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Florida star
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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It took 44 days for a decision and a new leader to investigate why Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed, wearing a hood in the rain and carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea. But, Duval Countys District Attorney, Angela Corey, who has constantly been under pressure regarding her decisions in murder cases, did what many felt she would do because she said she only fights for justice but many feel that her fight for justice does not always appear to be that way. Yet, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, she made her announcement. George Zimmerman would be charged with second degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin. His parents and many leaders throughout the world felt that she made the right decision. She stated in her press conference, that her decision was based solely on facts, and not pressure. So, on Thursday, April 12, Zimmerman entered the small courtroom in the jail wearing a one-piece gray jumpsuit, with his hands shackled in front of him. Judge Mark E. Herr was not in the courtroom. He spoke through a closed-circuit TV connection for the four-minute hearing. Zimmerman responded twice to the questions asked with just two words, Yes, sir.Ž Judge Herr said he found probable cause to move ahead with the case and scheduled an arraignment for May 29 at 1:30 p.m. before another judge. With that George Zimmerman was returned to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on a nobond status and is currently being housed in administrative confinement. He has been placed in this status (segregated from the general population) due to the high profile nature Angela CoreyContinued A-3 As a black history aficionado and an ardent student and observer of human behavior, it is days like today that I yearn to speak with Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman believed in running away.Ž She ran awayŽ to resist being enslaved. She ran awayŽ to resist from being further dehumanized. She ran awayŽ after being tortured by serial masters and overseers. She ran away from economic exploitations. She ran awayŽ from whips, chains, and unspeakable torture. She ran awayŽ from an environment that touted religion yet did not practice Christianity. She ran awayŽ to boycott heartache, tears, and the auction of families. As a result of running away,Ž her heroic efforts yielded freedom for hundreds of family members, friends, and neighbors. As she so aptly stated, I never lost a passenger! By Florida Senator Chris Smith It was just after 4:30 one quiet morning in Tallahassee when a gun fight broke out between rival street gang members, the gunfire piercing the slumber of many residents in this part of the Panhandle where ringing church bells are the more typical Sunday wake-up call. When it was over, 15-year old Michael Jackson was mortally wounded, later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The two other gang members? According to the trial judge, they were acting in self defense in the deadly 2008 shootout, and under Floridas Stand Your GroundŽ law, the killing was justified. The law,Ž said Judge Terry Lewis, would appear to allow a person to seek out an individual, provoke him into a confrontation, then shoot and kill him if he goes for his gun. Contrary to the State's assertion, it is very much like the Wild West." But the Wild West,Ž Florida-style, was just getting started. Fast forward to March, 2012: While the Trayvon Martin killing dominates the headlines, and the admitted gunman, George Zimmerman is asserting claims of Stand Your GroundŽ self defense, in another part of the state, the same law delivered one man to his maker and another to his freedom. In Miami-Dade, Circuit Judge Beth Bloom ruled that Greyston Garcia, who had chased and then fatally stabbed a man attempting to steal Garcias car radio, was well within his rights to pursue the victim.Ž The victim, she ruled, had swung a bag at Garcia, thereby justifying Garcias deadly response. After the stabbing, Garcia reportedly returned home, hid the knife, and sold a couple of the stolen radios. He never once called 911. But he is now a free man. Stand Your GroundŽ was passed in 2005, pushed by the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council … a right-wing organization. Both have promoted and helped pass the legislation in numerous other states following their success in Florida. But Stand Your GroundŽ is not just about guns or gun rights. Its about the ability to extend the same home self defense rights to the streets: to kill with a gun, a knife, even a car … anyone someone perceives as a threat. Absent a witness, the presumption of innocence remains with the individual who delivered the fatal strike. An arrest cannot happen unless law enforcement finds probable cause, essentially moving the decision of guilt or innocence outside a jurys reach. I believe in the right to defend myself and my family within the confines of my home and vehicle. I even believe in the rights and abilities of citizens to reasonably defend themselves outside of their homes. But I draw the line now, as I did back in 2005 when I voted against this legislation, at the killing license this law delivers to anyone on Floridas streets just because of some nebulous, undefined personal threat.Ž And the more this fuzzily written shield remains as it currently stands the more chances for copycat killings, all in the name of self defense.Ž Since its passage seven years ago, the number of justifiable homicidesŽ in Florida has soared 200%. Is this really the message we want to send? That Florida has transformed from the Sunshine StateŽ to the Shoot First State?Ž I believe theres a better way. The controversy over Stand Your GroundŽ did not start, nor will it end, with the Trayvon Martin killing. Yet the governor refuses to assemble the task force he promised to examine the law at the heart of the issue, preferring to wait until the Martin investigation is concluded … a delay that could stretch into a year or more. With 7 years of statistics and Floridas reputation on the line, Im tired of assurances, future promises, 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 UvtguugfVggp/RtgrTcr" C"Uectgf"Pgitq"Yknn"Igv"[qw"Mknngf Cpignc"Eqtg{"fkfp‘v"citgg"ykvj"Gctn{ Gxcnwcvkqp."\koogtocp"Ejctigf Q"Uvcpf"O{"Itqwpf Q-Continued A-3 Left: Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. George Zimmerman, 28, killer, and victim Trayvon Martin, 17. Above: Former Senator Tony Hill, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, State Rep. Mia Jones and FL Senator Audrey Gibson. By Andrea Giggetts C"Uectgf" Continued A-6 Lqdu"Cev"Dknn"Ukipgf Above: Parents of Trayvon Martin and his younger brother. Oc{qt"Itggvu"Qwt"Tgvwtpkpi"Uqnfkgtu Coach Arrested Students Stranded See Crime & Justice Cheer for the Jaguars-Hopefully

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JACKSONVILLE, FL BASS Lynn Nelson, 58, died April 6, 2012. BATEY Carol Greene, 68, died April 9, 2012. BERNICH Dovie O., 64, died April 7, 2012. CASE James Arthur, II, 50, died April 7, 2012. DAVIS Sallie Joan McElroy, died April 7, 2012. DEES Frank, 75, died April 7, 2012. DUERK Robin-Gene Alden, 64, died April 9, 2012. FIPPS Larry, died April 6, 2012. FUSSELL, Mertis, died April 8, 2012. HARDY Joella, 89, died April 7, 2012. HEARD Eugene, died April 8, 2012. HEARMAN Carlton, died April 9, 2012. HIGHTOWER Rena W., died April 7, 2012. HILL Joseph E., died April 7, 2012. HOBBS, Edna, 85, died April 9, 2012. HOLTON, Vincent, died April 6, 2012. JOHNS Wallace G., 68, died April 8, 2012. JOHNSON, George B., 72, died April 10, 2012. JOHNSON Joseph, died April 11, 2012. JONES Rosa B., April 7, 2012. LAMARR Caleb E., Jr., 79, died April 6, 2012. LASHLEY Thomas Tom, Sr., 70, died April 7, 2012. LEE Marie, 56, died April 6, 2012. LeROY, Marjorie S., 55, died April 8, 2012. LOWE Gary Gordon, Sr., 55, died April 8, 2012. LUKE Wilbur, 72, died April 9, 2012. LUNDY Martha Dixon, 79, died April 6, 2012. MARCUM Bethany Nicole, infant, died April 5, 2012. MAY, Jeffrey Michael, 28, died April 7, 2012. McCOY Baby Girl Leigh Ann, died April 8, 2012. MERWARD Charles, died April 7, 2012. MONROE, Sheila Montello, 80, died April 6, 2012. MORING, Robert, died April 6, 2012. MORTON Nancy, 59, died April 9, 2012. MURPHY William Dallas, Jr., 67, died April 6, 2012.NORTHRUP James L., 64, died April 9, 2012. PRINCE, Janet Leatrice, died April 9, 2012. RHODES, Hattie, died April 8, 2012. ROQUEMORE, Dorothy Marie, died April 5, 2012. ROSDAIL Neil A., 65, died April 4, 2012. RUSSO Nicholas, 76, died April 8, 2012. SEETRAM Herman David, died April 5, 2012. SPIKER Timothy G., died April 5, 2012. STRUBE Frances S., 80, died April 10, 2012. THOMAS Priscilla Chanel, died April 8, 2012. TINSLEY Gary Tom, Jr., died April 6, 2012. WALKER Joe N., died April 7, 2012. WARTHEN, Sylvester, died April 6, 2012. WEBER, Pamela Ada, 59, died April 6, 2012. WILKERSON George William, Sr., 75, died April 11, 2012. WILKINSON, Edward Wayne, 58, died April 9, 2012. WILLIAMS Willie, died April 5, 2012. WILSON Willie Eugene, 87, died April 5, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS ABBOTT Phoebe Murphy, died April 4, 2012. AYCOCK Lewis Daniel, 54, died April 8, 2012. CRANSHAW Emojene Drawdy, 97, died April 4, 2012. GREEN Davon C., died April 8, 2012. HAUGEN Ramona Ann, 82, died April 10, 2012. JOHNSON Melvin, Sr., died April 10, 2012. ROBERTSON Carol Jeanette Finn, 68, died April 4, 2012. STILES Ruth, 49, died April 8, 2012. THOMPSON Anne Ruth, 86, died April 9, 2012. THURSTON Betty Lummus, 88, died April 5, 2012. WARD Wesley Lee, Jr., died April 8, 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-2 THE STAR APRIL 14, 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.every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. Bartley If there had been a death in your family yesterday, what would you be doing today?FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Since 1988Pre-Need ForeThought Funeral Planning ProgramIm sorry to have to tell you this...Ž SECOND MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 954 Kings Rd., with Rev. Odell Smith, Jr., Pastor, Deaconess Ministry will sponsor their 2nd Womens Conference, The Virtuous Women II, on S aturday, April 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This conference is aimed at young women who would like to live a better life through Jesus Christ. Our Guest Speaker will be Minister Yvonne Johnson of The First African Missionary Baptist Church of Kingsland, Georgia. Minister Johnson will be dealing with the theme: A decaying culture or a living Christ.Ž Women of all ages are invited to join us to hear a dynamic speaker from a spirit filled, woman of God; Gain valuable information for an abundant life, and also share a wonderful FREE LUNCH To attend this conference, please call the church at: 904-3548268 no later than Friday, April 20, 2012. ZION HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2803 West Edgewood Ave., along with our Pastor Clifford Johnson would like to invite you out to our 2012 Homecoming Service on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Activities will start on Saturday, April 21, with a picnic at the church. There will be food, games, inflatables, and fun activities for all ages. For more information, please contact Minister Antonio Thomas at (904) 333-0095 or contact the church office at (904) 764-9353. The Lay Organization of the AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH (South District) celebrates 100 Years of Service Centennial Lay Celebration, Dinner and Dance, May 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. To be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive. $50.00 donation, Live Entertainment Semi Formal. Call 904 377-5906 for more information. Congratulations to Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor of The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, LA, who was inducted into the Morehouse Board of Preachers on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Internationalchapel. Dr. Kelly is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, son of Mr. Herman O. Kelly, Sr. and the Late Marquerite W. Kelly. He is a graduate of Ribault High School, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA., Springfield College, Springfield, MA., Boston University School of Theology and Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN. Presently, He is an adjunct Instructor at Louisana State University, Baton Rouge, La, and River Parishes Community College, Sorrento, LA. THE TRI-CITY INTERDENOMINATIONAL MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE presents Spring Revival 2012.Ž Them: Come Now and Let Us Reason Together. Speaker: Dr. Wallace J. Sibley, Secretary General of the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. Thursday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m., Miracle of Faith COG, 87688 Rose Bluff Rd., Chester, FL 32097; Friday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m., Refuge Center COG, 1348 E. 4th St., Jacksonville, FL 32206; Sunday, April 22nd at 5:00 p.m., Faith Tabernacle Church, 502 MLK, Jr. Dr., Baldwin, FL 32234. For more info, call (352) 348-8141. NEW MT. BETHEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, located at 1620 Helena St., Jacksonville, Dr. Robert E. Herring, Sr., PastorThe Herring Family & Friends presents A Banquet Celebration In Tribute To Dr. Wallace J. Sibley & His Wife, Dorothy M. Sibley, April 21st at 5:00 p.m. Formal & Semi-Formal. Tickets are $10.00. For more information, call (904) 673-9305. Saint Paul Lutheran Church2730 West Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904)765-4219Website: www.stpauljacksonville.org Celebrating the 56th Church Anniversary April 18-22, 2012 Wednesday … April 18, 2012, Family and Friends Bible Study & Fellowship Meal … 6:30pm-8:30pm; Thursday … April 19, 2012, Day of Fasting and Prayer … 6:00am … 6:00pm; Friday … April 20, 2012, Family Game Night … 6:30pm … 9:00pm; Saturday … April 21, 2012, In-Home Group Bible Study … 10:00am … 12:00pm; Sunday … April 22, 2012, Anniversary Worship Service and Fellowship Meal … 10:45am Rev. Roosevelt Gray,Jr., Guest Anniversary Preacher, Assistant to the President, Michigan District … LCMS

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APRIL 14, 2012THE STAR PAGE A-3 Q"Continued from A-1 especially, the ability of people who deliberately provoke deadly confrontations to simply walk away. Thats why I took the lead to assemble the Stand Your GroundŽ task force which began immediately. Its determined to do what the governor appears reluctant to tackle, namely to closely examine through the eyes of those on the laws front lines whether Stand Your Ground has worked as intended, or if its being used to shield armed aggressors such as gang members and vigilantes from prosecution. Their findings will be presented for legislative action. This isnt about taking gun rights away from Floridians. This is about giving them the increased security the law was supposed to deliver, but in too many cases, is going to the bad guys instead. Unless Floridians are comfortable with this double-edge sword and the immunity it guarantees any killer simply by claiming self defense,Ž Im ready to get to work. The governor should be too. Senator Chris Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale) is the incoming Senate Democratic Leader. His Stand Your Ground Task ForceŽ consists of law enforcement, prosecutors, and legal experts, and met for the first time in Ft. Lauderdale on April 5th. More information can be found at: FloridaStandYourGround.org. AngelaContinued from A-1 of the case. Zimmermans cell is designed to hold two inmates. It is equipped with a toilet and two beds with sheets and a pillow. No inmates are provided access to television and they are not permitted to use or possess tobacco products. They are provided access to books and magazines from the facilitys library cart. They may also have books and magazines delivered directly to them from the publisher of the periodical. Bibles are also permitted. Zimmerman, like all of the inmates, have three scheduled hours of recreation time per week; three meals per day with an average calorie count of 2,834. The affidavit of probable cause was provided by the investigators with a detail of foundings. It states that on Sunday, February 28, 2012, Trayvon Martin was temporarily living at Twin Lakes, a gated community in Sanford. That evening he walked to a 7-11 where he purchased a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles. He then walked back and entered the gated community and was on his way back to the townhouse where he was living when he was profiled by George Zimmerman. Martin was unarmed and was not committing a crime. Zimmerman also lived in the gated community and while driving his vehicle he saw Martin and assumed he was a criminal. He felt he did not belong in the community, called the police, talked with the dispatcher since he perceived that Martin was acting suspicious. The officer told him he was on his way and that he should wait for him. Zimmerman said, while being recorded, these assholes, they always get away....and more. Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued. Witness heard people arguing and what sounded like a struggle. Martins mother heard the voice crying for help and said it was her son. The investigators said the report was not complete but there was evidence of Probable Cause for Second Degree Murder.

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DONT MISS my exclusive interview with Bill Cosby in the April 21 edition of TALK OF THE TOWN! in The Florida Star on newsstands April 21. A Tale of Two Evenings With the Ritz Chamber Players Chevara Orrin and husband Marlon Hubbard have done it again! The dynamic couple, supporters of the Ritz Chamber Players, offered a chamber music soiree at their lovely Springfield home for guests to preview RCPs 2012 Spring Concert, being held the next evening. Chevara and Marlons home, a reconstructed corner store, offers a casual ambience that is perfect for entertaining and accommod ated the RCP and audience comfortably. I had the best front row seat! As a matter of fact, I was so close, I thought Terrance was going to hand me an instrument to play. RCP artists are: Terrance Patterson RCP Founder and Artistic Director, clarinet; Alison Buchanan soprano; Dr. David Berry piano; Tahirah Whittington, cello; Judy Dines flute; and Kyle Lombard violin. The 2012 Spring Concert, The Sacred and the SacrilegiousŽ was at Jacoby Hall of the Times Union Center for Performing Arts. Th e featured composers were Johann Sebastian Bach; George Frideric Handel, Antoni Szalowski, Dr. James Lee, III, and Felix Mendelssohn. Especially exciting was the Jacksonville Premiere of Night Visions of Kippur composed by Dr. James Lee, III This beautiful composition for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, was commissioned for the Ritz Chamber Players by J. C. and Renee Cannon on behalf of the University of Washingtons Inte rnational Chamber Music Series. Dr. Lee described Night Visions of Kippur as a musical commentary largely based on the seventh chapter of the biblical book of Daniel.Ž The Ritz Chamber Players are celebrating ten years of outstanding performances in Jacksonville and around the world. For more information about the Ritz Chamber Players visit their website at www.ritzchamberplayers.org. PAGE A-4THE STARAPRIL 14, 2012 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley frances@thefloridastar.comVolume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. 6: Chamber music soiree hosted by Chevara Orrin and husband, Marlon Hubbard are pictured with the Ritz Chamber Players, left to right, Dr. David Berry, Judy Dines, Kyle Lombard, Alison Buchanan, Terrancve Patterson (rear), and Tahirah Whittington. 7: Pictured from left to right, Reuben Gaines, Juanita Wright, Leandrew Mills, III, Erick Dittas, Dr. Richard Danf ord, Kay Harper, Rep. Terry Fields, and Renee Pollard. 8: Pictured left to right, Frances Calhoun Bradley, Barbara Breaker, Ok Sun Burks, Sarah, and hostess, Chevara Orrin Left: Ritz Chamber Players take a bow at the Spring Concert, "The Sacred and the Sacrilegious", Right: Backstage after the Spring Concert, Ritz Chamber Players, left to right, are: Dr. David Berry, piano; Tahirah Whittington, cello; Judy Dines, flute; KyleLombard, violin; Terrance Patterson, RCP Founder and Artistic Director, clarinet; and Alison Buchanan, soprano. Left: Chevara Orrin and Barbara Breaker backstage after the RCP concert, Middle: Backstage after the concert, left-right, Mary Washington, Cecilia WashingtonCarr, Frances Calhoun Bradley, James Lee, III, Composer, and Ok Sun Burks, Right: Ritz Chamber Players Soprano, Alison Buchanan and Frances Calhoun Bradley, TALK OF THETOWN! Photo 1: Terrance Patterson, 2: Ritz Chamber Players at the Springfield home of Chevara Orrin and Marlon Hubbard, 3: Soprano Al ison Buchanan, 4: Dr. Richard Danford, President, Jacksonville Urban League with soiree host, Marlon Hubbard, 5: The Reuben Gaines'

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This television season has certainly produced an array of talented and beautiful ladies who are not only visually pleasing to the male viewing audience eyes but are delivering the goods in the arena of authentic, dramatic acting and presentation. Cynthia Addai-Robinson definitely ranks at the top of this seasons list as one of the leading ladies who fires up the small screen every week as Naevia on the Starz Network ancient war drama Spartacus. The London born and Washington, D.C. reared Robinson is a graduate of the Tisch School of Arts, NYU with a BA degree in Theater. Soon afterward she started booking TV roles on CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Numbers, FlashForward and others. Her last film role was in Columbiana. On Spartacus, Robinson joined the cast for its second season which premiered in January. She took over the role of Naevia, the Roman slave girl who was captured at the end of last season and was played by another actress. In the beginning of this second season, Naevia escapes and is rescued by a fellow rebel slave named Krixus. They become lovers as well as opponents of the Roman Army. For those who are not familiar with the legend; Spartacus was born in 109 BC. He and his wife were sold into Roman Slavery and soon after he led a slave revolt against the Roman Army. What happened to his wife is unknown but Spartacus was reportedly set up by pirates to be killed. Kirk Douglas and Laurence Oliver starred in the original 1960 movie version. By most historical accounts Spartacus did actually exist. What is Robinsons rundown on that? She responds, Im more focused on the story that we portray on the show as apposed to the actual history of it. We sort of bend the truth a little bit just for the sake of television. But as far as the violence and the fights between gladiators and the slave rebellion; I mean all of that, I think we like to stay true to the actual violent history of it all. So sometimes its gory but that probably what it was back then. What kind of a demand does a role like Naevia put on Robinson? She reflects, Its a pretty intense shoot. I mean we are achieving a real cinematic end result on a television time line and budget. So we have a shooting schedule thats pretty demanding. Each episode takes twelve shooting days which is a lot for television and we normally have two crews running at any given time. The days are definitely long and as far as the conditions; were dirty, were running around covered in stage blood, its definitely not for the faint of heart but we are all passionate about being there so that helps get us through the job. Where is this show shot? Robinson explains, We film in Auckland, New Zealand so we are on the other side of the world which also adds to the challenge of being far from home and working. But in a way, while Im away, I can fully put all of my efforts into filming the show. Sometimes thats great because you need that focus but other times its challenging because you want to be with your friends and family. In terms of zeroing in on her Naevia character, Robinson stresses, Im someone stepping into the role from the second season. So in the first season, the prequel the role was established by another actress. I had the first season to look at and see where they had the character and where they left her. Robinson put all of the pieces together from there. On a lighter note, Robinson is fairly new to twitter but advices her fans to follow her @cynthiaaddairob She will keep you up to date. PAGE -5 THESTAR APRIL 14, 2012ENTERTAINMENT Cynthia Addai-Robinson Brings Beauty, Excitement and Daring, To Spartacus!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and FacebookPhoto by Keith Munyan By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Music : Last weekend in my home town Omaha, Nebraska, rapper Tyga totally mishandled the situation after a couple of hecklers threw water bottles at him on stage. Instead of tactfully calming down the incident with diplomacy, Tyga went off, calling some of the locals bad names and challenged a particular heckler to meet him outside after the show. Bad idea buddy! Upon trying to leave in his van with an equipment trailer hooked to the back, Tygas vehicle was shot up by some unidentified people in a following car. Female rapper Honey Cocaine was hit in the arm and a window was blown out. Bullet holes were all over the van and trailer. Nine people including two children were inside the van. Honey was taken to a hospital and treated where they said she would be OK. No arrests have been made as of press time. Rappers need to be cool and not take my home town Omaha for a joke (remember the spoof on the Nebraska dude in Belly )? It is something that I dont encourage but the young homies in the Big O have no problem blowing people away who dis them. Can we all just get along? TV : Be sure to catch the BET Celebration of Gospel this Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8: PM ET/PT. This is the shows twelfth year and it was hosted for the 12 th time by comedian, radio and TV personality Steve Harvey who was at the top of his game joke wise again. There were emotionally stirring tributes to the late Mahalia Jackson and Whitney Houstion. The Jackson tribute was performed Pastor Shirley Caeser, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell and anchored by Jennifer Holliday who brought the house down. The Houston tribute was done by Kelly Price. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Dr. Bobby Jones teamed to render The Spoken Word segment. Guest performers included The Rance Allen Group, Earnest Pugh, James Fortune, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Maurette Brown-Clark and many others. Movies : Intruders. Millennium Entertainment, Apaches Entertainment and Antena 3 Films. Starring Clive Oven, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Bruhl, Pilar Lopez De Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero, Kerry Fox and Hector Alterio Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Screenplay by Nico Casariego and Jaime Marques. Produced by Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Belen Atienza and Mercedes Gamero. We may have the classic boogie-man story in this one. Hollow Face is a spooky, shadowy figure who lurks in the dark corners of your room at night. He appears to have no details to make out a face. He begins to stalk Mia (Purnell) after she was attacked in her own bedroom. Her dad John (Owen) sets on a mission to destroy Hollow Face any way he can. This is a good mystery as well as it is horror. Fans of this genre will get off on it! The Island President. Samuel Goldwyn Films in association with Impact Partners. Starring the former President of The Maldives Islands, Mohamed Nasheed. This documentary is about Nasheed appealing to the world leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit to reduce carbon emissions. The Malives is considered to be the lowest lying country in the world. If the ocean level rose just a mere three meters in sea level, the Maldives would literally be underwater and could very well suffer the fate of Atlantis and disappear. Nasheed made his case and caught the attention of the world causing China, India and the U.S. to agree to reduce carbon emissions for the first time ever. Unfortunately, Nasheed was forced to resign as President in February of this year as a result of a Coup d etat lead by opposition leaders, military and police force still loyal to the former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Rych McCains Hollyhood Notes!

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PAGE A-6THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012 A Scared Continued from A-1 However, Harriet Tubmans civil disobedience ran afoul with some of the enslaved African-Americans she was trying to freeŽ from bondage. For instance, I am sure that your black history griot relayed to you how, with extraordinary personal courage, Harriet returned to Maryland seeking to liberate her husband but remarkably he refused to accompany her to freedom thus opting to remain in his current position. During other death-defying trips, the Moses of Her People as she was rightfully called, returned south again and again to help scores of other enslaved AfricanAmericans seek freedom. Inexplicably, it was reported that while some enslaved AfricanAmericans were more than willing to defy the odds by escaping others had to be forced under threat of being shot by Harriett if they didnt comply with her orders. I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.Ž Which brings me to Sasser, Georgia. On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, I, along with other run awayŽ African-Americans, led a peaceful demonstration at the governmental offices of Terrell County. Our attempted request, for the third time, was simple---remove the raciallycharged and culturally offensive highway sign called Chain Gang Road.Ž We vociferously object to the continuing existence of this highway sign because it resurrects a powerful and shameful imagery that symbolically represented racial oppression and atrocities rendered to primarily southern African American convict laborers. In addition, language is a transmitter of culture and ideas that often shapes perceptions which can be used to perpetuate demeaning characterizations, racial bias, and could easily evoke grossly inflammatory mental images and inaccurate exaggerations synonymous with AfricanAmericans (Trayvon Martin). Finally, hateful language, racist expressions, epithets, and slurs that is transmitted or transposed on or via governmental property intimidates, incites violence, or causes a prejudicial action against a protected individual or group. So, the sequel and phobias continue. Our peaceful demonstration at the county commissioners meeting was met with its usual dose of vindictiveness and hatefulness from the majority white commissioners. Instead of welcoming the participation and attendance from a group of polite, civic-minded AfricanAmericans who were interested in exercising their rights in the democratic process just like the white civic-minded attendees, the chairman upon observing a sea of black faces entering the room abruptly cancelled the business meeting! However, we were not deterred. Our group reconvened the peaceful demonstration at the Babcock Furniture store which is the worksite of one of the commissioners. It is worth noting that this is the same commissioner who represents the district in which the detestable Chain Gang sign is displayed. Why am I in search of wisdom from Harriet Tubman? Because it is evident that most of the African-American populous within Terrell County are scared. They are scared of attending the monthly county commissioners meetings and giving voice to issues that is detrimental to their existence. Its obvious that the lone two black county commissioners desperately are in need of their help. They are scared of championing the Chain Gang RoadŽ cause and would rather allow an insulting sign sit prominently and permanently within their community without resistance. (Meanwhile, yours truly who resides in Jacksonville, Florida travels an eight-hour trip monthly to fight this battle on their behalf!) They are scared to challenge the white-power structure that sits on the county commission, who without a quiver, approved for the expenditure of thousands of dollars to be given for the construction of a dog kennel while heartlessly rejecting the needed funds for a swimming pool for the black youth and community. Sadly, I was informed that unless enticed with food, most in the faith-based community is scared to be seen attending a meeting involving civil rights matters. They are scared to overcome their apathy by petitioning for a recall election of the white commissioners who obviously do not have their best interest at heart----and without impunity openly demonstrate their disdain for African-Americans. They are scared to challenge the anemic hiring of African-American professionals to work in various leadership and rank and file positions within the governmental offices. They are scared to inquire whether government contracts are awarded to minority businesses. They are scared to institute term limits so that the chairmans 40-year dynasty is immediately abolished. They are scared to fight the ruling class by supporting viable African-American candidates to defeat the incumbents who currently sit on the county commission. (This should be a slam dunk because this county has a majority black population). They are scared to pool their resources so that they can build black businesses thus avoiding getting permission from the bigoted bank officers who can dictate whether they are worthy for a loan. (How hard could it be to build a business since research has shown that our ancestors built this nation?) They are scared of protesting against Bill 1162 which sets aside tax payers money for private schools thus liquidating the needed funds for the public school systems. Bottom line, they are SCARED! Uq"yjcv."kh"vjg"Tgrwdnkecpu"jcxg"jcf"gpqwij<" Yg"ycpv"”Lwuvkeg‘"hqt"vjg"mknnkpi"qh"Vtc{xqp"Octvkp By Glorious Johnson Co-Founder, The Southeast Region Community Economic DevelopmentAssoc., Inc. On February 26, a 17-year old black teenager was shot and killed by a socalled neighborhood watch captain, in Sanford, Florida. The person who killed the teenager has not been arrested. When I first heard this tragedy over 42 days ago, I felt a very hard pain in my stomach as the tears flowed down my face. How can this be? A young mans life has been taken because of a want-to-be cop. I said a pray asking God to give the parents strength, courage and the will to fight this injustice until Zimmerman is arrested and the law does due diligence for the killing of a young life. This injustice is now all over the world. Petitions are being signed, rallies are being held all over the world as people are speaking out, expressing their support for the Martin family. But justice continues to be delayed. As William Goldstone stated many years ago, Justice delayed, Justice denied.Ž Not only is justice being delayed, the Republicans, in a national survey are saying they have had enough of the Trayvon Martin stories. Have these people lost their mind? We are talking about a child being shot down in cold blood by a person who uses the Stand Your GroundŽ defense. As a mother and a grandmother, I am appalled at what I see, hear, and read the hateful, blatant disrespect, and cruel comments by the Republicans and others who expresses no interest in justice for the Martin family. The survey below, taken by the PEW Research Center, gives you a picture of whats wrong with our country. Interest in Trayvons death is intensely divided by race and political party. A total of 1,000 adults, nationally, were surveyed from March 29 through April 1, 2012. According to the Pew Research Center poll, more Republicans (56%) than Democrats (25%) say that there is too much coverage of Trayvons death. What do they mean by too much?Ž Our children and our families mean everything in the world to us and we are not going to allow the hate, disrespect, and the blatant destructive activities and threats frighten us in keeping our mouths closed. I dont think so! As Tim Wise stated, People who have demonstrated that the human values of equity, fairness and justice are not merely modern contrivances but rather timeless guide-posts that have historically been betrayed, bringing dishonor to our nation.Ž (Wise, 2012, p.151).

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By ARTHIA NIXON Caribbean News Editor BAHAMAS: What started off as a small idea in the mind of Therena TerriŽ Cunningham has now evolved into a major female empowerment leadership conference and training event that is drawing students, beauty queens, and even the first African-American female U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas. Recently held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort in Nassau, the 8th annual S.T.R.A.W. Inc. ’ Center for Young Women s Girls Leadership Conference drew over 500 teens and young women. Attendees included representatives from diverse spheres of society including law enforcement, business and even the sexual health. Experts tackled subtopics such as: Hold Em, Fold Em, Walk Away or Run?Ž; Help! Ive Run Out of AcesŽ; Its Not the Cards Youve Been Dealt, Its How You Play Your HandŽ; Shuffling the Deck … Playing FairŽ; In It to Win It!Ž; Deal Me In I Want to PlayŽ; Laying all Your Cards on the Table … How far is too far?Ž Former US Ambassador Hon. Nicole Avant travelled from Los Angeles, California to deliver the luncheon keynote address … Playing to Win When Quitting is Not An Option.Ž Other special guests include Miss Gospel Bahamas … Lavette Smith, Theodore Elyetts Miss Teen Bahamas World … Yamease Swain and Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy … Allyah Beneby, Miss Teen Plus Bahamas … Risnel Elliott and Miss Talented Teen Bahamas … Monesha Bowleg. S.T.R.A.W. Inc.s volunteers from Florida International University Alternative Breaks Program assisted conference participants who represented public and private primary (6th grade Emerging Leaders), junior and senior high schools and our special schools throughout New Providence and the Family Islands. The purpose of S.T.R.A.W. Inc.s Annual Girls Leadership Conference is to bring together sixth grade transitioning, junior and senior high school and first year college female students and motivate them to achieve academic excellence and personal responsibility,Ž said Ms. Cunningham.  At this years conference, the teen girls and young women were introduced to the concept of acknowledging that every hand they were dealt in life was a winning hand … every obstacle is surmountable. The participants had the opportunity to network, learn new skills, receive encouragement, interact with adult experts and of course have fun! During the conference, the participants (including the guidance counselors) focused on building a broad knowledge base, exchanging best practices and becoming well-rounded individuals who can chart their own destiny.Ž The group evolved from the Bahamas Majorettes and Marching Auxiliaries, a community based dance and drill team that I organized in 2002,Ž Ms. Cunningham told The Star. It was an effort focused on teaching discipline, self esteem, finesse, time management and dance.Ž She stated that after two years of counseling, advocacy, travelling, performances, competition and small group sessions, S.T.R.A.W. Inc. was born to give girls a voice, a support system, tips, tools and techniques for wellness as they transition to adulthood and a safe place. The principals of S.T.R.A.W. Inc. ’ Center for Young Women believe that by engaging young women in identifying needs, connecting them with resources, advocating for social change, reflecting on action, social change will be powerful, effective, and sustainable,Ž she added. The conference comes at a time when school age girls and young women can gather together in a forum where they receive tips, tools and leadership techniques needed to enhance their life skills. Participants have the opportunity to connect in a safe environment with caring adults who motivate them to develop leadership skills and give guidance for career decisions and the promotion of personal success.Ž Ms. Cunningham said that the leadership conference reinforces education as the key to success and encourages girls to learn more about themselves, their goals and their dreams. As a result, shes become optimistic about the future of her organization. The conference has been growing exponentially every year and reaching a diverse market of teen girls and young women,Ž she beams. Not just the elite, or those chosen to be success. I am pleased to say that my conference is open to the leader in all teen girls and young women. All young women have the potential to be successful leaders in full control of all areas of their lives.Ž And will the group ever consider launching out beyond The Bahamas? Yes,Ž says Ms. Cunningham. There are plans to take the conference to other Caribbean Islands and the United States. We must network together, exchange best practices, strengthen, uplift, encourage and work together to advocate for and effect positive change for black women everywhere. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other likeminded NGOs throughout the region.Ž For more information visit www.strawincbahamas.org By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor CANADA: Having the honor of speaking with the Vincentian man who just broke the world record dancing six consecutive days, my first question was obviously what the rest of the region wanted to know:What possessed a man from the warm Caribbean to go to one of the most northern settlements in Canada, a few miles from the Artic Circle to attempt this record?Ž After a hearty laugh, Earl Ole GeorgeŽ Daniel gave his answer: It wasnt about breaking records or seeking recognition. It was about inspiring people I care about. It was about showing them that mind can win over the physical especially when it comes to taking your own life in a place where it is so common. It was about a cause and if I was able to save just one life then the cause was worth it.Ž There were doubts from the beginning. After all, who can dance to rhythms ranging from dancehall to soca to reggae, to polka, jazz then Native American music, stay on beat, eat his choice food of watermelon, sip his drinks, refrain from sleeping and only being allowed one five minute interval every four hours or so to use the bathroom? Ole George can. He danced an amazing 130 hours and 40 minutes breaking the previous record which was 123 hours and 23 minutes. Despite a few calluses on his feet, a sore back and legs, the doctors and nurses who rotated their shifts to make sure he was monitored nonstop saw nothing medically wrong after his achievement. By the first day, some people were doubting me,Ž he recalled. By the second day, it was getting out through the village that I made it. By the third and fourth day, other villages and towns came with their spectators to see if what they were hearing was true. When I finally stopped dancing between 5 and 6 a.m. the gym I was in was crowded with people who were there cheering me on, dancing along with me and all of that inspired me to continue to the point where I wasnt even considering time. That kind of encouragement and support always helps you to continue.Ž Online viewers watching the event streaming live on www.dennisdaniel.org witnessed a heros fanfare when Ole George finally allowed his body to stop dancing. The wheelchair doctors requested for him was barely able to move as the community crowded forward to shake his hand and cheer him on. Hours later, he was immortalized in the Inuit way and ceremonies were held in his honor. Im a walker,Ž admits the man who has walked around entire islands and hundreds of miles in the United States and Caribbean. I dont think I will go out to break my own dance record.Ž At the end of the day, it is absolutely fair to say that one of the worlds oldest tribes that still continues its ancient way of hunting, living and speaking, got to witness a living legend as Ole George inadvertently etched himself into their history as the man from the land of sun, sand and sea who danced for a week nonstop to remind them of the sanctity of life. APRIL 14, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 TERRIFICTERRI SETSSTANDARD WITHS.T.R.A.W LEADERSHIPCONFERENCEFORGIRLS HEDIDIT:Ole George Becomes First Caribbean Man To Enter Guiness Book Of World Records For Dancing After A Non-Stop Weeklong Showdown In Canada High schoolers attending the S.T.R.A.W conference have fun with impromptu cheer sessions. S.T.R.A.W Founder/President Therena Cunningham with former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant who flew in from California to participate as a keynote speaker. Attendees at this years S.T.R.A.W. women and girls conference in Nassau, The Bahamas St. Vincent native Earl Ole George Daniel (pictured) set out to inspire an Inuit village he met during a stint as a social worker in north Canada. What started off as one mans mission to create awareness of a communitys suicide problem has made him the pride of the Caribbean.

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PAGE A-8THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012 O O p e n i n g D o o r s T o F a i r H o u s i n g Saturday, April 21st 7:30 a.m. … 12:00 p.m. Jacksonville Public Library Downtown 303 N. Laura Street Multi-Purpose Rooms Panel Discussion Disability and the Aging Population Barriers to Accessible Housing Requests for Reasonable Accommodation or Modifications Trends in Design & Construction Fair Housing and the ADA FREE EVENT / FREE PARKING (DUVAL STREET PARKING GARAGE) Advanced Registration Required Register by email at JHRCRSVP@coj.net or by calling (904) 630-1212 x3020 TTY (904) 630-4125 Breakfast will be served Kids Zone (childcare) Available … Ages 4-12 Public Accommodations request for persons with special needs must be received by April 6, 2012

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APRIL 14, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDA SECTION B Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America NACA Make Your Home Payment Affordable Program First Family Easter Egg Roll Hundreds of children participated in the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington. On one occasion President Obama helped a little boy roll his egg to the finish line. Photos by Frank M. Powell, III, photographer for The Florida Star The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACAs primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership. NACA has made the dream of homeownership a reality for thousands of working people by counseling them honestly and effectively, enabling even those with poor credit to purchase a home or refinance a predatory loan with far better terms than those provided even in the prime market. Several home owners showed up for this very needed occasion recently in Jacksonville, hoping to get their mortgage lowered with a smaller interest rate. Some in attendance applied for new home loans at low interest rates. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Detria Austin Russell NACA National Director External and Governmental Affairs, Carol and Idonica Brown and Shert Proctor NACA Former Florida Senator Anthony C. ''Tony'' Hill and Florence Moore NACA Volunteer Tiavra, Zahara, Yezenia Ortiz and Congresswoman Corrine Brown Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Janet Wilson is out of the red Rebia Temple #8 Prince Hall Shriner A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Robert Mainor, Versie Williams, Leroy McCaskill, Pat McCaskill, Cyntrel Millie, Alanais Millie, and Ziyonna Brooks Joann Postell, City Council Member Kimberly Daniels, Former State Rep. Terry Fields, Linda Moten NACA Board of Directors Volunteer Coordinator Out Reach Community Coordinator Eartha Norwood U S Department Of Housing and Urban Development Housing Program Specialist and Congresswoman Corrine Brown Angelique Smyth with Freddiemac and Congresswoman Corrine Brown An American Beach Easter 2012 McCoy and Taylor Family over twenty years coming to American Beach

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By:Martha King [Garvey was born in 1887] The next generation of writers displaying Garveyism might be termed the precursors of the Black Arts movement. Extending James Baldwin's protest themes in Nobody Knows My Name (1960) and The Fire Next Time (1963), the aggressive poets of the sixties, such as Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), decry the destructive environment of the northern ghetto and portray Garvey's contempt for such dehumanizing existence. Beyond the 1960s, an aesthetic perspective that embraces the racial loyalty and pride found in Garveyism is seen in works such as Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970). Thus, the influence of the Garvey social and political movement continues. See--Tony Martin, Literary Garveyism: Garvey, Black Arts and the Harlem Renaissance, 1983. James de Jongh, Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination, 1990. From The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press. [Editor's Note: The following is a small selection of materials from the extensive Marcus Garvey site at UCLA] Marcus Garvey: An Overview Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) form a critical link in black America's centuries-long struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. As the leader of the largest organized mass movement in black history and progenitor of the modern "black is beautiful" ideal, Garvey is now best remembered as a champion of the back-to-Africa movement. In his own time he was hailed as a redeemer, a "Black Moses." Though he failed to realize all his objectives, his movement still represents a liberation from the psychological bondage of racial inferiority. Garvey was born on 17 August 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica. He left school at 14, worked as a printer, joined Jamaican nationalist organizations, toured Central America, and spent time in London. Content at first with accommodation, on his return to Jamaica, he aspired to open a Tuskegee-type industrial training school. In 1916 he came to America at Booker T. Washington's invitation, but arrived just after Washington died. Garvey arrived in America at the dawn of the "New Negro" era. Black discontent, punctuated by East St. Louis's bloody race riots in 1917 and intensified by postwar disillusionment, peaked in 1919's Red Summer. Shortly after arriving, Garvey embarked upon a period of travel and lecturing. When he settled in New York City, he organized a chapter of the UNIA, which he had earlier founded in Jamaica as a fraternal organization. Drawing on a gift for oratory, he melded Jamaican peasant aspirations for economic and cultural independence with the American gospel of success to create a new gospel of racial pride. "Garveyism" eventually evolved into a religion of success, inspiring millions of black people worldwide who sought relief from racism and colonialism. To enrich and strengthen his movement, Garvey envisioned a great shipping line to foster black trade, to transport passengers between America, the Caribbean, and Africa, and to serve as a symbol of black grandeur and enterprise. The UNIA incorporated the Black Star Line in 1919. The line's flagship, the S.S. Yarmouth, made its maiden voyage in November and two other ships joined the line in 1920. The Black Star Line became a powerful recruiting tool for the UNIA, but it was ultimately sunk by expensive repairs, discontented crews, and top-level mismanagement and corruption. By 1920 the UNIA had hundreds of chapters worldwide; it hosted elaborate international conventions and published the Negro World, a widely disseminated weekly that was soon banned in many parts of Africa and the Caribbean. Over the next few years, however, the movement began to unravel under the strains of internal dissension, opposition from black critics, and government harassment. In 1922 the federal government indicted Garvey on mail fraud charges stemming from Black Star Line promotional claims and he suspended all BSL operations. (Two years later, the UNIA created another line, the Black Cross Navigation and Trading Co., but it, too, failed.) Garvey was sentenced to prison. The government later commuted his sentence, only to deport him back to Jamaica in November 1927. He never returned to America. In Jamaica Garvey reconstituted the UNIA and held conventions there and in Canada, but the heart of his movement stumbled on in America without him. While he dabbled in local politics, he remained a keen observer of world events, writing voluminously in his own papers. His final move was to London, in 1935. He settled there shortly before Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia and his public criticisms of Haile Selassie's behavior after the invasion alienated many of his own remaining followers. In his last years he slid into such obscurity that he suffered the final indignity of reading his own obituaries a month before his 10 June 1940 death.Copyright 1995 The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project, UCLA Online Source: http://www.isop.ucla.edu/mgpp/intro.htm. About Marcus Garvey and the Black Star Line part 2PAGE B 2THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012 /Community Activities WALK MS, Saturday, April 14, 2012, Jacksonville Historical Society, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. at Old Andrews, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.665.0064 for more information. GENERATION NEXT YOUTH TALENT COMPETITION: AuditionsSaturday, April 14, from 2-5 p.m. Keyboard connection, Pianos and Organs, 9912 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257. For more information and applications visit JaxJazzFest.com. Daughtry: Moran Theatre, on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 300 Water Street, Times Union Center for Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for more information. SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ORIENTATION Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monday, April 16, 2012, 3 Independent Drive W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.366.6600. VAN HALEN WITH SPECIAL GUEST KOOL & THE GANG, thisMonday, April 16, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.3900 for more information. Family & Friends Reunion: STANTON & STANTON VOCATIONAL (More Than A Game),Ritz Theatre and Museum this Tuesday, April 17, 2012at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL32202. Contact 904.632.5555 for additional information. The Fresh Beat Band, Florida Theatre, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.2787 for more information. Friday Musicale: OPERA, FRIDAY MUSICALE on Friday, April 20, 2012, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please call 904.355.7584 for any information. JACKSONVILLE NEXT GENERATION PROGRAM & RECEPTION: Thursday, April 19, 2012, University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. For more information contact 904.396.1687. INAUGURAL MAYOR BROWN INTERFAITH CELEBRATION, Friday, April 20, 2012. The breakfast will be held on Friday, April 20, from 7:30 9:00 a.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. To reserve, call 630-city, or visit www.COJ.NET. FRIDAY MUSICALE: OPERA, Friday Musicale, Friday, April 20, 2012, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please contact 904.355.7584 for additional information. THE LANDING FRIDAY MARKET: Friday, April 20, 2012, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. (StatePoint) Did you know that simple tweaks to your lifestyle can go a long way toward reducing your carbon footprint? By lowering the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you cause in your daily activities, youll not only do the right thing for the planet, you should save some money too. Start by sealing up drafts to optimize your heating and cooling. Turn off and unplug appliances that are not in use. And use natural gas for cooking, water heating, home heating, drying clothes and in your fireplace. Natural gas reduces your homes carbon footprint an average of 46 percent. To learn your carbon footprint, and more about how to reduce it, visit www.epa.gov Whats Your Carbon Footprint? Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Be Sure You Know The Signs Of Heart Failure StatePoint) Its possible you or a loved one could be suffering from one of the most common and often misdiagnosed heart conditions, and not know it. According to the Heart Failure Society of America, five million Americans are affected by heart failure and many more may have the condition but are unaware. As such, its a great time to learn about heart failure and its symptoms, and what to do to stay heart healthy. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood. Blood can back up in areas of the body and vital organs eventually shut down. Common Causes The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease, a narrowing of vessels that deliver blood to the heart, therefore reducing oxygen levels and impairing the hearts functionality. Other contributors include infection in the heart muscle, valvular heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and age. Adults over 65 are more at risk, as well as those with a history of heart attack or cardiac arrest. Know the Symptoms Heart failure symptoms vary by age, population and gender, and can start gradually or suddenly. Common symptoms include shortness of breath while active or at rest, fatigue, persistent coughing, heart palpitations, and swelling of the ankles, feet or abdomen. Symptoms become more prominent as the condition advances. Men typically have a higher incidence rate, but it is common for women to downplay symptom severity, leading doctors to under-treat them. Its important to report any symptoms or changes in health status to your physician, no matter how minor you feel they may be,Ž says Dr. Kevin R. Campbell, a cardiac electrophysiologist who cares for a large population of heart failure patients at Wake Heart & Vascular in North Carolina. You may not see a correlation between symptoms, but they can signal worsening heart failure to a physician which could be life threatening.Ž Reduce Risks Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your risks. Daily exercise, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grain and low-fat proteins, quitting tobacco, and regular health screenings are all helpful. When lifestyle changes arent enough, medicine may help treat symptoms and prevent heart failure from worsening. In some cases, a medical device may help improve a patients quality of life. Certain kinds of pacemakers can resynchronize a failing heart to improve heart function, while implantable defibrillators can prevent sudden death. As a last resort, a heart transplant may be necessary. Heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalization for patients over age 65 in the U.S. and is the first-listed diagnosis in more than 875,000 hospitalizations each year,Ž said Dr. Mark Carlson, chief medical officer in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division at St. Jude Medical. Current device therapy and future devices will improve quality of life for patients, and address an important clinical and health economic problem.Ž St. Jude Medical is a leading manufacturer of devices that treat heart failure, including cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). A CRT pacemaker helps each side of the heart contract simultaneously to restore pumping ability. An ICD sends an electrical pulse to stop life-threatening heart rhythms and prevents cardiac arrest. If you believe you have heart failure, make a doctor's appointment to start monitoring symptoms and determine treatment. ****

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIA SECTION B COASTAL GEORGIA MINORITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED: Event Draws Representatives From County, State and National Levels APRIL 14, 2012 By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star Dignitaries from neighboring counties, the state capital and even the nations capital gathered in Brunswick last week to take part in the official launch of the Coastal Georgia Minority Chamber of Commerce. Celebrities from the corporate world who attended included Linda Pritchett, candidate for State House District #63 Atlanta, Ga; Anna Henderson President GAACC; Senator Donzella James; Sherri Fine, President of The National Black Chamber of Commerce; Harry Alford, VP of Special Projects; Charles H. Debow III and North Carolina Head, Claude Mcdougall. The evening before the big event, the Georgia Star had the honor of being the first media house to interview Burnette Fulton, who is the chambers founder, president and CEO. He thanked us for expressing interest in seeking out the group to highlight them as well as acknowledge how important we in our role in informing the community. He also shared how his vision became a reality. The idea was birthed several year ago but it never got off the ground,Ž admitted Mr. Fulton. But we didnt give up. We knew we wanted an empowerment organization and kept on revisiting the idea of having a black chamber of commerce. About five months ago, we started carving out the infrastructure of what we wanted the group to be and sent a letter to Washington to the National Chamber of Commerce.Ž Mr. Fulton said he was delighted when he received an invitation to make an official visit to the National Chamber of Commerce. We all went up there and met with the National Chamber of Commerce president, vice-president and vice-president of Special Projects,Ž recalled Mr. Fulton. They were so impressed with us after we made our presentation that they accepted us immediately as a new member.Ž When asked why he felt it necessary to have minority chamber of commerce when Glynn county already has a chamber of commerce, Mr. Fulton replied, We realize that the city has the Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and we are not going out to compete with them. Its just that we have some areas of concern that need to be addressed and have been overlooked. While they do what they do, we are looking at enhancing and revitalizing our community.Ž When you step back and look at the community and see the direction where it is head, you see that were are not living up to our potential as a people,Ž he said. We feel this group will help us overcome the struggles we face. We believe that through this Chamber, we will be able to see more people go into business, we will assist them with business plans and other things to help get them on their feet. In turn, they can enhance their quality of life. While we are based in Glynn county, we plan to also embrace our neighbors in McIntosh and Camden as much as we can.Ž Photos:Mature Movement The Glynn County Area Congress of Zion Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Christian Educational Congress of Zion Missionary Baptist Association presentws "The Seven Last Sayings of Christ" on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Zion Baptist Church in Brunswick, Georgia. Speakers included Minister Helen B. Myers, Associate Minister-Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Willis Mulen, Sr. PastorBethel Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Yvette Pressley, Associate MinisterZion Baptist Church; Rev. Darrell Dawson, PastorBright Star Baptist Church; Rev. Johnny Graves, Pastor -Thessalonica Missoinary Baptist Church; Rev. Arizona Perkins, PastorOak Grove Missionary Baptist Churchc and Rev. Dr. DeWayne Attical, Pastor -Abysinia Missionary Baptist Church. Program Participants: Scripture, Rev. Kaye Manigualt, Assistant Minister -Sharron Missionary Baptist Church, New York City; Prayer, Minister Larry Rackard, Associate Minister -Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Welsome Deacon Sonnie Jones; Occasion Sis. Arlene Jones; Soloist Elder Angela Favors-Morrell; Sister Marie Brogsdale serves as Minister of Music, Worship Leader Deacon Leo Moore; Rev. Craig Campbell, Sr. Pastor of Zion Baptist Church Presided. (Rev. J. D. Williams, Second iIce Moderator in attendance) The Glynn County Area County Area Congress Churches: Abysinia Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Bright Star Baptist Church, Emanuel Baotist Church, First African Baptist Church-Brunswick, First African Baptist Church-Everett City, First African Baptist Church-Fancy Bluff, First African Bapist Church-St. Simon, First Bryant Baptist Church, First Friendship Baptisi Church, Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church, Greenland Baptsit Church, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, New ZIon Baptist Church, Saint Paul Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Springfield Baptist Church, Springhill Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, Zion Rock Baptist Church. BRUNSWICKCLERGY HOSTSEASTERECUMENICAL FOCUSINGONSEVEN LASTSAYINGSOFCHRIST President Burnett Fulton and Vice President of Marketing Isaac Davis Travis Brown MME saxophonist with lady entreprenuers Senator James brings remarks Panelists listen as Senator James makes her presentation Educations Venice Holmes, Anna Henderson President GAACC and Senator Donzella James Businesswoman Alfreda Boney of Perfectly Suited Sherri Fine of 92.7 Mistress of Ceremony Linda Pritchett Venice Holmes Board of Education MME'S Travis Brown, Luke Engram, Senator Donzella James,Sherri Fine,The President of The National Black Chamber of Commerce Harry Alford, VP of Special Projects Charles H. Debow III and and North Carolina Head Claude Mcdougall Panelists at the CGMCOC opening

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APRIL 14, 2012 THESTAR By Mark Soltau TigerWoods.comTiger Woods closed out the 76th Masters Tournament on Sunday by shooting a 2-over-par 74 at sun-drenched Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. He finished with a 72-hole score of 5-over 293 and tied for 40th. Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen completed regulation play at 10-under. Watson won the green jacket with a par on the second hole of sudden death. A four-time winner at Augusta, Woods never got untracked with his game, especially on the par 5s. He made only two birdies in 1 6 opportunities and played them in a combined 1-under for the week. "It was very difficult," said Woods. "I played the par 5s atrociously. This is a golf course you just have to dominate the par 5s, and I did not do that at all this week." On Sunday, Woods made three birdies and five bogeys. This despite another good start that saw him play the first four holes in 1-under before backing up. After parring the first hole, Tiger, paired with Vijay Singh, birdied the par-5 second for the first time al l week. Woods had birdied the par-4 third hole three straight times entering the final round, but he settled for par there Sunday. He a dded another par at the difficult par-3 fourth. Woods made his first bogey of the round at the 455-yard, par-4 fifth. He followed with tw o pars, then dropped another shot at the 570-yard, par-5 eighth hole. A par at the par-4 ninth left him at 1-over on the side. Tiger didn't get the start he wanted on the back nine, carding a bogey at the 495-yard, par-4 10th hole. After parring the chal lenging par-4 11th hole, he birdied the short -but always dangerous -155-yard, par-3 12th hole. Once again, Woods was unable to take advantage of the short par-5 13th, settling for a par. He then parred 14 and 15. Tiger bog eyed the 170-yard, par-3 16th and 440-yard, par-4 17th holes, but finished strong with a nice 15-foot downhill birdie putt at the 46 5-yard, par-4 18th. Woods had good starts all four days, going 1-under through four holes on the first day; 2-under through four holes on the secon d day; 2-under through three holes on the third day; and 1-under through six holes on the fourth day. However, he couldn't sustain it. On the back nine, Tiger shot 37, 36, 38 and 37. All told, Woods made only 10 birdies and 15 bogeys. "I just didn't give myself enough looks," he said. For the week, Tiger hit 40 of 72 greens (55.6 percent) and 32 of 56 fairways (57.1 percent) in regulation. He was four of 10 in sand saves (40 percent) and had 114 putts for an average of 1.58, threeputting twice. Woods said he will continue to practice hard and prepare for his next event. "You're not going to play well every week," said Woods. "I had the wrong ball-striking week at the wrong time." Photo shows Woods with his Arnold Palmer trophy a week before his disappointing loss in Augusta. Jaguars Knighton Injured PAGEB-4 By John Oehser Jaguars.com Terrance Knighton has undergone eye surgery following an incident early Sunday morning. Knighton, a third-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft, underwent the surgery at Baptist Medical Center Sunday. According to a statement released by the team late Sunday afternoon he is recovering from surgery. We are in the process of gathering information about what happened and are not able to further comment at this time,Ž the statement read. Our concern and our focus is on Terrance and his health and recovery.Ž Knighton, the 72nd selection in the 09 draft, started the first 40 games of his NFL career, a streak that ended when he missed three games this past November with an ankle injury. He has started 45 games in three seasons, registering 198 tackles (119 solo), 5.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one INT and six passes defensed. Knighton through the first three seasons of his career has been one of the AFCs top young tackles, and along with 2010 first-round selection Tyson Alualu has formed one of the leagues best defensive tackle tandems the past two seasons. This past season, the duo was key to the Jaguars defensive turnaround, with the team finishing sixth in the league in total defense. Knighton has registered 63 quarterback pressures … 23 in each of his first two seasons and 17 last season. Suns Down the Stars With 7-4 Win The Suns finished their season-opening series against the Stars with a 7-4 win on Monday afternoon to improve to 3-2 on the season. The Suns began the scoring in the third inning off of Stars starter R.J. Seidel, when Paul Gran singled and pitcher Omar Poveda walked. Jeff Dominguez then hit a three-run home run into the right field seats to give Jacksonville a 3-0 lead for the second time in as many days. It was the first hit of the season for Dominguez, and the Suns second three-run blast of the year. In the fifth inning, Jake Smolinski scratched out an infield hit and Kyle Jensen drew a walk. Smolinksi would score on a Kyle Skipworth sacrifice fly and Jensen would cross the plate on a pass ball to increase the Suns lead to 5-0. Smolinski finished the day 0-for-5 with a run scored. Jensen went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The stars would get on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, scoring twice to cut the Jacksonville lead to 5-2. The Stars collected four hits in the inning, with Anderson De La Rosa and Lee Haydel each scoring a run. De La Rosa and Haydel combined for six of the 14 hits by the Stars in the game. Kentrail Davis, Jeff Bianchi, and Scooter Gennett had two hits apiece. Huntsville put at least one runner on base in every inning except the eighth. The Stars drew even closer in the seventh. Hunter Davis reached base on an error and was driven in by De La Rose with an RBI single. Haydel then tripled into the right field corner to push De La Rosa across to make it a one-run game at 5-4. But that was as close as Huntsville would get. Reliever entered and made sure there wouldn't be another comeback by tossing two solid hitless innings for the Suns. Jacksonville added a run in the seventh on an Skipworth single that drove in Shawn Bowman, and another run in the eighth when Curt Smith hit a solo home run to left. It was Jacksonville's fifth home run in five games to start the season. The two teams combined for 24 hits in the game, and over the last two games there have been a total of 39 hits. Eight different Suns players had at least one hit in Monday's game. The winning pitcher was Omar Poveda. In his first start of the season he pitched five and two-thirds innings allowing 10 hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked only one. Last season Poveda struck out 116 batters in his 27 starts. Even Reed earned his first save of the year. The Suns began a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday April 10th, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05PM. Joey O'Gara looks to make his second start of the season for the Suns when they take on the Lookouts. O'Gara allowed only three hits and no runs to earn the win in the season opener against Huntsville. Woods Has Georgia On His Mind After Ending Masters With A Disappointing 2-over 74 JACKSONVILLEJAGUARS HOST CHEERLEADINGTRYOUTS The Roar, the official cheerleaders for the Jacksonville Jaguars recently held tryouts to see who will be worthy to work the teal on the feild. Women from all walks of life got to strut their stuff before coaches. Pictured below are a few of the ladies hoping to bring a bit of diversity to the squad while showcasing how fit and healthy they were doing routines. Do you have a sporting event coming up? Think your team should be highlighted for their win?Email us today info@thefloridastar.com

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INCORRECTLY ACCUSEDBy Kedar Lyons Sent by Frank Verity Concerned Friend of Kedar Lyons My name is Kedar Lyons and Im currently incarcerated in a Correctional Institution in Florida for a crime I was incorrectly accused of committing. On April 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. I was a victim of a racially motivated hate crime. I am a black male and I was brutally attacked by an admitted white racist individual. While my case is somewhat similar to the now well publicized Martin fatal shooting, the only thing thats exactly the same is that my case was also prosecuted by State Attorney Angela B. Corey. In my case Ms. Corey refused to acknowledge that the victim was the actual aggressor. When the record and state witness testimony clearly displayed on the face of the record that I was the victim and I was clearly acting in non-intentional self-defense. When the white victim was originally considered the aggressor, he was read his Miranda rights and he signed a constitutional rights form. I was never read my Miranda rights and I never signed a constitutional rights form and I was questioned by the white detectives that investigated my case. What further makes my case a miscarriage-of-justice is that Ms. Corey was well aware that the aggressor/victim was a racist all along and his hatred for blacks was very apparent based on email communications between the State Attorneys and my Public Defender. Ive contacted several agencies, such as The Department of Justice, Sheriff John Rutherford from the Jacksonville Sheriffs office, Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., from D.O.J., Pam Bondi, Attorney General from Tallahassee, FL, Honorable Gov. Rick Scott to shed light to the fact that I was the victim of a racial hate crime. But, so far all Ive received is vague responses to none. The have records that clearly shows I was the victim and not the aggressor. I strongly believe that the roles changes and I was made the aggressor because Im black, and I had a previous criminal history. Eventhough, Im only 32 years old, Ive already suffered three strokes and the second one happened two weeks before I was maliciously attacked by the aggressor/victim. And to make things worse, he knew I had suffered a stroke before he attacked me. I was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a racially motivated hate crime in which I was the victim and not the aggressor. Ive reached out to several government agencies for justice and Ive also contacted several attorneys in the hope that they would take my case free of charge. Needless to say, Ive been unsuccessful. My only wish is that this time around, State Attorney Angela B. Corey seek justice for Martins family, unlike the outcome in my case. Thank you for your attention and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at: Kedar Lyons DC#J07309, Walton Correctional Institution, 691 Institution Rd., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433PAGE B-6 THESTAR APRIL 14, 2012 LETTER TO THE EDITOR OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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APRIL 14, 2012THE STARPR 1 By Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. Adolescence is difficult in the best of times. Its doubly stressful for kids today; theyre experiencing the same worries and insecurities as adults in this troubled economy, and with far fewer coping skills. From families struggling with joblessness and foreclosure to increasing competition for college admissions to the normal fears associated with impending adulthood, theyre particularly vulnerable. Teens who are overwhelmed by stress often are unable or unwilling to ask for help,Ž says noted psychologist Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, (www.drgregoryjantz.com), author of When Your Teenager BecomesThe Stranger in Your House. But the longer they continue to flail and struggle emotionally, the greater the chance theyll develop more serious problems like clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, dependence on alcohol or drugs and, sadly, suicidal tendencies,Ž Jantz says. Its up to parents and other adults to recognize when a teen is struggling and intervene.Ž So how do you know when typical teen characteristics, such as moodiness, have moved beyond normal?Ž Jantz offers these tips: € Arguing is normal; constant anger is not. Sometimes teens argue just to argue. It allows them to let off steam, express their displeasure about life in general and test boundaries. The occasional dramatic meltdown is to be expected. But its not normal for a teen to be angry and hostile all the time, constantly fighting and yelling. € Withdrawal from parents is normal; pulling away from family and friends is not. Expect your teen to start pulling away from you … unless she wants something … and occasionally from their friends, as well. Sometimes, they just need to pull back for a few days, even from friends. But when they appear to isolate themselves for weeks, spending weekend after weekend alone in their room, they may be struggling with depression. Socializing with friends is one of the first things to go as depression sucks the joy out of life. € Anxiety is normal; feeling constantly overwhelmed is not. Teens have a lot to be anxious about … the prospect of independence is both exhilarating and terrifying, so some worrying is to be expected. But a teen who seems to be, or says he is, struggling daily with stress needs help. Two types of kids are especially vulnerable to developing generalized anxiety disorder, a heightened, constant state of anxiety: The worker bee perfectionist who crams his schedule with activities, responsibilities and tasks, and the kids who worry so much over anything, they cant get anything done. € Being upset for days after a bad experience is normal; more than two weeks is not. Teenagers tend to react dramatically when things go wrong … their boss chews them out, they fail a test, they get in an argument with their sweetheart. Adults know from experience that these things arent the end of the world and all will be well again, but teens lack that perspective. Its normal for them to be in a bad mood about it for a few days, but to dwell on the problem for more than two weeks indicates theyre struggling. The most recent data available, which is about 3 years old, puts suicide as the third-leading cause of death for teens after unintentional injuries (such as car accidents) and homicide, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More than 2 million teens attempt suicide each year. I suspect new data will put suicide as the second and possibly even the leading cause of death for that age group, because depression is the biggest risk factor,Ž Jantz says. Were seeing more teenagers suffering from depression in recent years because of the economy and overstimulation by technology.Ž Visit www.aplaceofhope.com for an online survey to see if you or your teen is showing signs of depression (click DepressionŽ and then Depression SurveyŽ in the drop-down menu).Ž Increased Stress Puts More Teens at Risk Spot Early Signs of a Struggling Young Adult

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APRIL 14, 2012 THE STARPR 2 The One Ingredient Label You Have Never Readƒ And Should!You Probably Know Whats In Your Kids Peanut Butter, But Do You Know Whats In Their Toothpaste?By Dr. Harold Katz Most parents are careful about learning whats in the stuff their kids eat and drink. They avoid artificial dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and sweeteners. Yet ask just about any of those same folks if they have ever looked at what is in their toothpaste and youll likely get blank stares. Considering the fact that children … and adults -ingest toothpaste twice a day every day, its probably the most frequent thing we put in our mouths other than water or other beverages. And still, most people have never looked at what is in their toothpaste. Dentist and national oral health care expert Harold Katz, (www.therabreath.com), suggests that needs to change. Many ingredients in some commercial toothpastes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages and eating and drinking utensils, he says. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays, and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners. Theyre taking no chances, and rightfully so. Remember the rush to replace plastic baby bottles with glass ones after the BPA scare in 2008?Ž he asked. However there has been a surprising lack of attention to toothpaste, Katz says. The dentist suggests that all consumers … but especially parents … take the time to read their toothpaste tubes today. Effects of potentially unhealthy toothpaste ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children. Here are a few ingredients to stay away from: € FD&C blue dye No. 2: This commonly used toothpaste dye is one of several on the list of additives to avoid, maintained by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Its said to be linked to learning, behavioral and health problems, severe allergic reactions, and headaches, among other problems. € Sodium lauryl sulfate: The American College of Toxicology reports this ingredient in cosmetics and industrial cleaning agents can cause skin corrosion and irritation. Doses of .8 to 110 grams/kilogram in lab rats caused depression, labored breathing, diarrhea and death in 4 out of 20 animals. € Triclosan: An anti-microbial ingredient, the federal Environmental Protection Agency lists triclosan as a pesticide and regulates its use in over-thecounter toothpastes and hand soaps. According to the agencys fact sheet, Studies on the thyroid and estrogen effects led EPA to determine that more research on the potential health consequences of endocrine effects of triclosan is warranted. ƒ Because of the amount of research being planned and currently in progress, it will undertake another comprehensive review of triclosan beginning in 2013.Ž € Saccharin and aspartame: Both of these artificial sweeteners are on the Center for Science in the Public Interests list of additives to avoid. Toothpaste buyers should look for natural ingredients, such as aloe vera juice, which cleans and soothes teeth and gums and helps fight cavities, according to the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's clinical, peer-reviewed journal. Aloe vera tooth gel is said to kill diseasecausing bacteria in the mouth, Katz says. Also, avoid all toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh detergent that has been linked to canker sores. Toothpastes that are free of sulfates include Weledas Salt Toothpaste, TheraBreath and Toms of Maine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and get children into the habit from a young age, Katz says. Youll have fresh breath, avoid painful dental problems, and be far more likely to have your teeth in your mouth when you go to sleep at night as you age. Just be sure to check whats in your familys toothpaste and avoid buying anything with problematic ingredients. And when it comes to brushing kids teeth use a pea-sized drop of paste on the brush … no more … and oversee brushing to ensure young children dont swallow their toothpaste, says Dr Katz. Harvard University Announcement No Tuition And No Student Loans If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free...no tuition and no student loans! To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581. SAVE THE DATE! MAY 21, 2012CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN 20th Annual Job Fair Prime Osborn Convention Center

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APRIL 14, 2012 THE STARPR 4 45th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival Line-up Announced--Each evening to sizzle with classic performances by R&B, Pop, and Soul Legends-Hampton, VirginiaThis June 22-24, 2012 the 45th annual Hampton Jazz Festival returns to the Hampton Coliseum for yet another soulful weekend of unforgettable entertainment. This highly anticipated event will feature the top jazz, pop, R&B, and blues performers in the nation. This years lineup includes: Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Charlie Wilson; Natalie Cole; Norman Brown & Gerald Albright; Alex Boyd Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Kenny G; Monica; Ledisi; Will Downing Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.: Jill Scott; KEM; Dave Koz & Candy Dulfer; RaJazz Ticket prices are $56.50 each show for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All are subject to applicable service charge and handling fees. Tickets for all three performances will go on sale at the Hampton Coliseum Tickets are also available for purchase at all VA, MD, and DC Ticketmaster outlets and at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 800/745-3000. All seats are reserved. Jill Scott KennyG NACME PRE-ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP 2012-2013 Guidelines Application must be postmarked by April 23, 2012The NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship The NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship recognizes outstanding students for academic achievement and participation in educational, community-based pre-college engineering programs. The scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and commitment to engineering as a career field, and are planning to major in an engineering field of study. This award is competitive. The deserving student will be selected by a committee, and will each receive: € A certificate of recognition; and € A one-time award of $2,500 to be used toward the cost of attending one of NACMEs Partner Universities. Eligibility Requirements The NACME Pre-Engineering scholar demonstrates strong leadership through a balance of extracurricular activities, community service, individual pursuits, and accomplishments. The NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship applicants must be: € African American, Latino or American Indian high school seniors; € U.S. citizens or permanent residents; € Participants in a pre-college or high school program focused on math, science and engineering; € Outstanding academic achievers (3.0/4.0 minimum GPA); and € Admitted as full-time engineering students at one of our Partner Universities, listed below: Nomination Process Each pre-college school may nominate one student. The following documents and/or information must be completed, signed and submitted: € Application (nominating section is to be completed by program administrator) € High School Transcript € SAT or ACT scores (if senior scores are not available, you may submit scores from the junior year; best scores must be received before the award is made) € Photograph should be sent electronically to jcunningham@nacme.org (standard passport size (2 x 2) with white background) € Short Answer Question Form € Two Letters of Recommendation (preferably from the nominating school) Selection Process A selection committee will review the applications and choose the 2012-2013 NACME Pre-Engineering Scholar. In addition to the achievements cited above, the committee may consider factors such as ethnic and gender diversity or students' intended majors in naming winners. Scholars will be announced by the end of May 2012. MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 23, 2012 NACME, Inc. Pre-Engineering Department 440 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 302 White Plains, NY 10601-1813 Download Application from www.nacmebacksme.org

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One Man Arrested and One Man Shot Dead in Drug RaidOne man was arrested, while another was shot and killed in a drug raid that turned violent. Detectives say they have spent six weeks making visits to an apartment complex to purchase crack cocaine from a certain individual identified as Nathaniel Hill Sr., 39. Police then decided to negotiate in a final $40 deal to bust Hill. After a deal was finished with Hill, a team of officers were sent to take down the suspect. They tried to take Hill down, but it did not go as expected. Police struggled with Hill, but were able to bring him down. A second man, who turned out to be Hills son, ran up to the police team, but was taken down as well. While the teams were focused on the two men, Sergeant Valentino Demps spotted a third man, Juan Montrice Lawrence, 40, holding a gun and ordered him to drop the gun. Lawrence refused to obey the commands even after being told to do so several times, which led to Demps opening fire at him. Four shots were fired, two hitting Lawrence in the face and in the hip. According to reports, this was Demps third time being involved in a shooting in his 23 years working as an officer. The other two shootings did not result in a fatality. Neighbors said people that didnt live in the apartment complex were seen going in and out almost everyday and believed suspicious activity to be going on involving drugs. Police recovered Lawrences gun and 30 rounds of ammunition. Also over an ounce of cocaine was found. Lawrence was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Hill was arrested and charged with selling cocaine and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Hills son was not charged. Records show that the last time Hill was arrested was in 2004 for possession of cocaine, which he served two days in jail. He was also convicted for possession of marijuana, domestic battery, and resisting police. Lawrence had prior convictions of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cocaine and soliciting another for lewdness. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarAPRIL 14 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. Children Stranded After Coach is Arrested A group of children were stranded miles away from home after a school coach was arrested from a traffic violation. Walter Chambliss, 26, was pulled over by police after he was spotted driving at 86 mph in a 70 mph zone. Chambliss is an assistant track and field coach and was driving with the schools team in the vehicle. According to reports, Chambliss drivers license had been suspended multiple times and he also had several other warrants out for his arrest for failure to pay fines and to appear in court. Chambliss was arrested and the vehicle, which turned out to be a rental, was towed leaving the group of underage boys stranded. The boys did not know what to do and one of them called his father through phone. When the father contacted the school, they told him that the problem did not involve the school and there was nothing they could do about the situation. The father had to call the police to request them to pick the boys up, where the boys could be picked up from. The incident did not end with a happy ending and complaints were said to be filed to the school along with a request for an investigation on the incident. The school was not able to comment on the incident. Nathaniel Hill Juan Lawrence Walter Chambliss

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APRIL 14 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. Gangs Who Joins Gangs/Crews and Why? € Young people who feel they are not respected by their peers, families or communities turn to gangs for the identity and respect that families normally provide. Youth who see themselves as weakŽ or powerlessŽ may join gangs to become strongerŽ and protected.Ž Often these individuals suffer from a lack of support from their family and therefore seek support within the gangs. € Young people who crave excitement because gang members and the media often glamorize the gang life style. € Young people who cannot resist peer pressure may join because their friends are in gangs. They may feel pressured to join to be part of the inŽ crowd. € Young people who are fearful often feel that being a gang member will keep them safe. If they are challenged by others, their gang/crew will help them retaliate because in the gang culture, no challenge goes unanswered. Perversely, this idea of safetyŽ leads to increased violence. € Youth who do not understand the consequences do not fully understand the risks of being in a gang. Risks include arrest, physical assault and in some cases, death. € Young people are often recruited by older gang members to commit their criminal acts, because the adults feel that laws are more lenient on juveniles. This, however, is a misconception. What Can Parents do? € Talk to your children openly and honestly. Tell them you do not approve of gangs. Explain what might happen if they join a gang. Tell them that they could be physically harmed or pressured into committing criminal acts that could result in their arrest. Tell them that they could lose their lives. € Make sure your children are involved in healthy, supervised activities, especially after school. € Find out where your children go in their free time. Get to know your childrens friends and their parents. € Get involved with your childrens education and their schools. Encourage them to study and stay in school. € Set limits for you children and enforce them. Tell your children they are special and you are concerned about their safety. € Get information about the gangs and crews in your neighborhood. Find out what gang members wear and what gang signs and symbols (such as tattoos, colors, hair and dress styles, etc.) mean. Ask about gang graffiti on walls and other places. € If you see your children wearing gang-style clothing or using gang symbols, tell them you do not approve. If you suspect your child is getting involved with a gang, take action fast. A list of places to call is on the back of this brochure. € Make sure your children know you will help them with their problems and not judge them unfairly. Encourage them to talk to you. If they wont talk to you, ask them to talk to a relative, an older friend, their school counselor, a youth leader, your clergyman or any adult they trust. Your Safety Answers Come Out Year After Murderers ArrestA man was arrested last year in the slaying of a Marine and recently answers came out from friends of the murderer. Lucious Maurice Jackson, 22, was arrested last year in the shooting death of retired 50-year-old Marine Gregory Eugene Chisholm. Just recently witnesses, such as friends of Jackson, were able to comment on what happened to cause the shooting to happen. Originally, what had been known was that Chisholm was attacked while he was finishing pumping gas into his vehicle at a gas station. Chisholm was a father of three and grandfather of 10. He was also said to have a female friend in the car who had not been harmed. Jackson was said to have approached Chisholm with a ski mask and a gun, while ordering him to give up his wallet. Jackson could not be identified immediately, but police were later able to locate and arrest him later. Jackson was then charged with murder. Eboni Reynolds had recently testified that Jackson came to her apartment that night with Terrance Manning, her boyfriend, and overheard their conversation. She had heard about Jackson trying to rob someone after change was thrown at him. Manning testified as well saying that he was with Jackson and another friend, Willie McGowan, that night after leaving a club to a gas station for gas. Manning was driving and stopped because Jackson who said he was going to get cigarettes. Both Manning and McGowan stated that after some time, they heard a gunshot and Jackson ran back to them, telling them to they should leave the area. Reports say that they learned when Chisholm was approached by Jackson, he was ordered to ground but did not comply. Instead, Chisholm threw a handful of change of $1.49 and charged at him. People who knew Chisholm said was a great and kind person, but was not someone who would not give in to such situations. The defense attorney became skeptical with the stories of the witnesses and asked McGowan, Was that you standing besides that man looking into his wallet at his cash?Ž He also pointed out how coincidental it was for him to stand right beside him after he was shot. McGowan mumbled, not being clear about his statements, but later answered, I had money.Ž The attorney emphasized how some parts of the stories told by the witnesses were contradicting each other suggesting the witnesses may have had motives in the shooting as well. The trial continues. Lucious Jackson

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Woman Suspected Being Involved in Her Own Missing Child Commerce City, COSharrieckia Page, 22, had reported that her 7-month-old son had been missing some time ago. Police have been trying long and hard to look for the missing child, but have been unsuccessful so far. Her cousin LaShannon Younger, had told police that she had phone conversations with her and that Page kept telling her that she gave him away.Ž She even said as she broke down,Hes gone, hes gone. Hes never coming back.Ž Younger said that she offered to take care of the child, but it did not happen. No details were released as there might not be substantial information or evidence on what really happened, but police believe the child to be dead at this point. Page had not even said a single word at her court hearing. Page was arrested and charged with suspicion of child abuse resulting in death on $100,000 bail. Her next court hearing is scheduled in two weeks. Woman Breaks into Home to Breast Feed Anothers Child Brookings, SDA woman had called police at around 5 a.m. about another woman who had broke into her home and tried to breast feed her 2-month-old child. When police arrived, they confronted 24-year-old Rebecca Silva who denied any of the allegations. She claimed that she didnt try feeding the baby, but was there because she was invited the night before. Police believed Silva to be under the influence of alcohol and charged her with unlawful occupancy, a misdemeanor. She was released on her own personal recognizance. APRIL 14, 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Man Duct Tapes Dog and Cuts Its Leg Off A man faces a felony charge after cutting off the leg of a dog with a handsaw. Animal control was called after someone witnessed a horrific act done by Luc Jeane Baptiste, 48. Baptiste was seen duct-taping his dogs mouth shut before hog tying her, then sawing her right front leg. Reports say he did this because the dog injured its leg. It is said that seven adult dogs and four puppies had been removed from this residence in all. According to this incident, the director of Animal Control said that she was not convinced at all that Baptiste did this to help the dog in any way. The dog was also found with serious infections in her uterus showing signs that Baptiste had used the dog in breeding. Baptiste was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. The dog is a pit-bull mix named Karma and is expected to undergo surgery to remove her uterus. She will also have her leg treated and will be put up for adoption afterwards. Thief Robs Store Then Threatens People with Finger Gun A man was arrested after stealing items from a store and trying to get away with it by trying to scare people by shaping his fingers in the shape of a gun. 42-year-old Roger Crawford was released from jail only about a month ago and walked into a 7-11 store one morning. Crawford started stealing items off of shelves and hid them under his clothes as he was being watched. Crawford, running out of options, decided to do something that nobody expected and pointed his fingers at the employees as if it were a gun and threatened them. He walked out successfully with a cheeseburger, a Four Loko drink, a Red Bull drink, and condoms. After Crawford left, an officer walked into the store and the employees told him about the robbery that just happened. As the officer went around to search for the suspect, he spotted a man with an orange can under his shirt. When Crawford noticed the officer, he started to run. He was soon tracked down by a K-9 dog and was arrested. Crawford was charged with strong armed robbery.t Teen Killed By Police After Someone Makes False Report Pasadena, CAA call was made to police by Oscar Carrillo about two armed men stealing a laptop from his car. Officers were given specific descriptions of the suspects of what they were wearing and most importantly, that one of them had a shiny silver handgun. The police were convinced and when they spotted McDade, he started to run. They eventually blocked his path in an alley and rolled down the window. McDade allegedly moved his hand towards his waistband and one of the officers opened fire along with another officer opening fire as well. McDade was taken to the hospital where he died. Detectives said when they interviewed Carrillo later, he said he lied about the boys being armed and said he said that to speed up the process of catching them for his laptop. Carrillo was arrested for involuntary manslaughter. AllergicDaughter Accidentally Killed by Peanut M&Ms Mineola, NY31-year-old Veronica Cirellas daughter, Julie, 8, was expected to be the flower girl in her cousins wedding. Her mom gave her M&Ms as a special treat for her participation, but didnt take into consideration the possibility that they could contain peanuts as they were noted on the bags. The next morning, Cirella found Julie dead. In disbelief and pain, Cirella had even attempted suicide with a note expressing agony. Unfortunately, Cirella was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail. Courtney McBride Veronica Johnson

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APRIL 14, 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: Mis-Amoni GreenJohnson Age: 14 Weight: 95 lbs Last seen: 3/10/12 Name: Tressica S. Lee Age: 17 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 1/14/12 Name: Janiece Michelle Santamaria Age: 15 Weight: 190 lbs Last seen: 4/02/12 Name: Armando Sevilla Age: 16 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 3/20/12 Name: Sky Georgette Stokes Age: 17 Weight: 132 lbs Last seen: 2/17/12MOSTWANTED Armed RobberyPolice responded to a robbery to a business at the Kangaroo Express. A witness stated that two suspects entered the store. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the witness and demanded money from the cash register and cigarettes. The suspects fled the area after getting the money and the cigarettes. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect(s) 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:Jerrell Deon CareyOffense: Robbery with Gun/Deadly Weapon Name:Devon CarterOffense:Worthless Checks Name: Kenneth ChanceOffense: Domestic Battery Strangle Name: Lester D. Chandler Offense: Traffic in Stolen Property Name: Lanair Andre Crawley Offense: Aggravated Battery w/Deadly Weapon Name: Trevor Crosby Offense: Sex Offender Fail to Comply



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It took 44 days for a decision and a new leader to investigate why Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed, wearing a hood in the rain and carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea. But, Duval Countys District Attorney, Angela Corey, who has constantly been under pressure regarding her decisions in murder cases, did what many felt she would do because she said she only fights for justice but many feel that her fight for justice does not always appear to be that way. Yet, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, she made her announcement. George Zimmerman would be charged with second degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin. His parents and many leaders throughout the world felt that she made the right decision. She stated in her press conference, that her decision was based solely on facts, and not pressure. So, on Thursday, April 12, Zimmerman entered the small courtroom in the jail wearing a one-piece gray jumpsuit, with his hands shackled in front of him. Judge Mark E. Herr was not in the courtroom. He spoke through a closed-circuit TV connection for the four-minute hearing. Zimmerman responded twice to the questions asked with just two words, Yes, sir. Judge Herr said he found probable cause to move ahead with the case and scheduled an arraignment for May 29 at 1:30 p.m. before another judge. With that George Zimmerman was returned to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on a nobond status and is currently being housed in administrative confinement. He has been placed in this status (segregated from the general population) due to the high profile nature Angela CoreyContinued A-3 As a black history aficionado and an ardent student and observer of human behavior, it is days like today that I yearn to speak with Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman believed in running away. She ran away to resist being enslaved. She ran away to resist from being further dehumanized. She ran away after being tortured by serial masters and overseers. She ran away from economic exploitations. She ran away from whips, chains, and unspeakable torture. She ran away from an environment that touted religion yet did not practice Christianity. She ran away to boycott heartache, tears, and the auction of families. As a result of running away, her heroic efforts yielded freedom for hundreds of family members, friends, and neighbors. As she so aptly stated, I never lost a passenger! By Florida Senator Chris Smith It was just after 4:30 one quiet morning in Tallahassee when a gun fight broke out between rival street gang members, the gunfire piercing the slumber of many residents in this part of the Panhandle where ringing church bells are the more typical Sunday wake-up call. When it was over, 15-year old Michael Jackson was mortally wounded, later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The two other gang members? According to the trial judge, they were acting in self defense in the deadly 2008 shootout, and under Floridas Stand Your Ground law, the killing was justified. The law, said Judge Terry Lewis, would appear to allow a person to seek out an individual, provoke him into a confrontation, then shoot and kill him if he goes for his gun. Contrary to the State's assertion, it is very much like the Wild West." But the Wild West, Florida-style, was just getting started. Fast forward to March, 2012: While the Trayvon Martin killing dominates the headlines, and the admitted gunman, George Zimmerman is asserting claims of Stand Your Ground self defense, in another part of the state, the same law delivered one man to his maker and another to his freedom. In Miami-Dade, Circuit Judge Beth Bloom ruled that Greyston Garcia, who had chased and then fatally stabbed a man attempting to steal Garcias car radio, was well within his rights to pursue the victim. The victim, she ruled, had swung a bag at Garcia, thereby justifying Garcias deadly response. After the stabbing, Garcia reportedly returned home, hid the knife, and sold a couple of the stolen radios. He never once called 911. But he is now a free man. Stand Your Ground was passed in 2005, pushed by the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council a right-wing organization. Both have promoted and helped pass the legislation in numerous other states following their success in Florida. But Stand Your Ground is not just about guns or gun rights. Its about the ability to extend the same home self defense rights to the streets: to kill with a gun, a knife, even a car anyone someone perceives as a threat. Absent a witness, the presumption of innocence remains with the individual who delivered the fatal strike. An arrest cannot happen unless law enforcement finds probable cause, essentially moving the decision of guilt or innocence outside a jurys reach. I believe in the right to defend myself and my family within the confines of my home and vehicle. I even believe in the rights and abilities of citizens to reasonably defend themselves outside of their homes. But I draw the line now, as I did back in 2005 when I voted against this legislation, at the killing license this law delivers to anyone on Floridas streets just because of some nebulous, undefined personal threat. And the more this fuzzily written shield remains as it currently stands the more chances for copycat killings, all in the name of self defense. Since its passage seven years ago, the number of justifiable homicides in Florida has soared 200%. Is this really the message we want to send? That Florida has transformed from the Sunshine State to the Shoot First State? I believe theres a better way. The controversy over Stand Your Ground did not start, nor will it end, with the Trayvon Martin killing. Yet the governor refuses to assemble the task force he promised to examine the law at the heart of the issue, preferring to wait until the Martin investigation is concluded a delay that could stretch into a year or more. With 7 years of statistics and Floridas reputation on the line, Im tired of assurances, future promises, 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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JACKSONVILLE, FL BASS, Lynn Nelson, 58, died April 6, 2012. BATEY, Carol Greene, 68, died April 9, 2012. BERNICH, Dovie O., 64, died April 7, 2012. CASE, James Arthur, II, 50, died April 7, 2012. DAVIS Sallie Joan McElroy, died April 7, 2012. DEES, Frank, 75, died April 7, 2012. DUERK, Robin-Gene Alden, 64, died April 9, 2012. FIPPS, Larry, died April 6, 2012. FUSSELL, Mertis, died April 8, 2012. HARDY, Joella, 89, died April 7, 2012. HEARD, Eugene, died April 8, 2012. HEARMAN, Carlton, died April 9, 2012. HIGHTOWER, Rena W., died April 7, 2012. HILL, Joseph E., died April 7, 2012. HOBBS, Edna, 85, died April 9, 2012. HOLTON, Vincent, died April 6, 2012. JOHNS, Wallace G., 68, died April 8, 2012. JOHNSON, George B., 72, died April 10, 2012. JOHNSON, Joseph, died April 11, 2012. JONES, Rosa B., April 7, 2012. LAMARR, Caleb E., Jr., 79, died April 6, 2012. LASHLEY, Thomas Tom, Sr., 70, died April 7, 2012. LEE, Marie, 56, died April 6, 2012. LeROY, Marjorie S., 55, died April 8, 2012. LOWE, Gary Gordon, Sr., 55, died April 8, 2012. LUKE, Wilbur, 72, died April 9, 2012. LUNDY Martha Dixon, 79, died April 6, 2012. MARCUM, Bethany Nicole, infant, died April 5, 2012. MAY, Jeffrey Michael, 28, died April 7, 2012. McCOY, Baby Girl Leigh Ann, died April 8, 2012. MERWARD Charles, died April 7, 2012. MONROE, Sheila Montello, 80, died April 6, 2012. MORING, Robert, died April 6, 2012. MORTON, Nancy, 59, died April 9, 2012. MURPHY, William Dallas, Jr., 67, died April 6, 2012.NORTHRUP, James L., 64, died April 9, 2012. PRINCE, Janet Leatrice, died April 9, 2012. RHODES, Hattie, died April 8, 2012. ROQUEMORE, Dorothy Marie, died April 5, 2012. ROSDAIL Neil A., 65, died April 4, 2012. RUSSO, Nicholas, 76, died April 8, 2012. SEETRAM, Herman David, died April 5, 2012. SPIKER, Timothy G., died April 5, 2012. STRUBE, Frances S., 80, died April 10, 2012. THOMAS, Priscilla Chanel, died April 8, 2012. TINSLEY Gary Tom, Jr., died April 6, 2012. WALKER, Joe N., died April 7, 2012. WARTHEN, Sylvester, died April 6, 2012. WEBER, Pamela Ada, 59, died April 6, 2012. WILKERSON George William, Sr., 75, died April 11, 2012. WILKINSON, Edward Wayne, 58, died April 9, 2012. WILLIAMS, Willie, died April 5, 2012. WILSON, Willie Eugene, 87, died April 5, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS ABBOTT, Phoebe Murphy, died April 4, 2012. AYCOCK, Lewis Daniel, 54, died April 8, 2012. CRANSHAW Emojene Drawdy, 97, died April 4, 2012. GREEN, Davon C., died April 8, 2012. HAUGEN, Ramona Ann, 82, died April 10, 2012. JOHNSON, Melvin, Sr., died April 10, 2012. ROBERTSON, Carol Jeanette Finn, 68, died April 4, 2012. STILES, Ruth, 49, died April 8, 2012. THOMPSON Anne Ruth, 86, died April 9, 2012. THURSTON, Betty Lummus, 88, died April 5, 2012. WARD Wesley Lee, Jr., died April 8, 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-2 THE STAR APRIL 14, 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.every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. Bartley If there had been a death in your family yesterday, what would you be doing today?FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Since 1988Pre-Need ForeThought Funeral Planning ProgramIm sorry to have to tell you this... SECOND MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 954 Kings Rd., with Rev. Odell Smith, Jr., Pastor, Deaconess Ministry will sponsor their 2nd Womens Conference, The Virtuous Women II, on Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This conference is aimed at young women who would like to live a better life through Jesus Christ. Our Guest Speaker will be Minister Yvonne Johnson of The First African Missionary Baptist Church of Kingsland, Georgia. Minister Johnson will be dealing with the theme: A decaying culture or a living Christ. Women of all ages are invited to join us to hear a dynamic speaker from a spirit filled, woman of God; Gain valuable information for an abundant life, and also share a wonderful FREE LUNCH To attend this conference, please call the church at: 904-3548268 no later than Friday, April 20, 2012. ZION HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2803 West Edgewood Ave., along with our Pastor Clifford Johnson would like to invite you out to our 2012 Homecoming Service on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Activities will start on Saturday, April 21, with a picnic at the church. There will be food, games, inflatables, and fun activities for all ages. For more information, please contact Minister Antonio Thomas at (904) 333-0095 or contact the church office at (904) 764-9353. The Lay Organization of the AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH (South District) celebrates 100 Years of Service Centennial Lay Celebration, Dinner and Dance, May 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. To be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive. $50.00 donation, Live Entertainment Semi Formal. Call 904 377-5906 for more information. Congratulations to Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor of The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, LA, who was inducted into the Morehouse Board of Preachers on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Internationalchapel. Dr. Kelly is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, son of Mr. Herman O. Kelly, Sr. and the Late Marquerite W. Kelly. He is a graduate of Ribault High School, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA., Springfield College, Springfield, MA., Boston University School of Theology and Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN. Presently, He is an adjunct Instructor at Louisana State University, Baton Rouge, La, and River Parishes Community College, Sorrento, LA. THE TRI-CITY INTERDENOMINATIONAL MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE presents Spring Revival 2012. Them: Come Now and Let Us Reason Together. Speaker: Dr. Wallace J. Sibley, Secretary General of the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. Thursday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m., Miracle of Faith COG, 87688 Rose Bluff Rd., Chester, FL 32097; Friday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m., Refuge Center COG, 1348 E. 4th St., Jacksonville, FL 32206; Sunday, April 22nd at 5:00 p.m., Faith Tabernacle Church, 502 MLK, Jr. Dr., Baldwin, FL 32234. For more info, call (352) 348-8141. NEW MT. BETHEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, located at 1620 Helena St., Jacksonville, Dr. Robert E. Herring, Sr., PastorThe Herring Family & Friends presents A Banquet Celebration In Tribute To Dr. Wallace J. Sibley & His Wife, Dorothy M. Sibley, April 21st at 5:00 p.m. Formal & Semi-Formal. Tickets are $10.00. For more information, call (904) 673-9305. Saint Paul Lutheran Church2730 West Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904)765-4219Website: www.stpauljacksonville.org Celebrating the 56th Church Anniversary April 18-22, 2012 Wednesday April 18, 2012, Family and Friends Bible Study & Fellowship Meal 6:30pm-8:30pm; Thursday April 19, 2012, Day of Fasting and Prayer 6:00am 6:00pm; Friday April 20, 2012, Family Game Night 6:30pm 9:00pm; Saturday April 21, 2012, In-Home Group Bible Study 10:00am 12:00pm; Sunday April 22, 2012, Anniversary Worship Service and Fellowship Meal 10:45am Rev. Roosevelt Gray,Jr., Guest Anniversary Preacher, Assistant to the President, Michigan District LCMS

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APRIL 14, 2012 THE STAR PAGE A-3 Q"Continued from A-1 especially, the ability of people who deliberately provoke deadly confrontations to simply walk away. Thats why I took the lead to assemble the Stand Your Ground task force which began immediately. Its determined to do what the governor appears reluctant to tackle, namely to closely examine through the eyes of those on the laws front lines whether Stand Your Ground has worked as intended, or if its being used to shield armed aggressors such as gang members and vigilantes from prosecution. Their findings will be presented for legislative action. This isnt about taking gun rights away from Floridians. This is about giving them the increased security the law was supposed to deliver, but in too many cases, is going to the bad guys instead. Unless Floridians are comfortable with this double-edge sword and the immunity it guarantees any killer simply by claiming self defense, Im ready to get to work. The governor should be too. Senator Chris Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale) is the incoming Senate Democratic Leader. His Stand Your Ground Task Force consists of law enforcement, prosecutors, and legal experts, and met for the first time in Ft. Lauderdale on April 5th. More information can be found at: FloridaStandYourGround.org. AngelaContinued from A-1 of the case. Zimmermans cell is designed to hold two inmates. It is equipped with a toilet and two beds with sheets and a pillow. No inmates are provided access to television and they are not permitted to use or possess tobacco products. They are provided access to books and magazines from the facilitys library cart. They may also have books and magazines delivered directly to them from the publisher of the periodical. Bibles are also permitted. Zimmerman, like all of the inmates, have three scheduled hours of recreation time per week; three meals per day with an average calorie count of 2,834. The affidavit of probable cause was provided by the investigators with a detail of foundings. It states that on Sunday, February 28, 2012, Trayvon Martin was temporarily living at Twin Lakes, a gated community in Sanford. That evening he walked to a 7-11 where he purchased a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles. He then walked back and entered the gated community and was on his way back to the townhouse where he was living when he was profiled by George Zimmerman. Martin was unarmed and was not committing a crime. Zimmerman also lived in the gated community and while driving his vehicle he saw Martin and assumed he was a criminal. He felt he did not belong in the community, called the police, talked with the dispatcher since he perceived that Martin was acting suspicious. The officer told him he was on his way and that he should wait for him. Zimmerman said, while being recorded, these assholes, they always get away....and more. Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued. Witness heard people arguing and what sounded like a struggle. Martins mother heard the voice crying for help and said it was her son. The investigators said the report was not complete but there was evidence of Probable Cause for Second Degree Murder.

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DONT MISS my exclusive interview with Bill Cosby in the April 21 edition of TALK OF THE TOWN! in The Florida Star on newsstands April 21. A Tale of Two Evenings With the Ritz Chamber Players Chevara Orrin and husband Marlon Hubbard have done it again! The dynamic couple, supporters of the Ritz Chamber Players, offered a chamber music soiree at their lovely Springfield home for guests to preview RCPs 2012 Spring Concert, being held the next evening. Chevara and Marlons home, a reconstructed corner store, offers a casual ambience that is perfect for entertaining and accommodated the RCP and audience comfortably. I had the best front row seat! As a matter of fact, I was so close, I thought Terrance was going to hand me an instrument to play. RCP artists are: Terrance Patterson RCP Founder and Artistic Director, clarinet; Alison Buchanan soprano; Dr. David Berry, piano; Tahirah Whittington, cello; Judy Dines, flute; and Kyle Lombard, violin. The 2012 Spring Concert, The Sacred and the Sacrilegious was at Jacoby Hall of the Times Union Center for Performing Arts. The featured composers were Johann Sebastian Bach; George Frideric Handel, Antoni Szalowski, Dr. James Lee, III, and Felix Mendelssohn. Especially exciting was the Jacksonville Premiere of Night Visions of Kippur composed by Dr. James Lee, III. This beautiful composition for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, was commissioned for the Ritz Chamber Players by J. C. and Renee Cannon on behalf of the University of Washingtons International Chamber Music Series. Dr. Lee described Night Visions of Kippur as a musical commentary largely based on the seventh chapter of the biblical book of Daniel. The Ritz Chamber Players are celebrating ten years of outstanding performances in Jacksonville and around the world. For more information about the Ritz Chamber Players visit their website at www.ritzchamberplayers.org. PAGE A-4 THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley frances@thefloridastar.comVolume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. 6: Chamber music soiree hosted by Chevara Orrin and husband, Marlon Hubbard are pictured with the Ritz Chamber Players, left to right, Dr. David Berry, Judy Dines, Kyle Lombard, Alison Buchanan, Terrancve Patterson (rear), and Tahirah Whittington. 7: Pictured from left to right, Reuben Gaines, Juanita Wright, Leandrew Mills, III, Erick Dittas, Dr. Richard Danford, Kay Harper, Rep. Terry Fields, and Renee Pollard. 8: Pictured left to right, Frances Calhoun Bradley, Barbara Breaker, Ok Sun Burks, Sarah, and hostess, Chevara Orrin Left: Ritz Chamber Players take a bow at the Spring Concert, "The Sacred and the Sacrilegious", Right: Backstage after the Spring Concert, Ritz Chamber Players, left to right, are: Dr. David Berry, piano; Tahirah Whittington, cello; Judy Dines, flute; KyleLombard, violin; Terrance Patterson, RCP Founder and Artistic Director, clarinet; and Alison Buchanan, soprano. Left: Chevara Orrin and Barbara Breaker backstage after the RCP concert, Middle: Backstage after the concert, left-right, Mary Washington, Cecilia WashingtonCarr, Frances Calhoun Bradley, James Lee, III, Composer, and Ok Sun Burks, Right: Ritz Chamber Players Soprano, Alison Buchanan and Frances Calhoun Bradley, TALK OF THETOWN! Photo 1: Terrance Patterson, 2: Ritz Chamber Players at the Springfield home of Chevara Orrin and Marlon Hubbard, 3: Soprano Alison Buchanan, 4: Dr. Richard Danford, President, Jacksonville Urban League with soiree host, Marlon Hubbard, 5: The Reuben Gaines'

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This television season has certainly produced an array of talented and beautiful ladies who are not only visually pleasing to the male viewing audience eyes but are delivering the goods in the arena of authentic, dramatic acting and presentation. Cynthia Addai-Robinson definitely ranks at the top of this seasons list as one of the leading ladies who fires up the small screen every week as Naevia on the Starz Network ancient war drama Spartacus. The London born and Washington, D.C. reared Robinson is a graduate of the Tisch School of Arts, NYU with a BA degree in Theater. Soon afterward she started booking TV roles on CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Numbers, FlashForward and others. Her last film role was in Columbiana. On Spartacus, Robinson joined the cast for its second season which premiered in January. She took over the role of Naevia, the Roman slave girl who was captured at the end of last season and was played by another actress. In the beginning of this second season, Naevia escapes and is rescued by a fellow rebel slave named Krixus. They become lovers as well as opponents of the Roman Army. For those who are not familiar with the legend; Spartacus was born in 109 BC. He and his wife were sold into Roman Slavery and soon after he led a slave revolt against the Roman Army. What happened to his wife is unknown but Spartacus was reportedly set up by pirates to be killed. Kirk Douglas and Laurence Oliver starred in the original 1960 movie version. By most historical accounts Spartacus did actually exist. What is Robinsons rundown on that? She responds, Im more focused on the story that we portray on the show as apposed to the actual history of it. We sort of bend the truth a little bit just for the sake of television. But as far as the violence and the fights between gladiators and the slave rebellion; I mean all of that, I think we like to stay true to the actual violent history of it all. So sometimes its gory but that probably what it was back then. What kind of a demand does a role like Naevia put on Robinson? She reflects, Its a pretty intense shoot. I mean we are achieving a real cinematic end result on a television time line and budget. So we have a shooting schedule thats pretty demanding. Each episode takes twelve shooting days which is a lot for television and we normally have two crews running at any given time. The days are definitely long and as far as the conditions; were dirty, were running around covered in stage blood, its definitely not for the faint of heart but we are all passionate about being there so that helps get us through the job. Where is this show shot? Robinson explains, We film in Auckland, New Zealand so we are on the other side of the world which also adds to the challenge of being far from home and working. But in a way, while Im away, I can fully put all of my efforts into filming the show. Sometimes thats great because you need that focus but other times its challenging because you want to be with your friends and family. In terms of zeroing in on her Naevia character, Robinson stresses, Im someone stepping into the role from the second season. So in the first season, the prequel the role was established by another actress. I had the first season to look at and see where they had the character and where they left her. Robinson put all of the pieces together from there. On a lighter note, Robinson is fairly new to twitter but advices her fans to follow her @cynthiaaddairob She will keep you up to date. PAGE -5 THESTAR APRIL 14, 2012ENTERTAINMENT Cynthia Addai-Robinson Brings Beauty, Excitement and Daring, To Spartacus!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and FacebookPhoto by Keith Munyan By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Music : Last weekend in my home town Omaha, Nebraska, rapper Tyga totally mishandled the situation after a couple of hecklers threw water bottles at him on stage. Instead of tactfully calming down the incident with diplomacy, Tyga went off, calling some of the locals bad names and challenged a particular heckler to meet him outside after the show. Bad idea buddy! Upon trying to leave in his van with an equipment trailer hooked to the back, Tygas vehicle was shot up by some unidentified people in a following car. Female rapper Honey Cocaine was hit in the arm and a window was blown out. Bullet holes were all over the van and trailer. Nine people including two children were inside the van. Honey was taken to a hospital and treated where they said she would be OK. No arrests have been made as of press time. Rappers need to be cool and not take my home town Omaha for a joke (remember the spoof on the Nebraska dude in Belly )? It is something that I dont encourage but the young homies in the Big O have no problem blowing people away who dis them. Can we all just get along? TV : Be sure to catch the BET Celebration of Gospel this Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8: PM ET/PT. This is the shows twelfth year and it was hosted for the 12 th time by comedian, radio and TV personality Steve Harvey who was at the top of his game joke wise again. There were emotionally stirring tributes to the late Mahalia Jackson and Whitney Houstion. The Jackson tribute was performed Pastor Shirley Caeser, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell and anchored by Jennifer Holliday who brought the house down. The Houston tribute was done by Kelly Price. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Dr. Bobby Jones teamed to render The Spoken Word segment. Guest performers included The Rance Allen Group, Earnest Pugh, James Fortune, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Maurette Brown-Clark and many others. Movies : Intruders. Millennium Entertainment, Apaches Entertainment and Antena 3 Films. Starring Clive Oven, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Bruhl, Pilar Lopez De Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero, Kerry Fox and Hector Alterio Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Screenplay by Nico Casariego and Jaime Marques. Produced by Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Belen Atienza and Mercedes Gamero. We may have the classic boogie-man story in this one. Hollow Face is a spooky, shadowy figure who lurks in the dark corners of your room at night. He appears to have no details to make out a face. He begins to stalk Mia (Purnell) after she was attacked in her own bedroom. Her dad John (Owen) sets on a mission to destroy Hollow Face any way he can. This is a good mystery as well as it is horror. Fans of this genre will get off on it! The Island President. Samuel Goldwyn Films in association with Impact Partners. Starring the former President of The Maldives Islands, Mohamed Nasheed. This documentary is about Nasheed appealing to the world leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit to reduce carbon emissions. The Malives is considered to be the lowest lying country in the world. If the ocean level rose just a mere three meters in sea level, the Maldives would literally be underwater and could very well suffer the fate of Atlantis and disappear. Nasheed made his case and caught the attention of the world causing China, India and the U.S. to agree to reduce carbon emissions for the first time ever. Unfortunately, Nasheed was forced to resign as President in February of this year as a result of a Coup d etat lead by opposition leaders, military and police force still loyal to the former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Rych McCains Hollyhood Notes!

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PAGE A-6 THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012 A Scared Continued from A-1 However, Harriet Tubmans civil disobedience ran afoul with some of the enslaved African-Americans she was trying to free from bondage. For instance, I am sure that your black history griot relayed to you how, with extraordinary personal courage, Harriet returned to Maryland seeking to liberate her husband but remarkably he refused to accompany her to freedom thus opting to remain in his current position. During other death-defying trips, the Moses of Her People as she was rightfully called, returned south again and again to help scores of other enslaved AfricanAmericans seek freedom. Inexplicably, it was reported that while some enslaved AfricanAmericans were more than willing to defy the odds by escaping others had to be forced under threat of being shot by Harriett if they didnt comply with her orders. I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. Which brings me to Sasser, Georgia. On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, I, along with other run away African-Americans, led a peaceful demonstration at the governmental offices of Terrell County. Our attempted request, for the third time, was simple---remove the raciallycharged and culturally offensive highway sign called Chain Gang Road. We vociferously object to the continuing existence of this highway sign because it resurrects a powerful and shameful imagery that symbolically represented racial oppression and atrocities rendered to primarily southern African American convict laborers. In addition, language is a transmitter of culture and ideas that often shapes perceptions which can be used to perpetuate demeaning characterizations, racial bias, and could easily evoke grossly inflammatory mental images and inaccurate exaggerations synonymous with AfricanAmericans (Trayvon Martin). Finally, hateful language, racist expressions, epithets, and slurs that is transmitted or transposed on or via governmental property intimidates, incites violence, or causes a prejudicial action against a protected individual or group. So, the sequel and phobias continue. Our peaceful demonstration at the county commissioners meeting was met with its usual dose of vindictiveness and hatefulness from the majority white commissioners. Instead of welcoming the participation and attendance from a group of polite, civic-minded AfricanAmericans who were interested in exercising their rights in the democratic process just like the white civic-minded attendees, the chairman upon observing a sea of black faces entering the room abruptly cancelled the business meeting! However, we were not deterred. Our group reconvened the peaceful demonstration at the Babcock Furniture store which is the worksite of one of the commissioners. It is worth noting that this is the same commissioner who represents the district in which the detestable Chain Gang sign is displayed. Why am I in search of wisdom from Harriet Tubman? Because it is evident that most of the African-American populous within Terrell County are scared. They are scared of attending the monthly county commissioners meetings and giving voice to issues that is detrimental to their existence. Its obvious that the lone two black county commissioners desperately are in need of their help. They are scared of championing the Chain Gang Road cause and would rather allow an insulting sign sit prominently and permanently within their community without resistance. (Meanwhile, yours truly who resides in Jacksonville, Florida travels an eight-hour trip monthly to fight this battle on their behalf!) They are scared to challenge the white-power structure that sits on the county commission, who without a quiver, approved for the expenditure of thousands of dollars to be given for the construction of a dog kennel while heartlessly rejecting the needed funds for a swimming pool for the black youth and community. Sadly, I was informed that unless enticed with food, most in the faith-based community is scared to be seen attending a meeting involving civil rights matters. They are scared to overcome their apathy by petitioning for a recall election of the white commissioners who obviously do not have their best interest at heart----and without impunity openly demonstrate their disdain for African-Americans. They are scared to challenge the anemic hiring of African-American professionals to work in various leadership and rank and file positions within the governmental offices. They are scared to inquire whether government contracts are awarded to minority businesses. They are scared to institute term limits so that the chairmans 40-year dynasty is immediately abolished. They are scared to fight the ruling class by supporting viable African-American candidates to defeat the incumbents who currently sit on the county commission. (This should be a slam dunk because this county has a majority black population). They are scared to pool their resources so that they can build black businesses thus avoiding getting permission from the bigoted bank officers who can dictate whether they are worthy for a loan. (How hard could it be to build a business since research has shown that our ancestors built this nation?) They are scared of protesting against Bill 1162 which sets aside tax payers money for private schools thus liquidating the needed funds for the public school systems. Bottom line, they are SCARED! Uq"yjcv."kh"vjg"Tgrwdnkecpu"jcxg"jcf"gpqwij<" Yg"ycpv"Lwuvkeg"hqt"vjg"mknnkpi"qh"Vtc{xqp"Octvkp By Glorious Johnson Co-Founder, The Southeast Region Community Economic DevelopmentAssoc., Inc. On February 26, a 17-year old black teenager was shot and killed by a socalled neighborhood watch captain, in Sanford, Florida. The person who killed the teenager has not been arrested. When I first heard this tragedy over 42 days ago, I felt a very hard pain in my stomach as the tears flowed down my face. How can this be? A young mans life has been taken because of a want-to-be cop. I said a pray asking God to give the parents strength, courage and the will to fight this injustice until Zimmerman is arrested and the law does due diligence for the killing of a young life. This injustice is now all over the world. Petitions are being signed, rallies are being held all over the world as people are speaking out, expressing their support for the Martin family. But justice continues to be delayed. As William Goldstone stated many years ago, Justice delayed, Justice denied. Not only is justice being delayed, the Republicans, in a national survey are saying they have had enough of the Trayvon Martin stories. Have these people lost their mind? We are talking about a child being shot down in cold blood by a person who uses the Stand Your Ground defense. As a mother and a grandmother, I am appalled at what I see, hear, and read the hateful, blatant disrespect, and cruel comments by the Republicans and others who expresses no interest in justice for the Martin family. The survey below, taken by the PEW Research Center, gives you a picture of whats wrong with our country. Interest in Trayvons death is intensely divided by race and political party. A total of 1,000 adults, nationally, were surveyed from March 29 through April 1, 2012. According to the Pew Research Center poll, more Republicans (56%) than Democrats (25%) say that there is too much coverage of Trayvons death. What do they mean by too much? Our children and our families mean everything in the world to us and we are not going to allow the hate, disrespect, and the blatant destructive activities and threats frighten us in keeping our mouths closed. I dont think so! As Tim Wise stated, People who have demonstrated that the human values of equity, fairness and justice are not merely modern contrivances but rather timeless guide-posts that have historically been betrayed, bringing dishonor to our nation. (Wise, 2012, p.151).

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By ARTHIA NIXON Caribbean News Editor BAHAMAS: What started off as a small idea in the mind of Therena Terri Cunningham has now evolved into a major female empowerment leadership conference and training event that is drawing students, beauty queens, and even the first African-American female U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas. Recently held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort in Nassau, the 8th annual S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women s Girls Leadership Conference drew over 500 teens and young women. Attendees included representatives from diverse spheres of society including law enforcement, business and even the sexual health. Experts tackled subtopics such as: Hold Em, Fold Em, Walk Away or Run?; Help! Ive Run Out of Aces; Its Not the Cards Youve Been Dealt, Its How You Play Your Hand; Shuffling the Deck Playing Fair; In It to Win It!; Deal Me In I Want to Play; Laying all Your Cards on the Table How far is too far? Former US Ambassador Hon. Nicole Avant travelled from Los Angeles, California to deliver the luncheon keynote address Playing to Win When Quitting is Not An Option. Other special guests include Miss Gospel Bahamas Lavette Smith, Theodore Elyetts Miss Teen Bahamas World Yamease Swain and Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy Allyah Beneby, Miss Teen Plus Bahamas Risnel Elliott and Miss Talented Teen Bahamas Monesha Bowleg. S.T.R.A.W. Inc.s volunteers from Florida International University Alternative Breaks Program assisted conference participants who represented public and private primary (6th grade Emerging Leaders), junior and senior high schools and our special schools throughout New Providence and the Family Islands. The purpose of S.T.R.A.W. Inc.s Annual Girls Leadership Conference is to bring together sixth grade transitioning, junior and senior high school and first year college female students and motivate them to achieve academic excellence and personal responsibility, said Ms. Cunningham. At this years conference, the teen girls and young women were introduced to the concept of acknowledging that every hand they were dealt in life was a winning hand every obstacle is surmountable. The participants had the opportunity to network, learn new skills, receive encouragement, interact with adult experts and of course have fun! During the conference, the participants (including the guidance counselors) focused on building a broad knowledge base, exchanging best practices and becoming well-rounded individuals who can chart their own destiny. The group evolved from the Bahamas Majorettes and Marching Auxiliaries, a community based dance and drill team that I organized in 2002, Ms. Cunningham told The Star. It was an effort focused on teaching discipline, self esteem, finesse, time management and dance. She stated that after two years of counseling, advocacy, travelling, performances, competition and small group sessions, S.T.R.A.W. Inc. was born to give girls a voice, a support system, tips, tools and techniques for wellness as they transition to adulthood and a safe place. The principals of S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women believe that by engaging young women in identifying needs, connecting them with resources, advocating for social change, reflecting on action, social change will be powerful, effective, and sustainable, she added. The conference comes at a time when school age girls and young women can gather together in a forum where they receive tips, tools and leadership techniques needed to enhance their life skills. Participants have the opportunity to connect in a safe environment with caring adults who motivate them to develop leadership skills and give guidance for career decisions and the promotion of personal success. Ms. Cunningham said that the leadership conference reinforces education as the key to success and encourages girls to learn more about themselves, their goals and their dreams. As a result, shes become optimistic about the future of her organization. The conference has been growing exponentially every year and reaching a diverse market of teen girls and young women, she beams. Not just the elite, or those chosen to be success. I am pleased to say that my conference is open to the leader in all teen girls and young women. All young women have the potential to be successful leaders in full control of all areas of their lives. And will the group ever consider launching out beyond The Bahamas? Yes, says Ms. Cunningham. There are plans to take the conference to other Caribbean Islands and the United States. We must network together, exchange best practices, strengthen, uplift, encourage and work together to advocate for and effect positive change for black women everywhere. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other likeminded NGOs throughout the region. For more information visit www.strawincbahamas.org By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor CANADA: Having the honor of speaking with the Vincentian man who just broke the world record dancing six consecutive days, my first question was obviously what the rest of the region wanted to know:What possessed a man from the warm Caribbean to go to one of the most northern settlements in Canada, a few miles from the Artic Circle to attempt this record? After a hearty laugh, Earl Ole George Daniel gave his answer: It wasnt about breaking records or seeking recognition. It was about inspiring people I care about. It was about showing them that mind can win over the physical especially when it comes to taking your own life in a place where it is so common. It was about a cause and if I was able to save just one life then the cause was worth it. There were doubts from the beginning. After all, who can dance to rhythms ranging from dancehall to soca to reggae, to polka, jazz then Native American music, stay on beat, eat his choice food of watermelon, sip his drinks, refrain from sleeping and only being allowed one five minute interval every four hours or so to use the bathroom? Ole George can. He danced an amazing 130 hours and 40 minutes breaking the previous record which was 123 hours and 23 minutes. Despite a few calluses on his feet, a sore back and legs, the doctors and nurses who rotated their shifts to make sure he was monitored nonstop saw nothing medically wrong after his achievement. By the first day, some people were doubting me, he recalled. By the second day, it was getting out through the village that I made it. By the third and fourth day, other villages and towns came with their spectators to see if what they were hearing was true. When I finally stopped dancing between 5 and 6 a.m. the gym I was in was crowded with people who were there cheering me on, dancing along with me and all of that inspired me to continue to the point where I wasnt even considering time. That kind of encouragement and support always helps you to continue. Online viewers watching the event streaming live on www.dennisdaniel.org witnessed a heros fanfare when Ole George finally allowed his body to stop dancing. The wheelchair doctors requested for him was barely able to move as the community crowded forward to shake his hand and cheer him on. Hours later, he was immortalized in the Inuit way and ceremonies were held in his honor. Im a walker, admits the man who has walked around entire islands and hundreds of miles in the United States and Caribbean. I dont think I will go out to break my own dance record. At the end of the day, it is absolutely fair to say that one of the worlds oldest tribes that still continues its ancient way of hunting, living and speaking, got to witness a living legend as Ole George inadvertently etched himself into their history as the man from the land of sun, sand and sea who danced for a week nonstop to remind them of the sanctity of life. APRIL 14, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 TERRIFICTERRI SETSSTANDARD WITHS.T.R.A.W LEADERSHIPCONFERENCEFORGIRLS HEDIDIT:Ole George Becomes First Caribbean Man To Enter Guiness Book Of World Records For Dancing After A Non-Stop Weeklong Showdown In Canada High schoolers attending the S.T.R.A.W conference have fun with impromptu cheer sessions. S.T.R.A.W Founder/President Therena Cunningham with former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant who flew in from California to participate as a keynote speaker. Attendees at this years S.T.R.A.W. women and girls conference in Nassau, The Bahamas St. Vincent native Earl Ole George Daniel (pictured) set out to inspire an Inuit village he met during a stint as a social worker in north Canada. What started off as one mans mission to create awareness of a communitys suicide problem has made him the pride of the Caribbean.

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PAGE A-8 THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012 O Opening Doors To Fair Housing Saturday, April 21st 7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Jacksonville Public Library Downtown 303 N. Laura Street Multi-Purpose Rooms Panel Discussion Disability and the Aging Population Barriers to Accessible Housing Requests for Reasonable Accommodation or Modifications Trends in Design & Construction Fair Housing and the ADA FREE EVENT / FREE PARKING (DUVAL STREET PARKING GARAGE) Advanced Registration Required Register by email at JHRCRSVP@coj.net or by calling (904) 630-1212 x3020 TTY (904) 630-4125 Breakfast will be served Kids Zone (childcare) Available Ages 4-12 Public Accommodations request for persons with special needs must be received by April 6, 2012

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APRIL 14, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDASECTION B Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America NACA Make Your Home Payment Affordable Program First Family Easter Egg Roll Hundreds of children participated in the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington. On one occasion President Obama helped a little boy roll his egg to the finish line. Photos by Frank M. Powell, III, photographer for The Florida Star The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACAs primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership. NACA has made the dream of homeownership a reality for thousands of working people by counseling them honestly and effectively, enabling even those with poor credit to purchase a home or refinance a predatory loan with far better terms than those provided even in the prime market. Several home owners showed up for this very needed occasion recently in Jacksonville, hoping to get their mortgage lowered with a smaller interest rate. Some in attendance applied for new home loans at low interest rates. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Detria Austin Russell NACA National Director External and Governmental Affairs, Carol and Idonica Brown and Shert Proctor NACA Former Florida Senator Anthony C. ''Tony'' Hill and Florence Moore NACA Volunteer Tiavra, Zahara, Yezenia Ortiz and Congresswoman Corrine Brown Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Janet Wilson is out of the red Rebia Temple #8 Prince Hall Shriner A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Robert Mainor, Versie Williams, Leroy McCaskill, Pat McCaskill, Cyntrel Millie, Alanais Millie, and Ziyonna Brooks Joann Postell, City Council Member Kimberly Daniels, Former State Rep. Terry Fields, Linda Moten NACA Board of Directors Volunteer Coordinator Out Reach Community Coordinator Eartha Norwood U S Department Of Housing and Urban Development Housing Program Specialist and Congresswoman Corrine Brown Angelique Smyth with Freddiemac and Congresswoman Corrine Brown An American Beach Easter 2012 McCoy and Taylor Family over twenty years coming to American Beach

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By:Martha King [Garvey was born in 1887] The next generation of writers displaying Garveyism might be termed the precursors of the Black Arts movement. Extending James Baldwin's protest themes in Nobody Knows My Name (1960) and The Fire Next Time (1963), the aggressive poets of the sixties, such as Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), decry the destructive environment of the northern ghetto and portray Garvey's contempt for such dehumanizing existence. Beyond the 1960s, an aesthetic perspective that embraces the racial loyalty and pride found in Garveyism is seen in works such as Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970). Thus, the influence of the Garvey social and political movement continues. See--Tony Martin, Literary Garveyism: Garvey, Black Arts and the Harlem Renaissance, 1983. James de Jongh, Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination, 1990. From The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press. [Editor's Note: The following is a small selection of materials from the extensive Marcus Garvey site at UCLA] Marcus Garvey: An Overview Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) form a critical link in black America's centuries-long struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. As the leader of the largest organized mass movement in black history and progenitor of the modern "black is beautiful" ideal, Garvey is now best remembered as a champion of the back-to-Africa movement. In his own time he was hailed as a redeemer, a "Black Moses." Though he failed to realize all his objectives, his movement still represents a liberation from the psychological bondage of racial inferiority. Garvey was born on 17 August 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica. He left school at 14, worked as a printer, joined Jamaican nationalist organizations, toured Central America, and spent time in London. Content at first with accommodation, on his return to Jamaica, he aspired to open a Tuskegee-type industrial training school. In 1916 he came to America at Booker T. Washington's invitation, but arrived just after Washington died. Garvey arrived in America at the dawn of the "New Negro" era. Black discontent, punctuated by East St. Louis's bloody race riots in 1917 and intensified by postwar disillusionment, peaked in 1919's Red Summer. Shortly after arriving, Garvey embarked upon a period of travel and lecturing. When he settled in New York City, he organized a chapter of the UNIA, which he had earlier founded in Jamaica as a fraternal organization. Drawing on a gift for oratory, he melded Jamaican peasant aspirations for economic and cultural independence with the American gospel of success to create a new gospel of racial pride. "Garveyism" eventually evolved into a religion of success, inspiring millions of black people worldwide who sought relief from racism and colonialism. To enrich and strengthen his movement, Garvey envisioned a great shipping line to foster black trade, to transport passengers between America, the Caribbean, and Africa, and to serve as a symbol of black grandeur and enterprise. The UNIA incorporated the Black Star Line in 1919. The line's flagship, the S.S. Yarmouth, made its maiden voyage in November and two other ships joined the line in 1920. The Black Star Line became a powerful recruiting tool for the UNIA, but it was ultimately sunk by expensive repairs, discontented crews, and top-level mismanagement and corruption. By 1920 the UNIA had hundreds of chapters worldwide; it hosted elaborate international conventions and published the Negro World, a widely disseminated weekly that was soon banned in many parts of Africa and the Caribbean. Over the next few years, however, the movement began to unravel under the strains of internal dissension, opposition from black critics, and government harassment. In 1922 the federal government indicted Garvey on mail fraud charges stemming from Black Star Line promotional claims and he suspended all BSL operations. (Two years later, the UNIA created another line, the Black Cross Navigation and Trading Co., but it, too, failed.) Garvey was sentenced to prison. The government later commuted his sentence, only to deport him back to Jamaica in November 1927. He never returned to America. In Jamaica Garvey reconstituted the UNIA and held conventions there and in Canada, but the heart of his movement stumbled on in America without him. While he dabbled in local politics, he remained a keen observer of world events, writing voluminously in his own papers. His final move was to London, in 1935. He settled there shortly before Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia and his public criticisms of Haile Selassie's behavior after the invasion alienated many of his own remaining followers. In his last years he slid into such obscurity that he suffered the final indignity of reading his own obituaries a month before his 10 June 1940 death.Copyright 1995 The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project, UCLA Online Source: http://www.isop.ucla.edu/mgpp/intro.htm. About Marcus Garvey and the Black Star Line part 2PAGE B 2 THE STAR APRIL 14, 2012 /Community Activities WALK MS, Saturday, April 14, 2012, Jacksonville Historical Society, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. at Old Andrews, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.665.0064 for more information. GENERATION NEXT YOUTH TALENT COMPETITION: AuditionsSaturday, April 14, from 2-5 p.m. Keyboard connection, Pianos and Organs, 9912 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257. For more information and applications visit JaxJazzFest.com. Daughtry: Moran Theatre, on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 300 Water Street, Times Union Center for Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for more information. SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ORIENTATION Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monday, April 16, 2012, 3 Independent Drive W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.366.6600. VAN HALEN WITH SPECIAL GUEST KOOL & THE GANG, thisMonday, April 16, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.3900 for more information. Family & Friends Reunion: STANTON & STANTON VOCATIONAL (More Than A Game),Ritz Theatre and Museum this Tuesday, April 17, 2012at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL32202. Contact 904.632.5555 for additional information. The Fresh Beat Band, Florida Theatre, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.2787 for more information. Friday Musicale: OPERA, FRIDAY MUSICALE on Friday, April 20, 2012, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please call 904.355.7584 for any information. JACKSONVILLE NEXT GENERATION PROGRAM & RECEPTION: Thursday, April 19, 2012, University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. For more information contact 904.396.1687. INAUGURAL MAYOR BROWN INTERFAITH CELEBRATION, Friday, April 20, 2012. The breakfast will be held on Friday, April 20, from 7:30 9:00 a.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. To reserve, call 630-city, or visit www.COJ.NET. FRIDAY MUSICALE: OPERA, Friday Musicale, Friday, April 20, 2012, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please contact 904.355.7584 for additional information. THE LANDING FRIDAY MARKET: Friday, April 20, 2012, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. (StatePoint) Did you know that simple tweaks to your lifestyle can go a long way toward reducing your carbon footprint? By lowering the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you cause in your daily activities, youll not only do the right thing for the planet, you should save some money too. Start by sealing up drafts to optimize your heating and cooling. Turn off and unplug appliances that are not in use. And use natural gas for cooking, water heating, home heating, drying clothes and in your fireplace. Natural gas reduces your homes carbon footprint an average of 46 percent. To learn your carbon footprint, and more about how to reduce it, visit www.epa.gov Whats Your Carbon Footprint? Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Be Sure You Know The Signs Of Heart Failure StatePoint) Its possible you or a loved one could be suffering from one of the most common and often misdiagnosed heart conditions, and not know it. According to the Heart Failure Society of America, five million Americans are affected by heart failure and many more may have the condition but are unaware. As such, its a great time to learn about heart failure and its symptoms, and what to do to stay heart healthy. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood. Blood can back up in areas of the body and vital organs eventually shut down. Common Causes The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease, a narrowing of vessels that deliver blood to the heart, therefore reducing oxygen levels and impairing the hearts functionality. Other contributors include infection in the heart muscle, valvular heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and age. Adults over 65 are more at risk, as well as those with a history of heart attack or cardiac arrest. Know the Symptoms Heart failure symptoms vary by age, population and gender, and can start gradually or suddenly. Common symptoms include shortness of breath while active or at rest, fatigue, persistent coughing, heart palpitations, and swelling of the ankles, feet or abdomen. Symptoms become more prominent as the condition advances. Men typically have a higher incidence rate, but it is common for women to downplay symptom severity, leading doctors to under-treat them. Its important to report any symptoms or changes in health status to your physician, no matter how minor you feel they may be, says Dr. Kevin R. Campbell, a cardiac electrophysiologist who cares for a large population of heart failure patients at Wake Heart & Vascular in North Carolina. You may not see a correlation between symptoms, but they can signal worsening heart failure to a physician which could be life threatening. Reduce Risks Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your risks. Daily exercise, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grain and low-fat proteins, quitting tobacco, and regular health screenings are all helpful. When lifestyle changes arent enough, medicine may help treat symptoms and prevent heart failure from worsening. In some cases, a medical device may help improve a patients quality of life. Certain kinds of pacemakers can resynchronize a failing heart to improve heart function, while implantable defibrillators can prevent sudden death. As a last resort, a heart transplant may be necessary. Heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalization for patients over age 65 in the U.S. and is the first-listed diagnosis in more than 875,000 hospitalizations each year, said Dr. Mark Carlson, chief medical officer in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division at St. Jude Medical. Current device therapy and future devices will improve quality of life for patients, and address an important clinical and health economic problem. St. Jude Medical is a leading manufacturer of devices that treat heart failure, including cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). A CRT pacemaker helps each side of the heart contract simultaneously to restore pumping ability. An ICD sends an electrical pulse to stop life-threatening heart rhythms and prevents cardiac arrest. If you believe you have heart failure, make a doctor's appointment to start monitoring symptoms and determine treatment. ****

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B COASTAL GEORGIA MINORITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED: Event Draws Representatives From County, State and National LevelsAPRIL 14, 2012 By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star Dignitaries from neighboring counties, the state capital and even the nations capital gathered in Brunswick last week to take part in the official launch of the Coastal Georgia Minority Chamber of Commerce. Celebrities from the corporate world who attended included Linda Pritchett, candidate for State House District #63 Atlanta, Ga; Anna Henderson President GAACC; Senator Donzella James; Sherri Fine, President of The National Black Chamber of Commerce; Harry Alford, VP of Special Projects; Charles H. Debow III and North Carolina Head, Claude Mcdougall. The evening before the big event, the Georgia Star had the honor of being the first media house to interview Burnette Fulton, who is the chambers founder, president and CEO. He thanked us for expressing interest in seeking out the group to highlight them as well as acknowledge how important we in our role in informing the community. He also shared how his vision became a reality. The idea was birthed several year ago but it never got off the ground, admitted Mr. Fulton. But we didnt give up. We knew we wanted an empowerment organization and kept on revisiting the idea of having a black chamber of commerce. About five months ago, we started carving out the infrastructure of what we wanted the group to be and sent a letter to Washington to the National Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fulton said he was delighted when he received an invitation to make an official visit to the National Chamber of Commerce. We all went up there and met with the National Chamber of Commerce president, vice-president and vice-president of Special Projects, recalled Mr. Fulton. They were so impressed with us after we made our presentation that they accepted us immediately as a new member. When asked why he felt it necessary to have minority chamber of commerce when Glynn county already has a chamber of commerce, Mr. Fulton replied, We realize that the city has the Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and we are not going out to compete with them. Its just that we have some areas of concern that need to be addressed and have been overlooked. While they do what they do, we are looking at enhancing and revitalizing our community. When you step back and look at the community and see the direction where it is head, you see that were are not living up to our potential as a people, he said. We feel this group will help us overcome the struggles we face. We believe that through this Chamber, we will be able to see more people go into business, we will assist them with business plans and other things to help get them on their feet. In turn, they can enhance their quality of life. While we are based in Glynn county, we plan to also embrace our neighbors in McIntosh and Camden as much as we can. Photos:Mature Movement The Glynn County Area Congress of Zion Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Christian Educational Congress of Zion Missionary Baptist Association presentws "The Seven Last Sayings of Christ" on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Zion Baptist Church in Brunswick, Georgia. Speakers included Minister Helen B. Myers, Associate Minister-Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Willis Mulen, Sr. PastorBethel Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Yvette Pressley, Associate MinisterZion Baptist Church; Rev. Darrell Dawson, PastorBright Star Baptist Church; Rev. Johnny Graves, Pastor -Thessalonica Missoinary Baptist Church; Rev. Arizona Perkins, PastorOak Grove Missionary Baptist Churchc and Rev. Dr. DeWayne Attical, Pastor -Abysinia Missionary Baptist Church. Program Participants: Scripture, Rev. Kaye Manigualt, Assistant Minister -Sharron Missionary Baptist Church, New York City; Prayer, Minister Larry Rackard, Associate Minister -Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Welsome Deacon Sonnie Jones; Occasion Sis. Arlene Jones; Soloist Elder Angela Favors-Morrell; Sister Marie Brogsdale serves as Minister of Music, Worship Leader Deacon Leo Moore; Rev. Craig Campbell, Sr. Pastor of Zion Baptist Church Presided. (Rev. J. D. Williams, Second iIce Moderator in attendance) The Glynn County Area County Area Congress Churches: Abysinia Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Bright Star Baptist Church, Emanuel Baotist Church, First African Baptist Church-Brunswick, First African Baptist Church-Everett City, First African Baptist Church-Fancy Bluff, First African Bapist Church-St. Simon, First Bryant Baptist Church, First Friendship Baptisi Church, Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church, Greenland Baptsit Church, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, New ZIon Baptist Church, Saint Paul Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Springfield Baptist Church, Springhill Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, Zion Rock Baptist Church. BRUNSWICKCLERGY HOSTSEASTERECUMENICAL FOCUSINGONSEVEN LASTSAYINGSOFCHRIST President Burnett Fulton and Vice President of Marketing Isaac Davis Travis Brown MME saxophonist with lady entreprenuers Senator James brings remarks Panelists listen as Senator James makes her presentation Educations Venice Holmes, Anna Henderson President GAACC and Senator Donzella James Businesswoman Alfreda Boney of Perfectly Suited Sherri Fine of 92.7 Mistress of Ceremony Linda Pritchett Venice Holmes Board of Education MME'S Travis Brown, Luke Engram, Senator Donzella James,Sherri Fine,The President of The National Black Chamber of Commerce Harry Alford, VP of Special Projects Charles H. Debow III and and North Carolina Head Claude Mcdougall Panelists at the CGMCOC opening

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APRIL 14, 2012 THESTAR By Mark Soltau TigerWoods.comTiger Woods closed out the 76th Masters Tournament on Sunday by shooting a 2-over-par 74 at sun-drenched Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. He finished with a 72-hole score of 5-over 293 and tied for 40th. Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen completed regulation play at 10-under. Watson won the green jacket with a par on the second hole of sudden death. A four-time winner at Augusta, Woods never got untracked with his game, especially on the par 5s. He made only two birdies in 1 6 opportunities and played them in a combined 1-under for the week. "It was very difficult," said Woods. "I played the par 5s atrociously. This is a golf course you just have to dominate the par 5s, and I did not do that at all this week." On Sunday, Woods made three birdies and five bogeys. This despite another good start that saw him play the first four holes in 1-under before backing up. After parring the first hole, Tiger, paired with Vijay Singh, birdied the par-5 second for the first time all week. Woods had birdied the par-4 third hole three straight times entering the final round, but he settled for par there Sunday. He added another par at the difficult par-3 fourth. Woods made his first bogey of the round at the 455-yard, par-4 fifth. He followed with two pars, then dropped another shot at the 570-yard, par-5 eighth hole. A par at the par-4 ninth left him at 1-over on the side. Tiger didn't get the start he wanted on the back nine, carding a bogey at the 495-yard, par-4 10th hole. After parring the chal lenging par-4 11th hole, he birdied the short -but always dangerous -155-yard, par-3 12th hole. Once again, Woods was unable to take advantage of the short par-5 13th, settling for a par. He then parred 14 and 15. Tiger bog eyed the 170-yard, par-3 16th and 440-yard, par-4 17th holes, but finished strong with a nice 15-foot downhill birdie putt at the 465-yard, par-4 18th. Woods had good starts all four days, going 1-under through four holes on the first day; 2-under through four holes on the second day; 2-under through three holes on the third day; and 1-under through six holes on the fourth day. However, he couldn't sustain it. On the back nine, Tiger shot 37, 36, 38 and 37. All told, Woods made only 10 birdies and 15 bogeys. "I just didn't give myself enough looks," he said. For the week, Tiger hit 40 of 72 greens (55.6 percent) and 32 of 56 fairways (57.1 percent) in regulation. He was four of 10 in sand saves (40 percent) and had 114 putts for an average of 1.58, threeputting twice. Woods said he will continue to practice hard and prepare for his next event. "You're not going to play well every week," said Woods. "I had the wrong ball-striking week at the wrong time." Photo shows Woods with his Arnold Palmer trophy a week before his disappointing loss in Augusta. Jaguars Knighton InjuredPAGEB-4 By John Oehser Jaguars.com Terrance Knighton has undergone eye surgery following an incident early Sunday morning. Knighton, a third-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft, underwent the surgery at Baptist Medical Center Sunday. According to a statement released by the team late Sunday afternoon he is recovering from surgery. We are in the process of gathering information about what happened and are not able to further comment at this time, the statement read. Our concern and our focus is on Terrance and his health and recovery. Knighton, the 72nd selection in the draft, started the first 40 games of his NFL career, a streak that ended when he missed three games this past November with an ankle injury. He has started 45 games in three seasons, registering 198 tackles (119 solo), 5.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one INT and six passes defensed. Knighton through the first three seasons of his career has been one of the AFCs top young tackles, and along with 2010 first-round selection Tyson Alualu has formed one of the leagues best defensive tackle tandems the past two seasons. This past season, the duo was key to the Jaguars defensive turnaround, with the team finishing sixth in the league in total defense. Knighton has registered 63 quarterback pressures 23 in each of his first two seasons and 17 last season. Suns Down the Stars With 7-4 Win The Suns finished their season-opening series against the Stars with a 7-4 win on Monday afternoon to improve to 3-2 on the season. The Suns began the scoring in the third inning off of Stars starter R.J. Seidel, when Paul Gran singled and pitcher Omar Poveda walked. Jeff Dominguez then hit a three-run home run into the right field seats to give Jacksonville a 3-0 lead for the second time in as many days. It was the first hit of the season for Dominguez, and the Suns second three-run blast of the year. In the fifth inning, Jake Smolinski scratched out an infield hit and Kyle Jensen drew a walk. Smolinksi would score on a Kyle Skipworth sacrifice fly and Jensen would cross the plate on a pass ball to increase the Suns lead to 5-0. Smolinski finished the day 0-for-5 with a run scored. Jensen went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The stars would get on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, scoring twice to cut the Jacksonville lead to 5-2. The Stars collected four hits in the inning, with Anderson De La Rosa and Lee Haydel each scoring a run. De La Rosa and Haydel combined for six of the 14 hits by the Stars in the game. Kentrail Davis, Jeff Bianchi, and Scooter Gennett had two hits apiece. Huntsville put at least one runner on base in every inning except the eighth. The Stars drew even closer in the seventh. Hunter Davis reached base on an error and was driven in by De La Rose with an RBI single. Haydel then tripled into the right field corner to push De La Rosa across to make it a one-run game at 5-4. But that was as close as Huntsville would get. Reliever entered and made sure there wouldn't be another comeback by tossing two solid hitless innings for the Suns. Jacksonville added a run in the seventh on an Skipworth single that drove in Shawn Bowman, and another run in the eighth when Curt Smith hit a solo home run to left. It was Jacksonville's fifth home run in five games to start the season. The two teams combined for 24 hits in the game, and over the last two games there have been a total of 39 hits. Eight different Suns players had at least one hit in Monday's game. The winning pitcher was Omar Poveda. In his first start of the season he pitched five and two-thirds innings allowing 10 hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked only one. Last season Poveda struck out 116 batters in his 27 starts. Even Reed earned his first save of the year. The Suns began a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday April 10th, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05PM. Joey O'Gara looks to make his second start of the season for the Suns when they take on the Lookouts. O'Gara allowed only three hits and no runs to earn the win in the season opener against Huntsville. Woods Has Georgia On His Mind After Ending Masters With A Disappointing 2-over 74 JACKSONVILLEJAGUARS HOST CHEERLEADINGTRYOUTS The Roar, the official cheerleaders for the Jacksonville Jaguars recently held tryouts to see who will be worthy to work the teal on the feild. Women from all walks of life got to strut their stuff before coaches. Pictured below are a few of the ladies hoping to bring a bit of diversity to the squad while showcasing how fit and healthy they were doing routines. Do you have a sporting event coming up? Think your team should be highlighted for their win?Email us today info@thefloridastar.com

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INCORRECTLY ACCUSEDBy Kedar Lyons Sent by Frank Verity Concerned Friend of Kedar Lyons My name is Kedar Lyons and Im currently incarcerated in a Correctional Institution in Florida for a crime I was incorrectly accused of committing. On April 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. I was a victim of a racially motivated hate crime. I am a black male and I was brutally attacked by an admitted white racist individual. While my case is somewhat similar to the now well publicized Martin fatal shooting, the only thing thats exactly the same is that my case was also prosecuted by State Attorney Angela B. Corey. In my case Ms. Corey refused to acknowledge that the victim was the actual aggressor. When the record and state witness testimony clearly displayed on the face of the record that I was the victim and I was clearly acting in non-intentional self-defense. When the white victim was originally considered the aggressor, he was read his Miranda rights and he signed a constitutional rights form. I was never read my Miranda rights and I never signed a constitutional rights form and I was questioned by the white detectives that investigated my case. What further makes my case a miscarriage-of-justice is that Ms. Corey was well aware that the aggressor/victim was a racist all along and his hatred for blacks was very apparent based on email communications between the State Attorneys and my Public Defender. Ive contacted several agencies, such as The Department of Justice, Sheriff John Rutherford from the Jacksonville Sheriffs office, Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., from D.O.J., Pam Bondi, Attorney General from Tallahassee, FL, Honorable Gov. Rick Scott to shed light to the fact that I was the victim of a racial hate crime. But, so far all Ive received is vague responses to none. The have records that clearly shows I was the victim and not the aggressor. I strongly believe that the roles changes and I was made the aggressor because Im black, and I had a previous criminal history. Eventhough, Im only 32 years old, Ive already suffered three strokes and the second one happened two weeks before I was maliciously attacked by the aggressor/victim. And to make things worse, he knew I had suffered a stroke before he attacked me. I was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a racially motivated hate crime in which I was the victim and not the aggressor. Ive reached out to several government agencies for justice and Ive also contacted several attorneys in the hope that they would take my case free of charge. Needless to say, Ive been unsuccessful. My only wish is that this time around, State Attorney Angela B. Corey seek justice for Martins family, unlike the outcome in my case. Thank you for your attention and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at: Kedar Lyons DC#J07309, Walton Correctional Institution, 691 Institution Rd., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433PAGE B-6 THESTAR APRIL 14, 2012 LETTER TO THE EDITOR OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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APRIL 14, 2012THE STARPR 1 By Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. Adolescence is difficult in the best of times. Its doubly stressful for kids today; theyre experiencing the same worries and insecurities as adults in this troubled economy, and with far fewer coping skills. From families struggling with joblessness and foreclosure to increasing competition for college admissions to the normal fears associated with impending adulthood, theyre particularly vulnerable. Teens who are overwhelmed by stress often are unable or unwilling to ask for help, says noted psychologist Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, (www.drgregoryjantz.com), author of When Your Teenager BecomesThe Stranger in Your House. But the longer they continue to flail and struggle emotionally, the greater the chance theyll develop more serious problems like clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, dependence on alcohol or drugs and, sadly, suicidal tendencies, Jantz says. Its up to parents and other adults to recognize when a teen is struggling and intervene. So how do you know when typical teen characteristics, such as moodiness, have moved beyond normal? Jantz offers these tips: Arguing is normal; constant anger is not. Sometimes teens argue just to argue. It allows them to let off steam, express their displeasure about life in general and test boundaries. The occasional dramatic meltdown is to be expected. But its not normal for a teen to be angry and hostile all the time, constantly fighting and yelling. Withdrawal from parents is normal; pulling away from family and friends is not. Expect your teen to start pulling away from you unless she wants something and occasionally from their friends, as well. Sometimes, they just need to pull back for a few days, even from friends. But when they appear to isolate themselves for weeks, spending weekend after weekend alone in their room, they may be struggling with depression. Socializing with friends is one of the first things to go as depression sucks the joy out of life. Anxiety is normal; feeling constantly overwhelmed is not. Teens have a lot to be anxious about the prospect of independence is both exhilarating and terrifying, so some worrying is to be expected. But a teen who seems to be, or says he is, struggling daily with stress needs help. Two types of kids are especially vulnerable to developing generalized anxiety disorder, a heightened, constant state of anxiety: The worker bee perfectionist who crams his schedule with activities, responsibilities and tasks, and the kids who worry so much over anything, they cant get anything done. Being upset for days after a bad experience is normal; more than two weeks is not. Teenagers tend to react dramatically when things go wrong their boss chews them out, they fail a test, they get in an argument with their sweetheart. Adults know from experience that these things arent the end of the world and all will be well again, but teens lack that perspective. Its normal for them to be in a bad mood about it for a few days, but to dwell on the problem for more than two weeks indicates theyre struggling. The most recent data available, which is about 3 years old, puts suicide as the third-leading cause of death for teens after unintentional injuries (such as car accidents) and homicide, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More than 2 million teens attempt suicide each year. I suspect new data will put suicide as the second and possibly even the leading cause of death for that age group, because depression is the biggest risk factor, Jantz says. Were seeing more teenagers suffering from depression in recent years because of the economy and overstimulation by technology. Visit www.aplaceofhope.com for an online survey to see if you or your teen is showing signs of depression (click Depression and then Depression Survey in the drop-down menu). Increased Stress Puts More Teens at Risk Spot Early Signs of a Struggling Young Adult

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APRIL 14, 2012 THE STARPR 2 The One Ingredient Label You Have Never Read And Should!You Probably Know Whats In Your Kids Peanut Butter, But Do You Know Whats In Their Toothpaste?By Dr. Harold Katz Most parents are careful about learning whats in the stuff their kids eat and drink. They avoid artificial dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and sweeteners. Yet ask just about any of those same folks if they have ever looked at what is in their toothpaste and youll likely get blank stares. Considering the fact that children and adults -ingest toothpaste twice a day every day, its probably the most frequent thing we put in our mouths other than water or other beverages. And still, most people have never looked at what is in their toothpaste. Dentist and national oral health care expert Harold Katz, (www.therabreath.com), suggests that needs to change. Many ingredients in some commercial toothpastes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages and eating and drinking utensils, he says. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays, and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners. Theyre taking no chances, and rightfully so. Remember the rush to replace plastic baby bottles with glass ones after the BPA scare in 2008? he asked. However there has been a surprising lack of attention to toothpaste, Katz says. The dentist suggests that all consumers but especially parents take the time to read their toothpaste tubes today. Effects of potentially unhealthy toothpaste ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children. Here are a few ingredients to stay away from: FD&C blue dye No. 2: This commonly used toothpaste dye is one of several on the list of additives to avoid, maintained by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Its said to be linked to learning, behavioral and health problems, severe allergic reactions, and headaches, among other problems. Sodium lauryl sulfate: The American College of Toxicology reports this ingredient in cosmetics and industrial cleaning agents can cause skin corrosion and irritation. Doses of .8 to 110 grams/kilogram in lab rats caused depression, labored breathing, diarrhea and death in 4 out of 20 animals. Triclosan: An anti-microbial ingredient, the federal Environmental Protection Agency lists triclosan as a pesticide and regulates its use in over-thecounter toothpastes and hand soaps. According to the agencys fact sheet, Studies on the thyroid and estrogen effects led EPA to determine that more research on the potential health consequences of endocrine effects of triclosan is warranted. Because of the amount of research being planned and currently in progress, it will undertake another comprehensive review of triclosan beginning in 2013. Saccharin and aspartame: Both of these artificial sweeteners are on the Center for Science in the Public Interests list of additives to avoid. Toothpaste buyers should look for natural ingredients, such as aloe vera juice, which cleans and soothes teeth and gums and helps fight cavities, according to the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's clinical, peer-reviewed journal. Aloe vera tooth gel is said to kill diseasecausing bacteria in the mouth, Katz says. Also, avoid all toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh detergent that has been linked to canker sores. Toothpastes that are free of sulfates include Weledas Salt Toothpaste, TheraBreath and Toms of Maine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and get children into the habit from a young age, Katz says. Youll have fresh breath, avoid painful dental problems, and be far more likely to have your teeth in your mouth when you go to sleep at night as you age. Just be sure to check whats in your familys toothpaste and avoid buying anything with problematic ingredients. And when it comes to brushing kids teeth use a pea-sized drop of paste on the brush no more and oversee brushing to ensure young children dont swallow their toothpaste, says Dr Katz. Harvard University Announcement No Tuition And No Student Loans If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free...no tuition and no student loans! To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581. SAVE THE DATE! MAY 21, 2012CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN 20th Annual Job Fair Prime Osborn Convention Center

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APRIL 14, 2012 THE STARPR 4 45th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival Line-up Announced--Each evening to sizzle with classic performances by R&B, Pop, and Soul Legends-Hampton, VirginiaThis June 22-24, 2012 the 45th annual Hampton Jazz Festival returns to the Hampton Coliseum for yet another soulful weekend of unforgettable entertainment. This highly anticipated event will feature the top jazz, pop, R&B, and blues performers in the nation. This years lineup includes: Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Charlie Wilson; Natalie Cole; Norman Brown & Gerald Albright; Alex Boyd Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Kenny G; Monica; Ledisi; Will Downing Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.: Jill Scott; KEM; Dave Koz & Candy Dulfer; RaJazz Ticket prices are $56.50 each show for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All are subject to applicable service charge and handling fees. Tickets for all three performances will go on sale at the Hampton Coliseum Tickets are also available for purchase at all VA, MD, and DC Ticketmaster outlets and at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 800/745-3000. All seats are reserved. Jill Scott KennyG NACME PRE-ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP 2012-2013 Guidelines Application must be postmarked by April 23, 2012The NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship The NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship recognizes outstanding students for academic achievement and participation in educational, community-based pre-college engineering programs. The scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and commitment to engineering as a career field, and are planning to major in an engineering field of study. This award is competitive. The deserving student will be selected by a committee, and will each receive: A certificate of recognition; and A one-time award of $2,500 to be used toward the cost of attending one of NACMEs Partner Universities. Eligibility Requirements The NACME Pre-Engineering scholar demonstrates strong leadership through a balance of extracurricular activities, community service, individual pursuits, and accomplishments. The NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship applicants must be: African American, Latino or American Indian high school seniors; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; Participants in a pre-college or high school program focused on math, science and engineering; Outstanding academic achievers (3.0/4.0 minimum GPA); and Admitted as full-time engineering students at one of our Partner Universities, listed below: Nomination Process Each pre-college school may nominate one student. The following documents and/or information must be completed, signed and submitted: Application (nominating section is to be completed by program administrator) High School Transcript SAT or ACT scores (if senior scores are not available, you may submit scores from the junior year; best scores must be received before the award is made) Photograph should be sent electronically to jcunningham@nacme.org (standard passport size (2 x 2) with white background) Short Answer Question Form Two Letters of Recommendation (preferably from the nominating school) Selection Process A selection committee will review the applications and choose the 2012-2013 NACME Pre-Engineering Scholar. In addition to the achievements cited above, the committee may consider factors such as ethnic and gender diversity or students' intended majors in naming winners. Scholars will be announced by the end of May 2012. MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 23, 2012 NACME, Inc. Pre-Engineering Department 440 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 302 White Plains, NY 10601-1813 Download Application from www.nacmebacksme.org

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One Man Arrested and One Man Shot Dead in Drug RaidOne man was arrested, while another was shot and killed in a drug raid that turned violent. Detectives say they have spent six weeks making visits to an apartment complex to purchase crack cocaine from a certain individual identified as Nathaniel Hill Sr., 39. Police then decided to negotiate in a final $40 deal to bust Hill. After a deal was finished with Hill, a team of officers were sent to take down the suspect. They tried to take Hill down, but it did not go as expected. Police struggled with Hill, but were able to bring him down. A second man, who turned out to be Hills son, ran up to the police team, but was taken down as well. While the teams were focused on the two men, Sergeant Valentino Demps spotted a third man, Juan Montrice Lawrence, 40, holding a gun and ordered him to drop the gun. Lawrence refused to obey the commands even after being told to do so several times, which led to Demps opening fire at him. Four shots were fired, two hitting Lawrence in the face and in the hip. According to reports, this was Demps third time being involved in a shooting in his 23 years working as an officer. The other two shootings did not result in a fatality. Neighbors said people that didnt live in the apartment complex were seen going in and out almost everyday and believed suspicious activity to be going on involving drugs. Police recovered Lawrences gun and 30 rounds of ammunition. Also over an ounce of cocaine was found. Lawrence was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Hill was arrested and charged with selling cocaine and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Hills son was not charged. Records show that the last time Hill was arrested was in 2004 for possession of cocaine, which he served two days in jail. He was also convicted for possession of marijuana, domestic battery, and resisting police. Lawrence had prior convictions of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cocaine and soliciting another for lewdness. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarAPRIL 14 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. Children Stranded After Coach is Arrested A group of children were stranded miles away from home after a school coach was arrested from a traffic violation. Walter Chambliss, 26, was pulled over by police after he was spotted driving at 86 mph in a 70 mph zone. Chambliss is an assistant track and field coach and was driving with the schools team in the vehicle. According to reports, Chambliss drivers license had been suspended multiple times and he also had several other warrants out for his arrest for failure to pay fines and to appear in court. Chambliss was arrested and the vehicle, which turned out to be a rental, was towed leaving the group of underage boys stranded. The boys did not know what to do and one of them called his father through phone. When the father contacted the school, they told him that the problem did not involve the school and there was nothing they could do about the situation. The father had to call the police to request them to pick the boys up, where the boys could be picked up from. The incident did not end with a happy ending and complaints were said to be filed to the school along with a request for an investigation on the incident. The school was not able to comment on the incident. Nathaniel Hill Juan Lawrence Walter Chambliss

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APRIL 14 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. Gangs Who Joins Gangs/Crews and Why? Young people who feel they are not respected by their peers, families or communities turn to gangs for the identity and respect that families normally provide. Youth who see themselves as weak or powerless may join gangs to become stronger and protected. Often these individuals suffer from a lack of support from their family and therefore seek support within the gangs. Young people who crave excitement because gang members and the media often glamorize the gang life style. Young people who cannot resist peer pressure may join because their friends are in gangs. They may feel pressured to join to be part of the in crowd. Young people who are fearful often feel that being a gang member will keep them safe. If they are challenged by others, their gang/crew will help them retaliate because in the gang culture, no challenge goes unanswered. Perversely, this idea of safety leads to increased violence. Youth who do not understand the consequences do not fully understand the risks of being in a gang. Risks include arrest, physical assault and in some cases, death. Young people are often recruited by older gang members to commit their criminal acts, because the adults feel that laws are more lenient on juveniles. This, however, is a misconception. What Can Parents do? Talk to your children openly and honestly. Tell them you do not approve of gangs. Explain what might happen if they join a gang. Tell them that they could be physically harmed or pressured into committing criminal acts that could result in their arrest. Tell them that they could lose their lives. Make sure your children are involved in healthy, supervised activities, especially after school. Find out where your children go in their free time. Get to know your childrens friends and their parents. Get involved with your childrens education and their schools. Encourage them to study and stay in school. Set limits for you children and enforce them. Tell your children they are special and you are concerned about their safety. Get information about the gangs and crews in your neighborhood. Find out what gang members wear and what gang signs and symbols (such as tattoos, colors, hair and dress styles, etc.) mean. Ask about gang graffiti on walls and other places. If you see your children wearing gang-style clothing or using gang symbols, tell them you do not approve. If you suspect your child is getting involved with a gang, take action fast. A list of places to call is on the back of this brochure. Make sure your children know you will help them with their problems and not judge them unfairly. Encourage them to talk to you. If they wont talk to you, ask them to talk to a relative, an older friend, their school counselor, a youth leader, your clergyman or any adult they trust. Your Safety Answers Come Out Year After Murderers ArrestA man was arrested last year in the slaying of a Marine and recently answers came out from friends of the murderer. Lucious Maurice Jackson, 22, was arrested last year in the shooting death of retired 50-year-old Marine Gregory Eugene Chisholm. Just recently witnesses, such as friends of Jackson, were able to comment on what happened to cause the shooting to happen. Originally, what had been known was that Chisholm was attacked while he was finishing pumping gas into his vehicle at a gas station. Chisholm was a father of three and grandfather of 10. He was also said to have a female friend in the car who had not been harmed. Jackson was said to have approached Chisholm with a ski mask and a gun, while ordering him to give up his wallet. Jackson could not be identified immediately, but police were later able to locate and arrest him later. Jackson was then charged with murder. Eboni Reynolds had recently testified that Jackson came to her apartment that night with Terrance Manning, her boyfriend, and overheard their conversation. She had heard about Jackson trying to rob someone after change was thrown at him. Manning testified as well saying that he was with Jackson and another friend, Willie McGowan, that night after leaving a club to a gas station for gas. Manning was driving and stopped because Jackson who said he was going to get cigarettes. Both Manning and McGowan stated that after some time, they heard a gunshot and Jackson ran back to them, telling them to they should leave the area. Reports say that they learned when Chisholm was approached by Jackson, he was ordered to ground but did not comply. Instead, Chisholm threw a handful of change of $1.49 and charged at him. People who knew Chisholm said was a great and kind person, but was not someone who would not give in to such situations. The defense attorney became skeptical with the stories of the witnesses and asked McGowan, Was that you standing besides that man looking into his wallet at his cash? He also pointed out how coincidental it was for him to stand right beside him after he was shot. McGowan mumbled, not being clear about his statements, but later answered, I had money. The attorney emphasized how some parts of the stories told by the witnesses were contradicting each other suggesting the witnesses may have had motives in the shooting as well. The trial continues. Lucious Jackson

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Woman Suspected Being Involved in Her Own Missing Child Commerce City, COSharrieckia Page, 22, had reported that her 7-month-old son had been missing some time ago. Police have been trying long and hard to look for the missing child, but have been unsuccessful so far. Her cousin LaShannon Younger, had told police that she had phone conversations with her and that Page kept telling her that she gave him away. She even said as she broke down,Hes gone, hes gone. Hes never coming back. Younger said that she offered to take care of the child, but it did not happen. No details were released as there might not be substantial information or evidence on what really happened, but police believe the child to be dead at this point. Page had not even said a single word at her court hearing. Page was arrested and charged with suspicion of child abuse resulting in death on $100,000 bail. Her next court hearing is scheduled in two weeks. Woman Breaks into Home to Breast Feed Anothers Child Brookings, SDA woman had called police at around 5 a.m. about another woman who had broke into her home and tried to breast feed her 2-month-old child. When police arrived, they confronted 24-year-old Rebecca Silva who denied any of the allegations. She claimed that she didnt try feeding the baby, but was there because she was invited the night before. Police believed Silva to be under the influence of alcohol and charged her with unlawful occupancy, a misdemeanor. She was released on her own personal recognizance. APRIL 14, 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Man Duct Tapes Dog and Cuts Its Leg Off A man faces a felony charge after cutting off the leg of a dog with a handsaw. Animal control was called after someone witnessed a horrific act done by Luc Jeane Baptiste, 48. Baptiste was seen duct-taping his dogs mouth shut before hog tying her, then sawing her right front leg. Reports say he did this because the dog injured its leg. It is said that seven adult dogs and four puppies had been removed from this residence in all. According to this incident, the director of Animal Control said that she was not convinced at all that Baptiste did this to help the dog in any way. The dog was also found with serious infections in her uterus showing signs that Baptiste had used the dog in breeding. Baptiste was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. The dog is a pit-bull mix named Karma and is expected to undergo surgery to remove her uterus. She will also have her leg treated and will be put up for adoption afterwards. Thief Robs Store Then Threatens People with Finger Gun A man was arrested after stealing items from a store and trying to get away with it by trying to scare people by shaping his fingers in the shape of a gun. 42-year-old Roger Crawford was released from jail only about a month ago and walked into a 7-11 store one morning. Crawford started stealing items off of shelves and hid them under his clothes as he was being watched. Crawford, running out of options, decided to do something that nobody expected and pointed his fingers at the employees as if it were a gun and threatened them. He walked out successfully with a cheeseburger, a Four Loko drink, a Red Bull drink, and condoms. After Crawford left, an officer walked into the store and the employees told him about the robbery that just happened. As the officer went around to search for the suspect, he spotted a man with an orange can under his shirt. When Crawford noticed the officer, he started to run. He was soon tracked down by a K-9 dog and was arrested. Crawford was charged with strong armed robbery.t Teen Killed By Police After Someone Makes False Report Pasadena, CAA call was made to police by Oscar Carrillo about two armed men stealing a laptop from his car. Officers were given specific descriptions of the suspects of what they were wearing and most importantly, that one of them had a shiny silver handgun. The police were convinced and when they spotted McDade, he started to run. They eventually blocked his path in an alley and rolled down the window. McDade allegedly moved his hand towards his waistband and one of the officers opened fire along with another officer opening fire as well. McDade was taken to the hospital where he died. Detectives said when they interviewed Carrillo later, he said he lied about the boys being armed and said he said that to speed up the process of catching them for his laptop. Carrillo was arrested for involuntary manslaughter. AllergicDaughter Accidentally Killed by Peanut M&Ms Mineola, NY31-year-old Veronica Cirellas daughter, Julie, 8, was expected to be the flower girl in her cousins wedding. Her mom gave her M&Ms as a special treat for her participation, but didnt take into consideration the possibility that they could contain peanuts as they were noted on the bags. The next morning, Cirella found Julie dead. In disbelief and pain, Cirella had even attempted suicide with a note expressing agony. Unfortunately, Cirella was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail. Courtney McBride Veronica Johnson

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APRIL 14, 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: Mis-Amoni GreenJohnson Age: 14 Weight: 95 lbs Last seen: 3/10/12 Name: Tressica S. Lee Age: 17 Weight: 160 lbs Last seen: 1/14/12 Name: Janiece Michelle Santamaria Age: 15 Weight: 190 lbs Last seen: 4/02/12 Name: Armando Sevilla Age:16 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 3/20/12 Name: Sky Georgette Stokes Age: 17 Weight: 132 lbs Last seen: 2/17/12MOSTWANTED Armed RobberyPolice responded to a robbery to a business at the Kangaroo Express. A witness stated that two suspects entered the store. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the witness and demanded money from the cash register and cigarettes. The suspects fled the area after getting the money and the cigarettes. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect(s) 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:Jerrell Deon CareyOffense: Robbery with Gun/Deadly Weapon Name:Devon CarterOffense:Worthless Checks Name: Kenneth ChanceOffense: Domestic Battery Strangle Name:Lester D. Chandler Offense: Traffic in Stolen Property Name: Lanair Andre Crawley Offense: Aggravated Battery w/Deadly Weapon Name: Trevor Crosby Offense: Sex Offender Fail to Comply