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Florida star
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Title:
Florida star
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
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The Florida Star Pub. Co.
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Jacksonville Fla
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weekly
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 12, no. 13 i.e. 39 (Jan. 6, 1962)-
General Note:
"Florida's statewide black weekly."
General Note:
Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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Lovetown, USA was launched from the banks of the St. Mary's River, Sunday afternoon in St. Mary's, Georgia and The Florida Star/Georgia Star was there to capture the events as they unfolded moment by moment. We were warmly greeted by Ken Smith, The Mayor of the City of Kingsland. We quickly learned that Mayor Smith was a Jacksonville native who though born in Brewester Hospital, grew up in the Kingsland/St. Mary's region. Well over one thousand people turned out after church on Sunday, February 12, to welcome Oprah Winfrey in town. As soon as Ms. Winfrey came ashore from a Coast Guard Fleet, Mayor Smith presented her with the Key to the City that she dubbed Lovetown, USA. Many along the Florida First Coast can identify with the Lovetown moniker because St. Mary's is the closest municipality where a couple can apply for a marriage license and get married in one day. For years as long as memory serves, Floridians young and old have rapidly crossed the state lines for a quicky marriage when smitten by the amorous bite of the "Love Bug." Oprah Winfrey' TV Network OWN will be filming the experimental show of eight singles on a quest to find love over the next 30 days in (Kingsland, Georgia) Lovetown, USA. Winfrey challenged all to seize the opportunity to set the pace for the year with a show of kindness, service, love and support for one another. She implored upon the hundreds upon hundreds gathered at the Waterfront Park to become more selfless and forgiving. After the 30 day experimental search, Winfrey will whisk back to Kingsland/St. Mary's to throw a Big Ball in Lovetown, USA. The countdown has begun, 30-29-2827-26-25-24-23-22-21...Be there readers of The Florida/Georgia Star. 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 18, 2012 FEBRUARY 24, 2012 VOL. 61 NO. 43 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 On February 17, Marsha Dean Phelts presented on the colorful life of the late Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch. It was held at the Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd Street, in Downtown Fernandina Beach. Ms. Betsch was the great granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln Lewis, principal founder of American Beach. Marvyne took pride in the fact that American Beach was established and developed by the Afro American Life Insurance Company in January 1935, the same year and month of her birth in Jacksonville's Sugar Hill neighborhood. Marsha Dean Phelts, author of acclaimed books on American Beach discusses the legendary life of Marvyne Betsch, a multi-talented icon who in her career morphed from an opera singer in Europe to a much regarded preservationist and unofficial Mayor of American Beach. A First Look At Beyonce And Jay-Z's Daughter She has been recognized by the NAACP for outstanding work in literature. Jackson and her novel, A Silken Thread, will be honored at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. She is one of five finalists up for the prestigious award. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, Brenda Jackson has been a trailblazer in African-American romance. She is the first AfricanAmerican romance writer to make USA Todays and the New York Times bestseller lists for the series romance genre. The author of more than eighty novels, she is the recipient of countless awards, including numerous Romance in Color Reviewers Choice Awards, Emma Awards, and e-Harlequin Readers Choice Awards. With no sign of slowing down, Brenda has taken on the world of romance by storm with her grace, intelligence, and most of allwith her passion. Whitney Houston one of the greatest female artists of all time, recently passed away on February 11, 2012 at age 48. She was an inspiration to people all around the world and her funeral will be streaming live on February 18 at noon (EST). It will be provided by the Associated Press at www.livestream.com/aplive and other news media outlets. Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch Community Event Photo by F.M. Powell III Meet baby Blue Ivy Carter. The first photos of Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy surfaced on Tumblr, revealing a beaming first-time mother holding her bundle of joy. There's no doubt that Blue is the spitting image of her famous mom and dad. Black History Month began as "Negro History Week" and was created in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 … April 3, 1950). It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson was a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, publisher, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was also one of the first scholars to study African American history and has been cited as the father of black history. Carter G. Woodson Jacksonvilles Brenda Jackson Nominated For Image Award LOVETOWN, USA By Marsha Dean Phelts, Photos by Sandy Neal and Marsha Phelts Man Kidnaps Woman He Met Online and Her Three Children See Crime & Justice BLACK HISTORY GOSPEL CELEBRATIONF e a t u r i n g YOLANDA ADAMSFree Tickets call 904-766-8834 Florida 1980 Prison Escapee Arrested During A Traffic Stop by Kevin KimFlorida man, Gerald Balam, 62, was pulled over for a traffic stop in Illington, North Carolina. When the officer checked Balam's license, he discovered that Balam was a wanted fugitive out of Florida. According to reports, Balam had escaped from a prison bus, while he was being transferred in 1980. He was serving 15 years after being convicted in 1972, 1973, and 1976 on charges of burglary, robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, and grand theft. Balam went by different aliases including Willie Lee Jackson, Adam Baham, William Ellis, and David James, but had his original name on his license. Balam is back in jail after 30 years and is being held on $200,000 bond. Black History Month Founder Clarence Cobb a contestant looking for love in love town. Mayor Ken Smith and Clara McLaughlin Oprah Winfrey Gerald Balam Sandy Neal and Oprah Winfrey Whitney Houston's funeral set for Saturday

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Words are powerful. They define. Definitions ascribe images to people, places and things. Ultimately, they determine how people are treated by others. The Founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, certainly knew that. That said, Black History Month is a time to reflect on pet peeve words that are used to describe Black people, especially those born in America. Take the word blacks.Ž It is dehumanizing. The word blacksŽ subconsciously describes Black people as less than and, comparatively speaking, not as human as. Heres why. The word ŽblacksŽ is a plural noun that rhymes with words that describe a collective of animals such as cats, rats, bats, snakes and dogs. Or, things such as hats, slats, vats, mats, etc. In a subtle way, blacksŽ is used in the same way as animals and things. Yet, the term blacksŽ rolls off tongues so easily and comfortably. Each utterance has an accumulative effect, which more firmly entrenches the underlying association with animals and things and with the undercurrent of comparative inferiority of Black people, especially of African Americans. Every expression of blacksŽ creates a subconscious association and a collective mindset of blacksŽ as those things. Recently, conservative Caucasian pundit, Ann Coulter, in discussing liberals and conservatives and making a point on a television show said, our blacks are better than your blacks.Ž Some might argue that saying the word, whites,Ž is the same. Not so. Whites,Ž as a derivative of whiteŽ has a culturally inherent association with positive concepts such as good pure and universal concepts such as people, woman, man and child. The word whitesŽ doesnt have the same meaning for two other reasons. One, it doesnt rhyme with the plurals for animals and things. And, secondly, the term is seldom used, especially in media. Media use is most important because media impacts image which dictates a public collective mindset for a group of people and how they are treated or mistreated in our society. It behooves everyone, especially African Americans, to drop blacksŽ in an effort to bring about subconscious change. Many people have already modified their use of the term by deliberately and conscientiously using the word peopleŽ with blacksŽ as in Black people.Ž The use of peopleŽ negates the automatic, subtle, subliminal association with animals and things which, generally, goes unnoticed on a conscious level. Saying Black peopleŽ could take getting use to. As a former professor I found Black students had a difficult time making the transition to coupling the word people with blacks,Ž even though they wanted to. The use of blacksŽ had become so programmed and entrenched in their minds that it would take significant time for them to deprogram themselves. A second pet peeve in English usage is that small letter bŽ in blacksŽ in written language. Continuously writing the bŽ reinforces over and over that Black people are less than. Who hasnt at one time or another seen the insulting sequence Asians, Hispanics and blacksŽ. In school, students are taught to capitalize proper nouns to distinguish them from common nouns. Capitalization gives more status to words, which makes the common noun, blacks,Ž even more demeaning as a reference for Black people. Grammarians would say blacksŽ with small letter bŽ is the standard, accepted language. The question is, accepted by whom, for what reason? Who gives grammarians the right to define others with standard EnglishŽ that is mentally manipulative and degrading for a whole group of people? A third pet peeve in English language usage is female and male as spoken and written in black femaleŽ and black maleŽ. It seems, in the media, this coupling of female and male with blackŽ is used most often for Black people. Black woman and Black man are not used as often or as often as needed for a collective, subliminal image change for African Americans. Also, again, female and male are always adjectives used in reference to animals. A final pet peeve to think of this 2012 Black History Month is the phrase people of color.Ž This was recently used by a Caucasian man on television, which brought many questions to mind like, what does that mean, people of color?Ž When people say people of colorŽ do they really mean people with color and if they do, then why dont they just say so? There is no such thing as people of colorŽ. It makes no sense. Who made that up? Why? Is people with colorŽ not used because it implies that there are people without color? And, is it insulting or demeaning to say people without color,Ž therefore, its not used. These are just some questions for thought on this matter for Black History Month. These pet peeves may seem inconsequential, but they are of consequence in terms of their accumulative impact in shaping the collective American psyche. Possibly, it is the international psyche for in todays electronic world, media is ubiquitous, making folks all over the globe subject to the same information or misinformation. While African Americans may not be able to control the words used by others, they can certainly control words coming from their own mouths and writing implements take back the power of defining for themselves. Through Black American efforts from the 50s on weve moved from ni**erŽ and NegroŽ and coloredŽ and blacksŽ to African Americans and Black People and Black Americans. Black History Month 2012 is a good time to decide to reject all insulting and demeaning language and to substitute enhancing language such as Black People. A final point is that some African Americans reject both African American and Black People. In the past, the entertainer, Whoopi Goldberg, has gone on record as saying most emphatically, she is American. True. We all are who are born here. The reality and fact is most apparent when Black Americans get a passport and travel to a foreign country. It is then that they are officially dubbed American. In America, however, Black Americans are designated as a color first and that will continue until equality on all levels is established for Black Americans as it has been for all Caucasian ethnic groups that came to this country. During the 1950s, ethnic groups were regularly referred via their place of origin, such as Italian, Irish, Polish, British, German, etc. Now, theyre all under the umbrella of American. One rarely hears media references to Caucasian Americans from their place of origin in Europe. In any case, for now, we have to deal with what is. So lets stop using demeaning terms to describe Black People. Black History Month is a good time to make a commitment. Carter G. Woodson, the Founder of Black History Month would probably like that. PAGE A-2 THESTAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Black History Month: A Time to ReflectBy Diana Hoffman Diversity Symposium The D. W. Perkins Bar Association, Inc. in cooperation with the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and The Florida Bar Association will be sponsoring a Diversity Symposium at the United States Federal Courthouse on February 23, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight and demonstrate the importance of creating a dialog about diversity. The theme for this program is Embracing Diversity and Excellence: Coexistence and Change.Ž The facilitator for this program is Judge Pauline Drake and Judge Henry Adams, Jr. will be available to answer questions about the film which will be shown. Conversations on Catfish, Courtrooms and Change: The Life and Times of Henry Lee Adams, which was produced by Lang Sheppard of Stunt Dog Production, Inc, son of William J. Sheppard, Jr., Esq. will be shown. The film recounts the story of Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. and his rise from poverty stricken and segregated Eastside of Jacksonville through the Civil Rights Movement to his current position as the first Black Senior United States District Judge in the State of Florida. Judge Adams is the narrator of the film. Students from Paxon School of Advanced Studies are also going to make a presentation through music. The group appropriately named DIVERSITY and under the direction of Ms. Deborah McDuffie Doby will perform. This group includes students from diverse backgrounds. Students have also been invited from Eugene Butler Middle School and from the City of Jacksonville Youth Build Program and the DAWN (Developing Adults with Necessary Skills) Program. This is an important dialog and discussion that must take place among judges, lawyers, teacher and students from different areas and backgrounds. Submitted by Pauline M. Drake

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CFIGC REFRESHING WOMEN/PUSH TV MINISTRY will present the Annual Brunch/Luncneon to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church Auditorium located at 6801 Merrill Road, Jacksonville, FL, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information call (904) 220-6400. ST. SIMON BAPTIST CHURCH of Orange Park, FL, Rev. W. H. Randall, Founding Pastor, is celebrating Black History Month, with an original drama presentation "The Journey From Slavery To Freedom," Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:00pm. Please come and witness this historic event. The Church is located at 1331 Miller Street, Orange Park, FL 32073. You may call 904-215-3300 for more information or directions. JACKSONVILLE, FL ADAMS, Brian, 23, died February 11, 2012. ALDERMAN Russell, died February 10, 2012. ALTER Leonard, Jr., 72, died February 11, 2012. BELVIN Betty Joe, died February 13, 2012. BENNETT Anthony L., died February 12, 2012. BoBo, Kathryn Yvette, 93, died February 14, 2012. BROWN Janice Johnson, 57, died February 10, 2012. CUTLER, Shirley, 73, died February 9, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.EVANS, Bernarde, 38, died February 4, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.JONES, Mary Alice, died February 10, 2012. KELLY, Wilbert, died February 13, 2012. NAPOLEAN, Nathan, 64, died February 7, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.ROBERTS Jr., R.D., died February 2, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.SUITTER, Belinda, 42, died February 3, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.~*~GEORGIA DEATHS BELL, Karl, died February 5, 2012. BENFIELD Clifford Lee, 58, died February 12, 2012. FREDERICKS Michael Christopher, 26, died February 4, 2012. SHARPER, Lewrisey Coleman, died February 2, 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 18, 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 Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Ž Mathew 28:19-20 C. L. Page Mortuary offers full funeral and cremation services at an affordable price because we care. We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.Ž3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. 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We hope that our services have been in everyway satisfactory.Call on us to compare before you make any final decisions:Harold Felder, LFDIC Minister Orien Greene, Chaplain Evangelist Francina Epps, Grief Counselor Rev. Willie Brown, Notary Rev. Dr. W.G. Mayberry, CEO We serve all of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas... Se Habla EspanolŽ Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO Bring Me to Your Church or OrganizationŽ Ministry … Music … MentoringGreat for youth and young adults (Honorarium or Donations required)Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com To all Catholic, Jews, Baptist, Lutheran, Cogic, Muslims, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, Non-Demoninational, etc. I have one question to Ask got truth?www.thespiritofyah.com Celebration for Pastor Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr. Februar 19th, 2012 Special Anniversary Worship Services Sunday, February 19th, 2012 4:00 P.M.Spoken word by Dr. John Guns, St. Paul Missionary Baptist ChurchGuest ChurchesFirst Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach, Dr. Marvin McQueen Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Campbell Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Jackson All services will be held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood AvenueFor more information, please contact the Church at 764-9257

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Wedding Bells for Owner/Publisher of The Florida StarClara McLaughlin Owner and Publisher of The Florida Star and The Georgia Star, and Lonzie Leath were married on Saturday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor R L Gundy performed the ceremony, with his wife, Mrs. Wallette Gundy as witness. Leath is owner of SAI Central of Dallas, Texas, Managing Consultant and General Contracting. Congratulations, Clara and Lonzie! You are this weeks TALK OF THE TOWN! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Speaking of Clara McLaughlin, did you know...? €She was the first African-American woman to own a network affiliated television station in the U.S. As CEO of the East Texas Television Network, Mrs. McLaughlin owned four stations in Texas in the 1980s … CBS affiliate KLMG-TV in Longview, KLNL-TV in Nacogdoches, KLPH-TV in Paris, and KLDS-TV in Denison. €Authored The Black Parents Handbook as a result of her frustration at the dearth of child-rearing information for African-Americans. €As a new student at Howard University with a desire to pursue a career as a journalist, Clara initiated efforts to have journalism offered as a major.A Salute to the Durkeeville Historical SocietyThe Durkeeville community was founded in the 1930s, when African Americans were barred from living in many parts of the city. This was during the period of mandatory separation of the races and legal discrimination. The people who came together to create Durkeeville were middle class and working class individuals. Some were doctors, lawyers, educators and business people. Others were ordinary laborers. They created a neighborhood that sheltered and nurtured many during this challenging time. Unfortunately and ironically the elimination of legal discrimination resulted in the decline of the community. This was due to the relocation of many prominent residents and the flight of much commercial activity from the area. In 1998, the Durkeeville Historical Society was formed and was located at the Oaks of Durkeeville. In 2005, the Durkeeville Historical Center, a new facility constructed by the Jacksonville Housing Authority, became the home of the Society. The goal of the Historical Society is to enhance the new center by refurbishing the existing exhibits and adding new displays, help educate about the history of Durkeeville and its citizens contributions to the community and Jacksonville, earn revenue to help provide services for the benefit and education of the community, such as genealogy workshops to assist in tracing family histories, and to offer tours to individuals, school groups, and the many visitors to the center. Society members hold a fish fry fundraiser on the last Saturday of each month Its a perfect time to tour the museum and meet members. Volunteer opportunities are available. Students can fulfill community service hours at the Center because the Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit their website at www.durkeevilleshistoricalsociety.com or call (904) 598-9567, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kingsley Plantation Community DialogueOn February 2, 2012 the National Park Service invited volunteers from the community to engage in facilitated dialogue about recent archaeological discovery of a previously unknown burial ground at Kingsley Plantation. Barbara Goodman Superintendent of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Shauna Allen Chief of Resource Stewardship of the National Park Service hosted the event at WJCT Studios. The facilitated discussion was presented by Bryant Rollins and Shirley Stetson of StetsonRollins Consulting (www.stetsonrollins.net). I was honored to be invited as a facilitator of the group discussions during which participants shared personal thoughts about the passing of someone significant in their lives. The dialogue will enable the Park Service to understand personal and community values related to the discovery of the slave burial ground at Kingsley Plantation. The program, which was filmed by WJCT, will be presented as an hour long feature throughout February. Visit WJCT s website, www.wjct.org/tv for information and schedules. PAGE A-4THE STARFEBRUARY 18, 2012 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! TALK OF THE TOWN! Celebrates Black History MonthBy Frances Bradley Photos by Volume BurksE kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Barbara Goodman, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve Superintendent, at press conference announcing Kingsley Plantation cemetery discovery L-R: Marsha Oliver, Pedro Cohen, Patricia Sams, Walette Stanford Durkeville Historical Center 1293 W. 19th Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Officers and Members of Durkeville Historical Society Facilitators, front row, l-r: Walette Stanford, Shelley Kagen, Frances Bradley, Ok Sun Burks. 2nd row, l-r: David Lafitte, Kathleen McKenzie, Henry Thomas, Jim Crooks. Photo courtesy of Seann Burks. Bryant Rollins Shirley Stetson

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PAGE A-6THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Visit www.magnetprograms.com or call 904.390.2082 to learn more. ExpandYOUR HORIZONS.SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONBY FEBRUARY 29, 2012Its time to If your child is interested in attending a magnet school ,NOWS THE TIME TO GET STARTED.Submit your application by mail, in person or online … where you can see your admission priority to the school of your preference right away.

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THESTAR US Embassy In Bahamas Announces the Four Winners of the 2012 Dr. King Civil Rights Essay Contest NASSAU, The Bahamas The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the results of the Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Essay Contest. The purpose of the annual contest was to encourage Bahamian students to explore the life of Dr. King and reflect on how civil rights and diversity affect their lives today. This year, students were asked to select an American civil rights leader who was inspired by Dr. King and write an essay that articulates that leaders contribution to the civil rights movement. Students were also asked to describe what they can do or what they have done in their own communities to contribute to a more peaceful and non-violent world. This year the Embassy received over 90 essays from high school students attending public and private schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, and the Family Islands. The following four students were selected winners and will each receive the grand prize a new Apple iPad 2. (Bottom left) Cedric Munroe …Doris Johnson Sr. High, New Providence Topic: Dr. Maya Angelou. (Bottom right) Benita Delaney …Sunland Baptist Academy, Grand Bahama. Topic: John R. Lewis. (Top left) Devin Major …Moores Island All-age School, Moores Island, Abaco. Topic: Reverend Jesse Jackson. (Top right) Stevanno Miller …Preston Albury High School, Rock Sound, Eleuthera Topic: Reverend Jesse Jackson. In honour of Black History Month, during the month of February, officials from the U.S Embassy will visit each school to formally recognize the winners. PAGEA-7 Thousands Celebrate With Jamaican Descendents of African Maroon Slaves By Bryan Miller, JIS JAMAICA:Thousands of Jamaicans and visitors gathered in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, recently to celebrate the 274th anniversary of the Peace Treaty, which was signed between the Maroons and the British Government. The annual event attracted even more attention this year, as it is one of the official events of Jamaica 50, to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independence. There were cultural presentations and traditional observations throughout the day, with activities running from daybreak until late in the night. Addressing the official opening, Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley, pointed out that had it not been for that peace treaty signed in 1738, many other subsequent treaties would not have been signed. "If it had not been for the continuous struggle of people like Cudjo, and Nanny (of the Maroons) and so many others, we would not (be celebrating) today. We would be expected to be somewhere cutting cane," he said. Mr. Bartley argued that the independence movement for Jamaica did not begin in 1962, but instead with the resistance staged by all Africans at the point of their capture in their homeland. He insisted that as we celebrate Jamaicas 50th anniversary of independence, it is important for the people to remember the struggles. "We need to ritualise the important elements of our lives. Too many Jamaicans are moving around today, not even stopping to think that this is an important day in our calendar. Without this day, many other days might not have happened," he emphasised. In his message, read by Custos of St. Elizabeth, Hon. Wilfred Nembhard, Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, described the Maroons as an integral part of the rich history of Jamaica. He argued that when people have a strong sense of self identity through culture, they are more likely to interact peacefully with other cultures, with respect for the diversity of value systems and religious beliefs. "This fluid nature of culture can be positive, leading to stronger societal structures and values. Respect, appreciation, tolerance and a basic understanding of fundamental human rights, are tenets that have aided in the maintenance and preservation of the culture of the Maroons,Ž the Governor General said. Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams (left), having a quiet conversation with council member of the Charles Town Maroons, Frank Lumbsden, during the celebrations, recently.

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PAGE A-8THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Filled with favorite foods and full of unforgettable stories, the serving dishes that have graced dinner tables for generations are more than just plates. Theyre treasured pieces of family history that remind us that the past isnt just facts. And its those wonderful traditions that have nourished families and kept them strong for centuries. So, enjoy a big plate of history this month. Its delicious. 2011 Publix Asset Management Company

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During a one-week visit to China, a 16-member delegation of Urban League affiliate and Divine NineŽ fraternity/sorority presidents met with high-level China government officials and civic leaders, and toured historical cultural sites. (Jacksonville, Florida) … The Jacksonville Urban League led by Richard Danford participated in a high-level, 16-member delegation of African American leaders to China from Feb. 4 … 11, 2012. The China visit was the second national delegation sponsored by the National Urban League and designed to educate African American leaders in global opportunities, and engage them in international dialogue to potentially benefit African American communities. It is critical for African Americans to participate in our globalized world, said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. I am very pleased that weve been able to successfully lead a second delegation of African American leaders to China. We must expand beyond our civil rights organizations goals for equality in the U.S., to parity worldwide. Learning about China, and other countries, understanding various cultures and potential participation for our communities in educational exchange, business and civic affairs, is the first step in positioning us to compete more effectively in this 21st Century of globalization.Ž In China, the African American leaders were cohosted by the ChinaUnited States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), and the Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA). They met with Chinas top government ministries and civic organizations, including the Ministry of Education; China International Cooperation Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. The 2012 NUL delegation was co-led by Warren Logan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, and Rev. Herman Mason, Jr., general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Members of the delegation included: William Bates, Esq., Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Dr. Richard Danford, President and CEO of the Urban League of Jacksonville, FL; Dr. Patrick Graham, president and CEO of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas; Keith Grandberry, president and CEO of the Winston Salem Urban League; Chanelle Hardy, SVP and executive director of the National Urban League Policy Institute; Wanda Jackson, SVP of NULs Human Resources; Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Urban League; Joann Loveless, International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.; Marsha Mockabee, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland; Karl Price, Esq., International Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.; Brandi Richard, president of the NUL Young Professionals (NULYP); Nolan Rollins, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans; Landri Taylor, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver; and Julia Wilson, CEO and Founder of Wilson Global Communications, and organizer of the trip who serves as the international consultant for the National Urban League. In 2010, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League led the first delegation of African American leaders which included a former Clinton Administration cabinet member, head of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and a program host on TV One. The results culminated in a group of 50 Crenshaw High School students participating in a Summer Youth Educational Exchange program in China, organized by the Los Angeles Urban League, and the historic signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Education/Hanban by Xavier University of Louisiana to become the first HBCU and first university in the state of Louisiana to establish a Confucius Institute. There are more than 300 Confucius Institutes in 96 countries, 76 of which are in the U.S. None have been established at an HBCU until Dec. 2011. In addition to meeting with key leaders in China, the 2012 NUL delegation visited historic sites in Beijing such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall, and traveled to Xian, one of Chinas oldest cities and the capital city in the Shaanxi province located southwest of Beijing with a population of more than 8 million people. The delegation visited Xians cultural excavation of the Terracotta Warriors discovered in 1974 and dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. Story by Tammy Z. Seymour Photos by Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida StarBalloon Release February 11, 2012 Families of Slain Children Inc. Many people walk around with R.I.P. shirts, jackets and pants on, which is actually a way of saying and hoping that their loved one will Rest In Peace after death and most importantly be remembered. These clothing often go through the wash and as the shirt fades, often so does the memory. That does not happen with Families of Slain Children Inc. Ms. Beverly McClain and her dedicated volunteers keep the memory of love ones alive, with balloon releases every 3 months or upon request from devastated families. A release of balloons in remembrance of the loved ones lost in the many acts of violence that has affected countless lives in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas. February 11, 2012, 300 balloons were released in the names of deceased loved ones. People wrote the name of their loved one on balloons, as all the balloons were released the general feeling was Rest in Peace and I will never forget you. Watching the balloons fade into the clouds there was a sense of heavenly tranquility. Eyes watering, cries, smiles and waving to the sky all in the name of Rest In Peace. FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDA SECTION B BALLOON RELEASE Families of Slain Children, Inc. Jacksonville Urban League Led by Richard Danford Participates in National African American Leadership Delegation to China Richard Danford, President and CEO of the Jacksonville Urban League Xu Kuangdi, the former Vice Chairman of the Peoples Political Consultative Conference Landri Taylor, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver

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Museum and a Movie, Ritz Theatre and Museum, on Saturday, February 18, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.632.55555 for more information. SULZBACHER CENTER 8K RUN, The Jacksonville Landing, on Saturday February 18, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for additional information. GLADYS KNIGHT, Florida Theatre, this Saturday, February 18, 2012, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.355.2787. THE KNIGHTS OF PETER CLAVER, INC UNIT #335 Present Their Second Annualmardi Gras Affair @ Club Pure, 8206 PHILLIPS HWY, Sunday, Feb. 19th. Doors Open At 6:00pm. Show Starts At 7pm. Contact Person: Padrica Mendez, gwmendez@bellsouth.net or 904 403-2565. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO IN CONCERT, Ritz Theatre and Museum, on .Sunday, February 19, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.632.55555 for all information. SARAH PRAY AND THOMAS KIVI, Burro Bar, thisMonday, February 20, 2012, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information call 904.353.4686 Jacksonville Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit with B2B Match Making Event onFebruary 21, 2012 from 8:30am-5:00pm. Visit http://indousnefl.info/ for more details. Northwestern Friends and Family Night at the Ritz Theatre and Museum Ritz Theatre and Museum, thisTuesday, February 21, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.632.55555. DOWNTOWN TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOUR, The Jacksonville Landing, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for more details. THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE, Times Union Center for Performing Arts,Thursday, February 23, 2012, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for more information. AMERICAN PICKERS AT THE FLORIDA THEATRE, on Thursday February 23, 2012, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. WHALE OF A SALE AND PREVIEW PARTY, this Frida,y February 24, 2012, Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.0535 for additional information. 1ST QUARTER JAXUSA PARTNERSHIP LUNCHEON, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Friday, February 24, 2012, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional details contact 904.588.1234. JACKSONVILLE LANDING MARKET, atThe Jacksonville Landing, on Friday, February 24, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Staying Active In Retirement (StatePoint) Despite the promise of ample free time, retirement is not something everyone looks forward to with happy anticipation. Many approaching this life stage worry that the unstructured time will be tedious and unfulfilling. But theres no need to fear a life of greater leisure. There are many ways to make the most of ones years after leaving the workforce, points out Sidney Silverman, a retired trial lawyer of 43 years and author of a new book of memoirs, A Happy Life: From Courtroom to Classroom,Ž which he wrote when he was 76. I wanted to write only about my retirement but how could I do that without telling what I did before retiring?Ž says Silverman whose book details his career and active retirement, during which he enrolled in graduate school, tried his hand at tournament chess and wrote two books. With this in mind, he is offering several tips to help make retirement the highlight of your life: € Stay Active: Dont let health problems become an excuse to sit around and stare into space. Take stock of how you feel, and seek activities consistent with your physical and mental strength. € Take on New Hobbies: Its never too late to discover new passions you didnt have time to pursue when you were working. Test your fondness. Whether its woodworking, music, photography or fishing, now that free time is plentiful, jump in head-first and pursue what you love. € Volunteer: If unstructured time makes the hours of the day feel endless, look for volunteer work that will keep you as actively engaged as when you worked. € Keep Learning: Youre never too old to stop learning. There are many colleges eager to admit seniors. All you need is the will to learn, advises Silverman € Stay Upbeat: Dont be gloomy. Avoid making what ails you the focal point of every conversation. Books, politics, sports, investments, real estate, and your family are all healthy stand-in topics. € Try a Second Career: Become a published author or launch your own part-time consulting business, tutoring or catering company. For example, Silverman tackled the challenge of writing his memoirs as well as a novel entitled, What Money Can Buy,Ž that satirizes the practices of financial firms which tossed our country and the world into economic chaos. It explains the causes of the Great Recession and satirizes the political scene that followed. € Find Your Peace: Your career was the time to stress out about deadlines, and workflow. Retirement is the time to put that aside and think about that book youre reading, your golf swing or the next meal you want to cook. As Plato once said, There are different stages in a mans life.Ž By staying active, you can make retirement your best life stage yet. ***** ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES FOOD POISONING Food poisoning is a term commonly used to describe illnesses suspected of being caused by food contaminated with bacteria. It can affect several members of a household, multiple customers who dined at a particular restau'1'nt, nursing home patients, or children in day care facilities. In some cases, symptoms can begin within 1 hour of eating the contaminated foods, others may take 8-16 hours and some may not begin for 3-5 days. Symptoms similar to those caused by food poisoning can also be caused by viral gastroenteritis, emotional stress, food allergy, drugs, hepatitis appendicitis or other disorders. Signs and symptoms include: € Nausea and vomiting € Abdominal cramps or pain € Diarrhea (sometimes bloody) € Fever € In severe cases, shock and collapse Causes includes bacterial organisms such as Salmonella, staphylococci, clostridia, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and others. Botulism is a rare, life-threatening form of food poisoning. Risk factors include: € Eating food that is improperly prepared or stored. € Lack of good hygiene when preparing food. € Drinking. water or eating raw foods when traveling to a foreign country. How to prevent food poisoning: € Avoid raw seafood or meat € Don't consume raw or undercooked eggs. € Avoid unpasteurized dairy products. € Keep picnic foods cool, especially those made with mayonnaise. € Proper cook~ng and storage of foods. Keeping food preparation areas, cutting boards and cooking utensils clean. € Throwing out food items that are old, have an Mofr'smell or those in bulging tin cans. € Attention to hand washing before preparing food. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area embering ThosREAL LIFE STORIES WHAT HAPPENS when a beneficiary on a life insurance policy dies before the named insured dies? To understand this question, one must first understand that there are three people on every life insurance policy; some of these three people may be the same person. 1) The owner of the policy is the one who purchases the policy and is responsible for making premium payments and designating the beneficiary. 2) The beneficiary is the person who will receive payment upon the death of the insured, and maybe the same person as the owner. 3) The insured is the person whose death triggers the payment to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary dies before the insured and there is no alternate beneficiary, then the policy proceeds are paid into the estate of the insured. This is a situation where if the insured had a Will, the Will would determine how the policy proceeds are distributed. If there is no Will, then the Florida Probate Code would determine how the policy proceeds would be distributed. SITUATION: Mary, as owner, purchased a life insurance policy on the life of her sister, Debra, the insured. Because she was the owner, Mary also designated herself as the beneficiary of the policy. Mary made all premium payments on the policy for 10 years until it was paid up and no further premium payments were required. Then Mary died. Five years later her sister, Debra (the insured) died. The life insurance company spent about one year sending correspondence to Mary requesting that she file a claim to collect the policy proceeds. It was finally determined that Mary had died before Debra. It was then clear that an estate had to be opened for Debra so that policy proceeds could be paid into the estate and distributed in accordance with the Florida Probate Code. RESULT: Debras children were scattered around the Country with no clear addresses or contact information. However, there was no information that they were deceased. Therefore, when an estate was opened for Debra, the policy proceeds where paid into the estate. However, none of the beneficiaries of the estate (Debras children) could be located. Then, after one year, the money was paid by the probate Court into the unclaimed proceeds fund for the State of Florida. PREPLANNING CAN HELP; WE CAN HELP: Our caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agents. PREPLANNING SERVICS SERVICES AT TIME OF DEATH AFTERCARE SERVICES R ROBATE OF ESTATES 529 Kingsley Avenue OrangePark, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233 bivensfuneralhome.com

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FEBRUARY 1, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B BLACKHISTORYMONTH SPECIAL FEATURE Soaring To New Heights: Rev. Dr. Vincent Williams Makes History As First Black Brunswick College Founder By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL When Rev. Dr. Vincent Williams entered elementary school in the early 1970s, he was among the second group of students to be a part of a newly integrated educational system in south Georgia. Now, the little boy who was the grandson of the late Rev. Dr. R.J. Leggett, is the first African-American to own a tertiary level institution in Glynn County. Although he was born in Brunswick, Dr. Williams spent most of his youth in Camden. He later graduated Brunswick High when he returned to the town to live with his grandfather who contributed to his spiritual growth. After attending Bethune-Cookman, Dr. Williams received his Masters in Divinity and Doctorate in Philosophy. Following in his grandfathers footsteps, he also went the pastoral route with his own ministry, Word of Faith Church. Now, his school, Wings Of Faith, is quickly gaining attention with students coming from as far away as mid-Georgia, near the border of Alabama and Ocala, Florida. Additionally, as the demand grows, plans are already underway to offer new courses as well as expand facilities to accommodate student increase. One thing that I want to make clear, is that we are a faith-based institution, said Dr. Williams. We are not secular and all of our courses are geared towards God in several curriculums. In our certificate program we have Introduction to the Bible. In Bachelors program we offer courses such as the Glory of Living and the Life of Christ. Then in our Masters we have Person and Work of The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Authority to name a few and in the Doctorate program we have Biblical Ethics, Church in The New Testament and Homoletics as some of our courses. Our mission is to educate those who desire to be educated in the Lord, he explained. We dont teach any particular doctrine, we stick with the word of God and try not to get off into peoples beliefs but to simply teach the word of God. We actually started the vision for this school in 2008, Dr. Williams told The Star in an interview earlier this week. We then pursued the correct avenues to earn accreditation and now we are accredited with Faith Bible College in Maryland and the National Association of Biblical Counseling. Dr. Williams said that he is blessed to know his grandfather, was alive to see the first set of graduates pass through Wings of Faith. That inaugural graduating class had 10 students including my uncle Ryan Leggett, recalled Dr. Williams. Our most recent graduation had 60 students from certificate level all the way to Doctorate. And to tell you the truth, my students inspire me to continue the pursuit. When asked what inspired him to launch the school in the first place, Dr. Williams replied: I think the thing that inspired me most was after going back to school myself, I discovered there was a need to share Gods word with other people in the community. I felt there was a need for a faith-based institution in the area that was affordable and spiritual as well. I didnt want to start a school for my personal gain. I really simply wanted to share the Word of God and expose people to some sense of biblical training regardless if they were ministers, deacons, Sunday school teachers or just people with a thirst. And I must say, we are open to anyone who wants to want to learn more of who God is and what He expects of us and how we can conduct ourselves as ambassadors for Christ. One of the inspirational students who have left an impact of Dr. Williams is teenager Hannah Elder, who is the recipient of the schools scholarship. I am certainly proud of her and I am hoping that because of her commitment, other young people will be inspired, he beamed. Shes not in ministry or anything, but I can see her spiritual growth as a result of being in the school. Another student who inspired me was Elder Eddie Harmon. When he signed up, because he lived in Tifton, I asked if he can make it once a month and do the remainder of his course through correspondence. However, he said after the first class that he will be coming back and he did. I had another student from Ocala, Florida who will be coming back and a former school principal from Hazelhurst, Georgia. Then we have several from Savannah, Hinesville and Jesup as well as one who lives five minutes from the Alabama border who drive to and from each class. That speaks a level of unprecedented dedication and commitment from the students. It also speaks volumes to the quality of education that we are offering. I admire them for that. Dr. Williams also admits that he loves teaching and seeing people when a light goes off in their heads and they see something they viewed before in a new light. And just what is it he wants to be remembered for? Dr. Williams shared: I dont really want people to remember me but I trust and pray that when I am no longer on the scene, that someone will continue to pick up the baton and continue to do the word of God. Thats my one wish. If I close my eyes today or tomorrow that they keep doing what we are doing. We are getting better all the time. We are not perDr. Vincent and Dr. Bridgette Williams Dr. Vincent and Wings of Faith graduates fect but we continue to strive. One thing I stress is that the integrity of this school is everything and make sure we do things right and in decency and in order. Of course, behind every great man is a supportive great woman and with his anniversary coming up on March 1st, Dr. Williams is proud to have his wife Bridgette contribute to his works in the church and school. The fulltime senior center nurse is also a graduate of Wings of Faith, holding a Masters in Divinity, Doctorate in Philosophy and a Bachelors in Counseling. The couples children Timothy and Ashley are in their churchs music and praise and worship ministry. Dr. Williams revealed that his wife will go from student body member to faculty member in the next semester which begins March 5. Its going to be busier, Mrs. Williams said of her life as the wife of a pastor and now his colleague at Wings of Faith. Overall I enjoy it and we agree that a family that prays together, stays together. We do a whole lot of praying and we also make sure we have time well spent together. That quality time counts and that is something we make sure mention when we share with others. All in all we are focused and will continue to strive as we getting ready to launch some new things very soon. Wings of Faith is currently accepting enrollment. For more information, call 912-399-7538

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THESTAR By ARTHIA NIXON In light of this weekends Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show, we will be taking a look at Nicole Lyons, an African-American woman making a name for herself in a sport made up of predominately caucasion males auto racing. Her beauty of the track and aggressive on the track is earning her a reputation as a racing powerhouse. Owner Shahid Khan Announces Mark Lamping as President of the Jaguars By John Oehser, jaguars.com The leadership of the Jaguars continues to evolve. Mark Lamping, the President and Chief Executive of MetLife Stadium and home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, on Monday was named President of the Jaguars, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan announced in a statement Monday morning. Lampings position becomes effective February 27. Khan, who took over as owner January 4, called the hiring a very important and exciting development in the Rebirth of the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ž Mark will bring to the Jaguars and Jacksonville community a mix of sports and brand marketing, stadium management expertise and team front-office leadership that is very difficult to find in one person,Ž Khan said. Lamping will be responsible for all non-football facets of the organization, reporting to Khan. Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith will continue to report directly to Khan. The Jacksonville Jaguars have vast potential and Im honored that Shad Khan is asking me to play a leadership role in reaching that potential,Ž Lamping said. Lamping, a native of St. Louis, has been with the MetLife Stadium group since 2008, when he was named President/CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, LLC. He was responsible for the managing/development of the $1.6 billion stadium. Marks resume speaks for itself and Im grateful to the Giants and Jets for making it possible for the Jaguars to present Mark with a new challenge and the prospect of success here in Jacksonville,Ž Khan said. BLACK HISTORYMONTH:Nicole LyonsPAGEB-4 March 1 3, 2012ATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASKETBALL TOURNAMENTJacksonville, Florida GULF COASTGC A C 2012 2012 Adams/Jenkins Sports and Music Complex Edward Waters CollegeFor more information, contact: SID at (904) 470-8045. 2 2 GU U G 2 2 2 2 2 20 20 2 2 F ULF F 2 2 012 012 2 OA OA C C T T A AST GU U G G GU G G G ULF ULF ULF C C G G C C GC OA OA O C C T T C C C C A A A AST A A A AC AC AC A C C C C A A A C C C C C C C G G G G G G G G C C GC GC C C GC C C C C C C C A A A C C A AC AC AC C C C C A A A C C C C C ATH ATH ATH GC G G THLET THLE THLET G C C C TIC TIC C C C C C TIC GC O C C C O ONF O C C C C C C C C RE RE FE FE F F FERE C C C C E E C C E ENC ENC CE CE ENC CE C E E E S A S A A B B B B B ac c ac Jac B B B T T TB TB T TB E E K S SK A A ckso ckso ckso nville, ckso ckso A L L A A B B B B B Flo nville, U UR O T ida ida M A i ri ida R Flo R M A A N N NA NA N NA R R R UR U UR UR T T N E EN M ME T T M M M M M M M M M Marc Marc Mar Mar Ma M Mar Marc ch ch h 1 h ch 3 3 1 20 20 3, 20 012 012 012 Ada Ada Ada ams/Jenk ams/Jenk Ed d Ed ams/Jenk k dw dw wa W ward dw in ins Spor kin s C s C rs aters and rs Co M M W Wa rts and M M ollege olleg usic C sic C M M ollege Music C omplex omple omplex For more information, conta e i ore m inform mation, c mation, mation, co c ct: SID c For more information, conta t D a 4) 4) 904 t ( 9 a a 5 70-8045 5 904) 4 5. 5. 5 SEE and COMPARE new 2012 models and 2013 previewsITS ELECTRIC …See the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, and Ford EV TEST DRIVES …2012 Chevy, GMC, Buick, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, FIAT! ENTER TO WIN a $20 gas card … winners will be drawn hourly at the show! CLASSICS …See impressive displays from the Jacksonville Corvette Club on Saturday and the Mustang Club on Sunday FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT See Comic Bot, the 8-foot tall robot from Americas Got Talent Gordy the Firetruck, the Jacksonville Roller Girls on Sunday, and the Jaguar Cheerleaders Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM! THE 911 RESCUE 4 TRUCK ON DISPLAY NISSAN LEAF 2012 RAM 1500Friday February 17 12 PM … 9 PM Saturday February 18 10 AM … 9 PM Sunday February 19 10 AM … 6 PM $10.00 Adults | $5.00 Children ages 6…12 Children under 6 admitted free $8.00 Seniors over 65PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER FEB 17-19 www.JaxAutoShow.com or call 800-251-1563 Discount Coupons at FREE Parking Courtesy of 17 B E F C PRIME 9 1 -1 CEN N O NVENTI O C O OSB PRIME CENTERRN O E F N CENTER .JaxAut w w w or c .com w ho oS .JaxAut 800-251-1563 all or c 800-251-1563 In 2005, Nicole Lyons became the first black female professional stock racer. She is also the first black woman in several categories of NHRA drag racing and in NHRA D2 & D7 Top Sportsman the only woman. Off the track, she is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Muscle Cars, an engine building and muscle car restoration company. She is also a fashion model and has been netted several major auto industry sponsors. Additionally, she is slated to star in a racing based television show produced by Marlon Wayans, of the Wayans Brothers. All in all, while paving the way for women and blacks in the auto world, Nicole Lyons is giving a whole new meaning to the term driven. Daylan Walker has officially been assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks 2012 roster. The 26-year-old Walker (59Ž, 187) most recently had two stints with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. Signed by the Lions during the 2010 season, he was re-signed by the club in December of that year before being released prior to the 2011 season. Before joining the Lions, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in May, 2010. The Falcons released Walker during training camp. Walker played collegiate football at Arkansas State University, where he appeared in 45 of the teams 48 games in his four years. During his senior season in 2009, Walker recorded 51 tackles (40 solo), intercepted a pass and led the Red Wolves with seven pass breakups. The previous year, he totaled a career-high 65 tackles (45 solo), an interception and five pass breakups. Born in Jackson, TN, Walker attended Milan High School. Defensive Back Walker Becomes Newest Member Of Sharks

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President Obama Calls on Congress to Partner on Government ReformObama Administration Sends Congress the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act of 2012 WASHINGTON, DC … This afternoon, the Obama Administration sent Congress the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act of 2012, which would reinstate the authority Presidents held for decades to reorganize and consolidate the Federal government. To guarantee that government reorganization will always result in a more efficient government, the Presidents proposal adds a new requirement that any reorganization plan must save money or reduce the size of government. As President Obama first announced last month, the Administrations proposal would allow the President to put forward, for expedited consideration by Congress, plans to consolidate and reform the Federal government for the 21st century, making it leaner, smarter and more consumer friendly. President Obama said, To support an economy thats built to last, we need a government thats built for the 21st Century. We cannot allow redundant bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape to stand in the way of creating good jobs here at home, providing critical services for Americas families, and exporting Americas goods and services around the world. Thats why today I am calling on Congress to join me in reforming our government by passing the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act.Ž In January, the President announced that, if Congress reinstates the authority to reorganize government, his first action would be to make it easier for Americas job creators to access the services they need to grow and export. The President laid out a plan to bring together six agencies focused on business and trade and a handful of other related programs into a single more efficient and effective department with a laser-like focus on promoting American business and competitiveness, while saving taxpayers $3 billion dollars. If Congress passes legislation providing consolidation authority, the Administration will continue to engage with Americas business owners, lawmakers, agencies and other stakeholders to develop a detailed reorganization proposal that will makes it easier for Americas businesses to succeed and provides a better value for taxpayers. The Administration will also develop additional proposals to make programs more effective and eliminate duplication, overlap and excess overhead in other areas across the government, improving services for Americas families and businesses and saving billions more in taxpayer dollars. 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Man Kidnaps Woman He Met Online and Her Three ChildrenIn the late afternoon hours, police were flagged down to a location about a possible kidnapping of a mother and her three children, ages four, one and nine months. The victims sister told police that her sister contacted a friend stating that she and her children were being held against their will and she needed help. The sister contacted police and went to the victims apartment with two patrol officers. At that time, the suspect, Rasheim Dolton, observed marked patrol units in the area and left the scene with the victim and her three children. The sister, as well as police, contacted the victim several times via cellular telephone. The victim stated she was heading to Florida from Georgia to hand out music fliers. The victim was very evasive with her answers but was able to answer that she was not ok. From that point on, the victim would not answer further questions. Investigative techniques gave police indicators that the victim was traveling in Georgia and was not headed back to Florida. Around 9:00 p.m. after receiving a BOLO (Be On Look Out) for the victims vehicle, Georgia State Patrol were able to locate and stop the vehicle. Dolton was listed under his alias name, Luther Ogletree, and was driving the vehicle with the woman and three children as passengers. He was taken into custody. Investigation revealed that the victim met Dolton and a friend on her Model Mayhem webpage online about a month ago. He came to her residence approximately three weeks ago and held her against her will. He then produced a handgun and threatened to kill her and her three children if she told police. The victim stated the suspect stayed in her apartment the last three weeks and did not let her leave without being with her. Dolton was monitoring her phone calls and text messages and he would tell her what to say and how to respond. The victim was not allowed to speak to anyone outside of his presence. The victim was able to use a phone at a business while she was paying her electric bill. Dolton stayed in the vehicle with her three children and threatened to kill her and her children if she told anyone or police what was happening. The victim was able to make contact with a friend to get a hold of her sister and tell her the situation. When the friend got a hold of the sister, she contacted police. Dolton has prior charges of 4 Kidnapping counts out of Tennessee, Kidnapping out of Atlanta as well as various other charges including False Imprisonment, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Drug Charges that he has served time for. The suspect is a registered sex offender in Georgia. This is an ongoing active investigation. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star FEBRUARY 18 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. Man Shot and Killed by PoliceAn armed man was shot and killed by police after he refused to follow orders multiple times. At around 2:10 a.m., two officers were working in an off duty capacity, in full police uniform at a club and received information that a suspect was in the parking lot with a gun. The club had ended and the parking lot was full of people. Police believe 24-year-old Nicholas Underwood had just gotten out of the club from a fight and went to his car to retrieve a gun. Underwood was located with a gun walking back to the club. Officer Michael D. Peterson approached Underwood and repeatedly ordered him to stop, drop the gun, and get on the ground. Underwood refused to comply with every one of his commands and Peterson opened fire, shooting him five times. Underwood was deceased at the scene. Officer Peterson was placed on administrative leave and this was the first time in 12 years that he had shot someone. Records show thatUnderwood had never been arrested, but had been charged with a few misdemeanors. Rasheim Dolton Nicholas Underwood

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FEBRUARY 18 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. Internet Crime Prevention Internet crime schemes that steal millions of dollars each year from victims continue to plague the Internet through various methods. Following are preventative measures that will assist you in being informed prior to entering into transactions over the Internet: Auction Fraud: € Before you bid, contact the seller with any questions you have. € Review the seller's feedback. € Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. € Ensure you understand refund, return, and warranty policies. € Determine the shipping charges before you buy. € Be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash. € If an escrow service is used, ensure it is legitimate. € Consider insuring your item. € Be cautious of unsolicited offers. Credit Card Fraud: € Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online. € Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure. € If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source. € Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges. € Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company. € Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails. DHL/UPS € Beware of individuals using the DHL or UPS logo in any email communication. € Be suspicious when payment is requested by money transfer before the goods will be delivered. € Remember that DHL and UPS do not generally get involved in directly collecting payment from customers. € Fees associated with DHL or UPS transactions are only for shipping costs and never for other costs associated with online transactions. € Contact DHL or UPS to confirm the authenticity of email communications received. 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 Woman Hit in Mall ShootingAn innocent bystander was wounded after being caught in the middle of a shooting inside a mall. 18-year-old Keith Anthony Brown was said to be in a Finish Line store with two other individuals at about 12:45 p.m. One of the men Brown came with, spotted a 21year-old man with his girlfriend at one point. The target apparently was someone Brown had a conflict with in the past and Brown fired three shots. He missed all three times and instead hit Manisa Sapkota, 34, who was working at a nearby kiosk. Sapkota survived and now has a bullet lodged in her right shoulder. All three men fled from the scene, but the whole incident was caught on surveillance video. The victim and his girlfriend were able to help police identify the shooter. Police arrested Brown and charged him with attempted murder of Sapkota, and another attempted murder of his intended target. He is also being charged with possession of a firearm by a delinquent felon. Brown has prior felony arrests as a juvenile which include Possession of a Firearm on School Property when he was 10, Carrying a Concealed Firearm (two times), Armed Trespass, and Burglary in 2009. The two other men were identified, but have not yet been arrested yet. Investigation is still ongoing. Woman Arrested for Tax Fraud and Identity Theft A woman was arrested for 17 counts of identity theft and tax fraud. In addition to filing her own false tax return, Belinda Brooks, 46, stole the names and Social Security numbers of other individuals in order to file fraudulent tax returns in their names and obtain tax refunds for the tax years 2008 and 2009. She cheated her victims out of anywhere between $1,000 to almost $10,000. According to reports, Brooks was arrested and charged in a 17-count indictment. The charges include one count of filing a false tax return, six counts of theft of government property in the form of tax refunds, six counts of aggravated identity theft, three counts of making false claims in the form of fraudulent tax returns, and three counts of identity theft. The maximum federal prison sentence for each of the counts is as follows: 10 years for theft of government property, two years consecutive to any other sentence for aggravated identity theft, five years for making a false claim, and 15 years for identity theft. Keith Brown Belinda Brooks

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Burglar Breaks into Home, Cooks, and Does Laundry South Bend, INAshley Murray had come home one night to find the lights in her apartment on. She thought her brother was home, but she was faced with Keith Davis, 46, instead. She told him that police would come, but she then realized Davis had cooked some chicken and onions in a pan, folded her clothes up, and vacuumed the floors. The police also noted that he seemed to be a good chef. When asked what he was doing in the home, Davis kept stating that he was in his own home. Davis had not stolen anything, but only the food. Davis was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, a Class D felony. A $5,000 bond was requested by Prosecutors, but the judge ended up lowering it to $1,000. Murray and the police believe Davis may have been on drugs. Mother Caught Trying to Smother Her Baby to Death in Hospital Charleston, SCChevonne Youngineer, 17, brought her daughter to the hospital saying that she just had a near death incident. They were taken to a room and Youngineer later told the nurses that her daughter was not breathing. Hospital staff rushed into the room and found the baby struggling to breathe. Pieces of cotton wool were found in her throat and the girl was vomiting them back up. When the surveillance footage from the room was reviewed, they found that Youngineer took cotton from a teddy bear to shove it down her babys mouth and then she covered babys face with a blanket. The child could be seen struggling for breath. Yougineer was arrested and she claimed to have saved the babys life twice while in the hospital and many other occasions. She is being charged with unlawful conduct towards a child and was released on $10,000 with her child placed in protective custody. FEBRUARY 18, 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Helps Cyclist, Then Punches and Robs Her A woman was arrested for punching and robbing another woman after pretending to save her from a car. Police said a woman was walking down the street with her bicycle and after being sideswiped by a car, 41-year-old April Michelle Cottman offered to help her. Cottman, instead, punched the woman in the face and snatched her purse. She then ran to her house nearby, while the victim and a witness chased her. The victim and witness were lead right to the home address, immediately revealing Cottmans location. Police were called and Cottman was arrested when they arrived. The purse and wallet were returned to the victim, according to the report. Cottman is facing a charge of robbery and may be held on $15,000 bond. According to the report, the unidentified victim had a swollen mouth with cut, bloody lips. Man Uses Baby as Shield A man was arrested after attacking his girlfriend then using their babyas a shield when police arrived to scene. A woman had called police and said that her boyfriend, Bobby L. McCormick, 31, strangled her, punched her in the face, kidnapped their baby, threatened to kill her, and burn down her apartment, while her children were inside. Police arrived and found McCormick with a baby in his arms about a block away from the apartment. The officers ordered McCormick to put the baby down, but he would not listen. Instead, he told them to shoot him and when an officer pointed a gun at him, he shielded himself using the baby. The officer put his gun away and decided to pull out his Taser gun. Police were able to pull the baby out of McCormicks arms after briefly struggling and wrestling with him to the ground. He tried to resist arrest and more officers came to help in detaining him McCormick was charged with battery by strangulation, child abuse, battery, false imprisonment and resisting an officer with violence. Woman Reads Bible to AttackerWho Slits Her Throat Shelby, NCLindsay Wood, 32, had just come home from Bible study. An intruder walked into her home and slit her throat for no apparent reason. Woods son was outside dropping off the trash and when he saw what happened, he ran to the side of the house. Wood begged for her life and asked the attacker to not hurt her or her son. She then started reading from the bible for about an hour and a half and the attacker apologized and left. Wood was finally able to call police and she was taken to the hospital to be treated. Police arrested the attacker a week later and also arrested Woods son saying that both planned the attack together. Police believe Woods 15-year-old son wanted her killed and hid during the whole incident, purposely not getting any help. Boy Beaten to Death Because He WouldntVacuum Pittsburgh, PAAnthony Bush, 29, who is six feet and five inches, was said to have brutally beaten his girlfriends 11-year-old son for nine hours because he would not vacuum the apartment. Bush used sticks and belts to beat him. While the beating was taking place, the boys five year old brother witnessed everything. Later Cynthia McKee returned home to find her son naked, bloody, and barely breathing on the floor. When police arrived, they found blood-stained sheets, tissues, a belt, wood sticks, metal bars and blood on the ceiling and walls of the boys bedroom. Bush admitted to the beating. The boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Bobby McCormick April Cottman

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012THE STARC&J 4 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: Darryl Allen Offense: Child Abuse Name: Laclinteon Allen Offense: Felony Battery Name: Brian Keith Anderson Offense: Credit Card Fraud Name: Shawn R C Mitchell Age: 18 Weight: 144 lbs Last seen: 1/03/12 Name: Latifah Tierrah Dames Age: 16 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 2/04/12 Name: Destinee Rochelle Wilkerson Age: 17 Weight: 100 lbs Last seen: 2/02/12 Name: Empress Mercedez Jackson Age: 17 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 2/05/12 Name: Kyle Stewart Age: 17 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 1/31/12 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 KFCRobbery SuspectPolice responded to a robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken Investigation revealed prior to the store opening, the suspect encountered an employee in the parking lot and forced him back inside the restaurant. Once inside the suspect robbed the business of money. The unknown suspect was described as a black male, early to mid 20s, 56Ž to 57Ž, 130 to 140 pounds, with a medium skin complexion. He was wearing large black sunglasses with diamonds on the side. The sunglasses appeared to be womens sunglasses. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1866-845-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 18, 2012THE STARPR 1 The movie inspired the students, challenged them and encouraged them to persevere. On our ride home they chanted we fight, we fight. I asked what are we fighting for and they responded their education and future.Ž … Principal Germaine Jackson DeCree, Lou Dantzler High School (BLACK PR WIRE) … TORRANCE, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)--To launch Black History Month, 3,000 students from Southern California School Districts attended a screening of Red Tails across 18 screens at the AMC Del Amo Theatre on February 1, 2012. The George Lucas-produced action-adventure film is inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-African American military aviators and support crew in history who served with distinction in World War II. Joining the students were original Tuskegee Airmen and members of the films cast. The event came courtesy of the Variety Childrens Charity and was organized by Wini Jackson, an advocate in service to children. Everyone came out of the movie with an appreciation and understanding of the heroic contributions of the Airmen,Ž said Jackson. I heard students say to the original Tuskegee Airmen that were in attendance, Thank you for what you did for us.Ž Ted Lumpkin and Levi Thornhill, both original Tuskegee Airmen, recounted their experiences to students, offering wise advice. Education is the key,Ž said Thornhill. Pay attention. If you got that, you dont have to worry. Youll never go hungry.Ž Educators agreed that the actionpacked film connected with the students. The power of cinema held their attention,Ž said Dolores Sheen, Principal of Sheenway School and Culture Center. Some asked if there was a second part to the story. I told them that they were the second part to the story.Ž I used to be a person who thought I couldnt achieve things but I see that people achieve things no matter what. It doesnt matter where you come from or what color you are or the race,Ž said eighth grader Maria Hernandez. In attendance were Red Tails actors Nate Parker, Andre Royo and Marcus T. Paulk. Seeing those 3,000-plus young people engaged in a film that promotes excellence, education and perseverance was an indescribable feeling!Ž said Parker. He especially applauded the contributions that made a school event like this possible. I was deeply moved to learn that one gentleman made this event possible with his generous donation to Variety. It is my hope to see that more people like him join forces to ensure that other underserved youth across the nation have an opportunity to see Red Tails during Black History Month.Ž In theaters now, Red Tails is directed by Anthony Hemingway and executive produced by George Lucas. 3,000 Students Attend Red Tails Screening for Black History Month Photo: Business WireStudents join Tuskegee Airmen and cast of RED TAILS at screening

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012PREP RAP PR 2 Former Corporate Exec Says Its Never Too Late to Change CareersWith 7 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits, and many counting the years … instead of months … since their layoff, author Darlene Quinn says now is a good time to reinvent yourself. She cites James Sherk, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, who says the jobs people held two or three years ago often simply arent there anymore. "People are trying to find jobs similar to what they had previously, when those jobs completely don't exist,Ž he told Reuters recently. So they will spend a good portion of their period unemployed looking for jobs that they are unlikely to find." Quinn is a master of personal reinvention. She started her career as a teacher, then became a contractor, developing self-improvement and modeling programs for hospitals and a store. That segued into a position as a top executive at Bullocks Wilshire department store and retirementŽ as a freelance journalist. And now, the 74-year-old is an award-winning novelist. She published her third book, Webs of Fate (www.darlenequinn.net), this fall, continuing her series about deceit and intrigue in the high-end retail industry. She says she was always a story-teller; she just never thought about putting her stories on paper. Being a victim of the short-lived educational phenomenon called sightreading, which did not include phonics, I had always been intimidated by the written word,Ž she said. Somehow none of my teachers appreciated my creativity when it came to spelling. Therefore, my creative writing efforts were sprinkled with so many red marks, they appeared to have broken out with the measles.Ž Maybe, she added, she just needed a great story to tell and a passion to tell it that was stronger than her fear. Quinn became a schoolteacher after earning a bachelors at San Jose State University. Much later in life, while working as a department store executive during a time of tremendous upheaval in the retail fashion industry, she found her story. But before she tried to tell it, she first sharpened her wit and her pen by writing articles for trade journals, magazines and newspapers. That led to her being drafted by actor Buddy Ebsen to help him with his first novel, a love story called Kellys Quest. Ebsen was working on a second, a mystery based on his popular TV persona detective Barnaby Jones, when he died in 2003. His widow asked Quinn to finish the book, Sizzling Cold Case, which was published in 2006. By now, Quinn was ready for her own tale. I felt compelled to tell the story of our vanishing department stores,Ž she said. Instead of writing a dour tell-all about the business, I decided to chronicle my experiences in one of my fictional worlds and I filled that landscape with the realistic and dynamic characters that inhabited my daily life. The age of computers with spell-checking software helped me get over my fear of a red-inked manuscript.Ž By 2008, Quinn had finished her story of intrigue in the retail fashion business. Webs of Power won a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award the following year. Twisted Webs followed in 2010. One thing Ive learned in my life is that things change,Ž Quinn said. People change and, sometimes, their dreams have to change with them. To be releasing my third novel at age 74 is the fulfillment of a dream I never knew I had. Until now.Ž FAMILY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES You are invited to a very special event.Roslyn "Auntie Roz" Burrough hosts Black History Event at her Home Conversation with Phil Petrie Sr. Author: Tips and Maxims for Living a Principled Life A guide for my children February 26, 3:00p.m. Tea and Cider Sip Bring a Teen & $20.00 to purchase the bookCall for reservations 904 713 0885 About the Author Phil W. Petrie Sr. is an editor and writer by profession. He began his career in book publishing at Holt Rhinehart and Winston editing textbooks. He was a senior editor at William Morrow and director of Morrow Paperback editions. While there, he acquired the edited books by Mari Evans, Nikki Giovanni, Vincent Harding, and Orlando Patterson. Petrie then took a position at the Howard University Press as its executive editor. He also worked in magazine publishing as a contributing editor for Essence and editor of Black Enterprise. He was interim editor of the Crisis in 2001 and 2007. Roslyn Burrough Auntie Roz Children's Workshop (904) 713-0885 business; (904) 707-5201 cell. www.AuntieRoz.com Wish to give us a News Story relating to the Youth of our community? Send it to: info@th eflo ridastar.comor tia@th eflo ridastar.com

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012THE STARPR 4 University of Wyoming Fall Semester Provosts Honor Roll: FloridaThe University of Wyoming lists two students from Florida on the 2011 fall semester Provosts Honor Roll. The Provosts Honor Roll consists of undergraduates who have completed at least six but fewer than 12 hours with a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester. For more information about the University of Wyoming visit www.uwyo.edu. Students are: Jacksonville Janelle Ida-Lynn Klemm Lakeland Michael Dylan PowersStill I Rise: A Live Black History EncounterThrough this exhibit of live sights, sound and dramatic reenactments, you will take a journey into the history of this nation. You will live the history and experience it as if you were there. We invite you to be a part of something that has never been done before. Something that will bring the entire city of Jacksonville together. This event will foster unity and diversity. It will motivate and encourage our youth to strive for a bright future. It will be February 24-25, 2012 @ The Church Fellowship, 8809 Lem Turner Road. Doors open @ 7pm and show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and The SELF Movement Partner with Allstate Foundation to Launch Teen Safe Driving Video ContestLocal Organizations Team Up to Put Corporate Grant to Work in the Public Education System Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, and local non-profit organization, The SELF Movement, announced a partnership today to launch a Teen Safe Driving Video Contest in Duval County. The contest offers individuals or teams of up to four students more than $3,000 in scholarships and prizes. The first-place winner will designate a Duval County public high school in advance to receive a $1,000 grant for a student-focused improvement project of the schools choice. The video contest provides an opportunity for teens to educate their peers on the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Students are asked to create a 30-60 second video, which must be submitted to The SELF Movements YouTube channel by midnight on March 17, 2012. The public will select seven finalists from April 7 … 22, 2012 and a local panel of judges will select three additional finalists. The finalists and honorable mention candidates will be announced by May 5, 2012 in advance of a formal red carpet award ceremony later that month. The Teen Safe Driving Video Contest will also raise funds to benefit the Duval County Public Schools driver education program. The financial support for both the video contest and updated driver education resource material will be provided in part by a $10,000 donation from the Allstate Foundation. To learn more about the Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, including the official rules and registration, visit www.theselfmovement.org.



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Lovetown, USA was launched from the banks of the St. Mary's River, Sunday afternoon in St. Mary's, Georgia and The Florida Star/Georgia Star was there to capture the events as they unfolded moment by moment. We were warmly greeted by Ken Smith, The Mayor of the City of Kingsland. We quickly learned that Mayor Smith was a Jacksonville native who though born in Brewester Hospital, grew up in the Kingsland/St. Mary's region. Well over one thousand people turned out after church on Sunday, February 12, to welcome Oprah Winfrey in town. As soon as Ms. Winfrey came ashore from a Coast Guard Fleet, Mayor Smith presented her with the Key to the City that she dubbed Lovetown, USA. Many along the Florida First Coast can identify with the Lovetown moniker because St. Mary's is the closest municipality where a couple can apply for a marriage license and get married in one day. For years as long as memory serves, Floridians young and old have rapidly crossed the state lines for a quicky marriage when smitten by the amorous bite of the "Love Bug." Oprah Winfrey' TV Network OWN will be filming the experimental show of eight singles on a quest to find love over the next 30 days in (Kingsland, Georgia) Lovetown, USA. Winfrey challenged all to seize the opportunity to set the pace for the year with a show of kindness, service, love and support for one another. She implored upon the hundreds upon hundreds gathered at the Waterfront Park to become more selfless and forgiving. After the 30 day experimental search, Winfrey will whisk back to Kingsland/St. Mary's to throw a Big Ball in Lovetown, USA. The countdown has begun, 30-29-2827-26-25-24-23-22-21...Be there readers of The Florida/Georgia Star. 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 FLORIDAS 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 18, 2012 FEBRUARY 24, 2012 VOL. 61 NO. 43 50 CENTS An Award Winning Publication, serving you since 1951. Rated A 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 S tar Newspapers. Listen to IMPACT Radio T alk Show.www.thefloridastar.comStill the peoples choice, striving to make a difference. 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 On February 17, Marsha Dean Phelts presented on the colorful life of the late Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch. It was held at the Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd Street, in Downtown Fernandina Beach. Ms. Betsch was the great granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln Lewis, principal founder of American Beach. Marvyne took pride in the fact that American Beach was established and developed by the Afro American Life Insurance Company in January 1935, the same year and month of her birth in Jacksonville's Sugar Hill neighborhood. Marsha Dean Phelts, author of acclaimed books on American Beach discusses the legendary life of Marvyne Betsch, a multi-talented icon who in her career morphed from an opera singer in Europe to a much regarded preservationist and unofficial Mayor of American Beach. A First Look At Beyonce And Jay-Z's Daughter She has been recognized by the NAACP for outstanding work in literature. Jackson and her novel, A Silken Thread, will be honored at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. She is one of five finalists up for the prestigious award. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, Brenda Jackson has been a trailblazer in African-American romance. She is the first AfricanAmerican romance writer to make USA Todays and the New York Times bestseller lists for the series romance genre. The author of more than eighty novels, she is the recipient of countless awards, including numerous Romance in Color Reviewers Choice Awards, Emma Awards, and e-Harlequin Readers Choice Awards. With no sign of slowing down, Brenda has taken on the world of romance by storm with her grace, intelligence, and most of allwith her passion. Whitney Houston one of the greatest female artists of all time, recently passed away on February 11, 2012 at age 48. She was an inspiration to people all around the world and her funeral will be streaming live on February 18 at noon (EST). It will be provided by the Associated Press at www.livestream.com/aplive and other news media outlets. Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch Community Event Photo by F.M. Powell III Meet baby Blue Ivy Carter. The first photos of Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy surfaced on Tumblr, revealing a beaming first-time mother holding her bundle of joy. There's no doubt that Blue is the spitting image of her famous mom and dad. Black History Month began as "Negro History Week" and was created in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 April 3, 1950). It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson was a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, publisher, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was also one of the first scholars to study African American history and has been cited as the father of black history. Carter G. Woodson Jacksonvilles Brenda Jackson Nominated For Image Award LOVETOWN, USA By Marsha Dean Phelts, Photos by Sandy Neal and Marsha Phelts Man Kidnaps Woman He Met Online and Her Three ChildrenSee Crime & Justice BLACK HISTORY GOSPEL CELEBRATIONF e a t u r i n gYOLANDA ADAMSFree Tickets call 904-766-8834 Florida 1980 Prison Escapee Arrested During A Traffic Stop by Kevin KimFlorida man, Gerald Balam, 62, was pulled over for a traffic stop in Illington, North Carolina. When the officer checked Balam's license, he discovered that Balam was a wanted fugitive out of Florida. According to reports, Balam had escaped from a prison bus, while he was being transferred in 1980. He was serving 15 years after being convicted in 1972, 1973, and 1976 on charges of burglary, robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, and grand theft. Balam went by different aliases including Willie Lee Jackson, Adam Baham, William Ellis, and David James, but had his original name on his license. Balam is back in jail after 30 years and is being held on $200,000 bond. Black History Month Founder Clarence Cobb a contestant looking for love in love town. Mayor Ken Smith and Clara McLaughlin Oprah Winfrey Gerald Balam Sandy Neal and Oprah Winfrey Whitney Houston's funeral set for Saturday

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Words are powerful. They define. Definitions ascribe images to people, places and things. Ultimately, they determine how people are treated by others. The Founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, certainly knew that. That said, Black History Month is a time to reflect on pet peeve words that are used to describe Black people, especially those born in America. Take the word blacks. It is dehumanizing. The word blacks subconsciously describes Black people as less than and, comparatively speaking, not as human as. Heres why. The word blacks is a plural noun that rhymes with words that describe a collective of animals such as cats, rats, bats, snakes and dogs. Or, things such as hats, slats, vats, mats, etc. In a subtle way, blacks is used in the same way as animals and things. Yet, the term blacks rolls off tongues so easily and comfortably. Each utterance has an accumulative effect, which more firmly entrenches the underlying association with animals and things and with the undercurrent of comparative inferiority of Black people, especially of African Americans. Every expression of blacks creates a subconscious association and a collective mindset of blacks as those things. Recently, conservative Caucasian pundit, Ann Coulter, in discussing liberals and conservatives and making a point on a television show said, our blacks are better than your blacks. Some might argue that saying the word, whites, is the same. Not so. Whites, as a derivative of white has a culturally inherent association with positive concepts such as good pure and universal concepts such as people, woman, man and child. The word whites doesnt have the same meaning for two other reasons. One, it doesnt rhyme with the plurals for animals and things. And, secondly, the term is seldom used, especially in media. Media use is most important because media impacts image which dictates a public collective mindset for a group of people and how they are treated or mistreated in our society. It behooves everyone, especially African Americans, to drop blacks in an effort to bring about subconscious change. Many people have already modified their use of the term by deliberately and conscientiously using the word people with blacks as in Black people. The use of people negates the automatic, subtle, subliminal association with animals and things which, generally, goes unnoticed on a conscious level. Saying Black people could take getting use to. As a former professor I found Black students had a difficult time making the transition to coupling the word people with blacks, even though they wanted to. The use of blacks had become so programmed and entrenched in their minds that it would take significant time for them to deprogram themselves. A second pet peeve in English usage is that small letter b in blacks in written language. Continuously writing the b reinforces over and over that Black people are less than. Who hasnt at one time or another seen the insulting sequence Asians, Hispanics and blacks. In school, students are taught to capitalize proper nouns to distinguish them from common nouns. Capitalization gives more status to words, which makes the common noun, blacks, even more demeaning as a reference for Black people. Grammarians would say blacks with small letter b is the standard, accepted language. The question is, accepted by whom, for what reason? Who gives grammarians the right to define others with standard English that is mentally manipulative and degrading for a whole group of people? A third pet peeve in English language usage is female and male as spoken and written in black female and black male. It seems, in the media, this coupling of female and male with black is used most often for Black people. Black woman and Black man are not used as often or as often as needed for a collective, subliminal image change for African Americans. Also, again, female and male are always adjectives used in reference to animals. A final pet peeve to think of this 2012 Black History Month is the phrase people of color. This was recently used by a Caucasian man on television, which brought many questions to mind like, what does that mean, people of color? When people say people of color do they really mean people with color and if they do, then why dont they just say so? There is no such thing as people of color. It makes no sense. Who made that up? Why? Is people with color not used because it implies that there are people without color? And, is it insulting or demeaning to say people without color, therefore, its not used. These are just some questions for thought on this matter for Black History Month. These pet peeves may seem inconsequential, but they are of consequence in terms of their accumulative impact in shaping the collective American psyche. Possibly, it is the international psyche for in todays electronic world, media is ubiquitous, making folks all over the globe subject to the same information or misinformation. While African Americans may not be able to control the words used by others, they can certainly control words coming from their own mouths and writing implements take back the power of defining for themselves. Through Black American efforts from the s on weve moved from ni**er and Negro and colored and blacks to African Americans and Black People and Black Americans. Black History Month 2012 is a good time to decide to reject all insulting and demeaning language and to substitute enhancing language such as Black People. A final point is that some African Americans reject both African American and Black People. In the past, the entertainer, Whoopi Goldberg, has gone on record as saying most emphatically, she is American. True. We all are who are born here. The reality and fact is most apparent when Black Americans get a passport and travel to a foreign country. It is then that they are officially dubbed American. In America, however, Black Americans are designated as a color first and that will continue until equality on all levels is established for Black Americans as it has been for all Caucasian ethnic groups that came to this country. During the 1950s, ethnic groups were regularly referred via their place of origin, such as Italian, Irish, Polish, British, German, etc. Now, theyre all under the umbrella of American. One rarely hears media references to Caucasian Americans from their place of origin in Europe. In any case, for now, we have to deal with what is. So lets stop using demeaning terms to describe Black People. Black History Month is a good time to make a commitment. Carter G. Woodson, the Founder of Black History Month would probably like that. PAGE A-2 THESTAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Black History Month: A Time to ReflectBy Diana Hoffman Diversity Symposium The D. W. Perkins Bar Association, Inc. in cooperation with the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and The Florida Bar Association will be sponsoring a Diversity Symposium at the United States Federal Courthouse on February 23, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight and demonstrate the importance of creating a dialog about diversity. The theme for this program is Embracing Diversity and Excellence: Coexistence and Change. The facilitator for this program is Judge Pauline Drake and Judge Henry Adams, Jr. will be available to answer questions about the film which will be shown. Conversations on Catfish, Courtrooms and Change: The Life and Times of Henry Lee Adams, which was produced by Lang Sheppard of Stunt Dog Production, Inc, son of William J. Sheppard, Jr., Esq. will be shown. The film recounts the story of Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. and his rise from poverty stricken and segregated Eastside of Jacksonville through the Civil Rights Movement to his current position as the first Black Senior United States District Judge in the State of Florida. Judge Adams is the narrator of the film. Students from Paxon School of Advanced Studies are also going to make a presentation through music. The group appropriately named DIVERSITY and under the direction of Ms. Deborah McDuffie Doby will perform. This group includes students from diverse backgrounds. Students have also been invited from Eugene Butler Middle School and from the City of Jacksonville Youth Build Program and the DAWN (Developing Adults with Necessary Skills) Program. This is an important dialog and discussion that must take place among judges, lawyers, teacher and students from different areas and backgrounds. Submitted by Pauline M. Drake

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CFIGC REFRESHING WOMEN/PUSH TV MINISTRY will present the Annual Brunch/Luncneon to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church Auditorium located at 6801 Merrill Road, Jacksonville, FL, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information call (904) 220-6400. ST. SIMON BAPTIST CHURCH of Orange Park, FL, Rev. W. H. Randall, Founding Pastor, is celebrating Black History Month, with an original drama presentation "The Journey From Slavery To Freedom," Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:00pm. Please come and witness this historic event. The Church is located at 1331 Miller Street, Orange Park, FL 32073. You may call 904-215-3300 for more information or directions. JACKSONVILLE, FL ADAMS, Brian, 23, died February 11, 2012. ALDERMAN Russell, died February 10, 2012. ALTER, Leonard, Jr., 72, died February 11, 2012. BELVIN, Betty Joe, died February 13, 2012. BENNETT, Anthony L., died February 12, 2012. BoBo, Kathryn Yvette, 93, died February 14, 2012. BROWN, Janice Johnson, 57, died February 10, 2012. CUTLER, Shirley, 73, died February 9, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.EVANS, Bernarde, 38, died February 4, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.JONES, Mary Alice, died February 10, 2012. KELLY, Wilbert, died February 13, 2012. NAPOLEAN, Nathan, 64, died February 7, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.ROBERTS, Jr., R.D., died February 2, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.SUITTER, Belinda, 42, died February 3, 2012.C.L.Page Mortuary, Inc.~*~GEORGIA DEATHS BELL, Karl, died February 5, 2012. BENFIELD, Clifford Lee, 58, died February 12, 2012. FREDERICKS Michael Christopher, 26, died February 4, 2012. SHARPER, Lewrisey Coleman, died February 2, 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. 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 18, 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 Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mathew 28:19-20 C. L. Page Mortuary offers full funeral and cremation services at an affordable price because we care. We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. 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We hope that our services have been in everyway satisfactory.Call on us to compare before you make any final decisions:Harold Felder, LFDIC Minister Orien Greene, Chaplain Evangelist Francina Epps, Grief Counselor Rev. Willie Brown, Notary Rev. Dr. W.G. Mayberry, CEO We serve all of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas... Se Habla Espanol Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO Bring Me to Your Church or Organization Ministry Music MentoringGreat for youth and young adults (Honorarium or Donations required)Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com To all Catholic, Jews, Baptist, Lutheran, Cogic, Muslims, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, Non-Demoninational, etc. I have one question to Ask got truth?www.thespiritofyah.com Celebration for Pastor Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr. Februar 19th, 2012 Special Anniversary Worship Services Sunday, February 19th, 2012 4:00 P.M.Spoken word by Dr. John Guns, St. Paul Missionary Baptist ChurchGuest ChurchesFirst Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach, Dr. Marvin McQueen Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Campbell Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Jackson All services will be held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood AvenueFor more information, please contact the Church at 764-9257

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Wedding Bells for Owner/Publisher of The Florida StarClara McLaughlin, Owner and Publisher of The Florida Star and The Georgia Star, and Lonzie Leath were married on Saturday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor R L Gundy performed the ceremony, with his wife, Mrs. Wallette Gundy as witness. Leath is owner of SAI Central of Dallas, Texas, Managing Consultant and General Contracting. Congratulations, Clara and Lonzie! You are this weeks TALK OF THE TOWN! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Speaking of Clara McLaughlin, did you know...? She was the first African-American woman to own a network affiliated television station in the U.S. As CEO of the East Texas Television Network, Mrs. McLaughlin owned four stations in Texas in the 1980s CBS affiliate KLMG-TV in Longview, KLNL-TV in Nacogdoches, KLPH-TV in Paris, and KLDS-TV in Denison. Authored The Black Parents Handbook as a result of her frustration at the dearth of child-rearing information for African-Americans. As a new student at Howard University with a desire to pursue a career as a journalist, Clara initiated efforts to have journalism offered as a major.A Salute to the Durkeeville Historical SocietyThe Durkeeville community was founded in the 1930s, when African Americans were barred from living in many parts of the city. This was during the period of mandatory separation of the races and legal discrimination. The people who came together to create Durkeeville were middle class and working class individuals. Some were doctors, lawyers, educators and business people. Others were ordinary laborers. They created a neighborhood that sheltered and nurtured many during this challenging time. Unfortunately and ironically the elimination of legal discrimination resulted in the decline of the community. This was due to the relocation of many prominent residents and the flight of much commercial activity from the area. In 1998, the Durkeeville Historical Society was formed and was located at the Oaks of Durkeeville. In 2005, the Durkeeville Historical Center, a new facility constructed by the Jacksonville Housing Authority, became the home of the Society. The goal of the Historical Society is to enhance the new center by refurbishing the existing exhibits and adding new displays, help educate about the history of Durkeeville and its citizens contributions to the community and Jacksonville, earn revenue to help provide services for the benefit and education of the community, such as genealogy workshops to assist in tracing family histories, and to offer tours to individuals, school groups, and the many visitors to the center. Society members hold a fish fry fundraiser on the last Saturday of each month. Its a perfect time to tour the museum and meet members. Volunteer opportunities are available. Students can fulfill community service hours at the Center because the Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit their website at www.durkeevilleshistoricalsociety.com or call (904) 598-9567, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kingsley Plantation Community DialogueOn February 2, 2012 the National Park Service invited volunteers from the community to engage in facilitated dialogue about recent archaeological discovery of a previously unknown burial ground at Kingsley Plantation. Barbara Goodman, Superintendent of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Shauna Allen, Chief of Resource Stewardship of the National Park Service hosted the event at WJCT Studios. The facilitated discussion was presented by Bryant Rollins and Shirley Stetson of StetsonRollins Consulting (www.stetsonrollins.net). I was honored to be invited as a facilitator of the group discussions during which participants shared personal thoughts about the passing of someone significant in their lives. The dialogue will enable the Park Service to understand personal and community values related to the discovery of the slave burial ground at Kingsley Plantation. The program, which was filmed by WJCT, will be presented as an hour long feature throughout February. Visit WJCT s website, www.wjct.org/tv for information and schedules. PAGE A-4 THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! TALK OF THE TOWN! Celebrates Black History MonthBy Frances Bradley Photos by Volume BurksE kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Barbara Goodman, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve Superintendent, at press conference announcing Kingsley Plantation cemetery discovery L-R: Marsha Oliver, Pedro Cohen, Patricia Sams, Walette Stanford Durkeville Historical Center 1293 W. 19th Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Officers and Members of Durkeville Historical Society Facilitators, front row, l-r: Walette Stanford, Shelley Kagen, Frances Bradley, Ok Sun Burks. 2nd row, l-r: David Lafitte, Kathleen McKenzie, Henry Thomas, Jim Crooks. Photo courtesy of Seann Burks. Bryant Rollins Shirley Stetson

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PAGE A-6 THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Visit www.magnetprograms.com or call 904.390.2082 to learn more. ExpandYOUR HORIZONS.SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONBY FEBRUARY 29, 2012Its time to If your child is interested in attending a magnet school,NOWS THE TIME TO GET STARTED.Submit your application by mail, in person or online where you can see your admission priority to the school of your preference right away.

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THESTAR US Embassy In Bahamas Announces the Four Winners of the 2012 Dr. King Civil Rights Essay Contest NASSAU, The Bahamas The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the results of the Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Essay Contest. The purpose of the annual contest was to encourage Bahamian students to explore the life of Dr. King and reflect on how civil rights and diversity affect their lives today. This year, students were asked to select an American civil rights leader who was inspired by Dr. King and write an essay that articulates that leaders contribution to the civil rights movement. Students were also asked to describe what they can do or what they have done in their own communities to contribute to a more peaceful and non-violent world. This year the Embassy received over 90 essays from high school students attending public and private schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, and the Family Islands. The following four students were selected winners and will each receive the grand prize a new Apple iPad 2. (Bottom left) Cedric Munroe Doris Johnson Sr. High, New Providence Topic: Dr. Maya Angelou. (Bottom right) Benita Delaney Sunland Baptist Academy, Grand Bahama. Topic: John R. Lewis. (Top left) Devin Major Moores Island All-age School, Moores Island, Abaco. Topic: Reverend Jesse Jackson. (Top right) Stevanno Miller Preston Albury High School, Rock Sound, Eleuthera Topic: Reverend Jesse Jackson. In honour of Black History Month, during the month of February, officials from the U.S Embassy will visit each school to formally recognize the winners. PAGEA-7 Thousands Celebrate With Jamaican Descendents of African Maroon Slaves By Bryan Miller, JIS JAMAICA:Thousands of Jamaicans and visitors gathered in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, recently to celebrate the 274th anniversary of the Peace Treaty, which was signed between the Maroons and the British Government. The annual event attracted even more attention this year, as it is one of the official events of Jamaica 50, to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independence. There were cultural presentations and traditional observations throughout the day, with activities running from daybreak until late in the night. Addressing the official opening, Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley, pointed out that had it not been for that peace treaty signed in 1738, many other subsequent treaties would not have been signed. "If it had not been for the continuous struggle of people like Cudjo, and Nanny (of the Maroons) and so many others, we would not (be celebrating) today. We would be expected to be somewhere cutting cane," he said. Mr. Bartley argued that the independence movement for Jamaica did not begin in 1962, but instead with the resistance staged by all Africans at the point of their capture in their homeland. He insisted that as we celebrate Jamaicas 50th anniversary of independence, it is important for the people to remember the struggles. "We need to ritualise the important elements of our lives. Too many Jamaicans are moving around today, not even stopping to think that this is an important day in our calendar. Without this day, many other days might not have happened," he emphasised. In his message, read by Custos of St. Elizabeth, Hon. Wilfred Nembhard, Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, described the Maroons as an integral part of the rich history of Jamaica. He argued that when people have a strong sense of self identity through culture, they are more likely to interact peacefully with other cultures, with respect for the diversity of value systems and religious beliefs. "This fluid nature of culture can be positive, leading to stronger societal structures and values. Respect, appreciation, tolerance and a basic understanding of fundamental human rights, are tenets that have aided in the maintenance and preservation of the culture of the Maroons, the Governor General said. Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams (left), having a quiet conversation with council member of the Charles Town Maroons, Frank Lumbsden, during the celebrations, recently.

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PAGE A-8 THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Filled with favorite foods and full of unforgettable stories, the serving dishes that have graced dinner tables for generations are more than just plates. Theyre treasured pieces of family history that remind us that the past isnt just facts. And its those wonderful traditions that have nourished families and kept them strong for centuries. So, enjoy a big plate of history this month. Its delicious. 2011 Publix Asset Management Company

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During a one-week visit to China, a 16-member delegation of Urban League affiliate and Divine Nine fraternity/sorority presidents met with high-level China government officials and civic leaders, and toured historical cultural sites. (Jacksonville, Florida) The Jacksonville Urban League led by Richard Danford participated in a high-level, 16-member delegation of African American leaders to China from Feb. 4 11, 2012. The China visit was the second national delegation sponsored by the National Urban League and designed to educate African American leaders in global opportunities, and engage them in international dialogue to potentially benefit African American communities. It is critical for African Americans to participate in our globalized world, said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. I am very pleased that weve been able to successfully lead a second delegation of African American leaders to China. We must expand beyond our civil rights organizations goals for equality in the U.S., to parity worldwide. Learning about China, and other countries, understanding various cultures and potential participation for our communities in educational exchange, business and civic affairs, is the first step in positioning us to compete more effectively in this 21st Century of globalization. In China, the African American leaders were cohosted by the ChinaUnited States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), and the Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA). They met with Chinas top government ministries and civic organizations, including the Ministry of Education; China International Cooperation Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. The 2012 NUL delegation was co-led by Warren Logan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, and Rev. Herman Mason, Jr., general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Members of the delegation included: William Bates, Esq., Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Dr. Richard Danford, President and CEO of the Urban League of Jacksonville, FL; Dr. Patrick Graham, president and CEO of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas; Keith Grandberry, president and CEO of the Winston Salem Urban League; Chanelle Hardy, SVP and executive director of the National Urban League Policy Institute; Wanda Jackson, SVP of NULs Human Resources; Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Urban League; Joann Loveless, International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.; Marsha Mockabee, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland; Karl Price, Esq., International Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.; Brandi Richard, president of the NUL Young Professionals (NULYP); Nolan Rollins, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans; Landri Taylor, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver; and Julia Wilson, CEO and Founder of Wilson Global Communications, and organizer of the trip who serves as the international consultant for the National Urban League. In 2010, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League led the first delegation of African American leaders which included a former Clinton Administration cabinet member, head of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and a program host on TV One. The results culminated in a group of 50 Crenshaw High School students participating in a Summer Youth Educational Exchange program in China, organized by the Los Angeles Urban League, and the historic signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Education/Hanban by Xavier University of Louisiana to become the first HBCU and first university in the state of Louisiana to establish a Confucius Institute. There are more than 300 Confucius Institutes in 96 countries, 76 of which are in the U.S. None have been established at an HBCU until Dec. 2011. In addition to meeting with key leaders in China, the 2012 NUL delegation visited historic sites in Beijing such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall, and traveled to Xian, one of Chinas oldest cities and the capital city in the Shaanxi province located southwest of Beijing with a population of more than 8 million people. The delegation visited Xians cultural excavation of the Terracotta Warriors discovered in 1974 and dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. Story by Tammy Z. Seymour Photos by Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida StarBalloon Release February 11, 2012 Families of Slain Children Inc. Many people walk around with R.I.P. shirts, jackets and pants on, which is actually a way of saying and hoping that their loved one will Rest In Peace after death and most importantly be remembered. These clothing often go through the wash and as the shirt fades, often so does the memory. That does not happen with Families of Slain Children Inc. Ms. Beverly McClain and her dedicated volunteers keep the memory of love ones alive, with balloon releases every 3 months or upon request from devastated families. A release of balloons in remembrance of the loved ones lost in the many acts of violence that has affected countless lives in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas. February 11, 2012, 300 balloons were released in the names of deceased loved ones. People wrote the name of their loved one on balloons, as all the balloons were released the general feeling was Rest in Peace and I will never forget you. Watching the balloons fade into the clouds there was a sense of heavenly tranquility. Eyes watering, cries, smiles and waving to the sky all in the name of Rest In Peace. FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDASECTION B BALLOON RELEASE Families of Slain Children, Inc. Jacksonville Urban League Led by Richard Danford Participates in National African American Leadership Delegation to China Richard Danford, President and CEO of the Jacksonville Urban League Xu Kuangdi, the former Vice Chairman of the Peoples Political Consultative Conference Landri Taylor, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver

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Museum and a Movie, Ritz Theatre and Museum, on Saturday, February 18, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.632.55555 for more information. SULZBACHER CENTER 8K RUN, The Jacksonville Landing, on Saturday February 18, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for additional information. GLADYS KNIGHT, Florida Theatre, this Saturday, February 18, 2012, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.355.2787. THE KNIGHTS OF PETER CLAVER, INC UNIT #335 Present Their Second Annualmardi Gras Affair @ Club Pure, 8206 PHILLIPS HWY, Sunday, Feb. 19th. Doors Open At 6:00pm. Show Starts At 7pm. Contact Person: Padrica Mendez, gwmendez@bellsouth.net or 904 403-2565. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO IN CONCERT, Ritz Theatre and Museum, on.Sunday, February 19, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.632.55555 for all information. SARAH PRAY AND THOMAS KIVI, Burro Bar, thisMonday, February 20, 2012, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information call 904.353.4686 Jacksonville Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit with B2B Match Making Event onFebruary 21, 2012 from 8:30am-5:00pm. Visit http://indousnefl.info/ for more details. Northwestern Friends and Family Night at the Ritz Theatre and Museum Ritz Theatre and Museum, thisTuesday, February 21, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.632.55555. DOWNTOWN TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOUR, The Jacksonville Landing, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for more details. THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE, Times Union Center for Performing Arts,Thursday, February 23, 2012, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for more information. AMERICAN PICKERS AT THE FLORIDA THEATRE, on Thursday February 23, 2012, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. WHALE OF A SALE AND PREVIEW PARTY, this Frida,y February 24, 2012, Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.0535 for additional information. 1ST QUARTER JAXUSA PARTNERSHIP LUNCHEON, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Friday, February 24, 2012, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional details contact 904.588.1234. JACKSONVILLE LANDING MARKET, atThe Jacksonville Landing, on Friday, February 24, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2 THE STAR FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Staying Active In Retirement (StatePoint) Despite the promise of ample free time, retirement is not something everyone looks forward to with happy anticipation. Many approaching this life stage worry that the unstructured time will be tedious and unfulfilling. But theres no need to fear a life of greater leisure. There are many ways to make the most of ones years after leaving the workforce, points out Sidney Silverman, a retired trial lawyer of 43 years and author of a new book of memoirs, A Happy Life: From Courtroom to Classroom, which he wrote when he was 76. I wanted to write only about my retirement but how could I do that without telling what I did before retiring? says Silverman whose book details his career and active retirement, during which he enrolled in graduate school, tried his hand at tournament chess and wrote two books. With this in mind, he is offering several tips to help make retirement the highlight of your life: Stay Active: Dont let health problems become an excuse to sit around and stare into space. Take stock of how you feel, and seek activities consistent with your physical and mental strength. Take on New Hobbies: Its never too late to discover new passions you didnt have time to pursue when you were working. Test your fondness. Whether its woodworking, music, photography or fishing, now that free time is plentiful, jump in head-first and pursue what you love. Volunteer: If unstructured time makes the hours of the day feel endless, look for volunteer work that will keep you as actively engaged as when you worked. Keep Learning: Youre never too old to stop learning. There are many colleges eager to admit seniors. All you need is the will to learn, advises Silverman Stay Upbeat: Dont be gloomy. Avoid making what ails you the focal point of every conversation. Books, politics, sports, investments, real estate, and your family are all healthy stand-in topics. Try a Second Career: Become a published author or launch your own part-time consulting business, tutoring or catering company. For example, Silverman tackled the challenge of writing his memoirs as well as a novel entitled, What Money Can Buy, that satirizes the practices of financial firms which tossed our country and the world into economic chaos. It explains the causes of the Great Recession and satirizes the political scene that followed. Find Your Peace: Your career was the time to stress out about deadlines, and workflow. Retirement is the time to put that aside and think about that book youre reading, your golf swing or the next meal you want to cook. As Plato once said, There are different stages in a mans life. By staying active, you can make retirement your best life stage yet. ***** ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES FOOD POISONING Food poisoning is a term commonly used to describe illnesses suspected of being caused by food contaminated with bacteria. It can affect several members of a household, multiple customers who dined at a particular restau'1'nt, nursing home patients, or children in day care facilities. In some cases, symptoms can begin within 1 hour of eating the contaminated foods, others may take 8-16 hours and some may not begin for 3-5 days. Symptoms similar to those caused by food poisoning can also be caused by viral gastroenteritis, emotional stress, food allergy, drugs, hepatitis appendicitis or other disorders. Signs and symptoms include: Nausea and vomiting Abdominal cramps or pain Diarrhea (sometimes bloody) Fever In severe cases, shock and collapse Causes includes bacterial organisms such as Salmonella, staphylococci, clostridia, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and others. Botulism is a rare, life-threatening form of food poisoning. Risk factors include: Eating food that is improperly prepared or stored. Lack of good hygiene when preparing food. Drinking. water or eating raw foods when traveling to a foreign country. How to prevent food poisoning: Avoid raw seafood or meat Don't consume raw or undercooked eggs. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products. Keep picnic foods cool, especially those made with mayonnaise. Proper cook~ng and storage of foods. Keeping food preparation areas, cutting boards and cooking utensils clean. Throwing out food items that are old, have an Mofr'smell or those in bulging tin cans. Attention to hand washing before preparing food. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area embering ThosREAL LIFE STORIES WHAT HAPPENS when a beneficiary on a life insurance policy dies before the named insured dies? To understand this question, one must first understand that there are three people on every life insurance policy; some of these three people may be the same person. 1) The owner of the policy is the one who purchases the policy and is responsible for making premium payments and designating the beneficiary. 2) The beneficiary is the person who will receive payment upon the death of the insured, and maybe the same person as the owner. 3) The insured is the person whose death triggers the payment to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary dies before the insured and there is no alternate beneficiary, then the policy proceeds are paid into the estate of the insured. This is a situation where if the insured had a Will, the Will would determine how the policy proceeds are distributed. If there is no Will, then the Florida Probate Code would determine how the policy proceeds would be distributed. SITUATION: Mary, as owner, purchased a life insurance policy on the life of her sister, Debra, the insured. Because she was the owner, Mary also designated herself as the beneficiary of the policy. Mary made all premium payments on the policy for 10 years until it was paid up and no further premium payments were required. Then Mary died. Five years later her sister, Debra (the insured) died. The life insurance company spent about one year sending correspondence to Mary requesting that she file a claim to collect the policy proceeds. It was finally determined that Mary had died before Debra. It was then clear that an estate had to be opened for Debra so that policy proceeds could be paid into the estate and distributed in accordance with the Florida Probate Code. RESULT: Debras children were scattered around the Country with no clear addresses or contact information. However, there was no information that they were deceased. Therefore, when an estate was opened for Debra, the policy proceeds where paid into the estate. However, none of the beneficiaries of the estate (Debras children) could be located. Then, after one year, the money was paid by the probate Court into the unclaimed proceeds fund for the State of Florida. PREPLANNING CAN HELP; WE CAN HELP: Our caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agents. PREPLANNING SERVICS SERVICES AT TIME OF DEATH AFTERCARE SERVICES RROBATE OF ESTATES 529 Kingsley Avenue OrangePark, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233 bivensfuneralhome.com

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FEBRUARY 1, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B BLACKHISTORYMONTH SPECIAL FEATURE Soaring To New Heights: Rev. Dr. Vincent Williams Makes History As First Black Brunswick College Founder By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL When Rev. Dr. Vincent Williams entered elementary school in the early 1970s, he was among the second group of students to be a part of a newly integrated educational system in south Georgia. Now, the little boy who was the grandson of the late Rev. Dr. R.J. Leggett, is the first African-American to own a tertiary level institution in Glynn County. Although he was born in Brunswick, Dr. Williams spent most of his youth in Camden. He later graduated Brunswick High when he returned to the town to live with his grandfather who contributed to his spiritual growth. After attending Bethune-Cookman, Dr. Williams received his Masters in Divinity and Doctorate in Philosophy. Following in his grandfathers footsteps, he also went the pastoral route with his own ministry, Word of Faith Church. Now, his school, Wings Of Faith, is quickly gaining attention with students coming from as far away as mid-Georgia, near the border of Alabama and Ocala, Florida. Additionally, as the demand grows, plans are already underway to offer new courses as well as expand facilities to accommodate student increase. One thing that I want to make clear, is that we are a faith-based institution, said Dr. Williams. We are not secular and all of our courses are geared towards God in several curriculums. In our certificate program we have Introduction to the Bible. In Bachelors program we offer courses such as the Glory of Living and the Life of Christ. Then in our Masters we have Person and Work of The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Authority to name a few and in the Doctorate program we have Biblical Ethics, Church in The New Testament and Homoletics as some of our courses. Our mission is to educate those who desire to be educated in the Lord, he explained. We dont teach any particular doctrine, we stick with the word of God and try not to get off into peoples beliefs but to simply teach the word of God. We actually started the vision for this school in 2008, Dr. Williams told The Star in an interview earlier this week. We then pursued the correct avenues to earn accreditation and now we are accredited with Faith Bible College in Maryland and the National Association of Biblical Counseling. Dr. Williams said that he is blessed to know his grandfather, was alive to see the first set of graduates pass through Wings of Faith. That inaugural graduating class had 10 students including my uncle Ryan Leggett, recalled Dr. Williams. Our most recent graduation had 60 students from certificate level all the way to Doctorate. And to tell you the truth, my students inspire me to continue the pursuit. When asked what inspired him to launch the school in the first place, Dr. Williams replied: I think the thing that inspired me most was after going back to school myself, I discovered there was a need to share Gods word with other people in the community. I felt there was a need for a faith-based institution in the area that was affordable and spiritual as well. I didnt want to start a school for my personal gain. I really simply wanted to share the Word of God and expose people to some sense of biblical training regardless if they were ministers, deacons, Sunday school teachers or just people with a thirst. And I must say, we are open to anyone who wants to want to learn more of who God is and what He expects of us and how we can conduct ourselves as ambassadors for Christ. One of the inspirational students who have left an impact of Dr. Williams is teenager Hannah Elder, who is the recipient of the schools scholarship. I am certainly proud of her and I am hoping that because of her commitment, other young people will be inspired, he beamed. Shes not in ministry or anything, but I can see her spiritual growth as a result of being in the school. Another student who inspired me was Elder Eddie Harmon. When he signed up, because he lived in Tifton, I asked if he can make it once a month and do the remainder of his course through correspondence. However, he said after the first class that he will be coming back and he did. I had another student from Ocala, Florida who will be coming back and a former school principal from Hazelhurst, Georgia. Then we have several from Savannah, Hinesville and Jesup as well as one who lives five minutes from the Alabama border who drive to and from each class. That speaks a level of unprecedented dedication and commitment from the students. It also speaks volumes to the quality of education that we are offering. I admire them for that. Dr. Williams also admits that he loves teaching and seeing people when a light goes off in their heads and they see something they viewed before in a new light. And just what is it he wants to be remembered for? Dr. Williams shared: I dont really want people to remember me but I trust and pray that when I am no longer on the scene, that someone will continue to pick up the baton and continue to do the word of God. Thats my one wish. If I close my eyes today or tomorrow that they keep doing what we are doing. We are getting better all the time. We are not perDr. Vincent and Dr. Bridgette Williams Dr. Vincent and Wings of Faith graduates fect but we continue to strive. One thing I stress is that the integrity of this school is everything and make sure we do things right and in decency and in order. Of course, behind every great man is a supportive great woman and with his anniversary coming up on March 1st, Dr. Williams is proud to have his wife Bridgette contribute to his works in the church and school. The fulltime senior center nurse is also a graduate of Wings of Faith, holding a Masters in Divinity, Doctorate in Philosophy and a Bachelors in Counseling. The couples children Timothy and Ashley are in their churchs music and praise and worship ministry. Dr. Williams revealed that his wife will go from student body member to faculty member in the next semester which begins March 5. Its going to be busier, Mrs. Williams said of her life as the wife of a pastor and now his colleague at Wings of Faith. Overall I enjoy it and we agree that a family that prays together, stays together. We do a whole lot of praying and we also make sure we have time well spent together. That quality time counts and that is something we make sure mention when we share with others. All in all we are focused and will continue to strive as we getting ready to launch some new things very soon. Wings of Faith is currently accepting enrollment. For more information, call 912-399-7538

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THESTAR By ARTHIA NIXON In light of this weekends Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show, we will be taking a look at Nicole Lyons, an African-American woman making a name for herself in a sport made up of predominately caucasion males auto racing. Her beauty of the track and aggressive on the track is earning her a reputation as a racing powerhouse. Owner Shahid Khan Announces Mark Lamping as President of the Jaguars By John Oehser, jaguars.com The leadership of the Jaguars continues to evolve. Mark Lamping, the President and Chief Executive of MetLife Stadium and home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, on Monday was named President of the Jaguars, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan announced in a statement Monday morning. Lampings position becomes effective February 27. Khan, who took over as owner January 4, called the hiring a very important and exciting development in the Rebirth of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mark will bring to the Jaguars and Jacksonville community a mix of sports and brand marketing, stadium management expertise and team front-office leadership that is very difficult to find in one person, Khan said. Lamping will be responsible for all non-football facets of the organization, reporting to Khan. Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith will continue to report directly to Khan. The Jacksonville Jaguars have vast potential and Im honored that Shad Khan is asking me to play a leadership role in reaching that potential, Lamping said. Lamping, a native of St. Louis, has been with the MetLife Stadium group since 2008, when he was named President/CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, LLC. He was responsible for the managing/development of the $1.6 billion stadium. Marks resume speaks for itself and Im grateful to the Giants and Jets for making it possible for the Jaguars to present Mark with a new challenge and the prospect of success here in Jacksonville, Khan said. BLACK HISTORYMONTH:Nicole LyonsPAGEB-4 March 1 3, 2012ATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASKETBALL TOURNAMENTJacksonville, Florida GULF COASTGC A C 2012 2012 Adams/Jenkins Sports and Music Complex Edward Waters CollegeFor more information, contact: SID at (904) 470-8045. 2 2 GU U G 2 2 2 2 2 20 20 2 2 F ULF F 2 2 012 012 2 OA OA C C T T A AST GU U G G GU G G G ULF ULF ULF C C G G C C GC OA OA O C C T T C C C C A A A AST A A A AC AC AC A C C C C A A A C C C C C C C G G G G G G G G C C GC GC C C GC C C C C C C C A A A C C A AC AC AC C C C C A A A C C C C C ATH ATH ATH GC G G THLET THLE THLET G C C C TIC TIC C C C C C TIC GC O C C C O ONF O C C C C C C C C RE RE FE FE F F FERE C C C C E E C C E ENC ENC CE CE ENC CE C E E E S A S A A B B B B B ac c ac Jac B B B T T TB TB T TB E E K S SK A A ckso ckso ckso nville, ckso ckso A LL A A B B B B B Flo nville, U UR OT ida ida M A i ri ida R Flo R M A A N N NA NA N NA R R R UR U UR UR T T N E EN M ME T T M M M M M M M M M Marc Marc Mar Mar Ma M Mar Marc ch ch h 1 h ch 3 3 1 20 20 3, 20 012 012 012 Ada Ada Ada ams/Jenk ams/Jenk Ed d Ed ams/Jenk k dw dw wa W ward dw in ins Spor kin s C s C rs aters and rs Co M M W Wa rts and M M ollege olleg usic C sic C M M ollege Music C omplex omple omplex For more information, conta e i ore m inform mation, c mation, mation, co c ct: SID c For more information, conta t D a 4) 4) 904 t ( 9 a a 5 70-8045 5 904) 4 5. 5. 5 SEE and COMPARE new 2012 models and 2013 previewsITS ELECTRICSee the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, and Ford EV TEST DRIVES Chevy, GMC, Buick, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, FIAT! ENTER TO WIN a $20 gas card winners will be drawn hourly at the show! CLASSICSSee impressive displays from the Jacksonville Corvette Club on Saturday and the Mustang Club on Sunday FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT See Comic Bot, the 8-foot tall robot from Americas Got Talent, Gordy the Firetruck, the Jacksonville Roller Girls on Sunday, and the Jaguar Cheerleaders Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM! THE 911 RESCUE 4 TRUCK ON DISPLAY NISSAN LEAF 2012 RAM 1500Friday February 17 12 PM 9 PM Saturday February 18 10 AM 9 PM Sunday February 19 10 AM 6 PM $10.00 Adults | $5.00 Children ages 6 Children under 6 admitted free $8.00 Seniors over 65PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER FEB 17-19 www.JaxAutoShow.com or call 800-251-1563 Discount Coupons at FREE Parking Courtesy of 17 B EF C PRIME 9 1 -1 CEN N O NVENTI O C O OSB PRIME CENTERRN O EF N CENTER .JaxAut www or c .com w hooS.JaxAut 800-251-1563 allor c 800-251-1563 In 2005, Nicole Lyons became the first black female professional stock racer. She is also the first black woman in several categories of NHRA drag racing and in NHRA D2 & D7 Top Sportsman the only woman. Off the track, she is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Muscle Cars, an engine building and muscle car restoration company. She is also a fashion model and has been netted several major auto industry sponsors. Additionally, she is slated to star in a racing based television show produced by Marlon Wayans, of the Wayans Brothers. All in all, while paving the way for women and blacks in the auto world, Nicole Lyons is giving a whole new meaning to the term driven. Daylan Walker has officially been assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks 2012 roster. The 26-year-old Walker (5, 187) most recently had two stints with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. Signed by the Lions during the 2010 season, he was re-signed by the club in December of that year before being released prior to the 2011 season. Before joining the Lions, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in May, 2010. The Falcons released Walker during training camp. Walker played collegiate football at Arkansas State University, where he appeared in 45 of the teams 48 games in his four years. During his senior season in 2009, Walker recorded 51 tackles (40 solo), intercepted a pass and led the Red Wolves with seven pass breakups. The previous year, he totaled a career-high 65 tackles (45 solo), an interception and five pass breakups. Born in Jackson, TN, Walker attended Milan High School. Defensive Back Walker Becomes Newest Member Of Sharks

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President Obama Calls on Congress to Partner on Government ReformObama Administration Sends Congress the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act of 2012 WASHINGTON, DC This afternoon, the Obama Administration sent Congress the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act of 2012, which would reinstate the authority Presidents held for decades to reorganize and consolidate the Federal government. To guarantee that government reorganization will always result in a more efficient government, the Presidents proposal adds a new requirement that any reorganization plan must save money or reduce the size of government. As President Obama first announced last month, the Administrations proposal would allow the President to put forward, for expedited consideration by Congress, plans to consolidate and reform the Federal government for the 21st century, making it leaner, smarter and more consumer friendly. President Obama said, To support an economy thats built to last, we need a government thats built for the 21st Century. We cannot allow redundant bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape to stand in the way of creating good jobs here at home, providing critical services for Americas families, and exporting Americas goods and services around the world. Thats why today I am calling on Congress to join me in reforming our government by passing the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act. In January, the President announced that, if Congress reinstates the authority to reorganize government, his first action would be to make it easier for Americas job creators to access the services they need to grow and export. The President laid out a plan to bring together six agencies focused on business and trade and a handful of other related programs into a single more efficient and effective department with a laser-like focus on promoting American business and competitiveness, while saving taxpayers $3 billion dollars. If Congress passes legislation providing consolidation authority, the Administration will continue to engage with Americas business owners, lawmakers, agencies and other stakeholders to develop a detailed reorganization proposal that will makes it easier for Americas businesses to succeed and provides a better value for taxpayers. The Administration will also develop additional proposals to make programs more effective and eliminate duplication, overlap and excess overhead in other areas across the government, improving services for Americas families and businesses and saving billions more in taxpayer dollars. 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Man Kidnaps Woman He Met Online and Her Three ChildrenIn the late afternoon hours, police were flagged down to a location about a possible kidnapping of a mother and her three children, ages four, one and nine months. The victims sister told police that her sister contacted a friend stating that she and her children were being held against their will and she needed help. The sister contacted police and went to the victims apartment with two patrol officers. At that time, the suspect, Rasheim Dolton, observed marked patrol units in the area and left the scene with the victim and her three children. The sister, as well as police, contacted the victim several times via cellular telephone. The victim stated she was heading to Florida from Georgia to hand out music fliers. The victim was very evasive with her answers but was able to answer that she was not ok. From that point on, the victim would not answer further questions. Investigative techniques gave police indicators that the victim was traveling in Georgia and was not headed back to Florida. Around 9:00 p.m. after receiving a BOLO (Be On Look Out) for the victims vehicle, Georgia State Patrol were able to locate and stop the vehicle. Dolton was listed under his alias name, Luther Ogletree, and was driving the vehicle with the woman and three children as passengers. He was taken into custody. Investigation revealed that the victim met Dolton and a friend on her Model Mayhem webpage online about a month ago. He came to her residence approximately three weeks ago and held her against her will. He then produced a handgun and threatened to kill her and her three children if she told police. The victim stated the suspect stayed in her apartment the last three weeks and did not let her leave without being with her. Dolton was monitoring her phone calls and text messages and he would tell her what to say and how to respond. The victim was not allowed to speak to anyone outside of his presence. The victim was able to use a phone at a business while she was paying her electric bill. Dolton stayed in the vehicle with her three children and threatened to kill her and her children if she told anyone or police what was happening. The victim was able to make contact with a friend to get a hold of her sister and tell her the situation. When the friend got a hold of the sister, she contacted police. Dolton has prior charges of 4 Kidnapping counts out of Tennessee, Kidnapping out of Atlanta as well as various other charges including False Imprisonment, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Drug Charges that he has served time for. The suspect is a registered sex offender in Georgia. This is an ongoing active investigation. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarFEBRUARY 18 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. Man Shot and Killed by PoliceAn armed man was shot and killed by police after he refused to follow orders multiple times. At around 2:10 a.m., two officers were working in an off duty capacity, in full police uniform at a club and received information that a suspect was in the parking lot with a gun. The club had ended and the parking lot was full of people. Police believe 24-year-old Nicholas Underwood had just gotten out of the club from a fight and went to his car to retrieve a gun. Underwood was located with a gun walking back to the club. Officer Michael D. Peterson approached Underwood and repeatedly ordered him to stop, drop the gun, and get on the ground. Underwood refused to comply with every one of his commands and Peterson opened fire, shooting him five times. Underwood was deceased at the scene. Officer Peterson was placed on administrative leave and this was the first time in 12 years that he had shot someone. Records show thatUnderwood had never been arrested, but had been charged with a few misdemeanors. Rasheim Dolton Nicholas Underwood

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FEBRUARY 18 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. Internet Crime Prevention Internet crime schemes that steal millions of dollars each year from victims continue to plague the Internet through various methods. Following are preventative measures that will assist you in being informed prior to entering into transactions over the Internet: Auction Fraud: Before you bid, contact the seller with any questions you have. Review the seller's feedback. Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Ensure you understand refund, return, and warranty policies. Determine the shipping charges before you buy. Be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash. If an escrow service is used, ensure it is legitimate. Consider insuring your item. Be cautious of unsolicited offers. Credit Card Fraud: Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online. Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure. If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source. Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges. Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company. Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails. DHL/UPS Beware of individuals using the DHL or UPS logo in any email communication. Be suspicious when payment is requested by money transfer before the goods will be delivered. Remember that DHL and UPS do not generally get involved in directly collecting payment from customers. Fees associated with DHL or UPS transactions are only for shipping costs and never for other costs associated with online transactions. Contact DHL or UPS to confirm the authenticity of email communications received. 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 Woman Hit in Mall ShootingAn innocent bystander was wounded after being caught in the middle of a shooting inside a mall. 18-year-old Keith Anthony Brown was said to be in a Finish Line store with two other individuals at about 12:45 p.m. One of the men Brown came with, spotted a 21year-old man with his girlfriend at one point. The target apparently was someone Brown had a conflict with in the past and Brown fired three shots. He missed all three times and instead hit Manisa Sapkota, 34, who was working at a nearby kiosk. Sapkota survived and now has a bullet lodged in her right shoulder. All three men fled from the scene, but the whole incident was caught on surveillance video. The victim and his girlfriend were able to help police identify the shooter. Police arrested Brown and charged him with attempted murder of Sapkota, and another attempted murder of his intended target. He is also being charged with possession of a firearm by a delinquent felon. Brown has prior felony arrests as a juvenile which include Possession of a Firearm on School Property when he was 10, Carrying a Concealed Firearm (two times), Armed Trespass, and Burglary in 2009. The two other men were identified, but have not yet been arrested yet. Investigation is still ongoing. Woman Arrested for Tax Fraud and Identity Theft A woman was arrested for 17 counts of identity theft and tax fraud. In addition to filing her own false tax return, Belinda Brooks, 46, stole the names and Social Security numbers of other individuals in order to file fraudulent tax returns in their names and obtain tax refunds for the tax years 2008 and 2009. She cheated her victims out of anywhere between $1,000 to almost $10,000. According to reports, Brooks was arrested and charged in a 17-count indictment. The charges include one count of filing a false tax return, six counts of theft of government property in the form of tax refunds, six counts of aggravated identity theft, three counts of making false claims in the form of fraudulent tax returns, and three counts of identity theft. The maximum federal prison sentence for each of the counts is as follows: 10 years for theft of government property, two years consecutive to any other sentence for aggravated identity theft, five years for making a false claim, and 15 years for identity theft. Keith Brown Belinda Brooks

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Burglar Breaks into Home, Cooks, and Does Laundry South Bend, INAshley Murray had come home one night to find the lights in her apartment on. She thought her brother was home, but she was faced with Keith Davis, 46, instead. She told him that police would come, but she then realized Davis had cooked some chicken and onions in a pan, folded her clothes up, and vacuumed the floors. The police also noted that he seemed to be a good chef. When asked what he was doing in the home, Davis kept stating that he was in his own home. Davis had not stolen anything, but only the food. Davis was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, a Class D felony. A $5,000 bond was requested by Prosecutors, but the judge ended up lowering it to $1,000. Murray and the police believe Davis may have been on drugs. Mother Caught Trying to Smother Her Baby to Death in Hospital Charleston, SCChevonne Youngineer, 17, brought her daughter to the hospital saying that she just had a near death incident. They were taken to a room and Youngineer later told the nurses that her daughter was not breathing. Hospital staff rushed into the room and found the baby struggling to breathe. Pieces of cotton wool were found in her throat and the girl was vomiting them back up. When the surveillance footage from the room was reviewed, they found that Youngineer took cotton from a teddy bear to shove it down her babys mouth and then she covered babys face with a blanket. The child could be seen struggling for breath. Yougineer was arrested and she claimed to have saved the babys life twice while in the hospital and many other occasions. She is being charged with unlawful conduct towards a child and was released on $10,000 with her child placed in protective custody. FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Helps Cyclist, Then Punches and Robs Her A woman was arrested for punching and robbing another woman after pretending to save her from a car. Police said a woman was walking down the street with her bicycle and after being sideswiped by a car, 41-year-old April Michelle Cottman offered to help her. Cottman, instead, punched the woman in the face and snatched her purse. She then ran to her house nearby, while the victim and a witness chased her. The victim and witness were lead right to the home address, immediately revealing Cottmans location. Police were called and Cottman was arrested when they arrived. The purse and wallet were returned to the victim, according to the report. Cottman is facing a charge of robbery and may be held on $15,000 bond. According to the report, the unidentified victim had a swollen mouth with cut, bloody lips. Man Uses Baby as Shield A man was arrested after attacking his girlfriend then using their babyas a shield when police arrived to scene. A woman had called police and said that her boyfriend, Bobby L. McCormick, 31, strangled her, punched her in the face, kidnapped their baby, threatened to kill her, and burn down her apartment, while her children were inside. Police arrived and found McCormick with a baby in his arms about a block away from the apartment. The officers ordered McCormick to put the baby down, but he would not listen. Instead, he told them to shoot him and when an officer pointed a gun at him, he shielded himself using the baby. The officer put his gun away and decided to pull out his Taser gun. Police were able to pull the baby out of McCormicks arms after briefly struggling and wrestling with him to the ground. He tried to resist arrest and more officers came to help in detaining him McCormick was charged with battery by strangulation, child abuse, battery, false imprisonment and resisting an officer with violence. Woman Reads Bible to AttackerWho Slits Her Throat Shelby, NCLindsay Wood, 32, had just come home from Bible study. An intruder walked into her home and slit her throat for no apparent reason. Woods son was outside dropping off the trash and when he saw what happened, he ran to the side of the house. Wood begged for her life and asked the attacker to not hurt her or her son. She then started reading from the bible for about an hour and a half and the attacker apologized and left. Wood was finally able to call police and she was taken to the hospital to be treated. Police arrested the attacker a week later and also arrested Woods son saying that both planned the attack together. Police believe Woods 15-year-old son wanted her killed and hid during the whole incident, purposely not getting any help. Boy Beaten to Death Because He WouldntVacuum Pittsburgh, PAAnthony Bush, 29, who is six feet and five inches, was said to have brutally beaten his girlfriends 11-year-old son for nine hours because he would not vacuum the apartment. Bush used sticks and belts to beat him. While the beating was taking place, the boys five year old brother witnessed everything. Later Cynthia McKee returned home to find her son naked, bloody, and barely breathing on the floor. When police arrived, they found blood-stained sheets, tissues, a belt, wood sticks, metal bars and blood on the ceiling and walls of the boys bedroom. Bush admitted to the beating. The boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Bobby McCormick April Cottman

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THE STAR C&J 4 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: Darryl Allen Offense: Child Abuse Name: Laclinteon Allen Offense: Felony Battery Name: Brian Keith Anderson Offense: Credit Card Fraud Name: Shawn R C Mitchell Age: 18 Weight: 144 lbs Last seen: 1/03/12 Name: Latifah Tierrah Dames Age: 16 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 2/04/12 Name: Destinee Rochelle Wilkerson Age: 17 Weight: 100 lbs Last seen: 2/02/12 Name: Empress Mercedez Jackson Age:17 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 2/05/12 Name: Kyle Stewart Age: 17 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 1/31/12 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 KFCRobbery SuspectPolice responded to a robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken Investigation revealed prior to the store opening, the suspect encountered an employee in the parking lot and forced him back inside the restaurant. Once inside the suspect robbed the business of money. The unknown suspect was described as a black male, early to mid 20s, 5 to 5, 130 to 140 pounds, with a medium skin complexion. He was wearing large black sunglasses with diamonds on the side. The sunglasses appeared to be womens sunglasses. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1866-845-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 18, 2012 THE STAR PR 1 The movie inspired the students, challenged them and encouraged them to persevere. On our ride home they chanted we fight, we fight. I asked what are we fighting for and they responded their education and future. Principal Germaine Jackson DeCree, Lou Dantzler High School (BLACK PR WIRE) TORRANCE, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)--To launch Black History Month, 3,000 students from Southern California School Districts attended a screening of Red Tails across 18 screens at the AMC Del Amo Theatre on February 1, 2012. The George Lucas-produced action-adventure film is inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-African American military aviators and support crew in history who served with distinction in World War II. Joining the students were original Tuskegee Airmen and members of the films cast. The event came courtesy of the Variety Childrens Charity and was organized by Wini Jackson, an advocate in service to children. Everyone came out of the movie with an appreciation and understanding of the heroic contributions of the Airmen, said Jackson. I heard students say to the original Tuskegee Airmen that were in attendance, Thank you for what you did for us. Ted Lumpkin and Levi Thornhill, both original Tuskegee Airmen, recounted their experiences to students, offering wise advice. Education is the key, said Thornhill. Pay attention. If you got that, you dont have to worry. Youll never go hungry. Educators agreed that the actionpacked film connected with the students. The power of cinema held their attention, said Dolores Sheen, Principal of Sheenway School and Culture Center. Some asked if there was a second part to the story. I told them that they were the second part to the story. I used to be a person who thought I couldnt achieve things but I see that people achieve things no matter what. It doesnt matter where you come from or what color you are or the race, said eighth grader Maria Hernandez. In attendance were Red Tails actors Nate Parker, Andre Royo and Marcus T. Paulk. Seeing those 3,000-plus young people engaged in a film that promotes excellence, education and perseverance was an indescribable feeling! said Parker. He especially applauded the contributions that made a school event like this possible. I was deeply moved to learn that one gentleman made this event possible with his generous donation to Variety. It is my hope to see that more people like him join forces to ensure that other underserved youth across the nation have an opportunity to see Red Tails during Black History Month. In theaters now, Red Tails is directed by Anthony Hemingway and executive produced by George Lucas. 3,000 Students Attend Red Tails Screening for Black History Month Photo: Business WireStudents join Tuskegee Airmen and cast of RED TAILS at screening

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 PREP RAP PR 2 Former Corporate Exec Says Its Never Too Late to Change CareersWith 7 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits, and many counting the years instead of months since their layoff, author Darlene Quinn says now is a good time to reinvent yourself. She cites James Sherk, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, who says the jobs people held two or three years ago often simply arent there anymore. "People are trying to find jobs similar to what they had previously, when those jobs completely don't exist, he told Reuters recently. So they will spend a good portion of their period unemployed looking for jobs that they are unlikely to find." Quinn is a master of personal reinvention. She started her career as a teacher, then became a contractor, developing self-improvement and modeling programs for hospitals and a store. That segued into a position as a top executive at Bullocks Wilshire department store and retirement as a freelance journalist. And now, the 74-year-old is an award-winning novelist. She published her third book, Webs of Fate (www.darlenequinn.net), this fall, continuing her series about deceit and intrigue in the high-end retail industry. She says she was always a story-teller; she just never thought about putting her stories on paper. Being a victim of the short-lived educational phenomenon called sightreading, which did not include phonics, I had always been intimidated by the written word, she said. Somehow none of my teachers appreciated my creativity when it came to spelling. Therefore, my creative writing efforts were sprinkled with so many red marks, they appeared to have broken out with the measles. Maybe, she added, she just needed a great story to tell and a passion to tell it that was stronger than her fear. Quinn became a schoolteacher after earning a bachelors at San Jose State University. Much later in life, while working as a department store executive during a time of tremendous upheaval in the retail fashion industry, she found her story. But before she tried to tell it, she first sharpened her wit and her pen by writing articles for trade journals, magazines and newspapers. That led to her being drafted by actor Buddy Ebsen to help him with his first novel, a love story called Kellys Quest. Ebsen was working on a second, a mystery based on his popular TV persona detective Barnaby Jones, when he died in 2003. His widow asked Quinn to finish the book, Sizzling Cold Case, which was published in 2006. By now, Quinn was ready for her own tale. I felt compelled to tell the story of our vanishing department stores, she said. Instead of writing a dour tell-all about the business, I decided to chronicle my experiences in one of my fictional worlds and I filled that landscape with the realistic and dynamic characters that inhabited my daily life. The age of computers with spell-checking software helped me get over my fear of a red-inked manuscript. By 2008, Quinn had finished her story of intrigue in the retail fashion business. Webs of Power won a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award the following year. Twisted Webs followed in 2010. One thing Ive learned in my life is that things change, Quinn said. People change and, sometimes, their dreams have to change with them. To be releasing my third novel at age 74 is the fulfillment of a dream I never knew I had. Until now. FAMILY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, You are invited to a very special event.Roslyn "Auntie Roz" Burrough hosts Black History Event at her Home Conversation with Phil Petrie Sr. Author: Tips and Maxims for Living a Principled Life A guide for my children February 26, 3:00p.m. Tea and Cider Sip Bring a Teen & $20.00 to purchase the bookCall for reservations 904 713 0885 About the Author Phil W. Petrie Sr. is an editor and writer by profession. He began his career in book publishing at Holt Rhinehart and Winston editing textbooks. He was a senior editor at William Morrow and director of Morrow Paperback editions. While there, he acquired the edited books by Mari Evans, Nikki Giovanni, Vincent Harding, and Orlando Patterson. Petrie then took a position at the Howard University Press as its executive editor. He also worked in magazine publishing as a contributing editor for Essence and editor of Black Enterprise. He was interim editor of the Crisis in 2001 and 2007. Roslyn Burrough Auntie Roz Children's Workshop (904) 713-0885 business; (904) 707-5201 cell. www.AuntieRoz.com Wish to give us a News Story relating to the Youth of our community? Send it to: info@theflo ridastar.comor tia@theflo ridastar.com

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 THE STAR PR 4 University of Wyoming Fall Semester Provosts Honor Roll: FloridaThe University of Wyoming lists two students from Florida on the 2011 fall semester Provosts Honor Roll. The Provosts Honor Roll consists of undergraduates who have completed at least six but fewer than 12 hours with a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester. For more information about the University of Wyoming visit www.uwyo.edu. Students are: Jacksonville Janelle Ida-Lynn Klemm Lakeland Michael Dylan PowersStill I Rise: A Live Black History EncounterThrough this exhibit of live sights, sound and dramatic reenactments, you will take a journey into the history of this nation. You will live the history and experience it as if you were there. We invite you to be a part of something that has never been done before. Something that will bring the entire city of Jacksonville together. This event will foster unity and diversity. It will motivate and encourage our youth to strive for a bright future. It will be February 24-25, 2012 @ The Church Fellowship, 8809 Lem Turner Road. Doors open @ 7pm and show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and The SELF Movement Partner with Allstate Foundation to Launch Teen Safe Driving Video ContestLocal Organizations Team Up to Put Corporate Grant to Work in the Public Education System Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, and local non-profit organization, The SELF Movement, announced a partnership today to launch a Teen Safe Driving Video Contest in Duval County. The contest offers individuals or teams of up to four students more than $3,000 in scholarships and prizes. The first-place winner will designate a Duval County public high school in advance to receive a $1,000 grant for a student-focused improvement project of the schools choice. The video contest provides an opportunity for teens to educate their peers on the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Students are asked to create a 30-60 second video, which must be submitted to The SELF Movements YouTube channel by midnight on March 17, 2012. The public will select seven finalists from April 7 22, 2012 and a local panel of judges will select three additional finalists. The finalists and honorable mention candidates will be announced by May 5, 2012 in advance of a formal red carpet award ceremony later that month. The Teen Safe Driving Video Contest will also raise funds to benefit the Duval County Public Schools driver education program. The financial support for both the video contest and updated driver education resource material will be provided in part by a $10,000 donation from the Allstate Foundation. To learn more about the Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, including the official rules and registration, visit www.theselfmovement.org.