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

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Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 12, no. 13 i.e. 39 (Jan. 6, 1962)-
General Note:
"Florida's statewide black weekly."
General Note:
Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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lccn - sn 83045218
issn - 0740-798X
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UF00028362:01104

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President Bill Clinton will attend an event hosted by Mayor Alvin Brown focused on jobs, the economy and taking Jacksonville to the next level. President Clinton served as the nations 42nd president and founded the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Mayor Brown is a former senior adviser to President Clinton. Since taking office, Mayor Brown has taken bold steps to streamline city government. He has focused on smart investments and he created a more effective and efficient government to increase taxpayers return on investment. On Thursday, Mayor Alvin Brown announced that he vetoed Ordinance 2012-299, which directed $750,000 for additional furniture for the new Duval County Courthouse. In a signed letter announcing the veto to City Council President Stephen Joost, Mayor Brown said one of his goals has been to save taxpayers money in the completion of this project. We must do everything we can to protect taxpayers hard earned dollars and ensure that citizens get the best return on their investment, said Mayor Brown. The new Duval County Courthouse, originally projected to cost $190 million, has grown in cost to $350 million. Mayor Brown explained that he values and respects the City Council. However, the mayor said the city faces significant fiscal challenges this year and that it needs to get the most out of every dollar taxpayers invest. Taxpayers have already invested more than $5 million in courthouse furniture, said Mayor Brown. Additionally, the City owns sufficient furniture at the current courthouse to fulfill its obligation to furnish the seventh floor hearing rooms at the new courthouse. The Obama administration saw its first monthly budget surplus in April, with the federal government recording $58 billion, according to figures released by the Congressional Budget Office. MarketWatch reports: The surplus -the first of Barack Obamas presidency -was the result of both increased tax collection and lower government spending. Prior to April, the federal government's last surplus dates back to September 2008. Pressuring Congress, President Barack Obama is laying out an election year "to do" list that urges lawmakers to take another look at economic proposals to promote job creation and help families refinance their mortgages. President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order at Fort Stewart in Georgia, April 27, 2012. The Executive Order will help ensure all of Americas service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members have the information they need to make informed educational decisions and are protected from aggressive and deceptive targeting by educational institutions. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) So far, eleven members of a white supremacist group who was reported plotting to kill Jews, minorities, and immigrants in Central Florida were arrested in Osceola County on hate crime and conspiracy charges. Seven were arrested over the weekend, three were taken into custody Tuesday and another Thursday. Investigators say the group was conducting paramilitary training with AK-47s and hand-to-hand combat for a race war they believe is impending. What is really frightening is the report earlier this week of a monthly newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia. In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called "ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized," would be dire. "[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November," McPhee writes. "This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue." The laws of the United States must be more tough and stricly enforced. yyy0vjghnqtkfcuvct0eqo Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store? Have Vjg"Uvct Delivered! Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct R0"Q0"Dqz"6284; Lcemuqpxknng."HN"54425 Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct. Vjg"Igqtikc"Uvct# Korcev"Tcfkq CO3582 *;26+"988/::56 UKPEG"3;73 Fcxkpkcp"Fctpgnn"Yknnkcou Wpctogf"dwv"mknngf"d{"LUQ Rtgukfgpv"Ukipkpi"Dknn"kp"Igqtikc Happy Mothers Day 2012 There are so many things happening in America that easily make one believe that the country is highly penetrated with racism. The murder rate has grown more than other criminal matters. There are more protest marches than seen for years. What must be done NOW? Davinian Williams, 35, left, was killed by a Jacksonville officer while in his vehicle. He did not place his hands on the steering wheel as ordered. SEE THIS STORY AND MORE IN THE CRIME & JUSTICE SECTION. Gngxgp"Cnngigf"Ogodgtu"qh"Cogtkecp"Htqpv Yjkvg"Uwrtgocekuv"Itqwr"Cttguvgf"kp"Hnqtkfc Marcus Faella, 39 and wife, Patricia, 36, leaders of American Front Oc{qt"Cnxkp"Dtqyp"cpf"hqtogt"Rtgukfgpv"Dknn"Enkpvqp" Cvvgpfkpi"Geqpqoke"uwoov"kp"Lcemuqpxknng"Htkfc{"Oqtpkpi Eqwrng"Egngdtcvg":8vj Ygffkpi"Cppkxgtuct{ Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina have been married 86 years in May and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104. They are still in love and now talk more since the kids are all grown. They have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. Cv"vjg"RIC Mayor Brown greeting the military families. Tiger Wood, taking a swing. Ecug{"Cpvjqp{u"Cvvqtpg{"Ytkvg"Dqqm Jose Baez, the attorney who represented Casey Anthony, has written a tell-all book about the trial and says his controversial client won't make any money off of it. The 352-page book, titled Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story will hit bookstores in July a year after Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Baez tells PEOPLE that Anthony waived her attorney/client privilege for him to pen the book.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ASHLEY Fred James, died April 30, 2012. BANE Patrick Lindsey, 50, died May 1, 2012. BEWLEY, Robert Bob, 66, died May 4, 2012. BISHOP, Kathy Kay Kotsos, 64, died May 7, 2012. BROOKINS, Nathaniel, died May 1, 2012. BURGER Paul Dean, 75, died April 30, 2012. CHANCE, Johnnie, died May 3, 2012. CLARK, Gary S., died May 3, 2012. CROOK William, died May 5, 2012. DAVIS Dorothy C., 79, died May 2, 2012. DEAL Rochelle Rene, 93, died May 2, 2012. DOBBS Michael Bud,Ž Sr., died May 5, 2012. DONALDSON, Alberta J., 81, died May 1, 2012. ESTES, Julia L., 93, died May 3, 2012. FOLLINS Jimmie, died May 5, 2012. GEORGE Sheena, died May 5, 2012. GIBSON Tom Frank, died May 2, 2012. GROGAN Thomas A., 79, died May 4, 2012. HARING, Edward Ray, Sr., 78, died May 3, 2012. HARRISON, Caden Christopher, died May 1, 2012. HAY, Margaret Jean, died April 30, 2012. HODGES Hillie Donald, 80, died April 30, 2012. HURST Leroy, Jr., 77, died May 1, 2012. JEFFERSON, Mattie Mae Sumter, died May 5, 2012. KELMER Kenneth, died May 7, 2012. KES, Samoeun, died May 6, 2012. LAKE Larry, died May 6, 2012. LAWLEY Ruth Mary Basford, 96, died May 2, 2012. MALONE Dr. John McMillan, 91, died May 2, 2012. MARS Howard Leroy, died May 4, 2012. MATTISON, Marvin D., died May 3, 2012. McNEAL Mary Anna, 77, died May 2, 2012. NORMAN Deborah Jo Wiggins, 59, died May 5, 2012. PATTERSON, Kenneth Mian, died April 30, 2012. PERRITTE Mary, died April 30, 2012. PETERSON Felecha B., died April 30, 2012. SAPP, Wayne Walter, 70, died May 3, 2012. SHELDON, Leone Isabelle, 91, died May 2, 2012. SHIPP Michael, died May 5, 2012. SMITH Marilyn Ann, died May 1, 2012. TAYLOR Gladys, died May 4, 2012. TEDDER Norma D. Suzie Christie, 64, died May 4, 2012. VANAS, Pamela May, 58, died May 1, 2012. WALLACE Alberta Craig, died May 3, 2012. WELLHAUSEN Charles Evan, 70, died May 3, 2012. WOMACK Karla F. Sampson, died April 30, 2012. YARBROUGH, Gloria, died April 30, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS CONAWAY, Susie A., 78, died May 7, 2012. HOLLIS, Iia Jo, 76, died May 2, 2012. MILTON Earl Vance, Sr., 76, died May 6, 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 MAY 12, 2012 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Ž Mathew 28:19-20 C. L. Page Mortuary offers full funeral and cremation services at an affordable price because we care. We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.Ž3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. 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 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) 764-5727. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor and Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus The Jacksonville Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History( ASALH), will dedicate and pay tribute to Ms Mathis at our monthly meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2012. We will have a discussion on the contributions that she made in Education, Social Services as well as in politics during her lifetime in Jacksonville.Ms Mathis was one of the two, first Black Women to serve on City Council in 1967. The Program will be held at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, located at 321 West Union Street on May 19th from 10:00 until 12:00p.m, admission is free to the public. Submitted By: Mrs. Flora McClendon-Parker, PR (904)378-389, Mrs. Anita Shepherd, President and Ms. Roxann Hilbert, Chairperson The Greater Mt. Salem Missionary Baptist Church will have their annual Revival 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 904-571-4002 or 765-3237 CHOIRS ON PARADE The Music Ministry of St. Stephen African Methodist Church presents its Choirs on Parade, March 20th at 4:30 p.m. This event is a fundraiser in support of their Pastor, Rev. Michael L. Mitchell, Candidate for Bishop in the A.M.E. Church 2012. The church is located at 913 West 5th St. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. REV. WHITESpiritual Healer, Reader & AdvisorTHIS SOUTHERN BORN Spiritualist who brings you the solution to the mysteries of the DEEP SOUTH, seeks to help many thousands of people who have been CROSSED, or HAVE SPELLS. Friends, we urge you to use the spiritualist. If you are suffering with sickness, loss of loved ones, if your hair is falling out or if you cant hold money, loss of nature and been crossed up. Reverend White does what others claim to do. If you have received this ad God has answered your prayers. Read James Chapter 5, then call the Reverend.Call 954-674-2296

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By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor Photos: Bahamas Information Services BAHAMAS: Perry Gladstone Christie was voted in as Prime Minister of The Bahamas on May 7, in what many are considering a landslide victory for the Progressive Liberal Party. As those who visited the archipelago would know, The Bahamas is actually comprised of seven hundred islands and cays with New Providence/Nassau as the capital and several other Out/Family Islands as major tourist destinations. Within a few hours of the polls closing, the numbers were coming in showing clearly that the nation was willing to accept a third political party with Branville McCartney and the Democratic National Alliance getting quite more votes in some constituencies than expected. However, when it became clear that the Free National Movement was not winning, precelebrations began for PLP supporters who took to the streets waving flags and wearing paraphernalia. The most unpredicted event for the evening came when Hubert Ingraham, leader of the Free National Movement resigned from his seat and the partys leadership while the ballots were still being counted. This occurred after it was revealed the he won his in Abaco, the island known infamously as the place where R&B singer Aaliyahs plane crashed after she wrapped shooting her video Rock The Boat. The FNM will now be led by Dr. Hubert Minnis. Critics claim that this election was more dramatic than most with Bernadette Christie, who is now The Bahamas First Lady getting spit on during the campaign, people wearing shirts of certain parties being attacked and even dogs having party names painted on them. On May 8th, a Swearing-In Ceremony was held at Government House. Like many other Caribbean countries which were formerly ruled by Britain, the Governor-General acts a representative for the British monarch, in this case Queen Elizabeth II. ƒ [I] thank the people of our beloved commonwealth who yesterday expressed their confidence in me and in my party,Ž said Prime Minister Christie. The voice of the people was heard [Monday] with great thunder and awesome power. It was also heard with crystalline clarity. I am humbled by the mandate that has thus been bestowed upon me.Ž He added: Let therefore say here and now, before your Excellencies and all here assembled, and to all the people of our country, that I will be true and faithful to you; that I will give the very best of myself at all times; and that my colleagues and I will leave no stone unturned in our common pursuit of a better and brighter future for all of you.Ž Prime Minister Christie wasted no time in appointing his new cabinet. Christie himself will serve as Minister of Finance with the Hon. Philip Brave Davis is sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works & Urban Development. Also appointed were Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism; Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science & Technology; Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services; Senator Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs; Damian Gomez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs; Michael Halkitis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Senator Keith Bell, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. MAY 12, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 POST-ELECTIONBAHAMAS: Perry Christie & PLPResumes Govt; Fmr PM Ingraham Resigns During Ballot Counting Chaka Khan Takes Her Anti-Gun Message To Trinidad & Tobago TRINIDAD& TOBAGO: Disco diva Chaka Khan was in Trinidad and Tobago last week to speak out on gun violence before headlining the Every Woman concert. Khan, whose son shot his friend during a struggle as a teen has been vocal on gun violence over the years. She recently spoke out on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. She encouraged young Trinidadians to put down the gun and avoid a life of crime. She also said that music is a universal language that, if used affectively, can be used to change violence amongst youth. Caribbean Queen of Controversy, Rihanna Steps Out In Style For TIMEMagazine Honor By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor Even though many Caribbeans have questioned why TIME Magazine chose to honor Rihanna on this years list of 100 Most Influential People, the singer stepped out in a classy fuchia number and covered up her assets which have been forefront in photos as of late. Rihanna is still being called a bad role model for Caribbean youth and a misrepresentation of Caribbean women. The Barbados Ministry of Tourism as also been asked to reconsider their decision in naming her tourism ambassador because of her image and videos.

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MAY 12, 2012 THE STAR JacksonvillesLocal News Presentations were made by David Sillick, President and Publisher, The Business Journal. Roy Neal of CSX Roy Neal and Javelyn Arvay of Florida Blue presenting an award to a Recipient. Florida Florida BSECTION Jacksonville Business Journals 8 th Diversity Awards When The Florida Star was purchased in 2002, Clara McLaughlin realized that she would need advice from a communi cations attorney. She therefore approached Robert Dees of Milam Howard Nicandri Dees and Gillam, PA. Mr. Dees represent clients in media and communications law matters, including intellectual property, trademark and serv ice mark protection, First Amendment, defamation, Floridas Sunshine Law and Public Records Act, and privacy tort claims. He served as Chair of the Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee for 2002. The Star had a reputation of providing news that would be of value and interest to the African American community of Florida and Clara wanted to make sure that all of the news presented would be accurate. In fact, the paper not only improved in appearance, but it won the first Eagle Award from the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office for being the most factual in the area. It has won several city and state awards, as it continues to grow and develop. In fact, Clara won the Diversity Award last year because of the Stars diversity. Because the company had a huge loss after the death of its founder, Eric Simpson, Mr. Dees agreed to work with McLaughlin and to her surprise, he did so, often pro bono, which was a key component in helping the company achieve. Ms. McLaughlin nominated Mr. Dees for the Jacksonville Business Journal Diversity Award after they sought organizations and people who supported and cham pioned Northeast Floridas minorityowned businesses. With Dees help, The Florida Star regained its readership and accuracy. The Florida Star still is the largest, oldest and most read African American newspaper in northeast Florida.The Hester Group Mentors Other EntrepreneursHester Taylor Clark, President, The Hester GroupHester Taylor Clark is president of The Hester Group who supports women-owned small businesses. She stated that she shares what she did wrong and what she did right and learned in the process. Ms. Clark said it does not matter if she is working with an informal group of women or young students, she learned to share. In fact, her group was named Women Government Contractor of the Year for 2011. She has used the resources offered by the Jacksonville Womens Business Center to grow her business while helping others. Ms. Clark, during a webinar of 85 women in business, shared her secret to success with a theme of This is the real world. This is how it really works. Other Diversity Award winners were: Andrew Harold Jr. of A Harold & Associates LLC., IndoUS Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida, IStar Jax Inc., Aaron Kato of Otak Group Inc., Pegine Echevarria of Facebook Group, Giovanna Olivares of Vistakon and Wells Fargo. The top 40 minority-owned businesses in the area included, number one with more than $70 million in income, Raven Transport Company Inc. Other in the top were Xeye Inc., A. Harold & Associates LLC., Eye Surgery Center of North Florida, Annie Wilson Homecare and Edible Arrangements. Robert M. Dees, Attorney Milam Howard Dees & Gillam PA

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Edward Waters College is excited to announce Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown who will deliver the keynote address at Commencement 2012. Commencement 2012 will take place in the Colleges gymnasium, the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports and Music Complex, on May 12 at 1 p.m. Representatives from Hens in Jax will speak at the Libertarian Party of Duval County meeting on May 17th at 6:30 PM at Golden Corral 4250 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. REGISTRATION for the May session of Mayor Browns Business Builder is now open. The two-day event is full of expert panels, speakers, and a business opportunity expo designed to help every level of entrepreneur. Day one, Thursday May 17, provides topics on Franchise and Finance while Day two, Friday May 18, is focused on Planning for Business Growth. Visit coj.net today and sign up to attend one of several business growth sessions. EDUCATION RECRUITING CAREER FAITH. The School District of Clay County will hold its annual Education Recruiting Career Fair! : Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m, at Fleming Island High School, 2233 Village Square Parkway, Fleming Island, FL 32003. DUVAL COUNTY EXTENSION/UF IFAS … ARBORIST CERTIFICATION EDUCATION: The Duval County Extension Office/UF IFAS will be offering a prep class for people who would like to take the arborist certification test and become a certified Arborist. This four part series will be on June 14, 21, 28, and July 5th.. For questions or more information please call Larry Figart at 904-255-7450, or visit you can register online at http:www.eventbrite.com /event/3404048601 Community Activities, contd.PAGE B 2THE STAR MAY 12, 2012 *****/Community Activities BUDDY SHERWOOD SCHOOL OF DANCE RECITAL on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for all information. DONATE LIFE DAY, onSaturday, May 12, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.353.1188. Ritz Chamber Players MOTHER'S DAY RECITAL this Sunday May 13, 2012, at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Call 904.355.7584 for additional inmformation. MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH: Sunday May 13, 2012 at the Caf Nola @ MOCA, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please call 904.366.6911 for more information. East Cameron Folkcore / Antique Animals / The Valley The Storm on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.4686 for all information. Family & Friends Reunion: Douglas Anderson Alumni (More Than A Game) on Tuesday May 15, 2012, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.632.5555. Theatreworks Presents House at Pooh Corner, onTuesday, May 15, 2012, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.355.2787 for all information. May fastpitch! CoWork Jax, thisWednesday, May 16, 2012, 5 W. Forsyth St, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Jane's Addiction, onWednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.355.2787. The Whole and True Discovery of Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Main Library, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.2665 for additional information. Happy Hour at Cafe Nola, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Caf Nola @ MOCA, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Jay Garrett Band at The Jacksonville Landing, on Friday, May 18, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for all information. Craft and Import Beer Festival, on Friday, May 18, 2012, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.3900 for all information. American Bar Association 2012 Equal Justice Conference, Friday May 18, 2012, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.588.1234 for more information. CRAFT AND IMPORT BEER FESTIVAL, Friday May 18, 2012, at the Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information call 904.630.3900. Friday Musicale: REBECCA ZAPEN AND FRIENDS, Friday Musicale on Friday May 18, 2012, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please contact 904.355.7584 for all all information. With the start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season just days away, AT&T* stands ready to respond with its state-of-the-art Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, and now with a disaster preparedness certification in hand from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). AT&T's certification is the first nationwide under the DHS Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PSPrep). The PS-Prep certification reflects AT&T's commitment to keeping our networks up and running in the face of a natural or man-made disaster so consumers, businesses and emergency responders can communicate during and after these events. AT&T has invested more than $600 million in our Network Disaster Recovery function one of the industry's largest and most advanced disaster response programs to help ensure the flow of wireless and wireline communications during emergencies. Formed in 1991, the NDR arsenal of equipment includes more than 320 technology and equipment trailers that can be quickly deployed to respond to events, such as hurricanes. The Network Disaster Recovery team works closely with local AT&T network personnel, regional Emergency Operations Centers and Local Response Centers to restore and maintain service until permanent repairs can be made. The ability to quickly respond in the wake of a disaster is critical to maximizing network reliability. AT&T conducts readiness drills and simulations throughout the year to ensure our networks are prepared and our personnel are ready to respond at a moment's notice. Additionally, the AT&T Global Network Operations Center monitors our networks 24/7. "For AT&T, it's all about providing a reliable, advanced network with fast disaster recovery so we can help people stay connected during the worst times," said Marshall Criser, lll, president, AT&T Florida. "We're proud to be the first company in the nation to secure Homeland Security certification for disaster preparedness. We are constantly pumping new innovation and technology into our networks, to the tune of $95 billion over the last 5 years". AT&T has continued to enhance network redundancy in hurricane-prone areas by installing more back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites and switching facilities; locating critical equipment in less vulnerable areas; upgrading electronics critical to network operations above expected flood levels; and protecting physical facilities against flooding. Additional AT&T standard pre-storm network preparations include: Adding capacity to the wireless network to accommodate increased call volume. Testing the high-capacity backup batteries located at every cell site. Distributing extended battery life and portable generators and maintaining existing fixed generators. Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and central and field-level switching facilities. Using natural gas in some of the permanent generators to eliminate the need to refuel. Staging generators in safe locations for their immediate deployment once a storm has passed. Response equipment readied in the wake of a storm includes: Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers Emergency communications vehicles A self-sufficient base camp, complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and more than 10,000 meals ready to eat (MREs) Hazmat equipment and supplies Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Consumers & Businesses (part 1) Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Positive Thinking Can Improve Your Health (StatePoint) Life has its ups and downs -and adversity touches everyone at some point. But some experts believe that a focus on the positive can help you persevere through tough times. For Anita Moorjani for example, life took a horrific turn when she was diagnosed with late stage Hodgkins lymphoma. Admitted to the hospital as a terminal patient, Moorjani slipped into a deep coma, nearly dying before she experienced a spontaneous remission and recovery. Her case has since fascinated the medical community. While spontaneous remission of breast cancer is not uncommon, according to a study done by physician researchers at Dartmouth Medical School in 2009, it is rarely seen in a terminal cancer case. Her recovery was certainly remarkable. Based on what we have learned about cancer cell behaviors, I am unable to attribute her dramatic recovery to chemotherapy. I speculate that something non-physical switched off the mutated genes,Ž said Dr. Peter Ko, an oncologist with The University of Southern California, who has studied Moorjanis case. Moorjani attributes her victory in overcoming cancer to a belief in positive things, learning to live fearlessly, and finally loving herself. In her New York Times bestseller, Dying to Be MeŽ (Hay House), Moorjani candidly shares her story, discussing the lessons she learned from her near death experience, what she would have done differently and what she wants people to know now. Here are some tips Moorjani feels can help others face their own trials: € Prior to her devastating diagnosis, Moorjanis life was driven by fear of illness. Rather than letting similar fears and stressors get the better of you, learn to enjoy yourself and take care of whats inside. € Much of our suffering stems from feeling less than.Ž Love yourself unconditionally and be yourself fearlessly. Remind those close to you that you love them just the way they are. € Dont obsess over problems or allow your days to revolve around solving them. Its actually far more productive to distract yourself and stay occupied with activities that stimulate you in positive, creative ways. € Thinking positiveŽ can be tiring. Never suppress negative feelings when they creep in. Instead of bottling up your emotions, experience them naturally. After all, a bad mood wont last forever. € Everyday joys can go a long way toward helping you cope with stress and depression. Be it a box of chocolates, a home cooked meal or a great bottle of wine, dont be shy about indulging yourself in moderation at meal time with foods that make you happiest. Whats most important for your well-being is how you feel about yourself during tough times,Ž Moorjani says. You cant always eliminate adversity from your life. Whether you are simply experiencing the stresses of daily life, are grieving the loss of a loved one, or struggling with the ramifications of your own health crisis, knowing how to cope is crucial to your health and can make all the difference in the world. Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIA SECTION B Baby Its Not The End: Push!Ž Teen Mom Then, Motivational Mom Now: Angela Smiths Mission Of Combatting Teen Pregnancy and Showing Young Moms They Can Have A Future Takes Center Stage At The Ritz MAY 12, 2012 By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star With Mothers Day is the air and many churches and organizations honoring moms, its considered taboo to pay homage to one demographic in the mix … teen moms. Whether teen mom was the result of planned or unplanned pregnancy, it still exists in the black community and as it relates to the local community, statistics show that Glynn County is presently leading the Georgias coastal counties for the second year in a row when it comes to teen moms. Angela MzElite Smith, is a Brunswick criminal investigator who knows the stigma associated with teen pregnancy all too well. In addition to being a teen mom, the now married wife and mother of four children is focused on showing young women that a baby does not mean their life ends. Instead of telling them that they have no more choices in life, Smith gets one on one to give them options to provide a better life for them and their children. Smith is also geared up to produce Babyƒ Its Not The End: Push!Ž, an event filled with poetry, spoken word, lyrical dance and more to motivate and inspire teen moms to get back on track on May 12 at the Ritz Theatre. While some people have no problem at a computer to send invitations via Facebook, Smith did things the old fashioned way by going door to door and making a face to face invite. Many teen moms find themselves being recipients of comments such as Youre not going to graduate or Youre not going to be able to do anything with your life,Ž recalled Smith. Along with these comments, they face other negative connotations associated with being teen parents. These comments set teen moms and dads up for failure. My goal is to dare them to dream like the rest of the peers that currently do not have children. Our secondary goal is to provide teen pregnancy awareness for those that do not have children but could be at risk.Ž  I am having this event because once a teen becomes pregnant, we as parents, adults and the community must get passed our feelings about the issue and offer that teen moral support and the tools needed to continue to be effective in their life,Ž Smith added. Topics addressed will include innocence, single parenting, the college student, the teens parent who insist on abortion, the overwhelmed teen mother, the emotional effect of teen parenting and the overcomer. Featured guest will be spoken word by Ragan Flowers aka Authenticity and ;yrical dances by Shiloh Baptist Church praise dancers and Isis Eikner, Bria McMullen and Kathy Morten. I was a teen parent myself, so I understand the challenges that can be faced while parenting and trying to figure out how you are going to take care of a child and figure out a career path for your life,Ž admits Smith. And for those curious as to why she chose such a straight to the point title for her event, Smith explains:I chose the title because after having a baby, so many things happen in between childrearing and defining the next level of life. My mandate is to support, inform and challenge young teens to not allow becoming a teen parent to dictate the unlimited possibilities of their future.Ž For more information call 912-996-2757. 1st Annual Memorial Day Youth Rally Calling ALL youth of Glynn County & surrounding areas! Through the Eyes of Christ Ministries is proud to be hosting their first annual Memorial Day Youth Rally featuring YOU! We are asking youth of all ages to participate in friendly competition displaying your theatrical, artistic and musical abilities during this fun filled event. If you are a soloist or part of a praise dance team, musical group, have a flare for dramatization, sketching, painting or poetryƒƒthis is a awesome opportunity to show your skills. Prizes to be awarded during the event. Special celebrity guest Shawn Christopher of Joy 100 Radio StationSavannah, GA Interested? Please contact Pastor Shawn Knowles @(912)617-1182 by May 25, 2012. I was a teen parent myself, so I understand the challenges that can be faced while parenting and trying to figure out how you are going to take care of a child and figure out a career path for your lifeŽ … Angela Amos Smith Brunswicks First Lady Of Contemporary Gospel Jessica Rogers Greets Fans At First CDSigning Last week, we introduced you to Jessica Rogers and all the exciting things this future Billboard Gospel star has on the horizon. Here are some highlights from her CD signing held last week at Shekinah Glory Christian Bookstore.

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MAY 12, 2012 THESTAR JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Mobile BayBears increased their lead in the South Division over Jacksonville to three games with a 6-1 win on Tuesday night. Mobile has won the first three games of the series, outscoring the Suns 19-2. The BayBears started quickly against Suns pitcher Zach Neal sending nine men to the plate in the first inning. The first four b atters of the game singled to put Mobile in front 2-0. Brent Clevlen and Marc Krauss each drove in a run. Before the inning was over Alfredo Marte had driven in a run with a single, and Wladimir Sutil knocked in a run with a double for a 4-0 BayBears lead. It was the second time this season that the Suns allowed four run s in the first inning. In the second inning, David Nick led off with a single and Clevlen drove in his second run of the night with a ground out to ma ke the score 5-0 BayBears. Zach Neal allowed five runs on seven hits in two innings on the night. The BayBears are the second team in the Southern League to re ach 20 wins. The Suns scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning when Kyle Skipworth walked with one out and Kyle Jensen doubled behind him. Dallas Poulk then drove in his second run of the year with a sacrifice fly to center. Mobile added a run in the sixth inning when Sutil tripled to left and came in to score on a Rossmel Perez sacrifice fly to exte nd the lead to 6-1. Wladimir Sutil finished the game 3-for-4, drove in a run and also scored. All three of his hits were for extra bases with two doubles and a tripl e. David Nick, Kyle Greene, and Marc Krauss each finished with two hits, and Brent Clevlen drove in two of the six runs for Mobile. Krauss, who was named the Southe rn League player of the week, has now hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. Derek Eitel improved his record to 3-2 with the win. He pitched six innings allowing five hits and one run. It was the first ea rned run that a BayBears starting pitcher has allowed in three games in this series. In the first eight games of the season series against Mobile, the Suns have score d just nine runs against BayBears starting pitchers. Suns starter Zach Neal pitched two innings, allowing seven hits and five runs to fall to 2-4. The BayBears have won nine of their last 12 games and scored at least six runs in six of the wins. The Suns have lost five of t heir last six and have been outscored 32-18. Game four of the series is Wednesday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05PM at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonvill e. LHP Graham Taylor (2-2, 5.23) will make his seventh start of the season for the Suns. The BayBears counter with RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 2.63) as he starts h is fifth game of the year. SHARKS CHARGE FROM BEHIND TO TOP VOODOO, 41-37PAGEB-4 JACKSONVILLE On the night of their first national television appearance of the season, the ArenaBowl XXIV champion Jacksonville Sharks sent the home crowd happy, charging from 23 points down to emerge with a 4137 win over the New Orleans VooDoo in front of 9,064 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. Down 37-21 to start the fourth quarter, the Sharks (3-4) scored on an 11-yard catch and run by Jamarko Simmons for what was his second score of the night. With the deficit cut to 10, the Sharks forced a VooDoo (3-4) fumble that was recovered in the end zone, bringing Jacksonville within three following the extra point. The Sharks defense then stepped up again, as Aaron Robbins sacked VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco twice in one series. The second of those two sacks forced a turnover on downs, and from there, Jacksonville's Bernard Morris connected with Simmons to get inside the five yard line. Three plays later, Simmons recorded his second rushing score and third touchdown of the night, putting the Sharks ahead 41-37 with 3:43 to play. New Orleans had a chance, getting to the Jacksonville 15 before the Shark defense made another stand to force yet another turnover on downs. New Orleans then used its final two timeouts to try to stop the clock, but Simmons moved the ball forward with 31 seconds left, allowing the Sharks to run out the clock secure the dramatic victory. The VooDoo scored just six points in the entire second half, as Jacksonville's defensive front created sustained pressure throughout the comeback. Jacksonville also forced four fumbles but recovered just one. Morris replaced an injured Omar Jacobs to start the third quarter. His first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by New Orleans' Demarcus Robinson, putting the VooDoo ahead 37-14. But after that, Morris bounced back to protect the football for the rest of the game. Morris finished 8-for-20 passing for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also made several plays with his feet, at one point rushing for 14 yards to convert a 4th-and-10. Morris ended the game with five carries for 23 rushing yards. Before departing, Jacobs was 9-for-17 for 129 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Bobby Sewall led all Jacksonville receivers with 92 yards, including a 37-yard catch along the boards that was judged to be the Cutters Catch of the Game. Terrance Smith led the Sharks with seven catches for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Simmons grabbed four passes for 42 yards and a score. On the flip side, Quorey Payne enjoyed a dominant first half, scoring three receiving touchdowns on three separate fourth down situations. Rocco ended the game 16-for-26 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. The Sharks will return to action next Saturday as the team hits the road to battle the first-place Philadelphia Soul at Wells Fargo Center. Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:05 p.m. Media Awards Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game Jacksonville QB Bernard Morris Riddell Defensive Player of the Game Jacksonvile DL Scooter Berry / Jacksonville MLB Aaron Robbins (tie) JLS Ironman of the Game Jacksonville WR/KR Terrance Smith AFL Playmaker of the Game New Orleans WR Quorey Payne Cutters Catch of the Game Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd reception Spalding Highlight of the Game Sack/fumble recovered in the end zone by Jacksonville DL Scooter Berry National Guard MVP of the Game Jacksonville QB Bernard Morris Jaguars Sign Seven The Jaguars have signed seven players to their roster and released six players, the club announced. The teams roster is currently at the NFL limit of 90 players. All seven players signed participated in the clubs rookie mini-camp last weekend. Signed were three veterans … QB Jordan Palmer, FB Naufahu Tahi and DT Odrick Ray … and four rookies in WR Mike Brown (pictured), WR Chris Forcier, LB Donovan Richard and DB Jeremiah Brown. Palmer spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and has played in four career games. He was not with a team during the 2011 regular season. Tahi is a fifth-year veteran who spent parts of the last five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings where he played in 56 games with 14 starts. Ray spent the 2011 preseason with the Jaguars after signing as a rookie free agent. In other Jags news the Nassau County Team Teal Rallywill be held Thursday, May 17, 6 … 8 p.m., Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Each rally will be family friendly and include appearances by coaches, players, ROAR cheerleaders and Jaxson de Ville. Activities include free food, interactive and inflatable games and drawings for prizes from the Jaguars and local vendors BayBears Defeat Suns 6-1 President Obama Welcomes Wildcats President Obama welcomed the University of Kentucky Wildcats to the White House to congratulate the team on its 2012 NCAA championship. Although he didnt have the Wildcats at the top of his bracket, the President said he knew Kentucky was good.Ž I had them in the championship game. But in the end, I thought, they got all these freshmen,Žhe said. These guys are too young. And keep in mind, at this time last year, three of the Wildcats five starters were still in high school. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist couldnt even vote yet. But lets face it, sometimes talent trumps experience. And sometimes, a bunch of young players, even if theyre used to being big fishes in their ponds, even if theyve never played together before, they can buy into a system, they understand the concept of team, and they do something special right away. And thats exactly what happened in Kentucky.Ž President Obama also thanked the team for their community service:

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PAGE B-5 THESTAR MAY 12, 2012 ENTERTAINMENT Kerry WashingtonCracking The Clean Up Whip With Sass And Class!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and FacebookPhoto by Richard Cartwright 2012 ABC-TV Network Statewide Public Art Organization Awards Recognition to Two (2) Local Northeast Florida Public Art Projects for Excellence in the FieldThe Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP), a leading statewide public art organization, selected two (2) public artworks from the Northeast Florida area as top public art projects for 2011 at the 2012 Florida Public Art Year in Review during its annual conference in Fort Myers this past weekend. Projects selected were installed in the state of Florida during 2011 and created by artists Jim Benedict, Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel and Jan Tomlinson Master. The Northeast Florida public art projects selected are listed below by title, in alpha betical order: Eco Story … the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial Artist name: Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master Location: Bird Island Park, 101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Commissioning agency: Bird Island Park Commission Commissioned by Letita Smith in memory of her mother, Eco Story is a mosaic sited in the outdoor amphitheater in Bird Island Park, part of the St. Johns County Park System. The park was designed by golf course architect Bobby Weed and is used by the communi ty as a place for contemplation, education and play. Three distinct Northeast Florida natu ral habitats are represented in the park through landscaping: Upland hammock, coastal dune, and freshwater marsh. The mosaic was commissioned to be an educational portrait of this natural environment. The storytelling area is an amphitheater with a seating area of three, 14 inch risers. The artists adorned each riser with images of native plants and animals, each correspon ding with the three different ecosystems represented in the park. A fourth riser behind the performance area has the words, We Are Each a Tile in Natures MosaicŽ. These words, written by Doris Westervelts son, reflect his mothers love for nature, education, and com munity. Letita Smith wanted the people who would use the park, to have ownershipŽ of the mosaic. State the artists, To facilitate this, we did several things: We conducted a workshop for local children to make  fossil clay tiles, pressed with flowers and leaves found in the park. Residents of Vicars Landing, the retirement community where Doris Westervelt last resided, participated by gluing tiles to mesh. Many local residents dropped by the studio to help. Home Depot donated supplies and staff helped with installation. Local high school students helped out as well.Ž As an educational tool, the mosaic is reaching a larger audience at: www.scenica1a.org/mosaic.html Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway have featured the mosaic on its website with the names of all the plants and animals. Eco Story can now be enjoyed world wide as well as in St. Johns County. Tree of Life: Organ Donor Memorial Artist: Professor Jim Benedict with Jacksonville University students: Don Mills, Matt Ward, Katrina Burns, Elise Gates, Cynthia Sullivan, Laura Heckt, Ryan Rowe, Mike Smith, Taylor Middleton, and Dale Roberts Location: UF Shands Jacksonville, Florida Commissioning agency: Arts in Medicine, UF Shands Jacksonville, Florida The Tree of Life is a gathering place for friends, family, and the hospital community to reflect on the lives of the organ donors that have given the gift of life. The memorial is a permanent display that is updated annually to reflect the contin ued impact of organ donation on the community of Jacksonville. The project was created as a partnership between Arts in Medicine at UF Shands Jacksonville and the sculpture program at Jacksonville University. Helen Lessick, renowned public artist and juror states about Eco Story … the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial : This living gathering space is literally for the birds, and is beau tifully designed to nestle into the Bird Island Park site. The extraordinary mosaic design and execution is unique as the area has no formal public art program.Ž Additionally, Lessick comments that the Tree of Life project is a stunning collaboration of truly civicminded creative and service professionals.Ž The new ABC-TV Network Drama Series ScandalŽ is based off of the real life exploits of Judy Smith, an African American attorney with a legal and public relations background. Smith has served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Special Counsel to the US Attorney of The District of Columbia as well as being appointed as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. Her distinguished professional track record and experience in both the legal and PR field equipped her to hone her God given talent to fixŽ sticky political situations. She started Smith & Company, a Strategic and Crisis Communications Firm and has handled major clients, corporations and foreign governments who had messy situations that needed cleaning up. In Scandal,Ž Smith is portrayed as Olivia Pope played by sexy, sassy and classy Kerry Washington. The show was created by another African American sistah, super writer/producer Shonda Rhimes who also wrote and created Grays AnatomyŽ and Private Practice.Ž The real life Judy Smith is an attractive, no-nonsense, sexy lady with brains, wit, class and style so it was a natural that Washington got the part because she personifies all of those same qualities. Washington is a native New Yorker from The Bronx and received her BA degree in Theater from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has an impressive array of TV, Film and Broadway credits under her belt and is considered to be one of the sexiest, in-demand actresses in tinsel town. ScandalŽ airs on ABC, Thursdays 10/9 C and is destine to be a major hit! How did Washington land the lead role of such an unusual show? She explains, The script was sent to me by my agent but I really wasnt looking to do a television show at the time but I fell in love with the writing and with the world of the show and with the complexity of the character.Ž How much has Washington conferred with the real Judy smith? She lights up, Ive actually spent quite of bit of time with her. Shes a producer on the show and shes very hands-on. My research is really important to me when Im developing a character and working on material. So Ive spent a lot of time with Judy and talked with her about the brain of a crisis manager, how to think strategically and her perspective, her own ethical line and how she draws them. You know, all of that kind of stuff.Ž The on screen Olivia Pope is tough as nails. Is the real Judy as mean in real life? Washington laughs, Judy is not but its debatable whether Olivia is. If you really look at every moment that shes been very firm with somebody, its been for their own best interest. She hasnt been cool. Shes been honest with people about the consequences that are possible if they dont approach a situation in a way that she thinks is best and smartest. Shes not a cool person.Ž It is indeed a rare occasion when an African American stars in their own major network show and it is NOT a comedy! Does Washington feel like a TV historical pioneer or trailblazer breaking this kind of ground? She is very modest and replies, You know me. I just really just try to stay focused on the work of it and not think too much of that kind of stuff. I really dont have control over any of those kinds of details. I just try to stay focus on what I can have an impact on which is the work itself.Ž ScandalŽ is on course to make Olivia Pope very popular. Is Washington prepared to be known as Olivia for life? She laughs again, Ive really been blessed. Ive had a great career. I just want to be able to play lots of different roles and lots of different people. Im happy to play Olivia Pope for as long as the public will let me, for as long as the people support the show. But Im also thrilled that this opportunity to play her comes after a career where Ive already had the honor and privilege to establish myself in a range of roles already. So Im really thrilled to add this character to my resume and to my life experience.Ž Celebrate Older Americans Month(SPM Wire) May is Older Americans Month and communities across the country are gearing up to show appreciation for seniors. The theme this year is Never Too Old To Play!Ž Older Americans are staying active and involved „ here are some ways you can join the celebration: Fun with fitness: Take lessons in tai chi, water aerobics, yoga, or even dancing to get the blood flowing. Trivia: Do you know the capital of Djibouti? Exercise your mind and show off some brainpower with a friendly trivia competition. Group outing: Bridge the generation gap by joining community members at a baseball game, barbecue or other fun activity.

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Lawrence Flowers and Intercession Inc.North Florida has had its share of notable gospel recording artists who have taken the national stage. This includes the likes of Lisa McClendon, Leon TimboŽ Seymore, and Sunday's best winner, Le'Andria Johnson. The Florida Star recently had the honor of speaking with one of Jacksonville's prominent gospel recording groups whose unique style and exciting ministry has propelled them to award winning status across the country... None other than Min. Lawrence Flowers, the CEO and founder of Lawrence Flowers and Intercession Inc. A very humble man, Lawrence shared some insight with us about the group's ministry and activity. Florida Star: When did the group first come together and where did you guys get your start? LF: We began Dec 3 2001 in Tallahasse, FL as college students of FSU, Florida A & M University nd Tallahassee Community College Florida Star: What brought about your move to Jacksonville? LF: The time came for me to transition back to Jacksonville after a long journey of school, working, hardships, and life lessons. This transition was to regroup, refocus, and grow into the person i knew that i was created to be. The member's commitment to me and the ministry was beyond my comprehension at the time. But they knew me to be one that was compelled to follow the voice of God. And out of their trust of my leadership and their own encounters with God many of them chose to relocate to Jacksonville FL with me. Florida Star: You have written and recorded an amazing song that is sweeping the nation by storm called MoreŽ (which is also the title of your sophomore album). This song has literally taken you from obscurity to international notoriety. Please share a little about your rise from obscurity to notoriety. LF: We began with nothing but a word. After the word we shaped our faith. Remaining consistently committed to a preparing but inactive ministry. We went from having almost NO engagements for the first 3 years and rehearsing twice a week and when no one even knowing our name to GOD growing us beyond our gifts and our wildest imaginations. Our first album entitled Major in Ministry Minor in Music "The Experience" got the attention of many across the nation but this second album entitled Major in Ministry Minor in Music Vol II "More" has spread throughout different parts of the world. "Knowingly" Hitting a total of six different continents and being sung and covered all over the USA. The feelings is both humbling and over whelming. Florida Star: As you ascend the ladder of national attention in the gospel community, do you have any responsibilities in your local church? If so how do you balance the two? LF: I served as the Organizer and head Worship Leader of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church under Dr. John Guns for a number of years. God recently transitioned me into a more full time status concerning my evangelistic ministry outside of the church being LFI. While serving my church home the balance was knowing what engagements to take and which ones not to. Knowing how to position and prepare the ministry to function at its highest level eve in my absence. And ultimately being committed to my assignment to the house until God was ready to do something different with me. Florida Star: Your style is very unique, from your sound to the way you all dress. It steps quite dramatically outside the realm of the "traditional church." What do you attribute that to and what is the reason behind it? LF: Our style is ultimately attributed to the authenticity of our DNA and uniqueness of our personality. While it brings many in to the mind set of the fashion forward movement, it also serves as a witnessing tool to people of all different walks o f life, ethnicities, backgrounds, orientation, ages, colors and creeds. It lets everyone know that Christ, being the ultimate foc us and basis of Christianity, is NOT A LOOK... And instead of focusing to fit the mold of religious societies, strive to be and li ve out the unwavering imprint of God's heart. A respected image, not a recycled look... Florida Star: If you had to share with younger, up and coming artists about the pitfalls of the industry what would you tell them to watch out for? LF: I would tell them to be committed to the call that is upon their life more than the drive to become famous. Fame gets you the notoriety of and with people but obedience gets you favor with God. Be consistent, be authentic, stay humble, and keep God FIRST. Never be afraid to be who God created you to be, even at the expense of people misunderstanding but with God approving you. Florida Star: What is next for LFI? What is in the immediate future for you and what are you goals long term? LF: Next for us, is broadening the scope of the ministry's reach by way of attaining necessary distribution, and joining with a reputable record label to further our vision. Our vision is simple: to "Enter Into Sessions Of One's Life to Influence Healthy and Godly Change." We will soon host our very first major music conference in titled "More" (More info to come) We have several more cd titles to releasewith the next being our Jr album which will be entitled Vol III "I Still Believe". It is slated to be released sometime in 2013 We will continue to stretch our faith, broaden our scopes, lengthen our reach in order to give God MORE... Lawrence Flowers & Intercession will be in concert on May19th at DESTINY PEOPLE WORSHIP CENTER, 7445 S. State Rd 121, Macclenny, FL 7PM DOORS OPEN @6:00pm (It's FREE, with a general offering)PAGE B-6 THESTAR MAY 12, 2012 COLUMN OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. 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MAY 12, 2012THE STARPR 1 Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. The team is walking in March for Babies because they want to do something about this. They are asking you to join the walk. If you can not join the walk, please help by donating to their team. http://www.marchforbabies.org Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.Omega Zeta Zeta Chapter The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. March for Babies

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MAY 12, 2012 THE STARPR 2 Tips For Women To Prevent Common Health Problems(StatePoint) You may not realize it, but your lifestyle could be putting you at risk for common health problems that afflict women. National Womens Health Week, observed May 13-19, is a great reminder to brush up on some facts that can help you stay healthy. Breast Cancer The causes of breast cancer are complicated, but some significant risk factors are preventable. Obesity is one such risk, and even moderate weight loss helps protect you. Cutting down on alcohol will also improve your chances of staying breast cancer-free. Its impossible to eliminate your risk entirely, but early detection will improve your prognosis. Conduct regular self-breast examinations and let your doctor know if you detect anything unusual. Follow the National Cancer Institute guidelines and get a mammogram annually when you turn 40. Toxic Shock Syndrome You may regard Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) as rare, but one in 700 women will experience tampon-related TSS, according to You ARE Loved, a non-profit working to educate girls and women about the disease. TSS is a bacterial infection characterized by sudden high fever, diarrhea, rash, muscle aches and headache. You can significantly reduce your risk of this life-threatening disease with a trip to the drug store. Historically, tampon use has been linked to half of all TSS cases, so simply switching to a safer product is a terrific safeguard against this disease,Ž says Dr. Christine Ko, an expert in womens health. You likely are familiar with pads, but there are alternatives you may find more convenient. For example, Softcup is a flexible cup worn internally around your cervix. Its hypo-allergenic, latex-free and has never been linked to TSS. Theres an added benefit too: products like Softcup can be worn for up to 12 hours and dont leave behind the residual fibers and traces of bleach, dioxins and other residues that tampons can. It wont change your bodys natural pH or bacteria levels either, re ducing your risk for infections. More information on reducing TSS risk can be found at www.softcup.com. Heart Disease Many people think heart disease is an exclusively male risk. But women also need to protect their hearts. While severe chest pain is a symptom often associated with heart disease in men, women need to watch for different signs. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue and sweating. Youre never too young to take steps to prevent heart disease, particularly if it runs in your family. You can keep your heart healthier by reducing saturated fat, cholesterol and salt in your diet, and getting regular exercise. While depression and smoking can adversely affect anyones heart, The Mayo Clinic reports these risk factors are greater in women. So cut out cigarettes and take steps to treat mental stress right away. Most importantly, learn your risk for common health problems, so you can take steps to improve your chances of staying healthy. 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 The Riverside Arts Market Coming Up! BikersForTheCure There are MANY great activities all year long! Here are just a few dates you will DEFINITELY want to join us: May 5th Cinco de Mayo and Zumba with the Y at RAM June 2nd Hale & Hearty 7K run June 9th Up the River swim June 16th Komen Bikers for the Cure Motorcycle Relay & After PartySTAY TUNED FOR MORE! LOCAL EVENTS Tribute to Ms Sallye B. MathisThe Jacksonville Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History(ASALH), will dedicate and pay tribute to Ms Mathis at our monthly meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2012. We will have a discussion on the contributions that she made in Education, Social Services as well as in politics during her lifetime in Jacksonville.Ms Mathis was one of the two, first Black Women to serve on City Council in 1967. The Program will be held at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, located at 321 West Union Street on May 19th from 10:00 until 12:00p.m, admission is free to the public.

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MAY 12, 2012 THE STARPR 4 Scholarships, Opportunities, and Achievements Edward Waters College Human Resources Director Becomes Vice Chair of Benefits Association BoardMichael Rogers becomes an executive leader of an 8,400member benefits association JACKSONVILLE, Fla. … Edward Wa ters Colleges Director of Human Re sources and Administrative Services Michael Q. Rogers was recently ap pointed as Vice Chairperson and Chair personElect for the Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Asso ciations Board of Directors. As Vice Chairperson, Rogers will eventually transition into the Chairper sons position in 2014, to command the Boards 14 members who represent 21 member institutions including EWC. He is the first College official in ICUBAs nineyear history to hold such a high and notable leadership position in the organization. ICUBA is a health care cooperative designed to establish collaborative partnerships among independent institutions of higher learning and brand partners to pool purchasing power in order to reduce the associated costs of insurance, administrative fees, broker commissions, and consulting fees; and to selffund health care benefits on a nonforprofit basis. Rogers has served as a member of the ICUBA Board for three years, and has since contributed to the organizations ability to keep health care cost increases lower than the national average. Premium increases have av eraged about 10.2 percent across the country while ICUBA has averaged about a 5 percent increase over a 4year period. ICUBA anticipates it will be able to keep annual premium increases below the national average for the next several years. Through authentic engagement with our brand partners, who pro vide coverage or other services to our members, we have been able to keep costs low because of the vast pool of employees represented by ICUBA,Ž Rogers said. As a Board, we agree to bring our absolute best to the table, seek partnerships with providers that share our values and care about the wellness of our employees as evidenced by the success of the students we serve at our respective institutions. We accomplish more together … collab oration is key.Ž MHNet Behavioral Health Care Account Manager Denise Scott, a brand partner, said Rogers has been successful in the organization partially because of his understanding of the needs of the members and the organi zation as a whole. Michael is oneofakind, and a great asset to ICUBA and Edward Waters,Ž said Scott. He has the capability to maintain the integrity of ICUBAs vision, which is to provide quality services to its members, and un derstands that ICUBAs operations must always be in the best interest of its members.Ž In addition to Rogers responsibilities as Vice Chairperson, he serves on ICUBAs Audit/Finance Committee which provides financial oversight and direction to the ICUBA staff. Major committee responsibilities include ap proving the annual budget and establishing and monitoring financial goals. ICUBA Chairperson Bruce Edwards, who also serves as vice president for business and finance at Barry University, said he and the other Board members have been very impressed with Rogers ability to quickly adjust to the complex work of the Board. Health care insurance is a complicated industry to get up to speed on, compounded by the uncertainties surrounding healthcare reform,Ž Ed wards stated. Michael has quickly come up on the learning curve which has allowed him to provide invaluable insight and input to ensure we make the very best decisions on benefits and welfare initiatives for all the covered members within ICUBA.Ž ICUBA President Mark Weinstein said he is looking forward to con tinuing to work with Rogers as he assumes high leadership on the Board for the next four years. I am looking forward to collaborating with him and getting his advice on policy and improvements to enhance the benefits for our 8,400 covered members,Ž said Weinstein. Edward Waters College is fortunate to have Rogers inhouse expertise and influence in order to provide the best possi ble health and wellness benefits to its employees.Ž Outside of EWC and ICUBA, Rogers is a Certified Mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida and is the Executive Vice President for Knots4Kids, Inc. He has been in the field of human resources for 22 years and is a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Rogers has made a tremendous impact on Edward Waters Col lege in a variety of ways in the past three years,Ž said Blake Hacht, EWCs spokesman. We are very excited and proud that he has been selected to hold such a notable position on ICUBAs Board, and we know he will be a great asset to their organization in the years to come.Ž FAMU-Law GraduateOrenn McKnight FellsSon of Coach Tree & Elois McKnight Fells, relative of King McKnight, Napoleon McKnight host of cousins. Orenn received Bachelor and Masterdegrees in sports administration from Florida State University. He played basketball and earned ACC Academic Honors. The Law Hooding Ceremony is May 12, at FAMU-Law Orlando campus. After Graduation Orenn will practice Sports & Entertainment Law.

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Man Killed by Police During Traffic Stop was UnarmedA man was shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop and police also found out he was unarmed. At around 2:15 a.m., a police officer observed suspect Davinian Darnel Williams, 35, in an area said to have had an increased patrol presence due to narcotics activity. The officer noticed Williams making sudden turns and began following him. The officer caught up and initiated a traffic stop, which Williams tried to avoid. Williams did not stop driving and ran several stop signs, but eventually stopped at a nearby parking lot. When the officer approached Williams, he started acting nervous and did not comply with the officers instructions. The suspect was said to have acted fidgety and moving about inside the car. The officer moved from the drivers side of the car to the passengers side to see what Williams was doing. He could not see what he was doing, so he moved back to the drivers side. He continued to give Williams instructions and told him to show him his hands. Williams made a sudden quick movement reaching down causing the officer to feel threatened that Williams may have been reaching down for a weapon. The officer reacted by drawing his weapon and firing seven shots through the rear passengers window, hittingWilliams six times. He died at the scene. There was no firearm found in Williams car, but 17.1 grams of powder cocaine was found in Williams left sock and 1/2 gram of crack cocaine in his right. The officer is a 3-year-veteran who has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice for police after the use of deadly force, while the shooting is being investigated. Also, the officer was said to have called for backup, but they had not come in time. Williams is said to have a history with the law dating back to 1992, including resisting arrest, selling drugs, driving with a suspended or revoked license, battery, possession of a controlled substance, and burglary. A witness, who works near where the shooting occurred, said that he saw the officer pull Williams over and shoot him, which all happened in just about 30 seconds. Family members of Williams are not happy about the incident. Williams is also said to have two children, a 14-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star MAY 12, 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. Wanted Man Arrested in Bed The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force caught up with a wanted Pensacola man while he was sleeping in a hotel room. Dexter Antonio Locke awoke to Task Force Officers standing over him in a hotel room. After he was placed under arrest by the Task Force, a powdery substance that is believed to be approximately 1/4 pound of cocaine, several thousand dollars in cash, and some marijuana were found in the room. An unidentified 18 year old female was also present but is not being charged at this time. Locke is wanted on a warrant from September of 2011 charging him with revoking his bond on an arrest in which he was charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine. The Marshals received this case about a month ago and have been following leads since then. Locke was arrested without incident. It is unknown at this time what additional charges Locke will face. The apparent drugs and cash were turned over to the Narcotics Unit who also assisted. Dexter Locke Davinian Williams

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MAY 12 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. Child Abuse Facts : € 84 percent of prison inmates were abused as children. € One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. (Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the proverbial stranger with a lollipop.) € Families with four or more children have higher rates of abuse and neglect, especially if their living conditions are crowded or they live in isolated areas. € More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child's home than in a day care center. € One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. (Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely.) € One out of ten babies born today are born to mothers who are abusing drugs. Drinking and smoking heavily during pregnancy also endangers the health of unborn children. Signs of Child Abuse € A child who is apathetic (just doesn't care). € A child who suffers from depression. € A child who won't take part in play or school activities. € A child who is often hostile or aggressive. € A child with a loss of appetite. € A child who compulsively overeats Ten Things to do Instead of Hurting a Child € Take a deep breath. Take a few more. Remember, you are the adult. € Close your eyes and imagine you are hearing what your child is about to hear, or receiving the same punishment. € Press your lips together and count to 20. € Put the child in a "time-out" chair for a number of minutes. The rule is one minute for each year of age. € Put yourself in a "time-out" chair. Are you really angry at the child or is it something else. € Call a friend to talk about it. If you need to, dial 1-800-4-A-CHILD (Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline). This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week. € If someone can watch the children, go out for a walk. € Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face. € Turn on some music. Sing along if you want. € Pick up a pencil and write down a list of helpful words, not words that will hurt. Save the list. Use these words. Your Safety Man Leaves Girlfriend on the Side of the Road and Leads Police on a Chase A man left his girlfriend during a traffic stop and then lead the police on a chase. At about 1:30 p.m., an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Derrick Edwards, 28, while Berinthia Williams, 27, was the passenger. After being pulled over, Edwards told the officer that he was born in 1983, then he said he was born in 1984. Williams stepped out of the car and asked the officer if she was going to get a ticket. When asked, Williams said she didnt know Edwards last name, even though she said they had been dating for three years. After the officer said that the driver had a felony theft warrant, Williams finally said she knew Edwards last name. Edwards sped away and left Williams on the side of the road, leading the police on a chase. Edwards ran a red light and drove over the median on the road twice. According to reports, Edwards drove at high speeds and changed lanes without regard for public safety.Ž Another officer used a special driving technique to stop Edwards, causing the vehicle to fall into a ditch. Edwards then got out of the vehicle and fled. He later told police he ran as he was aware of his violation of probation warrant. Edwards was arrested and faces charges including aggravated fleeing and eluding with damage, no drivers license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence. Derrick Edwards Berinthia Williams Cigarette Butt Leads to Arrest Almost a Year Later A cigarette butt has helped to find the one responsible for an armed burglary dating back to June 24, 2011. A gun, several pieces of jewelry, and electronics were stolen during the robbery last year. One of the officers investigating the case spotted a cigarette butt below the entry window of the master bedroom of the house, which was taken in as evidence. Recently, the officer who had sent the cigarette butt for DNA testing was contacted about the results. According to reports, the DNA on the cigarette matched the DNA profile from a sample taken from 28-year-old Willie L. Blue. Blue was arrested and faces charges of armed burglary. He is also being held without bond. The report also states that the possibility an unrelated person would match the DNA profile is one in every 3.1 quadrillion people. Willie Blue

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Man Beats Child and Pours Chemical in His Wounds Seabrook, TXAn 11-year-old Boy at an intermediate school was found curled in a fetal position on the couch and in extreme pain. Police were called in to investigate and found out that the boys adoptive father, Kerry Dean Parks, 50, had beaten the child with a belt everyday. The boy also told investigators that Parks would then apply alcohol, salt, or vinegar to his wounds, making it more painful. Parks would later take off the bandages only to pour the chemicals again. The boy said Parks had also smashed his head against a column in the home. Parks was arrested and charged with two counts of injury to a child. The childs mother, Merilyn Parks, 35, is also being charged with injury to a child for failing to stop abuse. Family Locked in Restaurant for not Paying Tip Houston, TXA family was locked inside a restaurant for refusing to pay the tip. The restaurant included a mandatory 17 percent gratuity because the party had over five people. Jasmine Marks complained that the staff were rude to them, didnt refill their drinks, and made mistakes on their orders. The staff did not let them go and locked the door so that they could not leave the restaurant. They called the police for assistance and Marks asked the police if it was against the law to not pay the tip, but she did not get a clear answer. The 17 percent tip was eventually paid. This is not the first time the restaurant had called the police for similar situations. Police suggest people to read all policies before deciding to eat at a restaurant as the gratuity policy was made clear on the menus of this business. MAY 12, 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Man Shoots Son in Buttocks During Argument A man was arrested for shooting his son during a domestic dispute. Monroe Harvey Desaussure, 62, was arguing with his son Ashton Desaussure, 31, about whether Monroes other son, Monroe Desaussure Jr., 37, should come back to their home to live with them. Desaussure Sr. objected to the idea because of his criminal history involving drugs. The argument turned physical and the father pulled out a gun. He fired one shot, which sent Ashton running out of the house, but Monroe did not stop firing and hit his son in the buttocks. Police received a call about the shooting and arrived to the home. Monroe Desaussure was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. He is being held without bail. Records show that this was not the first time Desaussure had been convicted on charges involving firearms. Man Charged with 66 Felonies After Wild Bowling Alley Robbery One of three suspects was arrested and charged with a large amount of felonies after an armed robbery at a bowling alley. Three men in ski masks had entered a bowling alley, where a bowling league tournament was being held. One of the men fired a gun at the ceiling and told everybody to get on the ground. The three men then went to take the box containing the prize money, which was over $30,000. When the men left to drive away, a number of bowlers decided to follow the getaway car. They blocked the car at an apartment parking lot and the thieves started firing at them with guns. Nobody was hurt. The men had managed to get away, but police later found the vehicle abandoned and found the prize money and guns inside. Police were able to locate one of the suspects, Eric Fletcher, 24, and arrested him. He is facing one count of robbery with a firearm, firing a weapon from a vehicle, three counts of assault and 61 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Teen Arrested After Two Friends Die in Crash When she Texted and Drove Drunk MAPolice say Kristina Lowe, 19, had been under the influence of alcohol when she texted and drove at high speeds. There was also evidence of consumption of marijuana. Lowe had left a party to pick someone up and was on her way back, until she crashed into a stand of trees. Rebecca Mason, 16, and Logan Dam, 19, were killed, while Jacob Scaff, 22, was injured. Lowe was critically injured, but left the crash and did not even look for help. Lowe was arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter, aggravated drunken driving, aggravated driving to endanger and leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in death. She is being held on $25,000 bail. Police are also looking to charge whoever was responsible for supplying the alcohol for the teenage party. Teen Tries to Rob Police Station Wilmer, TXPolice say 18-year-old Keithan Kennard Manuel walked into the Wilmer Police Department with a white towel covering his hands, in the shape of a gun. He approached the officer at the front office and demanded money. He then changed his tone and asked about warrants and tickets under someones name and said that he had a gun. Backup was called and Manuel apologized saying that it was only a joke. Man I play like that all the time, I didnt think she would take it seriously,Ž Manuel said. He was arrested on several charges, including robbery and is being held on $200,000 bond. Eric Fletcher Monroe Desaussure

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MAY 12, 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: Tiffany Shaeenique Chance Age: 15 Weight: 150 lbs Last seen: 4/18/12 Name: Alicia K. Paul Age: 13 Weight: 105 lbs Last seen: 4/25/12 Name: Xavier Johnson Age: 16 Weight: 135 lbs Last seen: 4/23/12 Name: Kayle Napriest Coutte Age: 15 Weight: 210 lbs Last seen: 4/02/12 Name: Aubrianna Brown Age: 15 Weight: 167 lbs Last seen: 4/30/12MOSTWANTED Jeweler HeistPolice responded to a call in reference to a theft. Further investigation revealed that an unknown suspect committed a robbery by sudden snatching when he took money, which was visible, from the victims back pocket and fled the area. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name:Sanchez A. BarnesOffense: Burglary Assault Any Person (Attempted) Name:Willie Charles Cole Jr.Offense:Credit Card Fraud Name: Ronnie Tyrone BakerOffense: Robbery with Weapon/ Not Deadly Name: Richard Darnell Bailey Jr. Offense: Traffic in Stolen Property



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President Bill Clinton will attend an event hosted by Mayor Alvin Brown focused on jobs, the economy and taking Jacksonville to the next level. President Clinton served as the nations 42nd president and founded the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Mayor Brown is a former senior adviser to President Clinton. Since taking office, Mayor Brown has taken bold steps to streamline city government. He has focused on smart investments and he created a more effective and efficient government to increase taxpayers return on investment. On Thursday, Mayor Alvin Brown announced that he vetoed Ordinance 2012-299, which directed $750,000 for additional furniture for the new Duval County Courthouse. In a signed letter announcing the veto to City Council President Stephen Joost, Mayor Brown said one of his goals has been to save taxpayers money in the completion of this project. We must do everything we can to protect taxpayers hard earned dollars and ensure that citizens get the best return on their investment, said Mayor Brown. The new Duval County Courthouse, originally projected to cost $190 million, has grown in cost to $350 million. Mayor Brown explained that he values and respects the City Council. However, the mayor said the city faces significant fiscal challenges this year and that it needs to get the most out of every dollar taxpayers invest. Taxpayers have already invested more than $5 million in courthouse furniture, said Mayor Brown. Additionally, the City owns sufficient furniture at the current courthouse to fulfill its obligation to furnish the seventh floor hearing rooms at the new courthouse. The Obama administration saw its first monthly budget surplus in April, with the federal government recording $58 billion, according to figures released by the Congressional Budget Office. MarketWatch reports: The surplus -the first of Barack Obamas presidency -was the result of both increased tax collection and lower government spending. Prior to April, the federal government's last surplus dates back to September 2008. Pressuring Congress, President Barack Obama is laying out an election year "to do" list that urges lawmakers to take another look at economic proposals to promote job creation and help families refinance their mortgages. President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order at Fort Stewart in Georgia, April 27, 2012. The Executive Order will help ensure all of Americas service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members have the information they need to make informed educational decisions and are protected from aggressive and deceptive targeting by educational institutions. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) So far, eleven members of a white supremacist group who was reported plotting to kill Jews, minorities, and immigrants in Central Florida were arrested in Osceola County on hate crime and conspiracy charges. Seven were arrested over the weekend, three were taken into custody Tuesday and another Thursday. Investigators say the group was conducting paramilitary training with AK-47s and hand-to-hand combat for a race war they believe is impending. What is really frightening is the report earlier this week of a monthly newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia. In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called "ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized," would be dire. "[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November," McPhee writes. "This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue." The laws of the United States must be more tough and stricly enforced. yyy0vjghnqtkfcuvct0eqo Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store? Have Vjg"Uvct Delivered! Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct R0"Q0"Dqz"6284; Lcemuqpxknng."HN"54425 Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct. Vjg"Igqtikc"Uvct# Korcev"Tcfkq CO3582 *;26+"988/::56 UKPEG"3;73 Fcxkpkcp"Fctpgnn"Yknnkcou Wpctogf"dwv"mknngf"d{"LUQ Rtgukfgpv"Ukipkpi"Dknn"kp"Igqtikc Happy Mothers Day 2012 There are so many things happening in America that easily make one believe that the country is highly penetrated with racism. The murder rate has grown more than other criminal matters. There are more protest marches than seen for years. What must be done NOW? Davinian Williams, 35, left, was killed by a Jacksonville officer while in his vehicle. He did not place his hands on the steering wheel as ordered. SEE THIS STORY AND MORE IN THE CRIME & JUSTICE SECTION. Gngxgp"Cnngigf"Ogodgtu"qh"Cogtkecp"Htqpv Yjkvg"Uwrtgocekuv"Itqwr"Cttguvgf"kp"Hnqtkfc Marcus Faella, 39 and wife, Patricia, 36, leaders of American Front Oc{qt"Cnxkp"Dtqyp"cpf"hqtogt"Rtgukfgpv"Dknn"Enkpvqp" Cvvgpfkpi"Geqpqoke"uwoov"kp"Lcemuqpxknng"Htkfc{"Oqtpkpi Eqwrng"Egngdtcvg":8vj Ygffkpi"Cppkxgtuct{ Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina have been married 86 years in May and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104. They are still in love and now talk more since the kids are all grown. They have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. Cv"vjg"RIC Mayor Brown greeting the military families. Tiger Wood, taking a swing. Ecug{"Cpvjqp{u"Cvvqtpg{"Ytkvg"Dqqm Jose Baez, the attorney who represented Casey Anthony, has written a tell-all book about the trial and says his controversial client won't make any money off of it. The 352-page book, titled Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story will hit bookstores in July a year after Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Baez tells PEOPLE that Anthony waived her attorney/client privilege for him to pen the book.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ASHLEY, Fred James, died April 30, 2012. BANE, Patrick Lindsey, 50, died May 1, 2012. BEWLEY, Robert Bob, 66, died May 4, 2012. BISHOP, Kathy Kay Kotsos, 64, died May 7, 2012. BROOKINS, Nathaniel, died May 1, 2012. BURGER, Paul Dean, 75, died April 30, 2012. CHANCE, Johnnie, died May 3, 2012. CLARK, Gary S., died May 3, 2012. CROOK, William, died May 5, 2012. DAVIS Dorothy C., 79, died May 2, 2012. DEAL, Rochelle Rene, 93, died May 2, 2012. DOBBS, Michael Bud, Sr., died May 5, 2012. DONALDSON, Alberta J., 81, died May 1, 2012. ESTES, Julia L., 93, died May 3, 2012. FOLLINS, Jimmie, died May 5, 2012. GEORGE, Sheena, died May 5, 2012. GIBSON, Tom Frank, died May 2, 2012. GROGAN, Thomas A., 79, died May 4, 2012. HARING, Edward Ray, Sr., 78, died May 3, 2012. HARRISON, Caden Christopher, died May 1, 2012. HAY, Margaret Jean, died April 30, 2012. HODGES, Hillie Donald, 80, died April 30, 2012. HURST, Leroy, Jr., 77, died May 1, 2012. JEFFERSON, Mattie Mae Sumter, died May 5, 2012. KELMER, Kenneth, died May 7, 2012. KES, Samoeun, died May 6, 2012. LAKE, Larry, died May 6, 2012. LAWLEY, Ruth Mary Basford, 96, died May 2, 2012. MALONE, Dr. John McMillan, 91, died May 2, 2012. MARS, Howard Leroy, died May 4, 2012. MATTISON, Marvin D., died May 3, 2012. McNEAL, Mary Anna, 77, died May 2, 2012. NORMAN, Deborah Jo Wiggins, 59, died May 5, 2012. PATTERSON, Kenneth Mian, died April 30, 2012. PERRITTE, Mary, died April 30, 2012. PETERSON, Felecha B., died April 30, 2012. SAPP, Wayne Walter, 70, died May 3, 2012. SHELDON, Leone Isabelle, 91, died May 2, 2012. SHIPP, Michael, died May 5, 2012. SMITH, Marilyn Ann, died May 1, 2012. TAYLOR, Gladys, died May 4, 2012. TEDDER, Norma D. Suzie Christie, 64, died May 4, 2012. VANAS, Pamela May, 58, died May 1, 2012. WALLACE, Alberta Craig, died May 3, 2012. WELLHAUSEN, Charles Evan, 70, died May 3, 2012. WOMACK, Karla F. Sampson, died April 30, 2012. YARBROUGH, Gloria, died April 30, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS CONAWAY, Susie A., 78, died May 7, 2012. HOLLIS, Iia Jo, 76, died May 2, 2012. MILTON, Earl Vance, Sr., 76, died May 6, 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 MAY 12, 2012 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mathew 28:19-20 C. L. Page Mortuary offers full funeral and cremation services at an affordable price because we care. We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. 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... 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) 764-5727. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor and Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus The Jacksonville Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History(ASALH), will dedicate and pay tribute to Ms Mathis at our monthly meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2012. We will have a discussion on the contributions that she made in Education, Social Services as well as in politics during her lifetime in Jacksonville.Ms Mathis was one of the two, first Black Women to serve on City Council in 1967. The Program will be held at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, located at 321 West Union Street on May 19th from 10:00 until 12:00p.m, admission is free to the public. Submitted By: Mrs. Flora McClendon-Parker, PR (904)378-389, Mrs. Anita Shepherd, President and Ms. Roxann Hilbert, Chairperson The Greater Mt. Salem Missionary Baptist Church will have their annual Revival 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 904-571-4002 or 765-3237 CHOIRS ON PARADE The Music Ministry of St. Stephen African Methodist Church presents its Choirs on Parade, March 20th at 4:30 p.m. This event is a fundraiser in support of their Pastor, Rev. Michael L. Mitchell, Candidate for Bishop in the A.M.E. Church 2012. The church is located at 913 West 5th St. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. REV. WHITESpiritual Healer, Reader & AdvisorTHIS SOUTHERN BORN Spiritualist who brings you the solution to the mysteries of the DEEP SOUTH, seeks to help many thousands of people who have been CROSSED, or HAVE SPELLS. Friends, we urge you to use the spiritualist. If you are suffering with sickness, loss of loved ones, if your hair is falling out or if you cant hold money, loss of nature and been crossed up. Reverend White does what others claim to do. If you have received this ad God has answered your prayers. Read James Chapter 5, then call the Reverend.Call 954-674-2296

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By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor Photos: Bahamas Information Services BAHAMAS: Perry Gladstone Christie was voted in as Prime Minister of The Bahamas on May 7, in what many are considering a landslide victory for the Progressive Liberal Party. As those who visited the archipelago would know, The Bahamas is actually comprised of seven hundred islands and cays with New Providence/Nassau as the capital and several other Out/Family Islands as major tourist destinations. Within a few hours of the polls closing, the numbers were coming in showing clearly that the nation was willing to accept a third political party with Branville McCartney and the Democratic National Alliance getting quite more votes in some constituencies than expected. However, when it became clear that the Free National Movement was not winning, precelebrations began for PLP supporters who took to the streets waving flags and wearing paraphernalia. The most unpredicted event for the evening came when Hubert Ingraham, leader of the Free National Movement resigned from his seat and the partys leadership while the ballots were still being counted. This occurred after it was revealed the he won his in Abaco, the island known infamously as the place where R&B singer Aaliyahs plane crashed after she wrapped shooting her video Rock The Boat. The FNM will now be led by Dr. Hubert Minnis. Critics claim that this election was more dramatic than most with Bernadette Christie, who is now The Bahamas First Lady getting spit on during the campaign, people wearing shirts of certain parties being attacked and even dogs having party names painted on them. On May 8th, a Swearing-In Ceremony was held at Government House. Like many other Caribbean countries which were formerly ruled by Britain, the Governor-General acts a representative for the British monarch, in this case Queen Elizabeth II. [I] thank the people of our beloved commonwealth who yesterday expressed their confidence in me and in my party, said Prime Minister Christie. The voice of the people was heard [Monday] with great thunder and awesome power. It was also heard with crystalline clarity. I am humbled by the mandate that has thus been bestowed upon me. He added: Let therefore say here and now, before your Excellencies and all here assembled, and to all the people of our country, that I will be true and faithful to you; that I will give the very best of myself at all times; and that my colleagues and I will leave no stone unturned in our common pursuit of a better and brighter future for all of you. Prime Minister Christie wasted no time in appointing his new cabinet. Christie himself will serve as Minister of Finance with the Hon. Philip Brave Davis is sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works & Urban Development. Also appointed were Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism; Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science & Technology; Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services; Senator Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs; Damian Gomez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs; Michael Halkitis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Senator Keith Bell, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. MAY 12, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 POST-ELECTIONBAHAMAS: Perry Christie & PLPResumes Govt; Fmr PM Ingraham Resigns During Ballot Counting Chaka Khan Takes Her Anti-Gun Message To Trinidad & Tobago TRINIDAD& TOBAGO: Disco diva Chaka Khan was in Trinidad and Tobago last week to speak out on gun violence before headlining the Every Woman concert. Khan, whose son shot his friend during a struggle as a teen has been vocal on gun violence over the years. She recently spoke out on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. She encouraged young Trinidadians to put down the gun and avoid a life of crime. She also said that music is a universal language that, if used affectively, can be used to change violence amongst youth. Caribbean Queen of Controversy, Rihanna Steps Out In Style For TIMEMagazine Honor By ARTHIANIXON Caribbean News Editor Even though many Caribbeans have questioned why TIME Magazine chose to honor Rihanna on this years list of 100 Most Influential People, the singer stepped out in a classy fuchia number and covered up her assets which have been forefront in photos as of late. Rihanna is still being called a bad role model for Caribbean youth and a misrepresentation of Caribbean women. The Barbados Ministry of Tourism as also been asked to reconsider their decision in naming her tourism ambassador because of her image and videos.

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MAY 12, 2012 THE STAR JacksonvillesLocal News Presentations were made by David Sillick, President and Publisher, The Business Journal. Roy Neal of CSX Roy Neal and Javelyn Arvay of Florida Blue presenting an award to a Recipient. Florida Florida BSECTION Jacksonville Business Journals 8 th Diversity Awards When The Florida Star was purchased in 2002, Clara McLaughlin realized that she would need advice from a communi cations attorney. She therefore approached Robert Dees of Milam Howard Nicandri Dees and Gillam, PA. Mr. Dees represent clients in media and communications law matters, including intellectual property, trademark and serv ice mark protection, First Amendment, defamation, Floridas Sunshine Law and Public Records Act, and privacy tort claims. He served as Chair of the Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee for 2002. The Star had a reputation of providing news that would be of value and interest to the African American community of Florida and Clara wanted to make sure that all of the news presented would be accurate. In fact, the paper not only improved in appearance, but it won the first Eagle Award from the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office for being the most factual in the area. It has won several city and state awards, as it continues to grow and develop. In fact, Clara won the Diversity Award last year because of the Stars diversity. Because the company had a huge loss after the death of its founder, Eric Simpson, Mr. Dees agreed to work with McLaughlin and to her surprise, he did so, often pro bono, which was a key component in helping the company achieve. Ms. McLaughlin nominated Mr. Dees for the Jacksonville Business Journal Diversity Award after they sought organizations and people who supported and cham pioned Northeast Floridas minorityowned businesses. With Dees help, The Florida Star regained its readership and accuracy. The Florida Star still is the largest, oldest and most read African American newspaper in northeast Florida.The Hester Group Mentors Other EntrepreneursHester Taylor Clark, President, The Hester GroupHester Taylor Clark is president of The Hester Group who supports women-owned small businesses. She stated that she shares what she did wrong and what she did right and learned in the process. Ms. Clark said it does not matter if she is working with an informal group of women or young students, she learned to share. In fact, her group was named Women Government Contractor of the Year for 2011. She has used the resources offered by the Jacksonville Womens Business Center to grow her business while helping others. Ms. Clark, during a webinar of 85 women in business, shared her secret to success with a theme of This is the real world. This is how it really works. Other Diversity Award winners were: Andrew Harold Jr. of A Harold & Associates LLC., IndoUS Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida, IStar Jax Inc., Aaron Kato of Otak Group Inc., Pegine Echevarria of Facebook Group, Giovanna Olivares of Vistakon and Wells Fargo. The top 40 minority-owned businesses in the area included, number one with more than $70 million in income, Raven Transport Company Inc. Other in the top were Xeye Inc., A. Harold & Associates LLC., Eye Surgery Center of North Florida, Annie Wilson Homecare and Edible Arrangements. Robert M. Dees, Attorney Milam Howard Dees & Gillam PA

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Edward Waters College is excited to announce Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown who will deliver the keynote address at Commencement 2012.Commencement 2012 will take place in the Colleges gymnasium, the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports and Music Complex, on May 12 at 1 p.m. Representatives from Hens in Jax will speak at the Libertarian Party of Duval County meeting on May 17th at 6:30 PM at Golden Corral 4250 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. REGISTRATION for the May session of Mayor Browns Business Builder is now open. The two-day event is full of expert panels, speakers, and a business opportunity expo designed to help every level of entrepreneur. Day one, Thursday May 17, provides topics on Franchise and Finance while Day two, Friday May 18, is focused on Planning for Business Growth. Visit coj.net today and sign up to attend one of several business growth sessions. EDUCATION RECRUITING CAREER FAITH. The School District of Clay County will hold its annual Education Recruiting Career Fair! : Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m, at Fleming Island High School, 2233 Village Square Parkway, Fleming Island, FL 32003. DUVAL COUNTY EXTENSION/UF IFAS ARBORIST CERTIFICATION EDUCATION: The Duval County Extension Office/UF IFAS will be offering a prep class for people who would like to take the arborist certification test and become a certified Arborist. This four part series will be on June 14, 21, 28, and July 5th.. For questions or more information please call Larry Figart at 904-255-7450, or visit you can register online at http:www.eventbrite.com /event/3404048601 Community Activities, contd.PAGE B 2 THE STAR MAY 12, 2012 *****/Community Activities BUDDY SHERWOOD SCHOOL OF DANCE RECITAL on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for all information. DONATE LIFE DAY, onSaturday, May 12, 2012, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.353.1188. Ritz Chamber Players MOTHER'S DAY RECITAL, this Sunday May 13, 2012, at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Call 904.355.7584 for additional inmformation. MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH: Sunday May 13, 2012 at the Caf Nola @ MOCA, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please call 904.366.6911 for more information. East Cameron Folkcore / Antique Animals / The Valley The Storm on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.4686 for all information. Family & Friends Reunion: Douglas Anderson Alumni (More Than A Game) on Tuesday May 15, 2012, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.632.5555. Theatreworks Presents House at Pooh Corner, onTuesday, May 15, 2012, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.355.2787 for all information. May fastpitch! CoWork Jax, thisWednesday, May 16, 2012, 5 W. Forsyth St, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Jane's Addiction, onWednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.355.2787. The Whole and True Discovery of Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Main Library, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.2665 for additional information. Happy Hour at Cafe Nola, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Caf Nola @ MOCA, 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Jay Garrett Band at The Jacksonville Landing, on Friday, May 18, 2012, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for all information. Craft and Import Beer Festival, on Friday, May 18, 2012, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.3900 for all information. American Bar Association 2012 Equal Justice Conference, Friday May 18, 2012, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.588.1234 for more information. CRAFT AND IMPORT BEER FESTIVAL, Friday May 18, 2012, at the Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information call 904.630.3900. Friday Musicale: REBECCA ZAPEN AND FRIENDS, Friday Musicale on Friday May 18, 2012, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please contact 904.355.7584 for all all information. With the start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season just days away, AT&T* stands ready to respond with its state-of-the-art Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, and now with a disaster preparedness certification in hand from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). AT&T's certification is the first nationwide under the DHS Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PSPrep). The PS-Prep certification reflects AT&T's commitment to keeping our networks up and running in the face of a natural or man-made disaster so consumers, businesses and emergency responders can communicate during and after these events. AT&T has invested more than $600 million in our Network Disaster Recovery function one of the industry's largest and most advanced disaster response programs to help ensure the flow of wireless and wireline communications during emergencies. Formed in 1991, the NDR arsenal of equipment includes more than 320 technology and equipment trailers that can be quickly deployed to respond to events, such as hurricanes. The Network Disaster Recovery team works closely with local AT&T network personnel, regional Emergency Operations Centers and Local Response Centers to restore and maintain service until permanent repairs can be made. The ability to quickly respond in the wake of a disaster is critical to maximizing network reliability. AT&T conducts readiness drills and simulations throughout the year to ensure our networks are prepared and our personnel are ready to respond at a moment's notice. Additionally, the AT&T Global Network Operations Center monitors our networks 24/7. "For AT&T, it's all about providing a reliable, advanced network with fast disaster recovery so we can help people stay connected during the worst times," said Marshall Criser, lll, president, AT&T Florida. "We're proud to be the first company in the nation to secure Homeland Security certification for disaster preparedness. We are constantly pumping new innovation and technology into our networks, to the tune of $95 billion over the last 5 years". AT&T has continued to enhance network redundancy in hurricane-prone areas by installing more back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites and switching facilities; locating critical equipment in less vulnerable areas; upgrading electronics critical to network operations above expected flood levels; and protecting physical facilities against flooding. Additional AT&T standard pre-storm network preparations include: Adding capacity to the wireless network to accommodate increased call volume. Testing the high-capacity backup batteries located at every cell site. Distributing extended battery life and portable generators and maintaining existing fixed generators. Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and central and field-level switching facilities. Using natural gas in some of the permanent generators to eliminate the need to refuel. Staging generators in safe locations for their immediate deployment once a storm has passed. Response equipment readied in the wake of a storm includes: Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers Emergency communications vehicles A self-sufficient base camp, complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and more than 10,000 meals ready to eat (MREs) Hazmat equipment and supplies Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Consumers & Businesses (part 1) Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Positive Thinking Can Improve Your Health (StatePoint) Life has its ups and downs -and adversity touches everyone at some point. But some experts believe that a focus on the positive can help you persevere through tough times. For Anita Moorjani for example, life took a horrific turn when she was diagnosed with late stage Hodgkins lymphoma. Admitted to the hospital as a terminal patient, Moorjani slipped into a deep coma, nearly dying before she experienced a spontaneous remission and recovery. Her case has since fascinated the medical community. While spontaneous remission of breast cancer is not uncommon, according to a study done by physician researchers at Dartmouth Medical School in 2009, it is rarely seen in a terminal cancer case. Her recovery was certainly remarkable. Based on what we have learned about cancer cell behaviors, I am unable to attribute her dramatic recovery to chemotherapy. I speculate that something non-physical switched off the mutated genes, said Dr. Peter Ko, an oncologist with The University of Southern California, who has studied Moorjanis case. Moorjani attributes her victory in overcoming cancer to a belief in positive things, learning to live fearlessly, and finally loving herself. In her New York Times bestseller, Dying to Be Me (Hay House), Moorjani candidly shares her story, discussing the lessons she learned from her near death experience, what she would have done differently and what she wants people to know now. Here are some tips Moorjani feels can help others face their own trials: Prior to her devastating diagnosis, Moorjanis life was driven by fear of illness. Rather than letting similar fears and stressors get the better of you, learn to enjoy yourself and take care of whats inside. Much of our suffering stems from feeling less than. Love yourself unconditionally and be yourself fearlessly. Remind those close to you that you love them just the way they are. Dont obsess over problems or allow your days to revolve around solving them. Its actually far more productive to distract yourself and stay occupied with activities that stimulate you in positive, creative ways. Thinking positive can be tiring. Never suppress negative feelings when they creep in. Instead of bottling up your emotions, experience them naturally. After all, a bad mood wont last forever. Everyday joys can go a long way toward helping you cope with stress and depression. Be it a box of chocolates, a home cooked meal or a great bottle of wine, dont be shy about indulging yourself in moderation at meal time with foods that make you happiest. Whats most important for your well-being is how you feel about yourself during tough times, Moorjani says. You cant always eliminate adversity from your life. Whether you are simply experiencing the stresses of daily life, are grieving the loss of a loved one, or struggling with the ramifications of your own health crisis, knowing how to cope is crucial to your health and can make all the difference in the world. 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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B Baby Its Not The End: Push! Teen Mom Then, Motivational Mom Now: Angela Smiths Mission Of Combatting Teen Pregnancy and Showing Young Moms They Can Have A Future Takes Center Stage At The RitzMAY 12, 2012 By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star With Mothers Day is the air and many churches and organizations honoring moms, its considered taboo to pay homage to one demographic in the mix teen moms. Whether teen mom was the result of planned or unplanned pregnancy, it still exists in the black community and as it relates to the local community, statistics show that Glynn County is presently leading the Georgias coastal counties for the second year in a row when it comes to teen moms. Angela MzElite Smith, is a Brunswick criminal investigator who knows the stigma associated with teen pregnancy all too well. In addition to being a teen mom, the now married wife and mother of four children is focused on showing young women that a baby does not mean their life ends. Instead of telling them that they have no more choices in life, Smith gets one on one to give them options to provide a better life for them and their children. Smith is also geared up to produce Baby Its Not The End: Push!, an event filled with poetry, spoken word, lyrical dance and more to motivate and inspire teen moms to get back on track on May 12 at the Ritz Theatre. While some people have no problem at a computer to send invitations via Facebook, Smith did things the old fashioned way by going door to door and making a face to face invite. Many teen moms find themselves being recipients of comments such as Youre not going to graduate or Youre not going to be able to do anything with your life, recalled Smith. Along with these comments, they face other negative connotations associated with being teen parents. These comments set teen moms and dads up for failure. My goal is to dare them to dream like the rest of the peers that currently do not have children. Our secondary goal is to provide teen pregnancy awareness for those that do not have children but could be at risk. I am having this event because once a teen becomes pregnant, we as parents, adults and the community must get passed our feelings about the issue and offer that teen moral support and the tools needed to continue to be effective in their life, Smith added. Topics addressed will include innocence, single parenting, the college student, the teens parent who insist on abortion, the overwhelmed teen mother, the emotional effect of teen parenting and the overcomer. Featured guest will be spoken word by Ragan Flowers aka Authenticity and ;yrical dances by Shiloh Baptist Church praise dancers and Isis Eikner, Bria McMullen and Kathy Morten. I was a teen parent myself, so I understand the challenges that can be faced while parenting and trying to figure out how you are going to take care of a child and figure out a career path for your life, admits Smith. And for those curious as to why she chose such a straight to the point title for her event, Smith explains:I chose the title because after having a baby, so many things happen in between childrearing and defining the next level of life. My mandate is to support, inform and challenge young teens to not allow becoming a teen parent to dictate the unlimited possibilities of their future. For more information call 912-996-2757. 1st Annual Memorial Day Youth Rally Calling ALL youth of Glynn County & surrounding areas! Through the Eyes of Christ Ministries is proud to be hosting their first annual Memorial Day Youth Rally featuring YOU! We are asking youth of all ages to participate in friendly competition displaying your theatrical, artistic and musical abilities during this fun filled event. If you are a soloist or part of a praise dance team, musical group, have a flare for dramatization, sketching, painting or poetrythis is a awesome opportunity to show your skills. Prizes to be awarded during the event. Special celebrity guest Shawn Christopher of Joy 100 Radio StationSavannah, GA Interested? Please contact Pastor Shawn Knowles @(912)617-1182 by May 25, 2012. I was a teen parent myself, so I understand the challenges that can be faced while parenting and trying to figure out how you are going to take care of a child and figure out a career path for your life Angela Amos Smith Brunswicks First Lady Of Contemporary Gospel Jessica Rogers Greets Fans At First CDSigning Last week, we introduced you to Jessica Rogers and all the exciting things this future Billboard Gospel star has on the horizon. Here are some highlights from her CD signing held last week at Shekinah Glory Christian Bookstore.

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MAY 12, 2012 THESTAR JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Mobile BayBears increased their lead in the South Division over Jacksonville to three games with a 6-1 win on Tuesday night. Mobile has won the first three games of the series, outscoring the Suns 19-2. The BayBears started quickly against Suns pitcher Zach Neal sending nine men to the plate in the first inning. The first four batters of the game singled to put Mobile in front 2-0. Brent Clevlen and Marc Krauss each drove in a run. Before the inning was over Alfredo Marte had driven in a run with a single, and Wladimir Sutil knocked in a run with a double for a 4-0 BayBears lead. It was the second time this season that the Suns allowed four runs in the first inning. In the second inning, David Nick led off with a single and Clevlen drove in his second run of the night with a ground out to make the score 5-0 BayBears. Zach Neal allowed five runs on seven hits in two innings on the night. The BayBears are the second team in the Southern League to reach 20 wins. The Suns scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning when Kyle Skipworth walked with one out and Kyle Jensen doubled behind him. Dallas Poulk then drove in his second run of the year with a sacrifice fly to center. Mobile added a run in the sixth inning when Sutil tripled to left and came in to score on a Rossmel Perez sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-1. Wladimir Sutil finished the game 3-for-4, drove in a run and also scored. All three of his hits were for extra bases with two doubles and a triple. David Nick, Kyle Greene, and Marc Krauss each finished with two hits, and Brent Clevlen drove in two of the six runs for Mobile. Krauss, who was named the Southern League player of the week, has now hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. Derek Eitel improved his record to 3-2 with the win. He pitched six innings allowing five hits and one run. It was the first earned run that a BayBears starting pitcher has allowed in three games in this series. In the first eight games of the season series against Mobile, the Suns have scored just nine runs against BayBears starting pitchers. Suns starter Zach Neal pitched two innings, allowing seven hits and five runs to fall to 2-4. The BayBears have won nine of their last 12 games and scored at least six runs in six of the wins. The Suns have lost five of their last six and have been outscored 32-18. Game four of the series is Wednesday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05PM at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonvill e. LHP Graham Taylor (2-2, 5.23) will make his seventh start of the season for the Suns. The BayBears counter with RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 2.63) as he starts his fifth game of the year. SHARKS CHARGE FROM BEHIND TO TOP VOODOO, 41-37PAGEB-4 JACKSONVILLE On the night of their first national television appearance of the season, the ArenaBowl XXIV champion Jacksonville Sharks sent the home crowd happy, charging from 23 points down to emerge with a 4137 win over the New Orleans VooDoo in front of 9,064 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. Down 37-21 to start the fourth quarter, the Sharks (3-4) scored on an 11-yard catch and run by Jamarko Simmons for what was his second score of the night. With the deficit cut to 10, the Sharks forced a VooDoo (3-4) fumble that was recovered in the end zone, bringing Jacksonville within three following the extra point. The Sharks defense then stepped up again, as Aaron Robbins sacked VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco twice in one series. The second of those two sacks forced a turnover on downs, and from there, Jacksonville's Bernard Morris connected with Simmons to get inside the five yard line. Three plays later, Simmons recorded his second rushing score and third touchdown of the night, putting the Sharks ahead 41-37 with 3:43 to play. New Orleans had a chance, getting to the Jacksonville 15 before the Shark defense made another stand to force yet another turnover on downs. New Orleans then used its final two timeouts to try to stop the clock, but Simmons moved the ball forward with 31 seconds left, allowing the Sharks to run out the clock secure the dramatic victory. The VooDoo scored just six points in the entire second half, as Jacksonville's defensive front created sustained pressure throughout the comeback. Jacksonville also forced four fumbles but recovered just one. Morris replaced an injured Omar Jacobs to start the third quarter. His first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by New Orleans' Demarcus Robinson, putting the VooDoo ahead 37-14. But after that, Morris bounced back to protect the football for the rest of the game. Morris finished 8-for-20 passing for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also made several plays with his feet, at one point rushing for 14 yards to convert a 4th-and-10. Morris ended the game with five carries for 23 rushing yards. Before departing, Jacobs was 9-for-17 for 129 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Bobby Sewall led all Jacksonville receivers with 92 yards, including a 37-yard catch along the boards that was judged to be the Cutters Catch of the Game. Terrance Smith led the Sharks with seven catches for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Simmons grabbed four passes for 42 yards and a score. On the flip side, Quorey Payne enjoyed a dominant first half, scoring three receiving touchdowns on three separate fourth down situations. Rocco ended the game 16-for-26 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. The Sharks will return to action next Saturday as the team hits the road to battle the first-place Philadelphia Soul at Wells Fargo Center. Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:05 p.m. Media Awards Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game Jacksonville QB Bernard Morris Riddell Defensive Player of the Game Jacksonvile DL Scooter Berry / Jacksonville MLB Aaron Robbins (tie) JLS Ironman of the Game Jacksonville WR/KR Terrance Smith AFL Playmaker of the Game New Orleans WR Quorey Payne Cutters Catch of the Game Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd reception Spalding Highlight of the Game Sack/fumble recovered in the end zone by Jacksonville DL Scooter Berry National Guard MVP of the Game Jacksonville QB Bernard Morris Jaguars Sign Seven The Jaguars have signed seven players to their roster and released six players, the club announced. The teams roster is currently at the NFL limit of 90 players. All seven players signed participated in the clubs rookie mini-camp last weekend. Signed were three veterans QB Jordan Palmer, FB Naufahu Tahi and DT Odrick Ray and four rookies in WR Mike Brown (pictured), WR Chris Forcier, LB Donovan Richard and DB Jeremiah Brown. Palmer spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and has played in four career games. He was not with a team during the 2011 regular season. Tahi is a fifth-year veteran who spent parts of the last five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings where he played in 56 games with 14 starts. Ray spent the 2011 preseason with the Jaguars after signing as a rookie free agent. In other Jags news the Nassau County Team Teal Rallywill be held Thursday, May 17, 6 8 p.m., Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Each rally will be family friendly and include appearances by coaches, players, ROAR cheerleaders and Jaxson de Ville. Activities include free food, interactive and inflatable games and drawings for prizes from the Jaguars and local vendors BayBears Defeat Suns 6-1 President Obama Welcomes Wildcats President Obama welcomed the University of Kentucky Wildcats to the White House to congratulate the team on its 2012 NCAA championship. Although he didnt have the Wildcats at the top of his bracket, the President said he knew Kentucky was good. I had them in the championship game. But in the end, I thought, they got all these freshmen,he said. These guys are too young. And keep in mind, at this time last year, three of the Wildcats five starters were still in high school. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist couldnt even vote yet. But lets face it, sometimes talent trumps experience. And sometimes, a bunch of young players, even if theyre used to being big fishes in their ponds, even if theyve never played together before, they can buy into a system, they understand the concept of team, and they do something special right away. And thats exactly what happened in Kentucky. President Obama also thanked the team for their community service:

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PAGE B-5 THESTAR MAY 12, 2012ENTERTAINMENT Kerry WashingtonCracking The Clean Up Whip With Sass And Class!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and FacebookPhoto by Richard Cartwright ABC-TV Network Statewide Public Art Organization Awards Recognition to Two (2) Local Northeast Florida Public Art Projects for Excellence in the FieldThe Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP), a leading statewide public art organization, selected two (2) public artworks from the Northeast Florida area as top public art projects for 2011 at the 2012 Florida Public Art Year in Review during its annual conference in Fort Myers this past weekend. Projects selected were installed in the state of Florida during 2011 and created by artists Jim Benedict, Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel and Jan Tomlinson Master. The Northeast Florida public art projects selected are listed below by title, in alpha betical order: Eco Story the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial Artist name: Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master Location: Bird Island Park, 101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Commissioning agency: Bird Island Park Commission Commissioned by Letita Smith in memory of her mother, Eco Story is a mosaic sited in the outdoor amphitheater in Bird Island Park, part of the St. Johns County Park System. The park was designed by golf course architect Bobby Weed and is used by the communi ty as a place for contemplation, education and play. Three distinct Northeast Florida natu ral habitats are represented in the park through landscaping: Upland hammock, coastal dune, and freshwater marsh. The mosaic was commissioned to be an educational portrait of this natural environment. The storytelling area is an amphitheater with a seating area of three, 14 inch risers. The artists adorned each riser with images of native plants and animals, each correspon ding with the three different ecosystems represented in the park. A fourth riser behind the performance area has the words, We Are Each a Tile in Natures Mosaic. These words, written by Doris Westervelts son, reflect his mothers love for nature, education, and com munity. Letita Smith wanted the people who would use the park, to have ownership of the mosaic. State the artists, To facilitate this, we did several things: We conducted a workshop for local children to make fossil clay tiles, pressed with flowers and leaves found in the park. Residents of Vicars Landing, the retirement community where Doris Westervelt last resided, participated by gluing tiles to mesh. Many local residents dropped by the studio to help. Home Depot donated supplies and staff helped with installation. Local high school students helped out as well. As an educational tool, the mosaic is reaching a larger audience at: www.scenica1a.org/mosaic.html Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway have featured the mosaic on its website with the names of all the plants and animals. Eco Story can now be enjoyed world wide as well as in St. Johns County. Tree of Life: Organ Donor Memorial Artist: Professor Jim Benedict with Jacksonville University students: Don Mills, Matt Ward, Katrina Burns, Elise Gates, Cynthia Sullivan, Laura Heckt, Ryan Rowe, Mike Smith, Taylor Middleton, and Dale Roberts Location: UF Shands Jacksonville, Florida Commissioning agency: Arts in Medicine, UF Shands Jacksonville, Florida The Tree of Life is a gathering place for friends, family, and the hospital community to reflect on the lives of the organ donors that have given the gift of life. The memorial is a permanent display that is updated annually to reflect the contin ued impact of organ donation on the community of Jacksonville. The project was created as a partnership between Arts in Medicine at UF Shands Jacksonville and the sculpture program at Jacksonville University. Helen Lessick, renowned public artist and juror states about Eco Story the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial : This living gathering space is literally for the birds, and is beau tifully designed to nestle into the Bird Island Park site. The extraordinary mosaic design and execution is unique as the area has no formal public art program. Additionally, Lessick comments that the Tree of Life project is a stunning collaboration of truly civicminded creative and service professionals. The new ABC-TV Network Drama Series Scandal is based off of the real life exploits of Judy Smith, an African American attorney with a legal and public relations background. Smith has served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Special Counsel to the US Attorney of The District of Columbia as well as being appointed as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. Her distinguished professional track record and experience in both the legal and PR field equipped her to hone her God given talent to fix sticky political situations. She started Smith & Company, a Strategic and Crisis Communications Firm and has handled major clients, corporations and foreign governments who had messy situations that needed cleaning up. In Scandal, Smith is portrayed as Olivia Pope played by sexy, sassy and classy Kerry Washington. The show was created by another African American sistah, super writer/producer Shonda Rhimes who also wrote and created Grays Anatomy and Private Practice. The real life Judy Smith is an attractive, no-nonsense, sexy lady with brains, wit, class and style so it was a natural that Washington got the part because she personifies all of those same qualities. Washington is a native New Yorker from The Bronx and received her BA degree in Theater from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has an impressive array of TV, Film and Broadway credits under her belt and is considered to be one of the sexiest, in-demand actresses in tinsel town. Scandal airs on ABC, Thursdays 10/9 C and is destine to be a major hit! How did Washington land the lead role of such an unusual show? She explains, The script was sent to me by my agent but I really wasnt looking to do a television show at the time but I fell in love with the writing and with the world of the show and with the complexity of the character. How much has Washington conferred with the real Judy smith? She lights up, Ive actually spent quite of bit of time with her. Shes a producer on the show and shes very hands-on. My research is really important to me when Im developing a character and working on material. So Ive spent a lot of time with Judy and talked with her about the brain of a crisis manager, how to think strategically and her perspective, her own ethical line and how she draws them. You know, all of that kind of stuff. The on screen Olivia Pope is tough as nails. Is the real Judy as mean in real life? Washington laughs, Judy is not but its debatable whether Olivia is. If you really look at every moment that shes been very firm with somebody, its been for their own best interest. She hasnt been cool. Shes been honest with people about the consequences that are possible if they dont approach a situation in a way that she thinks is best and smartest. Shes not a cool person. It is indeed a rare occasion when an African American stars in their own major network show and it is NOT a comedy! Does Washington feel like a TV historical pioneer or trailblazer breaking this kind of ground? She is very modest and replies, You know me. I just really just try to stay focused on the work of it and not think too much of that kind of stuff. I really dont have control over any of those kinds of details. I just try to stay focus on what I can have an impact on which is the work itself. Scandal is on course to make Olivia Pope very popular. Is Washington prepared to be known as Olivia for life? She laughs again, Ive really been blessed. Ive had a great career. I just want to be able to play lots of different roles and lots of different people. Im happy to play Olivia Pope for as long as the public will let me, for as long as the people support the show. But Im also thrilled that this opportunity to play her comes after a career where Ive already had the honor and privilege to establish myself in a range of roles already. So Im really thrilled to add this character to my resume and to my life experience. Celebrate Older Americans Month(SPM Wire) May is Older Americans Month and communities across the country are gearing up to show appreciation for seniors. The theme this year is Never Too Old To Play! Older Americans are staying active and involved here are some ways you can join the celebration: Fun with fitness: Take lessons in tai chi, water aerobics, yoga, or even dancing to get the blood flowing. Trivia: Do you know the capital of Djibouti? Exercise your mind and show off some brainpower with a friendly trivia competition. Group outing: Bridge the generation gap by joining community members at a baseball game, barbecue or other fun activity.

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Lawrence Flowers and Intercession Inc.North Florida has had its share of notable gospel recording artists who have taken the national stage. This includes the likes of Lisa McClendon, Leon Timbo Seymore, and Sunday's best winner, Le'Andria Johnson. The Florida Star recently had the honor of speaking with one of Jacksonville's prominent gospel recording groups whose unique style and exciting ministry has propelled them to award winning status across the country... None other than Min. Lawrence Flowers, the CEO and founder of Lawrence Flowers and Intercession Inc. A very humble man, Lawrence shared some insight with us about the group's ministry and activity. Florida Star: When did the group first come together and where did you guys get your start? LF: We began Dec 3 2001 in Tallahasse, FL as college students of FSU, Florida A & M University nd Tallahassee Community College Florida Star: What brought about your move to Jacksonville? LF: The time came for me to transition back to Jacksonville after a long journey of school, working, hardships, and life lessons. This transition was to regroup, refocus, and grow into the person i knew that i was created to be. The member's commitment to me and the ministry was beyond my comprehension at the time. But they knew me to be one that was compelled to follow the voice of God. And out of their trust of my leadership and their own encounters with God many of them chose to relocate to Jacksonville FL with me. Florida Star: You have written and recorded an amazing song that is sweeping the nation by storm called More (which is also the title of your sophomore album). This song has literally taken you from obscurity to international notoriety. Please share a little about your rise from obscurity to notoriety. LF: We began with nothing but a word. After the word we shaped our faith. Remaining consistently committed to a preparing but inactive ministry. We went from having almost NO engagements for the first 3 years and rehearsing twice a week and when no one even knowing our name to GOD growing us beyond our gifts and our wildest imaginations. Our first album entitled Major in Ministry Minor in Music "The Experience" got the attention of many across the nation but this second album entitled Major in Ministry Minor in Music Vol II "More" has spread throughout different parts of the world. "Knowingly" Hitting a total of six different continents and being sung and covered all over the USA. The feelings is both humbling and over whelming. Florida Star: As you ascend the ladder of national attention in the gospel community, do you have any responsibilities in your local church? If so how do you balance the two? LF: I served as the Organizer and head Worship Leader of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church under Dr. John Guns for a number of years. God recently transitioned me into a more full time status concerning my evangelistic ministry outside of the church being LFI. While serving my church home the balance was knowing what engagements to take and which ones not to. Knowing how to position and prepare the ministry to function at its highest level eve in my absence. And ultimately being committed to my assignment to the house until God was ready to do something different with me. Florida Star: Your style is very unique, from your sound to the way you all dress. It steps quite dramatically outside the realm of the "traditional church." What do you attribute that to and what is the reason behind it? LF: Our style is ultimately attributed to the authenticity of our DNA and uniqueness of our personality. While it brings many in to the mind set of the fashion forward movement, it also serves as a witnessing tool to people of all different walks o f life, ethnicities, backgrounds, orientation, ages, colors and creeds. It lets everyone know that Christ, being the ultimate foc us and basis of Christianity, is NOT A LOOK... And instead of focusing to fit the mold of religious societies, strive to be and li ve out the unwavering imprint of God's heart. A respected image, not a recycled look... Florida Star: If you had to share with younger, up and coming artists about the pitfalls of the industry what would you tell them to watch out for? LF: I would tell them to be committed to the call that is upon their life more than the drive to become famous. Fame gets you the notoriety of and with people but obedience gets you favor with God. Be consistent, be authentic, stay humble, and keep God FIRST. Never be afraid to be who God created you to be, even at the expense of people misunderstanding but with God approving you. Florida Star: What is next for LFI? What is in the immediate future for you and what are you goals long term? LF: Next for us, is broadening the scope of the ministry's reach by way of attaining necessary distribution, and joining with a reputable record label to further our vision. Our vision is simple: to "Enter Into Sessions Of One's Life to Influence Healthy and Godly Change." We will soon host our very first major music conference in titled "More" (More info to come) We have several more cd titles to releasewith the next being our Jr album which will be entitled Vol III "I Still Believe". It is slated to be released sometime in 2013 We will continue to stretch our faith, broaden our scopes, lengthen our reach in order to give God MORE... Lawrence Flowers & Intercession will be in concert on May19th at DESTINY PEOPLE WORSHIP CENTER, 7445 S. State Rd 121, Macclenny, FL 7PM DOORS OPEN @6:00pm (It's FREE, with a general offering)PAGE B-6 THESTAR MAY 12, 2012 COLUMN OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. 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MAY 12, 2012THE STARPR 1 Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. The team is walking in March for Babies because they want to do something about this. They are asking you to join the walk. If you can not join the walk, please help by donating to their team. http://www.marchforbabies.org Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.Omega Zeta Zeta Chapter The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. March for Babies

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MAY 12, 2012 THE STARPR 2 Tips For Women To Prevent Common Health Problems(StatePoint) You may not realize it, but your lifestyle could be putting you at risk for common health problems that afflict women. National Womens Health Week, observed May 13-19, is a great reminder to brush up on some facts that can help you stay healthy. Breast Cancer The causes of breast cancer are complicated, but some significant risk factors are preventable. Obesity is one such risk, and even moderate weight loss helps protect you. Cutting down on alcohol will also improve your chances of staying breast cancer-free. Its impossible to eliminate your risk entirely, but early detection will improve your prognosis. Conduct regular self-breast examinations and let your doctor know if you detect anything unusual. Follow the National Cancer Institute guidelines and get a mammogram annually when you turn 40. Toxic Shock Syndrome You may regard Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) as rare, but one in 700 women will experience tampon-related TSS, according to You ARE Loved, a non-profit working to educate girls and women about the disease. TSS is a bacterial infection characterized by sudden high fever, diarrhea, rash, muscle aches and headache. You can significantly reduce your risk of this life-threatening disease with a trip to the drug store. Historically, tampon use has been linked to half of all TSS cases, so simply switching to a safer product is a terrific safeguard against this disease, says Dr. Christine Ko, an expert in womens health. You likely are familiar with pads, but there are alternatives you may find more convenient. For example, Softcup is a flexible cup worn internally around your cervix. Its hypo-allergenic, latex-free and has never been linked to TSS. Theres an added benefit too: products like Softcup can be worn for up to 12 hours and dont leave behind the residual fibers and traces of bleach, dioxins and other residues that tampons can. It wont change your bodys natural pH or bacteria levels either, re ducing your risk for infections. More information on reducing TSS risk can be found at www.softcup.com. Heart Disease Many people think heart disease is an exclusively male risk. But women also need to protect their hearts. While severe chest pain is a symptom often associated with heart disease in men, women need to watch for different signs. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue and sweating. Youre never too young to take steps to prevent heart disease, particularly if it runs in your family. You can keep your heart healthier by reducing saturated fat, cholesterol and salt in your diet, and getting regular exercise. While depression and smoking can adversely affect anyones heart, The Mayo Clinic reports these risk factors are greater in women. So cut out cigarettes and take steps to treat mental stress right away. Most importantly, learn your risk for common health problems, so you can take steps to improve your chances of staying healthy. 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 The Riverside Arts Market Coming Up! BikersForTheCure There are MANY great activities all year long! Here are just a few dates you will DEFINITELY want to join us: May 5th Cinco de Mayo and Zumba with the Y at RAM June 2nd Hale & Hearty 7K run June 9th Up the River swim June 16th Komen Bikers for the Cure Motorcycle Relay & After PartySTAY TUNED FOR MORE! LOCAL EVENTS Tribute to Ms Sallye B. MathisThe Jacksonville Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History(ASALH), will dedicate and pay tribute to Ms Mathis at our monthly meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2012. We will have a discussion on the contributions that she made in Education, Social Services as well as in politics during her lifetime in Jacksonville.Ms Mathis was one of the two, first Black Women to serve on City Council in 1967. The Program will be held at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, located at 321 West Union Street on May 19th from 10:00 until 12:00p.m, admission is free to the public.

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MAY 12, 2012 THE STARPR 4 Scholarships, Opportunities, and Achievements Edward Waters College Human Resources Director Becomes Vice Chair of Benefits Association BoardMichael Rogers becomes an executive leader of an 8,400member benefits association JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Edward Wa ters Colleges Director of Human Re sources and Administrative Services Michael Q. Rogers was recently ap pointed as Vice Chairperson and Chair personElect for the Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Asso ciations Board of Directors. As Vice Chairperson, Rogers will eventually transition into the Chairper sons position in 2014, to command the Boards 14 members who represent 21 member institutions including EWC. He is the first College official in ICUBAs nineyear history to hold such a high and notable leadership position in the organization. ICUBA is a health care cooperative designed to establish collaborative partnerships among independent institutions of higher learning and brand partners to pool purchasing power in order to reduce the associated costs of insurance, administrative fees, broker commissions, and consulting fees; and to selffund health care benefits on a nonforprofit basis. Rogers has served as a member of the ICUBA Board for three years, and has since contributed to the organizations ability to keep health care cost increases lower than the national average. Premium increases have av eraged about 10.2 percent across the country while ICUBA has averaged about a 5 percent increase over a 4year period. ICUBA anticipates it will be able to keep annual premium increases below the national average for the next several years. Through authentic engagement with our brand partners, who pro vide coverage or other services to our members, we have been able to keep costs low because of the vast pool of employees represented by ICUBA, Rogers said. As a Board, we agree to bring our absolute best to the table, seek partnerships with providers that share our values and care about the wellness of our employees as evidenced by the success of the students we serve at our respective institutions. We accomplish more together collab oration is key. MHNet Behavioral Health Care Account Manager Denise Scott, a brand partner, said Rogers has been successful in the organization partially because of his understanding of the needs of the members and the organi zation as a whole. Michael is oneofakind, and a great asset to ICUBA and Edward Waters, said Scott. He has the capability to maintain the integrity of ICUBAs vision, which is to provide quality services to its members, and un derstands that ICUBAs operations must always be in the best interest of its members. In addition to Rogers responsibilities as Vice Chairperson, he serves on ICUBAs Audit/Finance Committee which provides financial oversight and direction to the ICUBA staff. Major committee responsibilities include ap proving the annual budget and establishing and monitoring financial goals. ICUBA Chairperson Bruce Edwards, who also serves as vice president for business and finance at Barry University, said he and the other Board members have been very impressed with Rogers ability to quickly adjust to the complex work of the Board. Health care insurance is a complicated industry to get up to speed on, compounded by the uncertainties surrounding healthcare reform, Ed wards stated. Michael has quickly come up on the learning curve which has allowed him to provide invaluable insight and input to ensure we make the very best decisions on benefits and welfare initiatives for all the covered members within ICUBA. ICUBA President Mark Weinstein said he is looking forward to con tinuing to work with Rogers as he assumes high leadership on the Board for the next four years. I am looking forward to collaborating with him and getting his advice on policy and improvements to enhance the benefits for our 8,400 covered members, said Weinstein. Edward Waters College is fortunate to have Rogers inhouse expertise and influence in order to provide the best possi ble health and wellness benefits to its employees. Outside of EWC and ICUBA, Rogers is a Certified Mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida and is the Executive Vice President for Knots4Kids, Inc. He has been in the field of human resources for 22 years and is a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Rogers has made a tremendous impact on Edward Waters Col lege in a variety of ways in the past three years, said Blake Hacht, EWCs spokesman. We are very excited and proud that he has been selected to hold such a notable position on ICUBAs Board, and we know he will be a great asset to their organization in the years to come. FAMU-Law GraduateOrenn McKnight FellsSon of Coach Tree & Elois McKnight Fells, relative of King McKnight, Napoleon McKnight host of cousins. Orenn received Bachelor and Masterdegrees in sports administration from Florida State University. He played basketball and earned ACC Academic Honors. The Law Hooding Ceremony is May 12, at FAMU-Law Orlando campus. After Graduation Orenn will practice Sports & Entertainment Law.

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Man Killed by Police During Traffic Stop was UnarmedA man was shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop and police also found out he was unarmed. At around 2:15 a.m., a police officer observed suspect Davinian Darnel Williams, 35, in an area said to have had an increased patrol presence due to narcotics activity. The officer noticed Williams making sudden turns and began following him. The officer caught up and initiated a traffic stop, which Williams tried to avoid. Williams did not stop driving and ran several stop signs, but eventually stopped at a nearby parking lot. When the officer approached Williams, he started acting nervous and did not comply with the officers instructions. The suspect was said to have acted fidgety and moving about inside the car. The officer moved from the drivers side of the car to the passengers side to see what Williams was doing. He could not see what he was doing, so he moved back to the drivers side. He continued to give Williams instructions and told him to show him his hands. Williams made a sudden quick movement reaching down causing the officer to feel threatened that Williams may have been reaching down for a weapon. The officer reacted by drawing his weapon and firing seven shots through the rear passengers window, hittingWilliams six times. He died at the scene. There was no firearm found in Williams car, but 17.1 grams of powder cocaine was found in Williams left sock and 1/2 gram of crack cocaine in his right. The officer is a 3-year-veteran who has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice for police after the use of deadly force, while the shooting is being investigated. Also, the officer was said to have called for backup, but they had not come in time. Williams is said to have a history with the law dating back to 1992, including resisting arrest, selling drugs, driving with a suspended or revoked license, battery, possession of a controlled substance, and burglary. A witness, who works near where the shooting occurred, said that he saw the officer pull Williams over and shoot him, which all happened in just about 30 seconds. Family members of Williams are not happy about the incident. Williams is also said to have two children, a 14-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarMAY 12, 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. Wanted Man Arrested in Bed The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force caught up with a wanted Pensacola man while he was sleeping in a hotel room. Dexter Antonio Locke awoke to Task Force Officers standing over him in a hotel room. After he was placed under arrest by the Task Force, a powdery substance that is believed to be approximately 1/4 pound of cocaine, several thousand dollars in cash, and some marijuana were found in the room. An unidentified 18 year old female was also present but is not being charged at this time. Locke is wanted on a warrant from September of 2011 charging him with revoking his bond on an arrest in which he was charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine. The Marshals received this case about a month ago and have been following leads since then. Locke was arrested without incident. It is unknown at this time what additional charges Locke will face. The apparent drugs and cash were turned over to the Narcotics Unit who also assisted. Dexter Locke Davinian Williams

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MAY 12 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. Child Abuse Facts : 84 percent of prison inmates were abused as children. One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. (Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the proverbial stranger with a lollipop.) Families with four or more children have higher rates of abuse and neglect, especially if their living conditions are crowded or they live in isolated areas. More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child's home than in a day care center. One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. (Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely.) One out of ten babies born today are born to mothers who are abusing drugs. Drinking and smoking heavily during pregnancy also endangers the health of unborn children. Signs of Child Abuse A child who is apathetic (just doesn't care). A child who suffers from depression. A child who won't take part in play or school activities. A child who is often hostile or aggressive. A child with a loss of appetite. A child who compulsively overeats Ten Things to do Instead of Hurting a Child Take a deep breath. Take a few more. Remember, you are the adult. Close your eyes and imagine you are hearing what your child is about to hear, or receiving the same punishment. Press your lips together and count to 20. Put the child in a "time-out" chair for a number of minutes. The rule is one minute for each year of age. Put yourself in a "time-out" chair. Are you really angry at the child or is it something else. Call a friend to talk about it. If you need to, dial 1-800-4-A-CHILD (Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline). This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If someone can watch the children, go out for a walk. Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face. Turn on some music. Sing along if you want. Pick up a pencil and write down a list of helpful words, not words that will hurt. Save the list. Use these words. Your Safety Man Leaves Girlfriend on the Side of the Road and Leads Police on a Chase A man left his girlfriend during a traffic stop and then lead the police on a chase. At about 1:30 p.m., an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Derrick Edwards, 28, while Berinthia Williams, 27, was the passenger. After being pulled over, Edwards told the officer that he was born in 1983, then he said he was born in 1984. Williams stepped out of the car and asked the officer if she was going to get a ticket. When asked, Williams said she didnt know Edwards last name, even though she said they had been dating for three years. After the officer said that the driver had a felony theft warrant, Williams finally said she knew Edwards last name. Edwards sped away and left Williams on the side of the road, leading the police on a chase. Edwards ran a red light and drove over the median on the road twice. According to reports, Edwards drove at high speeds and changed lanes without regard for public safety. Another officer used a special driving technique to stop Edwards, causing the vehicle to fall into a ditch. Edwards then got out of the vehicle and fled. He later told police he ran as he was aware of his violation of probation warrant. Edwards was arrested and faces charges including aggravated fleeing and eluding with damage, no drivers license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence. Derrick Edwards Berinthia Williams Cigarette Butt Leads to Arrest Almost a Year Later A cigarette butt has helped to find the one responsible for an armed burglary dating back to June 24, 2011. A gun, several pieces of jewelry, and electronics were stolen during the robbery last year. One of the officers investigating the case spotted a cigarette butt below the entry window of the master bedroom of the house, which was taken in as evidence. Recently, the officer who had sent the cigarette butt for DNA testing was contacted about the results. According to reports, the DNA on the cigarette matched the DNA profile from a sample taken from 28-year-old Willie L. Blue. Blue was arrested and faces charges of armed burglary. He is also being held without bond. The report also states that the possibility an unrelated person would match the DNA profile is one in every 3.1 quadrillion people. Willie Blue

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Man Beats Child and Pours Chemical in His Wounds Seabrook, TXAn 11-year-old Boy at an intermediate school was found curled in a fetal position on the couch and in extreme pain. Police were called in to investigate and found out that the boys adoptive father, Kerry Dean Parks, 50, had beaten the child with a belt everyday. The boy also told investigators that Parks would then apply alcohol, salt, or vinegar to his wounds, making it more painful. Parks would later take off the bandages only to pour the chemicals again. The boy said Parks had also smashed his head against a column in the home. Parks was arrested and charged with two counts of injury to a child. The childs mother, Merilyn Parks, 35, is also being charged with injury to a child for failing to stop abuse. Family Locked in Restaurant for not Paying Tip Houston, TXA family was locked inside a restaurant for refusing to pay the tip. The restaurant included a mandatory 17 percent gratuity because the party had over five people. Jasmine Marks complained that the staff were rude to them, didnt refill their drinks, and made mistakes on their orders. The staff did not let them go and locked the door so that they could not leave the restaurant. They called the police for assistance and Marks asked the police if it was against the law to not pay the tip, but she did not get a clear answer. The 17 percent tip was eventually paid. This is not the first time the restaurant had called the police for similar situations. Police suggest people to read all policies before deciding to eat at a restaurant as the gratuity policy was made clear on the menus of this business. MAY 12, 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Man Shoots Son in Buttocks During Argument A man was arrested for shooting his son during a domestic dispute. Monroe Harvey Desaussure, 62, was arguing with his son Ashton Desaussure, 31, about whether Monroes other son, Monroe Desaussure Jr., 37, should come back to their home to live with them. Desaussure Sr. objected to the idea because of his criminal history involving drugs. The argument turned physical and the father pulled out a gun. He fired one shot, which sent Ashton running out of the house, but Monroe did not stop firing and hit his son in the buttocks. Police received a call about the shooting and arrived to the home. Monroe Desaussure was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. He is being held without bail. Records show that this was not the first time Desaussure had been convicted on charges involving firearms. Man Charged with 66 Felonies After Wild Bowling Alley Robbery One of three suspects was arrested and charged with a large amount of felonies after an armed robbery at a bowling alley. Three men in ski masks had entered a bowling alley, where a bowling league tournament was being held. One of the men fired a gun at the ceiling and told everybody to get on the ground. The three men then went to take the box containing the prize money, which was over $30,000. When the men left to drive away, a number of bowlers decided to follow the getaway car. They blocked the car at an apartment parking lot and the thieves started firing at them with guns. Nobody was hurt. The men had managed to get away, but police later found the vehicle abandoned and found the prize money and guns inside. Police were able to locate one of the suspects, Eric Fletcher, 24, and arrested him. He is facing one count of robbery with a firearm, firing a weapon from a vehicle, three counts of assault and 61 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Teen Arrested After Two Friends Die in Crash When she Texted and Drove Drunk MAPolice say Kristina Lowe, 19, had been under the influence of alcohol when she texted and drove at high speeds. There was also evidence of consumption of marijuana. Lowe had left a party to pick someone up and was on her way back, until she crashed into a stand of trees. Rebecca Mason, 16, and Logan Dam, 19, were killed, while Jacob Scaff, 22, was injured. Lowe was critically injured, but left the crash and did not even look for help. Lowe was arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter, aggravated drunken driving, aggravated driving to endanger and leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in death. She is being held on $25,000 bail. Police are also looking to charge whoever was responsible for supplying the alcohol for the teenage party. Teen Tries to Rob Police Station Wilmer, TXPolice say 18-year-old Keithan Kennard Manuel walked into the Wilmer Police Department with a white towel covering his hands, in the shape of a gun. He approached the officer at the front office and demanded money. He then changed his tone and asked about warrants and tickets under someones name and said that he had a gun. Backup was called and Manuel apologized saying that it was only a joke. Man I play like that all the time, I didnt think she would take it seriously, Manuel said. He was arrested on several charges, including robbery and is being held on $200,000 bond. Eric Fletcher Monroe Desaussure

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MAY 12, 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: Tiffany Shaeenique Chance Age: 15 Weight: 150 lbs Last seen: 4/18/12 Name: Alicia K. Paul Age: 13 Weight: 105 lbs Last seen: 4/25/12 Name: Xavier Johnson Age: 16 Weight: 135 lbs Last seen: 4/23/12 Name: Kayle Napriest Coutte Age:15 Weight: 210 lbs Last seen: 4/02/12 Name: Aubrianna Brown Age: 15 Weight: 167 lbs Last seen: 4/30/12MOSTWANTED Jeweler HeistPolice responded to a call in reference to a theft. Further investigation revealed that an unknown suspect committed a robbery by sudden snatching when he took money, which was visible, from the victims back pocket and fled the area. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name:Sanchez A. BarnesOffense: Burglary Assault Any Person (Attempted) Name:Willie Charles Cole Jr.Offense:Credit Card Fraud Name: Ronnie Tyrone BakerOffense: Robbery with Weapon/ Not Deadly Name:Richard Darnell Bailey Jr. Offense: Traffic in Stolen Property