successes 2011 was also a year when the community became a vocal advocate for the interests of the so called average American. The Attacks on Leadership I cannot recall there being such public verbal and disrespectful attacks on elected leaders and the black community. President Barack Obama bore the brunt of it. The first example of an attack is from Mark Halperin a well-respected journalist, employed by Time magazine and a contributor to CNN news network had the audacity to call the president of the United States, a male organ. (It starts with a d) In the same vein, a Tea Party group uploaded a picture of the skunk that is described as President Obama on its website. They suggest, a skunk looks appropriate to replace the eagle. The skunk has become a symbol of the U.S. presidency. Apparently, the skunk is an animal that is black and white, foul-smelling, the color of the animals skin is considered the same as Obama who were the offspring of blacks and whites. Thomas Hymer who maintains the regulatory site of the Tea Party defended allegations that racist statement. He said, the statement Tea Party is just a mere allusion to President Obama, a satirical statement. I aint laughing. Perhaps we should write to and boycott a few media outlets. We must not forget Donald Trump and Rick Perry along with others, making a stink beginning about President Obama not being a real American citizen (This past week that lawsuit was thrown out.) This is racist nonsense. But the attacks on the president Obama was not limited to non Blacks. Tavis Smiley and Cornell West in my opinion; by their many negative comments concerning President Obama. Has set the tone for, made a platform for, and should take responsibility for creating a environment that makes some in white America feel welcome to verbally and vulgarly attacking the first black president of the United States. Tavis and Cornell, what is your problem? I and many others just think that you men are jealous of President Obama. (I am just saying!) Attacks on the Poor. Who can forget Newt Gingrichs statement 'Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works.' He stated further, 'So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of "I do this and you give me cash"... unless it's illegal.' Mr. Gingrich further asserted that putting the poorest children to work cleaning schools can teach them responsibility and work ethics. He also alluded in his statement that poor communities aspire to be pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. Statewide political attacks are in motion. Governor Rick Scott has and is also pushing to mandate legislation that would to privatize prisons which is prompting a lawsuit and an ethics complaint.) He signed a bill barring doctors from talking to their patients about guns in the home (which was blocked by a federal judge in September) -and he pushed for, then signed a law requiring welfare recipients to get drug tested, and pay for it (it was denied.) Then of course, there is the on going redistricting plan. In May, Scott signed one of the most restrictive voting laws in the U.S. -reducing the early voting period from 14 days to eight, which is expected to affect black voters and churches, by taking the Sunday before Election Day off the calendar; imposing tough new restrictions and penalties on organizations that register people to vote, and forcing anyone who has to change their voter registration information on election day to cast a provisional ballot. The good news is that, the amendments ultimately were submitted to the Justice Department for approval by the state legislature this spring, though two members of Congress, Republican Mario Diaz Balart, who is CubanAmerican, and Democrat Corinne Brown, who is African-American, have filed their own lawsuit to try and stop redistricting reform, saying it would reduce minority representation in Florida's congressional delegation. Thank God for Congress Woman Corrine Brown.Verbal Attacks (continued on page A-6)PAGE A-2 THESTAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 OPINIONS OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA JACKSON McLAUGHLIN MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING G. ABRAMS, DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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Opinions expressed by columnists in this newspaper do not necessarily represent the policy of this paper.MEMBERSHIPS: Florida Press Association National Newspaper Association National Newspaper Publishers Association Amalgamated Publisher, Inc. Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce THEFLORIDA STAR THE GEORGIA STAR DESIGN AND WEB SITE PARTNER ALLEN PROCTOR AROUND THE TOWNŽ FRANCES BRADLEY, VOLUME BURKES SPECIAL SECTIONS TIA AYELE SPORTS EDITOR MIKE BONTS COLUMNS YOLANDA KNUCKLE GEORGIA MARKETING ANGELA FAVORS MORRELL DISTRIBUTION HERMAN ROBINSON, DAVID SCOTT National Newspaper Publishers Association Why Wait?LET THE POST OFFICE DELIVER THE FLORIDA or GEORGIA STAR TO YOUI want a One Year Subscription to The Florida or Georgia Star!Please donate 10% of my paid Subscription to the non-profit organization listed below. 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A small portion of the position is clerical and help-desk support while most duties will be information technology project oriented. Associates degree plus three to five years related experience and/or training. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical procedures. Must be able to compose routine reports and correspondence.To apply send your resume to : Pilot Corporation of America Attn: Human Resources Dept. 3855 Regent Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 (No walk-ins or phone call please!) Cheryl A. Williams

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JACKSONVILLE, FL AGER, Mabel, died December 22, 2011. BAILEY Betty Wynonia, 80, died December 18, 2011. BENNETT, Johnny Scott, 51, died December 22, 2011. BESELER Paul Richard Dick, 80, died December 19, 2011. BLAND, Dallas, 87, died December 21, 2011. BOUIE Ethel, died December 22, 2011. BOWMAN, Marjorie Laverne, 69, died December 23, 2011. BROWN Tony, died December 22, 2011. BRUCE Annie Bell, died December 23, 2011. BUTLER Georgie, died December 24, 2011. BYRTS, Harold Donald, died December 20, 2011. BYRTS Josephine, died December 25, 2011. CASSEL, Esther A., 87, died December 24, 2011. CHARLES, Henry, III, 50, died December 23, 2011. COBB Angela, died December 20, 2011. CONTI, John, Jr., 89, died December 17, 2011. CORE, Venita Johns, 80, died December 21, 2011. CRUZ, Daniel, 72, died December 18, 2011. DAVIS Dr. John Clement, Sr., 75, died December 21, 2011. DOZIER Eugenia, 49, died December 18, 2011. FAULK Joseph C., 81, died December 24, 2011. FLOYD, Sharon, died December 26, 2011. FORD, Nancy, died December 20, 2011. GATLIN Cheryl, died December 23, 2011. GILMAN Laura, died December 25, 2011. GLASPER Johnnie, 55, died December 25, 2011. GRACIN LaTasha died December 24, 2011. GREEN Osie, died December 27, 2011. HAGLER Dorothy Dennis, 88, died December 22, 2011. HANNAH, Sheadrick Kenyetta, died December, 20, 2011. HARRIS, John, died December 25, 2011. HASKINS John A., 21, died December 18, 2011. HICKS Julia Ann, 84, died December 18, 2011. HUGHES, Gladys, died December 21, 2011. JAMESON Eula Mae, died December 19, 2011. KING, Minnie Louise Bryd, died December 20, 2011. KNADLE Elaine M., 89, died December 19, 2011. LYONS, Eleanor Highsmith, 79, died December 20, 2011. MAPP, Iris Lanise, died December 20, 2011. McKINNEY, Terry, died December 18, 2011. MEDLOCK Doris E., 77, died December 21, 2011. MOORE James R., 69, died December 23, 2011. MORLE, Faith, died December 26, 2011. MOSLEY, Mary Alice, 91, died December 24, 2011. ODOMS Margie, died December 22, 2011. PAYNE Dr. Philip M., II, died December 22, 2011. PERKINS James L., died December 26, 2011. PHILLIPS Erie, died December 19, 2011. POWERS Townsend, died December 21, 2011.PRITCHARD John E., died December 24, 2011. REISINGER Gary, 47, died December 23, 2011. ROBERTS Thelma, died December 20, 2011. SPEARMAN Robert, Jr., died December 21, 2011. SULLIVAN Daisy V., 88, died December 23, 2011. TYSON Freddie, Sr., 86, died December 26, 2011. WEAVER, Virginia, 88, died December 24, 2011. WILLIAMS, Marian Johnson, died December 26, 2011. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. 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. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor 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 DECEMBER 31, 2011 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~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. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick 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 Complete Funeral ............................ $3,595.00(includes Service and Standard Casket)* Full Funeral w/Viewing Followed by Cremation .......................$2,195.00 Direct Cremation ................................ $795.00 We Offer Prearranged FuneralsPrices Subject to ChangeŽ==========================================================3031 Moncrief Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 353-4434 (904) 354-6642 (904) 353-4437 Fax 877-4CLPAGE Tollfree www.CLPageMortuary.com C. L. Page Mortuary C. L. Page Mortuary Carla L. Page, L.F.D. Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater ElBeth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Austin Christian Academy for the Development of Excellence and Leadership, Inc. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) 12th Grade Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a quality education program aimed to help your child enter school prepared and ready to learn. All children 4 years old on or before September 1, 2010 and eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2011 will qualify! A Florida Drivers License and the childs Birth Certificate are required for enrollment. A Social Security number for the child is also preferred, if available. 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Please contact the office of St. Paul (6910 New Kings Road) at 7642755 for additional information. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor. FIRST CHURCH located at 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast, is "Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." First Church will focus on "The Beloved Community," inviting diverse people of various ethnicities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy during the service at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on January 15. Everyone is welcome to celebrate diversity because "Martin focused on people coming together," said the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor of First Church. The service will be amid an illustrated sermon, special music, liturgical dance, facilitated discussion and a fellowship reception. First Church can be reached at 386-4465759. Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO "Bring Me to your Church or OrganizationŽ Ministry … Music … Mentoring Great for youth and young adults ( Honorarium or Donations required.) Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com

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PAGE A-4THE STARDECEMBER 31, 2011 Talk of the Town! E kaabo(pronounced eh-kah-bow).Welcome. By Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer P P A A S S T T P P R R E E S S E E N N T T F F U U T T U U R R E E FUTUREA BIRDIETOLDMEthat the drumming son of a trumpeting father, both well known Jacksonvillians, is engaged to be married! The uber-talented young man has been in a committed relationship for some time. However, in the words of Beyonce, if you like it then you better put a ring on it.Ž And he did while visiting his fiances family in South Carolina during the Christmas holiday. The birdie witnessed the down-on-bended-knee-ritual, the ask, the yes, and the ROCK that sealed the promise. This native son is famous in the world of rock music. Ive caught him on Letterman with his band Yellow Card (oops, TMI) and playing with an American Idol runner up (whose initials are Adam Lambert, oh shoot, I mean A. L.), signature locks flying around his head as he bops to the rhythm and bangs the drums with concentrated intensity. Ive known this guy since his childhood, so excuse me for shedding a tear (sniff, sniff). I wish you the best, LPIII. OMG, oh well, the cats out of the bag now (as if the photo didnt)! TALKOFTHETOWN! congratulates the newly betrothed couple, Longineu W. Parsons, III and Joan Murray PRESENTLONGINEUBRINGINGINTHENEWYEARATJAZZLANDCAFE. Carole Freeman is excited to announce the return of internationally acclaimed jazzman, Longineu Parsons, Jr. (father of the afore-mentioned affianced young man, as if you didnt know) and the Longineu Parsons Ensemble to her Jazzland Caf on New Years Eve. Joining Longineu is Von Barlow on drums, Doug Carn on piano, and Delorian Fullington on bass. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and toast the New Year with a glass of champagne at midnight. Call now for reservations, (904) 240-1009. For more information, visit their website at jazzlandcafe.com PASTSURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE. GLORIAGROOMES. This is Your Life! Family and friends recently gathered to surprise Gloria Groomes at a birthday bash held at the beautiful Oak Leaf Village Club House in Orange Park, Florida. The event was planned by daughter R esa Groomes-Micheaux with assistance from, among others, son, Clint Groomes and friend of 30 years, Rosalind Joseph. Rosalind prepa red Gloria one month before the affair, by telling her that they were going to a gala for her birthday. They arrived resplendent in magnificent red dresses in honor of the season. After the traditional birthday song, Ok Sun Burks and yours truly sang a Nigerian birthday song, a special request of the honoree. The great D.J., fabulous food, and a video collage of Glorias memorable moments made for a fun an d enjoyable evening.TALKOFTHETOWN! A Pictorial Review First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Jacksonville NAS Nathaniel Glover, Jr. smiles as he becomes the 29th President of Edward Waters College Site of Kingsley Plantation slave burial ground. "Omi tutu, ona tutu, ile iku tutu, eegun tutu." Rest in peace. Gloria Groomes arrives followed by friend, Rosalind Joseph The honoree and the "co-conspirators" in charge of getting her to the surprise party. The honoree with handsome son, Clinton "Clint" Groomes. The honoree with her lookalike daughter, Resa GroomesMichaeux Ok Sun and Chloe Burks and TALK OF THE TOWN!'s Frances Bradley Dr. and Mrs. Felix Acholonu at the Nigerian Independence Day Party Music legends Calvin Newborn (L) and "Sleepy" Gilliard at Jazzland Cafe Mayor Alvin Brown and Florida Black Expo's Darren Thomas "Summer Girlz, Some Are Not" June to October birthday celebrants at the Jacksonville Film Festival Lloyd Pearson (L), civil rights icon, with Frances Bradley and cousin James Burroughs at "Black Angels Over Tuskegee"

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Around The Area Around The Area PAGE A-6THE STARDECEMBER 31, 2011 Verbal Attacks (continued from page A-2) Political EmbarrassmentsThis year Herman Cain ended his journey for the Republican Presidential bid in very messy way. His bid ended only after three women can forth, with accusations of sexual harassment and alleged inappropriate sexual behavior. The final accusation of a 13-year extramarital affair with Ginger White, Cain has decided to remove his name from the presidential ticket. Cain has denied any inappropriate relationship with White. After this big announcement Cain said, "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family. I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me." Whether you are for Mr. Cain or not, I just believe that AfricanAmericans as a people must carry our selves with a standard of dignity and morality. When we lower that standard, we give platform to the Mark Halperns and Newt Gingrichs in this world to denigrate us. Successes On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Alvin Brown, made history as the first black ever elected mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. Brown defeated businessman Mike Hogan, a Republican, by about 1,600 votes. Mayor Brown is the first Democrat in the mayor's seat since Ed Austin was elected in 1991.This win was extraordinary because Mayor Brown pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory with strong support from AfricanAmericans and longtime Republicans. In his first 100 days he is strategically fulfilling his campaign promises. President Obama had history making successes. Obama is responsible for the operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, backed policies that led to the overthrow of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, toughened the U.S. stance against China, helped block Palestinian membership at the United Nations, extended the payroll tax cut agreement and formally ended the Iraq War. Kudos, Mr. President you and your fine family serve and represent America and the African American community with excellence, honor, grace and beauty. I and my colleges appreciate you. We are praying for you. Community Advocacy Finally 2011 was a year when the people became advocates for themselves. The Occupy Movement started on Wall Street and spread through out the word. They are calling attention to the 99% which is an acronym, for the middle/working/poor in America. There were many issues they were addressing but I believe the core issue is that the working class and middle class matters and they need to be addressed. In September 2011 the Jacksonville community fought city hall and won. Multiple community groups along with Save Our Public Libraries, Inc. facilitated the recruitment of neighborhood leaders, and contacted government officials to advocate legislation. The efforts of the community successfully resulted in the librarys fiscal year 2011-2012 budget of $1.7 million being restored by the Jacksonville City Council, no jobs were lost and no libraries were closed. The roller coaster that was 2011 is past. We must focus on the future. Lets resolve to get involved, rise up a standard of political responsibility. Resolve to actively contact your elected officials and hold them to their promises and their duty to make our community a better place. I will suggest a community advocacy strategy next week.___________________________________________________________________ Cheryl Williams is a Community Organizer, Community Advocate, Public Relations Consultant, Film Maker and Lobbyist who resides in Jacksonville, Florida The International Longshoremans Association Local 1408 75th Anniversary Celebration The International Longshoreman's Association Local 1408 celebrated its 75th Anniversary, December 3, 2011, at the Hyatt River Front Hotel. Over 1000 Members, Sponsors, Family and Friends attended this event. Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Officer Pamberton Anthony TonyŽ Hill, City of Jacksonville, Benny Holland Jr., Executive Vice President ILA Executive Council, Clyde Fitzgerald, President South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, Rev. Landon Williams, Charles Spencer, Executive Vice President South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, and Michael Dickens, Secretary Treasurer South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District Charlene Jones, Pat Felder, Kins Holzendorf, R. Kim Lockley, Betty Holzendory, Charzetta Small, Derrick Small Mr. & Mrs. Claude Boatwright, Linda Barney, Latonya Holliday, Reginald Parker, Tiffney Parker, Roosevelt Williams, Sherine Davis, Sylvia Smith, Lady Elouise S. Bolden. Jadene King, Congresswoman Corrine Brown John A. Cohen and Hank Taylor Florida Representative Mia Jones and George C. Davis Cynthia Ross, Faye Hurley, Barbara Hurley, Carlas Akins-Thomas, Joutu Ray, James Ray Erika Jones, Niko Jones, Jossie Jones, Ike Jones, Laconnetta Weston, James Burroughs Michael Reed, Congresswoman Corrine Brown Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Wife, Natasha Stokes, and Thomas Cook Executive Board Members Jann Clark, Fred Wakefield, Lorenzo Spencer, William Merriman, Nathaniel Chess Gardner, Romia Johnson, Gary McCray, Terrance Gilbert Baron Rivers, Kimberly Rivers, Minnie Candady, Troy Canady, Wilbor Holloway, Ruth Clemons, Eugene Hawkins, Anita Fields Samuel Chandler, Lawerance Gordan, Nathaniel Garden (VP ILSA), and Christopher Garden Charles Spencer Tonya Simmons, Barbara Peterson, Sharon Whitfield, and Valerie Glover

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDA SECTION B The Good The Bad The Sad Jennifer Carroll Jennifer Carroll (born August 27, 1959) is a Trinidadian-born American politician who is the 18th and current Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Florida. The first African American and the first woman elected to the position, she assumed the office on January 4, 2011. Carroll previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 until 2010. Bill Lester Became the first black driver to win a Grand-Am Road Racing event, teaming with Jordan Taylor to top the Rolex Series' GT class in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway. Drugs, shooting and murders within four days in Jacksonville and Brunswick Medics and officers clear scene where three were killed and toddler injured at apartment complex. Pastor Zachery Tims, Jr., 42, of Destiny Christian Center near Orlando, FL was found dead in his hotel room. A white powdery substance was found in the room and police said there were no signs of trauma and did not suspect foul play. Tims grew up as a drug addict and claims he was saved from his drug addiction. Frank Hampton set the stage for this citys fights against unfairness. He was born in Jacksonville on January 2, 1923 and died here on June 24, 2011. He was a successful businessman, who was recognized as one of Duval Countys self made Black millionaires. He owned several small businesses including Hampton Fuel Oil, Gulf Service Station, now Shell, Hampton Villa Apartment Jacksonville, Hampton Villa Mount Dora, H and I Advertising and Public Relations, and other real estate. But Mr. Hampton was not just an entrepreneur, he was a real civic leader. Nick Ashford, who with wife Valerie Simpson wrote such legendary Motown songs as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand," has died after a prolonged battle with throat cancer, his publicist announced. He was 70. William Stetson Kennedy After a lifetime championing human rights, cultural heritage and environmental stewardship, author and activist Stetson Kennedy, 94, passed away on August 27, 2011. He was a former employee of The Florida Star Newspaper Company. Eddie Staton founder of MADDADS. In 1989, Mr. Staton, along with a small group of Omaha, NE men, developed the overall strategy, philosophy and direction behind the MAD DADS organization. MAD DADS is an acronym for: Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social-disorder. Nathaniel BootsŽ Williams, one of the Bold Youth City Coaches died on March 22, 2011. On Black Friday 2011, a woman used pepper spray on fellow shoppers, causing minor injuries to at least 10 people who had been waiting hours for Black Friday savings. It was later reported that the incident caused 20 injuries. The incident started as people waited in line for the new Xbox 360. A witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line. The witness said she pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people in line. Another account stated: "The store had brought out a crate of discounted Xbox video game players, and a crowd had formed to wait for the unwrapping, when the woman began spraying people 'in order to get an advantage,' according to the police. In an incident outside a Walmart store in San Leandro, California, one man was wounded after being shot following Black Friday shopping at about 1:45am.

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333NYE: MASQU NOIR, Sunday, January 01, 2012, MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.366.6911 for additional information. New Year's and Gator Bowl Celebration, on Monday, January 02, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For any information call 904.353.1188. BUDWEISER TAILGATE PARTY: Monday, January 02, 2012, EverBank Field, 1 Everbank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6100 for all information. Downtown Top to Bottom Walking Tour, thisTuesday, January 03, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.353.1188. WICKED: Wednesday January 04, 2012, Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for additional information. Community Activities, Contd.PAGE B 2THE STAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 Community Activities Help keep memories alive for families coping with ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. Family members are asked to share their experiences with loved ones who have Alzheimer's disease or other dementias for a chance to win a special family reunion (valued at up to $10,000) through the I Will Remember for You Family Reunion Giveaway.The grand prize winner will be publicly revealed in November, 2012,following the family reunion event. For more contest details, go to www.rememberforalzheimers.com. New Years Eve Downtown Block Party! Saturday, December 31, 2011, at Mark's Downtown Club/Lounge, 315 East Bay Street, Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.5099 for more information. New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular, thisSaturday, December 31, 2011, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for additional information. NEW YEAR'S AND GATOR BOWL CELEBRATION: Sunday, January 01, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more nformation call 904.353.1188. ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES PNEUMONIA, VIRAL GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: An acute lung infection caused by a virus. The infection causes tissues of the lungs to become inflamed and filled with liquid. BODY PARTS INVOLVED Lower respiratory tract (bronchial tues, brobchioles and lungs). *Upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, tonsils, sinuses, trachea and larynx). SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED: Both sexes; all ages. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Fever and chills. *Muscles aches and atigue. *Cough, with or without sputum or croupŽ. *Rapid,labored (sometimes) breathing. *Chest Pain. *Sore throat. *Loss of appetite. *Enlarged lymph glands in the neck. CAUSES: Virus infections, including influenza, chickenpox and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (especially in adults), respiratory viruses, measles and cytomegalovirus (especially in infants). RISK INCREASES WITH Newborns and infants. *Adults over 60. *Asthma. *Cystic fibrosis. *Inhalation of a foreign body into the lung. *Smoking. *Crowded or unsanitary living conditions. HOW TO PREVENT Annual flu vaccines recommended for high-risk people (heart or lung dis ease, other chronic diseases, medical personnel and over age 65). *Measles vaccination for children. WHAT TO EXPECT DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Your own observation of symptoms. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor. *Laboratory blood studies. *X-rays of chest. APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE Self-care after diagnosis. *Doctors treatment, *Hospitalization (rare). POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Usually curable in a few days to a week. Postviral fatigue is common. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES Use of cool-mist, ultrasonic humidifier to increase air moisture. Putting medicine in the vaporizer probably will not help. Clean humidifier daily. *Use a heating pad or warm compresses on the chest to relieve chest pain. *Coughing and deep breathing is encouraged to help clear secretions. Dispose of secretions carefully. MEDICATION Your doctor may prescribe: Antiviral medication such as amantadine or rimntadine. Acyclovir for herpes pr varicella (chickenpox) infection. Aerosolized ribavirinor for RSV infection. Antibiotics to fight secondary bacterial infections. *For minor pain and fever, you may use non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen or decongestant nose drops, nasal sprays or tablets. ACTIVITY: Bed rest is necessary until fever, pain and shortness of breath have been gone at least 48 hours. Then normal activity may be resumed slowly. Many people are fatigued and weak up to 6 weeks after recovery, so dont expect a quick return to normal strength. DIET: No special diet, but do everything possible to maintaina normal intake of nutritious foods and drinks. Drink at least 1 full glass of fluid each hour. This helps thin lung secretions so they are easier to cough up. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF You have symptoms of pneumonia. *The following occurs during treatment: Temperature spikes over 102F (38.9C). Intolerable paain, despite medication and heat treatment. Increasing shortness of breath. Increasing blueness of nails and skin. Blood in the sputum. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Stay Mentally Sharp & Fit in 2012 By: Mark Underwood 2012 is upon us and many of us are thinking about what the New Year will bring. This time of year is an occasion to get us thinking about our health … specifically brain health. A healthy lifestyle is easy to understand but not everyone realizes the more you work out your brain, the better youll be able to process and remember information. Carve out time to give your brain work outs. You can do that by creating your own health clubŽ that includes ongoing learning. Make a commitment to keep learning, no matter what your age or stage of life, and you are automatically improving your brain power. Learning curve College, high school, and elementary school students all the way down to K-4 are continually engaged in stimulating learning experiences. These young students dont have to work on brain fitness because for them, everyday learning is a habit. But thats not true as we grow older. Think of the brains inner workings this way. Some of the circuits„conduits of information and memory slow down. As we decrease our need to keep the brain as fit as a student studying for college exams, the creation of new neural pathways diminishes. So what can you do to have a sharper brain? Plenty. Brain fitness isnt rocket science. Start by making a commitment to learning something new on a regular basis, weekly or daily and then add in other challenging ways to give your brain a regular boost of energy. A growing body of research actually also shows that people who commit to lifelong learning can lower their risk of Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. Jump start your brain power You may not realize it but your brain power has incredible potential when it is sharpenedŽand kept fit. Theres no better time than now to invest in your brains fitness. As millions of people grow older, many experience age-related changes like forgetfulness or decreased concentration skills. Some people find they have difficulty sleeping and their short-term memory isnt as sharp as it used to be. Did you know your short-term memory is like a scratch-pad for temporary recall of information being processed? In order to understand this sentence your brain needs to remember the beginning as you read move along toward the end and get to the period. About 70 million baby boomers are heading to retirement in the next few years. Many people join health clubs to stay fit and others exercise at home with family and friends. If you are heading to retirement, make sure you continue to exercise your brain. By learning something new you are breaking the way you think about topics and ideas. You are using brain pathways that may not have been used if you hadnt ramped up your brain calisthenics. Brain health tips„a no-brainer Here are some things you can do to keep your brain sharp and fit: Use your senses to learn. Know how you learn best, and then use it to your advantage. Some people learn best with audio tapes, others prefer videos or an in-person classroom. Stay Organized. Take notes. Use both words and pictures. Take advantage of calendars, date books and other organizational tools to help you concentrate while learning. Journal: Record information of your learning milestones by keeping a journal. Writing down your experiences helps build on previous knowledge and creates good retention. Participate in educational experiences. Take an adult education class or enroll in a technical college course. Take up a new hobby People who enjoy life have found new outlets like quilting, woodworking and other hobbies. Take up a new sport Have you thought about learning to ice skate, curl, play badminton, take up golfing or numerous other sports? Your local parks and recreation department probably has numerous opportunities for you along with other community resources. Play board games and puzzles The more you play the better your mental dexterity will likely become. Its time to stoke the fires of aging in the brain. Build your own health clubŽ which includes a variety of brain fitness activities. Its never too late to learn something new and feed an aging brain. Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, Wisconsin focused on the discovery and development of medicines to treat age related memory loss and the diseases of aging. Mark has been taped as an expert in the field of neuroscience for The Wall Street Journal Morning Radio, CBS and CNN Radio among others. Mark is also a contributor to the Brain Health GuideŽ which highlights the research at Quincy Bioscience and offers practical tips to help keep health brain function in aging. Visit www.TheGoodNewsAboutAging.com for more articles and tips for healthy aging.his

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Talent and ambition has a way of standing out and being notice even if it is in a child. Some children are timid background dwellers who shyly hide in the shadows to avoid being singled out due to their own personal issues and lack of self confidence while others boldly step forward oozing with confidence to take the lead. Fourteen year old actor Kevin Hernandez was one of the bold ones early on and was encouraged to develop, direct and pursue his natural talents all the way from the beginning to the professional level. His family relocated to Los Angeles from his native El Salvador when he was four years old. In his latest film The SitterŽ starring Jonah Hill; Hernandez plays the adopted brother from hell Rodrigo who along with his two misfit siblings terrorizes the baby sitter (Hill) for one night Hernandezs vivid performance in the box office hit film has not only captured the imagination of film goers nationwide resulting in the accumulation of new converts and fans but has awakened the attention of the industry as well. Hernandez is now up and coming in the footsteps and ranks of not only Latino superstars such as George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Jimmy Smits, Paul Rodreguez and others, he is destine to become a teen heart throb like Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson and Taylor Lautner to name some. Hernandezs character Rodrigo was pretty rebellious. What did he learn from playing him? Hernandez states, He was adopted and I learned how it feels to get that anger of not being a part of something. Also how you just come up with stuff and anger. I dont actually act like that in my family so I learned how to improvise and get whats on the top of your mind. He (Rodrigo) likes to mess around. I learned how to make explosions, make fun of other people, be like really mean and call people bad names. He was a really troubled kid and he did a lot of really bad stuff. So I kind of got my evil side from that character.Ž The movie was shot in New York and this was Hernandezs first time in the big apple. What was that like? He warms up to the memory, We had our time to see New York and watch a lot of scenery. I went to the statue of Liberty which was really, really fun. I went to the museum where they show a lot of cool stuff and historic facts and I was just amazed because I had never been on the other side of the United States. I was happy to see that and found it really enjoyable.Ž Hernandez had the privilege to work with master film director David Gordon Green and says of the experience, He taught me a lot. Like in a scene just walking in he would say do this from this perspective and you learn how to come up with stuff. And since it was a comedy movie, its got to be from the top and you just got to learn that Then he says do it again, do it again but this time do it like this, this time do it like that and you get different points of view and you see that its funnier this way. Hes really into it. Hes just not behind the camera; he acts as you so you can see. He impersonates you and says this is what I want. You get a lot from him and hes really funny.Ž How was it to work with Jonah Hill? Hernandez lights up, Hes really nice and funny too. Hes very respectful to whomever is around him and hes always like teaching us stuff, hes really into it.Ž What kind of reaction in general does Hernandez have when hes on set in the presence of major stars and actually working with them/ He laughs, When you see the movies you say to yourself I wonder how it feels like to meet them. But after meeting them, their not like different persons, theyre just like you. They treat you nice and you feel welcomed.Ž He also had a ball bonding with Max Records and Landry Bender the other two children in the movie. Hernandez loves pizza and advises other young people to never give up in whatever you want to do and stay in school. PAGE B-6 THESTAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 ENTERTAINMENT Kevin Hernandez Dynamic Teen Blazing A Fire In Hollywood!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Photos by Jessica Miglig for 20th Century Fox Pictures Radio: After a 20yr stellar career in radio, superstar jock Big Tigger, host of The Big Tigger Morning ShowŽ on Washington, DCs WPGC was fired on his 39th birthday last week on Dec. 22nd. Radio, TV and all broadcast related mediums that are political with their on-air talents age and ratings are heartless and cold blooded when the corporate structure hands down the order to drop the axe in the name of the companys profit bottom line. You TV/Radio broadcast majors should keep this in mind and have your back-up career lined up such as a school or university teaching position, consultant, workshop presenter to you name it. The my-job-dependson-ratingsŽ game is a shaky one at best! Especially in our youth orientated, try-to-stayyoung lookingŽ obsessed society! Awards: The 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards and North American International Auto Show will take place at the Motorcity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI, on Sunday, Jan 8, 2012. The ceremonies will be co-hosted by award winning actress Phylicia Rashad and John Quinones, coanchor of ABC-TV news magazine Primetime.Ž Celebrity presenters are film/TV actress Debbie Morgan; actress & recording artist Gina Hiraizumi; singer/songwriter Lisa Deveaux; Detroit Lions starting linebacker Justin Durent and the cast of Wives of Favor,Ž Koffey Brown, Dyanna Wooten and Cherylin Hodge. Special honors will be presented to Fletcher V. Davidson, VP & Gen Mgr Toyota Customer Services, Executive of the Year:Ž Warren Brown, automotive journalist, The Washington Post, Lifetime Achievement:Ž Bill Perkins, President Bill Perkins Automotive Group & 2012 NAIAS Chair, Pioneer of the Year.Ž Talent will include Beth Griffith and The Citadel Church Gospel Choir and the afterglow party will rock to the sound of Larry Lee and the Back In The Day Band.Ž Go to www.urbanwheelawards.com for more info. Music: Out of the city of Houston, rapper Marcus Manchild is nominated as an XXL Magazine 2012 Freshmen along with fellow Houstonian Kirko Bangz. Houston has never had an artist on the freshmen cover so it is a pretty big thing to them. Manchild and producer AMG have dropped a single RushŽ from his forthcoming album Free Yo Mind MusicŽ due on stands and digitally in Feb 2012. The new A&R Registry is now available. It is the bible of getting in touch with A&R reps. Call 800-552-7411 or 818-781-1974 or hit up www.musicregistry.com. GNS Inc & Big Wayde presents HighbernationŽ the 5-song EP! Go to www.bigwayde.com Year End Greetings: Well, well, well! Another year has come and gone. I wish to thank Ms. Clara McLaughlin, publisher and the entire staff of the Florida Star for another fun ride. We have all seen our share of scentless violence that continues to plaque our communities and it is my hope for 2012 that many of those responsible will wake up in consciousness and spirit. They must become aware and find ways to break free of the mental psychological self-hateŽ that has been programmed deep into their sub-consciousness which is the root cause of the killing! When you dont value yourself, you dont value anybody who looks like yourself (i.e., other hood Blacks). Our music (degrading our women Bs & HsŽ and each other); speech (calling ourselves that filthy NŽ word); attitudes (hatin on anything that will positively lift us up like school & education); dress (boys, even girls & foolish immature grown men walking around with the crack of their asses showing in public via saggin); values (respecting each other) etc have all been turned against us to self destruct and many have blindly and foolishly bought into it and are acting it out. Older brothers be responsible for those children you are making and bringing into this world. Discipline them, teach them (by example) right and wrong and fully take care of them. Show them love and make them pull their pants up and be respected again! Sisters stop laying up irresponsibly and having children with men you know arent there for the long haul. All of us need to pull our part of the load or we wont make it as a race folks! Those of you who know … teach those that dont! Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net Study, Observe and Win! Rych Rych McCains Hollyhood Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net New Twists On Dessert Favorites(StatePoint) Getting your family to eat right doesnt mean forcing them to skip dessert or forego favorite cakes and cookies. You just need to learn to prepare those sweets in better ways. Its all about making desserts that are wholesome and delicious, so your kids will actually eat them. A few easy alterations can make a big difference -such as reducing sugar or fat, adding fruits or swapping-in more healthy fats and grains. Here are some tweaks for your familys sweets: € Substitute: Replace ingredients with smart alternatives. Try swapping white flour with whole wheat flour in cakes and cookies. You can use two egg whites for a whole egg in most recipes, or dark chocolate instead of more fattening milk chocolate. And low-fat milk usually can be used instead of whole milk. € Reduce: For starters, serve-up smaller dessert portions. Plate a small slice of cake or pie with some fruit and your kids wont notice the difference. Within recipes, try reducing the amount of sugar or butter. In most cases you wont miss what you leave out. € Dont Deprive: Most desserts add some fat and sugar into your familys diet. Deal with it. Saying noŽ will lead loved ones to look elsewhere for sweets at school or work. You can even indulge their urge for candy. Just be careful with portions and consider smart options, such as Nestl Raisinets, California raisins drenched in rich Nestl Milk or Dark Chocolate. They have 30 percent less fat than the leading chocolate brands and provide real fruit in every serving. € Add Fruits: Add fruits to cakes and pies, even as toppings instead of whipped cream. You can add apples or applesauce to most recipes without anybody complaining. And tossing in some berries or raisins will add antioxidants. To get started, heres an easy recipe for oatmeal cookies using whole wheat flour, brown sugar and a special twist. More creative recipes can be found at Facebook.com/raisinets. Deluxe Oatmeal Raisinets Cookies 1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats 1 cup Nestl Raisinets (dark or milk chocolate-covered) 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, Raisinets and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. For smaller cookies, use a level tablespoon. This yields about 4 1/2 dozen cookies. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star DECEMBER 31 2011THE STARC&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this ar ea. 96-Year-Old Woman Murders 53-Year-Old Nephew 96-yea r-old Amanda Rice Stevenson, was arrested after shooting and killing her 53-year-old nephew, John Rice, while he was lying in bed. Stevenson had moved into Rices home, where he lived with her wife. Rice had been worried as Stevenson grew increasingly violent with her words over time. A social worker had visited one day to see if everything was fine, but instead of greeting him, Stevenson, threatened to shoot him if he trespassed. Police said Stevenson complained that Rice would evict her from the home. Weeks after the visit from the social worker, Rice was found dead in his bed after Stevenson had shot him. Student Gets Stabbed by Elderly Man with Ice Pick A road rage incident resulted in the stabbing of a college student. The incident started after Wathson Adelson, 20, cut in front of Alcisviades Polanco, 62, on the road. Adelson then slammed the brakes blocking Polanco. Adelson got out of his car and walked over to Polancos vehicle, where a verbal altercation began. The argument turned physical and Polanco went to retrieve an ice pick from his vehicle and started stabbing Adelson in the head and shoulder. Adelson was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Adelson later died at the hospital. Polanco was not charged because he was said to be acting in self-defense. According to Floridas law, this is legal even if the other person is unarmed. € Crimes of 2011 €As time goes by, it seems as if crimes never seems to stop. There have been all types of crimes, but are some notable crimes of this year from the Florida Star. Con Man Uses Luxury Cars to Lure Many People into Investment Scams Donald Heflin Mitchell had been caught for luring people with his luxury cars and getting them to invest in fake financial funds. Mitchell lied that he had graduated from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and claimed that he was a broker connected to large financial institutions. He also used the luxury cars he drove to his advantage into frauding people of their money. He was still able to con people after he was taken to prison, using a three-way call set up. Man Crashes Car During High Speed Chase and Abandons Baby Michael Alonzo Ford was driving an SUV with his girlfriend and a baby. He was stopped by police and his girlfriend told the officer she was not feeling well and that they were driving to look for a rest area. Ford was asked to step out, but as soon as the door opened, he slammed the door closed and drove off. Ford led police on a chase and later crashed into a tree. Ford got out of the vehicle, ignored the patrol officer, and started running off. His girlfriend got out of the vehicle with the baby in her arms, before the vehicle burst into flames. Ford was found later with the help of a K-9 unit. Hitmans Gun Fails Three Times on Victim Elijah Thomas III, 54, was accused of attempting to kill someone with the use of a hitman, which was unsuccessful. Thomas hired a hitman to kill someone that he thought was becoming a disruption in his heroin trafficking business. Thomas instructed the hitman to meet with the victim in a drug deal. When the hitman entered the victims car, the victim showed him the drugs and started using it. The hitman pulled out a gun and put it to the victims head and pulled the trigger three times, but the gun didnt fire at all and the two started to fight in the car. The victim got behind the steering wheel and drove off and was able to throw the hitman out of the car. He was found lying on the street and was arrested. Tapped phone conversations led to Thomas arrest as well. Man Kills Girlfriend, Robs Gas Station, and Leads Police on a High-Speed Chase Corey Jermaine Dozier, 31, had been arrested after murdering his girlfriend,Sherry Desravines, 27, and going on a crime spree before he was finally caught. Dozier drove to Desravines home with her, but when another man also came to visit, Dozier confronted him and shot him in his car before shooting his girlfriend in the head twice. Dozier then stole his girlfriends car and proceeded to drive towards South Carolina from Jacksonville. He then robbed a gas station and later crashed the car in a ditch. He pretended to lay on the side of the road pretending to be hurt. When a group of people, who were on their way to church stopped to help, he pulled out a gun and demanded them of their car. Dozier was arrested after driving 22 miles. Donald Mitchell Michael Ford Amanda Stevenson Wathson Adelson Elijah Thomas III Corey Dozier

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DECEMBER 31 2011THE STARC&J 2 SSSHH! From Actual Police ReportsDid You Hear About?... Did You Hear About?... 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. New Years Eve If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy: € Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host. € Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests. € Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests. € Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends. € Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home. If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations: € If you drink, don't drive. € Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins. € If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up. € Or, stay where you are until you are sober. € Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive. The tragedies and costs from drinking and driving impaired don't just end with the potential death, disfigurement, disability, and injury caused by impaired drivers. Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired isn't worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Your Safety Call, Write, Email, or Fax to us titled: CONNECTION $10 -3 Lines of text only (Total 18 words) With PICTURE included $25. Contact G @ 904-766-8834 or Email G@thefloridastar.com send all correspondents to P.O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 € Crimes of 2011 € (Continued) Man Doesnt Pay 50 Cent Transit Fare Leads to Big Arrest An officer was working off duty at a Bus Terminal. As soon as he had gotten off the train, he noticed a man by the name of Amanuel Zeratzion, avoid paying the transit box of 50 cents by just passing through the turn style. The officer confronted the man asking why he didnt pay and Zeratzion said that he did. The suspect insisted that he did pay, which resulted in a pat down from the officer. The suspect had several concealed weapons (three eight inch non folding knives). One was inside his boxer underwear and the other two were strapped to each of his calves on his legs with elastic straps. He was mirandized and arrested. Burglar Turns Self In After Seeing Self on the News A homeowner had reported to police that her home was broken into and had surveillance footage of the burglary. The footage was broadcasted on the news and it showed two people. One of them was Brandon Johnson, 18, who saw it on the news and decided to turm himself in. Reports say the two men broke into the home and stole unspecified items and it was not difficult to identify them as they were clearly caught on surveillance cameras. Investigators have identified the other suspect and are searching for him. Man Leaves Argumentand Comes Back to Kill 54-year-old transient, Antonio Garrett, was accused of shooting and killing 46-year-old, Jerry Ford. The two men were said to have been in argument at Fords home. Garrett was said to have left and he came back thirty minutes later. Police said Garrett had left to retrieve a gun and when he came back, he shot Ford on his front porch. It is unclear as to what triggered the argument between Ford and Garrett, but witnesses reported that they heard several gunshots. Police found Ford suffering from a gunshot wound and transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police were able to locate Garrett the next day, but he had to be restrained for resisting arrest. He was eventually taken into custody and charged with murder. He is being held without bail. Amanuel Zeratzion Brandon Johnson Antonio Garrett Florida Firework Laws As the year is coming to an end, you might end up wanting to celebrate it off with some fireworks, but there are some legal issues that apply: € Florida only allows you to use sparklers,Ž which include snakes, glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, booby traps, snappers, trick matches that produce spark, cigarette loads and auto burglar arms. € Customers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by a parent. € You can shoot your sparkers in your yard, but not at parks or beaches. € You cannot buy/sell fireworks on your own property unless you have a permit. € Violation can lead to one year in prison, $1,000 fine, and court costs.

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DECEMBER 31, 2011THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Sometimes you never know or quite understand why people do what they do. This year we have seen a lot of crimes that were heinous, mind boggling, or just outright ridiculous. Here are the bizarre crimes of the year. Man Says IThought that Lady was DeadŽAfter Raping Unconscious Woman Kansas City, MOMelvin L. Jackson, 48, was caught raping an unconscious woman on the sidewalk in broad daylight. Witnesses were able to get the police at the scene and Jackson was arrested. Jacksons excuse was,I thought that lady was dead,Ž which sadly did not help at all.After regaining consciousness, the lady said she walking down the sidewalk with her friend, but passed out on a shady area after feeling light-headed. She did not recall any raping while she was unconscious. Jackson is charged with felony of sexual assault. Woman Kills the Man She Met Through Craigslist The body of Daniel Stuart Somerson was found decomposing with multiple stab wounds at his house. The killer behind the death of the 53-year-old was Latoya KorrenJordan, 24, who had been living with the victim for about three months. Detectives say Jordan had been using Craigslist as a means to meet with middle-aged men and live with them. She moved in with the men not for sex, but just to simply live off of them. Before Jordan moved in, Somerson had lived alone and was divorced. A neighbor described him as a very isolated person and that he did not associate himself with others much. Investigators believe that Jordan may have lashed out at Somerson after a dispute. She had confessed to killing Somerson and said that she will not be killing again. Also Investigators dont know if Jordan had killed others in the past. Man Tries to Set Girlfriend on Fire with Gasoline, But Lighter Fails Michael P. Sutherland, 49, was getting kicked out his girlfriends home because he wasnt paying any of the bills. Two days later, she woke up and saw that her front door was open. When she went to close it, Sutherland appeared and started dousing her in gasoline, report says. He then tried to set her on fire with a lighter, but it would not ignite no matter how hard he tried. So he ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife, and stabbed her in the chest. His girlfriend was able to escape and called 911, while driving to a nearby hospital. Police found Sutherland shirtless and walking down the street as they were driving to the home. He was reeking of gasoline and was arrested for attempted second-degree murder. He was sentenced to ten years in prison. Burglar Breaks into Car and Goes to Sleep Joe Jesus German, 19, was reported breaking into numerous vehicles and stealing property from them. The burglary came to a halt when German decided to take a break in the back of a white Infinity, according to the report. Instead of a short nap, German fell into a deep sleep. The owner of the vehicle didnt even realize anybody was in the car until he took it for a drive. When German was finally spotted sound asleep in the back seat, the owner called the police.When police arrived, German was taken into custody. The property stolen and several keys to the vehicles that were broken into were also found. Police said they did not have to look far to find evidence. Man Goes to Meet Woman From Facebook Who Starts Shooting at Him Christopher Harris said he usually used Twitter, but when he went back on Facebook recently for just two days, he met someone and both agreed to meet each other. When Harris went to meet his date, he didnt find a woman but a man standing at the end of a dimly lit, deadend street. The man pulled out a gun and started to shoot at him. Harris said that he had watched James Bond the day before and with that in mind, he put the car in reverse and stepped on the pedal. As he tried to pull out, he hit a fence and slammed the rear end of his car into a tree. Harris successfully got away and called police to report the incident. Officers logged onto Facebook to find the profile of the woman that Harris was suppose to meet, but the profile had been already deleted. Im not going back to Facebook...Im staying on Twitter. Stuff like that dont happen on Twitter,Ž said Harris. He is hoping that police or anybody with any information help him in tracking down the man who created the fake Facebook page. Woman Stabs Couples Baby After Being Denied Bread Slices Kenneshia Thurman, 18, knocked on her neighbors door around 7 p.m. one night to ask for a favor. She asked the young couple that answered the door for two slices of bread. Thurman became angry when the couple refused. She tried to keep them from closing the door, but the couple eventually forced the door shut. Thurman went back home and came back with a knife. She ended up forcing her way into the couples apartment and started swinging the knife at the woman, who was holding her 2-month-old baby. The knife made contact with the babys forehead and left a small cut. Police came and witnesses of the apartment all gave the same story. Thurman told police she did not mean to cut the baby, but she was trying to stab the mother. The baby was treated on the spot and Thurman was arrested. Man Kills Woman and Uses Her Wedding Rings to Propose to Girlfriend Chicago, ILA neighbor drove by the house of Virginia Perillo, 73, and saw that the garage was open with her body on the ground. Police came and saw that she was beaten to death with her face smashed. A watch was left at the scene, which police found belonged to Raymond Harris, 36. DNA evidence led to his arrest and police found out Harris had stolen Perillos wedding and engagement rings after killing her, which he later used to propose to his girlfriend five days later. Records show that he was on parole after serving 14 years of his 30 year sentence on charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson. Student Meets Thief Who Tried to Sell Her Bike Online A 25-year-old student noticed that her bicycle had been missing when she returned home from a bar. She filed a police report and decided to go on Craigslist, an internet site for locally buying and exchanging goods, to see if she would come across somebody selling her bike. To her surprise, she found a photo of her bike with the same red handle bar tapes and water bottle holder. She set up an appointment with the seller to see the bike, so that she could test rideŽ it. When she met up with him, he let her ride it and she immediately knew it was hers. She then rode it down to her car, threw it in, and drove off. After taking possession of her bike again, she called the cops and gave them the address to the thief. Denzel ONeal Crawford, 18, was arrested and confessed to stealing the bike. He was released on bond.

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DECEMBER 31, 2011THE STARPR 1 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n Looking Back on Memorable Moments of 2011 ALL AFRICAN -AMERICAN POLO TEAM WINS NATIONAL TITLE A polo team from Philadelphia made history in central Virginia when they became the first all African-American team to win a national title. The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took home the gold after beating out the crew from Baltimore in the National Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center. The top polo players say it feels great to be a part of this monumental achievement in their sport.The Philly team also had to beat out groups from California, Texas and Canada to be named the champions. Tony Hansberry IIIn the ninth grade, Tony Hansberry II created a stitching technique that can be used to reduce surgical complications. Now as a senior at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts, hes hoping to become a neurosurgeon someday.BET.com Steve Jobs56 year old co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, died on October 5. Jobs helped in changing the technology industry through overseeing the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and the company's Apple Retail Stores. Saheela IbraheemFifteen-year-old Saheela Ibraheem from New Jersey became a member of Harvard Universitys class of 2015. Of the students admitted to the college this year, 11.8 percent were AfricanAmerican„ a possible record for Harvard.

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DECEMBER 31, 2011PREP RAP PR 2 Resolve To Stay Connected To Friends And Family In The New Year(StatePoint) Despite round-the-clock access to text messaging, email and social networking sites, meaningful connections sometimes seem harder to come by than ever these days. While it is easy to let all your friends and family know about your new promotion or engagement with a status update online, dont forget the importance of personal correspondence in todays digital age. This year, resolve to connect better with your close friends and family. Here are some tips to help you keep in touch: € Start the year off right by wishing your loved ones health and happiness with New Year cards. Consider personalizing the cards with photos of you and your family. € Make appointments for important phone calls that are easy to put off. If you have an actual appointment, you cant and wont forget to give Mom and Dad a call. Better yet, make it a standing weekly ritual you will all look forward to each week. € Want to tell a friend whats new? Send a note on personalized stationery. You will really brighten the day of your recipient with a card sent in the mail,Ž advises Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store. € Throw a party. Nothing beats good old fashioned face-to-face communication. So gather all your loved ones together for a party at your house. There will be time enough to make meaningful conversation, and complete your duties as host. € For the really important milestones like birth announcements and engagements, youll want to let your friends hear about it directly from you. Sites like www.minted.com have the tools youll need to personalize your announcements. Life is short. So whether you want to create or improve your connections with family and friends, there is no better time than the present to get started.Resolve To Be More Organized In The New Year(StatePoint) If youre feeling stressed out by lifes daily dose of details, its time to get organized. Whether its your schedule, your house, or your photos in a jumble, theres no time like the New Year to resolve to organize your life. And there are many new, technological tools out there to help. Organize Your Schedule When it comes to your schedule, are you still stuck on sticky notes? Its time to go digital so you can access your information when and where you need it. A mobile and online calendar and organizer can help you stay on top of your schedule by consolidating your family members calendars and lists all in one place. Consider a service that is available as an app on your mobile phone or tablet (as well as online) and synchronizes with your Outlook calendar. For example, Cozi (www.cozi.com), an online and mobile calendar and organizer for families, sends users email and text reminders about upcoming events and tasks, and helps manage meal planning and shopping lists. With reminders coming directly to your phone about what to pick up for dinner or what time the school play begins, you wont miss a beat. Simplify Errands If after a full season of holiday activities you could use an extra hand getting your home, pantry and family back in order, consider using services like Alice.com, an online marketplace for household essentials. Its all about simplifying errands and restocking your shelves with the essentials you need, saving you time, money and trips to the store. For the primary shopper of the family, getting stocked up doesnt have to mean running from store to store,Ž says Mark McGuire, President and Co-Founder of Alice.com. There are faster, more cost-efficient ways to shop for everyday items, and with one less errand to run, shoppers will have more free time to enjoy for themselves or with their families.Ž Such services help budget-conscious shoppers with competitive pricing, free delivery, instant coupons and simple management of household goods. Alice.com, for example, even has a free iPhone app as well, so you can stay organized on the go. Organize Your Memories If you love your camera or smartphone, you probably already have a ton of photos and videos that need to be organized. You dont have to do the hard work if you choose a hosting site to protect, backup and share your photos. Be sure to pick one that has unlimited upload capability and privacy customization options. Whether youre sharing photos with Grandma, or running a business, a site like SmugMug (www.smugmug.com) lets you set the look of your site or gallery. Theres no need to feel harried by the myriad details of managing your household. With a little work and the right tools, you can stay on top of your tasks in the new year. (c) Monkey Business Fotolia.com (c) mangostock Fotolia.com

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DECEMBER 31, 2011THE STARPR 4 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n Five Secrets Of Highly Optimistic Americans(StatePoint) Do you want to start the New Year with a renewed sense of optimism? Do optimistic people think or behave differently? A new study recently uncovered the secrets of optimistic people who feel in control of their lives. One key to achieving optimism and lowering stress levels is to find ways to take greater control over your life, say researchers. Sixty-six percent of Americans now say they feel in control of their lives, and their lives are headed in the right direction, according to Lincoln Financial Groups MOOD of AmericaŽ study. So how can you be more like them? Grasp the Future Surprisingly, researchers uncovered several consistent behaviors and attitudes that are strongly associated with feeling in control of ones life -all of which revolve around not letting money or your job define who you are. Upbeat Americans are driven by a mindset that they can always find ways to solve problems. And they seem to have struck the right balance between finding time for fun things they enjoy and taking the necessary steps to secure their futures. Americans who feel in control of their destinies share a common mindset focused on positive, constructive behaviors every day,Ž said Mark Konen, president of Insurance and Retirement Solutions for Lincoln Financial Group. Simple Steps to Optimism The good news is there are certain behaviors you can adopt to positively impact your life. Consider these top five behaviors of Americans who feel in control of their lives: € They value and cultivate personal relationships. € They volunteer in their communities and give to charity. € They take quiet time to be alone and think. € They exercise and spend time on hobbies. € They adhere to budgets and save for retirement. Not surprisingly, those who said they felt in control have taken concrete steps to build financial security, such as establishing retirement accounts and owning other financial products, including life insurance. They are also more likely to stay within their budgets and save money from every paycheck, regardless of amount. Its Not About Money One of the secrets of optimistic Americans, according to the research, is they are not driven by the desire to be wealthy. Instead, Americans in chargeŽ consider financial freedom -having enough money to do what they want -to be four to five times more important than being wealthy. The combination of traits that apply to take charge Americans shows these people strike the right balance,Ž says Konen. They value alone time, but also invest in relationships with friends and family. They enjoy leisure time but make time to sit down with their paperwork and adhere to budgets.Ž More details from the new survey can be found at LincolnFinancial.com/surveys. According to the new research, the key to optimism is adopting a mindset centered on the fact that its squarely within your power to control your destiny. While you must take steps to build a secure future, its equally important to take time to enjoy life.Recycle Those Old Electronics(SPM Wire) You may be coveting that latest and greatest cell phone or tablet computer, but what should you do with your old ones? Each year, Americans generate approximately 2.4 million tons of used electronics, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration. Dont toss them out with the trash. Instead, recycle electronics at a certified "eCycling" facility, which lessens pollution and helps supports local jobs. Improper disposal of electronics, such as illegal dumping, can harm people and the environment through the release of such substances as lead and mercury. For more information about eCycling and to find local drop-off points, visit www.epa.gov and search for eCycling.Ž



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After 25 years on the air Monday through Friday, Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to her many viewers. Her last few weeks she shared time with many popular celebrities and gave away many gifts. And then she told them, I wont say goodbye, Ill just say until we meet again. To God be the glory. Oprah Winfrey Network is now on the air. Three young women were arrested in connection with the shooting of a 13-year-old girl during a fight over a boy, according to reports. Officers say they believe two men fired dozens of shots at the time. Maya Smith, the 13-year old victim is in stable condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center after being shot twice during an altercation at the Westlake apartment complex on 103rd Street. One of those charged is Lamonica Smith, 24, the victim's older sister. Lamonica Smith, the older sister, Christine King, 22, and Adonia Jones, 22, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child neglect and giving false information to an officer. Lamonica Smith is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Voters in Jacksonvilles minority communities were able to see what it is like to vote. Alvin Brown was not even expected to be in a run off. But he was and he won over his major opponent to become the first Black mayor for the City of Jacksonville and the first Democrat in 20 years. www.thefloridastar.com Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store Have The Star Delivered The Florida Star P. O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 The Florida Star, The Georgia Star! Impact Radio AM1360 (904) 766-8834 SINCE 1951 SPORTS B-4Talk of the Town -A-4PrepRap Our Youth Crime & Justice Florida B-1 Looking at 2011 to Gain Knowledge Oprahs Farewell after 25 years for OWN TV Heavy D, who passed away last month, died of a pulmonary embolism. An autopsy conducted after Heavy died on November 9, 2011, revealed that the deadly embolism was the result of a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lungs. The hip hop community continues to mourn this great musical loss. Heavy D was 44 years of age. Initial reports indicated that the rapper had trouble breathing shortly before he collapsed at his home in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering from pneumonia. TMZ reports that the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed that the official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism "caused by deep leg vein thrombosis." TMZ also says Heavy suffered from coronary heart diseasea possible "contributing factor." Those We Lost We should not moan. We should celebrate the lives of those who were able to share and enjoy their music, their talents, their love. We know them or we know of them because they gave to us. Nickolas Ashford Delphenia Mainor Carter Katye Cash Martina Davis-Correia Heavy D Troy Davis Nate Dogg Cuddy Dudley Joe Frazier Fred Hampton Sr. Gil Scott-Heron Gladys Horton Steve Jobs Rev. William Jones Stetson Kennedy Rev. Dr. Robert Leggett Clara Luper Gertrude Hoffman Peele Pinetop Perkins Beatrice Lawrence Reid Willie Big Eyes Smith Rev. Eddie Staton Howard Tate Clarice Taylor Dr. Derya E. Williams Vesta Williams Girl 13 shot near end of 2011. Was it all about him? Several Arrested Jacksonville Gets First Black Mayor Voting Rights Act Activist Celebrates her 100th Birthday Christine M. King Adonia Jones Lamonica Smith Brittany C. Myers Eric Jackson Joshua King Dr. Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson has been a champion of rights and justice for the people since the 1930s. She drafted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on her table in Selma, Alabama. Worlds Most Wanted killed by U.S.; Rebels Kill Gaddafi Beyonce Goes Into Labor At New York City Hospital?Beyonce might become a mom sooner than expected. Rumor has it the the singer will give birth at New York City's St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital any day now. According to RadarOnline.com, staff at the hospital have been alerted that a "high profile" patient will be checking in sometime this week. The hospital's luxurious Labor and Delivery suite has also been booked by an unnamed "celebrity VIP." The location is the perfect hideaway for celebrity clientele boasting views of the Hudson River andmidtown Manhattan. If she does give birth at St. Luke's, Bey will follow in the footsteps of Alicia Keys who had her son Egypt at the hospital last October. Despite the pressure of becoming a father for the first time, Jay seems to be playing it cool, showing up at a New Jersey Nets game last night without a care in the world. Other reports stated that Beyonce was scheduled to give birth in February, but with all the controversy surrounding her pregnancy, she may have wanted to throw off the press. She expected to give birth to a girl, but has yet to confirm the sex of the baby. Heavy Ds Death Cause

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2011 A Year of Verbal Attacks on Black Leadership and A Year of VictoryBy Cheryl A. WilliamsJacksonville, Fl. For the intertwined national and local political landscape; it was a year of leadership attacks, embarrassments, successes 2011 was also a year when the community became a vocal advocate for the interests of the so called average American. The Attacks on Leadership I cannot recall there being such public verbal and disrespectful attacks on elected leaders and the black community. President Barack Obama bore the brunt of it. The first example of an attack is from Mark Halperin a well-respected journalist, employed by Time magazine and a contributor to CNN news network had the audacity to call the president of the United States, a male organ. (It starts with a d) In the same vein, a Tea Party group uploaded a picture of the skunk that is described as President Obama on its website. They suggest, a skunk looks appropriate to replace the eagle. The skunk has become a symbol of the U.S. presidency. Apparently, the skunk is an animal that is black and white, foul-smelling, the color of the animals skin is considered the same as Obama who were the offspring of blacks and whites. Thomas Hymer who maintains the regulatory site of the Tea Party defended allegations that racist statement. He said, the statement Tea Party is just a mere allusion to President Obama, a satirical statement. I aint laughing. Perhaps we should write to and boycott a few media outlets. We must not forget Donald Trump and Rick Perry along with others, making a stink beginning about President Obama not being a real American citizen (This past week that lawsuit was thrown out.) This is racist nonsense. But the attacks on the president Obama was not limited to non Blacks. Tavis Smiley and Cornell West in my opinion; by their many negative comments concerning President Obama. Has set the tone for, made a platform for, and should take responsibility for creating a environment that makes some in white America feel welcome to verbally and vulgarly attacking the first black president of the United States. Tavis and Cornell, what is your problem? I and many others just think that you men are jealous of President Obama. (I am just saying!) Attacks on the Poor. Who can forget Newt Gingrichs statement 'Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works.' He stated further, 'So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of "I do this and you give me cash"... unless it's illegal.' Mr. Gingrich further asserted that putting the poorest children to work cleaning schools can teach them responsibility and work ethics. He also alluded in his statement that poor communities aspire to be pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. Statewide political attacks are in motion. Governor Rick Scott has and is also pushing to mandate legislation that would to privatize prisons which is prompting a lawsuit and an ethics complaint.) He signed a bill barring doctors from talking to their patients about guns in the home (which was blocked by a federal judge in September) -and he pushed for, then signed a law requiring welfare recipients to get drug tested, and pay for it (it was denied.) Then of course, there is the on going redistricting plan. In May, Scott signed one of the most restrictive voting laws in the U.S. -reducing the early voting period from 14 days to eight, which is expected to affect black voters and churches, by taking the Sunday before Election Day off the calendar; imposing tough new restrictions and penalties on organizations that register people to vote, and forcing anyone who has to change their voter registration information on election day to cast a provisional ballot. The good news is that, the amendments ultimately were submitted to the Justice Department for approval by the state legislature this spring, though two members of Congress, Republican Mario Diaz Balart, who is CubanAmerican, and Democrat Corinne Brown, who is African-American, have filed their own lawsuit to try and stop redistricting reform, saying it would reduce minority representation in Florida's congressional delegation. Thank God for Congress Woman Corrine Brown.Verbal Attacks (continued on page A-6)PAGE A-2 THESTAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 OPINIONS OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA JACKSON McLAUGHLIN MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING G. ABRAMS, DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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JACKSONVILLE, FL AGER, Mabel, died December 22, 2011. BAILEY, Betty Wynonia, 80, died December 18, 2011. BENNETT, Johnny Scott, 51, died December 22, 2011. BESELER, Paul Richard Dick, 80, died December 19, 2011. BLAND, Dallas, 87, died December 21, 2011. BOUIE, Ethel, died December 22, 2011. BOWMAN, Marjorie Laverne, 69, died December 23, 2011. BROWN, Tony, died December 22, 2011. BRUCE, Annie Bell, died December 23, 2011. BUTLER, Georgie, died December 24, 2011. BYRTS, Harold Donald, died December 20, 2011. BYRTS, Josephine, died December 25, 2011. CASSEL, Esther A., 87, died December 24, 2011. CHARLES, Henry, III, 50, died December 23, 2011. COBB, Angela, died December 20, 2011. CONTI, John, Jr., 89, died December 17, 2011. CORE, Venita Johns, 80, died December 21, 2011. CRUZ, Daniel, 72, died December 18, 2011. DAVIS Dr. John Clement, Sr., 75, died December 21, 2011. DOZIER Eugenia, 49, died December 18, 2011. FAULK, Joseph C., 81, died December 24, 2011. FLOYD, Sharon, died December 26, 2011. FORD, Nancy, died December 20, 2011. GATLIN, Cheryl, died December 23, 2011. GILMAN, Laura, died December 25, 2011. GLASPER, Johnnie, 55, died December 25, 2011. GRACIN LaTasha died December 24, 2011. GREEN, Osie, died December 27, 2011. HAGLER, Dorothy Dennis, 88, died December 22, 2011. HANNAH, Sheadrick Kenyetta, died December, 20, 2011. HARRIS, John, died December 25, 2011. HASKINS, John A., 21, died December 18, 2011. HICKS, Julia Ann, 84, died December 18, 2011. HUGHES, Gladys, died December 21, 2011. JAMESON, Eula Mae, died December 19, 2011. KING, Minnie Louise Bryd, died December 20, 2011. KNADLE, Elaine M., 89, died December 19, 2011. LYONS, Eleanor Highsmith, 79, died December 20, 2011. MAPP, Iris Lanise, died December 20, 2011. McKINNEY, Terry, died December 18, 2011. MEDLOCK, Doris E., 77, died December 21, 2011. MOORE, James R., 69, died December 23, 2011. MORLE, Faith, died December 26, 2011. MOSLEY, Mary Alice, 91, died December 24, 2011. ODOMS, Margie, died December 22, 2011. PAYNE, Dr. Philip M., II, died December 22, 2011. PERKINS, James L., died December 26, 2011. PHILLIPS, Erie, died December 19, 2011. POWERS, Townsend, died December 21, 2011. PRITCHARD John E., died December 24, 201 1. REISINGER Gary, 47, died December 23, 2011. ROBERTS, Thelma, died December 20, 2011. SPEARMAN, Robert, Jr., died December 21, 2011. SULLIVAN Daisy V., 88, died December 23, 2011. TYSON, Freddie, Sr., 86, died December 26, 2011. WEAVER, Virginia, 88, died December 24, 2011. WILLIAMS, Marian Johnson, died December 26, 2011. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. 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 Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday 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. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyBishop 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 DECEMBER 31, 2011 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~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. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick 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. Mathew 28:19-20 Complete Funeral ............................ $3,595.00(includes Service and Standard Casket)* Full Funeral w/Viewing Followed by Cremation .......................$2,195.00 Direct Cremation ................................ $795.00 We Offer Prearranged FuneralsPrices Subject to Change==========================================================3031 Moncrief Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 353-4434 (904) 354-6642 (904) 353-4437 Fax 877-4CLPAGE Tollfree www.CLPageMortuary.com C. L. Page Mortuary C. L. Page Mortuary Carla L. Page, L.F.D. Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater ElBeth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Austin Christian Academy for the Development of Excellence and Leadership, Inc. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) 12th Grade Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a quality education program aimed to help your child enter school prepared and ready to learn. All children 4 years old on or before September 1, 2010 and eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2011 will qualify! A Florida Drivers License and the childs Birth Certificate are required for enrollment. A Social Security number for the child is also preferred, if available. 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Please contact the office of St. Paul (6910 New Kings Road) at 7642755 for additional information. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor. FIRST CHURCH located at 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast, is "Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." First Church will focus on "The Beloved Community," inviting diverse people of various ethnicities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy during the service at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on January 15. Everyone is welcome to celebrate diversity because "Martin focused on people coming together," said the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor of First Church. The service will be amid an illustrated sermon, special music, liturgical dance, facilitated discussion and a fellowship reception. First Church can be reached at 386-4465759. Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO "Bring Me to your Church or Organization Ministry Music Mentoring Great for youth and young adults ( Honorarium or Donations required.) Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com

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PAGE A-4 THE STAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 Talk of the Town! E kaabo(pronounced eh-kah-bow).Welcome. By Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer P P A A S S T T P P R R E E S S E E N N T T F F U U T T U U R R E E FUTUREA BIRDIETOLDMEthat the drumming son of a trumpeting father, both well known Jacksonvillians, is engaged to be married! The uber-talented young man has been in a committed relationship for some time. However, in the words of Beyonce, if you like it then you better put a ring on it. And he did while visiting his fiances family in South Carolina during the Christmas holiday. The birdie witnessed the down-on-bended-knee-ritual, the ask, the yes, and the ROCK that sealed the promise. This native son is famous in the world of rock music. Ive caught him on Letterman with his band Yellow Card (oops, TMI) and playing with an American Idol runner up (whose initials are Adam Lambert, oh shoot, I mean A. L.), signature locks flying around his head as he bops to the rhythm and bangs the drums with concentrated intensity. Ive known this guy since his childhood, so excuse me for shedding a tear (sniff, sniff). I wish you the best, LPIII. OMG, oh well, the cats out of the bag now (as if the photo didnt)! TALKOFTHETOWN! congratulates the newly betrothed couple, Longineu W. Parsons, III and Joan Murray PRESENTLONGINEUBRINGINGINTHENEWYEARATJAZZLANDCAFE. Carole Freeman is excited to announce the return of internationally acclaimed jazzman, Longineu Parsons, Jr. (father of the afore-mentioned affianced young man, as if you didnt know) and the Longineu Parsons Ensemble to her Jazzland Caf on New Years Eve. Joining Longineu is Von Barlow on drums, Doug Carn on piano, and Delorian Fullington on bass. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and toast the New Year with a glass of champagne at midnight. Call now for reservations, (904) 240-1009. For more information, visit their website at jazzlandcafe.com PASTSURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE. GLORIAGROOMES. This is Your Life! Family and friends recently gathered to surprise Gloria Groomes at a birthday bash held at the beautiful Oak Leaf Village Club House in Orange Park, Florida. The event was planned by daughter R esa Groomes-Micheaux with assistance from, among others, son, Clint Groomes and friend of 30 years, Rosalind Joseph. Rosalind prepa red Gloria one month before the affair, by telling her that they were going to a gala for her birthday. They arrived resplendent in magnificent red dresses in honor of the season. After the traditional birthday song, Ok Sun Burks and yours truly sang a Nigerian birthday song, a special request of the honoree. The great D.J., fabulous food, and a video collage of Glorias memorable moments made for a fun and enjoyable evening.TALKOFTHETOWN! A Pictorial Review First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Jacksonville NAS Nathaniel Glover, Jr. smiles as he becomes the 29th President of Edward Waters College Site of Kingsley Plantation slave burial ground. "Omi tutu, ona tutu, ile iku tutu, eegun tutu." Rest in peace. Gloria Groomes arrives followed by friend, Rosalind Joseph The honoree and the "co-conspirators" in charge of getting her to the surprise party. The honoree with handsome son, Clinton "Clint" Groomes. The honoree with her lookalike daughter, Resa GroomesMichaeux Ok Sun and Chloe Burks and TALK OF THE TOWN!'s Frances Bradley Dr. and Mrs. Felix Acholonu at the Nigerian Independence Day Party Music legends Calvin Newborn (L) and "Sleepy" Gilliard at Jazzland Cafe Mayor Alvin Brown and Florida Black Expo's Darren Thomas "Summer Girlz, Some Are Not" June to October birthday celebrants at the Jacksonville Film Festival Lloyd Pearson (L), civil rights icon, with Frances Bradley and cousin James Burroughs at "Black Angels Over Tuskegee"

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Around The Area Around The Area PAGE A-6 THE STAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 Verbal Attacks (continued from page A-2) Political EmbarrassmentsThis year Herman Cain ended his journey for the Republican Presidential bid in very messy way. His bid ended only after three women can forth, with accusations of sexual harassment and alleged inappropriate sexual behavior. The final accusation of a 13-year extramarital affair with Ginger White, Cain has decided to remove his name from the presidential ticket. Cain has denied any inappropriate relationship with White. After this big announcement Cain said, "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family. I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me." Whether you are for Mr. Cain or not, I just believe that AfricanAmericans as a people must carry our selves with a standard of dignity and morality. When we lower that standard, we give platform to the Mark Halperns and Newt Gingrichs in this world to denigrate us. Successes On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Alvin Brown, made history as the first black ever elected mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. Brown defeated businessman Mike Hogan, a Republican, by about 1,600 votes. Mayor Brown is the first Democrat in the mayor's seat since Ed Austin was elected in 1991.This win was extraordinary because Mayor Brown pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory with strong support from AfricanAmericans and longtime Republicans. In his first 100 days he is strategically fulfilling his campaign promises. President Obama had history making successes. Obama is responsible for the operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, backed policies that led to the overthrow of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, toughened the U.S. stance against China, helped block Palestinian membership at the United Nations, extended the payroll tax cut agreement and formally ended the Iraq War. Kudos, Mr. President you and your fine family serve and represent America and the African American community with excellence, honor, grace and beauty. I and my colleges appreciate you. We are praying for you. Community Advocacy Finally 2011 was a year when the people became advocates for themselves. The Occupy Movement started on Wall Street and spread through out the word. They are calling attention to the 99% which is an acronym, for the middle/working/poor in America. There were many issues they were addressing but I believe the core issue is that the working class and middle class matters and they need to be addressed. In September 2011 the Jacksonville community fought city hall and won. Multiple community groups along with Save Our Public Libraries, Inc. facilitated the recruitment of neighborhood leaders, and contacted government officials to advocate legislation. The efforts of the community successfully resulted in the librarys fiscal year 2011-2012 budget of $1.7 million being restored by the Jacksonville City Council, no jobs were lost and no libraries were closed. The roller coaster that was 2011 is past. We must focus on the future. Lets resolve to get involved, rise up a standard of political responsibility. Resolve to actively contact your elected officials and hold them to their promises and their duty to make our community a better place. I will suggest a community advocacy strategy next week.___________________________________________________________________ Cheryl Williams is a Community Organizer, Community Advocate, Public Relations Consultant, Film Maker and Lobbyist who resides in Jacksonville, Florida The International Longshoremans Association Local 1408 75th Anniversary Celebration The International Longshoreman's Association Local 1408 celebrated its 75th Anniversary, December 3, 2011, at the Hyatt River Front Hotel. Over 1000 Members, Sponsors, Family and Friends attended this event. Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Officer Pamberton Anthony Tony Hill, City of Jacksonville, Benny Holland Jr., Executive Vice President ILA Executive Council, Clyde Fitzgerald, President South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, Rev. Landon Williams, Charles Spencer, Executive Vice President South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, and Michael Dickens, Secretary Treasurer South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District Charlene Jones, Pat Felder, Kins Holzendorf, R. Kim Lockley, Betty Holzendory, Charzetta Small, Derrick Small Mr. & Mrs. Claude Boatwright, Linda Barney, Latonya Holliday, Reginald Parker, Tiffney Parker, Roosevelt Williams, Sherine Davis, Sylvia Smith, Lady Elouise S. Bolden. Jadene King, Congresswoman Corrine Brown John A. Cohen and Hank Taylor Florida Representative Mia Jones and George C. Davis Cynthia Ross, Faye Hurley, Barbara Hurley, Carlas Akins-Thomas, Joutu Ray, James Ray Erika Jones, Niko Jones, Jossie Jones, Ike Jones, Laconnetta Weston, James Burroughs Michael Reed, Congresswoman Corrine Brown Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Wife, Natasha Stokes, and Thomas Cook Executive Board Members Jann Clark, Fred Wakefield, Lorenzo Spencer, William Merriman, Nathaniel Chess Gardner, Romia Johnson, Gary McCray, Terrance Gilbert Baron Rivers, Kimberly Rivers, Minnie Candady, Troy Canady, Wilbor Holloway, Ruth Clemons, Eugene Hawkins, Anita Fields Samuel Chandler, Lawerance Gordan, Nathaniel Garden (VP ILSA), and Christopher Garden Charles Spencer Tonya Simmons, Barbara Peterson, Sharon Whitfield, and Valerie Glover

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDASECTION B The Good The Bad The Sad Jennifer Carroll Jennifer Carroll (born August 27, 1959) is a Trinidadian-born American politician who is the 18th and current Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Florida. The first African American and the first woman elected to the position, she assumed the office on January 4, 2011. Carroll previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 until 2010. Bill Lester Became the first black driver to win a Grand-Am Road Racing event, teaming with Jordan Taylor to top the Rolex Series' GT class in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway. Drugs, shooting and murders within four days in Jacksonville and Brunswick Medics and officers clear scene where three were killed and toddler injured at apartment complex. Pastor Zachery Tims, Jr., 42, of Destiny Christian Center near Orlando, FL was found dead in his hotel room. A white powdery substance was found in the room and police said there were no signs of trauma and did not suspect foul play. Tims grew up as a drug addict and claims he was saved from his drug addiction. Frank Hampton set the stage for this citys fights against unfairness. He was born in Jacksonville on January 2, 1923 and died here on June 24, 2011. He was a successful businessman, who was recognized as one of Duval Countys self made Black millionaires. He owned several small businesses including Hampton Fuel Oil, Gulf Service Station, now Shell, Hampton Villa Apartment Jacksonville, Hampton Villa Mount Dora, H and I Advertising and Public Relations, and other real estate. But Mr. Hampton was not just an entrepreneur, he was a real civic leader. Nick Ashford, who with wife Valerie Simpson wrote such legendary Motown songs as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand," has died after a prolonged battle with throat cancer, his publicist announced. He was 70. William Stetson Kennedy After a lifetime championing human rights, cultural heritage and environmental stewardship, author and activist Stetson Kennedy, 94, passed away on August 27, 2011. He was a former employee of The Florida Star Newspaper Company. Eddie Staton, founder of MADDADS. In 1989, Mr. Staton, along with a small group of Omaha, NE men, developed the overall strategy, philosophy and direction behind the MAD DADS organization. MAD DADS is an acronym for: Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social-disorder. Nathaniel Boots Williams, one of the Bold Youth City Coaches died on March 22, 2011. On Black Friday 2011, a woman used pepper spray on fellow shoppers, causing minor injuries to at least 10 people who had been waiting hours for Black Friday savings. It was later reported that the incident caused 20 injuries. The incident started as people waited in line for the new Xbox 360. A witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line. The witness said she pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people in line. Another account stated: "The store had brought out a crate of discounted Xbox video game players, and a crowd had formed to wait for the unwrapping, when the woman began spraying people 'in order to get an advantage,' according to the police. In an incident outside a Walmart store in San Leandro, California, one man was wounded after being shot following Black Friday shopping at about 1:45am.

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333NYE: MASQU NOIR, Sunday, January 01, 2012, MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.366.6911 for additional information. New Year's and Gator Bowl Celebration, on Monday, January 02, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For any information call 904.353.1188. BUDWEISER TAILGATE PARTY: Monday, January 02, 2012, EverBank Field, 1 Everbank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6100 for all information. Downtown Top to Bottom Walking Tour, thisTuesday, January 03, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.353.1188. WICKED: Wednesday January 04, 2012, Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for additional information. Community Activities, Contd.PAGE B 2 THE STAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 Community Activities Help keep memories alive for families coping with ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. Family members are asked to share their experiences with loved ones who have Alzheimer's disease or other dementias for a chance to win a special family reunion (valued at up to $10,000) through the I Will Remember for You Family Reunion Giveaway.The grand prize winner will be publicly revealed in November, 2012,following the family reunion event. For more contest details, go to www.rememberforalzheimers.com. New Years Eve Downtown Block Party! Saturday, December 31, 2011, at Mark's Downtown Club/Lounge, 315 East Bay Street, Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.5099 for more information. New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular, thisSaturday, December 31, 2011, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for additional information. NEW YEAR'S AND GATOR BOWL CELEBRATION: Sunday, January 01, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more nformation call 904.353.1188. ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES PNEUMONIA, VIRAL GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: An acute lung infection caused by a virus. The infection causes tissues of the lungs to become inflamed and filled with liquid. BODY PARTS INVOLVED Lower respiratory tract (bronchial tues, brobchioles and lungs). *Upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, tonsils, sinuses, trachea and larynx). SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED: Both sexes; all ages. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Fever and chills. *Muscles aches and atigue. *Cough, with or without sputum or croup. *Rapid,labored (sometimes) breathing. *Chest Pain. *Sore throat. *Loss of appetite. *Enlarged lymph glands in the neck. CAUSES: Virus infections, including influenza, chickenpox and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (especially in adults), respiratory viruses, measles and cytomegalovirus (especially in infants). RISK INCREASES WITH Newborns and infants. *Adults over 60. *Asthma. *Cystic fibrosis. *Inhalation of a foreign body into the lung. *Smoking. *Crowded or unsanitary living conditions. HOW TO PREVENT Annual flu vaccines recommended for high-risk people (heart or lung dis ease, other chronic diseases, medical personnel and over age 65). *Measles vaccination for children. WHAT TO EXPECT DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Your own observation of symptoms. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor. *Laboratory blood studies. *X-rays of chest. APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE Self-care after diagnosis. *Doctors treatment, *Hospitalization (rare). POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Usually curable in a few days to a week. Postviral fatigue is common. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES Use of cool-mist, ultrasonic humidifier to increase air moisture. Putting medicine in the vaporizer probably will not help. Clean humidifier daily. *Use a heating pad or warm compresses on the chest to relieve chest pain. *Coughing and deep breathing is encouraged to help clear secretions. Dispose of secretions carefully. MEDICATION Your doctor may prescribe: Antiviral medication such as amantadine or rimntadine. Acyclovir for herpes pr varicella (chickenpox) infection. Aerosolized ribavirinor for RSV infection. Antibiotics to fight secondary bacterial infections. *For minor pain and fever, you may use non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen or decongestant nose drops, nasal sprays or tablets. ACTIVITY: Bed rest is necessary until fever, pain and shortness of breath have been gone at least 48 hours. Then normal activity may be resumed slowly. Many people are fatigued and weak up to 6 weeks after recovery, so dont expect a quick return to normal strength. DIET: No special diet, but do everything possible to maintaina normal intake of nutritious foods and drinks. Drink at least 1 full glass of fluid each hour. This helps thin lung secretions so they are easier to cough up. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF You have symptoms of pneumonia. *The following occurs during treatment: Temperature spikes over 102F (38.9C). Intolerable paain, despite medication and heat treatment. Increasing shortness of breath. Increasing blueness of nails and skin. Blood in the sputum. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Stay Mentally Sharp & Fit in 2012 By: Mark Underwood 2012 is upon us and many of us are thinking about what the New Year will bring. This time of year is an occasion to get us thinking about our health specifically brain health. A healthy lifestyle is easy to understand but not everyone realizes the more you work out your brain, the better youll be able to process and remember information. Carve out time to give your brain work outs. You can do that by creating your own health club that includes ongoing learning. Make a commitment to keep learning, no matter what your age or stage of life, and you are automatically improving your brain power. Learning curve College, high school, and elementary school students all the way down to K-4 are continually engaged in stimulating learning experiences. These young students dont have to work on brain fitness because for them, everyday learning is a habit. But thats not true as we grow older. Think of the brains inner workings this way. Some of the circuitsconduits of information and memory slow down. As we decrease our need to keep the brain as fit as a student studying for college exams, the creation of new neural pathways diminishes. So what can you do to have a sharper brain? Plenty. Brain fitness isnt rocket science. Start by making a commitment to learning something new on a regular basis, weekly or daily and then add in other challenging ways to give your brain a regular boost of energy. A growing body of research actually also shows that people who commit to lifelong learning can lower their risk of Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. Jump start your brain power You may not realize it but your brain power has incredible potential when it is sharpenedand kept fit. Theres no better time than now to invest in your brains fitness. As millions of people grow older, many experience age-related changes like forgetfulness or decreased concentration skills. Some people find they have difficulty sleeping and their short-term memory isnt as sharp as it used to be. Did you know your short-term memory is like a scratch-pad for temporary recall of information being processed? In order to understand this sentence your brain needs to remember the beginning as you read move along toward the end and get to the period. About 70 million baby boomers are heading to retirement in the next few years. Many people join health clubs to stay fit and others exercise at home with family and friends. If you are heading to retirement, make sure you continue to exercise your brain. By learning something new you are breaking the way you think about topics and ideas. You are using brain pathways that may not have been used if you hadnt ramped up your brain calisthenics. Brain health tipsa no-brainerHere are some things you can do to keep your brain sharp and fit: Use your senses to learn. Know how you learn best, and then use it to your advantage. Some people learn best with audio tapes, others prefer videos or an in-person classroom. Stay Organized. Take notes. Use both words and pictures. Take advantage of calendars, date books and other organizational tools to help you concentrate while learning. Journal: Record information of your learning milestones by keeping a journal. Writing down your experiences helps build on previous knowledge and creates good retention. Participate in educational experiences. Take an adult education class or enroll in a technical college course. Take up a new hobby People who enjoy life have found new outlets like quilting, woodworking and other hobbies. Take up a new sport Have you thought about learning to ice skate, curl, play badminton, take up golfing or numerous other sports? Your local parks and recreation department probably has numerous opportunities for you along with other community resources. Play board games and puzzles. The more you play the better your mental dexterity will likely become. Its time to stoke the fires of aging in the brain. Build your own health club which includes a variety of brain fitness activities. Its never too late to learn something new and feed an aging brain. Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, Wisconsin focused on the discovery and development of medicines to treat age related memory loss and the diseases of aging. Mark has been taped as an expert in the field of neuroscience for The Wall Street Journal Morning Radio, CBS and CNN Radio among others. Mark is also a contributor to the Brain Health Guide which highlights the research at Quincy Bioscience and offers practical tips to help keep health brain function in aging. Visit www.TheGoodNewsAboutAging.com for more articles and tips for healthy aging.his

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Talent and ambition has a way of standing out and being notice even if it is in a child. Some children are timid background dwellers who shyly hide in the shadows to avoid being singled out due to their own personal issues and lack of self confidence while others boldly step forward oozing with confidence to take the lead. Fourteen year old actor Kevin Hernandez was one of the bold ones early on and was encouraged to develop, direct and pursue his natural talents all the way from the beginning to the professional level. His family relocated to Los Angeles from his native El Salvador when he was four years old. In his latest film The Sitter starring Jonah Hill; Hernandez plays the adopted brother from hell Rodrigo who along with his two misfit siblings terrorizes the baby sitter (Hill) for one night Hernandezs vivid performance in the box office hit film has not only captured the imagination of film goers nationwide resulting in the accumulation of new converts and fans but has awakened the attention of the industry as well. Hernandez is now up and coming in the footsteps and ranks of not only Latino superstars such as George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Jimmy Smits, Paul Rodreguez and others, he is destine to become a teen heart throb like Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson and Taylor Lautner to name some. Hernandezs character Rodrigo was pretty rebellious. What did he learn from playing him? Hernandez states, He was adopted and I learned how it feels to get that anger of not being a part of something. Also how you just come up with stuff and anger. I dont actually act like that in my family so I learned how to improvise and get whats on the top of your mind. He (Rodrigo) likes to mess around. I learned how to make explosions, make fun of other people, be like really mean and call people bad names. He was a really troubled kid and he did a lot of really bad stuff. So I kind of got my evil side from that character. The movie was shot in New York and this was Hernandezs first time in the big apple. What was that like? He warms up to the memory, We had our time to see New York and watch a lot of scenery. I went to the statue of Liberty which was really, really fun. I went to the museum where they show a lot of cool stuff and historic facts and I was just amazed because I had never been on the other side of the United States. I was happy to see that and found it really enjoyable. Hernandez had the privilege to work with master film director David Gordon Green and says of the experience, He taught me a lot. Like in a scene just walking in he would say do this from this perspective and you learn how to come up with stuff. And since it was a comedy movie, its got to be from the top and you just got to learn that Then he says do it again, do it again but this time do it like this, this time do it like that and you get different points of view and you see that its funnier this way. Hes really into it. Hes just not behind the camera; he acts as you so you can see. He impersonates you and says this is what I want. You get a lot from him and hes really funny. How was it to work with Jonah Hill? Hernandez lights up, Hes really nice and funny too. Hes very respectful to whomever is around him and hes always like teaching us stuff, hes really into it. What kind of reaction in general does Hernandez have when hes on set in the presence of major stars and actually working with them/ He laughs, When you see the movies you say to yourself I wonder how it feels like to meet them. But after meeting them, their not like different persons, theyre just like you. They treat you nice and you feel welcomed. He also had a ball bonding with Max Records and Landry Bender the other two children in the movie. Hernandez loves pizza and advises other young people to never give up in whatever you want to do and stay in school. PAGE B-6 THESTAR DECEMBER 31, 2011ENTERTAINMENT Kevin HernandezDynamic Teen Blazing A Fire In Hollywood!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Photos by Jessica Miglig for 20th Century Fox Pictures Radio: After a 20yr stellar career in radio, superstar jock Big Tigger, host of The Big Tigger Morning Show on Washington, DCs WPGC was fired on his 39th birthday last week on Dec. 22nd. Radio, TV and all broadcast related mediums that are political with their on-air talents age and ratings are heartless and cold blooded when the corporate structure hands down the order to drop the axe in the name of the companys profit bottom line. You TV/Radio broadcast majors should keep this in mind and have your back-up career lined up such as a school or university teaching position, consultant, workshop presenter to you name it. The my-job-dependson-ratings game is a shaky one at best! Especially in our youth orientated, try-to-stayyoung looking obsessed society! Awards: The 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards and North American International Auto Show will take place at the Motorcity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI, on Sunday, Jan 8, 2012. The ceremonies will be co-hosted by award winning actress Phylicia Rashad and John Quinones, coanchor of ABC-TV news magazine Primetime. Celebrity presenters are film/TV actress Debbie Morgan; actress & recording artist Gina Hiraizumi; singer/songwriter Lisa Deveaux; Detroit Lions starting linebacker Justin Durent and the cast of Wives of Favor, Koffey Brown, Dyanna Wooten and Cherylin Hodge. Special honors will be presented to Fletcher V. Davidson, VP & Gen Mgr Toyota Customer Services, Executive of the Year: Warren Brown, automotive journalist, The Washington Post, Lifetime Achievement: Bill Perkins, President Bill Perkins Automotive Group & 2012 NAIAS Chair, Pioneer of the Year. Talent will include Beth Griffith and The Citadel Church Gospel Choir and the afterglow party will rock to the sound of Larry Lee and the Back In The Day Band. Go to www.urbanwheelawards.com for more info. Music: Out of the city of Houston, rapper Marcus Manchild is nominated as an XXL Magazine 2012 Freshmen along with fellow Houstonian Kirko Bangz. Houston has never had an artist on the freshmen cover so it is a pretty big thing to them. Manchild and producer AMG have dropped a single Rush from his forthcoming album Free Yo Mind Music due on stands and digitally in Feb 2012. The new A&R Registry is now available. It is the bible of getting in touch with A&R reps. Call 800-552-7411 or 818-781-1974 or hit up www.musicregistry.com. GNS Inc & Big Wayde presents Highbernation the 5-song EP! Go to www.bigwayde.com Year End Greetings: Well, well, well! Another year has come and gone. I wish to thank Ms. Clara McLaughlin, publisher and the entire staff of the Florida Star for another fun ride. We have all seen our share of scentless violence that continues to plaque our communities and it is my hope for 2012 that many of those responsible will wake up in consciousness and spirit. They must become aware and find ways to break free of the mental psychological self-hate that has been programmed deep into their sub-consciousness which is the root cause of the killing! When you dont value yourself, you dont value anybody who looks like yourself (i.e., other hood Blacks). Our music (degrading our women Bs & Hs and each other); speech (calling ourselves that filthy N word); attitudes (hatin on anything that will positively lift us up like school & education); dress (boys, even girls & foolish immature grown men walking around with the crack of their asses showing in public via saggin); values (respecting each other) etc have all been turned against us to self destruct and many have blindly and foolishly bought into it and are acting it out. Older brothers be responsible for those children you are making and bringing into this world. Discipline them, teach them (by example) right and wrong and fully take care of them. Show them love and make them pull their pants up and be respected again! Sisters stop laying up irresponsibly and having children with men you know arent there for the long haul. All of us need to pull our part of the load or we wont make it as a race folks! Those of you who know teach those that dont! Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net Study, Observe and Win! Rych Rych McCains Hollyhood Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net New Twists On Dessert Favorites(StatePoint) Getting your family to eat right doesnt mean forcing them to skip dessert or forego favorite cakes and cookies. You just need to learn to prepare those sweets in better ways. Its all about making desserts that are wholesome and delicious, so your kids will actually eat them. A few easy alterations can make a big difference -such as reducing sugar or fat, adding fruits or swapping-in more healthy fats and grains. Here are some tweaks for your familys sweets: Substitute: Replace ingredients with smart alternatives. Try swapping white flour with whole wheat flour in cakes and cookies. You can use two egg whites for a whole egg in most recipes, or dark chocolate instead of more fattening milk chocolate. And low-fat milk usually can be used instead of whole milk. Reduce: For starters, serve-up smaller dessert portions. Plate a small slice of cake or pie with some fruit and your kids wont notice the difference. Within recipes, try reducing the amount of sugar or butter. In most cases you wont miss what you leave out. Dont Deprive: Most desserts add some fat and sugar into your familys diet. Deal with it. Saying no will lead loved ones to look elsewhere for sweets at school or work. You can even indulge their urge for candy. Just be careful with portions and consider smart options, such as Nestl Raisinets, California raisins drenched in rich Nestl Milk or Dark Chocolate. They have 30 percent less fat than the leading chocolate brands and provide real fruit in every serving. Add Fruits: Add fruits to cakes and pies, even as toppings instead of whipped cream. You can add apples or applesauce to most recipes without anybody complaining. And tossing in some berries or raisins will add antioxidants. To get started, heres an easy recipe for oatmeal cookies using whole wheat flour, brown sugar and a special twist. More creative recipes can be found at Facebook.com/raisinets. Deluxe Oatmeal Raisinets Cookies 1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats 1 cup Nestl Raisinets (dark or milk chocolate-covered) 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, Raisinets and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. For smaller cookies, use a level tablespoon. This yields about 4 1/2 dozen cookies. 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PAGE B-8 THE STAR DECEMBER 31, 2011 AARON & BURNEY BIVENS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICESOur caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agentsRemembering Those We Lost in 2011Bob (18) Maryann (75) Lily (9 months) Tom (63) Alex (32) Henry (56) Joshua (23) Robert (78) Brad (35) Carol (98) Linda (56) Frank (29) George (82) Janet (87) Johnny (17) Elizabeth (42) Margaret (84) Ernest (66) Ted (21) Jared (5) Tonya (92) William (83) David (22) Dorothy (89) Mary (90) Anthony (77) Brian (42) Mitchell (86) Jacob (56) Shirley (46) Devin (23) Willard (89) Jennifer (82) Gail (77) Victor (67)Death is certain, but it is unpredictable and often comes at the most inconvenient time...Any Age, Any Time, Anybody

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C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarDECEMBER 31 2011 THE STAR C&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this area. 96-Year-Old Woman Murders 53-Year-Old Nephew 96-yea r-old Amanda Rice Stevenson, was arrested after shooting and killing her 53-year-old nephew, John Rice, while he was lying in bed. Stevenson had moved into Rices home, where he lived with her wife. Rice had been worried as Stevenson grew increasingly violent with her words over time. A social worker had visited one day to see if everything was fine, but instead of greeting him, Stevenson, threatened to shoot him if he trespassed. Police said Stevenson complained that Rice would evict her from the home. Weeks after the visit from the social worker, Rice was found dead in his bed after Stevenson had shot him. Student Gets Stabbed by Elderly Man with Ice Pick A road rage incident resulted in the stabbing of a college student. The incident started after Wathson Adelson, 20, cut in front of Alcisviades Polanco, 62, on the road. Adelson then slammed the brakes blocking Polanco. Adelson got out of his car and walked over to Polancos vehicle, where a verbal altercation began. The argument turned physical and Polanco went to retrieve an ice pick from his vehicle and started stabbing Adelson in the head and shoulder. Adelson was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Adelson later died at the hospital. Polanco was not charged because he was said to be acting in self-defense. According to Floridas law, this is legal even if the other person is unarmed. Crimes of 2011 As time goes by, it seems as if crimes never seems to stop. There have been all types of crimes, but are some notable crimes of this year from the Florida Star. Con Man Uses Luxury Cars to Lure Many People into Investment Scams Donald Heflin Mitchell had been caught for luring people with his luxury cars and getting them to invest in fake financial funds. Mitchell lied that he had graduated from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and claimed that he was a broker connected to large financial institutions. He also used the luxury cars he drove to his advantage into frauding people of their money. He was still able to con people after he was taken to prison, using a three-way call set up. Man Crashes Car During High Speed Chase and Abandons Baby Michael Alonzo Ford was driving an SUV with his girlfriend and a baby. He was stopped by police and his girlfriend told the officer she was not feeling well and that they were driving to look for a rest area. Ford was asked to step out, but as soon as the door opened, he slammed the door closed and drove off. Ford led police on a chase and later crashed into a tree. Ford got out of the vehicle, ignored the patrol officer, and started running off. His girlfriend got out of the vehicle with the baby in her arms, before the vehicle burst into flames. Ford was found later with the help of a K-9 unit. Hitmans Gun Fails Three Times on Victim Elijah Thomas III, 54, was accused of attempting to kill someone with the use of a hitman, which was unsuccessful. Thomas hired a hitman to kill someone that he thought was becoming a disruption in his heroin trafficking business. Thomas instructed the hitman to meet with the victim in a drug deal. When the hitman entered the victims car, the victim showed him the drugs and started using it. The hitman pulled out a gun and put it to the victims head and pulled the trigger three times, but the gun didnt fire at all and the two started to fight in the car. The victim got behind the steering wheel and drove off and was able to throw the hitman out of the car. He was found lying on the street and was arrested. Tapped phone conversations led to Thomas arrest as well. Man Kills Girlfriend, Robs Gas Station, and Leads Police on a High-Speed Chase Corey Jermaine Dozier, 31, had been arrested after murdering his girlfriend,Sherry Desravines, 27, and going on a crime spree before he was finally caught. Dozier drove to Desravines home with her, but when another man also came to visit, Dozier confronted him and shot him in his car before shooting his girlfriend in the head twice. Dozier then stole his girlfriends car and proceeded to drive towards South Carolina from Jacksonville. He then robbed a gas station and later crashed the car in a ditch. He pretended to lay on the side of the road pretending to be hurt. When a group of people, who were on their way to church stopped to help, he pulled out a gun and demanded them of their car. Dozier was arrested after driving 22 miles. Donald Mitchell Michael Ford Amanda Stevenson Wathson Adelson Elijah Thomas III Corey Dozier

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DECEMBER 31 2011 THE STAR C&J 2 SSSHH! From Actual Police ReportsDid You Hear About?... Did You Hear About?... EDITORS NOTE: All suspects are deemed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. The Sheriffs Office reports are a matter of public record. The Star seeks to educate in the hope of keeping our community safe. New Years Eve If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy: Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host. Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests. Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests. Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends. Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home. If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations: If you drink, don't drive. Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins. If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up. Or, stay where you are until you are sober. Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive. The tragedies and costs from drinking and driving impaired don't just end with the potential death, disfigurement, disability, and injury caused by impaired drivers. Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired isn't worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Your Safety Call, Write, Email, or Fax to us titled: CONNECTION $10 -3 Lines of text only (Total 18 words) With PICTURE included $25. Contact G @ 904-766-8834 or Email G@thefloridastar.com send all correspondents to P.O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 Crimes of 2011 (Continued) Man Doesnt Pay 50 Cent Transit Fare Leads to Big Arrest An officer was working off duty at a Bus Terminal. As soon as he had gotten off the train, he noticed a man by the name of Amanuel Zeratzion, avoid paying the transit box of 50 cents by just passing through the turn style. The officer confronted the man asking why he didnt pay and Zeratzion said that he did. The suspect insisted that he did pay, which resulted in a pat down from the officer. The suspect had several concealed weapons (three eight inch non folding knives). One was inside his boxer underwear and the other two were strapped to each of his calves on his legs with elastic straps. He was mirandized and arrested. Burglar Turns Self In After Seeing Self on the News A homeowner had reported to police that her home was broken into and had surveillance footage of the burglary. The footage was broadcasted on the news and it showed two people. One of them was Brandon Johnson, 18, who saw it on the news and decided to turm himself in. Reports say the two men broke into the home and stole unspecified items and it was not difficult to identify them as they were clearly caught on surveillance cameras. Investigators have identified the other suspect and are searching for him. Man Leaves Argumentand Comes Back to Kill 54-year-old transient, Antonio Garrett, was accused of shooting and killing 46-year-old, Jerry Ford. The two men were said to have been in argument at Fords home. Garrett was said to have left and he came back thirty minutes later. Police said Garrett had left to retrieve a gun and when he came back, he shot Ford on his front porch. It is unclear as to what triggered the argument between Ford and Garrett, but witnesses reported that they heard several gunshots. Police found Ford suffering from a gunshot wound and transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police were able to locate Garrett the next day, but he had to be restrained for resisting arrest. He was eventually taken into custody and charged with murder. He is being held without bail. Amanuel Zeratzion Brandon Johnson Antonio Garrett Florida Firework Laws As the year is coming to an end, you might end up wanting to celebrate it off with some fireworks, but there are some legal issues that apply: Florida only allows you to use sparklers, which include snakes, glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, booby traps, snappers, trick matches that produce spark, cigarette loads and auto burglar arms. Customers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by a parent. You can shoot your sparkers in your yard, but not at parks or beaches. You cannot buy/sell fireworks on your own property unless you have a permit. Violation can lead to one year in prison, $1,000 fine, and court costs.

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Sometimes you never know or quite understand why people do what they do. This year we have seen a lot of crimes that were heinous, mind boggling, or just outright ridiculous. Here are the bizarre crimes of the year. Man Says IThought that Lady was DeadAfter Raping Unconscious Woman Kansas City, MOMelvin L. Jackson, 48, was caught raping an unconscious woman on the sidewalk in broad daylight. Witnesses were able to get the police at the scene and Jackson was arrested. Jacksons excuse was,I thought that lady was dead, which sadly did not help at all.After regaining consciousness, the lady said she walking down the sidewalk with her friend, but passed out on a shady area after feeling light-headed. She did not recall any raping while she was unconscious. Jackson is charged with felony of sexual assault. Woman Kills the Man She Met Through Craigslist The body of Daniel Stuart Somerson was found decomposing with multiple stab wounds at his house. The killer behind the death of the 53-year-old was Latoya KorrenJordan, 24, who had been living with the victim for about three months. Detectives say Jordan had been using Craigslist as a means to meet with middle-aged men and live with them. She moved in with the men not for sex, but just to simply live off of them. Before Jordan moved in, Somerson had lived alone and was divorced. A neighbor described him as a very isolated person and that he did not associate himself with others much. Investigators believe that Jordan may have lashed out at Somerson after a dispute. She had confessed to killing Somerson and said that she will not be killing again. Also Investigators dont know if Jordan had killed others in the past. Man Tries to Set Girlfriend on Fire with Gasoline, But Lighter Fails Michael P. Sutherland, 49, was getting kicked out his girlfriends home because he wasnt paying any of the bills. Two days later, she woke up and saw that her front door was open. When she went to close it, Sutherland appeared and started dousing her in gasoline, report says. He then tried to set her on fire with a lighter, but it would not ignite no matter how hard he tried. So he ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife, and stabbed her in the chest. His girlfriend was able to escape and called 911, while driving to a nearby hospital. Police found Sutherland shirtless and walking down the street as they were driving to the home. He was reeking of gasoline and was arrested for attempted second-degree murder. He was sentenced to ten years in prison. Burglar Breaks into Car and Goes to Sleep Joe Jesus German, 19, was reported breaking into numerous vehicles and stealing property from them. The burglary came to a halt when German decided to take a break in the back of a white Infinity, according to the report. Instead of a short nap, German fell into a deep sleep. The owner of the vehicle didnt even realize anybody was in the car until he took it for a drive. When German was finally spotted sound asleep in the back seat, the owner called the police.When police arrived, German was taken into custody. The property stolen and several keys to the vehicles that were broken into were also found. Police said they did not have to look far to find evidence. Man Goes to Meet Woman From Facebook Who Starts Shooting at Him Christopher Harris said he usually used Twitter, but when he went back on Facebook recently for just two days, he met someone and both agreed to meet each other. When Harris went to meet his date, he didnt find a woman but a man standing at the end of a dimly lit, deadend street. The man pulled out a gun and started to shoot at him. Harris said that he had watched James Bond the day before and with that in mind, he put the car in reverse and stepped on the pedal. As he tried to pull out, he hit a fence and slammed the rear end of his car into a tree. Harris successfully got away and called police to report the incident. Officers logged onto Facebook to find the profile of the woman that Harris was suppose to meet, but the profile had been already deleted. Im not going back to Facebook...Im staying on Twitter. Stuff like that dont happen on Twitter, said Harris. He is hoping that police or anybody with any information help him in tracking down the man who created the fake Facebook page. Woman Stabs Couples Baby After Being Denied Bread Slices Kenneshia Thurman, 18, knocked on her neighbors door around 7 p.m. one night to ask for a favor. She asked the young couple that answered the door for two slices of bread. Thurman became angry when the couple refused. She tried to keep them from closing the door, but the couple eventually forced the door shut. Thurman went back home and came back with a knife. She ended up forcing her way into the couples apartment and started swinging the knife at the woman, who was holding her 2-month-old baby. The knife made contact with the babys forehead and left a small cut. Police came and witnesses of the apartment all gave the same story. Thurman told police she did not mean to cut the baby, but she was trying to stab the mother. The baby was treated on the spot and Thurman was arrested. Man Kills Woman and Uses Her Wedding Rings to Propose to Girlfriend Chicago, ILA neighbor drove by the house of Virginia Perillo, 73, and saw that the garage was open with her body on the ground. Police came and saw that she was beaten to death with her face smashed. A watch was left at the scene, which police found belonged to Raymond Harris, 36. DNA evidence led to his arrest and police found out Harris had stolen Perillos wedding and engagement rings after killing her, which he later used to propose to his girlfriend five days later. Records show that he was on parole after serving 14 years of his 30 year sentence on charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson. Student Meets Thief Who Tried to Sell Her Bike Online A 25-year-old student noticed that her bicycle had been missing when she returned home from a bar. She filed a police report and decided to go on Craigslist, an internet site for locally buying and exchanging goods, to see if she would come across somebody selling her bike. To her surprise, she found a photo of her bike with the same red handle bar tapes and water bottle holder. She set up an appointment with the seller to see the bike, so that she could test ride it. When she met up with him, he let her ride it and she immediately knew it was hers. She then rode it down to her car, threw it in, and drove off. After taking possession of her bike again, she called the cops and gave them the address to the thief. Denzel ONeal Crawford, 18, was arrested and confessed to stealing the bike. He was released on bond.

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 THE STAR PR 1 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n Looking Back on Memorable Moments of 2011 ALL AFRICAN -AMERICAN POLO TEAM WINS NATIONAL TITLE A polo team from Philadelphia made history in central Virginia when they became the first all African-American team to win a national title. The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took home the gold after beating out the crew from Baltimore in the National Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center. The top polo players say it feels great to be a part of this monumental achievement in their sport.The Philly team also had to beat out groups from California, Texas and Canada to be named the champions. Tony Hansberry IIIn the ninth grade, Tony Hansberry II created a stitching technique that can be used to reduce surgical complications. Now as a senior at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts, hes hoping to become a neurosurgeon someday.BET.com Steve Jobs56 year old co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, died on October 5. Jobs helped in changing the technology industry through overseeing the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and the company's Apple Retail Stores. Saheela IbraheemFifteen-year-old Saheela Ibraheem from New Jersey became a member of Harvard Universitys class of 2015. Of the students admitted to the college this year, 11.8 percent were AfricanAmerican a possible record for Harvard.

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 PREP RAP PR 2 Resolve To Stay Connected To Friends And Family In The New Year(StatePoint) Despite round-the-clock access to text messaging, email and social networking sites, meaningful connections sometimes seem harder to come by than ever these days. While it is easy to let all your friends and family know about your new promotion or engagement with a status update online, dont forget the importance of personal correspondence in todays digital age. This year, resolve to connect better with your close friends and family. Here are some tips to help you keep in touch: Start the year off right by wishing your loved ones health and happiness with New Year cards. Consider personalizing the cards with photos of you and your family. Make appointments for important phone calls that are easy to put off. If you have an actual appointment, you cant and wont forget to give Mom and Dad a call. Better yet, make it a standing weekly ritual you will all look forward to each week. Want to tell a friend whats new? Send a note on personalized stationery. You will really brighten the day of your recipient with a card sent in the mail, advises Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store. Throw a party. Nothing beats good old fashioned face-to-face communication. So gather all your loved ones together for a party at your house. There will be time enough to make meaningful conversation, and complete your duties as host. For the really important milestones like birth announcements and engagements, youll want to let your friends hear about it directly from you. Sites like www.minted.com have the tools youll need to personalize your announcements. Life is short. So whether you want to create or improve your connections with family and friends, there is no better time than the present to get started.Resolve To Be More Organized In The New Year(StatePoint) If youre feeling stressed out by lifes daily dose of details, its time to get organized. Whether its your schedule, your house, or your photos in a jumble, theres no time like the New Year to resolve to organize your life. And there are many new, technological tools out there to help. Organize Your Schedule When it comes to your schedule, are you still stuck on sticky notes? Its time to go digital so you can access your information when and where you need it. A mobile and online calendar and organizer can help you stay on top of your schedule by consolidating your family members calendars and lists all in one place. Consider a service that is available as an app on your mobile phone or tablet (as well as online) and synchronizes with your Outlook calendar. For example, Cozi (www.cozi.com), an online and mobile calendar and organizer for families, sends users email and text reminders about upcoming events and tasks, and helps manage meal planning and shopping lists. With reminders coming directly to your phone about what to pick up for dinner or what time the school play begins, you wont miss a beat. Simplify Errands If after a full season of holiday activities you could use an extra hand getting your home, pantry and family back in order, consider using services like Alice.com, an online marketplace for household essentials. Its all about simplifying errands and restocking your shelves with the essentials you need, saving you time, money and trips to the store. For the primary shopper of the family, getting stocked up doesnt have to mean running from store to store, says Mark McGuire, President and Co-Founder of Alice.com. There are faster, more cost-efficient ways to shop for everyday items, and with one less errand to run, shoppers will have more free time to enjoy for themselves or with their families. Such services help budget-conscious shoppers with competitive pricing, free delivery, instant coupons and simple management of household goods. Alice.com, for example, even has a free iPhone app as well, so you can stay organized on the go. Organize Your Memories If you love your camera or smartphone, you probably already have a ton of photos and videos that need to be organized. You dont have to do the hard work if you choose a hosting site to protect, backup and share your photos. Be sure to pick one that has unlimited upload capability and privacy customization options. Whether youre sharing photos with Grandma, or running a business, a site like SmugMug (www.smugmug.com) lets you set the look of your site or gallery. Theres no need to feel harried by the myriad details of managing your household. With a little work and the right tools, you can stay on top of your tasks in the new year. (c) Monkey Business Fotolia.com (c) mangostock Fotolia.com

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 THE STAR PR 4 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n Five Secrets Of Highly Optimistic Americans(StatePoint) Do you want to start the New Year with a renewed sense of optimism? Do optimistic people think or behave differently? A new study recently uncovered the secrets of optimistic people who feel in control of their lives. One key to achieving optimism and lowering stress levels is to find ways to take greater control over your life, say researchers. Sixty-six percent of Americans now say they feel in control of their lives, and their lives are headed in the right direction, according to Lincoln Financial Groups MOOD of America study. So how can you be more like them? Grasp the Future Surprisingly, researchers uncovered several consistent behaviors and attitudes that are strongly associated with feeling in control of ones life -all of which revolve around not letting money or your job define who you are. Upbeat Americans are driven by a mindset that they can always find ways to solve problems. And they seem to have struck the right balance between finding time for fun things they enjoy and taking the necessary steps to secure their futures. Americans who feel in control of their destinies share a common mindset focused on positive, constructive behaviors every day, said Mark Konen, president of Insurance and Retirement Solutions for Lincoln Financial Group. Simple Steps to Optimism The good news is there are certain behaviors you can adopt to positively impact your life. Consider these top five behaviors of Americans who feel in control of their lives: They value and cultivate personal relationships. They volunteer in their communities and give to charity. They take quiet time to be alone and think. They exercise and spend time on hobbies. They adhere to budgets and save for retirement. Not surprisingly, those who said they felt in control have taken concrete steps to build financial security, such as establishing retirement accounts and owning other financial products, including life insurance. They are also more likely to stay within their budgets and save money from every paycheck, regardless of amount. Its Not About Money One of the secrets of optimistic Americans, according to the research, is they are not driven by the desire to be wealthy. Instead, Americans in charge consider financial freedom -having enough money to do what they want -to be four to five times more important than being wealthy. The combination of traits that apply to take charge Americans shows these people strike the right balance, says Konen. They value alone time, but also invest in relationships with friends and family. They enjoy leisure time but make time to sit down with their paperwork and adhere to budgets. More details from the new survey can be found at LincolnFinancial.com/surveys. According to the new research, the key to optimism is adopting a mindset centered on the fact that its squarely within your power to control your destiny. While you must take steps to build a secure future, its equally important to take time to enjoy life.Recycle Those Old Electronics(SPM Wire) You may be coveting that latest and greatest cell phone or tablet computer, but what should you do with your old ones? Each year, Americans generate approximately 2.4 million tons of used electronics, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration. Dont toss them out with the trash. Instead, recycle electronics at a certified "eCycling" facility, which lessens pollution and helps supports local jobs. Improper disposal of electronics, such as illegal dumping, can harm people and the environment through the release of such substances as lead and mercury. For more information about eCycling and to find local drop-off points, visit www.epa.gov and search for eCycling.