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Don Cornelius, the creator and iconic host of the long-running Soul Train television show, was found dead in his home of what authorities believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Cornelius hosted the musical showcase from 1971 to 1993 in national syndication, and as a writer and producer for the show, he was able to bring stars like Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin to a broader audience. In 2009, Cornelius was found guilty of misdemeanor spousal abuse against his estranged wife Victoria and was subsequently sentenced to three years probation and 300 hours of community service. Perhaps most famously, Cornelius was known for coining the catchphrase he used to end each show: we wish you love, peace and soul!" 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 CardsAccepted 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 FEBRUARY 4, 2012 FEBRUARY 10, 2012 VOL. 61 NO. 41 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 A Camden County, Georgia judge has denied bond to Brunswick city commissioner James Brooks, who was arrested last week for accepting a $300 bribe from a man who wanted help in getting a job as a police officer. The decision comes as the judge decided that because he accepted the money to remove a criminal record for the man, Brooks still may try to intimidate witnesses if released. Authorities are using the incident as a probe into what they believe is more illegal conduct by Brooks unrelated to this crime. Marine Convicted for Suicide Attempt Patti Labelle to Perform at Super Bowl Patti LaBelle is counted among the artists who will be performing free concerts during the week leading up to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on February 5, 2012. Several other artists scheduled to appear include En Vogue, Darius Rucker, Fuel, Sixpence None the Richer, Umphrey's McGee, Bret Michaels, and Will Hoge. A specific schedule was not announced, but even more artists are expected to be added. Uproar Over Georgias Chain Gang RoadŽ It was a clear, sunny day as local businesswoman, Andrea Giggetts, set out to sojourn on a solo trip to Oklahoma to visit her newly minted client. Although she had hundreds of miles of travel before her, she was undaunted. Mentally, she had prepared for this transition from corporate America to realizing her dreams of entrepreneurship. Spiritually, she knew that failure was not an optionŽ as she recounted with pride other black achievers who courageously braved private enterprise with success. As she entered into Sasser, Georgia, Andrea barely Patti Labelle Lazzaric T. Caldwell Commissioner Brooks Denied Bond for $300 Bribe Don Cornelius Commits Suicide Former Soul Train Host Don Cornelius Jacksonville Pays Tribute to Queen BessŽ See B-6 Get Your Free Ticketto see SAFE HOUSE on February 7, 2012 See Details Inside! 11th Body Found in Deadly I-75 Crash Bishop Eddie Long Angers Jewish Leaders Two of the Vehicles Involved in the Pileup The body of an 11th person was found Wednesday, the result of a fiery multi-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida. Early morning fog and smoke from a nearby brush fire caused at least a dozen cars, six tractor trailers, and a motorhome to collide on the busy highway, many erupting in flames. Several of those badly burned have yet to be identified. Eighteen survivors were sent to area hospitals. Bishop Eddie Long Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, infamous for his alleged sexual affairs with young male members of his church and subsequent divorce, again found himself in hot water this time with the Jewish community after video leaked of him being wrapped in a sacred Jewish Torah and crowned "king". The video of the special church service shows Long's honored guest Rabbi Ralph Messer wrapping Long in a priceless 312-year-old scroll apparently recovered from the Auschwitz concentration camp after World War II. Long was then paraded around the church stage on the shoulders of four preachers so that members were able to applaud their new king. The general public expressed confusion and skepticism about the event in various social media. escapes from a one-car accident. Her eyes had become transfixed on a demeaning and derogatory road sign called Chain Gang RoadŽ that was prominently displayed on a major highway in Sasser. Suddenly, a tsunami of feelings erupted within Mrs. Giggetts as she could not believe that governmental officials or even wellinformed, enlightened, and maturing citizens would want to resurrect a powerful and shameful imagery that symbolically meant racial oppression and atrocities Continued on A-2 An ex-Marine private has decided to fight his military conviction that says he broke the law when he tried to kill himself. Camp Pendleton, California resident Lazzaric T. Caldwell, 25, had been clinically diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and a personality disorder despite never having been deployed to a war zone. Caldwell was court-martialed after slitting his wrists on base in Japan. The military said he was guilty of "intentional selfinjury without intent to avoid service". The government believes that having this punishment in place help to maintain order in all of the armed forced. Caldwell plead guilty to the charge at the time but now, he has decided to fight back. Continued on A-2 Story by Andrea Giggetts Mugshot of Commissioner James Brooks Released by Authorities

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Karl Marx, the Father of Communism (Marxism), would be blushing if he could come up from Hell and look at what the United States Department of Education is trying to pull off on the American public. The power grab began when the economic downturn hit us. The provider of college student loans, SallieMae, was a victim like many other institutions. Like a duck on a June bugŽ, the federal government pounced on it. It wasnt long before the U.S. Department of Education became the owner of SallieMae, shut it down permanently and took total control of student lending. It was the beginning of the end for student lending as we know it. With its new-found power, it initiated the Gainful Employment RuleŽ. This rule, which is a way around actual Congressional legislation, would calculate loan payback ratios against students of particular schools. If the formula was substandard that particular school would no longer be allowed student financing. Thus, a school not meeting the requirement would be destined to destruction. The formula was cookedŽ to go against for-profit schools like Kaplan, University of Phoenix, DeVry, etc. What is noticeable is the fact that these schools graduate the lions share of minority students … particularly Black students. Obviously, this rule will deliver a deathly blow to the futures of millions of Black students, and so we cried foul! The Department of Education didnt care and pursued this vicious plot. We caught the attention of Congress, particularly the Congressional Black Caucus. They politely approached the White House about this. Even liberal groups such as Operation Push voiced much concern. Noticing the attention, the Department of Education decided to publish a studyŽ. The saying figures dont lie but liars figureŽ applies here. They actually had the audacity to present to Congress and the public a study that claimed there would be no disproportionate impact on minorities resulting from the implementation of the Gainful Employment Rule. Oh, what a lie! It took a formal lawsuit by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities to get to the truth. It was proven in court that the so called study by the Department of Education omitted Black students from its calculation. Can you believe it? They were looking for impact on minorities but excluded any information about Black students. It was a total deceit. A deceit that will cause irreparable harm to our youth, our youth who are working hard to make a better life for themselves and to begin a positive legacy. But no, the Department of Education has other ideas for our youth. Getting educated through for profit schools is not it. Keep in mind that as this rule is written, 93% of our historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) also will no longer qualify for student loans from the federal government. What will happen to them? The power hungry Department of Education would shut down their legacies and merge them into state university systems. Our college tradition will be gone forever. Black folk, I think you need to pay more attention to this. There is another thing this freight trainŽ is trying to do. They are encouraging state legislatures, such as Indiana and others, to no longer have a licensing system for barber and beauty schools. Why? They want to take the entrepreneurship out of this industry. So many of our youth are given a second chance by going to barber college or beauty school and getting a license to open up their own shop and earn an honest living. Many times it is the only way an ex-offender can get a professional license. By doing this, it would kill all of these schools. Then, the giant Department of Education can start producing barbers and beauticians through their federally funded community schools. It would kill a long standing and prosperous way of life within our communities. The above is all about EuropeanizingŽ our educational system. Before long, they will be deciding what Black youth ought to do with their future. They will reserve college space for their chosen ones (including Black bourgeoisie) and for the common folk they will slot in particular spaces and crafts. They will choose what a youth is going to do at an early age, not what the youth dreams of doing or what his parents encourage him/her to become. They will be sent to culinary schools, hospitality fields, machinists and blue collar activities. Freedom of choice, entrepreneurship and living the American dream will soon fade away if we let these zealots have their way. America, it is time to dig inŽ and fight back. Dont let them destroy our way of life. Mr. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org. PAGE A-2 THESTAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 Beyond the Rhetoric:The Department of Education is Drunk with Power and Hell BentBy Harry C. Alford Continued from A-1 rendered to convict laborers who were primarily southern AfricanAmerican men! After realizing that she was not hallucinating, she became numbed, enraged, appalled, and humiliated because most Americans know that the phrase chain gangŽ is a grim reminder and a throwback to the days of slavery and is akin to servitude and exploitation. Furthermore, she felt that words have meanings and the phrase chain gangŽ to some African-Americans within this community could be a self-fulfilling prophecy and could psychologically damage a persons psyche and sense of self-worth! Andrea also knew that thousands of cars travelled to and fro on that route daily and she did not want those travelers to leave with an indelible negative impression of the African American community. She pondered that perhaps the local community was socially conditioned or too politically lethargic and passive to rock the boatŽ but regardless a continuance display of that road sign was despicable to her and had no redeeming value to the community. In addition, she could not come to terms as to why the local community would allow tradition to trump race relations. Immediately, Mrs. Giggetts wrote a letter of complaint and requested the assistance of Rev. Ezekiel Holley, local NAACP Chapter President for Terrell County, Georgia to help her petition the County Commissioners for the removal of this sign. Prior to meeting with the County Commissioners, Rev. Holley met with the black residents on Chain Gang Road to discuss Mrs. Giggetts complaint. Unanimously, each resident signed the petition for the renaming of Chain Gang Road! On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Mrs. Giggetts and Rev. Holleys meeting with the County Commissioners was contentious. Although Chairman Gamble gave the previous speaker nearly 45 minutes to discuss the slaughter of her sheep, Mr. Gamble barely gave Mrs. Giggetts two minutes to discuss the importance of eradicating this confrontational landmark in favor of erecting something more befitting to the Sasser community. States Andrea, Chairman Gamble, used every trick in the southern playbook to include being condescending and dismissive to my concern.Ž However, Mrs. Giggetts is undeterred by these antics. A myriad of ideas are being planned to include launching a national campaign to boycott patronizing Sassers businesses. States, Rev. Holley, Andrea is our current-day Rosa Parks.Ž It is not known how often the military prosecutes active duty members for trying to commit suicide, but it is clear that the government has placed a priority on preventing it, whether it be for morale or for political reasons. The military has had an increase in suicide rates among all branches since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Caldwells case, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a bad conduct discharge. His single allowed appeal to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals was denied in December. Caldwells lawyer wants to take the case to the highest court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington. Caldwell, his family, and his lawyer all believe that the punishment was more than unfair, seeing that clinical help would have done more good than giving him a criminal record. Caldwell said he only took the plea in hopes it would be the quickest way to get home to see his sick mother. He told the court that prior to his suicide attempt, he had learned of a friends death a day earlier. That, combined with the recent deaths several family members, a stabbing by his former fiance, a 60-day confinement for other alleged offenses and personal problems within his unit, brought him to his breaking point. Continued from A-1

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NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH 737 Jessie St., cordially invite you to come celebrate our church and Pastors Anniversary, Tuesday, February 14th, Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly. To God be the glory for the things he has done for us for 95 years with the church and 9 years with Reverend and Mrs. Louis Kirkland. For more information call (904) 354-3021. JACKSONVILLE, FL ADAMS James Burt, 89, died January 29, 2012. ANDERSON Willie, died January 23, 2012. ANSLEY, Gloria, 60, died January 27, 2012. ATKINS, Marie, died January 25, 2012. BARNETT Larry, January 29, 2012. CANTY, Lottie D., died January 29, 2012. COLLINS, Walter, 86, died January 29, 2012. CONNELLY, Elizabeth Betty, 91, died January 29, 2012. CUMMINGS, Doris, died January 29, 2012. FREDERICK Lamont, died January 29, 2012. GLASPIE, Master Sincere, infant, died January 22, 2012. HAYNES, Reuben, Jr., died January 29, 2012. HENDLEY Thelma, died January 28, 2012. HICKS, Vollice, died January 29, 2012. HILL, Jacqueline Lee, 50, died January 23, 2012. KERSEY, Smith J., 76, died January 27, 2012. LAKE, Alice McCoy, died January 29, 2012. POPE, Lawrence, 100, died January 22, 2012. 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 FEBRUARY 4, 2012 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. 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E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. TALK OF THE TOWN! Celebrates Black History MonthAssociation for the Study of African American Life and History Installs New Officers. Jacksonvilles James Weldon Johnson Branch-Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) recently swore in newly elected officers during a celebration held at the historic sorority house of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on West 8th Street. The evening was festive and included fun, ice breakers, and other games with prizes awarded to winning teams and individuals. A delicious menu of hors doeuvres was served by Marees Catering. Serving as mistress of ceremony for the evening was ASALH member, Delores Gardner James Other members who participated in the program were Constance Timberlake and Yvette Ridley Outgoing president, Khamil Ojoyo and committee member, Ok Sun Burks presented awards for outstanding service to 2009-2011 Officers. Dr. Brenda Simmons, a founding member of the local ASALH, performed the installation of officers in a ceremony which she designed. The officers elected to lead the James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH for 2012-2014 are: Anita Shepherd, President; Harold Felder, First Vice-President, Programs; Ok Sun Burks, Second Vice-President, Membership; Loretta Hines, Treasurer; Dr. Audrey Morrisette, Historian; Eleanor Hughes, Parliamentarian; Dr. Ruth Stevens, Chaplin; Delores Gardner James, Recording Secretary; Alonzo McNealy, Sergeant-at-Arms; Roxann Hilbert, Financial Secretary; Hazel Gillis, Corresponding Secretary; and Flora Parker, Assistant Corresponding Secretary. ASALH is a national organization which was founded in 1915 by Dr.Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History. The mission of the organization is to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about black life, history, and culture to the global community. The James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH was chartered in Jacksonville on June 6, 1995. The branch presents programs and activities about local and national African-American history, including the annual Black History calendar. Currently, the Johnson Branch of ASALH meets at 10 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Jacksonville Urban League building. For more information, visit the website at www.asalh-jaxfl.org. The national organizations website is www.asalh.org. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jacksonvilles Black History Calendar Honors Cecilia Ann Washington-Carr. The 2012 Black History Calendar was unveiled recently in a ceremony at the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library. In keeping with the 2012 Black History theme, the calendar celebrates Black Women in American Culture & History. Twelve African-American women, native Jacksonvillians and/or longtime residents were selected, who contribute to the cultural, business, and spiritual makeup of our city. Among the honorees was my lifelong friend, Cecilia Ann Washington-Carr, a talented artist, illustrator, and muralist, whose artwork and designs can be found on Hallmark Greeting Cards, at Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Cruise Lines and more. Celie is the daughter of the late Dr. E. H. Washington, Sr. and the late Inez Washington. She began to show artistic talent at the age of four. By the time she was seven, Celie was painting in oils at the familys ocean front home at American Beach. She credits her mother for encouraging her artistic pursuits. As a fine arts major at Howard University, she was inspired by her professor, renowned artist, Dr. Lois Maillou Jones. Celie has never been a starving artist. Hallmark Greeting cards recruited her right out of college. She worked for 30 years at Walt Disney World in Orlando as a character illustrator in the Merchandising Division, a background artist for the animation department, developer of art for new attractions, designer and illustrator of the logo design for the Mouseketeers. Additionally, she has worked on contract for Universal Studios, Sea World, Sally Industries, and Disney Cruise Lines. Cecilia is especially proud of first place award she received from the Catholic Press Association for the book, My Bible Friends, Read-And-Do-Book which she illustrated in collaboration with author Robin Curie. As an entrepreneur, Celies Angel on My Shoulder by Cecilia Carr buttons are illustrated buttons depicting cute, doe-eyed children. The button displays are available in over 250 Publix grocery stores at the Customer Service counters. She has also painted murals for Give Kids the WorldŽ, a non-profit organization founded by Ponte Vedra philanthropist, Henri Landwirth. Mr. Landwirth also commissioned Cecilia to transform the bare walls of the Hugh H. Jones, Jr. Medical/Dental Building of the I. M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless. Retired from Disney World, Celie currently travels the country for Heart of America Foundation on the READesign library makeover program which is sponsored by Target and CapitalOne. Congratulations, Celie! You are this weeks TALK OF THE TOWN! PAGE A-4THE STARFEBRUARY 4, 2012 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley by Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer Volume Burks, Photographer Honoree Felice Franklin L-R: Mary Washington, Shirley Kemp, and Honoree Cecilia Washington-Carr Cecilia Washington-Carr, Sen. Tony Hill, and Roslyn Burrough Honoree Deborah Daniel and mother, Grace West ASALH President 2012-2014, Anita Shepherd and outgoing President, Khamil Ojoyo (L-R): Bettye Sessions, Guest Speaker, Dr. Rogers Cain, Khamil Ojoyo, and J. Randolph Gaines Honoree Cecilia Washington-Carr

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THESTAR By ARTHIA NIXON Caribbean News Editor JAMAICA: Reggae enthusiasts and Rastafarians from around the world are embarking on the pilgrimage to the island this week in commemoration of the birthday of Bob Marley, one of the worlds most influential musicians and one of Jamaicas most revered sons. Concerts, historical tours, readings and honors are taking place throughout the island. Some of Marleys children and his widow Rita are also slated to take part in activities. There are also scheduled concerts in cities in the US, UK and Europe. The celebrations coincide with February being deemed Reggae Month as well as Marleys birthday being February 6th. Ironically, on Tuesday Jamaica lost another reggae pioneer in the form of Winston King Stitt/The Ugly One Sparks. The 72 year old died of cancer. Marley, who become one of the Caribbeans most successful musicians and symbolic of the Rastafarian movement and the religions trademark dreadlocks, died in 1981 of cancer at age 36. Although many proclaimed him to be a triumphant voice for a new generation of African descendents post Civil Rights, Marley himself was mix raced, the only child born to a teenage black mother and white father, some forty years her senior. I don't have prejudice against meself,Ž Marley had once stated about being mixed race. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.Ž Bob Marley ranks among both the most popular and the most misunderstood figures in modern culture ...Ž said writer Dave Thomas. That the machine has utterly emasculated Marley is beyond doubt. Gone from the public record is the ghetto kid who dreamed of Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, and pinned their posters up in the Wailers Soul Shack record store; who believed in freedom; and the fighting which it necessitated, and dressed the part on an early album sleeve; whose heroes were James Brown and Muhammad Ali; whose God was Ras Tafari and whose sacrament was marijuana. Instead, the Bob Marley who surveys his kingdom today is smiling benevolence, a shining sun, a waving palm tree, and a string of hits which tumble out of polite radio like candy from a gumball machine. Of course it has assured his immortality. But it has also demeaned him beyond recognition. Bob Marley was worth far more.Ž The Bahamas accepted Her Excellency Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, as Non-Resident High Commissioner from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, January 19. Pictured from left are Dr Patricia Rodgers, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; High Commissioner Bhutto; His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; and Joan Lady Foulkes. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) The Bahamas And Nigeria Forge Ties By Lindsay Thompson NASSAU, The Bahamas The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are seeking to forge ties in tourism and other areas of economic development. These areas of development were announced by His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General as he accepted Letters of Commission presented by Her Excellency Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, accrediting her as Non-Resident High Commissioner from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, January 19. "Today begins another chapter in the continued development of strong,mutually-beneficial bilateral relations and cooperation between our two countries. Our two countries share historical commonalities that cannot be denied, and which will continue to be promoted," he said. Regarding Nigeria as one of Africa's leading countries, Sir Arthur also described it as a leader in the establishment of the New Partnership for African Development, the creation of the Economic Community of West African States, and significant contributions to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also congratulated Nigeria for its recent contributions to the international community as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council. Notwithstanding the difference in size, The Bahamas and Nigeria have partnered politically in several major international fora such as the UN, the African Caribbean Pacific Group and, the Commonwealth, Sir Arthur said. Also, both countries are committed to the ideals of democracy, human rights and sustainable development. "Our two countries share historical commonalities that cannot be denied, and which will continue to be promoted. We too are aware and share with your country many concerns as they relate to the environment, security and energy," he said. Nigeria was also acknowledged for making "significant strides" in confronting environmental challenges on an international, federal and local level and is actively exploring methods of producing renewable and sustainable energy. "In this regard, I commend the efforts of your government in your country and, in particular, for programmes aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of climate change," Sir Arthur said. And, he also applauded the Government of Nigeria for its efforts to be among the 20 most developed countries in 2020, despite formidable obstacles. As The Bahamas is known for its robust tourism industry the mainstay of its economy, he said the country would welcome opportunities to strengthen its relations with Nigeria in this sector. "It is our hope that, moving forward with these proposals, we can see the fruit of our labour manifest in meaningful progress for both Nigeria and The Bahamas," Sir Arthur said. On January 19 High Commissioner Binta Bhutto paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister Jamaica Celebrates Reggae Month By Paying Homage To Genres Most Popular Icon Bob Marley While Mourning The Loss Of King StittPAGEA-7 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Brent Symonette accepted Letters of Commissioner Her Excellency Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, Non-Resident High Commissioner (Designated) from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during a Courtesy Call on Wednesday, January 18, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre. (BIS Photo/Kris Ingraham) Bajan Band Making It Big In United Kingdom; Gets Congrats From Barbados Culture Minister By Sharon Austin GillMoore Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has congratulated Barbadian band Cover Drive for its success in shooting to the top of the United Kingdom charts with its latest single Twilight. In a letter to the fourmember band, Mr. Lashley said: "I would like, on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, to offer you heartiest congratulations on your success to date. What you have been able to achieve in your young career is truly phenomenal. It is an achievement that has made Barbados proud and represents yet another high point in the cultural offerings of our country. "What makes it even more remarkable is that this song was only released on January 22 and within a week it became number one on the UK charts. It is a a clear reminder to all of us, especially our young people, that success comes with hard work and perseverance." Mr. Lashley told the young people "we look forward with anticipation to even greater accomplishments as you blaze the trail of further developing the cultural sector here in Barbados". Cover Drive is a fourmember band comprising Amanda Reifer, TRay Armstrong, Barry Bar-Man' Hill and Jamar Harding. The band was signed by Polydor Records and the members perform pop, rock and R&B. This group joins a growing number of local artists, including Rihanna, stepping on the international music scene. Elephant Man Arrested On Sexual Assault And Rape Charges Dancehall star Oneil Elephant Man Bryan was arrested earlier this week at his home in St. Andrew Jamaica. According to reports gathered by our newsroom, the Willie Bounce singer will be going before the magistrates court to answer to charges of sexual assault and rape on a woman at his home.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDA SECTION B Celebrating Queen Bess: The Life and Legacy of Bessie Coleman In celebration of aviatrix, Bessie Coleman, the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy (BCAL) celebrated her birth, as well as commemo rated her untimely death on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The public enjoyed t wo days jam-packed with events honoring an important woman in American history! Commemorative Plaque Dedication of Brass Relief Plaque at Dedication of Brass Relief Plaque at Paxon School for Advanced Studies Paxon School for Advanced Studies The Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc. (BCAL) is a nonprofit organization, with a mission to ensure that the legacy of Bessie Coleman and her contributions to aviation continue. BCAL is dedicated to ensuring that the next generations of African-Americans know that aviation/aerospace is a career option and as a result are proud of this legacy. Back in 1926, something significant happened in Jacksonville that many people never heard about and the story was put on the shelf to collect dust. In March 2011, Nancy Fontenot Lawrence, Board Member of the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy and an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida was curious to find out why nothing was ever said or done to recognize that a certain individual was ever in Jacksonville. That persons first visit was to Paxon High School, which, back in 1926, was Paxon Air Field. This was the last place that this individual ever boarded a plane, to participate in a rehearsal for an upcoming performance. About a mile or so away, the plane malfunctioned and the pilot, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out of the plane and fell to her death. The other pilot, her mechanic William D. Wills, never regained control and crashed on the corner of what today is Edgewood and Broadway; he also died. The female pilot was Bessie Coleman. Her body was picked up and prepared by Mr. L. Lawton Pratt, who later carried the body to Bethel Baptist Institutional Church for her homegoing celebration. For those who may not know the great significance of this tragic event, on April 30, 1926, Jacksonville experienced its first aviation crash and in that plane was the first African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman, whose body was picked up and prepared by the first African-American funeral parlor in Jacksonville, Pratt Funeral Home, and her services were held at the first African-American Church in Jacksonville, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. The significant four firsts Jacksonville, FL, are: First aviation crash First African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman. First African-American Funeral Home, Pratt Funeral Home, today is Pratt, Hillman and Walton First African-American Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Bessie Coleman Plaque Dedication Duval County Public Schools Officials Sandra WaineŽ Campbell Portraying Bessie Coleman Cheryl Chew Jacqueline Jacquet-Williams Commemorative Service

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Jazz Jamm with Soulful Night of Keys on Saturday, February 04, 2012, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street,Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.632.55555 for more information. Fun with Ace Lacewing, February 4, at 11:00 am. Teen Advisory group acts out the Little Big Read book, Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective, and leads a craft project for elementary age readers Camden County Library, Kingsland. Contact: Rob Nixon, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, 262-6934, productiondirector@goldenislesarts.org Micheal Feldman's WHAD'YA KNOW on Saturday, February 04, 2012 at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.355.2787. ArtFusion Sundays, MOCA Jacksonville, thisSunday, February 05, 2012, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.366.6911 for additional information. MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM: Held Tuesday, Feb. 7 at noon, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Registration is free. To enroll, small business owners can fill out the registration form on coj.net. Downtown Top to Bottom Walking Tour: Tuesday, February 07, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.353.1188. Amateur Night Auditions, on Thursday, February 9, from 5 6:15 pm.Contact 904.632.5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com for all information. Fashion Walk, at The Jacksonville Landing on Thursday, February 09, 2012, at 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for all information. Jacksonville Landing Market: Friday, February 10, 2012, atThe Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2THE STAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 Tips To Save Water And Energy At Home (StatePoint) More Americans than ever before are striving to be environmentallyfriendly these days. Not only does conserving water and energy help reduce our imprint on the planet, it can also ease the burden on our wallets. Many Americans now are finding new and innovative ways to save on water and energy costs in their homes without sacrificing the type of lifestyle theyre used to,Ž says Tom Moskitis, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Energy. Little changes can go a long way.Ž Here are some easy tips to help you save water and energy at home: € Wash Full Loads. When it comes to dishes and laundry, wait until you have a full load before running the appliance. And use cold water for laundry and air dry dishes when you can. € Heat With Natural Gas. A gas water heater can heat water up to twice as fast as an electric one. And a natural gas water heater emits up to half the carbon emissions of an electric water heater. € Go Tankless. For even more efficiency, install a tankless water heater, which heats water on demand. A natural gas tankless water heater, near the point of use, eliminates energy loss caused by tank heaters that have unused water cooling in the tank. This can save hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a year. Plus, such tankless heaters last almost twice as long as tank water heaters. € Take Low-Volume Showers. Replace your high-volume shower head with an aerated shower head, which uses a mix of water and air to produce a flow that feels strong but can save up to 60 percent of water compared to an average shower -reducing both your water and energy use. € Avoid the Phantom Load.Ž Appliances such as your TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, computer and other gadgets consume energy just by being plugged in. Unplug them when not in use. If thats too cumbersome, plug them into a powerstrip that you can turn on and off with just one flick of a switch. € Fix Leaks. From dripping faucets to drafty doors and windows, leaks can be a major source of energy and water waste. Being a responsible homeowner or tenant and attending to those annoying home improvements can significantly reduce your monthly water and energy bills. For more tips on saving water and energy in your home, visit www.comfortableresponsible.org. When it comes to your money and the planet, little steps can make a big difference. ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: Nausea during pregnancy. This usually occurs in the morning but may occur at any time. Most pregnant women experience at least mild morning sickness. BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Muscles of the intestinal trac; vomiting center in the hypothalamus gland. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED: Pregnant women. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Mild to severe nauseawith or without vomiting … usually during the first 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. CAUSES: Major hormone changes that take place to permit normal growth of the fetus. Progesterone and other hormones cause involuntary muscles to relax, probably slowing movement of food through the stomach and intestines. They may also affect the vomiting center of the brain. In addition, blood sugar is lower durging early pregnancy in many women, contributing to gastrointestinal upsets. RISK INCREASES WITH: Unknown. HOW TO PREVENT: No specific preventive measures. WHAT TO EXPECT DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Your own observation of symptoms. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor. APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE Self-care after diagnosis. *Doctors treatment, if morning sickness becomes disabling. POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition of pregnancy characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight lossand electrolyte disturbance (rare). PROBABLE OUTCOME: Usually stops after first 3 to 4 months of pregnancy. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES Keep rooms well ventilated to prevent accumulation of cooking odors or cigarette smoke. *Dont smoke cigarettes, and ask your family and friends not to smoke while you are experiencing morning sickness. *Keep a positive attitude. If you have conflicts that you cannot resolve, ask for help from family, friends or professional counselors. *Keep a daily record of your weight. MEDICATION: Medicine is usually not necessary for this disorder. Dont take any medications during pregnancy without consulting your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe a trial of vitamin B-6, which appears safe at the present. ACTIVITY: No restrictions. DIET: The following may help to minimize nausea: *Place a small, quick-energy snack, such as soda crackers, at your bedside. Eat it before getting up in the morning. *Eat a small snack at bedtime and when you get up to go to the bath room during the night. *Eat a snack as often as every hour or two during the day. Avoid large meals.Snacks should consist of high-protein foods, such as peanut butte ron apple slices or celery;nuts; a quarter sandwich;cheese and crackers; milk, cottage cheese; yogurt sprinkled with granola; and turkey and hick en sliceds. Avoid foods that are high in fat and salt and low in nutrition. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF *You have morning sickness that does not improve, despite the above measures. *You vomit blood or material that resembles coffee grinds. *You lose more than 1 or 2 pounds. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area embering ThosREAL LIFE STORIES HOMESTEAD LAWS in Florida protect a spouse and children. When a person, who is the owner of homestead property, dies in Florida and is married, the surviving spouse is entitled to a life estate in that homestead property for the rest of their life (regardless of remarriage). Then upon the death of the surviving spouse, the decedents lineal descendents become the owners of the property. This means that the surviving spouse cannot sell or mortgage the property without the consent of the decedents lineal descendents (children). SITUATION: When Mary was 25 years old, she married Will, who was 58 and had two children age 23 and 25. When Will was 61 years old (Mary was 28), Will died. Will was the sole owner of his homestead property which he had owned for many years and it was paid for free and clear. Mary was then entitled to live in that homestead property for the rest of her life. Two years later when Mary was 30, she married her high school sweetheart, Frank. They lived together and maintained the property in immaculate condition until Mary died at the age of 78. This was the only home that Frank had ever known other than living with his parents. Frank and Mary had maintained the property in immaculate condition. Therefore, he was surprised when Wills children (78 and 76) came with an eviction notice to remove him from the property. However, this was the correct legal outcome. While Mary was entitled to a life estate as a result of Wills death, the same did not apply to Frank because Mary had never been the sole owner of the property. Florida law is very clear that upon the death of an owner, homestead property passes for the benefit of the surviving spouse who then has a life estate in the property. That benefit does not extend to the new spouse of the original surviving spouse. After the death of the original surviving spouse, the original decedents lineal descendents (children and grandchildren) are then entitled to ownership of the property. If Mary had become a joint owner of the property with Will and her name was placed on the deed during their brief marriage, the case would have had a much different outcome. PREPLANNING CAN HELP; WE CAN HELP: Our caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agents. PREPLANNING SERVICES SERVICES AT TIME OF DEATH AFTERCARE SERVICES P ROBATE OF ESTATES 529 Kingsley Avenue OrangePark, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233 ww.bivensfuneralhome.com

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIA SECTION B Brunswicks Holy Band Church Celebrates 25th Annual Prayer Breakfast By ARTHIANIXON& ANGELAFAVORS-MORREL The Holy Band Church Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held at the Holy Band of Inspiration Deliverance Temple Corporate Headquarters located at 2401 Norwich Street in Brunswick, Georgia. The founder of this event is Elder Dr. Thelma Hart. The 25th annual prayer breakfast has taken place since 1986 and is attended by 200 or more guests including Pastors, Elected Officials, and Business leaders of the community and surrounding counties who assemble together in fellowship, prayer and praise to build relationships and pray for the nation, federal, state, city and county elected officials as well as the President of the United States, the armed services family, friends and the sick and shut-in. Bishop Iris Wright is the Pastor of Holy Band, and the founders and overseers are Bishop Harry Brown and Bishop Lottie Brown. Musical selections were provided by the Sons of the Temple. In attendance is Superintendent Bobby Hall, Rev. Dr. E.L. Hart-(Moderator of the Zion Association), Bishop Vincent Williams, Venus Holmes of the Glynn County School Board, Commissioner James Brooks along with other speakers, soloists and praise dancers. Photos by Angela Favors-Morrell Pastor of Holy Band Church, Bishop Iris greets attendees. Overseer Apostle Harry Brown and his wife Bishop Lottie Brown Commemorate your event by being featured in the Florida and Georgia Star. Call us today and find out how your business, event or accomplishment can be highlighted and shared throughout the community and online!Elder Dr. Thelma Hart BLACKHISTORY MONTHNot just history... OUR storiesŽ By Arthia Nixon & Angela-Favors Morrell Do you know that south Georgia is home to some of the most influential African Americans in our nations history. Have you ever heard of Tunis Campbell? If you didnt know, Mr. Campbell is famous for bringing former slaves who got their freedom to the Georgia Sea Islands. During the Civil War, General Sherman declared that black people could have all the Sea Islands south of Charleston and all the abandoned rice fields along the river. Each family was supposed to get 40 acres and one government mule. This was called Field Order 15. Tunis Campbell traveled with the blacks who moved to Saint Catherines Islands: 78 settled in Ossabaw and 352 settled in Sapelo. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, which established full African-American citizenship, McIntosh County fall of 1867 elected Tunis Campbell, and along with 37 blacks among 170 delegates to the state constitutional convention. He developed a voting block to pass bills to help black people. One of those bills was eliminating imprisonment for debt. Mr. Campbell was appointed to the Board of Registration in Georgia. He was elected to Congress as a senator in Georgia in 1868 only to be expelled from office because white congressmen agreed that blacks didn't have the right to hold office. He was able to return to office in 1871, but lost in 1872 and eventually imprisoned in a Georgia labor camp before fleeing the state. Tunis Campbell (April 1, 1812 … December 4, 1891) .QUICK FACT: Tunis Campbell started working as a hotel steward. He wrote a book on hotel management, the first one about that subject ever written in America

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PAGE-B4 THESTAR Angelo Dundee, the legendary trainer who took on Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard has died. The man who was considered one of boxings greatest names in training was 90 year old. Just a few weeks ago on Jauary 12, 2012 Dundee joined Ali at his 70th birthday party in Kentucky (above). Below, the pair training during on February 8th, 1962 in New York. Rolex 24 Marks 50th Anniversary Story & Photos By SANDY NEAL January 26th-29, 2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway one of the most prestigious sports car races in America. It was a fun-filled weekend of activities for the entire family there was concerts, autograph sessions, a chili cook-off, wine and cheese party, carnival rides for the kids, and many cars of all makes and models on and off the track. Many drivers with strong NASCAR experience and four full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers competed in this years race. The other competitors make up the owners and drivers with ties to all three NASCARS series including Michael Waltrip a two-time Daytona 500 winner. John Andretti, he has a 1989 Rolex 24 win under his belt, drove with his son Jarett in the GT-class Mazda RX-8 same as Anders Krohn from Stavanger, Norway. Patrick Dempsey, who is also a star on the popular television show Greys AnatomyŽ, is also a racecar driver and owner. Dempsey drove last year and earned a spot on the podium. He drove his Mazda RX8 GT in this years race and says he loves driving at night because it is quiet.He is devoted to Mazda he says they are very supportive. The youngest driver in the Rolex 24 this year was Cooper McNeil, 19; he is a freshman at University of Colorado. McNeils dad, David was a racecar driver so he has grown up around fast cars his entire life. He drove number 23 WeatherTech Porsche GT3 Cup car. He also competed last year when he was 18. The youngest driver to ever grace the track at Daytona was Colin Braun at the tender age of 16 and raced this year in the number 76 Krohn Aviation Lola-Ford. ANGELODUNDEE DEAD AT 90:Trained Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray LeonardFEBRUARY 4, 2012 Hawks Honor Basketball Legend Big CatŽTeam to Honor African-Americans During February Games As A Part Of Black History Month By ARTHIANIXON Georgia/Florida Star Last week started off with another week of wins for the Atlanta Hawks who have been putting their best foot forward lately. The team secured to wins early last week before falling to the Grizzlies on Thursday night. However, that hasnt stopped the Hawks from securing a spot among the top 5 teams in the league according to NBA.coms Power Rankings. As of this weekend, the top five tearms in order are the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers. During all February home games, the Atlanta Hawks will be honoring influential AfricanAmericans who have made significant contributions to a variety of industries as part of this years celebration of Black History Month. Beginning February 2, during Atlanta's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Hawks will honor individuals who are each uniquely different in their contributions and unanimously impactful. Among the honorees is Earl Big CatŽ Lloyd. On Halloween 1950, Earl Big CatŽ Lloyd made history by becoming the first African-American to play in the NBA. On February 12, the Hawks will welcome Earl Lloyd during their home game against the Miami Heat. Lloyd played seven games before being drafted into the Army. The Washington Capitols folded while he was away and he joined the Syracuse Nationals upon his return, helping to lead them to an NBA Championship. In 1960, at the age of 32, Lloyd retired as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He spent the next decade as a scout and assistant coach for the team, and in 1971, stepped into the history books again by becoming the first African-American coach of the Pistons and the second black NBA head coach. Lloyd published his autobiography MoonfixerŽ in 2009. For helping break the color barrier and for having an outstanding playing and coaching career, Lloyd was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. Imagine basketball without Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James or even the Harlem Globe Trotters. Yet, there was a time, that the sport dominated by African Americans didnt have any black players. Long after the sport was first invented in Montreal, Canada, the NBAdid not have any players of color. One of those who broke down barriers in the sport was Earl Big CatŽLloyd. He became one of the first African Americans to play on an official NBAteam, hence paving the way the the legions of others who continue to impact the sporting world as we know it today. Big CatŽis pictured above during his career and to the left celebrating his feat 50 years later.

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Just when I think that I have met all of the most seriously talented professional child actors in Hollywood, whamo;Ž I meet another one! Were talking about eleven year-old. Landry Bender. With her latest role in the 20TH Century Fox Pictures movie, The Sitter,Ž Bender plays Blithe; the baby sister wanna-be celebutanteŽ who was one-third of three misfit children that Noah (played by Jonah Hill) had to baby sit for a night that turned into an evening of you-name-it---it happened!Ž Bender was born in Chicago but her sports caster parents moved to Phoenix when she was two, then relocated to Los Angeles. Bender is named after the late, legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. She began acting at age five doing stage plays then moved into commercials and TV roles. At the beginning of this interview Bender greets me with a warm and charming hello. The conversation that followed was relaxed and fun because Benders sweet nature flowed with the moment which is something you cant fake. Her film character Blithe was way off the chain in terms of a nine-year-old trying to act like a teen. What was benders first impression of Blithe when she initially read the script? She lets a giggle out and says, My mom read it first and then she told me to read it and she let me do because of all that sad stuff. I thought of her (Blithe) as a swearing maniac who wants to be 21. Shes just crazy. She wants to go to clubs all night and party and really should be in bed reading or watching little kid shows.Ž How much of Blithe was on script and how much of herself did Bender put into this character? Bender explains, I put a lot of my own self I really think because I just kind of made her my own. At first they made her into a sassy little chick. Some of it is myself a little bit. The dancing is all me, the songs I made up, so theres just a lot of stuff I put in there.Ž What was it like working with director David Gordon Green? Bender lights up, Hes the best. We pulled a bunch of pranks on him. What were some of the things that Bender learned from Green that she can use in future work? She reflects, He taught me a lot of improve. I just love his style. He would say now you can just do what ever you want and me and Jonah would just scream at each other. We would just go crazy.Ž What did the children on set learn about Jonah Hill that a lot of us dont know? Bender is all smiles with this one saying, He loves bulldogs. I bought a bulldog when I was in New York (where the film was shot).We brought it to the set when the maid would clean our apartment and he would say I need to get one of these. He was like obsessed with it and it was kind of creepy. He said he was going to get two of them.Ž Bender even named her bulldog pup Blithe after her character. Many people have the perception that showbiz youth dont have a normal childhood but in these times what is normal? Living in the hood and getting shot at or living in poverty around the world is not normal. So what is Benders opinion? She laughs, I go to regular school in Beverly Hills and when Im working I take my school work with me on set with a tutor. Its normal for me just like a kid going to soccer practice everyday is normal for him to. Everyone has their life and its normal for them.Ž Bender will be shooting a pilot for the Disney Channel in a couple of weeks so we can really not only expect to see more of her but she may blow up into a super-star with the mighty Disney machine behind her. PAGE B-5 THESTAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 ENTERTAINMENT Landry Bender A Charming Little Package Of Vintage Talent!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Photo by Patrick Rogers Happy New Year and may 2012 be your best ever! TV: In an effort to get her OWN network up and running on a winning track of 2012, former talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is back on her AŽ game in front of the camera again with her new reality show titled Oprahs Next ChapterŽ which debuted Sunday, New Years Day. The reality series will have the master interviewer not only asking the riveting questions of celebs and other interesting guest, but will take her to locations around the world where she will delve into trying out new experiences. The premier broadcast featured Aerosmith superstar lead man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler at his home in New Hampshire. Love In The Air: It is all over the news this week that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is engaged to long time friend William WillieŽ Wilkerson The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a statement Monday that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla. The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht. The 69-yearold jokes: "No, I'm not pregnant." Having become engaged over the holidays, Franklin is considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her dress. This makes Franklins third trip to the alter. Speaking of Steven Tyler above, he too is alter bound after having gotten engaged to Erin Brady according to his representative No further details were provided. This will be Tylers third time around nuptial wise. With all of this wedded bliss floating around for Aretha and Steven, it is on a sad note that divorce is on the agenda for Brit superstar comedian/actor Russell Brand and wife of 14 months, mega-hit singer Katy Perry. Irreconcilable differencesŽ was listed as the cause according to TMZ who secured a copy of the papers that were filed by Brands lawyers at Los Angeles Superior court. False Rumor: Lil Easy Es publicist released the following statement over the weekend: Lil Eazy E, son of rap legend Eric Eazy EŽ Wright was not killed. Rumors have spread throughout the night, via blogs, entertainment websites, and various forums of social media that he was killed in a fatal car crash; however it was a family member that lost his life.My heart is heavy with grieve over the loss of my loved one. I thank all of you for your sentiments and ask that you pray for my family as we deal with this very difficult and painful occurrence,Ž said Lil Eazy E. CD Review: Songwriter, vocalist, keyboardist Mark Cote has a new CD titled Funhouse of Your Mind on the Picture ThisŽ record label which was produced by veteran hit producer Michael Fondelli. The music is a mixture of New Orleans swing-jazz with a folk-pop twist. This is a tough album to categorized in terms of which chart it should go on but the music (especially the cover tune Funhouse of Your MindŽ and its video) has thought provoking themes and pleasing melodies. Go to www.markcote.com to see the video and get more info. A&R World Music Expo 2012: For those of you who consistently use the excuse catch phrases Im gonna,Ž When I,Ž as soon as I,Ž When my,Ž If I can get,Ž Im putting together,Ž Heres the thingŽ and Here whaud it izŽ when it comes to accomplishing a goal here is your chance to actually do something if the music industry is you cup of tea. You should seriously make plans to attend the A&R World MUSEXPO 2012, April 29-May 2nd.at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA. MUSEXPO is one of the world's premiere music, media and technology conferences and will host its eighth annual MUSEXPO event. Registration includes access to complimentary networking breakfasts, lunches, tea-times and evening buffet/cocktail parties as well as all the interactive panels/seminars and showcase events, as well as the international networking lounge and business center we'll have at MUSEXPO for the duration of the conference for registered delegates. The whos who of the music industry world-wide will be there. Go to www.anrworldwide.com Condolences: We received word from our friend Billy Wilson of the MAA (Motown alumni Assoc) that LaMark Billingslea, the son of Motown Legend Joe Billingslea (of The Contours Do You Love MeŽ) was tragically shot to death around 1:30 a.m. at HRs Lounge in Detroit while trying to stop an altercation. It was reported that friends didnt want to wait for the ambulance and took him to the hospital themselves but in route they became involved in a car accident. Police took Billingslea to the hospital where he died according to police reports. Condolences may be sent to thecontours@thecontours.net. Our deepest spiritual meditations go out to the family, friends and fans. Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Study, Observe and Win! Rych Rych McCains Hollyhood Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net Tips To Make Your Wedding Unique(StatePoint) Your wedding day will likely be one of the most memorable days of your life. Unfortunately, many engaged couples get trapped planning a formulaic party with bland food, music and dcor. But with some creative planning, your nuptials can be as unique as your relationship. Whether you break the mold or go traditional, planning something special is all about customization,Ž says Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store that sells save the date cards and wedding invitations. Here are some top customization tips for couples soon tying the knot: € Pick a theme: A theme can really tie your affair together. Opt for one that is aesthetically appropriate for a wedding, and complementary to the venue. Whether you go with rustic chic or urban minimalist, your theme should express your style and inform your planning decisions on everything from food to music. € Tell your guests with style: Informing your guests of the big news is the next step in planning your wedding. Do it early with unique save the dates, to ensure your loved ones can make it to your big day. Its easy to customize the look and feel of your invitations when you order through an online stationery store like www.Minted.com. € Live music: Even if you cant spring for a ten-piece band, live music is a great investment. A live musician (or an exceptional DJ) will liven up the party by tailoring music on the fly, based on guests requests and the shifting mood of your party. € A great space: If possible, avoid the standard hotel conference room. Many hotels have gazebos, verandas and other more elegant rooms to choose from. Or opt for a more non-traditional venue like a museum or art gallery. Your photos are going to last a lifetime, so pick a beautiful space you will want to remember. € Delicious food: To provide food you know you and your guests will love, consider asking your favorite restaurant to cater your event. True you might not get the fondue fountain or ice sculpture you always dreamed of, but having your favorite steak joint or Thai spot provide the eats will certainly be unique and tasty. So before you say I doŽ to your loved one, say I doŽ to a special day thats all you. (c) Nuvola Fotolia.com

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Research Assistant Scientist: The University of Florida is seeking a Research Assistant Scientist to conduct research and teach on distributed and autonomic computing, and develop and manage cyberinfrastructure. Additional duties include providing expertise in the evaluation, development, implementation, and deployment of specific Cloud Computing, Middleware, and Data Management technologies in conjunction with ACIS lab staff and collaborators. He/she will investigate research problems in distributed computing systems, develop software using software engineering best practices, publish peerreviewed research articles in workshops, conferences and journals, evaluate existing technologies, supervise staff and graduate students, oversee development aspects of Cloud and Grid scientific cyberinfrastructure and application management, work with scientific users to develop Cloud and Grid systems and collaborate with key academic researchers and open source user communities including faculty, scientific researchers, and grant stakeholders. The candidate will teach and train students in his/her area of expertise, by conducting sessions, such as workshops and tutorials, as appropriate. The candidate will also be responsible for overseeing the development and integration of technical documentation and its dissemination to students and external users through collaborative Web-accessible systems such as Web Conferencing and Content Management Systems. Position requires a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field as well as five years of practical experience involving all of the following: cloud systems design, virtual machine management, distributed file systems, and management of structured and unstructured data. Evidence of research work should be supported by peer-reviewed journal publications and papers at international conferences, review of scientific articles, and original software products on all of the following topics: a) Grid and Cloud computing; b) virtual networking; c) distributed data systems; d) machine learning; e) collaborative Web systems; and f) secure Internet services. Evidence of development and management of production-quality software systems based on research ideas, inter-disciplinary work and ability to adapt to and integrate new technology should be supported by activities in the last 5 years involving all of the following: Grid/Cloud distributed systems, including Web Services, distributed file systems, databases and Web applications on Unix/Linux/Mac. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The government in the sunshineŽ laws of Florida apply to the search. Candidates should go to https://jobs.ufl.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome _css.jsp to apply. How To Beat Ones SelfBy Daris Howard As we were preparing to weigh in for the big wrestling tournament, I was reading the sign that was directly over the scale when the young man beside me spoke to me. So, what weight do you wrestle at?Ž One-sixty-seven,Ž I replied. He reached out his hand to shake mine. Me too. Names John.Ž Daris,Ž I said as I shook his hand. We visited a minute, and then he leaned toward me a bit and whispered. Hey! Ive heard there is really only one wrestler in our weight that you have to be careful of.Ž Oh!Ž I replied. Who is that?Ž He glanced nervously around, and then whispered quieter still. His name is Howard, and hes from South Fremont.Ž I was taken aback at hearing my own name, but I felt I did a masterful job of hiding my surprise. When I recovered and was finally able to speak, I asked him what he had heard about the South Fremont wrestler. I soon found myself on the receiving end of one of the most interesting descriptions of myself I had ever heard. According to what he shared, I was pretty much a legend, rivaling Paul Bunyan. Though some of what he said was true, the portion that was had been completely blown up into incredibly tall tales. He said he had it on good authority that I had broken the leg or arm of almost every wrestler I had come up against. He said he had heard that no one had ever lasted past the first round with me. He even claimed that there were coaches who said they would rather default and not have one of their team members wrestle me than chance having them get hurt. It may have been true that I had been in some very fierce matches, but they were that way because of tough opponents. The matches were hard fought due to the intensity of the competition. I would never hurt anyone on purpose, and I only knew of one young man that had been hurt wrestling me. And that accident was caused more by his inexperience than by anything on my part. I considered telling that to this young man, and telling him who I was, but I didnt know how to go about it. After weigh-in, the coaches met to determine how each wrestler would be seated in the tournament. When the list was posted, the wrestlers hurried over to look at it. I took my time getting there, and by the time I arrived, the other wrestler h ad already checked it out. He hung his head as I asked him about his draw. Can you believe my rotten luck?Ž he replied. I wrestle Howard on the first round.Ž I told him that Howard was just an intense wrestler and not out to hurt anyone. Have you wrestled him before?Ž he asked. I just know him.Ž I hope youre right,Ž he replied. When it came time for our match, he walked dejectedly to the mat. When I lined up across from him he looked up, and I could see the shock in his eyes. Hes you?!Ž I nodded. And Im not out to hurt anybody. Just wrestle.Ž But it ended up being the shortest match I have ever wrestled. He was pinned in about 30 seconds. I kind of felt sorry for him. When I stepped off the mat, my coach said hed never seen such a fast pin. I just shrugged. It wasnt really my doing.Ž My coach looked confused. What do you mean?Ž Well,Ž I replied, the truth is, he was his own worst opponent, and beat himself long before he ever stepped on the mat.Ž That was when I remembered the words on the sign over the scale when we were weighing in, and realized how true they are. Attitude determines altitude. If you think you can, or you think you cant, youre right.Ž February is scout month and I can never think of that without recalling the 18 boys I was scoutmaster to. I remember one campout when my scouts came dragging something in by the fire. Look what we found!Ž they exclaimed. It was a big cement post. It had a bronze marker on it. Brushing away the dirt I read the inscription. Government marker. Do not remove.Ž Where did you get this?Ž I asked. Oh, can you believe somebody just left it half buried in the woods?Ž they answered. I told them we had to put it back, but they thought they ought to take it home and put it in the scout closet; that way they could show it off to everyone else. I could just imagine what the scout committee would say when they saw it there, that is, if they could see it among all of the other junk. I couldnt convince the boys it belonged to the government no matter what it said, but I also obviously couldnt let them take it home. I had another idea. Have you guys ever thought that maybe it was left by aliens and that by pulling it out you have launched a space ship to this very spot to pick up specimens to take back to their planet?Ž Now I had their attention. They might not believe it was a government marker, but an alien one was totally plausible. I suggested we put it back and watch. We carried it back to where they said they found it. We carefully slid it into its hole and put the dirt around it. The boys set up watch. I told them I would take care of camp while they did. I went back and stretched out on my sleeping bag to try to sleep. Actually, calling it a sleeping bag is a misnomer. A person never really sleep in them unless theyve hiked all day, and then they could sleep on top of a cactus. What a person really does is lay there until they get so stiff they cant move. By night time there still werent any aliens. Hey, give them time,Ž I said. They might live a few thousand light years away. They might not get here until tomorrow.Ž Yeah,Ž one of the boys said. They might be driving a Chevy space ship in which case they could be a lot longer than that.Ž Or,Ž retorted another boy, They might be driving a Ford in which case theyre probably broke down out in the middle of nowhere.Ž I thought it might not be a good idea at that point to mention I drive a Toyota. I decided to ease their minds by telling them a ghost story. They gathered around the fire and I began. Once, quite some time ago, there lived in these parts a beautiful young girl, of about 12 years old, who liked to wander in the forest. Then, one day, she found what was described as a pillar. When she touched it, a bright light suddenly appeared. It could be seen by people for miles around. When they got to the spot, the light was gone and so was the girl. However, there was a dark circle burned in the grass. About a week later, an old woman of about 80 appeared and claimed to be the girl. She said she had lived on a far off planet for decades, but had somehow escaped and returned through a time warp.Ž Far in the distance, interrupting my story, we heard a mountain lion scream what perfect timing! I seized on the opportunity as I continued. Sometimes, when the moon is just right, you can hear her cry. She isnt quite human and can never die and she knows someday they will return for her, so she wanders the woods waiting to try to catch someone she can send in her place.Ž Again the mountain lion screamed. What was that?!Ž one of the boys said, jumping to his feet. That,Ž said another boy, rolling his eyes, was a whole bunch of poppycock.Ž I really got to go,Ž one of the boys said. Who would like to go with me?Ž No one else seemed to have to, though some were squirming. I asked him why he didnt just go by himself. He told me he didnt have a flashlight. I tossed him mine. He went barely out of sight. Suddenly we heard some noise behind the tent. Hey!Ž someone yelled. Thats my tent! You better not be doing what I think youre doing!Ž he almost instantly returned with a relieved smile on his face. Well,Ž I said, its about time we put out the fire and head to bed.Ž They reluctantly agreed. I climbed into my tent. I didnt sleep too well, though, and it wasnt just the sleeping bag, either. Its hard to sleep when everyone in the tents around you has flashlights on all night. (Daris Howard, award-winning, syndicated columnist and playwright, is author of Super Cowboy RidesŽ and can be contacted at daris@darishoward.com; or visit his website at http://www.darishoward.com)PAGE B-6 THESTAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 OPINION OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH 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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Malnourished Child Found Running Naked in the StreetA mother and father were arrested after their malnourished child was found running in the street naked. A 9-year-old child was found wandering around the streets at night, who appeared to be malnourished and naked. Police said the boy had jumped out of the rear window of his house to escape his parents. According to the report, the child weighed only about 35 pounds, which is the size of an average 3-5 year old child. The child was suffering from malnutrition and had severely swollen hands and feet from lack of food. He also had about 100 scars and marks all over his body, showing signs of abuse. Police said he told hospital staff that he had nothing to eat within the last three days. After looking at a picture, a Department of Children and Families judge said, He looks like he came from Auschwitz.Ž The childs parents, Marsee Strong, 34, and Edward Bernard Bailey, 40, were arrested. They both denied abusing the child, but Strong claimed that the child had been beaten by others. Bailey also told police that he had allowed other people to abuse his child without interventing and Strong admitted in failing to getting him any medical treatment. Police say Strong and Bailey have history involving the Department of Children and Families. A private instigator was sent from the DCF to check the home last month, but nothing unusual or any signs of abuse were said to have been reported. Every investigator or social worker that have come into contact with the family will be ordered to show up in court. Neighbors took the incident in surprise and said that they have never seen any problems with the family. Only positive words were used to describe how the neighbors viewed the family. The child was one of six children living in the home and he was taken to the hospital. The other five children were put in the care of a relative. Strong and Bailey were charged with aggravated abuse and neglect of a child. Strong is being held on $65,000 bond and Bailey is being held on $60,000 bond. Investigation continues. C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star FEBRUARY 04 2012THE 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. Woman Trades Sex with Child for PillsA woman was accused of trading sex with a child to another man in exchange for pills. Debra Annmarie Blackmon, 25, was said to be addicted to prescription drugs and allowed Tony Marcel Hammond, 23, to have sex with a minor in her home in exchange for pills. According to police, Blackmon was the minors legal guardian and was suffering from withdrawals. Police also say Hammond provided the girl marijuana. Blackmon denied encouraging the child to have sex with Hammond, but admit that she was well aware of Hammond have sex with her. Hammond denied having sex with the girl, but later admitted that he did once. According to reports, the girl became infected with an incurable sexually transmitted disease. Arrests were made on both Blackmon and Hammond. Blackmon was charged with sex trafficking of a minor by legal guardian and child neglect causing great bodily harm. Hammond was charged with sex trafficking, procuring a person under 18 years old for prostitution. Marsee Strong Edward Bailey Debra Blackmon Tony Marcel

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FEBRUARY 04 2012THE 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. REDUCING VIOLENCE € Look for ways to settle arguments and disagreements without violence. Remember: if you resort to violence to settle disputes, a child may well follow your example. Be a good role model. € Use good manners to help ease tensions that can lead to violence. Teach kids that showing respect for themselves and for the needs of others can prevent crime. € Report crimes and suspicious activities to police; agree to testify when necessary. If you want to live in a safe community, stand up for what you believe in. € Dont support illegal activities, like buying stolen property or using illegal drugs. Its the wrong message to send to a child, and it involves you in criminal activity. It also encourages more crime that hurts you and your neighbors. HELPING VICTIMS OF CRIMES € Dont blame the victim or tell him or her not to be upset, angry, or afraid. Be a comfort and do what you can to ease the situation. € If the victim hasnt told the police, offer to help with a report. € Offer to help the victim repair damage from a crime, replace a windowpane, install a new lock, replace important papers or help with day-to-day needs like transportation, babysitting, and cooking. € Be willing to just sit and listen to the victim talk about the crime. It can help some victims to talk, although others will not want to. Dont try to make a victim talk if he or she does not want to! € Ask your local police about victims counseling and support groups in the area, and encourage the victim to take part. € Ask what you can do to help in the future, and make it a point to get back in touch. Your Safety Would you like to stay connected with your loved ones on lock down in jail, or prison? Anyone gone but not forgotten that you want to encourage ? Get connected and keep a CONNECTION through our new CONNECTION spot. 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 correspondence to P.O. Box 40629, Jacksonville, FL 32203 Suspect Arrested for Murder in VirginiaPolice were in search of a man responsible for a murder that took place in Richmond, Virginia. According to reports, a neighbor had come to check on 44-year-old Sarajane Hakopian after not showing up to work. Hakopian was found dead in her home and when police arrived, they said she died from apparent trauma.Ž Hakopians vehicle, which was a 2005 Kia Sedona van, was also missing. As investigation continued, police began to search for the missing van, which would lead to the murderer. Brian S. Mallory, 42, was arrested at a bus station inJacksonville. Police were able to find him after coming across Hakopians van nearby. Police say Mallory was the boyfriend of Hakopian. Hokapians mother, Betty Savage, said the two were in an intimate relationship, until things got sour. Mallory had become jealous of a friend of Hokapian and began to make threats to her, which started to frighten her. The motives for the killing is still unknown as investigation continues. Mallory has not yet been charged with murder, but will be charged with grand larceny in the theft of Hakopians vehicle. He is being held without bond. Mallory has a history of felonies dating back 11 years. On February 1991, he was sentenced to 90 years in prison for robbery, kidnapping, and firearm convictions with 56 years suspended. In January 2006, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery, abduction, and probation violation and was released in October 2009 to be ordered into supervised probation. Hokapian was loved by many as they described her as generous, kind, and caring. She was very active in the community and also sang in the choir at church, acted in plays at community centers, and took in stray animals. She was always willing go lend a helping hand. Hakopian had two sisters and three brothers. She also leaves behind two young children. Her mothers 43th birthday will be on February 10, but instead of celebrating, she will have a funeral service for her daughter. Brian Mallory Sarajane Hakopian

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Grandmother Tries to Give Away Grandchild at Gas Station Houston, TX52-year-old Vernice Ruenell Zagerman was said to be harassing motorists at a gas station one night asking if they wanted a little girl. Zagerman was reported to be intoxicated and trying to give her 3year-old grandchild away to random strangers. One of the people Zagerman talked to, called the police. When police arrived, Zagerman had already fled the station in a cab. Police went after the cab and pulled it over. Zagerman was arrested, but this was not her first time. She has prior convictions for drugs and theft, assaulting a family member, and assaulting a public servant resulting in bodily injury. The mother of the child was away from home in school during the incident. Zagerman faces a charge of child endangerment. Teen StealsBicycle After Stolen Car Gets Stuck in Sand An owner of a 2008 Lexus had called police that his car was missing from his driveway and that his girlfriends car had been burglarized. The man also said that there was a Dell laptop, a laptop bag, and paperwork in the Lexus. Police found a vehicle stuck in the sand at a beach and noticed Cole Allen Mason, 17, riding a bicycle down the road. The officers had seen Mason before and knew he did not reside in that area. Another man approached the police reporting a stolen bike and police tracked Mason down in their patrol car. The bike was returned to its owner and the keys to the Lexus was found in masons pocket. Mason was said to have driven the stolen car into the sand, where it became stuck, and stole the bike from a man to flee the scene. He was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, petit theft, and grand theft. FEBRUARY 04, 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Beats Husband For Asking to Use the BedWith Another Woman A woman is now behind bars after venting out her anger at her husband, who brought another woman to the house. Marian Searchwell, 56, was in bed in the master bedroom and her husband had come home with another woman. Her husband asked her to leave, so that he could use the bed with the other woman. When Searchwell refused, her husband picked her up from the bed. Searchwell infuriated, then grabbed him by his shirt and his neck and began yelling at him. Searchwell used such force that she left her husband with abrasions on both sides of his neck. Searchwell and her husband have been married for 5 months and were said to have been separated for the past month. They were still living together until alternative living arrangements would be made. When authorities arrived, Searchwell was unfortunately arrested for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Dog Put in the River While Tied to Dumbbell A man was arrested after tying a dumbbell to a dog and putting it in the river. Willie T. Bell, 41, was fishing and swimming while a 2-year-old pit bull was 25 yard out in a river with a 30pound dumb bell tied around its neck. The dog was anchored down and was swimming in place, while struggling to breathe for air. A police officer, who was driving by in his vehicle, saw the snout of the dog sticking out of the river and went down to confront Bell. The Officer asked what he was doing to the dog and Bell told him that he was doing it to make it stronger. Bell was ordered to take the dog out of the water and he did as asked. He also told the officer that the dog was in the river for about 15 minutes and when Bell was asked if he would like to be left in the river like the dog was, he said no. Bell appeared to not be the owner of the dog and it was safely returned to its owner immediately. Bell was arrested and charged with third-degree felony animal cruelty. He will spend forty days in prison. Nude Man Stabs Mother and Daughter Torrance, CAPolice responded to a call made and arrived at a home, where Virgil Tyrone Tate, 31, fatally stabbed a mother and daughter and left a man injured. The surviving man came out to lead the officers to the Tate, who was said to also live with them. The first victim was found laying on the ground with stab wounds. Tate had locked himself in a backroom, where the officers were able to force themselves into. Tate was found naked with the second victim on the ground also with stab wounds. Reports say that Tate and the daughter were planning to get married. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene and the male survivor was taken to a hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition. Tate was arrested on suspicion of murder in lieu of $1 million bail. Man Mistakenly Arrested Before Day of Birthday? Chesapeake, VAA female employee of a Papa Johns restaurant had just told police that she had been robbed with a gun while making a delivery. The police said when they arrived to the scene, they stated seeing two men running into a residence nearby. The officers searched the two men, Brandon Smith, 26, and Brian Faulcon, 27, and arrested them for robbery and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. When Smith was later being interviewed, his eyes became teary as he repeatedly said that he did not commit the crime. Him and Faulcon were lifelong friends and Faulcon ran a car detailing business. Smith said he use to play college basketball and volunteered as a high school basketball coach and had no reason to steal. His birthday was on the next day, but he wil remain in jail as investigation continues. Willie Bill Marian Searchwell

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FEBRUARY 04, 2012THE STARC&J 4 PAGE B4 C M Y K Criminal Line-Up Criminal Line-Up Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. ON THE LOOKOUT MISSINGCHILDREN Name: Jennifer Shanique Casey Offense: Grand Theft (Over $300) Name: William Anthony Watson Offense: Resisting officer without violence Name: James Bernard Kenney Offense: Driving with a suspended or revoked license. Habitual traffic offender. Name: Briana Canning Age: 17 Weight: 116 lbs Last seen: 1/11/12 Name: Dante L. Sanchious Age: 17 Weight: 153 lbs Last seen: 12/14/11 Name: Destinee Rochelle Wilkerson Age: 17 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 12/04/11 Name: Brittney Nicole Fason Age: 15 Weight: 125 lbs Last seen: 1/25/12 Name: India N. Williams Age: 15 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 1/11/12 EVERY FRIDAY Channel 99 @ 10:30pm € Get your story to the public. € Help reduce crime. € Expose your talents. Contact: (904) 437-0309 Email: stvtvshow@yahoo.com www.STVUYT.com Be Useful, Never Giving In. Get Involved Today MOSTWANTED Armed Robbery SuspectPolice were dispatched to a gas station in reference to an armed robbery. The complainant stated that two black males ran in the store and robbed them with a gun. Investigation revealed that the suspects took money from the cash register, an undisclosed amount of cigarettes, and unknown amount of scratch off lottery tickets then fled the store. Witnesses at a nearby Dennys restaurant told police that a subject matching the description of one of the suspects ordered a to goŽ meal, was rude, and appeared to be in a hurry. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012THE STARPR 1 (StatePoint) In todays fast-paced, wired world, all that separates us from sharing our guiltiest thoughts and darkest secrets with the rest of the planet is a single mouse click or finger stroke across a smartphone screen. And kids today need to be taught early-on the difference between being honest and sharing too much, say experts. Amid the din of oversharing, we mistake spasms of self-revelation for honesty. And in a time of constant confessional disclosures, we are losing our ability to self-reflect and be truly honest,Ž says Paul Wilkes, a filmmaker, religion and spirituality writer, and author of The Art of Confession,Ž a new book that seeks to redefine confession for a multicultural, contemporary world. But honesty is still the best policy. And here are some ways to teach this concept to those born after the advent of a social networking culture: € Foster good communication: Your child is more likely to be truthful with you if you have a great relationship. You can strengthen that relationship by being approachable, not judgmental. Talk regularly. Make a family dinner a routine part of your life. Schedule game nights, movie nights and other enjoyable activities do with your children. € Lead by example: Lying can be convenient, but resorting to dishonesty when talking to your children is always a mistake. Youll risk normalizing deceit for an impressionable young person. Worse yet, your kids will have good reason to distrust you after you promise that the flu shot doesnt hurt a bit. € Encourage a culture of confession: If your child admits to wrongdoing, first be grateful for the honesty. While you must discipline him or her, the punishment shouldnt be a deterrent for future confession. Hitting, shaming, and generally making your child feel bad will only inspire him to lie in the future. But instead of sending your children to their rooms to play video games, you can help them reflect on how to do better next time. Confession is not merely a clearing out of that which is wrong in us,Ž says Wilkes. It is a realignment of what is best in us and an intention to live a better life.Ž € Nip it in the bud: Bad habits can start early and are often hard to shake, so its never too early to correct dishonest behavior in your child. And you can help kids avoid lying by giving them fewer opportunities to do so. For example, if you know who made the mess, dont ask Did you do this?Ž Confront him or her directly about it instead. € Use literature: There are many excellent fiction and non-fiction books that deal with ethical issues and honesty. Your librarian can help you find something age-appropriate to read and discuss with kids. Though there may be no portion of the school day devoted to it, honesty can be taught. Make sure you dont let your kids skip this lesson. HEADER:FAMILY & PARENTING Teach Kids To Be Honest (c) greattraits.com

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012PREP RAP PR 2 LIVING -----------------------------------------New And Old Ways To Find Friends Who Share Your Interests(StatePoint) Even if youre the life of the party, making friends who share your enthusiasm for your hobbies is not always easy. Especially for those of us who have unusual interests. Baton twirling anybody? While not all hobbies will easily win you friends like joining a sports team or forming a band, there are many new and old tools to help hook you up with like-minded people, no matter how obscure your interests are: Cant Beat Em? Join Em If your friends never take your book recommendations, or they always decline your invitations to play tennis, its time join a club. Check message boards online or in your community for listings. If you dont find what youre looking for, post your own ad and start a club yourself! Taking classes is also an excellent way to meet people with your hobbies. From dancing to photography to cooking, youll meet people and learn something too. Go Alone Having trouble finding a companion for the opera? Get up the courage and attend alone. Theres no shame in pursuing your interests solo. And once youre there, youll be surrounded by people who have at least one thing in common with you. So be very friendly. After all, theres no better place to meet someone to take to the next event. Go Online You may not find anyone in your community who shares your love of model rockets, but theres an entire world of people out there, who you can meet face-to-faceŽ online. New tools are allowing people around the world to connect online in a very authentic way,Ž says Jamie Snider, Co-founder of Yowie.com, a video chatting website. Consider joining a free site like Yowie.com, where users with common interests connect through group online video chats. Hold virtual club meetings and discussions from the comfort of your own home. The site not only enables virtual face-to-face chatsŽ but also allow you to share other media, like your favorite YouTube videos, mid-chat. Look for a site that has measures of protection like privacy settings. Yowie, for example, has a reputation scoring system so you can make informed decisions about who you interact with on the site. Volunteer Volunteering is a great way to meet people who care about the same things as you. Stuff envelopes for a political campaign or serve food at a soup kitchen. Theres plenty of camaraderie to be had when you work with others toward a common cause. Whether youre looking to join a club, or just gain feedback on a project, take advantage of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks locally and globally. PHOTO CAPTION: Group video chat websites make it easy for people with common interests to connect online. NEED TO KNOW -----------------------------------------Make The Most Of Your Tax Refund (StatePoint) This year, the IRS estimates the average federal tax refund will be about $3,000. Thats the largest single chunk of disposable income most taxpayers receive in a year. If youre due to cash in, dont waste it on things you dont need. Make sure you get the biggest refund possible. Good tax preparation software, like TurboTax, can help you achieve this. Put the money toward goals like college, retirement, or eliminating debt. Consider free online services like Mint.com, which help you establish a budget for these goals. Or use desktop software, such as Quicken, to manage this sudden cash flow. Getting a refund is not winning the lottery; its your income, so invest in your future. Wish to give us a News Story relating to the Youth of our community? Send it to: info@th eflo ridastar.com or tia@th eflo ridastar.com

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012THE STARPR 4 Florida Ranks 11 in 2012 Quality Counts Report~ Annual report ranks Florida high in teaching profession and accountability ~ The results in Education Week's Quality Counts 2012: The Global Challenge Education in a Competitive World released today ranks Florida eleventh in the nation overall. The report gives high marks to Florida in both the Standards, Assessments, and Accountability category and the Teaching Profession category. The data used to derive the financial ranking dates back to 2009 and reflects the impact of the economic downturn on spending for education from that year. "Florida's education system ranks among the best in the nation, but we still face some challenges. I'm confident we will continue to improve," said Governor Rick Scott. Similar to previous years, the 2012 edition of the report grades states based on their policies and performance in six main education areas: Chance for Success; K-12 Achievement; Standards, Assessments, and Accountability; The Teaching Profession; School Finance Analysis; and Transitions and Alignment. This year's report updates scores in five of the areas, but does not update Transitions and Alignment. State rankings are based on the average score for all six categories. Florida scored an overall grade of "C+." "Floridians truly believe that support for education is the most significant thing we can do to ensure both shortterm job growth and long-term economic prosperity for our state," said Gov. Scott in his State of the State Address on Tuesday. "My recommended budget includes $1 billion in new state funding for education." Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said that the Governor's budget recommendations come at an important time. "We know that our educational system has been strained by the economic downturn," said Commissioner Robinson. "The additional investment in a high-quality education will not show up immediately, but it will be a factor in our success as we move forward." Robinson added that he was pleased with the state's standing in the areas of the teaching profession and accountability. "Florida is a leader when it comes to education reform. That's evident in our 'A' grade in the accountability area. We are a model for other states when it comes to using high quality metrics to help guide instruction and inform policy. In fact, we're one of only 10 states that have the ability to link teachers and student performance," he said. Highlights of the 2012 report include …Florida earned an "A" in the Standards, Assessments and Accountability category and ranked fifth in the nation. …Florida is one of 10 states to have the capability to link teachers and their student performance data back to teacher education programs. …Florida is among 29 states to have used education data from international models to shape reform policies. …Florida ranked first on the equity measure that looks at differences between average per pupil spending among districts at the 95th and fifth percentiles. …Florida is second in the nation in the equal distribution of funds amongst its school districts. …Florida ranks fourth in the nation with a "B" in The Teaching Profession category. …Florida earned points for increasing its graduation index by 14 percentage points from 2000 to 2008. …Advanced Placement achievement and improvement points increased in this year's analysis. Florida was the fourth highest state in the percent of students who scored "3" or higher on AP tests and third highest for the percentage of increase in successful AP testers. To view more details about Florida's performance on the 2012 Quality Counts report, visit http://www.edweek.org/go/gc12.



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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 A Camden County, Georgia judge has denied bond to Brunswick city commissioner James Brooks, who was arrested last week for accepting a $300 bribe from a man who wanted help in getting a job as a police officer. The decision comes as the judge decided that because he accepted the money to remove a criminal record for the man, Brooks still may try to intimidate witnesses if released. Authorities are using the incident as a probe into what they believe is more illegal conduct by Brooks unrelated to this crime. Marine Convicted for Suicide Attempt Patti Labelle to Perform at Super Bowl Patti LaBelle is counted among the artists who will be performing free concerts during the week leading up to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on February 5, 2012. Several other artists scheduled to appear include En Vogue, Darius Rucker, Fuel, Sixpence None the Richer, Umphrey's McGee, Bret Michaels, and Will Hoge. A specific schedule was not announced, but even more artists are expected to be added. Uproar Over Georgias Chain Gang Road It was a clear, sunny day as local businesswoman, Andrea Giggetts, set out to sojourn on a solo trip to Oklahoma to visit her newly minted client. Although she had hundreds of miles of travel before her, she was undaunted. Mentally, she had prepared for this transition from corporate America to realizing her dreams of entrepreneurship. Spiritually, she knew that failure was not an option as she recounted with pride other black achievers who courageously braved private enterprise with success. As she entered into Sasser, Georgia, Andrea barely Patti Labelle Lazzaric T. Caldwell Commissioner Brooks Denied Bond for $300 Bribe Don Cornelius Commits Suicide Former Soul Train Host Don Cornelius Jacksonville Pays Tribute to Queen Bess See B-6 Get Your Free Ticketto see SAFE HOUSEon February 7, 2012 See Details Inside! 11th Body Found in Deadly I-75 Crash Bishop Eddie Long Angers Jewish Leaders Two of the Vehicles Involved in the Pileup The body of an 11th person was found Wednesday, the result of a fiery multi-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida. Early morning fog and smoke from a nearby brush fire caused at least a dozen cars, six tractor trailers, and a motorhome to collide on the busy highway, many erupting in flames. Several of those badly burned have yet to be identified. Eighteen survivors were sent to area hospitals. Bishop Eddie Long Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, infamous for his alleged sexual affairs with young male members of his church and subsequent divorce, again found himself in hot water this time with the Jewish community after video leaked of him being wrapped in a sacred Jewish Torah and crowned "king". The video of the special church service shows Long's honored guest Rabbi Ralph Messer wrapping Long in a priceless 312-year-old scroll apparently recovered from the Auschwitz concentration camp after World War II. Long was then paraded around the church stage on the shoulders of four preachers so that members were able to applaud their new king. The general public expressed confusion and skepticism about the event in various social media. escapes from a one-car accident. Her eyes had become transfixed on a demeaning and derogatory road sign called Chain Gang Road that was prominently displayed on a major highway in Sasser. Suddenly, a tsunami of feelings erupted within Mrs. Giggetts as she could not believe that governmental officials or even wellinformed, enlightened, and maturing citizens would want to resurrect a powerful and shameful imagery that symbolically meant racial oppression and atrocities Continued on A-2 An ex-Marine private has decided to fight his military conviction that says he broke the law when he tried to kill himself. Camp Pendleton, California resident Lazzaric T. Caldwell, 25, had been clinically diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and a personality disorder despite never having been deployed to a war zone. Caldwell was court-martialed after slitting his wrists on base in Japan. The military said he was guilty of "intentional selfinjury without intent to avoid service". The government believes that having this punishment in place help to maintain order in all of the armed forced. Caldwell plead guilty to the charge at the time but now, he has decided to fight back. 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Karl Marx, the Father of Communism (Marxism), would be blushing if he could come up from Hell and look at what the United States Department of Education is trying to pull off on the American public. The power grab began when the economic downturn hit us. The provider of college student loans, SallieMae, was a victim like many other institutions. Like a duck on a June bug, the federal government pounced on it. It wasnt long before the U.S. Department of Education became the owner of SallieMae, shut it down permanently and took total control of student lending. It was the beginning of the end for student lending as we know it. With its new-found power, it initiated the Gainful Employment Rule. This rule, which is a way around actual Congressional legislation, would calculate loan payback ratios against students of particular schools. If the formula was substandard that particular school would no longer be allowed student financing. Thus, a school not meeting the requirement would be destined to destruction. The formula was cooked to go against for-profit schools like Kaplan, University of Phoenix, DeVry, etc. What is noticeable is the fact that these schools graduate the lions share of minority students particularly Black students. Obviously, this rule will deliver a deathly blow to the futures of millions of Black students, and so we cried foul! The Department of Education didnt care and pursued this vicious plot. We caught the attention of Congress, particularly the Congressional Black Caucus. They politely approached the White House about this. Even liberal groups such as Operation Push voiced much concern. Noticing the attention, the Department of Education decided to publish a study. The saying figures dont lie but liars figure applies here. They actually had the audacity to present to Congress and the public a study that claimed there would be no disproportionate impact on minorities resulting from the implementation of the Gainful Employment Rule. Oh, what a lie! It took a formal lawsuit by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities to get to the truth. It was proven in court that the so called study by the Department of Education omitted Black students from its calculation. Can you believe it? They were looking for impact on minorities but excluded any information about Black students. It was a total deceit. A deceit that will cause irreparable harm to our youth, our youth who are working hard to make a better life for themselves and to begin a positive legacy. But no, the Department of Education has other ideas for our youth. Getting educated through for profit schools is not it. Keep in mind that as this rule is written, 93% of our historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) also will no longer qualify for student loans from the federal government. What will happen to them? The power hungry Department of Education would shut down their legacies and merge them into state university systems. Our college tradition will be gone forever. Black folk, I think you need to pay more attention to this. There is another thing this freight train is trying to do. They are encouraging state legislatures, such as Indiana and others, to no longer have a licensing system for barber and beauty schools. Why? They want to take the entrepreneurship out of this industry. So many of our youth are given a second chance by going to barber college or beauty school and getting a license to open up their own shop and earn an honest living. Many times it is the only way an ex-offender can get a professional license. By doing this, it would kill all of these schools. Then, the giant Department of Education can start producing barbers and beauticians through their federally funded community schools. It would kill a long standing and prosperous way of life within our communities. The above is all about Europeanizing our educational system. Before long, they will be deciding what Black youth ought to do with their future. They will reserve college space for their chosen ones (including Black bourgeoisie) and for the common folk they will slot in particular spaces and crafts. They will choose what a youth is going to do at an early age, not what the youth dreams of doing or what his parents encourage him/her to become. They will be sent to culinary schools, hospitality fields, machinists and blue collar activities. Freedom of choice, entrepreneurship and living the American dream will soon fade away if we let these zealots have their way. America, it is time to dig in and fight back. Dont let them destroy our way of life. Mr. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org. PAGE A-2 THESTAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 Beyond the Rhetoric:The Department of Education is Drunk with Power and Hell BentBy Harry C. Alford Continued from A-1 rendered to convict laborers who were primarily southern AfricanAmerican men! After realizing that she was not hallucinating, she became numbed, enraged, appalled, and humiliated because most Americans know that the phrase chain gang is a grim reminder and a throwback to the days of slavery and is akin to servitude and exploitation. Furthermore, she felt that words have meanings and the phrase chain gang to some African-Americans within this community could be a self-fulfilling prophecy and could psychologically damage a persons psyche and sense of self-worth! Andrea also knew that thousands of cars travelled to and fro on that route daily and she did not want those travelers to leave with an indelible negative impression of the African American community. She pondered that perhaps the local community was socially conditioned or too politically lethargic and passive to rock the boat but regardless a continuance display of that road sign was despicable to her and had no redeeming value to the community. In addition, she could not come to terms as to why the local community would allow tradition to trump race relations. Immediately, Mrs. Giggetts wrote a letter of complaint and requested the assistance of Rev. Ezekiel Holley, local NAACP Chapter President for Terrell County, Georgia to help her petition the County Commissioners for the removal of this sign. Prior to meeting with the County Commissioners, Rev. Holley met with the black residents on Chain Gang Road to discuss Mrs. Giggetts complaint. Unanimously, each resident signed the petition for the renaming of Chain Gang Road! On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Mrs. Giggetts and Rev. Holleys meeting with the County Commissioners was contentious. Although Chairman Gamble gave the previous speaker nearly 45 minutes to discuss the slaughter of her sheep, Mr. Gamble barely gave Mrs. Giggetts two minutes to discuss the importance of eradicating this confrontational landmark in favor of erecting something more befitting to the Sasser community. States Andrea, Chairman Gamble, used every trick in the southern playbook to include being condescending and dismissive to my concern. However, Mrs. Giggetts is undeterred by these antics. A myriad of ideas are being planned to include launching a national campaign to boycott patronizing Sassers businesses. States, Rev. Holley, Andrea is our current-day Rosa Parks. It is not known how often the military prosecutes active duty members for trying to commit suicide, but it is clear that the government has placed a priority on preventing it, whether it be for morale or for political reasons. The military has had an increase in suicide rates among all branches since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Caldwells case, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a bad conduct discharge. His single allowed appeal to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals was denied in December. Caldwells lawyer wants to take the case to the highest court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington. Caldwell, his family, and his lawyer all believe that the punishment was more than unfair, seeing that clinical help would have done more good than giving him a criminal record. Caldwell said he only took the plea in hopes it would be the quickest way to get home to see his sick mother. He told the court that prior to his suicide attempt, he had learned of a friends death a day earlier. That, combined with the recent deaths several family members, a stabbing by his former fiance, a 60-day confinement for other alleged offenses and personal problems within his unit, brought him to his breaking point. Continued from A-1

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NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH 737 Jessie St., cordially invite you to come celebrate our church and Pastors Anniversary, Tuesday, February 14th, Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly. To God be the glory for the things he has done for us for 95 years with the church and 9 years with Reverend and Mrs. Louis Kirkland. For more information call (904) 354-3021. JACKSONVILLE, FL ADAMS, James Burt, 89, died January 29, 2012. ANDERSON Willie, died January 23, 2012. ANSLEY, Gloria, 60, died January 27, 2012. ATKINS, Marie, died January 25, 2012. BARNETT, Larry, January 29, 2012. CANTY, Lottie D., died January 29, 2012. COLLINS, Walter, 86, died January 29, 2012. CONNELLY, Elizabeth Betty, 91, died January 29, 2012. CUMMINGS, Doris, died January 29, 2012. FREDERICK, Lamont, died January 29, 2012. GLASPIE, Master Sincere, infant, died January 22, 2012. HAYNES, Reuben, Jr., died January 29, 2012. HENDLEY, Thelma, died January 28, 2012. HICKS, Vollice, died January 29, 2012. HILL, Jacqueline Lee, 50, died January 23, 2012. KERSEY, Smith J., 76, died January 27, 2012. LAKE, Alice McCoy, died January 29, 2012. POPE, Lawrence, 100, died January 22, 2012. 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. 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E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. TALK OF THE TOWN! Celebrates Black History MonthAssociation for the Study of African American Life and History Installs New Officers. Jacksonvilles James Weldon Johnson Branch-Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) recently swore in newly elected officers during a celebration held at the historic sorority house of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on West 8th Street. The evening was festive and included fun, ice breakers, and other games with prizes awarded to winning teams and individuals. A delicious menu of hors doeuvres was served by Marees Catering. Serving as mistress of ceremony for the evening was ASALH member, Delores Gardner James Other members who participated in the program were Constance Timberlake and Yvette Ridley. Outgoing president, Khamil Ojoyo and committee member, Ok Sun Burks presented awards for outstanding service to 2009-2011 Officers. Dr. Brenda Simmons, a founding member of the local ASALH, performed the installation of officers in a ceremony which she designed. The officers elected to lead the James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH for 2012-2014 are: Anita Shepherd, President; Harold Felder, First Vice-President, Programs; Ok Sun Burks, Second Vice-President, Membership; Loretta Hines, Treasurer; Dr. Audrey Morrisette, Historian; Eleanor Hughes, Parliamentarian; Dr. Ruth Stevens, Chaplin; Delores Gardner James, Recording Secretary; Alonzo McNealy, Sergeant-at-Arms; Roxann Hilbert, Financial Secretary; Hazel Gillis, Corresponding Secretary; and Flora Parker, Assistant Corresponding Secretary. ASALH is a national organization which was founded in 1915 by Dr.Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History. The mission of the organization is to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about black life, history, and culture to the global community. The James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH was chartered in Jacksonville on June 6, 1995. The branch presents programs and activities about local and national African-American history, including the annual Black History calendar. Currently, the Johnson Branch of ASALH meets at 10 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Jacksonville Urban League building. For more information, visit the website at www.asalh-jaxfl.org. The national organizations website is www.asalh.org. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jacksonvilles Black History Calendar Honors Cecilia Ann Washington-Carr. The 2012 Black History Calendar was unveiled recently in a ceremony at the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library. In keeping with the 2012 Black History theme, the calendar celebrates Black Women in American Culture & History. Twelve African-American women, native Jacksonvillians and/or longtime residents were selected, who contribute to the cultural, business, and spiritual makeup of our city. Among the honorees was my lifelong friend, Cecilia Ann Washington-Carr, a talented artist, illustrator, and muralist, whose artwork and designs can be found on Hallmark Greeting Cards, at Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Cruise Lines and more. Celie is the daughter of the late Dr. E. H. Washington, Sr. and the late Inez Washington. She began to show artistic talent at the age of four. By the time she was seven, Celie was painting in oils at the familys ocean front home at American Beach. She credits her mother for encouraging her artistic pursuits. As a fine arts major at Howard University, she was inspired by her professor, renowned artist, Dr. Lois Maillou Jones. Celie has never been a starving artist. Hallmark Greeting cards recruited her right out of college. She worked for 30 years at Walt Disney World in Orlando as a character illustrator in the Merchandising Division, a background artist for the animation department, developer of art for new attractions, designer and illustrator of the logo design for the Mouseketeers. Additionally, she has worked on contract for Universal Studios, Sea World, Sally Industries, and Disney Cruise Lines. Cecilia is especially proud of first place award she received from the Catholic Press Association for the book, My Bible Friends, Read-And-Do-Book which she illustrated in collaboration with author Robin Curie. As an entrepreneur, Celies Angel on My Shoulder by Cecilia Carr buttons are illustrated buttons depicting cute, doe-eyed children. The button displays are available in over 250 Publix grocery stores at the Customer Service counters. She has also painted murals for Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization founded by Ponte Vedra philanthropist, Henri Landwirth. Mr. Landwirth also commissioned Cecilia to transform the bare walls of the Hugh H. Jones, Jr. Medical/Dental Building of the I. M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless. Retired from Disney World, Celie currently travels the country for Heart of America Foundation on the READesign library makeover program which is sponsored by Target and CapitalOne. Congratulations, Celie! You are this weeks TALK OF THE TOWN! PAGE A-4 THE STAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley by Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer Volume Burks, Photographer Honoree Felice Franklin L-R: Mary Washington, Shirley Kemp, and Honoree Cecilia Washington-Carr Cecilia Washington-Carr, Sen. Tony Hill, and Roslyn Burrough Honoree Deborah Daniel and mother, Grace West ASALH President 2012-2014, Anita Shepherd and outgoing President, Khamil Ojoyo (L-R): Bettye Sessions, Guest Speaker, Dr. Rogers Cain, Khamil Ojoyo, and J. Randolph Gaines Honoree Cecilia Washington-Carr

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THESTAR By ARTHIA NIXON Caribbean News Editor JAMAICA: Reggae enthusiasts and Rastafarians from around the world are embarking on the pilgrimage to the island this week in commemoration of the birthday of Bob Marley, one of the worlds most influential musicians and one of Jamaicas most revered sons. Concerts, historical tours, readings and honors are taking place throughout the island. Some of Marleys children and his widow Rita are also slated to take part in activities. There are also scheduled concerts in cities in the US, UK and Europe. The celebrations coincide with February being deemed Reggae Month as well as Marleys birthday being February 6th. Ironically, on Tuesday Jamaica lost another reggae pioneer in the form of Winston King Stitt/The Ugly One Sparks. The 72 year old died of cancer. Marley, who become one of the Caribbeans most successful musicians and symbolic of the Rastafarian movement and the religions trademark dreadlocks, died in 1981 of cancer at age 36. Although many proclaimed him to be a triumphant voice for a new generation of African descendents post Civil Rights, Marley himself was mix raced, the only child born to a teenage black mother and white father, some forty years her senior. I don't have prejudice against meself, Marley had once stated about being mixed race. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white. Bob Marley ranks among both the most popular and the most misunderstood figures in modern culture ... said writer Dave Thomas. That the machine has utterly emasculated Marley is beyond doubt. Gone from the public record is the ghetto kid who dreamed of Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, and pinned their posters up in the Wailers Soul Shack record store; who believed in freedom; and the fighting which it necessitated, and dressed the part on an early album sleeve; whose heroes were James Brown and Muhammad Ali; whose God was Ras Tafari and whose sacrament was marijuana. Instead, the Bob Marley who surveys his kingdom today is smiling benevolence, a shining sun, a waving palm tree, and a string of hits which tumble out of polite radio like candy from a gumball machine. Of course it has assured his immortality. But it has also demeaned him beyond recognition. Bob Marley was worth far more. The Bahamas accepted Her Excellency Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, as Non-Resident High Commissioner from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, January 19. Pictured from left are Dr Patricia Rodgers, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; High Commissioner Bhutto; His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; and Joan Lady Foulkes. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) The Bahamas And Nigeria Forge Ties By Lindsay Thompson NASSAU, The Bahamas The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are seeking to forge ties in tourism and other areas of economic development. These areas of development were announced by His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General as he accepted Letters of Commission presented by Her Excellency Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, accrediting her as Non-Resident High Commissioner from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, January 19. "Today begins another chapter in the continued development of strong,mutually-beneficial bilateral relations and cooperation between our two countries. Our two countries share historical commonalities that cannot be denied, and which will continue to be promoted," he said. Regarding Nigeria as one of Africa's leading countries, Sir Arthur also described it as a leader in the establishment of the New Partnership for African Development, the creation of the Economic Community of West African States, and significant contributions to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also congratulated Nigeria for its recent contributions to the international community as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council. Notwithstanding the difference in size, The Bahamas and Nigeria have partnered politically in several major international fora such as the UN, the African Caribbean Pacific Group and, the Commonwealth, Sir Arthur said. Also, both countries are committed to the ideals of democracy, human rights and sustainable development. "Our two countries share historical commonalities that cannot be denied, and which will continue to be promoted. We too are aware and share with your country many concerns as they relate to the environment, security and energy," he said. Nigeria was also acknowledged for making "significant strides" in confronting environmental challenges on an international, federal and local level and is actively exploring methods of producing renewable and sustainable energy. "In this regard, I commend the efforts of your government in your country and, in particular, for programmes aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of climate change," Sir Arthur said. And, he also applauded the Government of Nigeria for its efforts to be among the 20 most developed countries in 2020, despite formidable obstacles. As The Bahamas is known for its robust tourism industry the mainstay of its economy, he said the country would welcome opportunities to strengthen its relations with Nigeria in this sector. "It is our hope that, moving forward with these proposals, we can see the fruit of our labour manifest in meaningful progress for both Nigeria and The Bahamas," Sir Arthur said. On January 19 High Commissioner Binta Bhutto paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister Jamaica Celebrates Reggae Month By Paying Homage To Genres Most Popular Icon Bob Marley While Mourning The Loss Of King StittPAGEA-7 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Brent Symonette accepted Letters of Commissioner Her Excellency Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, Non-Resident High Commissioner (Designated) from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during a Courtesy Call on Wednesday, January 18, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre. (BIS Photo/Kris Ingraham) Bajan Band Making It Big In United Kingdom; Gets Congrats From Barbados Culture Minister By Sharon Austin GillMoore Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has congratulated Barbadian band Cover Drive for its success in shooting to the top of the United Kingdom charts with its latest single Twilight. In a letter to the fourmember band, Mr. Lashley said: "I would like, on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, to offer you heartiest congratulations on your success to date. What you have been able to achieve in your young career is truly phenomenal. It is an achievement that has made Barbados proud and represents yet another high point in the cultural offerings of our country. "What makes it even more remarkable is that this song was only released on January 22 and within a week it became number one on the UK charts. It is a a clear reminder to all of us, especially our young people, that success comes with hard work and perseverance." Mr. Lashley told the young people "we look forward with anticipation to even greater accomplishments as you blaze the trail of further developing the cultural sector here in Barbados". Cover Drive is a fourmember band comprising Amanda Reifer, TRay Armstrong, Barry Bar-Man' Hill and Jamar Harding. The band was signed by Polydor Records and the members perform pop, rock and R&B. This group joins a growing number of local artists, including Rihanna, stepping on the international music scene. Elephant Man Arrested On Sexual Assault And Rape Charges Dancehall star Oneil Elephant Man Bryan was arrested earlier this week at his home in St. Andrew Jamaica. According to reports gathered by our newsroom, the Willie Bounce singer will be going before the magistrates court to answer to charges of sexual assault and rape on a woman at his home.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDASECTION B Celebrating Queen Bess: The Life and Legacy of Bessie Coleman In celebration of aviatrix, Bessie Coleman, the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy (BCAL) celebrated her birth, as well as commemo rated her untimely death on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The public enjoyed two days jam-packed with events honoring an important woman in American history! Commemorative Plaque Dedication of Brass Relief Plaque at Dedication of Brass Relief Plaque at Paxon School for Advanced Studies Paxon School for Advanced Studies The Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc. (BCAL) is a nonprofit organization, with a mission to ensure that the legacy of Bessie Coleman and her contributions to aviation continue. BCAL is dedicated to ensuring that the next generations of African-Americans know that aviation/aerospace is a career option and as a result are proud of this legacy. Back in 1926, something significant happened in Jacksonville that many people never heard about and the story was put on the shelf to collect dust. In March 2011, Nancy Fontenot Lawrence, Board Member of the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy and an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida was curious to find out why nothing was ever said or done to recognize that a certain individual was ever in Jacksonville. That persons first visit was to Paxon High School, which, back in 1926, was Paxon Air Field. This was the last place that this individual ever boarded a plane, to participate in a rehearsal for an upcoming performance. About a mile or so away, the plane malfunctioned and the pilot, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out of the plane and fell to her death. The other pilot, her mechanic William D. Wills, never regained control and crashed on the corner of what today is Edgewood and Broadway; he also died. The female pilot was Bessie Coleman. Her body was picked up and prepared by Mr. L. Lawton Pratt, who later carried the body to Bethel Baptist Institutional Church for her homegoing celebration. For those who may not know the great significance of this tragic event, on April 30, 1926, Jacksonville experienced its first aviation crash and in that plane was the first African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman, whose body was picked up and prepared by the first African-American funeral parlor in Jacksonville, Pratt Funeral Home, and her services were held at the first African-American Church in Jacksonville, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. The significant four firsts Jacksonville, FL, are: First aviation crash First African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman. First African-American Funeral Home, Pratt Funeral Home, today is Pratt, Hillman and Walton First African-American Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Bessie Coleman Plaque Dedication Duval County Public Schools Officials Sandra Waine Campbell Portraying Bessie Coleman Cheryl Chew Jacqueline Jacquet-Williams Commemorative Service

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Jazz Jamm with Soulful Night of Keys on Saturday, February 04, 2012, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street,Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.632.55555 for more information. Fun with Ace Lacewing, February 4, at 11:00 am. Teen Advisory group acts out the Little Big Read book, Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective, and leads a craft project for elementary age readers Camden County Library, Kingsland. Contact: Rob Nixon, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, 262-6934, productiondirector@goldenislesarts.org Micheal Feldman's WHAD'YA KNOW on Saturday, February 04, 2012 at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.355.2787. ArtFusion Sundays, MOCA Jacksonville, thisSunday, February 05, 2012, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.366.6911 for additional information. MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM: Held Tuesday, Feb. 7 at noon, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Registration is free. To enroll, small business owners can fill out the registration form on coj.net. Downtown Top to Bottom Walking Tour: Tuesday, February 07, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.353.1188. Amateur Night Auditions, on Thursday, February 9, from 5 6:15 pm.Contact 904.632.5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com for all information. Fashion Walk, at The Jacksonville Landing on Thursday, February 09, 2012, at 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for all information. Jacksonville Landing Market: Friday, February 10, 2012, atThe Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2 THE STAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 Tips To Save Water And Energy At Home (StatePoint) More Americans than ever before are striving to be environmentallyfriendly these days. Not only does conserving water and energy help reduce our imprint on the planet, it can also ease the burden on our wallets. Many Americans now are finding new and innovative ways to save on water and energy costs in their homes without sacrificing the type of lifestyle theyre used to, says Tom Moskitis, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Energy. Little changes can go a long way. Here are some easy tips to help you save water and energy at home: Wash Full Loads. When it comes to dishes and laundry, wait until you have a full load before running the appliance. And use cold water for laundry and air dry dishes when you can. Heat With Natural Gas. A gas water heater can heat water up to twice as fast as an electric one. And a natural gas water heater emits up to half the carbon emissions of an electric water heater. Go Tankless. For even more efficiency, install a tankless water heater, which heats water on demand. A natural gas tankless water heater, near the point of use, eliminates energy loss caused by tank heaters that have unused water cooling in the tank. This can save hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a year. Plus, such tankless heaters last almost twice as long as tank water heaters. Take Low-Volume Showers. Replace your high-volume shower head with an aerated shower head, which uses a mix of water and air to produce a flow that feels strong but can save up to 60 percent of water compared to an average shower -reducing both your water and energy use. Avoid the Phantom Load. Appliances such as your TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, computer and other gadgets consume energy just by being plugged in. Unplug them when not in use. If thats too cumbersome, plug them into a powerstrip that you can turn on and off with just one flick of a switch. Fix Leaks. From dripping faucets to drafty doors and windows, leaks can be a major source of energy and water waste. Being a responsible homeowner or tenant and attending to those annoying home improvements can significantly reduce your monthly water and energy bills. For more tips on saving water and energy in your home, visit www.comfortableresponsible.org. When it comes to your money and the planet, little steps can make a big difference. ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: Nausea during pregnancy. This usually occurs in the morning but may occur at any time. Most pregnant women experience at least mild morning sickness. BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Muscles of the intestinal trac; vomiting center in the hypothalamus gland. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED: Pregnant women. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Mild to severe nauseawith or without vomiting usually during the first 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. CAUSES: Major hormone changes that take place to permit normal growth of the fetus. Progesterone and other hormones cause involuntary muscles to relax, probably slowing movement of food through the stomach and intestines. They may also affect the vomiting center of the brain. In addition, blood sugar is lower durging early pregnancy in many women, contributing to gastrointestinal upsets. RISK INCREASES WITH: Unknown. HOW TO PREVENT: No specific preventive measures. WHAT TO EXPECT DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Your own observation of symptoms. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor. APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE Self-care after diagnosis. *Doctors treatment, if morning sickness becomes disabling. POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition of pregnancy characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight lossand electrolyte disturbance (rare). PROBABLE OUTCOME: Usually stops after first 3 to 4 months of pregnancy. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES Keep rooms well ventilated to prevent accumulation of cooking odors or cigarette smoke. *Dont smoke cigarettes, and ask your family and friends not to smoke while you are experiencing morning sickness. *Keep a positive attitude. If you have conflicts that you cannot resolve, ask for help from family, friends or professional counselors. *Keep a daily record of your weight. MEDICATION: Medicine is usually not necessary for this disorder. Dont take any medications during pregnancy without consulting your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe a trial of vitamin B-6, which appears safe at the present. ACTIVITY: No restrictions. DIET: The following may help to minimize nausea: *Place a small, quick-energy snack, such as soda crackers, at your bedside. Eat it before getting up in the morning. *Eat a small snack at bedtime and when you get up to go to the bath room during the night. *Eat a snack as often as every hour or two during the day. Avoid large meals.Snacks should consist of high-protein foods, such as peanut butte ron apple slices or celery;nuts; a quarter sandwich;cheese and crackers; milk, cottage cheese; yogurt sprinkled with granola; and turkey and hick en sliceds. Avoid foods that are high in fat and salt and low in nutrition. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF *You have morning sickness that does not improve, despite the above measures. *You vomit blood or material that resembles coffee grinds. *You lose more than 1 or 2 pounds. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area embering ThosREAL LIFE STORIES HOMESTEAD LAWS in Florida protect a spouse and children. When a person, who is the owner of homestead property, dies in Florida and is married, the surviving spouse is entitled to a life estate in that homestead property for the rest of their life (regardless of remarriage). Then upon the death of the surviving spouse, the decedents lineal descendents become the owners of the property. This means that the surviving spouse cannot sell or mortgage the property without the consent of the decedents lineal descendents (children). SITUATION: When Mary was 25 years old, she married Will, who was 58 and had two children age 23 and 25. When Will was 61 years old (Mary was 28), Will died. Will was the sole owner of his homestead property which he had owned for many years and it was paid for free and clear. Mary was then entitled to live in that homestead property for the rest of her life. Two years later when Mary was 30, she married her high school sweetheart, Frank. They lived together and maintained the property in immaculate condition until Mary died at the age of 78. This was the only home that Frank had ever known other than living with his parents. Frank and Mary had maintained the property in immaculate condition. Therefore, he was surprised when Wills children (78 and 76) came with an eviction notice to remove him from the property. However, this was the correct legal outcome. While Mary was entitled to a life estate as a result of Wills death, the same did not apply to Frank because Mary had never been the sole owner of the property. Florida law is very clear that upon the death of an owner, homestead property passes for the benefit of the surviving spouse who then has a life estate in the property. That benefit does not extend to the new spouse of the original surviving spouse. After the death of the original surviving spouse, the original decedents lineal descendents (children and grandchildren) are then entitled to ownership of the property. If Mary had become a joint owner of the property with Will and her name was placed on the deed during their brief marriage, the case would have had a much different outcome. PREPLANNING CAN HELP; WE CAN HELP: Our caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agents. PREPLANNING SERVICES SERVICES AT TIME OF DEATH AFTERCARE SERVICES PROBATE OF ESTATES 529 Kingsley Avenue OrangePark, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233 ww.bivensfuneralhome.com

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B Brunswicks Holy Band Church Celebrates 25th Annual Prayer Breakfast By ARTHIANIXON& ANGELAFAVORS-MORREL The Holy Band Church Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held at the Holy Band of Inspiration Deliverance Temple Corporate Headquarters located at 2401 Norwich Street in Brunswick, Georgia. The founder of this event is Elder Dr. Thelma Hart. The 25th annual prayer breakfast has taken place since 1986 and is attended by 200 or more guests including Pastors, Elected Officials, and Business leaders of the community and surrounding counties who assemble together in fellowship, prayer and praise to build relationships and pray for the nation, federal, state, city and county elected officials as well as the President of the United States, the armed services family, friends and the sick and shut-in. Bishop Iris Wright is the Pastor of Holy Band, and the founders and overseers are Bishop Harry Brown and Bishop Lottie Brown. Musical selections were provided by the Sons of the Temple. In attendance is Superintendent Bobby Hall, Rev. Dr. E.L. Hart-(Moderator of the Zion Association), Bishop Vincent Williams, Venus Holmes of the Glynn County School Board, Commissioner James Brooks along with other speakers, soloists and praise dancers. Photos by Angela Favors-Morrell Pastor of Holy Band Church, Bishop Iris greets attendees. Overseer Apostle Harry Brown and his wife Bishop Lottie Brown Commemorate your event by being featured in the Florida and Georgia Star. Call us today and find out how your business, event or accomplishment can be highlighted and shared throughout the community and online!Elder Dr. Thelma Hart BLACKHISTORY MONTHNot just history... OUR stories By Arthia Nixon & Angela-Favors Morrell Do you know that south Georgia is home to some of the most influential African Americans in our nations history. Have you ever heard of Tunis Campbell? If you didnt know, Mr. Campbell is famous for bringing former slaves who got their freedom to the Georgia Sea Islands. During the Civil War, General Sherman declared that black people could have all the Sea Islands south of Charleston and all the abandoned rice fields along the river. Each family was supposed to get 40 acres and one government mule. This was called Field Order 15. Tunis Campbell traveled with the blacks who moved to Saint Catherines Islands: 78 settled in Ossabaw and 352 settled in Sapelo. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, which established full African-American citizenship, McIntosh County fall of 1867 elected Tunis Campbell, and along with 37 blacks among 170 delegates to the state constitutional convention. He developed a voting block to pass bills to help black people. One of those bills was eliminating imprisonment for debt. Mr. Campbell was appointed to the Board of Registration in Georgia. He was elected to Congress as a senator in Georgia in 1868 only to be expelled from office because white congressmen agreed that blacks didn't have the right to hold office. He was able to return to office in 1871, but lost in 1872 and eventually imprisoned in a Georgia labor camp before fleeing the state. Tunis Campbell (April 1, 1812 December 4, 1891) .QUICK FACT: Tunis Campbell started working as a hotel steward. He wrote a book on hotel management, the first one about that subject ever written in America

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PAGE-B4 THESTAR Angelo Dundee, the legendary trainer who took on Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard has died. The man who was considered one of boxings greatest names in training was 90 year old. Just a few weeks ago on Jauary 12, 2012 Dundee joined Ali at his 70th birthday party in Kentucky (above). Below, the pair training during on February 8th, 1962 in New York. Rolex 24 Marks 50th Anniversary Story & Photos By SANDY NEAL January 26th-29, 2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway one of the most prestigious sports car races in America. It was a fun-filled weekend of activities for the entire family there was concerts, autograph sessions, a chili cook-off, wine and cheese party, carnival rides for the kids, and many cars of all makes and models on and off the track. Many drivers with strong NASCAR experience and four full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers competed in this years race. The other competitors make up the owners and drivers with ties to all three NASCARS series including Michael Waltrip a two-time Daytona 500 winner. John Andretti, he has a 1989 Rolex 24 win under his belt, drove with his son Jarett in the GT-class Mazda RX-8 same as Anders Krohn from Stavanger, Norway. Patrick Dempsey, who is also a star on the popular television show Greys Anatomy, is also a racecar driver and owner. Dempsey drove last year and earned a spot on the podium. He drove his Mazda RX8 GT in this years race and says he loves driving at night because it is quiet.He is devoted to Mazda he says they are very supportive. The youngest driver in the Rolex 24 this year was Cooper McNeil, 19; he is a freshman at University of Colorado. McNeils dad, David was a racecar driver so he has grown up around fast cars his entire life. He drove number 23 WeatherTech Porsche GT3 Cup car. He also competed last year when he was 18. The youngest driver to ever grace the track at Daytona was Colin Braun at the tender age of 16 and raced this year in the number 76 Krohn Aviation Lola-Ford. ANGELODUNDEE DEAD AT 90:Trained Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray LeonardFEBRUARY 4, 2012 Hawks Honor Basketball Legend Big CatTeam to Honor African-Americans During February Games As A Part Of Black History Month By ARTHIANIXON Georgia/Florida Star Last week started off with another week of wins for the Atlanta Hawks who have been putting their best foot forward lately. The team secured to wins early last week before falling to the Grizzlies on Thursday night. However, that hasnt stopped the Hawks from securing a spot among the top 5 teams in the league according to NBA.coms Power Rankings. As of this weekend, the top five tearms in order are the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers. During all February home games, the Atlanta Hawks will be honoring influential AfricanAmericans who have made significant contributions to a variety of industries as part of this years celebration of Black History Month. Beginning February 2, during Atlanta's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Hawks will honor individuals who are each uniquely different in their contributions and unanimously impactful. Among the honorees is Earl Big Cat Lloyd. On Halloween 1950, Earl Big Cat Lloyd made history by becoming the first African-American to play in the NBA. On February 12, the Hawks will welcome Earl Lloyd during their home game against the Miami Heat. Lloyd played seven games before being drafted into the Army. The Washington Capitols folded while he was away and he joined the Syracuse Nationals upon his return, helping to lead them to an NBA Championship. In 1960, at the age of 32, Lloyd retired as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He spent the next decade as a scout and assistant coach for the team, and in 1971, stepped into the history books again by becoming the first African-American coach of the Pistons and the second black NBA head coach. Lloyd published his autobiography Moonfixer in 2009. For helping break the color barrier and for having an outstanding playing and coaching career, Lloyd was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. Imagine basketball without Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James or even the Harlem Globe Trotters. Yet, there was a time, that the sport dominated by African Americans didnt have any black players. Long after the sport was first invented in Montreal, Canada, the NBAdid not have any players of color. One of those who broke down barriers in the sport was Earl Big CatLloyd. He became one of the first African Americans to play on an official NBAteam, hence paving the way the the legions of others who continue to impact the sporting world as we know it today. Big Catis pictured above during his career and to the left celebrating his feat 50 years later.

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Just when I think that I have met all of the most seriously talented professional child actors in Hollywood, whamo; I meet another one! Were talking about eleven year-old. Landry Bender. With her latest role in the 20TH Century Fox Pictures movie, The Sitter, Bender plays Blithe; the baby sister wanna-be celebutante who was one-third of three misfit children that Noah (played by Jonah Hill) had to baby sit for a night that turned into an evening of you-name-it---it happened! Bender was born in Chicago but her sports caster parents moved to Phoenix when she was two, then relocated to Los Angeles. Bender is named after the late, legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. She began acting at age five doing stage plays then moved into commercials and TV roles. At the beginning of this interview Bender greets me with a warm and charming hello. The conversation that followed was relaxed and fun because Benders sweet nature flowed with the moment which is something you cant fake. Her film character Blithe was way off the chain in terms of a nine-year-old trying to act like a teen. What was benders first impression of Blithe when she initially read the script? She lets a giggle out and says, My mom read it first and then she told me to read it and she let me do because of all that sad stuff. I thought of her (Blithe) as a swearing maniac who wants to be 21. Shes just crazy. She wants to go to clubs all night and party and really should be in bed reading or watching little kid shows. How much of Blithe was on script and how much of herself did Bender put into this character? Bender explains, I put a lot of my own self I really think because I just kind of made her my own. At first they made her into a sassy little chick. Some of it is myself a little bit. The dancing is all me, the songs I made up, so theres just a lot of stuff I put in there. What was it like working with director David Gordon Green? Bender lights up, Hes the best. We pulled a bunch of pranks on him. What were some of the things that Bender learned from Green that she can use in future work? She reflects, He taught me a lot of improve. I just love his style. He would say now you can just do what ever you want and me and Jonah would just scream at each other. We would just go crazy. What did the children on set learn about Jonah Hill that a lot of us dont know? Bender is all smiles with this one saying, He loves bulldogs. I bought a bulldog when I was in New York (where the film was shot).We brought it to the set when the maid would clean our apartment and he would say I need to get one of these. He was like obsessed with it and it was kind of creepy. He said he was going to get two of them. Bender even named her bulldog pup Blithe after her character. Many people have the perception that showbiz youth dont have a normal childhood but in these times what is normal? Living in the hood and getting shot at or living in poverty around the world is not normal. So what is Benders opinion? She laughs, I go to regular school in Beverly Hills and when Im working I take my school work with me on set with a tutor. Its normal for me just like a kid going to soccer practice everyday is normal for him to. Everyone has their life and its normal for them. Bender will be shooting a pilot for the Disney Channel in a couple of weeks so we can really not only expect to see more of her but she may blow up into a super-star with the mighty Disney machine behind her. PAGE B-5 THESTAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012ENTERTAINMENT Landry Bender A Charming Little Package Of Vintage Talent!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Photo by Patrick Rogers Happy New Year and may 2012 be your best ever! TV: In an effort to get her OWN network up and running on a winning track of 2012, former talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is back on her A game in front of the camera again with her new reality show titled Oprahs Next Chapter which debuted Sunday, New Years Day. The reality series will have the master interviewer not only asking the riveting questions of celebs and other interesting guest, but will take her to locations around the world where she will delve into trying out new experiences. The premier broadcast featured Aerosmith superstar lead man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler at his home in New Hampshire. Love In The Air: It is all over the news this week that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is engaged to long time friend William Willie Wilkerson The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a statement Monday that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla. The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht. The 69-yearold jokes: "No, I'm not pregnant." Having become engaged over the holidays, Franklin is considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her dress. This makes Franklins third trip to the alter. Speaking of Steven Tyler above, he too is alter bound after having gotten engaged to Erin Brady according to his representative No further details were provided. This will be Tylers third time around nuptial wise. With all of this wedded bliss floating around for Aretha and Steven, it is on a sad note that divorce is on the agenda for Brit superstar comedian/actor Russell Brand and wife of 14 months, mega-hit singer Katy Perry. Irreconcilable differences was listed as the cause according to TMZ who secured a copy of the papers that were filed by Brands lawyers at Los Angeles Superior court. False Rumor: Lil Easy Es publicist released the following statement over the weekend: Lil Eazy E, son of rap legend Eric Eazy E Wright was not killed. Rumors have spread throughout the night, via blogs, entertainment websites, and various forums of social media that he was killed in a fatal car crash; however it was a family member that lost his life.My heart is heavy with grieve over the loss of my loved one. I thank all of you for your sentiments and ask that you pray for my family as we deal with this very difficult and painful occurrence, said Lil Eazy E. CD Review: Songwriter, vocalist, keyboardist Mark Cote has a new CD titled Funhouse of Your Mind on the Picture This record label which was produced by veteran hit producer Michael Fondelli. The music is a mixture of New Orleans swing-jazz with a folk-pop twist. This is a tough album to categorized in terms of which chart it should go on but the music (especially the cover tune Funhouse of Your Mind and its video) has thought provoking themes and pleasing melodies. Go to www.markcote.com to see the video and get more info. A&R World Music Expo 2012: For those of you who consistently use the excuse catch phrases Im gonna, When I, as soon as I, When my, If I can get, Im putting together, Heres the thing and Here whaud it iz when it comes to accomplishing a goal here is your chance to actually do something if the music industry is you cup of tea. You should seriously make plans to attend the A&R World MUSEXPO 2012, April 29-May 2nd.at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA. MUSEXPO is one of the world's premiere music, media and technology conferences and will host its eighth annual MUSEXPO event. Registration includes access to complimentary networking breakfasts, lunches, tea-times and evening buffet/cocktail parties as well as all the interactive panels/seminars and showcase events, as well as the international networking lounge and business center we'll have at MUSEXPO for the duration of the conference for registered delegates. The whos who of the music industry world-wide will be there. Go to www.anrworldwide.com Condolences: We received word from our friend Billy Wilson of the MAA (Motown alumni Assoc) that LaMark Billingslea, the son of Motown Legend Joe Billingslea (of The Contours Do You Love Me) was tragically shot to death around 1:30 a.m. at HRs Lounge in Detroit while trying to stop an altercation. It was reported that friends didnt want to wait for the ambulance and took him to the hospital themselves but in route they became involved in a car accident. Police took Billingslea to the hospital where he died according to police reports. Condolences may be sent to thecontours@thecontours.net. Our deepest spiritual meditations go out to the family, friends and fans. Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Study, Observe and Win! Rych Rych McCains Hollyhood Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net Tips To Make Your Wedding Unique(StatePoint) Your wedding day will likely be one of the most memorable days of your life. Unfortunately, many engaged couples get trapped planning a formulaic party with bland food, music and dcor. But with some creative planning, your nuptials can be as unique as your relationship. Whether you break the mold or go traditional, planning something special is all about customization, says Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store that sells save the date cards and wedding invitations. Here are some top customization tips for couples soon tying the knot: Pick a theme: A theme can really tie your affair together. Opt for one that is aesthetically appropriate for a wedding, and complementary to the venue. Whether you go with rustic chic or urban minimalist, your theme should express your style and inform your planning decisions on everything from food to music. Tell your guests with style: Informing your guests of the big news is the next step in planning your wedding. Do it early with unique save the dates, to ensure your loved ones can make it to your big day. Its easy to customize the look and feel of your invitations when you order through an online stationery store like www.Minted.com. Live music: Even if you cant spring for a ten-piece band, live music is a great investment. A live musician (or an exceptional DJ) will liven up the party by tailoring music on the fly, based on guests requests and the shifting mood of your party. A great space: If possible, avoid the standard hotel conference room. Many hotels have gazebos, verandas and other more elegant rooms to choose from. Or opt for a more non-traditional venue like a museum or art gallery. Your photos are going to last a lifetime, so pick a beautiful space you will want to remember. Delicious food: To provide food you know you and your guests will love, consider asking your favorite restaurant to cater your event. True you might not get the fondue fountain or ice sculpture you always dreamed of, but having your favorite steak joint or Thai spot provide the eats will certainly be unique and tasty. So before you say I do to your loved one, say I do to a special day thats all you. (c) Nuvola Fotolia.com

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Research Assistant Scientist: The University of Florida is seeking a Research Assistant Scientist to conduct research and teach on distributed and autonomic computing, and develop and manage cyberinfrastructure. Additional duties include providing expertise in the evaluation, development, implementation, and deployment of specific Cloud Computing, Middleware, and Data Management technologies in conjunction with ACIS lab staff and collaborators. He/she will investigate research problems in distributed computing systems, develop software using software engineering best practices, publish peerreviewed research articles in workshops, conferences and journals, evaluate existing technologies, supervise staff and graduate students, oversee development aspects of Cloud and Grid scientific cyberinfrastructure and application management, work with scientific users to develop Cloud and Grid systems and collaborate with key academic researchers and open source user communities including faculty, scientific researchers, and grant stakeholders. The candidate will teach and train students in his/her area of expertise, by conducting sessions, such as workshops and tutorials, as appropriate. The candidate will also be responsible for overseeing the development and integration of technical documentation and its dissemination to students and external users through collaborative Web-accessible systems such as Web Conferencing and Content Management Systems. Position requires a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field as well as five years of practical experience involving all of the following: cloud systems design, virtual machine management, distributed file systems, and management of structured and unstructured data. Evidence of research work should be supported by peer-reviewed journal publications and papers at international conferences, review of scientific articles, and original software products on all of the following topics: a) Grid and Cloud computing; b) virtual networking; c) distributed data systems; d) machine learning; e) collaborative Web systems; and f) secure Internet services. Evidence of development and management of production-quality software systems based on research ideas, inter-disciplinary work and ability to adapt to and integrate new technology should be supported by activities in the last 5 years involving all of the following: Grid/Cloud distributed systems, including Web Services, distributed file systems, databases and Web applications on Unix/Linux/Mac. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The government in the sunshine laws of Florida apply to the search. Candidates should go to https://jobs.ufl.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome _css.jsp to apply. How To Beat Ones SelfBy Daris Howard As we were preparing to weigh in for the big wrestling tournament, I was reading the sign that was directly over the scale when the young man beside me spoke to me. So, what weight do you wrestle at? One-sixty-seven, I replied. He reached out his hand to shake mine. Me too. Names John. Daris, I said as I shook his hand. We visited a minute, and then he leaned toward me a bit and whispered. Hey! Ive heard there is really only one wrestler in our weight that you have to be careful of. Oh! I replied. Who is that? He glanced nervously around, and then whispered quieter still. His name is Howard, and hes from South Fremont. I was taken aback at hearing my own name, but I felt I did a masterful job of hiding my surprise. When I recovered and was finally able to speak, I asked him what he had heard about the South Fremont wrestler. I soon found myself on the receiving end of one of the most interesting descriptions of myself I had ever heard. According to what he shared, I was pretty much a legend, rivaling Paul Bunyan. Though some of what he said was true, the portion that was had been completely blown up into incredibly tall tales. He said he had it on good authority that I had broken the leg or arm of almost every wrestler I had come up against. He said he had heard that no one had ever lasted past the first round with me. He even claimed that there were coaches who said they would rather default and not have one of their team members wrestle me than chance having them get hurt. It may have been true that I had been in some very fierce matches, but they were that way because of tough opponents. The matches were hard fought due to the intensity of the competition. I would never hurt anyone on purpose, and I only knew of one young man that had been hurt wrestling me. And that accident was caused more by his inexperience than by anything on my part. I considered telling that to this young man, and telling him who I was, but I didnt know how to go about it. After weigh-in, the coaches met to determine how each wrestler would be seated in the tournament. When the list was posted, the wrestlers hurried over to look at it. I took my time getting there, and by the time I arrived, the other wrestler h ad already checked it out. He hung his head as I asked him about his draw. Can you believe my rotten luck? he replied. I wrestle Howard on the first round. I told him that Howard was just an intense wrestler and not out to hurt anyone. Have you wrestled him before? he asked. I just know him. I hope youre right, he replied. When it came time for our match, he walked dejectedly to the mat. When I lined up across from him he looked up, and I could see the shock in his eyes. Hes you?! I nodded. And Im not out to hurt anybody. Just wrestle. But it ended up being the shortest match I have ever wrestled. He was pinned in about 30 seconds. I kind of felt sorry for him. When I stepped off the mat, my coach said hed never seen such a fast pin. I just shrugged. It wasnt really my doing. My coach looked confused. What do you mean? Well, I replied, the truth is, he was his own worst opponent, and beat himself long before he ever stepped on the mat. That was when I remembered the words on the sign over the scale when we were weighing in, and realized how true they are. Attitude determines altitude. If you think you can, or you think you cant, youre right. February is scout month and I can never think of that without recalling the 18 boys I was scoutmaster to. I remember one campout when my scouts came dragging something in by the fire. Look what we found! they exclaimed. It was a big cement post. It had a bronze marker on it. Brushing away the dirt I read the inscription. Government marker. Do not remove. Where did you get this? I asked. Oh, can you believe somebody just left it half buried in the woods? they answered. I told them we had to put it back, but they thought they ought to take it home and put it in the scout closet; that way they could show it off to everyone else. I could just imagine what the scout committee would say when they saw it there, that is, if they could see it among all of the other junk. I couldnt convince the boys it belonged to the government no matter what it said, but I also obviously couldnt let them take it home. I had another idea. Have you guys ever thought that maybe it was left by aliens and that by pulling it out you have launched a space ship to this very spot to pick up specimens to take back to their planet? Now I had their attention. They might not believe it was a government marker, but an alien one was totally plausible. I suggested we put it back and watch. We carried it back to where they said they found it. We carefully slid it into its hole and put the dirt around it. The boys set up watch. I told them I would take care of camp while they did. I went back and stretched out on my sleeping bag to try to sleep. Actually, calling it a sleeping bag is a misnomer. A person never really sleep in them unless theyve hiked all day, and then they could sleep on top of a cactus. What a person really does is lay there until they get so stiff they cant move. By night time there still werent any aliens. Hey, give them time, I said. They might live a few thousand light years away. They might not get here until tomorrow. Yeah, one of the boys said. They might be driving a Chevy space ship in which case they could be a lot longer than that. Or, retorted another boy, They might be driving a Ford in which case theyre probably broke down out in the middle of nowhere. I thought it might not be a good idea at that point to mention I drive a Toyota. I decided to ease their minds by telling them a ghost story. They gathered around the fire and I began. Once, quite some time ago, there lived in these parts a beautiful young girl, of about 12 years old, who liked to wander in the forest. Then, one day, she found what was described as a pillar. When she touched it, a bright light suddenly appeared. It could be seen by people for miles around. When they got to the spot, the light was gone and so was the girl. However, there was a dark circle burned in the grass. About a week later, an old woman of about 80 appeared and claimed to be the girl. She said she had lived on a far off planet for decades, but had somehow escaped and returned through a time warp. Far in the distance, interrupting my story, we heard a mountain lion scream what perfect timing! I seized on the opportunity as I continued. Sometimes, when the moon is just right, you can hear her cry. She isnt quite human and can never die and she knows someday they will return for her, so she wanders the woods waiting to try to catch someone she can send in her place. Again the mountain lion screamed. What was that?! one of the boys said, jumping to his feet. That, said another boy, rolling his eyes, was a whole bunch of poppycock. I really got to go, one of the boys said. Who would like to go with me? No one else seemed to have to, though some were squirming. I asked him why he didnt just go by himself. He told me he didnt have a flashlight. I tossed him mine. He went barely out of sight. Suddenly we heard some noise behind the tent. Hey! someone yelled. Thats my tent! You better not be doing what I think youre doing! he almost instantly returned with a relieved smile on his face. Well, I said, its about time we put out the fire and head to bed. They reluctantly agreed. I climbed into my tent. I didnt sleep too well, though, and it wasnt just the sleeping bag, either. Its hard to sleep when everyone in the tents around you has flashlights on all night. (Daris Howard, award-winning, syndicated columnist and playwright, is author of Super Cowboy Rides and can be contacted at daris@darishoward.com; or visit his website at http://www.darishoward.com)PAGE B-6 THESTAR FEBRUARY 4, 2012 OPINION OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING G. ABRAMS, DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. 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Malnourished Child Found Running Naked in the StreetA mother and father were arrested after their malnourished child was found running in the street naked. A 9-year-old child was found wandering around the streets at night, who appeared to be malnourished and naked. Police said the boy had jumped out of the rear window of his house to escape his parents. According to the report, the child weighed only about 35 pounds, which is the size of an average 3-5 year old child. The child was suffering from malnutrition and had severely swollen hands and feet from lack of food. He also had about 100 scars and marks all over his body, showing signs of abuse. Police said he told hospital staff that he had nothing to eat within the last three days. After looking at a picture, a Department of Children and Families judge said, He looks like he came from Auschwitz. The childs parents, Marsee Strong, 34, and Edward Bernard Bailey, 40, were arrested. They both denied abusing the child, but Strong claimed that the child had been beaten by others. Bailey also told police that he had allowed other people to abuse his child without interventing and Strong admitted in failing to getting him any medical treatment. Police say Strong and Bailey have history involving the Department of Children and Families. A private instigator was sent from the DCF to check the home last month, but nothing unusual or any signs of abuse were said to have been reported. Every investigator or social worker that have come into contact with the family will be ordered to show up in court. Neighbors took the incident in surprise and said that they have never seen any problems with the family. Only positive words were used to describe how the neighbors viewed the family. The child was one of six children living in the home and he was taken to the hospital. The other five children were put in the care of a relative. Strong and Bailey were charged with aggravated abuse and neglect of a child. Strong is being held on $65,000 bond and Bailey is being held on $60,000 bond. Investigation continues. C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarFEBRUARY 04 2012 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. Woman Trades Sex with Child for PillsA woman was accused of trading sex with a child to another man in exchange for pills. Debra Annmarie Blackmon, 25, was said to be addicted to prescription drugs and allowed Tony Marcel Hammond, 23, to have sex with a minor in her home in exchange for pills. According to police, Blackmon was the minors legal guardian and was suffering from withdrawals. Police also say Hammond provided the girl marijuana. Blackmon denied encouraging the child to have sex with Hammond, but admit that she was well aware of Hammond have sex with her. Hammond denied having sex with the girl, but later admitted that he did once. According to reports, the girl became infected with an incurable sexually transmitted disease. Arrests were made on both Blackmon and Hammond. Blackmon was charged with sex trafficking of a minor by legal guardian and child neglect causing great bodily harm. Hammond was charged with sex trafficking, procuring a person under 18 years old for prostitution. Marsee Strong Edward Bailey Debra Blackmon Tony Marcel

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FEBRUARY 04 2012 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. REDUCING VIOLENCE Look for ways to settle arguments and disagreements without violence. Remember: if you resort to violence to settle disputes, a child may well follow your example. Be a good role model. Use good manners to help ease tensions that can lead to violence. Teach kids that showing respect for themselves and for the needs of others can prevent crime. Report crimes and suspicious activities to police; agree to testify when necessary. If you want to live in a safe community, stand up for what you believe in. Dont support illegal activities, like buying stolen property or using illegal drugs. Its the wrong message to send to a child, and it involves you in criminal activity. It also encourages more crime that hurts you and your neighbors. HELPING VICTIMS OF CRIMES Dont blame the victim or tell him or her not to be upset, angry, or afraid. Be a comfort and do what you can to ease the situation. If the victim hasnt told the police, offer to help with a report. Offer to help the victim repair damage from a crime, replace a windowpane, install a new lock, replace important papers or help with day-to-day needs like transportation, babysitting, and cooking. Be willing to just sit and listen to the victim talk about the crime. It can help some victims to talk, although others will not want to. Dont try to make a victim talk if he or she does not want to! Ask your local police about victims counseling and support groups in the area, and encourage the victim to take part. Ask what you can do to help in the future, and make it a point to get back in touch. Your Safety Would you like to stay connected with your loved ones on lock down in jail, or prison? Anyone gone but not forgotten that you want to encourage? Get connected and keep a CONNECTION through our new CONNECTION spot. 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 correspondence to P.O. Box 40629, Jacksonville, FL 32203 Suspect Arrested for Murder in VirginiaPolice were in search of a man responsible for a murder that took place in Richmond, Virginia. According to reports, a neighbor had come to check on 44-year-old Sarajane Hakopian after not showing up to work. Hakopian was found dead in her home and when police arrived, they said she died from apparent trauma. Hakopians vehicle, which was a 2005 Kia Sedona van, was also missing. As investigation continued, police began to search for the missing van, which would lead to the murderer. Brian S. Mallory, 42, was arrested at a bus station inJacksonville. Police were able to find him after coming across Hakopians van nearby. Police say Mallory was the boyfriend of Hakopian. Hokapians mother, Betty Savage, said the two were in an intimate relationship, until things got sour. Mallory had become jealous of a friend of Hokapian and began to make threats to her, which started to frighten her. The motives for the killing is still unknown as investigation continues. Mallory has not yet been charged with murder, but will be charged with grand larceny in the theft of Hakopians vehicle. He is being held without bond. Mallory has a history of felonies dating back 11 years. On February 1991, he was sentenced to 90 years in prison for robbery, kidnapping, and firearm convictions with 56 years suspended. In January 2006, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery, abduction, and probation violation and was released in October 2009 to be ordered into supervised probation. Hokapian was loved by many as they described her as generous, kind, and caring. She was very active in the community and also sang in the choir at church, acted in plays at community centers, and took in stray animals. She was always willing go lend a helping hand. Hakopian had two sisters and three brothers. She also leaves behind two young children. Her mothers 43th birthday will be on February 10, but instead of celebrating, she will have a funeral service for her daughter. Brian Mallory Sarajane Hakopian

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Grandmother Tries to Give Away Grandchild at Gas Station Houston, TX52-year-old Vernice Ruenell Zagerman was said to be harassing motorists at a gas station one night asking if they wanted a little girl. Zagerman was reported to be intoxicated and trying to give her 3year-old grandchild away to random strangers. One of the people Zagerman talked to, called the police. When police arrived, Zagerman had already fled the station in a cab. Police went after the cab and pulled it over. Zagerman was arrested, but this was not her first time. She has prior convictions for drugs and theft, assaulting a family member, and assaulting a public servant resulting in bodily injury. The mother of the child was away from home in school during the incident. Zagerman faces a charge of child endangerment. Teen StealsBicycle After Stolen Car Gets Stuck in Sand An owner of a 2008 Lexus had called police that his car was missing from his driveway and that his girlfriends car had been burglarized. The man also said that there was a Dell laptop, a laptop bag, and paperwork in the Lexus. Police found a vehicle stuck in the sand at a beach and noticed Cole Allen Mason, 17, riding a bicycle down the road. The officers had seen Mason before and knew he did not reside in that area. Another man approached the police reporting a stolen bike and police tracked Mason down in their patrol car. The bike was returned to its owner and the keys to the Lexus was found in masons pocket. Mason was said to have driven the stolen car into the sand, where it became stuck, and stole the bike from a man to flee the scene. He was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, petit theft, and grand theft. FEBRUARY 04, 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Beats Husband For Asking to Use the BedWith Another Woman A woman is now behind bars after venting out her anger at her husband, who brought another woman to the house. Marian Searchwell, 56, was in bed in the master bedroom and her husband had come home with another woman. Her husband asked her to leave, so that he could use the bed with the other woman. When Searchwell refused, her husband picked her up from the bed. Searchwell infuriated, then grabbed him by his shirt and his neck and began yelling at him. Searchwell used such force that she left her husband with abrasions on both sides of his neck. Searchwell and her husband have been married for 5 months and were said to have been separated for the past month. They were still living together until alternative living arrangements would be made. When authorities arrived, Searchwell was unfortunately arrested for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Dog Put in the River While Tied to Dumbbell A man was arrested after tying a dumbbell to a dog and putting it in the river. Willie T. Bell, 41, was fishing and swimming while a 2-year-old pit bull was 25 yard out in a river with a 30pound dumb bell tied around its neck. The dog was anchored down and was swimming in place, while struggling to breathe for air. A police officer, who was driving by in his vehicle, saw the snout of the dog sticking out of the river and went down to confront Bell. The Officer asked what he was doing to the dog and Bell told him that he was doing it to make it stronger. Bell was ordered to take the dog out of the water and he did as asked. He also told the officer that the dog was in the river for about 15 minutes and when Bell was asked if he would like to be left in the river like the dog was, he said no. Bell appeared to not be the owner of the dog and it was safely returned to its owner immediately. Bell was arrested and charged with third-degree felony animal cruelty. He will spend forty days in prison. Nude Man Stabs Mother and Daughter Torrance, CAPolice responded to a call made and arrived at a home, where Virgil Tyrone Tate, 31, fatally stabbed a mother and daughter and left a man injured. The surviving man came out to lead the officers to the Tate, who was said to also live with them. The first victim was found laying on the ground with stab wounds. Tate had locked himself in a backroom, where the officers were able to force themselves into. Tate was found naked with the second victim on the ground also with stab wounds. Reports say that Tate and the daughter were planning to get married. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene and the male survivor was taken to a hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition. Tate was arrested on suspicion of murder in lieu of $1 million bail. Man Mistakenly Arrested Before Day of Birthday? Chesapeake, VAA female employee of a Papa Johns restaurant had just told police that she had been robbed with a gun while making a delivery. The police said when they arrived to the scene, they stated seeing two men running into a residence nearby. The officers searched the two men, Brandon Smith, 26, and Brian Faulcon, 27, and arrested them for robbery and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. When Smith was later being interviewed, his eyes became teary as he repeatedly said that he did not commit the crime. Him and Faulcon were lifelong friends and Faulcon ran a car detailing business. Smith said he use to play college basketball and volunteered as a high school basketball coach and had no reason to steal. His birthday was on the next day, but he wil remain in jail as investigation continues. Willie Bill Marian Searchwell

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FEBRUARY 04, 2012 THE STAR C&J 4 PAGE B4 C M Y K Criminal Line-Up Criminal Line-Up Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. ON THE LOOKOUT MISSINGCHILDREN Name: Jennifer Shanique Casey Offense: Grand Theft (Over $300) Name: William Anthony Watson Offense: Resisting officer without violence Name: James Bernard Kenney Offense: Driving with a suspended or revoked license. Habitual traffic offender. Name: Briana Canning Age: 17 Weight: 116 lbs Last seen: 1/11/12 Name: Dante L. Sanchious Age: 17 Weight: 153 lbs Last seen: 12/14/11 Name: Destinee Rochelle Wilkerson Age: 17 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 12/04/11 Name: Brittney Nicole Fason Age: 15 Weight: 125 lbs Last seen: 1/25/12 Name: India N. Williams Age: 15 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 1/11/12 EVERY FRIDAY Channel 99 @ 10:30pm Get your story to the public. Help reduce crime. Expose your talents. Contact: (904) 437-0309 Email: stvtvshow@yahoo.com www.STVUYT.com Be Useful, Never Giving In. Get Involved Today MOSTWANTED Armed Robbery SuspectPolice were dispatched to a gas station in reference to an armed robbery. The complainant stated that two black males ran in the store and robbed them with a gun. Investigation revealed that the suspects took money from the cash register, an undisclosed amount of cigarettes, and unknown amount of scratch off lottery tickets then fled the store. Witnesses at a nearby Dennys restaurant told police that a subject matching the description of one of the suspects ordered a to go meal, was rude, and appeared to be in a hurry. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THE STAR PR 1 (StatePoint) In todays fast-paced, wired world, all that separates us from sharing our guiltiest thoughts and darkest secrets with the rest of the planet is a single mouse click or finger stroke across a smartphone screen. And kids today need to be taught early-on the difference between being honest and sharing too much, say experts. Amid the din of oversharing, we mistake spasms of self-revelation for honesty. And in a time of constant confessional disclosures, we are losing our ability to self-reflect and be truly honest, says Paul Wilkes, a filmmaker, religion and spirituality writer, and author of The Art of Confession, a new book that seeks to redefine confession for a multicultural, contemporary world. But honesty is still the best policy. And here are some ways to teach this concept to those born after the advent of a social networking culture: Foster good communication: Your child is more likely to be truthful with you if you have a great relationship. You can strengthen that relationship by being approachable, not judgmental. Talk regularly. Make a family dinner a routine part of your life. Schedule game nights, movie nights and other enjoyable activities do with your children. Lead by example: Lying can be convenient, but resorting to dishonesty when talking to your children is always a mistake. Youll risk normalizing deceit for an impressionable young person. Worse yet, your kids will have good reason to distrust you after you promise that the flu shot doesnt hurt a bit. Encourage a culture of confession: If your child admits to wrongdoing, first be grateful for the honesty. While you must discipline him or her, the punishment shouldnt be a deterrent for future confession. Hitting, shaming, and generally making your child feel bad will only inspire him to lie in the future. But instead of sending your children to their rooms to play video games, you can help them reflect on how to do better next time. Confession is not merely a clearing out of that which is wrong in us, says Wilkes. It is a realignment of what is best in us and an intention to live a better life. Nip it in the bud: Bad habits can start early and are often hard to shake, so its never too early to correct dishonest behavior in your child. And you can help kids avoid lying by giving them fewer opportunities to do so. For example, if you know who made the mess, dont ask Did you do this? Confront him or her directly about it instead. Use literature: There are many excellent fiction and non-fiction books that deal with ethical issues and honesty. Your librarian can help you find something age-appropriate to read and discuss with kids. Though there may be no portion of the school day devoted to it, honesty can be taught. Make sure you dont let your kids skip this lesson. HEADER:FAMILY & PARENTING Teach Kids To Be Honest (c) greattraits.com

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 PREP RAP PR 2 LIVING -----------------------------------------New And Old Ways To Find Friends Who Share Your Interests(StatePoint) Even if youre the life of the party, making friends who share your enthusiasm for your hobbies is not always easy. Especially for those of us who have unusual interests. Baton twirling anybody? While not all hobbies will easily win you friends like joining a sports team or forming a band, there are many new and old tools to help hook you up with like-minded people, no matter how obscure your interests are: Cant Beat Em? Join Em If your friends never take your book recommendations, or they always decline your invitations to play tennis, its time join a club. Check message boards online or in your community for listings. If you dont find what youre looking for, post your own ad and start a club yourself! Taking classes is also an excellent way to meet people with your hobbies. From dancing to photography to cooking, youll meet people and learn something too. Go Alone Having trouble finding a companion for the opera? Get up the courage and attend alone. Theres no shame in pursuing your interests solo. And once youre there, youll be surrounded by people who have at least one thing in common with you. So be very friendly. After all, theres no better place to meet someone to take to the next event. Go Online You may not find anyone in your community who shares your love of model rockets, but theres an entire world of people out there, who you can meet face-to-face online. New tools are allowing people around the world to connect online in a very authentic way, says Jamie Snider, Co-founder of Yowie.com, a video chatting website. Consider joining a free site like Yowie.com, where users with common interests connect through group online video chats. Hold virtual club meetings and discussions from the comfort of your own home. The site not only enables virtual face-to-face chats but also allow you to share other media, like your favorite YouTube videos, mid-chat. Look for a site that has measures of protection like privacy settings. Yowie, for example, has a reputation scoring system so you can make informed decisions about who you interact with on the site. Volunteer Volunteering is a great way to meet people who care about the same things as you. Stuff envelopes for a political campaign or serve food at a soup kitchen. Theres plenty of camaraderie to be had when you work with others toward a common cause. Whether youre looking to join a club, or just gain feedback on a project, take advantage of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks locally and globally. PHOTO CAPTION: Group video chat websites make it easy for people with common interests to connect online. NEED TO KNOW -----------------------------------------Make The Most Of Your Tax Refund (StatePoint) This year, the IRS estimates the average federal tax refund will be about $3,000. Thats the largest single chunk of disposable income most taxpayers receive in a year. If youre due to cash in, dont waste it on things you dont need. Make sure you get the biggest refund possible. Good tax preparation software, like TurboTax, can help you achieve this. Put the money toward goals like college, retirement, or eliminating debt. Consider free online services like Mint.com, which help you establish a budget for these goals. Or use desktop software, such as Quicken, to manage this sudden cash flow. Getting a refund is not winning the lottery; its your income, so invest in your future. Wish to give us a News Story relating to the Youth of our community? Send it to: info@theflo ridastar.com or tia@theflo ridastar.com

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 THE STAR PR 4 Florida Ranks 11 in 2012 Quality Counts Report~ Annual report ranks Florida high in teaching profession and accountability ~ The results in Education Week's Quality Counts 2012: The Global Challenge Education in a Competitive World released today ranks Florida eleventh in the nation overall. The report gives high marks to Florida in both the Standards, Assessments, and Accountability category and the Teaching Profession category. The data used to derive the financial ranking dates back to 2009 and reflects the impact of the economic downturn on spending for education from that year. "Florida's education system ranks among the best in the nation, but we still face some challenges. I'm confident we will continue to improve," said Governor Rick Scott. Similar to previous years, the 2012 edition of the report grades states based on their policies and performance in six main education areas: Chance for Success; K-12 Achievement; Standards, Assessments, and Accountability; The Teaching Profession; School Finance Analysis; and Transitions and Alignment. This year's report updates scores in five of the areas, but does not update Transitions and Alignment. State rankings are based on the average score for all six categories. Florida scored an overall grade of "C+." "Floridians truly believe that support for education is the most significant thing we can do to ensure both shortterm job growth and long-term economic prosperity for our state," said Gov. Scott in his State of the State Address on Tuesday. "My recommended budget includes $1 billion in new state funding for education." Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said that the Governor's budget recommendations come at an important time. "We know that our educational system has been strained by the economic downturn," said Commissioner Robinson. "The additional investment in a high-quality education will not show up immediately, but it will be a factor in our success as we move forward." Robinson added that he was pleased with the state's standing in the areas of the teaching profession and accountability. "Florida is a leader when it comes to education reform. That's evident in our 'A' grade in the accountability area. We are a model for other states when it comes to using high quality metrics to help guide instruction and inform policy. In fact, we're one of only 10 states that have the ability to link teachers and student performance," he said. Highlights of the 2012 report include Florida earned an "A" in the Standards, Assessments and Accountability category and ranked fifth in the nation. Florida is one of 10 states to have the capability to link teachers and their student performance data back to teacher education programs. Florida is among 29 states to have used education data from international models to shape reform policies. Florida ranked first on the equity measure that looks at differences between average per pupil spending among districts at the 95th and fifth percentiles. Florida is second in the nation in the equal distribution of funds amongst its school districts. Florida ranks fourth in the nation with a "B" in The Teaching Profession category. Florida earned points for increasing its graduation index by 14 percentage points from 2000 to 2008. Advanced Placement achievement and improvement points increased in this year's analysis. Florida was the fourth highest state in the percent of students who scored "3" or higher on AP tests and third highest for the percentage of increase in successful AP testers. To view more details about Florida's performance on the 2012 Quality Counts report, visit http://www.edweek.org/go/gc12.