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Florida star
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Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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The Florida Star Pub. Co.
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Vol. 12, no. 13 i.e. 39 (Jan. 6, 1962)-
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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Title:
Florida star
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Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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Florida star news
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Florida Star Pub. Co.
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage:
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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University of Florida
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On Friday, Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said that Kahron Ali Warnke, 33, of Jacksonville was killed due to an apparent road-rage. It was reported that around 3 p.m. Friday at Jammes and 103rd Street, Warnke and Brad Lippincott of Gainesville had a run in and it appears that gun shots were fired, even though Warnke had his child in the back seat. Warnke tried to drive away after the gunfire and crashed about a block away. Lippincott was not injured but did call 911 after leaving the scene. Lippincott was arrested and charged with manslaughter and discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of people. Fourteen employees of the Elizabeth R. Welborn law firm in Deerfield Beach, Florida, started a tradition a few months ago they called, pay-day Friday. On that day, they would wear orange shirts. However, new management saw it as a slap at the firm and on this past pay day, all of the employees who wore the orange shirts were given pink slips. Oh yes, it was thought that orange was the defining color of The Sunshine State so the pink did not match. One of the paralegals of the firm tried to explain that the wearing of the shirts had become an innocent happy hour tradition but was told they did not buy her story. In the state of Florida, all employees are presumed to be at willŽ according to reports. Therefore, at willŽ employees may be terminated for any reason, so long as that reason is not illegal. It is also understood that if the workers were in fact wearing the shirts as a protest against working conditions, they would have been protected under federal law. The U.S. Postal Service said they see no financial relief in sight so they are cutting more than 260 mail processing centers around the country as part of their billion-dollar-cost-cutting effort. Such a cut will make mail delivery a little bit slower for first-class mail. The cuts means about 35,000 jobs. This all stems from the declining mail volume as many no longer pay their bills through the mail but through the Internet. The cuts started in May. Whitney Houston died because of a combination of cocaine, heart disease and, ultimately, drowning. The L.A. County coroner's office released its toxicology report on Whitney Houston's death on Thursday. The report, according to news stories said that, "It's possible she fell asleep," stated cardiologist Gina Lundberg, medical director of the Heart Center for Women at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta. "Based on the fact that the coroner lists drowning first would suggest she was alive when she went under the water, so she didn't have a heart attack first." The Los Angeles County coroner's preliminary report Thursday found heart disease had caused blockages in Houston's arteries, common in drug users, but could not determine whether she had a heart attack. She died on February 12, 2012. She was 48 years of age. Millions of Americans are hungry for justice in the death of Trayvon Martin and after the rally of nearly 30,000 people of all colors, attended a rally organized and led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, appointed Duval Countys Angela Corey to lead the case as prosecutor. The Chief of Police of Stanford, Florida stepped down as chief, but only temporarily. What is making so many people upset is the fact that the city manager, who says he has had experience of being mistreated because he is black, had the power to fire the chief or put him on temporary leave. He did not. Even though the killing of Trayvon Martin has really been a major part of the news during the past few days, the incident is still top of the news and in different social media. Trayvon Martin was 17 years of age and visiting his father in a gated community. The killer stated that his shooting of Trayvon Martin was an act of self defense, even though Trayvon was only carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. The Florida Star, in a telephone interview Wednesday with Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson, Senator Gibson, who moved up from state representative to state senator last year, stated, Let me be clear, I voted against this flawed legislation when it raised its ugly head in 2005, and today we see exactly why a noŽ vote was exactly the right thing to do.Ž As a vocal member of the Florida House at the time the bill was heard, as then, Representative Gibson, I debated and voted against the bill in 2005. The overriding issue in my mind was that people are far too judgmental about the appearance of an individual to be allowed to shoot someone at will if they feel threatened.Ž The results of this flawed legislation have manifested itself in this most unfortunate incident involving the murder of a young man who did absolutely nothing wrong. I send my condolences to the family and call on the Governor to convene a Special Session of the Legislature to bring this law before the appropriate committees and finally to the Floor for a vote to rectify the egregious situation created by a 39-0 vote in the Senate and a 94-20 vote in the House.ŽTrayvonContinued A-2 yyy0vjghnqtkfcuvct0eqo Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store? Have Vjg"Uvct Delivered! Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct R0"Q0"Dqz"6284; Lcemuqpxknng."HN"54425 Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct. Vjg"Igqtikc"Uvct# Korcev"Tcfkq CO3582 *;26+"988/::56 UKPEG"3;73 Trayvon is Dead Why? Ykppgtu"/"Rtgr"Tcr 14 Fired for Wearing Orange Shirts Yjkvpg{"Jqwuvqp‘u" Fgcvj"Tgrqtv"Tgngcugf Hnqtkfc"Igpgtcn"Dcrvkuv"Eqpxgpvkqp Eqokpi"vq"Lcemuqpxknng"May bring President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton The 137th Annual Session of the Florida General Baptist Convention, Inc. will be held in Jacksonville, April 26, 2012. The meetings will be at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, Downtown Jacksonville. The official opening begins on Monday at 10:30 a.m. There will be a musical concert, women in white grand march, worship services and much more. President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton were both invited and Rev. Sharpton has already confirmed his appearance which will be during the Social Justice Hour at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday. HTGG"VKEMGVU Ecnn";26/988/::56 Shown above is the Rev. Al Sharpton with his mother some years ago. Mrs. Ada Sharpton died Thursday morning while her sons were on the way to Florida to fight for justice. Mrs. Sharpton was 87 years of age. She died in Dothan, Alabama following a long sickness. Rev. Sharpton said he went on with his schedule in his fight for the Martins because that is what his mother would have wanted him to do. He added that he would make arrangements for his mother after the rally in Sanford. Lcpkeg"Fqdkg."uvknn"ygctkpi jgt"qtcpig"ujktv"chvgt dgkpi"hktgf0 Kpvgttcekcn"Octtkcig Jacksonville Man Killed in Road Rage Kv"ku"vkog"hqt"vjg"Cogtkecp"rgqrng"vq"ujqy"tgurgev"vq"qwt"rtgukfgpv"cpf"vq"gcej"qvjgt0As Rev. Sharpton says: We accepted many things in the past. But then we reach a point where we can no longer accept. Iq"vq"vjg"Ektewu Iq"vq"vjg"oqxkgu/Ugg Cogtkecp"Tgwpkqp Tgx0"Cn"Ujctrvqp Nqugu"Oqo Even though the number of interracial marriages in the U. S. has reached an all-time high, a recent poll revealed that 29% of voters in Mississippi believe that interracial marriage should be illegal. Fifty-four percent said intermarriage should remain legal and the other percentage said they were not sure. The last U.S. anti-miscegenation laws were lifted in 1967. Even though, many mixed-race couples dont feel they are completely safe and accepted. Mcjtqp"Cnk"Yctpmg Dtcf"Cpftgy Nkrrkpeqvv."52 Vjg"Tgx0"Ft0"Lcogu Ucoruqp."Rtgukfgpv."Hnqtkfc Igpgtcn"Dcrvkuv"Eqpxgpvkqp cpf"rcuvqt"qh"Hktuv"Pgy"\kqp Okuukqpct{"Dcrvkuv"Ejwtej. Lcemuqpxknng0 Oqtg"vjcp":22"Lqdu"Eqokpi"vq Lcemuqpxknng"vjtqwij"9/Gngxgp Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed 7-Eleven convenient stores back to the Jacksonville area. While welcoming 7-Eleven, Governor Rick Scott thanked the Florida Legislature for passing his 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda to spur job growth by lowering the cost of living, 7-Eleven is the worlds largest convenience store chain with 44,700 stores in 16 countries. W0"U0"Rquvcn"Ugtxkeg"Ocmkpi"Ewvu

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PAGE A-2 THE STAR MARCH 24, 2012 Kp"Nqxkpi"Ogoqt{"qh" O{"JwudcpfLqjp"V0"YknnkcouIt has been one year since your death Gone but not forgotten. We love and miss your voice, laughter & smiles and all the times we spent together. Lots of love. Your wife Deborah, children and Grandchildren. 10-24-47 03-24-11 39vj"Iqurgn"Ukpikpi"Cppkxgtuct{"qh"Fgceqp"Yknnkg"Mktmncpf Uwpfc{."Crtkn"3..""4234"B"8<22"r0o0 Itgcvgt"Pgy"Oqwpv"Oqtkcj"Okuukqpct{"Dcrvkuv"Ejwtej 3;75"Yguv";vj"Uvtggv Lcemuqpxknng."Hnqtkfc"5442; Apparently, the governor had the same feeling and put together a task force under the direction of Angela Corey. It is believed that in her pattern of tough law, justice will be served. Trayvon was shot by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch member, who was the self appointed captain. Martin was walking back to his fathers house after going to the convenient store to purchase a bag of skittles and a bottle of Arizona iced tea. Zimmerman felt that under the Stand Your Ground Law,Ž Florida House Bill 249 passed as Senate Bill 436. The bill was passed in 2005. Florida was the first state in the union to pass such a law. It was supposingly designed to help those who have been challenged but the way it is written, if there is not a witness, the person actually committing the crime and the other getting killed, could stage the murder. It is apparent that this was thought of when it was stated in a later police report that Zimmerman had blood on the back of his head and his shirt was wet. No consideration was given the fact that it was raining the reason Trayvon was wearing his hood. What Zimmerman did not know was the fact that Trayvon was on the telephone talking to his girl friend while he was following him and can testified on what she heard. He also did not consider the fact that he was about 100 pounds heavier than the 17 year old Trayvon when he claimed he was the one calling for help. Another thing, neighbors heard the cries and are able to say that the voice that was crying out for help was not the voice of Zimmerman. After a short stay with the Stanford Sheriffs office, Zimmerman was allowed to leave, taking his 9mm gun and his wet shirt, getting no attention for his head which was possibly a self-inflicted wound. What is also bothering is that Zimmerman has not been seen since the incident. It is reported that he is white but his father said he is hispanic. Is he still in the neighborhood or in the country? This Florida law really is a license to kill if wished by stating that the accused is a threat, therefore, there is a right to kill. Congresslady Corrine Brown said while on the Florida Stars radio show that it was she that ordered the 911 tapes to be released. Once the tapes were released it was pointed out that much of the evidence that would have been helpful, had disappeared, changed or not considered. After the rally in Sanford on Thursday, far beyond what the city of Sanford or its officers would have dreamed of, and with the help of all media, radio, newspapers, TV and social, a thorough investigation can be done and those who thought as in the past, the matter would go away will no longer have the ground to stand on. Remember, it was Sanford, Florida where on Christmas night, 1951, Civil rights leader Harry T. Moore and his wife were fatally injured at home by a bomb that went off beneath their house. It was the Moores' twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Moore died on the way to the hospital in Sanford Florida. His wife Harriette V. Moore died from her injuries nine days later. If Zimmerman is not prosecuted, how many extremists will see this as license to declare open season on your son, your daughter, your husband, your wife? Where is the safety net? This law will become a new age version of lynching, as stated in other reports. Vtc{xqpContinued from A-1

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ALLEN, Harold Nelson, 60, died March 17, 2012. BANTHER, Richard Larry, 66, died March 15, 2012. BARDOUILLE Rudolph, 78, died March 15, 2012. C.L. Page Mortuary, Inc. BASINET, Buddy Alan, 47, died March 15, 2012. BECKHAM, Leona Will, 93, died March 17, 2012. BERRY, Bernard Israel, 67, died March 19, 2012. BOOTH, Emory Edsel, Jr., 60, died March 13, 2012. BROWN Susie, 73, died March 16, 2012. CAMPBELL-FINN Desiree, died March 16, 2012. CARBONI, Delores Ann, 89, died March 18, 2012. CARSON, Stephen Howard, 59, died March 15, 2012. CRANK Carol Louise Marcy, 57, died March 14, 2012. CREWS, Edward L., 68, died March 17, 2012. DAVIS, Ronald Lee, 72, died March 18, 2012. DESMORE Frances Virginia, died March 17, 2012. DOUGLAS Laura M., 92, died March 15, 2012. EDWARDS, Anne Maureen, 59, died March 16, 2012. FUSCO Claude E., III, 31, died March 15, 2012. GLISSON Ruby, 91, died March 19, 2012. HENDERSON Betty Jean, 78, died March 17, 2012. HENDERSON, Baby Girl Elaina Mae, 3 months, died March 14, 2012. JACKSON, Julia H., 80, died March 20, 2012. JEFFERSON Carolyn Joyce, 61, died March 17, 2012. JOHNSON, Erving J, Jr., 75, died March 17, 2012. LENZEN Adeline, 99, died March 18, 2012. LYKINS, Harold B., 54, died March 14, 2012. MANGHAM Virginia Ann Jenny, 64, died March 17, 2012. MURPHY, Edward D., 92, died March 18, 2012. PAIGE, Catherine, 75, died Marcy 18, 2012. PARKER Willie Clyde, Sr., died Marcy 16, 2012. PATRICK Patricia Pat, 81, died March 20, 2012. ROBERTS, Edward Moss, Jr., 92, died March 17, 2012. RYAN, Tim, died March 17, 2012. SCOTT, Leonard Bernard, Sr., died March 19, 2012. SIMMONS Charles Lee, Jr., died March 18, 2012. SOLOMON Marlene Stacea, 20, died March 18, 2012. SPEARMAN, Ronald Rock, 80, died March 16, 2012. STUMPF, Harry, died March 17, 2012. THOMAS, Ruben Howard, III, 24, died March 18, 2012. THOMAS, Willie A., 55, died March 16, 2012. C.L. Page Mortuary, Inc. TURNER Lyn E., 63, died March 19, 2012. VANCE, Gino, died March 17, 2012. WANLESS Muriel, 91, died March 18, 2012. WILSON, Deborah L., 58, died March 20, 2012. ZARRELLA Anthony D., 80, died March 17, 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 MARCH 24, 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. AgapeFuneral Home and Cremation Services (904) 683-90931248 W. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208 Serving you with the finest in Professional Quality Funeral and Cremation Services with both financing and Affordability The Caring ProfessionalsŽ We would like to thank all of the many families that have allowed us the privilege of serving them. 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 To all Catholics, Jews, Baptist, Lutheran, COGIC, Muslims, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, Non-Denominational, etc. I have one question to Ask Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?Austin Christian Academy for the Development of Excellence and Leadership, Inc.Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) 12th Grade Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a quality education program aimed to help your child enter school prepared and ready to learn. A Florida Drivers License and the childs Birth Certificate are required for enrollment. A Social Security number for the child is also preferred, if available. Offering : A Beka Program, Arts and Crafts, Music/Computer Lab, Tutoring, Teen Parent Service Center, Field Trips, Extended Day 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Alternative Education, Community Hours NOW ENROLLING When: Monday Friday (9a.m. 5 p.m.) Where: 6901 N. Main St. (Greater Israel Baptist Church located on the corner of 59th and Main St.) Audrey A. White, Principal 6901 N. Main St., Jacksonvillle, FL 32208 (904) 647-5065 (904) 333-4290 We are redefining the world in which children live! MT. LEBANON MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 9319 Ridge Blvd., invites you to their 30th Church and the 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Freddie Summer. The theme is Gods people walking in expectation.Ž My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.Ž Psalm 62:5. March 25th Pastor Jeremiah Robinson, Jr., New Zion BC, Fernandina Beach, FL. 904527-1762 FAMILIES OF SLAIN CHILDREN, INC. presents its Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2pm. 3108 North Myrtle Ave. in Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 683-4986 or www.fosci.org. GREATER NEW MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1953 West 9th St., in Jacksonville, with Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr., as Pastor, is having the 17th Gospel Singing Anniversary of Deacon Willie Kirkland, Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Featured Guest: Gospel Tones, C.E. Lancy Choir, New Creations, Sweet Inspiration, Gospel Shepperds, Victory Gospel Singers, The Scott Family, Spiritualistics, Gospel Caravans, New Spirit Travelers, Sisters of Praise, Men of Praise, Royal Spirituals, Spiritone, Gods House of Worship-Pastor Michael Howliet, Brother Floyd Perkins and others. For more information, call (904) 713-9183. Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement, Inc. ( JLOC,MMM ), a non-profit local organization will 'Give-A-Way Clothes', Saturday, March 24th at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street. The time is 11:00 a.m. til 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement, visit our website: www.real pagessite.com/jacksonvilleloc or call 904-240-9133 Call (904) 418-9137For live interviews (7:00 PM 9:00 PM) on Empowering Word Network & to rapp or sing your Gospel song on the phone! You may be selected for our Bless The MicŽ concert/contest! The winner will receive a FREE (3) song demo CD & Contract. The winner will also appear on the BLESS THE MICŽ TV Show and 24/7 Praise Radio on Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.Send your CD(s) and information to P.O. Box 11835, Jacksonville, FL 32239

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The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will host a community forum, African-American Women Speak Out! on Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2:00 p.m. … 4:00 p.m., at the Florida Times-Union building, 1 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Moderated by Angela Spears and Dr. Roy Singleton the panel is comprised of AttorneyBrenda Priestly-Jackson JuCoby Pittman-Peele Fahmeeda Veal The Honorable Betty Burney Senator Audrey Gibson Marsha Dean Phelts and Vanessa Davis Some of the critical issues they will present are: health, education, community activism, leveraging the political process, surviving the economic environment, and more. For more information visit ASALHs website at www.asalh-jaxfl.org. or contact Ok Sun Burks Second VicePresident, Membership and Community Forum Chairperson, at (904) 707-2106. The mission of ASALH is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black life, history and culture to the global community. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Meet ASALHs Community Forum Panelists Marsha Dean Phelts, Fahmeeda Veal, and Vanessa Davis,Marsha Dean Phelts is a charter member of the James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH. A lifetime activist, she has continuously contributed time and services to empower people in their communities. Marsha graduated magna cum laude from Florida A & M University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library Science. She achieved the Masters Degree in Education in 1969 and by 1974 was certified in Supervision and Administration. Marsha enjoys retirement while authoring several books … An American Beach for African Americans The American Beach Cookbook and The American Beach Book of Homes She has written the monograph, St. Philips Episcopal Church: History and Heritage (2003), The Florida Stars Monarch: A Special Tribute to MaVynee Betsch The Beach Lady, (2005, and The Boy From Jessie Street (2008) with Landon Williams. She is also a freelance writer for The Florida Star, Northeast Floridas oldest African American newspaper. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fahmeeda Veal is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She has a zeal for helping people to be the best that they can be, which she demonstrates through her lifes work. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country located in southern Africa. Fahmeeda is a graduate of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She has traveled the United States speaking at womens healing conferences for Hazelden and Betty Ford Foundations. Because she grew up in a home where the family was conscious of the food eaten, Fahmeeda is dedicated to sharing The Ripple EffectŽ, the integrative relationship and benefits of primary and secondary foods on mind, body, and spirit. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vanessa Davis is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a recent graduate of the University of South Florida. Vanessa holds Bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. She has worked arduously in the campaigns to elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. This talented young woman stays connected with her community by being a part of special events around Jacksonville and maintaining a blog about Florida politics. She is the daughter of Jacksonville resident, Martha Davis and the late Joseph Davis, Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ American Legion Post #197 (a.k.a. The Post) Salutes Women Veterans Legionnaire Glenda Baxter and ASALHs Ok Sun Burks were guest speakers at The Posts 3 rd annual celebration of women veterans. Glenda delivered an inspirational message, Dont Give Up Your Dreams.Ž Ok Sun spoke about investing ones free time in volunteer pursuits and introduced the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The program was ably officiated by Legionnaire Denise Mathis. In a gracious gesture, Legionnaire Joann Miller, event chairperson, presented signed Certificates of Appreciation to all who were in attendance.SURPRISE!Happy 50 th Birthday City Councilman Reginald ReggieŽ Brown PAGE A-4THE STARMARCH 24, 2012 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Past Post Commander Reg Laurence, Clive Simon, and Nick Baxter L-R, Kenneth Burnette, Frank Butler, Edward Armstrong, Yurisa Perez, Binh Luong, and Rondell McPherson Chaplain Fredrick Humphries Tre' Divas, left-right, Meka Sims and Timothea "Tim" Morris. Not shown, Tie Cooper Mayor Alvin Brown and honoree, Councilman Reggie Brown Councilman Jim Love surrounded by lovelies Dennis Wade surrounded by the lovelies Legionnaire Glenda Baxter showing candleholder from Glenda's Healing Giftware Men of Kappa Alpha Psi surround their Frat Brother, Reggie Brown Party Organizer Ken Middleton with Ok Sun Burks Event Chairperson, Joann Miller, Ok Sun Burks, and M.C. Denise Mathis

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By Dan Evans, Florida Star Reporter Photo by Frank M. Powell, III, photographer for The Florida Star Bang Bang, Shootem Upƒsounds like something out of an Al Capone movie. Murder and drive by shootings have become the News for the day. Whether the Westside, North side, Southside, Eastside, Arlington, Riverside or Mandarin, no community is safe. Several years ago MADDADS (Men against Destruction Defending against Drugs and SocialDisorder) began a campaign called BREAK THE CODE OF SILENCE. Joining with community organizations, families and JSO, the members of MADDADS walked communities asking residents to break the code of silence and do something. Take back your streets and communities by not letting the criminal off the hook. Community members were asked to call crime stoppers (they could get a reward and nobody will know) at 866845-8477 of MADDADS at 904 781-0905. March 11, 2012 Bernard Cason became a member of the drive by murdered list. Police Reports indicate Mr. Cason was sitting in his truck mindng is own business, watching a video production taping. Witnesses say the wrong person was shot and Mr. Cason was a victim of wrong identity. Joining in an initiative called PIECE (your gun) for PEACE to get murderers off the streets Councilman Reggie Brown, and MADDADS members joined the Cason famil y and knocked on doors in the Washington Estates Dr. and Soutel area, asking residents to make a difference and break the code of silence. Councilman Brown and Donald Foy were asking the young men, young girls, dope boys and gang members to change their thinking. You have the guns; dont shoot just to be shooting. Thin k; lay down your PIECE for PEACE. You can learn more about PIECE / PEACE by looking at MADDADS on Facebook. Stop The Violence in Our City. When good people do no thing, the criminals go free. PIECE /PEACE Around The Area Around The Area PAGE A-6THE STARMARCH 24, 2012 PIECE / PEACE The Sophisticated Gents At The State Capitol State Senator Audrey Gibson and Joan Turner, Program Manager for Independent Living, standing with Jacksonvilles Sophisticated Gents. The group was in Tallahassee for Floridas Annual Ambassadors for Aging Day. Governor Scott and Senator Gibson spoke to the seniors representing their cities from all over Florida. Two of Jacksonvilles seniors were recognized with trophies for their activities in sports. Many of the Florida seniors also performed and danced. It was an enjoyable occasion. BeginningSunday, April 1, 2012JoinThe Florida Star The Georgia Star on issues and answerswithClara McLaughlin-Leathand Guest on92.5 FM Radiofrom 6:30 A.M.to 7:00 A.M.As you prepare for your Morning Worship Tune-In forA Real ImpactŽThe Florida Star, serving since 1951, still The Peoples Choice,Ž still Striving to Make a Difference.Ž Fifth Third Bank Presents Jacksonville Urban League With A Gift to Conclude African-American History Maker CampaignJacksonville, Fla. … Fifth Third Bank (North Florida) recently presented the Jacksonville Urban League with a $2,000 check as part of its African-American History Maker Campaign. During a month-long promotion, Fifth Third partnered with Jacksonvilles V 101.5 (WSOL-FM) radio station to highlight an AfricanAmerican history maker each weekday. Orange Park resident Valerie Hazzard was one of 20 $50 MasterCard gift card winners who called into the station after listening to a vignette featuring an AfricanAmerican history maker during Black History Month. Hazzard won the $1,000 grand prize chosen at the conclusion of the month and also had the opportunity to select the Jacksonville Urban League to receive the $2,000 charity donation from Fifth Third Bank. These campaigns are a testament to Fifth Thirds culture of diversity and inclusion and a way in which to honor the life-changing contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month,Ž said Nathaniel Herring, market president for Fifth Third Bank (North Florida). It not only underscores the commitment Fifth Third Bank has to serving all customers in our market, but also enables us to give back to a non-profit organization that serves the important, specific needs within our local community.Ž The Jacksonville Urban League is a social service organization that empowers the underserved community to succeed socially, professionally and economically.

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By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor TURKSANDCAICOS:In the past few years, Michael Missick has been credited as the man who singlehandedly toppled an island nation for his personal gain. The former husband of The Players Club actress and reality star LisaRaye McCoy has been over the years been forced to resigned as Premier (comparable to President) of the Turks and Caicos Islands, found himself in public fights with his ex-wife, been accused of rape and more. Now, according to a press release, Missick says he is seeking political asylum outside of his home nation because he feels he is being persecuted. On March 19, the Special Investigations and Prosecution Team (SIPT) confirmed that they obtained an arrest warrant for Missick. A Red Notice was also issued for Missck, authorized by the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol). Said a statement from SIPT: For the past several months the SIPT has sought to secure the attendance of Mr Misick at its offices in Providenciales in respect of allegations of corruption and money laundering during his time in office. Every opportunity has been given to Mr Misick to voluntarily surrender to the SIPTs jurisdiction for interview. Despite previous indications from Mr Misicks solicitors that he would attend for interview, he has failed to do so. Let be clear. I am not a fugitive, and will never be a fugitive. I have applied for political asylum from another country and I am merely seeking protection from political persecution. I will continue to bring challenges to clear my name and that of my government and colleagues. I dream to return to my homeland as an independent, victorious, proud and free nation. Misick said he is convinced that he is being persecuted because of his views and firm plan to move the Turks and Caicos Islands towards Independence This plan goes counter to the British and their supporters in the Turks and Caicos Islands That is why stories were fabricated by the opposition, the British and their supporters in order to call for a Commission of Inquiry he added. There is no way that I, or any of the persons that have been accused by Helen Garlick and her team, can get a fair trial.The British Government, aided by two governors, Gordon Wetherell and now Ric Todd, have abolished our fundamental right to jury trial. They have also suspended democracy. The Governor and the prosecutor control the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. They have changed so many laws such as the Proceeds of Crime Bill, laws pertaining to evidence, laws pertaining to hearsay all in an attempt to convict me and my colleagues. If we have done something illegal why is there a need to change so many laws in order to secure a conviction?he said. Why could we not be tried under the same system that thousands of people were tried under over the years? Why did they have to abolish our Parliament and the Executive? Is it so that they, including the prosecutor, can change the laws and the entire judicial system uninhibited without the normal checks and balances that exist in a democracy to ensure their goal which is the conviction of me and my colleagues? This is a complete set-up for a modern-day John Crow political lynching,he said. I will not be part of that. I have therefore sought protection from another country in accordanc e with the United Nations Convention on Human Rights and the human rights laws of that country, as it is my right to do and the right of any person that is being politically persecuted. MARCH 24, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor BARBADOS: Soca queen Allison Hinds is taking her message of female empowerment from her songs and putting it into action. The energetic, Roll It Gal singer launched The Alison Hinds Wonderland Foundation at the recent Ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives, just in time for International Womens Day. The Foundation is said to serve as a catalyst for transformational human development and community change by supporting programs and services that improve the quality of life for girls, women, and families worldwide. Hinds plans to put emphasis on Personal and Leadership Development for Girls and Women; Entrepreneurship for Girls and Women; Education and Career Development for Girls and Women; Health and Wellness Issues; Financial Literacy for Girls and Women; Eradication of Domestic Violence and Family Strengthening. Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes are pictured as they walk pass officers of the Royal Bahamas Defene Force to enter St. Barnabas Church for the Force's Annual Church Service March 18th. (BIS Photo / Derek Smith) Bahamas Defene Force Annual Church Sevice IAm Not A Fugitive: Lisa Rayes,Former Premier of Turks And Caicos, Michael Missick Wanted By International Cops Queen Of Soca Allison Hinds Launches Womens Foundation The wedding of American actress LisaRaye McCoy to Premier Michael Missick was a media frenzy attended by even Essence Magazine as the above photo shows. The events leading to the very public demise of their marriage has been described as a fairytale gone bad. Canon Basil Tynes, rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, preaches the Sermon during the Royal Bahamas Defene Force Annual Church Service March 18, St. Barnabas. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes are seated at the front. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Minister of National Security Hon. Tommy Turnquest speaks from the podium during the Royal Bahamas Defene Force Annual Church Service March 18 at St. Barnabas Parish. (BIS Photo / Derek Smith) Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes (pictured front) head the list of Government Officials present for the Annual Royal Bahamas Defene Force Service (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

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MARCH 24, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDA SECTION B A Senior Celebration Mayor Brown and Marion Lamb RSVP Cordinator Cathedral Townhouse Mayor Brown and RSVP Volunteers Mayor Brown and The Dazzling Diamonds By Dan Evans, The Florida Star Reporter Photos by Tonya Austin, City of Jacksonville PhotographerThe year was 1971 and one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the United States, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) begin to engage almost 450,000 people 55 and over in a wide range of volunteer activities. The motto,  Lead With Experience,Ž provided opportunities that helped solve serious problems concerning the elderly and youth in thousands of communities. Duval County in 1972, established one of the largest RSVP projects in Florida. Fast forward to 2011, over 600 RSVP volunteers made a difference in Duval County giving over 139 thousand hours of service valued at a reported $2,969,040. Thats over 2 million dollars. In the 2011, Annual Report 305 volunteers from 19 senior centers assisted with planning, implementing and coordinating activities serving 3,600 people. The activities included education, recreation, serving meals and providing community outreach projects. Over 25 SWAT volunteers (senior workers available today) served in short term assignments with over 35 partner agencies. The Ivy Summerlee Memorial Award for RSVP Volunteer of the YearŽ awarded $4,000 to volunteers and their partnering agencies. Over 215 CARE (Concerned Adults Reaching Everyone) served on tenant councils, checked on frail and vulnerable residents. RSVP Tale Tellers gave their time to read weekly to groups of children. March 20,2012 Mayor Alvin Brown joined in the 39th Annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Celebration. Mike Buresh from Fox 30/CBS 47 served as Master of Ceremony. Mayor Brown is quoted saying  Public service is a noble thing. To whom much is given much is required. Business people, civic leaders, community retirees giving back can not be measured in dollars and cents. Seniors make the difference in young peoples livesŽ. Quoting Proverbs about training up a child...the Mayor stated he loves seniors because he was raised right. During his term the Mayor has formed a Senior Transition Policy Commission. During the awards Yvette Jefferson and Mary Holley received the Ivy Summerlee award, The Group award went to Mandarin Senior Center Bingo Group, 3rd place was received by Blenda Brown Centennial Towers, Elmer Lang, with partner Mary Singleton Senior Center got 2nd place and Grace Romeo with Mount Carmel Gardens walked away with 1st place. Entertainment was provide by Roger Glover and The Dazzling Diamonds. Music, door prizes and 50/50 drawings rounding out the afternoon with the 50/50 winner taking home over $300 dollars. QUOTE of The Afternoon  GIVING OF TIME AND TALENT WE SET THE EXAMPLE Ž. Operation New Hope and AT&TFlip the Switch on a New Upgraded Computer Lab that will help Qualified Ex-offenders Research, Learn and Find New Jobs JACKSONVILLE, March 20, 2012 … Operation New Hope, a faith-based nonprofit community development corporation, today powered-on a new and upgraded computer lab for the organizations Ready4Work program. Funding for the lab was recently provided through an AT&T $10,000 donation. Ready4Work is a nationally recognized program for non-violent/non-sexual exoffenders to provide participants necessary tools to re-enter the community workforce as productive and responsible citizens. The program provides hands-on case management, employment skills training, life-coaching and job placement assistance. AT&T and Operation New Hope celebrated the new lab with Ready4Work program participants as they officially flipped the switch on the new devices. The majority of Ready4Work program participants would otherwise not have access to a computer or the internet because they are not able to afford the expense of owning their own device. We recognize the significant role Operation New Hope plays in this community as these ex-offenders try to get their lives back on track,Ž said Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Florida Heather Duncan. Were honored to be a part of something that helps change lives for the better.Ž In addition to new computer devices, Ready4Work program participants will also have access to a new printer, also purchased with the dollars donated by AT&T. We are tremendously grateful for AT&T and this new computer lab,Ž said Kevin Gay, Founder and President of Operation New Hope. By upgrading the training and learning environment of these ex-offenders, we can continue to bring a positive energy to their job search and commitment to positive life transformation. Quality tools and training leads to better quality of life, which means this is a very useful and meaningful gift from AT&T that supports our organization in a major way.Ž

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DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER TO BILLIE WITH LOVE: A Celebration Of Lady Day, Saturday, March 31 8:00pm. Only at the Ritz. Contact 904-6325555 for more information, or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.. NACA AMERICAN DREAM TOUR COMES BACK TO JACKSONVILLE: Nations Big Banks join NACA to offer on site mortgage relief. Free Service Florida homeowners with unaffordable mortgages and underwater mortgages at Prime Osborn Convention Center, from March 30 … April 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. daily. The program is open to owner/occupants and noninvestors. Sign up at www.naca.com or call 888-499-6222. KIDGITS EASTER EVENT on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. throughout the mall. Participate in various activities including bounce houses, duck-duck-bunny, animal encounters and much more! Kids will receive terrific take-home treats, including a set of pencil drumsticks (while supplies last), HOP stickers and an activity sheet. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Universal Studios Home Entertainment Easter events, visit www.simon.com/kidgits BLESSING OF THE FLEET, on 4-1-2012, at the Northbank Riverfront Park, Hogan Street Gazebo, Northbank Riverfront, Downtown Jacksonville. To participate in the 2012 Blessing of the Fleet or any other city-sponsored event as a volunteer, call (904) 630-3690 or email events@coj.net. Heart Downtown Application Mark your calender to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Operations Meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m., at the Main Library, Room G4. To attend, please RSVP to the director of district services, Amy Harrell, at (904) 634-0303 ext. 224. aCommunity Activities,continuedPAGE B 2THE STAR MARCH 24, 2012 /Community Activities FIFTH THIRD BANK DRIVESŽ FINANCIAL WELLNESS, Visitors to the bus receive one-on-one credit counseling, money management and budget advice and homeownership educational opportunities. Monday, April 23, 10 a.m. … 2 p.m., Beaver Street Enterprise, 1225 West Beaver St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32204.For more information about the eBus, please contact Amanda Jones at (904) 4861927. 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Jacksonville Agricultural Fairgrounds, 501 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202. JACKSONVILLE SHARKS VS GEORGIA FORCE, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.630.3900. Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will hold open auditions for the hit musical THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. We are seeking a talented multicultural cast! For more information, please contact Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372 RIVER REGION CHILDREN'S HEALTH FAIR, will be hosting a health fair on Saturday, March 24th, at the Justina Community Center, 3101-3 Justina Rd. For more information, call 745-3063. TRASHY FASHION WEEK AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! On Saturday, March 24, the famous attraction will host a "Trashy Fashion Show" at 2 p.m. at Ripley's Museum at 19 San Marco Ave, .St. Augustine. Men, women and children are welcome to participate. For more information on the show, please follow Ripley's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys or www.facebook.com/redtrains. FILM: The Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam of John Cage on Monday, March 26, 2012, MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.366.6911. THE WOMENS CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE is proud to announce the second annual Womens Center of Jacksonville 2012 Speaker Series-Women, Words and Wisdom on Tuesday, March 27th featuring Charlene Taylor For ticket information go to www.womenscenterofjax.org or call (904) 722-3000 x 0. JACKSONVILLE FASHION WEEK: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Metropolitan Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.630.0837. JAKE SHIMABUKURO, Florida Theatre, this Friday, March 30, 2012, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.2787 for more information. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer in Florida. On Saturday, March 31, Jacksonville residents can attend a free educational program all about CVD from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204, and hear directly from area cardiologists. For more information visit http://www.scai.org/KWC. or call 800-9927224. AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN SPEAK OUT! at the Florida Times-Union office at One Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville Fl, 32202 on March 31, 2012 from 2:00pm 4:00pm. The public is invited to attend and participate by asking questions and making comments. For more information call 904-707-2106 or visit http://www.asalh-jaxfl. By:Lucius Gantt Five hundred years after Slavery Days in the United States we find that there are still more than a few people that think they can do anything they want to African American men, women and children and get away with it. Have you forgotten how our great grandparents and other ancestors were attacked, assaulted, beaten, whipped, burned, hung and, of course, shot just like Trayvon Martin was? Most of the people that hurt our ancestors escaped justice just like the devilish beast that killed the unarmed Black Florida teenager who has never worried about being arrested. The spirit and soul of Trayvon Martin will live on forever. If that were not true, people like me wouldnt be writing his name, publishing or broadcasting his image, posting his experience and trending his story worldwide. We also have to remember that some in the USA will always feel that we are less than a man. There are those that believe the next worse thing to being a slave is to be born a descendant of slaves. Black men have to use whatever means are necessary and available to protect Black children, Black women and the Black community. Back in the day, the slaves knew the wicked slave masters and overseers were no good. Our ancestors knew you couldnt trust the High Sheriff or any law enforcement agency. It didnt matter if it was the Freedom Train, the Underground Railroad, the Promised Land or the Land of Plenty, most of the slaves believed that anywhere was safer and better than where they were at the time. So, what do Black people do today? You know they march! They recently marched through the streets of Tallahassee straight to the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott and demanded a meeting. What did Gov. Scott do? He did what any knowledgeable politician would do. He said he would do all he could to insure that justice prevails. Ask any Black person what the Governor meant by allŽ and I doubt if they could tell you. But the march organizers got a ton of publicity, free publicity. One important issue the marchers brought up concerned Floridas Stand Your Ground LawŽ which allows someone to defend themselves with deadly force in specified situations. They should have presented draft legislative language that could be considered by the legislature during any Special Legislative Session if they wanted a change in legislation. Two Black lawyers were prominently involved in the protest activities that I like and respect, Chuck Hobbs and Mutakee Akbar ( son of Naim Akbar, the famed Black psychologist). However, they are not lobbyists and should have consulted with Blacks that were not afraid to stand with them and had extensive experience about how the Florida legislative process works. Any legislative proposal that doesn't have good lobbyists working on its passage is just like Martin Luther King Junior, good but dead! During Slavery Days there were always slaves that encouraged their brothers and sisters to rise up and rebel. There were some that wanted to do more. Some slaves wanted to do to whites what whites had done to them. There are things that Blacks in Sanford, Florida can do to show the Central Florida Authorities that the shooting of Black teenagers by racist vigilantes will not be tolerated. I cant share any suggestions in this column but I can say even though hell is hot, the devils in Sanford and those in every other US city do not like fire! Dont ever be scared to stand for your children. If you dont want equal rights and justice for yourself, you must demand that are children be allowed to be safe from race criminals. (Buy Gantt's book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" at any major bookstore and contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net) The Gantt Report Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Taking Control of Your Spending Habits (StatePoint) No matter if your finances are a source of anxiety or if you live within your means, its always a good idea to periodically reevaluate the way you spend money. While credit cards give consumers the purchasing power they need to lead comfortable lives, they can also make irresponsible spending all too easy. In these uncertain financial times, getting a handle on any debt you may have is more important than ever. Luckily, its never too late to learn good spending habits. The first step toward prosperity is taking control of unconscious debt -including impulse purchases that you buy on credit but dont need or dont even remember purchasing,Ž says Dr. Charles Richards, a psychotherapist and author of the new book, The Psychology of Wealth,Ž which seeks to improve readers relationships with their money. Richards believes that with a healthy attitude toward wealth comes good habits. He offers several tips for people seeking to take better control of their finances: € Regularly discuss your financial goals and your plan to meet them, with a spouse, partner, or friend. € If you have debt, develop a specific repayment plan with fixed payment amounts. € Never pay late fees on your credit cards and other bills. They are as good as throwing money out the window. Pay your bills on time, all the time. € Before you make a purchase, ask, do I want this item or do I need this item? If it is only a want, evaluate whether your budget supports it. Wealth is not defined by the amount of stuff you have. € Write yourself a list to avoid binge shopping. If you want to make a purchase thats not on the list, try putting the item on hold. If you forget about it after a week, you probably didnt need or want it that much in the first place. € Dont spend money based on what your income might be in the future. Spend based on what youre currently earning. And if your material desires outweigh your resources, dont be afraid to take on extra work. € Whether its the effectiveness of advertisers or a lack of personal responsibility, identify the reasons you spend money you dont have, and seek to change your behavior accordingly. More advice about how to understand your relationship with money can be found online at http://psychologyofwealth.org People who have a healthy relationship with money share many common habits and traits,Ž says Richards, Understanding how you feel about money can help allay any unnecessary fears or doubts that may be sabotaging your best efforts in managing your money.Ž Regardless of your circumstances and financial history, you can work to gain the attitude and habits that help drive financial success.

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIA SECTION B Brunswick Birthed JaIshe Cosmeticz Partners With David Bishop and Launches NewLine In Time For Possible Walmart Debut MARCH24, 2012 By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star It was last summer when we had the pleasure of introducing Ja Nicole Jackson to the world. At the time, the Detroit native had just let us in on the little secret that was about to gain her statewide success. I had the pleasure of meeting up with her at a little pizzeria in Brunswick to talk about her new baby JaIshe Cosmeticz and why she felt that she could take her hobby for makeup and beauty and launch her own line. Its been a year and flew to Puerto Rico where she met celebrity LisaRaye who rocked a few colors she was given. To take a word from Jacksons Facebook page, Im livin my life like its golden!Ž The lady who used her kitchen and bathroom in Brunswick to come up with color palates and signature scents has gotten the backing of entreprenuer David Bishop who was inspired by her dedication and commitment to fulfil her dream. Bishops daughters Kenedi and Treasure are also the name and faces. JaIshes youth line, Kenedi Treasure. It has been so overwhelming, Thia!ŽJackson stated humbly during a recent interview with us in her Atlanta office. Who knew that I would go from putting make-up on my dolls to having my fans call themselves JaIshe dolls wearing my line, product and just sending me so much support via Facebook and on my website? Ithank God every day for allowing me to overcome my challenges and for having people like my husband, and friends who are my biggest fans like Fiona Manley and so many others Icant even keep up with. Its been a blessing and its a humbling experience but I am loving the business aspect of it tremendously and David Bishop is proof that if you invest in your dream someone out there is willing to invest in you.Ž Now, Jackson is taking part in photoshoots, holding casting calls for the new faces of Kennedi Treasure, wearing her own t-shirt line and getting ready to get on the shelves at Walmart. Everyday, fans who log on to my Facebook page see that we are a part of the Get On The Shelf initiative by Walmart,ŽJackson said. It is such an inspiration to see people writing that they voted and Idont know if I am able to comprehend how I will react when we get on the shelves of major distributors but God knows, I am so ready. Ireally am just so thankful He allowed me to witness my dream. Want to see JaIshe and Kenedi Treasure at a Walmart near you?Text 3732 to 383838 and check out both Facebook pages for more exclusive information. And just in case youre wondering, Jackson was gracious enough to allow me to sample some of her must products including her mascara and shimmery lip glosses. Ive already been back for more after being thrilled with her nail polish that stayed on for three weeks without chipping and her eye shadow that stayed in place straight through church, a praise dance routine, choir singing, dinner and evening service (an estimated seven hours!) All in all, Jackson is proof that what is birthed in Brunswick can bring success in the big time!Photos show Jackson (top left) with David, Kenedi and Treasure Bishop with models.

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MARCH24, 2012 THESTAR Jacksonville Jaguars Nearly Land Tebow; Sign Giants Ross While Garrad Heads To Dolphins PAGEB-4 By Jack Morbitzer, JaxSharks.com The Jacksonville Sharks (1-0) overcame a quick start by the Kansas City Command (0-1), rattling off 38unaswered points in the second half in a 52-28 victory on the road in front of 5,161 at Sprint Center to open the 2012 season. The Sharks trailed 21-17 to start the second half before a more than 10 minute touchdown drive ended with a oneyard touchdown run by Terrance Smith. The undisciplined Command committed illegal defense, personal foul and illegal formation penalties to give Jacksonville automatic first downs each time and keep the drive alive. From there it was all Sharks, as the Command's first play in the second half was a completed pass that was fumbled and recovered by Sharks' defensive back LaRoche Jackson. The Kansas City defense recorded two sacks on the ensuing drive, but Chris Leak completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Shamar Graves on 4th-and-26 for his second score of the night to increase the lead to 30-21. The kickoff that opened the fourth quarter was fumbled into the end zone after a huge hit by the Sharks' coverage team and recovered by Kansas City for a safety. The Sharks' Jeron Harvey then caught his first touchdown of the season from nine yards out and the rout was on. Harvey scored again on the Sharks' next drive pushing the score to 45-21 with 8:22 remaining. Not to be outdone, the Sharks' defense got on the board as Bill Alford returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to cap Jacksonville's 38-consecutive point run. Kansas City finally scored on a 1-yard rush by quarterback Steven Gachette, who replaced starter Nate Davis after the interception. Leak finished 21-for-31 for 196 yards, five touchdowns and one interception for the Sharks. Harvey was the leading receiver with 10 receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Graves also recorded two touchdown catches and Smith had receiving and rushing touchdowns. Kansas City came out fast, scoring on the second play from scrimmage on a 36-yard pass from Davis to Christian Wise. Jacksonville responded with an 8-yard score from Leak to Graves to tie the game at 7-7. The Command scored again on their second play of their second drive to lead 14-7, before intercepting Leak in the red zone on the ensuing drive. The Command led early but 12 penalties for 70 yards three on the Sharks' long third quarter drive, put Kansas City in a bad position to hold the lead. Conversely, Jacksonville committed just two penalties for eight yards while possessing the ball for 37:27 of total game time. The Sharks take to the field again at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 for their home opener at Sea Best field against the Georgia Force. It will be Championship Pride Night as the Sharks raise the banner commemorating their ArenaBowl XXIV victory. By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star There was a whole lot of shaking going on in the NFL last week as new contracts were signed, old players were traded and dedicated fans switched teams to continue fanning their favorite players. And for a brief point, it appeared that Jaguar fans might end up Tebowing with the possiblity of Tim Tebow on the roster. The Jacksonville Jaguars were no exception as we saw former quarterback David Garrard accepting a one year contract with the Miami Dolphins According to the rumor mill, the team approached Garrad after failing to woo Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Alex Smith is also being eyed as one who the Fins would like to snag on their team. Garrard has been with the Jags from 2005 to 2010 with 2007 being his best season. In a shocker, he was released from the team only five days before the season was slated to begin. Although Miami came knocking then, Garrard took time out to have back surgery in October. However, hes now primed and ready to get back into the game as we will see when he comes out of the gate with the Dolphins this season. And with every loss, there is a gain.The gain in this being former New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross agreeing to a three year contract with the Jaguars. Up to press time, he was reportedly in Jacksonville and scheduled to put ink to paper by signing his contract on Wednesday. Ross, who is married to Olympic track gold medalist Sanya Richards, has allegedly got his hands on a deal worth $15.3 million. Finally, after making a big oops in 2010 by overlooking Tim Tebow, the Jaguars nearly had a shot at him again this go round. Tebow however, will be landing with the New York Jets. All in all, this foothball season is going to be a highly anticipated one for your hometown team based on all of this action before training camp has even begun!Sharks Take Down Command 52-28 First Lady Michelle Obama Joined By Olympian/Basketball Star Lisa Leslie and Britians First Lady For Mini-Olympic Kids Event PHOTOCAPTION:First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during an event at American University in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2012. Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, joined the First Lady, Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Lisa Leslie, and Washington, D.C., area children in a mini-Olympics competition to celebrate the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the Lets Move!Ž initiative. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert) David Garrard heads to the Dolphins. Aaron Ross in a three year deal with the Jags. Jags miss a shot with Tebow... again.It Feels Great To Be BackŽ: Venus Returns With A Vengence Showing Illness Cant Keep Her Game Down By ARTHIANIXON Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images Shes baaack... and based on the way she played at the Sony Ericson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida on Wednesday, you would never know that Venus Williams was sick serioudly sick. Fans who were discouraged seeing Williams sick leave force her drop to number 134 in the ranks were thrilled to have her back showing its a matter of time before she gets back to where she belongs in the single digits. Last summer, Williams had to withdraw from the U.S. Open series tournaments due to what was thought to be flu-like symptoms. It was discovered that she had Sjogrens Syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition. After sitting out for the remainder of 2011, Venus is proving that illness cant keep a great athlete down by winning her first singles match of 2012. In February, Venus returned to the court by participating in the Fed Cup in Belarus as a doubles player, where she saw victory for team U.S.A. The Sony Ericson marked her first singles event of 2012 and easily took down Kimiko DateKrumm, 6-0, 6-3. "It just feels great to be back," Venus told reporters after her match. She also stated:Just to be in this tournament is big win for me. Just being here is a win; told myself going into this: this is a win. Just to train and get back at this level." Williams is challenging herself to make it to the London Olympics as a part of the U.S. team. However, she said that her illness has never made her consider retirement. "It's been a journey to understand what is going on,Žshe said. I feel like I have a grasp on it better. ƒ Autoimmune means different challenges than other people, but that doesn't mean you can't be successful."

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At first encounter, he may seem unassuming and low key but behind that reserved exterior is a mega-ton bomb of charisma, talent and very clear mindset as to the direction he is headed in and how he is going to get there. Seventeen year-old actor Nick Nervies (pronounced Ner-vye), plays Tyler, who is a security guard at the wildest teen party ever in the new Warner Bros. Pictures flick Project X.Ž Nervies is a native Los Angelino who began his acting career young. He explains, I had a friend that was actually an actor before I was. I was eleven back then. I went with him to his agencys office to drop something off. When we got upstairs his agent said you have a look; do you act? Ive always been curious about acting. Ive always watched shows and said hey I want to do that. Since he asked me you should start; my mom and I began looking into actually getting into acting. Thats how it really all started.Ž Of course after his training and sending out head shots etc., he got signed to a major talent agency, Nervies started booking TV roles including Will and Grace,Ž Everybody Hates ChrisŽ and MonkŽ to name some and his current TV show Curb Your EnthusiasmŽ where he plays Daryl Black. Nervies has also appeared in films The SoloistŽ and Role Models.Ž He has been nominated twice for a Young Artist AwardŽ and now ranks along side with the top young actors in the biz such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Lautner and Josh Hutcherson to name some. Getting back to his current film, Nervies runs down his role. Tyler is the security guard over the whole party which is kind of strange because my character is like thirteen years-old and hes the security guard over a bunch of college students. I try to keep the party from going out of control which I dont do too well as the movie goes on but we try.Ž How he secured the role has a different turn as well. Nervies laughs, At first the characters were like seven and eight and it just wasnt working having them play security guards so they upped the roles. I was talking on set to one of the producers and he told me he was familiar with my role on Curb Your EnthusiasmŽ and he gave me the script for the actual Tyler role and told me to come back the next day and practice some of the lines when I got home. So the next day I did the lines for him and they booked me as the role of Tyler. So that was pretty interesting.Ž When asked if he sings, he is quick to say no to that one but adds, I do music though. I actually rap. I signed with Soulja Boys management company. Ive been good friends with him for about three or four years now and when I started rapping, he was the first person who kind of gave me a shot. Well see how that all unfolds.Ž Nervies had a good time on the set of Project XŽ because of all of the teenagers but when it came time for work, everyone transformed into game face mold and got down to work. Nervies has been home schooled most of his life only attending regular school for kindergarten and the third grade. Does he feel like hes had a so-called normal life as far as his socialization with people goes or will he turn into a show-biz misfit later on down the road? He laughs, Not at all! I have a great social life. A lot of the other kids who are into acting are home schooled and we hangout a lot. We try to do as much fun stuff as we can. We go bowling, to the movies etc., and try to do as much as we can together because we all know what it is like to sit in the house and go straight to set. So we have a good social life.Ž Even though it is an everyday common thing to him, Nervies running pals reads like a list of the Whos Who in the teen TV and movie worlds! PAGE B-5 THESTAR MARCH 24, 2012 ENTERTAINMENT Nick NerviesSecures The Party Of Parties In Project X!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and FacebookPhoto by Deidra Fahey Radio : After an intense campaign by The National Hispanic Media Coalition to have people call Los Angeles TV Station KTLA (channel 5), to get Driving it Home With John and KenŽ off the air, the station did the right thing and fired the devilish dual. They are the hate mongers who called the late Whitney Houston a Crack HoŽ over the air. TheNational Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) also leads the Take John and KenOff the AirŽ campaign, which commenced in October of 2011 and has been joined by over40 national and local organizations. The campaignhas mobilized over 15,000 people to sign petitions asking Clear Channel to drop John and Ken.Clear Channel briefly suspended John and Ken in February after they referred to Whitney Houston as a crack ho,Ž but the duo returned to Clear Channel after less than two weeks off.Clear Channel has ignoredthe communitys request that itisaresponsible broadcasterand remove hate and divisiveness from its public airwaves, despite that eighteen major corporations have promised to no longer advertise on The John and Ken Show,Ž and dozens of other advertisers have quietly dropped the show without making a formal commitment. If the recent controversy surrounding Clear Channel veteran Rush Limbaughs recent remarks teaches us anything, it is that people and responsible advertisers are fed up with Clear Channel using its dominance in the radio market to push hate and extremism over thepublicairwaves.ŽThe time is ripe for the public to reclaim its public airwaves from irresponsible broadcasters that opt for trafficking hate for the sake of profit,Ž said Alex Nogales, National Hispanic MediaCoalition President & CEO. Clear Channel, and the John & Ken Show, have demonstrated through their insensitive and blatant racism, that they are undeserving of the trust and responsibility of holding a Radio Channel License, issued by the American people,Ž said Sonny Skyhawk, Founder American Indians in Film, Television & Music and First Nations Empowerment Foundation. We congratulate NHMC on this victory and we look forward to continuing to work with them and other organizations on diversifying Clear Channel and its flagship station KFI. Said The Black Media Alliance.ŽThe Korean American community stands in solidarity with fellow immigrant groups and communities of color to protest the racist and hate-driven speech that is regularly a part of the John & Ken show. The Korean American Bar Association is committed to working with our partners until the show is pulled of the air completely,Ž said Robert J. Kang, Board Member of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. Movies : Project X. Warner Bros. Pictures and Green Hat Films. Starring Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Biss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller, Peter Mackenzie,Caitlin Dulany and Nicole Bloom. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh Story by Michael Bacall Screenplay by Matt Drake. Produced by Todd Phillips. Three unpopular high school boys want to make a name for themselves by throwing the best party ever. One of the boys parents go away for the weekend and gives permission to only have up to ten people over max for his birthday. The party swells to over 1500 and gets way out of control. The flick is doing very well at the box office and is a fun ride for a teen audience. Adults go see an action flick! John Carter. Disney Pictures Starring Taylor Kitsch,Bryan Cranston, Daryl Sabara, Lynn Collins, Claran Hinds, James Purefoy, Dominic West, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Morton and Polly Walker Directed/Screenplay by Andrew Stanton. Screenplay by Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon. Produced by Lindsey Collins, Colin Wilson and Jim Morris John Carter was originally introduced to the reading public in 1912 via the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic A Princess of Mars,Ž which was the first novel in Burroughs Barsoom series. Over years of being transformed into comic books and TV it is a 3-D movie now! The 3-D isnt that great and should have just been a regular flick. The story line and action are in line. Good flick for the entire family although the monsters may scare the dickens out of children five and younger. Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net Study, Observe and Win! Rych Rych McCains Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook National Park Week, April 21-29, Features Free Admission and Nationwide Events Plan Your Adventure at www.nationalparkweek.org The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of Americas national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to Americas nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012. Celebrating the theme, Picture Yourself in a National Park,Ž National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the worlds most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for FREE! National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28. From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week at www.nationalparkweek.org. Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks. Americas national parks have something for everyone,Ž said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park.Ž This is our annual celebration of Americas best idea … our national parks,Ž said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. We are proud to stand with our partners at the National Park Service and encourage people everywhere to enjoy, learn from and support our nations greatest treasures.Ž Nick Nervies h NOW ONSTAGE: THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDITIONSStage Aurora Theatrical Company will hold open auditions for the hit musical The Wizard of Oz at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. We are seeking a talented multicultural cast!

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Collects receipts for deliveries, also pick up unsold newspapers and credit newsdealers account. May collect payment for newspaper deliveries from customers. Duties also include distribution of sales promotion material to customers with newspaper deliveries. Route may be designated according to publication request. Serious individual need only apply.P/T Weekends Must have transportation and valid drivers license. CALL TO FIND OUT MORE:904-766-8834 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Value Stream Leader80706 Pr. Compliance/Audit Specialist79898 Sr. Customer Serivce Rep80646 Value Stream Manager80589 Please apply online at http://jobs.medtronic.com using the requisition number listed. Medtronic is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce Does "Suspicious Walking While Black" ( SWWB) Cause Someone to be Profiled and Killed?By Donald W. TuckerI have been following the story out of Sanford, Florida about the killing of the 17 year old teenager, Trayvon Martin by the neighborhood security block watcher George Zimmerman. Here's what we know at this point. Martin was walking through a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida after buying a bag of skittles and some ice tea at a store (Martin's father lived in the neighborhood). Zimmerman in his SUV allegedly observed Martin walking in the neighborhood (SWWB) and reported to a police dispatcher that Martin was acting suspicious, looking at homes and looked like he was on drugs. Zimmerman then stated these guys always get away". The dispatcher asked Zimmerman if he was following Martin and Zimmerman responded "yes". The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Martin, let the police handle it. At this point only Zimmerman and Martin know what actually happened and Martin is now dead. We do know Zimmerman left his vehicle and there was an apparent physical confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin. People in their homes called 911 and reported they were hearing loud voices and someone yelling for help. The voices could be heard on the 911 tapes and a single gunshot could also be heard. Zimmerman has stated he shot Martin in self-defense because he felt threatened and feared for his life. I should note that the State of Florida has a law called "Stand your ground", which allows individuals to defend themselves, if they feel their lives are in danger. I don't think this law applies in this case because in my opinion, Zimmerman was not in immediate danger. I don't think this law applies in this case because in my opinion, Zimmerman was not in immediate danger. This incident has exploded nationwide because no legal action has been taken against Zimmerman. The Sanford police are saying there was no legal action they could take because they couldn't refute Zimmerman's self-defense claim. Martin's family and other people are very upset that Zimmerman hasn't been arrested as his explanation of the event just doesn't make sense. I have spent over 30 years in law enforcement and have to agree the Sanford police should have conducted an immediate investigation into Zimmerman's actions and presented the case to the attorney's office. The police department is now being forced to conduct a thorough investigation of the killing of Martin. The killing occurred on February 26, 2012 and if there wasn't the uproar from the Martin family and others, I believe the Sanford police department would have just closed this case with a judgment of justifiable homicide. It's sad that in 2012 we still have incidences of racism, racial profiling and an appearance of a lack of value for the life of a black teenager, both by Zimmerman and the Sanford Police department. What jumps out at me is a question... if Zimmerman was black and Martin was white, with all of the facts being the same, would Martin be in jail? I think he would. Some people have a problem with the use of playing the so-called race card. This in my opinion is because the issue of race is very difficult for people, the media, politicians and academia to adequately discuss. This country still has a problem with racial issues and the race card should be played if it is a factor in issues pertaining to our life. We can't be afraid to tackle sensitive subject matters such as these because it has the potential to destroy our society. Zimmerman reminds me of some security guards who can't qualify as a regular police officer, either due to lack of experience, education or prior law enforcement contacts. Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of battery against a law enforcement officer. Although the charge was eventually dropped, it probably killed his chance of becoming an official police officer. Law enforcement officers would call these people wannabes, who look for any way to show they are or can be just as proficient in law enforcement as an actual police officer. Zimmerman's actions, in my opinion, demonstrate a person who has an ax to grind... he was going to prove he was as good at police work as any police officer. It didn't matter that the dispatcher told him to not follow Martin and he said, "Okay". He obviously left his vehicle and confronted Martin. He wouldn't have felt that he feared for his life, if he had just listened to the dispatcher, stopped his surveillance and stayed in his SUV. His comment of "these guys always get away" shows a pre-disposed negative attitude towards Martin, bordering on racism. Was his attitude... this guy is not going to get away from me? As a neighborhood watch guard, Zimmerman is prohibited from carrying a gun. Their instructions are to watch and report to the police. Not to be a policeman and make an arrest! Martin was just walking through the neighborhood going to his father's home. No neighbor had called to report him. Zimmerman reported Martin looked suspicious because he wore a hooded sweater and was looking at homes. Also, Zimmerman reported Martin was carrying something... As it turned out, a container of tea and a bag of skittles. These are the facts that caused Martin's death. If Martin was white, he would still be alive. Martin died because of SWWB. Zimmerman has stated it was his voice yelling for help! That is in question because Martin's mother says: "the voice was that of her son". It is hard for me to believe Zimmerman feared for his life and had to shoot Martin, because Zimmerman is not only 100 pounds heavier but also had a gun and Martin only had skittles. Why would he have to yell for help? Another question... why was Zimmerman allowed to carry a gun if he was arrested in 2005 for assault? I hope Martin and his family receive the justice they deserve and that this case will serve as a barometer to prevent this type of thing from re-occurring. Donald W. Tucker is a veteran of over three decades in law enforcement. He has served as a Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, a U.S. Marshal and Chief of Security for the U.S. Federal Courts. He currently is a private investigator in Phoenix, Arizona. 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MARCH 24, 2012 THE STARPR 1 Students from area schools and the U. S. Virgin Islands were recently honored at an awards ceremony to kick off the 50th anniversary of the National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 18-24. Fifty students were recognized March 1 on the UF&Shands campus for their participation in the regional poster contest sponsored by the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center … Jacksonville as part of National Poison Prevention Week 2012 to help draw attention to the dangers of poisonings. Two-hundred thirty-one posters were submitted to the poster contest from several schools throughout the Poison Centers service area, which includes 42 counties in northern Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The posters were judged in three divisions: K-2nd, 3rd … 5th and 6th … 8th grades, and each student at the awards ceremony was presented with certificates of award, ribbons and gifts, which were donated by poison prevention partners. Students who were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in their divisions, as well as students who were awarded Honorable Mention will have their regional contest winning posters forwarded to the Poison Prevention Week Council in Alexandria, VA to compete in the nationwide poster contest that further engages the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults. The schools represented include: Carter G. Woodson School of the Medical Arts (Jacksonville); Cypress Creek Elementary (Port Orange); Don Brewer Elementary (Jacksonville); Emma Love Hardee Elementary (Fernandina Beach); Hellen Caro Elementary (Pensacola); J. Franklyn Keller Intermediate School (MacClenny); James A. Shanks Middle (Quincy); James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle and John E. Ford K-8 schools (Jacksonville); Joseph A. Gomez (U.S. Virgin Islands); Rymfire Elementary (Palm Coast); and St. Marks Episcopal Day School (Jacksonville). If you have a poisoning emergency or questions concerning a poison, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Also, poison prevention education materials are available free of charge by contacting the Poison Centers Education Office at 904.244.4465. Area students recognized at poison prevention week poster awards ceremony Honorable Mention winners in the 3rd … 5th Grade Division for the Regional Poison Prevention Week 2012 Poster Contest from left, Mallory Mott (Hellen Caro Elementary, Pensacola); Cymone Tolliver (Carter G. Woodson School for the Medical Arts, Jacksonville); and Carson Wright, (Cypress Creek Elementary School, Port Orange). Some of the participants, from left, are Chirag Narang (Cypress Creek Elementary School, Port Orange); Maya Pacheco (Don Brewer Elementary, Jacksonville); Aquane Walker (Joseph A. Gomez Elementary, St. Thomas, USVI); Alexandria Oakes (J. Franklyn Keller Intermediate, Macclenny); Mallory Mott (Hellen Caro Elementary, Pensacola); Ronika Dixon (John E. Ford K-8, Jacksonville); and, Michaela Hannah (James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle, Jacksonville). Honorable Mention winners in the 6th … 8th Grade Division for the Regional Poison Prevention Week 2012 Poster Contest from left, Madison Yertzell (James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle, Jacksonville, FL); Hayley Lynch (James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle, Jacksonville, FL); and, Jordan Taylor (John E. Ford K8, Jacksonville, FL). Winners in the 6th … 8th Grade Division for the Regional Poison Prevention Week 2012 Poster Contest are left, Kaharai Simmons, 3rd Place (John E. Ford K-8, Jacksonville) and Natalie Loos, 1st Place,

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MARCH 24, 2012PREP RAP PR 2 Clear Writing: Its All About the Reader Experts Share Tips for Math, Science, Tech Professionalsby Stephanie Roberson Barnard & Deborah St JamesWith the recent focus on reviving the economy by nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, one might conclude theres little economic value in honing a basic skill like writing. Not true, say Stephanie Roberson Barnard and Deborah St James, authors of Listen. Write. Present.:The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology (Yale University Press; 2012), www.ListenWritePresent.com. They cite the American Society for Engineering Education in which researchers ranked technical writing No. 2 in a list of 38 necessary skills for engineers. Engineers arent the only ones who need to write effectively in order to get ahead says Barnard, a communications consultantwho specializes in training medical professionals to speak and write clearly and persuasively. A recent ad for a pharmacist read, Clinical Pharmacist: Strong Writing Skills Required!Ž Basically every job in the science and technology fields today requires effective writing skills, she says. Whether youre requesting funds for a research project, a loan for a business venture, or writing a cover letter, resume,or abstract, youll want to write with confidence and conviction,Ž says St. James, deputy director of publications and communications for a biotech company in North Carolina. Unfortunately, science-rich educations often leave little room for students to learn how to craft a strong written message. They suggest you ask yourself four questions before you start any written communication: € Is it reader based? Ask yourself who are my readers? Are they colleagues or people outside my field? What do they know? What do they need to know? How can I best present the material to these readers? Knowing who your reader is will help you decide what words to use and exactly how much detail is needed. € Is it purposeful? Your second question should be, Why am I writing this? Today we live in an over-communicated society: emails, text messages, tweets, ads, letters, newspapers, magazines, books. In fact, most of what we write no one reads. Make sure every word is useful and relevant to every one of your intended readers. € Is it clear and concise? Generally, the cause of unclear writing is too many words. Many writers will read a long, rambling sentence theyve written, and to clarify it theyll write another long, rambling sentence to clarify the first one. Big mistake. If a sentence is unclear, take words out. Be wary of long sentences, unclear antecedents, poor transitions, jargon, clichs, and an alphabet soup of acronyms. € Is it correct? Nothing puts the kibosh on a grant application, business plan, or resume faster than grammatical, punctuation, or spelling errors. Choose a good dictionary and a reputable style guide for your trade or industry and use it consistently. A style guide is a good investment that will answer questions on grammar, punctuation, and word usage. It will help you appear polished, professional, and well-educated. Finally, St James and Barnard suggest two final tips to improve your writing: € Read more: Youll increase your vocabulary and see how other writers craft sentences and argue points to make those points more effective. Good choices for reading material: general non-fiction, scholarly journals, and award-winning books specific to your trade. € Practice: Writing is a skill. The more you do it, using the suggestions above, the better you will become. Job Hunting Tips For Recent Grads(StatePoint) For recent graduates hunting for a job, daily headlines about unemployment rates can be disheartening. But many experts say that a down economy is not an insurmountable hurdle toward finding a great job. Even when the job market is discouraging, adopting the right attitude and strategies can help you break into any organization in any industry and start climbing the ladder to success,Ž says Pete Leibman, a career coach, and author of the new book, I Got My Dream Job and So Can You.Ž Leibman, who landed his dream job right out of college working for the NBAs Washington Wizards, offers these tips for those starting out in the workforce: € No excuses. Dont let the medias coverage of the economy scare away your job-searching motivation. You only need one job, and one break. Not 25 jobs, not 100. When you take that into consideration, the unemployment rate wont seem so daunting. € Dont have a back-up plan. Commit to your goal with a resilient sprit, not a plan for failure. Of course, youll need to pay bills in the meantime, and perhaps answer to mom and dad, so accept other work -temporarily. It is not a matter of if,Ž its a matter of whenŽ you break into your ideal career. € Be accountable. Landing a job is a job in and of itself. So set weekly and daily goals that include talking to the people in a position to hire you. Track your time to make sure you are managing your day effectively. € Networking is important. Over 70 percent of all jobs are filled behind the scenes through personal contacts and networking, says Leibman. But its not about who you know, and who knows you. The truth is that networking is all about who likes and respects you. When it comes to your contacts, quality is the key. € Be likable. To be likable, start by liking yourself. Doing so will come across in your body language and your communication skills, and this will help you both personally and professionally. The next step is to genuinely like others without kissing up or using flattery. People naturally like people who are similar to themselves, so draw on commonalities between you and potential employers to win them over. € Stand out. Your resume is not as important as you think. Top employers may receive hundreds or thousands of unsolicited resumes every week. While using keywords and high-tech software programs to beat a computer systems screening process can help, the best way to stand out in a stack of resumes is to never end up in the stack in the first place! Through strategic networking, you can avoid this fate. More career tips can be found at www.BestCareerBook.com. The working world can be a competitive place for a new worker, but with the right strategies you can land a great job, even in a questionable economy. (c) iophoto fotolia.com

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MARCH 24, 2012 PREP RAP PR 3 So...Feel good. Be happy. Work on reaching your own goals. Remember that everyone is different and that is O.K! Fruits GrainsProteinVegetablesDairy 1. exercise 2. choose snacks 3. wash 4. sleep 5. get your energy flowing each morning by 6. brush and floss 1. get homework done 2. do all of your chores 3. limit time playing video or computer games 4. watch the weather and temperature too 5. keep your room clean 6. be kind and thoughtfulGood Nutrition Healthy LivingHealthy Living Have you seen the new food plate?Ž It is a simple way to tell with one look if you are eating about the right amount of food from each of the food groups at meals. The plate is divided into four parts to show serving sizes for fruits, vegetables, grains and foods that have proteins. The dairy (like me … milk!) is added on the side. Are you choosing healthy amounts of foods that will provide the nutrition you need to grow and be healthy? Small snacks are good for us. They keep our energy up! We all need calories to live, but if we eat many more calories than we need, we can gain more weight than we should. (Our family doctors can help us learn what weight range is healthiest for each of us.) Fill in the missing vowels to spell out some good treats: 10 Yummy, Healthier Treats! Did you notice that the area for vegetablesŽ is the largest on this plate? Read the clues to fill in the puzzle: 1. The four areas of the ________ show you how much of each food group you should eat. 2. Choose foods from each food group every day: fruits, vegetables, ________ and beans, grains and dairy. 3. The area for ________ is the largest: carrots, peas, spinach, green beans, potatoes, squash. 4. ________ and vegetables are loaded with vitamins A and C for good skin, eyes and healing. 5. ________ products made from low fat milk have calcium to build strong bones and teeth. 6. Foods in the grain group have carbohydrates that give you ________. 7. Whole ________ have more fiber, so try whole wheat noodles or pizza crust. 8. ________ to build muscles comes from meat, fish, beans and nuts. 9. Some fat is needed for your body and brain to run well. Choose an ________ over fats that are solid. 10. Watch the family budget by finding canned and ________ fruits and vegetables that you like on sale. 11. Choose snacks that have less fat or salt and cereals with less ________. 12. When you eat out, choose the ________ meals on the menu. Free Puzzles! Visit our web site to print out new puzzles: How Many Calories? World of Music and What Is It Made From? 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MARCH 24, 2012 THE STARPR 4 Area High School Students Head to the Nations Capital for four-day Study VisitEight Andrew Jackson High School students are among 60 students from around the state and Minnesota who met in Washington, DC on March 11th to participate in the Students Building Healthy Communities (SBHC) program. Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsored the program, and it encouraged youth to take civic action to help address severe health disparities in their community. The students work together to improve the health of their community through student-created community action projects. During their experiential, four-day visit, students learned about the government, the political process, met with officials on Capitol Hill, explored some famous monuments and memorials, attended seminars and participated in workshops. Upon their return, they are expected to work together as a school group to implement the community action plan project that they developed while on their trip.FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY ANTI-HAZING COMMITTEE HOLDS INITIAL MEETING, OUTLINES GOALS PART OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO END HAZING ON CAMPUS The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Anti-Hazing Committee, an independent committee tasked with providing information on determining the most effective approach to ending hazing on campus, met for the first time on the 16thof March and outlined its goals. With this committee, whose members have expertise in law, academia, student organizations, hazing and psychology, and with your experience leading businesses or other large organizations such as school districts, military units and marching bands, we have an opportunity to assist the FAMU Board of Trustees in their efforts to understand and then address hazing at FAMU,Ž said Stephen Craig Robinson, chairman of the Anti-Hazing Committee, as he opened the meeting. Hopefully FAMUs thoughtful decisions will also serve to benefit other universities and organizations around the nation.Ž Robinson, an attorney and former U.S. District Court Judge outlined the three topics that the committee will study: Hazing at other universities and how has it been handled? Getting students to resist hazing; what has worked? What are other Universities doing to prevent hazing in their Marching Band that can be applied to the FAMU Marching 100Ž and their activities? The committee will also look at both short-term and long-term strategies for eradicating hazing at FAMU and plans to present both written and in-person reports to the Board of Trustees. ANTI-HAZING COMMITTEE The committee also agreed to ask the Board of Trustees to designate the Anti-Hazing Committee a fact-finding body, rather than an advisory body that provides recommendations. Mr. Robinson noted that it was important for the committee members to be able to speak with one another spontaneously and on a continuous basis,Ž to accomplish the committees work as in as expeditious a fashion as possible. Members of the FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee include: Stephen Craig Robinson (Chairman) … Former U.S. District Court Judge and current partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Dr. Naim Akbar … Clinical Psychologist and Former President, National Association of Black Psychologists; Dr. Elizabeth Allan …Professor, University of Maine & Co-Director, The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention; Dr. Michael V. Bowie … Executive Director of Florida Fund for Minority Teachers & former national president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council; David Brewer … Former Vice Admiral of the United States Navy & Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Dr. Mary Madden … Professor, University of Maine & Co-Director, The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention; David Starnes … Band Director and Professor of Music at Western Carolina University. The FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee is an independent committee tasked with providing information on determining the most effective and indelible approach to end hazing on campus. This esteemed group includes a diverse mix of thought and policy leaders from across the country, with invaluable experience and expertise that is related to all aspects of hazing and its culture. The FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee will work in unison with the ongoing efforts of the FAMU community to address the issue of hazing. It is part of the Universitys comprehensive plan to end hazing at FAMU and was approved by the Board of Trustees on January 2. Childrens Book Introduces Readers to Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa BeachŽBy Ruby H. Happel-Holtz Like the 1989 animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven, the new book by Ruby H. Happel-Holtz, Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach (published by Trafford Publishing), shows that even cuddly pets can sometimes make bad decisions. Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach tells the story of Charlie, an orphan cat who is adopted by a toy Manchester dog named Benny (and his human family). When the family moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida, Charlie is in for some big changes. On Charlies first day at the beach he meets Mack and Snowball, two cats who become his new friends. But as the days pass, he encounters trouble after trouble. When Charlie is captured and taken to the pound, he must come to terms with his bad choice in friends and learn how to right his wrongs. In his new life, Charlie finds new friends and talents he didnt know he possessed. He learns important lessons about giving and loyalty, and he finally finds love. Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach illustrates for young readers the importance of surrounding themselves with supportive friends. As Charlie searching to belong,Ž readers see how loneliness can lead to poor decision-making and how talking about your feelings with your family can help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. Love,Ž says Happel-Holtz, is truly our ultimate goal, whether human or animal.Ž Sporting colorful characters and a clever plot, Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach is an entertaining and educational read.

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Man Killed Over JealousyA man was shot and killed over a dispute involving a woman. According to reports, 20-year-old Isaiah Alexander Boston saw Travis Jamaal Green, 21, walking down the street with Crystal Neal, Bostons ex-girlfriend. Neal is said to have only one child, which she had with Boston. Boston was said to have planned a barbecue with Neal that day, but she left to go to a friends house before the party. Her friend she went to meet was Green, who she had met on Facebook a week ago. Boston had told Neal to stop seeing Green and when she left to see him, he got a .380-caliber pistol and looked for them. Neal and Green were on their way to a nearby convenience store and Boston saw them walking together. He then approached the couple with the gun and ordered Green to the ground. Green ran and Boston started firing his gun in Greens direction. Three shots were fired and Green was struck once in the back killing him. Prosecutors say Boston killed Green because of jealousy. Neal also testified in court that after shooting Green, Boston told her, I ought to kill you, but I love you too much.Ž Boston got away, but when Neal was questioned by police about the shooting, she lied and said the shooter drove by in a white car. She later confessed the shooter was Boston. Boston was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.Man Kills Daughters BoyfriendA man was arrested after stabbing and killing a boy that his daughter was dating. Police said Carlos Dupree, 40, was arguing with Garcia Bannister, 18, about his relationship with his daughter and how he wanted him to have more responsibility. Dupree had been arguing with Bannister over the past two days. They were in the front yard and during the argument, Dupree went inside the home and came back with a butcher knife. Witnesses at the scene told police that Bannister punched Dupree before being fatally stabbed. When police arrived, they found Bannister lying in the driveway behind a vehicle. Police said there were stabbed wounds in the abdomen. Dupree admitted to the stabbing and was arrested for murder with no bond. Bannister was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star MARCH 24 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. Two Men Arrested for Armed Robbery Two men were arrested for robbing a man on the street with a firearm. Delvin Devonte Wells, 18, and Eric Purnell Gilyard Jr., 19, approached a 44-year-old man walking with a cane and demanded money, while pointing a gun at him. The man gave them some cash and a handgun. The two then disappeared without injuring the victim. Wells and Gilyard had run into an officer, who was looking for suspects responsible for a retail theft earlier that day. The officer let them go after finding out they were not involved in the theft. He then came across the victim, who had just been robbed and gave him the descriptions of the two suspects. The officer realized the descriptions matched those of Wells and Gilyard. The officer knew the names of the two suspects because he had encountered them in the past and issued warrants for both of them. Wells and Gilyard were arrested for robbery with a firearm and grand theft. Both are being held in lieu of $55,000 bond. Isaiah Boston Carlos Dupree Delvin Wells Eric Gilyard Jr.

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MARCH 24 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. Pickpockets Tips for Men € The target areas are back trouser pockets, and suitcoat and sports jacket pockets, located both inside and out. A pickpocket generally avoids front trouser pockets, and especially buttoned or zippered pockets. € If you have to carry your wallet in an unbuttoned jacket, coat or pants pocket, be sure it holds only what you can afford to lose. Keep large sums of money, credit cards, IDs, etc., in your front pocket or any buttoned or zippered pocket. Some people even place a rubber band around their wallet, because the rubber band creates friction and rubs against the fabric of your pocket if someone is attempting to remove it without your knowledge. The best place for keys is on a chain attached to your clothing. € Never pat your pocket to see if your wallet is there … this lets a criminal know the exact location of your valuables. € Larger-size pocket secretariesŽ are particularly inviting to pickpockets, and relatively easy to steal Tips for Women € Do NOT carry your wallet in your purse. Conceal it in a buttoned or zippered pocket where it doesnt show a bulge. € Use a purse that is difficult to open. A purse with a zipper or snaps is best. € If you are carrying a shoulder bag, place the strap(s) diagonally across your body, as opposed to carrying it on one shoulder. This keeps the purse in front of you, instead of at your side or behind you, which sometimes happens with purses with long straps. If you are carrying a hand bag, then make sure to hold it close to the front of your body, instead of holding it on your wrist or loosely in your hand. € Never leave your purse unattended on a store counter or in a grocery shopping cart. Tips for Travelers No one ever expects to have their vacation or business trip interrupted by a criminal act, but there are additional precautions that you can take to help ensure a safe, enjoyable trip: € Pack a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen. Consider scanning this information and e-mailing it to yourself. € Keep a list, separate from your wallet, of contact numbers to report lost credit cards. € Dont wander into risky areas alone or at night, and try to avoid buses that are standing room only.Ž € Its always a good idea to carry your valuables in a money belt and leave your expensive jewelry at home. Your Safety Four Arrests Made in Two Different Cases Involving Firearms Two men were arrested after selling a machine gun to an undercover ATFagent. Thomas Pratt, 41, and Greg Manning, 47, negotiated with an undercover ATF agenet and agreed to sell a machine gun. The two men met up with the agent and were arrested when trying to sell the gun. Pratt had three other loaded firearms on him and he is said to have been convicted before for sale of cocaine and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Manning also has a criminal history including charges for armed robbery, burglary, escape, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Pratt was sentenced to seven years and three months and Manning was sentenced to eight years and four months. Two other men was arrested in an unrelated case. Deandre Jajuan Perkins, 27, and Stevelein Bivins, 24, reportedly broke into a home and stole 17 firearms. Perkins was arrested within the next few hours. According to reports, he was on probation for selling drugs and has two prior felony convictions. He has also been arrested before for arrmed burglary, and grand theft. Bivins also has been arrested previously for armed robbery. Perkins was sentenced to 10 years, while Bivins has not yet been sentenced yet. Thomas Pratt Greg Manning Deandre Perkins Stevelein Bivins Man Fires Gun in a Park A man was arrested after firing a gun in a park. Calls were being made to police about shots being fired at around 7:30 p.m. A description was given about a black male wearing all purple. An officer arrived to the area and saw a man that fit the description, leaning against a maroon vehicle. The officer approached the man, who started running. He was caught shortly thereafter and a loaded 9mm handgun and extra ammunition was found in the mans pocket. A spent ammo casing was also found on the ground behind the vehicle. Joshua Javon Bell, 18, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Joshua Bell

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Woman Slits Sons Throat and Stomps on His Chest to Get Rid of Demons Magnolia, TXA man had come home one day and found his son covered in blood with his throat slashed. When police came, 45-year-old mother Daphne Spurlock, had told them she was reading the Bible with her son and she had realized he was possessed with demons. When she came to believe that there were demons inside her son, she slit his throat and stomped on his chest to release them. Her husband said she was a strong believer in Christ and claimed that she had been hearing voices of Jesus in her head for some time. He was shocked when he started hearing her cuss a week ago. He said he was not involved in this incident and was surprised by it as his wife never did anything to harm their son. Spurlock was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder. The son went through surgery and is expected to survive. Parents Leave Children at Home to Fly to Las Vegas Chicago, ILA 12-year-old boy had told his teacher that his parents had left hima nd his sister for two days, while they flew to Las Vegas. The teacher then called police and the police later arrived at the apartment to find the children alone. An aunt was contacted to take care of the m until their parents came back. The couple were enjoying their time in Vegas as they updated their Facebook with statuses such as Bout to hit the Strip ClubŽ and saying that it would be Hangover Part 3.Ž When the parents, Shanpreta Howard, 34, and Antowain Johnson, 36, returned, they turned themselves and they were both charged with two misdemeanor counts each of child endangerment. MARCH 24 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Chokes Her Baby Six Times in Hospital A woman was arrested after she was caught choking her 11-month-old daughter in a hospital. 21-year-old Alexis Keanna Feltons daughter was hospitalized for unknown reasons, but when they were left alone, Felton started going for her daughters nek. Felton did not realize that there was a camera that was recording her every move. She was seen choking the baby up to six times and the baby could be seen struggling and gasping for breath. On the last choke, the baby became unconscious and the medical machines began to beep, which alerted the nurses. When the nurses came, Felton told them something was wrong with the baby. Police became involved and Felton denied hurting her baby, but later admitted to it. Felton was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted homicide and is being held without bond. Reports say the baby remains hospitalized and is in protective custody. Honest Man Lists Occupation as Drug DealerŽ A man was arrested after stabbing another man at a party and it seemed as if he had no problem with honesty when dealing with the police. Deaundre C. Barnes, 22, had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend at a party that was going on in a house. He then started arguing with 23-year old Thomas Grippos girlfriend and Grippo intervened, starting a fight with Barnes. Barnes allegedly stabbed Grippo, but Grippo told police he didnt realize he had been stabbed until he saw he was bleeding when he got home later. When Barnes was confronted by police, he refused to talk and isntead said, Im going to jail anyways.Ž When listing his occupation on his arrest papers, he wrote down drug dealer.Ž Barnes prior convictions include charges of cocaine sales and delivery as well as cocaine possession. Barnes was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and violating his probation. He is being held without bail. Woman Holds Man Hostage and Tortures Him for Money Chicago, ILWith the help of a few gang members, Elizabeth Perry, 21, kidnapped a man that she knew and forced him into a vehicle. Perry tortured him with lit cigarettes and told him to make calls to raise $5,000 for his freedom. She then took his keys and went to his home to steal some items. While she was inside the home, the victim was beaten and jumped by the gang members. When she came back to the vehicle, they drove around the neighborhood as she started torturing him again. The man was not able to raise $5,000, so he was released. Elizabeth Perry was arrested and charged with armed robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. She is also being held on $150,000 bond. Man Goes Berzerk, Goes on Shooting Rampage, and Runs Over Daughter Bartholomew Granger, 41, was at the courthouse for his trial on sexually assaulting his daughter Samantha Jackson, 20. While driving his pickup truck, Granger started opening fire and going on a shooting rampage. He had lost his mind and started shooting everywhere, killing a 79year-old woman and injuring three other people. He then ran over his daughter and police began shooting at Grangers truck, until it became disabled. Granger then went inside a nearby building, where he held hostages. SWAT soon responded and approached the building. Granger had been shot earlier on in the shootout and the hostages were able to take his gun away as he was growing weak. He then surrendered and was arrested on murder charges. His daughter was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Granger is being held on $4 million bond. Deaundre Barnes Alexis Felton

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MARCH 24, 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: Demetria Shawntez Frieden Age: 17 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 2/25/12 Name: Natwanda L. Baker Age: 16 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 3/02/12 Name: Lacandria Bryant Age: 16 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 3/01/12 Name: Dontavious Frazier Age: 16 Weight: 135 lbs Last seen: 3/09/12 Name: Mikera Dyeronda Gainey Age: 17 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 1/19/12MOSTWANTED Bank RobberyPatrol officers responded to a robbery at a bank. Witnesses stated that the suspect approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money and that if she ran he would shoot her. The teller provided money to the suspect and he fled the scene. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name:Johnny ArneusOffense: Obstruct Crime Investigation Name:Bonita Laverne ArringtonOffense:Give Officer False Name Name: Glenroy BainOffense:Fail to Return Rented Vehicle Name: Jeffery Verdell Banks Offense: Threatens to Use Any Firearm Name: Chalson Baptiste Offense: Organized Fraud Under $20,000 Name: Anthony Eugene Benbow Offense: Carjack w/Deadly Weapon



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On Friday, Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said that Kahron Ali Warnke, 33, of Jacksonville was killed due to an apparent road-rage. It was reported that around 3 p.m. Friday at Jammes and 103rd Street, Warnke and Brad Lippincott of Gainesville had a run in and it appears that gun shots were fired, even though Warnke had his child in the back seat. Warnke tried to drive away after the gunfire and crashed about a block away. Lippincott was not injured but did call 911 after leaving the scene. Lippincott was arrested and charged with manslaughter and discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of people. Fourteen employees of the Elizabeth R. Welborn law firm in Deerfield Beach, Florida, started a tradition a few months ago they called, pay-day Friday. On that day, they would wear orange shirts. However, new management saw it as a slap at the firm and on this past pay day, all of the employees who wore the orange shirts were given pink slips. Oh yes, it was thought that orange was the defining color of The Sunshine State so the pink did not match. One of the paralegals of the firm tried to explain that the wearing of the shirts had become an innocent happy hour tradition but was told they did not buy her story. In the state of Florida, all employees are presumed to be at will according to reports. Therefore, at will employees may be terminated for any reason, so long as that reason is not illegal. It is also understood that if the workers were in fact wearing the shirts as a protest against working conditions, they would have been protected under federal law. The U.S. Postal Service said they see no financial relief in sight so they are cutting more than 260 mail processing centers around the country as part of their billion-dollar-cost-cutting effort. Such a cut will make mail delivery a little bit slower for first-class mail. The cuts means about 35,000 jobs. This all stems from the declining mail volume as many no longer pay their bills through the mail but through the Internet. The cuts started in May. Whitney Houston died because of a combination of cocaine, heart disease and, ultimately, drowning. The L.A. County coroner's office released its toxicology report on Whitney Houston's death on Thursday. The report, according to news stories said that, "It's possible she fell asleep," stated cardiologist Gina Lundberg, medical director of the Heart Center for Women at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta. "Based on the fact that the coroner lists drowning first would suggest she was alive when she went under the water, so she didn't have a heart attack first." The Los Angeles County coroner's preliminary report Thursday found heart disease had caused blockages in Houston's arteries, common in drug users, but could not determine whether she had a heart attack. She died on February 12, 2012. She was 48 years of age. Millions of Americans are hungry for justice in the death of Trayvon Martin and after the rally of nearly 30,000 people of all colors, attended a rally organized and led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, appointed Duval Countys Angela Corey to lead the case as prosecutor. The Chief of Police of Stanford, Florida stepped down as chief, but only temporarily. What is making so many people upset is the fact that the city manager, who says he has had experience of being mistreated because he is black, had the power to fire the chief or put him on temporary leave. He did not. Even though the killing of Trayvon Martin has really been a major part of the news during the past few days, the incident is still top of the news and in different social media. Trayvon Martin was 17 years of age and visiting his father in a gated community. The killer stated that his shooting of Trayvon Martin was an act of self defense, even though Trayvon was only carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. The Florida Star, in a telephone interview Wednesday with Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson, Senator Gibson, who moved up from state representative to state senator last year, stated, Let me be clear, I voted against this flawed legislation when it raised its ugly head in 2005, and today we see exactly why a no vote was exactly the right thing to do. As a vocal member of the Florida House at the time the bill was heard, as then, Representative Gibson, I debated and voted against the bill in 2005. The overriding issue in my mind was that people are far too judgmental about the appearance of an individual to be allowed to shoot someone at will if they feel threatened. The results of this flawed legislation have manifested itself in this most unfortunate incident involving the murder of a young man who did absolutely nothing wrong. I send my condolences to the family and call on the Governor to convene a Special Session of the Legislature to bring this law before the appropriate committees and finally to the Floor for a vote to rectify the egregious situation created by a 39-0 vote in the Senate and a 94-20 vote in the House.TrayvonContinued A-2 yyy0vjghnqtkfcuvct0eqo Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store? Have Vjg"Uvct Delivered! Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct R0"Q0"Dqz"6284; Lcemuqpxknng."HN"54425 Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct. Vjg"Igqtikc"Uvct# Korcev"Tcfkq CO3582 *;26+"988/::56 UKPEG"3;73 Trayvon is Dead Why? Ykppgtu"/"Rtgr"Tcr 14 Fired for Wearing Orange Shirts Yjkvpg{"Jqwuvqpu" Fgcvj"Tgrqtv"Tgngcugf Hnqtkfc"Igpgtcn"Dcrvkuv"Eqpxgpvkqp Eqokpi"vq"Lcemuqpxknng"May bring President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton The 137th Annual Session of the Florida General Baptist Convention, Inc. will be held in Jacksonville, April 26, 2012. The meetings will be at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, Downtown Jacksonville. The official opening begins on Monday at 10:30 a.m. There will be a musical concert, women in white grand march, worship services and much more. President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton were both invited and Rev. Sharpton has already confirmed his appearance which will be during the Social Justice Hour at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday. HTGG"VKEMGVU Ecnn";26/988/::56 Shown above is the Rev. Al Sharpton with his mother some years ago. Mrs. Ada Sharpton died Thursday morning while her sons were on the way to Florida to fight for justice. Mrs. Sharpton was 87 years of age. She died in Dothan, Alabama following a long sickness. Rev. Sharpton said he went on with his schedule in his fight for the Martins because that is what his mother would have wanted him to do. He added that he would make arrangements for his mother after the rally in Sanford. Lcpkeg"Fqdkg."uvknn"ygctkpi jgt"qtcpig"ujktv"chvgt dgkpi"hktgf0 Kpvgttcekcn"Octtkcig Jacksonville Man Killed in Road Rage Kv"ku"vkog"hqt"vjg"Cogtkecp"rgqrng"vq"ujqy"tgurgev"vq"qwt"rtgukfgpv"cpf"vq"gcej"qvjgt0As Rev. Sharpton says: We accepted many things in the past. But then we reach a point where we can no longer accept. Iq"vq"vjg"Ektewu Iq"vq"vjg"oqxkgu/Ugg Cogtkecp"Tgwpkqp Tgx0"Cn"Ujctrvqp Nqugu"Oqo Even though the number of interracial marriages in the U. S. has reached an all-time high, a recent poll revealed that 29% of voters in Mississippi believe that interracial marriage should be illegal. Fifty-four percent said intermarriage should remain legal and the other percentage said they were not sure. The last U.S. anti-miscegenation laws were lifted in 1967. Even though, many mixed-race couples dont feel they are completely safe and accepted. Mcjtqp"Cnk"Yctpmg Dtcf"Cpftgy Nkrrkpeqvv."52 Vjg"Tgx0"Ft0"Lcogu Ucoruqp."Rtgukfgpv."Hnqtkfc Igpgtcn"Dcrvkuv"Eqpxgpvkqp cpf"rcuvqt"qh"Hktuv"Pgy"\kqp Okuukqpct{"Dcrvkuv"Ejwtej. Lcemuqpxknng0 Oqtg"vjcp":22"Lqdu"Eqokpi"vq Lcemuqpxknng"vjtqwij"9/Gngxgp Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed 7-Eleven convenient stores back to the Jacksonville area. While welcoming 7-Eleven, Governor Rick Scott thanked the Florida Legislature for passing his 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda to spur job growth by lowering the cost of living, 7-Eleven is the worlds largest convenience store chain with 44,700 stores in 16 countries. W0"U0"Rquvcn"Ugtxkeg"Ocmkpi"Ewvu

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PAGE A-2 THE STAR MARCH 24, 2012 Kp"Nqxkpi"Ogoqt{"qh" O{"JwudcpfLqjp"V0"YknnkcouIt has been one year since your death Gone but not forgotten. We love and miss your voice, laughter & smiles and all the times we spent together. Lots of love. Your wife Deborah, children and Grandchildren. 10-24-47 03-24-11 39vj"Iqurgn"Ukpikpi"Cppkxgtuct{"qh"Fgceqp"Yknnkg"Mktmncpf Uwpfc{."Crtkn"3..""4234"B"8<22"r0o0 Itgcvgt"Pgy"Oqwpv"Oqtkcj"Okuukqpct{"Dcrvkuv"Ejwtej 3;75"Yguv";vj"Uvtggv Lcemuqpxknng."Hnqtkfc"5442; Apparently, the governor had the same feeling and put together a task force under the direction of Angela Corey. It is believed that in her pattern of tough law, justice will be served. Trayvon was shot by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch member, who was the self appointed captain. Martin was walking back to his fathers house after going to the convenient store to purchase a bag of skittles and a bottle of Arizona iced tea. Zimmerman felt that under the Stand Your Ground Law, Florida House Bill 249 passed as Senate Bill 436. The bill was passed in 2005. Florida was the first state in the union to pass such a law. It was supposingly designed to help those who have been challenged but the way it is written, if there is not a witness, the person actually committing the crime and the other getting killed, could stage the murder. It is apparent that this was thought of when it was stated in a later police report that Zimmerman had blood on the back of his head and his shirt was wet. No consideration was given the fact that it was raining the reason Trayvon was wearing his hood. What Zimmerman did not know was the fact that Trayvon was on the telephone talking to his girl friend while he was following him and can testified on what she heard. He also did not consider the fact that he was about 100 pounds heavier than the 17 year old Trayvon when he claimed he was the one calling for help. Another thing, neighbors heard the cries and are able to say that the voice that was crying out for help was not the voice of Zimmerman. After a short stay with the Stanford Sheriffs office, Zimmerman was allowed to leave, taking his 9mm gun and his wet shirt, getting no attention for his head which was possibly a self-inflicted wound. What is also bothering is that Zimmerman has not been seen since the incident. It is reported that he is white but his father said he is hispanic. Is he still in the neighborhood or in the country? This Florida law really is a license to kill if wished by stating that the accused is a threat, therefore, there is a right to kill. Congresslady Corrine Brown said while on the Florida Stars radio show that it was she that ordered the 911 tapes to be released. Once the tapes were released it was pointed out that much of the evidence that would have been helpful, had disappeared, changed or not considered. After the rally in Sanford on Thursday, far beyond what the city of Sanford or its officers would have dreamed of, and with the help of all media, radio, newspapers, TV and social, a thorough investigation can be done and those who thought as in the past, the matter would go away will no longer have the ground to stand on. Remember, it was Sanford, Florida where on Christmas night, 1951, Civil rights leader Harry T. Moore and his wife were fatally injured at home by a bomb that went off beneath their house. It was the Moores' twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Moore died on the way to the hospital in Sanford Florida. His wife Harriette V. Moore died from her injuries nine days later. If Zimmerman is not prosecuted, how many extremists will see this as license to declare open season on your son, your daughter, your husband, your wife? Where is the safety net? This law will become a new age version of lynching, as stated in other reports. Vtc{xqpContinued from A-1

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ALLEN, Harold Nelson, 60, died March 17, 2012. BANTHER, Richard Larry, 66, died March 15, 2012. BARDOUILLE Rudolph, 78, died March 15, 2012. C.L. Page Mortuary, Inc. BASINET, Buddy Alan, 47, died March 15, 2012. BECKHAM, Leona Will, 93, died March 17, 2012. BERRY, Bernard Israel, 67, died March 19, 2012. BOOTH, Emory Edsel, Jr., 60, died March 13, 2012. BROWN, Susie, 73, died March 16, 2012. CAMPBELL-FINN Desiree, died March 16, 2012. CARBONI, Delores Ann, 89, died March 18, 2012. CARSON, Stephen Howard, 59, died March 15, 2012. CRANK Carol Louise Marcy, 57, died March 14, 2012. CREWS, Edward L., 68, died March 17, 2012. DAVIS, Ronald Lee, 72, died March 18, 2012. DESMORE, Frances Virginia, died March 17, 2012. DOUGLAS Laura M., 92, died March 15, 2012. EDWARDS, Anne Maureen, 59, died March 16, 2012. FUSCO, Claude E., III, 31, died March 15, 2012. GLISSON, Ruby, 91, died March 19, 2012. HENDERSON, Betty Jean, 78, died March 17, 2012. HENDERSON, Baby Girl Elaina Mae, 3 months, died March 14, 2012. JACKSON, Julia H., 80, died March 20, 2012. JEFFERSON, Carolyn Joyce, 61, died March 17, 2012. JOHNSON, Erving J, Jr., 75, died March 17, 2012. LENZEN, Adeline, 99, died March 18, 2012. LYKINS, Harold B., 54, died March 14, 2012. MANGHAM, Virginia Ann Jenny, 64, died March 17, 2012. MURPHY, Edward D., 92, died March 18, 2012. PAIGE, Catherine, 75, died Marcy 18, 2012. PARKER, Willie Clyde, Sr., died Marcy 16, 2012. PATRICK, Patricia Pat, 81, died March 20, 2012. ROBERTS, Edward Moss, Jr., 92, died March 17, 2012. RYAN, Tim, died March 17, 2012. SCOTT, Leonard Bernard, Sr., died March 19, 2012. SIMMONS, Charles Lee, Jr., died March 18, 2012. SOLOMON, Marlene Stacea, 20, died March 18, 2012. SPEARMAN, Ronald Rock, 80, died March 16, 2012. STUMPF, Harry, died March 17, 2012. THOMAS, Ruben Howard, III, 24, died March 18, 2012. THOMAS, Willie A., 55, died March 16, 2012. C.L. Page Mortuary, Inc. TURNER Lyn E., 63, died March 19, 2012. VANCE, Gino, died March 17, 2012. WANLESS Muriel, 91, died March 18, 2012. WILSON, Deborah L., 58, died March 20, 2012. ZARRELLA Anthony D., 80, died March 17, 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 MARCH 24, 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. AgapeFuneral Home and Cremation Services (904) 683-90931248 W. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208 Serving you with the finest in Professional Quality Funeral and Cremation Services with both financing and Affordability The Caring Professionals We would like to thank all of the many families that have allowed us the privilege of serving them. 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 To all Catholics, Jews, Baptist, Lutheran, COGIC, Muslims, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, Non-Denominational, etc. I have one question to Ask Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?Austin Christian Academy for the Development of Excellence and Leadership, Inc.Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) 12th Grade Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a quality education program aimed to help your child enter school prepared and ready to learn. A Florida Drivers License and the childs Birth Certificate are required for enrollment. A Social Security number for the child is also preferred, if available. Offering : A Beka Program, Arts and Crafts, Music/Computer Lab, Tutoring, Teen Parent Service Center, Field Trips, Extended Day 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Alternative Education, Community Hours NOW ENROLLING When: Monday Friday (9a.m. 5 p.m.) Where: 6901 N. Main St. (Greater Israel Baptist Church located on the corner of 59th and Main St.) Audrey A. White, Principal 6901 N. Main St., Jacksonvillle, FL 32208 (904) 647-5065 (904) 333-4290 We are redefining the world in which children live! MT. LEBANON MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 9319 Ridge Blvd., invites you to their 30th Church and the 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Freddie Summer. The theme is Gods people walking in expectation. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. Psalm 62:5. March 25th Pastor Jeremiah Robinson, Jr., New Zion BC, Fernandina Beach, FL. 904527-1762 FAMILIES OF SLAIN CHILDREN, INC. presents its Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2pm. 3108 North Myrtle Ave. in Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 683-4986 or www.fosci.org. GREATER NEW MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1953 West 9th St., in Jacksonville, with Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr., as Pastor, is having the 17th Gospel Singing Anniversary of Deacon Willie Kirkland, Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Featured Guest: Gospel Tones, C.E. Lancy Choir, New Creations, Sweet Inspiration, Gospel Shepperds, Victory Gospel Singers, The Scott Family, Spiritualistics, Gospel Caravans, New Spirit Travelers, Sisters of Praise, Men of Praise, Royal Spirituals, Spiritone, Gods House of Worship-Pastor Michael Howliet, Brother Floyd Perkins and others. For more information, call (904) 713-9183. Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement, Inc. ( JLOC,MMM ), a non-profit local organization will 'Give-A-Way Clothes', Saturday, March 24th at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street. The time is 11:00 a.m. til 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement, visit our website: www.real pagessite.com/jacksonvilleloc or call 904-240-9133 Call (904) 418-9137For live interviews (7:00 PM 9:00 PM) on Empowering Word Network & to rapp or sing your Gospel song on the phone! You may be selected for our Bless The Mic concert/contest! The winner will receive a FREE (3) song demo CD & Contract. The winner will also appear on the BLESS THE MIC TV Show and 24/7 Praise Radio on Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.Send your CD(s) and information to P.O. Box 11835, Jacksonville, FL 32239

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The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will host a community forum, African-American Women Speak Out!, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m., at the Florida Times-Union building, 1 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Moderated by Angela Spears and Dr. Roy Singleton, the panel is comprised of AttorneyBrenda Priestly-Jackson, JuCoby Pittman-Peele Fahmeeda Veal, The Honorable Betty Burney Senator Audrey Gibson, Marsha Dean Phelts, and Vanessa Davis. Some of the critical issues they will present are: health, education, community activism, leveraging the political process, surviving the economic environment, and more. For more information visit ASALHs website at www.asalh-jaxfl.org. or contact Ok Sun Burks Second VicePresident, Membership and Community Forum Chairperson, at (904) 707-2106. The mission of ASALH is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black life, history and culture to the global community. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Meet ASALHs Community Forum Panelists Marsha Dean Phelts, Fahmeeda Veal, and Vanessa Davis,Marsha Dean Phelts is a charter member of the James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH. A lifetime activist, she has continuously contributed time and services to empower people in their communities. Marsha graduated magna cum laude from Florida A & M University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library Science. She achieved the Masters Degree in Education in 1969 and by 1974 was certified in Supervision and Administration. Marsha enjoys retirement while authoring several books An American Beach for African Americans The American Beach Cookbook and The American Beach Book of Homes She has written the monograph, St. Philips Episcopal Church: History and Heritage (2003), The Florida Stars Monarch: A Special Tribute to MaVynee Betsch The Beach Lady, (2005, and The Boy From Jessie Street (2008) with Landon Williams. She is also a freelance writer for The Florida Star, Northeast Floridas oldest African American newspaper. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fahmeeda Veal is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She has a zeal for helping people to be the best that they can be, which she demonstrates through her lifes work. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country located in southern Africa. Fahmeeda is a graduate of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She has traveled the United States speaking at womens healing conferences for Hazelden and Betty Ford Foundations. Because she grew up in a home where the family was conscious of the food eaten, Fahmeeda is dedicated to sharing The Ripple Effect, the integrative relationship and benefits of primary and secondary foods on mind, body, and spirit. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vanessa Davis is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a recent graduate of the University of South Florida. Vanessa holds Bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. She has worked arduously in the campaigns to elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. This talented young woman stays connected with her community by being a part of special events around Jacksonville and maintaining a blog about Florida politics. She is the daughter of Jacksonville resident, Martha Davis and the late Joseph Davis, Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ American Legion Post #197 (a.k.a. The Post) Salutes Women Veterans. Legionnaire Glenda Baxter and ASALHs Ok Sun Burks were guest speakers at The Posts 3 rd annual celebration of women veterans. Glenda delivered an inspirational message, Dont Give Up Your Dreams. Ok Sun spoke about investing ones free time in volunteer pursuits and introduced the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The program was ably officiated by Legionnaire Denise Mathis. In a gracious gesture, Legionnaire Joann Miller, event chairperson, presented signed Certificates of Appreciation to all who were in attendance.SURPRISE!Happy 50 th Birthday City Councilman Reginald Reggie Brown PAGE A-4 THE STAR MARCH 24, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Past Post Commander Reg Laurence, Clive Simon, and Nick Baxter L-R, Kenneth Burnette, Frank Butler, Edward Armstrong, Yurisa Perez, Binh Luong, and Rondell McPherson Chaplain Fredrick Humphries Tre' Divas, left-right, Meka Sims and Timothea "Tim" Morris. Not shown, Tie Cooper Mayor Alvin Brown and honoree, Councilman Reggie Brown Councilman Jim Love surrounded by lovelies Dennis Wade surrounded by the lovelies Legionnaire Glenda Baxter showing candleholder from Glenda's Healing Giftware Men of Kappa Alpha Psi surround their Frat Brother, Reggie Brown Party Organizer Ken Middleton with Ok Sun Burks Event Chairperson, Joann Miller, Ok Sun Burks, and M.C. Denise Mathis

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By Dan Evans, Florida Star Reporter Photo by Frank M. Powell, III, photographer for The Florida Star Bang Bang, Shootem Upsounds like something out of an Al Capone movie. Murder and drive by shootings have become the News for the day. Whether the Westside, North side, Southside, Eastside, Arlington, Riverside or Mandarin, no community is safe. Several years ago MADDADS (Men against Destruction Defending against Drugs and SocialDisorder) began a campaign called BREAK THE CODE OF SILENCE. Joining with community organizations, families and JSO, the members of MADDADS walked communities asking residents to break the code of silence and do something. Take back your streets and communities by not letting the criminal off the hook. Community members were asked to call crime stoppers (they could get a reward and nobody will know) at 866845-8477 of MADDADS at 904 781-0905. March 11, 2012 Bernard Cason became a member of the drive by murdered list. Police Reports indicate Mr. Cason was sitting in his truck mindng is own business, watching a video production taping. Witnesses say the wrong person was shot and Mr. Cason was a victim of wrong identity. Joining in an initiative called PIECE (your gun) for PEACE to get murderers off the streets Councilman Reggie Brown, and MADDADS members joined the Cason family and knocked on doors in the Washington Estates Dr. and Soutel area, asking residents to make a difference and break the code of silence. Councilman Brown and Donald Foy were asking the young men, young girls, dope boys and gang members to change their thinking. You have the guns; dont shoot just to be shooting. Think; lay down your PIECE for PEACE. You can learn more about PIECE / PEACE by looking at MADDADS on Facebook. Stop The Violence in Our City. When good people do nothing, the criminals go free. PIECE /PEACE Around The Area Around The Area PAGE A-6 THE STAR MARCH 24, 2012 PIECE / PEACE The Sophisticated Gents At The State Capitol State Senator Audrey Gibson and Joan Turner, Program Manager for Independent Living, standing with Jacksonvilles Sophisticated Gents. The group was in Tallahassee for Floridas Annual Ambassadors for Aging Day. Governor Scott and Senator Gibson spoke to the seniors representing their cities from all over Florida. Two of Jacksonvilles seniors were recognized with trophies for their activities in sports. Many of the Florida seniors also performed and danced. It was an enjoyable occasion. BeginningSunday, April 1, 2012JoinThe Florida Star The Georgia Star on issues and answerswithClara McLaughlin-Leathand Guest on92.5 FM Radiofrom 6:30 A.M.to 7:00 A.M.As you prepare for your Morning Worship Tune-In forA Real ImpactThe Florida Star, serving since 1951, still The Peoples Choice, still Striving to Make a Difference. Fifth Third Bank Presents Jacksonville Urban League With A Gift to Conclude African-American History Maker CampaignJacksonville, Fla. Fifth Third Bank (North Florida) recently presented the Jacksonville Urban League with a $2,000 check as part of its African-American History Maker Campaign. During a month-long promotion, Fifth Third partnered with Jacksonvilles V 101.5 (WSOL-FM) radio station to highlight an AfricanAmerican history maker each weekday. Orange Park resident Valerie Hazzard was one of 20 $50 MasterCard gift card winners who called into the station after listening to a vignette featuring an AfricanAmerican history maker during Black History Month. Hazzard won the $1,000 grand prize chosen at the conclusion of the month and also had the opportunity to select the Jacksonville Urban League to receive the $2,000 charity donation from Fifth Third Bank. These campaigns are a testament to Fifth Thirds culture of diversity and inclusion and a way in which to honor the life-changing contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month, said Nathaniel Herring, market president for Fifth Third Bank (North Florida). It not only underscores the commitment Fifth Third Bank has to serving all customers in our market, but also enables us to give back to a non-profit organization that serves the important, specific needs within our local community. The Jacksonville Urban League is a social service organization that empowers the underserved community to succeed socially, professionally and economically.

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By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor TURKSANDCAICOS:In the past few years, Michael Missick has been credited as the man who singlehandedly toppled an island nation for his personal gain. The former husband of The Players Club actress and reality star LisaRaye McCoy has been over the years been forced to resigned as Premier (comparable to President) of the Turks and Caicos Islands, found himself in public fights with his ex-wife, been accused of rape and more. Now, according to a press release, Missick says he is seeking political asylum outside of his home nation because he feels he is being persecuted. On March 19, the Special Investigations and Prosecution Team (SIPT) confirmed that they obtained an arrest warrant for Missick. A Red Notice was also issued for Missck, authorized by the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol). Said a statement from SIPT: For the past several months the SIPT has sought to secure the attendance of Mr Misick at its offices in Providenciales in respect of allegations of corruption and money laundering during his time in office. Every opportunity has been given to Mr Misick to voluntarily surrender to the SIPTs jurisdiction for interview. Despite previous indications from Mr Misicks solicitors that he would attend for interview, he has failed to do so. Let be clear. I am not a fugitive, and will never be a fugitive. I have applied for political asylum from another country and I am merely seeking protection from political persecution. I will continue to bring challenges to clear my name and that of my government and colleagues. I dream to return to my homeland as an independent, victorious, proud and free nation. Misick said he is convinced that he is being persecuted because of his views and firm plan to move the Turks and Caicos Islands towards Independence This plan goes counter to the British and their supporters in the Turks and Caicos Islands That is why stories were fabricated by the opposition, the British and their supporters in order to call for a Commission of Inquiry he added. There is no way that I, or any of the persons that have been accused by Helen Garlick and her team, can get a fair trial.The British Government, aided by two governors, Gordon Wetherell and now Ric Todd, have abolished our fundamental right to jury trial. They have also suspended democracy. The Governor and the prosecutor control the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. They have changed so many laws such as the Proceeds of Crime Bill, laws pertaining to evidence, laws pertaining to hearsay all in an attempt to convict me and my colleagues. If we have done something illegal why is there a need to change so many laws in order to secure a conviction?he said. Why could we not be tried under the same system that thousands of people were tried under over the years? Why did they have to abolish our Parliament and the Executive? Is it so that they, including the prosecutor, can change the laws and the entire judicial system uninhibited without the normal checks and balances that exist in a democracy to ensure their goal which is the conviction of me and my colleagues? This is a complete set-up for a modern-day John Crow political lynching,he said. I will not be part of that. I have therefore sought protection from another country in accordanc e with the United Nations Convention on Human Rights and the human rights laws of that country, as it is my right to do and the right of any person that is being politically persecuted. MARCH 24, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor BARBADOS: Soca queen Allison Hinds is taking her message of female empowerment from her songs and putting it into action. The energetic, Roll It Gal singer launched The Alison Hinds Wonderland Foundation at the recent Ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives, just in time for International Womens Day. The Foundation is said to serve as a catalyst for transformational human development and community change by supporting programs and services that improve the quality of life for girls, women, and families worldwide. Hinds plans to put emphasis on Personal and Leadership Development for Girls and Women; Entrepreneurship for Girls and Women; Education and Career Development for Girls and Women; Health and Wellness Issues; Financial Literacy for Girls and Women; Eradication of Domestic Violence and Family Strengthening. Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes are pictured as they walk pass officers of the Royal Bahamas Defene Force to enter St. Barnabas Church for the Force's Annual Church Service March 18th. (BIS Photo / Derek Smith) Bahamas Defene Force Annual Church Sevice IAm Not A Fugitive: Lisa Rayes,Former Premier of Turks And Caicos, Michael Missick Wanted By International Cops Queen Of Soca Allison Hinds Launches Womens Foundation The wedding of American actress LisaRaye McCoy to Premier Michael Missick was a media frenzy attended by even Essence Magazine as the above photo shows. The events leading to the very public demise of their marriage has been described as a fairytale gone bad. Canon Basil Tynes, rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, preaches the Sermon during the Royal Bahamas Defene Force Annual Church Service March 18, St. Barnabas. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes are seated at the front. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Minister of National Security Hon. Tommy Turnquest speaks from the podium during the Royal Bahamas Defene Force Annual Church Service March 18 at St. Barnabas Parish. (BIS Photo / Derek Smith) Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes (pictured front) head the list of Government Officials present for the Annual Royal Bahamas Defene Force Service (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

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MARCH 24, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDASECTION B A Senior Celebration Mayor Brown and Marion Lamb RSVP Cordinator Cathedral Townhouse Mayor Brown and RSVP Volunteers Mayor Brown and The Dazzling Diamonds By Dan Evans, The Florida Star Reporter Photos by Tonya Austin, City of Jacksonville PhotographerThe year was 1971 and one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the United States, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) begin to engage almost 450,000 people 55 and over in a wide range of volunteer activities. The motto, Lead With Experience, provided opportunities that helped solve serious problems concerning the elderly and youth in thousands of communities. Duval County in 1972, established one of the largest RSVP projects in Florida. Fast forward to 2011, over 600 RSVP volunteers made a difference in Duval County giving over 139 thousand hours of service valued at a reported $2,969,040. Thats over 2 million dollars. In the 2011, Annual Report 305 volunteers from 19 senior centers assisted with planning, implementing and coordinating activities serving 3,600 people. The activities included education, recreation, serving meals and providing community outreach projects. Over 25 SWAT volunteers (senior workers available today) served in short term assignments with over 35 partner agencies. The Ivy Summerlee Memorial Award for RSVP Volunteer of the Year awarded $4,000 to volunteers and their partnering agencies. Over 215 CARE (Concerned Adults Reaching Everyone) served on tenant councils, checked on frail and vulnerable residents. RSVP Tale Tellers gave their time to read weekly to groups of children. March 20,2012 Mayor Alvin Brown joined in the 39th Annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Celebration. Mike Buresh from Fox 30/CBS 47 served as Master of Ceremony. Mayor Brown is quoted saying Public service is a noble thing. To whom much is given much is required. Business people, civic leaders, community retirees giving back can not be measured in dollars and cents. Seniors make the difference in young peoples lives. Quoting Proverbs about training up a child...the Mayor stated he loves seniors because he was raised right. During his term the Mayor has formed a Senior Transition Policy Commission. During the awards Yvette Jefferson and Mary Holley received the Ivy Summerlee award, The Group award went to Mandarin Senior Center Bingo Group, 3rd place was received by Blenda Brown Centennial Towers, Elmer Lang, with partner Mary Singleton Senior Center got 2nd place and Grace Romeo with Mount Carmel Gardens walked away with 1st place. Entertainment was provide by Roger Glover and The Dazzling Diamonds. Music, door prizes and 50/50 drawings rounding out the afternoon with the 50/50 winner taking home over $300 dollars. QUOTE of The Afternoon GIVING OF TIME AND TALENT WE SET THE EXAMPLE Operation New Hope and AT&TFlip the Switch on a New Upgraded Computer Lab that will help Qualified Ex-offenders Research, Learn and Find New Jobs JACKSONVILLE, March 20, 2012 Operation New Hope, a faith-based nonprofit community development corporation, today powered-on a new and upgraded computer lab for the organizations Ready4Work program. Funding for the lab was recently provided through an AT&T $10,000 donation. Ready4Work is a nationally recognized program for non-violent/non-sexual exoffenders to provide participants necessary tools to re-enter the community workforce as productive and responsible citizens. The program provides hands-on case management, employment skills training, life-coaching and job placement assistance. AT&T and Operation New Hope celebrated the new lab with Ready4Work program participants as they officially flipped the switch on the new devices. The majority of Ready4Work program participants would otherwise not have access to a computer or the internet because they are not able to afford the expense of owning their own device. We recognize the significant role Operation New Hope plays in this community as these ex-offenders try to get their lives back on track, said Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Florida Heather Duncan. Were honored to be a part of something that helps change lives for the better. In addition to new computer devices, Ready4Work program participants will also have access to a new printer, also purchased with the dollars donated by AT&T. We are tremendously grateful for AT&T and this new computer lab, said Kevin Gay, Founder and President of Operation New Hope. By upgrading the training and learning environment of these ex-offenders, we can continue to bring a positive energy to their job search and commitment to positive life transformation. Quality tools and training leads to better quality of life, which means this is a very useful and meaningful gift from AT&T that supports our organization in a major way.

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DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER TO BILLIE WITH LOVE: A Celebration Of Lady Day, Saturday, March 31 8:00pm. Only at the Ritz. Contact 904-6325555 for more information, or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.. NACA AMERICAN DREAM TOUR COMES BACK TO JACKSONVILLE: Nations Big Banks join NACA to offer on site mortgage relief. Free Service Florida homeowners with unaffordable mortgages and underwater mortgages at Prime Osborn Convention Center, from March 30 April 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. daily. The program is open to owner/occupants and noninvestors. Sign up at www.naca.com or call 888-499-6222. KIDGITS EASTER EVENT on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. throughout the mall. Participate in various activities including bounce houses, duck-duck-bunny, animal encounters and much more! Kids will receive terrific take-home treats, including a set of pencil drumsticks (while supplies last), HOP stickers and an activity sheet. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Universal Studios Home Entertainment Easter events, visit www.simon.com/kidgits BLESSING OF THE FLEET, on 4-1-2012, at the Northbank Riverfront Park, Hogan Street Gazebo, Northbank Riverfront, Downtown Jacksonville. To participate in the 2012 Blessing of the Fleet or any other city-sponsored event as a volunteer, call (904) 630-3690 or email events@coj.net. Heart Downtown Application Mark your calender to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Operations Meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m., at the Main Library, Room G4. To attend, please RSVP to the director of district services, Amy Harrell, at (904) 634-0303 ext. 224. aCommunity Activities,continuedPAGE B 2 THE STAR MARCH 24, 2012 /Community Activities FIFTH THIRD BANK DRIVES FINANCIAL WELLNESS, Visitors to the bus receive one-on-one credit counseling, money management and budget advice and homeownership educational opportunities. Monday, April 23, 10 a.m. 2 p.m., Beaver Street Enterprise, 1225 West Beaver St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32204.For more information about the eBus, please contact Amanda Jones at (904) 4861927. 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Jacksonville Agricultural Fairgrounds, 501 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202. JACKSONVILLE SHARKS VS GEORGIA FORCE, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.630.3900. Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will hold open auditions for the hit musical THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. We are seeking a talented multicultural cast! For more information, please contact Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372 RIVER REGION CHILDREN'S HEALTH FAIR, will be hosting a health fair on Saturday, March 24th, at the Justina Community Center, 3101-3 Justina Rd. For more information, call 745-3063. TRASHY FASHION WEEK AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! On Saturday, March 24, the famous attraction will host a "Trashy Fashion Show" at 2 p.m. at Ripley's Museum at 19 San Marco Ave, .St. Augustine. Men, women and children are welcome to participate. For more information on the show, please follow Ripley's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys or www.facebook.com/redtrains. FILM: The Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam of John Cage on Monday, March 26, 2012, MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.366.6911. THE WOMENS CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE is proud to announce the second annual Womens Center of Jacksonville 2012 Speaker Series-Women, Words and Wisdom on Tuesday, March 27th featuring Charlene Taylor For ticket information go to www.womenscenterofjax.org or call (904) 722-3000 x 0. JACKSONVILLE FASHION WEEK: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Metropolitan Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.630.0837. JAKE SHIMABUKURO, Florida Theatre, this Friday, March 30, 2012, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.2787 for more information. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer in Florida. On Saturday, March 31, Jacksonville residents can attend a free educational program all about CVD from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204, and hear directly from area cardiologists. For more information visit http://www.scai.org/KWC. or call 800-9927224. AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN SPEAK OUT! at the Florida Times-Union office at One Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville Fl, 32202 on March 31, 2012 from 2:00pm 4:00pm. The public is invited to attend and participate by asking questions and making comments. For more information call 904-707-2106 or visit http://www.asalh-jaxfl. By:Lucius Gantt Five hundred years after Slavery Days in the United States we find that there are still more than a few people that think they can do anything they want to African American men, women and children and get away with it. Have you forgotten how our great grandparents and other ancestors were attacked, assaulted, beaten, whipped, burned, hung and, of course, shot just like Trayvon Martin was? Most of the people that hurt our ancestors escaped justice just like the devilish beast that killed the unarmed Black Florida teenager who has never worried about being arrested. The spirit and soul of Trayvon Martin will live on forever. If that were not true, people like me wouldnt be writing his name, publishing or broadcasting his image, posting his experience and trending his story worldwide. We also have to remember that some in the USA will always feel that we are less than a man. There are those that believe the next worse thing to being a slave is to be born a descendant of slaves. Black men have to use whatever means are necessary and available to protect Black children, Black women and the Black community. Back in the day, the slaves knew the wicked slave masters and overseers were no good. Our ancestors knew you couldnt trust the High Sheriff or any law enforcement agency. It didnt matter if it was the Freedom Train, the Underground Railroad, the Promised Land or the Land of Plenty, most of the slaves believed that anywhere was safer and better than where they were at the time. So, what do Black people do today? You know they march! They recently marched through the streets of Tallahassee straight to the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott and demanded a meeting. What did Gov. Scott do? He did what any knowledgeable politician would do. He said he would do all he could to insure that justice prevails. Ask any Black person what the Governor meant by all and I doubt if they could tell you. But the march organizers got a ton of publicity, free publicity. One important issue the marchers brought up concerned Floridas Stand Your Ground Law which allows someone to defend themselves with deadly force in specified situations. They should have presented draft legislative language that could be considered by the legislature during any Special Legislative Session if they wanted a change in legislation. Two Black lawyers were prominently involved in the protest activities that I like and respect, Chuck Hobbs and Mutakee Akbar ( son of Naim Akbar, the famed Black psychologist). However, they are not lobbyists and should have consulted with Blacks that were not afraid to stand with them and had extensive experience about how the Florida legislative process works. Any legislative proposal that doesn't have good lobbyists working on its passage is just like Martin Luther King Junior, good but dead! During Slavery Days there were always slaves that encouraged their brothers and sisters to rise up and rebel. There were some that wanted to do more. Some slaves wanted to do to whites what whites had done to them. There are things that Blacks in Sanford, Florida can do to show the Central Florida Authorities that the shooting of Black teenagers by racist vigilantes will not be tolerated. I cant share any suggestions in this column but I can say even though hell is hot, the devils in Sanford and those in every other US city do not like fire! Dont ever be scared to stand for your children. If you dont want equal rights and justice for yourself, you must demand that are children be allowed to be safe from race criminals. (Buy Gantt's book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" at any major bookstore and contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net) The Gantt Report Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Taking Control of Your Spending Habits (StatePoint) No matter if your finances are a source of anxiety or if you live within your means, its always a good idea to periodically reevaluate the way you spend money. While credit cards give consumers the purchasing power they need to lead comfortable lives, they can also make irresponsible spending all too easy. In these uncertain financial times, getting a handle on any debt you may have is more important than ever. Luckily, its never too late to learn good spending habits. The first step toward prosperity is taking control of unconscious debt -including impulse purchases that you buy on credit but dont need or dont even remember purchasing, says Dr. Charles Richards, a psychotherapist and author of the new book, The Psychology of Wealth, which seeks to improve readers relationships with their money. Richards believes that with a healthy attitude toward wealth comes good habits. He offers several tips for people seeking to take better control of their finances: Regularly discuss your financial goals and your plan to meet them, with a spouse, partner, or friend. If you have debt, develop a specific repayment plan with fixed payment amounts. Never pay late fees on your credit cards and other bills. They are as good as throwing money out the window. Pay your bills on time, all the time. Before you make a purchase, ask, do I want this item or do I need this item? If it is only a want, evaluate whether your budget supports it. Wealth is not defined by the amount of stuff you have. Write yourself a list to avoid binge shopping. If you want to make a purchase thats not on the list, try putting the item on hold. If you forget about it after a week, you probably didnt need or want it that much in the first place. Dont spend money based on what your income might be in the future. Spend based on what youre currently earning. And if your material desires outweigh your resources, dont be afraid to take on extra work. Whether its the effectiveness of advertisers or a lack of personal responsibility, identify the reasons you spend money you dont have, and seek to change your behavior accordingly. More advice about how to understand your relationship with money can be found online at http://psychologyofwealth.org People who have a healthy relationship with money share many common habits and traits, says Richards, Understanding how you feel about money can help allay any unnecessary fears or doubts that may be sabotaging your best efforts in managing your money. Regardless of your circumstances and financial history, you can work to gain the attitude and habits that help drive financial success.

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B Brunswick Birthed JaIshe Cosmeticz Partners With David Bishop and Launches NewLine In Time For Possible Walmart DebutMARCH, 2012 By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star It was last summer when we had the pleasure of introducing Ja Nicole Jackson to the world. At the time, the Detroit native had just let us in on the little secret that was about to gain her statewide success. I had the pleasure of meeting up with her at a little pizzeria in Brunswick to talk about her new baby JaIshe Cosmeticz and why she felt that she could take her hobby for makeup and beauty and launch her own line. Its been a year and flew to Puerto Rico where she met celebrity LisaRaye who rocked a few colors she was given. To take a word from Jacksons Facebook page, Im livin my life like its golden! The lady who used her kitchen and bathroom in Brunswick to come up with color palates and signature scents has gotten the backing of entreprenuer David Bishop who was inspired by her dedication and commitment to fulfil her dream. Bishops daughters Kenedi and Treasure are also the name and faces. JaIshes youth line, Kenedi Treasure. It has been so overwhelming, Thia!Jackson stated humbly during a recent interview with us in her Atlanta office. Who knew that I would go from putting make-up on my dolls to having my fans call themselves JaIshe dolls wearing my line, product and just sending me so much support via Facebook and on my website? Ithank God every day for allowing me to overcome my challenges and for having people like my husband, and friends who are my biggest fans like Fiona Manley and so many others Icant even keep up with. Its been a blessing and its a humbling experience but I am loving the business aspect of it tremendously and David Bishop is proof that if you invest in your dream someone out there is willing to invest in you. Now, Jackson is taking part in photoshoots, holding casting calls for the new faces of Kennedi Treasure, wearing her own t-shirt line and getting ready to get on the shelves at Walmart. Everyday, fans who log on to my Facebook page see that we are a part of the Get On The Shelf initiative by Walmart,Jackson said. It is such an inspiration to see people writing that they voted and Idont know if I am able to comprehend how I will react when we get on the shelves of major distributors but God knows, I am so ready. Ireally am just so thankful He allowed me to witness my dream. Want to see JaIshe and Kenedi Treasure at a Walmart near you?Text 3732 to 383838 and check out both Facebook pages for more exclusive information. And just in case youre wondering, Jackson was gracious enough to allow me to sample some of her must products including her mascara and shimmery lip glosses. Ive already been back for more after being thrilled with her nail polish that stayed on for three weeks without chipping and her eye shadow that stayed in place straight through church, a praise dance routine, choir singing, dinner and evening service (an estimated seven hours!) All in all, Jackson is proof that what is birthed in Brunswick can bring success in the big time!Photos show Jackson (top left) with David, Kenedi and Treasure Bishop with models.

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MARCH, 2012 THESTAR Jacksonville Jaguars Nearly Land Tebow; Sign Giants Ross While Garrad Heads To DolphinsPAGEB-4 By Jack Morbitzer, JaxSharks.com The Jacksonville Sharks (1-0) overcame a quick start by the Kansas City Command (0-1), rattling off 38unaswered points in the second half in a 52-28 victory on the road in front of 5,161 at Sprint Center to open the 2012 season. The Sharks trailed 21-17 to start the second half before a more than 10 minute touchdown drive ended with a oneyard touchdown run by Terrance Smith. The undisciplined Command committed illegal defense, personal foul and illegal formation penalties to give Jacksonville automatic first downs each time and keep the drive alive. From there it was all Sharks, as the Command's first play in the second half was a completed pass that was fumbled and recovered by Sharks' defensive back LaRoche Jackson. The Kansas City defense recorded two sacks on the ensuing drive, but Chris Leak completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Shamar Graves on 4th-and-26 for his second score of the night to increase the lead to 30-21. The kickoff that opened the fourth quarter was fumbled into the end zone after a huge hit by the Sharks' coverage team and recovered by Kansas City for a safety. The Sharks' Jeron Harvey then caught his first touchdown of the season from nine yards out and the rout was on. Harvey scored again on the Sharks' next drive pushing the score to 45-21 with 8:22 remaining. Not to be outdone, the Sharks' defense got on the board as Bill Alford returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to cap Jacksonville's 38-consecutive point run. Kansas City finally scored on a 1-yard rush by quarterback Steven Gachette, who replaced starter Nate Davis after the interception. Leak finished 21-for-31 for 196 yards, five touchdowns and one interception for the Sharks. Harvey was the leading receiver with 10 receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Graves also recorded two touchdown catches and Smith had receiving and rushing touchdowns. Kansas City came out fast, scoring on the second play from scrimmage on a 36-yard pass from Davis to Christian Wise. Jacksonville responded with an 8-yard score from Leak to Graves to tie the game at 7-7. The Command scored again on their second play of their second drive to lead 14-7, before intercepting Leak in the red zone on the ensuing drive. The Command led early but 12 penalties for 70 yards three on the Sharks' long third quarter drive, put Kansas City in a bad position to hold the lead. Conversely, Jacksonville committed just two penalties for eight yards while possessing the ball for 37:27 of total game time. The Sharks take to the field again at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 for their home opener at Sea Best field against the Georgia Force. It will be Championship Pride Night as the Sharks raise the banner commemorating their ArenaBowl XXIV victory. By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star There was a whole lot of shaking going on in the NFL last week as new contracts were signed, old players were traded and dedicated fans switched teams to continue fanning their favorite players. And for a brief point, it appeared that Jaguar fans might end up Tebowing with the possiblity of Tim Tebow on the roster. The Jacksonville Jaguars were no exception as we saw former quarterback David Garrard accepting a one year contract with the Miami Dolphins According to the rumor mill, the team approached Garrad after failing to woo Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Alex Smith is also being eyed as one who the Fins would like to snag on their team. Garrard has been with the Jags from 2005 to 2010 with 2007 being his best season. In a shocker, he was released from the team only five days before the season was slated to begin. Although Miami came knocking then, Garrard took time out to have back surgery in October. However, hes now primed and ready to get back into the game as we will see when he comes out of the gate with the Dolphins this season. And with every loss, there is a gain.The gain in this being former New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross agreeing to a three year contract with the Jaguars. Up to press time, he was reportedly in Jacksonville and scheduled to put ink to paper by signing his contract on Wednesday. Ross, who is married to Olympic track gold medalist Sanya Richards, has allegedly got his hands on a deal worth $15.3 million. Finally, after making a big oops in 2010 by overlooking Tim Tebow, the Jaguars nearly had a shot at him again this go round. Tebow however, will be landing with the New York Jets. All in all, this foothball season is going to be a highly anticipated one for your hometown team based on all of this action before training camp has even begun!Sharks Take Down Command 52-28 First Lady Michelle Obama Joined By Olympian/Basketball Star Lisa Leslie and Britians First Lady For Mini-Olympic Kids Event PHOTOCAPTION:First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during an event at American University in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2012. Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, joined the First Lady, Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Lisa Leslie, and Washington, D.C., area children in a mini-Olympics competition to celebrate the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the Lets Move! initiative. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert) David Garrard heads to the Dolphins. Aaron Ross in a three year deal with the Jags. Jags miss a shot with Tebow... again.It Feels Great To Be Back: Venus Returns With A Vengence Showing Illness Cant Keep Her Game Down By ARTHIANIXON Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images Shes baaack... and based on the way she played at the Sony Ericson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida on Wednesday, you would never know that Venus Williams was sick serioudly sick. Fans who were discouraged seeing Williams sick leave force her drop to number 134 in the ranks were thrilled to have her back showing its a matter of time before she gets back to where she belongs in the single digits. Last summer, Williams had to withdraw from the U.S. Open series tournaments due to what was thought to be flu-like symptoms. It was discovered that she had Sjogrens Syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition. After sitting out for the remainder of 2011, Venus is proving that illness cant keep a great athlete down by winning her first singles match of 2012. In February, Venus returned to the court by participating in the Fed Cup in Belarus as a doubles player, where she saw victory for team U.S.A. The Sony Ericson marked her first singles event of 2012 and easily took down Kimiko DateKrumm, 6-0, 6-3. "It just feels great to be back," Venus told reporters after her match. She also stated:Just to be in this tournament is big win for me. Just being here is a win; told myself going into this: this is a win. Just to train and get back at this level." Williams is challenging herself to make it to the London Olympics as a part of the U.S. team. However, she said that her illness has never made her consider retirement. "It's been a journey to understand what is going on,she said. I feel like I have a grasp on it better. Autoimmune means different challenges than other people, but that doesn't mean you can't be successful."

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At first encounter, he may seem unassuming and low key but behind that reserved exterior is a mega-ton bomb of charisma, talent and very clear mindset as to the direction he is headed in and how he is going to get there. Seventeen year-old actor Nick Nervies (pronounced Ner-vye), plays Tyler, who is a security guard at the wildest teen party ever in the new Warner Bros. Pictures flick Project X. Nervies is a native Los Angelino who began his acting career young. He explains, I had a friend that was actually an actor before I was. I was eleven back then. I went with him to his agencys office to drop something off. When we got upstairs his agent said you have a look; do you act? Ive always been curious about acting. Ive always watched shows and said hey I want to do that. Since he asked me you should start; my mom and I began looking into actually getting into acting. Thats how it really all started. Of course after his training and sending out head shots etc., he got signed to a major talent agency, Nervies started booking TV roles including Will and Grace, Everybody Hates Chris and Monk to name some and his current TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm where he plays Daryl Black. Nervies has also appeared in films The Soloist and Role Models. He has been nominated twice for a Young Artist Award and now ranks along side with the top young actors in the biz such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Lautner and Josh Hutcherson to name some. Getting back to his current film, Nervies runs down his role. Tyler is the security guard over the whole party which is kind of strange because my character is like thirteen years-old and hes the security guard over a bunch of college students. I try to keep the party from going out of control which I dont do too well as the movie goes on but we try. How he secured the role has a different turn as well. Nervies laughs, At first the characters were like seven and eight and it just wasnt working having them play security guards so they upped the roles. I was talking on set to one of the producers and he told me he was familiar with my role on Curb Your Enthusiasm and he gave me the script for the actual Tyler role and told me to come back the next day and practice some of the lines when I got home. So the next day I did the lines for him and they booked me as the role of Tyler. So that was pretty interesting. When asked if he sings, he is quick to say no to that one but adds, I do music though. I actually rap. I signed with Soulja Boys management company. Ive been good friends with him for about three or four years now and when I started rapping, he was the first person who kind of gave me a shot. Well see how that all unfolds. Nervies had a good time on the set of Project X because of all of the teenagers but when it came time for work, everyone transformed into game face mold and got down to work. Nervies has been home schooled most of his life only attending regular school for kindergarten and the third grade. Does he feel like hes had a so-called normal life as far as his socialization with people goes or will he turn into a show-biz misfit later on down the road? He laughs, Not at all! I have a great social life. A lot of the other kids who are into acting are home schooled and we hangout a lot. We try to do as much fun stuff as we can. We go bowling, to the movies etc., and try to do as much as we can together because we all know what it is like to sit in the house and go straight to set. So we have a good social life. Even though it is an everyday common thing to him, Nervies running pals reads like a list of the Whos Who in the teen TV and movie worlds! PAGE B-5 THESTAR MARCH 24, 2012ENTERTAINMENT Nick NerviesSecures The Party Of Parties In Project X!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and FacebookPhoto by Deidra Fahey Radio : After an intense campaign by The National Hispanic Media Coalition to have people call Los Angeles TV Station KTLA (channel 5), to get Driving it Home With John and Ken off the air, the station did the right thing and fired the devilish dual. They are the hate mongers who called the late Whitney Houston a Crack Ho over the air. TheNational Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) also leads the Take John and KenOff the Air campaign, which commenced in October of 2011 and has been joined by over40 national and local organizations. The campaignhas mobilized over 15,000 people to sign petitions asking Clear Channel to drop John and Ken.Clear Channel briefly suspended John and Ken in February after they referred to Whitney Houston as a crack ho, but the duo returned to Clear Channel after less than two weeks off.Clear Channel has ignoredthe communitys request that itisaresponsible broadcasterand remove hate and divisiveness from its public airwaves, despite that eighteen major corporations have promised to no longer advertise on The John and Ken Show, and dozens of other advertisers have quietly dropped the show without making a formal commitment. If the recent controversy surrounding Clear Channel veteran Rush Limbaughs recent remarks teaches us anything, it is that people and responsible advertisers are fed up with Clear Channel using its dominance in the radio market to push hate and extremism over thepublicairwaves.The time is ripe for the public to reclaim its public airwaves from irresponsible broadcasters that opt for trafficking hate for the sake of profit, said Alex Nogales, National Hispanic MediaCoalition President & CEO. Clear Channel, and the John & Ken Show, have demonstrated through their insensitive and blatant racism, that they are undeserving of the trust and responsibility of holding a Radio Channel License, issued by the American people, said Sonny Skyhawk, Founder American Indians in Film, Television & Music and First Nations Empowerment Foundation. We congratulate NHMC on this victory and we look forward to continuing to work with them and other organizations on diversifying Clear Channel and its flagship station KFI. Said The Black Media Alliance.The Korean American community stands in solidarity with fellow immigrant groups and communities of color to protest the racist and hate-driven speech that is regularly a part of the John & Ken show. The Korean American Bar Association is committed to working with our partners until the show is pulled of the air completely, said Robert J. Kang, Board Member of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. Movies : Project X. Warner Bros. Pictures and Green Hat Films. Starring Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Biss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller, Peter Mackenzie,Caitlin Dulany and Nicole Bloom. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. Story by Michael Bacall Screenplay by Matt Drake. Produced by Todd Phillips. Three unpopular high school boys want to make a name for themselves by throwing the best party ever. One of the boys parents go away for the weekend and gives permission to only have up to ten people over max for his birthday. The party swells to over 1500 and gets way out of control. The flick is doing very well at the box office and is a fun ride for a teen audience. Adults go see an action flick! John Carter. Disney Pictures. Starring Taylor Kitsch,Bryan Cranston, Daryl Sabara, Lynn Collins, Claran Hinds, James Purefoy, Dominic West, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Morton and Polly Walker. Directed/Screenplay by Andrew Stanton. Screenplay by Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon. Produced by Lindsey Collins, Colin Wilson and Jim Morris. John Carter was originally introduced to the reading public in 1912 via the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic A Princess of Mars, which was the first novel in Burroughs Barsoom series. Over years of being transformed into comic books and TV it is a 3-D movie now! The 3-D isnt that great and should have just been a regular flick. The story line and action are in line. Good flick for the entire family although the monsters may scare the dickens out of children five and younger. Hit me up at feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net Study, Observe and Win! Rych Rych McCains Notes!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook National Park Week, April 21-29, Features Free Admission and Nationwide EventsPlan Your Adventure at www.nationalparkweek.org The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of Americas national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to Americas nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012. Celebrating the theme, Picture Yourself in a National Park, National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the worlds most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for FREE! National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28. From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week at www.nationalparkweek.org. Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks. Americas national parks have something for everyone, said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park. This is our annual celebration of Americas best idea our national parks, said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. We are proud to stand with our partners at the National Park Service and encourage people everywhere to enjoy, learn from and support our nations greatest treasures. Nick Nervies h NOW ONSTAGE: THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDITIONSStage Aurora Theatrical Company will hold open auditions for the hit musical The Wizard of Oz at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. We are seeking a talented multicultural cast!

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Collects receipts for deliveries, also pick up unsold newspapers and credit newsdealers account. May collect payment for newspaper deliveries from customers. Duties also include distribution of sales promotion material to customers with newspaper deliveries. Route may be designated according to publication request. Serious individual need only apply.P/T Weekends Must have transportation and valid drivers license. CALL TO FIND OUT MORE:904-766-8834 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Value Stream Leader80706 Pr. Compliance/Audit Specialist79898 Sr. Customer Serivce Rep80646 Value Stream Manager80589 Please apply online at http://jobs.medtronic.com using the requisition number listed. Medtronic is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce Does "Suspicious Walking While Black" ( SWWB) Cause Someone to be Profiled and Killed?By Donald W. TuckerI have been following the story out of Sanford, Florida about the killing of the 17 year old teenager, Trayvon Martin by the neighborhood security block watcher George Zimmerman. Here's what we know at this point. Martin was walking through a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida after buying a bag of skittles and some ice tea at a store (Martin's father lived in the neighborhood). Zimmerman in his SUV allegedly observed Martin walking in the neighborhood (SWWB) and reported to a police dispatcher that Martin was acting suspicious, looking at homes and looked like he was on drugs. Zimmerman then stated these guys always get away". The dispatcher asked Zimmerman if he was following Martin and Zimmerman responded "yes". The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Martin, let the police handle it. At this point only Zimmerman and Martin know what actually happened and Martin is now dead. We do know Zimmerman left his vehicle and there was an apparent physical confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin. People in their homes called 911 and reported they were hearing loud voices and someone yelling for help. The voices could be heard on the 911 tapes and a single gunshot could also be heard. Zimmerman has stated he shot Martin in self-defense because he felt threatened and feared for his life. I should note that the State of Florida has a law called "Stand your ground", which allows individuals to defend themselves, if they feel their lives are in danger. I don't think this law applies in this case because in my opinion, Zimmerman was not in immediate danger. I don't think this law applies in this case because in my opinion, Zimmerman was not in immediate danger. This incident has exploded nationwide because no legal action has been taken against Zimmerman. The Sanford police are saying there was no legal action they could take because they couldn't refute Zimmerman's self-defense claim. Martin's family and other people are very upset that Zimmerman hasn't been arrested as his explanation of the event just doesn't make sense. I have spent over 30 years in law enforcement and have to agree the Sanford police should have conducted an immediate investigation into Zimmerman's actions and presented the case to the attorney's office. The police department is now being forced to conduct a thorough investigation of the killing of Martin. The killing occurred on February 26, 2012 and if there wasn't the uproar from the Martin family and others, I believe the Sanford police department would have just closed this case with a judgment of justifiable homicide. It's sad that in 2012 we still have incidences of racism, racial profiling and an appearance of a lack of value for the life of a black teenager, both by Zimmerman and the Sanford Police department. What jumps out at me is a question... if Zimmerman was black and Martin was white, with all of the facts being the same, would Martin be in jail? I think he would. Some people have a problem with the use of playing the so-called race card. This in my opinion is because the issue of race is very difficult for people, the media, politicians and academia to adequately discuss. This country still has a problem with racial issues and the race card should be played if it is a factor in issues pertaining to our life. We can't be afraid to tackle sensitive subject matters such as these because it has the potential to destroy our society. Zimmerman reminds me of some security guards who can't qualify as a regular police officer, either due to lack of experience, education or prior law enforcement contacts. Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of battery against a law enforcement officer. Although the charge was eventually dropped, it probably killed his chance of becoming an official police officer. Law enforcement officers would call these people wannabes, who look for any way to show they are or can be just as proficient in law enforcement as an actual police officer. Zimmerman's actions, in my opinion, demonstrate a person who has an ax to grind... he was going to prove he was as good at police work as any police officer. It didn't matter that the dispatcher told him to not follow Martin and he said, "Okay". He obviously left his vehicle and confronted Martin. He wouldn't have felt that he feared for his life, if he had just listened to the dispatcher, stopped his surveillance and stayed in his SUV. His comment of "these guys always get away" shows a pre-disposed negative attitude towards Martin, bordering on racism. Was his attitude... this guy is not going to get away from me? As a neighborhood watch guard, Zimmerman is prohibited from carrying a gun. Their instructions are to watch and report to the police. Not to be a policeman and make an arrest! Martin was just walking through the neighborhood going to his father's home. No neighbor had called to report him. Zimmerman reported Martin looked suspicious because he wore a hooded sweater and was looking at homes. Also, Zimmerman reported Martin was carrying something... As it turned out, a container of tea and a bag of skittles. These are the facts that caused Martin's death. If Martin was white, he would still be alive. Martin died because of SWWB. Zimmerman has stated it was his voice yelling for help! That is in question because Martin's mother says: "the voice was that of her son". It is hard for me to believe Zimmerman feared for his life and had to shoot Martin, because Zimmerman is not only 100 pounds heavier but also had a gun and Martin only had skittles. Why would he have to yell for help? Another question... why was Zimmerman allowed to carry a gun if he was arrested in 2005 for assault? I hope Martin and his family receive the justice they deserve and that this case will serve as a barometer to prevent this type of thing from re-occurring. Donald W. Tucker is a veteran of over three decades in law enforcement. He has served as a Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, a U.S. Marshal and Chief of Security for the U.S. Federal Courts. He currently is a private investigator in Phoenix, Arizona. 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MARCH 24, 2012 THE STARPR 1 Students from area schools and the U. S. Virgin Islands were recently honored at an awards ceremony to kick off the 50th anniversary of the National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 18-24. Fifty students were recognized March 1 on the UF&Shands campus for their participation in the regional poster contest sponsored by the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center Jacksonville as part of National Poison Prevention Week 2012 to help draw attention to the dangers of poisonings. Two-hundred thirty-one posters were submitted to the poster contest from several schools throughout the Poison Centers service area, which includes 42 counties in northern Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The posters were judged in three divisions: K-2nd, 3rd 5th and 6th 8th grades, and each student at the awards ceremony was presented with certificates of award, ribbons and gifts, which were donated by poison prevention partners. Students who were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in their divisions, as well as students who were awarded Honorable Mention will have their regional contest winning posters forwarded to the Poison Prevention Week Council in Alexandria, VA to compete in the nationwide poster contest that further engages the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults. The schools represented include: Carter G. Woodson School of the Medical Arts (Jacksonville); Cypress Creek Elementary (Port Orange); Don Brewer Elementary (Jacksonville); Emma Love Hardee Elementary (Fernandina Beach); Hellen Caro Elementary (Pensacola); J. Franklyn Keller Intermediate School (MacClenny); James A. Shanks Middle (Quincy); James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle and John E. Ford K-8 schools (Jacksonville); Joseph A. Gomez (U.S. Virgin Islands); Rymfire Elementary (Palm Coast); and St. Marks Episcopal Day School (Jacksonville). If you have a poisoning emergency or questions concerning a poison, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Also, poison prevention education materials are available free of charge by contacting the Poison Centers Education Office at 904.244.4465. Area students recognized at poison prevention week poster awards ceremony Honorable Mention winners in the 3rd 5th Grade Division for the Regional Poison Prevention Week 2012 Poster Contest from left, Mallory Mott (Hellen Caro Elementary, Pensacola); Cymone Tolliver (Carter G. Woodson School for the Medical Arts, Jacksonville); and Carson Wright, (Cypress Creek Elementary School, Port Orange). Some of the participants, from left, are Chirag Narang (Cypress Creek Elementary School, Port Orange); Maya Pacheco (Don Brewer Elementary, Jacksonville); Aquane Walker (Joseph A. Gomez Elementary, St. Thomas, USVI); Alexandria Oakes (J. Franklyn Keller Intermediate, Macclenny); Mallory Mott (Hellen Caro Elementary, Pensacola); Ronika Dixon (John E. Ford K-8, Jacksonville); and, Michaela Hannah (James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle, Jacksonville). Honorable Mention winners in the 6th 8th Grade Division for the Regional Poison Prevention Week 2012 Poster Contest from left, Madison Yertzell (James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle, Jacksonville, FL); Hayley Lynch (James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle, Jacksonville, FL); and, Jordan Taylor (John E. Ford K8, Jacksonville, FL). Winners in the 6th 8th Grade Division for the Regional Poison Prevention Week 2012 Poster Contest are left, Kaharai Simmons, 3rd Place (John E. Ford K-8, Jacksonville) and Natalie Loos, 1st Place,

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MARCH 24, 2012 PREP RAP PR 2 Clear Writing: Its All About the Reader Experts Share Tips for Math, Science, Tech Professionalsby Stephanie Roberson Barnard & Deborah St JamesWith the recent focus on reviving the economy by nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, one might conclude theres little economic value in honing a basic skill like writing. Not true, say Stephanie Roberson Barnard and Deborah St James, authors of Listen. Write. Present.:The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology (Yale University Press; 2012), www.ListenWritePresent.com. They cite the American Society for Engineering Education in which researchers ranked technical writing No. 2 in a list of 38 necessary skills for engineers. Engineers arent the only ones who need to write effectively in order to get ahead says Barnard, a communications consultantwho specializes in training medical professionals to speak and write clearly and persuasively. A recent ad for a pharmacist read, Clinical Pharmacist: Strong Writing Skills Required! Basically every job in the science and technology fields today requires effective writing skills, she says. Whether youre requesting funds for a research project, a loan for a business venture, or writing a cover letter, resume,or abstract, youll want to write with confidence and conviction, says St. James, deputy director of publications and communications for a biotech company in North Carolina. Unfortunately, science-rich educations often leave little room for students to learn how to craft a strong written message. They suggest you ask yourself four questions before you start any written communication: Is it reader based? Ask yourself who are my readers? Are they colleagues or people outside my field? What do they know? What do they need to know? How can I best present the material to these readers? Knowing who your reader is will help you decide what words to use and exactly how much detail is needed. Is it purposeful? Your second question should be, Why am I writing this? Today we live in an over-communicated society: emails, text messages, tweets, ads, letters, newspapers, magazines, books. In fact, most of what we write no one reads. Make sure every word is useful and relevant to every one of your intended readers. Is it clear and concise? Generally, the cause of unclear writing is too many words. Many writers will read a long, rambling sentence theyve written, and to clarify it theyll write another long, rambling sentence to clarify the first one. Big mistake. If a sentence is unclear, take words out. Be wary of long sentences, unclear antecedents, poor transitions, jargon, clichs, and an alphabet soup of acronyms. Is it correct? Nothing puts the kibosh on a grant application, business plan, or resume faster than grammatical, punctuation, or spelling errors. Choose a good dictionary and a reputable style guide for your trade or industry and use it consistently. A style guide is a good investment that will answer questions on grammar, punctuation, and word usage. It will help you appear polished, professional, and well-educated. Finally, St James and Barnard suggest two final tips to improve your writing: Read more: Youll increase your vocabulary and see how other writers craft sentences and argue points to make those points more effective. Good choices for reading material: general non-fiction, scholarly journals, and award-winning books specific to your trade. Practice: Writing is a skill. The more you do it, using the suggestions above, the better you will become. Job Hunting Tips For Recent Grads(StatePoint) For recent graduates hunting for a job, daily headlines about unemployment rates can be disheartening. But many experts say that a down economy is not an insurmountable hurdle toward finding a great job. Even when the job market is discouraging, adopting the right attitude and strategies can help you break into any organization in any industry and start climbing the ladder to success, says Pete Leibman, a career coach, and author of the new book, I Got My Dream Job and So Can You. Leibman, who landed his dream job right out of college working for the NBAs Washington Wizards, offers these tips for those starting out in the workforce: No excuses. Dont let the medias coverage of the economy scare away your job-searching motivation. You only need one job, and one break. Not 25 jobs, not 100. When you take that into consideration, the unemployment rate wont seem so daunting. Dont have a back-up plan. Commit to your goal with a resilient sprit, not a plan for failure. Of course, youll need to pay bills in the meantime, and perhaps answer to mom and dad, so accept other work -temporarily. It is not a matter of if, its a matter of when you break into your ideal career. Be accountable. Landing a job is a job in and of itself. So set weekly and daily goals that include talking to the people in a position to hire you. Track your time to make sure you are managing your day effectively. Networking is important. Over 70 percent of all jobs are filled behind the scenes through personal contacts and networking, says Leibman. But its not about who you know, and who knows you. The truth is that networking is all about who likes and respects you. When it comes to your contacts, quality is the key. Be likable. To be likable, start by liking yourself. Doing so will come across in your body language and your communication skills, and this will help you both personally and professionally. The next step is to genuinely like others without kissing up or using flattery. People naturally like people who are similar to themselves, so draw on commonalities between you and potential employers to win them over. Stand out. Your resume is not as important as you think. Top employers may receive hundreds or thousands of unsolicited resumes every week. While using keywords and high-tech software programs to beat a computer systems screening process can help, the best way to stand out in a stack of resumes is to never end up in the stack in the first place! Through strategic networking, you can avoid this fate. More career tips can be found at www.BestCareerBook.com. The working world can be a competitive place for a new worker, but with the right strategies you can land a great job, even in a questionable economy. (c) iophoto fotolia.com

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MARCH 24, 2012 PREP RAP PR 3 So...Feel good. Be happy. Work on reaching your own goals. Remember that everyone is different and that is O.K! Fruits GrainsProteinVegetablesDairy 1. exercise 2. choose snacks 3. wash 4. sleep 5. get your energy flowing each morning by 6. brush and floss 1. get homework done 2. do all of your chores 3. limit time playing video or computer games 4. watch the weather and temperature too 5. keep your room clean 6. be kind and thoughtfulGood Nutrition Healthy LivingHealthy Living Have you seen the new food plate? It is a simple way to tell with one look if you are eating about the right amount of food from each of the food groups at meals. The plate is divided into four parts to show serving sizes for fruits, vegetables, grains and foods that have proteins. The dairy (like me milk!) is added on the side. Are you choosing healthy amounts of foods that will provide the nutrition you need to grow and be healthy? Small snacks are good for us. 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MARCH 24, 2012 THE STARPR 4 Area High School Students Head to the Nations Capital for four-day Study VisitEight Andrew Jackson High School students are among 60 students from around the state and Minnesota who met in Washington, DC on March 11th to participate in the Students Building Healthy Communities (SBHC) program. Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsored the program, and it encouraged youth to take civic action to help address severe health disparities in their community. The students work together to improve the health of their community through student-created community action projects. During their experiential, four-day visit, students learned about the government, the political process, met with officials on Capitol Hill, explored some famous monuments and memorials, attended seminars and participated in workshops. Upon their return, they are expected to work together as a school group to implement the community action plan project that they developed while on their trip.FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY ANTI-HAZING COMMITTEE HOLDS INITIAL MEETING, OUTLINES GOALS PART OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO END HAZING ON CAMPUS The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Anti-Hazing Committee, an independent committee tasked with providing information on determining the most effective approach to ending hazing on campus, met for the first time on the 16thof March and outlined its goals. With this committee, whose members have expertise in law, academia, student organizations, hazing and psychology, and with your experience leading businesses or other large organizations such as school districts, military units and marching bands, we have an opportunity to assist the FAMU Board of Trustees in their efforts to understand and then address hazing at FAMU, said Stephen Craig Robinson, chairman of the Anti-Hazing Committee, as he opened the meeting. Hopefully FAMUs thoughtful decisions will also serve to benefit other universities and organizations around the nation. Robinson, an attorney and former U.S. District Court Judge outlined the three topics that the committee will study: Hazing at other universities and how has it been handled? Getting students to resist hazing; what has worked? What are other Universities doing to prevent hazing in their Marching Band that can be applied to the FAMU Marching and their activities? The committee will also look at both short-term and long-term strategies for eradicating hazing at FAMU and plans to present both written and in-person reports to the Board of Trustees. ANTI-HAZING COMMITTEE The committee also agreed to ask the Board of Trustees to designate the Anti-Hazing Committee a fact-finding body, rather than an advisory body that provides recommendations. Mr. Robinson noted that it was important for the committee members to be able to speak with one another spontaneously and on a continuous basis, to accomplish the committees work as in as expeditious a fashion as possible. Members of the FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee include: Stephen Craig Robinson (Chairman) Former U.S. District Court Judge and current partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Dr. Naim Akbar Clinical Psychologist and Former President, National Association of Black Psychologists; Dr. Elizabeth Allan Professor, University of Maine & Co-Director, The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention; Dr. Michael V. Bowie Executive Director of Florida Fund for Minority Teachers & former national president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council; David Brewer Former Vice Admiral of the United States Navy & Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Dr. Mary Madden Professor, University of Maine & Co-Director, The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention; David Starnes Band Director and Professor of Music at Western Carolina University. The FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee is an independent committee tasked with providing information on determining the most effective and indelible approach to end hazing on campus. This esteemed group includes a diverse mix of thought and policy leaders from across the country, with invaluable experience and expertise that is related to all aspects of hazing and its culture. The FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee will work in unison with the ongoing efforts of the FAMU community to address the issue of hazing. It is part of the Universitys comprehensive plan to end hazing at FAMU and was approved by the Board of Trustees on January 2. Childrens Book Introduces Readers to Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa BeachBy Ruby H. Happel-Holtz Like the 1989 animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven, the new book by Ruby H. Happel-Holtz, Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach (published by Trafford Publishing), shows that even cuddly pets can sometimes make bad decisions. Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach tells the story of Charlie, an orphan cat who is adopted by a toy Manchester dog named Benny (and his human family). When the family moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida, Charlie is in for some big changes. On Charlies first day at the beach he meets Mack and Snowball, two cats who become his new friends. But as the days pass, he encounters trouble after trouble. When Charlie is captured and taken to the pound, he must come to terms with his bad choice in friends and learn how to right his wrongs. In his new life, Charlie finds new friends and talents he didnt know he possessed. He learns important lessons about giving and loyalty, and he finally finds love. Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach illustrates for young readers the importance of surrounding themselves with supportive friends. As Charlie searching to belong, readers see how loneliness can lead to poor decision-making and how talking about your feelings with your family can help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. Love, says Happel-Holtz, is truly our ultimate goal, whether human or animal. Sporting colorful characters and a clever plot, Kool Kat Charlie of Cocoa Beach is an entertaining and educational read.

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Man Killed Over JealousyA man was shot and killed over a dispute involving a woman. According to reports, 20-year-old Isaiah Alexander Boston saw Travis Jamaal Green, 21, walking down the street with Crystal Neal, Bostons ex-girlfriend. Neal is said to have only one child, which she had with Boston. Boston was said to have planned a barbecue with Neal that day, but she left to go to a friends house before the party. Her friend she went to meet was Green, who she had met on Facebook a week ago. Boston had told Neal to stop seeing Green and when she left to see him, he got a .380-caliber pistol and looked for them. Neal and Green were on their way to a nearby convenience store and Boston saw them walking together. He then approached the couple with the gun and ordered Green to the ground. Green ran and Boston started firing his gun in Greens direction. Three shots were fired and Green was struck once in the back killing him. Prosecutors say Boston killed Green because of jealousy. Neal also testified in court that after shooting Green, Boston told her, I ought to kill you, but I love you too much. Boston got away, but when Neal was questioned by police about the shooting, she lied and said the shooter drove by in a white car. She later confessed the shooter was Boston. Boston was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.Man Kills Daughters BoyfriendA man was arrested after stabbing and killing a boy that his daughter was dating. Police said Carlos Dupree, 40, was arguing with Garcia Bannister, 18, about his relationship with his daughter and how he wanted him to have more responsibility. Dupree had been arguing with Bannister over the past two days. They were in the front yard and during the argument, Dupree went inside the home and came back with a butcher knife. Witnesses at the scene told police that Bannister punched Dupree before being fatally stabbed. When police arrived, they found Bannister lying in the driveway behind a vehicle. Police said there were stabbed wounds in the abdomen. Dupree admitted to the stabbing and was arrested for murder with no bond. Bannister was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarMARCH 24 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. Two Men Arrested for Armed Robbery Two men were arrested for robbing a man on the street with a firearm. Delvin Devonte Wells, 18, and Eric Purnell Gilyard Jr., 19, approached a 44-year-old man walking with a cane and demanded money, while pointing a gun at him. The man gave them some cash and a handgun. The two then disappeared without injuring the victim. Wells and Gilyard had run into an officer, who was looking for suspects responsible for a retail theft earlier that day. The officer let them go after finding out they were not involved in the theft. He then came across the victim, who had just been robbed and gave him the descriptions of the two suspects. The officer realized the descriptions matched those of Wells and Gilyard. The officer knew the names of the two suspects because he had encountered them in the past and issued warrants for both of them. Wells and Gilyard were arrested for robbery with a firearm and grand theft. Both are being held in lieu of $55,000 bond. Isaiah Boston Carlos Dupree Delvin Wells Eric Gilyard Jr.

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MARCH 24 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. Pickpockets Tips for Men The target areas are back trouser pockets, and suitcoat and sports jacket pockets, located both inside and out. A pickpocket generally avoids front trouser pockets, and especially buttoned or zippered pockets. If you have to carry your wallet in an unbuttoned jacket, coat or pants pocket, be sure it holds only what you can afford to lose. Keep large sums of money, credit cards, IDs, etc., in your front pocket or any buttoned or zippered pocket. Some people even place a rubber band around their wallet, because the rubber band creates friction and rubs against the fabric of your pocket if someone is attempting to remove it without your knowledge. The best place for keys is on a chain attached to your clothing. Never pat your pocket to see if your wallet is there this lets a criminal know the exact location of your valuables. Larger-size pocket secretaries are particularly inviting to pickpockets, and relatively easy to steal Tips for Women Do NOT carry your wallet in your purse. Conceal it in a buttoned or zippered pocket where it doesnt show a bulge. Use a purse that is difficult to open. A purse with a zipper or snaps is best. If you are carrying a shoulder bag, place the strap(s) diagonally across your body, as opposed to carrying it on one shoulder. This keeps the purse in front of you, instead of at your side or behind you, which sometimes happens with purses with long straps. If you are carrying a hand bag, then make sure to hold it close to the front of your body, instead of holding it on your wrist or loosely in your hand. Never leave your purse unattended on a store counter or in a grocery shopping cart. Tips for Travelers No one ever expects to have their vacation or business trip interrupted by a criminal act, but there are additional precautions that you can take to help ensure a safe, enjoyable trip: Pack a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen. Consider scanning this information and e-mailing it to yourself. Keep a list, separate from your wallet, of contact numbers to report lost credit cards. Dont wander into risky areas alone or at night, and try to avoid buses that are standing room only. Its always a good idea to carry your valuables in a money belt and leave your expensive jewelry at home. Your Safety Four Arrests Made in Two Different Cases Involving Firearms Two men were arrested after selling a machine gun to an undercover ATFagent. Thomas Pratt, 41, and Greg Manning, 47, negotiated with an undercover ATF agenet and agreed to sell a machine gun. The two men met up with the agent and were arrested when trying to sell the gun. Pratt had three other loaded firearms on him and he is said to have been convicted before for sale of cocaine and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Manning also has a criminal history including charges for armed robbery, burglary, escape, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Pratt was sentenced to seven years and three months and Manning was sentenced to eight years and four months. Two other men was arrested in an unrelated case. Deandre Jajuan Perkins, 27, and Stevelein Bivins, 24, reportedly broke into a home and stole 17 firearms. Perkins was arrested within the next few hours. According to reports, he was on probation for selling drugs and has two prior felony convictions. He has also been arrested before for arrmed burglary, and grand theft. Bivins also has been arrested previously for armed robbery. Perkins was sentenced to 10 years, while Bivins has not yet been sentenced yet. Thomas Pratt Greg Manning Deandre Perkins Stevelein Bivins Man Fires Gun in a Park A man was arrested after firing a gun in a park. Calls were being made to police about shots being fired at around 7:30 p.m. A description was given about a black male wearing all purple. An officer arrived to the area and saw a man that fit the description, leaning against a maroon vehicle. The officer approached the man, who started running. He was caught shortly thereafter and a loaded 9mm handgun and extra ammunition was found in the mans pocket. A spent ammo casing was also found on the ground behind the vehicle. Joshua Javon Bell, 18, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Joshua Bell

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Woman Slits Sons Throat and Stomps on His Chest to Get Rid of Demons Magnolia, TXA man had come home one day and found his son covered in blood with his throat slashed. When police came, 45-year-old mother Daphne Spurlock, had told them she was reading the Bible with her son and she had realized he was possessed with demons. When she came to believe that there were demons inside her son, she slit his throat and stomped on his chest to release them. Her husband said she was a strong believer in Christ and claimed that she had been hearing voices of Jesus in her head for some time. He was shocked when he started hearing her cuss a week ago. He said he was not involved in this incident and was surprised by it as his wife never did anything to harm their son. Spurlock was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder. The son went through surgery and is expected to survive. Parents Leave Children at Home to Fly to Las Vegas Chicago, ILA 12-year-old boy had told his teacher that his parents had left hima nd his sister for two days, while they flew to Las Vegas. The teacher then called police and the police later arrived at the apartment to find the children alone. An aunt was contacted to take care of the m until their parents came back. The couple were enjoying their time in Vegas as they updated their Facebook with statuses such as Bout to hit the Strip Club and saying that it would be Hangover Part 3. When the parents, Shanpreta Howard, 34, and Antowain Johnson, 36, returned, they turned themselves and they were both charged with two misdemeanor counts each of child endangerment. MARCH 24 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Chokes Her Baby Six Times in Hospital A woman was arrested after she was caught choking her 11-month-old daughter in a hospital. 21-year-old Alexis Keanna Feltons daughter was hospitalized for unknown reasons, but when they were left alone, Felton started going for her daughters nek. Felton did not realize that there was a camera that was recording her every move. She was seen choking the baby up to six times and the baby could be seen struggling and gasping for breath. On the last choke, the baby became unconscious and the medical machines began to beep, which alerted the nurses. When the nurses came, Felton told them something was wrong with the baby. Police became involved and Felton denied hurting her baby, but later admitted to it. Felton was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted homicide and is being held without bond. Reports say the baby remains hospitalized and is in protective custody. Honest Man Lists Occupation as Drug Dealer A man was arrested after stabbing another man at a party and it seemed as if he had no problem with honesty when dealing with the police. Deaundre C. Barnes, 22, had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend at a party that was going on in a house. He then started arguing with 23-year old Thomas Grippos girlfriend and Grippo intervened, starting a fight with Barnes. Barnes allegedly stabbed Grippo, but Grippo told police he didnt realize he had been stabbed until he saw he was bleeding when he got home later. When Barnes was confronted by police, he refused to talk and isntead said, Im going to jail anyways. When listing his occupation on his arrest papers, he wrote down drug dealer. Barnes prior convictions include charges of cocaine sales and delivery as well as cocaine possession. Barnes was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and violating his probation. He is being held without bail. Woman Holds Man Hostage and Tortures Him for Money Chicago, ILWith the help of a few gang members, Elizabeth Perry, 21, kidnapped a man that she knew and forced him into a vehicle. Perry tortured him with lit cigarettes and told him to make calls to raise $5,000 for his freedom. She then took his keys and went to his home to steal some items. While she was inside the home, the victim was beaten and jumped by the gang members. When she came back to the vehicle, they drove around the neighborhood as she started torturing him again. The man was not able to raise $5,000, so he was released. Elizabeth Perry was arrested and charged with armed robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. She is also being held on $150,000 bond. Man Goes Berzerk, Goes on Shooting Rampage, and Runs Over Daughter Bartholomew Granger, 41, was at the courthouse for his trial on sexually assaulting his daughter Samantha Jackson, 20. While driving his pickup truck, Granger started opening fire and going on a shooting rampage. He had lost his mind and started shooting everywhere, killing a 79year-old woman and injuring three other people. He then ran over his daughter and police began shooting at Grangers truck, until it became disabled. Granger then went inside a nearby building, where he held hostages. SWAT soon responded and approached the building. Granger had been shot earlier on in the shootout and the hostages were able to take his gun away as he was growing weak. He then surrendered and was arrested on murder charges. His daughter was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Granger is being held on $4 million bond. Deaundre Barnes Alexis Felton

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MARCH 24, 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: Demetria Shawntez Frieden Age: 17 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 2/25/12 Name: Natwanda L. Baker Age: 16 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 3/02/12 Name: Lacandria Bryant Age: 16 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 3/01/12 Name: Dontavious Frazier Age:16 Weight: 135 lbs Last seen: 3/09/12 Name: Mikera Dyeronda Gainey Age: 17 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 1/19/12MOSTWANTED Bank RobberyPatrol officers responded to a robbery at a bank. Witnesses stated that the suspect approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding money and that if she ran he would shoot her. The teller provided money to the suspect and he fled the scene. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name:Johnny ArneusOffense: Obstruct Crime Investigation Name:Bonita Laverne ArringtonOffense:Give Officer False Name Name: Glenroy BainOffense:Fail to Return Rented Vehicle Name:Jeffery Verdell Banks Offense: Threatens to Use Any Firearm Name: Chalson Baptiste Offense: Organized Fraud Under $20,000 Name: Anthony Eugene Benbow Offense: Carjack w/Deadly Weapon