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Florida star
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
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The Florida Star Pub. Co.
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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The SCLC and the NAACP and other organizations in Jacksonville travelled to Sanford, Florida unaware of the Stand Your Ground claim that was facing a Jacksonville female who had suffered abuse, had not shot or killed anyone but was in a situation that may cause her to serve 20 years in prison. Marissa Danielle Alexander has been tried and found guilty of aggravated assault because she fired a gun toward her husband who had been abusive to her and other females. In Marissa firing of the gun, no one was injured but the laws of Florida guidelines calls for up to 20 years in prison. According to records, on August 1, 2010, Marissa, a 31 year old mother of three with a 9 days old infant was approached by her husband of three months, Rico Gray, 36, who had two sons from a previous relationship approached her in what she called, a violent, jealous rage. She said that he shoved and strangled her while holding her against her will, preventing her from fleeing as she begged him to leave. Gray, is a self-employed truck driver. After a while, she was able to get to the garage where she had her truck parked but soon realized that she did not have her keys with her. She said she was also unable to open the People Magazine named Beyonce Knowles its Most Beautiful WomanŽ in the World, 2012. On their list, the top 10 most beautiful women are: Beyonce Sofia Vergara Charlize Theron Lily Collins Madeleine Stowe Christina Hendricks Michelle Williams Paula Patton Miranda Lambert Kate Middleton by Angela Favors Morrell, writer for The Georgia Star During the days of segregated schools, it was Brunswicks Risley High School and children were taught there from first to 12th grade. Some years later, money was spent for renovation with basic improvements and, Risley Early College Academy was started as one of 12 middle schools identified by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. It is reported that a recent study found the schools to be very successful, as the students from these schools had at least an 85 percent graduation rate in 2008, increasing their graduation rate by at least 10 percentage points. According to the person doing the research study, one of the key findings was all the schools have a caring culture of high expectations that focus on student learning and on the application of that learning to the world outside of school, preparing them for the next level. That is why the students are protesting. They stated, we like being in an environment where we all care about learning and so we do. Why are they closing RECA when it is not broken.Ž They have been told that there is not enough money. 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 Ugg"Rcigu"C/8."D/3.D/8 Uvwfgpvu"ycnmgf"qwv"vq"rtqvguv"vjg Enqukpi"qh"Gzegnngpeg"kp"Gfwecvkqp Lciwctu"Ocmg"c"Jkv Owtfgtgf#Jwudcpf Ejctigf Ugg"Etkog"( Lwuvkeg"Ugevkqp Ugg"Rtgr"Tcr"Ugevkqp Yqtnf‘u"Oquv"Dgcwvkhwn UvwfgpvuContinued B-3 Lcemuqpxknng"Jquv"Vjg"Ocuqpu Justin Blockman, rated number one receiver in the draft is now a Jacksonville Jaguar. The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up in order to get Oklahoma State receiver justin Blackmon. See full story on page B-4 Students who walked out of class as a protest to the school being closed. Halle Barry, after being considered the most beautiful for years, did not make the list. Mayor Alvin Brown presented the key to the city of Jacksonville to The Most Worshipful grand Master Anthony T. Stafford Sr. President Obama appeared on television this week as a guest of the Jimmy Fallon Show while at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He pointed out the fear of the higher interest rate which will be done in July by mentioning that he and First Lady Obama just finished paying off their student loans about eight years ago. And then, he, Fallon and the Root band, did a slow jam of the news. Using this method, he was able to get the students and viewers, in a hilarious way, see how the congressional Republicans refused to tax billionaires at 30% to help pay for cheaper student loans by rejecting the Buffett Rule stating that students just have to make this rate increase work. What most do not understand is the lower taxes for the rich is making the poor and middle class pay. There tax deductions allow them to put their extra dollars into political campaigns to continue making the economy go their way. It is also being said that the president is wasting tax dollars to campaign because they (GOP) are trying to handle the matter before July gets here by doing such things as eliminating certain health care benefits. Under this motion, the Republican Party filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office Wednesday stating there was no need for the trip so the Democrats and the president should pay the money back. After the filing an Associated Press research found that Democrats have reimbursed some $1.5 million for political aspects of the presidents travel, more than the $1.3 million that the George W. Bush adminstration paid over his entire reelection campaign for travels on Air Force One. Rtgukfgpv"Qdcoc"cum hqt"uwrrqtv"vq"uvqr"vjg kpvgtguv"tcvg"kpetgcug hqt"jkijgt"gfwecvkqp He is under fifty years of age but he is the leader of more than 5,000 men and 3,000 women who are members of the Masonic Grand Lodge for Florida, Belize, Central America and St. John, U. S. Virgin Island. The Most Worshipful Grand Master Anthony T. Stafford, Sr., along with more than 2,000 members convened in Jacksonville for their 142nd Communications. Grand Master Stafford has now served for a full year in this position, and said he is on t rack for reaching his goal to get all138 Lodges active again. Under his new leadership, they not only provided $18,000 in scholarships at the opening meeting, they presented a check for $10,000 to the American Cancer Society fund for breast cancer. His goal is to also bring new male and female members on board as they continue to focus on education. He said that the lodge always take care of their own by assisting a wife after she has lost her husband if he was a Mason with little things like making sure her yard and grass is kept. This year, they have expanded their love of people through such efforts as done this year, like the breast cancer donation. Learn more about this organization which focus on the love of God and people. Black Freemasonry began when a young man by the name of Prince Hall along with fourteen other free black men were initiated into Lodge No. 441 Irish Constitution, March 6, 1775. In 1870, The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida joined the ranks becoming a member of the Prince Hall Affiliated Family. On Saturday night at their banquet, they honored their beginning as they looked to the Future of Prince Hall Masonry. Lcemuqpxknng More on pages A6, B1, B5, and Prep Rap Section Lcemuqpxknng"Dcvvgtgf"Ykhg Uvknn"Vt{kpi"vq"Ocmg"Uvcpf [qwt"Itqwpf"Encko"Yqtm Octkuuc"Fcpkgnng Cngzcpfgt."53 Jacksonville See A-3

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ATKINSON, Harold, died April 24, 2012. BATTLE Junice Lee, Jr., died April 16, 2012. BELLAMY Willie, 86, died April 17, 2012. BRINSON, Deborah, 52, died April 19, 2012. BROOKS, Donald Wayne, Jr., 47, died April 18, 2012. BROWN, Cedric, died April 23, 2012. CARSWELL Larry Cleveland, died April 23, 2012. COLLINS Herbert Lee, II, died April 18, 2012. DAVIS Walter Jeff, 50, died April 19, 2012. DELPHA Richard Paul, died April 19, 2012. DICK Leslie J., 92, died April 23, 2012. DUKES, Warren F., 76, died April 20, 2012. FERRES Yvonne Joyce Seay, 67, died April 17, 2012. FEUSTON Billy Wayne, 59, died April 20, 2012. FRANKS Ellis Marvin, 84, died April 22, 2012. FREEMAN Ernestine Ida, 87, died April 19, 2012. HARDEN, Louise, 58, died April 23, 2012. HARRY Elizabeth, 77, died April 17, 2012. KELLY Leona, died April 20, 2012. KIERCE Kelvin Horace, Sr., died April 17, 2012. LEACH Eliza, 88, died April 24, 2012. LOEB Richard Kenneth, 43, died April 21, 2012. MALONE Jim Mickey, 65, died April 18, 2012. MASON Mary Ann, 88, died April 18, 2012. McGEE Jasmine Jaquetta, 20, died April 22, 2012. MILLER Grace Rebekah, died April 17, 2012. MILLS Linda, 62, died April 21, 2012. MINTER Judy, 63, died April 21, 2012. PIKE, Daniel Charles, Sr., 87, died April 24, 2012. PLATT James J. Jimmy, 51, died April 21, 2012. PRESTON Harold Daniel, 64, died April 18, 2012. RAMIREZ Juan Carlos Lopez, died April 22, 2012. ROBINSON, Tonya Johnson, died April 19, 2012. SUMMERFIELD Raivyn Brooke, 14, died April 22, 2012. SAUNDERS Lawrence, died April 19, 2012. SAUNDERS, Robert Herman, 76, died April 19, 2012. STANGER Madie, died April 19, 2012. TUCKER Frances Hodges, 87, died April 23, 2012. WALKER Matthew, 85, died April 22, 2012. WARREN Clara, died April 20, 2012. WILLIAMS, Brenda, died April 22, 2012. WILLIE Herschell H., died April 18, 2012. YOUNG Rhodia Mae, died April 21, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS HARRISON, Ronelaa, 68, died April 23, 2012. JONSON, Frank, Jr., died April 22, 2012. LEE Alma J. Nita,Ž 74, died April 21, 2012. RYALS Rosa B., died April 24, 2012. SULLIVAN Cora B. Harris Tiny,Ž 46, died April 22, 2012. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory HourŽ Bible Study . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah JirehŽ Bible Study . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With UsŽ New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ƒ..............ƒƒƒƒƒƒ..9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer...............ƒ..10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyŽBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE A-2 THE STAR APRIL 28, 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: 904-354-8268. 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. GREATER MT. SALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2335 Moncrief Rd., Rev. C.E. Banks, Pastor, will have their annual Revival on May 16, 17, 18, 2012, nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Speaker for the week will be Rev. Darius Bolden, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach, FL. For more information, contact the church at (904) 356-4759 or Pastor at (904) 765-3237. NEW BETHLEHEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH1824 Prospect St., Jacksonville, FL, will celebrate the retirement of their church mortgage on the following dates: On Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm, a  Celebration of the Retirement of the Church Building Debt Ž Service will be held. Rev. Marion Wise, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Callahan, Fl will be the speaker; On Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm a  Service of Thanksgiving Ž will be held. Rev. Johnny Johnson, Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church will bring the word; Sunday, May 20th during 11:00 am Worship Service, Holy Communion will be served and the message will be brought by Rev. Joe Calhoun; Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm the  Official Mortgage Burning Ceremony Ž will take place and the word will be brought by Rev. Landon Williams, Pastor of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church.Ž For more information, please call the church at (904) 7645727. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor and Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus Haven Hospice is hosting a Love and Remembrance Memorial Service on May 8. The event will be at 6 p.m. at the River Garden Hebrew Home at 11401 Old St. Augustine Road. This event is open to the public, as a time to remember those who have passed away. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones to be placed on the Table of Memories. For more information, please call the local Haven Hospice office at 904-733-9818.

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APRIL 28, 2012THE STAR PAGE A-3 Lcemuqpxknngcontinued from A-1 garage door. She was unable to leave, she said. She realized that she was trapped in the dark with no way out. She therefore realized that she needed protection from further assault and retrieved her weapon, which is registered and she also had a concealed weapon permit. She also realized that she did not have a phone with her so she re-entered the house with the intent to either leave through another door or get her cell phone. It was her understanding that her husband and her two step sons were leaving the house through the front door but, he did not leave. He came into the kitchen that leads to the garage and realized that she could not leave. She said she was terrified and feared he came to do as he had threaten. She said the gun was in her right hand down by her side and he yelled, Bitch, I will kill you,Ž as he charged toward her. She then lifted the gun and fired a single shot in the wall up in the ceiling. He ran out of the house and contacted the police, advising them that I had shot at him and his sons, she said. She was therefore taken into custody. She said she pleaded not guilty as she felt she had acted in self defense and feel that her just shooting at the wall, saved her life. She was charged with domestic battery against Gray less than five months after she was arrested for the shooting. After the protest and the letters from organizations in the community. and her claim under Floridas Stand Your Ground law, her sentencing was passed this week for at least one more week. The attorneys agreed to return to court next Monday when the judge will hear arguments on a defense motion for a new trial. The original judge in her case denied her claim to self defense in August 2011 for a Stand Your Ground hearing. They wish to try again. f Just Because He's Black?A white man asked his black friend, 'Are you voting for Barack Obama just because he's black?' The black man responded by saying, 'Why not? Hell, in this country men are pulled over every day just cause they're black; passed over for promotions just cause they're black; considered to be criminals just cause they're black; and thousands of you won't be voting for him just because he's black! However, you do not seem to have a problem with that! This country was built with the sweat and whip off the black slaves' back, and now a descendent of those same slaves has a chance to lead the same country, where we weren't even considered to be people, where we weren't allowed to be educated, drink from the same water fountains, eat in the same restaurants, or even vote. So yes! I'm going to vote for him! But it's not just because he's black, but because he is hope, he is change, and he now allows me to understand when my grandson says that he wants to be president when he grows up, it is not a fairy tale but a short term goal. He now sees, understands and knows that he can achieve, withstand and do ANYTHING: Just Because He's Black!! -Diann

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EKO ODUN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WORLD OF NATIONS IS TWENTY YEARS OLDSince 1992, Jacksonville has celebrated cultures from around the world at the annual WORLD OF NATIONS Festival. Today over forty nations are represented at this four day event held on the St. Johns River at Metropolitan Park. This years event will take place May 3-6. In commemoration of the events 20 th year, the Citys Events office is planning a variety of special activities, including the return of the popular fireworks display, which was eliminated about five or six years ago. The fireworks show, scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on Friday, May 4, designates the closing of the park that evening. As a member of the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC), I supported funding for the first World of Nations celebration and I have attended every year as a visitor, volunteer, and performer. It was fitting that during the recent City Council meerting the Jacksonville Council presented a proclamation honoring participants for their contribution to the cultural fabric and education of Jacksonville citizens and visitors. It was especially significant that City Councilman Warren Jones was the sponsor of the proclamation. It was during Warrens term as President of the City Council and Chairman of the TDC in 1992 that he presented the idea of the festival to TDC members. There is fun, food, culture, and entertainment for families, especially the ever popular Passport to the World, which is given to visitors as they arrive. TravelersŽ are then invited to have passports stamped as they visit participating countries around the world. This year, festival attendees are eligible for prize drawings after stamped passports have been turned in. Many countries are represented in the world, such as China, Vietnam, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, India, U. S. A., Cuba, Pana ma, Spain, Poland, and many, many more. A touching event at the World of Nations is the naturalization ceremony, where people from across the globe, are nat uralized as U. S. Citizens. This takes place on Saturday morning of the festival. One of the most popular pavilions of the festival is the African Village, which comprises 5 African countries Ethiopia, Ghana Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Kudos to Volume Burks, Brenda Frinks, Martha Davis, and Javan Frinks for the great job they have done in growing the African Village from a couple of booths to the grand display of culture, clothing, food, music, and education that it has become. The World of Nations festival will be held May 3-6 at Metropolitan Park. For more information, contact the Office of Special Ev ents at (904) 630-3690 or events@coj.net .Scenes from the African Village, 1993Olorun (aw-law-roon), an ensemble group made up of Ok Sun Burks and yours truly will perform at the 20 th Annual World of Nations Celebration on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the African Village. We have been performing songs and folktales of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa for 15 years at the World of Nations and other venues, such as the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Superbowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Orlando Airport Pavilion for Southwest Airlines, Kwanzaa at EWC, Heritage Days at Kingsley Plantation, Mayo Clinic, and many area schools. Our show features West African drumming and instruments, and interactive elements which invite audience involvement. For more information contact volume.kemethouse@gmail.com Eko Odun, Rena Smith! My surrogate son, Corey Wilborn invited Volume Ok Sun and me to join him and a group of friends for Wings Wednesday at the University Club. As it turns out, it was also a birthday celebration for UClub member, Rena Smith. Helping Rena celebrate were: Kevin Green-Johnson, Ceneetra Anderson, Patrice Bennett, Twyla Conway, and Curtis Balfour. Ron Galvin and Rico Simmons, J r. also stopped by to pay respects to the birthday girl. PAGE A-4THE STARAPRIL 28, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley frances@thefloridastar.comVolume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Holding the City Council's Proclamation Commemorating the World of Nations is Volume Burks with, left to right, Martha Davis, Ok Sun Burks, and Frances Bradley Enjoying Wings Wednesday at the University Club are member(s), left to right: Belinda Fulton, Wade Rice, Charles, Myers, and Alice Bennett University Club members at Wings Wednesday, seated, left to right, Patrice Bennett, Rena Smith (Birthday Honoree), and Twyla Conway. Standing: Ceneetra Anderson and Corey Wilborn Seated, left to right: Ok Sun Burks, Frances Bradley, Kevin GreenJohnson, Ceneetra Anderson, Patrice Bennett, Rena Smith, and Twyla Conway. Standing, Corey Wilborn and Curtis Balfour Ron Galvin stopped by to wish Rena Smith a happy birthday

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The Masons The Masons Continue Continue PAGE A-6THE STARAPRIL 28, 2012 The Grand Masters Black & White Ball It was a grand evening on Saturday at the Wyndham … Riverwalk, Jacksonville as the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida Charitable Foundation presented The Grand Masters Black & White Ball. The dinner was beyond tasteful and the height was the awarding of Grand Master Anthony T. Stafford, Sr.s presentation … a $10,000 check to The American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer. Added to this was the presentation of the seven Grand Masters Masonic Life Achievement Awards. Presentations were made to past Grand Masters Dr. Henry Simmons, Dr. Michael Moore, Lee Carter, Phillip A. Robinson, Carl Finerson, Billy D. McLamb and Eugene Morrison. The banquet was culminated with a Masonic toast as all raised their glasses in toast to its grandeur. Afterwards there was dancing for all with JSharp Band providing the entertainment.

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BAHAMAS: The Bahamas Galaxy Pageants Organization crowned five queens at its recent pageant. The show which was hosted by Kerel PinderMiss Bahamas Earth 2012 and Kellie Lightbourn Mrs Galaxy International 2012 showcased the young ladies in swimsuit, fun fashion wear, and evening gown. Set to compete at The Galaxy International pageants this August in Orlando Florida are Little Miss Bahamas Galaxy 2012 Deija Albury; Miss Pre-Teen Bahamas Galaxy 2012Halle Bowe; Jr Miss Bahamas Galaxy 2012Kendicia Clarke; Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy 2012Zanardee Fernander; Miss Bahamas Galaxy 2012Samantha McCartney. The Bahamas Galaxy Pageants focuses on promoting Beauty, Elegance, Sportsmanship and Talent (B.E.S.T) and focuses heavily on the importance of community involvement. Sundays pageants marked the third year for the Sr Divisions and the First year for the Jr categories. By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor JAMAICA: In what is considered to be a tremendous accomplishment for a deserving world leader, Her Excellency Portia SimpsonMiller, Prime Minister of Jamaica has been named one of TIME Magazines 100 Most Influential People in The World. The 66 year-old Prime Minister, who stands out as one of the first female prime ministers in the region and of color was in New York last week to attend the ceremony. They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world,Ž TIME says of its recipients. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100.Ž President Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are both on this years list. Congresswoman for New York's 11th District, Yvette D. Clarke provided the magazine with a personal, candid and touching tribute to the woman she refers to as Sister P. [She] is the embodiment of perseverance and strength,Ž said Clarke. She will have a profound impact as she strives to be a transformational figure in Jamaica. Clarke reflected on how Prime Minister Simpson-Miller started her career as a public servant in local government in 1974 and was elected to the Jamaican Parliament two years later. Simpson-Miller became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Jamaica in 2006 and was reelected to that post in December 2011. While she has worked for many years as a public servant representing all Jamaicans, there is a great sense that her leadership will expand far beyond her island nation,Ž noted Clarke. In addition to her call this year to break with the British monarchy and make the island a republic, Portia is promoting full civil rights for gays and lesbians, a courageous move in a country with a violent history of homophobia.Ž Added Claker: I can say from personal experience that her presence is already inspiring a new generation of women, particularly from the Caribbean diaspora, to get involved in public service and to make a difference. Sister P is a woman to watch. Other recipients on this years list include Rihanna, Tim Tebow, Viola Davis, Warren Buffet, Alice Walton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her sister Pippa Middleton, and Adele. APRIL 28, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller Makes TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World List Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller makes TIMEs most influential 100 list (Photo by Christopher Morris / VII for TIME ) Soca King Machel Montano To Pump It Up At St. Kitts Music Festival ST:KITTS: Chairman of the Executive Committee of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Faron Lawrence, revealed that Machel Montano HD will be performing at the "Sweet Sixteen" edition of the Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place on Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, June 30. "Montano is an award winning soca artist who will complement the exciting mixture of Caribbean and international acts being put together for this year's event," Lawrence said. "He now stands as one of the most well-known soca acts in the world, using his leverage as an artist able to sellout shows." Montano has released many successful singles during his career, such as "Big Truck", "Outa Space", "Music Farm", "It's Carnival" and "Jumbie". He is the frontman of the popular soca band The HD Family, and is loved for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances. During his career, which spans over 30 years, Montano has recorded several songs alongside many of Caribbean music's most popular acts such as Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Burning Flames, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Sparrow, Destra, Vybz Kartel, G-Unit, David Rudder, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Pitbull, and many others. The enigmatic soca artist has won numerous soca awards from all over the world, including the Bob Marley Award Entertainer of the Year 2007, Best Calypso/Soca entertainer 2007, and was named the Most Outstanding Stage Personality at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York. That year he also received an award at the 1st Annual BET J Virtual Awards for Best Caribbean Artiste of the Year. In 2011, Montano won the International Soca Monarch competition a fierce night of competition. In the end, Machel walked away with the TT$2 million dollar prize and the first International Soca Monarch title of his career. He then went on to win the Carnival Road March title with the same hit 'Advantage' by a landslide victory. This year, Montano once again won the International Power Soca Monarch with the song "Pump Yuh Flag". He also won the Groovy Soca Monarch title, and then topped off the Carnival Season in Trinidad & Tobago, by winning the Road March Title with the aforementioned song. Other perfomers this year include Roberta Flack, Damian Marley, Courtney Pine, Omarion, Morgan Heritage, Krosfyah, I-Octane and Popcaan. Five Queens Crowned In Bahamas Galaxy Pageant

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Masons who died in 2011 GRAND LODGE: Stanley Attenborough #632, James HIll #548, Donny Barnes #12, Willie Coleman Barnes #12, Strickland J. Brown #201, Roston Bullard #33, Slyvester Canady #65, Henry Cotton #251, Jimmy Dale #22, Freddie Douglas #61, Gary Edwards #21, Mayo Faison #488, Dalton Franklin #689, Edward Gordon, Jr. #201, Albert Hogan #123, Arthur Rhee Green #202, Henry Green #532, Curtis Leaks #490, Fred Douglas Mays #61, Elijah McCloud #438, Calvin C. McKinney #46, George Moore #222, Walter J. Randall #387, Edward Royal #22, Willard E. Seymour #510, Robert Tanner #171, Dwayne S. Washington #30, Fred William #222, Clinton Weathers #171; ORDER OF EASTERN STARS : Ardesse Brown #71, Estelle Martin Brown #89, Willie Mae Davis #35, Essie Dawkins #34, Thelma L. Sneed Ford #66, Majorie A. Lewis Gillis #1, Louise Hicks Hall #83, Christine Joseph #23, Dorothy Brooks Lee #66, Hazel Meredith #49, Willie Mae Murray #20, Williard E. Seymore #8, Verna L. Troupe #34, Myrtice B. Tyson #20, Albertha Webb #10, Edward R. Weech #5; HOLY ROYAL ARCH MASONS : Robert L. Fisher #32, Monsca L. Foster #32, William C. Glenn #144, William W. Hart #113, Albert D. Hogan #115, Johnnie Johnson #108, Walter Randall, Sr. #50, Eddie A Royal, Jr.; HEROINES OF JERICHO: Dorothy Anderson #84, Marlene Burrows #129, Valaria W. Davies #225, Annie Lee Gillis #29, Callie F. Holiday #65, Emma Lee Hardman #248, Robert Jackson #37, Rosetta Johnson #180, Janice Bell Matthews #202, Geneva McClarrin #128, Flossie Patterson #202, Willie Mac Murray #26, Lear Short #202, Vestivaure D. Smith #74, Rosie Lee White #120, Johnnie Wright #77; ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS : Monsca Foster #4, William C. Glenn #25, Johnnie Johnson#4; KNIGHTS TEMPLAR MASONS: Robert L. Fisher, Monsca Foster, William Hart, Calvin C. McKinney; HEROINE TEMPLE CRUSADERS : Marilyn Anderson #26, Hazel Wells #26; PRIORY : None; SCOTTISH RITE MASONS: ILL. Courtland Butts, ILL. Sylvester Dupree #22, ILL. Arthur R. Green #71, ILL. Robert Fisher #147, ILL. Bernard Dupree #275, ILL. Edward Johnson #275, ILL. Johnnie Johnson #275, ILL. James Myers #275; ORDER OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLES: LL Marilyn Anderson #71, LL Rosetta Johnson #202, LL Addie Williams #147; NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE : Noble Stanley Attenborough #149, Noble Roston Bullard #143, Noble Sylvester Candady #8, Noble Bernard Dupree #186, Noble Arthur Green #188, Noble Edward Johnson, Jr. #149, Noble Johnnie Johnson #149, Noble Archie Lankford #149, Noble Calvin C. McKinney #149, Noble James Myers #149, Noble Edward Royal #143, Noble Floyd Washington, Jr. #182; KNIGHTS OF PYTHAGORAS: NoneAPRIL 28, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDA SECTION B The Masons Memorial ServiceFor Those Who Died In 2011 The Masons Welcome Service Photos by L & J Photo Production (Lisa James and John Carter)

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20th Annual World of Nations Celebration, Thursday, May 3, 2012, Metropolitan Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.0837 for all information. Sails of Reformation Exhibit, Maritime Heritage Center, this Thursday May 3, 2012, 2 W. Independent Dr., The Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, FL 32202. WORLD OF NATIONS CELEBRATION presented by OneMain Financial. May 3-6, 2012, Metropolitan Park. Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? We have your passport ready! The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within your reach. So pack your bags and bring your family, friends and neighbors to Metropolitan Park for an exciting adventure around the world! For more information, call 904-630-3690 or visit makeascenedowntown.com. AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ, on Friday, May 4, 2012, Ritz Theatre and Museum, at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.632.5555. JSO & JSYO: Major/Minor Concert,Times Union Center for Performing Arts, onFriday May 4, 2012, at 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for additional information. Movies in the Park JURASSIC PARK, on Friday May 4, 2012 at Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 W. Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Contact 904.396.5100 for all information. Downtown Council Meeting, University Club Friday this May 4, 2012, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. For additional information call 904.396.1687. Chick-fil-A Leadercast: Friday May 4, 2012, AT&T Tower 301, 301 W. Bay St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 SENIOR EXPO, from 5/9/2012 5/10/2012, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Join the City of Jacksonville for two days devoted to sharing Jacksonville's programs, resources and services available to senior citizens and their families. Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Celebrating 70 years nationally. Nu chapter, Jacksonville celebrating 50 years. Founders day luncheon, June 2, 2012, 11:30 am, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Riverton. For ticket information contact 904-7138118 or 904-705-9789. Need Summer Camp!? Wayan Development Corporation offers 3 Locations, Camperships Available. First week must be paid in advance to secure seat. Ages: *4 … 15 years (*4 years & entering kindergarten). Dates: 6/18/2012 … 8/17/2012, (Camperships applicable 6/18/2012-7/20/2012). Hours: 7:30 am … 6:00 pm. Serving: AM Snack, Lunch & PM Snack, Activities: Academic Enrichment, Field Trips, Cultural Enrichment & Recreational Activities (swimming, games, etc.). Phone 904-693-1503 for more information. Community Activities, continuedPAGE B 2THE STAR APRIL 28, 2012 *****/Community Activities African-American Civil Rights Movement in Florida onSaturday April 28, 2012, Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.2665 for additional information. Showcase of the Performing Arts,Ritz Theatre and Museum, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.632.5555. NATIONAL DANCE DAY, atThe Jacksonville Landing, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for all information. Showcase of the Performing Arts, Ritz Theatre and Museum this Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please call 904.632.5555 for any information. BILL COSBY, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.633.6110. GREG LAKE, at the Florida Theatre, on Sunday April 29, 2012, at 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 For more information call 904.355.2787. VIVA FLORIDA 500: Transforming Anniversaries into Legacies, Monday, April 30, 2012, at Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.633.6110. LES MISERABLES, Times Union C enter for Performing Arts, this Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.633.6110 for additional information. Installation of Lee Adams' Mural, "Ribault's Landing" on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please call 904.630.2665 for more information. Reception Honoring the Crews of the Etoile and Belle Poule, Maritime Heritage Center, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 2 W. Independent Dr., The Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.1101 for all information. RESTORE JACKSONVILLE, Wednesday May 2, 2012, at the Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.2665 for more information. Team Hayden Birthday Party Fundraiser: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.2787 for any information. First Wednesday Art Walk -Conservation, Fashion, Art, Wednesday May 2, 2012, at the Hemming Plaza, 117 W. Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. (StatePoint) Most parents know that one of the most important steps they can take to protect their children is to vaccinate them against dangerous diseases. But knowing what to vaccinate against and when to do so can be a complicated process. National Infant Immunization Week, observed April 21-28, is a great reminder to get in touch with your pediatrician and ensure you are up-to-date with your childs vaccinations. When children are not immunized, the results can be devastating,Ž says Dr. Robert W. Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Making sure your children are properly immunized will give them up to a 98 percent chance of avoiding many diseases.Ž The AAP is offering these vital tips for parents to help sort out all the details: € Ask questions. Remember, your pediatrician is ready and willing to partner with you on getting your children immunized. Use your childs doctor as a resource to help you sort out the endless supply of information -some good and some questionable -on this topic. So prepare questions in advance, and take a note pad with you to your visit so you can jot down important advice and critical dates. € Be on time. Your childrens immunization schedule is not an area of parenting where you should feel free to get creative. There are scientific reasons, based on knowledge of childrens immune systems, for why shots are recommended at certain ages. Updating your records and keeping a calendar can help you keep it all straight. More information on recommended schedules and on how immunizations work can be found at www.healthychildren.org. € Cocoon. One of the best ways to protect very young children -who have not yet received the full range of vaccines for deadly diseases -is to ensure that all family members and caregivers who come in close contact with the child are upto-date on their own immunizations. This protective measure is called cocooning.Ž € Smile. Most children wont enjoy getting vaccinated. You can make the process smoother by staying calm yourself, as young children can pick up on your feelings. Remember to cuddle with your child before, during and after the vaccination. Bringing along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket is a great way to provide some much-needed comfort. If your child is experiencing pain, ask your doctor if a non-aspirin pain reliever is safe to administer. Consider your child fortunate to grow up in the U.S., where he or she will have easy access to lifesaving vaccines. Not all children around the world are equally protected, however. Parents can join one of several global campaigns, such as ShotatLife.org, to support the health of children all over the world. You have more control over your childrens wellness than you realize. If youre unsure of whether your childrens vaccinations are up-to-date, do your little ones a favor and check with your pediatrician today. Vaccinations Are Crucial To Protect Young Children Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Keep Your Kids' Brains Active Over Summer (StatePoint) This summer, millions of kids will experience the dreaded summer slide,Ž described as the educational ground lost when young minds sit idle over summer. Many teachers spend the first four to six weeks at the start of each school year re-teaching material students have forgotten over summer,Ž says Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University. To help your children avoid this intellectual slump and give them an academic legup come fall, keep them thinking over the summer by making learning fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Educational Outings Be sure your summer is filled with outings that will jog your kids noggins. Museums, historical sights and science centers are great combinations of learning and fun. Turn a hike through the woods into an opportunity to learn about trees and wildlife. If youre going on vacation, encourage your kids to research the history and culture of your destination in advance. Remember, even a trip to the ballpark can be educational. For a painless math lesson, talk stats about your favorite baseball team. Smart Games All those outings are going to mean a lot of time in the car. Rather than repeatedly answer the classic road trip mantra -are we there yet?Ž„ take advantage of the time together and use it to play games that challenge smarts. Brain Quest (www.BrainQuest.com) for example, an educational tool popular amongst teachers, parents and children, helps bridge the gap in learning from the end of one school year to the start of the next. Consider using their card decks and workbooks, full of curriculum-based content, as they are easy to pack into a hand bag or beach bag. You can easily turn those long boring road trips into fun and educational bonding experiences! I advise all my students to use learning tools like Brain Quest on summer vacation to avoid brain wipeout and get a jump on next year's material,Ž says Kim Tredick, a 5th grade teacher in Santa Clarita, CA, and the 2006 Milken Award Winner. As one of my students says -it's a first class ticket to straight A's!Ž Pen and Paper Theres no better time than summer to curl up outside or on an extended road trip with a great book. You can instill a love of reading in your children by arming them with both a library card and a summer reading list. Be sure to visit your library frequently to refresh their reading material and help them get inspired. Most libraries host readings and book clubs, and even offer free classes. Take advantage of such programs. If its been awhile since your children used pen and paper, have them keep summer journals about their experiences. For those inclined toward fiction, encourage them to use the time off to write short stories or a novel. A long vacation is no excuse to give a brain time off. This summer, turn down time at the pool and on the road into a learning experience. Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B STARS COMING TOTOWN FOR RYCAS: Actress Vivica A. Fox and Housewives of Atlantas Dwight Eubanks Confirmed For Event; Voting Underway For Community AwardsAPRIL 28, 2012 By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star Little bitty Brunswick is about to get some super duper celebrities when Miracle Home Care Presents its first annual Recognize Your Community Awards Weekend in May. Already confirmed for mid-May, the three-day extravaganza will include celebrities such as actress Vivica A. Fox, Real Housewives of Atlanta breakout star and stylist Dwight Eubanks, and recording artists Bobby Valentino and Jessica Rogers. For just $50, guests can get a full pass to the All White Party, Awards Ceremony at the Ritz Theatre and Community Day on Seldon Park. And while the celebrities may be the big stars at the event, the stars burning brightest in Brunswicks hometown constellation are the nominees for the RYCAs who were chosen by their own community. Event organiser Sherry Reed spoke told The Star that Miracle Home Care owner Shashicka Hill simply wanted to give back to the community and got a pleasant surprise when she the community responded. We are so excited because we have an overwhelming amount of people who are interested in the whole process, said Ms. Reed. Brunswick is a wonderful community and the people need to see that those they serve actually care about them. We have several categories and voting is already in progress on our Facebook page. Nominees are as follows: BEST CHURCH: Mount Sinai, Pastor John Davis Perry; Zion Baptist, Pastor Craig Campbell and True Deliverance, Pastor James Bethea. BEST CAR WASH: Waterworks, Lashamus Hardy; Irresistable, Joseph BUG Simmons; TCS, Charles Grant; Keep It Clean, Kenny POKEY Edmonds; Duke's Car Wash, 4th Street. BEST BEAUTY SALON: Innovative Hair Salon, Sylvia Gasque; R&D Elegant Designs, Ms. Rosalyn; Cutting Edge, Cookie Smith; No Limitz Hair Salon Stacy Marshall-Collins. BEST COMMUNITY LEADER: Estella Wright, CEO 1 R.U.S.H INC. ; Lawrence Brinson, Director Seldon Park; Reggie Jackson, Director Coffin Park; Laverne Cooper, Retired Professor, and Dana Roberts, History Selden Park Association. BEST BARBER SHOP: Celebrity Status, Buster, Teddy, Travis, John John; Styles and Cuts, Frank Poole; Unique Styles, Ronald and Jason; Innovative Hair Studio, Rick Short; Bro & Sis Barber Shop, Charles and Andre. BEST NEW BUSINESS: Little Brown Girls; Pam Pam and Kiki's Photography.. BEST DAYCARE: Juanita Campbells Bridge To Learning and Andrea Dickersons Akeba Academy BEST MUSIC DJ: J. Biggs aka Juicy J; DJ Unpredictable; Domain; and DJ Killer Groove. BEST CAR DEALERSHIP: Midas Touch; Dan Vaden; McKinna; Nissan. BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: Hubs Crab Shack andShucks Seafood Market BEST HIGH SCHOOL: Glynn Academy and Brunswick High Stylist and reality star Dwight Eubanks Shashiska Hill, RYCAFounder and Miracle Home Care Owner Actress and entreprenuer, Vivica A. Fox Bobby Valentino Gospel star Jessica Rogers We came to sign our kids out so that they could stage a peaceful demonstration to show that they do not want their school to be done away with-Rev. Christopher Wilson on Risley Academy walkout. By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL Though a bit disgruntled at the thought of a learning institution being discontinued, parents of Risley Early College Academy allowed their children to stage a peaceful protest on Thursday. Our Angella Favors-Morell was on the scene and got exclusive photos. Rev. Christopher Wilson, (pictured bottom left) was photographed signing his son Danijah Gammage out of school and explained why he gave consent for the seventh grader to take part in the walk-out. For a variety of reasons, the entire school will be closing, he said. Yes, they did inform us [parents] but some of us feel that we were not informed in a timely fashion. Some parents also feel that a decision was already made to close the school before they were told. As for why we were at the school on Thursday, he noted, we came to sign our kids out so that they can stage a peaceful demonstration to show that they do not want their school to be done away with. We support our children and wanted them to know that w that there is a way to express themselves without being violent or aggressively vocal. While classes are slated to continue until the end of the school year, Rev. Wilson said that most parents are upset with the fact that the schools closure this year will mean that they will not get to see the first set of graduates pass through. For someone to invest six years in this school to have all of their hard work basically terminated is not a good way to motivate them, said Rev. Wilson. These kids deserve to be the first to graduate next year and to see the college credits theyve worked towards work for them. 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APRIL 28, 2012 THESTAR Jaguars Take Cowboys' Blackmon in NFL draftPAGEB-4 The Cleveland Gladiators learned on Saturday that if you swim with sharks, you might get a good bite and thats just what they got when the Jacksonville Sharks delivered a series of awesome plays that earned them victory last weekend. The ArenaBowl XXIV Champions defeated the Gladiators 54-49 on their home turf at the Quicken Loans Arena. Bobby Sewall hauled in the decisive 25-yard touchdown pass from Omar Jacobs with 14 seconds remaining as the Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Gladiators. A rookie out of Brown, Sewall stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring each of the Sharks last two touchdowns. After a defensive stand in the final minute, Jacksonville got the ball trailing by a point. Terrance Smith moved the ball to midfield on first down, and a few plays later, Sewall slipped behind the Cleveland defense and corralled Jacobs throw as he fell against the boards along the right side of the end zone. The touchdown pass was Jacobs sixth of the game, as the Jacksonville quarterback finished 20-33 for 300 yards and six touchdowns. In doing so, Jacobs completed the Sharks first 300-yard passing game of the season. Jacobs distributed the ball fairly evenly between the Sharks five receivers, all of whom were active for Saturdays game. Jeron Harvey led the squad with seven catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrance Smith (pictured bottom) chipped in with five catches for 51 yards in a score while Jamarko Simmons added four catches for 54 yards. Sewall and Shamar Graves were the deep threats for Jacksonville, as Sewalls two touchdowns went for 34 and 25 yards while Graves 43-yard touchdown catch was the Sharks longest of the night. Held in check in the first half, Smith ripped off a 56 yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Overall, Smith returned four kicks for 81 yards on the night. On the other side, Dominick Goodman had easily the best individual receiving game of the contest, as he grabbed 17 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns. All of those catches came courtesy of John Dutton, as the Cleveland quarterback was 30-for-47 for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Neither team recorded an interception. The Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Jacksonville Sharks wide receiver Terrance Smith has been awarded the Week 7 Spalding Highlight of the Week honor for his spectacular one-handed touchdown reception in Jacksonvilles 54-49 win over the Cleveland Gladiators last Saturday night. The Sharks trailed, 28-21, early in the third quarter as quarterback Omar Jacobs dropped back to pass. Smith cut across the field from right to left, beat his defender to the goal line, snagged Jacobs pass with his right hand and held on as he crashed into the wall, securing a 25-yard touchdown. Smiths fantastic play sparked a second half in which the Sharks outscored Cleveland 33-21 en route to their second win of the season. For the game, Smith finished with five catches for 58 yards and that touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown, his third kickoff return for a score in 2012. Smith has now won a weekly award following each of the Sharks last three contests, as he was named AFL Playmaker of the Week for Week 4 and Week 6, respectively, after Jacksonvilles March 30 game in Tampa Bay and April 13 game against Utah. Smith continues to lead the Arena Football League with 213.2 all-purpose yards per game. He also leads the Sharks and ranks sixth in the League with 16 total touchdowns and is tied for the team lead with 11 touchdown receptions in 2012. Suns Battle BayBears: Teams Tied For First Place In South Division of Southern League A day after the Suns had their five-game winning streak come to an end, a fast start on Sunday afternoon propelled Jacksonville to a 4-3 win in Mobile. The Suns and BayBears are once again tied for first place in the South Division of the Southern League with identical 10-8 records. Paul Gran tripled off of starting pitcher Derek Eitel to start the game. It was the second triple of the season for the Suns. After Ryan Patterson walked, Curt Smith drove in the first run of the game when BayBears third baseman Matt Davidson committed an error allowing Gran to score for a 10 Suns lead, with Patterson advancing to third on the miscue. Kyle Jensen followed with a sacrifice fly to right for his eighth RBI of the season, and Jacksonville led 2-0. Mobile has been outscored in the first inning this season 14-3. The BayBears have committed five errors in the series and 23 total in the season's first 18 games. During the 2012 season, Mobile had the fewest errors in the league with only 98. Mobile cut the lead in half in the second inning against Suns starter Zach Neal when they loaded the bases with no outs. BayBears catcher Rossmel Perez grounded into a double play with Brent Clevlen scoring from third to make it 2-1. It could have been worse, but Neal was able to limit the damage and avoid the big inning. Jacksonville scored in the third inning, when Curt Smith made it to first safely to avoid hitting into a double play. Jensen then drove in his second run of the game with a double to left field to increase the Suns lead to 3-1. Mobile cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Marc Krauss walked to start the inning, and scored when Archie Gilbert doubled into left-center to drive in his first run of the season. Krauss reached base in all four of his trips to the plate during the afternoon, finishing with a single and three walks. The Suns scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth when Jake Jefferies and Chris Gutierrez singled, and Donnie Webb reached base on an error. With the bases loaded and no outs, pitcher Zach Neal grounded into a double play, with Jefferies scoring to make the score 4-2 Jacksonville. Reliever Josh Schmidt took over for Neal and pitched the seventh. The BayBears scored their final run of the game in the inning when Gilbert singled, and then stole both second and third. He now has six stolen bases this season after swiping 26 last year. Gilbert scored from third on a ground out by Raoul Torrez and Mobile trailed 4-3, but that's as close as they would get. Evan Reed pitched the last two innings to earn his fifth save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out two. Mobile did get the tying run aboard in the bottom of the ninth, when Archie Gilbert singled for his third hit of the game. Knowing that Gilbert already had two stolen bases and that he wanted to get in scoring position, Reed tossed numerous times over to first in an attempt to keep the speedster close. Reed finally caught Gilbert leaning the wrong way, and picked him off to end the game and give the Suns the 4-3 win. It was the third base runner that Suns hurlers have picked off on the road trip. Omar Poveda and Wade Korpi each had a pick off against Pensacola, with Korpi's coming in the bottom of the twelfth in a game the Suns won in the very next inning. Zach Neal improved his record to 2-1, pitching six innings and allowing six hits and two runs. He's allowed only three runs in his first three starts of the season. Schmidt pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and a run. Since letting a ninth inning lead slip away in a loss to Huntsville, Reed has now converted his last four save opportunities. Paul Gran finished 1-for-3, scored a run, and stole a base. Chris Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Curt Smith drove in his sixth run of the season. The Suns are now 8-1 when they score the first run of the game, the BayBears are 0-5 when they give up the game's first run. The Suns have won six of the first eight games on the season's first road trip, and five of those wins have been by a single run. On Monday afternoon, however, the Suns fell to the BayBears 4-1 in the series finale at Hank Aaron Stadium.Mobile scored first in the bottom of the third against starting pitcher Omar Poveda on a sacrifice fly by Marc Krauss to make it 1-0. In the fourth, the BayBears scored two more to increase the lead to 3-0. The Suns scored their only run in the ninth when Ryan Patterson doubled and was driven in by a double from Chris Gutierrez. BayBears starter Patrick Corbin improved his record to 2-0. He pitched seven innings allowing just two hits. Omar Poveda started for the Suns and went five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. He's now 2-1. The Suns and BayBears are once again tied for first place in the South Division. Jacksonville finished the 10game road trip with a record of 7-3. Sharks Take Bite Out Of Gladiators And Smiths One Hand Touchdown Gets Him Another Player Of The Week Nod By Mike Bonts Sports Writer The Jacksonville Jaguars, with an eye to improving on a dismal 5-11 record last season, chose Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon as their first pick in Thursday night's NFL draft. Despite signing Laurent Robinson this offseason, the Jaguars are Looking for weapons to help second-year QB Blaine Gabbert mature. Jacksonville traded places with Tampa Bay to move up to sixth in the draft and an opportunity to get the receiver they wanted. Blackmon is the 13th underclassman the Jaguars have selected in team history and the second straight year. Many experts like his skills after the catch and feel that is what separates him from most prospects in this year's receiver class. Blackmon has the strength, hands and balance to become a reliable possession receiver. The 6-1, 207 pounder ran the 40 in 4.48. A two-time Biletnikoff winner is not the the biggest or fastest wide receiver, but physically tough, hard to contain and works hard to separate. Blackmon caught 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns and became the second two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award, joining Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, a Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, a unanimous All-American, and even finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy race. The Jaguars open the regular season on Sept. 9 at Minnesota.

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Photos courtesy of by L & J Photo Production (Lisa James and John Carter)At the 142nd Annual Communication of The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Ancient and Honorable Fraternity Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliated Florida, Belize, Central America and it's Jurisdictions Incorporated, after being welcomed by Jacksonville leaders, including Mayor Alvin Brown, presented their annual scholarships. Each recipient's scholarship is for $6,000.00. This year's recipients are: Christina Trupia of Green Acres, Florida. Christina has a GPA of 3.8. She thanked the organization and promised to never let them down. Laneesia S. Harmon of Riveria Beach, has a GPA of 3.85. Her plan is to attend FAMU and major in Elementary Education with a minor in dance and theater. She said she knew she would need financial assistance to attend college so her principal provided her the information regarding the Masons. She expressed total gratefulness. Jamika Walker is from Orlando and plans to attend FAMU with a major in nursing. She said she loves acting and will also participate in theater. She is grateful to her grandfather for opening the door for her to receive the scholarship. Sister Patricia Stafford, Grand Worthy Matron, made a special scholarship presentation of $2,000 per year to Michelle Weatherspoon of Delray Beach. Michelle plans to attend Florida State University and pledged to report to the Masonic family constantly and stated, I will represent you well and make you proud." The speaker for the morning was Dr. Osifeld Anderson, Territorial Grand Master. APRIL 28, 2012 THE STAR PAGE -5 The Masons Scholarship recipients and the women's meetings

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More Americans Willing to Cross Borders for Health CareBy J. Thomas Shaw Despite spending more than any other nation in the world on health care, Americans are increasingly willing to leave the country for medical treatment, polls suggest. A Pew Research Center poll shows that only 15 percent of Americans believe the nations healthcare system is the best in the world.Ž Additionally, a Gallup poll found that 29 percent of American adults are willing to travel outside the United States for medical treatment. Our health-care system is one with competing interests … financial profit versus health and well-being,Ž says J. Thomas Shaw, author of The RX Factor (www.therxfactor.com), a novel dramatizing what many see as a crisis in our health-care system. Believe me, I am not advocating some sort of communist-based system, but I do think there is a sort of out-in-theopen conspiracy where true medical solutions are tossed aside in favor of lucrative prescriptions that treat only symptoms.Ž One of the wealthiest people in the country, Steve Jobs, reportedly traveled outside the country for treatment after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Gallup poll reveals nearly a quarter of Americans are willing to do the same specifically for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Experts attribute these high percentages to a steady increase in health-care costs and the rough estimate that nearly 48 million Americans remain uninsured, according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Contrary to myth, the United States does not have the worlds best health care,Ž says physician Timothy Shaw, no relation to J. Thomas Shaw, in a report by HealthReformWatch.com. Were No. 1 in health-care spending, but No. 50 in life expectancy, just before Albania. In Japan, people live four years longer than Americans. Canadians live three years longer. Forty-three countries have better infant mortality rates.Ž Uninsured Americans are more likely to seek treatment abroad than those with coverage … 37 percent versus 22 percent, according to the 2009 Gallup poll. In a significant measure, the United States private health system has changed into Big Business,Ž says Timothy Shaw, recounting several experiences with fellow doctors. In some measure the humanitarian emphasis has eroded.Ž J. Thomas Shaw says the debate over health care has become a game of politics and money, leaving the little guyŽ to suffer. But he remains optimistic that the nation can create world-class system for all, referencing Thomas Jeffersons appeal for unalienable rights:Ž And for the support of this declaration,Ž Jefferson writes, ƒ We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.Ž There are no easy answersŽ to the problem of Big Pharma,Ž Shaw says, referring to the nations most powerful pharmaceutical companies. They are the entities funding most of the research, including that of universities. Research without the interests of Big MoneyŽ would be a good start, perhaps on a grass-roots level.ŽPAGE B-6 THESTAR APRIL 28, 2012 OPINION OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING 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. 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Medtronic is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce AUTOS FOR SALE *** INCOME TAX SPECIAL ***DOWN PAYMENTS AS LOW AS $495 CALL: 904-354-0405UNITED USED CARS, INC.1222 North Main St. (Plus tax, tag & fees) Everybody Rides We finance everybody SAVE $100.00 with this AD > 2003FordE-150Work Van $3,995-CASH > 1999ChevyMalibu Nice Car$695-Down > 1997Mercury GrandMarquis $695-Down > 2000FordContour Clean $750-Down > 2003Chevrolet Monte CarloLow Mile Call For Price> Cash Special 1994 Eagle $1,650 EMPLOYMENT NOTICE TO ADOPT IN THE MATTER OF JOSEPH MALACHI GONZALEZ TO: JORDAN GONZALEZ A PETITION HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO SAID COURT BY: ANGEL M. AMARO OF SPRINGFIELD, MA. TANYA M. AMARO OF SPRINGFIELD, MA, REQUESTING FOR LEAVE TO ADOPT SAID CHILD AND THAT THE NAME OF THE CHILD BE CHANGED TO: JOSEPH MALACHI AMARO. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: SPRINGFIELD, MASS. 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The owner of the vehicle has a right to recover possession of the vehicle without instituting judicial proceedings by posting bond in accordance with the provisions of section 559.917, Florida Statutes (Motor Vehicle Repair Act, see Exhibit D). Any proceeds from the sale of the vehicle remaining after payment of the amount claimed to be due and owing to the lienor will be deposited with clerk of the circuit court for disposition upon court order. MVR#MV16898 Notice is hereby given that on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Manuel Leon's Auto Repair 1015 Beckner Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32218 the following vehicle will be sold for $2796.65 to satisfy labor services, repairs, and storage charges on: 2001 Pontiac VIN 1G2NE52TX1M613074. Pursuant to F.S. 713.585 the cash amount of $2796.65 would be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lienor. Any interested party has a right to a hearing prior to the sale by filing a demand for the hearing with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Duval County and mailing copies of the same to all owners and lienors. The owner has a right to recover possession of the vehicle by posting bond pursuant to F.S. 559.917 and if sold any proceeds remaining from the sale will be deposited with the Clerk of Circuit Court for disposition. Lienor: Manuel Leon's Auto Repair 1015 Beckner Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32218 (Duval County) (813) 422-9100 Notice is hereby given that on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Pulido Brothers Incorporated dba Pulido's Automotive 2320 Atlantic Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32207 the following vehicle will be sold for $1414.39 to satisfy labor services, repairs, and storage charges on: 1996 Mercedes VIN WDBGA32E9TA310246. Pursuant to F.S. 713.585 the cash amount of $1414.39 would be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lienor. Any interested party has a right to a hearing prior to the sale by filing a demand for the hearing with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Duval County and mailing copies of the same to all owners and lienors. The owner has a right to recover possession of the vehicle by posting bond pursuant to F.S. 559.917 and if sold any proceeds remaining from the sale will be deposited with the Clerk of Circuit Court for disposition. Lienor: Pulido Brothers Incorporated dba Pulido's Automotive 2320 Atlantic Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32207 (Duval County) (813) 422-9100 Notice is hereby given that on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Lee's Auto Service, Inc. 5400 Ken Rd Jacksonville, FL 32244 the following vehicle will be sold for $971.56 to satisfy labor services, repairs, and storage charges on: 2003 Mazda VIN 1YVFP80D535M42751. Pursuant to F.S. 713.585 the cash amount of $971.56 would be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lienor. Any interested party has a right to a hearing prior to the sale by filing a demand for the hearing with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Duval County and mailing copies of the same to all owners and lienors. The owner has a right to recover possession of the vehicle by posting bond pursuant to F.S. 559.917 and if sold any proceeds remaining from the sale will be deposited with the Clerk of Circuit Court for disposition. Lienor: Lee's Auto Service, Inc. 5400 Ken Rd Jacksonville, FL 32244 (Duval County) (813) 422-9100

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APRIL 28, 2012THE STARPR 1 Jacksonville, FL … Two Duval County Public Schools students have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. Saudia Bardge, student at Robert E. Lee High, and Rachel Nicole Rodgers, student at Terry Parker High, received their notification letters announcing this achievement. I would like to congratulate these two students for being selected from among thousands to receive such an outstanding award that will help them continue their education at the postsecondary level,Ž said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. We have such talented and intelligent students in Duval County, and I am happy to know their excellence is being recognized.Ž Gates Millennium Scholarships are awarded to a select 1,000 students from around the country. Saudia and Rachel were selected from among 30,000 applicants to receive this prestigious award. These students will receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars will be provided with personal and professional development through the leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. The awards will be based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the 2012-2013 academic year, as well as the availability of grants and other scholarships reported on the financial aid award letter. Saudia Bardge is a graduating junior at Robert E. Lee High. She maintains a 3.5 unweighted GPA and excels in honors and advanced placement classes. Saudia is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in several extracurricular after-school activities including soccer, tennis and ping pong. She volunteers at Pinedale Elementary, Young Ladies with Destiny, Heartland Rehabilitation Center and the Clara White Mission. Saudias ultimate goal is to major in bio-chemistry and become a neurosurgeon. She plans to enroll at the University of North Florida this summer. Its a privilege to be named a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient,Ž said Saudia Bardge. Out of the nearly 30,000 applicants, being named a scholarship recipient will open many doors, provide me with outstanding leadership opportunities, and help me with my quest to become a top neurosurgeon. Thanks to the Gates Millennium Scholars program, the faculty and staff at Robert E. Lee High School, my family, and friends for helping me to prepare for greatness.Ž Rachel Rodgers is a senior at Terry Parker High School. She is currently ranked second in the class with an unweighted GPA of 3.98. Rachels school activities include president of the science club, historian of the Thunderbird Chapter of National Honor Society, and a member of both Interact and Senior Women. Rachel will be pursuing a degree in Animal Science from Berry College located in Rome, Georgia. She then plans on attending the University of Georgia to obtain her DVM-PhD through the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training P rogram. This scholarship means that I can fulfill my lifelong dreams without worrying that financial obstacles may present themselves, Ž said Rachel Rodgers. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Two DCPS’ Students Receive Gates Millennium ScholarshipsOnly 1,000 students nationwide receive this honor Saudia Bardge Rachel Rodgers

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APRIL 28, 2012 THE STARPR 2 Miss FAMU Quilt Initiative Tells the Story of FAMUFor Miss Florida A&M University (FAMU) 2011-2012 NaKena Cromartie, a quilt gives her a glimpse into the lives and creativity of African-American quilters and other cultures. This month, Cromartie is launching a project that will give FAMUans the opportunity to express and profess their love for FAMU in tribute to the universitys 125thanniversary celebration.Ž Quilts are deeper than just utilizing them to give warmth to a body during cold times,Ž she said. It is more than just putting a few stitches and patches together.Ž Through Cromarties initiative, Truly FAMU: Listening is Art,Ž FAMUans can design a quilt square that is a reflection of them. The quilt square can be as simple as writing your name and graduation date or as elaborate as putting designs and adding different ornaments, such as paint, foam stickers, pipe cleaners and ribbon. She added that the project is important to her because she is helping to create a way for the student body to leave something significant behind after their time on the HillŽ like quilters in the past. During my campaign as Miss Florida A&M University, I wanted to offer a way for students to connect with FAMU and share their love for the institution,Ž said Cromartie. Keeping those things in mind, I decided to use my talent and passion for quilting to make a quilt that all Rattlers can claim a piece of. According to Cromartie, the quilt will be completed in time for FAMUs 125thCelebration during Homecoming 2012, at which time it will be presented to the university and placed in the care of the Black Archives Museum. At the age of 12, Cromartie was exposed immediately to the art and beauty of the quilting world through a community center in St. Petersburg, Fla. called Youth Arts Corps. Through the works of Youth Arts Corps, my untouched quilting potential became apparent once I became a quilting assistant,Ž she said. Within this role, I had the opportunity to assist in the facilitation of four-classed filled with 15 girls where we engaged in teaching techniques and the basics of quilt and garment making. After assisting this delightful program for five years in the capacity as an assistant, I was then offered the opportunity to become the instructor of the classes I once worked. As humble and ecstatic as I was to take on this enhancing prospect, I knew I had lots of work ahead of me. Rising to the occasion, I gained the ability to facilitate and reveal the likes of quilting to more than 60 young girls.Ž Cromartie is a spring 2011 graduate of FAMU where she earned her bachelor of science in accounting from the School of Business and Industry. Currently, Cromartie is pursuing a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. After graduate school, Cromartie said she is looking forward to taking the Certified Public Accountant examination and working with Deloitte in January 2013. With humility and dedication, the impossible is possible,Ž is what Cromartie said her quilt would say. I would tell the story of a firstgeneration Rattler that came to FAMU for three sole purposes„to become an educated black woman, to gain friendship among college women and to graduate with a job opportunity.Ž Individuals who are interested in participating in the initiative can retrieve and decorate a quilt square on The SET,Ž which is located near the Efferson Manning Student Union Building, every Friday. For more information and to contact Miss FAMU, call Allison McNealy at (850) 599-3183.Miss FAMU 2011-2012 NaKena Cromarties initiative, Truly FAMU: Listening is Art,Ž will give FAMUans the opportunity to express their love for FAMU by helping to design a quilt. 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) 4951581. SAVE THE DATE! MAY 21, 2012CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN 20th Annual Job Fair Prime Osborn Convention Center

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APRIL 28, 2012 THE STARPR 4 FAMU Student Left Abandoned in an Orange Grove at Birth is Scheduled to Graduate with Honors TALLAHASSEE, Fla. … Known to many in South Florida as Baby Sam,Ž Nicholas E. Young was abandoned in an orange grove near Martin County following his birth covered in ant bites. Through the love and support of his family and community, Young, now 22, has reached what he defines as his greatest accomplishmentŽ to date „ earning his college degree in social work. Donning his Florida A&M University (FAMU) cap and gown, adorned with a white tassel, honors cords and regalia indicative of the College of Arts and Sciences, Young has defied the odds and will be joining more than 1,300 prospective graduates who are looking forward to receiving a college diploma during the spring commencement on Saturday, April 28. Each candidate will enter the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Teaching Center and Gymnasium for one of three ceremonies that will serve as a launching pad for their careers. I am most looking forward to my family all coming together to celebrate,Ž Young said of his big day. Young, who has a 3.35 grade point average, will earn his bachelors degree during the 9 a.m. ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Sen. Arthenia Joyner. It feels amazing to know that no matter what obstacles are placed in front of you, you can always reach your goals,Ž he said. I attribute my accomplishments to everyone who has helped me get to this point and believed that I could make it.Ž Though some scarring remains, physically and mentally, Young remains optimistic about his future. Following graduation, he plans to earn his masters degree in social work. It was difficult to deal with the scarring initially, but I accepted it, and learned to live with the fact that this is who I am,Ž Young said. Adopted by Carl and Dorothy Young in August 1989, Nicholas cites his mother as his biggest inspiration. I am very proud of Nick,Ž said Dorothy Young. Graduation is something weve been waiting for. To see him getting to this point is exciting. He deserves everything he has worked for.Ž His grandmother, Dorothy Lambert, said she is looking forward to seeing her grandson walk across the stage at commencement. We are here to back him,Ž Lambert said. I try to be as supportive as possible. Nicholas has been a great asset to our family. We couldnt have asked God to send us a sweeter person. When I think of where he came from to where he is now, he makes me want to do more with myself. Im so proud of him.?Ž Nicholas Young, who said he is looking forward to one day being a loving, understanding and compassionateŽ father, said he has no feelingsŽ for his biological mother, but would like answers from her. He graduated from William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach in 2007. After attaining his masters, Young plans to become a high school guidance counselor and assist youth in need, just as his social worker, Carolyn Lester, once did for him. I want to help guide the youth in what I believe is the most vulnerable time in your life „ high school,Ž he said. While at FAMU, Young, who added that the Marching 100sŽ Do What You WannaŽ would best describe his college experience, was a member of Student Social Work Association, National Association of Social Workers and Phi Alpha Honor Society. I chose to attend FAMU for the universitys rich history,Ž he said. I found it neat to be surrounded by African Americans who are defying the odds, and working toward their goals.Ž FAMU Sets New Date For HomecomingFlorida A&M University (FAMU) has pushed its Homecoming back to November 10, 2012, to ensure that alumni and other supporters will be able to secure hotel accommodations as the University celebrates its 125th Anniversary. "With this being the historic 125th anniversary of Florida A&M University, we wanted to allow as many people the opportunity to enjoy the weekend of activities as possible," said Derek Horne, director of athletics at FAMU. Due to the fact that there is another major event in Tallahassee on the original date set for Homecoming, access to accommodations and other resources were hampered on Oct. 13. "We have been in discussion with alumni leadership on this matter and the University and the Department of Athletics have both agreed to this solution," said Horne. "FAMU is committed to serving the needs of the university, alumni and community, and this change helps to make this possible." This year, FAMU will celebrate its 125th Anniversary during Homecoming 2012 and will honor 125 Outstanding Alumni during the President's Gala scheduled Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Lawson Center. In addition, the Homecoming Convocation is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:10 a.m. For more information about the 125th Anniversary activities or ticket sales for Homecoming, log onto www.famu.edu.

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Man Arrested in Connection with WifesDeathA woman was found stabbed to death and detectives believe her husband to be responsible for the slaying. Police responded to a call made by 47-year-old Frederick Gilliam about an alleged home invasion. Police arrived to find Stephanie Singleton-Gilliam, 44, dead with fatal stab wounds to the neck. Gilliam told police that two men stabbed him and his wife during the home invasion robbery. Police also said that Gilliam was standing just inside the front door of the home, while holding a knife covered with blood. Information on whether the knife was used to stab Singleton-Gilliam has not yet been released. Singleton-Gilliam was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilliam was said to have minor injuries, which were treated after he was taken to the hospital. Police say the couples children were at the home, but they did not witness anything. The children have been put in the care of other family members. Gilliam was taken in for questioning and his story was said to have been extremely inconsistent with the evidence. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. This was not the first time that Gilliam had encountered problems with the law. In 2001, he was arrested on a felony charge of organized scheme to defraud. Charges were later dropped and he was released on his own recognizance. Singleton-Gilliam was the supervisor of the family law division at the clerk of Circuit Court office, where she worked for 14 years. She was promoted to her position as a supervisor about a year and a half ago looking over 20 employees who worked with families involving restraining orders, child support, domestic violence, etc. People were shocked by the incident of the couple that have been married for nearly 12 years and were both known to be friendly and helpful. Singleton-Gilliam was well-liked in the community and was known for her sense of humor, kindness, and willingness to help others. She had a twin boy and girl, an older son, and a grandchild. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star APRIL 28 2012THE STARC&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this ar ea. Man Burglarizes Church A man was arrested for burglarizing a church. At approximately 8:30 a.m. in the morning, members of the church saw a man inside the premises and called police. The witnesses waited outside the church until the police came. They were specifically ordered not to confront the suspect on their own. When police arrived, they approached 57-year-old Jackie Armstrong and ordered him to exit the church. Armstrong complied and was taken into custody without incident. When asked why he broke into the church, he said he did it to get out of the rain. Police said Armstrong was a homeless man and used a screwdriver to pry the door of the church open, where he was found standing. Armstrong was taken to jail and charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He is being held without bond. Frederick Gilliam Stephanie Gilliam Jackie Armstrong

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APRIL 28 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. ElderAbuse In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trustedŽ individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self neglect is also considered mistreatment. Remember : You do not need to prove that abuse is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate the suspicions. Warning Signs € Physical Abuse Slap marks, unexplained bruises, most pressure marks, and certain types of burns or blisters, such as cigarette burns € Neglect Pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition or dehydration € Emotional Abuse Withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, or other unusual behavioral changes € Sexual Abuse Bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases € Financial Abuse/Exploitation Sudden change in finances and accounts, altered wills and trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, checks written as loansŽ or gifts,Ž and loss of property What Can I Do to Prevent Elder Abuse? € Report suspected mistreatment to your local adult protective services agency or law enforcement. Although a situation may have already been investigated, if you believe circumstances are getting worse, continue to speak out. € Keep in contact … Talk with your older friends, neighbors, and relatives. Maintaining communication will help decrease isolation, a risk factor for mistreatment. It will also give them a chance to talk about any problems they may be experiencing. € Be aware of the possibility of abuse … Look around and take note of what may be happening with your older neighbors and acquaintances. Do they seem lately to be withdrawn, nervous, fearful, sad, or anxious, especially around certain people, when they have not seemed so in the past? € Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office to identify local programs and sources of support, such as Meals on Wheels. These programs help elders to maintain health, well being, and independence … a good defense against abuse. € Volunteer … There are many local opportunities to become involved in programs that provide assistance and support for seniors. € World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Elder abuse is a global issue. Contact your local aging services organizations to find out how your community will observe World Day. Help to raise awareness by talking about the issue. Your Safety Cleveland Murder Suspect Arrested in FloridaA man wanted for murder in Cleveland, Ohio was arrested in Florida. A wanted fugitive identified as Javonte Hodges, 22, also known as Tay Tay,Ž was said to have been in the back of a car in Cleveland, Ohio about a month ago. He was in the car with another man who was driving. Police believe they were negotiating a drug deal when Hodges allegedly shot the driver in the neck and fled. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Fugitive task force members worked hard to find information leading to Hodges location. After receiving some tips, Hodges was suspected to have fled to Florida. All information on Hodges were then sent to the task force in Florida. Hodges was located at a relatives home and he was safely apprehended. He is awaiting extradition back to Ohio to face charges. Javonte Hodges School Bus Driver Charged for Having Sex with StudentA school bus driver was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 17year-old high school student. A student at a high school reported to an officer about a friend that was having a sexual relationship with the schools bus driver. The student also said that he had seen his friend and the bus driver having sex once before. The student decided to report to the police after being given a referral from the bus driver. Investigators met with the 17-year-old student, who gave them details of his sexual relationship with the bus driver, Kiki Algeria Hamilton-White, 36. It was confirmed that the two have had sexual contact on multiple occasions. Police say it appeared that the meetings occurred outside of school grounds, including a motel and Whites home. White is a full time bus driver and is currently on paid administrative leave. White was arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Her bond was set at $15,024. Additional charges are pending. The names of the two students are not being released. Also White and her family members did not want to comment on the incident. Kiki Hamilton-White

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Boy Shoots Mom For Not Letting Him Join Gang Detroit, MI14-year-old Joshua Smith was said to have gotten angry with his mother, Tamiko Robinson, 36, for trying to keep him off the streets and getting involved with gangs. When she didnt let him join a gang, Smith ran away to relatives. When he later came back home, he retrieved a twelve gauge shotgun from his step dads room and shot Robinson at least ten times, while she was asleep on the couch. He fired furiously leaving holes all around the room. Smiths 5-year-old sister and their aunt jumped out of a window to escape the shooting. After the shooting, he was seen driving around in his mothers car. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and felony use of a firearm. Man Gets 12 Years For Ironing Shirt on Childs Back Rockford, ILElliott Moore, 43, usually watched a child for a mother, while she was at school. The mother called police when she came back home and saw Moore standing in the parking lot holding a bag of clothes. He told her he was going to work, but she said he appeared to be very agitated. Later that night, she said her daughter was crying all night and when she changed her 18-month-old daughters clothes, she saw a large, open burn on her back. When Moore was interviewed, he said he had difficulty ironing with the baby on his lap, so he put one of his work shirts on the childs back and ironed it. He was charged with aggravated battery to a child, which is a Class 2 felony, and was recently sentenced to 12 years. APRIL 28, 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Walmart Worker Works with Man Stealing TVs A greeter at a Walmart store was arrested helping a man steal TVs. Frederick Leon Gallimore, 34, who worked at Walmart, went to a Walmart with an unknown man in a silver van. Both men entered the store and split up. Gallimore began his shift, while the other man went to the electronics section. The man grabbed two LCDTVs, valuing up to $476, and went for the exit. Gallimores job was to check receipts of the customers at the exit, but he was not there. Reports say when the man left with the TVs, Gallimore appeared again and followed him. The two then headed to the van, where they loaded the TVs. Gallimore went back to work after. Gallimore was arrested on a felony charge of retail theft. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bail. The manager of the Walmart said Gallimore has been fired and police say the other man has not yet been arrested. Suspect on the Run Tries to Pay Resident to Help Him Hide A man was arrested for trying to offer residents money to help him hide. Police were after Markee Donquaile Hobbs, 22, who ran after being stopped. Hobbs stopped at a house and knocked on the door of an apartment. He then forced himself in when a women opened the door and pushed her 73-year-old father against the wall. Hobbs told him hell offer him $100 if he helped him hide from the police. Hobbs then left the place after no success. Police say Hobbs originally had borrowed a vehicle from a woman to buy cigarettes. Police later called the woman a few hours later to tell her that her car had been towed. Hobbs also contacted the woman to tell her that he was going to pay to get the car back, but did not mention that her car was towed. The woman told police that Hobbs might have had a suspended license, which was probably why he ran from the police after being stopped. Hobbs was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and battery of a person age 65 or older. Woman Arrested After Mentioning Warrants on Twitter Pearland, TXMahogany Mason-Kelly, 20, had several traffic warrants out for her that have been accumulated over some years. It is unclear to what triggered Kelly to boast on Twitter, a popular social-networking site, saying, I still got a warrant in Pearland...Those pigs will NEVER catch me!!! ... NEVER!!!!Ž Police came across the public message and worked to track her down. Police say her warrants were not considered a high priority, until her messages were posted. Kelly was arrested and was released on $1,500 bond for failing to identify, a $2,500 bond for tampering with a government record and $1,877 for failure to appear on city warrants. Man Kills Woman Who Tries to Help Him in Car Accident Aurora, COAfter church services were ending, a car had crashed outside of the church. The man in the car was Kiarron Parker, 29, and had sped into the parking lot, crashing into a car. 67-year-old Josephine Echols rushed out to help Parker to make sure that he was okay, but Parker returned the favor by shooting at her. Police say he also tried to shoot other people. He was shot down by an off-duty officer, who was also Echols Nephew. Parker was killed at the scene. Police say before Parker got into the car that crashed, he had become agitated with a friend, which might have caused him to act so violently. Echols was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Parker had been arrested in the past, involving the use of drugs, where he stripped naked and broke into homes. Markee Hobbs Frederick Gallimore

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APRIL 28, 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: Marlon Dalvin Crawford Age: 14 Weight: 109 lbs Last seen: 3/08/12 Name: Shanice Henry Age: 15 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 3/19/12 Name: Myra Raquel Culliver Age: 14 Weight: 110 lbs Last seen: 4/12/12 Name: Daniel J. McAffee Age: 17 Weight: 175 lbs Last seen: 4/18/12 Name: Natasha Dovie Wilson Age: 17 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 3/03/12MOSTWANTED Attempted Sexual Battery SuspectPolice say a woman was approached by an unknown suspect driving a light colored 2000 Ford Focus ...(unknown exact color). The victim was taken to a nearby abandoned residence where the suspect attempted to sexually assault her at gunpoint. The victim was able to get away and the suspect was seen fleeing the scene by several witnesses. During his escape, the suspects vehicle struck a pole, and the drivers side mirror was knocked off the vehicle. The suspect is described as black male approximately 25 to 30 years of age. Anyone with any information about the identity or location of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name:Ja-Van D. BaileyOffense: Discharge Weapon on School Grounds Name:Shanice Tsvia ButlerOffense:Robbery Gun/Deadly Weapon Name: Karlton Ray BoydOffense: Aggravated Assault w/Weapon. No Intention to Kill Name: Latosh Rena Bridges Offense: Organized Fraud Uner $20,000 Name: Joinesse Kathry Cesalien Offense: Stage Crash for Insurance Claim Name: Curtis Carter Offense: Obstruct Crime Investigation



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The SCLC and the NAACP and other organizations in Jacksonville travelled to Sanford, Florida unaware of the Stand Your Ground claim that was facing a Jacksonville female who had suffered abuse, had not shot or killed anyone but was in a situation that may cause her to serve 20 years in prison. Marissa Danielle Alexander has been tried and found guilty of aggravated assault because she fired a gun toward her husband who had been abusive to her and other females. In Marissa firing of the gun, no one was injured but the laws of Florida guidelines calls for up to 20 years in prison. According to records, on August 1, 2010, Marissa, a 31 year old mother of three with a 9 days old infant was approached by her husband of three months, Rico Gray, 36, who had two sons from a previous relationship approached her in what she called, a violent, jealous rage. She said that he shoved and strangled her while holding her against her will, preventing her from fleeing as she begged him to leave. Gray, is a self-employed truck driver. After a while, she was able to get to the garage where she had her truck parked but soon realized that she did not have her keys with her. She said she was also unable to open the People Magazine named Beyonce Knowles its Most Beautiful Woman in the World, 2012. On their list, the top 10 most beautiful women are: Beyonce Sofia Vergara Charlize Theron Lily Collins Madeleine Stowe Christina Hendricks Michelle Williams Paula Patton Miranda Lambert Kate Middleton by Angela Favors Morrell, writer for The Georgia Star During the days of segregated schools, it was Brunswicks Risley High School and children were taught there from first to 12th grade. Some years later, money was spent for renovation with basic improvements and, Risley Early College Academy was started as one of 12 middle schools identified by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. It is reported that a recent study found the schools to be very successful, as the students from these schools had at least an 85 percent graduation rate in 2008, increasing their graduation rate by at least 10 percentage points. According to the person doing the research study, one of the key findings was all the schools have a caring culture of high expectations that focus on student learning and on the application of that learning to the world outside of school, preparing them for the next level. That is why the students are protesting. They stated, we like being in an environment where we all care about learning and so we do. Why are they closing RECA when it is not broken. They have been told that there is not enough money. 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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Stafford Sr. President Obama appeared on television this week as a guest of the Jimmy Fallon Show while at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He pointed out the fear of the higher interest rate which will be done in July by mentioning that he and First Lady Obama just finished paying off their student loans about eight years ago. And then, he, Fallon and the Root band, did a slow jam of the news. Using this method, he was able to get the students and viewers, in a hilarious way, see how the congressional Republicans refused to tax billionaires at 30% to help pay for cheaper student loans by rejecting the Buffett Rule stating that students just have to make this rate increase work. What most do not understand is the lower taxes for the rich is making the poor and middle class pay. There tax deductions allow them to put their extra dollars into political campaigns to continue making the economy go their way. It is also being said that the president is wasting tax dollars to campaign because they (GOP) are trying to handle the matter before July gets here by doing such things as eliminating certain health care benefits. Under this motion, the Republican Party filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office Wednesday stating there was no need for the trip so the Democrats and the president should pay the money back. After the filing an Associated Press research found that Democrats have reimbursed some $1.5 million for political aspects of the presidents travel, more than the $1.3 million that the George W. Bush adminstration paid over his entire reelection campaign for travels on Air Force One. Rtgukfgpv"Qdcoc"cum hqt"uwrrqtv"vq"uvqr"vjg kpvgtguv"tcvg"kpetgcug hqt"jkijgt"gfwecvkqp He is under fifty years of age but he is the leader of more than 5,000 men and 3,000 women who are members of the Masonic Grand Lodge for Florida, Belize, Central America and St. John, U. S. Virgin Island. The Most Worshipful Grand Master Anthony T. Stafford, Sr., along with more than 2,000 members convened in Jacksonville for their 142nd Communications. Grand Master Stafford has now served for a full year in this position, and said he is on t rack for reaching his goal to get all138 Lodges active again. Under his new leadership, they not only provided $18,000 in scholarships at the opening meeting, they presented a check for $10,000 to the American Cancer Society fund for breast cancer. His goal is to also bring new male and female members on board as they continue to focus on education. He said that the lodge always take care of their own by assisting a wife after she has lost her husband if he was a Mason with little things like making sure her yard and grass is kept. This year, they have expanded their love of people through such efforts as done this year, like the breast cancer donation. Learn more about this organization which focus on the love of God and people. Black Freemasonry began when a young man by the name of Prince Hall along with fourteen other free black men were initiated into Lodge No. 441 Irish Constitution, March 6, 1775. In 1870, The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida joined the ranks becoming a member of the Prince Hall Affiliated Family. On Saturday night at their banquet, they honored their beginning as they looked to the Future of Prince Hall Masonry. Lcemuqpxknng More on pages A6, B1, B5, and Prep Rap Section Lcemuqpxknng"Dcvvgtgf"Ykhg Uvknn"Vt{kpi"vq"Ocmg"Uvcpf [qwt"Itqwpf"Encko"Yqtm Octkuuc"Fcpkgnng Cngzcpfgt."53 Jacksonville See A-3

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ATKINSON, Harold, died April 24, 2012. BATTLE, Junice Lee, Jr., died April 16, 2012. BELLAMY, Willie, 86, died April 17, 2012. BRINSON, Deborah, 52, died April 19, 2012. BROOKS, Donald Wayne, Jr., 47, died April 18, 2012. BROWN, Cedric, died April 23, 2012. CARSWELL Larry Cleveland, died April 23, 2012. COLLINS, Herbert Lee, II, died April 18, 2012. DAVIS Walter Jeff, 50, died April 19, 2012. DELPHA, Richard Paul, died April 19, 2012. DICK, Leslie J., 92, died April 23, 2012. DUKES, Warren F., 76, died April 20, 2012. FERRES, Yvonne Joyce Seay, 67, died April 17, 2012. FEUSTON, Billy Wayne, 59, died April 20, 2012. FRANKS, Ellis Marvin, 84, died April 22, 2012. FREEMAN, Ernestine Ida, 87, died April 19, 2012. HARDEN, Louise, 58, died April 23, 2012. HARRY, Elizabeth, 77, died April 17, 2012. KELLY, Leona, died April 20, 2012. KIERCE, Kelvin Horace, Sr., died April 17, 2012. LEACH, Eliza, 88, died April 24, 2012. LOEB, Richard Kenneth, 43, died April 21, 2012. MALONE, Jim Mickey, 65, died April 18, 2012. MASON, Mary Ann, 88, died April 18, 2012. McGEE Jasmine Jaquetta, 20, died April 22, 2012. MILLER, Grace Rebekah, died April 17, 2012. MILLS, Linda, 62, died April 21, 2012. MINTER, Judy, 63, died April 21, 2012. PIKE, Daniel Charles, Sr., 87, died April 24, 2012. PLATT, James J. Jimmy, 51, died April 21, 2012. PRESTON, Harold Daniel, 64, died April 18, 2012. RAMIREZ, Juan Carlos Lopez, died April 22, 2012. ROBINSON, Tonya Johnson, died April 19, 2012. SUMMERFIELD Raivyn Brooke, 14, died April 22, 2012. SAUNDERS Lawrence, died April 19, 2012. SAUNDERS, Robert Herman, 76, died April 19, 2012. STANGER, Madie, died April 19, 2012. TUCKER, Frances Hodges, 87, died April 23, 2012. WALKER, Matthew, 85, died April 22, 2012. WARREN Clara, died April 20, 2012. WILLIAMS, Brenda, died April 22, 2012. WILLIE, Herschell H., died April 18, 2012. YOUNG, Rhodia Mae, died April 21, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS HARRISON, Ronelaa, 68, died April 23, 2012. JONSON, Frank, Jr., died April 22, 2012. LEE, Alma J. Nita, 74, died April 21, 2012. RYALS Rosa B., died April 24, 2012. SULLIVAN Cora B. Harris Tiny, 46, died April 22, 2012. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory Hour Bible Study . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah Jireh Bible Study . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ................9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer.................10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. 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 28, 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 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. 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: 904-354-8268. 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. GREATER MT. SALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 2335 Moncrief Rd., Rev. C.E. Banks, Pastor, will have their annual Revival on May 16, 17, 18, 2012, nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Speaker for the week will be Rev. Darius Bolden, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach, FL. For more information, contact the church at (904) 356-4759 or Pastor at (904) 765-3237. NEW BETHLEHEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH1824 Prospect St., Jacksonville, FL, will celebrate the retirement of their church mortgage on the following dates: On Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm, a Celebration of the Retirement of the Church Building Debt Service will be held. Rev. Marion Wise, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Callahan, Fl will be the speaker; On Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm, a Service of Thanksgiving will be held. Rev. Johnny Johnson, Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church will bring the word; Sunday, May 20th during 11:00 am Worship Service, Holy Communion will be served and the message will be brought by Rev. Joe Calhoun; Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm, the Official Mortgage Burning Ceremony will take place and the word will be brought by Rev. Landon Williams, Pastor of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. For more information, please call the church at (904) 7645727. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor and Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus Haven Hospice is hosting a Love and Remembrance Memorial Service on May 8. The event will be at 6 p.m. at the River Garden Hebrew Home at 11401 Old St. Augustine Road. This event is open to the public, as a time to remember those who have passed away. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones to be placed on the Table of Memories. For more information, please call the local Haven Hospice office at 904-733-9818.

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APRIL 28, 2012 THE STAR PAGE A-3 Lcemuqpxknngcontinued from A-1 garage door. She was unable to leave, she said. She realized that she was trapped in the dark with no way out. She therefore realized that she needed protection from further assault and retrieved her weapon, which is registered and she also had a concealed weapon permit. She also realized that she did not have a phone with her so she re-entered the house with the intent to either leave through another door or get her cell phone. It was her understanding that her husband and her two step sons were leaving the house through the front door but, he did not leave. He came into the kitchen that leads to the garage and realized that she could not leave. She said she was terrified and feared he came to do as he had threaten. She said the gun was in her right hand down by her side and he yelled, Bitch, I will kill you, as he charged toward her. She then lifted the gun and fired a single shot in the wall up in the ceiling. He ran out of the house and contacted the police, advising them that I had shot at him and his sons, she said. She was therefore taken into custody. She said she pleaded not guilty as she felt she had acted in self defense and feel that her just shooting at the wall, saved her life. She was charged with domestic battery against Gray less than five months after she was arrested for the shooting. After the protest and the letters from organizations in the community. and her claim under Floridas Stand Your Ground law, her sentencing was passed this week for at least one more week. The attorneys agreed to return to court next Monday when the judge will hear arguments on a defense motion for a new trial. The original judge in her case denied her claim to self defense in August 2011 for a Stand Your Ground hearing. They wish to try again. f Just Because He's Black?A white man asked his black friend, 'Are you voting for Barack Obama just because he's black?' The black man responded by saying, 'Why not? Hell, in this country men are pulled over every day just cause they're black; passed over for promotions just cause they're black; considered to be criminals just cause they're black; and thousands of you won't be voting for him just because he's black! However, you do not seem to have a problem with that! This country was built with the sweat and whip off the black slaves' back, and now a descendent of those same slaves has a chance to lead the same country, where we weren't even considered to be people, where we weren't allowed to be educated, drink from the same water fountains, eat in the same restaurants, or even vote. So yes! I'm going to vote for him! But it's not just because he's black, but because he is hope, he is change, and he now allows me to understand when my grandson says that he wants to be president when he grows up, it is not a fairy tale but a short term goal. He now sees, understands and knows that he can achieve, withstand and do ANYTHING: Just Because He's Black!! -Diann

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EKO ODUN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WORLD OF NATIONS IS TWENTY YEARS OLDSince 1992, Jacksonville has celebrated cultures from around the world at the annual WORLD OF NATIONS Festival. Today over forty nations are represented at this four day event held on the St. Johns River at Metropolitan Park. This years event will take place May 3-6. In commemoration of the events 20 th year, the Citys Events office is planning a variety of special activities, including the return of the popular fireworks display, which was eliminated about five or six years ago. The fireworks show, scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on Friday, May 4, designates the closing of the park that evening. As a member of the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC), I supported funding for the first World of Nations celebration and I have attended every year as a visitor, volunteer, and performer. It was fitting that during the recent City Council meerting the Jacksonville Council presented a proclamation honoring participants for their contribution to the cultural fabric and education of Jacksonville citizens and visitors. It was especially significant that City Councilman Warren Jones was the sponsor of the proclamation. It was during Warrens term as President of the City Council and Chairman of the TDC in 1992 that he presented the idea of the festival to TDC members. There is fun, food, culture, and entertainment for families, especially the ever popular Passport to the World, which is given to visitors as they arrive. Travelers are then invited to have passports stamped as they visit participating countries around the world. This year, festival attendees are eligible for prize drawings after stamped passports have been turned in. Many countries are represented in the world, such as China, Vietnam, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, India, U. S. A., Cuba, Panama, Spain, Poland, and many, many more. A touching event at the World of Nations is the naturalization ceremony, where people from across the globe, are naturalized as U. S. Citizens. This takes place on Saturday morning of the festival. One of the most popular pavilions of the festival is the African Village, which comprises 5 African countries Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Kudos to Volume Burks, Brenda Frinks, Martha Davis, and Javan Frinks for the great job they have done in growing the African Village from a couple of booths to the grand display of culture, clothing, food, music, and education that it has become. The World of Nations festival will be held May 3-6 at Metropolitan Park. For more information, contact the Office of Special Events at (904) 630-3690 or events@coj.net .Scenes from the African Village, 1993Olorun (aw-law-roon), an ensemble group made up of Ok Sun Burks and yours truly, will perform at the 20 th Annual World of Nations Celebration on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the African Village. We have been performing songs and folktales of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa for 15 years at the World of Nations and other venues, such as the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Superbowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Orlando Airport Pavilion for Southwest Airlines, Kwanzaa at EWC, Heritage Days at Kingsley Plantation, Mayo Clinic, and many area schools. Our show features West African drumming and instruments, and interactive elements which invite audience involvement. For more information contact volume.kemethouse@gmail.com Eko Odun, Rena Smith! My surrogate son, Corey Wilborn, invited Volume, Ok Sun, and me to join him and a group of friends for Wings Wednesday at the University Club. As it turns out, it was also a birthday celebration for UClub member, Rena Smith. Helping Rena celebrate were: Kevin Green-Johnson, Ceneetra Anderson, Patrice Bennett, Twyla Conway, and Curtis Balfour. Ron Galvin and Rico Simmons, Jr. also stopped by to pay respects to the birthday girl. PAGE A-4 THE STAR APRIL 28, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley frances@thefloridastar.comVolume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Holding the City Council's Proclamation Commemorating the World of Nations is Volume Burks with, left to right, Martha Davis, Ok Sun Burks, and Frances Bradley Enjoying Wings Wednesday at the University Club are member(s), left to right: Belinda Fulton, Wade Rice, Charles, Myers, and Alice Bennett University Club members at Wings Wednesday, seated, left to right, Patrice Bennett, Rena Smith (Birthday Honoree), and Twyla Conway. Standing: Ceneetra Anderson and Corey Wilborn Seated, left to right: Ok Sun Burks, Frances Bradley, Kevin GreenJohnson, Ceneetra Anderson, Patrice Bennett, Rena Smith, and Twyla Conway. Standing, Corey Wilborn and Curtis Balfour Ron Galvin stopped by to wish Rena Smith a happy birthday

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The Masons The Masons Continue Continue PAGE A-6 THE STAR APRIL 28, 2012 The Grand Masters Black & White Ball It was a grand evening on Saturday at the Wyndham Riverwalk, Jacksonville as the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida Charitable Foundation presented The Grand Masters Black & White Ball. The dinner was beyond tasteful and the height was the awarding of Grand Master Anthony T. Stafford, Sr.s presentation a $10,000 check to The American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer. Added to this was the presentation of the seven Grand Masters Masonic Life Achievement Awards. Presentations were made to past Grand Masters Dr. Henry Simmons, Dr. Michael Moore, Lee Carter, Phillip A. Robinson, Carl Finerson, Billy D. McLamb and Eugene Morrison. The banquet was culminated with a Masonic toast as all raised their glasses in toast to its grandeur. Afterwards there was dancing for all with JSharp Band providing the entertainment.

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BAHAMAS: The Bahamas Galaxy Pageants Organization crowned five queens at its recent pageant. The show which was hosted by Kerel PinderMiss Bahamas Earth 2012 and Kellie Lightbourn Mrs Galaxy International 2012 showcased the young ladies in swimsuit, fun fashion wear, and evening gown. Set to compete at The Galaxy International pageants this August in Orlando Florida are Little Miss Bahamas Galaxy 2012 Deija Albury; Miss Pre-Teen Bahamas Galaxy 2012Halle Bowe; Jr Miss Bahamas Galaxy 2012Kendicia Clarke; Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy 2012Zanardee Fernander; Miss Bahamas Galaxy 2012Samantha McCartney. The Bahamas Galaxy Pageants focuses on promoting Beauty, Elegance, Sportsmanship and Talent (B.E.S.T) and focuses heavily on the importance of community involvement. Sundays pageants marked the third year for the Sr Divisions and the First year for the Jr categories. By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor JAMAICA: In what is considered to be a tremendous accomplishment for a deserving world leader, Her Excellency Portia SimpsonMiller, Prime Minister of Jamaica has been named one of TIME Magazines 100 Most Influential People in The World. The 66 year-old Prime Minister, who stands out as one of the first female prime ministers in the region and of color was in New York last week to attend the ceremony. They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world, TIME says of its recipients. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100. President Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are both on this years list. Congresswoman for New York's 11th District, Yvette D. Clarke provided the magazine with a personal, candid and touching tribute to the woman she refers to as Sister P. [She] is the embodiment of perseverance and strength, said Clarke. She will have a profound impact as she strives to be a transformational figure in Jamaica. Clarke reflected on how Prime Minister Simpson-Miller started her career as a public servant in local government in 1974 and was elected to the Jamaican Parliament two years later. Simpson-Miller became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Jamaica in 2006 and was reelected to that post in December 2011. While she has worked for many years as a public servant representing all Jamaicans, there is a great sense that her leadership will expand far beyond her island nation, noted Clarke. In addition to her call this year to break with the British monarchy and make the island a republic, Portia is promoting full civil rights for gays and lesbians, a courageous move in a country with a violent history of homophobia. Added Claker: I can say from personal experience that her presence is already inspiring a new generation of women, particularly from the Caribbean diaspora, to get involved in public service and to make a difference. Sister P is a woman to watch. Other recipients on this years list include Rihanna, Tim Tebow, Viola Davis, Warren Buffet, Alice Walton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her sister Pippa Middleton, and Adele. APRIL 28, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller Makes TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World List Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller makes TIMEs most influential 100 list (Photo by Christopher Morris / VII for TIME ) Soca King Machel Montano To Pump It Up At St. Kitts Music Festival ST:KITTS: Chairman of the Executive Committee of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Faron Lawrence, revealed that Machel Montano HD will be performing at the "Sweet Sixteen" edition of the Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place on Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, June 30. "Montano is an award winning soca artist who will complement the exciting mixture of Caribbean and international acts being put together for this year's event," Lawrence said. "He now stands as one of the most well-known soca acts in the world, using his leverage as an artist able to sellout shows." Montano has released many successful singles during his career, such as "Big Truck", "Outa Space", "Music Farm", "It's Carnival" and "Jumbie". He is the frontman of the popular soca band The HD Family, and is loved for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances. During his career, which spans over 30 years, Montano has recorded several songs alongside many of Caribbean music's most popular acts such as Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Burning Flames, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Sparrow, Destra, Vybz Kartel, G-Unit, David Rudder, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Pitbull, and many others. The enigmatic soca artist has won numerous soca awards from all over the world, including the Bob Marley Award Entertainer of the Year 2007, Best Calypso/Soca entertainer 2007, and was named the Most Outstanding Stage Personality at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York. That year he also received an award at the 1st Annual BET J Virtual Awards for Best Caribbean Artiste of the Year. In 2011, Montano won the International Soca Monarch competition a fierce night of competition. In the end, Machel walked away with the TT$2 million dollar prize and the first International Soca Monarch title of his career. He then went on to win the Carnival Road March title with the same hit 'Advantage' by a landslide victory. This year, Montano once again won the International Power Soca Monarch with the song "Pump Yuh Flag". He also won the Groovy Soca Monarch title, and then topped off the Carnival Season in Trinidad & Tobago, by winning the Road March Title with the aforementioned song. Other perfomers this year include Roberta Flack, Damian Marley, Courtney Pine, Omarion, Morgan Heritage, Krosfyah, I-Octane and Popcaan. Five Queens Crowned In Bahamas Galaxy Pageant

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Masons who died in 2011 GRAND LODGE: Stanley Attenborough #632, James HIll #548, Donny Barnes #12, Willie Coleman Barnes #12, Strickland J. Brown #201, Roston Bullard #33, Slyvester Canady #65, Henry Cotton #251, Jimmy Dale #22, Freddie Douglas #61, Gary Edwards #21, Mayo Faison #488, Dalton Franklin #689, Edward Gordon, Jr. #201, Albert Hogan #123, Arthur Rhee Green #202, Henry Green #532, Curtis Leaks #490, Fred Douglas Mays #61, Elijah McCloud #438, Calvin C. McKinney #46, George Moore #222, Walter J. Randall #387, Edward Royal #22, Willard E. Seymour #510, Robert Tanner #171, Dwayne S. Washington #30, Fred William #222, Clinton Weathers #171; ORDER OF EASTERN STARS : Ardesse Brown #71, Estelle Martin Brown #89, Willie Mae Davis #35, Essie Dawkins #34, Thelma L. Sneed Ford #66, Majorie A. Lewis Gillis #1, Louise Hicks Hall #83, Christine Joseph #23, Dorothy Brooks Lee #66, Hazel Meredith #49, Willie Mae Murray #20, Williard E. Seymore #8, Verna L. Troupe #34, Myrtice B. Tyson #20, Albertha Webb #10, Edward R. Weech #5; HOLY ROYAL ARCH MASONS : Robert L. Fisher #32, Monsca L. Foster #32, William C. Glenn #144, William W. Hart #113, Albert D. Hogan #115, Johnnie Johnson #108, Walter Randall, Sr. #50, Eddie A Royal, Jr.; HEROINES OF JERICHO: Dorothy Anderson #84, Marlene Burrows #129, Valaria W. Davies #225, Annie Lee Gillis #29, Callie F. Holiday #65, Emma Lee Hardman #248, Robert Jackson #37, Rosetta Johnson #180, Janice Bell Matthews #202, Geneva McClarrin #128, Flossie Patterson #202, Willie Mac Murray #26, Lear Short #202, Vestivaure D. Smith #74, Rosie Lee White #120, Johnnie Wright #77; ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS : Monsca Foster #4, William C. Glenn #25, Johnnie Johnson#4; KNIGHTS TEMPLAR MASONS: Robert L. Fisher, Monsca Foster, William Hart, Calvin C. McKinney; HEROINE TEMPLE CRUSADERS : Marilyn Anderson #26, Hazel Wells #26; PRIORY: None; SCOTTISH RITE MASONS: ILL. Courtland Butts, ILL. Sylvester Dupree #22, ILL. Arthur R. Green #71, ILL. Robert Fisher #147, ILL. Bernard Dupree #275, ILL. Edward Johnson #275, ILL. Johnnie Johnson #275, ILL. James Myers #275; ORDER OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLES: LL Marilyn Anderson #71, LL Rosetta Johnson #202, LL Addie Williams #147; NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE : Noble Stanley Attenborough #149, Noble Roston Bullard #143, Noble Sylvester Candady #8, Noble Bernard Dupree #186, Noble Arthur Green #188, Noble Edward Johnson, Jr. #149, Noble Johnnie Johnson #149, Noble Archie Lankford #149, Noble Calvin C. McKinney #149, Noble James Myers #149, Noble Edward Royal #143, Noble Floyd Washington, Jr. #182; KNIGHTS OF PYTHAGORAS: NoneAPRIL 28, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDASECTION B The Masons Memorial ServiceFor Those Who Died In 2011 The Masons Welcome Service Photos by L & J Photo Production (Lisa James and John Carter)

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20th Annual World of Nations Celebration, Thursday, May 3, 2012, Metropolitan Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.0837 for all information. Sails of Reformation Exhibit, Maritime Heritage Center, this Thursday May 3, 2012, 2 W. Independent Dr., The Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, FL 32202. WORLD OF NATIONS CELEBRATION presented by OneMain Financial. May 3-6, 2012, Metropolitan Park. Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? We have your passport ready! The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within your reach. So pack your bags and bring your family, friends and neighbors to Metropolitan Park for an exciting adventure around the world! For more information, call 904-630-3690 or visit makeascenedowntown.com. AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ, on Friday, May 4, 2012, Ritz Theatre and Museum, at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.632.5555. JSO & JSYO: Major/Minor Concert,Times Union Center for Performing Arts, onFriday May 4, 2012, at 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for additional information. Movies in the Park JURASSIC PARK, on Friday May 4, 2012 at Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 W. Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Contact 904.396.5100 for all information. Downtown Council Meeting, University Club Friday this May 4, 2012, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. For additional information call 904.396.1687. Chick-fil-A Leadercast: Friday May 4, 2012, AT&T Tower 301, 301 W. Bay St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 SENIOR EXPO, from 5/9/2012 5/10/2012, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Join the City of Jacksonville for two days devoted to sharing Jacksonville's programs, resources and services available to senior citizens and their families. Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Celebrating 70 years nationally. Nu chapter, Jacksonville celebrating 50 years. Founders day luncheon, June 2, 2012, 11:30 am, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Riverton. For ticket information contact 904-7138118 or 904-705-9789. Need Summer Camp!? Wayan Development Corporation offers 3 Locations, Camperships Available. First week must be paid in advance to secure seat. Ages: *4 15 years (*4 years & entering kindergarten). Dates: 6/18/2012 8/17/2012, (Camperships applicable 6/18/2012-7/20/2012). Hours: 7:30 am 6:00 pm. Serving: AM Snack, Lunch & PM Snack, Activities: Academic Enrichment, Field Trips, Cultural Enrichment & Recreational Activities (swimming, games, etc.). Phone 904-693-1503 for more information. Community Activities, continuedPAGE B 2 THE STAR APRIL 28, 2012 *****/Community Activities African-American Civil Rights Movement in Florida onSaturday April 28, 2012, Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.2665 for additional information. Showcase of the Performing Arts,Ritz Theatre and Museum, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.632.5555. NATIONAL DANCE DAY, atThe Jacksonville Landing, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for all information. Showcase of the Performing Arts, Ritz Theatre and Museum this Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please call 904.632.5555 for any information. BILL COSBY, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information contact 904.633.6110. GREG LAKE, at the Florida Theatre, on Sunday April 29, 2012, at 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 For more information call 904.355.2787. VIVA FLORIDA 500: Transforming Anniversaries into Legacies, Monday, April 30, 2012, at Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.633.6110. LES MISERABLES, Times Union Center for Performing Arts, this Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.633.6110 for additional information. Installation of Lee Adams' Mural, "Ribault's Landing" on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please call 904.630.2665 for more information. Reception Honoring the Crews of the Etoile and Belle Poule, Maritime Heritage Center, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 2 W. Independent Dr., The Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.1101 for all information. RESTORE JACKSONVILLE, Wednesday May 2, 2012, at the Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.2665 for more information. Team Hayden Birthday Party Fundraiser: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.355.2787 for any information. First Wednesday Art Walk -Conservation, Fashion, Art, Wednesday May 2, 2012, at the Hemming Plaza, 117 W. Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. (StatePoint) Most parents know that one of the most important steps they can take to protect their children is to vaccinate them against dangerous diseases. But knowing what to vaccinate against and when to do so can be a complicated process. National Infant Immunization Week, observed April 21-28, is a great reminder to get in touch with your pediatrician and ensure you are up-to-date with your childs vaccinations. When children are not immunized, the results can be devastating, says Dr. Robert W. Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Making sure your children are properly immunized will give them up to a 98 percent chance of avoiding many diseases. The AAP is offering these vital tips for parents to help sort out all the details: Ask questions. Remember, your pediatrician is ready and willing to partner with you on getting your children immunized. Use your childs doctor as a resource to help you sort out the endless supply of information -some good and some questionable -on this topic. So prepare questions in advance, and take a note pad with you to your visit so you can jot down important advice and critical dates. Be on time. Your childrens immunization schedule is not an area of parenting where you should feel free to get creative. There are scientific reasons, based on knowledge of childrens immune systems, for why shots are recommended at certain ages. Updating your records and keeping a calendar can help you keep it all straight. More information on recommended schedules and on how immunizations work can be found at www.healthychildren.org. Cocoon. One of the best ways to protect very young children -who have not yet received the full range of vaccines for deadly diseases -is to ensure that all family members and caregivers who come in close contact with the child are upto-date on their own immunizations. This protective measure is called cocooning. Smile. Most children wont enjoy getting vaccinated. You can make the process smoother by staying calm yourself, as young children can pick up on your feelings. Remember to cuddle with your child before, during and after the vaccination. Bringing along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket is a great way to provide some much-needed comfort. If your child is experiencing pain, ask your doctor if a non-aspirin pain reliever is safe to administer. Consider your child fortunate to grow up in the U.S., where he or she will have easy access to lifesaving vaccines. Not all children around the world are equally protected, however. Parents can join one of several global campaigns, such as ShotatLife.org, to support the health of children all over the world. You have more control over your childrens wellness than you realize. If youre unsure of whether your childrens vaccinations are up-to-date, do your little ones a favor and check with your pediatrician today. Vaccinations Are Crucial To Protect Young Children Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Keep Your Kids' Brains Active Over Summer (StatePoint) This summer, millions of kids will experience the dreaded summer slide, described as the educational ground lost when young minds sit idle over summer. Many teachers spend the first four to six weeks at the start of each school year re-teaching material students have forgotten over summer, says Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University. To help your children avoid this intellectual slump and give them an academic legup come fall, keep them thinking over the summer by making learning fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Educational Outings Be sure your summer is filled with outings that will jog your kids noggins. Museums, historical sights and science centers are great combinations of learning and fun. Turn a hike through the woods into an opportunity to learn about trees and wildlife. If youre going on vacation, encourage your kids to research the history and culture of your destination in advance. Remember, even a trip to the ballpark can be educational. For a painless math lesson, talk stats about your favorite baseball team. Smart Games All those outings are going to mean a lot of time in the car. Rather than repeatedly answer the classic road trip mantra -are we there yet? take advantage of the time together and use it to play games that challenge smarts. Brain Quest (www.BrainQuest.com) for example, an educational tool popular amongst teachers, parents and children, helps bridge the gap in learning from the end of one school year to the start of the next. Consider using their card decks and workbooks, full of curriculum-based content, as they are easy to pack into a hand bag or beach bag. You can easily turn those long boring road trips into fun and educational bonding experiences! I advise all my students to use learning tools like Brain Quest on summer vacation to avoid brain wipeout and get a jump on next year's material, says Kim Tredick, a 5th grade teacher in Santa Clarita, CA, and the 2006 Milken Award Winner. As one of my students says -it's a first class ticket to straight A's! Pen and Paper Theres no better time than summer to curl up outside or on an extended road trip with a great book. You can instill a love of reading in your children by arming them with both a library card and a summer reading list. Be sure to visit your library frequently to refresh their reading material and help them get inspired. Most libraries host readings and book clubs, and even offer free classes. Take advantage of such programs. If its been awhile since your children used pen and paper, have them keep summer journals about their experiences. For those inclined toward fiction, encourage them to use the time off to write short stories or a novel. A long vacation is no excuse to give a brain time off. This summer, turn down time at the pool and on the road into a learning experience. Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B STARS COMING TOTOWN FOR RYCAS: Actress Vivica A. Fox and Housewives of Atlantas Dwight Eubanks Confirmed For Event; Voting Underway For Community AwardsAPRIL 28, 2012 By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star Little bitty Brunswick is about to get some super duper celebrities when Miracle Home Care Presents its first annual Recognize Your Community Awards Weekend in May. Already confirmed for mid-May, the three-day extravaganza will include celebrities such as actress Vivica A. Fox, Real Housewives of Atlanta breakout star and stylist Dwight Eubanks, and recording artists Bobby Valentino and Jessica Rogers. For just $50, guests can get a full pass to the All White Party, Awards Ceremony at the Ritz Theatre and Community Day on Seldon Park. And while the celebrities may be the big stars at the event, the stars burning brightest in Brunswicks hometown constellation are the nominees for the RYCAs who were chosen by their own community. Event organiser Sherry Reed spoke told The Star that Miracle Home Care owner Shashicka Hill simply wanted to give back to the community and got a pleasant surprise when she the community responded. We are so excited because we have an overwhelming amount of people who are interested in the whole process, said Ms. Reed. Brunswick is a wonderful community and the people need to see that those they serve actually care about them. We have several categories and voting is already in progress on our Facebook page. Nominees are as follows: BEST CHURCH: Mount Sinai, Pastor John Davis Perry; Zion Baptist, Pastor Craig Campbell and True Deliverance, Pastor James Bethea. BEST CAR WASH: Waterworks, Lashamus Hardy; Irresistable, Joseph BUG Simmons; TCS, Charles Grant; Keep It Clean, Kenny POKEY Edmonds; Duke's Car Wash, 4th Street. BEST BEAUTY SALON: Innovative Hair Salon, Sylvia Gasque; R&D Elegant Designs, Ms. Rosalyn; Cutting Edge, Cookie Smith; No Limitz Hair Salon Stacy Marshall-Collins. BEST COMMUNITY LEADER: Estella Wright, CEO 1 R.U.S.H INC. ; Lawrence Brinson, Director Seldon Park; Reggie Jackson, Director Coffin Park; Laverne Cooper, Retired Professor, and Dana Roberts, History Selden Park Association. BEST BARBER SHOP: Celebrity Status, Buster, Teddy, Travis, John John; Styles and Cuts, Frank Poole; Unique Styles, Ronald and Jason; Innovative Hair Studio, Rick Short; Bro & Sis Barber Shop, Charles and Andre. BEST NEW BUSINESS: Little Brown Girls; Pam Pam and Kiki's Photography.. BEST DAYCARE: Juanita Campbells Bridge To Learning and Andrea Dickersons Akeba Academy BEST MUSIC DJ: J. Biggs aka Juicy J; DJ Unpredictable; Domain; and DJ Killer Groove. BEST CAR DEALERSHIP: Midas Touch; Dan Vaden; McKinna; Nissan. BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: Hubs Crab Shack andShucks Seafood Market BEST HIGH SCHOOL: Glynn Academy and Brunswick High Stylist and reality star Dwight Eubanks Shashiska Hill, RYCAFounder and Miracle Home Care Owner Actress and entreprenuer, Vivica A. Fox Bobby Valentino Gospel star Jessica Rogers We came to sign our kids out so that they could stage a peaceful demonstration to show that they do not want their school to be done away with-Rev. Christopher Wilson on Risley Academy walkout. By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL Though a bit disgruntled at the thought of a learning institution being discontinued, parents of Risley Early College Academy allowed their children to stage a peaceful protest on Thursday. Our Angella Favors-Morell was on the scene and got exclusive photos. Rev. Christopher Wilson, (pictured bottom left) was photographed signing his son Danijah Gammage out of school and explained why he gave consent for the seventh grader to take part in the walk-out. For a variety of reasons, the entire school will be closing, he said. Yes, they did inform us [parents] but some of us feel that we were not informed in a timely fashion. Some parents also feel that a decision was already made to close the school before they were told. As for why we were at the school on Thursday, he noted, we came to sign our kids out so that they can stage a peaceful demonstration to show that they do not want their school to be done away with. We support our children and wanted them to know that w that there is a way to express themselves without being violent or aggressively vocal. While classes are slated to continue until the end of the school year, Rev. Wilson said that most parents are upset with the fact that the schools closure this year will mean that they will not get to see the first set of graduates pass through. For someone to invest six years in this school to have all of their hard work basically terminated is not a good way to motivate them, said Rev. Wilson. These kids deserve to be the first to graduate next year and to see the college credits theyve worked towards work for them. Although classes are back in session, it was unclear up to press time whether or not there would be any other demonstrations taking place to protests the schools decision to close. continued from front page...

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APRIL 28, 2012 THESTAR Jaguars Take Cowboys' Blackmon in NFL draftPAGEB-4 The Cleveland Gladiators learned on Saturday that if you swim with sharks, you might get a good bite and thats just what they got when the Jacksonville Sharks delivered a series of awesome plays that earned them victory last weekend. The ArenaBowl XXIV Champions defeated the Gladiators 54-49 on their home turf at the Quicken Loans Arena. Bobby Sewall hauled in the decisive 25-yard touchdown pass from Omar Jacobs with 14 seconds remaining as the Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Gladiators. A rookie out of Brown, Sewall stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring each of the Sharks last two touchdowns. After a defensive stand in the final minute, Jacksonville got the ball trailing by a point. Terrance Smith moved the ball to midfield on first down, and a few plays later, Sewall slipped behind the Cleveland defense and corralled Jacobs throw as he fell against the boards along the right side of the end zone. The touchdown pass was Jacobs sixth of the game, as the Jacksonville quarterback finished 20-33 for 300 yards and six touchdowns. In doing so, Jacobs completed the Sharks first 300-yard passing game of the season. Jacobs distributed the ball fairly evenly between the Sharks five receivers, all of whom were active for Saturdays game. Jeron Harvey led the squad with seven catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrance Smith (pictured bottom) chipped in with five catches for 51 yards in a score while Jamarko Simmons added four catches for 54 yards. Sewall and Shamar Graves were the deep threats for Jacksonville, as Sewalls two touchdowns went for 34 and 25 yards while Graves 43-yard touchdown catch was the Sharks longest of the night. Held in check in the first half, Smith ripped off a 56 yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Overall, Smith returned four kicks for 81 yards on the night. On the other side, Dominick Goodman had easily the best individual receiving game of the contest, as he grabbed 17 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns. All of those catches came courtesy of John Dutton, as the Cleveland quarterback was 30-for-47 for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Neither team recorded an interception. The Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Jacksonville Sharks wide receiver Terrance Smith has been awarded the Week 7 Spalding Highlight of the Week honor for his spectacular one-handed touchdown reception in Jacksonvilles 54-49 win over the Cleveland Gladiators last Saturday night. The Sharks trailed, 28-21, early in the third quarter as quarterback Omar Jacobs dropped back to pass. Smith cut across the field from right to left, beat his defender to the goal line, snagged Jacobs pass with his right hand and held on as he crashed into the wall, securing a 25-yard touchdown. Smiths fantastic play sparked a second half in which the Sharks outscored Cleveland 33-21 en route to their second win of the season. For the game, Smith finished with five catches for 58 yards and that touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown, his third kickoff return for a score in 2012. Smith has now won a weekly award following each of the Sharks last three contests, as he was named AFL Playmaker of the Week for Week 4 and Week 6, respectively, after Jacksonvilles March 30 game in Tampa Bay and April 13 game against Utah. Smith continues to lead the Arena Football League with 213.2 all-purpose yards per game. He also leads the Sharks and ranks sixth in the League with 16 total touchdowns and is tied for the team lead with 11 touchdown receptions in 2012. Suns Battle BayBears: Teams Tied For First Place In South Division of Southern League A day after the Suns had their five-game winning streak come to an end, a fast start on Sunday afternoon propelled Jacksonville to a 4-3 win in Mobile. The Suns and BayBears are once again tied for first place in the South Division of the Southern League with identical 10-8 records. Paul Gran tripled off of starting pitcher Derek Eitel to start the game. It was the second triple of the season for the Suns. After Ryan Patterson walked, Curt Smith drove in the first run of the game when BayBears third baseman Matt Davidson committed an error allowing Gran to score for a 10 Suns lead, with Patterson advancing to third on the miscue. Kyle Jensen followed with a sacrifice fly to right for his eighth RBI of the season, and Jacksonville led 2-0. Mobile has been outscored in the first inning this season 14-3. The BayBears have committed five errors in the series and 23 total in the season's first 18 games. During the 2012 season, Mobile had the fewest errors in the league with only 98. Mobile cut the lead in half in the second inning against Suns starter Zach Neal when they loaded the bases with no outs. BayBears catcher Rossmel Perez grounded into a double play with Brent Clevlen scoring from third to make it 2-1. It could have been worse, but Neal was able to limit the damage and avoid the big inning. Jacksonville scored in the third inning, when Curt Smith made it to first safely to avoid hitting into a double play. Jensen then drove in his second run of the game with a double to left field to increase the Suns lead to 3-1. Mobile cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Marc Krauss walked to start the inning, and scored when Archie Gilbert doubled into left-center to drive in his first run of the season. Krauss reached base in all four of his trips to the plate during the afternoon, finishing with a single and three walks. The Suns scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth when Jake Jefferies and Chris Gutierrez singled, and Donnie Webb reached base on an error. With the bases loaded and no outs, pitcher Zach Neal grounded into a double play, with Jefferies scoring to make the score 4-2 Jacksonville. Reliever Josh Schmidt took over for Neal and pitched the seventh. The BayBears scored their final run of the game in the inning when Gilbert singled, and then stole both second and third. He now has six stolen bases this season after swiping 26 last year. Gilbert scored from third on a ground out by Raoul Torrez and Mobile trailed 4-3, but that's as close as they would get. Evan Reed pitched the last two innings to earn his fifth save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out two. Mobile did get the tying run aboard in the bottom of the ninth, when Archie Gilbert singled for his third hit of the game. Knowing that Gilbert already had two stolen bases and that he wanted to get in scoring position, Reed tossed numerous times over to first in an attempt to keep the speedster close. Reed finally caught Gilbert leaning the wrong way, and picked him off to end the game and give the Suns the 4-3 win. It was the third base runner that Suns hurlers have picked off on the road trip. Omar Poveda and Wade Korpi each had a pick off against Pensacola, with Korpi's coming in the bottom of the twelfth in a game the Suns won in the very next inning. Zach Neal improved his record to 2-1, pitching six innings and allowing six hits and two runs. He's allowed only three runs in his first three starts of the season. Schmidt pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and a run. Since letting a ninth inning lead slip away in a loss to Huntsville, Reed has now converted his last four save opportunities. Paul Gran finished 1-for-3, scored a run, and stole a base. Chris Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Curt Smith drove in his sixth run of the season. The Suns are now 8-1 when they score the first run of the game, the BayBears are 0-5 when they give up the game's first run. The Suns have won six of the first eight games on the season's first road trip, and five of those wins have been by a single run. On Monday afternoon, however, the Suns fell to the BayBears 4-1 in the series finale at Hank Aaron Stadium.Mobile scored first in the bottom of the third against starting pitcher Omar Poveda on a sacrifice fly by Marc Krauss to make it 1-0. In the fourth, the BayBears scored two more to increase the lead to 3-0. The Suns scored their only run in the ninth when Ryan Patterson doubled and was driven in by a double from Chris Gutierrez. BayBears starter Patrick Corbin improved his record to 2-0. He pitched seven innings allowing just two hits. Omar Poveda started for the Suns and went five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. He's now 2-1. The Suns and BayBears are once again tied for first place in the South Division. Jacksonville finished the 10game road trip with a record of 7-3. Sharks Take Bite Out Of Gladiators And Smiths One Hand Touchdown Gets Him Another Player Of The Week Nod By Mike Bonts Sports Writer The Jacksonville Jaguars, with an eye to improving on a dismal 5-11 record last season, chose Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon as their first pick in Thursday night's NFL draft. Despite signing Laurent Robinson this offseason, the Jaguars are Looking for weapons to help second-year QB Blaine Gabbert mature. Jacksonville traded places with Tampa Bay to move up to sixth in the draft and an opportunity to get the receiver they wanted. Blackmon is the 13th underclassman the Jaguars have selected in team history and the second straight year. Many experts like his skills after the catch and feel that is what separates him from most prospects in this year's receiver class. Blackmon has the strength, hands and balance to become a reliable possession receiver. The 6-1, 207 pounder ran the 40 in 4.48. A two-time Biletnikoff winner is not the the biggest or fastest wide receiver, but physically tough, hard to contain and works hard to separate. Blackmon caught 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns and became the second two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award, joining Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, a Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, a unanimous All-American, and even finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy race. The Jaguars open the regular season on Sept. 9 at Minnesota.

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Photos courtesy of by L & J Photo Production (Lisa James and John Carter)At the 142nd Annual Communication of The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Ancient and Honorable Fraternity Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliated Florida, Belize, Central America and it's Jurisdictions Incorporated, after being welcomed by Jacksonville leaders, including Mayor Alvin Brown, presented their annual scholarships. Each recipient's scholarship is for $6,000.00. This year's recipients are: Christina Trupia of Green Acres, Florida. Christina has a GPA of 3.8. She thanked the organization and promised to never let them down. Laneesia S. Harmon of Riveria Beach, has a GPA of 3.85. Her plan is to attend FAMU and major in Elementary Education with a minor in dance and theater. She said she knew she would need financial assistance to attend college so her principal provided her the information regarding the Masons. She expressed total gratefulness. Jamika Walker is from Orlando and plans to attend FAMU with a major in nursing. She said she loves acting and will also participate in theater. She is grateful to her grandfather for opening the door for her to receive the scholarship. Sister Patricia Stafford, Grand Worthy Matron, made a special scholarship presentation of $2,000 per year to Michelle Weatherspoon of Delray Beach. Michelle plans to attend Florida State University and pledged to report to the Masonic family constantly and stated, I will represent you well and make you proud." The speaker for the morning was Dr. Osifeld Anderson, Territorial Grand Master. APRIL 28, 2012 THE STAR PAGE -5 The Masons Scholarship recipients and the women's meetings

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More Americans Willing to Cross Borders for Health CareBy J. Thomas Shaw Despite spending more than any other nation in the world on health care, Americans are increasingly willing to leave the country for medical treatment, polls suggest. A Pew Research Center poll shows that only 15 percent of Americans believe the nations healthcare system is the best in the world. Additionally, a Gallup poll found that 29 percent of American adults are willing to travel outside the United States for medical treatment. Our health-care system is one with competing interests financial profit versus health and well-being, says J. Thomas Shaw, author of The RX Factor (www.therxfactor.com), a novel dramatizing what many see as a crisis in our health-care system. Believe me, I am not advocating some sort of communist-based system, but I do think there is a sort of out-in-theopen conspiracy where true medical solutions are tossed aside in favor of lucrative prescriptions that treat only symptoms. One of the wealthiest people in the country, Steve Jobs, reportedly traveled outside the country for treatment after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Gallup poll reveals nearly a quarter of Americans are willing to do the same specifically for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Experts attribute these high percentages to a steady increase in health-care costs and the rough estimate that nearly 48 million Americans remain uninsured, according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Contrary to myth, the United States does not have the worlds best health care, says physician Timothy Shaw, no relation to J. Thomas Shaw, in a report by HealthReformWatch.com. Were No. 1 in health-care spending, but No. 50 in life expectancy, just before Albania. In Japan, people live four years longer than Americans. Canadians live three years longer. Forty-three countries have better infant mortality rates. Uninsured Americans are more likely to seek treatment abroad than those with coverage 37 percent versus 22 percent, according to the 2009 Gallup poll. In a significant measure, the United States private health system has changed into Big Business, says Timothy Shaw, recounting several experiences with fellow doctors. In some measure the humanitarian emphasis has eroded. J. Thomas Shaw says the debate over health care has become a game of politics and money, leaving the little guy to suffer. But he remains optimistic that the nation can create world-class system for all, referencing Thomas Jeffersons appeal for unalienable rights: And for the support of this declaration, Jefferson writes, We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. There are no easy answers to the problem of Big Pharma, Shaw says, referring to the nations most powerful pharmaceutical companies. They are the entities funding most of the research, including that of universities. 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ON OR BEFORE 10:00 AM ON: 05/25/2012 PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given that commencing at JESSIES UNION 76, 2423 Edison Ave., (904) 384-6751 at 9:30 a.m. on May 11, 2012. These liens are claimed for labor and parts. The following vehicles will be for sale and cash is required. 1985 Chevrolet Blazer vin#(1G8CS18B9F8221037 $695.50). 1968 Chevrolet Malibu vin#(136378A125079) $642.00 Sealed bids will be accepted. These liens are subject to enforcement pursuant to section 713.585, Florida Statutes and vehicles may be sold to satisfy these liens. The owner of the vehicle or any person claiming an interest in or lien thereon has a right to a hearing at any time prior to the scheduled date of sale by filing a demand for hearing with the clerk of the circuit court in Duval county and mailing copies of the demand for hearing to all other owners and lienors as reflected on the notice. 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Any interested party has a right to a hearing prior to the sale by filing a demand for the hearing with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Duval County and mailing copies of the same to all owners and lienors. The owner has a right to recover possession of the vehicle by posting bond pursuant to F.S. 559.917 and if sold any proceeds remaining from the sale will be deposited with the Clerk of Circuit Court for disposition. Lienor: Lee's Auto Service, Inc. 5400 Ken Rd Jacksonville, FL 32244 (Duval County) (813) 422-9100

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APRIL 28, 2012THE STARPR 1 Jacksonville, FL Two Duval County Public Schools students have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. Saudia Bardge, student at Robert E. Lee High, and Rachel Nicole Rodgers, student at Terry Parker High, received their notification letters announcing this achievement. I would like to congratulate these two students for being selected from among thousands to receive such an outstanding award that will help them continue their education at the postsecondary level, said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. We have such talented and intelligent students in Duval County, and I am happy to know their excellence is being recognized. Gates Millennium Scholarships are awarded to a select 1,000 students from around the country. Saudia and Rachel were selected from among 30,000 applicants to receive this prestigious award. These students will receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars will be provided with personal and professional development through the leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. The awards will be based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the 2012-2013 academic year, as well as the availability of grants and other scholarships reported on the financial aid award letter. Saudia Bardge is a graduating junior at Robert E. Lee High. She maintains a 3.5 unweighted GPA and excels in honors and advanced placement classes. Saudia is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in several extracurricular after-school activities including soccer, tennis and ping pong. She volunteers at Pinedale Elementary, Young Ladies with Destiny, Heartland Rehabilitation Center and the Clara White Mission. Saudias ultimate goal is to major in bio-chemistry and become a neurosurgeon. She plans to enroll at the University of North Florida this summer. Its a privilege to be named a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient, said Saudia Bardge. Out of the nearly 30,000 applicants, being named a scholarship recipient will open many doors, provide me with outstanding leadership opportunities, and help me with my quest to become a top neurosurgeon. Thanks to the Gates Millennium Scholars program, the faculty and staff at Robert E. Lee High School, my family, and friends for helping me to prepare for greatness. Rachel Rodgers is a senior at Terry Parker High School. She is currently ranked second in the class with an unweighted GPA of 3.98. Rachels school activities include president of the science club, historian of the Thunderbird Chapter of National Honor Society, and a member of both Interact and Senior Women. Rachel will be pursuing a degree in Animal Science from Berry College located in Rome, Georgia. She then plans on attending the University of Georgia to obtain her DVM-PhD through the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program. This scholarship means that I can fulfill my lifelong dreams without worrying that financial obstacles may present themselves, said Rachel Rodgers. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Two DCPS Students Receive Gates Millennium ScholarshipsOnly 1,000 students nationwide receive this honor Saudia Bardge Rachel Rodgers

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APRIL 28, 2012 THE STARPR 2 Miss FAMU Quilt Initiative Tells the Story of FAMUFor Miss Florida A&M University (FAMU) 2011-2012 NaKena Cromartie, a quilt gives her a glimpse into the lives and creativity of African-American quilters and other cultures. This month, Cromartie is launching a project that will give FAMUans the opportunity to express and profess their love for FAMU in tribute to the universitys 125thanniversary celebration. Quilts are deeper than just utilizing them to give warmth to a body during cold times, she said. It is more than just putting a few stitches and patches together. Through Cromarties initiative, Truly FAMU: Listening is Art, FAMUans can design a quilt square that is a reflection of them. The quilt square can be as simple as writing your name and graduation date or as elaborate as putting designs and adding different ornaments, such as paint, foam stickers, pipe cleaners and ribbon. She added that the project is important to her because she is helping to create a way for the student body to leave something significant behind after their time on the Hill like quilters in the past. During my campaign as Miss Florida A&M University, I wanted to offer a way for students to connect with FAMU and share their love for the institution, said Cromartie. Keeping those things in mind, I decided to use my talent and passion for quilting to make a quilt that all Rattlers can claim a piece of. According to Cromartie, the quilt will be completed in time for FAMUs 125thCelebration during Homecoming 2012, at which time it will be presented to the university and placed in the care of the Black Archives Museum. At the age of 12, Cromartie was exposed immediately to the art and beauty of the quilting world through a community center in St. Petersburg, Fla. called Youth Arts Corps. Through the works of Youth Arts Corps, my untouched quilting potential became apparent once I became a quilting assistant, she said. Within this role, I had the opportunity to assist in the facilitation of four-classed filled with 15 girls where we engaged in teaching techniques and the basics of quilt and garment making. After assisting this delightful program for five years in the capacity as an assistant, I was then offered the opportunity to become the instructor of the classes I once worked. As humble and ecstatic as I was to take on this enhancing prospect, I knew I had lots of work ahead of me. Rising to the occasion, I gained the ability to facilitate and reveal the likes of quilting to more than 60 young girls. Cromartie is a spring 2011 graduate of FAMU where she earned her bachelor of science in accounting from the School of Business and Industry. Currently, Cromartie is pursuing a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. After graduate school, Cromartie said she is looking forward to taking the Certified Public Accountant examination and working with Deloitte in January 2013. With humility and dedication, the impossible is possible, is what Cromartie said her quilt would say. I would tell the story of a firstgeneration Rattler that came to FAMU for three sole purposesto become an educated black woman, to gain friendship among college women and to graduate with a job opportunity. Individuals who are interested in participating in the initiative can retrieve and decorate a quilt square on The SET, which is located near the Efferson Manning Student Union Building, every Friday. For more information and to contact Miss FAMU, call Allison McNealy at (850) 599-3183.Miss FAMU 2011-2012 NaKena Cromarties initiative, Truly FAMU: Listening is Art, will give FAMUans the opportunity to express their love for FAMU by helping to design a quilt. 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) 4951581. SAVE THE DATE! MAY 21, 2012CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN 20th Annual Job Fair Prime Osborn Convention Center

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APRIL 28, 2012 THE STARPR 4 FAMU Student Left Abandoned in an Orange Grove at Birth is Scheduled to Graduate with HonorsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. Known to many in South Florida as Baby Sam, Nicholas E. Young was abandoned in an orange grove near Martin County following his birth covered in ant bites. Through the love and support of his family and community, Young, now 22, has reached what he defines as his greatest accomplishment to date earning his college degree in social work. Donning his Florida A&M University (FAMU) cap and gown, adorned with a white tassel, honors cords and regalia indicative of the College of Arts and Sciences, Young has defied the odds and will be joining more than 1,300 prospective graduates who are looking forward to receiving a college diploma during the spring commencement on Saturday, April 28. Each candidate will enter the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Teaching Center and Gymnasium for one of three ceremonies that will serve as a launching pad for their careers. I am most looking forward to my family all coming together to celebrate, Young said of his big day. Young, who has a 3.35 grade point average, will earn his bachelors degree during the 9 a.m. ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Sen. Arthenia Joyner. It feels amazing to know that no matter what obstacles are placed in front of you, you can always reach your goals, he said. I attribute my accomplishments to everyone who has helped me get to this point and believed that I could make it. Though some scarring remains, physically and mentally, Young remains optimistic about his future. Following graduation, he plans to earn his masters degree in social work. It was difficult to deal with the scarring initially, but I accepted it, and learned to live with the fact that this is who I am, Young said. Adopted by Carl and Dorothy Young in August 1989, Nicholas cites his mother as his biggest inspiration. I am very proud of Nick, said Dorothy Young. Graduation is something weve been waiting for. To see him getting to this point is exciting. He deserves everything he has worked for. His grandmother, Dorothy Lambert, said she is looking forward to seeing her grandson walk across the stage at commencement. We are here to back him, Lambert said. I try to be as supportive as possible. Nicholas has been a great asset to our family. We couldnt have asked God to send us a sweeter person. When I think of where he came from to where he is now, he makes me want to do more with myself. Im so proud of him.? Nicholas Young, who said he is looking forward to one day being a loving, understanding and compassionate father, said he has no feelings for his biological mother, but would like answers from her. He graduated from William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach in 2007. After attaining his masters, Young plans to become a high school guidance counselor and assist youth in need, just as his social worker, Carolyn Lester, once did for him. I want to help guide the youth in what I believe is the most vulnerable time in your life high school, he said. While at FAMU, Young, who added that the Marching s Do What You Wanna would best describe his college experience, was a member of Student Social Work Association, National Association of Social Workers and Phi Alpha Honor Society. I chose to attend FAMU for the universitys rich history, he said. I found it neat to be surrounded by African Americans who are defying the odds, and working toward their goals. FAMU Sets New Date For HomecomingFlorida A&M University (FAMU) has pushed its Homecoming back to November 10, 2012, to ensure that alumni and other supporters will be able to secure hotel accommodations as the University celebrates its 125th Anniversary. "With this being the historic 125th anniversary of Florida A&M University, we wanted to allow as many people the opportunity to enjoy the weekend of activities as possible," said Derek Horne, director of athletics at FAMU. Due to the fact that there is another major event in Tallahassee on the original date set for Homecoming, access to accommodations and other resources were hampered on Oct. 13. "We have been in discussion with alumni leadership on this matter and the University and the Department of Athletics have both agreed to this solution," said Horne. "FAMU is committed to serving the needs of the university, alumni and community, and this change helps to make this possible." This year, FAMU will celebrate its 125th Anniversary during Homecoming 2012 and will honor 125 Outstanding Alumni during the President's Gala scheduled Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Lawson Center. In addition, the Homecoming Convocation is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:10 a.m. For more information about the 125th Anniversary activities or ticket sales for Homecoming, log onto www.famu.edu.

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Man Arrested in Connection with WifesDeathA woman was found stabbed to death and detectives believe her husband to be responsible for the slaying. Police responded to a call made by 47-year-old Frederick Gilliam about an alleged home invasion. Police arrived to find Stephanie Singleton-Gilliam, 44, dead with fatal stab wounds to the neck. Gilliam told police that two men stabbed him and his wife during the home invasion robbery. Police also said that Gilliam was standing just inside the front door of the home, while holding a knife covered with blood. Information on whether the knife was used to stab Singleton-Gilliam has not yet been released. Singleton-Gilliam was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilliam was said to have minor injuries, which were treated after he was taken to the hospital. Police say the couples children were at the home, but they did not witness anything. The children have been put in the care of other family members. Gilliam was taken in for questioning and his story was said to have been extremely inconsistent with the evidence. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. This was not the first time that Gilliam had encountered problems with the law. In 2001, he was arrested on a felony charge of organized scheme to defraud. Charges were later dropped and he was released on his own recognizance. Singleton-Gilliam was the supervisor of the family law division at the clerk of Circuit Court office, where she worked for 14 years. She was promoted to her position as a supervisor about a year and a half ago looking over 20 employees who worked with families involving restraining orders, child support, domestic violence, etc. People were shocked by the incident of the couple that have been married for nearly 12 years and were both known to be friendly and helpful. Singleton-Gilliam was well-liked in the community and was known for her sense of humor, kindness, and willingness to help others. She had a twin boy and girl, an older son, and a grandchild. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarAPRIL 28 2012 THE STAR C&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this area. Man Burglarizes Church A man was arrested for burglarizing a church. At approximately 8:30 a.m. in the morning, members of the church saw a man inside the premises and called police. The witnesses waited outside the church until the police came. They were specifically ordered not to confront the suspect on their own. When police arrived, they approached 57-year-old Jackie Armstrong and ordered him to exit the church. Armstrong complied and was taken into custody without incident. When asked why he broke into the church, he said he did it to get out of the rain. Police said Armstrong was a homeless man and used a screwdriver to pry the door of the church open, where he was found standing. Armstrong was taken to jail and charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He is being held without bond. Frederick Gilliam Stephanie Gilliam Jackie Armstrong

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APRIL 28 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. ElderAbuse In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self neglect is also considered mistreatment. Remember : You do not need to prove that abuse is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate the suspicions. Warning Signs Physical Abuse Slap marks, unexplained bruises, most pressure marks, and certain types of burns or blisters, such as cigarette burns Neglect Pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition or dehydration Emotional Abuse Withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, or other unusual behavioral changes Sexual Abuse Bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases Financial Abuse/Exploitation Sudden change in finances and accounts, altered wills and trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, checks written as loans or gifts, and loss of property What Can I Do to Prevent Elder Abuse? Report suspected mistreatment to your local adult protective services agency or law enforcement. Although a situation may have already been investigated, if you believe circumstances are getting worse, continue to speak out. Keep in contact Talk with your older friends, neighbors, and relatives. Maintaining communication will help decrease isolation, a risk factor for mistreatment. It will also give them a chance to talk about any problems they may be experiencing. Be aware of the possibility of abuse Look around and take note of what may be happening with your older neighbors and acquaintances. Do they seem lately to be withdrawn, nervous, fearful, sad, or anxious, especially around certain people, when they have not seemed so in the past? Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office to identify local programs and sources of support, such as Meals on Wheels. These programs help elders to maintain health, well being, and independence a good defense against abuse. Volunteer There are many local opportunities to become involved in programs that provide assistance and support for seniors. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Elder abuse is a global issue. Contact your local aging services organizations to find out how your community will observe World Day. Help to raise awareness by talking about the issue. Your Safety Cleveland Murder Suspect Arrested in FloridaA man wanted for murder in Cleveland, Ohio was arrested in Florida. A wanted fugitive identified as Javonte Hodges, 22, also known as Tay Tay, was said to have been in the back of a car in Cleveland, Ohio about a month ago. He was in the car with another man who was driving. Police believe they were negotiating a drug deal when Hodges allegedly shot the driver in the neck and fled. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Fugitive task force members worked hard to find information leading to Hodges location. After receiving some tips, Hodges was suspected to have fled to Florida. All information on Hodges were then sent to the task force in Florida. Hodges was located at a relatives home and he was safely apprehended. He is awaiting extradition back to Ohio to face charges. Javonte Hodges School Bus Driver Charged for Having Sex with StudentA school bus driver was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 17year-old high school student. A student at a high school reported to an officer about a friend that was having a sexual relationship with the schools bus driver. The student also said that he had seen his friend and the bus driver having sex once before. The student decided to report to the police after being given a referral from the bus driver. Investigators met with the 17-year-old student, who gave them details of his sexual relationship with the bus driver, Kiki Algeria Hamilton-White, 36. It was confirmed that the two have had sexual contact on multiple occasions. Police say it appeared that the meetings occurred outside of school grounds, including a motel and Whites home. White is a full time bus driver and is currently on paid administrative leave. White was arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Her bond was set at $15,024. Additional charges are pending. The names of the two students are not being released. Also White and her family members did not want to comment on the incident. Kiki Hamilton-White

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Boy Shoots Mom For Not Letting Him Join Gang Detroit, MI14-year-old Joshua Smith was said to have gotten angry with his mother, Tamiko Robinson, 36, for trying to keep him off the streets and getting involved with gangs. When she didnt let him join a gang, Smith ran away to relatives. When he later came back home, he retrieved a twelve gauge shotgun from his step dads room and shot Robinson at least ten times, while she was asleep on the couch. He fired furiously leaving holes all around the room. Smiths 5-year-old sister and their aunt jumped out of a window to escape the shooting. After the shooting, he was seen driving around in his mothers car. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and felony use of a firearm. Man Gets 12 Years For Ironing Shirt on Childs Back Rockford, ILElliott Moore, 43, usually watched a child for a mother, while she was at school. The mother called police when she came back home and saw Moore standing in the parking lot holding a bag of clothes. He told her he was going to work, but she said he appeared to be very agitated. Later that night, she said her daughter was crying all night and when she changed her 18-month-old daughters clothes, she saw a large, open burn on her back. When Moore was interviewed, he said he had difficulty ironing with the baby on his lap, so he put one of his work shirts on the childs back and ironed it. He was charged with aggravated battery to a child, which is a Class 2 felony, and was recently sentenced to 12 years. APRIL 28, 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Walmart Worker Works with Man Stealing TVs A greeter at a Walmart store was arrested helping a man steal TVs. Frederick Leon Gallimore, 34, who worked at Walmart, went to a Walmart with an unknown man in a silver van. Both men entered the store and split up. Gallimore began his shift, while the other man went to the electronics section. The man grabbed two LCDTVs, valuing up to $476, and went for the exit. Gallimores job was to check receipts of the customers at the exit, but he was not there. Reports say when the man left with the TVs, Gallimore appeared again and followed him. The two then headed to the van, where they loaded the TVs. Gallimore went back to work after. Gallimore was arrested on a felony charge of retail theft. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bail. The manager of the Walmart said Gallimore has been fired and police say the other man has not yet been arrested. Suspect on the Run Tries to Pay Resident to Help Him Hide A man was arrested for trying to offer residents money to help him hide. Police were after Markee Donquaile Hobbs, 22, who ran after being stopped. Hobbs stopped at a house and knocked on the door of an apartment. He then forced himself in when a women opened the door and pushed her 73-year-old father against the wall. Hobbs told him hell offer him $100 if he helped him hide from the police. Hobbs then left the place after no success. Police say Hobbs originally had borrowed a vehicle from a woman to buy cigarettes. Police later called the woman a few hours later to tell her that her car had been towed. Hobbs also contacted the woman to tell her that he was going to pay to get the car back, but did not mention that her car was towed. The woman told police that Hobbs might have had a suspended license, which was probably why he ran from the police after being stopped. Hobbs was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and battery of a person age 65 or older. Woman Arrested After Mentioning Warrants on Twitter Pearland, TXMahogany Mason-Kelly, 20, had several traffic warrants out for her that have been accumulated over some years. It is unclear to what triggered Kelly to boast on Twitter, a popular social-networking site, saying, I still got a warrant in Pearland...Those pigs will NEVER catch me!!! ... NEVER!!!! Police came across the public message and worked to track her down. Police say her warrants were not considered a high priority, until her messages were posted. Kelly was arrested and was released on $1,500 bond for failing to identify, a $2,500 bond for tampering with a government record and $1,877 for failure to appear on city warrants. Man Kills Woman Who Tries to Help Him in Car Accident Aurora, COAfter church services were ending, a car had crashed outside of the church. The man in the car was Kiarron Parker, 29, and had sped into the parking lot, crashing into a car. 67-year-old Josephine Echols rushed out to help Parker to make sure that he was okay, but Parker returned the favor by shooting at her. Police say he also tried to shoot other people. He was shot down by an off-duty officer, who was also Echols Nephew. Parker was killed at the scene. Police say before Parker got into the car that crashed, he had become agitated with a friend, which might have caused him to act so violently. Echols was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Parker had been arrested in the past, involving the use of drugs, where he stripped naked and broke into homes. Markee Hobbs Frederick Gallimore

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APRIL 28, 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: Marlon Dalvin Crawford Age: 14 Weight: 109 lbs Last seen: 3/08/12 Name: Shanice Henry Age: 15 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 3/19/12 Name: Myra Raquel Culliver Age: 14 Weight: 110 lbs Last seen: 4/12/12 Name: Daniel J. McAffee Age:17 Weight: 175 lbs Last seen: 4/18/12 Name: Natasha Dovie Wilson Age: 17 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 3/03/12MOSTWANTED Attempted Sexual Battery SuspectPolice say a woman was approached by an unknown suspect driving a light colored 2000 Ford Focus ...(unknown exact color). The victim was taken to a nearby abandoned residence where the suspect attempted to sexually assault her at gunpoint. The victim was able to get away and the suspect was seen fleeing the scene by several witnesses. During his escape, the suspects vehicle struck a pole, and the drivers side mirror was knocked off the vehicle. The suspect is described as black male approximately 25 to 30 years of age. Anyone with any information about the identity or location of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name:Ja-Van D. BaileyOffense: Discharge Weapon on School Grounds Name:Shanice Tsvia ButlerOffense:Robbery Gun/Deadly Weapon Name: Karlton Ray BoydOffense: Aggravated Assault w/Weapon. No Intention to Kill Name:Latosh Rena Bridges Offense: Organized Fraud Uner $20,000 Name: Joinesse Kathry Cesalien Offense: Stage Crash for Insurance Claim Name: Curtis Carter Offense: Obstruct Crime Investigation